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Hundreds throng Auckland


candle vigil for
Pulwama victims
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH the option of joining the public event.
Such was the level of mutually shared

S
everal hundred of Kiwi-Indians came anguish and pain within Kiwi-Indian
together in Auckland on Saturday community that within a short notice of a few
evening to participate in a candle vigil hours hundreds of people came together to
organised to honour martyred Indian troopers participate in the vigil. The numbers continued
at Pulwama, Kashmir. to swell with reaching to around thousand as
The candle vigil also brought together the evening progressed.
hundreds of people of Indian origin community Leading from the front, the Hon Consul of
leaders and several local political leaders and India in Auckland, Bhav Dhillon was among
Members of Parliament to express the pain and the first few people to arrive at the venue.
condemn the terror attack on Indian troopers.   Welcoming everyone for turning up in huge
Ever since the attack on Thursday, February numbers at such short notice, Sandeep Singh,
14, there was much distress and pain within the the editor of The Indian Weekender said, “Can mainstream media in New Zealand which had Mark Mitchell.
Kiwi-Indian community, with many wishing I begin with acknowledging the sense of till the time of the event reported selectively Labour MP Michael Wood, who could
for a public gathering for paying tributes to the tremendous pain and grief in each one of you on the horror attack creating confusion in the not personally attend the event, had sent his
martyred Indian troopers. today. general public and the government of New condolence message that was read through
Responding to the outpouring sentiments, “We have assembled here today to Zealand. at the event. Kiwi-Indian MP Priyanca
The Indian Weekender organised an acknowledge the pain going inside each one of “The terrorist group JeM had duly taken Radhakrishnan was unable to attend this
impromptu candle vigil at the iconic Aotea you, and give you a chance to share the grief responsibility of the attack, and the entire impromptu gathering as she was mourning her
Square, situated right at the heart of Auckland with others and also to honour our martyred world knows about it. So there is no confusion mother’s untimely demise and expressed her
city, whereby calling upon everyone to come soldiers and send back condolences to their as some mainstream media reporting here in solidarity message with the Pulwama victims
together and express their solidarity with the families.” NZ suggests,” Mr Dhillon asserted. through her twitter account. 
victims of Pulwama attack. Hon Consul of India, Mr Dhillon said, “I Subsequently, several community leaders After public speeches, several patriotic
An event was created on social media am confident that the government of India and the members of the public addressed the songs were sung, followed by India’s national
and the message was spread amongst all will do the needful to tackle the situation back gathering sharing their sense of frustration and anthem and loud cheers of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
significant Indian Associations and community home, but we have come together here today pain with the tragic attack. Toward the end, Hon Consul of India Mr
organisations all around with a message of to express our condolences and condemn Notable among them were Kiwi-Indian Dhillon led everyone for a two-minute silence,
encouraging everyone to relay the message to terrorism in all forms.” MPs Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Dr Parmjit followed by a candle vigil, right in the heart of
others with similar sentiments and giving them Mr Dhillon also called out to local Parmar and local MP from the National Party Auckland City.

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Government advised to NEWSByte


Mike Greer to build
implement Capital Gains Tax
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH those at lower- and middle-income levels.
over 100 KiwiBuild
homes

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These include refunding the Employer ¡¡ IWK BUREAU
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recommended in no uncertain terms Superannuation Contribution Tax (ESCT) for
ajor residential developer Mike Greer
implementation of a capital gains KiwiSaver members earning less than $48,000
has partnered with KiwiBuild to build
tax on New Zealanders. a year and cutting the KiwiSaver tax rates for
low- and middle-income savers. more than 100 KiwiBuild homes in West
The Group Chair Sir Michael Cullen –
former Labour Party Finance Minister and  These reductions would mean that this group Auckland and Christchurch – the first for
Deputy Prime Minister – said there is a clear would pay less tax overall on their KiwiSaver, Canterbury, Minister of Housing and Urban
weakness caused by our inconsistent treatment even if the income from capital gains on their Development Phil Twyford has announced.
of capital gains. accounts is taxed. The agreement for 104 homes includes the
“New Zealanders earning just salary and cheapest KiwiBuild announced so far – 11
wages are taxed on their full income but we Govt to take a measured two-bedroom standalone homes in Kaiapoi
have several situations where you can earn for $360,000. Other homes will be built in
response in April Huapai, Whenuapai, Pukekohe, Kaiapoi,

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income from gains on assets and not be taxed at
he Coalition Government will take a Rolleston, Pegasus, Woodend, Rangiora,
all,” Sir Cullen said. Sir Michael Cullen
All members of the Group agreed that more measured response to the final report of the Halswell, Marshland, and Spreydon. They
offering the government with choices and Tax Working Group (TWG), Finance Minister will be completed between now and mid-
income from capital gains should be taxed from
options rather than a rigid blueprint. Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart 2020 and are a mix of two and three bedroom,
the sale of residential rental properties.
As a quid-pro offer, the Group is offering Nash said today. standalone and terraced homes, ranging from
The majority in the Group, by a margin of
the government to use money raised through $360,000 to $650,000.
8-3, supports going further and broadening “The independent report finds that overall our
Capital Gains tax to lower the personal income “This agreement with one of New Zealand’s
that approach to include all land and buildings, tax system is clear and simple but there is room
tax rates. premier home building firms show KiwiBuild
business assets, intangible property and shares for improvement. There is some unfairness that
The Group recommends that a tax on capital is gathering momentum. I hope these 104
Lowering personal we need to address. We will work through ways
homes will be just the first of many we will
gains would kick in when an asset is sold or to do this to make the system fairer and more
changes hands and would be applied with income tax balanced,” says Mr Robertson.
build with Mike Greer over the coming years,”

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no discounted tax rate and no allowance for he Group has investigated a range of Phil Twyford said.
As the Working Group has said, the “This deal has been in the works for a
inflation. Gains would be calculated from when reductions in personal income tax. Its Government is not bound to accept all the
any new law comes into force. preferred approach is allowing New Zealanders number of months and it’s great to see it come
recommendations it put forward. There are to fruition. Mike Greer have been building
Three members prefer for this to apply only to earn more at the lowest tax rate of 10.5%. options to accept some, and/or to phase or
to residential rental property. while the details have been hammered out,
This would reduce income inequality, benefit sequence aspects of the packages proposed by
The Group expects that the Capital Gains meaning the first homes are already ready
all full-time workers, and support those the Group.
Tax would raise roughly $8 billion over the first to sell.
transitioning into work. “We will seek technical advice on addressing
five years with figures ramping up in successive “I am aware of a number of other large
the unfair and unbalanced elements identified agreements with big developers that KiwiBuild
years. Encourage savings by the TWG and make further announcements

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The recommendations obviously are non- he Group has identified a range of is finalising. These deals have taken longer
in April on any measures to enhance the fairness
binding on the government with the Group measures to encourage saving, targeting and integrity of the tax system,” Mr Nash said. than I hoped to conclude, but we’re starting to
see really good progress,” Phil Twyford said.

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grandparents, especially
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to ensure better and more consistent
quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has
may still look after children but will
not get state subsidies.
T H E N AV I T I R E S O RT, C O R A L C OA ST
announced.
The move to a fully-qualified workforce is Other decisions on the review
the major change coming out of a review of the include:
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• Strengthened oversight through a beefed-up & TRANSFERS PLAY & EAT
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• Giving the Education Review Office the from
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learning sector, receiving over $150 million
power to enter homes where home-based
each year in public funding. 18,267 children
early childhood education is taking place;
received education and care from a home-based
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educator in 2018, a 65 percent increase since pp
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Making sure multinationals NZ Responds to Pulwama attacks


pay their fair share National MPs New Zealand
¡¡ IWK BUREAU in the digital services field compared to local condemn terrorist Government
companies who offer e-commerce, online
advertising, and social networking services. attack in India passes motion
“The value of cross-border digital services
in New Zealand is estimated to be around ¡¡ IWK BUREAU in parliament
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$2.7 billion. We are determined to ensure
ational MPs Todd McClay and ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH
that multinational companies involved in this

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Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi have
sector of the economy pay their fair share of oreign Minister and Deputy Prime
condemned the recent terrorist
tax. Our revenue estimate for a digital services Minister Winston Peters had moved
attack in Pulwama, Kashmir, India.
tax is between $30 million and $80 million, a motion in the parliament on
which depends on how it is designed,” Grant Todd McClay is National’s Spokesperson
Wednesday, February 20, condemning the
Robertson said. for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Kanwaljit terror attack on Indian armed forces in
“New Zealand is currently working at the Singh Bakshi is the first India-born Kiwi- Pulwama on Thursday, February 14. 
OECD to find an internationally agreed solution Indian Member of Parliament of New The motion without notice was introduced

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ew Zealand is to consult on the design for including the digital economy within tax Zealand. by Mr Peters and was passed with an absolute
of changes to tax rules which currently frameworks,” Stuart Nash said. “We are deeply saddened by this senseless majority. 
allow multinational companies in the “Our preference is to continue working within “This house condemns the attack on
terror attack in Pulwama, India in which more
digital services field to do business here without the OECD, which was also recommended last the Indian Central Reserve Police Force
paying income tax. year by the interim report of the Tax Working than 30 Indian Central Reserve Police Force
personnel in Pulwama,” Mr Peters said. 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Group. However, we believe we need to move (CRPF) personnel were killed,” Kanwaljit
“I move the motion that this House
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash say Cabinet has ahead with our own work so that we can Singh Bakshi had said.
condemns the February 14 act of terrorism
agreed to issue a discussion document about proceed with our own form of a digital services On Thursday, February 14, 45 Indian on Indian Central Reserved Police personnel
how to update our tax framework to ensure tax, as an interim measure, until the OECD troopers were killed when in the worst-ever leading to a very large loss of life.
multinational companies pay their fair share of reaches agreement.
terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in last “We offer condolences to the people and
tax in this country. “This is the same approach being considered
“Highly digitalised companies, such as by Australian authorities, who released a three decades, a suicide bomber rammed his the government of India and offer solidarity
those offering social media networks, trading discussion document late last year. The OECD SUV packed with explosives into a bus on with the government of India in this difficult
platforms, and online advertising, currently has also released a discussion document on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama time as well as offer our deep sympathies to
earn a significant income from New Zealand its proposals. Officials will now finalise the district, leaving security establishment those affected,” Mr Peters said. 
consumers without being liable for income tax. New Zealand document which is likely to be Earlier on Sunday, February 17, the office
stunned.
That is not fair, and we are determined to do publicly released by May 2019. of the Foreign Minister had also issued a
“Our hearts go to families of the brave
something about it,” Grant Robertson said. “The document will make it clear we are press release offering condolences to the
“International tax rules have not kept up with soldiers who lost their lives today”
determined that multinational companies pay people and Government of India over the
modern business developments. In the longer “We strongly condemn this terror attacks bomb attack.
their fair share of tax. We are committed to
term this threatens the sustainability of our finding an international solution within the in the strongest possible terms and appeal to “As a nation New Zealand has always
revenue base and the fairness of the tax system. OECD but would also consider an interim authorities to bring those responsible for this condemned acts of terrorism and does so in
“The current tax rules also provide a option till the OECD finalises a position,” crime to justice,” Mr McClay said. this case,” the press release had said.
competitive advantage to foreign companies Stuart Nash said.

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Ten things the PM didn’t mention


in her statement to Parliament of words on defence. The showcase event thinking that you can migrate all the road
to ring in the China-New Zealand Year of journeys that Kiwis take onto rail. Our
Tourism is on hold and the PM can’t get a roads are a vital network for our economy
date to visit Beijing. and don’t deserve to be robbed of funds to
5. The Government’s impending plan to pay for a slow tram in Auckland. 
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
impose a Capital Gains Tax on hard working 8. A plan to reduce the cost of living, such
National Party List MP
Kiwis. The last thing New Zealanders need as rents which have gone up by $40 a

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is more taxes and this one would be a doozy week.  Why would a Government that’s
he Prime Minister’s statement to – retirement savings, small businesses, putting a ‘well-being’ brand on Budget 2019
Parliament, more than a third of the farms, family baches, investments would enact policies that hurt our low-income
way through the term, would’ve been more taxes are on the way, including a all be under attack. Every extra dollar families the most? Because poor policy
a great opportunity to come clean with New deeply divisive Capital Gains Tax. The the Government takes out of Kiwis’ back choices have unintended consequences.
Zealanders about the Government’s progress Government thinks it can tax its way to pockets is a dollar out of the household Extending the bright-line test, ring fencing
with its vision for our country. It was a wasted prosperity and boost productivity on the budget. By contrast, National believes of losses, more burdensome regulations,
opportunity more notable for its omissions than way. That is economic nonsense. Kiwis should keep more of what they earn. the ban on foreign investment and the threat
what was included. 3. That unemployment has increased by 6. A plan to reduce emissions while of a Capital Gains Tax all service to drive
 Here’s 10 important issues that the PM 10,000 in the past three months.  The safeguarding the economy.  The up rents. National would tax less.
avoided mentioning: Government has tried to put a positive spin Government has gone for cheap soundbites 9. A plan to reduce serious crime and keep
1. That job creation has slowed from on the latest employment data. While the over credible policy. Example: The ban victims safe.  The Government appears
10,000 a month under National to just jobless rate remains relatively low, New on new offshore oil and gas exploration intent on emptying our prisons no matter
650 a month.  No surprise there since Zealand has dropped five places to 14th in without considering how gas is an ideal what. Of course National wants criminals
the Government’s job creation schemes transition fuel (less emissions than coal) to be rehabilitated but we don’t want to put
the OECD rankings. The number of NEETs
have been exposed as smoke and mirrors. and also provides security of supply so the their rights over the rights of their victims
(people not in education, employment
Example: Just 54 jobs created from the lights don’t go out. The PM got to crow and the vulnerable in our communities who
or training) rose by 26,000 in the latest
Provincial Growth Fund despite Shane about it at overseas summits but at home deserve to be protected.
quarter. While the data should be treated
Jones’ claim that it had put upwards of it is a story of economic damage caused by 10. A vision for New Zealand beyond vague
with caution it suggests there’s actually
10,000 people into work. Employment ignorant policy decisions against the advice intentions, photo-ops and soundbites.  The
more ‘nephs on the couch’.
growth has stalled. of officials. Government assures us it will have a
4. The deteriorating relationship with
2. That economic growth is slowing with no 7. The $5 billion her Government has stripped coherent strategy just as soon as all of its
China.  The Government has needlessly
plan other than to tax Kiwis more.  The out of New Zealand’s roads.  We’re not 233 working groups have reported back. In
eroded the goodwill built up with our biggest
Reserve Bank lowered its track for GDP sure where Ministers in this Government the meantime, it is rolling out a $3 billion
trading partner. It has missed valuable
growth over the next four years and the take their holidays but they clearly don’t slush fund and wasting billions more on
opportunities for face time, muddied our
PM’s claim that growth is ‘exceeding have to contend with the logjams on our failed policies such as fees-free tertiary
relationship with an apparent tilt away from
expectations’ begged the question: busiest regional highways. It is just wishful education.
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Tabla doyen regales Now, Hindi language


