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NZ and India to strengthen ties

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oreign Minister Winston trade relations between India and
Peters and Minister for Trade New Zealand.
and Export Growth David Notably, the high-level business
Parker met with Indian External delegation travelling along with the
Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam two Ministers includes the likes of
Bhav Dhillon – a successful business
Jaishankar on Wednesday, February
leader and a well-known champion
26, to discuss ways to strengthen ties
of NZ-India relations, Sameer
between New Zealand and India.
Handa – the Chairman of India New
“India is a priority relationship
Zealand Business Council, Peter
for New Zealand. We share common
McBride – former Chairman and a
democratic traditions, growing two-
Director of Zespri Group and current
way trade, extensive people-to-
Director Fonterra, Jo Pennycuick
people links, and a common strategic
– the founder-director of Redesign
interest in the Indo-Pacific region,”
Mr Peters said.
“First couple of days in Delhi have
“New Zealand has high aspirations
been very successful with meetings
for the relationship, which are set with Niti Aayog & IndiGo. Looking
out in the Government’s recently forward to some tangible outcomes
released India strategy.” by the end of this trip,” Mr Handa
“We agreed to work together to said.
meet these aspirations, including work together in ways in keeping trade relationship, and the importance Handa, Chairman of India New India is New Zealand’s 13th
through sustained future political with the region’s terms,” Mr of the rules based system,” Mr Parker Zealand Business Council biggest trade partner with
engagement from both sides Peters said. said. said, “The ministerial "We bilateral trade between NZ
and by advancing initiatives of “We also discussed the importance Kiwi Business Delegation delegation to India discussed – India between the two
mutual interest.” of respect for international law, has been very timely the importance
sovereignty, and open markets in
upbeat on Ministers’ visit although long of the Pacific to New
countries increasing
Mr Peters expressed New Zealand’s in the last few years
to India Zealand, and agreed to

support for India's leadership on order to advance the causes of peace, overdue.” and reaching to a new
security and economic development he members of Kiwi-business “The business identify opportunities to
the Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative, high of two way trade
in the Indo-Pacific region.” delegation travelling along delegation is also work together in ways
which seeks to promote maritime around $3 billion.
Both sides agreed to work together with Minister for Foreign of very high calibre in keeping with the
security cooperation; and the India is world’s fifth-
to achieve mutually beneficial Affairs Winston Peters and Minister & from diverse region’s terms"
International Solar Alliance, an largest economy with
prosperity, and welcomed New for Trade, Export & Growth on a four industries including
India-led organisation working a nominal GDP of $2.94
Zealand’s business delegation day visit to India are brimming with Aviation, Service sector,
to strengthen cooperation on trillion, overtaking the United
visiting India. excitement about the prospects of fintech, education, meat, horticulture
solar energy. advancing bilateral trade. Kingdom and France in 2019. In
“We discussed the importance “We discussed our respective views & dairy,” Mr Handa said. terms of purchasing power parity,
on the Regional Comprehensive Speaking with the Indian INZBC is the premier trade
of the Pacific to New Zealand, and Weekender from New Delhi, Sameer India’s global ranking is third, only
Economic Partnership, our broad organization in New Zealand behind the United States and China.
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Coronavirus delays temporary visa

processing times, as INZ deals with
the shutdown of Beijing office offices.”
“There are currently 13,400

he ten days wait time for applications on hand in Beijing. Of
allocation of a case officer to these, 6,200 relate to individuals in
an Essential Skill Work Visa China who are unable to travel to
application, is likely to be delayed New Zealand due to the restrictions,”
to six weeks, as Immigration New Ms Robinson said.
Zealand enters into the peak season “To help manage the volume of
ahead, amidst dealing with the applications being transferred from
shutdown of its Beijing office. the Beijing office, INZ has dedicated
This is likely to further increase 50 immigration officers who
the wait time for the processing time currently process temporary work
of essential skills visa applications, visa applications to work on visitor
which according to INZ website and student visa applications.
currently is around 64 days, where “This will help us ensure that
90 per cent of all applications student and visitor visa applications
are completed. continue to be decided within normal
The outbreak of the Coronavirus timeframes,” Ms Robinson told the
and the efforts of the Chinese Indian Weekender.
government in closing down However, INZ warns to
businesses and cities, which resulted prospective visa applicants that
in the temporary closure of INZ’s processing times for applications
Chinese New Year on January 24, decided by INZ annually. The “However, regardless of what
Beijing office, is having a fallout on that are not submitted with all the
2020. closure of the Beijing office means actions INZ takes, it is likely that
an already over-burdened temporary required documentation or require
The Beijing office generally a reduction of 130 immigration processing times for visitor, student
visa processing queue in New further verification will take longer
decides around 10,000 officers to process visas. and work visa applications will
Zealand. "There than usual
visa applications Catriona Robinson, Associate increase in the coming weeks due
INZ’s Beijing Office, are currently Meanwhile, INZ is encouraging
every week and Deputy Chief Executive, to the drop in immigration officers
which had become the 13,400 applications on all applicants to ensure they
is responsible Immigration New Zealand told the available to process visas,” Catriona
hub of temporary-visa hand in Beijing. Of these, have provided all the required
for processing Indian Weekender in a statement Robinson said.
processing from all 6,200 relate to individuals documentation with their application
around 50 that INZ has considered a number “Applications that would normally
around the world in the in China who are unable to and that they have submitted their
per cent of of options for managing the impact be processed by Beijing continue to
last couple of years, travel to New Zealand due to application well ahead of their
all temporary of the Beijing office closure on visa come in daily, and INZ has already
has been closed since the restrictions" intended travel or visa renewal date.
applications processing going forward. transferred around 12,000 to other

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Minister Peters and Parker start

India tour with a visit to Rajghat

oreign Minister and Deputy
Prime Minister Winston
Peters and Minister of Trade
& Export Growth David Parker
started their India tour on Tuesday,
February 25 with a visit to Rajghat
– a memorial dedicated to Mahatma "New
Gandhi in New Delhi. Zealand needs
The visit of Mr Peters and Mr to find new ways to
Parker is the first major bilateral trip work with India.. you
by a Government minister since the should always be looking
coalition took office in October 2017  for new ways to work
Posting an image of the two with India, and not
Ministers paying their homage to just in commerce"
India’s Father of the Nation, on his
twitter account Minister Parker said,
“Paying our respects at the memorial
to Mahatma Gandhi is an important
priority on our visit to India.”
The office of the New Zealand
High Commission to India further
posted several pictures showing
the Ministers accompanied with a
high level business delegation from
New Zealand including the Kiwi-
Indian MP Labour Party’s Priyanca
Radhakrishnan coming out from
the precinct of Rajghat after paying
their respects to India’s greatest
gift to the rest of the world and an years, both bilaterally and as a part analyst, Professor Raja Mohan, who
apostle of peace and Non Violence increasing in the last few years and India’s global ranking is third, only of multilateral regional free trade was recently in New Zealand for the
Mahatma Gandhi. reaching to a new high of two way behind the United States and China. agreement (RCEP). QS Summit at Victoria University of
Later in the day Minister Parker trade of around $3 billion. In recent years, both countries have However, there is an increasing Wellington.
also met with India’s Finance However, according to many tried to see each other differently, and urge on both sides to find more “New Zealand needs to find new
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to experts this is still at a much below more positively, courtesy to India’s creative ways of mutual engagement, ways to work with India.. you should
discuss on enhancing bilateral trade levels than the actual full potential of dramatic economic rise in previous especially at people to people and always be looking for new ways
between the two countries. this important bilateral relationship. decades and the growing size of the business to business levels and to work with India, and not just in
It is important to note that India India is world’s fifth-largest vibrant Indian diaspora living in New enhance bilateral trade, and also at commerce. There is a tremendous
is New Zealand’s 13th biggest trade economy with a nominal GDP of Zealand. common global issues. amount of goodwill, a huge scope
partner with bilateral trade between $2.94 trillion, overtaking the United The two countries have Recently similar sentiments for discussion, and the two countries
NZ – India between the two countries Kingdom and France in 2019. In unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a were also echoed by one of India’s are very close,” Prof Mohan told the
terms of purchasing power parity, Free Trade Agreement in the last few leading academics and foreign policy Asia Media Centre.

High fliers get fast-tracked residence visas

GILL BONNETT, RNZ Ms Goodhue said that date has not changed
since July last year because people were being

mmigration New Zealand has spelt out picked out of the queue for faster processing.
how high pay takes skilled workers to the Among residence partnership applications,
top of a priority list after complaints to the immigration would now prioritise partners of
Ombudsman about its unpublished fast-track residents who have been out of the country for
processing policy. more than two years, and partners of citizens,
INZ says it will prioritise fewer residence according to guidance that also came out on
applications, bringing hope to some of the Monday.
thousands of people who have been waiting in The guidelines show the quickest
a queue behind others. applications to be allocated to a case officer,
Some have been waiting since 2018. before work and business visas, are residence
INZ said it would now prioritise skilled visas for victims of the Christchurch mosque
migrant (SMC) and residence from work this method of allocation,” she added. they are going to resume the allocation of the attacks and their families.
visas for immigrants with an annual salary “I am encouraged that they have said that main queue. Applications from parents wanting to join
of $106,080 or jobs needing occupational they are going to resume allocation from the “But again, I think people are a little bit their immigrant children in New Zealand, a
registration. The announcement is bad news main queue. I don’t like to be cynical, but I’ll cynical about how fast that’s going to happen category which re-opened this month with
for lower-paid talent (accredit employer) believe it when I see it. - yes, they may be reviewing applications but tighter eligibility criteria, are at the bottom of
applicants who had been prioritised until now. “Because I can’t see from the information again it’s still surely going to be a very, very the priority list.
Unpublished criteria to fast-track certain they’ve put out what’s changed that means long slow process going forward until they INZ said it was introducing the changes
applications have been used internally since they’ve now got the capacity to be dealing clear the backlog.” because it was receiving so many applications
the middle of 2018, replacing “first-in, first- with what they’re saying is just a larger than The criteria to prioritise was arbitrary, she meeting the priority criteria, that other
out” decision-making. expected volume. added, as all skilled migrant applications applications were no longer being allocated.
Immigration adviser Erin Goodhue said the “I don’t see them putting this announcement involved people with occupations the country It said it is able to process visas more
timing of Monday’s announcement suggested out as being a solution to what is quite frankly needed.
urgently if the circumstances warrant it.
it was in response to ombudsman complaints, a real big mess.” Immigration New Zealand (INZ) figures
More information is available at https://
including her own, questioning the validity of Immigrants have reacted with dismay to show a quarter of SMC residence applications
INZ’s process. INZ’s approach, she said. take more than a year and one in 10 wait more
The ombudsman’s office last month said “Like me, they are quite disappointed that than 15 months.
it was investigating a high volume of related it’s taken INZ this long to be transparent,” A letter from INZ to an applicant this month
This news piece was originally published
complaints, she said. she said. “This is the very first public said it was currently allocating applications on Radio New Zealand and is being re-
“I’m still disappointed that they have announcement that they’ve made about it. But to case officers that were received in early published by The Indian Weekender in the
confirmed that they are going to go ahead with I think people are encouraged by the claim that December 2018. agreement of content partnership
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 28, 2020 SPORTS 7

