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19 JANUARY2018 | Vol 9 Issue 42

Nannette Nathoo Aruna Bhoompelly Sidhartha


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Nanette Nathoo: The community safety crusader


¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH In this endeavour, Mrs Nathoo had of dollars by callers posing as immigration

N
anette Nathoo is a fourth worked closely with Jessica Phuang officials.
generation Kiwi-Indian of Auckland Central Police, especially “Telling families in advance that the
mum, grand-mum, business targeting the elders in the migrant government agencies will not ask for money
owner, enthusiastic community communities, who still rely on desktop or their account pin number could be very
volunteer, and above all a community calendars and less on digital tools. helpful,” Mrs Nathoo argues.
safety crusader. “The idea behind this initiative is Mrs Nathoo has also been actively involved
She is Law and Order Chair of to serve as much information to the in the Crime Prevention Group and was the
the New Zealand Indian Central people about what they should be doing part of 15-member delegation that met with a
Association – the oldest and the largest to prevent crime,” Mrs Nathoo said. group of ministers in the new government last
community association of Indian-New “Sometimes people refrain from December requesting tougher laws and more
Zealanders. simple things like calling to police in effective policing on the streets.
She is a familiar and probably one the event of any crisis.
“This could be for many reasons
Creating awareness through
of the most smiling faces present in social media videos
including previous socio-cultural

M
almost every important community
experiences from their respective rs Nathoo is also known for her
gathering on safety and law and order
countries of origin,” Mrs Nathoo ingenuity in creating crime prevention
issues.
further adds. videos of her own, with the prized help of many
Safety and security of the fellow
“This has to change, and the best other equally passionate community-members
community members are one of
way of bringing such a change is by and NZ police.
the issues that Ms Nathoo is deeply
sharing information. The videos were able to create compelling
passionate about.
“I believe that knowledge is power, visual imagery of how petty crimes like
“I am a firm believer of the fact that
and more information we share with mugging, mobile snatching, bag snatching,
crime prevention starts with us,” Mrs
those people more we are empowering besides others, unfolds in real life circumstances.
Nathoo told The Indian Weekender.
them,” Mrs Nathoo asserts. “The idea was to create visual images of
“I am committed to creating awareness Mrs Nathoo is also known The calendar has theme messages for every how our own inattentive behaviour in day-to-
among our fellow community members that we
for her ingenuity in month around issues such as road safety, day lives prompts opportunist criminals to take
need to take responsibility for our safety and
creating crime prevention reporting a crime, personal safety, property advantage,” Mrs Nathoo said explaining the
that of our loved ones around us,” Mrs Nathoo
crime, financial crime etc. and provides basic purpose of such videos.
said. videos of her own, with “Sometimes people can relate better with
It is in pursuit of this passion that Mrs Nathoo tips for everyone to follow.
the prized help of many “These issues are deceptively simple, the videos depicting known faces in real life
has been working in different guises, especially
other equally passionate however, potentially can make a huge situation and could realise the importance of
as the Law and Order Chair for NZICA, and
difference in keeping the community safe,” Mrs safety messages,” Mrs Nathoo said.
coordinating closely with the New Zealand community-members and The links of all of these videos are posted on
Police, in creating appropriate messaging for Nathoo said.
NZ police A themed message under the financial the website of NZICA for anyone to see and
creating awareness and remaining safe.
crime section advises people that government share around.
The latest in this endeavour is the NZICA
agencies will not call you directly demanding The Indian Weekender acknowledges
and NZ Police desktop calendar for 2018,
money. It is important to note that in recent Nanette Nathoo’s passion and commitment
with a special theme every month on
times there have been many instances where for an issue that is so important for the Kiwi-
crime prevention.
Indian families have been duped thousands Indian community.

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Auckland witnesses biggest


Kite Festival to date
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

V
Community enjoying at Kite Festival 2018
aishnav Parivar of New
Zealand has been a pioneer
in hosting one of the biggest
cultural festivals of the Indian
community in Auckland, the Kite
Festival. Celebrated on the occasion
of Makar Sankranti, this festival is
observed with immense excitement
within the community with cultural
events and flying kites.
Vaishnav Parivar successfully
hosted the twelfth year of the kite
festival at Eastdale Reserve in
Avondale on Sunday, January 14
with approximately 8,000 people
turning up for the event, the highest To complement a good family a kite together with their family Nethula and current opening batsman
foot falls to date. event were numerous food stalls To complement members and friends. of the Black Caps Jeet Raval also
serving different Indian delicacies. Another attraction at the event visited the event and engaged with
The Kite Festival indeed has seen
To engage children, there were
a good family in the entertainment section was a their fans.
growth every year with more food
stalls, play activities for children, various fun activities arranged such event were garba dance performed by the senior The organizers also hosted lucky
and not-to-miss entertainment by the as face painting, henna, children women. A few women rose from the draws giving out vouchers and cash
local talents of the community. bungees, play car rides, bouncy numerous food big tent and started dancing to the prizes to the winners and Aruna Tailor
The most significant factor for castles and suchlike.
One of the most beautiful scenes at
stalls serving garba music, and in a few minutes, won a four-day holiday package
the success of this festival was the other women joined them and made for two people to the Gold Coast,
commitment of the organisers to the event was not just the amazingly different Indian a circle of more than 50 women Australia, including accommodation.
give the community a hassle-free designed kites soaring high in the
dancing at a time. “Like every year, we received
opportunity to have a complete blue skies but also the elders who delicacies The organizers were overwhelmed very positive feedback from the
family day out. were teaching their children how to
with such a huge footfall as they sold visitors present the event. We look
The reserve is famous for its fly kites.
out every kite, thread and spool they forward to seeing better turnout for
enormous open space that gave the “I come to the Kite Festival every
year. Flying kites is one of the many had in their stall at the event and even next year’s Kite Festival,” Manhar
opportunity to the visitors to enjoy Children could be seen jumping the food counters went short of their Patel, President and coordinator for
the festivity by camping their tents, activities I do with my two children
every year, without fail,” a visitor at with their kites while the elders were stock toward the end of the event. Vaishnav Parivar of New Zealand
reserving their family spaces and
the event told The Indian Weekender. holding the kite spool and then flying Former Black Caps player Tarun told The Indian Weekender.
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RESCUE EFFORT OF LOCAL BEACHGOERS
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Surf Life Saving New Water safety measures:

A
n Indian man lost his life in an Zealand Hawke’s Bay ¡¡ Parents need to ensure they swim with their
unfortunate drowning incident in children and keep them within arm’s reach.
callout squad coordinator ¡¡ Before entering any waterway, people need
Hawke’s Bay, while his wife was
dramatically rescued by the locals at the beach.
Phil Harman said locals to ensure they were ready should disaster
The Napier couple got into trouble in the were the first to rush into strike.
waters of Waimarama Beach on Sunday, the water as soon as they ¡¡ Beachgoers should keep an eye on people in
January 14, prompting several brave local
beach goers to jump into the water trying to
saw the hand raised for the water and know how to react if someone
help from the sea. got in trouble.
save them.
The efforts of 16-year-old local Cameron ¡¡ If swimmers realised they were in trouble,
McCallum have been applauded for pulling experts believe that the most important thing
out the wife Tanvi Bhavsar safely to the shores lifeguards are patrolling the area for the next to do was resist the urge to swim against the
along with another companion who was in two days. flow of water as this saps energy.
trouble in the waters. The High Commission of India in New
¡¡ Instead, signal for help, and go with
However, their best collective rescue efforts Zealand is arranging for the repatriation of
the current.
could not save the life of the husband – an Mr Limbachiya’s body to his home town in
Baroda, India. ¡¡ When close to shore, try to swim parallel to
Indian National named Hemin Limbachiya.
the waves which would wash them onshore.
This was the second instance of loss of life Urgent water safety plea issued
by drowning in the Hawke’s Bay region in the ¡¡ Beachgoers also needed to be able to
in the Hawke’s Bay region
last week. recognise if someone was in distress because
Emergency services were called at around
7 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, on the beach
Hemin Limbachiya in a file photograph
with his wife Tanvi Bhavsar
T he wife of the ill-fated man who lost his life
battling the sea at Waimarama Beach was
reported to be in a stable condition at Hawke’s
they often could not call out.
¡¡ People in such situations would typically
following reports of three people being pulled face the shore and look distressed. If a
to the Hawke’s Bay hospital in a moderate-to- Bay hospital on Tuesday, January 16th.
out from the waters in distress.
serious condition. With two drowning in less than a week at beachgoer called out to see if they were okay,
The trio drifted 100m to 200m away from
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Hawke’s Bay the popular, unpatrolled spots in Hawke’s Bay, they would not be able to respond.
the patrol into the sea, which was at the time
callout squad coordinator Phil Harman said an urgent safety plea has been issued by water ¡¡ Rescuers should assess risks, and only enter
considered to be unsafe for swimmers.
locals were the first to rush into the water as safety organisations. the water if they had some form of floatation
Rescuers of Waimarama Surf Life Saving
soon as they saw the hand raised for help from It was reported by NZ Herald that in this
Club and a local rushed to save the swimmers in to ensure they too did not get into trouble.
the sea. instance as well the trio was in trouble after
distress and fished out two men and a woman. ¡¡ Providing something that could float
Although the weather at the beach was good getting caught in “flash rip” after patrols
One of the two men pulled out from water – “whether it’s a chilly bin or a boogie
and sea conditions normal, club members had ended.
was given CPR for more than 20 minutes by the
encouraged beachgoers not to swim in the north Water safety organisations are urging people board” - interrupted the drowning process
rescuer, but he did not respond.
part of the beach for the last three days. to be informed and mindful of water safety and gave rescuers time to plan and call
Mr Limbachiya’s’s wife Tanvi Bhavsar and
Local iwi placed a rahui at the beach to measures before entering beaches. emergency services.
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¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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true Punjabi culture and
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tradition, SattaVairowalia is back of New Zealand- The song is getting good reviews
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song 7 Jaaniya but now with full
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The audio song had been released been written Unlike the most contemporary
last year and several YouTubers had Punjabi songs, 7 Jaaniya is soft
attempted the cover of the song. But
and sung by
on the beat and longer in duration.
finally, the video made its way into SattaVairowalia But the way the directors Sandeep
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13, and it is an ode to the women in have compiled it into a story,
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Hundreds gather for Lohri


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at Bhartiya Mandir
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

B
hartiya Mandir in
Sandringham hosted its
Lohri celebrations for the
community on Saturday, January.
More than 500 people were present
at the event.
This is the third time that Bhartiya
Mandir has organized Lohri
celebrations for the community,
which has witnessed more crowd
attending the folk festival. Devotees
Balmoral Temple is the first temple celebrate Lohri in
built for the Hindu community in Bhartiya Mandir
New Zealand, and it is celebrating its
silver jubilee in June this year.
On the occasion of Lohri
celebrations this year, devotees and
volunteers decorated the temple
flowers, made rangolis and set up an
enormous Lohri Bonfire, an ancient
tradition of the festival.
The celebrations started at 7 p.m.
on Saturday when the two priests
commenced the special Lohri prayers
followed by cultural performance and “We had one of the best Lohri Those present were served langar
other activities around the bonfire. and Maha Prasad at the end of the Mandir so that we can work more
celebrations seen here, just like we “We would like to thank all the
Community members attending the event. The next big event at the devotees and volunteers who helped effectively and closely to bring all
celebrated in India. Most importantly
event witnessed an array of cultural temple is the celebration of Saraswati us in making the celebration a very our community members together to
children were so enthusiastic to
performances such as gidda and Puja on Monday, January 22, which grand success. We look forward to keep our culture alive,” an official of
perform ‘gidda’ and ‘garba’ and
garba dances, rangoli competition, also sees hundreds of students and getting the support of the extended
making rangolis on the ground,” an the temple said.
best-dressed competition besides parents perform the puja at the Indian community’s for Bhartiya
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Mayor urges community to home Nataraj School of


grow vegetables after visiting
Takanini Gurudwara gardens Dance to present dance
show on Lord Shiva
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH well as the daily rhythm of birth and death,

T
he Wellington-based Nataraj School of and when performed as a dance form creates
Dance will be presenting a new dance tremendous energy.
show on Lord Shiva next month at the This year, two professional dancers are also
Little Theatre, Laings Road, Lower Hutt. arriving from Australia and the United States to
The show will witness participation of perform at the show.
about 50 students from the school that are set The Nataraj School of Dance was established
to perform for at least couple of hours, as the almost 19 years ago by Prabha Ravi – a trained
show is poised to be uniquely presented twice classical dancer.
on the same day, Saturday, February 17, at 3.30 Since then Mrs Ravi has trained over five
p.m. and 7 p.m. hundred students and encouraged them to
The show titled Om Namah Shivaya will participate in local and national events. Mrs Ravi
showcase different forms of Tandavam – a was bestowed with Queen’s Services Medal in
vigorous dance form popularly associated with 2017 by the New Zealand government for her
Lord Shiva, allegorical of the five principle contribution to art and Ethnic communities.
manifestations of eternal energy, which is “Indian classical dance is not merely moving
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff with the souvenir and
believed to be the basis of all forms of life in your body to a rhythm. It is a discovery of your
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD ‘Ramala Sahib’ at the Takanini Gurudwara
the Hindu tradition. roots, philosophy, mythology, language, culture

A
Lord Shiva is the third member of the Hindu and many other facets of life,” Mrs Ravi said.
uckland Mayor Phil Goff on Thursday,
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In August 2017, the Takanini gurudwara

Bhartiya Samaj's
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started a community garden initiative in community members if they have a spare
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enable the growth of fresh vegetables and fruits Mr Goff then visited the library of the

workshops empower
by the community. gurudwara and was briefed on the upcoming
The then Prime Minister Bill English had projects of the temple.
visited the gurudwara on Friday, August 4, The Mayor was shown the Rumala Sahib –

young minds
2017, to commence plantations in the garden. the holy cloth that is offered to Guru Granth
This garden initiative has enabled the Sahib ji. The Rumala Sahib once offered to
gurudwara to engage the volunteers and the Guru Granth Sahib cannot be used in any other
local community in growing fresh garden fruits place and has to be disposed of appropriately, in
to be served at the gurudwara and given back to this case by burning.
the larger community. To put it to a better use, women from Cook
Mayor Phil Goff took a tour of the garden Island community had, a few months ago,
offered to use the Rumala Sahib at their Marae
and was briefed about the plantation process at
and up-cycle the holy cloth by redesigning them
the garden and how it has been helping the local
and putting them in the Marae as curtains etc.
community. 
A representative from the Cook Islands
The gurudwara gardens produce Italian
community showcased the Mayor how they
tomatoes, corn, chillies, sprouts, home-grown were up-cycling the Rumala Sahib presented to
tomatoes, spring onions and also has different them by the Supreme Sikh Society and offered
winter and summer plantations. him a souvenir of an up-cycled Rumala Sahib
The gurudwara has also been able to skillfully framed for the Marae.
reduce the waste produced in the gurudwara The Takanini Gurudwara is the biggest
kitchen and utilise the waste most efficiently. Sikh temple in New Zealand and is managed ¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Children at the Bhartiya Samaj Camp 2018

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The waste is put into a pit in the garden that by Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand. The
later gets converted into compost and can be hartiya Samaj Charitable Trust hosted
parent body has also started a youth wing in
used as a key ingredient in organic farming. its 16th Annual Children & Youth development, leadership, community
July 2017 to get the young Sikh-Kiwis get more
Mr Goff commended this community Summer Camp in the second week involvement and tolerance and understanding
involved with their religion and culture.
of January 2018. The five-day programme is of cultural diversity at an early age.
designed for the children aged between eight Children aged between six andnine are given
and 14 and has gained immense popularity recitation lessons from the specialised mentors

