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How’s the Josh? High Sir!!

Team India celebrates ODI series win in style
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Chahal. Part-time spinners Kedar Jadhav and

Krunal Pandya might come into the picture
he stylish victory celebration by
as well.
Team India after winning One Day
New Zealand, on the other hand, will miss
International series against New
the services of opener Martin Guptill. Failing
Zealand on Sunday, February 3, at Wellington
to recover from a back injury, the experienced
had once again reaffirmed the fact that Indians
batsman was ruled out of the series.
are crazy about cricket and Bollywood.
Guptill had sustained the injury while
Soon after lifting the trophy at presentation
throwing a ball during fielding practice on the
ceremony the Team India has just one question
to ask – from the recent Bollywood flick Uri – eve of the fifth ODI after which he was forced
“How’s the josh?” to miss that contest.
The much-expected response, which also The Kiwi opener underwent a fitness test on
reflected the popular mood back in India, Monday morning where he continued to feel
mesmerised one and all at the stadium and pain in his lower back. Later, New Zealand
beyond, when Team India roared back, coach Gary Stead confirmed that Guptill will
“High Sir!” miss the series.
The phrase from the Vicky Kaushal- Bowling all-rounder James Neesham, who
starrer Bollywood movie ‘Uri: The Surgical was earlier left out of the T20I squad, has now
Strike’ has found a lot of popularity after Soon after lifting the trophy at presentation been included as Guptill’s replacement.
it was used by a number of politicians ceremony the Team India has just one question A lot will depend on the top-four batsmen
including Prime Minister and Team India -- Kane Williamson, Doug Bracewell, Colin
also celebrated the win with the now iconic to ask – from the recent Bollywood flick Uri – de Grandhomme and Lockie Ferguson. They
movie line. need to click for New Zealand to have the
The icing on the cake for victory celebrations “How’s the josh?” upper hand.
of the all-conquering Team India was The middle-order consists of youngsters
impromptu Bhangra dance by Shikhar Dhawan. Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell. The duo
“Coming here and beating New Zealand 4-1 match Twenty20 International (T20I) series In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli will be supported by veteran batsman Ross
is a massive achievement. They play very good despite losing in the first match at the same who has been rested, Rohit Sharma will lead Taylor.
cricket, so it is a great take away for us. Last venue on Wednesday, February 6. the squad, and in the absence of regular skipper In the bowling department, it will be
time we were thrashed 4-0. We didn’t have a Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan had told reporters Virat Kohli who has been rested, Rohit Sharma interesting to see the performances of debutant
point to prove but we just wanted to play good on Tuesday, “We would be looking to win the will lead the squad. all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair
cricket, which we have been doing for the past series and carry the momentum back home for Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the Tickner in the absence of star pacer Trent Boult,
8-10 months now,” Rohit Sharma said after the Australia series.” pace attack which comprises of Mohammad who has been rested.
the match. Veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed and all- Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner
After clinching the five-match One-Day Mahendra Singh Dhoni also returned to the rounder Hardik Pandya. have also been included in the squad.
International (ODI) series, a confident India T20I squad after a long hiatus. The Ranchi The spin department will consist of chinaman The next match is scheduled to be held in
will aim to carry the momentum to the three- stumper last featured in a T20 match in July. Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Auckland’s Eden Park on Friday, February 8.

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Deceased Kiwi-
Indian cricketer to be
repatriated to India
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD File picture of
Hareesh Gangadharan
and family said he did not have any pre-existing
conditions and were at a loss to explain what
The news of the sudden happened.
Preparations to take the body back to India
death of the 33-year-old has started as Dunedin Malayalee Association
Indian-origin cricketer who has come forward to raise funds for the family
at their hour of distress.
collapsed during a game Green Island Cricket Club will be required to
in Dunedin on Saturday, complete an incident report but New Zealand
February 2, has come Cricket’s manager of public affairs Richard
Boock said there was no indication it was a
as a huge shock to the sports mishap, NZ Herald reported on Sunday.
community. “Early indications are that the player has had

reen Island Cricket Club all-rounder a heart attack. It is tragic. Everyone is shattered,
Hareesh Gangadharan, originally from both at the club and Otago Cricket. Our hearts
Kochi, in the state of Kerala, was go out to his family,” Mr Brooke said.
said to be walking away from the pitch after “For those unaware of the sad news from
completing his bowling when he complained of Sunnyvale yesterday afternoon, our collective
shortness of breath and collapsed immediately, heartfelt sympathy goes to the family and
falling to the ground. his sorrow of losing a friend. Hareesh had an friends of Green Island Second Grade member
However, ensuing frantic efforts by team- A picture shared by Luxmanan Selvanasan who died as a result of a medical event at
members, some with medical background, with Haressh Gangadharan (right) in an undergraduate degree the ground. Our thoughts are with all those
other players and spectators on the ground, emotional post on Facebook. in Computer Science involved with the match,” Dunedin Cricket’s
failed to revive Hareesh. Hareesh came to New Zealand almost six- post read.
The family of the deceased, expectedly in years ago and married his wife Nisha who was Engineering in Kochi, Green Island Cricket Club’s Facebook
complete shock, have decided to take Hareesh’s already living here. He worked at the Otago page (Green Island Swamprats) too posted an
Daily Times publisher, Allied Press in the night
India after which he emotional message expressing the shock losing
body back to his home town Kochi, India.
Hareesh is survived by his wife, Nisha shift and came home early in the morning to pursued his higher their bright team member.
Hareesh and a three-year-old daughter. look after his three-year-old daughter while “I am heartbroken to confirm the news of
his wife went to work as a nurse at Southern
studies in England the very sudden death of our Green Island
Hareesh had an undergraduate degree in
Computer Science Engineering in Kochi, District Health Board. where he completed Cricket Club member while playing yesterday
India after which he pursued his higher studies “Hareesh was like my brother; I knew him at Sunnyvale. Hareesh Gangadharan suffered
in England where he completed an MBA at ever since he came to New Zealand. He was an MBA at Middlesex a medical event and despite all efforts by
Middlesex University, before joining his wife bright, hardworking, a family guy, and a very University, before teammates, the public and emergency services
after marriage about six years ago. good sportsman. He played five to six seasons he could not be saved.
Hareesh’s close friend Dr Luxmanan for his team and was an all-rounder with joining his wife after “On behalf of the Green Island Cricket Club,
Selvanesan, a former president of Dunedin brilliant bowling and batting skills. we offer our sincere condolences to his wife
“After visiting him at the stadium where he
marriage about six and family, President of Green Island Cricket
Tamil Society living in Dunedin, told The Indian
Weekender, he was one of the first persons to be was declared dead, I tried to contact his wife years ago. Club John Moyle said in the post.
called after the unfortunate incident. Nisha who was at work at that time. Hareesh’s “We have enlisted the services of Victim
“I got a call from the Rajesh Thomas after father-in-law and mother-in-law are in New Support for Hareesh’s team and the Albion
the incident. I and Rajesh went to the field Zealand who have come here on a family visit,” men who were playing at the time. If anyone
immediately. Repeated efforts of the St John’s Dr Selvanesan added. Playing against Albion, Hareesh’s team requires any further support, please do not
Ambulance team to resuscitate him had failed. Earlier NZ Herald reported that Hareesh’s batted first where he scored 30 runs not out. In hesitate to contact me and I can arrange
The police were also present at the ground,” Dr emotional teammates described him as an the second innings, the team has only been on such services.
Selvanesan said. excellent all-rounder who opened both bowling the field bowling for ten overs when Hareesh, “Thank you to everyone at the ground
Mourning his close friend’s sudden death, and batting, bowling right-arm medium pace who had bowled two overs, sat down on the yesterday. During such devastation I was
Dr Selvanesan fought with his emotions while and batting left-handed, and able to swing the pitch, initially complaining of shortness of reminded of what a superb club and community
speaking to The Indian Weekender, expressing ball both ways. breath before losing consciousness. His friends we belong to,” the message read.

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India, New Zealand holds second

Foreign Office consultations
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH High an elite club – the Nuclear Supplier Group (a

Commissioner group of 48 countries that restricts the supply of
ndia and New Zealand have reviewed the of India to NZ, nuclear material to the non-members).
entire range of bilateral relations including Sanjiv Kohli
India desperately needs unrestricted access
political, trade and economic ties, during to nuclear energy to fulfil its growing energy
the second Foreign Office Consultations. needs and assist in uplifting a vast mass of
The consultations were held on Tuesday, humanity out of endemic poverty.
February 5, in New Delhi. Mrs Vijay Thakur Meanwhile, the High Commissioner of India
Singh, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of to New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli has expressed
External Affairs led the Indian side while Ben satisfaction with the recently concluded second
King, Deputy Secretary, Americas and Asia foreign office consultations.
Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr
represented New Zealand. Commissioner Kohli said, “These consultations were part of
A media release from the office of India’s of New Zealand to
the institutionalised framework that both sides
Ministry of External Affairs said, “The two India,
have put in place to ensure regular contacts and
sides exchanged views on regional and Joanna Kempkers
thus have an opportunity to engage on a wide
multilateral issues, including cooperation at the
range of issues of bilateral, regional, and global
UN and other international organisations.
“The second Foreign Office Consultations
“These talks underline the priority we both
between India and New Zealand provided an
attach to widen and deepen our relationship,”
opportunity to review the entire range of bilateral India’s Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh, with New Zealand’s
Deputy Secretary (America and Asia Group) Ben Mr Kohli said.
relations, including political, trade and economic King in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 5. New Zealand High Commissioner to
ties. India reaffirmed its commitment to working
India Joanna Kempkers also affirmed similar
closely with New Zealand in these areas.”
However, the bilateral relationship has sentiments of enhanced priority being given by
Meanwhile, it is important to note that the
seemed to not have spurted, as was expected impression on her whilst on her first appearance both nations to each other.
bilateral relations between the two countries,
by many, particularly in the field of trade and at the global stage. Speaking to the Indian Weekender Ms
which is largely defined by the presence of a
commerce, despite much-visible bonhomie at This was after two visits by former Prime Kempkers, “The talks went well. This was
strong vibrant Indian diaspora in New Zealand,
the highest level of political leadership between Minister Sir John Key to New Delhi and the second time in my two-year term that we
a steadily growing bilateral trade, and the
the two countries. Notably, NZ Prime Minister meetings with Indian PM Narendra Modi, have sat down with Indian officials to review
commonalities of cricket and commonwealth,
Jacinda Ardern had spoken highly about her which has been widely reported as warm and the progress in the bilateral relationship
is still short of its true potential.
Wellington had previously identified India first meeting with the Indian Prime Minister cordial. However, accommodating mutually and to exchange views on regional and
as a priority country launching NZ India Inc Narendra Modi on the sidelines of East Asia competing expectations especially in the dairy multilateral issues.”
Strategy in 2011 with the goal of strengthening Summit in November 2017. sector has been mostly responsible for the “Of course we used to meet previously in
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between the two countries. The initial launch of people, but Modi was really engaged, the talks on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) meet annually in this format has confirmed the
of India Inc Strategy was followed by two interested in New Zealand, knew a lot about our between the two countries. value of New Zealand and India meeting more
bilateral visits by the former Prime Minister Sir relationship,” Ms Ardern had then responded to Similarly, India has long been lobbying regularly to discuss issues of mutual interest
John Key. a media query on which world leader had left for NZ’s support for securing membership of and importance,” Ms Kepmpkers said.

Hindi goes to South Island:

First school to open in

he Indian community in New
Zealand’s southernmost city
Invercargill is all set to get the first
Hindi language school in February.
Himani Mishra Galbraith, an early
childhood teacher, who has been living
and working in Invercargill for more than
a decade, is taking upon herself the task of
opening the first Hindi language school in
the southernmost city of NZ.
“We have a small size of community here language of ancient India with a history going
in Southland with families often living in an back about 3,500 years, and widely accepted
isolated environment with limited opportunities as the literary language of Hinduism, with
of interacting in their own language,” Mrs predominant works of Hindu philosophy being
Galbraith told The Indian Weekender while in this language).
explaining the urge for starting this new school. “I am committed to working for the Hindi

“I have observed closely as a teacher and language, especially with the kids,” Ms
whanau worker how children from migrant Galbraith said.
communities miss out from connecting with “I was a trained teacher back in India and have
their roots and heritage,” Ms Galbraith said. taught in schools and colleges before coming to
“I have seen parents longing to teach their NZ. So imparting education is something that I
children Hindi so that they can communicate

really enjoy,” Ms Galbraith said.
with their grandparents in their own language,” A formal launch ceremony of the new school
Ms Galbraith said. is scheduled on Thursday, February 7, at a local
Interestingly, the school will have the unique Indian restaurant, with regular classes starting

reputation of being the southernmost school of from Saturday, February 9 at the Waihopi
Hindi language in the entire Commonwealth (a School.
group of 53 nations, nearly all of them that were “The launch ceremony is open for all as long
formerly part of the British Empire). as we can be informed beforehand,” an excited
Speaking further about her passion for Ms Galbraith told The Indian Weekender.
Wellington-based Hindi educationist and

Hindi language, Ms Gailbraith said, “The
Hindi language is my genes as I belong to the the founder Director of the Wellington Hindi
family of well-known Hindi educationists back School, Sunita Narayan, is providing guidance
in India. and support to this upcoming school regarding
unmatched value for “My maternal grandfather Jagdish Bhagwati
was awarded the Padmashree Samman by the
curriculum and other educational resources.
All Hindi language enthusiasts in Southland
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Riveting pre-game experience

awaits cricketing fans ahead of When tax brackets go
double header vs India at Eden Park
past their use-by date the policy will put an extra $9900 back into
their pocket over 10 years.

a n s National commits to indexing tax thresholds
lucky Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi to inflation in its first term. Under our policy
enough National Party List MP within 12 months of an election the Treasury
to have tickets

would be required to advise a new Government
to the sold hen the tax brackets were last how much the thresholds should be adjusted for
out Twenty20 adjusted in 2010 there was a inflation.
double header $21,000 gap between the average The Finance Minister of the day would
at Eden Park wage and the top tax threshold of $70,000.
be able to veto an adjustment in adverse
on Friday, 8 That gap has narrowed to just $8000 today
circumstances such as a financial crisis but
February will be treated to a range of activations game mini-festival to enhance the Auckland and if nothing changes then within a few years
would then be expected to explain why Kiwis
as they head into the stadium. experience for visiting fans and locals,” Mr the average wage earner will be in the top tax
were falling behind.
It is no secret that modern sporting fans all Turner said. bracket. That was clearly not the intent of the
When compared to this Government’s
around the world expect to be fully engaged “It is also a great opportunity to showcase Income Tax Act.
wasteful policies, the impact in lost Crown
with the game-day experience from the moment Auckland to millions of people around the While the tax thresholds have remained
revenue is relatively modest. The estimated
they arrive in the parking lot until the game is world,” Mr Turner said. frozen for the past decade, the cost of living $650 million of foregone tax after the first
over. ATEED will be hosting fan activations at the has been rising and under this tax-happy adjustment is roughly a fifth of the current
In this regard the Auckland Tourism, Event top of swamp walk-off Sandringham Road and Government those costs are now accelerating. Government’s commitment to NZ First’s
and Economic Development (ATEED) is outside of gates A, D and H at Eden Park. Every New Zealand family knows a dollar provincial slush fund.
partnering with Eden Park stadium to engage The activations will include Indian musical doesn’t go as far as it once did. We believe that’s achievable, with National’s
and welcome the cricketing fans ahead of the and dance performance groups, DJ sets, The effect is known as bracket creep, where prudent and sensible economic policies.
Blackcaps and White Ferns doubleheader social media roaming photographers, roaming inflation leaves someone worse off even as they This is only one aspect of National’s policy
versus India on Friday, February 8. performers, Beige Brigade entertainers, face cross into a higher tax bracket. It is taxation by programme but it goes to one of our core
Stuart Turner, Head of Major Events at painting and photo-boards. stealth. beliefs: that ordinary New Zealanders should
ATEED, says the activations at Eden Park are a The match is already sold out and tickets will National legislated to change the thresholds be able to keep more of what they earn.
fantastic way to welcome fans of the Indian and allow cricket fans to attend both matches. in 2017 but the current Government cancelled They certainly need every dollar under the
New Zealand teams to Auckland. that. It was a mistake. Someone earning current Government, whose policies have
“It’s no secret that the biggest fans of cricket $70,000 doesn’t feel wealthy when all their added to the cost of petrol, rent and electricity
hail from India, so it felt like a great opportunity • At 3 p.m., New Zealand’s Women’s costs are rising and they shouldn’t be punished and which is squandering hundreds of millions
for us to amplify the buzz surrounding this side, the WHITE FERNS, will face for thresholds that haven’t moved with the of dollars on working groups.
tour, especially with so many people of Indian India’s Women’s team. times. National is committed to helping New
heritage living here in Auckland. A National Government will amend the Zealanders get ahead. We won’t allow future
• At 7 p.m., New Zealand’s Men’s Governments to use inflation as an annual tax
“We have taken advantage of our connections Income Tax Act so tax thresholds are adjusted
from Diwali festival – and inspiration from
side, the BLACKCAPS, will increase by stealth and we’ll cancel new taxes
every three years, in line with the cost of living.
classic Kiwi cricketing culture - to create a pre- challenge India’s Men’s team. piled on by the present Government.
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Government’s flaky KiwiBuild Music

scheme crumbling invites hospitalised and now how quickly it will deliver Kiwis want and that’s why we’ve seen such a

its houses.  woeful uptake. Even the Minister isn’t confident
  Labour first proposed KiwiBuild in 2012. that should KiwiBuild deliver more houses, all
Dr Parmjeet Parmar But halfway through their term they’ve only of them will sell.
List MP based in Mt Roskill delivered 47 houses, while the whole policy  What is the point in delivering houses for
to learn
seems to change from week to week. This is first home buyers, if first home buyers don’t
he Government’s flagship housing

a major embarrassment for Prime Minister want them?
policy has been flaky from the get-go, Jacinda Ardern’s Government.  At the end of the day, the Labour Party
last week we saw it completely crumble.  The Government created an expectation campaigned on delivering 100,000 homes in

