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11JAN2019 | Vol 10 Issue 41

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India’s historic test-series win over Australia:


A sign for riveting Kiwi cricket-summer season
SANDEEP SINGH However, Indian cricket team’s latest feat no denial from the fact that there is something defining - which catapulted team’s confidence

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deserves far more attention than mere prospects special between Indian and Australian cricket and self-belief to a different level and beginning
istory was created on Monday, of what it can potentially offer to the Kiwi- that keeps the fans and statisticians busy. an era of dominance – by Australia's greatest
January 8, at Sydney Cricket Ground, cricketing season – the win itself symbolises the The era of Australian dominance of world generation.
when the Indian cricket team clinched first ever test-series win by an Asian cricketing cricket of not so distant past, first under Steve Many enthusiasts are tempted to ask and hope
a landmark first Test series victory in Australia nation on the Australian soil. Waugh and then under Ricky Ponting led if this victory of the Indian team in Australian
after the weather-affected fourth match ended Three cricketing nations from the Indian teams, is believed to have begun in 2004 series soil could begin a similar era of dominance in
in a draw. subcontinent including India, Pakistan and Sri victory in India. the cricketing world, and an answer will only
Virat Kohli led Indian cricket team had Lanka, each of whom had won the ICC World That series victory was considered era- come in future.
entered the final day with hopes of a 3-1 series Cup individually had not been able to conquer
victory and also their first win at the Sydney Australia in Australia before this recent triumph
Cricket Ground since 1978, but rain on Monday by India.
forced the umpires to call off the match.
The draw gave India a 2-1 series win over What does this Indian victory mean?
The immediate impact of this sensational
there are two
Australia – a cricketing feat that has not only
sent millions of Indian cricket fans all around
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What is so special about this victory?
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4 NEW ZEALAND Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

KNOW INDIA QUIZ: Three Auckland


sisters win second round, set to travel India
SANDEEP SINGH “When these girls will go there, they carry a

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hree Auckland sisters Uma, Janki and reputation of NZ as a multicultural country –
Jai-Radha Patel had won the second a country that respects diversity, a country that
round of the prestigious Know India has given them the chance to grow and realise
Quiz organised by Government of India, their dreams – and this will further strengthen
thereby bringing rejoice in the community for the bilateral relationship between the two
putting the Indian diaspora of New Zealand countries.”
high on the global Indian diaspora map. He also congratulated to the parents of the
The quiz, whose title loosely translates as girls – a sentiment shared by almost everyone
“familiarise yourself with India,” is organised present in the audience at the community
by the government of India to raise awareness reception.
about India, not only amongst non-resident Other prominent speakers on occasion,
Indians and people of Indian origin but also notably Bhiku Bhana, President NZICA, and
among foreign nationals. Dhansukh Lal Patel, and Narendra Bhana from
The second edition of the quiz started "Generally, Auckland Indian Association, were equally
in 2018 and was expected to attract the people think of lavish in their praise for the girls and their
participation of more than 100,000 youth countries with big achievements.
from Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and diaspora in this region, A community reception take Kiwi-Indian diaspora seriously. Teachers of the Gujarati School where they
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) across their vision probably was organised by New “I think their achievement have raised the studied Gujarati language and traditional
stops at Australia or Zealand Indian Central profile of the Indian diaspora by many notches,” Indian culture also facilitated the girls on
the world. The quiz was supposed to be
sometimes Fiji" Association (NZICA) and Mr Kohli said. occasion. The school is situated in the premises
conducted in four rounds. The first round
was to be conducted by the Indian missions Auckland Indian Association It is important to note that as per India’s of Mahatma Gandhi Centre and operated by
outside India and the second, third and fourth (AIA) – two of the oldest Ministry of External Affairs there are Auckland Indian Association.
rounds were supposed to be conducted by the community organisations in New Zealand – on approximately 31.2 million Indian diasporas Towards the end of the event, the girls
Ministry of External Affairs. Saturday, January 5, at the Mahatma Gandhi residing outside India, of which at the most expressed their gratitude to everyone for the
The top 10 candidates from each category centre. roughly 200,000 lives in New Zealand – a accolades and also shared their journey of
of NRI and PIO from the second round were Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kohli bestowed minuscule number in comparison to several preparation and participation in the prestigious
supposed to be invited for a 15-day Bharat Ko lavish praise on the girls and expressed delight other bigger countries and regions all around Know India Quiz.
Janiye Yatra. for putting Indian diaspora of New Zealand the world where number of Indians range in The girls will soon embark on their journey
The three Auckland sisters had not only high up on the global Indian diaspora map. millions. to India to participate in the next round of the
cracked the first two rounds of the quiz but “Generally, people think of countries with Expectedly, if Kiwi-Indians shine on such a quiz and the 15-day Bharat ko Janiye tour.
also secured position amongst the top 10 in big diaspora in this region, their vision probably big platform competing with the fellow Indian Wishing them good luck on their Bharat
the PIO category thus making their victory stops at Australia or sometimes Fiji. diaspora from all around the world, it augurs Janiye tour Mr Kohli said, “Visiting India is
of much significance and prompting High “Not many people know about New Zealand. well for the entire community. itself a challenge. When we visit India, it could
Commissioner of India, Sanjiv Kohli to come “When people (back home) will see that Reflecting further on the significance of girl’s challenge strongest of resolve, given India’s
personally to Auckland to facilitate them. three out of the top ten in the people of Indian achievements on a bigger scale of bilateral diversity, size, richness in culture and history.
Origin list are from New Zealand, they will relations between NZ and India, Mr Kohli said, Even a lifetime to know India is not enough.”

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Two Wellington-educators launches new


research foundation to mark World Hindi Day
SANDEEP SINGH “It is our vision to develop an inclusive model

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wo Wellington-based Hindi language that works for all languages, in all contexts and
educators have come together to launch locations,” Mrs Narayan said.
a new research foundation to mark the Global institutions to support founda-
occasion of World Hindi Day on January 10. tion’s endeavours in NZ
It was on January 10, 1975, that the first Explaining the modus-operandi of the newly
World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur, conceived foundation, the ecstatic duo, told
India and since 2006 every year this day is the Indian Weekender that they are confident
observed as World Hindi Day to promote the of garnering the support of educators and
Hindi language all around the world. institutions based overseas, primarily in India
To mark this occasion in New Zealand this and Fiji, and engaged in the global promotion
year, the two Wellington-based educators Dr "The
of Hindi language.
Foundation’s
Pushpa Wood and Sunita Narayan have taken “We have garnered enough support from
purpose is to advise,
the lead to launch a new foundation with the Indian educators and institutions to support
develop and evaluate
objective of supporting the growth of the capacity within New Zealand will be introduced in the coming our capacity building efforts in Aotearoa,” Mrs
a strategic approach
language. when it comes to Hindi years. Narayan said.
for building capability
What is involved? teaching (Read full story in and capacity of Indian “The main ethos of the Opportunity for collaboration
The Indian Languages & Research the Indian Weekender, April languages providers in Foundation will be to encourage, Meanwhile, the educators-duo is calling
Foundation (Bharatiya Bhasha evam Shodh 20, Vol 10 Issue 05). New Zealand." support and promote collaboration upon nominations and expressions of interest
Sansthan) will initially focus on supporting the The educator-duo intends to in strengthening Indian languages and from Indian language educators and researchers
growth of Hindi language, and subsequently use the insights gained from that culture through quality resources, training from all around the country who are keen to be
focussing on other prominent Indian languages. survey to set the preliminary agenda for the and ongoing professional development,” Dr part of an advisory team for the Foundation.
Speaking to The Indian Weekender Dr Wood newly formed Foundation. Wood said. “All existing Indian language and culture
said, “The Foundation’s purpose is to advise, “Based on the findings of that earlier survey, Mrs Narayan, who was recently awarded schools in New Zealand will have an opportunity
develop and evaluate a strategic approach for the priority initiative of this Foundation the prestigious Vishwa Hindi Samman at the to become associates of the Foundation,” Dr
building capability and capacity of Indian will be to create capability and capacity eleventh World Hindi Conference held in Wood said.
languages providers in New Zealand.” of Hindi teachers first followed by other Mauritius in August 2018 was ecstatic about It is important to note that Hindi is amongst
The two educators had collaborated on many Indian languages,” Dr Wood told The Indian the launch of the new foundation. the 10 most powerful languages and third most
previous occasions for supporting the growth Weekender. “Hindi is now the 4th most commonly spoken language in the world with projections
of Hindi language in Aotearoa, including the spoken language in Aotearoa New Zealand,
Aiming for an inclusive model from the United Nations that by 2050 it will
and therefore a more strategic, coordinated
recent most survey in the second half of 2018 It is envisaged that as the interest grows become the eighth most powerful language in
approach is required,” Mrs Narayan said.
aiming to find a snapshot of capability and about other Indian languages, further initiatives the world.

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Drowning death cuts short life


of 20-year-old Indian student
T
wenty-year-old Indian aviation student man lost his life by drowning in MacKenzie
from New Delhi had lost his life Falls in Australia.
just before Christmas holidays after 27-year-old Harmanjot Singh Walia on a
drowning in the popular Maraetotara Falls, in holiday trip to Melbourne, Australia, drowned
Hawke’s Bay region on Friday, December 21. in the popular waterfall in the Grampians
The police said that Aman Kumar from National Park in western Victoria, despite
Hastings who had arrived in New Zealand some frantic efforts of some locals in reaching
over a year ago was swimming along with five out to him.
other students when he dived into the water The incident happened on Boxing Day when
and never surfaced. Mr Walia, his wife and two other friends went
Mr Kumar had since then been repatriated for a swim at MacKenzie Falls at Zumsteins,
back to India, leaving behind a grieving near Stawell in Western Victoria.
family who feared to struggle to pay the $ Witnesses at the scene of the accident told
13,764 estimated bill from funeral home Terry SBS Punjabi that bystanders desperately tried
Longley & Son. to rescue Mr Walia, but he was too far to be
Mr Kumar had the compulsory travel reached.
and medical insurance mandated for every MacKenzie Falls is a popular tourist
international student in the country. He was attraction where swimming is not allowed.
(NZICA) – the oldest community organisation newly arrived international students,” Mr
studying to be a pilot at Air Hawke’s Bay and “It was a very tragic accident. Harman swam
of Indians in Aotearoa – to step up the ante Dhillon said.
was due to finish in February. in creating awareness about being water- “We had started working closely with main to the dangerous end of the fall and got stuck
This drowning death had once again safe, mainly targeting international students, community associations and organisations in under it behind the rocks. It was a stupid thing
brought to fore a rising concern within the expressed regret about the incident. this direction last year, but clearly we need to do this adventure.
Kiwi-Indian community, of keeping everyone "As
Speaking with The Indian to do more,” Mr Dhillon said. "It’s too late to reflect on the circumstances
a community,
safe, especially the international students who Weekender, Mr Dhillon said, we need to step up The family of Mr Kumar back in leading to his death,” one of the witnesses told
freshly arrive in the country without much- “One death is too many our collective efforts New Delhi have lodged a request local media.
advanced swimming skills and fails to curb and avoidable. in spreading awareness with their insurance provider to Mr Walia hailed from Patiala, Punjab in
the pull of New Zealand’s pristine beaches about being water-safe, India and had recently received his work
“However when an pick up the repatriation bill and
especially within newly
and beautiful water bodies, often risking international student is involved were waiting for some necessary permit in New Zealand. He came to New
arrived international
heir lives. it becomes extra painful for students" documents from NZ officials for Zealand three years ago.
Hon. Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon, everyone involved.” further action. “He was looking after his family’s financials.
who has been liaising closely with several “As a community, we need to step up His mother recently had surgery after a severe
Rotorua man drowns in Australia
community organisations including the likes our collective efforts in spreading awareness brain haemorrhage,” one of the associates told
Meanwhile, a Rotorua based Kiwi-Indian
of New Zealand Indian Central Association about being water-safe, especially within media.

Workforce of small and medium sized Kiwi- Two females arrested for
businesses at the heart of new ACC initiative assaulting and robbing dairy
SANDEEP SINGH store worker in Waikato

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overnment has announced a $22 million investment IWK BUREAU
by ACC into workplace injury prevention grants and
subsidies to make it easier for Kiwi businesses to
keep their workplaces healthy and safe.
A media release from the office of Minister for ACC
Iain Lees-Galloway on Thursday, January 10 made the
announcement.
  “ACC will invest $22 million over five years into an
incentive programme to help businesses reduce workplace
injury,” Mr Lees-Galloway said.
Explaining the intent behind this initiative the media
release further said, “The subsidies are designed to support
small and medium-sized businesses to invest in training,

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equipment or advisory services that will have a direct impact
on the health and safety of workplaces. olice has arrested and charged two females following an
  “This is particularly important for smaller businesses investigation into an aggravated robbery incident at a dairy in
Tuakau on Sunday, January 6.
which haven’t previously been able to access this type of
Three female offenders entered the store and stole cigarettes and other
support because the barriers have been too high.
items, while one of the females also allegedly assaulted a dairy worker.
The Minister clarified that this investment is different and
The two teenagers arrested appeared in the Youth Court on Thursday,
separate from a similar initiative announced late last year.
over half (52%) of all severe workplace injuries, namely January 10 on aggravated robbery charges.
“ In Late 2018 I announced the Health and Safety at Work Detective Sergeant Nathan Reid said the enquiries are ongoing to
Strategy to drive sustainable and system-wide improvements agriculture, construction, forestry, manufacturing, healthcare
and social assistance. locate the third offender who has now been identified. Police are unable
in workplace health and safety, and Worksafe currently to rule out further charges.On Sunday, three females entered the Five
invest around $15 million in similar workplace incentives,” Compared to international standards, New Zealand has a
Star Dairy on George Street in Tuakau, Waikato and demanded cash. On
Mr Lees-Galloway said. ACC supports the Government’s higher rate of injuries and fatalities in the workplace.
verbal resistance, the females allegedly assaulted the sole worker at the
strategy through its injury prevention investments, injury ACC has previously provided injury prevention grants to
store and took the cash and items from the store.
management and rehabilitation services and levy products. organisations on a one-off basis.
The CCTV footage of the incident was shared on Tuakau, Pokeno &
“While New Zealand workplaces have made progress since This investment is in addition to the $15 million per annum
Districts Facebook page that grabbed instant attention of the community.
Pike River, it’s clear we have some way to go to achieve investment in WorkSafe NZ to support their injury prevention The worker was behind the counter and was assaulted and pushed by
real, sustainable change. "While programmes. For grants, the first funding round will the offenders.
"The ACC grants and subsidies will be important New Zealand open in February 2019 with a subsequent round “We know this incident caused considerable concern in the Tuakau
tools for achieving our aim to be among world workplaces have likely to be in September 2019. For subsidies, community. We want to thank local residents for their assistance in
leaders for workplace health and safety,” Mr made progress since Pike three rounds of offerings (sector-specific) are providing information to help identify those allegedly responsible.”
Lees-Galloway said. River, it’s clear we have planned in 2019.  The first round will start in “Police and the public do not tolerate this type of behaviour, and we
In 2017 ACC claims for work related injuries some way to go to achieve February with other subsidy offerings likely want to reassure the community that we take these incidents extremely
totalled 231,651. Five sectors currently represent real, sustainable change." to be in June and September 2019. seriously,” Detective Sergeant Nathan Reid said.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 7

