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Gandhi Centre shines bright and echoes with


Vande Mataram on Republic Day
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD leaders joined in singing the

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national anthem and chants of Vande
he auditorium of the
Mataram. 
Mahatma Gandhi Centre
once again witnessed Present at the event were
community members gathered in representatives from the different
hundreds to observe India’s 71st region-based community
Republic Day celebrations in the city.  organisations, service-based
The Indian Republic Day falling community organisations such as
amid long weekend, Sunday, this year Bhartiya Samaj, Shanti Niwas etc.
did not deter the community from prominent businessmen, members
going to the national celebration day of parliament, ethnic media
event with friends and family and representatives and a representative
observe one of the most important from New Zealand Police. 
dates in the Indian calendar.  The national anthem was followed
“We used to have relatively smaller by a performance by Auckland rising
The event started with hoisting the
celebrations on such occasions in and famous Kiwi Indian pop singer
tricolour flag as the audience rose
the past, but in the last few years Anchal Marwah who delivered a
from their seats and sang the Indian
through immense promotions beautiful rendition of an Indian
national anthem in unison followed
and better connectivity through patriotic song. Community leader
by the slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki
different community organisations Nilanchan Mishra joined the musical
Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ that echoed
in Auckland, we have been able to ambience with a devotional-patriotic
through the event hall. 
pull massive scale events with the song written in the year 1928 with
Organised by the Auckland Indian
attendance in hundreds,” Mr Bhana the idea of free India. 
Association Inc., the hosts also
said.  The host, Hon Consul of India
arranged an array of performers who
The illuminating Gandhi Centre Mr Bhav Dhillon, addressed the
sang patriotic songs rejoicing the
was the testament of the patriotic gathering present with greetings from
historic occasion that gave birth to
fervour of the newly arrived and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra
the Indian Constitution and making
several generations of Kiwi Indians Republic Day. Mr Pardeshi expressed Community leaders, Modi, President of India- Ram Nath
the India Republic in 1950. 
who made the Republic Day event his happiness celebrating his first parliamentarians and guests gathered Kovind and High Commissioner of
The community wore ethnic
successful with their contributions R-Day in New Zealand and the love at the invitation of Hon Consul Bhav India to New Zealand HE Muktesh
dresses, some in a tricolour
not just in their attendance but also received by the Indian diaspora here. Dhillon on Sunday, January 26 to Pardeshi. 
combination and exhibited the spirit
participating in the different acts and An official R-Day dinner event was observe and celebrate India’s 71st Mr Dhillon thanked the guests
of Republic Day with their presence. 
activities at the event.  hosted at Bharat Bhavan on Monday, Republic Day event. The event was for attending the Republic Day
Narendra Bhana, president of
January 27 which was attended by organised at the residence of Mr ceremony on a Sunday morning. He
Auckland Indian Association, added Flag hoisting in Wellington
approximately 350 guests from all Dhillon attended by over 100 people presented two essential messages for
that the event was successful even A significant number of community over New Zealand. for the flag hoisting and breakfast.  the diaspora through the community
though it fell amid long weekend leaders gathered early in the morning
as community members came to The event commenced with a meet leaders such as unity in diversity and
on Sunday, January 26 where High Community leaders assemble
the event along with their family and greet, followed by the hoisting every Kiwi Indian as an ambassador
Commissioner HE Muktesh Pardeshi to celebrate India’s 71st
members and friends.  of the tricolour where community of the great nation, India. 
urfurled the tricolor and celebrated Republic Day

Wellington R-Day event signals bolder,


positive India-NZ ties
¡ DEV NADKARNI In recent years, the India-New Zealand

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he Indian High Commission in New relationship had strengthened in all spheres –
Zealand and the Wellington Indian diplomatic, trade, cultural, sporting and people-
Association hosted one of the most to-people. The present Indian government is
impressive Indian Republic Day gatherings keen on working closely with New Zealand
on tackling extremism, terrorism, maritime
on Monday January 27, to mark the 71st
security and natural disaster, the High
anniversary of India’s becoming a republic and
Commissioner said.
adopting its own Constitution.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi
More than 350 guests attended the event at and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had met in
Bharat Bhavan, home of the Indian diaspora New York in September and that Deputy Prime
in New Zealand’s capital city. The scale of Minister Peters would be leading a delegation
the event and the wide participation clearly comprising the Trade Minister and a sizeable
underscored the upswing in the relationship business contingent to New Delhi in the second
between India and New Zealand. half of February.
Prominent guests included Deputy Prime Mr Pardeshi said Indians now comprised
Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Rt nearly five per cent of the New Zealand
Hon Winston Peters, Immigration Minister population and are the fastest growing ethnic
Iain Lees Galloway, Members of Parliament group, while Hindi has grown to become the
Paul Eagle, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, former fifth most spoken language in the country.
Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, the He announced that India will host a ‘Festival
Honorary Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon, the of India’ in New Zealand this year and
mayors of Wellington, Palmerston North and congratulated the oldest Indian association in
Kapiti Coast besides several members of the the country, the Auckland Indian Association, on
diplomatic corps and senior government and its milestone centenary year. The Association,
police officials. headquartered at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre
in Eden Terrace, was formed in 1920.
Speaking at the event, Indian High
Responding to High Commissioner Pardeshi,
Commissioner HE Muktesh Pardeshi, traced
Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ben King
the history of Indians in New Zealand. He said
thanked the High Commissioner and said that luck for the current series in New Zealand. of further exploration.
India was one of the first Asian countries to set
there was much to look forward to in the future Wellington’s well known Natraj School of Guests were treated to a sumptuous Indian
up a permanent mission in New Zealand in the
of the India-New Zealand relationship. A toast Dance put on a specially choreographed dance buffet dinner that included traditional desserts
early 1960s. He said the relationship between
was raised and both men in their speeches show fusing Kapa Haka with Bharatanatyam in and even ‘paan’.
the two countries has gone from strength to
wished each other’s cricket teams good what proved to be a novel experiment, worthy
strength over the decades.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 3

Deputy PM Winston Peters to visit India next month


Speaking exclusively to The Indian Weekender, on the sidelines of Indian Republic Day event hosted by the High
Commissioner of India in Wellington, Mr Peters acknowledged that India was an important focus area for New Zealand 
¡ SANDEEP SINGH exports to at least $2 billion by 2015, and Zealand. NZ merchandise exports to India
mostly consist of logs and forestry products,

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service trade by an average of 20 per cent per
eputy Prime Minister year and making India a core trade, economic mineral fuels and oil, wood pulp, wood, edible
and Foreign Minister and political partner by 2015. It was later fruit and nuts whereas Indian exports to New
Winston Peters is followed with two Prime Ministerial visits by Zealand comprise pharmaceuticals, precious
scheduled to visit India along Sir John Key in 2011 and 2016.  metals and gems, textiles and motor vehicles.
with Minister for Trade The growth in mutual two way trade Education and tourism have emerged as the
David Parker in February since then, though steady and upward with main growth sectors in services. 
2020.  bilateral trade crossing $2.25 billion mark, The number of tourists from India has more
This will be the first had understandably been diminutive of the than doubled in the last five years and now
ministerial visit from New huge expectations raised after the initial exceeds 70,000 per annum. 
Zealand to India ever announcement of NZ-India Inc Strategy. Proposing an idea of a
since the new coalition Moreover, in recent times the talks on bilateral Commonwealth-FTA, with India
government took charge and a regional free trade agreement (RCEP) as ‘Principal Player’ 
in 2017. However, there have also failed to materialise into any concrete Mr Peters, who had first spoken of a
have been many senior- way forward.  Commonwealth Free Trade Area in February
level interactions and 2016, modelled on the one in existence between
Mr Peters appeared mindful of those existing
meetings between ministers, including the He further said that they want to achieve Australia and New Zealand (much before first
differential levels of expectations and therefore
prime ministers of the two countries at various much more cooperation between the two Brexit referendum of June 2016, and the formal
observed philosophically, “Over the years I
global governmental and intergovernmental economies for the mutual advantage of both announcement by the British government
heard a lot of optimistic figures, but what we
conferences.  countries  in March 2017 that triggered the Brexit
need to do is, be realistic and see where we can
Speaking exclusively to The Indian Responding to a query on any goals that the process) also suggested that he will be using
cement long term sustainable opportunity to the
Weekender, on the sidelines of Indian Republic visiting Minister would have set for himself and the opportunity of the forthcoming India visit
benefit of both of our economies and both of
Day event hosted by the High Commissioner of his colleague Mr Parker to achieve from this to bolster the idea that can potentially bring
our people.
India in Wellington, Mr Peters acknowledged visit, Mr Peters was at his usual whimsical best together India and New Zealand in a free trade
“I suppose we will have a number of
that India was an important focus area for New when he aptly replied “Yes, most certainly. We agreement with United Kingdom. 
goals, but the primary one is to build a better
Zealand.  want to be successful there.” “We should also bear in mind that this Friday
platform than we together two have between
Simultaneously, he also appeared mindful the British leaves European Union and the
India is a key focus  our two economies. The world needs greater
in not raising any premature expectations Indian population is part of the Commonwealth
“We need to expand our relationship with the trade relationships, better trade, fairer trade,
that naturally tends to emerge from any such and that’s 2.2 billion people who should be in a
and that’s what our objective will be between
biggest democracy by far in the world, 1.3 billion trade relationship of our own (Commonwealth).
high-level Ministerial visit accompanied by a ourselves and the Indian people,” Mr Peters
people. There are enormous opportunities for India will be a serious principal player.
business delegation, especially to India.  said. 
us to cement a better trade relationship, so my “So there is sure some vision, but right now
Notably, New Zealand has launched its India In 2018, two-way trade between India and
colleague Minister for Trade David Parker and here we are going to deal with some hard yards
Inc strategy with much fanfare in 2011 with New Zealand stood at US $2.12 bn, making
I are going with a business delegation,” Mr when we visit India next month,” Mr Peters
some ambitious goals of growing merchandise India the 11th largest trading partner of New
Peters said.  said. 

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Fijians in Auckland gear up Coronavirus – what you need


for International Veterans to know for travel and business
Football Championship
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he Insurance
Council of New
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Zealand (ICNZ)

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ew Zealand Fiji Football Incorporated is urging people to
(NZFFI), will be hosting its annual seek more information
International Veterans Football following the recent
Championship at Bill McKinlay Park in outbreak of Novel
Auckland from Wednesday, February 5 to Coronavirus (2019-
Sunday, February 9. nCoV) in Wuhan,
The annual event sees veterans of the football China, in late December
game, mostly from the Fiji Indian community 2019.
to come together and show their skills on the
it will be a privilege for NZFFI to be their Coronavirus –
ground in the presence of hundreds of spectators what you need to
over five days. host. We have also booked William Green
Park (Fencibles United AFC) in Highland know for travel travel in response to the outbreak, to contact
The competition is divided into four and business insurance
Park to cater all matches,” Vikash Reddy, Vice their travel agent or airline in their first instance
grades based on age groups, namely: President of NZFFI told The Indian Weekender. The Insurance Council of New Zealand or speak with their insurer before they make
¡ Grade 35 - 8 Teams; 2 groups of 4 teams “Football brings the community together, (ICNZ) is urging people to seek more any changes,” says Mr Grafton.
¡ Grade 40 - 17 Teams; 3 groups of 4, except and IVFC will bring together Fijian players information following the recent outbreak of While the World Health Organisation is
one group with 5 teams from all over the world to Auckland. This year Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, yet to issue any formal advice, New Zealand
¡ Grade 45 - 10 Teams; 2 groups of 5 teams it will get bigger and better with a fun-filled China, in late December 2019. government’s official advisory site Safe
¡ Grade 50 - 6 Teams; 2 groups of 3 teams five days of Football to be witnessed by all, and ICNZ cautions that broad exclusions Travel is now advising against travel to Hubei
The tournament was earlier scheduled for there will be food stalls and Fijian Traditional normally apply for pandemics and epidemics. Province, and many insurers have issued travel
the last week of January but were postponed to Drink (Kava) sold at the grounds. Tim Grafton, Chief Executive of ICNZ says, advisories with guidelines on what cover may
the first week of February due to HSBC Sevens The entry fee for spectators at Bill McKinlay “Global pandemics are generally not insurable or may not be available under their policies.
Tournament in Hamilton during the long Park is $5 and no charges for children under the and haven’t been for a long time. This is ICNZ said the effects of the outbreak
Auckland Anniversary weekend. The matches age of 10. There are 150 car parks available at because insurers can’t measure or understand may also be felt by the business community.
will start from Wednesday, February 5 and will the venue with a nominal fee for the day of $10 what potential losses could eventuate from an “Unfortunately, the same exclusions would
have full day fixture on Waitangi Day holiday including the driver. outbreak of an infectious disease like this.” apply which means there would likely be
as well. The IVFC is chaired by Vikash As the situation continues to evolve ICNZ no cover for loss or damage to property, or
The tournament in the past has received a Reddy and Vijesh Prasad with a working urges those who have purchased travel interruption or interference to the insured
great response from the veterans’ teams in Fiji, committee from NZFFI. insurance to speak with their insurer to clarify business as a result of the Coronavirus
Australia and New Zealand and the hosts are “We have been working on this project what cover they may have. outbreak.”
anticipating a massive response in terms of since November last year to arrange and “We are aware that some insurers continue ICNZ advises people to check www.
audience and players in the games. accommodate all the logistics and planning to offer cover. However, we would strongly safetravel.govt.nz for further updates as this
“This will be the largest Fijian Football involved and to make sure everything runs advise anyone who is concerned about their develops. Health information can be found on
Tournament to be held in New Zealand, and smoothly during the tournament. insurance cover, or looking to amend their the New Zealand www.health.govt.nz website.

Govt unveils $12 billion infrastructure package


¡ SANDEEP SINGH Rail

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ransport, infrastructure, gets major ¡ A package of targeted rail investments will
boost as govt unveils $12 billion get trucks off the road and improve passenger
infrastructure package train services, particularly at busy travel
Coalition government has announced new times.
programme to build and upgrade roads, rail, ¡ Completing the third main rail line will
schools and hospitals unveiling the $12 billion remove a key bottleneck for freight and
infrastructure package. passenger services, as well as provide
The $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade additional capacity for the increased services
Programme uses our capacity to boost growth once the City Rail Link is completed.
by making targeted investments around the ¡ Electrifying the railway track between
country, supporting businesses and local Transport Minister Papakura to Pukekohe will speed up trips to
communities,” Finance Minister Grant Phil Twyford said these the CBD. The addition of two new platforms
Robertson said.
The package includes $6.8 billion for
important projects at Pukekohe station will allow additional
lines for future growth. 
transport infrastructure in six main growth will speed up travel
¡ Two new railway stations in Drury Central
areas – Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, times, ease congestion and Drury West, along with ‘park and
Wellington, Canterbury and Queenstown, $1.1
billion for rail, $2.2 billion for new roads in
and make our roads ride’ facilities, will give real choice to the
¡ Widening SH1 from Papakura to Drury and safer by taking trucks families that move to this high growth part
Auckland.
building a cycleway alongside it, will get
 Transport Minister Phil Twyford said these off them and moving of Auckland.
commuters to work faster.
important projects will speed up travel times, ¡ Wellington rail upgrades, including in the
¡ Building a roundabout at the intersection of more freight to rail.
ease congestion and make our roads safer by Wairarapa, will make the lines north of the
SH1/SH29 will improve safety at one of New
taking trucks off them and moving more freight city more reliable and better able to meet
Zealand’s most dangerous intersections. This Greater Wellington safer and more reliable.
to rail. growing demand. 
is on the route that future proofs the extension Stage one started in late 2019.
Roads of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge ¡ The Melling interchange project will reduce Walking and cycling
“Our package of road investments will to Piarere. the risk of flooding, help ease congestion
Giving people safer options to walk and cycle
reduce congestion and travel times, support ¡ A four-lane Tauranga Northern Link and during peak times, and the railway
in our cities means families have a healthy,
businesses and open up new areas for housing upgrades on SH2 to Omokoroa will improve realignment will improve reliability and give
developments. congestion-free alternative to sitting in the car.
safety on a dangerous stretch of highway and more ‘park and ride’ options.
¡ Upgrading SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden ¡ Our Christchurch package will speed up ¡ Aucklanders will finally get the ability to
unlock more housing developments in our
to four lanes will improve freight connectivity public transport in the high-growth south walk and cycle from the North Shore, with
fastest growing city and important trading
and improve productivity in the North. west of the city, improve safety in rural a shared path over the Harbour Bridge.
port.
¡ Penlink will open up more growth north towns in the region and boost economic Seapath will connect to the shared path
of Auckland and connect Whangaparoa
¡ Four-laning SH1 from Otaki to North of
development with a more reliable route for over the Harbour Bridge and provide a fully
residents to the successful northern busway. Levin will improve travel times and safety
freight to Lyttleton Port.  separated, safe path for Aucklanders from
¡ Upgrading Mill Road to four lanes and and boost the Horowhenua economy and its ¡ Our Queenstown transport package will Takapuna and Northcote to the city. It will
connecting Manukau to Drury will ease connection to Wellington and the region. greatly improve public transport into the also be a key tourist attraction.
traffic on SH1 and connect growing parts of ¡ The second stage of SH58 safety town centre on SH6A, ease congestion on ••
Auckland with job-rich centres.  improvements will make a key route in SH6 and support continued tourism growth.
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Indian High
Commission
launches Whatsapp
service for
Consular services
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elivering on the promise of serving the
about the purpose and rationale of the service
Indian diaspora in a better, effective, deliver the service by the end of the day,” Mr ‘High Commission staff is up
Mr Pardeshi said, “The Whatsapp service is
and timely manner, India’s High Pardeshi said.  for the challenge of delivering
for seeking consular services and registering
Commissioner to New Zealand Muktesh grievances. 
Pardeshi, has announced the launch of a
Service delivery timeline service digitally’

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“We understand that despite our various
Whatsapp service for seeking Consular esponding further to the query on the r Pardeshi also expressed confidence
multiple platforms of engaging with
services.  applications, sometimes, either application is timeline of service delivery Mr Pardeshi that the High Commission’s staff was
This was announced in a press release stuck or there is a delay in timely information clarified that the High Commission’s staff up for the challenge of timely and effective
released by the office of the Indian High which rightly causes some anxiety among would be striving to respond to genuine delivery of services digitally, and there was
Commission on social media coinciding with the applicants and they try calling us to get enquiries by the end of the day.  no anxiety in putting themselves boldly out on
India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations on clarification. social media. 
“However, we encourage people only to
Sunday, January 26.  “At times, there is a seemingly slow response “In the last three months our staff has cleared
use the service once they have given our staff
“On the happy occasion of the Republic as so many people are simultaneously trying to reasonable-time to process the application at all backlogs of pending applications, and there
Day of India, High Commissioner of India speak to us to get to know the status of their the first place,” Mr Pardeshi said.  is no pending application in the system beyond
H. E. Muktesh Pardeshi has unveiled a new
applications. “It is to say that if someone has applied for their expected timeline. I have personally
Whatsapp service (+64 – 22 – 163- 6989) for
“Although, completely understandable but it an OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card for monitored the process,” Mr Pardeshi said. 
seeking information on the status of Consular
does cause some distractions in timely delivery “They have brought down the pendency of
applications and registering grievances,” the the first time, then the normal processing time is
media release said.  of consular services. OCI, visa, passport and other consular services.
30 working days. So we encourage that anyone
This number will, however, not be answered “Therefore, to help our customers and give “In fact, for the renewal of OCI, we have
seeking the status of their applications should
and can only be used for sending Whatsapp them more clarity this service has been launched already announced through our social media
only use Whatsapp service after that time has
messages only.  as an additional mode of communication where channels that we will deliver the service within
elapsed, and they have not heard back from our
Speaking to The Indian Weekender more applicants can contact us, and we can quietly fifteen working days,” Mr Pardeshi said. 
other channels,” Mr Pardeshi clarified. 