  Housing Minister Phil Twyford finally New Zealanders were going to get access to
admitted KiwiBuild is not all it’s cracked up to 10 years. But if the Government can’t organise
a significantly subsidised first home but that’s
be, and he’s not going to reach his target of 1000 1000 homes in one year, how do they expect to
not happening. Not only are they struggling to
homes built in the first year. In fact, according achieve 100,000 over 10?
build the houses, those they are building are too ¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
to the Prime Minister we shouldn’t measure the  While KiwiBuild topples over, the Minister
progress of KiwiBuild at all and just trust that should be looking at redefining his housing
 The Labour Party spent years in Opposition
there will miraculously be 100,000 homes ready policy. KiwiBuild needs to go, and Mr Twyford
talking about its solution to New Zealand’s
to go in ten years’ time. should set the Resource Management Act
This is from the same Prime Minister who last housing woes. We’re not denying that there
was a problem – under National we were in the (RMA) in his sights.
week said, ‘what gets measured gets done’.
middle of a record residential building boom  In Opposition Labour rallied against sensible
Clearly that’s only when it suits them because
but we should have done more. The difference RMA reform. However, as we’ve seen, New
they’ve also dropped the health and Better Public
between us and them is that they mislead New Zealand needs a bold solution to a law that
Services targets which measured progress across
the public service and ensured the Government Zealanders by falsely claiming to have a magic has proven to be a planning nightmare, and
was accountable for the services they delivered bullet. KiwiBuild isn’t helping in that aspect. National
to New Zealanders.  In what’s become a trend from this will this year put forward a proposal to reform

 Targets keep a Government honest. Among Government, KiwiBuild simply isn’t living up the RMA which will allow us to get on and build
here have been tons of shows hosted in
the targets this Government has so far scrapped to the promises this Government made to New the houses New Zealanders need. Auckland in the last decade where the
are; reducing long-term welfare dependency, Zealanders.  They’re all talk.
 The issues with KiwiBuild are more systemic community has witnessed new faces
reducing serious crime, improving the way  The work wasn’t done in Opposition, so now
than teething. New Zealanders want to see real showcasing their talents in singing, dancing,
the Government interacts with the public, the Government has been left with a policy that
change and a plan that will actually deliver what and skits or playing musical instruments.
having mothers registered with a lead maternity doesn’t stack up.
These shows had talents who trained and
provider, reducing the rates of children who are  KiwiBuild isn’t delivering the types of homes New Zealand needs – more houses.
practised for years to perfect their performance
and showcase their art in front on hundreds and

South Auckland Muslim

One such talent in Auckland, who has not
only known in the Auckland but has also

Association encourages youth

worked with eminent music labels, and music
directors in India. Director of Mohammed Rafi
Music Academy, Amit Sengupta is a musician,

contribution to community
singer, composer based in Auckland who has
organised 14 musical concerts in the city and
has trained and mentored scores of young
musicians through his shows.
Mr Sengupta’s passion for music has never

outh members of South Auckland stopped him from learning more and imparting
Muslim Association are actively the knowledge he possesses to the music
involved in several activities that aspirants in the community.
benefit the extended multicultural community Mr Sengupta, lovingly known as ‘Amit Da’
of South Auckland.
in the community is inviting budding musicians
The mosque that is based in on Great South
to learn different forms of Indian music from
Road in Otahuhu/Mangere has started several
initiatives to engage its youth, both men and him such as Hindustani Classical, Thumri,
women in several communities and sports Khayal, Bhajan, Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul
activities to keep them engaged and close to the Geeti and old Bollywood songs as well.
community. He specialises in playing and teaching
As a part of religious activities, the Harmonium, vocal training or vocal exercises
association encourages young minds to attend for which he says pupils training under him and
the five-time scheduled prayers in the mosque following his instructions and learnings can
regularly and then try extra-curricular activities see the difference in their voices in a matter
such as learning Quran, sunnah training
of weeks.
and mawlid training sessions for both male
and female members separately on different “I learnt Khayal from Sangeet Acharya
schedules through the week. Shailendra Nath Bandhopadhaya of Saini
cemetery,” a SAMA media spokesperson told Gharana, Rabindra Sangeet from Subinoy Roy,
The mosque beside religious activities
The Indian Weekender.
involves the youth in community-led initiatives Nazrul Geeti from Khitish Chandra Ghose and
SAMA’s women’s wing has also been very
like cleaning mosque premises, cutting grass Bhajan and Thumri from Ustad Hilal Ahmed
active in sports events and takes part in netball
regularly at the Auckland Memorial Garden’s Khan and I want to impart this knowledge from
tournaments having won on several occasions.
graveyard sections, cleaning and healthy my gurus to the people who are passionate about
Some of the madrasah children competed in
lifestyle promotion drives, sports events, etc. singing and classical music,” Mr Sengupta told
the NZ Muslim Sports Association Football
A team of 15 volunteers from the Jamia-al tournament last year, against teams from The Indian Weekender.
Mustafa Masjid under the supervision of Haji Muslim Associations from different regions Mr Sengupta has directed music for 38
Amin cut different sections of the graveyard of Auckland and North Island and had won non-Muslims to join the meal like a family and Television Films in India and composed and
regularly and some members who are involved medals and trophies for SAMA. know more about Islam and its teachings. directed music for 14 albums, some of them are
in this initiative for almost a decade who not With the holy month of Ramadan approaching The mosque also participates in the Islam produced and released by music giant T-Series.
just work together but also encourage the in the next three months, a Hafiz-e-Quran Awareness Week programme and hosts Open
teenagers to join them in this noble cause. Some of Mr Sengupta’s compositions have
(a person who has learnt the whole Quran) Day on the last day of IAW event inviting the
“We are also proud of the fact that we have been appreciated by Pandit Ravi Shankar and
attends the scheduled Taraweeh prayers. The extended communities to visit and interact with
recently had teenagers show an interest in mosque also hosts several open iftar events at the volunteers. legendary director Satyajit Ray.
assisting SAMA with cutting the grass at the the mosque premises and invites Muslims and •• Mr Amit Sengupta can be contacted on 0224
249-269 or 09 629 5252.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 08, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 9

Auckland Tamil Association starts Pongal

with community engagement event

ongal is one of biggest festivals for the
Tamil community across the globe,
especially for the Tamilians livings in
the Indian subcontinent. The day of harvest
is marked by celebratory events, cultural
programmes and a wave of events to spread the
joy of this festival amongst everyone.
The Auckland Tamil Association, the most
active community organisation of the Tamil
speaking community in Auckland, has every
year arranged a cultural event that brought the competition, based on Pongal theme at
whole Tamil community as one, under one roof the venue.
to celebrate through music, dance, skits etc. Speaking to The Indian Weekender, ATA
To get more engagement from the community President Vai Ravindran said, the idea behind
and especially amongst the younger generation this event was to get the community members
of Tamil children and youth who are born here ready and in the groove of Pongal festival.
and grown in Kiwi culture ATA decided to A reasonable “We have witnessed huge participation
host a special event that brings the community challenge for the from the community members, right from
members before the cultural event to participate women who took young children to youth and working men and
in recreational activities that connects them upon themselves women who either participated in the pre-event
more with the integral values of the Tamil the task to prepare or supported one another by being present on
culture and the essence of Pongal celebrations. traditional food items Saturday morning. This shows their love and
More than 200 community members, with limited resources commitment to the Tamil culture and how
especially women, children and youth gathered and presented to a these values can be inculcated amongst the
at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall on May panel of eight judges younger generation through such activities,”
Road on Saturday, February 2 to participate in and the audience who Mr Ravindran said.
different activities related to the Pongal festival. judged them based on Echoing similar sentiments, one of the judges
The women participated in the cooking different parameters. too expressed her joy of seeing every individual
competition, but this was unlike other cooking The parameters present at the event so enthusiastically making
competitions different where the participants ranged from the essence of the dishes, competition that once again were judged as their contribution to Pongal celebrations.
use grains and vegetables such as different presentation, taste, use of different grains, per their looks, difficulty, theme, precision and The results of the competition will be declared
types of lentils, rice, spices and create the authenticity to Tamilian foods, texture perfection, overall presentation and getting the at the main celebration event on Saturday,
traditional festive snacks and dishes as made and warmth. rangoli ready within the stipulated time frame. February 9 at the Mt Eden War Memorial from
back in Chennai, India. Besides food competition, women The children, on the other hand, engaged 6 p.m. where the winners and participants will
participated in the traditional rangoli themselves with the drawing and colouring be awarded and felicitated.

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ChCh team ‘Lhotshampa FC’

wins Tenzing Hillary Cup 2019

ight teams from different regions
of New Zealand gathered with their
supporters at the Crum Park in Titirangi
on Saturday morning, February 2 for the
Tenzing Hillary Football Cup 2019.
The team from Christchurch, Lhotshampa
FC came out victorious at the end of the
tournament keeping their title and winning the
championship for second consecutive time.
The tournament is hosted by different
regions on a rotational basis, and this year
was jointly hosted by FC Khakuri and
Gurkha FC, both Auckland based Nepalese
football clubs.
The final match was held between
Lhotshampa FC and FC Khakuri where the
ChCh team beat the Auckland Club by 2-1.
The match was inaugurated by Lady June
Hillary who kicked the ball at the ground and Wood and Auckland Police’s Ethnic Liasion Tom Gurung from Nepal United FC,
declared the 2019 championship open. Acting Officer Neil Pimenta were invited as guests to Christchurch scored eight goals and received
Honorary Consul of Nepal in New Zealand, the event. the $100 cash award for highest goals in the
Peter Gibbs and other supporting community The Plate Championship was given to Druk tournament, Dhurba Gaire from FC Khukuri
organisations were also present. FC from Palmerston North ($300), Bhutanese as the Best Goalkeeper and Ashish Rai from
“The event was a great success- especially Nelson FC won $500 for Fair Play Team award.
Lhotshampa FC, Christchurch was named the
amongst the youth of our community as it gave Gurkha FC from Auckland took the fourth
Best Player of the Tournament, both receiving
them another opportunity to show their sports place with $300 cash prize, NABOP from Bay
of Plenty scaled to the 3rd position $500. FC $100 in the prize.
talents and amaze the crowd,” Prayash Chhetri, The event was supported by NRNA NZ, New
from the organising team, told The Indian Khakuri from Auckland lifted the runner’s
trophy with $1200 cash prize, and Lhotshampa Zealand Nepal Society, New Zealand Nepal
FC from ChCh defended their title to life the Chamber of Commerce Inc., New Zealand
More than 700 people came to see the
championship trophy again this year and $1800 Nepal Association and GoalNepal.com as
games and cheer the players over the two-day
as the cash prize. Digital Media Partner of the tournament.
tournament at Crum Park. Labour MP Michael

NELSON BUSH FIRE: Government UPDATE : February 7, 5:07pm

Further evacuations
support for Tasman confirmed are underway in
the west side of
¡¡ IWK BUREAU and is being looked at hourly with
Teapot Valley.
the Ministry for Primary Industries
rime Minister Jacinda
Ardern, Minister of Civil
helping people to manage stock
and vets on standby for any injured
Defence Kris Faafoi and
Minister of Agriculture Damien
animals. 25 properties have
O’Connor have confirmed initial “If you’ve got yourself out and
safe it’s important you do not put
been affected.
Government support for the Tasman
community for people affected by yourself in harm’s way by returning
the fires. for animals, as difficult as I know
All three Ministers are in
Nelson this morning, travelling
to the Emergency Co-ordination
that will be.”
Kris Faafoi says he will stay in
close contact with the community,
T his is a precautionary measure because of
the increased fire intensity we have seen
this afternoon. This is a result of increased
Centre where the council and Civil councils and Civil Defence, until wind and humidity.
Defence are leading operations, and the situation is completely under Police are assisting with evacuation and Red
to the forward control centre where control. Cross are on the ground to support residents.
the announcement of support was “We know this is a distressing The Civil Defence Centre at St John’s
made. event that has caused massive Church, Wakefield will now remain open. The
Jacinda Ardern said that seeing disruption in people’s lives. All the Centre can provide welfare information and
the fire up close was confronting. agencies involved are doing what they can help with accommodation for those who need
support that may be available from the Ministry
“While I’m immensely relieved there’s been it. They can also accept pets.
of Social Development, Housing New Zealand to help and to tackle the fire but we do know
no loss of life and want to thank all of those All residents who have evacuated or self-
and Ministry for Primary Industries. there may be tough days ahead as we better
involved in tackling this immense fire, it’s clear evacuated are asked to register. For those
“Mayoral Relief Funds provide an additional understand the effects of the blaze and as
there are going to be some difficult times ahead who can’t make it to the centre, or don’t need
way to help communities get back on their displaced residents return to their homes.
until we get the fire fully under control and additional assistance please call 03 543 8400
feet after an emergency. Local communities “I will be working with my colleagues across to register by phone.
people back to their homes.
and councils are best-placed to know exactly Government and local government to ensure Residents are advised to take animals with
“I can only imagine how difficult it is to pack
what they need so this funding can be used, for we do get the right support for communities them. Some stock can be accommodated at the
up what you can and to evacuate so I want to
example, to meet the needs of affected families where that support is needed.” Richmond Showgrounds.
acknowledge the families who have had to do
and individuals, community organisations or Mr Faafoi says the dedication shown by Horses, sheep and goats can be
that – and I want to let you know we are here
marae.” everyone involved in the response effort has accommodated in empty stables – use the
to understand how we can help in the days and
Damien O’Connor, who is the West Coast been brilliant. Campground Gate to the Showgrounds and
weeks ahead.”
Tasman MP, said the relief funding would be “It’s been really heartening to see such follow the road to the stable blocks. Please
Kris Faafoi said the Government had
welcomed by locals amid a frightening time effective coordination between the various leave your name and contact number on the
confirmed an initial commitment of $20,000 to
and ahead of a big recovery. agencies involved in the response effort, and to stable door and provide food for your animals.
the Mayoral Relief Fund, which has been set
“I’ve seen extra Fire and Emergency crews see the community show such great support for There is water available on site.
up by Tasman District Council. Affected local
one another. For sheep and cattle – please call the contact
authorities have significant discretion around arriving overnight and this morning and it’s
“While there are encouraging signs that the centre on 03 543 8400 and they can help make
how they choose to set up and administer a fund, clear everyone is pitching in to get this blaze
fire is being contained, it remains a potentially arrangements for you to get access to the
and around the establishment of disbursement under control and keep people safe.
dynamic situation and we’re keeping a close racecourse oval to accommodate them.
criteria. The funds are in addition to other “Animal welfare remains a key concern eye on conditions.”
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 08, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 11