Auckland audience included in 'Ready for
¡¡ DEV NADKARNI Big School' app
A
uckland fans of Indian percussion ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

K
music had the rare opportunity to listen
iwi-Indian parents preparing to send
to well-known Mumbai based table
their toddlers and preschoolers to
doyen Pandit Sadanand Naimpally last Sunday
morning. full-time schools for the first time
One of the outstanding tabla and pakhawaj will have an extra resource available at hand
maestros of India, Sadanandji packed in a lot if they chose to take help of the Ready for
in his hour-and-a-half long performance. He Big School app, which will have the Hindi
explained in great detail about each individual language included as one of the languages of
rhythmic piece that he performed – its origin, instruction.
history, character and other details. Ready for Big School is an animated
The scholar-percussionist described Sunday’s storybook app game, using pretend interactive
performance in the midst of listeners, trained A metallurgical engineer by profession and our children and to inspire them to reach their
musician by choice, Sadanandji has travelled play (role-play) to explore the idea of going
percussionists, table teachers and students as full potential.
the world and the top instrumentalists and to school for the first time, created by Abel
an ‘interaction’. “Every time I perform like this “I came to realise that I was not alone, and lots
and share what I know, I also learn from the vocalists that he has accompanied in his long Tutagalevao, founder of CulturalHubb, an
organisation that specialises in cultural resource of parents from my own and other cultures told
audience. Everyone has something different to career reads like the who’s who of India’s me they had also been looking for something
offer, like their own interpretation of the art, musical scene. Titles such as ‘Taal Martand,’ products.
The app aims to help boost children’s like this but hadn’t been able to find it.”
which is new to me,” he said. ‘Layanand,’ ‘Swar Sadhna Ratna’, conferred
academic skills, social skills, self-help skills, CulturalHubb was created with this goal
Auckland’s noted table player and teacher by elite musical institutions across India, sit
self-regulation skills by interacting with the and strives to produce culturally-relevant
Manjit Singh played the lehra accompaniment lightly on his humble shoulders.
on the harmonium and started off the post- story. educational tools and resources for kids
He was initiated into the art of tabla playing
performance question and answer session with Taking a technological leap in the educational growing up in a new cultural environment.
by legendary Guru and Tabla/Pakhawaj
a query. sector, the app depicts multiple social stories in “For our New Zealand-based Indian
maestro, Pandit Taranath ji, of Farrukkhabad
Several keen listeners, musicians, the form of games for smart and happy children parents and preschoolers, the app through
Gharana. At an early age he won the President’s
instrumentalists and students followed up to prepare for school by providing a supportive its multilingual play will encourage Indian
award at the All India Radio competitions
with their own questions, which Sadanandji and enthusiastic real-life experience for them preschoolers to also read and play the game in
in 1963. He was also adjudged the most
answered patiently and to their satisfaction. Hindi and English. It’s a great way to preserve
accomplished young Tabla player at the Inter- to be positive and belong in a new school
Their questions and discussions continued in and maintain the Hindi language in Indian
the meet and greet session over tea and snacks University Youth Festival and was invited to environment.
Earlier in January, the app has been launched homes in New Zealand,” Tutagalevao said.
after the session. join a Students Delegation to Europe and the
in India on iOS and Android devices and is now It is available on both AppStore and
Mohan Nadkarni Foundation, the Auckland Middle East. 
Sadanand ji has written a book entitled available for India’s children as well. GooglePlay; audio instructions are available
based charitable trust that promotes traditional
“Theory and Practice of Tabla”with a foreword Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr in six languages: English, Mandarin, Arabic,
performing arts education and performance
by Ustad Zakir Hussain, which was available Tutagalevao said, “As a Pacific-born parent of Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish.
organised thebaithak (sitting) that was held at
the premises of theNaad Community Centre at for sale on Sunday. Several people bought four children, I know how important it is to not The app can be purchased for $4.99 one-off
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Kiwi-Indian woman finds spotlight


in Netflix series Chef’s Table
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Asma uses her food to understand

A
Kiwi-Indian woman and her identity and heritage and
noted short filmmaker Zia unabashedly communicate to
Mandviwalla has become everyone around.
the first ever New Zealander to direct Her restaurant began as a supper
an episode of popular Netflix series club in her home, where she taught
fellow women how to cook, before
Chef’s Table.
opening a pop-up kitchen in 2015.
Chef’s Table, a popular Netflix
She then opened a restaurant,
series created by filmmaker David
Darjeeling Express, in June 2017,
Gilb and Co-Producer Brian
which has quickly become a London
McGinn, profiles a world-renowned
favourite
chef in each episode, with each chef
sharing personal stories, inspirations The bonhomie between
and styles, as they prepare a dish. Zia and Asma
The episode directed by Zia
For Asma, the key to the Chef’s
portrays a renowned British-Indian landscape of chefs, and in the Table process was that the episode
Chef Asma Khan, who is incidentally, was directed by Zia, another woman
process, weaved food documentaries
also the first ever British person to be of Indian-origin. Speaking to local
into the cultural landscape.
featured in the popular series. media in London earlier Asma had
Each episode of the show follows
The episode that Zia had directed a different world-renowned chef explained the understanding between
will become available on Netflix NZ from all over the world, from Italy to them and the respect and knowledge
from Friday, February 22. Sweden, Argentina to Australia. of particular cultural nuances, meant
Recently her episode was screened that a narrative could unfold that
The show has been hugely popular Zia Mandviwalla Shorts Film Festival NZ, alongside felt genuine and elicited a range of

Z
at the Berlin Film Festival in the for its ability to adorn and present
ia was born in India and arrived other awards. stories that otherwise may not have
Culinary Cinema Section on Feb food documentaries in an entirely
in New Zealand in her teens and been heard.
13, where she was present along different manner, except for some
pursued a career as a writer, director
Asma Khan “She did not ask me pointless
with Asma and participated in a
panel discussion at the festival with
criticism for not being able to reflect
upon diversity.
Following those conversations,
and short filmmaker.
She has worked with SKY TV,
A sma Khan is a London-based
British Indian chef who was
born in Rajasthan and moved to
questions about my husband and
marriage, I did not need to explain
the creator and EP of Chef’s Table, KFC, Vodafone and other firms what my mother meant to me, she
the show’s producers had announced England and pursued PhD from got it.
David Gelb. and has also directed three short
earlier in September 2018 that King’s College, London in 1991, “Zia was born in Mumbai, moved
Chef’s Table films, including Night Shift, to Dubai and lives in New Zealand
several people of colour, almost all of before continuing her passion in food
whom are women, would be subjects which won Best Short Film, Best and becoming a chef and restaurateur — I felt as someone who had moved
Chef’s Table series has successfully
Screenplay, Best Actress and Best in her mid-40s. countries herself, she understood
drawn audiences into the emotional in Seasons 5 and 6.
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Fruit fly found in Otara: Aucklanders urged


What you need to know? to have their say on
Annual Budget
¡¡ IWK BUREAU Movement restrictions

S
outh Auckland suburb of on fruits and
Otara is currently under a vegetables in the
Controlled Area Notice to Controlled Area ¡¡ IWK BUREAU

A
manage the fruit fly that has been In summary, the restrictions ucklanders are being urged to make
found on Tuesday, February 19. on moving fruit and vegetables sure they have their say on the city’s
This restricts the movement of are: proposed 2019/2020 budget.
certain fruits and vegetables out Last year council introduced 10-year budget
If you live in Zone A (refer
of the Controlled Area to help 2018-2028 which committed to the largest ever
to map):
prevent the spread of any fruit investment in Auckland’s infrastructure.
No whole fruit or
flies if there are more than one. “This year’s budget focuses on delivering
vegetables (except leafy and
Fruit flies are a massive threat our ambitious program of work and supporting
root vegetables like taro, lettuce,
to New Zealand’s $5.5 billion horticulture a growing Auckland,” a press release from the
industry, and there have been two cases of fruit cabbage, bok choy, rhubarb, broccoli, brussels residents input and feedback to help develop a
sprouts, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, kumara, council affirms.
flies in last week in Auckland. water strategy for Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland
celery, onions, spring onions) can be taken out The four-week Annual Budget consultation
The government, Biosecurity NZ, the focuses on issues around rates, growth and to help address water issues in our region.
Council and the local MP of Otara region, of Zone A. In addition, no fruit or vegetable A consultation period is open between 17
local priorities.
Minister Jenny Salesa are working in full- waste (such as fruit skins and cores/stones, February 2019 and 17 March 2019 and feedback
The topics for consultation are:
swing to educate the local communities about peelings and the like ) or garden waste (such
• Rating of religious use properties can be given online at akhaveyoursay.nz, by
how to work together in minimising the impact as prunings from fruit trees or vegetable garden
• Changes to some targeted rates emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandcouncil.
of fruit-fly detection. cuttings) can go out of the area. The fruit or
• Increases to some fees to maintain cost govt.nz or at one of the many events being run
Addressing a media stand-up this morning vegetables should either be disposed of in a recovery across the region.
local MP Minister Salesa said, “I plan to help home in-sink disposal unit or put into specially
In addition, council is also consulting on the Details of all events can be found at
later today in door knocking [in spreading the supplied Biosecurity New Zealand bins.
legal transfer of some waterfront properties akhaveyoursay.nz or calling on 09 301 0101.
message] engaging with local ethnic media and If you live in Zone B (refer to map):
from Panuku to Auckland Council. Day-to-day Feedback forms and supporting information
communities to ensure that the message gets You must not move homegrown fruit and
out in their languages.” management would remain with Panuku. will also be available at libraries, local board
vegetables out of the Controlled Area. In other
A large field operation is underway in the Panuku is Auckland Council’s urban offices and service centres or can be requested
words, produce grown inside the Controlled
Auckland suburb of Otara following the development agency and currently owns and by emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandcouncil.
Area cannot be moved out of it. You are free
discovery of a single male Facialis fruit fly in a to move commercially-purchased fruit and manages about $790 million of city centre govt.nz
surveillance trap in the area.  waterfront properties Following consultation, all feedback will be
vegetables (such as fruit and vegetables bought
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Alongside the annual budget consultation, considered and the 2019/2020 Annual Budget
at the supermarket) out of the area. Homegrown
director general Ray Smith says our main focus Aucklanders will also have the chance to have will be adopted in June. Our decisions will be
produce waste and garden waste needs to be
right now is to determine if the fly is a solitary their say on the future of Auckland’s water. widely communicated, and a summary report
disposed of in Biosecurity New Zealand bins.
find, or if it is part of a breeding population in will be available online.
If in doubt, don’t take it out. Water is a precious resource and we need
the area. The consultation closes on March 17, 2019.
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“We have to paint it collectively,” says


Jessica Phuang on being the first NZ
Police Ethnic Responsiveness Manager
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

J
essica Phuang, New Zealand  
Police’s first ever Ethnic
Responsiveness Manager is
calling upon all ethnic communities
to work collaboratively with police
for safety and well-being for one
another.
Earlier this year an altogether new
position of Ethnic Responsiveness
Manager was created in Tamaki
Makaurau to coordinate NZ
Police’s engagement with the ethnic
communities across the three districts
of Waitemata, Auckland Central and
Counties Manukau, with Ms Phuang
as the first incumbent.
To celebrate her elevation to this
role, a luncheon party was organised there is still a lot to be done in terms a beautiful story – that our ethnic
on Monday, February 18, at the of disseminating more information community can work collaboratively
Fickling Centre, Auckland. and educating the communities on for safety and well-being for one
how it can assist in their engagement another.”
More than hundred members
with NZ Police. It is expected that the office of Ms
and representatives of ethnic Phuang would be based in Waitemata
communities joined the top brass Anticipating the general interest
in the role of this newly created and would be coordinating more
of NZ Police including Deputy closely with ethnic liaison officers in
Commissioner Wallace Haumaha, position and its engagement with
all three police districts and bringing
Auckland City District Commander ethnic communities Ms Phuang
more synergy in police response to
Karyn Malthus, Counties Manukau said philosophically, “The Ethnic ethnic communities.
District Commander Jill Rogers Responsiveness Manager is the first The Indian Weekender extends
and Waitemata District Commander ever in the NZ Police history, so it’s a best wishes to Ms Phuang in this
Naila Hassan and several other blank sheet of paper.” new role and assures all possible
“Together we can create the most support in the service of our ethnic
officers to grace the occasion.
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New legislation passes to make registration


mandatory for Social workers
¡¡ IWK BUREAU in 2003,” Minister for Social Development  The changes to mandatory reporting come

T
he Social Workers Registration Carmel Sepuloni said. into force progressively over the next two years,
Legislation Bill was passed in  The new legislative requirements will and mean that members of the public can have
Parliament on Wednesday, February 20 finally make registration mandatory for social greater confidence that social workers will be
giving greater protection for some of the most workers.  It will align with best practice in properly qualified and subject to professional
vulnerable people and increasing standards in similar occupations and give a firm base for the standards and competence requirements.
the social work sector, social work profession to continue to develop  “The Social Work Alliance, a cross-sector
 “This is a great day for the social work in the future. representative body of social workers, was
profession. It has been 16 years since the  “Most importantly, the wellbeing and safety essential to the passage of this bill and ensuring
voluntary registration system was introduced of people helped by social workers will be we had legislation that was fit for purpose
increased,” Carmel Sepuloni said. and backed by the sector. I want to thank all
of those people who contributed to the
bill and have helped us pass a truly
transformative piece of legislation.
  “Social workers undertake difficult
and challenging work with people
who are often highly vulnerable. Their
contribution to our communities should
be trusted, valued, and respected. The
legislative changes will contribute to
this happening. I want to acknowledge
the tremendous contribution made by
members of the sector in shaping this
legislation” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Wind rain
and falling
temperatures
this weekend

¡¡ IWK BUREAU

D
espite Tropical Cyclone Oma
remaining in the Coral Sea,
MetService are monitoring
the potential for severe weather
which is expected to impact many
parts of New Zealand during the next
few days.
"A Severe Weather Watch is
currently in place for Friday and
Saturday for upper parts of the
North Island, as warm tropical air is
expected to bring rain with potentially
heavy falls to Northland and north
Auckland," says Meteorologist
Rob Kerr, "and the current Severe
Weather Watch also covers a slow-
moving front affecting southwestern
parts of the South Island, with heavy
rain possible until the early hours of
Friday morning."
Other parts of the country are
likely to get wet on Friday, with rain
from Taranaki down to Kapiti, and
scattered showers over eastern parts
of the South Island as southerlies
develop behind a front there.
Those heading to the Six60 gig
at Western Springs in Auckland on
Saturday are likely to enjoy a break
in the weather as remaining shower
activity clears up early afternoon, and
fresh southwest winds die away in the
evening.
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India’s proposed embassy vs Fiji and China


agree to lift
Fiji’s proposed embassy in India bilateral
F relations
iji is fortunate to get a piece of land in Affairs and Ministry for Lands and Mineral portion of land in New Delhi was valued at US$55

