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One year ago, the face of


New Zealand changed!
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Kiwi Indians deceased slaughterman and his wife at Pita
Pit in Riccarton before going on

R
ecalling the horrors of March in Christchurch
maternity leave. 
15, people have sobbed, some Mosque Attack Ramiz’s family friend was
have held back their tears informed of the shooting at the Al
while others although traumatised, Noor mosque who could not make it
held themselves together and to the prayer session due to work.
narrated how their lives changed The family prayed and waited for
forever since the terrorist attacks on an update on Ramiz and his father
the two mosques in Christchurch. Arifbhai Vora who hadn’t returned
Even after one year of the incident from the mosque with the feeble hope
that took lives of 51 people and if they were injured and hospitalised.
injured 49, the effect of this massacre A day after the incident, the family
was beyond one community and one Arifbhai Mohammedali Vora was informed that the father-son
nation. (58) and Ramiz Arifbhai Vora were two of the 42 declared dead
Its pain was reflected by almost (28). from the Al Noor mosque. 

T
every country on earth who poured he father-son duo has been
in their love and support towards buried next to each other after
the injured, the fallen souls and New In conversation with the Indian With a number of remembrances they were shot at the Al Noor Mosque
Zealand as one big community. on March 15.
Weekender, some of the survivors and memorial events scheduled for
New Zealand’s reaction and love
fought to hold their tears back while Sunday, March 15, remembering the 28-year-old Ramiz Vora dropped
toward the Muslim community set
narrating their loss and also how dark day and also the day that united his wife, Khushbu Vora and his
an example for the entire world, and
happy and appreciative they are of the New Zealanders as one, the first mother Rukshana to the Christchurch
it resonated similar emotions for the
the support they have received from anniversary of the Christchurch Hospital where the couple’s five-day-
community affected.
the community. mosque attacks holds another strong old daughter was in an incubator. 
The actions seen by the
government and the law enforcement Even after a number of threats message for the racists, that there is Ramiz had only held his daughter
in the aftermath of the attack by reported in the media, the survivors no place for racism in this country, only once since she was born five- Ansi Karippakulam Alibava, 25

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both the Muslims and the wider defy being fearful and say the attacks ‘They Are Us’. days ago that too for barely a few bdul Nazer went to the men and
New Zealand community has been of hate, spite, divide and racism failed Here is the list of the 51 souls minutes. Ramiz’s parents had Ansi Alibava women section
overwhelming with changes in the in its first attempt and in fact brought who died in the dreadful massacre travelled from Gujarat, India, just a of the Al Noor mosque, an activity
gun laws, restrictions on social the community much closer to each including 11 Kiwi Indians and month before the incident to meet they have been doing regularly every
media, national remembrance days other, much more understanding of Indians of Fijian origin who lived their son and daughter-in-law and Friday only to see each other one last
and prayers for the prosperity of the each other’s differences and receptive here or were visiting the country their newborn grandchild. time on March 15 afternoon.
community as a whole. and welcomed as ‘Us’ in the country. on different visas. Ramiz worked at Tegel as a halal l Continued on Page 4
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l Continued from Page 3
Abdul sat on the left side of the Indian Grill. Mr Khan was at his brother Ramzan Ali just six days Saira Bibi Patel, three daughters and
mosque and his wife Ansi on the Linwood mosque on Friday to make ago on his bi-annual trip to meet two sons.
right side women’s section when the his congregational prayers where he his brother and his family living in He was remembered as a devout,
shooting started. was shot dead along with six others.  Christchurch. religious person, calm, a teacher and
Abdul Nazer was seated next to The 46-year-old from Hyderabad The brothers had gone together mentor who also officiated marriages
the emergency door when he heard is survived by his wife, his 15-year- to pray at Al Noor mosque. Ashraf in the community.
the first shot which felt like that of old son, aunts, uncles, cousins, Ali sat on the ground in front of his Some of the people whose
a popping balloon, yet people started siblings, most of whom had flown brother Ramzan, who had to rest weddings he officiated years ago
dispersing any way they could. to Christchurch hearing the news of on a bench at the back of the room came to his funeral to pay their
Abdul Nazer was able to escape from his untimely demise. This was the because of a sore hip.  respects. 
there as someone had smashed the second heart-breaking news for the Ramzan was able to escape Other Victims who died in the attack:
glass of the emergency door open.  family as Mr Khan had buried his through the window when the • Husna Ahmed, 44
Taking immediate refuge in a father just four months ago. Besides gunman sprayed bullets at the • Ahmed Adel-Ghany, 68
neighbour’sr house, Abdul Nazer food, Mr Khan was known for his worshippers in the room. Outside • Syed Areeb Ahmed, 26
called the police for help before love of cricket, and as a devout the mosque, Ramzan worried about • Hussein Al-Umari, 35
coming back to the mosque looking worshipper and family man.  his brother whether he survived the • Syed Jahandad Ali, 34
for his wife. attack. It was only after Ramzan saw • Linda Armstrong, 64
He saw the horrifying sight of the Livestream footage taken by the • Muse Nur Awale, 77
people lying in a pool of blood before shooter where he saw his brother • Zakaria Bhuiya, 34
locating his wife lying face down in wearing black and white rugby • Karam Bibi, 63
the street. jersey of his home country. Ashraf • Kamel Darwish, 38
Ozair Kadir, 24

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He was stopped by the police then Ali’s first wife died four years ago • Atta Elayyan, 33
zair Kadir came to New Zealand
who asked him to move somewhere to follow the footsteps of his with whom he had one child, and • Ali Elmadani, 66
else, and it was not until Saturday brother and become a commercial his second wife had died just a few • Abdukadir Elmi, 65
night, the next when police confirmed pilot. The 24-year-old from months ago in Fiji.  • Mohammad Omar Faruk, 36
his wife, Ansi Alibava as one of the Telangana state in India was studying • Amjad Kasem Hamid, 57
51 victims.  at International Aviation Academy • Lilik Abdul Hamid, 57
of New Zealand in Christchurch • Mojammel Hoq, 30
and had gone to Al Noor mosque • Ghulam Hussain, 66
on the fateful Friday. Ozair’s body • Mucaad Ibrahim, 3
was repatriated to Hyderabad where • Osama Adnan Yousef Abukwaik,
his funeral was conducted in the 37
presence of his family and a large • Haroon Mahmood, 40
gathering of community members.  • Sayyad Milne, 14
Farhaj Ahsan, 30 • Muhammad Haziq Mohd-

T he 30-year-old software engineer Tarmizi, 17


working in Christchurch from • Ashraf El-Moursy Ragheb, 54
Hyderabad, India left behind two • Mohamad Moosid
children and wife after being shot Mohamedhosen, 54
at Al Noor mosque. Farhaj’s brother • Hussein Moustafa, 70
and father travelled from India to • Khaled Mustafa, 44
collect his body and conduct the • Hamza Mustafa, 16
funeral at Linwood Cemetery. Farhaj • Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, 71
and his wife Insha Aziz have a three- • Tariq Rashid Omar, 24
year-old daughter and a year and half • Abdelfattah Qasem, 60
old son. Ms Aziz’s parent travelled • Naeem Rashid, 51
Maheboobhai Allarakha to Christchurch too after the news Imam Musa Vali Suleman • Talha Naeem, 21
Khokhar, 65 of the incident to help their widowed Patel, 60 • Muhammad Zeshan Raza, 38

H aji Maheboobhai Allarakha


Khokhar was on his first Junaid Ismail, 36
daughter steer through the tough
time.  I mam Musa Vali Patel’s funeral
was held at Manukau Memorial
• Matiullah Safi, 55
• Muhammad Abdus Samad, 66

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visit to New Zealand as he came to unaid Ismail was a man of Indian Park in Auckland in the presence of • Muhammad Suhail Shahid, 36
meet his son and daughter in law descent born and brought up in over thousands who gathered to bid • Mounir Soliman, 68
living here. New Zealand and ran a family dairy farewell to the pious man who was • Zekeriya Tuyan, 46
Mr Khokhar was accompanied by shop in Christchurch. Mr Ismail was shot at Linwood Mosque. • Mohsen Mohammed Al Harbi
his wife on this trip which was due at the Al Noor mosque when the
to end just two days after March 15.  shooting happened and succumbed
As per the family members, the to his bullet injuries. His name was
pair were getting late for the prayers, one of the first to be announced and
and they rushed out to the mosque officially declared by NZ Police on
where his son drive Imran dropped March 20. 
him off at Al Noor mosque and drove Mr Ismail’s twin brother was
further to park his car. parking his vehicle when the
Moments later, he heard gunshots shooting started and survived the
and called his wife warning them attack. Mr Ismail was buried at
to lock the house as there shooting Ashraf Ali, 61

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Linwood Cemetery. 
going on inside the mosque.  shraf Ali was living in New
Imran could not go in the mosque Zealand for the past 17 years
or leave without his father, as he had and is said to have never missed
already gone inside the mosque and prayer at the Al Noor mosque. 
he was frantically waiting for his
father to come out. 
Mr Khokhar was not carrying any
ID or mobile phone for him to be
contacted and the family thought he
might have hidden somewhere. Mr Patel was a
Hours passed by, but there was no former leader of
sign of Mr Khokhar, the family later Fiji Muslim league,
went to the hospital with the hope to a chief Imam at
find him there, but all their search Lautoka Jamia
efforts and hopes went into vain.  Masjid for about
A few days passed before police 25 years before he
officially declared his name amongst moved to Australia to
the list of 50 killed in the incident.  be with his children just
Mohammed Imran Khan, 46 three weeks ago. Mr Patel
The family repatriated the body
R estaurateur Mohammed Imran Ashraf Razak Ali, 58

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to Gujarat, India where his brothers shraf Ali, a soccer fan, had was visiting Christchurch
Khan was known for his lip- with his wife for some work.
could bid farewell to him, and funeral come from Suva, Fiji to meet
smacking dishes at his restaurant Mr Patel is survived by his wife
conducted. 
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in the service, in a programme put together with response which rejected hatred and division
input from those most affected by the attacks, and embraced love, compassion and unity.”
including survivors and families of the victims. In the interests of sustainability and
 Those who died in the attacks will be minimising waste, people wanting to leave
honoured in a Portrait of Remembrance on tributes around the city are asked to make
screen at the event, while the 51 names are read. sure the tributes are entirely compostable,
 The service will be jointly led by the local with flowers left unwrapped, and any ties or
Muslim community, Christchurch City Council attachments able to be composted. 
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A year into the incident, chef Mohammad


Shahadat stills struggles to get back to normal life
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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s the Christchurch Mosque
attacks that killed 51 and
injured 49 approach its first
anniversary, some of the survivors
are still struggling to get back on
their feet and lead a normal life.
The incident has not only inflicted
physical injuries on their bodies but
etched a permanent scar on their
memories that haunt them and their
families till date. 
Mohammad Shahadat, a survivor
of the bullet injury to his right
shoulder while trying to help a fellow
devotee at the Linwood Mosque on a part of his hip bone and fixing it that too in his next appointment,”
March 15 last year, has undergone on his shattered shoulder. Barely Shahadat told The Indian Weekender. 
six major and minor surgeries and four weeks since his last surgery, Shahadat lives with his wife and
still reels under excruciating pain Shahadat feels not much relief as four children who joined him in April
that has led to many sleepless nights.  he is still unable to use his right arm 2019, a month after the incident and
Shahadat, a chef at the then newly and started feeling numbness in two is worried about the prospects of his
opened branch of the Auckland fingers of his left hand.  life, career and his children. 
based Bawarchi restaurant in "I
Fresh from the “It has been a year since I have
Christchurch, went to offer go to the
surgery, Shahadat worked. I cannot use my right arm,
his Friday congregational mosque to offer
awaits doctors’ advice still struggle to sleep comfortably on
prayers like any normal my prayers regularly,
on the new ailment any side of the bed, get nightmares
Friday and was struck down but my family still
on his left hand and and the memories of that day still
with the bullet on his right fears and struggling the existing condition haunts my dreams. for my condition to get better and physical, mental and psychological
arm.  psychologically" to a position that I can get back to hardships thanks his creator for
of his right arm. “I go to the mosque to offer my
Shahadat already underwent “The doctors have prayers regularly, but my family still work and subsequently start living a bestowing him with the precious life,
five surgeries to his shoulder and said there should be some fears and struggling psychologically,” normal working life, supporting my and the broader community in New
arm within the six months of the relief on my main injury soon as Shahadat says.  family,” he added. Zealand for the support and love
attack where the doctors tried to take the surgery was very recent, and A talented chef, Shahadat misses Shahadat was also one of the received, not just by him but also by
shrapnel from the bullet that pierced they will monitor the progress of the sound and essence of the 200 members (victims and victims’ his family living here.
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shoulder and right hand. surgery might have affected some dishes for his restaurant and its perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage for taking such good care of people
Earlier in February this year, the nerves connected to the left elbow food-loving patrons.  in Mecca last year. injured in the incident and me,”
doctors operated him again cutting and fingers. They will look into “We as a family pray day and night Shahadat, despite going through Shahadat says. 

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Linwood mosque’s AHMED JAHANGIR lauds


community for their Aroha on first anniversary
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD enforcement is taking good care of it bullets, he looked out for the shooter

A
and are vigilant to such instances. before missing a bullet than flew past
hmed Iqbal Jahangir recalls
“Yes, there are a few notorious his ears, barely a few centimetres
the dreadful day he was
elements who will try to undermine from his face. He was able to find
shot on the shoulder while
the positivity in the community and the closest object lying next to him
looking out for others at the Linwood
create nuisance trying to disturb and rattled the shooter for a second

"
mosque. Still, he remains grateful to
the peace in the community, but by throwing the Eftpos machine on
the people of Christchurch and the
together we have, and we will fail his face. The shooter picked another
community for coming forward and
Abdul Aziz their intentions,” Jahangir said. firearm from his vehicle and started
supporting in his and his family’s
Linwood mosque has increased shooting while Aziz ducked behind
hour of distress.
its security measures by installing the cars parked in the driveway. Aziz
Jahangir still tries to pacify his
cuts from broken glasses. Ms Fatima high tech cameras in and around called him to the driveway, trying to
elder son, who is in primary school Yes, met her children from kindergarten the mosque, high fencing, vigilant deflect him from going back to the
when the subject of Mosque shooting
comes to his mind. Even after a year
there are and one at primary school; both were lookouts by the police and volunteers, mosque. Aziz picked up the shotgun
a few notorious in lockdown during the day. She electronically locked gates with the shooter left on the ground, but it
after the incident, Jahangir and his
met her husband Jahangir the next access card entry to the worshippers had no bullets.
family feel the trauma and help each elements who will morning when who was covered in regular to the mosque. A year since Seeing the gun in Aziz’s hands,
other to drive through those painful try to undermine the ventilator with tubes attached to the attack, but police personnel keep the shooter ran to his car trying
memories.
the positivity in the him. In the coming days, Jahangir’s a close watch at the mosque and be to flee when Aziz ran towards the
Chairperson of the Linwood
community and create brothers travelled from Australia and present there every Friday during the vehicle and slammed the weapon
Mosque, Jahangir went to the
India to help support Jahangir and his congregational prayers. to his window. The shooter’s car
mosque on March 15 with his nuisance trying to family. The man who dodged a bullet slammed with the police vehicle at
wife who prayed in the women’s disturb the peace in One year on, after multiple and stopped the shooter on March the kerb where two police officers
section. While he and the rest of the
the community, but surgeries and with a cocktail of 15. apprehended him. Other officers also
congregation were in the second part
together we have, numerous painkillers every day, Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah, the man approached Aziz as he had a gun in
of the prayers, gunshots were heard,
Jahangir still remains out of work and who was hailed a hero for throwing his hands but was let go realising he
the Imam of the prayer leading it and we will fail their has lost his right arm permanently. the Eftpos machine at the shooter at tried to stop the shooter.
stopped midway, and so did the rest
of congregation.
intentions Even after going through this Linwood mosque on March 15, 2019, Abdul Aziz was in Auckland
tribulation, Jahangir never fails to said the only way to stop this racism along with Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir on
The group dispersed hearing
visit the mosque for his five times and wave of hatred is by looking out Wednesday, March 11 where the duo
more gunshots, trying to escape the
Jahangir profusely bled from his daily prayers and adds that his for each other. were felicitated at James Cook High
oncoming peril. Jahangir looking out
shoulder and mouth, which he spat faith has become stronger. Besides Abdul Aziz is said to be the man School as the students performed a
for others, asked people to lay low
as blood in his lungs would trouble thanking Allah for the gift of second who fought with the shooter, driving Waiata in memory of the 51 lives lost
and move to the corners.
his breathing. He recalls being taken life, he thanks the government and him away from the mosque with in Christchurch last year.
Trying to figure out where the
in an ambulance approximately ten the extended community living in his ammunitions as he ended his “If you see someone in trouble,
gunman was in order to assist others
minutes later, where he mustered Christchurch for the love and support bullet spraying spree at the Linwood help them, raise your voice, let not
in escaping, Jahangir emerged
all his courage to remain awake and received over the months. mosque. Recollecting the horrors racism, even casual in nature, thrive,
from behind a wall as the gunman
conscious. Speaking about the recent threats from the March 15 incident, he says watch out for each other, spread the
appeared right in front of him shot
His wife, Tazeen Fatima, suffered at Al Noor mosque, Jahangir says he while the worshippers lay injured message of love and do not give in
him on his right shoulder.
a fractured shoulder and multiple is hopeful and positive that the law and some dead from the terrorist’s to hate and racism,” Abdul Aziz said.