Driving school gears up refugees,

migrants for integration
¡¡ BROOKE JENNER A former Ms Fernandes said passing her

n Auckland driving migrant herself, Ms full licence allowed her to apply for
school is helping Maga was one of full-time jobs and the school’s impact
former refugees the first to sign up went far beyond simply building a
and migrants gain their to the course when driver’s confidence.
independence one licence at it began. “For me, what really struck a chord
a time. She is now the was mainly the one-on-one connect,”
The Puketāpapa driving school’s she said. “And knowing that the
Community Driving School lead coordinator, money that I put into this programme
(PCDS) has only been on and strives to give actually goes back into helping other
the road for a year and it is back to others like migrants and refugees.”
already speeding to success. herself through the She said if it hadn’t been for the
PCDS programme. time volunteered by her mentors at
Last Wednesday, Hemangi
She said for PCDS, she might not have had the
Mistry passed her full driver’s
every four paying courage to get her local licence.
licence test after 22 lessons
Harry Doig, Puketāpapa Local students, PCDS Ms Maga hopes to help more
with PCDS. Board chairman, cutting the subsidised the migrants like Hemangi and Margaret
The 38-year-old moved to ribbon for one of Puketāpapa
driver training for in the future with a new $7000
New Zealand from India 15 Community Driving School’s
vehicles on its opening day. one former refugee driving simulator the school is
years ago, and has not driven Photo: Supplied
or young person. fundraising for.
a car in the last 12 years. “They’re helping The simulator would help more
“I’m so happy,” she said. mentors, the school teaches
The school’s coordinator, themselves to be job ready and then migrants and refugees get safely
“They taught me in such a way that everything drivers need to know -
Amie Maga, said the specialised it’s heartwarming that they know on the road to a successful career,
when I booked for my test, I passed from Road Code classes and getting a they’re able to support a young she said.
programmes were proving
in my first attempt,” Ms Mistry said. fundamental in integrating migrants car in gear to mock practical tests and person or a former refugee who needs She would like to see more Kiwis
“I’m now an independent woman - I and former refugees into the licence conversion programmes. extra support,” Ms Maga said. enrol at the school so they could learn
can go to work and drop my kids to community. PCDS aimed to have 150 learner She said nine refugees have already to be safe drivers and give back to
school and activities.” “Even learning English is a drivers enrolled in its programmes, successfully passed their restricted their community, she said.
“Now that’s my biggest milestone struggle,” Ms Maga said. “Learning tests through the school.
but at the end of its first year, it
I’ve covered.” to drive is another big struggle for Margaret Fernandes migrated to  - RNZ
has helped more than 270 people,
For migrants like Ms Mistry, a them so we really want to help these New Zealand from Mumbai in 2017
New Zealand drivers’ licence is a key maintains a success rate of over
communities.” and, despite being able to drive on her This story has been brought to
requirement when trying to land a 70 percent and has a waitlist Indian licence, she wanted to learn the you in special collaboration with
With four qualified instructors and
the Radio New Zealand.
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Holi season begins,

draws thousands at the first event in ChCh
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD thumping start engaging the crowd many volunteers at the venue, we Council for their immense support
The first Holi

from morning till evening. collected money to donate the Trust,” for Holi,” President of Christchurch
he Holi festival season has
“Many events happen in ChCh, event was held Mr Sharma added. Multicultural Association, Surinder
begun in New Zealand with
but Holi like Diwali has grown on its Mr Sharma further emphasised Tandon said at the event.
the first big event at North
Hagley Park in Christchurch on
merit – people came in hoards and after the ChCh the amount of effort put in by 100
“The Holi event held on Saturday
had a great time with music, colours volunteers to pluck out the petals
Saturday, February 2.
coming as strangers and going as
earthquake in from the flowers on Friday, the eve
was a triple celebration- Holi,
More than 12,000 people attended Waitangi Day (that falls on February
the event called Holi Festival of
friends,” Hitesh Sharma, organiser of 2013 with 1500 of the event and get it ready to be
the event told The Indian Weekender. put into the chopper that showed the 6) and next month’s Race Relations
Colours 2019 from morning 9 a.m.
There were air canons, water guns people, but due same onto the enthusiastic crowd at Day which all have a common sign of
which turned out to be one of the appreciating and promoting harmony,
and canons with powder and liquid to its popularity the Holi event.
biggest Indian festivals celebrated in
colours that people splashed and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel equality and respect for diverse
Christchurch other than Diwali. over the years
pasted upon one another. delivered the opening address at the ethnicities/cultures.
The first Holi event was held after
The organisers also spiced up the Holi Festival official ceremony, Ethnic Advisor Happy Holi and ‘Holi Hai’ echoed
the ChCh earthquake in 2013 with
event by showering 20 kg of rose Ngai Tahu Sally Pitama gave at the venue besides amazing music
1500 people, but due to its popularity
over the years Holi Festival of
petals on the attendees by a helicopter of Colours Karakia blessings, and President to which men, women, children from
hovering over the venue. of Christchurch Multicultural
Colours has grown exponentially
“We thought of doing something
has grown Council Surinder Tandon addressed
different communities danced and
over the years. The event is equally celebrating the festival of colours.
popular amongst non-Indians as it is
special, something no one had done exponentially the attendees.
and the idea to shower flower petals “There are more than 170 ethnicities
with the growing Indian community
developed. The aim to do so was to
over the years. represented in Christchurch. We
in the city.
highlight the work of Westpac Rescue support to implement the ChCh City
The event was organised by Revel
Helicopters (Trust) who rush to Council’s Multicultural Strategy,
Events by Hitesh Sharma and Sandeep
rescue people at the time of distress
Khanna from SK Production. and one of its goals is to value and
and mishaps.
A giant screen, a massive stage, celebrate Christchurch’s diversity.
“We planned to raise funds for the
dance groups, pumping Bollywood This festival of colours Holi fulfils
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust,
and English music gave the event a this goal very well. Thanks to City
and through gold coin donations via
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 08, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 13

Shri Ram-a-thon raises

whopping 43K for charity
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD a cause towards their destination Atatu MP and Minister for Housing

Henderson Park. The walkers took a and Urban Development, Phil
hri-Ram-a-thon, an annual break at 359 Henderson Valley Road Twyford and Auckland Councillor
10 km walk event organised Ashram. representing Waitakere, Linda
by the Shri Ram Mandir in The walkers received a warm Cooper. The cheque was presented to
Henderson raised a $43,442.60 on welcome from other community the representatives of the Friends of
Sunday, February 3. members, who, though not Fiji Health Foundation Trustees at the
The annual walkathon event, which particpating in the walk, were event.
is in its third year, had the Friends attending the event with the family
of Fiji Health Foundation as the and friends, through the day.
About Friends of Fiji
chosen charity this year (On earlier The walkers then rested and Health Foundation
occassions, Shri-Ram-a-thon had engaged in several activities planned The Friends of Fiji Health
generated support for charities like for them,starting with seven-a-side Foundation was formed by former
Starship Foundation) football matches with five teams on Fiji medical professionals who
The event had all the elements and each side of Pool A & B. now live in New Zealand and
activities planned for every age group The attendees cheered for their work in the health sector. They
of people. Children took their time football teams named after Fiji take different missions to Fiji to
playing in the bouncing castle and districts and cities such as Rakiraki, provide specialist medical services
participating in the kids’ activities Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, and perform specialist surgeries
such as face painting, and drawing, Suva, Nasinu, Rewa, and Labasa. not currently available in Fiji. They
marble and spoon race, sack race, also train local staff during their
relay race etc. Spirit of youth missions and work collaboratively
The youth present at the event appreciated with the local government and
participated in the men’s friendly The organsiers were clearly excited medical professionals in Fiji. Some
football tournament, tug-of-war, with the spirited response from the of their achievements to date include
women participated in the penalty community, as reflected in both, the more than 26 major medical and
shooting game, volleyball, and the number of particpants and supporters surgical missions treating more than
senior citizens participated in the turning out for the event and the 2,500 patients.
lawn bowls game that has acquired support generated for the chosen The Foundation has conducted
massive popularity amongst them in charity organsiation – Friends of Fiji more than 25 advanced skills training/
the West of Auckland. The seniors Health Foundation. educational workshops and donating
also played ball and bucket games. The Friends of Fiji Health more than NZ $3m worth of advanced
Fundraising, only one of Foundation in the meantime medical equipment and supplies. operating theatres in Lautoka Hospital laparoscopy anaesthetic equipment in
conducted several medical checkups The Mission is commissioning two and assisting with safer surgeries, Labasa.
the multitudes of goals for the people,
Pravin Kumar, the Managing especially the
Trustee of Shri Ram Mandir seniors and women
Charitable Trust, speaking with The at their stall on ISO 9001
Indian Weekender, affirmed that
Henderson Park.
fundraising was just of many goals “I really GCS
that the event had, including engaging commend the
with the community and enhancing participating spirit
diversity and multiculturalism. of the youth, the www.marsden.ac.nz
“The aim of the event, besides children, the women
fundraising, was to promote
multiculturalism, healthy lifestyle, get
diverse community for one charitable
and the seniors
who contributed to
purpose and have a good family fun
day,” Mr Kumar said.
manner suitable
The walkathon raised the fund; important thing to
final count said 43,442.60 that is a note here is that
massive figure as compared to the they gave their
funds raised in the past. physical presence at
the event and made
Massive public support the event a massive
More than 2000 people from success.
different parts of Auckland attended “The organising
the event –some for the walk, some team of the event
for the carnival fun-family day out, headed by project
and the others for participating in manager Mahendra
different competitive sports and Sharma accessed
recreational activities. every avenue
Shri Ramathon in the past has possible to get
been just a walk event culminating the contribution
into a fundraising drive and speech of the whole
sessions with the participants. This community to the
year, the organisers with the support big event- either
from the Sports Waitakere, Council through a financial
and Friends of Fiji Health Foundation contribution, by
who arranged free medical checkup arranging food,
for the attendees at the event. snacks, water,
The event started with the gathering shade, games, or
of the walkathon participants at Shri even just showing
Ram Mandir on 11 Brick Street, up at the event,”
Henderson at 8 a.m. followed by a Mr Kumar further
prayer attended by National List MP added.
from Te Atatu, Alfred Ngaro, and The event
breakfast for the participants. culminated with
By 9 a.m., the walkathon started the prize giving BUSINESS AND BUILDING AND ELECTRICAL COMPUTING
with hundreds of enthusiastic men, ceremony at the MANAGEMENT CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND IT
women and children clad in different park that was
sports outfits walking proudly for attended by Te

Grant applications open

14 Friday, February 08, 2019 The Indian Weekender

to get Aucklanders active


pplications are open for Auckland
Council’s Regional Sport and
Recreation Grants Programme.
Eligible organisations have until 8 March
2019 to apply for a share of the $508,000
regional fund designed to get
Aucklanders more active, more often.
“Grants will be awarded to sport and
recreation organisations that inspire and
provide opportunities for Aucklanders
to lead healthier and more active
lifestyles,” says Councillor Penny
Hulse, Chair of the Environment and
Community Committee.
“We want to ensure Auckland is a
place where sport and recreation is a
part of our everyday lives. Sport and
recreation make a major contribution to
our quality of life, health and wellbeing;
it’s also great fun and contributes to
stronger communities,” she says.
Applications are invited from
Auckland-wide organisations that are:
organisations with a region-wide
regional federations or groupings
of local or sub-regional sports code
regional sport and recreation
providers or advocacy groups; or
iwi and other Māori organisations
active in the sport and recreation sector.
Funding is targeted towards
programmes that enable children and
young people to develop skills for
lifelong participation in sport and
recreation, as well as programmes that
support easy and affordable access for
communities with low participation
Applications will be assessed by
the Environment and Community
Committee for funding decisions, with
funds made available to successful
applicants from July 2019.
The Auckland Council Regional
Sport and Recreation Grants
Programme has been running for four
years and has over this time allocated
28 regional grants and distributed over
$2 million.
Netball Northern received funding
from the 2018/19 grants programme.
“The funding has been instrumental in
supporting Netball Northern’s delivery
of the junior netball programme across
15 sites in Auckland, enabling over
20,000 young people to have fun, learn
netball skills and develop a life-long
love of being active,” says Anita Coy-
Macken, Netball Northern Community
Netball Manager.
“As part of the junior netball
programme we also ran 96 coaching
workshops for 993 participants and
delivered 640 skill development
sessions in schools for 3654 children to
build their netball skills,” she says.
Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
sportgrant for more information and to
apply. Applications close at 5pm on 8
March 2019.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 8, 2019 FIJI 15

FIJIAN CITIZENS TO SOON Fiji PM to attend Pacific

Forum summit
HAVE EPASSPORTS DURING F iji’s Prime Minister, Frank
Bainimarama, says he will
Although the suspension was
lifted in 2014, Fiji’s leader boycotted


attend this year’s Pacific subsequent meetings, saying
Islands Forum leaders meeting in Australia and New Zealand had too
Tuvalu. much influence in the grouping.

iji will soon have ePassports Mr Bainimarama has not However the FBC reported the
however during this transition attended any of the annual forum prime minister had confirmed he
period, the Immigration leaders summits since his country would attend the Tuvalu meeting in
Department says the current was suspended from the regional August and was offering for Fiji to
traditional passports will be gradually organisation in 2009. host the forum summit in 2021.

The culture of torture and

phased out resulting in likely delays.
Director of Immigration Nemani

violence must stop - PM

Vuniwaqa says the temporary
drawback will be remedied
immediately upon the delivery of in Fiji and the whole of the Pacific to
new ePassports. get rid of this culture.
Vuniwaqa says the current passport While speaking in a High
numbers are depleting however the Level Seminar on United Nations
department will continue to accept Convention against Torture in the
passport applications. Pacific at the Intercontinental Hotel,
Vuniwaqa says they have some Bainimarama says we think to
passport books and issuance will be ourselves that I was hit in school and
restricted to those seeking urgent it formed me to who I’m today or my
medical evacuation abroad and those parents beat me and it toughened me
submitting justifications for urgent up. Bainimarama says that mindset
travels. creates a tolerance for violence and it
People whose passports are about allows it to settle in to all parts of our
to expire and still have leaflets are day to day lives.
encouraged to apply for renewals.  Bainimarama says the cycle of
Vuniwaqa says they expect the Current passports will be replaced with ePassports
violence needs to end.
ePassports to arrive into the country for ePassport will change but they Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
He also highlighted the tough
in the next 4 to 6 months. People whose passports will advise people once they have it speaking in a High Level Seminar
on United Nations Convention stand the government had to take
He says for those people that are are about to expire and in place. against Torture in the Pacific at the as some people continue to call for
requesting for passport renewal, they The Immigration Department says Intercontinental Hotel.
still have leaflets are the return of corporal punishment in

will see that the passport is in good that the transition to ePassports will
encouraged to apply for rime Minister Voreqe schools.
condition, is still readable, visa pages both strengthen border security and
renewals.  Bainimarama says the culture Bainimarama says according to the
still available and advise the people streamline customs and immigration,
of torture and violence has a Fijian constitution human rights are
to go through endorsement of the decreases passenger processing time
The endorsement will be $55. powerful hold on the mentality of our afforded to all of us regardless of our
same passport for next ten years. and creating an easier, more efficient
Vuniwaqa says the application fees people, and work needs to continue standing in society.
travel experience in Fiji.

