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Buoyed by growing connections, Asia NZ

Foundation launches new report on India fast approaching NZ$3 billion mark to influence and engage with each
¡ SANDEEP SINGH Indian diaspora in New Zealand. 

Because of its popularity – the – despite an absence of any Free other, rather subtly, than massively.
ncreasing people to people Trade Agreement.  A case in the point is a reference of
report quickly needed a reprint –
connections will continue to Emphasising on this fact, important facts such as Dr Verghese
and the continued growth of the
remain the basic fulcrum of India New Zealand relationship, Suzannah Jessep, Asia New Kurien, the founder of India’s dairy
bilateral relations between New the Foundation had decided to Zealand Foundation’s Director of cooperative industry (and father
Zealand and India, according to a commission update for 2020. Engagement and Research, who of India’s Green Revolution) took
new report launched by the Asia NZ Interestingly, like then back in previously served as New Zealand’s careful note of New Zealand’s dairy
Foundation.  2016, the timing of the launch of this Deputy High Commissioner to India, cooperative model when he studied
The report India and New Zealand: second India report in 2020 is also points that India is the only major at Massey University in the 1950s.
Our story, our future describes crucial as it coincides with a hugely Asian economy with which New Or how recent ideas have resonated
the shared interests between the popular ongoing cricket series Zealand does not currently have an when New Zealand’s Whanganui
two countries, and points to the between Blackcaps and India being FTA in some form.  River was given the legal status of a
fundamental role that strong people- currently played in New Zealand.  However, she further asserts, “The
person in 2017, to better protect its
to-people relationships play. The mutual love for the game of strength of the bilateral relationship
ecology – a fact noted in India.
This is the second such India- is testament to the individuals
cricket is one of the founding bases There are many more interesting
in both countries who have built
report in less than three and half of the bilateral relationship between facts in the report for those interested
connections, some over many years.
years commissioned by the Asia our two countries.   in exploring how the bilateral
India is a country that takes time to
New Zealand Foundation Te Whitau Mr Waters travelled extensively The report takes note of how relationship between the two
Tuhono – New Zealand’s leading and coordinated with varied the people to people connections “This report shines a light on the countries has refused to be a subject
authority on Asia that helps New stakeholders, including with the between the two countries have breadth and depth of the relationship of their mutual sizes, economy,
Zealanders build their knowledge, Indian Weekender in preparation of evolved along with the progress in – everything from film and fashion preferences or the distance separating
skills and confidence to thrive in his second report on the opportunities the game of cricket.  to baggage handling systems and them apart.
Asia.  that a rising India, as well as an “The New Zealand cricket team innovations for auto rickshaws, to The report is available online
The first such report was launched equally paced growing size of the partnerships in the dairy and fruit at https://www.asianz.org.nz/
first toured India in 1955 and cricket
by the Foundation in October industries.”  research/people-links-central-to-the-
Indian diaspora in NZ, poses for the remains a shared passion to this
2016, coinciding with the iconic For more avid readers keen to new-zealand-india-relationship/ 
country.  day. But as with so much else in the
Auckland Diwali Festival (started understand the nuances of how Some key points from India and
India is the second most populous relationship, the context has changed.
and supported by the Foundation) this bilateral relationship has been New Zealand: Our story, our future
country and the fifth largest economy Whereas cricket in the 1950s was • Indian visitor numbers forecasted
and a then-impending state-level developing over the years despite
globally and has incredible diversity white cotton, five-day amateur affair, to grow to 125,000 by 2025
India visit by Prime Minister of New the normal pulls and pressures
across its many states and territories. today it is a more colourful, media- • In the past decade, tourist numbers
Zealand Sir John Key.  of modern-day diplomacy that is
It sits in the heart of South Asia, but driven spectacle almost synonymous in each direction have more than
The Foundation had once again believed to thrive upon the size of the
it is increasingly playing a part in with modern India and its diaspora,” nation and the economy, the bilateral doubled. 
commissioned Graeme Waters, the regional and global affairs, including the report says.  trade and commercial engagement • Five per cent of the NZ population
author of the first India report, who is in the Pacific.  It also emphasises on what is now between any two given countries. have identified themselves as of
not only a former New Zealand High Notably, the first India-report was more commonly known, especially The NZ-India relationship, as this Indian origin at the time of census
Commissioner to India having served widely received across the different within key business stakeholders report points out, is a relationship 2018. 
twice in New Delhi but also has a spectrum of stakeholders of this fast- of the relationship that the bilateral of two enthusiastic and mutually- • India is New Zealand’s second-
deep family connection with India.  growing relationship, including the trade between the two countries is appreciative nations, who continue largest education market.

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Spirit of hard work and sharing, revered at Auckland

Tamil Association’s Pongal event

verwhelming appreciation of the
collective spirit of hard work and
sharing of fruits of that hard work with
everyone in the community was the central
theme of the Auckland Tamil Association’s
Pongal celebratory event on a bright sunny
afternoon on Saturday, February 8 at the Mt
Eden War Memorial. 
Almost every keynote speaker present on
occasion including Chief Government Whip
and Labour MP Michael Wood, Hon Consul of
India Bhav Dhillon, Kiwi-Indian MPs Labour’s
Priyanca Radhakrishnan and National’s
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr Parmjeet
Parmar emphatically touched upon the spirit
of hard work and sharing in their respective
Speaking on occasion, Mr Wood said, “The
idea of celebrating harvest season is a universal
multicultural New Zealand.  Ravindran, President, Auckland Tamil that contains guidelines and information on
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state of Tamil Nadu and countries such as Sri “We want them to remain connected with MP Michael Wood. 
where the symbol of Pongal, with a pot of rice
Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, our culture and heritage while they pursue Mr Dhillon gave away certificates of
bubbling out with froth, signifies that through
Singapore, Canada, the United States, the their dream of Kiwi-life in New Zealand,” Mr appreciation and completion of Tamil language
our hard labour we can have plenty to share
United Kingdom, the festival of Pongal is Ravindran said. to the students of newly operational Tamil
around with everyone around us.” 
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Hon Consul of India Bhav Dhillon
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credentials of the Pongal festival that brings
community organisations in celebrating key “Our Association works with the broader Association in Feb 2019, with classes starting
together the broader Kiwi-Indian community. 
elements of Tamil culture in New Zealand, Indian international student community and in March at Onehunga Community Centre.  
Speaking on occasion Kiwi-Indian MPs Mr
ensured this year to encourage youngsters within helps them in their early settlement in the The classes have been hugely successful with
Bakshi, Dr Parmar and Mrs Radhakrishnan
the community to take more responsibilities in country by providing them with much-needed great demand for places for the age group 5-8
also emphasised the importance of celebrating
planning and execution of the festival.  support and information.  years with about 35 students and four teachers,
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Indian teenage swimming sensation reaches NZ to

conquer Cook Strait, as part of Oceans Seven challenge
¡ SANDEEP SINGH Earlier he also became the first

Asian swimmer to successfully
ndian teenage swimming sensation Prabhat
swim in cold water from
Koli, who is on a mission to ace the - Jersey (an island in the UK)
Oceans Seven – one of the world’s most to France – a distance of
dangerous swimming challenges – has reached 25 kilometres. 
New Zealand to conquer the last remaining leg Prabhat comes from
of swimming across the Cooks Strait.  a fishing community
The Oceans Seven is a marathon swimming of Trombay
challenge consisting of seven open water Koliwada, where he
channel swims that includes the North Channel, has routinely seen his
the Molokaʻi Channel, the English Channel, the father Raju venturing
Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait, the Strait out in the open seas,
of Gibraltar, and the Cook Strait.  and has inherited
Prabhat announced his arrival to the Land of from him the desire to
White Clouds on his twitter handle in perfect conquer the open sea
swimming challenge. 
style, posting photographs of his first training
In 2018 Prabhat Raju
in Wellington beaches along with few local
Koli was conferred with
the prestigious Tenzing Norgay
“Reached New Zealand! Started my
National Adventure Award by
preparation for the last swim of the Ocean 7
President Ram Nath Kovind. 
Challenge Open Water Swim by training in
All eyes will be set on Prabhat as he will
beautiful waters of Wellington with few local
soon embark on conquering Cook Straits – a
swimmers. Loved the surroundings, climate
feat achieved by only four Indians so far. 
and temperature!,” Prabhat announced on
twitter.  A website cookstraitsswim.org.nz that keeps
As one of the toughest and most challenging The Oceans Seven was devised in 2008 as a roll of all swimmers who have successfully
“Reached New Zealand!
stretches of water in the world, Cook Strait the swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits swum across the Cook Straits reports three
mountaineering challenge. Started my preparation for other Indians – Bula Chukraboty Chowdhury
presents the ultimate of tests for all swimmers.
Notably, while Cook Straits presents itself Prabhat has set his eye upon this mammoth the last swim of the Ocean (2003), Rupali Ramdas (1998) and Taranath
as one of the most formidable swimming task in 2015 and since then have completed 7 Challenge Open Water Shenoy (1996), Aditya Raut (2005). 
challenge conquered roughly by only about six intriguing swimming challenges in some of Swim by training in beautiful The Indian Weekender extends best wishes
126 swimmers in the last fifty odd years, the the roughest seas around the world, in between to Prabhat on behalf of the entire Kiwi-Indian
waters of Wellington with few
Ocean-Seven challenge is indeed a challenge making and breaking many records.  community in New Zealand and wishes him
at a completely different level – only to be He became youngest and fastest Asian to local swimmers. Loved the good luck to conquer this formidable challenge
conquered by 10 swimmers around the world cross 42-km swim across Molokai Channel in surroundings, climate and and achieve his long-cherished dream. 
since it began in 2008.  17.22 hours.  temperature!,” ••


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New Parent Category Visa

reopens on February 24
¡ SANDEEP SINGH vigorously contested by the government. 
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being reopened by the Coalition government in
an announcement made in October 2019 will
applicants who remained in limbo in the queue
as Immigration New Zealand had continued Expert Advice for
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start taking new applications from February 24.  to accept the expression of interests despite a
The category will have a capping of 1000 suspension on the visa-category. 
people.  Notably, under the new policy, a single
person wanting to sponsor one parent will need In Business
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway
had opened the parent category visa, in one to be earning twice the median income which
of the most anxiously awaited decisions on is $104,000 a year, whereas couples wanting to
immigration ever since forming the government sponsor one or both of their parents will have to
in 2017.  be earning between $159,000-$212,000. 
However, the announcement then was seen The children wanting to sponsor their parents
by many anxious skilled migrants as a wall to in New Zealand will need to show this level
their desire of looking after their parents while of earnings for the previous three consecutive
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udget 2020 will be delivered on
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Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister
• Māori and Pacific – Lifting Māori and
Grant Robertson announced today.
Pacific incomes, skills, and opportunities
“This year’s Budget will continue the
• Child Wellbeing – Reducing child poverty
Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the
and improving child wellbeing
long-term challenges facing New Zealand while
• Physical and Mental Wellbeing –
also preparing the economy for the future.
Supporting improved health outcomes for
“Those challenges and opportunities cannot
all New Zealanders
be resolved in one budget, so they continue
“The Wellbeing Approach is again being used
to be the core of the priorities in the 2020
to formulate this year’s Budget with Ministers
Wellbeing Budget,” Grant Robertson says.
collectively responsible for delivering on these
The Budget 2020 priorities are: priorities. This process ensures our investments
• Just Transition – Supporting New are getting to the people and sectors most in
Zealanders in the transition to a climate- need,” Grant Robertson says.
resilient, sustainable, and low-emissions ••

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Kiwi Indian neuroscientist Malvindar Bains

makes new strides in Alzheimer’s and
Huntington’s disease research

iwi Indian neuroscientist
Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains
has made some excellent
progress in her research work on
Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s
disease and X-linked Dystonia
Parkinsonism and has published
her research on some of the highly
regarded medical journals in the
Dr Malvindar is currently a
Research Fellow at the University of
Auckland Centre for Brain Research,
co-chair of the Huntington’s Disease
Youth Organisation of New Zealand
and a science commentator for Radio
New Zealand. 
In New Zealand, particularly in
Auckland, she is no stranger to the
Indian diaspora and the broader
Kiwi community. She has been
nominated and bestowed with
several recognitions and awards in
the last few years for her work. Dr
Malvindar was named one of the five
top women in Health and Science
as well as one of the top 30 women
in New Zealand for the NEXT
magazine's Woman of the Year
award. She received the prestigious
Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the
Dr Malvindar is
Year at The Indian Weekender’s Kiwi
Indian Hall of Fame Awards in 2016,
currently a Research Fellow
KiwiBank Hero Award Medal and
nominee for the New Zealander of
at the University of Auckland
the Year in 2019. 
Dr Malvindar also commenced the
Centre for Brain Research,  c. the impact on employment; 
 d. knowing their parent will need
prestigious Leo Nilon Huntington’s
Disease Research Fellowship, which
co-chair of the Huntington’s round the clock support as the disease
is dedicated to the advancement
of innovative treatments for
Disease Youth Organisation Huntington’s disease causes brain
cells to die in specific brain areas,
Huntington’s disease, a fellowship
awarded by the Governor-General of
of New Zealand and a which stops the brain and body from
working as well as they used to,
Zealand impacted by Huntington’s
disease. The goal of this organisation
New Zealand.
In the recent past, Dr Malvindar has
science commentator for which progresses to a point where the
patient can no longer chew, swallow, is for the youth of New Zealand
affected by HD to be knowledgeable,
had her research published twice in
one of the top five neurology journals
Radio New Zealand or even breathe.
The symptoms of this disorder supported, and empowered through
are:  a strong community support
in the world, Annals of Neurology,
which is an internationally disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and a. Movement: symptoms that network and accessible information.
X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism. Through these revelations, affect movements, for example,
regarded medical journal. She has I am currently the co-chair of the
More specifically, my ultimate goal is we have moved further to fully having uncontrollable movements
presented her research findings at organisation, which provides online
unlocking how Alzheimer’s and
the Hereditary Disease Foundation to drive the discovery of new disease and problems with balance and support to young kiwis all over the
Huntington’s disease affect the
indicators - and potential drug targets walking; b. Cognitive: symptoms
Conference and Mass General human brain, which has implications country.
for the future. that affect thinking and memory; c.
Institute for Neurogenerative Disease for the development of treatments IWK: How do you create
I rely heavily on studying precious Behavioural: symptoms that affect
in Massachusetts, USA. Her visits to and delivery of therapeutics to treat awareness and help the
human brain tissue, generously behaviour, for example, making
such conferences have led into large the cause and symptoms of these affected?
bequeathed to the Neurological them angry or sad, or making them
international collaborations including conditions. Dr Malvindar: We do face-to-face
Foundation of New Zealand Human act a certain way that is not how they
a unique project involving the IWK: For a layman, what is meetups with young people who need
Brain Bank, which is located within
Harvard University, Massachusetts Huntington’s Disease (HD)? usually act. support, even if it’s just a friendly
the Centre for Brain Research at the
General Hospital (Boston), Makati What are its effects; demog- Huntington’s disease affects chat. Our awareness drives come
University of Auckland. raphy and age group prone to
Medical Centre (Philippines) and people all over the world; it doesn’t in the form of movie screenings,
IWK: Any significant discov- this disease?
The University of Auckland (NZ).  choose a particular demographic, bake sales, education days, social
eries or developments in your Dr Malvindar: Huntington’s disease
In a brief conversation with The religion, colour or race. There are events and media campaigns to drop
research work that you would is a hereditary brain disorder which
Indian Weekender, Dr Malvindar like to share with the readers? patients affected in every country, the stigma and raise the profile of
typically affects individuals in
explains more about her work into Dr Malvindar: There are some Huntington’s disease. 
midlife (around age 30-40 years). including our Indian diaspora.
Huntington’s Disease, how it affects really exciting scientific discoveries Presently, we are fundraising
The fact that the disease is hereditary IWK: Can you tell us about
people, some of the discoveries she that I have made in the past few years for a youth worker and sending
means the parent with the condition Huntington’s Disease Youth
has made recently and how can one which include (1) finding a novel Organisation (HDYO-NZ)? young people impacted by HD to an
has a 50% chance of passing it on to
help the community by participating link between the pattern of brain Dr Malvindar: In 2013, I became
their child. international conference in Glasgow.
in different causes and fundraisers.  cell loss and the types of symptoms This is why we have set up an a part of the founding team to We encourage people to come
IWK: What research project patients with Huntington’s disease organisation to support young people set up the Huntington’s Disease
are you currently working on? forward to help our cause, and they
experience and; (2) identifying brain affected because they are faced with
Dr Malvindar: My research is Youth Organisation of New can make their donations on https://
immune cell (microglia) and blood so many challenges, including: 
currently focussing on understanding Zealand (HDYO-NZ). HDYO NZ givealittle.co.nz/org/hdyonz and our
vessel changes in a brain region  a. the risk of having the disease; 
changes to brain cells within human that was previously thought to be is a voluntary organisation which website, www.hdyo.co.nz. 
 b. the impact on decisions to have
brain conditions such as Huntington’s unaffected by Alzheimer’s disease. provides support to the youth of New ••
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 7

