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New Indian HC to NZ brings huge reputation


of excellence in e-governance and trade
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH “I take a lot of pride in being a civil Master of Arts from Hindu College

C
servant in India and have worked to and Delhi School of Economics
areer diplomat Muktesh improve governance in our day to day respectively (both with the first
Kumar Pardeshi has been lives and deliver world-class services position in the University) before
appointed as the new Indian to our people and communities. entering the diplomatic service
High Commissioner to New Zealand. “I see my six-year tenure as Chief in 1991.
He is currently posted as the Passport Officer in India from 2010 In a diplomatic career spanning
Ambassador of India to Mexico as a career-defining moment as over 28 years, Mr Pardeshi has
and is expected to take up the new we embarked upon massive served in numerous postings in
assignment shortly. digitalisation of our passport the Ministry and overseas stations
The office of Ministry of External service delivery,” Mr around the world.
Affairs (MEA), India confirmed Pardeshi. Relevant to this part of the world
the new appointment through an – Indo Pacific region – Mr Pardeshi
official press release on Wednesday, Proven results has also served as Minister/Deputy
February 27. in expanding Head of Mission at the Embassy
Before his current posting as
Ambassador of India to Mexico, Mr
bilateral trade of India in Jakarta (2007-10) and
Pardeshi had played an instrumental H o w e v e r , Deputy Secretary (South East Asia
role in the transformation of Passport growing bilateral relations between Ambassador Pardeshi’s & Pacific) in the Ministry of External
brings with him a reputation is not limited
services in India (12 million in 2015). the two countries, and I look forward Affairs, New Delhi.
massive reputation
to further contribute in expanding to just excellence in It is expected that Mr Pardeshi
‘New Zealand is a familiar of excellence in
our bilateral ties,” Mr Pardeshi said. e-governance but also in would be bringing his vast
e-governance.
place.’ Responding to The Indian In his previous role as the Joint overseeing a phenomenal 70 per experience, especially proven
Speaking to The Indian Weekender Secretary (Passport Seva Project) cent growth rate in bilateral trade excellence in e-governance, to further
Weekender’s question of the top three
from Mexico, Mr Pardeshi excitedly and Chief Passport Officer of India between Mexico and India under his enhance the reach out of the Indian
priorities in his new role as the High
said, “New Zealand is a familiar for about five years, Mr Pardeshi led watchful eyes. High Commission of New Zealand
place for me as a diplomat. Commissioner to New Zealand, Mr
the Passport Seva Project in various "During my current tenure, India- with the Kiwi-Indian community,
“I had twice visited New Zealand Pardeshi said, “Expanding political Mexico 'Privileged Partnership' has along with strengthening the already
capacities, and his leadership role
about 15 years ago in my then role as dialogue between the two countries, seen huge advancement with bilateral growing relationship between New
was widely acclaimed.
Deputy Director in the MEA looking improving bilateral trade and trade increased from $5.9 bn in 2015 Zealand and India.
Passport Seva Project eventually
after the entire South Pacific region. investment relations, and expanding became the recipient of the National to $ 10.1bn in 2018 registering 70 Mr Pardeshi is married to Rakhi
“I still remember that during those people-to-people links between the Award on e-Governance (Gold) per cent growth over three years," Mr Pardeshi, and they have two
days we had about 3000 international two countries.” Pardeshi told The Indian Weekender. daughters, with one studying in
2014-15, Web Ratna (Platinum)
students visiting from India and “In that context, I look forward It is important to note that Mr King’s College, London and the
Award 2014, Computer Society of
the relatively small size of Indian to the support of our Kiwi-Indian Pardeshi named Ambassador of other working for Confederation
community living in Auckland. India-Nihilent e-Governance Award
community in fulfilling these the Year 2018 for his contributions of Indian Industry (CII) in New
“However, it’s great to know that of Excellence 2011-12 and e-INDIA
objectives,” Mr Pardeshi said. by Mexican diplomatic journal El Delhi. Mrs Pardeshi is engaged in
now that number of Indian students Governance Award 2013. social and charitable activities. She
A reputation of excellence The Project was also awarded Mundo Internacional.
has increased to around 30,000, and is presently serving as President
a vibrant Indian community living all in e-governance three ISO certifications, namely Brief Profile of the Association of Diplomatic
around in New Zealand. Mr Pardeshi, a 1991 batch Indian ISO 9001:2008, 20000:2011 and An alumnus of Delhi University, Spouses, Mexico City for two terms
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‘Let’s debate the Capital Gains


Tax,’ says Prime Minister
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH egalitarianism. The TWG has itself stated that backbone of building capital – so critical for

P
the outcome will be “revenue-neutral,” - that is, social and economic progress.
rime Minister Jacinda Ardern has
matched by corresponding cuts in income tax. Expectedly, Opposition will try to blow it out
reassured New Zealanders that she is
However, the idea of taxing Capital Gains is of proportion, and the government will be keen
listening to people’s concerns about a
not altogether new.
proposed capital gains tax, and no decisions to underplay when talking about the merits of
Previously, Labour Party had twice toyed
have been made yet. introducing capital gains tax.
with the idea of going to elections with CGT
She was speaking at her post-cabinet press Public opinion, if a Newshub Reid-Research
on the table in general elections in 2011 and
conference on Monday, February 25, where poll (February 19) is accurate to capture the
2014. Even in 2017 the newly anointed Labour
she called out the opposition for making mood of Kiwi voters, has found the majority of
leader Jacinda Ardern had sought to bring back
“inflammatory statements” about the Tax voters do not want Capital Gain Tax.
the CGT on the agenda, before being coaxed
Working Group’s (TWG’s) recommendations for leaving it off-the-table for 2017 just a week 54 per cent had said no, and 14 per cent didn’t
released last Thursday on Capital gains Tax. before voting. know, with 32 per cent saying yes for a CGT.
Ms Ardern although stopped short of naming, Meanwhile, the John Key led National However, this would be inconsequential as
but was quite clearly referring to a statement government had introduced a form of capital rarely would there be overwhelming acceptance
made by National leader Simon Bridges. “The gain tax (Bright-line Test) for Residential Land
notion that it’s an attack on the Kiwi way of for new taxation suggested by any government.
In the light of the ongoing public debate, that that requires income tax to be paid on any gains
life, which I think is quite a broad, sweeping So governments and political parties all around
would continue to animate public imagination from residential property that was sold within
statement,” Ms Ardern affirmed. the world act on their convictions and self-
up till until next elections, it would be helpful two years of purchase. This government had
Earlier Mr Bridges had taken to Twitter to the to see different arguments around the Capital increased the period to five years. professed values.
proposed tax “an assault on the Kiwi way of Gains Tax. Expert opinion is divided How’s the political courage?
life”, adding that he will “fight it every step of What’s the fuss about?
L ike everywhere else in life, opinions are
M any pundits are wondering if the Labour

T
the way”. Party would have the much-needed
he Tax Working Group is proposing CGT divided, especially those of the experts
Categorically dismissing Mr Bridges’ political courage to walk the nation through
at the highest income-earners tax rate, and commentators. While several economists
comments, Ms Ardern said, “Let’s debate the Capital Gains Tax in the 2020 elections.
which is 33 per cent for most causing uneasy and academicians argue that NZ is already very
actual report rather than simply making things Based on the current political direction and
in many quarters. late in comparison to its peers in Europe, North
up.” milieu, it seems that there is a lot of conviction
Governments all around the world tax their Atlantic and trans-Tasman in having a CGT in
The Tax Working Group had released its and admiration for the CGT, especially in
citizens mostly for key reasons of raising
proposals on Thursday which included taxing place. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to put it on the
revenue to finance government spending, to
land, farms and most shares and business assets, Several home-based experts argue that table for 2020 elections.
manage aggregate demand, to help meet the
including KiwiSaver, the baches, excluding the the idea of having a comprehensive system The scale of the housing crisis and growing
government’s economic objectives, and last
family home. of taxing all capital gains will have more
but not the least to change the distribution of generation of renters, who primarily are shaping
The political supporters of Capital Gains debilitating, than enabling effect on overall
income and wealth. the current political environment, is looking for
Tax see it absolutely necessary for the issue of
Indeed, the Labour government’s current New Zealand economy and society. Above all, a Robinhood type tax, regardless of the fact if
fairness and egalitarianism, whereas opponents
push for CGT is not much driven by fiscal the idea of taxing capital gains might trifle the they will actually reap any benefit from that
see it as a government’s tax-grab on people’s
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Capital Gains Tax will hit Overseas Citizen


many New Zealanders of India cards to be If it’s about fairness, then why is an $8

printed in Wellington
million home in Auckland exempt, but a
$350,000 rental in Whanganui, or the West
Coast, or Invercargill, gets hammered with a
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Capital Gains Tax?
It is misleading to claim that only the wealthy ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

W
National party List MP

I
will pay a Capital Gains Tax. In reality, it is the
ndia’s Overseas Citizen
hen it comes to a Capital Gains Tax, wealthy who can afford good accountants, can
card that allows a foreign
very few New Zealanders will be move their investments offshore.
citizen of Indian origin to
bystanders. But it’s the small business owner, your local
plumber or hairdresser, who can’t move their live and work in the Republic of
The Government’s Tax Working Group’s
business offshore, and who will end up paying India indefinitely will be printed
recommendations reach deep into our lives for
the tax. It is middle New Zealand who will be in Wellington, New Zealand
a bigger clip of the ticket.
hit the hardest. hence forth.
It would do that by imposing one of the
It’s also going to impact every single New This was confirmed by a
highest rates of Capital Gains Tax in the world,
Zealander with a KiwiSaver account. press release from the office of
allowing the Government to reap $8.3 billion
National doesn’t think that’s fair. We see the Indian High Commission in
extra in its first five years from ordinary Kiwis.
Kiwis every day in our electorates, working Wellington a short while ago.
Very little escapes its net - small business hard, scrimping and saving in order to get ahead “As part of Government of
owners, farmers, investors, bach and lifestyle for themselves and for their families. India’s continuous endeavour to
owners would all be hit. Kiwis are rightly worried that a Capital Gains simplify, improve and expedite
Even the family home could be carved up Tax will affect their KiwiSaver, their retirement provision of consular services, the High “Once the printing process is streamlined,
for tax purposes, with Inland Revenue taking savings, their small rental properties and their Commission of India, Wellington has started our aim is to bring down the processing time of
an interest in your boarders and even your farms. It will affect all Kiwis in some way.
the printing of Overseas Citizen of India cards
flatmates. National believes in rewarding Kiwis who OCI applications to 30 working days from the
at the High Commission itself with effect from
After 10 years, the Government would be are working hard to get ahead. Those people current 40-50 working days.
who risk their own money to employ others and February 28, 2019,” the press release said.
taking an extra $6 billion annually from Kiwis. “We also take this opportunity to encourage
start a business, we don’t think you should be Till now the OCI cards were being printed
The Capital Gains Tax will act as a massive all persons of Indian origin to obtain OCI cards,
taxed on your hard work. in India.
disincentive to save, invest or build a productive which not only serves as a lifelong Indian
You work hard all your life, it’s not right that The OCI was introduced in response to
business. The Government would literally be visa but also entitles the holder to benefits
you’re taxed hard before retirement. That’s not demands for dual citizenship by the Indian
taxing our prosperity. But we think the tax such as parity with Non Resident Indians in
fair, that’s not the Kiwi way. diaspora, particularly in developed countries.
burden should be reduced, not increased. financial, economic and educational matters.
  It was introduced by The Citizenship
The Prime Minister claims this tax is about Details about the benefits of OCI card and
fairness. That doesn’t cut it. (Amendment) Act, 2005 in August 2005 and
application process can be seen at https://www.
How is it fair on the small business owner was launched during the Pravasi Bharatiya
hciwellington.gov.in/page/oci/.
who works hard building up their business, Divas convention held in Hyderabad in 2006.
“All are requested to carefully go through the
pays tax every single year, who creates jobs This significant milestone will result in
application procedure and send us applications
and pays wages? The Government would take further reduction in processing time of OCI
duly completed in all respects so that they
a third of the nest egg they had intended to live applications, thereby benefitting all persons of
can be processed expeditiously,” the press
on in retirement when they sell up. Indian origin in New Zealand, Samoa and Niue. release said.

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New Housing standards: Who has got


it right, government or opposition?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH intentioned, but what really concerns

F
me ... the residential tenancy changes
or ethnic migrants who have
... is that it’s driving up rent some
been in the country for less
40 bucks more a week,” Mr Bridges
than a decade the recently
said.
announced new housing standards
This outrageous acceptance at the
and the ensuing debate around it
highest political levels about the
raises an important question of who
condition of housing in New Zealand
has got it right – the government or
brings to another critical question
the opposition.
of why the problem has not been
Although one’s answer to this
addressed so far?
query would depend more on the
political views they subscribe to, it Why has the problem not
is essential to un-clutter the political
noise around the issue for the
been addressed so far?
benefit of many in our Kiwi-Indian
community, many of whom might
be seeing first change of government
M ost of the western world
living within a winter climate
zone has well insulated, well-heated
and ensuing politics in last decade. homes. Why not in New Zealand?
However, what comes to mind "It’s estimated Historically, much of New
to new migrants is if the problem Zealand’s housing was built at a time
of housing standards is a crisis at about 200,000 when insulation was just not really
all or if it is a crisis of the scale our understood here and considered an
politicians would have us believe,
families live in optional extra. Nowadays many of us
then why nothing substantial has rental homes just take it fore-granted that it’s just
ever been done in recent memory to the way it is, in the absence of some
address the crisis? that do not minimum acceptable standards.
It seems, in the absence of any
Is the housing standard have a ceiling credible evidence, that successive
really a crisis? or underfloor governments, both National and

T here seems to be an unequivocal Labour, had procrastinated decisive


acceptance at the political level insulation" action to avoid any voter backlash for
fear of incurring costs on landlords,
that NZ housing conditions are in
which could potentially be passed on
shambles.
to renters.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford
said, “Nearly 600,000 households about 200,000 families live in rental Bridges also acknowledges the Mr Bridges said, “It’s clearly not OK Why is this government
rent in New Zealand, and our rental homes that do not have a ceiling or problem of lack of proper insulation that 47 per cent of houses is damp
stock is of poorer quality than owner- underfloor insulation.” in New Zealand houses. and mouldy.” ready to act now?
occupied homes. It’s estimated National Party Leader Simon Speaking on TVNZ1’s Breakfast “The Government is well- Contd >>

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The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 7

G iven the fact that there is an overwhelming


consensus that New Zealand is going
through a housing crisis, this government
from the government, as market alone has not
fixed this anomaly on its own for a long time.
However, this government also has not got Strong export
growth in face of
has got some extra confidence that it can act it right, as introducing new housing standards
decisively, without risking much backlash from without footing the bill or providing any
the voters in the next elections. assistance/support is unfair on landlords,

global headwinds
In government’s view, there will not be huge and not all of them are some suited-booted
costs of implementing new housing standards “investors.”
and it will not be passed on to the renters, Many are indeed mom and pop investors who
possibly in good faith, or based on the strength would not have enough cash available at their and services exports to China increased 18 per
of the market.
disposal to foot the bill. cent for the year ending September. Two way
What is the current political- Moreover, what’s the point if renters alone trade reached $28.8 billion.
noise? end up paying for fixing what seems to be  Our exporter success reaches beyond China.

