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Imran for
trade & talks
with India
Sushma Swaraj likely to meet new
Pak foreign minister at UNGA in Sept

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain administers the oath of office


to Imran Khan as PM in Islamabad on Aug 18. (Photo: IANS)

Grand Marshal megastar Kamal Haasan, actress daughter Shruti, Guest of Honor, flanked by FIA President New Delhi: Pakistanʼs new Prime emerged that Indian PM Narendra
Srujal Parikh and Community Grand Marshal Chintu Patel aboard FIAʼs float at the India Day Parade on Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday Modi in a letter to Khan had said
Aug 19 in Manhattan. (See coverage and pix of the parade on pages 17‑23.) renewed his call for dialogue and India was looking for “constructive
trade with India a day after it Continued on page 6

Cohen pleads guilty, implicates KERALA FLOOD FURY ENDS,


Trump in hush payments RELIEF POURS IN
New York: Michae l Cohen, President Thiruvananthapuram: Rains that
Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, battered Kerala for a week are
pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign‑finance finally abating, water leve ls
violations and other charges, saying Trump dropped in the swollen rivers even
directed him to arrange the payment of as close to 400 people have died
hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and and over one million rendered
a former Playboy model to fend off damage homeless. Tonnes of emergency
to his White House bid. aid and relief funds poured in from
Cohen's extraordinary account marks the all over the country. Prime
first time that any Trump associate has gone Minister Narendra Modi
into open court and implicated Trump him‑ The day Michael Cohen, Trumpʼs former announced Rs 500 crore financial
self in a crime, though whether ̶ or when lawyer, pled guilty, the Presidentʼs former assistance for the flood‑ravaged
̶ a president can be prosecuted remains a campaign chairman Paul Manafort was state but there a question mark
matter of legal dispute. The guilty plea was convicted of eight financial crimes. hangs over accepting aid from
part of a double dose Continued on page 6 (Photos courtesy : NPR) foreign counties, particularly UAE. SEE DETAILED STORIES ON PAGE 12.

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AAPI urges govt. to expedite


H‑1B, J‑1 visas for physicians

Led by its President Dr. Naresh Parikh, AAPI leaders shared health and
wellness message at their float at FIAʼs India Day Parade in NYC.
New York: As the rapidly approaching start physicians by 2025. Amb. Chakravorty con‑
date for all GME programs, we at AAPI want to veyed his greetings and best wishes to AAPI
urge the US administration to expedite review leaders for the success of the next annual con‑
of pending H‑1B/J‑1 Visa applications by non‑ vention and Global Healthcare Summit and
U.S. International Medical Graduates (IMGs), described the fast‑growing health sector, par‑
who have been accepted to postgraduate train‑ ticularly the pharmaceutical industry in India.
ing programs in order to avoid unnecessary In his presidential address, Dr. Parikh, stated
delays, said Dr. Naresh Parikh, President of that AAPI while working closely with the law‑
AAPI, during a media event held here at the makers individually, regionally and nationally
Consulate on Aug 18. Joined by the senior through their AAPI Legislative Day on Capitol
leadership of AAPI, Dr Parikh presented a Hill, has consistently supported a comprehen‑
Proclamation to the Consul General of India in sive immigration reform. In order to meet the
New York, Amb. Sandeep Chakravorty, stating growth in demand and shortage of physicians,
that there is a projected increase in the total AAPI has joined other medical associations in
number of office visits to primary care physi‑ the country in urging the US to expedite and
cians from a base of 462 million in 2008 to reduce/eliminate the hurdles for speedy
565 million in 2025, resulting in higher process of the applicants seeking H‑1B visa
demands and reduced supply of physicians, and J‑1 visa to qualified physicians, enabling
pointing that the US will be short by more than these foreign‑trained physicians to serve our
90,000 physicians by 2020 and 130,000 nationʼs healthcare needs.

Long Island celebrates


I-Day with gusto
Hicksville, NY: The
Indian American
community from
Long Island congre‑
gated at the parade
and culture pro‑
gram in Hicksville to
celebrate 71st
anniversary of
I n d i a ʼ s
Independence.
T he Founding
leaders of IDPUSA,
Bobby K. Kalotee,
Indu Jaiswal, County & Town officials including
Mohinder Taneja, Supervisor Joe Saladino (inset)
Kamlesh Mehta, joined the parade with
President Beena community members.
Kothari, businessman
Vimal Goyal along with many esteemed com‑ dents celebrating ties to both countries by
munity leaders, Past President Peter Bheddah, singing Indian and US national anthems. The
Indian American Forum members all came paradeʼs sponsors were Mr. Peter Beddah, HAB
together for the celebration on August 9th. Bank, Indus American Bank, Patel Brothers,
Hon. Joe Saladino (Supervisor of Town of and Curry Club from Stony Brook. IDPUSA
Oyster Bay, many county and town officials honored community members Andy
and Devadasan Nair, Consul, Community Mansukhani, Rajeev Chaudhary, Roopam
Affairs from the Indian Consulate, addressed Maini, Rizwan Qureshi, Simran Katyal, Nitin
the crowd, thanking and especially recognizing Ajmera among others.
Indu Jaiswal, Beena Kothari, Mohinder Taneja Culture Chair Indu Gajwani and team pre‑
and all IDP USA 2018. As diversified and secu‑ sented childrenʼs performances. Attendees
lar India is, this parade is also attended each could also enjoyed traditional dances and sur‑
year by diversified and secular community prise beauty and talent shows. IDPUSA tries to
leaders regardless of nationality and religion. bring all communities and cultures together
The parade crossed in front of several resi‑ under one umbrella.
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Arun Jaitley
Entrepreneur DJ Sukhjinder makes a reallocated
Finance,
difference in South Richmond Hill Corporate Affairs
Richmond Hill, NY: Loud music and photography, videography services
wild parties are probably what and financial services in his portfolios
comes to mind when we hear the CD/DVD store. He processes inter‑ New Delhi: President Ram Nath
words disc jockey (DJ). Sukhjinder national money transfers, domestic Kovind on
Singh is not one to argue against money orders, and bill payments. Thursday
that, having worked as the DJ in the For all these, DJ Sukhjinder has reassigned
successful Punjabi Mela concert in partnered exclusively with RIA the Finance
New York last May. But try asking Money Transfer: “RIA is great! and
South Richmond Hill residents and They have competitive fees, best Corporate
they will tell you that Sukhjinder is rates, and extra mile service.” Affairs
not your ordinary DJ. He is more DJ Sukhjinder continues, “With portfolios
than loud music and wild parties. RIAʼs money transfer service, I have to Union
He is also all heart. yet to hear a customer complaining Minister
Born in a town in Kapurthala dis‑ For money transfers, DJ Sukhjinder has partnered that money was not received. Arun Jaitley, a Rashtrapati Bhavan
trict in Punjab, Sukhjinder came to exclusively with RIA Money Transfer. Instead, customers are happy that statement said.
the US in 2000 at age 18 on his loved ones donʼt have to go out of "The President of India, as
own search of the American dream. Then in 2012, Sukhjinder opened cellphone and change the SIM their villages to get the money. To advised by the Prime Minister, has
But it was not easy. “I did all kinds his very own CD/DVD store in cards. From there I ventured into them RIA is reliable and conven‑ directed to assign the portfolios of
of jobs. I worked whatever job I South Richmond Hill. And his for‑ the cellphone business as well. And ient. And because customers are the Minister of Finance and
could get – in restaurants, construc‑ mula for success: Service. As never did I take money for chang‑ happy with RIA, I am happy with Minister of Corporate Affairs to
tion, you name it. I was earning inspired by his personal experience ing a SIM card!” RIA.” Arun Jaitley", it said.
only $80 to $90 a day. Taxi work as an unhappy customer. “I needed Since then, DJ Sukhjinder has Visit DJ Sukhjinder at his Ria The temporary charge was given
was not available at that time.” a new SIM card for my phone. The dedicated himself to helping make location, 116‑01 101st Ave, South to Union Minister Piyush Goyal as
For years, he worked multiple guy at the store was charging me things easier for the South Richmond Hill, NY. He is currently Jaitley had undergone a kidney
jobs but without losing sight of his $10 to swap SIM cards! When all Richmond Hill community. To this offering fee‑free bill payments to all transplant on May 14 and was
goal ‑‑ having his own business. he needed to do was to pick up the end, DJ Sukhjinder now offers DJ, new and existing customers. recovering from it.

Imran for trade & talks Swaraj and Shah Mehmoo d wants conflict resolution and trade sprawling Russia investigation. In to have had af fairs with Trump,
with India Qureshi, on the sidelines of United with India; Wonder if there is a a deal reached with federal prose‑ which he denies.
Continued from page 1 Nations General Assembly in New way to advance on both fronts. cutors, Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty Cohen, his voice shaky as he
and meaningful engagement” with York next month, according to a Until now itʼs been rather hard to to eight counts, including tax eva‑ answered questions from a federal
its neighbor. “To move forward, Times of India report. But there find,” C. Raja Mohan, director, sion. He could get about four to judge, said one payment was "in
Pakistan and India must dialogue was no official proposal yet for a Institute of South Asian Studies, five years in prison at sentencing coordination and at the direction
and resolve their conflicts incl meeting. National University of Singapore, Dec. 12. of a candidate for federal of fice,"
(including) Kashmir: The best way In his Tw itter posts, Khan said in a Twitter post. In entering the plea, Cohen did and the other was made "under
to alleviate poverty and uplift the thanked Indian cricketer‑turned‑ not name the two women or even direction of the same candidate."
people of the subcontinent is to politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for Cohen pleads guilty, Trump, recounting instead that he Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy
resolve our dif ferences through attending his swearing in ceremo‑ implicates Trump in worked with an "unnamed candi‑ Giuliani, noted in a statement that
dialogue and start trading,” Khan ny on Saturday, adding, “Those in hush payments date" to influence the election. "there is no allegation of any
said mirroring the comments he India who targeted him are doing Continued from page 1 But the amounts and the dates wrongdoing against the president
made on 26 July, a day after polls a gt (great) disservice to peace in of bad news for Trump: It came at all lined up with the $130,000 in the government's charges
put his PTI party ahead of its rivals the subcontinent̶without peace almost the same moment his for‑ paid to Daniels and the $150,000 against Mr. Cohen."
in the National Assembly. our ppl cannot progress,” Khan mer campaign chairman Paul that went to Playboy Playmate Daniel Petalas, a former prosecu‑
Meanwhile, New De lhi and said referring to criticism of Sidhu Manafort was convicted in Karen McDoug al to buy their tor in the Justice Department's
Islamabad are looking into the for hugging Pakistan army chief Alexandria, VA, of eight financial silence in the weeks and months public integrity section, said, "This
possibility of a meeting between Qamar Javed Bajwa before Imranʼs crimes in the first trial to come out leading up to the 2016 presiden‑ brings President Trump closer into
their foreign ministers Sushma swearing‑in. “PM Imran Khan of special counsel Robert Mueller's tial election. Both women claimed the criminal conduct."

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Another Sikh man US likely to award Mahatma


stabbed to death, Gandhi a Congressional Gold
third attack in 3 weeks Medal, the highest civilian award
New York: An influential American
lawmaker has said that she will
introduce a historic legislation to
Terlok Singh posthumously award Mahatma
was discovered Gand hi a Cong ressional Gold
dead in his Medal, the highest civilian award in
store by his the US, for inspiring peaceful move‑
cousin on ments for civil rights around the
Thursday with world. Congresswoman Carolyn
a stab wound Maloney from New York made the
in the chest. announcement at the 38th India
(Image : Day Parade, the annual extravagan‑
ndtv.com) za ce le brat ing Indiaʼs
Independence Day, held here yes‑
terday. “Gandhi influenced so many
people who have already received Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney marching with "Gandhi" at India Day
the medal, such as Martin Luther Parade (Image shared by Maloney on Twitter)
New York: A Sikh man has been the last three weeks. So tired of King Jr., Nelson Mandela based on Martin Luther King Jr.ʼs movement Maloney had led the successful
stabbed to death at his store in all this sadness." their non‑violent leadership for jus‑ for racial equality to Ne lson ef fort to create the first‑in‑the‑
New Jersey, the third incident On August 6 in Manteca, tice. All of this was based on the Mandelaʼs fight against apartheid,” nation Diwali Stamp. Maloney said
targeting the minority Sikh com‑ California, 71‑year‑old Sahib teachings of Mahatma Gandhi,” Maloney said. She said as a public the Diwali stamp has been one of
munity in the country in three Singh was brutally attacked by Maloney told PTI at the parade. servant, she is inspired by Gandhiʼs the highest selling stamps in US
weeks. Tyrone McAllister and a juvenile She said she is soon going to courage and example. postal history.
Terlok Singh was discovered when the elderly man went on a intro duce the leg islat ion and “Let us all follow Gandhiʼs direc‑ Participating in the parade with
dead by his cousin on Thursday morning walk. expressed confidence that the legis‑ tive to “be the change you wish to Indiaʼs Consul General Ambassador
in his store with an apparent Tyrone McAllister, who is this lation will be successful. “Mahatma see in the world.” Gandhi would be Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian‑
stab wound in the chest. son of a local police chief, and Gandhiʼs historic Satyagraha move‑ the first Indian to receive a American community leaders,
The Essex County Prosecutor's the juvenile were charged with ment of nonviolent resistance Congressional Gold Medal, an hon‑ Maloney, dressed in traditional
office is calling the incident a attempted robbery, elder abuse inspired a nation and the world. His our bestowed upon eminent leaders Indian attire, expressed gratitude to
homicide, according to a report and assault with a deadly example energises us to devote such the first President of the US the Indian‑American diaspora for
in ABC7NY. weapon. ourselves to the service of others. George Washington, Mande la, their “massive contribution to our
The motive behind the killing On July 31, 50‑year‑old Surjit His legacy inspired civil rights Mother Teresa and civil rights culture and growth of our country.”
was not immediately known. Malhi was attacked while put‑ movements around the globe, from act ivist Rosa Parks. In 2016, (PTI)
Singh, described as a very kind ting up campaign signs in sup‑
person, is survived by his wife
and children who live in India.
port of incumbent Republican
Congressman Jeff Denham and Entrepreneur donates Rs.1 crore for Kerala floods Assocham opens
He owned the store to support other local Republican candi‑ N.America office to
his family. dates.
His family closed the store as a While beating Malhi, the
boost trade ties with US
deeply‑saddened community attackers yelled "Go back to New Delhi: The Associated Chambers of Commerce
watched in horror. your country!" and spray paint‑ and Industry of India (Assocham) on Monday said
The news report said Terlok ed the same message, along with it has opened a North America representative
Singh ran his store for at least hate symbols, on his truck. office with a view to strengthening Indian indus‑
six years and a neighbour said Following the two incidents, try's presence in the US. The North American
he should not have had to worry the Sikh Coalition had urged office, chaired by PeopleHive President Pavan
about being attacked in his work members of the community to Abraham, forms part of the industry chamber's
place. know their rights, remain vigi‑ strategic plan to expand into promising markets
Civil rights organization the lant and report cases of bias, and strengthen global competitiveness of Indian
Sikh Coalition, in a Facebook bigotry and backlash in the businesses, an Assocham statement said here. "It
post, expressed condolences to wake of the attacks. would also work towards attracting foreign invest‑
Mr Singh's family, friends and "We are deeply troubled by ment to India," the statement added.
local community. these two recent attacks and Commenting on the development, Assocham
Simran Jeet Singh, a visiting strongly encourage increased Washington DC based American Malayalee President Sandeep Jajodia said: "The Assocham
scholar at New York University's vigilance nationwide as we work entrepreneur Dr. Babu Stephen donated Rs. 1 crore to chapter office would actively promote, support and
Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Fund to aid flood relief facilitate investors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders
Center for Religion and Media to support the Central Valley,
by handing over a Demand Draft to Chief Minister
and a Senior Religion Fellow for California community during across the region and further boost the immense
Pinarayi Vijayan last week at his office in
the Sikh Coalition, tweeted about this difficult time," Sikh Coalition potential for bilateral trade and commerce that
Thiruvananthapuram. Babu Stephen besides being the
Singh's tragic death, saying "this Legal Director Amrith Kaur had exists between India and the US, especially in sec‑
Chairman of Indo American Press Club was a special
is the third attack on a Sikh in said. (PTI) Invitee at the Loka Kerala Sabha from North America. tors like defence, natural gas, energy, education,
space tech, and healthcare, among others." (IANS)
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IN BRIEF

Ekal targeting $10 Million Nandita Bakhshi joins


with dazzling galas USISPF Board
A T
fter last yearʼs phenomenal he US‑India Strategic Part‑ Bank of the West, and Dow Wilson,
success of magnificent nership Forum (USISPF) an‑ President and CEO of Varian Med‑
fund‑raising gala ‑ ʻFuture nounced the addition of ical Systems.
of Indiaʼ ‑ Ekal Vidyalaya three new board members. New With the addition of these three
Foundation (EVF) this year, is business leaders recently inducted business leaders, USISPF continues
launching the most ambitious into the Washington‑based advoca‑ its goal to strengthen business ties
plan to host three galas, at three cy groupʼs board include Ernie across the two nations at the high‑
strategic locations in USA. In Thrasher, Founder and CEO of Ex‑ est level by attracting high caliber
Houston, TX on October 6; Coal; Nandita Bakhshi, CEO of board members.
Bethesda MD on October 12 and
in New York City NY on October
13. The distinguished speaker at
all three galas will be media
(L to R) Subhash Gupta, Mohan Wanchoo,
Subhash Chandra and Bajrang Bagra at an Ekal event
Old friendships reignited,
moghul Dr Subhash Chandra,
Chairman, Essel Group of Companies that Ekalʼs progress has been consistently exponen‑ new bonds made at RAJMAAI
includes ZEE‑TV. In addition, at NYC gala iconic tial. Now with three forthcoming Ekal galas
former CEO of Pepsi and Apple, John Sculley, is
going to grace the evening as a chief guest
planned for high net‑worth supporters, Ramesh
Shah, the Chairman of EVF‑USA has no doubt
annual convention in Houston
speaker. This NYC gathering will also be enter‑ that Ekal in 2018, is going to hit $10 Million
tained by ʻIndian Idolʼ competition winner – magical mark for the first time.
ʻSreeramchandra.ʼ In Houston, along with Dr As of now, Ekal has 72,000 schools under its
Subhash Chandra, another highlight of the wings, grooming 1.92 Million children annually
evening is going to be renowned motivational – more than half of which are girls. PM Modi in
speaker, Shiv Khera. Every year, Ekal hosts over his clarion call to eradicate illiteracy from every
50 fund‑raising events in major metropolitan small corner of the nation wants Ekal to estab‑
centers across USA by bringing famous lish 100,000 schools by year 2022 – 75th
Bollywood Artistes for concerts. Earlier this year, anniversary of Indiaʼs independence. The pri‑
Ekal had invited two groups of talented perform‑ mary objective of the glittering galas is not only
ers for this purpose. One group was headed by to raise funds for this task of national concern,
Kathak dancers Aditi Bhagwat & Kunal Tavri and but also, to encourage every sphere, every strata
another group was headed by Kaushik & Pranita of Indian diaspora to invest itself in Indiaʼs
Deshpande. The response to these concerts was future. For details of venue, tickets and sponsor‑
so overwhelming that the events were sold‑out ship visit http://www.nycgala.ekal.org/ or RAJMAAI members in traditional safa

R
at most of the places in advance. Over the years, www.ekal.org.
ajasthan Medical Alumni pam Ray joined the convention
Association (RAJMAAI)ʼs and appreciated important role

“The First Responder”: Rajan Gangahar packs 29th annual convention


was held at Hilton Houston Post
played by RAJMAAI in supporting
health care in India and in promot‑

his film on PTSD with emotion and drama Oak from Aug 9‑12 with unique
gathering of physicians and their
ing Indian culture and heritage in
the US.

