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USPS commemorates Diwali with a Forever Stamp

N e w Y o r k : The US Postal Service com‑ memorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp on October 5. The first‑day‑of‑issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India here. “The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said Pritha Mehra, USPS Vice President ‑ Mail

USPS commemorates Diwali with a Forever Stamp N e w Y o r k : The

Amb. Hardeep Singh Puri, Rep Carolyn Maloney, Consul General Riva Ganguly Das, Pritha Mehra of USPS, Ranju Batra, Rep Grace Meng and Ravi Batra cheer as the a huge image of the Diwali stamp is unveiled Oct 5 at the Indian consulate.

Entry and Payment Technology. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.” Joining Pritha

Mehra in the dedication ceremo‑ ny were Amb. Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Diwali

Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra; Indiaʼs former ambassador to the

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More Diwali stamp event pictures on page 15.

The surging crowds at AIAʼs annual Deepavali Festival rocked South Street Seaport on October 2. In

The surging crowds at AIAʼs annual Deepavali Festival rocked South Street Seaport on October 2. In a grand finale, spectacular fireworks over the East River lit up the New York sky.

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Projected path for the Hurricane Mathew ‒ NY area will be spared.

J a c k s o n v i l l e , F L : The strongest storm system to threaten the United States in a decade roared toward Florida on Thursday, forc‑ ing thousands from their homes and prompting dire warnings from forecasters and public officials

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Raheel Sharif.

Finally, civilians ask army to act against

terror in Pakistan


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is rattled by global isolation after India's diplomatic blitz


While China has reiterated its support for Pakistan for now, it too has indicated a preference for a change in course by Islamabad


Observers believe Nawaz Sharif sees an opening to wrest some power from the army at a time when Army chief Raheel Sharif is due to retire by the end of the year.

Islamabad: Rattled by global isola‑ tion after India's diplomatic blitz over Pakistan's pro‑terror policy, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told the country's all‑powerful ISI to crack down on terrorists, end the Mumbai attack trial and the probe into the Pathankot strike ‑‑ New Delhi's two key conditions to resume peace talks with Islamabad. Sharif's blunt demand came at a high‑level meeting of civilian offi‑ cials with the Inter‑Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Gen. Rizwan

Akhtar, the influential Dawn news‑ paper reported on Thursday. But the Pakistan government dis‑ missed as "not only speculative but misleading and factually incorrect" the Dawn report about the meeting on security issues. Dawn reported that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told the meeting on Wednesday that Pakistan faced diplomatic isolation and its talking points had been met with indifference in major world capitals. Even China, Pakistan's

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Honorees include H.R. Shah, Dr Ajay Lodha, Darshan Singh Bagga and Mukesh Modi.

Indo American Press Club hosting media conference this weekend

By SATimes Team New York: The Indo‑American Press Club (IAPC) is hosting its 3rd International Media
By SATimes Team
New York: The Indo‑American
Press Club (IAPC) is hosting its
3rd International Media
Conference on October 8‑9 at
Hilton Stamford Hotel in
Connecticut with leading
media professionals, digni‑
taries and lawmakers from US,
Canada and India.
Speaking at the inaugural
session will be Indiaʼs Deputy
Consul General in New York,
Mr Manoj K. Mohapatra, H.R.
Shah, Chairman, TV Asia, Dr.
Ajay Lodha, AAPI National
President, and Thomas
Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO.
Over 100 senior print, TV
and web professionals will
deliberate on challenges and
opportunities facing the media
at panel discussions and pre‑
sentations. A highlight of the
conference is a ʻPresidential
Debateʼ on Oct 9 between Prof.
AD Amar, Founder of Indian
Americans for Trump 2016,
and Congressional candidate
from New Jersey's 7th district,
Peter Jacob. The debate will be
moderated by Prof Indrajit
Saluja, Chief Editor‑Publisher
of The Indian Panorama news‑
Noted media guests and dig‑
nitaries flying down from India
include Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
(CPMʼs Kerala chief), Abdul
Wahab (Rajya Sabha member),
Dr. J Alexander IAS (Ex‑
Karnataka minister), P.T
Chacko, R.S. Babu, Pradeep
Pillai, Mangad Ratnakaran,
MV Nikesh Kumar, Meera Nair,
J.S Indukumar and N.R
Harikumar. There will also be
couple of sessions in
At the awards gala dinner on
Oct 9 the IAPC souvenir will be
released and the IAPC
Sathkarma Award announced
for a social activist from India,
Theruvoram Murugan.
Bollywood singer Sharda (of
Titli Udi fame) will regale the
audience in her distinct voice.
IAPC will honor media pro‑
fessionals and community
leaders from India and
America for their achievements
and service to society – such as
Darshan Singh Bagga (Lifetime
Achievement Award for the
real estate visionary) and
Mukesh Modi (Emerging
Leader). Ginsmon Zacharia is
IAPC Chairman, and Parveen
Chopra, current President.
IAPC was formed in 2013
–and has 8 chapters by now ‑‑
with the lofty ideal of provid‑
ing a common platform to
media professionals of Indian
origin living in North America,
fostering closer bonds with
IAPCʼs counterparts in India
and to strive for betterment of
society at large.
DIWALI RETURNS TO TIMES SQUARE New York: Event Guru has announced Diwali at Times Square (DTS)
New York: Event Guru has announced
Diwali at Times Square (DTS) on
October 16. It is presented by &TV, and
powered by Air India and Sling
International. DTS will be a fun‑
filled day offering an amazing show‑
case of cultural and dance per‑
formances, ethnic attractions,
local shopping stalls, and
Indian cuisine‑‑ all leading
into “Light Up Times Square”,
an evening concert featuring
performances by popular
artists, offering opportunities to
interact with musicians and celebrities,
and exploding with the beautiful digital
fireworks. An interactive Diya lighting
ceremony, on one of the largest Times
Square digital screens, will brighten the
ambience of the event.
The line up of stars and celebs at DTS
include Shabbir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha,
the hit pair of Kumkum Bhagya TV seri‑
al, Zee TVʼs Saregamapa winner Kushal
Paul “Diwali is known to spread the
light of goodness and celebrate the vic‑
tory of truth. This is the best opportuni‑
ty to connect with our people and be a
part of something which represents the
rich Indian culture,” said Vandana
Sharma, Regional Manager
Americas, Air India. Indiaʼs national
carrier had also parternered
with DTS in 2013 and 2014.
“We are very excited to be
a part of DTS 2016,” said
Sameer Targe, Head of Sales,
Zee TV USA. “It is a perfect
opportunity for us to sup‑
port the treasured culture of
our community and introduce our new
Hindi GEC & TV.”
“Sling Internationalʼs VP, Nick Slater,
said, “Our South Asian customers are
important to us, and we are committed
to supporting cultural gatherings that
bring families together and strengthen
community values that are demonstrat‑
ed in these meaningful celebrations and
For more information, log on to
Air India
with event
Neeta Bhasin

Huge phone scam targeting Americans unearthed in Mumbai

Call center workers posed as IRS tax collectors to rake in millions

Than e: Thousands of US citizens may have been targeted in a huge phone scam run from call centers in Mumbai, where hundreds of work‑ ers were allegedly trained to speak in American accents in order to steal tens of millions of dollars. About 700 people are being investigated over what is believed to be one of the biggest such scams in Indiaʼs history, which involved workers posing as IRS officials, according to Paramvir Singh, the police commissioner of Thane. “Seventy workers have been for‑ mally arrested and around 630 oth‑ ers are being investigated,” Singh

said. “We expect that many more people will be arrested.” On Tuesday night about 200 offi‑ cers raided nine premises in Mumbai. According to police, the call center employees posing as US officials, forced the victims, mostly loan defaulters, to part with their confidential bank and financial details, or threatened them with penal action. After the scared vic‑ tims provided the details, the call center employees managed to siphon off money from their bank accounts. As per tentative esti‑ mates, the daily turnover from these fraudulent practices is pegged

at a whopping Rs 10 million a day, even as a probe is on to figure out the exact amounts that may be involved and number of people who have been defrauded. According to police, many of these call centers, targeting mainly US citizens, besides some other countries, were owned by nine per‑ sons and operational for over six months. The data base from these call cen‑ ters contained personal and finan‑ cial details of several thousands of foreign and even Indian nationals which were utilized to trap their victims.

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Finally, civilians ask army to act against terror in Pak

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closest ally, had questioned the logic of repeatedly putting on technical hold a UN ban on Jaish‑e‑Mohammed leader Masood Azhar, Chaudhry said, according to Dawn. Also, amid worsening India‑Pakistan rela‑ tions, a group of Senators asked Islamabad to resume its back‑channel talks with New Delhi. And on Thursday, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan denounced the government over its failure to curb non‑state actors, leading to the country's diplomatic isolation. The Wednesday meeting ‑‑ where there was an extraordinary verbal clash between the ISI chief and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister's younger brother ‑‑ came amid worsening ties with India. India called for Pakistan's diplo‑ matic isolation after the September 18 attack at an army camp in Kashmir that left 19 sol‑

diers dead. India says the attackers came from Pakistan and belonged to the Jaish that was also blamed for the January 2016 Pathankot attack on an IAF base that killed seven security personnel. The Uri attack was followed by the Indian Army's surgical strikes ‑‑ disputed by Islamabad ‑‑ dismantling at least seven terror launch pads and killing a number of terrorists and their sympathizers across the LoC. India's diplomatic war on Pakistan led to the cancellation of the Saarc summit that Islamabad was to host in November. Major world countries have supported India's demand to Pakistan to act against terrorist groups patronized by the ISI. Dawn reported that the government on Wednesday informed the ISI about the "grow‑ ing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state" to reverse the situation. The daily said the government, in a "blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning", asked military‑led intelligence agencies "not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off‑limits for civilian action". Chaudhry said relations with the US had also deteriorated and may further deteriorate because of the American demand that action be taken against the Haqqani network, which is active in Afghanistan. The network has been blamed for attacks on Indian establish‑ ments in Afghanistan .‑IANS

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start of the American Revolution, destiny has beckoned the United States and India to be the closest allies,” said Ravi Batra. “The Diwali Forever stamp represents nothing short of respectful inclusive indivisibility: E Pluribus Unum ̶ within America and between two sov‑ ereigns.” “While this journey may have taken years, the Postal Service has issued a Diwali stamp that will continue to resonate forever,” said Ranju Batra. “Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have sup‑ ported this stamp.” Carolyn Maloney in her remarks recalled that the Diwali stamp has taken years of hard work and advocacy, including thousands of petition signatures, meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appeals to President Barack Obama, and multiple congressional res‑ olutions. She continued, “Light has finally triumphed. Today, Diwali has received its long‑awaited commemorative stamp and rightfully joins the ranks of other major religious and cultural hol‑ idays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid.” Hardeep Puri said: "It is not just the strength of the volume of petitions; it is the strong will and persistent effort which got Ranju success". Rep Grace Meng (D‑NY) said that the Indian community should now push for a Diwali holi‑ day in schools. For Ranju Batra, Chair ‑ Diwali Stamp Project, October 5 culminated a long, emotion‑ al journey. And she shared it with the audience. “For many years, with our miracle‑daughter Angela and lawyer‑son Neal, both born here and attending school, I became aware that all religious holidays were celebrated, but not Diwali. So, in 2010, I thought of campaigning for a Diwali Stamp. After talking to community leaders, I learned that many of them had tried and given up. But they supported my determi‑ nation to focus on getting the Diwali stamp and not stop until we got it.” Ranju continued her story: “I did the tedious work of designing all kinds of Paper Petitions, as well as online. Wherever I went, I would ask people to sign the paper Petition, or do it online. Then, Ravi and I decided that I should partner with Carolyn, who was always a great

supporter of my Diwali celebrations and she agreed, and true to her word introduced House Resolutions in Congress, scheduled meetings with the Postal Service and reached out to the Citizensʼ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC). Meanwhile, I continued to do the hard grass‑ roots work and collected tens of thousands of Paper Petitions. I stopped online petitions as I was told by the Postal Service that ʻstamps donʼt go on emailsʼ. Along the way we held many meetings, and many press conferences to drum up support. We even got the then Indian Consul General in New York, Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, to write the official poem of the Diwali Stamp Project: Brighten up the World / Light up the Nearest Lamp / Stamp out Clouds of Darkness / Bring in the Diwali Stamp.” Ranju then thanked all those who had helped her along the way. “The peoplesʼ movement won! Strength of the Indian‑American commu‑ nity is visible because we were united behind the same cause. Even William Gicker, director of stamp development, said: ʻThis was the biggest push, the most people writing in, and it was the volume of petitions, and not the high profile support, that swayed the committee.ʼ And with that USPS gave in to the long pend‑ ing demand of Indian community in the United States.” Ranju acknowledgeed Grace Meng, Yvette Clarke, Shiv Dass, Nita Jain, Surinder Kathuria, Scott Stringer, Harish Thakkar and Neeta Bhasin, and many others as well members of the media for keeping “the journey alive for all of us!” “Many thanks to Air India, Indiaʼs national carrier, and its Regional Manager Vandana Sharma, who joined hands with Diwali Stamp Project to promote the maximum number of stamps sold for the First Day ‑ as a big thank you to USPS for giving us our Stamp,” Ranju said. The Diwali stamp design is a photograph fea‑ turing a traditional diya (oil lamp) beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a ghee or in vegetable oils. Sally Andersen‑Bruce of New Milford, CT, photographed the diya. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp and William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, served as the projectʼs art director. Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five

days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year. This year Diwali falls on October 30. The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail 1‑ounce price. Ordering First‑Day‑of‑Issue Postmarks Customers have 60 days to obtain the first‑ day‑of‑issue postmark by mail. They may pur‑ chase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at usps.com⁄shop or by calling 800‑782‑6724.

Hurricane hitting Florida, emergency declared

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alike. Floridians hunkered down as pelting rain and punishing wind began to pummel the state, the first sting of the deadly Hurricane Mathew expected to grind its way up the coast overnight and through most of the day Friday. Gov. Rick Scott (R) repeatedly pleaded with res‑ idents to take the storm seriously, urging the 1.5 million Floridians in evacuation zones to leave and describing Hurricane Matthew in increasingly blunt terms as he tried to describe the peril. Matthew tore through Haiti this week and caused nearly 300 deaths just in the southern part of that country, officials said, before pushing across the Bahamas and threat‑ ening to strafe a stretch of the US East Coast that runs from South Florida to North Carolina. While the storm had weakened at one point during its journey, by Thursday it had surged

to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sus‑ tained winds of 130 mph. Late Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center forecast said the storm could potentially remain just offshore as it moves alongside Floridaʼs coastline, but added that Matthew was still “likely to produce devastating impacts from storm surge, extreme winds, and heavy rains” along the stateʼs east‑ ern coast. As rain began to fall in Florida, all eyes looked east as the unprecedented storm slowly approached. Hurricane conditions could extend into Georgia and South Carolina by Saturday, the National Hurricane Center warned. President Obama has signed emergency dec‑ larations for Florida, South Carolina and, Georgia, ordering federal aid and allowing fed‑ eral authorities to coordinate disaster relief efforts in those states.

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EKAL VIDYALAYAʼS NY MEET CHARTS EXPANSION New York: Ekal is pulling all stops on village development
New York: Ekal is pulling all
stops on village development in
India and adopting ground‑
breaking methodology in the
way it operates in rural‑tribal
areas ‑‑ thatʼs the message cam‑
ing out of Ekal Vidyalaya
Foundationʼs (EVF) recent
“International Conference” in
Orangeburg, NY.
This 3‑day conference for
national committees of USA,
India, Canada and other coun‑
tries, was convened not only for
brain‑storming to assess the
progress made so far, but also to
charter EVFʼs course for 2017.
Until now ʻEkalʼ had targeted
100,000 villages for integrated
development. Now, Ekal wants to
reach out to all 600,000‑plus
rural/tribal areas in India.
Considering it is already in
62,000 villages, this was
inevitable. Another reason for
this ambitious undertaking is
that it has picked up tremendous
momentum in recent years in
terms of enterprising entrepre‑
neurs joining its fold everywhere
with innovative ideas and active‑
Meeting its
team, PM Modi
applauded Ekal
Vidyalayaʼs work
in rural India and
called it as an
extension of his
ʻSkill Indiaʼ
ly pursuing various rural proj‑
ects. At the conference,
Himanshu Shah, CEO of ʻShah
Capitalʼ and Mohan Wanchoo,
CEO of ʻEC Info Systemsʼ, each
pledged $100,000 to $200,000
a year for the next several years
to uplift rural lives. Inspired by
Modiʼs ʻSwachh Bharatʼ initiative,
Ekalʼs ʻclean environmentʼ pilot
project is already making its
mark in some rural and tribal
areas. Moreover, water conser‑
vation, organic farming, cottage
industries that could empower
young girls and women are in
full swing in most of the villages.
There are 53,000 Ekal schools in
operation throughout rural India
that benefit 1.5 million children ‑
half of which are girls.
Lalan Sharmaji, Village
Development Field Director for
“Ekal‑India”, presented numer‑
ous examples of Ekal Alumnus
who have distinguished them‑
selves by obtaining prestigious
district and state‑level jobs.
Bajarang Bagraji, CEO of ʻEkal
Abhiyanʼ (umbrella body of Ekal)
unveiled an ambitious plan of
multifaceted development of vil‑
lages for 2017. Ekal will add
5,000 new schools specifically in
conflict‑zones and enhance the
quality of training with digital
technology. He added that ane‑
mia, prevalent among rural
women, would be addressed in
300 villages and soon a pilot
project of ʻtele‑medicineʼ would
be started in West Bengal. As for
agro‑projects, 15,000 nutritional
gardens and 25,000 acres of
organic farming are being added
next year. The Event‑Committee,
headed by Dilip Kothekar and
Prajna Khisti, has decided to
stop banking on Bollywood
troupes for fund‑raising and
present talented artistes from
Ekal‑villages to perform regional
folk‑songs and dances of India,
skits from Ramayan‑
Mahabharat, folklore episodes,
etc. Ekal‑USA is also starting to
fully utilize Social Media.

