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Indian High Commission hosts grand


reception for the Indian Cricket Team
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD his speech asking the Indian Team

T
he Office of Indian High would surely be wanting to see New
Commission on Wednesday, Zealand at number two. 
February 19, hosted the Virat Kohli in his speech,
visiting Indian Cricket Team for a responded warmly to Grant
community reception at the India Robertson’s comment saying he
House in Lower Hutt, Wellington would love to see New Zealand share
Speaking on occasion High the number one spot with India. 
Commissioner of India to New “We just heard a few words right
Zealand, Muktesh Pardeshi now about mutual admiration and
expressed his joy and excitement for respect between two countries and I
hosting the ‘Men in Blue’ along with couldn’t agree more that you spoke
the team officials from BCCI.  of number two spot; I think if we
Present at the event were Hon have to share the number one spot
Consul of India in Auckland, Bhav with any other team, it would be
Dhillon, Minister for Sport and New Zealand,” Virat Kohli said at
Recreation Grant Robertson, Mayor HE Muktesh Pardeshi said in his the event. 
of Wellington Andy Foster, former welcome speech.  Virat Kohli addressing the guests
Governor-General of New Zealand Welcoming the Indian Team, at the event thanked the Indian High
Sir Anand Satyanand, MPs Kanwaljit Minister of Sports and Recreation Commissioner HE Muktesh Pardeshi
Bakshi, Dr Parmjeet Parmar, and Grant Robertson thanked the for inviting and hosting the Indian
Priyanca Radhakrishnan among contingent lead by Virat Kohli for Cricket Team. 
other community leaders and guests.  bringing the whole team to the event.  “Of all the tours that we
High Commissioner Muktesh “Thank you so much for being have, coming to the Indian High
Pardeshi in his official welcome note here, the life of a travelling cricketer Commission is always a very special
reiterated the bond New Zealand and is one where you spend much of evening because we get to spend
India share that dates back to 1955- your time away from home, and you some time with a lot of Indians,
56 when New Zealand toured India have been travelling for a long time, obviously, but, we also get to meet
for the first time playing five test and I am glad to see the whole team “My fav sporting photograph of “We work well together, and we
a lot of people from the country that
matches against the hosts.  present here, thank you so much for 2019-20 was seeing Virat and Kane have a lot of respect, and the Maori
“I would like our team to know we are in. 
giving us this opportunity,” Minister sitting on the side of the field talking word is Aroha, love for our two
that New Zealand is a very warm and to each other- to me that is the spirit countries together,” Minister Grant “It marks getting together of two
Grant Robertson said. 
hospitable country, there are roughly in which India and New Zealand not Robertson said.  cultures and something we really
Minister stating the sportsmanship
quarter of a million Indian origin only compete on the sporting field Taking a jibe at Team India’s enjoy watching and being a part of,”
both the teams share, lauded team
people in NZ, and they strongly look India’s 5-0 sweep in the T20s and but respect one another and I hope number position in the Test Cricket Virat Kohli said.
forward to seeing the visit of Indian wished a competitive test that starts the High Commissioner that same and New Zealand being at number The reception ended in dinner and
sports contingent, and you can see on Friday, February 21.  can be applied to our relations as four after Australia and England, mix and mingle between the players
the level of excitement here for you,” two countries.  Minister Grant Robertson ended and guests present at the event. 

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Prospective first home-buyer feels


the cost of 'urgent' LIM report by
Auckland Council is a rip-off
SANDEEP SINGH timeframe.
“Similarly, when the website says

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prospective first home buyer that an Urgent LIM Report can take
is fuming over the extra up to 3-4 working days without
cost of procuring a Land including delivery time, then it
Information Memorandum (LIM) means that that much time is required
Report from Auckland Council on an to prepare the report.
urgent basis. “However, the manner we received
A LIM report from the local our report – within a couple of hours
Councils is often considered - it clearly showed that the report
one of the most critical pieces of was sitting there at the computer and
information that experts recommend not prepared.”
every prospective buyer to obtain “It feels a rip off as I could have
and get it reviewed by a property also chosen the cheaper option if I
law expert. had the knowledge that an already
Councils hold critical information prepared report was sitting there in
about all properties that generally the computer and all is required is to
slips from the plain eyes such as choose the method of delivery,” Mrs
potential erosion, subsidence or Thomas said.
slippage, flooding, private and public Meanwhile, responding to the
stormwater, and sewerage drains, Indian Weekender’s query, Auckland
resource planning consents and rates, Council has said that the delivery of
including any overdue rates. “However, what I do not agree he did on a Sunday night, and to the urgent service within three days
There is indeed a cost that Councils Given with with is the lack of information our surprise, we received the report is an “exception.”
incur in procuring and compiling stark choices around the exact delivery times of before 9 a.m. on Monday morning.” Ian McCormick, General Manager
this report and making it available of taking the two reports on the website so as “While initially, we felt delighted Building Consents, Auckland
to the clients – a cost that is often the risk of to give enough options to customers by receiving the report quickly Council, told the Indian Weekender
considered necessary as the cost of applying for the Standard to compare and evaluate before as we realised we were at least that the Councils have a legislative
insurance that covers any potential Report and waiting for ten making an informed choice,” said a making some progress, however, requirement to issues LIM reports
risks and gives peace of mind. working days or going for visibly agitated Mrs Thomas. subsequently it began to sink in that within ten working days.
However, one prospective first Urgent Report and getting “We are a first home buyer-couple we could have chosen the cheaper However, they have an internal
home buyer, who has spoken with the it done in 3 working days, on a tight budget, and just recently option and still be able to receive service where they offer a three
Indian Weekender on the condition of we were naturally anxious our offer on a property got accepted, the report within a reasonable time day urgent (not including delivery
anonymity, is unhappy with the extra and chose the latter, giving us ten working days to and save our valuable $104 at this time) service.
$106 that she had to bear for Urgent clear finances. crucial time where we are counting “If a customer wants a LIM report
LIM report on top of the normal $304 LIM is charged at $304 and is “By the time we reached to the our every penny,” Mrs Thomas said. quickly then we offer the urgent
required for a Standard LIM report. mentioned to take up to 10 working point of making the decision to apply “It just did not feel right. service, which pulls together the LIM
“It is not just about $106! days (does not include delivery) for a LIM report, we had already past “The council should either charge report with-in three working days.
“I am unhappy because I felt that whereas the Urgent LIM is charged at three working days. for a service ethically or layout If a customer receives a standard
I had been misled and my nerves $410 and is promised to be delivered “Given with stark choices of taking the information on its website in a LIM report within three days, it is
were played-up, by the information in up to 3 working days (does not the risk of applying for the Standard manner that removes any doubts and an exception.
presented in the Auckland Council include delivery). Report and waiting for ten working uncertainty,” Mrs Thomas said. "Our ability to deliver a standard
website, so as to make me choose the “I understand that the Council days or going for Urgent Report and “If the Council website says that LIM within this timeframe will be
expensive option, rather than opting has to incur a cost in producing getting it done in 3 working days, a Standard LIM Report can take up dependent on a number of factors
for just a Standard Report,” Mrs and delivering the report. I also we were naturally anxious and chose to 10 working days and which does including the number of application
Thomas (name changed) said.  understand that someone requesting the latter,” not including delivery time, then it in progress at the time. This number
According to Auckland Council an urgent service is required to “I have asked my husband to clearly means that the report needs fluctuates from day to day,” Mr
website, the service of Standard pay extra. apply for the online version, which to be prepared within that given McCormick said.

60 per cent of all migrants arriving in NZ


are on temporary visas, says Stats NZ
SANDEEP SINGH

T
he number of migrants arriving in New Zealand
on temporary visas (student, visitor and work
visas) continues to grow in 2019, a press release

The most visited


from Stats NZ says.
Recent trends in arrivals have been driven by migrants

Indian news website


on temporary visas, which include work, visitor, and
student visa types.
“Annual migrant arrivals on temporary visas are about

in New Zealand
26,000 higher than in early 2014,” population indicators
manager Tehseen Islam said.
“Since then, migrant arrivals on temporary visas have
remained higher than the numbers arriving on residence
visas or as New Zealand or Australian citizens.”
Some migrants who arrive on temporary visas do 137,700 (±700) compared to the year ended June 2018.
extend their visa, transition to other visa types, or gain Migrant departures were down by 2,000 (2 percent) to
90,400 (±500) for the same period.

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Indian cyclist on a mission


to bike around the world
reaches New Zealand
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD conquering the globe on two wheels that pushed the USA and the Indian diaspora there was
me towards my mission. kind enough to arrange a new one for my

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n Indian activist on a mission to “And Swami Vivekananda, who is my onward journey,” he said.
bike around the world on a cycle has second inspiration. I read his book ‘Aamar Somen through his cycling to different
reached Aotearoa New Zealand on his Bharat Amar Bharat’ (My India, Eternal India) countries and regions has given several
path to covering 191 countries in the world in a that inspired me to start my journey in India inspiring speeches and lectures on
span of sixteen years (2004-2020) and it also taught me that I would find India in both HIV/AIDS prevention and the
Somen Debnath, a volunteer and activist every country of the world- the diaspora living richness of the Indian culture at
for HIV/AIDS prevention, belongs to a small there is an embodiment of real India away from various organisations and institutes
remote village of West Bengal, India, and has India,” Somen added. across the globe.
already pedalled 169,200 km covering 157 Starting from a remote village in Sundarban “I have had tough days, but I never
countries before reaching NZ last week. mangrove forest in the province of West gave up, which is what I learned at
A graduate in Zoology from the Calcutta Bengal, Somen toured the whole of India in two the very beginning of my journey.
University and Visharad (Masters) in Fine Arts and a half years. I want to spread positivity to
from the Sarbabharatiya University in India, Somen then set his footprint outside India the world, share the love and
Somen’s journey started into activism while he covering South East and Central Asia between culture that I come from and
was studying in a school where he campaigned 2006 and 2009 covering 24 countries. meet every possible person in
in different parts of the state creating awareness Between 2009 and 2012, he explored Europe, my journey- and if I can bring
about sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and covering 45 countries travelling far north to positive change in even one
AIDS. Greenland. He covered 52 African countries individual, I will consider
“When I was 14, I read a story on newspaper and ten in the Middle East between 2012-2015 my journey successful,”
about a man who died of HIV/AIDS, and and then to 13 countries in South America Somen added.
it intrigued me what could be deadlier than touching the South Pole to Antarctica Somen will be
cancer, and then I started learning more about between 2016 and 2017. "If
travelling 1700
it,” cyclist Somen Debnath told The Indian you see me
From there, Somen covered km covering
on the street, in your
Weekender. eight countries in Central North and
city, or your suburb, feel
While studying more about it, I got America and eight Caribbean South Island
free to come and say hi- I
specialised training under West Bengal State nations, 35 States in the USA all aiming to complete in
would be more than happy
AIDS Prevention & Control Society and the way to Canada and Alaska. to meet you and have a the next two months
shortly started volunteering work in schools From Far north city in chat with a friendly where he seeks to meet
and villages. Alaska, Barro, Somen moved to face" the local people and the
Somen’s volunteering at remote parts of Russia, Siberia, Japan, Mongolia, Indian community on
India helped him to create a vision of reaching South Korea and then dropping to New his way, learn about New
out to bigger audience not just in India but Zealand. Zealand and share the values
internationally and what better than to choose Somen had mixed experiences on the far he brings from his Indian
to cycle across the globe. away roads away in distant lands, mostly heritage.
By the age of 19, Somen had become an positive though according to his admissions, “If you see me on
activist who was moved by the plight of but includes days of uncertainties at times the street, in your city,
people suffering from the dreaded disease that which he considers as a way of learning and or your suburb, feel
could largely be warded off by the power of moving forward. free to come and say
knowledge. “I lost three bicycles in this tour, one each in hi- I would be more than
It was this desire to spread awareness and Bulgaria, Poland and Germany- but I have been happy to meet you and
knowledge and thereby eradicate the ignorance fortunate to somehow manage to meet friendly have a chat with a friendly
that breeds HIV & AIDS disease that propelled people all along and get their support to endure face,” Somen appeals to
him to become a globetrotter cyclist activist. through all kinds of challenges. the readers of the Indian
Somen considers two individuals as “So far I have used a total of eight cycles Weekender.
inspirations behind his mission to explore the where I carry all my gear, of which three were Somen aims to cover 34
world and spread the word about Indian culture stolen, and the rest four donated to different more countries after New
and the awareness about HIV. museums,” Somen added. Zealand by December 2020
“Bimal Mukherjee, the first Indian Each of Somen’s bike had roughly covered (Australia, South East Asia) completing his
globetrotter who travelled the world on his an average of 25,000 to 30,000 km and his last globetrotting on two wheels to return to India
bicycle between 1926 and 1937 and his book, bike was recently donated and displayed at a and start a ‘Global Village’ in a particular
was published in 1998. I was impressed museum in Texas, USA. region in North India, thereby, increasing
to inspire by his struggles and bravery of “I donated my last bike to the museum in tourist footfall of that place.