W
a problem of generations of poor housing David Parker New Zealand goods and services exports to
hile government coalition partners Minister for Trade and Export Growth
standards in NZ. the ASEAN six markets (Indonesia, Malaysia,
Labour and Green are busy patting their

R
Anyway renters for whom this government The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet
backs for being able to bring an important, and ecent trade statistics demonstrate the
is claiming to bring the changes always had Nam) grew by 13 per cent in the year ending
much-desired change, requiring landlords to success and resilience of New Zealand’s
pull up their socks and deliver warm and dry the option of heating and keeping their homes export sector, Trade and Export Growth September 2018.
homes to the renters, the opposition is busy in warm by spending more money on heating. Minister David Parker said today.  With CPTPP now in force, I expect exports
criticising the government for forcing landlords If the government is hoping that they  Notwithstanding volatility in some offshore to be supported further through the removal of
to “foot the bill,” who will eventually pass would be able to fix something that has been markets, 2018 saw strong gains for our tariffs over time on almost all New Zealand
the defining challenge of NZ housing for at exporters bolstered by our trade agreements, exports to CPTPP countries.
it on the same renters that the government is
least few decades (when affordable insulation which help grow and maintain access for our  This includes eliminating tariffs on the more
apparently trying to help with warm and dry
technology truly arrived), without any products and services. than half a billion dollars’ worth of kiwifruit
homes.
additional costs – then it is nothing more than   New  Zealand’s goods and services exports we exported to Japan in 2018 and eliminating
Who has got it right – the wishful thinking. increased 10 per cent in dollar terms to the year tariffs on our wine exports to Canada,” David
government or the opposition? Right now, what government has done is ending September 2018. Goods exports grew 7 Parker said.

R
merely introduced new housing standards per cent in the 2018 calendar year.  I have previously highlighted the success
ight now it seems that both the government
with best intentions for everyone, without  Analysis by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government’s international business
and the opposition have failed to get it
much preparatory and support-system in place and Trade shows goods exports to existing development agency, New Zealand Trade and
right and are busy in projecting their views
to ensure that the burden is equitably shared trade agreement partners increased by 9.3 per Enterprise, in boosting our export success.
only, without genuine interests of all New
among all stakeholders, viz, landlords, renters, cent in the year ending December 2018.   Of the 12,000 exporters in NZ, 5500 are
Zealanders involved.
and the government.  Adding the new trade agreement partners
While National Party needs to be told that customers of NZTE including a high-focus
A more nuanced approach of offering a from CPTPP – Japan, Canada, Mexico and,
their seemingly honest admission that nearly portfolio of 700 companies. Those 700
time-based implementation of new housing when it ratifies, Peru, New Zealand’s annual
half of all housing stocks in NZ are poorly companies grew their international revenue by
standards with some limited or full subsidy to goods exports to trade agreement partners
insulated is not acceptable at all in NZ – a about $3.5 billion, rising 9.2 per cent more than
modern western developed economy, the the landlords would have addressed one of the reached almost $38 billion at the end of 2018,
the benchmark group of exporters.
risk of not doing anything for their brand of most pervading problems of housing standards up from $32 billion in 2017.
This supports our efforts to move our
fiscal-conservatism is neither a good look nor in NZ.   Exports to China continued to grow at a
Right now what is clear is that both have not economy from volume to value, which will lift
acceptable for the brand New Zealand. rapid pace, with goods exports surging 20 per
got it right. our incomes and living standards.
Something definitely needs to be done, and cent for the year ending September. Total goods
8 NEW ZEALAND Friday, March 01, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Auckland Council Auckland Council takes


seeks fireworks ban
¡¡ IWK BUREAU
glamping to the next level
¡¡ IWK BUREAU There are currently two Eco Structures at

A
uckland Council’s Governing Body Ōrewa Beach and one at both Martins Bay and
has agreed to proceed with a request to Wenderholm that are available to book. 
Government to introduce legislation to Interior shot of a double bed and two comfy
ban the private sale and use of fireworks after chairs inside the Eco Structure.
overwhelming support from Aucklanders.
Public feedback, between October and What’s in an Eco Structure?
December 2018, showed that 89 per cent of the
7,997 submissions received supported a ban on
the sale of fireworks to the general public for
private use.
Councillors Cathy Casey and Fa’anana Efeso emergency services support this and the council
Collins have now been delegated to take the already says no to fireworks in public places
matter to Ministers and members of parliament such as our parks and beaches, but we have no

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for consideration. jurisdiction over private places.
Mayor Phil Goff said that the support by “A ban will significantly reduce the number ooking for an unforgettable park
Aucklanders for banning private sales of of bylaw complaints about the setting off of getaway? Auckland Council has just
fireworks was overwhelming and predominantly fireworks on private property received by the thing with the launch of its new
related to the impact of fireworks on pets and Council, significantly reducing the demand for Eco Structures at Ōrewa Beach Holiday Park,
farm animals. council resources.” Martins Bay Holiday Park and Wenderholm The Eco Structures are designed to work
“There has been a clear shift in public Councillor Fa’anana Efeso Collins says Regional Park.  in harmony with the environment. The 4.2m
opinion with many people now preferring that local government has a role to play in The Eco Structures offer a superior glamping deluxe tents are elevated on a platform and
public fireworks displays that mark New Year, encouraging more free and safe public firework experience in beautiful local and regional furnished with: 
Matariki, Chinese New Year and Diwali to displays. park locations. The large, framed tents are • a luxurious queen-size bed plus bunk set of
private sales. “Our communities love coming together an additional accommodation offering to the two single beds in the side room
“While the Government has said that it is to celebrate and Auckland Council has a role council’s existing 100+ holiday places across • all linen and bedding
not at this point ready to ban private sales, it in providing for more events for communities the region, including baches, campgrounds, • lighting, table, chairs, outdoor deck furniture
is important that we share this insight into to celebrate and enjoy all kinds of events and Lotus Belle glamping tents, lodges and the and other furnishings (furnishings may
how Aucklanders feel about the issue and festivals.” Waiheke Backpackers Hostel.  differ slightly between sites)
encourage Government to include this in their “Public displays mean the spectacle of “Auckland Council introduced glamping • all crockery, utensils and cookware
considerations,” said Phil Goff. fireworks can be enjoyed by everyone while last year to provide a more accessible and • barbecues with side burners for Wenderholm
Councilor Cathy Casey says the time is now families and pets are kept safe.” luxurious option for camping. This month, and full cooking kitchen facilities at holiday
to ban the private sale of fireworks. Key themes from public feedback showed we’ve extended our glamping portfolio to parks
“Year-round, fireworks cause unnecessary there were concerns for the safety of people and include Eco Structures, which are another first • nearby toilet facilities
animals (68 per cent), the amount of noise (35 for the council and give holidaymakers a high- • nearby fresh water supply
distress and injury to people, animals, birds
per cent), the stockpiling and use of fireworks end camping experience in some of Auckland’s Ōrewa Beach and Martins Bay glamping
and livestock and misuse of fireworks puts
after Guy Fawkes Night (27 percent) and a amazing park and beachside settings,” says tents have power, a refrigerator and access to
huge pressure on emergency services through
preference for public fireworks display only Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of Auckland all other holiday park amenities. Wenderholm
unnecessary fires, property damage and injuries.
(23 per cent). Council’s Environment and Community tents have solar power and a chilly bin for cool
We need to protect our people from harm. The
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Measles alert for Auckland


¡¡ IWK BUREAU People born after 1969
Get Hep C tested
to get cured
A H
uckland Regional who have had only one
MMR dose are entitled to ealth Minister Dr David Clark is
Public Health Service asking New Zealanders to listen up
(ARPHS) has been the second MMR dose free to a national campaign encouraging
notified of a case of measles of charge. Practice nurse people to get tested for hepatitis C so that
and is asking people who may fees may apply. those who have the disease can be cured.
have come in contact with “Measles is a serious The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand,
that person to watch out for illness. One in 10 people the Health Promotion Agency, and the Ministry
symptoms. with measles need hospital of Health launched a brand new campaign,
treatment and the most called Get Hep C Tested to raise awareness of
The person attended hepatitis C and encourage more people to get
Clendon Medical Centre on serious cases can result in
tested and treated.
three occasions on the 19th, deafness or swelling of the
“About 50,000 people in New Zealand
20th and 21st of February, and brain. have the chronic liver infection – roughly
was assessed at Middlemore “Measles is one of the the number of people who live in Nelson
emergency department on the most infectious airborne or Invercargill, or the number of people at
21st around 5.00pm. vaccination (MMR) in some communities, so it diseases and a person is contagious before the a sold out concert at Western Springs,” says
ARPHS will be contacting all patients who is inevitable we’ll see some measles cases this rash appears. It is very easily transmitted from David Clark.
were at the medical centre or Middlemore year. one person to another, possibly by being in a “The problem is almost half of them don’t
Hospital who may have been exposed. “There are measles outbreaks all over the room where an infected person has been,” Dr know it. Hep C is serious – it can rob you of
Medical Officer of Health Dr Jay Harrower world at present. Close to home, an outbreak Harrower says. your energy, it can lead to liver cancer, and it
says possible exposure is limited to these two in the Philippines has a death toll of 70. There Measles usually begins with a high fever, can kill you. You can get hep C many ways, like
are also outbreaks across Europe and North runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, followed sharing tattoo gear, but the most common
locations at this stage. While the case caught is from sharing needles. So if you have ever
the illness overseas, they were not infectious on America,” Dr Harrower says. by a rash starting behind the ears and spreading
injected drugs, even just once a long time ago,
the flight into New Zealand and have not been The Ministry is advising anyone travelling to the body a few days later. One in three people
you should get tested. The good news is that
in any other public places. overseas to be up to date with their MMR with measles will develop complications, such
while treatment used to be hit and miss as
“We will be contacting people who have vaccinations. In particular, the Ministry as ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea or well as unpleasant, we now have an effective
been in the proximity of the case, but asking recommends that infants aged 6-15 months rarely inflammation of the brain. easy cure.
anyone who has been in these two locations on travelling to countries where there is a current It usually takes 10 to 14 days for someone "At the beginning of this month, PHARMAC
these days to be aware of the symptoms. They measles outbreak be given MMR vaccine who has caught measles to start showing began funding a new hep C treatment,
should phone their doctor or call Healthline on before they travel. symptoms. Maviret, which has the potential to cure more
0800 611-116 for advice. The best way to prevent measles is to be Dr Harrower says anyone who develops than 99% of cases. The biggest issue now is
“If you feel unwell, please don’t just turn up. immunised on time, with two free MMR symptoms should keep away from their finding those people who don’t know they
It is important to call first, because measles is vaccinations for all children at 15 months and workplace and public places such as schools, have the disease so we can treat them, and
highly infectious and you could infect others in four years. Two doses of MMR vaccine is at child care, shopping centres or public transport that’s why this campaign is so timely.
least 97 percent effective in preventing measles. and seek medical advice. "The campaign shows that hep C is
the waiting room,” Dr Harrower says. widespread, people from all walks of life can
“This case is not linked to the measles “You can be immunised at any time if you For more information or advice on measles,
have it, and most importantly, it can be treated.
cases in Otago and Canterbury this month. have missed your two vaccinations, and it’s please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see
“So if you have ever injected you should
Auckland has a large number of travellers and particularly important for adolescents, many of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service contact your GP and get tested,” says
low coverage of measles mumps and rubella whom aren’t fully protected,” he says. website. David Clark

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Want to unleash power of Parents to have


chakras? Come to new yoga their say on future
centre in Auckland!
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH
schooling system Swami Paramhans Swami
Maheshwarananda will
be enlightening yoga

Y
¡¡  IWK BUREAU
oga in Daily Life Society of

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disciples and members of
New Zealand is bringing their he Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is wanting
the public through week-
supreme guru Yoga Master to hear from parents, whānau and the wider community
Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda long special workshops about what they want from the schooling system for
to teach Aucklanders about Chakras - starting from Tuesday, their children.
thought to be vortexes of energy in the March 12, in Onehunga,  The Taskforce has reviewed the current system and their
human body. Auckland report - Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together | Whiria Ngā
According to yoga tradition, the Tūātinitini - is out now for consultation. With 32 recommendations
human body is perceived to be a Yoga in Daily Life Society had been in the report the Taskforce is calling for significant change and
manifestation of energy, with seven in New Zealand for the last 25 years they want to give all New Zealanders an opportunity to share their
key points in the subtle body that with an operational base in Onehunga views at public meetings they are hosting around the country.
are thought to be vortexes of energy, since 2010 whereby running classes  So is our current education system still relevant? Does it work
known as chakras. The ancient yogis, for yoga enthusiasts. for those that are parents, school board members or educators?
through there supreme meditation However, an altogether new premise Does it meet the needs of our children today?
skills, were able to were able to is coming up next month in Onehunga  The Independent Taskforce believes that we must place all our
with a larger facility and a dedicated
perceive the energetic basis of all children’s needs and potential at the centre of any change and
space for learning yogic asanas under
matter and had identified seven wants to hear from the public what they want from our schooling
watchful eyes of trained yoga teachers.
chakras or energy centres in the system.
In addition to classes for a variety of
human body. levels of experience, the timetable  Bali Haque, Chair of the Independent Taskforce, says “During
Swami Paramhans Swami includes discounted classes for $10; our review we found that education is highly valued in Aoteoroa
Maheshwarananda will be gentle classes for seniors for $5, and New Zealand but for every child to achieve well we need to change
full moon meditations and spiritual our schooling system. Whether your involvement in a school is as
enlightening yoga disciples and
“When energy becomes blocked in a gatherings for free to support the local a student, a parent and/or PTA member, board member, teacher
members of the public through week-long
chakra, it triggers physical, mental, or community. aide or educator, we want to hear your feedback.
special workshops starting from Tuesday, emotional imbalances that manifest in A grand opening ceremony has It is important that people are clear about exactly what we are
March 12, in Onehunga, Auckland. symptoms such as anxiety, lethargy, or been scheduled in the presence of the proposing and why so let’s have that conversation. And it’s even
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, poor digestion. founder and head of Yoga in Daily Life more important that you have your say.”
Seva Devi, one of the team members of “With just a little bit of coaching from on Saturday, March 16, at 10am at 117  The public meetings run through to the end of March - see when
the Yoga in Daily Life Society of New none other than supreme yoga master Arthur Street. the Taskforce will be in your region and how you can have your
Swami Maheshwarananda, you can This special program consists of a say http://conversation.education.govt.nz/tsr
Zealand said, “We are very excited
tap into the chakras as a potent way of puja(ritual for sanctifying the place),
about this excellent opportunity for The full report is available on the website as well as a video
harnessing and shifting your energy in guest speakers, cultural program and
summation and report summary available in a range of languages.
Aucklanders to learn firsthand about the direction you want it to go,” Ms Devi the planting of a peace tree, followed by Consultation closes April 7, 2019.
Chakras from Swami Maheshwarananda. said. vegetarian lunch.