Wellington Gurudwara
White Island Eruption: Indian host Gurbani Sangeet
origin tourist loses battle with life for the devotees
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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he twenty-first victim of the
tragic White Island volcanic
eruption that shook the world
in December last year is reported to
be an Indian-American tourist, whose
wife had already deceased in late
December in Auckland hospital.
Police has confirmed a further
death due to the Whakaari Island
eruption on Tuesday, January 28. 
NZ Police released the name of
the deceased as Pratap ‘Paul’ Singh,
who had suffered 40 per cent burns
and was admitted at Middlemore ¡ IWK BUREAU

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the volcano erupted. The couple whose bodies have not been located. 
Hospital. ellington
owned several businesses and gave Twenty-three people now remain
New Zealand Police is yet to Gurudwara
to charity.  in New Zealand and Australian
release the name of the deceased.  Sahib earlier
A friend of deceased Pratap Singh hospitals of which three remain
The Indian Weekender has reliably last week hosted the 3rd
from the United States posted on critical in New Zealand hospitals. 
learnt that Pratap’s family who have annual Gurbani Music
Facebook of a prayer meeting in his The pair leave three children
been stationed in Auckland since last Workshop organized
memory.  behind, an 11-year-old son and
month are planning to take him back by the Naad Charitable
“Along with his wife, he was 6-year-old twins. 
to India for the last rites. Trust New Zealand.
injured on Dec 7 during the volcanic As per Mr Katoch, Mr Singh came
Earlier, Pratap’s wife Mayuri “Students of all ages
eruption in New Zealand while the to the United States with no money
Singh, who had suffered 70 per cent
family was cruising in Australia and or degrees but worked really hard participated in this workshop with great enthusiasm, they had the opportunity
burns and had died of her injuries
New Zealand. Mayuri ji attained to make a name for himself. He was to study various instruments like Tabla, Harmonium, string instrument
on December 22 last year.  She was
Sadgati on Dec-22, and Pratap ji left known for his philanthropic work in (Dilruba) and Kirtan,” Amarjit Kaur from Wellington Gurudwara said.
repatriated back to Atlanta where, her
his body in the morning,” Swadesh Atlanta, especially in the African- The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Prof. Manjit Singh
family has been living for at least two
Katoch from the US posted on American community. (Rhythm School Hindustani Music Auckland) and Gavo Sachi Bani
generations.
Facebook. He was instrumental behind getting competition winner Rajwinder Kaur from Amritsar.
Pratap, has been living in the
This brings the total number of Baba Ramdev to the Atlanta for On the final day of the weeklong workshop, students shared their newly
United States along with his two
deaths to 21, 19 of whom died in New spiritual sessions, was a prominent learnt Gurbani music skills with the Sangat at the evening diwan.
brothers and their families for around
Zealand and two in Australia. Police contributor of Sewa International’s The participants were felicitated with medals and certificates for their
30 years.
confirmed the 19th and 20th fatality Sponsor-a-Child project in India, and
According to news outlet  WSB, effort and commitment to learning proper Gurbani music styles.
earlier this month as tour guide supported many Hindu temples in
the couple’s three children and The Gurudwara Sahib committee also thanked the visiting music tutors,
Hayden Marshall-Inman and teenage Atlanta especially ISKCON. 
Mayuri’s mother had stayed back on Manjit Singh and Rajwinder Kaur for running this workshop successfully
Australian tourist Winona Langford
the ship and were not injured when again this year.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 7

World-renowned Sufi singer Saieen Zahoor set


to perform and enthrall audience in Auckland
The event is set
to bring together
Sufi music lovers
under one
roof to witness
the ecstasy of
Sufi poets and
devotional Sufi
music to the
audience.

Ali Surhio launches the poster for the event


Sufi music concerts in New
Zealand.
World-renowned Sufi singer Saieen Zahoor Mr Surhio adds that this
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was nominated for the BBC World Music concert will bring good quality

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ufi singers Saieen Zahoor and Afsana Awards in 2006 for his work based on word music, something different and
Khan are set to perform in Auckland on of mouth. The 87-year-old is a leading Sufi mesmerising to the audience,
Saturday, March 7 at Vodafone Events musician from Pakistan and has spent most of especially when there is a huge
Centre. The live-in-concert is organised by his life in Sufi shrines and was awarded by BBC appetite in the community for
Flair n’ Fun Event management group (FNF). even before he produced a record officially. classical and Sufi music.
FNF has successfully organised entertainment Some of his most noted albums are Allah Hoo “Saieen Zahoor’s concerts
events for the last 30 years with its birth in 1987 Allah Hoo, Mirzya, Ni Mein Kamli Aan etc. in western countries have been
in Pakistan by founder Mukhtiar Surhio and is Sharing the stage with Saieen Zahoor will be a massive success in the past,
currently run by and managed by his son Ali Indian singer Afsana Khan who is renowned for westerners follow his style of
Surhio in Auckland. her voice and rendition in folk music. Afsana music and are big fans of his
FNF had organised two concerts in Auckland Khan was awarded ‘The Folk Voice of Punjab work.
and Wellington for Pakistani pop and classical Season 3’ and Rising Star of India in 2017. “Sufi music has a unique
singer Sajjan Ali in 2018 and Family Gala Earlier in 2019, she released her song effect on its audience, its food
Night featuring Shakeel Siddiqui and Naeem Lootera along with R Nait featuring singer and sold 100+ tickets just through word of mouth,” for the soul and it brings people closer,” Mr
Abbas Rufi the same year. performer from Haryana, Sapna Chaudhary. organiser of the concert Ali Surhio from FNF Surhio added.
The event is set to bring together Sufi music Afsana Khan is the sister of singer and Indian told The Indian Weekender. The poster launch ceremony of the concert
lovers under one roof to witness the ecstasy Idol Season 9 finalist, Khuda Baksh. “Our previous shows were a massive was held on Wednesday, January 29 in
of Sufi poets and devotional Sufi music to the “Although we have not yet publicised the success, and the upcoming show featuring Auckland that garnered a good response from
audience. show on social media, the show has already Saieen Zahoor is going to be one of the biggest the fans, supporters and sponsors.

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Marlborough’s
window to the world What to look for in 2020? for our Indian and migrant communities. As
Government
charters Air NZ
just got wider Dr Parmjeet Parmar
this was my first experience as an opposition
flight to assist
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National List MP based in Mt Roskill
he secret is out as to why Marlborough National Party Spokesperson for MP, there is always the frustration of not being
is a brilliant place to live, work, Research, Science and Innovation, able to effect the right policies or changes.
Wuhan departure
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invest, succeed and enjoy life in, Associate Spokesperson for When a senior government minister recently
Economic Development he Government has agreed with Air
with the release today of an enhanced and made derogatory remarks against Indian
New Zealand to charter an aircraft
expanded MarlboroughNZ.com website. culture in regard to the government’s botched
to assist New Zealanders leaving
The site includes new sections dedicated to up Immigration New Zealand’s approach to Wuhan, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has
sharing the ins and outs of living and working arranged marriages, I was very pleased to announced.
in Marlborough, doing business in the region, support the positive approach taken by our The aircraft will have capacity for around
holding a business meeting or conference, leader Simon Bridges in getting the government 300 passengers and will fly from Wuhan
and even what makes Marlborough the to change the policy and raise my concerns on to New Zealand. Officials will be working
perfect place to shoot a movie. behalf of the Indian community by writing through operational requirements with Air New
Destination Marlborough has led the to the PM Jacinda Ardern and expressing my Zealand and Chinese authorities.
project to expand the mandate of the disgust regarding Shane Jones comments. It New Zealanders in the Hubei region who are
MarlboroughNZ.com site. The website has registered on Safetravel have been emailed by
is unfortunate that the government did not

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until now been tailored towards attracting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to
appy 2020. With a three year election realise the extent the comments hurt the Indian
holiday visitors to the region, generating over register interest in the flight, which is subject to
cycle it doesn’t take long until we community.
31,000 visits a month as the primary call to Chinese Government approval.
are in another election year. Now My goal this year is to continue to be an “We are pleased to be have been able to
action for all destination marketing activity.
we know it is less than eight months till the effective spokesperson for our community, not offer this assistance to New Zealanders in a
Destination Marlborough General Manager
Jacqui Lloyd says, “Travellers who have a election. The very next day after the election just on cultural matters but on the basic issues challenging situation,” Mr Peters said.
positive holiday experience in the region date announcement, what we saw was the of cost of living and strong public services. “We encourage all New Zealanders in the
are more likely to be inspired to consider Labour government has started throwing The National team has been a strong Hubei region to register on Safetravel and
returning to live, work or do business here. money around making announcements and opposition and this is reflected in our strong ensure all their details are accurate and up to
Having one site that can seamlessly serve up polling for most of the last couple of years. date. This will give us a better understanding of
based on their track record, it’s no surprise that
the right information to encourage this will be While National retains a strong reputation as the level of demand for this flight.”
they won’t be able to deliver.
economic managers we are also very focused “New Zealand will be offering any additional
invaluable.” So, how can New Zealanders trust them with seats to Pacific Island and Australian citizens as
The project is a partnership with their new on-going promises? on good social outcomes that benefit all our
a matter of priority.”
Marlborough District Council and supported The election year is the year we as opposition society including the disadvantaged. While
“This is a complex operation as we work
by multiple regional agencies, Jacqui says. have been eagerly waiting for and it is upon us. the Labour government’s rhetoric may be through all the necessary requirements but we
“It’s been built to provide an online portal I can’t wait for the election. In my second term strong on standing up for the less well off, their are working to have the aircraft depart as soon
to showcase Marlborough in a way that as an MP, I have been busier than ever with performance in government is underwhelming. as possible.”
doesn’t duplicate what organisations are The National Party has produced a range Consular teams will be working with health
my spokesperson roles as the National Party’s
already doing, but instead, strengthens and of policy papers that reflect our thinking and officials to ensure that the risks of transmission
Spokesperson for Research, Science and
underpins their activity. The content has been discussions in preparation to be the government. of the Coronavirus to New Zealand are carefully
Innovation and the Associate Spokesperson for
crafted to consistently tell ‘the Marlborough Should the people of New Zealand elect a managed throughout the evacuation process.
Economic Development, and also as the Chair
Story’. National lead government this year, we will hit Those who do take a seat on the plane will
of the Parliamentary Education and Workforce
“We have seen increasing demand from the ground running as we have done the policy be required to pay a nominal fee, however the
local employers, recruitment and real estate Select Committee. And of course, one of the government will absorb most of the cost of the
other delights for me has been being an advocate work unlike the current one.
agencies for a resource to share that will charter flight.
help market a new job, property or business

Govt puts $100 cap on wheel


investment in the Marlborough region.”
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett says
the new website fills a much-needed gap for

clamping fee as new rules come


people thinking of relocating, working or
investing here.
“The expanded MarlboroughNZ.com

into effect
website now has an enormous wealth of
information about our region. It’s a one-
stop shop for anyone wanting to live, work,
visit or do business here. The site even has
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a section on film production, showcasing the

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amazing opportunities for filmmakers here in onsumers have been advised not to
Marlborough.” pay more than $100 if their vehicles
Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Chief are clamped, as new rules on wheel
Executive Hans Neilson is very supportive of clamping came into effect from Tuesday,
the new look site. January 28. 
“What it offers is a virtual landing page A recent amendment into Land Transport
for Marlborough, a conduit by which the Bill passed in November 2019 has made wheel
world can source key information about clamping companies to comply with the cap of
Marlborough in a user-friendly and digestible charging $100 for clamping vehicles parked on
private properties. 
way. For the Chamber, it means that anyone the cowboy practices of clampers, a ban on “Almost a similar incident happened to my
Failing to follow the new rules, the violators
wanting to find out more about doing business wheel clamping would need to be next step,” colleague when he was there for a meeting
may face infringements of up to $1000 for an
here is directed to the right place and given a Consumer NZ Head of Research Jessica Wilson that too on the parking space of the visiting
individual or $5000 for a company. 
range of organisations to connect with, based said. company, but his vehicle was clamped and later
“Before the law change, wheel clampers
on their desired pathway and supporting The AA and Consumer NZ advise any
could charge any fee they liked. Fees of $200 released after a long argument and with the
businesses to attract talent into the region.” motorist, that if they are wheel clamped, and
were common and in some cases were much interference of the office on that property,” the
The site is now live and Marlborough the fee to release the clamp is more than $100,
higher than that. The new law makes it an victim told The Indian Weekender. 
businesses are encouraged to promote and remind the operator of the new law and if they
offence for wheel clampers to charge more than still ask you to pay more, then contact Police The AA and Consumer NZ encourage the
share it with their professional and social $100,” AA Principal Advisor Regulations Mark on  www.police.govt.nz/use-105, or phone the owners of off-street parking to ensure there
networks. Stockdale said. non-emergency 105 number. are plainly visible, illuminated signs that
Destination Marlborough has teamed up The AA and Consumer NZ had long  Wheel clamping companies can be fined up clearly explain who is permitted to park, or
with Air New Zealand and Interislander and advocated for regulating the private parking to $15,000 for breaching the law, Ms Wilson
is launching a new campaign next week basic parking controls like chain-link fences,
sector, including wheel clamping, and are said.
targeting Wellingtonians to visit Marlborough pleased to see this new law introduced. to reduce the need for wheel clamping in the
A victim of rampant clamping charges said
during Autumn. The campaign will direct Both organisations have received numerous the new rules to bar the clamping firms from first place.
traffic to the new look MarlboroughNZ.com complaints over many years from motorists overcharging vehicle owners is a big relief and  “If the parking rules are too complex, or not
site. about the excessive clamping fees charged, was long due.  highly visible, then there will continue to be
often when the driver only stopped for a few “I was in Otahuhu about a year ago and was non-compliance, and it’s not fair that motorists
minutes or was unaware parking was not off for five minutes to buy lunch, and when I should continue to be penalised for that,” Mr
permitted due to unclear or ambiguous signage. returned, my vehicle was clamped and charged Stockdale said.
“If the law change fails to put a stop to $200 for being away for five minutes.  ••
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 9

Update: Immigration Minister comes back


satisfied from visit to INZ Mumbai office
¡ SANDEEP SINGH Lees-Galloway suggested lack of accurate

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mmigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway forecasting about the increase in the number of
has returned back from his recent visit to applications. 
INZ’s Mumbai-based offshore branch in “The growth in visa applications INZ
early January this year, largely satisfied with experienced from late 2018 was higher than
the efforts of the staff and the operational had been planned for. It takes time to respond
decision-making.  to such growth.
The Minister has announced about this visit “In response to the increased volumes the
in an earlier interview at the Indian Weekender Mumbai office had increased Immigration
studio (November 26) amidst rising concerns Officers from 35 in July 2018 to 71 Immigration
within the broader Kiwi-Indian community Officers in December 2019.
about the prolonged delays, and summary- “What I can assure you is that Mumbai
rejection of partnership visa applications aims to process visa applications as quickly
emanating from INZ’s Mumbai branch.  as possible, but I also expect INZ to manage
At the height of the partnership visa delay risk and ensure the right decisions are made for
crisis, there were about 12,000 applications New Zealand,” Mr Lees-Galloway said. 
waiting in the queue in July 2019, which Responding to another query raised by many
subsequently reduced to 8000 by the end of within the community about the perceived lack
September (RNZ story).  of training of INZ staff in the newly amended
However, the same period had also immigration instructions, Mr Lees-Galloway
witnessed a dramatic rise in summary- What does the Minister have to say: Key Points expressed satisfaction with the progress in
rejection of partnership- visa applications • Of the 756 applicants invited to re-apply for a visitor visa on December 2, 2019, staff-training. 
(probably in thousands), for want of “living after their partnership visas were declined under older immigration guidelines, “INZ has undertaken training with all staff
together” requirement, that has caught many who process partnership visa, and the Mumbai
a total of 278 applications had already been received by INZ, as of on January 14,
newly married members of the Kiwi-Indian staff has all been trained,” Mr Lees-Galloway
2020.
community off-guard, causing much concern in said. 
the community.  • The majority of these have been allocated to the Mumbai and Hamilton “On December 2, 2019, 756 individuals were
The Minister had then made changes in branches for processing (121 and 97 applications respectively). sent invitations to submit a fresh application
immigration instructions (culturally arranged following the updated guidance for processing
• Of the 153 applications which have been decided at 14 January 2020, 138 have
marriage visa), bringing some relief and temporary visas where a relationship is
causing some confusion around getting their been approved and 15 have been declined. This represents an approval rate of
involved. 
overseas partners into the country on legitimate 90 per cent. “Under the changes to the Culturally
visas. • As of 1st September 2019, the Mumbai office is no longer processing new Arranged Marriage visa category and the
Around 800 applicants whose visas updated guidance that was issued last year,
partnership applications from the India market.
were earlier rejected were invited again by only applicants with a New Zealand citizen
Immigration New Zealand to re-apply for a • It will take time to see what impacts the changed guidance [Culturally Arranged or resident partner were proactively invited to
visitor visa.  Marriage Visa] has on overall partnership visa numbers. resubmit an application. 
Subsequently, the Minister had then told “However, the revised guidance is applicable
• Visa processing has been slowing down since 2014. This government has
the Indian Weekender that he planned to visit to all partnership related applications,” Mr
INZ’s Mumbai branch personally to understand
focussed on doing something about it when the last government just let it
Lees-Galloway said. 
the challenges in the processing of partnership- happen.
General information on
visas.  • The growth in visa applications INZ experienced from late 2018 was higher than a partnership visa
Following that announcement, the Minister

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had been planned for.
NZ’s Hamilton office is now the processing
was in Mumbai from 16-17 January 2020
• There has been a 55 per cent increase in international student visa applications hub for all family-based visa applications.
and recently provided The Indian Weekender
from India in the last six months (Jan-June 2019) This streamlining of work has taken place over
a detailed update about the trip and shared
the past 18 months as offshore locations closed
his understanding and expectations about the
down and the work transitioned to the larger
general visa-processing in the Mumbai Branch.  times have been improving in most areas,
¡ To help manage processing onshore hubs for processing. The Hamilton
“Visa processing has been slowing down including work visas,” Mr Lees-Galloway said. office is now the primary office for family-
since 2014. This government has focused volumes and timeliness, However, most importantly, the Minister based visa applications (excluding applications
on doing something about it when the last refused to comment explicitly on the “demand”
government just let it happen,” Mr Lees-
INZ has recruited more from the Pacific and Manila).
or the efficacy of the newly announced changes As of September 1 2019, the Mumbai
Galloway said.  staff both onshore and in culturally arranged marriage visa category office is no longer processing new partnership
“In that last year, INZ made more than one offshore (including in for facilitating overseas-based partners join applications from the Indian market as it moves
million visa decisions, which was significantly their Kiwi-partners.  towards its intended role as an Education and
more than forecast. Mumbai), and as the staff “It will take time to see what impacts the Tourism office. The Mumbai office is working
“To help manage processing volumes and become more experienced, changed guidance has on overall partnership through applications lodged prior to September
timeliness, INZ has recruited more staff both visa numbers, but I am confident that it will 1 2019.
productivity will continue address many of the criticisms levelled at the
onshore and offshore (including in Mumbai), Mumbai office has received 115 previously
and as the staff become more experienced, to increase, and timeliness previous approach and is more in line with my
declined applications from partners of New
productivity will continue to increase, and will improve... expectations,” Mr Lees-Galloway said. 
Zealand citizens or residents who may have
timeliness will improve. On being asked what was he briefed by the
been affected by the recent process changes. To
“I expect INZ to continue to do everything INZ Mumbai branch as the most plausible
date, Mumbai has completed 54 assessments,
possible to minimise any delays. The processing cause for precipitating a huge delay in visa-
with one application being declined. 
processing and a backlog of applications, Mr

Home detention sentence imposed in visa fraud case


¡ IWK BUREAU misleading information in regard welcomes the sentence and says it deliberately providing fraudulent or “Honesty is always the best policy.

