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Kiwi-Indian view on criminal justice


reform presented in a public hui
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH members including idea of reducing the number of

T
he Indian Weekender has Dr Jarrod Gilbert, incarcerations and keeping the
presented concerns of Dr Carwyn Jones communities safe.
Kiwi-Indian communities, and Shila Nair. It was stated in unequivocal terms
mainly dairy store and small business After the initial that while the idea of reducing the
owners who are often at the receiving introduction, number of incarcerations is entirely
end of aggravated assaults and the audience acceptable and understandable,
robberies, in unequivocal terms to was divided into the talks around it do create more
the Criminal Justice Advisory Group. small groups anxiety, rather than assuring ethnic
The Government’s Safe and with members communities, especially dairy owners
Effective Justice Advisory Group – of the Advisory and small business owners, who are
Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – has been Group to facilitate at higher risk of victimisation, about
tasked with the goal of getting public meaningful their safety.
feedback on a criminal justice system conversation “There is no disagreement at all
which the current Minister of Justice in a relaxed with the oft-repeated statement that
Andrew Little has described as environment. prisons are moral and fiscal failure
“broken.” Though not and our society should strive to reach
Toward this goal, a public hui was many from the a stage where we can safely get rid
held in New Lynn Community Centre Kiwi-Indian of prisons,” the editor of The Indian
on Wednesday, March 13, where community were Weekender Sandeep Singh said.
the Advisory Group spoke with the present on occasion “However, getting to that stage,
members of public and advocacy
Several members of public including to share their first-hand experience or and keeping everyone safe till we
expectations from the criminal justice get to that stage, is the real concern
groups for getting their feedback on victims of crime, advocacy groups, system that is supposedly up for being for our communities. Unfortunately,
how to reform the current criminal
justice system. social researchers and experts re-minted once the Advisory Group there is not much clarity in the
Several members of public can come up with recommendations, current public narrative and political
including victims of crime, advocacy
working in the justice sector, came yet The Indian Weekender ensured noises around this issue,” Mr Singh
groups, social researchers and that the opportunity was not wasted. said.
together to express their views on “Those who call for a reduction
experts working in the justice sector, Major concerns raised
O
in incarceration numbers should
came together to express their views what’s working and what’s not ne of the major concerns of
offer tangible road maps for how to
on what’s working and what’s not the Kiwi-Indian community,
working in the current criminal working in the current criminal particularly that of small business
keeping communities safe as well,”
justice system. he added.
owners which was raised with the
The Advisory Group included the
justice system. Advisory Board was of seeming
Interestingly, this gnawing
Chair, former Minister for Courts concern of the Kiwi-Indian and other
contradiction between the growing
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Missing Masterton man last visited


family in India 3 months ago
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

T
he missing Indian
man of Masterton,
ethnic communities was acknowledged by the • Given that the Advisory Group is busy in Gurwinder Singh, had
members of the Advisory Board in the public engaging with ideas and views on issues as last visited his family back in
hui. diverse as inequality in prison inhabitants, India about three months ago.
However, it remains to be seen how to all-pervading racism in the justice system This was revealed by the
efficiently these concerns will be relayed and higher rates of Maori incarceration to office of the Indian High
back to the government and some meaningful Commission to New Zealand in
how victims are failed by the system, points
solutions implemented. Wellington who is continuously
towards the fact that the entire project of
Other issues raised in the in touch with local police,
bringing transformational reforms is too
friends and the family of Mr
public hui ambitious.

T
Singh back in India.
he workshop was appraised of several other • The fact that the Advisory Group is required A piece of news appearing in the local
Speaking to The Indian Weekender Second
teething problems facing New Zealand to report back to the government in April this Indian media The Hindustan Times quoted
Secretary (Consular) Paramjeet Singh said,
society including about victim experiences, Gurwinder’s father, Rajwinder Singh saying,
year and then formulate “recommendations “We are continuously in touch with the family
social conditions driving recidivism and repeat “The talks of his marriage were going on. We
and report again to the government” in of Mr Singh in India assuring of all kind of help
offending, high rate of Maori-incarcerations, had sent him the pictures of a girl, but he had
August suggests the time constraint to come in this stressful period.
inequalities within the prison and all-pervading not replied.”
up with some transformational changes in “We are also in touch with New Zealand
systemic racism within the justice system. The last confirming sighting of Mr Singh
the Criminal Justice System. It will be really police who are doing everything they can to
Our assessment – “Too miraculous if any real transformational find Mr Singh. was reported near a beach 1.5 kilometres of
ambitious a project” changes are brought-in the criminal justice
“However, the fact that most of Mr Singh’s Cape Palliser Lighthouse (Masterton) around

A careful observation of this recent criminal


justice public hui, which along with
surveys, forms the key tools of informing
system after this entire exercise.
• It is likely that what might immediately come
personal belongings were found very close to
the sea and that he was not a swimmer signals
the worst.
4-4.30 p.m. on Tuesday. This was about 100
kilometres south.
An initial search mission by police had found
the government about broad public views out from this entire exercise of reforming “Though the chances are getting slim by Mr Singh’s belongings, including his car near
on criminal justice system has led the Indian criminal justice system could possibly be some the day, we still hope for a positive outcome,” the Wairarapa beach causing “grave concerns”
Weekender to make following observations. consolidation of government departments Paramjeet Singh said. for his safety as he was not a swimmer.
• The intent of the Criminal Justice Advisory and reallocation of responsibilities, which Gurwinder Singh, a native of Sangrur, Punjab, Subsequently, the Police Dive Squad had
Group in taking genuine feedback and though much needed, but would hardly had first arrived in New Zealand about four completed a water search, and a shoreline
opinions is pure gold. The manner in which qualify as “transformational.” years ago on a student visa and was working as search by Thursday, with further shoreline
almost everyone present in the public hui was • However, if government succeeds in bringing an Assistant Manager in a pizza shop.
search activity and another aerial search of the
encouraged to share their views and ideas is Earlier The Indian Weekender had reported
out transformational changes, especially of area being planned.
exemplary. Indeed, it continues to motivate that the family of the missing Indian man from
reducing incarceration rates, without making The police is asking anyone with information
the members of the public to come out and Masterton – Gurwinder Singh Dandian – had
communities more unsafe than they currently about Mr Singh to contact Masterton Police
express their opinions of how the criminal told local media that talks were ongoing for
are, that would be nothing less than a miracle. on 06 370 0300.
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Preparations in full swing


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¡¡ IWK BUREAU

G
et ready to experience the diverse
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Papatoetoe Local Board’s signature
event, Diversity Festival.
The event, scheduled to take place at Hayman
Park, Manukau on 6 April, is the brainchild of
the local board who is proud to celebrate the
vibrant cultures and communities of Ōtara-
Papatoetoe.
Board Chair Lotu Fuli says the success of the
first festival encouraged the board to continue
the annual event.
“The first-ever Diversity Festival last year Rana says that there’s a lot more in store
was very well received by our communities this year for people of different age groups
with people turning up in huge numbers which and interests. Apart from cultural and kids’
encouraged us to keep it going,” she says. performances, the festival highlights will
“The local board is committed to supporting include a cultural show, fashion show, dance
our communities, local business and cultural competition, cultural food stalls and celebrity
groups and this festival does exactly that. It is meet up
run by our community, for our community. “We want festival visitors to enjoy the
"It showcases diverse local talent, businesses event thoroughly and so we are planning
and community groups on a bigger platform some on-ground activities apart from the stage
and invites people from all over Auckland to performances. There will also be an LED screen
experience what all the local board area has to installed beside the stage that will capture
offer.” various activities going on during the festival.”
Rana Judge of World Council of Sikh Affairs Groups willing to book a free stall at the
who is putting this event together says the event festival to showcase their culture, sell goods
provides an excellent opportunity to learn about or use this festival for fundraising can contact
various cultures through cultural show and Rana Judge on 027 274 6401, or visit the
stalls. festival website to register for performances or
"We are currently in touch with various stalls.
cultural groups - including Māori, Pacific, The festival will be held on Saturday, 6 April
Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, 2019 from 10am to 5pm at Hayman Park,
Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi among Manukau with entertainment and activities
others, who are keen to perform at the event this throughout the day.
year,” he says. ••
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The man who brought two An end to


Bharat Ratnas together unnecessary
secondary tax
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

A
uckland music lovers are in for a treat this
Saturday with Shukra Tara, an evening full of
songs composed by celebrated music director These changes ensure wage and salary
Padma BhushanSrinivasKhale. earners are only paying the tax they
SwarSadhana Academy and Mohan Nadkarni should. Just under 600,000 secondary
Foundation is hosting Shukra Tara at 6 pm on Saturday tax codes are used every year.
Stuart Nash
16 March at Balmoral’s Mount Eden war Memorial Minister of Revenue  Inland Revenue will also make
Hall. The concert is free to attend. and Small Businesses it easier for individuals to apply for
Khaleji has the unique distinction of bringing

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tailored tax codes that suit their earning
together two of the greatest names of Indian music, both orkers who are paying circumstances, and provide an online
awardees of India’s topmost civilian honour Bharat too much tax because of
Ratna – PanditBhimsen Joshi and LataMangeshkar. process to apply for the codes.
incorrect secondary tax codes
Khaleji brought the two all-time greats together in  The legislation also enables automatic
are in line for relief with the passage of
the globally bestselling Hindi devotional album Ram tax refunds for about 750,000 New
legislation through Parliament late last
Shyam Goon Gaan. Zealanders every year.
night. 
Besides these two legends, almost every popular   The simplified tax rules remove
ArunKhotkar, HemantShirsat, ShwetaDivekar-Shirsat, The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2018-
singer has lent their voice to his compositions including the need for people who only earn
BhushanPhalnikar, VidyaTeke, PrajaktaPande, 19, Modernising Tax Administration,
AshaBhonsle, SudhirPhadke, SumanKalyanpur, employment or investment income to
MayuriBhole, SrishaaIyer, Siddhi Nigudkar, and Remedial Matters) Bill passed its
AnuradhaPaudwal, Shankar Mahadevan, Suresh file a personal tax summary (PTS) to get
Wadkar and many more. He mentored the latter two, Ekta Kumar, MaitreyeePande, ShikhaShetia and third reading and will come into effect
SandhyaBadakere. on April 1.  a tax refund. Till now, the only way to
Shankar and Suresh, in their younger years. get a refund was to file a PTS. However
As well as Marathi and Hindi, Mumbai-based Playing with them will be well known Auckland We promised to eliminate unnecessary
musicians HemantThaker on keyboards, ArunKhotkar secondary tax for workers with more 750,000 people failed to do so and miss
SrinivasKhale composed songs that have become
on harmonium and VivekAnturkar on table. than one job. We are delivering on that out on their money as a result. We want
famous in Bengali, Gujarati and Sanskrit languages.
DrNilimaUpadhyay and KaustubhPethe will compere promise. I am disappointed that National refunds to flow automatically.
Khaleji is most well known for his compositions
of SantVani, the abhangs (lyrical devotional verses) the programme. and Act voted against this measure.
of Maharashtra’s historical saint poets, sung by none WHAT : Shukra Tara, a tribute to The changes mean Inland
other than Bharat RatnaPanditBhimsen Joshi. Revenue will more closely monitor
A similar Hindi series that the two collaborated on music director Padma Bhushan the tax paid by wage and salary
and that became best sellers was “SunoBhaiSadho” Srinivas Khale earners through the year. If it
with verses by Hindi saint poets. In fact, Santvani as a appears the worker is being over
genre could well be attributed to PanditKhale. When: Saturday March 16 6pm taxed, Inland Revenue will suggest
SwarSadhana’sSandhyaRaoBadakere herself has Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, a more suitable PAYE tax code
had a long tutelage under Khaleji. tailored to that worker.
Presenting Khaleji’s memorable compositions
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25 NZ-India Most Influential List:


Well received all around
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH This has changed in recent decades with both

T
he NZ-India Most Influential List, nations demonstrating willingness to seeing
which was launched in 2018, has been each other in a new light.
received well among key stakeholders While New Zealand has been fascinated
in both countries. by the impressive growth rates of the Indian
The exclusive list of key  influencers that economy in recent years and has been keen to
enriches and helps strengthen New Zealand- harness and partner with India’s growth in a
India bilateral relations, was launched by Prime mutual win-win manner, India took note of the
Minister Jacinda Ardern at the sixth Kiwi- newfound interest of a small, modern, advanced
Indian Hall of Fame Awards in August 2018. economy from the faraway South Pacific region
Subsequently, it was launched in India by
which has a thriving Indian diaspora.
Minister of State-External Affairs, Gen. V. K.
The fact that a vibrant Indian diaspora
Singh and Minister for Commerce and Industry,
has been thriving in this picturesque land of
Suresh Prabhu, who acknowledged the main
purpose behind this initiative of celebrating the Aotearoa without much attention has also
key stakeholders driving forward the bilateral compelled both countries to take note of each
relations between the two countries. other in a different light.
In the past five years, there have been three
Celebrating the movers and
mutual visits from the highest level of political
shakers of NZ–India bilateral
leadership and many other small amicable
relationship
meetings on the sidelines of international
E very bilateral relationship in world politics
progresses on the talents, passion, tenacity,
advocacy, and exuberance of a few select Interestingly, New Zealand, as a country, has
summits and conferences, which signal the
encouraging new trajectory of the bilateral
personalities, which plays a pivotal role in The Indian Weekender’s 25 NZ–India Most progressively embraced people of Indian origin relationship.
shaping the future of such a relationship. Influential List is an attempt to celebrate and with much respect and dignity, resulting in a Indeed, this could not have been possible
It is to the credit of their enterprising spirit acknowledge the key movers and shakers of the gradual growth in the size of the community, without the role of key influencers, who
and the seemingly never-ending commitment critical bilateral relationship shared between despite limited or almost non-existent continue to shape the relationship in their small
that often aids a relationship to sail through the New Zealand and India. institutional catalysts in both the countries to unique manner.
unpredictable waters of international relations. enhance the relationship. The Indian Weekender’s high-powered and
There was a long felt gap in the space of any
For the Indian diaspora in New Zealand, the Experts believe that this relationship, ever exclusive list intends to salute the contribution
condensed information around key influencers
relationship between New Zealand—a country since officially starting in 1952, has always
in both countries that brings their passion and of every individual towards the collective goal
they have chosen as their new home—and been cordial, though never of much substance—
incredible energy to drive forward the bilateral of taking the NZ–India relationship to the next
India—a country that many identify as their cricket and the Commonwealth being the only
relationship between two countries. level.
original home—is of paramount interest. factors tying the two nations. Contd >>
8 NEW ZEALAND Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

What do people have to say Influential people working in support of NZ- economy as large and diverse as India.
India relations. India is a long-standing friend “Together with our Indian shareholding
about the list?
L auding the initiative of bringing out this
of New Zealand’s and there is significant
potential to grow and deepen the relationship.”
families, who had the vision and courage step
out and embark on something new, we can Farmers improve
biosecurity practice
exclusive list, Minister Prabhu had said,
“The Asia New Zealand Foundation is now take some quiet satisfaction that we are
“It’s good to have such kind of collection of
working hard to ensure New Zealanders making a small difference, and have growing

F
eminent personalities which acknowledges
understand the myriad opportunities in countries confidence that agribusiness can be as exciting armers are upping their on-farm
their efforts in taking forward bilateral relations
between our two countries.” such as India, and have the knowledge, skills and rewarding in India as anywhere else. We biosecurity by making greater use
and contacts they need to take advantage of plan to continue to invest to take our business of the National Animal Identification
those opportunities.  We are also investing in to the next level. ” and Tracing scheme, Biosecurity Minister
bringing India to New Zealand, through visiting Damien O’Connor said.
experts and other thought-leader. Speaking with farmers at the New Zealand
“I look forward to continuing to work as a Agricultural Show in Canterbury over the past
strong advocate of the India-New Zealand two days, Mr O’Connor said biosecurity was
relationship, and thank the Indian Weekender front of mind.
for its recognition of me and my team at the “The Government has been making
Asia New Zealand Foundation,” Mr Draper changes to ensure NAIT is easier to use and a
said. more effective biosecurity tool following its
poor performance during the Mycoplasma
bovis outbreak,” Damien O’Connor said.
“While hundreds of warning letters and
more than 70 fines have been issued for those

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breaking the rules, thousands of farmers have
The Asia New Zealand alph Hays is New Zealand’s Trade
upped their game.
Foundation is working hard Commissioner and Consul General based
“Feet on the ground matter and about
in Mumbai, where he heads New Zealand Trade
to ensure New Zealanders 30 NAIT compliance staff are in the field or
and Enterprise (NZTE) in South India.
understand the myriad NZTE is New Zealand’s international completing training over the next month to
opportunities in countries business development agency, and Mr Hays, help farmers use NAIT consistently.
in his capacity of leading its South India “While they will chiefly offer a hand to those
such as India, and have
operations, commands significant influence in who need help to meet their obligations, they
the knowledge, skills and
driving business growth and better business-to- will be penalising those breaking the rules.
contacts they need to business relations between the two countries. “I want to thank everyone who has improved
take advantage of those
opportunities E arl Rattray found his name in the list
for his longstanding illustrious dairy
industry career and hands-on experience
Speaking to The Indian Weekender Mr Hays
said, “I see a lot of synergies between New
Zealand and India and it’s a privilege to be
their record keeping on farm and encourage
them to continue to use NAIT consistently as
not just a biosecurity tool, but an essential part
in leading a successful dairy business in included on this list. of business.

