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SANDEEP SINGH What do you think we cannot business. whatsoever from my insurance

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he victim of Crown pay this amount? asks an agitated One such concerned customer provider. All the stuff that was
Superette aggravated family member Raj Chopra. Borris Brown, who lives locally in robbed including cigarettes and
robbery, which has left a Both Jitesh and Preeti are a Mt Roskill and has been a frequent other stuff that has expired due to
dairy shop owner and his wife hard working couple and have visitor to the shop expressed business remaining closed needs to
badly injured and out of work always paid their bills, mortgage, his unhappiness and anguish be replaced before we can open the
and other liabilities associated with about the assault, and the delay in business, Mr Arora lamented.
for the last 43 days is demanding
some interim relief from their the business. recovery and rehabilitation of the Apparently, this bureaucratic
You can check with their banks friendly dairy owners. delay from the insurance providers
insurance provider to keep their
and financial institutions about I do not feel good as I have is pushing the troubled owners
business alive.
their credit history. to go elsewhere for my milk, my to bankruptcy as they struggle to
The fact that the crime reopen their business.
prevention group - the community But now the fact that after bread, my lotto ticket and other
small supplies. The business is losing
group formed immediately after bearing the physical pain of the
approximately $3800 to $4000
this aggravated assault is planning Robbery victim Jitesh Arora assault they have to bear the pain Really sad about what
worth of business every week
to organise a public protest march of a wrecked credit history is happened, not happy about it...
small businesses and members of by remaining non-operational
(read the full story on page 5 and appalling, lamented Mr Chopra. I dont think anyone is, Mr
the community. according to the owners.
indianweekender.co.nz) next Sunday, However, owners have received Brown said.
Indian Weekender found the local Right now all we are hearing
April 30, asks for a quick revisit some respite from this situation Another passerby who dropped
Mt Roskill business still closed, from them is send this paper or
on the current situation of the after a story appeared in New in the half open shop out of sheer
a good 43 days after the attack that paper without any actual help
store owners. Zealand Herald earlier this week curiosity about the fate of the
suggesting that worst nightmares of owners and the business told Indian arriving even 43 days after the day
A group of seven teenagers and the concerned service
the owners family that they might Weekender that he was overseas when of the assault, a visibly frustrated
had barged in and assaulted the providers (read electricity and
not able to open their business this disgusting assault happened Mr Chopra said.
husband-wife duo Jitesh and Preeti Efptos) chose to budge from their
again might be coming to true. and was worried about owners. Wouldnt it be nice if the
Arora at the Crown Superette in stated position and withdrew
Mt Roskill with baseball bats and The husband-wife duos that are disconnection notices. The gentleman who chose to insurance company can at least
iron rods on the early morning of the only working members of their Many kind hearted members of remain anonymous was, however, provide us with some interim relief
Sunday, March 12. family and had worked seven days a public have also come forward as keen to help the owners and was while they investigate further so
Jitesh Arora was badly hurt while week in their dairy business before reported by New Zealand Herald to directed to a Givealittle page as to allow us to start our business
trying to shield his wife and had the attack has no other means to help the bashed couple. created earlier by some generous and get back on our lives, pleads
received four successive surgeries reopen and run their business. donors to help the couple. Mr Chopra.
Indian Weekender also spoke
since then. The bills and cost associated with with some concerned and generous Meanwhile, the victim Jitesh Explaining interim relief,
The attack had then incensed the business are running unabated customers of Crown Superette Arora had expressed anguish further Mr Chopra said that
the community to the extent that with many service providers earlier on Monday, April 24, who and frustration about the delay insurance company could provide
a community action group was already knocking at their doorsteps dropped by the half open shop and bureaucratic apathy in an agreed amount of lump sum for
formed with a stated goal of raising for debt-collection - a situation when Indian Weekenders team was providing immediate relief by their us to replace the damaged good
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Labour Party again shies away from giving


accurate numbers on immigration
SANDEEP SINGH on immigrants before the elections that their of cases, when farmers seek applicants

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abour Party leader Andrew Little party seeks to bring in the country. from Work and Income NZ, no-one is put
is calling for a further reduction in In a recent appearance on The Morning forward for the job, says Andrew Hoggard,
immigration numbers, though once Show on Newshub, Mr Little has stopped short a National Board member of Federated
again shying away from giving accurate Farmers a leading independent rural
of giving a precise figure on immigration
numbers of migrants that the Party would advocacy organisation.
numbers after stating that a Labour
like to bring in New Zealand.
government would cut tens of thousands of In that instance, Im concerned about the
In a media statement released on immigrants from coming into the country. It prospect of a migrant being forced to leave
Wednesday, April 26, Andrew Little is saying is apparent that the Labour Party is playing after three years, after they have worked hard
that the latest figures showing another record
safe before elections this year by just beating to develop a core set of skills, just for the
year for immigration underline the need for
the drum on record levels of net immigration farmer to have to employee another migrant
an urgent rethink on how this country can
without coming up with accurate numbers because there were no New Zealanders
continue to absorb so many people.
and appropriate strategies, if any, to temper available, Mr Hoggard said.
Mr Littles media statement was in response the unprecedented levels of internal Similarly, Aged Care Association chief
to the latest revelation from Statistics NZ
migration to Auckland city. executive Simon Wallace has also casted
about the record surge in net immigration.
It is important to understand that the aspersions on the ability of their industry to
As per latest data released by Statistics New
Labour Party leader Andrew Little record level of net migration to New Zealand recruit employable workforce after the recent
Zealand today, the migrant arrivals in March
per se, is not fuelling the current popular changes in work visa are implemented as
2017 have swelled to a new annual record of Auckland only built around 7,000 homes anti-immigration sentiments that all political reported by Radio NZ earlier this week.
129,500. Migrant departures were 57,600 in last year. parties are seeking to ride; instead, it is the Against this backdrop, it is not altogether
the 12 months to March 2017. This led to a
We cant continue to bring so many people record numbers of arrivals in Auckland incorrect to expect all political parties,
record annual net gain in the migration of
into our biggest city which is already suffering the New Zealands largest city which is including the National and the Labour Party
71,900, which surpasses the previous annual
from traffic congestion, overcrowded schools creating the major stir. The current anti- to stop running amok with immigration
record net gain of 71,300 migrants in the
and soaring house prices, Mr Little said. immigration narrative is largely dominated numbers callously which may affect New
February 2017 year.
There is nothing new in this anti-immigration by pressures on Aucklands infrastructure Zealands long term growth.
New Zealand needs immigrants and is all rhetoric in the election year after brushing
the better for the skills and rich culture they such as traffic chaos, fuelling house prices and Immigration means money for the country
off recent proposed changes in immigration pouring sewage into the harbour, whereas
bring. But now, more than ever, we need to apart from valuable skilled workforce and
policy by the government last week as mere businesses and industries mainly based
pause and rethink our current settings. We cultural diversity, as new immigrants bring
tinkering. outside Auckland such as wine, horticulture,
need to ensure the people arriving have the more taxable income and spendable dollars
Labour will reduce immigration numbers, fishing and construction still struggle to get
skills we need and that our cities can cope in the economy which boosts overall growth.
better match migrants with the skills our employable workforce.
with any increase in numbers. The record migration numbers has played an
industries need, accelerate investment in vital Many industry representatives and
Nearly half 35,772 decided to live in important and an undeniable part in steering
infrastructure and build the houses that a
Auckland putting the city under even more advocacy groups are already echoing New Zealand economy from the global
growing population needs, Mr Little said.
pressure. Thats 4,500 more people than for these sentiments. economic turndown and shoving away those
However, Mr Little and the Labour Party
the same period the year before and equates In many rural areas there are just arent numbers purely on whim may not be best
still need to come up with accurate numbers
to demand for about 12,000 homes alone. New Zealanders to employ, and in a lot decision for the countrys long term growth.

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Crime Prevention Group plans a


protest march against increasing crime
SANDEEP SINGH

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Bay of Plenty team Auckland looks forward


to a musical evening
wins the Kabaddi finals P andit Ravi Shankarji once
said, There are thousands
of ragas, and they are all
connected with different times
of the day, like sunrise or night
or sunset. It is all based on 72 of
what we call mela or scales. And
we have principally nine moods,
ranging from peacefulness
to praying, or the feeling of
emptiness you get by sitting by
the ocean.
Most of us have grown up
listening to various forms of
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Over the years Kabaddi has gained music that has always been very

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immense popularity across the globe, close to our heart.
he Kabaddi Season 2017 organised by
and New Zealand too hosts a number of Music keeps our society well
the New Zealand Kabaddi Federation
tournaments every year. This year 24 players connected and helps us embrace
concluded on Sunday, April 23
were invited from India to be a part of the
with the Bay of Plenty team lifting the our diversities. Some may like old
Kabaddi season, two for each team.
champions trophy. hindi songs where as some may
Labour Party Leader Andrew Little and
The 12th edition of the Kabaddi Cup like the new ones. Irrespective
Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff were present
commenced on March 19 with 11 clubs of where we live today, music
on the occasion to witness the Kabaddi
from around North Island competing for the is something that has always
tournament. Both the guests, Mr Little and
title. The matches of the last tournament of brought us all close to each other.
Mr Goff, met the Kabaddi teams and the
the 2017 season were held at Sri Kalgidhar One such evening to connect us
spectators present on the ground.
Sahib Gurudwara sports ground in Takanini with each other will be held in Auckland on Dharmesh Parikh is accompanying the
organised by Malwa Sports Club. Its the first time I have seen this match
of Kabaddi; I was very intrigued. It looks like Saturday, April 29. singers on keyboard, Navneel on tabla, Araad
More than 3,000 people attended the on drum, and Stanly on guitar.
a combination of Bull Rush and Rugby, Mr Three young ladies who followed their
tournament on the final day and cheered
Little told Indian Weekender. passion for music from a very young age Swaranjali group invites everyone for this
their respective teams. The four teams that
made into the semi-finals were Kalgidhar Bunty, Major and Gunji from the Bay have decided to come together to present a pleasant evening which will be filled with
Sports Club, Punjab Kesri Sports Club, of Plenty Sports Club were awarded as the musical evening rightfully to be known as melodies, memories and lots of fantastic
Bay of Plenty Sports Club and Waikato players of the tournament. (Kabaddi players Ek Surmayee Sham. music. All the profits from the event will be
Sports Club. are recognised by their short names). given to Balmoral Temple.
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Centenarian Man Kaur


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RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

C
entenarian Man Kaur has not only
won four gold medals at the World
Masters Games 2017 but won
the hearts of millions of fans all around
the globe.
Ms Kaur was swamped with wishes, as all
cameras zoomed and clicked to her bright
face as she crossed the finishing line in the
100m and 200m race earlier this week. By
achieving double gold medals at 100m and
200m at a global sporting event, Ms Kaur
now joined the league headed by Usain Bolt.
C re a te
The 101-year old ran the 100m on Centenarian Man Kaur hold her javelin throw gold
Monday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trust medal.

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Arena and finished the race beating her compete again at the Master Games 2020 in
earlier record of 1 minute 21 seconds to 1 Japan, Ms Kaur told Indian Weekender.
minute 14 seconds.
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On Wednesday, April 26 she clinched to receive her fourth gold medal, she was
her second gold for her 200m which she congratulated by fellow athletes and scores of
completed in 2 minute 58 seconds and the
third gold in the shot put with a throw of
2.1 metres.
fans who waited the whole morning to catch
a close glimpse of her and take a picture. A I N T H E WA I R A R A PA
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Uniquely Kerala: Community marks Buddha Jayanticelebrated at


Christian Easter and Hindu Vishu together temples 10thanniversary
I O
ne of the most sacred
n what can be termed as an
Buddhist festivals in the
excellent example of religious
world, celebrating the birth,
harmony in New Zealand,
and more so, shining a bright along with commemorating the
light on Indias age-old diverse enlightenment and death of Lord
traditions, last weekend, Keralites Buddha, and known as Buddha
in Christchurch celebrated Easter, Jayanti or Buddha Purnima in
a Christian festival, and Vishu, a India, which falls on May 3, this year,
Hindu festival, together. was celebrated in Christchurch on
First up on Saturday, April 22, April 22.
was the celebration by the Kerala The event was co-organised by
Cultural Forum (KCF), which was the Buddhas Light International
formed in 2009. Association (BLIA) South Island
This was followed by the event Uma Varma and her students from Revathi Performing Arts performing Bharat-
NZ and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist
on April 23, hosted by the oldest natyam at Christchurch-based Kerala Cultural Forums Easter and Vishu celebra- Temple (FGSBT) South Island, Bathing the Buddha ceremony during
Malayali organisation in the tions on April 22_picture courtesy Joy Kochakkan which reopened its door late last the celebrations
City since 2005 - the year after four years of intensive
Christchurch Kerala Vishukaineetam. earthquake repairs. officials. Apart from prayers,
This
Association It refers to hansel given It was also the temples 10th the celebrations also included
is aimed
(CKA). to children by elders tea meditation, multicultural
at our vision year of establishment, causing
N o t a b l y, in the form of coins, performances, vegetarian
of nourishing the the celebrations to be bigger
w h i l e preferably gold. Its a stalls, baby blessing ceremony,
Malayali culture and symbolism for blessings
than usual.
Christians passing on our rich sutratranscription, and bath the
for the oncoming new Notably, BLIA was founded
around the traditional values Buddha depiction.
year. in 1992 by Grand Master Hsing
world celebrate
to the next Moreover, the belief is Yun, who is also the founder of
Easter marking Significance of bathing
generation sharing ones wealth with the Fo Guang Shan International
the death and
loved ones, will bring in even Buddhist Order. the Buddha

