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HOW DOES HOUSING MARKET LOOK LIKE IN 2019?


SANDEEP SINGH responsible lending is going to put additional

F
irst home buyers can have some early demands on prospective first home buyers,
advantage in the current housing market especially in terms of the way they manage
as investors and sellers, both remain their finances and do savings.
cautious of varied factors. Mortgage brokers say banks are taking a
However, any advantage that first home closer look at whether borrowers can afford
buyers could potentially have in the New to meet home loan repayments, with one bank
Year because of seeming investor-caution is now asking for a written declaration that the
neutralized with the reticence of banks and lending is responsible.
financial institutions to hand-out easy credit. Although such a requirement was in place
If there was one most significant factor that since June 2015, with banks and lenders
would rule the roost in early 2019, then it would required to adhere to the responsible lending
be bank’s insistence for responsible lending, code, things had changed dramatically since
which can potentially raise barriers for securing late last year when Australian banks were found
easy credit and thus affecting the market. wanting by the Australian Royal Commission
Thereby, the market at best can be expected in abiding those rules.
to remain mixed, rather than bullish anytime The Australian banks’ lending decisions were
soon. driven by average household spending data,
Ideally early January is not the time when instead of spending data from the individuals
someone would make a move or expect the applying for the loan.
market to support their desire of making a move, Increasingly, first home buyers could expect
within Auckland’s housing market because of in the New Year to reveal more information
holiday period – however that does not stops us on their spending habits to convince banks for
from anticipating how it would behave in 2019. securing loans.
Investors, although unaffected by bank’s
First home buyers or investors: Who properties, not seen before for almost a from the first home buyers. newfound insistence for responsible lending,
"Of
will make merry in 2019? decade. “The investors, on the other are holding back because of incoming changes
all the
The Auckland market was a buying market in Prospective first home buyers, hand, are appearing to be a bit in tax, regulation and ring-fencing laws.
interests we are
the last quarter of 2018 (for the first time since who are ready (have secured access cautious right now,” Mr Singhal Clearly, the legislative aim of the current
receiving for new
2011), with about 9906 new listings on the to credit or got pre-approval from properties in the market said. coalition government of dis-incentivising
www.realestate.co.nz website, for sale in the banks) are better placed in shopping Clearly, first home buyers investors from housing market is making an
almost 45-50% are
month of October, which was 17% higher than around and exploring better options are better enjoying the freedom impact, at least for new prospective investors.
from the first home
the same month in the previous year. (new build houses). made available to them in almost However, it’s too early to predict if the
buyers. "
Currently, there are 12173 residential Mortgage Adviser Manoj Singhal of a decade by thinking of altering changes announced so far in the policies around
listings for sale on realestate.co.nz, which is Finance Matters told the Indian Weekender, their choices and going for new builds housing, would result in any large scale exodus
significantly higher than 8679, registered in the “Current Auckland housing market is good for in the market. of investors from the housing market thus
month of January last year. first homebuyers provided they are ready to However, it does not mean that the journey possibly creating a better supply of houses in
Clearly, the market is still looking a buyer’s climb up the property ladder.” from renting to first home ownership is going the market (preferably for first home buyers).
market, with more number of listings up for sale “Of all the interests we are receiving for new to be anyway easy in 2019.
and giving buyers, kind of options in selecting properties in the market almost 45-50% are In fact, banks increasing insistence for Continued on Page 4

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Government accounts
show books in good order each month, and results can differ slightly from
forecasts due to timing issues. For example,
core Crown expenses in the five months to
November were 1.1 per cent below forecast,
Grant Robertson mainly due to the timing around the spending
Minister of Finance of some appropriations being transferred
to the new Ministry of Housing and Urban

T
From Page 3
A reputed real estate player in the community This same he latest Crown financial statements Development. This is expected to reverse out in
with interests in building projects told the Indian change was released on Wednesday, January 16, coming months.
Weekender on the condition of anonymity, “The show the Government’s books are in Core Crown tax revenue was within 0.4 per
fundamentals of Auckland housing market
brought into good order. cent of the Treasury’s forecast. Stronger-than-
remains the same, despite political noise around Australia, and the result  The Treasury had published the Crown expected wage growth saw source deductions
the issue.” was that landlords accounts for the five months ended 30 0.8 per cent above forecast. Corporate tax was
“Currently there is a gap in the supply of November 2018, showing a surplus of $261 2.8 per cent below forecast due to timing issues
housing against the demand. simply increased rents million over the five months. Expenses, revenue which are expected to reverse out over the year.
“Most of the political tweaking in the market to ensure they were still and net debt were all close to forecast. Corporate tax receipts were up 8.1 per cent
has been around the demand side or availability getting the benefit of  It’s important that we manage the books well from a year ago, due to the stronger underlying
of easy credit.” so we can continue making the investments business fundamentals in the economy.
“Therefore housing prices will start rising being an investor. New Zealand needs, while ensuring we’re Core Crown net debt was close to forecast
again in 2020 in the absence of tangible increase well-placed to face the increasing risks from at 21.3 per cent of GDP at 30 November 2018.
in supply,” he said. “The biggest tax change on the horizon is the the international economy. This is down from 23.0 per cent of GDP in
It is important to note that despite much ring-fencing of losses which is intended to The Crown financial statements are updated November 2017.  
euphoria around KiwiBuild – the government’s come into play from April.

UNMATCHED
flagship policy on housing with stated objective “The way the rules are at the moment, if
of delivering “affordable” homes - have yet to you’re a property investor and you make a loss
make any substantive impact on the supply of (like most Auckland investors) then you can
new homes. From the perspective of housing offset that loss against your other incomes and
market, despite current political-capital around get tax relief.
first home buyers, investors hold the balance
and will be significantly important in the latter
“The new changes basically mean that those
losses can only be offset to income in the same REACH IN PRINT
AND DIGITAL.
half of the year. asset class – so in other words, only your other
What’s in it for renters? property and not your salary.
Tenants might see a bump in their rents “This same change was brought into
around April when the changes in ring-fencing Australia, and the result was that landlords
laws are most likely to be implemented, and
landlords might opt for passing the expenses of
simply increased rents to ensure they were still
getting the benefit of being an investor.
“This lead to the government reneging on
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India-Black Caps cricket series:


Ready to fire-up Kiwi summers
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Black Caps’ squad for India ODI

T
he upcoming Black Caps series:
versus India One Day Kane Williamson (c), Trent
International and T20 Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de
series is going to be a high-octane Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson,
tournament given both the teams Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom
have given a tough ride to their Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Henry
strong opponents in the earlier series. Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish
The Black Caps swept all the Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
matches against Sri Lanka in all
formats of the game- Tests, ODIs and SCHEDULE
T20Is between December 2018 and January 23- Wednesday –
January 2019. 1st ODI, McLean Park, Napier
India, on the other hand, created January 26- Saturday –
history by securing their first ever 2nd ODI, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
test-series win in Australia or for that
matter first Asian team to achieve January 28- Monday –
this feat. 3rd ODI, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
Under the captainship of Virat January 31- Thursday –
Kohli, India so far has brought the 4th ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
three-match ODI to a level, the
February 3- Sunday –
decider match to be held on Friday,
5th ODI, Westpac Stadium,
January 18 at Sydney Cricket
Wellington
Ground.
The Indian team had displayed February 6- Wednesday –
some stellar performances on 1st T20I, Westpac Stadium,
Australian grounds and is expected to Wellington
carry the form against the Black Caps February 8- Friday –
with the same spirit and momentum. 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland
India’s Kiwi tour will commence
on Wednesday, January 23 at Napier February 10- Sunday –
3rd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton
and ends on Sunday, February 10 in
Hamilton.
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Unruly tourist saga: Time to revisit our


parenting...?
TULIKA SAKLANI she is excellent is perhaps giving her an inflated

B
Different people had reacted differently view of herself.
to the outrageous behaviour of the A psychological study found that instead
unruly Irish tourist group in Auckland of telling children they are better than others,
that had captivated our collective attention in parents should tell them they are as good as
the last few days. anyone else. One psychologist said his research
Like many others, I was first incensed by changed his own parenting style. He said that
their sheer lack of respect for New Zealand and in 1990 when he started doing research on self-
New Zealanders. esteem and narcissism. He used to believe that
However, gradually scare took over the his children should be treated like they were
initial feeling of incense, as the gravity of the extra special, but he said now he is careful not
video showing seven-eight-year-old boy saying to do that anymore. Dr Eddie Brummelman
“I am going to knock your brains out,” to the from the University of Amsterdam suggested
eyewitness in Takapuna Beach, began settling that parents could be taught to express affection
in my mind. For many of us who are parents without telling their children that they are
sometimes it is a scary thought when we see superior. their fault and working on their imperfection as nonsense. They care less about other people’s
such arrogance in little ones like him. It’s fine for a child to be confident but the line they confident children would. opinion and ideas. They love to pull others
But the question is what gives the eight-year- between confidence and arrogance is quite thin. down.
Everything is competition
old an audacity to become so rude and arrogant Some ways to identify are we raising arrogant
For arrogant children, everything is Some Tips to Bring Change:
to a stranger...! Was he never taught when and children..?
competition, from having a big car, expensive Praise but avoid special treatment: It’s okay
how to draw a line...! Overconfidence gifts including games that are supposed to be to acknowledge your child’s success but giving
This incident has opened the whole new When an overconfident child is asked to fun as competition them special treatment every time they succeed
pandora box for people and media to comment do something, they feel they can do it better can make them proud. Tell them they did well,
Bullies
and discuss many angles of this story but for me than everyone else and they take it much more just like others, don’t make a big deal out of
Arrogant children are often bullies, they
its only about thinking deep and reflecting on serious. For him winning is important success.
see others as threats and therefore try to pull
today’s parenting. Avoid making a big deal of assets you earn:
Makes a big deal out of it. them down with words or through beating,
If we look around then we may not find it As parents we should avoid making a big deal
Kids often brag, it’s one of the fun ways they they are often without compassion. Meanwhile,
difficult to encounter children around us using of buying a expensive car, vacation , house
play with their friends but arrogant children confident children treat other kids fairly.
words like “I don’t care, or anybody thinks”. To or lifestyle. Children tend to pick up such
brag to impress others of their own achievement
me it is not empowering; that’s arrogant …and No team work behaviour from their parents
and capability. A confident child however
that’s a problem. Arrogant children always want to take credit Comparing children: Never put down your
would inwardly be proud of their achievement
My friend’s daughter has often been doing and get noticed so instead of working as a team, child, it never brings positive result, most kids
but would never go around bragging about it.
this but last week when my seven-year-old they prefer to work alone so they can stand out. who are treated this way become bullies.
daughter gave the same I don’t care attitude I Can’t take failures What I say is always right Tulika Saklani is a Kiwi-Indian mum,
knew it was time to have a dialogue with her Anytime they fail, arrogant children hide their Whatever they say is always correct and passionate about various social issues
including parenting. She is a guest writer
and I realized that constantly telling her that failure and feel ashamed instead of accepting they often disregard other people’s views as for the Indian Weekender.

Food terrorism won’t be tolerated Activating fog canon prevents


an armed robbery in Hamilton
greater sanctions to prevent these sorts of idiotic
behaviours. The food and grocery sector has been
ignored in its calls for tougher laws. RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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Australia has already acted, passing stricter
quick-minded action by a dairy
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi laws that seek to deter these criminals who
store worker at the time of an
National Party List MP contaminate food and water sources. New
armed intrusion prevented an armed
Zealand now lags behind our near neighbour,
robbery and further damages to a dairy store

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meaning offenders have less to fear if they are in Hamilton.
e all saw the news headlines late last caught. Our food sector is too important to us as The incident happened on Monday, January
year of strawberries with needles in a trading nation not to protect it the best that we 14 around 9:30 a.m. at Knighton Road Dairy
them. We watched as Australia was
can. in Hillcrest, Hamilton East.
first targeted, and then we had the same happen
Food tampering is not only economic sabotage Five men armed with screwdrivers and
here on our shores. poles entered the dairy store and before they
on farmers and growers but also poses significant
It’s terrifying to thinking about the impacts could do anything- the owner of the store
risks for consumers and New Zealand’s reputation
this could have had, the health implications if activated the fog cannon forcing them to
as a producer of high quality and safe food.
one of swallowed, and the economic impacts evade the scene and escape in their car.
Parliament should send a strong message to
on businesses as people stopped buying their “As soon as these people [armed robbers]
anyone who considers food tampering. New
products. entered with force into the store- I pushed the
Zealand should not be seen as a soft touch, and it
That’s why over the past couple of months, smoke alarm button on the top of my counter Police were called and attending officers
is unacceptable that the Government has ignored
we’ve worked hard to come up with a Member’s and it filled the place with dense smoke that located a vehicle with the alleged offenders
calls from industry for stiffer penalties.
Bill that backs calls from the food and grocery forced the intruders to run outside and saved inside.
The Crimes (Contamination Offences) me for the agony of another robbery,” Jaimin
sector for tougher penalties for those who When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit
Amendment Bill would help deter this offending Patel of Knighton Road Dairy in Hillcrest,
intentionally contaminate our food or threaten to was initiated but quickly abandoned due to
by creating three new offences in the Crimes Act Hamilton told The Indian Weekender.
do so. National is determined to be a constructive the manner of driving.
and will increase those penalties to align them “I was vigilant looking at the CCTV live
opposition working on new ideas and new Police located the vehicle a short time
with the more serious offences of corruption, images on the TV next to my counter, and
policies. later; however, its occupants had fled on foot.
espionage, treason and piracy. as soon as the offenders entered, I was quick
We’re doing the work now because we don’t Five people — four youths and one adult
This Bill recognises the serious physical, enough to activate the fog cannon that almost (aged 17) — were located following a
want to be like the current Government, which instantly blew a dense white cloud in the
psychological and economic effects of such search by officers, the dog section and Eagle
didn’t do the work in Opposition and has now set shop. The offenders then ran away from the
actions. New Zealanders need to know their food helicopter.
up more than 200 reviews and working groups shop,” Mr Patel added.
is safe and manufacturers should be protected Police are still making enquiries to locate a
costing $280 million so far to figure out what to Mr Patel installed the fog cannon six
from economic loss such offenders can cause. sixth person, seen wearing a dark green long
do. months ago, and this was the first incident sleeve top, as pictured.
All parties in Parliament should support what
Nathan Guy’s Member’s Bill seeks to achieve since. Before that Mr Patel had been robbed Anyone with information is urged to
is a common sense response to threats to our food
what the Labour-led Government appears once and lost a sum of amount in both cash contact Constable Ben Boserio at BBCO09@
safety. New Zealand shouldn’t be held to ransom
unwilling to do – protect New Zealanders from and stock. police.govt.nz (link sends e-mail) or by
by a reckless and foolish few. Subsequently, police were able to arrest
those that would threaten our food safety, be they calling Hamilton Police on (07) 858 6200,
National will deliver on the things that are five men- who were also involved in another
reckless pranksters or people intent on nothing quoting file 190114/4567.
important to New Zealanders. We will keep failed robbery attempt later in the day.
less than economic sabotage. “I am glad to know that the offenders have
working on plans and proposals that will The same group approached a dairy store
Recent events here in New Zealand and been arrested- it sighs relief,” Mr Patel told
make New Zealand safe for our families and in a similar fashion on Aberdeen Drive in
across the Tasman have identified the need for The Indian Weekender.
communities. Dinsdale later in the day.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 7

RECENT MIGRANTS FACE BIAS, BUT


FEEL SAFE, REVEAL STATS NZ SURVEY
IWK BUREAU

R
ecent migrants to New Zealand are more
likely to feel discriminated against than
people born in New Zealand and long-
term migrants who have been here for five or
more years, Stats NZ revealed on Thursday.
Recent migrants, those who’ve lived here
less than five years, are also less likely to feel
it’s easy to be themselves in New Zealand than
long-term migrants and New Zealand-born
people,” labour market and household statistics
senior manager Jason Attewell said.
According to the 2016 General Social Survey
(GSS), about 26 per cent of recent migrants said
they’d felt discriminated against in the previous
12 months, compared with about 16 per cent
for both long-term migrants, and people born
in New Zealand.
“Newer migrants were more trusting of
other people, and also felt safer than long-term
migrants and New Zealand-born people,” Mr Recent migrants feel safer in their with women born in New Zealand. recent migrants lived in the most deprived areas
Attewell said. neighbourhood than other groups When using public transport at night, 57 per in New Zealand.
On average, recent migrants rated their trust Compared with long-term migrants and cent of recent female migrants said they This compares with 27 per cent of long-term
people born in New Zealand, recent "Recent felt safe or very safe compared with migrants and 29 per cent of New Zealand-born
in most New Zealand people at 7.5 (0–10 scale, migrants
with 0 being ‘no trust at all’). In contrast, this migrants were more likely to feel safe 30 per cent for New Zealand-born people living in these areas.
always felt safer
rating was 7.2 for long-term migrants and 6.7 using or waiting for public transport women. “Recent migrants always felt safer than other
than other people
for people born in New Zealand. at night, and when walking alone in living in the same area, The differences in feeling safe people living in the same area, regardless of
The GSS is the official measure of social their neighbourhood after dark. regardless of how between women and men were how deprived the area was,” Mr Attewell said.
well-being in New Zealand; it asks more than This was particularly the case deprived the area also smaller for recent migrants “This could be because some recent migrants
for people aged 25 to 44 years, was." when compared with people born feel New Zealand is a safer place to live than
8,000 people how they feel about life.
In the 2016 GSS, 30 per cent of people who made up two-thirds of the recent in New Zealand. where they originally came from.”
living in New Zealand were migrants, with migrant group. The type of neighbourhood people This information comes from the GSS we
the balance being born in the country. Five per A significantly larger proportion of recent lived in had a strong association with how safe conducted between 2016 and 2017. Survey
cent of the total New Zealand population were female migrants felt safe using public transport people felt. People from more deprived areas data is progressively released over time, as we
recent migrants. and walking alone after dark when compared were less likely to feel safe; 32 per cent of analyse different aspects.

