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3 NOVEMBER2017 | Vol 9 Issue 33

Priyanca Chhath Puja Rangmanch's


Radhakrishnan Bihar-Jharkhand Mareech
Sabha celebrates Ka Khel
'Government mulling a big success
to regulate overseas
Chath Puja
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Government mulls regulating


offshore education agents
SANDEEP SINGH However, if that means the was not, Anu Kaloti of Migrant

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government is contemplating Workers Association told The
he new Labour government
bringing back those deported 150 Indian Weekender.
is taking another ambitious
Indian students, is still not clear. However, Ms Kaloti was non-
step by signalling intent
In terms of these specific cases committal of any timeframe given
to regulate offshore education
investigation has already been
agents an area which by its own to the new government by their
undertaken into the processes that
admission has not been regulated by organisation for a favourable action
students face [by the Ombudsman],
any previous government, National and we are waiting for the reports to on this issue and a clear plan of
or Labour. come, Ms Radhakrishnan told The action if the new government failed
This was revealed by Labour Party Indian Weekender. to address it soon.
List MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan, On being probed further if the We will carry on supporting
who was speaking at a rally on Labour government is going to students, and I guess the next step
Sunday, October 29, organised by bring back those 150 students, Ms would be exploring legal pathways
Migrant Worker Association, Unite Radhakrishnan reiterated, We have and going to High Court, Ms Kaloti
Union and Auckland Unitarian to wait for the Ombudsmans report said.
Church at the Ponsonby Church before we can comment on the To be fair to the government, its
in Auckland. Labour MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan speaking at the Auckland Unitarian Church findings of that. early days, but going by its intent on
Previous governments and Nevertheless, Migrant Worker
this is both National and Labour expectant audience of union members The Labour Party several other issues, it needs to be
and other supporters of demand for Association and other support mindful of not over-promising and
governments, havent regulated is absolutely
bringing back 150 deported students. organisations raising this demand under-delivering.
offshore education agents.
The intent was more about future clear that these are drawing a lot of confidence from
We will review this, and we In this case, the representatives of
cases arising in the international the rally and seemed unperturbed
may consider regulation as well, offshore education government at the rally had clearly
Ms Radhakrishnan said to a packed education industry. from the fact that the government
agents act legally, not given away anything substantial
audience at the Church. In terms of future cases that are is choosing to wait for the report
similar to the cases of these students ethically and and yet not disappointed unions
The Labour Party is absolutely from the Ombudsman rather than
clear that these offshore education here, we have committed in the past, and those who attended the rally
appropriately intervening straightaway in favour
agents must act legally, ethically and and we continue to commit to looking supporting the cause.
of these students as promised earlier
appropriately. at them on a case by case basis. However, regulating offshore
when in opposition.
The Immigration Minister The Minister has said in principle education agents, presumably for
Honourable Ian Lees-Galloway is We take a lot of confidence
where a student can demonstrate that what many hold responsible for
seeking advice on this and looking at there was no wrongdoing on their part from the fact that two MPs from
the government were present at the much of on-shore immigration woes,
how we can ensure this happens, Ms and it was the agent who had acted
Radhakrishnan further added. fraudulently and not the student, rally. It gives us the confidence that is an unchartered territory, which
Ms Radhakrishnan was careful then those cases will be viewed this government is willing to listen, no other previous government has
in not overpromising to a largely favourably, Ms Radhakrishnan said. chartered so far.
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Indian community in Auckland


celebrates Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
SANDEEP SINGH Indian diaspora around the world Dhillon spoke eloquently about the

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utilises this opportunity to overcome contribution of Sardar Patel towards
he Indian community in
their regional, linguistic and cultural Indias independence movement and
Auckland had gathered
barriers and forge a sense of unity nation-building.
together at the Mahatma
Mr Dhillon also emphasised that
Gandhi Centre, on Sunday, October and pride about their common Indian
heritage and reemphasise their Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was a great
29, to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta opportunity for the members of the
Diwas and pay tribute to one of its cultural roots back with India.
Indian diaspora in New Zealand to
greatest sons and the leader of Indias It is also seen as an opportunity
reconnect with their Indian roots
freedom struggle against British to celebrate and inculcate a sense of
and acknowledge the importance of
pride about the Indian identity within
colonial rule Sardar Patel. freedom movement and its leaders in
the newer generations of the global
Since 2014, the Government developing todays vibrant modern
Indian diaspora.
of India has declared to celebrate India.
Towards this goal, the celebrations
the birthday of Sardar Patel on National Party MP Kanwaljit Singh
at Auckland succeeded in ticking all
October 31 as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Bakshi, emphasised to value the
boxes, where people from all walks
or National Unity Day, to foster
of life including, elderly, women, contribution of leaders who fought
and reinforce the governments
children, professionals, Members for the freedom and independence of
dedication to preserve and strengthen
of Parliament and prominent the Indian nation.
the unity of the Indian nation. Honorary Consul of India Bhav Dhillon with Mahesh Bindra, Harshad Patel community leaders participated Indeed, the star attraction of the
Vallabh Bhai Patel, fondly called and Thakor Prabhu at the event
enthusiastically.
Sardar Patel by the people of India The High Rashtriya Ekta Diwas event was
The event was well attended by
for his dynamic leadership and the young children who spoke
commitment to the cause of Indias several events and cultural program
Commissioner of major community organisations
on occasion about Sardar Patel,
including Auckland Indian
independence from the British all around the country to inculcate India, Sanjiv Kohli Association and New Zealand Indian and some of his famous quotes,
rule during the first half of the 20th sentiments of bonding and nation- is committed to to demonstrate that the younger
Central Association (NZICA).
century is considered one of the building among its citizenry. generations of the global Indian
making this event Prominent among those who
founding fathers of the Republic of The intent is to inspire people to diaspora are equally informed and
attended the event were National
India. overcome barriers on the basis of an annual affair passionate about the great leaders of
It was his exemplary role as the caste, religion, sex, creed, language, Party List MP Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi, former MP Mahesh Bindra, Indian history.
first Home Minister and Deputy region or ethnicity amongst them
and well-known community leaders Vallabh Bhai Patel continues to
Prime Minister of independent India and unite everyone together into
including Harshad Patel, Bhikhu inspire generations of Indians living
in uniting 550 odd small princely one nation. in 100 railway stations across
State governments, central Bhana, Prakash Biradar and Thakor in India and overseas.
states into the newly constituted the country.
ministries and PSUs have been asked Bhai Prabhu. The High Commission of India
Republic of India that his birth Indian High Commission in Bhav Dhillon, Honorary Consul is committed to making this event
anniversary is being celebrated as to organise Run for Unity, digital New Zealand took an initiative to of India, was the Chief Guest of an annual affair from the next year
National Unity Day. exhibitions, drawing competitions organise an event for the first time the event and represented the High with a better engagement with the
The Government of India had while the Railways will put up in Auckland to celebrate Rashtriya Commissioner of India. wider community and organising on
been taking the lead in organising hoardings with messages of Patel Ekta Diwas. Speaking at the occasion, Mr a bigger scale.

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Community set to celebrate


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A
of poetic hymns in the Holy Guru
s we celebrate the birth Granth Sahib which is now termed as
anniversary of Guru Nanak the living Guru of the Sikhs.
Dev on Saturday, November Guru Nanak left for his heavenly
4, lets revisit the history remind abode on September 22, 1539
not only ourselves but also the new This year his birthday (known as
generation about our proud history Gurupurab) is being celebrated as
and culture. on Saturday, November 4, which is
19 kattak on the day of puranmashi
Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh
(full moon night) and numerous
Guru, was born on April 15, 1469
celebrations are planned even in
in a village called Talwandi Sabo,
faraway lands like New Zealand.
now known as Nankana Sahib near
Lahore in Pakistan. Events in Auckland:

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His fathers name was Kalyan Guru Nanak Dev got married he celebrations for Guru
Chand Das Bedi, popularly known as to Mata Sulakhani on September Nanak gurupurab have already
Above: Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib, Takanini
Mehta Kalu and mothers name was 24, 1487 who was the daughter of begun at Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar
Mata Tripta. His sister Bebe Nanaki Mul Chand and Chando Rani, of Sahib, Takanini, which is observing
was five years older than him. Batala town. Guru Nanak and Mata gurupurab with week-long kirtani
At the age of seven Guru Nanak Sulakhani were blessed with two darbar. Famous kirtani jatha of
Dev was enrolled in a village sons Sri Chand and Lakshmi Das.
Bhai Gurpreet Singh Shimla waley
school. It is said that from an early Guru Nanaks popularity increased
massively, and his teachings were and dhadhi jatha of Sukhpreet Singh
age, his views were very different,
followed by many people. His Sabhrawan waley and kirtani jatha of
his outlook towards life were much
devotees were reciting his poems in Bhai Taminder Singh Paonta Sahib
larger and broader than many others.
every city. His preaching was based waley have been performing kirtan and
His sister Bebe Nanaki got married on the basic tenets of dhadhi every day from October 29 in
in 1479 to Jairam and moved to vand chakko: share with others the evening from 6:30-8:30 pm. On
Sultanpur. Since he was very close to kirat karo: earn honestly
Saturday, November 4, the gurupurab
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with her and took up a job as an Guru Nanaks disciples Bala and celebration will start at 9:30 am and
accountant under Daulat Khan Lodi reputation of being a great poet Mardana accompanied him from will continue till 8:30 pm.
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who was also the employer of Jairam. and a philosopher. He believed one city to the other preaching
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Chhath puja adds colours to Indian diaspora in NZ


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o build something great and
lasting, all it takes is a few
like-minded individuals
full of enthusiasm and passion who
are willing to take the leap of faith.
This is exactly what defines the
first cultural event held under the
banner of Bihar Jharkhand Sabha
of Australia and New Zealands
Auckland chapter. The philosophy
of an organization is inherent in Left to Right (Mr. Rajnish Rai - BJSM Secretary (Public Relations), Dr. P Nagi,
the personalities and principles of Mr. Sanjeev Prasad, Mr. Bhav Dillon - Honorary Consul of India, Mr. Birendra Mishra-
its founding members, which was BJSM President and Mrs Arati Prasad - BJSM Secretary (Culture)
evident last Saturday, October 28. In
since the group congregated for the theystand in water to offer prayers to
Auckland, it marked the beginning
first time in New Zealand to celebrate the setting sun. The fast comes to an
of a new era of celebrating the most
the Chhath Puja (dedicated to the end after offerings prayers to rising
traditional and pious festivals for a
worship of the Sun god and his wife sun on the fourth day. In Hinduism,
small community of expats, in the
Usha), mainly celebrated by Biharis. it is believed that Sun heals many
presence of Bhav Dhillon, Honorary
It was a matter of great pride for severe health conditions and ensures
Consul of India, who graced this
the Indian diaspora in New Zealand longevity, brings prosperity, progress
event at Anchorage Park Community
from Bihar and Jharkhand when they and well-being. Mr. Dhillon, the
House, Pakuranga.
experienced the connection with chief guest of the event, highlighted
To say the least, the objective of
their roots as they celebrated the the fact that thisin a way connects Sabha President, Birendra Mishra. open for everyone to sing and dance,
Sabha is to promote and preserve the
traditional Vedic festival of Chhath to the Maori beliefs of worshipping Mr. Dhillon addressed the group and the atmosphere was electric.
culture, language, heritage, identity,
in different cities like Aucklandand nature and its elements. expressing his joy to be a part of this Kids dance performances, adults
tradition, and art of people from the
Wellington. During the Chhath The cultural festival was held event. He connected with the group singing and sharing their experiences
sister states of Bihar and Jharkhand
Puja(which starts four days after in Pakuranga where enthusiastic walking down memory lane while on how far they have come yet
(Biharis)among the expat families
Diwali), devotees perform rituals to members of the community came he was young and his participation feeling so close to their origins.
from these states, thereby enriching
thank God for their existence and together from various parts of in Chhath Puja back in India. It The event concluded with a vote of
the culture of New Zealand with the
seek blessings from the Sun god. Auckland and Hamilton, to be a part was a moment of pride for him to thanks from Rajnish Rai, Secretary
best of their traditional values and
Environmentalists claim that this is of this vivid celebration. The event see the zeal of the group and he said (Public Relations).
offerings.Bihar is the 13th largest state
the most eco-friendly Hindu festival. was kicked off by a welcome speech that the enthusiasm was infectious. The Sabha is highly appreciated
in India with thehighest proportion of
The rituals of the festival are rigorous by Arati Prasad, Secretary (Culture) Subsequently, Akanksha Singh for providing a common platform to
young people of any Indian state and
and are observed over a period of four followed by chanting of spiritual began the cultural programme with the people of these states to connect
home tothe Great Buddha (on whose
days. Worshipers fast and abstain mantras by Sanjeev Prasad, while the Bihar state anthem, reminding people with one another as they continue
teachings Buddhism was founded).
from drinking even a drop water for chief guest Mr. Dhillon lit the lamp about the rich cultural heritage of to grow together as one big happy
This event will always have a special
straight 36 hours. On the third day, to inaugurate the function alongside their home state. The floor was then family in New Zealand.
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a resolve to bring a temple for the unique feature of all world religions Shah said.
the community. where followers request forgiveness Traditionally, Jainism has two major
The pooja was held at Portage Road, from others for any offences committed sects Digambar and Swetambar.
New Lynn, Auckland, where Jain during the last year. However, in New Zealand entire
devotees had been traditionally gathering It is a long-awaited and much- community is rallying together into one
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Winds of change blowing


SANDEEP SINGH It is expected that the options with Singapore
will be worked through later.