E
ssentially a loner and a voracious reader, or inability to confess, the person keeps running family members. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
US‑based director‑writer Rajan Gangahar, away from reality. The loving and warm environ‑ also graced this event. He is lover
has just finished filming “The First “When the producer of “The First Responder” ment with distinct feel of special of India and has visited India sev‑
Responder” a short film in New York. Says shared the subject of the film which he had con‑ bonding among RAJMAAI mem‑ eral times. Judge Emmett also ap‑
Rajan,“When the producer ceived as a documentary on bers was the beautiful undercur‑ plauded philanthropic activities of
approached me to make a film the life of EMS workers, I was rent for this convention. Dr Vinod Rajasthan Medical Alumni Associa‑
on the life of EMS membersʼ clear, it is a universal subject. Sancheti, President considers the tion.
life and experiences, I was not Most amongst us have dealt greatest purpose of this event was His son Joseph Emmett was in‑
excited. To me, a film is about with EMS as volunteers or to reignite old friendships and spired by Swami Parthasarthy to
emotions not just visuals. I when we sought their service build new ones. He worked with the extent that he not only studied
liked the perspective but I or when one or other member Convention Chair, Dr Harish Vedanta at Vedanta Academy. His
wanted to add the most in our family worked with Chandna, Convention advisor Dr session related to stress manage‑
important dimension for a EMS. We all know the Braham Taparia and executive ment was engaging and stimulat‑
Rajan Gangahar (right)
good film. Make it a human essence of the EMS duty. But committee to meticulously plan for ing for physicians. Many ladies en‑
busy with the shoot
story, of traumatic experience what interested me was to educational sessions CME, enter‑ joyed sessions of Bollywood work‑
of the EMS worker.” Rajan has earlier written adapt it for a fiction short film yet depicting the taining evenings with talented RA‑ out with Rajasthani flair.
and made a feature film, “Khushiyan” in Punjabi, life and trauma of an EMS staffer,” says JMAAI members and invited Sangita Sancheti supported the
one of the most popular languages in India and Gangahar. And a short documentary was trans‑ artists, taste of Rajasthanʼs delica‑ convention in various ways, her vi‑
won the Best Writer award for the film at PIFA formed into a docu‑drama and then to a short cies and visits to The Museum of sion for Rajasthani group dance
in Toronto, a global film award mega event. “The film based on fiction, yet close to a real‑life story. Fine Arts, Houston for viewing ex‑ also made it memorable. The pop‑
film was about human relations and founded on “The hero or protagonist of my film has similar hibition ʻPeacock in the Desert: ular restaurant ʻMaharaja‑bhogʼ at
emotions,” says Rajan. trauma. He is suffering every day as his experi‑ The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, Indiaʼ Houston run by Bhagwan Taparia,
Whether it is a debate on India or the USA, ence haunts him. Days and nights. But he denies and to NASA‑Space Center, Hous‑ who hails from Jodhpur helped in
Gangahar always tends to lean on the freedom and even refuses to take professional help. It ton. connecting RAJMAAI members to
of expression. Political or intellectual or creative reaches an extreme when he canʼt even take Many past presidents of this or‑ the taste of Rajasthan.
or even religious subjects are deliberated with assignment lest he will fail again. He wants to ganization were present to witness Dr Naresh Parikh, President,
same zeal keeping the backdrop of human pretend and show off machoism yet all around unfolding of inspiring and uplift‑ AAPI (American Association of
behavior. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder him observe his suffering. He even contemplates ing series of lively events. The Physicians of Indian Origin), past
(PTSD) in any profession, including EMS, is suicide,” says Gangahar. “A compassionate boss spirit of Rajasthani culture came presidents of AAPI Dr Gautam
essentially due to some or the other form of and a caring wife help him to take professional alive when all doctors were hon‑ Samadar, Dr Ajay Lodha and Dr
guilt, which may be haunting the sufferer. And help. Finally barriers are broken and he hugs his ored with Rajasthani Safa (turban). Ajeet Singhvi also participated in
then the patient enters the state of denial. wife in elevator while going back home after he Consul General of India Dr. Anu‑ the convention.
Whether it is the guilt or fear of facing it again completes the treatment,” he adds.
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Kamala Harris to make first Indian man convicted of


campaign endorsement groping woman on US
Washington: Kamala Harris, the first
Indian‑American to serve in the US
Senate, is set to make her first endorse‑
flight, wife sat next to him
ment in an Iowa campaign on Friday, Washington: A 35‑year‑old Indian IT manag‑ "We will not tolerate the behavior of any‑
sources said. er has been convicted of sexually assaulting a one who takes advantage of victims who are
Harris, a California Democrat, will sleeping woman aboard a Detroit‑bound in a vulnerable position, and we are glad the
endorse Deidre DeJear for Iowa Secretary flight in the US, media reports said. jury agreed," US Attorney Matthew Schneider
of State, the informed sources told Prabhu Ramamoorthy, who worked for an said in a statement.
Politico news. IT company for over two years, will be sen‑ "We appreciate the victim in this case for
Harris however, is not expected to tenced on December 12 by US District Judge her courage to speak out," Schneider said.
appear in Iowa for the endorsement Terrence Berg, The Detroit News reported. The woman said she was sitting in a win‑
announcement. But her endorsement of Prabhu Ramamoorthy faces up to life in dow seat next to Prabhu Ramamoorthy,
DeJear was not unexpected. prison. If released, he will be deported to whose wife was in the aisle seat. The woman
Harrisʼ out‑of‑California endorsements India. said that she fell asleep and woke up to dis‑
this year have focused on non‑white can‑ (image courtesy: civil.services) The verdict came seven months after he cover a hand in her pants and noticed that
didates, including Stacey Abrams in assaulted the 22‑year‑old woman during a her pants were unbuttoned and her shirt
Georgia and Jahana Hayes in Connecticut. than other groups, yet are continually Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas while his untied. When she woke up, the man stopped,
DeJear is Iowaʼs first black nominee for underrepresented in elected of fice. In wife sat in the next seat, the report said. and the woman alerted a flight attendant, the
statewide of fice from a major political 2018, we have a chance to buck that A federal jury in Michigan's largest city report said.
party. trend.” Detroit convicted Ramamoorthy, who lived in Prabhu Ramamoorthy initially told investi‑
When DeJear won her primary election DeJear, a businesswoman who worked Rochester Hills city, of sexually assaulting gators that he was in a deep sleep and did
in June, Harris tweeted: “Congratulations on former President Barack Obamaʼs re‑ the woman. not do anything, it said. Later, he told an FBI
to @DeidreDeJear on being the first black e lection campaign in Iowa in 2012, Following a five‑day trial, the jury deliber‑ agent he "might have" undone the woman's
nominee for statewide of fice in Iowa! replied with a tweet calling Harris “a phe‑ ated for less than four hours before convict‑ bra and cupped her breast, according to
Black women have voted at a higher rate nomenal role model to us all!” (IANS) ing Prabhu Ramamoorthy, it said. court records, the report added. (PTI)

DIASPORA

NRI Sanjeev Gupta plans billion‑dollar UAE based Lulu Group chairman
clean energy project in Australia Yusuff Ali MA donates Rs.125
Canberra: India born British bil‑ However, the Gupta Family million for Kerala floods
lionaire Sanjeev Gupta has Group (GFG) Alliance has no Dubai: Indian‑origin billionaire busi‑ fund, while the rest will be allocated
launched a $1 billion, one‑ intention to stop there with plans nessmen based in the UAE have for medical relief aid, the Gulf paper
gigawatt renewable energy plan for pumped hydro projects and announced Rs. 125 million donation added. Hussain said that his group
based in South Australia's mid‑ expanded solar farms being for flood relief opera‑ has coordinated with
north that he says will lead the developed for South Australia. tions in the deluge‑hit the state's health sec‑
country's industry transition to "All of these projects will not Kerala, according to a retary to send volun‑
more competitive power. only improve re liability and media report. teers from its medical
In the first of a number of proj‑ greatly reduce the cost of elec‑ The state is facing its faculty. This includes
ects slated for the upper Spencer tricity in our own operations, worst flood in 100 years doctors and para‑
Gulf reg ion, w ill include a they will also provide competi‑ with 80 dams opened medics being sent to
120MW lithium‑ion battery big‑ tive sources of power for other and all rivers in spate. A relief camps.
ger than the 100MW battery industrial and commercial users, body blow has been dealt Other UAE‑based
built by Elon Musk's Tesla in Sanjeev Gupta while at the same time playing a to the scenic state, with businessmen had
South Australia in 2017, accord‑ (image : financialexpress.com) key role in the market's transi‑ its infrastructure, stand‑ pledged amounts to
ing to details released by Gupta's invest in new‑generation energy tion towards renewables," he ing crops and tourism Yusuff Ali MA help in flood relief
energy company Simec Zen of its assets that w ill bring down said. facilities severely hit. (image : operations.
Cultana Solar Farm. Australia's electricity prices to "We have a strong conviction Kerala‑born businessman arabianbusiness.com) India‑born billion‑
The project will produce 280 competitive levels again," Gupta that traditional carbon‑intensive Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and manag‑ aire BR Shetty, chairman of Unimoni
megawatts of power and feature said on Wednesday. generation sources do not have a ing director of Lulu Group has and UAE Exchange, had pledged Rs.
780,000 solar panels, generating "Solar will be the main base of long‑term future as the predomi‑ announced a Rs. 50 million donation 20 million.
enough electricity for 96,000 our ambitions in Australia but we nant source of power in Australia for rain‑battered Kerala, Khaleej Azad Moopen, Indian physician and
homes. The Cultana Solar Farm will have some wind and we have and globally." Times reported. philanthropist, and founder chairman
will begin construction in early lots of storage solutions." "We believe the world is under‑ KP Hussain, chairman of Fathima and managing director of Aster DM
2019, employing 350 workers When completed, Gupta's bat‑ going a momentous transition to Healthcare Group, has donated Rs. 50 Healthcare, pledged Rs. 5 million. The
during construction, reported tery will surpass the battery built renewable power as the cost of million. He said that Rs. 10 million group also announced that it had
ABC News. "Today's event is sym‑ by Tesla as the largest in the renewables drops dramatically out of Rs. 50 million will directly go mobilized a disaster support team of
bolic of our desire to develop and world, reports said. and quickly," he added. to the Kerala Chief Minister's relief over 300 volunteers.
10 August 25-31, 2018 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

White House counsel MICROSOFT FINDS RUSSIAN


ʻdid not incriminateʼ Trump OPERATION TARGETING US
to Mueller: lawyer POLITICAL BODIES
San Francisco: A group affiliated with Among those targeted were the
Washington: White the Russian government created phony Hudson Institute, a conservative
House counsel Donald versions of six websites, including some Washington think‑tank active in investi‑
McGahn believes he related to the US Senate, with an aim to gations of corruption in Russia, and the
"did not incriminate" hack into the computers of people who International Republican Institute (IRI),
President Trump in were tricked into visiting, according to a non‑profit group that promotes
wrongdoing during his Microsoft. democracy worldwide.
30 hours of interviews Microsoft on Monday said that it has Three other fake sites were crafted to
with special counsel discovered and disabled the fake sites, appear as though they were affiliated
Robert Mueller, reports The Washington Post. with the Senate, and one non‑political
McGahn's lawyer has The effort by the notorious APT28 site spoofed Microsoft's own online
said in recent days, hacking group, which has been publicly products. "This apparent spear‑phishing
according to The linked to a Russian intelligence agency attempt against the International
Washington Post. and actively interfered in the American Republican Institute and other organi‑
McGahn's attorney, 2016 presidential election, underscores zations is consistent with the campaign
Bill Burck, reportedly the aggressive role Russian operatives of meddling that the Kremlin has waged
told Trump's legal team are playing ahead of the midterm con‑ against organizations that support
that McGahn did not Donald McGahn has spoken extensively to Special Counsel Robert gressional elections in the US. democracy and human rights," The Post
accuse Trump of crimi‑ Mueller. (POhoto courtesy Washington Post) APT28 specializes in information war‑ quoted Daniel Twining, IRI's president,
nal behavior during his fare or hacking and disinformation as saying who put blame on Russian
three sit‑downs with Mueller. proximity to Trump, including his former
operations. "APT" refers to "advanced President Putin.
Burck said McGahn would have resigned chief of staff, Reince Priebus, former senior
persistent threat" in cybersecurity cir‑ "It is clearly designed to sow confu‑
from the White House if he had seen the pres‑ adviser Stephen Bannon, and former press cles. sion, conflict and fear among those who
ident engage in criminal wrongdoing. secretary Sean Spicer, the Post reported.
US officials have repeatedly warned criticize Putin's authoritarian regime."
He also told Trump's legal team that he is Trump's lawyers are reportedly unsure of
that the November vote is a major focus The move by Microsoft is the latest
unsure what other witnesses have shared, what information McGahn shared with
for interference efforts. effort by Silicon Valley to address
meaning he is unsure how McGahn's testimo‑ Mueller over his months of interviews, which
Microsoft said the sites were created Russian threats to the upcoming elec‑
ny will fit into a case against Trump. began in November, according to the Times.
over the past several months but did tion more aggressively than the tech‑
The New York Times has reported that The president frequently derides Mueller's
not go into more specifics. nology industry did in 2016.
McGahn has been cooperating with Mueller in probe as a "witch hunt," insisting there was
Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, which Companies and US officials have
his probe into possible collusion between the "no collusion."
is responsible for the company's vowed to work together more closely
Trump campaign and Russia. His interviews “Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and
response to email phishing schemes, this year.
focused on Trumpʼs firing of then FBI Director his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs
took the lead role in finding and dis‑ Facebook recently disclosed that the
James Comey, the president's repeated urging spent over 30 hours with the White House abling the sites, and the company is company had taken down 32 fake
of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim Councel, only with my approval, for purposes
launching an effort to provide expand‑ accounts and pages that were tied to
control of the special counsel's probe, and his of transparency,” Trump tweeted Monday.
ed cybersecurity protection for cam‑ the Internet Research Agency, a Russian
suggestion he might fire Deputy Attorney “Anybody needing that much time when they
paigns and election agencies that use disinformation operation active before
General Rod Rosenstein, it added. know there is no Russian Collusion is just
Microsoft products. and after the 2016 election.
Mueller has spoken to other officials with someone looking for trouble.”

Mike Pompeo likely US papers hit back at Trump,


to meet Imran defend free press
Washington: US newspapers under a giant headline with

during Pak visit en big and small last Thursday


hit back at President Trump's
relentless attacks on the
all capital letters that read "A
FREE PRESS NEEDS YOU"
and with the statement that

route to India
news media, launching a it is only right for people to
coordinated campaign of edi‑ criticize the press, say, for
torials stressing the impor‑ getting something wrong.
Islamabad: US Secretary of State promote peace and prosperity in tance of a free press. "But insisting that truths
Mike Pompeo is likely to visit the country and in the region. Leading the charge was The you don't like are 'fake news'
Pakistan in September and hold The relations between Boston Globe, which had is dangerous to the lifeblood
talks with the newly elected Pakistan and the US nose‑dived issued an appeal for this drive of democracy. And calling
Prime Minister Imran Khan, after President Trump in new ‑‑ accompanied by the hash‑ journalists the 'enemy of the
Indian media reported Monday. year tweet accused Islamabad of tag #EnemyofNone ‑‑ that has people' is dangerous, peri‑
Pompeo, who is expected in giving nothing to Washington been joined by more than od," the Times wrote.
Islamabad on September 5, but “lies and deceit” and provid‑ 200 newspapers around the coun‑ The coordinated effort comes Across the country, other papers
would be the first foreign digni‑ ing “safe haven” to terrorists. try. "Today in the United States we amid Trump's persistent claims that joined in, defending their place in
tary to meet the prime minister, The US Congress also passed a have a president who has created a mainstream media outlets that pub‑ society ‑‑ from upholding the truth
the news report stated, quoting bill to slash Pakistanʼs defense mantra that members of the media lish articles critical of him are to simply saving people time.
the unnamed diplomatic aid to $150 million, significantly who do not blatantly support the churning out "fake news". "At a practical level, we journal‑
sources. below the historic level of more policies of the current US adminis‑ Free press advocates argue that ists sit through boring government
Imran Khan, 65, was sworn in than one billion per year. tration are the 'enemy of the peo‑ Trump's efforts threaten the role of meetings and learn about public
as Pakistanʼs 22nd prime minis‑ In his victory speech last ple,'" the Globe editorial said. the news media as a check against school financing formulas, so you
ter at a simple ceremony in month after winning the July 25 "This is one of the many lies that abuse of power in government and don't have to," said The Arizona
Islamabad last Saturday. polls, Imran Khan said he wants have been thrown out by this presi‑ imperil the constitutional First Daily Star. "It's not as lofty a state‑
The US welcomed the new a balanced relation between dent, much like an old‑time charla‑ Amendment guarantee of freedom ment as the First Amendment, but it
prime minster and said that it Pakistan and America which tan threw out 'magic' dust or water of the press. serves."
was looking forward to work should be mutually beneficial, on a hopeful crowd," it added in a The New York Times, one of the Free press advocates say Trump
with new civilian government to not one sided. piece entitled "Journalists are not most frequent targets of Trump's is a real threat to the role of the
the Enemy". criticism, ran a short editorial press.
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Trump cancels military parade, 'Tearful' Musk aims for


blaming DC Dems for high cost $25,000 Tesla in 3 years
Washington DC: T he San Francisco: After giving a "tearful" inter‑
Defense Department view to The New York Times, Tesla Chairman
announced the cancel‑ and CEO Elon Musk sat with popular You
lation of this yearʼs Tuber Marques Brownlee for a chat, reveal‑
Veterans Day parade ing his plans for a mass‑market electric vehi‑
last week, after reports cle priced as low as $25,000.
that the event would "That's something we could do. If we work
cost $92 million ̶ $80 really hard I think maybe we could do that in
million more than origi‑ three years," Musk replied to Brownlee (who
nally anticipated. goes by the handle @MKBHD on Google‑
“Maybe we will do Tesla chief Elon Musk. (Photo :bgr.com)
owned YouTube) last Friday.
something next year in The interview took place on August 15 but a day after Musk spoke to NYT about "excru‑
D.C. when the cost a 17‑minute video was uploaded by Brownlee ciating" times at Tesla, noting that he "nearly
comes WAY DOWN,” on YouTube on Friday ‑‑ a week after Musk missed his brother's wedding this summer
President Donald The President, who loves spectacles, may now finally give tweeted about taking Tesla private with and spent his birthday holed up in Tesla's
Trump tweeted. “Now we nod to gracing Indiaʼs Republic Day parade. offices as the company raced to meet elusive
"funding secured" that created a storm at the
can buy some more jet (Photo courtesy Fox News)
Tesla board and amid market watchers. production targets on a crucial new model".
fighters!” back, tweeting that sheʼs the one “who finally According to The Verge, Musk said in the Earlier this week, Musk confirmed that he
A Pentagon spokesman said administration got thru to the reality star in the White House YouTube interview that he hoped to scale is closely working with Goldman Sachs and
officials have agreed to explore opportunities with the realities ($21.6M) of production at Tesla and lower their design private‑equity firm Silver Lake to take the
in 2019, the Associated Press reports. parades/events/demonstrations in Trump and technology costs enough to be able to electric carmaker private ‑‑ a deal that would
Despite the majority of the parade costs America (sad).” offer a truly mass‑market electric vehicle. need nearly $70 billion in funding.
coming from the Pentagon for military vehicle The White House had been facing criticism Currently, the price for Tesla Model 3 Musk said that in late July, he met Saudi
transport, Trump blamed local leadership for for the costly parade, with many suggesting starts from $35,000 and Model S from Arabian sovereign fund representatives to
the high price tag. there are better ways to honor the nationʼs $75,000. discuss the electric carmaker's possible exit
“The local politicians who run Washington, veterans. "Musk also expressed a desire to improve from the stock market.
D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. With this yearʼs parade canceled, Trump production to the point where Tesla can He said in a statement that the Saudi sover‑
When asked to give us a price for holding a said heʼll be celebrating Veterans Day with the make two cars at once," said the report. eign fund had first contacted him "at the
great celebratory military parade, they want‑ parade already scheduled at the Andrews Air "We've really gotta figure out how to make beginning of 2017 to express (their) interest
ed a number so ridiculously high that I can‑ Force Base on a different date, plus heading to two new vehicles at the same time," Musk because of the important need to diversify
celled it,” he tweeted Friday. Paris for their celebration of the end of World told Brownlee. The YouTube interview came away from oil".
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was quick to clap War I on November 11.
12 August 25-31, 2018 INDIA NEWS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