F
Chanakyapuri in New Delhi, India as very Resources in 2014. This was on the possibility of million,” Mr Sudhakar said.
few nations have been able to secure land to the council surrendering 6467 square metres of “Now it is somewhere around FJ$107million – iji and China have agreed
build their embassies there. land near the Suva Museum, which is a portion of a FJ$110million. The land is situated in Chanakyapuri to lift bilateral relations to
These were the comments by the Minister for total land area of 53,494 square metres. in New Delhi, the most prime area of Delhi where a coalition featuring mutual
Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar. Mr Sudhakar said the land would be utilised other diplomatic missions are located.” respect and common development.
Mr Sudhakar was responding to a question to build the Indian Embassy, chancery and Mr Sudhakar also mentioned that the location These were the words of the
posed by Government Member of Parliament, cultural centre. offers a range of benefits including new Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian
Sanjay Kirpal, who asked how the land at He said it was an unused part of the gardens trade markets. Bo at the Chinese Spring Festival
Thurston Gardens was allocated to the Indian currently and is used as a carpark. He stated that the land was State owned. celebration held at the Suva Civic
High Commission and whether any consultation Mr Sudhakar highlighted that subsequently the During Parliament sitting on December 1, 2014 Centre.
was done. Indian Government allocated a piece of land for the former Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Bo says in recent years under the
The minister responded saying the Suva City Fiji’s Embassy in India. Kubuabola said the allocated piece of land beside
care and guidance of the leaders of
Council was approached by the Ministry of Foreign “At the time of the allocation in 2014 that the Fiji Museum was valued at about FJ$1.5m.
the two countries,  China and Fiji’s

Ban on sea turtle to The Fisheries Ministry will continue to enforce the
relations have developed.
Bo says both countries have signed

ensure sustainability: a number of operation agreements


ban on the harvest of sea turtle.

on the Belt and Road initiative,

Koroilavesau education, tourism and other

M
initiatives opening a new chapter
inister, Semi Koroilavesau says
in the development of the bilateral
this is to ensure the conservation,
relations.
management, and protection of these
He also thanked President Jioji
endangered species are strengthened.
Konrote who was present at the
Koroilavesau says there are at least
"It is celebration for his care and support
five turtle species in Fiji listed
only allowed for Fiji China relations and the
internationally as vulnerable and
for certain occasions. Chinese community in Fiji. The
must be carefully managed to
For Fijian traditional celebration was marked with various
ensure sustainability.
obligations that are normally performances from groups and
He says there are some
held for customs and traditional individual performers from China.
villagers in the Lau group
ceremonies and that’s been
that needed clarification on the Fiji PM: Voice of climate
clarified with them so
ban. vulnerable populations
they understand the issue.” Individuals caught breaking the ban can face an
“It is only allowed for certain
issue." With the ban effective from last month instant fine of $10,000 with the potential of up to projected louder

T
occasions. For Fijian traditional
obligations that are normally held for – there hasn’t been any reports of breaching. $50,000. he size of a country does
customs and traditional ceremonies and that’s The ban prohibits sale, possession, and For corporations, an instant fine of $20,000 with not matter when it comes to
been clarified with them so they understand the transportation of the protected species the potential of up to $100,000. impacting the world, rather it
is the volume of your message, says

New Zealand, Fiji


Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
While accepting this year’s
Sustainable Development Leadership

military personnel Award, Mr Bainimarama said it


was more than a win for himself

hold peacekeeping or for Fiji. It is a win for small and


developing states around the globe.

operations seminar The award was given by The


Energy and Resources Institute in
India during the World Sustainable
Development Summit in New Delhi.
Mr Bainimarama was not able
to attend the summit today. He
however sent a video message of his
acceptance speech to organisers.
“Bula Vinaka from here in Fiji. I
am sorry that I could not be there in
New Delhi to accept this award in
person,” Mr Bainimarama said.
New Zealand’s Defence Advisor Lieutenant Colonel Josh
Wineera, seventh from right, with RFMF Commander Rear
“Our parliament is sitting this
Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli week and I have a commitment to
Nailatikau and other guests during the contemporary UN the people of Fiji to update them
peacekeeping operations seminar at the New Zealand High
Commissioner’s residence in Suva on Monday, February 18,
on the status of our fight against
2019. climate change. The very fight that

T
he New Zealand Defense Force and the Republic caught the attention of the energy
of the Fiji Military Force have recognised that and resources institute. I am deeply
simply doing peacekeeping was not enough honoured and humbled to receive
however thoughtful and intellectual discussion must also the 2019 sustainable development
be part of the wider step-up to meet the challenges. leadership award.
New Zealand Defence Adviser to Fiji and Tonga “And after Fiji’s COP23 Presidency
Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera during a contemporary it is clear that the once ignored voice
peacekeeping operations seminar held at the New of the climate vulnerable populations
Zealand High Commission residence in Suva today said is being projected louder than ever.”
peacekeeping mission has rapidly evolved over the past He said for a country like Fiji with
20 years. a population of less than one million,
He said the contemporary peacekeeping operations to be recognised in this way by the
seminar was part of the effort by professional military institute based in a country of more
forces to remain effective, relevant, responsible and than 1.3 billion people is proof that
revered. Fiji’s voice is being heard.
“It’s not enough to just be doing Peace Keeping, they Mr Bainimarama commended
also have to be thinking about peace keeping so the
the organisers of the summit for
real aim of today is to take time to be a little bit more
providing a platform for Fiji’s voice
intellectual in your approach to contemporary peace
to continue to be heard.
keeping,” he added.
Thought of the week
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving
up. The most certain way to succeed is
always to try just one more time."
- Thomas A. Edison
Editorial

Modi caught Auckland Weather forecast for the week


February 22 – February 28, 2018
between rock Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu

and a hard
place
A p.m. A passing A couple Clouds Mostly Sun and Mostly
shower in morning of morning and sun, sunny, some clouds sunny
place shower showers pleasant pleasant
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he February 14 suicide attack that killed 40 Indian defence personnel 18° 18° 17° 18° 18° 19° 19°
has stunned Indians across the world and sparked widespread anger with
calls for revenge across the nation.
And it has effectively put India’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in a This week in New Zealand’s history
quandary, especially given that the general elections are just about three months
away. 23 February 1940
Almost immediately following the attack, the government announced its first 100,000 welcome home HMS Achillescrew
retaliatory move – if one may call it that: to remove Pakistan’s Most Favoured
Nation (MFN) status and vow to isolate it internationally. It called a meeting of T he Battle of the River Plate in December 1939 was the Allies’ first naval victory of the
Second World War. The involvement of the cruiser HMS Achilles, more than half of whose
crew were New Zealanders, was greeted with jubilation in New Zealand.
diplomats from 25 nations and apprised them of this intention.
While these first reactions would have certainly underwhelmed or even 23 February 1904
frustrated many – particularly the hawks – there was only so much that the
government could do at that early stage because of the fluidity of the situation First step in creation of Fiordland National Park
amid the heart-rending task of laying the felled soldiers to rest.
However, even a week later, the government has not come up with any N early 1 million ha of far western Southland and Otago was set aside as a national reserve
in 1904 and became New Zealand’s largest national park in 1952. The inclusion of the
Hollyford Valley, Waitutu Forest and Solander Island subsequently enlarged it to 1.26 million ha.
statement on how it plans to deal with the situation in a decisive manner any
more than promising stern action. 24 February 1902
BJP’s constituency is bound to see this as yet namby-pamby stance as more of End of the battle of Langverwacht Hill
the same that Indians have been used to seeing from their leaders for decades, no
matter which party is in power.
The new resurgent India is brimming with a newfound confidence and
T he South African War of 1899–1902, often called the Boer War (sometimes the Second Boer
War), was the first overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops. Fought between the
British Empire and the South African Republic (Transvaal) and its Orange Free State ally, it was
will definitely look forward to some quick decisive action – much more than the culmination of long-standing tensions in southern Africa.
international campaigning to have the repeatedly offending Pakistani state-
protected terrorist outfit put on a global terror list. Similar moves have come a 24 February 1912
cropper several times before, primarily because of China’s intransigence. SS Earnslaw launched on Lake
The government’s inaction or delayed reaction let alone any proactive Wakatipu
F
measures against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in its five-year tenure – except or more than 50 years after it was launched,
the famed surgical strike – is bound to reinforce India’s image as a soft state, SS Earnslaw carried freight and people to and
too hesitant to defend its armed forces and citizenry with decisive action in the from remote lakeside settlements. Affectionately
minds of growing numbers of Indians. known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’, the ship has also
While the government would doubtless be weighing its options on the kind of been used for scenic cruises since the 1970s.
action that needs to be taken, there is no gainsaying that elements within it and
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The Indian Weekender Friday, February 22, 2019 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

TOWARDS CREATING A HEALTHIER


AND MORE PRODUCTIVE INDIA
AMIT KAPOOR  magnify the awareness and spread

T
the message of eating right across the
he last four years of the
nation.
Narendra Modi government
A model of social and behavioural
have seen trajectory-altering
movement is not always sustainable;
policies and programmes covering
therefore, it is important to take into
a broad spectrum of areas, from
consideration that for a movement
Sagarmala targeting the waterways
of such magnitude, the government
and coastline for enhancing port
would not be sufficient in itself and
development and pushing the growth
will need to enter into collaborations
of coastal areas; to Digital India
and partnerships.
enabling online infrastructure and
The social impact that has been
internet connectivity.
created will hold value if and only
India is currently also undergoing
if such events are made annual, and
a powerful wave of social and
there is devolution of responsibility
behavioural change movements, with
to states and district food authorities
Swachh Bharat Mission ensuring 601
to continue with the on-ground
open defecation free districts in 2019.
inclusive and engaging activities.
This movement towards a clean India
Once the model is strengthened via
is being complemented by the ‘Eat 17
devolution of responsibility and
Right India Movement’ launched
regularity of events, it can become
by the Food Safety and Standards
a benchmark for other matters of
Authority of India (FSSAI) under
public interest that indeed require
the Ministry of Health and Family
behavioural change as a key factor
Welfare, with its key focus on public
for creating social and economic
health and safe food.
impact.
India stands at a very crucial
refreshing change. safe food or choose food habits that stakeholder engagements, from Such movements also need to
juncture wherein it is under the
The movement started off with a are aligned with rising concerns of poster competitions for children to be compatible with the nation’s
rising burden of non-communicable
nation-wide campaign to reduce the public health in the nation? By being Eat Right Awards for budding food socio-economic challenges, and the
diseases (NCDs), with the prevalence
intake of high salt, fat and sugar by aware. This movement has attempted businesses. differing cultural, regional, social
of diabetes increased to 65 million in
creating a catchy ‘Aaj se Thoda kam’ to resolve the demand side of food The Yatra, which had been spread and economic challenges within the
2016, as per a Lancet Study. 
tagline and to ensure food safety. safety and public health by carrying across a period of 100 days and nation.
Not only is India experiencing
However, it is important to be wary out a nation-wide “Swasth Bharat ended on January 29 in New Delhi, Here, it is also important to see that
severe concerns of NCDs, arising out
of the fact that the problem of poor Yatra”, the world’s biggest cyclothon has the potential to be scalable and a commercial marketing approach
of poor diets and bad food habits, but
diets, bad eating habits and unsafe for nudging the majority of the replicable! might crumble the potential of the
the nation remains critical in terms
food remains a deeply entrenched population to eat right. However, to throw caution to the movement, and a ‘social marketing’
of incidences of food-borne diseases,
problem across the nation, wherein India, being a diverse nation with winds, it is vital to remember that approach should be adopted, since it
under-nutrition and micro-nutrition.
a simple policy or programme a population of 122.64 crore, there such behavioural change movements affects not only the individuals but
In 2017, one of the major
would not meet the magnitude of is a pertinent challenge for any do not come with a guarantee and it the society as a whole.
contributors to concerns of morbidity
the concern. A nation as diverse and movement to create a sustainable is important to keep the momentum Therefore, social and behavioural
due to communicable diseases was
expansive as India also continues social impact. going to create a lasting social movements like Swasth Bharat Yatra
acute diarrhoeal diseases (22 per
to battle barriers of percolation of This Yatra has had its fair share impact. So, even though the Swasth do have the potential to create a
cent). 
awareness to the bottom and lacks of success by covering about 20,000 Bharat Yatra has had the buzz going healthier and a more productive India
As is visible, India’s status of
streamlined messages to alter the km and ensuring an outreach of 2.5 on for eating safe, right and fortified, if approached in the right manner
health due to food-related concerns
basic food habits. The regulations crore people. The movement has had there is still a dire need to keep the
is alarming and that is why the Eat (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute
can ensure the supply of safe food, a meticulous approach in creating pace going -- to continue carrying
Right India movement comes as a for Competitiveness, India. 
but how will the consumer demand awareness which has involved out of such activities and events to

Guaido, US military leader push Venezuelan army to allow aid


V
enezuela’s self-proclaimed such as Cuba, China and Russia to Pence encouraged him to take that
acting president, Juan address shortages of medicines and step and assured him of Washington’s
Guaido, was joined on other necessities. support.
Wednesday by the head of the US Asked on Wednesday about the Trump quickly recognized Guaido
military’s Southern Command possibility of US military action and roughly 50 other countries have
in calling on the Venezuelan in Venezuela, Faller referred to followed suit, including Canada,
armed forces to allow the entry of President Donald Trump’s statement Colombia, Argentina and Brazil,
humanitarian aid. earlier this week that all options as well as major European powers
Opposition activists will would be considered. France, Germany, Spain and the
mount “peaceful, very powerful” “The president has been clear United Kingdom.