Bhartiya Samaj’s summer camp for


children imparting creative knowledge
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

C
hildren across New Zealand are
having school holidays which gives
them ample time and opportunity to
participate in different summer activities. One
of such activities is summer camps organised
by different organisations where they are
THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM YOUTH CLEAN conditioned in an open environment to utilise
their leisure time and learn simultaneously.
UP THE PARKS AND STREETS Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust organised
its 17th Annual Summer Camp and enrolled
IWK BUREAU to help keep the environment and surroundings approximately 100 children from the community

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clean,” Mr Zafarullah said. to participate in the summer activities.
ollowing the New Year’s Eve
He further said, “The Prophet Muhammad The five-day summer camp has children as "We have had an excellent
celebrations, thousands of Muslim
has stated that removing harmful things from young as six-year-olds to 13 years old who response from the community,
youth around the world ushered in
the road is a charity. Therefore, in keeping are divided into different groups to participate
the New Year armed with bin bags and litter- and like every year we have
with the spirit of the Islamic teachings and to and learn through different activities held
pickers to help keep the streets clean. As part some new faces and of course
encourage Muslim youth to serve our respective throughout the day.
of an international initiative, members of
countries, we set a precedent for the rest of the The activities involve creative writing, old faces who have been part
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association
year.” making art and craft, outdoor sports events, of this summer camp for a long
(AMYA) began the new year with the pre-dawn
This year, approximately 40 volunteers, safety learning sessions, dance, yoga,
prayer to supplicate for peace, harmony and time"
from as young as 8 years old to retirees over acrobatics, extempore, singing, recitation,
coexistence in the world, and then proceeded
60, helped clean Albert Park, Queen St, Myers to spiritual workshops, cultural knowledge
to clean their respective neighbourhoods and
Park, and Victoria Park in Auckland, as well sessions etc.
cities. and children in New Zealand,” Mr Suchdev
as Lake Domain and surrounding streets in “We have had an excellent response from the
“We partnered up with local councils and added.
Hamilton. Similar activities will be undertaken community, and like every year we have some
their contractors, and targeted parks and streets The activities started from Monday, January
by the Ahmadiyya Muslim youths the world new faces and of course old faces who have
that get heavily littered after New Year’s 7 at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall and
over. been part of this summer camp for a long time,”
celebrations helping to tidy them up before the Bhartiya Samaj building on May Road and also
“As part of our pledge we say, ‘I solemnly Chairperson of Bhartiya Samaj, Jeet Suchdev
day begins,” National President of the New in the Roskill War grounds, a popular spot for
pledge that I shall always be ready to sacrifice said.
Zealand (NZ) chapter of the AMYA, Azeem the children for outdoor activities.
my life, wealth, time and honour for the sake Special mentors from Auckland Library
Zafarullah said, Each session provided be it dancing, or
of my faith, country and nation” says Mr come and provide craft lessons and workshops
“Following a visit from the Worldwide Head learning craft and outdoor sports- some
Zafarullah. “There is no contradiction in being to children between the age of six and nine.
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community His mentors and volunteers carry out the sessions
a practicing and sincere Muslim and serving “One important thing that children learn and
Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad to NZ in 2013, and closely monitor the children and supporting
our respective countries. As with past years, we are reminded off is safety at home, school, road,
the AMYA was instructed to also begin the New them with their needs.
will insha Allah [God willing] be participating and outdoors, especially near water.
Year’s clean up here in New Zealand along with The children get a free and open environment
in blood donation sessions, charity collections, "We had personnel from external agencies
other ways of serving our country. where they make friends, learn new things and
homeless feeding sessions, peace symposiums, who gave a session on water safety- how to
“Our motivation and drive for such charitable get so engaged in the activities that even after
interfaith events, participation in ANZAC be safe around seas, beaches and look out for
acts are the teachings of Islam. Islam not only the end of the five-day session, they intend to
parades and many other activities,” Mr others when near water- a knowledge which
teaches us to love and serve our country, but also continue the summer camp with their mates.
Zafarullah concluded. is very important for the migrant communities

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Three Kiwi-Indians in the New Zealand New


Year Honours List 2019
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD of WIA in 1994, one of only two women in the

T
WIA’s history to receive this recognition. She
he Cabinet Office, Honours Unit has been a member of the Indian Senior Citizens
released the list of names of the New Group since 2015. She helped establish Yoga
Zealand New Year Honours List 2019 in Daily Life Society in Wellington in 1993
to be honoured for their service to different
and served on the Board from 1996 to 2010.
sectors of New Zealand society as a part of the
She was President in the mid-1990s and Vice
New Zealand Royal Honours.
President from 2012 to 2015.
The New Year list had named three Kiwi-
She was a member of the Indian Community
Indians for their services to the Kiwi-Indian
Advisory Group of Te Papa Tongarewa for the
and Asian communities over the years in New
‘Aainaa’ exhibition and has continued as an
Zealand.
Indian community advisor for the museum until
Ruxmani Vanmali Kasanji is named as
the present. Mrs Kasanji has donated personal
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
objects to the museum for Indian cultural
(MNZM) for her services to the Indian Board for the Migrant News bimonthly Pukekohe Indian Association for 25 years and
collections and was featured in the ‘Passports’
community, Vrinder Kumar Aggarwal, JP with newspaper. He has represented the Indian has held the roles of Secretary and President. As
exhibition.
the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for his community on the Older People’s Advisory President, he played a key role in revitalising
services to the Asian Community and Bhikhu Virinder Kumar Aggarwal, JP: QSM, for Group since 2005. He has been the Founder the organisation and helped instigate events
Bhana of NZICA with The Queen’s Service services to Asian communities President and remains a current member of with other Indian groups in the region.
Medal for his services to the Indian community Mr Aggarwal was a founding member the Global Organisation for Persons of Indian He has organised a Diwali Festival event
and sports. of the Asian Network Inc in 2002, served Origin (West) branch since 2008. He has led at the Pukekohe Arts and Cultural Centre.
The Indian Weekender congratulates the on the Executive Committee, and has been fundraising committees for the Shanti Niwas He has played a key role in the facilitation of
Kiwi-Indians for achieving these honours. Chairperson for six years. Charitable Trust since 1996. the MOKKA Photo Exhibition showcasing
Ruxmani Vanmali Kasanji: MNZM, for The Asian Network provides a platform He was Migrant Representative to the 125 years of Indians living in New Zealand
services to the Indian community to assist Asian communities in Auckland by Ministry of Consumer Affairs from 2005 to at museums throughout the country. With
Mrs Kasanji became the first Headmistress identifying and responding to the needs of these 2011 and has been an Executive Committee a background as a representative player of
of the Wellington Indian Association (WIA) communities through information sharing, member of Migrant Support Services. Mr cricket and hockey for Canterbury, he has been
Gujarati Language School for Children in 1969, training opportunities, and submissions to Aggarwal chaired the working committee of involved with sports administration through
managing a staff of nine voluntary teachers. central and local government. Shakti Family Settlement and Social Services the Christchurch and Pukekohe Indian Sports
Mrs Kasanji taught Gujarati on a weekly basis Under Mr Aggarwal’s leadership, the from 2000 to 2012. Clubs.
between 1958 and 1973 with an annual roll of Network co-hosted two International Asian Bhikhu Bhana: QSM, for services to the He was the Counties Manukau Hockey
around 175 to 200 students aged five to 13 years. Health Conferences in collaboration with the Indian community and sport Association delegate to the New Zealand
She played a crucial role in the establishment University of Auckland’s Centre for Asian Bhikhu Bhana has been involved with the Hockey Association from 1999 to 2002. Mr
of the Indian Women’s Committee, known as Health Research and Evaluation and established New Zealand Indian Central Association for Bhana has been Director of the New Zealand
Mahila Samaj, at the WIA. an annual Asian Forum focusing on health and more than 40 years and has been President Association of Credit Unions since 2014 and
This committee focused on women’s welfare wellbeing. since 2016, having held other offices previously was involved with the New Zealand Steel
and fundraising, and she was Secretary from He has edited the Network’s monthly within the organisation. Credit Union Board on a voluntary basis for 17
1971 until 1988. She was made a Life Member newsletter and been on the Editorial Advisory Mr Bhana has been a member of the years.

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New executive committee of NZ Telugu


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Association formed
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD community members at the Mt Roskill Community Centre on

T
he New Zealand Telugu Association (NZTA) has formed Saturday, January 5 from 10 a.m.
a new team of executive committee to organize activities The Sankranti Sambaralu 2019 event hosted kite flying event,
for the year 2019. dance, and cultural activities for the members of the Telugu
The new committee was announced with the poster on NZTA’s community.
Facebook page on the new year led by Srilatha Magatala as the A special event ‘Muggula Potilu’ was organised for the female
newly appointed president and Rajendra Dharanikota as the members of the community.
General Secretary. The other members of the team holding different positions
The outgoing incumbents of these two positions are Aruna are Rajashekhar Reddy Patlola, Bhavani Shankar Yeluri, Anitha
Bhoompelli and Sunil Kuncha respectively. Mogilicharia and Desu Subbu as the vice-presidents.
The new committee hosted its first event of the year by Sridhar Reddy Arepalli as the Treasurer, Varsha Chandakapuri
welcoming the community with the Telugu Calendar Inaugural and Pranay Orugunda as Joint Treasurers, Arun Kumar V, Dilip
Function on Tuesday, January 1, at Sri Ganesh Temple Kumar B and Arun Reddy Gone as Joint Secretaries.
in Papakura. The team also has ten Executive Committee members and two
NZTA also celebrated the Sankranti festival with the co-opted members supporting the team for 2019 events.

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OFBJP NZ honours winners of ‘My


Vision for India 2027’ essay competition
Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi
National List MP based
in Manukau East
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

T
he New Zealand chapter of Overseas
Friends of BJP Youth organised an
essay competition for the young Kiwi-
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and 19 to 26 years old. Senior members of the community, OFBJP facebook.com/Bakshiks
Participating individuals were asked to NZ volunteers and community leaders gathered @bakshiks
register and submit their essays by November at the award ceremony that also remembered
27 and the results to be announced after the contributions of Bharat Ratna recipient
assessment by the judges in December. and former Prime Minister of India Atal
Subsequently, the results were announced on Bihari Vajpayee. The event also acknowledged
December 2, and award ceremony was held on the works of OFBJP NZ in the passing
Sunday, December 23, at Bhartiya Community year whereby bringing together the elders,
Centre, to coincide with Christmas celebrations experienced members of the community and
by the Hindu Elder Foundation in Auckland. the youth under one roof.
The winner and runner-up in the 12-18 years “The event really helped the youth to
category were Lineysha Dutt and Yug Tyagi, connect with Bharat on one side and to equip
respectively. the karyakartas (volunteers) with organisation bakshi.co.nz
While in the 19-26 years category Prajwal skills,” Hardik Desai of OFBJP - NZ Youth
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NZ Tamil Sports Association launched in Auckland


RIZWAN MOHAMMAD as Women’s coordinator, Sanujan

W
Thavarajah as Event Coordinator,
ith an increasing number
of sports enthusiasts in the Saktheepan Selvanayakam as
community, the Auckland Fundraising Coordinator and Mesh
Tamil Cricket Club has now formed David as Secretary.
NZTSA or formerly known as
a bigger organisation as an umbrella
Auckland Tamil Cricket Club in the
representing different sports events
last five years has won or claimed
in Auckland Tamil community.
at least second position in several
The new association ‘New
championships such as 5B Social
Zealand Tamil Sports Association
Grade - Champion in 2013-14,2A
(NZTSA)’ was launched with a
- Social Grade Runners up in 2017-
formal inauguration ceremony in
18, 6A Side Softball Tournament
the presence of community leaders,
Champions, Indoor Cricket Autumn
sportsmen and women, and members
and Winter 2018 Mens 2 champions
of the community at Fickling
etc.
Community Centre in Three Kings
"The The event also took the opportunity
on December 16, 2018. purpose of to felicitate Sanjay Kumarasingham
The event officially launched but also winning forming NZTSA who is hailed as the pioneer and
the new organisation that will championships in is also to foster well- architect of NZTSA.
lead sportsmen under its banner badminton, and being and provide support
“Sanjay Kumarasingham gave us
representing outdoor and indoor soccer- so we to children youth and
women through sports and all his precious advices and guided
cricket, outdoor and indoor football, started planning us to make NZTSA a dream come
about NZTSA recreational activities and
badminton and soon introduce true.
keep youths active and
netball and volleyball for the young and launched it in "He has contributed in many ways
disciplined."
sportsmen and women. December 2018,” Mr to the Tamil community in New
“Since the number of sports David added. Zealand,” Mr David added.
activities and competitions “The purpose of In recognition of the young
our community sportsmen are forming NZTSA is also to foster sportsmen who participated in
participating is increasing- we well-being and provide support different competitions and emerged
planned to bring different sports to children youth and women champion in soccer and cricket
activities under one umbrella and through sports and recreational tournaments, the event felicitated
provide equal opportunity and boost activities and keep youths active them with medals and encouraged
to each sport for our community and disciplined. them to get more such championships
members,” Secretary of NZTSA “We aim to reduce stress, anxiety, home for NZTSA in 2019.
Mesh David told The Indian increase self-esteem, and reduce NZTSA is organising Pongal
depression but also want to create a discrimination to promote a sense Thavarajah as the Chairman,
Weekender. of belonging in New Zealand,” Mr Yoganathan Maruthamuthu as vice- Vizha (celebrated by the Tamils)
“We have three cricket teams, social and emotional environment and kite flying competition for the
to make friends and connect with David said. chairman, Illamaran Sivaraja as
have young sportsmen not just NZTSA is led by Ashok Treasurer, Angeline Thiruchelvam community in February 2019.
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witnessed labour shortages lately and are has seen first hand the benefits of using migrants with limited English will
in need for a population boost. a DAMA to respond to its scarcity of have the option to apply for permanent
The second-such agreement for unique workforce. residency after living and working in
Northern Territory, DAMA II came into “Our first priority is always to fill jobs the Northern Territory for at least three
effect from January 1, 2019, with the with Australians, but the immigration years.
pathway to permanent residency. system can play an important role in Many occupations on the list are
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2018 PERSON OF THE YEAR: PRIME


MINISTER VOREQE BAINIMARAMA
P
rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is Minister since Fiji became independent in implications on economic development and
Person of the Year. 1970. progress. He also backs a merit-based system
He gets the highest award in the Fiji His FijiFirst Government has rolled out and the elimination of corruption and nepotism.
Sun’s Top 10 Fijians for 2018. more people-oriented initiatives than any other He continues to take keen interest in the
The awards are for their exemplary service previous government. welfare of ordinary Fijians who are vulnerable
and contribution to nation building. He has become the voice of reason and a – the sick, the disabled, the poor and the elderly.
There is no contest for the top award. Mr leader people can look to for security, peace and He has a soft spot for the children and
Bainimarama deserves it for his unwavering stability in the face of the divisive politics of women of this country. This is reflected in the
and decisive leadership on the domestic front race and religion adopted by some Opposition health, education and social welfare policies
and international stage. politicians.  He has constantly spoken about introduced in the 2018-2019 National Budget.
He has achieved more than any other Prime the importance of national unity and its On the international stage, Mr Bainimarama

has done more than any of his predecessors.