Counties Manukau Police educate

drivers on correct use of child restraints
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD jeopardise the safety of the child,” Sergeant

ounties Manukau Police on Friday,
Police also encourage people to check the
February 21 conducted a special
fitness and quality of the child restraint if
operation in the South Auckland region
they are buying second hand or taking from a
educating drivers about different types of child
restraints and its correct use for the safety of the
Sergeant Arora added that if there are three
child in a motor vehicle.
to four kids in the vehicle, the eldest of them
The project is called ‘Operation ANAK’
should be seated in the front seat and the seat
which basically stands for Attention,
belts of the children should be on their shoulder
Knowledge, Acceptance, Kompliance derived
and not touching the neck of the child.
from Malayo-Polynesian languages such as
“We are not here for infringements; we are
Indonesian, Malaysian and Tagalog in which "The just educating the drivers. Auckland Transport
ANAK means ‘child’. basic concept arranged for some goodies for the children
Operation ANAK was conducted on two of this operation was and Plunket also donated a few seats to the
locations in Mangere, officers standing the safety of children in parents on the day,” Sergeant Arora added.
approximately a kilometre apart, on the median vehicles by using the Police and Plunket officials spoke to
stopping the vehicles on either side of the road. most appropriate child the motorists in the adjacent public car
The officers spoke to the drivers and escorting restraints and fastening the seat belt of the child the child is going above seats in accordance park. They educated them of the most
them to an adjacent public car park if they have seats the right way. the back of the seat and with their age and appropriate child seat, how to properly fit
a child at home or in their vehicle. Sergeant Arora added that just earlier in the head is coming out- height" them, putting seat belts correctly, when to
Speaking with The Indian Weekender, the morning, they came across a vehicle then they need to change it. change the seats and if they had any queries
District Ethnic Services Coordinator from where a four-year-old was sitting in the If there is a minimum of two-finger regarding them.
Counties Manukau, Sergeant Gurpreet Arora front seat without the child restraint which is difference between seat top and head of the “The basic concept of this operation was the
explained why ethnic communities need better absolutely wrong. child, then the child restraint is okay to use,” safety of children in vehicles by using the most
understanding and education around child “We need to create awareness as there is Sergeant Arora said. appropriate child seats in accordance with their
restraints which is very low, and such operations a lack of knowledge amongst the people,” Police encouraged motorists to approach age and height. You may think you are a good
will encourage compliance in the future and he said. local Plunket offices in their area to clear any driver, but you cannot take guarantee of the
improve child’s safety in motor vehicles. According to NZ laws, any child under the confusion, questions or doubts as they are the other driver on the road. If not seated properly,
“We come from a country where special height of 148 cm will have to be seated in an specialists in this field, and they can help the the safety of all occupants, including children,
child seat is not very prevalent and used, but in individual child seat, children within the age community. gets compromised when there is an unfortunate
New Zealand, children under the age of seven of 0-2 will need to be put in capsule sized seat “In our community, we use the seats, and then crash,” Sergeant Arora said.
need to be seated in a suitable child restraint which needs to be placed in the back seat facing we pass it on to others which ideally should not NZ Police spoke to approximately 100+
failing which the driver will be subjected to the rear. This needs to be done so that the child be done. Like a vehicles’ WOF, even these seats drivers and it was well received by them, most
infringement, and fines as it is considered an is safe from the pressure of the airbag in case of have a fitness level and an expiry date. of whom appreciated the efforts of the police
offence here,” Sergeant Arora said. a crash. When a child grows, they can be put in “A child seat may look suitable and in for creating this driving and awareness about
Operation ANAK was supported by a booster seat. good condition, but it may be expired and not child restraints and safety for the children in
Auckland Transport and Plunket, volunteers of “The simple rule of thumb is- if the head of complying with the rules of child restraints and vehicles.
whom spoke to the drivers about proper child

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David Parker meets with

NITI Ayog CEO in New Delhi

ith eyes on boosting economic
cooperation and bilateral trade
between the two countries, the
visiting Minister for Trade David Parker is
currently meeting with Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh
Kant in New Delhi.
Minister Parker is accompanied with the
Acting NZ High Commissioner to India,
Graeme Action, along with a high-level
business delegation from New Zealand.

NZ academic centre
Niti Ayog (National Institution for
Transforming India) is the Indian government’s
premium economic policy-making body that

inaugurated in New Delhi uses a bottom-up approach to transform India.


eepening education ties between the
two countries, Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Peters inaugurated the newly announced
New Zealand Centre at the Indian Institute of
Technology Delhi on Wednesday, February 26.
Recently a Memorandum of Understanding
was signed to affirm the position of New
Zealand Centre to be a focal point of academic
activity for all eight New Zealand Universities
and IIT Delhi. 
Through the New Zealand Centre, all eight
universities of New Zealand will collaborate
with IIT Delhi in research in technologies for
clean water, cybersecurity and data science,
energy and environmental studies, and international students in New Zealand, and
advanced biological and healthcare systems numbers of first-time student visas for Indian
and engineering. students to study in NZ universities are growing
India is the second-highest source of strongly.

'New bill protects small businesses

Priyanca from unfair trade'

Radhakrishnan Deborah Russell

MP for New Lynn Chair of the Finance
and Expenditure Committee

The Fair Trading Amendment Bill
Labour List MP based in Maungakiekie was introduced at the end of last
year by the Minister of Commerce
and Consumer Affairs, Hon Kris Faafoi.
It provides new protections against
Maungakiekie Office pervasive for both businesses and consumers.
unfair business practices by prohibiting
This bill amending the Fair Trading Act 1986
unconscionable conduct in trade, extending
09 622 2660 existing protections against unfair terms in
provides two major tools to ensure trading is fair.
The first is a prohibition on “unconscionable”
consumer contracts, and strengthening the
priyanca@parliament.govt.nz conduct. The bill includes a set of criteria for
ability of consumers to require uninvited direct
determining what conduct might be considered
Level 1 Crighton House, sellers to leave or not enter their property.
The government surveyed a range of
100 Neilson St, Onehunga businesses and found that about half of them
These are factors that can be used by a court
(entrance via Galway St) to assess whether or not a contract between
had experienced what they considered to be
two parties was fair, or went far beyond being
unfair conduct or contract terms.
| |  priyancanzlp Some individuals had been threatened,
commercially necessary or appropriate.
The second tool is an extension of the current
verbally abused and blacklisted after asking
protections against unfair contract terms
for payment. Some suppliers had been forced
in standard consumer contracts to apply to
to pay compensation to retailers after they ran
business-to-business contracts as well.
promotions with other retailers.
It will apply to contracts with a value below
Contractors reported having the scope of
their work increased unilaterally or without
This tool recognises that small business
people are often in exactly the same position as
Consumers can also suffer from unfair
ordinary consumers when it comes to dealing
with big business: they don’t have the same
The government has been told about cases
resources or the same ability to hire lawyers so
where a lender repossessed and dumped a
sometimes they just have to give in.
borrower’s personal belongings, not to recover
The bill is currently open for submissions.
the unpaid debt but to send a message.
It can be accessed here: https://www.
One trader used aggressive sales techniques
to sell expensive skincare products to vulnerable
Authorised by Priyanca Radhakrishnan document/52SCED_SCF_BILL_93552/fair-
people, including selling $10,000 of product to
Labour List MP, 100 Neilson St, Onehunga trading-amendment-bill
two people with autism.
Submissions can be made until 27 March
These cases indicate that the problem is
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 28, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 9

Christchurch Multicultural Festival Auckland Tamil Association

witnesses 6000+ attendance invite community for Summer
Family Camp

uckland Tamil Association,
the community organisation
for Tamil speaking Kiwis
living in Auckland, is inviting the
community to join the Summer
Family Camp scheduled to be hosted
from Friday, March 6 to Sunday,
March 8.
The two-nights-and-two-days
summer camp will be held at
Karanga Camp on Te Henga Road
IWK BUREAU in Swanson, West Auckland, where
people of all ages can participate.

rganised by Christchurch City Council “This family trip is organised for
on Saturday, February 22 at Ray Blank everyone to meet and interact with
Park, Christchurch’s 19th annual each other and the camp will include
Multicultural Festival ‘Cultural Galore’ fun activities that will engage the
witnessed one of the highest attendance in entire family,” President of Auckland
years. Tamil Association, Vai Ravindran
The event had performers representing said. The organisers are charging a
diverse cultures of 30 countries showcasing nominal amount of $35 per adult and
the richness and vibrancy of their cultures and Tandon said. $25 for children to cover necessary
food at the event. “Events like these provide a platform for the expenses and organise different
“Over 30 countries were represented on the individuals to showcase their talents and also activities in the camp.
day showcasing their cultures through vibrant the wider community to enjoy the presence of “The nominal amount as fee
music, arts, dance, language and tasty ethnic different cultures, the values they bring, their includes accommodation and food
cuisine,” a spokesperson from Christchurch food, promote inclusiveness and harmony in for the participants for the duration
City Council said. the community,” he added. of the camp,” Mr Vai added.
“Captivating performances and great food The organisers have encouraged families to participate in this first of its kind summer camp for
with a wide range of activities for everyone,
Christchurch Holi 2020 families so that they can have a good family picnic outdoor and also get an opportunity to meet new
including stone carving, flax weaving, henna
tattoos, baseball-hitting, bouncy castles, police T he city will witness another annual
spectacle ‘Christchurch Holi Festival’ on
Saturday, February 29 at the North Hagley
members of the community.
“We have seen summer camps for children and some for senior citizens and also some one-day
outing for families, but this summer camp is different because families can go for this outing or picnic
speed radar, face painting, fire education
and free play options were organised at the Park. not just for one-half day but stay outdoors for two nights and days and have a sleepover away from
festival,” he said. Christchurch’s annual Indian Holi Festival home,” Mr Ravindran said.
Members of the public present at the festival of Colours will brighten up Hagley Park for “This kind of event gives the families to gel more when outdoors, mix and mingle with other
said they were delighted to attend the event the seventh time this weekend and bring an members of the community, play, walk, work, and do activities together outdoor and get to know their
like a family day out and to explore different important message of unity to Canterbury. families and friends a little better.”
cultures for their family and to experience a Held to foster togetherness in India, event The organisers have asked the participants to bring sleeping bags (sheets or duvets), pillows for
wide variety of diversity in a single place. organisers Hitesh Sharma and Sandeep night accommodation, shoes for indoor and outdoor activities, personal toiletries (toothbrush, paste,
The day also marked the ninth anniversary Khanna believe that Holi is more important for soap etc.), towel, hat, water bottle, medicines if required, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, etc. The
of the Christchurch earthquake, which was the city now than ever before, due to the events accommodation by organisers has bunk beds with mattresses and heaters arranged for the participants.
recognised with a minute’s silence. of March 15 in 2019. The activities during the summer camp include the bush walk, games at the beach, discussions on
“Holi is traditionally focused on creating several subjects and topics, team-building exercises, quiz, entertainment etc.
The ‘compostable food packaging at events’
unity. The colours symbolise that no matter The camping will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and end after brunch (11 a.m.) on Sunday,
initiative was introduced for the first time, with
your skin colour, religion, background or social March 8. Interested community members can register by contacting the executive committee
the aim of diverting as much waste as possible
status, we are all one. We need events like Holi members of ATA.
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Roskill Community Patrol helping

Police deter crime in the community
IWK BUREAU was immediately called into the Police. Over

several months, Police and future Patrols added
he Mount Roskill Community Patrol
that particular property in their patrol route as
Inc. (MRCP), has for the last five
it was believed there might have been illegal
years, has been helping New Zealand
activities taking place there. The constant
Police deter crime in the community patrolling
presence of ‘marked’ vehicles driving into that
several suburbs at different intervals of the
resulted in this group moving on.
week identifying areas, people and vehicles of
“We are also some times asked to aid Police
interest that appear suspicious and reporting to
by patrolling a new area, which can be outside
our regular patrol route, as occurred recently,
The Patrol is based at the Roskill South
where a vast number of cars parked by visitors
Community Policing Centre from where each
to One Tree Hill and Mt Eden were being
Patrol sets out for their three hours. Each Patrol
broken into, and Mount Roskill, Onehunga,
consists of at least two patrollers, in uniform Blockhouse Bay/Green Bay and Mt Albert/
with the CPNZ logo, high-visibility jackets Pt Chev patrols all extended their patrol areas
and ID driving around allocated suburbs while Sangeeta Mankal presents keys to donated vehicle to Merril Bourne
to visit these troubled sites during the day
compiling a report for the Police. or visible in parked cars etc. This is done to patrols over the past few months, and we were
Earlier this month a responsible community create awareness amongst the public as well
It was as a result of having
delighted to receive feedback from the Police to
member donated a Toyota Prius Hybrid to as reducing thefts. MRCP is supported by its attended local meetings such as say that our presence in the areas had a marked
MRCP for its patrolling activities. Previously, by members of the Puketapapa Local Board, the Ella Kumar’s Business Voice effect in a drop of that criminal activity,” Mrs
MRCP patrols used patrollers private vehicles Auckland Council, as well as MP for Mt Roskill and other Community Events Bourne added.
of patrollers marked with magnetic CPNZ Michael Wood and List from the National Party, Earlier this week, Patrol members, Police,
signage. Dr Parmjeet Parmar.
that I met the donors Sangeeta
Puketapapa Local Board members led by Ella
All the patrollers at MRCP are local people MRCP is headed by Tony Lau as Chairman & Venkat Mankal who have very Kumar, Bobby Shen and Fiona Lai, along with
who came forward to help minimise crime who arranges all the patrol rosters and has generously donated the vehicle two new recruits met with the donors Sangeeta
in the community. Each patroller is vetted by been focusing on recruiting locally and Merril and Venkat Mankal (from Quality Care Dental
Police, provided with training as per CPNZ Bourne, who is the Secretary and Coordinator the aim that the presence of a marked patrolling outside Roskill South Community Policing
guidelines and commit to patrolling at least one of the organisation, handling applications, vehicle will have a deterrent effect on criminal Centre for them to handed over the Toyota
3 hours patrol each month. arranging training, uniforms, IDs, fundraising, activities. Enumerating some of its successes, Prius to the Patrol.
Patrolling is usually done during evening liaising with the Police at Roskill and Avondale, Mrs Bourne said a few years ago, a particular “It was as a result of having attended local
hours and sometimes during the day time as the local board and other community groups. area of ‘interest’ down a driveway of a meetings such as the Ella Kumar’s Business
well when the patrol visit four supermarkets, MRCP regularly visits some known trouble commercial area which was found to be well-lit Voice and other Community Events that I met
the warehouse, doing a foot patrol through the spots in the community covering Lynfield, part of a parking space but not visible from the the donors Sangeeta & Venkat Mankal who
store, speaking with shoppers who may leave Hillsborough, Three Kings, Balmoral, street and often found a group of young males have very generously donated the vehicle,” Mrs
their bags at risk from the theft from the trolley, Sandringham, Owairaka and Mt Roskill with loitering in a corner, acting suspiciously, which Bourne added.