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woman who provided false to two visa applications she made demonstrates INZ’s commitment to misleading information to INZ won’t Not being up-front and truthful has
information to get a visa for for her child. The 31-year-old was being a trusted regulator and steward be tolerated.” the potential to harm a person’s
her child has been sentenced sentenced in the Napier District
of the immigration system. Mr Vaughan says it also highlights current and future visa applications,
to eight months home detention Court today.
“The integrity of the immigration the importance of being honest when and puts their ability to stay in New
Rajinah Sellvagumaran pleaded Immigration New Zealand’s
system relies on individuals making visa applications, even when Zealand in jeopardy,” Mr Vaughan
guilty last May over two charges (INZ) General Manager Verification
providing genuine and accurate personal and family circumstances says
of knowingly providing false or and Compliance, Stephen Vaughan
information. This sentence shows may be difficult. ••
10 NEW ZEALAND Friday, January 31, 2020 The Indian Weekender

Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology Christchurch white


supremacist Philip Arps
(Auckland and Tauranga) released
Changing lives of future leaders in ¡ RADIO NEW ZEALAND

Horticulture, the quite achiever

A
Christchurch white supremacist gave a thumbs up to
the judge, after walking free from prison following
nine months behind bars.
Philip Arps, 45, was jailed for sharing the video of the
Christchurch terror attacks last year.
During his appearance at the Christchurch District Court
this afternoon, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll imposed strict parole
conditions asked by the Department of Corrections.
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Muslims congregate, and no direct contact with the Muslim
his year is not only about soon landscape maintenance, re-vegetation and
community.
to be alum but also about those council work. FIAT has close ties with the He was also accused of sending letters of a violent nature
students that graduated from horticultural industry and being located from his prison cell.
FIAT last year. The annual graduation physically in the main horticultural area, Contents of letters and phone calls Arps made in prison have
ceremony is a day devoted to celebrating the students have high opportunity to interim suppression.
work part time in the fields and in other graduates from Franklin Agritech have
an important milestone in ‘students’

Registrations now
lives. The overwhelming sense of joy been meeting with very high success in
local properties, gaining hand-on and
emanating from our graduating students securing and performing in the jobs.
practical experience. Fiat has high rate of

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Festival performers
jobs with suitable visas and work employment success rate.
responsibilities, the sense of attainment supply chain by supplying high quality
The future of students studying
was evident on their face. planting materials as per pre agreed

and stallholders
horticulture at Franklin Agritech is very
The FIAT’s programmes are based on schedules.
Industry’s requirements, we would like to bright, the horticulture sector needs
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highlight few things which are relevant huge trained staff in the coming decade
students enrolling with FIAT and the ¡ IWK BUREAU
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industry in New Zealand as the demand
industry in New Zealand. Industries projects training needs of true picture of south Auckland will be on display
is most cases leads to allowing of students
The horticulture qualification holders the industry at about 40,000 to cover when diverse communities come together to celebrate
stay and work in the country. at the Diversity Festival.
are eligible for jobs in the areas of expansion and natural attrition of the
To build your bright future and a great Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s flagship event is returning
vegetable production, nursery production skilled staff. The Franklin Agritech is
career in Horticulture sector, come join for the third year on Saturday 22 February at Hayman Park.
and plant propagation, cut flower fully tuned in to the needs of the industry
production, nursery retailing and garden the bandwagon and be part of the success A variety of performances representing different cultures
and adapts to any forthcoming changes in
story happening right now. and the area’s vibrant spirit has been lined up to entertain the
centres, parks and reserves, conservation the sector, very promptly. As a result, the
crowds throughout the day, as well as market stalls showcasing

Bhartiya Samaj seniors


the rich and diverse cultures of south Auckland and heaps of
food options to choose from.
Local board chair Lotu Fuli says that the response to the
festival has been encouraging over the last two years.

celebrate Republic Day


“It’s great to see people from different parts of Auckland
coming in to experience our magnificent cultures. The event
provides great exposure to our local talent, businesses and
community groups that will help them grow,” she says.
Rana Judge of the World Council of Sikh Affairs who has
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been organising the event from last two years says their team

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anuary 26, 1950, holds a great is working in full swing to deliver another entertaining event
significance as on this day India’s that reflects the true spirit of South Auckland.
constitution came into effect and “We are proud to be part of one of the most diverse areas
India became a republic, which signifies in Auckland. Over the last two years, the team has tried their
complete freedom from any form of best to deliver an event that represents our community through
foreign rule. As India Celebrated its 71st various cultural stalls, performances and cuisines while also
Republic Day on January 26, Bhartiya raising money for their social groups and spreading awareness.
Samaj Charitable Trust honoured this “We have been receiving a diverse range of applications. We
annual patriotic day at the Senior Citizens are hoping to deliver a fun-filled and much more entraining
meeting at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall family event this year as well, one that truly reflects the spirit
on Saturday, January 25 with more than of south Auckland.”
220 senior members, dignitaries, and Register now
volunteers. Applications are open for performances in different
The day was embraced with enthusiasm, the National Anthem by everyone present categories including dance, culture, diversity fashion show
and everyone was at their best to welcome the dignitaries running to the dance floor
there which permeated the atmosphere and more.
the new year, wishing each other. and shake a leg,” Ruchika Agarwal from Community groups, commercial organisations and food-
with the patriotic feeling.
The celebrations commenced with Bhartiya Samaj said. sellers are also invited to register to book a stall at the event
The cultural program was put up to
Bhartiya Samaj Chair Jeet Suchdev Ji In the wake of Australian Bushfire, that’s growing in popularity with every passing year.
pay tribute to Mother India, where the
welcoming the gathering and greeting Bhartiya Samaj raised a donation of Registrations close on Friday 31 January at 5pm. Register
everyone on Indian Republic Day. performers took pride in glorifying and
$1000+ to provide relief and recovery in now online Highlights of the event include:
The dignitaries then wished the Indian celebrating the spirit of unity by singing Bouncy castle, popcorn, face painting, kid activities area for
the fire-affected areas.
community and thanked Bhartiya patriotic songs and dance performances. kids
The grand finale of the event was a
Samaj for their relentless efforts and “The celebrations came alive with Cultural performances representing different ethnicities and
lavish spread of sumptuous lunch served
commendable work to build an active and the sound of Desi Dhol, exhilarating countries
by Bhartiya Samaj to everyone present
connected Indian community. our hearts and feet dancing to celebrate Kids and children performance, dance competition, diversity
This was followed with the unfurling there. Thank you for organising team, fashion show, talent show
the Indian Independence. The Indian
of the Indian Tri-color flag by Honorary dedicated volunteers towards the success Games and activities for families
Patriotic songs brought the audience, and
Consul of India Bhav Dhillon and singing of the event. Food stalls showcasing a variety of cuisine.
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REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS


2020
12 NEW ZEALAND Friday, January 31, 2020 The Indian Weekender

New additions to Black Caps’ ODI squad


against India announced
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he Black Caps pace-bowling depth will
be tested against India in the upcoming
ODI series with three fresh call-ups for
the three-game series, starting February 5 in
Hamilton.
Auckland Aces opening bowler Kyle
Jamieson has been included in the one-day
squad for the first time and could make his
Black Caps debut, while Northern Districts
quick Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett
from the Wellington Firebirds return after last
playing ODIs in Ireland in 2017.
Due to Trent Boult’s broken left-hand, Lockie
Ferguson’s right-calf strain and Matt Henry’s
broken left-thumb- thr trio will be unavailable,
however Tom Latham has recovered from his
“Tim Southee has an important job leading “The three players have been rehabbing well
broken left finger and has been included in the BLACKCAPS ODI squad
our new look pace attack, which has a huge but unfortunately weren’t close enough to be
13-player squad.
opportunity against some of the very best ¡ Kane Williamson (Northern Districts) (c) considered for this squad.
Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham and
batsmen in the world. ¡ Hamish Bennett (Wellington Firebirds) “Trent Boult is progressing nicely and we
spinner Mitchell Santner are the all-rounders,
“While the bowling line-up has a fresh look, ¡ Tom Blundell (Wellington Firebirds) are confident he will be ready for the two Test
while Henry Nicholls will continue opening the the batting is very settled and we’ll likely have ¡ Colin de Grandhomme (Northern Districts) matches against India.
batting with Martin Guptill. the same top eight batsmen from the World Cup ¡ Martin Guptill (Auckland Aces) “Matt Henry is back bowling at
Northern Districts leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has finals. ¡ Kyle Jamieson (Auckland Aces) training however isn’t at the point of being
been included for the first ODI at Seddon Park, “Jimmy and Colin continue as the pace- ¡ Scott Kuggeleijn (Northern Districts) able to bat or field fully, while  Lockie
before being released to play for New Zealand bowling all-rounders after strong campaigns
¡ Tom Latham (Canterbury) (wk) Ferguson is on track to play in the Ford Trophy
A in the second First Class match against India in England and they will offer us plenty of
¡ Jimmy Neesham (Wellington Firebirds) for the Auckland Aces in the near future.”
A in Christchurch, starting February 7. firepower and versatility.
¡ Henry Nicholls (Canterbury) The Black Caps ODI squad assembles in
The series will be the first for the “Henry will remain at the top of the order
¡ Mitchell Santner (Northern Districts) Hamilton on Monday February 3 ahead of the
BLACKCAPS one-day team since the 2019 after impressing in the opportunities he’s had.
¡ Ish Sodhi (Northern Districts) (1st ODI) opening game of the series at Seddon Park on
ICC Cricket World Cup and coach Gary Stead He’s been in good form opening for Canterbury
¡ Tim Southee (Northern Districts) the Wednesday.
said his side are under no illusions about the in the latest rounds of the Ford Trophy with a
hundred and a half-century to his name. ¡ Ross Taylor (Central Stags) The three-match series then moves to
task ahead.
“It’s great to have Tom fit so we can call on Auckland for a Saturday encounter at Eden
“It’s always a tremendous occasion taking
his experience behind the stumps and in the Stead also provided an update on the injured Park before finishing at Bay Oval in Mount
on India and we’ve seen from the T20 series
middle order.”  BLACKCAPS. Maunganui.
they’re clearly as strong as ever,” he said.

India’s tour of New Zealand:


What have we witnessed so far? Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment
¡ AAKAR VYAS India lost Rahul, Kohli and Dube started very cautiously, but Rohit
in quick succession henceforth again fell cheaply. He scored 8 runs
Week one of India’s tour of New
Shreyas Iyer stepped up and scored in just 6 balls. Rahul and Kohli added
Zealand concluded with India
an unbeaten half-century to take 31 runs in 26 balls, but the king of India lost Dubey (3) and man in form was given the responsibility to
gaining an unassailable lead of 3-0
India to the finishing line. As a result chase Kohli was caught behind the Rohit (65) on 11th over. As a result defend 18 runs. Southee bowled best
over Blackcaps in the five T20 match
of a brilliant partnership of 62 runs stumps on 11.  of some excellent bowling from NZ of his ability for the first four balls
series. In the first week we witnessed
between Pandey and Iyer, India At one stage India looked in and slow batting from Indian middle- allowing India to score only 7 runs.
some high voltage drama together
thrashed Blackcaps by six wickets distress, but Rahul and Iyer helped order batsmen, India could only score Rohit kept it calm when India needed
with a high scoring chase, raining of
with one over remaining. India to get out of trouble. Rahul 160 runs by 19 overs. As a result 11 runs off last two balls, and he hit
sixes, drop catches, tied game and a
Shreyas Iyer was given player of and Iyer continued their rich batting of some hard-hitting from Pandey two humongous sixes to Southee.
Paisa Vasool super over.
the match award for his spectacular form as Rahul scored his second and Jadeja in the final over, India The whole Seddon park erupted with
Just before the first game Indian
54* runs. consecutive fifty in the series while managed to put on a respectable total cheers, appreciation and emotions.
skipper Virat Kohli mentioned in
Ross Taylor at the post-match Iyer fell short of his. Rahul and Iyer of 179 runs in 20 overs. What a roller coaster ride! What a
the press conference that “We are
press conference answered the added vital 86 runs together to help Chasing in a do or die match, game of cricket !!
not touring New Zealand intending
question “What was the difference India win this game. India chased Blackcaps openers shone again For displaying spectacular batting
to take any revenge from last year.
between both teams today?” a target of 133 runs with 15 balls as they scored quick 47 runs in 6 skills under pressure Rohit Sharma
Kiwis are such nice people to take
The partnership between Manish remaining.  overs. Guptill was the first one to go was given player of the match award
revenge, and we are here to play
Pandey and Shreyas Iyer was very KL Rahul was awarded player of followed by Munro who gifted his !!
some competitive cricket”.
crucial, and the difference between the match for his winning 57* runs. wicket to Jadeja. Guptil and Munro Kane Williamson at the post-
1st T20 at Eden Park, both teams today. Shreyas Iyer at the post-match scored 31 and 14 runs respectively.  match press conference said: “Super
Auckland press conference mentioned that  Since the openers got out for Overs aren’t really our friends.”
2nd T20 at Eden Park,
Indian skipper won the toss and “Chasing is team India’s biggest Blackcaps, it was a one-man show
Auckland Little known statistics about
decided to field first. Batting first strength, and on winning the toss in by Williamson. He smashed Indian
New Zealand won the toss and the future team, India will definitely both teams and players (as at
Blackcaps openers batted to their bowlers all over the ground especially
elected to bat first in the second go for a chase.” 3rd T20)
strength by scoring quick 80 runs in Bumrah in the 17th and 19th over. As
T20 game at Eden Park. Guptill and ¡ KL Rahul has scored Seven 40+
just eight overs. Guptill and Munro 3rd T20 at Seddon Park, a result of some skilful hitting from
Munro hit guardedly throughout the
gave New Zealand a flying start; as Hamilton Kane, Blackcaps had 9 runs to chase scores in his last nine T20 innings.
powerplay because the surface at ¡ Kane Williamson’s 95 runs vs
a result, Blackcaps maintained a run in the final over. 
Eden park turned out to be slower Kane Williamson won the toss and
rate of 10 throughout of their inning.  In the last over Seddon park India at Hamilton was his highest
than the 1st game. Guptil was caught elected to field first. The opening
As a result of fine half-centuries went noiseless but Shami removed T20 international score.
by Kohli on 33 runs at long-on while combination of Rahul and Rohit
from Munro, Williamson and Taylor, Williamson on 95 as well as Taylor ¡ Virat Kohli is yet to lose a match
trying to hit the ball for six.  has not been fecund in the last two
Blackcaps scored 203 runs with the on the last ball when Blackcaps as a captain on New Zealand soil. 
As a result of some economical games with Rohit failing to score big
loss of five wickets. needed just one run to win. This is ¡ This T20 series vs New Zealand is
bowling from Shami, Bumrah and runs. Rohit and Rahul rectified that
Chasing a total of 204 India lost how the match ended up in a tie and India’s first T20 series win against
Jadeja Blackcaps middle order at Seddon park as they produced 89
Rohit Sharma in the very second required a super over to get the result. New Zealand in New Zealand.
struggled to score quick runs. runs partnership for the first wicket.
over. He was trapped by Santner Guptill and Williamson batted
For Blackcaps, Williamson, de Hitman looked in right touch as ¡ India won all three T20 games in
on seven runs. KL Rahul and Kohli for Blackcaps, and Bumrah bowled
Grandhomme and Taylor could add he hit Hamish Bennett for 26 runs. this series by smashing six to Tim
then had a partnership of 99 runs in for India in the super over. Batting
only 35 runs. Thanks to Seifert’s Rahul fell on 27 runs at the end of Southee.
next eight overs. Rahul scored 56 skilfully Guptill and Williamson put
quickfire 33 runs in the death overs, 9th over.  ¡ Five players from India and
runs before departing, and Kohli on a challenging total of 17 runs in a
New Zealand managed to go past India experimented by sending Blackcaps hit 50+ score in the 1st
followed him to the pavilion after super over.
130 runs mark in 20 overs. Shivam Dubey for number three, T20 game at Eden Park. Most in
seven deliveries as he was caught by While chasing 18 runs, Rohit and
Chasing 133 runs to win, India but the experiment failed miserably.
Guptill on 45.  Rahul batted for India while Southee any T20 match.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 13

Bay of Plenty to host Labour coalition


Tenzing Hillary Football implements National
Cup 2020 Party policies
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMAMD
displayed by Jacinda Ardern and her

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he Tenzing Hillary Cup is returning this government.
year with seven football teams from This two-year temporary stop purely
different parts of the country competing based on ideology rather than New Zealand’s
for the 2020 championship. infrastructure has seen our construction
The Tenzing Hillary Cup 2020 is the biggest Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi workforce go overseas in search of work.
sporting event within the Nepalese community National Party List MP, And it is highly likely that New Zealand will
in New Zealand and this year the tournament Parliamentary Community
hosted by Nepalese Association of Bay of struggle to get them back now.
Engagement and
Plenty (NABOP) and THC committee. The Communications Advisor
For a party and its leader who promised
matches will be held at Links Avenue Reserve New Zealand relentless positivity, such

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in Mt Maunganui in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty ideological decisions reflect  wasted
acinda Ardern began her term as Prime
on Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2. The opportunities. KiwiBuild and light rail are other
Minister with promises and more
hosts are expecting a crowd of more than 700 examples of this Governments spectacular
Each team will have 11 players a side, and promises to New Zealanders.
over two days of the tournament. failures.
The seven teams participating in this the matches will be played as per FIFA and NZ Kiwibuilt, the Capital Gains Tax as panaceas
Unlike Labour, National is the party of
tournament are Khukuri and Gurkha Football Football guidelines and rules. The referee for to New Zealand’s housing crisis while stopping
infrastructure and our history shows that we
Clubs from Auckland, Gorkhali FC from all the games is coming from WaiBOP Football many of the transport projects that we in the
will deliver on our promises.
Waikato, Team NABOP, Himalions FC from Association. New Zealand National Party put in place when We will build the infrastructure New
Palmerston North, Team Lhotsampa and Nepal The host for this year, Nepalese Association Simon Bridges was the Minister of Transport.
United FC from Christchurch. Zealand needs and will give motorists
in Bay of Plenty Inc. (NABOP) aims to promote Yesterday New Zealanders once again got
Tenzing Hillary Cup was first held in 2010 something in return for the extra $1.7 billion
Nepali culture, language, literature, and various to witness the incompetence of this Labour led
and 2011 as ‘NANI’ Cup by NABOP, and this Government squeezed out of them through
social and cultural activities of Nepali diaspora coalition when it decided to copy National’s
year 2016 in Auckland saw a better-organised fuel tax hikes and extra GST.
in New Zealand. transport projects.
tournament and was named ‘Inter Nepalese Later this year we will release a
NABOP is a non-profit organisation which
Soccer Tournament’. New Zealanders have lost precious two comprehensive infrastructure plan detailing
“In 2017, the tournament was named was established in 2002 with the sense to form
and half years because of the incompetence our vision for New Zealand.
‘Tenzing Hillary Cup’ after discussions within a community to preserve the culture and to help
the committee to come up with a better title for each other to integrate and live harmoniously
the cup. It was held in Christchurch in 2018 in their newly chosen home, New Zealand.
and Auckland in 2019,” Saurab Gautam from NABOP is led by Pawan Pandel as its president
THC committee told The Indian Weekender. has a strong relationship with local bodies in
“The title, “Tenzing Hillary Cup” holds the regions and throughout the country.
significant meaning and respect for the heroes “Local councils, Non-Resident Nepali
of both countries, Nepal and New Zealand and Association (NRNA NZ), and NZ Nepal
are here to stay,” he added.
Chamber of Commerce have always been great
This tournament goes by the name of Sir
supports. As this tournament is not funded by
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
who first conquered the world’s highest any particular organisation, we are running
mountain Mt. Everest. the tournament on the kindness and generosity
“All the teams, players, referees, volunteers, of organisations and local businesses in the
donors, sponsors will have privilege on regions,” Mr Saurab said.
themselves for being a part of this prestigious Ambassador of Nepal to New Zealand H
tournament,” Mr Saurab added. E Mahesh Raj Dahal and Consul General of
There have been interests from teams around Nepal Peter Gibbs are expected to grace the
other parts of the country as well such as tournament as guests along with Tauranga City
Wellington and Hamilton who will be taking AFC President, Tauranga City Councillors and
part in the tournament in 2020.
local association presidents.