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MOHAMMAD SHAMIM SIDDIQUI:


One year on, still not cleared to work by doctors incident, and I have been deemed still unfit for
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
work that has created a tremendous financial

L
ike many others, Mohammad Shamim strain on my family and me,” he said.
Siddiqui had many plans for himself Mr Siddiqui and his family were fortunate
and his family up until Friday, March 15 enough to be a part of the 200 member trip to
when he was struck down with a bullet on his Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage on the invitation
left arm that not just shattered the bones and of the Saudi Prince.
nerves of his body, but also his future plans as He and the family travelled to India to meet
he has been declared unfit for work, even a year his relatives earlier in December 2019, but
after the incident. the family is still coming to the terms of both
Mr Siddiqui dreamed of buying a business financial and psychological strain.
here in New Zealand after spending 20 years in His left-hand fingers have started losing
the country, but his prospects came to a naught sensation lately, as he recently reported the
as he could no longer work with his severely symptoms at the neurology department in
injured left hand and thus living on the money Christchurch.
received by ACC. Even after three surgeries, the doctors have
A taxi driver by profession, Mr Siddiqui said he might not be able to work and do regular
lives just 150 metres from Al Noor mosque on activities until he gets fit, which will take
Deans Avenue, Christchurch and went to make another two years.
his Friday prayers just like any other week. Mr Siddiqui hopes that he will get back on
Usually, his wife and children accompany him his feet soon as his wife is unable to work on
to the mosque, but due to some health reasons, health grounds, his work as a taxi driver has
Mr Siddiqui’s wife could not make it to the stopped for a year now.
mosque and his son was about to leave his The only respite he has now are some savings,
house for the mosque. help from the community and ACC coverage he
When the shooting started, Mr Siddiqui receives as rent and basic expenses.
managed to escape after breaking the glass of The family, although suffering from the
a window and returned after a few minutes trauma have come closer to each other and have
thinking the shooter might have left. He started contemplating the fragility of life and
called his wife and informed of the shooting also trying to get more closer with the creator.
at the mosque and asked her not to let his son bullet pierced his left elbow from the side, and bicep to stem the bleed while he described the Mr Siddiqui and his family appreciate the
come there. he fell on the ground on his face. scene to his wife. community, not just in Christchurch but from
While on the call with his wife, he returned A few minutes later, he got up seeing his He was then approached by the police who across New Zealand who came forward and
inside the mosque hoping it was over when the bloodied jacket and arm with shattered bones walked him outside the mosque and then shared their grief and poured mountains of
shooter returned after reloading his weapon, jutting out. subsequently to the hospital for treatment. flowers for the victims and their families
apparently, and shot him from the door. The He took off his t-shirt and tied it on to his “Twelve months have passed since the last year.

‘Stronger Together’ – Auckland’s New Police Commissioner


remembrance event for ChCh Mosque Attacks Andrew Coster to take
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uckland Council and the IWK BUREAU

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NZ Muslim Association has
h e
invited  Aucklanders to come
Commissioner
together at Eden Park on Sunday, March
15 to mark the 12 months since the of Police, Mike
Christchurch mosque attacks. Bush has welcomed
Kotahitanga – Stronger Together is the Prime Minister’s
Auckland’s unique remembrance event announcement today
and will run in conjunction with the that Acting Deputy
reaction to them a sense of hope in the to the national remembrance service
National Remembrance Service being Commissioner Andrew
outpouring of support from Kiwis of all from Hagley Park in Christchurch at 3
held in Christchurch.       Coster will be the next
walks of life for the victims and for our p.m. It will be followed by Auckland’s
The local Muslim whanau will host an Police Commissioner.
Muslim communities. own remembrance activities including
afternoon of activities at Eden Park’s No. performances by local Maori and “It has been my
“This event is an opportunity to reaffirm
2 ground to further strengthen the bonds our commitment to multiculturalism, Muslim youth groups, well known privilege to lead NZ
we created after the devastating attacks in diversity and mutual respect between entertainers and guest speakers from our Police for the past six
Christchurch 12 months ago. all peoples, and to say strongly that the parliamentary, emergency service and years and I know that
“Gates will open at 2 pm when some hateful ideologies of the Christchurch faith communities. Andrew has the same
of our local Muslim leaders and Imams terrorist will never have a place in our Families are encouraged to bring their passion and commitment
(priests) will host a series of ‘Ask Us’ city or our nation.” children as food and entertainment will to this organisation that I do.
sessions. These sessions are intended NZ Muslim Association President, be available throughout the afternoon. “I am happy to be handing over the leadership to someone of
for the wider community to interact with Ikhlaq Kashkari said the scars of 2 PM: Gates Open – Ask Us sessions Andrew’s calibre.”
our Muslim brothers and sisters, share Christchurch will never fully heal – information sharing with our Muslim Andrew Coster’s career spans over 25 years and includes being
information and find out more about the however the Kiwi Muslim community is whanau the Area Commander for Auckland City Central and the District
Muslim culture and faith,” Syed Mujeeb keen to focus on a better future.         3 PM: Live cross to the national Commander for Southern District. 
from New Zealand Muslim Association “It is important for our community remembrance service in Christchurch He is currently based at PNHQ as Acting Deputy Commissioner
said. Mayor Phil Goff said the event was that we continue to look ahead after the on the giant screen Strategy and Partnerships.
an opportunity for all Aucklanders to atrocities of Christchurch. While this 4:30 PM:  Stronger Together – Auckland’s
take a moment to reflect on events of 12 Mr Coster says it is a huge honour to have been selected for
event will provide a chance for many to Remembrance Event for Christchurch the role.
months ago while also looking ahead to reflect, it is also an opportunity for us to commences
ensure a future where our city continues “I am proud to be an officer in the New Zealand Police and I
further strengthen the bonds we made 5:30 PM: Event concludes
look forward to leading an organisation of 13,000 people who do
to be a home to people of all faiths, after Christchurch and remind ourselves The entry to the event is only through
cultures and ethnicities. incredible work to keep our communities safe.
of the importance of this togetherness. Gate K at Eden Park at the Reimers Road
“Auckland is a proudly multicultural “It’s my intent to carry on a legacy of transformation focused on
“We know that there are still barriers end of the ground.
and multifaith city, where everyone is free high performance that has been put in place under the leadership
to be broken down so we actively “We encourage everyone to bring
to follow the faith of their choosing and to of Commissioner Bush.”
encourage our friends and neighbours picnic blankets and refreshments, food
be proud of their culture and heritage,” he stalls will also be operating throughout Andrew Coster takes up his new role on Friday 3rd April.
across Auckland to join us on Sunday
says. 15 March to share stories and build new the afternoon serving Halal options. No “I know he will do an outstanding job as Commissioner and
“While the events of 12 months relationships.” alcohol will be permitted and bags will be he has the support of the whole organisation behind him,” says
ago were devastating, we found in the The Eden Park event will cross live Commissioner Bush.
searched on arrival.
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visas, advises against travel abroad

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Covid-19 cases on the rise, India on Wednesday will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.
cancelled all visas, except for a few official All these measures are applicable from March 13.
categories, till April 15. Even outgoing travel is Incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are
being cautioned against and a minimum of 14 days’
advised to avoid non-essential travel and have been
quarantine will be mandatory.
informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum
An official statement said all existing visas, except
of 14 days on their arrival in India.
diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations,
employment, and project visas stand suspended till International traffic through land borders will
April 15. This will come into effect from 12 am GMT be restricted to designated check posts with robust
on March 13 at the port of departure. screening facilities. These will be notified separately
The visa-free travel facility granted to OCI by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
cardholders has also been kept in abeyance till April A provision has been made for testing primarily for
15. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India students/compassionate cases in Italy and collection
for a compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian for samples to be organised accordingly. Those
mission. This would essentially curb the inflow of tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be
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How Indian community is feeding into


Shane Jones’ game plan of 2020 elections
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hane Jones is refusing to back down, and
unsurprisingly so, in his tirade against
the Indian community, in the lead up to
the 2020 general elections. 
The push back that Mr Jones had received
from some spirited Indian community leaders in
the last few days is exactly the kind of attention
that he has been so desperately yearning for,
giving him and his party New Zealand First
much needed political oxygen as we approach
elections. 
In the process, it has also shielded the Labour
Party leadership from their perceived diffidence
in dealing with the allegations of allowing a
racist attack on the Indian community in broad
daylight by their Coalition partner, led by a
Cabinet Minister. 
Clearly, there is a lot of politics going on in
the lead up to the 2020 elections. 
Let’s grasp the politics of Shane Jones’
comment against the Indian community
The current political scene around racist
attacks against the Indian community is
Similarly, the other Newshub-Reid Research innovative strategy.  hoping to enter into the parliament. 
such that Mr Jones is refusing to back down,
poll had a week earlier (February 9) also It seems that the Indian community is The community needs to do more than the
whereas their coalition partner and the major
suggested a close tie between National and feeding into that strategy by falling prey to his wishful thinking of educating and sensitising
party in the government continues to criticise
Labour and their search for reliable partners in premeditated and baseless assertions by itching an already super-educated sharp-minded
them vehemently, however stopping short of
parliament, although they had put National at to engage with him and educate him about the politician about the value of diversity and
giving them a death-blow by calling it “racist.” 
43.3 and the Labour at 42.5 per cent.  antiquity and the value of the Indian community multiculturalism. 
On the one hand, Mr Jones and his party
However, both these polls had clearly to NZ public life.  By doing so, the community is merely
are cementing their Trump-style attacks on
shown that the New Zealand First Party was At best it is the display of political naivety, supporting the status quo – and unfortunately,
immigrants, which overseas experience shows,
languishing around a paltry 3 per cent – a and also a show of disrespect to Shane Jones the status quo in this case - is in the soft
wins elections, whereas the Labour Party under
danger sign for both – the party and the current himself – a Harvard educated capable politician trivialisation of racism at the topmost level of
the astute leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda
Coalition government.  who has endured a political career in the last NZ government. 
Ardern is refusing to take any responsibility of
Clearly, not only New Zealand First needed two decades, across different parties and The other status-quo is the comfortable
Mr Jones’s comments, thereby holding forte
to shake the tree in a manner that they remain ideologies, despite some potentially career- position where one party in the government
without inviting any public wrath. 
afloat, but also the Labour Party does not run out ending common-sense defying escapades.  can continue to attack the Indian community
This political position, if neatly translated
of a coalition partner after the 2020 elections.  The bigger problem is not Shane Jones, unabashedly, whereas the other party stop
into votes, can easily propel both the parties in
It was against this backdrop that Shane Jones but trivialisation of racism in NZ politics  short of calling it a “racist” attack, and the
the coalition government back in power after
initiated another calculated tirade against the However, the community needs to understand partnership continues in a manner that both
2020 elections. 
Indian community, emulating Trump-style that the bigger problem is not Shane Jones’ successfully manage to get enough numbers
The latest One News-Colmar Brunton poll
immigrant-bashing politics, and hope for innuendo against the Kiwi-Indian community, to form a government together after the next
released on February 13, had come back with
stirring few emotions and get more votes that but the casual trivialisation of racism at the elections. 
some interesting numbers about how our
can keep their party afloat.  highest level of New Zealand politics.  This status quo, and stalemate, needs to
political parties were faring in this election
After all, the fact that the NZ First Party has Also, the community will be well served be eventually challenged, and unfortunately
year. The polls had put National at 46 per cent,
been the centre of immigrant-bashing views by seeing the political ploy in the lead up to engaging with Shane Jones, does not disturb
ahead of Labour at 41 per cent, with both major
and voters is not altogether new. Hence Jones’ the next elections, where unfortunately the the status quo in any manner.
parties struggling for reliable partners who can
strategy in attacking the Indian community – an community is being reduced to a position of a It rather perpetuates the status quo, more
enter into parliament on their own. 
ethnic minority migrant community – is not an doormat, upon which the political parties are than anything. 

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is singing in Auckland on Sunday, I’d disappoint
extremely memorable for her
Auckland’s lovely
15 March. ardent fans. music-loving
The rare morning concert that will feature Accompanying Ashwini community. I will be
morning raags and melodies is unusual will be noted sarangi musician there and hope to
for Auckland audiences, especially from a Sangeet Mishra from India, who meet you all"
celebrated visiting classical artiste. is already in New Zealand. while yet pursuing her academic studies. scientist who won two Nobel prizes in different
Ashwini had a successful concert in “I am excited to accompany Ashwiniji She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the subjects – Marie Curie, who discovered the
Melbourne on 8 March, and her some of her once again in Auckland after a very successful prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in elements polonium and radium.
diehard fans from Sydney and Melbourne are concert in Melbourne,” he said from Wellington. Mumbai. She was to also sing in Singapore before
following her across the Tasman to listen to “Please do come to our morning concert, it’s She has won a string of national and state Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, but the
hear at the rare morning concert in Auckland. going to be very special.” awards in India ever since she began performing concert had to be called off because of
Speaking from Melbourne on the day that the Australia’s Bobby Singh will play the tabla on the concert stage at the tender age of 16 and government restrictions on the assembly of
Government of India announced the suspension while a young Auckland artiste will provide sung at venues across the world. She has also people in Singapore following the Covid-19
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said she was all set to travel to Auckland. The Atrauli gharana’s style and is today one of its institutions in different parts of the world. Mishra and Bobby Singh is at Green Bay
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Parliament commemorating his 550th birthday


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arliamentarians, community leaders,
High Commissioners and Diplomatic
Corps of different countries and
interfaith representatives gathered at the
Parliament in Wellington on Wednesday, March
11 for the premier or the first screening of Guru
Nanak’s documentary in New Zealand.
The event was organised to mark the 550th
birthday of Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji, and
a commemorative stamp on Guru Nanak was
also released at the occasion.
The event was organised by National List
MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi who could not be
present at the event due to family event back
in India.
Fellow parliamentarian Melissa Lee gave
a brief speech on behalf of Mr Bakshi at the
event which was attended by over 100 people
on a special invite, some of whom travelled
from different parts of the country including
Hastings, Napier and, Auckland.
The special screening of the 45-minute long
documentary was done to reiterate the message
of Guru Nanak through a video on his journey
and teachings on the big screen.
The documentary ‘Guru Nanak Life &
Legacy’ was made by Dr Rajwant Singh, an of brotherhood and inclusiveness, the same Speaking for MP Kanwaljit Bakshi, Melissa
eminent public figure from the United States relayed in the documentary, saying the time Lee thanked the diplomats, community leaders
of America. to dispel hate and spread the love for all and guests present at the movie-screening and
Navtej Randhawa from New Zealand Punjabi communities is now. lauded the efforts for getting the Guru Nanak
Multimedia Trust was the driving force behind “We cannot give in to hate, Guru Nanak stamp published and to be used in New Zealand.
getting the stamp made and gone through the believed in togetherness and this is what he told The documentary is planned to be screened
approval process with New Zealand Post. his disciples es to follow in order for humanity for the community in Auckland by NZ Punjabi
Speaking at the event, Hon Consul of to prosper and live harmoniously,” Mr Multimedia Trust at a later date in April
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Discrimination no weapon to fight coronavirus