S
India—a pioneering effort in bringing the two “New Zealand Trade & Enterprise’s global “I also thank those helping strengthen
imon Draper, Executive Director, Asia-
nations closer. connections make a considerable difference to
NZ Foundation, who found his name in the NAIT system by having their say on MPI’s
Speaking to The Indian Weekender Mr how we help companies grow internationally.
the list for his influential role in the Track II regulatory consultation – drop into the stand
Rattray said, “When you are busy building a Communities like the wider Kiwi-Indian
level engagement between two countries said, if you have questions,” Damien O’Connor said.
business from scratch, making gentle progress network offer significant value to businesses
“It was an honour to be acknowledged by Biosecurity New Zealand is checking that all
step by step,   it is easy to overlook that others looking to grow and create benefits for both
The Indian Weekender as one of the 25 Most stock at the show are NAIT compliant.
even notice what you are doing, especially in an countries.”

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Annual BAPS Charities walkathon


raises thousands for social cause
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

H
undreds of Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Ltd.
enthusiastic
community
members participated in
the annual BAPS Charities
walkathon in Auckland’s
Cornwall Park on Sunday,
March 10.
BAPS Charities
walkathon has become an
Services, Humanitarian Relief, Environmental
annual affair in Auckland’s that the weather had held back after an earlier
wet Saturday.” Protection and Preservation and Community
event calendar since last
three years, whereby Jainesh Patel, another volunteer directly Empowerment.
bringing together walkers involved in this walkathon said, “BAPS National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
from different walks of Charities uses such opportunities as this walk also joined the enthusiastic members of the
life, for some noble social to instil a spirit of service and commitment to community in the Charities walkathon and
cause, as chosen by the gaining better knowledge for better health in addressed the guests later while handing over
Charities. community members. the donation cheque to the representatives of
This year BAPS “Events such as this help instil consciousness the two organisations.
Charities had committed in community members surrounding their Among other dignitaries, the presence of
to support two different actions, and, in turn, help inspire global Bank of Baroda’s Singapore based Head, Far
types of organisations – harmony about improving personal and global East Operations, Sunil Srivastava, who was in
Starship Foundation and health.” the country to chair a Board Meeting of Bank of
The Friends of Fiji Health, Explaining the drive behind participation
in such events a member of public Manvi Baroda New Zealand was of prominence.
working in the space of general health and provide medical treatment for the needy from
critical illness. time to time. It focuses both on early clinical Bhatt, who has thus far attended all the three The organising committee of BAPS Charities,
The Starship Foundation is a social-profit intervention and surgical procedures. walkathons said, “It is a great way for me to including Ajay Wadhwani, Govindsinh Govil,
organisation that raises funds to support our The BAPS Charities walkathon was able to teach my children about the responsibility of Jignesh Shantilal Patel, Jitendra Kumar Patel
national children hospital - Starship Child generate a donation of $8000 each, for both health and giving back to the community.” and Jagdish Patel expressed their satisfaction
Health - apart from the regular government of the charitable organisations, which was BAPS Charities is a global charity active in with the participation and support from the
support, to enable it to deliver family centred presented in the form of a cheque in an event nine countries across five continents. Volunteers community.
care to children and young people throughout after the charity-run. drive its efforts, dedicating a portion of their “It gives great satisfaction to us that our
New Zealand and the South Pacific. Speaking to The Indian Weekender one of lives in selfless service of others, both in their
community has come out every year to support
The Friends of Fiji Health a New Zealand the volunteers Manoj Daiya said, “It was great local neighbourhoods as well as globally.
our walkathon and the charitable cause,” one
registered charity organisation established to see so many members of the public from all Working in five key areas, BAPS Charities
in July 2010. Its primary purpose is to form age-groups come out in big numbers to support of the members of organising committee, Mr
aims to express a spirit of selfless service
teams of specialists to travel to Fiji and the great cause. It was also welcoming to see through Health Awareness, Educational Patel, said.
10 NEW ZEALAND Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Devotees throng Sri Balaji Temple Trade numbers


show promising
to mark fourth anniversary start to CPTPP
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH
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undreds of devotees came together
anuary trade statistics show that the
over a three-day period from
March 8-11 to celebrate the fourth Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific
anniversary of Sri Balaji Temple of Hamilton. Partnership (CPTPP) is already delivering
The temple had also made an appeal for a benefits to New Zealand, Trade and Export Growth
donation from devotees to coincide with the Minister David Parker said today.
fourth-anniversary celebrations. The CPTPP entered into force on December 30,
Ray Annamalai, one of the Trustees for New Zealand and three new FTA partners Japan,
with the Sri Balaji Temple, told The Indian Canada, and Mexico.
Weekender, “The response of the devotees
“The quantity of Japanese beef imports from New
both in terms of numbers and donations
during the event had been more than Zealand increased three-fold in January 2019 from a
satisfactory. year earlier,” Minister for Trade and Export Growth
“Our temple has been functioning since David Parker said.
last four years hosting different poojas. This “This comes after CPTPP reduced the tariff on New
year we were delighted to have one of our Zealand beef into Japan from 38.5 per cent to 26.9
previous priests Gopi Achari join us again per cent giving us parity with Australia, which had
and perform pooja with our current priest enjoyed a competitive advantage under its bilateral
Kishore Bhattar.
trade agreement with Japan. 
“The celebrations started on Friday,
March 8, with special chanting of mantras New Zealand butter exports to Canada jumped
Kumbhabhishekham that the deity, which
to Lord Ganesha, Sri Narayani Devi and from 245 tonnes in January 2018 to 1606 tonnes this
was until then only a granite sculptured stone
ThiruMuruganabhishekam, which was image, is believed to transform into a vibrant January.  Almost 11 per cent of New Zealand’s total
followed by Homan. and vivid living representation of the deva butter exports by value went to Japan, Canada and
“The second day Saturday, March 9, was with innate grace and grandeur, conferring Mexico in January 2019, up from just over 6 per cent
special for its 108AshtothraKalasaabhishekam divine blessings on all devotees. in January 2018.
and Kumbhabhishekham bringing a full Cheese exports to Mexico doubled in the month after
house of devotees,” Mr Annammalai said. 108 Ashtothra
the agreement entered into force relative to January
Significance of Kalasaabhishekam
2018.  Japan, Canada and Mexico accounted for over
The number 108 has long been considered
Kumbhabhishekham a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga, 20 per cent of New Zealand’s cheese exports by value
Kumbhabhishekham is a Hindu temple which according to many renowned on January 2019, up from 16 per cent in January 2018.
ritual that is believed to homogenise, mathematicians of Vedic culture signifies the “New Zealand’s total goods exports rose $128
synergise and unite the mystic powers of wholeness of existence. million, or 3 per cent, to $4.4 billion in January
the deity. Kumbha means the head and “When we chant or praise the lord with caste, creed, race, gender or religion,” Mr compared to a year earlier,” Mr Patrker said.
denotes the Shikhara or Crown of the Temple Ashtottaram we not only praise the Lord for Annamalai said. CPTPP is also in effect for existing FTA partners
and Abhisekham, or Prokshanam is ritual his Gunas( characteristics/virtues) but also Maha Prasad was served each day after the
bathing. Australia, Singapore and Viet Nam. Chile, Brunei,
ask for well being of all the living things celebrations.
In Hindu tradition it is only after including human beings irrespective of their Malaysia and Peru have yet to ratify the agreement.

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Bank Of Baroda NZ continues to How social is the


flourish from decentralisation
drive by parent bank
social media? Kiwi-
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Indian researcher
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he Bank of Baroda New Zealand
continues to flourish from the ongoing
decentralisation drive in its parent
bank back in India, says Bank of Baroda’s ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

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Singapore-based Head of East Asia and Far
East Operations, Sunil Srivastava. Kiwi-Indian
researcher is
Mr Srivastava is Chief Executive Officer of
seeking to find out
Singapore operations along with holding the
how social the social media
new additional charge of overseeing the Bank’s
is by analysing the user-
entire operations in East Asia and Far East.
behaviour on facebook.
Mr Srivastava was in New Zealand on a
Auckland based
short trip from March 8-11, to participate in academician Paula Ray,
the Board of Directors meeting along with who also has a PhD
taking an overview of Bank’s functioning in from the University of
this market. Speaking about BOB NZ’s recent strides in
Auckland is exploring how
In an exclusive interview with The profitability and digitalisation Mr Srivastava
engagements on popular
Indian Weekender, Mr Srivastava discussed expressed full satisfaction and confidence in the
social media platform
elaborately about the Bank of Baroda’s vision leadership team’s vision and actions. facebook are affecting real-
around decentralisation and how it is benefiting “Our board of directors here have a wealth of life relationships, if at all.
operations in local markets like that of expertise and experience in the banking sector, Since women are
New Zealand. and they are able to set right goals for our staff traditionally associated
“The role of Head, East Asia and Far East and leadership team, which is being beneficial with relationship-building, the researcher will
Operations has been newly created from to our bank,” Mr Srivastava said. specifically look at women’s usage of Facebook insights on how social media engagements are
January this year by our top management.” He also expressed satisfaction on the among the Kiwi-Indian community. transforming into real-life relationships.
“The basic purpose behind this new vision digitalisation drive by Bank of Baroda NZ’s Speaking to the Indian Weekender Dr Ray The two main questions the researcher wants
was to decentralise the process of decision current Managing Director Anupam Srivastava said, “Initially I am focussing specifically on to address are:
making and problem-solving and empower our especially in launching and progress of mobile Kiwi-Indian women’s Facebook usage.” 1. Are their real-life communal ties reflected
local territories,” Mr Srivastava said. “Though I fully understand that the enquiry in their virtual interactions?
banking.
“Now our local territories like BOB NZ is relevant for the far wider audience including 2. What could be the possible implications of
“Mobile banking is the future of banking
does not have to wait for long for important men; however I am keeping it focussed on such virtual networking?
everywhere in the world, and it is indeed
decisions which were not possible for our head women purely for the design of the research.” Respondents are encouraged to contact
delightful to see our team here working so
office earlier to reach out to all distant territories Dr Ray is seeking responses from Kiwi- researcher/Dr Ray directly at digi.activism@
aggressively on it,” Mr Srivastava said.
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Kiwibank announced Minister welcomes progress to


as Banking Partner of help consumers escape debt
Emirates Team NZ ¡¡ IWK BUREAU

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ommerce and Consumer Affairs
¡¡ IWK BUREAU Minister Hon Kris Faafoi has welcomed

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progress to make safer financial services
mirates Team New available to people in need, including a new
Zealand is teaming initiative to allow banks and financial mentors
up with Kiwibank
to share information to help their clients.
in the lead up to the 36th
America’s Cup, to be held Financial Inclusion Industry Forum partners
in Auckland in 2021. met with the Minister recently, reporting back
“We are proud to be banking with a New on work underway across four work streams
Zealand-owned bank that has Kiwis at its covering emergency savings, inclusive banking,
heart,” says Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates cars and car finance and microfinance. The
Team New Zealand. Forum partners also supported development
Kiwibank CEO Steve Jurkovich says:
of a privacy waiver to speed-up the process for “The reality is there is a need for borrowing
“When sailors, designers and boat builders are
in partnership – that’s what creates the magic people wanting their bank and financial mentor and many people do borrow to buy the things
that makes the boat go faster. In the same way, to share information. they need. However, with the CCCFA putting
business works best when business bankers and “Financial capability and budgeting services an end to the very worst of predatory lending
business customers are in partnership. offer free, confidential financial mentoring and behaviour, we need to ensure there’s appropriate
“Every New Zealander that has followed the advice to people to help them manage their support and safe, accessible alternatives to
journey of Emirates Team New Zealand has money better. It used to be complicated for a enable borrowing that meets people’s needs in
seen the ups and downs, the wild successes
client to enable banks to share their account and an affordable way.
and resilience they’ve shown. For me, Emirates people in behind Kiwibank make all the
Team New Zealand is a big inspiration. other information with their mentor. “I look forward to seeing what more the
difference too. “Having a standard privacy waiver for all
“The decision by Emirates Team New “Both Kiwibank and Emirates Team New Forum partners can do to encourage safe
Zealand to switch from an Aussie-owned retail banks will assist clients and budgeting lending and to support vulnerable consumers,”
Zealand are 100 percent committed to New
bank to Kiwibank is a demonstration of the Zealand and its success. This is a show case services, saving them time and ultimately says Mr Faafoi.
momentum we’re seeing right now. More and of the very best New Zealand has to offer on letting them get on with getting their finances The Forum brought together business,
more Kiwi businesses are making a deliberate a global stage. We are really pleased to play under control and achieving their goals. government and community agencies. It aimed
choice to support New Zealand Inc by aligning our part in what will again be an immense “I’d like to congratulate the New Zealand to ensure vulnerable consumers who need to
themselves with a bank that keeps profits right challenge,” Mr Jurkovich said.
here in Aotearoa. Bankers’ Association and FinCap for borrow can do so safely.
Grant Dalton said: “We are really excited
“Emirates Team New Zealand’s drive for to have Kiwibank, yet another great Kiwi undertaking this work, and the other Forum The Forum partners are: the New Zealand
results, and their relentlessness to be a bit better brand onboard, supporting the team as we partners for their support in getting this Bankers’ Association, Financial Services
every day, aligns with Kiwibank’s attitude and work toward defending the America’s Cup initiative across the line. This kind of cross- Federation, Good Shepherd New Zealand,
resolve. We strive to marry technology and in 2021. The event will be huge for the New sector collaboration is critical if we want to Banking Ombudsman, FinCap, Commission
thought leadership to deliver for our customers Zealand economy. It is something all Kiwis create a safer environment for borrowing,
can get behind and it is great to have Kiwibank for Financial Capability, Ministry for Social
but ultimately it comes down to people. In the alongside the work the Government is doing to
standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we Development and Ministry for Business,
same way the wider crew behind Emirates crack down on irresponsible lending practices.
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Gurdwara Sahib North Shore Grand Opening


The first Gurudwara Sahib in North Shore opened on 9th March 2019 at 128 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest. A grand opening programme
was organised to mark the occasion which saw sangat from the North Shore attending along with all the Sikh societies including Auckland
Sikh Scioety, Tauranga Sikh Society, Supreme Sikh Scoiety. Also present were National Party MP Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi, Dr Parmjit
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Dance all around the world Immunisation the


best protection
Delicious flavours, dance, music and fun are set to excite Auckland’s senses at the 20th
Auckland International Cultural Festival, brought to the city by Auckland Council on Sunday against measles
T
7 April in Mt Roskill War Memorial Park. he Ministry of Health is urging New Zealanders
to stay alert to symptoms of measles and ensure
¡¡ IWK BUREAU that children aged between 15 months and 4
to the festival by Refugees as Survivors, a
years receive their normal MMR vaccinations.