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The Global Economy Future proofing


and New Zealand New Zealand’s rail
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nderstanding the impact of the global

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economy and its effects on New inister for State Owned
Zealand are critical to the Reserve Enterprises Winston
Bank when it considers Monetary Policy.29 Peters says the funding
January 2020 of four major rail projects under the
Understanding the impact of the global New Zealand Upgrade Programme is
economy and its effects on New Zealand are yet another step in the right direction
critical to the Reserve Bank when it considers for New Zealands long-term rail
Monetary Policy. infrastructure.
In a speech today to the Goldman Sachs “This Government has a bold
Annual Global Macro Conference in Sydney, vision for rail. We said we would
in 2019, Mr Hawkesby said commodity prices address the appalling history of
Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christian
for New Zealand’s primary products held up under-investment in our rail system
Hawkesby set out the framework the Bank used while offshore funding costs were broadly over the last three decades, and we are well on Westfield Junction, and works around Quay
to analyse the global economy and its influence steady and the New Zealand dollar declined,
on New Zealand. track to achieve that,” Mr Peters said. Park to improve rail access to the Ports of
helping insulate the economy from the global “Rail is a national strategic asset and strong Auckland
“Using a simple framework with trade, slowdown. investment is a no brainer. ¡ $371 million to extend electrification from
financial, and uncertainty channels helps us try But prolonged uncertainty, particularly “These projects will enable KiwiRail to Papakura to Pukekohe of the Auckland
and make sense of a complicated world, and around Brexit and US-China trade tensions, deliver effective rail services and get our cities metro network by 19km
the policy implications for New Zealand,” Mr was likely to have affected business confidence moving. A well-maintained reliable rail system ¡ $211 million for improvements to the
Hawkesby said. and investment. reduces road congestion and road maintenance Wellington, Wairarapa and Palmerston
The Monetary Policy Committee will begin “While New Zealand businesses cited a costs, seriously lowers carbon emissions, and North network and beyond, including
meeting next week for the first time since number of domestic factors, uncertainty about allows for large volumes of freight across the upgraded tracks for the Wairarapa and
November, and Mr Hawkesby stressed his the global environment is likely to have also country,” Mr Peters said. Capital Connection lines, safety connections
remarks did not represent the formal view of played a part,” Mr Hawkesby said. Four rail projects will be funded as part of and refurbishment of Capital Connection
the Committee. The Reserve Bank is also monitoring the the $12 billion infrastructure package: carriages, and
The Reserve Bank lowered the Official Cash impact of the coronavirus through all three
¡ $315 million for improvements to the Wiri to ¡ $247 million to develop the Drury railway
Rate by 75 basis points in 2019, due in part to channels.
Quay Park Corridor in Auckland including station, with two new stations at Drury East
“The SARS virus in the 2000s provides
the slowdown experienced by the country’s construction of a third rail line to ease the and Drury West, to increase transport access
some potential parallels, particularly through
trading partners. bottleneck between Wiri and Westfield, and amenity value for this fast-growing
the effects on travel and confidence,” Mr
By applying this framework to developments providing additional capacity around centre.
Hawkesby said.

Airlines ramp up KiwiRail welcomes


domestic air fares investment in network
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iwiRail welcomes the massive funding will help us get ready for that and underpin

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omestic air fares leapt injection that will enable Auckland rail urban development.
in the last three months commuting to continue growing and “The 3rd main adds an extra rail line
of 2019 and will cost take cars out of the city.29 January 2020 between Westfield and Wiri in South Auckland,
passengers an extra $165 million a section of line that is congested with freight
KiwiRail welcomes the massive funding
for a full year. trains going to and from Ports of Auckland and
injection that will enable Auckland rail
Domestic air fares leapt in Port of Tauranga, and increasingly frequent
the last three months of 2019 and will cost The hefty 8.5 percent increase coincides with commuting to continue growing and take cars
metro commuter services. For CRL to deliver
passengers an extra $165 million for a full year. Jetstar’s withdrawal from regional routes and out of the city. the level of commuter service Auckland needs,
The New Zealand Airports Association the agreement between Air New Zealand and KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg the 3rd main is crucial.
(NZ Airports) says the big jump in air fares, Qantas to cooperate in each other’s domestic Miller said: “These are exciting times for “The Papakura to Pukekohe electrification
confirmed by Stats NZ on Friday, means every markets. rail. Work starts immediately, and will be will extend the metro network and help people
domestic passenger is paying $14 more for their “Domestic air fare increases on this scale are move to more affordable commuter hubs away
completed in about four years. We’re delighted
flight, on average, compared to the same period many times greater than the rate of inflation,
to have a continuum of funding that will enable from the city. Currently the Auckland metro
12 months ago. and have a choking effect on regions at a time
trains stop at Papakura and passengers have
“Families, businesses and tourism will be the Government is investing in provincial us to plan and to recruit.
to switch to a diesel commuter train that runs
the losers from the big jump in flight costs” economies” said Mr Ward. “This will also enable us to open our doors
between Papakura to Pukekohe. We expect
said NZ Airports chief executive Kevin Ward. He said the Stats announcement shows prices for cadets and apprentices.
electrification to enable people to stay on the
“Increased fares translate directly to fewer rose for many regional routes as well as flights “Auckland’s passenger rail network already
same train on a more reliable service.”
people able to travel”. between main centres. “Unfortunately, there is enables people to make 21.4m trips per year.
Mr Ward said this is a warning flag that no official data on fares for individual routes, When the CRL is finished, we expect another
airlines are taking advantage of recent so the public can’t confirm if some cities and big jump in the number of people using rail to
developments to boost profits. towns have been harder hit than others”. travel around the city. These major projects

Resuscitated roads are vitally needed – AA


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otorists around the country will be extreme events.” all but disappear and serious crashes drop brings much-needed balance to transport
welcoming todays announcement Some of the key roading projects that the AA significantly as well.” investment, after funding for building and
from the Government of multiple is particularly glad to see progress are: Safety and de-congestion benefits will also maintaining roads has been under pressure over
major roading projects being resuscitated.29 · The Tauranga Northern Link, and SH2 come from projects like Penlink and Mill Rd the last couple of years due to more transport
January 2020 between Te Puna and Omokoroa in Auckland, and the Melling interchange and spending going into other areas.
Motorists around the country will be · SH1 between Otaki and Levin SH58 improvements in Wellington. “Recently there has been an unfortunate
welcoming today’s announcement from the · SH1 between Whangarei and Marsden Point The only sour note for the AA in the tendency to frame transport investment as a
Government of multiple major roading projects “Those three highways have been some of the programme is that the extension of the Waikato clash between roads and other modes,” says
being resuscitated. highest risk roads in the country for decades. Barney.
Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere is not
“New Zealand is in desperate need of more If you look at crashes on those two sections “Actually we need to be investing in all of
included.
modern highways in many places and it is great of SH1 as well as SH2 from west of Tauranga transport – roads and public transport and
“This is a missed opportunity to make the
news that the Government is responding to to Katikati, they had 35 fatal crashes and 62 cycling and walking.
most of the investment that’s already gone into
that,” says AA Principal Infrastructure Adviser serious crashes between them over five years. “Driving is still the main way that people and
the Waikato Expressway, and to support road
Barney Irvine. “Other recent expressway projects like in safety and economic growth in Waikato, and goods move around in New Zealand and it’s
“The AA has fought for many of these roads Waikato and Kapiti have shown that once a the Upper North Island as a whole.” crucial that we keep investing in upgrading the
because of the benefits they will deliver in new, modern highway is built the fatal crashes Meanwhile, Barney says the announcement many roads around the country that aren’t up to
safer travel, less delays and more resilience to the standard they should be.”
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 FIJI 15

Coronavirus Outbreak:
Fijians being strongly advised against
non-essential travel to mainland China
T
he Fijian Health Ministry
says the Chinese authorities,
in their efforts to control the
Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, have
shut down public transport in cities
in the Hubei province – and it is
possible that this will be extended
to other areas as the outbreak
progresses.
It says movement and the ability to
leave areas in China may be affected.  
The ministry says if you are
travelling to China, please avoid
visiting ‘wet’ markets that sell live
and dead animals out in the open,
avoid unprotected contact with live
wild or farm animals, avoid contact
with persons with flu like symptoms,
ensure that you only eat meat or eggs
that are thoroughly cooked, practice
hand and respiratory hygiene, cover
your mouth and nose with tissue,
sleeve, or elbow when coughing or
sneezing, clean hands after coughing experts, including scientists from the Coronavirus. The two agreed that
and sneezing and when caring for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and international experts would visit
the sick, frequently clean your hands of infecting other patients. China to assist with research and
containment of the worsening Prevention. China to help investigate the situation
with soap and water or an alcohol Latest from China WHO Director-General Tedros and enhance the global response.
based hand rub and avoid contact coronavirus outbreak.
Chinese authorities have agreed to Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Nearly 5,000 people around the
with persons with flu like symptoms Los Angeles Times reports that
allow the World Health Organization Chinese President Xi Jinping to world have been infected with the
If you need to see a doctor please Beijing had repeatedly declined
to send international experts to discuss plans to contain the Novel virus, and 106 people have died.
call before visiting to reduce the risk offers of assistance from outside

Counselling for Fijian students in Wuhan City


Chinese Embassy in Fiji on alert,
will work with government

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he Fiji Embassy in Fijians in China with daily he Chinese Embassy is on 24-hour
Beijing, China is working situation updates about the virus alert and will work closely with the
around the clock with and advised against movement in Government to deal with any situation
university counsellors to provide and around cities. when the need arises.
services to Fijian students Meanwhile, two Fijian Chinese Ambassador Qian Bo said they are
studying in Wuhan City. students, who displayed flu and working with relevant stakeholders whenever
A situation report released by cold like symptoms, were cleared. there is a reported case of persons showing
the embassy said Fijian students The Fiji Embassy has been symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
in Wuhan were starting to panic. in contact with both students “We will take rapid measures to help or caution
“Focusing on Wuhan, the regularly. Seven Fijians studying people to quarantine themselves.”
epicentre of the virus, updates in Wuhan City continue to be At present, there are no confirmed cases of
from our student representative Shelves inside supermarkets in Wuhan City, China were empty as fears of accommodated at a student’s 2019 – nCoV in Fiji, or any other Pacific island
Eroni Duaibe, PhD Candidate, the deadly coronavirus grow in the city. Inset: Fijians studying in Wuhan flat as the lockdown continued. country. Mr Bo has urged the public to be alert
has indicated there has been a bit City. Wuhan is now a ghost town, they and continue to do business as usual. For Fijians
of panic among the Fiji students responses from the Hubei and support to our citizens.” said. living in China, the Chinese government is
as some of the victims claimed by Provincial Government Ministry The report added they would Stocks are beginning to run committed to safeguarding the safety and health
the virus were known to some of of Foreign Affairs, which has be in regular contact with the low with empty shelves at of everyone in China and will in a responsible
the students in Wuhan,” the report ensured the safety of foreigners provincial government to prepare Supermarkets. Water has become manner ensure the safety of every foreign
said. in Hubei including Fiji citizens. It for any contingency plan as scarce in shops that are open. national in China, Mr Bo said.
“The Fiji Embassy in Beijing added that the local government the viral situation unfolds. The The rationing of water has “We have been closely monitoring all the
will contact university counsellors would do its utmost best to ensure embassy has also contacted the been limited to two bottles of Chinese citizens, travellers, tourists living in Fiji
to visit the Fijian students for the safety of Fijian citizens. China Scholarship Council (CSC) 1.5 litres per customer. Hospitals and those that are coming in from abroad.
any assistance and information “The Fiji Embassy has to alert them of responsibilities and pharmacies have reported “This is a very serious situation but we
needed by these students.” submitted our citizen database towards sponsored students that there was also a shortage are determined to win the battle against this
The report said the Fiji including all necessary supporting studying under Chinese of vaccines, facial masks and epidemic,” he said.
Embassy had received positive documents to the Hubei Provincial government scholarships. sanitizers.
Government for their information The Fiji Embassy is providing QUARANTINED
Two Chinese nationals have been under self-
Fiji Airways in top 10 on-time performance for Asia-Pacific quarantine after falling ill following a flight from

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China to Fiji.
iji Airways has climbed into the Top airlines made it into the list. Mr Bo said the individual cases included a
10 On-Time Performance Punctuality Etihad replaces Qatar Airways as the only lady who had travelled with a group of tourists
(OTP) League of all Asia-Pacific Middle East airline among the Top 20 carriers. and a Chinese man who was transiting through
airlines. This is a significant achievement for Among European airlines, only five made it to Vanuatu. Both were examined by a Doctor and
our national airline and it’s a testament yet into the Top 20 of the Punctuality League in quarantined while they awaited test results.
again, that we are punching above our weight. As the most punctual airline in the world, 2019 of which Aeroflot, a new entrant this year,
Fiji Airways ranked eighth in the Asia Pacific Garuda Indonesia inevitably takes the top spot is ranked highest in sixth position. SCHOLARSHIP
category in the OTP League report for 2019. among Asia Pacific airlines. Apart from that The league is based on 57.7 million flight Mr Bo had also confirmed that Chinese
OAG is a British based travel intelligence there are four airlines which are new to the scholarships for Fijians will not be affected as a
records using full-year data from 2019 to create
Asia Pacific Top 10, either due to improved result with the current outbreak.
company with a global reputation for accuracy. a ranking of the best on-time performance
coverage or because they have moved up the The new academic year will begin in
According to the OTP Punctuality League (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and
rankings sufficiently. September.
report, the best airline in the world for on-time airports. To qualify for inclusion in the OAG
They are Skymark Airlines (Japan), AirDo
performance in 2019 is Garuda Indonesia with
(Japan), Fiji Airways and Thai AirAsia.
Punctuality League, OAG must have flight NO TRAVEL BAN
an average OTP for the year of just over 95 per status data for at least 80 per cent of all In a statement last night, the Ministry of Health
Asia Pacific airlines dominate world Top
cent; meaning 19 of every 20 flights operated scheduled flights operated by the airline or and Medical Services reiterated that no travel
20 airlines, while only two North American
to within 15 minutes of the schedule. airport. bans are in place for Fiji and internationally.
Thought of the week
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand.
The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. “
- Alexander Graham Bell

Editorial 31 January – 7 February


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arkets fell for the first three days of the week and then recovered ground. The recovery, This week in New Zealand’s history
though, was not enough to end markets in positive territory, but the salient feature was 31 January 1921
that the midcap and smallcap indices had a very strong showing and closed the week
with gains. New Zealand's first regular airmail service begins
The BSESENSEX lost 332.18 points or 0.79 per cent to close at 41,613.19 points. NIFTY lost
104.10 points or 0.84 per cent to close at 12,248.25 points. P iloted by Captain Euan Dickson, the first flight of the Canterbury Aviation Company’s new
airmail service left Christchurch at 8 a.m., carrying several hundred letters to Ashburton and
Timaru into the teeth of a south-westerly gale.
The broader indices saw the BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 0.59 per cent, 0.84 per cent and
0.31 per cent, respectively. The BSEMIDCAP gained 0.72 per cent while the BSESMALLCAP
1 February 1842
was up 0.93 per cent. The breadth in the market is certainly improving and this will hold the market
in good stead going forward. New Zealand Company settlers arrive in Nelson
The Indian rupee lost 24 paisa or 0.34 per cent, to close at Rs 71.32 to the US dollar. Dow Jones
was down 358.37 points or 1.22 per cent, closing at 28,989.73 points. T he  Fifeshire  arrived in Nelson with immigrants for the New Zealand Company’s first
settlement in the South Island.
Results are a mixed bag from the heavyweight stocks. HDFC Bank saw its loan book under
pressure with provisions increasing, while ICICI Bank produced its best ever results with a strong
3 February 1931
uptick in core operations. Hawke's Bay earthquake strikes
The performance improved further with the resolution of Essar Steel, and it saw a sharp drop
in provisions and also an increase in recoveries. The bank reported a consolidated net profit of Rs
4,670 crore in the third quarter versus 1.874 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.
W hen the deadly earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck at 10.47 a.m., many
buildings in central Napier and Hastings collapsed immediately. In terms of loss of life
(256), it remains the worst civil disaster to have occurred in New Zealand.
SEBI has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court asking that IHH, the company
that had acquired Fortis Healthcare, be allowed to complete the open offer as the same was done 4 February 1975
before the Supreme Court gave instructions to freeze the shares. This would be positive, as the First woman swims Cook Strait
matter has been hanging fire now for over 13 months.
The week ahead sees ITI Ltd (Indian Telephone Industries) a public sector undertaking (PSU)
coming out with its follow-on offer for 18.18 crore shares in a price band of Rs 72-77. This was
A merican Lynne Cox swam from the North Island to the South in 12 hours 7 minutes. The
fourth person to do so, she battled heavy seas and strong winds. Twice the Cook Strait cargo
ferry Aratika hove to alongside her to provide protection. Cox went on to swim in the sub-Arctic
India’s first PSU set up way back in 1948. Bering Strait and in Antarctic waters.
After being a great performer for about 45 years it fell on bad times and had become a sick
company. 5 February 1911
The government revived the company and it is now not only back in the black but has also New Zealand’s first controlled powered flight
reported a positive net worth. The new management is aggressive in their strategy and is now
competing with its private sector peers.
The issue price earnings multiple is a steep 74.23-79.38 times based on the financial year ended
P ioneering aviator Vivian ‘Vee’ Walsh took to the skies over South Auckland to make the first
successful flight in New Zealand. During late 1910 and early 1911, Vivian and his brother
Leo, members of the Auckland Aeroplane Syndicate, worked with a small team of men and
March 2019. The performance for the current year has changed significantly and the future looks women to assemble a Howard-Wright biplane that had been imported from England in parts.
better considering the order book and marked improvement in performance.
The order book is about Rs 11,000 crore and does not include the �ASCON Phase IV’ defence 6 February 1840
order, which the company would be getting shortly. Treaty of Waitangi signed
This order includes roughly 70 per cent of executing the creation of an optical fibre network and
the remaining as AMC (annual maintenance contract) over a period of eight years.
Margins for the company have improved significantly and there has been cost cutting and
M ore than 40 Māori chiefs signed a treaty with the British Crown in the Bay of Islands. This
‘Treaty of Waitangi’ remains controversial. A week earlier, Captain William Hobson had
landed at Kororāreka from HMS Herald and proclaimed himself lieutenant-governor of a colony
efficiencies all round. that did not yet exist.
To derive benefit from the huge land bank the company has, it is looking at creating manufacturing
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The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

INDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY: TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE


SHYAM SARAN approach in the run-up to the Paris of the order of Rs.400 per tonne,
Climate summit. This is reflected proceeds from which go into a Clean

A
s a populous, tropical in the country’s INDC. It links Energy Fund. India is also committed
developing country, India India’s commitment to ecologically to not building any new thermal
faces a bigger challenge sustainable economic development plants which are not of the most
in coping with the consequences with its age old civilizational values efficient ultra-supercritical category.
of Climate Change than most of respecting Nature, incorporating India played a major role in
other countries. Climate Change a sense of inter-generational equity assuring the success of the Paris
is a global phenomenon but with and common humanity. Climate summit and Prime Minister
local consequences. There are both The targets India has voluntarily Modi’s personal intervention in
external and domestic dimensions to committed itself to are unprecedented the adoption of the landmark Paris
India’s Climate Change policy which for a developing country. Agreement was acknowledged by
has been articulated through two key The energy intensity of India’s several world leaders. His initiative
documents. growth will decline by 33-35% by on the setting up an International
One is the National Action Plan on 2030 compared to 2005 base year, Solar Alliance for promoting solar
The National Missions are on of the UNFCCC, to establish a
Climate Change(NAPCC) adopted which means that for every additional power worldwide was welcomed.
Solar Energy, Enhancing Energy global Climate Change regime. It
on June 30, 2008. The other is India’s dollar of GDP India will be using India is advancing on a broad
Efficiency, creating a Sustainable was India’s hope that the ongoing
Intended Nationally Determined progressively and significantly lesser front to ensure a clean energy future
Urban Habitat, Conserving Water, multilateral negotiations under the
Commitments(INDC) submitted amount of energy. for its people, drawing upon its
Sustaining the fragile Himalayan UNFCCC would yield an agreed
to the UN Framework Convention There is confidence that based on ingrained civilizational attributes
Eco-system, creating a Green India outcome, based on the principle
on Climate Change(UNFCCC) in the achievements of the National and putting in place a wide range
through expanded forests, making of Common but Differentiated
October 2, 2015. The NAPCC has Mission on Enhancing Energy of policy interventions under the
Agriculture Sustainable and creating Responsibility and Respective
an essentially domestic focus. The Efficiency, this target will be met. legal framework of the Energy
a Strategic Knowledge Platform for Capabilities(CBDR), which would
INDC is a statement of intent on India being one of the world’s largest Conservation Act, covering 15
serving all the National Missions. enable developing countries like
Climate Change action announced emerging economy, which already energy intensive industries and the
The NAPCC acknowledged that India, through international financial
in the run up to the Paris Climate has a large energy footprint globally, Energy Conservation Building Code,
Climate Change and Energy Security support and technology transfer, to 17
Change summit held in December the this constitutes a major contribution covering all new urban infrastructure.
were two sides of the same coin; accelerate its shift towards a future of
same year. The NAPCC incorporates to tackling global Climate Change. 32 states of the Indian Union have
that India had to make a strategic renewable and clean energy. While
India’s vision of ecologically The INDC has set a target of 175 formulated and begun implementing
shift from its current reliance on India has made significant progress
sustainable development and steps to GW of renewable energy by the their own State Action Plans on
fossil fuels to a pattern of economic in implementing several of the
be taken to implement it. year 2030 on the strength of the Climate Change(SAPCC).
activity based progressively on National Missions, its expectations
It is based on the awareness that outstanding success of the National There is also an active and vibrant
renewable sources of energy such of a supportive international
Climate Change action must proceed Solar Mission. It is reported that this civic society which is promoting
as solar energy and cleaner sources Climate Change regime based on
simultaneously on several intimately capacity may well be achieved 10 citizens’ awareness of the threat
such as nuclear energy. equitable burden sharing among
inter-related domains, such as years in advance. The government of Climate Change and what each
Such a shift would enhance India’s nations, has been mostly belied.
energy, industry, agriculture, water, may raise India’s target to 227 GW of us can do as individuals to meet
energy security and contribute to It is in this context that one should
forests, urban spaces and the fragile for 2030. The target of achieving 40% this threat. It is hoped that India’s
dealing with the threat of Climate evaluate India’s subsequent NDC
mountain environment. This was the of power from renewable sources leadership in dealing with its own
Change. Thus a co-benefit approach submitted on the eve of the crucial
backdrop to the 8 National Missions by 2030 is likely to be achieved challenges of Climate Change and
underlies India’s Climate Change Paris Summit on Climate Change of
spelt out in the NAPCC. several years in advance. The figure Energy Security will act as a spur
strategy. December 2015.
This need for inter-related policy is already 21% as of date. India is to other countries to raise their own
The NAPCC constitutes India’s Prime Minister Modi has been one
and coordinated action has been actively reducing the component contributions to meeting this global
response to Climate Change based of the world leaders who has taken
recognized, only several years later, of coal based thermal power in its and existential challenge. Failure
on its own resources but recognizes a keen interest in Climate Change
in the adoption by the UN of the energy mix. to do so condemns humanity to an
that it is intimately linked to the issues. Under his leadership India
17 Sustainable Development Goal It is not widely known that the uncertain and possibly catastrophic
parallel multilateral effort, based decided to adopt a more pro-active,
(SDG). country has a very high cess on coal, denouement.
on the principles and provisions ambitious and forward looking

Where did the comedians go!


