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NZ to close its borders to anyone


not a citizen or permanent resident
RADIO NEW ZEALAND She said the decision was made misinformation circulating on social

P
between 4pm and 5pm this evening. media, but authorities could be
rime Minister Jacinda
Only Australian Prime Minister Scott trusted to continue to share what they
Ardern on Thursday, March
Morrison was told of these changes knew, as it happened.
19 announced that New
beforehand. Those who have already “The last thing we want is
Zealand will close its borders for
boarded or are enroute will be able to for that anxiety to be based on
all but permanent residents and NZ
enter New Zealand. misinformation.”
Citizens, effective Thursday night,
“I have simply removed the risk. She said New Zealanders needed
11:59 p.m., March 19. Children and
I’m not willing to tolerate risk at our to take social distancing “really
partners of New Zealand citizens and
border, that is where predominantly seriously”.
permanent residents will be allowed
of our cases are coming from,” said “We are in a very heightened state
to enter. as a nation, and so is the world.”
People from the Pacific will be Ardern.
She added that while “we will Ardern said each business had
included in the border closure, as will their own plan, and their own
temporary workers or temporary visa continue to have cases in New
Zealand as we continue to test those thinking about what they could do
holders such as students. about keeping staff employed, and
“I recognise how extraordinary with symptoms who have come
home, we must slow down the how they could support each other.
this is,” said Ardern, but the measure She said the government was
had to be taken to protect New transmission in New Zealand”.
looking at how they could support
Zealand from Covid-19 Earlier, there were travel bans on
that. If there were wider "I
“In no time in New Zealand’s anyone arriving from China and Iran,
outbreaks, then the strategy have simply
history has a power like this been and all others - except those from the removed the
around schools will be
used.” Pacific - had to self-isolate for 14 risk. I’m not willing
reassessed, Ardern said.
The ban applies to people not days. to tolerate risk at our
“Right now because of
product, and those staffing freight Earlier this afternoon, the border, that is where
what we know about the
government announced a ban on predominantly of our
ships and planes are not included. way this transmits, we can
indoor gatherings of more than 100 cases are coming
The number of confirmed cases of make really sound evidence- from."
Covid-19 in New Zealand increased people. based decisions but we have
by eight to 28 (as of 6 p.m. Thursday, New Zealanders must always been willing to change those
March 19). prepare, but do not panic’  decisions if we need to escalate.”
Those who have travelled here
from other countries recently are still
required to self-isolate, and those
P rime Minister Jacinda Ardern
has told New Zealanders they
must prepare for the full effects of
Ardern said they would take
deportation measures if people were
not going by the rules put in place to
who have been here longer are being the Covid-19 coronavirus, but must self-isolate for international arrivals.
encouraged to look at how they can not panic, especially over rumours Ardern reiterated MFAT’s message
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COVID 19:
It’s time for
relentless
positivity “choice” where we want to put our
SANDEEP SINGH
“minds” and focus.”

N
ew Zealand might be sitting However, when we see mindless
on the tip of an iceberg with hoarding of the normal household
the slow but definite rise goods, despite repeated assurances
in numbers of coronavirus infected from none other than Prime Minister
peoples, but despite any obvious but also popular supermarkets then
inclination towards panicking - it’s we are demonstrating that many
time for relentless positivity.  amongst us are too crippled by fear
The social media is gradually to make rational, logical choices, and being missed and underappreciated.  transmissibility of 2 to 3 (every should be reserved as the last effort
becoming abuzz with a seemingly remain calm, and also see the bigger It is important that people do not infected person can further spread once we have exhausted all other
alarming demand of completely picture lose sight and ensure that their actions to 2 to 3 person), which makes it viable options. 
shutting down the borders Anyway, one cannot get through are driven by this latter, encouraging alarming for its ability to spread Such lockdowns can further
barring New Zealand citizens and the global pandemic by hoarding numbers, and not the earlier ones.  across communities. However, escalate the already in-action
residents, creating more panic than products alone; they would rather comparatively has lesser lethality financial downturn that can very
Understand the difference be-
calm, needed to get through the need the support of “others” in every than that of SARS virus.  quickly precipitate cascading effect
tween lethality, and the speed
unprecedented situation we all find step of this arduous journey.  This information, although not on business-failures resulting in a
of spread, of virus 
ourselves during current times.  Importantly, people are being significantly soothing when the huge number of job losses. 
The novel coronavirus, popularly
It might not be a good use of the too short-sighted to miss the bigger Eventually, our primary goal at
known as Covid-19 belongs to societies have already come under
social media, while others around the picture during the current the critical the moment is to “flatten the curve”
the same family of coronaviruses the grips of community-spread, like
world are innovating to use social times – it is critical not just because – that means – reducing the potential
that caused SARS (Severe Acute in Italy, can be, however, vital for
media to form virtual communities of being the tip of the iceberg – but risk of the actual numbers of people
Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak societies like New Zealand, where
that can support each other, especially it is critical because our individual infected from Covid-19 to escalate
in 2003.  no single case of community-spread
when forced in isolation and and collective choices will determine at an excessively high level where
COVID-19 and SARS both has been reported so far. 
social-distancing.  how unscathed we remain when come from the same family of they cannot be served and supported
we emerge on the other side of the Armed with this knowledge,
Experiences from China – a coronaviruses and have similar by our existing level of the health
global pandemic.  we as an informed citizenry can
country being so richly adulated by symptoms, and experts believe system. 
do everything in our control to
several media commentators for See the numbers; more people have different levels of “lethality” This can be achieved by remaining
rigorously implement “social-
their strong-arm tactics in enforcing are recovering than losing lives and “transmissibility.” calm and maintaining social distance
distancing” and “self-isolation” and
complete lock down – have shown While, undoubtedly, the number While SARS had a much higher and implementing self-isolation. 
eventually contribute to “flattening
the world how their popular social of people infected globally with rate of fatality (at 10 per cent), it Despite obvious temptations, we
the curve.” 
media platform WeChat have helped the coronavirus and those who transmissibility (the rate of being need not to act in fear, but act with
communities in distress during the eventually lost their lives – about transmitted to other persons) was Complete lockdown is last, confidence, and armed with the
outbreak of epidemic in various 200,000 and 8000 respectively - comparatively low, thus despite desperate measure knowledge that a well-implemented
ways, including the facilitation of sets the panic, there is a promising being fatal was less likely to be A complete lockdown, including “social-distancing” and “self-
remotely working.  number of around 83,000 people who spread across the communities.  those of international borders, is a isolation” can help us through this
Clearly, it comes down to our had successfully recovered that is Covid-19, on the other hand, has desperate last-ditch measure that difficult phase. 

Building community amidst COVID-19


SARAH D LIPURA, students, who are closing
PHD STUDENT, watching developments at
UNI OF AUCKLAND home, sharing up-to-date

W
e live in uncertain times. information, not always
As of this writing, more than reported in the media,
100,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases with other international
and around 3,000 deaths have been reported students and many
worldwide, while millions of people are migrant families
affected daily by what is now a global health Studies in migrant
crisis. behaviour have widely
New Zealand is not immune. shown the power of migrant
Public concern is high, but anxiety is doubled resilience. In times of crisis,
for migrants, including education migrants. we activate our faculties to weather
In a chatroom featuring international unfavourable circumstances and in the process
students coming from nearly a dozen countries, activate a powerful community without
this anxiety is strongly felt, and articulated borders.
by critical questions around racism, safety, The challenges posed by the virus to the daily
limitations in access to medical treatment and lives of migrant communities is diverse and a
health care, housing, resources, visa, education abroad students confirm that there is something The intention is not to reinforce fear, but to serious one. The key message, nevertheless, is
and much more. positive migrants can do despite being stuck in impart knowledge on what to do for yourself that there is transformative power in precarity
The highlighting of words such as ‘citizens’ a ‘limbo’. and others. if we embrace and face it as a community.
and ‘permanent residents’ in news and official Migrants’ voices not only empower marginal News media reports have recently described After all, have we not always lived in
reports triggers feelings of insecurity and voices but also activate a sense of responsibility how the virus has sparked behaviour in the uncertain times?
vulnerability, and also a longing for home. and mindfulness among migrant communities community that ‘dehumanises’ others. Sarah Jane Lipura is a Doctoral Candidate
But for many international students, around the country. What is not widely documented, however, in Asian Studies at the University of
Auckland and a recipient of the University
the outbreak has made home inaccessible, A fellow international student, for example, are ongoing initiatives in migrant groups of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.
especially in the Asian region, creating a has recently initiated an information drive in that form chains of support amidst crisis.
Asia Media Centre
condition of indefinite immobility. What does her church that provides up-to-date resources These include on-and offline campaigns by
This piece first appeared in Asia
cross the border though, are the fears that there on coronavirus, useful for migrants who are international students to mobilise resources for
Media Centre NZ website and has been
is nothing we can do. not affiliated with formal institutions such as Chinese students with families directly affected republished under the creative commons
However, real efforts on the ground by study schools or regular workplaces in New Zealand. by coronavirus; or Chinese international agreement. 
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Special Coverage 5

Abortion Legislation Bill


passes third and final
reading in Parliament
RADIO NEW ZEALAND

T
he Abortion Legislation
Bill has passed its third
and final reading in
Parliament by a vote of 68 to 51.
The legislation has removed
the medical procedure from the
Crimes Act.
There is no longer any legal test
for having the procedure earlier
than 20 weeks, leaving the woman
to self-determine whether to have
understanding it would go to a referendum.
the procedure, with advice from her doctor.
The Green Party also failed in its attempt to
Previously two doctors were required to
reverse a blunder that resulted in “safe zones”
approve an abortion only if they determined
being excluded from the legislation.
there was “serious danger” to the woman’s
The bill originally proposed 150m safe-
physical or mental health. For an abortion to
occur after 20 weeks, it could only be approved zones be placed around abortion clinics to stop
if deemed necessary to save the woman’s life or protesters from harassing people coming and
prevent serious injury. going.
Earlier today, an attempt to put the issue to a Last week, a voting mix-up resulted in that
RAINBOW
public referendum failed in a conscience vote provision being axed. CORNER
during the bill’s committee stage by 100 votes Greens’ co-leader Marama Davidson this
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more about 'self-isolation'


SANDEEP SINGH you need to be able to stay at home for the
full 14 days
• you can live with others during your 14
days, but you need to avoid close contact

S
elf-isolation, experts believe, is one of • talk to your employer, friends and family to with them. This also means don’t share
the most potent measures of reducing ask for their help to access the things you beds, linen or food
the potential spread and the successful will need in advance • aim to stay in a well-ventilated room with a
containment of the novel Coronavirus in New • talk to your employer to see if you can work window that can be opened. Try to keep the
Zealand. from home during this time window open as much as possible to enable
Many experts believe that New Zealand is • think about and plan how you can get ventilation and airflow as this will help to
set for a long, drawn-out battle with the virus avoiding situations where you have face-to- access to food and other supplies such as keep clean air moving through your room
as different waves of the pandemic hit separate face contact closer than 2 metres for more medications
than 15 minutes. 
Wash your hands often
countries at different times, although currently • if you need supplies while you are staying
the country is under pandemic stage where it is • The other household residents do not need • Cleaning your hands frequently throughout
at home, ask friends or family to drop off
striving to keep the virus out and stamp it out. to self-isolate provided these precautions the day by washing with soap and water for
anything you need or you can order supplies
The government has recently announced a are followed. 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser will help
online. Make sure any deliveries are left
total self-isolation for all travellers arriving • You should not share dishes, drinking protect you and the people you live with.
outside your home for you to collect. Many
New Zealand after 1 am Monday, March 16 glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, • This step is one of the most effective ways
New Zealand companies are now offering
(barring visitors from Pacific Islands). pillows or other items with other people of reducing the risk of infection to you and
a ‘contactless’ delivery option, where they
in your home. After using these items, you to other people. If you live with others, they
Here is more info on self- notify you when they have delivered your
should also wash their hands regularly as a
isolation should wash them thoroughly with soap order but remain nearby to ensure you
and water, place them in the dishwasher precaution.
What does staying at home mean? receive it
for cleaning or wash them in your washing • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Staying home is a precautionary measure • you can keep in touch with friends and
machine. with unwashed hands.
to protect those around you – your family, family over the phone, through or other
friends, colleagues - from possibly
• Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 means of contact Cover your coughs and sneezes
5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The • physical exercise is good for your wellbeing. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
contracting COVID-19. Self-isolation is an
symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, Look for online classes or courses to help when you cough or sneeze, or you can
effective measure of prevention.
and shortness of breath. you take light exercise in your home cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• As much as possible, you should limit your
For all non-health related questions, call 0800 • you can go outside, but you need to limit • Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and
contact with people other than the family
Government (0800 779 997). your contact with others immediately wash your hands with soap
members/companions you travelled with.
• You should avoid having visitors to your Things you can do to make it • don’t use public transport, taxis or similar and water for at least 20 seconds making
home, but it is okay for friends, family easier transport methods during your 14 day sure you dry them thoroughly.
or delivery drivers to drop off food and Staying at home may present its own period. You can only use public transport • You can also use hand sanitiser.
supplies.  challenges, but there are things you can do to after you arrive in New Zealand for the • If you have a carer, they should use
• If you are in a home where the others who make the 14 days easier. sole purpose of returning to your home, disposable tissues to wipe away any
live with you haven’t travelled you should • before you return to New Zealand, you but cannot use it after that. You can use mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed
minimise close contact with them by need to plan ahead and think about what your own transport means (car, bike etc) or coughed. The cleaner should then clean
whenever you wish their hands.