Honoring heroes of global campaign against terrorism

New York: A Tribute Ceremony to honor 10 individuals and groups for their extraordinary contributions to the global campaign against violent extremism was held on September 22 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event, emceed by CNNʼs Wolf Blitzer, was co‑hosted by a group of seven women leaders, including Sara Bloomfield, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, and Meera Ghandi, Founder and CEO of The Giving Back Foundation. The event included a posthumous tribute to Elie Wiesel. The important contribution of 3 religious leaders to peace and intercultural harmony was recognized: Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation; Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See; and Dr. Ali Gomaʼa, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Egypt.

Honoring heroes of global campaign against terrorism New York: A Tribute Ceremony to honor 10 individuals

Meera Gandhi , seen with Irina Bokova, Director‑general of UNESCO and President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria, was a co‑host of the event. (Photo: Mohammed Jafar)

CM Das invites diaspora to invest in Jharkhand

New Jersey: Chief Minister Raghubar Das made an appeal to the Indian‑Americans to visit Jharkhand and collaborate with the state government to implement its vision of inclusive industrial growth with an eye on the development of all vital sectors including health, education, commerce and industry, Information Technology, agriculture and tourism. Das, accompanied by the team of top bureaucrats of Jharkhand, addressed a gathering of over 500 people hailing from or having a connection with Jharkhand at Royal Albert Palace, Fords, NJ, last week and shared the vision of the state government in the

presence of Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of

nificant contribution to Americaʼs economic

prosperity over the years, should also play a role in the development of Jharkhand with not only their investments but their expert‑ ise as well. An overseas community can and does serve as an impor‑ tant ʻbridgeʼ to access knowl‑ edge, expertise, resources and markets for the development of the state,” the CM said. Das said that in the almost 20 months that his government has been in power in the state, investments of about Rs 23,000 crore had come in Jharkhand. Jharkhand is now among the top five states in the country on

ease of doing business. The state government

CM Raghubar Das mentioned the Global Investor Summit in Ranchi next February.

CM Raghubar Das mentioned the Global Investor Summit in Ranchi next February.

India in New York. “Both the intention and policy of the state govern‑ ment are good. For the economic develop‑ ment of any state, industrial growth plays a pivotal role. Jharkhand is a land full of opportunities and possibilities, whether it is industry, agriculture, IT or tourism,” said Das. Calling on US investors and the Indian diaspora to contribute and invest for the economic growth of the state, Das said, “India and the US have to continue to work together to realize the vision of PM Narendra Modi and President Obama to ensure betterment of society and sustain‑ able development for all. “The Indian diaspora, which has made sig‑

has put in place investor‑ friendly policies. It is taking measures to ensure that all its people get improved power supply.” We have set a target of pro‑ ducing 20,000 MW of electricity by 2020,” he said. The CM invited potential investors to the Global Investor Summit to be held in Ranchi on 16–17 February, 2017 and declared to create a separate facilitation cell for the people having a Jharkhand connec‑ tion besides an online portal for the Indian‑ American investors. Riva Ganguly appreciat‑ ed the pro‑activeness of the state govern‑ ment in promoting investment and the interest of the state and assured all support for the promotion of Jharkhand.

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Indian-American named 'Future Leader of Audiology'

Houston: An Indian‑American associate professor at Lamar University in Texas has been named to the

2016 class of the 'Jerger Future Leaders of Audiolo‑

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gy' by the American Acad‑ emy of Audiology. Vinaya Manchaiah is one of only a dozen individuals se‑ lected nationwide for the honor. Audiology is a branch of science that

studies hearing, balance,

and related disorders.

Originally from South In‑ dia, Manchaiah holds a

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PhD in disability re‑ search from Linkoping University, Sweden. He also holds a number of degrees including an MBA from Swansea University, United Kingdom, Doc‑ tor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University, MS in Audiology from the University of Southamp‑ ton, and a Bachelor's of Science in Speech and Hear‑ ing from the University of Mysore, India. Manchaiah is also the co‑founder and director for strategic plan‑ ning for the non‑profit non‑governmental organiza‑ tion Audiology India, for which he served as presi‑ dent from 2011 to 2015. The organization seeks to foster ear and hearing health care in India. The Amer‑ ican Academy of Audiology is the world's largest pro‑ fessional organization of audiologists. The members look to provide hearing care services through educa‑ tion, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. (PTI)

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American Tamil School kids attend UN Peace Summit

United Nations: The US based volunteers run Tamil Schools' students voiced the “Yad‑

hum Oore Yavarum Kelir" (every city is our city, everyone is our kin) message at the UN during its 71st session on the International Day of Peace. Valar Tamil Iyakam (VTI), a non‑profit organization ‑that undertakes several visionary projects in the field of Tamil Language and Cultural Education for the younger generation in US ‑ organized

the participation of students from the Tri‑ State (NY, NJ, and CT) Tamil Schools in the UN's 71st session inauguration and the In‑ ternational Day of Peace event held in the sidelines of General Assembly session. The students who attended this conference heard presentations from the U.N Secretary‑ General and interacted with UN Messengers of Peace, Goodwill Ambassadors, and young leaders that aim to inspire youth to become more involved in creating a more peaceful world for all. UN Secretary General Ban Ki‑ moon detailed in his address the 17 Sus‑ tainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the theme of the 2016 International Day of Peace ‑ to the young studentsʼ community. “As part of our efforts to give our stu‑ dents community more exposure to the global leadership and policy making process, we took a team of 30 high school students and teaching volunteers from our New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

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The students and organizers outside the UN headquarters in NY

Tamil Schools to attend the event. They car‑ ried our cultural heritage message of Yad‑ hum Oore Yaavarum Kelir (Every city is our city, everyone is our kin)" said Dr. Arul Veer‑ appan, an Ivy League academician and the President of Valar Tamil Iyakkam. He said: “We hope to get an opportunity to include other Tamil schools in the east coast region for this program in 2017 and even nationwide in later years.” Gnanasekaran, Coordinator of the event said, “The event helped us in creating inter‑ est among our Middle and High School stu‑ dents by sharing the UN event participation among the parents and teachers.” Let us prepare our students to become the

UN's Young Leaders, Messengers of Peace and Policy Makers through our collective effort to uphold our cultural heritage of "Yadhum Oore Yavarum Kelir" in the global stage forever,” Shivakumar, Organizing Sec‑ retary of the event said. More than 55 students and teaching vol‑ unteers from New York Tamil Academy, Ku‑ marasamySouth Brunswick, Malrboro, Plainsboro, Bridgewater, Thiruvalluvar‑Edi‑ son and Newark Tamil Schools from New Jersey, Agaram, Bharathi and Kalvi Tamil Schools from Connecticut made this year's UN's International Day of Peace event spe‑ cial for Tamil community through their par‑ ticipation.

Connecticut Sikhs create awareness about Sikhism by distributing food

Norwich,CT: This was the third year of Celebrate Di‑ versity event which brought more than 20 cul‑ tures together un‑ der one roof and share their food and culture. The event is mainly organized by Rotary Club and other institu‑ tions and faith groups support this event. Sikh Sewak Soci‑ ety International USA from Con‑

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Sikh Sewak Society at ' Celebrate Diversity' event

which is like Vat‑ ican for Sikhs but the founda‑ tion stone was laid down by a Muslim,Guru Teg Bahadur Ji who is ninth Sikh Guru scarified himself to pro‑ tect Hindu reli‑ gion, holy scrip‑ ture Guru Granth Sahib ji which is considered as a live guru has writings of peo‑

ple who followed different reli‑ gion etc.

necticut also par‑ ticipated and represented the Sikh faith. Swaranjit Singh Khalsa President of Sikh Sewak Society USA and Member Norwich Commission of City Planning who usually do lot of Sikh awareness activities through turban day, inter‑faith participations, me‑ dia campaigns and billboards was one of the main organizers of the event. Khalsa said "Celebrating Diversity is one of the concepts of Sikhi because in Sikhism there are a lot of historical events in which different cultures and religions were given equal respect. For example Golden temple

Also Guru Gob‑ ind Singh Ji who gave Sikhs this distinct appearance with turban and beard and blessed Sikhs with articles of faith like Kir‑

pan (dagger which stands for justice and peace), Kesh (unshorn hair which helps spiritually), Kanga (comb which is a re‑ minder to be clean), Karra (steel bangle that Sikhs don't believe in superstitions), Kachera (long underpants for modesty) said "Recognize All Human Race as one." Khalsa also educated people about Sikhism through brochures and other edu‑ cational material.

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October 8-14, 2016


India ratifies Paris climate change deal

New Delhi: India, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally joined the Paris agreement on tackling climate change on Oct 2, the United Nations said, taking the global pact a step closer to its enactment. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris last December, aims to slash green‑ house gas emissions by shifting away from fossil fuels to limit global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius compared to pre‑industrial times. But it needs to be formally ratified by countries representing at least 55 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. "The Secretary‑General calls on all Parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as pos‑ sible this year," said a spokesman for the U.N. Secretary‑General in a statement. Next week the European Union is expected to complete the joint ratification of the cli‑ mate pact, which will be a major milestone as it would take approvals past the 55 per‑ cent mark and put the deal into effect ahead of the next round of climate talks in November, in Morocco. The Paris agreement

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The instrument of ratification was deposited by India's permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin. He said that India had played a “key role” in the negotiations and finalization of the Paris agreement as PM Narendra Modi has a “personal commitment” to the climate deal.

received a boost last month after the United States and China, the world's two biggest emitters, submitted their approvals to the United Nations. Concerns about the partici‑

pation of the United States loom over the deal but cementing the accord before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8 would make it harder to challenge if Republican

Donald Trump, who has opposed it, beats

Democrat Hillary Clinton, a strong support‑

er. President Obama welcomed India's ratifi‑

cation in a tweet, saying Prime Minister

Narendra Modi and the country was carry‑

ing on the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and

his belief "in a world worthy of our chil‑

dren." India had called for more work on the

agreement ahead of its ratification on

Sunday, with its environment ministry say‑

ing the Paris agreement laid a "broad frame‑

work" but detailed guidelines and rules were

needed for it to become operational. The ministry also criticized developed

countries, saying their populations "live

extravagant lifestyles with a high carbon

footprint". It said it was "very crucial" to advance key

issues, including those related to finance and technology transfer, at the meeting in Marrakech next month, where India also plans to urge developed countries to do more. "At Morocco India will insist on a concrete roadmap from developed countries," the ministry said.

India criticizes UNSC, blasts Beijing for opposing ban on JeM

Special to The South Asian Times

United Nations: New Delhi has castigated the 15‑member UN Security Council as it is unable to make decisions with regard to sanctions on leaders of organizations it itself designates as terrorist outfits after China put up a hurdle to an effort for a UN ban against Jaish‑e‑Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. JeM is a terrorist organization, which has sent suicide squads into India, particularly the state of Jammu and Kashmir, against not only the defense personnel but also the civilian population. Syed Akbaruddin, the chief representa‑ tive of India to the UN, told the General Assembly this week that the 15‑member council, the "principal organ" tasked with the maintenance of peace and security, has in many ways become "unresponsive to the needs of our time and ineffective to meet the challenges.” Alluding to Beijing, the representative referred to its technical hold on India's bid against Azhar, saying the council is a body that "ponders for six months on whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities." He participated in a debate on the report of the UN chief on the work of the organi‑

zation. The Indian envoy also called for reform of the council through expansion and making some as permanent members. On March 31, China, which is a perma‑ nent member of UNSC with a veto, had blocked India's move to ban Azhar under the Al‑Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the council. Beijing was the sole member in the pow‑ erful UN body to put a hold on New Delhiʼs application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting the bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. The Chinese hold had lapsed early this week, and had China not raised further objection, the resolution designating Azhar as a terrorist would have been passed automatically. Akbaruddin said in certain instances, the council does not even begin the nine‑ month process of identification and listing of publicly announced leaders of listed entities. "At best, it is now a body that can be described as an interesting and random mix of ad‑hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. This global governance architec‑ ture now calls for comprehensive reform," the Indian envoy said.

Social franchise health program fails to help rural Indian kids

Ne w Y o rk : A social franchising model of healthcare that aimed to deliver better quali‑ ty treatment has failed to improve the condi‑ tion amongst children with diarrhea and pneumonia in rural India, researchers, including one of Indian‑origin, have said. In 2013, preventable and treatable illness‑ es such as diarrhea and pneumonia claimed the lives of nearly a half a million Indian chil‑ dren under the age of five, the study said. The initiative ‑‑ world health partners (WHP) sky program ‑‑ which combined fran‑ chising business models and telemedicine, was funded with grants exceeding $23 mil‑ lion from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors. The program sought to train and enroll thousands of informal providers and create a massive network of franchisees to deliver more effective healthcare in rural areas of Bihar in India. "Children in rural Bihar do not receive the correct treatment, even though treatment for common illnesses like simple diarrhea is well known, inexpensive and widely available," said lead author Manoj Mohanan, Assistant Professor at the Duke University. "The WHP model of social franchising aimed to significantly improve rates of appropriate treatment of childhood diarrhea and pneumonia," Mohanan added. Between

2011 and 2014, the WHP Sky program developed a network of about 9,000 fran‑ chisees, most of whom were informal sector practitioners. However, the program's original goal was to build a network of 20,000 practitioners. The research showed that WHP Sky providers constituted a small share of avail‑ able health care providers ‑‑ just 6 per cent of private providers. Among all child visits to health providers in the study clusters, only 2.9 per cent of children with diarrhea and 2.7 per cent of children with symptoms of pneumonia were brought to WHP Sky providers. The net result was that the pro‑ gram had a zero effect on the likelihood chil‑ dren would receive proper treatment for the targeted ailments, or on health care utiliza‑ tion patterns, the researchers said. "There are a number of likely reasons why the program failed to have an impact. Most importantly, the business model was based on untested assumptions about demand ‑‑ not only practitioners' willingness to pay to join the network, but also the level of demand for care provided by members in the network," Mohanan said. In order to evaluate the impact of the pro‑ gram, researchers collected data on 36,315 randomly The findings were published in the journal October Health Affairs.

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IITIan dIaspora asked To make sTarTup IndIa a success

Toronto: India has urged the IITian dias - pora to invest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Startup India campaign to promote a culture of innovation in its ancestral land. Speaking at the 2016 International Confer- ence of the IIT Alumni Canada on October 1, which brought over 400 IITians from the US, Canada and Australia to Toronto, Indian Consul General Dinesh Bhatia urged the IITian diaspora to make the Startup India campaign a success. India is now an over $2 trillion economy and there are huge opportunities for IITians to be- come part of its success story, Bhatia told the te- chie conference, which, this year, is focused on “Towards a Sustainable and Prosperous Future:

Focus on Technology, Health and Environment”. Canadian Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, MPs, and mayors joined in welcoming the IITian gathering which also included the di- rector of IIT-Hyderabad and the deans of IITs in Mandi and Chennai. Duncan, who was dressed in a sari for the occasion, lauded the role of the IITians in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada. She said the theme of the conference is in tune with agen- da of the Canadian government, which wants to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Linda Jaffrey, mayor of the Indian-dominated city of Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto, invited the IITians to become partners in the progress of her city which is one of the fastest growing in Canada. One of the highlights of the conference was a live toy-making demonstra- tion by India’s famous IITian Arvind Gupta who chucked his job with Tatas in 1978 to promote the love of science and innovation among In- dia’s underprivileged children. Showing his fel- low IITians how he engages poor children by turning discarded household items — such as newspapers, matchboxes, broom sticks, rubber slippers, electric bulbs, film roll box, and pencil boxes — into toys, Gupta made an impassioned plea to the IITian diaspora to contribute to the education of India’s poor children. Conference co-chair Raghu Nayak said, “IITians stand for innovation and these bright brains at the conference have highlighted how we can integrate innovation to solve global problems of poverty, diseases and pollution. Since technology caused most of the current problems facing mankind, we think it is the technology that will solve these problems.” Canada is home to over 1,000 hugely suc- cessful IITians, including billionaire Prem Wat- sa who is called the Warren Buffett of Canada.