T
he Strong winds of change are coming The proposed change means we can
Left: Prime Minister
to blow in New Zealand and only time Jacinda Ardern and move our focus away from land issues at the
will tell if New Zealanders are destined (right) Minister of Trade, negotiating table at APEC when negotiations
to be blown away by those winds of change or Hon David Parker
on the TPP reach their final stages, and
would be swept away by those winds of change. focus on Investor State Dispute Settlement
The intent is clearly to make an immediate (ISDS) clauses.
impact about the change in government in New We are concerned by ISDS clauses
Zealand, and towards this goal, the government in the proposed agreement. These confer
is ready to roll out policies at a whirlwind greater rights on multi-national companies
speed. investing in New Zealand than a New Zealand
GOVERNMENT MOVES AHEAD company has.
The cabinet has today instructed trade
WITH PLANS TO BAN FOREIGN
negotiation officials to oppose ISDS in any
SPECULATORS IN HOUSING
future free trade agreements.

T he new government is moving briskly


toward accomplishing one of the
key election promises of banning foreign
Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)
is a system through which investors can
speculators in Housing Market.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants to sue countries for what they consider
introduce legislation by Christmas so as to ban unfair, unjust or discriminatory under
foreign buyers from buying property in New TPPA provisions.
Zealand from early next year. We expect legislation to be introduced That government claimed this could not If an investor from one country (the home
Foreign speculators will no longer be able before Christmas and take effect immediately be done without breaching other free trade state) invests in another country (the
to buy houses in New Zealand from early next once passed early in 2018, Ms Ardern said. agreements and that a stamp duty would be the host state), both of which have agreed
year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said The new government is supremely confident only effective tool, Prime Minister Jacinda to ISDS, and the host state violates the
We are determined to make it easier for of being able to push through the ban on foreign Ardern said.
rights granted to the investor under the
Kiwis to buy their first home so we are stopping speculators in New Zealands housing markets However, the new government has received
advice from the officials that this could be treaty, then that investor may bring the
foreign speculators buying houses and driving without disturbing or thwarting agreements
up prices. Kiwis should not be outbid like this. with major trading partners. achieved without largely disturbing agreements matter before an arbitral tribunal.
That is why we are introducing an The government will be introducing an with New Zealands trading partners, except Labour Party, New Zealand First Party
amendment to the Overseas Investment Act to Singapore. and the Green Party have consistently
amendment to the Overseas Investment Act to
The advice we have had from officials is
classify residential housing as sensitive. classify residential housing as sensitive. raised concern on the ISDS clause on
that we can give effect to the ban by a simple
This means non-residents or non-citizens The previous National government chose to the pretext that it considerably erodes
amendment to the Overseas Investment Act
cannot purchase existing residential dwellings. put foreign speculators ahead of Kiwi families, sovereign authority of any future
without breaching any agreement except the
Australians will be exempt just as New but we have chosen to protect Kiwi families government of New Zealand.
Singapore Closer Economic Partnership, Ms
Zealanders are in Australia. and New Zealands best interests. Ardern said.
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fast in New Zealand


LABOUR GOVERNMENTS
EMPATHY FOR CRIMINALS
A key part of that is improving affordability
and access to tertiary education. Students and
these policies will be implemented and to
determine who will be eligible to benefit from
study and/or for student loans or allowances.
StudyLink is encouraging prospective
THREE STRIKES LAW TO GO parents have told us that the cost of study is them, and we are on track for 2018. students to apply by16 Decemberand to
a real issue. Making the first year of tertiary Students, schools and tertiary providers are provide their supporting documents promptly
education fees-free will mean more young understandably keen to know full details. We to ensure their applications are sorted for the
people can go on to study after school and gain will make sure they get the information they start of the 2018 academic year.
qualifications with less debt. need in a timely way. In the meantime they can The Government is committed to life-long
Thats not just a win for students and their be rest assured that the first year of fee-free learning to help better equip New Zealanders
families, its a win for the future of our economy. study will kick in next year and should plan for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st
If New Zealand is to be wealthy and successful accordingly. century economy.
we must make it easier for our young people Prospective students and tertiary education We are also committed to rolling out
to study at our universities, polytechnics, other organisations should continue to make our full programme of three years fee-free
tertiary providers, and through industry training arrangements for study and enrolments for next tertiary education for New Zealanders by 2024
such as apprenticeships. year as they normally would. This includes alongside better support for living costs.
Officials are working on the details of how starting, or continuing, any applications for

Minister of Courts and Justice Andrew Little

T he sixth Labour government, as a part


of its oft-repeated intentions of bringing
more compassion and empathy in governance,
would be extending empathy to criminals and
offenders of the worst crimes, by repealing
the controversial three strikes law by early
next year.
The three strikes law doesnt work, and
will be dismantled next year, Justice Minister
Andrew Little told New Zealand Herald on
Wednesday, November 1.
Its been eight years since this got onto the
statute books and its not making a blind bit
of difference. Its time to find something new,
something different, Mr Little further added.
There has been a lot of controversy around
this law with opinions divided on both
sides around its efficacy in making a dent in
crime statistics.
Opponents of this controversial law often
claim that it is contributing to the fast growth
of the prison population, whereas those who
support its claim that a repeal of this act would
place interests of criminals ahead of those of
victims of crime.
The three strikes law officially known as The
Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010 creates
a three-stage system of increasing consequences
for repeat serious violent offenders.
There are 40 qualifying offences comprising
all major violent and sexual offences with a
maximum penalty of seven years or greater
imprisonment, including murder, attempted
murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent to
cause grievous bodily harm, sexual violation,
abduction, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery.
A first warning is issued when an offender
aged 18 or over at the time of a qualifying
offence, and who does not have any previous
warnings, is convicted of that offence. Once an
offender has received a first strike warning,
it stays on their record for good unless their
conviction is overturned.
If that offender is subsequently convicted of
another qualifying offence they receive a final
warning and, if sentenced to imprisonment,
will serve that sentence in full without the
possibility of parole.
The first and final warnings will stay on the
offenders record.
However, repealing of this law is not in the
Governments 100-day plan.
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future as the new government fast-tracks
work on its free-fees tertiary education promise.
Cabinet has given the go-ahead for detailed
implementation planning for the introduction
of one year of fees-free tertiary education and
a $50 a week boost to student allowances and
loan entitlements.
Officials have already started work on
both changes, which will come into force
fromJanuary 1, 2018.
Investing in education and the future of our
young people is an absolute priority for this
Government.
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NZ Sikh Society hosts Fijis Tirikutu naach highlights the


last Diwali celebrations in Chch

the biggest-ever Gatka


A
team of more than 10
Aucklanders, across all
age groups, performed the
Garden Citys biggest-ever Gatka
last week at Gurudwara Singh Sabha
Christchurch, which is managed by
the New Zealand Sikh Society, South
Island (Inc.).
Gatka is a traditional martial art
form historically associated with
the Sikh gurus, is popular among Dancers at Canterbury Social and Cultural Group's Diwali celebrations_picture
the masses, and performed regularly courtesy Kala Nand

T
in gurudwaras, nagar kirtans " It he tirikutu naach is a the Canterbury Social and Cultural
and akharas. was so good traditional dance form very Group (CSCG).
Notably, it is now being to see how Sikh popular in Fiji during which Kala Nand, a prominent Fiji-
recognised as a sport in India culture is persevered Gatka by NZ Sikh Society, South Island (Incorporated) in the male devotees depict Hindu gods Indian community member who
with the formation of Gatka and growing here, Christchurch_picture courtesy Jitender Sahi
and goddesses, or notable kings and attended the event said, The dancers
Federation of India, which especially among our queens, enact scenes from religious who were rehearsing for almost two
regularly organises national next generation." here, especially destroyed in the 2010 earthquake,
stories. Sometimes there is also months, came from all age groups and
competitions played by trained among our next we have looked at various options.
a mantri in the enactment, which did an excellent job. Sharing Fijian
Gatka players. generation. In the meantime, we have operated
is essentially a clown keeping the culture with the wider community
Jitender Sahi, spokesman of the Mr Sahi also informed from the temporary premises of
audiences entertained throughout and providing an opportunity to
Society noted, Among those who that the new building of Gurudwara Landsdowne Terrace.
the dance a major part of Diwali our young generation to showcase
performed were many children, Singh Sabha Christchurch has been Now, with the process already
celebrations in Fiji. their talent were the twin goals of
who were born and brought up in identified at the Stanmore Road and under way, hopefully the Gurudwara
The Garden City got to witness the event.
New Zealand. the Society has applied for resource at Stanmore Road will be operational
this tradition of the Pacific nation "And CSCG certainly achieved
It was so good to see how Sikh consent from the City Council. [weekly Sri Sukhmani Sahib Path,
last Saturday at the citys last public that. It seemed like we have a small
culture is persevered and growing After our original building was kirtan and langar] early next year.
Diwali celebration organised by Fiji in New Zealand.

Megan Woods is new minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration


A
s Labour took over from called
National to govern the for a
country for the next three Royal
years, Wigram MP Megan Woods
who has been the Labours
Canterbury spokesperson for many
years has been entrusted with
the responsibilities of Greater
Regeneration Christchurch and the
Earthquake Commission (EQC).
After her appointment, the One
new minister has laid out her of the key
priorities for the next three priorities as the
years. in-coming minister will
Writing in her regular be ensuring that we have
column for a local strong relationships
newspaper The Star, the across the city and
The new minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Ms Megan Woods (middle) with members of Indian community in Christchurch_picture
minister noted in opposition with Wellington. courtesy_ Narinder Warriach (left), head of Canterbury IndiaNz Labour Committee
we have often spoken about the
need for a locally-led recovery; that we have strong Underpinning all my thinking is desire to accelerate the anchor Commission of Inquiry into EQC
now in Government we get to put relationships across the city and with the need to transition our future back projects in the central city. repairs, as well as establishing an
this into action. For this, she added, Wellington. "The relationship with to where it belongs in Canterbury As regards to insurance issues that arbitration tribunal to settle all
One of the key priorities as the in- the Canterbury District Health Board and away from Wellington. have plagued the city since 2011, the pending EQC and private insurance
coming minister will be ensuring is at the fore of my mind. Ms Woods also expressed her new minister after taking charge has claims.