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Government unveils
$12.1bn package to
combat Covid-19 impact
RNZ and confidence’’ and is only the at $150,000 per business and will be
beginning of the support that will be paid in one lump sum for up to 12

B
usinesses will receive the rolled out to help New Zealanders weeks.
lion’s share of a $12.1 billion through this crisis and to recover A support package estimated to
economic rescue package from it. cost $126 million is also being made
as New Zealand responds to the “We will fight this virus. We will available for those people unable
Covid-19 crisis. cushion the blow for businesses to work because they’re either in
Beneficiaries and superannuitants and workers. We will position quarantine, sick from Covid-19, or
will also get a cash bonus with a for recovery. We have been and caring for family in either of those
permanent increase to main benefit we will be swift, decisive and situations. These payments will
rates and a one-off doubling of the compassionate,’’ he said. be the same as the wage subsidy
Winter Energy Payment this year. The package represents 4 percent amounts but are only available for
Senior ministers announced The funding will also nearly $600 million and does not include
of GDP and is “more than the total eight weeks and employers will
the stimulus economic package at double resources for Public Health any support for Air New Zealand.
of all three Budgets’ new operating be expected to meet all of their
Parliament today, saying it will take Units to increase the ability to contact Instead it’s expected to assist the
spending in this term of Government requirements in terms of sick leave.
effect immediately. trace the virus. Healthline will also country’s largest airports suffering a
put together.’’ An increase of $25 a week for all
The biggest boost is $5.1 billion receive a $20 million boost for more huge downturn in travel.
Robertson said latest Treasury main benefits starts on 1 April and
towards wage subsidies for affected staff.Health Minister David Clark Robertson said discussions about
forecasts show New Zealand’s fiscals the Ministry of Social Development
businesses in all sectors and regions, said so far the medical response has how to help Air New Zealand were
will be impacted - there will be estimates about 350,000 low-income
which kicks in today. been “world-leading’’. still underway and he was limited
higher debt, there will be deficits and families will benefit. The annual
Beneficiaries will also get an “We know we will see more cases in what he could say about it at the
unemployment will rise steeply. Winter Energy Payment will double
immediate and permanent increase of Covid-19 arrive here. So we must moment.
“This is the rainy day that we have to $1400 for couples and $900 for
of $25 a week in the hand, and the plan and prepare for that reality,’’ he He said it was still unknown
been planning for,’’ he said. single people. It will start on 1 May
Winter Energy Payment, which said. what the full impact will be on New
and the rates for this year only will be
beneficiaries and superannuants Help for business and benefi- Zealand’s economy, “however we do
$40.91 per week for a single person
receive, will be doubled this year. ciaries Aviation and redeployment know it will cost us jobs and have a
and $63.64 a week for couples or Support of $100 million has been
Together that will cost $2.8 Wage subsidies will be available significant impact on business’’.
people with dependants. allocated for the redeployment of
billion while another $2.8b is being for businesses in all parts of the That means there will be some
invested in business tax changes country that can show they’ve had Boost for health workers. The Covid-19 Cabinet businesses that fall “outside the
to free up cashflow. That will a 30 percent decline in revenue for A dedicated $500 million fund committee will meet tomorrow to scope of the proposed business and
include a provisional tax threshold any month between January and June for health was also announced; that agree to the first round of assistance, employee support package”.
life, the reinstatement of building 2020 compared to the year before. includes extra intensive care capacity starting with the Tairawhiti region. “Officials have been asked to
depreciation and writing off interest For eligible businesses, employers and equipment for hospitals, support The committee will also discuss develop options so the government
on the late payment of tax. will be paid $585.50 per week for for GPs and primary care and new measures to help the aviation can support larger businesses that
Finance Minister Grant Robertson full-time staff, and $350 for part- improving video conferencing and sector and to protect supply chains. have been materially impacted by
said this package is about “cashflow time staff. Payments will be capped telehealth consultations. This package is estimated to cost Covid-19,” he said.

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Opinion: Close the borders now!


This story was first published online at www.indianweekender.co.nz on Thursday, March 19,
before PM Jacinda Ardern made the announcement of closing NZ borders later in the evening.
DEV NADKARNI situation on our hands with far greater
consequences than what we would encounter

N
ew Zealand needs to close its borders. should we close the borders completely for a
Now! short period of time.
The sharp decline in Covid-19 Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has
cases in China after it came down hard with its made a plea to all Kiwis – 80,000 of them
lockdown strategy proves beyond doubt that worldwide – to rush back home as soon as
the best defence against the disease as of now is they can.
containment by isolation and distancing.
This ought to be followed up with an
Every case detected in New Zealand so
announcement of closing of borders to
far has been traced to individuals who have
international passenger traffic immediately
travelled abroad.
(excepting of course returning citizens and
Yet, with cases detected steadily rising, the
residents, who can be monitored far more easily
country is nowhere near announcing a complete
than tourists).
ban on non-citizens and non-residents being let
With several people, both Kiwis and tourists,
in. This is ill advised.
who have travelled internationally before
Several arriving passengers who have walked
the self-isolation regime began already in the
out of the country’s largest international airport
community, containment measures need to be
in Auckland have told media that they saw self-isolation. This is simply not good enough. time to manifest.
either no controls in place or that the controls applied strictly and uniformly.
Consider this scenario. An individual arrives This could happen on any day after arrival up
were lax. This needs to change.Now. It makes no sense that exceptions are made to
and produces paperwork of their stay for the to 14 days, according to information presently
The measures in place right now are not the ban on gatherings of people.
self-isolation period of 14 days. available.
nearly enough. Because it takes just one There is no reason why schools should not
The official examines the paperwork and The onus is on the individual to report
poorly handled case to spread Covid-19 in the be closed while jury trials have been deferred
approves for the individual to leave the airport themselves to the authority if this indeed and places of worship have put a stop to
community.
after checking they display no symptoms happens. people congregating.
The only way to ensure it does not happen is
at arrival. What if they are at an unknown address, As the number of cases being detected slowly
to put a stop to all international arriving flights
Once this individual is let into the country, cannot therefore be policed and they refuse to climb, albeit with more testing stations coming
for a period of time just as several countries
have done. several things can go wrong. First, it is possible notify from wherever they may be? up everywhere, containment by isolation and
According to the rules in place just now, an that their address of intended stay could refuse The unknowns, the variables and the plausible social distancing is the only workable measure
international arriving passenger has to merely them entry due to Covid-19 fears. scenarios are too many for the government at least as of now and in the near future.
“prove” or “convince” the official questioning We are not sure if the individual so refused authorities to plan for and have an action plan. While there is widespread realisation that
them of their self-isolation plan. has to report this to the health authorities at And even if they do, resources will be stretched this is indeed the case, it beggars belief that
They are advised to adhere to it steadfastly the border and advise of them of an alternative in policing instead of mitigation. the international borders are still open and
and told that there could be spot checks on address or plan. A few similar cases falling through the cracks people are being let in at a huge risk to New
them to check compliance over the period of Second, it is well known that symptoms take – and we would have a perfectly preventable Zealanders.

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Kiwi Indian educator’s innovative


approach earns her Excellence award
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD my school principal Mr Tony Biddick, and my

K
iwi Indian teacher Renu Sikka comes past school principals for their contributions
from a family of educators who in my journey to reach here. I am grateful to
have spent their entire life imparting my own kids -my daughter and son for their
knowledge to others and spread the value of constant support, love and encouragement as
education to the community. they have been my main pillars of strength
Ms Sikka’s persistent approach to improve throughout this journey.
the way education is imparted to school students IWK: What is the eligibility and
and her passion driving the same over the year The process of nomination for
has earned her the prestigious ASG National challenge is, NEiTA?
Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019 earlier how do we cater IWK: For being eligible to
last month. for those learning be nominated for the National
The Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) needs, and how do we Excellence in Teaching Award
is a member-owned organisation, helping to welcome the various (NEiTA), any qualified and
create educational opportunities for children. diverse cultures to registered educators, directors
ASG has established a number of community enter into our of early childhood centres,
initiatives, including a partnership with the classrooms? teachers and principals of primary,
ASG NEiTA Teaching Awards. special and secondary schools with a
The ASG National Excellence in Teaching minimum of two years of teaching experience
Awards started in Australia in 1994 and in New in New Zealand can be nominated.
Zealand in 1996. More than 40,000 teachers The nominees are invited to complete an
have been nominated by the community in the online Self Portrait Form highlighting their
Renu Sika. Photo: Stuff
two countries. aspects of teaching/leadership, background,
Ms Sikka is a Rangatira/Team Leader at the experience and accomplishments. In stage 2,
Henderson Primary School in West Auckland shortlisted nominees are asked to submit an
and has been associated with the teaching essay and a video that addresses excellence in
profession for the last 16 years in New Zealand. education in more detail. Once the winners are
She started her teaching career in New Zealand decided, they are notified by the hosts, and an
in 2004 in one school in South Auckland and has official award ceremony is held to award them
been on the move to different schools teaching and names announced to the public.
in primary, intermediate and secondary levels. A Certificate of Nomination is also
Ms Sikka says that choosing the teaching provided to nominated teachers/leaders whose
profession was a tough call for her as she was candidature for the awards is approved after
pursuing her Masters in Science and Masters verification by NEiTA Foundation.
of Philosophy with Genetics and Immunology IWK: What has been the driving force
followed by a PhD. As she got married while behind your work that earned you the
completing her studies, she was forced to get award this year?
into teaching as it was the most female-friendly Renu Sikka: I feel overwhelmed with pride
job back then. and joy after winning this prestigious award,
But, Ms Sikka considers getting into the and it will motivate me for years to come to do
profession of teaching as a happy accident as better and give back more to the community.
she has since never looked back. Eventually, Well, when it comes to my passion for
she found teaching to be most satisfying,
teaching, I don’t care what the circumstances
rewarding and fruitful career option as it
the students are in, where they are from, their
allowed her to impart knowledge and give
home life. I believe that we as educators have to
back to the community, one of the core values
see the success in them and envision excellence
inculcated by her family.
In a brief conversation with The Indian in them. We cannot afford to have any deficit
Weekender, Ms Sikka speaks more about her thinking as far our tamariki is concerned. Every
career into teaching, innovative approaches and child deserves the best! That goal of excellence
practices in a rapidly changing and globalising drives everything I say, I think, and I do as an
classroom environment and what to do next educational leader.
to prepare students for upcoming new work I must add that I have had great mentors such
environments. as my current Principal, Tony Biddick and all
WAPA (West Auckland Principals Association)
IWK: What has been your focus in the
cluster principals, all my past school principals
last few years, especially in primary
who as educational leaders have been a constant
education?
source of inspiration.
Renu Sikka: My focus has been primarily
on being a Culturally Responsive Teacher and Besides teaching, what other enterpris-
foster and cultivates a culture of inclusion for facing issues such as homelessness, mental es are you working on?
all within the school system. I am currently health, immigration and climate change. I Renu Sikka: I have started my own non-
studying for my doctorate (PhD) and looking strongly believe that, schools are successful profit social enterprise called ‘Our Stories
at the role of digital technology in exploring when they can engage parents in their child’s On Plate’ to empower migrant /refugee girls
culturally responsive teaching practices at changing fast and we need to consider how the learning and are consistent in their practice by and women through cooking and creative
schools at a global level. current education system in NZ is preparing our building strong relationships based on mutual writing and other creative platforms. I also
I have also been working on how I can Tamariki to become active global citizens who trust, respect and a commitment to improving tutor migrant and refugee children outside the
engage our parent community at our school can use their key competencies of participating student learning outcomes in a more positive school on weekends to support them and their
with their child’s learning in my teams through and contributing in a strong and sustainable way. It is a two-way street! families.
an initiative called ‘Whanau Fridays’, where NZ. I respect the bicultural nature of our
parents come in every Friday and share country and treasure the Treaty of Waitangi. IWK: Tell us about the 2019 National IWK: What is next for you?
their talents through culturally responsive However, we have to be mindful of the diverse Excellence in Teaching Award? Renu Sikka: I have just started my doctorate
workshops aligning with our STEAM Inquiry nature of Aotearoa and multicultural ethnicities Renu Sikka: I am grateful to ASG for this study at AUT, and I am also looking forward to
topic for every term with our Tamariki. This has that reside in this country due to immigration prestigious award and for recognising my taking the next step in my career and become a
helped us raise our student achievement levels at a global level. The challenge is, how do we efforts, and I strongly believe that a good principal of a school. I envision an ethnically
for our Tamariki in all curriculum areas with an cater for those learning needs, and how do we teacher is passionate about what they do, loves diverse, culturally responsive, community-
increase in their attendance rate. welcome the various diverse cultures to enter learning and understands that teaching is a minded creative school with free meals and
into our classrooms? journey, not a destination. more meaningful, authentic hands-on learning
IWK: According to you, what is the For me, teaching means becoming a student
state of education in New Zealand, and experiences. A school where a child decides to
IWK: What do you think are the chal- with a student and sharing a learning journey,
what’s the room for improvement that pick and choose his /her teacher that he would
lenges that educators face with this working together for their positive learning
you see? like to learn from, with a more innovative,
evolving dynamics? outcomes, and helping each child reach their
Renu Sikka: I think the world around us is Renu Sikka: We, as educators, are currently flexible, and vocational learning pathway.
potential. I want to thank my fellow teachers,
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 20, 2020 NEW ZEALAND 11

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In summary, you can reduce your exposure s one ardent music lover put it: “Magic
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35% of the use of money interest. The process low growth periods. melodies including two full length renditions
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of general nature and do not constitute tempos again, with the one in faster tempo
March balance was due on 28 August 2019,15 advice. two tempos, the presentation lasting just under
being the celebrated holi-themed ‘Rang de,
half-an-hour.

Police conducting self-


rang de, rangrezwa jaise piya ki pagariya’.
Though its constituents Ahir-Bhairav and
Ashwini followed it up with a well-known
Bairagi are essayed by artistes far more often,
traditional Kabir Bhajan ‘Chaadar Ho Gayi

isolation compliance visits their combination, Vibhavati, is rarer.