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Tamil New Zealand School of Dance


annual concert showcases young talent
¡¡ IWK BUREAU

T
he Tamil New Zealand
School of Dance on Saturday,
February 9, hosted its annual
event at New Lynn Community
Centre showcasing the talents of the
young Bharatanatyam dancers.
The school’s annual concert
provides an opportunity to their
students to showcase their talents
to their families, friends and the
community. This year’s concert
illustrated the story of Krishna
who is mainly associated with the Performers
attributes of love and compassion. unifying and integrating force, and it and guests at lends itself well to other ethnic events and contributes
The performance presented the is clearly demonstrated in the show both traditional themes to the greater multicultural space of
the event
enchanting story of Krishna’s birth, that included participating dancers as well as modern day Aotearoa. It has performed at the
the playful adventures of his youth, from the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, subjects. Bharathanatyam Auckland Diwali event on Aotea
his journey to abolish evil from the Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi is a “living” performance art Square, Auckland International
100 headed snake - Kalinga, and his and Bengali speaking communities. which has always been a growing art Cultural Festival, Auckland Library
triumphant endeavour to destroy evil As a strong advocate for a in India and on a global scale. Thus, Shows organised by Auckland
in the Mahabharata. multicultural Aotearoa, Tamil New the arts of India, especially music Council, Lakeside Festival, Auckland
The event was graced by special Zealand School of Dance intends and dance are a revelation of many Multicultural Expo and various other
guests – Members of Parliament   to promote and gain extensive thousands of years of culture and community and business events.
Mellissa Lee, and Dr Paramjeet recognition of Indian culture through civilisation. The school has actively promoted
Parmar  and classical dance lovers. the classical dance, Bharathanatyam, Tamil New Zealand School the younger generation in not just
The show started with a Ganapathy and bring communities together has conducted numerous shows in of Dance has been training the learning the classical dance, but also
dance, which seeks the blessing of thereby unifying their minds and Auckland and Wellington. students in the South Indian style encourages students to teach dance,
Lord Ganesh who is respected as the souls through this form of art. Like every art form, Bharathanatyam for over a decade and showcase the vibrant art form at
remover of obstacles and a patron of Tamil New Zealand School of Bharathanatyam is an expression of now. The school has students enrolled different events and stages.
the arts. Dance is managed by renowned ideas, and though it had originated with ethnic heritage from India, Sri It also encourages students to
It is believed that dance, like music, classical dancer Ambiha Sitsabesan over 2000 years ago, the three Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji and undertake dance collaboration
knows no geographical boundaries, who has been a Bharathanatyam main principle’s Nritta, Nritya and South Africa. with community dance groups and
has no linguistic barriers and has teacher in New Zealand for more Natya have remained perpetual. The The school regularly performs at develop relationships with the wider
no racial divisions. Dance is a great than a decade. Ambiha Sitsabesan flexibility of its basic principle’s Indian community events, and in Kiwi community.

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Govt accounts in New Zealand and Fiji


good shape amid to hold regular talks
global volatility
¡¡ IWK BUREAU

F
oreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters
says New Zealand and Fiji will establish
Joint Ministerial Consultations to allow
regular discussions on issues and events in the
region.
Mr Peters is making his first visit to Fiji since
Grant Robertson becoming the current Foreign Minister, and
Minister of Finance held talks in Suva today.
“This visit is a welcome opportunity to

T
he latest Crown accounts show the discuss the bilateral relationship as well as
Government’s financial position and how we can give effect to the values of mutual
New Zealand’s underlying economic respect which are at the core of New Zealand’s
fundamentals remain sound, providing Pacific Reset policy,” said Mr Peters.
protection from global volatility. “For that reason it is a positive step that Fiji
  The Treasury today released the Crown’s and New Zealand have agreed to regular Joint
financial results for the seven months to 31
Net core Crown debt is in line Ministerial consultations,” he said.
January 2019. They show core Crown tax
with the HYEFU forecast at Mr Peters’ meetings today included a call
revenue and core Crown expenses within 0.5%
and 1.3% of the Treasury’s respective Half on his Excellency, the President, Jioji Konrote,
20.7% of GDP. The forecasts and meetings with Acting Prime Minister
Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)
show the Government is on and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
forecasts, and a $1.9 billion OBEGAL surplus.
 Net core Crown debt is in line with the track to meet the Budget and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence and
HYEFU forecast at 20.7% of GDP. The Responsibility Rule of reducing National Security Inia Seruiratu. Mr Peters also
forecasts show the Government is on track net debt to 20% of GDP within met Leader of the Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka.
to meet the Budget Responsibility Rule of The two Foreign Ministers released a joint
reducing net debt to 20% of GDP within five
five years of taking office communiqué following their meeting.
years of taking office.
Our responsible fiscal management of Mr Peters’ meetings today included a call on his
  NZIER also noted the improvement in
running surpluses and keeping expenses and
business confidence in the December quarter Excellency, the President, Jioji Konrote, and meetings
debt under control is necessary and effective,”
and that the labour market is expected to
Grant Robertson said. with Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz
remain solid.
 Also this week, the latest NZIER Quarterly
Predictions showed forecast economic growth
 The New Zealand economy is performing Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence
well, meaning we are well-placed for any
of around 2.7 per cent over the next five years
increased international economic slowdown.
and National Security Inia Seruiratu. Mr Peters also met
– noting that while this is slightly lower due to Leader of the Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka
This Coalition Government remains committed
global volatility, it still represents the longest
to responsible fiscal and economic management.
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Technology’s impact Capital Gains Tax


on the future of work will deter R&D Tax.

to be examined
¡¡ IWK BUREAU
Dr Parmjit Parmar
A Capital Gains Tax would punish start-ups,
innovators and small business owners who are
willing to take risks and turn their ideas into a
National Party Spokesperson for commercial business venture.

T
h e Research, Science and Innovation It will mean that when a Kiwi start-up,

N
Government the next Xero or
ew figures
has asked TradeMe, decides
released
the Productivity to sell their idea
t o d a y
Commission to or product to
by Statistics New
examine and report the world, the
Zealand show
on Technological Government would
strong progress
change, disruption and help themselves to
the future of work. in Research and
a third of the return
Minister Robertson Development
That is not fair.
announced the (R&D) spending
It is the
Commission’s new under the National-
entrepreneur and
topic at the Work in led Government’s
innovator who
Progress Conference R&D framework,
takes the risk,
on Thursday, February 28. the workforce, labour markets, productivity while also showing
invests their own
and wellbeing” says Director, Judy Kavanagh. what a Capital
The Commission will consider the potential money and time
“We look forward to sharing our findings and Gains Tax will put
impacts of rapid technological change and its "A Capital Gains Tax would and puts in the
recommendations through a series of short at ris.
impact on the future of work and the workforce hard work to turn
reports.” Between 2008 punish start-ups, innovators
in New Zealand. It will help inform future their idea into a
Ms Kavanagh says the Commission’s work and 2018, R&D
government policy so that the opportunities spending in New and small business owners who success, not the
will be informed by the knowledge and insights Government.
presented by disruptive technologies for
of all sectors of the economy and society. “The Zealand rose are willing to take risks and turn
economic productivity and social prosperity N a t i o n a l
from $2.2 billion
can be realised, and the risks managed.
Commission will be speaking with public
to $3.9 billion.
their ideas into a commercial believes we need
bodies, unions, businesses, academics and
results business venture."
to reward hard
“The Commission’s recent report with These
other interested parties to better understand the work, incentivise
the Australian Productivity Commission are a reflection
impacts of technological change on the future risk-taking and
highlighted the challenges and opportunities of the effective
of work.” encourage New
presented by the digital economy. In this policies implemented by the previous National
Anyone interested in the Commission’s latest Zealanders to invest in new products and
new mandate the Commission will provide Government and pre-date any changes by the
topic can subscribe to receive updates. The new ideas. A Capital Gains Tax would do the
recommendations that will help manage current Government such as the R&D tax credit.
Commission’s final report to the Government is opposite.
the likely impacts of wider technological However, the Government puts all that
due on 31 March 2020. ••
disruption and change on the future of work, •• progress at risk with the proposed Capital Gains

“I never checked out


tax refunds before.
If they were automatic
it’d be useful.”

We’re looking at making the tax refunds process automatic.


To learn more about this, and the other proposed changes,
visit changingforyou.ird.govt.nz
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The 91st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 24, 2019. Academy Awards
(commonly referred to as Oscars) are presented in 24 categories. It was the
first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989,
to be conducted with no host. This year, Green Book won three awards,
including Best Picture and Bohemian Rhapsody led the ceremony with four
awards, including Best Actor for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
Roma and Black Panther also received three awards apiece, with the former
winning Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and becoming the first Mexican
submission to win Best Foreign Language Film. Here is a complete list of
winners and nominees in the popular categories.

BEST PICTURE Best director


Winner: Green Book Winner: Alfonso Cuaron - Roma
• BlacKkKlansman Olivia Colman • Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
• Black Panther • Best Actress • Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman
• Bohemian Rhapsody • Adam McKay - Vice
• The Favourite • Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
• Roma
• A Star Is Born Best original screenplay
• Vice Winner: Green Book - Nick Vallelonga,
Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
BEST ACTRESS • The Favourite - Deborah Davis
Winner: Olivia Colman - The Favourite and Tony McNamara
• Glenn Close - The Wife • First Reformed - Paul Schrader
• Yalitza Aparicio - Roma • Roma - Alfonso Cuarón
• Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born • Vice - Adam McKay
• Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
• Christian Bale - Vice
• Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born Rami Malek
• Willem Dafoe - At Eternity's Gate • Best Actor
• Viggo Mortensen - Green Book

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Winner: Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
• Amy Adams - Vice
• Marina de Tavira - Roma
• Emma Stone - The Favourite
• Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Winner: Mahershala Ali - Green Book
• Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
• Sam Elliott - A Star Is Born
• Richard E Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
• Sam Rockwell - Vice
Regina King
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY • Best supporting actress
Winner: BlacKkKlansman - Charlie
Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin
Willmott and Spike Lee
• The Ballad of Buster Scruggs -
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
• Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Nicole
Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
• If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry
Jenkins
• A Star Is Born - Eric Roth, Bradley Mahershala Ali
Cooper and Will Fetters • Best supporting actor

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-
Verse Spider-Man: Into the
• Incredibles 2 Spider-Verse
• Isle of Dogs • Best Animated Feature
• Mirai
• Ralph Breaks the Internet

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


Winner: Roma - Mexico
• Capernaum - Lebanon
• Cold War - Poland
• Never Look Away - Germany
• Shoplifters - Japan
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 FIJI 15

FIJI AND NZ MILITARY

"
AIM TO STRENGTHEN TIES
T
he New Zealand Government are expecting in Fiji this year, but to
aims to strengthen its have someone like our Deputy Prime
relationship with Fiji’s There Minister and Foreign Minister come
Defence Forces, says Jonathan have here really sets the scene for us,” he
Curr. The New Zealand High said.
Commissioner said New Zealand been talks about “It is part of the approach that
and Fiji had a very close relationship strengthening New Zealand is taking towards our
in defence and security matters. pre-deployment Pacific neighbours.
Mr Curr highlighted the recent “We have a very special friendship
bilateral defence talks between the training before the with Fiji and it is right that our
New Zealand Defence Forces and peacekeepers go minister makes Fiji his first visit to a
the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Pacific country in 2019.
(RFMF), which he said went really
to serve in other “This will be the first visit to Fiji
well. missions. by the Deputy Prime Minister and
“It has set out a platform of Minister for Foreign Affairs Winston
activities that would take place in Peters since our Government was
the next 12 months and beyond,” he Government would work closely formed in late 2017.”
said. with the RFMF on the areas of He also said that there would be
“There have been talks about leadership development. a lot to talk about and there are a
strengthening pre-deployment Mr Curr also confirmed the arrival lot for the two Government to do
training before the peacekeepers of the New Zealand Deputy Prime together over the next few years.
go to serve in other missions. That Minister and Minister for Foreign “It is a great opportunity to
would be an important part of our co- Affairs Winston Peters in Fiji for his establish the relationship with Fiji’s
operation over the next little while.” two-day visit. political leadership.”
He said the New Zealand “It is not the only visit that we

SEASONAL WORKERS SCHEME: 2018 general election in Fiji would prove a milestone
in Fiji’s democratic progression, says Prentice
20 Fijians leave for New Zealand M ultinational Observer Group Co-
Chair Jane Prentice has said in a
to evolve in a positive direction in Fiji.
She says they are confident Fiji can build

A
group of 20 Fijian seasonal workers houses and some have built new homes for their statement today that the 2018 general on these developments by strengthening key
departed for New Zealand on Friday. families,” he said. election in Fiji would prove a milestone in Fiji’s institutions and processes so as to enhance the
A total of 19 from Ovalau and one “We earned around NZ$13,000 from that fruit democratic progression. trust of all stakeholders and at the same time
from Vanua Levu will be attached with Bostock picking work. Speaking during the release of the final report, support an increasingly informed electorate.
Limited, in Napier, New Zealand. Apart from that, we work for a company Prentice says the election not only met a high Prentice says that the Multinational Observer
A seasonal worker Sitiveni Sovaki, who where we were trained to mix different kinds standard in its technical and procedural aspects, Group came away with a strong sense of the
is originally from Levuka, Ovalau, said the of wines. it also demonstrated that important democratic commitment of the Fijian people to their
norms, like transparency and diversity, continue democratic institutions.
earnings from their first trip of fruit picking “For our second visit, we hope to earn more
greatly contributed to the rebuilding of their because we don’t have to go through the training
houses after they were destroyed by tropical again.” The 48-year-old acknowledged the
cyclone Winston. Government for providing them with seasonal
“This is our second trip for seasonal fruit fruit picking jobs because they were able to
picking. For our first trip last year, we made rebuild their houses or build new homes for
use of the money we have earned to extend our their families.

Fiji had inherited laws


and systems that were
at odds with human
dignity: Bainimarama
P
rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says
Fiji had previously inherited laws and
systems that were at odds with the human
dignity of thousands of our rightful citizens,
including an electoral system that determined
the weight of votes based on ethnicity.
While addressing the United Nations 40th
Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva
this morning, Bainimarama says Fiji’s economy
was rigged in favour of a societal elite, while the
socio-economic rights of the people remained
an afterthought.
He says the basic building blocks necessary
to foster a culture that promoted human rights
were weak and crumbling under the strain of
socio political and economic upheaval, which,
amongst other things, manifested in communal
divisions.
Bainimarama told the high level delegation
that there was no building a new and better
Fiji on such a foundation adding Fiji needed
Prime Minister of Fiji Voreqe Bainimarama
a dramatic re thinking of who we were as a
country, and a bold new vision for what Fiji Constitution, which established a common
could become. national identity among the people and
He says that dream, that ambition and that enshrined a vast array of rights guaranteed to all
commitment gave birth to the 2013 Fijian Fijians, for all time.
Thought of the week
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your
dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but
about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself
not with what you tried and failed in, but with
what it is still possible for you to do. "
Editorial - Pope John XXIII

Are you well- Auckland Weather forecast for the week

informed? March 01 – March 07 2018


Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
W
e live in the Age of Knowledge that set in with the success of the information
technology (IT) revolution at the beginning of the Nineties -- 1991 is, in fact,
acknowledged as the cut-off year between the new era and the earlier Industrial
Age.
It gifted a new level of connectivity across geographical frontiers that brought in
‘globalisation’ unleashing a different degree of competitiveness in business and sharing A p.m. A passing A couple Clouds Mostly Sun and Mostly
of ideas that would force socio-political transparency. It made the individual the centre shower in morning of morning and sun, sunny, some clouds sunny
place shower showers pleasant pleasant
of productivity and destroyed many conventional notions of leadership, team work and
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informed was the key to success in any field.
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What then is the meaning of being well-informed?
Being well-informed essentially means having the right information at the right time,
having information that makes the difference between a decision and a guess and having
information that is actionable.
This week in New Zealand’s history
It means two more things. First, being well-informed is not a one-time event since new 1 March 1862
information was flowing in all the time and one had to remain constantly well informed.
Secondly, it means being informed on all aspects of a subject or situation.
Charles Thatcher gives first NZ performance
Knowledge comes in ‘integral packages’ and completeness of information makes for
better progress.
T he entertainer Charles Thatcher gave his first New Zealand performance at Shadrach Jones’
Commercial Hotel in Dunedin.