Fans laud epic Maori-Indian

dance fusion at Wellington T20

ricket fans present at the
Sky Stadium in Wellington Teacher and
ahead of the fourth T20 choreographer Prabha
between the Black Caps and Ravi was one of the
India witnessed a dance spectacle three judges in the first
delivered by Natraj School of season reality TV Three
Dance presenting Indian classical dance show ‘The Great
dance, Bharatanatyam and a New Zealand Dance
Maori Kapa Haka as a fusion.  Masala’ and was also
Following New Zealand in the panel of judges
Cricket’s theme for this year for Hutt’s Got Talent
‘Bringing Cultures Together’, 2019 and The Hutt City
Natraj School of Dance in Youth Awards. 
collaboration with Wellington Ms Prabha Ravi also
time, leading her to the another group diverse cultures share,” Ms Prabha performing,” Ms Ravi said. 
Maori Cultural Society Inc and serves as a Justice for the Peace and
Hiwa Performance Creative Ltd. Ravi added. The final dance performance had
New Zealand community of Youth for her services to the art she has
who heard the concept and quickly This was not the first time NSD a total of 34 people, 17 from each
Ambassadors presented their fusion received the Queens Service Medal
jumped on board. had performed a fusion dance, Ms side, including five children from
on Oscar and Golden Globe-winning in 2018, Civic Honour Award by the
“The group readily agreed to the Prabha Ravi, a renowned classical each side as flag bearers of the two
musician A R Rahman’s much loved Hutt City Council in 2012, Culture
idea, became very excited about dancer and choreographer herself countries. 
patriotic song ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’.  Award by Upper Hutt Multicultural
the fusion dance and the vision presented a fusion of Indian classical On the evening of the fourth T20
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Council in 2013 etc. 
of honouring the country as their Bharatanatyam and Samoan Fire between Black Caps and India at Sky
Founder and Director of Natraj Apart from her contribution to art
mother,” Prabha Ravi said.  Dance in 2002, with Sri Lankan Stadium in Wellington, the group
School of Dance, Prabha Ravi, and culture, she also sits on various
The Maori dance was Kandyan Dance in 2012 and 17, and performed the fusion on the cricket
explained her vision to blend the
choreographed by Virginia Maxwell, with a Western Classical Balle in ground witnessed by thousands of boards such as Cricket Wellington,
artforms of the two vibrant cultures
owner and director of Hiwa 2015.  fans in the stadium which was also Women on Boards, Education
and make sure uniqueness of both
Performance Creative Ltd formerly “It was my long-time dream and screened on the big screens of the Wellington International, Drama NZ
art forms come out as a fusion in
known as Manu Aute.   vision to present such a fusion that stadium.  and is the Chair of the Hutt Valley
the performance and not dilute each
The performance was titled ‘Vande exhibited the values of Maori culture “Indeed, the performance was District Health Board Consumer
Mataram’ based on the song as the and Indian classical dance form at unique, powerful and it was received Council. She is also the founder and
Conceptualised earlier in 2019,
two groups got together practising the same time, and the performance with thunders of applause echoing manager of the Namasankeerthanam
Ms Ravi went out on a hunt to find
their different styles of dances and ‘Vande Mataram’ was a perfect in the stadium, a standing ovation Group, a voluntary community
a Kapa Haka group who would like
sharing valuable history and richness fusion I had envisioned.  by the spectators and the best part group comprising of several families
to partake in her vision, which was
of each artform.  “Most importantly, I applaud was the crowd singing ‘Maa Tujhe coming together every week to
a juxtaposition of two art forms, and
“It is exciting to see so many the Maori Kapa Haka group who Salaam’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ in sing bhajans for world peace and
it comes out as an epic to the world. 
messages and values that emanate understood not just the dance fusion unison.  harmony. 
Ms Ravi explained the concept to
through different moves and theme but also the sentiments and “This was the best feeling in the ••
one group who opted out after some
positions of the dance, and we as two values attached to the song we were world,” Ms Ravi added. 

NZ-India academic partnerships boosted:

First-ever NZ Centre to come up at IIT-Delhi
¡ SANDEEP SINGH collaborations and increase global exposure for

ew Zealand’s education ties with India our students. We look forward to collaborating
continue to be strengthened after a more with universities from NZ.”
Memorandum of Understanding was Professor Jennifer Dixon, Deputy Vice-
signed in New Delhi to establish a New Zealand Chancellor (Strategic Engagement), University
Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology.  of Auckland led the New Zealand delegation
The MoU seeks to affirm the position of the and spoke at the MoU signing, “This is a
newly established New Zealand Centre to be significant step in New Zealand’s long-term
a focal point of academic activity for all eight education relationship with India. 
New Zealand Universities and IIT Delhi.  “We are delighted to be engaging with
Notably, IITs are India’s premier technology IIT Delhi as the ideal partner to progress our
and public research institutes and are deemed as research collaborations,” she said. “We are
Institutes of National Importance and Institute dedicated to creating future global citizens, and
of Eminence by the country’s parliament for we look forward to the development of leading-
their leading role in preparing world-class Ongoing collaboration with NZ edge research through the association,” Prof
skilled engineering graduates.  In this regard, IIT’s foray in the New Zealand Dixon said. 
IIT Delhi in this regard, has the highest world Market and the vice-versa, NZ University’s It is expected that the Centre will host visiting
ranking.  interest in forging ties with India’s premier researchers and academics, act as a forum for
The status of Institution of Eminence by technology institutes is not altogether new.  diplomatic and trade dialogue among different
Government of India (2018) had granted almost Earlier in November 2019, The University sectors, and support student mobility.
full autonomy, leaving the institutes to make its of Auckland had signed a historic agreement John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s
own decisions, including having the autonomy with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Regional Director Asia, said that the New
to going global.  Kharagpur to offer a joint PhD programme. Zealand Centre would be a one-of-a-kind
Since then, there has been a newfound  Meanwhile, the two-day workshop, held research establishment. “A research-focused
at IIT Delhi, provided an opportunity for New Zealand Centre at IIT Delhi builds
collective will within all IITs to become a truly
academics from NZ universities and IIT Delhi on New Zealand’s status as the preferred
global world-class technology institute. 
to discuss and develop projects for long term education destination for students, with a 71
Recently, The IITs have collectively decided
research collaboration.  per cent increase in Indian students choosing
to conduct their joint entrance exam in San
Collaboration priorities under discussion Speaking more on IIT Delhi’s partnership to study in New Zealand universities in 2019.
Francisco to attract students of Indian origin
include sustainable cities, technologies for with NZ University Prof. Sanjeev Sanghi, We are committed to strengthening the research
from 2020.  clean water, cybersecurity and data science, Dean – Alumni Affairs and International and education ties between New Zealand and
IITs collectively and individually are now energy and environmental studies, and Programmes, said “The NZ Centre embodies India, and are excited to be partnering with a
going to countries like Canada, Australia, the advanced biological and healthcare systems our efforts to embrace internationalization, prestigious institution in IIT Delhi.”
US, Germany and UK to hire faculty.  and engineering. open up opportunities for new research ••
8 NEW ZEALAND Friday, February 14, 2020 The Indian Weekender

Christchurch Multicultural Council

celebrates 30 years of service


ommunity leaders,
volunteers, members of
parliament and patrons
gathered last week at Madam
Kwong’s restaurant in Christchurch
to celebrate the thirty years of
services provided by Christchurch
Multicultural Council Inc (CMC).
Started in 1989, the community
organisation evolved, grew manifold
and offered its services to the migrant
community living in the city.
The organisation that represents as these are our stalwarts who built not
170 ethnic groups living in New only the Christchurch Multicultural
Zealand called in to observe the Council but also Multicultural New
event not just as a celebration but Zealand – without their efforts I’m
as a reflection back on its services not sure we would’ve got to where
provided to countless number of we are today,” Mr Narayanan said at
Christchurch Multicultural Council
migrants and migrant communities
living in the southern part of the
the event. over the past three decades has been
Christchurch Multicultural Council
country that brought minor to over the past three decades has been
providing advocacy to migrants and
significant life-changing experiences
for the people.
providing advocacy to migrants and community groups for settlement
community groups for settlement
“This is a significant moment and integration, celebrating diversity,
and integration, celebrating diversity,
of pride for all of us present here,”
president of CMC, Surinder Tandon
strengthening diverse communities, strengthening diverse communities,
fostering unity in diversity,
said at the event. promoting social inclusion, equality,
fostering unity in diversity, promoting Cricket Association for Hagley
Surinder Tandon joined CMC in integration, encouraging migrants for social inclusion, equality, integration, Multicultural Hub
2000 and became its president in greater civic participation, lobbying • Advocacy for settlement of
2009, and he also received Queen’s for broader ethnic representation on
encouraging migrants for greater civic migrants/refugees
honour Member of the New Zealand boards and trusts etc. participation, lobbying for broader ethnic • Living in Harmony project for
Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2014 for CMC has partnered and women
his services to the community and collaborated with several different
representation on boards and trusts etc. • Strengthened intercultural and
textile research in NZ. community organisations, local and interfaith harmony. Fostered unity
Present at the event were President national government bodies, media the Christchurch City Council celebrating the occasion including a in diversity
of Multicultural New Zealand (NZ organisations, sports clubs etc. so to has already agreed to fund its classical Indian dance performance • Social and cultural wellbeing of
Federation of Multicultural Councils reach out to as many migrants and construction. by Kaushalaya Devi, a song of peace ethnic people of all age groups
Inc.), Ethnic Advisor to Sir Mark ethnic groups and assist them with “The need for a multicultural by Filipino duo by Yna Martinez and and genders
Soloman Ngai Tahu- Sally Pitama, settling in New Zealand and provide hub is even greater now after the Marielle Ariola, Tribal belly Dance to • Greater participation in decision-
Minister Poto Williams, MP Dr any help if they may need. March 15 terrorist attack on the two Macedonian music by Yulia and Petra making roles/submissions at
Duncan Webb, Christchurch City “Our strategic partners include Mosques. It was an attack on our and Chinese musical performance on Local and Central Government
Councillors Jimmy Chen, and Anne Christchurch City Council, Selwyn diversity, both religious and cultural, Erhu by Jeffrey Zhao, Christchurch levels.
Galloway, Deborah Lam and Eileen District Council, Waimakariri District on our harmonious relations. Shandong Association. • Encouraged migrants for greater
Yee (OEC), Sarah Denny (Hagley Council’s Migrants & Newcomers “But the time after the attacks civic participation
CMC’s major achievements
College), Ahmed Tani (Canterbury Group, NZFMC/MNZ, Ngai Tahu, showed us our strong united diversity • Lobbying for greater ethnic
over 30 years include:
Refugees Service & Resource OEC, NZ Police, Immigration and harmony which brought out representation on boards/trusts/
Centre), CMC Life Member Wim de • Contribution to the establishment
NZ, MSD, Electoral Commission, immense solidarity, compassion, councils etc.
Winter and volunteers amongst the of the Office of Ethnic (Affairs)
Canterbury Interfaith Society, love and empathy from people of • Strategic partnerships with
other guests. Hagley College, Christchurch Metro diverse cultures and faiths towards several organisations/groups for
• Ongoing support to OEC and
President of Multicultural New Cricket Association, Pegasus Health, the victims’ families and the Muslim ethnic communities
other partners
Zealand Pancha Narayanan lauded Revel Events, Shakti, Christchurch community throughout NZ,” Mr • Significant participation in, and
• Contribution to the establishment
the team of CMC for making it into its Resettlement Service, Refugee Tandon said. contribution to, CCC INFoRM
of the Race Relations Office
30th anniversary and congratulated Centre, Network Waitangi Otautahi, The 30th-anniversary event on and ICA groups
• Contribution to the development
the organisation for its role and Plains FM96.9, Rotary Clubs, all Saturday, February 1, had speeches • Significant support provided post-
of Christchurch Multicultural
influence in making Christchurch the community groups and others,” Mr by dignitaries and guests at the event, earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and
very first Treaty-based Multicultural Tandon added. a cake cutting ceremony, reflections mosque attacks of 15 March 2019
• Support for the annual Lincoln/
City in New Zealand. CMC, like the Refugee Centre, by CMC Founding member Weng • Promoted the White Ribbon
Selwyn Multicultural Festival
“I would like to acknowledge has been supporting Hagley College Kei Chen and an address by CMC campaign for the elimination
• Global 7s cricket tournament
our Life Member of MNZ and Past for the development of NZ’s president Surinder Tandon. of violence against women
and now All Nations T20 Cricket
President Weng Kei Chen and others, first multicultural hub for which The event also had entertainment (domestic, family violence)
Tournament with ChCh Metro
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 9

New Kiwi Indian talents to watch

in 2020: Cricketer Rachin Ravindra
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD his career, Rachin says

he Indian Weekender has always that they have been
strived to focus and magnify the good part and parcel of
work and talents of Kiwi Indians the game.
and Indian community organisations in New “Of course,
Zealand. These individuals or a group of there are
individuals work hard to make a difference in times when
the community and also elevate the pride of the you don’t
Kiwi Indian community living in New Zealand.
In this new series ‘New Kiwi Indian talents to
watch out for in 2020’, The Indian Weekender
well or up to
will bring forth some new talents and faces who
over the years have excelled in their profession, the expected
putting their hard work and passion in the right mark, and
place and making the Kiwi Indian community we do make
proud. mistakes that have
Cricketer Rachin Ravindra: the propensity to bring

C urrently playing for the New Zealand A you down. But all you can
team against the India A in Christchurch, do is learn from your mistakes, and
the 20-year-old all-rounder from Wellington is keep performing- giving the best you can,”
the new force to watch out for in national and At the age of 11, he represented Wellington the 2018 World Cup held in New Zealand. Post Rachin Ravindra told The Indian Weekender.
expectedly international cricket. U13, at the age of 14 he played for U17 team his string of good performances; International Rachin considers his father one of the
Having already represented New Zealand in representing his school’s XI team. In 2016, at Cricket Council called the prodigy Rachin as motivators and mentors who pushed him,
two U19 World Cups, 2016 and 2018, the rising the age of 17 playing for New Zealand at the supported him in his passion for cricket.
the rising star of the squad. Rachin calls his
star of New Zealand cricket comes with tons of U19 World Cup in Bangladesh, Rachin gave Rachin’s parents moved from Bangalore city in
performances at the two World Cups were some
talent and dreams of playing for the Black Caps three stunning back-to-back performances of the biggest highlights of his career so far. South India to Wellington, New Zealand where
someday soon. both with bat and bowl. He bagged three
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Rachin’s Rachin considers Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul he was born and schooled. Rachin is currently
wickets against West Indies, scored a century pursuing his higher studies in finance besides
father Ravi Krishnamurthy says he has been Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Daniel Vettori and
against Kenya and then hitting a half-century
playing cricket from the age as early as two Brian Lara as his idols growing up and Ross playing national and domestic cricket.
and taking four wickets making him the first
and has been in love with the sport ever since. Taylor, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith some of Rachin also credits his coaches Mark
New Zealander to achieve this feat at the U19
He joined a club after a few years and started the senior players currently playing he looks Borthwick and Sriram Krishnamurthy as a
playing with softball. He soon joined Hutt World Cups.
up to. driving force and under whose mentorship he
District Cricket Club and has been associated He also gave a stupendous performance with
reached this far in his career. Rachin is currently
several wickets and good scores with his bat in Sharing about the struggles and low times in
with the club ever since. playing for Wellington Firebirds.