DEV NADKARNI posts targeting certain countries and races,

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completely irrationally, must be condemned.
othing can ever justify racism and
Covid-19 is a very serious matter. No two
discrimination. But in the past couple
ways about that. The many hitherto unknown
of weeks, we have seen wanton
aspects of how the virus actually spreads and
discrimination raise its ugly head in New
its suspected potential of being able to spread
Zealand in different contexts – as a politician’s
through entire communities are worrisome.
habitual ranting against one community and as
No matter what, but the response to it has to
a result of coronavirus against another.
be rational and measured. No two ways about
The unrepentant politician’s latest antic
has been condemned and doesn’t deserve that either.
repetition; however, the racism that the Asian Fear factor
community has faced in the wake of the By far the biggest symptom of coronavirus
Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak exposes is completely nonmedical – fear, propelled
the discriminatory attitudes that seem to be by irrational rumour mongering, half-truths
bubbling underneath the pleasantness Kiwi and any number of theories half-baked at the
in the safest, healthiest, most peaceful and social media platforms.
society is known for the world over. University of WhatsApp and other platforms of
prosperous age today than our ancestors have It is such social media driven rumours that
The World Health Organisation has officially its ilk. Rumour mills and disinformation have
ever lived in. Technology makes it possible for give a dangerous dimension to what ought to be
declared Covid-19 as a pandemic this week as worked overtime to manufacture fear.
anyone anywhere to instantly get in touch with genuine concerns for the spread of the Covid-19
the virus sweeps past 100 nations with more It is this fear-driven irrational panic-buying
anyone else wherever else in the world. We have virus, thereby creating utterly unnecessary
than 4000 dead. While the panic may well be that led people to stockpile toilet paper,
information – and equally both disinformation irrational phobias against ethnicities, races and
justified given its rapid spread, the dynamic noodles, hand sanitisers and other household
and misinformation – scrolling incessantly on nationalities.
nature of the facts and information that is items fisticuffing with co-shoppers and even
digital screens at the speed of light. Governments fight back
coming at us and the knowledge that there is no neighbours as though the world was in for a
But the veneer of civility that this great age Governments have to necessarily err on
vaccine yet, nothing can justify discrimination long, fearsome nuclear winter.
of peace and plenty filled with the marvels of the side of caution and in the absence of any
based on irrationality. When fear sets in, rationality is the first
technology has brought us is exactly that – a precedence for such a quick and all-pervasive
Asian-looking people who might never even casualty: When one stockpiles an essential like
mere veneer that peels off for the most trivial spread of any virus in modern times, no
have visited China in their lifetimes have been disinfectants and denies neighbours and other
of reasons. The scenes that were played out at government can be too careful.
callously discriminated against in New Zealand community members those products, the risk
supermarkets in New Zealand and Australia Many including the New Zealand government
– asked to leave restaurants, get off buses and of them spreading it because of the lack of
following the coronavirus outbreak, where have put in place speedy measures to contain
trains by drivers and co-passengers and have resources artificially created by the stockpiling,
people scuffled and came to blows over the spread of the virus and have established
had rude comments hurled at them. is increased many times over. This simple
dwindling stocks of toilet paper, has shown our an excellent information system with frequent
Just because Covid-19 was first reported practical thought seems to escape panic buyers
civilisation to be as fragile as two ply paper. media briefings – in a manner that is carefully
from China does not mean every Asian- in the face of irrational fear.
Both disinformation and misinformation designed to avoid any reason to create panic,
looking person in New Zealand should be But as the weeks go by and data from all over
have a most incendiary capacity to spread which is indeed the need of the hour.
avoided. Patronage of otherwise popular Asian the world is collated and analysed, a picture has
irrational fears like wildfire. Since the Covid-19 Health authorities’ and governments’
establishments in downtown Auckland is down emerged as to who are the major at-risk groups,
outbreak and its rapid spread in early February, repeated warnings and advisories on avoiding
to zilch, according to reports. Whether Italian what are the things to do and to avoid and what
menacing conspiracy theories (biological crowded places as measures of containment are
restaurants will face similar treatment from might be the way forward both in the short and
warfare), baseless rumours (engineered to practical and rational given the circumstances
panicked patrons since Italy is one of the most middle terms.
gain dominance over certain countries), the – but an overreaction to them is certainly not.
severely affected countries remains to be seen. Everyone needs to be sensible and responsible
imminence of an apocalypse (a deadly secret Irrational fears propelled by ill-informed,
The virus of disinformation experiment gone bad) have all run amok on about our outlook toward Covid-19 for the
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vibrated so loudly around the world as they do
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right now.
Women had celebrated since the
“We are mothers, sisters, grandmothers,
beginning of this movement 170 years ago.
wives, as well as professionals, educators,
International women, thought leaders from
doctors, service providers, community workers,
diverse disciplines come together to share
and much more. "Yes,
their experiences and expertise to motivate and
Migrant activist Asoka Basnayake we are at a
inspire women in many nations to do more, to
noted, her pleasure and privilege to join critical time in history
have more, to be more, and to celebrate all they
the event and she was delighted to see relative to the roles of
have.
the event had gathered momentum women in all aspects of
EthNix Links & Advocacy Network, private and public life. Now
and was well participated from from the University of opportunities.
in collaboration with several women’s is the time for women to
various cultures, inspiring speakers Auckland and Dr Meera We seek equity, we will make our own
organisations and with the support of come together as a global
and made particular mention of the Raithatha Vig of Starship way to our goals, and we will not tolerate
collaborative sponsors, came together at the community to help each
initiative that recognises ethnically Paediatric Department. discrimination, we will speak for human rights
New Lynn Community Centre to celebrate the other live our best
diverse women. Several women took to and the rights of women to be who they are or
day keen to promote and empower each other, lives"
It is wonderful to see many diverse the mike to share their roles wish to be.
bridge diversity, create a safe space to build
organisations bringing women together and how they were part of the Performances included Bollywood and
social inclusion.
locally and nationally, she said. day. Surprise speaker Unati Patel shared with bhangra and a fashion outlet showing women
Anne Degia-Pala QSM, the founder of
Nilima Venkat General Manager of Shanti us her journey to New Zealand and her job as young and the aged. It was a fantastic day, and
EthNix Links which was established 19 years
Niwas who was part of the organising a Truck Driver, a role she enjoys in a so-called it was a full house.
ago under the banner of NixCrew Road Safety
committee said, it was empowering for older man only domain. A lovely meal was served, and many prizes
Trust, says “Yes, we are at a critical time in
women and to hear from eminent speakers, mix Women can do it all, as movers and shakers were won. All in all a day for women well
history relative to the roles of women in all
and mingle and take part in the activities. for engaging audiences, by being part of project worth putting by passionate volunteers as a
aspects of private and public life. Now is the
Speakers included Dr Rachel Simon Kumar teams, sponsors and guests to reach out for sustainable, self-resourced event.
time for women to come together as a global

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empowering the females of the community on Saturday, March 7, at
St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Royal Oak.
The guest speakers at the event were Ella Kumar, Renjini Nair and Shila
Nair who through their speeches lauded the efforts of women making a
difference in the community. Puketapapa local board member Ella Kumar
elaborated on the psychological perspective of women’s health and
wellbeing. Ella also emphasised the need to have a goal in life and work
towards it with will power.
Speaker from Shakti, an organisation working for the women suffering
from domestic violence, Shila Nair addressed the issue of domestic violence
and spoke about the need to create awareness about women’s rights.
Renjini Nair spoke about anti-ageing beauty therapies and promoting self-
care and skincare through cosmetic beauty therapy. An interactive session to
discuss and share the life experiences of ladies who attended the event made
the program lively and exciting.
“President of Auckland Malayali Samajam Yeldos Varghese offered great An all-purpose indoor facility close to the heart of the city makes Mahatma Gandhi
support for this initiative,” Joint Secretary of AMS Dr Mary Smitha said. Centre a versatile and attractive Venue for Indian Weddings, business functions,
The main highlight of the event was the display of art, paintings, craft,
flower arrangement and vegetable carving by the ladies present at the event.
social gatherings and religious functions. Our knowledgeable priest provides
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Malayali Samajam - Dr Mary Smitha, Vidhya Elavakunnath, Julie Vinu,
facilities and a wide range of catering options available for all occasions.
Kavitha Raj and Blessy Adarsh.
“Women’s Day is an opportunity to think and reflect upon the contribution
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The Indian Weekender Friday, March 13, 2020 FIJI 15

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 will Fiji commended


put significant stress on tourism and for its leadership
on ocean-related
other support activities in Fiji: Fleming issues
B T
ank South Pacific Group CEO Robin COVID-19. he President of the 74th
Fleming says if further travel restrictions The Group CEO says the construction industry Session of the United Nations
are placed due to COVID-19, it is going to General Assembly has
and certain sections of the communication industry
commended Fiji for its leadership on
put significant stress on tourism and other support have already felt the impact because of their source
Oceans issues.
activities in Fiji.   of supply.
Dr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande is
He says from Fiji’s perspective, it is not the COVID-19 testing will be done in Fiji on an official visit and says Fiji has
immediate impact  on the well being and lives been doing a great job.
This after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
of individuals who are affected, but it is going to He says the UN is looking forward
officially opened the Molecular Laboratory at the
be on the economic impact on Fiji and countries to working with Fiji on various
Fiji Centre for Disease Control in Tamavua this
which are very much dependent on tourism.   aspects.
morning.
Fleming says the tourism industry must consider “The threat to the environment the
He said all suspected cases of COVID-19 would
how it encourages people to come to Fiji as whole question of the year 2020 and
be tested at the lab.
there have been no cases presented in Fiji and it what it means for Fiji, 50 years of
Mr Bainimarama said we would no longer
must promote Fiji as an environment which has independence is extremely important.
send samples of a suspected COVID-19 case to
resilience and has no particular encounter with For the United Nations, 75 years is
Australia for testing.
also extremely significant.”

‘Holi’ showcases diversity of our unique heritage: Akbar


Acting Prime Minister and
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-

M
inister for Education, Rosy Akbar Khaiyum echoed similar sentiments.
“Fiji is welcoming our 50th year
has conveyed her congratulations to
of independence as the United
schools around Fiji that are celebrating
Nations enters its 75th year so 2020
‘Holi’ with much music, sweets, colours and
is a milestone for both of us, it’s clear
laughter, and she also says that truth and justice
that our corporation is entering a
will prevail while speaking about the recent new era as well as we have explored
bullying incident. a number of new ways the United
Akbar says living in a multi-cultural, multi- Nations can support sustainable
racial, multi-lingual country like Fiji, we spread development aspirations in Fiji and
the joy of love, unity, harmony, stability, and indeed across the entire Pacific.”
prosperity, firm foundations of the current There were discussions between
government through marking the national the President and the Acting Prime
celebration. Minister on how to help safeguard
She says Fiji is proud of its diversity and marine resources.
recognises its rich heritage that embraces the
cultures of the Pacific region and beyond,
enriching our lives. Doctor: Stop
Akbar says inclusivity is about valuing such
diversity and recognizing that children bring to recruiting
expats
Minister for Education Hon. Rosy Akbar attends a Holi celebration
schools, cultures, experiences, knowledge and year and the students must have thought that they over evil, truth over lies, justice over atrocities,
abilities influenced by such diversities. got away with it. love over hatred, trust over betrayal and patience
The Education Minister also says such festivals However, Akbar says the truth was revealed over restlessness.
help children freely bring out their cultural and justice will prevail. She says this celebration today must remind
identity and showcase the richness and diversity She says however torturous this incident has us that we are not celebrating as individuals, as
of our unique heritage.  been for the nation, it has taught us a lesson that secluded religious groups or as a particular school
Akbar says recently people witnessed an evil does not reign forever and the truth will find but this is a national celebration and a reminder
incident which strongly displays that the truth a way and reveal itself. that our heritage and arts make a very concrete
will prevail. The Minister for Education says overall the portion of the holistic education envisioned for
She says the bullying incident happened last festival of “Holi’ conveys the message of victory our future.

Human rights at stake as climate changes


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here is no job in Fiji that

F
IJI is already suffering cannot be done by local
immense harm from climate medical specialists, says
change, resulting in extensive outgoing Fiji National University
human rights violations, says United professor of surgery Dr Eddie
Nations Special Rapporteur on McCaig.
human rights and the environment In an interview with this
Professor David Boyd. newspaper, Dr McCaig said Fiji
He highlighted this during his needed to stop recruiting expatriates
presentation on his annual report to and train its own. He said Fiji did not
the 35th session of the Human Rights need expatriates.
Council, in Geneva, Switzerland. “I have always said if you have an
The report focused on the expatriate in Fiji, why isn’t his skills
implementation of the right to a recognised in New Zealand where
safe, clean, healthy and sustainable he could be employed under better
environment. It also discussed his conditions,” said Dr McCaig.
country visits to Fiji and Norway. “Why don’t we train our own
In his presentation, Prof Boyd said people?
“At the end of the day we sit back
Fiji was making dedicated efforts to
and smile when we see our people do
protect and restore its environment
our job. If we say we are employing
from an innovative Environment
a doctor from Zimbabwe or Nigeria,
and Climate Adaptation Levy
why do we need to do this when there
to a comprehensive long-term devastated Fiji in 2016, causing work with both countries. effective implementation of Fiji’s
is no job in Fiji that can’t be done by
decarbonisation plan. deaths, homelessness and extensive Speaking in response to his national environmental policies, and
our locals.”
“I visited Vunidogoloa, one of damage to infrastructure.” presentation, Fiji’s permanent noted with particular importance the
Prof McCaig said if anyone
the first communities in the world He also encouraged "Tropical representative to the UN concerns expressed by the special
Cyclone thought expatriates were geniuses,
forced to relocate because of rising both Norway and Fiji to in Geneva Nazhat rapporteur regarding the technical
Winston devastated they needed to ask themselves why
sea levels, storm surges and saltwater implement the detailed Shameem Khan said expertise, human resources, and
Fiji in 2016, causing expats could not do the same work
contamination of their drinking water recommendations in his the report provided financial capacity necessary to carry
deaths, homelessness they were doing in Fiji in their own
and food crops,” he said. report, and also offered and extensive damage to further guidance on out Fiji’s ambitious environmental
country. “It’s simply because the
“Tropical Cyclone Winston his continuing support to infrastructure" how to ensure the goals.
conditions can’t be as good.”
Thought of the week
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90%
how you react to it."
- Charles R. Swindoll

Editorial 13 March – 19 March


Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
Grim forebodings as
15 March anniversary
approaches
On-and-off Partly Parlty Clouds and A touch o Sunshine A few
rain and sunny sunny sun dafr and pactcy morning
drizzle clouds showers