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Breaking the cycle of


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accommodation, which will also ease pressure
Priyanca on emergency accommodation like motels.
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IMMIGRATION DEADLOCK: ‘Endless


waiting has destroyed all my dreams’
GILL BONNETT, RNZ have many plans, such as selling my

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oalition ministers are house in China and buying a new one
grappling with the shape the in NZ, buying a business,” he said.
new residence programme “But the endless waiting has
will take, after the last one expired destroyed all my dreams. The life of
my family is going to be hopeless.
in December. Cabinet discussed
When my son asks me when he can
last year how it could put a cap on
have a new bicycle and a cat, I tell
each category of residence, such as
him when we have our own house
partnerships and business visas.
and residence.
Immigration minister Iain Lees-
“I can see how disappointed he is,
Galloway said the aim was for
I ask myself thousands of times if I
residence policy to be more focused
should have come to New Zealand
on skilled immigrants.
and if I destroyed my son’s future.”
But Cabinet was still working
The Association for Migration
through the details.
and Investment is calling for an
“Because we are looking to take a
urgent meeting with the minister and
new approach to this, we are taking Immigration New Zealand and said
our time about it in developing a new skilled migrant waiting lists will be
policy which I think will work better the risk of losing out on the skilled are waiting too long and they are January last year. at the top of the agenda.
for people in the future,” he said. migrants that you really working exceptionally hard on “I received a letter from INZ Its policy chair, Arunima Dhingra,
"I’ve
“We certainly want to look more want to attract to New doing that,” he said. which told me my case would be said applicants had not been told that
made it
closely at the individual streams [or Zealand.” “Even though we finished in November 2019,” he said. skilled migrant applications, which
absolutely clear to
residence] and and that will help us But he said in the Immigration New Zealand compare reasonably “However, I have not had a case were meant to be dealt with in the
to bring a greater focus to supporting meantime, he had (INZ) that I do want visa with other countries, officer because I am not treated as a order they were submitted, had been
skilled migrants to achieve told immigration processing times to speed up, at the moment it is priority application for INZ. queued behind ones deemed to be a
residency, that is absolutely part of officials to focus I think people are waiting too my desire to see those “I understand maybe a cook did higher priority.
the conversation that we’re having. on how quickly long and they are working processing times not pay more tax than a teacher or “A tradesman on $55 to $60k, [his
“If you just focus on the overall visa applications exceptionally hard on come down and people a nurse, but he still contributes to application] will sit there for much
planning range without having some are decided. doing that." get their decisions a lot this country and society. I also have longer,” she said. “What we say is
focus on each of the individual Some skilled workers are sooner.” a family and I must give my son a ‘wouldn’t transparency be ethical for
streams, you can find that skilled waiting more than 15 months for Kevin Li, his wife and son are future.” those people that are applying?’
migrants get crowded out by the residence visas. among the more than 37,000 people The family has to rent because of “So then they can plan their lives
other categories. “I’ve made it absolutely clear to waiting for a residence decision. foreign ownership rules. and know whether it’s going to be
“So if we’ve got a clear view about Immigration New Zealand (INZ) He is a cook in Auckland’s North “When I wake up every morning, two years in the waiting before they
how many visas we expect to issue that I do want visa processing Shore and met the 160-point criteria the first question comes into my mind hear anything.”
in each of the categories, you reduce times to speed up, I think people for residence when he applied in is if I can have a case officer today. I – RNZ

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WORKSHOP PROVIDES TIPS ON EMPOWERING


WOMEN IN A DIGITAL WORLD
SANDEEP SINGH The workshop explained the

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igrant Career Support importance of digital technologies
Trust (MCST) organised in general and introduced with the
a workshop recently, to already available generic tools to
empower women from all walks of enhance work-efficiency. 
life and ethnicities with the power Speaking on occasion Brijesh
of knowledge to acclaim their Sethi, the founder of NZSE, said,
dreams and aspirations in the new “We want to create hope for the
digital world. women in the society and build
The workshop organised on their confidence in achieving their
Saturday, Feb 15, was supported by aspirations.” 
ANZ Bank, New Zealand Indian ANZ Bank also gave a presentation
Central Association (NZICA) on how to be empowered against any
and New Zealand School of potential digital threats like online
Education (NZSE) Manukau, and phone banking scams.  
which has provided the venue and One of the attendees said, “I
infrastructure support. certainly felt the positive energy in
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, the ambience because of the humility
Gaurav Gupta (Garry), the founder of everyone who contributed to
Promoting organising this event and how it
of the Trust said, “The purpose
of this workshop was to enhance and facilitat- was facilitated smoothly. I strongly
digital-capabilities of our women to feel that these workshops can be a
ing econom- starting point for any woman who
empower them to thrive successfully
in the modern, fast-paced economy.”
ic integration of migrant has her dreams and aspirations in life
Notably, the Trust, which was workers from different despite their challenges.”
founded last year, aims to provide A vote of thanks was presented by
ethnic communities into Ashima Singh who is a solicitor and
support and assistance to migrant
professionals striving to succeed our New Zealand society a trustee with the MCST. 
in their careers in their chosen Garry thanked the participants
is one of the founding and expressed, “Our trust’s goal is
new country.
“Promoting and facilitating
goals of this Trust to ensure that migrants can achieve
economic integration of migrant explaining safety measures against of Trust and enriching a sense economic independence and can
workers from different ethnic This event called “Empowering the potential threats posed by modern of whanau, followed by several instil confidence in themselves to
communities into our New Zealand women in the digital age,” focused communication technologies.  successful women professionals take on the world and are gainfully
society is one of the founding goals on explaining the importance of The workshop started with women sharing their expertise and digital employed with equal opportunities”.
of this Trust,” Mr Gupta said.  technology and its uses while also holding hands and creating a circle knowledge with the participants. 

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Auckland Council tells govt it is ‘strongly


opposed’ to its planned model for the housing crisis
PHIL PENNINGTON, RNZ or roofing, the structural integrity of a modular
house - but still be expected to sign off on them

A
uckland Council is warning at the end after inspecting only the foundations
government officials of the risks of and connection of services like water.
disastrous housing developments like MBIE already uses a system called MultiProof
some seen in the United Kingdom. to speed up consenting of standardised designs,
It is facing off over the way the government but the Building Act specifically excludes
plans to get thousands of prefabricated homes councils for liability under it.
built here to tackle the housing crisis. The government for its part, backed by parts
An email sent last week by council building of the building industry, has been talking up
control officers to the Ministry of Business, factory manufacture as more precise, safer,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and with less waste; so, a higher quality of build in a
obtained by RNZ, said: “We are strongly construction industry beset with quality control
opposed to the planned model.” problems.
After the failures of KiwiBuild, the A Cabinet paper last October from Building
government wants quick changes to building Minister Jenny Salesa laid all this out and said
regulations to streamline prefabricated housing there was “broad support from the building
and has made that a top ministry priority this sector for these proposals”.
year. watching for similarities with New Zealand Many others are in Asia, where New Zealand The ministry got 470 submissions in
“Faster and cheaper construction through here and now. building standards do not apply, though some its consultation about the reforms.
greater use of prefabrication and offsite “It ... has similarities of a drive primarily for of these have already been building for the New “The use of modern construction methods
construction will also bring more affordable ‘faster and cheaper’ construction ... which is, of Zealand market for some years. has the potential to transform New Zealand’s
homes to the market,” MBIE  says on its course, a good objective, but not if it is at the Behind closed doors, the Auckland Council building system to operate more efficiently
website. expense of quality,” the email said. officers warned MBIE there were “currently and better meet housing needs,” Salesa said,
However, councils have expressed grave The government for months has been huge gaps in understanding” and that it was promising further consultation to get the rule
reservations about quality and liability falling lauding the potential of “modern methods of not in building owners’ interests to let factories changes right.
on ratepayers. construction”, but this requires scaling up a build houses without councils consenting them. Councils’ consenting of factory builds at the
“We believe this needs to be considered small industry; for this, regulatory certainty and Publicly, the council issued a statement to moment was inconsistent, and this “uncertainty
further with urgency before the head regulations less red tape would help. RNZ saying its exchange of ideas with the makes it less appealing” to manufacture houses,
are put in place and that it is not something which Its plan is to remove one of two layers of ministry was “very much part of the usual she said.
can be resolved by detailed regulations later - if council consenting controls, to try to halve the process around regulatory changes”. One bonus of the government plan is that
the skeleton of the process is fundamentally number of inspections by limiting these to on- Auckland Council’s general manager of the cost of checking on factories in Asia would
flawed,” the Auckland Council email said. site installation, while factories came under a building consents, Ian McCormick, said: not fall on ratepayers, as it can when that duty
In the email was a link to a video by a much- certification scheme. “We are continuing to work closely and falls to councils. But just how the government’s
lauded BBC documentary team, about how UK “A second consent won’t be required for the constructively with them to discuss possible proposed manufacturer certification scheme
council tower blocks were built so badly that design or factory work,” MBIE said. improvements”. would work is unclear.
mass demolitions were needed. Some prefabrication factories are in New The ministry in a statement said it had taken LGNZ wants it administered by the central
The email said the documentary, despite Zealand; at least two are part of companies that on board feedback “wherever possible, and a regulator, or a specialist certification agency.
being more than three decades old, was worth have recently failed. preferred approach has been identified”. However, when the ministry  attempted
“The quote from the email you reference this  with its supposedly flagship CodeMark
in your query was only one part of a very building products assurance scheme - using the
productive conversation with Auckland administrator Jas-anz in Australia - it ended up
Council.” with certification that was full of holes.
These conversations were par for the course Lawyers  writing in the latest Build
and “they have not slowed down our process”, magazine say that some prefab housing suppliers
he said. might try to dodge council inspections on-site,
Worries more widespread and “attempt to rely on the manufacturer’s
The worries are not confined to Auckland, or certification” entirely.
to issues of quality, with liability for councils “This could result in a reduction in building
and ratepayers the other nettle. quality and an increase in enforcement action.”
Local Government New Zealand in its Building consultants have raised worries
submission told MBIE that councils should not with ministers for several years, warning
be held liable if they were “unable to verify for instance, that the Building Act could not
the components used in manufacture”, or carry compel a house importer to ensure it was built
the can for other councils’ consenting work to the New Zealand Building Code.
(because a factory might be in one city, and the This news piece was originally  published
house end up in another). on  Radio New Zealand  and is being re-
A council might have little or no control over published by The Indian Weekender in the
what’s in these homes - the plumbing, electrics, agreement of content partnership 
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Southland Hindi School in


Invercargill completes one year
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD with the Hindi Language with the
Hindu religion.

S
tarted with the vision to impart "However, I believe everything
knowledge of Hindi language starts with educating people, and I
and Indian culture and believe in persevering it to send a
heritage, Southland Hindi School in correct message across.”
Invercargill has thrived to enrol more The school is currently supported
students in the class as it celebrated by the local community, parents
its first anniversary earlier last week.
of the children studying at school,
Himani Galbraith, the brain and
ILT Foundation, Community Trust
the force behind the school, started
South, Invercargill City Library, her
Hindi School in February 2019 with
husband Martin Galbraith and Ms
the vision to connect children with
Sunita Narayan from Wellington
their heritage, language and enable not feeling proud of who they are. “We also talk around parenting felt and being bilingual helps them in
Hindi School.
them to feel confident and competent “As a teacher in New Zealand issues and help the new migrants in processing things faster and inculcate
Ms Galbraith has been associated
in knowing who they are and what for more than six years, I have seen connecting with the organizations respect for other languages and other
with the education sector for two
roots do they come from. that this struggle could be real, and which could be a help and make cultures,” Ms Galbraith added.
decades now and worked as a teacher,
Chair and Director of the sometimes children become easily them aware of the general laws of The students have also performed
Southland Hindi School Trust took vice-principal, and an education
vulnerable to bullying and lack in NZ. One teacher, including "Our last year in various
this significant challenge for sowing consultant in India before moving to
self-confidence. myself currently, and two children’s community events
the seed of Hindi language learning New Zealand.
The school currently has 16 volunteers deliver the learning must be such as for Southland
amongst children, as Invercargill Multicultural Council, Currently, Ms Galbraith is
students enrolled and attending classes,” Ms Himani rooted in their heritage working with Family Works as a
has been witnessing in recent years to give them a strong for Indian Community
Hindi classes with five children in Galbraith told The Indian family support worker after teaching
a continuous increase in numbers base to grow and in Southland and Santa
the playgroup of age 2-6. Weekender. in school, early childhood centres for
of people of Indian origin, who develop" parade.
The school is following the Ms Himani further seven years in New Zealand.
often feel disconnected in the new Ms Glabraith also
environment. curriculum adopted by Wellington emphasised that the Hindi shared her struggles of starting “I encourage our Indian
“I started this to fill this gap and Hindi School and some other language and cultural classes a language school, especially in community to never forget the
bring them together with the medium resources adapted to the needs of is helping students identifying urban centers with a fewer co- roots we came from, even when we
of language, art and culture. children attending the New Zealand themselves with the Indian roots with ethnic population and the general become a Kiwi citizen, we must
"I have seen parents struggling to schooling system. more confidence and resilience. misconceptions that other people remember our Indian heritage.
teach their children mother tongue The classes are run from “They are now participating can often have in absence of robust "Our children’s learning must be
and somewhere in between these Invercargill City Library once a week in local community events and engagement with other communities. rooted in their heritage to give them
children find themselves in a situation for 2.5 hours, including a session for becoming an integral part of the “It was a huge challenge in the a strong base to grow and develop,”
questioning about their identity and dance and drama. community by making their presence starting a school where connecting Ms Galbraith appealed.

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Auckland Council First-ever Multicultural Ladies


reduces water usage Night coming to Christchurch
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD cultural performances, Live Music, activities

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n line with water conservation efforts across Day, IndianNZ Association of delicious ethnic food etc.
the region, Auckland Council is exploring Christchurch is organising the first- “This event is not just about dance and music
ways to reduce use of water at its facilities ever ‘Multicultural Ladies Night’ on Saturday, but is a celebration of womanhood, the bond we
across the region to make savings where March 14 at La Vida Centre in Christchurch. share both as women and the cultural diversity
savings are possible. The ladies-only event is first of its kind for we offer for one another,” Ms Kaur added.
As part of the council’s approach to reducing Christchurch city that
water usage, intends to bring ladies
almost all of different cultures and
water features nations under one roof
and fountains and celebrate an evening
have been of entertainment and
turned off. womanhood.
Splash pads have “We are expecting over
been turned off, 500 women on the day
except for at Lloyd and the excitement within
Elsmore Park Pool the different communities
and Leisure Centre huge,” Parminder Kaur,
and Stanmore Bay Pool Chairperson of IndianNZ
and Leisure Centre at this Association of Christchurch
time. Both these splash pads would be catastrophic and we would need
Inc. the organiser of the
filter, treat and reuse water. to close fields for a minimum of six weeks,
event said.
“These splash pads are efficient in their use impacting on winter sport use for April and
“We conceptualised
of water – up to 99 per cent of the water is May,” Cashmore says.
the event for a while and
treated and recycled. “We are currently watering our fields just
started the preparations a
“We are monitoring the water situation across enough to keep them alive and to prevent turf
few months ago, and while
Auckland carefully and the council has reduced loss. We are fortunate that we are currently in
we approached numerous
the number of sites which offer this service cricket season which has a low impact on the
female dance groups from
to two high use sites in order to continue this surfaces, but as we move into football and
different cultures and
valued service to Aucklanders,” says Deputy rugby season, we need to ensure we keep grass
ethnicities- we could see
Mayor Bill Cashmore. cover to prevent us from having to close fields
their excitement to be a part
Drinking fountains at council facilities will because of the loss of grass.”
of this celebratory event,”
remain on for people to use while in our parks. Gardens throughout the region are watered
Ms Kaur added.
Irrigation to continue in sports parks only as required and the bare minimum of
The event aims in
To ensure we have sports field provision water used to reduce the risk of plants dying.
bringing the diversity of
during winter months, essential irrigation at The council is also asking sports clubs and
various cultures living in
these sites may still have to take place. members to be mindful when using dry fields
Christchurch with several
“The impact of not watering our sports fields to prevent any further damage.