Hazardous waste
sparking recycling
truck fires in Auckland
IWK BUREAU thanks to the vigilance of truck operators,
rigid safety protocols that are in place if a fire

arlier this week, Auckland Council occurs, and the rapid responses from Fire and
received notification of a third Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).
recycling truck fire in Sunnynook. Fire The Otara incident followed in the wake
and Emergency New Zealand have been at the of a truck fire the previous week in Lynfield
scene. The cause of the blaze was unknown. when a full load of recyclables caught fire and
Aucklanders cautioned to take care of what had to be emptied out in a nearby parking lot
they put in their recycling bins to avoid the risk at Margaret Griffin Park so that firefighters
of serious harm. could gain control of the smoking debris. The
Gas cooker canisters, lighter fluid cans, cause of the blaze was not able to be isolated
or a motor vehicle cambelt wrapped around but around six tonnes of recyclable materials
a packer mechanism are the probable had to be uplifted from the site and trucked to
culprits in another recycling truck fire last landfill. A full recycling truck load of around 6
week. Auckland Council is again warning tonnes had to be expelled in a Lynfield car park from our kitchen, bathroom, and laundry made include most chemicals, paint, acid, gas cooker
Aucklanders of the dangers truck blazes pose after the contents of a recycling truck caught from plastic, glass, steel, and aluminium, as aerosol canisters, gas cylinders, and many
to waste contractor employees, nearby traffic, fire. well as paper and cardboard. battery types, including lead, mercury, nickel,
and passing pedestrians. “Recycling truck fires could cause serious Trying to ‘wishcycle’ unwanted items in car, and zinc-based batteries. These can be
Emergency services were notified last harm to our staff, contractors or the public, your kerbside recycling bin like electronic taken to an authorised battery recycler.
Tuesday after a collection truck operator and they are always a costly exercise, both gadgets, motor parts, and building and Lithium-based batteries used to power
noticed smoke coming from the hopper. Fire financially and environmentally,” says construction items to recover the potentially items such as mobile/cell phones, hearing
officers quickly directed the truck to a nearby Councillor Hills. valuable materials can have unintended, and aids, power banks, laptops, electric vehicles,
cul-de-sac in Otara where the small load was “In addition to emergency services being potentially dangerous consequences. power tools, and vapers are also hazardous
dumped out and the blaze fully extinguished. called out, there’s disruption to collection If unsure, Aucklanders can play council’s items, which cannot be put in our rubbish or
“Hazardous waste, including flammable and services, the cost of cleaning up the fun online Recycle Right game to find out recycling bins. These outlets can help you to
combustible items, should never be placed contaminated materials, and then the additional whether items should go in the rubbish bin or safely recycle or dispose of them.
in kerbside rubbish and recycling bins,” cost of materials having to be disposed of in recycling bin. It’s easy to get it right
says Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the landfill, instead of being recycled. Then, the Things that should never go in your kerbside Auckland Council has a useful online
Environment and Climate Change Committee. recycling truck needs to go through a full rubbish or recycling bins tool that explains how to safely dispose of
“Because of the compacting equipment in service and check before it can be Certain types of hazardous waste are not unwanted items if people are unsure as to
collection truck hoppers, there is a "Making deployed back on the streets.”
the effort to suitable for our kerbside rubbish or recycling whether an item can be recycled or not.
significant chance of a fire occurring
recycle right not only How to recycle right bins. Auckland Council advises that anything “Making the effort to recycle right not only
when items are crushed by the
keeps waste out of the The things that should that is flammable, toxic, explosive, corrosive, keeps waste out of the landfill and protects
landfill and protects our go in our kerbside or radioactive, should be taken to transfer
Councillor Hills says that it our environment, but it also keeps the people
environment, but it also keeps recycling bins are stations that specialise in managing hazardous
has been fortunate that a more working to manage and minimise our waste
the people working to manage household containers waste. Common examples of hazardous waste
serious incident has not occurred, and minimise our waste safe" safe,” says Councillor Hills.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 28, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 11

India’s Middle Power 'moment'


rofessor Raja Mohan is one of India’s
leading academics and foreign policy
analysts. He is currently the Director
of the Institute of South Asian Studies, at the
National University of Singapore.
In Wellington last week for the QS Summit
at Victoria University of Wellington, he sat
down with the Asia Media Centre’s Graeme
Acton to discuss India’s way forward, and
this country’s strategy dealing with India’s
increasing influence in the region.
GA: Donald Trump is in India this
week for talks – how does India see its
relationship with the USA in 2020?
RM: “The US stands out very highly with
the Indian people, it has done since the 1960’s “India’s always tried to be friends with China Modi speaks of - it’s on the way - but it’s not while the US won’t totally pull out of the
when the Indian middle class became attracted throughout history .. but that’s sometimes there yet. It will be the world’s third largest region, it will reduce its presence , and that’s
.. popular opinion on the US is still very been difficult … There’s a history of tensions economy in the future, but it will still be a a window for India to seize the opportunity to
positive. India has changed, but the US has going back many decades, and now India distant third behind the US and China”. improve its own position in the region.”
also changed .. the American policies now on faces issues with China it has never faced Indian Prime Minister Modi has been
Is India struggling with its internal
things like Kashmir, nuclear weapons , those before, China’s power is now omnipresent in embroiled in the fallout over his proposed
problems, poverty, religious tensions
things are not the sticking points they were, India’s neighbourhood, and dealing with that Citizenship Act, as well as the crisis over the
and the US has won trust… the US and India has become a major issue.” decision last year to revoke the autonomous
“There are significant obstacles : India is
are integrated in many ways over many areas “So India has, over the last few decades, statehood of Kashmir, how focused to do think
still struggling to come to terms with the bitter
now. done a lot to get closer to the US”. his administration is over trade issues?
legacy of partition in 1947, that’s a significant
“The “dispute” , if you can call it that, is “China’s rise makes that more likely, “My sense is that the second term of Modi
issue. India can send a rocket to the moon,
over trade .. and Mr Trump’s visit to India may but India has to also hedge against the has been quite focused on social issues that’s
but that doesn’t mean its fixed its internal
not come away with anything hugely tangible unpredictability of the US .. and so India is true .. but I believe they will tone down parts
… they are very hard negotiators these keen to work with its friends in the South of this agenda as we go on, and my sense is
There’s been a lot of speculation about
Americans … I think India has underestimated Pacific and elsewhere” they will shift to a more economic focus
“burden-sharing” in the region, with
to an extent just how important the free trade “In the end we can’t leave the future of .. Modi is still a rock star politician, he still
obvious signals that the US is moving to
model is to Washington at this moment .. I India to the mercy of Washington, and I think has huge support despite the road bumps, his
exit Afghanistan, and demands from the US
think we were lulled into some complacency there’s room to construct coalitions with like- nationalism is very popular with the Indian
president that nations do more to “pay their
because the Bush and Obama White Houses minded nations, there is an opportunity for electorate.”
way” in security. How does that impact India?
were willing to give India a pass on the trade India to navigate a path between the two major New Zealand’s Foreign Minister and Trade
“ I think India has no choice but to do more,
issues, as long as it moved ahead on other powers, using region-specific coalitions, Minister are in India this week, with a brief
and step up into the security world in the
things” including with countries like Australia and to explore trade and other issues and how the
region as the US pulls back” … India has been
“George Bush was interested in India’s New Zealand…” two countries can work more closely together.
right behind the Afghan government in Kabul
help on security issues, Barack Obama was “For India the choice is not about whether to India is of course hugely important to this
for example, but if the political structure
interested in India’s help on climate change back China over the US or whatever, we have a country and has significant potential for trade
changes in Kabul, India will have to re-assess.
... India took a long time to realise that with set of issues with China which have been there growth, as well as for things like international
“The Taliban has also been keen to engage
Donald Trump, trade comes first.” for a while : the Kashmir boundary dispute, students and tourism. How does New Zealand
with India, and India needs to be talking to all
Total two-way trade between the US and the trade dispute, as well as China’s hostility get closer to India?
the actors in the region”
India was around $150b last year, much more to India expanding its international profile. On ‘New Zealand’s trick needs to be to find
“India also needs to work on how it can
than the $90b with China… how does India all these issues, the US supports India, and has a new way to work with India.. you should
engage with the international community
deal with an increasingly protectionist US become an important partner…that doesn’t always be looking for new ways to work with
to secure some sort of on-going stability for
under Trump? mean India has the status of the UK or France,
Afghanistan… it may not send troops, but it India, and not just in commerce” There is a
“I think India has to be careful not to get or Japan for example, but India can play a
has already played a part, and it must continue tremendous amount of goodwill, a huge scope
bogged down in the small-bore trade stuff with role in shaping the balance , shaping a new
to be involved”. for discussion, and the two countries are very
the US and others.. it has to keep an eye on the framework for Asia – and we are still prepared
What other security issues do you expect close.”
big picture. A relatively small trade agreement to work with China, though, at this point the
India to become involved in under the “burden
worth around $10b is yet to be signed, but Chinese are so strong they really don’t need The India-NZ Free Trade Agreements
sharing” concept?
we’re in a new world when it comes to trade, any other partners, and they would prefer to seems to be progressing very slowly.
“India must up engagement with Pakistan,
and the Trump administration will continue deal with the US directly – that’s where the How can New Zealand address that?
and that also goes for The Gulf, The Indian
to change global trade …that’s important for problem is” “If trade is not working and the FTA concept
Ocean, and global intelligence networks.
India, because the US trade relationship is the is stuck, work on climate change , security ,
Is India destined to become the “great India already has a couple of ships in the
most important one it has “ other areas of common interest, if the trade
power” promoted by Prime Minister Gulf, securing Indian shipping, and that will
What is India’s current strategy with Modi? continue. India certainly has the naval capacity issue is a road-block, change tack and just
regards to China’s rising influence in “India is best seen as a middle power, it is in the Indian Ocean to step up in this region”. move around it. ”
the region? yet to achieve that greatness that Nahendra I mean, this is a “moment” for India , and - Asia Media Centre


Crash victim applauds tough approach to phones and driving
RADIO NEW ZEALAND points for using their phones while driving. discourage cellphone use by drivers, Thomsen