E njoy food from every group who were instrumental 20 years ago in
There have now been 28 cases of measles confirmed in
continent, experience establishing the first Auckland International
Canterbury, two cases in Dunedin and two isolated cases
dance, music and costumes Cultural Festival.
in Auckland. There has also been a recent outbreak in the
from 56 countries, and see Councillor Cathy Casey, who was born
Waikato this year and Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of
the kids kick off their shoes and raised in Scotland, is looking forward to
Public Health at the Ministry of Health, warns there are
and play fun games in the joining in the festivities and celebrating the
also a number of international outbreaks. More cases of
have-a-go zone, all in one multi-cultural richness of our city.
measles are therefore likely.
place and on one day. “Auckland International Cultural Festival
“It's worth remembering that just one dose of MMR
For a full sensory is to be congratulated for marking this
gives you a 95% chance of being protected. That’s
journey around the 20-year milestone. Each year it creates a
why Canterbury DHB’s MMR vaccination campaign is
world, sample South East wonderful opportunity for people to share in
prioritising people aged 12 months to 28 years who have
Mediterranean Nomadic the many different and vibrant cultures that
never received a measles or MMR vaccine.
cuisine, Hungarian goulash, make up Tāmaki Makaurau,” she says.
"If you’re feeling sick and thinking of attending these,
Malaysian street food, To help spread-the-jam at peak times
or other events, we advise you to stay home. If you or
Chilean delights, Ethiopian between midday and 2pm, explore multiple
a family member aren’t fully immunised and may have
coffee, French crepes and public transport options at ourauckland.
been in contact with someone with measles you should
traditional Indian yoghurt aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Or visit AKL
also stay away from work, school or public places, to
drinks. whose young artists bring traditional music Paths to find a walking or cycling path near
help prevent putting other people at risk," says Dr
For the feisty flavours of Spain, visit the alive. you. The Puketapapa Path, which links Keith
McElnay.
stalls of Sabores, Toro Churro and Paella Asia brings back the ever-popular Mr. Hay Park and Mt Roskill War Memorial
"By isolating yourself you will help protect vulnerable
Pan among others. And take your tastebuds Mask, a traditional Chinese face-changing Park, is a wide, sealed, shared path.
people including babies, pregnant women, cancer
to Japan for the fresh, piquant subtlety of opera, and the astonishing Tamashii Taiko Auckland International Cultural Festival
patients and others who are unable to be immunised and
Japanese seafood from Ginza Takoyaki and Drummers. is brought to you by Auckland Council,
for whom the impact of the disease can be devastating.”
Osaka Soul. From Europe the Dalmation Cultural follow @Culturalfestival on Facebook for
Vaccination is free. If you’re unsure whether you’ve
The range of food on offer at Auckland Society brings the delightful Tarara Folklore event information and updates.
been vaccinated you can check you’re vaccination status
Ensemble and from Africa crowds will
International Cultural Festival is as vast as
enjoy art and drumming workshops and
KEY FACTS: by looking in your Well Child Tamariki Ora or Plunket
the entertainment line-up. Auckland International book, or by contacting your general practice.
See and hear a beautiful collision of cross-cultural music brought to the festival
Cultural Festival 2019 The first symptoms of measles include a fever, cough,
Māori and Pacific cultures in segments from by the talented Marvin Kimata.
Sunday 7 April 2019, 10am-5pm runny nose and Sore and watery ‘pink’ eyes. This is
Sharu Delilken’s Dominion Road Musical New activities this year also include
followed by a blotchy rash. If you catch measles you're
and witness another profound tapestry of Hunger Ball, a bouncy form of football Mt Roskill War Memorial Park infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the
intercultural music from Ethno New Zealand with multiple goals that becomes a smash-
Free entry rash appears.
hit wherever it goes. Hunger Ball is brought
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Fiji grieves
ASPEN MEDICAL TO RUN LAUTOKA loss of UN
HOSPITAL AROUND JULY, A-G REVEALS personnel on
Flight ET302
There will be 24/7 open heart surgeries facilities available and no need to go overseas

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he Attorney-General and Another discussion involving he loss of 157 lives following
Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Australia was also to get students the Ethiopian Airlines crash,
Sayed-Khaiyum said Aspen from the Fiji National University which included 21 UN staff
Medical Pty Limited will be running (FNU) to be certified in AgeCare. has brought great sadness to the UN
the Lautoka Hospital around July Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was family. These staff were en route to
this year. a demand in the area of taking care the UN Environment Assembly in
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the of the elderly. Nairobi, Kenya when the incident
comment during the In-person “We already talked to the happened on Sunday.
National Budget Consultation session Australians to say: Can you develop Fiji’s Permanent Representative
at the Sugar Cane Growers Council "There courses with FNU where we to the United Nations in New York,
building in Lautoka yesterday. will be other get people to be certified
Ambassador Dr. Satyendra Prasad
He said Lautoka would be surgeries available in AgeCare,” Mr Sayed-
shared at the UN, Fiji’s grief and
receiving the new hospital operator that currently is not Khaiyum said.
available. It means that a condolences with the UN and
for the hospital. ”As you know many
lot of people will actually Ambassadors of the countries whose
Aspen Medical is going to start of our people work, a lot
come to Fiji also for those nationals lost their lives on Flight
running Lautoka Hospital around surgeries available which posed a the local of our women work in
surgeries, from the ET302.
July of this year, Mr Sayed Khaiyum positive effect, contributing to the hotels, adding the West Coast of North
said. growth in economy. to economic other Pacific Island America, California and Prasad stated the loss of staffers
“Part of the deal is that they are “There will be other surgeries growth. countries" who dedicated their lives to
places like that doing AgeCare,
going to build another wing to the available that currently is not “So when they come some illegally some legally, but improving the lives of others, will be
Lautoka Hospital,” he said. available. It means that a lot of of course, they will use Fiji Airways, there is a demand for it and they are felt strongly across the UN system
"About 300 beds, there will be people will actually come to Fiji also they will come to stay at our hotels, quite good at it. “So if we have full and most especially by those with
24/7 open heart surgeries facilities for those surgeries, from the other they eat food at your restaurants, it health care facilities available here whom they had worked closely.
available. You don’t have to go Pacific Island countries,” he said. makes economic growth, new money then it places an industry in itself. In honor of the victims, the United
overseas.” He added they will use Fiji’s comes into the system.” AgeCare You get qualified people. Australia of Nations flag at the UN Headquarters
He said there would also be other services like Fiji Airways, stay at business course has an aging population too.” in New York is flying half-mast.

196 immigrants granted Fijian citizenship in 2016, says Saumaka


A
cting Deputy Director Bangladesh, Netherlands, France, processing of their application. handled by the Fiji Police Force.
of Immigration Litia Kiribati, Malaysia, Nauru, Sri Lanka When the Parliamentary Standing Saumaka also highlighted the
Saumaka says this includes and Pakistan. Committee on Foreign Affairs and 2 citizenship criteria which all
immigrants from Australia, New Saumaka says that these Defence questioned her about the immigrants’ needs to have before
Zealand, China, Canada, USA, India, immigrants have met the 5 years status of people coming illegally, ticking the box for their citizenship.
UK, Korea, Samoa, Philippines, criteria prior to the lodgement and Saumaka stated that it was being

We will continue to deliver: Fiji PM


P
rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has
spoken out on the processes he took to
try and rebuild Fiji to where it is today.
Speaking to FBC News, Bainimarama
says it’s the FijiFirst government policies that
enabled the full transformation of the country.
Not shying away from speaking the truth,
Bainimarama has pointed out the Opposition
and SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka’s
downfall when in power.
“It’s taken Fiji an incredible amount of time
and effort to rebuild our reputation on the
global stage since the time when the leader of
the opposition seized the reins of power in this
country.” will not happen again.
The Fijifirst government ever since they “Triggering a wave of violence,
formed the government have ensured that Fiji discrimination, intimidation and oppression, it’s
is progressing well and at the same time create a a shame.”
better future for all Fijians. The Prime Minister says they will continue to
Bainimarama says he will ensure that deliver what they think is best for Fiji and its
whatever transpired under Rabuka’s leadership citizens.

Fiji Airways grounds it’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes


I
n line with the stance taken by aviation
regulators in our region, and an increasing
number of operators worldwide, Fiji
Airways, together with the Civil Aviation
Authority of Fiji, has taken the decision to
temporarily ground its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX
8 aircraft until more information is known about
the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines accident.
In a joint statement, Fiji Airways together
with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, say has not identified any issues that would give rise
that they continue to have full confidence in the to a cause for concern.
airworthiness of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, However, out of deference to the position
and in the skilled and experienced Fiji Airways taken by regulators in our region, and in
pilots and engineers who operate them. response to the concerns expressed by the
They say since Fiji Airways commenced general public, both Fiji Airways and the Civil
operating the Boeing 737 MAX in December Aviation Authority of Fiji have agreed that
2018, the aircraft has proven to be reliable and the most appropriate course is to impose this
efficient and continuous flight data monitoring temporary grounding.
Thought of the week
"If you want to succeed you should
strike out on new paths, rather than
travel the worn paths of accepted
success."
–John D. Rockefeller
Editorial
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phenomenon of populism. The term has become so commonplace that it usually appears 18° 18° 17° 18° 18° 19° 19°
in popular media without an explanation as to who qualifies to be a populist. However,
revisiting the idea can be instructive at this point.
The definition for the term, which now forms the backbone of academic studies, was provided This week in New Zealand’s history
by young Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde in 2004. He suggested that the concept is a political
ideology that considers society to be segregated into two homogenous and antagonistic groups:
“the pure people” and “the corrupt elite” - and that politics should be an expression of the general
16 March 1999
will of the people. NZHistory website launched
The first major sign of the global shift towards populism was the election of Donald Trump
as the US President. Populists have been successful in other countries as well. Rodrigo Duterte
in the Philippines, Recep Tayyib Erdogan in Turkey, Victor Orban in Hungary and the Finns
N ZHistory (www.nzhistory.govt.nz) was launched by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon.
Jack Elder, at a function at National Archives (now Archives New Zealand) in Wellington
on 16 March 1999.
Party in Finland are evidence of the expanding global footprint of populism. Such trends point
towards a larger shift in attitudes of citizens around the globe that are rapidly changing the face 18 March 1983
of democracy. Waitangi Tribunal rules on Motunui claim
I
The rise of populism around the world is of interest because it presents a few concerning n a landmark ruling, the Waitangi Tribunal (see 10 October) found that the Crown’s obligations
aspects. Cas Mudde highlights that populist leaders usually carry one or all of the following traits: under the Treaty of Waitangi included a duty to protect Māori fishing grounds.
anti-establishment, authoritarianism, and nativism.
Since the idea is about the virtue of the ordinary people against a corrupt establishment, populist 19 March 1839
leaders display resentment for existing authorities. The aversion of populist leaders to institutional
Honey bees brought to New Zealand
M
restraint can also extend to the economy, where exercising complete control in the interest of
the people implies that autonomous regulatory agencies should place no obstacles in their way. ary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary, was probably the person who introduced
Alongside, they also exude authoritarian leanings as they believe to be representing the interest honey bees to New Zealand. She brought two hives ashore when she landed at the
of the masses. Mangungu Mission Station at Hokianga in March 1839.
Finally, the narrative set by populist leaders taps into the feeling of nationalism among the
citizens, which can develop into xenophobic tones like in Trump’s America or Nigel Farage’s 20 March 1834
Britain. New Zealand's first recognised flag chosen
A combination of these three traits undermine and weaken the idea of democracy by making its
institutions ineffective, concentrating power around a few individuals and polarising the people.
It must also be noted that populism is not necessarily a movement of the right. Quite a few
A New Zealand flag was first suggested in 1830 after Sydney customs officials seized a
Hokianga-built ship. Australia was subject to British navigation laws under which ships had
to carry official certificates.
populist parties around the world favour economic left-wing policies. In fact, one of the most
populist leaders in recent times, Hugo Chavez, rallied Venezuela against the ‘predatory’ political 21 March 2003
elite and the US as a whole while attempting a socialist revolution in the country. Even Trump, Race Relations Day celebrated for first time
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for that matter, presents instances of socialistic tendencies in his advocacy of trade barriers and
ace Relations Day was first formally celebrated in 2003 with the theme, ‘Hands Up for
opposition to global trade deals. Thus, it is not necessarily a particular ideology that is driving the
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Congress dilemma: Neither Ekla Chalo,


nor whole heartedly in coalition
SAEED NAQVI “long term”, exactly as it thought in 2013-14.

B
y announcing her own candidature from In April 2013, Rahul told the Confederation
Rae Bareli, has Sonia Gandhi grounded of Indian Industry that he would first build
Priyanka Gandhi quite as abruptly as grassroots democracy in the party.
she had taken off? Or, is it a function of post Remember, Election Commissioner K.J. Rao
Pulwama demoralization that is causing the was brought in to set up a system of primaries?
leadership to scale down aspirations? Is the The muddled thinking on show today was
Robert Vadra investigation beginning to tell? available then too.
Pulwama or no Pulwama, my impression is The then party General Secretary, Janardan
that the Congress was never in the fight full Dwivedi, volunteered the thought just before
throttle. the 2014 elections that the Congress should
Basically the Congress is all at sea, balancing have occupied the opposition benches after the
its self-interest against the larger interest - that 2009 elections.
of the coalition and the nation. What kind of thinking did the statement
The Congress President is failing Guru represent? Since 1991, the Congress had never
Dronacharya’s fish eye test. Unlike Arjuna who won more seats than the 209 seats it won in
focused on the fish eye, Rahul is scattering his 2009.
vision. He is not focusing on the only target Why should it then have sat on opposition
the coalition had set for itself - the removal of benches? Because the party had not won an
Narendra Modi. Rahul’s cohorts have burdened absolute majority. Dwivedi was trying to
17
him with the task of ensuring Congress gains place a premium on “ahuti” (sacrifice) which
It is not focused on the eye of the fish; it is has reported zero casualties.
while waging battle with the coalition against he persuaded Rahul was the trick for absolute
contemplating its navel. By a singular lack of leadership, is Rahul
Modi. majority.
Rahul has been as aggressive as he can be on helping Narendra Modi once again? The state
Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka are even more In other words, had the Congress shunned
Rafael and “chowkidar chor hai”, the watchman units of the Congress are being allowed to get
direct: they would go flat out if, at the end of the power because it was short of numbers, the
(Modi) is a thief, and so on! But he would be away with their caprice, provided they throw a
day, the Prime Ministerial crown were Rahul’s electorate would have rewarded the party with
out of character to take on Modi’s vocabulary, ginger fit. Exactly as Sheila Dikshit has done
and not someone else’s. an absolute majority in 2014.
snarling at Pakistan to summon up the nation’s in Delhi.
Coalition partners would exert every muscle Full marks for Dwivedi’s electoral
blood. Since it is universally accepted by folks in the
in the regions of their strength for a unified anticipation.
Mamata Banerjee, unlike Rahul, can be a Congress that results in Delhi are not likely to
game plan. But they will not buy into any Congress won 44 seats, a tally so low that
street fighter, a fiery Durga when required. flatter, why is this adventure being permitted?
guarantees for the Congress. Balance of forces, it would require courage of a very high order
She raised issues of security lapse at Pulwama. Because Dikshit has been able to persuade
after votes have been counted, must determine to even dream of meaningful revival. At the
How did hundreds of kg of RDX reach a Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka that for the
the next phase. moment the Congress is neither ekla-chalo, nor
misguided 20-year-old in a state saturated with party to “revive” it cannot afford to be a cypher
Surely, Congress numbers will matter. whole heartedly in the coalition, but in between,
surveillance? in the capital city? In brief, defeating Narendra
But bereft of a coherent leadership, the party clearly not the posture of potential victors.
Above all, the lies about numbers killed at Modi has been deprioritized.
is creating confusion by pulling its horses
Balakot. The world media, taken to the spot, Not for the first time, the Congress is thinking Saeed Naqvi is a senior commentator on
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INDIA ELECTION 2019