As an illustration, a school teacher today must know, beyond the syllabus, something
about child psychology and parental stress so that parent-teacher interactions can be 1 March 1916
productive. An employer will do well to understand -- beyond the book of profits -- that New Zealand Division formed
the law of providing a safe workplace to women has to be complied with.
In this age all functions are information driven. Today leadership cannot be claimed on A fter the evacuation from Gallipoli in December 1915, New Zealand forces returned
to Egypt to recover. In February 1916, it was decided that Australian and New Zealand
infantry divisions would be sent to the Western Front. On 1 March, the New Zealand Division
the basis of inheritance or charisma for a leader has to take knowledge-based decisions
for success. A leader, therefore, can be said to be made, not born, which is a welcome was formed.
recognition of merit and performance for achieving a top position.
Of course, leadership rests on some other basic prerequisites as well but being well- 5 March 2013
informed comes first. Corporates today make significant investments on internal
information & analysis units to keep abreast of market trends, global competition and
Census held after two-year delay
even politico-legal environs.
The importance of garnering ‘tacit’ knowledge of all members has increased manifold
N ew Zealand’s five-yearly census had been scheduled for 8 March 2011. But after
Canterbury’s devastating February earthquake (see 22 February), Government Statistician
Geoff Bascand and Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson announced that it would not go
because an employee is now a ‘knowledge worker’ who can reveal ways of enhancing
ahead. Statistics New Zealand’s Christchurch operations had been significantly disrupted, and
productivity. the exodus of people from the city would have skewed the results.
In a flat organisation, the boss-subordinate relationship calls for the senior having a
comprehensive knowledge of the people around including the situation of a subordinate
outside of the workplace. 6 March 1830
Today’s organisational leadership has to keep up with new frontiers of knowledge Outbreak of the 'Girls' War' at Kororāreka
on work-life balance, gender equality, credit sharing, transparency and inter-personal
relationships that were helped by the leader’s Emotional Intelligence as well.
Decisions now often require information that may not be openly available but need to
T he so-called ‘Girls‘ War’ was fought between northern and southern Ngāpuhi at Kororāreka
(now Russell). Up to 100 Māori were killed or wounded in the fighting, after which the
northern alliance took control of the important settlement.
be accessed through a special effort.
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The 16-country tour with sold-out shows


around the world have made Shen Yun a global
phenomenon. Some people fly from other countries or
drive hundreds of miles to see it. Others see the same show
five or six times. Why? Many say there are no words to
describe it—you have to see it with your own eyes.

“The performances were incredible, the


costumes, the colors, they just blew me
away.”
—Jassica Tyson, Miss New Zealand 2018

“Exquisitely beautiful! It was an


extraordinary experience for us and the
children.”
—Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning actress

“Demonstrating the highest realm in


arts, Shen Yun inspires the performing arts
world.”
—Chi Cao, star of Mao’s Last Dancer,
principal dancer of Birmingham Royal Ballet

“This show lets you escape into another


universe with color, poetry, and humor,
which is the exact opposite of what we
experience in daily life.”
—Prince Jean d’Orléans, Duke of Vendôme (France)

“I just feel blessed. I come away with


feeling like a better human being for having
experienced this magnificent event. It
speaks not only to my intellect but to my
heart.”
—Omega Medina, former senior manager of Classical
Awards for the Grammy Awards

“There is a massive power in this


that can embrace the world. It brings great
hope… It is truly a touch of heaven.”
—Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

“Really out of this world! There is no


word to describe it... If I had to, the
“Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world”
—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet
words might be ‘divine,’ ‘reborn’ and
‘hope’.”

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18 INDIA Friday, March 01, 2019 The Indian Weekender

INDIA DEMAND IMMEDIATE, SAFE If US can


do an
RETURN OF PILOT IN PAK CUSTODY Abbottabad,
so can India:
I
ndia on Wednesday said Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that
has committed an "unprovoked
act of aggression" by targeting
no harm comes to the Indian defence
personnel in its custody. Jaitley
A
Indian military posts with its air India also expects his immediate mid escalating tension
force and sought immediate and safe and safe return," the statement said. between New Delhi and
return of an Indian Air Force (IAF) India had earlier in the day Islamabad, Union Minister
pilot in its custody. accused Pakistan of targeting the Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said if
After an aerial engagement in military installations in response to US can do an Abbottabad finishing
the J&K's Nowshera sector on its counter-terrorism action a day off Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
Wednesday, Pakistan claimed that earlier and said an Indian MiG-21 in Pakistan's own backyard, then
it has captured one Indian pilot, Bison pilot was "missing in action." so can India, drawing parallel with
identified as Wing Commander It said Pakistan has used its air IAF's Tuesday bombing of a Jaish-e-
Abhinandan Varthaman, a MiG 21 force to target military installations Mohammad (JeM) base in Balakot.
Bison pilot. on the Indian side and in the aerial The Finance Minister was referring
India has issued a demarche to engagement, one PAF fighter aircraft to the US Navy SEALs' operation
Pakistan, objecting to the "vulgar was shot down but a MiG-21 aircraft in 2011 when the Americans
display" of the injured IAF pilot was also lost. neutralised the Al Qaeda founder in
in violation of all norms and said The MEA said targeting of Indian his Abbottabad home, where he was
Islamabad must ensure that no It also gave Pakistan a dossier was clearly conveyed to Pakistan military posts was in contrast to hiding for over a decade after pulling
harm is done to the Indian defence with specific details of Jaish-e- that India reserves the right to take India's non-military anti-terror pre- off the horrific 9/11 World Trade
personnel in its custody. Mohammed's complicity in the firm and decisive action to protect emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp Center attack.
The Ministry of External Affairs February 14 Pulwama terror attack, its national security, sovereignty and at Balakot in Pakistan eraly Tuesday. Jaitley said India too can do an US
(MEA) also summoned Pakistan's which killed 40 CRPF personnel. territorial integrity against any act of "It is unfortunate that instead of by bringing down its most wanted
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran aggression or cross-border terrorism. fulfilling its international obligation JeM chief Masood Azhar.
acting High Commissioner Syed
Khan has been asking India to "India also strongly objected and bilateral commitment to take "I remember when the Navy
Haider Shah and lodged a strong
provide "actionable intelligence" to to Pakistan's vulgar display of an credible action against terrorist SEALs of US took Osama bin Laden
protest at "the unprovoked act of
take action against those involved in injured personnel of the IAF in from Abbottabad... can't we do the
aggression by Pakistan against India entities and individuals operating
the Pulwama attack. violation of all norms of International same?
earlier today, including violation of from its soil, Pakistan has acted
JeM, based in Pakistan, had Humanitarian Law and the Geneva "This used to be just an
the Indian air space by Pakistan Air with aggression against India," the
claimed responsibility for the attack. Convention. imagination, a desire, a frustration,
Force (PAF) and targeting of Indian statement said.
The MEA said in a statement it It was made clear that Pakistan a disappointment. But today this is
military posts."
possible," he said at an event here.

India hands over dossier to "A week is too long a time in


politics. The way the nation has
Pakistan on Jaish involvement rallied behind us in the last one
week, it seems like a week slipped
in Pulwama terror attack by too quick," he said referring to

T
he dossier was handed Air Force targeting Indian military the February 14 Pulwama terror
over to the Acting High installations, a day after the Indian attack by the JeM in which 40 CRPF
Commissioner of Pakistan, counter-terror action against JeM. troopers were killed.
who was summoned by the Ministry Government sources have claimed India in retaliation bombed the
of External Affairs to lodge a that over 350 JeM terrorists were JeM's biggest camp in Pakistan's
strong protest over Pakistan Air killed in the pre-dawn strike on the Balakot.
Force targeting Indian military terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday. On Tuesday, at around 3.30 a.m.,
installations, a day after the Indian The JeM had taken responsibility the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets
counter-terror action against JeM. of the terror strike in Kashmir’s attacked the JeM camp housing
India on Wednesday handed Pulwama district on February terror camps and its leadership in down a Pakistani jet while an IAF hundreds of its operatives, in what
over to Pakistan a dossier on 14, in which 40 CRPF personnel Pakistan,” it said. pilot was captured by Pakistan. India Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale
“specific details” of involvement were killed. The MEA said Pakistan was also lost a MiG 21 aircraft. said was a "non-military pre-emptive
of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the “Regret was expressed at conveyed that India expects it India lodged a strong protest at action" on a terror facility.
Pulwama terror attack on CRPF continuing denial by Pakistan’s to take immediate and verifiable the unprovoked act of aggression A large number of jihadis were
as also the presence of camps of political and military leadership at action against terror emanating by Pakistan, including by violating killed in the camp located on a
the UN-proscribed terror outfit in the presence of terrorist infrastructure from territories under its control. In the Indian air space and targeting hill-top away from civilian areas,
that country. in territories under its control,” the response to the Indian counter-terror military posts. Gokhale said, claiming that the dead
The dossier was handed over to MEA said. operation, Pakistan air force tried “This is in contrast to the India’s included Yusuf Azhar, brother-in-law
the Acting High Commissioner of “A dossier was handed over to to target certain locations in Jammu non-military anti-terror pre-emptive of Masood Azhar.
Pakistan, who was summoned by Pakistani side with specific details and Kashmir on Wednesday morning strike at a JeM terrorist camp in India has said it acted on the
the Ministry of External Affairs to of JeM complicity in Pulwama which was countered by IAF jets. Balakot on February 26,” the MEA intelligence inputs that JeM was
lodge a strong protest over Pakistan terror attack and the presence of JeM In the engagement, India shot added. planning another suicide bombing.

The last time Pakistan captured an Indian pilot was in 1999


T
he last time an officer of custody before he was handed over to Nachiketa was handed over to the
the Indian Air Force (IAF) the then Indian high commissioner, representatives of the International
was taken into custody by G Parthasarathy. Nawaz Sharif was Committee of Red Cross, who in
Pakistan was on May 27, 1999. the Prime Minister at the time. turn drove him to the Indian high
Flight lieutenant K Nachiketa was Recalling the time when he commission in Islamabad.
carrying out strikes against enemy was called to take charge of the He was driven across the India-
posts from his MiG 27 fighter aircraft “prisoner of war” — who ought not Pakistan border by an air attaché.
during the short, sharp Kargil war. to have been tortured under the The then prime minister Atal Bihari
He had just locked on to a target and "I Geneva Convention — Vajpayee and then air chief, Air
fired the powerful 30mm cannon of told them, I Parthasarathy said on Chief Marshal Anil Tipnis spoke to
his bomber when his engine flamed will not allow and Wednesday he saw him before he left Islamabad.
out. He was forced to eject and when officer of the Indian red when he was told This time around, Pakistan has
he did, he found himself in enemy Air Force to be made that the media would said it was left with no option but
territory. a media monkey out be present at the time to hit back after India’s air strike on
While it is not clear how Wing is that he is in Pakistan’s custody. There comes a point where of." of the handover. Tuesday but that it wanted peace,
Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Nachiketa said in interviews after you think ‘death is simpler’, “I told them, I will and released two clips of Vardhaman.
flying a MIG 21, landed in Pakistani his release that he was tortured in but fortunately for me, the third- not allow and officer of the India condemned Pakistan’s
territory, what is clear, from official Pakistan. degree part, which is the last part, Indian Air Force to be made a media treatment of the pilot, calling it
statements from Pakistan and Indian In an NDTV interview in 2016, the didn’t start for me.” monkey out of,’’ the former high “vulgar display” and demanded his
officials who asked not to be named, pilot said, “The torture was quite bad. Nachiketa spent eight days in commissioner said. immediate return.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 INDIA 19

ISRO TO LAUNCH DEFENCE NEWS in BRIEF


SATELLITE IN MARCH FOR DRDO
In a special mission in March,
President Ramnath Kovind: Tagore belongs to world

G urudev Rabindranath
Tagore was a remarkable
the Indian space agency will launch genius, and remains not
an electronic intelligence satellite just India›s, but the worlds
Emisat for the DRDO, 28 third party foremost cultural icons,
satellites and also demonstrate its President Ramnath Kovind
new technologies like three different said, while presenting the
orbits with a new variant of Polar Tagore Award for Cultural
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Harmony.
rocket, said a top official. The awards, for 2014, 2015 and 2016, were presented to Manipuri dance
The exact date has not been exponent Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Bangladeshi cultural organisation
specified yet. Chhayanaut and Statue of Unity sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar for “outstanding
“It is a special mission for us. We contribution towards promoting values of cultural harmony”.
will be using a PSLV rocket with four The annual award, carrying a prize of Rs 1 crore, was instituted in 2012
strap-on motors. in recognition of Tagore’s contribution and understanding of the role of
"Further, for the first time we In a special mission in March, the Indian space agency will launch an electronic culture in enriching the human spirit and in commemoration of his 150th
intelligence satellite Emisat for the DRDO.
will be trying to orbit the rocket at birth anniversary, Kovind said in his address
three different altitudes,” K. Sivan, Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Hamsat,” Sivan said. “Gurudev was a remarkable genius. He was a writer of renown. When he
Chairman, Indian Space Research (SSLV). In January, the space agency The PSLV is a four-stage engine won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, he became the first Asian Nobel
Organisation (ISRO) said. launched a defence imaging satellite expendable rocket with alternating laureate.
“The main passenger for the Microsat R for the DRDO. solid and liquid fuel.
Sivan said, after launching Emisat In its normal configuration, the
Congress Working Committee meet postponed

A
PSLV rocket will be the defence
at an altitude of 763 km, the rocket rocket will have six strap-on motors mid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the Congress
intelligence satellite Emisat
will be brought down to put into hugging the rocket’s first stage. on Wednesday postponed the meeting of the Congress Working
belonging to Defence Research and
orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of On January 24, the ISRO flew Committee (CWC) scheduled for Thursday in Ahmedabad.
Development Organisation (DRDO).
504 km. a PSLV with two strap-on motors The CWC, the party's highest decision-making body, was to be attended
“The satellite weighs about 420
“Following that the rocket will while in March it will have four by the Congress leadership including President Rahul Gandhi, General
kg. The 28 satellites belonging to
be brought down further to 485 km strap-on motors. Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance Chairperson
our customers would cumulatively
where the fourth stage will turn The Indian space agency also has Sonia Gandhi.
weigh about 250 kg,” Sivan said.
into a payload platform carrying two more PSLV variants viz Core They were also set to address a public rally in Adalaj in Gujarat. A party
The DRDO’s Emisat is an
three experimental payloads -- Alone (without any strap-on motors) leader said that a decision on the next date for the meeting will soon be
electronic intelligence satellite,
one developed by the students of and PSLV-XL a larger rocket. taken.
he added.
The ISRO will also be launching Indian Institute of Space Science The ISRO selects the kind of India is safe in the hands of Modi: Paswan

B
two more defence satellites sometime and Tecnology, besides ISRO’s rocket to be used based on the weight haratiya Janata Party ally Lok Janshakti Party chief and Union Minister
in July/August with its new rocket own technology demonstrator and a of satellites it carries. Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that the country is fully safe
Deeply concerned by India- Commemorative notes to be in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as was reflected in the air
strikes against the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at
Pak tensions: PM May released to mark Gandhi's Balakot in Pakistan.
"India is fully safe in the hands of Modi and no strategy of Pakistan will

150th birth anniversary work against the country," Paswan said here.
Paswan said that the air strikes were the best option in the national interest.
"We had acted against terror, we will not tolerate it anymore."
Paswan recalled that Modi during his visit to Bihar on February 17 had
said thrice that there was "fire" in his heart over the Pulwama attack that
killed 40 CRPF troopers, that is burning inside the heart of the people as
well. Paswan said Pakistan has become Atankistan.
Youth should question parliamentarians: Modi