T
he term comedian carried as was hogging the limelight in their Anu Kapoor are such actors in the
much weight as the phrase films and became reluctant to work presentday Hindi film industry. Their
hero in Hindi films. Almost with him, forgetting that often it films are always looked forward to.
no films, especially a family drama or was Mehmood who made their films Johnny Lever can safely be called
even a romantic film, was complete popular and successful. the last comedian who enjoyed, one
without a healthy dose of comedy. Writing scenes for comic situation may say, a connect with the audience.
Often, the comedy track had little to was a job not many could justify. In earlier films, buffoonery was
do with the main narrative and, if at In the case of Johnny Walker and not part of the routine. The exception
all, a thin connection was devised to Mehmood, the written script was just was comedian Rajendranath. He
keep it relevant to the story. an indicator, it was these comedians usually played the hero’s sidekick
Like every lead actor who enjoyed who made them clapworthy. and he would be paired with the
his place under the sun, had his Then came a time when writers heroine’s ‘saheli’. He resorted a lot
period of glory, so did a comedian. came at a premium and the to buffoonery. Vulgarity and double
There were leading comedians and now, this comic relief helped. he, along with his brothers Ashok filmmakers who believed that a meaning dialogue had yet to invade
then there were gap filler comedians. The comedy created its own Kumar and Anup Kumar, are always major star was enough to make and the filmmaking.
There were comedians who were superstars. But, going back to 1950s remembered for their evergreen market a film, never thought much The 1980s saw a flood of South
superstars in their own right. There and ‘60s, of course, there were other comedy film, “Chalti Ka Naam about a writer who could give him remakes in Hindi. The remakes
were comedians who could be loud comedians but the one who ruled the Gaadi”. a solid, tight script. The quality of followed the original where a pack
and there were those who fitted the roost was Johnny Walker. He became Mehmood did not stick to comedy writing was deteriorating. The scripts of villains also served as comedians.
bill just in B or C-grade movies; so popular that roles were written for alone. He loved to indulge in were poor, forget writing a track for They were sinister in intent but
loud and crass mostly. And, there him especially while giving him all emotional content. His aspirations to comic relief. comic at the same time. These films
were the suave type who made you the liberty to improvise as he thought make films the way he wanted them, The actor who did comic roles would have six to seven comic
laugh while not seen to be making fit. But, as best of filmstars fade out, made him start making his own films, and stood a class apart at that time players at the same time, with Kader
an effort at all. Not only Hindi, every so did Johnny Walker. some independently and some in was Deven Verma. His expressions Khan leading the pack. Kader Khan,
regional language film had its own The other comedian actor was on joint ventures with other established were always deadpan and yet he originally a writer who wrote satire
star comedian with a following of the horizon: the era of Mehmood production houses. Among his most could evoke the laughter among the skits, specialised in oneliners and
his own. There were a few female was here. While Johnny Walker had memorable films are “Padosan” audience from all, the frontbenchers repartees, and usually kept the best
comedienne as well. But, they were a typical style of his own with a shrill and “Bombay To Goa”, which have as well as the balconies. While, lines for himself. He was so busy
given just a few minutes of footage voice, Mehmood was more versatile. proved to be evergreen. Mehmood Verma was a universal choice for all acting in films that he wrote his
and more than their acts, their very His career spanned to almost is also remembered for his triple makers, he remained very popular scripts/dialogue while shooting. He
appearance made one laugh. The two decades and a film without role of father, son and grandfather in with filmmakers like Hrishikesh dictated the dialogue on a Dictaphone
examples are Manorama or Tun Tun. Mehmood, was unthinkable. “Humjoli”. His three roles are a take Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and and had an assistant transcribe them.
Usually, the films were designed Then there was Kishore Kumar. on the Kapoors: Prithviraj, Raj and others who preferred subtle comedy The Kader Khan Gang included
to cater to the family audience, the Again, a multifaceted actor who Randhir. Not to forget his character the over loud kind that the others lesser comic stars like Asrani,
often heavy scripts needed to break also produced and directed films, in “Padosan”, which is etched in the delivered. Deven Verma’s mantle Ranjeet, Jankidas and CS Dubey,
away from the narrative and comedy he also went on to become the most memory even today. was taken over by Paresh Rawal. while Shakti Kapoor and Amjad
was brought in. This was called sought-after playback singer in the Mehmood became so popular that Again, a deadpan face and the way Khan, Prem Chopra, Jagdeep, and
comic relief. The length of films 1970s. Kishore Kumar may now be some of his co-stars, the lead actors, he delivered his lines, did the job for Tej Sapru alternated between villainy
being longer compared to the films remembered more for his songs but felt insecure and thought Mehmood him. Irrfan Khan, Boman Irani and and comedy.
18 INDIA Friday, January 31, 2020 The Indian Weekender

India gears to evacuate around


Nirbhaya case: SC
dismisses mercy rejection
plea of Mukesh

300 from Coronavirus-hit China W ith three days remaining


for the scheduled

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execution of four
ndians living in China’s Wuhan city and its ITBP to put in place isolation facilities near Delhi,”
convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape-
surrounding provinces that are the epicentre of said Preeti Sudan, secretary, Union ministry of
the novel coronavirus (NCoV-2019) outbreak, health and family welfare. murder case, the Supreme Court
will be evacuated and brought to isolation wards “The ministry of external affairs will tell us the on Wednesday dismissed convict
set up by the Union defence and labour ministries, exact numbers of people there but on priority we Mukesh Singh’s plea seeking judicial
and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, in Manesar are looking at evacuating 200 students. We are review of the rejection of his mercy
and other parts of the National Capital Region, constantly following up with the India’s embassy petition by the President.
according to people familiar with the matter. in China to stay updated on the situation,” she With this decision by the top court,
They added that the staff flying the two aircraft added. The defence ministry’s isolation facility Mukesh has exhausted the last legal
– awaiting final clearances and expected to take near Manesar is used to quarantine peacekeeping remedy available to him against the
off by Thursday – will wear special protective troops returning from countries affected by highly death sentence.
gear and N95 masks to avoid contracting the contagious outbreaks such as Ebola. It will house A bench of Justices R. Banumathi,
highly contagious infection that has killed 132 most of the evacuees under a mandatory isolation Ashok Bhushan and A.S. Bopanna
people in mainland China and infected around period of at least 14 days, a defence ministry said that all the relevant documents
6,000 people in the country. At least 14 other official said, asking not to be named. connected with the case were placed
countries around the world have already reported of the Indians has been infected. “Our priority is to While there are three people in isolation at before the President and then a
positive coronavirus cases. India is expected to evacuate students from Wuhan, and arrangements Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, decision was taken on his mercy
evacuate around 300 citizens, 200 of whom are are being made accordingly as these students the government wants to keep the quarantined petition. The court also observed that
medical students. However, only those with no will need to be closely monitored and put under patients at facilities, such as the one in Manesar, the alleged ill-treatment and cruelty
symptoms will be allowed to leave China. There quarantine for a stipulated period. We have sought on the outskirts of the Capital. The reports of the in jail is no ground to grant mercy to
is no information from China to suggest that any help from the ministries of Defence, Labour, and three are awaited.
the convict.

71ST REPUBLIC DAY: Nation's military strength,


cultural heritage & diversity showcased on Rajpath
K
aleidoscopic images by a customary 21-gun salute by 299
of India's rich cultural Field Regiment.
diversity and the might of its Maharashtra Police ATS chief
military were on full display on the Hemant Karkare,Additional
magnificent Rajpath in New Delhi Commissioner Ashok Kamte and
on Monday as the nation celebrated four others killed fighting Pakistani
its 60th Republic Day amid an terrorists in Mumbai were among
unprecedented security cover. nine security personnel who received
Kaleidoscopic images of India’s the Ashok Chakra,the country’s
rich cultural diversity and the might highest peace-time gallantry medal.
of its military were on full display Following this,the parade began,as
on the magnificent Rajpath in New four Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian
Delhi on Monday as the nation Air Force flew past with the national
celebrated its 60th Republic Day flag as well as those of the three
amid an unprecedented security defence services slinging below.
cover. The first to appear in the parade
An impressive and colourful were winners of the Param Vir
parade,a traditional attraction of Chakra and Ashok Chakra followed
the national event,marched down by mounted columns of the 61st
the thoroughfare connecting the Cavalry by Lieutenant Colonel
Rashtrapati Bhawan and the historic Navjit Singh Sandhu.
India Gate as President Pratibha Major General KJS Oberoi,General
Patil took the salute from marching On the 70th anniversary of India's constitution taking effect, the far-right Brazilian president was given an honorary title in New Officer Commanding of Delhi Area
contingents. Delhi. Protests against a new citizenship law continued amid Republic Day celebrations. of the Army,led the parade.
Armed forces in battle regalia The Army then showcased its
proudly marching before their impressive armoury before the
supreme commander,scintillating nation including frontline T-90S
show of air power,fascinating battle tanks,indigenous Brahmos
tableaux depicting the diverse culture missile,OSA-AK system,the most
and hundreds of colourfully-dressed modern and versatile air defence
dancing school children were part of weapon. The Chariot of Victory —
the parade. the state of the art infantry combat
The march-past was watched vehicle,the bullet proof vehicle
by the Republic Day chief guest Takshak Striker and the Network
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Operations Centre,which is capable
Nazarbayev,Vice President Hamid The theme this year was Mahatma Gandhi, India's pro-
of providing high quality information
Independence leader. Ghandi, who spent some of his formative
Ansari,Defence Minister A K Antony years in South Africa, advocated for peaceful means to achieve services in various terrains were also
and the country’s top political Indian secession from the British Empire. South African showcased.
and military brass,including UPA President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the New Delhi parade as The indigenously-built Advanced
the guest of honor.
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,besides Light Helicopter ‘Dhruv’ of Army
a large enthusiastic crowd that Aviation was also displayed.
had gathered on either sides of the Then colourfully-attired military
Rajpath. contingents made their entry into the
As Prime Minister Manmohan Rajpath.
Singh is recuperating from his bypass The Army contingent included
surgery in All India Institute of personnel drawn from the Parachute
Medical Sciences,Antony performed A motorcycle team passes through Rajpath, the ceremonial Regiment,Maratha Light Infantry
all the customary duties of the Prime boulevard, during the 70th Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Regiment,Rajput Regiment,Garhwal
Minister during the Republic Day India, Jan. 26, 2019. Thousands of Indians have converged Rifles,Kumaon Regiment,Jammu and
celebration. on a ceremonial boulevard to watch a parade displaying the
country's military power and cultural diversity amid tight
Kashmir Rifled,Ladakh Scouts,and
Minutes before the parade security measures during the 70th Republic Day celebrations Territorial Army (Punjab).
began,Antony and chiefs of nation’s frontiers. in the absence of Smartly-dressed Navy personnel
Patil and her Kazakh counterpart of. Snipers of the National Security
Army,Navy and Air Force laid the Prime Minister. came along with a tableau depicting
arrived at the Rajpath escorted by the Guards (NSG) were deployed at all
wreaths at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’,the A massive ground-to-air security
high-rises all along the parade route. a model of INS Jalashwa,the
British-era World War-I memorial President’s bodyguards riding well- apparatus was put in place in the
The unfurling of the tricolour replenishment vessel acquired in
at India Gate,where an eternal flame trained,impeccably-bedecked horses. national capital to prevent any
by Patil and the playing of national 2007 from the US to provide India
burns in memory of those who laid Antony received the President and 9/11-type terror attack,which the
anthem by military bands followed major amphibious warfare
down their lives while defending the the nation’s guest at the saluting dais intelligence agencies had warned
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 INDIA 19

REPUBLIC AT 70:
Story of the lions that form
NEWS in BRIEF
Smriti Irani attacks Kejriwal over women’s
security in Delhi
U nion Minister Smriti Irani attacked

India’s national emblem Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government


on the plight of women, accusing it of
doing nothing to enhance their security.
In the daily functioning of the government, the national emblem She appealed to the people to vote for
BJP in February 8 Assembly elections for
is considered as the symbol of authority of the government and “womens’ respect”.
all official communications have the state emblem on them Irani also raked up the 2016 suicide of

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anuary 26 , 1950 is celebrated as the day AAP volunteer Soni Mishra, allegedly
Constitution came into force across the country, after harassment from party colleagues.
replacing the Government of India Act, 1935. On Aam Aadmi Party’s Narela MLA Sharad
the same day, the emblem of India was also adopted. Chauhan was accused of abetting the suicide.
The national emblem, which has strict laws to guide its She also accused the AAP government for not taking the case of Nirbhaya
usage, was the visual representation of the famous Lion seriously as the convicts have not been executed till date. The court has
Capital from 250 BC. fixed hanging of all four convicts on February 1.
It was originally discovered in Sarnath -- a small Uttar Ahead of the Assembly election, the AAP government has made big
Pradesh town where Gautam Buddha taught the dharma to promises on women security, while citing the measures it has taken including
his disciples for the first time -- and in the original form, it installing CCTVs in different localities and deputing marshals in buses. The
was set atop the famous Ashoka Column. Congress and the BJP are questioning the AAP over its achievements and
The original Lion Capital, a fine scripture, had four lions promises.
looking at four directions. But in the two-dimensional Big diplomatic win for India in EU Parliament
representation for the original copy of Indian Constitution,
the fourth lion was left out. In 2005, the government
came up with The State Emblem of India (Prohibition
I n a diplomatic victory for India, there will be no voting on the resolution
on CAA in the European Parliament on Thursday.
Official sources said Indian lobbyists prevailed over Pakistani lobbyists
of Improper Use) Act to prohibit the improper use of the in the European Parliament on Wednesday, turning around the situation in
emblem for professional and commercial purposes. Indian favour of India.
police officers also wear the state emblem on their caps. The resolutions against India were pushed by Pakistan-origin British
The emblem is the graphic representation of the Lion member of European Parliament Shaffaq Mohammad, close to the Imran
Capital that originally graced the top of the Ashok Stambh Khan establishment in Islamabad.
or Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath. “Strenuous efforts of outgoing British MEP, Shaffaq Mohammad to
It has the national motto, Satyamev Jayate (truth alone have a Resolution passed by the European Parliament against India on the
triumphs), written below it. penultimate day before Brexit were defeated,” a source said.
In the daily functioning of the government, the national The Narendra Modi government has maintained that the CAA is an
emblem is considered as the symbol of authority of the internal matter to India and has been adopted through a due process and
government and all official communications have the democratic means. “We expect that our perspectives in this matter will be
state emblem on them. understood by all objective and fair-minded MEPs,” a source said.
The Members of Parliament can also use the national
emblem on their letterheads and visiting cards. The law
Abortions to be allowed at 24 weeks,
stipulates that no one can use the emblem for the purpose cabinet okays changes to law     
T he Union Cabinet on Wednesday raised the upper limit for allowing
The emblem is the graphic representation of the Lion Capital
of any trade, business, calling or profession or in the title that originally graced the top of the Ashok Stambh or Ashoka
of any patent, or in any trade mark or design. Violations Pillar at Sarnath. It has the national motto, Satyamev Jayate abortion from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks and will be introducing
may attract imprisonment of up to two years and a fine (truth alone triumphs), written below it. a bill in Parliament for the same.
of Rs 5,000. It is widely believed that the three lions reliefs and the image of the Lion Capital. The Cabinet approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy
symbolise justice, peace and tolerance. While Bose and his select disciples were busy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy
The story of the emblem would remain incomplete illustrating all pages of the original Constitution, Act, 1971. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, addressing the media after
with the mention of Dinanath Bhargava, a 21-year-old Bhargava was entrusted to make a two-dimensional or the Cabinet meeting, said the upper limit for permitting abortions has been
artist who worked along with legendary painter Nandalal pictorial representation of the Lion Capital and the motto extended to ensure safe termination of pregnancies and also give women
Bose for illustrating the first Constitution in Santiniketan, of Satyameva Jayate. Bhargava even came down to the reproductive rights over their bodies.
because the political leadership of the country wanted the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata to see a lion before sketching one The extension to 24 weeks will also help victims of rape, girls with
blue cover of the Indian Constitution to be adorned with on paper. disabilities as well as minors, who may not realise they are pregnant until
later, he said. “In a progressive reform and giving reproductive rights to

Ignore fatwa, Islamic texts permit entry of women the limit of 20 weeks of medical termination of pregnancy has been
increased to 24 weeks. This is important because in the first 5 months there

women to mosques: Muslim board to SC are cases where the girl concerned doesn’t realise and has to go to court.
This was discussed with various stakeholders. “This will reduce maternal

T
he petition argued that mortality,” he said.
women could only offer NGOs received highest foreign donations under Modi
prayers at mosques of
the Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid
govt
denominations but were barred from
mosques under the predominant F or all the talk about
the Modi government
ostracizing NGOs and
Sunni denomination.
Islamic texts do not prohibit tightening the rules for foreign
entry of women into mosques and funding and cancelling
all fatwas that contradict this tenet licenses of thousands of
should be ignored, the All India NGO, the highest ever inflow
Muslim Personal Law Board has told of foreign donations has come
the Supreme Court in an affidavit. under its watch.
The Muslim Personal Law Board to declare prohibition on entry of could only offer prayers at mosques While the subject of
said Muslim women were free to enter women into mosques as illegal and of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid foreign donations for non-
a mosque for prayers but underlined unconstitutional. denominations but were barred from governmental organizations has always been controversial, a look at
that it was not obligatory on “.. such practices are not only mosques under the predominant numbers in the last two decades will bring into focus the quantum of
women, unlike men, to repugnant to the basic Sunni denomination. funds involved. In the last two decades, NGOs have received a total of
“..
offer Friday prayers in dignity of a woman as And even if they are allowed, there Rs 2.08 lakh crore under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)
such
congregation. an individual but is are separate entrances and enclosures beginning 1998-99 up to 2017-18. In the first year used for the tabulation,
practices are not
The Board’s also violative of the for them to worship. 1998-99, the foreign donations were Rs 3,925 crore which reached more
only repugnant to the
affidavit came on a fundamental rights,” The petition had drawn on the top than four times at Rs 16,902 crore in 2017-18.
basic dignity of a woman the petition had court’s Sabarimala verdict that ruled
petition filed by a There have been sharp jumps in funds received from foreign sources in
as an individual but is said. that religion could not be used as
Maharashtra-based the tenure of the Modi government, including recording ever funding of
also violative of the The petition cover to deny rights of worship to
Muslim couple who more than Rs 18,000 crore in a single year.
fundamental rights argued that women women.
asked the top court
20 WORLD Friday, January 31, 2020 The Indian Weekender