That was up more than 10,000 on the year said.
police crackdown on drivers using their
before. Just last month, Wellington officers That included mobile phone cameras.
mobile phones has led to a 40 per cent
at checkpoints caught 312 people using their Positioned above the road, they look down on
increase in the number of fines being
phones. Inspector Derek Orchard said that was a vehicle to see if someone has a phone tucked
too many. away near the steering wheel.
Road safety advocates are encouraged by the Targeting mobile phone use was one of the New cars on the market boast technology that
numbers, saying using a cellphone is one of the key priorities for his team because it posed such can tell if the driver’s eyes aren’t on the road,
most dangerous things a driver can do. a high risk for everyone on the road, he said.
Jade Beale knows better than most the and sound alerts or hit the brakes accordingly.
That approach pleased the Automobile And cellphone companies themselves are
dangers cellphone use while driving poses. Association’s road safety spokesperson, Dylan
She and two others were hit head-on by a coming up with solutions, with some phones
Thomsen, but he said a huge number of drivers
driver who was focused on her mobile phone. automatically shutting down once a vehicle is
it. We need a sledgehammer approach. You see would be getting away scot-free.
The offending driver died behind the wheel, travelling at a certain speed.
it happening it so much on our roads that we AA’s own research showed one in 40 drivers
This news piece was originally published
while Beale and others in her car suffered really do need to push this hard.” used their phone on any given day. on Radio New Zealand and is being re-
horrific injuries that took years to recover from. New figures show that last year 36,000 The AA wanted to see the introduction of published by The Indian Weekender in the
“I think it’s great that they are really pushing people copped an $80 fine and 20 demerit technology that was being used overseas to agreement of content partnership
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Twelve facts about Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame

that makes it unique and most coveted
event of the Kiwi Indian community

he Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame
– as it is popularly known
in the community – is the
collection of three biggest awards
in the community that strives to
celebrate achievements of few rarest
of rare individuals, who have been
trailblazers in their respective fields,
leaving a profound impact on the
The evening is known for its
glitter, with guests gushing with
praise for its classiness and flawless
execution that elevated it to such an
enjoyable and memorable event.
What has made this award
ceremony one of the finest shows
of the Kiwi Indian community in
New Zealand and the most sought
after event of the country is its
glamour, excellent vibe, networking
opportunity, celebrity presence and
Here are twelve factors that make
the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame the
most unique and fashionable event
of the community. 
1. The glitz and the glamour:
Packed event hall with over 600
guests, the movers and shakers of
the community, dressed in their best dance performances and launchpad
business outfits making the event for some upcoming events. The
one of a kind.  Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame event
2. The community: The Kiwi is the pinnacle of showbiz and
Indian Hall of Fame is an event glamour one can witness in an
for the community, it’s an evening annual corporate and community
celebrating the contributions of event in New Zealand. 
the entire Kiwi Indian diaspora in 10. Addresses by Mayors,
New Zealand for effecting positive Prime Minister, sponsors: The
changes in the community. The event marks ceremonial addresses
event hall sees the leaders of the by Mayors of Invercargill Tim
Kiwi Indian and Fiji community Shadbolt, Mayor of Auckland Phil
representing their community and Goff who launches the Auckland
community organisations on behalf Diwali Festival poster (by ATEED)
of their community members at the every year at the event and Prime
event.  Minister who recalls and thanks the
3. Celebrity: The Kiwi Indian contributions of the Kiwi Indian
Hall of Fame has brought the community to ethnically diverse and
famous names from the Indian thriving New Zealand. 
entertainment industry to its show, 11. Businesses and supporters:
who elevate the glamour quotient of The sponsors and businesses who
the night. Be it stand-up comedians are the supporters of the Indian
Amit Tandon, Manish Tyagi or Weekender and the Kiwi Indian Hall
award-winning singer duo Amaal of Fame get to see the exuberant
and Armaan Malik.  Paul in the main category, while, chief guest, the Prime Minister of reach of the brands to the mass
4. Emcees: The Masters of the Younger Achiever category has New Zealand.  present at the event. Branding on
Ceremony of the Kiwi Indian Hall honoured footballer playing for 7. Who’s Who of New Zealand LED screens, Live projected screens,
of Fame events in the last few years Bayern Munich II Sarpreet Singh, networking: Imagine 600+ movers banners and standees in the event
are the benchmark setters who not neuroscientist Dr Malvindar Bains, and shakers of the community under and networking hall, promotions
only lead the event but also entertain Muskaan Devta, Shail Kaushal, and one roof talking to each other, up comedy against a 20ft wide LED and logos on all branding materials
the guests with their witty anecdotes others. and Community Service sharing business cards and making screen emanating a million pixel of of IWK including print, digital,
and polished emceeing skills. Some Excellence award recipients such as new contacts. motion graphics and abstracts. From social media and in the address by
of the emcees who are known for Jeet Suchdev, Thakor Parbhu Singh, The guests include ministers of Bollywood to Bhangra, mashups, the Director of IWK.
their charming presence behind the Harshad Patel and others.  the Crown, businesspeople, top fusion and Great Gatsby to classical 12. Top 25 Powerlist release
mic and on the stage are Newshub 6. Prime Minister & the caucus: professionals, senior government Indian- the guests at the award The Indian Weekender’s NZ-
anchor Wilhelmina Shrimpton, There are so many Members of bureaucrats, the Mayors of ceremony get to witness all in the India 25 Most Influential list
comedians Manish Tyagi, Amit Parliament and politicians present Auckland and Invercargill, sponsors space of a few hours.  acknowledges those making a
Tandon, Kritika Satija and others.   in one event under one roof that one of the event and prominent citizens. 9. The showbiz: Multiple live difference in the NZ-India relations.
5. The winners: The inductees senior politician said that half of the The who’s who of the community, cameras floating in the hall, giant The Indian Weekender at its Kiwi
to the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame cabinet was in the room. business and politics! Need it say LED background, two elevated Indian Hall of Fame Awards
says it all why HOF is the most At the same time, another more! canvases hanging on either side of releases its latest edition of the list
coveted title for the Kiwi Indian jokingly commented that being at 8. The entertainment: The event the four projected live-streaming that features 25 such trailblazers in
community. The inductees include one couldn’t hope to get elected has kept its promise of elevating the screens, throbbing music carefully the India-NZ space who contribute
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Judge Dr without being present at the awards. glamour and entertainment quotient orchestrated for every second immensely towards the growth of
Ajit Swaran Singh, Sukhi Turner, In the seven previous Hall of Fame of this annual event to a higher level. and every sequence of the event, this bilateral relationship between
Dr Benjamin, Dr Kanti Patel, events of the Indian Weekender, Five dance performances, three exclusive videos of winners and the two nations.
Anand Satyanand and Dr Sharad never has it seen the absence of the award category ceremonies, stand- IWK corporate video, high-octane – Nomination Form on Page 29
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RIZWAN MOHAMMAD thought to go with something more participation is ‘Corporate Premium’
creative and engaging so that every where a group of three can make the

lumberzone, the bed and individual involved in the project team, and the fourth member will be
mattress company is New can both enjoy and contribute their a celebr ity or a famous personality
Zealand is conducting a part,” Ranjay Sikka, Managing from the event organisers.
treasure hunt event in Auckland to Director of Slumberzone, told The “In the Corporate team, the fourth
fundraise and support Child Cancer Indian Weekender. person can be an All Black, a Black
Foundation. Participants can enter the treasure Cap, a TV star or any other surprise
The treasure hunt is scheduled to hunt via invites through social media, guest. This celebrity will accompany
be held on Sunday, April 26, where have to decode the clue, go to the locations will be declared the winner. adverts and personal referrals. The the participant in their vehicle for the
the participants will look for clues in next location in their chosen mode of Organisers of the event, Slumber participation sponsorship starts with treasure hunt.
different prominent locations of the transport (car or bike), get the paper Zone, has invited teams with $100 (Adventurous TWO) where "All participants will be invited
city starting and ending at the venue signed by the crew at that location, sponsorships to participate in this a team of two can enter, and their for an exclusive dinner party with the
Ellerslie Racing Club in Ellerslie. pick up the next clue and proceed creative and adventurous game to mode of travel will be on a bike. celebrities,” the media team of the
The format or sequence of the to collect all five clues ending at the raise funds for a noble cause. The next category of participation treasure hunt event said.
treasure hunt is that it will start at main venue. “We have hosted and participated is Elite Four, $200, where a team of The winners will be chosen
9 a.m. from Ellerslie Racing Club The first team to arrive first with in several fundraising events for four can participate and travel in one separately for the car and bike entries
where the teams of two or four will the clues signed by the crew from all different bodies but this time we car. The highest level of sponsorship into the competition.

Police urge
local business
to be vigilant

Protect yourself
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or clothing, throw the tissue in the bin
and wash hands afterwards (wash your hands after wiping children’s noses too).

hristchurch Police is witnessing a rise in Wash your hands regularly
burglaries in the inner city areas targeting cafe
and convenience stores.
Wash hands regularly with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser. Good hand
Police said they will continue to work hard to prevent, hygiene is more important and effective than wearing a mask.
respond, investigate and resolve burglaries but we
cannot do it alone.
Central city food and retail businesses are advised to Use tissues when spitting
be diligent and take what preventative measures they Spit into tissues, throw them in the bin, then wash your hands.
can, including removing all cash from their premises.
People need to ensure their buildings are secure and
valuable property is not left out when they shut down at
the end of their working day. Don’t share food utensils
“Staff should check that alarms and CCTV systems Don’t share spoons, forks or chopsticks when eating from shared plates. This can
are functioning well and check cameras are being spread illness through saliva.
cleaned and set correctly.
“Make sure you look out for your neighbours and
report any suspicious vehicles or people to Police, Celebrations, events and crowded places
noting down things like number plates and descriptions Don’t attend events if you’re sick or have been in or through mainland China in
of people if you can. the past 14 days. Avoid close contact with people in crowded places, especially
“Ensure you take all possible safely precautions
regarding your property and vehicles.” Police appealed.
those showing signs of illness.
“While Police patrols offer community reassurance
and crime prevention, we still need members of our Self-isolate
community to let us know what’s going on. If you see If you have been in or through mainland China since February 2, 2020, you may
a crime being committed, please call 111 immediately.”
Police media release said.
have been exposed to - and infected with - novel coronavirus (COVID-19). You
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New childcare centre in Auckland heralds

the future of centre-based childcare in NZ
SUPPLIED CONTENT Education (ECE) businesses in New Zealand

and abroad.
running track, soccer field, extended
The company currently has five Rainbow
operating hours, onsite doctor, catering
Corner early learning centres in Auckland
and a bespoke natural environment are
and one in Mumbai. A centre in Fiji and four
just some of the features 200 Auckland pre-
new purpose-built centres in New Zealand
schoolers will enjoy when the Rainbow Corner
are scheduled to open this year. The Dosshis
Group’s newest Early Learning Centre opens in
also own in-home education provider PORSE,
Flat Bush shortly.
which currently supports 1,100 educators
 The multi-million dollar project is a major
around the country caring for more than 3,000
investment in East Auckland by the Rainbow
families’ children; PET, or PORSE Education
Corner Group, which owns centre-based early
and Training; and For Life, an online education
learning centres throughout New Zealand and
PORSE in-home childcare and training. first established in the The Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre
  Rainbow Corner Group owner Rrahul and 1970s by German-born in Flat Bush is located at 417 East Tamaki
Bhavini Dosshi says there is a global trend psychoanalyst and Road.  www.rainbowcorner.co.nz /   (09) 282
towards providing children with a more natural social philosopher Eric 2464.
environment to play and learn in, moving away Fromm. Biophilia’s
from sterile surroundings of many large centres. basic principle is to About Biophilic design
The Flat Bush centre will be one of a handful in incorporate natural According to proponents of biophilic
New Zealand to have a biophilic philosophy at elements into any building at building design, as humans have evolved, the
its heart, one that connects children with nature every available opportunity.  divide between the natural environment and
and using the natural world as the classroom. The Centre is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., the built world has become greater, and the
“Our state-of-the-art and progressive Early and while those hours are a first for a NZ early and physiotherapist. “Having a doctor onsite effects are negatively impacting us as a society.
Learning Centre has been designed to give childhood education centre, it’s a number Mr means we are able to respond quickly to any They believe children are too caught up in this
children the best opportunities to develop, learn Dosshi is hoping to increase. situation that may arise in the Centre and that artificial, electrical world of sterile buildings
and discover at their own pace within a natural   “Over the past two decades we have been is great comfort to parents,” adds Mr Dosshi. filled with modern technology and as a result,
environment. building and operating early learning childcare “With this Centre, we are responding to are now experiencing nature deficit disorder
"0The African-animal themed Centre features centres and have seen the need for extended the changing nature of work and families’ and biophobia, a fear of anything natural, which
beautiful purpose-built wooden furniture, hours from parents and caregivers. This is childcare needs. All with a specific philosophy can significantly impact their development and
imaginative spaces and toys designed to inspire in response to the increase in people’s shift underlying to give children a very special wellbeing.
creative play while outside, the phenomenal workers with their early starts and late finishes. experience. We are very proud of this Centre Biophilic designed early learning centres
playground encourages physical movement and It’s the future of centre-based childcare.” and know it signals a new phase in early aim to establish and nurture the instinctual
exploration. There is definitely a ‘wow’ factor. A commercial kitchen onsite will provide childhood learning.” bond between humans and nature from early
It’s not your standard pre-school fare,” says Mr pre-school catering for both the centre plus childhood for lasting positive effects. A large
and Mrs Dosshi. deliveries to other centres and take-home
 About The Rainbow Corner Group body of international research has shown
  The complex spans  3,250m2  with a Established in 2006, The Rainbow Group of these benefits include better motor skills,
meals for parents. ‘Wraparound’ services in
large outdoor playground that features play Companies is owned by Rrahul and Bhavini positive self-image, improved coping skills,
the Flatbush centre also including a café, a GP
equipment plus a soccer field and athletics track. Dosshi, with substantial investments in both self-awareness, superior social interactions,
practice, specialist nurse, pharmacy, podiatrist
Biophilic principles come out of a philosophy centre-based and in-home Early Childhood empathy and intellectual performance.