P
rime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the youth should
question the parliamentarians on the work done by them in their
respective constituencies and their performance in Parliament.
"I believe the youth should raise questions. They should question the

B T
Opposition leaders over poor productivity of the Rajya Sabha, which was
ritish Prime Minister Theresa May on o mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma
only eight per cent in the last session when the Interim Budget was passed.
Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over Gandhi, a UAE-based company will globally release
"The productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government
rising tensions between India and Pakistan, 12 bank notes of zero value, the first-ever limited
edition commemorative series, an official said on Wednesday. enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent," Modi said while addressing the
urgently calling for restraint and de-escalation by the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019.
two countries. The first two notes of the 12-part series, with just 5,000
pieces to be printed in each design, will go on sale at select He also gave away the National Youth Parliament Festival Awards
Opening the Prime Minister’s Question Time in the which was inaugurated in January by Youth Affairs and Sports Minister
outlets globally and online platforms while the remaining will
House of Commons, May said, “May I first say that the Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
be released in phases till October 2, said the top official of
UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions between More than 50,000 youth participated in the festival.
Numisbing Group, Dubai.
India and Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on Crediting the development in the country to the full majority voters
The special notes have been designed by Dubai-based
both sides to avoid further escalation?” gave to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 general elections, the Prime
Indian artist Akbar Saheb who is also the main illustrator for
“We are in regular contact with both countries Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book Mann Ki Baat. Each Minister said the Lower House has passed 205 bills.
urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure note will feature memorable incidents from the personal and He also noted that the youth play a pivotal role in building the mindset of
regional stability. political life of Gandhi as a tribute to his legendary status, a society and the government is making efforts to arouse confidence in them.
"We are working closely with international partners, said Ramkumar Sarangapani, Numisbing Group founder and
including through the UN Security Council, to de- President of the International Bank Note Society, Dubai.
Modi travels in Delhi Metro

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escalate tensions and are monitoring developments "Besides the fact that these commemorative notes have a rime Minister Narendra
closely and considering implications for British huge shelf value, the bigger reason for the initiative was to Modi on Tuesday
nationals”. bring Mahatma Gandhi back to life using incidents that are travelled by Delhi
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded, “We more than just history lessons," said Sarangapani. Metro to go to an event in the
strongly support rapid dialogue between India and The first (of two) note being released shows the "Promise to national capital. He went to
Pakistan in order to reduce tension and deal with the Mother" in 1888, the three vows the young Gandhi made to his the Gita Aradhana Mahotsav at
root causes of the conflict before more lives are lost.” mother Puttlibai before leaving for his law studies to England. the ISKCON temple in East of
The House of Commons is likely to discuss an urgent The promises included complete abstention from alcohol, Kailash where he will unveil
question on the situation In Jammu and Kashmir. non-vegetarian food and regarding all other women as his the Bhagwad Gita prepared by
The Pulwama attack figured in the House of mothers or sisters, intendeded to prevent him from going ISKCON devotees. Measuring
Commons on Tuesday, when Bob Blackman astray in a foreign land. over 2.8 meters and over 800 kg, the Bhagwad Gita is one-of-its-kind in the
(Conservative) wanted an official “clear and The second note features the historic incident of 1893 world. Boarding the metro at Khan Market station on the Violet Line, Modi
unreserved condemnation” of the attack in which 40 when the young lawyer Gandhi was thrown off a train at got down after six stations at Nehru Place. During his trip, he interacted with
Pietermaritzburg railway station in South Africa, from a
CRPF men were killed, and a call on Pakistan to stop passengers.
"Whites Only" compartment.
funding terror groups.
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SUSHMA SWARAJ RAISES PULWAMA TERROR


Indian expat wins McLaren
in UAE after renewing

ATTACK WITH CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER


phone registration

A
n Indian expat worker in

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xternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj the United Arab Emirates
on Wednesday raised the recent Pulwama (UAE) won a McLaren
suicide attack in her crucial bilateral 570S Spider supercar after renewing
meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi his phone registration, the media
in China’s Wuzhen, a day after India destroyed a reported on Monday.
major Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror training Telecom operator du,
camp in Pakistan. from Emirates Integrated
“I am visiting China at a time when there is grief Telecommunications Company
and anger in India. It is the worst terrorist attack (EITC), rewarded Balvir Singh in
directed against our security forces in Jammu and line with the UAE registration policy,
Kashmir,” she said in her opening remarks during The Khaleej Times reported.
the meeting held on the side-lines of Russia, India, The operator invited customers
China Foreign Ministers meeting. with expired ID registrations for
“The attack was carried out by Jaish-e- renewal before January 31 to avoid
Muhammed, the Pakistan-based and supported
their services being cut off.
terrorist organisation,” she said. Forty Central
“It is truly life changing and I
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were
am blessed and overwhelmed at the
killed in a suicide attack by Pakistan-based JeM
opportunities this has provided me.
in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on
February 14, sparking outrage in the country. I have been in the UAE since the
Following the incident, India bombed and last 10 years and will continue to be
destroyed JeM’s biggest training camp in Balakot here. I thank du for making my life
in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beautiful,” Singh told the media.
province, about 80-km from the Line of Control All customers who renewed the
(LoC) early Tuesday, killing a “very large number” ID registration before that period
of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders. entered the draw to win the luxury
Stating that the JeM is banned by the UN and car.
other countries, Swaraj told Wang that “this “At du, we strive to spread
terrorist attack is the direct result of the impunity happiness and joy amongst our
and cover provided to the JeM and its leaders by customers. And, this is a testament
the Pakistani side”. EAM Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart to what we are trying to achieve,”
“After the Pulwama attack the entire UN has Wang Yi in Wuzhen. She will attend 16th Foreign
said Fahad Al Hassawi, Deputy CEO
spoken with full voice to condemn it,” she said. Ministers Meeting of Russia-India-China (RIC) here.
She will also hold bilateral discussions with Russian (Telco), EITC. 
Swaraj who arrived here early this morning told Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, besides the Chinese opportune time for us to take stock of our bilateral “We congratulate Balvir on
Wang that this is their first meeting this year and Foreign Minister. relations and look ahead for cooperation. The India-
for cooperation. winning this prize and encourage our
therefore an opportune time for the two sides to China relationship is an important relationship for
“This is our first meeting this year. Therefore, an customers to partake in our upcoming
take stock of the bilateral relations and look ahead both of our countries,” she said.
competitions.”

US Indian community holds anti-terror Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi first Indian


American to chair subcommittee in
protests at Pakistani, Chinese consulates Congressional history
M T
embers of the Indian
he office of U.S. Rep. Raja
community have held
Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.,
protests outside the
announced that the second-
Pakistani consulates in New
term congressman was named the
York and Chicago to condemn
chairman of the House Oversight
the February 14 Pulwama attack
Committee’s Subcommittee on
that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF
Economic and Consumer Policy.
troopers.
By being named to the post,
In New York on Friday, the
Krishnamoorthi becomes the first-
police stopped 400 protesters from
ever Indian American and first
approaching the consulate building
South Asian American to chair
and cordoned them off next to
a congressional committee or
Central Park, across the avenue.
subcommittee, the office said in a
They protested peacefully for
news release.
over two hours shouting “Vande
“I am honored and privileged to
Mataram” and “God Bless America”
become the first ever South Asian that all Americans can have the same
along with slogans denouncing
American to serve as a chair in opportunities my family did.”
Pakistan’s support for terrorism.
Congress,” Krishnamoorthi said after Being chair of the subcommittee
A delegation went to the consulate
the announcement. will give Krishnamoorthi jurisdiction
to handover a memorandum
“As a child, I had the opportunity over important pocketbook issues
demanding “credible and visible” members held a demonstration at Associations organised a candle-
to see my parents work hard to such as education, workforce
action against the perpetrators of the the Chinese consulate in Chicago light vigil in Woodbridge, Virginia,
achieve the American Dream of a development, income inequality,
Pulwama carnage that was claimed against Beijing’s policy of protecting on Thursday to honour the Pulwama
middle-class life,” the congressman health care, consumer protection
by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e- JAzhar from UN sanctions through victims.
added. “As chairman, I will use my and data privacy through his role as
Muhammad (JeM) and the 2008 its veto powers. About 600 people, including
role on this subcommittee to grow chairman of the subcommittee, the
Mumbai terror attack that claimed Jagdish Sewhani, the president Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac
and strengthen the middle class so release said.
163 lives. of the American India Public Councilwoman Nancy Drumm,
Overseas Friends of BJP-USA Affairs Committee, and one of the attended the vigil.
(OFBJP) President Krishna Reddy
Anugula said that the diplomats at
organisers of the New York protest,
said that his group was organising
Earlier in the week, OFBJP
organised the screening of
www.indianweekender.co.nz
the consulate refused to accept the a nation-wide outreach campaign Bollywood film “Uri” to raise
memorandum, which also asked for
freedom for Kulbhushan Jadav, who
to members of Congress to sponsor
legislation against Pakistan’s
awareness of terrorism in the sub-
continent. . The most visited Indian news
has been sentenced by a Pakistani
military court as a spy, and for
support for terrorism.
Members of his group and other
Across the US, Indian
communities have held vigils and website in New Zealand*
handing over JeM chief Masood Indians have been asked to call on prayer services for the victims,
Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, who is their legislators or write to them including in Atlanta, Georgia; For online advertising options, email
wanted for 1993 terrorist bombings seeking action against Islamabad, Naperville, Illinois; Sacramento,
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The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 WORLD 21

Trump says ‘speed not NEWS in BRIEF


important’ for deal with Plastic found in deepest ocean animals

North Korea as summit A


nimals living
in the deepest
ocean trenches
have been found with

with Kim Jong Un begins plastic fragments in


their gut, according
to new research

U
S President Donald Trump published Wednesday
and North Korean leader showing how manmade
Kim Jong Un on Thursday pollutionreaches into the bowels of the planet.
began talks on the second day of More than 300 million tonnes of plastics are produced annually, and
their second summit, with both sides
there are at least five trillion plastic pieces floating in our oceans.
expressing hope for progress on
Because deep-sea exploration is expensive and time-consuming, most
improving relations and the key issue
"There studies on plastic pollution up until now had been close to the surface,
of denuclearisation.
must be showing a widespread level of plastic contamination in fish, turtles, whales
Trump and Kim met in the
Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on people who and sea birds. Now a British team of researchers say they have discovered
Wednesday for a first, brief round of watch us having cases of plastic ingestion among tiny shrimp in six of the world’s deepest
a wonderful time, ocean trenches. In the Mariana Trench east of the Philippines, the deepest
talks and a dinner, and both appeared
like a scene from a depression on Earth, 100 percent of the animals studied had plastic fibres
upbeat, with Trump saying he was fantasy
satisfied with the pace of negotiations in their digestive tracts.
movie."
despite some criticism they were not “Half of me was expecting to find something but that is huge,” said
moving quickly enough. say I’m pessimistic. For what I feel The two leaders have a series of Alan Jamieson, from Newcastle University’s School of Natural and
“I’ve been saying very much right now, I do have a feeling that meetings scheduled at the Metropole, Environmental Sciences.
from the beginning that speed is not good results will come out,” he said, beginning with a one-on-one session Immigration is good for Britain, we just need control:
that important to me. I very much in what was believed to be his first lasting 45 minutes, the White House
appreciate no testing of nuclear ever response to a foreign journalist. said. PM Theresa May

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rockets, missiles, any of it, very much “There must be people who watch The White House has given rime Minister Theresa May denied accusations by some in her
appreciate it,” Trump told reporters us having a wonderful time, like a no indication of what the signing governing Conservative Party that she had “a problem with
as he and Kim sat at a round table in scene from a fantasy movie. We have ceremony might involve, although immigration”, saying on Sunday that while it had been good for
the French-colonial-era Metropole so far made lots of efforts, and it’s the two sides’ discussions have Britain, people just wanted more control.
hotel before their session. “We just time to show them,” Kim said. included the possibility of a political Last week, Anna Soubry, a Conservative lawmaker who quit May’s
want to do the right deal.” Trump reiterated North Korea’s statement to declare the 1950-53 party over what she called the government’s “disastrous handling of
North Korea has conducted no potential, if a deal can be done, Korean War over. Brexit”, accused May of having “a problem with immigration” that had
nuclear or intercontinental ballistic saying the isolated country could be They have also discussed partial tied her hands in Brexit negotiations.
missile tests since late 2017. an “economic powerhouse”. denuclearisation measures, such Asked if she had a problem with immigration, May said: “No. As I have
Kim, asked by a reporter if he was Despite the optimism, there’s been as allowing inspectors to observe consistently said immigration has been good for this country.”
confident about a deal, said, through no sign of progress on the key isswue the dismantling of North Korea’s May, who was interior minister for six years, has made immigration
an interpreter: of denuclearisation at their second Yongbyon nuclear reactor, US and one of the focal points for her talks to leave the European Union, saying
“It’s too early to tell, but I wouldn’t summit in eight months. South Korean officials say. Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the bloc was a sign that people no longer

UN chief asks India, Pakistan


15 years ago, US took wanted freedom of movement, on the EU’s main pillars.
note of JeM’s major terror Canada urges India, Pakistan to engage in dialogue
to exercise ‘maximum restraint’
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training camp in Balakot anada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has urged India

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ifteen years ago, the major and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any further
terrorist training camp of after IAF strikes Jaish camp military escalation over rising tensions between the two countries.

