Вы находитесь на странице: 1из 32
15 FEB 2019 | Vol 10 Issue 46 Government proposes merging 16 polytechnics into a
15 FEB 2019 | Vol 10 Issue 46
Government proposes
merging 16 polytechnics
into a single national
Vicky Kaushal
"Toiled hard for this
work pressure"
Pg 02
Pg 10
Pg 22
entity
Pg 29
www.iwk.co.nz
/indianweekender
/indianweekender
Better fares & better paid drivers. *
Better fares
& better paid
drivers. *
/indianweekender Better fares & better paid drivers. * HOLI SEASON HITS AUCKLAND Pg3 Shree Sanatan Dharm
HOLI SEASON HITS AUCKLAND Pg3 Shree Sanatan Dharm Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha NZ celebrated its
HOLI
SEASON
HITS
AUCKLAND
Pg3
Shree Sanatan Dharm Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha NZ
celebrated its silver-anniversary in a colourful event
FIJI-INDIAN
RELIGIOUS
ORGANISATION
COMPLETES
25 YEARS IN
NEW ZEALAND
RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION COMPLETES 25 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND Nathan Saminathan CFP, AFA With a10% deposit YOU
Nathan Saminathan CFP, AFA With a10% deposit YOU CAN We offer: Authorised Financial Adviser Mob.
Nathan Saminathan CFP, AFA
With a10% deposit YOU CAN
We offer:
Authorised Financial Adviser Mob. 021 707 540
OWN A HOME
l
Home Loans
Jolly Tiwari RFA
Raju Sundaresan RFA
l
Commercial Loans
Mob. 021 177 5145
Mob. 021 177 5145
29 years NZ experience
l
Insurance Services
Personal Diclosure is available on request
1/619 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, Auckland • www.mortgagemasters.co.nz • 09 630 7171 / 630 7176
2 NEW ZEALAND Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender Stylish new homes. Unbeatable location.
2 NEW ZEALAND
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Indian Weekender
Stylish new
homes.
Unbeatable
location.

Selling now! Low maintenance modern homes in a fantastic location.

Waiata Shores is in the heart of your pefect lifestyle. The development itself features a new playground, reserve, pocket parks, a café, childcare centre (coming soon), and much more to come. Offering easy access to motorways, public transport and shops you are close to everything you need for modern living.

Fletcher Living are building and selling a variety of home designs in Waiata Shores to suit a range of lifestyles. From low maintenance, two bedroom terrace homes to spacious five bedroom, standalone family homes - there is something for everyone. All homes feature designer kitchens, open plan living spaces, private outdoor areas and quality appliances.

living spaces, private outdoor areas and quality appliances. Fletcher Living have been building homes for New

Fletcher Living have been building homes for New Zealander’s for over 100 years and have a trusted reputation. Homes are sold upon completion, so you have the opportunity to walk through before you buy and you don’t have to worry about any hidden costs that can come with buying brand new. Don’t delay - visit the showhome today!

SHOWHOME 1 Gosper Road, Waiata Shores Open 7 days, 10am-6pm

CONTACT Neville Garda, 027 584 0348 Sheryl Pohl, 027 216 1739 Email: waiatashores@frl.co.nz

10am-6pm CONTACT Neville Garda, 027 584 0348 Sheryl Pohl, 027 216 1739 Email: waiatashores@frl.co.nz fletcherliving.co.nz
fletcherliving.co.nz
fletcherliving.co.nz
fletcherliving.co.nz

fletcherliving.co.nz

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 3

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND

3
3

ISKCON Holi festival drenches Aucklanders

in colours, spirit of Krishna-Bhakti

Carlos, one of the main organisers and leading teacher at the Hare Krishna temple told The Indian Weekender, “This is a tradition that is going on for thousands of years in India, in a place called Vrindavan, where Krishna first appeared. “It was Krishna who created this festival through his consoles and friends as a festival of love, enjoyment and celebration. “It’s a festival where there is no bodily designation. It’s not like I am black you are white, he is green, or Christian or Hindu. “When you put colours you can’t tell. It’s a colour festival that brings everyone together as one human race,” Carlos said. Parliament Under-Secretary and Labour MP for Mt Roskill Michael Wood said, “This is the first Holi celebration that I have attended, and it’s great. Our Prime Minister talks about kindness to each other, and this event is about the same spirit of coming together, enjoying each other’s company and supporting each other.” New Zealand Police, Fire Service and St John’s ambulance was stationed at the venue mingling with the crowd and throwing colours at one another. Speaking to The Indian Weekender Police Inspector Rakesh Naidoo said, “Today I am out here with family and friends to enjoy this wonderful festival and support our Police, Fire and Ambulance services.” “They are doing a great job of supporting our communities, especially around festivals like this, which brings together people from all ethnicities together in our diverse multicultural country,” Mr Naidoo said. A fascinating part of the event besides the cultural dance performances and water splash from huge tankers was the traditional Haka performance by a group also covered in colours.

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

C olours, water, and a wee bit of Krishna- Bhakti were scattered all around in abundance at the Radhe Krishna

temple’s Holi festival, on Sunday, February 10, in Auckland, thus leaving everyone drenched – either physically or spiritually. Auckland’s Radhe Krishna Temple is the main centre of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement in New Zealand. Thousands of people thronged on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon, in the rather distantly- located Radhe Krishna temple (40 km from CBD) on the outskirts of Auckland city in Kumeu, to immerse themselves in the colours and water, and experience the magic offered by traditional Hindu festival of Holi. With this Holi festival, began what can be described as the Holi season in Auckland, with many more traditional public events also lined up for the following weeks. A large number of people indulged themselves in throwing colours and water while dancing in groups to the tune of music being played on stage. The traditional air canons, water guns and

canons with powder and liquid colours so commonly associated with the festival of Holi ruled the roost all around. However, what makes ISKCON Holi special and slightly different from all other Holi festivals in New Zealand is the spirit of devotion and Bhakti of Lord Krishna. The celebration of Holi has indeed evolved as one of the most non-religious, of all the

See more pics on page 14
See
more pics on
page 14

traditional Hindu festivals, and is fast gaining a cross-cultural acceptance all around the world including in New Zealand, yet it will be inaccurate to miss the spirit of devotion and Bhakti of Lord Krishna so omnipresent in the festival. ISKCON Holi, which holds the envious recognition of being one of the first public Holi-festivals of Auckland city and continues to grow every year, is also unique for drawing its inspiration directly from the tradition of Bhakti – meaning love of God. In Hinduism Bhakti means love of God, where the primary mode of connection between the ordinary mortals and the almighty God is pure love and devotion. Bhakti or fondness for god in Hinduism, started around the 8th century CE and gained prominence from the 15th century onwards, developing around different gods and goddesses. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

movement also traces its origin from the tradition of Krishna-Bhakti from the ancient Hinduism. While traditionally, the festival of Holi finds a connection with many legends, all signifying the victory of good over the evil, one having most relevance for the Hare Krishna Temple Holi festival is the enduring love between Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu) and Radha. According to legend, the young Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about why Radha was so fair and he so dark. Yashoda advised him to apply colour on Radha’s face and see how her complexion would change, and thereby emphasising the symbolic power of colour in demolishing all barriers and divisions keeping humanity divided. Organisers of the event and dignitaries attending the event also echoed similar sentiments in one or the other way.

Boundary lines are indicative only
Boundary lines are indicative only
in one or the other way. Boundary lines are indicative only Add value opportunity awaits 35-37
in one or the other way. Boundary lines are indicative only Add value opportunity awaits 35-37

Add value opportunity awaits

35-37 East Tamaki Road, Papatoetoe

• Located in the busy Papatoetoe town centre with exposure to East Tamaki Road

• Fee Simple standalone building with 17 car parks

• Land area of 736m 2 and floor area of 613m 2

• Amoungst well established neighbouring tenancies, including The Cheescake Shop, Bank of India, KFC etc

• Modern building with 80% IEP Rating

• Significant potential - hold, occupy and add value

bayleys.co.nz/1901985

For Sale by Deadline Private Treaty 2pm, Thu 21 Mar 2019 2 Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland Tony Chaudhary 021 995 121 tony.chaudhary@bayleys.co.nz Janak Darji 021 047 1290 janak.darji@bayleys.co.nz Amy Weng 021 177 3422 amy.weng@bayleys.co.nz

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, MANUKAU, LICENSED REAA 2008

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, MANUKAU, LICENSED REAA 2008 Girls’ School Open Day TUESDAY 12 MARCH REGISTER

Girls’ School

Open Day

TUESDAY 12 MARCH REGISTER TO ATTEND saintkentigern.com We love learning
TUESDAY 12 MARCH
REGISTER TO ATTEND
saintkentigern.com
We love learning
4
4

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, February 15, 2019

4 N E W Z E A L A N D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Pongal celebrated with traditional gaiety at Auckland Tamil Association event

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

A uckland Tamil Association

celebrated the Tamil harvest

festival of Pongal with

traditional gaiety and enthusiasm with a gathering of special guests and the Tamil community on Saturday, February 9, at the Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall. Pongal is a highly revered three days long festival, dedicated to the Sun god which according to the Tamil calendar is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17. Celebrated by Tamil people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the festival of Pongal is increasingly becoming popular in New Zealand in recent years. Continuing the long tradition of celebrating this festival, along

with showcasing elements and nuances of the Tamil culture to the wider community, the Auckland Tamil Association event included traditional Tamil games like Pallanguli, Bambaram, Undi Vil, and Choppu Saaman. The hall was decorated with colourful kolams and the centre stage was beautifully decorated

kolams and the centre stage was beautifully decorated with Pongal pot to reflect the Pongal celebration.
kolams and the centre stage was beautifully decorated with Pongal pot to reflect the Pongal celebration.

with Pongal pot to reflect the Pongal celebration. Several cultural performances such as the renowned Karagam or Karagattam and Kumiattam were also enacted by enthusiastic artists. Karagattam is popularly known as water pot dance and is performed with decorated pots on the head in praise of the rain goddess Mariamman to

seek blessings for rain. Kumiattam – another traditional Tamil folk dance where women gather in large circle gently dancing on rhythmic clapping - was an instant hit with the audience for giving an unrestricted opportunity to everyone for immersing themselves in a joyous experience Besides hosting cultural dance and

musical performances,ATApresented the top three winners of both Kolam (Rangoli) contest and traditional food cooking contest with gold studs, silver lamp and a silk sari Notably, ATA had started Pongal celebrations a week before the main event last weekend by hosting a special cultural event whereby encouraging younger members, especially those born in NZ to compete with each other in exhibiting their skills about the selected Tamil-cultural activity. Labour MP Michael Wood, Hon. Consul of India Bhav Dhillon and National MP Paramjit Parmar were the chief guests at the event. Several prominent community leaders such as Jeet Suchdev from Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, Senthil Kumar from Waikato Tamil Society, Nilima Venkat from Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust, Jyoti Mallikarjun Reddy from Telangana Jagruthi New Zealand, Srilatha Magatala from the New Zealand Telugu Association, and Ray Annamalai of Multicultural New Zealand were also in attendance at the event. Vai Ravindran, the President of ATA gave the welcome speech and honoured chief guests on behalf of the Association, and the evening was

concluded with a vote of thanks by Vice President Mr. Velmuruga. Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr Ravindran said, “The purpose of this beautiful cultural event in Auckland was to pass on supreme rich culture and heritage to our next generation of children and to celebrate the full cultural ethos at a land away from the home country.”

Tamil language classes to start soon in Auckland

H owever, the highlight of the event was the announcement

of launching a Tamil language classes in Auckland. “Auckland Tamil Association is starting Tamil language classes in Auckland from next month with intentions of educating youngsters in the community, along with promoting one of the longest-surviving classical languages of the world, in New Zealand,” Mr Ravindran said. The classes are scheduled to be held every week, starting from Saturday, March 2, at the Onehunga Community Centre. Anyone keen to take the opportunity to learn the Tamil language should contact Auckland Tamil Association directly at aucklandtamilassociation@gmail. com

••

IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON OUR PROPOSED ANNUAL BUDGET 2019/2020. You’ll also
IT’S YOUR CHANCE
TO HAVE YOUR SAY
ON OUR PROPOSED
ANNUAL BUDGET
2019/2020.
You’ll also be able to contribute to a
discussion around how we manage
water in our region.
As Auckland continues to grow and
change, we need to look after the
waters that sustain us. Help us shape
the issues we need to focus on.
Visit akhaveyoursay.nz to find out
more and tell us what you think.
19-PRO-1452

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 5

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND

5
5
Fun times at the T20 ¡ MICHAEL WOOD L ike cricket fans the length and
Fun times at the T20
¡
MICHAEL WOOD
L ike cricket fans the length and breadth of
the country, I have been avidly following
the India-NZ series. It has come at a
great time, with a Blackcaps team on the rise,
India ascendant as the dominant international
cricket power, and the World Cup just around
the corner.
I attended the ODI in Mt Maunganui, but
sadly we Auckland cricket fans have only
had the opportunity to attend one local game,
this being Friday night’s T20 match which
was a sell-out. To ensure that people had the
opportunity to follow the game with other fans
I organised a fundraiser event at the Post Office
Public Bar in Mangere.
It was a great night with people in attendance
from across the Kiwi-Indian community, and
while the game was a very clear victory to India,
there were some great moments along the way.
De Grandhomme and Taylor combined for a
fiery partnership that gave the Blackcaps some
hope of a winning total, while Pant and Sharma
delivered the goods for India with batting that
was explosive at times, but always controlled.
But the big
takeaway from
this match, and
the series as a
whole was the
quality of the Indian
b o w l i n g attack. Indian teams have
always had powerful batting lineups but have
often lacked control and penetration in the
bowling ranks. Not so with this team – Shami,
Yadav, and the rest of the lineup were generally
successful in frustrating a quality NZ batting
card, playing in their own conditions.
My thanks go to the Labour Indian Origin
Branch for organising the event on Friday
night, and the Post Office Public Bar for hosting
us. The beauty of cricket is that the game can
be appreciated whatever the result for your
favoured team, and we all thoroughly enjoyed
the match. Roll on Bangladesh, and then the
World Cup!
Michael Wood is Labour MP and
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Ethnic
Communities
Bangladesh, and then the World Cup! Michael Wood is Labour MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Ethnic
6
6

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, February 15, 2019

6 N E W Z E A L A N D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Dunedin Tamil Society celebrates Pongal

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

Tamil people living in Otago region came together on Sunday, February 3, to celebrate traditional Tamil harvest festival of Pongal.

D unedin Tamil Society hosted

its first event of the year in a

much-relaxed environment,

unlike some of their major events last year, like Diwali celebrations, which were more formal events, thus encouraging everyone to be more engaging in the entire event right from planning to the day of the festival. In the lead up to the event, the organising committee had put their minds to encourage maximum participation from as many members of the society in the execution of the event, which included but was not limited to decorating the venue, organising meals and organising entertainment. One direct outcome of this strategic thinking was that the responsibility of catering food for this event was

taken up by committee members and volunteers who decided to cook food themselves at home rather than hiring caterers. “The outcome was a huge success, with possibly the tastiest food ever provided in a DTS function. We continue to receive compliments for the food served to guests on that day,” Luxmanan Selvanesan, President DTS told The Indian Weekender. “Huge thanks to the chefs Vignesh, Ruwaiz, Sadhana and Niv for this stellar effort,” Mr Selvanesan said.

Pattimandram and Isaiyum kathaiyum

A part from food and normal cultural performances on the

event day, a major attraction was the inclusion of a special debate program called Pattimandram in the event. Pattimandram is an organised debate, where two groups come together to debate a topic of interest in Tamil. Teams usually consist of three people a-side, and a judge is present who would summarise the various points made by each team and deliver a verdict on who had the strongest arguments. The Pattimandram is usually streaked with comedy and the judge plays a significant role in bringing the comedy to what is usually a serious topic.

in bringing the comedy to what is usually a serious topic. The topic for this inaugural
in bringing the comedy to what is usually a serious topic. The topic for this inaugural

The topic for this inaugural Pattimandram was “Is technology good for the community?” and the group that spoke in affirmative took the prize home. Another traditional Tamil cultural activity Isaiyum kathaiyum included in the event was also well received by the audience. Isaiyum kathaiyum involves storytelling with words,

music, singing and mimicry. Ruwaiz Mohammed shone with his mimicry performances on the event night, which entertained one and all, particularly children. The event was also a success in getting decent participation from the youngsters in the community. “We always strive to encourage participation from youngsters in

always strive to encourage participation from youngsters in our community as educating them about Tamil culture

our community as educating them about Tamil culture and heritage is an important goal of the DTS,” Mr Selvanesan said.