Are you looking to Buy amongst the children in the Indian community.
All the activities were conducted in Mt
from Auckland Library and are later supplied
with workbooks where they draw, colour, and
or Sell a Business? Roskill War Memorial Halls, their sports
grounds, and the adjacent Bhartiya Samaj hall.
write.
“The camp programme is a balance of
This year 110 students enrolled for the
academic enrichment in the morning and
Shaun Khanna has a business, sales and marketing experience of more than
program mentored by 25 volunteers and
25 years and is a specialist in selling businesses such as Service Stations, Lotto
sports in the afternoon by a professional sports
Stores, Dairies, Supermarkets and Liquor Stores. He also has vast exposure in teachers. This included a one-day outdoor
the hospitality sector. Shaun has sold many businesses and has helped hundreds club,” Jeet Suchdev, chairperson of Bhartiya
of buyers and sellers of petrol stations and convenience stores throughout New picnic for the children to Cornwall Park in
Zealand. Shaun understands both sides of the transaction from the perspective
Auckland. Samaj said.
The camp provides breakfast, lunch and
of both the buyer and the seller as he is a former successful business owner as
he had owned and successfully run a big BP Service Station & thoroughly The idea behind such camps is to make
understands how it works.
the most of the summer holidays, which may evening snacks for the children all through
Shaun offers the degree of professional service that effectively brings business otherwise be spent on unproductive activity the five days of the camp. The Summer camp
buyers and sellers together to experience successful and desirable outcomes.
Shaun has a nationwide network of contacts and a track record of success, likewatching TV or playing video games. Such initiative is also supported by Auckland
receiving many referrals from satisfied buyers and sellers.
workshops give children to try new activities Council, Auckland Library and NZ Police who
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Is NZ ready to debate over the need


for a second language in schools?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH
R ight now, despite our wishful thinking,

I
t seems as though New Zealand is not even Hindi – the fourth most widely spoken
language in New Zealand – does not find a
ready to debate, forget about the readiness
place even in the National Party’s proposed list
to act, on the need for learning a second
of 10 priority languages.
language in our schools.
In this regard, it is important to note that
This is bit disappointing, especially when a
while National’s proposition of the second
so-called progressive government is in place,
language may not be the perfect especially
which takes pride in preparing the New Zealand
regarding languages proposed yet, it offers an
of today for the challenges of tomorrow.
opportunity to discuss, debate and improvise it
This question had become obvious when
in a mutually acceptable manner.
National Party’s education spokesperson Nikki
The current government’s choice of rejecting
Kaye, pledged to release a draft bill earlier this
it as too aspirational is also not in sync with
week, seeking every primary and intermediate
the current realities, especially the changing
school to offer at least one second-language
demography of the New Zealand.
from a list of at least 10 “national priority
More often than not, the ethnic migrant
languages”.
communities are tempted to see this debate
However, when the majority of commentators Nikki Kaye, National Party's education spokesperson Chris Hipkins, Education minister
around the second language in schools not only
choose to offer a sugar-coated opinion that
The research shows Indeed, the question of introducing the in terms of gaining an employable skill for the
the proposition for second language learning
second language in schools is a difficult one, future but also as a question of preserving their
in schools “is admirable in principle, but the that ethnic migrant language, culture and identity.
practicalities are difficult,” then it means that as it would first come up with the budgetary
communities are better challenge of finding the money to deliver The research shows that ethnic migrant
we are not ready to bear the pain that often
able to contribute in the resources necessary for second language communities are better able to contribute in
comes along with deliberations on seemingly
teaching, and then secondly we would come public lives of the host nations where they have
difficult questions. public lives of the host
up the bigger question of selecting which greater assurance of preserving their language
The Education Minister Chris Hipkins, nations where they have languages to be taught. and traditions.
believes that this proposition is too aspirational
for their government as it is currently besieged
greater assurance of It is not clear though what is the more Anyway, the idea of a monolingual New
preserving their language compelling reason for dismissing the Zealand in the twenty-first century is in itself
in solving the problems in the education sector
proposition as impractical or out of touch – out of sync if not yet completely out of pace
left behind allegedly by the previous National and traditions. finding the money or agreeing on the selection with the fast-changing demographic profile of
government to entertain any suggestion of
one of our top priorities,” Mr Hipkins told the of the second language. the country.
introducing second language learning in
media earlier this week. At least a willingness to debate and discuss
our schools. The selection of languages is
Several teachers’ organisations have rejected would bring more good to New Zealand than a
“We’ve inherited critical and worsening contested
the proposition arguing that “it is completely mere assertion that second language education
teacher shortages across a range of subjects,
including languages and addressing that is out of touch.” is too aspirational as of now.

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Superrette owner stabbed in


front of daughter in Waikato Get ready for Vector Lights
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
on Auckland Harbour Bridge
T
wo men attacked a dairy store in Waikato, injuring the
store owner and ran away with cash and tobacco.
The incident took place on Thursday, January 18 Where will you be Lighting by
watching?
at about 11.30 a.m. when two men entered the Meremere
numbers
Little Shoal Bay, Northcote

Superette and Takeaways, carrying knives.


Mt Victoria, Devonport
Bayswater Marina

The offenders verbally threatened the victim and his #vectorlights


daughter and demanded money and cigarettes to be handed 90,000: The number of colour-
over.
Queens Parade, Devonport

changing LEDs on the bridge, as


A struggle between the victim and the offenders broke out well as 100 spotlights. NZTA will
causing the victim to suffer several lacerations after receiving Harbour View Beach Reserve, Te Atatū Peninsula
Auckland waterfront
also install additional LEDs to
blows to his forearms and head. Bastion Point replace their current street and
The offenders then ran from the store and got into an Sentinel Beach, Herne Bay
signage lighting.
electric-blue coloured Ford Falcon, with white stripes along
the side of the vehicle.  This vehicle also had a spoiler.They
then drove off from the scene at speed. BYO smart phone
600: The number of solar panels
providing energy for the bridge
Members of the public helped the victim and his daughter
Mt Eden or radio to hear
the audio
Watch - 248 panels will be installed by
outside the Superette, but police are appealing to anyone else livestream
the official launch, with more to
who may have seen this vehicle in the vicinity at the time or
See
vector.co.nz/lights follow.
was near the Superette when the robbery occurred. for more info

The victim is in a moderate to serious condition and was


been sent to Middlemore hospital to receive medical treatment. 
400: The battery storage for the
bridge - 475kWh at first, with more
The victim’s daughter was not hurt in the scuffle. ¡¡ IWK BUREAU Future competition will be on stage to
added later is enough to power

V
Police are currently investigating to get further information start the light show.
on offender descriptions, and a scene examination is underway. ector Lights on Saturday, January 400 average homes for an hour.
The Sydney-based lighting design
27 will launch a six-minute light
company Mandylights worked on
and sound display on Auckland
installing about 90,000 LED lights,
114: The solar panels at
Harbour Bridge from around 9 p.m. Wynyard Quarter will deliver
including a bold strip outlining the
The show will then repeat every half 114MWh of energy - enough to
motorway and bridge arch and lights
hour until midnight. power 11 homes for a year
that will reflect off the water from the
To capture footage this historic event
relatively low bridge, NZ Herald reported
there are some great public vantage points
last year.
27: By using solar and battery,
designated around the Waitematā Harbour. we’re avoiding a potential 27
The $10 million project is named Vector
An event will be hosted by key project tons of carbon going into the
Lights after a partnership between power
spokespeople and dignitaries at Little atmosphere. At launch, the carbon
company Vector and Auckland Council to
Shoal Bay Reserve in Northcote at around offset will be equivalent to 13.6
promote energy efficiency and new and tons, which will increase to an
7:30 p.m. followed by a countdown to the
emerging energy technology. Most of the expected 27 tons in 2018.
light and sound display.
costs are being met by Vector.
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Preparation and prevention is key, following a


number of rescues on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
¡¡ IWK BUREAU

I
n the last week Police and LandSAR in the
Central North Island rescued six people who
underestimated the challenges of walking in
an alpine environment.
The key message is plan your trip and be
prepared.
On the evening of Thursday 11th, a 43-year-
old woman and her 14-year-old daughter from
Wellington were reported overdue on the Alpine
Crossing. They started the hike at 10am but by
9.30pm had not arrived at the track end.
Police were alerted by worried parents and
friends calling for assistance. Fortunately a trio
of women on the track had come across the pair
and chaperoned them to the finish at 11.30pm.
On Sunday 14th, a 74-year-old Finnish
woman was hiking alone on the track and called
for help when she was so exhausted she could
not walk any further. Her shuttle bus driver &
walked up the track and found her 2.5 km from
the end. Police were notified and a four-person
LandSAR team from Turangi was deployed On Sunday 14th, a
with a stretcher. 74-year-old Finnish P R E S E N T

The team located the bus driver and the woman was hiking
woman.
alone on the track
She was carried out on a stretcher and met by
St John Paramedics.
The woman was checked over and able to
Guftagu with
and called for help
when she was so
leave with her husband needing no medical exhausted she could
treatment. Curated by:
not walk any further.
Yesterday evening, 17th January, two people
were rescued from the summit of Red Crater
which is the mid-point on the Alpine Crossing.
Two 18-year-old men, one from Auckland
and the other from South Africa were in a group
of four doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit
when they were overcome by exhaustion and
cold. Thick low cloud meant the Greenlea
Rescue Helicopter from Taupo was unable to fly
to the men, and a four-person LandSAR team
from Turangi was mobilised. The team was
flown in as far as possible up the Oturere Valley
and continued on foot to find the men huddled
in cloud at 1868m above sea level at the summit.
They received first aid and were assisted down
to the Oturere Valley.
The cloud prevented any helicopter
evacuation, so the rescuers walked out to
the Desert Road then drove home, while the
trampers spent the night at Oturere Hut.
Tongariro is an alpine environment, so it is
suggested people have a good level of physical
fitness and endurance if they are planning on
hiking the Crossing. It can take at least eight
hours, has steep climbs and frequently changing
weather conditions.
Wear hiking boots, take plenty of food and
clothing, bring a hat for hot and cold weather and
a torch is essential. Make sure you are finished
before sunset as it’s not fun hiking a mountain in
the dark if you’ve not planned for it.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing attracts people
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Telugu Association celebrates Community groups unite to celebrate


Sankranti Sanbaralu in Christchruch Christchurch’s biggest-ever Lohri
¡¡ GAURAV
SHARMA
A good thing is happening in Christchurch.

T
Lohri celebrations in Christchurch
asiNZ or
the Telugu
Association
of South Island New
Zealand, a group in
existence since 2006,
celebrated the festival
of Sankranti Sanbaralu
in Christchurch on
January 14.
Sharing details
of the celebrations
Lavanya Kasibhatla,
a member of TasiNZ said, “We made the Children decorating the traditional gobbillu (cow
dung balls) with flowers and turmeric at the
traditional gobbillu (cow dung balls) and Sankranti Sanbaralu celebrations organised by
decorated those with flowers and turmeric. TasiNZ on January 14 in Christchurch(picture
Then as per the custom in Andhra Pradesh back courtesy Mr Sridhar Kasibhatla)
home, the ladies danced around the gobbillu.
Later a kid, Shiva, dressed as Haridasu – who Arya Samaj Christchurch
visits every house during pongal in Andhra – organises the Gayatri Yaj
went around. Women offered rice to him and in

A
¡¡ GAURAV SHARMA
ffiliated to the Arya Samaj Pratinidhi

C
return, he blessed them. Shiva, then, along with
Sabha New Zealand Incorporated, Arya ommunity groups – which have
Sneha, performed a tiger dance – called Puli
Samaj Christchurch (ASC) organised a Gayatri long been criticised for going their
Vesham – traditionally done in villages during
Yaj on January 6, in Christchurch. Formed in separate ways – are recognising
festive occasions.” 2006 and having a membership of around 65, the importance of coming together and
The evening ended with Janaki Garu of Arya the organisation is known in the city for its celebrating Indian festivals under one
Samaj Christchurch sharing some words of monthly satsangs. During the Yajs though, a roof. As a result, we have better crowds,
wisdom regarding the Sankranti celebrations havan is performed accompanied by the chants better organisation and a better experience
and Dr Krishna Badami conducting an of the gayatri mantra, which is followed by a for everyone, overall.
informative quiz about matters relating to India. light meal for all devotees. A good example was when last year,
IndianNZ Association of Christchurch

Kite flyers battle it out and Canterbury Indian Women Group co-
organised Karva Chauth.
Now, on January 13, city-based social
Occasion was the Garden City’s fifth organisation Indian Cultural Group (ICG)
and the newly-launched Christchurch
uttarayan makar-sankranti kite-festival
Lohri celebrations in Christchurch
Punjabi Social and Cultural Group
(CPSCG), got together to celebrate the Garden
¡¡ GAURAV SHARMA City’s biggest-ever Lohri. Meanwhile, in a bid to give some

M
With over 600 people attending, the event encouragement to local talent, the event also
arking the day in the Hindu calendar
saw traditional jago, giddha dance and featured a Christchurch-based singer Gurinder
when winter turns to spring and
bhangra performances, and Minister of Greater Mann treating audiences to some traditional
the Sun enters into the zodiac sign
Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods was Punjabi boliyan and folk songs.
of Makara (Capricorn), the uttarayan makar-
the chief guest. Later as the evening warmed up, the entire
sankranti kite-festival, held in Christchurch on Another highlight of the evening was the gathering joined the fun, and danced on the
Sunday, saw hundreds of kite-flyers engaging in Miss and Mister Christchurch Punjab 2018 dhol beats and traditional folk music arranged
the fierce battle of cutting strings and bringing Contest, which was won by Mandeep Kaur and by DJ Vick.
down each-others kites. Co-organised by the Ajitpal Singh Saini respectively. The traditional flavour of the evening was
Christchurch-based social group Youngistan Sandeep Sachdev, president of ICG said, further accentuated by the spread of food that
– formed four years back to promote Gujarati “Ever since we formed ICG few years back, was apt for the festivities – sarson da saag with
culture in Canterbury – and Indian Cultural our goal has been to collaborate with as many makki ki roti, lassi, cholle kulche and samosa
Group (ICG), the event saw better participation people and organisations as possible. We have chat.
this year. Jeet Gadhavi, a member of Youngistan, been celebrating Lohri in Christchurch for the
Overwhelmed by the response, Mr Warraich
said, “We collaborated with ICG to organise the last two years, but with Narinder’s CPSCG
said, “We have succeeded in making a small
event this year, and were very happy that the [Mr Narinder Singh Warraich is the President
part of Christchurch resemble mini Punjab
participants increased this time around. It was of CPSCG] coming on board this year, you
for an entire evening. Next on cards is the
fun overall. Some groups brought their own can definitely see that this has been the best
Christchurch Kabaddi Cup 2018 and Vaisakhi
kites and strings, and we also had an on-the- organisation so far. Thus, there are huge merits
Mela which would be held in March.”
spot sale to ensure everyone got involved.” in community groups coming together.”