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New Zealand vs India Test Series:


A bonafide litmus test
AAKAR VYAS Test squad adds a cherry on the cake.
Note: According to the latest

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n February 21st India and reports Wagner may be unavailable
New Zealand are going to for the first test match due to personal
lock horns on New Zealand reasons. Matt Henry is included as
soil for the purest form of cricket. Wagner’s replacement.
This will be the first test match for
India on NZ soil in six years time. Nightmares
Opening Pair
India has not won a test series in NZ
NZ’s opening pair has not been
since 2009. Back in 2014 When India
quite productive in recent times
and NZ played the last test match in
especially with Latham and Raval.
NZ, India was thrashed mercilessly
After Raval’s exclusion, Blundell
especially by Brendon McCullam.
and Latham have high expectations
In 2020, India and NZ both have
in ensuring that NZ does not lose
built competitive test squads who
early wickets.
are competent enough to beat their
oppositions at home and away. Injury
India’s current test ranking speaks for Kane recently returned from the
India’s dominance in the test cricket shoulder injury as well as Boult. It is
while NZ’s test record at home says not going to be easy for NZ’s most
it all. experienced players to return from
Photo: New Zealand Cricket
Winning a maiden test series injury and perform in the longest
weapon as a middle-order batsman
against Kangaroos in Australia in 70 format of the game.
as well as a handy bowler. At the
years is the biggest achievement for
lower middle order, two of India’s Wagner’s unavailability
Kohli’s test team. On the other hand, Due to personal reasons, Wagner
favourite Ravi (Ashwin and Jadeja)
NZ lost the away test series against has made himself unavailable for the
can be really handy batsmen when it
SriLanka and Australia. first test. This can be a big relief for
comes to rescuing the team in trouble
Let’s take a look at some of the India and is a real drawback for NZ
situations.
trump cards both teams have and as no.2 ranked bowler in tests is not
nightmares both teams will be facing Fast bowling attack is a luxury going to play the first test.
before and during the upcoming test The current fast bowling attack is Test Batting statistics: India vs NZ
series. no less than a luxury for Kohli. Credit top-order batsmen
NZ vs India Test Series Schedule for India’s recent test performance Test Bowling statistics: India vs
NZ fast bowlers
Lesser-Known Facts about both
teams and players.
Ross Taylor, by playing the first
test match against India at Wellington
is going to be the first cricketer ever
India to play 100 games in each format
both at home and away goes to (ODI, T20 and Test).
Squad:
Fantastic Four especially Bumrah, NZ has such a diverse test squad.
Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank
Ishant, Shami and Umesh Yadav. As Ajaz Patel was born in India, BJ
Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman
a result of some sharp fast bowling, Watling in SA, Neil Wagner in
Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya
India was able to threaten their SA and Colin De Grandhomme in
Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, opponent in their own backyard. In Zimbabwe. Rishabh Pant is the first
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra the recent past, Indian fast bowlers and only Indian wicketkeeper to
Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (Keeper), were more effective than spinners Saini are included. It is going to especially at home conditions is
score centuries in both England and
Rishabh Pant (Keeper), Jasprit who helped India to take 20 wickets be a big headache for the team their reliable middle-order batsmen.
Australia. Ravi Jadeja has three triple
Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed in a match in the majority of tests. In management to decide who to play Henry Nicholls, B J Watling and
hundreds by his name in the first-
Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant 8 test matches played in 2019 Indian with. Colin De Grandhomme have abilities
class cricket, even before making his
Sharma fast bowlers picked 95 wickets (a to destroy any bowling attack. Also,
New Zealand test debut. Ashwin was the highest
wicket every 31 balls) including 6 Southee is a really handy batsman
Trump Cards Squad wicket-taking (562 wickets) bowler
five-wicket hauls. when it comes to scoring quick runs
Fantastic Four of Indian Kane Williamson (Captain), Henry in the last decade across all formats.
or building a
batting Nightmares Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Colin de partnership
India’s batting top order looks Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Tom when a team is
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Be innovative, Bainimarama tells


S
peaking at the World Urban emissions. This, he said, was a global
Forum in Abu Dhabi, “Lining city streets with trees emergency.
United Arab Emirates, Mr are cooling climates, restoring “So as long as our planet
Bainimarama said Fiji was firmly watersheds, ensuring clean air, and continues heating, no people will
committed to becoming a carbon- lowering stress. be spared from greater suffering.
neutral country by 2050. “These are outcomes any leader Ultimately, I believe we can build
Prime Minister Voreqe would strive to deliver for their sustainable cities because I believe
Bainimarama has urged participants "Importantly, people. in human cooperation, ingenuity, and
of the 10th Session of the World these advances are "Importantly, these resilience.
Urban Forum to be innovative with harnessing the green advances are harnessing “That effort will be led by a new
their ideas to achieve a carbon- potential of high-density the green potential of recognition that people’s healthiest,
neutral community for its citizens. living. No country, no high-density living. safest, and most prosperous outcomes
city, no community’s
Speaking at the World Urban No country, no city, are only possible in a carbon-neutral
contribution is too
Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the 10th session of the
small" no community’s world.
World Urban Forum in the United Arab Emirates Capital Abu Dhabi
Emirates yesterday, Mr Bainimarama contribution is too small.” “If we force this work on our
said Fiji was firmly committed to “Small tweaks in design are “Turning unused lands Mr Bainimarama said children and grandchildren, we’ll
becoming a carbon-neutral country keeping buildings cooler and shaving into public parks is mitigating whether it was more frequent risk damage to our ecosystems and
by 2050. dollars off family’s electricity bills,” flooding and bringing life and activity cyclones, the rising seas, or extreme our global climate that cannot be
He said it was important to practice Mr Bainimarama said. into communities. Transitioning to waves of heat, Fijians weren’t undone.
climate action, which would mean “Walkable neighbourhoods are renewable power, such as wind and alone in enduring the deadly and “Join us for the sake of those
cleaner air, cleaner water, cooler keeping cars off the road, keeping the solar, is allowing cities to invest in devastating consequences of climate coming generations; join us for the
temperatures, and better jobs. air clean and keeping people healthy. clean public transport without adding change. good of your citizens today.”

First South Pacific Exercise caution


Children’s Heart when using credit
cards, consumer
Hospital to open council advises
in Fiji
C
"This onsumers who hold visa credit
will be made cards are urged to be extra

T
he first South Pacific Children’s possible through our vigilant while making online
Heart Hospital is set to open its sister hospital in India purchases and continually monitor
doors in April this year. the Sanjeevani Hospitals their accounts and statements
This was the confirmation made who will be facilitating to identify any unauthorized
by General Practitioner and Medical transactions.
these trainings"
Coordinator Sai Prema Foundation Fiji Dr This comes as a strong warning
Krupali Tappoo. following a complaint received at the
She said the hospital would provide free open- Council whereby a consumer had 64
heart surgeries for children in Fiji and the South Director of Biomedical Engineering for Gift of fraudulent transactions charged to his
She said while working on the facility, the
Pacific. Life International Roy Morris said there was a real
foundation was also looking at appropriate medical visa credit card account amounting to
This she said would be the first facility of its need for a facility for these procedures to be done
professionals. $11,414.12.
kind to open for the Pacific island nations. in Fiji.
“We are opting to train local doctors, nurses Despite the card limit of $7,500,
“We understand that the South Pacific islands “In a few months that there will be a place to go
and all others that are specialists in pediatric the transactions were successfully
do not have access to these services and we have for these procedures right here in your country,”
cardiology. This will be made possible through our processed.
always had overseas teams that come and operate he said.
sister hospital in India the Sanjeevani Hospitals The customer, upon checking his
children and go,” Dr Tappoo said. “We have gone to 42 countries around the world
who will be facilitating these trainings,” she said. statement, was astonished to learn
“Parents have had no choice but to send their and we have conducted close to 40,000 heart
She said to facilitate operations they would have of the unauthorized transactions
babies overseas and it costs near $100,000 to do surgeries free of cost.
visiting teams coming in from the Open Heart successfully processed and way over
that and most parents cannot afford it. Gift of Life International is working with the
International Australia and New Zealand, Gift of his limit.
“It has resulted in so many children losing their foundation to offer assistance and set up the
Life International, and many others will be invited When he enquired with his bank,
battle early in their life. hospital. With the new facility, he said they were
into Fiji. he was advised that it would take
“Thus, an answer to their prayers will open its
looking at up to 200 surgeries per year. approximately 80 to 160 days to get
doors to the public come April.” INTERNATIONAL HELP
his refund as this would be validated

Use of married names on Independent Legal Services Commission and processed by Visa International,
the service provider. However,
voter Id cards no more: ensures Fijians are provided with the partial refunds were being processed
to his account during the course.
Supervisor of Elections
highest quality of legal services: PM The frustrated consumer sought

T
the Council’s assistance for a

P
he Fijian Elections Office is no longer
accepting the use of married names on voter rime Minister, Voreqe speedy refund for the unauthorized
identification cards. Bainimarama says the transactions.
The advisory was given by the Supervisor of Independent Legal Through liaisons with the bank
Elections Mohammed Saneem following the opening Services Commission ensures concerned, full refund was facilitated.
of the new Voter Service Centre in Suva city. that Fijians are provided with Visa International is an American
the highest quality of legal multinational financial services
Mr Saneem explained that some who have registered
services, and the commission’s corporation that facilitates electronic
using their married names encounter problems later
role in keeping the legal funds transfers throughout the world,
on at financial institutions when the name on the birth
practitioners in check acts as a most commonly through Visa-
certificate does not match the name on the voter ID.
deterrent from misconduct and branded credit cards and debit cards
Citizens are also advised that the Elections Office
malpractice. processed through VisaNet.
will only accept birth certificates as a mandatory
While speaking in parliament Visa International does not issue
requirement when accessing elections services.
on the motion to debate cards, extend credit or set rates and
The new Voter Service Centre is located at the
the Review Report on the fees for consumers; rather, Visa
Government Information and Referral Centre in Suva
Independent Legal Services International provides financial
city. “One major requirement that we are now making
Commission Annual Report institutions with Visa-branded
compulsory is that for any service like a replacement
2016, Bainimarama says the payment products that they then
of lost card or a new registration we would require
commission ensures that the use to offer credit, debit, prepaid
voters to present their birth certificate as a mandatory
people are protected by the applauded the commission for the integrity of the institution. and cash-access programs to their
requirement,” Mr Saneem said. customers.
“With the shifting of the voter service centre to unscrupulous actions of some engaging Ernst and Young to He says the commission
lawyers. undertake the audit. also supports legal education Whilst the affliction of making
this location, if someone does not have their birth online payments is made instant and
certificate they can just move across to the deaths, Bainimarama says the report He says he is also confident programs for law practitioners
also highlights the measures that the new measures in place and the recruitment of aspiring easier with a credit card, the risk of
births and marriages centre to get one done. exposure to hackers and the process
The new voter service centre is located at the taken by the commission will safeguard the members of legal minds in internship
after the 2014 fire and he has the commission and enhance programmes. of getting a refund has hugely
Government Information and Referral Centre in Suva. inconvenienced consumers.
Thought of the week
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90%
how you react to it."
- Charles R. Swindoll

Editorial 22 February – 27 February


Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
Community reception for
team India in Wellington:
Cricket revered as On-and-off
rain and
drizzle
Partly
sunny
Parlty
sunny
Clouds and A touch o
sun dafr
Sunshine
and pactcy
A few
morning

a great enhancer of
clouds showers

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bilateral ties 14° 13° 16° 15° 16° 16° 17°

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n modern competitive world of international sports, known for its on-field and
often off-field fierce rivalries, seldom would one hear the captain of a visiting
This week in New Zealand’s history
sporting nation saying that he would not mind sharing their world number one 15 February 1882
tag to their host team - and that too when their hosts are not hovering on their back to First frozen meat shipment leaves New Zealand
N
dislodge them from their number one position. ew Zealand’s first successful shipment of frozen meat to Britain in 1882 had a huge impact
However, visiting Indian cricket team’s skipper Virat Kohli has done exactly that on the colony, paving the way for the trade in frozen meat and dairy products that became
by saying that if India were to share the number one spot with anyone, then it would the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 20th-century economy.
definitely be the Kiwis.
And this was not said in a closed room or a media briefing, where often the
15 February 1978
speakers have the liberty to disown anything they have said on the pretext of being New Zealand beats England in a cricket test for the first
“misquoted or misunderstood.” time
It happened in the full public glare, at a community reception hosted by the Indian
High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi in the honour of visiting Team India in 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. 