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he first anniversary of the dastardly Christchurch shootings will be upon us
this Sunday. That terrible event that killed 51 and injured 49 worshippers at 21° 23° 24° 23° 23° 24° 24°
two mosques in the Garden City exactly a year ago is described by many as 14° 13° 16° 15° 16° 16° 17°
one that changed New Zealand forever.
How may it have changed New Zealand and New Zealanders?
This week in New Zealand’s history
The country rose as one in extending support at all levels to everyone that was
affected in any way by the tragedy in the days, weeks and months following March 13 March 1956
15, 2019. The Government’s response led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has New Zealand's first test cricket victory
been largely praised all over the world. While compassionate on the one hand, the
government also showed a tough sense of purpose in legislating the banning of N ew Zealand was already 3–0 down in the series going into the fourth and final test at Eden
Park in Auckland. Their West Indies opponents included household names such as Gary
Sobers and Everton Week’s, who broke batting records for a New Zealand season.
assault weapons in just the next few months.
Individual Kiwis, public and private organisations in this country as well as 15 March 1944
international humanitarian, religious and private bodies gave generously to the New Zealand forces capture Castle Hill at Cassino
O
reparation and rehabilitation of survivors and the kith and kin of the deceased. The n 15 March 1944, the 6th New Zealand Brigade attacked the Italian town of Cassino as part
government put in place a number of special programmes for their wellbeing. of the Allies’ advance on Rome.
In short, Kiwis generally lived up to their reputation of generosity and large
heartedness. But can we say this about all Kiwis?
16 March 1999
In a country of about five million, there are bound to be differing opinions – and NZHistory website launched
there always have been in New Zealand as well. But the important question is whether
this difference of opinion is restricted to a fringe – which should never be a worry
N ZHistory (www.nzhistory.govt.nz) was launched by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon.
Jack Elder, at a function at National Archives (now Archives New Zealand) in Wellington
on 16 March 1999.
– or is there a undercurrent of support than what is apparent or what occasionally
comes to the surface. 19 March 1839
Extreme rightwing white supremacist groups have always existed around the world Honey bees brought to New Zealand
but in recent decades have become more vocal and visible, probably in response
to violent religious extremism and terrorism especially in the western world. New M ary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary, was probably the person who introduced
honey bees to New Zealand. She brought two hives ashore when she landed at the
Mangungu Mission Station at Hokianga in March 1839.
Zealand and Australia have also had their fair share of adherents but mostly beneath
the surface. 20 March 1834
Since 15 March last year, though, there seems to have been considerably more New Zealand's first recognised flag chosen
activity borne out by the fact that police in both countries have stepped up surveillance
in response to increasing extremist ideologies surfacing on social media. A New Zealand flag was first suggested in
1830 after Sydney customs officials seized
a Hokianga-built ship.Australia was subject to
Recent media reports in Australia quote the Australian Security Intelligence
British navigation laws under which ships had to
Organisation (ASIO) as saying that an extreme right-wing attack is “plausible” in
carry official certificates.
Australia in the next 12-18 months. It is in response to these observations, among As New Zealand was not then a British colony,
other facts that have come to the surface, that agencies in both Australia and New New Zealand-built ships could not sail under a
Zealand have stepped up surveillance both online and offline. British flag or register. Without this, they and
In New Zealand, just a week before the Christchurch shootings anniversary, there their cargoes would continue to be seized.
have been reports of a threat at Christchurch’s Al-Noor mosque which the police are
still probing.
Disturbingly, Muslim community leaders have said that this wasn’t the first but Indian Weekender : Volume 11 Issue 50
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that though there might be some 60-70 white supremacist groups in New Zealand
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measures the government and the security agencies have taken since that fateful day
Views expressed in the publication are not necessarily of the publisher and the publisher
in Christchurch, it still remains a relatively soft target for anyone who is fiercely is not responsible for advertisers’ claims as appearing in the publication
committed to the ideology of hate.
Most Kiwis would want to go into the first anniversary in a sombre, commemorative Views expressed in the articles are solely of the authors and do not in any way represent
the views of the team at the Indian Weekender
mood to mark one of the darkest days in its history. The panic caused by the Covid-19,
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deserves and let us hope we won’t be forced to repeat the ‘This is not who we are’
slogan all over again.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 13, 2020 CHRISTCHURCH 15.03.19 ONE YEAR ON 17

Prime Minister’s message FIANZ’s message to the community


on 1st anniversary of I
t is now nearly a year ago when our peaceful
country was subjected to one of the most
heinous hate crimes committed not only

Christchurch Mosque Attacks


in New Zealand but in the entire south pacific
region. The brutality of the attacked was so

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vicious that even a four-year-old toddler was not
hings changed in New Zealand on spared by the terrorist. May Allah SWT grant all
March 15 and so we changed – the martyrs of 15th March a place in the paradise
and that includes the Government and make the life of the families who have lost
acting on gun laws, reviewing hate speech their loved ones easier.
rules, and establishing the Christchurch What followed after the attack was something
Call against online terrorism. wonderful when the entire country rallied
But the main shift that we can achieve around and provided tremendous support to
as a country will not come from the Muslim communities from the top of Northland
Government. It will only come through to the end of Southland.
the daily actions of all of us in calling The efforts of our fellow Kiwis who
out bullying and discrimination and truly wrapped the Muslim community with love and
demonstrating inclusion. compassion was something to be seen to be
A year ago, I said that we each hold the believed. It made the pain more bearable both at
power, in our words and in our actions, in an individual and community level. NZ Muslim
our daily acts of kindness. Let that be the community is ever so grateful for that love
legacy of the 15th of March. One year on, I and Aroha.
am repeating that call. There was unanimous support at every level
at ethnic, political and religious levels across
the country. Our Muslims community also
responded most calmly and collectively showing
the real meaning of Islam - Peace. We need to
10 March 2020 nurture that feeling of warmth and compassion
towards everyone. 
Year on, while some affected families are
coping okay, but a number of families are still Board, St John Ambulance, Christchurch City
A message from Auckland Mayor Phil Goff struggling. The Prime Minister and her government Council, Auckland City Council, Victim Support,
provided special dispensation in terms of residency Christchurch Foundation, two Gurudwaras in
As-salāmu ʿalaykum.
for the widows who were not resident that helped Christchurch, Ngai Tahu and a great many other
a great deal, but, long-term care, both physical and groups and individuals who helped us on the day
It is one year now since the devastating attacks on the mosques in Christchurch. As a nation, we were
shocked that such a terrible event could happen in our country.
mental, is going to be challenging. and weeks after the attack. We hope and pray that
FIANZ continues to play its role of advocacy to our country will never ever have to go through such
Amongst the trauma and sadness at the human cost of that terrorist attack, what shone out was the
outpouring of sympathy and support for the Muslim community from across our city and New Zealand, led
support the community.  a human loss. May God bless New Zealand and
by our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. We need to reach out to each other with greater have mercy on its people. Long live New Zealand.”
As we remember those who were lost and injured and the sadness of their families, we commit ourselves
zeal and care, so we don’t lose the momentum Salaam. Peace.
to reaffirming our belief in promoting a city and country which is inclusive. Auckland is a proudly of creating a more cohesive and connected Dr Anwar Ghani MNZM, JP
multicultural and multifaith city, where all people are equal and are treated with dignity and respect, communities across Aotearoa. Chair, National and International Relations
Directorate
regardless of race, colour or creed. We take the opportunity of recognising and Federation of Islamic Association of New
We must celebrate our diversity as a source of strength and enrichment, not as a cause of division. thanking NZ Police, Canterbury District Health Zealand (FIANZ)
We will speak out against the hateful ideologies that motivated the attacker. We will work to ensure our
city is a place of harmony and understanding. We will uphold our community as a place where people are
free to follow the faith of their choice and to celebrate their heritage, culture and identity with pride.

On March 15, we will reaffirm our commitment to multiculturalism, diversity, respect and tolerance and say
strongly that the ideology of hate will never have a place in our city or nation.

Phil Goff
MAYOR OF AUCKLAND

Rainbow of Aroha, diversity & inclusiveness


at Waitakere Holi
F
rom smearing each other with this inclusive festival.
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colours to enjoying a plate "Our theme for our 20th year
of delicious gujiyas together, of Waitakere Indian Association’s
the festival of Holi ushers in a formation is Inclusive Waitakere
carnivalesque mood among people and keeping that in mind, this years
of all age groups, every year. Holi celebrations will be officially
An ancient Hindu festival, which opened by members of our Muslim
later became popular among non- Assocation who will lead us into a
Hindu communities as well, Holi minute of silence in remembrance of
heralds the arrival of spring after the Christchurch Mosque attacks,"
winter. It signifies the victory of good says Sunil Kaushal, President of
over evil and is celebrated as a day of Waitakere Indian Association.
spreading happiness and love. The days celebrations will begin
The festival is also celebrated as with traditional singing of Holi songs
thanksgiving for good harvest. by local mandalies called FAAG,
Now in its 15th year, the Waitakere which will be followed by Indian
Holi Mela will be held this Sunday classical and Bollywood dances by made with the crowd which we aim invited. Bring your camera, spare High Commission (Wellington),
15th March from 10am to 5pm at various children and adults. to make it viral. clothes, sheet and towels for the car Radio Tarana, Indian Weekender,
the Trusts Arena in Henderson, Finally leading Indian DJ from There will be lots of vegetarian seat, camera and a great attitude. Massey-Henderson Local Board,
Auckland. Radio Tarana DJ Gabbroo will lead food stalls to satisfy the taste buds We do advise that if you are sick, The Trusts Community Foundation
Over the years the festival has all the participants into upbeat Holi along with space for kids to run please stay at home and follow the and Office of Ethnic Communities.
grown from a mere crowd a few Music with lots of colours and around and burn the energy. Ministry of Health guidelines on For more information, please check
hundred to over five thousand with passion for the festival. This is a free family fun day and Covid-19 precautions. the Waitakere Indian Association
different communities partaking in A special TikTok video will be every one from any community is The event is supported by Indian Facebook page.
18 INDIA Friday, March 13, 2020 The Indian Weekender

COVID-19: India imposes Turmeric seen as


effective in reducing
lung inflammation
tough border control measures
I
ndia stepped up tougher border on an Indian port to curb Covid-19
control measures to combat the outbreak.
Covid-19 outbreak as the number The advisory follows several
of patients is rising mostly from cruise ships like Diamond Princess
travel history to affected countries. which became infestations of the
The fresh restrictions both for virus and are stuck at the ports.
outbound and inbound travel A standard operating procedure
now include major European (SOP) has been put in place with
countries including France, Spain immediate effect for international

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and Germany. cruise ships. urmeric or curcumin is being
The government strategy at Cruise ships which had intimated advocated by some medical
containment is now veering towards their call to Indian port prior to experts for reducing lung
border controls as several other January 1 will be allowed. Any inflammation in the backdrop of
countries have also rolled out travel ship, crew or passenger which has rising Covid-19 cases in India, which
curbs to and from Covid-19 affected recommended "DOs and DON'Ts". Besides the already issued a history of visiting a Covid-19 is especially known to attack the
countries. The advisory also calls for instructions, all regular Visas affected country since February 1 respiratory system.
The fresh advisory issued after a passengers with travel history (including e-Visas) which have will not be permitted to enter any Turmeric is being touted as the
only way to keep inflammation in
review meeting by Cabinet Secretary to China, Hong Kong, Republic been granted to nationals of France, Indian port till March 31.
your body low so that you have
Rajiv Gauba underlines the fact of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Germany and Spain on or before The cruise ships will be allowed
a better chance of fighting the
that the Covid-19 infection has now Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, March 11 and where these foreigners on ports having thermal screening
coronavirus infection.
spread to as many as 100 countries Spain and Germany to undergo self- have not yet entered India stands facility for passengers and crew.
In view of the current Covid-19
and travellers to these countries, or imposed quarantine for a period of suspended. If any passengers or crew show
epidemic and the panic around
any person having travelled abroad, 14 days from the date of their arrival, Regular visas (including e-Visas) symptoms of the disease, they will
it, medical experts have a few
might possibly have come in contact and their employers to facilitate granted to all foreign nationals who not be allowed to disembark.
suggestions besides washing hands,
with people affected with Covid-19 work-from-home for such employees have travel history to these countries The passenger will be quarantined not being in crowded spaces etc., on
during their stay there or even while during this period. on or after February 1 and who have on the ship. how to boost the immune system and
in transit at airports. Further, in continuation of already not yet entered India also stands If the samples are found to be possibly minimise the symptoms as
An advisory has been issued issued advisories on travel to India suspended. positive, the passenger will be shifted there are no cures for the disease.
for all incoming international citizens, India citizens are strongly In addition, the government also to an isolation facility attached to Vaccines are at least two years
passengers returning to India to self- advised to refrain from travelling to has announced strict guidelines for the port and the ship be asked to away and there are no drugs on the
monitor their health and follow the France, Spain and Germany. international cruise ships to call move out. horizon except Actemra which is
a biological drug that Roche had
COVID-19: 669 developed for arthritis.
Simple tricks to boost your immune
in J&K under system during coronavirus may help
reduce the severity of the disease.

observation; One major thing that happens when


you get infected is that one has a

460 in home "cytokine storm" in the body.


Bad cytokines/hormones

quarantine especially IL-6 and TNF-a levels rise


which contribute to stress and organ
failure during Covid-19 infection.
The pharmaceutical company
Roche has dusted off an old drug,
Actemra, which was developed for
arthritis as it was shown to suppress
IL-6. Tocilizumab (Actemra) is in a
class of drugs called biologics.
Tocilizumab is a treatment for
India sends C-17 Globemaster to Iran to bring back Indians
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he Jammu & Kashmir adults with moderate to severe

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government has said till date ndia sent a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to coronavirus-hit nation. An estimated 1,200 Indians, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), giant
669 people in contact with coronavirus-hit Iran to evacuate stranded Indians over mostly students and pilgrims, are in Iran currently. cell arthritis, and polyarticular and
suspected cases of coronavirus have there, an Indian Air Force officer said. "If the Iranian government lends its support, a testing systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
been put under observation, with The aircraft took off at around 8 p.m. from Hindon air facility could be set up there as well, so that Indians there Even if this drug is approved
another 460 in home quarantine. base, near the capital. can be tested before they can be brought back," Harsh for Covid-19, it will cost at least
"IAF's medical team and support staff is onboard the Vardhan had said. $25,000-30,000 per patient. Nature
Eight cases are in hospital
aircraft for the humanitarian assistance mission. The The minister said the government is following up with has effective molecules for lowering
quarantine, 55 in home observation,
aircraft will return with Indian citizens in the early hours of Iran to tie-up evacuation of Indian pilgrims and students IL-6 naturally: Turmeric/curcumin,
while 146 completed their 28 days
March 10, 2020," the Indian Air Force said in a statement, stranded in Tehran and Qom as per need. Resveratrol and Lutein.
surveillance period, the government adding that it has made all necessary operational and "The government is taking all necessary measures to Turmeric/curcumin is especially
said. medical arrangements to ensure expeditious and safe prevent the spread of COVID-19 in India," he said. excellent in reducing lung
In the Union Territory of J&K, 55 return of Indian nationals from Iran. The government has carried out two evacuation inflammation. This is the only way
samples have been sent for testing, of Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday told missions, bringing back a total of 767 from China. All of to keep inflammation in the body
which 26 were negative, one tested Parliament that India was in touch with Iran on possible them have been kept in quarantine and have so far tested low so that one has a better chance of
positive, and 28 reports are awaited. evacuation of Indian pilgrims and students stuck in the negative for the virus. fighting off this infection.
The government has strengthened
surveillance and control measures Sonia begins talks to name Rajya Sabha poll candidates
A
against the disease. Helpline nos: mid the crisis in Madhya including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin The Congress is said to have initiated
+91-0191-2549676 (UT level Cell Pradesh where the fight for Prasada, Randeep Singh Surjewala, talks the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
for J&K), +91-0191-2520982 the Upper House seat has Rajiv Satav and Milind Deora, are in in Bihar and the Dravida Munnetra
(For Jammu Division), +91-0194- turned ugly causing revolt, Congress the race to get the nomination. Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu to
2440283 (For Kashmir Division) are interim president Sonia Gandhi, Of the 55 Upper House members cut its loss to 11.
functional. initiated the process to finalise the retiring, 13 are from the Congress. While Girish Devangan is set
Universal self-declaration has list of Rajya Sabha candidates for the The party is likely to win two seats to get the party nomination from
been made mandatory w.e.f. March March 23 elections for 55 seats. each from Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh, the name of second
4 at Jammu and Srinagar airports. Sonia Gandhi met MP Chief Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has Chhattisgarh, and one seat each from candidate has not been discussed as
Screening of travellers started at Minister Kamal Nath, Maharashtra also met the party chief. Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra. yet. The Congress is also hoping for
Lakhanpur and Lower Munda toll Minister and state Congress chief Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Despite being at logger-heads with a seat from West Bengal, but is yet
posts as well as Jammu, Katra and Balasaheb Thorat and Leader of Bhupesh Baghel is slated to meet her allies, the Congress is eyeing one seat to decide on the candidate. Mamata
Udhampur Railway stations, where Opposition in Haryana Assembly on Wednesday, a day after Holi. each from Bihar and Tamil Nadu and Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress
Health Help Desks have been setup. Bhuprinder Singh Hooda. Rajasthan Many young Congress leaders, also second seat from Maharashtra. announced its four candidates.
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The modern face of Indian NEWS in BRIEF


politics’ grand old party India saw largest area-wise forest fires in

I
n December 2001, months after South Asia from 2003-17, finds ISRO study
I
his father’s untimely death, ndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) researchers have found that
Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the India saw the largest area-wise forest fires across a region comprising
Congress. seven South Asian countries, over a 15-year period between 2003 and 2017.
On Tuesday, on his father’s birth The study found that most fires in India were surface fires emerging during
anniversary, Scindia embarked on a hot and dry weather conditions in March and April, and the most common
new chapter in his political journey cause of fires in South Asia was deforestation surface fires burn down small
when he announced his resignation vegetation, debris and spread rapidly, destroying the forest floor.
from the Congress. Suave, educated, The study found that fire hotspots are increasing in Bangladesh (34.2
untainted by corruption and boasting percent) and India (32.2 percent).
of both political lineage as well as a An Indian Forest Service official said on condition of anonymity, “The
connection to the grassroots, Scindia season of forest fire in India is about to begin. This time, there is higher
has long been the modern face of ground load the presence of dried-up grass and leaves, which can easily go
Indian politics’ grand old party. up in flames in case of fire.”
In his letter to Congress president
Sonia Gandhi,which was widely
‘Signing off’: PM Modi hands over his social media
rivals in Parliament and was made win four straight terms from Guna, accounts to women achievers
circulated on social media, Scindia