Dampened mood due to an untimely death in community

H owever, the atmosphere at the beginning of the event was

sombre due to the sudden death of Hareesh Gangadharan, a young Malayalee community member, a day before the DTS function. As a mark of respect for Hareesh and his surviving family and the mourning community, DTS cancelled the main event which would have been the showcasing of the making of the Pongal traditionally.

••

Accelerating success. Reach more people - better results faster.
Accelerating success.
Reach more people - better results faster.
Accelerating success. Reach more people - better results faster.
success. Reach more people - better results faster. colliers.co.nz Are you looking to Buy or Sell
colliers.co.nz
colliers.co.nz
colliers.co.nz

colliers.co.nz

Are you looking to Buy or Sell a Business?

Are you looking to Buy or Sell a Business?

Shaun Khanna has a business, sales and marketing experience of more than 25 years and is a specialist in selling businesses such as Service Stations, Lotto Stores, Dairies, Supermarkets and Liquor Stores. He also has vast exposure in the hospitality sector. Shaun has sold many businesses and has helped hundreds of buyers and sellers of petrol stations and convenience stores throughout New Zealand. Shaun understands both sides of the transaction from the perspective of both the buyer and the seller as he is a former successful business owner as he had owned and successfully run a big BP Service Station & thoroughly understands how it works.

Shaun Khanna 029 770 9767 shaunk@abcbusiness.co.nz

Shaun Khanna

029 770 9767

shaunk@abcbusiness.co.nz

Shaun offers the degree of professional service that effectively brings business buyers and sellers together to experience successful and desirable outcomes. Shaun has a nationwide network of contacts and a track record of success, receiving many referrals from satisfied buyers and sellers.

For a confidential, no obligation discussion about the sale of your business please give me a call on 029 770 9767 or send an email to shaunk@abcbusiness.co.nz

on 029 770 9767 or send an email to shaunk@abcbusiness.co.nz 2013 2014 RISING 2015/2016 SALESPERSON STAR
2013 2014 RISING 2015/2016 SALESPERSON STAR 2017 LISTER YEAR OF THE RUNNER-UP MOST DYNAMIC 2017
2013
2014
RISING
2015/2016
SALESPERSON
STAR
2017
LISTER
YEAR
OF THE
RUNNER-UP
MOST
DYNAMIC
2017
HI-VIZ
VIDEO
OF THE YEAR
SALESPERSON
LISTER
OF THE YEAR
RUNNER-UP
029 770 9767 www.businessesforsale.co.nz

029 770 9767

www.businessesforsale.co.nz

 

Licensed REAA 2008

STOP WASTING

YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLARS.

ADVERTISE WITH

THE LEADER

THE LEADER
STOP WASTING YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLARS. ADVERTISE WITH THE LEADER AND WATCH YOUR BUSINESS GROW
STOP WASTING YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLARS. ADVERTISE WITH THE LEADER AND WATCH YOUR BUSINESS GROW

AND WATCH YOUR

BUSINESS GROW

STOP WASTING YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLARS. ADVERTISE WITH THE LEADER AND WATCH YOUR BUSINESS GROW

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 XC TO E L H O E U T

Friday, February 15, 2019

XC TO E L H O E U T R AV S E LU O
XC
TO E L
H O E U
T R AV
S E LU O SI F VE
FIJI
ON SALE
FLIGHTS
5 NIGHTS
TRANSFERS
BREAKFAST
INCLUDED
INCLUDED
INCLUDED
DAILY

THE NAVITI RESORT, CORAL COAST

THE NAVITI RESORT, CORAL COAST

FLIGHTS, 5 NIGHTS & TRANSFERS

from

$ 999pp

share twin in a Garden View Room flying Air New Zealand.

Travel: 25 Feb - 31 Mar 2019. More travel dates available, ask in-store

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES Up to 2 kids under 12 years stay, play & eat FREE & use of all non motorised water activities, gym and tennis courts

KIDS STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE
KIDS STAY,
PLAY & EAT
FREE
gym and tennis courts KIDS STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE House of Travel Ponsonby have the

House of Travel Ponsonby have the passion and expertise to make your holiday an amazing experience from the moment we start planning your holiday so come in and visit the team now Great holidays are made better together.

YOUR IDEAS + OUR KNOWLEDGE = BETTER HOLIDAYS

BETTER TOGETHER 340 PONSONBY ROAD I 09 360 5760 I PONSONBY@HOT.CO.NZ

BETTER

TOGETHER

340 PONSONBY ROAD I 09 360 5760 I PONSONBY@HOT.CO.NZ

CONDITIONS: Sale ends 25 Feb 19 • Prices are correct as at 07 Feb 19 • Prices are thereafter subject to change without notice until time of confirmation. Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability • Price is based on the most direct routing but may vary depending on subsequent tax & surcharge

increases • Full payment is required no later than 5 pm 25 Feb 19 • All travel must be commenced and completed as specified

• Some surcharges, closeouts, flight, routing and accommodation restrictions apply. Bedding configurations may vary • All

packages are based on economy class flying Air New Zealand from Auckland to Nadi • For travel from all other Air New Zealand

domestic airports add $160 pp. Travel is via Auckland in both directions. Travel requiring an overnight stay in Auckland to connect with Airline schedules will be at passengers own expense • An airfare surcharge of $10 per person one way applies for travel on

a Friday, Saturday or Sunday • Min/max stays apply • Advertised prices are per person share twin based on payment by cash

or cheque. Credit card fees will apply • Airfares are non-refundable, non-transferable and name changes are not permitted • Amendment and cancellation fees apply • Accommodation ratings are based on House of Travel ratings and are a guide only

to the overall quality of the property. • Packages are subject to availability • Child costs where advertised are based on up to

2 children under 12 years sharing accommodation with 2 adults using existing bedding • Where kids eat free, this is from selected restaurants, from selected menus at set times • Kids club age restrictions apply • Any resort credits that are unused are not refundable, transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash • Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details. CMPPINZ0219

House of Travel consultant for full details. CMPPINZ0219 Fiji artists interpret country’s multicultural ethos

Fiji artists interpret country’s multicultural ethos

Fijian-origin artists (from left) Luisa Tora, Sangeeta Singh (both Auckland-based) and Shivanjani Lal from Sydney
Fijian-origin artists (from left) Luisa Tora, Sangeeta Singh (both Auckland-based) and
Shivanjani Lal from Sydney with Tora and Singh’s sculptures at the opening of Landings.
¡ DEV NADKARNI
T his May, it will be 140 years since the
first shipload of about 500 indentured
labourers from India landed in Fiji
Maps stitched with colourful kite threads;
Detail of one of the clay sculptures (below)
Photos: Dev Nadkarni

aboard the sailing ship Leonidas in 1879. In subsequent years, until 1916, more than 60,000 Indians landed in the islands of Fiji in some 87 sailings mainly from Kolkata but also from Chennai and Mumbai. Though the troubled, often brutal, story of the ‘girmitiyas’ – as the indentured labourers from India came to be known – is well represented in literature published over several decades, it is rarely that one comes across creative responses to the highly emotive girmit experience through other art forms. Last weekend, five Fiji-origin artists from the country’s multiracial milieu came together to host a month long show, ‘Landings’,at the Fresh Gallery in the Auckland suburb of Otara. “The artists explore ideas of loss, removal, grief and how communities have the capacity to remake themselves,” is how the artists describe ‘Landings’. Landings is the artists’ interpretation through their craft and performance (captured on video) of the colonial narrative questioning how the past and current histories are acknowledged. Shivanjani Lal, Zaiba Khan, Luisa Tora, Emele Ugavule and Sangeeta Singh are the five artists who’ve brought their works to Landings. The show is an eclectic creative enterprise expressing through diverse media: video, mixed media and sculpture. The idea for Landings came from Sydney based Shivanjani Lal who was at the show’s inauguration last Saturday. Also present were Auckland based artists Luisa Tora and Sangeeta Singh. Luis and Sangeeta presented a series of sand and clay sculptures jointly moulded by them as they pressed the clay with each other’s palms while in a slow dance in the manner of how wrestlers lock their palms before a bout. The action is captured in a video that is looped on TV screens behind the sculptures displayed on the floorin front of the screens.The video is very much a part of the artwork. It’s innovative performing art producing a work of plastic art! “It’s a metaphorical action showing how culture and society shape themselves as people interact over time,” Sangeeta says. Shivanjani Lal’s series of maps printed on dull grey board with a distinctly retro feel track the movement of the ships that brought in the girmitiyas to their new homeland.

ships that brought in the girmitiyas to their new homeland. The routes between the Indian ports

The routes between the Indian ports and their landing points in Fiji are traced with coloured kite threads, which are also creatively used in her “Yaad Karo” series of photo prints painted with turmeric, to create a special meaning for the subjects in the prints. Melbourne based Zaiba Khan’s artwork incorporates more than 300 copperplate etchings on rag paper as the main substrate. The watercolour illustrations depictglobules and orb-like shapes reminiscent of heavenly bodies in the night skies. Multidisciplinary story teller and videographer EmeleUgavule and ShivanjaniLal also have videos titled “Keep Going” and “I am not here” respectively as part of the show.

WHAT Landings, Art exhibition WHERE Fresh Gallery, 5/46 Fair Mall, Otara Town Centre, Auckland WHEN 9 February-30 March

8
8

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, February 15, 2019

8 N E W Z E A L A N D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Dream… Impossible

¡ TULIKA SAKLANI

Ram Kishore Lakhera was 66 years old, when he decided to chase his childhood dream of studying Homeopathy. He got an opportunity to pursue a four-year diploma in Homeopathy from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It was hard. Not many people encouraged him. His mentor asked him to attend the trial class, but he wasn’t sure whether he could cope up with the pressure of studying all over again. But when he attended the class all started falling into place. In 2011 he took admission in the four- year course in Homeopathy.

T his was the turning point for Ram

Kishore Lakhera, who chose a path to

walk alone and pursue his childhood

dream of becoming a qualified Homeopath in

New Zealand.

dream of becoming a qualified Homeopath in New Zealand. This is aseemingly ordinary story of a

This is aseemingly ordinary story of a man, with an extraordinary zeal to reinvent himself at an age when many others prefer to retire or relax. According to Ram Kishore Lakhera, it was quite a new experience for him. He was used to a rote learning system whereas in New Zealand when he started studying it was more about finding your own path through research and reference system. After the course he started teaching in the same Institute for five years which he thoroughly enjoyed.

same Institute for five years which he thoroughly enjoyed. One can see a sparkle in his

One can see a sparkle in his eyes while he is sharing his experience about Homeopathy. According to him, in Homeopathy symptoms are not meant to be suppressed with medication but used as an indication of what the body needs in order to heal itself. He believes that homeopathy considers the wellbeing of the whole patient –mental, emotional, and physical –when deciding upon a treatment whereas conventional doctors only consider the physical manifestations of an illness and how to treat it. In 2014, when he received the Diploma in New Zealand, he also started practicingHomeopathy. He gives homeopathic treatment free of cost and gives 85% of free homeopathic medicine to the patients. Going down memory lane he remembers that even his father used to never charge fee from patients so that people can understand

the importance of homeopathic medicine.He learnt a lot from his father. As a child, he always had a passion for Homeopathy. The turning point came in Ram Kishore’s life when his father died. After his father’s death he started practicing Homeopathy in India. In 2012 he reached out to Dr Harveen Kaur, who is also a well known Homeopathic doctor in Delhi. Under her supervision he started practicing Homeopathy. Apart from his passion from homeopathy he also got associated with NewZealand Indian Senior Citizen’s association. In Eighties, the elderly parents of working people at that time, felt lonely. From last two years Ram Kishore Lakhera has become the President of this organisation and helps in planning and coordinating events and Indian festivals. Confucius had once said that “It does not mean how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” This is so apt for Ram Kishore Lakhera. Today he has set up an example to all those who believe that It is not possible to pursue education and follow your passion late in life.

Tulika Saklani is a Kiwi-Indian mum, who has worked as journalist in India and is passionate about various social issues

www.indianweekender.co.nz Trust Saffron Finance for expert Mortgage/ Insurance advice backed by years of experience

www.indianweekender.co.nz

Trust Saffron Finance for expert Mortgage/ Insurance advice backed by years of experience Mortgages: Risk
Trust Saffron Finance for
expert Mortgage/ Insurance
advice backed by years
of experience
Mortgages:
Risk Insurances:
Home loans
Life & Trauma
Commercial Property loans
Key Person Cover
Business Loans
Medical / Health
Top up & Debt consolidation
TPD and Income Protection
Re-Finance and Refixing
Mortgage Repayment cover
Investment Property loans
New to Business &
Restructuring of loan
Business Continuity Cover
Construction & Renovation
Redundancy Cover
Nimish Parikh
Registered Financial Adviser
M. 021 236 7070
nimish@saffronfinance.co.nz
18B Kirby Street, Glendene,
Auckland 0602
P O Box - 69263 , Glendene,
Auckland 0645
www.saffronfinance.co.nz
Auckland 0602 P O Box - 69263 , Glendene, Auckland 0645 www.saffronfinance.co.nz DON'T MISS ANY NEWS
Auckland 0602 P O Box - 69263 , Glendene, Auckland 0645 www.saffronfinance.co.nz DON'T MISS ANY NEWS

DON'T MISS ANY NEWS UPDATE

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 9

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND

9
9
Smoking and Vaping in cars with children to be banned ¡ SANDEEP SINGH T he

Smoking and Vaping in cars with children to be banned

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

T he Government had announced to make it illegal to smoke and vape in vehicles when people younger than

18 were inside. Police would be able to issue $50 spot fines to people who broke the new law, which is likely to be enacted by the end of this year. Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa made the announcement on Sunday that the law change will come into effect by an amendment to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. “First and foremost this change is about protecting children. However, it is also part of the Government’s commitment to achieving Smokefree 2025,” Ms Salesa said. Emphasising that the government’s intention was to drive the social change rather than issuing infringement notices Ms Salesa said, “Ultimately, the focus of this change will be on education and changing social norms – not on issuing infringement notices.” “There is strong support for legislating. Multiple surveys have shown around 90 per cent of people support a stop to smoking in cars with children present. “New Zealand will join other countries such as Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, parts of the United States, and most of Canada – where smoking in cars with children is already prohibited,” Mrs Salesa said. Vaping will also be included in the prohibition and it will apply to all vehicles both parked and on the move.

Sanatan Dharm Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha NZ completes 25 years

Dharm Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha NZ completes 25 years ¡ SANDEEP SINGH Auckland based religious organisation

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

Auckland based religious organisation Shree Sanatan Dharm Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha NZ celebrated its silver-anniversary in a colourful event on Saturday, February 3.

This year marks 25th anniversary of our existence in New Zealand – an important landmark - that we wished to celebrate with all our members and the wider community,” Pandit Shradhanand, Secretary of Mahasabha told The Indian Weekender. The event started with the traditional singing of national anthems of three countries, India, Fiji, and New Zealand, led by Waitakere Hindi School children, who were part of many cultural

performances, such as enactment of Ramayan, at the event. However, a major attraction, and also noted by the Guest of Honour, Hon. Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon during his address at the event, was the skilful use of traditional Indian musical instruments such as tabla, harmonium and dholak, by school children to provide music to the Kiwi national anthem. “The manner in which our fellow Fiji-Indian brothers and sisters have preserved Indian culture and heritage over the last hundred years is not only commendable but also gives them a special place within the broader global Indian diaspora,” Mr Dhillon said. “I congratulate President, Secretary and all members of Shree Sanatan Dharm Purohit Brahmin Mahasabha NZ for completing 25 years,” Mr Dhillon said. “I would also like to acknowledge the great work being done by Waitakere Hindi School in educating our younger generation in Hindi language and Indian culture,” Mr Dhillon said. Certificates were given to all founding

Mr Dhillon said. Certificates were given to all founding members (and current priests) to recognise their

members (and current priests) to recognise their contributions in the organisation over the years. Expressing rejoices and gratitude for successful completion of twenty years of the organisation Mahasabha President Arish Maharaj told The Indian Weekender, “It was a landmark occasion for us. “Therefore we decided to celebrate it together by recognising contributions of every founding member, right from the very beginning till now, to acknowledge their efforts in keeping this organisation alive and healthy in NZ.” The Mahasabha has worked over the years for the maintenance of Sanatan Dharma and Hindu spiritual practice as a whole in New Zealand. Toward the end, a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural performances and dinner.

a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
a big cake was cut to mark the 25th-anniversary celebrations, followed by a range of cultural
10
10

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, February 15, 2019

10 N E W Z E A L A N D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Government proposes merging 16 polytechnics

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

T he government is proposing to merge

all 16 polytechnics into one single

national entity.