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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT GETTING


RID OF YOUR INORGANIC WASTES?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH the Environment and Community

M
committee, says the improved
any Aucklanders struggle
inorganic collection service has
with getting rid of their
helped increase the amount of
household inorganic
recoverable materials and decrease
wastes. the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Often many, especially those “Since the service started in late
who have little respect for others 2015, we’ve diverted more than
leave their wastes on the roadside, 3800 tonnes of recyclable items and
prompting none other than the Mayor materials that would have otherwise
of the City Phil Goff to express his gone to landfill.
anguish and frustration on social “With more than 80 community
media. groups utilising and repurposing
Mr Goff shared his frustration and the materials being recovered from
You can also make a booking at
anguish on his personal social media has been offering so earnestly since the collection, the inorganic service
any council service centre, or by
page on Wednesday, January 17 Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
the last three years and seemingly is truly helping create a circular
calling 09 301 0101.
about a pile of inorganic waste that many in the community are not fully environment for our waste in the
The council team will tell you your
he had seen sometime last week on example yet on my way to work. aware of. Auckland region.”
exact collection date closer to the
his way to work from home. “Barrel loads of used oil filters Especially many in the new time, by email, text or phone– if you Have items in good
“I’ve had gutsful of those who dumped on the Ardmore-Takinini migrant community struggle to find no longer need the service, you can condition? Think about
think they can just dump their rubbish Rd, spewing their contents on to the the right source of information while easily cancel.
ground.
selling or donating first
on the side of the road instead of they find their feet in the new country.
using inorganic collections or taking
their rubbish to a transfer station.
“The barrels are marked, and I
have asked Council to take every Bookings now open for
Auckland Council’s 2018
About the service
T his is the third year Auckland
Council’s improved inorganic
R ather than store items for an
annual collection, Auckland
Council is encouraging residents
“They don’t give a damn about effort to track down where they were
inorganic service collection service will run. The to sell or donate their unwanted
sold to,” Mr Goff asserted.

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degrading our environment and ookings are now open for service runs between February and
The very next day after Mayor’s reusable items any time of the year.
putting the cost of picking up their Auckland Council’s 2018 December.
public outcry, the Auckland Council “There other ways to pass these
rubbish on other ratepayers. All Auckland households can book
has issued a media release about the inorganic service, which will start items on to new homes without
“Those on the rural fringes of the an annual inorganic collection of up
opening of booking for Auckland making collections in late February. having to wait for a collection in your
city and commercial premises are fed to 1 cubic metre of material (roughly
Council’s 2018 inorganic service. It’s easy to make a booking. the size of one small trailer load). area,” says Cr Hulse.
up with their properties being dump Simply visit aucklandcouncil.govt.
It’s not clear if the Council’s Just before collection day, “There are groups and charities
sites for the lazy and irresponsible,” announcement was prompted by nz/inorganic and follow the steps. residents simply need to leave items that take donations of items in good
Mr Goff commented. Mayor’s social media rage. When you enter your address the for collection neatly stacked in an condition all year round. You could
Mayor further asserted his resolve However, regardless of the reason, booking tool will let you know when obvious place within the boundary of also consider selling items, or using a
to prosecute the alleged offenders. it is a timely reminder about a your collection week is, and you can their property.
go ahead and book. platform like Neighbourly to swap or
“Last week I came across the worst service that the Auckland Council Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of give them away.”

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Tube ride to school ‘Fiji


deemed
S
tudents from the district of Naqalimare
in the province of Nadroga/Navosa
have to brave the cold conditions of the
Sigatoka River to attend school. ideal
venue’
The students, who would rather take the
hazardous trip than stay home, are accompanied
by parents who use inflated tubes to assist them
across the river.
The school, which usually transports the
students by boat, cannot do so this year because
the boat needs repairing.
LIKE most parents, Losana Matalau gets up
by 5am daily to prepare breakfast and lunch for
her children aged seven and 10.
By 7am, she joins other parents from
Vunaqoru Village to help students swim across
the Sigatoka River in inflated tyre tubes in time
for classes at Naqalimare District School.
There are about 70 students from four
villages – Koroua, Vunaqoru, Natawatawabi Vunaqoru Village headman Navitalai Matalau, left, helps Naqalimare District School students cross the
Sigatoka River
and Toga – who swim across because
the only boat owned by the river rather than stay home. and these villages are a bit far away from each
"The
the school developed “The children want to go to other so we also find it difficult to transport
children want
engine problems two to go to school and school and students from all the kids.

F
weeks ago. students from all four four villages are affected "It takes time to transfer children and it takes iji's great leadership on environmental
“We’ve contacted villages are affected by this. If the Government can almost 20 minutes to and from each village so issues on the world stage has attracted
the school, but they’ve by this.If the Government can provide a new engine or a new transportation takes about one hour.” United Nations initiatives to the region.
informed us that provide a new engine or a new boat, just so the children can go to Ms Koronisagana said the boat in question United Nations environment program
there are problems boat, just so the children school, it will be very helpful.” was being used for more than five years. executive director Erik Solheim said when
with the engine, but can go to school, it will School treasurer Melaia “Some of the kids are still staying at home discussions to launch the International Year
we haven’t been told be very helpful." Koronisagana said the management because of the flooded river, attendance is of the Reef took place, the Pacific, and Fiji in
when it will be fixed,” Ms was in the process of getting the affected too and we will see what can be done.” particular, was deemed most ideal a venue.
Matalau said. engine fixed. As many as 225 students are enrolled at “It has been fantastic, such a beautiful land
She said children preferred to swim across “There is just one boat the school relies on the school. and the greenery here.
"It’s such a fantastic place and I’m so happy

Fiji opens the South Pacific Island Nations Cultural event


to be here,” Mr Solheim said.
“When we wanted to launch the global year

in Shanghai
for the coral reef, of course, we couldn’t do it
in Paris or New York, we had to do it where the
coral reefs are.

T
he Permanent Secretary for Industry, “Looking ahead in 2018, we are already "We also have coral reefs in the Caribbean
Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali on planning many exciting trade, investment and other parts of the world, but we really
Tuesday officially opened the South and tourism promotion and marketing events wanted to do it in the Pacific.”
Pacific Island Nations Cultural Event in in China, including our participation in the Mr Solheim, a former Norwegian
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. inaugural China International Import Expo to
environment minister, said the UN was
The Cultural Event is being held from 26 to be held in Shanghai in November next year”,
impressed not just by the Fijian Government’s
31 December 2017, Jing’an Shangri-la Hotel in stated Mr Ali.
recent leadership, but also specifically by the
Shanghai. “We also endeavor to increase people-to-
people connectivity, trough culture, sports and individual efforts of Peter Thomson, Fiji’s
Promoting cultural exchange and training, which is an essential element of the permanent representative to the UN.
trade flows ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative”, added Mr Ali. “Fiji has shown so much leadership in
The week-long cultural event aims to provide The week-long event is supported by the environmental issues recently and Fiji was key
visitors a rare chance to interact with diversified Shanghai Municipality, Shanghai Tourism in its presidency of the climate convention in
cultural elements of South Pacific Region. bureau (Jing An District), as well as Fijian Bonn where everyone was very happy and quite
Twenty seven nations and territories, Trade Commission/Consulate General among impressed with Fiji’s leadership,” he said.
including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Norfolk progress contributing towards broad co- other diplomatic corps in its preparation. E.I.C “Not just Fiji as a nation, but Peter Thomson
Island, are showcasing their culture, art, food, operation particularly in trade, investment and Consultancy Group Co., Ltd., the organiser as an individual was key at the Ocean
handicraft and products. Mr Ali, during the tourism, which the Ministry of Industry, Trade and long-time advocate in promoting the Conference in New York last year. Fiji has
opening stated that such events play a very and Tourism is most committed to,” added the South Pacific culture officially launched its taken a lead which we so desperately need.”
important role in promoting cultural exchange Permanent Secretary. International Center for Arts and Culture at the He said political leadership was more
and trade flows between China and the South opening ceremony.The Permanent Secretary
Looking ahead of 2018 important than money in terms of global
Pacific Region. He further stated that Fiji together with the Trade Commissioner/Consul-
To continue and extend that momentum, the commitments to address the world’s
and China share a special relationship with General, Yolinda Chan and officials will over
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, in environmental issues.
is evident from the high-level commitment the week also have bilateral meetings with
provided from both sides. collaboration with our Consulate General/Trade “Contrary to popular belief, the most
executives from China’s largest communication
“Due to the unwavering efforts on both Commission in Shanghai will redouble our important issue in the world is not money,
firm Alibaba, and other prominent businesses in
sides, the bilateral relations between Fiji and efforts to bring in more Fijian made products the most important difficulty is political
Shanghai and neighbouring cities.
China have also been translated into concrete and services to the Chinese market. leadership,” Mr Solheim said.

Bainimarama calls on Fijians to protect our coral reefs


P
rime Minister and COP23 President Bainimarama said. of one of our most precious national asset,
Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all “Every person in our community the Great Sea Reef or Cakaulevu Reef, as it is
Fijians to protect the coral reefs for the "They from the very young to the old known in iTaukei.”
future generations. are home to a can be warriors for a more Mr Bainimarama said that throughout the
While speaking at the global launch of the quarter of all known sustainable future and world, coral reefs occupied less than one tenth
International Year of the Reef at Nukubati marine species. They protectors of the health of one per cent of the ocean floor.
are not only sources of
Island in the province of Macuata, he appealed of the reefs. “They are home to a quarter of all known
food and economic wealth
to all Fijians to give the future generations the but places of infinite “This is a global marine species.
ability to enjoy Fiji’s Great Coral Reef. complexity, variety event of relevance to "They are not only sources of food and
“We can do it. And we can do it by and beauty." every single person on economic wealth but places of infinite
committing ourselves to change. To change the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) shake earth. But it has a particular complexity, variety and beauty,” he said.
way we all live in relation to our surroundings. hands with the United Nations special envoy for resonance for the Fijian people He urged all Fijians to do their part in
oceans Peter Thomson (right).
To live more in harmony with nature,” Mr because of where we are today- on the edge protecting the coral reefs.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 19, 2018 FIJI 15

Fourth doctor in family relishes new challenge


F
or Khizar Niazi, completing integrity, being customer-focused, There, he hopes to serve to the best
his medical internship is only responsive and practicing equity.” of his ability.
the start of a sterner test. The toughest part of the journey, Mr Niazi said the concern of
The newly inducted doctor was said Mr Niazi, was the long hours non-communicable diseases needed
among 68 others who officially during the medical internship. attention.
completed their medical internships. “It’s been one of the Former New Zealand Prime
All four members of Mr Niazi’s toughest years for Minister Helen Clarke last
"Medicine
family are doctors. me (during the December, at a civil society
is a unique
Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, the internship). event in Suva, said NCDs
profession. It gives
former Natabua High School student Sometimes I represented a crisis for the
you the opportunity
moved to the country in 2013 at the workers 100 South Pacific.
to be present at some of
age of 10. He is now a Fijian citizen. or 110 hours “NCDs are basically
the happiest times in an
Minister for Health and Medical but I loved one of the biggest
individual’s life – but
Services Rosy Akbar, at the induction every second problems here and, because
also the most
event in Suva, reminded him and his of it,” he said. the Pacific is a tropical
tragic."
colleagues of the important nature of “You have to region, we have dengue
their profession. struggle but at the outbreaks too,” she said.
“Medicine is a unique profession. Khizar Niazi one of the 68 doctors that was inducted on January 17, 2017 end of the days there are “More than 50 per cent of my time
It gives you the opportunity to be rewards.” (during the internship) was spent on
present at some of the happiest times most tragic,” Ms Akbar said. uphold the values of the Ministry by The doctor now heads to Nadi these patients who have long-term
in an individual’s life – but also the “I would like to remind you to having respect for human dignity, Hospital for his next challenge. health problems.”

PAC 2018: Fiji Forest Policy New sterilizing machine to


audit implementation actions assist 800 diabetic patients
A
team from the Ministry
of Forests led by acting
permanent secretary
Bernadette Welch today presented
to the Public Accounts Committee
on the audit of the Progress of
Implementation of Policies and
Strategies in the Fiji Forest Policy
Statement 2007.
The Auditor-General said the
objective of the audit was to
determine the effectiveness and
efficiency of the department in

8
implementing actions outlined
under the policies and strategies Fiji's Conservator of Forests Sanjana Lal (left) and acting Ministry of Forests 00 diabetic patients who are Diabetes Hub Centre Medical
section of the Fiji Forest Policy permanent secretary Bernadette Welch during their submission to the standing regulars to the Diabetes Hub Officer, Dr Lisi Fini-asi says that in
Statement 2007.
committee of public accounts in Suva
Centre in Suva will now be the past they have been taking their
The Auditor-General in his overall The department has made considerable progress in the well assisted and served efficiently equipment to the CWM Hospital for
conclusion noted: "The department with well maintained equipment after
has made considerable progress in
implementation of actions for the three areas of the Fiji sterilizing on a daily basis and this
Forest Policy Statement 2007 covered in this audi the centre received a timely donation has also hindered their work.
the implementation of actions for the
three areas of the Fiji Forest Policy of a new sterilizing machine. Finiasi says that having their own
Statement 2007 covered in this department still had to start stakeholders, government agencies, The machine which is worth about machine will allow them to maintain
audit." work on a number of areas while and the private sector, to be fully $4,000, was donated by the LDS their equipment and prevent the
He said, however, that the others required the assistance of implemented. Church Charity Group. growth and spread of diseases.

BACK 7S BID
W
e leaving no stones “We will also be reaching out to
unturned, giving World villages, schools and towns to sign
Rugby no excuse to up and support the bid.
say no.  They have to come to Fiji “Hopefully by the end of February
because we have put through a we show World Rugby that Fiji
compelling bid-Greg Peters can host a leg of the World Sevens
 Fiji Rugby Union will submit its Series.”
bid to World Rugby to host a leg of FRU chief executive officer John
the 2019/2020 World Sevens Series O’Connor said: “We have a lot of
on February 28. work ahead of us prior to the closing
And the FRU is calling on the of the bid period. We need to submit
people of Fiji to show their support a credible and winning bid that From left:: Greg Peters, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor and general manager commercial Brian
Thorburn at Rugby House on January 17, 2018
in the next six weeks. warrants serious consideration.
FRU general manager commercial “Should we be successful, this assisted by former Argentina Rugby “We also need to see the a large number of volunteers.”
Brian Thorburn said during the tournament will not only benefit Union and South Africa, New commercial relevant how the Peters stressed they would need
six weeks campaign, people can FRU but all Fijians and Fiji as a Zealand, Australia and Argentina tournament in Fiji will relate to to tick all the boxes by February 28.
register their support on Fijifor7s. nation.” Rugby (SANZAAR) chief executive main sponsor HSBC.  But we have a “We need to tick these absolute
com website and they will soon Greg Peters. story to tell especially Fiji being the mandatory things. It’s a good thing
be launching their Facebook and
Win  a trip to Hong Kong natural home for 7s and the home we have the Government’s support,
Twitter page for the public to show All those that will register their Player welfare paramount of 2016 Rio Olympic gold medal our bid is starting from ground zero
their support. support will go into the draw and “One of the criteria is the player winners. and building up.
“We want the entire country to be win a trip for two to the Hong welfare,”Peters said. “We don’t have proof of hosting “We are leaving no stones
behind our bid,”Thorburn said. Kong 7s on April 6-8. The package “This means we need to have major events previously but we do unturned, giving World Rugby no
“During the six weeks campaign includes return tickets, four nights’ world class facilities in terms have many local 7s tournaments excuse to say no. They have to come
we will be running commercials in accommodation and three days of training, medical and playing being hosted in the country. here because we have put through
the media to get many people as tickets to the tournament. facilities.  Everything that’s wrapped “We need the proper compelling bid. It’s a massive
we possibly can hopefully 100,000 The FRU has put together a task around player’s welfare has to be in infrastructure, the need of a stadium,
force led by Thorburn who will be place. challenge,”Peters said.
Fijians will be amazing. transport logistics and we also need
Thought of the week
"There is a magnet in your heart that
will attract true friends. That magnet is
unselfishness, thinking of others first; when
you learn to live for others, they will live for
you."
Editorial – Paramahansa Yogananda