His ability to be able to engage with world
political leaders, business leaders, civil societies
and even celebrities has been recognised.
His presidency of COP23 and co-leadership
in the World Ocean Conference have been the
highlight of his international achievements in
2018.
Mr Bainimarama has raised Fiji’s
international profile through his powerful, frank
and open statements on climate change, the
oceans, our environment and United Nations
peacekeeping missions.
Despite its small size, Fiji is punching well
above its weight in these international forums.
Mr Bainimarama has led the charge. He is not
afraid to mix it with the big boys, so to speak.
His political courage has earned him respect
among his peers.

Father looks
forward to
paternity
leave
F
athers in Fiji can now look forward
to spending quality time with their
newborns after the paternity leave for
fathers came into effect last week.
This was good news for first-time father
Shibu Sharma, who welcomed his newborn son
at the Lautoka Hospital last week.
The paternity leave for fathers was announced
by the Attorney-General and Minister for
Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the
National Budget announcement last year.
Fathers are now eligible to a paid five-day
paternity leave and this can only be taken three
months before or three months after the baby
is born.
Mr Sharma said he was excited about
spending quality time with his wife, Sally
Sharma, and their newborn son.
“This is something good for the fathers
because they also want to spend more time with
the babies as well to help with the mother,” he
said.
“This is my first child and I am really happy
about it.”
Mrs Sharma said she was also happy that her
husband would be home for five days to help
her with their son.
“This is a good thing and it also gives mothers
a supportive hand because after delivery the
mothers are very tired and they need someone
to support them all the time,” she said.
The couple acknowledged the Government
for the initiative.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019 FIJI 15

FINAL RITES FOR FIJI-BORN US COP


R
onil Singh touched lives even of those through hard work was my honour,” he "Ronil
he arrested, says Newman Police said. touched so
Department Chief Randy Richardson. “I am glad that the justice system many lives. Tough as
He was speaking during Corporal Singh’s is going, but it still doesn’t bring it is, a person came up to
viewing on Sunday. back Ronil. I would rather not be us and said he loved him
Corporal Singh, 33, originally from Navua, doing or any of this. even though it was Ronil
was a police officer at the Newman Police “We are going to include Ronil’s who arrested him. Even
Department in California. He was shot at a K9 Sam in every part of this and people he came in
traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalypus make sure as much as possible. It’s contact with."
Avenue on Boxing Day last year. family even our K9 are family. The
He was taken to a local hospital where he handlers take their K9 with them when
was pronounced dead. He is survived by his they go home and we have to make sure to take
wife, Anamika Chand-Singh, and five-month- care of the family.”
old son Arnav Singh. The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association
Gustavo Perez Arriaga was taken into (SSDA) has established a Corporal Ronil
custody after he was arrested in Bakersfield one Singh, Newman PD Memorial Fund. Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh memorial service at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson
week later. He is charged with homicide.
“Ronil touched so many lives. Tough as it is,
a person came up to us and said he loved him
even though it was Ronil who arrested him.
Even people he came in contact with,” Chief
Richardson said.
“It has a rough week for us, but it is an
honour to see everyone out. The impact of the
community’s support is amazing.
“I don’t think we will ever fill the void left
by Ronil. Unfortunately, we have never been
through this and I don’t know how to fill the
void. We will do our best to continue without
him and take it from here.”
Chief Richardson said Ronil would always
be a hero.
“Ronil was passionate and he struggled to
become a citizen and become a police officer.
All he wanted to do in America was to become
a police officer and to give him that chance

Parents do not
need to buy
textbooks: Akbar
T
he Education Ministry stresses that
parents, guardians and students do not
need to purchase any textbooks for the
2019 academic year.
Some parents have raised concerns with
Fijivillage about textbooks being listed on
their children’s booklist given by the school
despite the government already making it clear
that textbooks are supplied free of charge to
students. Minister for Education  Rosy Akbar
has now made it clear that schools have been
equipped with textbooks and parents, guardians
and students do not need to purchase any
textbooks for the 2019 academic year. NZ Indian Diaspora in association
with Indian High Commission will
We have asked the Education Ministry
why textbooks were listed on some booklists
given by some schools as some parents have
already bought those textbooks. They are yet
to respond.The Education Ministry also says be celebrating Republic Day
that all existing eligible primary and secondary
students will continue to receive transport Flag Hoisting and Cultural Performances will take
assistance this year.
These students will need to redeem their place from 11 am to 2 pm. Delicious snacks will be
e-transport cards before school starts.
The funds loaded in the cards by the
made available at reasonable rates.
Education Ministry will only be activated when
students redeem it at any outlet of Vodafone
Fiji, Valuefone Fiji Ltd, Mr Mobile Fiji Ltd or a
Point of Sale system inside a bus.
It can also be redeemed at any District
Mahatma Gandhi Centre
Education Office or the Ministry of Education 145, New North Road, Auckland
Headquarters in Waisomo House.
The Education Ministry says all new students Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
especially Year 1 students who are eligible for Time: 11 am to 2 pm
assistance should apply for assistance at their
respective schools.
All blue subsidised eTransport cards given
by the Education Ministry will need to be EVERYONE IS INVITED
redeemed before school starts next Monday.
People can call the toll free line 151 if they High Commision of India FREE PARKING AVAILABLE
Wellington, New Zealand
have any questions about the redeeming of
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Thought of the week
"The superior man is modest in his
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- Confucious
Editorial
New Year’s resolution and wishes for the Kiwi-Indian community
W
hile it may be a little late to write Yes – hitting on roads and beaches on we are almost absent from all significant charity that you may be passionate about.
about New Year’s resolutions, weekend getaways or holidays is a luxury reporting platforms to suggest that we are As an ethnic migrant community, we
given that at least some of us may not available in many countries around the entirely free from mental health issues. This is always need to be reminded of the fact that
have already attempted and given up whatever world, and therefore needs some respect and when lately there has been much public noise our individual journeys of migration from our
ways we imagined we would be bettering conditioning. Coming from mainly a (sub) around mental health issues in NZ. A recently home countries will not be complete without
ourselves in 2019. continental landmass, Indians are well-known released report last late year confirmed that creating a close-knit community and support
However, since this is the first editorial of for not being proficient swimmers and water- New Zealand is currently facing a mental system that can support each other during our
the year, The Indian Weekender will not hold friendly. health crisis. times of distress.
itself back from what it strongly believes is its Similarly, NZ roads are notorious for being However, there is rarely much reporting,
Work towards the goal of being
rightful duty, of suggesting some resolutions extra winding to pose a serious challenge to forget about dialogue, about how mental
responsible, active citizenry
that the Kiwi-Indian community should mull driving skills of many who hit upon roads health issues affect individual lives in
Last, but not the least, and probably most
and act upon this year. without much training and conditioning. our community.
important resolutions that the Kiwi-Indian
Anyway, New Year resolutions for a broader There is a need for being more respectful Regardless of the crisis going around us, our
community can take this year is to shed
community needs more time, than mere and mindful during this tempting holiday community continue to live in a farce blissful
its image of being a distracted citizenry –
individuals, to first conceptualise and then in period while hitting upon roads for long drives stage - like an ostrich burying its sand in a
especially from the political process.
resolute pursuance, to be dissipated in the first and beaches to relieve from the scorching heat. hope to avoid predators – believing that mental
By the way, political activism is not just
fortnight of the year. This year already there have been at least health crisis that NZ is currently facing, does
having an opinion and posting on social
From a broader community’s perspective, four deaths (two in the road accident and two not affect our lives at all.
media, and then launching a social media war
we are still in the season of making New Year in drowning) within the community to suggest Probably, our community needs a bit of
on those who do not subscribe to views that
resolutions, setting the goals and making the the need for collectively taking up a resolution vision, a bit of self-help and loads of courage
you support.
intentions to resolutely pursue those goals of making ourselves water and road-safe. to change this in 2019.
In New Zealand, being an active citizen
throughout the year – even when individually
Work on physical and mental health Work on supporting your favourite requires regular and sustained engagement
some of us may be guilty of having already
issues charity with policymakers at all level of decision
given up their New Year resolutions.
Sadly, though unsurprisingly, the For uninitiated, there are many charitable making from local council to national
The intention of this exercise is to ensure the
prevalence and patterns of health issues within organisations, social workers, community government.
overall well-being of our ethnic migrant Kiwi-
Kiwi-Indian community has become highly leaders who work relentlessly to reach out to Think it this way, changes in immigration
Indian community in the country – a cherished
predictable among the health practitioners, Kiwi-Indians in distress. policies or law and order matters most to the
goal of many, including this publication, which
social workers, researchers, analysts and If not for their individual and collective community.
is in its tenth year and still holds the envious
marketers and advertisers. efforts, in timely and active interventions, However how many people in our
position of being the only English language
It is quite frequent to expect social-health there would be many distress stories out community would have actively made
weekly newspaper of the Indian community.
and lifestyle programs campaigning against in public. submissions or given feedback when such
Work on road and water safety diabetes and heart attacks to target upon Kiwi- The Indian Weekender through its sustained opportunities present itself after every major
The first resolution that the Kiwi-Indian Indian community specifically – for they dialogue and engagement with these policy announcement.
community needs to make this year, and are quite well known to either inherit these organisations is aware of the fact that they Those are the opportunities that we as a
possibly for many more years to come, is to health issues or follow a reasonably sedentary surely need good support from the fellow community can aspire to avail – for it will not
ensure to take adequate steps in the direction lifestyle to risk these ailments. Kiwi-Indian community. only be beneficial to the community but also a
of making our community road-safe and While nothing against those agencies who Surprisingly, in most cases what these service to New Zealand nation.
water-safe. come out to offer a helping hand to lift people charitable organisations strive for is not Indeed, NZ is will be incomplete without
Like for everyone else in New Zealand, the out of these ailments, but as a community, we just money and tangible material resources, the colour, vibrancy, valuable skills and
Christmas and New Year holiday period, along need to take up a resolution to look after our but also individual compassionate contributions that the Kiwi-Indian community
with broader summer season becomes extra physical health and inspire others around us to human attention. makes as one of the largest ethnic migrant
tempting to Kiwi-Indian community to hit on live a more active healthy life. In this regard, this year we invite you to rise group in the country.
roads and immerse in water-bodies to enjoy Similarly, our community’s performance above from your own day to day life-struggles On that note, we wish our readers and
the pristine beauty that this country offers. on mental health indices is surprising – as and think of supporting one cause, or one everyone in the community Happy New Year.

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The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

RENEWABLE ENERGY: ‘ECONOMIC MOATS’


TO DRIVE FURTHER GROWTH
TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE businesses to their kitty is complex but might

T
he renewable energy sector in India has be essential for renewable energy players to
been dynamic in the last two decades, both create sustainable “economic moats” and
and especially over the last few years, expedite renewable energy usage.
with ambitious targets. A significant issue that renewable energy
developers have faced in the past is the lack
That said, recent bottlenecks the sector has
of transmission asset infrastructure to evacuate
faced suggest that businesses in the sector
energy from production sites.
require to focus on creating “economic moats”
As mentioned, an integrated transmission and
to enable the next phase of growth.
production business is far more complicated,
The term “economic moat”, as defined
but given the needs, large players will have to
by Morningstar, is “a structural business
look at adding expertise and capacity to create
characteristic that allows a firm to generate
the transmission infrastructure to push ahead
excess economic returns for an extended
with higher production capacity.
period”.
Apart from looking at transmission assets,
It is vital that firms in the renewable energy
they must also actively pursue opportunities in
sector that want to be profitable and deliver
the energy storage space.
investment returns in the long run continually
While this area has received significant
reassess their business models from a financial
attention, going forward, as storage technology
viability perspective. 17
evolves and costs decline, the ability to create
The first pillar of creating an “economic integrated energy storage and development
moat” is through efficient scale. Building moats businesses might separate the wheat from the
through this pillar are already in the works in chaff.
the Indian renewable energy sector. Significant variation in business models
In a highly price-competitive market where here refers to capital structure decisions on the can be created through the integration of both
tariff rates have nosedived, consolidation
The ability to create a business
mix of debt and equity, as well as decisions centralised storage as well as eventually creating
through mergers and acquisitions to create regarding tenor and nature of debt utilised to
that not only engages in
large platforms that enable decentralised
operational efficiencies is a step in the right generate funding.  production but also in storage at a consumer level.
direction.  The ability of the businesses to anticipate transmission and distribution Businesses that will be able to both
The second pillar is “cost advantages”. interest rate cycles and the prudence for a has helped create sustainable finance and operate successfully integrated
While selling a commoditised product, “cost long-term outlook is vital to creating the “cost “economic moats” for several of storage businesses within the larger energy
advantages” will accrue through the ability advantage”. development platforms might end up being the
of firms to create efficient businesses and For instance, with interest rates at the
the large energy companies.
long-run winners.
display “good stewardship of capital” to access relatively low-end of the range and global Renewable energy businesses in India have
relatively inexpensive capital. interest rates creeping higher, the decision to “network effect” can be looked at as vertical witnessed unprecedented growth in the last
This “cost advantage” through robust borrow paying fixed interest rates as opposed integration. decade.
operations that translates into a strong balance to floating interest rates can create structural The ability to create a business that not only Rapidly declining tariffs and substantial
sheet and allows companies to access capital advantages for business as interest rates start engages in production but also in transmission fund-raising by developers have been the
at lower rates will be a significant driver of inching higher. and distribution has helped create sustainable hallmark of the industry.
long-term strategic advantage in the renewable Such “cost advantages” that both allow access “economic moats” for several of the large Going forward, business model innovation
energy market.  to low-cost capital and assist in a well-hedged energy companies. to create structural advantages will help it both
Additionally, “cost advantage”, not just capital structure is an area that businesses most In India, we have seen some renewable tide over issues such as lack of transmission
through access to low-cost capital but also focus on.  energy developers consider investing in infrastructure as well as create sustainable
through prudent balance sheet management, The third pillar is the “network effect”. This transmission assets. economic models that can deliver long-term
will be a significant driver in creating “economic is a strategy that traditional energy companies This is the correct thing to do. Creating value for the rapidly growing energy consumer
moats”. Prudent balance sheet management have used extensively. In common parlance, “network effect” through adding transmission base.