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Band of three ‘Gharelu Gigs’

is the new talk of the town

hree Kiwi Indians living in Auckland
have created a very upbeat and an
unconventional music band that has
taken the community by storm and has become
one of the most popular and new faces to look
for this year.
Coming up with a creative yet straightforward
Hinglish name ‘Gharelu Gigs’ that translates
to ‘house shows/performances’, the band has
garnered some outstanding attention from the
Introducing the band founder and lead singer
Anchal Marwah who is also a rhythm guitarist,
is the brains behind the band’s formation and
growth in the last few months. Adding more
colour to the band is the lead guitarist and giving
vocals Swanand Chitnis, and Anchal’s friend
from his Uni days, Prabhakar Mohanasundaram
as the keyboard player.
‘Gharelu Gigs’ was conceptualised and
created in December 2018, and the band
members joined in as Anchal, and his new band
you see three people playing and singing
member Prabhakar started performing at casual
Bollywood songs with their guitars, keyboard,
shows and house parties. Anchal met his lead
and mouth organ, while you enjoy a few drinks. Gharelu Gigs
guitarist Swanand at an event in Auckland and can be contacted
After some time, you feel like joining in and
have been friends and integral when it comes to on +64224787980,
singing that old medley. At the same time, we
music ever since. +64224026757 or
play the guitar for you, how amazing does it
The band was created with a simple concept via email on
sounds, you feel that personal touch, as there
of singing along casual music concerts where gharelugig91@gmail.com
is not a stage or big setup that can make
these artists perform, and the audience joins in-
you nervous, sit next to the guitarist and
becoming a part of the whole show.
start singing, it’s a whole new different
Anchal narrates the idea that excited him to
progress from a hobby guitar player and singer
We will come to your house, no
to taking new leaps to form a band was a party
needs of hefty music setup, no mics
or a place where people can join in with the
needed, no speakers, all we need is
performers and sing along and enjoy the show
you to be enjoying your pick while
with the feeling that they are the stars of the
we bring some peppy Bollywood
and Hollywood numbers playing
“We all have that singer within us that seldom
live to your house.
comes out, is too shy or embarrassed to sing in
public or is just a passive audience but deep IWK: Which places and con-
certs have the band performed
down they want to sing their hearts and express,
in New Zealand?
and our mini music concerts gives them the
GG: Currently, Gharelu Gigs is mainly
freedom to join in, sing along and experience a
focusing on doing gigs in Auckland and
great show,” Anchal told The Indian Weekender
nearby places; however, we are open to
in an interview.
travel across New Zealand for gigs and
About the band members: spread the cheer around with our Gharelu
University of Auckland where Anchal and the performances. We have performed and
Anchal Marwah

two started doing covers of popular songs. catered to a wide range of audience, from
nchal Marwah, came to Auckland in
The duo’s performances soon became a hit playing for seniors at Shanti Niwas Charitable
August 2014 to pursue Post Graduation in Trust on their 25th-anniversary event to
amongst college mates landing to play at their
ICT. He has then been very active in singing, performing for younger party people such as on
friends’ house parties, eventually paving the
playing guitar, modelling and dancing that led New Year’s Eve, PAGE3 event hosted by LA entertaining crowd. In the next two years, we
way for more gigs across Auckland. Prabakar
him to participate and win IWK’s Mr Diwali ZEPPA etc. want first to spread the concept of Gharelu Gigs
has been a pivotal figure to the band due to his
title ATEED Diwali in 2017. He also won the IWK: What is the aim of the band, to the whole of New Zealand where people can
knowledge of strings, alongside his great taste
title of Mr Bollywood Factor in 2018, hosted where do you see yourself grow and enjoy live music in their own house without the
of South Indian music, which helps the band to
by Radio Apna. He has been associated with perform in the need of big sound setups and that way adding a
explore the songs from South India and cover personal touch to it. Secondly, we are working
“Prayas” theatre company as well since 2018 near future?
Tollywood songs too. GG: We now on original compositions with a mix of
and was one of their vocalists for the song
In conversation with The Indian Weekender, want to spread jazz and Indie-pop to it, which we are planning
“Allah Hoo” the title song for the play namely
band members Anchal, Swanand and Prabhakar the joy of live to release mid of this year.
“DARA”. Anchal has also started doing give more insight about his band, how it has
modelling projects recently. His latest song music to as IWK: What is the message you would
become popular and what is the next project for many ears as
“Lamberghini Clubmix” has crossed over 115K like to give your fans/prospective audi-
the band. we can, as we ences?
views on “YOUTUBE” which earned him IWK: How would you define ‘Gharelu really love to GG: We thank our fans and community
hundreds of new fans not just in New Zealand Gigs’? sing with an for giving us so much love, and it is through
but from overseas as well. GG: Gharelu Gigs, itself describes by the their word of mouth that we have grown this
Swanand Chitnis name, to have a fantastic gig at your own popular. Through our performances, one thing

S wanand Chitnis, came to New Zealand

in late 2017 pursuing higher studies
in management in Auckland. He had been
‘Ghar’ (House). It is all about having a fun time
involving the people around you to sing along
and be a part of the action, with a free jam.
we can promise is there has never been a Noise
Control complaint when we perform, its a great
vibe, pleasant, soothing and live music without
associated with music since he was in India, Whether it is your wedding, house-warming mics and speakers, so everyone can enjoy the
after coming to NZ, Swanand continued his party, birthday party, anniversary, or just want party till late in the night.
passion for music performing with different to get that coke studio vibes, the answer is We know different languages, so a variety
Gharelu Gigs. It is more of a modern-day of performances can be performed such as in
bands, playing as a lead guitarist and
Karaoke, where we will be playing along with Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and
showcasing his talent at several stage shows
you while you sing and join us. a few songs from South India as well.
including performing for some renowned artists
IWK: How is the band unique and dif- Our charges as well are very nominal and or
from India.
ferent from others? I can say we understand the ‘Gharelu Budget’
Prabakar Mohanasundaram GG: Just imagine you go to this and hence, we tailor the fees as per the client’s

P rabakar Mohanasundaram came to New

Zealand in 2014 for higher studies at the
housewarming party or this BBQ party and requirements.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 11

What happened in NZ-India diplomatic world

this week?
¡ SANDEEP SINGH Meanwhile, in New Delhi, NZ’s Senior

diplomat, Principal Adviser, Ministry of
n the diplomatic world of New Zealand and
Foreign Affairs & Trade, Grahame Morton,
India, there were a few notable engagements
who has formerly been High Commissioner to
in the last fortnight that further cement
India, and is currently back in India temporarily,
already growing bilateral relations between the
manning the mission, was at the forefront of the
two countries. 
historic inking of the pact of Memorandum of
The social media and Twitterati was abuzz
Understanding between IIT Delhi and eight NZ
with highlights of celebrations and mutually
universities for setting up an innovative NZ
appreciative congratulatory messages
Centre. (Read detail story here)
around some important moments of national
importance and other key developments within “After four years’ prep, a two day meeting of
the diplomatic space of the two countries.  reps of eight NZ unis and India partner IIT Delhi
One of the most significant moments was agree roadmap on "research collaboration & in
the celebration of Waitangi Day, both in New principle alignment on academic centre. Work
Zealand and in India.  ahead but grt progress,” Mr Morton tweeted. 

Indian envoy joins others in Indian High Commissioner meets

diplomatic corps to celebrate Pardeshi said, “It was a truly phenomenal General in Mumbai on Saturday, February 8, with top officials of Niue Island
Waitangi Day and inspirational experience to join all New to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Waitangi
Indian High Commission to New Zealand
In New Zealand, High Commissioner of Zealanders and the diplomatic corps in Day. 
Muktesh Pardeshi, who also oversees the
India Muktesh Pardeshi joined other members celebrating Waitangi Day.” Ralph Hays, the Consul General and the
diplomatic relations with Samoa and the island
of the diplomatic corps in celebrating Waitangi “I was able to personally convey the best NZ’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia led
wishes of the people and the government of the diplomatic mission’s celebrations of NZ’s of Niue in addition to his charge of Wellington
Day at the Treaty Grounds in Waitangi.  
India on this important day,” Mr Pardeshi said.  national day and shared some glimpses of the hosted top-level officials of the later to
Waitangi Day is NZ’s national day,
The official handle of India’s public event on the social media.  discuss bilateral relations and affirm India’s
commemorating the signing of the Treaty of
diplomacy, Ministry of External Affairs, Maharashtra government’s Cabinet Minister commitment to support the people of Niue. 
Waitangi on February 6, 1840. 
Government of India had also twitted their best Aditya Thackeray was in attendance as the A social media post from the office of Indian
Greeting Rt. Hon. @GovGeneralNZ on
wishes to New Zealanders on the Waitangi Day Chief Guest.  High Commission informed that Mr Pardeshi
the occasion of #WaitangiDay 2020. Many
with a photograph of Prime Minister Jacinda “Was something special to host our 180th met with Ms Peleni Talagi, Secretary to the
thanks to @DanielMellsop@MFATgovtNZ for
Ardern and Narendra Modi shaking hands and Waitangi Day event here in Mumbai. The Ngati Government of Niue, Mr. Fisa Igilisi Pihigia,
organising an enjoyable trip for #diplomaticcorp
exchanging pleasantries.  Koraha, Kapa haka group, added culture and High Commissioner of Niue to New Zealand
to Waitangi, Mr Pardeshi congratulated the NZ
“Greetings to New Zealanders on the entertainment to the evening and made a lasting and Mr. Brett Collier, CEO of Niue Telecom. 
nation from his twitter handle on Wednesday,
Waitangi Day,” the message from the official impact on all our guests. Thank you also to Hon “Government of India has extended financial
February 5. 
Indian diplomacy account twitted.  Minister Aaditya Thackeray for attending,” Mr support of USD 910,700/- (NZD 1.2 million)
This was the first opportunity for Mr Pardeshi
Hays said.   to assist Niue in the establishment of 4G/LTE
in his capacity of Indian High Commissioner Waitangi Day celebrated in Mumbai Mobile Network. The project has already
to NZ to attend New Zealand’s national day – Grahame Morton oversees historical
Mumbaikars in India were treated to the been completed successfully. Both sides are
an experience that was truly “phenomenal and
iconic Kiwi Kapa Haka at a glittering event set up of NZ academic centre at IIT exchanging views on 2nd phase of the project,”
hosted by the office of New Zealand’s Consul Delhi the social media post further stated. 
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr

New Government Calls to conserve

initiatives in the water as dry
Health Sector for 2020 summer bites

We have funded PHARMAC Our Government is also
so it can buy new cancer drugs committing extra funding to s
Michael Wood
and make them more accessible make sure that HIV and STI Aucklanders
Member of Parliament continue
to those who need, while new prevention services are targeted
for Mt Roskill and
radiation machines have been appropriately in New Zealand. to smash water
Chief Government Whip
funded across the country to make We have committed to a $300,000 consumption records,

cancer treatment more effective increase to fund research to update Watercare, the
hope you have had a restful behavioural information. This
and accessible for New Zealanders. Auckland Council
break with your loved ones will make sure that the rainbow
and have had a great start to We have strengthened our arm responsible
community is not disadvantaged in
2020. As I write my first column immunisation system by launching for the city’s water
our healthcare system.
for Indian Weekender this year, I a new campaign. Hundreds of The Ministry of Health-funded supply, is asking
want to let you know about some of thousands of young adults will research will study rates of HIV residents to be
the work our government has been receive measles vaccinations. (human immunodeficiency virus) mindful of their water use, particularly
About 300,000 young adults and STI (sexually transmitted on hot days. “We are looking at additional
doing to build an effective health
system for all of our people. between 15-29 are not fully infection) testing, sexual behaviour, ways in which we can support these
A drier than usual summer is seeing
We want to make sure every protected against measles and use of condoms, PrEP (pre- communities. Work is already underway
pressure come on water supplies.
New Zealander has access to this Government is determined exposure prophylaxis) or use of to find practical ways we can assist.”
Simple self- imposed steps of four-
world-class health care. Under to strengthen public health and drugs to prevent disease in people “As one of the biggest users of
who have not yet been exposed minute showers, avoiding running taps
our Prime Minister’s leadership, address that issue.  DHBs will Watercare’s urban water supply, we
to a disease-causing agent and when brushing teeth or shaving and
we are addressing the long-term plan and deliver innovative and acknowledge we have an important
challenges facing New Zealand inequalities in these behaviours. washing full loads of laundry where part to play in reducing our own water
localised ways to get young adults This will enable the Ministry to
and health is definitely one of the possible to conserve water, are being consumption here in the council family.”
immunised. Immunisation will be manage the purchase, targeting,
priorities. asked of urban dwellers. Auckland Council’s network of
available for easy access through delivery and evaluation of HIV and
We have made big investments The rural areas of Auckland are under pools, parks, community buildings and
schools, workplaces, pharmacies STI prevention services in NZ.
in mental health so our people stress and many residents reliant on maintenance requirements are being
and Marae. We will also focus on We are striving to rebuild our
can seek help from trained mental rainwater tanks for their water supply assessed with the view to non-essential
improving access and equality for health system after nine long years
health professionals free of charge are waiting weeks to have them refilled.  work, requiring water, to be deferred or
Maori and Pacific young adults in of neglect – remember that under
at their local doctor’s clinics “Auckland Council is aware of the
the previous government, sewage scaled back.
across the country.  A record multi- particular. We are proud to have
ran down the walls of our hospitals. water supply challenges that rural Some essential irrigation may still
billion dollar investment in Budget a campaign to address measles,
While this neglect can’t all be communities are facing. We sincerely need to be undertaken in order to protect
2019 is making this possible, and which the recent outbreak has made
fixed in one term, the progress appreciate the support being shown by the council’s investment and where
across the country this new mental even more urgent.  In 2019 more
we are making will help ensure neighbours, family and friends who are possible non-potable water supplies will
health service is being built from than 370,000 MMR vaccines were that no matter where you live in opening up their homes to help others. be used to reduce the drain on water
the ground up. Finally, we have a distributed compared to 150,000 New Zealand, you will receive volumes and frequency.
government that is taking mental in 2018 which is an increase of This is the rural spirit,” says Deputy
high quality healthcare when you ••
health seriously. nearly 150%. Mayor Bill Cashmore.
need it.
12 NEW ZEALAND Friday, February 14, 2020 The Indian Weekender