A
resurrection of Jesus
more prosperity. Born in 1927 in Jiangsu in very important ritual during
Christ, Vishu is a Hindu
Christchurch Kerala Association China, Yun moved to Taiwan Buddha Jayanti celebrations
festival celebrated in Kerala, with And we were lucky that we had celebrating Christian Easter and Hindu
during the Cultural Revolution is bathing the Buddha. BLIA
decorating lights and bursting elderly parents of some of our Vishu together in Christchurch on April
where he started the Order, which explains the significance behind
of firecrackers. signifying the members in Christchurch right 23_picture courtesy CKA_Tulsi Gopal
the ritual as, Just like how water
beginning of a new year. now, who gave Vishukaineetam to promotes Humanistic Buddhism
the attendees that KCFs will be is soft in nature and can diffuse
The most important event over 30 children that day. Overall, whose ideals and main tenants
starting free Malayalam classes on with anything and everything it
in Vishu celebrations is called the celebrations were attended by were introduced to Christchurch
Thursday evenings from June. comes into contact with how
Vishukkani meaning - the first thing 140 people. during the weekend celebrations.
This is aimed at our vision of wonderful it will be if we can
Lord Vishnu sees after waking up. The highlight of the day was The best example of this is adopt the characteristics of water,
Ms Uma Varma and her students nourishing the Malayali culture
Thus, articles signifying what we call Prayer of Many and present religion, culture and
from Revathi Performing Arts and passing on our rich traditional
prosperity are ritually arranged Faiths in which representatives of life as an interconnected entity.
performing several Bharatnatyam values to the next generation.
around Lord Krishna and Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Thus, the significance of bathing
traditional oil lamps are lit, with the pieces. Next up, will be the Similar were the celebrations by
CKA, of which Mr Ajesh Jose, a Buddhism recite prayers in praise the Buddha is profound. As one
hope and prayer that these are the Onam celebrations sometime of almighty God. bathes the Buddha, the individual
things Lord Vishnu will see first after in September, which is the member, noted, Our celebrations
started at 7pm with almost 5 0 of Cultivating compassion, and makes the following wishes: As
waking up. biggest festival in Kerala. Mr I bathe the Buddha, may I be
Mobin Mathew, treasurer of our members attending the event. actualizing altruism, joyfulness, and
This ritual, it is believed, bring universality, are the fundamental cleansed of greed, hatred and
KCF informed. While there were few Malayali
good luck and prosperity to ignorance, may I maintain a pure
Mr Dinesh Kumar, president of dance and music performances, the concepts of Humanistic Buddhism,
the community. Another, and mind, may society be purified of
the Forum added, Moreover, it was evenings highlight were the prayers as propagated by Grand Master
probably the most adored violence and fraud, and may all be
also decided and communicated to offered for both Jesus Christ and Hsing Yun, noted FGSBT
ritual during Vishu, is called beautified by all that is good.
Lord Vishnu.

Easter celebrations by
St Thomas Syro-Malabar
PARMJEET PARMAR MP Catholic Community

A
recently registered non-profit organisation -
invites you to a comprising mainly members of the Malayali
Christians in Christchurch - the St Thomas
Syro-Malabar Catholic Community celebrated Easter
PUBLIC MEETING and marked Good Friday this month.
The holy week started with Palm Sunday on April
An introduction to 9, followed by Maundy Thursday on April 13, Good
Friday on April 14, and Easter on April 15s midnight.
The Ministry for Vulnerable Children Mr Renju George, who is the President of the
newly-formed outfit, informed, While we had over
Oranga Tamariki 200 people on other days, almost 380 people got
together for the Easter mass at the St Peters Catholic
Church, which was led by Fr Francis Kolenchery.
Now that we are a registered society, our next steps
6pm Thursday 27th April 2017 involve bringing the entire Syro-Malabar Catholic
community in New Zealand together, followed by
Lynfield Community Church building our own church here in Christchurch and
bringing in our own priest.
35 The Avenue, Lynfield And to give this vision an impetus, we will be hosting
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church Mar
George Cardinal Alencherry in Christchurch in
Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Parmjeet Parmar MP,Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
September, he added.
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NEW ZEALAND 9

Syro Malabar food fest gets


multicultural community together
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

F
ood, dance and tug of war were
the highlights of the Fun and Food
Extravaganza 2017 held on Saturday,
April 22 at Malaeola Samoan Convention
Centre in Mangere. More than 4,000 people
turned up at the event to taste the delicacies
of the Pacific, Indian, South Asian and
Kiwi cuisines.
Organised for the second time in two
years, the food carnival was a successful idea
by the Syro Malabar Catholic Mission of
Auckland that witnessed people travelling
from Whangarei, Hamilton and Rotorua to
participate in the event.
The event commenced with a welcome A stall owner makes dosa at the food fest
dance and followed by a number of cultural
performances by different ethnic groups. under one roof, Joby Cyriac, convenor of
A total of 12-food counters stalled at the the Syro Malabar Catholic Mission told
large ground adjacent to the community Indian Weekender.
hall offered various delicacies with fervour The enthusiasm of the community
of their culture. Taste of Philippine, China, members was evident in the much-awaited
Samoa, South and North India, Malaysia tug of war that was held towards the
and many other cuisines were presented to afternoon. The highlight of the fun and food
the visitors. extravaganza drew the attention of hundreds
Drums of Pacific, Indonesian group, the of visitors when three teams competed for the
popular Aaja Nachle group of Auckland, the title. The teams of seven players each team
Syro Malabar Youth group, Salsa performers, namely Pala Brothers, Gardener Avenue and
and Padma Indian classical were some of the KCANZ competed against each other with
13 groups who dazzled the event. Pala Brothers winning the finals.
The Tashi Drums, fusion performance by The cultural program continued after the
Bollywood Bhangra, Samoan Youth dance, tug of war, and the visitors crowded the food
and a live performance by community stalls again to serve their taste buds.
member Ravi Mathunikam added to the The response we have received today is
beauty of the food extravaganza. incredible; people have had a great family
There is a cause behind organising this time today, children enjoyed the fun rides,
event, as a community we want a community and others enjoyed the food presented to
centre and get the multicultural community them, Blessen M Jose, a member of the
to come together and enjoy the weekend organising committee said.
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The biggest Bollywood show ends with a bang,


leaves people wanting for more

Would like come to New Zealand often, if the journey was shorter, says Salman Khan
SWATI SHARMA terms of the grandeur of the everyone laugh to their bits. everyone together on the stage. Langham, Auckland on April 20.

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Auckland were seen waiting staging arrangement. be a part of the show not only by organised Bollywood show in in numbers in the country and
for hours around the It was like one of those big watching it but also interacting New Zealand featuring artist of Bollywood movie-market in NZ
Auckland Airport, The Langham award shows that we watch on TV, with the celebrities, be it this calibre. Speaking to Indian growing the fastest in the world,
or Spark Arena on April 20-21, like IIFA, said a member of the Bipasha Basu, Salman Khan or Weekender, the show-goers said that a direct flight would undoubtedly
just to catch a glimpse of the audience. Maniesh Paul. it was an absolute value for their increase the number of Bollywood
visiting celebrities for the biggest The Bollywood celebrities that The dancing legend Prabhu money and they would like to see films coming to New Zealand for
Bollywood show. included Salman Khan, Bipasha Devas solo opening act on Urvashi more such shows in New Zealand. shooting and hence will boost the
While with social media taking Basu, Pabhu Deva, Maniesh Paul, Urvashi was a delight to watch. His When asked if he would be New Zealand tourism.
the lead, Indian Weekender brought Badshah and Daisy Shah arrived dance acts with Sonakshi Sinha visiting New Zealand in future to
Indian Weekender also spoke
you live updates related to the on Thursday, April 20 while and Salman Khan made many shoot a movie, Salman said that
with Salman Khan regarding his
showcelebrities arrival, press Sonakshi Sinha landed in New groove in the audience. he would like to consider it but if
upcoming movie Tubelight, which,
conference, rehearsals, and the Zealand on Friday, April 21. It became very difficult to stop you can shift New Zealand closer
as per the local distributor, is going
show itself, yet for those who They performed to an almost full people from leaving their seats to India. He said that the flight
journey is too long to come to NZ to be the biggest Bollywood release
missed us out on social media, we house show at the Spark Arena in when Badshah came on stage and
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the biggest Bollywood show in Salman Khan was seen on stage The highlight of the show was I have come here before for a soon. Till then, those who could
New Zealand as declared by for the maximum time. the grand finale act where Salman show and to shoot an ad film many not watch the show or even those
Ticketmaster. The organisers While the screams and cheers performed with all the other stars years back. If we can come for a who did, you can visit Facebook.
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the show was a big one also in segment with Maniesh Paul made and Salman-Daisy and then during the press conference at The after a long time.
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NEW ZEALAND 13

Legal Associates Legal Clinic Taste of Puketapapa an initiative


to support local businesses
offers free consultation RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

A
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
Legal Clinic
L
12-day food carnival commenced on
egal Associates, the law firm based in

FREE 2-hour
Wednesday, April 26, to encourage
Papatoetoe, Auckland is launching the growth of local businesses in the
a two-hour free legal consultation Puketapapa region. Taste of Puketapapa is
legal consultation.
with the lawyers of the firm commencing an initiative by the local board to promote
Saturday, May 6. its rich cultural diversity, bring employment Those participating in the event can get
Legal Clinic is the first of its kind, the
free consultation service will be provided to
Saturday: and support local businesses.
The event is bringing 44 eateries from
into a draw to win a year of dining. The

10am to 2pm
customers will need to drop their receipts
people who have legal concerns and do not across Mt Roskill, Sandringham, Three with contact details into the entry boxes
know what direction they can take to proceed Kings, Hillsborough, Lynnfield and Royal at the participating eateries, every time
with their issue. Legal Associates Office Oak suburbs, and is offering their signature they try their signature dish. Bake n Beans,
Often people have legal matters to deal dishes for $12 and under. Bikanervala, Homemade Food, Hyderabad
with but are not sure what to do about it. The The food fest aims to treat everyone to Kitchens, Rajwadi Indian Cuisine, Shivani,
with the lawyer. The lawyers will then give
Legal Clinic will give them an opportunity the delicious Indian, Chinese, European, Sreeji, Spice Traders and Xotic Sweets
the directions on what they can do and who
to see a lawyer free-of-charge and get some Japanese, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, are among the 15 Indian restaurants
they could see next to address their concerns.
directions about what they could do and Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines. participating at the event.
This free service is limited to only giving
proceed further with their case, Ashima
right directions to the attendee and does not
Singh, solicitor and partner at Legal
Associates said.
make the firm their legal lawyer. New Zealand
Legal Associates was one of the finalists in
Seeking advice from our lawyers at Legal
Clinic does not make us their attorneys, to act
Immigration/Visas and
the Business Excellence in Innovation, and
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Ashima Singh, the partner at the firm won Foy & Halse
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the Business Woman of the Year at the ninth Solicitor and founder of Legal Associates said. Well established law firm close to Mt Eden
Indian Business Awards in 2016. Legal Associates specialises in Immigration
Village with over 35 years in general legal
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The firm will conduct two-hour sessions Law, Property Law, Employment Law, investments. Now providing immigration advice
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Senior Associate
clinics service is free, and it will give people Trusts. The firm has a diverse ethnic team LL.B, B.Com, B.Sc.
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legal issues with a lawyer and obtain initial from different backgrounds such as India, Sri Student visas Business visitor visas
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More Fijians complete Fijian in Canada is nominated


for top immigrant award
undergrad degrees in India W
hen Raghwa Gopal left
for Canada 38 years ago,
he only had US$300