The audience reveled in its relative rarity,
seeing glimpses of both its constituents,
Bahut Purani’ beautifully blending its deeply
philosophical import with the melody and lilt
IWK BUREAU so characteristic of a soulfully sung bhajan.
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olice has conducted compliance visits in an offspring, while appreciating its own She ended the concert with another hori “in
on a random sample group of travellers distinct personality. two colours,” as she put it in her introduction
who arrived into New Zealand after In keeping with mood of the recently before singing – one was in the thumri style
the new self-isolation requirements came into celebrated Holi festival, she ended the first in Deepchandi taal and the other in the
effect on Monday 16 March. session with a traditional hori (song based Dadra style.
The Ministry of Health requested Police to on Holi). This was Ashwini’s second concert in She was most ably accompanied by
conduct the visits to check on the compliance Auckland, both under the aegis of the Mohan Australia’s Bobby Singh on Tabla, gifted
and welfare of approximately 50 individuals Nadkarni Foundation. The first was in 2017. Sarangi player Sangeet Mishra and Auckland’s
throughout the country. This year’s event was in association with the own Samvaadini artiste Samir Bhalodkar.
The visits, which commenced yesterday, Migrant Heritage Trust (Might-I). The accompaniment was excellent and
involved Police visually sighting the individuals A winner of a host of national and state complemented the vocalist extremely well.
and asking a series of questions relating to their awards, Ashwini is one of India’s most sought The memorable concert ended with a standing
wellbeing while self-isolating. after vocalists. Only recently she has been ovation to Ashwini and the accompanying
Police has made contact with 41 individuals conferred the prestigious Kalidas Samman, ensemble that lasted several minutes.
with another three people requiring a follow up a national level award presented by the Magic did happen last Sunday morning.
today when they could not be reached.
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How local ethnic-religious institutions


are ramping up social distancing
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Most of the mosques across New congregations, take care of your

W
Zealand will be conducting Friday elders, children and neighbours, do
ith numbers of confirmed
congregational prayers (Juma not buy bulk buy products you don’t
Covid-19 cases mounting
Prayers) in two sessions at least 30 need as you might rob someone in
every day, 28 as of 3 p.m.
minutes apart. They are also asking dire need,” Mr Ghani said.
on Thursday, March 19, local ethnic-
to not stay at the mosque premises Two big festivals are due for
religious institutions are looking
after the prayers and leave as soon as the Hindu community living here,
to ramp up their social distancing
the compulsory prayers are finished. Navratri, which is a week-long
plans and messages for the
“We have released a statement on celebration and Ram Navami, in
community against mass gathering at
our social media page like the rest the first week of April. The temples
their premises.
of the mosques across the country have advised the devotees to remain
Following the new directive of
to follow the hygiene procedures home as they will be Live Streaming
the government that bars any 100+
laid down, the Friday prayers will be the prayer sessions on the temples’
indoor gathering and 500+ outdoor,
held at 1:40 p.m. (1:50 p.m. Khutbah Facebook page.
the religious institutions are quickly
and Salaah) and the second session “We have asked our community
trying to reach out to the worshippers
at 2:20 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Khutbah members not to come to the temple
to remain home and travel to the WhatsApp messages to our devotees community members to strictly and Salaah),” Ahmed Bhamji, for the Ram Navami and Navratri
religious churches only in an asking them to follow precautions follow hygiene guidelines set by the Chairperson of Masjid-e-Umar told events – we will be streaming
absolute necessity. laid by the government, and the government, inform the gurudwara if The Indian Weekender. it on our page,” Chairperson of
An innovative way to avoid mass District Health Boards and come they have travelled from overseas as
“We humbly request all musallees Shri Ram Mandir in Henderson,
gatherings and discourage coming to the temple only when absolutely they need to self-isolate themselves,
to comply with the above and to have Pravin Kumar said. Supreme Sikh
to the temples, the institutions are necessary,” a spokesperson from and anyone sick or prone to flu not to
patience during this unprecedented Society also cancelled its major
streaming their scheduled prayer Bhartiya Mandir in Auckland told enter the kitchen or bring food to the
time. It is still important that we inauguration ceremony of the newly
sessions on their Facebook page. The Indian Weekender. gurudwara,” Mr Singh said.
plan and adopt measures for the best built sports centre in Takanini, an
Most of the notifications are also Daljit Singh from Supreme Different religious institutions
interest of all New Zealanders,” he event that expected the attendance
being conveyed via Facebook and Sikh Society of New Zealand have held emergency executive
further added. of over 20,000 people including
WhatsApp messages. governing the Otahuhu and Takanini meetings and are formulating new
FIANZ spokesperson, Dr Anwar MPs, athletes from different parts
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Gurudwaras said that they have ways to discourage devotees from
representatives of different temples, Ghani said that all the Islamic of New Zealand and of the world
put up notices at the gates of both coming to the religious buildings including, India, Australia, Canada,
gurudwaras, mosques and Islamic institutions would be following the
gurudwaras requesting devotees and the ones coming to follow proper USA, United Kingdom etc for the
centres across New Zealand, directions of the government so
to wash their hands and feet when sanitation procedures. inauguration.
affirmed their unconditional that the community can play their
entering the premises, wash up again FIANZ and other Islamic
support in reducing the number of part in restricting the spread of this All the religious leaders and
when leaving, not to linger in and Centres across New Zealand have
gatherings at their premises and epidemic. institutions have appealed the
around the gurudwara, and to inform published media releases asking the
conveying precaution measures “We have asked our community community to maintain social
them if they have recently travelled worshippers to limit mosque visits
to the devotees of their respective members to follow the instruction distancing, which is not just
from overseas. and to pray at home, especially for
religious institutions. given by the government, avoid beneficial for their wellbeing but also
“We have appealed to our children and the elderly.
“We have released flyers, emails, mosques, for now, avoid mass for the wider community.

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Police praise Indian truck driver for Keeping New Zealanders Safe 
helping blind pedestrian on a roundabout
affected by the virus. The package also
includes sick leave subsidies, a support
Priyanca Radhakrishnan package, a significant boost to the health
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Labour List MP based in Maunga
sector and tax relief changes.

A
kiekie, Parliamentary Private
good Samaritan is being hailed as a hero for Businesses will be eligible to apply for
Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic
rescuing a blind elderly gentleman stuck Communities wage subsidies if hey can show a 30%
on a busy roundabout in Hamilton earlier decline in revenue for any month between

T
this month. he COVID-19 outbreak was just January and June 2020 compared to the
Police has praised the action of Firth Driver, reported at the end of last year and previous year.
Jaspinder Singh Mathoda (Jass) for going out of his developed into a global pandemic For more information on the economic
way and helping a blind elderly man to cross a busy by March 2020. response package and how your business
intersection in the city. New Zealand currently has eight might avail of the support provided by the
Fletcher Building, one of the largest confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. Our government, please check https://www.
homebuilders, infrastructure and construction border measures are some of the strongest govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
companies in New Zealand, praised the action of in the world and these measures have As the COVID-19 situation continues to
the Firth Driver Jaspinder for his quick thinking and assisted in limiting the number of cases unfold, I know that many will be feeling
here and preventing a community outbreak some concern. The government has had a
helping a challenged man in distress on the road.
thus far. As our Prime Minister Jacinda plan that has been in action since January
“Many drivers passed the man, but it was Jass
Ardern has said the Government’s number 2020. We continue to receive daily expert
who didn’t hesitate to take the time on his way to
one priority is protecting the health of New advice and the plan will be updated
work to help the man to safety,” Fletcher mentioned
Zealanders. accordingly.
on its Facebook page.
So far, over 10,000 people have However, we are all in this together and
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, Jass said,
self-isolated successfully. As of 1 a.m. have a role to play to keep ourselves and
it was a typical workday for him when he was
yesterday, everyone entering New Zealand, others safe.COVID-19 is mostly spread
approaching a roundabout on Resolution Road in including returning NZ citizens must self- through the droplets in sneezes and coughs,
Hamilton. Jass’ first impression was that the "I isolate for two weeks. Travellers who so the best way to stop it spreading is by
person was a construction or road worker, parked flout this rule can be liable for deportation
my truck a little staying home when you are sick, sneezing
but as he went closeby, he realised that the and face fines. The government has zero
ahead on the road and coughing into your elbow and washing
man was standing in the middle of the road tolerance for those who fail to self-isolate
and ran towards the your hands with soap and water and drying
struggling to make his way to the footpath, and do not comply with instructions from
roundabout and held the encounter and appreciating his them well. These are simple steps but they
off the road. the man cross to health officers. are really effective.
quick thinking and humane action
“I parked my truck a little ahead on the the other side Those who want up-to-date health Healthline is there to support anyone
towards the blind man.
road and ran towards the roundabout and safely" information should check the Ministry of who needs to self-isolate or if you have any
Good Samaritan Jass said that
held the man cross to the other side safely,” the Health website which is regularly updated. queries. You can contact them on 0800 358
the said act of kindness was something
Class-4 driver told The Indian Weekender. The government is also focussed on 5453.
anyone could have done, I am glad I was of some
As he was approaching the blind person, protecting the health of our economy. Stay safe and let’s look out for one
help to that man.
something that he realised while running towards Today, the Finance Minister announced a another. As our Prime Minister said in the
“People make significant differences in others’
him, he saw a man coming out of a Blue Ute, and $12.1 billion economic response package House today, be kind and together, we’ll
life by doing just simple things for them and through
when he had helped the man crossing, the man gave to cushion the worst impacts of COVID-19 get through this.
small acts of kindness.
him a thumbs up and had a brief chat with him. in the fight to support Kiwis’ jobs and the Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Labour List
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Kiwi Indian seniors score big


at Taranaki Master Games 2020
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD 63-year-old Ajmer Singh Jorah

K
iwi Indian seniors are setting won five medals, three gold and two
a new precedent for the silver in the age category of 60-64.
younger generation here In 5 km Walk, 3 km Walk and Long
in New Zealand by bagging over Jump, he won Gold, and two silver in
a score of gold, silver and bronze 100 and 200 metres sprints.
medals at the Taranaki Master Games Sardar Amarjeet Singh won one
held in New Plymouth last weekend. gold in 5 km Walk and silver in 3 km
Of a number Kiwi Indian seniors Walk.
who participated in different A dairy shop owner from Mt
categories of the event from Wellington Auckland, Tapendra
Auckland, The Indian Weekender Singh is known as one of the fittest
senior citizens who won four bronze
were able to get in touch with six
medals at the 31st New Zealand
athletes of the age 60 and above who
Master Games in Dunedin earlier
brought home a total of 31 medals
this year.
from the tournament.
83-year-old Jagjit Singh Kathuria
83-year-old Jagjit Singh Kathuria
from Papatoetoe also won two
participated in the 80-84 year age
silver medals at the Oceania Master
category and won seven gold and one
Athletic Championship held in
bronze medal. He won Gold in Long
Australia last year and says he is
Jump, 5KM Walk, 3KM Walk, 100 inspired by 103-year-old world-
and 200-metre race, Javelin Throw, renowned athlete Mann Kaur who
and Shot Put and a bronze in Discus has won multiple medals in world
Throw. level Master Games and athletic
66-year-old Tapendra Singh championships.
bagged six gold and one silver medal Mr Kathuria says he keeps himself
in the 65-69 age category. He won fit by having healthy food and
the gold medals in Weight Lifting, following a healthy diet, daily walks,
Tapendra Singh Balbir Singh Basra Jagjit Singh Kathuria
Javelin Throw, Shot Put, Hammer, runs and exercises.
Discus Throw and Long Jump and He adds that the only thing missing
category 75-79, in the games Half Amritpal Gill won a total of six Gold in 10 km Walk, 5 km Run, and
silver medal in the 100-metre race. from his regular practice sessions is
Marathon Run, 200 metres sprint, 3 medals, three gold and three silver 3 km Run, and silver in 3 km Walk,
79-year-old Balbir Singh Basra javelin throw and long jump as there
km run and 3 km Walk. in the age category of 65-69. He won Javelin Throw and 200 metres sprint.
won four gold medals in the age are no such grounds to practice them.

What is the impact for NZ’s migrant workforce?


