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Several events across NZ mark India’s 70th R-Day celebrations

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K iwi-Indians rejoiced as India’s flag was unfurled and flew high at several places in

Aotearoa on Saturday, January 26, to mark the occasion of India’s 70th Republic Day. India celebrates January 26 – the day when its constitution came into effect – to mark the occasion of becoming a republic, which signifies complete freedom from any form of foreign rule. Kiwi-Indians across New Zealand celebrated the zeal of Republic Day- with four significant gatherings marking and celebrating the auspicious day.

Wellington

K iwi-Indians in Wellington gathered at the Wellington

Indian Association Community Hall to celebrate Republic Day with High Commissioner of India, Sanjiv Kohli hoisting the tricolour at the event centre. The morning event gathered around

a hundred community members who

after the flag hoisting attended the

cultural event- performances by

young Kiwi-Indians children dressed

in ethnic Indian wear singing patriotic

numbers in the festive mood. Later in the evening, the High Commission hosted a reception for

nearly 250 guests at the Wellington Indian Association Community Hall with a cultural programme. The
nearly 250 guests at the Wellington
Indian Association Community Hall
with a cultural programme.
The High Commissioner was
joined by Deputy Secretary, Trade
& Economic Group Vangelis Vitalis
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
& Trade. The other dignitaries
invited were Minister for Ethnic
Communities Jenny Salesa, Members
of Parliament Paul Eagle and Greg
O’Connor from the Labour Party,
Nicola Willis and Brett Hudson from
the National Party.
The audience also included several
members from diplomatic missions,
performance by the Maori group
Whakarewarewa from Rotorua.
The event also included awarding
medals from the Govt. of India to
the winners of the Bharat Ko Janiye
Quiz and a Letter of Appreciation to
the Whakarewarewa singer for her
rendition of Vaishnav Janato, as part
of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth
anniversary celebrations.
There was also an Indian dance
performance by the students from a
Wellington dance school.
Auckland
mayors, NZ Government officials
and leaders from the Kiwi and Kiwi-
Indian community.
Celebrations began with a welcome
N ew Zealand Indian Central
Association (NZICA), the
oldest community organization for
the Kiwi-Indians organised a big
celebratory event at Mahatma Gandhi
Centre on this occasion following
the footprints of the historic Indian
Independence Day event at MG
Centre last year that brought all the
community organisations under
one roof to celebrate a festival of
significance.
The event was attended by over
1000 people from every Indian
community organisation and
performers of each organisations
displaying their love for the
country through songs, dances and
skit performances. Young Kiwi-
Indian dancers also performed a
Bharatnatyam dance.
National List MP Dr Parmjeet
Parmar, Labour MP for New Lynn
Deborah Russel, attended.
Ms Russel, quoting fellow Labour
List MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan
mentioned about the knowledge and
information she received about India’s
republic history, the Constitution of
India and the inaugural ‘Tryst with
Destiny’ address made by the first
Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru
on India’s freedom.
Ms Russel read the passage ‘At the
stroke of the midnight hour when the
world sleeps, India will awake to life
and freedom ’
The event included an array of
cultural performances by both young
and elder members of the community
representing diverse Indian
communities separated by language
and united by the spirit of patriotism
and the love for their motherland.
Earlier the celebratory event in
NZ’s biggest city had started in the
morning itself with a small group of
selected representatives of the Kiwi-
Indian diaspora, coming together in
an invite-only event at the residence
of Hon Consul of India, Bhav
Dhillon.
The event commenced with the
flag hoisting ceremony followed
by a singing of the Indian National
Anthem and loud chants of ‘Vande
Mataram’ and ‘Jai Hind’ by the
community leaders gathered at the
event.
“You have all come on a Saturday
morning, the day despite being the
start of a long four-day holiday, that
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towards your motherland, India,” Mr
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and the country is your pride – your
actions and contributions to the
greater community and the multi-
ethnic communities of New Zealand
makes India proud of its citizens,
and we proudly identify ourselves as
Kiwi-Indians,” Mr Dhillon added.
The official address was followed
by a light breakfast and entertainment
programme of singing of patriotic
songs by two singers.

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Government to take away sales

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“This, with the findings from the earlier report on banking conduct and culture, mean that we have to take action. We plan to release a consultation paper on the changes by May and introduce legislation later this year,” Kris Faafoi says. A comparison of life insurance commissions worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent of the cost of the premium. In comparison, consumers in Many European countries pay less than 10 percent, and in Australia just over 10 percent. Annual premiums paid by consumers for life insurance total $2.57 billion, with 4 million life insurance policies in New Zealand. Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson says that while the industry has started to address issues raised in the reports it is clear that the Government needs to act on regulation

A comparison of life insurance commissions worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate

A comparison of life insurance commissions worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent of the cost of the premium

worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent
worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent
worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent
worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent

insurers, it’s possible the vulnerabilities it identifies may exist across the broader insurance industry. “We will consult with the public and industry on these changes, but we are going to move as quickly as possible on this because New Zealanders need to have confidence their rights and interests are being protected.” Kris Faafoi says the consultation on these measures

will run alongside work already underway to update insurance contract law. “Current contract law is based on legislation that was written more than 100 years ago – and there are a number of improvements that need to be made. These include better disclosure protections for consumers, to address situations where insurers can completely avoid a policy when a policy holder does not disclose something – even if it was an unintentional non-disclosure or one unrelated to the claim a policy holder is making. “It is an ambitious timeframe but my intent is to have both pieces of legislation in Parliament by mid-2020, because it is time to ensure consumers get protection that is clearly needed.” The FMA is supplying individual feedback to the 16 life insurers reviewed, with a response and action plan on how they will address their issues due back to the FMA by June 2019.

T he Government agreed at

Cabinet on Tuesday, January

29, to fast-track customer

protection measures in the financial sector. A report released by the FMA and RBNZ highlighted major issues in the insurance sector impacting on consumers. This follows a report on banking conduct and culture released in December. The problems highlighted in both reports are similar, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says, though more extensive in life insurance. ”There are gaps in the regulation of the sector that are exposing consumers and we are going to address them. We need a regime where banks and insurers are focused on good outcomes for the consumer and are not conflicted by sales rewards. “The report has found New Zealand life insurance industry has a culture that prioritises sales over customer interests and customers deserve better. Cabinet today agreed we are going to get rid of sales incentives in the insurance industry that are driving behaviour that is not in the best interest of consumers. “Incentives such as overseas trips and loaded upfront commissions can cause a conflict for the salesperson. We have also heard about insurance policies being sold to people who are ineligible for cover, premiums continuing to be charged for a policy that’s no longer in effect, and policyholders not being effectively notified of increases in premiums.

and conduct of financial institutions, including banks. “We want to see:

Clearer duties on banks and insurers to consider a customer’s interests and outcomes, and to treat customers fairly. An appropriately resourced regulator to monitor the conduct of banks and insurance companies, with strong penalties for breaching duties. Changes applied to both banking and insurance, since the issues identified in both are similar. There are also overlaps between the sectors, with banks often selling insurance products. A strong response to internal sales incentives and soft commissions. “Because the issues identified with insurance and banking are similar, we will consider changes that apply across both sectors. “Also, while this report focuses on life

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New Zealand drops to second place in corruption index 2018

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N ew Zealand has dropped from its previous first position to now second

in corruption index 2018 ¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD N ew Zealand has dropped from its previous first

position in the Global Perceptions Index 2018. New Zealand had shared the number position with Denmark in 2015 and 2016 with 91 and 90 points and retained its first-rank in 2017 with 89 points when Denmark dropped to the second position with 88 points. This year New Zealand had lost two points (to 87) – a notable trend of the last few years where NZ had successively lost points despite maintaining top rank - whereby ceding the first place to Denmark. The index that ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt, and 100 is very clean. Transparency International released its report Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 on Tuesday, January 29, ranking Denmark and New Zealand in the top two spots with 88 and 87 points respectively out of 100. New Zealand has been witnessing a drop of one point in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with two points in the 2018 index. Since the inception of the TI-CPI in 1995, New Zealand has vied for first place with the Scandinavian countries. For the 2017 TI-CPI, Denmark came second to New Zealand. New Zealand’s drop in ranking is primarily due to poorer results from the survey conducted

by one of the 13 sources of the TI-CPI, the World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey. Because of the closeness of the TI-CPI values amongst the top-ranked group of countries, it is unclear if this change for New Zealand is a one- time deviation or a warning from executives of emerging concerns here. India goes up three notches in Global Corruption Index Meanwhile, India, on the other hand, has climbed three notches up- from 81st in 2017 to 78th in 2018 China, which was ranked 77 in 2017, dropped ten positions and is ranked 87 in 2018. However, Pakistan, which was ranked 117 in 2017, is at the same position in 2018. Countries Syria and South Sudan were ranked at the bottom respectively. The US has dropped out of the top 20 countries for the first time in 2011. It said that the US had dropped four points since last year with a score of 71. “This marks the first time since 2011 that the US falls outside of the top 20 countries on the CPI.”

a score of 71. “This marks the first time since 2011 that the US falls outside

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Nationwide events to commemorate Waitangi Day 2019

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national and community building, bring New Zealanders of all cultures together in a spirit of

national and community building, bring New Zealanders of all cultures together in a spirit of partnership to commemorate the bicultural foundation of our nation. “They’re an opportunity for people to come together in their neighbourhoods to recognise the signing of Te Tiriti, and to celebrate the contribution all New Zealand cultures have in our society. “I’m thrilled to see all the varied and thought-provoking events planned for Waitangi Day 2019, and encourage people to take part. “Together we can reflect on what it means to be a New Zealander and how Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins this,” Ms Ardern said. For more information and a full list of funded events check the Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage website:

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January 31, announced series of events on marae and lake fronts, in community centres, local museums and town squares throughout the country to commemorate Waitangi Day 2019. “I’m delighted the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund has distributed $288,000 to support 46 events across the country and encourage all New Zealanders to come together to experience those taking place in their communities,” Jacinda Ardern said. “From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. “From dawn ceremonies to concerts at dusk, there will be plenty of opportunities for friends and whānau to be together. “Explorations of te Tiriti history include heritage bus tours of the Waipā District, a Treaty trail scavenger hunt through the streets of Kaikōura, community kōrero at Tu

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Team India loves traditional Māori Pōwhiri welcome

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W hile cricket fans are being

mesmerised by one of the most

dominant performances by a visiting

Indian-cricket team in the recent memory, Team India on the other hand was captivated by the traditional Māori ‘Pōwhiri’ welcome received at the Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui. The visiting team was offered a Pōwhiri on Friday, January 25, a day before its official match the next day, when the team reached stadium for its optional practice session. It was a first for a Powhiri welcome to be offered to a visiting sports team at the the Mt Maunganui ground. India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan when asked about the Māori welcome at the afternoon press conference before the second ODI responded with a big smile and expressed the boost he and the team felt by the Pōwhiri.

“I loved it, and I would say that we all loved it,” he said.

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The visiting team was offered a Pōwhiri on Friday, January 25, a day before its official match the next day, when the team reached stadium for its optional practice session

“I have watched it on YouTube earlier, but when I watched in real it was a totally amazing feeling, the energy they created was amazing. “The whole ceremony was really good and at the end, the way we met them. It’s good to see the culture and embrace it, the way we shook hands and touched heads together, I’m sure that passes energy, and it was amazing,” Shikhar Dhawan told reporters. Batsman Rohit Sharma led the Indian team and staff on to the ground where they faced a stirring haka.Tauranga kaumātua Turi Ngatai later addressed the visitors, in both te reo Māori and English. Ngatai told the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend afterwards the Tangata Whenua were pleased and “humbled” to welcome the special visitors from the subcontinent. Indian captain Virat Kohli and his wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma missed the welcome ceremony at the grounds.

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P olice are asking people to be wary of a telephone scam in which the caller claims

to work for NZ Police and Spark NZ. Ironically, the caller claims to be targeting internet fraud. The victim is asked to purchase multiple iTunes cards at their own expense and provide the numbers to the scam artist, who then redeems the gift cards and breaks contact with the victim while maintaining remote access to the victim’s computer.

This is a variation on previous scams seen by Police, where the scammer claims to be from a widely recognised organisation in order to gain the victim’s trust. These scams run constantly and while most people will not respond or buy into them, some people are more vulnerable. We urge people to have conversations with vulnerable or elderly family members, to help ensure they are aware of the tactics often used by scammers and don’t become victims. Business owners who note customers buying multiple gift cards of high monetary value

should check they are not being pressured or duped into purchasing such large amounts. Police’s message on scams like this is simple – do not engage with anyone on the phone if you think you are being scammed – hang up immediately and report the incident. If you are in doubt as to a caller’s legitimacy, ask if you can call them back, or just hang up. Regardless of whether you have lost any money, if you have installed a program allowing remote access to your computer, we recommend you seek assistance to ensure it is safely removed.

Information on other scams that are currently operating can be found on the

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The launch marks 6 months
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Among those in attendance at the event were local MP for
Maungakiekie Denise Lee, Police, Community Patrols of New
Zealand Trust Board members, and Mt Wellington Community
Patrol volunteers and supporters.
“It’s great to see such a strong sense of caring for the safety of
people in this community with the launch of the Mt Wellington
Community Patrol, which marks the 170th affiliated community
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“I would like to congratulate them and thank them for the crime
prevention work they will be doing to keep our neighbourhoods
safe. Our volunteers will be a valued addition to Mt Wellington,”
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Football lovers gear up for Tenzing-Hillary Cup in Auckland

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F ootball is one of the most loved and followed sports in the world. The sport has gained huge momentum in Indian

subcontinent recently and amongst the Indian diaspora with the Indian Football Team now ranked 97 in the world from 173 in 2015. The New Zealand Nepal Society and New Zealand Nepalese Association are bringing the Tenzing-Hillary Cup 2018 to Auckland this year with eight teams competing for the ultimate championship. The tournament was formerly known as the Nepalese Association of New Zealand Incorporated Cup (NANI) and was first started in 2015 and has been played in Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Christchurch in the previous years. Auckland will be hosting the tournament after three years on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3 at the Crum Park, Green Bay in Auckland. The eight teams of eleven players on each side participating in the tournament are FC Khukuri FC, FC Khukuri United, and Gurkha FC from Auckland, NABOP from Bay of Plenty, Druk FC from Palmerston North, Bhutanese Nelson Football Club from Nelson, Nepal United FC and Lhotshampa from Christchurch. “We are a group of young, energetic and passionate youth who aim to bring about positive changes in our community and represent Nepal in New Zealand as a model thriving young community through a sports event,” Prayash Chhetri, Joint-Secretary of the New Zealand Nepal Society told The Indian Weekender. “We are expecting around 700 people to come and see the tournament over the weekend

700 people to come and see the tournament over the weekend in Auckland this time,” Mr

in Auckland this time,” Mr Chhetri added. The inaugural tournament was held in 2015 in Bay of Plenty hosted by NABOP (Nepalese Association of Bay of Plenty) in which FC Khakuri from Auckland was declared the winner. FC Khakuri continued its winning spell in 2016 and 2017 when the matches were held in Auckland and Bay of Plenty respectively. The Nepal NZ Friendship Society Canterbury (NNZFSC), Christchurch hosted the fourth tournament in 2018, and Lhotshampa FC lifted the cup who are defending their title in 2019. Besides the winners and runners-up prizes, there are awards for every category such as Shield Award ($300), Fair Play Award ($500),

such as Shield Award ($300), Fair Play Award ($500), Golden Ball or Best Player ($100), Golden

Golden Ball or Best Player ($100), Golden Gloves or Best Goalie ($100), Golden Boot or Highest Scorer

($100).