J
ust two weeks ago, five (F$625.06) to his name, but a dream
Fijians completed their several times more that amount.
undergraduate degrees Today, the Fijian who lives
from Indias Acharya Institute of a comfortable life in Kelowna,
Graduate Studies (AIGS) affiliated Canadas British Columbia
with Bangalore University, India. province, is well-regarded and
This week, three more Fijians respected for the contribution hes
graduated from the same made in modern technology and
institution. Leaving the comfort of education. The 59-year-old who
their homes to pursue their dreams was born and bred in Kasavu,
to a foreign place is not always an Nausori has been nominated for Raghwa Gopal
easy journey. Canadas Top 25 Immigrants. businesses and volunteered to
But last weeks graduation paid This is an annual campaign that support disadvantaged groups at
off for Naksheema Shareen Ali, recognises outstanding immigrants home and abroad.
Mayuri Ben and Manveer Singh. who have come to Canada and have He has mentored over 100
Ms Ben graduated with Bachelor made a positive difference living in business and entrepreneurs,
of Computer Application. the country. employing 1200 people, help raise
She is from Varadoli Id Looking back on his formative over CA$22million (F$34.03m) in
in Ba and a former like to thank years, Mr Gopal remembers his equity funding and help create over
Xavier student. everyone who has From left: Naksheema Ali, Manveer Singh and Mayuri Ben humble beginnings too vividly when 400 local jobs.
been supportive of me he worked at a grocer cleaning
Mr Singh Paying it forward has
taught me been a pillar of strength bottles and filling it with kerosene.
g r a d u a t e d throughout my three years been my lifes calling
here and not forgetting my how to live an to me. From that to being nominated
with Bachelor and I believe all citizens
friends from India and independent Mayuri Ben thanked the Indian for Canadas Top 25 Immigrants,
of Computer should find a way to show
other countries who have life, learning Council for Cultural Relations can be described as a story of
Application. He is determination and inspiration. gratitude for the small and
helped me in this to sacrifice our (ICCR) for giving her the
from Lautoka and large blessings bestowed
journey luxurious life and opportunity to achieve her goal. He co-founded the very first high-
a former Tilak High upon them
being away from Today I have achieved a tech company Vadim Software
School student.
family members. milestone in my life, she said. the same year, which became the Raghwa Gpoal
Ms Shareen Ali graduated with primary supplier of software and
I would like to thank the This achievement is dedicated
Bachelor of Computer Application. services to municipal governments He was recently appointed
almighty Allah for giving me the to my parents. This opportunity has
She is from Drasa, Lautoka and a across Canada. But how? Governor for the University of
strength and power to overcome all taught me a lot of positive things.
former Tilak High School student. One day while touring British Columbia and is the first
odds throughout the three years. Though my parents were not
The trio dedicated their Kelowna, I stopped at a store to buy Fijian Canadian to hold the post.
She paid tribute to her father, here today I am grateful to them
achievements to their parents who, some supplies and spotted a small Last year, he was named Man of
who took leave without pay just for all that they have done for me,
from the start, believed that this day computer company next door and the Year for the city of Kelowna
witness her moment. she said.
would be coming. decided to go inside to see what it amongst other accolades.
I thank my parents Mr and Id like to thank everyone was about, said Mr Gopal.
Naksheema Ali said over the past Although he has been away
MrsNaseem Ali, relatives, friends who has been supportive of me
three years adapting was challenge. Inside, he spoke with Mike from Fiji for almost 39 years,
and well-wishes for their great throughout my three years here Schleppe who not only gave him
During our stay in Bangalore support and encouragement. he still considers Fiji home and
we had faced lots of challenges and not forgetting my friends from a job but would become his future comes home annually. His family is
I salute my dad for his presence India and other countries who have business partner for the next passionate about helping the poor
like change in environment, living
during my graduation. helped me in this journey. 30 years. and needy. In the past, they have
standards and especially the type of
food, Ms Ali said. He took leave without All three studied under the ICCR Since then I have invested in supported St Christophers Home,
pay to attend. He has always Scholarship programme. at least a dozen companies which Treasure Home and helped raise
Being far away from home
focus mostly in technology, he said. funds for the aftermath of Tropical
Cyclone Winstonvictims.
Indian High Commission presents $20,500 Mr Gopal attributed his success
to his wife of 36 years, Sarita
Gopal and their two children and
Paying it forward has been my
lifes calling and I believe all citizens
for Girmit Centre his mother, who has been a pillar should find a way to show gratitude

T
of strength. for the small and large blessings
he Fiji Girmit Centre I owe a lot to my mum who was bestowed upon them.
received a timely boost adamant and persistent that I get His advice to those who want to
from the Indian High an education even though it wasnt make it abroad is to have a good
Commission when it was presented easy in those days. work ethic, focus, and drive and to
with a cheque amounting to And a lot of credit goes out to be risk-taker.
$20,500 at the Fiji Girmit Centre in the late P.R Patel who not only Im extremely excited and
Lautoka on Friday, April 21. gave me my first job but also paid humbled to be nominated for
The grant was provided under for my education from Class 6 Canadas Top 25 Immigrants as it is
a funding scheme of the Ministry until university. a highly coveted award and I hope
of Culture of the government of He also thanks Lionel Yee, a this will inspire others to follow and
India earmarked for Indo-Fijian Indian High Commissioner, Vishvas Sapkal (second from left) during the cheque former general manager of the Fiji do the same, he said.
Friendship associations. presentaion. National Provident Fund, where You can vote for Mr Raghwa
Presenting the cheque to the Fiji under his leadership he got to learn Gopal atwww.rbctop25.com.
Girmit Council board members the by the Centre, he said. Fiji Girmit Centre about business. Generate on the QR code below,
They board member
Indian High Commissioner, Vishvas They recognised Mr Gopal over the years has follow the instructions and vote for
recognised Kamlesh Arya
Sapkal said that he was mindful of the important role launched numerous successful Mr Gopal.
the important role thanked the High
the long and special relationship the Centre was
the Centre was playing
ANZAC Day dawn service to
between the government of India playing in promoting Commissioner
in promoting and and the
and the Government of Fiji and the and preserving
preserving Indian culture government
remember the fallen
history behind the establishment of Indian culture of
and the historical India for the
the centre. and the historical
perspectives of

F
He praised the Council for perspectives g e n e r o u s
girmits contribution. ijian President Jioji Konrote, members of the Republic of Fiji
its efforts and perseverance of girmits.
Military Forces (RFMF) and members of various diplomatic corps
in maintaining its services I assure the board He said the grant
were part of the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Suva Military
despite facing financial and members that this grant was just would not only ensure the
Cemetery on Tuesday, April 25.
resource constraints. a beginning and the Commission continuity and sustainability of
Members of the public were also present in numbers to pay their
The High Commission was will continue to explore further the current activities but would
respect and commemorate the lives of servicemen and servicewoman of
happy to provide the financial opportunities to partner with the also enhance our capacity to
Australia and New Zealand who sacrificed their lives for their country.
support for the financial year Council in other activities and offer more programmes that were
projects of common interest in being planned as part of our The dawn service this year was hosted by the New Zealand
2016/2017 to assist with the delivery High Commission.
of the cultural programmes offered the future. new initiatives.
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FIJI 15

Four gold medals for science star


L
ionel Prakash Joseph had a memorable Science is very fascinating to me. I enjoy
graduation yesterday as he scooped the doing science subjects and achieving this was
Lionel Prakash Joseph after
Vice Chancellor Prize for Academic not very hard, he said. his graduation.
Excellence gold medal. Mr Joseph said his parents were
The 21-year-old also won three other gold supportive towards his education
and without their help he Science
medals for Outstanding Science Student,
would not have been able to is very
Outstanding Student for Chemistry and fascinating to
Biology at the University of Fiji graduation graduate. His father Praneel
Prakash Joseph could not me. I enjoy doing
ceremony in Lautoka.
control his tears and said: science subjects and
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science I appreciated whatever my achieving this
in Biology and Chemistry. son has done for me and I am was not very
Im feeling so excited and I would like to proud of him. hard
thank God for giving me this opportunity and All the family members have
my parents for their guidance and support supported him with his education and
towards my education. achievements, he said.

Miss World Fiji


top 15 beauties
chosen
F
ifteen young Fijian women will be
vying for the Miss World Fiji crown
but only one will represent Fiji at the
67th Miss World Finals that will be held
in China. Pageant director Andy Blake
yesterday unveiled the Miss World Fiji top
15 contestants.
He said they initially had 41 contestants
from the four main centres around the
country including one from New Zealand.
Mr Blake said it was hard to choose only
10 contestants as was the norm every year,
and so they did it differently this year.
They chose the top 15 women.
These girls will now compete to represent
Fiji in the 67th Miss World finals in November
and we will groom them to become Miss
World contestants officially and then start
engaging them in public events, Mr
Blake said.
Mr Blake said for the first time the pageant
would have their public judging event on June
5, known as the Miss World Presentation.
The event will be held at Damodar City.
He said this will be open to the public and
they would be able to view the contestants as
they compete in the evening gown, top model
and interview competition.
We never opened our interview to the
public but this is the first time that the public
can see the girls live on stage.
He said on June 10, they will then hold the
grand coronation at the Grand Pacific Hotel
where the winner will be crowned as Miss
World Fiji. From the start of the selection
to the final top 15, their main criteria were
looking for confidence in the young women.
For me confidence is really important
because that is what sells at the Miss World
International pageant and yes there is also
physical beauty and beauty from within.
I can honestly say that we have 15
beautiful confident young Fijian women.
He said it would be a challenge and huge
task to train the women, but they were
looking forward because this years standard
of pageant was unlike previous years.
He said the contestants are experienced
beauty pageants. The final 15 includes one
from Labasa, two from Suva, one from
New Zealand and the rest are from Nadi
and Lautoka. Mr Blake acknowledged the
sponsors, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Fiji
Airways and Grand Pacific Hotel.
He also encouraged the public to show
support to the young ambassadors because
at the end of the day one of them would
represent all Fijians on the larger platform of
fashion and beauty.
Thought of the week
Your value does not decrease based on
someones inabilit y to see your worth.
Editorial
Anonymous
Is it about anti-immigration or
about Asian-immigrants? Auckland Weather forecast for the week April 28 - May 3

W
inston Peters will take some satisfaction from the fact that he has successfully
regained one-upmanship among all political parties in the fray for the next
elections on extolling anti-immigrant sentiments. Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri
For long Mr Peters had enjoyed an unchallenged sway on this constituency of fermenting
anti-immigration sentiments. Lately, this unchallenged position had been facing some stiff
competition from all main political parties including the National and the Labour Party.
Seemingly, Mr Peters was not creating much furore to attract enough attention of voters.
Now, the man has got a chance to make some noise on anti-immigration, and he does Some A Partly Clouds Cloud Parlty Some
it with a style and aplomb that we can only expect from Winston Peters attacking the sun couple sunny and sun, and sunny sun than
ethnicity of New Zealand Herald journalists alongside their argument that maximum than of with a a little sun with a truning
Work Visas arrivals have not come from Asia. Although, New Zealand Herald have done turning showers shower rain shower cloudy
cloudy
well in counter attacking Mr Peters personal attack on the ethnicity of their journalists,
still, Herald will have to concede the fact that they have contributed in some way in adding 20 18 17 18 19 18 17
venom to the current anti-immigration narrative. 15 12 13 14 13 11 12
Now the narrative is not just about anti-immigration but is about the Asian
immigrants. Untill now, the main political parties have been carefully avoiding this trap
and keeping the narrative around, for and against, the value of low-skilled migrant
workers for New Zealand economy and society. This week in New Zealands history
National Party had been carefully orchestrating immigration policies since September
last year, in anticipation of next elections, effectively closing doors of immigration in the April 28, 1915
preparation of what could be a record fourth successive term in government. First British rugby tourists
The recent-most changes announced by the Immigration Minister last week in The first British rugby team to tour New
Queenstown about quelling the number of migrants on low-skilled work visa the
Zealand played its first match, against
latest scapegoat of rising anti-immigrant sentiments have come even after Prime Minister
Bill English had earlier commented in February this year that some local Kiwis were Otago, at Dunedins Caledonian Ground in
unemployable because of drugs. front of 10,000 spectators..
At that time, it was assumed that the National Party would hold its ground on their public
statement about un-employability of some local kiwi-workers and therefore the value that April 29, 1952
migrant workers bring in the areas of low-skilled jobs and would go into elections without
any further tweaking of immigration policies. ANZUS treaty comes into force
However, within a short span of two months, the Party came to an eclectic understanding Signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States, the ANZUS treaty recognised that
Some
that it was not enough to be in a winnable position in this election particularly, without an armed attack in the Pacific area on one member would endanger the peace andsunsafety
than
being seen publically opposed to low-skilled migrant workers, who are conveniently of the others. The signatories pledged to act to meet the common danger. truning
believed to dislodge local kiwi-workers and hence not welcome anymore in New Zealand. cloudy
The governments proposal of new income threshold of $49,000 to be considered eligible
for Skilled Migration Category (SMC) migration route is clearly designed to eliminate those May 2, 1964 17
seemingly large numbers of low-skilled migrant workers who have become new acne in New Zealands last electric tram trip 12
public eyes purely because of their visibility in public eyes.
Tram no. 252, displaying the message end of the line and driven by Wellington Mayor
Not to be left behind the Labour Party is not satisfied with this measure and is calling
Frank Kitts, travelled from Thorndon to Newtown zoo. Large crowds lined the streets to
for cutting down tens of thousands of immigrants from coming to this country, without
any suggestion of accurate numbers that they would allow in a Labour government. Their witness the end of electric trams in New Zealand.
tirade is also against the highly visible and now dispensable low-skilled migrant workers.
Clearly, Labour party has also been stepping up the ante on anti-immigration. May 2, 1897
However, in this race to the election, few things are conveniently ignored by all
stakeholders in the anti-immigration debate, about the value that low-skilled workers could
New Zealands first woman doctor registered
bring to strengthen an economy. 3 Margaret Cruickshank, the first female doctor registered in New Zealand, practised
Last year, this conventional wisdom that workers with lower skills are a drag on the in Waimate, South Canterbury, until her death from influenza in 1918
economy was challenged by a Harvard University Economics Professor Dale Jorgenson
who argued that absence of low-skilled workers from an economy could be holding back
economic growth. Indian Weekender : Volume 9 Issue 06
The working paper was titled Education, Participation, and the Revival of U.S. Economic Publisher: Kiwi Media Publishing Limited
Growth co-written by Professor Jorgenson along with researcher Mun Ho of Washington, Managing Editor: Bhav Dhillon | bhav@indianweekender.co.nz
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at the Bureau of Economic Analysis and published by National Bureau of Economic Chief Reporter: Swati Sharma | swati@indianweekender.co.nz
Research. Although the working paper examines the drivers of U.S. economic growth from Reporter: Rizwan Mohammad | rizwan@indianweekender.co.nz
1947 through 2014, there could be some learning for our New Zealand economy as well. Chief ReporterSouth Island: Gaurav Sharma
The paper had found that productivity, often assumed to be a major factor in growing Chief Technical Officer: Rohan Desouza | rohan@indianweekender.co.nz
the economy, has actually accounted for only about 20 percent of economic growth since Sr Graphics and Layout Designer: Mahesh Kumar | mahesh@indianweekender.co.nz
the end of World War II. A much larger share80 percentcame from investment in Graphic Designer: Yashmin Chand | design@indianweekender.co.nz
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The paper argues that as the economy grows and the service sector expands, the low- Sales and Distribution: 022 3251630 | sales@indianweekender.co.nz
skilled workers will once again become in higher demand. Thus essentially establishing a
link between the fact that low-skilled workers being in demand in an economy is a sign of Views expressed in the publication are not necessarily of the publisher and the publisher
growing economy especially of the service sector. is not responsible for advertisers claims as appearing in the publication
Many Kiwis would take a trip to their memory lanes and recall that late night petrol
station, dairy stores, restaurants and others businesses in the service industry were not a Views expressed in the articles are solely of the authors and do not in any way represent
common sight in Auckland, as they are now. Not everything about low-skilled migrant the views of the team at the Indian Weekender
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OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