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Migrant Community Cricket


tournament in its Super League round
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD “We are very excited with this tournament

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which is in its 22nd year and the participation
he Migrant Community Cricket has grown exponentially over the years. We
Tournament 2018-19 has reached have more spectators and community members
its round 2 or Super League Round who join us as supporters during the matches
with three teams on each side of Pool A and on Sundays,” Prashant Belwalker, member of
B competing to get into the semi-finals and the managing committee of the tournament told
grand finale. The Indian Weekender.
The Migrant Community Cricket Cup is in The Super League and Plate League matches
its 22nd year with 12 total teams divided into are currently held at Auckland Domain, pitches
Pool A and B. The matches are being played 11-14, near The Grand Stand.
at Auckland Domain every Sunday since 2017-18 years’ champions Probasee Bengali
November 4, 2018, until the finals on March team are not participating in the tournament
31, 2019. this year- but the number of teams for
The six teams in the pool A of the tournament this year has still increased from
are AIS UNITED, ATA Super Strikers, Deccan Supporting nine to twelve.
Acers, NZKK Gandaberunda, Pak Shaheen, this tournament Prashant Belwalkar manages
and TUFXI. gives us an the tournament, along with
Deccan Rising Stars, Desi Warriors, opportunity to give Suhas Shanbhogue, Shovik
Medtech Strikers, Mighty Blues, NZ Telangana back to the community Nandi, as members of the
City Boyz, NZ Telugu Tigers are competing and we are proud to managing committee.
from Pool B. be its sponsors The disciplinary committee
This year, the tournament has been divided that looks after fair-play of
into three Rounds- Round 1 started on the tournament is constituted by
November 4 and finished on 23 December. Top including captains from all twelve teams.
three teams from each pool qualify for Round The tournament is sponsored and supported
2 into Super League and the bottom three go by Relianz Forex who are the Gold Sponsors
Plate League. and have been associated with this tournament
The matches of Round 2 started on January 6 for the last seven years.
and are set to end on February 23. “Supporting this tournament gives us an
AIS topped pool A with 21 points followed opportunity to give back to the community and
by Deccan Acers and NZKK Gandaberunda. we are proud to be its sponsors,” Chairman of
Mighty Blue topped pool B with 20 points Relianz Group, Giridharan Giri told The Indian
joined by Desi Warriors and NZ Telangana Weekender.
City Boyz. Expressing satisfaction on how the
This year the live scores of the matches in tournament had grown over the years Mr
the tournament can be seen on an app specially Belwalkar said, “This tournament has provided
developed for this tournament. People can a platform to many talented sportsmen in
see the scores on CricClub app that can be bowler and player of the tournament, once the our community to jump-start their career in
downloaded through App Store or Google Play. runners-up, third place will be given along
with individual awards such as best batsman, tournament ends. cricket.”
As customary, the prizes for the winner,

Don’t let your guard down – secure FIANZ announces internship program
your property this summer for recent Muslim graduates
IWK BUREAU working in the back yard or busy in the garage.

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There are some very simple preventative RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

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anterbury Police would like to remind
residents to ensure their properties measures you can take to ensure you deter he Federation of Islamic Association
aren’t an open invitation to opportunistic burglars as much as possible: Always keep your of New Zealand (FIANZ) on Monday,
burglars in the warmer weather. front door locked, even while you are at home. January 14 announced introducing
Service Executive Internship will cover Public
With summer well and truly upon us, many If you have a screen door with a lock, it’s internship programs for recent Muslim
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Wellington.
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started the charity walk ‘Ram-a-thon’ four years ago to
help fund the temple and the community.
The contributions from the community and the immense
success of the drive over the last three years has made Ram-
a-thon an annual event in the calendar of the Ram Mandir that
it plans to host its ‘walkathon’ event on Sunday, February 3 in Nimish Parikh 18B Kirby Street, Glendene,
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The event in February aims to collect a bigger amount and Mandir Charitable Trust, said.
has requested the community to join the walk and contribute Mr Kumar mentions the
their part towards the noble cause. following to be the objectives
The proceeds to be raised from Ram-a-Thon 2019 will be of ’Ram-a-Thon’ 2019:
used to help people needing urgent medical attention in Fiji. To engage with the
The funds collected will be donated to ‘Friends of Fiji’ Health broader community,
Foundation that organises volunteer doctors to help out the including children, youths,
people in Fiji. elders, women and people
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GOVT TO SOON DECIDE ON THE FATE OF


PARENT VISA CATEGORY
SANDEEP SINGH a decision around that in the first in the system at the time temporary

T
he fate of parent category half of this year,” Mr Lees-Galloway closure of the visa category was
visa will be determined said. announced.
in the first half of this The popular visa category which It was expected that Ministry for
calendar year. allowed many ethnic migrants, Business, Innovation and Enterprise
New Zealand Herald reported including Kiwi-Indians, living and (MBIE) would lead an official
on Thursday, January 17, that the working in New Zealand to bring review process and report back to
Minister for Immigration Iain their parents was closed by the the government by June 2018 while
Lees-Galloway had confirmed that previous National government in there was temporary closure on the
the government will be making a late 2016. visa category.
decision on parent category visa in The decision to close visa The popular visa category was
the first half of this year. category was taken to clear the capped at 4000 every two years
A spokesman for Mr Lees- backlog of applications, and also to (maximum 2000 approvals in one
Galloway said he had received review if there was any substance in year) before being closed.
more advice on the visa category the anecdotes going rounds in public NZ Herald also reported that was behind the delay in the opening in New Zealand. By whatever
at the end of last year and “that’s discourse whereby suggesting that National’s spokesperson for of the visa category. means, he is delaying, deferring or
something that still needs to go some incoming parents were being Immigration and former Minister for “Winston Peters has been heavily cancelling the return of that visa
before Cabinet”. a burden on the state exchequer. Immigration, Michael Woodhouse critical of the ability of parents category,” Mr Woodhouse was
“I anticipate that we’ll be making There were close to 6000 people speculated that New Zealand First to come in and stay permanently quoted by NZ Herald.

Telugu Association in Waikato Canterbury Tamil Society


celebrate Thaipongal in ChCh
celebrate Sankranti Sambaralu RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

T
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD he Canterbury Tamil

T
he Telugu community Society last week took the
of Waikato observed the opportunity of Thai Pongal,
Sankranti festival or the the harvest festival of the Tamil
harvest festival of India on Sunday, community- also known as Makar
January 13 at Phoenix Hall, Sankranti to welcome the families
Hamilton. living in South Island in its new
The event was hosted by New calendar year.
The event not just hosted a the language alive and to thrive away
Zealand Telugu Association-
cultural celebration on this occasion from home.
Waikato chapter by getting the men,
but also felicitated the students of A specially themed decoration was
women and children of the Telugu
CTS Academy of Tamil Language arranged by CTS for the attendees of
community residing in the greater
and Arts. the Tamil community to get the feel
Waikato region to celebrate the
More than 40 children learn Tamil and ambience of the harvest festival
Sankranti festival.
language, one of the most spoken back in India.
More than 200 people gathered in
languages in the world following the Children as young as six years old
their colourful traditional wears and
syllabus and module provided by an danced on the stage and entertained
danced and sang celebrating the first
Australian Tamil school studied in the attendees at the event.
big festival of the Indian community
New Zealand. “It is important that our children
after the New Year.
who participated in the rangoli followed by cultural performances The annual prize-giving ceremony witness such events and not just
The stage was decorated with the
competition - an integral part of the by groups and solo entertainers. and the cultural event was hosted learn but also bring these learnings
life size posters of deities, and village
celebration. Another big part of the Pongal at Temple Community Centre on into practice and keep the culture
environment including a small house
Young children used the parking celebration was the kite flying Saturday, January 12. and language of the Tamilians alive
and cow to bring the ambience
space at the venue to showcase activity where scores of men and The teachers and community for the future generations,” Secretary
of the home country alive in the
their talents of designing different women with their colourful kites and leaders gave prizes to young children of Canterbury Tamil Society
celebrations.
patterns. string-roles, flew kites in the sunny who scored the best in Tamil language Suren Sivalingam told The Indian
A big attraction at the event was
The Rangoli competition was skies of Hamilton. tests- and encouraged them to keep Weekender.
the contribution of youngsters

Thiru Subramaniyar temple observes Thai Poosam for Tamil community


RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Kudam’ (carrying milk in an earthen The devotees will enter the

T
he Tamil Hindu community pot) and ‘Kavada Festival’ (wooden temple around 10:30 a.m. and do
is observing the Thaipoosam stick carrying resembled carry the abhishegam with milk from the
festival at Thiru burdens and sins of the devotee) as a pot chanting mantras. By 11:30 a.m.
Subramaniyar Temple in Mangere, part of the Thaipoosam festival. the small deity will be decorated
Auckland. The priest at Thiru Subramaniyar and carried around within the
The festival is observed by temple conducted special puja and temple premises as a denoting the
conducting special puja for five-days abhishegam of the idol, and the procession of a king looking after
from Saturday, January 12 to Friday, temple received over 100 devotees the well-being of his subjects.
January 18 and the observing main for the puja during the one-week By 12:30 p.m. the bigger deity
event on Sunday, January 20 from observance. idol will be decorated, and Aarti will
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. On the final day of Thaipoosam be performed.
Thaipoosam is celebrated every festival, devotees participating in Devotees will get coconut water,
year according to the Tamil calendar, the special puja will gather at the rose water, milk, vegetables and
on the full moon day of the Thai Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa worshipped predominantly in areas temple by 8:30 a.m. and do the puja fruits as a part of the whole special
month, which usually falls between and Tamil speaking Hindus living with Tamil influences, often referred till 9:30 a.m. puja offering them as a gift to the
January and February. across the globe. to as the God of Tamils (Tamil The devotees will then carry the deity.
Thaipoosam is an important The festival honours Lord Kadavul). Paal Kudam (milk pot) around the Mahaprasadam will be served
festival for the Tamil Hindu Murugan, who is also known as The festival is a commemoration temple and do the Kavadi dance in after the puja in the afternoon, and
community living in different parts Subramaniyan- the God of War, who of Murugan’s victory over the evil front of the deity as a resemblance the fruits and other eatables will be
of the world. The festival is observed represents youth and virtue. He is Soorapadman. relieving his burden in front of the distributed amongst the devotees at
in Chennai- India, Malaysia, referred to as the son of Shiva, being Devotees also observe ‘Paal deity. the temple.
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BOOK REVIEW: Divyastra is a father-son story,


embellished in sci-fi and mythological fiction genre a renowned physicist, a leader on
SANDEEP SINGH

I
transcendental meditation in the US
n how many ways one can think and the guy who claimed, although
of a father-son story? Probably,
controversial, astounding similarities
a few, if you are not a gifted
between ‘Unified field theory’ (string
storyteller or writer.
theory)and the ‘Unified theory of
However, for writers, who have
consciousness’.
that one single quality that separates
Immediately, my mind started to
them from ordinary others - their
extra-ordinary imagination - possibly weave a world of celestial weapons,
there could be innumerable ways of ancient wisdom and mythological
sculpting a father-son story. characters. I attempted to develop a
One such Kiwi-Indian writer, who mythological fictional world around
normally works as a digital marketer the father-son relationship. That’s
in his day-time job, and unleashes how the entire story of Divyastra was
his power of imagination after work, born.
to embellish a father-son story, in Que. How do you manage writ-
the genres of fantasy, sci-fi and ing book along with your day
mythological-fiction. job? Is it too taxing managing
Auckland based Nimish Tanna two things?
has come up with his second novel A - Frankly speaking, it’s tough
Divyastra, four years after he but very much doable. All I needed
finished his first novel The moments
to do was sit down and work out a
of truth. Like many first published
plan for effective time management.
novelist, Nimish had then vowed
never to write again – a promise Que. Your first book was a
that that league of writers, including romantic thriller, what genre
Nimish - seldom intend to honour at does this second book Divyas-
the first place. tra belong to?
They usually re-embark on another A - Divyastra belongs to a small
imaginative journey as soon as they were not sure if you will ever Within 4-5 failures. mix of genres – fantasy, sci-fi and
feel their creative juices have fully write a book again. What months of releasing my first novel, This, at the very core, is where the mythological fiction.
replenished. prompted you to say that? Moments of Truth, I had a few story story’s central conflict germinated.
A: Well, I said that because I Que. Tell us about this book,
The journey of such writers, from ideas to work on but I was a bit Now, I needed to build an interesting
wasn’t a trained writer when I wrote what is the background of the
fatigue and self-doubt after finishing conscious about the subject I would world around this idea. story and what should a reader
their first published-project, to my first book. Apart from some choose to write. It wasn’t long before All I had was just this core expect from this book? 
starting, and ultimately finishing, teenage poetry and a published I knew I had to tell a father-son story. conflict with no layers and no plot. A - I would describe the book
their second project, is always article in my college magazine, I A story where a Eventually, I gave up and stopped
A as the story of - an ambitious, yet
intriguing and worth exploring. had never written anything else. So, parent raises writing.
story where unsuccessful Shankar, who in pursuit
The Indian Weekender speaks when my first book, their kid A year later, I found myself living
‘Moments of Truth’ got a parent raises their of his identity, is manipulated to
with Nimish to uncover a similar telling them in a remote suburb of Melbourne for
published, I merely considered kid telling them how embark on a never-told-before
journey, and know what readers how special about six months where I had no TV
should expect from his second novel that as a one-off creative pursuit special they are, how they fantasy tale only to rediscover the
they are, and no social engagements. The only
Divyastra. Here are the excerpts of not realising that I was bitten can always achieve their father he never knew and eventually
how they source of entertainment I had was an
the interview. by the story-bug. It was only a goals and that this find his true self. There is one man
can always internet connection.
few months later that a new story world is a fair place stopping him from all this – a mystic
Que. Congratulations, Nimish achieve their So, when I got bored of staring
had started germinating in my mind to live. who cannot be traced.
for completing your second goals and that at the ceiling for hours, I would
book Divyastra! How does it feel? and the only way I could provide an this world is a fair watch reruns of Ramayana and Que. When is the book releas-
A: Thank you very much. I outlet to it was - well, writing again.     place to live. Like every writer, I Mahabharata episodes. ing and where all will it be
am experiencing a concoction of Que. What motivated you to decided to decode both facets of this Immediately, YouTube’s available to purchase?
happiness, anxiety and nervousness. start writing this book again?  relationship, especially the unpopular intelligent algorithm got to work and A - The book is currently available
Although I may have successfully A: As clichéd as it sounds, what flip side. started suggesting documentaries on on -http://www.becomeshakespeare.
won a battle of completing the book, drives me or any writer for that So, I started to develop an celestial weapons. com/product/divyastra/
the war is yet to be won - winning the matter is a good story. ambitious character that is unable I took their suggestions and And within the next 7-10 days,
readers and that is the most important Once you know you have cracked to deal with life’s harsh realities started watching all of those videos will release on global popular
part. a good story, the story keeps the because his father’s foul conditioning one by one, eventually leading platforms like Amazon, Kindle and
Que. After completing your writer motivated as he lives the would overshadow his own mind. A to a documentary that brought Indian e-commerce platform such as
first book ‘The moments of world of the story, it’s characters, the character, who blames his father’s everything together for me –A Flipkart, Snapdeal, infibeam, Rediff
truth,’ you had said that you conflicts, all of it. uninspiring genes for his own documentary on Dr. John Hagelin, etc.

‘Little Champs’ children’s fun day coming up on Sunday, March 3


RIZWAN MOHAMMAD particular theme. Some of the ideas to get the children excited Districts’ community children.


Little Champs” a fun-family event for the This year’s theme ‘Little Champs’ aims for the Little Champ stalls are to make a list More information about the event can be
children organised by Rotary Club, on the to provide families in Tuakau community with them of items that they would like to sell obtained by contacting the organisers via
occasion of Tuakau’s Children’s Day, is with an opportunity to encourage and praise at the stalls. email tuakaurotary@gmail.com, PO Box 113
coming up on Sunday, March 3. children. The only rule is that the parents “Once the child is ready, one can register Tuakau, 2342.
The event is envisaged to be a day of fun must empower the children to set up their own their child’s name, the name of their stall and Community members can also reach out to
for children and an opportunity to put up their stalls just like their own business plan all by items of their stall to be sold,” the organisers Richard Gee on 0274720410 and Tulika on
own stalls and show their business skills. themselves and encourage them to showcase said. 0210682890 for more information.
“It’s all about being out of the box, their performance on stage. One can give interesting and creative names Free entertainment includes:
innovative and unique. It could be anything “If your child is good in singing, dancing, to their stalls to make their sound and look Free stalls
from craft works, vegetable or even cookies & playing an instrument or even stand-up innovative. Free stage
cakes. We will provide kids with a space to put comedy. We will provide Little Champ stage For the Little Champ stage, each child Bouncy castles
up a Little Champ stall for free,” organisers for performance,” the organisers said. will be given a five to ten minutes time slot. Art activities,
from the Rotary Club said. The children’s day celebration this year Parents can also choose one performance and Kapa haka
The children’s day celebration this year focuses on giving an opportunity for parents register their child’s name for Little Champ Music & dance
focuses on giving an opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children as Stage performance. Face painting
to spend quality time with their children as each year the focus changes to highlight one The event is a collaboration of Tuakau Races, games,
each year the focus changes to highlight one particular theme. Rotary Club and organised for Tuakau and Free sausage sizzle & drinks
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 NEW ZEALAND 13