Ethnic cricket tournament starts with Indians and Nepalese participating


T
he inaugural Ethnic T20
Cricket Tournament kicked
off in Christchurch last
Sunday with six teams participating.
The competition which will conclude
on December 10, will be played
on Sundays at Hagley Park, with
teams playing two Twenty20 games
each day.
It has been organised by
Christchurch Metro Cricket
Association (CMCA) the
Teams at Christchurch's first Ethnic T20 Cricket Tournament_picture courtesy Surinder Tandon
organisation that looks after the
adult club and youth Cricket in the namely Punjab Kings, Tamil a successor to our Global Sevens this initiative. While The Rebels and Tamil
city and supported by Christchurch Pasanger, Maharaja Kings, The Ethnic Cricket Tournament that we Meanwhile, it was a good day out Pasanger lost both their matches;
Multicultural Council (CMC). Blues, anThe Rebels; as well as one ran from 2010 to 2015. for two Indian teams The Blues Nepal and Punjab Kings had a mixed
We have five teams representing team representing Nepal. "Credit must go to CMCA and its and Maharaja Kings, who remained bag with a win and a loss each.
the different regions of India This tournament, in a way, is manager Mike Harvey for taking up unbeaten.
FIJI 15

Sagar Narayan granted NZ temporary stay


The Indian Weekender Friday, November 3, 2017

T
wenty-year-old physically disabled GallowaysTweet, Thank you for showing
Fijian man, Sagar Narayan has been some humanity and kindness. This is the sort
given the green light for temporary stay of New Zealand I want to be a part of, the sort
in New Zealand. that cares.
Mr Narayan who resides in Kelston, The review is understood to be a chance for
Auckland was supposed to be deported on families and friends of the Narayan family to
Fiday, October 27. fight for Mr Narayans stay.
However his case would go through a full Mr Narayan is intellectually disabled and
review by the new Minister of Immigration Iain required help with basic tasks, including getting
Lees-Galloway. dressed and eating meals.
Mr Lee-Galloway in hisTwitterpage stated He moved to New Zealand in 2009 after his
that: Sagar Narayan will not be deported grandparents passed away.
tomorrow. Case file being prepared for review His family is understood to have been granted
of the original decision. permanent residence in 2008.
Comments followed on his Tweet for hopes New-Zealand Immigration had earlier
of great news and kindness in action. rejected his residence application as a
An Alison Green replied on Mr Lee- dependent child on health grounds. Sagar Narayan,20 with his father Lalit Narayan. Photo:Radio NZ/ SUPPLIED.

Girmit close to the


hearts of Fijians:
Konrote

World-renowned Sabri Brothers who are considered to be the


first Qawwali singers to introduce the Western countries to the
soulful music performed on Saturday night at the Novotel Suva
Lami Bay. Photo: DEPTFO News

G New Year Specials for Indian Subcontinent


irmit is very close to the hearts of Fijians, says the
President Major-General (Retd) Jioji Konrote.
President Konrote was speaking at the
inauguration ceremony of Namaste Pasifika: Festival of
India, at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay last week.
Namaste Pacifika is showcasing India to the Pacific,
and the festival was also organised as part of Indias 70th
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Thought of the week
"In order to succeed, your desire
for success should be greater
than your fear of failure."
Editorial - Bill Cosby
Indian diaspora comes Auckland Weather forecast for the week

of age in New Zealand


Nov 3 Nov 9, 2017
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
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he history of the Indian diaspora in New Zealand goes back to some hundred years when
the earliest settlers arrived in the country and shed their blood along with ANZACs among
other things to contribute in building modern New Zealand as we know today.
During this long journey, the self-belief and confidence of the community in its own
identity, of being Kiwi-Indian, has fluctuated from being hesitant to being comfortable
with its Indian identity, incrementally. Mainly Clouds Partly Periods of Mostly Rather A periods
Indeed, this week was another period of incremental growth in the confidence and cloudy, and sunny sun and cloudy cloudy of rain
maturity of the Indian diaspora in New Zealand as evident in several community events. a little sunshine clouds and
First, a relatively small but enthusiastic group of families from the state of Bihar- rain. windy
Jharkhand in the Central-eastern part of India celebrated the festival of Chhath, which
could be safely termed as the star festival of that part of the world displaying rituals, 19 14 14 14 18 14 18
beliefs, colours and culture. 15 8 8 10 8 8 8
For many, a glimpse of this festival would easily give a peek into the culture of the
Bihar and Jharkhand region of India.
For the uninitiated, this Bihar-Jharkhand region was the epicentre of both, the greatest
material progress, as evident in empire building activity, and the spiritual-intellectual This week in New Zealands history
renaissance, that the ancient India had ever seen.
During the great Mauryan Empire in 325 BCE, the entire Indian subcontinent was
united for the first time under a world-class civil administration established by visionary 8 November 1939
Mauryan rulers, which included Ashok the Great, operated from this region. New Zealand Centennial Exhibition opens
Similarly, this region also witnessed an unparalleled level of philosophical, spiritual,
and intellectual upheaval unseen anywhere else in the world, resulting in the emergence
of two important world religions of Buddhism and Jainism during the same period.
M ore than 2.6 million people visited the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition, which ran
for six months at Rongotai, Wellington. It was the centrepiece of the centennial of the
signing of the Treaty of the Waitangi.
Indeed, this region has a great culture, history and the heritage to share around with
the world. Its only over the period of past few decades that this region has got a bit 9 November 1769
distracted in material progress and resulting in a somewhat subdued display of its
culture and heritage. Cook observes transit of Mercury
Gradually,o this region are feeling confident enough to display the culture that they
bring from their ancestral land. J ames Cook helped his astronomer Charles Green observe the transit of Mercury at Te
Whanganui-o-Hei (Mercury Bay), Coromandel Peninsula.
It was reflected in the Bihar-Jharkhand community gathering together in Auckland
over the last weekend to celebrate the festival of Chhath. 9 November 1920
The fact that the newly appointed Honorary Consul of India Mr Bhav Dhillon attended White New Zealand policy introduced
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this event as the Chief Guest also reflects the growing connections with the government ew Zealands immigration policy in the early 20th century was strongly influenced by
of India and its diaspora. racial ideology. The Immigration Restriction Amendment Act 1920 required immigrants
Similarly, another smaller community back from India, the Jain community, to apply for a permanent residence permit before they arrived in New Zealand
demonstrated a resolve to bring the first Jain temple in New Zealand - again a sign of
growing maturity of the Indian diaspora in New Zealand. 10 November 1880
The small group of hundred families gathered recently in Auckland, to
perform Bhoomi-pujan, and public- appeal for a donation to support the cause of
Sutherland Falls discovered
Jain temple.
Likewise, another first for the Indian community in New Zealand was the celebration S utherland Falls (Natural Sciences Image
Library of New Zealand, Go13324Rbt)
Scottish backwoodsman Donald Sutherland was
of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, an opportunity to remember one of the founding fathers of
the modern republic of India Sardar Patel and also to extol the importance of a united, looking for a viable route between Milford Sound
undivided and strong India. The community gathered together on a seemingly lazy and Lake Wakatipu on 10 November 1880 when
Sunday afternoon at the iconic Gandhi centre in Glen Eden to celebrate National Unity he glimpsed falling water in the distance through
Day. The attendees included several community leaders, MPs, former MPs, elders, trees. He was the first European to see the falls
professionals, women and most importantly the young ones in the community, who which now bear his name.
need to be connected with their cultural roots.
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Waikato and Northland region) also arrived this week, suggesting the desire of the
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World markets ripe for the taking, but where is Indias strategy?
AMIT KAPOOR Vietnam in electronics.

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Unfortunately, the governments
n an expected and welcome turn
Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 misses
of events, the Indian economy
out on this issue. It calls for building
received a INR 9-trillion
adequate export infrastructure like
resolution to its bad loan and slow
better multi-modal transportation
growth problem. The government
for improved road connectivity to
unveiled its plan to pump INR 2.11
ports, railheads, airports and inland
trillion into over-leveraged state-
waterways; faster throughput at
owned banks over the next two years
ports; faster movement of rakes
and another INR 7 trillion into an
by railways; and quicker air
ambitious roads project over the next
cargo movement.
five years.
It also recommends the creation
Ive repeatedly argued for these in
of a supportive infrastructure for
this column and a timely roll-out of
exports, including more laboratories
the plan should suffice in reviving the
for testing and more tool rooms
dampened animal spirits within the
leverage the external upswing to is not an oil-rich nation by any other leading items of export like and plant quarantine facilities,
economy. However, now that issues
boost its growth momentum. means. It is a labour-rich country diamonds and jewellery witnessed a among others.
on the domestic front have been
Moreover, the external sector has and even oil refining is a capital- sharp downturn. Now, as the global However, these are merely supply-
tackled headfirst to the best of the
already been showing some positive intensive process. So, the dominance economy recovers both demand for side issues which are important
governments fiscal capabilities, the
signs of late, with exports shooting of refined petroleum products in its petroleum products and discretionary in themselves but do not have
external sector should be explored
up to US $28.61 billion in the second export list is inexplicable. This is products will see an uptick. But the much impact in altering Indias
for lucrative economic possibilities.
quarter of this year as compared to clearly indicative of the fact that fact of the matter remains that these export composition. To strengthen
Fortunately for India, the global
US $22.8 billion in the same period a India is missing out on potentially should not be the products defining manufacturing competitiveness in
economies are showing signs of
year ago. As a result, the trade deficit lucrative export markets where it can Indias export performance. India, there is a dire need of bold
recovery for the first time after the 17
has reduced from $9.07 billion in be globally competitive. As mentioned, India is a labour- structural changes in the economy
financial crisis of 2008, rendering
FY16 to US $8.98 billion in FY17. Moreover, oil is also Indias rich nation and is currently in like labour reforms, for which I
the world markets ripe for the taking.
In fact, Indias exports have been leading import item. Even though the desperate search for avenues to find have argued at length in this column
The IMF resonated this in its latest
falling since 2014 and have only seen value of oil imports are almost three employment for its workforce, which quite recently.
World Economic Outlook by raising
a recent recovery. It may come as a times that of the countrys oil exports, is expanding at an annual rate of over Another bold reform can be
the global growth forecast for 2017
surprise to many that Indias export any change in global oil prices has 11 million. Nudging the export sector inspired from the early years
to 3.6 per cent.
performance had been deteriorating to have an adverse impact on the to compete in manufactured goods of Chinese growth with the
This came due to growth
earlier because of dampened oil external sector. Thus, even when oil should be a beneficial strategy in encouragement of entrepreneurship
improvements in countries like
prices. Petroleum products constitute prices dip, and Indias import bill this case. at the village-level.
China, Russia and emerging Europe
25 per cent of the countrys export does fall giving the government a As China gradually vacates its There remain multiple avenues
while India was awarded a downward
basket, making them a leading fiscal bonanza, it negatively impacts position of being the world leader for India to adopt a trade-focused,
revision in its growth.
determinant of the export sectors exports and dampens the gains. in low-cost manufacturing and pragmatic approach which can
Most importantly, Indias major
performance each year. Another reason for Indias poor graduates into higher value-added ensure long-term gains for the
trading partners like the US (2.2 per
This raises a number of issues. A show in exports over the last few products, India should not miss out countrys trade competitiveness.
cent), China (6.8 per cent), Hong
popularly accepted theory of trade years was a sharp fall in discretionary on the opportunity to become the If the government falters at this
Kong (3.8 per cent) and Singapore
dictates that a nation will specialise spending among consumers as a next manufacturing destination. juncture, India could very well miss
(2.5 per cent) are showing better than
in goods that require resources that result of subdued demand since the It has already lost considerable an inflexion point in the countrys
expected growth rates. Under these
are plentiful in the economy. India financial crisis. Consequently, Indias ground to Bangladesh in textiles and export history.
circumstances, India could easily