This year the tournament is jointly organised by FC Khukuri and Gurkha FC, both Auckland based Nepali football clubs. “This joint partnership is an indication of the unity and harmony that is displayed by our young Nepali generation. This partnership also exemplifies the values that this tournament aims to set and is a model example to our younger generation who so dearly look up to these group of players,” Mr Chettri said. The event is supported by NRNA NZ, New Zealand Nepal Society, New Zealand Nepal Chamber of Commerce Inc, New Zealand Nepal Association and GoalNepal.com will be the Digital Media Partner of the tournament. The official ceremony of the tournament will

the tournament. The official ceremony of the tournament will begin on Saturday, February 2 at 8:45

begin on Saturday, February 2 at 8:45 a.m. by Lady June Hillary, Acting Honorary Consul of Nepal in New Zealand Peter Gibbs, President of New Zealand Nepal Society Inc. and New Zealand Nepal Chamber of Commerce Inc. Dinesh Khadka, and President of New Zealand Nepal Association Shreedhar Basnyat. Labour MP from Mt Roskill Michael Wood will be the guest for the prize distribution ceremony on Sunday, February 13.

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Reduce summer holidays or not?

Thinking from an ethnic migrant’s perspective

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F inally, the day came, on Tuesday, January 29, when I had to drop my child to school again, after six weeks of

holidays. Both, my child and us (me and my wife) seemed to be pretty excited with the reopening of schools. It was the same for many other parents dropping their kids to schools and with whom we casually exchanged smiles and pleasantries. Clearly, the reasons for kids’ excitement of returning to school were different than us parents. In our regular catch-up with parents, there was more about the kids’ excitement and what everyone did during the school holidays and less about the recent debate around the length of summer holidays. Unsurprisingly many Kiwi-Indians and other ethnic migrant parents were supremely unaware, and even more worryingly, reticent to express any opinion on the issue when explained briefly about the nature and the origins of the debate. National MP Nicola Wills had sought to initiate a public debate in the country to see if there was an appetite for reducing the number of school holidays, especially during the summer. From the looks of it, the debate has been trampled much before it could become a public debate in a real sense. At least this is what social media is telling us. The mainstream media’s posts on social media about the story were immediately inundated with disdain, if not an outright rejection, of the suggestion to reduce the summer holidays. The social media opinion was backed with media commentaries emphasising why any idea of reducing school holidays was absolutely rubbish and a symbol of poor-parenting and selfish motives of parents, especially against the teachers, for a number of reasons. Surprisingly, this was despite many honest confessions by parents about the cost escalation as most of them have to take help of school holiday programmes to negotiate through the school holiday period. In fact, many enthusiastic opponents of the idea of reducing the number of school holidays, vowed to happily continue with the status quo, rather than explore what could be

with the status quo, rather than explore what could be Managing the exorbitant cost involved in
Managing the exorbitant cost involved in sending their kids to school holiday programs is one

Managing the exorbitant cost involved in sending their kids to school holiday programs is one such pain, though shared by many native Kiwi residents as well.

in sending their kids to school holiday programs is one such pain, though shared by many
in sending their kids to school holiday programs is one such pain, though shared by many

the possibilities if we choose to challenge the status quo. Any voices of entertaining the idea were either in the minority or were too feeble to put forward their views. If that was not enough, the Education Minister Chris Hipkins was quick to dump the seemingly rubbish idea in the bin by asserting that the government had no such plans to bring that change or support Nicola Wills’ members’ bill if it was to see the light of the day. Adding insult to injury was the rant by the Minister saying, “National has had plenty of opportunities to change the law during their time in charge.” Through this assertion, the right of the Opposition Party to raise any issues of public interest was categorically rejected, on the pretext that their own party was in the government for three consecutive terms.

In this regard, it is submitted that while it may be appropriate to rebut the Opposition in

the first six months or first year of the change of the government, but definitely not in the second year of government, especially in a three-year- term parliament.

It reflects more of a disdain toward the public

than to the Opposition in a democracy. The government might do well to keep away from this tendency of disfranchising

the Opposition and rather come up with more appropriate responses to the issues being raised. Anyway, coming back to the main purpose of this piece, that is to come up with an ethnic- migrant perspective of the suggestion that a number of school holidays should be reduced or not.

A majority of ethnic migrants find negotiating

with their children’s school holidays – a slightly different experience – like all other social activity they indulge in their new country of residence, in comparison to what they would have experienced back in their country

of origin. Managing the exorbitant cost involved in sending their kids to school holiday programs is one such pain, though shared by many native Kiwi residents as well. However, what is most startling for them is the fact that despite evident discomfort around the issue of school holidays there is the least willingness to debate around the issue.

If school holidays are so paramount for children’s overall well-being and learning proficiency and development, then our society should collectively be able to put systems in place to facilitate cost-effective ways of managing school holidays. Indeed, the state has to play an instrumental role in driving this change. If the gap in rising living costs and wages

is the primary factor precipitating the pain of

working parents, then that is the area for the governments to work. Undoubtedly we are living in the modern period of exceptionally high living costs that require in most working families for both

parents to work, to just be able to make ends meet. But that does not mean that the State should also be reflecting similar helplessness

as of working parents, to find solutions of the problem on hand. Negotiating through school holidays is

a challenge, if not nightmare, for working

parents, even during semester breaks. Maybe subsidising the school holiday programmes could be an option to mull upon. However, what many parents confided with us is that managing costs of school holiday programs were not their only concern. At least many parents believe that there is not a much constructive and productive use of the time made available to children, out of schools, especially with parents away at work. For me personally, my child’s “screen-time” goes exceptionally high during the school holiday period as putting them in front of television or laptops for a long time becomes a convenient option either at their school holiday programme or at our workplace. It would be helpful to remind that school holidays originally began in 19th century England before being instinctively followed in NZ for the primary reason to allow kids help the adults during the harvest season. So if school holidays were started at the first place in response to societal needs in the past then why societal requirements (both parents working) of present times should not be able to influence them. Simply putting off an issue as relevant as school holidays is not desirable. Sooner rather than later we will have to think and act upon it, therefore sooner is better.

Boult carnage help Black Caps thrash India

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P acer Trent Boult’s carnage with the ball helped New Zealand outsmart India by eight wickets

in the fourth and penultimate One Day International match here on Thursday. Although the hosts had already lost the five match ODI rubber but this moral boosting victory over the visitors in under three-and-half hours, might help New Zealand in the preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Electing to field, Boult’s five wicket haul and Colin de Grandhomme disciplined bowling wrecked havoc on India’s batting line-up to bowled them out for 92 and then batters applied themselves to overhaul the target in just 14.4 overs. Boult’s 5/21, his fifth five wicket haul, is the second best figures for New Zealand against India in the limited overs format. Previously it was pacer Shane Bond (6/19) in 2005 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Chasing 92 runs, New Zealand lost their first wicket in the fourth delivery of their innings. Martin Guptill (14) slammed two boundaries and one six in his four ball stay. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the New Zealand opener. Kane Williamson (11), who seemed good in the middle was next to depart. Thanks to Bhuvneshwar’s brilliant delivery which found the edge of Williamson’s bat and landed in wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s gloves. He was dismissed in the seventh over when the scoreboard read 39. Henry Nicholas (30 not out) and veteran batsman Ross Taylor (37 not out) then applied themselves perfectly and completed the proceeding with ease. Despite having a long batting line- up, India failed drastically as only two batsmen -- Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Hardik Pandya (16) -- only managed to have a double-digit score. Towards the end when India were

have a double-digit score. Towards the end when India were reeling at 55/8, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav

reeling at 55/8, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (15) and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) forged a small but crucial 25- runt partnership to help India reach 80 runs. Chahal was also the highest scorer for India.

Brief Scores:

India 92/10 (Yuzvendra Chahal 18 not out, Hardik Pandya 16; Trent Boult 5/21) against New Zealand: 93/2 (Ross Taylor 37 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/25)

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Auckland's Kiwi-Indian soccer fans set to feast on Wellington Phoenix’s next Eden Park outing

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adversary at the away match in Melbourne last week. However, Kiwi-Indian soccer fans will have added reason to be excited, apart from the capital-based club’s reputation – that of watching the two Indian-origin star players play at New Zealand’s largest city. While Roy Krishna has attained

the club. His fourth-round goal against Brisbane Roar was deemed the team’s Goal of the Year for the 2017–18 season.

Wellington Phoenix in 2017. After making a series of substitute appearances in 2017, Sarpreet was named in the starting line up for the first time on February 2018 and since then had become a regular in the team. He finished the season as the second-highest goal scorer at the club behind Andrija Kaluđerović, despite only playing eleven games. Carrying his form into the 2018- 19 season, Sarpreet capped for New Zealand’s All White and winning many accolades for his performance in four-nation tournament in India in June 2018. His assists in All-White’s two goals against much higher ranked India in that tournament not only helped All Whites defeat India on their home turf but also won him many fans in the country from where his parents originally emigrated to NZ. Speaking highly about the two players Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome told The Indian Weekender “We’re very proud of our Phoenix players with Indian heritage, in Roy Krishna and Sarpreet Singh, they are two of the brightest stars in the team and they

are a credit to their families and communities, being outstanding both on and off the field.” Further expressing confidence in his team Mr Dome said, “It’s the first time we’re heading back to Eden Park since 2014 and the team are looking forward to going back to Auckland. “The team have a great run so far this season, with only one loss in 11 games to date and they are playing an exciting style of football. “We have a talented team, with a blend of young, up and coming stars and experienced overseas and foreign players. “We’re expecting a big crowd at Eden Park, it’s one of New Zealand’s greatest stadiums and our fans always bring something special – their singing and chanting – it’s a unique experience and one that you need to experience,” Mr Dome said.

A uckland’s Kiwi-Indian

fans will have a rare

feast of watching two of

their biggest stars, Roy Krishna and Sarpreet Singh, play in New Zealand’s biggest city for the A-League clash between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory this month in Eden Park. The widely anticipated A-League clash is scheduled for Friday, February 15, on a weekend dubbed by Eden Park as sports lovers’ extravaganza weekend, for hosting another Super Rugby fixture between the Blues and the Crusaders the following night. The A-League is the professional men’s soccer league of Australia and Wellington Phoenix is the only New Zealand-based professional club that competes at the highest level of football in this part of the world. There is huge expectation among soccer fans for the match as the Wellington Phoenix is coming to New Zealand’s national stadium with an enviable reputation of being undefeated at the venue, along with the recent win over the same

star status in the team completing 100 games for the club last November, Sarpreet Singh’s stocks have also risen fast in the previous year. Playing as a striker Roy Krishna became the outright leading goal scorer for the Wellington Phoenix in December 2018, overtaking

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Adithya Ashok star bowler of national

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s

 

30th Annual Convention concludes

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tournament

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tournament ¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD H undreds of Ahmadi Muslims gathered together

H undreds of Ahmadi

Muslims gathered together

Minister of State for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa was the chief guest for the special

Minister of State for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa was the chief guest for the special session held for external guests on Saturday, January 26. The Minister highlighted the ethnic diversity of not just her local constituency, but of New Zealand as a whole, and stressed on the steps the government is taking to ensure equality for all ethnicities and religions. She lauded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the positive role it has played over the years in serving the society irrespective of any religious or cultural differences, and especially in the integration in society of the newly arrived refugees in the country. Hon. Melissa Lee MP also addressed the attendees of the convention. A number of representatives of other faith groups and members of public attended the sessions and had a chance to see the mosque as well as meet the members of the community.

over the Auckland

anniversary weekend to celebrate the community’s 30th annual convention. Bait ul Muqeet, the largest purpose-built mosque in New Zealand, saw Muslims from all over the country converge to celebrate the ‘Jalsa Salana’, an annual event started over a hundred years ago in the small town of Qadian, India, by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s founder Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. “We chose the convention’s theme of ‘Islam and Human Rights’ because of the attention this topic gets in the media nowadays, and the controversy sometimes associated with these discussions. We want to stress that contrary to what some people may believe, Islam actually champions upholding of Human rights. We have seen a number of charters introduced over the last few centuries in an attempt to address abuses of human rights, but Islam introduced the concepts of equality amongst all humans well before these.” National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand Bashir Khan said addressing the gathering. “Prophet Mohammad’s farewell address laid down very clearly the high expectations he had of Muslims as far as dealing with their fellow human beings was concerned – this is something that all Muslims and Islamic governments need to strive to achieve if they want to truly follow their religion,” he added.

A uckland Under-17 Boys claimed the

New Zealand Cricket’s U17 National

Tournament title defeating Central

Districts in Lincoln earlier last week, with Kiwi-Indian bowler for Auckland’s team, Adithya Ashok, the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. This win is Auckland U17’s consecutive

third win in the last three years and caps off a remarkable season for Auckland’s age-group cricketers. Auckland U17’s late push continued as they upended top qualifiers Central Districts U17 by

five

wickets to claim the 2018/19 national title

in a hard-fought final.

Adithya Ashok was hailed hero in the second

School Sports Awards in 2017. Adithya is a recipient of numerous awards such as best batsman from Eden Roskill Cricket Club, Overall Best Player for Suburbs New Lynn Cricket Club in 2014 and 2015. He was the captain of the New Zealand team at the Junior Indoor World Cup U13 age group in Australia in 2015. He aims to play for the Black Caps starting with getting selected in the U19 team and then into the main league of players. Another player who has marked his place in the Auckland U17 Boys team was Kiwi- Nepalese Dinesh Kharel who took one wicket each in the semis and final match of the national tournament.

last

match that gave Auckland team a 151-run

victory against Northern Districts and powered

the

team into the finals against Central Districts.

Ashok finished his ten overs with six maidens

and

six wickets for 12 runs.

“It was a match-winning performance

by

Adithya, which showed great control,”

Assistant Coach Matt Cowie of Auckland U17 Boys had said. In the finals, Adithya settled for two wickets

giving 39 runs off his ten overs, having claimed

CD

captain Sam Sherriff in a top battle between

and ball. Adithya , studied at Mount Albert Grammar

bat

School (MAGS) had received the Bowler of

the

Year award from Auckland Inter-Secondary

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Government must safeguard NZ’s ability to innovate

 

Auckland Council: Time to

book your inorganic collection!

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I norganic collection is just one of

many options to get rid of unwanted

items during the year.