MASJID AT-TAQWA INVITES YOUNG


COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO JOIN YOUTH CAMP

M
asjid at-Taqwa based in Manukau,
South Auckland is organising a four-
day summer camp for the youth of
the community in February.
The youth camp has been organised by the
Islamic organisation for the last 12 years and
has been immensely successful in its initiative.
This year, the organisers are expecting
around 150 participants for the summer- a
significantly higher number from last year. The
male-only camp will be divided into three age
categories- 8-12 years old, 13 to 17 years, and
above 18.
The students in first category will be
accompanied by a guardian.
The summer camp for the female youth was
held on Saturday, January 5 where a number
of activities such as sports, quiz face painting
henna, other team building activities were held.
The summer camp will consist of educational
programmes, talks by learned scholars, team
building exercises, kayak, swimming, water
slide and some more sports activities.
During this summer camp period, plenty
of food and snacks will be provided to
the participants.
“The summer camp is a time to be in an
Islamic environment, bonding with other
brothers and interacting with scholars, time to
relax and lots of activities and fun together,”
Tanzeel Hussain, the camp
"Our organiser from Masjid at-
programmes Taqwa told The Indian
are designed Weekender.
for different age Last year the camp
groups with lots had over 40 students
of activities and enrolled in the 8-12
learning." years old category and
this year too, many new NZ Indian Diaspora in association
with Indian High Commission will
young faces are expected to
join the camp.
“Our programmes are designed for different
age groups with lots of activities and learning,”
Mr Tanzeel added. be celebrating Republic Day
The programmes will be jointly hosted
by different organising team, divided into Flag Hoisting and Cultural Performances will take
administration, sports & kitchen and overall
headed by Youth Leader brother Fauzan. place from 11 am to 2 pm. Delicious snacks will be
The Masjid conducts many events and
activities on a daily and weekly basis, not
made available at reasonable rates.
just inside the masjid premises with learning
classes but also organises sports events to keep
the children and the youth engaged and in-
touch with the masjid.
“We have soccer every Sunday from 4:30
Mahatma Gandhi Centre
p.m., play cricket almost daily and volleyball 145, New North Road, Auckland
on Friday after Maghrib prayers,” Mr
Tanzeel said. Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
The camp also invites non-muslim youths of Time: 11 am to 2 pm
the community to join the summer camp.
“The summer camp will provide a learning
environment, many father and son moments,
whereby inculcating in them how to be an EVERYONE IS INVITED
abiding citizen and with Islamic values.
The camp has run for the last 12 years under High Commision of India FREE PARKING AVAILABLE
Wellington, New Zealand
the leadership and vision of Professor Shaykh
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Spirits soar high at Auckland kite festival


RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

T
he decade old Auckland Kite Festival
continued its tradition of bringing out
people in huge numbers to enjoy - kite
flying – a prominent cultural activity prevalent
in Gujarat and parts of Western India to mark
the festival of Makar Sankranti.
The state of Gujarat is gripped in kite
flying on the occasion of maker sankranti and
Vaishnav Parivar NZ Inc had been engaged in
the task of recreating that magical experience
in Auckland for more than a decade.
This year was the 13th edition of the
festival, which has gradually cemented its
position of being the first and biggest Kiwi-
Indian community event immediately after the
Christmas and New Year holidays.
The hot sunny weather of the month of
January, the summer holiday mood and
relatively spare time available in people’s
otherwise busy schedules offers extra
incentives for people to head towards the kite
festival.
The supremely favourable weather of
Sunday, January 13, saw over 8,000 men,
women and children clad in their summer
outfits, with tents and camp chairs spreading
themselves at the Avondale ground and
enjoying the kite-flying.
Festival-goers enjoyed the festival amid
the foot-tapping music played on radio and
food-options available on various stalls at the
festival.
Kite flying enthusiasts bought their kites
from the organisers’ stall who arranged around
3,500 kites this year from India, along with
manja (kite-string).
The morning started warm but as the day
progressed lurking clouds blanketed the skies
with a scattered drizzle and winds took its
job of getting the kites to rise high under the
greyish skies.
By 2:30 p.m. the Avondale Grounds was
flocked with men, women and children giving
a jump to the kites, while others were shouting
‘Kai Po Che’ that loosely translates as ‘cut the
kite’- a phrase used by the kite flyers in the
Gujarati language after cutting the opponent’s
kite.
The event was more than just kite flying as
the organisers arranged face painting, drawing
competitions, henna, bouncing castles and
kids’ bungee to keep the children engaged at
the event.
For the grown-ups and elderly members
of the community, a number of dance and
singing activities were hosted on the stage
that saw different groups of small children
and solo performers entertain the crowd.
The entertainment performance was given
by VPNZ, Lucky Bhangda Group and
Jashu Patel.
As a traditional part of the event seniors,
men and women took space near the stage and
performed the famous garba dance for more
than 20-minutes at a stretch.
This part of the day gets high-pumped with
over 40-60 people dancing at a time on the
loud garba music.
“We have been planning for this event for
over a year as it involves liaising with a lot
of parties to get the event arrangement smooth
for the community,” Manhar Patel, President
of Vaishnav Parivar NZ and coordinator the
event told the Indian Weekender.
“This event involves getting approval from we witnessed thousands more who joined us
the local board, Auckland Council, Avondale during the afternoon.” Mr Patel added. Two cricket souvenir bats supplied by who was also one of the main sponsor of the
College, the ground arrangements, getting The organisers carried several lucky draws NZ Cricket were auctioned at the event- the event.
sponsors, procuring kites from India, getting by selling raffle tickets to the attendees. proceeds of which went to Vaishnav Parivar The bat signed by the players of Black
them ready to fly here, food stalls, chairs, Shyamal Shah won the winner of the grand NZ. Caps team was auctioned for $255 bought by
tents, music, stage etc. prize- which was a four-days free holiday The bat signed by the Indian cricket team attendee Brijesh Sethi.
“We are happy that we have such a huge including accommodation in Gold Coast for was auctioned for $1600 bought by Ajay Vaishnav Parivar NZ has started preparations
turn-out and since the weather improved, two people. Kumar, Director, Global Financial Services, for the 2020 Kite Festival.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 FIJI 15

20 HEAD TO INDIA FOR TRAINING AT TOP INSTITUTE


T
wenty employees from the Fiji Sugar enhance the skill levels of its workers.
Corporation will undergo training at “This in regards to dealing with farmers
the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in and increasing cane production and upskilling
India, sponsored by the Government of India. themselves,” said Mr Prakash.
They visited the Indian High Commissioner, “Boilers are sugar makers who work in the
Vishvas Sapkal, at the Indian Embassy in factory and they will have an opportunity to
Suva. Mr Sapkal said the workers had a good upskill their knowledge and bring it back and
opportunity to receive this training. apply it at FSC.
“Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) is a “We can learn from India as it is highly
renowned institute and it has basically 150 regarded as the major producers and they have
sugar factories in the region,” he said. high yield.
“I am sure you will definitely enhance your “We want to see what they are doing there,
skills after going there and this includes a lot of which will help our sugarcane growers and
site visits including farms and sugar factories "We at the same time the sugar industry.”
which are nearby Pune. can learn Mr Prakash said the Fijian
“The purpose of the training is to enhance the The employees of the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) who will undergo ITEC Training in Pune, from India as it is Government had provided a lot of
skills of the participants for delivering modern India, with Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal at the Indian High Commission in Suva highly regarded as support to the farmers.
technologies in sugarcane farming to end-
on January 11, 2019. Photo: Indian High Commission
the major producers “They are backing the industry
users and to educate participants about modern of the India government. The FSC employees a certificate course in sugar cane and they have and it has a firm belief that the
technology in sugarcane industry. I want to will be undergoing training in two groups of development from January 15 to high yield" sugar industry is here to stay. So, it’s
wish all the very best to you.” 10 participants. The first group will undergo February 25. a really good opportunity to upgrade
The Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune, a certificate course in sugar boiling at the Team leader for Malolo and Qeleloa and our skills and to come back to Fiji to our
Maharashtra, is under the Indian Technical Vasantdada Sugar Institute from January 15 to District Co-ordinator (FSC) for Nadi, Arun workplace and apply it.”
and Economic Corporation (ITEC) scheme February 11. The second group will undergo Prakash, said FSC intended to empower and

Need for more


awareness on
KRISHNA ocean pollution
MAKES T
here is an urgent need to fight plastic
pollution in our oceans, says a non-
government organisation.
Despite the many innovation and community

HYUNDAI
programmes in place for clean-up, Race for
Water Foundation project manager Camille
Rollin said we simply could not stop the tide of

A LEAGUE
plastic entering our oceans.
However, through learning, sharing and
acting, she believes we can reduce the impact
by doing our part.

TEAM OF
“Plastic isn’t just the problem, but it can also
be the solution as Race for Water hopes, through
their innovative technological approach in
converting end of life plastic into energy,” Ms

THE WEEK
Rollin said during a clean-up drive at Wailoaloa
Beach in Denarau, Nadi.
Port Denarau Marina general manager
Cynthia Rasch said: “There has been an
incredible response from the community and
seeing the children is beautiful, they also joined
to clean every inch of the beach.”
The clean-up drive was led by the Minister
for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, who has
been working closely with the Foundation in
Denarau for the past three days.
Mr Koroilavesau was also joined by
Permanent Secretary Craig Strong, staff
Roy Krishna against Wellington Phoenix last week
members from the Ministry of Fisheries and

F
ijian wonder boy Roy Krishna has made Coast Mariners did not go unnoticed. top goal scorers list for the season and holds members of the Race for Water Foundation,
the Hyundai A League Team of the Krishna has been in scintillating form the record for most goals scored by a Phoenix Ocean Lovers, and the Mamanuca Environment
Week for Round 13 of the competition. scoring nine goals in 13 appearances so far player. The Phoenix plays Melbourne Victory Society.
His two goals and an assist against Central this season. Krishna is tied for second on the in its next match this Saturday. The initiative in Denarau was spearheaded
by the Race for water Foundation.

PM’s message: Any dream, big or small, begins with education


I
’d like to wish all of our students well as they head back to can count on, and that our nation needs if we are to build on all community that values their education.
class to start the new Term, and give a special welcome to of our great progress. Taking responsibility for your education They should be given time to complete
all of our Year 1 students around the country who are just means respecting and listening to your teachers. It means being their homework and reflect on what they’ve
entering Primary School. Any dream, big or small, begins with kind to your classmates. It means putting your best foot forward; learned each and every day.
education. working hard, reading, studying and asking questions. Someone at home should be checking in
And I’ve always believed that funding our children’s education And it means thinking seriously about your future. Because, on their progress and encouraging them to
is the single best investment a Government can make. rest assured, no matter where you want to go in life, you will succeed. Someone should always be present
That is why I’m proud that this year is a billion-dollar year for need an education to get there. when required for parent-teacher
our education system, as our last national budget saw education I’m also speaking to all the families watching across the meetings.
become the first sector to ever receive an over one-billion- country. As parents and grandparents, as aunts and uncles, as In a truly knowledge-based
dollar allocation. To our students preparing for the start of the community members, and as patriotic Fijians, you are our single society, every student must have
term, I want each of you to know that we your parents, your greatest allies in educating our young people. that foundation of support for
grandparents, guardians and friends – are all rooting for your School in Fiji is free. Textbooks are free. If you cannot afford their education. Every Fijian,
success. We believe in you, we want you to do well, and we’re your students’ travel to school, we help cover that cost as well. every family, must put their
here to support you in every way we can so that you can perform That wasn’t always the case in our country, but my Government children’s education first.
to the best of your abilities. has finally made that the reality. Don’t let that chance for your Because when our children
As students, when you take responsibility for your education, children go to waste. Every family, everywhere in our country, know we believe in them,
you give yourself the opportunity to become the Fijians you want must make sure their students are attending school every day they will find unimaginable
to be. The type of Fijians your family, friends and community they are able. Every student in Fiji deserves to come home to a belief in themselves.
Thought of the week
“Hardships of ten prepare
ordinary people for an
extraordinary destiny”
- C S Lewis
Editorial
Children must be taught discipline
of using communication technology
T
here is a general refrain from parents that their This greed-impulse has unfortunately resulted in think deeply about a problem is lost.
children are spending too much time with their young children exhibiting unsavoury behaviour -- This is the reason why children today do not apply
smart phones -- chatting, SMSing or being such as making more money by stealing cellphones,
on social media. Besides neglecting their studies, cameras, etc., and becoming prey of paedophiles and themselves too much to solving problems or creating
parents contend the children are being exposed to prostitution gangs. new inventions but have a tremendous amount of
bad influences from webosphere. Too often, parents give their children smart phones information at hand.
All of this has happened in the last 10-15 and iPads or deposit them in front of a TV when they Also, with such interactive technologies
years and is being fuelled by the availability of are toddlers.
communication technology like smart phones and Part of the reason is that by giving such “toys”, children seem to be losing the ability to daydream.
the internet. parents feel that the child will not bother them since Daydreaming is a very powerful mechanism for the
If you ask the children about these issues, they say he/she will be entertained and immersed in playing development of imagination and helps in sharpening
that smart phones and the internet allow them to be with the device.
in touch with their friends and, in the process, they But, by exposing the children to such tools at a very the brain.
feel they know much more about the world than their early age the parents are playing with fire since there The biggest challenge for parents and teachers
parents ever knew. is no mechanism to provide discipline in their use. is how to teach children the discipline of using
In their modern, fast-paced society they feel they This does not mean that we should not expose communication technology.
have to be up-to-date with information or they will children to modern technology. Technology begets
lose out. technology. It should be used for both fun and learning so that
So who is right? I think both the parents and the Without being exposed to technology, children’s the tremendous energies which children have can be
children are partially right. imagination will not be fired and they will not be able channelled for the betterment of society. 
Communication technology, which includes to contribute later to its development.
smart phones, internet, etc., has a powerful hold on All great feats of science and technology have There are already some interesting experiments
children’s brains. resulted from people who, as children, were inspired being done in the US, where children use smart
Their brains, at a young age, have the maximum by some aspect of gadgets and technology. For phones and the internet to design projects which they
power -- which means that they require tremendous example, Einstein as a child was inspired by the can fabricate using 3-D printing technology.
amounts of inputs and information to wire different magnetic compass.
neural pathways. There are innumerable examples of inventors the If hands-on projects can be planned and made
The formation of various neural pathways helps in world over who were inspired by technology when using communication technology, then children can
satisfying desires and needs. Interactive technology they were children. be weaned away from only chatting, SMSing and
like smart phones, iPads, internet, etc., allows instant However, the old technologies were not very
gratification and hence is very addictive. interactive and so the child had to use tremendous other less-productive use of this technology.
This fritters away their time and energy -- they are imagination thinking about it and what could or For this the teachers have to work hard to develop
unable to focus on the work at hand, resulting in their would be. That required quite a lot of effort and fired an appropriate curriculum. 
attention-deficit behaviour. his/her curiosity. Communication technology for children is not all
Instant gratification also fuels the greed-impulse With today’s “toys” like the internet and smart
and with no discipline to control this, it is the genesis phones which provide instant information and bad if used with discipline and if children are guided
of the greed exhibited in adulthood. feedback, the result is that curiosity and the desire to and inspired in the right direction. 

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The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

INDRA NOOYI UNDER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION


CONSIDERATION TO HEAD WORLD BANK
I
ndian-American business leader This month Gita Gopinath But Kim also advocated greater
Indra Nooyi, who headed the became the chief economist of the cooperation with the private sector
multinational PepsiCo, is under International Monetary Fund’s for financing development, which
consideration for heading the World (IMF), which is headed by Managing Nooyi would strengthen if she gets
Bank, according to multiple media Director Christine Lagarde. The the job.
reports. Bank’s chief economist is Pinelopi During her tenure PepsiCo, Nooyi
If she is nominated by US Koujianou Goldberg. led its reorganisation, shedding some
President Donald Trump to be the Another Indian-American, Nikki parts of the conglomerate.
Bank’s president, she will succeed Haley, who stepped down as the US The formal process of selecting
Jim Yong Kim, a Korean immigrant Permanent Representative to the UN the nominee to head the Bank is
who unexpectedly announced at at the end of last year, is also on the being overseen by a panel made up
the beginning of the year that he is list of candidates under consideration, of Ivanka Trump, Treasury Secretary
quitting. according to The Financial Times. Steven Mnuchin and the president’s
By tradition, the US president The former South Carolina acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
names the head of the global financial governor was the first Indian- Although Trump has been critical
institution and the nomination is American to be on the US federal of international organisations and
rubber-stamped by the executive cabinet and she pushed the UN to cut called for curtailing their budgets, he
directors. its budget and enhance efficiency. had - at least openly - a close rleation
Nominating Nooyi, an immigrant If Nooyi, who headed a with Kim and backed increasing the
woman from a developing country, multinational with annual revenue Bank’s capital by $13 billion.
17
could head off the mounting of $63.5 billion and assets of $79.8 Nooyi had a rocky start in relating
challenges to the US role in billion, gets Trump’s nod, it will to Trump: after his election she
determining the Bank’s presidency. mark an ideological turnaround from said that her employees were in
She would also fit the bill for former President Barack Obama’s “mourning.’
Trump’s preference for the private Nooyi stepped down as your friendship. Thank you for your orientation. She, however, drew close
sector and for making international chairwoman of the PepsiCo last passionate engagement on issues that Departing from the tradition of to Trump as he began pushing
organisations fiscally more efficient. August after leading the international benefit the people of this country, and economists or politicians heading business-friendly policies and
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who is soft drinks, food and snacks giant for beyond.” the Bank, Obama appointed Kim, firmer ties to business leaders.
an admirer of Nooyi and considers 12 years. If Nooyi becomes the Bank’s a medical doctor and academic, to Nooyi served on his business
her as a mentor is said to be backing When Nooyi was leaving president, the four top jobs in reinforce the mission of fighting advisory council and has had dinners
her for the Bank job, according to the Pepsico, Ivanka Trump called her international financial policy-making poverty and promoting what with him and other business leaders
media reports quoting anonymous an inspiration and a mentor and would be held by women, two of was considered a more holistic at his golf club in New Jersey.
administration sources. gushed, “I am deeply grateful for them by women of Indian descent. development.