Wellington. 16 February 1770


Indeed, it was impromptu and straight from the heart. James Cook sights Banks 'Island'
C
While there will be a rightful temptation, of believing that this outpouring of heart ook concluded that the land he had sighted was an island and named it after the expedition’s
by the Indian skipper might be a natural response to the Blackcaps global image of botanist, Joseph Banks. The mistake was not realised until 1809, when Captain Samuel
being the most dignified, poised, and friendly gentlemen, in what is termed as the Chase of the Pegasus tried to sail between Banks ‘Island’ and the Canterbury mainland.
Gentleman’s Game - there is certainly more to it.
It is the “cricketing ties” that ties people of our two countries and forms one of the 16 February 1986
basic foundations of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov
It is not for nothing that within the diplomatic world, almost every foreign policy
mandarin, despite their best intentions to describe the bilateral relations between the
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.

two countries much more than mere “cricket,” has to often concede at the end the 17 February 1873
star-attraction of the game in developing positive vibes between our two nations. 'The Russians are coming!'
O
In diplomacy, the existence of mutual goodwill (or at worst the absence of any n 17 February 1873, Aucklanders awoke to the alarming news that a Russian warship had
mutual ill-will) is often regarded as “gold” that can be further cashed whenever there entered Auckland Harbour undetected and landed troops.
is mutual convergence of interests and accompanied political bonhomie at the top
level. 18 February 1957
Cricket has been that source of ever-present goodwill, in the case of NZ-India New Zealand's last execution
bilateral ties, that precedes the more recent phase of mutual appreciation and growing
political will to enhance economic cooperation and wider bilateral ties, and therefore
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.
remains a significant enhancer of relations between the two countries. 
In recent years, the public imagery depicting the bonhomie between the political
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bilateral ties between New Zealand and India.
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CHINESE AMBASSADOR S Jaishankar meets


EU leaders; holds
talks on terrorism,
Coronavirus terrible but rumours worse economic issues

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xternal Affairs Minister S
hina reiterated that rumours about compassion and cooperation.
Jaishankar has met top leaders
COVID-19 or cornavirus were terrible and "Our confidence comes from China's ability to
had the potential to stigmatise Chinese "Stigma mobilise all the resources for big undertakings. To of the European Union and
people around the world. and discrimina- relieve the shortage of medical resources, it took us held wide-ranging talks on key issues
Dismissing conspiracy theories around tion come from panic, only 10 days to finish the building of two makeshift such as combating terrorism, climate
COVID-19, China's Ambassador to India, lack of understanding hospitals -- Huoshenshan and Leishenshan," he change and enhancing economic
Sun Weidong, said while talking to the media and empathy. Only through said. cooperation, that would “benefit both
here, "The virus is terrible, but rumour is more mutual understanding "A total of 1,500 builders with a reserve team India and the EU”.
terrible. The coronavirus is in nature, and not and cooperation can we of 2,000 people and 280 sets of construction
truly overcome the Weidong said there is a drop
man-made." machinery and equipment have been working day
epidemic." of over 50 per cent in the
Appealing to the media not to pay credence to and night. The hospitals are equipped with modern
COVID-19 cases outside Hubei
such rumours, he said such rumours "will create medical facilities, all made in China, with 5G high-
province, indicating that the efforts to
panic and overreaction, and harm people-to-people speed network that can support the needs of 25,000
contain the epidemic are proving effective.
relations. We must ensure that truth outweighs people and set up a platform for remote diagnosis
The epidemic in Wuhan city in Hubei province
rumours and sciences prevail over ignorance." and treatment," he pointed out.
is also being managed more effectively, he said.
Weidong said that based on the analysis of While the government has allocated over 80
The cure rate, he said, has gone up from 1.3 per
genomic sequence, it is now known that the virus billion RMB for coronavirus prevention, China's
cent to 8.2 per cent. Over 12,000 people have
originates from nature. banks and financial institutions have provided
recovered and discharged from hospitals.
"Stigma and discrimination come from panic, more than 537 billion RMB in credit to fight the
The fatality rate is 2.29 per cent nationwide and
lack of understanding and empathy. Only through epidemic.
just 0.55 per cent outside Hubei. The number of
mutual understanding and cooperation can we The National Health Commission sent 217
new suspected cases in China continues to decline,
truly overcome the epidemic. We hope that the medical teams with more than 30,000 staff and three
from the peak of more than 5,000 a day to over Jaishankar, who was in
international community can view the epidemic in mobile P3 laboratories to support the treatment
2,000 a day, he said. The Chinese envoy attributed Germany during the weekend for
a rational and calm way," he said. in Hubei. Wuhan has mobilised 16,000 people to
the positive indicators to China's confidence, the prestigious Munich Security
Giving out details of the epidemic in China, conduct complete search of all the communities.
Conference, arrived to prepare the

7m people, largest stadium in world’: ground for Prime Minister Narendra


Modi’s planned visit for the India-
EU summit here next month.

Trump ‘very excited’ about India visit He was here at the invitation of
Josep Borrell Fontelles, European

U
Union’s High Representative/Vice
S  President Donald Trump later on. I don’t know if it will be President for Foreign Affairs and
says that India Prime done before the election, but we’ll Security Policy, for a discussion with
Minister Narendra Modi is have a very big deal with India.” the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)
expecting to turn out massive crowds Trade tensions between the two of the EU, the Ministry of External
for the president when he visits countries have escalated since the Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
next week. Trump administration levied tariffs The FAC, constituted by the EU
Trump will be in the city of on steel and aluminum from India. High Representative and the 27
Ahmedabad in Gujarat to attend India responded with higher tariffs Foreign Ministers of bloc’s members,
an event called “Namaste Trump,” on agricultural goods and restrictions is responsible for the EU’s external
which translates to “Greetings, on US medical devices, prompting action on foreign policy, defence
Trump,” at a cricket stadium. the US to retaliate by removing India and security, trade, development
Trump pivoted on a question about from a decades-old preferential trade cooperation and humanitarian
trade with India to say how much he program. assistance.
likes Modi, adding that the prime The US runs a trade deficit with Jaishankar shared with the FAC
minister expects some 7 million exciting,” Trump told reporters. Senior government official Bijal India of about $25 billion, according India’s foreign policy priorities and
people to turn out for him between In preparation for Trump’s visit, Patel said the wall was built “for to the US Trade Representative. regional and global perspective.
the airport and the cricket stadium. a half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick security reasons” and not to conceal India has relatively high tariff rates, “The focus of the exchange was
 Also“The stadium I understand is wall has been hastily erected, with the slum. As for trade, Trump played especially in agriculture, and the on the common values of India
sort of semi under construction, but critics saying it was built to block down expectations for any major Trump administration has been and the EU, which represent the
it’s going to be the largest stadium the view of a slum area inhabited by breakthroughs next week, saying, critical of that deficit, accusing India world’s two largest democracies
in the world, so it’s going to be very more than 2,000 people. “I’m really saving the big deal for of unfair trading practices. and their shared commitment to

Trump-Modi roadshow named 'Unity in Diversity'


democracy, multilateralism, rules-
based international order, rules-

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based international trade with the
he theme of Donald Trump- depicting traditional culture of
WTO at its core and sustainable
Narendra Modi roadshow Gujarat. "The US President will be
development,” according to the
has been named 'Unity in directly flying to Ahmedabad right
statement.
Diversity', which will depict the from Washington. More than one
Both the sides expect to deepen
cultural diversity of India. lakh people will be attending the their engagement - particularly
Trump's official visit will begin at 'Namaste Trump' event. This will on common priorities such as
12.30 p.m. when he will land at the be a historical event for Gujarat," addressing climate change,
Ahmedabad airport. said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay safeguarding multilateralism,
After inspecting the guard of Rupani. cooperation in defence, security,
honour by the three services at the "The preparations for the Trump- connectivity, digital economy, trade
airport, Trump will join Modi in the Modi roadshow are almost over. We and investment as also in the field of
roadshow at 1 p.m India times. are taking special care to ensure that defence security and addressing the
They will arrive at the world's there are no glitches or lapses in the menace of terrorism, it said.
biggest cricket stadium at 2.20 p.m, Donald Trump and First Lady 'Brahmnaad'. welcome of Trump," added Rupani. This was Jaishankar’s first visit to
after spending time at the Gandhi Melania Trump arrive at the Trump is scheduled to visit India "It's an honour for us that the US the EU after the assumption of office
Ashram in Sabarmati. Ahmedabad airport next week, they on February 24 and 25. President is beginning his two-day of the new Commission in December
After the 'Namaste Trump' event, will be welcomed by a 'Shankhnaad' The Trumps will be welcomed in visit at Ahmedabad. 2019.
the Trump couple will arrive at the recital or playing of the conches traditional Gujarati style. Right from "When both the country's security The foreign minister met EU
Ahmedabad airport at 3.10 p.m. to along with dance performances, the Air Force One, six dance troupes services are taking care of the Commissioner for International
leave for Agra. After seeing them Gujarat government said. along both sides of the 150 feet security arrangements, as the state Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and the
off, the Prime Minister will leave Around 19 artists will be wide red carpet, will perform 'Beda government, we are providing all two leaders discussed experiences in
for Delhi. performing the 'Shankhnaad' as soon Nritya', 'Janaviya Dhol', 'Par Beda the support and cooperation to all capacity building and development
partnerships.
Inclusion of visit to the Taj Mahal as Trump emerges out of Air Force dance', 'Dhol Bhoongli Shehnai', the arrangements," said Nitin Patel,
“Coordination on these issues
in the US President's itinerary caused One, the official aircraft of the US 'Phool Mandavi', 'Jaagwali ladies' Deputy Chief "It's would be to the benefit of both India
rescheduling of several programmes. president, on their arrival. comprising 116 artists. Minister of an honour for us and EU,” Jaishankar tweeted.
A high-level business delegation will The entire airport area will Besides that, on the sprawling Gujarat. that the US President The minister also held “positive
also be accompanying Trump. reverberate with conch tunes lawns across the airport, 256 artists is beginning his two-day and productive” parleys at the
Meanwhile, As US President believed to be the sound of the from 14 troupes will perform dances visit at Ahmedabad" Foreign Affairs Council of the EU.
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New UK visa system NEWS in BRIEF


shuts EU’s low-skilled; to Cabinet okays Bill to protect women's reproductive
rights
benefit Indian professionals T he Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the 'Assisted Reproductive
Technology Regulation Bill 2020', intended to protect women's

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itizens of the European reproductive rights.
Union will no longer enjoy Calling it "historic Bill", Women and Child Development Minister Smriti
preferential access to living Irani said that the Bill aimed for the welfare of women in the country as it
and working in the post-Brexit UK proposes law to establish a national registry.
from January 1, 2021 under a new "A national board and the state board will be set up to help implement
points-based immigration system the legal framework. A central database of clinics and banks will also
likely to benefit Indian professionals be established," Irani said, adding those indulging in embryo sale and
who are already preferred by British trafficking can be fined and even put behind bars as per the provisions of the
employers. "We bill. The Bill is expected to be introduced in Parliament in the next phase of
Announcing the radical are imple- the Budget session which will commence on March 2 and continue till April
change on Wednesday, menting a new 3. Irani said that the government has taken various path-breaking steps to
home secretary Priti Patel system that will trans- protect women's reproductive rights.
– daughter of Indian- form the way in which
origin immigrants – said all migrants come to the The new system’s skills, salaries and knowledge of the Proud of men of my country: Smriti Irani
U
the ‘free movement’ UK to work, study, nion Minister for the
policy document states: English language”.
visit or join their Ministry of Women and
enjoyed by EU citizens over “For too long, distorted “For business, it’s essential
family"
decades of UK’s membership by European free movement that the system retains flexibility Child Development Smriti Irani on
of the EU will end, offering more rights, the immigration system for employers, particularly those Wednesday said that she was proud
opportunities to global talent. has been failing to meet the needs of bringing in highly-skilled workers that not only women but also men
The UK already issues more the British people. Failing to deliver on short-term assignments to support showed high morals by approving
than half of its work visas to Indian benefits across the UK and failing UK plc’s growth and transformation. Medical termination of Pregnancy
professionals (52 per cent of Tier the highly-skilled migrants from It will also be important to ensure (Amendment) Bill 2020.
2 visas). The new system, which around the world who want to come salary thresholds are not a deterrent to "Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Bill is one of the most modern
has a lower annual salary threshold to the UK”. finding staff with the right specialist bills that will help empower women to a great extent. I am really proud
(£25,600) is likely to enable more “Our approach will change all of skills from around the world.” that in my country men also walked shoulder to shoulder with women in
Indians to access employment this. We are implementing a new Acting British high commissioner approving such a modern bill in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra
opportunities in the post-Brexit UK. system that will transform the way to India, Jan Thompson, added: “The Modi," said Irani while addressing the media at Union Cabinet briefing.
British business organisations in which all migrants come to the new is great news for Indian nationals She also said that the Bill is ahead of its time as India is one of the few
cautiously welcomed the new UK to work, study, visit or join their looking to work in the UK. It puts countries that has brought changes in the Bill which will work in favour of
regime, hailing the scrapping of cap family…From 1 January 2021, EU Indian applicants on a level playing women.
on work visas, but feared severe and non-EU citizens will be treated field, and prioritises those with the "There are many cases when a woman had to give birth to the child of
labour shortages when low-skilled equally”. greatest skills and talent – something her rapist because the stipulated time for terminating her pregnancy was
EU citizens will no longer be Applicants will need to have at which India has in abundance”. passed during the (court) trials. Then there are cases of incest and other
available in hospitality, care, food least 70 points under heads such as Usha Parashar, chair of FICCI complicated situations in which woman was compelled to give birth to the
processing and other sectors. a confirmed job offer, knowledge UK, said: “The majority of Indian baby. This MTP Bill will help ensure women's reproductive rights."
Patel advised them to adapt and of English, education qualifications businesses in the UK require skilled The Minister also talked about the decision taken by the cabinet over
train 8 million economically inactive and salary level. Indian students manpower. The new point-based assisted reproductive Technology Regulation Bill 2020.
people in the UK population: “UK enrolling from September this year immigration system coupled with the 'Women entrepreneurship can create 150-170 mn
businesses will need to adapt and will also be eligible for post-study lower salary threshold is a positive
adjust to the end of free movement… work visa valid for two years. move. This has been a long standing
jobs in India'
(It) is important that employers move
away from a reliance on the UK’s
Jim Bligh of the UK chapter of
Confederation of Indian Industry
demand of FICCI members”.
“The new system will benefit not
W omen in entrepreneurship can generate transformational employment
in India and generate 150-170 million jobs, which is more than 25
per cent of the new jobs required for the entire working age population by
immigration system as an alternative said: “We welcome the Home just qualified professionals from
to investment in staff retention, 2030, a new report said.
Office’s proposed new system, which India but also large number of Indian
productivity, and wider investment A joint report by Bain & Company and Google titled "Women
rightly recognises that immigration students in UK universities”.
in technology”. Entrepreneurship in India - Powering the economy with her", underlines
to the UK should be based on
the need to accelerate efforts to grow women entrepreneurs in India in both

UN chief applauds Pakistan, quantity and quality to solve employment challenges in the country.
"In spite of India's economic progress in the last decade, women's
participation in the labour force has declined and is expected to be under

censures India during Islamabad trip pressure due to labour trends, technological disruption and constraining
social barriers," said lead author Megha Chawla, Partner, Bain & Company.