This was announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins on Wednesday, February 13, while releasing the proposal for public consultations. Mr Hipkins said the proposal included creating a New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology that would have a single governing council and would manage all 16 institutes’ capital and operational budgets, staffing, and computer systems for managing their courses. “The world around us is changing rapidly and our education system needs to keep up,” Chris Hipkins said. “At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke. “The strong labour market is encouraging young people to move directly into the workforce rather than continue in formal education when it needs to be smarter and accommodate both. And our system isn’t geared up for the future economy, where re-training and up-skilling will be a regular feature of everyone’s working life. “Instead of our institutes of technology retrenching, cutting programmes, and closing campuses, we need them to expand their course delivery in more locations around the country. “It’s time to reset the whole system and fundamentally rethink the way we view vocational education and training, and how it’s delivered, Mr Hipkins said.

and training, and how it’s delivered, Mr Hipkins said. The proposals are: • Redefined roles for

The proposals are:

Redefined roles for education providers and industry bodies (Industry Training Organisations (ITOs)) to extend the leadership role of industry and employers;

• Bringing together the 16 existing ITPs as one entity with the working title of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology with a robust regional network of provision; and

A unified vocational education funding system. Public consultation is open until March 27. National Party had criticised the proposal sighting it will result in massive job losses and take power away from the regions for deciding

job losses and take power away from the regions for deciding and acting on what is

and acting on what is appropriate for skill shortage in their backyard. “Amalgamation and centralisation on a national scale will reduce education and training opportunities in the regions,” National Spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Shane Reti said. “We understand that 1000 FTEs are at risk with the restructure and that their functions will be performed centrally. Many student services simply have to be conducted face to face and are unsuitable for centralisation,” Mr Reti said. However, Mr Hipkins disregarded the suggestion saying there was no recent advice on how many staff would be affected. There has been a mixed and cautious

response from the Institute of technologies and the industry organisations planning to go through the cull. The Skills Organisation Chief Executive Garry Fissenden told Radio NZ that the system is already as simple as possible. “Nearly 12 months were spent consulting with the polytech sector but seven weeks will be spent consulting with a sector that has 145,000 students and 25,000 firms involved. ““It’s actually almost totally disrespectful to the firms that I represent to actually do that in seven weeks,” Mr Fissenden was quoted as saying by Radio NZ. Sir Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill, criticised the government for the radical move saying it will be devastating for the Southern Institute of Technology. Others have been more circumspect in their response to the proposed changes. Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Chief Executive Tony Gray had said while he knew broadly what upcoming changes may occur, there was a “significant lack of detail”. Mr Gray was quoted by Stuff news website saying, “This means that it is important for Ara to focus on the day-to-day context of its work for students and colleagues. As always, our focus will be on ensuring a productive and enjoyable year ahead for our students.” Employers and Manufacturers Association and Tertiary Education Union also cautiously welcomed the proposed changes.

••

BEAUTY SERVICES WANTED OPENING JUNE 2019 * RETAIL SPACES OPENING IN JUNE Don’t miss out
BEAUTY
SERVICES
WANTED
OPENING
JUNE
2019
*
RETAIL SPACES OPENING IN JUNE
Don’t miss out on securing the prefect space for your beauty business in the
CBD’s newest pedestrian retail precinct. Located in Nelson Street below the
award winning Sugartree apartment complex.
Whether you are a hair stylist, beautician, massage therapist or nail
technician contact us today to discuss the possibilities for your new
beauty business.
Julie Warbrick
022 639 3028 | julie@sugartree.co.nz
MEZZANINE FLOOR 39m 2
(Resource Consented)
SUGARTREELANE.CO.NZ
P4
C3
OUTDOOR
77m 2
108m 2
C5
C6
A8
OUTDOOR
136m 2
165m 2
C8
224m 2
147m 2
N
A9
A11
56m 2
OUTDOOR
OUTDOOR
A7
99m 2
W
E
CENTRO
64m
2
OUTDOOR
S
ALTRO
PRIMA
P8
58m 2
A6
OUTDOOR
76m 2
A10
OUTDOOR
68m 2
ALTRO
OUTDOOR
A5
A2
OUTDOOR
LOWER LEVEL
91m 2
113m 2
P2
82m 2
AVAILABLE
A4
A3
P12
114m 2
106m 2
39m 2
OCCUPIED
P1
50m 2
UNION STREET
* PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE
NELSON STREET

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 11

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND

11
11

Government lets down New Zealanders

Bhartiya Samaj seniors felicitate Hon Consul of India

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi National party List MP

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

National party List MP

The number of children in benefit dependent

households is up, the number of care and protection reports is up, the number of family violence referrals for child abuse and neglect is up, the number of recorded offences against children under the age of 15 for serious assault resulting in injury is up, young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS) is up, the number of people on jobseeker benefit is up, household indebtedness is up, the cost of living has risen faster for low income families and the number of total ECE enrolments down. For a Government that claimed that ‘children are at the heart of everything we do’ the Salvation Army State of the Nation report should serve as an eye opener. I have repeatedly pointed out that this Government is big on rhetoric that doesn’t match the reality. This Labour led coalition Government is failing New Zealanders on all fronts – from housing to our children and vulnerable New Zealanders. This Government talks about supporting the most vulnerable and improving wellbeing, but it’s the results that matter. National’s social investment approach which set targets, measured progress and meant the Government was accountable for the improvements it was making to peoples’ lives because it’s improving lives that matters. Now we have a Government that talks a lot about aspiration, but this report makes it clear that good intentions don’t make for good policy, or good outcomes.

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

 

T he seniors at the

Bhartiya Samaj

Charitable Trust has

T he Government’s ‘no eviction’ policy

and soft stance on criminal and anti-

social behaviour has seen neighbours

forced to put up with unruly Housing New Zealand tenants. More and more innocent and law-abiding people are being forced to uproot their lives and live elsewhere due to this Government’s decision not to evict tenants due to anti-social behaviour. Just as it may be the Government’s job to ensure all New Zealander’s have a roof over their head, it is also the Government’s job to ensure law-abiding families are able to continue living their lives without fear of their neighbours, instead this Government is willing to protect tenants who are involved in criminal behaviour and disrupting the entire street. A home should be a safe haven for families, not a place of intimidation and fear. Negligence of law-abiding New Zealanders is not limited to housing. The annual Salvation Army State of the Nation report shows that a Government which

claims to make the wellbeing of children and families its top priority is failing them miserably.

Thanking everyone for the felicitation, Mr Dhillon also acknowledged the work being done by Bhartiya

Thanking everyone for the felicitation, Mr Dhillon also acknowledged the work being done by Bhartiya Samaj over the last couple of decades. “I am sincerely thankful for the support that I constantly receive from our community organisations like Bhartiya Samaj,” Mr Dhillon said. “I sincerely appreciate the vision of your organisation and the relentless efforts put by volunteers and members here, year after year, to make a genuine impact within our community,” Mr Dhillon said. The felicitation ceremony was followed by various entertainment performances and lunch served to all guests.

come together on Saturday, February 9, to felicitate Bhav Dhillon, Hon. Consul of India, for receiving Pravasi Bhartiya Samman. Mr Dhillon was recently awarded Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by President of India Ram Nath Kobind in a state ceremony in Varanasi, India in the category of excellence in business and services to the Indian Diaspora. Felicitating Mr Dhillon, the Chairman of the Trust Jeet Suchdev said, “It is a great pleasure for all of us here to honour Mr Dhillon for receiving the highest award that a person of Indian origin can get from the Government of India. “The Samman speaks itself for the kind of work Mr Dhillon do for our communities,” Mr Suchdev said. Speaking on the occasion Mr Dhillon shared his experience of being present at the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, which was the biggest conglomeration of the global Indian diaspora under the aegis of the Government of India.

FOOD OUTLETS WANTED This award-winning development is looking for food outlets to open in Sugartree
FOOD OUTLETS
WANTED
This award-winning development is looking for food outlets to open in
Sugartree Lane, a convenient pedestrian lane linking Union and Nelson
Streets in Auckland’s central city.
OPENING
JUNE
Surrounded by outdoor garden areas with courtyard or city views, Sugartree
Lane has a range of spaces to perfectly fit the size of your restaurant or
takeaway business.
2019
*
By the end of 2019 over 10,000 people will live or work close to Sugartree
Lane so come in and discuss the possibilities your new food business today.
DON’T MISS OUT, CONTACT US TODAY TO VIEW.
Julie Warbrick
022 639 3028 | julie@sugartree.co.nz
SUGARTREELANE.CO.NZ
* PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE
12
12

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, February 15, 2019

12 N E W Z E A L A N D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Haldi Kumkum on the beach ¡ DEV NADKARNI A bunch of women friends and kids
Haldi Kumkum on the beach
¡ DEV NADKARNI
A bunch of women friends
and kids from Auckland’s
Maharashtrian community
made the most of the warm,
sunny weather last Sunday
at their outing on the
Mission Bay beach.
I t was more than just an outing in that
the ladies also celebrated the traditional
The group of
ladies on Mission
Bay beach
Tribute
concert to
legendary
composer
Shrinivas
Khale
Haldi Kunku ceremony traditionally held
between Uttarayan and the day before Vasant
panchami (which augurs the coming of spring).
A tradition that is particularly popular in the
western Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa,
Rajasthan and Gujarat (where it is also the
tradition to fly kites), it is essentially a social
event.
Married women get together and apply
haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermillion)
on one another’s foreheads, exchange gifts
and socialise over a light repast that includes
‘Tilgul’, the traditional sweet preparation for
Sankranti.
The significance of the ceremony is to wish
one another a long and happy wedded life and
for the wellbeing of their spouses and families.
“Haldi Kunku at Mission Bay turned out to
be a good blend of celebrating our tradition as
well as a fun outing for the kids on a balmy
Auckland Sunday,” Shweta Divekar, one of
the organisers of the event, told The Indian
Weekender.
“The ladies arrived at the planned meeting
point – the fountain – with gifts, flowers, Tilgul,
snacks and lots of enthusiasm.”
The ladies are part of a group that was initially
Applying
Haldi-
¡
DEV NADKARNI
Kumkum on
the beach
S war Sadhana Academy of Indian Music
and Mohan Nadkarni Foundation will
jointly host a tribute concert to one of
formed through kids and parents performing
Marathi dances at various venues in Auckland.
The group gathers every so often to celebrate
traditions like Sankranti Haldi kunku, Chaitri
Haldi kunku, Gudi Padwa, Gauri-Ganpati and
so on, in a bid to keep our traditions alive and
relevant to the next generation.
“It’s a good way to follow our culture – and
if the venue is a nice picnic spot, that makes it
India’s most talented music composers, the
late Padma Bhushan Shrinivas Khale (1926-
2011).
better to entertain children and
partners,” Mrs Divekar said.
Shweta
Divekar with
a bowl of
sweets
The tribute concert, titled Shukra Tara after
one of his best-known compositions, will be
held on Saturday, March16, 6 pm at the Mt
Eden war Memorial Hall, Balmoral, Auckland.
Entry to the concert is free. However,
registration is required (details will be
publicised through Facebook shortly). The
event is supported by the Auckland Marathi
Association.
Mumbai-based Shrinivas Khale composed songs in
Marathi as well as Hindi that have eventually become famous
ISO 9001
C
E R T I F I E D
G
C S
www.marsden.ac.nz
SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES AVAILABLE
FEES FREE FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS
IT’S ALL ABOUT
AND YOUR
FUTURE
in Bengali, Gujarati and Sanskrit languages.
Almost every popular singer has lent their voice to his
compositions including Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle,
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Sudhir Phadke, Suman Kalyanpur,
Anuradha Paudwal, Shankar Mahadevan and Suresh Wadkar.
He was instrumental in moulding the latter two, Shankar
Mahadevan and Suresh Wadkar in their younger years as their
mentor.
But Shrinivas Khale is most well known for his
compositions of Sant Vani, the abhangs (lyrical devotional
verses) of Maharashtra’s historical saint poets, sung by none
other than Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. A similar
Hindi series that the two collaborated on and that became best
sellers was “Suno Bhai Sadho” with verses by Hindi saint
poets.
In fact, Santvani as a genre could well be attributed to
PanditKhale.
Swar Sadhana’s Sandhya Rao Badakere herself has had a
long tutelage under Khaleji. “This is my small tribute to his
memory in gratitude for all that he taught me and did for my
musical training,” Sandhyaji says.
Khaleji was conferred dozens of awards – from national
awards like Padma Bhushan and Lata Mangeshkar Award to
Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Best Music Director Award.
He was also awarded the golden disc for 50 years’ service
to music.
Presenting Khaleji’s memorable compositions will be a
range of Auckland’s own talented singers and instrumentalists:
Arun Khotkar, Hemant Shirsat, Bhushan Phalnikar, Vidya
Teke, Shweta Divekar-Shirsat, Guncha Singh, Mayuri Bhole,
Srishaa Iyer, Siddhi Nigudkar, Ekta Kumar, Maitreyee Pande,
Prajakta Pande, Shikha Shetia and Sandhya Badakere.
Arun khotkar on Harmonium, Hemant Thaker on keyboards,
Vivek Anturkar and Aniket Joshi on table and Bhushan
Phalnikar on side rhythms will accompany. Commentary will
be by Dr Nilima Upadhyay and Kaustubh Pethe.
BUSINESS AND
BUILDING AND
ELECTRICAL
COMPUTING
MANAGEMENT
CONSTRUCTION
ENGINEERING
AND IT
What: Shukra Tara, musical tribute to Padma
BhushanShrinivasKhale
Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Balmoral,
Auckland
When: Saturday, 16 March at 6 pm
Entry: FREE

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 13

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND

13
13

NRI Marriage Registration Bill introduced in Indian parliament’s

Registration Bill introduced in Indian parliament’s ¡ IWK BUREAU Act, 1967 would empower the passport

¡ IWK BUREAU

Bill introduced in Indian parliament’s ¡ IWK BUREAU Act, 1967 would empower the passport authorities to

Act, 1967 would empower the passport authorities to impound or cause to be impounded or revoke a passport or travel document of a, NRI, if it is brought to his notice that the person has not registered his marriage within a period of 30 days from the date of marriage. The proposed amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 would also empower the courts for the issuance of summons and warrants through the specifically-designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It further provides for attachment of the properties, both movable and immovable, belonging to a proclaimed offender.

I ndia’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on

Monday introduced the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indians Bill in the Upper House of the parliament. The Bill seeks to provide safeguards to Indian women who are trapped in fraudulent marriages with Non- Resident Indians (NRIs). “Therefore, it is necessary that the marriage solemnized or otherwise in India or outside India shall be registered within a period of 30 days from the date of marriage,” Bill’s objectives state. “It has been decided to bring in legislation to provide for compulsory registration of marriage for better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouses under various family laws,” it added. The Bill also seeks to amend the Passport Act, 1967 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. The proposed amendment to the Passport

More government funding to support wellbeing of international students

funding to support wellbeing of international students Michael Wood Labour MP and Parliamentary Under- Secretary

Michael Wood

Labour MP and Parliamentary Under- Secretary for Ethnic Communities

T he wellbeing of international students

is hugely important, but was neglected

under the previous government which

focussed too much on increasing numbers. The challenges that face International students who are in a new country, at a young age with limited knowledge of language are real, and we need to ensure that they are not exploited. Unfortunate cases of exploitation, fatal accidents, and shattered expectations have arisen in recent years. In addition to our human concern for the affected students, such reports, particularly when amplified in overseas media can cause real damage to the industry and New Zealand’s international reputation. The Government is taking serious steps to improve the wellbeing of international students and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has

confirmed investment of $531,000 in projects

supporting international student wellbeing as

part of its work on the International Education

Strategy.