 
Dr Parmjeet Parmar National List MP, Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation

Dr Parmjeet Parmar

National List MP, Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation

New Zealand has had some great innovators and we need more of them to add value to our exports of goods and services and to improve our standard of living. This Government may be struggling to make

“It’s important to think about what you can do to reuse, repair, or recycle items before deciding to send them to landfill,” Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of the Environment and Community committee, said in a media release.

them to landfill,” Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of the Environment and Community committee, said in a

T he Government claims to be committed

to building a more innovative economy,

so it should explain why New Zealand’s

innovation ranking is sliding. New Zealand was ranked 28th on the

Bloomberg Innovation Index in 2013, when the former National

progress because of the divergent views within the coalition but that’s no excuse for inertia. As a country, New Zealand should back itself

in its ability to add more capacity to innovate and add value to what we’re good at and to find new things to be good at. But the performance of the Research, Science and Innovation

Minister leaves

“Thanks to your contributions to the inorganic collection service, more than 5000 tonnes of material have been diverted from landfill since the new service was rolled out in

2015.”

“How can you help contribute to a circular economy? Let’s work together to keep Auckland clean and beautiful,” Councillor Penny Hulse added. A circular economy is one in which people keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst they are in use, then recover, regenerate, reuse, recycle or upcycle products and materials at the end of that resource’s life.

in-person at their local service centre, or by calling 09 301 0101. Once they’ve made a booking, they’ll be given a timeframe for when collections will

happen in their area. Residents will get an exact collection date by email, text or phone and collections will take place between February and November 2019. One can book as early as they like. If they no longer need the service, they can easily cancel. Here are some quick tips for when it’s time for your collection:

Place your items (roughly a small trailer load of material) within the boundary of your property. Collectors will then come and take it away for you

o v e r n m e n t

created Callaghan Innovation to help lift our performance. It did, and New Zealand’s ranking improved to 18th within two years. Now the tide’s going out again. New Zealand’s innovation ranking

has fallen two years

G

New Zealand’s innovation ranking has fallen two years G me concerned as Government policy in this
New Zealand’s innovation ranking has fallen two years G me concerned as Government policy in this

me concerned as Government policy in this area is somewhat woolly. Across Minister Woods’ portfolios

there

discernible

lack of depth in

knowledge

been

has

a

her

of the scientific principles that

If one has items in good condition, then they are encouraged to please consider selling or

donating them to their local charity or recycling centre first. The remainder can be picked up in

the inorganic collection. Find out options for getting rid of specific items on the Auckland Council website. Visit the Auckland Council website to check which items you can put out for collection. How does booking an inorganic collection work? When one enters their address, the booking tool will let them know when their collection period is. Then they can fill in the necessary information to make their booking. Bookings close eight days before your collection period starts. You can also make a booking

Two trucks will come to clear your items away. One will take away reusable items, and another will collect the rest as rubbish

Please don’t place your items on the kerbside, berm, or footpath, this will be treated as an illegal dumping

Make sure it’s easy to identify which items are to be taken away and that they are easy for the collectors to remove. Visit our website to check which items you can put out for collection.

The inorganic service is designed for items that are not appropriate for your kerbside rubbish or recycling collection. For more about inorganic collections, go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic

in

a row. The same trend may be emerging in

should guide policy decisions. These global indexes may be pointing to a slowdown in New Zealand’s innovation value chain and shouldn’t be shrugged off. It could make it harder for innovative businesses to attract investment and risk the loss of innovative work in New Zealand.

the Global Innovation Index. One of the most consistent themes I hear from New Zealanders about what our economy needs is that we need to move up the value chain by supporting more innovation.

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Fiji to host first

regional-

international

Hindi

conference

Fiji to host first regional- international Hindi conference This is the first ever international Hindi conference

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

Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal said.

Wellington-

based

educationist and

Hindi-

activist Sunita

Narayan

been coordinating

efforts

Zealand for

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Indian Weekender, Mrs

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a

in

widely spoken and well

historic

conference

Fiji where Hindi is

entrenched in day to day

life of the island

[all

educationists here in

“We

NZ] are excited about the opportunity of dialogue and conversation amongst different stakeholders working towards the common goal of promoting the Hindi language that comes naturally with any such mega event.” “The conference has the potential to strengthen Hindi language in the South Pacific region,” Mrs Narayan said. Expressing support to the cause of promoting Hindi language Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli told The Indian Weekender, “We are encouraging participation and helping the expansion of Hindi teaching capacities here in NZ.”

What does Fiji have to offer?

Fiji holds the unique reputation of being the only country other than India to have the Hindi language as one of its official languages. This is a statement on not only how Fiji has embraced not just India’s Girmitiya population and their descendants, but also the Hindi language.

and their descendants, but also the Hindi language. ¡ SANDEEP SINGH H indi enthusiasts of New

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H indi enthusiasts of New Zealand will have another opportunity to promote the cause of Hindi language – the

third most spoken language of the world – in the wider South Pacific region by participating in the first ever regional international Hindi conference proposed to be held in Fiji on March 15-17, 2019. The conference – touted as the first regional international Hindi conference – is separate from the recently held World Hindi Conference in Mauritius in August 2018, and is focused

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produced many renowned scholars of Hindi language like Kamla Prasad Mishra, Joginder Singh Kanwal, Vivekanand Sharma, and Dr Subramani and not to forget iTaukei-origin scholar of Fiji, Nemani Bainivalu, who was awarded the ‘Vishva Hindi Samman’ in the World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius, in August 2018.

Making diasporic connections

The conference apart from promoting the cause of Hindi language also offers the opportunity of strengthening existing and making new diasporic connections in this part of the world. Given the size of the Indian diaspora in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, and their passion for retaining the elements of Indian heritage and culture, such a conference is bound to offer new opportunities of strengthening diasporic connections.

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organised by the Government of India in close

cooperation with the Government of Fiji and the University of the South Pacific – the largest and most prestigious educational institution of Fiji and the Pacific. “This is the first ever international Hindi conference to be hosted in Fiji and is poised to bring together 100-120 laureates, experts and artists from about 15-20 countries all around the world,” a press release from the office of Indian High Commissioner in Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal said. However, further emphasising on the importance of Hindi- enthusiasts of New Zealand and Australia Mr Sapkal said, “Although we have invited and are expecting guests from all around the world our special focus is on Hindi-

enthusiasts of NZ & Australia. “I would like to invite all

Hindi language experts and enthusiasts from NZ and Australia to participate in the upcoming conference,” Mr Sapkal said. The conference would be officially inaugurated by India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, and would involve several cultural performances including the famous Ramleela presented by well-renowned Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.

It is important to note that Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra’s Ramleela is not only one of the most important events in the cultural calendar of Delhi, but also regarded as the best Ramleela in India.

Apart from cultural performances, there will be an opportunity for Hindi scholars and experts to present research papers on more than twenty different topics, including Hindi in New Zealand, Hindi media, Hindi in Girmitiya countries and diaspora literature, in the Hindi Conference.

भारतीय उच्र्ायोग , सवाु High Commission of India, Suva
भारतीय उच्र्ायोग , सवाु
High Commission of India, Suva
अंतरराष्ट्रीय ह ंदी सम्मेऱन
15-17 मार्च , 2019
गगररममटिया मजदरोंू के 19 वीॊ शताब्दी के अॊत में आगमन के साथ ही , फीजी में टहदी प्रचमऱत हो गयी। ववमभन्न प्रदेशों
से आए गगरममटिया मजदरोंू ने सॊपकक भाषा के रूप में टहदी को अपनाया जजसे ―फीजी टहॊदी‖ कहा गया । टहॊदी फीजी के
औपचाररक मशऺण का एक महत्वपूणक टहस्सा है । देश में टहॊदी के चार रेडियो स्िेशन हैं जो 24 घॊिे चऱते हैं। एक
साप्ताटहक अखबार ― शाॊततदतू ‖ है जो वषक 1935 से तन ॊरतर चऱ रहा है। फीजी में तीन ववश्वववद्याऱयों में स्नातक स्तर पर
टहॊदी पढाई जाती है फीजी में कमऱा प्रसाद ममश्र, जोंगगदर मस ॊह कॉवऱ , िॉ सुब्रमणण और वववेकानॊद शमाक जैसे ऱेखक ह ए हैं
जजनकी रचनाशजतत पर टहॊदी को गौरव है। सबसे ज्यादा महत्वपूणक है कक फीजी में टहॊदी घर ,बाहर , बाजार सब जगह
इस्तेमाऱ की जाती है। टहॊदी फीजी में एक जीवॊत भाषा है।
प्रस्ताववत सम्मेऱन फीजी में आयोजजत होने वाऱा पहऱा ऐततहामसक अॊतराकष्ट्रीय टहॊदी सम्मेऱन है। इस टहॊदी सम्मेऱन
का आयोजन भारत सरकार द्वारा मशऺा मॊत्राऱय, फीजी सरकार के सहयोग व युतनवसकिी ऑफ साउथ पैमसकफक के साथ
ममऱकर ककया जा रहा है। इसके अततररतत इसे फीजी के अन्य दो ववश्वववद्याऱयों फीजी नेशनऱ युतनवसकिी और युतनवसकिी
ऑफ फीजी का सहयोग प्राप्त है। साथ ही भारतीय िायसपोरा की सभी प्रमुख सॊस्थाएॊ इसमें सहयोग कर रही हैं। सम्मेऱन
का आयोजन 15-17 माचक, 2019 को युतनवसकिी ऑफ साउथ पैमसकफक में भारत के उच्चायुतत माननीय श्री ववश्वास
सपकाऱ के मागकदशकन मेंककया जा रहा है।
पजीकरण शल्कु
- Registration Chargesववदेश- $100 यू.एस िाऱर ( आवास शाममऱ नहीॊ), स्थानीय शुल्क - $25
फीजीयन िाऱर, ववद्याथी – $10 फीजीयन िाऱर पतत-पत्नी– 40 फीजीयन िाऱर, पररवार—50 फीजीयन िाऱर
( केवऱ 12 वषक से बडे बच्चे)Foreign - USD $100 (Accommodation not included), Local - FJD $25 College
Students –FJD $10 , With Spouse –40 FJD, Family—50 FJD
Payment can be made to High Commission of India, Suva account at Bank of Baroda, Swift code
BARBFJFJ Account No. 91010200000437
Email: hindi.suva@mea.gov.in, anilhindi@gmail.com
पॊजीकरण शुल्क का भुगतान , भारतीय हाई कमीशन, सुवा के नीचे टदए बैंक एकाऊॊ ि में जमा कराया जा
सकता है।
All the interested participants may contact Mr. Anil Sharma, Second Secretary (hindi.suva@mea.gov.in), Contact:
3301125/ 9992363 for further assistance/ coordination
सभी इच्छुक ककसी जानकारी या स्पष्ट्िीकरण के मऱए, श्री अतनऱ शमाक ( टितीय सगचव, टहॊदी एवॊ सामुदातयक मामऱे) को
hindi.suva@mea.gov.in ) /या 3301125 / 9992363 पर सॊपकक कर सकते हैं

on promoting the Hindi language in particular regions of the world. Indeed, the South Pacific region is an area of significant interest for the fact that Fiji is the only country outside India where Hindi is an official language, accompanied with the growing size of the global Indian diaspora in New Zealand and Australia – the two major countries of the region. The Hindi Conference is being

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Fiji is one of India’s closest friends and

 

Fijians working under NZ Seasonal Work Scheme expected to increase this year

T he number of Fijians working

under the New Zealand

takes pride in its own achievements: Sapkal

C elebrating India’s Republic Day in Fiji is a great joy because Fiji is one of India’s

C elebrating India’s Republic Day in Fiji is a great joy because Fiji is one of

closest friends and even as India takes pride in its own achievements, it also celebrates Fiji’s growth. These were the words of the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal who was speaking at the celebration of India’s 70th Republic Day at Novotel in Lami last night. Sapkal says India has respect for the independence of other countries and India strongly pursues international peace and harmony. He says there has always been good relations between India and Fiji. Speaking on behalf of the Fijian government, the Chief of Protocol from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatani Tagivetaua congratulated the people of India in their celebration. Tagivetaua says the Indian Constitution came into effect on the 26th of Jan 1950 with a democratic government system which made the

Recognised Seasonal

Employer Work Scheme has been growing annually with total number expected to increase to 60 this year from the initial 12 in 2015. Two employer representatives of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, Heather Burton and Penny Gibson met with Employment Ministry Permanent Secretary Osea Cawaru in a meeting to recruit more seasonal workers. Burton is the General Manager Human Resource for EastPack Limited, one of the first employers to pilot the seasonal work program and has been recruiting seasonal workers from Fiji since 2015. The total number of workers recruited by East Pack Ltd has been increasing over the years from the initial 12 workers in 2015 and rose to 56 workers in 2018. The Ministry fo Employment says that this number will increase again to 60 workers comprising of 17 new workers and 43 returning workers for 2019. The 60 workers are from the Provinces of Ra, Rewa, Tailevu, Ba, Lomaiviti, Kadavu, Serua and Namosi. Cawaru says that the 43 returning workers were again selected by the employer this year due to their excellent work performance and attitude.

country an independent republic. He says India has set examples for Fiji. The event was attended by President Jioji Konrote, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Police

Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu, Minister for Employment Parveen

Bala and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar. The event was attended by some Permanent Secretaries and close to 400 guests.

30 Fijians awarded Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships to study in Fiji

A 19-year-old student from Nabouwalu, Bua is the youngest recipient among

Prime Minister: Focus on education

 

T he posting of a school head to a faith-based

institution has nothing to do with religious

teachings, but it is about the academic welfare

and upbringing of our children whose education must not be affected. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these comments as he broke his silence on the ongoing debate between the Ministry of Education that insists that appointments are merit-based against faith-based organisations, mainly the Roman Catholic Church of Fiji, which wants members of the church to head its schools. The Prime Minister said the teaching of faith should always begin in our very own homes where the onus should be on parents to guide children on life’s values. He said it was not the job of teachers in an institution to make children understand their faith better but they were there to help students learn academically for a brighter future. “This issue of posting teachers has nothing to do with the church. It is not about faith but about our children. The ongoing issue about the faith-based schools should not affect our children’s education.” Mr Bainimarama said government’s main concern was to ensure that students got the best education. “My main concern is what will be taught to students in those schools. I’m not concerned about religious teachings because if this is prioritised then what about the other subjects that students need to also learn,” he said. “Too much on (Church) teachings and less on the subjects to make them better equipped for the future, especially iTaukei to excel and become engineers, accountants and pilots. from primary school at Lautoka Fijian to Draiba Primary School, then to Ratu Kadavulevu School before

Draiba Primary School, then to Ratu Kadavulevu School before Marist Brothers High School. “It is about

Marist Brothers High School. “It is about our children and nothing to do with the Church. When I attended Marist a brother was the principal. There were prayers in the morning and other prayer sessions during the day. It is the same today.” Mr Bainimarama said he would not change his mind in prioritising children’s education. “Some of these changes are part of the reforms in 2009 and again stressed in 2017, it’s for the betterment of Fijian children academically. We have to be careful on this issue. It is simple to understand that the Government is stressing that our children are given the best education they can have. In reminding village elders to focus on their children’s education he said “our job is to bring them up in the respective faith and they should get the best in education”. Mr Bainimarama said he has had talks with leaders of Seventh Day Adventist church, Roman Catholics of Fiji and the Methodist Church of Fiji on this issue two years ago.

the 30 Fijians who were today awarded the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships to study in Fiji. Kartik Kaushal Singh is now able to pursue his dreams of becoming an electrical engineer. He will be studying Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Fiji National University. Singh says helping his father who is a mechanic by profession is what inspired him to study to become an electrical engineer. Singh says he has faced challenges since coming to Suva such as familiarizing himself with travel routes as well as the different lifestyle. Meanwhile, Ilisabeta Susunikoro is also a proud recipient of the scholarship says she will be undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery at the Fiji National University. The 41-year-old who is currently a nurse in Namosi says that she loves the challenges and wishes to upskill to further help people.