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the Jaish-e-Mohammed N chief Antonio Guterres In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Freeland said that "Canada
in Balakot in Pakistan found a is following the situation is gravely concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan",
mention in a purported secret US between India and Pakistan Xinhua news agency reported.
Defence Department file leaked by “very closely” and has appealed to "Dialogue between India and Pakistan is needed to identify a durable
WikiLeaks. The memorandum talks the governments of both nations diplomatic solution and maintain peace and security in the region," the
about a Pakistani national Hafez K to exercise “maximum restraint” minister said.
Rahman, a Guantanamo detainee, Early Wednesday, Pakistan said it took one Indian pilot into custody, a
to ensure the situation does not
who was 20 years old and born in day after Indian fighter jets conducted an air strike in Pakistan.
deteriorate further, a top UN official
Gujrar, Pakistan, who turned out to Hostilities between the two countries have increased since a suicide
said Tuesday.
be a jehadi. attack in Kashmir killed over 40 Indian soldiers earlier this month. India's
The UN Secretary General’s
The January 31, 2004 document, air strikes this week represented the country's first attack inside Pakistan
remarks came after Indian Air Force
signed by Major General Geoffery since 1971. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for peace talks
Miller of the US Army says Rahman (IAF) carried out a pre-dawn air
strike on a terror training camp inside between the two nations on Wednesday.
received training in Balakot,
Pakistan, a location known to house a Pakistan. NASA's new mission to study space weather from ISS

N
“training camp that offers both basic The strike was the first by the IAF have any information on the possible ASA has selected a new mission that
and advanced terrorist training on inside Pakistan after the 1971 war. casualties and has seen the news will help scientists understand and,
explosives and artillery”. India bombed and destroyed reports. ultimately, forecast the vast space weather
It says Rahman has admitted to Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) Guterres is returning to New York system around our planet.
volunteering to fight jihad against the biggest training camp in Balakot from Geneva and Dujarric said he The Atmospheric Waves Experiment
US and its allies, remaining after the in Pakistan’s restive Khyber had spoken to the UN chief about the (AWE) mission will cost $42 million
events of September 1lth to continue Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80- situation between India and Pakistan and is planned to launch in August 2022,
to fight, and receiving training from km from the Line of Control (LoC) before he boarded his plane. attached to the exterior of the Earth-
the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). early Tuesday, killing a “very large The air strike came 12 days after orbiting International Space Station (ISS),
The JEM espouses Jihad against number” of terrorists, trainers and the JeM carried out a suicide attack the US space agency said.
the US and is directly supported by senior commanders. in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama From its space station perch, AWE will focus on colourful bands of light
Al-Qaida, Gen. Miller wrote. “He is obviously following district that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. in Earth's atmosphere, called airglow, to determine what combination of
It says Rahman was influenced the situation very closely and India launched a major diplomatic forces drive space weather in the upper atmosphere.
by extremist Mullahs in Pakistan reiterates his urgent appeal to both offensive against Islamabad after "This mission absolutely meets that standard with a creative and cost-
and decided he would go to Jihad the governments of India and the the Pulwama attack and highlighted effective mission to solve mysteries about Earth's upper atmosphere," said
in support of the Taliban. “Detainee government of Pakistan to exercise Pakistan’s role in using terrorism as Paul Hertz, NASA's Director of Astrophysics.
traveled to Zahir, Pakistan, and maximum restraint to ensure that the an instrument of state policy. Space weather is important because it can have profound impacts
attended a training camp run by situation does not further deteriorate,” The international community
the JeM,” he wrote. Miller also - affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio
UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric led by the US pressed Pakistan to communications and, at its most severe, overwhelming power grids.
described JeM as a Tier 1 terrorist told reporters when asked about the deny safe haven to terror groups
group, especially those with state It was earlier thought that only the Sun's constant outflow of ultraviolet
Secretary General’s remarks on the operating form its soil and bring the light and particles, the solar wind, could affect the region. However,
support, that have demonstrated the air strike. perpetrators of the Pulwama attack to
intention and the capability to attack researchers now have learned that solar variability is not enough to drive
Dujarric said Guterres did not justice. the changes observed, and Earth's weather also must be having an effect.
US persons or interests.
22 SPORTS Friday, March 01, 2019 The Indian Weekender

INDIA VS AUSTRALIA: NEWS in BRIEF


MAXWELL TON FIRES ICC assures BCCI of security during World Cup

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he International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday assured

AUSTRALIA TO MAIDEN T20


BCCI that all security concerns at the upcoming ODI World Cup,
in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, will be addressed adequately.
According to sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India

SERIES WIN OVER INDIA (BCCI), at the ICC meeting here, Board's CEO Rahul Johri had raised
concerns about security at the World Cup, scheduled to be held in England

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and Wales.
lenn Maxwell cracked a superlative unbeaten century to help Australia register their
Johri reportedly expressed satisfaction with the ICC's security
maiden T20 series victory over India with a win in the second and final Twenty20
arrangements during the World Cup which starts on May 30.
international at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.
The BCCI is yet to take a decision on boycotting the World Cup first
Maxwell's scintillating 113 off 55 balls overshadowed Virat Kohli's 38-ball 72 which
round match against Pakistan on June 16 as there is a possibility that the
helped India post a competitive 190/4 in 20 overs.
Chasing 191 for victory, Maxwell smashed as many as nine sixes and seven fours two arch-rivals may meet in the knockout stages as well.
on way to his third century in the shortest format as the visitors posted 194/3 to There have been demands from several former players and ex-BCCI
win by seven wickets with two balls to spare. Australia had won the first T-20 in officials that the Pakistan match should be boycotted following
Vizag on February 24 by 3 wickets and take the series 2-0 with five one-dayers nation wide outrage over the Pulwama terror attack which led to
now coming up. the martyrdom of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
India rode on Kohli's brilliance and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 23-ball 40 soldiers.
with the pair adding a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket. But Maxwell Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and former star off-spinner
took the game away from India single-handedly. Harbhajan Singh are among those who had called for a boycott of the
Prior to the game, Australia had never beaten India in a T20 match against Pakistan.
series, home or away. They had beaten India way back in 2008 at
Melbourne but that was a one-off game.
Dharun, Dutee clinch gold in Indian Grand Prix-2
The visitors kept themselves in the chase despite a shaky start
which saw them being reduced to 22/2 in four overs. But, opener
D'Arcy Short (40) and Maxwell shared a 73-run stand off 43
H urdler Dharun Ayyasamy clocked 49.94 seconds to win his second
consecutive gold medal in the Indian Grand Prix series 2019 at the
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here on Wednesday.
balls to keep their chances alive before the former fell in the 12th The 24-year old improved his timing from 50.07s clocked at IGP-1 in
over. It was anyone's game as Australia needed 60 off the last 30 Patiala on Saturday.
balls with seven wickets in hand. Maxwell then plundered Santhosh Kumar took the second place with 50.77s and the bronze
the bowling attack, smashing Yuzvendra Chahal for two medal went to Ramachandran clocking 50.83s. All three medals went to
sixes, including a spectacular reverse hit, to tilt the the athletes from Tamil Nadu.
game in Australia's favour. For India, Vijay Shankar Asian Games silver medallist Dutee Chand ran 23.30s to win her second
returned best figures of 2/38. Earlier, Kohli led from the gold medal in the IGP series. The timing will help Dutee improve her
front with an explosive unbeaten 38-ball 72 to propel IAAF World Ranking in the 200m event.
India to 190/4. Her timing also ensured that the Odisha sprinter made the qualifying
Besides Kohli, Lokesh Rahul and Dhoni also contributed cut-off for the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held in Doha, Qatar.
with a valuable 47 and 40 runs, respectively. Put in to bat, the hosts The silver medal went to Anjali Devi of Haryana with a timing of
started on a decent note as openers Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan added 61 runs
24.15s. Supriya Maddal of Andhra Pradesh clocked 24.48s to bag the
for the opening wicket in 7.1 overs before the former became a victim of Jason
bronze medal.
Behrendorff.
MR Poovamma and Vismaya V K, part of the Asian games 4x400m
Dhawan (14) and Rishabh Pant (1) then departed in quick succession as India
relay winning team, bagged the gold and silver medals, respectively, in
were reeling at 74/3. However, Dhoni (40 off 23) and Kohli (72 not out off 38)
then forged a crucial 100-run partnership, lifting India past the 150-run mark. the 400m event. Poovamma clocked 54.12s while Vismaya finished
Pat Cummins finally helped the visitors get rid of a dangerous looking Dhoni with a timing of 54.76s. The bronze medal went to Prachi of UP
in the final over. However, it was too late as incoming batsman Dinesh Karthik clocking 54.74s.
and Kohli displayed some fireworks to propel India to a fighting 190/4 in the Randeep Hooda wins silver at National Equestrian
allotted 20 overs. For Australia, Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cummins Championship
and D' Arcy Short picked up a wicket each.

A ctor Randeep Hooda won the


silver medal at the National
Equestrian Championship (NEC)
and called it a proud moment.
Randeep on Wednesday tweeted a
photograph from the event.
"So got a silver medal at the
Nationals NEC on Dream Girl
thanks to my team mates from
the Indian Army from RVC
(Remount and Veterinary
Corps) and ASC (Indian
Army Service Corps). Proud moment to be given the medal by
the QMG Gen Ambre with gratitude to my grooms who look after my

Smriti to lead India in T20Is vs England horses," Randeep captioned the image.

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On the work front, the "Sarbjit" actor was last seen on screen in "Baaghi
xplosive opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana
2". He will next be seen in "Dhaka".
will lead the Indian T20I side in the absence of
The American film directed by Sam Hargrave is from a screenplay by
injured regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, as the
Joe Russo. It will also star Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour and Manoj
BCCI on Monday named the squad for the three-T20I
Bajpayee.
rubber against England, to be played in Guwahati.
Harmanpreet was ruled out of the series against India to face Uzbekistan in Turkish Women's Cup
England after suffering an ankle injury, and a BCCI opener

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statement stated that the star all-rounder will continue her he Indian womens football team will take on Uzbekistan in the
rehab at the National Cricket Academy. opening match of the Turkish Womens Cup 2019 in Alanya, Turkey.
The Indian women are currently on a high, having India are preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 in
taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI April wherein they are drawn in Group A, pitted against hosts Myanmar,
rubber of the International Cricket COuncil (ICC) Indonesia and Nepal - who will host the SAFF Women's Championship
Women's Championship. in March. Dubbing the clash as a litmus test, head coach Maymol Rocky
The three T20Is will be played on March 4, March 7 said: "Uzbekistan are one of the top teams of Asia and it will be a challenge
and March 9 in Guwahati. to face them. They are strong on the counter and we will have to be at our
Squad: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Mithali Raj, 100 per cent to beat them"
Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia "The Hero Gold Cup was a good opportunity for us to test our
(WK), Bharti Fulmali, Anuja Patil, Shikha Pandey, permutations and combinations strategically against quality opponents
Komal Zanzad, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta and we will look to do the same in the Turkish Cup with an aim of creating
Bisht, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurty, Harleen Deol. a final iteration as we proceed to the Olympic Qualifiers"
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 FEATURES 23

The best foldable phones of 2019:


SAMSUNG
GALAXY
FOLD,
HUAWEI
MATE X,
AND MORE
The folding phone wars are here, and these are the devices leading the charge
I
t looks like 2019 is going to be at least you get plenty of tech it also offers 5G connectivity. Not a foldable phone, and apparently market.
the year of the foldable phone, inside: a high-end processor, 12GB bad package. it's also going to carry the iconic In a message accompanying the
and we've already seen some of RAM, and 512GB of storage. 3. OPPO FOLDABLE PHONE Motorola Razr branding. It's going video Lin Bin wrote that:
stunning handsets appear –like There's going to be a triple-lens to be a flip phone then, but with a "Xiaomi double folding mobile
the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the 16MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, full foldable screen inside when you phone is coming! This symmetrical
Huawei Mate X. After years of and a 4,380mAh battery split up into open it up. double-folded form perfectly
rumours and leaks, the tech is finally two sections (because of that fold). These rumours have been around combines the experience of the
with us. On the software side, Samsung for a while. It was back in February tablet and mobile phone, which
Here we've collected together the says you can run three apps 2017 that Yang Yuanqing, the CEO is both practical and beautiful.
very best foldable phones of 2019, alongside each other on the Fold, of Lenovo (which owns Motorola) Although it is still an engineering
both those that have already broken should you want to. What's more, told TechRadar: "With the new machine, it is sent out for everyone
cover and those that we're still any app that you're running on the technology, particularly foldable to see. If you like it, we will consider
expecting. Read on for the hottest front of the device will seamlessly screens, I think you will see more and making a mass production machine
new devices with screens that can switch to the middle once you open more innovation on our smartphone in the future.
bend. it out. design. So hopefully what you just

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6. LG BENDI
ppo doesn't officially have a
A
• Huawei Mate X review 2. HUAWEI MATE X described [the Motorola Razr brand] t the moment it looks like LG's
• Best smartphones folding phone yet, but what will be developed or realised very foldable will feature just two
• Best cheap smartphones it does have is a folding phone soon." screens rather than the Samsung
prototype that we caught a glimpse
1. SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD 5. XIAOMI MIX FLEX Galaxy X's three: possibly with
of at MWC 2019 – and it's one that
one of the screens making use of
looks a lot like the Huawei Mate X.
a transparent section, or perhaps
Alas we don't know too much else
with a camera system embedded in
about this phone, with the picture
the back plate. Since that original
you see above most of what we have
patent filing we've seen names like
to go on. It looks like the hinge goes
Flex, Foldi and Duplex mentioned
the same way as the Huawei device,
in internal LG documents. As for the
and there's another bump grip you
final design, or the final price, we're
can see on the side. As for all of the
still in the dark – it's going to be
specs, plus tech like 5G, we'll have
expensive, but LG has promised not
to wait and see – but with foldable • Xiaomi MIX Flex best foldable to rush the device to market before
phones now going on sale to the phone it's ready, so a late 2019 launch

O
public, Oppo won't want to be too ne of the more recent folding could be possible.
far behind. phones to get a teaser reveal is
4. MOTOROLA RAZR 2019 the Xiaomi MIX Flex, a prototype

T he Huawei Mate X got unveiled


at MWC 2019, and it folds the
other way to Samsung's device – so
device that was famously shown off
on camera by company president
and co-founder Lin Bin.
the screen wraps around the outside, In the video reveal the Xiaomi
At long last, after endless leaks rather than being hidden away on handset is initially shown in tablet
and rumours, the folding Samsung the inside, when it's snapped shut. mode, but then both sides of the
phone is official: the Samsung When opened out, you've got a full device are folded inwards at two
Galaxy Fold has a 7.3-inch screen screen 8-inch tablet; when snapped points, leaving only the middle third What we have in the meantime
that folds over itself when you're shut, you've got screens front and of the phone on show. is the LG V50 ThinQ with a Dual
ready to put it in your pocket. rear, as well as a grip holding the This design is markedly different Screen accessory – it clips on to

F
Out in April 2019, the phone is camera technology. It's also thinner rom the noises that Motorola to that of the other folding phones add a second screen that you can
going to set you back a whopping than you might think, and as well has been making, it's not going so far announced, potentially giving
as packing some premium specs use for something else, like gaming
$1,980 (that's about £1,515), but to be far behind Samsung with a Xiaomi an edge in the folding phone controls, or watching Netflix.
(including the Kirin 980 processor)
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them over every 20 seconds or so. freezer bag .