I
the chief whip of the party in the 16th but lost the seat in the 2019 general
wrote, “To reflect and realise the n his bid to ignite “motivation in
Lok Sabha. elections – a loss attributed by his
aspirations of my people and my millions”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The grandson of the last maharaja loyalists to infighting within the
workers, I believe it is best that I now signed off from his social media accounts
of Gwalior Jivajirao Scindia, Scindia Congress.
look ahead at a fresh start.” and handed them over to seven women
joined electoral politics in 2001, During the United Progressive
At 49, Scindia, a Harvard and achievers for them to “share their life’s
after his father and Congress leader Alliance government, he was
Stanford University alumnus, was journey” on International Women’s Day.
Madhavrao Scindia was killed in a appointed minister of state for
seen as one Congress’s pillars of Greeting all women on Twitter, PM
plane crash. communications and information
strength. Modi said, “We salute the spirit and
The young Scindia filed a technology in 2008. A year later,
He was part of a close-knit group accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As
nomination from his father’s in the second UPA government,
that included former Congress I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off.
constituency of Guna in Madhya he was minister of state and given
president Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and
Pradesh in 2002 and defeated his charge of the ministry of commerce
Pilot, Murli Deora and Jitendra perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts.”
rival from the Bharatiya Janata and industry. On October 28, 2012,
Prasad. A fiery orator, he often led Greetings on International Women’s Day! We salute the spirit and
Party, Desh Raj Singh, by a margin he became Union minister of state
Congress’s attack against political accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing
of 450,000 votes. Scindia would (independent charge) for power. off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys

Nari Shakti Puraskar: Activists, fighter pilots, and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts.
India has outstanding women achievers in all parts of the nation. These

103-yr-old sportswoman among 15 awardees women have done great work in a wide range of sectors. Their struggles and
aspirations motivate millions. Let us keep celebrating the achievements of

1
05-year-old Bhageerathi Amma such women and learning from them. #SheInspiresUs
and 98-year-old Karthyayini
Amma from Kollam in Kerala
Global criticism: Getting to know who our friends are,
became the oldest learners under says Jaishankar
the Kerala State Literacy Mission,
having passed their Class IV literacy
equivalent examinations earlier this
E xternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on
Saturday that India is getting to know who
its friends really are, as he responded to questions
year. on the criticism from the UN Human Rights
In Chandigarh, Mann Kaur chief and Iran over the Citizenship (Amendment)
started her career in athletics at the Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens
age of 93. Kaur, who is now aged (NRC) and the recent communal violence in
103, has won four golds (track and Delhi. Asked if India was losing its friends,
field) at the World Masters Athletic Jaishankar said, “Maybe we are getting to know
Championship in Poland. She became who our friends really are.”
the world’s fastest centenarian at the Speaking at the ET Global Business Summit, he said: “We have tried to
American Masters Games, 2016, and reduce the number of stateless people through this legislation. That should
won more than 20 medals in World be appreciated… We have done it in a way that we do not create a bigger
Masters Games and America Masters problem for ourselves.”
Games, among other championships. “Everybody, when they look at citizenship, has a context and has a
On Sunday, all three women criterion. Show me a country in the world which says everybody in the world
were among the recipients of the is welcome. Nobody does that. Look at America. Look at the Europeans. I
Nari Shakti Puraskar. While Kaur can give you (the) example of every European country. There is some social
was present at the ceremony held criterion,” he said.
in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Bhageerathi
Amma and Karthyayni Amma could Those who preach for refugees’ rights are opposing
not attend the ceremony in person CAA meant for refugees: PM Modi
due to their age.
A total of 15 women from across
the country were conferred the
CAVS (Chinnai Adhivasi Vikas compost production, organic
P rime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government’s decision to
amend the citizenship act
Facing criticism from within and outside the country over the amended
Society). Kalavati Devi from insecticide preparation at home.
awards in recognition of their efforts citizenship law, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday hit out at those who
Kanpur is a mason who has been Apart from the Nari Shakti awards,
towards rendering distinguished “preach for rights of refugees the world over” but are opposing the CAA
the driving force towards reducing Bina Devi, Kalavati Devi and Arifa
services for the emancipation of that is giving citizenship to persecuted minorities of neighbouring nations.
open defecation in the district. She is Jan from Srinagar have also been
women, especially those who are Speaking at the Global Business Summit in New Delhi, Modi underlined
responsible for building over 4,000 included by the Prime Minister’s
vulnerable and marginalised. his government’s “conviction to break status quo”, while defending
in villages in and around Kanpur. Office in the #SheInspiresUs
The Nari Shakti Puraskar is an contentious laws, including the Triple Talaq, abrogating Article 370 and
Speaking with 14 of the 15 campaign, in which Prime Minister
initiative of the Union Ministry of amending the Citizenship Act. The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed
awardees at his official residence, Narendra Modi handed over his
Women and Child Development to
PM Modi said women were major Twitter account to women achievers. by the Parliament last year, resulting in a series of protests across the country.
acknowledge contributions made
contributors towards the nation’s Others conferred the award “There is nothing wrong with talking the right things. But these people
by individuals and institutions,
development. (Twitter/@PIB_India) include Arifa Jan, who is credited have a particular hatred for people who are doing the right things,” he said.
to celebrate women as “game-
Bina Devi of Bihar is fondly with reviving Numdha handicrafts “So when changes are brought in status quo, they see this as disruptions,” he
changers” and “catalysts of positive
known as ‘Mushroom Mahila’ f or and training more than 100 women was quoted as saying by PTI.
change in society”.
popularising mushroom cultivation. in Kashmir; Nilza Wangmo from Leh According to the CAA, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi
The 15 awardees spanned different
She was the sarpanch of Dhauri who runs Alchi Kitchen Restaurant, and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who
walks of life. Padala Bhudevi from
Panchayat, Tetiabamber block the first restaurant to serve traditional entered India before December 31, 2014 will get Indian citizenship. Critics
Andhra Pradesh has been working
for five years. Over the years, she Ladakhi cuisine and Indian classical have argued that the Act is unconstitutional as it makes religion criteria for
for the development of tribal women,
has trained farmers on mushroom vocalist Kaushiki Chakarborty from citizenship. Combined with the proposed nationwide NRC, the Act has been
widows, Podu lands through a
farming, organic farming, vermin- West Bengal. accused of being discriminatory against Muslims.
community-based organisation —
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Italy expands lockdown, NEWS in BRIEF


Israel tightens entry to halt virus WHO calls for robust measures to

T
he battle to halt contain spread of COVID-19
the coronavirus brought
sweeping new restrictions
Monday, with Italy expanding a T he World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the spread
of COVID-19 can be significantly slowed or even reversed through
implementing robust containment and control activities as the number of
travel ban to the entire country, Israel
ordering all visitors quarantined just cases worldwide has surpassed 1,00,000.
weeks before Passover and Easter, China and other countries are demonstrating that the spread of the virus
and Spain closing all schools in and can be slowed and impact reduced through the use of universally applicable
"The
around its capital. great actions, WHO said in a statement, referring to measures such as working
Even as workers in Beijing advantage we have across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care,
returned to their jobs and new is the decisions we all following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge
infections in China continued make as governments, in patients, and training health workers, the Xinhua news agency reported.
to subside, Italians struggled to businesses, communities, It underlined that containing and slowing the spread of the virus helps buy
navigate the rapidly changing families and individuals time for health systems and all of society to prepare and for researchers to
can influence the
parameters of the nation’s self- identify effective treatments and develop vaccines.
trajectory of this and individuals Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe
imposed lockdown.
The fears fanned by the virus sent
epidemic" can influence Conte said, in announcing that Trump promises tax relief to soothe US
Wall Street stocks tumbling to their the trajectory of this a lockdown covering about 16 economy hit by COVID-19
biggest drop since 2008, with the
Dow Jones Industrial Average down
7.8%. Global oil prices suffered their
epidemic.”
More than 113,000 people have
been infected with the virus, and
million people in the north would
be expanded to the entire country
starting Tuesday.
U S President Donald Trump in an
unscheduled briefing on Monday after the
worst stock market crash since 2008 said his
worst percentage losses since the more than 3,900 have died of the Italian doctors celebrated one administration will ask Congress to pass payroll
start of the 1991 Gulf War. COVID-19 illness it causes. Most small victory after the first patient tax relief and support the economy via tax cuts
“Now that the virus has a foothold of the cases are in China, but its diagnosed with the illness, a 38-year- as the coronavirus crisis in election year draws
in so many countries, the threat of proportion is shrinking as the old Unilever worker, was moved out closer to his political fortunes in November.
a pandemic has become very real,” caseload grows elsewhere. More of intensive care and began breathing Trump said he would elaborate on the details
said World Health Organization than 62,000 people have already on his own. Tuesday afternoon. "They will be major,"
chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. recovered. But Italy’s intensifying “Unfortunately we’re only at the he said. He also said that his administration was working on programme
“The great advantage we have is the struggle to halt the virus’ spread beginning,” said Dr. Massimo Galli, to create loans for small businesses that are affected and will also look at
decisions we all make as governments, emerged as a cautionary tale. head of infectious disease at Milan’s helping the airline, cruise and hotel industries.
businesses, communities, families “There won’t be just a red zone,” Sacco hospital. The coronavirus or COVID-19 has infected nearly 114,000 people in
111 countries and killed almost 4,000. The virus cut deeper into America's

Putin could again contest


cities Monday with the death toll ballooning to 22, total cases topping 600,
thousands of workers asked to work from home or from disaster recovery
sites and many schools shuttering down and moving to online classes.

presidential polls beyond 2024


Trump reassured hourly wage workers that they are "not going to miss a
paycheque" and won't get "penalised for something that's not their fault."
Global ocean covered entire Earth 3.2bn years ago

R E
ussian President Vladimir arly Earth, home to some of our planet's first lifeforms, may have been
Putin on Tuesday indicated a real-life "waterworld" without a continent in sight- a discovery that
that he could run for the can scientists to better understand how and where single-cell organisms first
post again after 2024, when his term emerged on Earth.
ends if the people and Constitutional The researchers took advantage of a quirk of hydrothermal chemistry to
Court approves a proposed "reset suggest that the surface of Earth was likely covered by a global ocean 3.2
to zero" rule for his stint already in billion years ago. It may even have looked a bit like the post-apocalyptic, and
power, reports said. land-free, future imagined in Kevin Costner's infamous film 'Waterworld'.
However, Putin, who has been "The history of life on Earth tracks available niches. If you've got a
President - and Prime Minister for waterworld, a world covered by ocean, then dry niches are just not going to
one spell - since 2000, has ruled be available," said Boswell Wing, an associate professor in the Department
out scrapping the current rule that of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.
a President can serve no more than Lead author Benjamin Johnson and Wing analysed a geologic site called
two consecutive terms. the Panorama district located deep in Northwestern Australia's outback.
The amendments he cited in a It's also the resting spot for a 3.2 billion-year-old chunk of ocean crust
televised speech on Tuesday were put that's been turned on its side.
forward by Duma deputy Valentina N.Korea fires 3 short-range projectiles
N
Tereshkova, the first woman in orth Korea fired three short-range
space, and have been passed by it, projectiles into the East Sea on
the BBC reported. Monday in what was believed to be part
In January this year, Putin had of a joint strike exercise, South Korea's
suggested some amendments to them to take part in elections in the throes of fundamental change, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
the Constitution, including an the future, naturally in open and including new challenges such as The projectiles were fired north-eastward from areas near its eastern town
unprecedented transfer of some competitive elections", Putin said digital technology and coronavirus. of Sondok in South Hamgyong province at 7.36 a.m, Yonhap News Agency
powers from the presidency to in his speech, and it would come in Russia "needs a guarantee quoted the JCS as saying, adding that they flew around 200 km, reaching
parliament. place if citizens support it and the that the people in power can be a maximum altitude of around 50 km. The launches came a week after the
These, and the "reset" option, will Constitutional Court upholds it. changed regularly", and "elections North conducted similar firings on March 2.
be subject to a "public vote" on April In his speech, he said "a strong must be open and competitive", "Today's launches appear to be part of its artillery strike drill involving
22. presidency is absolutely essential", he said, but ruled out a Western- multiple types of multiple rocket launchers for a wintertime exercise,
The "reset to zero" proposal would but he added that the Duma "should style parliamentary system, noting following the previous ones staged on Feb. 28 and March 2," the JCS said.
mean "removing the restriction for get wider powers". that in some European countries, The South Korean and the US intelligence authorities have been analyzing
any person, any citizen, including On the changes, he said that governments cannot be formed for other specifics, it said, adding that the military was "monitoring the situation
the current president, and allowing they were important in a world in years. in case there are additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture".

Coronavirus in US: New York declares state of emergency


G
ov. Andrew Cuomo declared a The epicenter in New York state continues to may have been exposed to the lawyer, who has
state of emergency as the number be just north of the city, in Westchester County, been hospitalized but whose condition is said to
of coronavirus cases in New York rose where there are 70 cases in total. be improving.
to 89, which include a Queens driver who These cases were mostly, if not all, related Technicians are working around the clock
worked for Uber and two unexplained positive to a cluster in Westchester that first came to at private and public laboratories, including a
tests of patients 200 miles to the north. authorities’ attention after a New Rochelle major site near the state Capitol.
Moving on multiple fronts to curb the regulations. The governor’s announcement resident, a 50-year-old lawyer, was confirmed In the United States, more than 380 cases
spread of the virus, the governor said the came as concerns about the outbreak grew in as New York’s second coronavirus patient. of the virus have been confirmed, and at least
state of emergency would allow New York’s New York City, which has 12 confirmed cases, State officials said they were testing dozens 19 people have died, according to a New York
government to respond faster by lifting up from six that were disclosed as of Friday. of mouth and nasal swabs from people who Times database.
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‘MS Dhoni will be back in NEWS in BRIEF


reckoning only if...’: Revamped Dhoni is a master of finishing games: Langer
selection committee on MS Dhoni’s future
A ustralia coach Justin Langer has said that the team is searching for a