NZ v India ODI series: underdogs

NZ brutally thrash India by 3-0
¡ AAKAR PATEL of misfortune Ross Taylor came 3rd ODI at Bay Oval,

out to bat when his team had a big Mt. Maunganui
fter being whitewashed by
the men in blue in the T20 target to chase. Taylor had brilliant Kane Williamson won the toss
series, New Zealand came partnerships with Nicholls first and and invited the visitors to bat first.
then Latham adding 62 and 138 runs In the third game of the series,
back at Seddon Park for the first ODI
respectively. Indian openers disappointed as
with some sweet and sour memories India lost Agrawal for just one run.
from the recent past. Sweet memories Nicholls and Latham made 78 and
Kohli couldn’t perform up to the
of last year’s ODI against the same 69 runs before getting out, but Taylor expectations as he was the second
opponent where they bowled out stayed firm at the other end. Taylor man to get out. Kohli just made 9
India for just 92 runs and sour brought up his 21st century ensuring runs and ended up his tally of this
memories of last year’s ODI series that his team cross the finishing line. series to 75 runs. Shaw showed
As a result of some brilliant potential by scoring 40 runs, but he
loss against the same opponent. For could not score bigger.
New Zealand, this ODI series was batting in last 20 overs and below-
After losing 3 wickets for 62 runs,
all about playing for pride and the par bowing from Indian bowlers,
Rahul and Iyer made a hundred runs
3-0 win justifies the name underdog New Zealand chased a total of 348 partnership where Iyer made 62 runs;
given to Blackcaps after the World runs with 11 balls remaining. his third consecutive 50+ score in this
Cup 2019. This was the first time Ross Taylor was the player of the series. Post Iyer’s dismissal Rahul
match for his unbeaten 109 runs. and Pandey had another brilliant
in three decades men in blue were
partnership of 107 runs. During the
whitewashed in an ODI series. 2nd ODI at Eden Park, partnership, Rahul brought his 4th
Auckland ODI century. Rahul and Pandey
1st ODI at Seddon Park,
Hamilton Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the got dismissed on two consecutive
toss and chose to bowl first. Batting deliveries, as a result, India fell just
New Zealand won the toss and short of 300 runs mark at the end of
elected to field first. After Rohit first, Blackcaps openers started
50 overs.
Sharma was ruled out of the NZ exceptionally well as they added 93 Blackcaps started a chase very
tour due to calf injury, India decided runs in 17 overs for the first wicket. smartly as Guptill played a vital role
to play with a new opening pair. After scoring 41 runs Nicholls was in being aggressive in the early overs.
the first man to get out off Chahal’s Guptill made a brilliant 66 runs
Mayank Agrawal and Prithvi Shaw
over. including four sixes before getting
made their debuts at the first ODI at bowled to Chahal’s beautiful firki.
Seddon Park, Hamilton. Playing in his 2nd game, Blundell
Next in were batsmen Kohli and attacked bowlers. Rahul and Iyer’s Returning from shoulder injury Kane
The debutants started cautiously again failed to impress as he was the
Iyer who played sensibly for the partnership added 136 runs in just 17 couldn’t do much before getting out
in the first eight overs by scoring next man out after scoring 22 runs. on 22.
next twenty overs and scored 102 overs helping India to reach closer
fifty runs. Prithvi Shaw fell soon Martin Guptill played a sensible The man in golden form Ross
runs collectively. Kohli fell just after to 300 runs mark. Iyer fell just after
after scoring just 20 runs in his debut knock of 79 runs before getting run Taylor was expected to finish the
completing his 58th half-century as scoring a brilliant maiden hundred;
out in a bizarre manner. game again, but he could only make
game followed by Agrawal in the he was clean bowled by Sodhi. Iyer the first hundred scored by India’s
After Martin Guptill got out, New 12 runs followed by Nicholls who
very next over. maintained his composure and Rahul number four batsman in nearly two made a patient 80 runs. Toward
years. Zealand had a batting collapse from
the end, the man out of form De
Toward the 3/157 to 8/197. After a collapse, the Grandhomme displayed his hitting
end of innings, ever dependable Ross Taylor came skills by hitting unbeaten 58 runs in
Rahul and to rescue again for New Zealand. just 28 balls. New Zealand chased
He along with a debutant Jamieson a target of 297 runs with 17 balls
Kedar added
valuable 55 scored extraordinary 76 runs for the
Henry Nicholls was awarded
runs in the 9th wicket. At the end of 50 overs, player of the match for his patient 80.
last 4.5 overs. New Zealand scored 273 runs with
Rahul scored the loss of eight wickets. Ross Taylor Top batsmen of India v
a quickfire 88 again remained not out at 73 runs. NZ ODI series
runs in 64 balls Chasing a total of 274 runs
while Kedar Batsman Runs Avg. H.S.
India cleared their intentions
scored 26 runs from the very first ball by hitting S Iyer 217 72.33 103
in 15 balls. a boundary. Shaw and Agrawal KL Rahul 204 102.00 112
Both remained started on a positive note, but their
unbeaten by the partnership couldn’t last long as
H Nicholls 199 81.55 80
end of 50 overs Agrawal fell cheaply on 3 runs. R Taylor 194 194.00 109*
as India finished
Shaw continued finding gaps and
347/4 by the end
hitting boundaries, but he did not
of 50 overs. Top bowlers of India v
last long. Kohli looked as he was
Chasing a NZ ODI series
struggling to his 25 balls 15. He lost
mammoth total
his wicket to Southee for the 9th Bowler Wickets Econ. Best
of 348 runs,
Blackcaps time in 30 innings in ODIs. Rahul
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Team Lhotshampa lifts the Tenzing

Hillary Cup again
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Several renowned people

he high-octane Tenzing Hillary Football Cup 2020 saw attended the tournament such
the unbeatable Team Lhotshampa from Christchurch lift as, Consulate of Nepal in New
the trophy once again by beating Nepal United FC from Zealand, Peter Gibbs, former
Christchurch too at the grand finals on Sunday, February 2.  head coach of New Zealand
national football team, John
Hosted by Nepal Association Bay of Plenty (NABOP) at
Adshead (ONZM), who led All
Links Reserve in Mt Maunganui, the two-day annual football
Whites team to their first-ever
championship witnessed over 700 people gathered to watch the
FIFA World Cup in 1982.
closely contested adrenaline rushed matches on the ground and
Each team had 11 players a
cheered for their favourite teams. 
side, and the matches were played
The semi-finals and the final were three most closely contested as per FIFA and NZ Football
match of the tournament. In the first semi-final Team Lhotshampa guidelines and rules. The referees
defeated Khakuri FC with the scores 2-3, and Nepal United FC for all the games came from WaiBOP Football Association. The The final results, awards and prize money presented: 
scored beat Gorkhali FC (Hamilton) by 3-1 to enter the finals. matches were live-streamed on GoalNepal.com. • Winning team - Team Lhotshampa, Christchurch- Running
In the final Team Lhotshampa and Nepal United FC fought to As the tournament garnered a huge response from the youth Championship Cup, Gold Medals + $1800
keep the score tied at zero, that went into extra time which again of the Nepalese community across New Zealand, businesses and •  Runner Up - Nepal United FC Christchurch; Silver Medals
resulted in nil from each side. To break the tie, penalty shootout supporters, the hosting rights for THC 2021 has already been + $1200
was done at the end which saw Lhotshampa score 4 goals against offered by local associations in Palmerston North and Waikato. •  2nd Runner Up - Gorkhali FC Hamilton; Bronze Medals +
Nepal United FC’s 1, thereby, making Lhotshampa the champion THC committee will be reviewing the offers and declare the $800
two times in a row. name of the hosts in the next few months. •  3rd Runner up - Football Club Khukuri, Auckland; $400
“THC committee and NABOP were thrilled to host the • Plate Champions - Himalions FC - Palmerston North &
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Gorkhali FC from Hamilton and Football Club Khakuri from charitable trust for next endeavours. We welcome all the kind $100
Auckland took the second and third runner up positions in the supporters, intellectuals to be a part of our journey,” Saurab •  Golden Ball - Aashish Rai of Team Lhotsampa ChCh;
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Ashwini to present bouquet of morning raags

in Auckland March 15
¡ IWK BUREAU Singh will play the tabla and a young Auckland S a n g e e t

artiste will provide tanpura accompaniment. Mishra one
fter winning the hearts of Aucklanders
Ashwini sings in the traditional Jaipur- of the leading
in 2017, India’s leading vocalist
Atrauli gharana’s style and is today one of its s a r a n g i
Vidushi Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
leading lights. Raised in a musical family and exponents in
is coming back to Auckland following many
taught initially by her mother, she went on to India today.
requests from connoisseurs.
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One of India’s most celebrated contemporary
while yet pursuing her academic studies. the Benaras
musicians, Ashwini will sing at a unique,
She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the tradition,
morning concert featuring morning raags on
prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Sangeet comes from a long line of sarangi
March 15, 2020. This is a first of its kind classical
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music concert for Auckland. Accompanying and has performed with leading artistes in India
She has won a string of national and artistes
Ashwini will be noted sarangi musician and around the world.
state awards in India ever since she began
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performing on the concert Please mark your calendars for Sunday
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Team AIS United and Mighty Blues

take lead in Relianz Cricket Cup

ne of the longest-running and popular
cricket tournaments in the country,
Relianz Forex Spirit of Cricket Cup
2020, has seen some stellar performances
by both teams and individuals which is now
progressing toward the quarter-finals soon.
Of the eleven teams and 250 players playing
in the tournament, Team AIS United and
Mighty Blues are leading the points table with
36 and 32 points respectively.
The tournament is organised by Migrant
Community Cricket Club for the 22nd year, and

four matches are played every Sunday since

December 1 last year at the Auckland Domain


cricket grounds.
AIS United won all seven matches played
cementing top spot on the table followed by
Mighty Blues with six wins of eight matches
MAHATMA GANDHI CENTRE played. The third, fourth and fifth positions are
taken by TANZ City Boys with six wins, five
wins for Probasee Bengalee and Deccan Acers
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The eleventh position has been taken by


Tamil Thunders after losing all of the seven
matches played, followed by Black Hawks in
10th position with one win of eight matches,

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Royal Knights in 8th spot with two wins and
NZ Telugu Tigers on 7th spot with three wins of
six matches. The sixth position has been taken
by Deccan Rising Stars with three wins of eight
matches but having 17 points, four ahead of NZ
Telugu Tigers to take one spot above them.
The top two batting stars of the tournament
are Hemadri Chakraborty from Probasee
Bengalee with 247 runs in seven matches,
followed by Suhas Shanbhogue with 146 runs
of five matches.
The top two bowlers of the tournament are
Sukeertha Madaka from TANZ City Boys
with 18 wickets in five matches giving 59 runs
over 19.2 overs, with an economy of 3.05.
Venkateshwaran Murali Kumar from Black
Hawks has taken the second spot in bowling
with 17 wickets in eight matches giving 94 runs
off 30 overs with an average of 3.13.
The top three spots for players of the match
has been taken by Hemadri Charabborty
scoring 1270 points in seven matches, followed
by Venkateshwaran Murali Kumar with 1129
points in eight matches and Sukeertha Madaka
with 1010 points in five matches. The players
are allotted points on their overall performance
that includes batting, bowling, fielding, Man of
the Match awards and other criteria.
The playoff will continue till the end of
February, and the quarterfinals or eliminators
will happen on 8 and 15 March. The top
positions in the table will qualify directly for
An all-purpose indoor facility close to the heart of the city makes Mahatma Gandhi the semi-finals, and the positions from 3-6 will
play the eliminators which then opens space for
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religious services and ceremonies including weddings. A large commercial Kitchen ended. In the next two-three weeks, we will see
facilities and a wide range of catering options available for all occasions. the middle order or even bottom teams if they
perform better jump quickly up towards the top
of the table and anything can happen,” Prashant
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DR NIKHAT SHAMEEM: Nausori Highlands tragedy:

Isoof stays in remand
Fiji is the place of birth of Fiji Hindi
cting Director of the
Fiji Higher Education
Commission and Hindi
academic Doctor Nikhat Shameem
says Fiji is the place of birth of Fiji
Hindi and if it is not honoured and
respected in the country of its birth
and development, then no one else
will do so.
She says the issue with Fiji Hindi
is that it is a preliterate language

without a standardized writing script
which makes it difficult to use as a ohammed Raheesh Isoof, He was represented by Unaisi
formal written language. the man who is facing Baleilevuka, who was under the
However while it may not be used it is likely to shift and move to other take the onus to actually save the murder charges of a instructions of Iqbal Khan while the
as a subject of study, children in domains of use such as the radio or language.   family from Legalega in Nadi was state was represented by the Office of
Fiji schools and teachers of young more formal family events will help He also says no Hindi radio station further remanded by the High Court the Director of Public Prosecutions.
primary school children use it often as to maintain it. is speaking standard Hindi in the in Lautoka. The state told the court the matter
a language of instruction, discussion, University of the South Pacific country, there is a mixture of Hindi Isoof, who is charged with five was at the Pre-Trial Conference
explanation and communication. Lecturer Rajendra Prasad says being used and there is no problem counts of murder and one count of (PTC) stages and was waiting for a
She adds that government policy there should not be a debate about with it. attempted murder, appeared before response from the defence counsel
needs to regulate and guide its use in Fiji Hindi being a language or not Meanwhile, University of Fiji High Court Judge, Justice Chamath on the PTC documents.
schools. because Fiji Hindi is a variety of Lecturer Salesh Kumar says Fiji Morais. Ms Baleilevuka requested if the
Doctor Shameem says that it is Hindi similar to standard Hindi. Hindi is part of our daily rapporteur It is alleged that on August 25 and matter could be stood down and
the policy of any radio station to He says there are many varieties and people speak it on various 26 of last year, the accused murdered adjourned to a later date to allow Mr
use whichever variety of Hindi they and one of them is Fiji Hindi. platforms and in the media and there
carpenter, Nirmal Kumar, his wife Khan to address the issues on the
prefer. Prasad says Fiji Hindi is only is nothing wrong with that because
Usha Devi, 54, their daughter, PTC. The matter has been adjourned
She also adds that if the language spoken by Fijian people of Indian they are speaking the language of the
Nileshni Kajal , 34 and Kajal’s two to February 7, 2020.
is not used, respected and promoted descent and somebody needs to people.
daughters Sana, 11 and Samara, 8.