Vanessa Bryant breaks NEWS in BRIEF


her silence three days Imran to visit Malaysia next week

after Kobe and daughter P akistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to travel to Malaysia
next week as part of his governments 'damage control' efforts after

Gigi died in chopper crash,


Islamabad pulled out of the Kuala Lumpur summit in December 2019.
Official sources confirmed on Tuesday that the premier is scheduled to
travel to Kuala Lumpur on an official visit on February 3-4, reports The
Express Tribune.
says 'words can't describe the pain and The visit was due since Islamabad pulled out of the Kuala Lumpur summit
at the last moment after Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries voiced their
they're shining on us to light the way' reservations over the gathering of leaders from host Malaysia, Turkey, Iran
and Qatar. Saudi Arabia viewed the summit as efforts by certain Muslim
countries to create a new Islamic bloc.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, however, dismissed such
reports, said The Express Tribune report.
Pakistan, which initially accepted the invitation, had to withdraw from the
summit on the grounds to maintain its ;neutral position; within the Islamic
world. Khan, nevertheless, spoke to his Malaysian counterpart over the
phone and offered to visit after the summit.
5 mountaineers to attempt winter Everest climb
T hree Spanish mountaineers and two Germans are embarking on a daring
mission to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, in winter - a
feat that has not been done since 1993.
Alex Txikon, Oscar Cardo, Jonatan García headed to Everest Base Camp
on Sunday, ready to start their climb next week, the director of Outware
Treks & Expeditions, Pemba Sherpa, told Efe news.
"The team of Sherpa, also known as Icefall doctor, has opened the route
up to Camp I (6,000 m) that passes through the Khumbu Icefall," he said.
The trio has already climbed Mt Ama Dablam (6,812 m) as part of
acclimatization training.
The Khumbu Icefall, located between Everest Base Camp and Camp I, is
the most treacherous section of the route, where giant slabs of ice loom and
sometimes break off.
"As the Spanish have completed their acclimatization on Mt Ama Dablam,
they will not begin their climb as soon as they reach the Everest Base Camp,"
said Sherpa. "They will not use supplemental oxygen."
Two defunct satellites speed toward possible

K
obe Bryant's wife has collision
spoken out for the first
time following the Sunday
helicopter crash that killed the iconic
T wo decommissioned
satellites sped towards
each other Wednesday at a
basketball player and the couple's combined speed of almost
13-year-old daughter, sharing in a 33,000 miles (53,000
heart wrenching post that the family kilometers) an hour, raising
is  'completely devastated by the the risk of a collision that
sudden loss.'  would send thousands of
Vanessa Bryant shared a photo
pieces of debris hurtling
of the Los Angeles Lakers legend's
through space. The satellites -- a pioneering international space telescope
family and stressed that they were
and an experimental US craft traveling in opposing orbits -- are expected to
also devastated for the families of
pass within 100 meters (yards) of each other at 2339 GMT, according to the
the other seven passengers who lost
their lives in the helicopter crash on space debris tracker LeoLabs.
Sunday, adding that they 'share in Although the likeliest scenario is a near miss, experts are closely watching
their grief intimately' .  the rendezvous, which is set to occur about 900 kilometers (560 miles) above
'We are completely devastated the US city of Pittsburgh. Crashes involving large satellites at very high
by the sudden loss of my adoring speeds (known as hypervelocity) are rare and dangerous, generating clouds
husband, Kobe — the amazing father of debris that endanger spacecraft around the planet.
of our children; and my beautiful, The first time it happened was in 2009 when the active communication
sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, satellite Iridium 33 struck the decommissioned Russian satellite Cosmos
and wonderful daughter, and amazing 2251, resulting in a debris field of about 1000 large objects in low Earth
sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capril,' orbit.
Vanessa said in the Wednesday post. 
She continued: 'There aren’t
Iran condemns Donald Trump peace plan as ‘treason
enough words to describe our pain
Vanessa shared that the Mamba account, which has more than one of century’
I
Sports Foundation would be setting million, followers, private before ran said Tuesday
right now. I take comfort in knowing
up a MambaOnThree Fund to help or after the crash.  Sources have that US President
that Kobe and Gigi both knew that
support the families of those lost in said Vanessa has been trying to Donald Trump’s Israeli-
they were so deeply loved. We were
the tragedy.  stay strong for their three surviving
so incredibly blessed to have them in Palestinian peace
'Thank you so much for lifting us daughters but is devastated, numb
our lives. I wish they were here with plan amounted to the
up in your prayers, and for loving and can barely keep it together.
us forever. They were our beautiful “treason of the century”
Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri 'She can't finish a sentence without
blessings taken from us too soon.'  and was bound to fail.
and me,' Vanessa concluded in the crying. But she is working very hard
Vanessa asserted that the family “The shameful
post. The post comes just hours after to pull it together for the other girls.
would continue to try and 'keep peace plan imposed by
Vanessa publicly acknowledged their She now has to be the strong one,' the
pushing,' adding that Kobe and Gigi America on the Palestinians is the treason of the century and doomed to
shock deaths when she changed her source told People.
are 'shining on us to light the way,'  fail,” the foreign ministry said.
Instagram profile photo to one of Bryant met Vanessa back in 1999
'Our love for them is endless — Trump on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited details of a US plan for ending
Kobe and Gianna embracing and when she was 17 and was working
and that’s to say, immeasurable,' she the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying Jerusalem would remain Israel’s
smiling at each other.  as a background model on a music
said. 'I just wish I could hug them, “undivided capital”.
The photo was taken during an video. They got engaged six months
kiss them and bless them. Have them
NBA all-star game in Toronto in later and married in 2001.  Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that the
here with us, forever.'
2016, which was among his last The couple have four children “so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ is simply the dream project of a bankruptcy-
'Thank you for sharing your joy,
all-star appearances. Vanessa also together: Gianna, 13, who was killed ridden real estate developer”, in reference to Trump.
your grief and your support with us.
switched her Instagram account from “But it is a nightmare for the region and the world and, hopefully, a wake-
We ask that you grant us the respect alongside her father, Natalia, 17,
private to public on Wednesday.  up call for all the Muslims who have been barking up the wrong tree,” wrote
and privacy we will need to navigate three-year-old Bianka and seven-
It is not clear if she made the Zarif, whose country does not recognise Israel.
this new reality.' month-old Capri.
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‘The epidemic is a demon, can’t let


it hide’: Xi Jinping on Coronavirus
C
hina is battling a “demon” 4,500 in the past 24 hours. The development came after
virus that has so far killed In Washington, US health countries including Sri Lanka,
more than 100 people, authorities said a vaccine was in Malaysia and the Philippines
President Xi Jinping said Tuesday, as the works but would take months announced tighter visa restrictions
foreign nations prepared to evacuate to develop. for people coming from China.
their citizens and the US said it was Health and Human Services China has taken its own drastic
developing a vaccine. Secretary Alex Azar called on steps to stop the virus, which health
Xi made his remarks during talks Beijing to show “more cooperation officials say is passed between people
with the head of the World Health and transparency,” saying the US had through sneezing or coughing, and
Organization in Beijing amid offered its help three times -- so far possibly through physical contact.
growing global concerns about a without success. Zhong Nanshan, a renowned
novel coronavirus that has infected scientist at China’s National Health
Contagion abroad
thousands in China and reached more Commission, told the official Xinhua
The WHO last week stopped
than a dozen other countries. news agency on Tuesday that the
short of declaring the outbreak a
In a development that could outbreak could peak in a week or 10
global emergency, which could
cause more jitters abroad, Japan days.
have prompted a more aggressive
and Germany reported the first Authorities sealed off Wuhan and
international response, such as travel
confirmed cases of human-to-human other cities in Hubei province late last
restrictions.
transmission outside of China. week, trapping more than 50 million
Following the high-level talks
World markets outside Asia people. China has since extended
with Xi in Beijing, the WHO said
nevertheless rebounded following a the Lunar New Year holiday to keep
the two sides had agreed to send
global sell-off fuelled by the spread people indoors as much as possible,
international experts to China “as
of the virus. and suspended a wide range of train
soon as possible... to guide global
The infection is believed to have services.
response efforts.”
originated in a wild-animal market On Tuesday, authorities urged
“Stopping the spread of this virus
in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Chinese citizens to delay any foreign
both in China and globally is WHO’s
where it jumped to humans before travel “to protect the health and safety
highest priority,” Tedros said.
spreading rapidly across the country, "Chinese of Chinese and foreign people.”
Until Tuesday, all reported
prompting authorities to enact drastic people are
planes this week, and South Korea cases in more than a dozen Ghost town
nationwide travel restrictions in emergency by local currently engaged
countries had involved Wuhan, meanwhile, has been
recent days. was due to do the same. Several officials in central in a serious struggle people who had been in or turned into a near ghost town under
Countries are also concerned other countries were assessing their Hubei province. against an epidemic of around Wuhan. a lockdown that has largely confined
about the fate of thousands of options. Some experts have a new type of But in Japan, a man the industrial hub’s residents to their
foreigners stuck in Wuhan, a city of “Chinese people are currently praised Beijing for coronavirus in his 60s apparently homes.
11 million that has been sealed off engaged in a serious struggle being more reactive infection" contracted the virus after With a ban on car traffic, the streets
by Chinese authorities in a bid to against an epidemic of a new type of and open about this
driving two groups of tourists were nearly deserted apart from the
contain the disease. A plane sent by coronavirus infection,” Xi said. crisis than it was during the
visiting from the city earlier in occasional ambulance -- although the
Tokyo landed in the virus-stricken “The epidemic is a demon, and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory
January, the health ministry said. city’s hospitals are overwhelmed.
metropolis late Tuesday and was we cannot let this demon hide,” the Syndrome) epidemic of 2002-2003.
And a 33-year-old German man “Everyone goes out wearing
scheduled to repatriate Japanese Chinese leader said, pledging that But others say local cadres were
contracted the disease from a Chinese masks and they are worried about
nationals on Wednesday, the same the government would be transparent more focused on projecting stability
colleague from Shanghai who visited the infection,” said David, a Chinese
day that a US aircraft is expected and release information in a earlier in January than in adequately
Germany last week, according to man who works in Shanghai but
to bring American citizens back to “timely” manner. responding to the outbreak during
health officials. Vietnam has been found himself trapped in Wuhan
their homeland. His comments came as anger regional political meetings.
simmered on Chinese social media investigating a possible case of after it was put under quarantine. He
The European Union will fly Since then, the number of cases
over the handling of the health human-to-human transmission. declined to give his family name.
its citizens out aboard two French has soared -- doubling to more than

Suspected coronavirus WHO confident in China's epidemic prevention


cases in Pak reaches 5 V
isiting WHO Director-
General Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus on Tuesday

A
new suspected case of said that the global health body
the novel coronavirus has was confident in China's epidemic
surfaced in Multan, taking prevention and control ability, amid
the overall tally of fatal virus in the novel coronavirus outbreak that
Pakistan to five, The Express Tribune has claimed the lives of 106 people
said in a report. in the country.
According to sources in the Ghebreyesus made the remarks
Health Ministry, two samples from while meeting Chinese State
Multan have been sent to Hong travelled from China to Dubai and Councillor and Foreign Minister
Kong for confirmation as there are reached Karachi on January 21. After Wang Yi here, reports Xinhua news
no laboratories in Pakistan equipped landing in Karachi, he took a flight agency.
to diagnose the pathogen, the report to Multan. He said the World Health
said on Sunday. Three Chinese nationals were Organization and the international over the virus which originated in cases in Germany (a man from
The National Institutes of Health also admitted to Lahore's Services community lauded the decisive the Chinese city of Wuhan, had Starnberg in the state of Bavaria,
(NIH) received the samples on Hospital and shifted to the isolation measures the Chinese government concluded that the outbreak did not who is said to be in good condition),
Sunday night, they added. ward on Saturday, The Express has taken. constitute a Public Health Emergency Cambodia (a 60-year-old Chinese
One of the two suspected Tribune report said. The WHO does not recommend the of International Concern (PHEIC). man who travelled from Wuhan to
coronavirus patients in Multan is a According to hospital sources, the evacuation of nationals, and called As of Tuesday, there were at least Sihanoukville who is in "normal"
Pakistani national, said the sources. suspected patients were residents on the international community 106 fatalities due to the coronavirus condition) and Sri Lanka (a 43-year-
On Saturday, NIH chief Major of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the to remain calm and not overreact, in China, with 4,515 confirmed old female Chinese tourist from
General Aamer Ikram said a Chinese epicentre of the outbreak, and had Ghebreyesus noted. cases in 30 provincial-level regions, Hubei).
national had been admitted to the recently arrived in Lahore. After the outbreak, China according to the country's National Other countries with confirmed
Nishtar Hospital, Multan and kept Meanwhile, the Foreign Office identified the pathogens in record Health Commission. cases include Australia, Singapore,
in the isolation ward after he showed said on Sunday that over 500 students time, shared the genetic sequence of At the moment, Tibet remains the United States, Japan, Malaysia,
symptoms of the disease including and other Pakistanis living in Wuhan the novel coronavirus with the WHO only Chinese province that has not South Korea, France, Vietnam,
flu, cough and fever. and other parts of China were "safe", and other countries, and carried out a registered any cases. Canada, Ivory Coast and Nepal.
Test reports were expected to Dawn news reported. series of effective measures to curb Meanwhile, Thailand on Tuesday There are also several cases in
arrive in the next 24 to 48 hours. Chinese health authorities the spread of the novel coronavirus, reported another six cases of Taiwan, although Chinese authorities
The patients will receive necessary announced on Monday that the he said. coronavirus, taking the total to 14 consider Taiwan a province of
treatment based on the results of test death toll in the country due to the He said the WHO was willing to - the highest number of infections China and therefore include it in the
reports. coronavirus had increased to 80, with provide all necessary help. outside China, Efe news reported. national count.
According to sources, the Chinese 2,744 confirmed cases including 461 On January 23, an Emergency On Monday night, respective No deaths have been reported
national, hospitalised in Multan, persons in critical conditions. Committee set up by the WHO health authorities reported first outside of China.
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INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND:  THE WAY KANE PLAYED, NZ PROBABLY


Virat Kohli DESERVED TO WIN: KOHLI
I
ndian captain Virat

surpasses
Kohli admitted
that New Zealand
probably deserved to
win the riveting third
T20I played between

MS Dhoni in
the two sides on
Wednesday in Hamilton.
New Zealand captain
Kane Williamson

impressive dismissed
w a s

T20I list
on 95 in the last over
when the hosts were
seemingly cruising
towards victory.
However, Mohammed Shami
forced the game into a Super
Over, which India won in
dramatic fashion. conference.
"I thought we were gone at "It is pretty disappointing to be on
one stage," said Kohli in the the wrong side of the result after doing
post-match presentation a lot of hard work. (But) There was a
ceremony. "I told our lot of improvement after the first two
coach that they deserved games.
to win. The way Kane "If we reflect on the match, then it

V
irat Kohli added another major Africa captain Faf du Plessis (1,273). fifty plus scores in T20Is as he is currently was batting, on 95. Feel was a brilliant game. India had a good
accolade to his name during the third Kohli looked in good touch against the Kiwi tied with du Plessis and Williamson with bad for him, I know total on that surface and they did well
T20I encounter between India and New bowlers but he was ultimately dismissed for 38 eight such knocks. Kohli also missed out what it's like to play with the ball because it was taking
Zealand in Hamilton as he surpassed MS Dhoni by Hamish Bennett. on becoming the second captain ever to hit those knocks when some turn as well. The guys fought
in the list of highest run-getters as captain in The Indian cricket team skipper steadied 50 sixes as skipper in T20Is - a feat achieved things don't go your back nicely after the start India got
the shortest format of the sport. Kohli was able the innings after Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul by England’s Eoin Morgan. Kohli is currently way." with the bat. And we were able to build
to reach the milestone when he got to 25 during provided them with a good start. seven maximums away from joining that list. India had made partnerships and take the game deep,"
his innings at Seddon Park, Hamilton. However, there were a few records that Rohit Sharma scored 65 off 40 balls while 179/5 batting first he added.
Kohli is currently in the third spot ahead of Kohli missed out on during the third T20I Ravindra Jadeja and Manish Pandey finished and the Kiwis Williamson took on Bumrah (0/45)
MS Dhoni (1,112) and behind New Zealand encounter. Kohli is still one fifty plus score the innings well as India posted a good total of needed nine but said he did not plan to go after
skipper Kane Williamson (1148), and South away from becoming the captain with most 179/5 in 20 overs. runs to win in India's best bowler.

Rohit Sharma zooms past


the last over of "No, not really targeting him
their innings (Bumrah), it was just that we need 10s

legends to register unique feat


with Williamson (per over). There are big challenges
and Ross Taylor that we have seen in every game but I

R
in the middle. guess you are trying to do the best and
ohit Sharma  finally hit his stride in the like a nice track, it’s pretty hard, Taylor started the
ongoing tour as he blazed away to register keep up with the asking rate."
nice grass cover, the weather might over with a six but
his 19th half-century in T20Is. During the "Maybe ask AB (de Villiers) or other
have a say in the second innings, Shami incredibly superstars (how to play Bumrah), but
innings, he also breached 10,000 international but toss isn’t in our control. Just put a managed to
runs as an opener across all the three formats and for me I was just trying to look for
clinical performance, carry forward the dismiss both the areas on that surface. It doesn't always
joined an elite list of batsmen to have done so. batsmen in the
momentum and grab the chances that comes. come off but it was nice that we were
Rohit is the only batsman on the list to remaining balls.
average over 50. In 219 innings, Rohit has
Don’t worry about too many changes, just able to get so close without quite
"Last ball we
scored 10,117 runs at an average of 50.33. Led go out there and do the job. No changes once getting across the line," he said.
had a discussion, The next two matches of the series
by the opener, India posted 179 in their innings again, the boys did a good job with both bat
we had to hit the will be played in Wellington and Mt
against New Zealand in the 3rd T20I at Seddon and ball, no need to make any changes at all,”
stumps Maunganui within the next four days
Park, Hamilton. Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Kohli said after the toss. because and Williamson said the team has to
Ravindra Jadeja provided the late burst as India In this innings, Rohit also passed the 50- if you
got the acceleration in the final over on a track keep moving forward.
run mark in T20 internationals 24 times. don't,
which had slowed up considerably. "The second game in Auckland
This puts him on top of the list for batsmen "Looks it's a single wasn't our best game, it was a tough
"I reckon (we would have bowled). Looks with most 50-plus scores in T20Is along side like a nice track, anyway," said Kohli. surface and the T20 format is a game
Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli threatened it’s pretty hard, nice In the Super Over, Williamson and
grass cover, the weather of small margins," he said.
to take his top spot back for a while before Martin Guptill managed to put up "As we have seen throughout these
might have a say in the
being dismissed for 38 in the match. second innings, but toss isn’t in 17 runs on the board. Tim Southee "Super and other couple of games,
It should be mentioned here that Rohit has our control. Just put a clinical managed to keep KL Rahul and Rohit Overs aren't India's experience helped
performance, carry forward Sharma in check for much of the over really our friends. them to come through some
4 T20I centuries to his name, the most for
the momentum and grab but the latter hit two sixes off the last To be honest we would crunch moments. But it is a
any batsman in cricket’s shortest format. the chances that two balls to help India win the match have liked to get across game of small margins so
Kohli is yet to score his maiden T20I come." and the series.
century. by Shami in the final over. The Kiwis took Tim Southee to the the line earlier and we want to learn from this
"Rohit was outstanding, both in our not in the Super and use this experience to get
The comparison though is needed 9 off 6 balls and 2 off 4 but cleaners.
innings, and the last two balls as well. Over." better.
unfair as Rohit opens the innings Ross Taylor could only tie the game as "Super Overs aren't really
We knew if he got one hit, the bowler "Yes it was close and an
he dragged the ball on to his stumps in our friends. To be honest we
and gets to play more was under pressure immediately," he emotional roller coaster. But we have
the final ball off Shami. would have liked to get across the line
deliveries in most of the said. to keep moving our focus forward. We
Williamson followed up his earlier and not in the Super Over.
matches than Kohli, Williamson was at his lethal best as know the quality of the Indian side but
excellent 95 with an unbeaten 11 in the "It's just a shame that we couldn't
who walks in at teh he scored 95 runs but failed to guide for us it is important to keep moving as
Super Over, but it just wasn't enough get past the line," said a disappointed
number 3 slot. his team to a win as he was removed a group," he added.
as Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul Williamson at the post-match press
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Baby carrots with blue cheese


dressing

C arrots are among the best sources of


carotenoids, including beta carotene,

Healthy snacks which your body can convert into vitamin A.


