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21JUNE2019 | Vol 11 Issue 14
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IDY 2019: Chilly morning fails to deter enthusiasts from thronging Yoga Day

¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

A uckland’s chilling weather on Sunday,

June 16, failed to deter hundreds of

enthusiasts from rolling out mats

to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations. In one of the major celebrations, Aucklanders thronged in huge numbers at the official event

hosted at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, by all major community organisations and the office of the Consulate of India, to defy cold weather outside and participate in performing of yoga. While the International Day of Yoga falls on June 21 every year, the Consulate’s office in Auckland and Indian High Commission’s office in Wellington led the community by hosting events from Sunday, June 16. Several other community organisations have planned to host smaller events throughout the week. Representatives from all major Indian community organisations under the Consulate of India umbrella came to the event on Sunday morning, June 16 with their community members at Mahatma Gandhi Centre. The event started with an official lighting

of lamps and welcome speech by Hon. Consul

of India Bhav Dhillon, and Auckland Indian Association Inc. president Narendra Bhana, who welcomed yoga enthusiasts on a chilling morning. Subsequently, yoga instructors Bindi and Manoj Chouhan from the Art of Living led the participants to a powerful and relaxing yoga experience for the next hour-and-a-half. The instructors commenced the session with

a traditional chanting of ‘Om’ followed by

basic exercises, yoga poses and fun activities

signifying the importance of proper breathing.

activities signifying the importance of proper breathing. Some of the many asanas performed were Surya Namaskar

Some of the many asanas performed were Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Kapalbhati Pranayama, Baddha Konasana, Setu Bandhasana Yoga, Virabhadrasana, Savasana etc. This was followed by different asanas and yoga postures that attendees performed following the instructions by the Art of Living teachers on the stage. The event also witnessed many yoga instructors and teachers from different organisations who participated in the event to make it a big success, some of whom will be hosting special yoga sessions on Friday, June 21, on the actual date of International Day of Yoga at their respective centres in and around Auckland. One of the fascinating aspects of this event was the spirit of participation and eagerness to learn more about yoga and the happiness it brought on the faces of the visitors.

I have been to several yoga events but performing yoga alongside your fellow community members
I have been
to several
yoga events
but performing yoga
alongside your fellow
community members
and leaders is
something that does
not happen every day

“Although, its a cold Sunday morning I was looking for this event ever since the poster was

released by the organisers last month,” one of the attendees told The Indian Weekender. “Sitting around me were some non-Indian members of the community, children aged from five to ten, elderly men and women, some of whom were not able to sit on the ground but they sat of the chair and enthusiastically followed the instructions of the yogis and performed yoga,” the attendee said. Earlier, the mutually-shared enthusiasm amongst community leaders to make this event successful was visible in several promotional videos released in close collaboration with the office of the Consulate of India inviting people to come along with their friends and family members to enjoy yoga. “I have been to several yoga events but performing yoga alongside your fellow community members and leaders is something that does not happen every day,” a community leader, who chose to remain anonymous, added. The yoga session ended about 11 a.m. when community members inquisitively asked about how to bring yoga into their lives, not only to perform on occasions but to make it into their daily routine and rake the benefits for themselves and their families. The attendees were then served with fruit and light snacks arranged from the kitchen of Auckland Indian Association amidst a brief mix and mingle between the members of the public. Expressing satisfaction with the event which witnessed overcrowding of the big hall, Hon Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon said, “It brings me immense joy to witness such massively successful participation from the Kiwi-Indian diaspora who were able to draw non-Indians to the mega yoga event.”

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Govt officials join community at Wellington Yoga Day

¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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join community at Wellington Yoga Day ¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD T he High Commission of India in

T he High Commission of India in Wellington in association with the Art of Living, Wellington, hosted the fifth

International Day of Yoga at Bharat Bhawan, simultaneous to the event hosted by the Consulate office and community organisations in Auckland. The event received immense popularity of the community and also the attention of some of the government and council officials who graced the event with their presence. Curators from Art of Living Wellington, Sahana and Ravi Mistry conducted the an- hour plus yoga session for the attendees present there. “The event was a great success as it has been in the last few years- but it can be agreed that the event and yoga as an exercise are getting very popular here, and not just amongst Indians but also amongst other ethnicities in the country,” one of the attendees said. MP Brett Hudson and Mayor of Porirua, Mike Tana, graced the occasion. Charge d’affaires C Doss Jeyakumar inaugurated the

event with a welcome speech. The International Day of Yoga main event is observed on June 21 every year, and many different community organisations and private yoga centres are hosting separate events on the day across the globe.

many different community organisations and private yoga centres are hosting separate events on the day across
many different community organisations and private yoga centres are hosting separate events on the day across
many different community organisations and private yoga centres are hosting separate events on the day across

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Future of international students in limbo as Auckland based college botches up results

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

A group of more than twenty international students studying hospitality courses in the Sylvia Park Campus of New

Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) - an Auckland based educational institute - are going through extreme stress about an uncertain future, as their college fails to deliver results, even after six to nine months of completion of their coursework and repeated submissions of assignments. Majority of these students who have come to New Zealand on a promise of better educational outcomes and a “world class student experience” had taken huge financial

loans in their home country, mostly against the collaterals of family-homes, to aggravate their miseries. Importantly, this is not a case of students having poor English language skills or having poor competency level. Rather it is a case where the college is continuously shifting the standards of what is required to successfully pass the course, often at whims and without any proper communication with the affected students. The Indian Weekender spoke with at least five of these students on Monday, June 17, who told that their numbers were around twenty, however many of them were scared to come out in the open, for fear of retribution from either the college, or Immigration New Zealand – a debilitating fear shared by a majority of international students. The students told The Indian Weekender that their plight had aggravated after college’s repeated changing of “goalposts” of what is required to pass the course, and get a pass certificate and coming back with pleas to change and resubmit their assignments. “Some of us completed the course in September and December last year, but we were asked to resubmit assignments that we have done successfully.” “However, neither we have received our results nor any satisfactory explanation to our questions,” Hatim Poonawala, one of the students said frustratingly. College currently addressing NZQA raised quality concerns The frustrated students who are living on month to month visa extensions told The Indian Weekender that they have been running from pillar to post ranging from college staff to the office of the Minister of Education for immediate help. The students shared with The Indian Weekender one of their appeals to help to be reverted back by the office of the NZQA which acknowledged that the quality concern related to Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management (Level 7) at NZMA. “As you are aware NZMA is implementing an agreed remedial plan for you which include re-teaching of the Diploma content and reassessment of all Diploma components completed to date and includes appointing a moderation partner who will post-moderate marked learner work,” a letter from the office of Acting Chief Executive said. Poorly administered process Explaining their plight and poor communication from the college, students told The Indian Weekender that initially, they were appreciative of college’s compulsory remediation process as required by NZQA, as the college was both supportive and informative about the process and students realised that the process had good intentions at the heart. “All students were supported by the college

From left: NZMA Sylvia Park students Ryan Pinto, Hatim Poonawala, Dilpreet Singh and Prasad Gawde
From left: NZMA Sylvia Park students
Ryan Pinto, Hatim Poonawala, Dilpreet
Singh and Prasad Gawde outside their
institute. Photo supplied.

to get our visa extensions, which was a maximum of two months. “Initially, in some of the cases, students were also supported with nominal financial support from the college to help us sail through the difficult phase of the extension of studies and staying on a student visa,” another student Prasad Gawde said. “However, soon proper communications and support dried out and were gradually replaced by almost non-committal, and mutually contradictory responses, from the college staff,” Mr Prasad said. “Initially, we were told that we have to work with a new tutor and submit our assignments. And only if we pass, our assignments will be sent to the moderation partner, which was ARA Institute, Canterbury,” Mr Poonawala said. “Many of us were told that they were passed by the internal marker and their assignments have been sent to ARA Institute,” Mr Poonawala said. However, halfway through this process, students were told that the tutor/internal marker had left the college and the students will have to rewrite assignments with a new tutor, causing much anxiety and frustration among the students. “In fact, we were also asked by the college staff to share our previously submitted assignments for reassessment, which raised much concern about their academic integrity,” Mr Poonawala said. “Since then, nether we are getting neither satisfactory answers nor assurances of when we can expect our results.” “This is a very frustrating situation as many of us have already lost potential full-time job opportunities, because of our precarious visa conditions.” “Moreover, our biggest concern is that most of us have taken big financial loans on the collateral of our family homes for financing our one year study.”

As you are aware NZMA is implementing an agreed remedial plan for you which include
As you
are aware
NZMA
is implementing an
agreed remedial plan
for you which include
re-teaching of the
Diploma content and
reassessment of all
Diploma components
completed to date and
includes appointing
a moderation partner
who will post-moderate
marked learner work.

“Since that one year period has already

finished now we are required to start repayment

of the loan.” “However, unfortunately, we are still not in

a position to work full-time and start taking

responsibility of repaying our debts, which is causing grave concerns for our families back home,” Mr Poonawala said. This experience of international students is entirely opposite to what was envisaged by Education Minister Chris Hipkins at the time of the official announcement of the new

International Education Strategy last year

in August.

Launching the strategy last year, Mr Hipkins had said, “The Strategy provides three goals for international education.

“Goal one is to deliver excellent education and student experience by ensuring international students feel welcome and safe here and receive

a high-quality education. It seems that at least the above group of students is receiving education, whose quality is at best contestable, and experience, that is fast deteriorating to abysmal. Education Minister’s office ask NZQA to follow-up with the college

On The Indian Weekender’s query with the office of the Education Minister about this not-so-positive experience of the international students in New Zealand, a spokesperson responded with an assurance, “The Government’s aim is to ensure students receive a high-quality education and a positive experience in New Zealand which will benefit them throughout their lives.” “The Minister has asked NZQA to follow this up with NZMA directly, which it has done, raising the students’ concerns.” Subsequently, late last night, Wednesday, June 19, The Indian Weekender was told that the NZQA has come back to the Minister’s office with an assurance that a clear road map was in place and students were duly informed

– a fact also reiterated by Mark Worsop, Chief

Executive Officer, NZMA. “We have informed these students that the pending external moderation is due by Friday this week. This is due process, and the advice we have received [from the moderation partner] to date. “Providing students have completed all assessment work to required standards, and bearing in mind varying student performances, eligible students should graduate by 5 July.” However, the students had confirmed to The Indian Weekender on Thursday June 20, that they have not officially heard from the college about this definitive plan – a fact that they would not much complain, provided they can expect a definite result by July 5.

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Near-death experience turns

technician into safety campaigner

¡ LYN BARNES

P ritesh Kumar considers

himself a fortunate man. The

refrigeration technician was

exposed to carbon monoxide while cleaning an evaporator in a cool room when he was overcome with the often-fatal poison. Now, the Aucklander is on a mission to make everyone aware of the risks of the toxic gas. Because carbon monoxide has no

smell or taste, the 36-year-old initially thought he had a virus until he felt seriously unwell and disorientated.

A mild headache and dizziness are

often the first symptoms, similar to flu. Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the invisible killer and death or brain damage is common outcomes. The toxic fumes are created when wood, petrol or gas only partially burn and can occur when appliances operate in areas with poor ventilation.