"
demonstrations at military bases and our obligation as professional Those nations agree with the
across Venezuela to demand that military is to be ready,” the SouthCom Venezuelan opposition that Maduro’s
troops facilitate the delivery of the commander said, while maintaining May 2018 re-election victory was
aid, Guaido said in Caracas. that Washington’s preference is for a a sham. Cucuta is linked to the
In Miami, meanwhile, Adm. diplomatic solution. Venezuelan city of San Cristobal by
Craig Faller took the opportunity initiative as a prelude to military This Diosdado Cabello, widely seen the Tienditas bridge, a modern span
of a joint press conference with intervention by Washington. as the No. 2 figure in Venezuela’s completed in 2016 that has never
Colombian armed forces chief Maj. Guaido said that starting Saturday, message governing leftist PSUV party, said been opened to traffic amid ongoing
Gen. Luis Navarro Jimenez to advise volunteers will bring into Venezuela is for the Wednesday that invaders would meet quarrels between Bogota and Caracas
Venezuelan military officers on their the aid being gathered in the Venezuelan military: with a fierce reaction. over migration, smuggling and cross-
duty, reports Efe. Colombian border city of Cucuta, the “We will give them the most terrible border crime.
“This message is for the Brazilian state of Roraima and the
In the end, you will response they can imagine,” he told As the US shipments began to
Venezuelan military: In the end, you island of Curaçao. be responsible for thousands of government supporters arrive in Cucuta, the Venezuelan
will be responsible for your own The opposition insists that oil- your own actions. Do in the southern state of Bolivar. army parked large vehicles on their
actions. Do the right thing. Save your rich Venezuela is experiencing a “Venezuela will continue being free, side of Tienditas, which was already
people and your country,” Faller humanitarian crisis and has made an
the right thing. Save sovereign and independent.” bisected by mental fencing.
said as he welcomed Navarro to international appeal for donations. your people and Guaido, the speaker of the British billionaire Richard Branson
SouthCom headquarters. Maduro, however, says that the your country opposition-controlled National is staging a concert on Friday in
Venezuelan President Nicolas donations carry “the venom of Assembly, proclaimed himself Cucuta aimed at raising $100 million
Maduro has barred the entry of the humiliation” and has arranged to interim president on January 23, a in donations to fund humanitarian
supplies, denouncing the US-led aid have supplies brought in from allies day after US Vice President Mike assistance in Venezuela.
18 INDIA Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

PULWAMA AFTERMATH INDIA, SAUDI ARABIA CONDEMN


PULWAMA, CALL FOR SANCTIONING OF TERRORISTS, ORGANISATIONS BY UN
I
ndia and Saudi Arabia on Pakistan claims to be the biggest
Wednesday condemned "in victim of terrorism.
strongest terms" the terror India and Saudi Arabia also called
attack on Indian security forces in upon all countries to renounce the
Pulwama, called upon countries use of terrorism as an instrument of
to bring perpetrators of such acts state policy.
to justice and underlined the "The two sides also noted the
importance of comprehensive need for concerted action by the
sanctioning of terrorists and their international community against
organisations by the United Nations. terrorism including through early
The remarks on the UN sanctions adoption of the UN Comprehensive
regime during discussions between Convention on International
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Terrorism and underlined the
visiting Crown Prince Mohammed importance of comprehensive
bin Salman came two days after the sanctioning of terrorists and their
joint statement issued during the organisations by the UN," the
visit of the Saudi Arabian leader to statement said.
Pakistan which had "underlined the They called upon all states to
need for avoiding politicisation of deny access to weapons, including
the UN listing regime". missiles and drones, to commit
However, the joint statement "We terrorist acts against other countries.
On February 14, a suicide
issued late on Wednesday did bomber blew himself up agree that "The Prime Minister and His
not mention Pakistan or Jaish- next to a CRPF bus, to deal with it Royal Highness condemned in the
e-Mohammed (JeM) based in which was part of a
effectively, there is strongest terms the recent terrorist
78-vehicle convoy
that country which had claimed carrying over 2,500 need to put all possible attack on Indian security forces on
responsibility for the Pulwama personnel on their pressure on countries February 14, 2019 in Pulwama in
attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel way from Jammu to
Srinagar, killing 40
which are giving any Jammu & Kashmir," it said.
last week. India has linked Pakistan jawans in Pulwama. kind of support to The two leaders agreed to
with the terror attack. terrorism." constitute a comprehensive security
Prince Mohammed to invest
However, Pakistan was mentioned dialogue at the NSA level and set up
in the areas of energy, refining,
in the context of "consistent efforts" a joint working group on counter-
petrochemicals, infrastructure,
made by Prime Minister Modi terrorism. Modi, in his remarks at
agriculture, minerals and mining,
since May 2014 including his the joint media interaction with
manufacturing, education and
personal initiatives to have friendly the Saudi leader, mentioned the
health potentially worth in excess
relations with the neighbouring "barbaric terror attack" in Pulwama
of $100bn. Saudi Arabia had signed
country, with the visiting leader and said it was another manifestation
agreements for investment of $20 People participate in a candle light march to offer tributes to the martyred CRPF
appreciating the efforts. The jawans of Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi, Friday of the danger posed by terrorism to
billion during Prince Mohammed's happen to exist and to cut off any The two sides also rejected
statement said that both sides humanity.
visit to Pakistan. The joint statement kind of support and financing to any attempt to link this universal
agreed on the need "for creation of "We agree that to deal with it
said that both sides called upon all the terrorists perpetrating terrorism phenomenon to any particular race,
conditions necessary for resumption effectively, there is need to put
states to reject the use of terrorism from all territories against other religion or culture, affirming that the
of the comprehensive dialogue all possible pressure on countries
against other countries, dismantle states, and bring perpetrators of acts menace of extremism and terrorism
between India and Pakistan". Modi which are giving any kind of support
terrorism infrastructures where they of terrorism to justice. threatens all nations and societies.
welcomed the announcement by to terrorism," Modi said.

Pulwama attack: ‘Horrible With Pulwama attack, time


situation’, says Donald Trump
for discussions is over: Modi
U
S President Donald

I
Trump Tuesday described
n a strong message to Pakistan,
Pulwama terrorist attack
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
by Jaish-e-Mohammed group as a
on Monday said the Pulwama
“horrible situation”, in which 40
terror bombing shows that the
Indian paramilitary personnel were
time for talks between the two
killed, and said he was getting
neighbouring countries is over and
reports on it and would issue a
called upon the global community to
statement.
unite and act firmly against terrorism
Separately, State Department
and those supporting it.
Deputy Spokesperson Robert
His remarks came after
Palladino expressed “strong support”
discussions with visiting Argentine
for India and asked Pakistan to
President Mauricio Macri at the
“punish anyone responsible” for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluting the CRPF personnel who were killed in a
Hyderabad House where India and suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on 14th Feb
February 14 attack.
Argentina came down heavily on the 2019; at Palam Airport in New Delhi
The suicide attack has led to Indian government “to express not
terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir joint statement on terrorism and for global peace and security and
an escalation of tension between only our condolences but our strong
which killed 40 CRPF troopers. stressed that there could be no economic and social advancement
India and Pakistan and Trump told support”.
"President Macri and I agreed justification for acts of terror on of people. Noting that South-South
reporters at the Oval Office of White “We urge Pakistan to fully
that terrorism is a very big threat to any ground whatsoever, particularly Cooperation is important for India,
House that it would be “wonderful” cooperate with the investigation
world peace and stability. The brutal emphasising the scourge of cross- he said Argentina has strongly
if the two South Asia neighbours get into the attack and to punish anyone
Pulwama terror attack shows that border terrorism. supported India's membership in the
along. responsible,” Palladino said. In the
the time for talks is over. Now the They said "strong measures" Missile Technology Control Regime,
“I have watched. I have got a lot of aftermath of the Pulwama attack,
entire world needs to unite and take should be taken against terrorists, Wassenaar Arrangement, Australia
reports on it. We will have comment the US has also been in contact with
firm steps against terrorism and their terror organisations, their networks Group and the Nuclear Suppliers
(on it) at an appropriate time. It Pakistan, he said.
supporters," Modi said. and all those who "encourage, Group.
would be wonderful if they (India Following the terrorist attack,
"Hesitation in taking firm support, finance and provide The Prime Minister also welcomed
and Pakistan) get along,” Trump Trump’s National Security Advisor,
measures against terrorists and safe haven to terrorists and terror Argentina as a new member of the
said in response to a question. John Bolton, has supported India’s
those against humanity amounts to groups". International Solar Alliance.
“That (the terrorist attack) was right to self-defense.
encouraging terrorism," he said. The leaders said that no country Macri, in his remarks, condemned
a horrible situation. We are getting Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo,
Modi said it is important should allow its territory the terror attack.
reports. We will have a statement to Bolton, and the White House Press "Hesitation
for the G-20 countries to to be used to launch "I firmly condemn it. We condemn
put out,” Trump said. Secretary Sarah Sanders in separate in taking firm
implement the 11-point terrorist attacks on every kind of terrorist attack. This
At a separate news conference, statements have asked Pakistan to measures against
agenda of Hamburg other countries. Modi goes against healthy co-existence.
the State Department Deputy immediately take action against the terrorists and those
Leaders Statement. said there is a need I am pleased to be able to work
Spokesperson said the US has been JeM and its leaders and end support against humanity amounts
India and Argentina to encouraging to accept "reformed together to fight this scourge of
in close communication with the to terrorist safe havens.
later issued a separate terrorism" multilateralism" mankind."
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 22, 2019 INDIA 19

ON ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT, NEWS in BRIEF


INDIA'S SSLV WILL CARRY
Modi leaves for South Korea

P rime Minister Narendra Modi left for Seoul on Wednesday on a two-


day visit to South Korea during which he will be conferred upon the

TWO DEFENCE SATELLITES


2018 Seoul Peace Prize.
During the visit, Modi will hold discussions with South Korean President
Moon Jae-in and will meet with business leaders, members of the Indian
community as well as eminent persons from all walks of life.
In his pre-departure statement, Modi said India regards South Korea as a
valued friend. He said that India and South Korea have shared values and
a shared vision for regional and global peace and their needs and strengths
are complementary as fellow market economies.
Modi said that the growing depth and variety in relationship has been
accentuated by the harmony between India’s Act East Policy and South
Korea’s New Southern Policy.
Sushma Swaraj holds talks with her Spanish
counterpart
E xternal Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj on Tuesday held detailed
talks over a range of issues including
trade, defence and counter-terrorism, with
her Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell
Fontelles over a working breakfast.
The two leaders took stock of
"relationship across the spectrum,
especially in trade and investment,

T
defence and security, counter terrorism,
he Indian space agency will fly two small defence On Tuesday, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime
culture and tourism", Foreign Ministry
satellites in July/August on its new rocket Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for setting up
Spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
--now known as Small Satellite Launch Vehicle of a new company under the Department of Space (DoS),
Sushma Swaraj was also invested with the Grand Cross of Order of Civil
(SSLV) - said a top official of Indian Space Research to commercially exploit the research and development Merit conferred by Spanish government in recognition of India's support in
Organisation (ISRO). work carried out by ISRO and its constituent units. evacuating 71 Spanish nationals during April 2015 Nepal earthquake.
"We are planning to fly two defence satellites, each The following areas/avenues provide opportunities for Earlier, Sushma Swaraj, who is in Spain on the final leg of her three-
weighing about 120 kg in our new rocket SSLV this commercial exploitation of ISRO programmes: nation visit which earlier took her to Bulgaria and Morocco, was warmly
July or August. The rocket design recently underwent Small satellite technology transfer to industry, wherein received by Fontelles at his official residence, the Viana Palace, ahead of
a detailed integrated technical review," K. Sivan, ISRO the new company shall take licence from DoS/ISRO the meeting and award ceremony. This is their third meeting in five months.
Chairman, said. and sub-license to industries; manufacture of small
He said the total weight of the payload that will be satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) in collaboration with the
Saudi Arabia orders release of 850 Indian prisoners
carried by the SSLV on its maiden flight will be about 500
kg. While the two satellites would weight about 120 kg
each, there will be adaptors and others that would weigh
private sector.
Besides, productionisation of PSLV through industry; C oinciding with the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
to India, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday ordered release of 850 Indian
prisoners lodged in its jails. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson
productionisation and marketing of space-based products
about 300 kg. The total weight of the rocket will be 110 and services, including launch and applications; transfer Raveesh Kumar said the decision was taken on the request of Prime
tonne, Sivan said. of technology developed by ISRO Centres and constituent Minister Narendra Modi.
Queried about the need for a second commercial arm units of DoS. "Another big deliverable! At the request of the PM, His Royal Highness
- first one is Antrix Corporation - Sivan said: "We want Also marketing of some spin-off technologies and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has ordered the release of 850 Indian
to give a big push for production of SSLV. We expect products, both in India and abroad; and any other subject prisoners lodged in Saudi jails," he said in a tweet.
the demand for SSLV to be about two/three rockets per which Government of India deems fit. He said Prince Mohammed has also announced an increase in the quota
month. We also want to increase the production of Polar When asked about the technologies that the ISRO can for Indian Haj pilgrims to 2 lakh at the request of Prime Minister Modi. The
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)." transfer, Sivan said: "We have developed technologies in present quota is about 1.75 lakh. During his visit to Pakistan two days back,
Sivan said the increase in production is sought to be materials, chemicals and others. These can be transferred Prince Mohammed had agreed to release over 2,000 Pakistani prisoners in
achieved partnering with the private sector. so that people can benefit." Saudi jails.
He said Antrix Corporation is mainly into transponder Sivan said the capital for the proposed company will Congress to approach Lok Sabha polls
leasing and other activities. not be large and its name is yet to be finalised.
as polls in 29 states
Hina Jaiswal is IAF's first woman flight engineer T he Congress will be approaching the coming Lok Sabha elections not

T
as one election but as polls in 29 different states while also attacking
he IAF inducted Flight
Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from the BJP-led government at the Centre on its promises, performance and
the 112th helicopter unit at failures. There will be a three-phased multi-media campaign unleashed
the Yelahanka air base in the city's against the NDA government, party sources said.
northern suburb as its first woman In the first phase, the "lies", "over promise vs under delivery" will be
flight engineer, said the Defence taken up and the party would go hammer and tongs at the government over
Ministry on Friday. what it had promised and did not deliver. This phase could roll out in the
"Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal first week of March. In Phase II, party campaigners would pick up on what
has scripted history by becoming the the government claims have been promises fulfilled and tear into the claims
first Indian woman flight engineer by trying to show how it has not been done.
after completing the course at the In the third phase, the Congress would project regional issues which
Yelahanka Air Force Station," said would match its main propaganda theme of the coming general elections
the Ministry in a statement here. as not one election but polls to 29 states. The Congress is also discussing
Commissioned as a warrior on slogans and taglines it can use in the elections against the BJP and its
January 5, 2015, in the engineering government.
branch of the Air Force, Hina served
as chief of firing team and battery come true as I had aspired from Air Force (IAF) since 1993 has States, Centre should work together as Team India:
commander in a frontline surface- childhood to wear a soldier's uniform commissioned women in the officer Venkaiah Naidu