Washington, DC: Promi - nent Indian American philan- thropist Dr. Suri Sehgal has urged members of the affluent Indian American community to donate at least a part of their income to philanthropy. Delivering the third Ameri- can Bazaar Philanthropy Lec- ture, here at the Washington Plaza Hotel on October 1, the founder of the SM Sehgal Foun- dation pointed out that roughly 27 percent of the community members have a median in- come of $140,000. If that seg- ment of the population com- mitted at least $1,500 a year — which is half of the money an average American house- hold is giving annually — about $1.8 billion will be available for philanthropy, he said. Earlier in the evening, Sehgal received the 2016 American Bazaar Philanthropy Award. Presenting the award, entre- preneur and philanthropist Frank Islam described Sehgal, who has committed most of his wealth to philanthropy in In- dia, as an inspirational figure.

Dr. Sur I Segha L rece Ive S Ph IL anthro P y awar D

“Those in this room that are not yet initiated into philanthropy don’t need to look further for inspiration,” said Islam, a recip- ient of the award in 2015. Philanthropy, like business, is about solving problems, and “What the SM Sehgal Founda- tion is doing in India is identify- ing some of the most pressing problems the country is facing and coming up with solutions for them,” Islam said. “The Se- hgal Foundation is trying to solve, in its own small way, one of the greatest challenges India is facing at the moment: the dis- empowerment of rural India.” The SM Sehgal Foundation, headquartered in Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb in the state of Haryana, is active in around 550 Indian villages. Sehgal, who came to the United States in 1959, described his journey from the pre-Partition Punjab to building a successful career in

the United States and giving back to the country of his birth. The 84-year-old Sehgal, who holds a PhD in Plant Genetics from Harvard University and a diploma in business manage- ment from Harvard Business

School, founded the SM Sehgal Foundation in the late 1990s. He and his wife, Edda, allocat- ed most of the money they re- ceived after selling their India- based company Proagro group of companies, to philanthropy.

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Dr. Suri Sehgal receiving the award from Frank islam in Washington, DC.

Taking pediatric oncology & hematology to rural India

New York: Indian origin Amer- ican pediatric super specialist Dr Akshat Jain and cofounder of Prarabdha, NY (NPO) spent the past month in rural Rajasthan providing free medical services to children suffering from child-

hood cancer and hemophilia. He introduced a teaching curriculum for supportive care in children undergoing lethal cancer chemotherapy and con- ducted research studying the needs of patients undergoing

treatment at the government medical facilities within the northern states of India. Speak- ing to medical students and house staff caring for these pa- tients Dr Jain emphasized the need of compassion in clinical

practice and keeping up to date with the rapidly changing spectrum of newer and safer therapy options available to these patients. Speaking to a leading daily newspaper Rajast- han Patrika, he enlightened the readers the causes attributed to the rise of cancers in children and how novel “Immunothera- py” is transforming the care of children with cancer.

Layla Majnun through non-Indian eyes

New York: Indians, at least north Indians, know the tragic love story of Laila Maj- nun too well, and they would see it as Bollywood versions of the legend have shown. But the classic tale has also for long pervaded Arabic, Persian, and Azerbaijani cul- tures. It is also now a trans - cultural dance-drama that had its premiere last week in Berkeley, Calif. Mark Mor- ris, who has employed sev- eral ethnic styles over the decades, choreographs and directs it, in collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble.

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after California, ‘layla and majnun’ dance-drama will travel to Seattle, ann arbor, mich., and Hanover, N.H. (January 6-7)

A reviewer for The New York Times says that Mr. Morris does not so much tell the Layla-Majnun sto- ry as refract it, ritualize it, multiply it. “The emphasis is all on emotion. Some - times one couple from the group represents the hero and heroine; sometimes we see five Laylas and five Majnuns; sometimes one couple is offset by an en- semble that also at times suggests society, the lov - ers’ parents, the male and female hearts.” Not quite Bollwyood stuff.

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October 8-14, 2016


Virginia: Republican vice presidential can‑ didate Mike Pence narrowly beat Senator Tim Kaine as they sparred on US policies, the abortion law, the war in Syria and

"safe zones" for refugees in the US in a 90‑ minute vice‑presidential debate, a CNN poll showed. Debating Kaine on Tuesday night, Indiana Governor Pence taught a master class on how it's done. Every time Kaine attacked, Pence parried and deftly pivoted to some‑ thing entirely dif‑

ferent. When Kaine demanded that Pence defend Donald Trump's secrecy on his taxes, the Republican ducked and

talked about how low taxes are good for economic growth. Penceʼs aim was to stabilize Trump's bid after a turbulent week in which the billionaire admitted that he greatly benefited from "unfair" US tax laws.

Pence edges Kaine in VP debate Hillary Clintonʼs running mate, Tim Kaine, and Trumpʼs VP pick,
Kaine in
VP debate
Hillary Clintonʼs running mate, Tim Kaine, and Trumpʼs VP pick, Mike
Pence. Penceʼs performance was better than the Donaldʼs last week.

Whenever Kaine offered an extended list of Trump insults, Pence did not defend. Instead, he moved to complaining about Clintonʼs comment: "basket of deplorables". Focused on his talking points, never tak‑ ing the bait, Penceʼs was a bravura per‑ formance. The high point of the debate

came when Kaine attacked Trump's for‑ eign policy chops. He kept shooting with Trump liners like ‑‑ "I know more than all the generals about ISIL" ; "I am going to fire all the generals"; "John McCain is no hero"; "the generals need to be fired"; and "NATO is obsolete". Pence deflected to the Obama administration's foreign policy record.

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Kaine often interrupted Pence to ham‑

mer away at Trump's business ties to

Russian banks, his campaign team's lobby‑

ing work for a Ukrainian strongman and

the billionaire's eyebrow‑raising praise for

Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Pence broached the idea that the

Obama administration had let Russia dom‑

inate the response to Syrian policy, Kaine

wore an expression that looked vaguely

sad, as though he could not believe Pence

had gone there. On the abortion policy, Pence said it was

a crucial issue to him and he could never

support a party that would support the

legalization of later‑term abortions. While

Kaine is personally opposed to abortion,

he said it was not his right to impose that

view on the public. The Democrat paraphrased former US

President Ronald Reagan with regard to nuclear weapons, saying Trump was the "fool" or "maniac", who could start a nuclear war. Pence responded with "Senator that was even beneath you and Clinton and that's pretty low." According to the BBC, Pence's goal was to reassure Republicans panicked by Trump's debate performance last week and his bungling in the days that followed that cooler heads will prevail. And he did exactly that.

By Shivaji Sengupta the airline during 1995! According to The Wall Street Journal, this loss is
By Shivaji Sengupta
the airline during 1995!
According to The Wall Street
Journal, this loss is literally
hundred times the aver‑
W hen Hillary Clinton accused
Donald Trump of not paying
income taxes ‑ "That means he
paid zero for social security, zero for the
army, zero for infrastructure," Mr. Trump
slyly interjected
that he was
"smart" not to pay
those taxes. Now,
age loss shown by
American businesses
per year: $96,700!
The IRS, though, is
satisfied that
Trump's losses were
real, not trumped up.
Then what is the
up tax
Donald Trump’s tax triumphs prove
that he is a shrewd businessman.
What it does not prove is that he
would be a good President in
terms of improving the economy.
days before the
elections, The
New York Times
has come out with
seemingly block‑
buster news that
the Republican nominee for president had‑
n't paid taxes for 18 years!
I say "seemingly blockbuster" because
what Trump did is not that unusual.
American business people have been avail‑
ing of this tax protection apparently since
1918, a tax law that allows businesses to
not pay taxes if they can show losses, so
that they can get a chance to recuperate
the loss the following year. If they were
obligated to pay taxes, over and above the
losses, their businesses might never recov‑
er ‑ so the logic goes.
From the point of view of business this
makes sense. However, Trump claimed,
that he had lost $967 million dollars ‑
almost a billion over his casinos, the Plaza
Hotel in New York City, and Trump Shuttle,
was working for
Trump then. “I am
not working for
The problem obviously
is the enormity of Trump's losses.
As Hillary Clinton asked rhetorically,
"What kind of businessman loses a billion
dollars in one year?" The implication clear‑
ly being that Trump is not as successful a
businessman as he claims to be. Most perti‑
nently, Democrats and Clinton supporters
are fervently hoping that the news about
Trump not paying taxes, and calling him‑
self smart because of it, will hurt him in the
ballot box.
Not necessarily.
Trump has two types of supporters: those
who are white and poor and angry with the
United States because of their condition.
They have long ago adopted Trump. They
watch TV, do not read past headlines of
tabloids, and are absolutely convinced
Trump will help them. Trump knows this.
That is why his explanation to them about
his avoidance of taxes was that yes, he
used to do all this shenanigans because he
Trump anymore; I am
working for you!” His audience
managing personal wealth is not the same
as shepherding the economics of a whole
country, especially that of America.
In personal business deals, regardless of
His other kind of supporters are the
business people themselves who have used
tax loopholes the same way Trump has,
except perhaps not to the same degree. If
anything, they would admire him for his
sheer ability to show a billion‑dollar loss
and get away without paying taxes. To
their eyes, Trump is “smart!” They, too, will
vote for him. It is possible that a few edu‑
cated and undecided individuals might get
turned off with Mr. Trumpʼs creative
accounting and not vote for him, but, over
the long haul, I doubt if Trumpʼs tax issues
will hurt him further in the polls.
Trumpʼs tax triumphs prove that he is a
shrewd businessman, well trained in taking
care first of himself, and then of everyone
else. What it does not prove is that he
would be a good president in terms of
improving the economy. This is because
how large it is, one has to be mindful of far
less variables than when making deals on
behalf of the USA. Not only is our countryʼs
economic health extremely complex, with
stakeholders both domestic and abroad,
sometimes we intentionally absorb eco‑
nomic losses in order to make political
gains. This is what happens in much of US
trade relations with China, or with less
developed countries in Asia and Africa. Our
country is constantly forgiving foreign
debts, incurring huge losses, simply to
increase its influence among them.
Obviously, Trump does not understand or
appreciate that.
Does it mean that if Trump wins, he will
be an unmitigated economic disaster like
some of his detractors say? Not necessari‑
ly. It all depends on whom Trump selects to
advise him on the economy.
The author is a regular contributor to
The South Asian Times opinion columns.
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October 8-14, 2016



By Robert Golomb

I am not at all surprised that this

election is receiving a great deal

of statewide attention”, Elaine

Phillips, the Republican candidate for the New York State District 7 Senate seat in this coming Novemberʼs election, stated during a recent interview. Ms. Phillips, the current 3‑term mayor of the village of Flower Hill, who is also running on the Conservative, Independent, and Reform Party lines, was stating the already widely known: The out‑ come of the race in District 7, one of the approximately 10 State Senate races pollsters have labeled as “toss‑ups”, could determine whether the State Senate is con‑ trolled by Democrats or Republicans. As it currently stands, the Democrats control 32 seats to the Republicans 31. However, Democrat Senator Simcha Felder

of the 17th District in Brooklyn caucuses with Republicans, giving them a de facto, albeit extremely fragile, one vote majority. Because of this close and tenuous political configuration of the State Senate, the outcome of the race in the 7th might well determine which party will control that legislative body, after the winners of Novemberʼs election are sworn‑in come January 2017. Which is the major reason the campaigns of Phillips and her Democratic opponent, local businessman, Roslyn school board member and party activist Adam Haber, have drawn the close attention and careful scrutiny of political leaders of both parties statewide. There is another factor that makes the stakes for the outcome of the Senate races even higher. With the Democrats holding a 109‑ 41 supermajority in the state Assembly and with 2‑term Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo currently holding the exec‑ utive branch, a Democratic take‑ over of the Senate would lead in Albany to what would amount to be “one party rule”. Phillips told me that such an eventuality would be terrible. “Having Democrats con‑ trol the governorship and both leg‑ islative bodies would destroy the system of checks and balances that are essential to good government. The results for New York State would be disastrous”, she contend‑ ed. Phillips, 57, the married mother of three daughters aged 19, 21 and 23, who is running on a platform which includes improving the stateʼs economy, lowering property taxes and ending corruption in Albany, added, “It has been the Republicans who have been lead‑ ing the fight to create a business friendly environment that will cre‑ ate more high‑paying private sec‑ tor jobs. they have also led the battle to reduce the burdensome property taxes that have hit the middle class the hardest. In addi‑

Elaine Phillips looks over an elaborately decorated bomb shelter outside a preschool near Haifa, during a visit to Israel early this year.

Elaine Phillips speaks with members of the growing Indian‑American community in her Senate District. The 7th District is among the most ethnically diverse on Long Island.

By Robert Golomb I am not at all surprised that this election is receiving a great

GOP candidate Elaine Phillips:

Hoping to keep NYS Senate

under Republican control

tion, it has been mainly the Republicans who have fought Governor Cuomoʼs attempts to end the investigations into the illegal political activities that permeate throughout Albany. I do not even want to think what could happen in the future should the Democrats hold a total monopoly of power in the state.” The 7th district, which encom‑ passes the entire town of North Hempstead and portions of the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, all within the boundaries of Nassau County, contains 32 vil‑ lages, the largest number of vil‑ lages of any senate district in the state. One of those 32 villages is Flower Hill. Phillips told me that her record as mayor there is indicative of how she would serve if elected to the state senate. “As mayor,” she stated, “I saw how hard the middle class in particular was hurt by high taxes, so I made it my priority to reduce village taxes in Flower Hill . Working together with both Republican and Democrats, I was able to signifi‑ cantly reduce taxes in the village, which made it among the lowest taxed villages in the region. If elected, I will fight for and support legislation that reduces state taxes, just as I worked in Flower Hill to reduce the village tax rate for our citizens.” Demographic reports show that the 7th district is among the most ethnically diversified in the state, containing first or second generation citizens from China, Korea, India, Pakistan and Portugal. Alluding to that diversity, Phillips stated, “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to run for a position that would enable me to represent a whole cross‑section of residents of the district, including those who come from such

extremely proud and wonderfully diverse ethnic backgrounds ‑ and are so proud to be Americans.” Beyond this ethnic diversity, there is also heterogeneity in the voting patterns of the citizens of the district: Of the 7thʼs total pop‑ ulation of 315,163 citizens, regis‑ tered Democrats outnumber Republicans 90,027 to 67,755 (there are 2,230 Conservative and 8,642 Independent registered party voters, with 57,135 who are not enrolled). However, despite this 25% advantage Democrats hold in the district, over the recent past voting cycles, Republicans have dominat‑ ed them in the state senate elec‑ tions. The current State Senator Republican Jack Martins, whose departure from the race for his seat to make his current run for Congress in the 3rd CD first opened the Republican slate to Phillips, was first elected in 2008, and later re‑elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Prior to Martins the seat belonged to Democrat Craig Johnson.Johnson was preceded by three successive Republicans span‑ ning more than a decade. Referring to this political dichotomy, I asked Phillips whether she was heartened by the past success of Republicans in the district or disheartened by the major advantage in voter registra‑ tion Democrats hold over her party. Answering that neither of those two adjectives describe her thought process as she conducts her campaign, Philips stated, “While I am fully aware of both the party affiliations of the voters and the political history of the district, it has very little to do with how I view or conduct the campaign, which focuses, not on the past, but rather on how to improve the lives

of our citizens in the future, begin‑ ning, I hope, with my election in November.” Phillips, who told me that her pro‑economic growth, lower prop‑ erty tax, anti‑corruption policies are similar to those Jack Martins has championed legislatively dur‑ ing his 8 years in office, said that there is one particular bill, S6378A, that will be one of her pri‑ orities. This bill, which Martins himself prime‑sponsored, prohibits any New York State government entity from engaging in business and financial transactions with companies, corporations or indi‑ viduals that participate in boycotts, such as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), that are aimed at economically and politically harm‑ ing the state of Israel. While S6378A cruised through the Senate, which passed it in January 2016 by a vote of 56‑5, and while Governor Cuomo has promised to sign the bill into law, the billʼs opponents, exclusively Democrats, in the assembly have stopped it from even being intro‑ duced on the floor there. Phillips told me that she will attempt to use her position as state senator to win the support of the bill from its cur‑ rent opponents in the assembly. She explained that such communi‑ cation would not be unusual, as it is part of the legislative process for members of one of the two law‑ making bodies to lobby members of the other to oppose or support a particular bill. Phillips, who is a practicing Episcopalian, said that she has hope that once she presents the background of the anti‑Israel boy‑ cott movement to S6388Aʼs assem‑ bly opponents, she will be able to convince them to change their positions. “The Arabs just changed

ʻthe do not buy from Jewsʼ words of hate that they spread in 1945 about Jews living in then Palestine, which I will point out, was three

years before there was even a Jewish state and coincided with the last year of the genocide of Jews in Europe, to their new, ʻDo not do business with Israelʼ”. Phillips told me that a trip she took to Israel this past summer fur‑ ther reinforced her already strong support for the Jewish state. "I saw how", she said," through the courage, determination and spirit of her people, Israel, a very small nation, has become an internation‑ al leader in major advances in sci‑ ence, medicine, environment and technology ‑‑ advances that have provided great benefits to people throughout the world, including ironically, many of the people of the same nations that seek Israel's destruction." Phillips, who actively began her campaign for state senate in August shortly after her return from Israel, said she has enjoyed every one of the countless hours she has spent electioneering. “It has been an honor and privilege to meet and listen to the great ideas and legitimate concerns of the wonderful women and men in the district. It will be an honor and privilege to serve them should I be elected in November.” Whether Phillips or her oppo‑ nent Adam Haber gets elected to the 7th Senate District in November, the outcome of that contest might play a major role in how New York State is governed in the next two years.