AARON MARTIN international, 21st century skills and labour

P
eople who are currently in New are highly mobile.
Zealand on a temporary work visa and If people are laid off, they will go find other
applying for residence face increasing work. Employers will find it very hard to
uncertainty. find those skilled workers again later. Where
In these extraordinary times when the will Air New Zealand find 3500 staff to crew
country is coming to grips with how we international routes when things have returned
manage the coronavirus, we can’t forget we to normal? We can’t expect the laid-off
have around 190,000 people living in New employees to sit around waiting for Air New
Zealand who are on a temporary work visa Zealand to call when it’s all over.
and around 85,00 international students on a China is now grappling with this very issue.
student visa. The factory workers laid off as industry closed
If New Zealand businesses begin to lay off have found other work, and are not necessarily
staff, the pool of unemployed skilled labour keen to return to their former roles. It’s proving
will increase. Work visa holders may discover more difficult than expected to restart industry.
that employers can find New Zealanders Under-estimating the mobility of labour
to perform the work being done by the could cost businesses dearly if they don’t
migrant worker. applying for a new work visa based on new Layoffs and business collapses will attempt to retain skills they have already found
That will be a major impediment to seeking jobs will be impossible if a person is on an particularly affect the hospitality and retail – often after a significant search.
to that worker seeking to renew their work interim visa. sectors and work visa holders in those sectors. When all this is over, we will be competing
visa. Work Visa applications require a labour Apart from those who need to renew visas, Those on lower skilled visas will find it with other larger countries with greater
market test, namely the employer must try to those who currently hold work visas face increasingly difficult to secure work visas if resources to try and attract skills and talent
recruit a New Zealander to the position. a significant problem if they lose their job. the labour pool of local candidates swells. back to New Zealand.
The work visa rules are very clear: if there is Losing a job while holding a work visa can  Losing migrant labour and skills may Protection of the labour force isn’t just about
a New Zealander who is available to perform, result in a deportation liability arising because not at first glance appear to be an issue if parochial domestic protection of employment
they must be offered the job over a migrant. the basis on which the visa was granted no there is an oversupply of labour within New opportunities. It is also about ensuring we have
Employers won’t be able to secure work visas longer exists. Zealand. Many might say it will be a good the skills on board to gear back up quickly
for a worker on the basis the visa applicant has For those seeking residence, the impact of thing, as it will assist those New Zealanders when this ends.
been a ‘good employee’ of long-standing or job loss will be significant. If job loss occurs, who are laid off as a consequence of an During and after this crisis we will still need
is familiar with the business if there is a New applicants are obligated to inform Immigration economic downturn. engineers to help build our roads, teachers
Zealander available to do the work. New Zealand (INZ), and they may no longer But we all know this pandemic is a to educate our children, nurses to staff our
This will result in migrant work visa be eligible for residence. temporary situation. Once it is over and hospitals, and so on. If the people who have
applications being declined, which will leave It will also mean INZ will be alert to the fact businesses attempt to gear back up, demand for those skills leave the country and we end up
these migrants in the difficult position of they are no longer able to hold the work services and products will increase again. trying to fill a vacuum further down the path,
needing to secure a new job that can pass a visa to perform that job. People in Changing If work visa holders and residence our recovery will be slower and more painful. 
labour market test. Otherwise they will be this position will have not only to different types applicants have been forced back We need to consider the impact of this crisis
faced with trying to leave the country on the their residence application of visas or applying to their home countries, it may on migrant workers and think about what
affected but their existing for a new work visa prove very difficult to re-attract provision we can make to protect our skilled
restricted outbound flights or trying to obtain
different types of visas. status affected, too. That in based on new jobs will be them to New Zealand when this labour pool into the future.
turn could affect the visa status impossible if a person is pandemic is over. Aaron Martin – Principal Immigration
Changing to different types of visas or
of their spouse and children.  on an interim visa. People need to remember that Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law
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Number of safety measures announced after


first case of COVID-19 was confirmed
P
rime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama businesses within the Greater Lautoka Area will sewage services. Fijians who work but do not the government will ensure the supply of
has announced a number of measures be closed until further notice. The government live in this area should report to the nearest food will continue to be available. In order
to try to isolate and contain COVID-19 is defining the Greater Lautoka Area as the office outside of the monitored area, regardless to maintain food security, the Agriculture
after the first case of coronavirus in Lautoka. area spanning from King’s Road at Nacilau of whether their industry falls under the Marketing Authority will be buying fruits,
Border Restrictions and Self Quarantine   Junction past Matawalu Village, to the feeder essential businesses list. vegetables and root crops at the border of the
From midnight tonight our border restrictions road at Vakabuli Junction, to the Queen’s Road If there is no branch of your company Greater Lautoka Area from the farmers and
on Mainland China, Italy, Iran, Spain and South at Natalau Junction. Banks, supermarkets and outside of the Greater Lautoka area, please middle-men to be sold to the vendors for sale
Korea will be extended to foreign nationals pharmacies, and other essential businesses in contact your employer and the Prime Minister at local markets in the Greater Lautoka Area.
who have been present in the USA and all of the Greater Lautoka Area will remain open. says government will, in the next few days, The Minister for Agriculture will provide the
Europe including the United Kingdom within Essential businesses include air and rescue announce how your absence from work will be specifics of this programme this afternoon.
14 days of their intended travel. services, air traffic control services, civil treated during this situation. Gatherings of 20 or more people Banned
Also from midnight tonight, anyone who aviation, telecommunication services, food Bainimarama says they advise all employers in Fiji
enters our country from any overseas destination and sanitary manufacturing plants, electricity to accommodate the needs of your employees Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has
will be required to self quarantine for 14 days services, emergency services, fire services, and not make any employees redundant. announced that gatherings of 20 or more people
meaning they must stay in one place and avoid health and hospital services, lighthouse  He says basically, if you are living in the are now banned in Fiji after the confirmation
contact with others or going out in public. services, meteorological services, mine Greater Lautoka Area, you will now stay in of the first COVID-19 case. Gatherings are
The most stringent travel restrictions pumping, ventilation and winding, sanitary the Greater Lautoka Area. If you do not live defined as any assembly of individuals in a
have been announced for Lautoka services, supply and distribution of fuel and in the Greater Lautoka Area, you cannot travel single location, including meetings, religious
The Prime Minister says starting at gas, power, telecommunications, garbage there, even if you work there. By continuing gatherings, such as church, mosque and temple
midnight tonight, all schools and non-essential collection, transport services and water and the essential services, Bainimarama says services, and sports events.

Fijians may be required to self-isolate for 14 days COVID-19: French visa


upon their return to Fiji from overseas: Dr. Waqainabete applications ceased
A
LL processing of visa application to France, or any French territory
has been ceased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
French Ambassador to Fiji, Jean-Francois Fitou made the
announcement during a press conference today.
Mr Fitou has reassured that all Fijians living in France were safe.
He said all visas processing to France including it’s territories will be ceased
till further notice.

Pacific people in NZ at huge risk from


coronavirus, health expert warns

H
ealth Minister, Doctor COVID-19. stringent measures will immediately
Ifereimi Waqainabete says The Health Minister says they come into effect to aggressively
Fijians may be required to already have secure isolation prevent the spread of the disease, as
self-isolate for 14 days upon their facilities up and running throughout other nations have done, such as bans

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return to Fiji from overseas, even if Fiji, with the Central Division on local gatherings. hile New Zealand Nine per cent of Pasifika adults
they are not displaying symptoms of being served by Navua Hospital, The single most important thing has tough new border here have been diagnosed with
COVID-19. the Western Division served by the anyone can do is to wash your hands measures to protect the diabetes – the rate nearly three times
Doctor Waqainabete says self Nadi Hospital, and Labasa Hospital with soap and water on a regular Pacific region, experts say Pacific higher than non-Pacific.
isolation is to ensure that the person serving the Northern Division. basis. The combination of soap and people living here are facing huge Dr Tukuitonga wants mass
is in self isolation at home and Prime Minister, Voreqe water kills COVID-19 dead risks. There’s warnings that schools gatherings, including church
will not become a threat to family Bainimarama says as we in its tracks. with high Pasifika rolls should be
Bainimarama services, stopped.
members and others around them. monitor the situation, more Bainimarama
says a thorough closed and gatherings avoided as the “I would look seriously at schools
He stresses that this is a isolation units will be says a thorough
and effective community is medically vulnerable. at the moment – especially Pacific
precautionary measure to be taken established as the need and effective
handwashing takes 20 Formerly based at the World schools with high rolls. We should
at the person’s home and people will arises in accordance handwashing takes
seconds and with this Health Organisation, Dr Colin think of closing some schools now.”
be advised on the Health Ministry’s with their expansion 20 seconds and
simple act, you may Tukuitonga of Auckland University Meanwhile, Pacific nations are
contact numbers if they do develop plan. These measures will with this simple act,
very well be saving knows about disease.
symptoms after leaving the airport. all be subject to review as you may very well be boosting measures.
a life.
There is another scenario. the global situation evolves. saving a life. “I think it could get really bad. For example, Fiji is forbidding
Doctor Waqainabete says if The government is also highly He also we will also need If people think they have seen this cruise ships entry this week, banning
any returning Fijian citizen shows discouraging all Fijians from to break the habit of shaking hands, before then people are mistaken. We international events and installing
symptoms similar to those of travelling overseas. hugging and sharing takis and bilos. really don’t know what will happen,” thermal scanners at the airport.
COVID-19 at the airport, they will  Fiji remains coronavirus-free. Instead, simply share a “bula” from he told 1 NEWS. For now, eyes are turned to
be isolated at an allocated health Bainimarama confirms that if and a safe distance and limit in-person Covid-19 hits those with heart and Auckland’s Pasifika community and
isolation facility and tested for when we see our first case, far more contact as much as possible.
lung disease and diabetes the hardest. preventing a deadly disaster here.

PM announces ban on cruise ships and international events


P
rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has Bainimarama adds this, of course, is already Bainimarama says these measures will all
announced that from today, cruise ships mandated for Fijians arriving home from be subject to review as the global situation
will be banned from berthing anywhere nations on Fiji’s restricted travel list. evolves.
in Fiji, international events will not be allowed The Prime Minister says Ministers, civil He has also revealed that secure isolation
in Fiji and local events will be closed to all servants, Permanent Secretaries and staff facilities are up and running throughout Fiji,
guests coming in from overseas. of statutory bodies will be restricted from with the Central Division being served by
While announcing new measures to battle travelling overseas barring exceptionally Navua Hospital, the Western Division served
COVID-19 or Coronavirus, Bainimarama says critical circumstances. by the Nadi Hospital, and Labasa Hospital
they also highly discourage all Fijians from Bainimarama further says the travel serving the Northern Division.
travelling overseas. restrictions on Italy, Iran, South Korea and Bainimarama says as they monitor the
He says if people do choose to travel mainland China remain in full effect, as do the situation, more isolation units will be
anywhere outside of Fiji, they may be required stringent screening measures at international established as the need arises in accordance
to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to airports. with the expansion plan.
Fiji, even if they are not displaying symptoms He says they plan to install thermal scanners He adds Fiji does not have a confirmed case
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Healthcare: India and
US can learn from
each other
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rain and sunny sunny sun dafr and pactcy morning
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I
ndia and the United States of America are the two largest democracies in the world. For most
of this 21st century, they have served as solid examples for others to follow. The same cannot 21° 23° 24° 23° 23° 24° 24°
be said for their delivery of healthcare. The World Health Organization (WHO) provided its 14° 13° 16° 15° 16° 16° 17°
first and only ranking of health systems in 2000. The US ranked 37 and India ranked 112 out of
191 countries.
The current coronavirus crisis, which the WHO declares has the potential of becoming a This week in New Zealand’s history
pandemic illustrates the need for a world-class health care system. Both India and the US have
coronavirus cases. India has responded quickly by putting a systemic nation-wide plan in place to 13 March 1956
combat the virus. The US has responded very slowly as President Donald Trump has politicized New Zealand's first test cricket victory
N
the issue, dismissed its importance and even labeled it a “new hoax”. ew Zealand was already 3–0 down in the series going into the fourth and final test at Eden
Although there have been distinctly different responses by the US and India to the coronavirus Park in Auckland. Their West Indies opponents included household names such as Gary
epidemic and there was a substantial distance between their rankings in both cited studies, there are Sobers and Everton Week’s, who broke batting records for a New Zealand season.
differences and similarities in the healthcare delivery in these two democracies. More importantly,
there are lessons that they can learn from each other to enhance the healthcare delivered to and 15 March 1944
health of their citizens. New Zealand forces capture Castle Hill at Cassino
O
There are many differences between India and the US healthcare systems. The primary ones n 15 March 1944, the 6th New Zealand Brigade attacked the Italian town of Cassino as part
include: the level of expenditure; the nature of healthcare support, and the nature of coverage. of the Allies’ advance on Rome.
According to various reports, the US spends close to 18 per cent of its GDP on healthcare compared
to less than just 4 per cent of GDP by India. The average expenditure per capita in the US more 16 March 1999
than $10,000 in the US and less than $100 in India. NZHistory website launched
N
This difference is huge. So, too is the nature of healthcare support. In the US there is broad and ZHistory (www.nzhistory.govt.nz) was launched by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon.
extensive quality support through both public and private facilities. In India, the private sector Jack Elder, at a function at National Archives (now Archives New Zealand) in Wellington
dominates quality healthcare delivery which restricts access for many middle class or poor citizens. on 16 March 1999.
This disparity is heightened by the fact that because a majority of Americans have some form of
insurance coverage -- only 10 to 12 per cent have to pay for healthcare out of their own pockets. In 19 March 1839
contrast, around 70 per cent of Indians do not have any health insurance. So, they have to pay out
Honey bees brought to New Zealand
M
of their own pocket for medical services. In spite of these differences which appear gargantuan,
ary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary, was probably the person who introduced
there are some similarities of considerable magnitude in the nature of the healthcare systems as
honey bees to New Zealand. She brought two hives ashore when she landed at the
well.
Mangungu Mission Station at Hokianga in March 1839.
In the US and India alike, there are far too few medical facilities and medical professionals in
rural areas. There used to be an adequate supply in the US but they have disappeared over the past
few decades. There have never been enough in India in the rural areas where over 66 per cent of
20 March 1834
the citizens reside. New Zealand's first recognised flag chosen
In both countries, businesses interests, hospitals, medical doctors and other influentials have
a substantial impact on health policies. And, the individual states (50 in the US and 28 in India)
determine to a great extent the nature of the public health system within their boundaries.
A New Zealand flag was first suggested in
1830 after Sydney customs officials seized
a Hokianga-built ship.Australia was subject to
Those who fare most poorly in both the US and India are the poor. In the US, poor adults are five British navigation laws under which ships had to
times as likely as those with good incomes to report being in fair or poor health. In India, a recent carry official certificates.
study found that the poor in the poorer states made higher use of public health services but were As New Zealand was not then a British colony,
still paying higher out of pocket expenses than those in states that were more well off. New Zealand-built ships could not sail under a
These similarities and differences highlight potential areas to address to improve the healthcare British flag or register. Without this, they and
delivery in both countries. And, even though neither the US nor India are at the top of the list, they their cargoes would continue to be seized.
still have positive healthcare lessons they can teach each other.
From America for India, there is Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicare was
signed into law in 1965 primarily to provide health insurance to adults 65 years and older to
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establish more hospitals in Tier II and Tier III cities. The budget also proposes to address the shortage
of medical professionals throughout the country by converting existing hospitals to medical colleges
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We need to be strategic, India will not


be China 2.0: A Kiwi business-leader
on trade opportunities in India
ASIA MEDIA CENTRE approach in India, the best way to do this is to