V
to-air missile squadron before her and take to sky as an aviator," said cadre and inducted many of them as ice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that state
selection to the flight engineers' the statement quoting Hina. pilots to operate military aircraft and governments and the Centre should work together to develop the
course, which she completed on As a flight engineer, Hina will be choppers. country, keeping aside politics.
Friday. posted at the operational helicopter In 2018, the flight engineer branch, The Vice President called up on the State and Central governments to
"During the six-month course, Hina units of the Air Force to operate in which was the domain of male air
adopt a 'Team India' approach for development.
trained with her male counterparts, demanding conditions spanning the warriors, was opened to women
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for extension and
displaying commitment, dedication icy heights of the Siachen glacier to officers.
strengthening of the runway of the Tirupati Airport along with Minister of
and perseverance," said. the Andaman sea. "A flight engineer is a member of
State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha,
Hina, who hails from Chandigarh, "I am enthusiastic about my an aircraft's flight crew who monitors
and operates its complex aircraft Being undertaken at a cost of Rs 117 crore, the extension of the runway
graduated in engineering from the stint in aviation and look forward
Panjab University. to embrace the challenges in the systems requiring a specialised skill would facilitate the landing of wide-bodied aircraft like B-747-400, B-777-
"My achievement as the first service," said Hina. Becoming set," added the statement. 300 ER. Naidu underlined the importance of air, rail and road connectivity
woman flight engineer is a dream more gender inclusive, the Indian for spurring economic growth.
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

INDIAN AMERICANS EXPRESS SOLIDARITY New drug to


delay ageing
WITH PULWAMA VICTIMS' FAMILIES discovered
I
ndian Americans across the US protesters will gather at the Indian

R
have expressed solidarity to the Consulate General office. esearchers, including one
families of the 40 CRPF troopers Samir Kalra, Managing Director of Indian origin, have
who lost their lives in the February of the Hindu American Foundation developed a new drug that
14 Pulwama terror attack, by holding (HAF), a non-profit advocacy
can delay ageing demonstrated by
candlelight vigils, peaceful protests organisation, said on Monday: "While
declining muscle mass, strength
and fundraisers. it's heartening to see that a wide
In Atlanta, Georgia, members of swath of the international community and function.
the Gujarat Samaj gathered at the is unequivocally condemning the As human bodies age, they
Sardar Patel Bhavan in Tucker, where attack, such statements of solidarity increasingly lose the ability to repair
they held a candlelight vigil over the must be backed up by actions to and rebuild degenerating skeletal
weekend. The event was organised as eliminate terrorist groups who kill muscles. This can dramatically limit
a mark of protest and to pay tributes with impunity and destabilise the the ability of older adults to live fully
to the victims, The American Bazaar region." active and independent lives.
reported on Monday. The National Federation of Indian In the study, researchers from
Vigils are planned to take place American Associations strongly
the University of Texas Medical
this week also in Sacramento, the condemned the attack, saying that
being planned for Thursday outside the terrorists... The protest will be Branch (UTMB) at Galveston
capital of California, and home to a "such an act of terrorism cannot
large Indian American population. the Pakistan Consulate in the city. an absolutely peaceful one and we and should not go without heavy identified a protein called
The Indian Association of J.D. Diganvker, a community will be giving a memorandum to the punishments". Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase
Sacramento (IAS) will hold one on activist and an organisers of the Pakistani Consulate." Various fundraisers have been (NNMT) in muscle stem cells that
Tuesday at the Lakshmi Narayan protest, said: "We are grieving On Monday evening, a candlelight floated to help the victims' families appears to be responsible for the
Temple. for our slain soldiers... We want vigil was held at the city's Dan across the US by Indian American age-related dysfunction.
In Chicago, a peaceful protest is Pakistan to take strict action against Shanower, while on Wednesday, individuals and groups. They developed a small molecule

Counter-terrorism deal with Morocco important for us: Sushma Swaraj drug, NNMT inhibitor (NNMTi),

E
which when prescribed to aged mice
xternal Affairs Minister scope for expanding bilateral trade. could limit NNMT’s effects as well
Sushma Swaraj on Monday She pointed out that bilateral trade
as significantly increase muscle
said that the agreement between the two nations has grown
signed with Morocco in the field size, strength and metabolic state in
up to $1.5 billion as in October 2018.
of counter-terrorism was important the animals. 
She said that the talks with her
for India as it has been facing the By resetting muscle stem cells
Moroccan counterpart Nasir Borita
scourge of terrorism for decades. were fruitful, as the two leaders to a more youthful state, the mice
“India has faced the menace of discussed how to deepen bilateral could be rejuvenated so that they
cross-border terrorism for decades. could more effectively repair muscle
cooperation in the future.
Therefore, our agreement with tissues, the researchers explained. 
Sushma Swaraj said that since
friendly nation Morocco signed “There are no treatments currently
2015, the two countries have
on Monday in fighting
exchanged 20 minister-level visits available to delay, arrest or reverse
terrorism together is
between them while 37 MoUs and age-related muscle degeneration,”
important for India,”
agreements have been signed. said Harshini Neelakantan, research
Sushma Swaraj said
during her visit to the The Minister said she met the scientist at UTMB.
kingdom. representatives of the Indian “These initial results support the
She underlined community living in Morocco who development of an innovative drug
that India gives External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and
were contributing to strengthening treatment that has the potential to help
importance to its Moroccon Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita sign and trade and economic relations and the elderly to become fitter, faster
multilateral relations
exchanged four documents in the fields of counter- were acting as a bridge between the
terrorism, easing of restrictions on business visas, and stronger, thus enabling them to
with Morocco and feels two countries.
housing and human settlement and youth matters in
live more active and independent
that there is unlimited Rabat, Morocco on Feb 18

Indian appointed to high- Cabinet's ex post facto approval


lives as they age,” she added.
For the study, published in

level accounting post at UN for NRI marriage registration bill


Biochemical Pharmacology, the
team treated ageing mice, suffering

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from muscle injury, with the drug or

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handramouli Ramanathan he Union Cabinet on of Indian Citizens married to NRIs,"
a placebo. 
has been appointed as the Wednesday gave its ex Union Minister Piyush Goyal told
post facto approval to the reporters after the Cabinet meeting. Following seven days of treatment,
world body’s controller by
Registration of Marriage of Non- Once the Bill is passed, marriages researchers saw that the aged mice,
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,
Resident Indians Bill, 2019 which by NRIs would be registered in India which received the drug, had more
according to his spokesperson
Stephane Dujarric. was introduced in the Rajya Sabha or Indian missions and posts abroad, functional muscle stem cells than the
Dujarric told reporters: on Monday. and necessary changes would be placebo mice. 
“Chandramouli brings to the The Bill seeks to provide carried out in the Passports Act and Moreover, the size of the muscle
position nearly 40 years of executive safeguards to Indian women who are Code of Criminal Procedure, an fibres doubled and the strength also
international experience in diverse trapped in fraudulent marriages with official statement said.
increased significantly. 
organizational settings in finance and NRIs. Goyal said the Bill would offer
Besides, the blood chemistry
budget, management and information as Deputy Controller, Director of "The Bill provides for amendment great protection to Indian citizens
of the legal framework to act as a married to NRIs, and serve as a of the mice that underwent drug
technology. We are delighted to Accounts Division, and Chief of
Service in IT Services Division. deterrent to the erring NRI spouses deterrent to NRIs against harassment treatment was also found to have no
officially have him in that position.” 
The UN said: “He has proven and creating more accountability and of their spouses and benefit Indian adverse effects as it was similar to
Ramanathan will simultaneously
be the Assistant Secretary-General experience leading complex offer protection against exploitation women married to NRIs worldwide. the untreated mice.
for Programme Planning, Budget change management initiatives,

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JAWS WAS RIGHT!


IF YOU SEE A SHARK MOVING AT SLOW
NEWS in BRIEF
Sri Lanka's first satellite set for April launch

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ri Lanka will launch its first satellite into space in April, marking its
entry into the space age, said an official on Wednesday.

SPEEDS IT IS PROBABLY READY FOR DINNER To be named RAAVANA-1, it is a research satellite built by two Sri
Lankan students from the University of Peradeniya and the Arthur C Clarke
Institute for Modern Technologies.
It was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and
is 1,000 cubic cm in size and weighs 1.1 kg, Xinhua news agency reported.
According to the Sri Lankan media, RAAVANA-1 was handed over to the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on February 18 and will be launched
to the International Space Station on April 17, through the assistance of
Cygnus-1, an US spacecraft. It is expected to fulfil five missions, including
capturing pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions.
The RAAVANA-1 is expected to orbit 400 km away from earth and will
When the sharp-toothed predators are seen moving more have a lifespan of one and half years.
slowly, chances are they are hungry. When close to a seal
colony, for example, sharks were recorded moving much Trump orders Pentagon to draft space force legislation

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more sluggishly than is energy-efficient. Experts now
believe they take their time to find the fattest and most S President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that directs the
delicious seal to snack on. Pentagon to draft legislation on creating a US Space Force.
It is "a bold, strategic step toward guaranteeing American space dominance,"

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f you see a shark moving at slow speeds it’s according to the White House.
probably ready for dinner, confirming the behaviour "Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity,
of the predator in Stephen Spielberg’s cinematic but a matter of national security," Trump said, reports Xinhua news agency.
masterpiece Jaws. Scientists tagged eight great white The Space Policy Directive-4 called on the Secretary of Defence to develop
sharks and found they are one of the fastest fish in the a legislative proposal establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the
ocean when swimming for travel purposes. But when the Armed Forces. The Space Force, nevertheless, will initially be established
sharp-toothed predators are seen moving more slowly, within the Department of the Air Force, according to the White House. In
chances are they are hungry. June last year, Trump proposed the Space Force to be "separate but equal"
When close to a seal colony, for example, sharks were with the US Air Force.
recorded moving much more sluggishly than is energy- The new directive, however, stoked opposition.
efficient. Experts now believe they take their time to find "Space security cannot be achieved unilaterally or solely through military
the fattest and most delicious seal to snack on. means. It will require coordination and cooperation with other spacefaring
Professor Yuuki Watanabe, who led the study from nations," said Laura Grego, a senior scientist in the Global Security
the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan, said: Programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement.
‘This strategy is as close to a “sit-and-wait” strategy as is
possible for perpetual swimmers, such as white sharks.’ Committed to 'free, open Indo-Pacific region',
Sharks famously have to constantly keep swimming to democracy: Maldives
Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth and
stay alive, as they are unable to pump water through their
gills like bony fish. To get the oxygen they need from the
water, they have to swim through it to force it through
have long terrified humans.
Their basic design has never really changed over the M aldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has reiterated his nation's
commitment to a "free and open" Indo-Pacific region and to democracy.
During his meeting with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington
course of 200million years and they are considered to
their gills. be complex and intelligent. Their teeth are fear factor on Wednesday, Shahid underscored "the importance of his government's
Scientists wanted to know how fast sharks swim, so number one, with the great white’s teeth growing up to reform efforts to (ensure) the vitality of Maldives' democracy," the deparment's
attached tags containing sensors on to eight great whites two-and-a-half inches in length. Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.
off the Neptune Islands in Australia. Their prey are impaled on the pointed teeth of the The two leaders spoke of their "common interest in deepening bilateral ties
They found ‘commuting’ sharks can race through the lower jaw where they saw away sections of the flesh. The between the US and Maldives, and their shared commitment to a free and
water as they travel between islands. serrated edges of the teeth help with this process. open Indo-Pacific region", his statement added.
But sharks close to seal colonies move far more slowly, Their teeth are brittle and are constantly breaking off Pompeo appreciated the Maldives' commitment to judicial reform,
at a speed which actually costs them in terms of energy but are also constantly regrowing and on average there are transparency, and rule of law, Palladino said.
and is unexpected in relatively warm-blooded sharks. 15 rows of teeth present in the mouth at one time. Their statements on democracy and rule of law were a boost to the Indian
The results suggest that predatory white sharks are wily Their speed is fear factor number two.  Ocean nation's fragile democracy.
hunters like bats and largemouth bass, which lurk near They are very fast in the water compared to humans
seals in the hopes of catching a nice fat snack. 
Three UK MPs quit governing party in protest over
with the mako shark able to reach an incredible 60mph in ‘disastrous Brexit’
Catching an energy-rich seal is worth hundreds of the

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bursts. The great white can reach speeds of 25mph. 
fish and squid that great whites also feed on. hree pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit
By comparison, 5mph is the fastest a human being can
It makes sense to wait around to give the seals, which over the “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow
reach. A shark’s power and size terrifies us, too.   
are able to manoeuvre extremely well, less chance to to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around
The great white shark can grow up to 20 feet and while
escape. The study, which tracked the sharks for up to 37 plans to leave the European Union.
it has no particular taste for humans even an exploratory
hours each, means the menacing pace of the shark in Jaws, The lawmakers, long critical of May’s Brexit strategy to leave the EU
bite is enough to cut a man in half.
accompanied by its slow, frightening soundtrack, may which they believe is being driven by Conservative eurosceptics, said in a
Most sharks release a human after its first bite but
actually be true to life. statement they would join a new group in parliament set up by seven former
sometimes, that’s all it take to kill a person.   
Even though great white sharks are capable of opposition Labour politicians.
However, sharks have far more reason to be afraid of
swimming fast thanks to their warm muscles, living fast The resignations put May in an even weaker position in parliament, where
humans. We kill up to a million of them a year, often just
may not always be a benefit when waiting for dinner. her Brexit deal was crushed by lawmakers last month when eurosceptics and
cutting off their fins to make into soup and throwing the
EU supporters voted against an agreement that both sides say offers the worst
HOW SHARKS EARNED THEIR RUTHLESS rest of the shark back into the water, where it starves or
of all worlds.
REPUTATION drowns. 

Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion’s prolific commander-in-chief dies


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arl Lagerfeld enjoyed the stature of - was almost a brand in his own right. look to the past was one of his biggest assets,
a god among mortals in the world of Sporting dark suits, white, pony-tailed hair those who knew him said.
fashion, where he stayed on top for well and tinted sunglasses in his later years that The designer mingled with the young and
over half of a century and up to his death, at made him instantly recognisable, an irreverent trendy until the last, pairing up with 17-year-
an age almost nobody apart from himself knew wit was also part of a carefully crafted persona. old catwalk darling Kaia Gerber, daughter of
with to-the-day precision. “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like Cindy Crawford, for a collaboration released
The German designer was best known for his that,” runs one legendary quote attributed to by his Karl Lagerfeld brand in 2018.
association with France’s Chanel, dating back him, and often recycled to convey the person His cat Choupette moved with the times
to 1983. The brand, the legend now goes, risked he liked to play. too: the white-haired Birman, described by
becoming the preserve of monied grannies “It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of her social network minders as “daughter of
before he arrived, slashing hemlines and adding Venice lasts all year long.” His artistic instincts, Karl Otto Lagerfeld”, has more than 100,000
glitz to the prim tweed suits of what is now one business acumen and commensurate ego Instagram photo-network followers and a
of the world’s most valuable couture houses. combined to commercially triumphant effect publishing deal. Yet Lagerfeld also stood out as
he was known for his erudition and penchant
But Lagerfeld, who simultaneously churned in the rarefied world of high fashion, where he a craftsman. An accomplished photographer, he
for literature, and he devoured the world’s
out collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his was revered and feared in similar proportions drew his own designs by hand, an increasingly
leading newspapers daily.
eponymous label - an unheard of feat in fashion by competitors and top-models. A refusal to rare phenomenon in fashion. Behind the facade,
22 SPORTS Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

INDIA VS AUSTRALIA: NEWS in BRIEF


Glenn Maxwell takes India-Pakistan World Cup tie on schedule: ICC

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he International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday a decision
on the group match between India and Pakistan at the ODI World Cup
will be taken at its next meeting.
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials Sanjay Patel
hit the ground running ahead of T20I series and Rajiv Shukla had demanded that India boycott the World Cup match

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he Australian team hit the against Pakistan following the recent suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir in
ground running as they took which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed.
part in an intensive training "There is no indication that any World Cup match will not go ahead as
session ahead of the series against planned. Sport, in particular cricket, has the wonderful ability to bring people
India. Specific players tried to hone together and unite communities. We will work with our members on that
specific skills as Cricket Australia basis," Richardson was quoted as saying.
posted a whole host of pictures about According to ICC officials, the game's global governing body is likely to
the same. take a call on cricket ties between the two south Asian nations at the February
Glenn Maxwell looked to be 27 meeting in Dubai.
in the zone as he looked to attack Harleen replaces Harmanpreet in women's ODI squad

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the bowlers while the rest of the
he Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on
members warmed up with a rugby
Wednesday that Harleen Deol will replace Harmanpreet Kaur in the
session. The hosts, led by Aaron
Indian womens ODI squad.
Finch, will be keen to win this series
cricket in their own conditions, I Hyderabad on March 2. "Harmanpreet has suffered an ankle injury after returning from New
and avenge the loss India inflicted on
think. So you’ve got to go there full Australia squad:  Aaron Finch Zealand and is ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against
them in the home series.
of confidence and have a real clear (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun England women," BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
“I don’t think you need anything to
game plan,” he further added. Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn "Harmanpreet was unable to participate fully in the team training session
put a pep in your step when you’re
Australia will face India in the Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus because of pain and will now head to NCA in Bengaluru for rehab," the
going on an Aussie tour, particularly
T20I series in Visakhapatnam and Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, statement read. India women's squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Jhulan Goswami,
to India,” Australian captain Aaron
Bengaluru respectively. This will Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia
Finch reporters. If you’re slightly off
then be followed by a five-match Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason (wicket-keeper), R. Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht,
the mark you’re going to get hurt.
ODI series, starting at the Rajiv Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam
“They’re the best side in one-day
Gandhi International Stadium in Zampa, D’Arcy Short Raut, Harleen Deol.

Zaheer Khan:
Boxer Nikhat wins gold at 70th Strandja International

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oxer Nikhat Zareen kicked off her
2019 season on a high note, winning
It’s good to have left-armer but the 51kg Gold at the 70th Strandja
don’t need to go crazy about it Memorial International tournament.

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The 22-year-old from Hyderabad,
ndian team management’s fascination for a left-arm
supported by JSW Sports, came through a
pacer in its ranks is well-known but the country’s best
ever practitioner of the trade Zaheer Khan feels that stunning run of form during the competition,
one shouldn’t go “crazy or overboard” if the bowler in winning all her bouts with ease and toppling
question is not ready for the challenge. the Philippines' Magno Irish 5-0 in the final
In the past few years, India have tried a number of left- to win her second international gold medal
arm fast bowlers, including Barinder Sran and Jaydev since recovering from a career threatening shoulder injury. Nikhat beat
Unadkat, the latest being Mohammed Khaleel, who has Giovanna Marchese of Italy, Yana Burym of Belarus and Sandra Drabik of
been dropped after an indifferent series in New Zealand. Poland on her way to the championship bout.
“If you have that variation (left-armer’s), it’s certainly an The win marks the second gold in as many international tournaments for
advantage but you don’t have to go crazy about trying a fit-again Nikhat, who underwent surgery on a career-threatening shoulder
to find a left-armer. It is all about contributing to team’s injury exactly two years ago.
cause. Left-arm pacers are natural talent and you don’t "I am very pleased with my performance as I have been able to prove myself
have control over when you will get one,” Zaheer, who is once again at the international stage, winning my second gold in as many
a mentor for the Ferit Cricket Bash said. tournaments at the senior level. This win will give me a lot of confidence
Khaleel looked completely out of depth in New going into this season. I will look forward to more chances to improve and
Zealand, where conditions were conducive for swing win more medals for the country. I would like to dedicate my medal to the
bowling and the veteran of 95 Tests feels that the families of brave CRPF jawans, victims of the Pulwama terror attack last
youngster has some catching up to do. week," she said.
“Yes, the length that (Khaleel bowled) was on the Indonesia submits bid to IOC for hosting 2032 Olympics

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shorter side for sure. In conditions, where there is help
for swing bowling, you have to get the ball right up there ndonesia has submitted a proposal to host the 2032 Olympics to the
(pitch it up) and these are things the bowler has to learn at International Olympic Committee (IOC) after successfully holding the
this level,” Zaheer said. Asian Games last year, a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in
However, the highest wicket-taker in the 2011 World Switzerland said on Tuesday.
Cup is confident that Khaleel could learn a thing or two That might lead Indonesia to compete with India and joint efforts by the
from teammate Jasprit Bumrah, who has made rapid South and North Korea to win the opportunity, reports Xinhua news agency.
strides in international cricket. Indonesian President Joko Widodo's letter, stipulating Indonesia's plan to
“For Khaleel, it’s still early days in his career. Talent- host the world's biggest sport event, was sent to President of the IOC Thomas
wise, he is there but at this level, it’s all about how quickly Bach last week, according the statement. The selection of the 2032 Olympics
you can learn and adapt to pressures of international host is scheduled to be made no longer than 2024.
cricket. Look at Bumrah and how he has evolved as a Djokovic, Biles win Laureus Sports awards

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bowler and you get a comparison.
ennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his fourth Laureus
“Bumrah has learnt a lot and is always adding new
World Sportsman of the Year here on Monday, and American record-
things to his armoury, which is very important and
holding gymnast Simone Biles bagged the World Sportswoman of
bowlers like Khaleel need to take inspiration from. Spend
the Year Award thanks to her dominant world championship performance
more time with Bumrah, ask him questions,” said Zaheer,
last year. Djokovic triumphed in tough competition against football star duo
who was a mentor to junior pacers during the business
of Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric, Formula One world champion Lewis
end of his career. But the biggest advantage for Khaleel, "Yes, Hamilton, Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge and NBA
according to Zaheer is that there is good support the length superstar LeBron James.
system in the Indian team, which allows him to get that (Khaleel
"A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a
proper guidance. bowled) was on
huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and
“It is all about how you evolve in your journey to the shorter side
hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives
become a good fast bowler and his journey so far has for sure."
this Award a special meaning for me," said Djokovic.
been good. He has been getting right kind of guidance
The fourth Sportsman of the Year trophy has moved Djokovic level with
through and through and at the international level, he has
shown the glimpse of what he can deliver. So now, it’s athletics icon Usain Bolt, just one shy of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer's
up to him to get up to the speed of international cricket.” record, reports Xinhua.
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H E A LT H
Smoking over 20 cigarettes Why enough sleep is important
for your heart health?
a day can cause blindness
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etting enough sleep is key to

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good health, as researchers
hile excessive smoking say that insufficient sleep
has been linked to various increases the risk of serious problems,
health issues, including including cardiovascular disease.
heart disease and cancer, a new study The team of researchers from
has warned that smoking over 20 Massachusetts General Hospital
cigarettes a day can cause blindness. (MGH) have identified a previously
The study from the Rutgers unknown mechanism by which
University noted that chronic tobacco sleep protects against the buildup of
smoking can have harmful effects on arterial plaques, providing a potential
"spatial and colour vision". treatment option. The sleep-deprived mice
The findings, published in the Their study described the developed progressively larger
journal Psychiatry Research, mechanism between brain, bone arterial plaques and had twice the
noted significant changes "Our
marrow and blood vessels, by level of certain inflammatory cells
in the smokers' red- results
indicate excessive which insufficient sleep increases like monocytes and neutrophils in
green and blue-yellow inflammatory white blood cells their blood vessels.
use of cigarettes, or
colour vision. chronic exposure to their known to be major contributors to Also, they had lower amounts of
This suggests that compounds, affects visual hardening of the arteries, reports a hormone called hypocretin made
consuming substances discrimination, supporting the Xinhua. by the brain that regulates sleep, the
with neurotoxic existence of overall deficits "We have discovered that sleep researchers said.
chemicals, such as those in visual processing with "Cigarette smoke than 15 cigarettes in their entire lives helps to regulate the production in They found that the hypocretin
in cigarettes, may cause tobacco addiction." consists of numerous and 63 people, who smoked over 20 the bone marrow of inflammatory regulated the white blood cell
overall colour vision loss. compounds that are cigarettes a day. cells and the health of blood vessels production through interaction with
Heavy smokers also have reduced harmful, and it has been The participants were in the 25-45 and that, conversely, sleep disruption neutrophil progenitors in the bone
ability to discriminate contrasts and linked to a reduction in the thickness year age group. breaks down control of inflammatory marrow.
colours compared with non-smokers. of layers in the brain, and to brain The study's findings showed cell production, leading to more The study showed a direct
"Our results indicate excessive use lesions, involving areas such as the noticeable changes in the red-green inflammation and more heart demonstration of the molecular
of cigarettes, or chronic exposure frontal lobe, which plays a role in and blue-yellow colour vision of the disease," said co-author Filip Swirsk. connections linking blood and
to their compounds, affects visual voluntary movement and control of heavy smokers. "We also have identified how cardiovascular risk factors to sleep
discrimination, supporting the thinking, and a decrease in activity Previous studies had also pointed a hormone in the brain known health.
existence of overall deficits in visual in the area of the brain that processes to long-term smoking as doubling to control wakefulness controls "This is a direct demonstration
processing with tobacco addiction," vision," he said. the risk for age-related macular processes in the bone marrow and that hypocretin is also an important
said Steven Silverstein from the For the study, the team looked at degeneration and as a factor causing protects against cardiovascular inflammatory mediator," Swirski
Rutgers's Behavioral Health Care. 71 healthy people who smoked less lens yellowing and inflammation. disease," Swirsk added. said.
For the study, published in the The researchers said that targeting
Men's brains diminish faster than women's: Study journal Nature, the research team the newly discovered mechanism

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hile the human brain Academy of Sciences. interrupted the sleep of mice, could be a breakthrough that may
tends to shrink with age, The brain runs on sugar, but how similar to the experience of someone one day lead to new treatments for
men's brains diminish the brain uses sugar changes as constantly waking up. heart disease and sleep disorders.
faster than women's which may people age.
explain why the fairer sex are more To figure out how brains use sugar Excess use of toothpaste by
likely to stay mentally sharp in their differently between men and women,
later years, finds a study led by a the team analysed 121 women and kids leads to tooth decay: Study
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researcher of Indian-origin. 84 men, ranging in age from 20 to although experts recommend no
any young kids who use
The study noted that the brain's 82 years. toothpaste more than more than a pea-sized amount, about
metabolism slows as people grow The researchers trained a machine- needed are at an increased 40 per cent of kids aged three to six
older, but it may differ between men learning algorithm on men's age and risk of dental fluorosis when they get used a brush that was full or half-full
and women. their brain metabolism, taken from older, warns a new study. Fluorosis of toothpaste.
The findings, led by researchers PET scans by measuring the flow of is a condition that affects the teeth "Fluoride is a wonderful benefit
from the Washington University oxygen and glucose in their brains, caused by overexposure to fluoride but it needs to be used carefully,"
School of Medicine in St. Louis, means. I think this could mean that and applied it to women's. during the first eight years of life. Mary Hayes, pediatric dentist in
showed that women's brains appear the reason women don't experience The algorithm yielded brain ages Fluoride is a mineral found in Chicago was quoted by Daily Mail.
water and soil. More than 70 years For the study, the researchers from
to be about three years younger than as much cognitive decline in later an average of 3.8 years younger than
ago, scientists discovered that people Centers for Disease Control and
men of the same chronological age, years is because their brains are the women's chronological ages.
whose drinking water naturally had Prevention included parents of more
metabolically speaking. effectively younger, and we're The researchers also performed
more fluoride also had fewer cavities. than 5,000 kids ages three to 15.
"It's not that men's brains age currently working on a study to the analysis in reverse. This
That led to addition of fluoride to tap Although the researchers did not
faster -- they start adulthood about confirm that," he explained. time, the algorithm reported that water, toothpaste, mouthwash and determine how many kids developed
three years older than women, and Older women tend to score better men's brains were 2.4 years older other products. streaked or spotty teeth as a result
that persists throughout life," said than men of the same age on tests than their true ages. The relative However, the study showed that of using too much toothpaste, they
Manu Goyal, Assistant Professor of reason, memory and problem youthfulness of women's brains was when teeth are forming, too much recommended children under three
of radiology at the university's solving. detectable even among the youngest fluoride can lead to tooth streaking are only supposed to use a smear of
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. The results were published in participants, who were in their 20s, or spottiness or dental fluorosis. toothpaste the size of a grain of rice,
"What we don't know is what it the proceedings of the National the researchers said. In addition, the study found that reported Daily Mail.