The Indian Weekender

India has entered full election mode:


voting is due to begin on 11 April, with the final
ballot cast more than five weeks later on 19 May
I
ndia is just weeks away from general fifth largest on the planet.
elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Uttar Pradesh accounts for 80 seats in the
Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Lok Sabha, making it critical to the formation
Janata Party facing what looks like an of any Indian government.
increasingly close contest. Politicians of all Other key regions to watch will be western
stripes are already in campaign mode for state of Maharashtra, which accounts for 48
what will be the world's largest exercise in Lok Sabha seats; West Bengal in the east with
democracy -- a mammoth undertaking that will 42 seats; Bihar in the north, which accounts for
take place over several weeks to ensure the 40; and in the south, Tamil Nadu, which has 39
voices of hundreds of millions of Indians across seats.
the country are heard. The Indian election
When do I vote? The dates at a glance
will begin on April 11, the country's Election
11 April: Andhra Pradesh (25), Arunachal
Commission announced Sunday.
Pradesh (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh
Who can vote? And how many Indians (1), J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1),
are eligible to vote? Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1),
About 900 million people. That's almost Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura
triple the entire population of the United States. (1), Uttar Pradesh (UP) (8), Uttarakhand (5),
All Indians aged 18 and above can participate. West Bengal (2), Andaman & Nicobar (1),
In the last general election, in 2014, more than field candidates for seats in the Lok Sabha, the parties to form the government. Lakshadweep (1)
830 million Indians were eligible -- and more lower house of parliament. There are 543 seats How long does it take to complete 18 April: Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh
than 550 million voted. at stake. polling? (3), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) (2), Karnataka
An additional two seats are filled by nominees Several weeks. To ensure the integrity of the (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha
Who's running?
from the Anglo Indian community -- or those of process, and allow for election and security (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West
Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya
mixed Indian and European descent. Framed resources to be moved around the country, Bengal (3), Puducherry (1)
Janata Party (BJP) are seeking re-election after
to protect the rights of Anglo Indians when polling unfolds in seven phases covering 23 April: Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh
a landslide victory in 2014.
British colonial rule ended, the rule gives the different regions. (7), Gujarat (26), Goa (2), J&K (1), Karnataka
The main national opposition party is the
President the power to nominate two members A total of one million polling stations will be (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha
Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, the scion
of the community if he/she feels they aren't peppered across India. Polling ends on May 19, (6), UP (10), West Bengal (5), Dadar and Nagar
of India's most influential political dynasty.
adequately represented in the legislature. with votes counted by May 23. Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1)
Gandhi is the son of former Prime Minister
Whichever party wins the majority of seats 29 April: Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand
Rajiv Gandhi. His grandmother Indira was What are the key battlegrounds?
gets to choose the prime minister. (3), MP (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6),
India's first female leader, and his grandfather, Voting is spread across India's 29 states and
For the BJP, the candidate is Modi, who Rajasthan (13), UP (13), Bengal (8)
Jawarhlal Nehru, was the country's founding seven additional, smaller territories, known as
became Prime Minister in 2014 when his party 6 May: Bihar (1), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4),
Prime Minister. union territories. Some areas carry more weight
won 282 Lok Sabha seats in what was the Madhya Pradesh (MP) (7), Rajasthan (12), UP
But numerous other regional parties also than others because of the number of Lok Sabha
biggest majority secured by a single party in 30 (14), Bengal (7)
wield significant influence across the country, constituencies in each state or union territory,
years. With its allies, the coalition notched up 12 May: Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand
with some for and others against Modi In the something that's based on how populous they
an impressive 336 seats. (4), MP (8), UP (14), Bengal (8), Delhi (7)
2014 contest, there were a total of 464 political are. The bigger the state, the more seats it has.
If no one party wins a majority, a coalition 19 May: Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8),
parties and more than 8,000 candidates courting And the biggest battleground by many miles
of different parties can come together to form Punjab (13), Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP
voters across the nation. is the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It's India's
the next government. In 2004, for example, the (13), Himachal Pradesh (4)
How is the prime minister elected? Congress -- after falling short of an absolute most populous state, with about 200 million 23 May: Votes counted
In India's Westminster-style model, parties majority -- entered into a coalition with smaller inhabitants -- if it was a country, it would be the

Mamata dares PM Modi to Kejriwal asks Congress, JJP


to tie up with AAP in Haryana
contest from Bengal in 2019
A
am Aadmi Party (AAP)
leader Arvind Kejriwal

T hrowing the gauntlet at Prime


Minister Narendra Modi, West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
on Wednesday urged the
Congress and the Jannayak Janata
Party (JJP) to join hands with the
Banerjee on Wednesday dared
AAP in Haryana to defeat the BJP in
him to contest from as many seats
Lok Sabha elections in the state.
as possible in Bengal in the 2019
In a tweet in Hindi on Wednesday,
elections and claimed that he "will
Kejriwal said: "Desh ke log Amit
fail like the demonetisation move".
Shah aur Modi ji ki jodi ko harana
"Anybody can contest from
chahatey hain. Agar Haryana mein
any seat. It is a democratic right.
JJP, AAP aur Congress saath ladtey
I can also contest from Varanasi.
hain toh Haryana ki dasson seaton
But if he contests (from Bengal)
par BJP haregi.
... his condition will become like
Rahul Gandhi is par vichar
demonetisation. He will be punished
karein." (People want to defeat Amit
in the court of people," Banerjee told
Shah and Modi. If the Congress, JJP well in the Jind assembly seat by-
the reporters answering a specific
and AAP contest in Haryana jointly, election last month. The AAP had
question on the possibility of Modi
the BJP will lose on all 10 seats in supported the JJP candidate then.
contesting the coming Lok Sabha
Haryana. Rahul Gandhi should think The BJP won seven Lok
polls from Bengal.
about it). Sabha seats in the 2014
"I think he will have to answer to West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha are super sensitive. Let them contest
The AAP, which does not have a parliamentary elections.
people for the harms he has caused seats. and bring their own political army --
strong base in Haryana, is trying to The INLD won two seats and the
to the country. Let him contest, we The Trinamool supremo also RSS, Bajrang Dal... Let them come
make inroads in the state. Congress bagged on seat.
will be very happy. If he is not sure claimed that the Lok Sabha polls will to Bengal and enjoy the food and
The JJP, which was formed in Haryana has a BJP government
about one seat, let him contest in all sound the "death knell" for BJP. culture of Bengal. People will say
December after a split in the Indian since October 2014 led by Chief
42 seats," she said. "They said Bengal's polling booths bye-bye," Banerjee claimed.
National Lok Dal (INLD), performed Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 15, 2019 INDIA 19

Rahul Gandhi says, NEWS in BRIEF


Will give 33% quota to women in DRDO test-fires Pinaka rocket system

government jobs if voted to power T


he Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) on Monday
successfully test fired Pinaka, the multi-barrel rocket system, from
Pokhran ranges.
The weapon system, mounted on a Tatra truck, is equipped with state-of-
the-art guidance kit comprising an advanced navigation and control system. 
“In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets
with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry systems
tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission
objectives have been met,” the DRDO said in a statement.
The indigenously developed Pinaka will boost the capability of the
artillery to make precision hits, it added. The system has a maximum range
of 40 km for Mark-I and 75 km for Mark-II and can fire 12 rockets in 44
seconds.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said India, US to work to prevent proliferation of weapons
on Wednesday that his party, if voted to
power, would pass a bill to provide 33% of mass destruction

I ndia and US have reaffirmed their commitment to work together to


reservation for women in Parliament
and assemblies, and earmark 33%
government jobs for women prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their

C
delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and
ongress president Rahul greeted with a thunderous applause. kept the heat on government over non-state actors. The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global
Gandhi said that his party, if During his interaction, he also the Rafale fighter jet deal. “Tamil security and non-proliferation challenges during the ninth round of the
voted to power, would pass a attacked Prime Minister Narendra Poet Thiruvalluvar had said truth
India-US Strategic Security Dialogue held in Washington on Wednesday.
bill to provide 33% reservation for Modi’s government over the will triumph. For Narendra Modi,
The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while
women in Parliament and assemblies, invalidation of high-value banknotes it is completely different. The truth
the US delegation was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State
and earmark 33% government jobs in November 2016, and advocated will put him in jail,” the Congress
for Arms Control and International Security.
for women. the need for dialogue to usher in president said.
Sporting jeans and a T-shirt, peace in militancy-hit Kashmir. The Congress has launched "The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent
Gandhi addressed students at On PM Modi, he said, “I don’t hate a spirited campaign, alleging the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems
Stella Maris College for Women him. I learn from him. In Parliament, wrongdoing in the National and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors," an
in Chennai, where he renewed his he was criticising my father [former Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s External Affairs Ministry statement said.
attack on the central government PM Rajiv Gandhi], grandmother decision to enter the government- Raj Babbar, Shinde in Congress's second LS list

T
over the Rafale fighter jet deal. [former PM Indira Gandhi] and to-government deal with France to
he Congress on Wednesday released its second list of Lok Sabha
Don’t see enough women in great grandfather [India’s first buy 36 Rafale warplanes made by
candidates, fielding its Uttar Pradesh unit chief Raj Babbar from
leadership positions. You cannot PM Jawaharlal Nehru], and the Dassault Aviation. The government
have women in power in India until Congress...I was feeling affection for refutes the charges of graft, accusing Moradabad and former Union Ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde from
attitude towards them changes,” he him....he was angry at not being able the Congress of spreading lies. Maharashtra's Solapur and Sriprakash Jaiswal from Kanpur.
told the cheering crowd. In response to see the beauty of the world. Love “As far as the Rafale aircraft The second list of 21 candidates, five from Maharashtra and 16 from
to a question, he said he had learnt is the foundation of every religion, is concerned, we have no doubt Uttar Pradesh, includes two MPs who joined it after quitting the Bharatiya
the lessons of humility and love from whether it is Hinduism or Islam or about its capabilities. But, there are Janata Party - Nana Patole from Nagpur and Savitri Phule from Uttar
his mother, Sonia Gandhi. Christianity.” several questions over the way deal Pradesh's Bahraich.
He asked the audience not to Later, addressing a press was finalised, which needs to be Patole, who had joined Congress in 2018, heads the All India Kisan
address him as “sir”, and call him conference in Chennai and at a rally investigated properly,” Gandhi said Congress. Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is the sitting MP from
“Rahul” instead, a remark that was in Nagercoil near Kanyakumari, he in Chennai. Nagpur and Patole will face him if he recontests from there.

Age no bar to
Patole was elected to the Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket from Bhandara-
Gondiya in 2014, defeating Nationalist Congress Party heavyweight Praful

chase dreams:
Patel. Former Samajwadi Party MP Rakesh Sachan has been made Congress
candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur.

Woman India to ground Boeing 737-MAXs: Ministry

mountaineer T he government on Wednesday made it clear that operations of all


Boeing 737-800 MAX aircraft will be suspended at 4 p.m.

P
remlata Agrawal, the first Late on Tuesday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted: "DGCA
Indian woman to conquer all (Directorate
the seven highest peaks across General of Civil
the globe, was just a housewife until Aviation) has
the spirit of adventure overtook her. taken the decision
A mother of two, one of whom to ground the
is married, she was also the oldest Boeing 737-
Indian woman mountaineer to scale MAX planes
Mount Everest at the age of 48. In "The immediately.
2018, her record was broken by will to In a continuation to its Tuesday's call to ground the B737 Max operations,
Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl when she persevere kept me the Ministry on Wednesday added: "B737Max operations will stop from or
scaled the peak aged 53. going," Agrawal,
Bachendri Pal, the the toughest of obstacles was the fire to all Indian airports.
The 56-year-old Agrawal was who climbed the pioneering Indian within -- "the will to excel". "Additionally no B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the
awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 Everest in
mountaineer, who Sharing her most difficult moment, Indian airspace effective 1600 hours Indian time or 1030 UTC."
and Tenzing Norgay National 2011"
motivated her to keep she said: "While I was descending In India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways operate 17 Boeing 737-800 MAX
Adventure Award in 2017 for her her dream alive. She was the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, aircraft. While SpiceJet has 12 aircraft, Jet has five planes of this type.
achievements in mountaineering. 37 then, and moving further ahead I had to pass through a rainforest. I On Tuesday the DGCA tweeted: "These planes will be grounded till
Her name also found a place in involved physical and psychological had been walking for six days, was appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure
the Limca Book of Records after challenges. But she chose the road thoroughly exhausted. Suddenly, a their safe operations."
she participated in the Thar Desert less travelled and that made all the huge rock fell on my leg. The medical
Expedition which involved a rigorous difference. kit proved to be inadequate, so I kept India, US call on Pakistan to address terrorism

I
40-day camel trek covering 2,000 "The will to persevere kept me on dragging myself for another six ndia and the US have called on Pakistan to address terrorism, including
km. Talking about how it all started, going," Agrawal, who climbed the days till I reached the base camp. cross-border terrorism, the Ministry of External Affairs said on
the Darjeeling-born mountaineer said Everest in 2011, said. This was an acid test of my strength. Wednesday.
one day while taking her younger But her journey didn't just stop at She loves to spend time with her Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and US Under Secretary of State for
daughter to the JRD Tata Sports Everest as she went on to climb the family and makes it a point to execute Political Affairs David Hale held consultations on March 12 in Washington
Complex, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, highest peaks of the seven continents. her other passion - culinary art. D.C., the Ministry said in a statement.
she came across a poster about a When asked what gave her the "One cannot achieve these highs
trek being organised by the Tata They reaffirmed their commitment to an Indo-US strategic partnership,
strength to go on? She said: "While without the support of family. I was reviewed the progress made since the Ministerial 2+2 meet, and discussed
Steel Adventure Foundation. This is climbing, my mind is not on what lucky to have such an appreciative
when the daredevil in her awoke. She ways to further expand cooperation.
challenges will crop up. I'm focused family where my husband and in-
participated and stood third among The countries also exchanged views on building convergences in the
on accomplishing the mission I have laws prompted me to explore my
over 500 competitors. Indo-Pacific region and agreed to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and
set out for myself." interests. My daughters are really
And then she came in contact with prosperity in the region.
What egged her on in overcoming proud of me."
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

PADMA LAKSHMI APPOINTED UNDP’S US senate


confirms Indian-
American to fill
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR ON WOMEN’S DAY Brett Kavanaugh’s
I former seat
ndian-American television personality discrimination.