In Pritesh’s situation, an LPG forklift was used to lift the technicians to the top of the evaporator unit; he did not realise it was running in the cool room. “It was almost silent; we couldn’t hear it going… “LPG is clean burning fuel, and that’s why it’s popular in heaters, for cars, trucks, forklifts and small portable engines; it’s doesn’t irritate the nose, mouth

or

skin. But every year there are reports

of

fatalities, usually because people

have no idea how lethal it can be. Between 2006-2012, sixteen people died from accidental exposure in New Zealand. Since his near-fatal encounter, Pritesh convinced his sister to get

near-fatal encounter, Pritesh convinced his sister to get rid of her portable gas heater and insisted

rid of her portable gas heater and insisted his father, who still lives in Fiji where he grew up and trained, to house his generator outdoors. “With all the power cuts in Fiji, many people have generators – but they are so dangerous because of the fumes,” Pritesh said. The father of two, who has been in the industry for almost two decades, had worked in several cool stores. In fact, he’d done this particular job a number of times in the past. He said he approached this job like any other. “We did the safety check and the client provided a forklift and driver.

We didn’t know it was LPG…” (Only electric forklifts are now used in the cool rooms on the South Auckland site of accident). The pair started work around 10 a.m. but by 12.30 p.m. Pritesh had started to feel a bit dizzy. But as he’d skipped breakfast he thought it was just because he was hungry, so he

and his co-worker headed outside for

a lunch break. After eating, he felt

better so he suggested continuing and aiming to finish work by 3pm.

They again jumped in the forklift cage to be hoisted back up into the cool room ceiling. Around an hour and a half later Pritesh recalls his brain starting to act strangely. “I wondered, ‘what are we doing here?’ I stopped thinking!” He asked his co-worker, who didn’t know either. “But I knew I needed to go out….

I started breathing really fast when

I came out and could see my heart

beating through my shirt; I thought I

was having a heart attack.” Toxicology researcher and clinical senior lecturer Dr John Fountain, from the Best Practice Advocacy Centre (BPAC) and the University of Otago in Dunedin, explains that as a person is affected by carbon monoxide, oxygen in their

bloodstream declines and once the brain is starved of oxygen, the ability to rationalise decreases, which is what happens with climbers or pilots at altitude… “As you become more affected, your inability to realise that something is wrong effects self- rescue,” he explains. Pritesh phoned his manager at the main Airtech office in Ponsonby, who told him to head to reception and call an ambulance. His manager then phoned his contact at the site to advise them there was an issue – and to check on the other staff. By the time they got to the coolroom, the other technician and forklift driver had collapsed. After taking a couple of days off work and coming to terms with the inevitable tiredness related to carbon

monoxide poisoning, Pritesh started to do some research. “The first thing I did was to get rid of our gas heater. He acknowledges they are cheap to buy compared with installing a heat pump, but having done the calculations and weighing up risks, he says a heat pump is much cheaper in the long run – and that’s not just because he works for a company that installs them. “I went back to finish the job a week and a half later and was aware

I could’ve died in there. My wife

called me 20 times that day!” Rather than face prosecution for the workplace accident, both companies involved applied for Enforceable Undertakings with WorkSafe New Zealand. Under current legislation, both parties are considered liable. Enforceable Undertakings detail a list of actions that organisations must undertake,

including improving health and safety standards for workers in their industry and community. Airtech’s remediation will cost around $80,000 and NZ Hothouse Group $185,000. Pritesh is now alert to any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. “I never start the car without the garage door open, even in winter… I have this feeling that something could happen. Even when people have got compliance for their gas heaters, for example, they can be faulty.” The technician has been back to the refrigeration company in Fiji where he worked and spoke to his former boss to be careful if his workers are still using LPG forklifts. And he recently returned to Fiji to complete his final exam and talked to his lecturer about the hazards of carbon monoxide and LPG. He stressed that people needed to know that the clean-burning gas did not give off any smell, or NO, (nitrogen oxide), the pollutant gases emitted from diesel or petrol engines. Although he knew about carbon monoxide poisoning, he had not been taught as part of his apprenticeship training, about the danger of exposure to carbon monoxide in relation to LPG. Pritesh says he expected to smell it. But now he knows that is not the case and he’s keen to share the message. “It’s good it happened; now I have the knowledge,” Pritesh said.

Lyn Barnes is a former Senior Lecturer of Journalism at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), who continues to write on issues close to her heart.

Gas heating and Carbon Monoxide: How to keep your family safe this winter

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

W ith New Zealand facing the coldest

weather in this winter season, the

chances of gas heating related

accidents have gone up at all time-high, almost

silently. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can kill in minutes. Every year in New Zealand there are incidences of accidental carbon monoxide poisonings. Toxicologist Dr John Fountain says there are three critical factors to keep in mind: any form

of combustion in an enclosed space that is not

adequately ventilated can be a trap. Twelve-year-old Jesse Samuels died in Haast in January in his grandfather’s gas-heated outdoor shower at their holiday home as the toxic fumes overcame him in the enclosed space. In July 2016, a Christchurch family only survived because their youngest child had a fit and became unconscious as they were going to bed. A generator had been left running in the garage and the door was slightly open, enough to let toxic fumes overwhelm the family.

However, the outcome was not so positive

for an Ashburton mother and her three children

in

2015, who died after she left the car running

to

charge the battery. The garage was connected

to

the house. Since LPG and natural gas heaters are

used widely to warm New Zealand homes and businesses, Worksafe NZ website carries information on some do’s and don’ts to remain

carries information on some do’s and don’ts to remain safe. Used wisely, gas is instant, reliable,

safe. Used wisely, gas is instant, reliable, efficient and safe. However, like any other form of energy it must be treated with respect to prevent accidents. In small rooms (eg bedrooms and bathrooms) a permanently installed gas heater may be only used in certain restricted circumstances. Ask a licensed gas worker for advice. Don’t use unflued gas appliances, such as LPG cabinet heaters or instantaneous water heaters in small rooms or in bedrooms and bathrooms There are three main types of heating: flued, room sealed, and unflued. Flued gas heaters have a number of advantages over unflued heaters. Unflued gas appliances have no vent or chimney. They draw the air they need from the space around them and discharge the waste combustion products directly into that space. As a result it is extremely important that unflued

space. As a result it is extremely important that unflued gas appliances are used in well-ventilated

gas appliances are used in well-ventilated areas with plenty of fresh air circulating. One Unflued gas appliances have no vent or chimney. They draw the air they need from the space around them and discharge the waste combustion products directly into that space. As a result it is extremely important that unflued gas appliances are used in well-ventilated areas with plenty of fresh air circulating. Portable gas heaters such as LPG cabinet heaters and other unflued space heaters need special care. Test your connections (cabinet heaters):

After securely connecting a new or refilled cylinder, apply soapy water to the cylinder connections and turn on the cylinder. If bubbles appear you have a leak. Close the valve and either call an LPG service agent or take the heater to the agent. Safe space: Always keep your heater at least one metre away from anything that could catch on fire. Put a safety guard around your heater if you have young children in your home or there is a lot of foot traffic.

Fresh air: Keep a window open when you use your unflued heater, to help remove heater emissions (combustion products) and to keep the air fresh and reduce condensation. Never use unflued heaters in bedrooms and bathrooms. Burner: If you see soot building up on the burner it is a sign there is something wrong and you should not use the heater. Call an appliance service agent or gasfitter to have the appliance checked. If you smell gas inside your home

Keep flames and cigarettes out of the room and away from the area.

Never operate any electrical switches when a gas leak is suspected – a flick off or on could cause a spark and ignite the gas.

• Don’t use your mobile phone in the area.

Turn off all valves to gas appliances if this can be done safely.

• Turn off the gas supply at the meter or LPG cylinder.

Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.

• If the smell persists in the house go outside to a safe place away from the building. Carbon Mono Oxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal, and wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances, such as gas heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters, and generators as well as vehicles. The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness.

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FOOTBALLER ROY KRISHNA

joins Indian Super League Club ATK

¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

F ijian football star and former Wellington Phoenix, marksman Roy Krishna, has signed a one-year deal with Indian Super

League Club ATK starting August 2019. Roy Krishna earlier this year was named the Best Player in A-League, received Johnny Warren medal and the Golden Boot. Roy went on to Twitter, making his announcement joining ATK based in Kolkata, India surprising has fans all over the world. “140 years ago, my ancestors came to Fiji from Kolkata, India, in search of better opportunities. Today marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super League to go back to where it all began,” Roy Krishna tweeted. “I’m delighted to join ATK in the Hero ISL. I have taken my time to make what I feel is the right decision for my family and me, and ATK presents a great new opportunity for me in a new league,” Roy Krishna told media. Krishna said he is delighted to join the Indian club and is looking forward to joining the club and engage with his fans and also promote Fiji there. ATK was previously known as Atlético de Kolkata and is the first team in the Indian Super League under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF) and plays its home games at Salt Lake Stadium. Former Spanish defender Antonio López Habas is the coach of the team who led the team to win its inaugural season in 2014 and 2016 against the same opponent Kerala Blasters. The team is owned by Kolkata Games and

Kerala Blasters. The team is owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt Ltd, which consists of

Sports Pvt Ltd, which consists of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, alongside businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka and Utsav Parekh.

Roy Krishna will play in front of a comparatively bigger crowd in Kolkata that in Australasia region. ATK boasts of a record of 65,000 people with an average of 18,000

per game in the previous season and a high of 41,000 people. Former France internationals like Robert Pires, David Trezeguet, Florent Malouda, Nicholas Anelka and Mikael Silvestre have all played in the ISL. Other big names who have featured in the league include David James (England), Wes Brown (England), Cafu (Brazil), Roberto Carlos (Brazil) and Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria). “Roy Krishna is our first international striker signing of the season. He is a prolific striker with leadership skills under his belt. He will add attack and variety to the team, and his confidence will give an edge. I am very happy to have him at ATK,” an ATK spokesperson said.

140 years ago, my ancestors came to Fiji from Kolkata, India, in search of better opportunities. Today marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super League to go back to where it all beganto the team, and his confidence will give an edge. I am very happy to have

marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super
marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super
marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super
marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC in the Hero India Super
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Auckland Council launches 2019 elections website 17-year-old arrested for alleged racist slur, assault on Indian
Auckland Council launches
2019 elections website
17-year-old arrested for alleged
racist slur, assault on Indian man
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
T he 2019 Auckland local elections website is
P olice arrested a 17-year-
now live now for the public.
old for multiple reports of
Voteauckland.co.nz is a one-stop destination
aggravated robberies, and
for candidates and voters.
It has information about how to vote, why people
should vote, and how Auckland Council works.
Resources are available in New Zealand Sign
Language and will soon be offered in Samoan,
Simplified Chinese and te reo Māori.
Auckland Council General Manager Democracy
Services, Marguerite Delbet, says the website aims
to “facilitate participation in local democracy by
removing as many barriers as possible.
“We live in one of the most culturally diverse regions
in the world, so we need to make sure all Aucklanders
have the information they need to get involved and
make informed decisions.”
Candidates can access a range of resources,
including information about how nominations work,
how to campaign, and the roles, responsibilities and
remuneration of elected members. Nominees must
be New Zealand citizens aged 18 years or older and
enrolled on the New Zealand electoral roll.
Nomination forms will be available on the website
when the nomination period opens on July 19 until it
closes on August 16.
Marguerite Delbet says one of the main reasons
people don’t vote is because they don’t know enough
about the candidates. To address this, information
about the candidates will be available on the website
after they are officially announced on August 21.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for voters to
learn about the candidates in their area.
“As well as the information available in voting
packs, voteauckland will give candidates the
opportunity to explain why they chose to stand, the
issues they’re passionate about and how they intend to
make a difference.”
Closer to the election, voters will be able to type
their address into the website to find their local board,
a series of serious assaults that
occurred in Epsom, Sandringham
and Mt Roskill between June 3
and June 10.
Police also ruled out ‘racism’ in
ward, district health board, and whether or not there’s
a
licensing trust in their area. They’ll also be able to
search for their closest post box to return their voting
papers. Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta,
is
encouraging Aucklanders to help shape their region.
“Our local leaders shape our communities. Every
three years we get to choose our representatives
through local elections.
“We need to support candidates to stand and voters
to make informed decisions so that our locally elected
members represent our communities’ interests.”
The voteauckland website also contains a list of
key election dates, to make sure candidates and voters
don’t miss any crucial deadlines.
Key Dates
the reported asaults and believe that these attacks were opportunistic and the victims
targeted as they were isolated and on their own.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Franich said police were satisfied that race
was “not the motivation” behind the attacks after speaking to the victims.
“We believe the victims were targeted at random, due to the fact that they were
isolated and on their own,” he said.
Police seized the vehicle which is believed to have been used in these incidents.
The first incident occurred shortly after midnight on June 3 when four men
approached a man on King George Avenue, Epsom. One of the offenders struck the
man with a hockey stick and stole his mobile phone.
The offenders then fled in a silver Subaru Legacy station wagon.
At approximately 1:20 pm, also on June 3, an Indian man reported that a group
of men punched him multiple times on Locarno Avenue, Sandringham, and hurled
‘racist slurs‘ before fleeing in a silver vehicle.
The men rushed off after hurling racial abuses at him, and the victim hurried to the
safety of his house. He narrated the incident to his wife and later called the police.
The victim was able to note down the registration number of the car. The victim was
hurt on his neck, chest, head, stomach and other parts of the body while he screamed
for help.
A peace protest march was held by the community members on Saturday, June 8
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in Sandringham against the attack on the victim.
The third assault incident occurred on Monday, June 10 around 6:30 pm when
• 19 July - Candidate nominations open
a man was approached on Keystone Avenue, Mount Roskill, and assaulted. The
• 16 August - Candidate nominations close at noon /
Electoral roll closes
• 21 August - Candidates announced
• 20 September - Voting opens
• 8 October - Last day to post voting papers (ballot
boxes will still be open)
• 12 October - Voting closes at noon
17 October to 23 October - Official results announced
offender came from a silver Subaru station wagon.
The victim was punched and kicked multiple times by the man, before two other
men, who were also in the silver Subaru station wagon, also punched and kicked
him. The offenders left with the victim’s backpack, which contained his laptop.
“Police are following strong leads on other offenders involved in the matter,” says
Detective Franich.
The teen appeared in the Auckland Youth Court this week.
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Asian parents feel more pressure about child’s development, reveals nib’s parenting survey

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A sian parents are more likely to experience the stress around their child/children’s

development than other Kiwi parents in New Zealand, revealed nib’s parenting survey. One in three (32 per cent) Asian parents surveyed said they felt pressure about their child’s stage of development. This was significantly higher than overall respondents, with one in four (23 per cent) parents reporting that they’ve experienced this pressure. Asian parents were more than twice as likely to report experiencing “a lot” of pressure to keep up with other families in some respect – at 11 per cent compared to 5 per cent overall. Leading health insurer, nib New Zealand (nib) recently undertook its inaugural State of the Nation Parenting Survey – canvassing the views of 1,200 parents throughout the country (including step-parents, guardians, and caregivers with children 17 years or younger), on the major concerns and trends impacting them today. The survey was carried out in partnership with global measurement and data analytics company, Nielsen. The findings document provided a summary of the insights at a total level, with top-line data specifically related to the Asian community.

Photo of an Indian parent at Auckland Diwali 2018 (IWK Image for reference only)
Photo of an
Indian parent at
Auckland Diwali
2018 (IWK Image
for reference only)

The usual suspect of social media and the use of technology and the impact of screen time dominated the list of areas of concerns by parents, regardless of their ethnicity. Some of the main concerns of all parents in New Zealand were the impact of social media (89 per cent), the use of technology and impact of screen time (85 per cent), the ability to cope with peer pressure (81 per cent), ownership of electronic devices (77 per cent) and managing behavioural issues (73 per cent). The fact that 73 per cent of all parents were also concerned of their child/children’s mental health issue is also worrying.

Asian parents were more likely to have experience stress and pressure about how their children

Asian parents were more likely to have experience stress and pressure about how their children were coping with areas of concern, pointing towards the challenges that ethnic minority migrants experiences in the settlement in the new country

of concern, pointing towards the challenges that ethnic minority migrants experiences in the settlement in the
of concern, pointing towards the challenges that ethnic minority migrants experiences in the settlement in the

However, among all parameters, Asian parents were more likely to have experience stress and pressure about how their children were coping with areas of concern, pointing towards the challenges that ethnic minority migrants experiences in the settlement in the new country.

Asian parents were significantly more likely to have experienced extreme concern about their child/ children’s ownership of electronic devices (15 per cent), compared to total survey respondents (9 per cent).

Social media and device usage

social

The

potential

impact

of

media on our children causes the highest degree of concern for parents in New Zealand, with nearly half (45 percent) of respondents expressing either extreme or high levels of concern. Overall, nearly nine in 10 (89 per cent) respondents expressed some level of concern on this issue.

Quality time One in five Asian parents (18 per cent) were extremely concerned with the amount of time they have available to spend with their children compared with 11 per cent of total survey respondents. Overall, 76 per cent of respondents reported some degree of concern over the amount of time they have available to spend with their children (with 37 per cent experiencing either “a lot” or “a moderate amount” of concern). Among Asian parents, one in 10 (10 per cent) cited their biggest concern as placing their child or children in daycare / pre-school / kindergarten when returning to work, compared with only 5 per cent of total survey respondents.

in daycare / pre-school / kindergarten when returning to work, compared with only 5 per cent
in daycare / pre-school / kindergarten when returning to work, compared with only 5 per cent
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Shama to co-host National hui against sexual violence, abuse

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S hama, Hamilton’s Ethnic Women Centre, is co-hosting a national hui for ethnic

therapists and ethnic community organisers concerning sexual violence and abuse in the ethnic communities. The development of a National Sexual Violence Response Service for ethnic communities is the first of its kind in New Zealand. The national hui will be held on July 24 at the Grand Hall in the parliament in Wellington. This event is co-hosted by Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. “It’s hard enough to talk about sex, let alone when things go wrong and combine that with small communities and feeling different from the mainstream, and it’s a recipe for silence,” says Silvana Erenchun Perez, manager at Shama in Hamilton. “It is this silence we want to change by bringing together ethnic communities to talk about sexual violence,” Silvana added. Despite the stigma associated

Anjum Rahman and Silvana Erenchun Perez from SHAMA
Anjum Rahman and Silvana Erenchun Perez from SHAMA

with sexual violence, social worker Fariya Begum is keen to begin the conversation with the community members. “Ethnic workers are a source of knowledge and we are aware of the roots, soil and nourishment that our communities need to thrive and this hui is a chance to learn from other ethnic therapists and community organisers to provide improved services,” Ms Begum said. While there are many ethnic therapists working in both mainstream and ethnic specific

allow us to meet practitioners from across the country and share everyone’s knowledge, wisdom and

experience,” manager for the service, Vani Mills said. The hui is set to establish a collaborative base for the new national sexual violence response service for ethnic communities. “This hui is a critical opportunity for ethnic community leaders and champions

"Ethnic workers are a source of knowledge and we are aware of the roots, soil
"Ethnic
workers are a
source of knowledge
and we are aware of the
roots, soil and nourishment
that our communities need
to thrive and this hui
is a chance to learn
from other ethnic
therapists"

against violence to come together and collaborate across our various organisations

diverse

communities to have the discussions needed for a strong response to sexual violence,”

o r g a n i s a t i o n s across the country, this is the first time that they have been invited to come

and

together to discuss the treatment and prevention of sexual violence in their own communities. Diversity Counselling New Zealand, an ethnic service provider in Hamilton, is keen to participate in this new service. “We’ve hosted meetings of ethnic counsellors working in Hamilton since last year, but this hui will

Coordinator – National Collective of Rape Crisis & Related Groups, Angelo Libeau said. Angelo further described how ethnicity is one of the factors that impacts people’s ability to access resources, and mentioned that a “collaborative and intersectional approach” is the obvious way to begin the development of this “vital”

project.Anindita Dey-Sinha, anACC- approved counsellor who has been working with ethnic communities for more than 11 years emphasised on the importance of having a wide range of ethnic counsellors practising in New Zealand. “Ethnic counsellors expect to be attuned to deeper cultural issues such as the role of faith, gender roles and the impacts of migration. These are all factors that need to be considered when communities act together to prevent sexual violence from occurring,” Anindita added. Shama has appealed the general public for join hands with them if they have the expertise to counsel someone or just help Shama in this project. “If you are an ethnic counsellor, therapist or community organiser interested in attending the national hui on July 24, please follow this link to fill in an expression of interest: https://form.jotform.

co/91396992289882

For more information contact Shama on info@shama.org.nz or trustee Dr Priya Kurian on Priya. kurian@waikato.ac.nz.

NZ Police: Don’t let your loved ones fall victim to scams

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N ew Zealand Police want to help prevent your loved ones falling victim to scams – and we need you to spread

the word with your friends and families. We know that scams are often targeted towards more vulnerable members of society who may not have the knowledge or information to protect themselves. Sadly this often involves older people – and being Elder Abuse Awareness Week we wanted to share some advice that might prevent more people falling victim to scams. Earlier this month an older gentleman was scammed out of a significant amount of cash after he received a call from someone claiming to be from a New Zealand telecommunications company. The victim was a customer with the company for internet, cell phone and landline and the call seemed genuine. They even claimed they were working with Police, and put a ‘detective’ on the line who said the man had to post a significant amount of cash in order to catch the offenders who were, allegedly, hacking the man’s computer. Believing the call was genuine, he posted the cash. The man asked for a tracking number and quickly realised something wasn’t right so he called Police. The parcel was able to be tracked, put on hold and retrieved by Police. Thankfully in this situation Police were able to assist with tracking down the man’s money but unfortunately this is not always the case. Police’s advice is to always be vigilant and to never automatically trust someone over the phone or online who you haven’t met in person. If you are receiving a call from someone purporting to be from a business, ask them for credentials and never hand over personal details such as computer passwords or bank account details. Look after your personal details in the same way you would your wallet and other possessions. Your personal details are very valuable to scammers, they will use your details to take

valuable to scammers, they will use your details to take out loans or run up debts

out loans or run up debts if they can. If something looks or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a victim believes they have been scammed and lost money, it is critical that they report this matter to their bank immediately. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a crime, online or in person, should also get in touch with Police. Be aware of common scams. For example, banks, Immigration New Zealand or Inland Revenue never email, call or text customers to ask for money to be sent using money transfer services. If you receive a request like that, it’s a scam. Similarly, Police will never ask for a payment of any fine, infringement, or penalty through a phone call and we’ll never ask a member of the public over the phone for their PIN numbers or passwords. Sometimes people are scammed by someone who has befriended them online – possibly romantically – who claim they can help solve their problems with money. This particularly targets those who may be lonely and vulnerable, and is often harder to spot. We urge you to not only take this advice for yourselves but also share it with someone else who might need it. Have a chat to family members who may be isolated or who might not have access to these messages. If they are a victim of a scam they might be ashamed to ask for help or let you know what’s happened. Let them know that scams like this do happen and to never give cash or personal details to someone they don’t know. For further information on different of forms of elder abuse and resources on the topic please see https://www.ageconcern.org.nz.