The Indian Weekender Friday, February 28, 2020 FIJI 15

NZ to help Fiji in crime fight  

ew Zealand Prime Minister our borders that sustain and create
Jacinda Ardern has this jobs within our economies and also
afternoon lauded the efforts touching on climate change.
of Fiji in fighting transnational “It’s one of many ways Fiji
crimes.She had also announced in and New Zealand are leading the
detail how her government will be global race to net-zero. I want
helping its Fijian counterparts. to congratulate New Zealand on
Ardern says New Zealand and passing its climate change response
Fiji face challenges with the ever- “zero-carbon” bill.
growing issue of drug fight at our "Fiji is proud to join you on the
borders and this is the reason her right side of history bypassing our
government will be giving a total of own Climate Change Bill this year,
11 million dollars. which lays out our pathway to net-
She says this will include the zero emissions. With mounting
setting up of three labs, which will uncertainty in the global economy,
commence in May, coupled with four Prime Minister Ardern and I spoke
fulltime experts to work with the Fiji at great length of new avenues of
Police Force. "For regional economic opportunity.
Also included in this is the "Whether its building climate
of Fiji’s 50-
provision of trained trackers dogs to year history as resilience and climate-focused
help detect drugs. extends far beyond our patch of the remains a charismatic leader and this country can an independent financial products, providing
Ardern says she continues to Pacific — together, our voices can continues to inspire not only her call themselves nation, that was a good housing, expanding access
support Fijian Prime Minister, inspire the global climate action we country but the world. a proud Fijian, revolutionary to homeownership, adding
Voreqe Bainimarama in the fight need to leave this planet better than “She and I both see the power united in the concept" greater convenience and liveability
against climate change, adding Fiji we found it in a simple idea; the idea that no purpose of building a to our urban centres, sustainably
can to count on New Zealand being The New Zealand PM also matter their background or creed, better nation.” managing our farms and fisheries,
a partner in this fight. praised Fiji for being a champion our people’s fates are bound by He says New Zealand is Fiji’s building capacity in education and
Bainimarama has also been in having a big number of women nationhood. second-largest regional trading training, or opening new flows of
extended an invitation by Ardern parliamentarians.Other issues "For much of Fiji’s 50-year history partner and every year, tens of trade, technology and expertise, we
for a state visit to New Zealand. discussed between Ardern and as an independent nation, that was thousands of Kiwis visit our shores, can look within our region –– and to
Our world badly needs more leaders Bainimarama, included the growing a revolutionary concept. But after and Fijian and New Zealand each other –– to ride out the global
like @jacindaardern. 

She and I concern of COVID-19 and Pacer shutting the door on decades of hurt businesses send flows of goods, economic headwinds we face, both
both know the Fiji-NZ partnership Plus.Bainimarama says Ardern and division, today, every citizen of services and investments across now and on the horizon.”

is proud to
join you on the
right side of history
bypassing our own
Climate Change Bill this
year, which lays out our
pathway to net-zero

25,000 Fijians call New Zealand home, says Jacinda Ardern

5,000 Fijians call New Zealand home are there for each other in times of need. Bainimarama says the visit by New Zealand
and nearly 200,000 New Zealanders Prime Minister Ardern also congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is a celebration of
visit Fiji every year and experience Fiji on the milestone of reaching 50 years the rich and enduring friendship between Fijians
incredible hospitality. of independence. and Kiwis.
This was highlighted by New Zealand Prime “We are proud to have enjoyed diplomatic Today, Prime Minister Ardern will be meeting
Minister Jacinda Ardern at a state dinner last night ties with Fiji ever since your independence was the Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum
at GPH. Ardern says the Fijian community in New declared and that speaks to the history that we Secretariat before making an official visit to RISE
Zealand makes such a huge contribution to New have together now as nations. We are joined by, project in Tamavua-i-wai.
Zealand society and gives back to Fiji as well. historical, cultural educational, business and Prime Minister Ardern will also speak at the
The New Zealand Prime Minister also reiterated sporting links and in particular our love of rugby.” University of the South Pacific at her last official
that as friends and neighbors Fiji and New Zealand Meanwhile, Prime Minister Voreqe function of the day.
Thought of the week
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90%
how you react to it."
- Charles R. Swindoll

Editorial 28 February – 06 March

Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
From Pacific
to Indo-Pacific: On-and-off Partly Parlty Clouds and A touch o Sunshine A few

NZ govt affirms
rain and sunny sunny sun dafr and pactcy morning
drizzle clouds showers

commitment in 21° 23° 24° 23° 23° 24° 24°

14° 13° 16° 15° 16° 16° 17°

most unambiguous This week in New Zealand’s history

29 February 1964
Opening of first road to Maungapōhatu
milling road built by the Bayten Timber Company provided the first vehicle access to
emoving one of the most underlying indefiniteness in New Zealand’s geostrategic- the remote Urewera settlement of Maungapōhatu – famous as the former home of the
vision, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters affirms commitment to the Indo- prophet Rua Kēnana.
Pacific region, in a speech in New Delhi. 
Mr Peters was delivering the keynote address at the 32nd Sapru House lecture The Indo 29 February 1924
Pacific: From Principles to Partnership organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs Intelligence tests arrive in New Zealand schools
– the New Delhi based premier Indian think tank on foreign policy and international ollowing a US study tour by Frank Milner, the rector of Waitaki Boys’ High School, the
relations.  Education Department began applying the Terman Group Test of Mental Ability to all first-
It is important to note that for quite some time New Zealand has been reticent to let go year post-primary school students.
its traditional preference, and rightly so, for “Asia-Pacific” and replace it with the newly
emergent “Indo-Pacific” as a framework for regional order. 1 March 1862
This is despite several repeated enthusiastic articulations by New Zealand’s top-level
Charles Thatcher gives first NZ performance
foreign policy mandarins in support of the Indo-Pacific. 
The geo-strategic term of Asia-Pacific that has underpinned the peace and prosperity in
the region after the end of the Second World War largely corresponds to a trade-oriented
T he entertainer Charles Thatcher gave his first New Zealand performance at  Shadrach
Jones’ Commercial Hotel in Dunedin.
geographic bridge that connects the peoples, lands and economies from both sides of the 1 March 1916
vast Pacific Ocean. 
The “Indo-Pacific” on the other hand, is largely underpinned by a mutual desire to
New Zealand Division formed
manage regional security challenges and the freedom of navigation in the vast stretches
between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. 
A fter the evacuation from  Gallipoli  in December 1915, New Zealand forces returned to
Egypt to recover. In February 1916, it was decided that Australian and New Zealand
infantry divisions would be sent to the Western Front. On 1 March, the New Zealand Division
Given New Zealand’s position as a remotely located trading nation in the South Pacific
was formed.
with a matured advanced economy, the traditional preference towards the Asia-Pacific
was only given.  5 March 2013
However, with the fast-changing geopolitical realignment in the region, where some
of New Zealand’s most trusted close partners (the United States and Australia) has been Census held after two-year delay
declaring their preference for the “Indo-Pacific” in favour of the “Asia-Pacific,” in no
uncertain terms, there has been growing expectations within some quarters to put forward N ew Zealand’s five-yearly census had been scheduled for 8 March 2011. But after
Canterbury’s devastating February earthquake (see 22 February), Government Statistician
Geoff Bascand and Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson announced that it would not go
a similar unambiguous support for the Indo-Pacific. 
In that regard coming from none other than the Foreign Minister himself who has ahead.
famously announced New Zealand’s “Pacific reset” policy in March 2018, such an
6 March 1830
undiluted commitment to the Indo-Pacific region would go a long way in removing
uncertainty around NZ’s strategic preferences, if any.  Outbreak of the 'Girls' War' at Kororāreka
However, to put in perspective, in extending its support to India’s most favourite
regional security architecture building project, New Zealand has also put forward a bold T he so-called ‘Girls‘ War’ was fought between northern and southern Ngāpuhi at Kororāreka
(now Russell). Up to 100 Māori were killed or wounded in the fighting, after which the
northern alliance took control of the important settlement. 
list of its own expectation from the South Asian giant, especially in terms of a full-fledged
economic engagement, both bilaterally and regionally, along with a stepped-up role in the
South Pacific region.  Indian Weekender : Volume 11 Issue 48
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theatre also coincided with the beaming images of none other than the Prime Minister
of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern herself foraying in South Pacific island nation of Fiji, Views expressed in the publication are not necessarily of the publisher and the publisher
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government for its diplomatic outreach in the preceding week. 
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TRUMP IN INDIA: Data, digital issues set to be

part of India-US trade deal
Deal–making T
he proposed mini-trade deal
between India and the US is
set to be resurrected in a larger

after the hugs

and more modern form. While more
restrained than US President Donald
Trump’s expectations of a “fantastic,
biggest ever trade deal,” a number of
Indian and US officials familiar with
the development say the new agenda
will be more forward-looking.
Share good relationship Talks may begin as early as April
and will prioritise data and digital

with Modi, Imran: Trump issues, the people said on condition

of anonymity. The original plan was the US declared India ineligible for Trump decided the giant crowd in
S President Donald Trump on Tuesday glided to put together a small, quick deal for the generalised system of preferences, Ahmedabad audience was sufficient
through the India-Pakistan realpolitik of the this week’s summit. a market access agreement that they reason to go to India. Although
subcontinent with uncharacteristic finesse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was wanted to rejoin after being taken off negotiators were in the final stages,
Addressing the media, on the concluding day of his eager: his conversations with Trump it last year. US trade representative deciding tonnages and tariff rates,
two-day state visit to India, Trump reiterated his offer to have often run aground on trade Robert Lighthizer, say US officials, Lighthizer spiked the deal. The US
mediate between the two countries over the contentious issues. The US trade representative’s was unenthusiastic about a walnuts state department and lower level
issue of Kashmir. office went along because it was sold and chicken legs deal. While Trump USTR officials tried to argue that
Even as he acknowledged that India has a problem as crucial to the summit’s success. saw these as important, Lighthizer the mini-deal would help curb the
with terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Trump made it But between America First and saw the battles over e-commerce, protectionist interests they feared
abundantly clear that he would like the two countries to sit Make in India, even the mini-deal data localisation and digital payments were taking over Indian trade policy.
down at the negotiating table to resolve the Kashmir issue. was going to be difficult. Both sides as the real trade issues. Lighthizer held firm: he would hold
Describing his relationship with Prime Ministers played switch and bait with the These would determine the future out for a 21st century deal.Signs
Narendra Modi and Imran Khan as "so good", Trump agenda. The US kept adding more of India-US economic relationship. in India’s budget undermining
expressed his willingness to help them resolve issues.
Modi embraces Trump upon his arrival. agricultural items with an eye to the He pushed for a digital dialogue to concessions made earlier on data
to help because my relationship with both gentlemen is so US election. US officials complain be added, but was rebuffed by a New localisation and New Delhi’s
"We talked a lot about terrorism emanating from good," he said. that the Indian side took electronics Delhi which felt its domestic data blocking US firms like MasterCard
Pakistan at length. There is no question that it is a problem. President Trump wraps up his visit, his first to India, on off the agenda. policies needed time to be sorted out. and Visa from its Unified Payments
They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do Tuesday evening. New Delhi was taken aback when The mini-trade deal died the instant Interface only strengthened his view.