New Kerala has to be built,


UAE to give $100 million
Rains abate, flood waters
recede as relief pours
Thiruvananthapuram: With the
rains that battered Kerala for a
week finally abating, water levels
dropped in the swollen rivers even
as the number of people who have
taken she lter in re lie f camps
crossed the one million mark.
A total of 10,28,000 people were
now housed in 3,274 camps in the
flood‑hit districts, Chief Minister
Pinarayi Vijayan told the media
Passengers at the Kochi Naval Airport. Commercial flight operations while tonnes of emergency aid
commenced from the Naval airport after the Cochin International poured in from all over the coun‑
Airport was shut down. (Photo: IANS) try.
Thiruvananthapuram: The UAE has the governments there. Officials have so far admitted to
pledged $100 million for flood‑ "Today morning, the UAE rulers some 370 deaths, most of them
battered Kerala, Chief Minister informed our Prime Minister about occurring after the monsoon rains
Pinarayi Vijayan announced on their contribution for Kerala and turned into a fury on August 9,
Tuesday, adding "a new Kerala" this was conveyed to me by M.A. forcing authorities to open the
needed to be built following the Yusuf Ali (who owns Lulu sluice gates of numerous dams
widespread destruction. Supermarkets)," he said, thanking across the state.
Some people returned to their Army personnel carry out rescue operations in flood‑hit Kerala's
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emirate for the timely help.
homes from camps in Kozhikode, Chengannur district. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@adgpi)
home to hundreds of thousands of Vijayan said they would ask the
Keralites, has informed Prime Centre to allow Kerala to increase Wayanad, Malappuram and parts Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha dis‑ dropped. Waters in the Cochin air‑
Minister Narendra Modi that it the market borrowings from 3 per of Pathanamthitta after volunteers tricts. Small boats helped to ferry port, which was shut on August 15
would be providing $100 million cent of the state's total revenue to working selflessly helped to clean people from interior Chengannur after flood waters entered the
for Kerala, Vijayan told the media. 4.5 per cent. As a result an addi‑ up their muddy homes. and Pandalam areas. operat ional area, receded on
"A new Kerala has to be built. At tional Rs 10,000 crore can be Rains in the catchment areas of Other helicopters transported Monday. Small aircraft started
today's cabinet meeting, it has raised. the major dams in Idukki district food and relief materials from here operating from the Cochin Naval
been decided to submit a detailed "We have decided to approach subsided. The outflow of water to affected areas. airbase. Following a request from
list to the Centre," he said. agencies like NABARD whose man‑ from both the Mullaperiyar and Finance Minister Thomas Issac, the Kerala government, the State
"Funds are the prime requisite date includes providing for infra‑ Idukki dams has been reduced. who is overseeing the rescue oper‑ Level Bankers Committee decided
for this. This will be raised by us structure and drinking water. As a result, the water intake into at ions in Kuttanadu area in to provide a moratorium on agri‑
through various sources besides "We will demand a special pack‑ the Periyar and its tributaries that Alappuzha district, said 1.25 lakh cultural loans for a year.
getting it from the Centre and age for the state," said Vijayan. flow throug h Ernakulam and people had been moved to relief Thiruvanathapuram Lok Sabha
other agencies," he said. A special session of the Kerala Thrissur has come down consider‑ camps in the district. member Shashi Tharoor mean‑
"The Kerala diaspora has been a Assembly has been called from ably. Ne liyamapathy in Palakkad while flew to Geneva to meet inter‑
huge source of help for us. Since August 30 to discuss the huge On Monday, helicopters were remained cut of f from the main national humanitarian agencies.
they have done tremendous serv‑ destruction caused by the worst engaged in rescue operations in district headquarters as the roads Kerala has faced the heaviest
ice in the Middle East, it has flooding in nearly a century and to places where people were still have been badly damaged. rains and floods since 1924, lead‑
helped build good relations with chart the future course of action. marooned ‑‑ in parts of Essential items are being air‑ ing to unprecedented destruction.

Modi announces Rs 500 crore assistance


Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra next of kin of the deceased and
Modi announced Rs 500 crore Rs 50,000 to those seriously
financial assistance for flood‑rav‑ injured from the Prime Minister's
aged Kerala where hundreds of National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
people have died, lakhs have Insurance companies were also
been rendered home less and directed to hold special camps
property worth millions of for assessment and t ime ly
rupees has been destroyed in one release of compensation to the
of the worst floods and torrential affected families and beneficiar‑
rain in recent history. ies under so cial security
The Prime Minister made an schemes. Directions have also
aerial assessment of the damage been issued for early clearance of
caused by the floods. However, claims under the Fasal Bima
the survey was done only in Yojna for farmers.
some of the affected areas due to The statement said villagers,
bad weather. whose houses have been
The aerial survey of the mas‑ destroyed in the floods, would be
sive loss and destruction trig‑ provided Pradhan Mantri Awas
gered by the torrential rains was Yojana‑Gramin houses on priori‑
initially called of f due to bad ty.
weather. "The Prime Minister compli‑
Following the cance llation, mented the state government for
Modi chaired a meeting with the efforts made in meeting the
An aerial view of the flood‑hit areas of Kerala. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief challenges of the unprecedented
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state. "T he Prime Minister announced on August 12. He provided, as requested," an of fi‑ situation. He observed that res‑
other of ficials and witnessed a announced a financial assistance assured the state government cial statement said. cue of people who are st ill
video presentation of the wide‑ of Rs 500 crore to the state. This that relief materials including Modi also announced an ex‑ marooned remains the topmost
spread destruction across the is in addition to Rs 100 crore foodgrains, medicines would be gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the priority," the statement said.
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Comply with our laws, HAPPY TO BE BACK


IN PARTY: AIYAR
India tells WhatsApp CEO New Delhi: Congress leader Mani
Shankar Aiyar, whose suspen‑
sion has been revoked by the
New Delhi: Union IT Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad on Tuesday told party, said the suspension had
WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels to prevented him from visiting his
comply with the Indian laws and Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil
take "suitable" steps to prevent mis‑ Nadu for the past eight‑nine
use of the instant messaging plat‑ months and now he can go to his
form in the country. const ituency and nurture it
Danie ls' meeting with the IT ahead of the general elections in
Minister came against the backdrop 2019.
of several incidents of mob lynching Former Union Minister Aiyar
being linked to the circulation of lost his Lok Sabha seat,
Congress leader
fake messages and misinformation Mayiladuthurai, in the 2009
Mani Shankar Aiyar.
on the instant messaging platform. election.
"I am happy to be back (in the by its disciplinary committee.
"CEO of Whatsapp Chris Daniels
party). Since the elections are Aiyar was suspended in
met me today. I appreciated the role
just a few months away, now I December 2017 after he used a
of Whatsapp in empowering people
can go my constituency and nur‑ derogatory word against Prime
and also shared country's concerns
ture it...nurse my constituency," Minister Narendra Modi ahead
about misuse of #Whatsapp and
Aiyar told IANS. of the first phase of Gujarat
requested him to take suitable steps
Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with WhatsApp CEO Chris "For the past eig ht‑nine Assembly elections.
to address those concerns," the min‑
Daniels in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@rsprasad) months, I was prevented from Asked about dialogue with
ister said in a tweet soon after the
going to my constituency," he Pakistan, Aiyar said: "I have been
meeting. awareness to prevent misuse of a notice, the Ministry of Electronics
added. saying this for the past 40 years
Prasad told Daniels to set up a WhatsApp. Daniels said he would and IT asked WhatsApp to come out
Asked if he was g iven any that an uninterrupted dialogue
grievance officer in India, establish undertake these initiatives. with more ef fective solutions that
instruction by the party to avoid should taken place w ith
a corporate entity and comply with The Facebook‑owned platform can bring in accountability and
personal remarks on any leader, Pakistan."
the laws of the country. has over 200 million monthly active facilitate enforcement of law in
Aiyar said: "I don't want to com‑ "Why should I comment on it
"He assured me that #Whatsapp users in India. addition to their ef forts towards
ment on the (party) high com‑ (on Prime Minister for construc‑
will soon take steps on all these WhatsApp was hauled up in July labelling forwards and identifying
mand." T he Cong ress on tive engagement with Pakistan)
counts," Prasad said, adding that he by the government on its failure to fake news. To tackle the spread of
Saturday revoked the suspension further. You should ask the
also asked the WhatsApp CEO to check the spread of fake and false information, WhatsApp has
of Mani Shankar Aiyar from the Prime Minister what does it
work closely with law enforcement provocative content on its platform limited forward messaging to five
party following recommendation mean," he added.
agencies of India and create public amid growing lynching episodes. In chats in India.

People targeting Rajyashree Chaudhuri takes


Sidhu doing disservice over as President of Akhil
to peace: Imran Khan Bharat Hindu Mahasabha
New Delhi: After being elected
President, Rajyashree Chaudhuri
took over the reins of Akhil
Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Indiaʼs
oldest political party, in the pres‑
ence of an august gathering from
various Sanatani sects at the
Const itut ion Club here on
August 10.
In her presidential speech, she
explained her views on National
Honor, Heritage, Prosperity and
Social Justice. She highlighted
burning issues like Ram Temple,
New Delhi: Pakistan Prime targeted him are doing a great
Gouraksha (Cow Protection),
Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday disservice to peace in the sub‑
Mass ‑ employment, environmen‑
thanked cricketer‑turned‑politi‑ continent ‑‑ without peace our
tal protection, Uniform Civil
cian Navjot Singh Sidhu for people cannot progress," tweet‑
Code, border disputes, foreign
attending his oath taking and ed the newly‑elected Prime
re lat ions, e lectoral re forms,
called those targeting him in Minister defending Sidhu.
Casual workers and Farmersʼ
India as "doing great disservice Khan again called out India to
so cio‑economic protect ion,
to peace in the subcontinent". resolve their conflicts through
SMART villages, reclamation of
Sidhu faced flak in India for dialogue.
land from Bangladesh, victims of Rajyashree Chaudhuri (with a bouquet) was elected to
hugging Pakistani Army Chief "To move forward, Pakistan
ethnic cleansing and citizenship, head the oldest political party of India
Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during and India must (have) dialogue
construction of dams and river
Khan's swearing‑in last week. and resolve their conflicts citizens of India. Prasad Mookherjee (former
re lining for opt imum use of
"I want to thank Sidhu for including Kashmir. The best way Rajyashree Chaud huri also ABHMS President) and Late PM
water without polluting it or dis‑
coming to Pakistan for my oath to alleviate poverty and uplift demanded the renaming of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
turbing environmental balance.
taking. He was an ambassador of the people of the subcontinent is Indian Army as the Indian Many eminent personalities
Above all, her message was the
peace and was given amazing to resolve our differences National Army. She also pointed from various fields as well State
Establishment Of A Hindu
love and affection by the people through dialogue and start trad‑ out the importance of fully prob‑ Hindu Mahasabhaʼs leaders were
Rashtra, the indigenous word for
of Pakistan. Those in India who ing," he said. ing the death of Dr. Shyama present at the event.
actual equality & justice to all
August 25-31, 2018 14
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India bids tearful adieu to Vajpayee


New Delhi: Former Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose appeal
transcended party lines and geo‑
graphical boundaries, was cremat‑
ed with full military honors in the
presence of the country's top lead‑
ers cutting across the political
divide and adoring masses.
Amidst chanting of vedic hymns
and firing of a 21‑gun salute by
soldiers, his foster‑daug hter
Namita lit the funeral pyre in the
presence of a galaxy of leaders
including Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, President Ram
Nath Kovind, Vice President M.
Venkaiah Naidu, political leaders
and foreign dignitaries bidding
adieu to the departed leader at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah walk along Last rites of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee being
with the convoy carrying the mortal remains of Vajpayee. performed at Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)
Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.
Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah Vajpayee's body was consigned to
had earlier walked with the gun‑ the flames. People, many of them
carriage carry ing the mortal
remains of Vajpayee as it made its
Vajpayee's ashes immersed in Haridwar misty‑eyed, raised slogans like
"Atalji amar rahen".
way from the party headquarters Haridwar: The ashes of former People g athered at places
at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg to Prime Minister Atal Bihari enroute the procession, including
the cremation venue, a designated Vajpayee were immersed by his a madrassa, raising slogans hailing
spot for the last rites of foster daughter Namita in the Vajpayee. Many of the people who
Presidents, Vice Presidents and Ganges here. came had g rown up w ith
Prime Ministers. Among those who were pres‑ Vajpayee's spellbinding oratory
People had been throng ing ent at the immersion ceremony and were impressed w ith his
Vajpayee's residence since morn‑ in Har‑Ki‑Pauri g hat were poems.
ing on Krishna Menon Marg, Vajpayee's foster grand‑daugh‑ When the final journey started
where the body was kept since ter Niharika, Union Home from the BJP's central office, Modi
Thursday night last week. Minister Rajnath Sing h, and Amit Shah walked behind the
The crowds swelled as the mor‑ Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flower‑decked gun carriage carry‑
tal remains were brought to the President Amit Shah, Uttar ing the body of Vajpayee draped in
BJP's new headquarters and kept Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi the tricolour as security personnel
there for over three hours for peo‑ Adityanath and Uttarakhand kept a tight watch.
ple to pay their last respects. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Deferring to Vajpayee's stature,
Delayed by an hour, the final Rawat. Modi and Shah walked the entire
journey saw a sea of people con‑ The same ritual will be per‑ route till the cremation ground
verg ing on the route to the formed in 100 other "sacred leading the mourners, who includ‑
Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, a distance Ashes of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee being immersed by his ed union ministers, BJP leaders
rivers" of the country.
of less than 3 km on the banks of foster daughter Namita in the Ganges, Haridwar. (Photo: IANS)
Earlier in the day, Namita and and tens of thousands of people.
the Yamuna river. Niharika collected his ashes with full military honors. was first taken to Prem Ashram People threw flower petals on
In keeping with the military tra‑ from the Smriti Sthal in New Three urns carrying the ashes here and then to Har‑Ki‑Pauri the casket all through the three‑
ditions, the three service chiefs Delhi where he was cremated of the former Prime Minister for immersion. kilometre route as an expression
placed wreaths on the body of of their love, respect and admira‑
Vajpayee before leaders paid their tion for the late leader.
tributes for one last time.
The tricolor that was wrapped US condoles Vajpayee's death Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath was also in the
around Vajpayee's body was given procession and supporters accom‑
to his foster g randdaug hter Washington: US Secretary of former Prime Minister's many "He recognized early on that panying him raised slogans of "Jai
Niharika after which the body was State Mike Pompeo condoled contributions, the US statement the US and India, based on their Shri Ram". A number of BJP chief
handed over to the family for the former Prime Minister Atal said: "He championed tirelessly shared democratic values, could ministers including, Shivraj Singh
last rites. Bihari Vajpayee's death and for his country's development deve lop a partnership that Chouhan (Mad hya Pradesh),
Former Prime Minister praised his vision for famously and demonstrated a devotion to would contribute to the econom‑ Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana),
Manmohan Sing h, Cong ress characterizing US‑India ties as a improving the lives of every ic prosperity and security of the Union Ministers and BJP leaders
President Rahul Gand hi, Lok "natural partnership of shared Indian" leading it to become "a region and the world. accompanied the funeral proces‑
Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, endeavors". global and economic power". "Today, our two countries and sion.
veteran BJP leaders and In a statement issued by the "Standing be fore the US our bilateral relationship contin‑ Earlier, Modi, Shah, Advani, Shiv
Vajpayee's long‑time associates State Department, Pompeo Congress in 2000, he famously ue to bene fit from Prime Sena chief Uddhav T hackeray,
L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar extended his heartfelt condo‑ characterized US‑India ties as a Minister Vajpayee's vision, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam
Joshi, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, lences to the people of India on 'natural partnership of shared which helped promote expanded Singh Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, losing Vajpayee. Recounting the endeavors'. cooperation." Arvind Ke jriwal, his deputy
External Af fairs Minister Sushma Manish Sisodia, CPI‑M General
Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI
Sitharaman were present at the Syed Ali Zafar, Nepal Foreign who attended the funeral were for‑ Sharma, Lok Sabha Deputy leader D. Raja, Tamil Nadu Chief
funeral. Af fairs Minister Pradeep Kumar mer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Speaker M. Thambidurai, former Minister E. Palanisami were
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Gyawali, acting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister and PDP leader Union Minister A. Raja, MDMK among the leaders who paid trib‑
Namgyel Wangchuk and former Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Mehbooba Muft i, Bihar Chie f chie f Vaiko and TMC leader utes to Vajpayee at the party
Afg hanistan President Hamid Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress Dinesh Trivedi. office after his body was brought
Karzai led foreign dignitaries Hassan Mahmood Ali in paying leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, The cremation ground was sur‑ there from his Krishna Menon
including Pakistan Law Minister homage. Among the dignitaries Mallikarjun Kharge and Anand charged w ith emot ion as Marg residence.
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By Saeed Naqvi and so on. Do they like the con‑

The best Prime Minister


cept only in its haziest outlines?
Aaney wali naslein hum par Does the idea get tainted if the
Fakhr kareingi, hum asaro, Parivar finds it wholesome?
Jub unko yeh khayal aayega Vajpayee, familiar w ith

Congress never had


Humney Atal ko dekha thaa Lucknow, grasped the significance
(By way of poetic license I have of Indian syncretism. But the prac‑
replaced Firaq with Atal) tical politician in him also saw the
"Coming generat ions w ill liberal Muslim's hesitations. Not
remember us with awe, What moved the senti‑ The late H.R. Malkani, editor of only does he have limited votes he
When it dawns on them that we mental lyricist in him the RSS mouthpiece Organizer, is also intellectually uncertain.
had actually seen Atal Bihari was a taboo I had bro‑ was the first to write to me. "I Vajpayee had a singular advan‑
Vajpayee" ken by placing Hindu‑ salute you" he wrote. "Your tage over his peers: he was the
I can claim a little more. I knew Muslim issues in a piece brought tears into my most respected member of the
him. I say so with utmost modesty context readers eyes." An interview was Sangh and yet he had evolved
because there were many journal‑ were unfamil‑ arranged with RSS ideologue along the path of modernism. He
ists who knew him better. But he iar with. Bhaurao Deoras. Malkani invit‑ slid out of his RSS coil with delib‑
had a knack of making a chosen Communal ed me to 10, Ashok Road, for eration; he did not shuffle out of
few feel special with a smile here riots had tea with Atalji who was shaking it. Towards the end of 2003 he
and gesture there. Confronting broken in his head in admiration. made up his mind to resolve
him was always a renewal Moradabad T his gushing of "regional quarrels". Of course, los‑
because your opening question in 1982. I admiration from ing the 2004 election was a huge
was generally greeted with stony was Regional the Parivar was setback. But what rankled with
silence, bordering on lack of Editor for The unnerving. him was the Pakistan, Kashmir
recognition. Then would come a Indian Express Had I by imbroglio: a solution along the
well thought through response to with headquarters writing one line of control was almost within
a question asked five minutes ago. in Chennai. Nihal column grasp according his Principal
T here was no unpro cessed Singh, the Editor‑in‑chief, uninten‑ Secretary, Brajesh Mishra.
response. asked me to "churn out" an tionally Did Vajpayee have a model? K.K.
Exuberance was not his style edit on Moradabad. turned my Katyal of The Hindu, myself and
but when moved by an idea, he Instead of writing some‑ back on one or two others trailed him on
could be demonstrative as at the thing in a jiffy, I fell back on my pro‑ the first day he entered his South
Hyderabad House banquet when nostalgia, my life in my vil‑ gressive Block office when he was appoint‑
he put his arms around me. lage, the cultural commerce friends? ed the Minister for External
"Mainey aap ka lekh parha; kaee which has he ld so ciety Had I Affairs in the Janata government
baar parha. Maen aapse sahmat together for hundreds of opened led by Morarji Desai in 1977.
hoon." (I read your column several years. The new political myse lf to We asked him how he felt occu‑
times; I agree with you.) class has taken its eyes off the charge pying his first of fice in South
It was not just a Prime it largely because harmony of walking Block? He summoned up the poet
Ministerial approval of a column does not easily translate the illiber‑ in him. Misty eyed, he said he had
Former Prime Minister late
but the warmth with which the into votes. In my piece, I list‑ al path? But every‑ dif ficulty controlling his emo‑
Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (File Photo: IANS)
appreciation was communicated. ed Mohsin Kakorwi invok‑ bo dy, and his tions. "I cannot believe that I am
It would have been most unlike ing images asso ciated w ith Hasrat Mohani's adoration for neighbor, from the Congress to about to occupy the chair which
him to react to a dry piece on for‑ Krishna to ce le brate Prophet Krishna and Radha, in verse and the far Left swear by our compos‑ was once o ccupied by Pandit
eign af fairs or national politics. Mohammad's birthday; Maulana gesture. ite culture, Ganga‑Jumni tehzeeb Jawaharlal Nehru."