Investors bullish about Indian housing market


ANKIT KANSAL  the market. such units will move further up the

I
ndia’s housing sector has always When these policy makeovers curve, due to the young demographic
been a favourite amongst were proposed, there was visible dividend in Indian metros.
domestic investors. As an asset, distress in the market due to possible These units are not just popular
housing has enjoyed high capital uncertainties. However, as the dust amongst the end users, but even
growth backed by high demand in settled, the market looked much investors are gravitating towards
major Indian cities. more mature. them in sizeable numbers. Besides
Besides, easy leverage and Once known for being highly being in high demand, such units
recurring rental income further unstructured and unorganised, Indian offer a lower barrier to entry.
piqued investor interest in the realty finally seems to be taking Coupled with attractive payment
housing sector. emboldened steps towards becoming plans, it augurs well for capital
However, post the 2014 market an organised industry. investment.
slowdown, real estate, which once A higher degree of order and As risk appetites are still low
attracted investment by volumes as structure becomes a natural pull for and there is a growing propensity
high as 40 per cent, saw a gradual the investor class. towards risk-adjusted returns, small
dwindling in investor interest. As policies such as RERA stipulate residential units are the perfect sweet
But, by the end of 2017, the cent of the market. This is a notable housing prices is expected, backed transparency in every deal closure, spot.
markets started to recover, instilling improvement from the previous by an upbeat macro-economy and both end-users and investors are Going forward, investors will
end-user confidence and stabilisation quarter’s 17 per cent. growth in the job market. gaining confidence. continue to expand their foothold
of property prices in most markets. The spurt can be attributed to three In fact, early signs of an upward Numerous light-weight in the Indian housing market. On
The bounce-back was eventually factors -- anticipated property price thrust are already visible in some of investments such as 1 BHK, studios the face of high demand and better
followed by expansion in investor growth in major Indian cities, high the popular micro-markets. and micro-homes are gaining a organisation, Indian real estate will
activity. buyer confidence and availability of As prices start going up, this is one foothold in the Indian housing continue to be an inviting field for
As per our recent quarterly light-weight investments. of the most conducive times to make landscape. investors and end users.
consumer sentiment survey, After a prolonged period of price an investment. Such small units are slowly However, the market is expected
investment activities in five major compression, housing markets have At the onset of the current FY, growing in popularity in many Indian to be largely speculation free and
Indian cities (Mumbai, Gurugram, started to stabilise in most of the reforms such as RERA and GST have metros, backed by high demand from only serious long-term investors will
Noida, Pune and Bengaluru) major markets. finally started to come out of policy young, working millennials. In the play out in the current scenario.
currently account for around 24 per Going forward, notable growth in contours and play a prominent role in foreseeable future, the demand for
18 INDIA Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

QUOTA, CITIZENSHIP
BILLS WON’T TRAMPLE
ON ANYONE’S RIGHTS,
ASSURES PM MODI
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the bill that seeks
to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, triggering
protests in Assam and other North East states

S
PM Narendra Modi waves at a ceremonial reception for Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on January 8, 2019
peaking on two important bills – Quota other North East states. would create ethnic divisions not just in Assam the Lok Sabha as a “historic” step which
and Citizenship -- passed by the Lok Protests had erupted across Assam on but the entire North-East and could lead to a seeks to uplift the deprived sections and also
Sabha on Tuesday, Prime Minister Monday evening as the the NDA government resurgence of extremist groups. illustrates the commitment of the government
Narendra Modi assured that rights of all cleared changes to the Citizenship Act On Quota bill, the Prime Minister said the to prioritising the good of those needing it the
sections are secure and these bills will in no prompting one of its regional allies, the Asom smooth passage of the bill which provides 10 most.
way impinge on them. Gana Parishad (AGP), to break ties. per cent quota for the general category poor
Projects inaugurated
“I want to assure the people of Assam and The All Assam Students Union, the in jobs and education in the Lok Sabha is a
Speaking after inaugurating a highway
North-East that their rights will not be hurt influential student body which was at the “strong answer” by the Parliament to those
project built at an investment of over Rs 970
after passage of the Citizenship Bill,” Modi forefront of the Assam agitation against “spreading lies”.
crore, Modi said Solapur will soon be covered
said at a function in Maharashtra’s Solapur, foreigners, is leading the protest against As the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over
under the Udaan scheme which seeks to link
according tothe media. the proposed amendment which, according the bill, the Prime Minister Rajya Sabha said
far off places with air connectivity.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the bill to them, violates the Assam Accord which the rights of the deprived sections, including
He also laid the foundation stone of a over
that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to promised to detect and deport foreigners the Dalits and the tribal people, will not be
Rs 1,800 crore project of 30,000 houses under
non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and irrespective of their religious background. affected because of this bill, PTI reported.
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana here.
Afghanistan, triggering protests in Assam and The Opposition Congress says the Bill He termed the the passage of the bill in

India, Japan reiterate cooperation in Indo-Pacific India, Norway to work on


I ocean economy, SDGs
ndia and Japan on Monday
reiterated that they would

N
continue to work for peace and
orway and India have agreed Norway, he said, have “strong
stability in the Indo-Pacific region
to collaborate closely on the cooperation” at the international
during a meeting between External
ocean economy and achieve level and both the countries
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
the global Sustainable Development coordinate closely on multilateral
and Japanese Foreign Minister Goals (SDG), Prime Ministers of issues including the UN Security
Taro Kono. both countries said on Tuesday. Council reforms.
Stating that the two leaders The two nations will also Solberg agreed and said that the
exchanged views on regional and enhance bilateral trade, Prime UN “needs to reform”. She said it
global issues of common interest, Minister  Narendra Modisaid on is important that India achieves the
the External Affairs Ministry said: the state visit of his Norwegian SDGs, as given its size and economy
“They reaffirmed that based on counterpart Erna Solberg. the world will not be able to reach the
shared values and interests, the India signed a Memorandum of sustainable goals unless “India is on
India-Japan Special Strategic and Understanding (MoU) to conduct an board”.
Global Partnership has acquired "The India-Norway Ocean Dialogue after
Solberg said she has seen
a broader significance in the Prime the delegation-level talks discussed
“impressive improvements on the
current global context and has Minister warmly ways to give “new energy and
work done in India, especially on
become a factor of prosperity recalled his successful direction” to bilateral relations.
women’s empowerment”. Solberg
and stability in the Indo- visit to Japan in October Modi said that in his talks with
added that “no country is rich enough
Pacific region.” 2018, and reiterated his Solberg they “reviewed all areas of
strong commitment to further to not use half its talent” regarding
India, along with Japan, our cooperation, and discussed ways
deepen the Special Strategic taken during of giving new energy and direction women in workforce.
the US and Australia, in Following the meeting, Foreign
and Global Partnership to bilateral ties,” and they also had Modi also mentioned that the
2017 revived a quad that the visit of Minister Kono paid a courtesy call Norway Government Pension
between India and “fruitful discussions” on all aspects
seeks to work for peace and Japan." Prime Minister on Modi where he briefed the Prime Fund Global has made a portfolio
prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, a Narendra Modi to Minister about the follow-up action of ocean economy.
He said that when he had met investment of $12 billion in India.
region that stretches from the east Japan for the 13th India- taken in recent months after the “I am confident that in future, both
Solberg during the G-20 Summit in
coast of Japan to the east coast Japan Annual Summit in October latter’s visit to Japan last year. in portfolio investment and foreign
2017, she had given him a football as
of Africa. It was a strategically last year “which opened new vistas “The Prime Minister warmly direct investment, Norwegian
a gift, which was “not for the the goal
important move given China’s of bilateral cooperation in areas such recalled his successful visit to Japan companies will make use of vast
that we have in the sport but was a
growing footprint in the region and as regional connectivity, economic in October 2018, and reiterated his opportunities in India. Specifically
symbol of Sustainable Development
Beijing’s aggressive behaviour in the partnership, new and digital strong commitment to further deepen under India’s Sagarmala programme,
Goals”.
South China Sea. technologies, healthcare, renewable the Special Strategic and Global Modi said SDGs, the 17 global Norwegian companies will get a lot
During Monday’s talks, Sushma energy, defence cooperation, Partnership between India and goals of the United Nations, are in of opportunities in ship building,
Swaraj and Kono held discussions on maritime security etc.,” the Ministry Japan,” the Prime Minister’s Office complete consonance with India’s ports and port-led development,” he
follow-up actions taken on decisions statement said. said in a statement. development goals. India’s and said.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019 INDIA 19

World’s largest cricket stadium coming up in


Ahmedabad will accommodate 1.10 lakh fans
IWK BUREAU stadium in Ahmedabad named after Sardar Patel hosted

I
ndia as a cricketing country has several things to be proud of, 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20I. It had a capacity of
the crazy following, the team’s success and even the number 54,000 and the new stadium with double the capacity is
of ICC approved international venues it boasts of. expected to be ready in 2019.
There are a total of 52 international cricket venues in the Nathwani who visited the construction site shared
country and the second best is England with 23 with a gap of images and mentioned that the stadium once ready will
29 stadiums. become the pride of the country.
Another addition to that list will be the world’s largest cricket He wrote- “World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, larger
stadium that is being constructed in Motera. than #Melbourne, is under construction at #Motera in
The parking area will accommodate 3,000 cars and 10,000 #Ahmedabad,#Gujarat. Once completed the dream
two-wheelers. (Twitter/mpparimal) project of #GujaratCricketAssociation will become the
The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has been working on pride of entire India. Sharing glimpses of construction
it since January 2017 and very recently Parimal Nathwani vice- work underway.”
president of the GCA shared an update on the
progress. It is one of the largest corporations
in India, L&T, which has the responsibility of
constructing the stadium.
The expected cost of the stadium will be
around Rs 700 crore and when it is ready for a
game of cricket, the ground will be able to host
1.10 lakh fans. With that, it will take the crown

AUCKLAND INDIAN ASSOCIATION


for the largest capacity beating the iconic
Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
“The construction work is going on in full
swing as per the schedule and we expect the
stadium to be ready within the stipulated
time period. The stadium will add one more
MAHATMA GANDHI CENTRE
attraction to Ahmedabad,” Nathwani had said.

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Along with the playing area, it will have
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and a Clubhouse.
The parking area will accommodate 3,000
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Sushma Swaraj to attend first
India-Central Asia Dialogue

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ontinuing with increasing engagements
with Central Asia, External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend the
first-ever India-Central Asia Dialogue to be
held in Samarkhand, Uzbekistan, on January
12-13, it was announced on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the
External Affairs Ministry, Sushma Swaraj
will co-chair the Dialogue along with Uzbek
Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.
While the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan
will participate in the Dialogue as a special
invitee for a session dedicated to connectivity
issues in the region, the Foreign Ministers
of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of
Kazakhstan will represent their respective
countries.
"Bound together through shared history
and cultural linkages, India and the Central
Asian states look forward to the Dialogue
as an important initiative to enhance their
cooperation in wide-ranging spheres including
exploring ways to substantially enhance
India's economic involvement in business
and development sector of Central Asia," the
statement said.
"With the participation of Afghanistan,
the participants of the Dialogue will also
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India to retain NEWS in BRIEF


status as fastest Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Bill 2019

growing economy in
amid protests by Opposition parties

T he Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019


amid protests by Opposition parties including Congress and TMC.

2019-20: World Bank


The Bill, that proposes to grant Indian citizenship to non-muslim minority
immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who have entered
India before December 31, 2014, was first cleared by a joint parliamentary
committee and then tabled in Lok Sabha by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Some more parties will be asked to join
Mahagathbandhan: Pawar, Chandrababu

W ith the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ of Opposition parties taking shape ahead


of Lok Sabha polls, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and TDP leader and
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said
some more parties will be asked to join it.
Naidu, who was on one-day visit to the national capital, met Pawar,

F
uelled by policy reforms and estimated to be 6.5 per cent last year Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
rebound in credit, India's The and forecast to be 6.2 per cent this Kejriwal, and discussed the issue in the wake of a rally in Kolkata being
economy is forecast to expand challenging year and the next, and going down organised by Trinamool Congress on January 19, where Opposition parties
by 7.5 per cent during the 2019-20 political further to 6 per cent in 2021. will put up a show of unity.
fiscal year and retain its position as In South Asia, Pakistan's growth “When we reach Kolkata, there could be leaders from some other parties.
the fastest growing major economy in environment rate is forecast to fall drastically
We have neither met them nor discussed it (Mahagathbandhan) with them.
a world of slowing growth, according could adversely from last fiscal year's 5.8 per cent
But we are going to suggest them that after the rally, let sit together and
to the World Bank. to 3.7 per cent this fiscal year "as
The Bank's Global Economic
affect the ongoing financial conditions tighten in the
discuss future course of action,” Pawar told reporters.
reform agenda and “If there is a unanimity, then let us start exhibiting the programme which
Prospects (GEP) report released on face of rising inflation and external
vulnerabilities". In 2019-20 it is we finalise after the meeting.”
Tuesday kept the forecasts made economic activity
for India in its June report for the forecast to rebound to 4.8 per cent. Echoing the view, Naidu said if the unanimity occurs, meetings would be
next fiscal year and the 7.3 per cent
in some countries Bangladesh grew faster than held subsequently in Delhi to decide the future course of action.
estimate for the current fiscal year, up India with 7.9 per cent in the last In order “to save the nation”, all parties are required to join the
from 6.7 per cent recorded in 2017- to accelerate to 7.5 per cent in fiscal year "driven mainly by private Mahagathbandhan out of “democratic compulsion”, he added.
18. However, it warned that in South fiscal year 2019-20 as consumption consumption and supported by Twitter India celebrates rising women achievers
remittance inflows", the report said.
W
Asia, the upcoming election cycle remains robust and investment
ith the aim to empower female voices
"elevates political uncertainty in the growth continues, and as (economic) But its growth is forecast to fall to 7
region". per cent in the current fiscal year. and celebrate their achievements
activity benefits from recent policy
"The challenging political Releasing the report, the Bank's on the platform, Twitter India on
reforms and a rebound in credit."
environment could adversely affect For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Tuesday launched a new campaign called
the ongoing reform agenda and fiscal years, the GEP has projected a Georgieva said: "At the beginning of #WebWonderWomen (WWW).
economic activity in some countries," growth rate of 7.5 per cent. 2018 the global economy was firing The campaign, in partnership with the
it added. The GEP presented a The World Bank's 7.5 per cent on all cylinders, but it lost speed Ministry of Women and Child Development
gloomy outlook for the world as a growth projection for the next fiscal during the year and the ride could get (WCD) and human rights organisation
whole: Growth was projected to slow year is slightly higher than the 7.4 even bumpier in the year ahead. Breakthrough will allow users to nominate
to 2.9 per cent for the current year, per cent made by the International "As economic and financial rising Indian women achiever with their
down from the estimated 3 per cent Monetary Fund last October. headwinds intensify for emerging Twitter handle. 
for the last year and to grow only by But the GEP's estimate of 7.3 per and developing countries, the world's The woman should be an achiever under one of the following categories:
2.8 per cent in the next two years. cent for the current fiscal year falls progress in reducing extreme poverty health or fitness, community, media, literature, art, sports, technology or
It blamed trade tensions and between India's Central Statistics could be jeopardised. To keep the STEM, travel, business, legal or policy, governmental, entertainment,
slowdown in manufacturing for the Office (CSO) figure of 7.2 per cent momentum, countries need to invest fashion or beauty, finance, food, environment.
pessimism. and the Reserve Bank of India's 7.4 in people, foster inclusive growth, “We’re focused on powering positive change by fostering healthy and
The report said: "India is forecast per cent. China's growth rate was and build resilient societies." informative conversations, sharing stories that inspire, and highlighting