Improving and safeguarding the quality of our international education sector, and protecting the wellbeing of students are at the centre of New Zealand’s International

Education Strategy.

“I want every international student who comes

to New Zealand to study to feel welcome, safe

and supported so they get the most out of their stay and feel valued for the contribution they make to New Zealand,” says Minister Hipkins. The second International Student Wellbeing Strategy funding round has committed the money to support 10 projects, with the focus this round on international student mental health and/or safety. Some of the funded projects are in the areas of provision of legal advice and support by and for international students, sexual health and water safety resources, support to prevent international student victimisation and mental health first aid trainingfor international students and for staff who work with international students. Proposals were selected by a collaborative group consisting of international students, sector representatives, community and ethnic organisations and relevant government agencies. The International Student Wellbeing Strategy funding is provided through the Export Education Levy, which is paid by international education providers as a percentage of international tuition fees. The coalition Government’s approach strikes

a balance between sustainable growth in the international education sector, currently worth $5.1 billion a year to the New Zealand economy, and making a clear commitment to students’ learning experience and lifting quality.

a year to the New Zealand economy, and making a clear commitment to students’ learning experience
14 NEW ZEALAND Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender Pics from Krishna Holi 2019,
14
NEW ZEALAND
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Indian Weekender
Pics from Krishna Holi 2019, Kumeu

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FIJI 15

Friday, February 15, 2019

FIJI

15
15

RATU EPELI’S APPOINTMENT AS SPEAKER, AN HONOR SAYS PM

I n a secret ballot this morning

in Parliament, Ratu Epeli’s

n a secret ballot this morning in Parliament, Ratu Epeli’s Prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Ratu Epeli

Prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Biman Prasad

nomination.

you know the National

Federation Party is a party in Opposition. We make our own decisions and on this issue, the party made a decision to support Ratu

“As

Epeli Nailatikau as the Speaker of Parliament.” Opposition Nominee Tanya Waqanika was defeated having attained 21 votes.

appointment was confirmed with

30 votes in his favour. Ratu Epeli has previously served in

the Speaker role from 2001 to 2005,

a spur of the moment appointment

then, after accompanying his wife Adi Koila Mara to be sworn in as a senator.

“So I want to emphasize that, that I am here as the servant of this house and I look forward to working with you all.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Ratu Epeli was a standout choice.

“It’s good, we are very honoured to have him as

a Speaker and we all

know that he’s going

to do a good job.” It

somewhat a bipartisan

choice with the National Federation Party throwing their votes behind Ratu Epeli’s

"It’s good, we are very honoured to have him as a Speaker and we all
"It’s
good, we are
very honoured
to have him as a
Speaker and we all
know that he’s going
to do a good
job."

was

also

NFP Leader, Professor Biman Prasad says they were simply using their

prerogative.

Bainimarama keen on developing Sugar Industry

P rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says there have been improvements in the

Sugar Industry since 2006. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Bainimarama says there are avenues put together by government to bolster the industry. He says there are contributing factors which led to the decline of the sugar industry over the years. “Land Leases which starts expiring in 1996 and its politicization have seen a reduction in farmlands available for Sugar can farming.”

Bainimarama clarifies that a lot of factors need to be considered before comments are made about the decline in the industry.

Land Leases which starts expiring in 1996 and its politicization have seen a reduction in farmlands available for Sugar can farming

The Prime Minister says the government will do whatever it takes

Minister says the government will do whatever it takes to assist farmers and at the same

to assist farmers and at the same time further implement more development

programmes.

Brain drain in the health sector curbed says Dr Waqainabete

T he public health sector is going through a revitalization with attrition rates now below 10 per cent.

Health Minister, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete explains that a number of factors have made this possible. Speaking in Parliament, Dr. Waqainabete notes that from 1987 to 1999, attrition rates soared to over 77 percent. He says doctors and medical staff left Fiji and the public health sector in droves. “My graduating class of 1996 of 14, last year one was employed back into the service. Now there’s only two, from the 14, only two remain in the service. The class in the next year, 1997, only two left in the civil service. The class of 1998, I believe, I’ve checked around, unless there’s one left, there’s none left in the service.” With better retention now, Dr. Waqanaibete says other than political stability, there are also better working conditions and salaries. “The starting salary for doctors now is $45,000

salaries. “The starting salary for doctors now is $45,000 so we’re able to recruit, we’re able

so we’re able to recruit, we’re able to retain. Our highest paid doctors are paid about $140,000 a year.”

Meanwhile, the Health Minister also noted that there are 804 doctors currently working within the sector with 196 positions vacant.

www.indianweekender.co.nz

The most visited Indian news website in New Zealand *

For online advertising options, email at sales@indianweekender.co.nz

Wining the Sustainable Development Leadership ward is a win for developing states: PM

P rime Minister Voreqe

Bainimarama says him

winning the Sustainable

Development Leadership Award is more than a win for himself or Fiji but a win for small and developing states. While accepting this years Award by The Energy and Resources Institute in India Bainimarama says the size of a country does not matter when it comes to impacting the world, rather it is the volume of the message. Bainimarama could not be in Delhi to receive the award as Fiji has parliament sitting from today and sent a video message. He thanked the institute and its director-general Ajay Mathur for the great honour . Bainimarama also thanked th government of India saying that India has stood with Fiji from the begining as a financial backers of COP23 Presidency and their assistance in other areas of Fiji’s development has helped Fiji into the position of strength and prosperity that we have today.

$234M pumped through movie production in the last three years

M ore than $230million was directly injected into the economy through various

movie productions in the last three years. Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted this in parliament today saying $43 million was pumped into the economy in 2016, $94million in 2017 and $97 million last year. Sayed-Khaiyum says the Income Tax Film Making and Audio Visual Incentives Regulation 2016 stipulates that overseas production houses need to engage local staff. He adds that recent production of Survivor series had employed 500 locals while a feature film currently being shot in Fiji has employed 100 locals. “Because of the number of productions have been coming to Fiji some of the locals have actually now become a bit of an expert. So in one of the production, one local crew went to the level of assistant director. So you see if I get into the movie industry as a Fijian and if I go into four or five productions, I develop a particular knowledge base so anybody that is coming to shoot the movie says go to him because he knows the stuff. So that is actually what is happening.” Opposition MP Mikaele Leawere had questioned about Government plans to train local participant’s story writing, dialogue, and cameramen and stage set up for movies.

Thought of the week Editorial Three needs of Indian infrastructure: Revenues, revenues & revenues T
Thought of the week Editorial Three needs of Indian infrastructure: Revenues, revenues & revenues T

Thought of the weekEditorial Three needs of Indian infrastructure: Revenues, revenues & revenues T he current discourse on

Editorial Three needs of Indian infrastructure: Revenues, revenues & revenues T he current discourse on
Editorial
Three needs of
Indian infrastructure:
Revenues, revenues
& revenues
T he current discourse on infrastructure focuses on the amount of funding needed for its
Mostly
creation. While the talk about the need for funding is essential, to indeed create more
sunny,
funding for infrastructure, the infrastructure ecosystem itself needs to start focusing more
pleasant
on “revenues”.
“Revenues” here mean the returns the infrastructure assets will generate to compensate the
investors for the risk undertaken. Essentially, revenue generating mechanisms and greater clarity
amongst investors on the revenue generating mechanisms that will create the cash flows to deliver
investment returns are the keys to unlocking funding.
In finance parlance, the discussion needs to focus both on the quality and the quantity of the cash
flows from the infrastructure assets.
To move towards greater clarity on revenue generation, a clear catalogue needs to be created
where all infrastructure assets required are broadly classified under three categories.
The first comprises assets that have a revenue-generating capacity to adequately compensate
investors for the risk, e.g., a high-quality airport. Second, assets that have the revenue generating
capacity, but need subsidies to provide an adequate return to the investors for the risks involved,
e.g., a Metro railway project.
The third are assets that have economic benefits but do not themselves generate revenues at all,
e.g., a non-toll road asset.
For assets that generate revenues, the emphasis must be on clear contract design that elucidates
the revenue waterfall for the asset and on the predictability of the cash flows. It is important to
realise that the investors who are looking to invest in Indian infrastructure are mostly managing
global portfolios across asset classes.
Therefore, Indian assets need to compete with other asset classes from both India and abroad to
attract capital.
The greater the clarity around revenues and the associated risks, the easier will it be to draw a
more substantial quantum of money for infrastructure, and that too at lower costs.
Infrastructure financing through improving “revenue visibility” and “revenue predictability”
leads to a virtuous circle whereby greater clarity around revenues leads to both greater quantity and
lower cost funding, which in turn helps more viable projects to take off. The “asset monetisation”
scheme that has been in talks in recent times will get a significant boost if the focus on “revenues”
is built up further.
For assets that require part or full subsidies, the government will need to get greater clarity on
what component of the budget will finance the much-needed infrastructure. Across infrastructure
sectors such as water, power evacuation and highways, clear demarcation of fund allocation, usage
and results will be crucial in delivering the much-needed assets.
It is also important to note that there is significant dispersion in the revenue generating capacity
of assets within the same asset class.
For instance, certain commercially busy stretches of roadways may lead to lucrative toll-road
contracts whereas roads elsewhere might have significant economic benefits such as border roads
but might need subsidies from the government for their financial viability.
The ability to implement flexible policies that consider the variability of financial returns
from various assets within an asset class will help improve “revenue” generating capacity for
infrastructure overall.
For instance, given the variability in the wind energy capacity of various sites, India’s wind
energy policy needs to account for the fact that highly competitive auctions that may work on
the best wind sites may not be conducive to rapid infrastructure creation once the best sites are
exhausted.
Additionally, besides the revenue sources, ensuring investors that contracts will be enforced
without demur or recourse is essential.
In a world with increasing macroeconomic volatility, pricing of revenue streams from
infrastructure assets will vary as the various determinants such as the cost of funding, initial capital
expenditures and foreign exchange rates vary.
Therefore, the better the contract enforcement mechanism, the higher the risk-adjusted revenues
from infrastructure projects, thereby greater the investor interest in Indian infrastructure.
Therefore, though much has been written and said about the opportunity and the challenges that
Indian infrastructure involves, the next step should be a renewed focus on “revenues” that assets
can generate.
We must ensure that measures are taken to improve “revenue” visibility, and to provide
alternative financing solutions when asset revenues are not sufficient.
financing solutions when asset revenues are not sufficient. "Look up at the stars and not down

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." – Stephen Hawking

Auckland Weather forecast for the week February 15 – February 21, 2018 Fri Sat Sun
Auckland Weather forecast for the week
February 15 – February 21, 2018
Fri
Sat
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thu
A p.m.
A passing
A couple
Clouds
Sun and
Mostly
shower in
morning
of morning
and sun,
some clouds
sunny
place
shower
showers
pleasant
27°
25°
24°
25°
28°
25°
222°
18°
18°
17°
18°
18°
19°
19°

This week in New Zealand’s history

15 February 1978

NZ beats England in a cricket test for the first time

N ew Zealand suffered many test defeats at the hands of England’s cricketers before finally winning for the first time at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in February 1978.

16 February 1986

Sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov

A t 5.37 p.m. on 16 February 1986 the Soviet cruise liner Mikhail Lermontov hit rocks off Cape Jackson in the Marlborough Sounds.

17 February 1873

'The Russians are coming!'

O n 17 February 1873, Aucklanders awoke to the alarming news that a Russian warship had entered Auckland Harbour undetected and landed troops.

18 February 1957

New Zealand's last execution

W alter Bolton, a 68-year-old Whanganui farmer, became the last person executed in New

Zealand. Convicted for the murder of his wife, Beatrice, he was hanged at Mt Eden prison

following a controversial trial.

22 February 2011

Christchurch earthquake kills 185

A t 12.51 p.m. on Tuesday 22 February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake caused severe damage in Christchurch and Lyttelton, killing 185 people and injuring several thousand.

Indian Weekender : Volume 10 Issue 46

Publisher: Kiwi Media Publishing Limited

Content Editor: Sandeep Singh | sandeep@indianweekender.co.nz

Chief Reporter: Rizwan Mohammad | rizwan@indianweekender.co.nz

Chief Technical Officer: Rohan Desouza | rohan@indianweekender.co.nz

Sr Graphics and Layout Designer: Mahesh Kumar | mahesh@indianweekender.co.nz

Graphic Designer: Yashmin Chand | design@indianweekender.co.nz

Accounts and Admin.: 09-2173623 | accounts@indianweekender.co.nz

Sales and Distribution: 021 952218 | sales@indianweekender.co.nz

Views expressed in the publication are not necessarily of the publisher and the publisher is not responsible for advertisers’ claims as appearing in the publication

Views expressed in the articles are solely of the authors and do not in any way represent the views of the team at the Indian Weekender

Kiwi Media Publishing Limited - 133A, Level 1, Onehunga Mall, Onehunga, Auckland.

Printed at Horton Media, Auckland

Copyright 2017. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Onehunga, Auckland. Printed at Horton Media, Auckland Copyright 2017. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Onehunga, Auckland. Printed at Horton Media, Auckland Copyright 2017. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Onehunga, Auckland. Printed at Horton Media, Auckland Copyright 2017. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Onehunga, Auckland. Printed at Horton Media, Auckland Copyright 2017. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited. All Rights Reserved.

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

Friday, February 15, 2019

OPINION/EDITORIAL

17
17

Will India get a coalition government this summer?

AMULYA GANGULI

I f the opinion polls are to be believed, India

is heading for another period of coalitions.

The reason is that the next general

election is expected to produce a “hung” Parliament, where neither of the two major contenders - the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its opponents - will be able to secure a majority. Conventional wisdom also points in that direction because it is difficult to believe that a ruling party which is palpably far less popular than what it was even a couple of years ago will be able to repeat its performance of 2014. Neither will the combine led by it - the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - because the erosion of the government’s popularity will drag down its allies as well. If the NDA cannot cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in Parliament, neither will its opponents - not even collectively, let alone singly. For a start, their hope of fielding one candidate from among them against the BJP in every constituency has been dashed by their failure to act unitedly in several states. For instance, the Congress could not align with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in any of the three recent assembly elections. Nor was it possible for the Samajwadi Party- BSP combine to reach an understanding with the Congress for the 80 parliamentary seats in UP. These rifts show that the opposition will approach the general election as a divided house in nearly all the states except perhaps in

Maharashtra, where the Congress has reached an understanding with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the state’s 48 parliamentary seats. The BJP will expect this disarray among its adversaries to benefit it, but the NDA’s own condition doesn’t give much hope. For one, some of its allies like the Telugu

give much hope. For one, some of its allies like the Telugu Desam and the Rashtriya

Desam and the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party have already walked into the opposition camp. For another, the BJP had to bend over backwards to keep restive partners like the Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janashakti Party in tow. They will become even more assertive if the NDA doesn’t get a majority and the BJP becomes more dependent on them. For a third, there is still no certainty that the BJP and the Shiv Sena will end their constant bickering and fight the elections together. What these ruptures within the two opposing sides suggest is how difficult it will be for them to forge a viable unity after the elections in the event of their falling short of a majority. True, India hasn’t been a stranger to coalitions either at the centre or in the states. Ever since the diminution of the Congress’s pre-eminent position from the 1960s, coalitions have been the order of the day. Some of them. like the Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front in Kerala have succeeded in maintaining their unity and rule effectively, usually in alternate five-year terms. The centre, too, saw successful coalitions

in the post-1990 scenario with Atal Behari Vajpayee’s mammoth 24-party alliance providing a sterling example of togetherness. Will a fractured mandate throw up a similar example of bonhomie or will it revive the worst fears about ruling alliances with each constituent constantly sniping at the others? The BJP’s current propaganda is based on depicting such a scenario about its successors with the party chief, Amit Shah, saying that the scene will be so chaotic that each day of the week will see a new Prime Minister. Among these claimants will be Rahul Gandhi, whose name has already been proposed by Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the DMK president, M.K. Stalin. Conjectures in the political grapevine have mentioned Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati as the two others. But much will depend on how many seats their parties will get. One of the reasons why the West Bengal Chief Minister wants her party to contest not only the 42 seats in the state, but also venture into 14 other states is to shore up her party’s numbers, especially in view of the serious

challenge which she is facing from the BJP in West Bengal. Similarly, Mayawati’s decision to field her candidates in 38 seats in UP is based on the need for numbers. She is also likely to set up candidates in several other states as well. Even as the BJP draws some satisfaction

from the generally self-serving strategies of the

17

PM wannabes in the “secular” camp, there is also speculation about the BJP’s future if it fails to get a majority - notwithstanding its slogan of “abki baar, 400 par” - since questions are bound to rise about Narendra Modi’s continuance as the PM if only because the entire responsibility for a setback will be attributed to him even more than to his Man Friday, Amit Shah. It is in this context that some of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s kinder, gentler comments have been interpreted as an attempt to position himself as a successor who can get along with the allies. There will be a scramble, therefore, for partners - cutting across party lines - if there is a “hung” Parliament.