Fiji calls on UN Security Council to lead efforts to tackle growing security challenges related to climate change

F iji has called on the UN

Security Councils to lead and

support national and regional

efforts to tackle growing security challenges related to climate change. While speaking a the addressing the UN Security Council on climate related disasters, Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that the effects of climate change which maybe now be more pronounced in some places over others will none the less be a problem that will ultimately affect each part of the world. He stressed that the open debate at the UN Security Council on the defining challenges of our times is preparing the international community to confront the growing security consequences arising from climate change induced natural disasters. Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that extreme weather patterns make our economies and societies’ more fragile as seen time and time again that when economic and social fragility increase our institutions suffer. Sayed-Khaiyum says that Fiji is still in a phase where relocations of coastal communities both domestically and between countries can be managed voluntarily as Fiji has offered support to host some of our neighbours. However, Sayed-Khaiyum stressed that very soon these will become forced migrations on a scale that will place severe stresses on our societies and international arrangements.

 

BABER: BALL GIRL PART OF OUR FAMILY

 

T he Fiji Airways Fijian 7s

team displayed something

special when they lifted the

ball girl high up in the air while they said their final prayer before kickoff against USA The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team displayed something special when they lifted the ball girl high up in the air while they said their final prayer before kickoff against USA in the Cup final on Sunday. Supported by Fijian fans that turned out in force at the FMG Stadium with their blue flags, they applauded the special moment when

the Gareth Baber coached side lifted the little girl. “Humility is a big part of our values, we talk as a team and anybody is part of our family. “A ball girl coming in there is much as likely to be on this rugby field as anybody else. It’s very special for us to have people in the sport like that.” Baber said. The side was awarded the UL Mark of Excellence Award for the act of sportsmanship. Fiji has now won two of the first three tournaments of the World Sevens Series tied with USA on 57points.

"Humility is a big part of our values, we talk as a team and anybody
"Humility
is a big part
of our values, we
talk as a team and
anybody is part of
our family."
we talk as a team and anybody is part of our family." Something truly unique to

Something truly unique to rugby sevens. @HSBC_Sport ball carrier gets lifted high by Fiji!

 
Thought of the week Editorial ‘State of the nation’ speech and ‘year of delivery’ affirmation
Thought of the week Editorial ‘State of the nation’ speech and ‘year of delivery’ affirmation

Thought of the weekEditorial ‘State of the nation’ speech and ‘year of delivery’ affirmation kicks off Kiwi politics

Editorial ‘State of the nation’ speech and ‘year of delivery’ affirmation kicks off Kiwi politics
Editorial
‘State of the
nation’ speech
and ‘year
of delivery’
affirmation kicks
off Kiwi politics
in 2019
N ew Zealand’s political year kicked off this week with two remarkably
different, but largely expected speeches, by two different political
leaders, who delivered their supposedly defining messages in an equally
different setting.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern informed the media on Wednesday morning,
immediately after a strategic multi-planning retreat, that she has told her Labour
caucus members that 2019 will be the “year of delivery” for the government,
thus displaying her trademark feel-good style of politics.
Hours later, on the same day at a different location, down south in Christchurch,
National Leader Simon Bridges tried to wrest some early momentum for himself
and his party through the State of the Nation speech seeking to put taxes firmly
on the agenda of New Zealand politics.
The general reception to both of these addresses by leaders of the main political
parties, was on expected lines, as both media and the public were exceptionally
critical for one while approving for the other.
Lest some may hurriedly assume that this is because of two different styles of
politics and personalities that these two leaders bring, it is more because of one
being in government and the other in opposition.
It is largely observed that in politics there are more takers for the views of
those in power and hence more approval, than those in the opposition, who get
more disapproval.
Though both are unfair and not accurate. However, those in politics are
expected to know this and cannot complain.
In that respect, the Prime Minister’s message to her caucus about 2019 being
the year of delivery, which should have been interpreted as a “telling off” to the
non-performing or under-performing ministers in the government (and the last
count suggest there were too many) was largely reported as a casual “pep-talk”
in an “informal environment.”
Simon Bridges, on the other hand, got the exact reception as reserved for
all leader of the oppositions, more so when in the first term of being in the
opposition, whereby struggling to convince the audience, the public and the
experts about the promises that they strive to offer.
Mr Bridges’ attempt to lure New Zealand voters with a promise around a
gradual tax relief for three years was more a disguised attempt of setting the
political agenda around taxes rather than any meaningful difference in the lives
of Kiwi voters.
Expectedly, Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s pointed criticism of “fiscal
hole” in Mr Bridges’ projections also managed to receive much attention.
Regardless of the immediate hue and cry around these two main speeches this
week it is clear that 2019 will be decisive for both the leaders.
More so for Mr Bridges who is trying to lead the party from the trenches of the
opposition when the members of the caucus are more anxious and less forgiving,
than Ms Ardern who being comfortably placed in power has a bigger runway
ahead.
However, this year will set the agenda for the next year’s election and the
government all set to receive reports from several committees including tax
working groups, is expected to “deliver” and not hide behind the star power of
Ms Ardern.
and not hide behind the star power of Ms Ardern. "The will to succeed is important,

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."

– Bobby Knight

Auckland Weather forecast for the week February 1 – February 7, 2018 Fri Sat Sun
Auckland Weather forecast for the week
February 1 – February 7, 2018
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This week in New Zealand’s history

29 January 1842

Auckland's first Anniversary Day Regatta

Auckland’s Anniversary Day commemorates the arrival of Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson in the Bay of Islands in 1840. Today it is best known for a regatta on Waitematā Harbour,

possibly the largest in the world.

30 January 1911

Bookies take last bets on New Zealand racecourses/2-

A1910 amendment to the GamingAct banned bookmakers from New Zealand racecourses,other public places and hotels. The bookies were farewelled after the last race at Takapuna, with a band playing appropriate tunes such as ‘We Parted on the Shore’.

31 January 1921

New Zealand's first regular airmail service begins

Piloted by Captain Euan Dickson, the first flight of the Canterbury Aviation Company’s new airmail service left Christchurch at 8 a.m., carrying several hundred letters to Ashburton and Timaru into the teeth of a south-westerly gale.

1 February 1842 New Zealand Company settlers arrive in Nelson

The Fifeshire arrived in Nelson with immigrants for the New Zealand Company’s first settlement in the South Island. The company had been trying to purchase land in the area since 1839. Desire became necessity when news reached Wellington that several immigrant ships were on their way from England.

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We’ve
doubled
our
double
deckers.

The new network. More frequent. More connected.

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Note ban brought down land prices,

helped youth buy cheap houses: Modi

P rime Minister Narendra Modi

on Wednesday said that the

demonetization exercise

helped bring down prices of houses and made them affordable for the youth. He said he was being asked about the gains from the 2016 note ban but the question should be put to the youth who gained from it. "I am asked about the benefits of the note ban decision. You should address this to the youth, who could buy residential homes at affordable rates after the decision," Modi said. The Prime Minister said: "Black money used to be parked in real estate sector. But with decisions like note ban, we put a check on it." Modi was speaking after laying the foundation stone of the extension of the terminal building at Surat Airport. He said the UDAAN scheme of the Civil Aviation Ministry was the result of his dream that the common man should also be able to undertake

air travel. "Today I am happy to say that the scheme has catapulted our country among the world's fastest-growing aviation markets," Modi said. Referring to the housing sector, Modi said that his government built 1.30 crore houses during the last four years of the NDA rule while the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) built 25 lakh houses over a decade. Praising his own governance, Modi said the previous governments would have taken more than 25 years to do the work that he had done in the last four years. The Prime Minister called upon the people to vote a single-party majority government at the Centre. "For the last 30 years, the country had a 'hung Parliament' and this had affected development. Four years ago, people voted a government with a full majority after which the country is progressing rapidly."

after which the country is progressing rapidly." ‘India saving $7bn yearly with PM’s LED movement’:

‘India saving $7bn yearly with PM’s LED movement’: Union minister Piyush Goyal

P ower ministers, particularly of European countries, have thanked Modi for making LEDs affordable across the world after an

87% decline in the prices of LED bulbs, he said.

Railways and coal minister Piyush Goyal,

who was awarded the 2018 Carnot Prize for his contribution to the energy policy in New Delhi on Wednesday, said the country was saving $7 billion annually through the nation-wide LED movement that was conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Power ministers, particularly of European countries, have thanked Modi for making LEDs affordable across the

world after an 87% decline in the prices of LED bulbs, he said. He recalled how Modi had ushered in the LED revolution in the country by replacing a traditional light bulb with an

LED bulb in the Prime Minister’s Office. “The cost of switchover to LEDs for the nation must have been $2bn at most, maybe less. But we are saving $7bn in electricity bills every year,” Goyal said. International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol, who was present at the ceremony, said India’s power sector reforms under Goyal oversaw the world’s “biggest and most successful” LED programme. The award was given to Goyal for his contribution to the power sector when he was minister of state (independent

the power sector when he was minister of state (independent "The cost of switchover to LEDs
"The cost of switchover to LEDs for the nation must have been $2 billion at
"The cost of
switchover to LEDs
for the nation must
have been $2 billion at
most, maybe less. But we
are saving $7 billion in
electricity bills every
year."

Minister of Railways & Coal, Piyush Goyal (L) receives the ‘Carnot Prize’ from Fatih Birol. Executive Director, International Energy Agency, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019

in October last year. Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said the country is expected to complete electrification of its railway network over the next four-five years. “Over 4,000 kms of railway tracks were electrified last year, which would increase to 6,000 kms this year,” he said. According to Goyal, till five years ago, the average pace of electrification was only 600 kms every year.

charge) for power, coal, new & renewable energy from 2014 to 2017. Currently, Goyal also holds charge of the finance portfolio. Birol praised Goyal for donating the prize money of $25,000 (around Rs 17,75,000) to the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design formally presented the prize to Goyal in New Delhi as he could not receive the award in the US due to the Amritsar train tragedy

Mamata Banerjee challenges Amit Shah: Prove claims or quit politics

W est Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday

lashed out at BJP national president Amit Shah for alleging she sold her paintings to chit fund owners, and asked him to prove his claims or resign from politics. Addressing a public meeting in Birbhum district, Banerjee came down heavily upon him for saying West Bengal government copied central government schemes and that Durga and Saraswati pujas are not held here. “Some half-educated and illiterate leaders from Delhi are saying I have taken money from my paintings. Prove it that I have taken a single paisa into my account. I challenge you to prove it. They are speaking in an uncivilised manner without showing evidence. Our party has sent a notice to him yesterday. If needed we will file a defamation suit against him,” Banerjee said. Yesterday, Shah alleged that state government is not taking any action against chit fund companies as paintings of Mamata Banerjee was bought by owners of such companies. The BJP leader also alleged that Durga and Saraswati Pujas are not held in Bengal.

Given green signal by party to contest again from Mathura: Hema Malini

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

B JP MP Hema Malini Tuesday

claimed she had been given

the “green signal by higher-

ups” to contest again from Mathura. She was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mathura in 2014. The actor-politician also promised the people of her constituency “modernisation” of the Mathura Junction railway station. “The railway officials are doing a wonderful job on (modernisation) of

the station,” she told reporters after inaugurating various projects at the Mathura Junction. On whether she would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Mathura again, Hema Malini said, “I have been given the green signal by higher-ups in the party and have started work on these lines.” She also said she would request Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to introduce a train between Mathura

and Lucknow. “I would request Railway Minister Piyush Goel for introduction of a train between Mathura and Lucknow for the benefit of pilgrims coming from eastern Uttar Pradesh,” she said. Ranjan Yadav, DRM, Agra said the modernisation of Mathura Junction was on at a cost of Rs 20 crore. Facilities like escalators, two lifts, foot-over bridge at Baad station, solar system, renovation of waiting

bridge at Baad station, solar system, renovation of waiting rooms, widening of entry at Gate Number

rooms, widening of entry at Gate Number One have been undertaken at a cost of Rs 8 crore, he said. ADRM D K Singh said the Mathura

station has been equipped with two scanners, apart from widening of the entry and exit of Gate Number One and renovating of the VIP lounge.

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INDIA WILL SOON MARK PRESENCE ON MOON WITH CHANDRAYAAN-2, SAYS PM MODI P rime Minister
INDIA WILL SOON
MARK PRESENCE
ON MOON WITH
CHANDRAYAAN-2,
SAYS PM MODI
P rime Minister Narendra Modi
said on Sunday India will
soon mark its presence on
Rural Employment Guarantee Act
have also been tagged.
He further said the government
has distributed NAVIC devices
to fishermen which is helping in
providing them safety and developing
the economy.
Appreciating the use of space
technology in devices for saving
assets and life, he said: “Whether it

the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission and appreciated the use of space technology in saving assets and life and in delivering government schemes. “We have created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. We will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign,” Modi said in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ monthly radio address. He added that Indian satellites symbolise the country’s growing power and help in establishing better relations with other countries. “It has contributed a great deal in fostering better relations with many countries of the world. The ‘South Asia Satellite’ has been a unique initiative, which has gifted hues of development to our neighbouring allies,” Modi said. “Through its highly competitive launch services, today India not only propels satellites of developing countries but also those of developed

nations.” Modi said the government is using space technology in delivering government schemes as well as maintaining accountability in government programmes. Giving an example, he said the ‘Housing For All’ scheme involves geo-tagging of about 40 lakh houses spread over 23 states. Along with this, more than 30.5 million properties under Mahatma Gandhi National

is cyclone, or rail and road safety, all of these safety measures are being augmented by space technology.” Modi also mentioned that the number of successful space missions attempted since the country’s independence until 2014 have been equal to those successfully completed in the past four years. The Prime Minister remembered Vikram Sarabhai saying that he played an important role in India’s space program. “Our space program has been possible due to innumerable young

scientists

The sky and stars have

always enthralled children. Our space programme provides an impetus to children to think big and reach across those boundaries, which were considered impossible till today.”

India to have world's only completely-electrified large railway network
India to have world's only
completely-electrified
large railway network

I ndia is targeting complete electrification of its railway

network over the next four-five years, which will make it the only such large rail network, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. He said that over 4,000 km of railway tracks were electrified last

year, which would increase to 6,000 km this year.