ANZAC Day: Lets also remember the


1,400 Indians killed at Gallipoli!
GAURAV SHARMA Turkey, collaborated and noted

S
New research points that that while the French suffered
about 15,000 Indian troops almost twice as much as Australians
almost three times more in terms of casualties, they have
than previously thought served at always been left out of the Gallipoli
the Turkish battlefield side-by-side story.
the Anzacs. The chapter on Indian troops
As New Zealand paid tribute in this book was contributed by
to the 102nd year of Gallipoli Rana Chhina, a military historian
landings on April 25, historians at the Delhi-based United Service
across the Tasman are calling Institution of India, who in
for greater acknowledgement of 2015 teamed up with Professor
the important role Indian troops Stanley and helped in organising
played during the eight-month- photographic exhibitions at the
long campaign. Australian High Commission in
In a new book titled, Die in New Delhi commemorating the
Battle, Do not Despair: The Indians role of India at Gallipoli.
on Gallipoli, 1915, Peter Stanley, a Gallipoli and the Anzacs 17
military historian at the University are at the absolute heart of
of New South Wales in Australia, our collective sense of national
has challenged the past historical This contingent or Indian Meanwhile, the soldiers came Battle of Krithia in which the identity in both Australia and New
records that had put the number Expeditionary Force G as it was mainly from Gurkha, Punjabi and 14th Ferozepur Sikh regiment lost Zealand, and Indias important
of Indians who fought at one of called then - comprised of the 29th Sikh regiments - notably the 14th 80 percent of its men, according role in this campaign deserves a far
World War I major battlegrounds Indian Infantry Brigade, the 7th Ferozepur Sikh, 1/6 Gurkhas, and to reports published in Indian greater audience, noted Patrick
at around 5,000. Indian Mountain Artillery Brigade, 69th and 89th Punjab. newspapers at that time. Suckling, the then Australian High
Drawing from previously and the Indian Mule Corps with To get a sense of the human cost Though to be sure, Indians Commissioner to India, while
unpublished official and private over 4,000 animals at its disposal involved, New Zealands Ministry are not the only ones to be left inaugurating the exhibitions
records from the UK (including to transport supplies. According of Culture and Heritage estimating out of Gallipoli remembrance Camera on Gallipoli, and Indians
forgotten British officers memoirs), to Prof Stanley, it is this mule the country-wise total casualties and tributes. and Anzacs.
Australia and the National Archives contingent from India, which made put the figure at 4,779 for India. Of In an earlier published book The exhibitions showcased 27
of India, Professor Stanley has the most important contribution by this, 1,358 died, and 3,421 soldiers black-and-white photographs


Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far fifteen
now put a powerful argument for keeping the forces alive during the were wounded, the ministry said. historians from Australia, Britain, highlighting the Indian contribution
revising this figure to 15,000. eight-months-long campaign. Most disastrous was the Third France, New Zealand, India, and to the Gallipoli campaign.

Is it Cold War-II already?


GULSHAN LUTHRA Both
Russia

T
he April 13 Mother of
All Bombs (MOAB) strike and China have
by the United States on stepped up military
ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has movements on
triggered suggestions that a second
round of the Cold War is set to land, air and sea,
begin. Particularly as the new US particularly around
President, Donald Trump, seems to US allies like Japan.
be brash, abrasive and capable of
taking action without thinking of
consequences. muscle in terms of equipment,
has let it be known that Russian
In fact, the Second Cold War, strategic bombers like Tu-95 are and, according to reports from Surprisingly, more than China, China will be far better placed
or the Cold War-II, has been flying near the US and Western Washington, the commander of it is Russia which is challenging the to deliver its arsenal thanks to
in the making due to the rise of countries, and battleships are the US and international forces US with rhetoric and news reports its emerging Gwadar military
Islamic terrorism from Pakistan out in the Pacific near Japan and in Afghanistan, General John of its new military innovations like base, some 70 submarines, three
and Afghanistan to the Middle South Korea. Nicholson, had been considering making the worlds biggest nuclear (including those planned) aircraft
East, drawing inevitable military the use of Americas biggest non- submarine, and supplying new air carriers, and a large fleet of ships
interventions by the major powers North Korea, Chinas second
military ally after Pakistan, has nuclear bomb, the MOAB, or defence missiles like the S400, or that should bunker in Gwadar as a
-- Russias anger at the US-led
bombings in Syria where it wants warned again of destroying the US Massive Ordnance Air Blast, for still newer, to Syria. home port.
President Bashar Assad to stay, and with long-range nuclear missiles, some time. As for Gwadar, and the string of China has purchased some 5,000
Chinas attempts to annex most of and the US has vowed to penalise In military terms, this was the naval facilities China is creating in acres of real estate in and around
the South China Sea and also the if it conducts another nuclear or right and appropriate weapon to the Indian Ocean, the implications Gwadar, and for all practical
acquisition of Pakistans Arabian missile test. As it happens, it may demolish the deep caves and kill are enormous. For China, Gwadar purposes, it will be a Chinese
Sea port of Gwadar for 40 or more be remembered, Islamabad got its everyone in them -- reportedly will now be The Pivot of its Look Foreign Territory.
years as a strategic naval base with missile technology from Pyongyang about a hundred at that time -- by West strategy; it will be second
in exchange for nuclear weapons The implications are not only
its operational Command and burning up the oxygen. non-regional, non-Indian Ocean enormous but ominous. Cold
Control lying with Beijing. tech, apparently with blessings
Nonetheless, the use of this power after the US to be there, not War-II will be bitter, and more
from Beijing.
Both Russia and China have MOAB, technically designated just for oil and trade but to play a threatening to humanity than the
stepped up military movements US, Western and Afghan forces dominant role in the warm waters
GBU 43/B, has proved to be earth- Cold War I.
on land, air and sea, particularly have had a tough time in fighting of the ocean and beyond.
shattering in the global canvas of Gulshan Luthra is Editor of India
around US allies like Japan. the Islamic terrorists who hide in
power play. To Russia and China, As against the two former Strategic Defence magazine
The official Russian news agency and operate from, the deep caves
and those opposed to the US, this players in Cold War-I, the United
Sputnik is steadily issuing hard- in the mountains. The terrorists and website. The opinions
indicates an aggressive willingness States and the Soviet Union, this expressed are personal. He can
hitting statements against the US, conduct guerrilla strikes from
on the part of Trump to execute time there are three, and although be contacted at gulshan.luthra@
particularly against Trump, and these caves and move back in indiastrategic.in
some threats he has been making. Russia may have more military

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Significance of Modis Israel visit India to help

enormous, says Israeli envoy


Sri Lanka
build roads
A
mbassador to India Daniel on cooperation in the field of
Carmon on Tuesday, April water resources management, in Jaffna
I
25, called the coming visit dairy farming and agricultural
ndia has agreed to help develop
of Prime Minister Narendra Modi cooperation at the next level.
the road infrastructure in Sri
to Israel as enormously significant. He also talked about promotion Lanka's Jaffna region, official
Its timing is so right. The fact of better understanding between
sources said on Wednesday,
that this visit happens after so many the people of the two countries
April 26.
years, after being so hesitant, after about each others culture and
not talking about it... things have history. Offering his condolences The issue came up for discussion
evolved. It took an effort, Carmon on the death of CRPF jawans in when Road Transport and
said after delivering a special the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari
address on India-Israel: Enduring Carmon said: Very sad news from called on visiting Sri Lanka Prime
Partnership at an event organised Chhattisgarh. We have sent out Minister Ranil Vickramasinghe.
by Syama Prasad Mookerjee our condolences to the victims "During the discussions, the Sri
Research Foundation at the Nehru families. Lankan Prime Minister invited
Memorial Museum and Library. India and Israel are celebrating the Indian government to take
The (bilateral) relation is very 25th year of their diplomatic up development of three major
deep, he said. relationship. road stretches - Jaffna to Mannar,
On the importance of India established diplomatic Mannar to Vavuniya and Dambulla
the bilateral defence relations with Israel on January to Tricomalee," a Ministry
relationship, the envoy Terrorism 29, 1992. Since then, two Israeli official said.
said, The defence is one of the Presidents Ezer Weizmann and Gadkari assured Vickramasinghe,
relationship is there. It challenges that we Reuven Rivlin have visited India, who is on a five-day visit to India,
is not the only facet of face and India and Ambassador of Israel to India Daniel Carmon addresses during a
in 1996 and 2016 respectively. full cooperation in "developing
our relation. In order Israel have suffered press conference, in Bangalore President Pranab Mukherjee world-class infrastructure" in
to reflect the depth a lot due to visited Israel in October 2015. the region.
of our relation, we Israel. On a query on mechanism; the world even lacks
terrorism Israel Aerospace Industries on He also suggested that taking
should be doing more in terrorism, Carmon said: the definition of what terrorism is.
Terrorism is one of the April 6 announced the signing of up these stretches for development
other areas. This is a new battlefield and it is
challenges that we face and India contracts worth almost $2 billion may only be possible with the
Although the dates have not not between the armies anymore,
and Israel have suffered a lot due for the supply of medium-range active support of Sri Lankan
been finalised, Modi is expected to he added.
to terrorism. surface-to-air missiles and the agencies on land acquisition and
visit Israel in July while returning Carmon also talked of the missile defence systems to the local clearances. Gadkari reiterated
from G-20 Summit in Hamburg The challenge is how to unite challenge of safeguarding human Indian Army. Prime Minister Narendra
(Germany) from July 7-8. the forces either bilaterally rights while fighting terrorism.
or through an international Israel is one of the largest and Modi's commitment to India's
This will be the first prime During his address, Carmon most reliable suppliers of military active support in strengthening
mechanism. The world lacks the said his countrys focus now is
ministerial visit from India to hardware to India. bilateral relations.