Lessons in 'tehzeeb' - from Atal Bihari Vajpayee


By Anil K. Rajvanshi Nehru sent Maulana Abul Kalam ate the shouting brigades that we
Azad to placate Radhakrishnan. see today in Assemblies and in

E
ulogies have been written Azad was a very cultured person Parliament. At that time he was an
about the "tehzeeb" ‑‑ a and a doyen of the Independence MLA and Pant was the state's Chief
Urdu word translating into movement. Azad engaged Minister.
etiquette ‑‑ politeness and political Radhakrishnan in small talk but During one of the debates, he
culture of former Prime Minister Radhakrishnan was angry and created a ruckus in the Assembly
Atal Bihari Vajpayee. knew the purpose of Azad's visit. by shouting at the top of his voice
Apparently Vajpayee ‑‑ during his So he retorted that he was not and stating that a great famine was
term as Prime Minister 1999‑2004 interested in a second term and taking place in his constituency
‑‑ was not happy with the US pres‑ would go back to teaching. To and farmers are dying, whereas the
sure on India to join the Iraq war. which Azad asked polite ly : In Chief Minister was unconcerned
So he invited the opposition party which university? Radhakrishnan and was only interested in his chair
leaders for breakfast to his house. got the message. and hobnobbing with industrial‑
After the initial chitchat, the oppo‑ A similar story about the wit and ists.
sition leaders were keen to know tehzeeb of Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant rose to answer Raj Narain
why they were invited. Vajpayee Pant was told to me by Sunder Lal, and said he had known him for a
told them about the US pressure on a former Member of Parliament of long time and as a socialist and fol‑
People paying homage to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at
India, to which the leaders said the Congress Party. Sunder Lal was lower of Jai Prakash Narayan and
Ahiritola Ghat on the Ganges in Kolkata. (Photo: IANS)
that they will oppose it and the the youngest MP in 1952 and Ram Manohar Lohia he had great
people's agitation was already on. dispensation where a direct Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the remained an MP till 1986, the year regard for him and his sincerity.
Vajpayee replied that he is not onslaught has been launched on second President of India, wanted he died. Then he said politely but firmly: "I
hearing the noise of an agitation! the opposition to create fear. We another term. He said that I think the incident was in the also know that had the situation
The opposition leaders immediate‑ somehow have lost the tehzeeb in Rajendra Prasad got it so should early 1950s when Uttar Pradesh been really that grim, Raj Narain
ly understood the drift of the con‑ the present political and other dis‑ he. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime was facing a tremendous drought, being a very committed worker,
versation ‑‑ that they had to double courses. Minister, was not keen on this. especially in the eastern part from would not be sitting here in the
their efforts to raise public opinion Former Defense Minister K.C. Naturally, Radhakrishnan was where Raj Narain came. Raj Narain assembly but tending to his poor
against US so that Vajpayee could Pant, a very dear friend of mine, unhappy and used to complain was quite a hooligan and believed farmers." The assembly erupted in
use it to stall the pressure. told me of another instance of such about it and threatened to return in creating a ruckus in the assem‑ peels of laughter and Raj Narain
Contrast this with the present tehzeeb. to his teaching career. bly and was among the first to cre‑ quietly sat down.
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several points during his tenure

Vajpayee: Second reformer


that he favored the path of reforms
to higher growth. During his visit to
the US, for instance, he acknowl‑
edged the crucial role that foreign
direct investment had played in

India needed, and got


India's economic deve lopment
since it had opened up. This put
him at odds with the economic
viewpoint of the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh.
By Amit Kapoor & Nevertheless, Vajpayee continued
Chirag Yadav undeterred on the path of reforms,
consistently trying to balance the

A
tal Bihari Vajpayee was a demands of the party's parent
member of parliament for organization with the needs of the
almost half a century. Right economy. Most importantly,
from the start, he left an indelible Vajpayee's contrarian stance creat‑
impression on Indian polit ics ed a sense of continuity in govern‑
through his fine oratory skills. ment policies and kept investor
In fact, his maiden speech in confidence in India alive.
Parliament impressed the formida‑ Throughout its term, the govern‑
ble Jawaharlal Nehru so much that ment opened up various sectors
while introducing Vajpayee to a vis‑ like insurance, banking, telecom,
iting foreign dignitary he reported‑ pharmaceuticals, civil aviation and
ly said: "This young man one day real estate to foreign investors.
will become the country's prime Simultaneously, all quantitative
minister." When Nehru's prophetic restrictions on imports were elimi‑
words did come true, he went on to nated by 2002. But these were
become the first non‑Congress replaced with a system of tariffs to
Prime Minister to complete an provide protection to domestic
Vajpayee emerged as an unlikely leader who kept the flame of reform alive against all odds.
entire term. industries and, more importantly,
His stint in office is remembered parliament. But, a less recognized new government reversing the eco‑ body of the BJP, had vehemently keep the criticism from within the
for a variety of reasons. Less than fact is that he was also India's sec‑ nomic policies of the Narasimha criticized the move, arguing that it Sangh at bay.
two months after he assumed office ond economic reformer after P.V. Rao government and becoming would expose domestic firms to Vajpayee emerged as an unlikely
in 1998, he approved the tests that Narasimha Rao, who had opened up more protectionist in nature. These unmanageable competition. It went leader who kept the flame of
made India a nuclear weapons the Indian economy in 1991 after fears were not unfounded. against the Swadeshi principles of reform alive against all odds. He
state. Another highlight of his decades of protectionism and state‑ A few years ago, when Narasimha self‑reliance. According to this view, never reversed the reform process
tenure has been his indefatigable control. Rao had pushed for India's mem‑ globalization was perceived as a that Narasimha Rao had initiated as
efforts to make peace with Pakistan When the BJP came into power in bership in the World Trade foreign invasion by multinationals. many feared when he first came to
despite repeated setbacks with the 1998, there was widespread skepti‑ Organisation (WTO), the Rashtriya But, Vajpayee hardly subscribed of fice. If anything, he only sped
Kargil war and the 2001 attack on cism among investors about the Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent to these views. He made it clear at it up.

Which of Vajpayee's bequests will the BJP honor?


By Amulya Gangul as during the former Prime media with his proposed
Minister's reign when several PSUs Publication of Objectionable

I
t cannot be gainsaid that the such as Modern Foods, Balco and Materials Act in the wake of the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as Hindustan Zinc were disinvested. Bofors howitzer scam, not to men‑
it is run today, will find it diffi‑ In contrast, the present govern‑ tion his mother's draconian
cult to live up to Atal Bihari ment has not been able to find a Emergency rule.
Vajpayee's legacy of moderation. buyer for the perennially sick Air But, for Vajpayee, it was an
From this aspect, his death has India. uncharacteristic misstep in the
come at an inconvenient time for However, the most crucial of misuse of the Enforcement
the party because there will be Vajpayee's legacies is the peace Directorate and other government
constant reminders during the run‑ which prevailed in his time till the agencies, which has largely been
up to the four state assembly elec‑ Gujarat riots of 2002, which paved forgotten. What is remembered
tions this winter about Vajpayee's the way for his defeat two years instead is the fact that of all the
gentleness, which was his foremost later as he ruefully conceded. saf fron leaders, he was the only
political talent. Before the riots, however, there one who had the Nehruvian vision
Now that a generational change has taken place in the BJP, it has to be seen was nothing like the present near‑ of the "idea" of a multicultural
This will be particularly relevant
how many of Vajpayee's inheritances are honored & how many disregarded.
in the matter of rhetoric which has anarchic scenes which have made India.
tended to become increasingly which enabled him to hold togeth‑ Akali Dal is patently uneasy. the Supreme Court bemoan the It was this broad outlook which
acerbic in recent times. T he er for more than three years from What is more, doubts are being prevailing mobocracy as the "new made Vajpayee urge the Jan Sangh
chances of the speeches becoming 1999 to 2002 a mahagathbandhan expressed as to whether the BJP normal" and the Centre to consider in 1960 to open its doors to "all
more venomous are all the greater (grand alliance) of as many as 24 will be able to form a coalition at enacting a law to stop lynchings. Indian citizens irrespective of
when the BJP's prospects are not parties, the likes of which had the Center if it fails to secure a It would be a mistake, however, creed or sects". Noting that at least
supposed to be all that bright in never been seen before and is majority of its own in the Lok to claim that Vajpayee did no formally, the party is opposd to
the key states of Rajasthan, unlikely to be seen in the future. Sabha in 2019 because Modi is wrong. The targeting of Tehelka politics being linked with religion,
Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, The achievement will appear all seemingly temperamentally averse and Outlook magazines beause of he said that "in the partition of the
as a poll survey has predicted. the more remarkable at a time to act in tandem with others. Bihar their embarrassing disclosures country, we have already had a
Therefore, as caustic compar‑ when the National Democratic Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's about the unsavoury goings‑on in grim experience of the conse‑
isons are made between aristocrat‑ Alliance (NDA) at the Centre is restiveness is a reminder of this high places is a reminder that no quences of mingling politics with
ic lineage and the humble back‑ fraying at the edges with the proclivity at the NDA's highest lev‑ government ‑‑ not even Vajpayee's religion". Now that a generational
ground of a worker ‑‑ naamdar and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) having els. If Vajpayee's accommodative‑ ‑‑ can be tolerant of a genuinely change has taken place in the BJP,
kaamdar ‑‑ Vajpayee's more tem‑ walked out while the Shiv Sena is ness cannot be seen in the BJP free press. It is an unworthy legacy it has to be seen how many of
perate oratory may be recalled. forever engaged in verbal today, neither is its ability to push going back to Rajiv Gandhi's Vajpayee's inheritances are hon‑
It was Vajpayee's moderation onslaughts against the BJP and the ahead with the economic reforms abortive attempt to muzzle the ored and how many disregarded.
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Riding on the FIAʼs


own float: FIA
President Srujal
Parikh, actress Shruti
Haasan, Grand
marshal Kamal
Haasan and
Community Grand
Marshal Chintu Patel.

New York: August 19 was a proud


day for not only the Indian com‑
munity in the tristate area but
Indian worldwide as New York
witnessed the 38th India Day
Parade showcasing a wide variety
of Indian culture. It was organized
by the Federation of Indian
Associations – tristate chapter
attracting an estimated one hun‑
dred thousand people to
Manhattan. Indeed, it is said to be
the largest parade outside India to
celebrate the countryʼs
Independence Day. Despite rain
and flooding in some parts of New
Jersey and New York, the parade
saw no rain, no sun, just perfect
cloudy afternoon. Madison
Avenue brimmed with colorful Chintu Patel, cochariman of
outfits from different parts of Amneal Pharmaceuticals. The day
India. after the parade, at the gala din‑
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam ‑ The ner at Royal Albert Palce in New
World is one Family Jersey, Chintu Patel said, “I
The spirit of this Vedic dictum encourage the young generation
was witnessed throughout the to get involved as much as possi‑
parade. Madison Avenue became ble with the FIA India Day Parade
a fusion of different cultures as as it shows the true strength of
people intoned, “Vandey our culture and the relationship
Mataram”, “Bharat Mata Ki Jay”, between two great democracies.
and “Jay Hind” along with patriot‑ Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul
ic songs and popular Bollywood General of India in New York, took
numbers blaring from the floats. active part in the parade and its
The parade had 37 floats, 40 preparation along with his entire
marching groups and 5 marching staff. All the invitee guests and
bands, maybe the largest number dignitaries marched along with
so far in FIA parades history. They FIA committee members and
truly showed the world that India patrons. To represent India, its
is a cradle of unity in diversity, culture or a particular event, tri‑
and that Indians always stay color flags, fans and placards
together as one family and with were seen in the hands of
love we bring in this world noth‑ marchers. Some companies also
ing but peace. Every float had a were handing out gifts with
variety of dancers or singers. their logos.
Many floras were taken by After the parade people
renowned companies and organi‑ crowded the booths area. There
zations. were food stalls with a variety of
As every year FIA staged a Indian food to get to know the
fusion of Indian culture by bring‑ spices and tastes of India. Other
ing celebrities from a variety of stalls sold Indian clothes, jewel‑
fields and regions of Indian: ry, bags, henna, etc. Print and
renowned actor/politician Padma electronic was well represented
Bhushan Kamal Hassan as Grand in this area as well as in floats.
Marshal, Padma Shri Kailash Kher By then, the entertainment and
as Chief Guest, and for Guest of performance stage was rollick‑
Honor actress and daughter of ing. Huge crowds enjoyed dance
Kamal Hassan, Shruti Hassan, performances by a variety of per‑
well‑known actor and Padma formers from different age
Bhushan Anupam Kher, legendary groups and different dance
West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian schools.
Richards, singer and performer Singer and performer Mickey
Mickey Singh, upcoming and hap‑ Singh stole every young girl and
pening singer Shibani Kashyap, womanʼs heart by performing his
leading Indian designer Rosy hit songs. Later. Kailash Kher
Ahluwalia & Sky Diver Padma Shri rocked the stage with his per‑
Smita Mahajan were crowd formance that included a number
pullers of this parade. from the movie Bahubali without
This time there was also a the music, and one of his other man Ramesh Patel, and singer Kailash Kher.
Community Grand Marshal ‑ Continued on page 18 At the culture stage: President Srujal Parikh, Chair
hits. His
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The very expressive


FIA Chairman
Ramesh Patel is
center of attraction
even when sur‑
rounded by so many
comely ladies.

Continued from page 17


hair in a top knot, he electrified
the atmosphere and appreciated
the efforts which FIA puts every
year in bringing hundreds of
thousands of Indian Americans on
Madison Ave. He also promised to
do a full concert with his Kailas
band at the 39th parade.
Of course the gorgeous Shruti
Haasan too made an appearance
and mesmerized the crowd with
her beauty and charm. Her ele‑
gance was exceptional.
Grand Marshal Kamal Haasan
was joined by his co‑star Pooja
Kumar from their latest movie
Vishwaroopam II. They both look
stunning together and were
dressed in the costumes of the
movie. The crowd were beyond talking about his political party, the organization. Pyar.com was ance of President Srujal Parikh. on everyoneʼs face to bring noth‑
themselves seeing both of them Kamal Haasan spoke in Tamil, his the title sponsor of the parade He had given his team members ing but the best to guests, invitees,
together and as he continued native language. Towards the this year. The event was a grand specific job/duties as per their dignitaries, and most of all for
engaging with the crowd the end, sponsors and FIA committee success because of each and every commitment and ability so that everyone who travelled this far to
cheer and enthusiasm in the members were felicitated on stage FIA member who worked endless‑ each task could be done to perfec‑ be the part of worldʼs largest
crowd seemed unending. When to recognize their contribution to ly and diligently under the guid‑ tion. Sheer joy and eagerness was parade outside India.

Society of South Asian


officers in the NYPD took
part in the parade.

Jagdish N Patel,
otherwise in
insurance business,
manages to get
cameras clicking
with his colorful
traditional outfits
at every parade.
er Shruti Haasan,
President Srujal Parikh posing with actress‑sing
the parad e Guest of Hono r and oozed glamor.
who was
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Though dressed in
their trademark all
white, the Brahm Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Vivian
Kumaris group made l
Richards, and the ICC (Internationa
a colorful pattern to Cricket Council) team ed up at the
convey their mes‑ India Day Parade to promote the
sage of love and destination and landmark T20
world peace. World Cup that will take place in
Antigua later this year.

ing at the parade with a group.


Actor Anupam Kher, Guest of Honor, seen march

Hotstar had a hot item


float for the first time at the 38th
India Day aloft their float: an
The South Asian Times had their own dan ce with his medley acrobat doing some
p around him sing and
Parade with a DJ who made the grou ing Boll ywo od num bers . amazing contortions
of patriotic songs as well as foot tapp with an iron ring.
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The SATimes team spoke to some participants and onlookers


spoke from the stand.
Special to The South Asian Times Grand marshal Kamal
Haasan was at the top of an
New York: An octogenarian FIA float, along with FIA
dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, a President Srujal Parikh and
married couple wearing Gujarati other office bearers. The
tribal attire, marchers conversing float had Vasudhaiva
in a variety of languages and Kutumbakam (the world is
onlookers on the sidelines waving one family) written on it,
continually to cheer the partici‑ which incidentally is the
pants. And not to forget a Shivaji motto of this yearʼs parade.
darbar with his mother Jijabai. “It was indeed a great
Scores of floats, marching con‑ honor for me to be present
tingents and individuals joining in here,” the film star‑turned‑
between. politician said with excite‑
Welcome to the annual India Day ment. “And here we are cele‑
Parade, considered the largest of brating our diversity again.”
its kind outside the country! You He was appreciative of the
can see colorful dresses, listen to crowd when it cheered him
melodious music and witness live‑ before his address. Shruti
ly crowds of all ages. Haasan ‑‑ his daughter and
The 38th parade, sponsored by actress in Hindi, Tamil and
the Federation of Indian Telugu films – spoke briefly.
Associations ( New York, New Others who spoke from the
Jersey and Connecticut chapter) review stand included
that was established 48 years ago, Sandeep Chakravorty, consul
was held on August 19 from 38th general; Sir Vivian Richards, a
Street through 28th Street on former Caribbean cricketer;
Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Anupam Kher, Bollywood actor
After starting around 12:30 pm, it and star of NBCʼs New
ared at the culture stage
culminated in the 28th Street cor‑ Amsterdam show; noted singer Kamal Haasan and his costar Pooja Kumar appe
ner, where a review stand was set Kailash Kher; Chintu Patel, as they look in their upcoming film Vishw aroopam II.
up. VIP marchers and participants Continued on page 21

Special to The South Asian Times

New York: An organizer of the August 19


India Day Parade here said tens of thou‑
FIA claims
sands of people were present to cheer the
participants.
Despite the not‑so‑kind weather, over
overall
100,000 people cheered the parade partic‑
ipants and witnessed one of the best
parades in New York, said Executive Vice
success
President Alok Kumar of FIA‑Tristate to
The South Asian Times in an interview.
He suggested that a higher number was issues, he explained the efforts.
expected to watch the march, and asserted “The process for the next parade and
that arrangements were made to that beyond begins right now. We normally
effect. Kumar blamed the intermittent driz‑ discuss what went good and which areas
zle for many others not making it to the need improvement such as parade plan‑
parade. ning, organization, sponsorships, beauti‑
Kumar noted, “Yeah, it has definitely fication of floats with respective themes
impacted the crowd numbers. It is very nat‑ et cetera,” Parikh said. “We seriously
ural that we tend to think twice before ven‑ consider every event is a learning curve,
turing out when the weather seems to be Saurin Parikh, head of the comm ittee in and that is the reason the parade is
FIAʼs Executive Vice President Alok Kumar e.
not so comfortable. However, many decided charg e of floats, at the parad growing bigger and better each year.”
with his family at the post‑parade gala.
to go ahead with their plans and finally did FIA, established in 1970, is one of the
participate.” Sir Vivian Richards, a former Caribbean However, he quickly added, “There are largest nonprofit bodies in the US. This was
He clarified that grand marshals of the cricketer, described the parade crowd as the traffic lights on the way that create gaps in the 38th annual parade of the umbrella
parade always appear on top of a float in one seen at cricket World Cup finals. Nand the flow of an event of this magnitude. organization, which has more than half a
order to have proper visibility for partici‑ Kumar Gupta, a minister from Uttar Pradesh, Overall, I felt it was well organized.” million members through its affiliated asso‑
pants as well as onlookers, and Kamal also took part in the celebrations. Parikh, who also spoke to this newspaper, ciations. 2020 marks its golden jubilee year
Haasan, this yearʼs Grand Marshal, was no According to the head of an FIA commit‑ pointed out that some groups have a smaller during which it will hold the 40th annual
exception. “Anupam Kher (Bollywood film tee, altogether 37 floats participated as number of members and there have always parade.
star) and several other VIP guests took part expected. Saurin Parikh, head of the commit‑ been unanticipated dropouts at the last On August 15 of that year, the yearlong
in our parade and all of them spoke briefly tee in charge of the floats, acknowledged minute. Asked what kind of measures the celebration for the 75th Indian
from the Review Stand,” he pointed out. some gaps when the parade marched. organization would take to tackle such Independence Day will begin.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info THE PARADE August 25-31, 2018 21