India should be among 3 giants of the


individuals who drive real impact through Twitter,” Colin Crowell, Global
Vice President - Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.
As part of the campaign, the nominee will be required to produce evidence

world, says former British PM Tony Blair on Twitter, which shows their use of the platform has had a positive impact. 
This can be shown or shared in the form of engagement or conversation

B
lair is in New Delhi wearing with their followers. The nominee should be active and make at least weekly
two badges: elder statesman updates on Twitter. 
for the Raisina Dialogue and
social activist for his Generation
Modi inaugurates eight projects in Manipur
Global schools project.
Yet he remains keenly aware
of the state of the world, Britain’s
P rime
Narendra
inaugurated
Minister
Modi
eight
Brexit blues and the future of India’s projects during his one-
relations with his homeland. hour visit to Manipur.
India is right up there in Tony He also laid the
Blair’s vision of the world. The foundation stones of
former British prime minister says, four other projects
“What I would like to see is India which will be
getting to the point where it would be global concerns. “The single biggest over Brexit with both UK PM Teresa constructed at an Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches development
one of the three giants of the world.” geopolitical change in my children’s May and the present head of his own projects in Imphal, Manipur on Jan 4, 2019. Also
estimated cost of Rs seen Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and
Three decades from now, it lifetime is and will be the rise of Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. He 1,500 crore. other dignitaries.
would be “logical that the two most China.” Blair hopes China’s rise firmly believes Britain must hold a Despite a boycott
populous countries and the United will be benign and sees Beijing’s second referendum on whether to
call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta
States be the world’s most powerful future dependent on a continuing stay or leave the European Union.
Kangjeibung where Modi addressed a public meeting.
countries. “India should be one of struggle between “reformers and Blair makes a well-chiseled
Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous
them.” nationalists.” argument as to why a second
Congress government, thereby wasting more money. "If the projects had
Blair is in New Delhi wearing The West will need to keep its referendum is now the only real
two badges: elder statesman for the powder dry, just in case. And this option left to London. No matter been completed without delay, people would have benefitted," he said.
Raisina Dialogue and social activist geopolitical uncertainty is also “why their political hue, all Britons “will The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced
for his Generation Global schools the relationship with India is so eventually come to the conclusion for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was
project. Yet he remains keenly aware important and fundamental to us.” that the only proper way is to reach progressing.
of the state of the world, Britain’s One part of the West that seems closure on this issue is go back to He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.
Brexit blues and the future of India’s less strong and united than it once the people.” He goes out on a limb: Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres.
relations with his homeland. was is the country Blair ruled for a “There is a 50% chance Brexit will He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for
The Middle Kingdom tops his decade. Blair has publicly sparred not happen.” India.
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TRUMP OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO KIN Indian-


American Gita
OF SLAIN FIJI INDIAN-ORIGIN POLICEMAN Gopinath joins
IMF as its first
U
S President Donald Trump

female chief
has called up the family
of Fiji Indian-origin
police officer Ronil Singh who
was shot to death allegedly by an economist
illegal immigrant in the US state
of California last week, the White
House said.
Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, of the
Newman Police Department was
shot and killed during a traffic stop
at Merced Street and Eucalyptus
Avenue just before 1 a.m. on
December 26.
White House Press Secretary
Sarah Sanders released a statement
on Thursday about the President’s

P
call to Singh’s family. rominent Indian-American
“President Trump spoke with economist Gita Gopinath has
the family and law enforcement County Sheriff’s Department. joined as the chief economist
colleagues of fallen Newman, of the International Monetary Fund,
California, police officer Ronald becoming the first woman to occupy
“Ron” Singh,” Sanders said t. the top post at the global lender.
“The President praised officer Gopinath, 47, joined last week
Singh’s service to his fellow the statement.
at a time, when she believes the
citizens, offered condolences and The California police had arrested
world is experiencing a retreat from
commended law enforcement’s 33-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga,
globalisation, posing challenges to
rapid investigation, response and who came to the US illegally and
multilateral institutions.
apprehension of the suspect.” was believed to be fleeing Mexico,
The John Zwaanstra professor of
“Included in the President’s on charges of killing Singh.
International Studies and Economics
calls were Corporal Singh’s wife, Singh was a native of Fiji and
at Harvard University, Gopinath,
Amanika “Mika” Chand-Singh; had immigrated to the US. He was
a US citizen, succeeds Maurice
Newman, California Police Chief a veteran of over seven years at the
(Maury) Obstfeld as Economic
Randy Richardson,and Sheriff Newman Police Department and
Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s
Adam Christianson of Stanislaus was assigned as a canine officer. A picture of slain Newman Police Cpl. Ronil “Ron” Singh rests atop the casket Research Department. Obstfeld
County, California,” according to He earlier served with the Merced during his funeral
retired December 31.

Indian falls to death from Ireland


Announcing her appointment on
October 1, IMF Managing Director
Christine Lagarde described her

cliff while taking selfie


as “one of the world’s outstanding
economists with impeccable
academic credentials, a proven track
record of intellectual leadership and
extensive international experience.”
¡ IWK BUREAU Tour bus The 11th chief economist of the IMF,

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It’s understood Mr Goel had Mysore-born Gopinath in a recent
n Indian student has died
after falling off a cliff in arrived at the Cliffs of Moher on a interview to The Harvard Gazette
Ireland while taking a selfie tour bus and was travelling alone. It’s described her appointment at the
on Friday, January 4. also believed he had been travelling IMF as a “tremendous honour” and
The man has been identified as around Ireland in recent months said the appointment of the first
Anand Goel, a Trinity College taking photographs. ever woman for this position speaks
Student from India, Irish Times Gardaí, members of the Doolin highly of IMF’s Managing Director
unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Lagarde.“She is phenomenal, not just
reported. Mr Goel who was studying
Shannon based search and rescue in her leadership of the IMF but as
marketing and design lost his balance
helicopter were mobilised to the a role model for women around the
while taking the photograph at the
incident as soon as the alarm was world,” she said.
popular tourist attraction the Cliffs
Identifying some of her top
of Moher in County Clare on Friday raised. Rescue 115 had been on a
priorities at the IMF, Gopinath told
afternoon. training mission at the time and
The Harvard Gazette that she would
The tragedy happened south of the was able to respond to the incident
like the IMF to continue to be a place
main viewing areas near the visitor promptly. that provides intellectual leadership
centre. There were hundreds of Mr Goel’s body was recovered and on important policy questions.
people enjoying the scenery and cliff he was formally pronounced dead at “Among the research issues that
spokesman said. Saturday and met gardaí and rescue the Coast Guard station before his
walk at the time, the Irish Mirror I would like to push, one would be
In June 2007, a Hungarian man in workers. remains were removed to University
reported. Emergency services, understanding the role of dominant
his 20s died after he fell to his death He said he was “grateful” to the Hospital Limerick for formal currencies like the dollar in
including a search helicopter, were
at the Cliffs of Moher while taking Irish Coast Guard and helicopter and identification and a postmortem. international trade and finance. We
mobilised as soon as the alarm
photographs. The cliffs draw about boat teams for helping to recover Mr could do more on the empirical side
was raised. A winchman from the Gardaí interviewed a number of
1.5 million visitors per year. Goel’s body. to try to understand countries’ dollar
helicopter recovered the man from eye-witnesses following the incident
Originally from Delhi, he came “Heartfelt condolences to exposures and on the theoretical
the sea. The victim was flown to and are treating the matter as a tragic
to Dublin in September to begin bereaved family. Your loss is our side in terms of the implications
nearby Doolin where he was formally accident. A Garda spokesman said:
his studies and had been travelling loss,” Mr Kumar wrote on Facebook. for international spillovers,
pronounced dead. “The man has also been identified
around the country in his spare time. “Embassy stands solidly with you consequences of dollar shortages,
The police interviewed a number and his family in India has been
“We are also reaching out to his and is assisting with all formalities. etc,” she said.
of witnesses and confirmed they were notified. We are working with the
fellow students, friends and staff here We’ll be bringing you home in the Most countries invoice their trade
treating the death as a tragic accident. embassy to facilitate the repatriation
at Trinity supporting them during earliest possible time frame.” in dollars and borrow internationally
“There is nothing to suggest at of the man’s remains.”
this distressing time. We are working The alarm was raised at around in dollars. This is a central part of
this stage that this was anything He added: “We will continue with
closely with the Indian Embassy and 3.15pm on Friday after the tragedy the international price system and
other than a tragic accident. Initial the investigation and prepare a file
An Garda Síochána in doing so,” a was witnessed by a number of people. the international financial system
indications are, having taken for the county coroner who will hold and it will be exciting to explore its
spokeswoman said. Eye-witnesses are understood to have
statements from a number of people, an inquest in due course.” consequences in greater depth with
India’s ambassador to Ireland told gardaí Mr Goel was taking a
is that the victim was taking a selfie Content Courtesy: IrishTimes. the IMF, she said.
Sandeep Kumar visited the scene on selfie at the time and lost his footing.
and lost his footing,” an Irish Police com
22 WORLD Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

GOVERNMENT
SHUTDOWN:
THE MAJORITY OF
AMERICANS ARE AGAINST TRUMP
The office of management and budget of the White House has
conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the Congress. It also
said in the letter that $5 billion sought would only fund 234
miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border

T
he office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the
Congress. It also said in the letter that $5 billion sought would only fund 234 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile
border.
US president Donald Trump is standing firm on his demand for $5 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico
but has said it it would be a “Steel Barrier” now, instead of concrete as the partial government shutdown caused by a
stalemate on its funding entered the 17th day.
Calling Sunday negotiations with Democrats “productive”, the president wrote on Twitter later in the evening,
“We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution,
and made in the USA”.
The office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter
to the Congress. It also said in the letter that $5 billion sought would only fund 234 miles of the nearly
2,000-mile border.
But Democrats have said there was no movement in the talks.
As the stalemate, which started on December 22, continues, making this the third-longest
"We shutdown, the president has also indicated he might use his powers to declare a national
are now emergency to fund the barrier, which he is allowed, by moving money from the defense
planning a Steel budget meant for construction projects.
Barrier rather But he has also insisted that he prefers the find a solution through negotiations. “Let’s
than concrete. It is get our deal done in Congress!” the president wrote in tweet in response to a remark
both stronger & less
from Adam Smith, the new chairman of the House armed services committee, who
obtrusive. Good
solution, and made Trump quoted as saying the president had the requisite authority.
in the USA." The funding stalemate has shut down a fourth of the federal government,
impacting 800,000 employees, either furloughed or working without pay.

China's lunar probe lands on moon's far side


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hina’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe on “It is a perfect display of human intelligence,”
Thursday became the first spacecraft said Jia Yang, deputy chief designer of the
to make a soft landing on the far side Chang’e-4 probe, from the China Academy of
of the Moon in a significant milestone for Space Technology.
the nation as it attempts to position itself as a There have been numerous missions to the
leading space power. Moon in recent years, but the vast majority had
The probe, comprising a lander and a rover, been to orbit, fly by or impact. The last manned
touched down at the pre-selected landing area at landing was Apollo 17 in 1972.
177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees The Chang’e-4 was launched by a Long
south latitude on the far side of the Moon at March 3B carrier rocket on December 8 from
10.26 a.m. (Beijing Time), the China National Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan
Space Administration (CNSA) was cited as province. Four days later, Chang’e 4 entered
saying by Xinhua news agency. the lunar orbit.
The Global Times said the space probe Communications between the probe and
landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin of the control stations on Earth will take place with
Moon and called it “a major breakthrough in the help of the Queqiao satellite.
human exploration of the Universe”. The programme Chang’e (named in honour
With the communication assistance of the of a goddess who, according to Chinese legend,
relay satellite Queqiao, the probe sent back the lives on the Moon) began with the launch of the
first-ever close-up photograph of the Moon’s first orbital probe in 2007. Four devices have
far side, opening a new chapter in lunar been sent to the Moon since.
exploration. South Pole-Aitken basin, thought to have been Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, The programme intends to send a manned
The mission will perform low frequency formed by a giant impact early in the Moon’s capital of China, Jan. 3, 2019. China’s mission to the Moon in the long term and
radio astronomical observation, terrain and history. Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far although no deadline has been set, some experts
relief analysis, detection of mineral composition “China is on the road to become a strong side of the moon Thursday, becoming the first indicated it may be around 2036.
and shallow lunar surface structure, the space nation. And this marks one of the spacecraft soft-landing on the moon’s uncharted Many lunar orbiters have shown the Moon’s
measurement of neutron radiation and neutral milestone events of building a strong space side never visible from Earth. The probe, two sides are very different. The near side
atoms to study the environment on the hidden nation,” chief designer for the lunar mission, comprising a lander and a rover, landed at the is relatively flat, while the far side is thickly
side of the Moon. Wu Weiren, told CCTV. preselected landing area on the far side of the dotted with impact craters of different sizes.
The probe will also try to explore the Von A simulated landing process of Chang’e-4 moon at 10:26 a.m. Beijing Time (0226 GMT), However, the reality is still a mystery, and only
Kármán crater, located within the much larger lunar probe is seen through the monitor at the China National Space Administration on site exploration will reveal the truth.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019 SPORTS 23

Pujara's Man of the Match ICC confirms direct qualifiers


for T20 World Cup
C
heteshwar Pujara was adjudged Man of the Match in the 1st Test of the series.
He scored a century in the 1st innings and followed up with an innings of
71 in the second innings. Ever since he made his Test debut, Cheteshwar
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Pujara has always drawn comparisons with the great Rahul Dravid, who it through from the ICC T20 World
he International Cricket
was also one of the pillars of the Indian team. Just like Dravid, Pujara also Cup Qualifier in 2019.
Council on Tuesday
believes in testing the opposition bowlers, not tinkering with the anything Four teams from the group stage
confirmed the sides that have
going away from him. His patient approach has seen him being called will advance to the Super 12s.
qualified directly for the ICC Mens
as 'the next Dravid' on occasions and in the ongoing Test, he emulated Of the top 10 sides on the rankings
T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in
the former Indian captain by winning the Man of the Match award in table, top-ranked Pakistan, India,
Australia, based on the Twenty20
India's win over Australia in Adelaide. England, Australia, South Africa,
International (T20I) rankings as on
Pujara scored a century (123) in the first innings and followed New Zealand, the West Indies and
December 31.
up with a score of 71 in the second innings. Dravid, on the Afghanistan will start their campaign
As per the qualification criteria
other hand, played innings of 233 and 72* in India's directly in the Super 12s.
set for the tournament, Australia
victory. The Board of Control for Cricket in Former champions and three-time
and the other nine top ranked sides
India (BCCI) shared a special tweet on the finalists Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
have ensured direct qualification, the
occasion recalling the unique coincidence will have to contend with the other
International Cricket Council (ICC)
between the two teams. six qualifiers in the group stage of the
Pujara scores third century of tour to put India in control announced in a statement.
tournament, which will be held from
The top eight make it straight to the

PANT ‘DEFINITELY
Super 12s stage while the remaining 18 October to 15 November 2020.
two will play in the group stage along

IPL 2019 to start March 23


PART OF OUR WORLD despite general elections
CUP PLANS’: MSK PRASAD T
he hugely-popular two- of the world's most popular and
month-long Indian Premier competitive T20 tournament will be