T he addition of two new members, including the limited overs finisher, something he felt former India captain Mahendra
chairman, in the national selection committee has not Singh Dhoni is a master of.
changed the panel’s stance on M S Dhoni, who will “have "We've been fortunate in the past with a Mike Hussey or a Michael
to perform” in the upcoming IPL to be considered for T20 Bevan who were masters at it. (MS) Dhoni is a master at it... Jos Buttler
World Cup selection, a top BCCI official told PTI. has been brilliant at it for England," Langer told reporters before Australia's
departure from South Africa.Australia will face New Zealand in an ODI
The Sunil Joshi-led selection panel met for the
series next. They just lost 0-3 to South Africa in the ODI series, in which
first time in Ahmedabad on Sunday to pick a rather
Mitchell Marsh played at No. 6 in the second and third ODIs, scoring 32
“straightforward” squad for the three ODIs against South
and 36, respectively. Dhoni has not played for India since their 2019 World
Africa beginning in Dharamsala on March 12.
Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand in July 2019. His chances of making
Fit-again Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar K u m a r it to the India team for the World T20 in Australia later in the year will
and Shikhar Dhawan made their way hing around how he performs in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier
"It
back into the side. was a pretty League (IPL).
Joshi’s predecessor MSK straightforward
Prasad had made it clear that the selection meeting India secure eight boxing quotas
team has moved on from Dhoni and since Dhoni was so far for Tokyo Games
and he has to first play to be
considered for selection.
obviously not in the
reckoning this time,
there was no formal
E ight Indian boxers have sealed spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games
slated to be played in July-August this year by entering the last-four
stage of the ongoing Asian/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.
Dhoni, who has not played talk about his
since the World Cup semi-final Simranjit Kaur (60 kg) had defeated Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia 5-0 to
future
loss to New Zealand in July, will be book her Tokyo Olympic spot by entering the semi-finals of the tournament.
making his highly awaited comeback in the She will take on Shih-Yi Wu of Chinese Taipei for a place in the final.
IPL beginning March 29. London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom (51kg) secured her second
appearance at the mega quadrennial Games with a flawless 5-0 win over
“It was a pretty straightforward selection meeting and
Irish Magno of Philippines. She will now take on reigning Asian Games
since Dhoni was obviously not in the reckoning this time
gold medallist Yuan Chang of China in her quest for a spot in the final of
(for South Africa series), there was no formal talk about
this event. Before that, World Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal
his future,” a BCCI source told PTI.
(52kg) had defeated Carlo Paalam of Philippines 4-1 to secure the sixth
“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good
quota for India at the Tokyo Olympics by entering the semi-finals.
IPL. And why only him, there are so many senior and
young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, Poonam Yadav lone Indian in T20 WC Team,
they are ought to be considered too. So, you could see Shafali 12th woman
some surprise inclusions,” he said.
The T20 World Cup will be played in Australia in
October-November and the games India play after the IPL
O nly one Indian -- Poonam Yadav -- has been
named in the Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Team of the Tournament.
leading up to the mega event will also be a factor in the Yadav had Australia in knots in a dramatic opening
final squad selection. game of the tournament. India's leading T20I wicket-
“But the performance in the IPL could be the clincher,” taker took four for 19 in the opener and didn't look
the source added. back, bagging three against Bangladesh before
Head coach Ravi Shastri too has hinted that Dhoni rounding off with wickets in each match. However,
time wicketkeeper-batsman, Dhoni’s comeback cannot be
could be back after a good IPL but his future remains a she was far from her best in the final which India
ruled out.
subject of intense speculation as he has not played a game lost by 85 runs at the MCG on Sunday. She managed to pick just one
His countless fans will finally get to see him in action
wicket and gave away 30 runs in four overs. Meanwhile, five players from
in more than seven months. when he leads Chennai Super Kings against defending Australia's victorious squad -- Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning
With his heir apparent Rishabh Pant not setting the champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener at (captain), Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen -- have been named in the team.
world on fire and K L Rahul being groomed into a full- Wankhede Stadium on March 29. The remaining players in the team are Nat Sciver, Heather Knight, Sophie
Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole and Laura Wolvaardt.

Virat Kohli hails India’s efforts despite their Women's T20 WC: Dream come true for
me: Megan Schutt
defeat in Women’s T20 World Cup final T aking the final wicket to seal ICC Women's T20 World Cup victory for

D
espite the Indian women’s Australia is a moment Megan Schutt is going to savour for a lifetime.
cricket team suffering a Schutt took four for 18, including the final scalp of Poonam Yadav, as
defeat in the final of the ICC Australia stormed to an 85-run victory over India to seal their fifth Women's
Women’s T20 World Cup against T20 World Cup title and first on home soil in front of a packed-out MCG.
Australia, Virat Kohli on Sunday The pace bowler finished as the tournament's highest wicket-taker despite
hailed the Harmanpreet Kaur- not taking any in the opener against India and said she couldn't think of any
led side’s efforts throughout the better way than finishing her run than by getting the upper hand over her
closest rival. "It was absolutely insane," said Schutt.
tournament.
"It's the stuff you dream about but don't think is actually going to happen.
Kohli took to Twitter to write:
I didn't think we'd won until the last five overs because you just never know
“Proud of all the efforts put in by
with cricket. But once we were able to seal some late wickets, it put the nail
the Indian Women’s Cricket Team
in the coffin and I can't think of being in any better position than bowling
throughout their #T20WorldCup at that time.
campaign.
I’m confident that you girls will Sachin Tendulkar's tribute to '5 women' of his life
bounce back stronger than
ever. @BCCIWomen.” M arking International Women's Day, cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar
paid tributes to the 'five women' in his life and how they influenced
him from his childhood to becoming a legend in the cricket world.
Proud of all the
efforts put in In a heartwarming video posted on social media, he reminisces about
by the Indian his childhood, early days in sports and the role of his mother, aunt, wife,
daughter and mother-in-law behind his success.
W o m e n ' s
On his mother Rajni, Sachin talked about how she always looked after
Cricket Team
him and cared for his health like any mother would to ensure that her son
throughout their
always stays healthy and happy; his aunt Mangala Tendulkar at whose home
#T20WorldCup (MCG). bundle out India on 99 runs.
he lived for four years during his school and formative days in cricket,
campaign. I'm After opting to Before this edition, Australia had whom he describes as "like another mother".
confident that you bat first in the decider, won the tournament in 2010, 2012, He also thanked his wife Anjali and her parents for supporting his
girls will bounce Beth Mooney and Alyssa 2014 and 2018. decisions both on and off the field and expressed pride for his daughter Sara
back stronger than ever. Healy played knocks of 78 Also, the final of the tournament for turning into a wonderful woman, yet staying true to her roots, but has
 @BCCIWomen and 75 runs respectively to take between India and Australia the advantage of getting exposure to the newer things in the world. Sachin
On International Women’s Day, Australia’s score to 184/4 in the witnessed the highest attendance for lauded his wife Anjali, who took the initiative to take over the burden of
Australia women displayed an all- allotted twenty overs. a women’s cricket match globally. looking after the family so that he could concentrate on his country and
round performance to defeat India During India’s chase, Megan 86,174 people attended the ICC cricket. "So all these five women, without them, I don't know what I would
by 85 runs to win their fifth title here Schutt and Jess Jonassen picked four Women’s T20 World Cup final at be," the 46-year-old batsman signs off gratefully.
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and three wickets respectively to MCG.
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Women with heart problems need Depressed rural


moms may face
flexible lifestyle programmes greater health
issues
W R
omen with cardiovascular club". Classes are at set times and
problems today need incompatible with women's daily esearchers have found
flexible options for schedules. that chronic depression is
lifestyle programmes that fit their Women do not enjoy the physical linked with increased health
busy schedules, say researchers. activity offered and it does not problems for moms and children in
"Women tend to prioritise others fit their needs: some find it too poor rural communities.
before themselves. The realities physically demanding, while others The findings, published in the
of modern life require women to want it to be more challenging. Journal of Family Social Work,
address multiple family, community, Women frequently lack social revealed that mothers who were
social and work-related demands. As support and feel guilty for deserting constantly depressed experienced
a result, many feel they do not have their family, , the study said. more health problems, distrusted
time for cardiac rehabilitation," said The researchers identified ways to doctors and had a worse outlook on
study senior author Jennifer Reed. modernise cardiac rehabilitation and their lives, compared with moms
Cardiovascular disease is the make it more attractive to women: whose symptoms improved.
leading cause of death in women Offer enjoyable physical activity The mothers' depression also
worldwide; in 2015 it accounted for such as Zumba, soccer, group
affected those closest to them, the
one-third of all female deaths. walking, tai chi, qigong, technology-
study said.
Following a cardiac event such as per cent fewer women than men identify what stops women with based balance exercises (e.g. Wii Fit),
"Mothers are one of the main
a heart attack, patients are advised participate in cardiac rehabilitation, heart disease from attending cardiac dancing, and Nordic walking, they
supports of the family. They're raising
to attend cardiac rehabilitation for and women are more likely to drop rehabilitation, and the characteristics said. Older women may benefit from
exercise training, lifestyle education, out (35 per cent of women quit versus of local exercise programmes (not exercises to help them perform daily children, paying bills, and organising
smoking cessation and psychological 29 per cent of men), the researchers specifically targeting people with activities (e.g. dressing, reaching events and when they're depressed,
support. said.In contrast, women are high heart disease) that could overcome a cupboard, moving in and out of a the entire family is impacted," said
According to the study, these users of local exercise classes: many those hurdles. chair or bed) and reduce their risk study lead author Yoshie Sano,
programmes improve fitness, quality women attend at least 70 per cent of According to the research team, of falls, while younger women may Associate Professor at Washington
of life, mental health and survival, the sessions on offer. multiple barriers to participation prefer more challenging activities State University in the US.
and reduce the risk of further events. For the results, the authors were identified. Some women view such as high-intensity interval According to the researchers, more
However, approximately 10-20 reviewed a decade of literature to cardiac rehabilitation as a "men's training. than one in five adults deal with

Drink orange juice to cut obesity


depression, a mood disorder that
Full-fat dairy products not causes persistent sadness, exhaustion
linked to weight gain, high and loss of interest, affecting

risk and better heart health


BP in kids relationships, work, and emotional

T
and physical health.
here is no evidence that

W
Women are twice as likely to have
consuming full-fat dairy ant to live a healthy and depression as men, and people in
products increases children's long life? Please take poverty are three times more likely
risk of obesity or heart disease, says note. Researchers have to experience it, they said.
a new study that raises questions found that drinking two-and-a-half Using data from the ongoing,
about the current dietary advice for glasses of orange juice a day could multi-state Rural Families Speak
children. reverse obesity and reduce the risk of project, the research team examined
"Dietary guidelines in Australia and heart disease and diabetes. the experiences of 23 mothers with
other countries recommend children According to the findings, clinical depression across three
primarily consume reduced-fat published in the Journal of Lipid years.
dairy products to maintain a healthy Research, the researchers are As part of Sano's research
weight and good cardiovascular studying a molecule found in sweet into family relationships through
health," said the study's lead author oranges and tangerines called Rural Families Speak, she kept
Therese O'Sullivan, Associate nobiletin, which they have shown encountering mothers from rural,
Professor at Edith Cowan University to drastically reduce obesity and low-income families who were
in Joondalup, Australia. reverse its negative side-effects. dealing with depression.
"We found studies were consistent "We went on to show that we can The research team demonstrated nobiletin works. While much prior research has
in reporting that whole-fat dairy also intervene with nobiletin. We've that mice fed a high-fat, high- According to the study, the found how depression affects
products were not associated with shown that in mice that already have cholesterol diet that were also given researchers hypothesized that the childhood development, she sought
increased levels of weight gain or all the negative symptoms of obesity, nobiletin were noticeably leaner molecule was likely acting on the to understand the broader context of
obesity," she said. we can use nobelitin to reverse those and had reduced levels of insulin pathway that regulates how fat is maternal depression.
symptoms, and even start to regress resistance and blood fats compared handled in the body. Both groups of moms, those who
Published in the journal Advances
plaque build-up in the arteries, to mice that were fed a high-fat, Called AMP Kinase, this regulator were depressed, but improving
in Nutrition, the research reviewed
known as atherosclerosis," said high-cholesterol diet alone. turns on the machinery in the body as well as those who had chronic
29 studies from around the world
study researcher Murray Huff from However, they still haven't that burns fats to create energy, and depression, had similar struggles in
that examined consumption of full-
Western University in Canada. been able to pinpoint exactly how it also blocks the manufacture of fats. dealing with their children's health.
fat dairy products in children.

Fish oil supplements linked to lower risk of mortality


R
egular use of fish oil supplements may women aged between 40 and 69-years-old, These favourable associations remained after
be linked to a lower risk of death and without CVD or cancer, who were enrolled in taking account of traditional risk factors, such
cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, the study from 2006 to 2010 and completed a as age, sex, lifestyle habits, diet, medication
such as heart attack and stroke, say researchers. questionnaire on supplement use, including and other supplement use.
Fish oil is a popular dietary supplement in fish oil.According to the researchers, death Results were also unchanged after further
the UK and other developed countries. Some certificates and hospital records were used analyses, suggesting that the findings withstand
evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids in to monitor deaths from any cause ("all-cause scrutiny. Several mechanisms could explain
fish oil may help prevent cardiovascular disease mortality"), CVD deaths, and CVD events, these results, the researchers said.
and reduce mortality, but conclusive evidence such as heart attack and stroke, through to 2018. For example, omega-3 fatty acid supplements
is still lacking. Almost a third (31 per cent) of participants have shown beneficial effects on blood
For the findings, published in the journal the reported taking regular fish oil supplements at pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart rate, all
BMJ, the research team from Southern Medical the start of the study. cause deaths, 124 fewer CVD deaths, and 295 of which would exert a protective effect against
University in China and Brown University in The researchers found that fish oil fewer CVD events per 100,000 people in a the development of CVD events.
the US drew on data from the UK Biobank -- a supplements were associated with a 13 per cent median follow-up of nine years). "Future studies are needed to address the
large population based study of more than half lower risk of all-cause mortality, a 16 per cent The association between fish oil use and extent to which the dose of fish oil supplements
a million British men and women. lower risk of CVD mortality, and a seven per CVD events appeared to be stronger among influences the ability to achieve a clinically
Their analysis included 427,678 men and cent lower risk of CVD events (388 fewer all- those with high blood pressure, the study said. meaningful effect," they added.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 13, 2020 FEATURES 23
Paneer Bhurji
P
aneer Bhurji is one of the
easiest dishes to prepare for
those unexpected guests as it
can be made in under half an hour.
Ingredients
• 200 gm paneer
• 50 ml vegetable oil
• 15 gm coriander leaves
• 10 gm fresh cream
• 150 gm onion tomato masala
• 30 gm capsicum (green pepper)
• 30 gm ginger
• 15 gm butter
• 100 gm makhni gravy
Method
• To prepare this delicious dish,
finely chop the capsicum in
a bowl. Next, finely chop the
Piri piri grilled cheese avocado sandwich
P
ginger as well in a separate bowl.
iri Piri Grilled Cheese Method • Put a pan over medium flame and
Avocado Sandwich is a • Take a slice of garlic bread, lay heat oil in it. Once the oil is hot
unique, healthy, flavorful on it a cheese slice and top it enough, add chopped capsicum
and appetizing breakfast recipe up with chopped onion, diced in it. Saute for a minute and then
containing many essential vitamins bell peppers, peeled and sliced add the ginger. Stir and cook the
and minerals. As they say, 'Eat ginger as well for a minute.
avocados and drizzle piri piri
Breakfast Like a King', this sandwich • Finally, add the grated paneer in
sauce over the toppings.
recipe will help you live the saying. the pan and cook for a minute.
• Close the open sandwich with
Filled with the goodness of avocados, • Next, add the makhni gravy
bell peppers and onions, try out this another slice of garlic bread.
along with the onion tomato
American recipe to begin your day Repeat the process to make more
masala in the pan and stir to mix
on a healthy note. sandwiches.
well all the ingredients. Let it
• Now, heat refined oil in a non- cook for 4-5 minutes.
Spinach Paneer Sandwich
Ingredients
stick pan over medium flame and • Once the bhurji is done, put
• 2 avocados
lay the sandwiches in it, cook the fresh cream, butter and a pinch

I
• piri piri sauce as required
f you're tired of those regular veggie sandwiches and want to experiment • refined oil as required sandwiches until the garlic bread of kassori methi over the dish.
with something more healthy yet delicious, then go for Spinach Paneer • 4 slices garlic bread is crispy and golden brown in Garnish with coriander sprigs
Sandwich. This healthy sandwich recipe is rich in protein and ideal for • 2 slices cheese slices colour. Flip the sandwiches over and tomato wedges. Serve hot
kids. It's an easy-to-make recipe which can be made in just 15 minutes. Spinach • 1/2 red bell pepper and continue to cook until cheese with your favorite bread.
Paneer Sandwich tastes the best when paired with tomato ketchup, schezwan • 1/4 onion is melted. Serve hot.
sauce and even coriander chutney.
in hue. Then add chopped green Paratha Calzone
P
Ingredients
• 6 leaves chopped spinach chilli and garlic. Garlic will add a aratha Calzone is an interesting Fusion recipe that
• 1/2 small sliced thick tomato piquant aroma and flavour to the you can prepare for your family and friends easily
• 2 bread slices sandwich. at home. This is a snack recipe that can be made
• 1 clove chopped garlic • Then add chopped spinach leaves for any party and we are sure, it will be loved by all!
• 1 handful lettuce loose-leaf and cook for a minute or two.
• 1 pinch powdered black pepper Once done, turn off the flame and Ingredients
• 1 medium chopped green chilli transfer the spinach mixture to a • 4 parathas
• 50 gm paneer bowl. Allow it to cool. Then add • 4 teaspoon oregano
• 1/2 small onion the mixture to the blender and • 2 tablespoon butter
• 1 pinch garam masala powder make a puree of it. Add yoghurt, • 4 tablespoon tomato ketchup
• 1/2 tablespoon yoghurt (curd) salt and pepper in it and blend this • 100 gm paneer
• 1 pinches salt mixture again till well combined. Method
• 1/4 tablespoon virgin olive oil • Transfer the mixture in a bowl and • To prepare this easy recipe, grease a baking tray with • Now, lift one edge of the paratha and place on the end
spread it evenly on both the bread a little butter. Then, place the flaky parathas on the of its diameter, making a half moon. Press the edges
Method
slices. Then place lettuce leaves, baking tray and microwave them for 2-3 minutes to well and brush with a little butter. Repeat the procedure
• To prepare this delicious
a slice of paneer and tomato on it. make them soft. with each paratha to make more calzones.
sandwich recipe, heat oil in a pan
Cover with the other half. You can • Once done, take out the parathas and place them in a • Place all the filled parathas in an oven and bake them at
over moderate flame. Add garam
either serve it toasted or as it is. plate each. Spread the tomato ketchup evenly on each 220 degree Celsius for about 15 minutes till they turn
masala powder in it and stir-fry
Pair it with spicy ketchup or mint paratha and sprinkle oregano on them. Next, make a golden brown in colour.
for 30 seconds. Then add chopped
chutney and enjoy it as an evening layer of crumbled paneer. (Optional: You can add your • Once done, take them out and serve immediately.
onions in the same pan and saute
snack. choice of veggies as a filling for the calzone.)
them till they turn slightly pinkish