J
ust a week ahead of US President Donald Trump's "Unlocking entrepreneurship amongst women in India is a complex effort,
visit to New Delhi, United Nations Secretary but it provides an unprecedented opportunity to change the economic and
General Antonio Guterres during his four-day trip social trajectory of India and its women for generations to come," Chawla
to Islamabad applauded Pakistan for its peace efforts and added.
expressed concern for the Muslims in India. Rahul respects Manmohan Singh, wanted clean
Before concluding his Pakistan visit, the UN chief in an politics: Cong
T
interview to Pakistani newspaper Dawn commented on
he Congress has rejected
India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which fast-tracks
former Deputy Chairman of
citizenship of persecuted religious minorities of its three
Planning Commission Montek Singh
neighbouring Islamic theocracies. visiting Pakistan's Kartarpur Corridor constructed to
Ahluwalia's contention that then
The Dawn quoted Guterres as saying that there was a facilitate the visit by Sikh pilgrims from India, Guterres
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
"risk of statelessness for two million Muslims excluded praised Pakistan for opening "a symbol of interfaith
wanted to quit after Rahul Gandhi
by the divisive Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed by harmony."
tore the Ordinance, proposed by the
the Indian Parliament." During his four-day trip, the UN chief showed huge
UPA government.
Guterres also told Dawn that he was personally admiration for Pakistan and patted the Imran Khan
Congress chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "We are not
concerned about the rising discrimination against the government on its back for its peace efforts. "For 40 years,
privy to conversation that took place between the two person (Singh and
minorities in India. The newspaper claimed that the UN Pakistan has sheltered Afghan refugees. I urge the world
Ahluwalia), but we can say Rahul Gandhi has said he considered Manmohan
chief said: "All the reports, including two by the UN to support host countries and show similar leadership
Singh his guru. Thus, there is no question of disrespecting Singh."
High Commissioner, in the international media, including in standing with the refugees. The country has stood
Hailing Rahul Gandhi's vision, Surjewala said the Supreme Court had
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and recent in solidarity with the refugees from Afghanistan for 40
now asked the parties to place in the public domain the reason behind
fact-finding reports on Kashmir released in New Delhi, years, showing how generosity is not always proportional
nominating a tainted person. "It vindicates Rahul Gandhi's stand," he said.
regarding torture, sexual abuse and incarceration of to wealth," he said. The UN Secretary General said that
The Congress said when all the political parties were in agreement to go
children as young as seven by the Indian military", Pakistan is one of the most consistent and reliable
"For ahead with the Ordinance, Rahul Gandhi tried to change the course because
played an important role in "clarifying exactly 40 years, contributors to the UN peacekeeping efforts
he wanted "the Ganges of politics to be clean". In an interview Alhuwalia
what is happening" in Kashmir and "it Pakistan has sheltered around the world. "I am closely following
said Rahul Gandhi used strong words. "On hindsight, I think, Singh took the
is essential that these reports are taken Afghan refugees. I urge vital peace efforts in Afghanistan to reduce
right call." Explaining his reasoning, the ex-aide of Singh said had Rahul
seriously". the world to support host violence, especially against civilians. By
Gandhi been a member of the council of Ministers, things would have been
The UN chief made no mention of countries and show similar building regional consensus, Pakistan's
different. "But he was the Vice-President of a political party," Ahluwalia
Pakistan's cross-border terrorism in Kashmir leadership in standing with role in this process remains crucial,"
the refugees" said.
for the last three decades. Instead, while he tweeted.
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Connected world makes NEWS in BRIEF


CORONAVIRUS scarier,
helps combat it too
Covid-19 outbreak is ‘a very dangerous situation’:
Guterres, UN chief
T he UN secretary general has

T
he same technological said that the virus outbreak
forces that make the Wuhan that began in China “is not out of
Coronavirus outbreak a control but it is a very dangerous
global concern are also key to situation.” Antonio Guterres said
managing the crisis response, says in an interview to The Associated
a top researcher, adding that a Press Tuesday that “the risks are
connected world makes this enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.” The outbreak has
coronavirus (COVID-19) "Those
same infected more than 73,000 people globally. The World Health Organization
scarier but also helps us has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the
deal with it. technological forces
drive the e-commerce coronavirus that causes it. The UN chief was in Pakistan for a conference on
At a time when
40 years of refugees fleeing neighboring war-torn Afghanistan.
globalisation is being platforms, cloud computing
sharply questioned, and artificial intelligence ‘We need peace, land to go home’:
that help mitigate the
it is important to
effects of these
Afghan refugees tell UN
remember the upsides as
well as the downsides of an
interconnected world, according
crises"
food delivery to cloud
computing to help combat
the crisis.
and biggest trading partner.
“Even if other countries don’t
have the same level of exposure,
H ukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard
is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan
40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, his
to Richard Holden, professor of Alibaba has encouraged sellers the whole world is now radically children were small, stuffed onto the backs of donkeys
economics at University of New on its platforms to increase the interconnected. Global supply and dragged across rugged mountains to the safety of
South Wales (UNSW). supply of masks and other in- chains for products from cars to northwestern Pakistan.
“Radical global interconnectedness demand equipment. It has also used mobile phones run across multiple Back then the war was against the former Soviet Union and Khan was
makes the world more vulnerable to its influence to discourage the kind countries,” he noted. among more than 5 million Afghans forced to become refugees in Pakistan,
financial and public health crises. of price-gouging often seen during It’s worth pausing to reflect on how driven from their homes by a bombing campaign so brutal it was referred to
Yet those same forces have also natural disasters. much worse the quarantine imposed as a “scorched earth” policy.
lifted roughly 2 billion people out of “On top of that, consider what life on Wuhan and surrounding areas After four decades of war and conflict, more than 1.5 million Afghans still
extreme poverty in the past 30 years,” is like for about 11 million people would be without the technology that live as refugees in Pakistan, feeling abandoned by their own government,
he said in a university statement. in Wuhan, a city where normal life makes transport and logistics today increasingly unwelcome in their reluctant host country and ignored by the
“Those same technological forces has ground to a halt as people avoid so sophisticated. United Nations. Now, for the first time in years, there’s a faint possibility
drive the e-commerce platforms, going out. How do they get groceries Leveraging Alibaba’s 18 Freshippo they might eventually return home. The United States and the Taliban appear
cloud computing and artificial and other essentials?” asked Holden. techno supermarkets in Wuhan, the to have inched closer to a peace deal, agreeing as a first step to a temporary
intelligence that help mitigate the China is Australia’s largest source group has set up a dedicated food- “reduction in violence.”
effects of these crises,” he added. for international students, with delivery team to provide free food
For example, Alibaba Group – nearly 190,000 Chinese studying in and safe drinking water to local Green tea plus exercise may reduce fatty liver
arguably China’s leading e-commerce its tertiary institutions. China is also hospitals, rescue teams, reporters and disease
company -- is using everything from Australia’s largest source of tourists volunteers.
P eople suffering from non-alcoholic
fatty liver disease may benefit from
SpaceX announces partnership to send four tourists regular exercise and replacing high-
calorie beverages with decaffeinated, diet
into deep orbit green tea, suggests new research.

S
paceX announced a new The researchers found that a
partnership to send four combination of green tea extract and
tourists deeper into orbit than exercise reduced the severity of obesity-
any private citizen before them, related fatty liver disease by 75 per cent
in a mission that could take place in mice fed a high-fat diet. Although untested in human trials, the results
by 2022 and easily cost more than suggest a potential health strategy.
$100 million. "Combining the two might have health benefits for people, but we don't
The company signed the deal have the clinical data yet," said Joshua Lambert, Associate Professor of Food
with Space Adventures, which is Science at The Pennsylvania State University in the US.
based in Washington and served Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a significant global health problem that
as an intermediary to send eight is expected to worsen, Lambert said.
space tourists to the International Because of the high prevalence of risk factors such as obesity and Type-2
Space Station (ISS) via Russian president Tom Shelley told AFP. customers want, said Shelley. diabetes, fatty liver disease is forecast to afflict more than 100 million people
Soyuz rockets. The ISS orbits at 400 kilometers Unlike space tourism to the by 2030. And there are currently no validated therapies for the disease.
The first of these was Dennis Tito, (250 miles) above Earth’s ISS, which required six months of Coronavirus toll in China increases to 1,523
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who paid $20 million for an eight surface, but the exact altitude of training in Moscow, the next mission he overall death toll in China due to the deadly coronavirus on Saturday
hour stay on the ISS back in 2001. the Space Adventures mission will need four weeks of participation increased to 1,523, with a total of 66,492 confirmed cases, authorities
The last to go was Cirque du Soleil would be determined by SpaceX, in the US.
said. The National Health Commission said that it had received reports of
founder Guy Laliberte, in 2009. added Shelley. After a gap of 12 years, Space
2,641 new confirmed cases and 143 deaths on Friday from 31 provincial-
The new tourists would be carried At its earliest, it could take place Adventures also wants to send two
level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, reports
on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, by late 2021, though “probably more more tourists to the ISS on board a
Xinhua news agency. Among the deaths, 139 were in Hubei province,
which was developed to transport likely is sometime in 2022,” he said. Russian rocket in 2021.
NASA astronauts and is due to The capsule was designed to take Back in 2005, the company two in Henan, and one each in Beijing and Chongqing, according to the
make its first crewed flight in the astronauts from the surface to the ISS. announced, amid great fanfare, that it Commission. Also on Friday, 849 patients became seriously ill, while 1,373
coming months. Just nine square meters in volume, planned to send two tourists around people were discharged from hospital after recovery.
“Our goal is to try to get to about there are no private areas to sleep the Moon -- but that mission has now The Commission added that 11,053 patients remained in severe condition,
two to three times the height of the wash or use the bathroom. Mission been abandoned, confirmed Shelley. and 8,969 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
space station,” Space Adventure’s duration will depend on what the A total of 8,096 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

Opening of Kartarpur Corridor proof of Pak’s desire for peace: UN chief


U
N chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev - a good step and it will promote tolerance and
said the opening of the Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur interfaith harmony.
Sahib Corridor is a practical example district. Wearing an orange scarf, Guterres The UN chief appreciated the facilities being
of Pakistan’s desire for peace and inter-faith visited different parts of the Gurdwara. He was provided to Sikh pilgrims at the complex.
harmony, as he visited the revered Gurdwara served with traditional food in lunch along with Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor
Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Sikhism Sikhs and Pakistani officials. on November 9, 2019 in connection with the
founder Guru Nanak Dev. Strict security measures were taken during
550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhik the visit. Indian Sikhs in good number were
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the
Committee and Evacuee Trust Property Board also present at Kartarpur Sahib.
was told that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran corridor from the Indian side on the same day
officials received the UN Secretary General at Later talking to media persons, the UN
Kartarpur Sahib, some 125kms from Lahore. A Khan took this initiative to facilitate the Sikh Secretary General said the Kartarpur Corridor by flagging off the first batch of over 500 Indian
Sikh boy presented him a bouquet. community of India and elsewhere to visit the is a practical example of Pakistan’s desire for pilgrims, including former premier Manmohan
Guterres was also briefed about the Kartarpur shrine. The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar peace and inter-faith harmony, Radio Pakistan Singh and Union minister Harsimrat
Corridor pact between Pakistan and India. He Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur - the final resting reported. He said the opening of the corridor is Kaur Badal.
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INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND: Virat Kohli


looks to emulate Mansur Ali Khan
Pataudi’s 52-year-old feat in Wellington
Basin Reserve in Wellington will play host to the first Test of the
series and India’s record at the venue doesn’t paint a very good
picture for Virat Kohli’s troops

F
ollowing their drubbing at the hands of So if skipper Kohli wants to take an
New Zealand in the ODI series, India unassailable lead in the first Test, he will
will look for redemption in the longest have to emulate former captain Mansur Ali
format when they lock horns against the Kiwis Khan Pataudi’s 52-year-old feat as he was
in the upcoming two-match Test series.  skipper when India last beat New Zealand in
Basin Reserve in Wellington will play host Wellington.
to the first Test and India’s record at the venue
India’s record in Wellington
doesn’t paint a very good picture for Virat
• 1968: India win by 8 wickets
Kohli’s troops.
• 1976: New Zealand win by an innings and
Overall, India have played 23 Tests in New
33 runs
Zealand and have come out victorious in just
• 1981: New Zealand win by 62 runs
five matches.
• 1998: New Zealand win by 4 wickets
They have lost eight matches while 10 Tests
• 2002: New Zealand win by 10 wickets
ended in a draw. India’s record in Wellington is
• 2009: Drawn
much worse as they have won just one Test out India have managed to win just two Tests in that we can compete against anyone in the
• 2014: Drawn
of seven played at the venue so far. New Zealand. Despite these poor numbers, world,” Kohli said.
In 6 decades of India travelling to New
India’s only victory in Wellington came in Kohli believes this Indian team is more than “That’s the kind of confidence we will carry
Zealand, their most successful one was the
1968, which was their first-ever Test at the capable of winning in the country. into this series. We are not the same team that
maiden tour in 1968 where they won 3 of the
venue. Since then, they have lost four while two “We have prepared in a manner where our we used to be. We have a very complete squad
four Tests and took the series 3-1. Since then,
ended in a draw. fitness levels and concentration levels are such now.”