Primary sector discussion document

Primary sector discussion document • Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi National Party List MP L ast

• Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

National Party List MP

L ast week National launched the third in our line of Discussion Documents at Fieldays, this time focused on the Primary

Sector. While sector returns look strong, farmers at Fieldays were worried about the conversion of pastoral farm land to forestry, excessive red tape, workforce issues and environmental taxes. The document showcases our positive and innovative approach to what is the backbone of our economy and highlights areas that we are looking to make changes in. The New Zealand primary sector contributes over $45 billion and employs over 350,000 people. We produce enough food to feed about 40 million people around the globe. And our reputation as a safe producer of food underpinned by sustainable farming practises is paramount to international consumers. That’s why it’s important we continue to support the sectors growth and ensure our policy is fit for purpose. As our global population grows we need to produce more food, so it’s important that we have the workforce to manage, develop and maintain New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural businesses. National are proposing a Primary Sector Visa to address this important issue. The visa would act as an avenue for skilled and experienced migrants to help get residence and build their futures here. National are aware we need to be providing pathways for young New Zealanders to enter the primary sector as well. Last year the Coalition Government announced the closure of Taratahi, the leading vocational training establishment. We will work hard to support vocational education and agricultural training and ensure young New Zealanders have the skills to

succeed in the primary sector. We’ve also outlined in the document the importance of biosecurity and protecting our sector from devastating incursions. Our frontline is under immense pressure with 5.5million people crossing our shores each year and more items flowing through our mail pathways. National are proposing to strengthen biosecurity penalties to deter people from taking unnecessary risks that could have big consequences. This means giving biosecurity officers the power to deport those knowingly bringing in high risk items, ensuring importers are held accountable for signing off Import Health Standards on goods that aren’t free of biosecurity risk items, and increasing fines from the current $400 to $1000 for those found to have risk materials. Rural health is also a big focus, and we’re committed to ensuring that rural communities have access to core services that meet their needs. The Coalition Government have been letting these communities down with revoking the maternity status of Lumsden Maternity Centre due to funding cuts a prime example of this. We’ve already seen mothers having to give birth on the side of the road as a result of this decision and National have promised to reinstate the maternity status. National have also proposed a mobile health clinic serviced by a health practitioner that travels to remote rural communities on a regular basis. This will provide a ‘warrant of fitness’ health check for patients who may struggle to get into town to see their doctor. These are just some of the many topics covered in the discussion document. We also want to hear your thoughts on landcorp, climate change, food safety, RMA, water storage and the expansion of plantation forestry on hill country. To read the document head to https:// www.national.org.nz/primary_sector and have your say on our policy leading i nto 2020.

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Dunedin Tamils’ noble gesture on Eid initiates novel project for students

¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

D unedin Tamil Society, a small

community organisation of

Tamil speaking individuals,

hosted Eid celebrations for the community in Dunedin last week that gave birth to a new project that will help students of the University of which many of the members are from Otago Tamil Students association. Dunedin Tamil Society organize Eid, Diwali, South Indian festivals such as the harvest festival Pongal,

Tamil New Year, Christmas, and other religious and national festivals, sports and family events throughout the year at different intervals for the community. Even though a small population of Tamil Muslims lives in the Dunedin region, the community organisation took the opportunity to host Eid event for the entire community inviting men, women and children from the wider Tamil community in wider Dunedin region for a day of family time and fun on Sunday, June

9, at the premises of the University

of Otago. The highlight of the event besides the delicacies arranged, entertainment and activities by the sponsors was the magic show by one of the best magicians from the Dunedin region, Jonathan Usher. “We took this opportunity of showing inclusiveness and love towards our Muslim community by organizing this Eid event,” Dr Luxmanan Selvanesan, president of Dunedin Tamil Society told The Indian Weekender. “The event was arranged for the Muslim community on the occasion of their biggest festival, by a good population of Hindu Tamil volunteers and the delicious food cooked by a Christian chef – this was the essence of our love and multiculturalism and inclusivity we wanted to exhibit through this event,” Dr Luxmanan

Members of the community celebrating Eid in Dunedin. Photos: Kelk Photography
Members
of the
community
celebrating Eid in
Dunedin. Photos:
Kelk
Photography

said. The event also had a Muslim keynote speaker and 60 to 80 attendees including Muslim and non-Muslim families from the city and two families who travelled from Oamaru to be a part of the event. The event took a surprising turn when the organisers were left with a reasonably good amount of food leftover, and it is then the organizers realized that they could make the best of that opportunity. The surplus food was served or offered to the students of the Otago University who are preparing for their exams.

The organisers arranged 60-80 takeaway boxes and approached students of the University studying and offered it to them who graciously accepted the food packs and thanked the DTS members. “Exam times are always difficult for the students, they are mentally stressed and making time to prepare food food and to eat healthy is always a difficult choice that they have to make –often they rely on takeaways, snacks and junk food. “The students were overwhelmed when we offered them the food boxes and expressed their relief and happiness of not getting worried

about cooking when then get home or eating out. This way they get a freshly prepared home cooked style meal” Dr. Luxmanan said. The success of this unplanned but pleasantly surprising activity has led the Dunedin Tamil Society executive team contemplating the idea to host such lunch or dinner packs for the students, especially during exam times. “I discussed the idea with my Vice-President Niv Kamalendran who was completely in support of the idea, I am confident there will be an overwhelming response from the community as well as from our local

retailers and business owners, as well as the university itself. Businesses can easily come onboard to sponsor such food boxes for the students and get their name out there into the student community,” Dr. Luxmanan added. The idea is to make the most of the opportunity which will be a win-win for all the parties involved –the students getting gift food boxes, the sponsors of the food such as restaurant/s, local retailers and businesses, cleaners, etc. get their business promoted through these activities and a community goal or serving noble cause is also accomplished.

Indian taxi driver assaulted in Wellington

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A n Indian taxi driver has

suffered from a broken nose

and cut on his hand after

being assaulted by a passenger in Lower Hutt earlier last Friday. Thirty-one-year-old Harpreet Singh picked up a passenger at around 3 a.m. on Friday from the Lower Hutt Queens Rd rank outside Queensgate Shopping Centre, who at

the end of his trip, which was barely

a four-minute drive, assaulted him

while demanding money. Harpreet’s wife Mattar Amanpreet told NZ Herald that the passenger asked to be dropped at Waterloo shops which were four-minutes drive

from the pickup location and opened

a casual chat with the driver about

the weather and his work. When the taxi reached Waterloo, the passenger asked to be dropped at Collingwood Street, and it was then that the passenger threatened Harpreet with a knife.

Harpreet’s wife speaking to the

Harpreet with a knife. Harpreet’s wife speaking to the NZ Herald narrating the ordeal her husband

NZ Herald narrating the ordeal

her husband suffered said that the passenger on the way towards Collingwood Street reached out to his backpack between his legs

and pulled out a knife and put it to Harpreet’s throat demanding for money.

passenger put it [the knife]

to my husband’s throat and said ‘give me the money’,” victim’s wife Mattar Amanpreet told the NZ Herald.

A struggle ensued between the two when Harpreet tried to grab the

the “

knife pointed to his throat when he

suffered a deep cut on his thumb. The passenger then punched Harpreet twice on his nose. Harpreet then fled from his own vehicle running to find any help in the dead of night and kept running until a little down

further on the road where

he saw a parked taxi on a driveway. Harpreet narrated the incident to the taxi driver and asked him to

call the police. The other taxi driver let him inside his car and drove towards Harpreet’s taxi only to find it robbed of approximately $250 cash from the middle console and a few coins. The passenger had by then escaped with the cash from the scene. The victim and his wife have a five-month-old baby and a three- year-old daughter and are now questioning the merit of working late in the evening and fear about their future jobs in the area.

The couple has also warned other taxi drivers to be aware when at their jobs as this incident has happened in an area that is considered relatively safe in Wellington. A police spokeswoman confirmed that police received a report of a robbery on Collingwood

St in Lower Hutt shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday, June 14. Hutt and City Taxis chairman Nelson Manak said

"It’s not very good when someone was just going about their work and have a
"It’s
not very good
when someone was
just going about their
work and have a knife
pulled on them"

the company had been in touch with Singh since the incident happened. Mr Manak also visited him on Friday evening, the NZ Herald reported. “We are offering him any support that we can give him,” he said. “It’s not very good when someone was just going about their work and have a knife pulled on them. It’s not a good situation to be in.” Mr Manak said serious assaults on staff didn’t happen often, and he only knew of three or four incidents in the past 20 years. “However, small incidents happen quite a bit, like racial attacks or people refusing to pay,” he said. Mr Manak said a message had been sent out to staff to alert them about the attack and warn them to be careful. He said camera footage in the car had shown the offender was dressed in a hoodie and gloves. “He looked to be prepared for that sort of thing,” he said. “So it is going to be difficult to recognise them,” Mr Manak added.

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Indian HC plant trees on World

Environment Day

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T his year we are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma

Gandhi, who was a great environmentalist.

As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “What we are doing to the

forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” Following his teachings, on World Environment Day on Wednesday, June 5, the High Commission of India, Wellington organised a Tree planting drive in collaboration with the Wellington Indian Association. C Doss Jeyakumar, Chargé d’affaires, Paramjeet Singh, Second Secretary, High Commission of India, Nanubhai Ranchhod, President, Wellington Indian Association and Jupudi Tirupati Rao, Branch Manager, Bank of Baroda, Wellington, along with members of community and officials of High Commission planted 12 trees in the compound of Bharat Bhavan, Wellington. #gandhiat150.

in the compound of Bharat Bhavan, Wellington. #gandhiat150. Following his teachings, on World Environment Day on

Following his teachings, on World Environment Day on Wednesday, June 5, the High Commission of India, Wellington organised a Tree planting drive in collaboration with the Wellington Indian Association.

Supreme Sikh Society raises $71,000 for mosque victims

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T he mosque attack in Christchurch on March 15 that killed 51 innocent people and injured 42 shook the world,

and the whole New Zealand community came forward to assist the victims both financially and emotionally. In this difficult time, the Sikh community of New Zealand also came forward raising money, arranging food and making other vital arrangements to help support the victims and families of the victims in Christchurch. The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand in Takanini from March 16 started a fundraising drive to make their contribution towards the victims in need. Earlier last week, on June 12, members of the Supreme Sikh Society presented two cheques of $60,000 and $11,000 at two separate events in Christchurch. The members travelled from Auckland and presented the cheque of $11,000 to the management of Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch and met some of the survivors at the mosque listening to their stories of horror of the day of the massacre. Later in the afternoon, the members of the Supreme Sikh Society NZ presented another cheque of $60,000 to the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel at Gurudwara

to the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel at Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Woolston. Present at the

Singh Sabha in Woolston. Present at the event was President of SSSNZ Ranvir Singh Lali and General Secretary Rajinder Singh Jindi. On the occasion, various speakers addressed the Sangat in attendance of more than 100 people and acknowledged the sincere efforts of the Supreme Sikh Society and Sikh Brotherhood toward this humanitarian cause. Chief Spokesperson of Supreme Sikh Society NZ, Daljit Singh also highlighted the eagerness of the Supreme Sikh Society to always make

a mark of its contribution to the broader Kiwi Society, and Mayor Lianne Dalziel lauded the efforts and valuable contribution of the Supreme Sikh Society in NZ. Councillor in the Christchurch City Council Phil Claywater, members from The Christchurch Foundation Julia Ross and Amy Carter, Adam Khan, Sahadat Khan, Nazeer Khan, of Linwood Mosque and Narinder Singh Waraich of Labour Party Christchurch were also present at the event.