India rising: Investment opportunities


with higher incomes
TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE rising incomes. Thus, the entire

A
auto supply chain should benefit
s per capita incomes in India
concomitant to the auto businesses
move higher and as we
experiencing a significant surge in
converge towards $2,000
demand. Growing demand across the
per capita, it would be interesting
supply chain will create investment
to look at the potential investment
opportunities for investors not just
opportunities as the next phase of
in automobile companies but also in
income growth begins.
companies such as those that supply
With higher incomes, its
auto components. 
“discretionary” component will be a
One must also view the rising
big determining factor in generating
income levels within the framework
business opportunities. Investment
of the regulatory changes & policy
opportunities will emerge in a wide
targets (such as the percentage
variety of consumption driven
target of electric vehicles) sweeping
sectors, and the corresponding
through the various industries.
supply chains.
For instance, in the automobile
Some of the sectors that will
business, the focus on electric cars
benefit from the consumption boom
trends in India, the next leg of income digital initiatives and increase data assets that will surely benefit from the will create opportunities not just
triggered by the rise in income are
growth should provide the sectors consumption. Businesses in the increased demand for transportation through disrupting the traditional
communication, transportation
with a substantial growth fillip.  communication services ecosystem services. supply chain but also through new
and automobiles. Essentially, as
The communication services stand to benefit significantly from the Besides aviation assets, within opportunities such as battery and
consumers move past demanding
business we are talking about trend. the broader transportation industry, charging infrastructure businesses. 
the “basic” goods, the demand for
encompasses the entire gamut The transportation sector that as the demand for travel picks up, The auto supply chain will have
higher-end consumer services and
of telecom and entertainment should gain from the rising per both outbound tourism and India- to realign and create new production
products will pick up. 
ecosystem, including telecom, capita income encompasses travel, focused tourism hubs (such as the lines that will cater to the electric car
Perhaps, the Chinese experience
smart phones, and the broader accommodation and tourism. Airline Buddhist circuit or the Jaipur-Agra- industry in more significant numbers.
with rising incomes can provide us
entertainment sector. India for sure traffic in India has seen phenomenal Delhi Triangle type) should witness This realignment with a new
with some interesting clues about the
has seen significant business activity growth. For example, domestic significant demand. focus will require both financial
sectors that stand to gain hugely.
and investments in this industry with passenger traffic at Mumbai airport There has been a lot of focus in and operational expertise across
In the paper “Consumer Spending
the likes of Reliance Jio and Netflix increased almost six times in two recent years on further improving the supply chain, thereby creating
in China: The Past and the Future”,
entering the market. However, the decades since 1997-1998 to 2017- the tourism infrastructure in India. opportunities. As income levels rise,
Jun Nie and Andrew Palmer present
next phase of income growth should 2018. Going forward, we should Over and above the inflow of foreign the next phase of growth will create
interesting data that as household
further push investments into it. see more of this growth feeding into tourists, going forward there will be business opportunities in value-
spending in China increased three
The demand for higher quality creating attractive transportation significant domestic demand for such added services and products that are
times (in real terms) in 15 years
of product and service will require assets to invest into for a wide array tourism infrastructure.  mostly “discretionary” in nature.
since 2000, the expenditure on
the entire ecosystem to evolve, of investors. The auto industry in India will Trends seen in other developed
transportation and communication
with the primary driver being the The recent decision by the also enjoy greater demand with countries such as China provide
services jumped seven-fold! 
availability and quality of data. Low- Indian government to privatise six both higher number of automobiles us with some clues on the broader
This jump helped boost demand
latency data availability will drive airports provides investors with an being sold and a larger market direction the Indian consumption
for products and services across
the telecom tower infrastructure, opportunity to access such attractive for luxury cars developing with markets are heading.
industries. While we see similar
18 INDIA Friday, January 18, 2019 The Indian Weekender

49-DAY KUMBH MELA BEGINS, 1.25 CRORE


DEVOTEES EXPECTED TO TAKE HOLY DIP
R
The stage is set for the commencement of the much-publicised 49-day Kumbh Mela with its first official bathing of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday to be undertaken by about 1.25 crore devotees.
eferring to the theme of ‘Swachch area and other places in the city. The senior at various points and 25,000 sanitation staff will be held between January and March.
Kumbh’, to Kumbh Mela officer superintendent of police (SSP) Kumbh KP deployed for maintaining cleanliness. “The real-time location-specific weather
Vijay Kiran Anand said over one lakh Singh said over 20,000 police, paramilitary Union minister of state for food processing information will not only be very helpful for
toilets had been made functional in the mela and other personnel have been deployed in the industries Niranjan Jyoti anointed as the the local and state authorities in the efficient
area, 17,000 dustbins were placed at various Kumbh Mela area for security of pilgrims. “mahamandaleshwar” of the Niranjani akhada. management of the entire event but also
points and 25,000 sanitation staff deployed for Mela officials said around 35 lakh devotees People visiting the Kumbh Mela 2019 in benefit the pilgrims by keeping them abreast
maintaining cleanliness. took the holy dip on Monday. Bathing would Prayagraj can access real-time temperature, of the latest weather information,” said Dr
The stage is set for the commencement of take place at 35 bathing ghats roughly stretched humidity, rainfall and other weather data on Harsh Vardhan, the union minister for science
the much-publicised 49-day Kumbh Mela with over an area of 5.5 km in the mela area. their phones. and technology.
its first official bathing of Makar Sankranti on Also watch: Prayagraj gets a makeover with The weather prediction for the next three To provide the location-specific data, four
Tuesday to be undertaken by about 1.25 crore street art ahead of Kumbh days will also be available on the ‘Kumbh automatic weather stations, in a 10-km radius
devotees. Referring to the theme of ‘Swachch Kumbh’, Mela Weather Service’ app that can be , have been set up in the city. In addition,
Heavy security arrangements are in to Kumbh Mela officer Vijay Kiran Anand said downloaded from Google Play Store. there will be a mobile van that will collect the
place with police and paramilitary forces over one lakh toilets had been made functional The Ministry of Earth Sciences on Monday weather data to provide accurate local weather
deployed at strategic places in Kumbh Mela in the mela area, 17,000 dustbins were placed launched the special services for the Mela that forecast.

Centre announces Gandhi Peace


Prize awardees for 2015-18
W
hile Vivekananda Kendra,
Kanyakumari, won the
award for 2015, for 2016,
the award has been jointly given
to Akshaya Patra Foundation and
Sulabh International. 2017 award has
been given to Ekai Abhiyan Trust and
2018 award is for WHO Goodwill
Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa
After a gap of four years, the
Centre announced the awardees for

Modi honoured with first-ever


the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize
for 2015 to 2018. last conferred upon the Indian Space
While Vivekananda Kendra, Research Organisation in 2014.

Philip Kotler Presidential award


Kanyakumari, won the award for This is the first time that the
2015 for rural development and awardees of four years have been
education, for 2016, the award has announced together ever since the

P
rime Minister Narendra Modi under Modi’s leadership, India infrastructure for India.” been jointly given to Akshaya Patra award was instituted in 1995. As
on Monday became the first is now identified as the centre The citation mentions initiatives Foundation for providing mid-day per the code of procedure on the
recipient of the prestigious for innovation and value added such as Make in India, Startup India, meals to children across the country Ministry of Culture’s website, the
Philip Kotler Presidential award. manufacturing (Make in India), Digital India, and Swachh Bharat and Sulabh International for its work award should ideally be announced
“The award focuses on the triple as well as a global hub for "His have positioned India as towards emancipation of manual on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2, each
bottom-line of ‘People, Profit professional services selfless one of the most lucrative scavengers, the Ministry of Culture year. An official of the Ministry of
and Planet’ which will be offered such as information service towards manufacturing and announced. Culture, the nodal agency which
annually to the leader of a nation,” t e c h n o l o g y, India, combined with business destinations For 2017, the award has been receives proposals for conferring the
a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) accounting and his tireless energy has in the world. given to Ekai Abhiyan Trust for its award, said nominations were made
statement said. finance. resulted in extraordinary Prof. Philip Kotler contribution to education for rural during the last four years for the
According to the citation of The citation economic, social
is a world renowned and tribal children and for 2018, to award, but an approval was awaited.
and technological
the award, Modi was selected for also mentions: “His Professor of Marketing WHO Goodwill Ambassador Yohei The International Gandhi
advances in the
his “outstanding leadership for visionary leadership has country" at Northwestern Sasakawa for his role in leprosy Peace Prize was instituted by the
the nation”. also resulted in the Digital University, Kellogg School eradication. government on the 125th birth
“His selfless service towards India, Revolution (Digital India), of Management. The Gandhi Peace Prize, which is anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and
combined with his tireless energy has including the Unique Identification Owing to his ill-health, Jagdish given to individuals and institutions is open to people of all nationalities.
resulted in extraordinary economic, Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits Sheth of EMORY University, for their contribution towards The award was jointly given in 2000
social and technological advances in and financial inclusion. It is enabling Georgia, US, was deputed to confer social, economic and political to Nelson Mandela and Grameen
the country,” it read. entrepreneurship, ease of doing the award. transformation through non-violence Bank of Bangladesh.
The citation further added that business, and creating a 21st-century and other Gandhian methods, was
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 INDIA 19

DEMOCRACY INDIA’S GREATEST NEWS in BRIEF


STRENGTH, MUST BE DEFENDED BJP to win 74 of 80 UP seats: JP Nadda

AT ANY COST: RAHUL GANDHI “ We knew that it (SP-BSP alliance) is going to


happen...This itself speaks about the strength

T
of BJP..,” Nadda said.
he Congress chief said then
Claiming that he had anticipated the SP-BSP
said: "Our democracy is our
alliance, Union Minister and the party’s state
greatest strength. We must
election-in-charge J P Nadda on Wednesday
defend it at any cost."
claimed that the BJP will win 74 of the total 80
He recalled that one day an Afghan
Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
lawmaker, who visited him in his
Nadda, who held a poll review meeting in
office, told him that in her country,
Lucknow Wednesday, said, “Unka jeewan…
the arguments that place in Indian
unki rajnaitik sanskriti…jisko lekar age chale hain, commission, corruption,
Parliament, are carried out with guns.
lawlessness, division, is par adharit hai (The SP-BSP alliance has a political
Citing an Afghan lawmaker,
culture based on commission, corruption, lawlessness, division).”
who told him that arguments are
“We knew that it (SP-BSP alliance) is going to happen…This itself
carried out with guns in her country,
speaks about the strength of BJP..,” he said, adding that considering the state
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on
government’s four-and-a-half years of work, people are ready to “bless” BJP
Wednesday said that democracy is
with an “a record victory” as it is going to win “74” of the 80 seats.
India’s greatest strength and it must
be defended at any cost. Gandhi, India needs to be careful about Aadhaar info misuse:
while narrating the incident in a Ex-national security advisor

A
Facebook post, recalled that one place be in order?” Gandhi said. her ‘what happened?’. You know, Mr. t a seminar on cyber security organized by BCCI and CENERS-K
day in Parliament, he saw a group of He said that the Afghan MPs later Gandhi,’ she said, ‘in my country, here, Narayanan said India is listed among top five nations affected
MPs from Afghanistan sitting in the visited him in his office where he told the arguments that you have in this by cyber attacks.
visitors’ gallery. them that he was sorry that they were building, your Parliament, are carried With Aadhaar cards becoming ubiquitous, the country needs to marshal its
“And, I was thinking, ‘these MPs sitting in the visitors’ gallery and the out with guns. defensive and offensive capabilities, former national security adviser M K
have come from abroad and look lawmakers were not having a nice The Congress chief said added: Narayanan said on Wednesday.
what we are doing: we are shouting debate and sort of arguing. “Our democracy is our greatest At a seminar on cyber security organized by BCCI and CENERS-K here,
and screaming and yelling. At least “And, then, one of the MPs started strength. We must defend it at any he said India is listed among top five nations affected by cyber attacks.
when they are here why can’t this crying! I was a bit surprised. I asked cost.” “The country is on the threshold of a digital age. And the use of Aadhaar

Ease of India for improved multilateralism


cards is becoming more ubiquitous every day.
“It is also getting increasingly easier to mask an identity online. Once a

living is my with focus on Indo-Pacific code used in a malware comes into the open market, it could be bought and
repurposed by hackers and nations across the world,” the former West Bengal

government's
I
ndia has called for a more governor asserted.
multilateral global order keeping

commitment: in focus the Indo-Pacific, a


Prime Minister to inaugurate three-day Vibrant Gujarat
region that has grown in significance summit

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in recent years. rime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Thursday on a three-day
Noting that India was committed visit to his home state to thrown open his pet biennial Vibrant Gujarat

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to upholding multilateralism and the Global Summit besides other events in the capital and Ahmedabad.
rime Minister Narendra Modi institutions it engenders, External He will first inaugurate the Vibrant Gujarat Trade Show at the Mahatma
on Tuesday declared that the Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Mandir Exhibition and Convention Centre, where over 25 industrial and
priority of his government on Monday that the world was going business sectors will be showcased.
was to provide ease of living to through a particularly disruptive According to an official release, the Prime Minister, later in the evening
citizens. After lighting a lamp to phase. on Thursday, will inaugurate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical
inaugurate a 13-km Kollam by-pass, "Technology-driven
Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad.
along with Chief Minister Pinarayi transformation has further
Culled from the decades-old Vadilal Sarabhai Hospital, this is a 78-metre
Vijayan, Modi said he had always quickened that pace of change,"
high state of the art super-speciality public hospital built by Ahmedabad
given high priority for developing the Minister said while addressing
Municipal Corporation and is equipped with all modern amenities, including
infrastructure in Kerala. the First Annual Disarmament
and International Security Affairs footprint in the region and its an air ambulance. The press release stated that this will be a completely
"Ease of living is the commitment paperless hospital and is a part of the Ayushman Bharat initiative. Modi will
of my government and it was with this Fellowship Programme organised by belligerence in the South China Sea.
the Ministry. "The only way for us to take inspect the facilities at the hospital and address a gathering.
commitment that we gave the final
advantage of these opportunities Jaitley diagnosed with rare cancer
sanction for this by-pass in January "Many of these

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so as to ensure sustainable peace
2015. Now this has been completed. inance Minister Arun Jaitley, who left for the US for medical treatment,
changes are marked and security, is to navigate these
Several projects are in various stages has been diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer and may not be able to
by rebalancing of disruptions and underlying fault lines
of progress in Kerala," he said. Modi through a pragmatic and constructive present this years Interim Budget on February 1, sources said.
arrived on Tuesday evening and took the global economy, approach, and most importantly, one Jaitley had left for the US on Sunday for what was believed to be a medical
a helicopter along with Vijayan and and consequently, of that strengthens existing mechanisms check-up relating to his kidney ailment. However, sources said he was
others to reach Kollam, located about international politics -- of cooperation and helps to foster new diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, and decided to go
70 km from the state capital. and forward-looking partnerships," for treatment in New York.
this is especially true of
Modi pointed out that he every the Minister said. There was no word on when he was likely to return, but some sources said
the Asia Pacific or Indo- "The challenges we all face today, he was expected back on January 19, but others said it could be later.
month meets all the Secretaries and
Chief Secretaries of states to review Pacific region, where and all of us know this, whether they Jaitley, 66, had undergone a renal transplant surgery on May 14 last year.
projects that are delayed. India is located" be the traditional security issues Officials have been tight-lipped about the trip which has come at a time when
"I was surprised to see that there such as nuclear proliferation, armed the Finance Ministry is busy with the preparations of the vote-on-account
are projects that have been delayed conflict and so on or newer non- budget to be presented in the Lok Sabha on February 1 -- his sixth and the last
"Many of these changes are traditional issues such as terrorism, by the BJP-led NDA government in its current term.
for over 20 to 30 years. When we
marked by rebalancing of the migration and refugee flows and
assumed office, only 56 per cent of Congress not a challenge for AAP: Sanjay Singh
global economy, and consequently, environmental degradation - all of

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rural habitation was connected to of international politics -- this is these, in our view, require more, and alling the Congress an "anti-Sikh" party, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay
roads and today 90 per cent have especially true of the Asia Pacific or not less, multilateralism." Singh on Wednesday said the Congress is not a challenge for his party
connectivity. Very soon it will be 100 Indo-Pacific region, where India is Sushma Swaraj said that India's in Delhi, irrespective of who its chief is.
per cent. located." vision of engagement in the Indo- Speaking to media, Singh said the presence of Jagdish Tytler at a ceremony
"The last man in the queue is India, along with the US, Japan Pacific region will be based on where Sheila Dikshit formally took over as Delhi Congress chief showed that
my priority... We have set aside Rs and Australia, is part of a quad the values of peace, stability and the party is "anti-Sikh".
7,500 for the fisheries sector besides revived in 2017 that is seeking to prosperity on a free, open, prosperous "The Congress still doesn't hold people responsible for the killing of so
launching a cashless insurance work for peace and prosperity in the and inclusive Indo-Pacific with the many Sikhs. While Kamal Nath was made Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh,
scheme for the poor," added Modi. Indo-Pacific, a region that stretches Association of Southeast Asian Tytler was allowed to sit in the front row in today's event. The party should
"We have launched two special from the eastern coast of Japan to the Nations (Asean) regional bloc central make its stand clear if it is with the victims or with the culprits," said Sanjay
projects to evelop tourism in heritage eastern coast of Africa. to the concept, which serves the Singh. He said the Congress is not a challenge for his party, as the work done
and religious places in Kerala and This is of special geostrategic long-term interests of all countries in by the AAP in four years is "historic".
importance given China's increasing the region and of the world at large.
sanctioned Rs 550 crore for it."
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5,000 register for Indian Landmark project headed by Indian


American to study blood clots
diaspora conclave A
team led by an Indian under the US Department of Health.
American researcher has Krishnaswamy and his team
received a grant for studying will be looking at the mechanisms

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thrombosis – a life threatening of clotting to understand how to
ver 5,000 people will Norway and Kanwaljit Bakshi of
condition of blood clots being formed modulate it in a better way and find
participate in this year’s New Zealand – will be the guests of in the veins and arteries. new approaches for the treatment of
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas honour. Sriram Krishnaswamy, a human diseases. Krishnaswamy, who
(PBD) -- the Indian diaspora The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman researcher at Children’s Hospital grew up in India, moved to England
conclave to be held in Varanasi from will be conferred on 30 individuals of Philadelphia and professor of after completing his early education
January 21 to 23, Minister of State for their achievements and Paediatrics at the Perelman School at Lawrence School, Lovedale, Tamil
for External Affairs V.K. Singh said. accomplishments in different fields, of Medicine of University of Nadu. Following his graduation from
Briefing the media, Singh said according to Singh. Pennsylvania, will be leading the Denstone College Staffordshire, he
while in the last PBD held in After the conclusion of event on team for the study, The American came to the US for graduate studies
Bengaluru in 2016 only 500 people January 23, the participants will be Bazaar reported on Wednesday. in biology and biochemistry at
had registered till the time of a media taken to Prayagraj on January 24 The team will receive the five-year Syracuse University, New York. He
briefing like the one on Friday, this where they will participate in the grant for the project “Hemstasis and then joined the University of Vermont
time over 5,000 people have already Kumbh Mela. Thrombosis: Chemistry, Biology for his post-doctoral fellowship.
registered for the event. From there, they will be brought and Physiology” from the National Though thrombosis is widely
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Jugnauth as the chief guest. in special trains to New Delhi where Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute understood to be an old man’s
will inaugurate the conclave with India-origin Members of they will witness the Republic Day (NHLBI), which is part of the disease, it is limited to that segment
Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Parliament -- Himanshu Gulati of on January 26, he added. National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the population.