India, US to have 'comprehensive' IPR deal: Trump

S President Donald Trump
said that India and the US
will reach a comprehensive
agreement on intellectual property
rights (IPR).
Trump held official bilateral
talks with Prime Minister Narendra
Modi earlier in the day and spoke
on a number of subjects, including
partnerships in trade, defence
and energy.
A comprehensive deal on the IPR
front would be a major development
as India has slipped to the 40th
position on the US Chamber's
International IP Index.
The country continues to figure
in the US' Priority Watch List
that identifies trade barriers to
US companies due to IP laws of
other countries.
India and the US recently signed
an agreement on IPR and the Union

President Trumps hail vision of Mahatma Gandhi

Cabinet last week approved a Trump holds a string while viewing a charkha, or spinning wheel, during a visit to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad
memorandum of understanding with
the US on the issue of IPR along with related issues with India's policy
other subjects, including information makers and industrialists.

and broadcasting. Regarding the current resident of the United States of America Donald J.
The statement by Trump also came trade relations with Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, accompanied
at a time when both the countries are India, the US by Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Housing
already in negotiations for a trade President said and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, offer a floral tribute
deal. Both India and the US have that India has during a wreath laying ceremony at Rajghat in New Delhi
said that talks are on for a major trade the highest US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump
deal between the two countries. tariffs in the paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat after being
Addressing the media here, the world and due accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
US President also said that he to this, business The first family of the United States, who visited the
discussed an energy deal with Prime cannot be Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, laid a wreath and paid
Minister Modi. conducted with floral tributes at the memorial located on the banks of the
His statement assumes significance it. He added that Yamuna river in the national capital.
as India imports a significant portion trade deficit has also “The American people stand strongly with a sovereign
of its energy needs from the US, been discussed. and wonderful INDIA — The vision of the great Mahatma The Trumps also planted a tree at Rajghat. visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram, a few miles from here, The Trumps reached Rajghat after a ceremonial reception
which has only increased in the past On the upcoming Presidential
White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive at the
Gandhi — This is a Tremendous Honour,” Donald Trump On Monday, Trump had referred to the proposed visit to where he launched the famous “Salt March….And tomorrow at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where Donald Trump was
presidential palace Tuesday.
few years. The US is the sixth largest elections in the US where he will wrote in the visitor’s book at the memorial during the visit. Rajghat in his speech at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium that in Delhi, we will lay a wreath, plant a tree at Raj Ghat in welcomed with a gun salute.
oil supplier to India. be seeking a second term, Trump, investments across the world, said America will jump by "thousands Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who accompanied the sought to underscore the deep partnership between the two honor of this leader who is revered all around the world,” he The welcome ceremony included hundreds of military
Trump also discussed business a billionaire businessman with that if he wins, stock markets in and thousands" of points. Trumps to Rajghat, gifted them a bust of Mahatma Gandhi. countries. “The First Lady and I have just had a pleasure of told the 1 lakh-strong audience in Gujarat. officials, marching with instruments and swords.
20 WORLD Friday, February 28, 2020 The Indian Weekender

EU announces $252mn aid NEWS in BRIEF

package to tackle COVID-19 Guterres following Delhi CAA clashes

he European Union (EU)
N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following the situation in
has announced a new aid
New Delhi where there have been clashes between pro and anti-CAA
package worth 232 million
groups (Citizenship (Amendment) Act) that claimed lives of 13 people,
euros ($252m) to boost global
including a police head constable.
preparedness, prevention and
His spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in answer to a question at his
containment of the fast-spreading
daily briefing that people "should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully, and
that security forces show restraint. This is SG's constant position".
The funding will "help detect
He added, "We are obviously following the situation."
and diagnose the disease, care for
Later asked media about the killing of Head Constable Ratan Lal, he said,
infected people and prevent further
"People need to demonstrate peacefully."
transmission", Xinhua news agency
quoted the EU said. Migrants to face tougher US green-card
Around half of the total, or hurdle under new rule
114 million euros, will support
the World Health Organization
(WHO), in particular the global
A new federal regulation that took effect throughout the US could make it
more difficult for legal immigrants dependent on government assistance
to obtain permanent residency permits, known as green cards.
preparedness and response global The so-called "public charge" rule, which went into effect on Monday,
plan, and 100 million euros will also applies to applicants for extension of non-immigrant stay in the US or
go to urgently needed research work together," said Ursula von der The latest EU action was made change of non-immigrant status, reports Efe news.
related to diagnostics, therapeutics Leyen, the President of the European public after Italy confirmed over 220 Amid a months-long legal battle, President Donald Trump's administration
and prevention. Commission. cases with seven fatalities, the largest will start enforcing the regulation, which may transform the current US
"As cases continue to rise, public Part of these funds will be allocated in Europe. immigration system into one with a heavier emphasis on criteria such as a
health is the number one priority. immediately to different sectors, As a reaction to the developments migrants' income, age or academic training.
Whether it is boosting preparedness while the rest will be released in in Italy, the Commission said it Although court appeals were still pending, the measure was implemented
in Europe, in China or elsewhere, the next months, according to the was stepping up its support to EU after the US Supreme Court on February 21 lifted an injunction that had been
the international community must press release. member states. imposed by an Illinois district court.

Coronavirus outbreak death toll reaches 2666 in China World's oldest man dies days after Guinness record
as new cases fall, global figures cross 80,000 mark J apan's Chitetsu Watanabe,
recognized at 112 years as

he coronavirus outbreak the oldest man in the world, has
has killed 2666 people and passed away 11 days after he
infected nearly 77800 people received the Guinness World
in China, health officials here have Record certificate, his family
said with the global figures for those said. Watanabe died on Sunday
sickened by the pathogen crossing night, Efe news reported.
the 80000 mark in more than 30 He received the official
countries. certificate on February 12 at a nursing home in Joetsu in Niigata prefecture,
China’s national health where he resided. Soon after being certified as the oldest man, he began to
commission (NHC) on Tuesday experience a lack of appetite and respiratory problems, the wife of his eldest
said more than 500 new cases and son told public broadcaster NHK.
over 70 deaths were reported until pick up all foreign visitors arriving Born on March 5, 1907 in a family of farmers, Watanabe moved at the
midnight before. The good news in Qingdao and send them to their The latest figures reported age of 20 to Taiwan, where he worked at a sugar refinery for 18 years before
was that no new confirmed cases of homes for a 14-day mandatory by each government’s returning to Japan after the end of World War II.
covid-19 were reported Monday in quarantine. Foreigners coming for health authority: A fan of calligraphy, custard and ice cream, Watanabe told the Guinness
23 provincial-level regions on the short-term visits or business travel Mainland China: 2,663 deaths team that the key to his long life was laughter.
mainland, including Shanghai and will be sent to designated hotels, among 77,658 cases
Tianjin, the NHC said. Qingdao government announced.” Hong Kong: 81 cases, 2 deaths UK's Labour Party members vote in leadership race
Only nine new confirmed cases Meanwhile, the falling number of Macao: 10 cases embers of the UK's opposition Labour
were reported Monday outside the cases is prompting the government South Korea: 977 cases, 10 deaths have started casting their votes in a
province of Hubei, epicentre to gradually plan the road Japan: 850 cases, including 691 contest to replace outgoing leader Jeremy
of the outbreak. The "China’s back to normalcy with from a cruise ship docked in Corbyn, it was reported.
NHC added that until daily number focus on cranking up Yokohama, 4 deaths The three-way race is between Indian-
Monday midnight, a of newly cured manufacturing and Italy: 229 cases, 7 deaths origin MP Lisa Nandy, Labour's Brexit
total of 27,323 patients and discharged novel
reopening factories. Singapore: 89 cases spokesman Keir Starmer and Shadow
infected with the coronavirus patients
has surpassed that of China’s top Iran: 61 cases, 12 deaths Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey,
novel coronavirus had planning body, the United States: 35 cases; separately,
new infections for the the BBC reported.
been discharged from seventh consecutive national development 1 U.S. citizen died in China
hospital after recovery. They qualified for the ballot after obtaining
day" and reform commission Thailand: 37 cases
“China’s daily number enough support from unions and affiliated
(NDRC) on Tuesday said Taiwan: 30 cases, 1 death
of newly cured and discharged groups. The party is also choosing a new deputy leader, following Tom
China will classify regions -- Australia: 23 cases
novel coronavirus patients has Watson's resignation last December.
outside epicentre Hubei and capital Malaysia: 22
surpassed that of new infections for city Beijing -- into low, medium, and Voting will close on April 2, with the results announced at a special
Vietnam: 16 cases
the seventh consecutive day,” the high-risk areas based on the extent conference two days later. Among those taking part will be 114,000 new
Germany: 16
NHC was quoted as saying at the and severity of the local covid-19 members who have joined since the December 12, 2019 general election,
France: 12 cases, 1 death
daily morning briefing. The Hubei epidemic situation. United Arab Emirates: 13 cases where Labour won its lowest number of seats since 1935.
province, however, will continue to “County-level administration United Kingdom: 13 Members of affiliated trades unions and groups can also vote, as well as
take the most stringent prevention regions outside Beijing and Hubei Canada: 11 around 14,700 "registered supporters" who have paid 25 pounds to take part
and control measures, the NHC said. Province will be categorized into Bahrain: 8 on a one-off basis.
The province of nearly 60m has three classes, namely low, medium, Iraq: 5
been under a lockdown for nearly
Nepal PM's close aide resigns following leaked
and high-risk regions,” Ou Xiaoli, an Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
a month. The eastern Chinese city NDRC official said.
Kuwait: 3 cases
of Qingdao, where a large number
of South Koreans stay and is also a
popular tourist destination for them,
“Regions with a low-risk
classification will resume overall
India: 3
Spain: 3 G okul Baskota, a close aide of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and
also the Communications Minister, has resigned following the release
of an audio recording of him allegedly negotiating a $6 million "commission"
normal life production, and lift Russia: 2
announced that it was adopting a transport restrictions. Governments Israel: 2 with the local agent for a Swiss company, it was reported on Friday.
stricter epidemic prevention policy, of these regions should help Oman: 2 If prosecuted and indicted, Baskota could face up to 10 years in prison,
asking foreign visitors to either companies address challenges and Lebanon: 1 The Kathmandu Post said in a report.
undergo a 14-day home quarantine or problems including the lack of Belgium: 1 In the two-and-a-half-minute audio recording, a voice purportedly of
stay in designated hotels, as infection employment and raw materials,” the Nepal: 1 Baskota can be heard negotiating with Bijaya Prakash Sharma Mishra, the
numbers in South Korea soared commission noted. Sri Lanka: 1 local agent for a Swiss company vying for a government contract regarding
tenfold in less than a week. Several Chinese localities have Sweden: 1 the security printing of passports and other sensitive material.
State media reports said Qingdao or plan to lower their emergency Cambodia: 1 \ Finland: 1 The Kathmandu Post however, could not independently verify if the voice
in Shandong province has begun “… responses towards the coronavirus Egypt: 1 \ Afghanistan: 1 in the recording was that of the Minister.
to arrange for designated vehicles to outbreak, media reported.
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Dhoni is a bowler's NEWS in BRIEF

captain: Pragyan Ojha Sindhu turns brand ambassador
for anti-graft helpline

ormer India spinner Pragyan on Friday. His last competitive
adminton world champion P.V. Sindhu has
Ojha praised his ex-captain appearance came in November 2018
been appointed the brand ambassador for
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in a first-class game for Bihar, with
Andhra Pradesh government's anti-graft helpline.

saying that the veteran wicketkeeper- whom he had a very short stint.
he ace shuttler featured along with Chief
batsman was a "bowler's captain." In his last appearance for India,
Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in a video
Ojha, who played 24 Tests and he came up with a Man of the Match
released by the state government on Tuesday as a
18 ODIs between 2008 and 2013, performance for his 10-wicket match
promo for its toll-free anti-graft number.
played most of his international haul in India's innings win over West
The video titled 'stop corruption' tells people to keep their eyes and ears
cricket under the captaincy of Dhoni. Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in
open against corruption.
"He (Dhoni) was a bowler's 2013. The match was also Sachin
"Our Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is working towards a
captain. I strongly believe that a Tendulkar's farewell Test.
corruption-free Andhra Pradesh. Whenever you see corruption, raise your
bowler should have a captain who Dhoni, meanwhile, is expected to
voice. To complain against corruption, call on toll-free number 14400. Your
understands him. A lot of bowlers make his comeback to cricket with
identity will be kept secret," Sindhu says in the promo released by the Chief
praise Dhoni because of the Chennai Super Kings at the 2020
dimensions he gives you, things that season of the Indian Premier League.
"Say no to illegal activities, say no to looting, say no to sand mafia, say no
he helps you with like placing the He has been on a sabbatical from the
to any sort of corruption," the Chief Minister says in the same promo.
field, keeping your mind clear which game since India's semifinal defeat to
In the Telugu version of the promo, Jagan Mohan Reddy says that one has
are important when you play high- Ojha announced his retirement New Zealand at the 2019 ICC World
to pay bribe for any work and even for constructing a toilet. He called for
intensity games," he said. from all forms of international cricket Cup.
completely rooting out the corrupt practice.
Warner happy with positive response
on Cape Town return
D avid Warner is "overwhelmed" by the
response he and Steve Smith have got from
South African fans on their return to the country
for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal.
The pair reached Cape Town on Monday
ahead of the T20 series decider on Wednesday.
"I've pretty much been overwhelmed by the
support we've had from the fans," Warner said
after Australia's T20 loss at St George's Park on
Sunday as quoted by www.cricket.com.au.
"The fans were just outstanding, they were very respectful. I didn't cop
anything on the fence, the kids were yelling out for autographs and we
obliged as we always do. It was a great atmosphere."
Warner later told reporters that their T20 World Cup preparations on home
soil are on track.
T20 WC: Haynes helps Australia
survive scare against Sri Lanka
R achael Haynes turned out to be the unlikely
hero for Australia as she struck a classy half-
century to help the hosts overcome a mighty scare
against Sri Lanka in their Group A game at the
WACA on Monday.
Earlier, Chamari Athapaththu's half-century set Sri Lanka on their way