U
and food expert Padma Lakshmi has “We need more voices like hers to ensure
S Senate on Wednesday
been appointed by the United Nations we can meet the vision of the Sustainable
confirmed Indian-American
Development Programme (UNDP) as its Development Goals - our shared roadmap
Neomi Rao, who was
newest Goodwill Ambassador, supporting for peace and prosperity for people and the
under scrutiny for her past writings
the agency’s fight against inequality and planet,” he added.
on sexual assault, as a judge on the
discrimination around the world. Ms Lakshmi has been a judge and host,
DC Circuit Court of Appeals, one
UNDP announced Ms Lakshmi’s as well as executive producer, of Bravo
of the most powerful benches in
appointment on Thursday, on the eve of Television’s Emmy award-winning series
the country.
International Women’s Day. Top Chef.
In her new role, the Emmy-nominated She is also a New York Times
television personality and award-winning bestselling author, the co-founder of the
author will mobilise support for the Endometriosis Foundation of America,
Sustainable Development Goals with a a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts
focus on fighting inequality, discrimination Institute of Technology and an ambassador
and empowering the disenfranchised. for the American Civil Liberties Union
Ms Lakshmi was named the Goodwill advocating for immigrants’’ rights.
Ambassador by UNDP Administrator She is joining a roster of UNDP Goodwill
Achim Steiner in a ceremony at the UNDP Ambassadors, which includes globally
headquarters in the city. celebrated actors, athletes, musicians and
“As we celebrate International Women’s other high-profile influencers such as

"
Day... let’s remember that women and Spanish-born international star Antonio
girls face some of the worst discrimination Banderas, Award-winning actor Michelle Ms Rao, 45, will replace
and hardships in the world,” Ms Lakshmi Yeoh and legendary musician Bob Weir. controversial Brett Kavanaugh
said at a press conference held at UNDP who endured a bitter confirmation
headquarters. battle last year after US President
She said her main focus as UNDP Donald Trump named him to the US
Goodwill Ambassador will be to shine a Inequality Supreme Court.
spotlight on the fact that inequality can Her confirmation came amidst
is further stiff resistance from the opposition
affect people in rich and poor countries
alike.
compounded by gender, Democratic lawmakers and a
age, ethnicity and race. nationwide campaign against her
“Many nations have greatly reduced
by rights groups for her previous
poverty, but inequality has proved more It especially affects position on sexual assault and
stubborn,” she said.
women, minorities minorities. Ms Rao was confirmed
“Inequality is further compounded by by 53-46 votes in the US Senate,
gender, age, ethnicity and race. It especially and others who
which was basically on party lines.
affects women, minorities and others who face unimaginable The Republicans enjoy majority
face unimaginable discrimination in the discrimination in the in the 100-member US Senate.
societies in which they live.” After being sworn in, she would be
Mr Steiner said Ms Lakshmi has a societies in which they the second Indian-American on this
strong record of speaking out for those live court, which is considered only next
who have been left behind and of fighting to the US Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, opposition

Indian mathematician in US, his


Democratic party said Ms Rao did
not deserve to be confirmed.
“A vote for Neomi Rao is a vote

wife donate $1m to university


for a judge who blamed survivors of
sexual assaults for being attacked.
It is a vote for a judge who claimed

A
n India-born eminent mathematician sexual orientation is a ‘behavior’’ that
can be changed,” said Democratic
and his wife have given $1 million to
National Committee’’s Women’’s
an American university to establish
Media Director Elizabeth Renda
a professorship honouring legendary Indian
and LGBTQ Media Director Lucas
mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Acosta.
The new position aims to honour the genius Ms Rao is currently serves as
Ramanujan, who made substantial contributions the Administrator of the Office
to mathematics in the early 1900s. of Information and Regulatory
The University of California, Los Angeles Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of
(UCLA) has received the amount from Management and Budget. In this
mathematics professor emeritus VS Varadarajan capacity she played a key role in
and his wife Veda to establish the ‘Ramanujan regulatory reform. Prior to her
Visiting Professorship’ in his home department, service as OIRA Administrator, Ms
the varsity said in a statement. Rao was a professor of structural
The new post will help attract visiting faculty constitutional law, administrative
members in Varadarajan’s specialisations of law, and legislation and statutory
automorphic forms, an important concept in interpretation at the Antonin Scalia
number theory, and representation theory, which Law School at George Mason
has been linked to elementary particles and University. She founded the Law
quantum physics. School’s Center for the Study of the
The UCLA Academic Senate and the University Administrative State and focused
of California Office of the President has to approve her scholarship on the political
the chair’s establishment. and constitutional accountability
of administrative agencies and the
The gift is part of the Centennial Campaign
role of Congress. She has served in
for the UCLA, which is scheduled to VS Varadarajan and wife Veda donated amount to establish ‘Ramanujan Visiting Professorship’ post in UCLA
all three branches of government
conclude in December 2019 during the News & World Report. University and Master’s in Math and Statistics
including Associate Counsel and
university’s 100th anniversary year, the The UCLA said Mr Varadarajan’s career from the University of Madras, Varadarajan has an
Special Assistant to President
article said. included work in various areas of mathematics honorary doctorate in Physics from the University George W Bush. She also served as
The additional expertise would enhance the and physics and his research has been motivated of Genova, and was awarded the Lars Onsager counsel to the Senate Committee
UCLA’s renowned mathematics department, by a “desire to understand the role of symmetry in medal from the Norwegian University of Science on the Judiciary, where she was
which was ranked among the top 10 graduate mathematics and physics.” and Technology for his work in mathematics. responsible for judicial nominations
programmes in the country in 2018 by the US A Ph.D in Mathematics from Calcutta and constitutional law issues.
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UK PARLIAMENT REJECTS NEWS in BRIEF


NO-DEAL BREXIT Ethiopian Air pilot 'faced flight control' issues

T he pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 told air traffic controllers that he

T
was having control problems before the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed,
he UK Parliament voted to according to an account of cockpit voice recordings from the airlines Chief
dismiss a no-deal Brexit, Executive Tewolde GebreMariam.
which led to a second The pilot did not mention bird strikes or external problems, but requested
government defeat in less than permission to return to Bole Airport in Addis Ababa within minutes of
an hour. British lawmakers voted takeoff. The pilot "reported back to air traffic controllers that he was having
by a margin of 43 to confirm their flight control problems", but cited no other issues, GebreMariam told the
decision to reject a no deal Brexit Wall Street Journal.
on Wednesday night, Xinhua news The airline is planning to send the 737 Max 8 plane's flight data recorder
agency reported. to Europe rather than the US for analysis, he said.
MPs also voted by a margin of 210 Flight 302 was bound for Nairobi when it plunged to the ground shortly
to reject an amendment which calls after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second crash
on the British government to pursue involving the 737 Max 8 model in less than five months, after the Lion Air
a managed no-deal Brexit on May crash off Indonesia in which 189 people died in October.
22. The result came just minutes after
MPs voted by 312 to 308 to reject a Mother forgets baby at airport, flight returns
no-deal Brexit at any time in the
wake of Tuesday night's shattering
defeat of the Brexit deal of British
A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight had to make a last minute turn-around
because a passenger forgot her baby behind at the airport.
The flight to Kuala Lumpur returned to its gate at the King Abdulaziz
Prime Minister Theresa May. International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after the panicked woman
May, still speaking with a hoarse alerted the cabin crew that she forgot to bring her child on board, Telegraph.
voice in the parliament, warned of uk reported.
lengthy Brexit delay if MPs are not A video clip of the pilot requesting permission from the Air Traffic
willing to support her Brexit deal. Control is going viral on the social media. He is heard murmuring: "May
The British government lost by God be with us. Can we come back or what?"
four votes as MPs rejected a no-deal "Ok, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!" one of the
Brexit in a non-binding vote, which surprised controllers can be heard saying. It is unclear whether the plane
does not rule out Britain leaving the was already in air or if the flight had not yet taken off.
European Union on March 29. Swedish activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
But it means MPs could now get a
vote on delaying Brexit. The vote is
expected to take place on Thursday.
G reta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who is a prominent
voice in the fight against climate change, has been nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize this year.
In Brussels, EU leaders demanded The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, signalled his backing for a cross-
Norwegian deputy Andre Ovstegard told the "VG" newspaper on
a "clear answer" about what Britain Michel Barnier, insisted there will be party consensus over Brexit.
Wednesday that he and two other parliamentarians of the Socialist Left
wants and were preparing to take no further offer from Brussels apart He told MPs they had "a solemn
Party have nominated Thunberg because "climate threats are perhaps one
a hard line if, as widely expected, from the deal already on the table. duty in the days ahead to put aside our
of the most important contributions to war and conflict", and "the mass
the Prime Minister asks for a Earlier in the day, British differences and seek a compromise".
movement that she has promoted is a very important contribution to peace",
postponement of Brexit. Chancellor Philip Hammond
reports Efe news. Last year, Thunberg stopped going to school every Friday
and instead protested in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand more
50 countries have now banned or grounded Boeing Max 8 planes effective measures against climate change.

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After her speeches at the UN climate change conference in Poland and at
exico became the 50th country to take action against Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on,
the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over
following the United States decision earlier in the day to suspend the planes' operation
the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.
inside the country.
The General Directorate of Civil Aviation said they were banned until further notice to 200 mn trees planted in Beijing in 40 years
"guarantee the safety and confidence" of aircraft flying in Mexican airspace.
Since China's decision to ground its Boeing Max jets on Monday, more and more countries
around the world have banned the use of Boeing 737 Max planes inside their airspace.
O ver 200 million trees have been planted in Beijing in 40 years,
authorities in the Chinese capital said on Tuesday.
In 1979, China designated March 12 as National Tree Planting Day,
reports Xinhua news agency.
Beijing then created a voluntary tree planting day on the first weekend in
April, according to the Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau.
By the end of 2018, people living in Beijing have volunteered over 100
million times to participated in diverse tree planting campaigns, planting
over 200 million trees.
Last year, residents in Beijing volunteered over 4 million times to take
part in tree planting events, helping plant around 1 million trees.
Nile crocodiles make return to Morocco after century

N ile crocodiles have


made a return to
a first-of-its-kind park

Trump orders grounding of


in Morocco, a century
after they disappeared
from the North African
country.
Boeing 737-MAX 8, MAX 9 planes The Crocodile Park,

U
located 12 km southeast
S President Donald Trump has announced that operated by US airlines or in US territory. of the resort Moroccan city of Agadir, extends to over four hectares and
the US will ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 The move came hours after Canada announced it is houses other reptile species such as giant tortoises, iguanas and snakes,
planes with immdediate effect. pulling Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from the sky, indicating reports Efe news. The park's creator and designer, Luc Fougeirol, told EFE
"All of those planes are grounded, effective that the US is bowing to the mounting pressure from the the site was one of the largest in North Africa, founded with the help of his
immediately," Trump said, referring to the Boeing 737 international community to ground the aircraft. family and other partners from Morocco.
Max variations, during a press event on Wednesday, The US is the last major country to halt operation of Crocoparc, which has the façade of a citadel, has three small artificial
Xinhua news agency reported. the questioned model, despite repeated calls from US lagoons and several botanical gardens, as well as restaurants and leisure
"The safety of the American people, of all people is our lawmakers, experts, and the public in the past few days spaces for children.
paramount concern," Trump said. for the FAA to prioritise safety. Some 150,000 people visit Crocoparc annually to see crocodiles that
The US becomes the last major nation to ban the fleet An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane en spend most of their days asleep under the sun when they are not swimming
following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya crashed or diving. At sunset, the park's workers throw dozens of slaughtered chickens
8 plane crash, which killed all 157 people on board. Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. In another to feed the crocodiles, which go crazy at the sight of food. Although most
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in unfortunate incident in October last year, a Lion Air plane of these Nile crocodiles were brought from a similar park on the Tunisian
a statement shortly after Trump's remarks it is ordering of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 island of Djerba, several were born in the Moroccan park.
the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft people on board.
22 SPORTS Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

INDIA VS NEWS in BRIEF


Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal in quarters

AUSTRALIA: S wiss Roger Federer, a five times


Indian Wells champion, has
qualified for the quarterfinals of
the Indian Wells tournament, the

Australia
first Masters 1000 of the season, by
defeating the UK's Kyle Edmund 6-1
and 6-4 in 64 minutes.

bounce Federer, current world number


four, disarmed his opponent from the
beginning and took the first five games on Wednesday.

back to beat The Briton improved in the second set, but in the fifth game could not
avoid a key break that led to victory for the Swiss and his advance, for the
thirteenth time in his career, to the quarterfinals of the California desert

India in 5th classic tournament, reports Efe news.


On the other hand, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, current world No.

ODI, snatch
2, got his ticket to the quarterfinals after beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-3
and 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes.
His rival in the quarterfinals will be Russian Karen Khachanov who beat

series
American John Isner 6-4 and 7-6 on Wednesday.
India hunt for 5th straight title at SAFF Women's
Championship
I ndia had looked to pack a punch
and much more in the final
one-dayer against Australia at
T he Indian women's football team will be gunning for their fifth
consecutive title when the SAFF Women's Championship kicks off here
on Tuesday. Six teams are taking part in this edition.
the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Indian eves are scheduled to take on the Maldives and Sri Lanka in the
Wednesday, but those plans were
group stage on March 13 and 17, respectively, at the Sahid Rangsala Stadium.
punctured as the visitors beat them
"The SAFF Championship has been a successful one for us over the years.
by 35 runs to seal the series after
This time, we again will go all out to retain the trophy," India coach Maymol
being 0-2 down.
Rocky said at the pre-tournament press conference on Monday.
Virat Kohli’s team had wanted to
tick all the boxes in the final one- On the young players in the squad, the head coach said she had full faith
day game before the World Cup — in the abilities of her players.
April 23 is the deadline to submit "These youngsters can work magic on the field. They have been together
the team. The full house though for a long time now and have made a lot of progress in the last few
left disappointed as India lost their months. With the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 next month,
third match in a row as Kohli It our objective is to reach our peak at the correct time," she
lost his first home series as proved more said. Defender Ashalata Devi, who will captain the team,
skipper with another disjointed than enough on a spoke about the positive mood in the squad. "We are ready for
performance. slow pitch where the the tournament to begin," she said.
Australia posted a dew didn’t arrive and quickly regained the six, but edged off-spinner Nathan
challenging 272 after Aaron ease India’s task I do not miss Spain: Ronaldo
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advantage. Lyon to slip soon after. All-
Finch won the toss and elected while chasing. ortugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he did
India were a rounder Vijay Shankar (16)
to bat. It proved more than enough not regret leaving Spain, where he played for nine years as a Real
batsman short in a side holed out to wide long-on
on a slow pitch where the dew didn’t Madrid forward. The 34-year-old left the La Liga powerhouse in July to join
full of World Cup candidates. trying to hit a second
arrive and ease India’s task while the Serie A giant Juventus.
And none barring Ravindra Jadeja straight six.
chasing. This season has been quite good so far for the striker, he has scored a total
with the ball came good as everything
India were 237 all out in 50 overs of 21 goals across all competitions.
was left to Kohli’s
with leg-spinner Adam Zampa "I do not find it difficult to adapt to a different country or culture. I do not
mastery in a chase
claiming 3/46 for a superb series haul miss Spain or Portugal, things are as they are. Obviously, I left many friends
and once he fell,
of 11 wickets. Usman Khawaja again and a great club, but I do not miss the country itself," Ronaldo told Dazn TV.
India crumbled.
produced a brilliant innings, scoring "I have always lived away from home since I was 11. I have no problems
It would be
his second century of the series (100 adapting to another country. I went to England (to play for Manchester
demoralising for
off 106 balls) to set up Australia’s United) when I was 18, to Madrid when I was 25 and to Turin when I was
India after series
first win in India since 2009, and the 33," he added.
wins in Australia
first ever in a five-game series after Ronaldo needs to give his best performance later Tuesday as he is set
and New Zealand.
being 0-2 down. to lead his side in a Champions League comeback effort against Spain's
The hosts were caught
His performance also exemplified Atletico Madrid after losing to the Spanish side 2-0 in their round of 16 first
out by the dew factor
Australia’s rapid rise ahead of the leg encounter on February 20 at Atletico's home pitch, Wanda Metropolitano
in Ranchi and Mohali and
World Cup. stadium, reports Efe news.
missed the chance to show
BRILLIANT KHAWAJA their resilience here. World Championship gold not far away: Praneeth