• Cook the patties for about 21/2 • To defrost; thaw them in the microwave for about 1 minute.
minutes and until they have • The patties will hold together better during cooking if they
browned on both the sides and well are chilled first.
cooked from inside. Remove to a CHICKEN BURGER
plate.
• Use the remaining oil to cook the
second batch the same way.
• Remove the lamb patties to a plate
covered with absorbent kitchen
paper and keep aside.
To ASSEMBLE;
• To toast hamburger buns; heat a
flat pan on medium heat.
• Cut buns in half horizontally,
spread butter on the inside of the bun and place the butter side
of the bun down until its lightly toasted and the edges are little
brown in colour.
• On the bottom half of the bun spread garlic aioli then add

W
small hand full of lettuce, top it with a tomato slice and onion
ith kids, burgers can never be enough. Burgers are not INGREDIENTS:
slice.
only for meat-eaters, as there are lots of variations • 400gm - chicken mince
• Place the hot lamb patty with the cheese slice on it.
including vegetarian options. Burgers can be eaten • 1 - onion, small
• Add a good dollop of the mayonnaise and cover it with the
any time of the day, after-school snack, mid-week dinner or • 2 - green chillies
other half of the bun.
Sunday barbecues. Kids love burgers, so then, why not make • 1/2cup - coriander leaves
• Serve with fries
healthy homemade burgers? Here are some simple, tasty and yet • 1/2tsp - red chilli powder
healthy Burger recipes with homemade patties. VEGE BURGER • 1/4tsp - garam masala powder
INGREDIENTS: • 1/4tsp - cumin powder
LAMB BURGER • 3 - potatoes, medium size • 1tsp - salt
• 5-6 - cauliflower florets • 1 - lemon
• 1 - carrot, big • 1/2tsp - garlic paste
• 1/2cup - green peas • 1/2tsp - ginger paste
• 1tbsp - vegetable oil • 1- egg
• 1 - onion, medium • 1/2cup - bread crumbs
• 1/2tsp - ginger paste • 3-4tbsp - vegetable oil
• 2-3 - green chillies TO ASSEMBLE
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder • 4 - hamburger buns
• 1/4tsp - garam masala powder • Lettuce leaves
• 1/4tsp - cumin powder • 1 - tomato
• 1/4tsp - dry mango powder ( amchur powder) • 1 - onion
• 1tsp - salt • 8tbsp - Mayonnaise
• 1/2cup - coriander leaves, fresh • 2tbsp - mint leaves chopped
• 1/2cup - bread crumbs • 2tbsp - coriander leaves chopped
TO ASSEMBLE; • 2tsp - lemon juice
INGREDIENTS: • 6 - burger buns • 1/4tsp - black pepper
• 1tsp - vegetable oil • 1/4tsp - salt or according to taste
• 500gm - lamb mince • 1 - onion, peeled and sliced crosswise into large rings • 4 - cheese slices (natural cheddar )
• 1 - onion • 2 - tomatoes, sliced crosswise • Garlic Aioli
• 2 - green chillies • 1 - cucumber, sliced • Makes four hamburgers
• 1/2cup - coriander leaves • Lettuce METHOD
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder • Tomato ketchup • Peel, wash and chop onion, chop green chillies and coriander
• 1/4tsp - garam masala powder • Mayonnaise leaves.
• 1/2tsp - cumin powder • Makes sixhamburgers • In a mixing bowl add chicken mice, combine it with red chilli
• 1tsp - salt METHOD powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix
• 1 - lemon • Boil the potatoes until soft, peel and mash them with the fork. well with your hand or fork.
• 1tsp - garlic paste Keep aside. • Squeeze lemon to the chicken mince; add garlic and ginger
• 1/2tsp - ginger paste • Steam all the vegetables or boil them together and keep aside. paste, mix and then add onion, green chilli and coriander, mix
• 1- egg • Heat oil in a medium size nonstick pan, add chopped onion, it again with the fork.
• 1cup - bread crumbs ginger paste and cook for 2 minutes then add chopped green • Beat egg a little and add to the chicken mince along with
• 3-4tbsp - vegetable oil chillies and cook for another 1 minute. bread crumbs and mix well.
TO ASSEMBLE; • Add all the spices, salt and a splash of water — Cook for 1 • Divide the mixture into four equal portions and mould them
• 6 - hamburger buns minute. into patties about 3 inches in diameter.
• Add boiled potatoes along with the steamed vegetables to the • Refrigerate the patties for 30 minutes covered in a plastic
• Few lettuce leaves
onion masala and cook for 2-3 minute. wrap.
• 2 - tomatoes
• Mash the potato mixture with the potato masher really well. • Meanwhile, slice tomato crosswise, peel and slice onion
• 1 - onion
Taste and adjust the seasoning. crosswise into large rings (used for assembling ).
• 6 - cheese slices (natural cheddar)
• Add breadcrumbs and chopped coriander to the potato • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil into a large nonstick frying pan
• Mayonnaise and set over medium to high heat. When the oil is hot, put as
mixture, mix well and leave it aside to cool.
• Garlic Aioli many patties as the pan will hold in a single layer. Turning
• Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick flat pan.
• Makes - six hamburgers • Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and mould it into them over every 20 seconds or so.
METHOD patties; use your hands to flatten the patties gently. • Cook the patties for about 21/2 minutes and until they have
• Peel, wash and chop onion, chop green chillies and coriander Place 2 patties on the hot oiled flat pan and cook flipping browned on both the sides and well cooked from the inside.
leaves. them over, until the patties are deeply golden in colour from the Remove to a plate.
• In a mixing bowl add lamb mince, combine it with red chilli outside for about 3-4 minutes. • Use the remaining oil to cook the second batch the same way.
powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix Repeat the process for each patty. • Remove the chicken patties to a plate covered with absorbent
it with your hand or use a fork. Remove the vegetable patties to a plate covered with absorbent kitchen paper and keep aside.
• Squeeze lemon to the lamb mince; add garlic and ginger paste, kitchen paper and keep aside. TO ASSEMBLE;
mix and then add chopped onion, green chilli and coriander TO ASSEMBLE; • To toast hamburger buns; heat a flat pan on medium heat.
and mix it again with the fork. • To toast hamburger buns; heat a flat pan on medium heat. • Cut buns in half horizontally, spread butter on the inside of
• Beat egg a little and add to the lamb mince along with bread • Cut buns in half horizontally, spread butter on the inside of the bun and place the butter side of the bun down until it’s
crumbs and mix. the bun and place the butter side of the bun down until its lightly toasted and the edges are little brown in colour.
• Divide the mixture into six equal portions and mould them lightly toasted and the edges are little brown in colour. • Mix mayonnaise in a bowl with mint leaves, coriander leaves,
into patties about 3 inches in diameter. • Spread tomato ketchup on the lower side of the buns. lemon juice, black pepper and salt. Keep aside.
• Refrigerate the patties for 30 minutes covered in a plastic • Place a small hand full of lettuce on the bottom of each bun • Place a small hand full of lettuce on the bottom half of each
wrap. with the sliced tomato, cucumber and onion rings and a good bun with the sliced tomato and onion rings and then a good
dollop of the mayonnaise. dollop of the mayonnaise mixture.
• Meanwhile, slice tomatoes crosswise, peel and slice onion
• Place the hot vegetable patty with the cheese slice on it, on • Place the hot chicken patty with the cheese slice on it, on top
crosswise into large rings (used for assembling).
top of mayonnaise. of mayonnaise.
• Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil into a large nonstick frying pan
• Serve with fries • Spread garlic aioli then cover it with the top half of the burger
and set over medium to high heat. When the oil is hot, put as
TIPS: these patties can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. bun.
many patties as the pan will hold in a single layer. Turning • Serve with fries.
• Or you can cook them and freeze up to 3 monthsin a sealed
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rom turquoise beaches to snow-capped mountains, 2018’s Bali, Indonesia can easily eat up a day. Spend a day here to immerse yourself in
list of popular destinations is a beautiful mix. The idea of the spectacle.
a good vacation is different for different people. Rome, Italy
Some might want to laze around the white sand beaches,
while others might want to enjoy the crisp air of snow-capped
mountains. This year, media released their list of top ten
destinations around the world.
With the year coming to an end, let’s take a look at the places
that were a huge hit among tourists.
Some of them have been an all-time favourite with people,
universally. Maybe, you can plan a trip in the New Year too.
Paris, France 

B ali is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage (it’s


Asia’s top spa destination), and explore the treasure trove of

E veryone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the museums and galleries. Don’t miss the valley of tomb cloisters at
same itinerary: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Gunung Kawi and beautiful white beaches if you are love lazing
among others. Wandering the city’s grand boulevards on foot, out in the sun.
eating in the romantic roadside cafes and bistros, and shopping Marrakech, Morocco
in Les Puces (the flea market) also make it to the top of the list.
London, UK

I t’s nicknamed the Eternal City for a reason. In Rome, you can
drink from a street fountain fed by an ancient aqueduct. Or see
the same profile on a statue in the Capitoline Museum and the
guy making your cappuccino.
Prague

T here’s so much to see and do in London, it’s easy to be


overwhelmed. Major sights like the Tower of London and
Buckingham Palace are on most visitors’ itineraries, but no
matter what your interests are, you’ll probably find something
here to explore. The “Red City” of Marrakesh is a magical place, brimming
T he Prague Castle has overlooked the city since the 9th
century, and the synagogues and cemetery of the Jewish
Quarter are must-sees. Nightlife here is diverse and plentiful
Art lovers should make a beeline for the National Gallery and with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the which consists of trendy clubs to sophisticated wine bars to late-
the Tate Modern. intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina night cellar bars.
26 TIME OUT Friday, February 22, 2019 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 8 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 8

HITORI NO: 8 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 8


Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate 1. What is the highest number used in a Sudoku puzzle? 21. Which is the third largest of the Channel Islands?
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers
2. What is the term for a positive electrode? 22. Who was Liverpool’s skipper in the 2005 European
by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching 3. Which swimming stroke is named after an insect? Champions League triumph?
horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any 4. Which English queen has the same name as a type of 23. In which Puccini opera does Mimi appear?
other (i.e. they are connected). plum? 24. How many sides has an octagon?
5. How many dots are used in each letter in the Braille 25. Which type of calendar is used today in the western
system? world?
6. Which movie won the Oscar for best actor, director and 26. What instrument can be bass, electric or Spanish?
cinematography in 2016? 27. Think about this — which club did Harry Redknapp
7. What is a female deer called? manage first – Portsmouth or Southampton?
8. What unit is used to measure horses? 28. Which female-named hurricane devastated New Orleans
9. Who is Reg Dwight better known as? in September 2005?
10. Who provided Nick Wilde’s voice in the 2016 movie of 29. What do the numbers add up to on the opposite sides of
“Zootopia”? a dice?
11. How many tenpin bowling skittles need knocking down 30. Which city is said to have been founded by Romulus and
for a strike? Remus?
12. How is 77 represented in Roman numerals? 31. In the zodiac, which animal is linked with Capricorn?
13. Who is the patron saint of music? 32. How many years are involved in a silver anniversary?
14. What are birds of a feather said to do? 33. Which country originated the term “plonk” for Wine?
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 8 15. “Kiss Me Kate” is a musical version of which play by 34. What is the singer Adele’s surname?
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. Shakespeare? 35. What was the final battle that Napoleon fought in?
16. The single “Papa Don’t Preach” came from which 36. On which day are British elections held?
Madonna album? 37. What was the name of the land where Gulliver met the
17. Betz cells are found in which part of the body? Little People?
18. What is the only bird that can hover in the air and also fly 38. Which animal’s name comes first in the dictionary?
backwards? 39. How many sides has a 20-pence piece?
19. Who earned the nickname “Slow-hand”? 40. Which children’s author wrote “Gangsta Granny”? 
20. Which country does opera singer Pavarotti come from?
36.Thursday 37.Lilliput 38.Aardvark 39.Seven 40.David Williams
30.Rome 31.Goat 32.25 years 33.Australia 34. Adkins 35.Waterloo
Send us stories, drawings, poems
and other contributions by your little
27.Gregorian 26.Guitar 27.Portsmouth 28. Katrina 29.Seven
Clapton 21. Italy 22.Alderney 23.Steven 24. La Boheme 25.Eight
the Shrew 17. True Blue 18. The brain 19.Hummingbird 20.Eric ones along with their photographs
Ten 13. LXXVII 14. Cecilia 15. Flock together 16. The Taming of.
for this page. E-mail us at reporter@
indianweekender.co.nz
Revenant” 7.Doe 8. Hands 9.Elton John 11. Jason Bateman 12.
Answers: 1.Nine 2.Anode 3. Butterfly 4.Victoria 5.Six 6.“The
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Fashion & Beauty


Let’s go NATURAL with
01 March – 07 March | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact

these skin care regimes


at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
A mix-up may cause problems at work, so don’t lose concentration. Frustrations
bottled within may manifest themselves as health problems, so take up meditation or

M
aintaining a skin-care routine is an absolute essential for everybody. Most of us use yoga to de-stress. Growth prospects look bright for the newly employed. Chartered
products packed with artificial ingredients and chemicals. Basically, think about it this accountants and lawyers have a promising time ahead. Someone new in your life is
likely to bring happiness. Those seeking fun will have to motivate friends for a fun
way, skin-care products with undesired ingredients and chemicals are like junk food. It trip. Your favourite hobby will keep you totally occupied this week. Lucky Number:
is tasty and quick in curbing hunger but does not offer you with the nutrients your body needs. At 3 / Lucky Colour: Parrot Green
the same time, natural skin care  options are like healthy veggies which always make us cringe at
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
first but offers all the good things your body craves for. 
You may find your popularity on the rise at work. A positive reply received in regard
Here are some quick skin-care regimes for you to try which are super inexpensive and easy while Those in the IT industry are likely to make their mark on the professional front. You
you are on the go-all-natural phase. may vie for all round achievement on the academic front. Homemakers will reap rich
 Exfoliator Face Mask   benefits from tight budgeting. Those romantically inclined may take a step closer to
realising their dream. Students may need to find time to take on additional workload
Ingredients:
to improve performance. Sportsperson are likely to excel in their chosen sport. Sleep
• 3 tbsp honey lovers will be well rested and rejuvenated. Lucky Number:22 / Lucky Colour: Red
• 2 tbsp oat flour
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
 Instructions:
You may like to take one step at a time at work, but someone will be there to rush you
• Mix the concoction together. along. Those working in multinational companies may get a chance to go abroad on
• Apply it evenly across your face, let it sit for promotion. A good week is foreseen for getting a much awaited luxury item. A change
15 minutes, and wash it off. of scene through a short vacation or local trip is possible. Extra classes will prove
• I’d give this concoction a solid A. The oat a godsend for students who are facing difficulties in their chosen subjects.Lucky
flour helped to exfoliate my face while the Number: 9 / Lucky Colour:Chocolate
honey kept it moisturised, and your face will CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
glow! Money may become a problem, but you will compensate for the shortfall by doing
something on the side. A string of functions and parties may keep you busy and
Body Scrub entertained. You take a step further in making yourself indispensable at work. Taking
up an exercise regime will help you in maintaining peak physical fitness. Your
 Ingredients: irresistible charm and charisma is likely to win over the one you love. You derive
• Sea salt much pleasure from a current undertaking. Lucky Number:4 / Lucky Colour:Dark
• Oil (Olive or almond)  Grey
Instructions: LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
• Mix equal parts of these and make a natural Getting envious on petty things is not on. So, curb this tendency, before it takes
scrub. roots. Remember, things may not be what they seem in a situation. You are likely
• Scrub it on to you face gently.  to consolidate your gains and make yourself financially secure. Competence and
• This will leave you skin looking supple and networking skills promise to bring in good business. Domestic compulsions may make
you compromise on health. A lot of travelling is in store for those out on pilgrimage.
clean taking out all the impurities.
Keep up the pace on the academic front. Lucky Number:5 / Lucky Colour:Orange
Face Cleanser VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
 Ingredients: It is the right time to take positive steps towards mending fences with a sworn enemy.
• 1 tsp honey  Ingredients: You will have to be more considerate in what you speak, as it can prove hurtful to
• 1 tbsp coconut oil • 2 tbsp olive oil others. Changing weather may adversely affect health. You are likely to hog the
 Instructions: • 1 tbsp sugar limelight in a debate on the academic front. A profit making scheme may be put into
action. A child may complain of boredom, so do something that catches his or her
• In a bowl, mix the two ingredients together.  Instructions:
imagination! Lucky Number: 6 /Lucky Colour: Peach
• Rub on face • Mix the two ingredients together.
It has antimicrobial qualities, and it cleans • Scrub across your body, let it sit, and then LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
You may need assistance in completing pending tasks at work, so don’t feel reluctant
your face and fights acne without stripping wash it off.
to ask for it. Someone will be there to rescue you on the academic front. You may have
your skin of natural oils. Also, coconut oil is • Using a body scrub two times a week is to bear the tantrums of an off-mood lover this week. Be judicious in your spending, as
one of the best natural make-up remover (tried a must to get rid of all that dead skin and a financial crunch stares right in the face. Find solace at home surrounded by family
and tested). Put the two together and they’re an dirt. This natural scrub will leave your skin members. Health initiative will prove beneficial, only if you are able to maintain it.
unstoppable cleansing team. smooth and moisturised. Lucky Number: 11 / Lucky Colour: Dark Red
Just keep in mind that this might leave your SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Body Moisturiser
skin a little greasy but you can take care of this Good judgement and foresight is likely to keep you on the forefront in your field. Your
by following it up with a toner. unshakable faith in yourself and hard work is all set to bring success on the academic
front. Smooth sailing in the domestic sphere will help keep you calm and composed.
Toner Despite expenses, you will manage to save substantially by the end of the this week.
Those apprehensive of a long drawn out recovery period may be in for a pleasant
surprise. Lucky Number:9 / Lucky Colour: White.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Fantastic returns are foreseen for those sponsoring some event. A new colleague may
give you stiff competition at the workplace, but will not be able to dislodge you.
Those in love can expect an expensive item or a piece of jewellery from partner. At
work, it is best to put your tongue on the leash as you are quite likely to say something
and offend someone. Health may fluctuate between good and moderate, as an old
ailment plays up. Lucky Number:22 / Lucky Colour: Turquoise
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
Although you receive all the love and support from the family, you may not manage
to deal satisfactorily with a contentious issue. Good financial planning will help you
tide over the existing lean period. You are likely to find lover indifferent and a bit off
colour this week. Someone’s negative thoughts may affect you, so it is best to avoid
that person. Self-motivation may infuse you with dynamism and extra go. Don’t bank
 Ingredients: on anyone on the academic front. Lucky Number:7 / Lucky Colour: Light Pink
1 bag of chamomile tea Ingredients: AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
 Instructions: • Coconut oil or aloe vera  You may genuinely want to play host to someone who has never visited your place.
• Soak a bag of chamomile tea in a cup of hot Instructions: Those in business may get tied up and miss out on a family gathering. This is not
the best week for travel out of town, so postpone it if possible. Those compelled
water for 15-20 minutes, or until it’s cooled • Take it straight from the jar — or scoop out
to cut corners may find temporary respite in the form of a monetary gain from an
down. the aloe from the plant — and slather it on. unexpected source. Your plan to enjoy the celebrations with lover may hit a rough
• Take a cotton pad, soak it in the tea, and • Coconut oil is a serious multitasker and patch. Lucky Number:9 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
wipe it on the skin. moisturises like no other. Aloe vera, on the
PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
This is the easiest. No measuring or mixing other hand, is good but a little sticky and If you feel the urge to do something creative, don’t let anyone deter you from achieving
involved! Toners usually take off that excess requires re-application often  it. On the romantic front, you will manage to convey your feelings to partner. Your
grime and make-up that the cleanser didn’t Incorporate some of these recipes into your ideas may not cut any ice with a senior, who may insist on doing it his or her way.
catch, and chamomile DIY toner leaves the skin-care routine, you will see the changes and Delay in taking an important decision may result in financial difficulties. You will be
skin squeaky clean and is gentle and calming the good things these DIY at-home products in the crosshairs of superiors if you don’t pull up your socks soon. Lucky Number:
4 / Lucky Colour: Dark slate grey
as it gets. have to offer.
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JAYA PRADA: K
Kareena on her role in
Takht: It’ll be a part which
will be remembered as it’s
socially relevant
areena Kapoor Khan will