Float to spread message of peace


I
nternational Ahimsa
Foundation (IAF) proudly par‑
ticipated in the FIA parade on
Aug 19. IAFʼs mission is to pro‑
mote non‑violence and peace
among todayʼs young generation
as they are our future and will
make this world a better place to
Continued from page 20 live. The IAF float was joined by
community grand marshal; singers Bollywood celebrities Ishita
Shibani Kashyap and Mickey Singh Dutta and Vatsal Sheth and by
and actress Pooja Kumar. Prasoon Sharma, Director of
The South Asian Times, one of India Global Everyone, including
the grand patrons of the parade, young children, enthusiastically
spoke to a few participants to elicit carried messages of peace in
their views on the 72nd their hands. The floatʼs main
Independence Day of India and the attraction was Mahatma
FIAʼs 38th parade. The publication, Gandhiʼs statue at the front and
which brought out a special was accompanied by many
Independence Day issue, had a organizations in a march for
float as well as a stall distributing non‑violence and peace. The
free copies of the special issue. organizations included AIA,
R. Radhakrishnan, a former FIA Dropadi Jigyasu Ashram,
president, was upbeat and Gujarati Samaj of North America,
expressed optimism about the Hindu Center, Jain Samaj of USA,
future. “You see the parade is get‑ NJ, JAINA, Lohana Samaj of NY,
Neeta Jain, founder of International Ahimsa Foundation, with Rep Carolyn Maloney, who is introduc‑
ting bigger every year,” he said, New York Tamil Academy, Young
ing legislation to honor Mahatma Gandhi with a Congressional Gold Medal.
while marching and pointing Jains of America, and Young Jain
toward the crowd. “You see their Professionals. Chakravorty, joined the float and Maloney made the historic mously honor Mahatma Gandhi
enthusiasm. Despite the drizzle, The Consul General of India congratulated IAF for its initia‑ announcement that she is intro‑ with a Congressional Gold
you witness constant smiles on New York, Ambassador Sandeep tives. Congresswoman Carolyn ducing legislation to posthu‑ Medal.
their faces.”
Kundan Lal, 85, expressed happi‑
ness to appear as the Father of
Indian Nation. “I am here every
time as the Mahatma and this
parade is no exception,” he noted.
Wearing Gandhi's trademark glass‑
es, a loincloth and holding a stick
(and the Tricolor) with the typical
desi chappals, Lal could not be
mistaken for anybody else.
A Jersey City couple was another
attraction. Shashikant and Chetna
Kamdar wore a Gujarati tribal
dress and cheered onlookers.
Though they had earlier heard of
the parade, this was the first time
they took part in it and that, too, in
an ethnic attire.
A 64‑year‑old retired Mumbai
accountant, Kundan Singh Dosad,
who was visiting his son based in
Washington DC, decided to witness
the parade. Though the onlooker
on the sidelines visited the US pre‑
New Jersey couple Shashikant and
viously a few times, Dosad made
Chetna Kamdar wore a Gujarati
sure that this time around his son tribal dress and attracted attention.
would take him to the Big Apple to A tableau with Maratha warrior Shivaji.
witness the “largest Indian parade
in America.” His son, who works in
the IT industry and stood next to Shivaji, who established a Hindu
him, concurred. kingdom in present‑day
Among the segments that drew Maharashtra, was with a sword in
great attention and wide applause his hand heading a darbar (public While DACA
from the onlookers was a dance‑ audience) with mother Jijabai in hogs the
and‑music troupe from the Dol‑ the background. headlines,
Tasha cultural group from neigh‑ A couple sought donations for
the plight of
boring New Jersey. Wearing color‑ spouses and
Kerala flood victims and held out
dependents
ful saris in Maharashtrian and boxes to receive the same.
of South
Punjabi styles, the women – play‑ The four‑hour event, in which Asians caught
ing their own instruments ‑‑ nearly 100,000 participated, was in the green
danced to the rhythmic music ren‑ extended for a few hours by cul‑ card limbo
dered by a band. tural dances held on a stage set up cannot be
One of the floats that inspired at 24th street. There were also highlighted
awe was from the Chhatrapati food stalls and booths for various enough.
Foundation. A man dressed as commercial firms.
22 August 25-31, 2018 FIA GALA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

FIA officials, guests and digni‑


taries on stage at Royal
Albertʼs Palace in Fords, NJ, at
the beginning of the gala din‑
ner August 20 to celebrate the
success of the India Day
Parade.

Community Grand
Marshal Chintu Patel
addressing the gala
gathering.

a
The South Asian Times Chairman Kamlesh Meht
.
(back row, second from right) on the gala stage

Kailash Kher is not only


Guest of Honor at the a popular singer, he is
parade, Crooner Shibani also an entertainer as
Kashyap had gala he proved at the gala
attendees dancing to
her tunes.

m, title
Vidyadhar Garapati, CEO of pyar.co
g honored by
sponsor of the parade, bein
Cha irma n Ram esh Pate l
Shruti Haasan, FIA
and President Srujal Parikh
.(Photos: Paresh Gandhi/FIA)
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INTERVIEW August 25-31, 2018 23

S
The South Asian Times: How lands, so how important is this openness of various types of audi‑ the one they love lol. Moving for‑
hruti Haasan was in
does it feel to represent India at trend for film makers back in India ences as well. ward, I still follow my instinct, itʼs
New York over the
the largest parade marking Indiaʼs and stars like you? also a balancing act now between
weekend to take part
Independence Day outside the You have acted in a large num‑ my music, my acting and my pur‑
in the India Day parade as
country? Shruti Haasan: I think it started ber of Hindi films, but your home suits as a producer. Itʼs one of the
out with the idea of the NRIs get‑ base remains Tamil and Telugu most positive and interesting phas‑
Guest of Honor. She is an
Shruti Haasan: I feel so honored ting to see a little piece of home cinema. How do you see your es of my career. I feel blessed.
Indian film actress and singer
to be asked to do this! Iʼve always and the stories that were super career developing going forward? who works predominantly in
loved New York and Iʼm excited to successful were the ones that What are your upcoming music Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.
share the experience of India with weʼre set outside of India as well. Shruti Haasan: I'm super proud plans, about singing in addition to Born to the Haasan family, she
everyone here and the Indians But now I think due to world cine‑ of being a pan Indian actor as I acting? is the daughter of actors
here ‑ truly an honor. ma getting so much exposure and come from a multicultural home Kamal Haasan and Sarika
the digital platforms the overall myself. Iʼve very much enjoyed Shruti Haasan: Lots of live music, Thakur. She is the recipient of
How does it feel to be the Guest curiosity has grown dramatically playing to my own rhythm as lots of original content and tonnes several awards, including two
of Honor alongside your father, an all over the world. I think people opposed to following a set pattern. of interesting collaborations! Filmfare Awards South, and
Indian cinema icon, who heads the are slowly starting to see the lay‑ I started in Hindi and then kept Traveling through the world of has established herself as one
parade as Grand Marshal? ers to Indian films and not just the moving between the three; itʼs music in India and abroad!! of the leading actresses of
colorful song and dance stereo‑ been an amazing experience to tell South Indian cinema.
Shruti Haasan: It was a complete type. Indian cinema has so many so many different stories and Iʼm Now the inevitable question, how She made her adult acting
surprise to both of us as we have facets to it and Iʼm glad glad Iʼve got that balance, is it being a star kid and in the film debut in the 2009 Bollywood
very separate schedules. But it was those are coming although each lan‑ business? film Luck, thereafter achieving
an amazing surprise to both of us out through guage audience recognition with leading roles
and itʼs ended up being exciting various keeps asking Shruti Haasan: Oh God, the in the Telugu romantic come‐
for both of us. Of course, itʼs an types of me to do inevitable question indeed. I feel dy Oh My Friend (2011), the
honor as well. films more very proud to be a part of such a Telugu fantasy film
thanks work prestigious lineage and so proud Anaganaga O Dheerudu
What is your image of NRIs, of to the in of my parentsʼ achievements. The (2011), and the Tamil science
the pace of development in India, name Haasan opens doors but you fiction thriller 7aum Arivu
and image of India abroad? yourself have to walk through (2011). Her Hindi film roles
them ultimately. So in the long include the critically
Shruti Haasan: I donʼt have a dif‑ run, it doesnʼt matter where you acclaimed crime film D‐Day
ferent opinion of NRIs. I think we come from, itʼs only your work (2013), the action film Gabbar
are all part of a massive global that counts. Is Back (2015), and the come‐
community working toward dy Welcome Back (2015).
excellence. There are chal‑ How instrumental your Excerpts from an interview
lenges everyone faces in any father, Kamal Haasan has Shruti Haasan gave to The
field from varied back‑ been in your careerʼs trajec‑
South Asian Times arranged
grounds. Iʼm happy to see tory?
by Times Now”:
that the world in gener‑
al is moving toward Shruti Haasan: Heʼs been and other helpful tips from your
positive problem my biggest inspiration in actress mother, Sarika?
solving thought terms of drive and passion
and ideas. but thatʼs about it. I can Shruti Haasan: Yes, of course but
count on him for advice once again it was trial and error
The audi‑ but have never used for myself. Iʼm the type of person
ence for his help because that that needs to learn things my way
Indian would make my myself.
films journey inauthen‑
keeps tic. What can your fans look forward
grow‑ to in the next year or so?
ing in Did you get
for‑ grooming Shruti Haasan: The growth and
eign development of my new phase as
an artist!
24 August 25-31, 2018 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Priyanka, Nick 'seal As human beings we should


relationship' with help others in need: Rani
'roka' ceremony
B
ringing about social change is the from the careers we
onus of every citizen of the world choose, it is our

P
riyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, fol‑ and not just of a handful of those basic duty as
lowing months of speculation sol‑ who are in powerful positions, says human beings to
emnized their relationship with a actress Rani Mukerji, whose films able to help
traditional Indian 'roka' ceremony. The "Black" and "Hichki" have been instru‑ other human
actress says she is "taken" with her "heart mental in transforming people's out‑ beings... Or
and soul" by the American singer, who has look towards those with special help in a
introduced her to the world as the "future needs. cause
Mrs Jonas". As a celebrity with over two because
"Taken... With all my heart and soul," decades of experience in that's what
Priyanka posted on Instagram with an inti‑ the world of Indian makes us
mate photograph following their pre wed‑ showbiz, Rani has truly citi‑
ding Punjabi ritual at her residence in also immersed zens of the
Mumbai. herself in philan‑ world,"
Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas thropic works. Rani said.
Nick posted the same photograph in have been creating a buzz since 2017.
which the couple looks much in love, and While she Her film
wrote: "Future Mrs Jonas. My heart. My finds it grat‑ "Hichki",
statement. Nick wore a pristine white
love." ifying, she in which she
kurta churidar as he performed the 'puja'.
Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 25, looked every feels this plays a woman
Photographs from the occasion made a
bit 'desi' in traditional Indian wear for the is not with Tourette
splash on social media.
ceremony, which was attended by their some‑ Sydrome has
In one of the first image that did the
close family members and friends. Nick's thing for been widely
rounds, Nick was seen cosying up to
parents ‑‑ mother Denise and father Kevin actors or lauded for
Priyanka, who is seen holding on to him, Actress Rani Mukerji has immersed
Jonas Sr ‑‑ who flew down from the US business‑ spreading
as they stand against a green background herself in philanthropic works.
with their son for the occasion ‑‑ also men to awareness on a
with a logo that read 'NP' ‑‑ merged togeth‑
dressed in Indian wear for the celebra‑ do alone. little known nervous system disorder
er to denote the amalgamation of the first
tions. "I think we all being citizens of the involving repetitive movements or
letter of both their names.
Designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, world, have a responsibility and it's not unwanted sounds, with an entertaining
The ceremony was attended by
whose sunshine yellow creation made just for the sake of doing certain things and emotional story at its core. At the
Priyanka's cousin Parineeti Chopra, as well
Priyanka glow with joy, posted on because I am an actor, socialite or a busi‑ Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM),
as celebrities like Arpita Khan Sharma,
Instagram: "Priyanka Chopra is heavenly ness person. Rani was awarded the Best Actress for her
Mushtaq Sheikh and Srishti Behl Arya.
in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Couture at her "I think what's important is that apart role in the film.
Well‑known names from Bollywood and
roka ceremony. Here's wishing the beauti‑ Hollywood also sent in good wishes in
ful couple every joy." abundance for the couple.
She wore a chikankari sherwani. "The The two have been creating a buzz since
color is as auspicious as the embroidery is a joint appearance at the Met Gala red car‑
intricate to celebrate this sacred and
romantic occasion," the designers said in a
pet in 2017, leaving everyone wondering
whether they were dating.
Review
Have lost part of my childhood: With an
inconsistent
Bengali
SRK on Vajpayee's death diction,
Akshay

S
Kumar is
uperstar Shah Rukh
over‑the‑
Khan has mourned
top.
the death of former
Indian Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee, saying he
has lost a part of his child‑
hood and growing up memo‑
ries.
The 93‑year‑old leader, who
had faded from public life for
more than a decade following
The glitter
'Gold':
health complications, died at
the national capital's AIIMS,
where he was admitted for the
past nine weeks. is missing
G
An emotional Shah Rukh
tweeted: "My father used to old” is the story of how India won its and fictitious.
first Olympic Gold medal for Hockey, With an inconsistent Bengali diction,
take me for every speech that
post‑Independence in the summer of Akshay Kumar is over‑the‑top as Tapan Das
Vajpayee made in Delhi when I
1948 in London. the down‑and‑out, eccentric team manager.
was growing up.
Narrated in a linear manner, from the point‑ Like his character, his performance too seems
"Years on, I had the opportuni‑
of‑view of Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) ‑‑ the jaded.
ty to meet him and spend lots of
r PM was hockey team's manager ‑‑ the film begins in Mouni Roy as his wife Monobina Das is per‑
time discussing poetry, films, Khan said the forme
Superstar Shah Rukh ye ars. Berlin 1936 when India won its third Gold functory in her disposition. There are a few
politics, and our ailing knees. I part of his growing up medal for British occupied India. shallow, unconvincing but obligatory scenes
also had the privilege of enact‑
figure and a great leader. Personally I This period drama, though well‑captured, is between the couple which clearly show that
ing one of his poems for the screen."
have lost a part of my childhood and over‑fictionalized and peppered with internal together they lack on‑screen chemistry.
The "Chennai Express" star said
growing up memories of learning, smiling politics, tension between players, a romance Overall, with an overload of patriotic films
Vajpayee was fondly addressed as 'Baapji'
and of course poetry," he added. angle and unwarranted songs that makes the in the recent past, "Gold" fails to offer any‑
at his home. "The country lost a father‑
tale seem staid, run‑of‑the‑mill, far‑fetched thing exciting.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD August 25-31, 2018 25

Help flood‑affected Our society is proving sicker by


the day: Richa Chadha on #MeToo
Kerela, urges Indian
A
s the #MeToo tide continues to ative people in our industry, right
cause waves across the global now that 'unionization' does not

film fraternity entertainment industry,


Bollywood actress Richa Chadha says
the world of cinema is still in a privi‑
exist and so it's not easy for
whistleblowers. And that is why
you will not get to hear any‑
leged position, especially at a time thing at all apart from mur‑
when newspapers are highlighting murs."
children facing sexual abuse in However, she said she
shelter homes and society is appreciates people who
becoming "sicker every day". have come out and
Not one to mince words, spoken despite this.
Richa features in "Love "I do think it's an
Sonia", which digs into the idea whose time
dark abyss of sex traffick‑ has come and you'll
ing. The film opened the not be able to
Indian Film Festival of silence it beyond a
Melbourne (IFFM) in point... But we have
Melbourne last week, a long way to go.
and will release next Headlines in India
Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Bachchan and Anushka Sharma urged people to help Kerala. month. are currently domi‑

A
Asked about how nated by shelter
s Kerala faces one of its worst‑ever in Kerala by the floods is gut‑wrenching.
huge the #MeToo cam‑ homes where chil‑
calamities due to torrential rain and Whatever we can do, we must.
paign is in the Indian dren have been
floods, claiming at least 114 lives,
film industry, Richa told abused... They are
film celebrities from across India have Abhishek Bachchan: Tragic to see what is
the media: "There are mur‑ orphans who do not
urged people to come forward and help happening in Kerala floods please help in
murs, but we must under‑ have any support and
people in the state. whatever way you can. Pray for Kerala.
stand something. The thing everybody in politics
The celebrities have not just shared
is when people in the is involved. So we have
helpline numbers, but have encouraged the Dulquer Salmaan: Urging and requesting
West are able to take a to do a lot of overall
citizens and the government to provide as the national media to focus and draw atten‑
stand after being in the cleaning before we can get
much aid as possible. tion to Kerala floods! Each day is looking
industry for two or three to cinema, because I feel cin‑
Varun Dhawan: The situation in Kerela is more grim for millions.
decades, they are cush‑ ema is still in a position of
quite bad with the floods. The state needs
ioned by the unions privilege. All of us are privi‑
national media attention as well as well as Siddharth: I dare you. I beg of you! What
they have, by the royalty leged." She said: "The thing is
resources from the central government, as do I have to do to make you read and share Actress Richa Chadha will be
that they continue to soon seen in ʻLove Soniaʼ. every time I think about this
well as support from Indian citizens. It is this? I did the Kerala Donation Challenge. It
make on some of the sex trafficking and child pros‑
heartbreaking to see the people suffering was awesome! Will you? Please?
films they have done and still it takes so titution in India, I am amazed at how we
there.
many Oscar winners to come up and to don't know anything. One shelter was found
Meghna Gulzar: Every bit counts. Every
point a finger in the right direction. out in Bihar, then UP, there's one around
Anushka Sharma: The devastation caused wish and prayer, more.
"Unfortunately, for artistes and for all cre‑ MP and around Maharashtra...”

'SOORMA' VS 'SANJU': WHY DO FILMS ON


ANTI‑HEROES ATTRACT LARGER CROWDS?
F
or all its flaws, Reema Kagti's "Gold" between the two stories.
must be applauded in the loudest While the story of one is worthy of being
possible way, for bringing to the seen by every man, woman and child, the
screen lives of unsung heroes involved in a other's lifestory is so lurid and picturesque
sport that lacks the glamorous appeal of that watching his saga is like being in a wild
cricket and football. orchard filled with forbidden fruits.
I mean, if Dhyan Chand were alive today Just think. While Sanjay Dutt apparently
would he be able to compete with Virat had over 300 girlfriends (and this number,
Kohli's superstardom? we are informed, does not include sex work‑
Hockey in many ways epitomizes the ers), Sandeep Singh dedicated his life to one
entire culture in our cinema of sidelining woman and one love whose real name is not
real heroes for films about gangsters, tax even mentioned in the film.
defaulters and serial killers. Anyone who walks into the theatre to
Think of this. If the Nirbhaya rapists were watch "Sanju" knows every sordid detail of
to know that Deepa Mehta actually made a his life and expects it be ladled out in full
film which showed their point of view about measure. Director Raj Kumar Hirani doesn't
their bestial behavior, wouldn't they, on hold back the titillation. He only curbs the
some perverse level, feel like heroes? truth and Ranbir Kapoor gives a clean‑boy
It shames me to say this, but the Sanjay image to Sanjay Dutt.
Dutt biopic in its third week did a far better Sandeep Singh, with his unparalleled
business than the Sandeep Singh biopic in return from near‑death to the top of the
its first week. playing field cannot hope to equal the allure
For those who came in late, Sandeep Singh of the dark web where Sanjay Dutt's story
is an Arjuna‑award winner who has brought belongs. It still remains in the dark. "Sanju"
great glory to India in the field of hockey. has told us nothing we didn't already know.
Sanjay Dutt needs no introduction. Except "Soorma" tells us everything we ought to
for a gun which plays a pivotal part in both know. The difference is between celebrating
from ʻSoormaʼ.
the biopics, there is nothing in common a true hero and glorifying a life of truancy. Actor Diljit Dosanjh in a still
26 August 25-31, 2018 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Kerala floods: The ghost of past


environment policy returns
By Haritha John totally ruined, about 10,000 kilome‑ Idukki dam into the Periyar river.
tres of public roads were also "Because of torrential rains and
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has destroyed. The state will have to landslides, 18 relief camps have
been facing unusually high rainfall bear the loss of this disaster for a been started in different parts of
since early August, which has led to long time." Idukki district and almost 1,000
statewide floods taking several lives Union Minister of Home Affairs people have been relocated to these
and causing severe damage. Rajnath Singh, after his visit to the camps. Opening of the shutters of
According to the government, there flood hit areas of the state termed Cheruthoni dam due to increased
hasnt been a flood of this scale in the situation of Kerala "very seri‑ water level of Idukki dam has also
last 90 years. ous". He also announced an immedi‑ resulted in people being moved to
As the rain fury finally abated on ate relief of an additional Rs 1 bil‑ camps. We have taken enough
Sunday, 724,649 people remained lion rupees. measures to provide all the neces‑
in 5,645 camps in Kerala following Though 27 small and big dams sary facilities for the affected peo‑
"one of the worst ever floods" that were opened across Kerala in this ple," Idukki district collector D.
has left about 370 dead and caused crisis, the opening of the Idukki Balamurali said.
unprecedented destruction. dam's shutters at Cheruthoni gained Most of the regions impacted by
There has been mobilisation of media and public attention. Idukki this monsoon were once classified
resources to deal with the floods. In is the biggest arch dam in Asia and as ecologically‑sensitive zones
a a press release, Kerala Chief the last time this dam's shutters (ESZs) by the Western Ghats
were opened was in 1992. Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), also Rescue operations underway in a flood‑affected area in Kerala. Kerala
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said: "As
toll reached 370 with over 7 lakh in relief camps. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
per the primary assessment, the In the wake of the heavy rains this known as the Gadgil Committee.
state has incurred a loss of Rs 8,316 year, the water level in the dam had The report was crafted by a team recommended strong restrictions that the committee report had rec‑
crore (Rs 83 billion). Kerala is fac‑ reached almost 2,400 feet, just a headed by Madhav Gadgil, ecologist on mining and quarrying, use of ommended to protect the resources
ing its worst flood in history after few feet lower than its maximum and founder of the Centre for land for non forest purposes, con‑ with the cooperation of local self
1924. Ten out of 14 districts were capacity of 2403 feet. On August 9, Ecological Sciences at the Indian struction of high rises etc. The governments and people, but those
badly affected. Twenty‑seven dams following a warning to the public, Institute of Science, Bengaluru. report was first submitted to the recommendations were rejected. He
in the state were opened due to the officials opened shutters of the According to environmentalists, the government in 2011. also pointed out that quarrying is a
water rise. Thirty‑seven people died dam, after 26 years. committee's recommendations were But the Kerala government reject‑ major reason for the mudslides and
in just four days. It was first time in the history that strong enough to protect the sensi‑ ed the committee report and did not landslides.
“There were mudslides and land‑ all five shutters of the dam were tive Western Ghat region. adopt any of its recommendations. Other environmentalists also
slides in 211 different places across opened. After the shutters were The committee had suggested Speaking to various regional point fingers at the extensive quar‑
the state. Central forces, National opened it cause rapid swelling of that 140,000 kilometres of the media, Madhav Gadgil has said that rying, mushrooming of high rises as
Disaster Response Force and all the Periyar river that flows through Western Ghats be classified in three irresponsible environmental policy part of tourism and illegal forest
state forces are full time engaged in Idukki and Ernakulam districts. zones as per the requirement of is to blame for the recent floods and land acquisition by private parties
rescue mission at different districts. Nearly 700,000 litres of water per environmental protection in the landslides in Kerala. He also called as major reasons for the recent
More than 20,000 houses were second was discharged from the areas. In some areas the committee it a "manmade calamity". He said calamity.