Fiji’s NZ High Commission now able to process E-Passport

he Fiji High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand Digital Strategy. The High Commissioner said they’re also our mailing lists and we expect to get even busier as more
has commenced the processing of the e-passports considering requests for the mobile enrolment kit to be used in Fijians from all over New Zealand realise they no longer have
applications. community outreach events in cities like Auckland, Hamilton to travel back to Fiji to get their passports done”.
This is after the installation of the new e-passport enrolment and Christchurch which has a significant Fijian presence. The Mission staff Waqabaca said have also been quick to
kit. The new technology has enabled mission staff to record “We’re really glad the new e-passports have a whole range of adapt to the new technology that has greatly enhanced their
the biometric data of Fijians who travelled from Christchurch, security features that help Fijians in New Zealand travel easier work.
Auckland, Napier and Hastings since its installation. and make the passport more secure. It’s also been great for our
Wellington is the second Fijian diplomatic mission to receive staff in Wellington to have a more integrated approach with the
the e-passport enrollment kit. Department of Immigration with everything online now.”
Fiji’s High Commissioner Filimone Waqabaca said the new “We normally average about 5-10 clients a day but we’ve
system would help Fijians enjoy the benefits of Government’s been putting out the word through our community leaders and

Fiji ready to trade more with

Australia and New Zealand
rade Minister Premila
Kumar says Fiji is ready for
more significant bilateral
agreements that further enhance
economic growth.
Speaking on the theme,  Pacific
trading nations from surviving
to thriving, the Minister made
it known that while there
are benefits from regional
agreements, Fiji’s development has
progressed significantly.
Kumar says as such, opening up
trade volume with our closest
neighbors is a step in the "Fiji
right direction. is now ready to
“Fiji is now ready to enter into a bilateral
enter into a bilateral trade agreement with
trade agreement Australia and New Zealand,
with Australia and that’s my view. The reason been
New Zealand, that’s that we are different from the
my view.  rest of the Pacific. And if you
"The reason been look at the statistics, it
that we are different speaks for itself."
from the rest of the Zealand, but only 29 to
Pacific. And if you look at the Australia.
statistics, it speaks for itself.  She says despite the Australian
"So we cannot be tied down with market been significantly bigger
other regional trade agreements.” with more demand, the absence of
Kumar says traditional agreements pathways is because of old trade
have stifled economic growth. agreements.
As an example, the Trade Kumar says this is why her priority
Minister says Fiji is able to export is to work on more development
59 agricultural products to New focused partnerships.
Thought of the week
“You've got to get up every morning with
determination if you're going to go to bed with
satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

Editorial 8 February – 13 February

Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
India cricket selection
committees need
complete overhaul
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rain and sunny sunny sun dafr and pactcy morning
drizzle clouds showers

he popularity and growth of cricket in India, both on and off the field, has had a steep rise.
An Indian victory or a defeat has a telling impact on the mood of the nation. 21° 23° 24° 23° 23° 24° 24°
Cricket was brought to India by the British, but India is now its most popular destination. 14° 13° 16° 15° 16° 16° 17°
The fans and followers are not only the critics but also the selectors and the experts.
The role, therefore, of the Indian selectors, has gained immense importance. They are required to
satisfy not just the players but the millions of followers too. This week in New Zealand’s history
One needs them to be transparent, honest, decisive, knowledgeable and far thinking. The days of
nominating cricket selectors through the five zones who then favoured certain cricketers who had 15 February 1882
close ties with the powerbrokers of the BCCI are over. First frozen meat shipment leaves New Zealand
The thousands of cricketers, playing the game in India from the junior to the international levels, ew Zealand’s first successful shipment of frozen meat to Britain in 1882 had a huge impact
have made cricket their life-line and their profession. on the colony, paving the way for the trade in frozen meat and dairy products that became
Cricket, for them, is no longer a recreational sport but one that will give them a way of life and a the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 20th-century economy.
future. This is precisely why the BCCI has a very important task in appointing selectors, who should
have the ability to assess, identify logically and have the clarity of thought to select players in an 15 February 1978
open and unbiased way. New Zealand beats England in a cricket test for the first
A cricket selector in the past was an honorary appointment and the change of making it into a paid
profession is a very good step taken by the BCCI. time
The recent advertisement for the two vacancies that are likely to arise on account of the tenure
of the Chairman M.S.K. Prasad and Gagan Khoda ending has become an important issue to N ew Zealand suffered many test defeats at the hands of England’s cricketers before finally
winning for the first time at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in February 1978. 
ponder about.
16 February 1770
The earlier two-year term that was changed to five years as recommended by the Supreme Court-
approved constitution gave not only that extra year to both Prasad and Khoda but also to Sarandeep James Cook sights Banks 'Island'
Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi to continue for another year.
However, one is bemused by the fact that the tenure of five years for selectors is being followed C ook concluded that the land he had sighted was an island and named it after the expedition’s
botanist, Joseph Banks. The mistake was not realised until 1809, when Captain Samuel
Chase of the Pegasus tried to sail between Banks ‘Island’ and the Canterbury mainland.
rigidly by the BCCI, whereas all other posts have tenure of three years.
However, the BCCI has put an age barrier of 60 years as the maximum age for a selector, which
has no mention in their constitution. This is quite ridiculous as the selector’s job is not to roll up
16 February 1986
his sleeves in the hot sun and get physically active, but one that can quite easily be performed by a Sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov
senior citizen as well.
Indian cricket has had many 70 years and above selectors who have distinguished themselves A t 5.37 p.m. on 16 February 1986 the Soviet cruise liner Mikhail Lermontov hit rocks off
Cape Jackson in the Marlborough Sounds.
quite admirably. There is also a strong movement that only one selector should be appointed from a
zone. Another ridiculous rule, if followed, as a selector of the national team should be past favoritism
17 February 1873
and if found to do so, should be debarred forever. 'The Russians are coming!'
If honesty is a worry, then the very basis of appointment becomes a farce. In most of the leading
cricket playing countries, a cricket selector is a paid employee of the cricket board. His or her job is O n 17 February 1873, Aucklanders awoke to the alarming news that a Russian warship had
entered Auckland Harbour undetected and landed troops.
to concentrate wholly and solely on the selection of the respective teams.
There is no age limit for his appointment and the selection is based on his ability to structure, plan
18 February 1957
and chart out his approach to select the best in the business. This is not followed in India where it New Zealand's last execution
is a part time assignment.
Recently in India, several leading domestic players who have performed very well, have openly
tweeted and spoken as to why they have not been considered or selected, if not for the national side
W alter Bolton, a 68-year-old Whanganui farmer, became the last person executed in New
Zealand. Convicted for the murder of his wife, Beatrice, he was hanged at Mt Eden prison
following a controversial trial.
then for a place in the India ‘A’ or Duleep Trophy sides.
None, I gather, have been given a reason and ignoring such claims is what makes it more important
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Arvind Kejriwal leads AAP

to clean sweep with 62 seats
in Delhi Assembly polls
he ruling Arvind Kejriwal-led country including Prime Minister Narendra
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has Modi congratulated Kejriwal, who had in the
made a clean sweep in the Delhi run-up to the polls repositioned himself as a
Assembly polls 2020, winning 62 seats in the person focussing on the welfare of the people
70-member House. from being a person always at loggerheads with
The Bharatiya Janata Party came in second the authorities.
with eight seats and the Congress suffered a Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party had made
crushing defeat with 63 of its candidates losing an effort through the poll campaign not to react
their security deposit. to the BJP’s barbs but counter them, reminding
The vote share of the Congress party slipped people about the circumstances under which
to an all time low of 4.27 per cent. he had joined politics and the work that his
Counting of votes for the February 8 polls government had done for the national capital.
was held on Tuesday at 21 centres across the Kejriwal’s victory speech also reflected
city. The final voter turnout figure in the polls the crucial aspects of his campaign pitch that
was 62.59%. sought to strike a chord with different segments
In the national capital’s 70-seat assembly, and all communities.
there are 58 general seats and 12 reserved seats. Kejriwal will hold a meeting with the newly
Arvind Kejriwal retained his New Delhi seat. from the Patparganj seat after a tough battle.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener elected MLAs on Wednesday at his residence.
His deputy Manish Sisodia also won again Several political leaders from across the

Explaining India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

KANWAL SIBAL (4096 kilometres) with another (Bangladesh),

ndia has amended its Citizenship Act of and several thousand kilometres of contested
1955 in December 2019 to allow persons or un-demarcated borders with two others
belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist (China and Pakistan- 4056 kilometres and 3323
and Christian faiths who have illegally kilometres respectively).
migrated into India over the years from three The government has repeatedly clarified that
neighbouring Islamic countries, namely, the CAA is to grant citizenship on a one-time
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, to basis to a particular group of persons with no
acquire Indian citizenship on a relatively fast alternative options and not to take away the
track basis. citizenship of any one, much less an Indian
The exclusion of Muslims from the Muslim.
amendment has been criticised by India’s The CAA has a cut-off date of December
political opposition, sections of the civil society, 31, 2014, after which no illegal immigrant,
leftist student groups and others for being whether Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Christian
unconstitutional, diluting India’s secularism or Muslim would be eligible for citizenship
and eroding India’s democracy. under the amendment.
The BJP won a huge majority in India’s In this larger sense, the CAA is by no means
general election in May last year, consolidating anti-Muslim.
further its impressive victory in the Outside observers need to better understand
2014 elections. the dynamics of internal politics in a raucous
Amending the Citizenship Act of 1955 has democracy like India.
been on the party’s agenda all along. In its However, because the issues of refugees,
previous tenure the BJP government had moved down in the country could not acquire Indian either accept them or give migration, targeting of minorities anywhere,
the amendment but it could not be passed citizenship under the pre-amended citizenship them citizenship. rise of nationalism have international
because the party did not have a majority in the law. They were, thus, deprived of many But then, amongst those who have entered resonance, western liberal circles, political and
Upper House of India’s parliament, and so the benefits of Indian citizenship and had to live India illegally over the decades have been in the media, which have anti-Indian lobbies
legislation had to be shelved. precarious lives. Muslims from Bangladesh. embedded in them traditionally, have picked
This time also the party lacked a majority These minorities entered India for many They did so not because of religious up the CAA and NRC controversy in India and
in the Upper House but was able to get the reasons- persecution, discrimination, physical persecution discrimination, physical insecurity have begun a malicious campaign against the
legislation through with the support of a section insecurity, threat of forcible conversion, and or threat of conversion. India, without trying to understand the issues
of the opposition. so on. In 1947 minorities in Pakistan, mostly They came for better economic opportunities, dispassionately.
In other words, the Citizenship Amendment Hindus and Sikhs, constituted about 23% of encouraged also by Bangladesh regimes of the In the process they are showing disrespect
Act (CAA) was passed after an intensive the population; today they constitute about past for political reasons. for Indian democracy. Worse, they are openly
debate in both houses of parliament when 5 per cent, with Hindus at about 1.65 per Their case is different, as they can return interfering in India’s domestic politics on the
all the issues raised by the opposition, cent. In 1971, at the time of Bangladesh’s to their country of origin, after, of course, side of the opposition.
including the perceived anti-secular nature creation, Hindus constituted 19 per cent of the identification as illegal migrants. These circles should learn to respect the
of the amendment, were answered by population, whereas in 2016 they constituted The Indian government estimates that sovereignty of other countries and curb
the government. only 8 per cent. there are about 20 million illegal Bangladeshi their tendency to pronounce on internal
The legislation was passed through an open, These are telling figures that testify to the migrants in India, though the exact number developments in them.
transparent and fully democratic process. large scale exodus of minorities from Muslim can only be determined after a citizenship roll They condemn interference in their internal
The constitutionality of the legislation has, majority neighbouring countries. is established. politics by others and even punish them for this,
nonetheless, been questioned by opponents and This should be contrasted with the number of India is probably unique amongst major but openly interfere in the internal politics of
the matter will be adjudicated by the Supreme Muslims in India in 1947 at 92 million and their powers in not having a system that legally other countries.
Court of India. estimated number today at about 200 million. identifies its citizens. They should not believe that they have a
This is in consonance with the robust Now, these non-Muslim minorities, primarily It does not have a citizenship register; the responsibility to shape them or that they have
functioning of India’s democracy. Hindus and Sikhs, could only migrate to India system of national identity cards does not exist. a better idea of how other countries should be
The CAA was necessitated because Hindu, and nowhere else, given that the historical This is an anomaly for a country that has a governed, more than their elected leaders.
Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Christian minorities home of Hindus and Sikhs is India. long open border (1758 kilometres) with one of  Kanwal Sibbal is former Foreign Secretary

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screenplay for the
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the-wall drama
which makes you
laugh and wince
simultaneously as
it skates the thin
line of good taste.

Go To...
Joaquin Phoenix
Won: Best actor
for his mind-bending
performance in Joker. l Laura Dern
Won: Best supporting
actress for playing a tough-
Bong Joon-ho talking, hotshot divorce
Won: Best director lawyer in Marriage Story.
for the darkly
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Korean Won: Best actress for
social satire recreating Judy Garland's
Parasite, final run of concerts in the
which also musical biopic Judy.
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picture award for Once Upon A Time In
- the first time Hollywood. Pitt played Cliff
a non-English Booth, stuntman-turned-
language film has sidekick to Leonardo
done so. DiCaprio's fading TV star
Rick Dalton.

China’s coronavirus death toll

SpaceX hires ex-NASA expert,
prepares to launch astronauts

tops 1,100 as new cases fall A

head of its launch of
astronauts to the International
Space Station (ISS) aboard

its Crew Dragon capsule which is
he death toll from China’s But in a positive development, was more circumspect, however. tentatively scheduled for May 7, the
coronavirus epidemic the number of new cases has “I think we’ve just got to watch Elon Musk-led SpaceX has hired a
climbed past 1,100 on fallen in Hubei for two straight the data very closely over the top former human spaceflight expert,
Wednesday but the number of new days, according to figures from coming weeks before we make the media reported.
cases fell for a second straight day, the National Health Commission. any predictions,” Brendan Murphy In his new role, William
raising hope the outbreak could peak Outside the province, the number of told the Australian Broadcasting Gerstenmaier, the former leader
later this month. new patients has declined for the past Corporation. of NASA's human spaceflight
As Beijing scrambles to contain week. In Geneva, the WHO is hosting a programme, is reporting to SpaceX
the outbreak, the number of people “In general, the number of new two-day international conference on Vice President of mission assurance
infected on a cruise ship off Japan’s Most of the deaths and majority cases is now slowly decreasing,” combatting the virus during which it Hans Koenigsmann, CNBC reported.
coast rose to 174 -- the biggest cluster of cases have been in central Hubei Zhong Nanshan, a renowned decided to name it COVID-19 -- in SpaceX is preparing its Crew
outside the Chinese mainland. province, whose capital, Wuhan, is scientist at China’s National Health keeping with guidelines aimed at Dragon spacecraft to fly NASA
Another 97 people died in China, the epicentre of the outbreak. Some Commission, said in a video avoiding linking disease to an animal astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob
raising the national toll to 1,113, 56 million have been placed under conference with medical staff in or a geographic location. Behnken to and from the space
while more than 44,600 people have lockdown in the province. The Wuhan Warning it posed a “very grave station in the first flight.
now been infected by newly named epidemic has threatened to harm the ‘Very grave threat’ threat” to the world, WHO chief Showing off its spacecraft
COVID-19 virus. world’s second-largest economy, “When does the turning point Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said SpaceX said that the Crew Dragon
The World Health Organization with ANZ bank warning that China’s occur? I can’t say. But I think it’s at there was a “window of opportunity was undergoing electromagnetic
warned the virus posed a “very grave first-quarter GPD growth would its peak in mid- to late-February,” he to hit hard and stand in unison to interference testing in preparation of
threat”, but that there a “realistic slow to 3.2-4.0 percent, down from said. its Demo-2 mission, which will be
fight this virus in every corner”.
chance” of curbing the outbreak. a previous projection of 5.0 percent. Australia’s chief medical officer the first to transport astronauts.