The carotenoids in carrots may reduce your

that can help


risk of cancer, heart disease, and cataracts.
It’s a good idea to pair carrots with a creamy
salad dressing or dip because fat increases your

you lose weight absorption of carotenoids.

Healthy
A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of baby

Y
ou may wonder if it’s possible to lose carrots with 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of blue
weight while not giving up snacks. cheese dressing provides about 200 calories.
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Snacking
Mixed nuts
N uts are an ideal nutritious snack.
They’re linked to a reduced risk of
heart disease and may help prevent certain

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Despite being relatively high in fat, they are
very filling. Several studies suggest that eating Cucumber slices with hummus
nuts in moderation can help you lose weight.
Nuts provide the perfect balance of healthy
fat, protein, and fiber. They contain 180 calories 10 grams of protein and under 150 calories.
in a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving, on average.
Because they don’t require refrigeration,
Cottage cheese with flax seeds
they’re perfect for taking on the go. and cinnamon
Red bell pepper with guacamole C ottage cheese, flax seeds,
and cinnamon each have impressive health

R ed bell peppers are extremely healthy.


Although all bell peppers are
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C ucumber and hummus go well together.
Cucumbers contain cucurbitacin E, a
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protein. Berries are one of the best sources of fewer than 200 calories. apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, and oranges. • A pinch of stevia or other healthy sweetener,
antioxidants around. Eat a mixture of differently if desired
colored berries to get an array of these powerful Dark chocolate and almonds Hard-boiled eggs • 1/2 cup (140 grams) of crushed ice
compounds.
Combining 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of plain,
full-fat Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup (50 grams)
D ark chocolate and almonds make a rich,
satisfying, and portable snack.
Dark chocolate is loaded with flavanols that
• For this recipe, combine all ingredients in a
blender and process until smooth.
of mixed berries may lower blood pressure and reduce heart Spicy avocado
provides disease risk, provided the chocolate contains
about at least 70% cocoa solids.
Almonds are high in heart-healthy
monounsaturated fat and have
beneficial effects on blood
sugar control. Studies
also show that they can
reduce appetite and
help you lose weight.
E ggs are one of the healthiest and
most weight-loss-friendly foods you can
eat.They pack plenty of protein, as well as
Both dark vitamins K2 and B12.

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chocolate and Eggs are incredibly filling and may reduce
vocados are among the most nutritious
almonds are high the number of calories you eat for many hours, and satisfying foods on the planet.
in magnesium. which should help you lose weight. Studies show that they can help lower LDL
One ounce (30 Although their high cholesterol content gave (bad) cholesterol, improve symptoms of arthritis,
grams) of each them a bad reputation for years, more recent and protect your skin from sun damage. What’s
provides about studies suggest that moderate egg intake doesn’t more, avocados are high in fiber, potassium,
300 calories in have any effect on your risk of heart disease. magnesium, and monounsaturated fat. Sprinkle
total, depending Two large, hard-boiled eggs contain about half a medium avocado with salt and a dash of
on cocoa content. 140 calories and 13 grams of protein. cayenne pepper for a savory, filling snack with
around 130 calories.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 TIME OUT 25
CROSSWORD NO: 45 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 45

HITORI NO: 45 1. In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” what made Frosty department store? Macy’s
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate come to life? An old silk hat 15. In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,”
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate 2. What Christmas decoration was originally made from what “incriminating” evidence was found on
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers strands of silver? Tinsel Grandma’s back? Claus marks
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 3. Who played George Bailey in the Christmas classic 16. How many reindeer are featured in the poem “Twas the
other (i.e. they are connected). “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Jimmy Stewart Night Before Christmas?” Eight (no Rudolph!)
4. Per a recent holiday fad, what “spy” hides around 17. What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a
the house, reporting back to Santa on who has been parasitic plant? Mistletoe
naughty and nice? The Elf on the Shelf 18. In “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” who played
5. What Christmas beverage is also known as “milk Scrooge? Hint: It wasn’t a muppet. Michael Caine
punch?” Eggnog 19. What beverage company has been using Santa Claus in
6. One of Santa’s reindeer shares a name with a famous its advertising since 1931? Coca-Cola
symbol of Valentine’s Day. Which reindeer is that? 20. According to legend, what holiday goodies were
Cupid shaped to resemble a shepherd’s staff, as a way to
7. What Christmas-themed ballet premiered in Saint remind children of the shepherds who visited baby
Petersburg, Russia in 1892? The Nutcracker Jesus? Candy canes
8. In 1981, Bob and Doug McKenzie released their own 21. In the movie “A Christmas Story,” what was the
version of a classic Christmas song. Which song is name of the next door neighbors whose dogs ate the
that? The Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas turkey? The Bumpuses
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 45 9. What animated 2004 film is about a train that carries 22. What figure from English folklore came to be
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. kids to the North Pole on Christmas Eve? The Polar associated with Santa Claus? Father Christmas
Express 23. In the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed
10. What much-reviled Christmas edible is known for its Reindeer,” what was the name of Rudolph’s faithful
long shelf life? Fruitcake elf companion? Hermey
11. In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” what was 24. According to the folklore of Austria and other
Mr. Scrooge’s first name? Ebenezer countries, what horned figure punishes naughty
12. What Bing Crosby song is the best-selling single ever? children at Christmastime? Krampus
White Christmas 25. In the TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
13. In the early 1800s, the first gingerbread houses were what three words best describe the Grinch? Stink,
reportedly inspired by what famous fairy tale? Hansel stank, stunk
and Gretel 26. What well-known Christmas carol became the first
14. “Miracle on 34th Street” centers on what real-life song ever broadcast from space in 1965? Jingle Bells

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


after the summer holidays
W
hether your little ones With older children, try to refresh
will be starting school their knowledge before returning to
for the first time next school.
week, or returning after six weeks of This doesn’t have to mean setting
summer fun, there are a few things tests, but a few simple activities on
you could do to help them prepare, the topics they learnt throughout the
both practically and emotionally, for previous year will reinforce what
the new term. they’ve already learnt and get them
Make sure you have everything back in to the right frame of mind for
ready for the new term school.
If your child is starting school Encourage a positive attitude
for the first time and is not used to about the new term
wearing a uniform, let them ‘wear it Talk to your child about the new
in’ around the house so it doesn’t feel term and find out what they are
as strange and new on the first day looking forward to. Try to address
of school. any concerns they might have before
During the first few years of the new term starts and let them
school, they may come home with a know that they can always speak
messy uniform and need a fresh full to their teacher if they are worried
set each morning, so make sure you about anything at school.
have plenty of spares, otherwise the
the garment labels with a permanent same or similar name. times your child would on a typical
washing machine will be constantly Above all, try to make the re-
on! It’s also a good idea to pop pen. Label all clothes, shoes, PE kit, Help your child get back into school day can provide consistency turn to school a positive thing.
a spare set of pants, socks/tights bags, lunch box, water bottle, pencil the school routine in their transition from home to It can be worrying for parents
and trousers/skirt in their PE bag, case, etc. Get back into a ‘normal’ routine school. on the first day of term, especially
particularly during reception year, It may also be a good idea to include in the week before school begins. Try to focus their minds back on those with young children starting
just in case of any accidents. your child’s class name or year group So, gradually make bedtimes a little learning as well as having fun during in reception, but your child is more
If returning to school, sort through if you can fit it on the label, then if earlier and morning lie-ins a little the weeks before the new term starts. likely to be anxious if they see you
your child’s wardrobe and make sure something gets lost it can easily be shorter. Look for fun learning opportunities are too.
all their uniform still fits – even if it returned to the right classroom. If Practise being ready by a certain at home. Talk about all the fun activities
was fine at the end of last term, they your child is just starting reception time – dressed, washed, teeth brushed Make a cake and ask your child your child and their friends will be
may have had a growth spurt over the year you could also include a little and ready for the day ahead – even to help measure out the ingredients doing at school, so they can see the
summer! iron on picture or symbol they can if you’re not going anywhere, it will and read the recipe together. Or play new term as an exciting opportunity,
Name everything! Buy iron on or easily recognise, just in case there is help in the long run! Also eating ‘shops’, adding up how much things rather than something to be
self-adhesive labels, or just write on someone else in their class with the lunch and dinner at similar sorts of cost and counting money. worried about.
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ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) LEO (JUL 21-AUG 20) SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21)
Good understanding with co-workers will Financially, you get lucky this week, as money You are poised to enter a fantastic phase of life,
be in your interest on the professional front. comes to you from an unexpected source. You so enjoy every moment of it! Those lagging
It is best to delay starting anything new, as may be made to adjust to a new environment, behind on the academic front are likely to be
difficulties are foreseen. You may undergo even though you are not keen on it. Difficulties helped by a well wisher. Professionally, the
some anxious moments on the academic front. faced on the academic front are likely to be week seems most satisfying as things go the
Those playing the stocks may get it right the resolved through your own efforts. Your desire expected way. You will be able to clear the air on something that
first time. Home front seems most inviting for relaxation. Lucky for peace and quiet at home may remain mere wishful thinking, is bugging you at work. Lucky No.:6 / Lucky Colour: Purple
No.:3 / Lucky Colour: Orange as someone may land up to interrupt your plans. Lucky No.: 1 CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 21)
TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 20) / Lucky Colour: Ivory This is the best time to hunt for a suitable job.
This is the right time to put your best foot VIRGO (AUG 23-SEP 23) An increase in earning capacity is indicated.
forward in whatever you are involved Someone influential you have been keeping Giving a facelift to an ancestral house is on
in. Your attempts to shirk work on the in touch with will be able to resolve your the cards for some. Implementing something
professional front may get you a major share problems at work. There is some delay in the new on the fitness front will help you come
of the tasks. A social visit to a distant relative finalisation of an important issue, so be patient. back in shape. Keep a check on what you
is possible. You may end up spending more Your showing on the academic front is likely speak at work, as it can have some negative repercussions for
than you intended to and upset your budget. to be above par. A social gathering promises to you. Lucky No.3 / Lucky Colour: Yellow
Spouse may not agree with your decisions and upset you. Lucky get you into the limelight. Chance encounter with someone may AQUARIUS (JAN 22-FEB 19)
No.:8 / Lucky Colour: Magenta result in a budding romance. Lucky No.:5 / Lucky Colour: You will need to keep the pressure on for
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21) Rust getting something important completed in
You want to chip in an on-going project, but LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23) time. A comfortable journey is foreseen for
may be reluctant to do so. Going all out will Good relations will help in managing a those travelling out of town. Communication
favour you. Happiness prevails on the family transfer to your chosen location. Back skills are likely to be your strength in
front, as someone close pays you a visit. Some
hope is foreseen for those seeking return of payments received are likely to beef up your impressing those who matter on the
a loaned amount. Discussing professional bank balance. Suspicious nature of lover can professional front. A chance meeting with someone you admire
matters, rather than keeping them to yourself, mar a perfect outing. Things on the domestic will leave you with fond memories. Those apprehensive about
will help clear your mind. Lucky No.: 9 / front will remain peaceful. It is best to resolve their health actually have nothing to worry about. Lucky No.:5
Lucky Colour: Red any misunderstanding on the social front. Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue
CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 20) Colour: Teal Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
You will manage to muster enough people to SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22) You will manage to manoeuvre yourself into
help you out in your time of need. Adventure Good control over your dietary intake will a position of power to gain full authority over
lovers are likely to plan out something special Putting your best foot forward at work will be an on-going project. Someone’s guidance
to get their thrills. You may get reprimanded noticed by those who matter. On the academic on the academic front will help keep you on
for your callous attitude at work. Your self- front, you may have to put in your bit to make the forefront. Good investment opportunities
centred attitude may make spouse or a the grade. Fitness buffs are likely to enjoy come your way, so don’t miss them. You may
family member see red. Spending more on
perfect health. Someone’s positive vibes may desire to come back in shape and take up an
something that could have been got for less is possible. Lucky
have a favourable effect on you. This is a good week to approach exercise regimen. Falling in love is a distinct possibility for the
No.:2 / Lucky Colour: Olive Green
the one you secretly love. Lucky No.:4 / Lucky Colour: Silver lonely hearts!
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 31, 2020 FEATURES 27

Fashion and Beauty


PRIMER: Everything you need to
the same colour on the lower one as well, your
eyes will end up looking small. Use a brown or These are the things
know from uses to benefits of the magic
white eyeliner on the lower lash line to make
the eyes pop. This is one of the best makeup every man should
makeup product to achieve flawless skin
tricks that artist around the world swear by. 
carry to office
W
Freshly tinted skin hen we talk about skincare and
beauty, it's always resonated with
women. Women are considered to
be the ones who always need some skincare
or beauty tips, but that's not quite the case.
Not only women, but men too need to follow a
simple skincare routine to make sure that their
skin is soft, moisturised and hydrated. And with
this, here are some beauty essentials that a man
should carry in his office bag daily.  
Gentle face wash:
Let’s be real, we cannot be wearing
foundation all day long. But, what if we say that
you can get a fresh tint without actually layering
products on the skin? Well, here’s the trick - just
take your favourite moisturiser and add a pump
of your foundation to it and here you have your
‘custom made’ tinted moisturiser. This will
hydrate your skin while also giving it an even
Have an urgent meeting or an impromptu
tone. It’ll be your secret trick to look flawless.
date plan? A face wash can always make you

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So, shhh…
or every person, there is one product also works on literally every skin type.  look fresh even if you've had a tiring day. So, go
that they believe is completely useless. Natural eyebrows ahead and that this to your bag right now. Make
Makeup lasts longer sure to pick a mild cleanser that suits your skin.
For many, that product is primer. There
Incredibly easy to apply, primers are just like Get one that is made with natural ingredients
are many, who just don't see the point of it.
any other moisturiser or lotion but much lighter for better care.
The fact of the matter is that primers not only
and grease-free as they are mainly water based.
help in ensuring the makeup glides on fine but Lip balm:
They dry out immediately on the skin. It also
also come with multiple benefits for the skin
ensures the makeup lasts longer as it holds the
from boosting hydration to ensuring there is a
foundation and cream together and creates the
radiance on the face. 
perfect base for the makeup. 
Primer is the product that literally forms the
first step of the makeup routine. It makes for the Layer your liner
perfect base to lay all the products on, creating If you are someone with scanty brows and
the perfect barrier between the skin and the tired of the way all the brow products make it
makeup.  look fake, here’s the trick for you. Start by using
Some of the benefits of using a primer a brow powder that is lighter than your original
No one likes chapped lips. Chapped lips
include: brow colour. This will set a great base for you
are a big turn off, and especially in this winter
and make it look natural. Later, cover it up with
Provides a smooth canvas season, our lips become chapped quite often. So
your actual brow colour. Make sure you make
Applying a primer after applying a base coat it’s imperative to stock up on a good lip balm.
the dark coloured strokes look natural without
of moisturiser and before your foundation, actually overdoing it.  Cologne:
enables your skin to feel softer, more supple
and gets rid of the uneveness on the face. It also Strategic Cleansing
ensures the makeup glides on smoothly. 
If you are just like us and do not know how
Glow bright  to use a liquid liner with precision, here’s a trick
for you. Start by applying your favourite pencil
liner, so you are comfortable and do not end
up with smudge marks. Now, layer the pencil
liner with your favourite liquid one, so you
already have a straight line underneath to serve
as a guide. This trick also ensures that your
liner stays on for a long while without actually Women always love men who smell good.
smudging off.  And more than that, it's also about hygiene. A
Applying a primer ensures that your skin looks cologne can really up your games at parties and
Coloured kohl If you are someone prone to getting dry
much younger since it helps in smoothening cake you feel fresh all day long. Ideally, you
or oily skin, the right way to deal with it is
out the fine lines and wrinkles. Primers also should experiment and try to figure out what
strategic cleansing. Now, you may ask, what
stimulate the production of collagen and helps sort of fragrances work for you and keep one in
that is? Strategic cleansing is switching from a
in increasing the firmness of the skin.  your work drawer.
heavy-duty cleanser in the evening and a lighter
Seals pores milk-based cleanser in the morning. This trick A comb to ensure that your hair is
Pores, no matter how small show on the skin applies when you have been out and about always cooperating:
when you apply foundation. Primers help in travelling to work during the day and need a A pit stop in the bathroom, a sprinkle of
sealing the pores and creating a smooth and heavy cleanser to clean the pores. However, water, and a swipe of your comb and your
supple blanket with its lightweight formula.  you do not need the same one in the morning as hairstyle will be as good as new. It will not only
all you’ve done is sleep. make you look presentable but will also create
an impression. 
Moisturiser:
Dry hands can get itchy and irritating at
times. So make sure to have a good moisturiser
in your bag, even if you have oily skin. Keep a
non-sticky formulation at work. 

No, it is not colourful eyeliners. 