SHANE BOND
picks possible
New Zealand
bowling attack,
says ‘NZ are
really hard to Tendulkar wins Laureus Sporting
beat at home’ Moment Award for 2011 WC triumph
L
egendary batsman Sachin a glittering ceremony on Monday
Tendulkar has won the greatest evening.
Laureus Sporting Moment "And this is a reminder of how
“New Zealand could go in with five fast bowlers in Trent Boult, Award in the last 20 years. powerful sport is and what magic it
The moment, titled 'Carried on the does to our lives. Even now when I
Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson and De Grandhomme shoulders of a nation', describing the watch that (moment), it has stayed
moment when Team India members with me."
carried Tendulkar on their shoulders Tennis legend Brois Becker,
across the Wankhede Stadium in who had announced the winner,
Mumbai following their 2011 World then asked Tendulkar to share the
Cup victory, received the maximum emotions he felt at that time and the
number of votes by the fans. Master Blaster put in perspective
In his sixth appearance in the how important it was for him to hold
showpiece event, Tendulkar and the that trophy.
Indian team finally tasted success "My journey started in 1983 when
as they defeated Sri Lanka by six I was 10 years old. India had won

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he Indian team ticked a in their bowling attack. Neil beat here. I don’t think it’s going to wickets in the final. It was watched the World Cup. I did not understand
number of key boxes in their [Wagner] will test with short balls. be any different,” he said. live by an estimated 135 million fans the significance and just because
warm-up clash ahead of the [Tim] Southee has got swing and Speaking about Neil Wagner, across India on April 2, 2011. everybody was celebrating, I also
Test series. The bowlers looked to be [Kyle] Jamieson has both pace and Shane Bond believes that the left- Tendulkar, widely regarded as joined the party," said Tendulkar.
in good rhythm and the batsmen too swing. They are a different kind of arm pacer will create a lot of troubles one of the greatest batsmen in the "But somewhere I knew something
hit their stride. bowling unit,” Bond was as quoted with the short ball and how the history of cricket, was carried on special has happened to the country
The side has been in good form in by mid-day. He also spoke about the Indians deal with this challenge will the shoulders by the Indian team and I wanted to experience it one day
Test cricket over the last 12 months possible combination which could be determine the result of the series. players. He had made a lap of honour and that's how my journey began.
and hence, the upcoming series tried by Kane Williamson. “I won’t “Neil comes in one change with in front of raucous cheers, shedding "It was the proudest moment of
against New Zealand should be a be surprised if New Zealand don’t short ball part coming later on. In tears of joy after achieving such a my life, holding that trophy which I
closely-fought affair. play a spinner. Personally, I wouldn’t these home conditions, Wagner is momentous victory in his home city. chased for 22 years but I never lost
However, former Kiwi pacer have played a spinner as they will special as you don’t face this kind of "It's incredible. The feeling of hope. I was merely lifting that trophy
Shane Bond believes the challenge just have a holding role,” he told PTI. bowler too often. winning the world cup was beyond on behalf of my countrymen," he
will be a tricky one for Virat Kohli “New Zealand could go in Whenever he what words can express. How many added. Tendulkar, who is regarded
"New times you get an event happening as one of the greatest batsmen to
and team as New Zealand are an with five fast bowlers in Trent Zealand comes in and
extremely hard side to beat in their Boult, Tim Southee, Neil bowls those where there are no mixed opinions. have played the game of cricket,
is hard to beat at
own conditions. Wagner, Kyle Jamieson home. Recently, they ( b o u n c er) Very rarely the entire country also shared the impact South Africa's
“New Zealand is hard to beat at and De Grandhomme. beat England. It will be a stuff, it will be celebrates," the 46-year-old said after first black President and freedom
home. Recently, they beat England. “The wickets later on tightly-contested series as New challenging receiving the trophy from former advocate Nelson Mandela had on
It will be a tightly-contested series become so flat that New Zealand have great variety in for India,” he Australian skipper Steve Waugh him. Tendulkar revealed he met him
as New Zealand have great variety Zealand are really hard to their bowling attack. observed. handed the trophy to Tendulkar at when he was just 19-years-old.
Stupid Cupid
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Friday, February 21, 2020 The Indian Weekender

that you have worn before and know suits your


style and comfort level and makes you feel like
an instant star.

appropriate to justly.
If you are outdoor activity, if not consider
wearing dresses with pockets as its easy to slip
the ring in your pockets safely.
Or if you are going for the full flash mob-
style its good to have the ring as safekeeping
with your trusted bestie, as you know they will
be there for your big moment when you pop the
FOZIA YUSUF You may ask there is so many selections of question.
the ring to choose from heart pink shaped are

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ebruary is a month of love and all the cute, but If you have been proposed with larger Mother Nature
weddings that are taking place, we
thought of bringing you some fun facts
and insights into organizing your marriage
than life diamond then go for a minimalist look.
This will help draw more attention to your ring K eeping the weather in mind, make sure
you dress appropriately for the season, we
in New Zealand are experiencing a beautiful
and helps to get better photos without taking
proposal fashionably. to much attention to anything else which can summer. It is best to wear light colours as black
Bachelor’s Day is an Irish tradition on Leap overcrowd the beauty of your ring. tends to make you feel hotter last thing you
Day allowing women to initiate dances and want to do is sweat in your photos. And have
propose marriage. If the proposal was refused melting makeup. And if it’s a bit of chill rather
the man was expected to buy the woman a silk than a jacket carry a scarf.
gown or, by the mid-20th century, a fur coat. Photographed
The tradition is supposed to originate from a

Dress appropriately

P opping the question for a girl is a big event


but it doesn’t have to be black dress and
heels affair if you are planning
deal that Saint Bridget struck with Saint Patrick.
activity with your men
No proposal is complete without the perfect
as you know that’s
outfit especially if you are getting photographed
what he is into.
for this occasion. We will look at 7 fashionable
Heading to the
outfits to add glamour to your special moment.
beach a perfect

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Marriage proposal has become like a flash mob eeping in mind you will be photographed
swimsuit
frenzy. When everything so stratagem why not whether you are hiring a professional or
is a must-
makes this worth it and insta pinsta worthy. a few selfies, its good to take pre-take photos
have photo
Here are a few helpful hints while picking of yourself in the outfit so you know what you
along the
outfits for your proposal. will look like on your actual day, if your dress
beach always
s p e a k s colour matches your skin town, tips avoid bold
volumes on patterns when picking outfit to choose spotting
insta especially colours to wear for you and your partner.
those romantic And avoid baggy clothes as photos add 10
beach photos. pounds to your frame. So make sure you wear
If he is into hiking no appropriate fitting clothes that compliment your
better way to propose in best body figure.
looking athletic gear and nature photos as your Grooming

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backdrop are amazing. t is noted that your outfit is important but
Ring storage more important than that, are you? Make
sure you have gone for that overdue facial, and
massage Pedicure and manicure.
Pick the right perfume, if looking a bit pale
go for a tan. Make sure you have had a proper
shower and carry mouth fresheners.
Deodorants are important if you have
planned activity the last thing you want is a
smelly sweat.
If needed book an appointment with your
Choose a comfortable style local makeup artist to add the special touch to

W hen trying to figure out what to wear


on your proposal, you have to consider
that outfit you pick makes you look at your very
your look and be stress-free.
These steps will make you even more
attractive to your partner and give you the
best, but if you are not comfortable in what you confidence you need for a successful proposal.

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are wearing this won’t shine through in your t is always tricky to hide the ring when So good luck girls going out there to get your
photos as you won’t be able to concentrate. outdoor it is great if you have a backpack as men this Leap year.
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How parents can curb teenage drinking and driving


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inge drinking by teenagers run by the US National Institutes or more alcoholic drinks on a single
in their senior year of high of Health (NIH) and others that occasion.
school can lead to dangerous followed 2,785 young people over The researchers found that young
behaviours later in life, including the course of seven years. people who binge in 12th grade
driving while impaired (DWI) and They found that the protective were, two years later, six times more
riding with an impaired driver (RWI), effect of parental monitoring and likely to drive while impaired than
a new study suggests. teen awareness of parents’ attitudes someone who did not binge drink,
The study, published in the journal about alcohol lasted as much as four and, four years later, more than twice
Pediatrics, found that the protective years after leaving high school. as likely to drive while intoxicated.
effect of parental monitoring and According to the study, by 12th These teens were also more likely
teen awareness of parents’ attitudes grade, 42 per cent of young people to ride with an impaired driver and to
about alcohol lasted as much as four have had an alcoholic drink in the experience alcohol-related blackouts
years after leaving high school. past month, and 25 per cent have had and extreme binge drinking in
“There is great prevention power at least one binge-drinking episode. subsequent years.
in intentional parenting and a strong, specialised treatment services for young adults and nearly a quarter of Generally, for women, binge But the study showed parents can
reliable, mutual relationship here addiction,” said study lead author these are alcohol-related crashes. drinking involves consuming four or have a positive influence. Parental
can make all the difference in the Federico Vaca from Yale University For the findings, researchers more alcoholic drinks in two hours; support for not using alcohol also
world, including helping to identify in the US. analysed data from the NEXT for men, it’s five or more drinks. reduced later odds of blackout by 20
the development of youth alcohol/ Motor vehicle crashes are the Generation Health Study, a national Extreme bingeing, a growing per cent, the study said.
drug use disorder and the need for leading cause of death for teens and longitudinal study of high schoolers concern, refers to drinking up to 15

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INGREDIENTS:
CHOPPED PALAK WITH PANEER
• 360gm - spinach
• 300gm - paneer
• 1 - onion, large
• 2tsp - garlic paste
• 11/2tsp - ginger paste
• 2-3 - green chillies
Spinach in variations is a great way to eat the greens. It’s • 1/2tsp - red chilli powder
• 1/2tsp - turmeric powder
a green, leafy vegetable with high nutritional values so is • 1tsp - salt or according to your taste
surely one veggie that must be included in your daily diet. • 1tsp - garam masala powder

PALAK PAKORA
• 3tbsp - oil for cooking
METHOD
• Wash and chop spinach into half inch
or smaller pieces and keep aside for
later use.
• In a medium saucepan heat oil over high
flame.
• Add peeled, washed and chopped onion and
sauté over medium flame until brown in colour.
• Add garlic paste, stir, add ginger paste, sauté for
1-2 minutes, then add washed and chopped green
chillies and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
• Lower the flame and add red chilli powder followed
by turmeric powder, salt and garam masala powder, • Meanwhile
mix well and then add 1 tablespoon of water, mix well cut paneer into cubes.
again, stir until oil comes on the top. • When spinach is almost cooked, add paneer and mix,
• Add chopped spinach to the masala, mix well and add cover and let simmer for 1-2 minutes ( Paneer should
half cup of water, mix well again, cover the saucepan be well coated with the spinach ).
with the lid and let cook for 4-5 minutes over medium • Serve hot with roti and salad on the side.
flame. • Serves - 4

ALOO PALAK KI SABZI


INGREDIENTS:
• 240gm - spinach, baby leaves ( Palak )
• 3 - potatoes, medium
• 1 - onion, large
• 2 - green chillies
• 11/2tsp - garlic paste
• 1tbsp - ginger paste
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder
INGREDIENTS: • Add water in tablespoons at a time • 1/4tsp - turmeric powder
• 10 - spinach leaves so that the batter does not become • 1tsp - garam masala powder
• 1/2cup - gram flour ( Besan ) too runny so to start with add less • 1tsp - salt or according to your taste
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder water then gradually increase • 3tbsp - water
• 1/2tsp - carom seeds ( Ajwain ) to make it into a smooth batter ( • 2tbsp - oil for cooking
• 1/2tsp - chaat masala powder Batter should not be very runny
• 1tbsp - rice flour or too thick, the consistency of METHOD
• Salt according to taste the batter should be moderate to • Wash and chop spinach into half inch or smaller pieces
until water dries up and oil comes out.
• Water as required to prepare batter cover the spinach leaves ). and keep aside.
• Add spinach to the masala, mix well, cover the
• Oil for deep frying • Heat oil in a deep frying pan over • Peel, wash and dice potatoes into small cubes.
saucepan with a lid and let cook for 1-2 minutes on
medium flame. • In a medium saucepan heat oil over high flame.
Method • Add peeled, washed and chopped onion to the oil, sauté medium flame.
• Carefully add ( Well coated with
• Wash spinach leaves and keep • Add potatoes to the spinach along with 1 tablespoon of
the batter ) 1 spinach leave at a over medium flame until they are brown in colour.
aside to dry. water, mix well again, cover with a lid and let it cook
time to the oil and deep fry until • Add chopped green chillies, stir, add garlic paste,
• In a large bowl, add gram flour, for 5-6 minutes on a low flame or until the potatoes
crisp and golden brown in colour. sauté for a minute then add ginger paste and sauté for
red chilli powder, carom seeds, are done ( Stir occasionally to prevent the sabzi form
• Remove and drain onto a paper another 1-2 minutes.
chaat masala powder, salt and rice
towel. • Lower the flame; add red chilli powder followed by sticking to the bottom of the saucepan ).
flour.
• Serve hot with tea. turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt, mix • Serve hot sabzi with roti and dal.
• Mix well with the fork.
• Serves - 2 well, then add 2 tablespoon of water to the masala. Stir • Serves - 4

PALAK PANEER
INGREDIENTS: the lid and blanch the spinach add 1 tablespoon of water, stir
• 360gm - spinach ( Palak ) leaves for 4-6 minutes or until until water dries.
• 300gm - paneer ( Cottage cheese ) wilted. • Add washed and chopped tomato,
• 2-3 - green chillies • Add blanched spinach along with sauté until oil comes on the top.
• 2cups - water green chillies and water that is • Add puréed spinach to the masala,
• 1 - onion, large left in an electric blender. Purée mix well, cover it with the lid and
• 2tsp - garlic paste it into a smooth paste; cover and leave it on low flame for about 2
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder keep aside for later use (You can -3 minutes or until extra water is
• 1tsp - salt or according to your add more water to make a purée evaporated.
taste if it gets dried while boiling the • Add cubed paneer to the spinach,
• 1tsp - garam masala powder spinach leaves ). mix well, cover and let simmer for
• 1 - tomato, large • In the same saucepan add oil another 2-3 minute and the paneer
• 3tbsp - oil for cooking over medium flame, add peeled, is well coated with the spinach.
METHOD washed and chopped onion, sauté • Serve with roti or rice.
• In a medium saucepan, add water until brown in colour. TIP; Instead of paneer you can add
over high flame, then add washed • Add garlic paste, sauté for a 4 hard boiled eggs to make ANDA
spinach leaves along with green minute. PALAK.
chillies and let 1 boil come. • Lower the flame, then add red To make CREAMY PALAK
• After 1 boil, lower the flame to chilli powder, salt and garam PANEER add 2tablespoon of tomato juice of 1 lemon in the end followed • Serves - 4
medium, cover the saucepan with masala powder, mix well and then purée instead of tomato and squeeze by 3 tablespoons of cream.
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TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

What makes
Nandi Hills an
ideal getaway
from Bengaluru?
I
t is often believed that offbeat destinations offer you the best true potential. Do check on weather conditions before scheduling of around five other dynasties since then. It is a 1000 year old
experiences. This holds true as you are up for more surprises, your trip if you are up for some paragliding experience. temple and has architectural stamps of all five dynasties that
and most of these places are mostly unadulterated. It is only Cycling—Nandi Hills is one of the best places for cycling as ruled here
after travellers discover the beauty of such places that they infuse it has a terrain to boast of. The majestic altitude and picturesque The majestic complex of the temple and its spell-binding
curiosity in others too. This, in turn, creates a ‘travel cycle’ landscape form the backdrop will push you to pedal around and architecture are some of the features that draws people toward it.
started by the so-called wanderers, which put such wonderful enjoy the breezy feel of the ambience. It is worth a visit for sure.
sites on the tourism circuit. Places to visit in Nandi Hills Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat

T
Nandi Hills, in Karnataka, is one such offbeat place that holds
ipu Sultan’s summer retreat is definitely a place worthy of
testimony to this fact. Over the years, it has turned into a very
a visit. Haider Ali initiated the construction of this place,
popular holiday destination, and you will surely come back with
which was later completed by Tipu Sultan, who further used it
beautiful memories from here. Replete with spectacular views
as his summer resort. He also named it Tashk-e-jannat, which
and surreal experiences, this tiny hill station is more than what
translated to the ‘envy of heaven’.
meets your eyes.
Mainly, wood has been used to construct this property, which
This tiny paradise makes for an ideal quick getaway and also
exhibits intricate carvings and pillars along with walls and
for a relaxing holiday. If you are up for a trip, opt for this place.
ceilings that are beautifully painted.
Thank us later!
There are ample reasons why you should pick this spot for a
trip. You can visit Nandi Hills at any time of the year, and also go
for a road trip to this place from Bengaluru. Also, worth knowing
is the fact that it was a spot that Tipu Sultan opted for his summer
retreat.