I
The 32-year-old left-hander may Australia were 175 for one when ndian badminton star Sai Praneeth, who
not have even figured in the series Khawaja drove Bhuvneshwar Kumar enjoyed his best career ranking (15th) in
close to the World Cup but for the to Kohli at cover. Bumrah and Jadeja
2017, has praised the Badminton Association
tumult in Australian cricket that led (2/45 in 10 overs) helped peg the
of India (BAI) for supporting players and
to bans for Steve Smith and David score down to 229/7 in 46 overs
doing a lot of positive things to promote
Warner. He grabbed the chance with before Bumrah’s big over meant the
the game at the grassroots level.
both hands, scoring 50, 38, 104, 91 target was not longer within grasp.
In 13 series at home since 2013, "Indian badminton association is on
and 100 (aggregate 383 at an average
it is only India’s second defeat, and the right path, it is doing good things to
of 76.5).
first since the loss to South Africa in promote the game at the grassroots and
Khawaja’s placements and playing
2015. Kohli has been tested outside is continuously supporting the players
with soft hands may look a touch out
off-stump in this series and he nicked and taking care of all their needs.
of place in the power game, but his
consistency has given Australia great a cross-seam delivery from Marcus As a badminton loving nation, we
options when they prepare to defend Stoinis — he passed a fitness test for Zampa are heading towards becoming a real
the World Cup, starting on May 30. a thumb fracture — to keeper Alex has been powerhouse and the efforts should be
He raised 76 runs with Finch Carey. Australia’s continued because there are a lot of young
and 99 for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma struck 53, bowling hero, players coming forth with immense talent
Peter Handscomb (52 - 60b, 4x4), but all eyes were on the rewarded for his and they should be rightly protected. The
who hit a century in Mohali. Jasprit newcomers and two key flight and guile. day is not far when we would win Gold in World championships," the
Bumrah’s brilliant bowling — he aspirants didn’t click with Rohit was dropped 2010 BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist said.
conceded just 14 runs in the first the bat. Rishabh Pant by Glenn Maxwell at Praneeth believes that nowadays youngsters are posing a real challenge
eight overs — helped India rein in the (16), promoted to No cover but was stumped to the senior players and due to their strong presence it's really difficult for
innings, but the spearhead conceded 4, hit leg-spinner off Zampa on the same score. the seniors to win even the nationals.
19 runs in the 48th over as Australia Adam Zampa for
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PARENTING
Manage your energy as a Why does a baby
love the mother?
parent and be fully present The mother's voice and smell are familiar to

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eing a perfect parent is a myth, yet the baby. The baby can listen to the mother's
it remains a constant endeavour. voice for weeks before he or she is born

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To begin with, the decision to be a oes a baby love her mother unconditionally? Well,
parent entails huge responsibilities. not quite. Here are some ways in which the baby
As prospective parents, you need to give gradually begins to love his or her mother:
a serious thought to the time, financial,
physical and emotional commitment. 1. Familiar voice and smell of the mother
Yet, sometimes, too much thought, ifs The mother’s voice and smell are familiar to the baby.
The baby can listen to the mother’s voice for weeks before
and buts, wondering whether one is capable,
he or she is born. “The baby has just been born, his vision
if one can afford something, does not
is not great, but the moment the mother starts to talk in
work either.
As a soothing voice, the baby will turn toward her or open
The joy of parenthood is something
parents and his eyes. If I pick a baby up and cuddle him in the same
that cannot be explained but needs to be especially with way as the mother, I don’t get the same response,” Laura
experienced. young children, Riley, MD, obstetrician and author of You and Your Baby:
You can never be prepared enough when you need to be high
Pregnancy, was quoted as saying.
your bundle of joy arrives and turns your energy super- In spite of this Wouldn’t you want to give the same to
world upside down. I believe children are a parents. juggling, often parents your children? 2. The mother provides food
gift from God, as Khalil Gibran penned in need some help and If your life is more organised and Babies are meant to be breastfed for at least up to the
these beautiful words: support. Enrolling grandparents disciplined, your children learn by example. first six months after birth. Breastfeeding not only provides
• Your children are not your children and friends or outsourcing help is often a Co-create the rules and boundaries together, the necessary nutrition to the newborn but also calms the
• They are the sons and daughters of life’s win-win formula. enrolling the children in the process. crying baby down. And when babies understand that their
longing for itself. It can give you some free time for each Define the consequences of breaking needs will be met each time, they don’t cry as much.
• They come through you but not from other, to gather your sometimes chaotic and the rules. It need not be severe. Missing 3. The baby likes the mother’s face
you, fast-paced life. weekends out or having to wash the dishes “One of the first objects a baby will focus on is a
• And though they are with you yet they This allows you to be fully available as perhaps. And follow through with it. face,” Elaine Zwelling, RN, PhD, director of the Lamaze
belong not to you. parents, where you are more fun to be with Playing board games or doing a barbeque International Childbirth Educator Certification Program
As parents and especially with young rather than feeling stressed and angry. together are great family bonding exercises. at the University of South Florida, was quoted as saying.
children, you need to be high energy super- When you are with your children, give Your children learn from you.
4. The mother protects her baby
parents. You have to multitask, and be there them your 100 per cent attention. Empower them with good values like
Of course, mothers usually take extra precautions and
for them and somehow magically manage By attending office calls during family mutual respect and empathy.
steps to protect their baby, be it baby proofing the house or
your work, find time for yourself, your time, you are unconsciously sending the Teach them through example by living it
taking care of his or her health and other needs.
relationship and your social life. message that they are less important to you, yourself. Engage them in social discussions
Young children depend on you for their while ironically working for your family. and increasing their awareness. 5. The mother talks to the baby
physical needs and emotional support. The best parts of your childhood are not Allow them to make their mistakes and It is through the mother that the baby gets introduced
It is worth investing to get a perfect time those expensive gifts your parents gave you, learn from it, nurturing them into mature to his or her language. The baby responds to the mother
management routine in place, with both but the time you spent together, the times young adults ready to transform a better more while nobody understands the little one better than
parents chipping in. you laughed and played together. tomorrow, a better world. the mother herself.

H E A LT H
Excessive hygiene can cause antibiotic resistance
W
hile maintaining hygiene is good resistances increases. The team compared the high potential for combining with pathogens," already being used in cultivated plants and
for health, excess cleanliness could intensive care unit of the institute with clean said Alexander Mahnert, director at the varsity. also in humans in the framework of stool
lead to antibiotic resistance often rooms subject to strong microbial control in the The number of people who become ill and die transplantation, pursuing such ideas in indoor
resulting to death and illness as well, suggests aerospace industry and with public and private from antibiotic-resistant germs is increasing areas in future is recommended, said Gabriele
a new study. buildings which have hardly any microbial worldwide, said the study, published in Nature Berg from the varsity. The team suggested
Comparing all existing microorganisms controls. Communications. regular airing, houseplants, deliberate use
and antibiotic resistances, the researchers at "In environments with strong microbial Hence, the results indicated that a stable of useful microorganisms and reduction
Austria's University of Graz, showed that control in the intensive care unit and microbial diversity in clinical areas counteracts of antibacterial cleaning agents could be
microbial diversity decreases in areas with industrially used clean rooms, there are the spread of resistances. the strategies in maintaining or improving
high levels of hygiene and the diversity of increasing antibiotic resistances which show a With the microbial control of pathogens microbial diversity.

e-cigarette vape too not safe for children: Study Next flu pandemic is inevitable: WHO
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elieving that exposure to the urine of e-cigarette users, and nother flu pandemic is
e-cigarette vape is safe e-cigarettes leave deposits of nicotine inevitable and the world
for children, parents are on surfaces when used inside, must prepare for potential
increasingly vaping both at home and according to the paper published in devastation, the World Health
in car, finds a study. the Pediatrics journal. Organisation (WHO) has said,
The study showed only 38 per cent Drehmer said parents have been warning that the risks must not be
of parents who smoked cigarettes and misled by the marketing of vaping underestimated.
22 per cent dual users were found to products to believe that the aerosol Launching on Monday its Global
strictly restrict cigarette use in both produced by them is harmless to Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030, the
home and car. perceive it's safe to use electronic children. world body said the next influenza
On the other hand, 56 per cent cigarettes and are not taking the same The researchers said tobacco pandemic "is a matter of when, not
of both e-cigarette users and dual precautions they do to protect their majors market e-cigarettes as healthy if". systems must be strengthened and
users reported using e-cigarettes in children from exposure to traditional products without warning about the WHO's Director-General Tedros better tools for prevention and
their cars with children around. The cigarettes," Drehmer said. harms to infants and children from Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it would containment of influenza virus
research included 750 parents. Although e-cigarettes, found nicotine and ultra-fine toxic particles be the biggest public health threat should be developed, Xinhua news
"The finding that a large majority of comparatively safer than cigarettes in that spread into the air and coats and potentially threaten millions of agency reported.
parents are vaping e-cigarettes inside terms of harmful substances released, surfaces. lives worldwide because of the rapid Chief of Influenza Preparedness
homes and cars is an alarming trend," may prove no less harmful when "Paediatric healthcare providers spread of viruses. and Response at WHO, Ann Moen
said lead author Jeremy Drehmer at used in the presence of children or need to help set the record straight "The threat is ever-present," he said improved vaccines that have
the Massachusetts General Hospital inside homes and cars. and inform parents that e-cigarette cautioned. longer lasting immunity were
in the US. Carcinogenetic volatile organic vapour is not safe for children," Outlining the global strategy the needed, as well as antivirals and
"Our results suggest parents compounds have been detected in Drehmer suggested. WHO official said surveillance better treatment for the disease.
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Thandai

A mix of melon seeds, rose water


and rose petals, this summer
cooler is undeniably delicious!
Ingredients
• 10 Green cardamoms - seeds
• 1 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
• 1/2 tsp Black peppercorns
• 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
• 1 tsp Melon/sunflower
seeds
• 50 Gram Skinned almonds
• 5 Tbsp Sugar
• 3 Tbsp Rose petals
• 2 Tbsp Rose water
• 750 Ml Milk
Method

Best Holi recipes


• Roast spices lightly on a tawa.
• Soak all ingredients except milk • Strain
in enough water to cover. l i q u i d
through muslin.

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• Set aside for 2 hours. Grind into
n the mythological grounds, the word "Holi" sprouted from the word "Holika", who was the a fine paste. • Decorate with rose petals and
evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. A bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi, signifying • Mix with milk. serve chilled.
the Holika Dahan and that's when the celebrations begin. Talk about Holi celebrations and
we can think of sweet gujiyas, crisp papads, masala kachoris and a lot more. Food is integral to Bhaang ki Pakori

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every festival in India. It is the perfect time to throw yoursel f to the festive zeal with playful haang ki Pakori Recipe : Crunchy onion
moments and adoring meals. This Holi, eat to your heart's content! Whether it's an intimate affair or and potato pakoras dipped in a chickpea
an elaborate gala, we've got you covered. flour batter induced with a hint of bhaang
Gujiyas (cannabis leaves).

L ook what we have here - the star sweet


of Holi! Native to Rajasthan, gujiyas are
sweet dumplings made of maida or flour and
Ingredients
For the batter:
filled with a delightful khoya and dry fruits • 1 Cup Chickpea flour
mixture. The festive favourite in three different • 2 tsp Salt
avatars. • 1/2 tsp Turmeric and sneak in the ground cannabis leaves
• 1/2 tsp Chilli powder paste.
Ingredients • Heat the oil in a kadahi till some batter
• 1 tsp Mango powder water
• For the dough: dropped into the oil comes up at once.
• 1 tsp Cannabis leaves-ground to a paste
• 2 Cups Refined flour
• For the pakoras: • .Now scoop the pieces of the vegetable out
• 1 Cup Clarified butter
• Take a round, wet the edges with water and • Various pieces of vegetables for the batter, of the batter and drop them into the hot oil.
• Water (to mix)
place a piece of filling over one half. optional • .Fry over medium heat, to very light brown.
• For the filling:
• Fold the other half over and press the edges • 125 Gram Onions-sliced into thin rounds • .Remove from oil with slotted spoon and set
• 1 Cup Khoya
together to seal. • 125 Gram Potatoes into thin rounds aside.
• 1 Cup Sugar
• Either cut off the edge with a fancy cutter or • for deep-frying Oil • Continue till all the onions and potatoes are
• 1 tsp Green cardamom, powdered
make a design by pinching and twisting all used up.
• 1 Tbsp Almonds, finely chopped
along the sealed edges. Method
• When ready to serve, heat oil again and fry
For deep-frying Ghee • With the ingredients for the batter, make a
• Make all the gujiyas in this way. Heat ghee the pakoras over high heat till golden brown.
• For the syrup: batter of dropping consistency.
in a kadahi. To check if the ghee is hot
• 1 Cup Sugar • Remove from oil, drain on absorbent paper
enough put a piece of dough in it. If it comes • Adjust the water as required.
• 1 Cup Water and serve with a green chutney.
up at once, add as many gujiyas as fit in • Mix the onions and potatoes into the batter
Method comfortably.
• Turn them over and lower the heat to Masala Channa • 2 Tbsp oil
Prepare the dough:
medium. Fry till golden brown on all sides. • 2 tsp chilly powder
• Rub 1/4 cup ghee into the flour and knead Ingredients
Lift out and leave to drain on absorbent • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
into a stiff dough with water. For masala channa:
paper. • 4 potatoes quartered
• Leave to rest for at least half an hour. • 1 litre jug of water • 50 gms ginger julienne
Prepare the filling: • Make sugar syrup by cooking water and • 400 gms channa • 3 tomatoes quartered
• Saute the khoya over medium heat till it sugar together, till one thread consistency • 3 tsp tea leaves
• 5 green chilies slit into halves
looks slightly fried. • 4 bay leaves
Dip the gujiyas in it, lift and let dry on • Pinch of salt
• ake off the heat and when it cools, mix in the • 5 black cardamoms
a plate
sugar, cardamom and almonds. • 1 1/2 tsp salt Method
• Fry the rest, increasing the heat for a few
• Shape the filling into ovals about 21 cm • 2 tsp cumin powder For masala channa:
seconds before adding the next lot.
length and 1 cm thickness. • 1 1/2 tsp kachari powder • Soak 400 grams of channa in a vessel and
• Can be eaten hot or at room temperature and
• Make balls of the dough and roll out into 1 • 2 tsp fennel powder mix 1 tsp of meetha soda, and leave for 4-5
can be stored in air-tight containers.
cm / 1/8 in thick rounds. • 5 tsp anardana powder hours.
Malpua • 2 tsp amchoor powder • Make a 'potli' of tea leaves, add 3 bay leaves,

A pancake like delicacy that is prepared • 3 tsp dhaniya powder(coriander powder) 5 large black cardamoms and put it to boil
during many other festivals in • 1 1/2 tsp red chili powder with little salt (1 tsp) along with the soaked
• 1 tsp garam masala channas for an hour. Then discard the potli
Indian homes. Easy and quick, Malpua
• 1/4 tsp hing(asafoetida) and keep it aside. Preserve the water.
has simple ingredients, full of flavour.
• 5 Tbsp ginger, julienne • Now blend the masala, by mixing all the
Ingredients
• 3 tsp finely chopped green chilies dry items; cumin powder, kachari powder,
• For the malpua batter:
• 2 tsp kasoori methi fennel powder, anardana powder, amchoor
• 1 cup flour
• 5 tsp lemon juice powder, dhaniya powder, kasoori methi,
• 1 cups khoya, grated
• 1 tsp meetha soda red chilly powder, garam masala, salt and
• 1 1/2 cup water (warm 60-70 degrees)
Prepare the malpua: • 12 garlic cloves a pinch of hing and take it out in a bowl.
For the malpua:
• Melt ghee in a pan. Cook on low heat for a • 4 whole green chilies, for garnishing Mix warm water with the masala and make
• 10 pista (cut into thin pieces), blanched
• 8 almonds (cut into thin pieces), blanched while. For ma- sala sure no lumps form. Mix the masala with the
• Few saffron • Add the khoya and flour batter 1Tbsp in aloo: channa.
• 6 tbsp ghee circular motion in the center of the pan of • Heat oil in a pan and stir the ginger and
• 4 cups sugar syrup ghee. garlic for a while but don't make it brown.
• Put some more spoonful circular structures • Add this to the channa and cover it for a
Method around the center of the pan of ghee. Turn while so that the masala blends well.
Prepare the malpua batter: over the malpuas and cook again. • Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
• Mix the water and the flour to form a smooth • Cook for a while till the malpua's edges For masala aloo:
lump-less batter. starts getting red. After this, dip the malpuas • In a pan heat oil and add turmeric
• Mix the khoya with water together to form in sugar syrup. powder, chili powder and ginger julienne.
a thick batter. • After a while take out the malpua's from the • Then toss the tomatoes, potatoes,
• Mix the khoya and flour batter together to sugar syrup and layer them in a plate. green chilies and pour over the channas.
form a lump-less smooth batter of thick • Garnish with almonds, pistachio and saffron.
consistency.
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Best Holi recipes