New Year resolutions: Auckland Weather forecast for the week

It’s not knowing what Jan 19 – Jan 25, 2018

to do, it’s doing what


Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu

you know!
W
Nice with Clearing, Partly Periods of Sunny and Sunshine Partly
e live in an age where conventional wisdom stands divided, on whether to, or not to, cloudy Party sunny sun and pleasant with a Sunny
set new resolutions at the beginning of every year. with sun cloudy clouds shower
We also live in a complex world of information-overload, where new information
is being served to us in a twenty-four-by-seven environment, thus affecting our traditional
belief systems. 26° 24° 24° 24° 25° 23° 23°
Yes – relentless information-supply is the single biggest source of demolishing 18° 18° 18° 18° 16° 16° 17°
age-old conventionalities.
Our collective belief systems are facing one of the most sustained interrogation and often
deconstruction, ever in the history of mankind, and long-held beliefs and value systems are
giving way to the new value system backed by new age philosophy. This week in New Zealand’s history
The value of goal setting at the beginning of every year is one such virtue that is under
transformation, and here we stand at crossroads of whether to set up new goals or just to chill Hōne Heke cuts down the British flag - again
and take the life as it is. 19 January 1845
This week the Indian Weekender editorial team has taken this collective responsibility upon
itself to comment upon the merit of goal-setting, or not, at the beginning of every new year.
Like everywhere else in the life we all have differing opinions and take on everything related
T he first Māori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, Ngāpuhi chief Hōne Heke Pōkai soon
became disenchanted with the consequences of colonisation. He expressed his outrage
by repeatedly attacking the flagstaff on the hill above Kororāreka (Russell). Heke and Kawiti
to the importance of goal setting and resolutions. fought both the Crown and Ngāpuhi led by Tāmati Wāka Nene. The fighting ended in a
In fact, one of the most interesting differing points was on the antiquity of this entire New stalemate in January 1846 
Year resolution setting business.
However, regardless of our editorial differences we all agreed and almost reflected the reality 19 killed in Strongman Mine explosion at Rūnanga
of the outside world where the world stands divided in creating goals. 19 January 1967
Recently, according to a survey in America by Marist College, New York, only 44 per cent of
Americans were planning on creating goals for 2018 – an estimate that can be safely juxtaposed
for the rest of the world.
N ineteen men were killed when an explosion ripped through the state-run Strongman coal
mine at Rūnanga, on the West Coast of the South Island, just after 10 a.m. An inquiry
found that safety regulations had not been followed and a shot hole for a charge had been
For every calibrated advice of critical importance of goal-setting and New Year resolutions in incorrectly fired. An inquiry into the disaster concluded that at least two mining regulations had
our lives, there is an equally persuasive suggestion for being liberated from the catch of goal- been broken. The government was ordered to pay compensation to the families of the victims.
setting and encouragement for living a guilt-free and resolution-free 2018.
However, one another and almost very critical convergence, in our editorial team’s collective
thoughts about this goal-setting business is probably best summarised in a quote of Anthony New Zealand and Australia sign the Canberra Pact
Tony Robbins. 21 January 1944
Robbins a new age American life-coach says “it’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what
you know.”
Undoubtedly, it does not matter on which side of the divide you stand – to set resolution or
I n the wake of Japan’s expansion across the Pacific Ocean during the Second World War, the
New Zealand and Australian governments saw the value of working together more closely
to enhance their joint influence. The Australia–New Zealand Agreement (‘Canberra Pact’)
live a resolution-free 2018 – what matters is what you eventually do and do it consistently. was an undertaking by the two countries to co-operate on international matters, especially in
Yes – we all are a culprit of knowing a lot and doing nothing about it. the Pacific. Even its promise of closer co-operation between Australia and New Zealand was
We “know” that things, like hitting gym regularly, eating healthy food on a regular basis, will largely unfulfilled. But the two countries were closely involved in the creation of the United
result in a healthy body. Nations, and a South Pacific Commission was set up in 1947.
Or we “know” that we have to take the risk and work a hard-yard out to create your elusive
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This budget will be Modi government’s biggest


challenge in 4 years
AMIT KAPOOR areas than it is in the countryside.

U
nlike most countries, the The recently released CSO growth
budget is usually an eventful estimates show why.
affair in India and is a The farm and allied sector grew
heated topic of national conversation at 2.1 per cent in the current fiscal
around the time of its release. The as compared to 4.9 per cent in
underlying national interest behind the preceding year. So, the ailing
it is mostly because the budget agricultural sector will receive much-
holds something for everyone -- needed redressal in the upcoming
ranging from a small farmer to a big budget. In fact, the Finance Minister
industrialist. However, from this year has already confirmed this. Reviving
onwards, much of its sheen will be growth in the sector can also be a
off by a bit. viable mechanism for job creation
The tinkering of indirect taxes, -- another economic aspect that
which was an aspect of the budget the government will be looking to
that affected everyone in all corners address with the budget.
of the country, is not within the Second, with the elections around
Centre’s domain anymore. Since the corner, firming up economic
the implementation of the Goods growth will be foremost on the
and Services Tax (GST), all indirect government’s agenda. Investments resolution should be in sight when the include the Rs 800 billion meant for in the long run. Rewiring the FRBM
taxes -- except for customs duty -- have declined from 34.3 per cent of Rs 1.35 trillion-bank recapitalisation bank recapitalisation this fiscal. (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget 17
have to be decided upon by the GST the GDP in 2011-12 to 27 per cent plan comes into force. The budget Therefore, managing finances for Management) law to make it
Council instead of being annually in 2016-17. They still do not seem will bring about more clarity on the the next fiscal will be a challenge counter-cyclical in nature would be
altered based on short-term political to have picked up. First advanced specifics of the plan and how it will considering the current scenario. a better route to adopt.
interests. estimates show that this has further affect government finances. The fact that the economy is not All factors considered, this budget
Therefore, the first budget after fallen to 26.4 per cent in 2017- Third, the government will be in growing at full throttle is not helping presents the biggest challenge to
the GST reform will be a challenging 18. Estimates of the Centre for a tight conundrum to balance the either. The government will have to the Modi government since coming
one for the government. Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) budget between going populist in an take a call on curbing its spending to into power. Low growth numbers,
The fact that this will be the last show that new investment proposals election season and sticking to the maintain the deficit and sacrificing subdued investment sentiment and a
full budget before the 2019 elections are likely to amount to around Rs 8 fiscal deficit target. growth partly or splurge and widening deficit when elections are
and that the government has already trillion ($126 billion) in 2017-18, It is almost certain that the maintain a higher deficit next year as around the corner leave a Herculean
spent all of its budgeted expenditure which would be merely 60 per cent government will breach the fiscal well, risking inflation in the process. task at hand.
for this financial year will further of the new proposals made in 2016- deficit target this year after revenue The elections make it enticing to The balance between populism
complicate matters. The oncoming 17. This would also be the lowest collection in the new tax regime is choose the populist route and breach and fiscal restraint will be difficult to
elections affects the budget in since 2004-05. mostly turning out to be lower than the fiscal ceiling. manage. In any case, the document
multiple ways. The subdued investment activity expected, forcing the government to A case can be made that that will be taking the centrestage on
First, if the Gujarat election has been a result of the twin balance borrow an additional Rs 500 billion. growth should be prioritised over February 1 will define the course for
results are to be taken as indicative sheet problem that is now two This puts the government’s net maintaining the fiscal target, but a lot of things to come.
of the national sentiment, the BJP budgets old. borrowing at the highest level since reneging on the commitment (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute
Clearly, it has been a difficult 2013-14. Moreover, it needs to be will diminish the government’s for Competitiveness, India. The
government is more popular in urban views expressed are personal.
dragon to slay. Hopefully, a pointed out that this figure does not credibility -- which is more harmful

India and Israel: Personal chemistry shores up strategic ties 


C. UDAY BHASKAR the Palestine cause on the

T
international stage and has sought to
he visit of Israeli Prime
maintain a fine balance regarding its
Minister Benjamin
bilateral with Israel in the competing
Netanyahu to India (January
regional politics of West Asia. It
14-19) commemorates the 25th
appeared that the Modi dispensation
anniversary of the opening of an
government had taken a bold
Indian embassy in Tel Aviv in
decision to remove the hyphenation
1992 and will further consolidate
between Israel and Palestine, but it
an important and strategically
would be misleading to infer that the
distinctive bilateral relationship for
government has uncritically cast its
both nations. It has had a chequered
weight totally with Israel and the US.
past since the post-World War II birth
The recent vote at the UN over the
of both countries but is poised for a
Trump declaration about Jerusalem
pragmatic future trajectory based on
saw Delhi voting with the larger
shared interests.
global consensus that censured the
With a population below nine
US over its announcement.
million and a GDP of $350 billion,
Netanyahu, on the eve of his
Israel is relatively small compared
India visit, said this vote would not
to the Indian behemoth with a
materially affect the bilateral. India
population of 1.25 billion and a GDP
and Israel are keen to expand the
of $2.5 trillion.
current bandwidth of the trade and
Yet Israel occupies a very special
worth annually, accounts for over 40 will also get the Gujarat-special partnership”, India’s relations with economic relations to move beyond
niche in India’s security framework
percent of Israeli defence exports. status, a detour to Ahmedabad, which Israel cannot be divorced from the military sales and include energy,
and has been a supplier of critical
The Netanyahu visit reciprocates Modi accords to certain leaders. larger West Asian geopolitical canvas cybersecurity and innovation in
military technology. This was
that of Prime Minister Narendra During the July visit, Modi said, where Palestine is a major factor. desert/arid land agriculture, among
illustrated during the 1999 Kargil
Modi in July 2017, the first by an “Israel and India live in complex The Jewish quest for a permanent other sectors.
War when precision-guided ordnance
Indian Prime Minister to Israel. geographies. We are aware of homeland goes back a long way. The last leg of the Netanyahu
was obtained from Tel Aviv.
The Modi-Netanyahu personal strategic threats to regional peace Mahatma Gandhi had opined in visit will take him to Mumbai. The
That India is among the world’s
chemistry was on display during that and stability. Prime Minister 1931: “I can understand the longing enormity of the November 2008
largest importers of military
visit which was reciprocated as Modi Netanyahu and I agreed to do much of a Jew to return to Palestine, and he terror attack that targeted Chabad
inventory and that Israel is a major
personally received the Israeli leader more together to protect our strategic can do so if he can without the help of House will be recalled, though
arms exporter also provides a natural
at the airport when he arrived Sunday interests.” The joint statement also bayonets, whether his own or those of justice for the innocent victims --
complementarity to the bilateral
afternoon. added: “There can be no justification Britain... in perfect friendliness with Indian, Israeli and other nationalities,
relationship. Over the last two
The two leaders share many of acts of terror on any grounds the Arabs.” This sentiment shapes the remains elusive.
decades, the quantum of military-
characteristics, including a visible whatsoever.” Indian approach to the complex and
related imports from Israel has (C. Uday Bhaskar is Director,
political resolve in relation to Islamic While the bilateral with Israel tangled Palestine issue.
steadily increased. It is estimated that Society for Policy Studies, New
radicalism and terrorism. Netanyahu has been described as a “strategic India has traditionally supported Delhi
India, which buys almost $1 billion
18 INDIA Friday, January 19, 2018 The Indian Weekender

India-Israel ties get fillip with Modi,


Netanyahu’s
Gujarat visit
T
he greetings from Israeli understanding the needs of the
Prime Minister Benjamin market assume prime importance,”
Netanyahu, Dhanyavad Modi said to the gathered audience
Mere Pyare Dost to Prime Minister of farmers, agriculture scientists and
Narendra Modi, and ‘Aliechem expert researchers.
Shalom’ by Modi to his Israeli Both the leaders expressed
counterpart depicted the bonhomie optimism of developing future
between the two leaders during their technologies jointly by forging
visit to Gujarat on Wednesday. entrepreneurial alliances amongst
While Modi expressed his dream youth, while they inaugurated the
of achieving the goal of doubling newly-built campus of International
farmers’ income by 2022 through Centre for Entrepreneurship
Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Israeli technology, the Israeli Prime and Technology (iCreate) near Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu on their arrival in Ahmedabad on
Minister hoped that under the able Ahmedabad. The centre was Jan 17, 2018
leadership of Modi, India would formally dedicated to the nation by
achieve that. both the dignitaries.
Both the leaders dedicated a centre An autonomous centre for
of excellence for date farming at start-ups, ‘iCreate’ was formally
the Kukma centre in Kutch district launched in 2011 when Modi
through a digital switch, during was Gujarat Chief Minister. “I
their visit to the horticulture centre am delighted to be here. The world
at Vadrad near Prantij. “Since knows about iPads and iPods, there
the Biblical days, Israelis have is one more i that the world needs to
been growing dates, wheat, and know about, that is iCreate. Israel Benjamin
Netanyahu and
conventional produce. We have wants to build partnership with you,” Narendra Modi.
created new parameters in agriculture Netanyahu said before concluding Gal-
through scientific methods in a desert his speech by chanting, “Jai Hind, Mobile
like Israel,” said Netanyahu. Jai Bharat, Jai Israel.” can purify
He expressed his delight at Narendra Modi said, “We are around 20,000 liters of sea or
knowing that the farmers could working towards making the entire salty water daily. The vehicle was
increase their output through system innovation-friendly, as intent dedicated by both the leaders through
the Vadrad centre of excellence leads to ideas, ideas to innovation a video link. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during
their visit to the Center of Excellence on Vegetables in Vadrad, Gujarat
formed with Israeli help. “India and and innovations would help form a The leaders began their one day
Israel both believe in the policy of New India. When I had visited Israel visit to the state with host Prime
knowledge is the future. India has the for the first time, I had decided that Minister Modi and his Israeli
vision and leadership under Modi,” we should have relationship with this counterpart embarking on an eight-
km-long roadshow on their arrival
Israel shows the way on how to transform a nation with the agriculture in Ahmedabad, amidst heavy
sector at the core. As we work towards doubling farmers income by 2022, security blanket and thousands
the factors such as optimum utilization of land resources, minimum wastage lined up to greet both. The leaders
and understanding the needs of the market assume prime importance." witnessed glimpses of India’s rich
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cultural heritage showcased at 50
stages erected alongside the route to
said Netanyahu. Both leaders also nation.” Sabarmati Ashram.
unveiled the Memory Tower to mark The Israeli Prime Minister gifted Playing a perfect host at the
25 years of Indo-Israeli cooperation the Gal-Mobile, a water desalination Ashram, Modi showed his guest the
at the Vadrad centre. and purification vehicle, to India and possessions of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Israel shows the way on how both the Prime Ministers witnessed Netanyahu even tried his hand at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) tries his hand at the spinning wheel
to transform a nation with the the demonstration of a vehicle that Bapu’s ‘Charkha’ and after spending as PM Narendra Modi and Sara Netanyahu look on during a visit to the Sabarmati

agriculture sector at the core. As was stationed at Suigam, a village about 20 minutes at the Ashram, the Ashram in Ahmedabad. The Israeli Prime Minister and his wife landed in Ahmedabad
to a packed schedule, hosted by PM Modi himself.
we work towards doubling farmers several kilometres away in the border Israeli Premier penned his thoughts,
“An inspiring visit to the hearth of The leaders also experienced the celebrated a couple of days ago
income by 2022, the factors such district of Banaskantha, where BSF thrill of the popular kite festival by flying kites on the banks of the
as optimum utilization of land and villagers would benefit from clean one of humanity’s great prophets of
inspiration - Mahatma Gandhi.” in Gujarat - Uttarayan - that was Sabarmati river.
resources, minimum wastage and drinking water using Gal-Mobile. The