I
n February, a New Zealand business work with local companies to add value to their
delegation travelled to India with ministers businesses.
Winston Peters and David Parker on a trade More generally, how do you think New
mission. In the delegation was Anna Campbell, Zealand companies should be approach gaining
managing director of AbacusBio, a Dunedin- access to the Indian market?
based agri-technology company. The Indian market is complex, 29 states are
In this Q&A, she answers the Asia Media like 29 different countries within a country.
Centre’s questions about the visit and What came out loud and clear during the
AbacusBio’s work in the country. delegation was that New Zealand should not
What were the most essential takeaways for think of India as China 2.0.  We need to think
you from the recent trip? carefully about how we support businesses into
Firstly, New Zealand desperately needs to do this market, because in general the cost of sales
more to diversify our export markets. will be high and its not likely to be commodity-
I am in the agri-sector and I have heard of style food products that will do well because of
many agricultural companies, exporting New tariffs.  I think service based companies are a
Zealand food products, being reliant on the great lead into the market.
Chinese market anywhere from 40 to 95 per There is a good interview with McKinsey
cent of their export basket. Global Institute partner Susan Lund, an expert
COVID-19 is a massive reminder to us that in globalisation, here is an excerpt:
we need to be in many markets – as businesses, AbacusBio has been working in the Bihar prefer to have the main source of genetics as “After the global financial crisis of the mid-
we often tend to be too focused on the short- region of India for a few years now, led by local. Local genetics are better adapted to local 2000s, trade flows plunged in 2008, 2009. A lot
term and immediate shareholder returns which Dr Peter Amer and in collaboration with environments – climactically, disease-wise and of us thought, “Well, when the recovery gets
leave us vulnerable to crises. In saying that, I Dr Chanda Nimbkar from the Nimbkar in terms of local people’s preferences for the going in the US and Europe, then trade will
also run a business and understand the costs of Agricultural Research Institute and with the taste of end products. ‘go back to normal.’” Now we’re ten years
developing new markets – it is a balancing act Aga Khan Foundation.  The project is funded   out from that point, and we can look back and
and I think that the private and public sectors by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and If we were to bring in New Zealand genetics see, in fact, we’re in a very different chapter of
should do more together to overcome such aims to empower rural women to improve the it would be for cross-breeding purposes and we globalization.
challenges. health, management and genetics of their goats. would envisage the main base genetics always “The trade intensity of manufactured goods
With respect to India, nothing beats being in- AbacusBio’s software product, Dtreo is being predominantly local. There are other is going down. That means more goods that are
market and on this delegation, I was reminded being used for data capture and analytics and technologies from New Zealand that we may produced are now sold in the country they’re
what a wonderfully colourful, complex and the whole programme is starting to make real look to integrate, such as weighing systems produced in. They’re not traded or exported and
chaotic country India is. impact in terms of nutritional and commercial from Datamars or Gallaghers – this would all imported. But at the same time, we see services
In-terms of hard facts, the average age of an returns for families. be driven by what is best for the local people in trade continues to grow much faster than
Indian living in India is 29 and that average Indian women care and nurture the terms of any solution. goods trade. So, increasingly, globalization
won’t increase until 2042. India grows in size goats which they can then sell or breed. As Are Indian rural communities familiar with is about trade in various forms of services,
by New Zealand’s population every year. In a highlighted by Bill Gates “The money women this kind of stock improvement technology and like IT services and telecommunications,
country of 1.3 billion people, the Government earn from  their goats stays in their hands, with what new aspects are being shown to them? transportation, business services, and these
has in the past few years rolled out the biggest more control of their finances, women improve Breeding and genetic improvement is a types of things.”
biometric ID system in the world – prior to this, their status within the home. They also have a long-art, the real difference with what we are This statement in the context of what we are
4/10 births went unregistered. India averages greater ability to make their own decisions, - bringing is the analytical approach. seeing with COVID-19 right now really rings
annual GDP growth of 7.5 percent and is and have greater power over their own lives.”’ Interestingly, just by collecting data for true. Protectionism won’t go away and FTAs are
expected to grow from a market size of US$2.8 Goats3AbacusBio’s work in the Bihar region genetic improvement the local people have unlikely, so we need to work to a strategy that
trillion to US$18 trillion during my lifetime.  focuses on rural Indian women. Photo: Anna been able to improve goat management as allows us to succeed in such an environment.
For many years, the New Zealand Campbell/Supplied well, for example disease management. Data There are good news stories. New Zealand
Government has strived to achieve a Free Trade Studies have proven that women when in is power and when the local people drive the food companies paving the way in India include
Agreement with India – the blockage to success possession of cash will spend it on beneficial collection and understanding of how to use that a young company, QualityNZ distributing New
being dairy. products and services that improve the quality data, that’s really where the rubber hits the road Zealand lamb, seafood and other products into
India is the largest producer and consumer of life such as education, nutrition and health. in terms of progress. 5-star hotels and into first-class airline cabins.
of dairy products. New Zealand produces In the future AbacusBio are hoping to expand Anna CampbellAnna Campbell is managing There are also New Zealand technology
a fraction of what India produces, yet New and advance these community based breeding director of AbacusBio, a Dunedin-based agri- and service companies gliding under the tariff
Zealand and Fonterra are seen as dairy “giants”. programmes (CBBPs) across India. technology company. Photo: AbacusBio/ barriers, such as Valocity Global and ReDesign. 
Because of that there is a belief that an FTA Ideally the knowledge will naturally flow Supplied Ultimately, technology, education and high-
between our countries will mean that we will between villages and communities, the You have also been to Sri Lanka to look at end food offer our best export path into this
flood the Indian market with our milk products Pashu Sakhis educating others to expand the plant medicine technology - is that something economy, especially in the short term.
and Indian farmers will suffer. knowledge. The presence of Dtreo software Abacusbio is looking to move into? Did you see any specific business
Farmers in India generally don’t own land. supports an effective scale-up of CBBPs to My PhD was in plant breeding and genetics opportunities that could be picked up by NZ
They are the poorest of the poor working the the point of having a national-level impact. and I have long held a passion for the field of companies, either in agri-science or elsewhere?
land for a pittance, yet because of their numbers As global citizens, we have a mission-focused plant bioactives and their potential role in our In addition to above, regards services, food
they hold tremendous voting power. Rural India vision of using genetics and innovative food system. AbacusBio merged with a plant security is a huge challenge for India.  How do
makes up greater than 50 percent of India’s technology to successfully secure the world’s breeding company, Gemnetics, last year to give they feed their growing population with fewer
population and India is the world’s largest food supply. us greater plant breeding capability. We are resources? How do they do this while still
democracy. In a democracy every vote counts. How is this project funded, and are also working extensively in African countries enabling their local smallholder farmers?
On top of that, political changes which hurt you planning to expand or develop these around rice, cassava and sweet potato breeding New Zealand needs to be operating in this
rural India send migrants in droves to the cities, community-based programmes across India? programmes, so medicinal plants is not as big a space – I am biased as this is our area of interest,
where they create more slums and headaches Mostly answered above, but worth noting leap as it may seem. but we are one small company. Imagine what
for the government. that in a different project we are undertaking We are working with a Sri Lankan based we could do if New Zealand companies and
The take-home message for New Zealand: in Uganda, we are partnering with a local company, Lanka Salads, who produce leafy the New Zealand Government banded together
don’t hold your breath for a free trade agreement commercial company who will continue greens for the Sri Lankan market and potentially in India to really create impact and long term
with India which includes dairy.  And the take- driving the project beyond development money. to export to India and other parts of Asia. partnerships to underpin the export market.
home message for our traditional agricultural We want to do the same in India, whether that We are exploring how to add value to their If we are serious about India as a market,
exporters: don’t come here unless you can be working with commercial companies or salad offering with locally grown Sri Lankan we do need to move and to move quickly. On
survive paying tariffs of over 30 per cent. local government to ensure sustainability of the plants which have been used for traditional the delegation it was pointed out that Aussie
Your company – Abacusbio – is involved impacts we are making last beyond the life of medicine but also have good modern scientific Ministers had been in-market five times in the
in Bihar state working in animal genetics and the Gates investment. data supporting their use. I am really excited past year whereas our ministerial visit was the
livestock breeding, can you give us some Are there genetic components being sourced by this project, although it’s early days – the first one in two years. These things do matter
details on what you are actually doing? from NZ for the project? Is that a possibility? opportunity for agricultural companies to move and we need to be strategic – again, India will
This is a possibility but generally we would into the well-being market is huge and like our not be China 2.0!
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For COVID-19 testing, India arms


private labs; widens diagnosis protocol
I
ndia opened the gates for private testing
for coronavirus infections and announced
that it had initiated talks with 51 accredited
private laboratories, taking the first step in
widening the diagnosis protocol that experts
say is crucial to fight the deadly epidemic that
has claimed at least 7,000 lives worldwide.
In a press conference, director general of
the Indian Council for Medical Research
(ICMR) Balram Bhargava said 72 government
laboratories were currently testing for the
coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, which
claimed its third life in India on Tuesday.
Another 49 government facilities will be
operational soon, he added.
“We are in the process of engaging private
NABL [National Accreditation Board
for Testing and Calibration Laboratories]
accredited laboratories for carrying out testing
of Covid-19 cases,” he said.
“We appeal to all private laboratories to offer
Covid-19 diagnosis free of cost,” he added.
India’s current strategy is to test only
symptomatic people with a history of travel done at government facilities. But this has without symptoms who travelled from affected been successful in using aggressive testing
to global hot spots or those with close contact led to widespread panic with many worried countries and wanted to get tested even though regimens to control the spread of the virus while
with a positive case, with those showing about symptoms. Designated government symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear. others such as the United States and Japan have
symptoms getting priority. Testing is only hospitals continue to turn away many people Globally, nations such as South Korea have been criticised for its sluggish pace of testing.

Vaishno Devi Board tells pilgrims Evacuated from Italy, 2 Indians


to postpone visit over coronavirus test positive for COVID-19
T
wo Indian

T
he Shri Mata Vaishno Devi y o u t h ,
Shrine Board (SMVDSB) who were
appealed pilgrims to evacuated from
postpone their visit to the cave Milan on March 15,
shrine in the wake of the coronavirus have tested positive
pandemic. for coronavirus
The appeal came after the Board’s (Covid-19).
CEO Ramesh Kumar reviewed the Both of them
situation in Jammu where three were shifted from
persons have tested positive for the the ITBP camp
virus. in Chhawla in
“The CEO reviewed all aspects west Delhi to
related to the yatra and the safety Aarti slots, closing of Garbhjoon pilgrimage. the Safdarjung Hospital on Monday after they showed symptoms of the
of pilgrims. Considering the spread Cave at Adhkuwari, restricting yatra “Those, who have already reached
dreaded disease.
of Covid-19 infection, the CEO in groups etc. base camp Katra and presently
According to government sources, the youth were among the group of 218
appealed pilgrims to postpone their All pilgrims visiting the shrine undertaking the pilgrimage shall,
persons who were evacuated from Milan in Italy. They landed in India on
visit to the holy cave shrine till have to fill self reporting forms however, undergo all the preventive
March 15.
normalisation of the situation,” said available at yatra registration measures,” he added.
The two youth started showing symptoms of the virus on Monday and were
an official spokesman. counters, accommodations and Almost 2500 people including
immediately shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital for proper care. On Tuesday,
The Shrine Board had already helipad terminal of the shrine. travellers and people are currently
the authorities said that both have tested positive for Covid-19.
taken several preventive measures Further, they are required to pass under surveillance in Jammu and
Of the 218 evacuees, 211 are students while seven belong to other nations.
for ensuring safety of the pilgrims. through mandatory thermal scanning Kashmir while 2095 people are
They will be kept at the ITBP's quarantine centre for the next 14 days under
These include curtailing of Atka at Katra before proceeding for the under home quarantine.
close observation, an official said.

Coronavirus update: India prohibits flights


from Afghanistan, Malaysia and Philippines
I
ndia temporarily prohibited all flights India...are directed to follow the advisory and
from Afghanistan, Malaysia and the not carry any passenger in violation thereof.”
Philippines as part of measures to prevent In a similar move on Monday, India had
the spread of COVID-19, a day after barring barred the entry of travellers from the 27
the entry of travellers from Turkey and 32 members states of the European Union, the four
European countries. states in European Free Trade Association, the
The US Customs and Border Protection UK and Turkey from Wednesday till March 31.
(CBP) has informed all airlines operating The health ministry also extended mandatory
flights to India not to issue boarding passes to quarantine to passengers coming in from
Indians who recently travelled to any Schengen the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and
states, according to an official privy to the Kuwait, with effect from March 18.
development who didn’t wish to be named. Earlier, only passengers arriving from seven
the Philippines had been “prohibited with The measure will remain in force till March
The US agency’s direction was issued on countries – China, Italy, Iran, South Korea,
immediate effect”. 31 and be reviewed subsequently, the advisory
Tuesday and applicable with immediate effect. France, Spain and Germany – had to undergo
It added: “No flight shall take off from these said.
“Any Indian who has travelled to a Schengen mandatory quarantine.
countries to India after 1500 hours Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation
country in the past 15 days will be denied a The passengers who need to undergo
Standard Time (IST). (DGCA) chief Arun Kumar said, “All
boarding pass by the airline,” the official said. quarantine are divided by the Airport Health
The airline shall enforce this at the port of scheduled Indian and foreign airlines engaged
An advisory issued by the health ministry Organization (APHO) into three categories on
initial departure.” in international air transportation to/from
said travel from Afghanistan, Malaysia and the basis of the severity of their symptoms.
WORLD

GHOST TOWNS
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Eerie before-and-after photos show public spaces emptied out around the world amid the coronavirus panic

Inset: BEFORE: The Kaaba in Saudi Arabia plays a vital


role in the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Spanish steps in Rome have scarcely been visited amidst the COVID-19
It's considered the holiest site in Islam and attracts
millions of worshipers each year. AFTER: But on March
5, the Kaaba was completely emptied for sanitation A security guard near a closed section of the Great Wall of China on
amid the coronavirus outbreak. February 7.Inset: People visiting the Great Wall to celebrate the New
Year on January 1.