(Amulya Ganguli is a political analyst.

The Gandhi-Casey talks: The Mahatma’s little-known Australian interlocutor

KAMA MACLEAN

R ichard Gardiner Casey is

well known in Australia

as one of its most eminent

postwar statesmen. He served as its External Affairs Minister from 1951-60, forging Australia’s foreign policy and later, at the end of his career, as its Governor-General. Little is known, however, about his role as Governor of Bengal from 1944-46. Indeed the announcement of his appointment in January 1944 was unexpected, for no Australian had been appointed to such high office in India. It was arguably the most difficult time to be appointed as Governor of Bengal: the province was in crisis, deeply unsettled at several levels. After the fall of Burma in 1941, Bengal lay exposed to the frontline of war; in late 1943 Calcutta and its docks were bombed; and many feared a Japanese invasion. More significantly, the province was still in the grip of a devastating famine that had hit in 1943, that would kill an estimated three million people. During his time in India, Casey repeatedly projected himself - to Indians and Britons alike – as an Australian; in doing so situating himself as an engaged intermediary in the face of an increasingly febrile, and fractured, nationalist movement facing impending decolonisation. Perhaps the clearest example of this

decolonisation. Perhaps the clearest example of this is in his informal meetings with Mahatma Gandhi in

is in his informal meetings with Mahatma Gandhi in late 1945 and early 1946 in which Casey acted as a proxy for Gandhi to communicate to the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, flying in the face of protocol. Gandhi first made contact with Casey in April 1945 through his emissary, Sudhir Ghosh. Gandhi arrived in Calcutta on December 1, 1945, immediately initiating a series of evening meetings with Casey that would last some six weeks. This was, technically, a breach of protocol, for the matters under discussion - especially those dealing with the rapidly impending transfer of power - did not fall under the purview of the Governor of a single

province, but under that of the Viceroy. Given this, Casey was curious that the Mahatma had chosen to approach him, and not Wavell directly. Gandhi and Casey’s discussions increasingly became concerned with the politics of the transfer of power and the degeneration in political negotiations between the British, Muslim League and the Congress. Gandhi said that he was “utterly distrustful” of British promises, rattling off a list of British perfidy, which concluded with the Viceroy’s to proceed at Simla without the participation of the Muslim League, leading to the collapse of the negotiations. On one occasion, on December

3, Gandhi came to see Casey at Government House while he was observing a day of silence, leaving the conversation rather one-sided. The following day, on December 4, Gandhi suggested that Casey meet Maulana Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel when they arrived in Calcutta for the meetings of the Congress Working Committee, to which Casey readily agreed. Casey’s willingness to meet with Gandhi and members of the Congress Working Committee was significant, in that it opened the path for a recalibration of the construction of the Congress leaders as ‘rebels’ after their release from prison. Public speculation about Casey’s regular meetings with Gandhi and the Congress High Command ultimately pressured Wavell to meet Gandhi too. Such a meeting had been mooted for some time, but Wavell had resisted it, after a failed meeting in Simla in mid 1945. Casey’s meetings in December made it difficult for Wavell to continue to refuse to reopen talks. Unsurprisingly, the meeting between Wavell and Gandhi - in his secretary Pyarelal’s words - was a “flop”. Wavell took the opportunity to re- state that the British were unwilling to leave India until all parties - meaning the Congress and the Muslim League - were in agreement. This smacked of the old ‘divide and rule’ policy, and as Pyarelal wrote, “Casey’s well-meaning effort (to reopen dialogue between the

Congress and the government) left him with burnt fingers”. At a more fundamental level, though, Casey maintained that merely meeting with the leaders

was productive: the medium was the message. A private photograph of their meeting on December 3, 1945, and kept in Casey’s personal papers

in Melbourne, is revealing. The

Governor sits next to the Mahatma, inclined toward him. Significantly, at a later visit on December 6, Gandhi was asked to autograph the photograph, and he obliged. Casey was frequently struck by imperial posturing of the Britons

around him, remarking on the adverse effects of this on those they purported to rule. When Casey met Gandhi, relations between the Government of India and the leaders of the Congress were embittered. Sudhir Ghosh concluded that “Casey, being an Australian and

a politician with a very wide

international political experience,

was very different from the usual rigid British Governor in India”, and as such was able to inject a fresh, if short-lived, dynamic into

preliminary discussions leading into

the high politics of decolonisation.

(Kama Maclean is Associate Professor of South Asian and World History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She can be contacted at kama. maclean@unsw.edu.au

18
18

INDIA

Friday, February 15, 2019

18 I N D I A Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender

INDIA-US DEFENCE SALES AT

AN ALL-TIME HIGH: PENTAGON

Admiral Philips Davidson said the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial in New Delhi last September and signing of the COMCASA in 2018 were pivotal moments in the bilateral relationship

GST brought down tax rates for real estate sector: Modi

P rime Minister Narendra Modi

on Wednesday said that the

Goods and Services Tax

(GST) has brought down tax rates in the real estate sector along with easing business operations for both developers and home buyers. Addressing the "CREDAI YouthCon 2019", he said the tax rates on construction materials have also gone down since the implementation of GST regime in 2017. "GST has eased operations in the real estate sector, for both developers and buyers. Earlier construction sector had to pay 15-18 per cent tax. The total tax levy went above 30 per cent including many other purchases, such as tiles and other components," Modi said "After GST, taxes on houses for the middle-class (affordable housing) came down to 8 per cent and on other buildings, it went down to 12 per cent. Tax rates have also come down on commercial properties and construction materials." There have, however, been demands from the real estate sector to bring down the effective GST rates on both under-construction buildings and affordable housing segment, following which the GST Council constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the demands and issues in the real estate segment. The GoM has recommended 5 per cent GST without input tax credit on under-construction housing and 3 per cent GST on affordable housing. The GST Council is likely to meet on February 20 to discuss the recommendations.

D efence sales between India and the US are at an all-time high and bilateral strategic

partnership continues to advance at a historic pace, a top Pentagon commander has said. Admiral Philips Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, during a Congressional hearing said the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial in New Delhi last September and signing of the COMCASA in 2018 were pivotal moments in the bilateral relationship. Last year, India and the US signed the COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) to facilitate interoperability between the two militaries and sale of high end technology. “The US-India strategic partnership continues to advance at a historic pace as we continue to increase our interoperability and

pace as we continue to increase our interoperability and information-sharing capabilities,” he said. The

information-sharing capabilities,” he said. The USINDOPACOM expects this trajectory to continue and that 2019 will be a significant year in bilateral relations, he said and asserted that the two largest democracies of the world are natural partners on a range of political, economic and security issues. “With a mutual desire for global stability, support for the rules-based international order, and a Free-and- Open Indo-Pacific region, the United

States and India have an increased agreement on interests, including maritime security and maritime domain awareness, counter-piracy, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and coordinated responses to natural disasters and transnational threats,” Davidson said. Over the past year, the United States and Indian militaries participated in five major exercises, executed more than fifty other military exchanges, and further operationalized the 2016

Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), he informed the lawmakers. “The LEMOA enables the US Navy to replenish supplies from Indian navy logistics platforms,” he said. Davidson said that the US Indo Pacific Command is working with the Indian military to operationalise the COMCASA. “Defence sales are at an all-time high, with India operating US sourced platforms such as P-8s, C-130Js, C-17s, AH-64s, CH-47s, and M777 howitzers,” the top American admiral said. “Additionally, India recently agreed to a $ 2.1-billion purchase of MH-60R multi-role sea- based helicopters and is considering a number of additional US systems for purchase,” Davidson said. The US Indo Pacific Command fully supports the purchase of US systems, F-16 and F/A-18E aircraft, a reorder of 12-15 P-8Is, and a potential purchase of Sea Guardian UASs, he told members of the US pacific Command.

India, Maldives to ease visa norms from March 11

 

I ndians are the second largest expatriate community in the Maldives, numbering about

last two years. Sources said that many send their children to study in India, mostly

last two years. Sources said that many send their children to study in India, mostly in and around Thiruvananthapuram and

Bengaluru. Earlier, parents who wanted to stay in these places while their children studied could not do so, since India did not

grant them dependent visas. This meant that parents would have to come on a tourist visa, return to Maldives before the 90-day period expired, and then apply for visas again. “Now, they will be given

dependent visas and can stay here for the duration of the child’s education. The dependent

"Now, they will be given dependent visas and can stay here for the duration of
"Now,
they will be
given dependent
visas and can stay
here for the duration
of the child’s
education."

visa can be availed not only by parents, but also siblings of the child and grandparents as well,” said a source. Similarly, those

seeking medical consultation in India would earlier come on a tourist visa-on- arrival. If, after consulting a doctor, they needed to stay back for medical treatment, they could not convert these tourist visas into medical

visas. So, they would go back to Maldives and re-apply for medical visas. “Now, that conversion has been allowed in India, and they can bring attendants as well,” said the source. For Indian professionals and workers, their work permits or employment visas were not getting cleared on a regular basis earlier. “Now, with the liberalisation, the prospective employer in Maldives will have to do the paperwork, pay the fees and it will be done in 15 days, either way. The Indian professionals won’t have to pay the fees here and wait indefinitely for the permit. The Maldives authorities will take a decision within 15 days,” said the source. Earlier, Indian businessmen had to apply for separate business visas, for which they needed letters of invitation from a businessman in Maldives. “Now, they can go and do business on the visa-on-arrival in Maldives,” the source said. Indians are the second largest expatriate community in the Maldives, numbering about 22,000.

22,000.

• If a child from Maldives is being educated in India, his/ her entire family will get dependent visas. • For Indian professionals applying for employment visa in the island country, the employers will pay the fees and will get the paperwork done within 15 days. These are part of the visa liberalisation between India and Maldives, which will come into effect from March 11. Officials from both countries exchanged “diplomatic notes” for implementation of the visa facilitation agreement, signed during Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s visit to India on December 17 last year. For Maldives, India is a preferred destination for education, medical treatment, recreation and business. The number of Maldivians seeking long term visas for pursuing higher studies and medical treatment has shown a sharp increase over the

Vote for literate PM this time: Kejriwal

D elhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged people to vote for a

PM Modi to present Swachh Shakti awards,

inaugurate National Cancer Institute in Haryana

P rime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday

will visit Kurukshetra where he will

present the Swachh Shakti awards to

women in recognition of their efforts towards the Swachh Bharat Mission. Around 15,000 women are expected to participate in this year’s Swachh Shakti event. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar and the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Faridabad. The cancer institute was constructed at a cost of around Rs 2,035 crore and has 710 beds and around 800

rooms. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that PM Modi would lay the foundation stone of Shri Krishna Ayush University in Kurukshetra. The project is spread over 94 acres and will be built at an estimated cost of about Rs 475 crore. PM Modi would also lay the foundation stone of Pundit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University of Health in Karnal and National Institute of Ayurveda in Panchkula. Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti, Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, and Chief Minister Manohar Lal will also be present at the event.

Minister Manohar Lal will also be present at the event. literate man, unlike the last time

literate man, unlike the last time when they voted for a 12th pass. "The prime minister's post is very important. The last time you appointed to it a 12th pass man. This time, vote for an educated man. A 12th pass man is not wise enough. Another problem is that he doesn't consult anyone. I want to urge the people to think and vote for an educated man," Kejriwal said addressing the "Save Democracy" rally organised by the Aam Aadmi Party. A galaxy of opposition leaders, including Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah (Jammu and Kashmir) and Gegong Apang (Arunachal Pradesh), Congress leader Anand Sharma, Communist Party of India general secretary Sitaram Yechury attended the rally in a show of strength. Kejriwal in his address, recalled the anti-corruption protests of 2011 -- following which his party was formed -- and said, "The last time we gathered here, you voted for a change. Today will also be remembered in history as now it is your turn to vote against the Modi government."

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 INDIA 19

Friday, February 15, 2019

INDIA

19
19

PRIYANKA IN ACTION,

CONGRESS ANNOUNCES

ALLIANCE WITH MAHAN DAL

T he Congress on Wednesday

announced an alliance with

a regional outfit, Mahan Dal,

for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh. The two parties had fought the 2014 elections in alliance wherein the Mahan Dal had fielded candidates from Nagina, Budayun and Etah. The party had lost all the three seats. The announcement of the alliance was made in the presence of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and UPCC chief Raj Babbar. The regional outfit has some clout in western UP. Sources say the Congress is trying to forge similar alliances with other smaller parties because its own organisational structure was in a shambles. Priyanka Gandhi has been tasked with looking after 41 seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh while Scindia has

been assigned 39 parliamentary constituencies by the Congress president. The two have been meeting party's grassroots workers for the past three days and taking feedback on the ground realities.

past three days and taking feedback on the ground realities. Founder president of the Maha Dal,

Founder president of the Maha Dal, Keshav Dev Maurya, said the coming together of the two parties will be a winner combination and that many backward castes would support the alliance. The two sides would soon finalize seat arrangements, sources said. After holding marathon meetings with old party leaders, loyalists and workers from several districts, Congress leaders said the contest was between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and not Priyanka. "My focus is on strengthening the

party organisation in the state and to ensure that we win, the 'muqabla' is between Rahul and Modi and not me," she said. She also made light of the ongoing questioning of her husband Robert Vadra by Enforcement Directorate (ED) and said that such things will continue and that she was focussing on the assignment given to her by the Congress president. "These things don't affect me," she replied with a smile when asked whether the ongoing investigations against her husband and mother-in- law bothered her.

I didn't want to be Prime Minister: Sonia Gandhi

C hairperson Sonia Gandhi said

that she did not want to be the

Prime Minister.

She made the one-line intervention in the Lok Sabha when former Prime Minister and JD(S) member H.D. Deve Gowda said that she could have become Prime Minister during the UPA term between 2004 and 2014. Making his valedictory speech in the 16th Lok Sabha, Gowda said he has watched Sonia Gandhi's performance. "Some people are debating her citizenship. In the last 30 years, this was not an issue. But some people have raised the issue that on one occasion she was unable to become

the issue that on one occasion she was unable to become the Prime Minister," he said.

the Prime Minister," he said. Gandhi interjected: "I did not want to (be Prime Minister)." Gowda said: "In a way, you decided not to become Prime Minister, but I remember an incident

when Vajpayee sat on a day-long 'Prayashchit Satyagrah' near the Rashtrapati Bhavan." "On that occasion, I had said in Bhopal that 'Vajpayee is a great man but why should he hold a satyagraha for a day?' Then the press people had asked me, 'are you asking for his resignation?' "I told then, why not? Then they asked who will be the next Prime Minister? Why not Madam Sonia Gandhi who was the Leader of Opposition? What is the citizenship issue? I myself raised the issue in Bhopal. That is what I am saying." Gandhi then acknowledged Gowda's clarification.