PMs Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu bond over kite-flying


P
rime Minister Narendra Modi visit comes just a few days after American Embassy “will be moved
and his Israeli counterpart Uttarayana, the popular festival of far faster than what we think ... in the
Benjamin Netanyahu held kites in Gujarat. course of the year.”
a roadshow on Wednesday in Netanyahu and his wife then took US President Donald Trump
Ahmedabad in Gujarat under a a try at flying kites in the ashram. upended decades of American
heavy security blanket as thousands The Israeli PM is the third foreign policy, infuriating many
of people lined up along the route to international leader when he announced late last year
Netanyahu
greet them. told the whom Modi is hosting that the United States recognises
After arriving in Modi’s home reporters his “solid in his home state of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and
state, the two leaders, along with the assessment” was that Gujarat. would move its embassy there.
Israeli prime minister’s wife Sara the American Embassy Later, talking to Modi and Japanese premier Shinzo
Netanyahu, set out in a car from the “will be moved far faster Israeli reporters Abe had held a joint roadshow in an
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport. than what we think ... travelling with him open jeep during the latter’s visit here
Around 50 stages were erected in the course of the in India, Netanyahu in September last year. The Indian
on the roadside along the stretch to
PM Narendra Modi flies a kite with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and wife year said he was certain premier had shown Abe and his wife
Sara Netanyahu during their visit to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad
showcase performances by troupes that the US Embassy around at the Sabarmati Ashram,
of different states to welcome the people, who greeted them with loud Gandhi’s room and the articles he will be moved to Jerusalem in where Mahatma Gandhi had stayed
guests. People carrying Indian and cheers. The roadshow concluded used. Netanyahu and his wife tried the coming year, much sooner than for a long time.
Israeli flags stood in large numbers at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati their hands at Gandhi’s cherished Trump administration officials have They had also spent some time at
on both sides of the tastefully Ashram, after traversing 8km. spinning wheel. estimated, Associated Press reports. the Sabarmati riverfront, developed
decorated road. At Hriday Kunj, Gandhi’s home Modi also showed kites to the Netanyahu told the reporters his during Modi’s tenure as Gujarat chief
Modi and Netanyahu waved at the in the ashram, Modi showed them Israeli prime minister, whose “solid assessment” was that the minister.
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Rajinikanth ‘ready’ to fight polls, alliance NEWS in BRIEF


with Kamal Haasan unlikely for now
Modi to launch work
T
amil superstar Rajinikanth
on Wednesday proclaimed
that he was ready to fight commencement of Rajasthan
the elections, whenever they refinery
P
may be held. rime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the commencement of
He, however, refused to answer work of an oil refinery in Rajasthan›s Barmer district on Tuesday.
a query from mediapersons on the The launch will be at 12.30 p.m, after which he will address a
possibility of allying with Kamal public rally. Modi had earlier said in a tweet: “Looking forward to visiting
Haasan – yet another Tamil actor Rajasthan. Will attend a programme to mark the commencement of work
who is gearing up to enter politics – for the Rajasthan Refinery at Pachpadra, in Barmer and will also address a
in the near future. Both Rajinikanth public meeting.” 
and Haasan have promised to fight “The Rajasthan refinery will be the first in the state, which is blessed
corruption and provide Tamil with immense oil and gas reserves. This refinery will benefit Rajasthan,
"The
Nadu with a transparent especially the industrious youth of the state,” Modi said. 
entry of
and responsive movie stars may Modi will land at Uttarlai Airforce Station at 11.40 a.m. from where he
Actors Rajinikanth (L) and Kamal Haasan at the launch of the movie
government. add an element of Kizhakku Africavil Raju in Chennai will board a helicopter at 11.45 am to reach Pachpadra. 
“I always thought suspense to the polls, Elaborate arrangements have been made in and around Barmer. 
Kamal will start but the main battle Tuesday night, Haasan keenly watched by experts as well as Once ready in four years, the refinery will income of Rs 34,000 crore for
a political party will still be between said he intends to other political parties.
the DMK and the state. It is Rajasthan’s only refinery and involves an investment of over
before me,” the embark on a ‘Discovery “The entry of movie stars may Rs 43,000 crore.
AIADMK."
India, Russia hold talks on
superstar said, wishing of Tamil Nadu’ journey add an element of suspense to the
his contemporary in the from Ramanathapuram – his polls, but the main battle will still be
movie industry the best of luck. birthplace – on February 21. He is between the DMK and AIADMK,”
cooperation in strategic areas
F
Speculations of an alliance arose also likely to announce the name of said political analyst Prof Ramu
after both the actors came together his party and spell out his stand on Manivannan. oreign secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday held talks with Russian
to participate in a function held at various political issues on that day. On November 7, which also deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov on cooperation between the
Kuala Lumpur recently. The two individuals, happened to be his birthday, Haasan two countries in strategic areas.
However, Rajinikanth has contemporaries in the movie had said that he intends to achieve “The two sides discussed bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual
indicated that he will go it alone in industry, have chosen to follow probity in public life and head interest,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
the electoral contests to come. “Even differing political ideologies. an honest administration that’s Both sides are also understood to have discussed their common positions
if they conduct it (elections) in the While Rajinikanth openly flaunts committed to the welfare of the on regional and global issues and cooperation against terrorism.
next six months, we will be ready,” his association with spiritual masses. Morgulov also participated in the ongoing multi-lateral Raisina Dialogue
said Rajinikanth, who announced his and religious gurus, Haasan has He will meet people across on Wednesday.
entry into politics on December 31
but is yet to form a party. His core
underlined his secular credentials
and gone on record to say that
Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindigal Rajnath to meet Aditynath over
development in eight backward UP
and Sivagangai districts during the
team is currently touring the state for he will have nothing to do with upcoming leg of the ‘Discovery of
the purpose. “pro-Hindu” BJP. Tamil Nadu’ journey. Plans for other
districts
U
In a statement issued late on These developments are being regions will be chalked out later.
nion Home

Indian politicians
Minister Rajanth
Singh will soon
held a meeting with Uttar

who flew in Su-30


Pradesh Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calls
Yogi Adityanath for the on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
expeditious development in
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the state›s eight most backward districts, an official said on Wednesday.
in front of Sukhoi 30MKI at Jodhpur The Minister also said to visit all the districts in the Uttar Pradesh to
Air Force Station in Rajasthan.
review the implementation of the district action plan.
Rajnath Singh’s assurance came during at a high-level meeting of officers
of the Home Ministry, NITI Aayog and delegated senior officers of the
respective districts at his North block office. 
“The Union Home Minister has assured he will convene a meeting with
the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to accelerate development in eight most
backward districts of the state. He will also visit all the districts in Uttar
Pradesh to review the implementation of the district action plan,” the
Home Ministry official said. Bahraich, Balrampur, Chandauli, Chitrakoot,
Fatehpur, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar and Sonbhadra are the eight districts
in Uttar Pradesh among those 115 backward districts across the country
picked up by the NITI Aayog for rapid transformation by 2022. 

Parents to get real-time access to


CCTV footage of classrooms
P
arents whose children study in Delhi
government schools will have real-time access
to CCTV footage of classrooms to ensure

D
efence Minister Nirmala He was 73 years old at the time. transparency and safety of children, Chief Minister
Sitharaman on Wednesday Pratibha Devisingh Patil – Then Arvind Kejriwal said.
became the second woman President Pratibha Patil flew in a "Each parent will be given access to footage of his
politician to fly in a Su-30 fighter jet. Su-30 in November 2009 from the child studying in class on real-time basis on his phone.
Here is a list of political leaders Indian Air Force Base in Lohegaon. This will make the whole system transparent and
who earlier flew in the Sukhoi 30 Rao Inderjit Singh – Then accountable. It will ensure safety of kids," Kejriwal
fighter jets of the Indian Air Force. Minister of State for Defence, Rao tweeted. In a meeting attended by Education Minister Manish Sisodia,
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – When then Inderjit Singh flew in a Su-30 from Public Works Department Minister Satyender Jain, Chief Secretary Anshu
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam flew in Hindon air base, near Delhi, in Prakash and officials of the Education Department, Kejriwal reviewed the
a Su-30 in June 2003, he became the August 2015. progress of installation of CCTVs in classrooms in all government schools.
first head of state in India to fly in a Rajiv Pratap Rudy – The BJP In September last year, Sisodia had on ordered all schools -- private and
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
fighter aircraft. in front of Sukhoi 30MKI at Jodhpur Air leader, who is a trained pilot, flew a government -- to install CCTVs to cover their whole campuses.
Kalam, who was an eminent Force Station in Rajasthan on Su-30 in February 2015 at the Aero The directive came amid increased concerns over the safety in schools
scientist, had flown the plane along 2003, then Defence Minister George India show in Bengaluru. after the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurugram's Ryan International
with his co-pilot, and later said he Kiren Rijiju – The Minister of School. Following the incident, the Central Board of Secondary Education
Fernandes put on the flying suit
became a scientist only because he State for Home flew in a Su-30 from had issued a circular to lay down steps to ensure safety of children in schools,
and took off in a Su-30 fighter jet Halwara airbase in Punjab in May including installation of closed-circuit televisions on school campuses and
could not become a pilot.
He was 74 years old at the time. from Lohegaon Air Force Station 2016 police verification and psychometric evaluation of all staff members.
George Fernandes – In June near Pune.
Republican legislators unveil
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, January 19, 2018 The Indian Weekender

India to
sign pact
new US immigration Bill with UK
on illegal
I migrants
t proposes to offer "Dreamers" US when they were children and have a permit that allows them to benefits citizens of countries who
the possibility of legally were permitted to stay under former reside in the US, without being have a low number of immigrants

I
residing in the country although President Barack Obama's Deferred deported, for three years, with to the US. It also aims to end the
ndia will sign an MoU with the
it does not provide for granting Action for Childhood Arrivals the possibility of renewing this phenomenon of so-called "chain
United Kingdom to enable the
them citizenship, Efe news agency (DACA) programme, which was permission indefinitely. migration", which sees US citizens
return of illegal Indian migrants
reported. established in 2012 and suspended It does not open the door to and Green Card holders facilitate
within a month of their detection
The supporters of the bill, who by the Trump administration in the possibility of obtaining US the entry of their family members to
by authorities, an official said on
include Bob Goodlatte and Puerto September 2017. citizenship, one of the key points for the country.
Wednesday.
Rico's Raul Labrador, unveiled it at a When it was suspended, Trump the opposition Democrats. According to a summary of the
Union Minister of State for Home
press conference on Wednesday. called upon Congress to It The initiative also proposals given to the press, the level
Kiren Rijiju’s visit to London along
The bill complies with the "Four clarify the situation of also aims to proposes to allot of immigration would be reduced by
with a delegation on Wednesday is
Pillars" that emerged out of the the Dreamers before end the phenomenon $30 billion for the 25 per cent in total.
a step towards the move that could
meeting between Trump and a March 2018. of so-called "chain construction of a In a statement, White House
migration", which sees US affect hundreds of Indians. The UK
group of lawmakers at a meeting on The initiative controversial wall on spokesperson Sarah Sanders thanked
citizens and Green Card has consistently raised the issue of
Monday at the White House. of the Republican the US border with the lawmakers on behalf of Trump
holders facilitate the entry return of illegal migrants with India.
The bill tackles the issue of the lawmakers proposes of their family members Mexico and do away and said the legislative proposal seeks
The Memorandum of
future of the 690,000 youths, known that the beneficiaries to the country. with the visa lottery to comply with the main priorities of
Understanding comes ahead of Prime
as "Dreamers", who came to the of DACA be able to programme, which the President for US citizens.
Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed

National Indian
Link prosperity of your countries to
visit to the UK in March.
A Home Ministry official said:
Diaspora Council
India’s development: Kovind to PIOs
“The process was not streamlined

formed in
yet. The British authorities will first
identify the illegal migrants, inform

Netherlands
P
resident Ram Nath Kovind the Indian authorities, followed by

A
on Wednesday urged the police verification back home.
‘National Indian Diaspora “If the claims of the British
Council (NIDC) to bring Indian diaspora to link the
prosperity of their countries with authorities are found to be correct,
together representatives of then the travel documents of the
India’s development at a time when
various Indian organisations in the person concerned will be readied
“we are at the cusp of New India”.
Netherlands was formed as part of and he/she deported by the UK
Addressing the International
the Indian Diaspora Day (Pravasi authorities. This process will have
Conference of Persons of Indian
Bhartiya Divas) celebrations held on a timeline of one month,” said the
Origin (PIO) Parliamentarians here,
Sunday January 14. official.
Kovind said the next few decades
The Indian Diaspora Day was While the UK claims that the
were likely to see India’s economy
organised by the Foundation number of illegal migrants is in
– one of the fastest growing in
for Indian Diaspora in Europe, "the thousands, Indian agencies have
the world – gallop ahead.  celebration
Foundation for Critical Choices found only 2,000 Indians were
“We are also at the of a very
for India and the Embassy of India. President Ram Nath Kovind overstaying.
cusp of New India - an contemporary, very
Over 250 members of the diaspora India that will achieve accomplished and how these can intersect.” The official said the Indian
generations in Ethiopia.” Kovind
participated in the event. certain milestones for very high-achieving Kovind lauded the also invited the participants for a visit delegation led by Rijiju is expected
The goal of the newly formed NIDC our people by 2022, community - the achievements of the to Rashtrapati Bhavan that he said to ask Westminster to “spell out”
is to bring together representatives Indian diaspora.” its position in court on businessman
when we celebrate Indian diaspora that he said “belongs to all Indians, to all those in
of various organisations and create the 75th year of our “has climbed to appreciable the Indian diaspora and to all PIOs”. Vijay Mallya’s extradition.
a united front that will work for the Independence,” he said. heights in almost all the countries The President earlier inaugurated He said the UK had assured all
welfare and visibility of the Indian The President emphasized that where it has found a home”. of the PIO conference organised by possible help in the extradition
diaspora in the Netherlands. the government at this juncture had “Members of the Indian diaspora Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad requests by India.
The Indian Diaspora Day was offered huge investment, trade and work hard on farms in countries as far in association with the PIO Chamber The MoU on sharing of criminal
inaugurated by Indian Ambassador developmental opportunities that apart as Italy, Bolivia and Tanzania. of Commerce and Industry and the records is in line with a similar
Venu Rajamony. He enumerated in would benefit not just 1.3 billion They are instrumental to the tech Ministry of External Affairs. agreement signed with the US, the
his speech the various steps taken people of India but will be a voice of start-up ecosystem of Silicon Valley. India celebrates January 9 as the official said.
by the Government of India for the hope and prosperity and of peace and They form the backbone of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or the Indian Rijiju is also expected to convey
welfare of the Indian diaspora and stability for the world.  economy of Dubai and other major diaspora day to mark the return New Delhi’s concerns on the
urged members of the community to “The entirety of human business cities in the Gulf region. of Mahatma Gandhi to India from continuing anti-India propaganda
launch initiatives that can support the civilisation, if I could put it so - “The global financial centres of South Africa on January 9, 1915. carried out by Sikh and Kashmiri
Government's flagship programmes has a stake in the development of New York, London and Singapore He said Pravasi Bharatiya Divas extremist groups based in the UK
as well as strengthen ties between India. As PIO Parliamentarians, as would simply not be the same was not merely the remembrance that bear “serious repercussions on
the diaspora and India. Rajamony those in public life in your systems without the Indian diaspora. And of a historical anniversary but “the India’s sovereignty”.
called upon members of the diaspora who have the best understanding of as I discovered during my first celebration of a very contemporary, He will also discuss with
to contribute to the development India, it is important for you to link state visit after being elected as the very accomplished and very his counterpart the issues of
your individual country’s priorities President of India, Pravasi Bharatiya high-achieving community - the sharing information about crimes
of India and to the growth and
to India’s development. And to see teachers have helped educate several Indian diaspora”. and criminals.
prosperity of the Netherlands.