NZ Deputy
Prime Minister
Peters to visit
Fiji later this
ew Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister
Winston Peters will be in the country
later this month.
This was announced by the New Zealand
High Commissioner Jonathan Curr during the
Waitangi Day Celebrations that was held at the
New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence.
Curr says more about the visit will be
revealed later.
He says Peters had promised that New
Zealand’s Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister
would spend considerable time in the Pacific
from 2018 and beyond and this visit is part of
that promise.
He says Fiji will see many of New Zealand
Cabinet over the course of this year. The Waitangi Day Celebrations was held at the
New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence
Curr says he hopes that this will be a this evening. His Excellency the President Major
reciprocal flow of travel with ministers in Fiji General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, Hon. Prime
keen to meet their Kiwi counterparts in New Minister Frank Bainimarama, Cabinet Ministers,
senior government officials and members of the
Zealand. The New Zealand High Commissioner diplomatic corp also attended the event.
says this has to be about more than just turning Tereaty of Waitangi was signed by over 500
up, as there is no point telling everyone you Maori Chief and representative of the British
have a big tanoa if you did not bring any kava. Crown,a nd this marks the beginning of a
Curr says words must be combined with modern New Zealand.
action, delivery and results. The President Jioji Konrote, Prime Minister
He says 2019 will be an exciting busy year Voreqe Bainimarama, Cabinet Ministers, senior
for New Zealand in Fiji. government officials and members of the
Meanwhile, on the 6th of February 1840 the diplomatic corp also attended the event.
Thought of the week
"The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock
the door to personal excellence."
Editorial –Confucius

Should India Auckland Weather forecast for the week

February 8 – February 14, 2018
be worried Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu

about Brexit? A p.m. A passing A couple Clouds Mostly Sun and Mostly

shower in morning of morning and sun, sunny, some clouds sunny
he clock is ticking. Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29, less than two
place shower showers pleasant pleasant
months from now.
It’ll crash out without a deal if the two sides fail to reach a fresh agreement following
a new vote in the British parliament earlier this week. A no deal Brexit, which is now more likely
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than ever, will have catastrophic consequences for the British economy as many business leaders
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have warned.
It will also hurt the European Union particularly its largest economy, Germany, which has a
significant market for its products in Britain.
India is closely watching what is increasingly becoming a messy divorce between the UK and
This week in New Zealand’s history
the EU. Many Indian companies which have invested heavily in Britain over the past few years are 8 February 1972
worried. The UK has been seen by Indian firms as a gateway to the European Union. A common Women cricketers triumph
market has so far ensured these companies barrier-free access to the EU countries.
There are more than 800 Indian companies in the UK which employ over 110,000 people.
More than half of them work in just five companies from the Tata group, one of the largest foreign
N ew Zealand’s women cricketers achieved their first test victory at the 17th attempt (their
male counterparts had needed 45). They had lost seven and drawn nine of their previous
tests, all against either England or Australia.
investors in Britain. A no-deal Brexit will directly hit these companies forcing thousands out of
9 February 1770
In the past few years, many Indian companies have flourished in Britain like Rolta, Bharti
Cook completes circumnavigation of North Island
Airtel and Aegis Outsourcing. These firms operating in the UK have up to 13 per cent exposure to
revenues earned in the British currency, although from EU the number is as high as 30 per cent.
T he Endeavour’s arrival at Cape Turnagain, halfway between Hawke Bay and Cook Strait,
completed James Cook’s circumnavigation of the North Island and confirmed that it was
not part of the fabled continent, Terra Australis Incognita (‘unknown southern land’).
The pharma sector is another area where Indian businesses have a lot of exposure to the UK.
Brexit is obviously bad news for them. Their revenues will be hit because of the likely weakening 13 February 1974
of the pound sterling. New Zealand soldier's brave sacrifice
Many Indians are also worried of the socio-political consequences of Brexit. A sizable number
of Indians and other South Asians voted in favour of Brexit because politicians from the Leave S ergeant Murray Hudson died attempting to save the life of another soldier during a live
grenade training exercise at Waiouru military camp. For this selfless act, the 35-year-old
received a posthumous George Cross – one of only three awarded to New Zealanderssince the
side promised them easy migration of talent from the former Commonwealth countries. For
medal’s establishment in 1940.
example, Indian restaurant owners were promised they would be able to bring in more chefs after
the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 13 February 1983
But, in fact, die-hard supporters of Brexit are right-wing groups who hate any immigration. If Lance Cairns hits six sixes at Melbourne Cricket Ground
the British economy suffers and more people are thrown out of jobs, as is widely predicted, such
groups are likely to turn their anger towards non-white people. A t 44/6 in reply to Australia’s 302, New Zealand was heading for an embarrassing defeat
in the second final of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup when Lance Cairns took
guard with the bat dubbed ‘Excalibur’. Fast bowler Dennis Lillee welcomed him to the crease
But not all Indians are worried. Many will see Brexit as an opportunity for India to be able to
negotiate a favourable trade deal with Britain. India is seen as a priority for such a deal by British by hitting him on the head.
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India’s budget: Good politics and economics rolled into one

AMIT KAPOOR There are, however, certain Nevertheless, over 30 million

challenges that need to be individuals will gain from the move.
s was expected, the interim
highlighted. First, nearly 250 million As a result, the purchasing power
Budget presented by
out of a total of 850 million Indians of these individuals will witness
Piyush Goyal was not a
that reside in rural areas are landless an unambiguous push upwards.
traditional vote-on-account by any
agricultural workers. The scheme Combined with the income transfer
means. Contrary to the election-
leaves them out of its ambit when, given to farmers, the demand
year convention, a full Budget
in fact, they are the most vulnerable conditions of the country will
was introduced by the government
sections of the rural society. certainly improve in the process
to appease the voters. And it was
A second challenge lies in the driving its competitiveness forward.
undoubtedly a successful effort.
process of identification and delivery. With a focus on the rural economy
Howsoever, the scales stood
It will be an arduous pan-India effort and middle-class Indians, the Budget
between the BJP and the opposition to identify households that have land has managed to be the perfect
before Piyush Goyal began his holdings less than two hectares and election-year Budget and has also
Budget speech, they were tilted in ensure that they are connected to aimed at driving consumption in the
favour of the former by the time he the direct benefit transfer (DBT) economy. However, two challenges
ended. The Budget has managed to network. remain. First, the government’s
appease a majority of the country Finally, and most importantly, capital expenditure has stagnated and
through its populist leanings. even though the scheme is a positive needs to be consistently increased to
The two highlights of the Budget step to allay the agricultural crisis, it ensure long-term growth. Second,
were the farm income support this problem with an income transfer ex-Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind is not a long-term solution. the fiscal health of the economy
scheme doled out by the government scheme for small farmers, Kisan Subramanian, had also proposed a The key would be to infuse needs to be maintained.
and the announcement of the tax Samman Nidhi. The scheme intends plan that involved a higher transfer of structural changes in the sector that The government has yet again
rebate for income earners below Rs 5 to transfer Rs 6,000 a year to farmers income and was wider in coverage. ensure that farmers do not remain slipped on its fiscal target this year.
lakh. The former was targeted at the that have less than 2 hectares of land. dependent on welfare for sustenance. The fiscal deficit of the economy
farmers across the country who had To put things in perspective, about 70 The proposed scheme is also not The productivity of Indian farmers 17
stands at 3.4 per cent as per revised
been reeling under an agricultural per cent of agricultural households sufficient by any standards as NSSO needs to be enhanced as I’ve often estimates.
crisis. own less than one hectare of land. data shows that farm households with argued through this column by It has been 11 years since the target
The disappointing performance Over 120 million small farmers are even the smallest size of land holdings strengthening the country’s food of three per cent was supposed to
of the BJP in the rural areas in the likely to benefit from the scheme and have an expenditure of nearly Rs processing industry, for instance. have been met. If India aims to be
recent state assembly elections had it would cost the exchequer over Rs 6,000 per month on an average. But, Only if Indian farmers become fiscally responsible, kicking the can
made it evident that the problem of 750 billion per year. keeping fiscal constraints in mind, it competitive on the world stage further down the road is not the way
farm distress was in urgent need of In the run-up to the Budget, seems to be a positive step forward can the perpetually ailing sector be to go.
redressal. Real rural wages have such ideas had increasingly gained to begin addressing the farm distress extricated from itself. The Budget might have brought
hardly increased in the last few currency. However, the government as it would partly cover the cost of Meanwhile, the second aspect immediate cheer all around and
years despite the persistence of low has been more conservative than inputs. of the Budget that generated waves rightly so, but the nation also needs
inflation. This was in contrast to the most suggestions. Congress President The success of these schemes has was the announcement that taxpayers to have the longer picture in mind.
promise of doubling farm incomes Rahul Gandhi had made a pitch to been experienced in Telangana and with annual income up to Rs 5 lakh Anyhow, at this moment we can say
by 2022. the farmers where he promised Rs Odisha, as discussed in this column will get a full rebate. The tax slabs this is a budget that is good politics
The Budget attempts to address 1,500 per month per household. The last week. were, however, left untouched. and economics all rolled in one.

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India, Germany decide to cooperate Cabinet

approves MoU
on water, waste management with UAE on
ndia and Germany on Wednesday Change Ministry said after the some major announcements.” At the German delegation, said that the
agreed that after their robust
bilateral economic cooperation,
third Indo-German working group
meeting ended here.
working group meeting, delegations
from the India’s Environment, Forest
Indian side have been very supportive
in taking the work ahead.
they will focus on the environment
and cooperate on water and waste
Jain, who was heading the Indian
delegation said: “The outcomes
and Climate Change Ministry, and
the Germany’s Federal Ministry for
Both sides decided to work
further on developing reference
cooperation in
management. will be taken up to higher level Environment, Nature Conservation, documents for textile sector, air and
“Just like Indo-German Climate of collaboration during the Third and Nuclear Safety discussed water governance, marine litter,
he Union Cabinet on
and Renewables Alliance, Indo-German Environment Forum potential cooperation areas in the waste to energy (incineration), bio-
Wednesday approved
cooperation in field of environment which is scheduled in New Delhi field of water and waste management. methanation, landfill sites, water
a memorandum of
needs to be strengthened,” Anil on February 13 where both the Regina Dube, Director-General quality management, training and
understanding (MoU) between India
Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary in German and Indian Environment for Water Management and Resource capacity building of local bodies and
and the United Arab Emirates on
the Environment, Forest and Climate Ministers will meet to come up with Conservation, who headed the circular economy.
development cooperation in Africa.

Cabinet approves agreement with Maldives on agribusiness The MoU entails setting up of a
framework of cooperation between

he Union Cabinet on the two countries for implementing
Wednesday accorded ex development partnership projects
post facto approval to the an and programmes in Africa, an
agreement between the Agriculture official statement said, adding that
Ministry and the Ministry of the proposal will help strengthen
Fisheries, Marine Resource and political and economic linkages
Agriculture, Maldives. between India and African countries
It was signed in December last year and thus serve India’s broader
during the State visit of President of strategic interests.
Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih The Cabinet also approved an
to India. MoU between India and Norway on
The Memorandum of the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue. 
Understanding (MoU) for The MoU is intended to promote
establishing mutual cooperation cooperation in the areas of mutual
to improve the ecosystem for interest pertaining to the development
agribusiness provides for cooperation of blue economy, the release said,
in the fields of agriculture census, adding that Norway is a global leader
agribusiness, integrated farming in this respect with cutting-edge
system, irrigation, improved technologies and expertise in areas
seeds, soil health management, such as fisheries, hydrocarbons,
research, capacity building of local renewable energy, sustainable
agribusiness, enhancing knowledge harnessing of ocean resources and
of entrepreneurs in the areas of food maritime transport. 
The cabinet also approved
security and nutrition, developing
MoU between India and Brazil
climate resilient agriculture system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Joint Press Statement at Hyderabad House
in New Delhi on cooperationin the field of
establishing facilities to test
traditional systems of medicine and
pesticide residues. Group will be constituted to prepare tasks determined by the parties and activities outlined.
Under the MoU, a Joint Working plans of cooperation, implement the to indicate the implementation of

From 2019, you will need Aadhaar to file your income tax
The release said that India and
Brazil are rich in biodiversity with a
large range of health practices based

he Supreme Court, earlier have to link their cards to file the linking  is March 31, 2019. In a on medicinal plants and history of use
this week, said that it was returns. notification, the government has of traditional medicine. Ayurveda,
essential to link Aadhaarwith In a 4:1 verdict, the Supreme Court stated that the maximum late fee for yoga and other traditional systems
the PAN card to file income tax in September last year upheld the not filing income tax returns is Rs are also popular in Brazil.
returns henceforth. constitutional validity of Aadhaar. 10,000 per person effective April 1, The cabinet also approved
The court was hearing the It, however, struck down some of its 2018. MoU between India and Finland
government’s plea against a Delhi provisions including its linking with The income tax department may in biotechnology, for funding and
High Court order allowing the bank accounts, mobile phones, and also send tax-offenders a notice implementing ambitious industry-led
respondent to file IT returns for 2018 school admissions. under section 142(1) for filing ITR. innovative and transnational projects
– 2019 without linking the Aadhaar. The top court, however, made A five-judge bench headed by the within the broad scope of research
The apex court held that the High it compulsory for an individual to then CJI Dipak Misra also said that development and innovation.
Court’s verdict was based on the fact furnish their unique Aadhaar ID obtaining the Aadhaar continues to The Cabinet also gave ex-post
that the decision on linking Aadhaar while filing IT returns. remain voluntary.  facto approval to the framework
to vital documents or making It also made Aadhaar-PAN card Accordingly, the individuals who While Justices A K Sikri, A M agreement between India and
Aadhaar compulsory was pending linking mandatory as well as the do not link their PAN and Aadhaar Khanwilkar and Ashok Bhushan Indonesia on cooperation in the
before the Supreme Court. It also requirement of Aadhaar when cards would not be able to file ITR. were in favour of Aadhaar, D Y exploration and uses of outer space
said that the respondents will now applying for PAN card. The  last date for Aadhaar-Pan Chandrachud dissented. for peaceful purposes.

Back from US, Priyanka chalks UP plan with Rahul, Jyotiraditya Scindia
riyanka had a nearly two-hour-long Priyanka is the party’s minder’s for UP East.
meeting with Congress president Rahul Priyanka is likely to take charge as the general
Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia to secretary on Thursday and later in the day attend
chalk out the Congress’s UP game plan. a meeting of the general secretaries and in
Priyanka Gandhi took charge as AICC charges of states convened by Rahul to discuss
general secretary of East UP. preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.
A day after she returned to India from a Scindia would take charge on Wednesday.
private visit to the US, Priyanka GandhiVadra, Sources said Priyanka is likely to begin her
the newly appointed general secretary of the UP tour from February 11. She is likely to
Congress, on Tuesday got into the thick of travel to Lucknow on that day, hold a road show
political action. and address a meeting of UPCC office-bearers.
She had a nearly two-hour-long meeting Party leaders from UP exuded confidence that
with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and she would go to Prayagraj to take a dip in the
Jyotiraditya Scindia to chalk out the Congress’s Sangam on the occasion of Kumbh Mela. She
UP game plan. along with Rahul may also address a rally in UP
While Scindia is in charge of UP West, later this month in a show of strength.
20 INDIA Friday, February 8, 2019 The Indian Weekender


may join hands for Lok Amitabh Bachchan urges people to use toilets

B ollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday unveiled the

Sabha polls in Telangana ‘Darwaza Band -Part 2’ campaign films, which focus on sustaining the
open defecation free (ODF) status of villages across the country.
Launched by Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Grameen, the campaign is
The four parties had formed the “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) to take on the ruling produced by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, and supported
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in the December 7 assembly election. by the World Bank.