Robert Golomb is a nationally and internationally published columnist. Email him at MrBob347@aol.com and follow him on Twitter@RobertGolomb

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October 8-14, 2016


Trump Foundation told to stop fundraising

Washington: New York Attorney General's office on Monday ordered Republican presidential can‑ didate Donald Trump's foundation to cease fundraising immediately after a report revealing that the charity is not properly authorised to seek public donations. "The Attorney General's office is the sole regu‑ lator of charities in New York State, and when evidence of clear misconduct is brought to our attention, we take action," Xinhua news agency quoted Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as saying. On Monday, the Trump campaign released a statement questioning the "political motives" behind the investigation into the foun‑ dation as Schneiderman is a Democrat. The Trump Foundation never registered under article 7A of New York's Executive Law as is required for any charity asking for more than 25,000 dollars per year from the public. This means Trump's foundation has avoided any of the outside audits New York law requires of larg‑ er charities. Trump was fined for using his foun‑ dation to donate 25,000 dollars to a political organisation for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and reporting in its public forms that the money was for a similarly named charity instead. Non‑profits are not allowed to make political con‑ tributions in New York state. The donation took place in 2013 when Bondi's office was consider‑ ing whether to open a probe into fraud allega‑ tions against Trump University. Bondi's office did not open an investigation afterwards. Bondi and Trump have both denied the contribution was connected to the case.

Trump admits benefiting from 'unfair' tax laws

Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has admitted greatly benefiting from "unfair" US tax laws, saying that he used them "bril‑ liantly" to his advantage, but promising to change them if he becomes the President. "The unfairness of the tax laws is unbelievable, it's something I've been talking about for a long time, despite frankly being a big beneficiary of the laws," Efe news quoted Trump as saying on Monday. "I'm working for you now, I'm not working for Trump," he said ‑‑ a state‑ ment that brought cheers from the crowd at a campaign rally in Pueblo, Colorado. According to the billionaire, because of his past experience with using the tax laws to his benefit, he understands the complex system better than anybody else and is the only per‑ son who can "fix" it, promising to do exactly that, although not specifying exactly what he would do in that regard. In his first remarks after revelations about his tax history were published by The New York Times on Saturday, the magnate said that he had "brilliantly" used the US tax laws to legally pay as lit‑ tle in federal taxes as possible. Trump waited two days to speak about the report, in which the paper

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A furor erupted after NYT revealed that Trump may have legally avoided paying federal taxes for 18 years after declaring a massive business loss of $916 million in 1995.

said on Saturday that the mogul may have legally avoided paying federal

taxes for 18 years thanks to declaring a huge business loss of $916 million in


"The media is now obsessed with an alleged tax violation from the 1990s, at the end of one of the most brutal eco‑ nomic downturns in our country's histo‑ ry," Trump said. "The conditions facing real estate developers in that early '90s period were almost as bad as the Great Depression of 1929 and far worse than the Great Recession of 2008 ‑‑ not even

Trump contributed nothing for country:


E mphasizing the need of a law for the nominees of the two major par‑ ties to release their tax returns,

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said her Republican

counterpart has contributed nothing for

the country. While referring to the New York Times report, which noted Donald Trumpʼs net loss of more than $915 mil‑ lion in 1995, Clinton said Trump “may not have paid a dime” in federal income taxes for nearly two decades. Clinton said that while millions of Americans worked hard to pay their fare share, Trump contributed nothing for the country. “Trump was taking from

America with both hands and leaving the rest of us with the bill. What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?” she said at a campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio.

close," he said. He said at the Monday rally that he pays a lot of money in other taxes, specifying: "I face enormous taxes ‑‑ city, state, sales, excise, employ‑ ee, federal, VAT, different countries."


Paris: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was held at gun‑ point inside her hotel room here and robbed of jewelry worth several mil‑ lion euros, police said. Kim was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night at the luxury hotel in Paris by at least two men dressed as police officers, according to police officials and her publicist. She was here to attend the Paris Fashion Week. "The loss amounts to several mil‑ lion euros, mostly jewelry. The total amount is still being evaluated," a police official told bbc.com. According to eonline.com, Kim's publicist said that the celebrity was "badly shaken but physically unharmed".

KIM KARDASHIAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN PARIS Paris: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was held

Robbers took away Kimʼs jewelry and ring worth a few million dollars.

Voters concerned about terrorist attacks in US: Poll

Washington: Fifteen years after the US government launched "war on terror" following the 9/11 attacks, a majority of US voters are concerned about possible terrorist strikes in the country, a new poll said on Monday. According to the new Morning Consult poll, 56 per cent of the US voters think it is at least somewhat likely that a terrorist attack will occur in the US over the next few months. While less than half Democrats say that the US is safer now, an overwhelming majority of Republicans think otherwise, the poll found, with more than seven in 10 Republicans saying that a terrorist attack is somewhat or very likely, Xinhua cited the findings. The poll came as the country was on high alert against terror attacks after three bomb attacks occurred last month. Nearly 29 people were wounded in a blast on September 17 in New York City, hours after another pipe bomb exploded on the same day along the route of a Marine charity run in the US state of New Jersey in what authorities believed was a planned attack.

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October 8-14, 2016

Pak officer admits India carried surgical strikes

New Delh i : A senior Pakistan police officer has admitted that India indeed carried out
New Delh i : A senior Pakistan
police officer has admitted that
India indeed carried out surgical
strikes in Pakistan‑administered
Kashmir and killed at least five
soldiers and several militants in
an operation that Islamabad
denies happened.
Ghulam Akbar, the
Superintendent of Police (Special
Branch) of the Mirpur Range in
Paksitani Kashmir, told CNN
News18 TV channel that the
strikes took place at many sec‑
tors on the early hours of
September 29. The news channel
said that one of its journalists,
Manoj Gupta, posed as Inspector
General of Police Mushtaq while
speaking to Akbar over tele‑
The channel aired excerpts of
the conversation, quoting Akbar
as saying that he personally
knew about the strikes.
The Indian operation, he said,
occurred at Samana in Bhimber,
Hazira in Poonch, Dudhniyal in
Neelam and Kayani in Hathian
Bala, the border sectors on the
Pakistani side of the Line of
Control (LoC).
Akbar said the Pakistan Army
cordoned off all these areas
immediately after the Indian
He said the bodies many have
been buried in villages.
Akbar also revealed that the
Pakistani Army facilitates the
movement of terrorists in for‑
ward areas and arranges for
their crossing over to India, the
channel said.
again urges
to expose Pak
"The army brings them, sir
Soldiers in action during an encounter with militants in north
Kashmir's Kupwara district on Oct 6. (Photo: IANS)
attack continued between that
time. "There were attacks on sep‑
arate places
were attacked
(with) resistance," Akbar said.
The news channel said Akbar
stated that the Pakistan Army
was caught unawares by the
Indian attack and lost five sol‑
Several places
They also met
"Sir, that was night
say roughly 3‑4 hours
you can
diers. The channel said it had the
names of the slain Pakistani sol‑
diers but didn't reveal them.
The Mirpur police officer also
claimed that the bodies of an
unknown number of terrorists
were quickly removed by the
Pakistani military and taken
away in ambulances.
2 a.m. and 4 or 5 a.m
is in their hands," Akbar said.
He said he doesn't know about
the accurate number of terrorists
killed because the Pakistan Army
protects the jihadi infrastructure
from even the local authorities
and police.
The admission by the senior
police officer came even as
Pakistan has repeatedly trashed
Indian claims that its comman‑
dos crossed the LoC and
destroyed seven terror launch
pads and killed an unknown
number of militants.
Pakistan even took a group of
local and foreign journalists to
some areas near the LoC to claim
that the surgical strikes never
The Indian Army carried out
the operation to avenge the
September 18 killing of 19
Indian soldiers in a terror attack
on a military base in Jammu and
India said the suicide attackers
were from the Jaish‑e‑
Mohammed (JeM) and infiltrated
from Pakistan.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal again urged
the Centre to expose Pakistan
internationally, while hailing
the media for exposing its false
propaganda on surgical strikes.
"So happy that some media
exposing Pakistan's false prop‑
aganda. I congratulate them.
Urge Indian govt (government)
to likewise expose Pakistan
internationally," Kejriwal tweet‑
ed. He quoted a report of a
news channel which claimed
that an officer in Pakistan‑
administered Kashmir had
accepted that surgical strikes
took place.
Kejriwal in a video message
requested Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to expose
Pakistan's false propaganda
when before a delegation of
international media it denied
the Indian surgical strikes.
The Chief Minister, in spite of
differences with him on other
matters, had earlier hailed the
Prime Minister's strict meas‑
ures against Pakistan.

Pak PM tells military to act against terror

Islamabad: Faced with growing global isolation and pressure to act against terror originating from Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has bluntly asked the mili‑ tary leadership, including the ISI, to act against terrorist groups and conclude soon the probes into the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot attacks. Pakistan's influ‑ ential Dawn newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the civilian government, in a "blunt, orchestrat‑ ed and unprecedented warning", asked military‑led intelligence agencies "not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off‑limits for civil‑ ian action". "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks‑related trials in a Rawalpindi anti‑terrorism court," the newspaper said. It said that the government has

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has bluntly asked the military leadership, including the ISI, to act against terrorist groups.

informed the military leadership of "a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state". The government asked spy agency Inter‑Service Intelligence (ISI) chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar and National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua to travel to each of the four Pakistani provinces with a message

for ISI's sector commanders. The decisions were taken after an extraordinary verbal confronta‑ tion between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the spy agency chief, the newspaper said. It said that the account was based on con‑ versations with Dawn of individu‑ als present in crucial meetings Nawaz Sharif held this week.

Three Pak terrorists killed in army camp attack

Srinagar: Three Pakistani terror‑ ists were killed on Thursday in a gunfight that erupted after they attacked a counter‑insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, an army officer said. Heavily armed terrorists dressed in army fatigues attacked the 30 RR camp situated in Langate town of Kupwara district at 5.10 a.m. on Thursday, but the attack was foiled. "Our sentries, who were on high alert carried out retaliatory fire to deny terrorists who entered our fencing. Our quick reaction team was activated. They localized the area where the terrorists were spotted, and after that they car‑ ried out sanitisation of the area. Three Pakistani terrorists were eliminated," Colonel Rajiv Saharan of 30 RR told the media in Handwara. The army officer said a huge quantity of arms and ammunition and communication devices were recovered from the slain terror‑ ists. "These terrorists were carry‑ ing huge quantity of arms and

ammunition and other war like stores, including three AK 47 rifles, two under barrel grenade launchers, large quantity of small arms, ammunition and grenades, GPS radio sets, maps, metric sheets and food and communica‑ tions stores," he said. The security personnel are still carrying out combing and search operations. "Operation is still continuing, sanitisation of the area is not yet complete," added the officer. Colonel Rajesh Kalia, spokesman of the Indian Army's Srinagar‑ headquartered 15 Corps, told IANS earlier that alert guards at the 30 RR camp in Langate locat‑ ed close to a civilian facility foiled the terrorists' attempt to enter the camp by breaching its security periphery. On October 3, a BSF trooper was killed and another injured when separatist militants attacked the camp of 47 RR in Janbazpora area of Baramulla town. The guerrillas, however, man‑ aged to escape.



October 8-14, 2016


India, Sri Lanka share concerns about cross‑border terror

New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka have shared concerns over cross‑border terrorism in a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe. "Prime Ministers Modi and Wickremesinghe shared concerns at the spread of cross‑border terrorism in the region and reaffirmed that they were of one mind on the need to counter this menace, which was affecting progress in entire South Asia," sources here on Wednesday said fol‑ lowing the meeting. India last month pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November citing Pakistan's sponsorship of terrorism in the region. New Delhi's move came after the September 18 cross‑border terror attack on an army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan fol‑ lowed suit citing the same reason, virtually isolating Pakistan in the region. Sri Lanka expressed the view that the Saarc Summit would not be possible in the absence of India. According to the sources, Modi and Wickremesinghe reviewed progress in bilat‑ eral efforts to forge closer cooperation in economic, defence and security matters. Both leaders agreed on more active partici

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in Delhi. (Photo: IANS)

pation by Indian industry in developmental priorities in Sri Lanka During the course of the day, Wickremesinghe also held meetings with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. In the evening, Wickremesinghe called on President Pranab Mukherjee and both sides reiterated the urgency to counter cross bor‑ der terrorism through united action, includ‑ ing at the UN through early adoption of the India‑initiated Comprehensive Convention on Counter Terrorism and strengthening internal security systems.

Terror foremost challenge for Asean countries: Parrikar

New Delhi: Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar called ter‑ rorism the "foremost chal‑ lenge" for the south‑east Asian countries, adding that there is a need to delegit‑ imise it as an instrument of state policy. Parrikar said:

"Terrorism remains foremost challenge to our (Asean) region. We need to oppose terrorism resolutely every‑ where, delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy, and cooperate unreservedly to locate and destroy terror‑

ist networks." He was speaking at the 20th Asean Regional Forum Heads of Defence Universities meet
ist networks."
He was speaking at the
20th Asean Regional
Forum Heads of Defence
Universities meet here.
"The security frame‑
works in our (Asean)
region still does not give
enough attention to ter‑
rorism. This must change,"
he said according to an
official statement.
Union Minister for Defense
Manohar Parrikar.
(Photo: IANS)
As a part of the ongoing Namasté France festival, Embassy of India, Paris presented an evening

As a part of the ongoing Namasté France festival, Embassy of India, Paris presented an evening of contemporary Indian dance by Indian dance icon, Padma Shri Astad Deboo at the prestigious Opéra Bastille in Paris on October 3.

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October 8-14, 2016



Pak surgical strikes video given to PMO

New Delhi: As the demand for sharing evidence of the surgical strikes grew louder, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the footage has already been handed over to the Prime Minister's Office by the Army. The Minister said a call on making the video public rests with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The video footage has been handed over to the government by the Army," Ahir told IANS on phone from Mumbai. Asked if the government planned to share the video, he said: "No such decision has been taken yet, a call can only be taken by the Prime Minister." "A nation has its own policies and one needs to practise restraint. People like Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal lis‑ ten to Pakistan. The DGMO did the briefing and everyone in India believes it," the Minister

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits a forward location at Drass in Jammu and Kashmir. said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits a forward location at Drass in Jammu and Kashmir.

said. Meanwhile, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by Prime Minister Modi, was held on Wednesday during which the situation along the Line of Control was reviewed. Officials from the Defence Ministry, meanwhile, said there

were no discussions on releasing the video. The officials did not specify if a final stand on the issue has been taken. Former Army Chief General J.J. Singh (retd), meanwhile, said sharing a footage will not be in

national interest.



"I want to tell it loud and

these are secret and dis‑

creet operations which are sup‑

posed to be executed with preci‑

sion, and our people are sup‑

posed to come back leaving as

far as possible no evidence

behind," Singh told IANS. "In today's age, there is enough

electronic equipment to track

and record to tell what they have

achieved, but it is not in national

interest to put it in public

domain. It has never been done

in the past


in fact, it is not even

supposed to be talked about. We

must be mature enough as a country to be able to ensure that this kind of pressure is not put on the government or the army to produce videos," the former Army chief told IANS. India has said a surgical strike

was carried out during the night intervening September 28 and 29 to destroy terrorist launch pads across the LoC.

Pakistan has, however, claimed that no such attack took place.

In India, some political leaders,

including Delhi Chief Minister

Arvind Kejriwal and Congress

leader Sanjay Nirupam have

demanded that the government

release evidence of the strike.

The situation has been tense on the India‑Pakistan border

since the September 18 terror

attack at an army camp in Uri

town of Jammu and Kashmir

which left 19 soldiers dead. India

blamed Pakistan‑based Jaish‑e‑

Mohammad militant group for

the attack.

Relations between the two neighbouring nations have dete‑ riorated since the surgical strikes. On Tuesday, Indian Army alleged that Pakistan troops opened unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places along the LoC and along the International Border in Akhnoor sector in Jammu.

Madras HC trashes PIL on Jayalalithaa's health

Chennai: The Madras High Court has dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Traffic Ramaswamy seek‑ ing information about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's health condition. The court dismissed the case as the one filed for seeking publici‑ ty. In the wake of various rumors about Jayalalithaa's health, Traffic Ramaswamy filed the PIL seeking the real status of Jayalalithaa's health. The 68‑year‑old Chief Minister was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 for fever and dehydration. While Apollo Hospitals initially said Jayalalithaa was cured of fever, later it said she was being treated for infection. She was advised some more days' stay in the hospital. Meanwhile, according to reports, a three‑doctor team from

Rumors are making rounds regarding Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's health.
Rumors are
making rounds
Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister
J. Jayalalithaa's

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, will examine Jayalalithaa. The reports said pulmonologist G.C. Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha from AIIMS will examine Jayalalithaa. However, officials of Apollo Hospitals and the state govern‑ ment were not available to com‑ ment on these reports. The AIIMS medical team comes

after British doctor Richard Beale, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy's and St. Thomas Hospital, London, examined Jayalalithaa. According to Apollo Hospitals, the treatment plan was based on detailed discussions with Beale. The treatment plan included appropriate antibiotics, respirato‑ ry support and other allied clini‑ cal measures presently being continued to treat the infection.