NASA ASTRONAUT Will sign trade deal with India if it is right: Trump

ell ahead of his first visit
who set female space to India, US President
Donald Trump said that

record back on Earth he is willing to sign a trade deal with

India if it is the right one.
stronaut Christina Koch who created a new Speaking to the media at his Oval
female record by spending 328 days in space office on Tuesday, Trump said: "I
returned to Earth after an 11-month stay on the am looking forward to the first visit
International Space Station (ISS). to India this month. They (Indians) welcome to our esteemed guests.
about the effects of long-duration spaceflight.
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition want to do something and we'll see... This visit is a very special one and
Koch will have spanned 5,248 orbits of the Earth - a
61 Flight Engineer Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander if we can make the right deal, (we) it will go a long way in further
Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA journey of 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent will do it." cementing India-US friendship,"
(European Space Agency) reached Kazakhstan safely. of 291 round trips to the Moon. She conducted six Trump will be in India on February Modi tweeted.Sources said Trump
Koch set a new record for the longest single spaceflight spacewalks during her 11 months on orbit, spending 42 24-25 on an invitation of Prime and Modi will do a roadshow from
by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by hours and 15 minutes outside the station and witnessed Minister Narendra Modi. Ahmedabad airport and visit the
former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Her the arrival of a dozen visiting vehicles and the departure Earlier in the day, sources said the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to
stay is just 12 days short of all-time US record set by of another dozen. government is organising the event Mahatma Gandhi.
Scott Kelly during his one-year mission in 2015-16. "Earth is alive, and I have witnessed its power and 'Kem Chho, Trump', the Gujarati Later, Trump will inaugurate
"Having the opportunity to be up here for so long is beauty from a special vantage point 250 miles above the equivalent of the Texas event 'Howdy Ahmedabad's newly-constructed
truly an honour. Peggy is a heroine of mine and has also surface," said Koch. Modi', in Ahmedabad for President Sardar Patel Stadium with a seating
"Back on Earth I anticipate looking up and Trump and his wife Melania. capacity of over 100,000 people. The
been kind enough to mentor me through the years,
"Earth seeing the space station streak across the sky, In a tweet, Modi hinted at the 'Kem Chho, Trump' event will be
so it is a reminder to give back and to mentor
is alive, and ongoing preparations for Trump's held at the stadium.
when I get back," Koch said. wondering how my friends and colleagues
I have witnessed two-day visit. Trump is likely to sign a limited
Koch, who arrived at the space station on its power and beauty are doing up there without me. For almost
"Extremely delighted that POTUS trade deal with Modi ahead of the US
March 14, was expected to be on a typical from a special vantage 20 years humans have continuously lived Donald Trump and First Lady will Presidential election later this year.
six-month mission. NASA extended her point 250 miles above the and worked in space and the mission visit India on 24th and 25th February. He hopes to draw votes from the
stay, partly in a bid to collect more data surface continues," she added. India will accord a memorable Indian diaspora in the US.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 SPORTS 21

Keep chasing NEWS in BRIEF

your dreams, Injuries to key players allowed others
give your to step in: Williamson
N ew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson

best: Sachin
is happy that injuries to key players
gave a chance to others to shine in the ODI
series which they won 3-0 against India.

to Shafali The Kiwis completed a 3-0 sweep of

India in the ODI series with a five-wicket

ndia batting legend Sachin Tendulkar victory in the final game, avenging their
told teenage sensation Shafali Verma, hammering in the preceding five-match
whom he recently met in Melbourne, to T20 series. Williamson, who returned from
keep enjoying the game and give her best for injury to lead the team in the third ODI,
the country. said although the 50-over World Cup in
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote: "It was 2023 is still far away, the team was in a
nice meeting you too, Shafali. Hearing from you good space.
on how you had travelled all the way to Lahli to see "That's such a long way away (the 2023 World Cup). Then you have
my last Ranji Game and now seeing you play for India is injuries and you bring guys in. There were some brilliant opportunities for
amazing. Keep chasing your dreams because dreams do guys who grew throughout this campaign and played some major roles as
come true." well. Injuries aren't ideal but there are still silver linings that guys come in
"Enjoy the game and always give your best," Sachin and get opportunities to develop their games against one of the best teams in
advised the 16-year-old. Shafali had on Monday clicked the world," Williamson said. Williamson lauded his side's effort in inflicting
a picture with Tendulkar and uploaded it on social media on India their first ODI series whitewash since 1989.
with a heart-warming post. standing record when she became the youngest Indian to Was waiting to meet India in U-19 WC final, says
"The reason I took up this game was because of Sachin slam a half-century in international cricket as she scored a B'desh pacer Shoriful

sir. My whole family has not just idolised but literally belligerent 49-ball 73 against West Indies.
nder-19 ace pacer Shoriful Islam has said they were eagerly waiting
worshipped him. Today is a special day for me that i got Shafali will now be in action at the 2020 ICC Women's
to meet India -- a team against whom Bangladesh had suffered
to meet my childhood hero. It was a dream come true for T20 World Cup, starting February 21 in Australia, as the
narrow defeats in the recent past.
me," Shafali had written. Harmanpreet Kaur-led team launches its bid for a first
Before Sunday's World Cup final, Bangladesh had lost to India twice --
Last year, Shafali had broken Tendulkar's long- World Cup title.
once in the Asia Cup semi-final (in 2018) and the other in Asia Cup final


(in 2019).
However, they managed to finally beat the Indian colts by three wickets
(via DLS) at the Senwes Park on Sunday. Bangladesh chased down a revised
Tendulkar recalls 2011 World Cup victory target of 170 to win from 46 overs, after India were bowled out for 177.
In an interview with Bangladesh's daily The Daily Star, Shoriful said:
Carried on the shoulders of his team-mates, Sachin Tendulkar took a lap of the ground, "Actually, we lost two close matches against them in the past. One was the
after the victory was sealed in his home city of Mumbai. Asia Cup semi-final (in 2018) and the other was a (Asia Cup) final (in 2019).

he 2011 World Cup victory Kohli continues at No. 1 in ODIs;
still gives Master Blaster Bumrah loses top spot
Sachin Tendulkar the ndia captain Virat Kohli has
goosebumps as he feels the entire maintained his top spot in ODIs
incident just happened “yesterday”. while leading India pacer Jasprit
In his sixth attempt, Tendulkar – Bumrah has been displaced from the
under the captaincy of M.S. Dhoni numero uno ranking.
– finally tasted success in 2011 Kohli endured a rare lull with
when India beat Sri Lanka by six the bat garnering just 75 runs in the
wickets in a thrilling final played at three-match ODI series against New
the Wankhede on April 2. Carried "A
friend, Zealand which concluded on Tuesday
on the shoulders of his team- with India losing all the three games in
teammate, mentor
mates, Tendulkar took a lap of and icon. Let’s all a row. He is followed by Rohit Sharma
the ground, after the victory come together and vote world. The 2011 Sporting Moment 2000-2020.”   who had to miss the New Zealand
was sealed in his home city of for Sachin paaji for the Cricket World Cup Responding to him, the Master ODIs with an injury. Ross Taylor has
Mumbai. Laureus Sporting win is etched in Blaster wrote: “It is definitely a also moved upwards by a spot and is
That moment, titled ‘Carried Moment 2000- my mind like it just moment to remember Virat! Glad to currently placed at the fourth spot.
On The Shoulders Of A Nation’, 2020." happened yesterday. have a teammate & friend like you In the ICC rankings for bowlers,
is a reference to the Indian historic Still get goosebumps thinking to cherish it with. Thank you for Bumrah has been replaced by New Zealand's Trent Boult at the numero uno
win and has been shortlisted as one about that night,” Tendulkar wrote your support.”  spot. Bumrah was far from his best as despite playing in all the three games
among the five contenders for the while replying to Yuvraj who has The foundation has launched against the Black Caps, he was unable to make any impact and returned
greatest Laureus Sporting Moment urged fans to vote for the 46-year-old the Laureus Sporting Moment wicketless while going for a total of 167 runs in the 30 overs he bowled.
2000-2020 Award. Describing Tendulkar as a “friend, 2000-2020 for public voting, The Indian pacer is followed by Afghanistan's Mujeeb ur Rehman, Kagiso
And Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh teammate, mentor and icon”, current which gives fans the opportunity Rabada and Pat Cummins.
have urged fans to vote for the Team India skipper Kohli also said: to choose the winner who will be In the list of all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja has made a jump of three places
cricketing great. “A friend, teammate, mentor and announced during the Laureus World and moved to the seventh spot. Jadeja scored 63 runs in the two innings he
“Yuvi, this moment is for Team icon. Let’s all come together and Sports Awards Show in Berlin on batted in and also picked up two wickets.
India and every Indian around the vote for Sachin paaji for the Laureus February 17.

Want to finish the bout in the 1st round: Ritu Phoga

t took Ritu Phogat about three minutes reigning UFC Lightweight champion Khabib MMA," she said.
to open her mixed martial arts (MMA) Nurmagomedov, who with 28 wins and no "It is difficult to convert. But since I had the
account in November 2019 and she doesn't losses, currently holds the longest unbeaten physical fitness for it from the beginning it was
want her second fight in the One Championship streak in MMA. Khabib is someone Ritu fine. The skills I learnt later."
stable to last more than that. looks up to. Helping Ritu out during the open workout as
Ritu, the third sister of the famous Phogat "He also tries to win matches by takedowns. a sparring partner was her team mate from the
family of wrestlers, will face Chinese Taipei's So I watch his fights a lot," she says. Singapore-based Evolve Mixed Martial Arts
Wu Chiao Chen on February 28 at the One: She however feels that apart from learning Maira Mazar. The Brazilian said that Ritu has
King of the Jungle in Singapore. new skills, her training is not too different from shown considerable improvement since she
Ritu says that her training since her previous what she did during her brief but medal-laden joined the MMA scene.
bout involved more focus on striking, a skill top 10 fighters in MMA are those who came career in amateur wrestling. "When she came she only knew wrestling.
that is completely absent in wrestling but is from a wrestling background. For me that is a "You need power, speed and endurance in Now she knows how to many things. Her
integral to MMA. But she admits that her big benefit," Ritu said in New Delhi, where she wrestling and MMA. The skills required are timing is good, she knows when to perform a
wrestling foundation gives her an advantage. held her first open workout session. different. In wrestling skills like punching takedown. Her jiu jitsu has improved a lot,"
"Yes it does help me a lot. Seven out of the A good example of what she talks about is and striking are not allowed which is used in she said.
22 FEATURES Friday, February 14, 2020 The Indian Weekender

Home Made

2 - pizza bases, large

VEGETARIAN PIZZA • 4 - chicken thighs, boneless

• 2tbsp - plain yoghurt
INGREDIENTS: • 2tbsp - tandoori masala powder
Makes 2 pizzas • 1tbsp - lemon juice
FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH: • 1tsp - salt
• 1cup - warm water Pizzas are loved by everyone, as they • 2tbsp - oil
• 1tsp - sugar are the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, FOR THE PIZZA TOPPINGS:
• 1 - tomato, large
• 1tsp - dry yeast salty and smokey flavours. Making this • 1 - red capsicum
• 2tbsp - olive oil shareable feast is easy, less
• 3/4tsp - salt • 1 - red onion
• 2cups - flour
time consuming and above all kids • 1cup - pizza sauce
• Cooking spray love it. • 11/2cup - mozzarella cheese
FOR THE PIZZA • 100gm - feta cheese, crumbled
MARGHERITA PIZZA • Some tandoori masala powder to sprinkle
• Small handful fresh cilantro
• 1 - onion, small and INGREDIENTS: METHOD
chopped • 2 - pizza bases • Clean and wash the chicken thighs, then
• 1tbsp - olive oil • 1cup - pizza sauce prick it with the fork.
• 3 - garlic cloves • 11/2cup - mozzarella cheese • Whisk yogurt, tandoori masala powder,
• 1cup - canned tomatoes • 6 - basil leaves lemon juice, salt and 1 tablespoon of oil in
• 2tbsp - tomato purée • 10 - cherry tomatoes a large bowl.
• 1tsp - sugar • Add chicken thighs to the yoghurt mixture,
• 1tbsp - dried oregano mix well for the thighs to be well coated
• 1/4tsp - black pepper in the marinade, then cover and refrigerate
• 1/4tsp - salt chicken for about 2 hours or overnight if
FOR THE PIZZA TOPPING: well. possible.
• 1 - onion • Bring the whole • Meanwhile wash and slice tomato, red
• 4 - mushroom buttons thing to boil and then lower the flame, capsicum into long strips.
• 1 - red capsicum simmer uncovered, for 15 - 20 minutes or • Peel, wash and slice onion, keep aside
• 2cups - mozzarella cheese until thickens and reduced ( For a really everything for later use.
• 6 - jalapeños smooth sauce, blitz with a stick blender ). • In a large skillet, cook chicken in 1
• 8 - olives • Remove from the flame and keep aside for tablespoon of oil over medium flame for
• 1tbsp - chilli flakes later use. 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Once
• 1tbsp - oregano • Preheat oven to 180 degree C. cooked, shred the chicken and keep aside.
METHOD FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. • Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
• Add warm water in a medium bowl, mix TO ASSEMBLE THE PIZZA: • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
sugar with the fork and then mix yeast; let • Peel, wash and slice onion; wash and slice • Place pizza base on top of each prepared
stand until bubbly for about 5 minutes. mushrooms and capsicum. Keep them aside. trays, spread the pizza sauce generously and
• Add oil and salt to the yeast, mix and then • Knead the dough again and divide it into evenly.
add flour; knead for 5 - 8 minutes until 2 parts. Roll dough into 25cm rounds and METHOD • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on both
smooth and soft dough is formed (Dough place pizza base on prepared trays ( Make • Preheat oven to 180 degree c. the pizzas.
can also be made in a dough mixer; using the sure the edges of the pizzas are thicker then • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. • Top with red capsicum, tomatoes, onions
mixing paddle attachment, mix in the flour, the centre ). • Place pizza base on top of each prepared and shredded chicken.
salt and olive oil on low speed for a minute. • Prick centre of the dough with the fork. trays and then spread the pizza sauce • Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and tandoori
• Then replace the mixing paddle with the • Spread pizza sauce evenly onto the pizzas. generously and evenly. masala powder, then slide the pizza into the
dough hook attachment, knead the pizza • Sprinkle cheese followed by sliced onions, • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on both oven; bake for 10 to 15 minutes (depending
dough along with yeast mix on low to mushrooms, capsicums and jalapeño. on the size of the pizza), until the dough
the pizzas.
medium speed for about 7-10 minutes). • Top with olives, chilli flakes and oregano. looks golden and the toppings are hot.
• Cut cherry tomatoes into halves and then
• Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the • Bake both the pizzas for 15 to 20 minutes • Take the pizza out of the oven and scatter the
spread them evenly on both the pizzas
inside of a large bowl and place pizza dough or until pizzas are golden and crisp on base. fresh cilantro on top.
followed by basil leaves.
in a oiled bowl, then with your hand spread • Slice hot pizza and serve immediately. • Repeat with the second pizza.
• Bake the pizza for 10 - 15 minutes,
olive oil all over the dough (Dough should Tip; Its always good to prepare the pizza dough • Slice and serve hot.
a night before as it benefits from a slow rise of depending on the size of the pizza.
be well coated with the olive oil). • Tip; if you are using frozen pizza base, all
• Cover the dough with a tea towel or cling the dough in the fridge. • Slice and serve. you have to do is to defrost it first.
wrap and place it in a warm place to rise • Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the
until doubled in bulk (It can take for about 2 refrigerator.
hours or more to ferment ). • Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can
METHOD FOR THE PIZZA SAUCE; be frozen up to 3 months.
• Peel, wash and chop onion. • Always start assembling your pizza with the
• Heat oil in a saucepan over a low flame, then pizza sauce and then a thin layer of cheese
add onions and fry gently for 3 - 5 minutes or as it helps the toppings to stick.
until the onions has softened and is turning • To make this pizza healthier one can add
translucent. more vegetables according to the choice of
• Mince the garlic and then add it to the onion; their kids.
fry for another 1 minute. • Pizza sauce keeps well in the fridge for 1
• Add tomatoes and tomato purée along with week or longer if stored in a container in the
sugar, oregano, black pepper and salt, mix freezer.
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VALENTINE'S DAY Friday, February 14, 2020 The Indian Weekender


gift ideas for him and her

The best Valentine's Day gifts are
If you’re finding it
increasingly difficult to
thoughtful presents that will make the support your other half on
special person in your life smile. the green whilst he's wearing
garish trousers and sweater
vests, it's time to take action.