Indians settled abroad get PM Modi’s invite for Kumbh, R-Day With Gopinath as IMF chief

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economist, 4 women now
ndians living aboard recently got a pleasant
at apex of world economy

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surprise -- a direct invite from prime minister
Narendra Modi to be a part of the world’s our women will dominate
biggest religious congregation – Kumbh at the global economic policy
Prayagraj– commencing from January 15. sphere with eminent
The invite from the Prime Miniser has been sent academic Gita Gopinath becoming
to the people of Indian origin through ministry the International Monetary Fund’s
of external affairs to visit Varanasi for Pravasi (IMF) chief economist.
Divas on January 21-23 and then Kumbh Mela in In a sign of growing women
Prayagraj and Republic Day. power, she along with her boss
City residents whose relatives are settled and IMF’s Managing Director
oversees are elated as the PM’s invite will give Christine Lagarde, World Bank’s
them an opportunity to get united with their loved chief economist Pinelopi Koujianou
ones. Sardar Patel resident, Nandni Mehrotra Goldberg, and Kristalina Georgieva,
told the media, “My bua (aunty) is settled in the Bank’s CEO who will become
Arizona in USA, she is planning a trip to Varanasi its interim President next month,
and Prayagraj after she received an email from will have the leading role in guiding
ministery of external affairs wherein the prime international financial policy as the
minister Narendra Modi had invited them to world economy faces its severest
attend Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at Varanasi from heritage and traditions.” be part of it,” added Nandini. stress in more than a decade.
January 21 to 23 and Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj The PM has also requested Pravasi Indians Nandini said that NRIs have been appealed by They confront the confluence of
to witness the culture and tradition of the country. to encourage their friends and relatives settled the ministry to register themselves which would a retreat from globalization, a trade
The PM’s letter reads, “Dear friends, wishing aboard to be part of Pravasi Diwas in Varanasi help them to participate in all events including war between China and the US,
your family a happy new year 2019. Hope this who have earlier not god an opportunity for the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Kumbh and then uncertainties in Europe over Brexit,
New Year would help to take you New height same. This Republic Day. weakening of several currencies
and success. I am writing this letter in connection Nandini, meanwhile, said, “After time, the Not only Nandini, Uma Dwivedi, against the dollar, shifts in foreign
with Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. This year, Pravasi receiving letter from the PM, my Pravasi Diwas is whose daughter Shikha is settled direct investments and the growing
Bharatiya Diwas is being organised at Varanasi relatives are quite excited and also associated with in US, has too received letter from inequalities between nations and
from Jan 21 to 23. Being Prime Minister, I would have decided to make necessary two more occasions the ministry of external affairs within countries.
be inaugurating the event as well as being the arrangements as they would be including Kumbh Mela and is chalking out plan to visit Gopinath, who became the first
MP of Varanasi, I have an opportunity to coming to India after a long time to see at Prayagraj and Kumbh Mela. woman to become the IMF’s chief
welcome you. the Kumbh which they had witnessed in Republic Day on Dwivedi said, “It is a good economist, succeeded Maurice
The letter also says, “This time, the Pravasi their childhood days. January 26 opportunity for the family members Obstfeld, who left the organization at
Diwas is also associated with two more occasions “When I talked to my aunty, she exchanged to be part of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas and the end of last year.
including Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic memories of old Ardh Kumbh and Kumbh Kumbh Mela”. When Lagarde announced in
Day on January 26. festivals attended by her during childhood days,” She claimed, “Kumbh Mela has made its October Gopinath’s appointment
In all, the Pravasi Diwas would be more unique said Nandini adding “but when I told her this time, reach worldwide and people settled in different with the formal title of Economic
as well as different from other occasions. You Kumbh is being organised in a grand manner and countries are being invited for the first time by the Counsellor and Director of the
would witness a new India apart from rich cultural in a new colour, she too expressed willingness to Prime Minister through external affair ministry.” Research Department, she called
her “one of the world’s outstanding

Trump assures ‘certainty’ path to citizenship for H1-B visa-holders economists, with impeccable
academic credentials, a proven track

U
S President Donald Trump said Friday that Since it was only a tweet, there were no details record of intellectual leadership and
he will change the H1-B visa system for about how he would go about making the changes. extensive international experience”.
professionals to ensure “certainty” and a Trump announces many plans and ideas through “All this makes her exceptionally
path to citizenship for those on the visa. tweets but not all of them get implemented. well-placed to lead our Research
Trump said in an early morning tweet: “H1-B Trump’s tweet came the morning after his visit Department at this important
holders in the US can rest assured that changes are to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to promote juncture. I am delighted to name
soon coming which will bring both simplicity and his plan for building the wall to prevent illegal such a talented figure as our Chief
certainty to your stay, including a potential path immigration, crime and drug-smuggling. Economist,” Lagarde said.
to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and The border wall or barrier is opposed by Before coming to the IMF,
highly skilled people to pursue career options in Democrats, who have refused to allocate funds for Gopinath was professor of
the US.” it in the budget. International Studies and Economics
Indians are the biggest beneficiaries of the This has led to a standoff with Trump, who has
at Harvard University.
temporary H1-B visas, 76 percent of which went refused to accept a budget without funding for
She was concurrently appointed in
to professionals from India last year, according to Limiting H1-B visas has been a matter of the wall and as a result there has been a partial
2016 as the economic adviser to the
government statistics. concern for India and New Delhi has taken it up shutdown of non-essential parts of the federal
Kerala Chief Minister with the rank
Caught in a controversy over his plans to stop with Washington. government now in its 20th day.
illegal immigration that has been made to appear he Major US companies have also said that the The media, the Democrats and activists blur the of principal secretary. She has also
is anti-immigrant, Trump appeared to be sending limiting of H1-B visas and the long waits for distinction between illegal and legal immigrants served as a member of the Eminent
a message that he supports legal immigrants and permanent residence seriously affect their ability and assert that Trump is anti-immigrant, which his Persons Advisory Group on G-20
opposes only those coming in illegally. to get and retain talented staff. tweet appears to aim to dispel. Matters for the Indian Ministry of
Finance.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 WORLD 21

Most Indian-origin MPs to vote against


Brexit deal in House of Commons
T
here are 12 Indian-origin MPs in the Minister should cooperate across parliament to
current House of Commons and most find a better Brexit deal.
of them are likely to vote against the “The collapse of support for the Prime
EU withdrawal agreement that will be put to Minister’s deal is indicative of her refusal to
vote on Tuesday evening – albeit, for differing work across Parliament and with the opposition
reasons. party. It doesn’t have support in Parliament or
The cohort of 12 elected in the 2017 mid- across the country.”
term elections represents the largest number “That is why it is time for Theresa May to
of Indian-origin MPs to be elected in British step down and call a General Election or to hold
parliamentary history: seven from Labour and a People’s Vote on the country’s support for her
five from the ruling Conservative party. half-baked, growth destroying and bad deal,”
While Labour has announced its intention Sharma added.
to vote against the agreement, it will also be Industrialist Swraj Paul, member of the
opposed by Indian-origin Conservative MPs, House of Lords who will vote on the agreement
going by their postures and statement since the if and when it comes to the House, said he
2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of did not remember such a “logjam” in British
the EU. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May politics as the current impasse over Brexit.
The seven Labour MPs are: Virendra Sharma, attending the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London in January He said: “While remaining very pro-
Keith Vaz, Lisa Nandy, Seema Malhotra, European, I am a very strong believer in
Northern Ireland Office in November when the agreement.”
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill and democracy and my view is plain and simple.
draft agreement was published, wrote to May: Braverman, another leading Brexiteer
Valerie Vaz. The five Conservative MPs are: If the people have voted in a referendum, that
“With respect Prime Minister, this Agreement who was a minister in Brexit department,
Priti Patel, Alok Sharma, Rishi Sunak, Suella decision must be implemented. We cannot have
does not provide for the United Kingdom being also resigned the day the draft agreement
Braverman and Shailesh Vara. a referendum after a referendum because some
a sovereign, independent country leaving the was published in November, following other
A leading Brexiteer, Patel has strongly people don’t like it.”
shackles of the EU, however it is worded”. ministers in the May government who resigned
opposed the agreement: “We should not be “Parliament at the moment is very divided
“We are a proud nation and it is a sad day on the issue.
frightened to reject the deal agreed by the because they are not looking at the issues,
when we are reduced to obeying rules made by Sharma reiterated Labour’s position that
EU and UK. We should instead fully prepare, the issue is a decision to implement what has
other countries who have shown that they do May should resign and call a general election.
pursue a renegotiation and get Britain ready to been decided by the country. It should happen
not have our best interests at heart. We can and “I campaigned against leaving the EU, I voted
make a success of the opportunities that come and I think still it will happen. It will be very
must do better than this. The people of the UK against the triggering of Article 50 when I felt
with Brexit.” unfortunate if it doesn’t. To have another
deserve better. That is why I cannot support this it was premature and counselled that the Prime
Vara, who resigned as minister in the referendum is a joke.”

Mars Ahoy! Elon Musk After alleged abuse, Saudi teen refugee
shows off prototype of in Canada wants to fight for women
A
Saudi teen who caused an

rocket bound to red planet international sensation by


defying her family and
seeking asylum abroad on Tuesday
Elon Musk posted pictures
vowed to fight for women’s freedoms
on Twitter late Thursday in her first public address since she
of the Starship Hopper was taken in by Canada.
prototype, which awaits its Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun
first flight test in Texas in captured the world’s attention with a
trail of tweets from her hotel room at
the coming weeks.

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Bangkok’s airport, where she holed
paceX CEO Elon Musk has up after Thai authorities initially
unveiled the first pictures of barred her from travelling on to
a retro-looking, steely rocket Australia.
called Starship that may one day Her emotional social media posts
carry people to the Moon and Mars. ignited a #SaveRahaf movement as Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family,
Musk posted pictures on Twitter she fled what she said was physical speaks at the COSTI Corvetti Education Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
late Thursday of the Starship Hopper and psychological abuse from her
prototype, which awaits its first flight supply missions to the astronauts family in ultra-conservative Saudi allegations. Reflecting on her own living in Canada,” she said.
test in Texas in the coming weeks. living at the International Space Arabia -- and prompted quick action. experience, she said: “I was not Shortly after her arrival in Toronto,
“Starship test flight rocket just Station, using its Falcon 9 rocket and Also watch:  Saudi woman who treated respectfully by my family Qunun went shopping for some
finished assembly at the @SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule. fled to Canada: ‘More women will and not allowed to be myself and warm clothes and connected with
Texas launch site. follow’ who I want to be.” local acquaintances.
The company is working on a
"This is an actual picture, not a She was granted refugee status and “In Saudi Arabia, this is the case Costi executive director Mario
new Dragon crew capsule that could
rendering,” he wrote. was welcomed by Canada’s Foreign for all Saudi women except for those Calla said the agency is helping her
start carrying people to the orbiting
The prototype built in Boca Minister Chrystia Freeland after that have understanding parents. find long-term accommodations,
outpost later this year.
landing in Toronto on Saturday. They can’t be independent open a bank account, obtain
Chica, along the Gulf Coast of SpaceX to lay off about 10% of its “Today and for years to come, I "She and need approval of Canadian documents, and enroll in
Texas, is nine yards (eight meters) workforce will work in support of freedom feels safe their male guardian English classes, as well as showing
in diameter -- like the future rocket Elon Musk’s SpaceX will lay off for women around the world, because she knows for everything.” her how to get around and teaching
will be -- but is shorter. Its first test about 10% of its more than 6,000 her “about life in Canada.”
the same freedom that I she is in a safe country. Rights groups
flights -- suborbital “hops” reaching employees, a source familiar with the experienced on the first day I The people (here) have have said she He noted concerns about her
several miles (kilometers) in the air matter said on Friday. arrived in Canada,” she told a her best interest at heart has renounced safety, citing online threats and
before landing back on Earth -- could The company did not comment press conference, reading from Islam, risking saying guards have been posted at
come in March or April. An orbital and are trying to help
on the number of layoffs but said a prepared statement in Arabic. prosecution in her temporary home.
prototype is expected in June. That her.
in emailed comments that it needs Standing in front of a large her home country. “She feels safe because she knows
version will be paired with a massive to become a “leaner” organization Canadian flag at the Toronto offices - Making ‘own she is in a safe country. The people
rocket booster known as the Super for which it would “part ways” with of refugee resettling agency Costi, decisions’ - (here) have her best interest at heart
Heavy. some of its workforce. Qunun denounced Saudi Arabia’s Upon learning of Canada’s asylum and are trying to help her. She has
SpaceX has said the duo could “To continue delivering for strict male guardianship rules, offer, Qunun said her stress “melted seen the outpouring of support,”
one day transport people from city our customers and to succeed in saying: “I am one of the lucky ones.” away.” Calla said.
to city on Earth, as well as propel developing interplanetary spacecraft “I know there are unlucky women Now, she said, she can make her Qunun has admitted that threats
passengers around the Moon, to the and a global space-based Internet, that disappeared after escaping and “own decisions,” including about posted on social media “scare her,”
lunar surface, and even to Mars and SpaceX must become a leaner could not do anything to change their travel and marriage. he added.
back. company,” a SpaceX spokesman reality,” she said through a translator. “I would like to start living a When she reads those posts, “her
SpaceX currently launches regular Her family has denied the abuse normal life, like any young woman emotions go back and forth.”
said.
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NEWS in BRIEF
India lose to Bahrain, crash out of Asian Cup
I ndia lost 0-1 to Bahrain in their
last Group A match to crash
out of the Asian Cup football
tournament on Monday.
Jamal Rashed (90+1) converted
a penalty in second-half added
time as Bahrain managed to break
India’s dogged defence after
90 minutes of grim battle.India
finished at the bottom of the group with three points from as many matches.
With hosts, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) being held 1-1 by Thailand in
the other Group A match of the night, both teams entered the next stage with

INDIA’S MARY KOM BECOMES


Bahrain qualifying as the third-best team.
The UAE finished the group stage with five points, while Thailand and
Bahrain managed four points each.

WORLD’S TOP WOMAN BOXER South Africa secure 3-0 sweep as Pakistan crumble
P akistan lost seven wickets inside the first session on day four to slip
from 153/3 to 273 all out in a chase of 381, ceding a series whitewash

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to a dominant South Africa.
ndia’s Mary Kom rose to the top She also won gold medals at the 51kg category list. Asian silver-
Coming into the fourth day of the final Test at 153/3, Pakistan would
of the boxing world rankings 2018 Commonwealth Games and the medallist Manisha Maun holds the have entertained thoughts of giving South Africa a run for their money. But
Thursday, two months after Silesian Open Boxing Tournament same position in the 54kg category. a tame batting display meant they succumbed to a 107-run defeat in the
becoming the first female boxer to in Poland. She bagged a silver at the 2. Former world silver-medallist morning session on Monday, 14 January. The carnage began soon: Duanne
win six world championships. Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria. Sonia Lather was placed at the Olivier, who has been phenomenal throughout the series, took two wickets
The 36-year-old mother-of-three Kom won a silver at the inaugural second spot in the 57kg division off consecutive balls to remove Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
was ranked number one by the women’s world championships in despite enduring a disappointing Azam departed for 21 – an addition of just four to his overnight total –
International Boxing Association 2001, kick starting her international 2018, during which she finished when he was bounced out by a rising beauty. Sarfaraz, who was expecting
(AIBA) in the Light Fly 45-48 career. medal-less at the Asian Games. another steepler, lost his off stump next ball, failing to adjust his stance to
kilogramme category, scoring She went on to win gold in each of 3. World bronze-medallist Simranjit counter the good length ball.
1700 points. the next five world championships. Kaur (64kg), who was crowned
Kom capped her 2018 campaign Kom, who was the subject of a the national champion a few days
Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal, Maria
with her sixth world championship Bollywood film in 2014, won bronze back, took the fourth position in Sharapova blaze through to the second round
title after defeating Ukraine’s Hanna
Okhota by 5-0 in Delhi.
at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
She is likely to miss the 2020 Tokyo
her weight category.
4. Following her was former world F ormer champion Rafael Nadal showed no signs of discomfort from his
thigh strain as he sailed through to the second round of the Australian
Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over local hope James Duckworth.
Okhota is ranked number two in Olympics as her 48-kg category is champion L Sarita Devi at the 16th
the world, with 1100 points. not included in the Games roaster. spot. The first meeting between the 17-times Grand Slam champion, a winner
That victory took her past Ireland’s 5. India Open gold-medallist and at Melbourne Park in 2009, and Australian wildcard Duckworth, who is
INDIAN WOMEN IN AIBA ranked 238 in the world, always had the potential to be an uneven contest.
Katie Taylor, and level with the men’s world bronze-winner Lovlina
record held by Cuban legend Felix
RANKINGS Borgohain took the fifth position The second-seeded Spaniard had pulled out of the Brisbane warm-up with
Savon as the most successful pugilist 1. Among other Indians, Pinki in the 69kg category. a thigh strain to raise doubts about his campaign but he allayed those fears
ever at the world championships. Jangra is placed eighth in the on Rod Laver Arena against an error-prone opponent.