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among global top


50 in ease of doing
business: Jaitley
W
ith India climbing over 30 places minority investors India had come up to fourth top reforming
in just a few years in the World place on account of reforms like bringing in the nations.
Banks Ease of Doing Business Companies Act and setting up of the National Associated
global rankings, getting into the league of top Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Chambers of
50 countries is a distinct possibility over the The biggest jump comes in the area of Commerce and
short term, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said taxation reforms where we were ranked 172 Industry of India
on Tuesday, October 31. last year and have moved up 53 places to be (Assocham) Secretary
We jumped over 30 places in three years, at 119 this year, Jaitley said, adding that India General D.S. Rawat said:
and as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said can hope to get credit for GST in the rankings What is more heartening is the
about setting a target to get among the top 50... for subsequent years. commitment of the government to
I believe it is eminently doable, Jaitley told India made paying of taxes easier by take India among the first top 50 in
reporters here following the release of World requiring that payments are made electronically the near future. While the government
Bank Groups latest report Doing Business to the Employees Provident Fund and has made progress in areas such
2018: Reforming to Create Jobs. introducing a set of administrative measures for online taxation regime
In 2014, we were ranked 142, and in the easing compliance with corporate income tax, and insolvency
last two years India has gone from 131 to 130, the report said. l a w
he said. India, with eight reforms, was one of this
India for the first time has moved into the years top 10 improvers worldwide and
top 100 in the World Bank rankings from its the leading regional performer. This is These
130th position last year, riding on sustained the first year that India is in the top 10 parameters
government reforms which include making tax 100 economies globally, it added. are so tough that you
paying easier, according to the report. The Finance Minister dont get credit for the
This is the highest jump any country has noted that both on ease of reforms introduced till you
made in the ease of doing business rankings and getting credit and electricity actually see their results on the
is significant for India for our efforts on the 10 connections India has come up ground, he said, adding that
rankings criteria, Jaitley said. to the 29th position this year. the World Banks cut-off date
These 10 parameters are so tough that you On resolving insolvency, we for considering perfor-
dont get credit for the reforms introduced till were 136... then we brought in the mance is June of every
you actually see their results on the ground, Bankruptcy Code and now we have year.
he said, adding that the World Banks cut-off climbed 33 places to 103rd position, strong momentum. The GST reform that did
date for considering performance is June of he said. along with other sectors, further not get considered this year will drive Indias
every year. While there has been substantial progress, commitment to push for easing business improvement in next years assessment. But
It clearly shows India getting into a India still lags in areas such as starting a rules along with the states and local bodies there is a need to continue to work on other
different league. Reforms have a gestation business, enforcing contracts and dealing is quite refreshing. Anil Khaitan, President, areas including starting a businesses, trading
period of about three years before the impact with construction permits, where there is a lot PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry across borders as well as land reforms.
is felt, he said, adding that the credit of GST of work in progress that would help improve (PHDCCI), said the improvement in the eight The policy effort that has contributed to
implementation is also likely to impact Indias rankings further, according to him. parameters is tremendous as reforms across the this has been broad-based and encompasses a
ease of doing business in the coming year. India has moved to 100th position as a result board have resulted in fruitful outcome in the range of areas including taxation, finance, legal
The report recognises India as one of the top of a number of reforms by the government. starting a business, dealing with construction and administrative procedures. With GST, the
10 improvers in this years assessment, though India is moving ahead in absolute ranking as permits, getting credit, protecting minority government has laid the foundation for a more
the report does not take into account the Goods well, Annette Dixon, Vice President, South investors, paying taxes, trading across borders,
efficient indirect tax system, said Pankaj Patel,
and Services Tax (GST) rolled out on July 1. Asia region, World Bank, told reporters earlier enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.
President, Federation of Indian Chambers of
In coming years, substantial jump is further in the day. Congratulating the government Going ahead, we look forward for further
Commerce and Industry (Ficci).
expected. Work is in progress. Enforcement on the milestone shift in doing business improvement in the ease of doing business as
The responsibility for making it easier to do
of contracts is one area where improvement is rankings, Confederation of Indian Industry the GST is not factored in as the cut-off date
business in India is that of both central and state
expected. Starting a new business is also not (CII) President Shobana Kamineni said: This for Ease of Doing Business Ranking 2018 was
governments and reforms at the state level have
factored in fully and in the future it will get imparts a huge fillip to investors that the June 2017, he added.
become even more important, added Patel.
factored in. In 3-4 areas, work is in progress... reform process is on track and would continue Nilaya Varma, Partner and COO -
Manish B. Agarwal, Partner and Leader,
I believe, India in top 50 is doable. We will be to be addressed intensively. The government Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare
Infrastructure, PwC India said: The improved
pushing it with greater force, Jaitley said. has strategically addressed choke points of (IGH), KPMG in India, said: The next
investment climate will give an impetus to
Listing the areas which had boosted Indias the business ecosystem in a mission mode to paradigm shift to top 50 is still a long way
several economic corridors that are ready
ranking, Jaitley said that on protection of improve Indias rank and break into the list of ahead and will require India to maintain a
for investors.

India set for another lunar expedition in early 2018


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ndia will undertake another launched on October 22 that year. reporters.The orbiter is getting ready Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
lunar expedition in early 2018 For launching Chandrayaan-1, and integrated, he said. As part of integration, the lander
by sending a lander and a rover the ISRO used PSLV rocket as the The lander and rover are and rover would be configured
to explore the Moon to unravel its spacecraft carried only an impact undergoing tests. Some more tests for soft landing at a designated
origin and present conditions, a top probe vehicle to crash land on the are planned for December, the
spot on the Moon and to conduct
space official said on Monday. Moon surface from its orbit. ISRO chief said.
scientific experiments.
The second Moon mission We are working towards putting The lunar spacecraft will be
Chandrayaan-2 comes nearly a The rover will emerge from the
an orbiter, lander, and the whole launched onboard the space agencys
decade after Indias maiden lunar system in the lunar orbit in the first heavy rocket Geosynchronous lander to observe the lunar terrain
odessey in November 8, 2008, quarter of 2018, state-run Indian Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and relay the data along with images
through a Polar Satellite Launch Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Mark II from the second launch through radio links.
Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, which was Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told pad of the space port, located at
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Kaun jeetega Gujarat:


Modi uses phone-a-friend lifeline to remember old connections
NEWS in BRIEF
Government to designate 'khichdi'
M as national dish
odi made eight to 10 calls
to people of Gujarat, the

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numbers were selected he government has decided to designate the humble "khichdi" as
randomly. BJP sources said he the national dish to popularise it in global markets for commercial
will next interact with members of promotion. During the World Food India conference, well-known
NAMO app. chef Sanjeev Kapoor will attempt to create a world record by preparing
Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'Brand India Khichdi' using 800 kg of grains in a giant kadhai (wok).
addresses journalists during Diwali The conference will be held here from November 3-5.
Mangal Milan programme at The home-cooked staple food symbolises India's great culture of unity
BJP headquarters in New Delhi in diversity, said Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur
on October 28.Narendra Modi is Badal during a curtain raiser event for the conference.
striking a chord with his home states
"Khichdi is considered nutritious, healthiest food in India and it is is eaten
grassroots BJP workers with his
by poor and rich alike, irrespective of their class. It symbolises India's great
phone, a weapon that Congress vice
culture of unity in diversity. So it has been selected as the brand of Indian
president Rahul Gandhi may miss in gayo che, or development has gone is there to help those who wish to
food," Badal said. Over 50 persons will be involved in the preparation of
his arsenal in the battle for Gujarat. crazy gaining popularity. spread rumours, Modi tells Gohil.
The BJPs biggest crowd-puller This is also a counteroffensive The pep talk had a positive effect khichdi during the global conference, which will be slow-cooked by steam.
is calling up party workers against Gandhis outreach on the man and he now promises The Brand India Khichdi will be prepared using ingredients like rice,
personally to add to his "Despite during his recent tour of to redouble his efforts for a party moong beans, amaranth, jowar, bajra, barley and Indian spices.
high-decibel campaigns having a the state, where he had victory. Gohil said when Modi It will be distributed to visitors including ambassadors and delegates
and innovative pressing schedule, tea sitting on a cot with recollected about his stationary shop, from over 60 countries. The government has plans to popularise khichdi
techniques such as Saheb makes it a point to the family of party he was left speechless. Despite and its recipe in restaurant and kitchens throughout the world by Indian
3D holographic talk to small party workers worker in Jamnagar having a pressing schedule, Saheb Foreign Missions.
projections
rallies and chai pe
at like me. This is a matter
of pride for me and
and performed
Navratri puja at a
makes it a point to talk to small party
workers like me. Legalizing betting will create
charcha meetings, my generations to garba event in Rajkot. This is a matter of pride for me and employment, generate revenue:
Experts
which he used ahead come." Audio clips of Modis my generations to come, he said. In
of his successful 2014 calls to two party workers another call, made to Sumitraben at

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parliamentary polls. in Gujarat are widely shared on Dharampur in south Gujarats Valsad egalizing and regulating
These personal calls by the social media networks. In the first district, Modi says he remembers a gambling and betting
Prime Minister are making a huge clip, he is heard talking to Gopal dish she cooked for him during a visit will not only create
impact both on the party and the Gohil, BJP general secretary of to Dharampur long ago. Sumitraben employment opportunities for
people of Gujarat. His approach is Ward Number 13 in Vadodara who is replies that it was soup. millions of people, but would
infusing new energy into our strong a shopkeeper. Modi goes on to ask her to ignore also help government earn huge
organizational network. The Prime Minister tells him to casteist politics by the Congress revenue from the sector, experts
"This goes to prove how he ignore negativity in campaigns. and mentions names of some
said. However, responsibility of
remains a peoples leader unlike Modi cites how he was called maut other workers.
ensuring welfare and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable sections of
Rahul Gandhi, BJP media cell in- ka saudagar or merchant of death, The connection is instantaneous
society should be kept in mind while regularizing betting, they said.
charge Harshad Patel said. and a murderer by the Congress, as Modi had intensively worked at
Speaking at the All India Gaming Summit here, Law Commission
The phone-a-friend strategy is but he concentrated on working the grassroots level for years before
seen as an attempt to underline his for Gujarat. becoming the chief minister. He Chairman Balbir Singh Chauhan said the issue of gambling and betting had
ability to remember old connections We have been destined to be enjoys a personal rapport with party to be addressed by experts of the industry and that the Law Commission
and rekindle emotional bonds ahead abused since the launch of Jan workers. The BJP said more such would welcome their opinions and incorporate them in its report.
of the high-stakes December 9 and Sangh. But you should not worry calls are coming in the run-up to the As per the industry reports, regularizing and legalizing the sector will
14 elections in Gujarat, which he about it Has there been any polls for the 182-member assembly. bring in revenue and employment. But responsibility of ensuring welfare
ruled as chief minister from 2001 election when lies were not spread? Modi made eight to 10 calls and and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable sections of society should
to 2014. The calls are meant to dent They said my hands were stained the numbers were selected randomly. be kept in mind while regularizing betting and gaming, a statement quoted
Gandhis growing social media with blood. But people know the BJP sources said he will next Chauhan. The summit organised by All India Gaming Federation addressed
presence and the Congress-backed truth. Earlier, rumours were spread interact with members of his mobile topics such as ills of the present system, issues and challenges and self
online campaign Vikas gando thai by word of mouth, now WhatsApp application, NAMO. regulation in skill gaming.

Russia, India to sign contract for


Rajya Sabha Member and senior advocate of the Supreme Court K.T.S.
Tulsi said if betting was legalized and regulated, it would provide direct
employment to 5,70,000 people and indirect employment to millions.

overhaul of Mi-26 choppers Besides, government can earn huge revenue by legalizing the sector.
For example, on a turnover of Rs 1,50,000 crore, the government can earn

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a TDS of Rs 4,500 crore, he said.
ndia and Russia are set to sign
a contract soon for overhaul Congress Himachal poll manifesto
of three Mi-26 helicopters, the
biggest choppers in the world, for the woos farmers, youths, employees
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Indian Air Force, and Moscow has he ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, released
also offered long-term maintenance its manifesto for the November 9 assembly election, promising
for its Mi-17 choppers, a Russian interest-free loans to farmers, laptops for students, jobs for youth
official has said. and special grade pay-scale for all employees.
Russian Helicopters, a part of Releasing the manifesto, Congress leader and Health Minister Kaul
Rostec State Corporation, has Singh said all marginal and small farmers in the state would be extended an
finalised the financial aspects of interest-free loan of Rs one lakh without following strict conditions.
the contract for overhaul of these For the fruits growers, 90 per cent subsidy would be provided on anti-
transport helicopters. Currently, the hail nets. For the youth of the hill state, there will be creation of 1.50 lakh
two sides are working on specifying government jobs in its five-year term.
the technical details of the contract. He said if the party returned to power, all categories of employees would
The Russian side has also offered be granted a special grade pay-scale.
overhaul of two Mi-35 helicopters, Wages of the labourers employed under the central government-
repair and modernisation of five Ka- India is one of the largest operators inside the fuselage or on an external funded Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
31 choppers operated by the Indian of Russian-made helicopters. suspension. (MGNREGA), the party said, would be hiked to Rs 350 per day from the
Navy, as well as long-term agreement The Mi-17 helicopter fleet of the Rostec State Corporation is existing Rs 150.
for repair and maintenance of the Mi- IAF currently has more than 250 a Russian corporation that was "We will ask the central government to increase the MGNREGA wages
17 helicopters. choppers. established in 2007 to facilitate the from Rs 150 to Rs 350. If it does not agree, we will provide the hiked wages
"We have forwarded to the Air The Mi-26, the world's largest development, production and export from our own resources," said Kaul Singh.
Force headquarters of India a draft load-lifting helicopter, is widely used of high-tech industrial products He was accompanied by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and party in-
of a long-term agreement on repair throughout the world for carrying designed for civilian and military charge and former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde at the manifesto
and maintenance of Mi-17 type out transport, evacuation and fire applications. launch ceremony here.
helicopters," said Andrei Boginsky, prevention tasks. The Corporation comprises over "Our manifesto is a golden link in the chain of colossal progress
general director of the holding The Mi-26 is capable of 700 organisations. in Himachal. Once again, we embark on this momentous journey
company Russian Helicopters. transporting up to 20 tonnes of cargo #MissionHP2017," the Chief Minister said in a tweet.
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, November 3, 2017 The Indian Weekender