R
League (IPL) will be played scheduled to be played in India," an
ishabh Pant, India Test
in India from March 23 despite the IPL release stated.
wicket-keeper, may still be the
Lok Sabha elections due in April- "It is proposed that the IPL 2019
understudy to MS Dhoni in India’s
May, ending the uncertainty over will commence on March 23. The
white-ball sides, but there is reason to believe
whether it would be shifted to some detailed schedule will be finalised
he is firmly in his country’s Men’s Cricket World
other country. in consultation with the appropriate
Cup plans.
The announcement on the authorities. The CoA will then have
Though highly rated for a long time, Pant first truly
commencement of the 12th edition a detailed discussion with all the
found fame through the IPL, with his innovative and
of IPL was made by the Supreme stakeholders before releasing the IPL
belligerent ball-striking giving some reason to believe
Court-appointed Committee of 2019 Schedule," it added.
he might be a fixture in India’s limited-overs sides for years
Administrators (CoA) here on In 2009, the cash-rich tournament
to come. Pant is yet to set the world alight in international
Tuesday after a meeting of the was held in South Africa due to the
white-ball cricket, but has enjoyed a stunning start to his Test career,
committee headed by Vinod Rai. general elections while the 2014
averaging just under 50 in his first nine Tests, and scoring two hundreds in
"Based on the preliminary edition was partly played in the
England and Australia, making him the first Indian wicket-keeper to score more
discussions with the appropriate United Arab Emirates (UAE) before
than one century outside of Asia.
central and state agencies / authorities, returning home for the latter half.
Some have compared his potential to that of Adam Gilchrist, who is rated by
it was decided that the 12th edition
many as the best in his role Test cricket has ever seen. The incumbent, former

48 teams to participate in
captain MS Dhoni, needs little introduction, and his legacy as one of the best
glovemen in the history of ODI cricket is secure. But there has been some

Asia-Pacific soccer Cup


suggestion recently that age has caught up with him, and that he is now unable
to score at the pace required in the modern game. He remains India’s No.1, and

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his status was underlined by the fact that he was recalled to India’s T20I side s many as 48 teams will
to face New Zealand, having been left out of the squad to face Australia, and by take part in the Asia-Pacific
the fact that Pant, his main competitor to take the gauntlets, has been left out of (APAC) Soccer Cup 2019 to
the squad to face Australia in ODIs. He will instead return home to play for India
be hosted by Barca Academy India at
A, who take on England Lions in a five-match one-day series, before rejoining India
Gurugram from January 24- 27.
for the first leg of their New Zealand tour. Some may have feared that with the Cricket
Barca Academy teams
World Cup just around the corner, India’s precocious talent was being edged Aitor Olmo, Tournament Director,
"You representing Australia, Japan, China,
out. But India’s chief selector MSK Prasad says he remains very much
have seen Spain, Singapore and India will said: "The Asia-Pacific Cup is one
in India’s thoughts, and that his exclusion is simply due to “workload
how many players be participating in the following of the key tournaments in the Barca
management”.
we are resting these categories -- under-9, 11, 13 and 15. Academy calendar. The tournament
“There is absolutely no doubt that he is among one of those days. This kid has
During the tournament there will showcases not only the football
wicketkeepers (in contention for the World Cup). played the T20s and
be activities like yoga, meditation players of the future but also brings
All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part the four high-
intensity Tests." and increasing team play spirit forward their holistic development."
of our World Cup plans. It’s a part of the workload management we are
following,” Prasad told India Today. through dance forms. "India is not only an important
“You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid FC Barcelona was the first major partner country for Barca Academy
has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. The body also takes European club to set up base in India but is also a country that exudes
a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I in 2011 when they partnered with passion for football. Hosting the
am sure he will come back much stronger.” The ODI series against Conscient Football and held the first tournament in India is a fitting
Australia begins on Saturday, 12 January at Sydney. FCBEscola camp here. honour to the rich sports legacy of
Speaking on Asia-Pacific Cup, India," he added.

Sri Lanka recall Kusal Perera for Australia Tests


K
usal Perera has been recalled to Sri Lanka’s squad for four weeks. The all-rounder subsequently was ruled out of the
the upcoming Test series against Australia, starting on limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour and will further miss
24 January in Brisbane. the Australia Test series.  Sri Lanka also dropped  Danushka
A similar looking squad that toured New Zealand in the Gunathilaka from the squad, while Dinesh Chandimal will
recently concluded Test series which Sri Lanka lost 1-0, will continue to lead the Test side with opener Dimuth Karunaratne
travel to Australia for another two-Test affair.  as his deputy.
Kusal Perera, who has played 13 Tests for Sri Lanka, has The first Test will be played from January 24 to 28 at the
come in in place of the injured Angelo Mathews, who recently Gabba in Brisbane, followed by the second and final Test from
was forced to retire hurt on the fourth day of the second February 1 to 5 in Canberra. 
Test against New Zealand at Christchurch due to hamstring Squad:  Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne (vc),
discomfort. Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama,
The scans later revealed that Mathews sustained a grade two Dhananjaya De Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha
strain in his left hamstring and will remain out of action for Janith Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Chameera, Kasun Rajitha
24 FEATURES Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

How to include pistachios in diet


P
istachios are low in it will help you lose those extra
calories, high protein, low inches.
in saturated fat, and high in Consuming pistachios everyday
unsaturated fats, are a perfect option can also improve exercise
for weight loss food. Being rich in performance, reduce exercise-
fibre and protein, it gives a feeling induced inflammation and oxidative
of satiety, and keeps you feel full for stress.
longer. Thus, helps in weight loss. • Add to your salad.
They are packed with • Add to sour cream or frozen
monounsaturated fatty acids which yogurt.
helps in fighting against diabetes, • Garnish in your smoothies.
improve metabolism, helpregulate • Add pistachios to your cup of
blood pressure, control blood sugar warm milk.
levels, and reduce inflammation. • Make pesto or nut butter.
Pistachios are an excellent
source of antioxidants

Popular salads from different countries such as carotenes,


vitamin E and selenium

that should be part of your diet which help in boosting


metabolism and energy

S
alads are your best bet when it comes to healthy eating. But since they are loaded with healthy ingredients does production. With
not mean they cannot be tasty. In fact if you know how to make good salads, your first race against beating those increased metabolism and
extra kilos is won! Every country has its own favourite salads, like we have kachumber in India. Here is a list for cholesterol regulation,
10 popular salads from around the world that will interest you.
Tuscan Panzanella (Italy) quesillo cheese. The ingredients are uniformly
diced and bound in olive oil. I
t is a traditional Greek salad often called
‘village salad” that includes red onions,
green bell peppers, ripe tomato, cucumbers,
pickled baby corn, leetuce, hot peppers,
onion, beets, pacaya flower, cheeses, olives,
and chicken.
Sheildzini (Japan)
Kalamata olives and Feta cheese. It is seasoned
Dressed Herring Salad (Russia)
with dried oregano, salt, extra virgin olive oil
and a splash of red wine vinegar.
Gado-Gado (Indonesia)

T uscan panzanella also known as Panmolle


is a classic bread salad. It is a cold salad of
stale bread cubes where bread slices are soaked

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in olive oil, onion, tomato, vinegar and salt. It heildzini is a Japanese cucumber salad
is very popular in summertime because of the made of cucumber, white sugar, rice wine
fresh ingredients that are use to prepare it. vinegar, and soy sauce. It Is always best to serve
Tabbouleh (Lebanon and Syria) this salad fresh as cucumber becomes soggy.
Nicoise salad (France)
I t is a layered salad which is made of boiled
vegetables like potatoes, beet roots and

I n Indonesia the term ‘gado-gado’ literally


means ‘mix-mix’. It is made with a lot of
exotic ingredients like tempeh, potatoes, corn,
carrots, chopped onions and mayonnaise, along
with a layer of freshly grated apple. Grated
beetroot covered with mayonnaise serves as the
hard-boiled eggs, string beans, chayote, tofu last layer. It is often garnished with boiled eggs.
and cabbage, all of which are glazed with
Cobb salad (USA)
peanut butter dressing.
Fiambre (Guatemala)

T abouli salad or Tabbouleh is a simple


classic vegetarian salad made with crisp

N
cucumbers, parsley, sweet tomatoes, briny icoise salad originated in the French city
olives and bulgur wheat, all tossed with salt and of Nice and is made of potatoes, tuna,
pepper, lime juice and olive oil. green beans, Nicoise olives, anchovies, hard-
Solterito (Peru) boiled eggs and dressed with olive oil. Raw
vegetables are used in preparing this salad.
Horiatiki (Greece)

C obb salad is an American delicacy,


prepared using grilled or boiled chicken,
chives, vinaigrette, fried bacon, avocado,

T his celebratory feast is a traditional


Guatemalan dish that is cooked and eaten
cheese and eggs. It is believed that this dish
was created at Hollywood Brown Derby

F rom the region of Arequipa, Peru, this


salad consists of potatoes, coriander,
onion, rocoto chili pepper, fava beans, corn and
every year to celebrate the Day of Death. This
salad is served cold and can be made of up to
50 ingredients including sausages, cold cuts,
restaurant owned by Robert Howard Cobb and
later became a signature dish of the restaurant.

Why Balsamic vinegar is good for human body?


B
alsamic vinegar refers to a dark, calcium and magnesium that improves the vinegar helps the body absorb essential painkiller that treats different types
concentrated and intensely functioning of the body and weight loss minerals such as calcium and magnesium of pain. It is considered effective
flavoured vinegar that originated abilities. It is low in calories that further from food and thus plays a key role in the against migraines and headaches. It
in Italy. It is made with grapes (partially or curb the body’s appetite and prevent development of strong and healthy bones. is believed that the antibacterial and
wholly). Known to be low in calories and overeating. Stimulates smooth digestion antiviral properties of vinegar make
having no fat content, it is considered an Regulates blood sugar Health experts says, the polyphenols it all happen.
ideal tonic to treat ailments like indigestion Consumption of balsamic vinegar present in balsamic vinegar stimulate Controls free radicals
and heartburn. According to health experts, improves insulin sensitivity for diabetics pepsin enzyme present in the body, that Rich in antioxidant properties,
it is the best ingredient that the digestive that further allows for easy regulation of further help proteins break down into balsamic helps in the destruction
system needs to break protein down into blood sugar and reduces unpleasant side amino acid. This rich amino acid improves of free radicals from
small amino acids that is further easily effects of diabetics. the digestion process and it becomes easier the body and also
absorbed by the body. Improves bone density for the body to build cells. controls the further growth
Good for weight loss The acetic acid present in balsamic Relieves pain of cells.
It is a good source of potassium, In the west, balsamic is used as a
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 11, 2019 TIME OUT 25
CROSSWORD NO: 1 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 1 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS
1. Which Russian town suffered
an infamous nuclear disaster in
1986?  Which planet shares its name
with a dog? Pluto.
2. In nautical terms, what is the opposite
of windward? 
3. What is an irrational fear of trees
called? 
4. Which is the most northerly of the
Channel Isles? 
5. Where on the human body is the
zygomatic bone found? 
6. Which Welsh poet insisted that we do
not go gently into the night? 
7. In women’s gymnastics, what is 6ft.
6” long? 
8. Who wrote the poem Paradise Lost? 
9. Name the fictional character whose
household duties did not prevent her
determination to dance. 
10. What did A.E. Frick invent in 1887,
which are now worn by thousands if
not millions of people? 
11. Which hero of a seasonal song has a
very shiny nose? 
12. Usually partnered with milk, but
sometimes also with jam and custard,
name this yellow-gold dry food. 
13. Available in many sizes and styles,
SUDOKU NO: 1 and able to halt at many train-free
stations, what am I? 
14. Which London square is famous–or
infamous–for its pigeon population? 
15. Which frequently-used household
item has a tree but no leaves? 
16. I am Liverpudlian but not Liverpool.
What am I? 
17. Name the American actress famous for
her violet eyes and voluptuous figure,
who found fame as an Egyptian. 
18. Which type entertainment has cars
but no roads, curves but no figure, and
white knuckles? 
19. What has three classes, can be found
underground or high up, and can be
a target for ultra-modern hopes or
lavish nostalgia? 
20. I have a cake and a table named after
me, and I’m used all round the world.
What am I? 
21. Home to the Ross Sea and a species of
flightless bird. Where is this? 
Antarctica.
Taylor. 18.Roller coaster. 19. Trains. 20. Coffee. 21.
Trafalgar. 15. Mug. 16. Everton Football Club. 17. Elizabeth
the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 12.Cornflakes. 13. A radio. 14.
John Milton. 9. Cinderella. 10. Contact lenses. 11. Rudolf
4.Alderney. 5. Facial  cheek. 6. Dylan Thomas. 7. Beam. 8.
Answers: 1. Chernobyl. 2.Leeward. 3. Dendrophobia.

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Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple ¡¡ Eliminate numbers by marking
rules and challenging solutions. Can them in Black.
you eliminate numbers until there are ¡¡ You are not allowed to have two
no duplicates in any row or column? Black squares touching horizontally or
Objective / Rules vertically (diagonally is ok).
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11 January to 17 January | By Manisha Koushik


Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Doing things that contribute towards your overall aim is warranted at this
juncture, so don’t while away your time. Red tape threatens to stall a project, so
find a way out. Your desire for gaining additional skills may need to be put on
hold temporarily till the time is right. Those appearing for interviews will need
a thorough understanding of all issues related with the job. Take steps to enrich
your love by spending quality time with partner. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky
Colour: Forest Green
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
Spiritual path taken by you will lead to mental peace and tranquility. You may
feel the absence of romance in your life, but don’t ever lose hope, as you may
find love soon. Professionals are likely to profit this week and make some new
clients. A lot of goodwill is in store for you for your helpful nature. Time spent in
commuting may eat into your leisure time, but little you can do about it. Health
remains satisfactory. Lucky Number: 6 / Lucky Colour: Coffee
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
Choosing the right time is important for launching something new on the
business front. On the academic front, time has arrived to reap rich rewards of
your hard work. Your philanthropic nature will be much admired and make you

BEAUTY TRENDS THAT


feel good from inside. Probationers and internees will get a chance to experience
something new. Good avenues open up to make you financially secure. There is a
possibility of gaining wealth or property by way of inheritance. Lucky Number:

WILL BE BIG IN 2019


2 / Lucky Colour: Silver
CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
Be clear of what you sign for, especially if you are signing an appointment letter.