"Till five years ago, we used to be able to electrify only 600 km every year," he said, while receiving the fourth annual Carnot Prize awarded to him by

the Kleinman Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Goyal had

previously been unable to accept the award in the US due to the train tragedy at Amritsar. The award recognizes the transformations in India's energy sector. Accepting the award, Goyal said

one can't have a nation with over 250 million people living without access to energy, which was the case even seven decades after independence. He said that over the last four-five years, the government had changed that and now India had come from a period of energy shortage to where it was -- grappling

with surplus power. He said it was perhaps due to the world's largest programme to switch to LED bulbs, which he

Till five years ago, we used to be able to electrify only 600 km every
Till
five years
ago, we used to
be able to electrify
only 600 km every
year,

called the most economically viable project he had ever come across. "The cost of switchover to LEDs for the nation must have been $2 billion at most, maybe less. But we are saving $7 billion in electricity bills every year," he said. Goyal donated the award money to the International Solar Alliance to institute the Diwakar Award which would recognise an outstanding organisation every year working for special children and maximising the use of solar energy, an official statement said. He said the award was a recognition of the holistic manner in which India was contributing to the global effort to fight climate change.

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India, China discuss counter-terrorism efforts

I ndia and China discussed regional and international counter-terrorism efforts during the eighth meeting of the India-China Joint Working

Group on Counter-terrorism in Beijing on January 29-30, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. "Both sides assessed and exchanged views on regional and international counter-terrorism situation, areas of mutual concerns, including cooperation at bilateral and multilateral level," it stated. The meeting came even as China, a member of the 1267 UN committee, continues to block India's application to ban Pakistani terrorist Masood Azhar.

Sumitra Mahajan says Ram temple should be built at Ayodhya

L ok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Wednesday that she was a "Ram Bhakt" and wanted a Ram temple to be built at Ayodhya.

Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting here ahead of the Budget session of Parliament, she said almost everyone assured her of one's cooperation in smooth running of the House which will witness the last session before the general election. "There should be maximum discussion, and maximum number of issues should be raised by members. Parliament is meant for discussion and as parliamentarians, nation's interest should be a priority for us," she said. Asked if government will bring a full Budget, she said: "It is for the government to answer. But yes, such things have happened in the past too." Asked about her remarks as a Speaker and as BJP MP on the Ram temple, she said: "I am still the Lok Sabha Speaker. I would be able to comment as a BJP MP after 15th (February). But as a Ram bhakt I would say that all Ram bhakts want a Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya."

Saudi Crown Prince likely to visit India next month

S audi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning to visit India next month in the wake of criticism by the international

next month in the wake of criticism by the international community over his handling of the

community over his handling of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's mission in Turkey last year, media reported. Citing sources, the Nikkei Asian Review business journal reported from Riyadh that apart from India, Prince Salman is also likely to visit China and South Korea in

February. "The Crown Prince has drawn criticism from the international community, especially from the US and Europe, over his handling of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the report said. "He apparently hopes to counter criticism from the US and Europe by deepening energy cooperation with Asia," it stated. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, is a major energy security partner of India.

Work on for visit by Israeli PM to India

I sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to visit India next month for a second meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a little

over a year after his last visit to New Delhi, it is reliably learnt. Though sources here were tight-lipped, they indicated that work was underway for the visit. Netanyahu may arrive on February 11 but there was no official confirmation. Netanyahu visited New Delhi on January 15 last year during the course of which India and Israel signed nine agreements, including in the areas of cyber security and oil and gas. Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat recently visited India and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. During Ben-Shabbat's visit, Netanyahu spoke to Modi over the phone and planned the upcoming visit. Meanwhile, Modi will also visit South Korea for a day on February 21-22 to receive the Seoul Peace Prize.

Gandhi reimagined by rural traditional artists

G andhi, who has always inspired Indian art and literature, is the focal point of an

inspired Indian art and literature, is the focal point of an exhibition of traditional art depicting

exhibition of traditional art depicting various events of his life by rural artisans. Developed for the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) and exhibited at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library here starting Wednesday, these 25 paintings are a unique interpretation of Gandhi's life. "The three monkeys, which is a pictorial maxim of 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,' was one of the favourite themes of the artists and it was manifested in several paintings of the Gond artists who worked on the project," said Vikramaditya Ugra, Bank's General Manager. "All the paintings have a story to tell and the artists worked for over two months on them," said Ugra. The artists represent traditional art forms: Warli art, Gond art, North East weaving, Pattachitra art, Papier Mache art, Tanjore art, Sanjhi craft, Pattua art, and Kalamkari art, among others. It is open for public viewing in Delhi till Saturday, after which the exhibition will travel to Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

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2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

I ndian American Senator Kamala Harris has officially kicked off her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination

at a rally where she warned that the US and the world were at «an inflection point» in history and called on all Americans to "speak the truth about what's happening". Harris announced her official bid to run for President in 2020 on January 21. Before a crowd of more than 20,000 people in her hometown Oakland, Harris on Sunday threaded together a biography from her years in the Bay Area with her work as a prosecutor

and a senator, and set those details against a broader populist vision about “running to be President of the people, by the people and for all people”, reports The New York Times. “We are at an inflection point in the history of our world,” she said at the rally. “We are at an inflection point in the history of our nation. We are here because the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line

like never before

When we have leaders

who bully and attack a free press and undermine our democratic institutions, that’s not our America.” Harris, 54, who became the first Indian American and the second black woman to serve in the US Senate when she took office in 2017, has joined the most diverse field

of Democratic candidates in history for the presidential bid. During her 35-minute speech, she also discussed racism, police shootings and the impact of police brutality, The Washington Post reported. “Too many unarmed black men and women are killed in America. Too many black and brown Americans are being locked up,” the Senator said. “Our criminal justice system needs drastic repair. Let’s speak that truth.” Harris framed her campaign as a response to President Donald Trump, highlighting how

he has divided the country and attempting to make the case that she would unite it. “People in power are trying to

convince us that the villain in our American story is each other,” she said. “But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our

America. You see, our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about ‘we, the people’.” She mocked Trump’s foreign policy, saying: “We have foreign powers infecting the White House like malware.” The Senator pledged that if she is elected President, she “will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people

speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people "People in power are trying to
"People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story
"People in
power are trying
to convince us that
the villain in our
American story is
each other."

with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. And I will tell the truth.” Harris will have to first win the Democratic Party nomination next year battling several candidates, including Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro.

Kerala to launch NRI pension scheme

T he Kerala government will soon launch a ‹Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme’ to provide regular pension to Non Resident Keralites

on a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh, Governor P. Sathasivam said on Friday. He announced the scheme during his address to the state Assembly. “My government is committed to the welfare of millions of Pravasi Malayalis. The one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh will be deposited with KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) for financing infrastructure projects,” said Sathasivam. There are 2.1 million migrants from Kerala across the world whose estimated total annual remittances to

the state has been found to be Rs 85,092 crore, a study said. Of these, close to 90 per cent are in the Middle East. Sathasivam pointed out that the state would set up

a call centre with an international Toll Free Line to provide information, register complaints and details about action taken on various issues faced by the Non- Resident Indians. “A comprehensive interactive portal will also be launched to provide information on job opportunities

in various countries, online attestation and recruitment

processes.” He also spoke about the Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS) that was established with the aim of

using the expertise, talent and resources of NRIs from Kerala for the overall growth and development of the state. The LKS was supposed to offer a meaningful say to the NRI community in implementing schemes for building a new Kerala and the scheme proved to be

Sikhs in US to donate funds, food to unpaid federal workers

T wo Sikh communities in the US

state of Indiana will donate funds

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

a

in

the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

Cabinet approves agreement with Kuwait to safeguard domestic workers

and food to Transportation Security

Administration (TSA) workers, as they remain unpaid due to the ongoing partial government shutdown. The Sikh community of Fishers, Indiana, and Gurinder Singh Khalsa of SikhsPAC, a national Sikh political action committee, are coordinating with Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and Aaron Batt, TSA Federal Security Director, to support TSA agents, who are impacted by the shutdown, the American Bazaar news portal reported.

by the shutdown, the American Bazaar news portal reported. T he Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved

T he Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved

the signing of an agreement with Kuwait

to safeguard three lakh Indians working as

domestic workers there and to provide a structured

framework for cooperation on matters related to them. Briefing the media here on the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was "a significant step" in ensuring the safety, security and dignity of service conditions of those domestic workers that include 90,000 women. There are nine lakh Indians living in Kuwait, of

“The community has come forward and is keen to support the workers who are undergoing the crisis of missing their paychecks,” Khalsa told the portal. He said that $5,000 in gift/grocery cards and more than $5,000 worth of hot food will be delivered to the TSA agents at the Indianapolis Airport on January 28. Leading the community efforts, Khalsa is currently working with several local grocery stores that are eager to offer foodstuff at discounted prizes.

“We are looking at the places that can offer us good discounts so that we can deliver

Sikhs feeding US federal workers at a Gurudwara in Texas

which three lakh are domestic workers. "Issues about their safety, working conditions, need

work with dignity were being raised. Appointments,

to

maximum stuff to workers affected,” he said. TSA official Batt said the communities’ efforts were “overwhelming and amazing”. To ensure that the community is able to offer helping hands to federal workers until the shutdown ends, the Sikhs in Fishers have vowed to encourage more Sikh temples and faith-based organisations in the state to come forward in assisting in the coming weeks if needed. “Our community kitchen will continue serving every Sunday and we will deliver hot food weekly to our TSA public servants

on a weekly basis until the shutdown is lifted,” Khalsa said. TSA falls under the Department of Homeland Security and has about 60,000 employees. Its workers are one of the lowest paid employees and have been working without pay since the shutdown began on December 22. TSA also has a much larger minority concentration of employees with about 22.9 per cent of them being African American employees, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

service conditions, leave, and safety from contract breaches are part of the MoU. Kuwait government has also agreed to it," Prasad said. The MoU will be initially valid for a period of five years and it has a provision for automatic renewal. Prasad said over 90 lakh Indians stay in various Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. Citing Modi's visit to Qatar and Yemen, he said the agreement was part of the larger process to ensure the

safety of Indian expatriates.

Indian origin team develops model for safer self-driving cars

A team of Indian American researchers has developed a novel model that uses human inputs to uncover Artificial

Intelligence (AI) "blind spots" in self-driving cars, so that the vehicles can avoid dangerous errors in the real world. The model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have "learned" from training examples that don't match what's actually happening in the real world. Engineers could use this model to improve the safety of AI systems, such as driverless

vehicles and autonomous robots. "The model helps autonomous systems better know what they don't know," said first author Ramya Ramakrishnan from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. "Many times, when these systems are deployed, their trained simulations don't match the real-world setting [and] they could make mistakes, such as getting into accidents. "The idea is to use humans to bridge that gap between simulation and the real world, in a safe way, so we can reduce some of those errors," explained Ramakrishnan.

reduce some of those errors," explained Ramakrishnan. The AI systems powering driverless cars are trained

The AI systems powering driverless cars are trained extensively in virtual simulations to

prepare the vehicle for nearly every event on the road. But sometimes the car makes an unexpected error in the real world because an event occurs that should, but doesn't, alter the car's behaviour. The researchers validated their method using video games, with a simulated human correcting the learned path of an on-screen character. The next step is to incorporate the model with traditional training and testing approaches for autonomous cars and robots with human feedback.

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Sea of white: ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of fish dead in Australia

Hundreds of thousands” of fish have died in drought-stricken Australia in the last few days and more mass deaths are likely to occur, the authorities warned Tuesday. Locals around the Darling River were confronted with a sea of white, as dead fish carpeted the waters near the southeastern Outback town of Menindee. Just weeks after up to a million were killed -- with scientists pointing to low water and oxygen levels as well as possibly toxic algae -- another mass death occurred in the key food growing region. Inspectors from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries have visited the site and said they found that “hundreds of thousands of fish have died”. “Further fish deaths in the Darling River are anticipated as a significant number of fish have been observed under stress,” the department said in a statement. The Darling River is part of the Murray-Darling River system that stretches thousands of kilometres across several states. With temperatures expected to rise

across several states. With temperatures expected to rise and no rain forecast, there remained a “high

and no rain forecast, there remained a “high risk of further fish kills over the coming days and week,” officials said. While the federal government has blamed the deaths on a severe drought, experts and locals say they stem from the systemic depletion and pollution of the river. The inspectors added that the latest bout of kills were likely linked to “critically low levels of dissolved oxygen” caused by a sharp drop in temperatures after an extended period of hot weather. New South Wales Regional Water Minister Niall Blair, who visited Menindee Tuesday, told national broadcaster ABC his government was out of options, with installing

aerators in rivers only a “band-aid solution”. “It’s not a case of not being able to spend money on something, there just isn’t any other alternative that anyone has offered up,” Blair said. “The only thing that will really change these conditions at the moment is fresh water coming through the system and there is just no possibility of that at the moment.” Australia’s eastern inland regions have been hit by a prolonged drought, with extreme heatwaves in recent weeks exacerbating conditions. The late arrival of the monsoon season in northern Australia has also contributed to heatwaves in some regions.

Little blue penguins stolen from NZ nest

T hree little blue penguins have been stolen from their burrow in New Zealand.

One of the penguins died in the process and was left behind, but two were taken away, conservation officials said. Two men were seen using a crowbar to prise rocks off the

burrow of the smallest breed of penguin, in Hawkes Bay. They then hooked the birds out by their neck, the BBC reported.

was

out January 24 night. The Department of Conservation (DOC) said they received reports of the two seen digging while a woman held a torch. It was not clear where the birds were taken to and the suspects have not yet been identified. The DOC said the theft was "particularly disturbing". Little blue penguins, which typically measure just over 25cm tall and weigh around 1kg, have

measure just over 25cm tall and weigh around 1kg, have "The very next day another penguin

"The very next day another penguin was found dead floating nearby and it appears to have died from a head injury," he added. "It is a very vulnerable time for these wee penguins. They moult from January through to March and stay in their burrows for protection (this) further suggests the poachers knew exactly when best to target the birds," The BBC quoted Hansen as saying.

"The very next day another penguin was found dead floating nearby and it appears to
"The very
next day another
penguin was found
dead floating nearby
and it appears to have
died from a head
injury"

The

theft

carried

a population that is declining in New Zealand and anyone found committing offences might be jailed up to two years and fined up to $68,500. They are a protected species in NZ. Authorities believe the thefts might be an indication of a smuggling operation. "We are really concerned as we believe this might not be a one off," said DOC's Hawkes Bay Compliance Officer Rod Hansen.

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Suman Kumari becomes Pakistan’s first Hindu woman judge: Report

S uman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman in Pakistan to be appointed as a civil judge, according to a media report.

Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB. examination from Hyderabad and did her masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University, Dawn reported. According to Pawan Kumar Bodan, her father, Suman wants to provide free legal assistance to the poor in Qambar-Shahdadkot. “Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go places through hard work and honesty,” the father said. Her father is an eye specialist while Suman’s elder sister is a software engineer and another sister is a chartered accountant. Suman is a fan of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Atif Aslam. This is not the first time that a person from the Hindu community has been appointed as a judge. The first judge from the Hindu community was Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice for brief periods between 2005 and 2007. Hindus make up nearly 2 per cent of Pakistan’s total population and Hinduism remains the second largest religion in Pakistan after Islam.