Shubman, Vijay to replace Hardik, Rahul


Shakil Ahmed sets world record in Indoor Rowing
A sian Cup gold medalist and noted oarsman Shakil Ahmed added one

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more feather in his cap when he set up a world record by completing
hile Shankar will join The BCCI had earlier suspended
100,000 (one lakh) metres of indoor rowing in the 40-years-and-above
the team before the start and sent Rahul and Pandya back
category here.
of the second One Day home from Australia after their
FISA level one coach, Shakil, who has twenty six international medals
International (ODI) in Adelaide alleged “sexist” comments in a
during his rowing career so far, began his record setting indoor rowing feat
and will be a part of the squad for television chat show.
in Salt Lake stadium complex at 8 a.m on Sunday morning.
the ODI series in Australia and the On Saturday, India went down by
He achieved the rare feat of covering 100,000 metre of simulated distance
tour to New Zealand, Gill has been 34 runs in the first of the three ODIs
after ten hours in presence of Secretary of West Bengal Rowing Association
picked only for the ODI and T20I Committee has decided to send all- against Australia. (WBRA) Secretary Souvik Ghosh and another WBRA committee member
series in New Zealand. rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman The second and third ODIs Aniruddha Mukherjee. The event was broadcast online throughout the world
“With K.L. Rahul and Hardik Shubman Gill as replacements,” a will be played on Tuesday and during the entire period. Ghosh and Mukherjee said that they would now
Pandya set to return from Australia, Board of Control for Cricket in India Friday at Adelaide and Melbourne, certify the feat to the authorities of Limca Book of Records.
the All-India Senior Selection (BCCI) statement said. respectively.

Bracewell, bowlers power New Zealand to 35-run win


L
ate resurgence, with both bat and ball, helped New Zealand quick wickets apiece.
to an exciting win in the lone Twenty20 International Malinga accounted for Martin Guptill in the very first over
against Sri Lanka. when the opener miscued a pull shot for just one. Tim Seifert fell
First New Zealand lifted themselves to 179/7 after stumbling the next over to Rajitha when he got a leading edge to cover as
to 55/5 at the halfway mark. Then Sri Lanka looked like they he looked to turn one to the on side.
were bossing the chase at 94/3 in under 10 overs before New Henry Nicholls tried to play a booming drive off a Malinga in-
Zealand’s bowlers made a roaring comeback for a 35-run win in swinger and ended up chopping on. Opener Munro showed some
Auckland on Friday, 11 January. promise with a seven-ball 16, but his stint was cut short when
Doug Bracewell smashed five sixes and a four in his 26-ball 44 he was rushed on by a short ball from Rajitha. When Mitchell
to give New Zealand late impetus (Image: ICC) Santner miscued a heave to long-off to fall for 13, New Zealand
The chase hadn’t begun too well for Sri Lanka, with Lockie had slipped to 55/5 at the end of 10 overs.
Ferguson castling Sadeera Samarawickrama for a golden duck Ross Taylor too looked uncomfortable early on in his innings,
in the very first over. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera then but was able to battle through for a steadying 33 off 37 balls. He
added 30 quick runs, but were dismissed in the space of five balls. started playing some aggressive shots in the end until he was
Debutant Scott Kuggeleijn, who had earlier made an impact caught by the keeper off Thisara Perera’s bowling as he edged a
with the bat, had Kusal for a 12-ball 23, cramping him with a Sri Lanka’s lower order were unable to muster up a fight as massive heave.
yorker. With his very first ball, Doug Bracewell, who had top- spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner did the clean-up job to Doug Bracewell smashed five sixes and a four in his 26-ball
scored with 44, sent back Dickwella, who perished for 18 in bowl them out for 144. 44 to give New Zealand late impetus Doug Bracewell smashed
trying to heave a wide ball. Earlier, New Zealand were in hot water at 27/4, and their five sixes and a four in his 26-ball 44 to give New Zealand late
Coming into the game in sizzling form from the preceding comeback from there was rather remarkable. Lasith Malinga and impetus
ODIs, Thisara Perera looked good again. He raised a fine 49-run Kasun Rajitha extracted an element of awkward bounce from The real fightback came from Bracewell and Kuggeleijn. The
stand with Kusal Mendis to put Sri Lanka back in charge. the pitch, the New Zealand top-order batsmen failing to contend duo added 41 rapid runs together for the seventh wicket before
But when Tim Southee got Mendis caught at mid-off with a with what they were dishing out. Southee joined in to lay the finishing touches.
deceptive leg-cutter for 17, things turned drastically. Thisara and Lasith Malinga and Kasun Rajitha led the early charge against In his 26-ball stay at the crease, Bracewell smashed five sixes
Dhananjaya de Silva were dismissed in the 13th over by the raw the hosts with two quick wickets apiece Lasith Malinga and and a four to race to 44 before falling prey to a cleverly disguised
pace of Ferguson, leaving the visitors at a tricky 119/6. Kasun Rajitha led the early charge against the hosts with two slower ball from Rajitha.
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Honor 10 Lite
with dewdrop
notch display
H
uawei's sub-brand Honor on
Tuesday launched the Honor 10
Lite with its home-grown Kirin 710
processor and a dewdrop notch display in
India at a starting price of Rs 13,999.

These are the best smartwatches for


everything from fashion to fitness
T
he smartwatch phenomenon began in earnest in 2015, but now it’s in full swing. The latest-
and-greatest smartwatches are a big improvement over their unsightly first- and second- Anyone who wants a smaller smartwatch.
generation counterparts. Now we have a number of attractive options from tech companies
TAG HEUER CONNECTED
and fashion brands alike. There is a model for everyone on this list of the best smartwatches —
whether you’re a man, woman, or child. We’ve also included a variety of smartwatch operating
MODULAR 41
systems on this list, so you can find the watch that works best with your phone. The best smartwatch from
a Swiss watchmaker
Best smartwatches of 2018 It’s the best smartwatch if you own Why should you buy
• Apple Watch Series 4: Best overall an Android phone. Stylish, easy to use, with this:
smartwatch an intuitive interface, the Galaxy Watch can do You want a
• Samsung Galaxy Watch: Best smartwatch it all watch that’s made
for Android Who is it for? by a company The smartphone would be available in a
• Fossil Sport: Best Wear OS smartwatch Anyone who values a great user interface on that understands configuration of 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
• Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Best a slick smartwatch watches and is and 6GB RAM +64GB storage for Rs 17,999
smartwatch for fitness addicts
FOSSIL SPORT keeping up with in sapphire blue, sky blue and midnight black
• Montblanc Summit 2: Best smartwatch by a
The best Wear OS smartwatch technology. Want to colours only on Flipkart.
fashion brand
Why should you buy this? swap out your Wear OS "Following our devotion in photography
• Kate Spade Scallop: Best Wear OS
It packs the latest technology into an smartwatch for a Swiss and design in the Lite series the Honor 10
smartwatch for women
extremely good-looking smartwatch. The watch? The Connected Lite also sports a range of high-end features,"
• Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41: Best
Fossil Sport packs the latest tech into a sleek Modular 41 makes it very Suhail Tariq, Chief Marketing Officer,
smartwatch from a Swiss watchmaker
smartwatch, all for a great price. easy. Huawei Consumer Business Group, said.
• Fossil Q Commuter/Fossil Q Neely: Best
Who’s it for? Who is it for: The Honor 10 Lite has a dual camera set-
hybrid smartwatch
Anyone who wants a sleek, sporty Watch fans who don’t mind spending more up at the back, including a 13MP primary
APPLE WATCH SERIES 4 smartwatch that’ll work on iOS or Android. on a smartwatch lens and a 2MP secondary sensor.
The best FOSSIL Q COMMUTER The smartphone packs in a 24MP Artificial
It's simply the best, by far. There's no
GARMIN FORERUNNER 645 MUSIC Intelligence (AI) selfie camera, a dewdrop
The best smartwatch for fitness addicts The best hybrid smartwatch
comparison at the moment. display and a shimmering gradient back.
Why should you buy this: Why should you buy this:
It’s a different beast from the The device is powered by Kirin 710 chipset
It has a genuine smartwatch looks and It’s a classic Fossil watch made with high-
Series 3 is a few ways, the coupled with LPDDR4X RAM for improved
functionality, with all the right quality materials. The Fossil Q Commuter uses
biggest being an performance. This is the first Honor phone to
fitness features. its stunning looks to hide a plethora of smart
increase in case size have GPU Turbo 2.0 which helps reduce lags
It looks like a features.
— it’s now 40mm and frame drops, the company added.
smartwatch, Who’s it for:
and 44mm, over Honor 10 Lite is also the first phone from
d e l i v e r s Men or women who like traditionally styled
38mm and 42mm the company to run the latest EMUI 9.0
notifications like watches, but want to try out a smartwatch.
— as well as a operating system (OS) out of the box.
considerably larger a smartwatch, Should you buy a smartwatch?
but also covers
Google creating publishing
viewing area on the So you think you want a smartwatch? Are
all your fitness- you sure? After all, unlike a smartphone, no- platform for local news publishers

T
OLED screen. The
WatchOS 5 software tracking needs. one really needs a smartwatch. o help small newsrooms overcome
makes great use of the Who’s it for: However, because manufacturers are finally challenges in their strive to go digital,
extra space, with more iPhone or Android coming round to the realization a smartwatch Google is creating a new publishing
users who want needs to look good if we’re to buy one, they’re platform for local news publishers.
detailed notifications, and
smartwatch looks with a lot more tempting than they once were. One- Google News Initiative has partnered with
new watch faces with more complications.
tons of fitness-specific day battery life and a touchscreen on a watch is web development company, Automattic and
Larger buttons make interacting with the Apple
features still hard to swallow for some people, but that’s WordPress.com – home to 30 per cent of
Watch Series 4 easier, too.
why hybrid smartwatches were invented. the world's websites – and has invested $1.2
Who’s it for: MONTBLANC SUMMIT 2 The Apple Watch Series 4 works without
Anyone with an iPhone who wants a million in its effort to create "Newspack".
The best smartwatch by a fashion brand a phone, to a degree, and Wear OS is a "Newspack" is a fast, secure, low-cost
smartwatch. Why should you buy this? considerably better wearable operating system
publishing system tailor-made to the needs of
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH The Montblanc Summit 2 is a classic, elegant than it once was. The choice of styles, for both
small newsrooms, Google said.
timepiece that offers the latest technology. men and women, is far greater than it was a
The best smartwatch for Android The new publishing tool will be made
Montblanc’s Summit 2 is the luxury smartwatch year ago.
The watch itself is Samsung’s most available to publishers globally later in the
to buy. Many big-name fashion brands are adding
stylish yet, and its full touchscreen smartwatches to their ranges, year.
most watch-like too. I t Who’s it for? "Newspapers with long histories have had
Men or women seeking a traditional, classic bringing considerable kudos with them. We’re
moves away from also seeing improvements as the next generation to cut back on staff and reduce coverage
the sporty style look. and reporters who try to start new digital
of Wear OS watches, using Qualcomm’s
adopted for the KATE SPADE SCALLOP updated Snapdragon 3100 chip, emerges. Now publications face an interminable struggle
Gear S3 and is a great time to get into smartwatches. with technical and business problems," said
The best Wear OS smartwatch
the Gear Sport. However, if you’re not ready to commit to a Jim Albrecht, Product Management Director,
for women
Samsung has touchscreen smartwatch, but still want to try Google Search.
Why should you buy this?
also dropped the out some smart features, the huge choice of "Journalists should be writing stories and
It’s the best-looking
Gear name for hybrid watches has got you covered. covering their communities, not worrying
smartwatch if you have
the Galaxy Watch, They often cost half of what you’ll pay about designing websites, configuring CMSs,
smaller wrists. Stylish
and introduced two for the cheapest Apple Watch, link with or building commerce systems."
and slim, the Kate Spade
case sizes and plenty any smartphone, and provide traditional While "Newspack" publishers will have
Scallop is a smartwatch
of straps and colors. We like watch looks matched with a connected smart access to all the plugins created by the
designed by a company that experience. If you’re tempted by a smartwatch,
the 46mm version which only comes in silver, WordPress developer community, the core
knows fashion and tech. we say go for it.
while the 42mm version comes in black or gold. product is not trying to be all things to all
Who’s it for"
Why should you buy this? publishers.
24 FEATURES Friday, January 18, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Til Barfi
Ingredients 
• 1 cup til (sesame seeds)
• 2 spoons white butter
• 2 cups milk powder
• 1 cup jaggery
• 1 cup condensed milk
Method: 
• Roast the til in a pan and then including the ground sesame seeds
grind it well in a blender.  together. 
• Pour the jaggery into a pan and heat it • Microwave this mixture for around
until it melts completely.  2 minutes and stir well again
• Pick out a large tray and grease it till it forms a thick consistency. 
with butter and leave it aside to sit.  Spread this on the tray and allow it
• Mix all the other ingredients to cool down. Cut it in squares and
serve. 

Quick and easy Makar Sankranti recipes


T
he beginning of the year dough into a greased plate while and stir quickly. While it is still entire batter is made into vadas.  Coconut milk and stewed
calls for celebrations. And it is still piping hot.  hot, pour it into another plate • Serve it hot with sambar or dal Payasam
when it comes to Hindu • Press it firmly to make it equal greased with butter or oil.  chutney for a delicious meal. 

galore! January 14 marks the


T
traditions, the country is celebrations on top and then cut it into smaller
pieces. Once it has cooled down,
• Once it has cooled down, cut it
into smaller pieces. 
Seasoned curd rice
his sweet dish is nutritious and
can be served at parties or even
be consumed as a snack!
celebration of Makar Sankranti pop a piece in your mouth and
Medu Vada
which is also known as Pongal or relish!

M
 Ingredients
Lohri, depending on which region ade from Urad Dal, this is • 200ml coconut milk
Peanut Chikki the perfect South Indian
you belong. It observes the day from • 300ml milk
when the days grow longer - the breakfast that is also served on the • 2 spoons channa daal
onset of spring and then summer.  festival. • Quarter cup moong daal
• 2 spoons grated coconut

T
Coconut Burfi Ingredients
his is one of the staple foods • Half cup jaggery
• 1 cup Urad Dal (soaked for 2
of South India and is served at • 6 cashew nuts
hours
every event, religious or not.  • 1 spoon cardamom powder
• 1 inch Ginger
• 1 green chilli Ingredients • 2 spoons ghee
• Finely chopped coriander leaves • 2 cups of cooked rice

T his tastes almost like candy, Method:


• 1.5 cups of curd
and a plus point, it is home- • A quarter cup of pomegranate
made! seeds
• 1 green chilli

A
Ingredients 
classic and delicious dessert, • Salt
• 1 cup of shelled, unsalted and
this one is popular in regions of • Half a spoon of mustard seeds
raw peanuts
Kerala as it involves coconuts and is • 1 spoon Urad Daal
• 1 cup sugar
easy to make.  • Curry leaves
• Quarter spoon salt • Heat the ghee in a pan and add
• 1 spoon cooking oil cashew nuts and roast it until
Ingredients • 2 spoons butter or ghee Method:
• 2 cups of grated coconut • Blend the daal and ginger in a Method: brown and crisp. 
Method
• 3 cups of sugar mixer. Keep adding a little water • Mix the cooked rice with the • In a pressure cooker, add the
• Roast the peanuts by placing
• Half a cup of white almond to ensure it forms a smoothbatter.  curd, in a large bowl or container.  channa daal and moong daal and
it in another pan and stirring cook for 4 whistles. Once the
powder • In another bowl, add the green • Add the green chillis,
continuously until brown.  cooker is cooled, open it and set
• Quarter spoon cardamom powder chillies, coriander and then the pomegranate seeds and a hint of
• Once it has cooled down, remove salt.  the daal aside. 
batter and stir well. Cover it and
Method the peanuts from the pan and rub • To make the seasoning, pour • Put both the daals in a pan, add
store, in the meantime pour oil
• Add the coconut and sugar in them in your hands so the skin the teaspoon of oil into a pan coconut milk, milk, jaggery and
into a pan and wait till it is hot
anon stick pan and keep stirring peels off.  and add the mustard seeds and cardamom powder. 
enough. 
until the sugar melts and starts to • In another pan, melt the butter urad daal. Wait till it crackles • Let it simmer on a low flame
• With the batter, make a thick
bubble.  and then add the sugar, salt and and then mix it well. Add the until the jaggery dissolves. 
ring and then drop into the oil. 
• Add the almond and cinnamon a touch of ginger to it. Keep curry leaves to this mixture.  • Add the roasted cashews and
Deep fry this until it is evenly
powder slowly and stir till it stirring until it the mixture turns • Pour this seasoning over the curd serve.
brown and crisp on all sides. 
becomes a soft dough.  golden brown.  rice and mix well.  • This can be consumed both hot
Follow the same process until the or cold. 
• Turn off the gas and pour this • Add the peanuts to the mixture