Indian communication satellite GSAT-18 put into orbit

Chennai: An Indian communica‑ tion satellite GSAT‑18 was suc‑ cessfully put into orbit by Ariane 5 rocket belonging to French com‑ pany Arianespace, Indian space agency said. The rocket lifted off from its spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) its Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took control of GSAT‑18 and performed the ini‑ tial orbit raising activities by firing the motors onboard the satellite. The satellite was placed in a cir‑ cular geostationary orbit, ISRO said. GSAT‑18 is India's latest com‑ munication satellite with 48 transponders that receive and transmit communication signals. The 3,404 kg satellite will pro‑ vide services in normal C‑band, upper extended C‑band and Ku‑ bands of the frequency spectrum. The satellite carries Ku‑band bea‑ con as well to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. Its designed in‑orbit

operational life is about 15 years. "It is now the fifth time this year that ArianeA5 has performed flaw‑ lessly, and this launch celebrates as well its 74th success in a row, now equalling (that of the prede‑ cessor) ArianeA4," Arianespace's Chairman Stephane Israel was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the company. Apart from the Indian communication satellite, the Ariane 5 rocket put into orbit Australian Sky Muster II satellite. Overall, Arianespace has won 86 percent of all geostation‑ ary launch contracts the country has opened to non‑Indian launch systems ‑ including those for GSAT‑11 and GSAT‑17, to be lofted on future missions from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the company said. Carrying 12 transponders in Ku‑band and another 24 in C‑band, GSAT‑18 will provide telecommunications services for India once in its final orbital position (74 deg. East), strengthening ISRO's current fleet of 14 operational satellites.

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October 8-14, 2016

At the Diwali stamp dedication ceremony Oct 5, emceed by Ravi Batra, there was standing room
At the Diwali stamp dedication ceremony Oct 5, emceed by Ravi Batra, there was
standing room only in the Indian consulate ballroom.
Air India offer of free tickets to India for raffle winners made the
Diwali stamp sales fly. Air Indiaʼs Regional Manager ‑ Americas,
Vandana Sharma, is second from right.
People thronged the first floor of the Indian consulate in New York
to purchase Diwali stamps and get first day covers cancelled.
An estimated 100,000 stamps got sold at the outset.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony (from left) Ranju Batra, Chair ‑ Diwali Stamp Project, Rep Carolyn
Maloney, Rep Grace Meng, and Pritha Mehra USPS Vice President ‑ Mail Entry and Payment Technology
(Photos: Mohammed Jafar)
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October 8-14, 2016



Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti by promoting culture of Peace & Nonviolence

Hauppauge, NY: Volunteers of Shanti Fund honored Mahatma Gandhi this year by inviting and celebrating “Peace and Wisdom” program in many schools in Nassau & Suffolk counties of Long Island. Some 200 students joined with their parents, teachers and adminis‑ trators of at least 10 school dis‑ tricts on October1 at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, NY. This adds up to almost 70 schools and thou‑ sands of youngsters participat‑ ing. Along with honoring Gandhi, they were honoring all the world peace leaders by cel‑ ebrating their messages of peace and understanding and exploring the insight of United Nations – “Sustainable Development Goals”. Morning started with a fun yoga session and mindful walk‑ ing meditation lead by yoga teacher, Ms. Mariko Fusillo. Dr. Panna Shah coordinated sever‑ al musical presentations from different schools having 10‑40 students for each item. Music of peace was diverse compris‑ ing a Zulu peace song to teach‑ ing peace by Red Grammar and ʻImagineʼ by John Lennon. One of the important ses‑ sions of this morning was dis‑ cussion by several youth

One of the dozen peace presentations by students of Long Island schools.

Dr. Panna Shah accepting proclamation on behalf of Volunteers of Shanti Fund from Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino.

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groups from different schools, almost 70 schools involving thousands of students, on how their schools celebrated
groups from different schools,
almost 70 schools involving
thousands of students, on how
their schools celebrated peace,
their understanding of peace
and wisdom as well as their
exploration of Sustainable
Development Goals of the UN.
Participating schools were
Saxton Middle School, John W.
Dodd Middle School and high
schools Kings Park, Patchogue
Medford, William Floyd and
Many schools submitted stu‑
dentsʼ artwork ranging on the
theme of “Peace and Wisdom”.
The award ceremony will be
presided by Suffolk County
Executive Steve Bellone.
At this event, Commissioner
of the Department of Public
Works, Gil Anderson, and Dr.
Kishore Kuncham,
Superintendent of the Freeport
Schools, spoke and led all to
take a Pledge of Nonviolence.
At cake cutting ceremony
(from left) Mrs. Lockel, CEO of Red
Cross; Rev. Pina, Executive director
of Long Island Council of
Churches; Supervisor Santino; Mr
Nair, Consul Community Affairs;
Mr Raia, NYS Assemblyman; John
Miller and Arvind Vora.
On Bapuʼs 147th Birth Anniversary
Gandhiʼs life in color
Students of Flushing Sai Center presented a skit on Gandhiʼs life and message.
Patriarch of three generations connectivities to Gandhiji,
Shri Nagindas Matalia signing the Mahatma book
V olunteers of Shanti Fund cele‑
brated Mahatma Gandhiʼs birth‑
day over two days with a multi‑
tude of activities involving students,
youth and adults alike. On October 1
school students of Long Island
dwelled on peace leaders of the world
with main focus on Gandhiji. On
October 2, over 150 people enjoyed
presentations. Korean and Brazilian
singers presented Raghu Pati Raghav
to Let There Be Peace while Neel
Pahlajani, a young rapper had his cre‑
ation Pray Along, a variation of Bapuʼs
favorite bhajan Vaishnava Jan Toh. A
dozen youth from Flushing Sai Center
presented a skit promoting Gandhiʼs
life and message. Honored guests
were: NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia;
CEO of Long Island Red Cross Neela
Mukherjee Lockel; Executive Director
of Long Island Council of Churches,
Rev. Dyanne Pina; Supervisor of
Hempstead Anthony Santino; and
Consul of Community Affairs K.
Devadasan Nair.
T he UN has promoted October 2,
Gandhijiʼs birthday, as International
Day of Nonviolence since 2007.
This year on Oct 2, Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi launched a historical
book on the Mahatma in New Delhi. The
800‑page large size bookʼs uniqueness is
that many historical black & white photo‑
graphs have been painstakingly convert‑
ed into color. In USA, it was launched at
the events organized by the Volunteers of
Shanti Fund. On Oct 1, students of Long
Island schools, teachers, parents and
administrator each wrote their name in
color on a separate page while a photo is
taken and the with a repeat process on
Oct 2. Arvind Vora apprised the audi‑
ence that India and the US were working
hard to prevent another major Indo‑Pak
war. Also noteworthy is that India ratified
Paris climate change pact on October 2
at the behest of PM Narendra Modi to
memorialize one more practical way of
remembering the Mahatma who lived
with minimal possessions, what is now
called minimum carbon footprint.

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17 October 8-14, 2016 Festival AIA’s 29 D IwAlI rocks s outh street se Aport New

AIA’s 29 th D IwAlI rocks s outh street se Aport

New York: The Association of In- dians in America (AIA-NY) celebrated their 29th Annual Deepavali Festival at the South Street Seaport her on October 2. Tens of thousands of peo- ple enjoyed Indian culture, food, her- itage, live performances and a spec- tacular display of Live Fireworks. Naach Inferno, the inter-collegiate dance competition now in its third year, saw first-time entrants Rutgers Bhangra as the winner this year. Arya International had the crowd dance with Bollywood moves. North American artist Mickey Singh had the youth audience light up South Street Seaport with glow sticks and applause. The Jungle Book fame Neel Sethi in his interaction re- vealed how he became Hollywood’s most adorable new star. With the event falling on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, there was a special tribute paid to him along with Essay & Drawing Com- petition on the importance of Peace. Gracing the VIP Hour were Consul General Riva Ganguly Das, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Pub- lic Advocate Letitia James and many business and community leaders. Live Fireworks sponsored by CheapOair & Qatar Airways from the East River illuminated the skyline in a Grand Finale. Toyota, Pepsi, New York Life, Swan Club, MoneyGram, Kotak Bank, HAB Bank, Navika Capi- tal, Star Plus, Sony Entertainment, Jus Punjabi and TV Asia also helped. AIA is one of the oldest organiza- tions of Indian Americans founded in 1967.

For more info, www.theaiany.org

17 October 8-14, 2016 Festival AIA’s 29 D IwAlI rocks s outh street se Aport New

AIA-NY team posing with President Sunil Modi (middle).

17 October 8-14, 2016 Festival AIA’s 29 D IwAlI rocks s outh street se Aport New
17 October 8-14, 2016 Festival AIA’s 29 D IwAlI rocks s outh street se Aport New

The Jungle Book’s Neel Sethi was a star attraction

Vendors did brisk business as crowds surged.

Dushahra celebrateD in eDison

Dushahra celebrateD in eDison The 25-ft Ravan effigy brought from India. Navrang Dance academy enacted the

The 25-ft Ravan effigy brought from India.

Dushahra celebrateD in eDison The 25-ft Ravan effigy brought from India. Navrang Dance academy enacted the

Navrang Dance academy enacted the Ramleela.

Dushahra celebrateD in eDison The 25-ft Ravan effigy brought from India. Navrang Dance academy enacted the

Bollywood choreographer sandip soparrkar at the lamlighting.

Edison, NJ: Thousands cheered as the 25-ft Ravan effigy burst into flames to celebrate the Victory of Good over Evil. Followed spectacular fireworks at Lake Papaianni Park concluding the 18th Grand Dushahra Festival on October 1. The Festival was inaugurated in the auspi- cious presence of Shri Devkinandan Thakurji Maharaj, Chief Guest Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, Congressman Frank Pallone, Councilman Ajay Patil, Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad, accompanied by festival Chairperson Chanchal Gupta, and other dignitaries and lawmakers. The festival started with a cultural program. The dazzling Ram Leela performance was presented by over 85 performers of Navrang Dance Academy with beautiful costumes and props, and sound and light effects. The 25-ft Ravan effigy had came all the way from India. Vendors did brisk business. Raffle prizes from air tickets to gold coins and flat screen TVs were the latest addition to the event. The New Jersey’s Dushahra was started in 1999 by the Founder and Chairman, Mangal Gupta and the festival has since grown ex - ponentially. The sponsors included Zee TV, &TV, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, New York Life, TV Asia, 8kRa- dioEBC, Radio Zindagi, Indus American Bank, Air India, Suhag Jewelers, Narula insurance, The South Asian Times, etc.

Email: dushahra.usa@gmail.com


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Temporary ban on Pak artistes in India YRF to launch 'Befikre' trailer at Eiffel Tower T
Temporary ban on Pak
artistes in India
YRF to launch 'Befikre'
trailer at Eiffel Tower
T he Indian Motion Pictures
Producers' Association (IMPPA)
announced it has decided to ban
Pakistani artistes and technicians from
working in India until the hostilities
between the two countries subside.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, Vice
President, IMPPA issued an official state‑
ment, signed by IMPPA President T.P.
Aggarwal, in this regard.
It read: "IMPPA at its Seventy Seventh
Annual General Meeting on September
29, 2016 unanimously resolved to appeal
all IMPPA members to henceforth in
Ranveer Singh with Vaani Kapoor.
P roduction banner Yash Raj Films (YRF) will
unveil the trailer of filmmaker Aditya Chopra's
future not to work with any artistes,
singers and technicians from Pakistan
until the situation of hostilities between
Pakistan and
India subsides
upcoming movie "Befikre" at the Eiffel Tower
here. The trailer for the Ranveer Singh and Vaani
Kapoor‑starrer will be launched in collaboration
with French authorities on October 10. Ranveer and
Vaani will turn up in style for this first of its kind
evening, saluting a fresh, celebratory and youthful
love story, read a statement from the banner.
"Befikre", set to release on December 9, captures the
Parisian spirit of freedom and impulsive living.
and the govern‑
ment of India
declares that all
is well with
Pakistan and
"The resolu‑
tion was
passed by all
present in one
voice and all
IMPPA members
All Indian channels
banned in Pak
Shiv Sena workers tear a poster of Pak singer
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Ahmedabad.
Indian designers to walk on
Eiffel Tower for first time
N o Indian TV channel can be viewed in the
country after October 15, the Pakistan
Electronic Media Regulatory Authority
and Kashmir,
which killed
18 Indian sol‑
Pandit said
T he fashion industry will witness the India and
global collections for the first time rver on the
(PEMRA) has said, a media report said. According to
The Nation, Pakistani people have demanded
action be taken against "all Indian channels".
According to the reports, crackdown will be
held against all cable operators in the
are hereby requested
country in case the orders are
not followed.
that this deci‑
sion will be
applicable for
new projects. He
said the IMPPA will
in no way impede the
to refrain working with
Pakistani artistes, singers or
technicians till further instructions."
The decisions have come in the wake of
the September 18 attack in Uri, Jammu
release of any movies
which are slated to hit the
screens and feature Pakistani actors.
This resolution is the second such direc‑
tive after the political party Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena (MNS) gave an ultima‑
tum to Pakistani artistes to leave India,
and even threatened the release of films
featuring Pakistani actors.
Among the films are Karan Johar's "Ae
Dil Hai Mushkil", starring Pakistan's
heartthrob Fawad Khan, and Shah Rukh
Khan's "Raees", which will mark Mahira
Khan's Bollywood foray.
Asked if IMPPA's resolution is motivated
by the MNS in anyway, Pandit said: "It has
nothing to do with politics. We are not
going to trouble any filmmaker who has
already worked with a Pakistani actor in a
yet to be released film, but we are oppos‑
ing any new projects with them."
first level of the Iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Called the French European Indian Fashion Week,
it is an Initiative by World News Network to be held
from October 21‑23. The season will showcase the
ramp walk shows for Indian designer Rocky S,
Poonam Bhagat and others. Our vision is to pro‑
mote, nurture and incubate emerging talents from
India that can cater to a global audience and we are
also getting designers from Italy, Paris, London,
Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Zurich, India
and other countries,” said French European Indian
Fashion Week President Satish Reddy.
Fawad won't be first
guest on 'Koffee
Karan Johar
Are Pak
asks Salman
Tiger Shroff pays tribute
to MJ in 'Munna Michael'
T iger Shroff, who is currently shooting for
director Sabbir Khan's "Munna Michael", has
paid tribute to the late King of Pop Michael
Jackson by replicating his moves in the film. And
the first look of the movie shows the actor is trying
to give his best shot to emulate MJ.
Salman was accused
of supporting terror after
his comments on Pak artistes.
ʻAe Dil Hai Mushkilʼ,
Johar is
up for
the release
of Khan.
ollywood superstar
Salman Khan questioned
the campaign against
F ilmmaker Karan Johar says Pakistani star Fawad Khan
won't be seen as the first guest on his popular chat
show "Koffee With Karan". It was speculated that
Fawad would be the first guest on the chat show. Asked
whether he will begin the show's fifth edition with the
"Khoobsurat" actor, Karan said at the 7th Jagran Film
Festival: "No. I haven't yet reached the combination. There
has been a lot of conjecture about that. We are zeroing on
episode one and will answer soon." In its past seasons, the
show has been graced by celebrities like Amitabh
Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Kareena
Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gurinder
Chadha, Farah Khan, Anil Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
Pakistani actors working in
India, saying they were not ter‑
rorists. "They are artistes.
But the veteran actor did
not specifically question the
moves in Bollywood to ban
Pakistanis from working in
films being made in India.
Salman was in the national
capital to launch a "Being
Human" jewellery line.
Commenting on the surgical
strikes India carried out on ter‑
rorists across the Line of
Control, Salman said: "The ideal
situation would have been of
peace. Now when this has hap‑
pened, then obviously there
will be reaction to this action.
Tiger is seen wearing a hat and striking a pose
similar to the signature Michael Jackson pose.
Three massive sets reflecting Mumbai's nightlife
were created at a studio here for
a special song, which will
feature over 400 dancers
and will be choreo‑
graphed by Ganesh
Acharya, read a state‑
ment. The special
song, which will be
incorporating moves
from some of Hollywood's
finest background
artistes terrorists?" Salman
asked at a press conference in
New Delhi.
"They come to India with
visa. Who gives them the visa?
Our (Indian) government gives
them visa. The government
gives them work permit,"
Salman added.
What do you think
artistes, will open the
film. "Michael Jackson
is the greatest and
this entire film is ded‑
icated to him. It's a new journey and I hope he's
watching," Tiger said in a statement. Tiger will be
imitating some of MJ's most iconic dance moves,
including the `toe‑stand', `crotch grab', `moonwalk',
`feet shuffle', `MJ spin', `anti‑gravity lean',
`sideslide', 'robot' and `jacket throwback'.
Tiger will be imitating
some of MJ's
most iconic
dance moves.