L
et voluminous curls and nude make- it will be on everybody’s lips! It is good to help people, but not at the cost of your own interest. So, take your
call. Your earnings are set to increase, as a venture turns profitable. A romantic
up be a thing of the past. These are the opportunity arrives at your doorstep and promises love at first sight! Your upbeat
 Sleek hair

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beauty trends that will be everywhere mood is likely to rub off on those feeling down in the dumps. Health remains
e have always been unsure of this
in 2019! We have seen numerous beauty looks good. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Pink
look but with our favourite B-town
emerge this year. From the almost no make up
celebs like  Deepika LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
“fresh-faced” look, to the over-the-top glittery
Padukone,  Alia Your apprehensions may prove correct regarding a professional matter. It is
make-up look, we seem to have been there, important to get back into the thick of things on the work front. You may get the
Bhatt and more
done that and seen it all. It’s time to move on. opportunity to exploit the present to achieve better prospects. Close encounters
sporting this look, with a person who admires you secretly is possible. Moneywise, you remain
To new obsessions, ideas and of course, beauty
we know it is going comfortable. You are likely to impress people by throwing a party at home.
trends that will be BIG in the upcoming year. 
nowhere. Sleek hair Those recovering from minor surgery will need to strictly follow doctor’s advice.
The sun-kissed radiant glow can be styled well Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue

2
of
018 saw the
importance
highlighting.
with western and
Indian alike, which is
what makes it such a big hit, we think. So give
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
A new set up with new challenges may confront you at work, but your experience
will see you through. Tighten your belt on the academic front to cope up with the
workload. A misunderstanding with spouse may spoil the home environment, so
Sun-kissed warm your tresses a much-needed break from all that kiss and make up if possible. Gather your wits and overcome a tricky problem
tones saw a huge back-combing and twisting it into a bouffant, facing you in your personal life. A family elder’s opinion may appear unjust
boom in the beauty and load up on that hair gel and pull your hair upfront, but it will have great merit. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky Colour:
industry. It was tightly back, because  it›s  going to come in Forest Green
all about adequate handy! LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
make-up with just Trying something new will only broaden your horizons, so go for it. Your
 Big, bold hair confidence in a business project will be enough to convince partner to join in.
the right amount of
Next year is all about Expected payments are likely to get released soon. Support of a well wisher at
highlighter. But with the onset of 2019, our work will help you in going ahead with your plans. Those craving companionship
going big or going home.
favourite stars have done away with even the will need to cast their net wider. A home remedy proves effective for someone
Take  cue  from Katrina
basic make-up. Instead, they opt for tonnes of ailing for long. Judicious spending will save money. Lucky Number: 6 / Lucky
and Sonam who went Colour: Grey
highlighter to give a wet and dewy look, giving
big with their hair. For
it a foil-like finish. Think high-shine with SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
shoots, for films and for
balmy cheekbones, shiny forehead and chin, Someone may be spreading false rumours about you, so counter it in the best
everything else. If you way you can. Don’t become a workaholic, if you want to avoid getting mentally
are all making a comeback. 
thought the “perm” was stressed. You will need to keep your temper under control in the presence of an
 Tech-inspired beauty old school, time to bring old school back!  irritating person. On the academic front, those lagging behind in preparation may

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find the time for preparation running out. Your childishness may put off lover and
hether it is
 Matchy-matchy put paid to a romantic evening out. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Pink

I
packaging
f you think big hair is the only thing we
or the product itself, SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
are taking back from the 90s, think again!
2019 will definitely Sometimes it is prudent to leave things in between in relationships, instead of
Remember when we would match our eyeliner taking them to the gory end. You may need to tie up the loose ends at work, if you
see more tech-
and nails with our outfits? Well, time to stock want to proceed unhindered. Efforts will be required to bring the opposite party
inspired products in
up on all those different shades of nail paint to the negotiating table on the business front. It is time to showcase your talents
more metallic, glossy on the academic front by participating in debates, dramatics or whatever you are
again. Sara Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor
and shiny shades. good at. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky Colour: Forest Green
Khan are case in point, as they follow this trend
The packaging is
in full swing by changing their nail colours to CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
also going to see a massive change and we can Keep an eye out on the business front and check the feedback, so as not to get
match their outfits almost everyday. 
already see it in products launched in the latter hoodwinked. At work, a new inductee may take up most of your workload and
half of 2018. Start off the new year with a bang  Voluminous lashes and big brows leave you free for other important things. Regular practice will pay rich dividends
by trying out this look on New Year’s Eve, and
sport it all through the year. Tis’ the year to W e know that
this trend
has been on for the
for some in the sports arena. Unhealthy eating may have adverse effect on you,
so shun junk food. A financial irregularity at work threatens to involve you, but
you will come out unscathed. Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky Colour: Navy Blue
shine bright like a diamond! 
longest time, but it AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
 The bold lip is here to stay and You are likely to win lots of praise for something you have accomplished. A

W hile this year was we  can see it being tranquil atmosphere on the domestic front seems most inviting to let your hair
down. You can expect good professional advice from someone close that is likely
all about going carried on to the to solve some difficult problems at work. Your knowledge and the way you put it
nude and pastel, the next year as well. across is likely to lead to success on the academic front. Regular medication for
bold lips are making a Thin eyebrows are a a lifestyle disease is your key to a trouble-free life. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky
comeback, giving nude thing of the past and we don’t see it making Colour: Silver
a run for its money. Of a comeback anytime soon, even though a PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
course, there are some number of models who walked the ramp at Don’t gets restless, if attaining your goal takes time. You will succeed by retaining
fashionistas like Priyanka Choprawho made it luxury designer stores, have been sporting an focus. Those with a creative bent of mind may strive for recognition for their
her go-to beauty look and never let go of the eyebrow-less look. Despite that, bushy brows work. Financial betterment is just round the corner for some. A family function
and voluminous lashes are here to stay, and for is on the anvil and will give you an opportunity to meet everyone. Your efforts
trend in the first place. But with a Coral shade on the romantic front will be richly rewarded. Those wanting to get back in shape
being labelled the colour of 2019, we are sure good, we think
may have to put in requisite efforts. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Rose
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KADER KHAN: FROM A DICKENSIAN Tweet


Picks
CHILDHOOD TO EMBODYING ESSENCE OF HINDI CINEMA Kadar Khan passes away ..
sad depressing news .. my
Writer-actor Kader Khan prayers and condolences
was a versatile talent who .. a brilliant stage artist
influenced the narrative of a most compassionate and
accomplished talent on film .. a
Hindi cinema in the ’80s writer of eminence ; in most of my very
and ’90s successful films .. a delightful company ..

K
ader Khan rose from the depths of a and a mathematician !!
Dickensian childhood in the Bombay – Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
of the 1940s, surrounded by drug
Kader Khan Ji brightened the
peddlers, prostitutes, pimps and assorted
thugs to eventually embody the essence of screen with his stupendous
Hindi cinema. acting skills and lightened
Growing up in Kamathipura, Mumbai’s it thanks to his unique sense
notorious red light district that is at once of humour. He was also a
cruelly heartless and touchingly heartfelt, prolific screenwriter, associated with many
Khan absorbed a vast range of human frailties memorable films. Saddened by his demise.
and poured them in to 700 films that he acted Condolences to his family and admirers.
in and wrote. There is no comparable figure in – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
cinema anywhere in the world where a master’s
in civil engineering juggled his writerly and Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted,
actorly talents with such consummate ease in "Deeply saddened by the
hundreds of movies for close to four decades. news of Kader Khan’s
By Khan’s own reckoning, he acted in 450 demise. I had the chance of
movies and wrote dialogues and scripts for 250 working with him & it was
films. That is an astonishing output even by the an inspiring experience. He will always
generally prolific standards of Hindi cinema.
Since Khan made writing and even a certain 1937–2019 remain in our hearts & a forever shining
star in the sky. Sending my thoughts, love
type of performance look so effortless, he not be a more compelling actor than Amitabh & prayers to the family"
default temperament was the kind of sauciness
often does not get his due for his remarkable Bachchan to do ironic finality in the kind of – Anil Kapoor, Actor
that one routinely experiences in Mumbai’s
contribution to Hindi cinema. Although unpolished and fractured street lingo which streets, especially among the young population Mere pasandida abhineta
born in Kabul, Khan went on to capture the Khan wrote with great effect. that has no option but to live by its wits. aur lekhak Kadar Khan ji
quintessence of India’s everyday pluralism in Agneepath was full of crackling smart Social resentments of the dispossessed and ke nidhan ki vaarta sunke
his writings. lines but two in particular encapsulate Khan’s disenfranchised in Mumbai often result in very mujhe bahut dukh hua.
It was under the tutelage of director remarkable skills as a movie writer. In one distilled bitterness which gets articulated in hamari film Industry ne ek
Manmohan Desai, who commissioned Khan scene, Bachchan, a gangster recuperating in a the kind of lines that Khan wrote for the film. bahut accha kalakar aur lekhak kho
to write for his movies starting in the early hospital, makes perhaps the most compelling What made them particularly striking was
1970s, that he went on to powerfully capture diya. Meri unko vinamra shraddhanjali.
case for pay rise for the police. that it was against his known literary tastes of
Bombay’s street swag as reflected in its – Lata Mangeshkar, Singer
When a police officer, played by Vikram someone who loved high-minded Urdu poetry
language. Gokhale, insists that he could run his of the caliber of Mirza Ghalib and others. If there’s 1 film I have seen
Desai told this writer in 1986: “When I first household on a salary of 1500 rupees with His passion for education, which he was
met Kader Khan I told him, ‘Tum miyabhai the most no. of times its
honesty, Bachchan replies: Pagar badhao. Yeh to fondly recall as a gift of his mother Iqbal
khali sher-o-shayri aur nawabi Urdu likhta ‘Baap numbari Beta dus
policewale ka pagar badhao tum. Itna paisa Begum’s backbreaking struggles to educate him
hai. Hum ko kuchh gully ka chahiye. (You numbari’. Bachpan mein iss
mein ghar nahin chalta, sala imaan kaise as a means to liberate him from his oppressive
Muslim writers write only poetry and Urdu of chalega?” (Raise police salaries. If you can’t film ki vhs lagakar hamesha
early life, stayed with him throughout his life.
the royal court. I need some street stuff.)’ Khan run a household with such a small sum, how dekhta. #KadarKhanSaab has
Khan loved mathematics, physics,
also recalled Desai telling him that in his later do you support your conscience?) been a delightful part of my childhood. His
engineering, machine drawing and well into
interviews to others. In another scene when several phones ring contribution to hindi cinema will always
his latter life, a serious study of Arabic. Those
It was under those promptings that in movies simultaneously in Bachchan’s office, he says” be remembered. May his soul RIP
who knew him well said he was at heart always
such as Roti (1974) and Amar Akbar Anthony “Ghalat cheeze banaya hai telephone. Udhar – Vicky Kaushal, Actor
a teacher even on the movie set.
(1977) that Khan brought in the now famous se aadmi sochta kuchh hai, bolta kuchh hai, In a rather unusual acknowledgement of his
Mumbai street patois into the Hindi cinema karta kuchh hai. (The telephone is a flawed #KaderKhan Saab was one
formidable talents The Economist of London
lexicon. Although his personal preference was invention. of the finest actors of our
carried an obituary headlined, “All action man,
high-minded and refined Indian and Russian The guy at the other end thinks something, country. It was a joy and
Kader Khan, a hero of Indian cinema.”
literature, Khan perhaps subconsciously drew says something else and does something a learning experience to
Soft-spoken, polite and unusually internally
on his childhood memories to capture some of entirely different.)” be on the sets with him. His
drawn, Khan had the gift of the gab and could
the street cool that audiences saw in movies At the time of the making of improvisational skills were
converse across many subjects and themes. In
such as Muqqadar ka Sikander (1978), "All Agneepath Khan was at the peak phenomenal. His humour was eternal and
his passing Indian cinema has lost someone
Laawaris (1981), Coolie (1983) and action man, of his craft and used to write and who straddled the three distinct worlds of the original. He was a wonderful writer. We
somewhat later, Agneepath (1990). Kader Khan, act so much that it was easy to written, spoken and performed with rare ease. will miss him & his brilliance
Khan’s lines for Agneepath have an a hero of Indian discount his talent. The movie’s – Anupam Kher, Actor
ironic finality to them, and there could cinema"

Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society to honour Farooq Sheikh, Asha Parekh
B
imal Roy Memorial and Film Society award on his behalf.
will honour veteran Farooq Sheikh Awards will also be presented to directors
along with other distinguished artists Ananth Mahadevan and Amit Rai along with
from the golden era commemorating the 52nd their actors Paresh Rawal and Jackie Shroff for
death anniversary of the renowned filmmaker. making socially relevant films.
Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society will Veteran artistes Sulochana Latkar, Kamini
hold a special function on January 8. Kaushal and Farida Jalal will attend the
Veterans Farooq Sheikh and Asha Parekh are function.
set to be honoured by the Bimal Roy Memorial The memorial society is preserving and
and Film Society to commemorate the 52nd restoring Roy’s film library along with other
death anniversary of the renowned filmmaker. personal memorabilia such as songbooks,
The organisation was instituted 22 years ago posters, stills, costumes, screenplays with the
in memory of the late filmmaker. Its aim is to help of experts.
reward unsung heroes of the film industry. It also honours senior technicians, performing
A special function will be held on January 8. artists, along with contemporary filmmakers
Talking about Sheikh, who passed away in making innovative, particularly socially
2013, Roy’s daughter Rinki Roy Bhattacharya relevant works.
said they wanted to honour the late actor as The organisation supports promising film
he never won an award, barring one National distinction because he was a distinguished national award for supporting actor for the film studies students with seed grants and has been
Award trophy. artiste who truly deserves it (honour). He never ‘Lahore’,” Bhattacharya said. acquiring Roy’s film prints, negatives, other
“We have selected Farooq Sheikh for this received an award. All he received was one Sheikh’s daughter Shaaista will receive the material for preservation.
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

THE PROBLEM WITH


SIMMBA BEING A HIT
S
immba is a hit, and there is nothing to rejoice in
that victory. This is as basic and crude as cinematic
entertainment can get. I laughed, sometimes
uproariously, at Ranveer Singh's over-the-top antics. He

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is truly the Jim Carrey of Indian cinema. And Rohit Shetty
is the desi equivalent of the Farrelly brothers who made he year 2018 was a good one for the Hindi film industry. Small
crude look cool on celluloid. budget films from different genres like Stree, Badhaai Ho, Raazi,
Deriving primeval pleasure from the crass values Mulk and Andhadhun held the top spot. The audience rejected star
propagated by Simmba is akin to enjoying roadside food vehicles Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero and made their preference
of the most unhygienic variety. You know it's going to for good content loud and clear. Ranveer Singh’s Simmba gave the year a
play havoc with your digestive system. But that won't stop perfect ending. And now, Bollywood is all set to step into 2019 with a bang
you from devouring the forbidden food. as it offers an interesting line up of films.
Rohit Shetty specialises in the cinema of guilty
Uri: Release Date: January 11
pleasures. And Simmba is no exception. Its efforts to
appear socially conscious are laughably self-conscious.
An innocent, angelic girl, whom the hero calls "sister", A fter ruling 2018 with films like Raazi, Sanju, Lust Stories and
Manmarziyaan, Vicky Kaushal is all set to impress cinephiles in his
all-new avatar of an army officer in Aditya Dhar’s military drama Uri.
gets brutally raped and murdered. This is the decadent
hero's cue to jump the queue and leap for anointment. It's The film, also starring Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal, is based on the
like doing your lobbying for the Padma Shri. 2016 surgical strikes on Pakistan, after the Uri Base Camp in Jammu &
The fact that Simmba is a remake of a third-rate Kashmir was attacked. The official synopsis of the movie reads, “A defining
Telugu film is a dead giveaway of its true intentions. It moment in India’s military history. A moment that paved a path to a new,
beats me why any filmmaker would want to remake Puri stronger India. Presenting URI.”
Jagannath's crass and sickening Temper, and that too so The Accidental Prime Minister: Release Date: January 11