Donald Trump to deliver State of the Union Address on Feb 5

U S President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address on February 5, as per the agreement reached between the White House

and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. The traditional annual speech by President Trump was initially scheduled for this Tuesday but had to be postponed because of the largest government shutdown due to differences between the White House and opposition Democrats on the issue of US-Mexico border wall. “When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union address,” Pelosi said in a fresh letter to Trump dated January 28.

NASA solar probe to make closest approach to Sun in April

NASA solar probe to make closest approach to Sun in April J ust 161 days after

J ust 161 days after its launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has completed its

first orbit of the Sun and has now begun the second of 24 planned orbits, which will mark its closest approach to the Sun in April, the US space agency has said. Launched on August 12, the Parker Solar Probe, NASA's historic small car- sized probe, will journey steadily closer to the Sun, until it makes its closest approach at 3.8 million miles. Throughout its mission, the probe will make six more Venus gravity assists and 24 total passes by the Sun. The spacecraft completed its first orbit of the Sun, reaching the point in its orbit farthest from our star, called aphelion, NASA said in a statement. It has now begun the second of 24 planned orbits, on track for its second perihelion, or closest approach to the Sun, on April 4, 2019. "It's been an illuminating and fascinating first orbit," said Andy Driesman, Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. "We've learned a lot about how the spacecraft operates and reacts to the solar environment, and I'm proud to say the team's projections have been very accurate," Driesman added. Parker Solar Probe entered full operational status (known as Phase E) on January 1, with all systems online and operating as designed.

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

T he House of Commons began a day-

long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B

after the agreement was voted down

earlier this month. She promised to return to parliament with a revised agreement that will be put to vote, likely on February 14. May insists her agreement can still win Parliament’s backing, if it is tweaked to alleviate concerns on the Irish border concern. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday sought parliamentary approval to return to Brussels to re-negotiate the withdrawal agreement, but EU officials insisted that it is not possible to re-open talks on the controversial ‘backstop’ for Ireland-Northern Ireland. The House of Commons began a day- long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B after the agreement was voted down earlier this month.

She promised to return to parliament with a revised agreement that will be put to vote, likely on February 14. The House was due to vote on Tuesday evening on a series of amendments to the Plan B, on issues such as ruling out leaving the EU without an agreement, extending Article 50, and an alternative to the ‘backstop’ that has emerged as the main sticking point across parties. May said she knew there was a “limited appetite” in the EU to re-open talks, but she believed she could “secure” it and return with “significant and legally binding change.” The backstop is supposed to be an insurance policy to prevent a hard border between Ireland (EU country) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) if trade talks are not finalised by the end of

the transition period in December 2020. According to May, her government is “in reach of a deal the House can stand behind”. She said when she returns to Brussels she needs the strongest voice behind her, adding that the amendments “provide a cacophony of voices when we need just one”. Urging MPs to “give me the mandate I need” to return to Brussels and demand that the withdrawal agreement be re-negotiated, she said: “The time has come for words to be matched by deeds…if you want Brexit you have to vote for Brexit.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has refused to join talks with May to find a way out of the impasse, asked which of the red lines she had changed since the deal was defeated two weeks ago: “She is refusing to accept the

was defeated two weeks ago: “She is refusing to accept the clearly stated will of this

clearly stated will of this House”.

Labour wants that after Brexit, the United Kingdom should remain in EU customs union

to prevent adverse impact on trade and jobs.

Corbyn said a “permanent customs union” is

a “pragmatic solution that helps deliver the Brexit that people voted for”.

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NEWS in BRIEF Williamson returns for India T20Is Mandhana just picked up from where she
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Williamson returns for India T20Is
Mandhana just picked up from where she had
left off in the first ODI, when she had
scored her fourth century
N ew Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday recalled Kane
Williamson for the three-T20I rubber against India after the
in
the
format. Once
again, she scored freely
and found a solid partner in
captain Raj at the other end.
Raj
scored
relatively
slowly, but hit a couple
of sixes off Kasperek,
and as the target came
in sight she too
scored boundaries
more regularly.
M a n d h a n a
skipper missed the solitary T20I against Sri Lanka.
Doug Bracewell has also been retained in the squad, having
been brought in as a replacement for the injured Jimmy Neesham
in the Sri Lanka T20I, but Henry Nicholls finds no place in the 14-
man squad, according to a statement from the International Cricket
Council (ICC).
The squad also includes two new faces in all-rounder Daryl
Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner. Tickner, meanwhile, will join
the squad for the final T20I as replacement for Lockie Ferguson,
who is in contention for the first two matches.
“Both Daryl and Blair have been rewarded for the strong form
they’ve produced in domestic cricket,” New Zealand selector Gavin
Larsen said.
“They’ve been there or thereabouts for most of the season and both
featured in our NZ A short format teams.”
India not missing Paes: Bhupathi
remained unbeaten
and her knock
featured 13 fours and
a six. Raj scored 63
from 111 deliveries,
including two sixes
and four fours. Her
second six brought
the winning runs
for India.
With the win,
India have moved
to No.2 on the
Championship
table, on 12 points
after 11 games,
ahead of New
Zealand on net
run-rate.
I ndia’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on
Wednesday said the absence of his longstanding
doubles partner Leander Paes won’t be felt in the
latter’s own backyard when India take on Italy in a
Davis Cup World Group qualifiers tie at the Calcutta
South Club here on Saturday.
Paes, who became the most successful doubles
player in the history of Davis Cup with a record
43 wins, was dropped from the squad with the new
selection committee, led by Rohit Rajpal, saying they went largely by the
rankings. Asked if India would be at a disadvantage sans Paes in his own
backyard, Bhupathi dismissed it: “No, it’s not.”
Bhupathi said it’s a captain’s ‘dream’ to have left-hander Prajnesh
Gunneswaran in the side as it helps in the team balance.
Prajnesh, who is the country’s highest ranked singles player, will
spearhead India’s challenge against the higher-ranked Italians led by World
No.18 Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic in the French Open
quarterfinals last year.
Neymar sidelined for ten weeks with foot injury
L igue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) announced on Wednesday
that Neymar’s foot injury will see the Brazilian forward sidelined for the
next ten weeks, meaning he will miss both legs of their UEFA Champions
League round of 16 tie against Premier League side Manchester United.
In a statement, PSG said that the club had gathered a group of world
renowned medical experts at the Ooredoo Training Center to carry out a
thorough review of the injury to Neymar’s right foot, reports Xinhua news
agency. Neymar sustained the injury in a French Cup tie against Strasbourg
on January 23, which was later described by the club as a recurrence of a
previous injury. He had been sidelined for three months last season due to a
fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.
“As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within ten weeks,”
the statement read.
Looking forward to make the most of my good run in
Davis Cup: Prajnesh
A day after achieving a career-best ATP ranking of 102, rising tennis
player Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Tuesday said he would look to make
the most of his good run over the past year and help India do well against
stronger Italy in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers here on Friday.
Prajnesh, who is the country’s highest ranked singles player, will
spearhead India’s challenge against the higher-ranked Italians led by World
No.18 Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic in the French Open
quarterfinals last year. The 29-year old Prajnesh, who started 2018 as World
no.243 and ended it as No.104, won two ATP Challenger titles and also upset
now World No.27 Denis Shapovalov on grass at the Stuttgart Open last year.
He also won the men’s singles bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games.
“I’ve had enough tournaments over the last couple of years and I’ve had
a very good run in the last six months so I’m looking forward to using the
momentum and trying to do as well as possible here,” Prajnesh told reporters
after India’s practice session at the Calcutta South Club.
Sharapova wins her 1st WTA match in Russia in 13 years
Gill sweated it out at the nets and
drew praise from Virat Kohli who
confessed that the talent is exciting.
“I think there are some outstanding
talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab
the opportunity with both hands.
Shubman is a very exciting talent and
I saw him bat in the nets and I was
like wow I was not even 10 per cent
of that when I was 19,” Kohli said at
the end of the 3rd match.
R ussian tennis star Maria Sharapova claimed her first WTA victory in her
country in 13 years in the first round of the St.
Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, beat
Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-0, 6-4 to make the
second round on Monday.
She will next face her compatriot Daria Kasatkina.
Sharapova had only met Kasatkina once when she won
in straight sets in Montreal in August, reports Xinhua
news agency. Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her
career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.

Mandhana stars as India thrash NZ

J hulan Goswami's 3/23 and half-centuries by

Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj helped

India thrash New Zealand by eight wickets

and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ICC Women's Championship one-day international series here on Tuesday. Like the first match, New Zealand struggled against India's bowlers. Apart from Amy Satterthwaite, who scored a gritty 71 runs, no other batswomen contributed handsomely as Goswami led the charge and restricted the hosts to

modest 161 at the Bay Oval here, according to an ICC release. Coming in to bat, India's Mandhana (90 not out) dominated

the proceedings, forging an impressive 151-run partnership with Mithali Raj (63 not out off 111) for the third wicket.

But the victory was set up by the bowlers. Goswami's opening over accounted for Suzie Bates for a duck, and that was a big blow for New Zealand. Then, Shikha Pandey trapped Sophie Devine in front for seven. When Ekta Bisht removed Lauren Down and Amelia Kerr for 15 and 1 respectively, the hosts were left tottering at 38/4. Maddy Green looked to knuckle down with her captain, but fell to Poonam Yadav after a 28-ball 9. Satterthwaite took the lead and stitched together a relatively brisk 58-run stand with Leigh Kasperek before finally being dismissed by Yadav. There were some handy contributions from the lower order, but Goswami helped end the resistance, dismissing Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu for 21 and 12 respectively. Goswami finished with 3/23, while Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Yadav chipped in with two wickets each. India's chase had a rather wobbly start, though, with Anna Peterson and Tahuhu accounting for Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma early. Unfortunately for the hosts, that was all the success they were allowed.

a

With the win, India have moved to No.2 on the Championship table, on 12 points
With
the win, India
have moved to No.2
on the Championship
table, on 12 points after
11 games, ahead of
New Zealand on net
run-rate.
after 11 games, ahead of New Zealand on net run-rate. India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill

India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill becomes 227th ODIplayer for India, receives cap from MS Dhoni

W ith Virat Kohli rested for the rest of the series, young Shubman Gill got

to

make his debut in the fourth ODI

at

Hamilton. Gill, who was man of

the series in the Under 19 World Cup last, has already received rave reviews from all quarters and was in roaring form in Ranji Trophy. He received his cap from MS Dhoni and thus became the 227th

player to represent India in ODI cricket. “Shubman Gill replaces Kohli,

Khaleel Ahmed replaces Shami. MS

is still not fit. He has shown a lot of promise (Gill), he has played here and was the Man of the Series in the U-19 World Cup.Highly rated and we wanted to see what he could offer to the team,” stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma at the toss.

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Travel Special Feature

Lights,

camera,

Bollywood:

exploring

cinematic

Mumbai

camera, Bollywood: exploring cinematic Mumbai O ften called mayanagari (city of dreams), Mumbai is

O ften called mayanagari

(city of dreams), Mumbai

is synonymous with

Bollywood, India’s largest film industry and one of the biggest movie machines on earth. As the entertainment hub of the country, it’s no surprise that the city is home to hundreds of Bollywood actors, directors, film-makers and wannabes, and the city also appears in the storylines of dozens of critically- acclaimed movies, from local hits such as the Academy-Award nominated Salaam Bombay!, 2013 romance The Lunchbox and crime drama Chandni Bar to international releases such as The Hundred Foot Journey, Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm. If you’re interested in the art of film-making and understanding how, over the last century, Bollywood has influenced and shaped Indian popular culture, take time to explore the many movie links in this cinematic city, from Bollywood studios and shooting locations to vintage cinema halls and striking wall art inspired by the stars. Here’s a quick guide on how to turn your trip to Mumbai into a blockbuster.

Get behind the scenes in Bollywood After opening its exclusive doors only to actors for decades, Film City Studio in Mumbai has now partnered with the state tourism department to offer visitors a chance to step into their favourite Bollywood movies, or at least the sets where they were filmed. One of India’s largest film studios, Film City offers weekend bus tours to both indoor and outdoor shooting sets for such hit movies such as Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year and Josh, to name just a few. Visitors can get lucky with snapping photographs of celebrities too, as stars regularly visit the canteen on the premises. For a more detailed look at the industry, tour companies such as Viator, Mumbai Film City Tours and Thrillophilia offer group tours giving insight into different aspects of Indian film-making, including its history and growth, the technical processes of editing and dubbing, and iconic movie locations. As in Los Angeles, you can also take a tour

movie locations. As in Los Angeles, you can also take a tour of the lavish, or

of the lavish, or sometimes humble,

homes where some of India’s top cinema stars live or were born. Khaki

Tours and the Mumbai Darshan Tour (run by Maharashtra Tourism) are reliable options.

Hit the Mumbai theatre trail

Mumbai historians take pride in the fact that the very first Indian movie, Raja Harishchandra, filmed in 1913

by Dadasaheb Phalke using cameras,

lights and projectors shipped over from Europe and America, has its

origins in the city. In the heyday of Indian cinema that followed the end

of WWII, Sandhurst Road – today

occupied by the railway lines of the

Harbour local line – stretched from Girgaum Chowpatty to Dongri, lined

with the grandest movie theatres of its time: the Olympia, the Coronation,

the New Alhambra, the Majestic.

Most of these have vanished, or

now stand as forlorn shells, lost

in time, owing to the onslaught

of multiplex culture. However,

a handful can still be visited,

screening mostly obscure regional movies, in a setting of decaying art- deco grandeur. Cinephiles should seek out the Alfred Theatre near Kamathipura, or the nostalgically dilapidated Nishant Talkies, New Roshan Talkies and Moti Talkies, dating from the transition away from silent films, dotted between Grant Road and Sandhurst Road. To catch newly launched Bollywood movies in a classic theatre setting, head to the graceful, art deco Regal Cinema on Colaba

head to the graceful, art deco Regal Cinema on Colaba Causeway, the rocketship-shaped Eros at Churchgate,

Causeway, the rocketship-shaped Eros at Churchgate, or the Metro INOX Cinema (originally built and run by MGM, the Hollywood Studio), still sitting pretty at Marine Lines. Having completed the movie theatre trail, tourists can head to

the recently reopened Royal Opera House near Girgaum Chowpatty,

an architectural marvel from 1912. As well as hosting the opera talent of its day, the place is also credited with being the making of the Kapoor Khandaan family, the first proper Bollywood dynasty, who grew up watching stage shows and musicals at the opera house in the dying days of the Raj.

Locations, locations, locations Unless you have an encyclopedic knowledge of Bollywood films, it may help to hire a guide, or at least a taxi and driver, to explore the most prominent landmarks in the city that

have doubled up as movie locations. Start with the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel – settings for many a Bollywood dance routine – or head to the Colaba and Bora Bazaar markets that featured prominently in Aamir Khan’s Talaash and Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible

Ghost Protocol respectively. Film-makers have long been drawn to the scenic promenade of Marine Drive, where parts of the motorcycle action thriller Dhoom, 2003 comedy- drama Munnabhai MBBS, and coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid were filmed. There’s something undeniably cinematic about the crowds of young Mumbaikers gathering on the edge of the urban sprawl to soak up the fresh breezes and calming sunrises and sunsets. Come in the wee hours of morning, when the city wakes up. Next, head on to Bandra, the

swanky northern suburb whose boutiques, bars and restaurants cater to many movie stars and icons of the industry. Stroll around Bandstand, Carter Road, Chapel Road, Pali-Hill and the Worli Sea Link and you may spot a star or two in the flesh. Alternatively, wander through the surrounding backroads and narrow by-lanes, where you’ll stumble across larger-than-life murals depicting classic Bollywood movies, such as the 1960 historical drama masterpiece Mughal-E-Azam and superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, and Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.