October 8-14, 2016

Hrithik controversy: Why daddies always save sons? Nawazuddin denies sister‑in‑ law's allegations of torture A ctor
Hrithik controversy:
Why daddies
always save sons?
Nawazuddin denies sister‑in‑
law's allegations of torture
A ctor Nawazuddin
Siddiqui denied
allegations of tor‑
Kangana was present at an event to launch
Chetan Bhagat's new novel
K nown to speak her heart out,
actress Kangana Ranaut
can't Indian men stand up for
themselves. He is a 43‑year‑old
son. Why his father has to come
for his rescue always?"
"For how long they will keep
hiding behind their influential big
names of father. He is an adult and
he can pretty much handle his
own controversies in show busi‑
ness. It is just a simple controver‑
sy. Why daddies have to always
save their sons, I don't understand
this," the actress added further.
Actress Kangana Ranaut was pres‑
ent at an event to launch Chetan
Bhagat as new novel "One Indian
ture made against him
and his family by his sis‑
ter‑in‑law, and said that
she has done it for pub‑
licity as he is a "soft tar‑
In a complaint to
Muzaffarnagar district
Superintendent of Police
(Rural) Rakesh Jolly in
Uttar Pradesh, the woman
who married Nawazuddin's
younger brother
Minauzzidin Siddiqui on
May 31, 2016, has alleged
that her in‑laws have been
asking for dowry and mis‑
behaving with her.
She has also alleged that
Nawazuddin beat her up on
September 28 when she was three
months pregnant.
In his defense, Nawazuddin pub‑
licly released a CCTV footage of
September 28 and said that the
real culprit behind all this is her
uncle. "I am just contradicting all
the allegations that have been
made against me," Nawazuddin
said. At a press conference,
Nawazuddin said: "I'm falsely
charged by my sister‑in‑law
because I am a soft target for her.
She wants to get publicity from all
alleged that sister‑in‑law
the actor
beat her up.
this. I'm an actor, so that could
also be a reason for her allega‑
tions. Had it happened with a com‑
mon man, it would not have made
Explaining the footage,
Nawazuddin said that his sister‑in‑
law's uncle and his wife came at
his place with a "proper plan of
"They said that when the whole
incident happened, the CCTV cam‑
era was switched off and we
hit them. But thankfully CCTV
camera was on. So, clearly they are
vented her anger publicly on
the Roshans questioning that why
Hrithik Roshan's father had to
come for his rescue after issues
between her and the actor sur‑
faced earlier this year.
Ranaut asked indirectly "why
Indian men cannot stand up for
themselves and a father is defend‑
ing his son".
On being asked about Rakesh
Roshan's comment that someone
is spreading lies against them, the
"Queen" actress replied immedi‑
ately, "No but I want to know why
proved wrong here," Nawazuddin
said. "Secondly, they said that I hit
that woman in her stomach.
However, in the CCTV footage that
I have issued publicly on YouTube,
you can clearly see that I have not
even touched her."
"Thirdly, they said when we were
beating them, they were shouting
and all our neighbors came in.
However, again you can see that
when they robbed us and were
fleeing, except for the family
nobody else was there," he added.
He said the police is now investi‑
gating the whole case.
Gopichand biopic to be made in 3 languages
N ational Award‑winning director
Praveen Sattaru's film on the former
Indian badminton champion Pullela
Gopichand will be made in Telugu, Hindi
and English, says a source. "The plan was
always to make the yet‑untitled film in
three languages. Since Gopichand is
widely popular, the makers have
Badminton Chief national
coach Pullela Gopichand.
decided to make the film in Telugu, Hindi
and English. The pre‑production work has
already started and the project will go on
the floors next year," a source from the
film's unit said. Actor Sudheer Babu, a for‑
mer Badminton player who had trained
under Gopichand, will play the role of his
guru on the big screen. Sattaru will com‑
mence work on the biopic after he com‑
pletes working on the yet‑untitled Telugu
project with actor Rajasekhar.
Dhoni biopic chugs along touching right nerve
T his biopic is far from inspi‑
rational. Nevertheless, it
reveals the trials and tribu‑
lations of the unassuming Indian
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
who rose meteorically, only on
the basis of his merit.
Well‑mounted with moderate
production values, the film docu‑
ments the cricketer's life. But the
script lacks the chutzpah of his
personality. Moving in a lacklus‑
ter manner on an even keel, the
narrative lacks drama.
The film delves on Dhoni's
childhood and how he got
absorbed in cricket, his struggle
in balancing his work life and
his passion, his brief romance,
his sincerity to the game and
everything he did in life. On the
cricketing front, it covers the
laid‑back attitude of the bureau‑
crats, politics of the game and
Dhoni's tenure as the captain of
the team.
With a run time of 3 hours and
10 minutes, the film is extremely
lengthy. The dialogues are bland
and the ones that strike a chord
like ‑‑ "We are all servants and
we all are doing national duty" ‑‑
has been used as promotional
material and seems forced in the
Sushant Singh Rajput as M.S.
Dhoni is convincing. What works
for Sushant is his non‑star per‑
sona, since he does not come
with the star baggage, he fits the
role perfectly.
Kiara Advani and Disha Patani
are endearing as Dhoni's love
interests, Sakshi and Priyanka.
Overall, the film is not as excit‑
ing as a one‑day cricket match.
Instead, it is like a Test series
that definitely touches the right
Cricketer MS Dhoni and actor
Sushant Singh Rajput
during the trailer launch of the film.
20 October 8-14, 2016 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info 'Surgical strikes' will reap Modi rich political benefits By Amulya
October 8-14, 2016
'Surgical strikes' will reap Modi rich political benefits
By Amulya Ganguli
D uring the Kargil conflict in
1999, India did not cross
the Line of Control (LoC). If
it has behaved differently this
time, the reason is that Pakistan's
reputation has nosedived in the
last decade and a half. From
being an "international migraine",
as former US Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright called it, to a
country which keeps "snakes in
its backyard", as another
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
said, Pakistan has been steadily
undermining its own position as a
respectable member of the world
India's image, on the other
hand, has been on the rise. It is
also being widely recognized
that India has been facing a
relentless Pakistani effort to
destabilize it via the targeting
of parliament in December
2001 by jehadis to decimate
the country's top political
leadership, to a commando‑
style terrorist operation in
Mumbai in November 2008,
and then to the recent succes‑
sion of attacks on military
camps in Pathankot, Uri and
Few in the world will
doubt, therefore, that
India's patience has
exhausted. Moreover, it is being
recognised that Pakistan is keep‑
ing the Kashmir issue alive only
to muddy the waters considering
that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi travelled the extra mile in
search of a solution, as his flying
visit to Lahore last December
India can therefore be fairly
confident that its military
Wednesday/Thursday night to
the constant Pakistani provoca‑
tions will be seen as an unavoid‑
able riposte to a neighbour which
has been resorting to unremitting
terror for more than a decade. In
authorizing the surgical strikes
by the Indian Army on the terror
camps across the LoC, Modi can
be said to have found the answer
to eliminate the "snakes" which
Pakistan harbors in its backyard
In authorizing the surgical strikes
by the Indian Army on the terror
camps across the LoC, Narendra
Modi can be said to have found
the answer to eliminate the
"snakes" which Pakistan harbors in
its backyard for biting India.
for biting India. If the earlier
fears of a nuclear confrontation
have abated this time, the expla‑
nation lies in India's decision to
designate such strikes as one‑
time operations whenever
Pakistan carries out a terrorist
attack. Given this assurance of
restraint, Pakistan will be hard
put to try and expand the theater
of war.
At the same time, a prompt
Indian response to an act of jeha‑
di mayhem will carry a stamp of
legitimacy of a kind which Israeli
reactions to Palestinian terrorism
But there is a difference. While
the Israeli acts unfortunately
tend to hurt civilians as well, the
precise Indian operations against
the launch pads of the Pakistani
terrorists and their backers along
the LoC will kill only the "snakes".
There is little doubt that if India
can continue to act with such pre‑
cision, the Pakistani backers of
the jehadis ‑‑ the army and the
Inter‑Services Intelligence (ISI) ‑‑
will be at a loss about the efficacy
of their next anarchic attempt like
sending fidayeens or suicide
squads into an Indian metropolis.
It goes without saying that
Modi's image will be burnished
beyond measure by his success
in finding the right answer to
Pakistani intransigence and bel‑
ligerence, not to mention its fool‑
ishness in testing the world's
patience by joining the ISIS as a
terror Frankenstein.
As for Modi, it is not only that
he will be virtually beyond chal‑
lenge in the political field in the
foreseeable future in the same
way that Indira Gandhi was
hailed as Goddess Durga by Atal
Behari Vajpayee after the libera‑
tion of Bangladesh; his decisive‑
ness will also be an object of
The accolades for him will be
all the greater because, first, he
tried to reach out to Pakistani
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by
visiting him at his home in
Lahore at short notice without
standing on ceremony.
And, secondly, by calling for a
"war" against poverty by both the
countries even after the Uri
tragedy. In doing so, Modi dis‑
played a maturity which hardlin‑
ers in the saffron brotherhood
did not show because of their sole
emphasis on an outright con‑
The result is Modi's emergence
as a larger‑than‑life figure, who
can ensure the BJP's political
hegemony over the next 15‑20
years as historian Ramachandra
Guha has predicted.

In din of Indo‑Pak war drums, some real losers

By Saeed Naqvi

Mariam, born in India, equally stub‑ ings. In other words, God's gifts will

Mariam, born in India, equally stub‑

ings. In other words, God's gifts will

problem is that Rabab needs a visa,

the nation's sanity. Thanks to them

Banda maza us milap mein hai,

S haila died in a Karachi hospital

on the day when the army

camp in Uri was attacked.

which is difficult to obtain when Indo‑Pakistan temperatures are high. But she has an American pass‑

visiting relatives from Pakistan envied us for the friends we had. "Bhaiyya, can we buy land here?" It

port. That does not matter. Her

all seems so distant in time.

Threatening war drums kept her brother, Nazim, a dear cousin of mine, from traveling for the last rites. That was the best he could have done. Forbidding paper work would have come in the way of Shaila's burial in the family grave‑ yard in Mustafabad near Rae Bareli. So she was buried in Karachi. Nazim wept on my shoulder in New Delhi. In Dubai, my cousin Shireen's dilemma is of a different order. With some effort, she could have attended the funeral in Karachi. She decided not to. Shireen lives with a paranoia: she is averse to having her Indian passport stamped by Pakistani immigration. Thereby hangs a tale. Daughter of Left liberal author, my uncle, Saiyyid Mohammad Mehdi, Shireen did her Master's in Sociology from JNU, married a Pakistani cousin Abbas, and had a daughter, Mariam. Given her back‑ ground, Shireen was obstinately opposed to giving up her "secular" Indian identity for a Pakistani one.

bornly clung on to her Indian pass‑ port. These compulsions forced Abbas to find work as a banker in neutral territory ‑‑ Cayman Islands. In the balmy weather, when Shireen was in the family way again, she decid‑ ed to hop across to Florida for good gynaecological support. Thus came Rabab into this world, not only pampered by the most opulent medical facilities but also with access to a gift from the gods ‑‑ an American passport. She was born in America. In Herbert's great poem, The Pulley, God exhausts all his treas‑ ures on man but keeps for himself the "Rest". This has multiple mean‑

come with "repining restlessness" so that man does not forget Him. Well, Shireen had her share of God's convoluted gifts. A tall, lovely, 28‑year‑old, on a wheelchair, immo‑ bile and comprehensively chal‑ lenged, is Rabab, carrying the world's most priceless travel docu‑ ment ‑‑ an American passport. For long years, Dubai has been their chosen "neutral" territory from where they branch out to rela‑ tives resident in either of the coun‑ tries for which their papers are valid. To make life easier for her beloved Rabab, Shireen has kept an option in New Delhi near our daughters, her adoring nieces. The

father is a Pakistan citizen. Period. But she is challenged. Doesn't mat‑ ter. God's other gifts to Shireen were soon to be packaged with fur‑ ther complications. The older daughter did superbly at university in Canada, fell in love with a Haitian filmmaker with a Canadian passport. It therefore made sense for her to acquire a Canadian pass‑ port, supremely confident of her Indian attachment. She was born in India and if an Indian passport is no longer her "birthright", (she thought) at least an OCI or an Overseas Citizen of India identity card would be hers for the asking. I realise more than most people that these are abnormal times. In fact my career as a foreign corre‑ spondent would have been impossi‑ ble without unstinted help, on a personal basis, from friends in the foreign office. Additionally, visas for friends and relatives, on both sides of the border, were there for the asking. My friends were a strand in the vast mosaic that kept

When some of us accompanied the India's then External Affairs Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Pakistan, I invited colleagues K.K. Katyal and M.L. Kotru, among oth‑ ers, to visit relatives in Karachi. The idea was to share with them the Mohajir experience. A teenage cousin of mine took my breath away: "Bhaiyya, are they Hindus?" "Yes, but why do you ask?" "Because they look just like you." The boot was on the other foot those days. My mother, an eternal optimist, a great favorite of Shaila, Nazim, Shireen, Abbas, indeed our entire universe, died three years ago, determined to believe that sooner or later mists will lift and peace will descend. The following couplet was an article of faith with her:

Jo sulah ho jaaee, jung ho kar? (There is great pleasure in the togetherness Which happens after a big quar‑ rel.)

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October 8-14, 2016


21 October 8-14, 2016 DIASPORA PBK, a memorial for those who went aBroad: sushma Prime Minister
PBK, a memorial for those who went aBroad: sushma Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration
PBK, a memorial for those
who went aBroad: sushma
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, at
Chanakyapuri, in New Delhi on October 02. Union Minister for External Affairs
Sushma Swaraj and the Ministers of State for External Affairs, General (Retd.)
V.K. Singh and M.J. Akbar are also seen. (Image: Pib.nic.in)
New Delhi: After the inaugura -
tion of the Pravasi Bhartiya Ken-
dra here, External Affairs Min-
ister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday
said this centre is “a memorial for
those who went abroad” to earn a
living for themselves.
“This is no ordinary building.
This is a memorial for our fore -
fathers who went abroad. This
is rememberance for them, it’s
a proof of our tradition,” said
Swaraj, thanking Prime Minister
Narendra Modi for inaugurating
the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra.
Swaraj said the center repre-
sented the beauty and diversity
of our heritage as well as India’s
“There are many facilities in
this center for the pravasis (di -
aspora). They can stay in this
building as well. It incorporates
art and culture of every state of
India,” she added. (IANS)
Will do every-
thing to bring
back stranded
indians in
saudi: vk singh
Sukhmani Khaira,
Neha Soudagar to
indian-origin lawyer
in line for shadow
cabinet role in uK
represent Australia at
worldwide pageants
New York: Twenty-three
year old Miss India Austra-
lia 2016 winner Sukhmani
Khaira from Sydney will
represent Australia in the
Miss India Worldwide grand
finale in New Jersey on Oc-
tober 9th competing against
30 countries.
Khaira was selected on
the basis of her overall per-
formance at the official au-
ditions and the talent work-
shops at Miss India Australia
2016 pageant. In addition to
English, Sukhmani can speak
two more languages - Pun-
jabi and Hindi.
Sukhmani Khaira is being
sponsored and mentored
by Sydney based image
and Bollywood consultant
Raj Suri and will be exclu-
sively represented via Raj
Suri associate talent office
in Mumbai.
Sukhmani will have the
opportunity to network with
the worldwide delegates, at-
tend industry events, train-
ing and workshops.
Some of the Bollywood
and TV celebrities who
will be attending in the
US are: Meenakshi Shesa -
dri – prominent Bollywood
actor, Mia Sharma – TV
actor, lead actor of Jamai
Raja as Roshni on ZEE TV,
Manav Gohil – TV actor and
anchor,Sandeep Soparrkar
– Ace dance and fashion
choreographer, Alecia Raut
– prominent model and
ramp trainer and Deepak
Chopra – Creative Director
of various entertainment
channels in India.
Woman of Purpose Mrs
India Worldwide Australia
2016 is 28 years old Aus -
tralian Neha Soudagar of
Caulfield North, Melbourne
who will now be competing
at Mrs India Worldwide.
Woman of Purpose is a
social enterprise initiative
which empowers women
through training, work-
shops on self image, confi-
dence, identity, and gender
equality in Australia.
London: An Indian-origin human
rights lawyer in the UK is reportedly in
line for a prominent role in Labour lead-
er Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
Shami Chakrabarti, who recently
became a Labor member of the House
of Lords and also chaired the party’s
anti-Semitism inquiry, is likely to be
appointed shadow attorney general,
‘The New Statesman’ said in a report.
Corbyn, re-elected as Labor party
leader after over- coming an attempt-
ed coup by some members of his par-
ty, is expected to unveil his shadow
cabinet by next week.
Some Labor MPs who had quit the
shadow cabinet in late June in a re -
volt against him are expected to re -
turn to the front benches and others
who had not previously served are also
expected to join. Baroness Chakrabar-
ti, a leading human rights campaigner
and former director of rights body
Liberty, is expected to step into the
role which has been unfilled since
Karl Turner resigned in June.
Earlier this week, Corbyn said he
will appoint a “very, very effective”
front bench team within the next
fortnight to take the fight to the Con-
servative party.
“I will be appointing ahead of the
return of Parliament [October 10]
to ensure that we have an effective
shadow cabinet. We are filling the
positions but we are not announcing
anything this week. It is all going to
come later on,” Corbyn said. (PTI)
Shami Chakrabarti (Image courtesy: womensprizeforfiction.co.uk)
Thiruvananthapuram: Minis -
ter of state for External Affairs
VK Singh on Tuesday said that
the Centre would do everything
to get exit visas for Indian work -
ers stranded in Saudi Arabia, who
had lost their jobs due to the eco -
nomic slowdown there.
However, he said he did not
have the exact figures about how
many Indians returned to the
home country so far.
“We have got around 30-40
lakh Indians working in Saudi
Arabia in various fields. There is
a problem out there in various
companies because of economic
“And that is why certain compa -
nies have not paid their workers,”
he told reporters on the sidelines
of an inspection at the regional
passport office in the city.
Stating that the construction
sector was the most affected due
to the slowdown, he said ma -
jor companies, including Binla -
din Group, Saudi Oger and Saad
Group, where a large number of
Indians are working, were facing
“For Saudi Oger group is con-
cerned, people who wanted to
come back have already started.
Government of Saudi Arabia give
them free air passage,” he said.
“But in the case of Saad Group,
things are different. For exit visa,
you need NOC of the company.
And the company is refusing to
do anything. Now the matter has
been taken by the Labor ministry
of Saudi Arabia to the royal court
to decide what action can be tak -
en on it,” he said.
The minister said the workers
would start returning the moment
they begin getting the exit visas.
Stating that there are some
problems for getting exit visas for
those who work in the case of Bin-
ladin group also, he said the gov-
ernment was trying everything to
sort out the problem and bring
back the workers. (PTI)
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October 8-14, 2016



Sharif’s ‘blunt message’ to army:

Act against militants now

Is l amabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed authorities to conclude the probe into the Pathankot attack and resume the stalled Mumbai attacks case after the civilian leadership warned the military that Pakistan faces grow‑ ing international isolation, accord‑ ing to a media report. The civilian government delivered a “blunt, orchestrated and unprece‑ dented warning” to the military leadership and sought consensus on several key actions, including action against banned militant groups, the Dawn newspaper quot‑ ed unnamed individuals, who were involved in the meetings between the civil and military leadership, as saying. Sharif has “directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks‑ related trials”, the report said. Inter‑ Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar and national securi‑ ty advisor Nasser Janjua will travel to the four provinces with a mes‑ sage for provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders – “mili‑ tary‑led intelligence agencies are not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off‑limits for civilian action”.