Chilli Chicken
C
hilli Chicken is undeniably the most • 1 beaten egg separate pan over moderate flame. Once the
popular Chinese chicken recipe. This • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste oil is sufficiently hot, add the onions and fry
easy-to-make Chicken recipe is a • 2 cup chopped onion for 2-3 minutes till they turn translucent.
perfect go-to recipe for desi-Chinese lovers. • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • Then add the green chilies and mix well
Chilli Chicken can be prepared as a dry snack, • 1 handful chopped spring onions again.
which is a popular party starter. You can also • 1/2 teaspoon powdered salt • You can also add some dry roasted green
prepare it as a thick spicy gravy, which tastes chilies to accentuate the taste.
Method
best when served with Pan Fried Noodles • Moreover, If you like it very spicy, you
• To make this easy chicken recipe, combine
You can always add your own twist by can also add some vinegar soaked green
chicken, eggs, ginger garlic paste and corn
adding honey or green chilies, as per your chilies to this recipe, as it adds on to the
flour in a bowl.
palate preference. If you have sudden guests taste and flavor.
• Mix all the ingredients properly. Then in
coming over, then go for this quick and • After a while, add soy sauce, vinegar,
the same bowl, pour enough water so that
scrumptious chicken recipe and impress them chicken and salt. Mix all the ingredients
the chicken pieces are well coated with the
with your culinary skills. well and make sure that the chicken is well
batter. Once done, keep aside the batter in a
coated with the sauces.
Ingredients refrigerator to marinate for 1-2 hours.
• Once done, remove and transfer the dish
• 400 gm chopped chicken • After 1-2 hours, take out the marinade.
to a bowl. Garnish with the spring onions,
• 1/2 cup powdered corn flour Next, heat oil in a deep pan over high flame.
roasted sesame and serve it to your family
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste • Carefully place the chicken pieces in the
and friends.
• 2 tablespoon sliced green chilli oil until cooked through. Remove and
• We are sure your loved ones will love this
• 2 tablespoon vinegar drain excess oil on an absorbent paper.
awesome recipe.
• 1/2 cup sunflower oil Meanwhile, heat 1 or 2 tbsp of oil in a
24 FEATURES Friday, March 13, 2020 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 50 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 50

HITORI NO: 50 1. In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” what made Frosty department store? Macy’s
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate come to life? An old silk hat 15. In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,”
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate 2. What Christmas decoration was originally made from what “incriminating” evidence was found on
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers strands of silver? Tinsel Grandma’s back? Claus marks
by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching
horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any 3. Who played George Bailey in the Christmas classic 16. How many reindeer are featured in the poem “Twas the
other (i.e. they are connected). “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Jimmy Stewart Night Before Christmas?” Eight (no Rudolph!)
4. Per a recent holiday fad, what “spy” hides around 17. What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a
the house, reporting back to Santa on who has been parasitic plant? Mistletoe
naughty and nice? The Elf on the Shelf 18. In “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” who played
5. What Christmas beverage is also known as “milk Scrooge? Hint: It wasn’t a muppet. Michael Caine
punch?” Eggnog 19. What beverage company has been using Santa Claus in
6. One of Santa’s reindeer shares a name with a famous its advertising since 1931? Coca-Cola
symbol of Valentine’s Day. Which reindeer is that? 20. According to legend, what holiday goodies were
Cupid shaped to resemble a shepherd’s staff, as a way to
7. What Christmas-themed ballet premiered in Saint remind children of the shepherds who visited baby
Petersburg, Russia in 1892? The Nutcracker Jesus? Candy canes
8. In 1981, Bob and Doug McKenzie released their own 21. In the movie “A Christmas Story,” what was the
version of a classic Christmas song. Which song is name of the next door neighbors whose dogs ate the
that? The Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas turkey? The Bumpuses
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 50 9. What animated 2004 film is about a train that carries 22. What figure from English folklore came to be
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. kids to the North Pole on Christmas Eve? The Polar associated with Santa Claus? Father Christmas
Express 23. In the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed
10. What much-reviled Christmas edible is known for its Reindeer,” what was the name of Rudolph’s faithful
long shelf life? Fruitcake elf companion? Hermey
11. In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” what was 24. According to the folklore of Austria and other
Mr. Scrooge’s first name? Ebenezer countries, what horned figure punishes naughty
12. What Bing Crosby song is the best-selling single ever? children at Christmastime? Krampus
White Christmas 25. In the TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
13. In the early 1800s, the first gingerbread houses were what three words best describe the Grinch? Stink,
reportedly inspired by what famous fairy tale? Hansel stank, stunk
and Gretel 26. What well-known Christmas carol became the first
14. “Miracle on 34th Street” centers on what real-life song ever broadcast from space in 1965? Jingle Bells

Send us stories, drawings, poems and other contributions by your little ones along with their
photographs for this page. E-mail us at reporter@indianweekender.co.nz
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 13, 2020 FEATURES 25

APPLE WATCH may Samsung Galaxy M11 specs,


design revealed by Google
soon measure your S amsung
launched
recently
the

blood oxygen levels


Galaxy M31
smartphone in India.
The company could be
launching a new Galaxy

A
pple may soon more and M-series phone soon
important health-focused which is most likely the
features to its Apple Watch. M11. The smartphone has
Currently, the smartwatch can detect now been confirmed not
irregular heartbeat. In the future, by Samsung but Google
Apple Watch can even detect blood through an official device
oxygen levels. listing page.
According to a 9to5 report, the Samsung Galaxy
mention of the new feature was M11 was spotted (via
spotted in an iOS 14 code snippets. Android Central) on the
The report points out that Apple Google Play Console
Watch had the capabilities of listing revealing the
measuring blood oxygen levels using phone’s design and
the heart rate monitor onboard. specs as well. The listing
The company introduced a superior explicitly reveals the
heart rate monitor on Watch Series smartphone’s name which is Galaxy M11 and it features a punch-hole selfie
4 along with electrocardiogram camera. The Galaxy M31 also comes with a punch-hole display.
features. In terms of specifications, Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB of RAM and runs
The ability to measure blood on the latest Android 10 which would be layered with OneUI on top.
oxygen, however, hasn’t been The smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor paired
available yet on Apple Watches. with Adreno 506 GPU.
Right now, there’s no word on how The screen size for the Galaxy M11 isn’t specified but this display’s
Apple will implement this feature. considered safe. resolution will be 720x1560 pixels and have 280ppi.
The report, however, speculates it If it drops below 80% it may affect Based on the specifications, Galaxy M11 will fall in the budget category
could be part of Apple’s next Watch heart and brain functionality. possibly within Rs 10,000 when launched in India.
Series 6 or could come to the recent It also points out that cardiac It will also succeed the present Galaxy M10s which is priced at Rs 8,499
versions through WatchOS 7 update, arrest or respiratory problems are in India. Galaxy M10s comes with a 6.4-inch sAMOLED HD+ display and a
expected to roll out later this year. quite common due to the low blood notch on top.
Apple, however, will not be the oxygen levels. The smartphone has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. It runs
Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite, Exynos 7884B processor under its hood, and packs a 4,000mAh battery.
first company to offer blood oxygen Considering how Apple Watch has
or Versa 2 smartwatches. Galaxy M10s sports a dual camera setup of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel
measuring feature on its wristwear. functioned for heart beat monitoring,
According to the report, blood sensors at the rear, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone
Fitbit earlier this year added the it could alert users when there’s a
oxygen levels between 95-100% are also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a rear fingerprint sensor.
feature via the SpO2 sensor on its sudden drop in blood oxygen levels.
The Kamasutra
Chronicles
Patralekhika Productions presents

Nokia 5.2 could officially launch as Nokia 5.3


N
okia 5.2 could officially launch as 5.2 was spotted on Geekbench benchmarking
Nokia 5.3. Ahead of the official website.
release, all the important specifications Also dubbed as Captain America, the Nokia
of the phone have leaked online. 5.2 listing revealed 3GB RAM. The phone is
According to Nokiapoweruser, Nokia speculated to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon
5.3 aka Nokia 5.2 will sport as many as 632 processor.
four rear cameras including 16-megapixel, According to reports, Nokia 5.2 or Nokia 5.3
Written by Shriya Bhagwat
Directed and Dramaturged by Dione Joseph

5-megapixel, 8-megapixel, and 8-megapixel could be priced around Rs 13,000. Ishita and Rishabh are a modern Kiwi-Indian
couple experiencing trouble in paradise.
sensors. For selfies, it will have an 8-megapixel Apart from the budget Nokia 5.3, HMD Desperate to bring a little zing back into
their relationship, Ishita turns to

front camera. Global is planning to launch more new phones 31 Mar -


The Kamasutra.

The website says Nokia 5.3 will have a including the long-awaited Nokia 8.2. 04 Apr
Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave
Auckland CBD.

6.55-inch display but with 18:5:9 ratio. For Earlier this week, HMD Global announced
performance, Nokia 5.3 may come in 3GB, its new smartphones will be featuring in
64GB variant as the base. There could also be upcoming James Bond flick – No Time to Die. basementtheatre.co.nz

a 6GB model. Nokia 5.3 will be powered by a A leaked image on Reddit revealed agent 007,
4,000mAh battery. Daniel Craig, using a ‘Silver’ colour variant of
The latest info comes shortly after Nokia what’s considered as Nokia 8.2 5G.
26 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 13, 2020 The Indian Weekender

ANUSHKA SHARMA:
Let the girl discover herself
A
ctress Anushka Sharma has said she grew up in an environment girls hoping to change the mindset of people,
where she was allowed to do whatever she wanted, and hopes so that they live and let us live, let us be
every girl can be free and experience life the way she did. however we want".
"I have grown up in an environment where I was allowed to do Sharing her fondness for the song,
whatever I wanted. My father gave me that. It's sad that even now in so Kriti Sanon said: "I absolutely loved
many homes in India, you don't let the girl just be free," Anushka said. the song; it is not only catchy but also
That's what attracted her to be part of the video of the song Kudi meaningful. I completely relate to it.
nu nachne de from Irrfan Khan's film Angrezi Medium. The song This song is about freedom. That's one
celebrates womenhood. of the reasons I did it."
"This is what the song is saying, to let the girl make mistakes and Angrezi Medium, revolves around
discover herself. It's so sad that even now in so many homes in India, a beautiful relationship between a
people don't let the girl just be free and be their truest self. I hope every single doting father, Irrfan and his
girl can experience that the way I did," she added. daughter Radhika Madan. Angrezi
Kudi nu nachne de is sung by Vishal Dadlani, and speaks for equality Medium also stars Kareena Kapoor
and respecting a person's wishes. Bollywood's leading ladies including Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj
Anushka, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Ananya Panday and Tripathi, Deepak Dobriyal, Ranvir
Kiara Advani, got together for the special song. Shorey and others.
Talking about tune's relevance, Alia said: "The song is important for Radhika feels "the song is "This
today's generation. It talks about letting a girl be, let her dream, let about empowerment. Let the is what the
her achieve and once she does, she will do wonders and take over the girl dance, let her be and song is saying, to let
world. Just let her fly." she will make the world a the girl make mistakes
On what the track means to her, Katrina said: "The song is about magical place". and discover herself. It's so
celebration of life. Of course, the lyrics say 'Let Her Dance' but for me Director Homi sad that even now in so
dance is an expression of joy. The message of the song is also about Adajania feels there many homes in India,
letting a girl express her true self. Don't tell the girl how to dance… let shouldn't be just one day people don't let the girl
her express her true herself and the world will be a better place." to celebrate Women's Day. just be free and be their
truest self."
To this, Ananya added: "The song stands for letting the girl sway to "It should be celebrated
her own tunes and I am glad that my parents let me groove to my own every day," he added. Jio
beat my entire life. I hope that all parents let their girls dance to their Studios and Prem Vijan present Dinesh
own wish." Vijan's Angrezi Medium, a Maddock Films production. It is
Kiara feels the song is "every single girl's inner voice. It talks of slated to release on March 13.

When Karisma Kapoor: Digital space


lets you speak a lot more NEHA KAKKAR: I'm very
Devika Rani
A emotional and I'm proud of it
ctress Karisma
Kapoor makes
screentested
K
her digital debut nown for belting out hits
with the upcoming web after hits like Garmi, O

Dilip Kumar series Mentalhood. Saki Saki and Aankh Marey,

B
Opening up at a special singer Neha Kakkar says she is an
ollywood idol Dilip Kumar's screening of the series, extremely emotional person and
debut film Jwar Bhata (1944) the nineties star, who she is very proud of the fact.
happened by a quirk of fate, if makes a comeback Neha was at the centre of social
a new book on the life and times of with Mentalhood media after many memes were
the legendary actor is to be believed. after nearly eight years, said the digital made on her following a clip of her
Devika Rani, superstar of the era, space allows filmmakers a more breaking down on a singing reality
and filmmaker Amiya Chakrabarty creative platform. show went viral.
were location hunting in Nainital "I think it's a very different platform," "I've seen a lot of memes...
when Dilip Kumar, then Yusuf Khan, said Karisma, about OTT as a platform for People have put my pictures and
happened to be at the hill station Bloomsbury).
The film for which he screen- entertainment, and added: "It's more creative, screenshots where I am crying.
too, on a business deal. On a chance and you can speak a lot more. It gives you So there are people who make
meeting, Devika Rani was impressed tested, it would later emerge, was
"Jwar Bhata", which would mark a voice." memes... They need some data because I am visible everywhere...
by Yusuf's handsome Pathani frame. On her new assignment, the 45-year-old I do everything openly. I cry openly, I laugh openly... I am very
Giving him her card, Devika Rani Yusuf Khan's entry into Bollywood
as Dilip Kumar. He was paid a actress said: "I am sure people will enjoy emotional and I am very proud of it," Neha said.
asked Yusuf to meet her once he 'Mentalhood' because it is a relevant and The "Coca Cola" hitmaker, who is currently enjoying a vacation in
returned to Mumbai. monthly salary of Rs 1000 plus Rs
200 as war allowance – a princely emotional show and yet it has been told in a her new home in Rishikesh, says she "understands" the pain people
Soon, Yusuf had landed up in very lighthearted fashion. So, this show is go through.
front of Devika Rani and Amiya sum back in the day – to work in the
film. a tribute to all the mothers out there from us "I feel people's emotions in this heartless world... I understand the
Chakrabarty, giving a screen test for as mothers." pain. I would like to tell people who say I cry a lot that I just don't cry,
their upcoming film, according to In fact, in his early years, Dveika
Rani, who was a powerful name in Karisma made her debut opposite Harish but I also help people. It happens naturally. It comes from my heart...
Trinetra Bajpai and Anshula Bajpai's in the 1991 release, Prem Qaidi. She was last I just don't want to get appreciated for the singer I am, but also for
book, "Dilip Kumar: Peerless Icon Bollywood back then, ensured Dilip
Kumar had the right grooming to seen on the big screen nearly eight years ago, in being the human being I am. And this (emotional) is how I am going
Inspiring Generations" (publisher: Vikram Bhatt's 2012 release, Dangerous Ishhq. to be all my life," she added.
become a star.