India, China contribute most to global greenery: NASA

I ndia and China are leading the way in greening lands, thanks to ambitious tree-planting

programs and intensive agriculture in both countries, NASA satellite data has shown. The world is getting literally greener than it was 20 years ago, the study published in the latest edition in Nature Sustainability said. It showed that at least 25 per cent of the global foliage expansion since the early 2000s came from China, with India close behind. This surprising new development detected by NASA satellites showed that the two nations with the world's biggest populations were leading the way with their ambitious tree planting programs and intensive agriculture. In 2017 alone, India broke its own

intensive agriculture. In 2017 alone, India broke its own India and China are leading the way

India and China are leading the way in greening lands, thanks to ambitious tree-planting programs and intensive agriculture in both countries.

the Boston University, who found that the greenery increase in the new century has been by five per cent -- an area equivalent to the entire Amazon rainforest. Rama Nemani, a research scientist at NASA's Ames Research

"Humans are incredibly resilient. That's what we see in the satellite data."
"Humans
are incredibly
resilient. That's
what we see in
the satellite
data."

Center and a co-author of the study said: "When the greening of the Earth was first observed, we thought it

was due to a warmer, wetter climate and fertilization from the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." But with data from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, scientists realised that humans are also contributing. "Humans are incredibly resilient. That's what we see in the satellite data," said Nemani.

world record for the most trees planted after volunteers gathered to plant 66 million saplings in just 12 hours. The greening phenomenon was first detected in the mid-1990s, but they did not know whether human activity was one of its chief, direct causes, said researchers from

NEWS in BRIEF

NEWS in BRIEF

Government undecided on bringing ordinance to amend Citizenship Bill

T he Narendra Modi government is yet to take a decision on bringing an ordinance to amend the Citizenship bill after the amendment bill failed to secure parliamentary approval, Parliamentary Affairs

Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Wednesday. The government, however, is likely to repromulgate the triple talaq ordinance as it could not get the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill too passed in the upper House, though Tomar refused to comment on that too. "I cannot say anything as of now on this matter. We will think over it," Tomar said in response to media query whether ordinances will be brought in place of the said bills. The Citizenship Amendment Bill is being widely opposed, especially in the northeast where even the BJP's allies in the NDA have taken a strong exception to the legislation that was passed by the Lok Sabha last month. Tomar blamed the opposition for non-passage of the triple talaq bill, saying the opposition's attitude changed as the election came nearer.

Cabinet okays inking 3 MoUs with Saudi Arabia

T he Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

on Wednesday approved the signing of three Memorandums

of Understanding (MoUs) with Saudi Arabia for strengthening

cooperation in the fields of tourism, customs and investment. The MoU would facilitate sharing information and expertise in tourism development, hotels, resorts and tourist accommodation facilities, tourism data and statistics, events and other tourism activities. Saudi Arabia is one of the potential tourist markets for India from Middle East. Another MoU is on establishing a mechanism for making investment in infrastructure in India, according to an official release. The MoU will be a step forward in engaging with the institutions of Saudi Arabia to attract a potential investment into the infrastructure sector in the country. It will lead to boosting infrastructure development in the country, creation of more jobs, growth of ancillary industries/ sectors which will lead to growth in GDP and overall economic prosperity. The third MoU pertains to cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters, said the release.

Cabinet approves agreement with Morocco on counter- terrorism

T he Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement between

India and Morocco for setting up a Joint Working Group (JWG)

on counter-terrorism. The memorandum of understanding (MoU)

would be the basis for obtaining and exchanging information on terrorist activities, a statement said.

Amit Shah takes dip at Kumbh, deliberates with saints

T he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday

took a dip in the Sangam - the holy confluence of rivers Ganga,

Yamuna and Sarawasti - at Kumbhnagar in Prayagraj.

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and a number of saints, the BJP chief, wrapped till his waist in a saffron robe, offered prayers to the holy rivers. Shah later also performed an 'aarti' and went to a fabled Hanuman temple nearby before visiting the Akbar Fort where he offered prayers at the Saraswati Koop and Akshayavat tree. He later interacted with a group of saints at Sector 20 of Kumbhnagar, listening to their demands for an early start to the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. During the visit, Shah also praised the efforts of the

Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that the water in the Ganga was clean and flowing. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and BJP's Organisational Secretary Ram Lal also accompanied Shah.

India seeks access to private messages in WhatsApp crackdown

I ndia’s government dealt retail giants Amazon.com and Walmart a devastating blow this year with new policies undermining their growth plans. Now U.S. social media pioneers Facebook and Twitter are in

danger of suffering similar setbacks in what is perhaps the world’s most important emerging technology market. In the latest skirmish, the government is targeting Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp, the popular messaging service increasingly important to its parent’s bottom line. Frustrated that the service has been used to incite violence and spread pornography, the government is pressing WhatsApp to allow more official oversight of online discussions, even if that means giving officials access to protected, or encrypted, messages. Facebook has refused, risking punitive measures or even the possibility of a shutdown in its biggest market. “For six months, we’ve been telling them to bring more accountability to their platform but what have they done?” said Gopalakrishnan S., a senior official in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology known as MEITY. “So pedophiles can go about on WhatsApp fully secure that they won’t get caught. It is absolutely evil.”

20
20

INDIA ABROAD

Friday, February 15, 2019

I N D I A A B R O A D Friday, February 15, 2019 The

The Indian Weekender

Faridabad students win Microsoft's Asia contest, set eyes on US finals

 

Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third language in courts

T he Abu Dhabi Judicial

Department (ADJD) has

added Hindi as the third

I t was an apt moment for the

Indian Tricolour to fly high

as the student team from

 
Tricolour to fly high as the student team from   official language to be spoken in

official language to be spoken in the city›s courts, alongside Arabic and English. According to the ADJD, this step was aimed at helping foreigners to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the Department’s website, The Khaleej Times reported. “The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances and requests, aims to promote judicial services and increase the transparency of litigation procedures,” Yousef Saeed Al Abri, undersecretary of the ADJD, said on Saturday. “This is in addition to facilitating registration procedures to the public through simplified and easy forms and raising litigants’ legal awareness via interactive forms of the statements of claims, to ensure access to the legal materials related to the subject of the dispute.” Al Abri explained that the adoption of new languages comes as part of the bilingual litigation system, the first phase of which was launched in November 2018, through the adoption of procedures requiring the plaintiffs to translate case documents in civil and commercial lawsuits into English, if the defendant is a foreigner. Of the United Arab Emirates’ population of over 9 million people, 88.5 per cent are expatriate workers, according to official figures. Indians account for 38 per cent of the population.

Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals here on Tuesday, moving one step closer to

win the grand prize of $100,000 at the world championship in the US. The three-member team developed "Caeli" (which means air in Latin)

a smart automated anti-pollution

and drug delivery mask specifically designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients. "Caeli" implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas like in north India and especially in the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). "At a time when air pollution is

big concern in various countries including India, we are collecting the

real-time air pollution data that can be used by relevant stakeholders and the Indian government. "They can integrate our application programme interfaces (APIs) into their projects and gain more insights," Aakash Bhadana from the "Caeli" team said. Bhadana with Vasu Kaushik and Bharat Sundal developed the product under the guidance of Umesh Dutta and team at Manav Rachna Research Innovation and Incubation Centre (MRIIC). "Our aim is now to collaborate with right stakeholders and take the 'made in India' products (which also includes a pocket-sized nebulizer) to the market," said Bhadana. The Manav Rachna team received $15,000 as winner and secured a spot in the world championship,

a

 

Students of Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies, who won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals in Sydney. The team developed "Caeli" (meaning air) which is a smart automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask specifically designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients.

" 0ur aim

is now

the second runners-up $1,000. The first runner-up was the "Rail Nova China" team that built a Rail Component Inspection Robot which operates through automatic positioning and identifies various

of Technology and Bengaluru-based R.V. College of Engineering. The team from the Vellore Institute of Technology designed "Spot" which allows one to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or

to collaborate with right stakeholders

defects through multi-sensor fusion

in

order to realize the replacement of

exhibits a certain character. R.V. College of Engineering designed "RVSAFE", a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disaster be it be natural or man-made. Considered as the "Olympics of Technology", Imagine Cup is a global annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft. Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from over 190 countries have participated in the "Imagine Cup".

and take the 'made in India' products (which also includes a pocket-sized nebulizer) to the market

and take the 'made in India' products (which also includes a pocket-sized nebulizer) to the market

workers in a rail inspection project. The second runner-up was "USCAid" from the Philippines who built the Aqua Check app that utilises Microsoft Azure's Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope. There were three Indian teams among the 12 Asia finalists. The other two teams were from the Tamil Nadu-based Vellore Institute

 

to be able to win the grand prize of $100,000 at Microsoft's Redmond- based headquarters in May, while the first runners-up received $5,000 and

UNSW Sydney marks India’s

 

Martyr’s Day with Gandhi Oration

U NSW Sydney, one of Australia›s world-class universities, joined the

Indian community and business

held knowledge and learning in high esteem for millennia.” Jacobs continued: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say how proud I am that UNSW enjoys such

Deepa Mehta to be feted with Lifetime Achievement Award

A cclaimed Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime

Achievement Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. A post on the official Twitter

account from The Canadian Academy

read: “We are thrilled to announce that Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award. "We are proud to recognise the artistry of Ms. Mehta and the tremendous impact she has had on the fabric of Canada’s entertainment industry.” Mehta, best known for her Elements Trilogy – Fire,

Mehta, best known for her Elements Trilogy – Fire , "Thank you so much The Canadian
"Thank you so much The Canadian Academy. You made my day - hell, my year!"
"Thank
you so much
The Canadian
Academy. You
made my day -
hell, my year!"

Earth and Water – replied: “Thank you so much The Canadian Academy. You made my day -

hell, my year!” The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television recognising excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions. Mehta’s “Earth” was submitted by India as its official entry for the

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada’s

official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Earth was the first to receive an Oscar nomination. In May 2012, Mehta received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.

leaders to commemorate Indias Martyrs Day - the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhis assassination on January 30, 1948 - at the annual Gandhi Remembrance Ceremony and Gandhi Oration. Launched in 2012, the Gandhi Oration is delivered by a person whose life work exemplifies the ideals of Gandhi. The Oration is preceded by a Remembrance Ceremony at the Gandhi bust on the Library Lawn of the 70-year-old university that has one of the largest numbers of Indian students. The ceremony includes the lighting of a ceremonial lamp, the singing of two hymns and a minute’s silence before dignitaries place floral tributes on the bust of Gandhi. The events signify the close ties between India and UNSW. The university is the only higher- education institution in Australia to celebrate Martyr’s Day and is home to one of only two bronze sculptures of Gandhi in the country. UNSW also hosts the annual Gandhi

Jayanti, a celebration of Gandhi’s birthday on October 2. During the commemoration earlier this week,

Jayanti, a celebration of Gandhi’s birthday on October 2. During the commemoration earlier this week, UNSW President and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs articulated the University’s role in continuing Gandhi’s vision for dismantling injustice, and championing human rights for all by bridging geographic and cultural divides through collaboration and student exchange. The University has identified India as a key strategic partner in its 2025 Strategy. “UNSW is delighted that our partnerships in India are ever- growing in breadth and depth,” Professor Jacobs said. “We acknowledge that we are fortunate to partner with a country that has

harmonious relationship with our

Indian partners - and I look forward to the successes we will achieve for our communities because of that.” Attendees included Dr Ajay Gondane, India High Commissioner to Australia; Chandru Appar, Acting Consul-General of India in Sydney; Dr Neville Roach, Patron of the Australia India Institute; Rajni and Pawan Luthra, media partners from India Link; and Vikram Singh, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services in Australia and New Zealand. “Many decades ago before the technological revolution with iPads, search engines, Facebook, Twitter and social media, Gandhi warned that people might learn to fly like birds and swim like fish but it would be of little use and even a disaster if they forgot how to walk like human beings,” Costello said. He implored audience members to play a role in ensuring a fair and just society and to remain optimistic that our world can change for the better.

a

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 WORLD 21

Friday, February 15, 2019

WORLD

21
21

THAILAND ELECTION:

PRINCESS UBOLRATANA AND THE PARTY POWER PLAY

Until last Friday, expectations of next month’s general election in Thailand had been underwhelming

T he military clique which seized power nearly

five years ago had spent that time crafting a

constitution and electoral system specifically to

ensure its influence extended over future governments regardless of the outcome of the election. It also did this to minimise the seats that could be won by parties allied to its nemesis - former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who now lives in exile. Those parties included a new one, Thai Raksa Chart, which was established in November last year with the aim of getting around the ceiling on party list seats that can be won, a ceiling that in particular affects the main pro- Thaksin party Pheu Thai. Everyone knew Thai Raksa Chart was just another vehicle for Mr Thaksin and his allies to try to break the shackles put on them by the new constitution. The real question hanging over this, the first election in eight years, was whether the pro-Thaksin parties would do well enough to form a government, and what the military could do to stop them. The stunning announcement that Princess Ubolratana, elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, was Thai Raksa Chart’s sole candidate for prime minister changed everyone’s calculations in an instant. The party was exploiting a clause inserted by the military into the constitution to allow for an unelected prime minister, a device to allow coup-leader Prayuth Chan-ocha to stay in office. It calculated that this could also apply to an unelected princess, who now describes herself as a commoner, having given up her titles when she married an American 46 years ago. But in Thailand she is still treated like royalty. How would it even work, to have a royal, by custom beyond criticism, take part in competitive democratic politics? And surely, it was assumed, she must have had the king’s approval for such an unprecedented move - which then suggested he was aligning himself with Mr Thaksin, often accused of being anti-monarchy, against the ultra- royalist military and their allies. Such a scenario radically altered the power dynamics in Thailand. Within hours the king put a stop to this manoeuvre, issuing a royal decree stating that Princess Ubolratana was still treated as a high-ranking member of the royal family, and involving her in politics was “highly inappropriate”. To be on the receiving end of such explicit royal disapproval would normally be a devastating blow in Thailand. By Saturday there were rumours the executive board of Thai Raksa Chart would be detained, though these were unfounded. By Monday her nomination had been declared invalid by the Election Commission, which is now set to ask the Constitutional Court to consider dissolving the party. If this is done before 9 May, the deadline for certifying victorious MPs, Thai Raksa Chart and its politicians will be eliminated from the election.

A reckless gamble? With its demise, Mr Thaksin’s hopes of his parties forming the next government would be dashed. On its own, under the new electoral system, Pheu Thai has no hope of repeating its success in the 2011 election of winning an outright majority of seats in the lower house of parliament. The 250-seat upper house, or senate, is entirely appointed, its members nearly all expected to vote for Gen Prayuth to remain in office after the election. Had Princess Ubolratana remained a candidate, some, maybe most senators might have switched their loyalty to her. Royalism has become embedded in Thai society as a quasi-state religion. Everyone is required to show fulsome loyalty to the monarchy, whatever their private beliefs, and many Thais feel an intense emotional bond to it. The perceived virtues of the late King Bhumibol - modest, capable, conscientious – were a constant popular reference during his long reign to show up the venality and incompetence of ordinary politicians. It is a mantra of the royalist creed, and a preamble of every Thai constitution, that the royal family is kept

of every Thai constitution, that the royal family is kept Princses Ubolratana is now out of

Princses Ubolratana is now out of the prime ministerial race

Princses Ubolratana is now out of the prime ministerial race Thaksin Shinawatra still remains a powerful

Thaksin Shinawatra still remains a powerful force in Thailand's political circles

remains a powerful force in Thailand's political circles King Vajiralongkorn was quick in putting a stop

King Vajiralongkorn was quick in putting a stop to his sister's nomination

above politics, beyond criticism. So what was Mr Thaksin thinking, involving the king’s elder sister in his party? People close to the former prime minister have let it be known that he had a green light from King Vajiralongkorn, and that the king was persuaded, perhaps by pressure from other family members, to change his mind. But others inside the pro-Thaksin camp believe he simply assumed Princess Ubolratana had her brother’s approval, and took a reckless gamble. He has form; his decision to push for a controversial amnesty in 2013, that would have allowed him to return to Thailand, backfired and started the protest movement that led to the 2014 coup. And while some supporters of Thai Raksa Chart and Pheu Thai were excited by the prospect of having a royal celebrity on their side, others criticised it as inconsistent with their long campaign for greater democracy and equality in Thailand.