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Eyewitnesses in Pak confirm surgical strikes: Report

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Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

New Delhi: Eyewitnesses from across the LoC have confirmed brief but intense firing during India's surgical strikes of September 29 and how the bodies of those killed were loaded onto trucks for secret burial, The Indian Express reported. According to the report, the eye‑ witnesses were contacted through their kin on the Indian side and the communication took place through a "commercially available encrypt‑ ed chat system". Their accounts corroborate what India has main‑ tained on the strikes ‑‑ which Pakistan denies. Not revealing the identities of

the eyewitnesses, the report said detailed account of the strikes came from two witnesses who vis‑ ited Dudhnial, a small hamlet around four kilometers from the Line of Control (LoC). The eyewitnesses reported see‑ ing a gutted building across the Al‑ Haawi bridge from the hamlet's main bazaar, where a military out‑ post and a compound used by the Lashkar were both sited, said the report. Al‑Haawi bridge is reportedly the last point where infiltrating groups are loaded with supplies before beginning their climb up to the LoC towards Kupwara in Jammu


US refrains from commenting on surgical strikes

T he US has refrained from commenting on the surgical strikes carried

out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the Line of

Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir last week while calling for

calm and restraint. "We're not going to speak to specific reports of inci‑ dents along the border," Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the US State Department Press Office, said at the daily press briefing. "We urge calm and restraint on both sides," she said, adding that the Indian and Pakistani armies were in touch with each other.

and Kashmir. Eyewitnesses also said they heard a loud explosion but did not come out to see what was going on. The report also said five to six bodies were loaded on to a truck early next morning and possibly transported to the nearest major Lashkar camp at Chalhana. Another eyewitness was quoted as saying that the Friday prayers at a Lashkar‑affiliated mosque in Chalhana ended with a cleric vow‑ ing to avenge the deaths of men killed the previous day. The Lashkar men also blamed the Pakistan Army for failing to defend the border. The report, however, added that the number of casual‑ ties were lower than the figure of 38‑40 attributed to officials is

some reports. Leepa, a complex of some 25 hamlets located at the bottom of the Qazi Nag stream flowing down from the mountains above Naugam, on the Indian side of the LoC, was among the "launch‑pads" targeted in the cross‑LoC raids, one eyewitness said. Though the eyewitness was unable to visit this area, he said he spoke to villagers who had seen a Lashkar‑occupied, three‑storied wooden building destroyed by Indian troops near the hamlet of Khairati Bagh, the report said. Quoting local residents, the eye‑ witness said "three‑four" Lashkar operatives were thought to have been killed, while others fled into the adjoining forests.

Sharif should quit, says Imran

Is l amabad : Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must quit over charges of money laundering. The cricketer‑turned‑politician justified the Pakistan Tehreek‑e‑Insaaf's (PTI) deci‑ sion to boycott a joint session of Parliament to discuss the Kashmir issue. "Nothing new will be achieved that was not achieved with PTI's active participa‑ tion" earlier, Khan tweeted. "But I want to ask how any politician with a moral com‑ pass can accept a PM who has been caught money laundering in Panama Papers. "Mian Panama Sharif has been caught money laundering, tax evading and hiding of assets, thereby losing all moral legitimacy to be Prime Minister," he

Sharif should quit, says Imran Is l amabad : Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan said Prime

Pakistan Tehreek‑e‑Insaf

Chairman Imran Khan.

added. Khan said Sharif had only two options now: either to present himself for accountability or to resign like the Prime Minister of Iceland did.

China again blocks bid to declare Masood Azhar terrorist

Beijing: In a move that will create ten‑ sions with India, China has extended its decision to put a technical hold on the United Nations declaring Pakistan‑based Jaish‑e‑Mohammed's chief Massod Azhar a terrorist. This extension comes on the eve of the lapsing of its earlier decision in April to block action against Azhar, which would have now automatically led to Azhar, whom India brands the mastermind behind the Pathankot attacks, being declared a terrorist. An official in the Chinese government confirmed that technical hold on declar‑ ing Azhar as a terrorist has been extend‑ ed. In April, China had blocked India's move to label Azhar, a decision had

China again blocks bid to declare Masood Azhar terrorist Beijing: In a move that will create

India brands Masood Azhar as the mas‑

termind behind Pathankot attacks.

angered New Delhi which has been trying to convince Beijing to reconsider the decision.

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October 8-14, 2016

Special to The South Asian Times United Nations: António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal,
Special to The South
Asian Times
United Nations: António Guterres,
the former prime minister of
Portugal, has emerged as the
clear favorite to become the next
UN chief after the sixth secret bal‑
lot held on October 5 by the 15‑
member Security Council, the
most important of the world
bodyʼs organs.
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of
Russia, which holds the Security
Council presidency for October,
told President of the General
Assembly, Peter Thomson, that
the sixth informal “straw poll” for
the Secretary‑General position
took place earlier in the day and
Guterres emerged as the most
preferred candidate.
On October 6, UNSC met and
voted formally. The vote made it
official that the Portuguese leader
is the preferred choice of the key
UN body. The councilʼs choice
would then be formally submitted
to the 193‑member Assembly for
its confirmation.
Besides Guterres, who served as
the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees from 2005 through
2015, there were a dozen other
candidates in the running to suc‑
ceed the current UN Secretary
General, Ban Ki‑moon, who leaves
office at the year‑end.
The secretary‑general, tradition‑
ally decided behind closed doors
by a few powerful countries, has
for the first time in history,
involved public discussions with
each candidate campaigning for
António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal
Ex‑Portugal PM emerges as
front‑runner for UN chief post
the worldʼs top diplomatic post.
The so‑called informal briefings
among the candidates, UN mem‑
ber nations and civil society rep‑
resentatives began on 12 April,
when the first three candidates
presented their vision statements
and answered questions on how
they would promote sustainable
development, improve efforts to
create peace, protect human
rights, and deal with huge human‑
itarian catastrophes should they
be selected to lead the organiza‑
In July, the UN held its first
globally televised and webcast
town hall‑style debate in the
General Assembly, where the con‑
firmed candidates at the time
took questions from diplomats
and the public at large.

Philippines president threatens to 'break up' with US

Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would "eventually" cut ties with the United States. Duterte again hit out at the United States and its President, the European Union and the United Nations for using human rights to criticize his campaign to curb the illicit drug menace in the Philippines, Xinhua news agency reported. "I am very emotional because America has certainly failed us," Duterte added. "I will be re‑configuring my for‑ eign policy," Duterte said in a speech before the Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati City. He added, "Eventually I might in my time break up with America. I

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Duterte said he has no plan to

stop his rant against his critics.

would rather go to Russia and to China." In another speech earlier, Duterte vowed to continue the war on drugs amidst the "hypocrisy" of the US, the EU and the UN. "I will not stop despite the hypocrisy of the EU, and America and Obama. They seem to refuse to

understand," Duterte said. Duterte said he has no plan to stop his rant against his critics. Duterte again apologized to the Jewish community. "I am not one of the racist member of this republic," Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying. "But it was only because that they pictured me to be killing so many persons of the drug prob‑

lem. And I would say that it is true but not all were killed with their hands tied behind their backs. That would have been an exaggeration," he explained. On October 2, Duterte apologized to the Jewish community who were outraged by his comments that made reference to Adolf Hitler who ordered the cold‑blooded killings of the Jews.

Russia delivers S-300 missile system to Syria

Moscow: A battery of Russian S‑300 air defense missile launchers has been transported to Syria, Russias

Defense Ministry said in a state‑ ment. Its sole purpose is to defend a Russian naval base and warships, the ministry added. The information about the S‑ 300's deployment was confirmed by ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. "Indeed, the Syrian Arab Republic received an S‑300 anti‑aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in (Syrian city of) Tartus and ships located in "

the coastal area (in Syria)

he was

... quoted by RT online as saying.

Konashenkov said it is unclear why

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Russian defense ministry

spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

the deployment of the missile sys‑ tem has created such a fuss in the West. "The S‑300 is a purely defen‑ sive system and poses no threat," he said. He recalled that before the deployment of S‑300, Russia had delivered Fort air defense missile

systems to Syria. The statement comes after a report by Fox news that a Russian S‑300 was deployed to Syria. The media cited three US officials who claimed that Moscow "continues to ramp up its military operations in Syria." In November 2015, Moscow deployed its newest S‑400 air defense missile system to Khmeimim in Syria as part of a security boost following the down‑ ing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the border with that country. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the S‑400 systems are not targeting Russia's partners, "with whom we fight terrorists in Syria together."

IS chief seriously ill after assassin ʻpoisons' food Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group ringleader
IS chief seriously ill after
assassin ʻpoisons' food
Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS)
terrorist group ringleader Abu
Bakr al‑Baghdadi was reported‑
ly seriously ill after having his
food poisoned by an assassin, a
media report said.
Meals prepared for Baghdadi
and three other commanders of
the terrorist organization were
allegedly poisoned in Nineveh's
Be'aaj district, the Daily Mail
It quoted an Iraqi news
agency as saying that four mili‑
tants, including Baghdadi, were
suffering from "severe poison‑
ing" and "have been transferred
to an unknown location under
strict measures".
The IS terror group has
reportedly launched a cam‑
paign of arrests to track down
those responsible for poisoning
the food.
The identities of the three
other commanders is unknown.
Baghdadi is credited with
transforming the breakaway al‑
Qaeda group and turning it into
the independent IS group that
is arguably the most powerful
and wealthiest jihadi organiza‑
tion in the world.
Al‑Baghdadi's movements are
known only by his inner circle,
and the Caliph, as he is known
to his followers, is constantly
on the move, changing loca‑
tions in Iraq and Syria to avoid
Under the leadership of
Baghdadi, the group spearhead‑
ed a militant offensive that
expanded into Syria in 2013
Baghdadi has been wounded
multiple times in air strikes.
and overran much of Iraq's
Arab heartland.
Baghdadi has been wounded
multiple times in air strikes and
been reported dead, but has re‑
surfaced each time.
Earlier this year, there were
reports he had been killed by
US‑led coalition air strikes, but
they turned out to be inaccu‑
rate, the Daily Mail reported.
Baghdadi ‑‑ whose real name
is Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim ‑‑ is
thought to have been born in
Samarra, north of Baghdad, in
In October 2011, the US offi‑
cially designated Baghdadi as
"terrorist" and offered a $10
million reward for information
leading to his capture or death.
Under Baghdadi's leadership,
IS militants have shocked the
world with their sadistic
beheadings of captured foreign
journalists and civilians.

October 8-14, 2016



Indian GDP growth to remain robust at 7.6%: World Bank

Washington: The World Bank has said India's GDP growth will remain robust at 7.6 per cent in 2016 and 7.7 per cent in 2017. "In India, GDP growth will remain strong at 7.6 per cent in 2016 and 7.7 per cent in 2017, supported by expectations of a rebound in agriculture, civil serv‑ ice pay reforms supporting con‑ sumption, increasingly positive contributions from exports and a recovery of private investment in the medium term," the multilater‑ al lender said in its latest report on South Asia Economic Focus released here on Monday. "However, India faces the chal‑ lenge of further accelerating the responsiveness of poverty reduc‑ tion to growth, promoting inclu‑ sion, and extending gains to a broader range of human develop‑ ment outcomes related to health, nutrition, education and gender," the report said.

According to the World Bank, Indian economic growth remained robust, which is expected to sup‑ port continued poverty reduction, as in the past. "This year is expect‑ ed to see some convergence in

rural and urban economies, sup‑ ported by stimulating policies, such as passage of GST (Goods and Services Tax) and civil pay revisions, along with good mon‑ soon," the report said. The central government has set the target of April 1, 2017, for implementing the GST for a thor‑ ough overhaul of the Indian indi‑ rect tax regime. "Optimism on the growth front needs to be balanced with caution when translating to broad‑based poverty reduction. Despite the recent success in poverty reduc‑ tion, gains have been uneven, with greater progress in states and social groups that were already better‑off," the report said. "India faces the challenge of fur‑ ther accelerating the responsive‑ ness of poverty reduction to growth, enforcing inclusion of presently excluded groups (such as, women and scheduled tribes), and extending gains to a broader range of human development out‑ comes related to health, nutrition, education and gender, where the country continues to rank poorly," it added.

I‑T dept for 'strict confidentiality' on black money scheme

New Delhi: Rebutting fraudulent messages circulating on social media about the issue of a list of region‑wise declarations made under the black money scheme, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said it was committed to strict confidentiality. "CBDT clarifies that no official list of region‑wise declarations has been issued. The Income Tax Department is committed to maintaining strict confidentiality of declarations made under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) 2016," a statement from the Finance Ministry said. The government asked people not to pay any heed to such fraudulent messages circulating on social media. While announcing the results of the IDS at a press conference in the national capital, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed that no break‑up of these declara‑ tions on the basis of cities or states shall be released in order to ensure absolute secrecy with respect to the identity of the declarants. Unaccounted wealth worth approximately Rs 65,250 crore was declared by 64,275 people under the Scheme. Given the tax rate, penalty and surcharge of 45

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

per cent, this can fetch the gov‑ ernment a little under Rs 30,000 crore. "Roughly, the declarations work out to Rs one crore per declarant. Some will be higher, some will be lower," Jaitley said, but ruled out any revelation of the names of the people who have availed of the scheme. "We won't give any specific information on tax declarants." "In such large numbers people came to disclose income in eight figures. They have realised that

Modi walks the talk on black money: Jaitley

now walking the talk". The minis‑ ter said that investigations by Income Tax authorities in the last two years have resulted in detec‑ tion of undisclosed income of Rs 56,378 crore, while the IDS 2016 has resulted in over 64,275 peo‑ ple declaring undisclosed income of over Rs 65,250 crore and final figures are likely to be revised upwards.

New Delhi: Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi with "walking the talk" on black money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) 2016 had elicited "a very large response." In a blog post titled "The campaign against black money", he said that Modi has consistently taken a tough posi‑ tion against black money and "is

they will benefit by tax compli‑ ance. Considering all the steps taken by government cumulative‑ ly, these are very significant amounts," the Finance Minister said.