Your Lohri is incomplete without yummy food


Here are some must-haves on Atta Laddoo • Once it is warm enough, mash forms a thick consistency.  • Minced garlic
Lohri and the recipes on how to Ingredients • Allow this mixture to cool. When • Minced ginger
create them. it reaches room temperature, add • 2 spoons gram flour
• 30 grams pure ghee
the saffron and sugar to it and • 1 spoon butter
Ganne ki kheer • 200 grams jaggery
mix well until all the sugar is • 2 green chillies
• 250 grams atta (flour) melted and is a bright colour. • Ghee
Method: • A d d • Salt to taste
• In a pan, roast the atta well, on a almonds and cardomom powder
low flame.  Method: 
• Grate the jaggery and add it to the • Pour water into a pan and add
roasted atta and mix well.  the mustard and spinach to it.
• Add ghee to this mixture and the mixture to create small balls.  Boil them well until cooked and
Ingredients discard the extra water.
Kheer • Pour four spoons of ghee in
• 1 liter sugarcane juice Ingredients a pan and add garlic, ginger,
• 100g basmati rice 100 grams rice red chillies and green chillies
Method:  100 grams sugar to this and sautee until it
• Boil the sugarcane juice in a pan.  3 litres milk to top it off is deep brown. 
• Wash the rice and add it to the Pinch of saffron and cardamom • Add the gram flour and some
(saffron and elaichi)
Sarson da Saag water to this mixture and
juice. Let it cook on a low flame.  Ingredients
Cut up almonds stir well on a low flame for
• Once the rice is cooked, mix the
2 spoons water • 1 kg finely chopped mustard around half an hour. Mix the
items well until it forms a thick
• Quarter kg finely chopped cooked ingredients with this
consistency.  Method:
let it be on a low flame until the spinach and add some butter on top. 
• Once it cools down, refrigerate it • Boil the milk so it doesn’t spoil. 
jaggery melts and can hold itself.  • 2 red chillies Serve this hot with rotis.
and serve once it is cold.  • Add rice to it and stir well until it
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 TIME OUT 25
CROSSWORD NO: 2 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 2 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS
1. What is the name given to wooden
carving?
2. Intelligence agency of UK?
3. Name the nuclear plant that closed
for ever in Ukrain.
4. What is the basic principle of Miss
Universe Competition?
5. What is Heliport?
6. Haiti is an independent country of this
seashore. Name the seashore.
7. Which ex-president of America had
given the leadership in the peace
activities of Haiti in 1994?
8. Name the Indonesian president who
formed the movement called West
Pacific Forum?
9. Which section of United Nations
Organization stands against the
pollution? 
10. How many countries had sign in
UNEP?
11. Who came into power in Canada
continuously for the third time?
12. Which country’s capital is Ottawa?
13. A city of one mile width and two
miles length as 177 canals of 28 miles
length. Name the city.
14. Fianna Fail is a political party. Name
the country where it belongs.
15. In which day ‘Good Friday
Agreement’ was signed?
16. The force which forms under the earth
SUDOKU NO: 2 region causes earthquake. Name this
earth region?
17. According to the laws of Israel, if
a Prime Minister resigns his post,
within which period a new Prime
Minister should be appointed?
18. Write the scientific name of lie
detector which uses by the police for
proving lies?
19. What is the name of military
intelligence organization of Israel?
20. Which president of Pakistan did issue
the order of exilement of Nawaz
Sharif?
21. A military group of Chile killed 73
political prisoners in 1973. This
incident is known as _?
22. Which democratic republic has given
the right for ‘mercy killing’?
23. Which planet has the feeling that sun
rises in the west?
24. Which scientist got a record of patents
for his discoveries?
25. Which virus causes bleeding in the
body due to the destruction of blood
vessels?
Thomas Alva Edison. 25. Ebola virus.
Tarar. 21. Caravan of Death. 22. Netherlands.23.Venus. 24.
17. 60 days. 18. Polygraph.19.Mossad. 20. Muhammad Rafiq
13. Venice. 14. Ireland. 15. April 10, 1998. 16. Hypocentre.
Programme (UNEP). 10. 120. 11. Jean Chretien. 12. Canada.
Carter. 8. Abdurrahman Wahid. 9. United Nations Environment
brains. 5. Airport of Helicopter. 6. Caribbean sea. 7. Jimmy
Answer: 1. Xylography. 2.MI5. 3. Chernobyl. 4. Beauty with

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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
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18 January to 24 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)
You may delve deeper into spirituality and make it a part of your daily routine. Supervision
may be required to see a task to completion at work. Rising costs may begin to affect your
quality of life. Those forced to live away can face administrative difficulties. Travelling,
especially by train, may not be as comfortable as expected. Those seeking love need to be
at their impressive best! New arrival is set to bring happiness on the domestic front. Lucky
Number: 11 / Lucky Colour: Light Blue

TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)


You may remain mentally disturbed for something that had happened in the past. It may
become difficult for you to let bygones be bygones. On the financial front, earning from
Metallics, dramatic sleeves, heavy jewellery: immovable assets is the only way to bail out from a tight situation. Shooting your mouth
off at an inappropriate time can harm your image, so keep a low profile at work. Romance
Fashion trends to watch out for in 2019 is set to enter the life of those seeking love. Health remains satisfactory, despite minor
ailments. Lucky Number: 1 / Lucky Colour: Bottle Green

L
iving coral, metallics and sequins, Rocky S says, “Living coral is a very GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
athleisure, heavy jewellery, cowgirl youthful and energising colour. It can be paired Get involved totally in whatever you are doing should be your mantra. Half-measures
boots: hear it from the experts on what easily with shades of blacks as well as whites. can leave you ignorant about important aspects of your work. Your ideas require an
fashion trends to expect in 2019. This shade suits everyone, even a small clutch outlet, but this may not come about without outside assistance. Taking help of someone
While last year saw the rise of the ‘ultra- or a beautiful top of this colour can enhance the knowledgeable on the academic front is quite in order. An investment opportunity needs to
violet’ colour, this year, ‘living coral’ is whole look!” be weighed properly, before going in for it. You need to salvage your romantic relationship
going downhill by being proactive. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Peach
expected to enjoy the limelight. Metallics and
Suit it up

T
sequins will continue to rule the fashion world CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
ailored and colourful suits can be seen
and so will power suits and athleisure wear. Some of you may plan an overseas journey to be with your dear ones. A promising week
everywhere. Right from sequin blazer- for professionals is foreseen, as you bag a lucrative deal. Changes sought on the home front
Sequins and metallics flared trousers combo, striped powersuits and needs everybody’s consent, especially in a joint family set up. Judicious spending is the
skirt-blazer combo, suits will continue to rule. key to a healthy bank balance. If there are any differences with spouse, this is the week to
Janhvi Kapoor took us back to the ’90s. kiss and make up. Adopt a wait and watch policy in a property deal. Lucky Number: 18 /
(Source: Varinder Chawla) Lucky Colour: Golden Brown

Heavy jewellery LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)

J ewellery designer Akanksha Chowdhry of


Nayirah explains, “2019 is most definitely
a year for the bold and the beautiful. Preference
Take whatever comes your way on the professional front and make the most of it. A lot of
hard work is foreseen for those trying to make their mark in a totally different field. Your
expenditure may be much more than what you manage to earn in this week, so keep a close
for bigger, chunkier statement pieces is a trend tab on spending. Your neutral stance on an issue may be resented, but it is the right course
that has picked up a lot in the past year and is of action for you. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
here to stay. Women are keen on experimenting VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
with different abstract patterns and textures Dividing time between personal errands and work may fatigue you, but little you can do
instead of the usual kundans and dabkas.” about it. Difficulties faced on the family front are likely to get resolved by not stoking the
fire. A close associate may become a great source of encouragement for attaining your goal.
Footwear Your considered approach will help you in judging a tricky situation and take the right

L aksheeta Govil, founder of Fizzy Goblet


says, “This year will see the increase in
popularity of comfort footwear. The wave
decisions. You are now in a position to earn well and party hard, so why waste time! Lucky
Number: 6 / Lucky Colour: Cream

LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)


of athleisure will stick around with a few You may remain in two minds for going ahead with something that matters to someone close.
diversification. Sneaker juttis and sliders will Taking positive steps in a situation will set things right, even if they are presently going
be big in the summer months.” wrong. A not-to-be-missed earning opportunity comes your way, so gear up for it. Higher
studies may beckon some, but cost may become a deterrent factor. Domestic harmony is
Cowboy boots assured for those wanting to spend time by themselves at home. A short vacation affords

Shilpa Shetty wore a metallic Amit Aggarwal


L ast year, during the fall runway shows,
top brands like Calvin Klein, Fendi and
togetherness and much else! Lucky Number: 8 / Lucky Colour: Grey

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)


ensemble at the ICW 2018. Sometimes it is better to give in, than project yourself in a bad light. A rebellious child may
make you see red by not toeing your line. Financial powers of those in authority may get
curtailed. Someone’s workload may shift on your shoulders at work. Plans may be afoot
for complete home makeover. Your correct judgement and decisiveness is likely to salvage

S equins and metallics dominated the whole


of 2018 and ace Indian designer Rocky S
believes it will continue to rule. “Metallics will
an irretrievable situation on the family front. This is an excellent time to develop or own
property. Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Golden Brown

SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21)


always stay in style”, he says. And Aishwarya Getting to know someone better may distract you from work, as you seek his or her
Rai Bachchan’s stylist Aastha Sharma company. You are likely to take positive steps in bettering your performance on the
confirms, “glitters and sequins will make for academic front. A family member will give you the helping hand you so desperately need,
one of the top trends of 2019.” but are hesitant in asking. Love and passion are likely to dominate your mind and make
you crave for exclusive time with lover. Don’t take people for granted, even those you
Statement sleeves know well. Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky Colour: Light Blue
Bold shoulders and statement sleeves have
been the ‘it’ thing in 2018 and with the new CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
It is time you got out of your comfort zone and got involved in giving shape to your ideas.
year, the trend will just go to a whole new
You may find it difficult to retain someone indispensable to your organisation. Guidance
level. Right from cape sleeves, mutton sleeves may be needed by those preparing for competitive exams. A new property may be acquired
to bell sleeves, they are here to stay. and add to your assets. A new workout regime will serve your purpose excellently on the
“Exaggerated sleeves of all kinds are in! health front. Better understanding with lover is likely to enrich your romantic relationship.
Bell-shaped, ultra long, oversized — this trend Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: Purple
is going to rock 2019,” says Rocky S.
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Matching athleisure You will enjoy your time this week with like-minded people. Your initiative on the romantic
“Street style has become just as major as front is set to make the evening exciting. A pat on the back is in store for those working
Isabel Marant showcased the cowboy boots in in hospitality segment. You will manage to kick a bad habit by sheer will power. Those
the runway shows themselves! The athleisure
their collections and ever since, the trend has passing through a bad phase in their personal life can hope to be guided by divine light.
look is always going to stay as it’s a brilliant
become popular. Prioritising work on the academic front is important to cover everything. Lucky Number:
combination of style with comfort,” says 9 / Lucky Colour: Peach
Devki Bhatt says, “Cowboy boots are here
Rocky S. Aastha Sharma explains, “because
to stay. Keep an eye out for a good one and PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
it’s a comfort trend and looks cool and works
grab them before they are huge! I would love Sidestepping into a totally alien field is indicated for some entrepreneurs. Someone who is
really well for travel and street style, I think
to experiment with the cowgirl chic trend that acting impossible on the professional front needs to be dealt with patience. Tread carefully
this trend will be even more accentuated in at work, as your performance may be watched. A lucrative investment opportunity can
mirrors the aesthetics of Isabel Marant and
2019.” tempt you, but take the suggestions of experts before committing. Your academic efforts
Alberta Ferretti. That edgy ‘Wild West’ look
are likely to give positive results. You may take up an exercise regimen and bring changes
Pantone colour of the year: living coral with a punch of femininity.”
to your lifestyle just to remain fit and healthy. Lucky Number: 7 / Lucky Colour: Cyan
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 FEATURES 27

Travel Special Feature H E A LT H

Seven can’t-miss Researchers study


experiences in Gujarat patterns of back pain
R
esearchers have examined the Protect yourself from ‘unfore-
patterns of back pain over time seen’ contaminants
and patient characteristics in The year has just begun, and its a good
relation to the disability. time to take a more diligent approach to
In addition, they have identified the your everyday hygiene.
extent of healthcare and medication Consider your average day: All the
use (including opioids) associated with places you travel to and the people you
different patterns. Back pain is among interact with. Now think for a moment
the most frequently reported health of all the things your hands come in
problems in the world. contact with, during the day. There is a
For the study, researchers from the plethora of invisible germs and bacteria
University Health Network’s Krembil on every surface your hands touch.
Research Institute in Toronto, Canada These germs can be one of the major
studied 12,782 participants for 16 years. causes of infections, cold, flu, and other
They provided data on factors respiratory diseases.
including comorbidities, pain, disability, Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert
opioid and other medication use, and at The Himalaya Drug Company,

T
hough many travellers pass it by en route to During the Navratri festival in September or October, healthcare visits. The results showed highlights some of the most unexpected
Mumbai or Rajasthan, Gujarat is a terrific all- Hindu devotees perform mass dances to honour the that almost half (45.6 per cent) of the germ carriers, and a simple method to
rounder: Ahmedabad draws you in with its nine incarnations of the goddess Durga, swapping participants reported back pain at least prevent contraction of these germs.
remarkable architecture and dining scene, national the standard Gujarati menu for special dishes made once. The study included four groups of • Purses and Wallets
parks shelter unique populations of Asiatic lions and without meat or grains. pain: persistent (18 per cent), developing Purses are rarely disinfected, so germs
wild asses, and tribal villages in the remote countryside (28.1 per cent), recovery (20.5 per cent), on every surface that your purse comes
Champaner & Pavagadh and occasional (33.4 per cent). into contact with, come home with you.

F
practise their centuries-old crafts of weaving and
ew sights in Gujarat make such an indelible The findings, published in Arthritis Purses are left on the countertops in
embroidery. There’s a spiritual aspect to Gujarat as
impression as this Unesco Heritage Site. Even if Care and Research, showed that the bathrooms, the seats of public transport,
well: Gandhi’s legacy is powerful here, while sacred
you’re not a pilgrim looking to pay your respects to the persistent and developing groups tended and many other surfaces that are teeming
Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites attract streams of the
evil-destroying goddess Kali at the Kalikamata Temple to have more pain and disability, as well with germs. Wallets contain the most
devout.
atop the sacred volcanic hill of Pavanar, it’s well worth as more healthcare visits and medication bacteria-infested item of all - money.
tackling the three-hour pilgrim trail and ropeway for use than those in the recovery and Notes travel from one dirty hand to the
the all-encompassing views from the top. occasional trajectory groups. In other, and there’s no way of preventing
addition, the recovery trajectory the transfer of germs to your hands.
Gir National Park
group increased the use of opioids and • Television Remote Control

T his hilly, forested, 1412-sq-km sanctuary between


Veraval and Junagadh is the last refuge of the
Asiatic lion, best spotted between December and April.
antidepressants over time.
“The good news is that one in five
The television remote control may
seem like an odd addition to this list, but
people with back pain recovered. is hardly ever disinfected, and comes
In terms of conservation, Gir is a massive success However, they continued to use opioids into contact with hands every day. Hotel
story, with lion numbers doubling since the 1960s, so and antidepressants, suggesting that remotes are even more contaminated. As
big cat sightings are pretty much guaranteed. The only people recovering from back pain hotels have guests from different places,
access to the park is via authorised safari, booked in need ongoing monitoring,” said lead there is an increased risk of viruses or
advance; when you’re driven through the thick forests author Mayilee Canizares, postdoctoral contaminants being present on these
The Jama Masjid at Ahmedabad is one of the largest
at dawn, if you’re lucky, you may spot agile chinkaras candidate from the varsity. remote controls.
mosques in the Indian subcontinent. It was built in 1
(gazelles), dainty chital (spotted deer), nilgais (large The bad news is that one in five • Cell Phones
Ahmedabad antelopes) and elusive jaguars. experienced persistent back pain, Your cell phone is never far from your

T he intense, bustling capital of Ahmedabad, India’s


first Unesco heritage city, is likely to be your
first port of call in Gujarat. A little overwhelming at
said Canizares. People with back
pain are a heterogeneous group
that may benefit from different
reach, which means that this essential
communication device is a carrier of
germs and infections. This subsequently
first, it blows you away with its wealth of centuries- approaches to management rather than gets transferred to your hands and face.
old mosques, mausoleums and temples and wins you a traditional one size fits all approach. Every time you use your phone, you
over with its excellent museums and its terrific dining Women less sensitive to pain than may be transferring bacteria straight to
scene. The best way to tackle it is to stay in its historic men: Study your face.
heart, preferably in a characterful hotel, such as the Women tend to forget pain that • Sponges and hand towels
Deewanji Ni Haveli, House of MG or French Haveli. they suffered more quickly than men, With as many as 10 million bacteria
confirmed a new study in mice and per square inch, dish sponges are
Craft villages of Kachchh humans, challenging the widely held probably one of the most germ-infested

F or centuries, the craftsmen and craftswomen


of Kachchh – one of India’s richest areas for
handicrafts – have perfected their craft, creating
Shatrunjaya
belief that the fairer sex are more
sensitive to pain than men.
items in your house. Hand towels are
also riddled with germs and bacteria.