New forums for integrating Kerala diaspora into state's economy: Vijayan
N
ew forums like a chamber of initiatives have been formulated at now turn into a reality is the setting of seven members coordinated the
commerce in all regions the the various sector wise discussions up of a development fund where event.
Kerala diaspora is settled, a that took place and said this event the diaspora can contribute and The BJP's state unit on Saturday
body for all professionals, setting up will be held every other year. once such people who return will too termed the event "nothing but
of a development fund are some of "A new body comprising the be accommodated in such ventures squandering of money".
the fresh initiatives that the Kerala business chambers in the various that are set up here, based on their Senior BJP leader A.N.
government will soon set up, Chief regions that our diaspora is there qualifications and experience," he Radhakrishnan said that it's strange
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced would be set up and it is meant so said. In his speech on Friday, Vijayan that an event was held without even
at the concluding session of the first they could interact with the various said the main objective of this showcasing a single project.
'Kerala Loka Sabha'. chambers in our state for their event is to ensure that through fresh "The state government can do a lot
The two-day event, which began development. initiatives, the diaspora could well of things for the diaspora and for that
on Friday, saw participation of 351 "A new body of professionals be an engine for the state's future all, what they need is to cooperate
members, including legislators, would also be set up so as they growth. The event was held in the with the centre. Crores of money that
MPs from the state and some 130 can also interact with the various building of the Kerala Legislative is provided by the centre is being
selected representatives of Kerala- outside the country. organisations here to share their Assembly here and Kerala Speaker blown up and this is one such event,"
based organisations from within and Vijayan pointed out that all these knowledge. Another idea that will P. Sreeramakrishnan and a panel he said.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 19, 2018 WORLD 21

World’s biggest flooded cave China to


build deep-
found in Mexico, say explorers space lab in
Luxembourg
T
he 347-km cave, near the
beach resort of Tulum,was

A
identified after months of leading Chinese science-
exploring a maze of underwater technology institution
channels announced Tuesday that it
A group of divers has connected was going to establish a deep-space
two underwater caverns in eastern lab in Luxembourg.
Mexico to reveal what is believed The lab will focus on the
to be the biggest flooded cave on the coordinated design and analysis of
planet, a discovery that could help deep-space probes, as well as the
shed new light on the ancient Maya development of key technologies
civilization. in exploring and utilizing space
The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), resources in the solar system,
a project dedicated to the study and according to a press release from
preservation of the subterranean the National Space Science Center
(NSSC) with the Chinese Academy
waters of the Yucatan peninsula,
of Sciences, reported Xinhua.
said the 347-km (216-mile) cave was
A memorandum of the cooperation
identified after months of exploring a
was signed by the NSSC and
maze of underwater channels.
the Luxembourg Ministry of the
Near the beach resort of Tulum,
Economy Tuesday.
the group found that the cave system
The memorandum also made
known as Sac Actun, once measured
A scuba diver measures the length of arrangements on the operation of the
at 263 km, communicated with the Sac Aktun underwater cave system as lab and intellectual property rights.
83-km Dos Ojos system, the GAM part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project Luxembourg launched a
said in a statement. For that reason, near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, government initiative in 2016 to
Mexico.
Sac Actun now absorbs Dos Ojos. support the utilization of space
GAM director and pilgrimage sites and ultimately resources. 
"It
Japan
underwater archaeologist the great pre-Hispanic
Guillermo de Anda allows us to settlements that we
said the “amazing”
find would help
appreciate much
more clearly how the
know emerged,” he
told Reuters.
successfully
to understand the rituals, the pilgrimage The Yucatan
of sites and ultimately the great peninsula is studded
launches
new Earth
development
the rich culture of pre-Hispanic settlements with monumental
the region, which
was dominated by the
that we know
emerged."
relics of the Maya
people, whose cities
observation
Maya civilization before drew upon an extensive satellite
J
A scuba diver looks at an animal skull at Sac Aktun underwater cave system.
the Spanish conquest. network of sinkholes linked apan›s Aerospace Exploration
“It allows us to appreciate much to subterranean waters known Some cenotes acquired particular whose descendents continue to Agency (JAXA) on Thursday
more clearly how the rituals, the as cenotes. religious significance to the Maya, inhabit the region. successfully launched a

Australia announces fund for ideas to save Great Barrier Reef


new Earth observation satellite,
equipped with X-band radar which is

A
capable of obtaining high-resolution
ustralia announced
terrain images.
on Tuesday a fund of The Advanced Satellite with New
Australian $2 million ($1.59 System Architecture for Observation
million) for innovative ideas to save (ASNARO-2) was launched aboard
the Great Barrier Reef, a Unesco a third-generation Epsilon rocket
World Heritage site located of its from the Uchinoura Space Center,
northeast coast. in the southwestern prefecture of
The fund is aimed at developing Kagoshima, Japan, Efe reported. 
"innovative solutions which will “The launch and flight of Epsilon-3
protect corals and encourage took place normally,” JAXA said in
the recovery of damaged reefs", the statement, and further confirmed
said Australian Environment and that after approximately 52 minutes
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg into the flight, the 570 kg ASNARO-2
in a statement, Efe news agency satellite successfully separated from
reported. the rocket.
"The Reef is the planet's ASNARO-2, developed by
greatest living wonder. "The Japanese tech firm NEC, will perform
scale of the
"The scale of the problem Earth-observation tasks for five years
problem is big and
is big and big thinking is big thinking is needed, from its orbit at an altitude of about
needed, but it's important but it's important 500 km and can deliver all weather
to remember that solutions to remember that radar imagery at a 1 meter resolution
can come from anywhere," solutions can come urged innovative The Great Barrier Reef comprises 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types on the ground.
he added. from anywhere." solutions, keeping 3,000 reefs and over 1,000 islands, of mollusks and had suffered two This was the first launch of a JAXA
Queensland's Minister in mind tourism, and is spread over an area of 2,000 consecutive bleaching episodes in Epsilon rocket ordered by a private
for Environment and the Great fishing and other sectors km. 2016 and 2017, which caused much company, a successful concept which
Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, in the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to 400 types of coral, damage to the corals. the Japanese Aerospace agency
hopes will boost this type of order.

Humans share fish genes that aid in repairing spinal cord The Japanese aerospace agency
designed the Epsilon to be smaller

S
than conventional rockets to reduce
cientists have found that many Lampreys are jawless, eel-like fish with the hub of transcription factors healing process and took samples
the cost of launching small-sized
of the genes that aid in the that shared a common ancestor with that are driving regeneration in the from the brains and spinal cords at
satellites.
natural repair of injured spinal humans about 550 million years ago. mammalian peripheral nervous multiple points in time, from the first
The cost of this launch is estimated
cord in the lamprey fish are also The fish specie can fully recover system," said Jennifer Morgan, hours after injury until three months
to be around $36 million, roughly
active in the repair of the peripheral from a severed spinal cord without Director at the Marine Biological later when they were healed.
half the cost of conventional rockets.
nervous system in mammals, a medication or other treatment. Laboratory in Massachusetts. They analysed the material to
The first Epsilon rocket was
finding that may eventually be They can go from paralysis to full In the study, published in the determine which genes and signalling launched in September 2013 to put
harnessed to reverse spinal cord swimming behaviours in 10 to 12 journal Scientific Reports, the pathways were activated as compared the first remote planetary observing
damage, even paralysis in humans. weeks. "We found a large overlap scientists followed the lampreys' to a non-injured lamprey. space telescope into orbit.
SPORTS

Virat Kohli
22 Friday, January 19, 2018 The Indian Weekender

devastated after 1st cricket


series loss as skipper, says
‘India not good enough’
V
irat Kohli praised the bowlers for doing their job but has to be desired in the Centurion
lamented the failure of the batsmen after India lost the Test. Murali Vijay dropped
Centurion Test by 135 runs to suffer a series defeat to South Dean Elgar off Jasprit Bumrah
Africa. on 14 while Parthiv Patel dropped
Virat Kohli has said the batsmen have let the Indian cricket team Hashim Amla on 30. While Elgar’s
down again after the bowlers bowled out South Africa twice in the catch did not prove costly, Amla
Centurion Test. India suffered a 135-run loss and this ended Virat went on to make 82.
Kohli’s nine-series winning streak as captain while extending India’s On the other hand, South Africa
overseas woes. hung on to their chances on the
Speaking at the post-match presentation after the SuperSport Park final day. Morne Morkel took a
Test, a distraught Kohli pulled no punches while highlighting the key brilliant diving catch to his left
factor behind India’s loss. at deep backward square leg to
“The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team dismiss Parthiv Patel for 19 while
down again. We failed to get a good partnership and take The AB de Villiers took a good catch at
(the) lead. We have let ourselves down from the first bowlers have long leg to send back Rohit Sharma
game into the second,” Kohli said. done the job but for 47.
In the Cape Town Test as well as in Centurion, the batsmen have let the With this loss, India’s overseas woes have
India’s top-order failed to come to the party. team down again. We failed continued as their quest to win a series in South
to get a good partnership
While the Newlands pitch was seamer-friendly, the Africa for the first time gets prolonged.
and take (the) lead. We
Centurion track was more like a subcontinent surface. have let ourselves down
The final Test starts at the Wanderers, Johannesburg
None of India’s top five managed a fifty at Newlands, from game into the on January 24.
with Hardik Pandya’s 93 the second."
best at No 7.
In Centurion, Virat Kohli
scored a sublime 153 but the
next best was 47 by Rohit
Sharma in the second innings
as India hurtled towards
defeat. Opener Murali Vijay’s
46 in the first innings was the
next best.
South Africa’s
fielding top
notch
Kohli highlighted one key
factor in which South Africa
dominated over India in the
Centurion Test. “As a team,
you want to win collectively.
We tried but we weren’t good
enough. South Africa were
better than us, especially
in the fielding department,
and that’s why they are the
winners.”
India’s catching left much

Ben Stokes available for


England selection, may
play in T20 series in NZ
B
en Stokes, charged for public An ECB statement read: “Given
brawl, has been cleared the CPS [Crown Prosecution]
to make an international decision to charge him and two
return with England and is expected others with affray, confirmation of
to feature against New Zealand his intention to contest the charge and
next month. the potential length of time to trial,
The England and Wales Cricket the board agreed that it would not be
Board (ECB) has confirmed Ben fair, reasonable or proportionate for
Stokes will now be considered for Ben Stokes to remain unavailable for
England selection once again. a further indeterminate period.”
Stokes  has not represented his “To date, Stokes has been
country since he was arrested unavailable for selection throughout
following a late-night incident in the Police and CPS process around
Bristol in September, the all-rounder the incident in Bristol in September,
missing the Ashes defeat to Australia a period which has included One- Ben Stokes, charged for a public brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25 last year, will be available for England
as a result. Day Internationals against West selection
However, after he was charged Indies, the Ashes tour and the start of
with affray on Monday, the ECB the ODI series against Australia. “England Selectors, management T20 matches. internal disciplinary process for both
board has now decided  Ben “ECB fully respects the legal and players have been informed and “ECB confirmed in December that Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until
Stokes can return to the process and the player’s intention to Ben Stokes is expected to join the the independent Cricket Discipline the conclusion of court proceedings
international arena. defend himself against the charge. squad in New Zealand for February’s Commission [CDC] would stay the relating to the incident.”
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Benefits of sesame
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seeds for skin, health


T
he tiny brown, black or white seeds of moisturising the scalp and improves blood
the sesame plant add crunch and flavor circulation to rejuvenate hair follicles.
to crackers, breads, cereals and even Add two teaspoons of sesame oil to 2-3 drops
candy. But sesame seeds don't just taste good; of rosemary essential oil and one tablespoon of
they're good for you.. Toasting sesame seeds aloe vera gel. Apply this mixture on your scalp
enhances their flavor. and massage gently with circular motions for
Grinding the seeds helps your body absorb twice or thrice a week and rinse your hair with
more of their nutrients. Because of their high a chemical-free shampoo and conditioner.
oil content, sesame seeds can turn rancid. Store • They contain the highest amount of oil
them in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator to contents as compared to any other seed
maintain their quality and flavor which is healthy to consume. It helps in
Sesame seeds have health benefits -- while removing the dental plaque and boosts our
the antioxidant properties present in the seeds oral health. 
help in anti-ageing, the rich omega fatty acids • Sesame seeds enhance our digestive health
content triggers hair growth, say experts. by relieving constipation.
Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist and • It is also beneficial for people who are
Amit Sarda, Managing Director at under radiation treatments for cancer.
Soulflower, have shared a few • The components of sesame
inputs: seeds, like magnesium, helps in
Sesame Seeds and Omega-3 seed candies. Ground sesame seeds form a
• It promotes glowing skin maintaining the level of insulin
Omega-3 paste called tahini, used in oriental cooking.
and helps in healing and glucose and reduces the
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated Other Sesame Benefits
skin. Sesame seeds help chances of diabetes. The rich
fatty acids, also known as PUFAs, that your Sesame seeds contain the compounds
the skin remain warm magnesium content is also ideal
body needs but cannot make itself. Omega-3 sesamin and sesamolin, which may help lower
and moist. They are to reduce hypertension.
fatty acids help reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure and protect the liver. The fiber in
rich in anti-inflammatory • Sesame seeds also contain
blood pressure and improve cognitive function. sesame can help prevent constipation. Sesame
properties that are vital in anti-aging properties which nourish
Fish contain the highest amounts of omega-3, seeds are a good source of vitamin E. They also
healing redness and other facial the hair and avoid the hair greying.
but seeds and nuts, including sesame seeds, contain vitamin B1, iron, magnesium and other
skin issues by getting rid of pathogens and • It also reduces the inflammation in joints,
are also good sources of this nutrient. The U.S. minerals.
other agents causing skin infections. bones and muscles. But remember not to
Department of Agriculture recommends you Sources of Omega-3
Mix one tablespoon olive oil and two consume the excessive amount of sesame
consume between 7 and 11 g of omega-3 fatty It would be difficult to consume enough
tablespoons of powdered sesame seeds. Apply seeds because too much of anything is not
acids each week. sesame seeds to meet the dietary requirements
this mixture on your face after dampening it. good for our health.
Sesame and Omega-3 of omega-3, but they can make up one part of
Follow the same exercise once or twice a week. • With the presence of natural antioxidants
An ounce of sesame seeds contains 0.1 g your diet. Fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and vegetable
• Benefits of sesame are not only for skin, and natural SPF, sesame keeps the skin
omega-3. One ounce of sesame seeds is equal oils are other good sources of omega-3.
but also for hair. It is said to trigger hair protected from the sun’s UV rays as well
to about 3 tbsp. You could sprinkle the seeds Four ounces of canned salmon provide 2.2 g
growth by nourishing the roots with its rich as protects it from free radicals. Sesame
into cereal or casseroles, add them to smoothies omega-3. An ounce of walnuts adds another 2.6
omega fatty acids content. It also helps in has been traditionally used in several
therapies worldwide for these properties. or soup or crunch them in traditional sesame g and a tablespoon of canola oil provides 1.3 g.

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CROSSWORD NO: 1 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS QUIZ ANSWERS NO: 1


1. Gold colored
2. Barcelona
3. Botticelli
4. Bram Stoker
5. Brussels
6. Daguerre
7. Genesis
8. Leonardo Da Vinci
9. Liverpool
10. Gustave Eiffel
11. Florence
12. Menorah
13. A System of Jewish Mystical
Beliefs
14. Michelangelo
15. Greece
16. Paris
17. Picasso
18. Verona

SUDOKU NO: 1

ANSWER KEY
Spelling Practice Word Verb Quiz
Scramble Answers
am hat had and as Answers 1. Think
can man cat have has 1. Hot 2. Run
2. Fast 3. Eat
3. New 4. Sing
1. Write four words that start with H. 4. Cheap 5. Jump
hat, had, have, has 5. Late 6. Laugh
6. Old 7. Climb
7. Smll 8. Listen
HITORI NO: 1 2. Write two words that rhyme with RAN.
8. High 9. Look
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple them in Black. man, can 9. Slow 10. Walk
rules and challenging solutions. Can
you eliminate numbers until there are
You are not allowed to have two 10. Dark
Black squares touching horizontally
no duplicates in any row or column? or vertically (diagonally is ok). 3. Write three words that start with A.
11. Low
Objective / Rules Any White square can be reached 12. Serious
Eliminate numbers until there are from any other (i.e. they are am, and, as
13. Safe
no duplicates in any row or column. connected).
Eliminate numbers by marking 14. Pretty
4. Write the word. 15. Cold
cat 16. Expensive
17. Different
18. Early

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breathtaking lakes and feature several boat houses on Dal Lake
which can be booked in decent rates. Even the flight tickets for
Srinagar are available at cheap prices from several parts of the
country. So, if you ever wanted to visit the gorgeous summer
capital of Jammu and Kashmir, this might be the perfect time!