Anupam Kher: Success is not what you have achieved


V
eteran actor Anupam Kher says he is "From that point of view, it is my second year The "New Amsterdam" star continued:
proud of his past and his work, but in the industry, and I still have a lot to do. I am "Success is not what you have achieved as your
doesnt believe in living on the laurels proud of my past, my work but I am not the laurels or your awards... Success is what you
he has achieved. person who will live on laurels of what I have have achieved as a person and whether you can
For the actor, success is not what you have achieved. motivate other people or become an example of
achieved as an artist, but what you have "Or let's say that two years back I decided that for other people."
achieved as a person. that after interval, now the journey starts. I have The actor, who currently resides in New
"I consciously decided two years back that I the knowledge. I have the wisdom York, turned 65 on March 7. This year, he spent
will start from the scratch. "Success of what I have learnt all these his birthday with his friend, the Hollywood
"When I came to New York, I is what you years and I can apply that to legend Robert De Niro.
consciously decided that I will forget have achieved as a what I am going to do. I am "I treat my birthday as a way of expressing
what I have done all these years, let person and whether you happy the kind of person my gratitude to people have helped me get here,
people remember that. I am thankful can motivate other people or I have turned out to be ... people who gave me happiness, to my parents,
to all that but I will start from scratch," become an example of that That is the most important to my loved ones and friends. I treat my birthday
Anupam said. for other people" thing," he added. as a gratitude day rather than having parties."
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 13, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 27

Rohit Shetty: journey has just started


Commercial films are dying F
Shirley Setia: My real
rom singing covers on
YouTube to performing live
at concerts and now making

F
ilmmaker Rohit Shetty says commercial films her acting debut in the Bollywood
are dying as many people are scared to delve into film "Nikamma", 24-year-old Shirley
that space. Setia has come a long way. But she
feels "it's just the beginning".
Rohit has interwoven the world of Singham, Simmba
"There's so much to do and explore
and his upcoming film Sooryavanshi – creating his own
in life. I am glad that Indian industry
"cop universe".
accepted me and welcomed with open
Asked how tricky was it to create the universe, Rohit
arms. I agree it was not easy for me
said: "It just happened. You have to take risk and to become an online sensation...there
create something new. "Many was a lot of hardwork involved, but
"Commercial films are dying. There are people are still there is a long way to go. I have
very few filmmakers who are making scared to make so much to learn and experience. My
commercial films. Many people are scared commercial films...
real journey has just started," Shirley
to make commercial films... We need to We need to bring
something new every said. shared her experience working with
bring something new every time when you time when you make a Shilrey was a little kid when she co-star Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
make a commercial film," he added. commercial film" had to leave India and move to New "You know it feels blessed to
Looking back, the director continued: Zealand with her family. She actually work with such talented artistes.
"When we did Simmba, we had this thought rose to fame in 2013 after she won Shilpa ma'am made me comfortable
that let's bring Singham and Sooryavanshi in it and a competition organised by T-Series. a lot. She taught me so many things
create a start of making our universe. We were scared that She recorded the popular Hindi song -- especially how to remain fit. I am
if Simmba goes wrong then the brand which I am making "Tum Hi Ho" that gathered a lot of really excited for my debut film ,"
with Singham will go wrong. It was risky but we took views on YouTube. And when she she quipped.
it and here we are... The audience created the universe." was 21, she came back to her roots to Directed by Sabbir Khan,
In Sooryavanshi, actor Akshay Kumar will be seen as make a name for herself here. "Nikamma" also features Abhimanyu
ATS officer Veer Sooryavanshi on a lookout for terrorists On bagging the acting project, Dassani, who is actress Bhagyashree's
planning a deadly strike in Mumbai. Ajay Devgn and Shirley expressed her happiness and son. The film will release on June 5.
Ranveer Singh will also reprise their roles of Singham Riteish Deshmukh on opening up his life on social media

A
and Simmba to help Akshay bust the terror plot. Actress ctor Riteish Deshmukh understands that his personal space will be
Katrina Kaif will be seen as Veer Sooryavanshi's wife encroached as a celebrity, but he draws a line as to what he wants to
while Jackie Shroff plays the antagonist. put out on his social media.
Sooryavanshi also features Gulshan Grover, "There is always gonna be some encroachment," Riteish said.
Abhimanyu Singh, Niharica Raizada, Sikandar Kher "You have to be comfortable, and you can draw the line. Some people are
and Nikitin Dheer. The film is presented by Reliance going to click you when you are out and that is okay. You are going to post
Entertainment, and produced by Rohit Shetty, Karan (on social media) because that is the way you are going to connect with the
Johar and Cape of Good Films, and is scheduled to hit the world. I have lots of posts with my wife, but few with my children. I like to
theatres on March 24. share them. My social media platform is how much of my personal life I want

FREIDA PINTO:
to share with the world and I do that," he added.
He entered Bollywood in 2003 with a love story Tujhe Meri Kasam. The
actor, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, went
on to explore his calibre by getting associated with projects such as Masti,
Malamaal Weekly, Apna Sapna Money Money, Dhamaal franchise, Housefull

Representation matters films and Ek Villain.

Preity Zinta nostalgic as 'Chori


A Chori Chupke Chupke' turns 19
ctress Freida Pinto feels representation matters, and says that normalising can
only be achieved when we start young.

A
"Representation Matters! In 2008, when Slumdog Millionaire was released
ctress Preity Zinta turned
I knew how important that film would be in the way the South Asian narrative would be nostalgic while reminiscing
viewed for the better. I felt so lucky to be part of it. It would mean more opportunities and about her 2001 release,
more acceptance. But that alone was not going to be enough. Because "normalising" can o n l y "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke". In
achieve scale when we start young," Freida said in her Instagram "It the Abbas-Mustan directorial, Preity
post. would starred alongside Salman Khan and
The actress is glad that she is part of Disney Junior mean more Rani Mukerji.
animated series "Mira, Royal Detective" - a mystery- opportunities and Taking to Instagram, the actress
adventure show is inspired by the cultures and customs more acceptance.
shared a video clip of the film's title
But that alone was
of India. song "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke"
not going to be
"Being part of Mira, Royal Detective is one of my enough. Because where she features alongside Salman
proudest achievements to date. I get to play Queen "normalising" can Khan and wrote: "'Chori Chori
Shanti who appoints a kind, empathetic, intelligent only achieve scale Chupke Chupke' was so much fun! I
and confident little girl named Mira to be the Royal when we start loved working with #AbbasMustan,
detective to her kingdom. This show is groundbreaking young" @beingsalmankhan, #RaniMukerji,
on many levels - first of it's kind ever in the animation #AmrishPuri & the entire cast n
world, an all South Asian voiceover cast and the best part NO APU crew. My craziest role!!!!! All
the research I did, how nervous I this crying all the time."
accents. Thank you very much," she added.
was. It was such a fun experience. Another fan wrote: "This is love! It
The actress continued: "I couldn't help but tear up at the premiere
Thank you #Abbasmustan, Salman, is my childhood movie."
watching the littlest of little kids of all races and ethnicities, to In the film, Preity essayed the role
Rani & everyone that worked
their teenage siblings and their parents completely enthralled of Madhu, a sex worker who gave
there for an emotionally charged &
while watching ‘Mira, Royal Detective'. Thank you Disney birth to Raj Malhotra (Salman Khan's)
madly fun ride. #anniversary #ting
Junior for putting your time, resources and sincere efforts in child via surrogacy. The actress faced
#chorichorichupkechupke."
making this adorable little animation series that I predict is The film hit the theatres on March criticism and controversy from a
gonna be monumental in shaping culture." 9, 2001, and turns 19 today. section of the audience for playing
Set in the fictional land of Jalpur, it follows life of Mira, "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" the character.
a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective was one of the biggest hits of its times Reminding her of that, a user
by the queen. and did a huge business at the box wrote: "It also led to a controversy
The series features an all-star cast of prominent South office. However, the film also landed which you fought well."
Asian actors including Jameela Jamil, Kal Penn, Freida, into controversy for dealing with the Apart from "Chori Chori Chupke
Hannah Simone, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aasif Mandvi subject of surrgogacy, which was Chupke" the trio of Salman Khan,
and Aparna Nancherla amongst others. It will also mostly not touched by Bollywood Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji has
introduce 16-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier as the filmmakers before this. appeared in another movie, "Har Dil
voice of Mira. The show will air in India on Disney Commenting on Preity's post, a fan Jo Pyar Karega" which released the
Channel India from March 20. wrote: "My favourite and watching previous year (2000).
28 FEATURES Friday, March 13, 2020 The Indian Weekender

THESE tips can help you to Sleep Deprived? THESE beauty tips
can help you look fresh like a daisy
prevent your kajal from smudging
W
hen it comes to sleep, After nourishing your skin, use a

A
there are two types of facial mist without fail. It helps to
little bit of kajal can work people in the world. add glow to your dull face. Choose
magic for our makeup and One who loves to sleep and cannot the spray according to your skin
we absolutely love it. Our compromise on their beauty sleep, type and keep spraying it every few
makeup is incomplete without the and the ones who don't sleep enough hours. It’ll not only leave you feeling
perfect eyes lined with kajal. They and now are used to it. While our fresh but will also reduce signs of
seem to just brighten up our eyes system gets used to less amount of tiredness. 
and enhance them and we all know sleep, it's our skin that always acts
the importance of our eyes when Blush please:
out if we don't get enough sleep.
it comes to beauty. But this very People can tell you if you are sleep
makeup product can also be the deprived by just looking at your face. 
source of a huge makeup disaster at
times. Smudged kajal can enhance Hydration is the key:
our dark circles and make us look
sad and depressed and destroy our
perfect makeup. This is why it's very under-eye probably has some excess eyes before you apply kajal if you
important to be careful when we oil that has not been removed before have oily skin.
apply kajal and ensure that it does not applying kajal. This is why it's very
get smudged. That's probably why important to wash your face with
the market is flooded with smudge- a good cleanser and dry it before
proof kajal but it doesn't really help This beauty trick never fails. It
applying makeup.
if you don't apply it right. Water can do wonders to our body. instantly makes you look fresh,
Here are some hacks to prevent Hydrate your skin inside out to look youthful and awake. Apply some
your kajal from smudging. fresh. Drink loads of water, since blush on the apple of your cheeks
that helps to release toxins from the and you are good to go. 
body and also helps to add that glow
Say hello to bright lipstick:
to your skin. Apart from drinking
Applying nice bright lip colour is
water, don't forget to hydrate your
3. Your technique plays a big role another way to make you look fresh
skin by applying moisturiser. After
when applying kajal. Most people and radiant. It diverts the attention
washing your face, apply a layer of
start by applying from the inner from your tired face to your lips. 
moisturiser and massage it for two
corner of the eyes but you should
minutes.  Say yes to eye shadows:
actually start from the outer corner.
We usually refrain from applying
Also, it's best to avoid putting kajal Spritz Spritz:
eyeshadows daily, but when you
2. Many people have oily skin on the inner and outer corner of your
are sleep deprived, you need it the
which is why they can't help but end eyes.
most. The easiest way to look like
up with panda eyes. It's best to dust 4. Prepping your under-eye can
you have your life together is to do
your under-eye with some setting play a big role in how your kajal
something wild with your eyes. Use
powder or compact before you apply behaves. It's best to moisturise your
1. Your kajal smudges because an eyeshadow shade that you’ve
kajal. This will absorb any excess oil undereye area with some under-eye
you often fail to cleanse your skin never played with before. Go crazy
and prevent it from smudging. You cream and apply a primer before you
properly. This means that your with one shade or mix n’ match. 
can also put some eye around your put any makeup.

Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and
fengshui consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is
available for consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
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ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) LEO (JUL21-AUG 20) SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21)
You will be able to adjust better to a new set-up You may get the go ahead for something that is very Remaining socially active is important to keep
on the professional front. Stars for romance burn close to your heart. Those feeling under the weather abreast with the latest. You will succeed in seizing
bright and promise a scintillating time with the one are likely to recover soon. Good health is foreseen an opportunity that is likely to prove profitable at
you love. Dedication and determination will let you for those who remain regular in their physical a later date. Those trying to raise a capital for a
achieve your academic dream. You may change a routine. You are likely to give a good account of venture will succeed. Health conscious may take up
negative attitude that you hold about someone on yourself on the professional front. Something that an exercise regimen and also adopt special diet to
the family front. A social gathering will help you renew your contacts seems difficult on the academic front will be easily come back in shape. Those new on the job will need
that you had given up as lost. Excellent health is assured. Lucky No.:8 overcome. Much family bonding is foretold. Sharing feelings with the to learn the ropes fast. You may have to redo something at work. Lucky
/ Lucky Colour: White one you love is indicated. Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Yellow No.:9 / Lucky Colour: Purple

TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 20) VIRGO (AUG 23-SEP 23) CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 21)
If you need to get something done, you will have You can be tasked to travel overseas for an important assignment. You may get influenced by someone not your well
to organise it properly. You will feel elated about Regaining your previous position may be difficult, wisher and spoil a relationship. Those ailing for
something good happening to your child or a so make do with what you have currently. Your sometime may have to suffer a bit more, before
sibling. Thaw in relationship is predicted with man-management skills will come in handy on the recovering. Some investments may not give
those you are not in talking terms with. Someone work front. A luxury item may appear tempting, expected returns. You will need to be a bit inflexible
but you may opt to conserve money, rather than in certain matters at work to move things forward.
will bestow his or her love on you and make the
buy it. A helping hand on the domestic front will Decision of some businesspersons to diversify may
romantic front most blissful. A short vacation may
be forthcoming from other members. Spouse may need a thorough thinking through. Someone’s unexpected arrival may
find you well rested and rejuvenated. Changes happening on the home
appear exceptionally cheerful and brighten up your mood. Lucky No.:4 upset some of your important plans. Lucky No.:5 / Lucky Colour:
front will be to your liking. Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Brown
/ Lucky Colour: Silver Cyan
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21)
LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23) AQUARIUS (JAN 22-FEB 19)
A good opportunity may present itself on the
You may need to change your schedule for someone. Good profits are Someone new joining your outfit may come as
social front and you are likely to make the most
foreseen for those involved in business. A monetary a relief to you. You are likely to find yourself
of it. Opening lines of communications with those
gift is likely for some. Your confidence in yourself financially secure. Wealth may come to you by
you don’t particularly like is likely to give you will win the week for you on the professional front. way of inheritance or gift. Regular workouts and
immense peace of mind. Career-oriented will be You may get serious about your health and start an a balanced diet will prove to be the key to your
able to achieve much by hovering around those exercise regimen to achieve total fitness. You will good health. Your self-confidence is likely to
who matter at work. Businesspersons are set to increase their earnings. make a great plan for the family, but take their win the week for you on the professional front.
Cupid smiles on those looking for love. A good routine will keep you fit. opinion first as they may have other ideas.Lucky Thoroughness will prevent you from making mistakes at work. Spouse
Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Red No.:3 / Lucky Colour: Purple may have something special lined up for you! Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky
CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 20) Colour: Olive Green
SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22)
There is a good chance of calling on someone There is much you can do to improve things on the Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
with whom you hit out well. You may have to be professional front. You are likely to find the week You will need to be on the forefront of things on
quick in completing something important on the quite lucky. Professional aspirations are likely to be the academic front to make your mark. Much
academic front. Don’t do anything at home that fulfilled by those aiming for something specific on togetherness is foreseen for those newly in love.
causes resentment in others. Something submitted the career front. You may be selected for something Wedding bells for the eligible cannot be ruled out.
by you at work may not be hundred percent correct. prestigious on the academic front. Spending time Out of town travel is foreseen and will enable you to
Unabated expenses incurred by family may upset with those you have a special equation with is likely. meet people you have not met in years. You may get
you. Opening a new avenue of earning may prove difficult. You may not A good helping hand is likely to be found for at home. Lucky No.:6 / serious and seal a property deal. Spending time with someone close and
see eye to eye with lover. Lucky No.: 5 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue Lucky Colour: Olive Green sharing feelings is possible. Lucky No.:8 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue
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The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2020


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