At the event, Amitabh gave a brief background to the development of
he general mood in the
the campaign and mentioned that the campaign talks about how a toilet
Congress, TDP, CPI and TJS
must be used by all, always and under all circumstances (‘har koi, har roz,
seem to favour fighting the
hamesha’), read a PIB statement.
coming Lok Sabha elections together
He also dedicated a re-adaptation of a poem of his father, the late
in Telangana like in the assembly
Harivansh Rai Bachchan to the Swachh Bharat Mission -- “Swachh Tann ,
polls last year, a leader of one of the
Swachh Mann, Swachh Bharat, Mera Parichay”.
parties said Tuesday.
Maharashtra’s Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Babanrao
The four parties had formed the
Lonikar, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and
“Prajakutami” (People’s Front) to
Sanitation, and other dignitaries were a part of the event.
take on the ruling Telangana Rashtra
Samiti (TRS) in the December 7 Modi to flag off Train 18 on Feb 15

assembly election. rime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the indigenously built Train
“That seems to be the general 18, called the Vande Bharat Express, on February 15 from here, a
mood right now”, Prajakutami Railway Ministry official said.
convenor and Telangana Jana We feel that our in the election to the 119-member Train 18, the country's first engine-less train manufactured by the Integral
Samithi (TJS) President Professor M assembly in which the TRS returned Coach Factory in Chennai, will be flagged off at 10 a.m. from the New
campaign strategy
Kodandaram told PTI when asked if to power with 88 seats. Delhi railway station.
the four parties would come together was a big failure (in The Congress came a distant "He will also address people while flagging off the train," the official said
again for the Lok Sabha elections due the assembly election) second with 19 seats, while the TDP on Wednesday. The passengers travelling from New Delhi to Varanasi in
by May. Leaders of the four parties though we had a good got two. The CPI and TJS drew a the executive class will be charged Rs 399 for morning tea, breakfast and
would meet soon, he said. agenda. That’s the blank. The BJP, which fought on its lunch, while travellers in the chair car will need to pay Rs 344 for the same.
“We (TJS) met CPI (Communist own, bagged one seat. “We feel that While the passengers travelling from New Delhi to Kanpur and Prayagraj
reason for our miserable
Party of India) independently, spoke our campaign strategy was a big will have to pay Rs 155 and Rs 122 for executive class and chair car,
to them at length. Met a few Congress performance failure (in the assembly election) respectively.
leaders but no concrete ideas or though we had a good agenda.
decisions. Generally exchanged Kodandaram said. That’s the reason for our miserable Cabinet approves establishment of Rashtriya
Kamdhenu Aayog

Indian communication satellite

ideas on the current situation,” The Prajakutami came a cropper performance,” Kodandaram said.

U nion Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday

approved the proposal for establishment of Rashtriya Kamdhenu

GSAT-31 launched successfully

Aayog for conservation, protection and development of cows and their
progeny. The setting up of the Aayog will also lead to conservation,
protection and development of cattle population in the country including

development and conservation of indigenous breeds.
ndia's 40th communication
The Ayog will provide the policy framework and direction to the cow
satellite GSAT-31 was
conservation and development programmes in the country and for ensuring
successfully put into orbit by
an Ariane 5 rocket belonging to proper implementation of laws with respect to their welfare.
Arianespace on early Wednesday, The step will result in increased growth of livestock sector which is more
said Indian space agency ISRO and inclusive, benefitting women, and small and marginal farmers.
Arianespace. "For The Ayog will work in collaboration with veterinary, animal sciences
According to Indian Space the first or Agriculture University and departments that are engaged in the task
Ariane 5 of research in the field of breeding and rearing of cow, organic manure,
Research Organisation (ISRO),
launch of the year, bio gas.
the telecommunication satellite, our heavyweight
GSAT-31 was successfully vehicle has once Monaco's tech companies can tie up with India:
launched on February 06, more performed
2019 from Kourou launch base, flawlessly."
French Guiana by Ariane-5.
The 2,535-kg GSAT-31 would
augment the Ku-band transponder
M onaco's technology and
investment companies can
significantly benefit from the Indian
capacity in geostationary orbit. by successfully orbiting a pair of back to India's APPLE small growth story, President Ram Nath
According to ISRO, GSAT-31, telecommunications spacecraft - experimental communications Kovind said on Tuesday, when
with a mission life of 15 years, Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/ spacecraft, lofted in 1981 by an Prince Albert II of Monaco called on
will be used for supporting VSAT Hellas Sat 4 (HS-4/SGS-1) and Ariane 1 version. him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
networks, television uplinks, digital GSAT-31 with Ariane 5 rocket. He added: "Arianespace is Welcoming Prince Albert to India,
satellite news gathering, DTH Arianespace CEO Stéphane IsraAl honoured ISRO has entrusted Ariane the President said India and Monaco
television services, cellular back haul confirmed the success in post-launch 5 for two launches back-to-back, with had always enjoyed a relationship
connectivity and more. comments from the spaceport's the last Ariane 5 of 2018 launching of trust, friendship and mutually
The GSAT-31 will provide control room. GSAT-11, and today the first one
beneficial cooperation. The current visit imparts a strong impetus towards
continuity to operational services "For the first Ariane 5 launch of the of the year 2019, which orbited
taking the relationship to newer heights.
on some of the in-orbit satellites, I year, our heavyweight vehicle has GSAT-31!"
The President said that India-Monaco ties were doing well but there was
SRO said. The two Ku-band beacon once more performed flawlessly," he With today's success, Arianespace
scope to do a lot more together.
downlink signals are transmitted was quoted as saying in a statement. kicks off a busy launch schedule
IsraAl said that GSAT-31 was in 2019 – which targets up to 12 On issues such as renewable energy, climate change and the environment,
by the satellite for ground tracking
purpose, it said. the 23rd ISRO satellite orbited missions from the Spaceport with the there was a strong meeting of minds between the two countries, the
According to Arianespace, it by Arianespace and Ariane-series heavyweight Ariane 5, medium-lift President said.
opened its 2019 mission activity launchers, tracing the relationship Soyuz and lightweight Vega. "We must prioritize these areas for bilateral cooperation."

Chinese satellite sends image of moon's captures rear side

Chinese lunar orbiter has taken a since another Chinese spacecraft, Chang'e 5T1, the Netherlands downloaded it at the agonising
stunning image that shows the giant took a shot of both bodies together in 2014, the speed of less than one kilobyte per minute.
rear side of the moon with a tiny planet CNET reported on Tuesday. Earlier in January, Chang'e-4 lunar probe
Earth nearby, the media reported. Longjiang-2 had to take a little break became the first spacecraft to make a soft
The image was snapped by a camera aboard from photography for a few months to avoid landing on the far side of the moon.
the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite on interfering with the landing of Chang'e 4, but it The probe, comprising a lander and a rover,
February 4. now appears to be back at it. Getting the image touched down at the pre-selected landing area at
It might just be the first image of the moon's did take some effort, though. 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees
rear side together with Earth that we've seen The Dutch Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in south latitude on the far side of the moon.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 8, 2019 INDIA ABROAD 21

India protests after 129 students Swedish PMO has a Maharashtra

connection: Nila Vikhe-Patil
arrested in US immigration authorities
Marathi-origin 'mulgi' (girl)

ndia has urged the US to release has been re-appointed as
129 students who were arrested an Advisor in the Sweden
for enrolling at a fake university Prime Minister's Office in-charge of
set up to expose immgration fraud. the crucial departments of Finance,
The ministry of external affairs Housing and Financial Markets,
said it was concerned that its citizens her family members said here on
may have been “duped” into enlisting Wednesday.
at the University of Farmington in Nila A. Vikhe-Patil, 32, will be
Michigan and called for them not to working with the new Swedish
be deported against their will. Prime Minister, K. Stefan Lofven of
It said it had made a démarche, a the Social Democrat and Green Party
formal diplomatic request or protest, coalition government that assumed
to the US Embassy in New Delhi. office on January 18. She is the
“Our concern over the dignity granddaughter of late Union minister
and well-being of the detained Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, who served
students and the need for immediate differently from those recruiters who their will.” Undercover agents under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Gothenburg School of Business,
consular access for Indian officials have duped them. “We have urged with the Department of Homeland Vajpayee. and studied economics and law and
to the detainees was reiterated,” the the US side to share full details and Security had posed as the owners Her father, Dr Ashok Vikhe-Patil also acquired a MBA from Madrid's
ministry said. regular updates of the students with and employees of the university in said that housing and finance are University de Complutense, he said.
“We underlined that students, who the Government, to release them the suburbs of Detroit since February crucial portfolios and she would be Joining active politics from a
may have been duped into enrolling from detention at the earliest and 2017. in-charge of the country's central young age, she has been associated
in the ‘university’, should be treated not to resort to deportation against budget and taxes. with Swedish Young Greens, Green

Tulsi Gabbard officially launches

A member of the Green Party, Party Gothenburg, Green Students
Nila is also an elected member of the of Sweden and on top executive

2020 presidential election campaign

Stockholm Municipal Corporation's positions of the Green Party, now
City Council. part of the country's ruling coalition,
"This is her re-appointment to the Vikhe-Patil added.

post. In the previous government, However, Nila has not severed
ulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu
Nila has handled departments like links with the country of her origin
US Congresswoman, has I will bring this
small and medium industries, social and comes visiting often, the last trip
officially launched her 2020 soldier's principles
presidential campaign in Hawaii. to the White House, development, gender policy and the being in June 2018.
"It is this principle of service restoring the values central budget for three years," her The niece of Maharashtra's
above self that is at the heart of every of dignity, honour proud father said on Nila's unique Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna
soldier, at the heart of every service and respect to the distinction. Vikhe-Patil, Nila's great-grandfather
member, and it is in this spirit that presidency and Born in Sweden, Nila was made history by setting up Asia's
today I announce my candidacy for above all else, love educated mostly in Europe, and first cooperative sugar factory in
President of the United States of for our people and holds a management degree from Ahmednagar.
America," media quoted Gabbard as love for our country.
saying said.
"I will bring this soldier's principles Indian American to run
to the White House, restoring the
values of dignity, honour and respect for state Senate in 2020
to the presidency and above all else, ndian American Representative The 6th district, which consists
love for our people and love for our
Niraj Antani will run for the of Dayton suburbs, has been a
Ohio state Senate in 2020. Republican stronghold since 1985.
"I ask you to join me, join me
The Republican, who is currently In a tweet on Thursday, Antani
in putting this spirit, this spirit of
service above self at the forefront serving his third term in the Ohio said: "I just knocked on the first
and to stand up against the forces of into the announcement. Armed Services Committee, is the House of Representatives, is the door of my campaign for state
greed and corruption. Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran only military veteran to declare her youngest Indian American and Senator! Team Antani is pounding
"The road ahead will not be who gained national prominence in candidacy and could be relying on Hindu American elected official the pavement, talking to voters about
easy. The battles will be tough. The 2016 as an outspoken supporter of her two tours in the Middle East in the US at age 27, the American their most important issues. We will
obstacles great, but I know when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' to differentiate her from many Bazaar reported. work hard every day to earn the
we stand united by our love for our 2016 campaign, will run for President Democratic presidential candidates, He also holds the distinction of support of every voter."
people and for our country, there is as an anti-interventionalist Democrat including Indian and African- being the second Indian American If elected, Antani would go on to
no obstacle we cannot overcome. who supports a populist economic Jamaican descent Senator Kamala
elected official in Ohio's history and become the highest ranking Indian
There is no battle we cannot win," agenda. While the Congresswoman Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren
also the first Indian American elected American elected official in Ohio's
said Gabbard, who is not of Indian has highlighted health care access, and former Housing Secretary Julian
descent but comes from a Hindu criminal justice reform and climate Castro. Republican. history, and the first Indian American
family in Hawaii. change as key platform issues for She is popular for some progressive Antani, who represents the state Senator in Ohio.
The official launch of the her presidential run, her tenure in policies, though she received flak 42nd district, will run for the open The Ohio Senate is the upper
37-year-old four-term Democratic Congress has been defined by her even within her own party over a State Senate District 6, currently chamber of the Ohio General
congresswoman's campaign gives anti-interventionist foreign policy 2017 meeting with Syrian President represented by Senator Peggy Assembly, the legislative body that
her presidential bid a chance at a positions. Bashar al-Assad and past positions Lehner, who is term-limited and makes all state laws for Ohio's 11.5
reset after weeks of discord heading Gabbard, who sits on the House opposed to LGBTQ rights. retiring. million citizens.

he judicial wars returned to Washington As most every Democratic senator on the dais potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober."
on Tuesday as the Senate Judiciary mentioned her early writings, Rao stressed that On Tuesday, Rao said that when she was writing
Committee met to consider Neomi Rao, they occurred nearly "two decades" ago at a about the incident she emphasised that rape is
President Donald Trump's nominee for newest "time of exploration" in college. a crime and no one should "blame the victim"
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who recently but that she had attempted to make a "common-
now-vacant seat on a powerful appellate court publicly disclosed she had been a victim of sense observation" that there were some actions
in Washington. sexual assault, said Rao's columns gave her a woman could take so it would be less likely
Indian-American woman, Rao, who serves as "pause", CNN reported. she would become a victim. Rao said she hoped
Trump's "czar" overseeing regulatory rollbacks, In one piece for the Yale Herald written in she has "matured" as a writer and a person.
faced fierce questioning from Democrats not 1994 titled "Shades of Gray," Rao responded Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont
just for her work in the Trump administration to an alleged date rape incident on campus by seized on her comments and said that as a
but for commentary she wrote decades ago as writing: "It has always seemed self-evident to former prosecutor, he had dealt with rape cases.
a Yale University student suggesting women me that even if I drank a lot, I would still be He said he feared her sentiments might lead
should change their behaviour to avoid responsible for my actions." some women to be too ashamed to report rape.
date rape. She added: "A man who rapes a drunk girl Rao responded that she had made it "very
"I cringe" at some of the language, Rao told should be prosecuted. clear" that "rape is a terrible crime for which
the senators during her testimony on Tuesday. "At the same time, a good way to avoid a men should be held responsible."
22 WORLD Friday, February 8, 2019 The Indian Weekender


Trump nominates David Malpass to head World Bank
S President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated David
Malpass, one of his top economic advisers and a Wall Street veteran,

to be the next president of the World Bank.
arth's global surface the atmosphere of carbon dioxide
Malpass, currently the under secretary for international affairs at the
temperatures in 2018 and other greenhouse gases caused
Treasury Department, has been a point person in the Trump administration's
were the fourth warmest by human activities.
trade negotiations with China and has overseen the government's relationship
since 1880 and the planet will "Weather dynamics often affect
with the World Bank.
warm further, especially since regional temperatures, so not every
He has also been a longtime critic of the World Bank's lending practices
greenhouse gas emissions are region on Earth experienced similar
and business model and has expressed concern about the overreach of such
continuing to rise, NASA and the amounts of warming," said NOAA.
multilateral institutions.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Warming trends are strongest in
Trump on Wednesday called him a "very extraordinary man."
Administration (NOAA) the Arctic region, where 2018 saw
The appointment, which must be approved by the World Bank's board,
have said. the continued loss of sea ice.
could prove controversial given Malpass's skepticism of the bank and
Global temperatures in 2018 were "In addition, mass loss from the
concerns that the Trump administration could politicise the role and use it
0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
to curb China's growing influence around the world, The New York Times
1951 to 1980, according to scientists warm year on top of a long-term continued to contribute to sea level
at NASA's Goddard Institute for global warming trend," GISS rise. "Increasing temperatures can
Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Director Gavin Schmidt said in a also contribute to longer fire seasons Taste for fat behind human evolution: Study

Globally, 2018's temperatures statement on Wednesday. and some extreme weather events. fatty diet provided our early
ranked behind those of 2016, 2017 Since the 1880s, the average global "The impacts of long-term global human ancestors with the
and 2015. The past five years are, surface temperature has risen about 1 warming are already being felt a" in nutrition to develop bigger
collectively, the warmest years in the degree Celsius. coastal flooding, heat waves, intense brains, finds a study challenging the
modern record. This warming has been driven in precipitation and ecosystem change," widely held view that eating meat
"2018 is yet again an extremely large part by increased emissions into said Schmidt. was the critical factor in setting the
stage for the evolution of humans.