Paani Poori • For Sonth ki Chutney: Method

P aani Poori is an Indian street food


snack that nobody can resist.
• 100 Gram Tamarind (soaked in
warm water for half an hour at
least)
For the Paani:
• Mix all the ingredients together,
chill and serve.
Ingredients
• 3/4 Cup Jaggery (broken) For the Sonth ki Chutney:
For the Paani:
• 2 tsp Salt • Strain the tamarind through a
• 1 Cup Sonth chutney
• 1 tsp Black rock salt, powdered strainer, adding water, to facilitate
• 2 Cups Mint leaves (firmly
• 1/2 tsp Garam masala this.
packed)
• 1 tsp Dry ginger, powdered • Add enough water to the pulp, to
• 75 Gram Coriander leaves
• 1/4 tsp Black pepper, powdered make it into a pouring consistency.
(ground together)
• 1/4 tsp Chilli powder • Mix in the rest of the ingredients
• 6-7 Green chillies
• 1 tsp Chaat masala and bring to a boil, lower the
• 2 Tbsp Cumin seeds (powdered),
• For paani Poori: heat, and let it simmer, stirring
roasted
• 24 Puffed papri occasionally, till it thickens a bit.
• 1 Tbsp Salt
• 1 Cup Potatoes (diced), boiled For eating the Paani Poori:
• 1 tsp Chilli powder with a little potato and chick pea with the paani and eat the whole
• 1 Cup Chick peas, boiled • Break a hole in the center of the
• 8 Cups Water and sonth if so desired, then fill poori immediately.
• Paani poori ka paani thinner side of the poori, and fill
Dal Kachori Recipe Paapdi Ki Chaat

O ne of the most loved Indian snacks, Dal kachori


is absolutely sensational. Kachoris are deep
fried breads made with ground dal sauteed along
T
with
ry your

sweetened
hand at

curd,
making
some crisp paapdis drizzled
freshly
with spices and filled into a cover of maida and made chutneys and chaat masala.
baking powder. Ingredients
For the paapdi:
Ingredients
• 200 gram maida
• 1/2 Cup arhar ki daal (husked pigeon
• 40 gram oil
peas/yellow lentils, soaked for 5-6 • to taste salt
hours) • 1 tbsp ajwain
Method
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil Prepare the paapdi:
• For deep frying oil
• 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds) • In a bowl mix maida, salt and ajwain.
• For the khatti chutney:
• 1 1/2 tsp salt • Add the oil. Knead the flour with the
• 1 cup coriander leaves
• 1/8 tsp heeng (asafoetida) powder oil.
• 1/4 cup pudina leaves
• Make small balls out of the dough.
• 2 tsp green chillies • 1 green chilli
Roll them like a chapati. The size
• 1 tsp chilli powder • 20 gram ginger
should be about 4-5 cm in diameter.
• 1 tsp khus khus (poppy seeds) • 1/2 tsp black rock salt
• Deep fry these paapris till golden
• 2 tbsp tamarind pulp • to taste salt
brown on low heat.
• 2 tsp sugar • 1/2 tsp garam masala (with black
Prepare the meethi chutney:
• Ginger cardamom, mace, nutmeg, zeera,
• Soak the tamarind pulp in water for
• Garam masala laung)
25-30 minutes. Squeeze it with your
• Coconut • 1 lemon (juiced)
hand to extract all the pulp. Strain
For outer covering: For the meethi chutney:
and thrown away the residue in the
• 1 cup maida (refined flour) pinch • 200 gram tamarind pulp (soaked in 1
strainer.
• 3 tbsp ghee/oil about 1/2 of the edge 1/2 cup water)
• Add the tamarind water in a saucepan
all around, leaving the centre thicker. • 800 gram sugar
• 1/4 tsp baking powder and add sugar. Cook on low heat till
• Now wet the pressed edges, and place a ball of the • 3 tsp kachri powder
• 1/2 tsp salt the sugar dissolves. Let it cool.
filling in the centre. Bring the wet edges together, • 1/2 tsp saunth powder
• Oil (for deep frying) • Once it cools down add kachri
covering the filling completely, and pinch together • 1 tsp degi mirch
powder, saunth powder, degi mirch,
Method to seal. • to taste salt
salt, black salt and garam masala.
• Drain dal and grind coarsely. • 1/2 tsp black rock salt
• Heat oil and deep-fry the kachoris, first over high • Your meethi chutney is ready.
• Heat oil and add jeera. When it splutters, add • 1/2 tsp garam masala (with black
heat, then over medium heat so that it cook's Prepare the dahi:
ginger, heeng, green chillies and saute till the color cardamom, mace, nutmeg, zeera,
through, and browns evenly. • Whisk yogurt with some powdered
changes a bit. laung)
RECIPE NOTES sugar. Keep it in the fridge to cool.
• Add dal, salt, garam masala, chilli powder, khus For the dahi:
• These kachoris are best enjoyed with a bowl of • Prepare the chaat masala:
khus, coconut and saute till it's 'fried'. Add about 2 cups yogurt
Aloo Rasedaar. • Mix all the ingredients together.
1/4 cup water and cook till dal is cooked through. 2 tbsp sugar, powdered
• Plating up:
Mix in the tamarind and sugar and keep aside. For the chaat masala:
• In a plate place bhallas. Break them a
2 tsp peeli mirch
• Mix baking powder and salt into the maida. Rub little from the middle.
1 tsp kali mirch
ghee/oil into the maida, add water and knead into • Add sweetened curd, khatti chutney,
2 tsp zeera powder
stiff dough. Rest, cover for 15 minutes. meethi chutney.
2 tsp garam masala
• Make walnut sized rounds of the dal mixture. • Garnish with pomegrante and sev.
For garnishing:
• Break pieces of dough and roll into walnut sized • Sprinkle some chaat masala.
pomegranate seeds
rounds. Roll these flat into 1/4 inch rounds and • Serve.
Sev
Dahi Bhalla • 1 Juice lemon residue in the strainer.

T he most loved street snack of


India, particularly North India.
Dahi Bhalla can also be served as
For the meethi chutney:
• 250 gram Tamarind pulp soaked
in 1 1/2 cup water
• Add the tamarind water in a
saucepan and add sugar. Cook on
low heat till the sugar dissolves.
a chilled snack or a starter during • 800 gram Sugar Let it cool.
festive season like Diwali or Navratri. • 3 tsp Kachri powder • Once it cools down add kachri
• 1/2 tsp Saunth powder powder, saunth powder, degi
Ingredients mirch, salt, black salt and garam
• 1 tsp Degi mirch
• For the bhallas: masala. Your meethi chutney is
• to taste Salt
• 400 gms Moong dal ready.
• 1/2 tsp Black rock salt
• 1 cup Urad dal For the dahi:
• 1/2 tsp Garam masala (With black
• 2 tsp Zeera • Whisk yogurt with some
cardamom, mace, nutmeg, zeera,
• 1 tsp Chironji How to Make Dahi Bhalla For the khatti chutney: powdered sugar. Keep it in the
laung)
• for deep frying Oil For the bhallas:
For the dahi: • In a blender mix together fridge to cool.
• For the khatti chutney: • Soak moong dal and urad dal for coriander, mint, green chilli, For the chaat masala:
• 3 cups Yogurt
• 1 cup Coriander leaves 2 hours. In a food processor grind ginger, black salt and salt. Mix all the ingredients together.
• 2 tbsp Sugar, powdered
• 1/4 cup Pudina leaves them nicely. • Add garam masala and lemon Plating up:
• For the chaat masala:
• 1 Green chilli • Whisk the dal together till it juice. Mix.Your khatti chutney is • In a plate place bhallas. Break
• 2 tsp Peeli mirch
• 20 Ginger becomes light and fluffy. Add ready. them a little from the middle.
• 1 tsp Kali mirch
• 1/2 tsp Black rock salt zeera and chironji. The batter is For the meethi chutney: • Add sweetened curd, khatti
• 2 tsp Zeera powder
• to taste Salt ready. • Soak the tamarind pulp in water chutney, meethi chutney.
• 2 tsp Garam masala
• 1/2 tsp Garam masala (With black • With wet palms add small portions for 25-30 minutes. Squeeze it • Garnish with pomegrante and sev.
• For garnishing:
cardamom, mace, nutmeg, zeera, of batter into hot oil. Deep fry the with your hand to extract all the • Sprinkle some chaat masala.
• Pomegranate
laung) bhallas till golden brown. pulp. Strain and thrown away the • Serve.
• Sev
26 TIME OUT Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 10 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO:10

HITORI NO: 10 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 10


Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate
1. What sweet food made by bees using nectar 13. How many colours are in a rainbow?
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers from flowers? 14. Which river flows through London?
2. Name the school that Harry Potter attended? 15. What is the name of the bear in The Jungle
by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching
horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any
other (i.e. they are connected).
3. Which country is home to the kangaroo? Book?
4. Which country sent an Armada to attack 16. Name the most famous nurse of Victorian
Britain in 1588? Times who improved care for wounded
5. Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of which soldiers?
country? 17. What is the name of the toy cowboy in Toy
6. From what tree do acorns come? Story?
7. What is the top colour in a rainbow 18. Pharaoh is the title given to the rulers of
8. In the nursery rhyme, who sat on a wall which ancient county?
before having a great fall? 19. Which Italian city is famous for its leaning
9. Which big country is closest to New tower? Which fictional detective lived at
Zealand? 221b Baker Street?
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 10 10. Where in Scotland is there supposedly a 20. On a farm a kid is a baby what?
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. lake monster called Nessie? 21. Which English king had six wives?
11. What is the name of the policeman in 22. What does Fred Flintstone wear around his
the pre-school children’ television series neck?
Balamory? 23. Which is the largest city in Wales?
12. Who created the children’s book character 24. What is the name of Harry Potter’s pet owl?
Tracy Beaker?

22.Henry 8th 23.A tie 24.Cardiff 25.Hedwig Send us stories, drawings, poems
17.Woody 18.Egypt 19.Pisa 20.Sherlock Holmes 21.Goat and other contributions by your little
13.7 14.The Thames 15.Baloo 16. Florence Nightingale
ones along with their photographs
for this page. E-mail us at reporter@
10.Ans Loch Nes 11.PC Plum 12.Jacqueline Wilson
5Ireland 6.Oak 7.Red 8.Humpty Dumpty 9.Australia
Answers: 1.Honey 2.Hogwarts 3.Australia 4. Spain indianweekender.co.nz
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Fashion & Beauty


15March – 21March | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Your focus on health may start to show results. The feeling that something bad is
going to happen may be unfounded, so don’t give it any credence. Don’t expect lover
to make you the focus of his or her attention all the time. Doing something beyond
the ambit of your official duties may get you into trouble. Save yourself from the
polluted air while driving or you can be laid low by respiratory problems. Financial
front remains stable. Lucky Number:15 / Lucky Colour: Saffron
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
You may use someone as a shield to wage war against your rival. It is better to take
him or her into confidence first. A compliment from the one you secretly admire is
likely to delight you. Those shifting houses are in for a difficult and tiring time. Bad
relationship with a colleague or subordinate is likely to gnaw you from the inside, but
there is nothing much you can do at present. Wasteful expenditure needs to be curbed.
Lucky Number: 7 / Lucky Colour:Magenta
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
You are your own person, so don’t get perturbed by somebody’s opinion about you.
Double your efforts on the business front, if you want to avail of a lucrative opportunity
coming your way. Difficulties on the financial front that you had been facing up till

6 ways to make your


now may begin to disappear. A good time with lover is indicated. Festivities and
functions may keep you busy and entertained. Excessive health consciousness may
become detrimental to your health! Lucky Number: 8 /Lucky Colour: Navy Blue

eyes look BIGGER CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)


An image building exercise that you have undertaken will stand you in good stead.
Your good intentions and mild manners will help you to curry favour with someone

B
in the top echelon. Deft handling of funds is likely to make your profits multiply. A
ig beautiful doe-eyes has been a prestigious assignment may make you upbeat and draw out your hidden talents. A
universal beauty ideal since forever. short trip to relatives will prove enjoyable for the family. Health tips may come in
Bigger eyes make you appear youthful, handy to improve your physique. Lucky Number:2 / Lucky Colour: Cream
awake and healthy. We weren’t all born with LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
perfect oversized peepers, but with some tips You may want to keep your love-hate relationship with someone simmering, but it
and tricks you can always bless yourself with leads nowhere. A business trip is indicated and will achieve much. Those seeking
beautiful wide eyes. leave may need to find ways to get round the senior. Better salary and perks in another
job look tempting, but weigh your options before you switch over. Financially, you
Use concealer strategically remain on a safe wicket. An interesting neighbourhood incident can keep you happily
engrossed this week! Health is wealth, remember that. Lucky Number:3 / Lucky
Colour:Yellow
will lift your brow, on the inner corners of your VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
eyes to open them up, and on the very centre of There is little for you to achieve in a field that shows no potential for growing, so think
the lid to make your eyes pop. ahead and get ready for changes. Your quick wit and humour will help in lighting up
the atmosphere at home. You can expect a lot of praise from colleagues and seniors
Don't leave out your lower lash line for a job done well on the academic front. Friends and relatives will look up to you
Most of us have the habit of skipping this for support and inspiration. Profits accrue in investments done in the past. Lucky
Number: 11 /Lucky Colour: Lemon
step. But adding mascara to your lower lashes
will open up the eye for a wide doe-eyed look. LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
Try a brown mascara for a softer look. To level If you keep your options open, you will not face a dead end. So, open up your mind

T he whole point of concealing is to hide the things up a bit, use a coloured mascara. Adding and be receptive to fresh ideas and avenues. Depressing thoughts and negative
feelings are best kept at bay, as these may spoil the week for you. Going down the
discolouration and to get an evened out a little eyeliner to the outer corner of your lower memory lane with an old relation will prove immensely fulfilling. Your enjoyment of
shade. Most often dark circles can make your lash line will also help to give an elongated an outing with friends will be doubled as someone else foots the bill! Health remain
eyes look smaller than usual. Choose a shade look to your eyes. Use a soft brown eyeshadow satisfactory. Lucky Number: 4 / Lucky Colour: Dark Brown
that's slightly lighter and warmer than your skin to smoke it out, which will make the eye look
tone to brighten and correct any blue or purple SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
wider. A harsh line can just do the opposite. Your popularity may take a hit, if you don’t mend your ways. Stop living in the past,
undertones. Blend carefully, buffing with as those weeks may never return. It is essential to build goodwill amongst family
your finger or a sponge, working underneath Define your crease
members. Things on the work front run along smoothly and give you ample time to
and around the eyes—as well as all over the do your own thing. Putting money in a financial scheme is bound to give good returns.
lids—to get a uniform base. Most importantly, Partner will be a source of confidence. Leave a bad habit in the interest of health.
remember to conceal the inner and outer Lucky Number: 5 / Lucky Colour: Bronze Yellow
corners of your eyes which tend to look darker. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Brighten your waterline You may need to keep things simple for subordinates, if you don’t want any mistakes.
Regain control in a situation that is of your own making. Those mentally tensed must
soothe their frayed nerves through meditation or other spiritual pursuits. Don’t get
careless on the academic front, as you may lag behind. A purchase may upset your

W hether you're going all out with smokey


eyes, or opting for a natural look, use
your eyeshadow to define your crease. Use a
domestic budget, but it will be worth it. Polluted air may take its toll on some. An
expected payment may materialise. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Peach
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
fluffy brush to build in the product onto your It is still not too late to exercise an option that you had forgone previously. Your faith
crease, a light brown shade will just do the trick in higher powers will give you the strength and confidence to take up the challenges
right. This adds the dimension to your eyes, but facing you. Those involved in buying and selling may not get the best bargain and
it is essential to remember that excess shadow may even stand to lose. You may plan something special for your beloved. Take care
can make your eyelids look dark, which means of the weather and remain healthy. Spouse may overspend, but it will be for a just