Kofi Annan: Architect of UN development goals


By Arul Louis diplomacy, leaving the way open consensus should not recounted, was the power‑ the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar,
for consensus. become an excuse lessness to do anything heading a commission at the invi‑
United Nations: Kofi Annan, the The Ghanian diplomat was 80 for postponing about the US‑led Iraq tation of the government there to
gentle global statesman, led the when he died, surrounded by his action. War in 2003 that propose an internationally accept‑
world body for two terms during Swedish wife Nane, and his chil‑ Among his sparked a catastro‑ ed framework for the return of
which brought focus to develop‑ dren ‑‑ Ama, Kojo and Nina ‑‑ the other accomplish‑ phe in the Middle refugees, and a Syrian peace
ment as the foundation of peace Kofi Annan Foundation said. ments as the UN East that the region effort at the request of the Arab
and security. The Millenial Development head, were starting was yet to recover League. He made two official vis‑
During his tenure from January Goals (MDGs) adopted by world reforms of the UN from. its to India in 2001 and 2005,
1997 to December 2006 as leaders at their 2000 Summit bureaucracy and More recently when he met the spectrum of
Secretary General, he steered the under his leadership continue to structure, setting up Annan led an political leaders in the govern‑
UN in making development a top inspire the UN as it works with of the Peacebuilding effort to ment and in opposition, as well as
priority, even as he guided it renewed efforts like the current Commission and the resolve development experts.
through through several crises, Agenda 2030 for sustainable Human Rights New Delhi set up a supercom‑
among them the heightened post development. Council. puting and technology develop‑
9/11 terrorist threats, the Afghan Indian Prime Minister Narendra His worst ment faciity in Ghana in
and Iraq wars, the Balkan conflicts Modi said: "Kofi Annan's signifi‑ days as 2003 and named it in his
which saw the worst bloodshed in cant contribution to the MDGs will Secretary honour as the Kofi Annan
Europe since World War II, and always be remembered." General, Centre of Excellence in
the liberation of East Timor. During his 2005 visit to India, he later Information
In 2001, he and the UN received Annan said in New Delhi: Communications
the Nobel Peace Prize. "Development is the subject of the Technology. It was inaugu‑
Current Secretary‑General first and longest chapter in the rated by the late Atal Bihari
Antonio Guterres in his tribute report, which maps out a detailed Vajpayee. He rose to become
called "Kofi Annan a guiding force and practical strategy for reach‑ the head of UN peacekeep‑
for good". ing the MDGs by 2015." ing operations in 1993 and a
"He provided people everywhere Annan also advocated under Secretary‑General in
with a space for dialogue, a place Security Council reform, 1994.
for problem‑solving and a path to a goal dear to India. He
a better world," he added. said during the visit
that while the reform Former UN Secretary‑
Annan was outspoken at times,
should be reached by
General and Nobel Peace
but always maintained dignity and
Prize winner Kofi Annan. (File
upheld the best traditions of consensus, the lack of
Photo: IANS)
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Imran Khan sworn‑in as new Pakistan PM


Islamabad: Cricketer‑turned‑politi‑
cian Imran Khan, who in the past
had made hardline statements but
Pompeo to visit Islamabad
has been conciliatory towards
India of late, was sworn‑in as for talks with Khan
Pakistan's new Prime Minister in a Islamabad: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is likely to visit
ceremony marking the second Islamabad in September for consultations with Pakistan's newly‑elected
peaceful democratic transition Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team on issues of mutual interests,
from one civilian government to sources told Dawn news.
another in the country's 71‑year Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, will likely be
history. the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan.
The Pakistan Tehreek‑e‑Insaf During his talks with Pakistani officials, Pompeo may focus on two
(PTI) chief shed a tear and also major issues: efforts to revive once close ties between the two states and
smiled when he was of ficially Pakistan's support for a US‑led move to jump‑starting the Afghan peace
handed the reigns of power by process, the sources said.
President Mamnoon Hussain at the The US State Department said that it recognizes and welcomes the new
Aiwan‑e‑Sadr (President House) Pakistani Prime Minister, dispelling the impression that Washington was
here. President Mamnoon Hussain (R) administers the oath not happy with Khan's election, reports Dawn news.
Former Indian cricketer‑turned‑ to Imran Khan as PM of Pakistan.
politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan and bours". Other notable guests to "bear true faith and allegiance" year. She was covered from head
was one of the few former crick‑ Naval Chie f Admiral Zafar included cricketer‑turned‑com‑ and to "discharge my duties and to toe in a white niqab.
eters invited by Khan, was seated Mahmood Abbasi were in atten‑ mentator Rameez Raja, legendary perform my functions honestly, to His first wife, Jemima Goldsmith,
in the front row. He was seen dance. pacer Wasim Akram, newly‑ elect‑ the best of my ability... and always was not in attendance. Neither
warmly embracing Pakistan's Members of the 1992 cricket ed Punjab Assembly Speaker in the interest of the sovereignty, were the couple's two sons. "The
Army Chief General Qamar Javed World Cup winning team that Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, singers integrity, solidarity, well‑being and boys really wanted to be there but
Bajwa prior to the ceremony and Khan captained to victory were Salman Ahmed and Abrarul Haq, prosperity of Pakistan". their father told them not to
sitting next to the Prime Minister also invited. On his part, Sidhu actor Javaid Sheikh and former The oath‑taking ceremony com‑ come," Goldsmith tweeted.
of Pakistan‑occupied Kashmir we lcomed the "change" in the National Assembly Speaker Dr menced at 10.10 a.m. with the Khan was elected Prime Minister
(PoK) that created some ripples country being brought about by Fehmida Mirza and senior PTI nat ional anthem followed by in a vote at the country's National
back home in India. the coming in of the Imran Khan‑ members. recitation of verses from the Holy Assembly, beating his opponent,
High‑profile guests including led government and expressed the A visibly overwhelmed Khan, Quran. Khan's third wife Bushra Pakistan Muslim League‑Nawaz
outgiong caretaker Prime Minister hope that his "friend's victory dressed in a traditional black sher‑ Imran was also present, making (PML‑N) President Shehbaz Sharif.
Nasirul Mulk, National Assembly would be goo d for the peace wani, stumbled over some of the her first public appearance since His party had won most of the
Speaker Asad Qaiser, Air Chief process between the two neigh‑ words of his oath, while promising the couple married earlier this seats in the general election.

Arrest warrant issued Case filed against Sidhu for


against Zardari hugging Pak Army Chief
Karachi: A banking court here issued a non‑bailable
arrest warrant against former President and PPP co‑ New Delhi: A case was filed against Indian Penal Case sections involving
chairman Asif Zardari cricketer‑turned‑politician Navjot sedition. In his complaint, he said
in a mult i‑billion Sing h Sid hu in a Bihar court on Sidhu's gesture hurt the people of
money laundering Monday for insulting Indian Army by the country.
scam, the media hugging Pakistan Army Chief at the "The court has admitted the case
reported. swearing‑in of Imran Khan as Prime and will hear it next week," he said.
The court directed Minister of that country. Sidhu, a minister in Congress‑led
the authorit ies to Lawyer Sudhur Ojha filed the case in government in Punjab, is under
present Zardari and Muzaf farpur's Chie f Judicial attack for hugging the Pakistan
other suspects before Magistrate (CJM) court. Army Chief, by the BJP and Akali Punjab minister and former cricketer
it by September 4. Ojha said he has filed the case under Dal leaders. Navjot Singh Sidhu.
However, Pakistan
Peoples Party
spokesperson
Farhatullah Babar Former Pakistan President
issued a statement and PPP co‑chairman
Afghan Taliban kidnap
citing Zardari's coun‑

170 passengers
Asif Zardari.
sel Farooq Naek as
saying that no warrant against the leader was
issued, Dawn online reported.
The Federal Investigation Agency is investigating Kabul: Taliban militants on Monday
32 people, including Zardari and his sister Faryal kidnapped 170 passengers after they
Talpur, in relation to money laundering from ficti‑ launched an ambush on three buses on
tious accounts. Zardari's close aide Hussain Lawai the hig hway connect ing Kunduz
was arrested last month in connection with the province to Takhar, police said.
probe. The case revolves around a 2015 inquiry into T he Security Director of Kunduz
suspicious transactions when 29 "benami" accounts Security Commandment, Safiullah
were identified ‑‑ 16 of them in the Summit Bank, Mahzon confirmed the incident and
eight in the Sindh Bank and five in the United Bank said the passengers were abducted
Limited. from Khanabad district, reports
The fake accounts were allegedly used for chan‑ Khaama News. Mahzon said the pas‑
nelling funds received in the form of heavy bribes sengers were on their way to Kabul.
and kickbacks. No further details were immediately
Zardari and Talpur, among others were said to be available. The incident comes after a
involved in using certain bank accounts for suspi‑ day President Ashraf Ghani offered the
cious transactions totalling Rs 35 billion. Taliban a conditional ceasefire. A file photo of Taliban fighters.
28 August 25-31, 2018 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Kim again slams international Australian PM


sanctions on N Korea Turnbull survives
Pyongyang: North Korean leader
Kim Jong‑un, for the second time
leadership challenge
in less than a week, slammed Canberra:
international sanctions on his Australian Prime
country, state media reported. Minister Malcolm
"The hostile forces' persistent Turnbull has sur‑
sanctions and obstructive moves vived a challenge
come as a serious setback to the to his leadership
advance of our socialism," Kim by a senior gov‑
Jong‑un said during the inspec‑ ernment col‑
tion of a reconstruction project in league.
the Samjiyon district, where his Turnbull defeat‑
late father and former leader, Kim ed Home Affairs
Jong‑il, was born. Minister Peter
The North Korean leader, who Dutton in a party
was accompanied by his wife Ri North Korean leader Kim Jong‑un has rarely criticized the sanctions openly. room ballot in
Sol‑ju and senior of ficials of the Canberra, BBC
ruling Workers' Party, said that
despite the sanctions, the country Trump 'most likely' to meet Kim again reported.
The prime min‑
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has faced

U
was making history with "leg‑
pressure over successive poor poll results.
S President Donald Trump has said it is "most likely" he will ister won the
endary miracles despite the most meet North Korean leader Kim Jong‑un again following vote 48‑35, Liberal Party whip ment by abandoning plans to set
dif ficult conditions", reports Efe their historic summit in June, according to a news report. Nola Marino told reporters. an emissions reduction target in
news. Trump was responding to a question during an interview with a Turnbull had brought on the legislation.
Kim's comments comes two news agency at the White House about whether the two were plan‑ vote himself in a bid to resolve "He will get on with the busi‑
days after KCNA published a ning another meeting. "It's most likely we will, but I just don't want speculation that his leadership ness now of governing in the
report where the leader had to comment," he was quoted as saying, offering no details on the was under threat. interests of all Australians,"
described the sanctions as "brig‑ timing or venue, Yonhap news agency reported. He has faced pressure over Marino said.
andish" during a visit to an under‑ "I like him. He likes me," Trump said. "There's no ballistic missiles successive poor poll results, los‑ Dutton resigned from Cabinet
construction site at the Wonsan‑ going up, there's a lot of silence ... I have very good personal rela‑ ing a key by‑election in after the vote and will move to
Kalma tourist area. tions with Chairman Kim, and I think that's what holds it together." Queensland, and a revolt over the backbench, triggering a min‑
Since Kim's meeting with US energy policy by conservative isterial reshuffle.
President Donald Trump on June imposed on the country by the US T he US insists that it would MPs within his party. Australia is due to hold a gen‑
12 in Singapore, North Korea, and asked that they be lifted retain sanctions on the regime Turnbull had attempted to eral election sometime before
through state and foreign media, although Kim has rarely criticized unt il it takes concrete steps blunt conflict within the govern‑ May next year.
has crit icized the sanct ions the sanctions openly. toward denuclearization.

Justin Trudeau to run ʻTrump's claims of no collusion


for re‑election in 2019 with Russia are hogwashʼ
Ottawa: Canadian
Washington: Former CIA the collusion that took
Prime Minister Justin
Director John Brennan hit back place constituted crimi‑
Trudeau has formally
at US President Donald Trump nally liable conspiracy,
announced his bid to
in a blistering New York Times whether obstruction of
run for re‑election in
op‑ed, saying that the latter's justice occurred to cover
the 2019 legislative
claims of no collusion with up any collusion or con‑
polls.
Russia in the 2016 presiden‑ spiracy, and how many
The Liberal leader
tial election are "hogwash". members of 'Trump
announced his nomi‑
Brennan's remarks came Incorporated' attempted
nation at a party
after Trump announced strip‑ to defraud the govern‑
event in Papineau, a
ping his security clearance. He ment by laundering and
federal electoral dis‑
led the Central Intelligence concealing the move‑
trict in Montreal he
Agency during most of former ment of money into their
represents, reports
President Barack Obama's sec‑ pockets".
The Globe and Mail
ond term and emerged as one Brennan pointed to
daily.
of Trump's fiercest critics. Trump's remarks as a
The crowd cheered
as Trudeau, 46, reaf‑ Justin Trudeau is the 23rd "Brennan's lying and recent candidate in 2016 when
Prime Minister of Canada. conduct characterized by he jokingly asked Russia
firmed his belief in
sent Papineau in 2008, and was increasingly frenzied commen‑ to hack and find the
what he called "positive poli‑
re‑elected in 2011 and 2015. tary is wholly inconsistent with missing 30,000 emails
tics", and took jabs at
The district has been held by access to the nation's most from Democratic oppo‑
Conservative leader Andrew
the Liberals for almost 50 closely held secrets," Trump nent Hillary Clinton's
Scheer, whom he accused of
years, with the exception of said in a statement relayed by private email server.
exploiting fear and division. Former CIA Director John Brennan
White House Press Secretary "By issuing such a
Trudeau also promised to 2006 to 2008 when it was held has emerged as one of the
by the Bloc Quebecois. Sarah Sanders. presidentʼs fiercest critics. statement, Trump was
tackle a number of challenges
Trudeau, the 23rd Prime In his op‑ed, Brennan said: not only encouraging a
that include protecting
"Trump clearly has become more into silence others who might foreign nation to collect intelli‑
Canada's oceans, raising the Minister of Canada and the sec‑
desperate to protect himself and dare to challenge him." gence against a US citizen, but
standard of living for indige‑ ond youngest, took office in
those close to him, which is why While Trump has repeatedly also openly authorizing his fol‑
nous peoples and narrowing November 2015. He has been
he made the politically motivated insisted there was "no collusion," lowers to work with our primary
the gap between rich and poor. the leader of the Liberal Party
decision to revoke my security Brennan said that the "only ques‑ g lobal adversary against his
He was first elected to repre‑ since 2013.
clearance in an attempt to scare tions that remain are whether political opponent," he wrote.
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Techstars accelerator to
Nirav Modi in UK, invest $120,000 each in
CBI seeks extradition 10 Indian start-ups
New Delhi: Global entrepreneurial and transportation.
New Delhi: With the Interpol con‑ mentoring network Techstars on "We will help Indian entrepre‑
firming the presence of fugitive Monday announced to open its neurs connect with mentors with
The fugitive diamond
diamond jeweler Nirav Modi, want‑ first mentorship‑driven accelera‑ the ability to bring step change
jeweler Nirav Modi.
ed in the Rs 13,500‑crore PNB tor in Bengaluru to nurture Indian improvements to their startup
fraud, in the United Kingdom, the start‑ups in the emerging tech‑ journeys," Ray Newal, Managing
CBI on Monday moved to seek his nologies. To begin with, the Director of Techstars accelerator
detention and extradition to India, Techstars accelerator in India will in Bengaluru, told IANS.
an official said. invest $120,000 each in 10 start‑ The Bengaluru accelerator will
According to a Central Bureau of ups working in fields like Artificial begin operations from February 4,
Investigation (CBI) of ficial, UK Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, 2019 and culminate on May 2.
authorities confirmed Nirav Modi's AR/VR, Robotics, Internet of The Techstars community now
presence in the country on Sunday Things (IoT) and Big Data includes more than 10,000 men‑
through a mail after a dif fusion Analytics. "The aim is to help solve tors and through its mentorship‑
notice was issued against him by problems in sectors like food tech, driven accelerators, it has invested
the agency to the Interpol. agriculture, retail, banking, health‑ in 1,375 companies from more
A diffusion notice is an interna‑ care, manufacturing, public sector than 40 countries.
tional alert for the arrest of a spe‑
cific person. External Af fairs. On July 2, the filed prosecution complaints or
The official said that the CBI sent Interpol had issued a RCN against chargesheets against Choksi and Assocham opens North America office
an extradit ion request to the Nirav Modi on the basis of money Modi. New Delhi: The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
Ministry of Home Af fairs (MHA) laundering charges levelled by the The court has taken cognizance (Assocham) said it has opened a North America representative office with a
on Monday for approaching the Enforcement Directorate (ED). of the chargesheets and issued view to strengthening Indian industry's presence in the US. The North
UK authorities. On August 2, Union Minister of non‑bailable warrants against American office, chaired by PeopleHive President Pavan Abraham, forms
The CBI of ficial said that the State for External Af fairs V.K. both. part of the industry chamber's strategic plan to expand into promising
agency had requested the Interpol Singh informed Parliament that Nirav Modi left India along with markets and strengthen global competitiveness of Indian businesses, an
to detain Nirav Modi on the basis the government had sent a request his family in the first week of Assocham statement said here. "It would also work towards attracting for‑
of a Red Corner Not ice (RCN) to the UK for extraditing Nirav January, weeks before the scam eign investment to India," the statement added. Commenting on the devel‑
against him. Nirav Modi's location Modi. Nirav Modi along with his was reported to the CBI. His wife opment, Assocham President Sandeep Jajodia said: "The Assocham chapter
was not traced until then. uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali Ami, a US citizen, left on January 6 office would actively promote, support and facilitate investors, entrepre‑
T he Interpol revealed two Group is under probe in the and Choksi on January 4. neurs, and other leaders across the region and further boost the immense
months ago that Modi had traveled Punjab National Bank fraud case Choksi was last traced to potential for bilateral trade and commerce that exists between India and
to six countries on a passport that by both the CBI and the ED. Antigua, where he has been grant‑ the US, especially in sectors like defence, natural gas, energy, education,
was revoked by the Ministry of The ED had, on May 24 and 26, ed citizenship. space tech, and healthcare, among others."