Sonia Gandhi back in action to fight Modi juggernaut


D
elhi is witnessing something
strikingly similar to what
happened in 2004: Congress
presidentSonia Gandhiis leading
her partys efforts to work for unity
with frontline leaders of other
Opposition parties, despite not
being in the pink of health.
If Gujarat riotsand Pota were
used by Gandhi-led Congress for
coalition overreach against the
Vajpayee regime, the spectre of the
Modi government and BJP running
over electoral space of Congress
and regional parties have made
Gandhi and other leaders bond
over shared concerns and political
urgency for self-defence.
By making the upcoming
presidential election an immediate
platform for exploring larger unity,
Gandhi has in the past few days
met JDUsNitish Kumarand
CPMs chief Sitaram Yechury and
telephoned NCP chief Sharad
the de facto leadership Sonia Gandhis decision to lead the internal requirement when there is states. New-style electoral and
Pawar, and CPIs D Raja to invite
of Rahul Gandhiis being partys reach out: Topmost leaders widespread unrest and drift in the organisational management
them for talks.
rolled back. of many Opposition parties are Congress. Many Congress leaders agenda, dispatching volunteers to
She met JDUs Sharad Yadav and senior and experienced than Rahul have quit, questioning Rahuls style poll-bound states for shoring up
Rahulji is leading the Congress
is expected to reach out toMamata Gandhi and more receptive to the and leadership, triggering talks of campaign and booth management,
revival efforts as our chosen leader
Banerjeeof Trinamool, Lalu Prasad senior Gandhi. more desertions to BJP. making organisational elections
for the future, asserted a senior
of RJD, SP leaders, Karunanidhi- creative exercise for social
AICC functionary, while adding, When Congress managers While Sonia may involve Rahul
Stalin of DMK, Sorens of JMM, engineering, firming up Congress
with a unanimous resolution by attempted to push Rahul in meetings with other opposition
Abdullahs of NC, etc ideological positioning against BJP,
CWC already urging Rahulji to Gandhi to hold a meeting of the leaders at some stage, the latter
Congress leaders are even take over as party president, it is Opposition last year, almost all remains focused on Congress etc have been mooted by Team
mulling the option of Gandhi just a matter of time before the senior Opposition leaders kept re-building and organisational Rahul during the meetings.
reaching out to turf rivals such Gandhi family and the collective away, leaving the scion to bond strategy for the coming assembly However, the debacle in UP has
as Naveen Patnaik of BJD, Jagan party leadership choose the timing with junior MPs. Since then, and next Lok Sabha polls, created fresh doubts in the party
Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress for his formal elevation, especially coordination meetings are back to according to an insider. about his skills, something that
etc. Like the Congress, all these as organisational elections are the room of Leader of Opposition seems to have prompted the party
This preoccupation has seen
parties feel the pressure of BJPs announced. Ghulam Nabi Azad. to have an active protective ring
him holding unending strategy
expansionist mission. of Sonia Gandhi
However, some party insiders Secondly, Sonia Gandhi seen sessions with Congress leaders/
This does not mean that say two factors have prompted as getting back into action is an functionaries from various
INDIA

Modi, Nepal PM
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NEWS in BRIEF
discuss bilateral tie
India, Armenia sign 3 agreement
I
ndia and Armenia on Tuesday, April25, signed three agreements
after Vice President Hamid Ansari held a bilateral meeting with

P
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in Yerevan.
rime Minister Narendra
Vice President reviews entire gamut of bilateral relationship with
Modi on Tuesday, April
Prime Minister of Armenia; #IndiaArmenia sign three agreements,
25, discussed India-Nepal
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
ties with his Nepalese counterpart
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda
on peaceful uses of outer space, another MoU on cooperation in youth
over telephone.
matters and a programme of cultural cooperation for the years 2017-
The Prime Ministers discussed 2020. Ansari reached the Armenian capital.
recent developments in India-
Nepal relations, including Northeast Indias largest IT hub
the recently concluded highly
opens in Tripura
N
successful state visit of President
of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari to ortheast Indias sixth and largest Information Technology (IT)
India, the Prime Ministers Office hub was inaugurated here on Monday to boost employment
said in a statement. and e-governance besides to export software technology.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, accompanied by IT and
Bhandari was in India from
Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Software Technology
April 17 to 21 in what was her first
Parks of India (STPI) Director General Omkar Rai inaugurated the IT
foreign visit abroad after assuming
hub, set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore.
office in October 2015.
Sarkar said that this IT hub would help to create employment
Prachanda spoke about the opportunities for the IT educated youths and to further extend the
ongoing efforts of his government e-governance to the door step of people.
to take all stakeholders on board
Rai said that it would help the state to bring famous IT companies
in the constitution implementation of India to set off their business and services taking the facilities
process, the PMO statement said. of this newly set-up IT hub. According to Rai, the STPI, under the
Prachanda also spoke about union Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, shared
Nepal holding the first local technological knowledge with the state government to set up this hub,
elections in nearly 20 years and sixth of its kind in northeast India and largest such hub in the region.
requested for Indias assistance in
this connection. Anandiben best candidate for
According to the statement, President, tweets Swamy
J
Modi conveyed the good wishes Ps Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said
of the people and government of former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel is an ideal
India to Nepal in its national efforts candidate for the Presidents post.
to achieve peace, stability and One of the best candidate for President is former Gujarat CM
socio-economic transformation. Anandibehn Patel, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader posted on his
He assured Prachanda that India Twitter handle.
will extend all possible assistance So what if she is Gujarati? I too am Gujarats son-in-law, he added.
for local elections. Simultaneously, Swamy retweeted a message he received in reply that
The two Prime Ministers pitched for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the post.
reiterated their commitment to One of the best candidate for President is @SushmaSwaraj. So what
advance multi-faceted India-Nepal if she is Punjabi? Why not prefer a lady, responded Arvind@Bhatia.
cooperative ties for the benefit of Swamy kicked up a veritable debate, with two more responses
the two peoples, it said. Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (front) suggesting why was the politician himself not pitching for the coveted
post. However, there was a barrage of responses that Sushma Swaraj
Sharad meets Sonia to discuss joint opposition was doing a commendable job as a Minister and should not be moved

Presidential candidate
from the External Affairs Ministry.
Ban meat at public meetings like
A
day after Communist
Party of India (CPI) leader Germany, PETA requests PM
A
D. Raja met Congress nimal rights organisation PETA India asked Prime Minister
President Sonia Gandhi to discuss Narendra Modi to take meat off the menu from all government
a joint opposition candidate for the events, taking a cue from the German Environment Ministers
upcoming presidential election, initiative to ban all meat products from public meetings.
senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav I hope you will agree that India should also set a good example where
also met her on the matter. environmental conservation is concerned by eliminating animal-derived
Yadav, who is also considered as foods from the menus of all government or government-sponsored
one of the potential candidates for meetings and functions, said Nikunj Sharma, Lead Public Policy at
the top post, however, refused to PETA India in the letter.
divulge the details of the meeting, PETA said that after going veg, public functions could go vegan.
saying it was a "courtesy call" while PETA is calling on Prime Minister Modi to set a global example by
Raja said he conveyed his party's ensuring that exclusively healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly
stand to support a "common vegan meals are served at all government functions.
candidate" put up by all the Sharad Yadav termed the meeting with Sonia Gandhi as a mere 'courtesy call' Stating, animals are not ours to eat, PETA claimed that meat
"secular democratic parties". production causes climate change due to which people around the
with me. She has already met the upcoming presidential elections nation suffer through severe droughts, heatwaves, and more.
"The issue of presidential several people and is trying to and the need to field a joint
election came up for discussion. I
have expressed our party's position
reach out to others also," he added. opposition candidate. Kejriwal must resign, BJP will
Raja said there were discussions Sources in Congress said that
on presidential election. We clean Delhi in 4 months: Manoj
A
on the current political situation party is willing to give a joint fight
will go along with other secular and on the issue of cow vigilantism. to the ruling National Democratic s the BJP was poised to sweep the civic polls, Delhi BJP chief
democratic parties to put up a Alliance in the presidential election Manoj Tiwari said Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind
"There is growing intolerance
common candidate. We are also in the country and the situation and in the effort it is trying to Kejriwal must resign and promised that the BJP, which has been
talking to other parties. demands some kind of united make consensus with all like heading the civic bodies for the past 10 years, will clean the city in four
If a common candidate people's resistance and she also minded parties. months. We will make Delhi a clean city in the next four months. It
is put up. that will be good," agreed to it," he said. Congress spokesperson Manish will be a hygienic, dirt and disease free city, Tiwari promised.
Raja said. The meeting of these two leaders Tewari told reporters that no Counting trends in the Municipal elections showed the Bharatiya
Raja also said no name for with Sonia Gandhi took place days discussion has taken place yet on Janata Party leading in all three corporations (North, South and East),
the candidature was discussed after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish candidates but the party is evolving with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party at a distant second.
in the meeting, which took place Kumar and Communist Party of all possibilities to give a joint fight. He said that Kejriwal must resign as the Aam Aadmi Party had
on Monday. India-Marxist General Secretary "As and when something evolves, failed to fulfill its promises.
"She listened to us and agreed Sitaram Yechury met her to discuss you will be informed," he said.
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Earth Day 2017:


environmentalists,
students, MNCs join
chorus to save planet
T
he 48th Earth Day of the US, Sweden, Spain, the
celebrations on Saturday, High Commission of Canada and
April 22, saw participation Clean Air Asias Youth Clean Air
from school children in awareness Network (YCan), who were posted
drives, campaigns in social media, at various locations here to record
emotional appeals from MNCs PM 2.5 levels and take a perception
and a request from Prime Minister survey.
Narendra Modi to keep the planet We are proud to support Clean
clean and green. Air Asias efforts to raise awareness
While describing the Earth Day about air quality in India. Projects
a day of gratitude to mother like these are at the heart of
earth, Modi said: It is our duty this years Earth Day theme
to live in harmony with the plants, environmental literacy, Richard
animals and birds we share the Pinkham, Director of Programmes,
People participate in a workshop on Palm Leaf & Natural Fiber
earth with. We owe this to our New Delhi American Centre, said. to observe World Earth Day in Kolkata. (Below right) School
future generations. students plant a sapling on World Earth Day in Bikaner
He hoped that this years theme It is our duty to live in
of Environmental and Climate Wildlife SOS organised a Snake only known planet
harmony with the plants, Awareness Workshop. The aim in the universe that
Literacy would help in creating
animals and birds we share of the workshop was to promote harbours life, it said.
awareness about protecting nature
the earth with. We owe this wildlife wakefulness among public Whatever you do
and natural resources.
to our future generations. and to mitigate the effects of today, we hope youre
According to the Earth Day
Network, a global environmental PM Narendra Modi wildlife human conflict. able to take a moment
movement, April 22 marks the Eat less meat, opt for to savour and cherish
anniversary of the birth of the Manaswi Singha, a student of carpooling and unplug unused this boundless,
modern environment movement in Delhi University, and Nishant, electronic devices do your bit and stunning Earth
1970. an engineering student of Delhi make a huge difference to saving that we inhabit,
As part of the Earth Day Technological University, who Earth, suggested Googles Earth Google said.
activities, the US embassy, in were conducting the survey, said Day doodle. At an estimated
cooperation with programme that they chose to be a part of the The doodle followed the story 4.543 billion years of
partner Clean Air Asia, organised campaign as they wanted to create of a fox, who dreamt about an age, the Earth is also
a two-day campaign Better Air, awareness and understand the real Earth that had been polluted the densest planet in
Better Earth to promote air quality cause of pollution. and adversely affected by climate the solar system and
awareness. The campaign involved Also, NGOs, Bombay Natural change.Doing these small things the largest of the four
volunteers from the embassies History Society (BNHS) and could go a long way to help save the terrestrial planets.

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Son of soil to Mayor of Middleton


Indo-American Gurdip Brar sworn in mayor of a US city
AVTAR SINGH TEHNA his M.Sc. (genetics) from Punjab friends approached him to represent

The journey of thousands Agricultural University, Ludhiana. them. He easily got elected as an
of miles begins with a single He completed Doctorate degree alderman of District 2 of Middleton
step. This quote has been from the University of California, and served for 9 years. He has
proved true by Gurdip Brar, who Riverside in 1974. worked in Youth Commission,
was recently sworn in as the Mayor There he met his now wife Middleton Area Development
of City of Middleton inthe US. He Dorothy. He has been living in Corporation, Middleton Airport
defeated Hans Hilbert by securing Middleton since 1982. He worked Commission, EMS Commission,
51.80 per cent votes. at the universities of Library Board and Conservation
India, Germany Lands Commission.
He is a retired senior research
andthe
scientist and an alumnus of His wife Dorothy Brar is a senior
US,and
Punjab Agricultural University research specialist at the University
retired as
Ludhiana (India). of Wisconsin, Madison while
a senior
70 years ago, no one would his daughter Gloria Brar is an
research
have expected that the child of an scientist Assistant Professor of Molecular
ordinary farmer would become after a long and Cell Biology at the University
a Mayor inthe United States service of of California, Berkeley. His son
in future. 21 years in Victor Brar is an Assistant Professor
He was the first school-going Gurdip Brar research and of Physics at the University of
child in the family and used to development in Wisconsin, Madison.
Remembering early years, His School Faridkot (Punjab)
foot march more than 8 km every plant biotechnology Gurdip Brar has emerged as a role
school-mate DharamSingh Gill Brar, who was born and raised
day to go to school. Soon he was with the Agracetus campus of model for the youth who achieved
from his native village said,Bawa ina small village Tehna in district
recognised in his village as the most Monsanto company. great success by overcoming the
(Gurdip) was an intelligent student Faridkot, Punjab (India), migrated
brilliant boy and he started to teach His political career started in geographical as well as language
during his study in Khalsa High toUSin year 1970 after completing
some of his companions. 2007 when hisneighboursand and cultural barriers.