Off-Beat Bollywood Locations Not all movie locations are glamorous. A number of agencies run trips to the vast slum area of Dharavi, where parts of Slumdog Millionaire were shot. This doesn’t have to be an intrusive experience. however. On the best trips, guides from the community will introduce you to local people and explain not just the area’s significance to Bollywood, but also how its fame has helped residents transform their lives. In the process, you’ll be providing work and income for Dharavi residents. Another interesting spot is the Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, where thousands of washermen make their daily living pummelling the laundry of city residents in concrete washtubs in the open air. Bollywood paid tribute to their energetic trade in the namesake movie Dhobi Ghat. Any list of popular movie locations in Mumbai would be incomplete without a mention of its beaches:

Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, and Aksa beaches. An untold number of films have set their stars on the sand, with Juhu the beach of choice for cast-of- hundreds song-and-dance numbers. See it in its prime in the 1971 Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan flick Anand. There’s one more cinematic experience we shouldn’t overlook. Film-makers periodically drop by Apollo Bunder and the cheap backpacker guesthouses of Colaba when they need extras for crowd scenes, offering a modest daily payment in exchange for a fascinating glimpse at how Bollywood works from in front of the camera.

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Weekender Friday, February 1, 2019 FEATURES 25 W hen it is time to pick up my
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W hen it is time to pick up my kids from their

sports or after school, the first thing that comes

to my mind is the food, ‘what should I give

him to eat’ ? As we know, teenager years are the time of rapid growth and for growing teenagers it’s normal for them to start eating more than usual. They always expect something delicious, so to match this expectations I have to come up with some new ideas. For these growing teenagers, the snacks have to be something filling so I try to make something filling and healthy, personally I feel extra food provides extra energy. To the mothers who are constantly thinking of what to make and are struggling with their teenager’s food tantrums, I hope these will help you.

FISH SOFT TACO

INGREDIENTS:

2 - small Fish fillets

1 - packet of Soft taco tortillas ( Farrah’s flame baked )

• 1 - packet of classic Broccoslaw salad ( I use Leaderbrand )

• 1 - onion, small

1 tsp - red chilli flakes

• 1 tsp - salt

• 6 tbsp - Flour

• 1 - egg

• 4 tbsp - bread crumbs

• 2 - lemons

• 1/2 cup chopped coriander

• Few basal leaves

• Tartare sauce

• Spicy peri peri sauce

• Oil to fry

METHOD:

Debone and wash the Fish fillets, then pat dry the fish with paper towel. Cut the fillets into 5 to 6 cm pieces and keep aside.

In a large bowl combine flour with red chilli flakes, salt and chopped coriander, mix it with the fork.

flakes, salt and chopped coriander, mix it with the fork. • Cut the lemons into half’s

• Cut the lemons into half’s and thinly slice the onion, keep aside.

• Beat egg in a bowl with a fork.

• Pour and spread bread crumbs into a plate and keep aside.

• Heat oil in a deep pan on a medium heat.

While the oil is getting heated up, add fish pieces to the flour mixture and toss it well until evenly coated.

Take Fish pieces that are covered with the flour mixture, dip one piece at a time into the egg and then roll it in the bread crumbs. Repeat this process with all the other fish pieces. Then deep fry the coated fish pieces in batches for 1-2 minutes on each side or until cooked through and golden in colour, keep aside on the kitchen paper towel. Heat a non-stick pan and warm up six soft tacos one by one, flipping the sides and keep aside.

TO ASSEMBLE:

• Place the Taco in a small plate, spread one tablespoons of tartare sauce on it then spread sliced onions and top up with two pieces of fried Fish.

Spread some salad on the fish and squeeze over fresh lemon.

• Drizzle spicy peri peri sauce with few basal leaves and roll up the Taco to eat.

• Note: The above makes six tacos. For variations, you can use your own favourite sauces for this recipe.

you can use your own favourite sauces for this recipe. CHICKEN SOFT TACO INGREDIENTS: • 300

CHICKEN SOFT TACO

INGREDIENTS:

• 300 grams of Chicken boneless and skinless

• 1 - packet of soft taco tortillas ( Farrah’s Flamed Baked)

• 1 - onion

1 tsp - Red chilli flakes

• 1 tsp - Salt

• 4 tbsp - bread Crumbs

6 tbsp - flour

• 1 - egg

• 2 - lemons

• 1 - packet of classic Broccoslaw salad ( Leaderbrand )

• 1/2 cup chopped coriander

• Spicy peri peri sauce

• Garlic Aioli sauce

• Sriracha hot chilli sauce

• Oil for frying

METHOD:

Cut

the lemons into halves and thinly slice the onion, keep aside.

Wash and the cut the Chicken into long thin strips squeeze half lemon, mix, cover and keep it in the fridge.

In a large bowl combine flour with chilli flakes, salt and chopped coriander,

mix

it with a fork.

Add chicken pieces to the flour mixture, make sure it’s evenly coated.

Beat the egg in a bowl.

Spread bread crumbs in a plate. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a deep pan on a medium flame.

Take the flour coated chicken piece, dip it the egg mixture and then roll it

into

the bread crumbs.

Repeat with all chicken pieces and keep it aside on the plate.

Then deep fry the coated chicken pieces in batches for 2-3 minutes on each

side

or until cooked through and golden in colour.

Keep these cooked chicken pieces on the kitchen paper towel for extra oil to be absorbed by the paper.

Heat non stick pan and warm up six soft tacos one by one flipping the sides

and keep aside.

TO ASSEMBLE:

• Place the warm soft taco on the plate. Spread one tablespoon of spicy peri

peri

sauce on it.

• up with two chicken pieces and sprinkle some sliced onions and salad

Top

on it.

• Squeeze lemon on the chicken and salad mixture.

• Drizzle garlic Aioli and Sriracha hot chilli sauce on the top and roll up to eat.

Grilled Chicken G rilled Chicken is a very popular recipe made with chicken, hung curd
Grilled Chicken
G rilled Chicken is a very popular recipe made with
chicken, hung curd and spices like cumin powder and
black pepper. It is a perfect chicken recipe for a quick
• 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered black pepper
• 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
meal and will be loved by everyone for its savoury flavours.
This delicious and filling recipe is sure to woo your taste
buds. You can prepare this ideal dish for occasions like
anniversaries and kitty parties.
If you're planning to host a house party, then you must go
for this chicken recipe as it is sure to impress your guests.
Garlic paste adds a piquant aroma and flavour to this dish.
METHOD
• To prepare this easy chicken recipe, wash the chicken and
prick it with a fork.
• Now, in a large bowl, combine hung curd, ginger paste,
garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin
powder, black pepper, salt and garam masala.
INGREDIENTS
• Stir all the ingredients until well blended. Now add the
chicken and apply the masala mixture all around it.
• 350 gm chicken
• Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
• 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
• 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
• Once done, preheat the oven at 190 degree Celsius.
Remove chicken from marinade and place it on a
grilling tray.
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Grill it for 1 hour, turning it in between.
• 1/2 cup hung curd
• Check the chicken when it's fully cooked.
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
• Serve it with salad or Indian bread.
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SUDOKU NO: 4 HITORI NO: 4 Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules
SUDOKU NO: 4
HITORI NO: 4
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple
rules and challenging solutions. Can
you eliminate numbers until there are
no duplicates in any row or column?
Objective / Rules
Eliminate numbers until there are
no duplicates in any row or column.
Eliminate numbers by marking
them in Black.
You are not allowed to have two
Black squares touching horizontally
or vertically (diagonally is ok).
Any White square can be reached
from any other (i.e. they are
connected).

QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 4

1. ‘Triple Therapy drug cocktail’ is

a medicine to this disease. Which

disease?

2. Which award is known as the Nobel Prize in music?

3. Who is the most famous Pole-vaulter

of the world?

4. After observation of wild life of this island Charles Darwin derived the theory of Evolution. Name this island?

5. Which day is celebrated ad ‘World Mother-Tongue Day’?

6. What is the official name of North Korea?

7. Which country is known as Hermit Kingdom?

8. Which are the official languages of Switzerland?

9. Which is the biggest city of Washington State?

10.Who is known as the father of Modern Turkey? 11.Which mathematical engineer of America is known as Father of Information Technology? 12.Who is the father of Green Revolution? 13.Which country’s capital is ‘Bogota’? 14.International Woman’s Day? 15.World Handicapped Day? 16.World Forest Conservation Day?

17. World Water Conservation Day?

18. World Atmospheric Day?

19.World Tuberculosis Abolishment

Day?

20.World Oceanography Day?

21. World Haemophilia Day?

22. World Heritage Day?

23.7n which country the first modernized census conducted?

24.In which yearly book, UNO publishes

its census report?

25. Which is the purest water of nature?

26.“Baby is a book. Teacher should study each pages of this book” who said this?

27. Who formulated the principle ‘Tech through play’? 28. Who prepared intelligence test firstly? 29.Which country’s airline is KLM? 30.Name the pope who had visited most countries?

BubkaSergey3.Prize.MusicPolar2.1.AIDS.Answers:

fromkm965ofdistanceatIslands,Galapagos4.(Ukraine)

ofRepublicPeople’sDemocratic6.21.February5.Ecuador.

Seattle.9.Italian.andFrenchGerman,8.Korea.7.Korea.

Borlaug.12.NormanShannon.11.ClaudeMustafa.Kemal10.

17.21.March16.15.15.March8.14.March13.Colombia.

April21.5.April20.24.19.March23.March18.22.March

25.yearbook.24.DemographicAmerica.23.18.April22.17.

29.Binet.Alfred28.Froebel.27.Rousseau.26.water.Rain

II.PaulJohn30.Holland.

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5 cheats to make you look like a

morning person when you are not

Not a morning person? Following these steps will make you glow and create the illusion that you rise and shine early! Getting out of bed at wee hours in the morning to get ready for work or college can be quite a daunting task. How do morning people manage to sleep and wake up on time, head to the gym and complete everything on time? We can’t stand them but we’d still like to attempt to be like them! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and not be cranky early in the morning and finally get rid of those dark circles, right? These tips are sure to add a little pep in your step and make it seem like you have got a full 9 hours!

Hydrate

Y our skin does it its most important job and heals itself when you are getting

rest and seeping. Dry and broken skin can’t always be cured with bronzer and concealer. For your skin to look clean, despite having less than 6 hours of sleep, ensure you keep sipping on water throughout the day. 8 glasses of water a day is not a myth for it is sure to leave you with bouncy and fresh skin.

Caffeine

it is sure to leave you with bouncy and fresh skin. Caffeine Y es, we know,
it is sure to leave you with bouncy and fresh skin. Caffeine Y es, we know,

Y es, we know, we know, the side effects of caffeine, but that comes into effect when

excess is consumed. A shot of espresso with your breakfast cereal is sure to give you that hit and start the day completely energised.

Night time therapy

N o matter how late it is, the least you could do is give yourself a five-minute massage.

Put adequate pressure on your temple area and

around your eyes and your cheeks. Do so with some aloe vera gel for supple skin or some

vanilla or lavender essential oil.

De-puff your face

T his is a celebrity-approved technique is one that will help in de-puffing your face

almost instantly. Kate Moss dunks her face in a bowl of freezing cold water as soon as she wakes up. This reduces the puffiness around her eyes, closes her pores and gives her skin a bright glow.

Tightline and curl

A fool-proof way to help you look wide awake even when you are not, is to

take some kajal which always comes to the rescue, and tight line your upper and lower eyelids. Following this, use that eyelash curler to give those lashes some curls and more oomph, that is sure to make you look wide awake.