Cervical cancer risk highest in middle-aged Indian women: Survey


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early 50 per cent of middle- is mainly transmitted through sexual 30 per cent of women aged between "The high mortality rate from
aged women in India were contact and most people are infected 16 and 30 years being affected by the cervical cancer globally could be
found to have positive cases with HPV shortly after the onset of risk. reduced through a comprehensive
of high-risk human papillomavirus sexual activity. Cervical cancer accounts for one- approach that includes screening,
(HPV) -- the main risk factor for Two HPV types (16 and 18) cause third of all global deaths, with 74,000 early diagnosis and treatment
cervical cancer, says a report from 70 per cent of cervical cancers deaths occurring annually and is programmes," he added.
SRL Diagnostics. and precancerous cervical lesions. the second leading cause of cancer Besides vaccination before girls
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is Analysis of HPV test reports of 4,500 deaths among women in India. become sexually active, secondary
a group of viruses that are extremely women pan-India between 2014 and However, "cervical cancer is also prevention can be done by regular
common worldwide. There are more 2018, showed that women aged the only cancer which is preventable cervical smear of PAP smear which
than 100 types of HPV, of which at between 31 and 45 years had the if care is taken in the initial stage", can pick up any abnormal cells
least 14 are cancer-causing (also highest percentage of high-risk HPV said B.R Das from SRL Diagnostics in the cervix before they become
known as high risk type). The virus at 47 per cent. This was followed by in a statement issued. cancerous.
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Paneer Lifafa
P
aneer Lifafa is a soft and
sumptuous paratha recipe
shaped like a lifafa or
envelope to hold the paneer stuffing.
You can also pack this dish for your
kids’ tiffin and they will finish it in
no time. A must try dish for mothers
who have fussy kids!
Ingredients
• 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
• 1/2 cup capsicum (green pepper)
• 1 cup chopped paneer
• 1 yellow bell pepper
• For Filling
• 1/2 cup mint leaves

Chicken Shawarma
• 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon green chilli
into four portions. Dust a portion
• 1 teaspoon oregano
of the dough with some dry flour
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and roll into a roti. Repeat with
f you are a non-vegetarian lover and like to experiment • 1 cup wheat flour
the other portions and then put
with recipes, then Chicken Shawarma will be a perfect • 1 tablespoon ghee
a tawa on medium flame and
choice for you. This is one of the easiest things to • 1/2 tablespoon salt
when its moderately hot, put the
prepare, especially, when you are not in a mood to prepare
For The Main Dish roti on it and roast from both
something elaborate.
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil sides. Repeat with the other rotis.
Ingredients Method Lastly, prepare the wheat paste
• 1 cup chicken boneless • To prepare this yummy dish, for sealing the corners of the
• 2 tablespoon vegetable oil first prepare the dough and for prepared envelopes or the lifafas.
• 1 tablespoon spice cardamom the same, take a dough kneading For that, take a small bowl and
• 1 cup tahini plate and add wheat flour, salt and mix together two tablespoon of
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice ghee in it. Mix together and add a the wheat flour with water. Mix
• 2 tablespoon chopped parsley little water to knead a soft dough. well and keep it aside.
• 2 sliced tomato overnight into the mixture of yoghurt, vegetable Thereafter, cover the dough with • Take a cooked roti and add a
• 2 cup shredded lettuce leaf oil, mixed spices, cardamom, salt, black pepper and cling film and set it aside for half portion of the mixture evenly in
• 2 tablespoon allspice vinegar. an hour. the centre and fold the roti from
• 1 tablespoon vinegar • Now, for making the sauce take a bowl and add yogurt, • For the filling, put a pan on all four sides in order to form an
• salt as required lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt and black pepper. medium flame and heat olive oil envelope and seal it with wheat
• 1 tablespoon black pepper Mix them well and keep it in the refrigerator. in it. When the oil is hot enough, paste.
• 1/4 cup minced garlic • Now, preheat the oven at 175-degree Celsius, cover the add the chopped bell peppers, • Now, put a non-stick frying pan
• 2 tablespoon virgin olive oil chicken and bake with the marinade for 40 minutes. chopped paneer, green chillies, on medium flame and when its hot
• 1 cup plain greek yogurt After 40 minutes uncover the chicken and cook for 15 and mint leaves along with chaat enough, place a paneer lifafa in it.
• 2 medium sliced onion minutes until the chicken becomes golden brown. masala powder, salt and oregano. Apply a little olive oil and roast
• 9 pita bread • Once the meat is cooked, transfer it to a plate and cut Cook the ingredients for 2-4 the lifafa from both sides until it
• 1 sliced carrot into slices. minutes and transfer the mixture is golden brown in colour.
• Then take a pita bread and place sliced chicken, carrot, into a bowl. Keep aside. • Repeat the procedure with other
Method lettuce leaves, sliced onion and tomato. Roll up the • Now, remove the cling film and lifafas and serve hot with green
• To make this delectable recipe, marinate the chicken bread and serve with tahini sauce divide the dough chutney and tomato ketchup.

Mughlai fish curry Kadhai


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Chicken
adhai Chicken is a popular North Indian recipe

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ughlai Fish Curry is served at several restaurants. A favourite of many,
an easy-to-make non- this main dish recipe brings soul to every party or
vegetarian recipe that dinner. Made with a melange of spices like kasoori
you can prepare for your loved methi, dry mango powder and fenugreek seeds, this
ones in lunch or dinner. This non- chicken recipe is a must try for all the non-vegetarian
vegetarian recipe tastes best when lovers. Although, there’s no particular occasion to
served with steamed rice or paratha. relish and delve into the flavours of this dish, this can
Ingredients make for a nice main-dish
• 300 gm cod fish
Ingredients
• 1 cup milk
• 250 gm chicken boneless
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
• 2 onion • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
• 3 cloves garlic flame to make them soft. Blend • 2 sliced onion
• 2 teaspoon coriander seeds them chopped onions, garlic • 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
• 2 teaspoon red chilli powder cloves, ginger, peppercorns, Take
• 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
• 1 tablespoon vinegar coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red a non-
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoon yoghurt (curd) chili powder, turmeric powder, stick pan
• 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
• 1 tbs garam masala powder almonds and salt in a blender jar and roast the co- riander
• 1/2 inch ginger
• 3 teaspoon poppy seeds over high speed for a few seconds seeds, once the seeds start crackling, remove and
• 1/8 cup milk
• 2 inches ginger till you achieve a smooth paste. crush them thoroughly and keep it aside. Heat oil in
• 4 tablespoon refined oil
• 1 tablespoon peppercorns • Heat oil in a pan over medium a pan over low flame, add red chillies and fenugreek
• 1/2 tablespoon kasoori methi powder
flame and once the oil is hot seeds. Stir for a few seconds. Add the onions and in-
• 2 teaspoon cumin seeds • 2 sliced red chilli
enough, add the marinated fish crease flame to medium. Cook till onions turn light
• 8 almonds • 10 chopped garlic
pieces to it one by one. Fry for a brown. Add garlic and stir.
• 4 chopped tomato
For Marination minute and then in the same pan • Now add ginger paste, coriander seeds, red chilli
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon powdered turmeric add ground onion paste. Saute till powder and coriander powder. Add chicken pieces
• 1/8 teaspoon dry mango powder
salt as required the raw smell disappears. Now, and cook for 3-4 minutes on high flame. Stir to blend
• 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice add the whisked curd along with all the masala with the chicken. Now add the chopped
• 1 sliced green chilli
garam masala powder and stir tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add salt, dry mango
For Garnishing • 1/2 cup Water
well. powder and garam masala powder.
1 teaspoon coriander leaves • For The Main Dish
• Add milk over it and cook fish • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes till
• 1/4 cup tomato puree
Method in the gravy for sometime over chicken is tender. Stir from time to time and add the
• 1/2 cubed capsicum ( green pepper)
• Wash the fish thoroughly and low flame. Turn off the gas knob tomato puree. Add the coriander leaves and cook for a
marinate with turmeric powder, when you achieve a thick gravy. Method minute. Now add the capsicum, tomato, ginger slices
lemon juice and salt for minimum Garnish with chopped coriander • Kadhai Chicken recipe is a perfect amalgamation of and green chillies. Mix well and reduce flame. Add
40 minutes. Boil the poppy seeds leaves and serve hot with steamed spiced chicken and creamy gravy. Here’s a simple milk and mix. Add water to make it semi-dry and cook
with enough water over medium rice or pulao. recipe that will help you to prepare this dish at home. for a minute. Remove and serve hot with rice.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 22, 2019 FEATURES 25

Fashion & Beauty


Six fashion trends we’ll be 22 February 28 February | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui

seeing everywhere in 2019


consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
2019 ropes in all kinds of creations and styles. Here are some key looks to have on You will the courage to call a spade a spade at work and you will do so without hurting
your radar

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anyone too! Winning the affections of the one you like is a foregone conclusion, so
s we turn over a new page, welcoming season making it occasion appropriate. plan a candlelight dinner. Family life runs smoothly and is likely to keep you happily
a brand new year always means a few Sequins engaged. A task given to you will be completed most satisfactorily. Lucrative work
things : letting go of all that toxicity is in the offing for builders and contractors. Alternative therapies prove excellent for
which was holding you down, embracing the getting healthier. Lucky Number:22 / Lucky Colour: Orange
wonderful opportunity to set new goals, and TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
of course updating our fashion game. 2019 You may find your popularity on the rise at work. A positive reply received in regard
presents us with an amazing line-up of fashion to a marriage proposal will raise your spirits. Someone may negatively influence
trends to take full-advantage of. Here are some you on the academic front. A gift will get you the favours you seek. Distributors and
of the trends we shortlisted. manufacturers need to be careful about quality. Despite mental tensions you remain
in perfect physical health. Youngsters may take up a new sport. Don’t let your cheque
Fringe Benefit bounce by issuing it without checking. Lucky Number: 18 / Lucky Colour: Lemon
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
A small beginning made by you at work is destined to bear fruit in the near future. Your
longing ends as lover returns after a long separation. With new found love, attending
classes becomes fun for some students. Spending all your pocket money on friends or
sweethearts may put you in a spot. Social workers involved in NGO work will find it
difficult to get funds. Health products offered online need to be authenticated, before
use. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: Deep Sky Blue
CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
Financial troubles for those in debt seem to be over. An investment is likely to mature

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and bring in good returns. Newlyweds can expect a blissful existence. Those in the
he sequins have taken over to become
advertising field may win a prestigious account. Your popularity is likely to soar on
the quintessential element this season, in the social front because of your helpful nature. Students can expect a breather in the
addition to other form of sparkles. form of a break from intensive studies. Remain tactful while interacting with lover
Dresses, skirts and bodysuits embellished this week, as you can easily spoil moods! Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Coffee
with all manners of sequins will become a
LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)

F estive, sassy and dramatic, fringe is in full


force on the runways this year. Addition of
fringes to an outfit creates some texture and a
lively sight.
Give your sequin designs a casual makeover
with button-down shirts, jeans or flats and
You may need some time off to plan out certain important things this week. Do
something positive before you fall from the grace of superiors. You will need to keep
your morale high on the academic front. Brighten partner’s mood, if you want to
sensorial experience to your movement ; you flaunt it as a daywear. enjoy a romantic evening. Bank balance may look unhealthy now, but things start
can feel the fringe sway back and forth in style. looking up soon. Neglect can get you out of shape in no time, so don’t cheat on your
Utility exercise schedule. Lucky Number: 11 / Lucky Colour: Orange
Tie-Dye
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
You can expect the family to organise something special for you this week. A party or
a get-together promises an excellent time. Having made your place on the professional
front, you find yourself totally in control of things. Financial gains are foreseen, so
expect a boost in your quality of life. An urge to splurge can find you on a shopping
spree. You will follow an exercise regime come hale or storm, just to keep fit and
energetic. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Golden Brown
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
There is a good chance of meeting someone this week, whom you have not met
in years. You manage to come into the limelight on the professional front, as your

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innovative ideas at work get appreciated. Faring well by sheer strength of your
f a balance of fashion and function is what
performance is foreseen on the academic front. A family member, not seeing eye to
you’ve been looking for, then this is the best eye with you, will be won over. Past investments are likely to bring in a steady stream
trend you can swear by this year. of money. Lucky Number: 7 / Lucky Colour: Bottle Green
The trend marks the transformation of bags
and wallets into clothing ; a true commitment SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Your attempts at manoeuvring yourself in an advantageous position may be thwarted
to practicality. by your rivals. Those involved in romance on the sly are assured of secrecy. Money

T ie-dye seems to be reaching new heights


this season. The nostalgic comeback of
the colourful stains might just replace the
Coloured Suit given for doing a particular job may be as good as lost. Business persons will need
to be extra careful in submitting tender in time to get a lucrative deal. This week,
conscious effort may be required by some to overcome lethargy. Exercise books are
monochromes in your wardrobe. Tie-dye is good, but you cannot beat an expert. Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Maroon.
completely driven by individuality making it a SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
trend anybody can dabble in. Extra efforts are needed on the academic front, so don’t take things lightly. Young
Neon interns may get excellent learning experience. A family member is likely to join the
family business or father’s profession. You may feel dejected at the indifference of
partner. Lover may seem distant; it is up to you to infuse some excitement in the
relationship. Your system seems out of sync this week on the health front, so take note
to avoid complicating matters further. Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky Colour: Lavender
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
A trip to a religious site will prove spiritually fulfilling. Some of you may celebrate
a special event this week. A youngster may throw tantrums, because of not getting
the attention he or she is used to, handle the situation with soft gloves. Those with
romantic inclinations are likely to enjoy their meeting this week. A habit which is
ruining your health will be done away with for good. Extra earnings are indicated for
those in retail. Lucky Number: 11 / Lucky Colour: Off White
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)

T he suit is undoubtedly an evergreen A risk taken in a business venture gets good returns. Chartered accountants and lawyers
will be able to find some good clients. Family life runs smoothly, but makes it exciting
wardrobe classic.
to avoid boredom from setting in. On the romantic front, a short separation may prove
The trend this season brings in a gamut in difficult to bear. Overindulgence may land you in bed with a health problem. Don’t
terms of cuts and colours. take risks on the road, as stars appear unfavourable. You may need help in a personal

T hese are not for the faint-hearted, zesty


vibrant hues are back with a bang this year
after the prolonged pastel fever. Neon outfits
Bold, bright shades can pack a punch as a full
look or be mixed up with softer and lighter hues
to strike the right balance between subtlety and
matter. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: Deep Sky Blue
PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
Work may dictate spending more time in office, but don’t overstrain. Some doubts
will always turn heads, but there are more utterance. in your weak subjects may remain in your mind and little you can do about them.
subtle and sublime ways to style it out—from With a plethora of fashion trends to choose Partner’s warmth and affection is certain to put you in a cheerful mood. Don’t make
blending with muted tones to keeping it simple from, make some space in your closet for these unnecessary demands on lover’s time this week. You will soon get the results of your
with the accessories. Designers have even put dashing new trends and flaunt your favourite mindless spending. Not finding a misplaced item may prove agonising. A good diet
a suave high fashion spin on neon shades this style this year. will keep the system in balance. Lucky Number: 4 / Lucky Colour: Maroon
26 TIME OUT Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 7 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 7

HITORI NO: 7 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 7


Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you 1. The Maritime Alps run along the border between 17. New Haven, New Britain and New London are all
eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? which two countries? cities in which US state?
Objective / Rules. Eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row 2. Which river forms part of the boundary between
or column. Eliminate numbers by marking them in Black. 18. The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of which
Mexico and the United States?
You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching horizontally or Australian state?
vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any 3. New Caledonia is a dependent state of which country?
19. What is the longest river flowing in India?
other (i.e. they are connected). 4. Port Moresby is the capital of which country?
5. Which mountain range in Africa has the same name as 20. Baile Atha Cliath is the Gaelic name for which city
a town in South Wales? 21. Is Australia in the northern or the southern hemisphere?
6. At 2,277 feet, Mount Botrange is the highest point of 22. What does each star on the flag of the United States
which European country? stand for?
7. Which river flows through Glasgow? 23. Which country does the holiday island of Ibiza belong
8. What is the world’s second highest mountain after to?
Everest, being situated in Asia?
24. Which island would you Visit to kiss the Blarney
9. Which sea in Northern Europe is bounded by several
countries including Sweden, Finland, Poland and Stone?
Germany? 25. In which country would you be if you were Visiting
10. A road tunnel runs from Pelerins in France to Entreves the Taj Mahal
in Italy under which mountain? 26. The south of which continent is closest to the Falkland
11. Which present day state capital was the first capital of Islands?
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 7 the Confederate states during the American Civil War? 27. In which mountain range would you find Mount
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. 12. In area, Alaska, Texas and California are the three
Everest
largest US states. Which is the fourth?
13. Kathmandu is the capital city of which country? 28. Which country is Luxembourg the capital of
14. Which city is also known as ‘The Eternal City’? 29. What colour is the spot in the middle of the Japanese
15. Saxony was a former state of which country? flag?
16. What is the longest river solely in England? 30. The island of Sicily is at the toe of which country?