Ex-ambassador Richard Verma Spoke to Indian student attacked in


Italy; incident not racial: Sushma
joins India-US forum board E
xternal Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj said on

F
ormer US Ambassador to Tuesday that she had spoken
India Richard Verma has to an Indian student assaulted in
joined the board of the Italy's Milan and was told that it was
US India Strategic Partnership not a racial attack but robbery.
Forum (USISPF), a New Delhi- Sushma Swaraj, who earlier said
centric advocacy group aiming at she was personally monitoring the
strengthening ties between the two situation amid reports of attacks on
nations, the media reported. Indian students in Milan, tweeted
Announcing Vermas appointment, about her conversation with the
the USISPF said: Vermas extensive student concerned.
career and long-standing knowledge "Attack on Indian students in Italy students to stay away from any area
of foreign policy makes him an I have spoken to the Indian student perceived to be of risk.
invaluable addition to the USISPF concerned in Milan. He has told me "The Consulate has received
Board, The American Bazaar that it was a case of robbery and not reports of unfortunate incident of
reported.Verma was nominated as a racial attack. She also appreciated attacks on the Indian students in
the 25th US Ambassador to India by the help rendered by the Consulate Milan. All Indian students are urged
former President Barack Obama in General of India in Milan. not to panic.
September 2014 and confirmed by The Minister had earlier asked the "In the meanwhile, students are
the Senate in December 2014. students not to worry and said she advised to be in touch with each other
During his two-year tenure, had got a detailed report. (particularly when they go out) as
US-India relations experienced "Attack on Indian students in well as with the consulate and spread
a significant resurgence, with Milan: I have got the detailed report. the information among other students
important gains made in defence, Please do not worry. I am monitoring about the areas where they face such
trade, and clean energy. the situation personally," the External incidents so that such areas can be
Richard Verma is one of the most Affairs Minister had said in a tweet. avoided or approached with greater
profoundly influential individuals The Indian Consulate in the Italian caution," the statement added.
for US-India relations, and we could city issued an advisory, asking Indian According to reports, the attacks
not be more honoured and excited to students not to panic and to contact took place on October 17 and
welcome him to the USISPF Board, a the mission in case of such incidents. October 30. Three Indians students
powerful group that will undoubtedly The report of the attacks came were allegedly attacked with beer
make serious strides in partnership as Italian Prime Minister Paolo bottles. There is a 180,000-strong
and trade growth between the United Gentiloni was in India on a two- Indian community in Italy, the third
States and India, The American Former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma joins the board of the US India
day visit, and held talks with largest in the European Union after
Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)
Bazaar quoted Mukesh Aghi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Britain and the Netherlands.
president of USISPF as saying. India and in cooperation with of this new leading organisation. boosting ties that have seen a marked Gentiloni was in India for the
In response Verma said: While domestic partners. Headquartered in Washington downswing over recent years. October 29-30 visit, the first by
serving as Ambassador to India, I The USISPF provides a critical D.C., the USISPF has offices in New The Indian Consulate in Milan had an Italian Prime Minister in over
saw first-hand the exciting work platform to advance commercial ties, York, Silicon Valley, Mumbai and on Monday said that it has received a decade that helped thaw the
that US companies are doing across and I am delighted to join the Board New Delhi. reports of attacks and cautioned bilateral ties.

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Propounding the path of Bhagwan Mahavira, the founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur,
Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai is a spiritual visionary and a modern day mystic. An embodiment of universal
compassion, He has touched thousands of lives in various countries through enlightening discourses and
an array of meditation retreats steering a multitude of souls towards the spiritual way of life. His preaching
inspires one to rise above religious dogma and focus on the Eternal. His divine benevolence has uplifted
numerous underprivileged lives through the ten-fold Love and Care programme.

For more information, visit:


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Or call Dhaval Ghelani: 0415 158 789
Email: publicrelations@shrimadrajchandramission.org

desire for prestige. Param Krupalu Dev could have ego-wall but he breaks down that wall. He snatches away
Freedom from the Ego earned wealth, fame, prestige in abundance through the everything that can give space for the ego to grow.
performance of Shatavdhan (doing 100 different things He explains the worthlessness of the ego. Just as a grain
- PUJYA GURUDEVSHRI RAKESHBHAI simultaneously); but keeping His spiritual welfare at of sand in the eye hides the huge Himalaya, and when
the forefront He stopped the demonstration of such removed, reveals it, in the same way, ego does not let you
miraculous powers. Such an exemplary feat is rare indeed. realise your eternal nature. If the ego is removed, the
Pujya Gurudevshri vividly gives specific Self can be realised. Sadguru makes you drop the desire
characteristics of ego to help you spot it in you (3) Insistence on making changes to exhibit and kindles the yearning for Self-realisation.
and enthusiastically march forward towards Egocentric person cannot accept things as they are. He does not command but gives a yardstick by which you
its annihilation Whether it is an act of cutting hair or stitching clothes, can recognise the worthlessness of the ego. You then start
in anything big or small, he wants to make or suggest doubting the empty promises that the ego gives.
changes. Because of this flaw, he has no acceptance and
without caring for others, he insists on proving himself There is nothing more worthless than ego in this world. It
Enlightened Beings of all religions, from every region, at
right. He is therefore always in a state of likes-dislikes. promises a lot but does not produce anything worthwhile.
all times, have concluded that the ultimate goal of all
It makes you run but you reach nowhere. It is smart to
spiritual practices is the annihilation of the ego. As long as
(4) Averse to being corrected seize you in its snare but you gain nothing from it. You
you are rooted in the ego, whatever spiritual practices you
Egocentric person considers himself to be more doubt everyone, including the saints, but never your ego.
may follow, be it devotion, study of scriptures, austerities,
intelligent, wiser and greater than others. As a result, not Until you realise the worthlessness of the ego, its falsity,
meditation, etc., they will be unprofitable. Until you have
only does he constantly advise others but also he doesnt the right efforts to annihilate the ego do not start. The
realised your eternal existence and destroyed the ego,
like taking suggestions from others. He cannot accept day you doubt your ego, your path to liberation opens, you
your spiritual practices will not bear fruit.
his mistake pointed out by anyone else, because he just become a seeker and your quest begins.
cannot believe that he can even make a mistake. I am
The eternal nature of every being is equally pure. When
right, what I think and do has to be right. If you dont feel
you establish your identity in your eternal nature and
so, it is your mistake; you dont want to understand me.
abide in it, you see the same pure nature in all, your ego
Blinded by his ego, he cannot see or understand that no
does not arise. Identifying with your true nature opens up
matter how beautiful or perfect looking the work is, there
the path to emancipation.
is always scope for improvement.
The Focus on Sameness
(5) Ambitious to be the best
The saints have the eternal nature of the Self as their
Egocentric person always wants to be at the top, the best.
focus; they first see pure Self in the other person, so
With such attitude, he always remains focussed on the
their transactions with others happen with the vision of
other. I must remain ahead of others, I should look better
sameness. When the sameness in all becomes primary,
than others harbouring such feelings, he is constantly
the non-divisive vision blossoms. He then does not
running and getting entrapped by fear and insecurity.
discriminate or have likes-dislikes; nor does he see
The wall of your ego is just one, but those who decorate
anyone as higher or lower; instead, he sees others as
this wall are many. This wall is being decorated from
spiritual relatives.
all around you. Mother and father say that we are from
a noble lineage; our family is highly reputable. The An untold story of two legends of Indian history
Seeing the differences in others creates divisive vision
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Experience the heart of spirituality with
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India break T20I jinx, bid adieu


The Indian Weekender

to Nehra with win vs Kiwis


V
eteran pacer Ashish Nehra could not and Rohit Sharma (80 from 55 balls) blasted
have asked for a better send-off as identical half tons to set the tone with a 158-run
India thrashed New Zealand by 53 runs record opening stand and guide the hosts post a
at the Ferozshah Kotla on Wednesday, October massive 202/3.
31, to bring up their maiden win against the In reply, the tourists failed to get going as
Kiwis in T20 Internationals. only five of their batsmen -- Kane Williamson
India's opening duo (28), Tom Latham (39), Mitchell Santner (27),
of Shikhar Dhawan Ish Sodhi (11) and Tom Bruce (10) could
(80 from 52 balls) manage to reach double figures.
The Kiwis found both their openers -- Martin
Guptill (4) and Colin Munro (7) back in the hut
inside the first four overs with just 18 runs on the
board. The credit for Guptill's dismissal went to
Hardik Pandya's quick reflexes, latching on to a
superb running catch at long-off off leg-spinner Ashish Nehra presented memento by Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni ahead of farewell match at Delhi Indias
Yuzvendra Chahal. veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra is playing his final international match in the first T20I against visitors
Munro failed to make full use of the life when New Zealand at Delhi.
he was dropped by Pandya off Ashish Nehra, after 13 overs. arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who cramped
and was beaten by a pacy yorker from They were soon reduced to 99/7 as the Indian him for room. The southpaw turned up the heat
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. bowlers tightened the noose. by smashing a couple of sixes even as Rohit
Tottering at 33/2 by the end of the Chahal dealt the final nail on the coffin by got to his 12th T20I half century by clobbering
powerplay, the onus was on skipper dismissing New Zealand's last hope -- Latham, Santner for a maximum and two consecutive
Kane Williamson (28 off 24 balls) smartly stumped by Dhoni as the asking rate boundaries as India's score crossed the 150-run
and Tom Latham to take out of kept on mounting. mark in no time.
With
troubled waters. Merely a formality with the Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who was till now at
the dew
Williamson, who Kiwis requiring 61 off the the receiving end of Dhawan's onslaught, got
setting in, the New
started off by clobbering last over, Kohli threw the the better of the southpaw with a googly outside
Zealanders found it
Bhuvneshwar for a ball to Nehra for one last off. Dhawan's stay at the crease was ended
tough to grip the ball,
six before enjoying time in his 18-year-old when he failed to connect the ball and instead
which was well utilised by
a reprieve from international career. nicked back to stumper Latham.
the Indian duo, reaching
Kohli at mid-off off As Nehra went back Two balls later, Sodhi packed the dangerous
80/0 midway through
Nehra, fell prey to to his run-up to bowl his Pandya (0), who was promoted up to accelerate
the innings.
Pandya's first delivery fourth of the over, a young ball the scoring rate.
of the match, comfortably boy took everyone by surprise With 3.2 overs left, skipper Virat Kohli (26
caught behind by Mahendra when he came up running to touch the off 11 balls) walked into the middle amid loud
Singh Dhoni. veteran pacer's feet. Earlier, India made full use cheers from the capacity crowd and began
The dismissal of Williamson of the horrible fielding effort from the Kiwis to sending the bowlers to the leather hunt in the
brought in Tom Bruce (10 decimate the Kiwi bowlers. company of former skipper Dhoni, who was at
from 10b), who started off While Dhawan belted a 52-ball 80, to eclipse 7 off two deliveries.
with a boundary off Pandya his previous highest T20I score of 60, Rohit After the match, Nehra took a lap of honour
but fell immediately to left- continued his glorious form to smash a 55-ball around the ground with the entire team
arm spinner Axar Patel. 80, comprising six boundaries and four sixes. with him.
One ball later, Axar With the dew setting in, the New Zealanders His long-time Delhi team-mates Kohli and
dismissed Colin de found it tough to grip the ball, which was Dhawan hoisted him up on their shoulders as
Grandhomme (0) as the well utilised by the Indian duo, reaching 80/0 he waved energetically at the crowd.
Kiwis found themselves midway through the innings. With the win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in
tottering at a precarious 84/5 Dhawan had by now reached his third T20 the three-match rubber and will next face the
fifty with a single off an inside edge off left- Kiwis at Rajkot on Saturday.