Man who

shared

mosque-

shooting live stream imprisoned

Man who shared mosque- shooting live stream imprisoned ¡ RNZ A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing

¡ RNZ

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the live stream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced

to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps, who runs Beneficial Insulation – a firm that uses neo-Nazi imagery – pleaded guilty in April to two charges of distributing objectionable material. The 44-year-old sent a copy of the footage, which was filmed by the killer, to about 30 people soon after the massacre. This morning in the Christchurch District Court, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said when Arps was asked for his opinion of the video, he said it was “awesome”. Judge O’Driscoll said Arps wanted to glorify the deaths of members of the Muslim community and any sentence short of imprisonment would not be appropriate. Arps has been in prison in solitary confinement since his arrest in March.

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Editorial

 
 

Auckland Weather forecast for the week June 21 – June 27, 2019

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Indo-US trade irritants:

Tues Wed Thu     Indo-US trade irritants: Negotiation not retaliation   Cloudy A little
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S ince the US announcement of its withdrawal of benefits to India under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) on March 4, 2019, there is speculation that Indo-US trade relations may plunge into a

This week in New Zealand’s history

   

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June 1961

 

downward spiral. Mark Linscott, Former Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council cautioned that “this action could be a first step in a series that might follow, with a cumulative effect of creating significant new tension in the bilateral trade relationship”. Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic presidential aspirant, among several other influential US lawmakers, had urged the Donald Trump administration not to allow any sort of political misrepresentation of the US announcement of GSP withdrawal until general elections in the country were over. Such an understanding would provide more flexibility to respective governments on both sides to resume talks effectively before the US decision is enforced. However, in the US, policy makers are demanding that action be taken to curb imports of shrimp from India, contending that they are heavily subsidised. Also, in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intensified their number of inspections of Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers’ manufacturing practices by 24% more than a year earlier. Also, issues around data localisation and e-commerce, among other market entry barriers, are likely to complicate bilateral relations. Despite this current trade environment, it will be wiser for both countries to avoid hitting a new low. As argued by an eminent IndianAmerican business leader and philanthropist, Frank Islam, CEO and Chairman, FI Investment Group, USA and Member, International Advisory Board, CUTS Washington DC Center, “negotiation is the only way out of the India-U.S. trade conflict and the negotiation must

work towards achieving rapprochement in the short-term and a partnership in the long-term”. In this context, CUTS Policy Note on US Withdrawal of GSP Benefits

to India suggests a constructive approach to which both the countries may adhere to prevent further erosion of their economic and strategic interests. First, India can reconsider its policy stance on e-commerce as it limits fair competition and encourages trade and technology distortion. Second, both countries can identify products on which there can be mutual market access without any major negative fallout on their economic interests. The US should look at products which it is importing from China but can be easily imported from India, through necessary adjustments in technical regulations. Similarly, India should look at products which are otherwise being imported from China and can be imported from the US. This would help both to reduce their respective trade deficits with China and could significantly boost the growth of their bilateral trade. Above all, this would strengthen their economic and strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, which will, in turn, help shape new rules on the emerging global economic and political order. The opportunity cost of retaliatory measures - which India has taken on 28 US products - will be significant and unbearable. Not only will that dampen the bilateral vows of taking relations to greater heights but also cause trade diversion in favour of third countries.

Antarctic Treaty comes into force

 

A s claimant to the Ross Dependency, New Zealand took part in the 1959 conference in Washington DC about the political and international status of Antarctica. The resulting

 

Antarctic Treaty was agreed to by the 12 participating states.

 

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World Court condemns French nuclear tests

 

T he ruling by the International Court of Justice was part of New Zealand’s long campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific. Though the French ignored the court’s interim

 

injunction and carried on testing in the atmosphere, continuing protests soon forced them to

move the tests underground.

 

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June 1905

New Zealand Truth hits the news stands

 

A t its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, New Zealand Truth prided itself on being ‘the champion of the little person and the scourge of corruption and scandal in high places’.

 

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June 2003

 

Parliament votes for prostitution reform

 

T he Prostitution Reform Act was passed on a tumultuous night in Parliament, with the public galleries filled with supporters from both sides. Christchurch Central Labour MP Tim Barnett had promoted the legislation as a private member’s bill. It passed by just one vote.

 

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Mark Williams hits no. 1

 

Yesterday was just the beginning of my life’ topped the Kiwi music charts for three weeks. Williams successfully combined soul and pop with an image that merged glam rock with disco.

 

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People power is the answer to climate emergencies

DEV NADKARNI

T wo related but separate developments in southern India recently – one quite disturbing and the other a great ray of

hope – carry a message that not just India but the whole world would do well to take on board. The alarming depletion of drinking water resources and plunging water tables in a growing number of countries around the world has been in the public discourse for some years. There have been increasing reports about cities running out of drinking water and urban authorities scrambling to make it available to citizens. According to reports, half of India is on the verge of a freshwater crisis as are several countries in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and South America, accounting for more than half of the world’s population. Rampant urban development, deforestation, filling up of natural water bodies for construction activity, overpopulation and pollution has contributed to this dire situation, at least in several Indian cities including Chennai. But the death knell has been sounded by climate change. It is altering weather patterns significantly, causing more extreme weather events – cyclones, coastal storm surges and unusually long droughts because of delayed or depleted rainfall.

Chennai crisis Chennai, the capital of India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu and one of the country’s major metros, has not received rainfall for 191 days

– a record. Drinking water resources have run dry and the situation is so dire that news reports since earlier this month say a growing number of offices and schools are being indefinitely closed because their taps have run dry. The water supply authorities have prioritised for residential areas to receive water but that is also being affected with government tankers bringing water to residential complexes where people have to queue up for their daily supplies.

where people have to queue up for their daily supplies. The alarming depletion of drinking water

The alarming depletion of drinking water resources and plunging water tables in a growing number of countries around the world has been in the public discourse for some years.

Riots have broken out in some areas and there have been cases of violent altercations in the queues. There is little that the government or any authority can do except arrange to cart water from distant reservoirs, in turn depleting the supply of those areas and could potentially snowball into a statewide or even region wide crisis. Unfortunately, this situation is not a one- off and not just restricted to southern India. We are bound to hear of more such instances from across the world in the months and years to come – especially from geographies where population densities are more intense like in urban India, the water tables are depleting,

rainfall is erratic and governments and authorities are ill-prepared to deal with such situations. The Indian government and those of many other developing countries have made rapid strides in natural disaster management and mitigation, with instances of efficient and successful mass evacuations ahead of predicted severe weather and coastal surges following tsunamis. However, no government appears to be adequately prepared for climate emergencies. Unlike severe weather, they cannot be predicted with any certainty but trends over the past few years prove beyond doubt that climate patterns are no longer stable and the world’s water cycle seems a lot more erratic than it has been since records have been maintained.

Ray of hope While these stories about drinking water supplies in Chennai are nothing short of alarming, another heartwarming story from the same state – Tamil Nadu – brings a shining ray of hope. And what is even more significant is that the very factor that potentially exacerbates a

climate emergency situation has been leveraged to mitigate a very similar situation: the factor of population density. Twenty thousand rural women have come together in an extraordinary grassroots movement in the Tamil Nadu district of Vellore to revive a seasonally flowing river named Naganadhi after it went dry some 15 years ago. Over four years, the women with negligible funding from authorities built 3500 recharge wells and used pebbles and boulders to stem rainwater flows so the scarce rainwater could trickle down into the riverbed so that the river could start flowing again. They achieved this feat in 2018 and their success is seen across the country as a grassroots initiative that could be replicated elsewhere not only in India but also the world where significant populations are available to participate in such a life-saving exercise. This is an excellent instance of harnessing people power for their very own weal. And the message that it emphatically conveys is that governments need to adopt bottom-up

approaches in addressing and dealing with

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climate emergencies in sync with any big- ticket, capital and infrastructure intensive top- down initiatives they may be putting in place. The Modi 2.0 government has already embarked on a programme to join several Indian rivers together to redistribute water to deficient areas. The first stage of such a programme connecting the Kshipra and Narmada rivers successfully went on stream earlier this week in west-central India. It’s a big capital-intensive project that should have been initiated decades ago. But as the Vellore experiment demonstrates, smaller projects could deliver results quicker and with greater local impact. The government’s ‘Sab kasaath, sab kavikaas’ (working together for progress for all) well encapsulates this idea of involving the

greatest possible number of people to achieve a desirable common end, as was so wonderfully shown by the 20,000 women of Vellore district.

Bengal is in national centre-stage but for wrong news

N obel laureate economist Amartya Sen repeatedly

the

development of the country, primary necessity is primary health and education services. If health is not given importance then a country or a nation cannot prosper. The backbone of a country is the development of these two. Jyoti Basu was the Chief Minister of West Bengal when Prasanta Sur was the state Health Minister. I can still remember that time, there was anger across the state about the mismanagement of hospitals. Health is a kind of service that solution to grievances of patients is not easy for the government. There is a problem of demand and supply. But it is not that the leader of the ruling party has no role to play in the health sector. I saw the movement of doctors and protesters against Sur. When looking at government hospitals in Kolkata, I started going to hospitals one by one as a young journalist. I saw the condition of patients’ beds in hospitals. There were blood stains on pillows. There was no blood in blood banks.

I went to a hospital late at night and saw various types of businesses running there. When junior doctors started the movement in 1984, Jyoti Basu and

said

that

for

started the movement in 1984, Jyoti Basu and said that for his government said the doctors

his government said the doctors would not sit in discussions. But, in the end, Jyoti Babu had to sit down under pressure to negotiate. On that day I was in Kolkata and today in the national capital of Delhi -- three decades have passed but the situation has not changed yet. Now what is happening in West Bengal is spreading to other states. AIIMS doctors in Delhi are looking after patients wearing a helmet. This is the symbolic movement of junior doctors. It was found that the movement

spread to Hyderabad, Maharashtra and other states. In medicine, the problem is not merely with services. Corruption exists in government as well as in private hospitals. Hospitals

have a ‘broker’ facility. If a patient’s bill is Rs six lakh, the broker will come and say in private, ‘I will reduce the bill by half’ in front of doctors. However, the patient will have to pay Rs one lakh to the broker in return for that. In many cases, doctors are also involved with brokers. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee formed a committee to solve this problem. It is not yet known whether the committee made any recommendations and what action was taken on its report. This time around, many issues came up during the movement of junior doctors in Kolkata. Firstly, regarding the movement of doctors,

it is not very desirable that the matter has become a laboratory of Trinamool versus BJP politics. Initially, there was no need for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to come to the doctors. And when the Chief Minister came, everyone started the slogan - ‘We want Justice’. Mamata Banerjee need not have got so angry on hearing those chants. The BJP is desperate to bake the bread of politics in this movement. No surprises there. Once the Trinamool Congress had done exactly that. But the BJP has not entered the movement directly. Besides, the protesters could also go against the BJP because these doctors are not from the BJP. No flag of any political party was seen there. Junior doctors are not lumpen or mafia and not anti-social either. They represent the urban intellectual comprising meritorious students. But Mamata Banerjee said that the agitation was being run by outsiders. Meanwhile, Hindu-Muslim polarisation occurred. Among the deceased patients, there were Hindus and Muslims. But when a truckful of young men protested the death of a Muslim

patient, a BJP leader tweeted that the attackers said that the attackers are not Muslims, the Mamta government was not taking any action against them. Referring to this allegation, grassroots leaders said that BJP was communalising this incident. Mamata Banerjee is concerned about Hindu politics. Hence, she is more aggressive. Now the biggest weapon of this attack is the Bengali nationalist protest against religious polarization. It has been announced that those in Bengal will have to speak Bengali. In the sixties, when the anti-Tamil movement was launched, Bengalis did not start an anti-Hindi movement. So, in the year 2019, what will be the success of Mamata using a political weapon? But then what started the junior doctors’ movement? Did medical service become secondary? Is that not an issue? And what is the role of the centre in this health crisis? The central government has an important role in the development of medical services. There are not enough doctors in government hospitals. This is a problem across the country. In West Bengal, politics became bigger than the problem of medical service.