US House panel to probe Research promises ways

to tackle organ shortage
The study by Yale University
researchers argued that our early

Trump’s finances, Russia

ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the
ith just a few donor stem
skeletal remains of large animals that had been killed and eaten by other

cells, a team of Japanese
US House panel has predators.
researchers have grown
announced that it "Our ancestors likely began acquiring a taste for fat four million years ago,
functional mouse kidneys inside
would conduct a broad which explains why we crave it today," said lead author Jessica Thompson,
rats, an advance that could address
investigation into President Donald anthropologist at Yale.
Trump’s finances and Russia. the chronic global shortage of
"The reservoirs of fat in the long bones of carcasses were a huge calorie
House Intelligence Committee donor kidneys.
package on a calorie-poor landscape. That could have been what gave an
Chairman Adam Schiff said on The new kidneys appeared to ancestral population the advantage it needed to set off the chain of human
Wednesday that the probe would "That be functional, providing proof- evolution," she added.
“allow us to investigate any pertains of-concept validation that this While focusing on fat over meat may seem like a subtle distinction, the
credible allegation that to any credible approach could be used to generate difference is significant, Thompson said.
financial interests or other allegations of human kidneys inside livestock, The nutrients of meat and fat are different, as are the means required to
interests are driving decision- leverage by the according to the study to be
Russians or the access them. Meat eating is traditionally paired with the manufacturing of
making of the President or published in the forthcoming Nature sharp, flaked-stone tools, while obtaining fat-rich marrow only required
anyone in the administration”, Saudis or anyone Communications journal.
else smashing bones with a rock, Thompson noted.
media reported.
For patients with end-stage renal The fat hypothesis also predates by more than one million years most
“That pertains to any credible or his associates have
disease, kidney transplant is the evidences for even basic tool making of simple stone flakes.
allegations of leverage by the “sought to influence US government
Russians or the Saudis or anyone policy in service of foreign interests” only hope for regaining quality life.
68mn girls at risk of genital mutilation by 2030: WHO
But many patients never undergo

else,” Schiff told the media after and any potential obstruction into f female genital mutilation continues at its current pace in countries where
the House Intelligence Committee’s the various investigations. transplant surgery because of a
it is prevalent, some 68 million girls are susceptible to becoming victims
first meeting in the new Congress. Trump reacted on Wednesday chronic shortage of donor kidneys.
of the practice by 2030, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a statement, Schiff said the to Schiff’s announcement by Researchers have also been
On February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female
investigation would include a slamming the California Democrat working on ways to grow healthy
Genital Mutilation, a UN initiative, the organization urged the international
continued probe into Russia’s and saying he has “no basis to do organs outside the human body.
actions during the 2016 presidential that”. community to take action against it and warned growing populations in areas
One such method, blastocyst
election and contacts between “He’s just a political hack trying where it is practiced put more girls at risk, Efe news reported.
complementation, has produced "Female genital mutilation violates women's and girls' rights. It must stop
Moscow and Trump’s team, as to build a name for himself,” Trump
promising results in generating rat now," the WHO tweeted as it marked the day.
well as an examination of “whether said in the Roosevelt Room on
pancreas in apancreatic mutant mice. The UN earmarked February 6 as a reminder that efforts needed to be
any foreign actor has sought to Wednesday after announcing his
compromise or holds leverage, new nominee to be World Bank Researchers from the National made in order to end female genital mutilation, which affects more than 200
financial or otherwise, over Trump, President. It’s called presidential Institute for Physiological Sciences million women and girls, said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic in Geneva.
his family, his business, or his harassment and it is unfortunate.” in Japan decided to investigate Most of the people affected live in about 30 countries in Africa, the
associates”. Trump’s comments followed whether the method could be used to Middle East and Asia, where the practice is bound up in cultural or religious
Schiff said the investigation, his State of the Union speech generate functional kidneys, which traditions. Female genital mutilation is the removal of some or all of the
which could involve additional on Tuesday in which he warned would have much larger application external female genitalia.
congressional committees, would Democrats against undertaking in regenerative medicine due to the
also look at whether the President “ridiculous partisan investigations”.
Pakistan's former PM Gilani stopped from going abroad
high donor demand.

Russia to roll out 2 new missile systems F

ormer Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani
was stopped from leaving Pakistan after his
name was found to be on a no-fly list, the media

he Russian Defence Ministry intermediate-range and shorter-range allow a considerable reduction of the reported.
on Tuesday announced its missiles. Moscow and Washington new missile's delivery schedule and According to officials, Gilani reached the
plan to develop and deploy have been accusing each other of overall project cost". Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore on
within two years two new cruise and violating the agreement in recent "Our priority is to increase the Tuesday to catch a flight to South Korea where he
hypersonic missiles as Moscow's years amid increasing tensions. range of our current ground missile was scheduled to attend a conference. But he was
initial response to the US' decision "During 2019 and 2020 we will systems." Shoigu ordered his informed at the immigration counter that his name
to abandon the Intermediate Nuclear develop a new ground variant of Deputy Defence Minister Alexei was on the Exit Control List and he could not leave the country, Dawn online
Forces (INF) Treaty . the sea-launched long-range cruise Krivoruchko to begin developing reported on Wednesday.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu missile that functioned so well both weapon projects "in the very Pakistan's anti-graft body, the National Accountability Bureau, had in
said Russia will develop new ground in Syria," Shoigu said at a press near future" within the multi-annual September filed a corruption reference against Gilani and several others for
versions of its intermediate-range conference. "Within the same time- budget assignment set aside for allegedly misusing their authority in an illegal publicity campaign which
Kalybr cruise missile and hypersonic frame we will develop a ground this purpose. Last Saturday, Shoigu caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.
missile, Efe news reported. version of our hypersonic missile." detailed these plans to President According to the NAB, Gilani and others misused their authority in the
The INF Treaty was signed in The sea and air variants of these Vladimir Putin after the latter illegal publicity campaign through M/S Midas Pvt Ltd, a Lahore-based
1987 between the then Soviet Union missiles were already operational, announced that Russia had also advertising agency handling the accounts of most major political parties.
and the US on the elimination of Shoigu said, adding that "it will forsaken the INF Treaty.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 8, 2019 SPORTS 23

India among World Cup favourites: Warne

eg-spin legend Shane Warne believes India is one of the favourites to
lift this year's World Cup trophy along with England and defending
champions Australia.
"As I'm putting my #worldcup squad together for my column, I really
believe Aust can win it again. As we have the players for the conditions,
match winners etc. I think England & India go in as hot favourites, but if the
selectors play their part - then the Aussies can 100% win," Warne wrote on
Twitter on Tuesday. The Indians have been in excellent form in limited overs

TEAM INDIA IS DEPENDENT cricket in the recent past. They won 5-1 in South Africa, defeated Australia
2-1 before beating New Zealand 4-1 this year.
The only blemish in their near perfect recent record is a 2-1 loss to England.

ON SPINNERS, THEY CONTROL India bid to host hockey World Cup in 2023


fter successfully organinsing the men's World Cup thrice, India
on Tuesday announced their bid to host either of the FIH men's or
women's World Cups in 2023.
Australia and New Zealand have also expressed their interests for hosting
the women's World Cup in the January 13-29, 2023 window. Other bids have
been made for the time window of July 1-17 in 2022 by Germany, Malaysia

ndian women’s cricket team is they last visited New Zealand in and Spain. India hosted the men's edition in Bhubaneswar last year, but have
heavily depended on spinners 2006, the first time the teams had never hosted an women's World Cup.
in the middle overs and they ever played a bilateral ODI series While India and Germany have bid for both men's and women's World
have not disappointed in the series in the Kiwiland. Now 13 years later, Cups, Malaysia and Spain have bid for the men's tournament.
against New Zealand’s White Ferns, the only remaining players who can "FIH is glad to have received such strong bids. This confirms how
ODI skipper Mithali Raj said on the link to the tour of 2006 are India’s appealing our events are. We're looking forward to two great FIH World
eve of the three-match T20I series, two top cricketers MithaliandJhulan Cups, both men's and women's, and a lot of excitement for players and fans,"
beginning on February 6. Goswami. International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief executive officer (CEO) Thierry
Spinners, who adapted to Coming with a relatively new team Weil said in a statement.
challenging conditions in the New and new setup, Mithali said, “Coming
Zealand, helped the touring side after 11 or 12 years a lot has changed Real Madrid registers 3-0 win over Alaves
clinch the ODI series by 2-1. Ekta
Bisht (3, 32) (2, 14) (0, 29), Deepti
Sharma (2, 27) (2, 51) (0, 19)
over the years in terms of players,
coming under the BCCI, under the
ICC. The number of matches which
R eal Madrid romped to a 3-0 win over Alaves at Santiago Bernabeu
stadium here on tallies by Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Mariano,
with the squad securing its fifth consecutive victory.
andPoonam Yadav(3, 42) (2, 38) (1, Harmanpreet Kaur is known as a has increased has only helped players Benzema now has six goals in his last four outings for Real Madrid,
powerful scorer
31) worked in tandem to run through who kind of have a form can continue while Vinicius managed to score his second so far for the squad, playing an
the Kiwi batting in the three matches. always been an honour and pride to it and players who are in search of a outstanding game.
“It is good to see spinners bowling represent the country for so many form will always have more matches Meanwhile, Mariano once again took the pitch late in the match after being
very well in the series because it is years and seeing women’s cricket go that they can always get back to.” out since December 6, notching his top-flight goal after taking advantage of a
something lot of people have asked through the transition.” The ODI skipper wanted to clean great centering pass by Odriozola, reports Efe news.
me earlier — how the spinners are “I have had made my debut under sweep the series by 3-0 as that would The 18-year-old Brazilian was a key factor in Benzema's goal in the 30th
going to be effective on this soil, the WCI, now we are under the BCCI. have put India Women at number two minute on Sunday night. Just a few minutes later, it was Vinicius again
in these conditions. India definitely Today where women cricketers are, I in the rankings. However, as the team thrilling the crowd as he dribbled past two defenders but was downed by
has heavily depended on spinners in think young children can look up to still has two more series, Mithali is Victor Laguardia, who was yellow-carded for the foul.
the middle overs and they have not them as role models. The standard hopeful to gather more points. In the 80th minute, Vinicius was successful in finding the back of the net
disappointed in the series because in women’s game has improved India are slated to play three ODIs, before Mariano headed in a diving shot, beating the Alaves goalkeeper for the
when it came to the first two games, vastly coming from say 150 to 200 to part of ICC Women’s Championship, third goal of the night in stoppage time.
they controlled the middle overs and 300 total, it will only get better and and three T20Is against England. The
got those wickets for us,” Mithali better,” she said. series will be hosted at the Wankhede
Dhoni rises in latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen
told ANI.
With the third game against White
Ferns on February 1, Mithali became
“I am thankful to all those people
who have had played an important
part in shaping my career. I will
Stadiumin Mumbai on February
22, 25 and 28. The T20I series will
be played at theBarsapara Cricket
A fter scoring three successive half-centuries in the recently concluded
series against Australia, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
has moved up three places in the latest ICC rankings for ODI batsmen.
the first-ever woman cricketer to play continue to invest in those reasons or Stadiumin Guwahati on March 4, 7 The stumper, who is now at the 17th spot, had scored 51, 55 not out and 87
200 one-day internationals. the factors that have kept me going and 9. not out and played a significant role in India's first ever bilateral series win
The 36-year-old, who has seen the all these years whether it is adapting “We are playing England at home, in Australia.
hard difficult days when women’s to different conditions or situations conditions will be favouring us. Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav also vaulted eight places to be at the 35th position
cricket was not given the due, and of course the responsibility of England are a good side, one of the in the ODI rankings for batsmen. Moreover, regular India skipper Virat Kohli,
considers herself fortunate and the team. I have seen highs and lows, top teams and they will give us a good who was rested for the last two ODIs against New Zealand, continues to hold
grateful to have come so far, saying, which I believe is part of a long fight. The Indian team is in a good the No.1 spot with 887 points. Rohit Sharma, who stood in as India captain in
“I have never seen this coming when career,” Mithali said. form, momentum that we would love the absence of Kohli, is at the second place with 854 points while his opening
I first took up the bat but yes it has India managed only one win when to carry in our home series.” partner Shikhar Dhawan is at the 10th spot with 744 points.

Rohit blames poor batting for loss in T20I opener

fter his side was hammered by 80 made it tough while chasing such a big target,"
runs in the first T20I of the three- he added.
match rubber against New Zealand, Rohit however, was hopeful that they
a disappointed stand-in India skipper Rohit would be able to rectify their mistakes in the
Sharma felt the lack of partnerships hurt his remaining matches as his side was capable of
side's chances during the run chase. hunting down big targets.
After an impressive show in the recently "As a team, we have been good at chasing
concluded ODI series against the Kiwis, the down targets which is why we play with eight
men in blue failed to click both with the bat and batsmen. We believe that whatever the target is
the ball on Wednesday as they were bundled out in front of us we can chase it down, but we just
for 139 runs, thanks to an all-round effort by couldn't do it tonight," expressed the stand-in
the hosts. India skipper.
Speaking after the match, Rohit said: "It Meanwhile, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson
was a tough game. We were outplayed in all acknowledged his team's overall performance
three departments. We didn't start well and we beside praising Tim Seifert, whose 43-ball 84
knew that 200 wasn't going to be an easy chase runs made all the difference on Wednesday.
although the grounds are small here." "Fantastic performance all around, everyone
"But we kept losing wickets and that threw rose and it was one of those complete Munro were outstanding." fielding too was of high standard," he added.
us off. We have chased such targets in the past performances that you search for," Williamson "Daryll Mitchell bowled really well. We Both the sides will now face-off in the second
and that is why we played with eight batsmen, said adding: "The top-order were superb and had the runs on the board, but the bowling and match of the series on Friday.
but we didn't have small partnerships and that we built partnerships that helped us. Seifert,
24 FEATURES Friday, February 8, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Cervical cancer risk highest in Excess use of toothpaste by
kids leads to tooth decay: Study
middle-aged Indian women: Survey
Mary Hayes, pediatric dentist in
any young kids who use

toothpaste more than
early 50 per cent of middle- deaths among women in India.
needed are at an increased
aged women in India were However, "cervical cancer is also
risk of dental fluorosis when they get
found to have positive cases the only cancer which is preventable older, warns a new study.
of high-risk human papillomavirus if care is taken in the initial stage", Fluorosis is a condition that affects
(HPV) -- the main risk factor for said B.R Das from SRL Diagnostics. the teeth caused by overexposure to
cervical cancer, says a report from "The high mortality rate from fluoride during the first eight years
SRL Diagnostics. cervical cancer globally could be Chicago was quoted by Daily Mail.
of life. Fluoride is a mineral found
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is reduced through a comprehensive in water and soil. More than 70 years For the study, the researchers from
a group of viruses that are extremely approach that includes screening, ago, scientists discovered that people Centers for Disease Control and
common worldwide. There are more whose drinking water naturally had Prevention included parents of more
early diagnosis and treatment
than 100 types of HPV, of which at more fluoride also had fewer cavities. than 5,000 kids ages three to 15.
programmes," he added.
least 14 are cancer-causing (also That led to addition of fluoride to tap Although the researchers did not
Besides vaccination before girls
known as high risk type). water, toothpaste, mouthwash and determine how many kids developed
become sexually active, secondary
The virus is mainly transmitted other products. However, the study streaked or spotty teeth as a result
prevention can be done by regular
through sexual contact and most showed that when teeth are forming, of using too much toothpaste, they
people are infected with HPV shortly cervical smear of PAP smear which
too much fluoride can lead to tooth recommended children under three
after the onset of sexual activity. can pick up any abnormal cells
streaking or spottiness or dental are only supposed to use a smear of
HPV at 47 per cent. in the cervix before they become
Two HPV types (16 and 18) cause fluorosis. In addition, the study found toothpaste the size of a grain of rice,
This was followed by 30 per cent cancerous.
70 per cent of cervical cancers and that although experts recommend no reported Daily Mail.
of women aged between 16 and 30 "While PAP test is much more
precancerous cervical lesions. more than a pea-sized amount, about Kids aged three to six should keep
years being affected by the risk. likely to miss precancerous cervical
Analysis of HPV test reports of 40 per cent of kids aged three to six it to a pea-sized amount.
Cervical cancer accounts for one- disease, HPV testing is more sensitive used a brush that was full or half-full Young kids may push for
4,500 women pan-India between
third of all global deaths, with 74,000 for detecting localised infection and of toothpaste. independence in brushing their teeth,
2014 and 2018, showed that women
deaths occurring annually and is "Fluoride is a wonderful benefit but kids' toothpaste tastes sweet,
aged between 31 and 45 years had marginally less sensitive for distant
the second leading cause of cancer but it needs to be used carefully," according to the team.
the highest percentage of high-risk infection," Das noted.