Indian shooters shine at Commonwealth meet Williamson blames bowling


T for New Zealand defeat
he Indian contingent topped qualification with a score of
continued their good 419.8 and her teammate, the talented

N
performance in the teenager Martina Veloso shot 417.5
ew Zealand skipper Kane
ongoing Commonwealth Shooting to finish second.
Williamson rued his team's
Championship on Wednesday, Jasmine's was a Commonwealth
poor bowling effort for
October 31, with gold medals in qualification record. Meghana with
the mens 10 metre Air Pistol and the loss to India in the opening
416.6, Pooja with 415.3 and Anjum
womens 10m Air Rifle events. with 414.1 qualified in third, fourth clash of the three-match Twenty20
Youngster Shahzar Rizvi won and sixth positions respectively. International (T20I) series on
the men's 10m Air Pistol beating In the eight-woman final however, Wednesday, October 31.
established compatriots Omkar it was Anjum who started the India dominated all departments of
Singh and Jitu Rai who took silver strongest, leading the field after five the game, putting together a massive
and bronze respectively to complete shots. But Pooja soon showed her total of 202/3 before restricting the
an Indian clean sweep in the event. class, to take the lead after 10 shots visitors to 149/8.
In the women's 10m Air Rifle, The order did not change in the and held on to win with a final score "It was a disappointing
Pooja Ghatkar came out triumphant final, although Jitu led the trio briefly of 249.8. Anjum ended with 248.7 performance tonight. We were
over teammate Anjum Moudgil who after the first series of five shots with to win Silver while Matina Veloso very poor on the field. India played Kane Williamson
took silver. A third Indian in the final, Omkar second and Shahzar in third. of Singapore won Bronze with a superbly. There are no excuses.
We needed to play better. India Nehra, who belongs to Delhi,
Meghana Sajjanar, finished fifth. Omkar then led till the 18th shot score of 224.8. Meghana ended fifth
were outstanding and never gave bowled an economical spell of
India's overall tally has now gone before the youngster took control with 183.8
up to three gold, two silver and two from the 20th shot. By the end of the In the men's Skeet, the Indian us a sniff," Williamson said after 4/29 in his four overs before being
bronze for a total of seven medals allotted 24 shots, Shahzar ended with trio of Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Angad the match. carried around the ground on the
from the competition so far. a score of 240.7, while Omkar came Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz "The spinners bowled really well shoulders of his teammates in an
The day started with Shahzar second with 236, thanks to four out of Sheikh shot 119 each out of 125 in but the bowlers around them went emotional farewell.
topping the 16-man qualification his last six shots being in the 8s. Jitu qualification to get into a shoot-off for a lot of runs," he added. "I want to congratulate Ashish
round with a score of 581. Omkar won Bronze with a score of 214.1. to qualify for the finals. Mairaj and The Kiwi captain also paid tribute on a fantastic career. I have played
and Jitu followed him into the eight- In the women's 10m Air Rifle, the Angad made it through to the six- to veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, against him and with him, always
man final with scores of 576 and 571 fight was a bit tougher. Singapore's man final to eventually finish fifth who played his last international a gentleman on and off the field,"
respectively. star Rifle shooter, Jasmine Xer, and sixth respectively. match on Wednesday. Williamson said.
FEATURES 23

Interconnecting Science with Spirituality


The Indian Weekender Friday, November 3, 2017

Brahmrishi Sri Guruvanandji

H
is Holiness Brahmrishi Sri He strongly advocates that Religion
Guruvanandji ji, (Gurudev), the does not bind us, but rather frees us from all
Divine spiritual master par excellence, bondages of Karma (Deeds). He emphasises
the embodiment of Sat (Divine Existence), Chit that Saints and Gurus should not give us a cult
(Consciousness) and Ananda (Bliss), entered or a new religion but rather the correct way of
the terrestrial sphere on 12 January 1941 in life ensuring a smooth and successful transition
the renowned land of sages, saints, avatars and from the worldly bondages of family and
gurus, that is, in the blessed land of Bharata society towards and into the Almighty.
(India), with the specific mission of bringing His teachings, preaching and blessings have
the message of Divine Life to the toiling and the power to alter the direction and the very
suffering masses. destiny of ones life.
The Divinity that entered the immaculate Once in his fold, he proved to his devotees
sanctified human embryo was destined to that he knew what they were thinking and
become the Divine Guru with the mission of saying and doing when hundreds of miles away
imparting saving knowledge to all humanity. from him. Frequently he appeared wherever he
His spiritual journey began at the age was needed and rescued his devotees from the
of just nine months old under miraculous crisis.
circumstances when his spiritual mentor, If time and space permits, in the forthcoming
Yogiraj Devaraha Baba (known as ageless issues, we will share some of the experiences of
yogi), saved his life from terminal illness. the devotees what benefits they have achieved
Baba took this child under his wings and from this Divine Soul walking on two feet.
nurtured him to supreme health and raised him Such Miracles do not matter, what matters is
with utmost care. the Source, which is beyond evolution.
The child remained mute for twelve years Darshan is the powerful super conscious
till a miracle occurred on Saptami of Shardiya vibration that is present around an Enlightened
Navaratri when three Goddesses appeared in Being at all times. Just as the Sun continuously
the childs dream and bestowed the power of radiates light, whether anybody is present to
speech and supreme wisdom. receive it or not, the enlightened consciousness
The child woke up shouting Baba, Baba... is forever radiating its presence.
and thus started the childs journey of spiritual The auspicious moment when we are able
dialogue with his spiritual mentor Shri to catch it becomes the moment of Darshan
Devaraha Baba. between Science and Spirituality. Under the and other spiritual scriptures from Jainism,
for us. Just having a glimpse of the enlightened
Academically to his distinction, Gurudev guidance of his Guru and through intense Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. He
being is believed to cleanse the Karmas of
graduated with B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics, penance, he has awakened the Kundalini Shakti has the unique capacity to impart deep spiritual
many lifetimes and create deep and lasting
B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from highly (primal energy coiled and located in the base of message in laymans language that people can
transformation. Dont miss once in life time
reputed institute, IIT (Kharagpur, India) spine) resulting in acquiring of range of Siddhies translate into their daily lives.
opportunity to cleanse your Karmas and uplift
followed with MA in Sanskrit, Vedas and (Divine powers) and Spiritual Enlightenment. Invested with the divine energy and
yourselves spiritually as Gurudev ji would be
Jyotisha and Ph.D. in Astrology. In a nutshell, Science meets Spirituality and the power; imbued with divine love and supreme
radiating his Darshan in three major cities in
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Moong Dal Halwa


A luscious, creamy pudding made with lentils
I t would be fair to say that split yellow gram (moong dal), is the most
unique of all the lentils used in Indian cuisine. Thanks to its versatility
(it can defy the sweet-savory spectrum), moong dal can spark innovation
in the kitchen. Usually made into savoury dals or combined with rice to
make Khichdi, here it becomes a buttery, sweet concoction known as
Moong Dal Halwa.
and soak them in plenty of
Preparation Times: 20 min water for at least 6 hours
Soaking Time: 6 hours or overnight or overnight.
Cooking Times: 60 min Drain the excess water and
Serve: 8 grind the lentils into a coarse
paste using a food processor.
INGREDIENTS: Add a little water if necessary.
1 cup split yellow gram lentils Place saffron in a warm milk
1/4 tsp safron and set aside to infuse.
1 Tbsp wamed milk In a pan, mix the sugar with
1 cup castor sugar (or any milk and bring to the boil (no
other sugar) more than once). Add ground
2 cups full fat milk cardamom and remove from
4 green cardamon pods, heat, keep aside.
crushed Heat clarified butter in a heavy- (this can take 4045 minutes).
1 1/2 cup clarified butter bottomed non-stick pan on a Add milk and sugar mixture well, simmer until the milk has Ruby's Tip: Adjust sweetness
Chopped pistachios or medium flame. to the lentils and cook while been absorbed and once again by adding more or less sugar to
almonds to garnish Add the lentil paste and stir stirring continuously until all the fat has separated. suit your taste. Halwa can be
the mixture continuously until the moisture has been absorbed stored in an airtight container and
METHOD: it becomes golden-brown in and the fat separates. Serve warm, garnish with refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Wash the lentils thoroughly colour and the fat has separated Add the saffron milk and mix pistachios and almonds.

PARENTING Childhood adversities


may up health issues
Mothers work more, dads
spends more leisure time: Study Y
oung children who face
adverse problems such as
death of a parent, growing up
in poverty, physical or sexual abuse,

D
o you think your mom or having a parent with a psychiatric
works less than your dad? illness are likely to be at a higher risk
No, in fact she may be of developing health problems in
more hardworking, as researchers adulthood, warn researchers.
have found that dads are often seen Research showed that facing three
having fun while moms work around or more adverse experiences at a time
the house. can lead to smaller brain volumes.
The study published online in As a result, children are unable to
the Journal Sex Roles found that express their emotions properly,
three months after the birth of their which leads to depression and worse
first child, on days when couples social and emotional outcomes. how powerful the psychosocial
were not working, men were most environment can be, said Joan L.
often relaxing while women did "A childs brain doesnt Luby, Professor at the University of
housework or child care. develop based solely on Washington in Missouri, US.
Household tasks and child care its genetic infrastructure. A childs brain doesnt develop
are still not being shared equally, even based solely on its genetic
among couples who we expected
It is influenced by the infrastructure. It is influenced by
would have more egalitarian views stresses of poverty, the stresses of poverty, violence, the
of how to share parenting duties, violence, the loss of a loss of a parent, and other adverse
said lead author Claire Kamp Dush, parent, and other adverse experiences, which together can
associate professor at The Ohio women still did slightly more work, did child care. In contrast, women have serious health consequences
the results showed. were engaged in leisure only 16 per
experiences, which
State University. evident as early as the teenage and
But men made up for it on non- cent of the time when their partners together can have serious preteenage years, she added.
The researchers conducted a
study that included 52 couples workdays, when the amount of were taking care of their child. health consequences The study, published in the
who participated in the New time they spent in leisure activities Results were similar for evident as early as the journal JAMA Pediatrics, conducted
Parents Project. actually doubled between when housework, where fathers took 35 teenage and preteenage multiple MRI brain scans on children
They were asked to complete their their partner was pregnant and three per cent of the time off while their between three to six years of age
years."
own time diaries for a working and months after the birth. partner did tasks like cleaning. which showed that the inferior frontal
a non-working day during the third On non-working days, parents Women took 19 per cent of the time gyrus part of the brain important
trimester of the womans pregnancy are more evenly splitting housework off when men did housework. Those who faced adversities for language comprehension and
and about three months after the and childcare, the Men need to get in there and between the age group of nine to 15 production was smaller in children
babys birth. researcher said. take care of their child and house, years were 15 per cent more likely to with more adverse experiences.
"Household
On working days after On their days particularly on the weekends. develop severe depression by their People exposed to adversity early
tasks and child
the baby was born, the off, men were In some cases, moms may pre-teenage years and early teenage in life experience changes in the
care are still not being
time women and men r e laxing need to step back and let fathers years and 25 per cent more likely volume of the inferior frontal gyrus
shared equally, even among
more 46 per do housework and child care to suffer physical health problems, that probably can make children
spent doing housework couples who we expected
cent of the tasks without hovering to make like asthma and gastrointestinal more vulnerable to behavioural
and child care was would have more egalitarian
time while sure they meet her standards, the disorders. issues and bad decision-making,
more equal than on non- views of how to share
their partners researcher added. Our findings demonstrate Luby said.
working days, although parenting duties."
Why you need to say no to excess salt
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 3, 2017 FEATURES 25