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Fiji, India relationship expected to grow

P rime Minister Voreqe

Bainimarama looks forward

to continue working with his

Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi

said. “You have provided an

exceptional leadership to the world’s largest democracy selflessly

   

I NDIAN High Commissioner to Fiji, Padmaja says the relationship between Fiji and

in

areas of mutual interest between

Fiji and India. Mr Bainimarama said he also looked forward to working with PM Modi’s government on global agendas such as climate change, renewable energy and human rights. In a congratulatory letter to Mr Modi following his re-election, Mr Bainimarama conveyed his warmest congratulations, saying the people of India have yet again demonstrated their commitment to strengthening their democracy. Mr Modi’s party secured 350 seats out of the total 542 seats, making him the third Indian Prime Minister to have retained power for

a second term in the Indian political history. Mr Bainimarama said Mr Modi’s re-election was testament to his exemplary leadership and the notable confidence that the people of India had in his vision for a robust and inclusive India. “For a leader and its government, nothing is more comparable to

a leader and its government, nothing is more comparable to in various capacities and I am

in various capacities and I am confident that you will successfully lead India for the next five years, building its relations with all nations for peace and security. “On behalf of my Government and the people of Fiji, I once again convey to you my heartiest congratulations and wish you good health, prosperity and peace.” Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhary said

"The people of India have given you an overwhelming mandate in a show of confidence
"The
people of
India have given
you an overwhelming
mandate in a show of
confidence in your
government"

PM Modi has a led a stable government in his first term in office and this was the reason behind his second victory

because people trusted him. “The people of India have given you an overwhelming mandate in a show of confidence in your government,” Mr Chaudhary said. He said Mr Modi brought about many well placed social, economic

India is expected to grow. Ms Padmaja said this while reacting to win by Narendra Modi

in the General Elections in India last month. “I would like to say that elections are celebrations of democracy and India being the largest practicing democracy in the world, the entire world has been keenly watching the Indian elections,” Ms Padmaja said. “It is a mammoth exercise and successful holding of an Election of this magnitude is indeed a matter of pride for every Indian,” she stated. She added that the historic visit in

2014

“The historic visit of the Prime

Minister of India to Fiji in November

was a milestone not only for

2014

India’s relations with Fiji but also for all the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) as the first Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) was held during that visit which saw high-level participation from all the 14 PICs,” she added. The voting lasted almost six weeks to accommodate nearly 900 million people who were eligible to cast their

was a milestone for the Pacific.

victory that emanates from an

increased majority for a second- term in power,” Mr Bainimarama

a

and administrative reforms that won him another five year term in government.

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting on the margins of the ISA meeting.

 

votes.

Fiji Speaker puts MPs on notice for not speaking English

 

Fijian Police officer graduates from NZ Police Pacific Detector Dog programme

F iji’s speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says some MPs have breached standing

orders of the house by not addressing Parliament in English. As day two of the budget debate began today, the speaker reminded MPs English is the language of communication in Parliament. The Fiji Times reported that Standing Order 28, which came into effect last year, prohibits MPs from speaking in their native tongues in the house. MPs are only allowed to use the indigenous iTaukei language when citing quotes. “The standing orders are clear that MPs should address the speaker in English and I expect nothing less than this,” Ratu Epeli said. “If you make an expression in the Fijian language or another language,

an expression in the Fijian language or another language, I need to know.” In November last

I need to know.” In November last year, Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua said the standing orders that did not allow the use of the mother tongue in Parliament should go. She said it was important to allow MPs to speak in their native tongues because this was the “language they were born with and raised with”.

Police Constable Neumi Waqanokonoko has graduated from the New Zealand Police Pacific Detector Dog Programme

Police Constable Neumi Waqanokonoko has graduated from the New Zealand Police Pacific Detector Dog Programme

A nother Fijian Police officer has graduated from the New Zealand Police Pacific

Detector Dog Programme. Police Constable Neumi Waqanokonoko completed a sixweek training in New Zealand with the support of the New Zealand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs. He graduated with his canine companion Kaleb. Waqanokonoko is currently based at the Fiji Detector Dog Unit in Nadi. Tongan Police Officer Constable

 

Samuel Pekipaki also graduated from the New Zealand Pacific Detector Dog Programme The training is also in line with an existing working partnership with the Fiji Police, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs through the Pacific Detector Dog Programme.

Cane growers to be recognised in inaugural farmers awards

T he country’s most successful sugarcane growers will be recognised for their efforts when the Ministry of Sugar Industry holds its inaugural farmers awards this year.

Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan said farmers who managed to win awards would also be given an opportunity to travel to India to see how small holder farms are contributing to the outstanding success of the Indian sugar industry. “We are going to roll out the awards towards the end of this year’s crushing season and it will be a big event for our farmers and industry stakeholders,” he said. “We want to recognise the hard workers and those who have become innovative in their work and achieved excellent results in the process. “And we want to take our award winning farmers to India.

Successful sugarcane growers will be recognised for their efforts when the Ministry of Sugar Industry

Successful sugarcane growers will be recognised for their efforts when the Ministry of Sugar Industry holds its inaugural farmers awards this year.

“The reason we want to take our most successful farmers to

India is because it is the world’s biggest sugar producer and there are a lot of lessons that we can learn from them. “Talking to our farmers about what their counterparts do in India is not as effective as taking them there

"We are going to roll out the awards towards the end of this year’s crushing
"We
are going to
roll out the awards
towards the end of
this year’s crushing
season and it will be
a big event for our
farmers and industry
stakeholders"

and letting them see for themselves the innovative way they prepare land, plant and harvest and the outstanding results they achieve. “We are producing 42 tonne per hectare on average and Indian farmers are producing in excess of 100 tonnes per hectare.” Mr Karan said the farm visits in India

would most likely be to Pune.

 

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India’s population

time bomb ticking:

To beat China’s, be 10 times of US’

time bomb ticking: To beat China’s, be 10 times of US’ T he Earth will be

T he Earth will be home to

some 9.7 billion people in

2050 and by 2100 the number

will increase to 11 billion. India’s population will surpass China’s by 2027, and despite being one-third the size of the US will hold a population 10 times higher than America, the UN has announced. The UN in its biannual population report on Monday also warned about a growing aging population in Europe and North America, the Efe news reported. The report though stressed that the population would grow at a slower pace than it had been forecast two years back. The countries that will experience the greatest population growth, in descending order, are predicted to be India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the US. In the updated document, “The World Population Prospects 2019:

Highlights” the international body has stressed that in the next 30 years the world’s current population of 7.7 billion will grow by about 2 billion and the aging of the world’s population will also spike “due to increasing life expectancy and falling fertility levels In its 2017 study on population growth, the UN had forecast that there would be 9.8 billion people

on the planet in 2050 and 11.2bn in 2100. Along those lines, the report

emphasises that in 2050 about 16 per cent of the world’s population will be over 65 years of age, compared with 9 per cent at present. By regions, Europe and North America will have

a much higher than average number

of over-65 citizens: 25 per cent. The UN warns that this aging trend – in 2050 will be 426 million people over age 80, compared to 143 million now – bringing with it a decline in the proportion of the working age population. It will hence exert pressure on social security systems that rely on wage-earners to contribute part of

their pay to such safety-net programs. The algorithm used to forecast population growth also found that the number of countries experiencing

a reduction in their populations is increasing.

Hema Malini ends Parliament oath with ‘Radhe Radhe’, House joins in

A ctor-turned-politician Hema Malini, who won the Mathura Lok Sabha seat for

the BJP, took oath as a member of the

17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Dressed in a peach saree with golden borders, she read the oath in Hindi. Known as Bollywood’s ‘dream girl’, Hema concluded her oath with “Radhe Radhe! Krishnam Vande, Jagat Guru”, which led to the thumping of tables and chants of “Radhe Radhe” in the House. Hema Malini won Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura seat for a second consecutive term in the national elections. She had contested against Narendra Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and local industrialist Mahesh Pathak of Congress. In 2014, the yesteryear’s superstar had won the constituency by over 3 lakh votes.

superstar had won the constituency by over 3 lakh votes. Newly elected MP from Mathura Lok

Newly elected MP from Mathura Lok Sabha constituency Hema Malini takes the oath of office at Parliament

Malini is the second member of her family to join politics. Earlier in 2004, her husband Dharmendra had also won the Bikaner Lok Sabha constituency for the BJP. This year, Dharmendra’s son Sunny Deol also took the political plunge and joined the BJP. He won Punjab’s Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat defeating sitting MP of Congress, Sunil Jakhar.

The report notes that since 2010, a total of 27 countries or areas have experienced a decline of 1 per cent or more in the size of their populations due to lower fertility levels. With the fertility rate having fallen from 3.2 births per woman in 1990 to 2.5 in

2019, it is now predicted to go down to around 2.2 by 2050. The UN calculates that, without migration, a level of 2.1 births per woman is necessary to merely ensure generational replacement of the population. Anything less than that leads to overall population decline and levels higher than that result in a growing population. Between 2019 and 2050, the study estimates 55 of the world’s present- day countries to experience the 1 per cent or greater decline in their population. In 26 of these countries

the reduction could also touch 10 per cent.

India planning its own space station: ISRO chief

I ndia is planning to launch its own space station, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Chairman K. Sivan said on Thursday. The space station, which is estimated to weigh around 20 tonnes, would be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission -- India's first manned mission into space. "India will set up its separate space station in the next 5-7 years after Gangayaan is successfully completely in 2022," Sivan told reporters. The space station will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments, he added. The ISRO chief said that the preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space, but specific details will emerge after the Gaganyaan, is complete. There will be no collaboration with any other country for this project, he stressed.

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Rahul makes a shaky start in 17th Lok Sabha
C ongress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday had a shaky start in the 17th
Lok Sabha as his absence in the first session of the new Lok Sabha was
noticed and he also forgot to sign the Parliament register after taking his oath.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi skipped the first session as the 17th Lok Sabha
began for the first time after the general election.
He, however, tweeted after his absence was noticed in Parliament.
After the 542 MPs met for the first time, President Ram Nath Kovind
started the process of administering of oath. The President administered the
oath to Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar, who in turn administered oaths to
the other lawmakers.
Soon Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his oath as BJP MPs raised
slogans of "Modi Modi". BJP MPs also gave a loud welcome to Smriti Irani
who defeated Gandhi from his family pocket borough of Amethi. Gandhi has
been elected to Parliament from Kerala's Wayanad. He had also contested
from Amethi but was defeated by Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes.
Amarnath Yatra 2019 to be event-packed
pilgrimage: Officials
T here is a packed calendar for pilgrims
in this year's Amarnath Yatra, the
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department
announced on Monday.
Briefing the media on the arrangements for
the pilgrimage, Divisional Commissioner,
Jammu, Sanjeev Verma also said that many engaging activities are scheduled
during the Yatra period for visitors to the state. He said that divisional and
district administrations along with all departments concerned are geared up
to ensure that everything is in place for the smooth stay of the pilgrims in
the state. Director, Tourism Jammu, O.P. Bhagat said that the department
has made elaborate arrangements at the Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar for
smooth and fair conduct of this year's yatra by providing infrastructural and
allied facilities like medical aid, police control room, state roadways counter,
banking facilities, an information and announcement booth, cloak rooms,
bedding centres, langar, food court, cultural evenings, pre-paid Sim counters
and so on.
Yogi government to issue press releases in Sanskrit
T he Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will now issue press
releases in Sanskrit too, with the first such document issued.
Earlier, speaking at a programme organised by Sanskrit Bharti, Adityanath
said that Sanskrit was a part of "India's DNA".
"Sanskrit is now limited to religious mantras and rituals. We should realise
that Sanskrit begins where science ends. We have weakened Sanskrit by not
using it in day to day life," he said. But the only hitch with the press release in
Sanskrit may be that not many journalists understand the language. There are
reportedly 25 periodicals in Sanskrit being printed in UP but none of them is
a daily. Adityanath also said he had showcased the ancient Kumbh Mela as a
cultural legacy of the country on the lines of Yoga Day, observed on June 21
every year, that was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
High-powered panel for structural reforms in
agriculture: Modi
P rime Minister Narendra Modi
announced a high powered committee,
comprising Chief Ministers, to recommend
structural reforms in agriculture, while
urging the states to contribute in making
India a $5 trillion economy by 2024. In his
concluding remarks at the 5th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI
Aayog, he also called for people to people contact between residents of
different states, under the "Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat" umbrella. The Prime
Minister said global circumstances currently offer a unique opportunity to
India as the country is establishing itself on global benchmarks such as "Ease
of Doing Business".
"We should endeavour to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024, at the
earliest. For this purpose, states should aim to increase their economy by 2 to
2.5 times. The common man's purchasing power would increase as a result
of this," he said. Modi called upon the Chief Ministers to study their state's
export potential and work on export promotion.