NEWS in BRIEF

NEWS in BRIEF

NASA declares end of Opportunity rover's mission on Mars

N ASA announced the end of its Opportunity rover's mission on Wednesday, 15 years after its arrival on Mars.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, following NASA's last attempt to communicate with the rover on Tuesday night which got no response, Xinhua reported. The rover has not been heard from for eight months since a planet-wide dust storm on the red planet in June last year. Mission team members have tried to rouse the rover ever since, but failed to set up communication again. "Saying goodbye is hard, but it comes the time," said John Callas, project manager for Opportunity. The golf-cart-sized rover far exceeded its planned 90-day mission lifetimes. It has travelled over 45 km on Mars and worked for nearly 15 years. Opportunity landed on Mars on January 24, 2004. First among the mission's scientific goals was to search for and characterize a

wide range of rocks and soils for clues to past water activity on Mars.

Resume talks on nuclear arms treaty with Russia, Gorbachev urges US

F ormer Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev called on Washington and Moscow to resume nuclear arms talks, warning of dangers of not doing

so after President Donald Trump confirmed the USA plan to leave a key Cold War-era treaty. Gorbachev (President of the USSR in 1990-1991) in an article on Wednesday for Russian newspaper Vedomosti said this after the US decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, he had co- signed in 1987 with then US President Ronald Reagan. "I regret that the tough domestic situation, which has been in place in the US over the recent years, has in fact resulted in disruption of dialogue between our two countries on all topics, including the nuclear weapons. It is time to get over the difficulties between the (US) political parties and start a

serious conversation.

Australia to reopen controversial detention centre

T he Australian government announced on Wednesday the reopening of a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island a day after it lost a

vote on a bill to help evacuate critically ill refugees from offshore processing

centres to get treatment in the country. Tuesday's development was a major blow to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's minority government's highly controversial immigration policy. He says the law would weaken the nation's tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. Opponents accuse him of spreading fear before an impending election. The bill facilitating medical evacuations of refugees on Manus and Nauru

to Australia was approved on Tuesday in the Lower House and ratified by the Senate. Following that, the Prime Minister on Wednesday said that the government would re-open the Christmas Island centre "to deal with the

prospect of arrivals the BBC reported.

Google adds new right click options to Gmail

R evamping Gmail, Google has added options like easy label adding, moving, muting and snooze emails to the right-click context menu of

its emailing platform. The options would enable users to reply to or forward an email directly from a message while opening multiple emails in multiple new windows, Google wrote in a G Suite blog post on Monday. The previous right-click menu only gave the users three options to choose from – archive, mark as unread, or delete. The new additions come with options to search for all emails from the same sender or with the same subjects at once. The feature – which will be "On" by default -- is being made available to users on all G Suite editions, the post said. Google has already started rolling out the update to G Suite users with Rapid Release domains. For the other users, the feature's scheduled release

is on February 22.

Saudi Prince expected to seal multi- billion dollar deals in Pakistan

and transfers" - arguing both were now more likely,

and transfers" - arguing both were now more likely, S audi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin

S audi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman will travel this weekend to

Pakistan where he is expected to announce multi- billion dollar investments to help the Kingdom's traditional ally tide over financial crisis amid declining foreign exchange reserves. An official in the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, requesting anonymity, told Efe news on Tuesday that the Crown Prince will arrive in Islamabad on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by a 630-member delegation. He will leave the country on Sunday night. The Prince will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the two sides will sign economic agreements worth $20 billion, according to the official, who did not elaborate in which sectors or projects the investments will be made.

22
22

SPORTS

Friday, February 15, 2019

22 S P O R T S Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender

INDIA VS AUSTRALIA:

‘Never take Aussies for a joke’: Matthew Hayden warns ahead of T20 series

for a joke’: Matthew Hayden warns ahead of T20 series India are set to play two T20Is

India are set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against the Aussies in what is set to be the last set of international games that the boys get before going into the 2019 World Cup in England, starting May 30

T he T20 series between India

and Australia is just round

the corner and considering

the history of rivalry between the two sides, it can be safely said that the matches will be filled with banter on both sides. Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag fired the proverbial ‘first shot’ with an advertisement for the official broadcasters that featured kids with Australia jerseys in reference to the ‘babysitter’ comment made by Tim Paine while sledging

Rishabh Pant earlier this year when Virat Kohli & Co visited Australia. However, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden warned Sehwag against taking Australia too lightly. “BeWarned Never takeAussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @ StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden tweeted ahead of the series which begins on February 24. India are set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against the Aussies in what is set to be the last set of international

games that the boys get before going into the 2019 World Cup in England, starting May 30. While Rishabh Pant is almost certain to get more game time, it will be interesting to see if someone like Ajinkya Rahane gets one last go to seal a place in the World Cup squad. In the bowling department too, Jasprit Bumrah is almost certain to make a comeback after a well-earned rest during the New Zealand series.

PV Sindhu: Will work hard to break jinx at All England trophy

O lympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said she still has lots to learn and

needs to add a few more shots to her repertoire to dominate world badminton. With silver medals at all the major events, including the Olympics, World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, Sindhu has been a formidable force in the world in the last three years. But the world no 1 tag has eluded her with Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying stamping her authority at the top with 14 title triumphs since 2016. Asked if she needs to add strokes and deception to dominate world badminton, Sindhu said: “Definitely yes. It is only the starting for me. I have a lot more to learn. I have good strokes but I have to keep learning new strokes everyday. “But I think only one player can’t dominate badminton, because the game is changing right now as a lot more players are coming up. Also on a particular day, you have to be 100 percent, can’t be even 1 % here or there, if you count 1 to 20 in the world, all are of the same standard, so have to be focused all the time.” One of the favourites to claim the All England trophy next month, Sindhu said she is working hard to break India’s 18-year-old title jinx at

working hard to break India’s 18-year-old title jinx at " But I think only one player

" But I

think

only one player can’t dominate badminton, because the game is changing right now as a lot more players are coming up.

is changing right now as a lot more players are coming up. the prestigious tournament. “After

the prestigious tournament. “After this week, only two weeks will be left for the All England. I know Carolina Marin will not be there (due to injury) but it won’t be easy, because there are some very good players and on that day who gives best will win,” Sindhu said. “Each round will be comparatively very tough. Each point is important for me. I am playing Sung Ji Hyun in the first round and it would be

important for me to focus from the first round,” added the 23-year-old, who had reached the semifinals of the All England Championship. Asked about ending the title drought for India, Sindhu said:

“Hopefully yes, I think it will be really good if someone breaks it someday and definitely we will work for that.” Currently in Guwahati for the National Championship, Sindhu said: “It is good that we are playing in different parts of the country and it is my third time here. It gives a chance to a lot of youngsters to come up and succeed. “Last time, I lost narrowly, it wasn’t my day. So this time I will hopefully give my best,” said the two-time former champion, who had lost to Saina Nehwal in the final last year. Talking about Assamese shuttlers, she said: “There are some very good players in Assam, they are doing well like the left-handed Ashmita Chaliha.”

NEWS in BRIEF

NEWS in BRIEF

Rituparna, Riya enter pre-quarters of senior badminton Nationals

F ormer champion Rituparna Das of PSPB and top seed Riya Mookerjee of

Rituparna Das of PSPB and top seed Riya Mookerjee of the Railways put on a brilliant

the Railways put on a brilliant display to book their berths in the pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships. Also winning on Day 2 of India's biggest domestic badminton event was former champion Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen, both of whom made it to the pre-quarters. World No.57 Das, who was crowned the champion in 2017, needed only 24 minutes to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7. Riya, placed 114th in the world, staved off some stiff resistance from the ninth-seeded Gayatri Gopichand to win 21-17, 21-17. The 14th seeded Sen continued his fine run from the Inter-Zonal competition with yet another facile 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal's top seed Arintap Dasgupta. Verma, the winner of the Nationals in 2011 and 2017, was equally dominant in his 21-13, 21-14 triumph over Munawer Mohammed. Harsheel Dani of Maharashtra was made to work hard by Kartikey. The World No.131 fought back from a game down to register a 16-21, 21-18, 21-8 win in 56 minutes.

Pakistan capable of breaking its World Cup jinx vs India: Moin Khan

T hrowing his weight behind the present "talented" Pakistan team, former skipper Moin Khan believes

Pakistan team, former skipper Moin Khan believes the green brigade is capable of breaking its World

the green brigade is capable of breaking its World Cup jinx against India when the arch rivals clash in the upcoming 50-over World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16. Of the six times the two sides have clashed in World Cups till now, India have always come out victorious against their neighbours. "This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there is depth and variety and Sarfaraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well," Moin said on GTV News channel on Tuesday.

Golfer Chikkarangappa jumps 104 spots in world ranking

C hikkarangappa S, the Golconda Masters 2019 champion, earned five

world ranking points to take a massive leap of 104 spots and climbed

from 461 to 357 in the new Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR),

said. The fruits of the introduction of OWGR points on the PGTI, starting from last week, were there to see as the players finishing inside the top-5 at the season-opening Golconda Masters in Hyderabad, made significant gains in the rankings. Joint runners-up Aman Raj and M Dharma took 2.50 points each. While Aman moved up from 930 to 745, Dharma rose from 1010 to 798. Karandeep Kochhar's fourth place finish saw him collect 1.60 points that pushed him up from 908 to 790. The trio of Honey Baisoya, Udayan Mane and Priyanshu Singh finished tied fifth and as a result pocketed 1.20 points each. Thus Baisoya went up from 887 to 803, Mane shot up from 1095 to 962 and Priyanshu made his first appearance on the rankings at 1558. The stakes will now be higher at the season's second event, this week's PGTI Players Championship scheduled to be played at the Classic Golf and Country Club from Tuesday.

Rodrigues, Mandhana advance in women's T20I rankings

T he Indian pair of Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana have made impressive gains among batters in the ICC Women's Twenty20 player rankings despite their side's 3-0 series loss to New Zealand,

an ICC statement said. West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin grabbed the top spot among all- rounders in the latest update carried out on Tuesday. Rodrigues's 132 runs in the three-match series against New Zealand lifted her four places to second position while Smriti, who grabbed the top spot in ODIs last week, has gained four spots to reach sixth position after finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with an aggregate of 180. The stylish left-hander smashed two half-centuries including a fluent 86 in the last match in Hamilton that India lost by two runs. Spinners Radha Yadav, up 18 places to 10th after taking four wickets in the series, and Deepti Sharma, up five places to 14th, are the India players to move up among bowlers.

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23

Friday, February 15, 2019

FEATURES

23
23
Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the
Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the
Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the
Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the
Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the

MAHESH KUMAR

Samsung Galaxy S10

15, 2019 FEATURES 23 MAHESH KUMAR Samsung Galaxy S10 S amsung enthusiasts the world over are

S amsung enthusiasts the world over are waiting for the next edition of Galaxy- Samsung’s flagship smartphone. The Internet is abuzz with the rumors

of potential features and advancements of the upcoming phone. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Galaxy series and it is expected that Samsung will introduce some coolest technology in the new phone. Most anticipated features include in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon’s latest 855 processor. Samsung has not yet succumbed to the ‘notch’ that almost every other phone is carrying. The S10 might have a clever solution to the ’notch’ problem by placing the cameras and sensor drilled discretely without compromising on the thin bezels or ruining the aesthetics of the phone. It is yet unknown if the new phone will have a new design but it can not be denied that this iteration is very crucial for Samsung and the world will find out by the end of February when Samsung might unveil the phone during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Some analysts have predicted the Samsung might introduce 3 different sizes to counter iPhone’s strategy. Another prediction is that the phone might be one of the first to have 5G network capability.

#9 PlayStation 5

of the first to have 5G network capability. #9 PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4 was released in

PlayStation 4 was released in 2013. It has been 6 years since then and a new console is long overdue. According to Sony, PlayStation 5 might be announced during E3 in Los Angeles to be held in June this year though it might become available for buying only in 2020.

A new patent by Sony points to backwards compatibility that means the future consoles might support all past PlayStation platforms. So the future hardware will play titles developed for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4. The PS5 is said to support a custom Zen 2 processor developed in association with AMD.

#8 Huawei P30

processor developed in association with AMD. #8 Huawei P30 Last year, Huawei hit it out of

Last year, Huawei hit it out of the park with P20 and Mate 20 series. Huawei has seen amazing growth during the last three years. This year, with P30, the company is expected to take the camera hardware to a new level by supporting an astonishing five lenses on the back face. The phone will also support Huawei’s Kirin 980 microship as well as 8 GB of RAM. There has also been speculations about the possibility of 5G technology.

#2 iPhone XS 2018

about the possibility of 5G technology. #2 iPhone XS 2018 Of course, Apple every year keeps

Of course, Apple every year keeps upping the benchmark with their yearly iteration to iPhone. This year, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, are expected to support an almost borderless design was seen last season with the iPhone X. We do not know yet if there will be some major design changes but it can not be ruled out. This year too, there might be three models differentiated by size, one of them with OLED screen technology.

Rumors vary about what the phones may be called from iPhone XS1, iPhone X1, iPhone 9 or iPhone 11. Another welcome change might be Apple’s embracing USB-C port in place of the proprietary Lightning connector. A more powerful processor is also given. Also the new iPhone XS and XR might be “Made in India”

LG 8K TV

new iPhone XS and XR might be “Made in India” LG 8K TV TV Technology just

TV Technology just keeps getting more and more ridiculously detailed. LG has recently announced the 88in 8K OLED panel TV which is supposedly the largest and highest-resolution OLED panel ever. While other details are still unknown, it will obviously be very expensive and more will be known when the TV is unveiled globally.

Dell XPS 13 2018 edition

when the TV is unveiled globally. Dell XPS 13 2018 edition Dell took the curtains off

Dell took the curtains off its 2018 edition of XPS 13 laptop which packs Intel's latest 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors, and comes with a choice of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. The device has a stunning bezel-less display and users can squeeze a whopping 20-hours of battery life out of it when running in full HD (dropping to 11 hours in 4k Ultra HD mode). The XPS 13 2018 edition is also said to offer twice the grunt of the 2015 model, thanks to better power management. This is down to the new thermal design of the laptop, which uses Gore thermal insulation for better heat dissipation. There's also a 'dynamic power mode' that intelligently delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system temperatures.

24 FEATURES Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender • Whisk the batter again vigorously
24
FEATURES
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Indian Weekender
• Whisk the batter again vigorously with a spatula to get
some air into it. Whisking will make the batter smooth
and fluffy and will give soft and fluffy bhalla’s ( to test the
bhalla take a bowl filled with water and drop a small drop of
take a bowl filled with water and drop a small drop of I n this scorching
take a bowl filled with water and drop a small drop of I n this scorching

I n this scorching summer heat, something cold is always preferred. So then why not yoghurt, as I personally feel yoghurt is made for summer eating. It is not only delicious

but also gives a coolant effect to the body. Yoghurt also adds a dose of probiotic beneficial bacteria that keeps your digestive system running smoothly. Yoghurt can be eaten in different variants like raita with food or fruit yoghurt and also eaten in a different form of chaats, so thought of sharing the recipe of dahi bhalla. Dahi bhalla also know as dahi vada; deep fried dumplings with the combination of mint chutney and tamarind chutney makes truly mouth watering chaat. Mint chutney is a very common thing prepared almost in all Indian houses. Mint, is an inexpensive herb and easily available, it keeps your body temperature cool and also gives a refreshing effect.

¡ DAHI BHALLA

cool and also gives a refreshing effect. ¡ DAHI BHALLA Serves; 6 INGREDIENTS • 1 cup

Serves; 6

INGREDIENTS

1 cup - urad dal ( split gram lentils )

1tsp - salt

1tbsp- cumin powder (dry roast the cumin seeds ( jeera ) in a flat pan till light brown and fragrant and then grind them into a smooth powder ).

2-3tbsp - water ( for grinding the dal )

Oil for deep frying the bhalla

6-8 cups - warm water ( to soak the bhalla )

• Mint chutney

• Tamarind chutney

METHOD

• Wash the dal and soak it in the water for overnight or at least for 6 to 8 hours for the fermentation ( after the fermentation the lentil will swell and increase in size ).

• Drain the dal completely and grind it into a smooth paste in a food processor while adding little water at a time, the batter should be without any broken dal pieces in it.

• The consistency of the batter should be thick, water can be added more or less according to the quality of the dal and the capacity volume of the grinder.

• Remove the batter into a mixing bowl then add salt and cumin powder, mix well and whip it using the spatula for two to three minutes.

Cover and leave it for 1 hour.

Heat oil in deep frying pan on a medium heat or flame.

batter in the water, if the batter immediately starts floating on the top then it’s ready otherwise whisk the batter for some more time ).