Equity indices end at record


India needs to improve closing levels; rupee slides
its wage policies: ILO Mumbai: Positive global
cues and recovery in the
Indian rupee lifted the
New Delhi: The International Labour unorganized sector and female workers. benchmark S&P BSE
Organization (ILO) said that India needs Nonetheless, low pay remains pervasive Sensex and NSE Nifty50
to improve its wage policies to promote and wage inequality is still very high," ILO to provisionally end at
"inclusive growth" even as low pay, gen‑ said citing the National Sample Survey record closing highs on
der wage gap and informality remain per‑ Office (NSSO) estimates which indicate Monday.
vasive. "Low pay and wage inequality the real daily wage doubled between Further the Indian
remain a serious challenge to India's path 1993‑94 and 2011‑12. rupee traded at 69.80 to
to achieving decent working conditions The report further said that since there a US dollar from its previ‑
and inclusive growth," ILO said in its is a lack of consensus with regard to the ous close of 70.16
'India Wage Report: Wage policies for methodology used to determine the mini‑ against a greenback. The Indian rupee traded at 69.80 to a US dollar.
decent work and inclusive growth', mum wage rate, neither the central nor Heavy buying activity
released on Monday. state governments are using it as a floor was witnessed in capital goods, metal and closing high of 11,551.75 points, up 81
According to the report, about 33 per for determining minimum wages. oil and gas stocks, analysts said. points or 0.71 per cent from its previous
cent i.e. 62 million workers were paid less As per the Employment and Earlier in the day, both the indices ‑‑ BSE close.
than the indicative national minimum Unemployment Survey (EUS) of National Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 ‑‑ touched The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex which
wage, and the rate of low pay was higher Sample Survey Office (NSSO), in 2011‑12, their all‑time intra‑day high levels of had opened at 38,075.07 points, closed at
among women. the average wage in India is about Rs 247 38,340.69 points and 11,565.30 points 38,278.75, points, higher by 330.87 points
"Daily wages increased rapidly for casu‑ per day and the average wage of casual respectively. or 0.87 per cent from its previous close. It
al workers, workers from rural areas, workers was estimated at Rs 143 per day. The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock touched an intra‑day low of 38,050.69
Exchange provisionally ended at a fresh points.
30 August 25-31, 2018 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Asian Games: Phogat, shooters shine


Jakarta: Vinesh Phogat became
the first Indian woman wrestler to
India with 3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronze
win an Asian Games gold while the medals was seventh in the tally
shooters bagged two silver medals
on the second day of competitions
here.
Vinesh defeated Japan's Yuki Irie
in the 50 kilog ram women's
Freestyle final. This was India's
second gold after wrestler Bajrang
Punia bagged one in men's 65kg.
Meanwhile, Deepak Kumar and
Lakshay Sheoran won silver
medals in the men's 10m Air Rifle
and Trap events respectively as
Indian shooters continued their
impressive performance at the
18th Asian Games.
Saurabh Chaudhary (right) after winning the men's 10m Air
Deepak finished second with a Pistol final. (Photos: Xinhua/Liu Ailun/IANS)
score of 247.7, while compatriot
Ravi Kumar finished fourth scor‑
ing 205.2 in the men's 10m Air
Rifle competition. China's Haoran Vinesh Phogat with her gold medal. (File Photo: IANS)
Saurabh wins gold,
Yang bagged gold with a new
Games record of 249.1m.
Pos Countries Gold Silver Bronze Total
Abhishek gets bronze
It was the 30‑year‑old Deepak's
1 China 26 16 12 54 Jakarta: Indian shooters Saurabh secured the silver with 239.7. He
first medal at the Asiad.
2 Japan 11 15 17 43 Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma and Saurabh pulled away for the
In the men's trap final, Lakshay
3 South Korea 6 12 13 31 bagged the gold and bronze gold medal battle with points of
finished second, while compatriot
medals respectively in the Men's 220.1 and 220.5 respectively as
Manavjit Singh Sandhu was fifth. 4 Indonesia 5 2 5 12
10 metre Air Pistol final in the Abhishek was eliminated with
The 20‑year‑old Lakshay, who had 5 Iran 4 3 3 10
ongoing 2018 Asian Games here 219.3 points after eight series.
finished fourth in the qualification 6 North Korea 4 1 2 7
on Tuesday. Matsuda, 42, was leading the
round, got 43 points in the final to
finish second behind Chinese
7 India 3 3 4 10 Saurabh, 16, clinched the gold charge going into the ninth and
after producing an Asian Games final series having led after each
Taipei's Kunpi Yang, who equalled
record score of 240.7. It was of the series. But in the final
the world record score of 48. bronze. Simranjeet Singhand Mandeep
India's third gold medal at the series, he came up with first shot
A.H.N. Daemyeong of South The Indian men's hockey team Singh scored a hat‑trick each,
ongoing Games. score of 8.9 to blow his chances
Korea got the bronze medal with began their title defence in style while the other goals came from
Abhishek, 29, stood third scor‑ as Saurabh overtook him with a
30 points, four ahead of Indian as they hammered 17 goals past Rupinder Pal Singh, Akashdeep
ing 219.3 to take India's medal 10.2 in his first shot of the series.
veteran Manavjit who had topped Indonesia in their first Pool A Sing h, SV Sunil, Vive k Sag ar
tally to seven. He had finished In the second shot of the series,
the two‑phased qualification. match to register their biggest Prasad, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit
sixth during the qualification Matsuda scored 10.3 but
With this, India took the eighth ever win at the continental compe‑ Upadhyay and Amit Rohidas, even
round. Saurabh did well with 10.4 to
spot in the Asian Games medal tition. as Indonesia couldn't come up
Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan seal the title.
tally with 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 Youngsters Dilpreet Sing h, with a goal.

India thrash England BCCI condoles death of Ajit Wadekar


by 203 runs in third Obituary
Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) on condoled the demise of former India cap‑
tain Ajit Wadekar, who led India to their first‑ever

Test at Trent Bridge Test series wins in the West Indies and England in
1971.
While it was his leadership that stood out on the
Nottingham: India staged a stunning England's opening conundrum
twin tours and also at home the next year in 1972‑73
comeback in the five‑match Test continued to haunt them with both
where India again beat England, Wadekar had made
rubber on Wednesday by thrashing Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings
an impact earlier with the bat resulting in another
England by 203 runs in the third failing in both the innings while
breakthrough overseas series win.
Test at Trent Bridge here. skipper Joe Root and No.4 Ollie
Remembering Wadekar for his vast contributions
In their pursuit of 521 runs for Pope also had a poor outing.
to Indian cricket, BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Amitabh
victory, Eng land resumed their The home side's innings would
Choudhary said in a statement: "His demise has left a
innings at 311/9 on the final morn‑ have folded up on Tuesday itself,
big void. First as a batsman and then as captain, he
ing and lasted a little over two overs but the in‑form duo of Jos Buttler
took Indian Cricket to new heights and then contin‑
before losing the final wicket of (106) and Ben Stokes (62) delayed
ued to contribute as a coach, manager, and chairman
James Anderson (11) to off‑spinner the inevitable with a 169‑run fifth
of selectors."
Ravichandran Ashwin. England's wicket stand.
The government of India honored Wadekar with
innings closed at 317. With the team tottering at 231/6
the Arjuna Award in 1967 and Padma Shri in 1972
Earlier on day 4, India pacer and more than three sessions to Former India captain late Ajit Wadekar.
while the BCCI had conferred him with the CK
Jasprit Bumrah wrecked the English spare, it was only a matter of time
Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award in 2011. overseas Test series win. Wadekar represented India
line‑up to return with five wickets. for the visitors to clean up the
During India's Tour of New Zealand in 1968, the in 37 Tests and scored 2113 runs. He amassed a stag‑
He was complimented well by the English tail that wagged a bit in the
left‑handed top‑order batsman was the highest scorer gering 15380 first‑class runs from 237 matches. He
senior pro Ishant Sharma (2/70) form of Adil Rashid (33 not out) and
in both innings (80 and 71) of the opening Test that also led India in two ODIs and those were also the
while fellow quicks Mohammed Anderson (11) taking the game to
India won by five wickets. In the third Test at first two ODIs that India played.
Shami and Hardik Pandya con‑ the final day.
Wellington, he made 143 helping India secure their Post his playing career, Wadekar remained associ‑
tributed with one wicket apiece. India now trail the five‑match rub‑
second victory in the series. ated with the game and served Indian cricket in vari‑
England will have to blame them‑ ber 1‑2 as they pro ceed to
India also won the fourth Test and lifted the four‑ ous capacities as coach, manager and Chairman of
selves as the top order flopped Hampshire for the fourth Test, start‑
match Test series 3‑1, registering their first‑ever selectors.
against a disciplined Indian attack. ing August 30.
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Ways to pack nutritious Egyptian mummification 'recipe' existed


food while traveling 1,500 years before Pharaohs: Study
New Delhi: Do you travel often alternative to other nut butters. London: Sophisticated embalming (image : egypttoursportal.com)
for work or personal reasons, The monounsaturated fats treatments were developed by
and end up munching on junk? found in cashews promote good ancient Egyptians 1,500 years
Make sure you get the best of cardiovascular health with before the classic Pharaonic peri‑
both worlds and eat magnesium and antioxi‑ od, and across a wider geographi‑
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carry your power jars instant sweet fix, dark known, a new research has
with you so that you chocolate with 75 per showed.
don't come home with a cent cocoa value will Forensic tests on a well‑known
lot of guilt. be a quick grab‑and‑ prehistoric mummy, housed in the
Akshit Rungta and go snacks. Egyptian Museum in Turin since
Naina Trehan, Co‑ 4 Sandwich is one 1901, revealed that embalming
Founders at Hungry delight that is loved was taking place 1,500 years ear‑
Jars and Sargam by many. Make them lier than previously accepted. Britain's Oxford University. process, with a plant oil, heated
Dhawan, Director, healthy with garlic Dating from c.3700‑3500 BC, "By combining chemical analysis conifer resin, an aromatic plant
Planet Herbs butter as garlic is a the mummy has been housed in with visual examination of the extract and a plant gum/sugar
Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, list the good source of nutrition and the Egyptian Museum in Turin body, genetic investigations, mixed together and used to
solutions to maintain a whole‑ combats sickness including since 1901, but unlike the majori‑ radiocarbon dating and micro‑ impregnate the funerary textiles
some and nutritious diet. common cold, roasted chicken ty of other prehistoric mummies scopic analysis of the linen wrap‑ in which the body was wrapped.
4 Almond butter is a healthy and veggies which can taste in museums, it has never under‑ pings, we confirmed that this ritu‑ This 'recipe' contained antibac‑
alternative. Not only is it sweet heavenly and is an instant gone any conservation treat‑ al mummification process took terial agents, used in similar pro‑
and luscious, it is also high in snack which is easy to carry. ments, providing a unique oppor‑ place around 3600 BC on a male, portions to those employed by the
nutritional value. Apart from 4 Roll up your wheat tortillas tunity for accurate scientific aged between 20 and 30 years Egyptian embalmers when their
being highly nutritious, it is or chapatis with nice and tangy analysis. when he died," added Jana Jones, skill was at its peak some 2,500
also high in antioxidants and pickles to savor the ultimate "There are very few mummies of from the Macquarie University in years later, said researchers.
has properties which help in taste of health. this 'natural' type available for Sydney Moreover, the study found that
controlling blood sugar and 4 Make healthy and nutri‑ analysis. Our radiocarbon dating The Turin mummy was previ‑ the mummy came from Upper
weight. So, carry almond butter tious snacks like chili garlic shows it dates to the early Naqada ously assumed to have been natu‑ (southern) Egypt, offering the
as it serves as a nice dip for brown fried rice sauteed veg‑ phase of Egyptian prehistory, sub‑ rally mummified by the desiccat‑ first indication that the embalm‑
your fruits and sweet crackers. etables and grilled chicken with stantially earlier than the classic ing action of the hot, dry desert ing recipe was being used over a
4 Besides being a great the fiery and tangy chili garlic Pharaonic period, and this early sand. However, the new study, wider geographical area at a time
snack, cashew butter can also sauce which can help to lower age offers us an unparalleled appearing in the Journal of when the concept of a pan‑
blend well in smoothies and the cholesterol level because of glimpse into funerary treatment Archaeological Science, uncovered Egyptian identity was supposedly
provide a rich creamy consis‑ the antioxidant properties in before the rise of the state," said evidence that the mummy had in still developing, the researchers
tency. Cashew butter is a good garlic. Professor Tom Higham, from fact undergone an embalming noted. (IANS)

TLC India launches


travel scholarship
IKEA India debuts with China imposes cooling-
off period on couples
to explore India
Mumbai: Lifestyle channel TLC India
mega Hyderabad store seeking divorce
Beijing: Chinese courts have began to
Hyderabad: IKEA expects to welcome six million impose a cooling‑off period on cou‑
has announced a contest through consumers every year to its store in Hitec City, ples, seeking to legally separate, in
which they will be giving three win‑ on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The store is built an effort to check the increasing
ners travel scholarship to explore on a 13‑acre land. divorce rate in the country, authori‑
India. IKEA will sell 1,000 items including cutlery ties said.
Along with the scholarship, the and toys for less than Rs. 200 at its Hyderabad More than a hundred courts in the
channel will make the winners the store. The store will be home to about 7,500 country have imposed this measure
face of an upcoming show "The products including the retailer's signature DIY on couples seeking divorce, which
Calling." (Do It Yourself) furniture. increased by nearly 40 percent in
Talking about the initiative, Zulfia The company is now looking at Asia and South the last decade, as part of a pilot pro‑
Waris, Vice President Premium and America for its next phase of growth as sales gram launched by the Supreme
Digital networks, Discovery slow in Europe and other developed markets. Court in 2016 to resolve domestic
Communications India, said: "We IKEA is betting on India's growing middle class disputes, reports Efe news.
have kept the contest very simple ‑‑ and plans to launch 25 stores in all major cities IKEA has said that half of its India workforce The program is primarily directed
the more creatively boring your by 2025. IKEA's entry to India comes after over would be women. at young couples, who according to
entry is, the better is your chance to a decade of planning and research. The company IKEA is apprehensive about its DIY model the courts are "more susceptible to
get the scholarship." has made a number of changes to its offering working in India and so has tied‑up with impulsive breakups."
The applicants will have to submit suit the Indian needs. Alongside IKEA's signature UrbanClap and set up a 150‑member team to During the cooling‑off period, the
a three‑minute video, narrating why Billy bookcases and Poang chairs, the store will help assemble furniture. The online platform couples receive marriage counseling,
their life is dull and boring. The win‑ offer appliance to make idlis and also spice helps connect consumers to local services like as well as a rundown of the divorce
ners will have to spend the next 12 boxes. carpenters. proceedings, including splitting
months exploring India. The Hyderabad store will also house a 1,000‑ The company first tried to enter India in 2006 property or sharing custody of chil‑
As the face of "The Calling", the seat cafeteria, among India's largest. Changes but could not owing to strict foreign direct dren.
three shortlisted individuals will get have also been made to the menu to suit local investment (FDI) rules. The rules required a for‑ The anti‑divorce program comes as
a chance to travel eight states in the tastes and sensitivities. IKEA's most famous item eign player to sign up with a local partner. The China seeks to promote family values
country. is off the menu ‑ Swedish meatballs ‑ instead, the rules were later relaxed allowing IKEA to enter and encourage couples to have more
The first three months of the schol‑ cafe will serve biryani and samosas and dal the country. children, to counter‑balance a lack of
arship will be about traveling across makhani. The firm has already bought land in human resources in many regions
cities as the face of "The Calling" IKEA will directly employ 950 people at its Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gurgaon, owing to an increasingly ageing pop‑
while for the remainder duration, the store in Hyderabad and 1,500 people additional near Delhi. The Mumbai store will open in 2019, ulation, a fallout of the Communist
winners will be required to blog for jobs will be created, Bloomberg quoted a compa‑ followed by the store in Bengaluru and Gurgaon. government's hitherto strict one‑
TLC's social assets. ny spokesperson as saying. The company plans The other cities IKEA is looking at are Kolkata, child policy.
to have 15,000 staff in the country by 2025. Chennai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
32 August 25-31, 2018 COLUMN TheSouthAsianTimes.info

New Jersey 10th state to provide workers


with paid sick leave physical or psychological injury; obtaining Employees have 10 days from the date of the
LAW services from a designated domestic violence
agency or other victim services organization;
offer to accept the payout, or choose the roll
over the leave to the following year (subject
hours) on the first day of each benefit year. relocation; or legal services, including partic‑ to a 40 hour cap). For employers who “front‑
Employers may choose the increment in ipation in any related legal proceeding; load” the leave in the beginning of the year,
which leave may be used, but employers can‑ 3. Closure of the employee's workplace, the Act requires these employers to pay out
not require employees to use leave in any school, or childcare due to a public health employees for unused sick leave at the end
increment larger than the number of hours emergency; of the year, or carry forward the unused
the employee was scheduled to work for that 4. A child's school‑related conference, leave to the next year. Nothing in the Act
shift. meeting, function, or other event. requires employers to pay out unused sick
New employees hired after the Actʼs effec‑ Anti‑Retaliation Provision: The Act pro‑ time to employees upon termination of
By Jacqueline Voronov tive date can first use earned sick leave on hibits an employer from discriminating employment, unless the employerʼs policy
the 120th day after employment begins. against or taking retaliatory action against (or CBA) provides otherwise.

P
aid leave will soon be available to Existing employees also have a 120‑day an employee who requests or uses sick leave Records and Notice: Employers must post
most New Jersey employees under a delay for use, but the Act suggests that, if an and sick leave taken cannot be used to sup‑ notice of the rights under the Act in a con‑
sweeping new law that Governor Phil employee has already been employed for port a violation of any of the employerʼs spicuous place and provide written copies of
Murphy signed on May 2, 2018. The New 120 days when it takes effect, the use of attendance or disciplinary policies. The Act the notice to employees within 30 days of
Jersey Earned Sick and Safe Days Act (A‑ earned sick leave may be immediate (with contains a rebuttable presumption of retalia‑ the date on which the Commissioner issues
1827) (the “Act”), which goes into effect on the annual method) or as soon as hours are tory action when an employer takes an the notice, or at the time of hiring for
October 29, 2018, provides the vast majority accrued in the increment specified by the adverse action against an employee within employees hired after that date.
of New Jerseyʼs private sector workers with employer (with the accrual method). 90 days of when the employee files a com‑ In anticipation of the effective date,
mandatory paid sick leave benefits. Employers that have existing paid time off plaint with the court or Department of employers should seek guidance from their
The key provisions of the law are summa‑ (PTO) policies are in compliance with the Act Labor, informs any person that the employer employment counsel and evaluate their
rized below: if the PTO policy includes personal, vacation violated the law, cooperates in the investiga‑ existing policies and practices to ensure
Who is Covered: The Act covers all and sick days that can be used for the pur‑ tion or prosecution of an alleged violation of compliance with the Act.
employees (full time and part time) engaged poses specified by the Act and provides 40 the act, opposes any policy, practice or act Jacqueline Voronov is a Senior Associate in
in service for compensation except (1) con‑ hours. under the law, or informs any person of his Peckar & Abramson's New Jersey office that
struction workers covered by collective bar‑ Notice Requirements: When the need for or her rights under the Act focuses her practice on civil litigation and
gaining agreements, (2) per diem healthcare paid sick leave is unforeseeable, the employ‑ Payout: Employers have the option of labor and employment disputes, with a focus
employees, and (3) public employees who ee must give notice to the employer as soon offering to pay out employees for accrued, on high‑conflict cases. More at: www.peck‑
already receive sick leave under other state as practicable. If the leave is foreseeable, but unused sick leave at the end of the year. law.com
laws. There is no exception for small seven daysʼ notice is required. An employer
employers. may require reasonable documentation that
Accrual, Carryover and Cap: Employers the leave is being taken for a permitted pur‑
must provide employees with 1 hour of paid pose for leave of 3 or more consecutive days.
sick leave for every 30 hours worked and Permissible Uses: Under the law, employ‑
as
pay them for earned sick leave at the same ees will be permitted to use paid sick time
n’ t re alize I w
rate of pay as the employee normally earns. for any of the following reasons: “ I did ntil now.
The law caps an employeeʼs annual accrual, 1. Their own health needs or that of a fam‑ 3 u
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use, and carryover of earned sick leave at 40 ily member;
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hours per year. Employers have the option of
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“front‑loading” leave by providing an family member of employee) being a victim
employee with “the full complement of
earned sick leave for a benefit year” (i.e., 40
of domestic or sexual violence, including
medical attention necessary for physical or Z ANH ATTAN
Alex M
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TheSouthAsianTimes.info HEALTH August 25-31, 2018 33