M ost days, you see a stream of pilgrims dressed The study, by researchers from Since towels absorb water, it makes
remarkably fine textiles of superb quality. But that’s Canada’s University of Toronto them the perfect host for bacteria, which
in their finery, snaking their slow way up
not all. Kachchh village communities, scattered around Mississauga (UTM), showed that men grow best in warm and moist conditions.
Shatrunjaya hill – one of the holiest Jainism sites.
the arid province, also specialise in wood carving, and women remembered earlier painful • Banisters and Escalators
Most walk barefoot. Older pilgrims are carried by
block printing, pottery, bell making and more. Using experiences differently. While men (and Holding the banister when you walk
porters. Join the pilgrims, and it’ll take you less
the capital of Bhuj as your springboard, you can male mice) remembered earlier painful down the stairs is a safety precaution but
than two hours to tackle the 3300 steps leading to experiences clearly, women (and female it can also lead to contracting diseases
engage the services of a knowledgeable local guide,
the spectacular temple complex at the summit of the mice) did not seem to forget. When from the germs present on the surface.
such as Salim Wazir or Kuldip Gadhvi, who can tailor
hill, where Adinath, the founder of Jainism, is said experiencing pain again, men seemed Escalators in malls, airports, and other
your visit to the villages of Kachchh according to your
to have meditated beneath the rayan tree. Don’t miss to be stressed and hypersensitive in public places are also full of germs
interests.
the wonderfully detailed carvings inside the splendid remembering, but women were not from all the people who previously
A feast of festivals Adinath Temple; then just allow yourself to get lost stressed by their earlier experiences of used them. As per a study by Kimberly-
in the narrow walkways and drink in the atmosphere. pain. “If remembered pain is a driving Clark, 43 per cent of escalators surveyed
Wild Ass Sanctuary force for chronic pain and we understand had high-enough contamination levels

I
how pain is remembered, we may be to spread illnesses.
f you come out onto the barrel plains of the Little
able to help some sufferers by treating • ATM keypads
Rann of Kachchh at dawn, they seem to sparkle like
the mechanisms behind the memories The next time you visit the ATM
hoarfrost, with the sun’s rays bouncing off the salty
directly,” said lead author Loren Martin, to withdraw cash, think twice about
crust. Walk on it, and it crunches underfoot like snow.
Assistant Professor at the UTM. touching the keypad directly. It is
One of the harshest corners of Gujarat, Little Rann “What was even more surprising was estimated that 41 per cent of ATMs have
comprises the Wild Ass Sanctuary, home to the last that men reacted more, because it is enough germs to cause an infection or
remaining population of the chestnut-coloured khur, well known that women are both more disease. There might not be much you
the Indian wild ass; they feed on the grassy hillocks sensitive to pain than men, and that they can do about handling currency notes.
Gujarati cuisine is famous across India for its lavish
that rise up from the salt flats. The monsoon season are also generally more stressed out,” However, you can use a hand sanitiser
spices and flavours, and chefs and street-food vendors
between November and March attracts a vast birdlife Martin added. to clean your hands immediately after
go into overdrive for the state’s many festivals.
population, including flamingos. withdrawing money.
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, January 18, 2019 The Indian Weekender

RAJKUMAR HIRANI SEXUAL ASSAULT


CASE: DIA MIRZA, SHARMAN JOSHI,
VINTA NANDA AND OTHERS REACT
R
ajkumar Hirani is the latest B-town star who Dia Mirza allegations made against him are false, mischievous,
has been accused of sexually assaulting a Dia Mirza, who has collaborated with scandalous, motivated and defamatory.” The latest on
woman during the making of Sanju in 2018. Hirani in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and #MeToo is so disturbing. Who is it that women can trust?
While the filmmaker has denied all allegations, Sanju, told PTI that she is deeply Can’t deal with these words anymore “ “At the outset, our
Dia Mirza, Vinta Nanda and others from the distressed by the news. “As someone client states that the allegations made against him are false,
industry have expressed shock. Rajkumar who has known and respects Raju Sir for mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory,”
Hirani has been accused of sexual 15 years I can only hope that a due official Amardeep Jha
assault by a woman who worked with enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most Veteran actor Amardeep Jha, who was
the filmmaker on Sanju. After the decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think seen playing Sharman Joshi’s mother in
accusation came to light on Sunday, it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I 3 Idiots and Anushka Sharma’s mother in
do not know the details,” the actor said. PK, told Bollywood Life, “I’m shocked.
Hirani issued a statement rubbishing
Sharman Joshi I cannot even believe this. He was a man
the allegation.
Sharman, whose Raju Rastogi in Hirani’s whom I used to look up to. On the sets, he
“I was completely shocked
3 idiots became immensely popular, hoped used to be like a walking angel. After hearing the news, I
when these allegations were
the phase the director is going through have lost my mental peace. This is something that will be
brought to my notice about two currently will pass. “Raju Sir, is a man running in my head for so long.”
months back. I had suggested of immense integrity, character, honour, She further added, “I cannot pass any judgement on the
immediately that it is essential to compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues girl but I strongly believe he cannot do this. But I really
take this matter to any committee one would imagine are non existent in people today, hope and pray that whosoever is the innocent his/her truth
or any legal body. someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from should be out and should get justice.”
The complainant has chosen to and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being Arshad Warsi
go to the media instead. I want to a better person. “All I want to say is that this too shall Arshad has been a part of Rajkumar
very strongly state that this is a pass and I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even Hirani’s most loved film, Munnabhai
false malicious and mischievous stand up for yourself in a situation such as this.” MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai and
story being spread with the Vinta Nanda his role of Circuit is still one of the most
sole intention of destroying my Without taking any names, Vinta Nanda memorable performances of all times.
reputation,” Hirani said. tweeted, “The latest on #MeToo is so He is also in talks with Hirani for the third
Here is how Bollywood stars disturbing. Who is it that women can trust? instalment of the franchise. However, amidst the news
are reacting to the allegation Can’t deal with these words anymore – where Rajkumar Hirani’s assistant accused him of sexual
against Rajkumar Hirani: “At the outset, our client states that the misconduct with her, all seem to be on hold.

Emraan Hashmi’s son


declared cancer-free You’re my role model, Karisma tells Kareena
A A
ctor Emraan ctress Karisma Kapoor, who believes
Hashmi’s in moving with the times, considers
e i g h t - y e a r- her younger sister Kareena Kapoor
old son Ayaan has Khan her role model.
been declared cancer- The glamorous sisters sat down for a tete-a-
free five years after he tete with each other for Kareena’s radio show,
was diagnosed with Ishq 104.8 FM’s ‘What Women Want with
the disease. The actor Kareena Kapoor Khan’. 
announced the news During the chat, Karisma spoke about
to his fans via social media on Monday. staying relevant, how she manages to be
“Today, five years after his diagnosis, Ayaan radiant, her role model and the pressure of
has been declared cancer free. It has been quite making a comeback in the industry, said a
a journey. Thank you for all your prayers and statement.
wishes. Love and prayers for all the cancer When asked who her role model was,
fighters out there. Hope and belief goes a long Karisma told Kareena: “Today, you are
way. You can win this battle,” he wrote. my role model. We are in the same It’s all about moving with the times. I Pagal Hai, Biwi No. 1, Zubeidaa and Fiza, has
"Today,
He also uploaded a few photographs of his profession, and the kind of have spent 27 years in the industry. been missing from the big screen for a while.
you are my
son along with the heartfelt post. strength we offer to each other The formula for me is to keep up She finds it unfair that there’s a “comeback
role model. We are
Born in February 2010, Ayaan, the first child is amazing. Apart from you, our in the same profession, with the times and attempting pressure” actresses face, especially after
of Emraan and wife Parveen Shahani, was mom has been an inspiration and the kind of strength different things which further helps motherhood.
diagnosed with first stage cancer at the age of who single-handedly raised us we offer to each other to stay relevant.” “I don’t get this comeback term as it isn’t
four in early 2014. so well.” is amazing." She credited her used or said in other industry when women
In 2016, Emraan also wrote a book titled The The daughters of veteran radiance to the genes. have rejoined their workplace.
Kiss Of Life on Ayaan’s battle with cancer. On actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, “And, I guess it’s the inner positivity “We have an added pressure because we are
the work front, the 39-year-old is gearing up for Karisma and Kareena are six years apart. which reflects on my face,” said Karisma, a from the entertainment industry. But, I am glad
the release of his forthcoming film Why Cheat When questioned about the recipe of staying mother of two. The actress, who has featured that game is changing and people have become
India.  relevant, Karisma said: “There is no recipe... in films Raja Hindustani, Raja Babu, Dil To so open-minded.”

Manisha: Was painful to revisit cancer phase for my book


B
ollywood actor Manisha Koirala was diagnosed to finish writing it. I often thought that it was a bad idea, On Tuesday, news broke that
with ovarian cancer in 2012. She has been cancer that I shouldn’t attempt writing,” Manisha told reporters. veteran actor-director Rakesh
free since 2013. Several of Manisha’s friends from the industry turned Roshan has been diagnosed
Manisha Koirala has said it was “painful” to revisit up to support the actor, including Rekha, Anupam Kher, with throat cancer and
her cancer phase while writing her book Healed, which Jackie Shroff, Bhagyashree, Mahesh Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali Manisha hopes he will
chronicles her battle against the disease. The actor and Dia Mirza. The book is co-written by Neelam Kumar emerge a winner.
was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 which and published by Penguin Random House India. Manisha “I am sure there is a way
she successfully overcame. She has been cancer free said what kept her going was the zeal to tell her story to out. Don’t lose hope. All of
since 2013. “I the world so that it inspired people who have been this can be treated today,
“It was indeed very painful to revisit the had shut diagnosed with cancer. though it’s scary, but it can
phase for the book. To be able to remember the book several “I guess I just wanted to tell the story and I be dealt with. I am sure he
everything in detail, revisit and stay with times as I thought I wanted to encourage myself as well as other will come out as a winner
that, it was really painful.I had shut the book wouldn’t be able to cancer patients who have been diagnosed. and I pray to God for the
several times as I thought I wouldn’t be able finish writing it That whole thing kept me going.” same,” she said.
The Indian Weekender Friday, January 18, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 29

KANGANA RANAUT Acting is like investigative


work: Radhika Apte
ON PRIYANKA:
A
ctress Radhika Apte has

"I would definitely like to do


said that acting is like an
investigative work as it helps

a movie with her again" to explore different things in life.


"I always take up interesting and

M
inspiring work. In a way, it's like an
anikarnika actor Kangana Ranaut, who has worked with investigative work because we get
Priyanka Chopra in Krrish 3 and Fashion, recently said to explore so many things in our life
in an interview that she would like to work with the while acting so, I really like being on
international star again. the sets of films," Radhika said while
Kangana Ranaut has been busy promoting her upcoming project interacting with the media here on
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The actor, who is going to play the Tuesday to promote an upcoming film
titular character in the film, expressed her wish to work with Priyanka "Bombairiya".
Chopra again in a recent interview with Pinkvilla. "Bombairiyaa", which will be
Referring to Priyanka as a tough girl who can “kick butts”, Kangana released by SPE Films India, is an
said, “I would definitely like to do (a movie with Priyanka). We have independent film which traces life of
done a film called Krrish 3 together where she was playing a homely all characters for just one day. Talking about nature and basic
girl but I think if we both are like supergirls or something, that would The film, that stars Radhika in premise of the film, Pia said, "It's a
work. Me and Priyanka can kick some butts. Essentially she is very the lead role, along with Siddhanth comedy-mystery film. It's very funny
like that person, she can kick butts, she is quite tough.” Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Adil Hussain, and chaotic story. All these three
The actors had previously shared screen space in Hrithik Shilpa Shukla, Ajinkya Deo and Ravi character gets connected with each
Roshan starrer Krrish 3 and in the Madhur Bhandarkar Kishan, revolves around the theme of other with one incident and how it
directorial Fashion. witness protection. It is directed by Pia becomes a much larger story that's
Meanwhile, Kangana is gearing up for the release of her Sukanya. what the whole film is actually about."
upcoming film Manikarnika, which also marks her debut as
a director.
The film is set to clash with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Vishal Bhardwaj points out glitch in
Thackeray. On the clash, Kanagana national anthem in theatres, rectified
A
said,”We are very happy that we have a technical glitch pointed out by
sort of a big window, there is a vacation. filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj in
It’s a kind of a festive release. So, two the national anthem played at
films can easily come. movie theatres has been rectified. He
So far, nobody has pressured us. has appreciated the authorities for their
It will be wrong to say that someone quick and efficient work.
has approached us or pressured us into In a tweet put out on October 29,
doing something that we don’t want to 2018, Bhardwaj -- who also composes
do.” music -- said he had heard the national
Manikarnika also stars Ankita anthem produced by the Films Division
Lokhande, Suresh Oberoi, Danny and the Ministry of Information and
Denzongpa and Atul Kulkarni in Broadcasting during the Mumbai Film
pivotal roles. Its script has been Festival. concerned people.
penned by Vijayendra Prasad of "There is a technical glitch at 'Gahe And on Tuesday, the filmmaker was
Baahubali fame, while the dialogues Tav Jai Gaatha'. It seems to be a sound happy to share: "The national anthem
have been written by Prasoon Joshi. transfer issue. Goes off tune and in the theatres has been rectified. Many
The film will release on January 25. hurts ear and soul. Can Ministry of thanks to Films Division, Ministry
Information and Broadcasting please of Information and Broadcasting

Young writers should pen characters get this rectified?" Bhardwaj wrote.
In a follow up tweet a month later, he
and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
for facilitating this so quickly and

for older women: Farida Jalal


hoped it had come to the notice of the efficiently."

Richa Chadha says she is excited


T
elevision and film veteran Farida Jalal, who limit mat karo (at least give a chance, don't limit the
will soon be seen in the upcoming web series
"Parchayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond",
performer)," she exclaimed in her signature style.
The show "Parchayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin to play a lawyer for the first time
says there aren't many roles written for older actresses
in the Indian entertainment scenario.
Bond" is based on the writer's ghost stories. The first
four episodes will be based on four stories -- "Wind on in Section 375
A
On her desire to explore versatility as an actress, Haunted Hill", "The Ghost in the Garden", "Wilson's ctor Richa Chadha will next be
Farida, 69, said: "People really do not write roles for Bridge" and "The Overcoat". seen in Section 375, which also
women of our age. Those are really few and far between. Giving an insight into her character in the show, she stars Akshaye Khanna.
Women of our age are only offered the roles of a mother. said: "I am playing a grandmother of a little boy who Actor Richa Chadha, who will be
As an actor, how much variety can I bring to the table if has a curious mind and keeps asking questions on the seen sharing screen space with actor
the character is not written with more elements?" existence of ghosts. The grandmother tries to avoid Akshaye Khanna in the upcoming
The actress has regaled audiences for years in films answers to those questions as he is too
courtroom drama Section 375, says she
like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Raja Hindustani", young to understand things." Has
is excited to play a lawyer on screen for
"Dil To Pagal Hai" and "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", to name she ever experienced ghosts?
the first time.
a few. She said: "Of course, the mother of 'Dilwale...' is "No, never! I think I am
different from 'Kuch Kuch...', but at the end of the day, I really well protected by my “I am excited to play a lawyer on
am playing a mother. Allah. I have heard of spooky screen for the first time. Everyone I
Yes, people are saying that more meaty roles are places and I have visited some am working with on this project, I
being written for women these days in our films, and of them, but honestly I did have been a fan of,” Richa said in a
that is possibly true for young actresses. not feel scared ever. That statement.
"But for us, not that the scene has changed greatly. is why at times I make The actress started shooting for
So I would really appreciate it if young writers write fun of people who get women can be misused. Richa reached
Section 375 on Monday here. The first
characters for women of our age, because this phase of scared," the actress out to fans via Instagram, urging them
leg of the schedule will be shot here.
our life is no less interesting... There is a lot that can be replied with a to wish her luck for the new film’s
"So Talking about her co-star Akshaye, she
explored." laugh. I would beginning.
said: “I love Akshaye Khanna as an
Asked about the kind of roles she wants to work According really appreciate it She thanked the film’s team for the
actor and his last few outings have been
on, she said: "I want to play an out-and-out negative to the actress, if young writers write warm welcome and for “being so cool
characters for women amazing. I am happy to collaborate
character. the digital and supportive”. As the title suggests,
That will be a challenging thing for me to work on as world has of our age, because this with director Ajay Behl too. I loved
the film will speak about the particular
a performer. Whenever I say this, filmmakers say that led creative phase of our life is no how nuanced BA Pass was... This is a
less interesting... There section as defined in the Indian Penal
the audience will never relate to me as a dark character people do great start to 2019 and I feel blessed to
is a lot that can be Code. The project is backed by Bhushan
because I am a pretty looking woman and such a role a marvelous take on this firebrand character”.
explored." Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat
does not go with my image. job in terms of The film Section 375 highlights how
storytelling. and Abhishek Pathak.
"Arrey bhai, karwaake toh dekho na, performer ko a critical law meant for the safety of
30 FEATURES Friday, January 18, 2019 The Indian Weekender

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enjoy New Zealand’s largest Chinese festival, celebrating the birthday to us indeed! Tickets: www.moshtix.co.nz
year of the pig, from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 February, in the
Auckland Domain. Be entertained and dazzled by hundreds of New Zealand’s
handmade Chinese lanterns, music and dance performances,
martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese art and craft – International Yoga Date: Saturday, January 26
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
there’s a range of activities for all ages. Plus, it’s free to attend! Venue: Silo Park, Auckland CBD
If you’re all about the lanterns and less about the crowds, be Public event, hosted by Photo Laundry
sure to head to the Domain on 14 February for the lantern Auckland and Silo Park.
appreciation night (there will be no stalls, live entertainment Photo Laundry is an international outdoor photography
or food on this night). Keep an eye out for the full festival exhibition first started in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 2010
programme, available in 2019. For more information on the by Andrei Kezin. More than 90,000 people from 40 cities
Auckland Lantern Festival, visit www.aucklandnz.com/lantern, across 7 countries have participated in the project in the last
Date: Sunday, February 10 and follow What’s on in Auckland Facebook page! nine years. Photo Laundry debuted in Auckland in 2014. The
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. concept of the event is simple: photographers of all skill level
Venue: Hare Krishna Temple, 1229 Takapuna Food, Wine & are welcome to showcase their work in the improvised gallery
Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu, made of washing lines using pegs. In return for displaying their
Auckland Music Festival 2019 works participants are free to take prints that took their fancy
NZ’s largest Holi Festival. See details on our FB page / event Date: Saturday, February 16 with them.

Sikh Youth New Zealand summer


camp starts next week

RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Malaysia, Thailand, Canada, U.K., Australia

S
ikh Youth NZ, a community organisation and India.
of, and by, the youth of the Sikh Each camp is uniquely crafted around
community in Auckland, is hosting a specific Gurbani theme and catered for
their annual summer camp from January 25 to local New Zealand children and youth. The
January 28. participants learn about Sikhism in interesting
Sikh Youth is known for conducting several ways and delve deeper into their personal
youth activities and workshops in the country spiritual journeys. The sessions include
including the Auckland Turban Day, Youth history, kirtan, lectures and activities in a safe
Diwan, Interfaith activities, blood donation atmosphere of positivity and encouragement.
camps, Guru Nanak Free Kitchen Langar The theme for 2019 Summer Camp is
services in different parts of the city that gained ‘Shabad’ and the objective to ground oneself
immense attention of the community. with the Sikh teachings and practices.
The four-day outdoor family camp will be The summer camp also aims to teach young
held at YMCA Camp Adair in Hanua, Auckland Sikhs leadership skills, empower the parents
where children from as young as eight years old in guiding their children to make safe, positive
can participate. and healthy life choices and to connect with
Sikh Youth NZ (SYNZ) is a youth-led charity the broader community and understand the
that aims to educate, empower, importance of Sadh Sangat.
serve, and connect young Sikh New The facilitators for 2019 are Veer Davinder
Zealanders, the wider Sikh community and the Singh from Thailand, L-Fresh The Lion
New Zealand public. (Sukhdeep Singh) from Australia, who is a
The goal of the camp is to develop an world-renowned artist who does inspire live-
understanding of the Sikh religion, values and shows and thought-provoking lyricism.
heritage amongst young Sikh New Zealanders, Registrations for the Summer Camp are
and to build leadership skills among them. open now, and one can contact SYNZ members
These camps have been supported by Gurjot Singh at 022-4070235 and Amrita Kaur
renowned international facilitators from at 021-2346885 for any enquiries.
LONDON

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