W
ith the festive season on, Baked foods diseases.
most of us throw caution Foods that are baked rely on sugar
Did you know?
to the winds and indulge and sodium as a preservative. Some
Eating less salt has also been
in all kinds of delicacies both sweet baked foods are known to have
shown to reduce the risk of kidney
and savoury. But before you reach around 200 mg sodium
disease, osteoporosis, stomach
out for that tempting deep-fried, salt-
Soups cancer and even headaches
laden plate of fries, be forewarned: a
Most canned or restaurant soups Keep in mind...
study has found that high salt intake
have around 1,000 to 1,500 mg of The World Health Organisation
is associated with increased risk of
sodium per bowl. recommends a maximum of five
hypertension and heartfailure.
grams of salt (which is around
Burgers and hot dogs
How does it happen? one teaspoon) per day. The
Even the vegetarian versions of
Senior cardiologist Dr Santosh physiological need is two-three
these foods are loaded with salt. The
Kumar Dora says, "Heart failure grams per day.
some sodium in our diet to help most of the sodium we eat, is in our patties alone have around 500 mg
is when heart is unable to pump Table salt, also known as Sodium
regulate fluid in the body, the amount food before we buy it, many people of salt.
enough blood as per the need of the of salt we eat is far more than we
Chloride is the biggest source of
unfortunately don't realise they are
body. Sodium retains water, so high require. It's the excess of sodium Hot chocolate and pancakes sodium in our diets. It is made up
eating too much salt. Thus it makes
sodium in the blood will retain water that's the problem in relation to it hard for people to limit how much If you are not have the homemade of 40 per cent sodium and 60 per
and increase the blood volume. This blood pressure. sodium they are eating." Nutritionists versions of hot chocolate drinks and cent chloride.
puts stress on the heart and may lead When there's extra sodium in say that all kinds of processed and pancakes, you might end up having Cardiologists say that even if
to heart failure." our bloodstream, it attracts water prepared foods contain high levels around 1,500-200 mg of sodium. one does not have high blood
into our blood vessels, increasing of sodium. Most packaged foods are Avoiding ready-made mixes of these pressure, eating less sodium
What are the recommended
the total amount of blood flowing high in sodium as it is used like a foods is a great idea. can help blunt the rise in blood
levels of salt intake? pressure that occurs with age,
In patients who already are inside our blood vessels, leading to preservative. Avoiding excess sauces Packaged raw chicken and reduce the risk of heart
suffering from heart failure or those increase in the blood pressure. There and seasonings can help say doctors. Opting for packets of organic attack and stroke.
who have low pumping efficiency, is very convincing evidence which Pickles are also very rich in salt chicken will help because, chicken Having excess salt leads to water
increased salt intake puts the heart has shown that regularly eating too content. Apart from this, there breasts sometimes have high-sodium retention and this extra water
at a great risk say cardiologists. much salt puts us at increased risk are many foods that are actually flavouring solution injected in them. in our body can also lead to
Dr Dora says, "In these cases the of developing high blood pressure. swimming in salt but are not as
Researchers say bloating and weight gain.
recommended salt intake is less than High blood pressure is the main obvious. Here is a list...
According to a study, high salt Sodium that is naturally present
two to three gms per day. In patients cause of strokes and a major cause
Cottage cheese intake is associated with a doubled in our diets amounts to about
who suffer from hypertension, the of heart attacks and heart failures, the
Paneer or cottage cheese that is not risk of heart failure. The findings 12 per cent and the part we add
recommended salt intake is less than most common causes of death and
homemade can have around 1,000 showed that people who consume while cooking or while eating our
five gms per day." illness in the world."
mg of sodium in one cup. And that more than 13.7 grams of salt daily meals constitutes about 11 per
Our body needs sodium Foods that contain high is around 40 per cent of your entire may be at twice the higher risk of cent. Dr Suvarna says, "So, even
Sodium is a mineral that's essential sodium levels day's intake. heart failure compared to those if you are not using a salt shaker
for life say doctors. It helps control In this age of fast living, most consuming less than 6.8 grams. or having table salt, probably
Cereal
our body's fluid balance and also of us have packaged and or pre- The researchers said that this salt- getting too much sodium."
It is touted to be a good breakfast
helps send nerve impulses and prepared foods. What most do not related increase in heart failure risk So far, high salt intake has been
but some packaged cereals are said
affects muscle function. Senior know that about 77 per cent of the was independent of blood pressure associated with increased risk
to have 180 to 300 mg of sodium
interventional cardiologist Dr Tilak sodium we consume comes from level increased level of which is of hypertension, coronary heart
per serving.
Suvarna says, "While we do need there. Dr Suvarna says, "Since also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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FOOD FUNDA GONE WRONG


Friday, November 3, 2017 The Indian Weekender

sharbat, cashew
halwa, jowar
roti transport
you to your
AKANKSHA childhood? I
MEHRA hope it does.
HARIDASANI T h e

W
trick lies in
e love sharing food. Not
going back to
necessarily in its physical
the basics.
sense but on social media.
Cutting back on
Lets admit it, we have all tagged
processed food
a meal picture as #scrumptious well
and restoring the
before tasting it at some point.
original eating
Personally, I have upgraded
habits instilled
my food photography skills for
by our parents
the virtual treasure troves of
is the best way
#foodporn, #instafood and #delicious
to eat.
Instagram stories.
Pick idli
This is one of the many ways in
over oats for
which our food consumption habits
breakfast, parantha
have changed tremendously.
over pitas for lunch
If you are a fitness freak, this
and curd rice over
question is for you: when was the
pasta salad for
last time you saw food as a source of
dinner.
happiness beyond its bifurcation as
We as
protein, fat, or carbs?
Indians are
We judge food on its visual appeal
blessed to
like never and do not hesitate to rip a
inherit food
packet open guilt free in the name of
gyms, crash diets, weight loss much food as possible. recommendations to wisdom and
low fat or sugar free.
foods, health magazines and the Rujutha Diwekar, a renowned draw attention away delicious recipes
What we fail to realise is that
infamous before and after home nutritionist revealed that fat was from dietary fat while from our ancestors.
food is one of the most lucrative
fitness DVDs. the villain in the 1970s resulting in casting light on an even It is imperative to
businesses in the world.
The next time you walk into a an inundation of low fat products in less nutritious ingredient added empower ourselves with
Food trends and business
supermarket, take a minute to notice the market. sugar. knowledge about food industries
owners majorly influence our
the aisles stacked with chemically Currently, sugar and carbs hold the Soon protein will be cast as the and make wiser food choices before
eating habits.
induced food labelled as healthy. villainous title, restoring the long lost villain and promotion of vegan getting trapped in the vicious circle
When obesity was acknowledged
The power lies in the hands of faith in fat. products have started the movement. of regaining and losing weight and
as a global issue, the multinationals
conglomerates who develop food This was further substantiated So how do we proceed from here providing perennial revenue to food
built profitable businesses through
trends with a simple aim to sell as when Michelle Obama proposed on? Does coconut water, dahi, rose and diet industries.
professional front, but you are likely to miss Lucky Number- 6 / Lucky Colour- Crimson
out on them due to unconnected trivial
pursuits. You can be hauled up for spending Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 21)
beyond your means. Those separated may An opportunity awaits some on the academic
yearn to join the family. Timely advice of an front. You only need to wait and your
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Lucky Number- 18 / Lucky Colour- Peach come. Understand the monetary terms and
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conditions before signing an agreement.
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something and then proceed, rather than meeting lover. Domestic work is likely to be
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) on the property front. blundering ahead. A nice vacation can find shared by the family members. You manage
The more hours you put in, the more will you be Lucky Number- 11 Lucky Colour- Orange you in a highly excited state. Your work to remain in shape by eating wisely. Nostalgic
able to get out of it and this will be reflected in profile is likely to get you bracketed amongst memories of years gone by will keep some
your sterling performance at work. Whatever Cancer (Jun 22-Jul 20) top achievers. Unconditional love can be pleasantly engaged.
you desire on the romantic front is likely to get You will need to take the initiative at your end, showered upon your by family. Romance for
some may just be a phone call away! Good Lucky Number- 9 / Lucky Colour- Rosy Brown
fulfilled. Parents will be most supportive and if you want to get things moving. Neglect
will go out of their way to fulfill your desire. can cause you to become unwell. Colleagues monetary situation will help you buy what you Aquarius (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Some of you are on the verge of becoming at work may approach you to resolve their had always desired. Your dynamism at work
financially independent. You enjoy the best of professional problems. Family is likely to will be infectious. Achieving something that you considered
health. Love life is likely to brighten. go out of its way to ensure your comfort. impossible will help restore your self-esteem.
Lucky Number- 7 / Lucky Colour- Pink You will prove your mettle on the professional
Your independent ways can put a strain on
Lucky Number- 8 / Lucky Colour- Cream Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22) front. Tackling a complex problem at work
romantic relationship. You are likely to share
Taurus (Apr 21-May 20) some extra burden in an outing with friends. will be like cakewalk. Freelancers are likely
Desire to break free and indulge in some
Start saving for renovating an old house. to find a well paying assignment soon. A gift
You are likely to excel in your current pleasurable activities may not get fulfilled
and frustrate you. At work, you may find the is likely to be received from a secret admirer.
endeavours. A task given on the professional Lucky Number- 18 / Lucky Colour- Coffee
in tray perpetually full. Ignoring a seniors Family get-together will give you a chance to
is likely to prove a cake walk and will provide
Leo (Jul 21-Aug 22) advice may get you in all sorts of trouble on mingle with cousins and other relatives. An
you an opportunity to give your best. Plans for
overseas travel may be in their final stages, so the academic front. A family elder may not old ailment may cause problems, if you are
Your buddies will support you only to a limit,
pack your bags and fly off! Those working on so dont burden them unnecessarily. Dont get be as supportive as you had believed. Those not careful.
a commission basis may find the week most involved in anything that you may regret later. in love may find it difficult to spare time for a Lucky Number- 5 / Lucky Colour- White
profitable. There is much that you want to tell An extended vacation may start appearing a meeting. Suitable lodging that fits the pocket
lover, so find the right opportunity. Health trifle boring. Distractions can make you lose may not be readily available. Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
remains excellent. focus on the academic front. A workplace Lucky Number- 1 / Lucky Colour- Cream You may find love where you least expect it,
senior expects more from you, so deliver.
Lucky Number- 1 / Lucky Colour- Light Red so rejoice! A good time faces you at work, as
There are chances of getting disheartened Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
work progresses smoothly. The glow in your
Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) on the love front. Bad health is to be guarded
against. Someone may seem rather too Someone at work may keep a close tab on heart of doing a good deed for someone will
The week may prove challenging, as you inquisitive in your personal affairs. your official expenses. You can get hurt by remain for long. You can get serious about
may be forced into untested waters. You are someone not understanding your point of view. a proposal on the marital front. Those who
likely to get fed up of a current assignment Lucky Number- 3 /Lucky Colour- Magenta Poor performance in academics will compel have gone overboard in splurging will find
and may even be tempted to leave it half-way. some to tighten their belts. Unprofessional this little indulgence worth it. An investment
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Saving money can be on the top of your list handling of an issue at work can get you in opportunity is best seized, as it appears to be
at present. Expected arrears are likely to take You may have to give someone his or her due, all sorts of trouble. Homemakers may find the good.
their own sweet time to materialise. Arranging even if you are not feeling up to it. Overstaying daily grind boring and may long for change.
the house for a party may keep some happily your welcome at someones place is best Romance may not be on lovers mind at this Lucky Number- 17 / Lucky Colour- Bottle
engaged. Some good news can be expected avoided. There is much happening on the juncture. You gel well with a new acquaintance. Green
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AUCKLANDS HOTTEST BOLLYWOOD STATION

Arshad Warsi: Nervous from


the gut for
People deserted me when Padmavati:
Deepika Padukone
my films werent doing
A
ctress Deepika Padukone, who plays the

well at the box-office


key character in the upcoming period drama
Padmavati, says she is extremely nervous
about the project.
Actor Arshad Warsi opens up on how the industry people want to be Deepika was the only actor from the film's cast
present at the 3D trailer launch of the epic historic
friends with you only till your films work at the box-office.