Empty tables are seen in a restaurant of the Check-in counters of Japanese


Vittorio Veneto square in Turin usually full of airlines are empty at the Gimpo
tourists as a coronavirus outbreak continues Airport in Seoul, South Korea,
to grow in Italy, in Turin, Italy, March 2, 2020. Monday, March 9, 2020.

India's iconic monument Taj Mahal has shut down to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

A picture shows the deserted Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy, on March 5, 2020 as the
European nation grapples with the coronavirus epidemic.

A man disinfects the shrine of the Shiite Saint Imam Abdulazim A restaurant promoter waits for customers at the largely
to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Shahr-e- empty Chinatown as tourism takes a decline due to the
Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Saturday, March, 7, 2020. coronavirus outbreak in Singapore February 21, 2020.

A man wears a mask as he looks at an empty St. Peter's Square after the Vatican
erected a new barricade at the edge of the square, in Rome, March 10, 2020.

People wearing face masks attend Mass at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The
church decided to replace Sunday services with online ones for members' safety amid the spread of the COVID-19.
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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABO


What is the coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus which can cause
illness in animals and people. Viruses break into cells
inside their host and use them to reproduce itself and
disrupt the body's normal functions. Coronaviruses
are named after the Latin word 'corona', which means
crown, because they are encased by a spiked shell
which resembles a royal crown.
The coronavirus from Wuhan is one which has
never been seen before this outbreak. It has been
named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee
on Taxonomy of Viruses. The name stands for Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2.
Experts say the bug, which has killed around one in
50 patients since the outbreak began in December, is a
'sister' of the SARS illness which hit China in 2002, so
has been named after it.
The disease that the virus causes has been named
COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Dr Helena Maier, from the Pirbright Institute, said:
'Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that infect a wide
range of different species including humans, cattle,
pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and wild animals.
'Until this new coronavirus was identified, there
were only six different coronaviruses known to infect
humans. Four of these cause a mild common cold-type
illness, but since 2002 there has been the emergence
of two new coronaviruses that can infect humans and
result in more severe disease (Severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory
syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses).
'Coronaviruses are known to be able to occasionally
jump from one species to another and that is what
happened in the case of SARS, MERS and the new
coronavirus. The animal origin of the new coronavirus
is not yet known.'
The first human cases were publicly reported from
the Chinese city of Wuhan, where approximately
11million people live, after medics first started publicly
reporting infections on December 31.
By January 8, 59 suspected cases had been reported
and seven people were in critical condition. Tests were
developed for the new virus and recorded cases started
to surge.
The first person died that week and, by January 16,
two were dead and 41 cases were confirmed. The next
day, scientists predicted that 1,700 people had become
infected, possibly up to 7,000.

86% OF PATIENTS 'MAY BE UNAWARE THEY HAVE THE INFECTION'


A
big issue with trying to stop the spread The researchers said that, before China They found that around half as many
of the coronavirus is that many people sent Wuhan and the surrounding cities cases of the coronavirus were transmitted
get such mild symptoms they don't went into lockdown, there were seven from people who didn't know they were ill.
realise they've got the infection, and they undiagnosed patients walking around for Comprehensive testing would be the only
can still spread it to others during this time. every one person who actually knew they way to try and stop this happening, said
A study led by Columbia University in New had the virus. Columbia University’s Jeffrey Shaman, one
York and published in the journal Science They did their study by looking at data of the authors of the study.
yesterday suggests that as many as 86 showing how people travelled around the He said: 'It’s the undocumented infections
per cent – seven out of eight – do not get city and the contagiousness of the infection, which are driving the spread of the outbreak,'
diagnosed or realise they're sick during an to work out who could have been infected GeekWire reported.
outbreak's early days. and where and when.

Where does the virus come from? found in bats. However, there were not many bats at appears to be spreading quickly.

A
the market so scientists say it was likely there was an It is similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and
ccording to scientists, the virus almost certainly
animal which acted as a middle-man, contracting it killed nearly 800 in an outbreak in Asia in 2003, in that
came from bats. Coronaviruses in general tend
from a bat before then transmitting it to a human. It has it is a type of coronavirus which infects humans' lungs.
to originate in animals – the similar SARS and MERS
not yet been confirmed what type of animal this was. It is less deadly than SARS, however, which killed
viruses are believed to have originated in civet cats and
Dr Michael Skinner, a virologist at Imperial College around one in 10 people, compared to approximately
camels, respectively.
London, was not involved with the research but said: one in 50 for COVID-19.
The first cases of COVID-19 came from people
'The discovery definitely places the origin of nCoV in Another reason for concern is that nobody has
visiting or working in a live animal market in Wuhan,
bats in China. any immunity to the virus because they've never
which has since been closed down for investigation.
'We still do not know whether another species encountered it before. This means it may be able to
Although the market is officially a seafood market,
served as an intermediate host to amplify the virus, and cause more damage than viruses we come across often,
other dead and living animals were being sold there,
possibly even to bring it to the market, nor what species like the flu or common cold. 'Most seasonal flu viruses
including wolf cubs, salamanders, snakes, peacocks,
that host might have been.' Speaking at a briefing in January, Oxford University less than one in 1,000 peopl
porcupines and camel meat.
So far the fatalities are quite low. Why are health professor, Dr Peter Horby, said: 'Novel viruses can a virus where we don't un
A study by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, published
experts so worried about it? spread much faster through the population than viruses spectrum but it's possible th
in February 2020 in the scientific journal Nature, found
Experts say the international community is concerned which circulate all the time because we have no as high as two per cent.'
that the genetic make-up virus samples found in patients
about the virus because so little is known about it and it immunity to them. If the death rate is truly tw
in China is 96 per cent identical to a coronavirus they
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OUT THE CORONAVIRUS? concern globally.'


How does the virus spread?
Dr Bruce Aylward, a World Health Organization
official who went on a mission to China, said there was

T
no evidence that figures were only showing the tip of
he illness can spread between people just through
the iceberg, and said recording appeared to be accurate,
coughs and sneezes, making it an extremely
Stat News reported.
contagious infection. And it may also spread even
before someone has symptoms. Can the virus be cured?
It is believed to travel in the saliva and even through
water in the eyes, therefore close contact, kissing, and
sharing cutlery or utensils are all risky. It can also live
T he COVID-19 virus cannot be cured and it is
proving difficult to contain.
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, so they are
on surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to 72 hours, out of the question. Antiviral drugs can work, but the
meaning people can catch it by touching contaminated process of understanding a virus then developing and
surfaces. producing drugs to treat it would take years and huge
Originally, people were thought to be catching it amounts of money.
from a live animal market in Wuhan city. But cases No vaccine exists for the coronavirus yet and it's not
soon began to emerge in people who had never been likely one will be developed in time to be of any use in
there, which forced medics to realise it was spreading this outbreak, for similar reasons to the above.
from person to person. The National Institutes of Health in the US, and
What does the virus do to you? What Baylor University in Waco, Texas, say they are
working on a vaccine based on what they know about
are the symptoms? coronaviruses in general, using information from the

O nce someone has caught the COVID-19 virus


it may take between two and 14 days, or even
longer, for them to show any symptoms – but they may
SARS outbreak. But this may take a year or more to
develop, according to Pharmaceutical Technology.
Currently, governments and health authorities are
still be contagious during this time. working to contain the virus and to care for patients
If and when they do become ill, typical signs include who are sick and stop them infecting other people.
a runny nose, a cough, sore throat and a fever (high People who catch the illness are being quarantined in
temperature). hospitals, where their symptoms can be treated and they
The vast majority of patients will recover from these will be away from the uninfected public.
without any issues, and many will need no medical help And airports around the world are putting in place
at all. screening measures such as having doctors on-site,
In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be taking people's temperatures to check for fevers and
the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead using thermal screening to spot those who might be ill
to pneumonia. (infection causes a raised temperature).
Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides However, it can take weeks for symptoms to appear,
of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it so there is only a small likelihood that patients will be
increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, spotted up in an airport.
can be fatal and suffocate people.
Figures are showing that young children do not seem Is this outbreak an epidemic or a
to be particularly badly affected by the virus, which pandemic?
they say is peculiar considering their susceptibility to
flu, but it is not clear why. T he outbreak was declared a pandemic on March
11. A pandemic is defined by the World Health
Organization as the 'worldwide spread of a new disease'.
What have genetic tests revealed
Previously, the UN agency said most cases outside
about the virus? of Hubei had been 'spillover' from the epicentre, so the

S cientists in China have recorded the genetic


sequences of around 19 strains of the virus and
released them to experts working around the world.
disease wasn't actually spreading actively around the
world.

This allows others to study them, develop tests and WHAT IS THE NEW GOVERNMENT
potentially look into treating the illness they cause. ADVICE? 
Examinations have revealed the coronavirus did not • Avoid social contact
change much – changing is known as mutating – much • Work from home if possible
during the early stages of its spread. • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues
However, the director-general of China's Center for • If someone in your household has symptoms of
Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the virus coronavirus (cough, fever or unusual shortness of
was mutating and adapting as it spread through people. breath), everyone in the home self-isolate for 14
This means efforts to study the virus and to potentially days
control it may be made extra difficult because the virus • If isolating, only go outside for exercise, and do it
away from other people
might look different every time scientists analyse it.
• Ask for help with daily necessities like food and
More study may be able to reveal whether the virus
medical supplies
first infected a small number of people then change
• If that is not possible - for example if you live in
and spread from them, or whether there were various
a remote area - you should limit social contact as
versions of the virus coming from animals which have much as possible
developed separately. • Vulnerable groups should self-isolate for 12 weeks
How dangerous is the virus? from this weekend even if they have no symptoms

T he virus has a death rate of around two per cent. – This includes people aged 70 and over and other
This is a similar death rate to the Spanish Flu adults who would normally be advised to have
outbreak which, in 1918, went on to kill around the flu vaccination, including people with chronic
50million people. diseases such as chronic heart disease or chronic
kidney disease, and pregnant women.
Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of
• All unnecessary visits to friends and relatives in care
the outbreak about whether the true number of people
homes should end
who are infected is significantly higher than the official
• Continue to take your children to school unless
numbers of recorded cases.
they or someone else in your home has symptoms of
Some people are expected to have such mild the coronavirus (cough, fever or unusual shortness
symptoms that they never even realise they are ill of breath)
s have a case fatality rate of out of every 100 patients who get it will die. unless they're tested, so only the more serious cases get • Londoners need to socially distance and work from
le. Here we're talking about 'My feeling is it's lower,' Dr Horby added. 'We're discovered, making the death toll seem higher than it home even more than the rest of the UK because the
nderstand fully the severity probably missing this iceberg of milder cases. But that's really is. disease is more widespread there
he case fatality rate could be the current circumstance we're in. However, an investigation into government • Mass gatherings should not happen – they will no
'Two per cent case fatality rate is comparable to the surveillance in China said it had found no reason to longer receive emergency services' protection if
wo per cent, that means two Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 so it is a significant believe this was true. they do go ahead.
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HOW CORONAVIRUS COMPARES TO


Visual timeline pits COVID-19 against
experts warn current crisis could riva
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O HISTORY'S DEADLIEST PANDEMICS:


t Black Death, smallpox and AIDS - as
al Spanish flu 'in its lethality and scale'
‘As of March 11, officially a pandemic
according to WHO.It is hard to calculate
and forecast the impact of COVID-19
because the disease i new to medicine,
and data is still coming in.
26 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 20, 2020 The Indian Weekender

TARA SUTARIA
looks forward to COVID-19 paralyses
T
he Covid-19 shutdown has come as a totally For the film industry, it is a totally loss-making
unexpected blow for the entertainment situation. The others, television and OTT, can still
sing in Ek Villain 2 industry as a whole, and the film industry manage -- television with reruns and OTT with

F
in particular. the content pool they already have. In fact, OTT
ew would be aware that Tara Sutaria is also a singer. There have been cinema shutdowns earlier may remain the only alternative available to those
The budding actress gets a chance to showcase her but those were usually voluntary and planned, as seeking a pastime.
vocal skills in Mohit Suris upcoming "Ek Villain 2", protest against some government high-handedness What works against the cinema? It is a place
and is sure excited about the fact. or unreasonable taxes and such. of gathering, hence a complete no-no under the
"I think I am going to All sectors will suffer including exhibition trade, circumstances because coronavirus mandates no
be singing in this film, "I think I am studios and the television and OTT platforms, not personal contact.
which is something I have going to be to mention actors not used to sitting idle. The cinemas will continue to bear fixed costs
been looking forward to. singing in this The film industry-related associations have like salaries to staff and property-related costs,
I am finally getting an film, which decided to suspend all shooting activities starting even as all their revenue generating will dry out.
opportunity to do so, and is something March 19. So, there will be no new content. There will be no box office collections and, hence,
I am excited," said Tara no canteen and parking revenues. Add to this the
I have been
about "Ek Villain 2". advertising and auxiliary income from sources like
The actress, who was
looking forward
to. I am finally ticket booking portals. Nadiadwala, Viaco
seen in "Student Of The Year Although the closure of all activities related to their offices.
2" and "Marjaavaan", has been a getting an
entertainment have been put on hold till March All corporate h
professional singer since she was opportunity to
31 as of now, there is no certainty that work may declared a closure
seven, and has sung in operas and do so, and I am resume after that. According to B
musical competitions. excited" The way things stand, there are possibilities of cinema chain hold
Ek Villain 2" stars John further extension of the shutdown. cinemas he contro
Abraham, Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani along with As a follow-up, all production offices as well doing so gradually
Tara. She is has paired opposite "Malang" star Aditya as studios have closed down. Major production Also, how long ca
Roy Kapur in the film and reportedly plays a singer in houses like Yash Raj Films , Dharma Productions, feature week after
the film, which is scheduled to go on floors in mid 2020.
"Ek Villain 2" is slated to hit the theatres next year
Big B feels COVID-19 has su
C
on January 8. Could the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
jeopardise the film's shoot? OVID 19 has done what philosophers, successfully creatin
"I am very new to the industry so I don't know about optimists, musicians and geniuses could not purists, optimists, m
the effects per say so, I wouldn't want to talk about it. do, Bollywood veteran musicians, educator
Having said that, I think our industry is a very strong Amitabh Bachchan
"Philosophers, eOne World' in mul
and tough industry. declares.
purists, optimists, years .. failed they
"We will come through, no matter what the situation meditative geniuses, The global
p andemic bring them together
is and I feel we are going to come back with a bang," creators, musicians, educator
declared Tara. of life lessons.. all spoke of eOne has brought wrote Big B in his b
The actress also has Milan Lutharia's "Tadap" World' in multiple discourses over e v e r y o n e Big B also shared
coming up. Thrme film is a remake of the Telugu multiple years .. failed they did.. it on one against the rapidly
hit "RX 100" and it marks the Bollywood debut took 19, CoVid 19, to bring them also advised his staff
together on one platform" p l a t f o r m,
of Suniel Shetty's son Ahan Shetty. "Soap washed the