L ining your waterline with a dark liner is an


absolute classic, but it often makes your
eyes look about half their size. Lining the lower
the eyes will look smaller.
Go for mascara
cause. Lucky Number: 6 / Lucky Colour: Violet
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
If you keep your side of the bargain, there is a bright chance of someone acquiescing
waterline with a nude liner is the easiest trick
of all. For a dramatic effect, you can try a white A pply mascara BOTH on the upper and
lower lashes. Brush a thickening coat
of the product for more of battle eyelashes.
to your request. Barter may not be the right option, so buy against cash to make the
transaction hassle-free. Someone’s unusual interest in you may seem a bit unsettling
and may even upset you. Arrangement of a function may get you totally involved
liner, but it is always preferred to go for a nude
one as it looks more natural at the same time Make an additional swipe near the center of this week. Choosing a healthy lifestyle becomes most essential for some. You may
gives you the same effect. It is best to carry you the upper lash line to draw the eyes upward. It accompany someone for a solemn occasion. Lucky Number: 8 / Lucky Colour:
is also advisable to use a eyelash curler before Navy Blue
liner with you on the go as the liner doesn't last
longer on the lower waterline. applying mascara, to give your lashes some PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
extra length and curl. Job related matters must be dealt on priority, so put everything else on the backburner.
Highlight Refresh and revise whatever you have studied to avoid unpleasant surprises. An

T actical highlighting is best to open up


your eyes. Highlighter doesn't just give
some life and definition to your cheekbones,
expected deal may take some more time in materialising. You may have to spend
money to get the best. Homemakers will need to infuse some excitement in their
monotonous daily chores. Those tapping the marriage market for an ideal partner will
need to widen their search. Health remains satisfactory. Lucky Number: 11 / Lucky
but gives your cheeks the needed light and Colour: Olive Green
structure. Highlight your brow bone, which
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 15, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Women needn’t seek male A


Tough to be blunt in today’s
times: Soha Ali Khan
ctress Soha Ali Khan says it

permission to travel: Dia Mirza


is difficult to be plain spoken
in today’s times as there is
no tolerance, especially in the social

A
media world.
ctress-producer Dia Mirza, who started to be comfortable in your own company and look
“I think it is difficult
travelling alone at the age of 18, has after your own self.
for anyone to be
observed a change in the patriarchal “Even before that, I used to travel by bus when
blunt in today’s
mindset regarding solo women travellers, and she I was 16. I used to do modelling, travelled from
time. I mean we
considers it empowering. Hyderabad to Bengaluru. I remember my parents
celebrate freedom
Dia took her first flight and went to Thailand used to drop me at the bus depot and told the
of expression and
along with one of her female friends after winning fellow passenger just to keep an eye on me.
speech, but the
the Femina Miss India beauty pageant in 2000. I used to reach my destination and call them
people who do speak
What changes has she seen in the society’s to say that I am safe. But the sense of safety
out, we don’t seem to
attitude towards solo women travellers? comes from within. It is really of inner
have much tolerance for
Dia said: “A girl does not have to seek permission confidence. As an individual, you have to
that... at least on social media because
from a man, or from the society to go out there know that you can do this... It is inner
you can see when you say something,
to explore the world, she just needs her own voice really,” asserted Dia, the UN
you end up offending a lot of people,”
permission. I think that is empowering. Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador
Soha said. 
“A girl cannot be on her own, comes from a for India. The Rehnaa Hai Terre
The 40-year-old actress said the
patriarchal mindset. It comes from the mindset that Dil Mein famed actress "A
recoil of loathing sometimes remains at
a woman must be protected, they are weak when recently supported girl does
not have to seek word level, but sometimes it escalates
a girl travels solo, and I mean travelling anywhere the campaign ‘She
permission from a into brutality. 
- going on a vacation, going to work or to study Travels She Hosts’ by
man, or from the society “There is this backlash of hatred
abroad or anything that they do.” Airbnb, a company
to go out there to explore and sometimes it just remains at a
“But there’s a shift in social conditioning that that encourages
the world, she just needs word level and sometimes it actually
allows women to follow their choice to travel sustainable travelling her own permission. translates into violence, leading to
alone, travel free,” explained the actress. and homestay I think that is people losing their employment and
While her experience was quite incredible, she worldwide in 191 empowering" facing consequences. This is worrying
said that solo travelling is not only liberating for countries.
so then one would think twice before
any individual but also helps one understand how being blunt which is sad,” she added. 

Rajkummar Rao urges youth to vote Kalank: Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay
A
ctor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by
choosing the right people by voting.
“Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the Dutt working together after 22 years
M
country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen adhuri Dixit and Sanjay
them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter.  Dutt first shared screen
“Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change space in 1988 in the
the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. 
film Khatron Ke Khiladi and their
Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote
make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If last outing together was Mahanta
everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not in 1997.
going to work.  Now, after exactly 22 years, they
“If you want to bring a change, if you want to make are back on the big screen in Kalank.
our country a better place, use that power. There’s no At the teaser launch, they were asked
point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out about working with each other.
and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured For all the Madhuri Dixit and
in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, Sanjay Dutt fans, it’s good news
an initiative by Twitter India.  that the two will be seen sharing
As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates
the screen after 22 years in Kalank.
with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to
The film is set in the 1940s and
vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the
#PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer also stars Sonakshi Sinha,Alia
Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Aditya
campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth Roy Kapur.
in India to participate in civic engagement and The makers have launched the
understand the significance of their right to vote.  teaser and netizens are appreciating working with each other in Kalank. will try kizyada kaam ho.”
What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s the lead cast for the performances On this, Madhuri said, “I think I am We are happy to see the sizzling
youth? they have put up. One of the main working with Sanjay Dutt after more pair of the 90s back with a bang. 
“It is not only abut us. It is about our highlights of the movie being in than 20 years and just recently, I While Sanjay plays the character
generations to come. So question, ask news all this while was Sanjay and worked with Anil Kapoor after ages. of Balraj Chaudhary, Madhuri plays
for your rights, if you see a horrible
Madhuri teaming with each other It’s always wonderful to work with a courtesan and his ladylove.
infrastructure around you take a picture
and put it out, ask your politicians why? after so long. the co-actors you have worked with The first looks of the characters
Only you have the power to bring in that Now, after exactly 22 years, they before. I think it’s been wonderful.” have been appreciated by the movie
change and that change will come through are back on the big screen. At the Sanjay Dutt added, “I felt good buffs and it will be interesting to see
vote.”  teaser launch, they were asked about working with Madhuri Dixit and I how the movie shapes up. 

Bollywood needs worldwide market like Hollywood: Rohit Shetty


B
ollywood filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who the regional film industry like Tamil, Telugu, “When we talk about theatres, the hall
is known for delivering successful Punjabi, Bengali and other films that are also owners have their own issues of maintenance,
commercial hits like Chennai doing well at the box office. That is why we stuff salary, etc. But we have to come together
Express, Singham and Simmba, said unless have competition within ourselves.” with the help of the government to find a way
the Bollywood has a worldwide market like Shetty was taking part in an interactive out to have more screens,” Shetty said.
the Hollywood, one should not expect huge session at the 20th edition of FICCI FRAMES, On the piracy affecting the movie business,
budgets for action films. the global media and entertainment conclave. Shetty said: “People prefer to watch movies
Talking about correlation between budget While footfalls in the theatres are constantly on their mobiles because in an urban area like
and market, Rohit said: “I think we have the declining, affecting business, Rohit feels screen Mumbai, nobody wants to get stuck in the traffic
access to skill, computer graphics and other density needs to be increased in the small towns for hours to watch a film. It is convenient "I
technologies. But we don’t have the budget because a good amount of business comes from for them to watch the pirated version of think we
for them. We do not get the required budget there. a film on their phones.” have the access
because we don’t have the market. I see no “There is no doubt that the government “We keep saying piracy is to skill, computer
reason to compare us to Hollywood. should help us in the matter. We should increase happening, but who is watching graphics and other
“In Hollywood, they release a film in one screens in small towns. My last film ‘Simmba’, them? We have to take a stand and technologies. But
we don’t have the
language -- English -- and the whole of America which was a huge hit, witnessed a footfall of stop watching films like that. Unless
budget for
watches it. But when we are releasing a film 2 crore. In a country with a population of 135 we do it, only the government initiatives them."
in Hindi in India, we are also competing with crore, this is nothing, we need more theatres. won’t work,” said the filmmaker.
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Ranbir's choice of films Kalank: Sonakshi Sinha’s Satya


‘holds the family together’

makes me envy him: Kartik S onakshi Sinha, who was last seen as a
happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl in Happy
Phir Bhaag Jayegi, will be seen playing

E
njoying every bit of Q. What makes the ladies from age 2 to age 92 fall for Satya Chaudhary in Kalank.
success he has scored you? The actor’s first look poster from the period
after Luka Chuppi this A. Smile and hairstyle (laughs). My wholesome personality. drama has been released and has a hint of
year, actor Kartik Aaryan is Jokes apart it's always about the whole personality. timeless charm to it.
aware that he needs to be more Also with regards to my fans I think they fell in love with my Describing her character, one of the film’s
careful about his choices in the character and that's the reason this is happening. That's what I feel. producer Karan Johar wrote on Twitter, “She is
film industry now. I don't know whether you agree. pure, elegant and filled with love.
He says Ranbir Kapoor Q. How do you cope up with the attention? Does it get Madhuri Dixit described Satya as, “The one
is one actor whose too much at times? who is an ocean of love.” Alia Bhatt called her
filmography he is envious A. I love all kinds of attention. It's never too much for me “the one who holds the family together.”
(laughs). Love is one thing that we all crave for. I feel fortunate Sonakshi had earlier expressed how proud
of. Excerpts from the
to be loved. I try to read every message in my inbox, be it on she is to be a part of this Abhishek Varman
interview:
Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or the letters which I receive directorial.
Q. From 'Sonu
from the girls and kids. After wrapping up the film, she tweeted, “Its
Ke Titu Ki Sweety'
It gives me great joy and it encourages me to do a wrap for me on #Kalank… a project i am
(SKTKS) to Luka
better things in life. Their love is a source of my energy. proud to be a part of! Cant wait for you all to
Chuppi, how
Q. Now when you look back on your journey see it #ontopoftheworld.”
would you describe
"But from Pyaar Ka Punchnama, what do you
your journey so far?
I know that
A. It was quite tough feel about the struggle that you went
from now onwards
because there was a lot through?
it's going to be more A. My past was filled with lots of ups and
of pressure post the big
difficult because downs.
success of Sonu.... People
now I have certain It has been quite a tough journey. It
were waiting to see what I'm
expectations to took seven years for me to reach here. But
going to do next. I am sure some
fulfil." thankfully, I never lost focus or patience and I
were also waiting to see me fall on
my face (laughs). kept working hard towards my goal.
Thankfully, Luka Chuppi has Today, the result is in front of everyone. I'm happy with
passed all the tests of audience my present. But I know that from now onwards it's going to be
reviewers and box office. more difficult because now I have certain expectations to fulfil.
Q. Was this important for you? I have to work harder now and be more careful with my choices.
A. Frankly, the success of Luka Q. What are your unfulfilled dreams and ambitions and
Chuppi was very important for me. I'm who is the one director and co-star you would like to work
little relieved now! I can now breathe with?
easy until my next release. A. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one director I'm dying to work with.
Q. I'm sure it was essential He is someone whose work has always inspired me. If there is a
for you to find a hit project after two-hero film, I would love to have Ranbir Kapoor as my co-star.
He is an amazing actor and his choice of films make me envy him.
SKTKS. How were you sure
Q. So is Ranbir a role model?
'Luka Chuppi' was it?
A. I'd say every actor I've grown up watching from Mr. Amitabh
A. 'Luka Chuppi' had a great
Bachchan to Ranbir and Ranveer are my role models. And I hope
mix of content with commercial one day some newly arrived actor will see me as a role model. In Kalank, Sonakshi will be sharing screen
sensibilities, which I really loved. Q. Whom are you seeing -- Ananya Panday or Sara Ali space with Aditya Roy Kapur, Varun Dhawan
Also, the fact that it was catering to Khan? and Sanjay Dutt, whose character posters were
the whole family while being true to A. Now, where did that come from. Okay. I'll give you the unveiled last week.
the romantic comedy genre. politically correct reply. I am in a serious relationship with my Apart from her, the other leading ladies of
That's a unique work and I'm very happy and content with my work. the film include Alia Bhatt and Madhuri Dixit.
combination. Guddu was Q. Speaking of Sara, are you doing Imtiaz Ali's film Not just an ensemble cast, the film has the
such an innocent, lovable with her?
three biggest production houses of Bollywood,
and dilwala character A. Imtiaz sir would be the best person to answer this question
Karan’s Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios
that I knew he will make (laughs).
and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment,
a place for himself in Q. Tell me about your forthcoming projects?
A. As of now I'm only doing Imtiaz sir's film Pati Patni Aur Woh associated with it.
audiences heart. I never
and a film with Anees Bazmee. After the period drama, Sonakshi has two
want to do anything sleazy
I'm trying to explore new and interesting worlds in every film. other projects in hand. She will be seen in
or vulgar or anything that
All my films are different from each other but one thing is common Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal and
would the audience and
in all that they are entertaining. also in Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3.
shame my family.

It is okay if sexuality brings the audience to Small role in Kesari does


theatres: Vidya Balan not bother Parineeti Chopra
V A
idya Balan’s unabashed Under My Burkha and the recent ctress Parineeti Chopra didn't think about what is my screen-
celebration of south Indian Amazon Prime Original, Four More who is gearing up for the time. After release of the film, people
star Silk Smitha’s sexuality Shots Please. release of Kesari said her will think my role is too small, but it
in The Dirty Picture is hailed as one “Whether it’s sexuality or forthcoming film is a cool love story will not bother me.
of the best acts in Hindi cinema and body, we start from there and then woven into a story of battle. "There is also one beautiful
looking back at the 2011 success, the move inwards. Just the kind of Kesari revolves around the 1897 romantic song of mine in the film,
actor says she didn’t mean to use her conversations that it has sparked,” Battle of Saragarhi in which an army which is going to be released in three
body to tell a story. Tumhari Sulu actor said. of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 days. Because of these two things, I
Today, at a panel discussion on Later, during the session, the Afghans. Chopra was interacting decided to do the film."
Women shaping the narrative in moderator asked the panellists if "I with the media to promote the film. Kesari is an action-war film,
they felt in the post Me Too- don’t think Chopra plays wife of Akshay starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti
media and entertainment, Vidya
there was any Kumar in the film. Talking about Chopra in the lead roles. Directed
recalled how many dissuaded her era men are being left out of
intentional exclusion her character in the film, she said: by Anurag Singh and produced by
from doing The Dirty Picture, saying the increased dialogue around of men here. For the
it was “only about sex.” women and their stories. "Everybody knows Kesari is about Dharma Productions, it is scheduled
longest time, we
“When I did The Dirty Picture, “I was thinking there is no have waited to be the Battle of Saragarhi. for release on March 21.
people said that it’s only about sex. man on this panel. We aren’t heard." ourselves as much.” "It's a boys film, but at very crucial
‘She used her body to get ahead in even listening to them. We don’t “I am sure men are and emotional moments of the film,
life. You are using your body.’ I said want to know what they say,” the listening. I hope every man character of Akshay Kumar thinks
it’s okay, if that’s what get you to the moderator said. wants to hear what we say. But I about his dead wife (played by me).
theatres. Because only then you will Vidya replied, “I don’t think there hope many women also listen to us It's very cool love story that is woven
know her story,” the actor said. was any intentional exclusion of men because often we women are the into the story of battle. I have a very
Vidya Balan also shared how here. For the longest time, we have product of that conditioning and small role in the film, but it is one
discussion around female sexuality waited to be heard. It is not that this deeply ingrained sexism. We can’t of those films that I wanted to be a
has increased courtesy more female is not for men and will not include just say it’s about the men. We have part of." Chopra said she didn't think
narratives on screen like Lipstick men. It is because we want to express not known any better,” she said. about her screen time in Kesari.
"It was one of those films where I
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