Trade deficit with China could become politically sensitive: Indian envoy

T he large trade deficit with China could become a politically sensitive issue in India if it isn’t addressed, ambassador

Vikram Misri has said, adding that neither is the shortfall economically sustainable. Balanced trade is likely to be on the top of the agenda when President Xi Jinping visits India later this year, a visit, described by Misri as the “centrepiece” of bilateral ties this year. “It (Xi’s visit) is going to be the centrepiece of India’s engagement with China this year,” state-controlled China Daily newspaper quoted Misri him as saying. The Indian envoy,

however, was clear about the pitfalls of skewed trade ties though he was optimistic that it set to cross the $100 billion in the future. “That kind of deficit is not economically sustainable, and it can also become politically sensitive if we don’t take steps to address the deficit,” Misri told the newspaper. Reports from India said in April that the trade deficit with China had been reduced by $10 billion to $53 billion in 2018-19 year-on- year India’s exports to China rose to $17 billion during the year from $13 billion during 2017- 18, while imports declined to $70 billion from

during 2017- 18, while imports declined to $70 billion from $76 billion. On the state of

$76 billion. On the state of ties between the two countries, Misri said New Delhi and Beijing have worked well in managing differences following the icy chill that had all but set in

after the Doklam (Donglang) military standoff in 2017. “It’s an interactive process,” Misri said, responding to a question whether relations are guided by pragmatism or has mutual political trust increased. “There are obviously also certain differences between us, but I think, on the whole, we have done a fairly creditable job of addressing and managing our differences …sustaining this management of differences contributes to an extent in building trust, which in turn helps both sides to engage in more difficult areas of the relationship,” he said.

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Sun’s history hidden in

Moon’s crust, says NASA

T he Moon contains clues to

the ancient mysteries of the

T he Moon contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to

Sun, which are crucial to

understanding the development of life, according to NASA scientists, including one of Indian origin. Around four billion years ago, the Sun went through violent outbursts of intense radiation, spewing scorching, high-energy clouds and particles across the solar system. These growing pains helped seed life on early Earth by igniting chemical reactions that kept Earth warm and wet, said researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the US. These solar tantrums also may have prevented life from emerging on other worlds by stripping them of atmospheres and zapping nourishing chemicals, they said. Just how destructive these primordial outbursts were to other worlds would have depended on how quickly the early Sun rotated on its axis. The faster the Sun turned, the quicker it would have destroyed conditions for habitability. This critical piece of the Sun’s history has bedeviled scientists, said Prabal Saxena, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight

Center. “We didn’t know what the Sun looked like in its first billion years, and it’s super important because it likely changed how Venus’ atmosphere evolved and how quickly it lost water,” said Saxena. “It also probably changed how quickly Mars lost its atmosphere, and it changed the atmospheric chemistry of Earth,” he said. Saxena wondered why there is significantly less sodium and potassium in lunar regolith, or Moon soil, than in Earth soil, when the Moon and Earth are made of largely the same stuff. This question, revealed through analyses

of Apollo-era Moon samples and lunar meteorites found on Earth, has puzzled scientists for decades -- and it has challenged the leading theory of how the Moon formed. Our natural satellite took shape, the theory goes, when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth about 4.5 billion years ago. The force of this crash sent materials spewing into orbit, where they coalesced into the Moon. “The Earth and Moon would have formed with similar materials, so the question is, why was the Moon depleted in these elements?” said Rosemary Killen, a planetary scientist at NASA.

G20 countries agree to tackle ocean plastic waste

G roup of 20 environment

ministers agreed on Sunday to

G roup of 20 environment ministers agreed on Sunday to “I’m glad that we, including emerging

“I’m glad that we, including emerging countries and developing countries, were able to form a broad international framework,” Yoshiaki Harada, Japan’s environment minister, told a news conference.

adopt a new implementation

in Germany adopted the “G20 action plan on marine litter” in 2017. Under the new framework,

framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste on a global scale, the Japanese government said after hosting the two-day ministerial meeting. Environment and energy ministers of the Group of 20 major economies met this weekend in Karuizawa, northwest of Tokyo, ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, on June 28-29. One of the top issues was ocean plastic waste as images of plastic debris-strewn beaches and dead animals with stomachs full of plastic have sparked outrage, with many countries banning plastic bags outright. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants his country to lead the world in reducing marine plastic trash, including developing biodegradables and other innovations. The new framework is aimed at facilitating further concrete action on marine waste, though on a voluntary basis, after the G20 Hamburg Summit

G20 members will promote a comprehensive life-cycle approach to prevent and reduce plastic litter discharge to the oceans through various measures and international cooperation.

They will also share best practices, promote innovation and boost scientific monitoring and analytical methodologies.

Japan plans to host the first meeting under the new framework this autumn when officials of

environment ministers in the G20 countries are due to meet for the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.

I’m glad that we, including emerging countries and developing countries, were able to form a
I’m
glad that we,
including emerging
countries and
developing countries,
were able to form a
broad international
framework

Boris tops vote for next UK PM again

F avourite Boris Johnson retained the top spot on Tuesday in the second round

of the first phase of the two-phase election to decide the next party leader and the United Kingdom’s next prime minister to replace Theresa May. Of the six candidates in the fray after the first round last Thursday, Johnson polled 126 votes. Since the minimum votes needed to remain in the race was 33, Dominic Raab, who polled the least number of votes (30), was eliminated. Conservative MPs (313) will vote

(30), was eliminated. Conservative MPs (313) will vote in further rounds, when those with the least

in further rounds, when those with the least votes are eliminated, until two remain. The party’s 1.2 lakh

members will then vote on the two, to decide the next leader, who will also take over as the next prime minster. The five candidates going forward to the next vote on Wednesday are:

Johnson (126 votes), Jeremy Hunt (46), Michael Gove (41), Sajid Javid (33) and Rory Stewart (37). The result will be announced in the week beginning July 22. The election has been triggered by May stepping down as leader of the Conservative party following intense criticism of her approach to Brexit, an issue that has dominated the campaigns of the candidates.

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Indian-American population grew by 38% between

2010 and 2017: Report

T he population of Indian-origin people in America grew by 38 per cent in seven years between 2010 and 2017, a South Asian advocacy group has

said in its latest demographic report. In 2017, the population of Indian-Americans with multiple ethnicities was recorded as 44,02,363, up 38.3 per cent from 31,83,063 in 2010, the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) said in its snapshot. There are at least 630,000 Indians who are undocumented, a 72 per cent increase since 2010, it said. The increase in illegal Indian-Americans can be attributed to Indian immigrants overstaying visas, it said. Nearly 250,000 Indians overstayed their visa in 2016 therefore becoming undocumented, it said. In general, the population of American residents tracing their roots to South Asia grew by 40 per cent. In real terms, it increased from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017, SAALT said.

Guterres backs ‘self-policing’ to fight hate speech

U N

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed “new forms of self-

policing by social media platforms” and action by volunteer groups to

fight hate speech spreading at “lightning speed” through digital media. Launching a Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech on Tuesday at the UN, he declared: “Hate speech may have gained a foothold. But it is now on notice, and we will never stop confronting it.” “Hateful and destructive views are enabled and amplified exponentially through digital technology, often targeting women, minorities, and the most vulnerable. Extremists gather online and radicalise new recruits,” he said. He called the “new forms of self-policing by social media platforms and the commitments included in the Christchurch Call” welcome developments. The Christchurch call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online was adopted last month by government and technology leaders in response to the terrorist attack on mosques in the New Zealand capital in March.

Returning astronauts to moon in

2024 could cost $30bn: NASA

R eturning astronauts to the moon in 2024 could cost about $30 billion, or roughly the same price tag as the Apollo 11 spaceflight when factoring

in inflation, NASA has said. “For the whole programme, to get a sustainable presence on the moon, we’re looking at between $20 and $30 billion,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a TV interview on Friday, though noting that that figure does not include money already spent on the rocket and space capsule the agency plans to use for the programme, Efe news reported. The total cost of the Apollo programme that the US launched in 1961 and concluded in 1972 was $25 billion. The climax of that programme came nearly 50 years ago when two astronauts landed on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission, which cost $6 billion at the time, equivalent to $30 billion today. NASA, which has dubbed its current lunar programme Artemis (after Apollo’s twin sister, the Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness and the moon), plans to send one male and one female astronaut to the moon in 2024.

Paris air show opens with Airbus advantage over Boeing

T he International Paris Air Show, the largest event of its kind in the world, opened at Le Bourget, north of the French capital, on Monday

with an advantage for European aircraft manufacturer Airbus over US rival Boeing, which is going through a difficult stretch amid the crisis surrounding its premier jet, the 737 MAX. That fact was evident from the attitude taken by Boeing's top executives in their first public appearance since the 737 MAX scandal broke, refusing to undertake an offensive strategy and focusing on apologising for the two recent crashes of planes of that type that killed hundreds of passengers, the Efe news reported. President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Kevin McAllister said that the firm was aware that it must work to regain the confidence of the public and the industry, adding that more than 280 test flights had been made following modifications to the MCAS 12.1 software

flight control program, the program thought to be at fault in the crashes.

‘China and US will lose by fighting’: Xi Jinping tells Trump over call

U President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping said Tuesday they

S

plan to meet next week at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, raising

hopes for a truce in an increasingly damaging trade war between the world’s top two economies. Trump said the leaders had a “good” conversation, while Xi said the countries have more to gain by cooperating than by engaging in a protracted battle. The comments set a more upbeat tone for the talks after worsening tensions created fears over whether the two economic powers would be able to resolve their differences after exchanging steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports. “Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan,” Trump

said on Twitter.