H-1B not immigration but trade, services issue: India


W
ith US President spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in The move is seen as a deterrent which the Indian professionals executive order has been passed.
Donald Trump ordering his weekly media briefing. to Indian IT firms which send have made to the competitiveness Now, it has to be acted upon
tougher conditions There is the mutuality of software engineers to the US of the US economy and the and as a result of which it could
for issuance of H-1B visas, the interests involved over here, on H-1B visas. Baglay said innovations within the US perhaps be expected that there
biggest beneficiaries of which are he said. that just as there are Indian economy, he stated. could be a legislation in the US
Indians, a senior official here said On Tuesday, hammering his companies in the US, there are We have also earlier on referred Congress or there could be some
on Thursday that it is not a matter America First campaign theme, US multinationals operating to the contribution of these other sort of process concerning
concerning immigration but that Trump signed an order tasking the in India. He said that the professionals as bridge builders the H-1B visas, Baglay said.
of trade and services. department heads of State, Justice, government is talking to industry between the two economies of the So, once that process takes
It is not an immigration Homeland Security and Labor to bodies as the matter directly United States and India as well as place, then we will have to make
matter as we have said earlier, it propose reforms in order to ensure concerns Indian workers in the between our societies. an assessment depending upon
is basically a trade and services H-1B visas are given to the most- IT industry. We have already The spokesperson said that what the details at that stage of the
issue, External Affairs Ministry skilled or highest paid petitioners. pointed out then contribution has happened in the US is that an changes made.

Jaitley, RBI chief say market force will temper US Sri Lanka PM to visit India
protectionist trends
ahead of Modi visit
F
inance Minister Arun Jaitley

S
and Reserve Bank Governor ri Lankan Prime Minister
Urjit Patel say that market Ranil Wickremesinghe will
forces will ultimately temper the be visiting India from April
protectionist tendencies emerging 25-29, ahead of Prime Minister
in the the US that may affect India. Narendra Modis scheduled visit in
Speaking on Monday at two the island nation next month for
different venues here, they were the Vesak Day celebrations.
both asked about the likely impact Modi will inaugurate the 14th
that protectionism in the US under
United Nations Day of Vesak
President Donald Trump may have
celebration in Sri Lanka on May
on India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a
conversations on C Peter Mc Colough 12, an important Buddhist festival.
Jaitley, who spoke at the Council Series on International Economics at
on Foreign Relations, said Trumps The Vesak festival would be held
Council on Foreign Relations in New
policies on H1-B visas and trade York City from May 12 to 14.
are unlikely to have long lasting The opening ceremony would
effects as market and economic University. The country that be held at Bandaranaike Memorial
forces will have a correcting effect. advocates protectionism is International Conference Hall
He said that he did not see any ultimately affected, he said. (BMICH), while the closing
strains on India-US commercial The most efficient corporations ceremony will be held in Kandy.
ties lasting beyond the initial phase in the world, including in the US, Several countries have been Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil
for the reason that for economies benefit (and) their share prices Wickremesinghe
invited for the UN Day of Vesak
to say that my companies must buy are where they are because of the
celebration in Sri Lanka, which Road Transport and Highways and
costlier material or my companies global supply chain, Patel said. Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel is being held under the theme Shipping Nitin Gadkari will call on
must hire costlier services, even Where would Apple be, where
customs duty, border tax, etc. is not Buddha's Teachings, Social Justice the Sri Lankan leader.
when better alternatives are would Cisco be, where would
IBM be if they were not sourcing the most efficient way. In fact could and Sustainable World Peace. Last year, Ranil was on on a
available eventually is not going to
help the economy itself. the best products and talent from end up somewhere else. The celebration are being held three-day official visit to India
across the world? Patel added. Trump, who ran for President in Sri Lanka for the first time in from October 4-6 to attend the
He added, And therefore, the
very force of the economy and the He ascribed the calls for on a platform of Buy American, 13 years. opening plenary of the India
market economy itself is capable of protectionism in the US to income Hire American, has called for Prime Minister Modi will be Economic Summit.
pulling in the other direction. inequality and said they should be restricting the H1-B visas for hosting a luncheon meeting with During the visit, both countries
addressed through domestic fiscal professionals to higher-level Wickremesinghe here on April 26. are likely to discuss the dispute over
Reserve Bank Governor Urjit
policies, in other words, taxation technical positions paying higher
Patel gave a similar prognosis External Affairs Minister fishing activities in the Palk Bay
and income transfers. wages and for bringing back
after delivering the Kotak Family Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister and cooperation in the shipping
Using trade instruments like manufacturing to the US.
Distinguished Lecture at Columbia Rajnath Singh and Minister of and port sector.
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101-year-old athlete Man Kaur sets world


record to win World Masters gold
W
henever the 101-year-old Man On Wednesday, she will compete in 200m
Kaur sets foot on the athletics and shot put, and a day later in javelin throw.
track, the aim is to get better. The Gurdev, who introduced Mann to sports
worlds fastest centenarian broke her world eight years ago, won silver in long jump
record to clinch gold in 100m at the World (3.21m) and bronze in 100m (17 seconds).
Masters Games considered the Olympics Earlier, my best performance at the Games
for veterans in Auckland, New Zealand, on was fourth, but this time we had trained well
Monday, April 24. at the Punjabi University, Patiala, and it
Improving on her world record by seven helped both of us, said Gurdev.
seconds in the 100-plus category, the great
grand mom completed the race in 1 minute
and 14 seconds
Man Kaur made headlines last year when
she become the worlds fastest centenarian
by clinching gold in 100m at the American
Masters Games in Vancouver with a time of
1 minute 21 seconds.
We trained for the last five months and
as per her timing at training, she should
have completed the race in one minute. She
couldnt react immediately to the starters
gun and took time to realise the clock had
started to tick, her 79-year-old son, Gurdev,
told HT from Auckland.
Mann was assured of victory as she was the
only competitor in the 100-plus category, but
her participation itself is a motivation for the
young generation, and she was mentioned as
the Miracle from Chandigarh in the New
Zealand media.
Before the start of the race we knew gold
was hers, but our target was to improve the
timing and she was able to do it and thats a
victory, said Gurdev. For the last few days
she was in pain due to her bent spine, but she
was so happy after completing the race that 101-year-old Man Kaur from India celebrates after competing in the 100m sprint in the 100+ age category at the World Masters Games at Trusts Arena in Auckland.
she forgot all about it. Kaur clocked one minute 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on -- ending a mere 64.42 seconds off Usain Bolts 100m world record set in 2009

Are qualifications or job choice more important for recent graduates?


T
here are ongoing debates by around 50 percent for non- microdata about individuals,
about the right quantity and STEM graduates. households and firms.
mix of science, technology, The relative wage paid to Unfortunately our analysis
engineering and maths (STEM) high STEM graduates is around cant observe students who train
skills, and about whether other 25 percent higher than their overseas, the career outcomes
skills deliver similar benefits to contribution to productivity. of New Zealand graduates who
employers and the economy In contrast, high non-STEM travel overseas, or graduates who
at large. graduates are estimated to make are self-employed or work in the
A new paper by Motu a higher relative contribution to informal sector, Dr Mar said.
Economic and Public Policy productivity, and their relative And because were looking at
Research Trust focuses on the wage is lower than their relative productivity variation within
early career employment and productivity by around 34 to 41 industries, our estimates may not
earnings dynamics of young percent, Dr Mar added. reflect the impact that the changing
graduates from both STEM and What our analysis suggests supply of skilled workers has on
non-STEM disciplines. is that the level of qualification the growth of innovative and
Were looking at the career tells us more about graduate knowledge-intensive sectors.
paths of different graduates in the in a non-STEM field. jobs less than other graduate outcomes than the field of study. The independent report
six years after graduation, Dr All recent graduates tend to groups, but are more likely to end However, there is almost certainly Productivity and the allocation
David Mar, Senior Fellow at Motu have jobs that begin paying more up in high paying industries, high considerable variation within of skills by David C Mar,
and a co-author of the report said. highly in the first year or two after paying firms within industries, and each group. Trinh Le, Richard Fabling
We also estimate how well their graduation, Dr Mar said. larger firms, Dr Mar said. The non-STEM group and Nathan Chappell was
wages match their contribution to They also tend to move Among graduates with less includes high-paid fields such funded by the Productivity Hub
productivity over time. into higher paying firms and than a Bachelors degree, STEM as accountancy and law, as (a partnership between the
The research looks at the industries and larger firms, as their and non-STEM graduates start well as lower paid fields such as Productivity Commission, the
following groups: careers progress. at around $30,300 a year, but creative arts. Ministry of Business, Innovation
high STEM graduates with a All graduate groups start their STEM graduates earnings grow New Zealands skilled graduates and Employment, Statistics New
bachelor degree or above in a careers with relatively high average more strongly. are very mobile. In the sixth year Zealand and the Treasury, which
STEM field; pay. High-STEM graduates not When it comes to productivity, after graduation more than 20% of aims to improve how policy can
high non-STEM graduates with only have the highest median degree-qualified graduates become low-STEM graduates are overseas contribute to the productivity
a bachelor degree or above in a earnings rate in the first year after markedly more productive between and 40% of high-STEM (and performance of the New Zealand
non-STEM field; graduation ($45,000), they also the first three years after graduation high-non-STEM) graduates have economy and the wellbeing of
low STEM graduates who have have a relatively high 49 percent and the subsequent three years. left New Zealand. New Zealanders).
a sub-bachelor qualification in a growth in median earnings over They also experience strong The research uses Statistics Motu Economic is the top-ranked
STEM field; and their first six years post-graduation. wage growth. New Zealands Integrated Data economics organisation in New
low non-STEM graduates who STEM graduates with a Relative wages more than double Infrastructure, an integrated data Zealand and is an independent
have a sub-bachelor qualification Bachelors degree or above change for STEM graduates, and rise environment with longitudinal economic research institute.
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Ageing parents and living overseas -


The guilty expat life
surely get expensive gifts, holiday at exotic
locations and humblebrag about their sons
or daughters back home.
But between the broad smiles, there is a saga
of anxiety, loneliness and uncertainty which
AKANKSHA remains untold.
MEHRA HARIDASANI Festivals feel mundane and simple errands
like going to the doctor or bank become
Thousands of us move away from India a task.
to live the big foreign dream. We emigrate They heavily depend on neighbours or
in search of higher education, quality close-by relatives in many instances. Parents
living, career advancement, lucrative salary then start socialising by engrossing themselves
packages and better lifestyle. in mandir (temple) groups or kitty parties to
Moving away could mean a step closer to curb the growing feeling of loneliness. not born as digital natives, video calling can be During a recent health hazard back home,
our dream which will be viewed through the a burden. I realised that I am placed miles away in New
As an expat, we all understand the feeling
societys lens of successa stable job with Make some effort and teach them the basic Zealand which is not an ideal location to
of being stuck in the middle or the idea
a six-figure salary, happily married, living functions of Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp reach India in a short while.
of identity crisis because it is hard to cut
in a dreamy picket-fenced house with two video calling because seeing one another Hence ensuring that one has all the
all cords. can make all the difference in the world.
children. What more could one ask for? necessary travel conditions fulfilled and
As time passes, the idea of home seems far Diligently scheduling at least one video call a
Lest we forget, the picture-perfect veneer a visa ready in case of an emergency, is
distant yet remains thoroughly intact through week is not a lot to ask for.
of a settled life required us to leave our extremely important.
our identity and culture. We were dependent You could share the highlights of your
parents behind. on our parents as kids but have grown up to Distance cannot lead to the demise of a
week and discuss their health care at relationship.
They say that absence makes the heart grow be independent of them as adults. length. In this way, you could be intimately
fonder. But it is difficult to say goodbye to However, living on another continent does engrossed with them without being Living in a distant land means that we
drooping shoulders. not change the fact that our parents need us. physically present. cannot physically check on our parents but
We lead a global lifestyle and seek exposure So how does an expat adult look after their can still provide adequate care. Unable
Another important aspect is keeping a
from very early age. For most of us, it begins parents? The key lies in communication and record of their health support personnel. to spend quality time with ageing parents
with studying abroad, and our folks make planning. Even though you live in a different country, can cause frustration and can distract you
it possible for us. They work incessantly, make sure that you are able to contact their from your daily life. Take time to look after
Thank you video calling! My life revolves
spare a chunk from their retirement savings, health support person or concern near ones yourself too and enjoy your life.
around Facetime, and I am quite lucky that
take loans and leave no stone unturned my family is technologically advanced. But in case they become incapacitated and Let me end this on a KJo (Karan Johar)
to somehow make it happen for us. They for elderly parents or grandparents who were require your help. note: its all about loving your parents.

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Use a baby wipe to blot up coffee spills; it


absorbs both the liquid and the stain.

You can lift coffee stains from your clothing


by patting the spot with a towel moistened
with undiluted white vinegar just before Egg yolk
placing the item in the wash. For large stains, This stain remover might surprise some,
soak the garment overnight in a solution of but many people swear by it. Beat an egg yolk
3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before and work into the coffee stain with a towel for
washing. about a minute. Rinse thoroughly with water.