Port Blair

India’s pocket-friendly
holiday destinations for 2018
Port Blair is gorgeous but people do not plan a trip to this
nature’s paradise thinking it will cost a bomb! That’s so not true
at all. Flight tickets for Port Blair are available at quite cheap
rates this year from various Indian cities. In fact, the destination
has been in the list of one of the best budget travel destinations
for 2018 in the country.

Shimla

2
018 has finally arrived and with it comes New Year Ashram where you can practice Yoga and relish free vegetarian
resolutions and travel plans for those who love living food. Also alcohol is quite cheap in the city, so you party also in
there lives on wheels! We all know travelling doesn’t budget!
come cheap but you’ll be glad to know that there are various

Dharamshala
places in  India  which make for perfect cheapest holiday
destination in 2018. After a thorough research, we have come
up with 10 pocket-friendly Indian destinations where you
can plan a trip to if you wish to gain travel experience and
save big bucks.
Shimla  somehow always tops the chart of cheapest holiday
Jaipur destinations in the country and we are so not complaining! The
accommodation is cheap, food is good but shopping might get
a little heavy on pocket. So we suggest, do not shop, or bargain
till you don’t get the best deal. Getting to Shimla is also not at
all expensive; in fact you’ll forget all your expenses the moment
you are welcomed with natural serenity and British charm!

Amritsar
The land of Golden Temple charges you no money! You can
Dharamshala is a heaven for mountain lovers! The place is an stay here at the gurudwara by paying a nominal fee and relish
ideal budget bargain for beauty. One can get guided treks here delicious langar food that is served inside the premises. Surely,
without emptying their pockets and beautiful guesthouses are the place will calm you down to your senses and provide peace
available at decent prices. Even the pancakes are cheap here! to your mind.
You can soak in natural beauty, eat delicious food and stay

For those who love exploring palaces and forts from the
comfortably here without burning a hole in your wallet.
Kodaikanal
You’ll love the street food of  Kodaikanal  that will fill your
Udaipur
bygone eras,  Jaipur  is the best wallet-friendly destination.
The place is home to a number of hotels and resorts that cater stomach full in just a few bucks! This stunningly pretty hill
to all pockets. Food here is delicious and also within budget, town will fill your body with a new energy without costing you
if you don’t wish to splurge on palace restaurants or lake-side a bomb! The guesthouses here are available at extremely cheap
establishments. Otherwise, Jaipur is one such destination that prices with fantastic views
doesn’t demand big bucks.
Goa
Pondicherry

Soaked in golden history and serenity,  Udaipur  is one such


rich destination that can be explored in quite moderate amount.
Accommodations by lake are absolutely easy-on-pocket and
come with fabulous views. You can also find quaint little bread
and breakfast sort of places by the lake and enjoy quiet meal
The list is incomplete without mentioning the gorgeous Goa!
while admiring the peace and beauty surrounding the place.
This  beach  destination has several shacks, guesthouses and
budget accommodation options where you can stay and have the
Srinagar
In Pondicherry, you can actually live for free! Yes, you read
it right. The destination is home to several ashrams where best time of your life within your budget. There’s no dearth of
accommodation is absolutely free. If you want to feel fresh and If you thought exploring  Srinagar  will rob you of all your exciting and vibrant venues where you can go and enjoy with
rejuvenated, you can book a room at the famous Aurobindo money, think again. The gorgeous city is home to some your besties at cheap rates.
FUN IN THE
26 FEATURES Friday, January 19, 2018 The Indian Weekender

KITCHEN Foods you


can eat as
2

much as you
want without
RECIPES

gaining weight
their diuretic effect. Celery will satisfy
V E G E TA R I A N

your palate for longer and therefore helps in


weight loss.
Cucumber

I
f you are trying to lose weight and maintain Per serving of cucumber contains 16 calories.
your figure, you should know that there It is loaded with water and hence helps in
are some foods you can eat as much as detoxifying the body. As it is fibre rich, it leads
you want without worrying about weight gain. to satiety, and removes excess fluids. So you
These foods are loaded with fiber content and can eat as much as you can without gaining
are low in calories, which will keep you satiated weight.
and curb your hunger pangs. Protein rich foods Cauliflower
like cottage cheese, egg and chicken can help
in suppressing your appetite. While berries
like cranberries, strawberries help in getting
rid off the excess water from the body due to
their diuretic effect whereas celery contains
75% water which helps in detoxifying the body.
Include these foods in your diet with worrying
about gaining weight:
Broccoli
When it comes to zero-calorie food, broccoli

MASALA BHINDI
is one of the best foods on the planet. It has
some incredible health benefits, and contains Only, 25 calories, per serving, cauliflower is
about 31 calories per serving. a very nutritious vegetable full of antioxidants
Celery and phytochemicals that help fight against
70 | India’s Most Wanted Recipies Ruby Dhillon Celery stems contain 95% water and 25% chronic disease.
A dry-style curry of crunchy okra cooked with authentic Indian spices fiber. They help in detoxifying the body due to

O Green Peas and Mint Soup Recipe


kra (or bhindi) is a gift from the tropics • Rinse bhindi well in water, then dry
to the world, and is grown in abundance each pod completely before cooking:

S
across Africa and India. This dish is this prevents the bhindi from becoming
made year-round in Indian homes because okra sticky and stringy. You can leave the oups have always been an inextricable
is easily available. In fact, India is the largest damp bhindi on a plate to air-dry, or part of the quintessential 'three course
producer of okra in the world. Tender, young alternatively, gently wipe each pod with meal'. It is an easy and sumptuous
and fresh okra is best suited for this stir-fry as a paper towel. Once dry, chop off and appetizer recipe for a chilly winter night or
it adds crunch and flavour. The spices bring out discard the base, then cut into 5cm pieces. a bonfire party. This healthy soup is infused
the sweetness of the okra while the dry mango • Add 2 Tbsp of oil to the same hot pan, with freshly chopped mint leaves, garlic and
powder (amchur) lends a slight tangy touch. add chopped onions and sauté until they vitamin-rich peas. This quick winter recipe
become translucent. Add the ginger and makes for a healthy appetizing soup. It can also
Preparation Time: 10 min garlic paste, stir and sauté for a minute, be a perfect homemade remedy for common
Cooking Time: 35 min then add the chopped tomatoes and sauté cold and fever. Besides, you can add some
Serve: 4 until the tomatoes become soft. fresh cream and garnish it with some chopped
Taste: Mdium • Turn the heat to low and add all the green chilies. This Green Peas and Mint Soup
powders to the onion masala, one by one recipe can be a perfect starter recipe before a
INGREDIENTS: and stirring in between, taking care not heavy meal. in a large saucepan. Chop the onions
• 250g bhindi to burn them. Mix well and sauté for a INGREDIENTS and mint and mince garlic. Add chopped
• 2Tbsp oil minute. • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil onions, minced garlic and cook for 7-10
• 1 lemon, to squeeze over • Add the sautéed bhindi and salt to taste, • 3 cloves garlic minutes until they turn soft. Then add the
• 1 medium onion, chopped mix well so that the bhindi is evenly
• 6 cup water fennel powder. Add water, chopped mint
• 1 tsp ginger paste coated. Cook for a few minutes, stirring
• 1 cup mint and boiled peas to the saucepan, and let
• 1 tsp garlic paste occasionally, until teh bhindi is soft.
• salt as required it to boil.
• 1 medium tomato, chopped • Serve hot with Tandoori Roti
• 1 onion • Reduce the heat and allow it to cook for
• 1 tsp coriander powder
• 1/2 tsp red chilli powder RUBY'S TIP: This is a dry dish (rather • 1 tablespoon roasted fennel seeds powder 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder than a liquid gravy) so do not cover the bhindi • 1 pounds boiled peas it cool for a while.
• 1/2 tsp garam masala powder once it has been added to the onion tomato • 2 tablespoon half and half • Now pour the soup in a blender and blend
• 1/4 tsp amchur powder masala. This way it stays nice and dry, yet well • ground black pepper as required it until smooth. Season it with salt and
• Salt to taste coated with masala. Try to keep it on a high • For Garnishing fresh ground black pepper. You can also
• flame when mixing it together, and stir often to • 2 tablespoon fresh cream add your own twist to this healthy soup.
prevent it sticking yet to the bottom of the pan. METHOD • Garnish with mint and fresh cream, or
METHOD: • Heat the olive oil over a moderate flame croutons, and serve hot!
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 19, 2018 FEATURES 27

PARENTING
A lesson in the woods Breastfeeding for 6 months or
more may halve diabetes risk
may boost kids' learning B reastfeeding for six months
or longer can reduce the

A
re your students unable to risk of developing Type 2
concentrate on their lessons diabetes by nearly half for women
in the classroom? Take throughout their childbearing years,
them for outdoor learning sessions. according to a study.
According to a study, a lesson in Women who breastfed for six
the lap of nature can significantly months or more across all births
increase children's attention level had a 47 per cent reduction in their
and boost their learning. risk of developing Type 2 diabetes Several plausible biological
While adults exposed to parks, compared to those who did not mechanisms are possible for the
trees or wildlife have been known breastfeed at all. protective effects of breastfeeding,
to experience benefits such as Women who breastfed for including the influence of lactation-
increased physical activity, stress six months or less had a "We associated hormones on
reduction, rejuvenated attention and 25 per cent reduction found a very the pancreatic cells that
increased motivation, in children, in diabetes risk. strong association control blood insulin
even a view of greenery through a "We found between breastfeeding levels and thereby
classroom window can have positive a very strong duration and lower risk of impact blood sugar, the
effects on their attention span, the association developing diabetes, even researchers said.
researchers said. b e t w e e n after accounting for all For the study,
The study showed that post breastfeeding possible confounding published in the journal
an outdoor lesson, students were duration and risk factors." JAMA Internal Medicine,
significantly more attentive and lower risk of the team included 1,238
engaged with their schoolwork and developing diabetes, even black and white women who
were not overexcited or inattentive. after accounting for all possible did not have diabetes when they
Moreover, the number of times confounding risk factors," said lead enrolled.
he results show that children were more
the teacher had to redirect a student's author Erica P. Gunderson, senior Over the next 30 years, each
engaged after the outdoor lessons in Our teachers were able to
attention to their work was roughly nature. research scientist with the Kaiser woman had at least one live birth and
halved immediately after an
teach uninterrupted for
Permanente – a US-based health care was routinely screened for diabetes.
outdoor lesson. researchers tested their hypothesis almost twice as long at Participants also reported lifestyle
company.
"Our teachers were able to teach in third graders (9-10 years old) in a a time after the outdoor "The incidence of diabetes behaviours (such as diet and physical
uninterrupted for almost twice as school. lesson and we saw the decreased in a graded manner as activity) and the total amount of time
long at a time after the outdoor lesson Over a 10-week period, an they breastfed their children.
nature effect with our breastfeeding duration increased,
and we saw the nature effect with our experienced teacher held one lesson The findings add to a growing
skeptical teacher as well, regardless of race, gestational
skeptical teacher as well," said Ming a week outdoors and a similar lesson body of evidence that breastfeeding
diabetes, lifestyle behaviours,
Kuo, a scientist at the University of in her regular classroom, and another, has protective effects for both
body size, and other metabolic risk
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in more skeptical teacher did the same. A previous research suggested that mothers and their offspring,
factors measured before pregnancy,
the US. Their outdoor "classroom" was a 15 minutes of self-paced exercise can including lowering a mother's risk
implying the possibility that the
For the study, published in the grassy spot just outside the school, in also significantly improve a child's of breast and ovarian cancer, the
underlying mechanism may be
journal Frontiers in Psychology, view of a wooded area. mood, attention and memory. researchers said.
biological," Gunderson added.
Much effort may be required to live up to the soon as possible. Aches and pains that had been
expectations of the one you want to impress. troubling some for so long are set to disappear.
A long journey is indicated and will prove most
Lucky Number- 6 / Lucky Colour- Cream
exciting. On the financial front, you will remain
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conserve money. Don’t count of anyone, even if
you are assured of their support. Profits accrue Seek the best price for something that you want
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¡¡ Libra (Sep 24-Oct 23) Enjoying the company of like-minded people is
¡¡ Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) to turn for the better. foretold. A romantic situation promises to sweep
Good performance on the academic front is your
Prospects for earning big money grow stronger, Lucky Number- 8 / Lucky Colour- Gray you off your feet in a social gathering! Stepping
aim and you are not likely to spare any efforts.
as you remain steadfast in adding to your wealth. up workouts to become fit is possible.
¡¡ Cancer (Jun 22-Jul 20) Recent developments on the social front may
Some of you may get involved in social work
make you change your opinion about someone. Lucky Number- 18 / Lucky Colour- Golden
and derive immense satisfaction from it. House Your qualifications are likely to raise your Choosing the right options on the health front Brown
owners can expect to demand good rent for their professional price, so don’t settle for anything is foretold and will help you in coming back in
property. You will get the opportunity of sharing less than a hefty package. There is a good ¡¡ Aquarius (Jan 22-Feb 19)
shape. Much loving and sharing is foreseen on
your deepest feelings and emotions with lover. chance of getting together with someone for the romantic front. Your efforts on the professional front will start
Lucky Number- 9 / Lucky Colour- Peach a common cause. A shopping spree is on the
cards, as you are in mood to splurge. Spending Lucky Number- 2 / Lucky Colour- Chocolate bringing good returns. Distance will not manage
¡¡ Taurus (Apr 21-May 20) time with someone who is near to your heart is to keep you apart from the one who genuinely
¡¡ Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22) loves you, so expect him or her to drop by and
Hurdles can be expected by those pursuing a indicated on the social front. Health remains
satisfactory. This is a good period to earn money, so go surprise you! Some of you may concentrate on
specific goal, but they will be able to overcome
ahead with your ventures without any fear of your body just to be able to undertake a physical
them. Maintain your stand on something you Lucky Number- 15 / Lucky Colour- Golden
feel strongly about and you will come out the failure. You may get involved in organising venture. If relaxation is what you seek, get rid of
Brown
winner. There is little chance of someone taking something for your near and dear ones. Keep all sources of interruption.
your side in a dispute. Your financial position ¡¡ Leo (Jul 21-Aug 22) things simple on the professional front to avoid
Lucky Number- 1 / Lucky Colour- Bottle Green
remains strong. Marriage of someone eligible in getting confused. A selective diet may become
You will gain enough confidence to put your
the family may get fixed or solemnized. your mantra for keeping fit as a fiddle. Be careful ¡¡ Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
point across to higher ups on the professional
of bad investments to avoid financial instability.
Lucky Number- 7 / Lucky Colour- White front. You may not like a parent or family elder Spending a few leisurely hours with friends and
keeping track of your activities. There is a good Lucky Number- 3 / Lucky Colour- White associates is possible. Lack of thoroughness
¡¡ Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) chance of meeting someone you adore sooner
¡¡ Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21) may prove a bane for you on the academic
A competitive situation on the academic front is than you expect! Travelling with near and dear front. Self-discipline and focus will be the key
likely to bring out the best in you. Bank balance ones is indicated and will be fun. You will curb Some of you may be gearing up to enter a new factors in maintaining top physical condition.
remains healthy, as you become judicious in your your urge to splurge in a shopping spree, as field on the professional front. Don’t let anything Adjustment problems faced on the social front
spending. You will be able to turn your creativity better sense prevails. distract you from your aim on the academic front.
will become a thing of the past, as you manage
into cash by showcasing your work. Making a Attending parties and weddings is foreseen and
Lucky Number- 1 / Lucky Colour- Bottle Green to establish your own identity.
choice was never so difficult, but you will be at will prove enjoyable. There is much that requires
liberty to take your time. Your love life is likely ¡¡ Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 23) your attention, so it is best to get down to it as Lucky Number- 7 / Lucky Colour- White
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, January 19, 2018 The Indian Weekender