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26.South America 27.Himalayas 28.Luxembourg 29.Red 30.Italy
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20.Dublin 21.Southern 22.A state 23.Spain 24.Ireland 25.India
15.Germany 16.Thames 17.Connecticut 18.Queensland 19.Ganges
10.Mont Blanc 11.Montgomery 12.Montana 13.Nepal 14. Rome
for this page. E-mail us at reporter@
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Guinea 5.Aberdare 6.Belgium 7.Clyde 8.K2 9.The Baltic Sea
Answers: 1.France and Italy 2.Rio Grande 3.France 4.Papua New
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 22, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 27

DEEPIKA PADUKONE:
NEVER LOSE FOCUS OF WHAT
YOU WANT FOR YOURSELF
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oday, Deepika Padukone is one of the most at a moment like this when we are talking about is a huge achievement,"
successful female actors in Bollywood. But, female role models. Having said that, when it she said.
Deepika’s Bollywood journey has not been comes to creativity, we need to look beyond female For the actress, the
a cakewalk. or male," said the actress. Indian audience has
She has had her own share of hits and misses. But One witnessed that female driven films like evolved over the years.
the 33-year-old actor never lost her focus. There Hichki, Tumhari Sulu, Raazi, Piku and many others "As a creative person, I
was a phase in Deepika’s career when she had back did exceptional business at the box office whereas would not like to make this
to back flops. From Karthik Calling Karthik to Desi films of big stars with big budgets bombed at the distinction of male driven or
Boyz, Deepika struggled to find her footing until box office. female driven film. I would
Cocktail came her way. "It's about the film. It's a different thing that the just say that great content is
When asked how one can survive and succeed films that the 'Khans' did, didn't work but there was what is really working right
in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone told Filmfare film like 'AndhaDun' which was led by Ayushmann now. I think a lot of that has
in 2013, “Never lose focus of what you want for Khurrana that did wonder at the box office so I to do with the audience. They
yourself. People will try and pull you down. think everything boils down to the script itself. But are ready for that. I don't think
There might be things in your life, which will yes, I see a trend where films that are being led by it matters anymore who is in
deter your confidence. There might be days when women are doing much better," she said. the movie," said
you want to break down; there could be days when She also feels that filmmakers now are more open Deepika.
you feel like giving up. It’s extremely important to to making female driven films.
be emotionally strong and be focused. Do it your "We are in place today where directors are
own way. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes.” changing roles and that's unheard of. If you
Deepika has continued to be an inspiration for her have script that has male protagonist and
fans. At present, she enjoys the status of being one suddenly directors are like, 'Let me just
of Bollywood’s top and highest-paid actresses. flip that. Let me just make that female
On the work front, Deepika Padukone is all set protagonist and then go to so and so
to debut as a producer with her next project titled with the film' so, you hear of a film that
Chhapaak, to be helmed by Meghna Gulzar. was offered to a male actor two-three
"I think it's amazing and nice for us to say that years ago and its coming back to you
women centric or female centric films are working now with a female protagonist which

Glad to be in industry at the Dancing for me is a small part


of acting: Arshad Warsi
right time: Ankita Lokhande A ctor Arshad Warsi, who has
worked as a choreographer

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ctress Ankita Lokhande happy about the blurring of lines proving themselves in for stage shows and for the
who made her Bollywood between the two mediums, Ankita Bollywood”.  1993 film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka
debut with Manikarnika: said: “It is a good thing, it should Raja, says dancing for him is a small
The Queen of Jhansi is happy to be be like that only. If you see in part of acting. He primarily wants to
part of the industry when content is Hollywood, there is no line. They do be known as an actor who can dance.
the king. TV and films. Here, in India we have Before entering Bollywood, he
“I am glad that I am here at the our vision that television is small worked as a choreographer for stage
right time, when it is not about "I screen and film is big shows. He also opened a dance
Bollywood or TV. It is about am glad that screen.” school and won an English Jazz
talent, concept and story. I am here at the “It is our Dancing Competition when he was
"People want to see right time, when it is a s s u m p t i o n 21.
good work and talent,” not about Bollywood or as how we Asked if he would he like to star
Ankita said.  TV. It is about talent, look at things,” in a dance-based film like Varun knocking at his door, he will take it
Ankita got famous with concept and said Ankita Dhawan, Arshad said: "I will not be up.
TV show “Pavitra Rishta”.  story." who essayed able to do that. When I joined the "Until and unless I am asked to
Several television stars like the role of Jhalkari industry, I was asked and I said, 'I do a film which is dance-oriented,
Sushant Singh Rajput, Gurmeet Bai, a fierce woman warrior would like to be known as an actor then maybe. But I will not force just
Choudhary and Ram Kapoor have who used to disguise who can dance rather than a dancer because I can dance," he added.
made transition to the big screen. as Rani Laxmibai who can act'. So, for me dancing is a Total Dhamaal is the third
Also, many Bollywood actors like and fight with the small part of acting." installment of the successful
Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan enemies. The 30-year-old actor, who is franchise Dhamaal, which originally
have worked for the small screen. She really wants gearing up for the release of his starred Arshad, Javed Jaaferi and
Asked if people to see that forthcoming film "Total Dhamaal", Riteish Deshmukh alongside Sanjay
she is “talented actors are says if an opportunity comes Dutt.

Earlier, filmmakers had limited vision about me: Arjun Rampal


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ational award-winning actor- an actor, I never got a chance to work on my characters because the show offers various elements of spirituality,
producer Arjun Rampal, who which I started doing with films like Rock On!, The Last thrill and adventure...," shared Arjun.
will soon to be seen in the Lear, Inkaar and so on." Starting his career in 2001 with Pyaar Ishq Aur
upcoming web series titled The Final "I also think that working with some great filmmakers Mohabbat, he acted in films like Raajneeti, Om Shanti Om,
Call, says since he was a supermodel like Prakash Jha, Sudhir Mishra and a few other good Don and D-Day, among many others.
before entering Bollywood, initially filmmakers played an important role in the improvement of As an actor Arjun finds the web space appealing for
filmmakers cast him in characters keeping my craft," added the actor. any artistes since it does not pressurize them to get box
only his "good looks" in mind. "The Final Call" is the web series that mainly revolves office collection. "I want to tell more stories on the digital
Talking about his career graph that has around the story of a pilot played by Arjun who is going platform as a producer as well," he added.
changed since 2008 with Rock On!, Arjun through an emotional turmoil in his mind before he flies "Who would have thought of making a show like this
said: "At the start of my career, filmmakers his last flight. where the protagonist is a pilot, whose movement is pretty
had a limited vision of me, perhaps that is "When you board a flight, in a way your life is in the hands set in a confined space, and there is no dance, music and
why I only got to play a millionaire or a of pilot. The web series is about what happens when the glamour -- the three elements of a commercial film. I think
boyfriend in a love triangle. Back in 2000, pilot is disturbed, how some characters who are passengers for commercial success, the engagement (of a story) with
we were not working on bound scripts the in the plane get connected to the whole situation... That's the audience is important," said the producer and former
way we are doing it today. Therefore, as what story tries to explore. It is very interesting for me supermodel.
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

AJAY DEVGN:
Never use
Armaan as my
go-to singer:
JUDGE ME, BUT DON'T JUDGE MY KIDS Amaal Mallik
M
uch like the children of other Bollywood go through such harsh trolling."
celebrities, actor Ajay Devgn and Kajols The star couple's first child Nysa recently got
15-year-old daughter Nysa and 8-year- trolled and body-shamed for her airport look - and
old son Yug, get a lot of media attention and are this was not the first time she was being targetted.
often targeted by social media trolls. Asked about how Nysa deals with "such harsh
In an interview, Devgn, a protective father, comments", Devgn said: "She used to get upset
said social media users should not judge his over trolling earlier, but now she doesn't care about
children. it anymore. She knows how to deal with it. She has
He said: "Judge me, but don't judge my accepted that there will be some people who will
kids. Kajol and I are the actors, judge us... keep judging no matter what."
it's because of us, our children are under On how to tackle trolls, he said, "Avoid it... If
the spotlight everytime." you will react, they will react more and this will
"Being judgmental about someone continue. So better to stop fighting against trollers."
is not a good thing. If I start passing a Commenting on how people have reacted angrily

S
judgement on someone, that person to remarks by some actors on the Pulwama terror
inger-composer Amaal Mallik,
would obviously feel bad...so do my attack, Devgn said: "In such a crucial situation, it
who often collaborates with
children," he added. is better if we become conscious while choosing
The "Singham" star, our words because people are angry and you never his brother Armaan Malik,
"Judge
who was in Delhi know how someone at the opposite end interprets says he has no room for brotherhood
me, but don't
judge my kids. Kajol to promote his your message or post. over music.
and I are the actors, fortcoming film "One can be misinterpretted anytime and then "People at times say that my songs
judge us...it's because Total Dhamaal, you can't sit down and explain to people that are hit because it is sung by Armaan.
of us, our children are said, "Honestly what were your real intentions. It's better if we all I never use him as my go-to singer. I
under the spotlight speaking, those become little conscious and don't react to things only collaborate with him if the song
everytime." people don't really immediately. Think twice before writing anything is right," Amaal said.
matter. But I feel bad on social media to avoid hurting someone's "Honestly speaking, I am very
sometimes when my kids sentiments." hardcore when it comes to my music
because at the end of the day the song
Malaika spills the beans on what happened Proud that awareness on menstruation that I am creating will remain forever.

the night prior to her divorce with Arbaaz has evolved into movement: Akshay But yes, the only advantage I have is,

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he is my brother and since we have

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alaika Arora and Arbaaz ctor Akshay Kumar, who
grown up together, I know exactly
Khan’s divorce had started an open conversation
how I can bring out his best emotions
become the major on menstrual hygiene with
when he delivers a rendition. And
highlight and every news column his film “PadMan”, says he is proud
he also sees how I make the song,"
was writing about it. For over a to see how talks have transformed
explained the composer.
decade, the couple was in a rock- into a grassroot-level movement.
Recounting an incident, Amaal
solid marriage, and suddenly, they The actor invited all ‘Pad Heroes’
said: "In 2015, I composed the
announced they were heading for the across India to join him and the
single Chal wahan jaate hain, which
splitsville. Niine Movement for a nationwide
say that.” She added that everyone was picturised on Tiger Shroff and
Fans were shocked and wanted to running event Run4Niine on March
know the exact reason behind their supported her decision. Kriti (Sanon). Though Armaan sang
8, which is observed as International
separation. Till date, no one knew “Everybody said, 'If this is the Women’s Day. the scratch version of the song,
what went wrong between the two. decision that you're making, then “It has already been more than a I removed his voice in the final
They continued to be cordial with we're really proud of you and in our recording and Arjit Singh sung it.
year since the release of ‘PadMan’,
each other and moved on in their eyes, you are a strong woman.' So for That time, Armaan's voice wasn't
and I am proud to see how it
respective lives. me, that kind of gave me that extra mature enough to hold the song.
has evolved into a phenomenal
On Kareena Kapoor Khan's radio strength that I needed,” said Malaika. "Now he is 23 years old and has
grassroot-level movement,”
show What Women Want, Malaika Arbaaz and Malaika got married gained a certain maturity, a depth
in 1998, and have a 16-year-old son Akshay said.
Arora has finally revealed what that we all love about his voice. So
Arhaan. He is proud to partner with the
happened the night prior to her I collaborate with him much more.
Their divorce came through in May Niine Movement again to encourage
divorce with Arbaaz Khan. She said, But my brotherhood does not come
2017. She also added that it wasn’t an an open and unashamed discussion
“Even the night before I got divorced, before my music."
easy call to take as they were ending on menstruation with fellow
I had my family sit with me and ask Together, Armaan and Amaal
me yet again, 'Are you sure? their marriage. She said they thought citizens, pad heroes, change makers
about it and about the pros and cons. and path breakers. - the singer and composer duo -
Are you 100 per cent about The initiative has been taken with
After giving it thought, they decided “Each one of us that takes part in it have delivered some popular songs
your decision?' So I think that was the aim to set a record as India’s
they will be better individuals after helps to create an unstoppable force like Bol do na zara, Sau aasmaan,
something I heard all along and largest nationwide run for menstrual
they get separated. that will beat the stigma around Buddhu sa mann and Main rahoon
rightly so. These are the people who
hygiene awareness. ya na rahoon.
worry and care so they will definitely periods,” added the actor.

Sonakshi Sinha" 'Movies that I did till now helped


me to reach a position where I can take more risks'
S
onakshi Sinha who was last seen in recent times, and a lot of different films are Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Kunal Kemmu,
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi will be soon finding acceptance now. Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit
seen in Indra Kumar's next Total "Our It feels great to take chances and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles.
Dhamaal. In the same, she will be seen cinema has with roles. While every She will also be seen in Mission
performing on the remix version of the changed a great stage of my career has been Mangal and Dabangg 3. A few
famous song mungda. deal in recent times, fulfilling, I feel that my film days back we reported that
She features in the song alongside and a lot of different choices have undergone a Badshah is all set to make his
Ajay Devgn, while the film also has an films are finding change. Bollywood debut alongside
ensemble cast that includes Anil Kapoor, acceptance Every movie I did helped Sonakshi Sinha.
Madhuri Dixit and other famous actors. now." me reach a position where I This yet-to-be-titled film
Recently, in an interview with Bombay Times, can actually take more risks. It will be produced by Bhushan
Sonakshi revealed that her choice of signing has strengthened me and taught me to shoulder Kumar.
movies has evolved over a period of time. an entire film," the Akira star said.
“For an actor, priorities are different at On Sonakshi's work front, she will be seen
different times. in Kalank as Rupali Awasthi.
"Our cinema has changed a great deal in Apart from her, the movie also stars Alia
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