Age-old woes to fore as NZ pacers but two wickets apiece from Nicola Carey and Molly Strano held them at
122 for six.

pepper Indians with short balls

Australian hearts were racing when Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and
Beth Mooney all fell within the first four overs of the chase.
But a stunning 60 from Haynes in a solid partnership with captain Meg

efore the start of the first Test morning was only what he feared. Lanning ensured their tournament hopes stayed alive with a five-wicket
in Wellington, vice-captain Shaw, after scoring a few boundaries, victory at the WACA. Australia did not hesitate in showing their intent as
Ajinkya Rahane had spoken was undone by a peach of a delivery Megan Schutt struck early with her third ball to remove Hasini Perera for a
about the template which the Indian by Southee. duck. It took until the end of the powerplay for Athapaththu to see her next
team needed to follow in order to However, little did he know that partner fall as Umesha Thimeshani was removed by Carey for 20.
conquer the Basin Reserve - a ground apart from the two premier New It was yet another impressive outing for Athapaththu against the
where the team's record was nothing Zealand pacers, it would be debutant Australians, her 38-ball half-century taking Sri Lanka to 91 but the hosts
short of poor. six-feet-eight inches tall pacer Kyle finally took their third wicket when the captain blasted the ball straight to
He wanted the batsmen to score Jamieson who would turn out to her opposite number.
320-330 in the first innings, and that be chief tormentor for them as the
he felt would allow the transformed visitors never recovered from the
Aggression should be in game:
Indian pace battery to do the rest. body blow they suffered in the fifth
Tendulkar on U-19 WC fracas
However, the rest of the batting
line-up was clearly not ready for the
over of the match itself.
Jamieson bowled consistent lines B atting legend Sachin Tendulkar has
expressed his disappointment at the way
India players behaved against Bangladesh
challenge. and lengths and made sure none of
Skipper Virat Kohli knew that his the Indian batters could afford to play in the U-19 World Cup played last month in
South Africa and said that one doesn't need to
team was faced with a herculean task with an attacking mindset. In fact, all
be vocal and say foul things for showing his/
against New Zealand after they were the New Zealand bowlers -- apart
her aggression.
put into bat at the Basin Reserve on from left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel --
the opening morning of the first Test,
which they eventually would go on to
forced the Indian batters to play on the
defensive as they constantly resorted
A fter Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets (via DLS) in the U-19
final at the Senwes Park last month, the players of the two teams were
seen engaging in an exchange of words and even some pushing and shoving
lose on the fourth day by 10 wickets. to the short-pitched stuff, which the
Kohli had the trust and confidence Indian batters, traditionally, are not on the field.
"One can only make an effort to teach individuals, but then a lot depends
on his bowlers but in absence of comfortable dealing with.
on the character of an individual. In a crunch moment, one should be able
Rohit Sharma, he knew the young While much credit can be given found playing defensively. to control certain things and not forget that the whole world is looking up to
opening duo of Mayank Agarwal and to the New Zealand bowlers for the They never tried to break free by you. They are following certain things," Tendulkar said.
Prithvi Shaw would have to bat out way they strangulated the Indian stepping down or by showing some "So, I think those are the moments where controlled aggression helps. One
of their skins to see off the difficult batters, it should also be seen that the intent. Instead, they kept on playing needs to be aggressive but being vocal and saying foul things doesn't mean
conditions and the exceptional Indian batters -- consisting the likes from the wicket, waiting for the bad that you are aggressive.
bowling from Tim Southee and Trent of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara balls which the New Zealand bowlers "Aggression should be in your game, the way you bat or bowl-that
Boult. and Ajinkya Rahane - never tried to just didn't bowl that often. aggression which helps the team and not goes against it," he added.
And what conspired on the first counter-attack and were often just
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Tabu: It’s a high when R

Rani shares Kamal Haasan's wise words on her height
ani Mukerji has revealed what actor-turned-politician learnt from Kamalji."

your work connects with

Kamal Haasan said to her that made her more self- The 41-year-old actress was seen in no make up for the film,
confident about her height and her brilliant skill-set as which was a huge learning for her.
an actor. "You "Getting to be directed by Kamalji, I think, I have learnt a
are not to

people on a deeper level

Rani and Kamal's critically acclaimed movie "Hey Ram" has lot from him. It was very, very, special. I remember the first
completed 20 years of its release in the Hindi film industry. be measured by day walking onto the set -- Kamalki looked at me and said
The "Mardaani" actress goes down memory lane and shared how tall you are but okay now you can go and wash your face and come back.
interesting life lessons that she learnt from the movie, directed your achievements will I was like what is he saying, he was like 'ya ya just go
measure who you' are

by the southern superstar Kamal Haasan. and wash your face and come back' and I remember going
he one thing that Tabu your work connects with people at such a identified with what had happened (Sikh and I think that also
"'Hey Ram' has been one of my most major learning curves. stayed with me" back; as an artiste, you always have the insecurity of facing
has always cherished is deeper level, and become significant parts insurgency in Punjab in the 1980s). So many Getting an opportunity to work with Kamal Haasan for me at the camera without make-up.
how her work connects of their lives. When we talk about highs of those families had gone through what was that point in my career was something very special because I was "I remember being slightly insecure about the fact that he
with people at so many different and lows, I would definitely count my shown in that film.” always an admirer of his performance and his acting and here I was asking me to wash my face and I went back just removing
levels. experiences as great or not so great,” says One of the highlights of Tabu’s career was going to get directed by him. So, I think it was one of those some of it and I went back on set and he looked at me and said
Tabu has always managed the actor.The one performance that really is the fact that she didn’t restrict herself to opportunities that I didn't want to let go and I remember going to no, I need you to wash your face again. I said but I have washed,
to leave an indelible mark on changed things around for just Hindi films. She has dabbled in films in Chennai for the shoot," she said. he said no you have not washed!"
the audience’s mind with her "It’s her was Maachis (1996), English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam among Rani says she loved every second of just being on the sets of
really "He said to go back and wash it as if you are leaving the set
performances, right from Hu a hard-hitting film others. "Hey Ram". after pack-up, I said ok and I went back and actually removed all
amazing, and
Tu Tu (1999), Haider (2014), emotionally intense directed by Gulzar. "The ones I did, I truly enjoyed,” she "What I loved about 'Hey Ram' was the discipline of the entire my make-up and I came to set completely stripped of all make-
to Chandni Bar (2001) and to see when your work And the reactions says, adding, “I did my own dubbing for Ala shoot. There was a bell that used to ring for the take to start, there up. At that time, doing a film without make-up was unheard
Maqbool (2003). connects with people at which poured in Vaikunthapurramuloo, my recent Telugu was a time given for make-up, there was a time given for hair
of. Kamal Ji came and he put the bindi on me and he told the
Naturally, she’s got such a deeper level, and after that film are film. which today is very normal in the way actor's shoot," she said. at my slippers and said 'wow, wow what are these!' I said I was
makeup artist to just put little kajal in my eyes and then he said
a loyal, dedicated fan become significant what she holds It was for the first time. I have never Rani added: "Today, there is a shoot call, there is a call time, very comfortable walking in platform slippers, but, because my
parts of their yes, 'now my Aparna is ready'."
following.But the one thing closest to her heart. dubbed for my Telugu films. This time, there is make-up time, there is hair time, there is costume time, height is short. He said 'are you crazy?, just wear flats. You are
lives." Rani said that was the first time she "understood actresses or
that she has always cherished The 48-year old I wanted to, and my director Trivikram but in Hey Ram that I actually saw a production house following not to be measured by how tall you are but your achievements
every aspect of this and that was amazing. will measure who you' are and I think that also stayed with me," actors don't need that much make-up".
is how her work connects with reveals, “I will never forget Srinivas was very encouraging. I am happy "You can actually do a film without make-up. It all depends on
people at so many different the letters I got after Maachis, and some of with the results. I wanted my voice to be Kamal gave Rani invaluable lessons in building self- she said.
confidence. "From then on, I was confident about my height. To be an the lighting, the lenses the cameraman uses and I think I found
levels. the phone calls from Punjab, saying how the there, that was a complete experience for a lot of confidence with the way Kamalji went through with his
"I remember in those times, because I am quite short, I actor, you don't necessarily need to be tall. Being an actor is
“It’s really amazing, and film affected them. me. It was a milestone to have dubbed my shoot," she said.
remember wearing these platform slippers and Kamalji looked about performing, is about acting and that is the biggest lesson I

Ranveer Singh has too much How Hum Aapke Hain Koun changed Zeenat Aman: Have had an iconic journey
emotionally intense to see when When they saw the film, the families own voice!”

of extra energy: Boman Irani Indian cinema, brought families back to theatres B
ollywood diva Zeenat Aman The film is based on the third battle
says she had an iconic journey of "Panipat" that was fought between
as an actor, and was fortunate the Marathas and Ahmad Shah