Brahmashram

I t is one of the popular tourist spots in the region, and was once
used by Sage Ramkrishna Paramhansa for meditation. For
those seeking rejuvenation and solitude, this place is just perfect.
One of the reasons why it is popular among the tourists is that
usual temperature here is cooler in the caves and makes for a
perfect solitary spot.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
How to reach Nandi Hills?

D ue to its close proximity to Bengaluru, i.e., around 60 km,


you can opt for a short road trip and go driving there.
If you want to opt for flights, the nearest airport is Bengaluru’s
Kempegowda International Airport, from where you can hire a
If these reasons are not enough to convince you for a trip to cab or taxi. And, if you wish to opt for a train journey, get off
Nandi Hills, read on. at Chikkaballapur station, from where both buses and cars are
available.
Things to do in Nandi Hills

B elieved to be one of the oldest temples in Karnataka, the


Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is one of the popular spots
in Nandi Hills. As per records, this temple was built around 9th
century, and has undergone several renovations under the rule

E njoy long walks along the hills - The best way to experience
Nandi Hills is by taking a stroll along the hills at dawn or
around sunsets. This activity lets you capture nature in its true,
surreal form; not to forget, the charm of this place will not
disappoint you.
Paragliding - If heights don’t scare you, paragliding is a sport
that you should surely enjoy. And the good news is, Nandi Hills
offers you this opportunity. Imagine paragliding amid the serene
valleys and hills, an experience that will let you estimate your
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CROSSWORD NO: 47 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 47

HITORI NO: 47 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: 47 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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Eat fruit, vegetables for better


memory, healthy heart
R
esearchers have found that high average between two and eight co-morbid
consumption of fruit and vegetables conditions, which may accelerate cognitive
is linked to lowered odds of memory and functional impairment. The most
loss and its co-morbid heart disease. common comorbidities in dementia include
For the study, published in the cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and
International Journal of Public Health, the hypertension.
researchers studied data from 1,39,000 older "The dietary intervention in chronic
Australians and found strong links between disease prevention and management, by
certain food groups, memory loss and co- differ compared to other age groups," said taking into consideration the fact that older
morbid heart disease or diabetes. the study's researcher Luna Xu. populations often simultaneously deal
The study found that higher consumption She said the study pointed to a need for with multiple chronic conditions, is a real
of protein-rich foods was associated with a age-specific healthy dietary guidelines. challenge," Xu said.
better memory. Memory loss is one of the main early "To achieve the best outcome for our
"Our present study implies that the healthy symptoms for people with dementia, which ageing population, strong scientific evidence
eating suggestions of cereals consumption is the second leading cause of death of that supports effective dietary intervention
in the prevention of memory loss and co- Australians. in preventing and managing co-occurring
morbid heart disease for older people may People living with dementia have on chronic conditions, is essential," Xu added.

Chronic kidney higher risk of developing cardiovascular


disease, the researchers said.

disease killing Globally, chronic kidney disease directly


resulted in an estimated 1.23 million deaths

over 1mn people in 2017, with an additional 1.36 million


deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease

worldwide resulting from impaired kidney function.


Chronic kidney disease was the 12th

R
esearchers have revealed that leading cause of death globally in 2017, up
chronic kidney disease caused 1.23 from 17th in 1990.
million deaths worldwide in 2017 hidden in plain sight. The evidence is clear:
According to the study, 10 other nations
and the rates of people needing dialysis have Many nations' health systems cannot keep
- the US, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Brazil,
increased more than 40 per cent since 1990. pace with the dialysis demand. Cases far
Pakistan, Mexico, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and
According to the findings, published in exceed and are well beyond the ability of
Vietnam - each had more than 10 million
the journal The Lancet, there were 697.5 those systems to handle. The consequences, cases in 2017.
million cases of chronic kidney disease in literally, are deadly," said study researcher In total, 79 of the 195 countries included
2017 and nearly one-third of those patients Theo Vos from University of Washington in in the study exceeded 1 million cases.
lived in two countries - China, with about the US. Those cases and deaths in 2017 led to
132 million cases, and India, with about 115 In addition to deaths resulting from organ an estimated 7.3 million years lived with
million. failure in chronic kidney disease, impaired disability and 28.5 million years of life lost,
"Chronic kidney disease is a global killer kidney function also puts individuals at the study said.

Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and
fengshui consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is
available for consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
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ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) LEO (JUL21-AUG 20) SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21)
Certain important issues will be tackled in this If you get a raw deal, only you are to blame. Don’t Hectic time is here, involving a lot of running
week. Good luck promises to brighten your time. take a short cut, where you need to be thorough. around. A much awaited deal on the business
A new deal is likely to come through and give Booking a property is very much on the cards front will come to you. Your performance on the
you a taste of success. Excellent performance on for some. Peace and harmony prevails on the academic front will be more than satisfactory.
the academic front will help you join the lead home front and will help you rest and rejuvenate. Helping out someone on the social front may win
pack. A shopping spree with your near and dear Something entrusted to you may not be as simple you many brownie points. You will be able to pay
ones cannot be ruled out. You are likely to enjoy as it had earlier seemed. Joining a study circle off a loan. Someone’s fitness tips will come in
someone’s attention on the romantic front, so do reciprocate just to keep may prove a big help on the academic front. Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky handy in your quest for perfect figure and physique. A fun-filled trip
him or her motivated! Lucky No.: 6 / Lucky Colour: Rust Colour: Silver materialises for some. Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue
TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 20) VIRGO (AUG 23-SEP 23) CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 21)
A great time is foreseen on the social front. You Your best is yet to come, so don’t lose heart. A Keep your distance from someone who harbours
may get heaps of praise for something that you leisure trip is likely to take you on an out of different ideas. Chance of going terribly wrong in
have achieved on the professional front. Success town journey and prove immensely entertaining. something you are involved in at work is possible
is foretold in a challenging assignment on the Catching the eye of someone who adores you is and threatens to get you in all sorts of problems.
academic front. Peace and tranquillity prevails possible, so get ready to lap up a budding romance! You are likely to perform well on the academic
on the home front. Someone not agreeing front. Spouse’s care and love will find you regain
Reorganising the house for a celebration is
with you initially will start toeing your line. your self-esteem. Prevent an argument from
indicated. You may find your current task tedious
Excellent bonding with lover will strengthen the escalating on the romantic front. Take care of your diet in the interest of
and time consuming, but don’t slacken. Sharing notes with others will
relationship. Good earning is indicated. You will manage to keep fit and your health. Don’t be a gossip-monger. Lucky No.:7 / Lucky Colour:
be helpful on the academic front. Lucky No.:9 / Lucky Colour: Purple
energetic. Lucky No.:8 / Lucky Colour: Orange Brown
LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23)
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21) AQUARIUS (JAN 22-FEB 19)
There is much that needs to be done and you will
It is best to hear out everyone, but take your own It is difficult to get through to someone, who is
be all geared up to do it. You will manage to come
call. Winning a lucrative contract is on the cards just not open to your ideas, but persistence may
back in shape by joining a gym or taking up an
for businesspersons. Some kind of recognition is pay. You are likely to fare well in a competitive
in store on the academic front. You may continue exercise regime. Don’t pay more than the worth
situation on the academic front. Praise is in store
the initiative that you had taken on the health of anything you buy. Social scene seems hectic, for some at work for something achieved. Previous
front to remain fit and energetic. Those looking as you may take time out to meet someone close. investments will help keep your bank account in a
for love will not be disappointed, as someone is Tight schedule at work will not let you tend to a healthy state. Joining a gym or starting an exercise
likely to lavish his or her affections on you! Shifting to a new location personal matter. Keep romance on the backburner. Lucky No.: 8 / Lucky regimen is indicated for some and will benefit immensely. Your social
is indicated. Lucky No.:1 / Lucky Colour: Pink Colour: Electric Blue life remains enjoyable. Lucky No.: 3 / Lucky Colour: Red
CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 20) SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22) Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
You will manage to put your best foot forward A little push is all that a youngster requires to This is not the end of the road, so don’t lose heart
in organising a function or an event on the social get him or her firmly on the track, so help out. and start all over again. Opportunities to better
front. Chance for romance is here, so don’t miss the Monotony threatens to set in at work and make the performance are yours for the asking on the
opportunity at any cost! Setting out on a vacation everything look a drag. Cross check any input that professional front. Someone’s help on the academic
is on the cards and promises much fun. A family you receive on the academic front, before using front is likely to benefit you immensely. Money
youngster is likely to do you proud. You are likely it. You can expect something in return for your loaned is likely to be returned soon. Meeting
to gain immensely from someone’s advice on the services on the social front, but don’t count on it. someone you have not met in years is possible. A
academic front. Good investment options may come to you. Lucky Avoid a situation, where you can get provoked by someone you don’t promising week is foreseen for those seeking romance, so get set for
No.:2 / Lucky Colour: Teal like. Lucky No.:2 / Lucky Colour: Cyan some excitement! Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky Colour: Grey
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It has been a fulfilling journey: Boney Kapoor:


Arjun is in my
Kareena on 20 years in Bollywood heart; Khushi is
apple of my eyes
B
ollywood star Kareena Kapoor says the reason behind her longevity in her first collaboration with
the film industry, where female actors are reminded of their ‘shelf-life’, Karan after 2001’s Kabhi
is her loyal fan base that has stayed by her side in her two-decade-long Khushi Kabhie Gham.

T
career. “I’m really looking
he 39-year-old star, who made her debut in 2000 with JP Dutta’s forward to it because I
Refugee, says she is still having a golden run by working in projects am working with Karan
that she always wanted to be a part of. again after so many
“It has been very fulfilling and I am happy that I can now do the work that I years. I am also excited
have wanted to. I want to, obviously, continue working all my life because it’s as I think both me and
difficult as people say that actresses have a shelf-life. Karan have changed
“After two decades, getting married and having a child, it’s dramatically since

P
great to see the kind of "I love and support fans have Kabhi. It’s almost been 20 roducer Boney Kapoor says
given me. It’s the wish I will reason for my longevity. My years since I have worked although he loves all his
audiences have always always have the supported me and that is with him, and I think I am children -- Arjun, Anshula,
why I am here even opportunity to work today,” Kareena told PTI. a different actor today. And Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor -- he
Kareena Kapoor, with Aamir. He is a who has given memorable he’s also grown from strength never feels the need to be vocal about
performances in living legend in my Chameli, Asoka, Omkara to strength as a director and a his parental love.
and Jab We Met, eyes." married her Tashan co- person. The dynamic is going to be Asked who his favourite child
star Saif Ali Khan, who, she says, has been a constant very exciting to finally be on set with is among the four, Boney said: "As
support. him,” Kareena said. a father, all my children are my
“He never asks me what films I’m doing but he has always been there for The movie also features Anil favourites, but Khushi is the apple
me. We discuss his work a lot, but he never really asked me which film I am Kapoor,  Ranveer Singh, Vicky of my eyes. Woh chhoti hai na? sab
doing. He only asks me when will I be home because he wants to spend time Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi se chhoti bacchi hai meri (she is the
with me, but otherwise there’s no such filter,” she adds. Kapoor. The actor says she is in movies to youngest, isn't it? the youngest child
The actor is currently filming for superstar Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chadha, entertain people and moving ahead would of mine)".
which is an official Hindi adaptation of Tom Hanks’ classic Forrest Gump. like to continue doing the same. "She (Khushi) holds a special
Aamir recently shared Kareena’s first look from the film on Valentine’s day “I want to do different films. I am place in my heart. Currently all the
with a sweet message, saying romancing her on the screen comes naturally to here to entertain the audience and more, because she is not around.
him. Kareena says the feeling is mutual as her 3 Idiots and Talaash co-star is that is something that I hope to She is abroad for higher education.
someone she looks up to. continue doing. Having said that, Arjun is in my
“I wish I will always have the opportunity to work with Aamir. He is a living "Apart from that, there’s heart. I am not very vocal about my
legend in my eyes. I have a lot of respect and regard for him,” Bebo said. no plan. I have never had a love for my children because I feel
The actor adds that her character in the Advait Chandan-directed film will blueprint. I am there till my love for them is natural. I am
come as a surprise to fans. She said, “This film is very close to my heart my fans are willing to their parent, why do I have to say that
because it’s a different character for me. And I’m sure people will be slightly watch me,” Kareena I love them? Of course, I do!"
shocked.” Post Laal Singh Chadha, Kareena Kapoor Khan will start working Kapoor concluded. He said since childhood, Anshula
on  Karan Johar’s magnum opus Takht. The Mughal era-set film will mark was academically sharp. "She is
the brightest kid of our family, and

Rajpal Yadav: Without right timing, comedy becomes tragedy she has graduated from Columbia
University. She finished her four-

T
iming is the last word when important thing. It will either make in the comic drama. "Everyone year course in three years".
it comes to comic characters, you a zero or a hero. I feel lucky that has watched the first film. I can't "I cannot tell you how proud I am
says ace Bollywood I have been getting nice roles in the reveal right now which character for her. When she was working in
comedian Rajpal Yadav. The actor, comic genre. Today, I am what I am I am playing. All I can say is that Google in the US, I wanted her to be
who has tasted immense popularity is because of this industry and the my character in the movie is very posted here in Mumbai so that she
due to his performance in comic audience." important and I am happy for being lives here. Later, she was offered that
roles, shares a tip for young actors On the work front, Rajpal Yadav selected for such a role." posting by her company. She makes
who are enthusiastic about comedy has his kitty full with movies like Digital platform is the new me proud".
movies. "Coolie No. 1" and "Hungama 2". destination for a lot of actors Asked how he reacts to critics'
"Everything depends upon your Talking about working with David who prefer good content. A lot of opinion on Janhvi, Boney
timing. That is the most important Dhawan in "Coolie No. 1", which B-Towners are also increasingly said: "It was unfair to expect
thing. If your timing is not correct is a remake of the veteran director's opting for web series and original Janhvi to have the acting skill
then comedy will become tragedy. 1995 film of the same name, the movies. However, Rajpal Yadav of Sridevi in her debut film.
I think Jan was impressive in
You can practice dance, climbing a actor shared: "My relationship with seems to be not in a hurry to opt
'Dhadak', and given what
mountain and action stunts, but to David Dhawan saab is 20 years old. for the platform yet. He said: "The
she went through
get your timing right you have to He has always loved me like a son. I digital platform is bringing up
during the shooting
have the power of imagination and have worked with him in movies like brilliant concepts, the subjects are
of the film (referring
an alert mind. Your timing should 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', 'Maine Pyar also fresh. But I'm not in a hurry. I
to the sudden demise of
match with that of your co-actor and Kyun Kiya', 'Partner' and 'Judwaa 2' have a few offers but I'll choose my
her mother Sridevi). I
that's the secret to success in a comic popularity among the audience, the and every time I have enjoyed the script wisely."
give her credit that
role," Rajpal said. actor replied: "I feel it is the blessing experience. Dhawan saab holds a "Coolie No. 1" is slated to release
she finished the
Rajpal has been a popular choice of my parents and my guruji that special place in my biography." on May 1 while Priyadarshan's
film and stayed
for comic roles in Bollywood for two audiences shower me with so much However, the actor did not reveal directorial "Hungama 2" is expected
strong during
decades. When quizzed about his love. As I said, timing is the most which character he is playing to release on August 14.
that time."