‘6 out of 10 parents do
How to help your child study
not monitor the content
kids view online’
our child needs your support
during exams, whether it’s
just lending a patient ear or
making sure they keep away from
online distractions. Here’s how you
can support children during exams:
Be familiar with your child’s
exam schedule
We know you’re a busy parent,
which is why some advance planning
helps. Don’t leave it to your son or
daughter to inform you of their exam
timings. Get a printout and pin it up

where you can all see it and keep an
bout 54 per cent said they had The OLX survey further revealed
online copy for reference, if required. stressed enough and can do without as it will also help take the pressure
not changed the password to that 67 per cent of netizens skipped
This way, you know when they need you adding to it. off.
their social media accounts the terms and conditions or any
to be dropped off at the exam centre.
in the past six months, while 31 per other safety or legal guidelines while Make sure they get a good Be a sounding board
cent said they cannot even recall how signing up to a website or using a Avoid arguments night’s sleep Ask them how their exam went,
long it had been since they had last product. About 54 per cent said they If the bed isn’t made, you’re within A good night’s sleep is very but withhold judgment. Offer to be a
changed their password. had not changed the password to your rights to point it out, but avoid important. Check your child’s listening post, without blaming them
Around 60 per cent of parents their social media accounts in the prolonged arguments over it for now, timetable to ensure they have enough for anything they’ve got wrong in the
do not monitor the content their past six months, while 31 per cent since your child needs to focus on time for a well-earned sleep. This answer sheet. Be encouraging about
kids view online, revealed a survey said they cannot even recall how their exams. It’s a team effort and the will calm their nerves and keep them the remaining tests and keep them
conducted recently in the country. long it had been since they had last family has to pull together and make alert on the big day. hopeful about the outcome. Let them
This is a matter of concern since changed their password. sure all energies are devoted to the know you’re there to fofer support,
children can be exposed to varied Keep away from digital dis-
56 per cent of people have also task at hand. whatever the outcome.
kinds of content online, which may tractions
freely shared their mobile number Have meals with the family It’s difficult to steer clear of digital Be available
or may not be appropriate. And
on their professional or social media Chances are, your child is cooped devices completely, but it’s critical Make time for your child,
that’s why parental intervention is
profiles. up in their room for long hours to do so during exam time. Install particularly during the important
necessary. The findings are part of the
“The internet has come to dominate preparing for their exams. Make sure parental controls on your child’s papers. If possible, if you have leave
2019 Internet Behaviour Survey was
conducted by OLX on the occasion our lives like never before. It is in they have their meals with the family, devices so that you can ensure they left, inform your office and take it
of Safer Internet Day, observed on our interest, therefore, to use it in a so that they get a break from the keep away from distractions and during this time so you can be around
February 5. manner that continues to improve monotony of constant studying. Keep focus on doing their best during your child. Stay aware of their needs,
A while ago, another survey by the quality of our lives while staying the dining table conversation light, so exams. whether it’s a spot of revision, a cup
safe by implementing the same level that your child feels refreshed. of coffee to perk them up or just being
ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers Incentives and bribes
of caution we exercise in the real available to address any concerns.
of Commerce and Industry of India), Avoid burdening them with There’s a fine line between an
in 2014, had revealed that 73 per world…(This) is a great time to your stress incentive to do well and outright Maintain a balanced diet and
cent of children in tier-II cities used reflect on our personal attitudes and We know you’re stressed, probably bribery. Your child should be routine
social networking sites, even though behaviours, and make a concerted even more than your child. But when motivated to put their best foot Whether it’s the daily glass of milk
the minimum age group for opening choice to take actions that ensure our the exam date nears, it’s time to forward in their exams, without you or almonds, make sure your child
an account is 13 years. Nearly 82 own safety and that of our children,” back off and let the child be calm. If offering a bribe, such as an expensive isn’t skipping meals and is eating on
per cent of parents helped their kids Lavanya Chandan, General Counsel, you’re still wracked by nerves, vent gift. However, a family meal or time. Nutrition plays an important
create social media profiles online. OLX India, said. to a partner or a friend. Your child is outing is a good idea after the exam role in keeping energy levels up.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 8, 2019 FEATURES 25
Lip-smacking breakfast recipes that will comfort
your soul and make your weekend more enjoyable
W ho doesn’t love a hearty, yummy breakfast? It’s officially the most
important meal and sets the mood for the day. However, you’ll often
notice how preparing breakfast is sometimes not the easiest task, especially for
the girl-on-the-go, like me. We run a tight schedule and there’s barely any time
to fry an egg, leave alone make something fancy. 
Dal ka paratha  a pan and saute the onion, capsicum,
green chillies, ginger and garlic till
slightly soft but still crunchy. Add
the red chilli powder, soya sauce,
vinegar, 2 tbsp. water, sugar and salt
to taste. When the sauce thickens,
add the fried bread slices. Mix well
so that they are well coated with the
sauce. Serve hot along with veg.
fried rice.
Ingredients: Masala French Toast 
• 1 cup wheat flour (atta) •  Ingredients:
• 2 tsp oil • 3 Bread slices
• 1 tsp salt or to taste • 4 Eggs
• For the Filling: • Cooking oil 
• 1/2 cup dhuli moong dal (husked • 2 tablespoons Milk
green gram) - soaked for 1 hour • 1 tablespoon Red Chilli flakes


• 1/2 tsp cumin seeds • Coriander leaves (Dhania) 
• 1/8 tsp turmeric powder • 1/4 tablespoon Black pepper
• 1 pinch asafoetida powder
• 1/2 tsp chilli powder • 1 Onion , finely chopped

Luscious chicken bites prepared • 2 tsp oil • 2 to 3 Green Chillies 

• 1 tsp salt or to taste Directions: 
To begin, beat the eggs in a mixing
• Ghee as needed

with a creamy cheese marinade

bowl. Add milk, beat it again and
make sure that it is mixed properly.
Sieve the flour and knead to a soft
Add chilli flakes, salt and black

hether barbecued or grilled, this chicken preparation is known for its mild flavour. dough by adding enough water. Keep
pepper. Once it is done, heat oil in a
aside.  Drain the dal and cook in 1
Often described as a ‘melt in the mouth’ experience, chicken pieces are marinated in a delicate blend of wide pan. Take a bread slice, dip it in
cup of water. Heat oil in a pan; add
spices and rich cheese. The delicate aroma of nutmeg and cardamom complements the creamy marinade and the egg mixture and put it on the pan.
the cumin seeds, asafoetida.  When
the satin softness of the chicken. Spread some onion, green chillies
the seeds splutter, add the cooked
Prepation Time: 10 min and coriander on the top of bread and
dal, salt, turmeric powder, chilli
Marination: 2 hours to pour some egg mixture on it again.
powder and mix well.  Cook until
overnight Turn the bread and let the other side
the dal mixture is dry. Let it cool. 
Cooking Time: 45 min also cooked properly. Once it turns
Break small rounds of the dough.
light brown in colour, take it out of
Serves: 4 / Taste: Mild 1 Roll each round a little flat and place
the stove and it is ready to be served. 
some filling in the centre.  Close
from all sides and roll as thin as you Open Toast With Egg, Tomato
• 500g boneless chicken, cut

can without tearing.  Heat a tawa & Spinach 

into bite-sized pieces (griddle), and fry the parantha with Ingredients:
• 2–3 green chillies

the ghee, till brown on both sides.

• 1/2 cup coriander leaves,
finely chopped Bread Manchurian 
• 1/2 cup cheese, grated
• 1/2 cup cream
• 2 Tbsp ginger paste
• 1 Tbsp garlic paste
• 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
• 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
• 1/4 tsp salt, to taste Bamboo • 2 Bread slices
skewers (soaked in water and • 2 Eggs
then wiped) • 15 Spinach Leaves (Palak)
Ingredients:   • 1 Tomato
• Oil, for basting
• 6-7 bread slices • 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder
• Chaat Masala, to sprinkle
• 1/2 tbsp. maida • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli flakes
• 1 lemon, cut into wedges
• 2 tbsp. cornflour • Cooking oil
METHOD • salt and pepper to taste  Directions:
For the Marinade • oil to shallow fry To begin with the Open Toast with
• Grind green chillies and • For the sauce:  Egg, Tomatoes And Spinach recipe,
coriander into a paste, set • 2 onion, diced heat the skillet and add 2 tablespoon
aside. • 1 capsicum, diced oil, as the oil heats up add tomato
• Combine grated cheese and • 3-4 garlic, minced slices and grill them for a minute and
• 1 tsp. ginger, minced remove them. In the next step to the
cream in a deep bowl and
• 2 green chillies, chopped same skillet add chopped spinach
mash together with a fork,
• 1 tbsp. soya sauce leaves and a pinch of salt to it and
ensuring that it forms a paste sauté till the spinach leaves wilt.
without any lumps.
44 | India’s Most Wanted Recipies Ruby Dhillon
• 1 tsp. vinegar
Remove the spinach from the skillet
• Add ginger, garlic, green • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
and gently toast the bread slices. 
chilli paste, cardamom powder, black pepper powder • 1/2 tsp. sugar
• 30-40 mins, basting with oil and turning them once, After toasting the bread now pour
and salt to the cheese mix. Mash and mix again so that • salt to taste
then cook the other side of the chicken for 15-20 mins one egg in the skillet, cook till the
there are no lumps in the mixture. • 2 tbsp. oil whites get cooked. Add black pepper
or until it’s cooked through.  Directions: 
• Add the chicken bites to the cheese mixture, mix • Serve with sprinkled Chaat Masala and a squeeze of and salt to the egg and remove it
Make a thin batter with the from the skillet. To arrange the open
thoroughly to ensure that the chicken is fully coated. lemon juice. Tastes good with Mint Chutney and a cornflour, maida, pepper, salt and faced toast with egg, tomato and
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 Side Salad. water. Keep aside. Dip the bread spinach. Place one toast and add half
hour to marinate, or overnight.
slices in the batter and shallow fry part of the spinach to it. Add 4 slices
Ruby's Tip: This Chicken can also be cooked on the them on a tawa on both sides along of tomato on each corner of the toast
To Cook barbeque or grill. with 1 tsp. of oil till golden in colour. and place the fried egg on top of it.
• Preheat oven to 200ºC. You can remove the Chicken pieces from the skewers Do it the same way with the other For the second toast repeat the same.
• Thread 3–4 pieces of chicken on each skewer and and arrange on a serving plate or serve individually bread slices and chop them to bite To garnish the Open toast add chilli
arrange on a large baking tray, lined with foil. Bake leaving the Chicken skewers size pieces. Keep aside. Heat oil in flakes on top of the fried egg. 
in the oven for
26 TIME OUT Friday, February 8, 2019 The Indian Weekender




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? 1. What is the name of the Paranoid Android in 11. Where in the human body would the limbic
Objective / Rules. Eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the system be found?
or column. Eliminate numbers by marking them in Black.
You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching horizontally or Galaxy’? 12. Which type of mammal is a gelada?
vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any 2. In a standard UK Monopoly game, the green 13. Which part of the body is affected by Gorham’s
other (i.e. they are connected).
set consists of Bond Street, Regent Street and Disease?
which other? 14. What is the collective noun used for a group of
3. Who created Snoopy? grasshoppers?
4. What does UNESCO stand for? 15. Of what is phonology the study?
5. After how many years would you celebrate 16. “For every action there is an equal and opposite
your crystal anniversary? reaction.” Whose third law is this?
6. Which sign of the zodiac would you be if your 17. The MMR vaccine protects against which three
birthday was on the 18th October? diseases?
7. Who was the first famous non-royal to appear 18. Which two letters of the alphabet make up the
on a UK postage stamp? chemical symbol for mercury?
8. Which birthstone is associated with the month 19. An ‘epiphyte’ is an organism that grows on the
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. of May? surface of what?
9. Which measurement of speed is equivalent to 20. A ‘light breeze’ of between 4 and 7 miles
one nautical mile per hour? per hour would read as which number on the
10. Of what is semiotics the study? Beaufort Wind Force scale?

2 (0 = calm, 12 = hurricane)
Send us stories, drawings, poems
rubella (German measles) 18. Hg 19. A plant (Eg. moss or lichens) 20.
all reasonable answers) 16. Sir Isaac Newton 17. Measles, mumps and
cloud 15. Sounds (within a language and across languages – accept and other contributions by your little
heart monkey and found only in Ethiopia) 13. Bones/skeleton 14. A
ones along with their photographs
for this page. E-mail us at reporter@
and symbols 11. In the brain 12. Monkey (Sometimes called bleeding-
Libra 7. William Shakespeare (in 1964) 8. Emerald 9. Knot 10. Signs
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation 5. 15 6.
Answers: 1. Marvin 2. Oxford Street 3. Charles M. Schulz 4. United indianweekender.co.nz
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08 February 14 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)
You are likely to enjoy the right mix of work and pleasure on the professional
front. Good preparation on the academic front will make revision easy. Giving a
sympathetic ear to spouse is advised to enhance love and understanding. A short trip
proves exhilarating. You earn enough to splurge, so don’t miss out on shopping this
week! Actors and stage artists may have money showered on them. Figure conscious
people will find it beneficial to adopt a different diet. Lucky Number: 9/ Lucky
Colour: Indigo
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
It may be difficult to catch hold of someone, who is important for a legal transaction,
but perseverance will pay. Don’t only focus on the important on the academic front. If
loneliness seems overbearing, it is time to look for a life partner. A long-term romance
will provide immense fulfillment. Politicians and businessmen can find the week
profitable. A scheme that you want to invest in is likely to give good returns. Avoid
strenuous workouts. Lucky Number: 8 / Lucky Colour: Green

Beauty trends which are GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)

This week, a fantastic time can be expected in the company of the ones you love. You

already a BIG HIT this year

are likely to keep work related issues on the back burner. Lonely hearts are likely
to be bitten by the love bug soon. Aftermath of a festival or ceremony will be as
exciting! A financial transaction may turn in your favour, if you make the right moves.

fter all that forecasting and waiting, check out what’s hot among the beauty trends currently. You remain in a positive frame of mind on the academic front. Lucky Number: 1 /
Last year was all about beauty experiments, and this year seems to be even more Lucky Colour: Light Yellow
interesting with a variety of trends from all over the globe. Almost a month and a half CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
into the new year, and there are about top 5 glam beauty trends that we are already obsessing over. If you keep on the right side of the right people, you are likely to get immensely
Check out these trends and get on top of the game girls! benefitted. Customs and income tax officials reap rich rewards. An overseas journey
is indicated for attending a wedding or ceremony. You will be adequately prepared on
 Bold eyes with natural skin liner which has made its comeback this year. the academic front, despite your misgivings. Longing for lover may bring passions
The ones in the market today give you the retro to the fore. Children will be a source of much joy this week. Good investment
warm undertone which is easier to use. opportunities will have to be seized the moment they arise. Lucky Number:15 / Lucky
Colour:Royal Blue
All-in with the liner
LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
You are likely to indulge in image makeover, just to impress others. Office hours
may get extended this week, as you get additional work. Take advice of subordinates
with a pinch of salt. Your fears will be laid to rest as the one you secretly love sends
positive signals. A marriage is in the offing for the eligible. A financial crisis may
make you take rash decisions. A fitness regime may get going in fits and starts. Lucky
Number: 7 / Lucky Colour: Lemon
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Delegating an important responsibility to someone irresponsible at work may get you
into hot soup. Pressure may mount on you on the academic front. An important piece