MANUSHI: Want to
contribute to portrayal
Shefali Shah: Shedding the Abhimanyu Singh: It's big d
'elderly roles' tag was a struggle
A
ctor Abhimanyu Singh says villain in Bhaukaal is as important and
of strong Indian women

S
playing the antagonist is a big as powerful as the hero. The dialogues
hefali Shah is
deal. are hard.
one of the most
Abhimanyu is playing a menacing His one-liners are the soul of the web
versatile actresses
villain called Shaukeen in a web- series.
in the industry, and her
series called "Bhaukaal" and principal The vindictiveness of my character
latest major role, in the
antagonist in filmmaker Rohit Shetty's is certainly scaring the audience,"
web series "Delhi Crime"
upcoming film "Sooryavanshi" starring Abhimanyu said.
proves the fact. In her
Akshay Kumar. "Looks like people are loving the
career of over 25 years,
"My character is brutal. Calling him dialogues, they are all over social media.
however, she has often
a villain will be an understatement. The I am happy that people are Shaukeen's
been typecast into roles
that are double her age. In
Waqt: The Race Against Vicky Kaushal: Struggled to build my confidence
An
M A
iss World 2017 Manushi Time, for instance, Shefali ctor Vicky Kaushal initially
Chillar, who will be played Akshay Kumars felt that "a lanky guy" like
seen opposite superstar mother, despite being a him would never be able to
Akshay Kumar in the historic drama make it big in Bollywood, adding
good five years younger
"Prithviraj", will like to contribute that he struggled hard to build his
than the actor!
her bit towards the portrayal of strong confidence.
"It's been a rocky
So "Life has been wonderful, I have
Indian women in cinema. journey. It was not like
that's how learned so much over the period
"It is a huge honour for me and I'm a smooth shell.
people labelled me of time. My parents always made
giving my everything and working "Earlier, the star and put me under that sure I am grounded and it's their
really hard to try and get a lot of love system played a 'elderly roles' category. upbringing which has helped me
and appreciation from audiences big role in our reach here. While we were growing
Coming out of that
when my film releases. I'd want industry. Also, up, our parents were very clear channelled my thoughts and interest
label was a big
to contribute towards portrayal of I played elderly roles at a very young age. between necessity and luxury. only to realise performing is what I
struggle
Indian woman in cinema who are When I was 20, I played roles of a 35-40 year Luxury was something which love the most."
forward-thinking, beautiful, strong, old female. So that's how people labelled me and put me under Sunny (Kaushal) and I had to earn "My father was quite astonished
vocal, independent and upright that 'elderly roles' category. Coming out of that label was a big struggle," ourselves," Vicky said, adding: "I when I broke out the news of
human beings," Manushi said. struggled to build my confidence at pursuing acting as a career. He was
recalled Shefali.
In the film, Akshay is essaying first because choosing acting as a always of the opinion that one of
However, she added that things have changed now. Projects like 'Juice,
the title role of the king Prithviraj career, appearances needs to be on the family members would have a
Once Again and Delhi Crime put me in a new light. Such projects showed me
Chauhan, while Manushi will feature point. Always thought a lanky guy sedentary life with a desk job paying
in the roles of my age group, wherein I played central characters. People now
as Sanyogita, the love of his life. will never have a chance, but here fixed income on monthly basis and
believe I have capabilties of carrying an entire film or show on my shoulders," we are." vacationing in Diwali with all the
"Sanyogita is a dream role for me
Shefali said. Talking about pursuing his family members," added the son of
and I'm doing my best to do justice
Last year, Shefali impressed the audience with her stellar performance in passion for acting, Vicky said: Sham Kaushal.
to the responsibility that has been
the Netflix show "Delhi Crime", based on the Nirbhaya gangrape that shook "During my engineering tenure, Vicky opened up about his life in
entrusted on me," she added.
the nation in 2012. She is now preparing for the second season of the show. I never thought of being an actor. an episode of "Starry Nights Gen
"Prithviraj" is being made by Yash
Speaking more about the project, Shefali said: " 'Delhi Crime 2' is currently Visiting an industrial place gave Y", which airs on Zee Cafe. On film
Raj Films. It will release on Diwali
2020. in pipeline. It will explore a different case of crime. I feel blessed to be part of me clear goals and made me realise front, the actor will soon be seen in
such crucial projects, which help in creating awareness among people." what I didn't want to do in life. I "Udham Singh" and "Takht".
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s film industry ANUSHKA SHETTY


on relationship
with Prabhas and
wedding rumours
O
ne of South Indian cinema's most-loved on-screen couple is Anushka
Shetty and Prabhas. Ever since they played the king and queen in the
''Baahubali'' franchise, their fan following has only increased. Very
often fans have also expressed the wish that the two were in a relationship.
In a recent interview to Deccan Chronicle, Anushka has put an end to all
rumours. "I have known Prabhas for over 15 years now and he is one of my 3
a.m friends. We are usually linked up because both of us are not married and
make an amazing on screen pair. Had there been anything between both of
us, it would have been out by this time.
om and others have also closed the offing?
Both of us are the same kind of people who don't hide any emotions if
At this stage, it is not possible to put a finger on
houses in film business have the losses the industry will incur. we are involved," said Anushka.
of all their offices all over. As for the revenue loss at the box office, Atul Apart from "Baahubali", Prabhas and Anushka have co-starred
Brijesh Tandon, a prominent Mohan, editor of the trade magazine, Complete in "Billa" (2009) and "Mirchi" (2013). In 2019, Mumbai Mirror
der from Delhi, while not all Cinema, estimates it to be over Rs 100-125 crore published an article claiming Prabhas and Anushka were indeed
ols have closed down, they are per week. seeing each other and were looking to buy a house in Los
y, because footfalls are limited. It is rather ironical that the working class has Angeles. On Karan Johar's chat show "Koffee With Karan",
an they keep screening the same all the time in the world with nothing to do and Prabhas denied his link-up with Anushka, saying they were
r week, as no new films are in nowhere to go! just good friends.

uccessfully created 'one world'


Recently, Anushka Shetty, who has completed 15 years in
the film industry, was also been in the news for marriage
ng 'one world'. "Philosophers, swiped the keys clean.. advised the staff repeatedly rumours. The news suggest that she would be marrying
meditative geniuses, creators, to remain cleansed.. stopped the Western hand "Size Zero" director Prakash Kovelamudi, who
shake greeting.. kept a slight distance with all.. is known to Bollywood fans as the maker of
r of life lessons.. all spoke of
mobile included.. turn every page every platform the Kangana Ranaut-starrer "Judgementall
ltiple discourses over multiple
and hear just one word.. CoroNa 19," he wrote. Hai Kya".
did.. it took 19, CoVid 19, to Anushka, however, slammed the
Meanwhile, Bollywood box office has been
on one platform .. BRAVO !" badly affected in the current scenario. rumours. "None of that news is true.
blog. While upcoming releases have been indefinitely I don't get affected by such rumours.
d how he is taking prevention postponed with most cinema halls being closed due Don't know why my wedding is such
spreading pandemic and has to the coronavirus pandemic, the business of Tiger a big deal for anyone.
f to remain cleansed. Shroff's "Baaghi 3" and Irrfan's "Angrezi Medium" Nobody can hide a relationship.
e hands.. soap washed the face.. is facing a tough challenge. How can I hide my wedding? It is
a very sensitive matter and people

deal to play the antagonist should deal it with some sensitivity,"


she said.
Shaukeen," he added. Harman Baweja and Vicky Baweja Meanwhile, the actress is currently
In the 10 episodes web series, of Baweja Movies and Applause awaiting the release of her film
Abhimanyu Singh makes a lasting Entertainment "Nisabdham".
impact as the menacing villain and adds Ever since the launch of the trailer, Directed by Hemant Madhurkar, the film also
venom to his cruel character. Abhimanyu's character has made a features Madhavan, Anjali, "Kill Bill" antagonist
His role as a villain looks barbaric mark and built curiosity among his fans. Michael Madsen and Shalini Pandey.
and spiteful as the insensitive killer. He talks about how his character is As for Prabhas, he is shooting for his 20th film. Despite the
"Bhaukaal" is a crime drama inspired not a typical baddie in the film despite World Health Organisation (WHO) having declared the Corona
by the true-life events of an IPS officer. being part of a larger-than-life Shetty's virus as a pandemic and the Indian government imposing travel
Directed by Jatin Wagle, this web cop universe: "It is a big deal to play the restrictions, the shoot of Radha Krishna Kumar's film, starring
series on MX Player is produced by antagonist." Prabhas and Pooja Hedge, is on in Georgia.

nushka: Always backed disruptive content in my career


I
n over a decade-long journey in Bollywood, Anushka Sharma has didn't know what I was getting into; but my brother Karnesh and I
worked in myriad genres of films and also donned the producer's knew that we had to do it because we wanted to give audiences cinema
hat at the age of 25. She says as an artiste, she has always backed that Bollywood was not making.
"disruptive content" throughout her career. "I tried to make the stereotyped non-mainstream cinema,
Anushka's maiden production "NH10" has completed 5 years mainstream cinema; and when I see the content that is being produced
of its release and the actress has talked about her journey as a in India today, I feel validated about my decision," she said.
producer and what it took to be the first A-list actress of her She said that she was advised to give up on her dream of producing
time to take the plunge. films by many in the industry.
"The decision to produce 'NH10' was very instinctive "I was told by practically everyone that I shouldn't be getting into
for me. It appealed to my core of doing something production and that an actress should focus on cementing her place in
different and entertaining audiences. I wanted to the big league than have distractions like this.
give them something that they had not seen "I had always been a secure actor and these comments didn't
before and I was sure we could push "I bother me. In fact, these comments only made my resolve
the entertainment envelope with this was told by stronger that I had to take down many ceilings; and that
cinema," Anushka said. practically everyone we owe it to audiences to give them creative choices to
She said that as a producer her that I shouldn't be getting choose from," she said.
aim is to give the country brilliant into production and that Now, the "PK" actress says she is "thrilled" to see
content and that she is always on an actress should focus on the content that the women of the industry have been
the lookout for the best scripts. cementing her place in the developing.
"As an artiste, I have always big league than have "I'm proud of what Clean Slate Films has achieved so
backed disruptive content throughout distractions like far. I'm proud of the kind of content Karnesh and I have
my career and when a film like 'NH10' this." produced and we have an exciting line up that we can't wait
came to me, I knew it was my calling to to share to the world!
disrupt content for audiences as a producer." "Today, I'm thrilled to see the content that is being produced by
Anushka says she tried to make the stereotyped non- many actresses. I think we all collectively need to creatively contribute
mainstream cinema, mainstream cinema. and collaborate to change the landscape of cinema in India. We are
"I was 25; I had no knowledge of producing films and I definitely on the right path," She said.
Spirit of Cricket 2019-20 declares
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top two teams as joint champions


RIZWAN MOHAMMAD has 34 points on the table standing at
number four, but after losing in the

F
or the first time ever in 22 eliminator round, they fell short to be
years, Migrant Community a part of the top three teams.
Cricket Club’s Spirit of Hemadri Chakraborthy from
Cricket Tournament 2019-20 Probasee Bengalee was awarded as
declared the top two teams to be the Best Batsman of the tournament
competing in the finals as joint with 315 runs to his name, Sukeerth
champions. Madaka from TANZ City Boys
TANZ City Boys and AIS United with 26 wickets was awarded as
with 44 and 42 who won nine Best Bowler, Avishek Chanda from
and eight matches of the total ten Probasee Bengalee as Best Fielder
matches each in the playoffs were with 19 total catches (10 field, 7
awarded as shared champions after wicket catches, 1 stumping and 1
the semi-finals, and final "This indirect out). Individual prize owners
was cancelled due to decision will receive $50 and an individual
Covid-19 scare. follows our most achievement trophy each.
Teams Mighty recent medical advice Best Batsman Hemadri was also
Blues and NZ Telugu and recognises our awarded as Player of the Tournament
Tigers were awarded obligations towards the
New Zealand Cricket with a total of 1652 points, (972
the 3rd place which Zealand Cricket situation of Covid-19 widespread batting, 480 bowling, 50 fielding and
family and the wider
lay on the table with 39 public interest" family and the wider in New Zealand and the danger of 150 for Man of the Match).
and 27 points. public interest,” Prashant hosting mass events and under the The last six spots on the table were
Organisers of the Belwalkar, the organiser from directions of NZC and associated taken by Tamil Thunders at number
tournament MCCC under the MCCC posted on Facebook. Major and District Associations, the 11 with 4 points, Black Hawks at 10
guidance and direction of New Speaking to The Indian Weekender, executive committee on Wednesday, with 5 points, Tuf XI at 9 with 15
Zealand Cricket called off the Mr Belwalkar said as per the rules set March 18, decided to abandon points, Deccan Rising Stars at 8 with
tournament’s finals. by MCCC for the tournament, when any further matches and declare 17 points, Royal Knights at 7 with 20
“New Zealand Cricket, in the finals are washed out the top two the winners as per the rules,” Mr points, and Deccan Acers at 6 with
conjunction with its Major and teams are declared shared winners. Belwalkar added. 25 points.
District Associations, has agreed to Since there is no second place, and In the elimination round last Winners of the tournament TANZ
cancel community cricket, including winner losers of semi-finals compete Sunday, NZ Telugu Tigers defeated In another eliminator match, team City Boys and AIS United will get
clubs, schools, programmes and for the 3rd place, we had two teams Probasee Bengalee as the chasing Mighty Blues defeated Deccan Acers $500 each team, and the trophy will
training, for the rest of the season. to share the 3rd place spot as well. team failed to score the target of 81 who failed to reach the target of 99 be rotated, holding it for six months
“This decision follows our most “Initially we planned to conduct runs in 20 overs. runs. Deccan Acers were all out for each, the same will apply to third
recent medical advice and recognises the semi-finals and final match on Probasee scored 69 runs off 19.1 38 runs in 15.4 overs. place winners Mighty Blues and NZ
our obligations towards the New Sunday, March 22, but given the overs losing all ten wickets. Even though Probasee Bengalee Telugu Tigers with $250 each team.