If you are always wondering how the
celebrities have such gorgeous eyes, it is
because they use a combination of different
Perfect for all skin types
kohls on their water lines. Well, it is not as
This fuss-free product comes in literally one
difficult as you think. Start by applying black
shade and works on every skin colour, making
kohl on your upper waterline. Now if you use
it the simplest and hassle-free product of all. It
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, January 31 2020 The Indian Weekender

Simi Garewal backs Kangana


for public execution of rapists, but says
she respects ‘fine woman’ Indira Jaising
V
eteran Actor and public hanging of gang-rape victim’s mother to pardon the rapists.
talk show host Simi these criminals. The actor said, “That woman should be locked
Garewal has Let there be in a jail with those rapists for four days. She
come out in support of ONE publicized needs it.
actor  Kangana Ranaut’s castration. "What kind of women are these, who are
recent comments that "Then only sympathetic to rapists? Such women given
rapists should be publicly "I will they fear birth to monsters.
hanged to deter others from fully agree the law. "These women, who are full of love and
committing such heinous with Kangana, she But here sympathy for rapists and murderers, are the
is right. I am glad that
crimes. Kangana said this Nirbhaya’s ones who give birth to them.”
someone has spoken
when asked about the death most cruel Kangana also called for a public execution
against Indira Jaising
sentence given to the four rapist of of the rapists and said, “I don’t think these
and has stood
convicts of the 2012 Delhi 1 7 y r s 11mnths was rapists should be hanged silently. What is the
with me."
gang-rape, who will be hanged rewarded!!! Given a new point of capital punishment, if you cannot set
on February 1. identity. Money. Freedom!!!”  an example?
Simi backed Kangana and her Simi also called senior lawyer Indira Jaising They should be hanged in public.”
sister Rangoli Chandel and wrote a “fine woman” and “brilliant lawyer” in a Meanwhile, the Delhi gang-rape victim’s
on Twitter, “As per my earlier tweet, I tweet. She wrote, “#IndiraJaising is a fine mother Asha Devi expressed her agreement
agree with #Kangana @Rangoli_A. There woman & a brilliant lawyer. She has spent a with Kangana and said in an interview that she
should be a public hanging of the criminal lifetime fighting for women’s rights, for justice. is grateful for the support.
rapists. Set an example. Let it instill fear of the "I’ve never met her but have followed her "She said, “I fully agree with Kangana, she
law.” crusade with admiration & #respect.” is right. I am glad that someone has spoken
Earlier, in November 2019, Simi had During a promotional event for Panga, against Indira Jaising and has stood with me.”
tweeted, “I say: Let there be ONE Kangana hit out at Indira, who urged the Delhi

Chunky Pandey’s French honour for theatre


artiste, Shashi Kapoor’s
experience with mighty shades of grey
daughter Sanjana Kapoor
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ctor Chunky Pandey says essaying a grey character was a big challenge

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for him, and made him short-tempered and irritable. ell-known theatre
The actor has essayed negative roles in films like last year’s Saaho and person Sanjana
the 2017 film, Begum Jaan. He played Devraj in the Prabhas-starrer Saaho, a Kapoor will receive
thriller about power struggle among crime lords. the prestigious French honour of
“In Saaho, I play a grey character, someone who is complex from within. ‘Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et
Devraj is someone who has grown cold over time, to the extent that des Lettres (Knight of the Order
people might describe him as someone who has died a hundred times,” of Arts and Letters) for her
Chunky said. outstanding contribution to the
“This was one of the few times where I stepped away from the jovial field of theatre.
and happy go lucky characters and took up a negative role. It was a French Minister of Culture
challenge because I literally had to break through my established Franck Riester, who’s run by her brother Kunal Kapoor
character and needed to show Devraj’s coldness in my eyes,” currently on an official since 2012. In 2012, she co-founded
he added. India visit, will confer the Junoon, an organisation dedicated
Explaining his point, he said: “Most of the times I used to insignia of the distinction to increasing the reach of theatre
prefer staying alone and use to take the liberty of staying deeply "This
on Kapoor in a special and arts to a wider audience through
was one of
rooted in my character’s personality off screen as well which investiture ceremony on innovative initiatives.
the few times where
eventually resulted in me being short-tempered and irritable January 28 at the French L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
I stepped away from
most of the time which was quite unlike me. embassy in New Delhi. is a French government distinction
the jovial and happy go
It was a different yet a good learning experience altogether. lucky characters and Kapoor was born in instituted in 1957 by the Ministry of
And, I feel it just wasn’t only my effort but I’d like to think took up a negative an illustrious family of Culture, and is conferred, regardless
of it as a team effort. Hope the audience also enjoys watching role." Indian and English theatre of nationality, on persons who have
Saaho on Zee Cinema as much as we enjoyed working on it.” personalities -- Shashi Kapoor distinguished themselves by their
Saaho also featured Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin and Jennifer Kendal. She debuted creativity in the fields of art or
Mukesh and Jackie Shroff. on screen with Aparna Sen’s 36 literature, or for their contribution to
Opening up about the movie, Shraddha said: “Saaho is my Chowringhee Lane (1981) and promoting art and literature in France
biggest grosser till date and I am cherishing every bit of it. I feel played the leading actor in Hero and throughout the world.
like I am on top of the world as all our hard work paid off. Hiralal (1989). She also appeared in Some noted Indian recipients of
"My experience working with the team Saaho was great and Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay (1988). this honour in the past include Bharti
also a memorable one. But she went on to dedicate herself Kher, Shah Rukh Khan, Hariprasad
"It was an honour for me to work in this film as it was my first fully to theatre, acting in plays and Chaurasia, Aishwarya Rai, Raghu
multilingual film and I am glad I was chosen for it. I am really reviving the Prithvi Theatre in Rai, Ebrahim Alkazi, Habib Tanveer,
excited about how it’s going to reach a larger audience through the Mumbai, founded by her parents as Upamanyu Chatterjee, Wendell
world television premiere.” a tribute to Prithviraj Kapoor, and Rodricks and Aruna Vasudev.

DISHA ON ‘RADHE’: Never imagined I’d work with Salman again


B
ollywood actress Disha Patani is gearing up for the has done a lot of stunts. Being an adventure
upcoming Malang, and is excited to be teaming up with sports fan, Disha says she loves all the
superstar Salman Khan again in Radhe later this year. action.
Disha first worked with Salman in Bharat last year. In the upcoming film Malang, co-
“Considering the fact that Salman sir is such a huge star in starring Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy
Bollywood for years, never have I ever imagined that I will get Kapur, and Kunal Khemu, Disha
another chance to work with him again, after Bharat. plays a young independent girl.
"When the film worked I was just happy with the fact that I “If I talk about my habit of
had worked with Salman Khan. watching films, I watched a lot of
"However, when the opportunity for ‘Radhe’ came, I was on action and horror film while growing
cloud nine. I loved the story and working again with sir! I think up. I love watching bad girls who
along with my hard work, everything is happening also because kick ass and punch the boys! So, action is is quite agile and that is an advantage whenever I try stunts or
of good fortune,” Disha said. definitely something I love doing. adventure sports!” shared the actress. Directed by Mohit Suri,
Whether it is in Kung Fu Yoga, Baaghi 2, or Bharat, the actress In ‘Malang’, too, I got a chance to do action. I think my body Malang is scheduled to release on February 7.
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Malang is
a cool film: says true patriotism doesn’t meanAYUSHMANN KHURRANA
Kunal Kemmu blind love, but ‘improving your country’
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ight from his maiden Bollywood outing Vicky Donor (2012) lack of cleanliness. We’re not clean as
to his last onscreen joyride Bala (2019) and the upcoming a country. Even those countries which
‘edutainer’ on homosexuality, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, have smaller economies are cleaner than
a beacon of hope for social change has been the mainstay in Ayushmann us.
Khurrana’s movies.
There may be constitutional valid-
Ahead of the country’s Republic Day, the actor, who takes pride in ity for the LGBTQ community and
equality, says he’s a “socially aware citizen” and adds that his choice people from different castes too,
of cinema will always hinge upon socially relevant issues, which could but ultimately do you believe that
initiate a discussion. Excerpts from the interview: the onus of acceptability lies with
In this poignant photograph (above), you’re depicting gay pride and the people of the nation?
equality on one side and the Indian flag on another. Tell us about the idea. Definitely. The kind of views and
It shows India in a progressive stance when it comes to homosexuality comments we’ve seen for the trailer on
and the LGBTQ community. It has decriminalised Section 377 (of the YouTube shows the progressive stance of
Indian Penal Code) and we can’t be more proud. our country and it is ready for a film based
on homosexuality. It shows that our country

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Would you say your choice of films — from one on Article 15
ctor Kunal Kemmu, of the Indian Constitution in Article 15 (2019) to Section 377 has accepted the trailer of the film. It’s 2020, and
who will next be seen in of the IPC (in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan) — are driven high time that we have a mainstream
Malang, feels the upcoming by your own desire to see a change in the country? and a commercial "It’s
romantic-action thriller is a very I’d always aspire to do subjects which are socially relevant, which Hindi cinema about
cool film. would create a stir or usher some kind of discussion. Yes, I am a socially on a gay love changing our
“I am very excited about ‘Malang’ story. nation for the better.
aware citizen. I’ve done street theatre where we touched upon many
Patriotism comes with a
because Mohit (Suri) was my first socially relevant issues, and the cinema I’m doing is an extension of my Is our film responsibility, the love for
director. He directed me in ‘Kalyug’ theatre days. your country. Like I’ve
industry
in 2005 and I am collaborating with reiterated, this isn’t
What’s the significance of Republic Day for you and how do inclusive
him (for the first time) after that. It’s blind love."
you define patriotism? enough?
a very cool film. I loved the script
The significance of Republic Day is being one with your nation, As an industry,
and I loved the way it has shaped
enjoying your country as a multi-cultural unit. And for me, patriotism we’re the most
up. I am very happy with the kind of
is improving your country and not just blindly loving your country. inclusive. We don’t
response the trailer has received. It is
It’s about changing our nation for the better. Patriotism comes with a care what caste, colour,
just two weeks away from release, so
responsibility, the love for your country. Like I’ve reiterated, this isn’t creed you belong to or
it’s very exciting for the entire team
blind love. what your sexuality
of Malang,” said Kunal Kemmu.
The two minute, 45-second is. We only care about
What do you celebrate and despise the most about the Re- your talent. If you’re
“Malang” trailer introduces each public of India?
character as a compulsive killer, good enough, you will
There is unity in diversity. This is our biggest strength and our get there and do well
each with a different reason and biggest weakness, that we are diverse. We have to be together. What I
dark reality, and each deadlier than for yourself.
celebrate is that India is a melting pot of culture. What I despise is the
the other. Sharing his feeling on
winning an award in the Negative
Role category for his performance in Dia Mirza was stalked when she was younger, Saif on Tanhaji
“Kalank”, Kunal said: “It’s very new
says ‘I confronted him and asked him his name’ role: Going down
A
feeling. It’s like I am debuting again.
I remember the last time I won the ctress-producer Dia Mirza has play of patriarchy. The manifestations of violence
Lions Gold award, it was for when I
played a good guy.
recounted her younger days
when she was stalked. “When I
can take as horrific a turn as rape. It renders me
speechless to hear how young children also fall prey as one of my best
Now I played a bad guy so, I was was younger, back home in Hyderabad to most heinous of violence and violations,” added
nominated in this category. So, I am even I faced a stalker. I confronted the former beauty queen.
pretty excited about it. I feel any kind him and asked him his name. She was recently speaking at an event hosted
of acting is acting, it’s just a new That moment, the boy didn’t have by NGO Save the Children, of which Dia is the
genre for me.” an answer. One should never ignore Artist Ambassador. Dia also shared pictures from
Does he wants to do more negative or be afraid of reporting or the event from her Instagram account and
calling out a harasser. There wrote, “Safety is not just a law and order
roles in the future? Kunal said, “I
is no shame in doing so. It issue, it is much more, with its long and
hope so, because the kind of love
empowers us with the ability firm roots in the mindsets and play of
I got after Kalank was amazing.
to address the problem and patriarchy.

A
People have seen me in comedy roles
more often than not data "The manifestations of violence can take ctor Saif Ali Khan is over the moon,
but to accept me in a negative role, it
indicates that it makes a big as horrific a turn as rape. It what with his latest release Tanhaji:
feels special. "The
difference. The harassment does renders me speechless The Unsung Warrior entering the Rs
I am thankful to (producer) Karan manifestations
stop,” she said. to hear how young 200 crore club at the box-office. He says that
(Johar) and (director) Abhishek of violence can take
She feels that safety is not just a children also fall the role will go down as one of his best ever.
(Verman) for letting me to do that. as horrific a turn as rape. It
law and order issue. “It is much prey to most "So pleased to be a part of such an inspiring
I am excited with the kind of work renders me speechless to hear
more, with its long and firm heinous of violence and entertaining film! Thank you Ajay for this
I am doing ahead and I hope people how young children also fall prey
roots in the mind-sets and the and violations.”
enjoy the stuff that I have lined up.” to most heinous of violence. great part that will go down as one of my very
best! God bless OM Raut, Kumarji, ADF films
ADITYA ROY KAPUR: PEOPLE TEND TO DISCOUNT ACTING SKILLS OF A HANDSOME ACTOR and the memory of Subedar Tanaji Malusare

T
he general perception Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and who does that? I think before the right in the scenes. I learnt a and Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaaj!" Saif said.
about actors is that their some others mainstream actors -- shoot of ‘Malang' I saw myself in little bit of kitesurfing during the Ajay also announced on Instagram that the
look is surely the priority they don't get enough credit for the mirror once, and felt that my shoot and I thinking I will learn film has become a blockbuster.
to succeed in the business of their acting skills at times, but body is looking ‘not bad'. That it properly once I take a break. I "Marching towards glory with all
entertainment. However, actor their screen presence and how is it! I don't know how to answer think I like that sport," shared the
your love! Thank you for making
Aditya Roy Kapur, who is widely handsome they are (are spoken this question," he blushes while actor.
#TanhajiTheUnsungWarrior a blockbuster hit
acknowledged as a handsome about). People can discount their responding.
young man, says at times the good acting skills and put it down to Asked about how special was it of 2020! #TanhajiUnitesIndia," he wrote.
look can overpower acting skills their looks. When it comes to me, for him to work with Mohit again, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior chronicles the
of an actor. I have no control over it but surely the actor said: "One of the reasons heroic story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's
"I do not want to think about it I want to establish myself as a the shooting of this film was subedaar Tanaji Malusare who sacrificed his
too much, though in all the reviews combination of both," Aditya said. exciting for me is, I got a chance life fighting valiantly against Mughal emperor
I read (there is) at least one line So, when was the last time he to try out some new adventure Aurangzeb's army to save the Sinhagad fort.
about the way I look. People talk looked at the mirror and said, sports. We went to Mauritius four In Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Ajay Devgn
about my look but my appearance ‘wow! Aditya, you are hot!'? days prior to the shooting, so that in the titular role with Saif Ali Khan playing the
is not in my hands, right? If we He laughs. "No, that does not we got to learn those sports -- at antagonist Udaybhan Sinh Rathore, and Sharad
look at the West, whether it is happen. I mean I don't do that -- least the basics so that we looked Kelkar cast as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
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Huawei unveils full list of global Google to test more desktop


smartphones getting EMUI 10 Search design after backlash
A
fter facing backlash from its

C
hinese smartphone Porsche Design, Mate 20 Lite, users, Google announced on
manufacturer Huawei has P Smart 2019 (sold in Japan as Twitter that it will test more
revealed the full list of Huawei nova lite 3), P Smart+ variations and changes to the desktop We've heard your feedback about
devices that are available on the 2019 P Smart Pro, P Smart Z search results. the update. We always want to make
global market that are eligible for and nova 4 are all receiving the Last week, Google introduced a Search better, so we're going to
the refreshed user interface based update. new design for desktop Search that experiment with new placements for
on Android 10. EMUI 10 will bring a new adds site afavicons' to every result favicons," the tech company tweeted
The release itinerary shows interface, redesigned apps, which did not go well with users. late Friday.
that the Mate 20 and P30 flagship and system-wide Dark Mode. A 'favicon', also known as a "Our experimenting will begin
shortcut icon, website icon, tab icon, today. Over the coming weeks,
lineup will start receiving the It also improves smoothness
URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a file while we test, some might not see
OTA update, with more devices and performance on existing
containing one or more small icons, favicons while some might see them
to follow in later months, news devices.
associated with a particular website in different placements as we look
portal GizmoChaina reported on The system settings are better
or web page. to bring a modern look to desktop
Tuesday. organised in this new version In a tweet, Google said it has heard Search," Google added.
Huawei P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 and the OS is designed to offer the feedback from users. Not just SEOs and SEMs but a
Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X, nova a better experience as it allows "Last week we updated the look wider set of searchers and Google
5T, Mate 20 RS Porsche Design, P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, the smartphone to cast its screen of Search on desktop to mirror users criticized the desktop Search
Mate 20 X 5G, P30 Lite, nova 4e, Mate 10 Porsche Design, Mate RS directly on to the Windows 10 device. what's been on mobile for months. changes.

Samsung Galaxy S20 to come with 5X zoom: Report


S
outh Korean tech giant markets. resolution image by taking and
Samsung is all set to launch The base variant, that is, Galaxy processing multiple lower resolution
its new next gen smartphone S20 is expected to feature a 6.2-inch shots. This technique essentially fills
Galaxy S20 instead of the S11 on screen, S20+ is expected to sport a in the detail gaps and reduces noise
February 11, if the recent report is to 6.7-inch screen. when blowing up an image.
be believed, the devices will feature Meanwhile, the top variant Super resolution has previously
a 5x optical zoom capability. Galaxy 20 Ultra is likely to come been used in astronomy, as the
South Korean company Optron- with a 6.9-inch screen. European Space Agency notes,
Tec, which previously supplied the Today’s smartphone cameras are processing multiple lower resolution
prisms for the Oppo Reno 10x zoom a major step above efforts from just images to make one higher resolution
is considered to supply 5x optical two years ago, as we’ve now got snap. It’s also been an option on
zoom to Samsung, news portal triple cameras, periscope zoom, and some DSLR cameras, with the likes
GSMArena reported recently. night modes on offer. of some cameras spitting out a 40MP
As per report, as 5x zoom cameras The modern smartphone uses a image with a 16MP sensor.
have become more popular in future variety of photographic techniques
premium phones, the manufacturer in order to deliver a quality picture,
predicts a growth in demand and with machine learning algorithms
revenue. and pixel binning being just two
The upcoming S20 lineup is also of the many technologies in this
expected to feature displays with The chipset was announced with S20+ and S20 Ultra naming for its regard. Another massively important
120Hz refresh rate. support for 108MP cameras and up flagship series. This means that the photography technique has emerged
Rumours of the next Galaxy to 120Hz displays. Galaxy S20 will succeed S10e and in recent years, called super
phone's possibility of a 120Hz Tipster Ice Universe (@ S20+ will succeed S10. resolution.
display first ignited following UniverseIce) recently shared a tweet In terms of specifications, the What is super resolution?
company's announcement of its saying that instead of opting for upcoming smartphones will use an
Simply put, super resolution is
next-generation mobile chipsets - S11e, S11 and S11+ nomenclature, Exynos 990 in some markets and a
the practice of generating a higher
the Exynos 990. the company would opt for S20, Snapdragon 865 in the majority of

19th Japan Day


Date: Sunday, February 9
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue: 217 Green Ln West, Epsom, Auckland

The most visited Indian


JAPAN Day is New Zealand’s biggest annual Japanese festival that aims for further mutual
understandings between Japan and New Zealand by sharing traditional and contemporary
Japanese cultures. With its history of 19 years, there are a lot of Japanese food stalls as well as
some other interesting things. Let’s have fun!!!

news website in New Summer at Silo Park


Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street,

Zealand
• 2040 - Friday 24 January
• The Farewell - Friday 31 January
• Rocketman - Friday 07 February
• The Princess Bride - Friday 21
February
• Apollo 11 - Friday 14 February

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• Harry Potter & the Philosophers
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• People's Choice - Friday 20 March
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Friday 27 March
As always, proceeds from popcorn

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sales at Silo Cinema are donated to The Auckland City Mission. Other highlights in the summer
calendar include World on the Street. A celebration of Latin American culture launches the series on
8 February, and an East and South East Asia themed event will follow on 14 March. Each event will
feature gourmet food trucks from the region along with tailored music and entertainment.

co.nz
Ice Cream Sundae is returning on 26 January and is set to be bigger and better than ever with more
scoops to try, more activities and more fun!
Two other great events returning this year are Photo Laundry and Dog Day Afternoon.
Silo Park has become synonymous with great food trucks.
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TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Things every traveller


should DEFINITELY do
once in their lifetime

T
here are ‘n’ number of things that you might want to do of Dubai at the Arabian Desert or iconic Palm Jumeirah will be Ride a bike in Amsterdam
once in your lifetime and experience that adrenaline rush. an experience that you would surely want to do once in your
And being aware of how affirming and life-enriching lifetime.
those experiences can be, research suggests that most people Go on a bike trip, Ladakh
miss out on their wish list, and end up regretting when they look
back on their lives. However, just creating a bucket list will not
serve a purpose. You need to start somewhere. And here’s is the
first step, where we have curated a list to help you in getting a
kickstart.
Visit Taj Mahal, India

R iding a bike in Amsterdam


can be a nightmare if
you mess up with the rules,

T his will push you both mentally and physically, whereas


unpredictable weather and rugged terrains might also work
as a deterrent.
but once you grasp it, the
experience will be a blast.
Most of the bike rentals will
Yet, when you reach the destination, there is a peculiar sense also provide a helmet if you pay

T ill date, Taj Mahal remains an architectural marvel of the


modern world. Not only does it find a mention in stories
related to love, it is also a living testament to history, romance,
of accomplishment. As the saying goes, going on a bike trip to
Ladakh also means taking part in the Holy Grail of biker-trails
in the world.
them some extra cash.
Be safe, and enjoy this experience of
roaming around a city on a bike and moving
and magnificence. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the around freely, without having to be dependent on
See the Northern Lights public transport.
moment you lay your eyes on it, you are awestruck, and this
is the very moment that you realise, your travel memoir would
have never been complete without a visit to Taj Mahal.
See a Broadway show, New York

T he ever-elusive Northern Lights of Iceland remain on top of


most tourists’ wishlist.
However, to see this, you have to take into account many
Climb Eiffel Tower
things, such as the season and length of your stay, weather, time
E iffel Tower has three floors; the first two floors, you can

T
take the stairs, whereas the top floor is only reachable by
outed to be the best in the world, this experience will have of the year, and most importantly, your luck.
elevator. If you’re not in haste, you can take your time while
you admiring Dubai from an impressive height. Your chances to view them will be high if you visit the spot
going up the steps, and read the signs detailing the history of
The glorious around-the-year sunshine makes skydiving in during winters.
Eiffel Tower along the way.
Dubai an enjoyable sport, which will let you add another feather You need to see it to believe the magical influence when the
Depends on what option you pick, the moment you reach the
to your lifetime memories. sky is lit from within with different hues of purple, yellow, pink
top, the experience and views are just breathtaking.
Also, the freefall from an impressive height through the skies and green.
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