How to take care of your high heels


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heres no two way about it that high Never drive in heels . Driving in high heels
heels ups our confidence levels and is a sure way to damage your shoes as the
when we walk in them we feel like we pressure on your heels from driving can
are on the top of the world and theres no cause heels or shanks to break. Wear a
stopping us. flipflops while driving car.
For many the mere smell of a freshly Always keep them clean . Sweep a
delivered shoe can enliven the minutest condition polish over your leather shoes
desires. But it is equally important to take from time to time using a soft cloth. And
care of these pretty heels as these will support keep your suede pairs fresh with a stiff shoe
you in the long haul. So here are tips on how brush. Use a suede eraser to rub away any
to take care of those pretty heels. dried dirt or stains.
By the river If your shoes smell bad with odor , try
sprinkling some baking soda which will
absorb the dirt and cut down the bad smell.
Down by the river side Remove the baking soda the following
blew a breeze like a mystical tune morning with a soft cloth.
causing her hair to rufle to the rhythm...
She seemed to enjoy the company Health Tip of the Week
of glistening stars
it seemed as though they were fireflies
frozen in time...
The illusion of the gumusservi on the river
made this a perfect night
First and foremost dont wear them
-Anouskha Patel regularly . Give them a rest day and opt for
a different footwear so that they can rest
and breath and be ready for tough days
battle ahead. Its best to stretch right after
Send us stories, drawings, poems and other contributions A shoe closet is a great way to keep them a workout, when the body
by your little ones along with their photographs for this safe and moist free . Invest in a good shoe is still warm. It maximizes
page. E-mail us at reporter@indianweekender.co.nz closet so that they stay longer and arent joint flexibility.
affected by outside elements.
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Bhagavad-Gitas answers on love


ACHARYA DAS The cultivation of such a we try that, and we always come up

L
ove is perhaps the greatest spiritual relationship of love empty-handed.
driving force for all of us, with the Supreme Soul is the The yoga process very much
where we seek both to love highest perfection of yoga. In the involves learning to curb that
someone and to be loved. Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna says: tendency and redirecting our
The poets, song-writers, and I am the Supreme Soul, O Arjuna, search for happiness within.
film-makers all make love a central seated in the hearts of all living entities. The Bhagavad-Gita says:
theme, that they write about, over -Bhagavad-Gita 10.20 Being freed from attachment, from fear
and over again. People are drawn to and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and
a good love story and an emotional In order to become intimately taking refuge in Me, many persons in the
love song. But what is love? past became purified by knowledge of Me
A common definition is an and thus, they all attained transcendental
intense feeling of deep affection. love for Me.
And one identifiable symptom of -Bhagavad-Gita 4.10
love in this world is when we see This is the result of full spiritual
a person being more concerned awakening. If a person has a partial
for someone elses happiness than spiritual awakening, they may not come
their own. to experience this actual condition of
There are people who might put exist in the condition of perfect transcendental love. But when one is able
up some form of hard exterior, spiritual love. to unite in love with the Supreme Soul,
pretending they arent interested in they will be able to come to experience the
There are so many lonely people
love, but even they will come to a condition of true spiritual love.
in the world visiting dating websites
point in their life where they desire and going to barspeople trying relationship. In this condition, not only will
a genuine experience of love. to meet each other. But everybody It is perfectly they love the Supreme Soul but
We can experience some level of brings some baggage with their acceptable and they will also experience genuine
love or affection in this world, but connected love for all others, seeing them as
own ideas of what it is that they even healthy to with the Lord
the experience we desire within want or what they expect of have relationships His children, His parts and parcels,
our heart cannot be completely who is residing and individual living beings who
someone else. founded on a less than within our own
fulfilled in this world, with other perfect love. are all intensely loved by the
I will often advise people of the heart, it is necessary
material personalities. Supreme Soul.
need to appreciate the reality that However, as eternal spirit souls for us to undergo a About the author
The normal progression of so- at some point in their relationship by nature, our real and eternal transformative process. The Acharya dasis a respected
called love is that it starts off with or marriage, theyre going to be need lies in re-establishing our teacher of Vedic and yogic
material condition is where we
great excitement and a fluttering dissatisfied with each other and connection with the Supreme Soul, philosophy, meditation and
live separately from the Lord who kirtan, and a practitioner of the
heart, and then as it progresses, that is normal. Another person or the actual Lord of our heart. resides within our own heart and transcendental science of Bhakti
people often begin wishing the material personality is not going If we are not able to fulfill this Yoga. He has spoken about
we become completely focused on
relationship was giving more. to be able to provide the complete natural propensity to love the yoga wisdom to international
what we consider our life and audiences for over 40 years.
They are not completely fulfilled fulfillment of this great spiritual true Lord of our heart, well find our self . Acharya das is currently in
in the relationship, and yet still need that you have - to both love ourselves constantly seeking this Auckland and holds regular
We chase after things in this
hold onto this ideal of finding and to be loved. Placing unrealistic connection elsewhere. discourses. For more information
world thinking that we will find about these discourses, to
perfect love. and unachievable expectations The word yoga actually some perfection here. We chase ask questions, visit:www.
This is because it is part of on each other is the worst thing describes a union, a relationship. here, we chase there; we try this, Acharyadas.com
our eternal spiritual nature to that you can do for a marriage or

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:
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Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) Cancer (Jun 22-Jul 20) Libra (Sep 24-Oct 23) Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 21)
Despite your reservations, you will have to call a Travelling is likely to open many new opportunities on You may change your stance on a matter at work You may be called upon to undertake something
spade a spade at work. You may take it upon yourself the professional front. Some of you are likely to get and it will be the right move. Chances of getting prestigious. A good time is foreseen at work, as the
to bring someone in shape on the fitness front. the courage to blow the lid off your romantic affair workload seems to be minimal. You will be able to
shortchanged cannot be ruled out for some. You
Accompanying someone you click with is likely to pacify a family elder, who is upset on someone. A
and come out in the open. Those apprehensive about are likely to squander a good opportunity on the
make your journey entertaining. You may have to most wonderful time can be expected in the company
travel documents can rest easy as they will manage professional front, if you are not careful. Need is to of lover. Earning remains good and so does splurging!
make some allowance for a greenhorn struggling to
complete something complex. Someones unkind to undertake the journey overseas. A landed property focus on priorities, but your heart may pull you in a Steps taken to come back in shape are likely to prove
comments may leave a bad taste in your mouth, but is likely to give good returns. Road users need to different direction. Boredom is likely to set in on the most beneficial. Performance on the academic front
expect him or her to apologise for the same. guard against road rage. romantic front, if excitement is not infused soon! will be good.

Lucky Number- 5 / Lucky Colour- Magenta Lucky Number- 2 / Lucky Colour- Deep Sky Blue Lucky Number- 4 / Lucky Colour- Off White
Lucky Number- 7 / Lucky Colour- Cream
Taurus (Apr 21-May 20) Leo (Jul 21-Aug 22) Aquarius (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
You may need to keep some options handy on You may be able to motivate someone to do what
Focus may be lacking in something new that you You may be roped in by someone close for a job that
the professional front to avoid getting stuck. A you had desired for long. Closeness to someone is
have started, but you will regain it soon. You are may not be to your liking, but little you can do about it.
new venture started by you will show promising likely to put ideas of the romantic kind in your head!
likely to omit something important in a task given to There is nothing that can go wrong this week, except
results. Businesspersons will be able to net well- You will be thorough in whatever you undertake and
you and pay for it, if you are not careful. A slanging things involving property. You are likely to achieve
heeled clients by promoting their business in niche impress all with your performance. A hobby will help
match with spouse or a family member is a possibility. segments. Gains are indicated for those playing the a breakthrough on the professional front. Students some spend their time constructively. A new venture
Initial excitement of falling in love is likely to take you stocks. Money loaned by a friend can become a life wanting a scholarship are likely to get lucky. A may find support from most unexpected quarters.
to seventh heaven! You will need to give up a vice, saver for some. You may be invited to participate in function at home can keep you busy and entertained. Travelling with family on a vacation is on the cards.
before it plays with your health. a social event. Love may knock at your door of those looking for it. Health remains good.
Lucky Number- 17 / Lucky Colour- White Lucky Number- 11 / Lucky Colour- Pink Lucky Number- 9 / Lucky Colour- Rose Lucky Number- 8 / Lucky Colour- Coffee
Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 23) Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21) Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
You will be more than willing to participate in You will get lucky in finding someone, who helps It is best not to meddle in anyones personal life.
This is the time to do your bit on the family front to win
something on the social front and you will get your you out in an important matter. Getting a position Spouse or a family member can irritate you no end.
appreciation. You can feel both proud and anxious
chance. An outing with lover is on the anvil and will of authority at work is foretold. Your shrewd moves Lovers insistence on something that you are not
about the profession of a family youngster. Money
be most enjoyable. Taking a lift in somebody elses on the social front are likely to draw many into your prepared for can be upsetting. Check the mechanical
vehicle may become necessary this week. You may camp. Those seeking love may feel blessed, as they comes in a steady stream and is set to improve soon.
condition of your vehicle to avoid problems en route.
make up your mind to sell a property you own. Your are about to realise their dreams! Some previous Homemakers may feel tied to the home and yearn Business persons are likely to bag a few new clients.
actions on the home front will be much appreciated. investments are likely to mature to make your bank for a change. Concern of lover is likely to warm your Your financial condition is set to improve as money
A salary hike is possible, but not immediately. Health balance healthy. Renovation or changes on the home heart. You may have to help out someone in need by from an unexpected source comes to you. Keep a
remains satisfactory. front may be given the go ahead. extending your resources. sharp eye on a family youngster.
Lucky Number- 18 / Lucky Colour- Dark Red Lucky Number- 6 / Lucky Colour- Forest Green Lucky Number- 3 / Lucky Colour- Yellow Lucky Number- 15 / Lucky Colour- Forest Green
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AUCKL ANDS HOT TEST BOLLY WOOD STATION

Sonali Bendre: Filmmakers now


open to pushing strong content
S
he made her debut in Bollywood in 1994 with Aag and later contributed to films like Duplicate, Hum Saath Saath Hain,
Sarfarosh and Kal Ho Naa Ho. Actress Sonali Bendre, who has been in the industry for over two decades, says filmmakers
are now choosing stronger content over tried-and-tested formulae.
Asked how the industry has changed over the years, Sonali said: Things are much more professional now and much
more streamlined... There are better roles being written for women and people are now open to pushing strong content
instead of only tried-and-tested formulas.
The 42-year-old actress, who has also appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada films, says that the Indian
film industry isnt age-centric any more as things are evolving.
Things are changing, slowly and steadily... Its a great time for Indian cinema, said Sonali, who is married to
filmmaker Goldie Behl.
Asked if earlier actresses were mostly taken in films to add to the glamour quotient in films, she said: To a
great extent yes at that time it was all about the stars popularity and fan following. Today its about which
actor or actress can pull off a particular role and get into a certain character.Sonali says the industry is
re-visiting the golden era of cinema.
There used to be the black-and-white era, where strong roles were written for women and I
think we are now revisiting that golden era of cinema, added the actress, who welcomed late pop
legend Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in a traditional Maharashtrian nauvari sari in
1996.Sonali has started a book club on social media and she says she did so to encourage the
habit of reading. Talking about her book club, she said: I used to be a voracious reader and
then I never found the time. In todays age, everything is digital. We are constantly on our
phones or in front of the television; so we no longer take the time to just sit with ourselves...
I started this club to encourage the habit of reading.
The Diljale actress has also penned a parenting book titled The Modern Gurukul:
My Experiments with Parenting. Apart from her, several Bollywood personalities
like Rishi Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna and Shilpa Shetty, among others, have tried their
hands at writing.
Does she see actors turning into authors as a trend?
I think a lot of people have interesting stories to tell; so its really wonderful that
everyone is penning their stories and experiences, Sonali said.
Sonali was last seen on the silver screen in 2013 in a special appearance in Once Upon
A Time in Mumbai Dobaara!. She was later seen on the small screen in shows like Indias
Got Talent, Indias Best Dramebaazand Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye.
Whats keeping her away from the big screen?
I was busy bringing up my son and looking after our home, and now that I have the
time, Im open to exploring roles if the content is great and the character is interesting.
Hadnt really thought of it until now but am open to the idea of getting back on the
big screen, she said.