A
rshad Warsi has been doing what an actor must do drama. She spoke about her sentiments on the Sanjay
experiment with roles and genres, for he knows Leela Bhansali directorial.
that films come and go and some work, some dont. "It's been a while since I have been so nervous.
Irada, the thriller that Arshad starred in this year might I can't remember the time I was so nervous. I think
have failed to leave a mark, but the comedy, Golmaal it is the function of the fact that in all the movies
Again a genre that the 49-year-old aces has come as that I've done, I feel there is something (different)
a respite from his long dry run. Arshads last hit film was about this one. And it is not from the heart, it is not
Jolly LLB (2013). from the head, it is from the gut... It is coming from
The actor is in a happy space, but constantly reminds a completely different place," Deepika said. She
himself that in Bollywood, fate changes every Friday, often essays the title role in the movie, which sets out to tell
turning friends into foes. the tale of the valour and heroism of
What happens is that an actor finally ends up being Rajputs. Shahid Kapoor features
a commodity as long as it works, people want to be as her husband while Ranveer
connected to it, if it doesnt, then not, he says. Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.
And the actor has experienced the dark, selfish side of Viacom18 Motion
the industry. Arshad says, In the phase where my films Pictures and Bhansali
were doing well, Id enter a party and would immediately Productions hosted a special
be surrounded by a lot of people. Later, when they (films) press meet to launch the 3D
started flopping, there would be a vacuum when I went to trailer of the film.
any such event no one would be there around me. Deepika hailed the film as a
He, however, considers himself lucky to have been milestone in cinema.
able to forge tight bonds with some select people. "We are very proud to present the 3D version of
Like Subhash Kapoor (with whom Arshad worked the trailer. It is a huge milestone for us as a team, for
in Jolly LLB), Rajkumar Hirani, Aditi Rao Hydari, "What Indian cinema and cinema for the world," she said.
Vidya Balan, Huma Qureshi, Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) happens is that The film's theatrical trailer has got over 50 million
and Kabir Khan. They are always there for me, an actor finally ends hits on the video-sharing site YouTube. Deepika
whether Im doing well or not, says Arshad. up being a commodity says: "It has been an extremely emotional journey
Did the failures at the box office these last as long as it works, for all of us.
couple of years affect the actor in him? people want to be "Especially after we launched the trailer, I think
They didnt affect me much. I have been here connected to it, if it the response and the reactions were absolutely
(in the Hindi film industry) for too long. I have doesnt, then not." overwhelming. I think Sanjay Sir and all of us just
proved my capability to everyone my fans and literally did a group hug.
critics. I am glad that today, if a film of mine doesnt do "We couldn't get over how overwhelming that
well, Im not blamed for it. At least I did my job well. Of feeling was..." The movie, releasing on December 1,
course, you want every film of yours to do well, but success also features Aditi Rao Hydari, Raza Murad and Jim
and failures both shouldnt affect a person, he says. Sarbh in supporting roles.

Kangana focused on mental


health to overcome obstacles Ajay Devgn: I will never do a film
which I cant watch with my kids
N
ational Award-winning actress Kangana
Ranaut says she worked towards her "mental

A
health" to overcome the hurdles that she faced ctor Ajay Devgn has made up his Golmaal characters
while working in Bollywood. mind to never do films with adult- they know that Johnny
"Not belonging to a lineage makes the path to success humour again, and admits that doing Lever will forget,
in my industry automatically harder. I belong to a humble such a film (Rascals in 2011) was a mistake. Tusshar [Kapoor] will
You see excitement writ large on Ajay not speak, I will break
family that has no connection to Bollywood. My passion and
Devgns face when you sit down for a chat fingers everyone,
dreams brought me to a junction, but the tracks ahead had to be
with him about Golmaal Again, the fourth especially the kids love
laid by me and each step was unfathomably difficult," Kangana,
installment in the hit comedy franchise. The it. But when you re-work
a Reebok India brand ambassador, said in a statement.
actor, who is known as much for his intense on- a script, everything changes
The actress, who has joined hands with Reebok India for screen characters, as he is for his humourous and it excites you again. The
#FitToFight campaign to address inequality in pay, added: roles, says he gives a nod to a film only if it 48-year old adds that the only
"I worked towards my mental fitness and while the appeals to the young generation. reason the latest installment
determination and zeal to reach the end But mention how he had dabbled in adult- happened was because people
had made every other obstacle l o o k humour in his 2011 film Rascals, and he is incessantly asked him for it!
miniscule, I set out to face quick to point out, That was the only mistake Ever since the last Golmaal film
them. Slowly but steadily, I (I made), and I learnt from it. That had some released (in 2010), fans had kept asking
worked towards becoming a b e t t e r double-meaning dialogues, and the kind of Whats next? Bring something again,
version of myself and did not let anything or response I got for it, from the audience was, he shares. While everyone loves to
anyone deter my path to success." We dont expect this from you, because after watch Ajay in his larger-than-
Talking about pay disparity, the Queen star said: "I have Golmaal and Singham, kids go to watch your life action and comedy "An
personally experienced inequality on the professional front, on several films. Thats when I decided I will not do flicks, he says he isnt actor is not
occasions, and have fought my way up the ladder to stand shoulder something which you cant watch with your particularly fond of supposed to enjoy
to shoulder with my male counterparts. I identify very strongly with family. I have kids (Daughter Nysa and son any genre. An actor roles in any particular
the campaign." Yug) at home, so I dont want to do any films is not supposed to genre. Its a difficult
Kangana is known for openly talking about her struggle in the film which I cant watch with them. enjoy roles in any question (for anyone in
industry, as an outsider and during that phase of her life, how she Asked why he agreed to do yet another particular genre. Its this profession) to
had an abusive relationship with actor Aditya Pancholi. She has installment of Golmaal, he says, Its a brand a difficult question answer."
which people love. You can only make a (for anyone in
been in news for her murky legal battle with actor Hrithik Roshan
franchise work when the characters in the this profession) to
over their alleged affair.
film work big-time. The audiences love the answer, he says.
SRK on Ittefaq actor Akshaye:
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He does very little, but conveys a gamut of emotions effortlessly


Y
ash Chopras classic, Ittefaq is being remade who did it. Shah Rukh, who was in
withSonakshi Sinha,Sidharth Malhotraand conversation with co-producer Karan
Akshaye Khanna. Johar, expressed his excitement of
Karan JoharandShah Rukh Khanare co-producing collaborating with him all over again
the whodunit that starred Rajesh Khanna and Nanda. The as after some iconic films like Kuch
trailer has created all the right noise and fans have been Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi
waiting to watch the film in the theatres. Ghum, My Name Is Khan, and Kabhi
Akshaye Khanna, in the trailer, has been appreciated for Alvida Naa Kehna among others,
his brilliance in acting. Not just the fans, SRK himself in they have not worked together for a
awe of Khannas work. long time.
Akshaye Khanna portrays the role of a tough cop Annoyed by the speculation if they
in Ittefaq, Sidharth plays Vikram Sethi and Sonakshi have any problem in their relationship,
plays Maya. SRK on their performances said, Akshaye Shah Rukh said: There is some
is unreadable and thats one of the plus points of the relationship in our life that does
film. Personally, I feel that nobody could have essayed not need explanation and mention
this role better than him. Sidharth andSonakshi of how much I love Karan
Sinhapresent an able foil to Akshayes "Akshaye and how we are bonded.
character in the film, which just adds to his is unreadable Every time if he is doing
performance and portrayal of this tough, and thats one of the a film without me, such
no-nonsense cop. plus points of the film. questions arise.
SRK added, Ive always been extremely Personally, I feel that As the actor-
fond of Akshaye and his acting abilities. nobody could director duo, if we are
Im a big fan of his work. Theres a have essayed this doing a film, we should
strange mystique about him that reflects in role better than be happy to do it, we
his acting. He does very little, but conveys a him." should feel excited about the
gamut of emotions effortlessly. As an audience, he story otherwise, we can say no to
always keeps you guessing about his characters journey. each other, without fearing anything about
Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan says he had a desire to our relationship.
be a part of the upcoming Ittefaq but could not due to his For one and for all I want to say it on record, I never
busy schedule. ever had any problem with Karan Johar and I love him
However, he feels happy to be a part of it as a producer. unconditionally.
At a press conference of the film, Shah Rukh told media: "We are a family and we will grow old together and
I wanted to be a part of Ittefaq as an actor, but I couldnt may be at the age of 105, on our wheelchair, we will
manage time. I was shooting for Raees and Fan at that promote the film in one of such platform, maybe
point of time, so physically it was exhausting. we wont be able to work together but the love, the
But I am very happy that the way (director) Abhay brotherhood will always be there.
(Chopra) adapted the script, changed a bit to make it If any day, Karan is in any trouble, I will be the
relevant in todays time... he has done a great job, I hope first person to stand by him, he added. Ittefaq,
Insh Allah people will love the film, once it released. featuring Sidharth Malhotra, Akshay and Sonakshi
Shah Rukhs role was later offered to Akshaye Khanna Sinha, is releasing on November 3.

Kalki: I dont think we provide an environment Will leave some impact with
to our women to speak up about sexual abuse Padmavati role: Aditi
W A
hile talking about (its CEO Arunabh Kumar was ctress Aditi Rao Hydari, who
sexual harassment in accused of molesting a woman). You will be seen as actor Ranveer
the Bollywood industry, hear about these things for half a day Singhs wife in Padmavati,
actress Kalki Koechlin said that there and then it is gone. We need to take says she might be playing a small
are women in the film industry who responsibility for our own stories. I part in the upcoming period drama
face sexual abuse, however, as they feel its about time we start listening film, but she will leave some impact
on viewers' mind.
are not popular or successful, people to them.
"It's not a major role. When I
dont pay attention to them. Harvey Weinstein has been in the
signed on for Padmavati', I knew
After Hollywood producer Harvey news when more than 50 women
very well it was going to be a small
Weinstein was exposed by many including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth
part. But, Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir Directed by Bhansali, Padmavati
actresses for sexual abuse, a lot of Paltrow, Lupita Nyongo and Kate presents all his women so well," features Deepika Padukone, Shahid
Bollywood personalities are talking Beckinsale revealed how he sexually Aditi said. Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead
about the same happening in the stages of their career who talk about abused them. "In Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram- roles. Aditi, who turned a year
Hindi film industry. these things but no one will listen to On the professional front, her film Leela, Richa Chadha had a brief role, older on Saturday, says she "don't
Talking to a leading daily, the their story. Jia Aur Jia starring Richa Chadha but she made an impact. I am sure I socialise" much.
Dev D actress said, I dont think Kalki also mentioned that people released on Friday. Her next film will leave some impact in Padmavati. "I don't party. I don't have too
we provide an environment to our only listen to those who are famous. Ribbon will see her romancing No one who works with Sanjay sir many friends in the film industry.
women to speak up about sexual She further added, We are harping popular actor Sumeet Vyas. The comes away without benefiting from My family lives in Hyderabad. So,
abuse, says Kalki and added, We on the Harvey Weinstein issue which trailer of Ribbon is refreshing the association. it (my birthday) does get lonely. My
only listen to people once they are happened in LA while we have our and enticing. Directed by Rakhee "I want to be happy in what I do. I team is my family in Mumbai. I liked
successful or famous. There are a lot own issues the incidents at High Sandilya, Ribbon will hit the theatre don't want to work with people who spending time on my birthday with
of women who are at the struggling Spirits in Pune, or the TVF incident screens onNovember 3, 2017. spread negative vibes," she added. them," she said.

Irrfan Khan: Id love to see SRK and Ranbir coming up with more romantic films
I
rrfan Khan gets candid about Everybody is allowed to do their when you are into the character, and there should be a layer of love, a
the romance genre and playing own version of romance and there you should be able to communicate or romance between husband and wife.
romantic roles in movies. is an audience to watch it if it is share your feelings through cinema. I think some issue-based films tend
Irrfan Khan is busy promoting his engaging enough. I would love to If you follow certain mannerisms or to become boring. So there is a need
upcoming romantic movie Qarib seeShah Rukh KhanandRanbir style (to look like a romantic hero) to have the second layer in the story.
QaribSinglle. The trailer is quite Kapoorcoming up with more it will become generic. You have to When asked if he is a romantic
refreshing and lovely. Well, its quite romantic films, they are good at it. explore romance. person in real life, the Life of Pie
rare that we see Irrfan in a romantic The Hindi Medium actor said that The actor said that he got a actor said, I am a romantic person
role.The Piku actor talked about he never looks at a role as a romantic chance to show his romantic side in and it is the most beautiful gift from
exploring the romantic genre. He one. He stated, I never approach a films such as The Lunchbox, Hindi God, the feeling what you have in
said, People have the capacity to role as a romantic hero, all I know is I Medium and a few others. About his love and when its reciprocated thats
watch romantic films. It (romance) wanted to do a love story. To do a love last hit Hindi Medium, Khan said, the most wonderful thing. I want
is no ones property, nobody has story you dont need to behave like a In case of Hindi Medium, I wanted to share that (love stories) with the
patented it. romantic hero, you will fall in love that besides the admission issue audience through different films.
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