It looks like some people want to break


the nation: Ratna Pathak Shah
V
eteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah says she feels should be written for new India? How can we represent this that’s going to make a big difference.
hopeful, seeing young and educated people trying new world? On what issues should we write plays? It’s making that difference and we
to making a difference. “The chaos and the brainstorming of that time can be seen are seeing it everywhere, all over
Ratna talked about the “chaos” in the country, in even today. Of course, things have changed. The situation the country. It’s not limited to
reference to the protests against the National Register of is extremely serious. During those times, we were talking Shaheen Bagh or Mumbai
Citizen (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). about nation-building. Now, it looks like some people want Bagh. It is spread across.
The renowned actor-playwright began by drawing to break and change the nation. That’s troubling,” Ratna “Again, art is showing
parallels between today and the time she grew up in. Pathak Shah said. the way. This kind of
“I grew up in the ’60s and the ’70s. It was a fascinating The actor went on to praise the youth of the country, chaos is producing such
era, and so is this. During that time, everyone was thinking who she believed is not just seen in “a Shaheen Bagh or a wonderful writing, music and
about the progress of India. How to make the nation ours Mumbai Bagh,” but is spread across the country. performances,” the actor said,
and what kind of nation it should be. Because my family “What I saw and heard today, what I see around me, it before reciting a poem penned
has always been associated with performing arts, we used definitely increases hope. Never before has India had so by popular poet-lyricist Hussain
to have discussions on these topics. What kind of a play many young, educated people come together at one time, and Haidry.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 21, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 29

65 Amazon th Here’s Filmfare


Awards’ full list

Filmfare Awards
of winners:
Best Film
Gully Boy

2020: Meet the


Best Director
Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy)
Best Film (Critics)

winners
Article 15 (Anubhav Sinha)
Sonchiriya (Abhishek
Chaubey)

T
Best Actor In A Leading
he Filmfare awards, which is celebrated every year to honour Role (Male)
the talented bigwigs of Bollywood took place on the night of Ranveer Singh (Gully Boy)
February 15 at Guwahati, Assam. This was the first edition of the Best Actor (Critics)
award show which was held outside Mumbai. Ayushmann Khurrana (Article
The star-studded night saw an array of Bollywood actors including 15)
Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann
Best Actor In A Leading
Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan to name a few.
Role (Female)
Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy won big at the
Alia Bhatt (Gully Boy)
awards. While Ranveer took home the Best Actor’s trophy for his
performance in the film, Alia won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress (Critics)
(Female) for the same film. Several B-town biggies including Bhumi Pednekar (Saand Ki
Kartik Aaryan and Ranveer Singh performed at the grand night. Aankh)
Taapsee (Saand Ki Aankh)
Best Actor In A Supporting
Role (Female)
Amruta Subhash (Gully
Boy)
Best Actor In A
Supporting Role
(Male)
Siddhant Chaturvedi
(Gully Boy)
Best Music
Album
Gully Boy- Zoya
Akhtar-Ankur
Tewari
and
Kabir Singh- Mithoon,
Amaal Mallik,
Vishal Mishra, Sachet–
Filmfare Awards 2020's results questioned by netizens as they troll the show with Parampara and Akhil
#BoycottFilmfare trend
Sachdeva
Best Lyrics
Divine and Ankur Tewari- Apna
Time Aayega, Gully Boy
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh...Kalank Nahi...
Kalank
Best Playback Singer
(Female)
Shilpa Rao...Ghungroo...War
Best Debut Director
Aditya Dhar - Uri: The Surgical
Strike
Best Debut Actor
Abhimanyu Dassani - Mard
Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Best Debut Actress
Ananya Pandey - Student Of The
Year 2, Pati Patni Aur Woh
Best Original Story
Article 15 - Anubhav Sinha and
Gaurav Solanki
Best Screenplay
Gully Boy - Reema Kagti
and Zoya Akhtar
Best Dialogue
Gully Boy- Vijay
Maurya
Lifetime Achieve-
In the category is that of the best actress in a ment Award
supporting role, the talented Marathi actress Ramesh Sippy
Amruta Subhash won the trophy! She stands Excellence In Cin-
tall in competition with Amrita Singh for ema
her role in Badla, Kamini Kaushal in Govinda
Kabir Singh, Madhuri Dixit in Kalank, RD Burman Award
Seema Pahwa in Bala, and Zaira For Upcoming
Wasim in The Sky Is Pink. Amruta Music Talent
shared her excitement on Sashwat Sachdev-
social media. URI
30 FEATURES Friday, February 21, 2020 The Indian Weekender

Samsung launches Galaxy A71 quad-camera phone


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nveiling its most premium smartphone "After the unprecedented success of Galaxy phone includes a feature that makes SMS come
in the A series, Samsung on Wednesday A51, we're happy to announce the all new "Alive" by identifying messages that are most
launched its Galaxy A71 model that Galaxy A71 -- a device that lets our consumers useful to the user and organising them neatly in
comes with a quad-camera set up for Rs 29,999. do more with their smartphones. With a the form of visual cards such as "Reminders"
The main camera features 64MP lens stunning Infinity-O Display, awesome camera and "Offers".
with F1.8 aperture for stunning low-light and best in class performance, Galaxy A71 is The "Useful Cards" feature helps reduce
photography. truly a testament of our relentless effort towards clutter in the SMS Inbox and lets consumers
Together with 12MP Ultra Wide camera bringing awesome innovations to everyone," find useful information quickly and easily.
and its 123 degree field of view, the camera is said Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, The multilingual typing feature makes the
designed to let people see as much as a human Samsung India. native keyboard come "Alive" by offering
eye can. It also features a 5MP Macro Cam and "With its sleek design and unique Make multilingual predictions. By using AI, the
a 5MP Depth Cam. for India 'Alive features', Galaxy A71 will experiences more creatively. It has a 32MP keyboard is able to detect the language used by
Galaxy A71 houses a massive 4,500mAh redefine the way millennials use and flaunt their selfie shooter. Coupled with 8GB RAM and the user while typing. The device comes with
battery powered with 25W Super-Fast charging smartphones," Babbar said. 128GB interna storage, Galaxy A71 is designed Samsung Pay, which enables consumers to pay
to give users the power to stream, share and Galaxy A71's 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display to enhance gaming experience with improved using their phone in a secure and convenient
keep the game on for a long time. comes with the all new Super AMOLED Plus frame rate and stability as well as reduced way. Galaxy A71 will be available in silver,
Powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor, technology. power consumption with the AI-powered blue and black colours starting February 24
Galaxy A71 also packs "Make for India" The phone also packs camera innovations "Game Booster". With a Micro SD card, the across retail stores, Samsung Opera House,
innovations aimed at enhancing the lives of such as segment-first "Slow-MoSelfie" that memory is expandable to 512 GB. Samsung e-shop and leading online portals, the
Gen Z and millennial consumers. allows users to to express their moods and Among the "Make for India" innovations, the company said.

Facebook to remove
page posting fake
North Carolina news

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ocial media giant Facebook is reportedly
planning to remove a page that has been
posting false stories about North Carolina.
According to Winston-Salem police, "North
Carolina Breaking News" is sharing untrue stories
about their department, myfox8.com reported on

Wondering
Tuesday.
Fancy some new golf shoes? Or what about giving
a child shoes and something to eat for lunch? After finding the false posts, they reached out
to administrators of the "North Carolina Breaking

how to
Spend My Super has been set up so that generous
News" Facebook page and the admins responded
superannuants can donate their superannuation to
help put an end to child poverty in New Zealand. them in Russian. As per report, Winston-Salem

spend your
It’s privately funded - we’re here to make a police say the posts are based on true stories from
difference, not a dollar. Every cent you donate goes outside of the state and Winston-Salem police
towards helping those children who really need it. officers were never involved.

retirement?
After all, not everyone who’s entitled to "While the Winston-Salem Police Department
superannuation needs it to live a good life. But 1 applauds the respective law enforcement officers
in 4 children do.
and agencies for the good work, it is apparent the
Spend My Super is flexible, allowing you to choose stories were altered to include Winston-Salem

Try lifting
how much you donate, how often and even how Police Department involvement," Winston-Salem
that donation is used. No matter how large or small,
police said in a news release.
you can split your contribution amongst charities

a kid out of New Twitter tool will


that resonate with you.
Potent charity partners throughout the country have
been carefully selected. We’ve chosen them
connect fresh tweet
poverty.
because we think their nurturing and support makes
a really significant impact at crucial stages of
children’s lives. Whether it’s frontline agencies or to old post faster
T
policy advocates, you can back something you truly
witter has announced a new feature that will
believe in. From shelters helping mothers and
children in times of need, to 21st Century education help users dig through their tweets faster to
facilities that prepare kids for a better future - the update an older post with an update.
choice is up to you. The feature called 'Continued Thread' that makes
it easier to connect an in-progress tweet to an earlier
To learn more about these life-changing charities
post. Compose your tweet and then pull down to
and their great work visit our website.
view older tweets.
You’ve lived your life well. Please give these Select the tweet you would like the new one to be
children the same chance. added to. Your tweets are now connected.
You will just have to pull down to see earlier
tweets and tap the "continue thread" or ellipsis
To donate button to find an older tweet to reply to.
Visit spendmysuper.org.nz today. Essentially, this is a new way to create topic
threads and tweetstorms.
The micro-blogging platform has in the past
allowed users to connect multiple tweets together
while composing them but the new feature makes it
faster to connect a new tweet to an old post.
Twitter has also acquired California-based
Chroma Labs that develops tools for short-form
video and photo creation.
It will help users fill in stylish layout templates
and frames for posting collages and more.
Inviting nominations for
The guidelines, which need to be adhered to, for
nominations, are as follows:

The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2020


1. The nominee needs to have an undisputable

2. Should be nominated by a person of repute. Further,

the nominee.
3. The nominator has to provide their full contact
details. No anonymous applications will
be accepted.
4.
business, sports, art, culture, or any other
profession).
5.

Indian origin, from any part of the world, who has


settled here in New Zealand. To be of Indian origin,
at least one of the parents of the nominee have to
be Indian, by blood, thereby making the nominee
of Indian lineage.
6. The nominee must have either a Permanent
‘The Indian Weekender Honours’ recognises individuals who have built a road to Residency (PR), or Citizenship of New Zealand to
be eligible for consideration.
glory for themselves and left a path for the coming generations to tread on; who
7. The nominee should have no prior convictions.
have touched the lives of thousands and enriched the society with their being; 8. For minors, under the age of 18, parental consent
who have brought fame and respect to New Zealand and the Kiwi-Indian community. will be required.
The Indian Weekender invites nominations for such personalities from the 9. The successful candidate will be required to attend
community for getting inducted into the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2020. the ceremony in person. In case a person is not able
to attend, due to any unforeseen circumstances, the
We also invite nominations for Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the Year jury will use its discretion.
and Kiwi Indian Community Service Exellence Award 2020. 10.
Nominate Online: visit www.halloffame.co.nz cannot be challenged.
Post your nominations: Fill this form and post it to the address given below.

ENTRY FORM: Nomination form for The Indian Weekender Honours 2020 | Please fill and post it to the address below

Nominator Details Nominee Details About the Nominee


Name of the nominator Name of the nominee

For how long have you known the nominee?

Please state your reasons for nominating the above person. You may mention the
achievements of the nominee in his/her profession.
Professional details of the nominator Age of nominee

Gender M F

Address & Contact number of nominator Address & Contact number of nominee

How according to you has the Nominee brought fame and respect to the Kiwi-Indian
Category Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame community? (Add extra sheets to this form, if required)
Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the year (16 to 35 years only)

Kiwi Indian Community Service Excellence Award

Declaration by Nominator
Nominee has accepted to appear in person
for the ceremony, if he/she gets chosen
the nominee for this application. for the nominated category for Kiwi Indian
Honours 2020.
Yes No
Yes No

I hereby declare that the above information is true to the best of my knowledge. I also
allow The Indian Weekender and the Jury to use the information provided for background
checks and to contact either me or the nominee for the purpose of getting any
What to do next?
Please take a print out of this form, sign (Add extra pages to this form if required.)
more information.
and send / or email at: For details contact Indian Weekender on
Jury Panel, Kiwi Indian Honours 2019 09-217 3623 or go to:
Level1,133A Onehunga Mall, www.indianweekender.co.nz
Signed: Date: Auckland 1061 halloffame@indianweekender.co.nz
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