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faithfully. Maybe Rohit Shetty thought he could improve finish off the rapists in a fake police station encounter. The
ased on a book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, The Accidental
on the original, much in the same way that he perhaps encounter (which, significantly, was no part of the original
Prime Minister chronicles the political life of former Prime Minister
feels he can improve our social environment by making Telugu film) is so clumsy and stupid it had me in splits.
Dr  Manmohan Singh. The film has  Anupam Kher  essaying the role of
Ranveer Singh lecture us on Nirbhaya and the escalating My laughter stopped only when I thought of gau bhakts
Singh and Akshaye Khanna will be seen as Baru. The trailer of the film
numbers of rapes in our country. lynching alleged cattle smugglers.
Much as I enjoyed the crudity of Simmba and the Simmba is about mob justice. We are supposed to clap showed a dramatised version of Singh’s encounters with former Congress
high-voltage, no-holds-barred ebullience of Ranveer and cheer the unconstitutional murder of rapists because, president Sonia Gandhi. It also ruffled a few feathers as it delved deep into
Singh, I am very disturbed by the warm acceptance well, because Simmba says it's okay. He's the hero of our the internal politics of the Congress party. The film is helmed by debutant
that the audience has accorded this brazenly "crass-root times who treats crime as entertainment. When Simmba Vijay Ratnakar Gutte.
level" treatment of prickly socio-cultural diseases like raids a pub with his colleagues, he breaks into a Govinda- Cheat India: Release Date: January 25

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corruption and rape. styled jig before doing his job. he Soumik Sen directorial, starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role, is
Ranveer Singh's cocky, decadent cop is a strident It's wrong to drink on duty. But who says you can't about the scams that take place in the Indian education system. Emraan
symbol of all that is wrong with our society. He believes dance? Or let the rapist be castrated when he says he raped plays the role of a scamster who has a team of toppers writing exams for
money and brute force are the key to enjoying a privileged his victim because she hurt his ego.
other candidates seeking admission in reputed educational institutions.
status in society, and he may be right! Rohit Shetty is not going to follow the rules of civil
What is unsettling about the warm acceptance of a film society. When has that worked in real life? Why should Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Release date: January 25
like Simmba is that it gives mass acceptance to the concept
of instant justice. Since the law takes its time, why not
kill the alleged culprit? That's the logic our hero uses to
it work at the box office? Simmba is a film about "Jungle
Raj". And Ranveer Singh is a modern-day Tarzan swinging
and singing from branch to branch. Crime Branch, that is.
K angana Ranaut’s much-awaited historical drama Manikarnika: The
Queen of Jhansi is all set to arrive in theaters on January 25 after much
delay. Kangana plays the role of feisty Rani Laxmi Bai who takes on the

Actor Akshaye Khanna:


East India Company. The movie marks the directorial debut of Kangana
and also Bollywood debut of TV actor Ankita Lokhande. The synopsis of
the film reads, “She fought for freedom 160 years ago. She fought with her
head held high, She fought till she dropped, Yet, never gave up her pride, her

What you call controversy, I call a debate:


motherland, her beloved, Jhansi! It’s time to salute India’s greatest warrior
queen!”

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he Accidental Prime time that a film is made on a also featuring Suzanne Bernert, Thackeray: Release Date: January 25
Minister, a forthcoming
film centred around former
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
politician of recent times, taking the
real name, and (showcasing) all the
real incidents that are very much
Aahana Kumra and Arjun Mathur, is
slated to release on January 11. It is
directed by Vijay
N awazuddin Siddiqui essays the role of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal
Thackeray in the biopic titled Thackeray. Also starring Amrita Rao,
the film has been directed by Abhijit Panse.
and his journey with the Congress in the public domain and vividly Gutte.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Release date: February 1

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party, became a talking point since remembered by the people.
ringing to screen the father-
its trailer released. Actor Akshaye "Of course, people will have their
daughter duo of Anil Kapoor
Khanna, who plays a crucial role in opinion and they must express them
and  Sonam Kapoortogether for
the movie, sees the reactions as a in all the mediums -- whether it is on
debate and not a controversy. social media, mainstream media or the first time, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha
The trailer has raked up talk about by writing an article about it." Toh Aisa Laga promises to be the
the film's portrayal of a political party "Having said that, I do not think ‘unexpected romance of the year.’
and has raised questions on whether these events as controversy. We are From the trailer, it appears that Sonam
the filmmaker has a political agenda. living in a democracy," added the plays a homosexual character in the
Asked about the response to the son of late actor-politician Vinod movie. Also starring Juhi Chawla
trailer and the controversy around it, Khanna. Also releasing this month and Rajkummar Rao, the movie is
Khanna said: "Look, what you call is a film titled Thackeray. It is based directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar and is backed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
controversy, I am calling a debate late politician Bal Thackeray, the
Sonchiriya: Release date: February 8

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and in a democratic country, the founder of Shiv Sena. Why are
he primary plot of this Abhishek Chaubey (Udta Punjab and Dedh
debate should be on. political themes interesting for
Ishqiya fame) film deals with the dacoits of central India and the film
"Whether it is for or against the filmmakers and actors?
will attempt to give a glimpse into their lives. A voice-over in the teaser of
matter, a debate must be embraced. In Akshaye's opinion, it is simply
I appreciate such practice because because, "it is interesting". the film informs the viewers that the dacoits are on the lookout for a ‘golden
only people have the right to decide "There are a lot of political bird’ (Son Chiriya). The movie’s cast includes names like  Sushant Singh
if such a film should be made or not." decisions that have been been made Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh
In the film, veteran actor Anupam in the government that have changed "Look, Rana among others. It has been shot in Chambal and Mumbai.
Kher plays Manmohan Singh. the lives of common people. These what you call Gully Boy: Release date: February 14

A
Akshaye essays Sanjaya Baru, who controversy, I
kind of stories offer an insight into fter closing the year 2018 with a bang, Ranveer Singh will welcome the
worked as a media advisor of the am calling a debate
the thought behind such decisions. New Year with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. He plays the role of a street
Prime Minister from 2004 to 2008, "Through films, people notand in a democratic
only rapper in the movie that also features Alia Bhatt in the lead role. The film
country, the
and later wrote a memoir of his get access to interesting stories and
debate should explores the underground hip-hop scene of Mumbai and is said to be loosely
experience of working at the PMO in information but also a powerfulbe on"
inspired by the life of rapper Divine. Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi
a book that was released in 2014. visual experience," he added.
and Vijay Varma are also a part of the movie.
Akshaye said: "This is the first The Accidental Prime Minister,
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Magic of six-yard-fabric extolled


Traffic Stoppers SS Saree Sakhis AAA Awesome Auckland Angels

in Auckland Saree Speak Meet


SANDEEP SINGH

T
he magic of the traditional
Indian six-yard-fabric saree
was extolled in Auckland by
a group of enthusiastic saree lovers
who had gathered together on a
bright sunny, albeit sleepy afternoon
of Saturday, January 5, in the central
suburb of Remuera.
The event Auckland Saree Speak
Meet was propelled by similar
global events being held at distant
places like Pune, Belagavi, New
Delhi, Jakarta and New Jersey, with
the same passion of celebrating
different styles and forms of sarees
and simultaneously empowering
those who carry this traditional
Indian drape every day with much
elegance.
Saree Speak is a closed social
media group started by Vini Tandon Bindu Handa, Bavani Suresh event Saree draping contest group 2 Kirithika Kiki, Neelam Sajwan Rawat in a Gujarati drape, Kishori Telang, Charul Shah, Varu Iyer,
Keni from Goa in 2016 and organisers. Melanie Jeyakum

had gradually attained immense


popularity with its membership
increasing to around 100, 000 by the
end of 2018.
The group brings together
women initially from India and then
gradually from different parts of
the world who post their saree-clad
images and pictures accompanied
with brief stories about its kind,
texture and origin or any other
interesting stories related around the
purchase.
This way the social media group
has not only managed to bring
together women sharing a similar
passion for sarees from all around
the world on one common platform
but also supporting small scale
weavers and craftsmen from all
over India. The group has played
a significant role in reviving some
almost getting extinct weaves
like the Kunbi, Gamcha and other
Handloom weaves.
The Auckland event was initiated
by a saree enthusiast Bavani Suresh, Saree draping contest group 3 Meena
Kalyanpur Basrur, Jyoti Raj, Bhargavi
who noted on the Saree Speak social Kotte in Madurai Pinkosu drape, Bindu
Saree draping contest group 1
media page that many meets were Handa.
Kanchana Mala Reddy, Urvashi Shinde
in Bengal Athpourey drape, Manasi
occurring worldwide, and decided to event whereby encouraging Chivate, Madhuri Yamineni
explore interest in holding a similar participating women to get to know Saree draping contest group 4 Vasu Moses, Mumtaj Agarbattiwala in Kerala
event in the city of sails. each other amidst several games Namboothiri drape, Santhriga Kannan, Ravika Java, Kanika Diesh.
Her query was reciprocated by and competitions designed to for group shots and videos.” Pinkosu, Kerala Namboothiri,
Weekender
several saree enthusiasts, which celebrate different kinds of sarees, “The Saree Speak members, Gujarati style on a group member,
Bavani Suresh said,
culminated in the Auckland Saree subsequently prompted women to who are fondly referred to as Saree amidst much retying and laughter,”
“Remuera Road erupted into a wild
Speak Meet organised in close walk outside on Auckland streets Sakhis were excited to participate in Ms Suresh said.
frenzy of unrestrained colour as the
liaison with other saree enthusiasts displaying the magic of Indian the saree draping contest. Clearly, the online group is ready
Sakhis trooped out and onto the
Bindu Handa and Sasi Indiran. fabric. “Each group had to drape one to come out of the virtual world and
street, stopping traffic while posing
Initially conceived as a private Speaking to The Indian of the Bengal Athpourey, Madurai burst the seams of the real world.
30 FEATURES Friday, January 11, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Venue: Vodafone Event Centre, 770 Great Time: 7 p.m. onwards


South Road, Manukau, Auckland Venue: Auckland Domain, Hosted by What’s
Life Education Trust Counties Manukau is really excited to be
the principal beneficiary of 2019’s Trillian Trust FunFest. On in Auckland
A free for all the family event which is based in the premier The Lantern Festival is back, celebrating 20 years! Come and
South Auckland venue, Vodafone Events Centre.
enjoy New Zealand’s largest Chinese festival, celebrating the
FunFest Charitable Trust was formed in 2002 with the sole
Holi 2K19 more will rendezvous around Auckland’s CBD and waterfront
to create the electrifying atmosphere that is the Auckland
purpose of creating a free event for families of Auckland. Our
focus was to bring families and communities together in a
year of the pig, from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 February, in the
Date: Sunday, February 10 Auckland Domain.
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. International Buskers Festival! positive environment. We’ve successfully created a fun safe
Be entertained and dazzled by hundreds of handmade
Venue: Hare Krishna Temple, 1229 place for families to enjoy every year. Thousands of families
Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu, New Year 2019 have grown up with Funfest. Our event has grown to an Chinese lanterns, music and dance performances, martial arts
audience of over 30,000 people annually from all over the demonstrations, traditional Chinese art and craft – there’s a
Auckland
NZ’s largest Holi Festival.
Celebrations country and all ages. 
range of activities for all ages.
See details on our FB page / event and website www.holi.org.nz Date: Monday, December 31 - Tuesday, We are the only annual Auckland summer event with free
January 1 entry, free parking, free rides and free prizes. There is simply no Plus, it’s free to attend!
Auckland International Time: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Venue: Sky Tower, Corner Victoria & Federal
other event that compares with Trillian Trust Funfest in terms of
attractions, scale and social responsibility. 
If you’re all about the lanterns and less about the crowds, be

Buskers Festival 2019 Street, Auckland Our event now includes an invitational day for children with sure to head to the Domain on 14 February for the lantern
Date: Friday, January 25- Sunday, February 28 Let’s get together and Welcome 2019 in Grand style. Hosted by special needs and their families.  appreciation night (there will be no stalls, live entertainment or
Time: 12 p.m. onwards Indian Students in New Zealand We’ve also added the Funfest Family Expo promoting a range food on this night).
Venue: Auckland CBD, Waterfront of products and services that encourage family well-being,
Hosted by Auckland International Buskers Festival & SkCity Trillian Trust FunFest health, education and careers. Trillian Trust Funfest promotes
positive relationships throughout families and communities.
Keep an eye out for the full festival programme, available in
Live 2019.
World Class Talent will be hitting the streets of Auckland, New 2019 For more information on the Auckland Lantern Festival,
Zealand for the Nineteenth time over Auckland Anniversary Date: Thursday, Janurary 10 - Sunday, Auckland Lantern Festival visit www.aucklandnz.com/lantern, and follow What’s on in
Weekend 2019. January 13 Date: Thursday, February 14- Sunday,
Acrobats, magicians, comedies, unicycle champions and Time: 9 a.m. onwards February 17 AucklandFacebook page!

Aucklanders urged to enjoy sunny weather with kite-flying


IWK BUREAU Manhar Patel from Vaishnav Parivar.

T
he Kite Festival is back for another “There will be several stalls with delicious
year of fun and frolic for the family on food items, ice gola & kulfi, snacks, juice and
Sunday, January 13. soft drinks.
The event is brought by Vaishnav Parivar “In addition, there will be lots of
(NZ) Inc. who are organising the 13th edition of entertainment activities for children in the form
the Kite Festival at Eastdale Reserve, Avondale. of fun rides & slide, face painting and drawing
The event will start at 11 am and continuing till competitions. “Live cultural performances will
6.30 pm, giving ample opportunities to festival- be one of the attractions of many more cultural
goers to enjoy fun, food and entertainment. programs of the festival,” he added.
The venue is located next to Avondale College Visitors can also buy a $5 raffle ticket to win
on Rosebank Road, Avondale. Gold Coast Holiday Package for two people
“All preparations are completed now. Kites including four days accommodation.
are ready to fly, and manja (kite-string) will be There will be many more attractive prizes as
on sale to the public at the event centre,” says well and later in the evening; there will you can
take part in an auction for Slumberzone Deluxe
"Live
cultural
Bed at 6.15 pm. performances
“We had got the support of The will be one of the
Lion Foundation, Whau Local attractions of many
Board, The Trusts Community more cultural
Foundation & Avondale College and programs of the
sponsored by Global Financial Services festival."
Limited, Reliance Ventilation Systems,
Manukau Nissan, Tony Chaudhary of Bayles,
Greenline Developers Limited, Travel Corner,
Slumberzone, Nitin Mittal of Wallace Stratton,
Discount Building Supplies and our media
sponsors Radio Tarana, The Indian Weekender
& Kuk Punjabi,” he added.
“When it comes to parking, around the event
site, additional parking at Avondale College
will be available on first come first serve basis,
and people can use Gate 1 on Victor Street or
Gate 3 on Rosebank Road for parking their
vehicle,” Mr Patel said.
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