2 019 seems to be all about sporting a fresh,

clean and natural look with steamy bold
eyes. Pops of colour, glitter, metallics, and
of information will help you in winning your love. Your charm and confidence will be
enough for lover to shed reluctance in going out with you! A legal case that you are
embroiled in threatens to suck all your savings. Your hard work manages to get you a
colour-blocking are apt options for the eyes well toned body. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky Colour: Lavender
while keeping your skin minimalistic, so that it LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
actually looks like natural skin. People who matter will be appreciative of your befitting gesture. Your communication
skills are likely to impress the one you are out to impress! Those in insurance, travel
Blushed cheeks and education fields enter an excellent time. Savings will come in use for buying a

T his year, we have already come across

many variations of the eye-liners. From
the classic cat eye to geometric shapes, use any
new gadget or automobile. Success on the professional or domestic front will put all
health problems in the background. A balanced diet and regular workouts will keep
you fit and on the move. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: Light Purple
possible colour as there is a plethora of liner SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
styles which you can try. You are likely to share a special equation with a youngster. Meeting someone after
a long will prove immensely satisfying. Luck favours you on the romantic front.
Face framing hair-pins Something you have achieved or are about to achieve on the academic front promises
to open many doors for you. Arrears are likely to get paid soon. Government officials
can expect a windfall soon. You will have it easy at work this week. There is no better
alternative than home food. Lucky Number:8 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)

Don’t offend or hurt anyone, even if you feel wronged, as it may show you in bad
eems like top celebrities like PeeCee and light. Guard against overconfidence on the academic front. Don’t escalate office
Shay Mitchell are loving the rosy cheeks rivalry, as it serves none. Your suspicious nature will get you on the wrong side of
and a hint of blush on the nose for a sexy, partner. Excellent financial prospects are seen for young MBAs. A health tip from an
flushed look. Using some pinks and corals expert will do wonders in regaining a slim and trim figure. Eat right to come back in
instantly gives you that feminine and natural shape. Lucky Number:18 / Lucky Colour: Sandy Brown
looking flush. Also, you can try a cream-based CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
formula to achieve the natural finish. Pulling strings to get what you desire will make things easy for you. A short break
from the routine is indicated and will prove most refreshing and rejuvenating. Partner
90’s inspired lips will be more than willing to travel with you. Your decision to take the initiative on the
romantic front hits the bullseye. Getting money from a least expected source is likely.
A family youngster will be instrumental in furthering the business. Opt for healthy
food and adopt an active lifestyle. Lucky Number:7 / Lucky Colour: Lemon
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
If you gain from betting or playing the stocks, consider it as a one off achievement.
You are likely to pace the way for someone’s smooth ride on the professional front
and earn appreciation. Love that had been given up for lost returns to illuminate your
life. Mutual appreciation club will be in full swing between you and lover. Managers
and technocrats can expect a positive development on the financial front. Work
towards achieving total fitness. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Light Yellow

T his is one of those 90’s trends which has

made a huge comeback among others.
The face-framing retro hair pins are definitely
PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
You are likely to get an excellent opportunity on the professional front. Don’t let it
slip out of your fingers. A promise kept by lover will gladden your heart. You will
giving us the rocking 90’s vibe. Sport a pair find care and concern bestowed upon you by partner simply overwhelming. A new

A ll those of you who cannot get enough

of bold red and nude lips, make some
space in your vanity for an uber cool brown
of studded or the classic crystal oversized pins
framing your face to instantly amp up even the
most simple hairstyles.
partnership is set to take business to a newer height. Getting choice posting is possible
for the uniformed personnel. A healthy way of life entails many sacrifices, but the
fruits are always sweet! Lucky Number:2 / Lucky Colour:Baby Pink
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, February 1, 2019 The Indian Weekender

NEHA DHUPIA: Daughters are

special: Amitabh
Fat shaming does

not bother me

Bachchan on

ctress Neha Dhupia, who has been trolled for her weight, says fat shaming does not bother her Monday penned a
even a bit. She does want the trolling to stop not just for celebrities but for everyone. Several heartfelt post for his
Bollywood personalities like Sonam K Ahuja and Nimrat Kaur came out in support of Neha daughter Shweta
and lauded her for spreading such an “important message”.  Bachchan Nanda
On Saturday, the former beauty queen and reality TV judge Neha tweeted a photograph of a as her debut novel
magazine cover, with a photograph of herself and a caption reading: “Neha Dhupia shocking "Paradise Towers"
weight gain post pregnancy”. has become one of
To which, the “Tumhari Sulu” actress responded: “I don’t owe anyone an the best-selling "Nothing
explanation because fat shaming like this doesn’t bother me one bit.  fiction books. brings
“But I do want to address this as a larger problem because fat shaming needs to Praising greater pride to
stop for everyone not just celebrities. As a new mom I want to be fit, healthy and S h w e t a a father than this
energetic for my daughter.”  Neha, who is married to actor Angad Bedi, said that for the achievement of a a c h i e v e m e n t ,
she works out everyday.  Big B took to social media
“Sometimes twice a day because for me... fitness is a priority and not ‘fitting and wrote: "Nothing brings
into’ society’s standards regarding looks. And I hope in the future people
greater pride to a father than this
are kinder to each other while making such vapid and vile comments,” the
achievement of a daughter. Daughters are special.
38-year-old added. Neha and Angad surprised everyone with their hush-
From this little 'ghunghat (veil)' to the 'best seller'."
hush marriage in May last year. They confirmed her pregnancy in August.
Along with the post, the proud father also shared
Sonam also posted: “You are beautiful no matter what anyone says.”
Actress Nimrat Kaur says she put out “such an important message. a childhood photograph of Shweta, who can be seen
More power to you”. Sophie Choudry said: “Proud of you Neha! It’s an carrying a red colour veil on her head.
important, positive message for all the women reading this... And an even Shweta's book was launched on Amitabh's 76th
more important message for those vapid, pathetic journalists who amaze birthday last year. It is a heart-warming slice-of-life
me with the low levels they continually stoop to. novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai.
To this, actress Rakulpreet added: “It’s high time people start Apart from being the author of the novel, she also
respecting and value women for who they are than how they should stepped into the world of fashion by launching her
apparently look.” fashion label MxS with designer Monisha Jaising.

Priyanka Chopra: Working with Madhuri, Anil

together is a dream: Riteish
Always wanted to add A
ctor Riteish Deshmukh
says it was a dream for
It is jointly produced by Inder

Nick's name to mine

him to work with actors
Madhuri Dixit Nene and Anil
Kapoor together.

ctress Priyanka Chopra always wanted to add singer Riteish will be seen sharing
and husband Nick Jonas' name to her own, screen space with the two
and says it doesn't take anything away from veteran actors for the first time
her identity. Priyanka changed her Instagram handle in the forthcoming movie Total
to Priyanka Chopra Jonas after getting married to the Dhamaal.
singer in December. She opened up about her decision The Housefull actor posted
when she appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring a selfie on Twitter with the two
Jimmy Fallon" to promote her Hollywood movie stars on Friday and
"Isn't It Romantic". captioned it: “Smiles
"I always wanted to add his name to mine say it all... It was
because I feel, like, you know, we are becoming my dream to
family. And I'm a little traditional and old school work Madhuri
like that," Priyanka is seen saying in an episode's Dixit Nene
clip, which had surfaced on the Internet. (and) Anil
She also said it doesn't "take away my identity. He Kapoor...
gets added to who I am". But getting
She has a nickname for the couple in her mind as well. to work with
"I have a celebrity nickname. But it is not taking off. It is Prick both of them
(Priyanka and Nick). It is so cool and unique. Nick also doesn't in the same film,
like it and it is not catching on," she said. that is a dream.
The actress is also working on her memoir titled Love them both.”
"Unfinished". Total Dhamaal is
"I am writing the book this year. I am excited about it. It is the third film in the comedy
about all feelings through my career and getting married. In the entertainer franchise Dhamaal. Kumar along with Ashok Thakeria
last two-three years, I found my feet a lot more as a woman and The second was Double Dhamaal. and Ajay Devgn.
as a person. I am not so insecure. So, thought it is the right time It is directed by Inder Kumar. Riteish also has two more films
to delve into things before I change my mind and go back into my The film also stars Ajay Devgn, in his kitty – Marjaavaan and
shell," she said. Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaaferi. Housefull 4.

Michael Jackson to get musical tribute in India soon

ichael Firestones I AM KING: The Online ticketing platform BookMyShow hailed by fans and critics for aping MJ’s
Michael Jackson Experience” – a along with event company L.A.T. (Live At look and style. It will feature renditions of
live concert paying tribute to late The) is bringing the show to India, read a Jackson’s hits including “Bad”, “Billie Jean”,
King of Pop Michael Jackson – will reach statement.  “Thriller” and “Human nature”.
India in March. Having performed to fans worldwide and Kunal Khambhati, Head- Live Events and
After entertaining people across the in Las Vegas, the show will feature Jackson IP, BookMyShow, said: “Michael Jackson
world, I AM KING - The Michael Jackson tribute artistes dancing on some of his was not just a legendary pop artiste, but a
Experience will be held across seven shows at popular hits. phenomenon that took the world by storm.
Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing The shows will feature talented musicians, His music and dance styles find home in
Arts (NCPA) and Bengaluru’s St. John’s Broadway and Las Vegas dancers. every corner of India and we are absolutely
Auditorium from March 13 to March 17. The performance will be led by Firestone, delighted to bring the show to the country.”
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 1, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 29

RADHIKA APTE Never felt objectified while doing

reveals how she and special numbers: Malaika Arora
ctress-model Malaika Arora says she
her husband Benedict never felt objectified while doing special
numbers in Bollywood.

Taylor make up after From "Chaiyya chaiyya", "Maahi ve", "Kaal

dhamaal", "Munni badnaam hui" to "Anarkali

having fights disco chali", Malaika has done several special

numbers for Bollywood projects.

"I have always said that we shouldn't tag
eing in a relationship is a huge responsibility for
them or label them as item songs. I have done
both partners. Both will have to give proper time
so many songs and one thing that I would like
and nurture it to grow well in future.
to share is that I never felt objectified in any of
While it’s not easy to maintain relationships, many
the songs," Malaika said.
people simply walk away calling it quits.
"I have done all the songs willingly. I have
When it comes to maintaining long-distance
done the songs knowing what the situation
relationships, there are many who have failed. But there’s
is. But if anybody does feel objectified with
one actress who is a complete pro at it and has given
the songs then it is important for them to come Adding to Malaika's statement, Sophie said:
us major relationship goals. It’s none other than actress
forward and speak. But personally speaking, I "I also don't want to call them 'item numbers'
Radhika Apte!
loved the experience of doing all the songs," she because it reduces their importance... The special
The Padman actress is happily married to Benedict
added. song is made on grand scale and it is there to
Taylor who is a London-based musician.
Malaika expressed her views while interacting promote the film... Great music and dancing is
The couple got hitched in a private ceremony 8
with the media at the launch of Sophie Choudry's a huge part of Bollywood culture, so we should
years ago and is enjoying their marital bliss even after
new single Ajj naiyo sawna on Tuesday. consider it as a special song and celebrate it."
living in two different countries.

Today’s actors are lucky to have

While Radhika is a popular Bollywood actress, is
most of the time staying in India, her husband work
in London. But the duo travels once in a month to
each other’s countries.
During her recent media interaction with fashion talent to use: Karisma
Cosmopolitan, Radhika spoke at length about her arisma Kapoor believes that the new
marriage, husband and how she maintains a balance generation of actors are blessed to have
between this. a huge pool of design and style talent to
Talking about how she and her husband behave in choose from.
a mature manner to resolve conflicts between them, Over the years, Karisma’s own fashion sense
the Sacred Games star said, “Well, every has evolved.
relationship, be "Well, it an LDR or a “I think it’s a great compliment,” Karisma
GCR, goes every through ups and said on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week
downs. relationship, be it Everyone has Summer/Resort 2019.
an LDR or a GCR, disagreements “Even though I am not actively doing films,
and fights. goes through ups and people like my fashion sense. In that sense, it’s
It’s the downs. Everyone has same for us. a personal style that has evolved over the years.
Our golden disagreements and rule is that “Earlier, we had to wear what we were told
we never fights." hang up on each in movies. Overtime, then I had a say in what I
other. I think it’s a very rude and wanted to wear and what I didn’t want to wear.
insulting thing to do. Today, there are so many talented designers and
When we’ve had a fight, we just end up saying, I don’t stylists out there, and today’s generation (actors)
wanna talk to you right now’, or Bye, we’ll speak later’. are very lucky to have the talent that they can
And within minutes, you’ll catch both of us trying to call use,” added the charismatic beauty.
each other simultaneously. She turned showstopper for Jaipur-based
It doesn’t even matter whose fault it was, we both designer Punit Balana’s line ‘Maya’.
apologise. Calling his style “innovative and creative”, chance to local artists to showcase their talent
Not speaking for long periods of time because of Karisma praised the fact that the designer uses along with his own. His line ranges from western
disagreement can aggravate the situation. We always let go eco-friendly fabrics and dyes. silhouettes to Indian styles and they are very
of the fights, and forget about what had happened." “The most important thing is that he gives a wearable,” Karisma said.

Deepika is true light of my life: Ranveer Singh Patralekhaa helps

A raise funds for
ctor Ranveer Singh calls his wife and actress Deepika Padukone
the most amazing person and one of the finest actors in the world,
and says she makes his life worth living.
cancer patients
Ranveer opened up about his relationship with Deepika in a letter,
CityLights" actress Patralekhaa is lending
posted on Deepika's website -- which was launched on January 5. her support to an NGO to raise funds for
"I find it particularly challenging to articulate all my feelings about cancer patients, and feels it is important
her, and even though I find language to be a limiting means to express to spread awareness about the
myself, I shall try. disease.
"I can safely say I'm the closest person to her in this world. "Besides doing our bit
I know her deeply as a person and I've collaborated closely for the cancer patients, I
with her as a professional," Ranveer said. honestly feel we should
"Deepika nurtures a universe within herself: of love, also address the cause
compassion, kindness, intelligence, beauty, grace and as a serious issue,"
empathy. Patralekhaa said in a
"These qualities make her a true and authentic artiste -- statement.
she is one of the finest actors in the world," he added. "Most of the stories
Praising her inner strength, the actor said: "Her discipline that we get to hear or read are
and commitment is unparalleled. Her path-breaking incredibly heart-wrenching. I feel active
achievements have changed the game time and again. A participation will really work wonders,"
woman so righteous and full of virtue, that she commands she added. The actress lent her support by
respect." planning a visit to a Bandra-based NGO on
"She inspires me to be the best man I can possibly be. She Monday to meet and interact with cancer
patients in an attempt to raise funds for them.
makes my life worth living. She is true light of my life," he
According to a source, Patralekhaa "intends
to work closely with cancer patients and strive
The actors, who have worked together in films like
to spread awareness about the health risks,
"Padmaavat", "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela" and "Bajirao
urging people to take care of their health and
Mastani", got married in Italy in November last year. avoid things that increase the risk of cancer".
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Holi 2K19 February 28
Time: 12 p.m. onwards
Venue: Auckland CBD, Waterfront
Hosted by Auckland International Buskers
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World Class Talent will be hitting the streets
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time over Auckland Anniversary Weekend
The island of wonders
2019. Acrobats, magicians, comedies, unicycle
champions and more will rendezvous around
Auckland’s CBD and waterfront to create the
electrifying atmosphere that is the Auckland
International Buskers Festival!.
Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: Hare Krishna Temple, 1229 Coatesville- Auckland Lantern Festival
Riverhead Highway, Kumeu, Auckland Date: Thursday, February 14- Sunday,
NZ’s largest Holi Festival. February 17
See details on our FB page / event and website Time: 7 p.m. onwards
www.holi.org.nz Venue: Auckland Domain, Hosted by What’s
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