Im work in progress: Prateik on battle with drug addiction RGV takes dig at National Film Awards
P M
rateik Babbar has come to terms with all the impression and that is why I wanted people to know averick filmmaker
complications of his life, and says he has fought about the downfall of my life. I wanted to tell them this Ram Gopal Varma Stuntmen should get
the demons of substance abuse. But the actor happened to me and I am not perfect. made snide remarks equal respect at award
says he is still work in progress, and wants to write a Prateik, son of late actress Smita Patil and actor- at National Film Awards, saying shows: Akshay Kumar

S
book about his struggle to inspire people who are going politician Raj Babbar, started his acting career with a superstar Aamir Khans decision to tunt artists and
through the same. The actor said that his fans were small but noticeable role in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na in skip all award events points out at choreographers should be
under the impression that he was leading a happy 2008. He followed up his act with films like Dhobi Ghat, the losing relevance of the system accorded as much respect as
life, and were unaware about the dark truth of his Dum Maaro Dum and Ekk Deewana Tha. His last release in India. heroes at every award ceremony,
life. And that is the reason he decided to talk about it in came in 2013 with Issaq.Prateik says his perspective The director, who often gets actor Akshay Kumar said.
public.He says the guilt of being an addict yet having towards life has changed after the sabbatical and embroiled in controversies due to Introducing a
unconditional love from people with all aspirations and struggle. There was a lot of time to introspect and his remarks, tweeted that Aamir special insurance
hope from him was killing him. The actor came out in resurrect. There is new direction, drive for life. doesnt care to be measured by any scheme for all
the open about substance abuse in April last year, and Prateik, who also made headlines for his relationship Indian award committee including stunt artistes
has maintained his distance from drugs and alcohol for with Amy Jackson and its after-effects, asserted that he National (Film Awards).He working in
over a year now. is work in progress. posted: Fact that Aamir khan, the Hindi film
There was a part of my life that people didnt know Its a full time job trying to be at peace in my greatest filmmaker of India does industry, he
about. All these years, people, fans and admirers saw not attend any award said: I am a
life, trying to be a better person and be best in every
me in a certain way as a good actor, a happy guy. But events including stuntman first
way I can be, be a good brother, be a good actor and a
that wasnt the case. I wasnt happy, I wasnt being National Award before an actor.
good human being.The actor, who will soon make his speaks about
good to myself. I was a heavy addict. It was a huge For 10 years, I worked as a
Bengali debut with Auroni Taukhon, also expressed his those events.
problem, Prateik said stuntman in Hindi film industry
plans to write a book about the struggle.
He added: I wanted the At the before getting the opportunity
While Prateik is interested in the idea of penning a 64th National of acting.
fans and admirers to know book about his struggle with drugs, he says revisiting Film Awards So I know how stuntmen risks
that side of my life. I didnt the dark days will be troublesome. announcement
want them to have their lives to earn their bread. I
But I have found my peace with it. I earlier this month, know what it takes to risk their
any false There have fought back the evils. I have come the Best Actor honour lives to entertain us.
was a to terms with all the complications of went to Akshay Kumar for Hindi So I think they should get equal
lot of time to my life. It will be difficult to revisit the movie Rustom, leaving much of respect even at the award shows
introspect and moments but I think it will also give a Bollywood wondering why movies for their work.
resurrect. There sense of relief that I have come out of like Dangal and Aligarh were left The actor along with renowned
is new direction, it, and that I have come out as winner. out. It is being speculated that cardiac surgeon, Dr Ramakanta
drive for life Aamirs work in Dangal was not Panda of Asia Heart Institute,
taken into consideration because announced the insurance scheme
he doesnt attend any award that covers around 380 stunt
functions.Kashmiri girl Zaira artists between the age of 18 to 55
Wasim was named as the Best with a death compensation of Rs
Supporting Actress for Dangal.
10 lakhs.
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Baahubali
Subhash Ghai has done a lot for
the industry, says Simi Garewal
S
imi Garewal, who is still
remembered for her negative

has given Indian filmmakers character in Subhash Ghais


Karz, says that the filmmaker has

license to go big: Rana done a lot for this industry.


Subhash sir is so talented and

A
ctor Rana Daggubati, who awaits the release of he has done alot for the industry.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, believes the success of Starting with direction, then
S.S. Rajamoulis Baahubali as a franchise has given starting Mukta Arts Productions
Indian filmmakers the faith and confidence to go big. and now Whistling Woods for
children who want to
I think Baahubali has proved it that when youre
learn film making. Its
making a film for the entire nation, it is bigger than any
His contribution nostalgic for
film made in one language. You could be a filmmaker
to this industry is
sitting in Madurai and if you have a great superhero all of us to come
tremendous and
film to make, you have the faith and confidence to together and to know
appreciable, said
make your film because theres a country of audience Simi who was that the craze of the
to watch it, Rana said. Does he feel there is sudden present at the re- movie is still so warm
urge to make bigger films, especially after the premiere of the between the audience
announcement of Mohanlal-starrer multilingual cult classic starring is really over-
film The Mahabharata, to be made on a budget of Rs Rishi Kapoor and whelming.
1000 crore? Tina Munim along
I think it is amazing filmmakers have started to with Rishi and Ghai. It Rishi revealed that he was very
think big. Baahubali has given them the license feels good to see that still people apprehensive about picturising one
to go big, he said. are loving our film and even after song which went to become one of
In Baahubali franchise, Rana plays a fictional seeing the movie so many times on the biggest chart-busters.
character Bhallaladeva, who locks horns TV, they have still come to theatres
When the song Dard-e-Dil was
over an ancient kingdom with his brother to watch the film, she added.
being shot, I was busy finding a
Amarendra Baahubali, played by Prabhas. Ghai said: Its nostalgic for all
choreographer on the set. Subhash
Asked if he finds surprising that a negative of us to come together and to know
that the craze of the movie is still Ghai came and said he will
character vis--vis all the positive ones he
has played so far has won him nation- so warm between the audience is choreograph the song. Initially that
wide recognition, he said: Its a Rs really overwhelming. made me little worried as he was
450 crore war film and it will give you Asked about his memories of a director of an action film and
far greater visibility. the film, he said: It was a tough this was a love song. But Subhashji
It is the biggest film in the job convincing both the actors. assured me that he will re-shoot
country and even if I played any It took me 2 months to convince the song if i dont like it. Now
other character, it would have Simi ji and few weeks to convince I am pleased to tell you that the
given me the same visibility. This is Rishi sahab. It was a tough job as final version you see in the film
franchise cinema which is far bigger my image was that of an action was picturised by Subhash Ghai,
than any film that I have been part of film director and Karz was a without any choreographers,
so far, he explained. musical screenplay. he revealed.
Rana, known for being part of films such as Leader,
Dum Maaro Dum and Department, says he has always
been on the lookout for projects that transcended
Sonakshi can do things I never
regional boundaries. could: Shatrughan Sinha
V
Baahubali helped me explore new avenues across eteran actor and politician
borders. It has given us so much strength that even Shatrughan Sinha says
while sitting in Hyderabad, we could think of that by acting in Noor his
making a huge franchise-based film that will be daughter and actress Sonakshi
lapped up by the entire nation. It has taught me to Sinha has proved that she can do
take content to wherever I want, he said, adding I things that he never could.
the experience of working on the countrys think Shatrughan doesnt watch all the
biggest film helped him to understand and Baahubali has films of his daughter. But he did see
portray a character better. proved it that when her latest release Noor and he cant
It is because of the experience of working youre making a film stop raving about her performance.
with finer actors and a highly talented director. for the entire nation, I speak not as a father but
Everything I have learnt from both the parts of it is bigger than any as a co-artiste. And while I am
the film will reflect on whatever I choose to do film made in one supposedly a great actor, she has
next, he said. language proved she can do things I never
Baahubali: The Beginning had a phenomenal could. I can happily say Sonakshi
run at the box office. It ended up as one of the Sinha has managed to make a very easy. I think this is Sonakshis best
biggest grossers of Indian cinema. Is there a sense difficult part look easy. Its not easy performance since Lootera I had
of nervousness ahead of the release of Baahubali 2, been bowled over by my daughter
to play someone so sloppy and so
considering part one was a huge hit in Lootera. Again, I am impressed by
full of herself, said Shatrughan,
It is the same story audiences are going to watch after confessing that he watched his what she has done in Noor.
two years. Its the continuation of what happened at the It was superstar Salman
daughters performance nervously.
end of first part. When we were making part one, we didnt Khan who had predicted
realise how big it will become and where it will take us, Rana Directed by Sunhil Sippy, Noor
is based on Saba Imtiazs novel Sonakshis stardom.
said. The fact that it has become a brand and has been accepted
Karachi, Youre Killing Me!. During Dabangg, Salman had
even internationally, gives you so much more strength to make a
greater part two. As I watched her performance said Sonakshi will be such a big
I thought she would slip up and star that every girl in the audience
Ultimately, everything that we have made in this film is bigger than
stumble. But Sonakshi kept the would want to be like her. Now in
the first part, he added. Talking about Baahubali 2, Rana said things
character going on an even graph Noor, she plays such an aspirational
got easier while working on this project. When we were doing the first
part, it was our first attempt in the war genre and everything was new to even when the character was character. She portrays the
us. None of us even knew how everything that we are shooting will look in making one mistake after another. uncertainties of a young city girl
the end with visual effects. I applaud Sonakshis performance trying to find her bearings with
There were challenges every single day and it was a struggle to because as an actor I know how such sensitivity. Every working girl
address them, Rana said.Though part two was a physically taxing difficult her role is, said the would identify with her.
film in every which way, what we did here was we didnt make the same proud father. The proud father laments the
mistakes we made in part one. We had bigger budget to shoot, thanks to Does he see a growth in fact that Sonakshi is not in Mumbai
the success of first part, he said. her performance? to enjoy her success.
Baahubali 2, which also stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Oh yes! The kind of roles. To She is with Salman doing the
Tamannaah Bhatia, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan, is slated for bring so much dignity into the role world concerts. We are really proud
worldwide release on Friday, April 28. of such a clumsy character is not of her.
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standards and overview of the education system to Refreshments provided. For more information please
support the children to reach their goals. The session call Jenny Pearce at 06 835 7139 or email her at
will be presented by Asma Shah and Adel Salmanzadeh manager.napier@cab.org.nz
of Ministry of Education. Light refreshments provided.
For more information please call at 09 4388046 or email
her at Whangarei@cab.org.nz Shri Ram Mandir 2nd
Anniversary
CAB Dunedin Date: Wednesday, June 7 until Sunday, June 10
Date: Monday, 8 May Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. onwards
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Venue: Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson
Venue: Dunedin Community House, Alexander Shri Ram Mandir is organising its annual Paath
McMillan Room (upstairs), 301 Moray Place, Dunedin Uthsav, the four-day programmeincludesPooja and
CAB Dunedin will hold a free information session on culturalperformances. Several passion-packedcultural
Know your Rights. The topics will cover: activitiesall organised toengage theaudience as well as
Consumer Law facilitated by Consumer helpingpromotetheunderstandingand appreciationof
Guarantees Act the Indian culture. Weare requesting our people in our
Fair Trading Act facilitated by Kevin Flaherty community to come together to contribute our unique
Buying a car facilitated by Stephen Duff cultural heritage tohighlightasatremendousyearfor
Work rights facilitated by Phillip de Wattignar of Shri Ram MandirPaath Uthsav.
Fairness at Work
Lunch provided. Please register your interest by phoning
03 471 6166 or Email at dunedin@cab.org.nz by Kiss the Sky
Thursday 4 May 2017 Date: Thursday, June 29 until
Saturday, July 1
TRENZ 2017 Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards
Venue: Bruce Mason Centre,
Date: Tuesday May 9 to Friday May 12 Takapuna Beach
Time: 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The New Zealand Dance
Venue: Queens Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand Company forges its stellar
TRENZ is New Zealands most significant business- reputation for choreographic
to-business travel and trade show, with over 1200 mastery and extraordinary
delegates attending over the four day event. This leading contemporary dance with the
event will captivate you with exciting new products and premiere of its 2017 triple bill
Sellers, combined with great networking opportunities. Kiss the Sky, opening 29 June
For more information on the event, visit TRENZ at the Bruce Mason Centre
websitewww.trenz.co.nz. for four performances only.
The season includes special
CAB Napier opportunities to connect with
The New Zealand Dance
Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017 Company through an engaging
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. whole whanau workshop and
Venue: Raffles Street Caf, Raffles Street, Napier creative pre- and post-show
CAB Napier will hold a free information session on talks.
Networking and Volunteering in Hawkes Bay. Learn

WAIRAU VALLEY INVESTMENT


107 WAIRAU ROAD, WAIRAU VALLEY, AUCKLAND

High-profile location on Wairau Road with exposure to the Northern Motorway


Over 30,000 cars passing daily Auction (unless sold prior) 11am,
Potential future redevelopment (maximum height of 20 metres) Wednesday 17th May 2017
Freehold land 1,184m (more or less) Bayleys House, 30 Gaunt Street,
Currently returning $63,600pa + GST and outgoings Auckland Central, New Zealand
An excellent opportunity to secure an investment in the sought after location of Wairau Valley.
Centrally located on Wairau Road the property has excellent exposure to the high volume traffic on both Wairau Road and the Northern Motorway. Brian Caldwell
With front and rear access the property is a perfect fit for the current tenant Car7 who established their car dealer business on this site back in 2003. +64 27 4815 505
brian.caldwell@bayleys.co.nz
The Wairau Valley commercial precinct is tightly held and with low vacancy rates this will appeal to an investor entering into the market for the first time, Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
or investors wishing to add this investment to their existing portfolio. Licensed under the REA Act 2008

An opportunity not to be missed so call now the sole marketing agents for further details. Ranjan Unka
+64 21 711 755
Property Details ranjan.unka@bayleys.co.nz
Floor Area 40m (approximately) Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
Licensed under the REA Act 2008
Land Area 1,184m (more or less)

Tenancy Details
Name of the Tenant MSG International Limited
Net Rental $63,600pa + GST and outgoings

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