Exfoliator and calming as it gets. Ingredients: Face Mask Ingredients: • Sea salt • Oil
Exfoliator
and calming as it gets.
Ingredients:
Face Mask
Ingredients:
• Sea salt
• Oil (Olive or almond)
• 3 tbsp honey
Instructions:
2 tbsp oat flour
Instructions:
• Mix equal parts of these and make a natural
scrub.
Mix the concoction together.
• Scrub it on to you face gently.
Apply it evenly across your face, let it sit
for 15 minutes, and wash it off.
• This will leave you skin looking supple and
clean taking out all the impurities.
Face Cleanser
Ingredients:
I'd give this concoction a solid A. The oat
flour helped to exfoliate my face while the
honey kept it moisturised, and your face
will glow!
• 1 tsp honey
Body Scrub
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
Ingredients:
Instructions:
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• In a bowl, mix the two ingredients together.
• 1 tbsp sugar
• Rub on face
Instructions:
• It has antimicrobial qualities, and it cleans
your face and fights acne without stripping
your skin of natural oils. Also, coconut oil
is one of the best natural make-up remover
(tried and tested). Put the two together and
they're an unstoppable cleansing team.
• Mix the two ingredients together.
• Scrub across your body, let it sit, and then
wash it off.
• Just keep in mind that this might leave your
skin a little greasy but you can take care of
this by following it up with a toner.
• Using a body scrub two times a week is
a must to get rid of all that dead skin and
dirt. This natural scrub will leave your skin
smooth and moisturised.
Body Moisturiser
Toner
Ingredients:
Ingredients:
• 1 bag of chamomile tea
• Coconut oil or aloe vera
Instructions:
Instructions:
• Soak a bag of chamomile tea in a cup of hot
water for 15-20 minutes, or until it's cooled
down.
• Take it straight from the jar — or scoop out
the aloe from the plant — and slather it on.
• Take a cotton pad, soak it in the tea, and
wipe it on the skin.
• Coconut oil is a serious multitasker and
moisturises like no other. Aloe vera, on the
other hand, is good but a little sticky and
requires re-application often.
• This is the easiest. No measuring or mixing
involved! Toners usually take off that
excess grime and make-up that the cleanser
didn't catch, and chamomile DIY toner
leaves the skin squeaky clean and is gentle
• Incorporate some of these recipes into your
skin-care routine, you will see the changes
and the good things these DIY at-home
products have to offer.
01 February 07 February | By Manisha Koushik Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot
01 February 07 February | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
This is the time to put things that matter professionally to you in perspective. You
manage to take positive strides and overcome difficulties with confidence. On the
academic front, family provides all the support you need and leaves no stone unturned
in motivating you. Your desire of owning something big is likely to get fulfilled soon.
A
windfall can be expected by some. Those trying to come back in shape will succeed
through sheer will power. Lucky Number:5 / Lucky Colour: Light Green
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
If
you need a better break, wait some more. Otherwise, build up on what you have
already obtained. You will find yourself full of energy this week, so make the most of it
in sorting out pending issues. At work, expect praise for your consistent performance.
Religious-minded may get ample opportunity to plan a pilgrimage. Family will be
most supportive of your endeavours. New sources of money are likely to be tapped
and will erase all financial worries. Lucky Number:18 / Lucky Colour:Red
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
You may have to become bolder, if you want to draw the line. Be thorough in what
you have been entrusted with. This way you will learn the ropes faster. You may
get a chance to spend time with close ones soon. Moneywise the week seems to
be excellent, as cash comes from different sources. You have ready excuses for not
shaking a leg, but that will not get you back in shape. Make your exercise routine
interesting. Lucky Number:15 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
Keep a tab on the social front and make it a point to respond to every invitation. The
financial horizon brightens, motivating you to work harder to achieve your goals.
Entrepreneurs are likely to make new clients that promise business. Your hectic
schedule is likely to tire you out and give very little time for love. Overindulgence in
favourite food and drinks threaten to affect health adversely. A piece of good news is
in the pipeline for some. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: White
LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
A set routine will find you going great guns on the professional front. Moneywise,
there will be no problem and you can even expect an increased package. A function
may become a good venue to meet people you had not met in a long time. Self-
discipline and not succumbing to temptations will help in maintaining good health.
Those in love are in for a rough weather, so don’t provoke partner. Meeting an old
schoolmate is possible this week. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Saffron
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
You may be called upon to undertake an important assignment. This will add a feather
to
your cap on the professional front. An increment you had been hoping for may now
come your way. You are likely to participate in some kind of celebrations with friends
and family. An expensive gift or money comes to you from a distant relative. Don’t
consume anything from outside as bad health is foreseen. You will rekindle your love
life. Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Sea Green
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
Your foresight will prove an added boon on the professional front. There is much
excitement foreseen on the domestic front. This is because some exciting people are
likely to drop in this week at your place. You are likely to spend an evening at an
exotic venue. Career-wise, you are likely to make the right moves and manoeuvre
yourself to an advantageous position. You find yourself fit, as you are becoming
increasingly health conscious. Be sympathetic to others’ plight. Lucky Number: 6
/ Lucky Colour: Peach
SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Things happening without your knowledge will not affect you in the least, so don’t
lose sleep over it. Your efforts to cement the family bonds are likely to succeed.
Footing the bill for an expensive evening out will not be a problem for you. Meeting
important people on the professional front may be of advantage in the long run. It is
important to remain on good terms with seniors and colleagues on the academic front.
Lucky Number: 4 / Lucky Colour: Beige
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
You may need extra efforts to make a loss making venture profitable, but persistence
will pay. Domestic front seems peaceful and provides total rest and rejuvenation.
Financial gains may be expected, as old investments mature. Work front will not
be as hectic and give you time for a breather. An overseas leisure trip can become a
reality for some. Partner may seem extra sensitive this week. Love life threatens to
come under a cloud due to your lethargic approach. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky
Colour: Forest Green
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
Someone dictating you on the professional front may dilute your own efforts. A step
you are planning to take on the academic front should be discussed beforehand with
those close to you. Don’t invest money simply based on guesswork or gut feeling, as
you may stand to lose. Excess of any kind needs to be checked, as it may affect health
adversely. Someone not sticking to time may make you lose a lot of time in waiting.
Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Dark Yellow
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
You are the best where occupational skills are concerned, but don’t sit on your laurels
as competitors are just round the corner. Family may not be able to give you time this
week, so be understanding. Enjoying the festival with friends and family may not
be as great as anticipated. At work, you may get into a tight corner over some issue.
Love life promises to be satisfying. A new diet plan will start to show positive results.
Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
After a period of uneventful professional life, you will finally take the centre stage
on the professional front. A worry that has been nagging you for long is likely to
disappear. An impending major expenditure may require personal sacrifices regarding
your quality of life. The slow process of getting some paperwork done may prove
frustrating for loan seekers. Take care of health before you find yourself prone in bed!
A
family youngster may shift permanently from home. Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky
Colour: Dark Slate Grey
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I always wanted to
be an actor: Bhumi
Bharat Ratna for Bhupen
Hazarika, Padma Shri
for Kader Khan
R ecognising the colossal
contribution of Northeast’s
multi-faceted cultural
D um Laga Ke Haisha star Bhumi Pednekar says getting
into Bollywood was no accident as she always wanted
to be an actor.
“I have always wanted to be an actor,” Bhumi said, adding
that she started working at a young age and was persistent in her
belief that “eventually it would happen”.
Before trying in films, Bhumi was assistant to Shanoo Sharma,
the casting director of Yash Raj Films (YRF), which produced
Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Bhumi opened up about her decision of making her debut
when she appeared on an episode of chat show ‘Koffee with
Karan’, to be aired on Star World. The episode will go on air on
Sunday, said a statement.
She said: “As this script came along, I didn’t know they were
auditioning me. So, Shanoo being Shanoo, she’s said, oh my
God! Let’s do this mock audition.”
She agreed for the mock audition.
“Shanoo gave me four scenes to do and I
did all of them back to back together and
the audition happened,” said the actress.
“I guess when Sharat Katariya, my
director from Dum Laga Ke Haisha, kind
of liked my work, so they told me oh! You
"Shanoo
gave me four
scenes to do and I
did all of them back
to back together
and the audition
happened"
know what, it wasn’t a mock audition. We
were actually auditioning you.”
When filmmaker and host Karan Johar wanted to know
more about this experience was, she said: “Shanoo is a
very dramatic person. So Shanoo and I had a fight and
she was like, you are fired!’. I was like, What?’, she
was like yeah, you’re fired’.
I said, Over such a silly thing?’ and then she
said, From today, I don’t want to see your face
because you’re being considered for Dum Laga
icon Bhupen Hazarika, he was
picked posthumously to be
conferred the Bharat Ratna,
while late Bollywood actor
Kader Khan has been named for
the Padma Shri honour by the
government, it was announced
last week. The awardees for the
year were announced on the eve of
India’s 70th Republic Day.
“The songs and music of Shri Bhupen
Hazarika are admired by people across generations. From
them radiates the message of justice, harmony and brotherhood.
He popularised India’s musical traditions globally. Happy that
the Bharat Ratna has been conferred on Bhupen da,” Prime
Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
With a magnificent oeuvre as a poet, music composer, singer,
actor, journalist, author and filmmaker, Hazarika continues to be
regarded as a cultural philosopher.
The other posthumous award in this year’s list is for Kader
Khan, who died on December 31 last year after prolonged illness
in Canada. He has been recognised for his immense contribution
to the world of films as a writer and actor par excellence. He was
81. Malayalam star Mohanlal will get the Padma Bhushan. He
has had a prolific career spanning four decades, during which
he has worked across Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and
Kannada films.
The government will also confer the Padma Shri, the fourth-
highest civilian honour on film celebrities Prabhudheva and
Manoj Bajpayee. Manoj has been recognised for his work as an
actor, while Prabhudheva has been feted for his skills in dance.
Ke Haisha.”
From the world of music, the versatile singer-composer
Shankar Mahadevan, who is proficient in classical as well as
mainstream Hindi film music, has been chosen for the Padma
Shri.

Anil Kapoor an explosion of positive energy: Ranju Varghese

C horeographer Ranju Varghese

says actor Anil Kapoor, with

whom he worked on the

forthcoming film Total Dhamaal, is an explosion of positive energy and happiness. Varghese choreographed actors like Ajay Devgn, Anil, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Riteish Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey and Arshad Warsi for the song Paisa yeh paisa from Total Dhamaal. “He is an explosion of positive energy and happiness. His energy and vibe are infectious. His passion in his performance in each take was as if it was his first film. He saw to it that he was well rehearsed before the shoot,” Varghese said in a statement. “My team used to be super excited about him coming for the rehearsal because we all knew that it was going

for the rehearsal because we all knew that it was going to be a fun session

to be a fun session with his one liners and his contagious smile,” he added. He also found Ajay’s personality “warm and welcoming”. “He claims to be a non-dancer, but he would surprise you how he memorises moves without any prior rehearsal and performs the same with no mistake in every take,” said the choreographer.

Sonam is courageous, beautiful: Arjun Kapoor

A rjun Kapoor has praised

his sister Sonam K. Ahuja

for choosing Ek Ladki Ko

Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and called her courageous. The actor also said he is proud of the actress and his uncle Anil Kapoor for choosing a script they believed in beyond the perceptions of the world. Arjun on Tuesday tweeted a childhood photograph of himself along with Sonam and said that the "Neerja" actress is the first girl in his life that he loved "hanging out with". "Me trying to get this Ladki's attention since childhood and her finally noticing then looking straight at the camera and not me! Sonam from the time I remember you will always be the first ladki in my life that I loved hanging out with." He then added that he is proud

loved hanging out with." He then added that he is proud Proud to have a sister

Proud to have a sister like you.

Stay the child at heart that you are and all the best for February 1," he wrote. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga seems to be talking on a pertinent issue - marriages of middle class, queer and Indian women. The trailer of the film has received a positive response from the audience. Sonam

"So proud of you and Anil Kapoor for going out on a limb and choosing
"So
proud of
you and Anil
Kapoor for going
out on a limb and
choosing a script you
believed in beyond the
perceptions of the
world. "

is essaying an LGBTQ character in the forthcoming movie. Anil is collaborating with his daughter Sonam Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko

of her and Anil for choosing a script like Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh

Aisa Laga. "So proud of you and Anil Kapoor for going out on a limb and choosing a script you believed in beyond the perceptions of the world. You are courageous and beautiful.

Dekha To Aisa Laga for the first time. Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by debutant Shelly Chopra Dhar, the film is slated to release on February 1, 2019.

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

A bad phase is not an unsuccessful period

but it can teach you new lessons, actress

Manisha Koirala said.

On the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival, she said: “Life is not a bed of roses. There will be highs and lows in everybody’s life. However, one should know that this is a difficult time and tomorrow shall be

good phase.” According to Manisha, cancer has changed her as a person and she has become kinder, more gentle and has started enjoying every perspective of nature. She said a tie-up between pharmaceutical companies and the government can provide cheap medical treatment for patients in India. “I absolutely agree that cancer treatment is expensive in India, but this working can help

ease the burden of patients,” she added. However, she also emphasised that people must have a healthy lifestyle so that they may not need to go to the doctor. Manisha said: “We need awareness on cancer in our part of the world, that is developing countries, as the developed countries are quite aware on the same. They visit doctors on time and hence, cancer is caught at the initial stage and they get cured on time. My body was giving me signs and symptoms, but I was unaware of the cause. Had I been aware of it, I would have gone earlier and got cured earlier.” She also urged women to come forward for the cause of women empowerment by not playing the victim card, but by becoming winners and peaceful warriors.

Manisha also spoke about her book “Healed:

How Cancer Gave Me a New Life”. She said: “When I was sick, I was searching for positive stories. I could not get many stories, except the success story of Lisa Ray and Yuvraj Singh, who came out fighting successfully with cancer. “So I decided that when I get okay, I will share my stories with people. I also believe that sharing helps lower the burden from your head and heart. Hence, I wrote the book and I am here at JLF 2019 as I had decided to be here once I become an author. Manisha said there will be more books that she will write. “I shall continue acting as I am in love with films and acting,” added the actress, who was seen in “Lust Stories” and Sanju.

acting as I am in love with films and acting,” added the actress, who was seen

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MY CENSOR BOARD IS MY OWN HEART AND MIND: POOJA BHATT F rom producing a

MY CENSOR BOARD IS MY OWN HEART AND MIND: POOJA BHATT

F rom producing a movie franchise like Jism to a film like Cabaret, actress-filmmaker Pooja

Bhatt has been redefining the image of women in Indian cinema since the 1990s. She says

she will never project women in a vulgar manner while celebrating their sensuality and

beauty. “Since I started as an actress in the film industry, I realised the power of visuals, and how that can fuel the imagination of our mind. It is very powerful. Therefore, I always cater to my own sensibility first and then to the world,” Pooja said. “My censor board is my own heart and mind. Our audience can say that the women in my films are bold or sensual, but never ever vulgar. I can never look at a female body, even if it is naked, in a vulgar manner,” added the daughter of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. On the projection of women in her films, the Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin actress said: “My gaze is very different from that of Ekta Kapoor’s and that is quite visible in those two films - Ragini MMS 2 and Jism 2. “I am taking her example because she is successful and I have respect for her. Both the films are produced by women and Sunny (Leone) is the common actress in them. But the projection is very different. Perhaps that is why we both can look outside from the same window but see things

differently. I don’t only cater a film to the male audience, but also the female audience. That’s why I also presented Randeep Hooda in a manner that I did in ‘Jism 2’.” Pooja believes that more than showing skin on-screen, presentation of a character makes a woman more sensual. “When I did movies back in the day, there was no nudity in those films, but even then how come people still found Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee very sensual? Because it was the character I played and how I was presented by the filmmaker.” Having made her acting debut in 1989 with Daddy, Pooja gained popularity not only for her on-screen performance but also for her bold screen image as an actress. She also appeared on a magazine cover for which she painted her body. Recounting that experience, she said: “There was no marketing plan behind painting my

body for a magazine cover. I did not find it vulgar

an article on 10 controversial magazine covers of 1990s, and mine was one of them.” “I was like, after so many years, if that is controversial, then I guess I am relevant,” she said with a laugh. As a producer, Pooja has backed films like Sur: The Melody of Life, Jism, Paap and Rog. According to her, the idea behind casting an actress who is most different from the “so-called conventional” also comes from her conviction.

On the acting front, Pooja is busy preparing for the upcoming film Sadak 2, Jism 3 and also Jism the web series. On what made her want to convert the film franchise into a web show, Pooja said: “Jism was the first adult love story of our time. Murder could not have been made if ‘Jism’ wasn’t made. It opened a Pandora’s box.

My censor board is my own heart and mind. Our audience can say that the
My
censor
board is my own
heart and mind. Our
audience can say that
the women in my films
are bold or sensual,
but never ever
vulgar.

But recently, one media house did

Jackie Shroff wants to do everything

V eteran a c t o r Jackie

Shroff says he wants to work on both -- the digital space and in films for the big screen. The 61-year- old actor has been in the industry for almost four decades. He has appeared in more than 200 films in 11 languages. He also did a short film "Khujli" for the digital space and voiced the character of Shere Khan in the Hindi version of Andy Serkis' "Mowgli:

Legend Of The Jungle" on Netflix. Does he enjoy the digital space more or working for the big screen? Jackie said: "I am an actor who

has been in the industry for last over

30 years

day

I want

For me it is like acceptance

I am open to do a lot of things.

I used to do three films a

I am open to do a lot of things. I used to do three films a

to do everything. "Digital platform has such wide reach. It takes time for films to release. Here you can watch it when you want to watch it." On the Bollywood front, Jackie has several films in his kitty -- "Romeo Akbar Walter", "Prasthanam", "Saho", "Firrkie" and "Bharat".

N ational award w i n n i n g actress Sonam Kapoor, who is
N ational award
w
i
n
n i n g
actress Sonam
Kapoor, who is gearing
up for the release of her
forthcoming film Ek Ladki
Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, has
said she doesn't believe in
labels, which are associated
with the actors in the
film industry.