Take advantage of Walmart's Winter Beauty
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are up to 50% off! Inspired by a garden of
flowers, Gucci Bloom smells of jasmine
and natural tuberose and is housed in a cool
minimalist pink bottle.


If you’re in the mood to keep it simple and classy,
you can never go wrong with a nice smelling
FITBIT CHARGE 3 SPECIAL EDITION candle. For extra points, light it before she gets
Did you as a couple resolve to get fit and active home, so she’s greeted with a lovely scent.
in 2019? Give your other half a helping hand
of motivation to up their activity with the Fitbit
Charge 3. This is a great gift for someone who
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Love takes flight with this treasured design. Send two-tone watch will satisfy all of her
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this precious Love Birds card to your other half, style needs. Victorinox’s Alliance XS is
about getting serious.
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Huggy 14-karat SUGAR ON ME' NECKLACE
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inscribed with Def Leppard’s logo on the back and the
hoop earring title of their 1987 hit song “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
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warm and fuzzy love.

Engraved Wooden
Docking Station Dior Miss Dior: Rose N’Roses
Keep all of his day-to-day essentials
Valentine’s Day in a bottle. It has a lovely silver
— gadgets, keys, wallet, glasses,
bow on the bottle, sweetly pink colour and a
watch, and so on — neat and tidy
really lovely rose scent. One of the nicest recent
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or monogram. shaped face. Timeless, just like your love. Colour Lipstick
A YSL lipstick is one Valentine’s Day
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This high-end lipstick is infused with
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Temperature Control
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With this battery-powered mug, he can sip These wireless headphones are an investment
his morning coffee at his own speed without
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compromising taste. He can even figure out the
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temperature of the mug through an app, so he won't
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The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 TIME OUT 25


HITORI NO: 46 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: 46 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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IWK’s #JoshMob garners thousands of eyeballs

at Eden Park Stadium
den Park in Auckland hosted two T20Is the Indian fans encapsulating their vigour for
and an ODI between Black Caps and the matches.
India in the last week of January and “The concept behind the performance was
the first week of February. The three matches to start dancing in the middle of the audience
saw one dance group consistently performing randomly, thereby, surprising the spectators
and entertaining the crowd at the stadium, The around and creating a synergy for the fans
Indian Weekender’s #JoshMob, a group of ahead of the matches,” Charu and Harsha from
23 adept professional dancers performing at Grandiose: The Creative Company said.
different sites of the venue. "Some of our friends from India took pictures
The performance was brought to the public of their TV screens and sent to us showing our
by The Indian Weekender in collaboration with performance from the stadium, which is we can
Grandiose: The Creative Company who formed say one of the biggest highlights for our dance
a group of 25 passionate dancers performing on group,” the duo added.
a medley of high-octane Bollywood numbers. The names of the 23 dancers from the Indian
The group presented flash mob performances Weekender’s #JoshMob are:
on Friday, January 24 and Sunday, January 26 l Charu Chutani, Harsha Prakash, Arti
on the concourse as the gates opened for the Kaushik, Chetna Guleria, Deep, Farhein
public and before the matches and during the Akmal, Madhavi, Manish Chinagundi,
innings break. Navjeet Singh, Pooja, Ritu Anand, Shaira
The highlight of several flash mobs over the Kiran, Shraddha, Sneha Rao, Sukhmani,
three days of the matches was the performance Vikram Patil, Viraj Lamba, Vishnu Asok,
on Saturday, February 8 on the cricket ground Ritika Kpaoor, Athulya Mohan, Mrunal
in front of the Indian ‘Fan Zone’ while both Mangaonkar, Puru Bakshi and Arshiya
the teams prepared for the big match in the
background. A brief about Grandiose:
The performance on the ground arrested the The Creative Company
attention of thousands of spectators some of
whom watched the live screening on the big H arsha and Charu are two creatively
passionate individuals who
professionally trained in various dance forms
LED screens inside the stadium, concourse
TVs, and a part of the performance was also like Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Kathak,
captured and telecasted live on Star Sports who Kuchipudi, Kathakali, different folk styles
were the official broadcasters of the tournament. and Indian contemporary. They co-founded
The group had been strenuously practising Grandiose: The Creative Company to create
for the event for the last two months. It gave a aesthetic experiences to celebrate Indian
series of performances each day, thus, grabbing cultural magnificence weaving innovation in
the eyeballs of hundreds of spectators on the tradition.
concourse, some of whom followed the Josh “We are storytellers of the modern world,
(the contagious energy) and joined the dancers exploring the deeper connection to our roots.
amid the performances. Our pieces are created with a lot of professional
Clad in White T-Shirt with The Indian dedication, intense passion and relentless
Weekender logos, the group vowed the handwork”.
audience not just with their dance moves but Follow the dance company on Facebook:
also with the amount of energy it created for facebook.com/pg/grandiosetcc.
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You may get a lot of importance from someone who Someone is out to spoil your fun on the social If you get the chance to improve upon something,
simply adores you. A planned vacation is likely to front, so tackle him or her in a tactful way. You do so. Professional front may become too
get underway and promises an exciting time. You may not be in the mood to take up any important competitive for you to hold your own, so brace
are likely to get your due on the academic front. issue at work. Tough competition on the academic for an adverse phase. Some businesspersons
Your efficiency and hard work may come in for front may appear intimidating for some. Delay may find their cash flow become a trickle on the
praise at work. A long-term romance shows all in receiving payment may prevent you from financial front. An ailment or a lifestyle disease
signs of ending in holy matrimony. Your showing interest in sharing settling your outstanding bills. You are likely to may become serious through sheer neglect. Guard
someone’s burden will win you the brownie points. Health remains overstretch yourself on the health front and need against overconfidence on the academic front. Someone is likely to
excellent. Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Grey to take it easy. Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Purple waste your time on the social front, so play smart. Lucky No.: 4 /
Lucky Colour: Brown
Take your time in completing a given task to avoid The picture on the career front that has been hazy CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 21)
mistakes. Things may start moving to your liking till now will become clearer now. Help for clearing You may need to get a clearer picture before going
on the academic front. A social gathering is on the all pending work will be at hand on the home ahead with the changes contemplated. A lucrative
cards and will provide you a chance to interact with front. A big break will make your fortunes soar deal comes your way. Making money on the side
someone important. You will find your romantic on the professional front. A new source of income is possible and it promises to keep the financial
may start adding to your wealth. Consider your front stable. A health initiative taken by you will
mood infectious, so get set for a scintillating
commuting problems over, as you find a decent keep you in a fit state. Those constructing a house
evening! Someone expects you to extend a helping hand with regard
alternative. You are likely to fare well in an exam or competition on the or an office will near completion without a hitch.
to commuting. Money offered may not be returned, so take your call.
academic front. Lucky No.: 5 / Lucky Colour: Yellow Someone you dislike is likely to undermine your reputation on the
Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Silver
social front. Lucky No.: 3 / Lucky Colour: Parrot Green
Spouse may burden you with additional work. Meeting an old friend AQUARIUS (JAN 22-FEB 19)
You will manage to complete everything that you
is on the cards for some. Your ideas on the There is much that needs to be done, so tighten
have set out for. Shifting focus on weak areas on
professional front are likely to contribute to your belt. Some honour is likely to be bestowed
the academic front will prove most beneficial in the
organisational efficiency. You reap immense upon you in a social event. A venture shows signs
long run. You may once again enjoy being under benefits, just by keeping pace with others on of turning into a cash cow. Cupid smiles on those
the spotlight on the social front. Bonding with the academic front. Previous investments may looking for love on the romantic front. Eating right
partner gets strengthened, as there is much give and start giving good returns. Your resolve to lead and remaining active will keep you on the go. You
take. Ready money may not be available, but you will manage things a healthy life may find you enrolling in a gym. will need to curb your argumentative nature, as
admirably. An alternative medicine is likely to work wonders for your Don’t take risks on the road, as stars appear someone important may get offended on the professional front. Lucky
ailment. Lucky No.: 8 / Lucky Colour: Orange unfavourable. Lucky No.: 6 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue No.: 5 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 20) SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22) Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
If you don’t keep in touch, you are certain to be Things may not go the way you anticipated. A You can expect a relaxing time in this week. This
side-lined. Official travel may increase and upset negative person may put you off at work. Falling is a good time to get rid of clutter and let good
your routine, but the returns will be good. You foul of someone important on the academic front vibes percolate at home and at workplace. Don’t
may be taken for a ride by others at work, if you is possible. A bash with friends may lead you to get discouraged by someone’s attitude, get your
don’t become assertive. Don’t leave anything half excesses. Things may not look promising on the doubts cleared any which way on the academic
done on the academic front, as it can haunt you financial front. Prospects of a better job are set front. Start conserving money now, if you want
later. Impulsiveness can make you lose money. Tensions on the home to brighten. You are likely to remain sincere in to go in for a major purchase. Paperwork for a
front cannot be ruled out. Health remains okay. Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky workouts and reap rich benefits on the health front. Tend to you love property deal is likely to get completed soon and bring your dream
Colour: Navy Blue life. Lucky No.: 1 / Lucky Colour: Rust home within your grasp. Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Red
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SAMSUNG unveils Galaxy S20

series, Ultra to sport 16GB RAM
ntroducing its first full 5G flagship lineup, combines nine pixels into one at the sensor
Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled level.
Galaxy S20 series - with S20 Ultra variant The devices have groundbreaking zoom
with a massive 16GB RAM - that comes with capability. The users will be able to use up to
a brand new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven 30X zoom on the Galaxy S20 and S20+ and
camera architecture, superfast charging and 8K can experience Super Resolution Zoom up to
video shooting. 100X with a clearer view ever than before on
Galaxy S20 comes in Cosmic Grey, Cloud S20 Ultra.
Blue, Cloud Pink colours; Galaxy S20+ comes Owing to its AI camera technologies, the
in Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black Galaxy S20 can capture a number of photos and
and Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in Cosmic Grey, videos, such as Live focus, cropped, Ultra Wide
Cosmic Black colours. and more that captures your moment the best.
The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 25W The Galaxy S20 offers 8K video shooting.
fast charger (S20 Ultra supports 45W superfast When you are done shooting, you can stream
charging). S20 houses 4000mAh battery, S20+ video to a Samsung QLED 8K TV.
has 4,500mAh battery while Ultra has a huge Samsung said it has partnered with YouTube
5,000mAh battery. so you can upload your 8K videos directly to
The entire series is equipped with massive YouTube.
storage as standard -- S20 in 128GB variant "Netflix and Samsung are working together
LTE version with 8GB variant while S20+ and to put the Galaxy S20 in the hands of renowned
S20 Ultra in in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB directors to capture bonus content based on
variants. popular Netflix Originals," said the company.
"As all three Galaxy S20 variants come with The Galaxy S20 series takes mobile gaming
5G connectivity, Samsung is providing a next- to the next level. With a 120Hz display, the users
generation device for transforming people's will have the ability to experience incredibly
lives. With an incredible, AI powered camera, smooth gaming.
you can capture the moments as they happen Samsung will partner Microsoft later to
The selfie-camera is now contained in a small
and connect more seamlessly with the people central hole in the screen launch its popular Forza Street in the Galaxy
you love," said Dr TM Roh, President and Head the rear with main 64MP camera and a 10MP Store, marking the first time the game is coming
of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung selfie shooter while S20 Ultra has main 108MP to mobile.
Electronics. camera and 40MP front camera. The company also showcased new Galaxy
The Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra All three devices are capable of delivering The S20 Ultra takes things a step further with Buds+, that has sound by AKG and features
are the first devices able to power new mobile non-standalone and standalone 5G capabilities, the option to shift dynamically between a high 2-way speakers, 3 mics for unparalleled sound
experiences that take advantage of both sub-6 said the company. resolution 108MP mode and a 12MP mode, and voice quality; and up to 11 hour long battery
and mmWave technologies while Galaxy S20 S20 and S20+ have a triple camera system at thanks to "nona-binning" technology which along with an extra 11 hours in the case. Buds+
supports sub-6 technology. app, aGalaxy Buds+', is now iOS compatible.

Samsung launches world's first foldable glass phone: All details

Samsung has launched its second foldable phone, For the first time in mobile phones, Samsung The thin glass layer in Galaxy Z Flip prevents
Galaxy Z Flip. The key highlight of Galaxy Z Fip is its has used thin glass over a flexible display the crease from appearing more prominent
bendable glass as It is for the first time that a brand The Galaxy Z Flip features Samsung’s proprietary
has used thin bendable glass in a phone. The Galaxy is Like we have seen in the Galaxy Fold, the plastic screen
bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG). This glass layer
also the first foldable phone from Samsung to feature tends to develop a crease at the place where it folds
makes the device look sturdy and the screen less
a clamshell design. The device takes on the new Moto giving an ugly look. Having a glass layer on the screen
delicate. Also, repairing the display becomes easier
Razr foldable phone and will bring back memories of prevents this crease (due to the fold) from appearing
as for deep scratches, just changing the glass layer
style associated with flip phones. more prominent.
instead of the entire display will do.