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ICC World Cup 2019,Rohit Sharma,KL Rahul India's Rohit Sharma (R) congratulates India's K.L. Rahul after scoring a half-century (50 runs) during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Pakistan

ROHIT SHARMA

speaks about challenges, new

role with KL Rahul as opening partner

C ommunication had been the biggest USP in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s

enormously successful opening partnership and the Indian vice- captain wants to create the same level of understanding with KL Rahul by

the time World Cup reaches business end. Dhawan’s fractured left-hand has put Rahul in the line of fire in a stage like World Cup but his senior opening partner is confident that they will slowly be able to build up the right level of communication required in such big event In fact against Pakistan, Rohit allowed Rahul to take first strike, which he normally does when Dhawan is around. “Yeah, KL also likes to take the strike, and for me it was important to give him that because just like me, he also has the mindset of taking the first ball. That is his comfort. He is playing his first game as an

That is his comfort. He is playing his first game as an on, feels Rohit “But

on, feels Rohit “But we had a lot of communication (during game against Pakistan) while we were batting, so

slowly we will build on it. Now that I know he’s going to open for the next few games as well. “So that conversation

and didn’t know what to expect from the wicket as it was under covers for the first two days. It was important that we saw off the first spell,” the talented Karnataka batsman said. Amir, whether it was Champions Trophy final in 2017 or the Asia Cup T20, a year before that, he had always struck in the very first over that he bowled but this time around the Indians had done their homework. “We needed to focus from ball one as he has earlier done damage in the first over itself. "We were switched on from ball one and we didn’t take too many chances in the first few overs. We gave their bowlers and the ball the respect it deserved and carried on from there,” Rahul said.

"These are the sort of challenges you face – the understanding of when he wants
"These
are the sort of
challenges you face
– the understanding of
when he wants to run
that two, when I want
to take that single,
and things like
that."

between us is really, really important, and I hope that continues because it’s going to only help both of us.” For Rahul, the biggest challenge

against Pakistan was to play out Mohammed Amir’s first spell, which they did with a fair degree of success “Look I mean, with the new ball against any bowler, you have to see off the first few overs

opener here, so I wanted to make sure that he’s comfortable,” Rohit said while making it clear what his responsibilities are as a senior player.

Rahul, on his part, knows what a big opportunity it is and he is ready to fill in the big boots of Dhawan till the time he comes back (if at all in this tournament). “Obviously Shikhar and Rohit for the last three or four years have been such a dangerous combination having done so well. They have owned those positions. I had to wait for my chance and I am just happy that I got to bat in the top of the order,” Rahul told reporters. However, during their stand of 136, there were a couple of occasions when Rohit could have nearly got run out primarily because of the lack of communication between the two. But the champion opener is game for this new challenge as that’s what international cricket is all about – clearing new obstacles every passing day. “These are the sort of challenges you face – the understanding of when he wants to run that two, when I want to take that single, and things like that. These are very small little things, but of course, eventually they add up to a whole lot for the team because at that point we never wanted to get run out. That was the last thing in our mind to do that,” said Rohit. But since they batted for nearly 24 overs (23.5 to be precise), they had communicated a lot and it’s only going to improve from here

batted for nearly 24 overs (23.5 to be precise), they had communicated a lot and it’s
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• Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan on a medium
flame, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and
fenugreek seeds; when they start to splatter
add onions, sauté for 1-2 minutes until they
turn light brown in colour.
Spread tomato ketchup on one side of the
dosa and sprinkle chopped onion, capsicum,
carrot and moong sprouts. Sprinkle salt and
pepper.
FOR TEMPERING
• 1tbsp - oil
• Spread mayonnaise on the other dosa
and place it on the vegetables, facing the
mayonnaise side down.
• 1tsp - asafoetida
• 1tsp - mustard seeds
• 8 - curry leaves
• 2 - red chillies, dry ( optional )
DOSA PAKORA
METHOD
• Add green chillies, sauté for few seconds,
then add turmeric powder and salt, mix
well and then add boiled potatoes, with the
spatula break the potatoes into chunky mash.
• Grill it in the sandwich grille or just press it
softly with your hand, cut it into half.
Serves -3
it softly with your hand, cut it into half. Serves -3 INGREDIENTS: • 2cups - rice

INGREDIENTS:

• 2cups - rice

• 1/2cup - lentils ( split urad dal )

• 1tbsp - chick pea lentils ( Chana dal )

• 1/2tsp - fenugreek seeds ( methi Dana )

• 2tsp - salt

• 2cups - water

• Oil for basting

METHOD

• Rinse rice and lentils together in water for 3-4 times.

• In a large bowl soak rice and lentils together in water along with fenugreek seeds for 4-6 hours.

• Drain water; grind rice and lentils in a food processor into a paste adding little water in intervals ( the paste does not have to be very fine, little grainy makes a nice dose and try to use less water while grinding it ).

• Place the batter in a large bowl, add salt,

mix well and leave it covered for 8 hours to

ferment ( you can leave it overnight ).

• Add little water to the fermented batter

and mix well, the consistency of the batter

should be not very thick or very runny.

Heat a flat pan or the tawa on the high flame.

• Whisk the batter with the fork, sprinkle some water on the hot tawa and wipe it with the wet cloth, pour a big spoonful of batter onto the tawa and spread out thinly in

a circular motion, drizzle a little oil around the edges so that it seeps under the dosa.

When the edges of the dosa starts browning a bit and will start leaving the edges, flip and cook the other side of the dosa. Flip the dosa back again and then loosely roll it up while

it is still hot.

• Serve with chutneys and potato masala Serves - 6 TIP - If the dosa sticks to the pan while cooking; it is fine as it will give a nice crisp dosa.

cooking; it is fine as it will give a nice crisp dosa. COCONUT CHUTNEY INGREDIENTS: •

COCONUT CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS:

• 200gm - coconut, shredded

• 2tbsp - yoghurt, thick and plain

• 2-3 - green chillies or dry red chillies

• 2-3 garlic cloves ( optional )

• 1tbsp - chick pea lentils ( optional

In a pan on the medium flame, add oil and

roast the chick pea lentils until light brown in colour, then soak them in the water for

15 minutes.

• Grind coconut along with dry red chillies, garlic, yoghurt and chick pea lintels in a grinder into a fine paste.

Take it out into a bowl, add salt, mix well and keep aside.

Heat oil in a small pan on a medium flame, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and red chillies, when mustard seeds start to splatter add it to the coconut paste and mix well.

• Serve with dosa

TOMATO CHUTNEY

paste and mix well. • Serve with dosa TOMATO CHUTNEY INGREDIENTS: • 1tbsp chick pea lentils

INGREDIENTS:

• 1tbsp chick pea lentils ( chana dal

• 2-3 - red chillies, dry

• 2 - onions, large

4 - tomatoes, large

• 2-3 - garlic cloves

• 1tsp - salt or according to taste

FOR TEMPERING

• 1tbsp - oil

• 2tsp - mustard seeds

• 6 - curry leaves

METHOD

In a pan on the medium flame, add oil and roast the chick pea lentils until light brown in colour, then soak them in the water for

15 minutes.

In the same pan on the medium flame add washed and chopped onions, tomatoes, red chillies and garlic.

• Cover and let it simmer until the onions are soft and tomatoes are mushy.

• Cool them and then grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste.

Remove the paste into a bowl, add salt, mix well and keep aside.

FOR TEMPERING

In a pan heat oil on a medium flame, add mustard seeds and curry leaves.

• When mustard seeds start to splatter remove the pan from the flame and pour it onto the onion paste and mix well.

• Serve with dosa

POTATO MASALA

INGREDIENTS:

• 500 - potatoes, boiled and peeled

Add water to the potatoes, mix well. Cover and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

• TO SERVE; when the dosa is made, spread the tomato chutney on the dosa then place the potato mixture in the centre and fold it or roll the dosa.

Cut the potato filled dosa into bite size pieces and serve with the coconut chutney on the side.

• Serve it as a snack with the drinks or tea Serves - 6

COCKTAIL DOSA

METHOD

• Heat 1tablespoon of oil in the pan on the medium flame.

• Add a spoonful of the dosa batter into the pan; make small dosa’s ( around 11/2inch in size ) 3-4 at a time.

• Remove them from the pan and place them on the serving plate.

• Spread coconut chutney on the dosa and spread tomato chutney on the other one; stick both the dosa’s together with the toothpick on it,

• Serve

DOSA SANDWICH

together with the toothpick on it, • Serve DOSA SANDWICH INGREDIENTS: Dosa batter, same as above.

INGREDIENTS:

Dosa batter, same as above.

• Sandwich maker

• Coconut chutney

• Tomato chutney

METHOD

• Heat up the sandwich maker.

• Brush some oil in the inside of the sandwich maker, spread dosa batter cover and let it cook.

• In the same way with the dosa batter make 12 pieces and keep aside.

• Take one cooked dosa onto the plate, spread coconut chutney on one side and place potato mixture on it then spread the tomato chutney on the other dosa and place it on top of the potato mixture, press gently with your palm and cut it into half.

• Serve as a afternoon snack with the hot tea. Serves - 6

DOSA SANDWICH

( healthy for kids )

INGREDIENTS:

• 3cups - dosa batter

• 1 - onion, washed and chopped

• 1 - capsicum, washed and chopped

• 1 - carrot, washed and grated

• 1/2cup - moong sprouts ( if you can not make it at home you can buy it from the

( if you can not make it at home you can buy it from the INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

• 1cup - dosa batter ( you can use the leftover dosa for this recipe

• 1 - onion, small and chopped

• 2 - green chillies, chopped

• 2tsp - mustard seeds

• 6 - curry leaves

• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder

• 1tsp - salt or according to taste

• 2tsp - oil and oil for deep frying

METHOD

In a small pan heat oil on the medium flame, add mustard seed, curry leaves, chopped onion and green chillies, sauté for a minute or until the mustard seeds start to splatter.

• Take dosa batter in a bowl, add onion mixture to it and mix well.

Add red chilli powder and salt, mix well.

• Heat up the oil in the deep pan on the medium flame and spoon the dosa mixture into the hot oil and fry the dosa in batches; 6-8 pakoras at a time, depending on the size of the pan.

• Remove the dosa pakora on the kitchen paper towel for the extra oil to be absorbed.

• Serve with hot tea.

OMELETTE DOSA

INGREDIENTS:

• 1cup - dosa batter

4 - eggs

• 1 - onion, small and chopped

• 2 - green chillies, chopped

• 1 - tomato, small and chopped

• 1/2cup - spinach, chopped

4 - mushroom buttons, sliced

• 1/2cup - coriander, chopped

• Salt and pepper to sprinkle

METHOD

• Heat the nonstick pan, sprinkle some oil and then spread the dosa into a circular motion ( It should not be thin, it should be little on a thicker side so that the dosa stays soft ).

Beat 2 eggs in the bowl until light and fluffy, add salt and pepper and beat again.

While dosa is on the pan, lower the flame and spread beaten egg, then immediately spread half of all the other ingredients and slightly press the ingredients into the egg with the flat spatula and fold the egg.

• Repeat with the other half of the dosa batter and the ingredients.

• Serve with the tomato ketchup TIP - Left over dosa batter can be used for this recipe in the morning but make sure to leave the batter outside at night. Serves - 2

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QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 24

 

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

 

1.

How many days are there in the second six months of the

Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey

year, from the beginning of July to the end of December? 184 (31 in July, 31 in August, 30 in September, 31 in October, 30 in November and 31 in December)

9.

How many differently coloured sets of residential

properties are there in a game of Monopoly? Eight

10.

Which is taller: Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral?

2.

The now-abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is

St Paul’s Cathedral (365 ft (111m) tall, Westminster Abbey is 225 feet (69m) tall) What is six-fourteenths of 112? 48

within which modern-day country? Ukraine
within which modern-day country? Ukraine

within which modern-day country? Ukraine

3.

Which nationality is the tennis player Marin Čilić?

Croatian

2.

What is the name of the actress who played Phoebe Buffay

4.

In which year did Channel 4 begin transmission in the UK?

in the sitcom ‘Friends’? Lisa Kudrow

1982

3.

What is the chemical formula for ozone? O3

5.

Of which African country is Khartoum the capital? Sudan

4. In which year did Theresa May become Prime Minister?

2016

7.