AUCKLAND’S HOTTEST BOLLYWOOD STATION

PADMAN VS PADMAAVAT:
Sonam and Deepika to battle it out
at the box-office after 10 years
O
n January 25, 2018, box-office is going said, "According to me, there has been no official
to witness a huge clash in the form of statement from the Producer, the PR or Sanjay Leela
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and Bhansali that the film is releasing on January 25,
Akshay Kumar’s PadMan. We will also see Sonam 2018. So till that official statement doesn’t come,
Kapoor and Deepika Padukone clashing at the I dont think there is any point commenting on it.’’
box-office once again. Deepika and Sonam had Talking about Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sonam
locked horns right in their debut films  Om Shanti recently said, "I haven’t worked with him (Bhansali)
Om and Saawariya, respectively in 2007. for 10 years since my first film released. I have been
At that time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was on Sonam in touch with him. I wish him all the best for his
Kapoor’s side while Deepika had superstar  Shah film. I hope the film releases and I won’t wish this
Rukh Khan  for company. However, now the (protest) on anybody.’’
tables have turned and Bhansali is directing the We all know that Sonam and Deepika shared
Deepika Padukone starrer, while Sonam is working cold vibes. It all started with Koffee with Karan,
with Akshay Kumar.  when Sonam who came along with her father
Deepika and Shah Rukh starrer  Om Shanti Anil Kapoor on the show made several mean
Om  released on 9 November, 2007 and emerged comments on Deepika Padukone. When
victorious at the box office. The total box-collection asked to give fashion advice to Deepika,
of the movie was around Rs 78.16 crore. On the Sonam had promptly retorted: “Create
other hand, Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor’s Saawariya your own style.” 
did a decent performance at the box-office. The Continuing her catty streak, Sonam
movie earned Rs 20.92 crore in total. had said that Deepika was a “good
However, since then a lot has changed. girl gone bad.” She added that
Deepika and Sonam have become huge superstars the one thing Deepika had that
and have created their own space in this she didn’t want was “an over
entertainment industry.  Also, this will be enthusiastic PR team.” 
Sonam’s first film post the unprecedented However, it seems that the two
success of Neerja. It is to be seen now how have buried the hatchet as Deepika
much  Padmaavat  and  PadMan  make at the box recently attended Sonam’s Diwali
office. According to trade expert Akshaye Rathi, bash and even clicked pictures with her. 
it is Padmaavat that’s going to take the lead. He Recently, Deepika who appeared on BFFs
told a leading daily,’’ Padmaavat’s opening day with Vogue, was asked by Neha Dhupia
figures can be in the range of Rs 25 crore, "I whose fashion sense she liked the
haven’t
on the other hand PadMan might open best — Sonam or Ash. She said,
worked with him
around Rs 12 crore.’’ (Bhansali) for 10 “I liked Sonam’s look better than
During a media interaction, Sonam years since my first film that of Aishwarya.” 
was asked about the same given that released. I have been in Well, it will be really
this will be the first time she will be touch with him. I interesting to see the two divas
clashing with Deepika Padukone after wish him all the best for clashing at the box-office.
their debut clash. Responding to it, Sonam his film."

Anupam thanks Mahesh for Cheat India: Emraan's new movie to tackle crimes in the education system

E
his journey in cinema mraan Hashmi will next be seen in look at the crimes in the Indian education age appetite for compelling

A
nupam Kher thanked filmmaker Cheat India which is an edge-of-the- system which has created a parallel ecosystem content rooted in
Mahesh Bhatt for contributing in his seat drama and will take a startling infested with a mafia of sorts. Talking about realism," producer
life and journey in Hindi filmdom. look at the crimes in the Indian education Cheat India, Emraan revealed, "I am sure that Bhushan Kumar
Anupam shared a still from the 1989 film system. Cheat India is slated for a February every student and youth will hugely relate to said.
Daddy and said that the movie will always 2019 release. the subject. In an era marked by the success
remain as one of his most favourites. Emraan Hashmi is all set to make a change of content alone, I'm excited to be essaying a
"Daddy will always remain one of my most with his new movie under his production banner character which I believe will be a landmark
favourite films. Pooja Bhatt was stunning in her Emraan Hashmi Films titled Cheat India. For one in my filmography."
very first film. Thank you Mahesh Bhatt Saab the same, Emraan is partnering with T-Series Talking more about starring in Cheat
for your contribution to my life and to my so and Ellipsis Entertainment on one of the most India, Emraan revealed to a leading
far journey in Cinema," he captioned the still. engaging and riveting scripts, the actor has read tabloid, "For an actor, there’s always the
Daddy, which also starred Soni Razdan and in a long time. greed to essay a character that tests his
Neena Gupta among many others,Anupam Cheat India will be helmed by Gulaab skills and this one, I know, will keep
and Mahesh together have worked in films like Gang director Soumik Sen. The movie is an me on my toes."
Saaransh, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, edge-of-the-seat drama that will take a startling "The film will reflect the new-
Sidharth Malhotra:
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R.
Failure handles you more than you Madhavan
handle failure, because there is no choice
has no
interest in
A
ctor Sidharth Malhotra says both success and tend to take it much easier, than when they don’t. So,

politics
failure are two sides of the same coin, and the failure actually pushes you to make choices that you
more quickly one understands it, the better it wouldn’t have made otherwise. It also makes you work
is. harder on your craft, scenes and scripts.”
One needs to accept both success and failure, feels Sidharth shares how Ittefaq came as relief during
Sidharth Malhotra. The actor is of the opinion that time. “It was a great encouragement in terms of
that the earlier one learns to handle both, performance and I think I have realised that is how
the better it is. Sidharth, who is looking the life of an actor is — you can’t have an amazing
forward to the release of Neeraj run always. Life will be a bunch of ups and downs;
Pandey’s Aiyaary, went through a it’s better not to be upset with the failure or too happy
low phase when two of his films for success, as both are short lived. Now, I have
— Baar Baar Dekho (2016) and experienced both, and feel pretty equipped to handle
A Gentleman (2017) — did not everything,” he adds with poise.
do well. But then Ittefaq (2017) Asked how he reacts to box office results, the
happened, and with that he got a actor says that he is particular about how his film

E
hit. fares. “Eventually business is important and I won’t
On coping with the pressure of deny getting affected if a film does not make money. ven as southern superstars
failed films, the 32-year-old actor But as I said, now I accept what happens. At times Rajinikanth and Kamal
says, “I feel failure handles you more the unexpected also happens — for Ittefaq, we were Haasan have announced
than you handle failure, because looking to do good work... Logon ko kaam their entry into politics, actor R.
there is no choice. When things "I pasand aaye. (We wanted people to like Madhavan says he has no interest
don’t work the way you want feel failure what we had made). We weren’t really in foraying into the field.
them to, you need to accept handles you more looking at the box office results. Had At the trailer launch of the
it (the situation). Failure is than you handle failure, it been a flashy film, we would have Amazon Prime Original series
a learning experience.” In because there is no choice. expected a lot at the box office, but Breathe, Madhavan was asked if
fact Malhotra feels that his When things don’t work still Ittefaq did well. he wants to get into politics.
failures have prompted him the way you want them to, "So, I think every film He said: "I am not politically
to introspect. you need to accept it (the deserves a different expectation,” inclined and I do not want to be a
“When films work, you situation)." Sidharth says. politician. I am doing my service in

I believe in box-office collection


acting and I am happy with it.
Tiger Zinda Hai: Records "If people are joining politics

above everything else: Taapsee:


are meant to be broken, with the intention of serving for
the betterment of the nation, it is
says Salman

T
good. When young people joined
iger Zinda Hai emerged as politics coming from a background

B
the highest grossing Hindi of the common man, like the one
ollywood actor who starred in the comic
film of 2017, next only to the happened in the US when Barack
entertainer Judwaa 2 along with Varun Dhawan,
Hindi-dubbed version of Baahubali Obama became President, young
says that it is commercial success, not critical
2: The Conclusion. people get a visionary. That is good
acclaim, that helps the industry make more movies.
After setting the cash counters for the nation."
Actor Taapsee Pannu’s recent film Judwaa 2 broke
ringing and registering a collection The actor is currently excited
of Rs 325.71 crore nett in India with box-office records in 2017, being packed with the right
about "Breathe", an eight-episode
Tiger Zinda Hai, superstar Salman ingredients of mainstream entertainment. Known for her
psychological thriller that explores
Khan hopes many more movies powerful performances in hard-hitting, gritty films like the lives of ordinary people faced
create records for Bollywood for the Baby (2015), Pink (2016), and Naam Shabana (2017), with extraordinary circumstances.
industry to flourish. Taapsee showed another side of herself in Judwaa 2. And The story of "Breathe" also has
According to Tiger Zinda Hai the actor feels that commercial success comes first and an element of organ donation.
makers, it is Salman’s biggest hit foremost for a film. Madhavan said in real life, he
so far. “I believe in box-office collection above everything had registered for organ donation
Salman said, “I hope the industry else, and I believe in it 100 per cent. Your film could or 10 years ago.
has many more bigger successes this could not be critically acclaimed, it may get four or five "I think organ donation is a great
year. It is important that we see more stars or even one, but nothing really matters in front of the thing. When you know that your
hits, more blockbusters. box-office collection. This is the entertainment business one step is saving five lives, it
and you can make more films with the money you get should be encouraged. At the same
It will expand our industry, provide
from your previous films. This is the sad truth. time, there is a misconception
more jobs for people and entertain
"You cannot make films with critical acclaim — you about organ donation that the body
audiences much more. I
have to make them with money. I cannot run away might get distorted and all, but
I’m happy with have got in the show, we have shown an
the business from that fact. If my films didn’t collect money, I an audience that insight of organ donation.
that Tiger wouldn’t be able to do more films,” says Taapsee. already knows what "Having said that, our show is
Zinda Hai The actor is aware that her step into I can do and what they not to propagate organ donation. It
has been commercial cinema has disappointed fans who would want me to do. is a thriller and it is a good story."
doing at the like seeing the actor in intense roles. They really appreciate "Breathe" marks the first time
box office. “I have got an audience that already knows what my work. that Madhavan is exploring the
Records are I can do and what they would want me to do. They digital platform after acting in
never ever- really appreciate my work. Some of them were not films for the last 20 years.
lasting. Records really happy when they got to know I was doing Judwaa "Yes, it is a new platform where
are meant to be broken and it’s 2. They were [perhaps] thinking why I needed to do this if we are providing good content,
good for new records to happen when things were happening really well in different kind we can reach a wider audience.
more frequently. It is healthy and of cinema. The fact is that it gives me a chance to show But then that content has to be
extremely important.” my versatility and to widen my horizons in terms of the high in quality because it is going
The high-on-action entertainer is audience,” shares the actor, who is currently shooting for worldwide. Digital content is
the third Salman movie to surpass hockey player Sandeep Singh’s biopic, titled Soorma, private viewing whereas cinema
the Rs 300 crore mark after Bajrangi starring Diljit Dosanjh. is a community viewing, so the
Bhaijaan and Sultan. And what was it that convinced her to say yes to an out- contents are different in nature."
Both Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai The trailer launch event here
an-out commercial venture?
– helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar – are was also attended by other cast
“The idea was to prove that this kind of cinema, too,
produced by Yash Raj Films. members of "Breathe"; Amit
is something I want to be a part of. I really wanted to
Tiger Zinda Hai emerged as the Sadh, Sapna Pabbi, Neelima
prove that I can do such roles as well, if given a chance. Kulkarni, Atharva along with Vijay
highest grossing Hindi film of 2017, I’m a maximum actor, and can do every kind of genre or Subramaniam, Vikram Malhotra
next only to the Hindi-dubbed version character. I am really happy with whatever Judwaa 2 has and Mayank Sharma.
of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. done for me,” Taapsee signs off.
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2018 Waterfront Half Marathon


Date: Sunday, April 8
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Guftagu with Gulzar Saab Celebrate Gurujis Birthday with Guruvandana. Get blessings with
family and friends. All welcome. Maha prasad (Dinner) served.
Venue: Mission Bay, Auckland
Date: Saturday, February 3 April 8, 2018 sees the inaugural edition of the Auckland
Organised by World Spiritual Forum NZ which is a World Spiritual Waterfront Half Marathon. Several years in the making, this is
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. non profit organisation. We spread the messages of Bhramrishi
Venue: Dorothy Winstion Centre, 16 Howe Street, Auckland the half marathon that Auckland runners and walkers have been
Guruvanandji through events and charity work in New Zealand. waiting for. Flat, fast, traffic free and spectacularly scenic, the
Once in a lifetime opportunity to see the legendary poet and
lyricist Gulzar Saab in a Guftagu in Auckland. An opportunity Waterfront Half Marathon falls beautifully at the end of a summer
of fitness in the City of Sails, making it the Grand Finale of the
comparable to a pilgrimage doesn’t come every day so seize
it while you can. This Guftagu will be curated by Salim Arif. For Anoushka Shankar: Land of Gold - Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series.
sponsorship, contact Umesh Sharma on +64 21 111 055, Rushi
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Auckland Arts Festival 2018
Date: Sunday, March 18
For information related to tickets and Ticket Bazaar, or to buy Time: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
tickets on phone, call Swati Sharma +64 9 217 3623. Venue: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, 96 Jellicoe Drive,
Auckland
Experience sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the
Vector Lights Launch Show legendary Ravi Shankar, performing live her spellbinding and
Date: Saturday, January 27 magnetic album Land of Gold. A singular figure in the Indian
Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. classical and progressive world-music scenes, Anoushka
Venue: Auckland Harbour Bridge, City Hill Drive, Auckland Shankar brings a deep relationship with tradition through her
Vector Lights will be bringing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge father and guru, the late great Ravi Shankar. These exchanges
to life. Be sure to join us on 27th January for what promises to between Indian and Western music find even greater power in
be a truly immersive lighting experience. Vector Lights, part of a Shankar’s advocacy for women’s rights and social justice, with
smart energy partnership between Vector and Auckland Council her latest album, Land of Gold, responding to the humanitarian
in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, will transform the trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.
Waitematā and become the guiding light toward a smart energy
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The Color Run Dreams World Tour -
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Bhajan Sandhya Date: Sunday, March 11
Date: Saturday, 10 Febuary Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Venue: QBE Stadium, Albany, Auckland
Venue: Dorothy Winstone Centre, 15 Howe Street, Auckland WHO LOVES UNICRONS? The original happiest 5k on the planet!
Bhajan Sandhya celebrates an evening of popular and traditional Enter a world where anything is possible, where you can dance
Bhajans, showcasing the talent of Auckland’s finest musicians through a cloud of colour, swim through an ocean of dreamy
and singers. Fundraising for Sri Ramkrishna Vedanta Center, this foam and party the day away with giant unicorns and more music
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Titanic Live
Date: Wednesday & Thursday, January 24 & 25
Brahmrishi Sri Gurudev Birthday Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Civic Theatre, 269 Queen Street, Auckland
Celebrations With Guruvandana Avex Classics International presents Titantic Live- Film featuring
Date: Sunday, January 21 the Auckland Philharmonia . Titanic Live brings James Cameron’s
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1997 multi Oscar-winning film Titanic to life, by combining a
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