There is a small cover display with which

you can change music, click selfies when the
Galaxy Z Flip is folded
There is a small cover display on the outside which
measures 1.06-inch. You can use that small touch
Galaxy Z Flip is likely to be priced lower than Samsung’s first folding phone Galaxy Fold
Samsung is expected to launch the device in India as well, having said that there is no official date yet. The device
display to change music, click selfies when the Galaxy
is priced at $1,380 in the US. As far as the price in India is concerned, the Z Flip is expected to cost less than
Z Flip is folded. You can get notifications as well on the
Galaxy Fold’s price tag of Rs 1,64,990.
cover display when the device is folded.
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, February 14, 2020 The Indian Weekender The Indian Weekender Friday, February 14, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 29

SRIDEVI’S biographer: Wanted Kajol says she knows Padman

to know many things about her three sides of Ajay Devgn: people’s
hesitation in
uthor Satyarth Nayak, who
has penned the biography
and told myself I can’t do this anymore. I
wanted to talk to her. I wanted to know so many
as an actress, can only wonder, but in the rest
of my book, I have paid tribute to her,” said I married all three of them’ using ‘pad’
Sridevi: The Eternal Screen things about her. There was a list of questions the author. here’s a certain freshness and versions of him were created in front of me. We’ve been
Goddess, says he had too many
questions in his mind about the
in my mind but now these questions would
remain unanswered,” said Nayak.
While it is easy to assume that, like any other
average fan, Nayak liked the dazzling smile,
credibility  Kajol  brings to every
role she does, which is why even
married for 20 years, which is a long time. When I married
him, he wasn’t a producer then, at least not to this extent. word: R. Balki
late legendary superstar, adding However, according to the author, Sridevi’s dancing skill and screen presence of Sridevi, after almost 30 years in Bollywood, she One of your most popular films, My Name Is Khan he National Award winning
that her sudden demise broke husband Boney Kapoor and the publishing the author shared his reasons for admiring still manages to surprise everyone. Her marks 10 years of it’s release. How important a film Padman completed two
him so badly that he wanted house of the book encouraged him to the actress: “It is so much easy these latest release, the epic  Tanhaji: The Unsung film would you call it in your filmography? years of its release, and its
to give up the idea of writing get over the shock, and Nayak went days to talk about pay disparity, Warrior, with husband Ajay Devgn, has left I’ve never done films according to whether they worked director R. Balki is super proud to be
brought back
the book on to interview around 70 actors substantial roles for women in everyone astounded by it’s performance. for me on my resume or not. It’s a fantastic memory, and associated with such crucial project,
the glorious days of
Asked if he would have to get material for a tribute to his cinema and so on. It has so far cruised past Rs 250 crores in I had a great time doing it. I remember the moment Karan which is based on Arunachalam
fifties and sixties when
preferred an insightful favourite actress. Sridevi, at the top of her India alone! We get talking to the 45-year (Johar; director) narrated the script to me, and both of us Muruganantham, a small town
women used to get meaty
conversation before writing So, what were the questions game in the eighties and the old actor about starting off 2020 with a bang, were sitting and discussing it at my house. ‘We’re going to entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, who
roles. Most interestingly,
the biography, as he was Nayak wanted to ask Sridevi? “I nineties, dealt with misogyny, and her film My Name Is Khan completing do this, go here, this is what the film eventually will look invented low-cost sanitary napkins to
she has done it all
appalled that there is no think an artist of her calibre could patriarchy in the film industry, a decade of its release.Were you sure that like’ — we were straightaway thinking about all this. So, I generate awareness in rural areas.
in a commercial
good book on his favourite have avoided some of the film that and how. Tanhaji would do such big numbers have many precious memories. “Padman was possibly one of the
superstar Sridevi, Nayak said: she did in the nineties. I know that in She was one of those successful even before the release? Karan has always joked that you falling down on
most special films. It is the world’s
“That was the original plan. some of her interviews she said that she was heroines who stood her ground on You can never be sure of any film. I think his film’s sets is lucky for him…
first mainstream feature film to tackle
In 2017, after I was sanctioned not getting her choice of roles. I wanted to getting substantial parts in film instead of just it’d be overconfidence on our part if we And it happened with this one too, and nobody came
menstrual hygiene. The biggest
by Penguin Random House, I know, why did she not explore arthouse cinema an elementary presence that was the common assumed that all the films we made with all forward to help me, because as I fell down, everyone was
laughing and congratulating each other. I want to put this service the film did was to make the
had word with Boney (Kapoor) at that point of time and work with filmmakers practice of that era. our heart and soul will do well. Of course, we
hope and pray that they do. Thank God, he out there — I was sitting on the steps all by myself after word ‘pad’ a lot more easy for people
sir and Sridevi ji. She said that she like Govind Nihalani and Shyam Benegal? We “In a film like Chaalbaaz, two heroes like
answered our prayers! falling down, and after five minutes, Mickey (Contractor, to say. It’s proven research that the
was quite occupied with (daughter) could have seen a different side of Sridevi in Rajnikanth and Sunny Deol were supporting
Janhvi’s debut. Around that time Janhvi such films,” he replied. actors and in the poster, her picture was bigger. Your portrayal of Savitribai was lauded by make-up artist) was like ‘Baby, I’ll help you’. I replied film is one of the biggest contributors
had signed Dhadak. Sridevi ji said that Like most of her fans, even Satyarth liked She brought back the glorious days of fifties the audience and critics. What’s been the best ‘Don’t you think that it’s nasty, that for five minutes you in creating menstrual hygiene
once the film was released, she would be free Sridevi in films such as Solva Sawan, Mr. India, and sixties when women used to get meaty compliment so far? The fact that people stayed all were clapping your hands while I fell down on my butt?’ awareness in India.
and we could down for the book.” Sadma, Chandni, Nagina and Himmatwala. roles. back till the end titles were rolling! That was the The film was so unlike the previous films you, “Even the government has
That was not to be. The actress passed away “But I also wanted to ask why she acted "Most interestingly, she has done it all in a biggest one I got, without anybody saying a single Karan, and Shah Rukh Khan had done, like Kuch taken a lot of initiatives after the
on February 24, 2018. in a film like Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. commercial space. She was a female superstar word. The nicest one on the other hand was when Kuch Hota Hai, K3G. Were there apprehensions in film’s release. Sanitary napkins’
“I was shattered. I was emotionally broken However, a person like me, who admired her by all means,” pointed out the author. the audience in a multiplex stood up at the end and that sense? manufacturers were provided with
said Bharat Mata Ki Jai. I loved the fact that I was at Not at all, all three of us think the "I’ve

Smriti Irani lauds Thappad:

land and machines. I thank Mr.

KRITI SANON on juggling same in a weird way. Maybe not never done
least in a film that had that reaction. Muruganantham to bring such a big
films according
Your husband also produced the film. How exactly the same. We all laid change in the country,” Balki said
to whether they

Not ok to hit a woman multiple films: ‘Don’t

different is Ajay the husband from Ajay the down to it, and didn’t think our worked for me on my Released in February 2018,
co-star and producer? viewpoints differed too much. resume or not. It’s a PadMan featured Akshay Kumar,

think there’s anything

(laughs) I actually know all three versions of him, Karan is so good at telling what he fantastic memory, and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Radhika

nion Minister of Women "It’s not ok to hit a woman... not and I married all three of them. He’s not too different wants done, we’re all on the same I had a great time Apte in the lead roles. It was backed
page when we get down to work. doing it."
called ‘overexposing’
and Child Development even a slap... not even JUST one from how I imagined him to be. In fact, all three by Akshay’s wife and author Twinkle
Smriti Irani has given a slap.” Khanna.
Madhuri was my best student: Subhash Ghai AAMIR KHAN: our recent history. A story

shout-out to Bollywood actress Thappad takes a serious look riti Sanon is among the busiest actors today in that needs to be told.”
Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film at the issue of domestic violence, Bollywood. In 2020, while on one hand she has
ilmmaker Subhash Ghai says ‘Shikara’ a story that The film is set against the
Tahira Kashyap in awe of
Thappad and said that it is not ok with particular focus on how the biggie Bachchan Pandey opposite Akshay
actress Madhuri Dixit Nene
needs to be told Neena Gupta

backdrop of the Kashmiri

to hit a woman not even one slap. violent behaviour is was his best student ever. ilmmaker Tahira Kashyap
Kumar, she is also doing Mimi, where she leads the ollywood superstar Pandits’ exodus from the
Irani took to Instagram, where ground for divorce, He admitted this at an interaction is all set to come up with a
show, playing the protagonist. Aamir Khan has Kashmir Valley in late 1989
she shared the trailer of the film, irrespective of the with students of his film school short film titled Pinni, and she
Compare that to 2019, when she had three films in wished good luck and early 1990, in the wake
directed by Anubhav Sinha. number of times it Whistling Woods International, is completely in awe of the veteran
leading roles — Luka Chuppi, Arjun Patiala and to filmmaker Vidhu Vinod of violence targeted against
The politician wrote alongside happens. Simply where Madhuri was a guest. actress Neena Gupta who plays the
Hosuefull 4, apart from special appearances in Chopra for his latest release them.
the video: “How many have heard put, even if it is The actress, who had made her lead role in the project.
Pati, Patni Aur Woh and Kalank! “Shikara” and said that it is
“aurat ko hi adjust karna padta just one slap, it debut in Bollywood with the 1984
Doesn’t she fear getting overexposed? “I don’t a story that needs to be told.
hai...” How many think “ki maar hai...” counts as domestic filom, “Abodh”, has worked in Ghai said. Madhuri had taken to social
think there’s anything called ‘overexposing’”, pat comes Aamir took to Twitter on
pitai sirf gareeb auraton ke hi pati “I might not support violence. blockbusters such as “Ram Lakhan” media to post a photo with the
the reply from the 29-year old, “You are an actor, and Friday to convey his feelings
karte hai...” How many believe "ki the political ideology of The film also features (1989) and “Khalnayak” (1993). director. She captioned it: “Interacting
you are meant to perform. You should do as much work and shared the link to the
educated aadmi kabhi haath nahi the director or may disagree with Pavail Gulati, Dia Mirza, “She is one of the best actors we with the students, @SubhashGhai1ji
as you can, which is physically possible. I never think film’s trailer.
uthata...” How many tell their girls some actors on some issues but Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi, have in the industry, and today I am and @meghnaghaipuri was just
of that!” He wrote: “Wishing you
their daughter in laws “koi baat this is a story that I will definitely Kumud Mishra and Manav so proud of her achievements. Today spectacular... There’s so much to
What she also believes in is not doing something all the very best Vinod!
nahi beta aisa to humare saath bhi watch and hope people watch it Kaul. It is slated to release on she runs an online dancing school learn from them. Thank you @
just for the sake of not sitting idle. “I don’t want to do ‘Shikara’ is a film about one
hua lekin dekho aaj kitne khush with their families. February 28. and I run an international school in whistlingwoods for inviting me to be
something just to fill my three months 'oh khaali hain of the most tragic events in
filmmaking and allied courses,” he a part of your stellar event.”
toh kar leti hoon’.
Shah Rukh Khan reveals two Oscar-winning films
Alia and Ranbir to get married in December?
The reason should be right -- why you are doing "It was a big

that have inspired him to make ‘great cinema’ a film. It should come from within. In my career I
have taken that step when I did something because
learning experience working with
Neenaji. She is an amazing actor.

ctor Shah Rukh Khan in which he replied, “So well nuanced. I was free. lia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have never expensive films ever made in Bollywood. She has been in the industry for such
a recent interaction has So felt...quietly screaming...” On It doesn’t turn out right. It’s better to sit at been very open about discussing their Rumours of the wedding have been keeping a long time and it feels amazing to
revealed the two Oscar- October 31, Shah Rukh wrote home than do something which you are not reported relationship in the media, but the film press busy for a while now. However, see the kind of roles she has done in
winning films that he says inspired that he watched Parasite at the fully involved in,” says Kriti. fans have always been curious for updates. there have been no confirmation from either her career.
him to make great cinema. In a insistence of his kids. “Just saw She gets all excited when you ask her The latest unconfirmed reports on the star so far. And now she has brought more
video shared by a fan club, Shah Parasite the South Korean movie about headlining Mimi, for which she has Bollywood couple suggest they are looking Rather, asked about the wedding plans of to the character of Sudha in my film
Rukh was asked to name his latest on my kids recommendation. also put on 15 kgs to play her character. forward to locking a wedding date the star couple, Alia’s mother, actress Soni Pinni," Tahira said.
favourite movie. What a delightfully discomforting “I am very happy,” she says, “But it’s also in December. The buzz has Razdan, said a while back: “It is a totally Tahira shared the film's poster
He said that a film that has film. A bizarre look at social status, a bit of a responsibility on your shoulder. I feel reportedly been triggered off baseless rumour.”
on her Instagram account, in which
inspired him recently is Bong Joon- the state of the world...and the I am ready for carrying an entire film, and think by an article in Open magazine. However, many feel it could finally be
Neena Gupta is seen standing in front
so is my audience. happening this time.
ho’s  Parasite, which on Monday parasitic nature of the Materialistic “Alia and Ranbir Kapoor are set to tie of boxes filled with pinni (a popular
Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) changed things for Most speculations have been boosted by
won four Oscars, including Best Hope we all feed and live off!!” he the knot in December this year, not long Punjabi sweet).
me. People started looking at me as an actor the fact that Alia was recently spotted at the
Picture, Best Director, Best Harry – he was greatly inspired by raved. after the release of Brahmastra on the "My obsession with food
seriously, they appreciated my performance. wedding reception party of Armaan Jain,
Original Screenplay and Best it. Meanwhile, the actor has yet to 4th of that month,” said the article by continues! After #toffee comes
It was a big deal for me. When Luka Ranbir’s first cousin.
International Film. Shah Rukh also said that he announce his next film, after the film critic and entertainment journalist Also, when Ranbir’s father, veteran actor #pinni along with some bitter,
Chuppi did well, I felt my You
“It’s an amazing coincidence,” loved  Joker, the dark comic book critical and commercial failure Rajeev Masand. Rishi Kapoor, was hospitalised in Delhi last sweet calories. It's been a 2 year gap
thinking is resonating are an actor,
Shah Rukh says in the video, film which won actor Joaquin of Zero. He is said to be juggling “Brahmastra” is Ayan Mukerji’s ambitious week, she flew in to be with the family. between these two but I was busy
with the audience. and you are meant to
perhaps alluding to the film’s Phoenix his first Oscar. multiple options, including a film superhero film that unites Ranbir and Alia An ndtv.com report said preparations for saving my ass, and someone tells me
They liked what I
sweeping Oscars performance. He This isn’t the first time SRK has by Raj and DK, a long-gestating perform. You should do on the screen for the first time, and it also The film has been scheduled to release on that was a better proposition and I
liked, and hopefully, the December wedding has already started in
said that while he wouldn’t call it praised either Joker or Parasite. On project from Rajkumar Hirani, as much work as you can, stars Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role December 4, after being postponed in the past. the Bhatt and Kapoor households. Relatives agree," Tahira added.
that continues!”
an all-time great -- he reserved that October 8, the actor was asked to and a collaboration with south which is physically along with Mouni Roy, Dimple Kapadia and Brahmastra is the first of a planned trilogy of the two stars have reportedly been told Pinni will release on
distinction for Sholay and Dirty comment on Joker on Twitter, to filmmaker Atlee. possible. " Nagarjuna. and is rumoured to be one of the most about the wedding date. February 19.
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