Monetary policy panel meet debuts with 25 basis points rate cut

Mumba i: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut a key
Mumba i: The Monetary Policy
Committee of the Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) cut a key lending rate by
25 basis points at the conclusion of
its first meeting over two days,
bringing much relief to commercial
banks and India Inc.
With the decision, the repurchase
rate, or the short‑term lending rate
charged by the central bank on bor‑
rowings by commercial banks,
stands lowered to 6.25 per cent.
The reverse repurchase rate also
automatically stands lowered to
5.75 per cent.
This was the first meeting of the
new policy panel, constituted by the
government with the primary man‑
date to ensure a retail inflation of 4
With the decision, the repur-
chase rate, or the short-term
lending rate charged by the
central bank on borrowings
by commercial banks, stands
lowered to 6.25 per cent.
The reverse repurchase rate
also automatically stands
lowered to 5.75 per cent.
India Inc. welcomed the RBI's decision and said that more than the quan‑
tum of the rate cut, the central bank has sent a very positive message.
per cent, plus or minus two percent‑
age points. The panel said in a
statement that the decision taken
was consistent with an accommoda‑
tive stance, with the objective of
achieving the inflation target.
All six members of the panel,
chaired by RBI Governor Urjit Patel,
voted in favor of the monetary poli‑
cy decisions ‑‑ the minutes of which
will be released on October 18.
The markets responded to the
decision with a spike in key indices.
The sensitive index of the BSE
which was ruling at around 28,250
points just ahead of the announce‑
ment, rose to around 28,380 points.
The key index eventually ended
the day's trade higher by 91.26
points, or 0.32 per cent to
28,334.55 points.
The key policy rate was last
reduced in April. At that time the
central bank had cut its key lending
rate by 25 basis points in the first
monetary policy review during the
current fiscal.
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BCCI threatens to cancel New Zealand tour

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reacted dramatically to the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee's direction to banks to freeze its accounts, threatening to call off the remain‑ ing matches of New Zealand's ongoing tour of India. BCCI President Anurag Thakur has asserted that it may not be possi‑ ble to hold the rest of the matches in the series, including one Test and five one‑day matches as he is unable to withdraw any money since the banks have frozen their accounts completely. "The only way the third Test in Indore can proceed is if the players and state association agree to par‑ ticipate without taking any fees, since the BCCI is not in a position to do financial transactions at all. "It is shameful for Team India, who have recently claimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, and number two in the world Twenty20 rankings, to face this sort of financial restraint in front

BCCI President Anurag Thakur.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur.

of the whole world. It is shameful that the board is being questioned for raising players' salaries despite their impressive performances earning them top spot in the ICC Test rankings," Thakur told the media. "The BCCI has done a lot for Indian cricket over the years including successfully organizing the Indian Premier League (IPL). I want to ask that has the BCCI not done anything for Indian cricket in order to bring it to the stage where it is now?" he added. "Cricket cannot run without

money. We don't take money from

the government. We are not

allowed to make payments. I can't

say anything about the India‑New

Zealand series. We leave it to the

respective state associations

whether they can host the New

Zealand matches, whether they are

ready to organize the matches

without any money." Thakur also stated that the Indian team may have to pull out of the Champions Trophy to be held in England next year if the recommendations by the Lodha panel are fully implemented. According to the recommenda‑ tions by the Lodha Committee, there has to be a 15‑day window before and after the IPL. The Champions Trophy is scheduled from June 1‑18 next year while the IPL is likely to end in the last week of May. "We have let the International Cricket Council (ICC) know about India's position. Rest is up to ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar,” Thakur said.

Sushant to watch 'M.S. ' Dhoni ... with family Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and cricket player
Sushant to watch 'M.S.
with family
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and
cricket player Mahendra Singh
Dhoni during the promotion of
film “M S Dhoni” in Mumbai.

Mumbai: Sushant Singh Rajput will watch "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" with his family this week. The actor who plays Dhoni in the film so far has stopped them from watching the film. "It's true I've stopped my fami‑ ly from watching the film. I'll go to Delhi this week and watch it with them. They are very annoyed because everyone is talking to them about 'Dhoni' and they are yet to see it," laughs Sushant. Sushant's sister Mitu Singh

was a national‑level cricketer before she got married and opted for domesticity and motherhood. The actor is ecstatic about the unstoppable success of Neeraj Pandey's directorial. But he is loath to take credit for the film's success. "Oh,it's because of Dhoni's pop‑ ularity and director Neeraj Pandey's magic touch. When emotions resonate, it's an incred‑ ible feeling. It is the best reward for an actor, much more than any box office numbers," he said.

India clinch NZ series, climb to No.1 ranking in Tests

Ko l k a t a: Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja spun India to an unassailable 2‑0 series lead and the No.1 Test ranking, pinning New Zealand down in a rivet‑ ing see‑saw affair, to win the second cricket Test by 178 runs on the fourth day here. Chasing a stiff 376‑ run target, the visitors

Indian team celebrates after winning
Indian team celebrates after winning

the second Test against New Zealand

initially showed grit but then fell to the guile of the Indian slow bowlers once again ‑‑ similar to the first Test at Kanpur that they lost by 197 runs ‑‑ managing a meager 197 in their second outing before a turnout of around 12,000 specta‑ tors at the Eden Gardens. India thus reclaimed the numero uno Test team status, which they had enjoyed for a short period while during their tour to the West Indies, by dethroning arch‑rivals Pakistan. In the morning, Man of the Match Wriddhiman Saha struck his second unbeaten half‑century to help India post 263. New Zealand had scored 204 in their first essay in reply to India's 316. The tourists started their run chase well, riding on open‑ er Tom Latham's (74 not out; 144 balls, 8x4), his ninth half‑century and contributions from Martin Guptill (24) and Henry Nicolls (24)

at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

at the top order. But post lunch, in‑ form Indian spinners Ashwin (3‑82) and Jadeja (3‑41) made mischief in tandem, to peg back New Zealand to 135 for three at tea. The visitors collapsed in the last session, losing their remaining seven wickets for only 62 runs. Mohammed Shami (3‑46) joined India's party with his raw pace and swing to shave off the lower order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1‑28) claimed the remaining wicket. Latham departed soon after tea, starting the slide. Ashwin's mastery over his craft was on show as he floated an inviting delivery which forced the opener to drive away from his body giving a nick to wick‑ etkeeper Saha. Mitchell Santner (9) and B.J. Watling (1) followed suit in quick succession, Shami accounting for both.

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IndIans love to travel durIng festIve season









New Delhi: Most Indians prefer to travel abroad during Eid, Dusshera, Christmas, New Year or summer vacations and young- sters are now going solo to explore newer places, a survey revealed on Tuesday. Solo traveling is increasingly becoming common among the Asian urban population which prefers to take quick decisions instead of a long pre-planned travel, said the survey conducted by Airbnb, a web portal for travel. When it comes to international destina-

tions, London, Paris, New York, Bangkok, Am- sterdam, Dubai, Rome, Copenhagen, Bali and Singapore are mostly preferred by Indians. While for domestic destinations, Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Lonava - la, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai top the chart, the survey said. When it comes to domestic travel, In- dians don’t like to spend more than three days while for international destinations, they spend around six days, it added.

‘ dE sign E r gym’ for childr E n op E ns in dE lhi

New Delh: Worried about the rising cases of diabetes, obesity and television ad- diction among kids, a Delhi-based doctor and mother has created a first-of-its-kind designer gym for children -- Zig Zag Zoom. The city’s first gymnasium exclusively for kids it has professionally-designed equipment like treadmills, steppers, exer- cise cycles, rowers, etc. It offers an array of activities as well as healthy snacks, and is expected to bring a huge cheer to its target clientele (aged between 1 and 10 years). “Drawing inspiration from the Montes - sori concepts, the center can be a welcome alternative to parks in this dengue-infested

season,” says Tarandeep Kaur, Director of Zig Zag Zoom. “We have used concepts like hinge and joint, learning numbers through abacus and magnetic games, identifying shapes and learning sounds, etc.,” Kaur said. “The idea behind this is to aid the overall development of the child through various activities like dance, Zumba, story-telling sessions and science labs,” she said. “We also plan to conduct workshops for kids and parents relating to issues like an- ger management in kids, substance abuse, bullying, low self-esteem, celebrating fail- ure,” she added.

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Eight d E ntal fillings can up m E rcury l E v E ls in blood

New York: Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide. Den- tal amalgam -- the fillings used for surface restorations consisting of a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals -- may significantly increase mercury levels in the body, a study has found. Dental amalgam has been the go-to den- tal filling material for more than 150 years, because it is affordable and durable. However, about half of the compound contains mercury, a heavy metal known to be toxic at high levels, causing brain, heart, kidney, lung and immune system damage, the researchers said. “If you have one dental filling, maybe it’s OK. But if you have more than eight dental fillings, the potential risk for adverse effect is higher,” said Xiaozhong “John” Yu, Assis- tant Professor at the University of Georgia. Individuals with more than eight fillings had about 150 per cent more mercury in their blood than those with none. Yu said this result suggests the human gut microbiota -- a collection of micro- organisms living in the intestines -- may transform different forms of mercury. Further, the study found that a significant in-

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crease in methyl mercury, the most toxic form of mercury, is also related to dental fillings. This methyl mercury may cause damage even at low levels, the researchers warned. In addition, the researchers also looked at dental composite resins, a mercury-free alter- native for dental fillings that can release small amounts of bisphenol A, or BPA, which may cause developmental or reproductive damage. The research, which analyzed data from nearly 15,000 individuals, was the first to con- trol for age, education, ethnicity, race, gender, smoking and seafood consumption -- a known contributor to mercury levels in the body. The results were published online in the jour- nal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

Things to keep in mind while traveling with dogs

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New Delhi: Do not feed your dog right be- fore he sits in the car and do not drive too fast when you are traveling with your pets, says an expert. Swati Tondon, expert of whatspup. in, a website providing pet supplies, services and accessories, shared tips to keep in mind while traveling with your four-legged friends. MotioN sickNess: Like humans, dogs too feel sick in the stomach in a moving car. Half an hour before taking him in the car, you should give him a medicine for motion sickness. Consult the vet about what medi - cine to give. The vet will prescribe the med- icine depending on the size and the weight of your dog. Vet aLert: Our dogs mostly stay at home and don’t travel a lot. The only time

they get into the car is to go to the vet and start associating cars with vet visits. Make them believe that they are not going to the vet and occasionally take them out for drives or to parks. FooD: Do not feed the dog right before it sits in the car. Feed him at least an hour before traveling. Always remember to keep the portion small. The same rule applies for water. Do not give him too much water right before the drive. WaLks: Before you make him sit in the car, take him for a good walk so that he gets tired and fall asleep in the car. traVeL bags: Make a travel bag for the pet. The bag should contain a first aid kit, water, treats, bowl, wet and dry tissues, potty scoo- per, lint roller and a seat protector for the car. DriVe: Do not drive too fast and be care - ful with the bumps and speed breakers. WiND oWs up: Even if your pet enjoys with the windows down, do not let him hang out as it is dangerous. The pet might get excited and can try to jump out. pet breaks: If you are traveling for a long distance take a break in every half an hour, take your dog out of the car and make him walk a little.

Humans need more rest for better well-being

London: What will you do to find yourself at complete rest: Reading, being with nature, being on your own, listening to music or do- ing nothing in particular? Better choose one fast for your own well-being as you grow old. According to the world’s largest survey of more than 18,000 people from 134 different countries on this topic, over two thirds (68 per cent) of the public would like more rest. Nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents said they need more rest than the average

person, while 10 per cent think they need less. “The survey shows that people’s ability to take rest, and their levels of well-being, are related. These findings combat a common, moralizing connection between rest and lazi- ness,” said lead researcher Felicity Callard, so- cial scientist at Durham University in Britain. Rest -- a much broader category than sleep -- has physical, mental and spiritual components, the study said. The online survey -- rest test -- found that

those who felt they needed more rest scored lower in terms of well-being. Similarly, those who responded saying they think they get more rest than average or do not feel the need for more rest, had well-being scores twice as high as those who wanted more rest. This suggests that the perception of rest matters, as well as the reality, the researchers observed. In addition, people found reading (58 per cent), being in the natural environment (53.1

per cent), being on their own (52.1 per cent), listening to music (40.6 per cent), doing noth- ing in particular (40 per cent) as the top five most restful activities that is often done alone. The survey was presented during BBC Radio 4’s program -- The Anatomy of Rest.

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28 October 8-14, 2016 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info Funny Side by Nury Vittachi
October 8-14, 2016
Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

10 reasons why the death of the comma is a disaster

S O A READER named Melissa writes to say her friend was at a talk about global

resources and someone put up a Powerpoint slide which said:

“The average North American consumes more than 400 Africans.” She asked: “Is it a badly written sentence or cannibalism?” I hope itʼs the first, Melissa – but honestly, these days who knows? *** Modern writing confuses me. A while ago, I was given an unpublished manuscript which began:

“This book is dedicated to my parents, Mahatma Gandhi and Lady Gaga”. Surely, that canʼt be right? ***

A quick call to a university teacher of English led me to a possible answer. “Punctuation misplacement is leading to comma abandonment,” said the tutor, who did

not want her name included on such a contro‑ versial subject as grammar. “Research shows that the majority of text messages senders today USE NO COMMAS AT ALL.” *** This is bad. Commas count. Remember that news story in which the presence/ absence of a comma in a legal statute allowed AirAsia to win the right to land in India? The teacher told me about a parallel case involving the punctuation in a UK legal statute which led to Sir Roger Casement in 1916 going down in history as “the man hanged by a comma”. *** I started looking out for sentences with missing commas or related construction issues. Consider this real text message, sent by a young person (who shall be nameless) to his friends:

BEST RATE FOR INDIA AND PAKISTAN New York Head Quarter 422‑S Broadway HICKSVILLE NY 11801 516‑827‑1010
New York Head Quarter
422‑S Broadway
NY 11801
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“Watching a movie in which Joseph Gordon Levitt has copious amounts of gay sex with my parents. Awkward doesnʼt begin to describe it.” Awkward is right! I strongly rec‑ ommend turning off your mindʼs eye before contemplating that message. *** The same might be said for the next example. A colleague showed me a Sky News screen‑ shot from December 10, 2013:

“Top Stories: World leaders at Mandela trib‑ ute, Obama‑Castro handshake and same‑sex marriage date set”. In this case, the missing comma made a short list of boring news stories into a pair of items, the second of which was on the surpris‑ ing side, to say the least. *** Comma abandonment is spreading to the printed media as well. In one of the celebrity gossip magazines, a caption about the actors Josh Hutcherson and Heath Ledger said:

“Hutcherson has a new house as well as a

new nose which used to be owned by Ledger.” You can immediately see what is wrong with that sentence. Yep, Michael Jackson is missing. *** A reader tells me of a store where bosses decided they would offer no public toilet facil‑ ities except for emergency use by needy peo‑ ple, such as youngsters and the elderly. The sign they put up said:


TOILET ONLY FOR ELDERLY DISABLED PREGNANT CHILDREN Technically speaking, no one in the world qualifies to use that toilet. *** In my neighborhood, a shop called Hang Ten (a surfing term which means hanging on by your toes) gave birth to a new branch for children, which they called Hang Ten Kids. ***

Not nice.

Laughter is the Best Medicine by Mahendra Shah Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur
Laughter is the Best Medicine
by Mahendra Shah
Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur by profession, artist and
humorist, cartoonist and writer by hobby. He has been
recording the plight of the
immigrant Indians for the past many years in his cartoons. Hailing from Gujarat,
he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma

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OCTOBER 8‑14, 2016

ARIES: Promotions and monetary bene‑ fits for dedicated professionals. You are likely to plan a short

ARIES: Promotions and monetary bene‑ fits for dedicated professionals. You are likely to plan a short trip with family. A

ARIES: Promotions and monetary bene‑ fits for dedicated professionals. You are likely to plan a short

CANCER: Subordinates/co‑workers would be very helpful. Sudden good

CANCER: Subordinates/co‑workers would be very helpful. Sudden good LI B RA: Professional attitude at work brings

LIBRA: Professional attitude at work brings success. Misunderstandings

with near ones in the family will get

CANCER: Subordinates/co‑workers would be very helpful. Sudden good LI B RA: Professional attitude at work brings

CA P RICORN: Mental clarity would remove past business confusions.

new source of income will generate through influential contacts. Love life brings immense romantic pleasure. Creative hobbies are likely to keep you relaxed. Time to relax and enjoy your visit to a relatives place. Lifestyle home is what you are looking for? You need to be very cautious with whatever you do or say this week.

news in the evening will bring cheers for the entire family. You are likely to earn monetary profits through most unexpected sources. New romance that some of you are going to experience would take the worries off mind. A cheerful state of mind brings mental peace. Its time to travel with innovative imagi‑ nation. Investment on overseas property has

to be considered seriously. this weeks success

mantra: dont make commitments unless sure

cleared. Investment in antiques & jewelry brings monetary gains and improvement in financial position. Warm romantic thoughts occupy mind. Cutting down the number of parties and pleasure jaunts would help in keeping in good mood. By traveling you will learn about new places, ultimately itʼs a great deal for

ator or any other gadget for your house.

Parents and friends will do their best to keep you happy. Financial hassles seem to get over as someone lends a timely helping hand. Your wit & charm would help in catching the attention of opposite sex. A week when smile will perpetually be on your face and strangers will seem familiar. By traveling youʼll learn about new places and cultures, which is ultimately a great deal about yourself. Time to make invest‑

TAURUS: Pending proposals will get implemented with the help of seniors. Unexpected visit by old friend

TAURUS: Pending proposals will get implemented with the help of seniors.

Unexpected visit by old friend could

to honour them.

yourself. You might be purchasing a refriger‑

ments on farmlands. You must test your hopes and take realistic steps to realise them.

give you a pleasant surprise. Investment made

LEO: Traveling brings new overseas

  • business opportunities. Your efforts
    bring success & happiness at family

Make sure you dont allow materialistic needs to ruin happiness.

  • SCORPIO: Seniors colleagues are like‑
    would do their best to keep you happy.

ly to lend a helping hand. Children

LEO: Traveling brings new overseas business opportunities. Your efforts bring success & happiness at family Make

AQUARIUS: Travel undertaken for

establishing new contacts and business

expansion will be very fruitful. A prom‑

Promising week to invest surplus money in real