to work with "some really wonderful Abdali, the Afghan emperor, in 1761.
ctor Boman Irani will be seen sharing screen he year was 1994. A new and family get-togethers (antakshari) directors". The film will air on Zee Cinema on
space with superstar Ranveer Singh twice this movie, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, apart from love ditties, sung by the The actress was last seen on the February 29.
year. In Kabir Khan's "83", he plays legendary featuring the reigning diva of film’s lead pair. big screen in a brief role in Ashutosh It also stars Padmini Kolhapure as
wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer while Ranveer Bollywood Madhuri Dixit and up-and- If in the subsequent Hindi films, Gowariker's magnum opus "Panipat". 'Gopika Bai'.
essays World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev. coming Salman Khan, had released. particularly those made by Karan As an actor, I have had an iconic Talking about her role, she said:
In Yash Raj Film' Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Irani is The film, a love story with strong Johar and Yash Chopra, feature a lot journey and was fortunate enough "I always wanted to work with
Ranveers father. family values, had a rather polarising of marriage songs, centred around a to have worked with some really Ashutosh Gowariker because of the
"It feels great to work with Ranveer. He effect — the reviews of the day were host of Punjabi rituals (sangeet and wonderful directors. I was delighted interesting ways in which he depicts
has too much of extra energy, which he dismissive, accusing it of being an mehendi), the credit has to go to this when Ashutosh Gowariker offered stories in his films. Returning to the
could share with me. So, he gave me an extended wedding album. film. One can say with some confidence me the role of Sakina Begum," big screen with his film in such a
'upliftment' of energy! I am so happy that However, slowly but surely, the that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Zeenat said. immediately said a yes. My character royal look was a very exhilarating
I did that film," said Irani about wirking in cinema halls across the country were happened, to some measure, because "He is a brilliant filmmaker and lives within the confines of her experience for me... It was nostalgia
"Jayeshbhai Jordaar", a comedy directed witnessing a phenomenon that hadn’t of this film. The film’s trump card was we had worked together in the past kingdom, aloof from the politics of for me to work with Zeenat again
by debutant Divyang Thakkar, where been seen in a long time -- entire Madhuri Dixit — the diva’s box office as co-stars in a film titled aGawahi'. the region till Sadashiv Rao turns to on the big screen. I had a wonderful
Ranveer plays the title role of a Gujarati families were coming to watch this hold skyrocketed after the film. The I usually don't do such roles, but my her for help in the battle of Panipat," experience working on 'Panipat' with
man who believes in gender equality. film. So what was about this film that Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke. 522 and by 25th week, it had touched ’90s belonged to her but after this film, character really captivated me and I she added. such talented co-stars."
"The film marks the Bollywood was so different? But the years preceding Hum Aapke 730 theatre halls. she was untouchable.
debut of "Arjun Reddy" actress Shalini Hum Aapke Hain Koun, after many Hain Koun, action-oriented revenge The film had been recorded in optical To this day, she is asked to perform to
her hit song, Didi Tera Dewar Deewana. SRK-starrer 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' clocks 26 years
Pandey and also features Aparshakti Khurana, years perhaps, kept the family at the dramas have been ruling the roost. stereo sound system and not many
and the unit recently wrapped up schedules in heart of its narrative. Think Aaj Ka Arjun, Thanedaar, Phool cinema halls were equipped with the However, the film’s other characters he late Kundan Shah's 1994 eyes #26YearsOfKabhiHaanKabhiNaa.
Gujarat and Mumbai. Irani describes the schedules It was a love story replete with Aur Kaante, Beta, Khuda Gawah advanced sound system. like Renuka Shahane (who played her romantic comedy Kabhi Haan Folded hands Red heart," Suchitra tweeted.
as "wonderful". family values. It epitomised sacrifice, and Baazigar to name a few. Sooraj Ramanathan PS, head of sales, elder sister) and late Reema Lagoo Kabhi Naa was one of Shah Rukh In the film, Suchitra played the love interest
Irani also spoke of working with the 34-year-old actor duty and love as its cherished values. reportedly wanted to do something Rajshri Productions, was quoted in (who played her mother) are among the Khan's earliest releases that went on to of SRK and Deepak Tijori's characters.
in "83", while interacting with the media at Dadasaheb In many ways, it was Ramayana with a along the lines of his hit Maine Pyar the report as saying, “We were very fondly recalled stars. become popular. Fans, too, took to social media to celebrate
Phalke International Film Festival Awards. "I am also a twist. No wonder entire families made Kiya (1989), so he famously decided to confident of the project and had gone The film, back in 1994, had earned The rom-com completed 26 years the film's 26 years of release.
part of ‘83'. I play Farokh Engineer, who used to be our a beeline for the cinemas. The 1990s rework an older Rajshri film, Nadiya Ke for very limited release.” Rs 72.46 crore, according to the Mint of release, and SRK's co-star Suchitra Several social media users have posted an
Working in "83", Irani said, "was a really nice report. Adjusted for inflation, the family Krishnamoorthi became super emotional old picture of SRK and Suchitra in which the
wicketkeeper in 1960-'70s. In the film, Engineer does had seen a resurgence of some sort in Paar, but for a different set of viewers. One of the highlights of the film
experience", and added: "When I shot at the Lords, I felt Hindi cinema; after a decade of kitsch The film reportedly had a slow were its 14 songs, exactly the stuff they drama would have grossed Rs 973 while reminiscing the film's journey. duo can be seen posing for a photo-op with
He (Farokh Engineer) was the only Indian commentator all my aspirations of childhood were coming true!" and bad taste, there had been a surge of opening; a Mint story mentions that the were panned for by critics. The film crores today. The film’s lasting legacy "I've done very few movies in my Suchitra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur's
in the commentary box for BBC. Now our entire party Co-distributed by Reliance Entertainment, "83" also better films. Barjatya released the film only in 26 had a song for every ritual in a North is evident from the fact that it remains long life. daughter Kaveri Kapur. Kabhi Haan Kabhi
goes there (for commentary) but back then, Farokh features Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib There had been a bunch of romances cinema halls across the country. Indian wedding -- engagement (sagaai), popular on television and has recently "Blessed to have been a part of this one- Naa also featured Naseeruddin Shah, Satish
Engineer was the only Indian who used to do commentary Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Pankaj Tripathi, such as Aashiqui, Dil, Saajan, By the 21st week, the number of marriage (shaadi, vidaai, joota chupai), found acceptance on video streaming
I was in d right place right time and so many years later Shah, Ashutosh Gowariker, Ravi Baswani and Goga
(for BBC)," the actor revealed. Nishant Dahiya, Jiiva and Sahil Khattar. Deewana, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and halls showing the film had gone up to baby shower (godh bharai), child birth platforms as well.
people still know me as #Aana ...Smiling face with smiling Kapoor in interesting

Bhumi Pednekar: Growing responsibility as actor a happy problem Karisma Kapoor: For me, MOM is Master of Multitasking
ctress Bhumi Pednekar is busier than ever, ceremonies as well," said Bhumi, at NexBrands Brand There is the horror thriller Durgavati,
ctress Karisma Kapoor is gearing actually entertainment but you also learn children. "I guess I am the seniormost and being a mother has been the most
and she says that an increase in professional Vision Summit and Awards 2020. her first solo release as a heroine. The
up for her digital debut with the something at the end of the journey of parent over here, with a teenage important thing for me. I always said I'd
responsibility and fan frenzy is a happy problem At Filmfare Awards this year, where she shared the film directed by G. Ashok, is based on
web series "Mentalhood". She each episode, which is so beautiful," daughter and a young son, said Karisma, keep all my awards on one side and my
for any actor. Best Actress (Critics' Choice) trophy with her Saand his 2018 Telugu film Bhaagamathie.
says there is meaning and learning in said Karisma, at the trailer launch of adding: "For me, it's MOM -- Master of children on the other.
"When you want to become an actor, you dream that Ki Aankh co-star Taapsee Pannu, there has been major Bhumi reprises the role of an IAS
every episode of the show. "Mentalhood". Multitasking. A mother is a master of "My entire career is on one side and
your responsibility increases, that your fan-following controversy over Gully Boy sweeping the awards. officer that was played by Anushka
"I am super-excited and very She was accompanied by co-actors multitasking, so as long as you know my kids are on the other.
and their love for you increases. You want to keep them Twitterati slammed the decision and #BoycottFilmare Shetty in the original.
emotional because there is a meaning Sanjay Suri, Sandhya Mridul, Dino your priorities and you can multitask I think it teaches you a lot and
happy and satisfied with your films, so it's a happy began trending. She is also waiting for the
behind this show. There is learning Morea, Shilpa Shukla, Shruti Seth and them, you can do everything in the "A it is relevant to so many
problem to have," Said Bhumi. On the controversy, Bhumi said: "I feel each body release of Dolly Kitty Aur Woh
behind this show. Tillotama Shome. world," she said. mother mothers, and so many
Last year was fabulous for the actress. Her "I or panel takes its decision, so I don't think I am Chamakte Sitare, directed by
"Each episode has a message and The show's producer Ekta Kapoor was On why she chose to enter is a master of women out there.
roles in Saand Ki Aankh, Bala and Pati Patni feel each in a place to comment about what is right Lipstick Under My Burkha maker
it's for everyone out there. Even men there, too, as were Aparna Acharekar, the digital space at this stage, multitasking, so as long That's why I just
Aur Woh were universally applauded, and body or panel takes or wrong. We (Taapsee and Bhumi) won Alankrita Shrivastava.
watching this show will be like, 'Oh my programming head, Zee5, and series Karisma said: "When Ekta couldn't say no."
she has great roles coming up. its decision, so I don't the award in critic's category, which was The film co-stars Konkona as you know your priorities
God! I didn't realize this'. director Karishma Kohli. (Kapoor) approached me for "Mentalhood"
"2019 was really a special year because think I am in a place to decided by jury. I am thankful for that." Sen Sharma and was screened at and you can multitask them,
"In this show, we deal with bullying, The series explores the multitasking the show and I heard this streams on ALT
my films were appreciated by the audience. comment about what is Bhumi has a couple of heroine-centric the prestigious Busan International you can do everything in
right or wrong" gender issues, exam fever, surrogacy, nature of mothers and their various effort story, I just couldn't say no. I Balaji and Zee5 from
I am getting the love and respect at award projects lined up over the next few months. Film Festival. the world"
health, and various other topics. So, it is at the best possible upbringing for their feel this script is relevant today March 11.
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Whatever is your responsibility will be completed to Opening your heart to someone close will help de- This is the right time to test your ideas at work. You
the satisfaction of all. Seniors will appreciate your stress. A happening week is foreseen, when you may not get interested in giving your property on
workplace suggestions about something critical, but may not find time to let your hair down and enjoy. rent or selling it outright despite some good offers.
you will need to be meticulous in implementing it. Those looking for a suitable job are likely to get It is best not to antagonise people who matter on the
Your balanced approach in matters financial will a call. A friendly bet with a friend or a colleague professional front, as you can face adversity at work.
add to your stability on the monetary front. Those is likely to be won by you and may translate into Money is likely to grow through wise investments.
travelling with a specific purpose in mind will be a good monetary gain. A passionate evening is on You will manage to touch partner’s heart and win
able to achieve their aim. A family youngster is likely to make you the cards for those in love. Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky sympathy. A brief journey with family will prove most entertaining.
proud through his or her accomplishments. Lucky No.:9 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky Colour: Fuchsia
Colour: Orange
TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 20) Provoke someone only if you are ready to face There is a chance of missing out on a big opportunity,
AThis is the right time to begin something you have the consequences. You are likely to remain in a so keep your eyes peeled. Short-listing a piece of
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the professional front can prove highly motivating. be grasped by taking the initiative first. You may decisions can bring you to the notice of higher ups.
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a chance to boost your career. Property issues great expectations from you. Lucky No.:3 / Lucky Colour: Teal Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Cyan
are likely to get settled in your favour. Lucky No.:8 / Lucky Colour:
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GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21) your heart out! Your go-getting attitude is likely personal life, so remain cautious. You are likely to
Those pursuing a professional goal may find to make you go places. Earning potential of experience a good week at work, when everything
success without much effort. Students are set to some professionals is set to increase. Investing in goes according to plan. An opportunity on the
fare well in a competition. Investment planning is property is likely to give good returns, especially financial front is likely to be seized to get good
likely to multiply your wealth. Curbing wasteful if you sell it now. You will be able to create a returns. Your soft approach and soothing words
expenditure at home may be difficult, but not relaxing environment on the home front to unwind. will help pacify a distraught family member. A diet
unachievable. Suspicions of lover will have to be Health-wise you will have no complaints. Your plan adopted recently will suit your system well. Romantic life remains
assuaged, if you hope for an enjoyable romantic tender approach will bring you closer to lover. Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky most exciting through togetherness. Lucky No.: 1 / Lucky Colour:
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Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky Colour: Silver
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There are a few options still left on the academic looking after his or her interests. Positive thoughts in getting something done. Diligence pays, as you
front for you to exercise, so don’t give up the ship! will keep you in a positive frame of mind the whole display good performance in a competitive situation.
You can seriously reflect on your past and strive to week. A policy or investment is likely to mature Your foresight is likely to see your assets and wealth
improve upon it on the personal front. Mood swings and boost your bank balance. Love and support multiply. A lot is happening on the home front, so
that had been troubling you will disappear as you of elders will make it easy for you to undertake a expect some exciting time ahead! Someone you had
enjoy good health. Homemakers will have the difficult venture. Inter-departmental transfer will known only casually can forge friendly relations with you. There is
resources to make the desired changes. Lucky No.: prove favourable for some. A good opening on the romantic front will every possibility of getting romantically involved with a colleague or
8 / Lucky Colour: Purple be seized by you. Lucky No.: 6 / Lucky Colour: Magenta friend. Lucky No.: 5 / Lucky Colour: Teal
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Eat fruits, yoghurt daily to reduce stroke risk

ifferent types of food are haemorrhagic stroke. cent of strokes are ischaemic and 15
linked to risks of different However, greater consumption per cent are haemorrhagic. Stroke is
types of stroke, say of eggs was associated with a the second leading cause of deaths
researchers, adding that higher higher risk of haemorrhagic stroke, worldwide.
intakes of fruit, vegetables and dairy but not with ischaemic stroke, the For the findings, the research team
products is linked to a lower risk of researchers said. analysed data from 418,329 men and
ischaemic stroke. "Our study also highlights the women in nine countries (Denmark,
For the study, published in importance of examining stroke Germany, Greece, Italy, The
the European Heart Journal, the subtypes separately, as the dietary Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden
researchers picked over 4,18,000 associations differ for ischaemic and the UK) who were recruited to the
people in nine European countries and haemorrhagic stroke, and is European Prospective Investigation
and investigated ischaemic stroke consistent with other evidence, into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)
and haemorrhagic stroke separately. which shows that other risk factors, study between 1992 and 2000.
The study found that while higher such as cholesterol levels or obesity, The participants completed
intakes of fruit, vegetables, fibre, also influence the two stroke questionnaires asking about diet,
milk, cheese or yoghurt were each subtypes differently," said study first a blood clot blocks an artery blood flow. lifestyle, medical history and socio-
linked to a lower risk of ischaemic author Tammy Tong from University supplying blood to the brain or forms Haemorrhagic stroke occurs when demographic factors, and were
stroke, there was no significant of Oxford in the UK. somewhere else in the body and there is bleeding in the brain that followed up for an average of 12.7
association with a lower risk of Ischaemic stroke occurs when travels to the brain where it blocks damages nearby cells. About 85 per years.

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oxidative DNA damage, a new study has found.

For the study, published in the journal BMJ

Open Respiratory Research, researchers found

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