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ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) LEO (JUL21-AUG 20) SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21)
You will need to be considerate of someone There is a lot that can be done about something, but You may get what you seek by hook or crook! There
reposing full faith on you for a personal favour. you may not have time for it. Prospects of buying a is a fair chance of some property getting allotted to
Some of you can make a plan with your near and piece of property are likely to get a boost as a loan you. A solution to a professional problem is likely
dear ones to visit someone close. Say goodbye to gets sanctioned. Your consistent performance will to be worked out by you and is bound to impress
depressing thoughts as positivity is set to enter your help in enhancing your promotional prospects. A higher ups. You will get the courage to make a
life. You will be irrepressible at work as your logic change of job is likely to give you better salary and commitment you are scared of making on the social
and persuasive powers conquer all opposition. Financial condition that perks. Those undergoing training can expect the front. Those feeling listless for the past time can expect improvement in
was down in the dumps sometime back, improves substantially. Lucky results to be encouraging. Young entrepreneurs will start earning good their condition. Lucky No.:1 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue
No.: 3 / Lucky Colour: Orange profits soon. Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky Colour: Brown CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 21)
Support from an unexpected source will be most
TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 20) VIRGO (AUG 23-SEP 23) heartening. Your forethought and a touch of
You may need the right kind of backing to pull This is a good time to make plans for a vacation, creativity will help make the home environment
something off. Splurging on friends and even as you are likely to enjoy it thoroughly. Your good
tranquil. Friends and relations will be thoroughly
strangers can leave you in the red on the financial performance at work may speak for itself and bring
impressed by your eye for detail. You may find
front. Incomplete work left on your table before you into the notice of higher ups. Good financial
much improvement in the conditions at workplace.
New Year may come back to haunt you on the management will keep you on a safe wicket.
Week seems profitable as some of you are likely to
professional front. Health remains satisfactory. Success is foretold for those preparing for an exam
make a killing at the stock market. The one you like may approach you
or a competition. Travelling will be fun. There
Your romantic ideas are likely to please the lover. soon. You may neglect health due to your busy schedule. Lucky No.: 4
seems to be an outside chance of love at first sight happening for some!
Lucky No.: 7 / Lucky Colour: Purple / Lucky Colour: Yellow
Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky Colour: Red
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21) AQUARIUS (JAN 22-FEB 19)
LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23)
Too much burden on your shoulders may prove This is not the right time to add something more
You may have to try a different idea, if you want to
bothersome, but you will manage somehow. Your to your list of duties. You may need to hit the
succeed in your current venture. Some of you will
work on the professional front will be exceptional pause button to bring your fast moving social life
be able to pay whatever is asked for in order to stay
and get you instant recognition. You will be able to a temporary halt. On the romantic front, those
in a decent locality. A missed deadline can have
to handle frayed tempers on the family front looking for love may be compelled to chart out a
you in all sorts of trouble. Your networking abilities
diplomatically and avert an ugly situation. A fresh course of action. Hurdles will be overcome
will be to no avail in getting a better job. You will
family member will be adamant to do things his by those trying to recover outstanding payments. Newlyweds can
be able to successfully surmount the temptation
own way that may not be to your liking. Good budgeting will keep your undergo the process of understanding each other. Those ailing may
to splurge and achieve a healthy bank balance. Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky
coffers brimming on the financial front. Lucky No.: 6 / Lucky Colour: recover soon. Lucky No.: 5 / Lucky Colour: Fuchsia
Colour: Navy Blue
Olive Green
Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22)
CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 20) Your performance will be put to test by a senior, but
You may have to visit someone on a personal level.
You may need to be in close touch with someone, you come out with flying colours on the professional
Trip to the countryside is on the anvil for some and
who has settled in a new location. A professional front. A business trip will prove immensely successful
will prove most lucrative. A handsome commission
victory is yours, but you will have to play and bring new opportunities in its wake. Speculation
in a deal is likely to make your bank balance healthy.
your cards well. Doctors, lawyers and other and stocks are likely to give good returns. You are
Creative people may be able to profit as their work
professionals will be able to add to their reputation. likely to be richly rewarded for going out of the
sells like hot cakes. Good preparation by students will restore their
Salaried persons may not get too thrilled with the way for someone close. An old ailment may get healed through home
confidence. Spouse is likely to throw a pleasant surprise by preparing
arrears they receive. Organising a function at home will prove hectic, remedy. A change will be most refreshing, so go for it.
your favourite dish. Lucky No.:5 / Lucky Colour: Pink
but enjoyable. Lucky No.:8 / Lucky Colour: Fuchsia Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Teal
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CROSSWORD NO: 51 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO: 51

HITORI NO: 51 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: 51 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
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COVID 19: Call for all New Auckland Transport increases


hygiene measures on public
Zealanders to return home
RNZ
transport network
IWK BUREAU sanitiser stands to install at key

T A
he Ministry of Foreign s COVID-19 continues to locations across our transport
Affairs and Trade is urging network.* All toilets across our
spread around the world,
New Zealanders travelling transport network are also being
we understand this can be a
overseas to consider returning home fitted with hand sanitiser dispensers
confusing time for Aucklanders and
as soon as possible as the coronavirus · Making sure information and
pandemic continues to spread. misinformation can quickly spread.
At this stage, no confirmed or advice from the Ministry of Health
The ministry (MFAT) said the
suspected cases of COVID-19 have on preventive measures are being
options for getting home are reducing
dramatically as commercial airlines been linked to the use of public supplied to our staff, operators and
continue to slash routes. transport and the Ministry of Health contractors. The frequency of these
Its Safe Travel notice warned has made it clear that there are no updates has increased since the first
travellers that the drop in passenger issues with people using buses, trains confirmed COVID-19 case in New
numbers caused by Covid-19 was and ferries. Zealand was reported
putting airlines› future flights in Auckland Transport has been · Displaying Ministry of Health
doubt. taking proactive steps to ensure they posters regarding COVID-19, as
“Countries around the world are are ready for a possible escalation of well as hand hygiene, in our offices,
imposing strict travel restrictions,” busses, trains, ferries and other
more complex and unpredictable, it people to avoid non-essential travel COVID-19 in Auckland. Some of
it said. facilities
said. overseas. these steps include:
This is leading to a reduction in
“A number of countries and Meanwhile, in Australia, Prime · Asking Aucklanders to follow the While many Aucklanders are
passenger numbers and many air
territories are currently experiencing Minister Scott Morrison has Ministry of Health’s guidelines on working from home during this time
routes will not remain commercially
an active outbreak of Covid-19 announced a level 4 travel ban for self-isolation. of uncertainty, those continuing to
viable for long. The options for New
(coronavirus). There have been the first time in that country’s history. · Giving personal hand sanitisers use public transport should use good
Zealanders to get home are reducing
significant travel disruptions He says no Australians should to our frontline staff and reminding hygiene practices. If you feel sick,
dramatically. We are therefore urging
globally. travel abroad and he has banned non- them that washing and drying hands stay at home and avoid travelling.
New Zealanders travelling overseas
“A number of countries and essential gatherings of more than 100 · Always plan your journey
to consider returning home as soon is still the most effective means of
territories have announced they are people.
as possible. practising good hygiene before you travel. Use our Journey
closing their borders to or introducing Morrison says all schools there
“Travelling New Zealanders · Cleaning AT buses, trains and Planner or visit our Service
movement restrictions on foreign will remain open.
should work with their travel agents ferries on a regular basis and stepping Announcements page for the latest
nationals, including Australia, and Australia’s Department of
and airlines to discuss options for up the cleaning of surfaces like changes
these are changing very quickly. Foreign Affairs is also requesting its
returning home.” handrails. We have also identified · Call Healthline on 0800 358
“Border restrictions may apply residents return home from overseas
If you have symptoms of the
to New Zealanders, including those immediately. plans to carry out even more extensive 5453 if you have any symptoms
coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19
seeking to transit through these In addition, Australia’s DFAT is cleaning of our busses, trains, ferries and have been to any countries or
Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9
countries or territories to New reminding people they may not have and facilities, if recommended by the territories of concern or have been
358 5453 for international SIMs)
Zealand.” access to healthcare or support if Ministry of Health in close contact with someone
All overseas travel had become
MFAT continued to advise they do get sick overseas. · Building 14 new public hand confirmed with COVID-19

Do not travel overseas, COVID 19: Conditions for seeking


government urges emergency visa to travel to India explained
SANDEEP SINGH

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RADIO NEW ZEALAND midst the current temporary suspension
of travel to India for all foreign passport

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n urgent Cabinet committee meeting holders, the office of the Indian High
is taking place at 4pm where deputy Commission in Wellington, has released a
Prime Minister Winston Peters says a travel advisory instructing on who can still
full lockdown of the country and the closure of avail emergency visas to facilitate travel under
its borders will be discussed. compelling conditions.
We’ve got to look at all the possibilities,’’ A press release issued by the Indian High
he said. Commission today further clarifies upon the
“The consideration of all these issues is initial directive issued by the government of
imminent.’’ India on March 12 that put a blanket ban on
“Every day we consider the latest details all types of inward foreign travel to India from
March 13 to April 15, 2020 to control the spread
and facts and today we have eight more cases
of the global coronavirus pandemic.
all to do with travel, so this afternoon full
“Visa can be issued in compelling situations,
consideration with new information will take
which may include family emergencies, death
place,’’ he said. of a family member, unavoidable business
Earlier today the government raised its meetings, marriage in India (only bride/
to India
travel advice to the highest level, telling bridegroom and immediate blood related family
Those who do not fall into above category
New Zealanders not to travel overseas due to members), major sporting event, minor foreign
can write directly to visa.wellington@mea.
Covid-19. passport holder of Indian nationals etc,” the
gov.in explaining their compelling reasons for
It’s the first time the government has advised new travel advisory stated.
travel to India and the office of the Indian High
New Zealanders against travelling anywhere Notably, ever since the government of India
Commission will decide on a case by case basis.
overseas. to. You should therefore organise to come home issued its first directive of barring any incoming
Applicants are encouraged to provide all
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said now. foreign national’s visits and the temporary
supporting documents to assist in an expedite
this reflected the seriousness of the situation. “If you choose to remain overseas despite suspension of the OCI card holders’ visa-free
and informed decision making.
our advice, the ability of the New Zealand travel to India, there has been a lot of confusion
“New Zealanders who travel overseas risk Visa fee may not be charged in following
around, pressing many desperate phone
contracting Covid-19. At the same time, health government to provide consular assistance may conditions a). Holders of existing regular visa/
calls and visits to the offices of Indian High
care systems in many countries are under be limited due to internal travel restrictions and e-visa who are just being issued a fresh visa in
Commission in Wellington and the Consulate
strain and do not have the capacity to support the suspension of services”, he said. compelling situations
in Auckland.
foreigners,” he said. Peters said New Zealanders who are long- OCI card holders who are being issued visas
The Indian nationals (holder of the Indian
term residents overseas need to decide what is for compelling reasons to facilitate their travel
Peters also urged all New Zealanders passport) can still travel to India unrestricted,
during the period when there is a temporary
currently travelling overseas to consider best for their personal circumstances. however they may, or may not, be subjected
suspension on their cards due to Covid 19.
returning home immediately. He said those to decide to remain overseas quarantine upon their arrival to India based
OCI card holders, however, are required to
“Borders are closing. You may not be able to need to ensure they are well prepared and follow on the decision of health officials and other
write at visa.wellington@mea.gov.in explaining
return to New Zealand when you had planned advice from the World Health Organisation and authorities discretion.
their compelling reasons to travel urgently.
local health authorities. Here are important points of travel advisory
Inviting nominations for
The guidelines, which need to be adhered to, for
nominations, are as follows:

The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2020


1. The nominee needs to have an undisputable

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

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

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


settled here in New Zealand. To be of Indian origin,
at least one of the parents of the nominee have to
be Indian, by blood, thereby making the nominee
of Indian lineage.
6. The nominee must have either a Permanent
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be eligible for consideration.
glory for themselves and left a path for the coming generations to tread on; who
7. The nominee should have no prior convictions.
have touched the lives of thousands and enriched the society with their being; 8. For minors, under the age of 18, parental consent
who have brought fame and respect to New Zealand and the Kiwi-Indian community. will be required.
The Indian Weekender invites nominations for such personalities from the 9. The successful candidate will be required to attend
community for getting inducted into the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2020. the ceremony in person. In case a person is not able
to attend, due to any unforeseen circumstances, the
We also invite nominations for Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the Year jury will use its discretion.
and Kiwi Indian Community Service Exellence Award 2020. 10.
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Honours 2020.
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