Drop 1tablespoon of batter into the oil, using a spoon and fry

4 to 6 bhalla’s at a time till all the sides become golden brown in colour.

• Fry rest of the bhalla’s in the same way in batches.

• Remove them on the absorbent paper.

• Add warm water in a big bowl then soak the fried bhalla’s in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.

¡ MINT CHUTNEY

in the water for 15 to 20 minutes. ¡ MINT CHUTNEY INGREDIENTS; • 2-3 - green

INGREDIENTS;

2-3 - green chillies

11/2 cup - mint leaves

1tsp - dry mango powder

1inch - ginger

1- lemon

1tsp - salt or according to taste

METHOD

Chopped

coriander

top

to

ASSEMBLE

sprinkle

on

• Add yoghurt in a bowl, add cumin powder and sugar then whisk the yoghurt until smooth. Keep aside.

• Remove bhalla from the water and gently press it between your palms so that excess water oozes out and place it into a serving plate.

Add flavoured yoghurt on top of the bhalla, drizzle some mint chutney and tamarind chutney on top.

• Sprinkle red chilli powder, chaat masala and cumin powder on the Bhalla.

• Sprinkle sev and chopped coriander on top.

• Serve chilled.

PAPADI CHAAT

• Wash mint leaves and green chillies and spread them on a paper towel for the extra water to be absorbed.

• In a blender, blend green chillies, mint leaves, ginger, mango powder, squeezed lemon and salt.

• While scraping down the sides blend it into a smooth paste.

• Add more lemon if the paste is thick.

TAMARIND CHUTNEY

• Add more lemon if the paste is thick. TAMARIND CHUTNEY INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup -

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup - tamarind seedless

1 1/2cups - water

1/2tsp- ginger powder

1/4tsp- red chilli powder

1/8tsp - asafoetida

1/2tsp - cumin powder

7-8tbsp - jaggery, cut into small pieces

1tsp - rock salt or black salt

METHOD

Place tamarind into a bowl, cover the tamarind with water and let it soak for 1 hour.

Mash tamarind with your fingers and squeeze the pulp out of it then punch the pulp through the fine strainer.

• Heat water in a small heavy bottom pan on a medium heat.

• Add ginger powder, red chilli powder, asafoetida, cumin powder to the water and stir well.

• Add the strained tamarind pulp and cook for two to three minutes.

• Add jaggery and salt to the tamarind mixture and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the jaggery has been dissolved and the mixture has thickened.

Cool and store it in an air tight container.

TO ASSEMBLE

6

cups - yoghurt

4tsp- sugar

1tbsp - cumin powder Red chilli powder to sprinkle

Chaat masala powder to sprinkle

Cumin powder to sprinkle

Sev to sprinkle on top

Cumin powder to sprinkle • Sev to sprinkle on top P apadi a crisp fried crackers,
Cumin powder to sprinkle • Sev to sprinkle on top P apadi a crisp fried crackers,

P apadi a crisp fried crackers, made of a simple wheat

dough, rolled thin and fried. It’s the layers of interesting colours, flavours and textures.

Serves; 4

INGREDIENTS

2 packets of papadi Mint chutney Tamarind chutney

6 cups - yoghurt 4tsp - sugar

1tbsp - cumin powder

1 - potato

Black salt to sprinkle Red chilli powder to sprinkle Cumin powder to sprinkle Chaat masala powder to sprinkle Sev to sprinkle Chopped coriander

METHOD

• Boil potato just until tender.

• In a bowl cut boiled potato into small pieces; sprinkle chaat masala, red chilli powder and black salt on it. Mix well.

Spread the papadi on the plate, pile on 1 tablespoon of the potatoes.

• Drizzle chilled yoghurt on the papadi’s.

• Drop over a few small spoonfuls of the mint chutney and tamarind chutney.

• Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala and top it with sev and fresh chopped coriander.

• Serve.

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 25

Friday, February 15, 2019

FEATURES

25
25

DAHI PURI

Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 25 DAHI PURI P ani puri also known as golgappa’s filled

P ani puri also known as golgappa’s filled with various spices, chutneys and topped with chilled flavoured yoghurt. In summers this dish with chilled yoghurt makes a nice refreshing chaat.

Serves; 4

INGREDIENTS

2 packets of golgappa’s or pani puri

• Mint chutney

• Tamarind chutney

6 cups - Yoghurt

• 4tsp - sugar

1tbsp - cumin powder

1 - potato

• Black salt to sprinkle

• Red chilli powder to sprinkle

Cumin powder to sprinkle

Chaat masala powder to sprinkle

• Sev to sprinkle

Chopped coriander

METHOD

• Whisk chilled yoghurt in a bowl with sugar and cumin powder. Keep aside.

• Boil potato just until tender.

• In a bowl cut boiled potato into small pieces; sprinkle chaat masala, red chilli powder and black salt on it. Mix well and keep aside.

TO ASSEMBLE

• Break a small hole in the top of each pani puri using the handle of a teaspoon. Add teaspoon of flavoured potatoes.

Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of tamarind chutney, 1/4 teaspoon of mint chutney.

Last fill it with yoghurt to the top.

• Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala and top it with sev and fresh chopped coriander.

• Serve immediately

TIP

Bhalla’s can be made a day before, soak them in the water then gently squeeze out the water from the bhalla and refrigerate them. Tamarind and mint chutneys can be made a day before and refrigerated. While grinding the dal add less water to give the bhalla a nice shape but if you have added more water then also it’s fine you can spoon the batter into the oil just make sure to whisk the batter before frying. Toppings can also be green chillies, julienned Ginger and crunchy Boondi. Always use chilled yoghurt. Papadi and golgappa’s can be bought in ready made packets from most Indian stores.

Low calories dinner recipes

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

C hicken Adobo is an easy-to-make and mouth-

watering Asian recipe that you can make for

your loved ones on any occasion. Cooked using

minimal spices, this chicken recipe is prepared with soy sauce and white wine vinegar that adds the flavour in it. This non-vegetarian recipe is also low in calories, and is therefore a perfect dish for those who count calories. Chicken Adobo is traditionally enjoyed best with steamed rice and can be made on occasions like get-together, kitty party and even picnic. If you have chicken lovers in your home, then it's a must try dish at home!

Ingredients

600 kilograms chicken boneless

70 ml white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• salt as required

the chicken pieces in this sauce over medium flame and bring it to a boil for once, and then lower the heat and add bay leaf in the pan.

30 ml soy sauce

1 bay leaf

5 cloves minced garlic

Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces to cook on the other side and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.

• Uncover the saucepan once the chicken is tender. Season it with salt and let the sauce thicken while uncovered. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy with steamed rice.

water as required For Garnishing stalk coriander leaves

Method

To start with, mix the soy sauce, white wine vinegar, garlic and whole black pepper in a saucepan. Braise

Carrot Beans Stir Fry

Carrot Beans Stir Fry

C arrot Beans Stir Fry is a delectable side dish recipe that can surely win your heart. This is an easy-to-make Continental recipe which you can

prepare for your loved ones on occasions like kitty party, potluck, and get-together. Cooked using ingredients such as carrot, green bean, peas, onion, red kidney beans and a melange of common spices; this vegetarian recipe will be an ideal dish for all those looking for quick food in winters! Instead of munching on breads or fried food, you can chose this easy recipe that's low in carbs and keeps you full for long. As this dish is prepared using all the veggies, you do not have to be worried about the nutrition, as it has all the vitamins and minerals required daily for a healthy body. This is a quick recipe that can made in just a few minutes without putting much efforts.

Ingredients

• 4 bean

• 4 carrot

beans and green beans in salted water. Once done drain and keep it aside.

Now, place a pan over medium flame and heat oil in it. Once it is heated add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering add chopped onions and fry until it becomes translucent.

1 tablespoon coriander powder

4 teaspoon refined oil

1 yellow bell pepper

1 cup boiled corn

1 cup red kidney beans

1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric

• Next, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Mix them well and fry for 1 minute. After that add chopped beans, carrot, yellow bell pepper, red kidney beans, boiled corn and cook for 5 minutes.

• salt as required

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

1 cup peas

Method

To prepare this easy recipe, wash the vegetables in running water and pat them to dry. Then chop the vegetables and keep it aside. Boil carrots, red kidney

Once the mixture becomes tender, turn off the flame. Your Carrot Beans Stir Fry is ready. Serve warm with love.

Moong Dal Stir Fry M oong Dal Stir Fry is a delicious North Indian recipe.

Moong Dal Stir Fry

M oong Dal Stir Fry is a delicious North Indian recipe. This stir fry recipe is easy to make and is rich in proteins found in moong dal. This easy recipe would add a twist to your old regular dal recipe. Moong Dal Stir Fry can be paired with paratha and mango pickle. This healthy and delicious recipe would be relished by all.

Remember the dal should not be over cooked. Drain the excess water, if required. • Place a frying pan on medium heat and add oil in it. Once the oil is heated, add cumin and asafoetida and saute for 2 minutes. • Then add coriander powder, red chili powder, chopped chili and ginger to the mixture. Fry this mixture for 1-2 minutes, add salt and mix well. • Add the boiled dal. Stir fry it for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the gas and garnish with lemon juice and coriander leaves. Serve hot!

Ingredients

Method

Clean the moong dal by washing twice under running water. Take a bowl, add moong dal and water and soak it for 30 minutes.

• Wash and chop the green chilies and ginger. Keep them aside in separate bowls.

Put the soaked moong dal and 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker. Add salt, turmeric powder and mix well.

Close the cooker and boil the dal till 1 whistle goes off.

• Turn of the heat and let it cool before opening the pressure cooker lid.

200 gm moong dal

2 green chilli

1 pinch asafoetida

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

3/4 tablespoon salt

• water as required

2 tablespoon refined oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 pinch red chilli powder

1 inch ginger For Garnishing

1 lemon

1 tablespoon coriander leaves

26
26

TIME OUT

Friday, February 15, 2019

26 T I M E O U T Friday, February 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 6 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS SUDOKU NO: 6
CROSSWORD NO: 6
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS
SUDOKU NO: 6
NO: 6 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS SUDOKU NO: 6 HITORI NO: 6   QUIZ QUESTIONS
NO: 6 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS SUDOKU NO: 6 HITORI NO: 6   QUIZ QUESTIONS
NO: 6 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS SUDOKU NO: 6 HITORI NO: 6   QUIZ QUESTIONS

HITORI NO: 6

 

QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 6

Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any other (i.e. they are connected).

1. What is the only country with a coastline on both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf?

15.What is the capital of Libya? 16.Which European capital city is divided by canals into about 90 islands joined by about 400 bridges? 17.In which US state is the Harvard University? 18.In which ocean are the beautiful islands of Seychelles? 19.What is the highest active volcano in Europe? 20.Brisbane is the capital of which Australian state? 21.Which European country is divided into 26 cantons, six of which are designated ‘semi-cantons’ but function as full cantons? 22.A sabra is a native of which country? 23.Which South American country has land borders with ten other countries? 24.Which country has Montevideo as its capital city? 25.Name the only country through which both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn pass. 26.Riga is the capital city of which European country? 27.Apart from Dutch and French, what is the other official language of Belgium? 28.In which European country is the cathedral town of Teruel? 29.Which, by area, is the largest country in South America? 30.What’s the world’s biggest port?

2. Which river flows through Paris?

3. Where in the British isles is Lady Isabella, the world’s largest working water wheel?

4. What is the capital city of Slovenia, formerly part of the state of Yugoslavia?

 
 
 

5. Which European country shares its border with the most neighbours (nine)?

6. Which Asian country is bigger than France, Spain and Germany combined but has a population of little over two million?

7. What is Europe’s largest port?

8. Hamilton is the capital of which island in the North Atlantic Ocean?

9. In which country is the UK’s highest mountain, Ben

Nevis?

10.Mount Vesuvius overlooks which modern Italian city 11.Of which country is Sofia the capital? 12.Which republic lies partly in Europe and partly in Asia? 13.Which stretch of water separates the Isle of Wights from mainland Britain? 14.Which country is nicknamed ‘The Cockpit of Europe’ because of the number of battles throughout history fought on its soil?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 6

 

See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.

See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.

ShanghaiofPort30.

Send us stories, drawings, poems and other contributions by your little ones along with their photographs for this page. E-mail us at reporter@ indianweekender.co.nz

Brazil29Spain28.German27.26.LatviaBrazil25.Uruguay24.

Brazil23.Israel22.Switzerland21.Queensland20.EtnaMount

19Ocean18.Indian17.Massachusetts16.AmsterdamTripoli

15.14.BelgiumSolent13.The12.Turkey11.BulgariaNaples10.

9.ScotlandBermuda8.RotterdamofPort7.Mongolia6.Germany

5.4.LjubljanaManof3.IsleSeine,2.RiverArabia,1.Saudi

The Indian Weekender

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 27

Friday, February 15, 2019

FEATURES

27
27

Health & Beauty

February 15, 2019 FEATURES 27 Health & Beauty A dd these tips and trick to your
February 15, 2019 FEATURES 27 Health & Beauty A dd these tips and trick to your
February 15, 2019 FEATURES 27 Health & Beauty A dd these tips and trick to your

A dd these tips and trick to your health regime and let the magic work! Aren’t we all a part of that weary race to get rid of the excess belly fat, the saggy arms, fat legs and basically every inch that is an excess? The intermittent and never ending diet

plans and fasting are quite popular these days. People usually tend to go to any crazy extend to get that flattering physique. The ceaseless trial and error game with weight loss can be super tiring after a point. Try theses 6 TRIED and TESTED tips and tricks to get that healthy yet befitting body.

Cut back on added sugar

get that healthy yet befitting body. Cut back on added sugar I t is very important

I t is very important to understand the distinction between added sugars and

sugars that occur naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables. Added sugar is abundant in candies, processed foods and baked products making it one of the most harmful ingredients in modern day diet. It is one such calorie raisers with no added nutrients and may damage your metabolism in the long run. Intake of too much sugar can result in various health issues; type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and weight gain. What is the safe amount of sugar that can be consumed per day? According to health experts, the maximum amount of sugar intake by males shouldn't exceed 37.5gm (150 cal) and for females, it is 25gm (100 cal). Try cutting down on added sugar and you’ll see your inches go down instantly.

Drink Green Tea

you’ll see your inches go down instantly. Drink Green Tea D on’t cringe! Many of us

D on’t cringe! Many of us cannot stand the smell or taste of green tea, but among the

benefits it has to offer, weight loss is on the top. It is loaded with powerful antioxidants which are believed to work synergistically with caffeine to enhance fat burning. Drink a cup every morning which will help cleanse the toxins in your system, and it also boosts the fat burning process.

Calorie control

and it also boosts the fat burning process. Calorie control Portion control or calorie control, meaning

Portion control or calorie control, meaning simply eating less can be very useful. This is infact one of the most used strategy to lose weight. Eating less if fine but quality of your diet matters. Eating 100 calories of spinach will affect your health differently than 100 calories of fries. Try keeping a food diary or taking pictures of your meals which can help you lose weight. You can even try a Calorie In and Calorie Out challenge.

Chew at a slower pace

A ccording to studies, if you chew slower, your calorie intake will go down and

increase the production of hormones linked to weight loss. Consider chewing thoroughly as it can also help in reducing the calorie intake during a meal.

Don’t diet

in reducing the calorie intake during a meal. Don’t diet M ost commonly dieting ends up

M ost commonly dieting ends up being a pattern of losing weight, regaining it and

then dieting again. If anything, people who diet tend to gain more weight over time, and studies show that dieting is a consistent predictor of future weight gain. Instead of going for a diet, eat healthy and consciously regularly. This will automatically bring down the chances of weight gain.

Drink plenty of water

bring down the chances of weight gain. Drink plenty of water S ince forever, drinking water

S ince forever, drinking water has been thought to help with weight loss. Obesity

can be prevented by increasing the intake of water. As water does not carry any calories, an increased intake can reduce the risk of long-term weight gain and obesity, especially in children. It is a advised to drink at least 2 litres of water per day. If you are not doing this already, start by adding one cup of water to your daily water consumption and replace your other drinks with water.

15 February 21 February | By Manisha Koushik Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot
15 February 21 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 Mobil