Indian society spent centuries be reuniting with  Karan Jo-


har after more than a decade.

grooming good wives but often The duo earlier worked together in
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).

fails to produce good husbands Bebo and KJo will next work togeth-
er in a period drama titled Takht. The

V
eteran actress Jaya Prada, who Rajyashree had long known that her son and announcement of the film was made
plays a mother in the show Perfect daughter-in-law had trouble in their marriage. But last year and fans are quite excited
Pati, says that Indian society it has now come to light that her son had tried to about their collaboration.
has spent centuries grooming girls to be kill Vidhita.  This historical
good wives, but often fails to produce “I am glad that I made my television drama is set in
good husbands. Indian debut with Perfect Pati, a show that the Mughal
In the show, Rajyashree society has portrays a mother and her role as era. So in an
Rathod (Jaya) will kill spent centuries a mother-in-law in such a strong interview
her son Pushkar grooming girls to be positive light. It is imperative with the
(actor Ayush good wives, but often that mothers understand media,
Anand) in a fails to produce their child’s behaviour and not the Asoka
bid to do the good husbands. blindly support the wrongdoings or
actress was
right thing and faults in their sons,” Jaya said.
asked about
serve justice to her “Indian society has spent centuries
daughter-in-law grooming girls to be future good wives her character
Vidhita (actress (sanskari bahus) but often failing to produce good in the film. Khan
Sana Amin husbands who deserve them. While growing up, said, “It’s a different
Sheikh), read girls are being conditioned to feel that they have film because I’ve not really done a
a statement. to accept their husbands anyway.” period film like this.
"There will be a certain amount

Big B will fight against discrimination of dialect preparation, looktests that


will happen. I’m also working with

towards women as long as he’s alive


Karan after a very long time so I’m
very excited.”
She added, “Hopefully it’ll be

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egastar Amitabh Bachchan says it is unfortunate of discrimination particularly to women... it’s a part which will be remembered
to have come across stories about married women really unfortunate that I have come across because it’s socially relevant. It’s a
who are thrown out of their house because they such stories where married women are thrown strong character. The best part is it’ll
are suffering from Hepatitis B. He is against this kind of out of their house because they are suffering be completely different than what I
discrimination towards women and says he will fight for it as from Hepatitis B. did in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
long as he is alive. “Women are half of the power of the as Poo.”
Amitabh was addressing the media at the launch of a national country. They are the strength of our country Takht also stars Ranveer Singh,
action plan combating Viral Hepatitis in India along with so, they must be treated with respect and dignity Anil Kapoor,  Alia Bhatt, Vicky
Maharashtra Minister for PWD, Public Health and that they deserve. If we begin to discriminate
Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and
Family Welfare Eknath Shinde.  "Women them, just because they are suffering
Janhvi Kapoor.
“I was interested in this great campaign are half of the from a particular disease, then
Currently, Kareena Kapoor Khan
that the government of India and other power of the country. it is not acceptable and I will
is busy with the shooting of Good
associations including the World Health They are the strength of fight for this as long as I am
News which also stars Akshay
Organisation (WHO) have put into practice. our country so, they must alive.” 
Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara
"My family doctor and his other doctor be treated with respect Talking about himself,
Advani. The film is being produced
friends visited me and made me aware of and dignity that they he said: “Today, I am free
by Karan Johar. Are you excited to
that... how very little is known about it,” said deserve." from tuberculosis because
the cine icon. it was diagnosed and treated see Kareena Kapoor Khan in Karan
“I immediately agreed in whatever way I could. at the right time so, I feel we Johar’s Takht?
There were two things that attracted me, first thing was must pay a lot of attention to
dissemination of information about Hepatitis B. Most people the process of detections Ranbir’s biggest weapon is
aren’t aware of this disease but it is a life threatening one so, of these diseases because his talent: Kareena Kapoor

K
I felt it’s my duty as a citizen of India to create awareness if they are detected
areena Kapoor Khan is flying
about it.” on time, then there
high over the success of her
He also said that he feels sad when he sees discrimination is a cure and I am
film ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.
towards women when it comes to fighting with diseases.  an example of
In an interview with Hindustan
“Second thing that surprised and hurt me was that the factor that.”
Times Bebo spoke of her

Kangana will be remembered cousin  Ranbir Kapoor  and how his


career is sure to take off another time

for her hardwork: Anupam Kher


due to his talent.
She said, “I don’t think an actor

V
like Ranbir will be affected. He is
eteran actor Anupam kher fifteen minute fame by using her name,” On the way above that. He has his biggest
says National Award-winning Anupam tweeted.  Bollywood front, weapon, which is his talent.
actress Kangana Ranaut will Manikarnika... is based on the life Anupam will be Hits and flops are part of an actor’s
be remembered for decades for her hard journey of warrior queen Rani Laxmibai. seen in a thriller journey, and he is going to have a
work in the Hindi film industry. The film also stars Ankita Lokhande, Atul titled “One career for the next 30 to 40 years
Anupam on Monday replied to a user, Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi Day” directed by with the kind of talent he has.
who was trolling Kangana for using a and Danny Denzongpa.  Ashok Nanda. A couple of flops won’t bog him
mechanical horse for a fight sequence in Anupam is currently busy with the down. He has an illustrious career
her latest release Manikarnika: The Queen second season of medical drama series ahead of him. He is fine, and it’s all
Of Jhansi”  “New Amsterdam”.  part of the game.”.
The 63-year-old replied by calling It is inspired by Bellevue, the Well said, don’t you think? Do you
Kangana a “self-made actress”. oldest public hospital in the US. agree that Ranbir’s career will take
“How much venom this man has against The series follows the off once again?
a self-made actress Kangana Ranaut! This brilliant and charming doctor He does have two interesting
is called ‘acting’ idiot. Actors all over the Max Goodwin played by actor projects coming up - ‘Tamasha’ and
world do that. Ryan Eggold, the institution’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’.
"That is their job. She will be newest medical director who Time will tell how these two
remembered for decades for her hard sets out to tear up the bureaucracy movies will change Ranbir’s success
work in movies. While you got your and provide exceptional care. ratio in Bollywood.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 01, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 29

INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY


Ekta Kapoor, the Queen of Indian Television
wins the Content Creator of the Year Award

CELEBRATES 'PERIOD. END E


kta Kapoor, who is currently
known as the Queen of
Indian television, recently
bagged another award due to her
amazing contribution towards the

OF SENTENCE' OSCAR WIN television industry.


Ekta has been recently felicitated
with the Content Creator of the Year

F
rom Priyanka Chopra to title at the Economic Times Business
Akshay Kumar and Anupam Icon of the Year Awards.
Kher – a gamut of Bollywood Ekta also took to Twitter to
personalities took to social media to express her gratitude after receiving
celebrate the Oscar win of Period. the award.
End of Sentence, an India-set film on The year 2018 proved to be a great
the taboos around menstruation. year for Ekta as she had been able to
It won an Oscar in the Documentary rule not only the television industry
Short Subject category at the 91st but also many other genres related to
Academy Awards ceremony. the digital world. 
The film, backed by Indian Ekta recently produced a reboot
producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya of one of her superhit television
Entertainment, is about women in shows, Kasautii Zindagii Kay which
India fighting against the deeply- has become an instant hit among the
rooted stigma around menstruation Indian audiences.
and delving upon the work of team of Period. End of Sentence for celebrating pluralism and diversity in The show stars Parth Samthan, in the lead roles.
real life PadMan Arunachalam winning big at the Oscars. Much these difficult times at the Academy, Erica Fernandes,  Hina Khan  and Ekta also expanded her work to
Muruganathan. needed topic of discussion and well Oscars 2019. Oscars... Bravo World many others in the lead roles. Ekta the production of various web series
Here’s what celebrities had to say deserved win.  Community of cine arstiste, you keep also renewed another hit television
through the medium of Alt Balaji.
on Twitter:  Anupam Kher: Jai Ho to the my hope alive.  series, Naagin for its third season
Alt Balaji features many shows
Priyanka Chopra: One of entire team and to Guneet Monga. Anurag Kashyap: which airs of Colors TV.
which have become instant hits
the most special moments of the India-based film on menstruation Congratulations Guneet for the win. Ekta also happened to the the co
among the audiences such as Gandii
evening...a film based on the taboos wins Best Short Documentary Oscar. Vicky Kaushal: Congratulations - producer of the much speculated
around menstruation wins Best Lara Dutta Bhupathi: Guneet! Oscar Period. End of 2018 film, Veere Di Wedding Baat, Home and Hum, XXX:
Documentary Short! Congratulations Congratulations dear Guneet Monga Sentence. which shows how today’s woman Uncensored and many others.
to the entire Period. End Of Sentence on your win! So very happy for you! Vishal Dadlani: Cheers. Guneet has started fighting against the Ekta, who is known as the pioneer
team, and my fearless friend Guneet Period. End of Sentence. and the entire cast and crew. That’s societal taboos. of the daily soap operas in Indian
Monga.  Adil Hussain: Heartwarming! incredible. Everyone else, if you Veere Di Wedding starred Kareena television, recently embraced mother
Akshay Kumar: Congratulations Increasingly hopeful to observe the have not watched Period. End of Kapoor Khan, Sonam K Ahuja, to a child, Ravie Kapoor, through the
to Guneet Monga and the entire artistic community is recognising and Sentence yet, do! Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania medium of surrogacy. 
Dum Laga Ke Haisha' clocks

INDIA’S REAL 4 years, Bhumi nostalgic

A
ctress Bhumi Pednekar, who
made her debut in Bollywood

HEROES ARE OUR


in 2015 with the film "Dum
Laga Ke Haisha", became nostalgic
and emotional as the film completed

BRAVE SOLDIERS:
four years on Wednesday.
"Four years and 30 kg ago, my
dream came true in the maddest
possible way with 'Dum Laga Ke

SONU SOOD Haisha'. I'll cherish this film forever,"


Bhumi tweeted. The National Award-

A
winning film revolves around a boy
ctor Sonu Sood, who met some of the family members
named Prem essayed by Ayushmann
of martyrs of the terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and
Khurranna, a school dropout, who
Kashmir, feels that India’s real heroes are our brave
hesitantly marries an educated but
soldiers. Sonu and actor Mukesh Rishi met the families at Guru overweight girl, Sandhya. The couple
Nanak Mission High School here on Monday. come closer when they take part in a
“I feel that our country’s real heroes are our brave soldiers who race, which involves Prem carrying
leave their families to protect our land. They know that they are Sandhya on his back.
going to spend really less time with their families...despite that, After "Dum Laga Ke Haisha",
they leave their families at their homes and they protect us,” Bhumi featured in several movies
Sonu said. like "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" and
“When incidents like Pulwama terror attack happens, then we Toilet- Ek Prem Katha. She will
always feel guilty by thinking that they (soldiers) are doing so next be seen in the forthcoming film
much for us but are we doing enough for them and their families... "Sonchiriya".
so, I feel this is the time when we have to gather here and make sure
Cinema is going in
that their families are well looked after so that our brave soldiers
feel satisfied in heaven.” About 40 CRPF personnel were killed in
good direction: Plabita
the Pulwama terror attack. Borthakur

"
“I feel as a citizen of this country, it is our duty to take a "I Lipstick Under My Burkha"
break from our busy work schedules and do something for the feel that fame actress Plabita Borthakur
families of our brave soldiers,” said Sonu. our country’s feels Indian cinema is moving
Earlier this month, over 30 Indian film and TV industry real heroes are our in a good direction. "People are
actors/artistes agreed to spread the propaganda of political brave soldiers who focussing more on content driven
parties through their social media accounts for money, leave their families movies. People now know what is a
which they asked to be paid in cash, in other words in to protect our good film and a bad film. Our cinema
untaxed black money, it has been revealed in a sting operation. is going in a good direction.
land"
Sonu was one of those caught on camera accepting the deal for "Earlier films were not made like
this. Be it in terms of roles or content,
toeing the agenda of a political party or endorsing it for money. 
everything has changed now. It's a
Reacting to it, Sonu said: “I will definitely give my answer on this
great phase..," Plabita.
entire issue but right now, I cannot answer to that question because
Plabita will next be seen in feature
there is really an emotional atmosphere over here so, I think we
films like Waah Zindagi and Chote
shouldn’t discuss that matter and take away the importance of this Nawaab. She made her debut in
event.” Bollywood with a blink and miss
role in PK.
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Anniversary Weekend 2019. Acrobats, magicians, The Royal Easter Show is New Zealand's largest and most
comedies, unicycle champions and more will rendezvous loved family show, an annual must-see for everyone.
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sleazy or aggressive behaviour will be dealt strictly. On Sunday the 3rd of March, Tāmaki Makaurau’s
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