Babies in prams 60% more Labor pain relieving drug may


cut need for epidural: Lancet
exposed to pollution London: Prescribing women a
new drug called remifentanil to
al by half and there were no
lasting problems for the moth‑
London: Do you regularly take
your baby out in strollers or help manage their labor pain ers and babies in our trial,
prams? Beware, it can expose may halve the need for an although the effect of remifen‑
them up to 60 per cent more pol‑ epidural than the traditional tanil on maternal oxygen levels
lution, causing potential damage pethidine, claims a study. needs to be clarified in further
to cognitive abilities and brain The study, published in the studies," he added.
development, say researchers, Lancet, suggested that using Remifentanil is rarely offered
including one of Indian‑origin. remifentanil instead of pethi‑ routinely in labor and its use
They found that infants in dine could reduce the need for restricted to women who can‑
prams breathe in more polluted epidurals, instrumental deliver‑ not receive an epidural for med‑
air since they are positioned ies and consequent morbidity ical reasons (such as blood clot‑
between 0.55m and 0.85m above for large numbers of women ting disorders).
ground level and vehicle exhaust worldwide. Conversely, pethidine has
pipes usually sit within 1 metre Epidurals ‑‑ injections of pain been in widespread use since
above road level. relief drugs around the spinal the 1950s, even after long been
This increases in‑pram babies' (Image : hindustantimes.com) cord ‑‑ provide effective pain known not helpful to all
vulnerability to being exposed to relief but increase the risk of women.
more pollution than adults. needing instrumental delivery The study included 400
nerable because of their tissues, vehicles, roadside hedges
"We know that infants breathe (forceps or vacuum) during women aged over 16 years old
immune systems and brain devel‑ between vehicles and pedestrians
in higher amounts of airborne birth. It can also increase the who were giving birth after 37
opment at this early stage of their as technological solutions that
particles relative to their lung size risk of trauma and long‑lasting weeks. Only half as many
life, the researchers said. can help to create a clean air zone
and body weight compared to problems for the mother, such women in the remifentanil
According to the UNICEF, 17 around the child's breathing area
adults. What we have proven here as incontinence and sexual dys‑ group went on to have an
million children across the world as another effective means.
is that the height most children function. epidural (19 per cent) than in
who are less than a year old live Other measures such as car‑
travel at while in a pram doubles "Our findings challenge the the pethidine group (41 per
in regions with high air pollution pooling, using public transporta‑
the likelihood of negative impacts routine use of pethidine for cent). These women rated their
levels. tion to reduce traffic levels,
from air pollution when com‑ pain relief during labor," said pain as less severe and also had
The study, published in the jour‑ improving technologies, and com‑
pared to an adult," said Prashant lead author Matthew Wilson, less likely to need forceps and
nal Environment International, munity collaborations with indus‑
Kumar, professor at Britain's from Britain's University of vacuum during labor than
suggests a range of mitigation try could make a real difference
University of Surrey. Sheffield. "Remifentanil women given pethidine (15 per
actions, including solutions such to improving air quality for
Importantly, they are more vul‑ reduced the need for an epidur‑ cent vs 26 per cent).
as controlling emissions of road children.

Resistance training boosts Cycling can reduce your


exercise motivation loneliness, boost mental health
London: Lack of motivation is a
big factor for many people not London: Feeling lonely? Riding your social contact. It also allowed us to
following an exercise regime bicycles may not only improve your highlight the positive effect of walk‑
that they initially planned. But a general and mental health, but also ing, which in previous studies was
few months of resistance train‑ increase social interaction, says a not very conclusive," she added.
ing can change that by instilling study. The study, published in the journal
in people an intrinsic interest in The study showed that cycling is Environment International, was car‑
pursuing physical activity, sug‑ the healthiest mode of transport and ried out in seven European cities:
gests new research. is associated with better self‑per‑ Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Orebro,
Resistance training can main‑ ceived general health, better mental Rome, Vienna and Zurich and includ‑
(Image : trainerjosh.com) (Image : cyclingweekly.com)
tain and increase muscle health, greater vitality, lower self‑ ed more than 8,800 people. The
strength and functional capacity baseline and did not have previ‑ perceived stress and fewer feelings Barcelona, Spain. The second most transport modes assessed in the
when ageing and it is recom‑ ous resistance training experi‑ of loneliness. beneficial transport mode, walking, study were car, motorbike, public
mended for older adults at least ence. "Nine months of regular "The findings suggest that active was associated with good self‑per‑ transport, bicycle, electric bicycle
twice a week. resistance training increased the transport ‑‑especially cycling‑‑ ceived general health, greater vitali‑ and walking.
It also improves exercise moti‑ intrinsic motivation for both should be encouraged in order to ty, and more contact with friends Driving and public‑transport use
vation and contributes to mak‑ training and physical activity in improve health and increase social and/or family. "Ours is the first study were associated with poor self‑per‑
ing exercise planning among general: the subjects started to interaction," said lead author Avila to associate the use of multiple ceived general health, while cars
older adults, according to the enjoy exercising," said one of the Palencia from the Barcelona Institute urban transport modes with health were linked with fewer feelings of
study published in the researchers Tiia Kekalainen for Global Health (ISGlobal) in effects such as mental health and loneliness.
Scandinavian Journal of from the University of Jyvaskyla,
Medicine and Science in Sports. Finland. Additionally, exercise
The study investigated the planning increased, indicating
effects of a nine‑month super‑ that the participants started to
vised resistance training inter‑ think about how to start and
vention on exercise motivation, maintain a physically active
exercise planning and exercise lifestyle, Kekalainen said. After
self‑efficacy. completing the supervised
In addition, it was examined resistance training intervention,
whether these factors predict nearly half of the participants
the continuation of resistance (46 per cent) continued resist‑
training for the next year follow‑ ance training independently.
ing the intervention. Approximately half of them par‑
The study involved 104 ticipated in resistance training
healthy 65‑75‑year‑olds who did on average once‑a‑week during
not meet physical activity guide‑ the following year and the other
lines for endurance exercise at half twice‑a‑week.
34 August 25-31, 2018 SCI-TECH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Apple's Amsterdam store closed


Saudi Arabia
after iPad battery explosion
San Francisco: An
Apple store in
year after
thermal
introduces free
Amsterdam has been
temporarily closed
after an iPad battery
events with
iPhone batter‑
ies. Like
nap pods to Haj
exploded and released today's inci‑ Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will intro‑ their luggage and valuables.
harmful chemical sub‑ dent, fortu‑ duce free sleeping pods during It is a solution for pilgrims of
stances, the media nately those this year's Haj. limited means who cannot
reported. also didn't see Between 18 and 24 modern afford to book hotels on site
The store was evac‑ any major hotel capsules will be offered to but need a quick rest during the
uated as a precaution‑ injuries, but pilgrims to nap in for free in the Haj.
ary measure and (Image courtesy: Apple coming six days, said the Haji A person has three hours of
three employees who menxp.com) employees did and Mu'tamer's Gift Charitable access to the pods. When the
reportedly experi‑ sustain minor Association. These free nap pilgrim wakes up for prayer
enced trouble breathing were unclear if the tablet has burst into burns," the report added. pods ‑‑ each less than three time, workers will clean the pod
treated. "Due to the chemicals the flames. Meanwhile, an iPhone 6 explod‑ meters long and just over one before handing it over to the
potentially released, the store has "Although, not related with this ed and went up in flames in a mov‑ meter high ‑‑ will be placed in next person, he said.
been closed as firefighters work to iPad battery explosion, as Apple ing car in China last week, accord‑ Mina, a western city near the Haj, an annual Islamic pil‑
ventilate the space and clear out started its iPhone battery replace‑ ing to EEC Media. A video was shot Holy city of Mecca, reports grimage to the Saudi city of
any harmful vapours," 9to5Mac ment programme we've seen a few by a dash cam installed inside the Xinhua news agency. Mecca, the holiest city for
reported on Sunday. more incidents like this over the vehicle, which showed the woman The pods provide a space in Muslims, is expected to draw
The staff placed the iPad imme‑ past months. screaming in the video after her which pilgrims can change their two million people from around
diately into a container with sand "Apple stores in both Switzerland phone burst into flames in the clothes, take a shower and store the world this year.
and called the firefighters. It is and Spain were evacuated this moving car.

NASA’s Parker Solar Smartphone screens harbor thrice as


Probe operating as many germs as a toilet seat: Study
London: If you think toilet seats an average of 30 units, the lock

planned: Scientists
are the dirtiest ones swarming button had an average of 23.8
with germs, look at your smart‑ units, and the home button had an
phone. A research has revealed average of 10.6 units.
Washington: that smartphone screens have More than a third of the respon‑
NASAʼs his‑ three times more germs than a toi‑ dents admitted having not cleaned
toric mission let seat. their phones for long.
to solve the More than a third of people (35 "Our phones are never far from
mysteries of per cent) have never cleaned their our sides; we take them every‑
the Sun which smartphones with wipes, a clean‑ where with us. Therefore, it's
was launched ing fluid or a similar product, (Image courtesy: inevitable that they'll pick up a few
aboard a according to the study done by digitaltrends.com) germs along the way," Gary
United Insurance2Go, a gadget insurance least some quantity of each type of Beeston, sales and marketing man‑
Launch provider based in Portsmouth, substance". ager at Insurance2go, was quoted
Alliance Delta England. "The average smartphone The screens were the filthiest as saying.
IV Heavy screen has been found to be more part of the smartphones, filled with A fifth of British adults now
rocket on than three times dirtier than a toi‑ germs which may lead to skin spend more time online each week
(Image courtesy: nasa.gov) let seat," sky.com reported citing than the average time spent at
August 12 is problems and other health issues.
operating according to plan, Sunʼs atmosphere, called the the findings. The screens of the three hand‑ work, said a recent study from the
mission controllers have said. corona. Here it will directly One in 20 smartphone users was sets had a combined total of 254.9 UK's communication regulator
As of 12 p.m. EDT on August 16, explore solar processes that are found to clean their phones less colony‑forming units per cm2. This Ofcom.
the Parker Solar Probe was 4.6 key to understanding and fore‑ than every six months, said the means there was an average of Two in five adults (40 per cent)
million kms from Earth, travel‑ casting space weather events study. For the study, researchers 84.9 units on each screen. first look at their phone within five
ling at 62,764 kms per hour, that can impact life on Earth. swabbed three smartphones ‑‑ an "In contrast, a toilet and flush minutes of waking up, rising to 65
and heading toward its first The mission has already iPhone 6, a Samsung Galaxy 8 and was found to have just 24 units, per cent of those aged under 35,
Venus flyby scheduled for achieved several planned mile‑ a Google Pixel ‑‑ to test for aerobic while an office keyboard and while 37 per cent of adults check
October 3, 2018, Geoff Brown stones toward full commission‑ bacteria, yeast and mould. mouse was found to have just five," their phones five minutes before
of Johns Hopkins University ing and operations, according to The findings showed that all the report said. lights out, again rising to 60 per
Applied Physics Lab, or APL, in the mission controllers. areas of the phones "harbor at The back of the smartphones had cent of under‑35s.
Maryland, wrote in a NASA blog On August 13, the high‑gain
post.
The spacecraft will use Venus
antenna, which Parker Solar
Probe uses to communicate MEXICAN ASTROPHYSICIST DISCOVERS
to slightly slow itself and adjust high‑rate science data to Earth,
its trajectory for an optimal
path toward the first perihelion
was released from locks which
held it stable during launch.
FIRST GALAXIES IN UNIVERSE
of the Sun on November 5 this Controllers have also been Mexico City: A Mexican astro‑ than 13 billion years ago, reports which maintains that the elemen‑
year. monitoring the spacecraft as it physicist has identified some of Xinhua news agency. The Mexican tary particles that make up dark
“Parker Solar Probe is operat‑ autonomously uses its thrusters the first galaxies in our universe scientist Carlos Frenk Mora is one matter drive cosmic evolution.
ing as designed, and we are pro‑ to remove (or “dump”) momen‑ together with a team of of the world's best known The most weak galaxies near
gressing through our commis‑ tum, which is part of the flight researchers. The National astronomers for his theories on the Milky Way were considered
sioning activities,” said Project operations of the spacecraft. Autonomous University of Mexico dark matter and its role in the for‑ unworthy subject for study by sci‑
Manager Andy Driesman of Managing momentum helps on Saturday said that the newly‑ mation of galaxies. His discovery entists a decade ago, but new
APL. This solar probe is human‑ the spacecraft remain in a sta‑ identified galaxies are: Segue‑1, backs a current evolutionary researches have revealed treas‑
ityʼs first‑ever mission into the ble and optimal flight profile. Bootes I, Tucana II and Ursa model of the universe, called the ures for us to learn about the
Mayor I. All were formed more Lambda Cold Dark Matter Theory, primitive universe, said Mora.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info HUMOR August 25-31, 2018 35

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

People love to be
angry these days
T
his columnist once wrote to a A typical case was reported last
friend gently suggesting that he December. Just as a Delta Airlines plane
was not cut out to be an anger was about to take off from Atlanta, a
management therapist. He replied in man rose from his seat and went to the
capital letters: "SO. WHAT. ARE. YOU. toilet. The crew scolded him and booted
SAYING?" him off the flight ‑‑ so he called
People love being angry these days, reporters and told them: "It's because
and the problem is getting worse. When I'm black."
I look at Facebook, I feel I need to stand The good news is that such cases are
well back. mostly limited to the Western media. (Image courtesy: medicalviews.net)
"The aviation industry suffers the "On the East side of the planet, there is Aliens intercepting those transmissions entist got so many angry death threats
most," said a reader who works in that no assumption that authority figures must think this is a planet in which that he needed police protection.
sector. She showed me a news report are automatically wrong," she said. fame and fortune go to men who can The Internet, and particularly
expressing outrage about an airline Interesting. I mean, there's a lot of bad use scissors. Facebook and Twitter, are magnets for
which threw a passenger off the flight things you can say about Asian journal‑ But elsewhere, the modern love of the Super Angry.
"because she was breastfeeding". ists, such as the fact that we are often anger can have bad results. A few days One of my social media friends thun‑
Another was about an airline which corrupt, lazy, bribe‑taking, careless, ago, the New York Times told the shock‑ ders: "I don't need anger management.
ejected a man "for having a tattoo." A woefully inaccurate, gullible, and seem ing story of a bird scientist who did his Everyone else needs stupidity manage‑
third report was about a flight in which incapable of critical thinking, let alone job: He caught and dissected a bird as a ment." To him, life seems horribly
staff stopped the plane to escort a "fem‑ good writing, and I forgot where I was specimen for his museum's million‑ unfair. "When Thor throws his hammer
inist activist" off. going with this sentence so I think I'll piece research collection. An angry he's a hero. When I throw a hammer I
"But not one of them happened as just end it here. web‑surfer published his name on the need therapy," he grumbles. Stand well
reported," said the woman, who did not These days, the Asian media does the Internet as a "bird murderer". The sci‑ back. Literally.
want her name printed. "In each case, anger thing in some countries, while in
the passenger was actually thrown off others, news items are bland and emo‑
for breaching industry‑wide safety tionless. In some Indo‑China nations,
rules. But journalists prefer to say it the first item on the TV news is always
was because the person was breastfeed‑ the same: "Premier cuts ribbon."
ing or whatever because anger gets all Sometimes the entire news bulletin is
the clicks." the premier cutting various ribbons.

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AUGUST 25‑31, 2018


ARIES: Stress would be easier to deal CANCER: Innovative ideas and out of LIBRA: This is a good time for brain‑ CAPRICORN: Think twice before you
with as long as you stay absolutely phys‑ box thinking will help you stay ahead storming, sharing ideas, and reaching speak this week as the bond with your
ically fit. This period is a mixed bag. It of the crowd. Be assertive and diplo‑ a group consensus. Be more flexible in professional asso ciates depends
may find you slogging to finish pending work matic when dealing with domestic issues. listening to what others have to say as it can entirely on your communication with them.
on the professional front. Be extremely cau‑ Property related matters need to be sought help improving your intellect and thought Your ability to correctly read the subtle details
tious before signing any important documents with more concern and research. Singles need process in the long run. Delegating work will make you popular among your colleagues.
this week. Lover makes you feel happy by to be clear about their expectations and con‑ among the colleagues will prove beneficial in Be patient and hear everyone out even if you
doing small things to spice up the love life. cerns from potential relationships in order to delivering results at the desired deadlines. Do disagree with their objectives and opinions.
Those planning a vehicle need not worry avoid disappointments later. New contacts act not let unimportant issues distract you and Romance is good and can get better if you are
about loans. Opt the color silver if buying it as reservoir of more opportunities. Socializing prevent you from achieving your goals. willing to play a supportive role. Financially,
this week. Some of you can begin with their with close friends will be on your list of priori‑ Spending time with loved ones will help you not a very favourable time; so stay away from
driving lessons. ties this weekend. stay calm. speculation.
TAURUS: Work hard to find ways to LEO: Love life is set to improve SCORPIO: Your creative and enterpris‑ AQUARIUS: You may feel a bit off key
keep yourself updated with the latest through mutual ef forts. An overseas ing spirit allows you to focus on your this week, so donʼt waste your time on
developments in your area of interest journey will prove most enjoyable. goals with more determination and activities that require deliberation.
as this will enhance your career prospects. Set There is a good chance of firming a property strength now. Distractions and interruptions Donʼt be impulsive in giving up if you hit unex‑
your pace, if you want to expand your busi‑ deal that you had been longing for. Superiors will not prevent you from accomplishing what pected challenges; rather focus on the long
ness horizons. Your hopes and aspirations are on the work front may commend you for the you have planned for yourself. Love life can term benefits and be determined to find solu‑
likely to receive a boost as the much awaited good work done. Romantic relationships could be little tense if you are unable to give time to tions. Appreciating your life partner or plan‑
property deal materializes. Communication go through some tense moments. Discussing your partner. You may feel the need for some ning a special evening with them will improve
with the spouse will be more free and relaxed the issues with your partner seems produc‑ space and time for yourself to relax and your love life. Advice regarding financial mat‑
than before. Make use of number 7, if purchas‑ tive; you may be able to benefit from their unwind. Gains from investments or other ters will prove to be fruitful. Minor differences
ing a vehicle. insights and advice. sources are likely. with close friends are possible.
GEMINI: A silent conspiracy may rage VIRGO: You are likely to be full of ener‑ SAGITTARIUS: New business ideas will PISCES: It is the right time to reunite
behind your back at work. As a result, gy and determination in this week, and be welcomed but you need to check if with friends you have lost contact with.
you may have to sit for long hours in this helps you sail through the chal‑ you have appropriate resources in Leave aside the differences you had in
office to complete an urgent task. Those look‑ lenges coming your way without much effort. place to implement them. Focus on the small the past and try to sort things out amicably.
ing for a suitable job will find one. Financially, If you have a liking for someone; express your but important details to avoid the last minute Big projects are accomplished easily as your
some good news will take you by surprise. feelings only if you are sure of the similar feel‑ confusions or delays. Avoid carrying pending confidence lifts up. Someone may avoid you
Some of you may complain about stomach ings at the other end. You will feel the differ‑ tasks at home, if the health doesnʼt allow on the social front due to your overbearing
ache. Romantic relationships will be stable ence in your fitness by adopting an exercise doing so. Romantic relationships will be good. nature.
overall though minor tensions cannot be ruled regimen. Cash inflow is seen to be obstructed Health of the spouse may need attention. Your spendthrift nature may frustrate those
out. Business travel is indicated for bureau‑ somehow. Drive carefully and donʼt take Relatives seem to support your ideas for around you. A lifestyle disease can play up, if
crats; keep the important documents handy. chances on the road. expansion. Huge financial gains are foreseen. you are not regular in taking medication.

25th August, 2018 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK considered as an asset to the organi‑
Traits in you: Your governing plan‑ zation.
et Neptune he lps you grow as a suffer from some minor diseases. impact on your seniors and higher financial condition throughout the Romance this year: You may not
mature and perfect individual. You Finance this year: You may find management. year. Though you will have a lot of find enough mental support from
are unique, independent, realistic and your trips educative and profitable Romance this year: You along with expenditures, you need not spend all your partner, which may weaken
optimistic. You never believe in los‑ this year. You should not lend or bor‑ your partner will solve every person‑ money alone as your partner will your relationship with your partner.
ing. You are always try to win with row money this year as it may put al issue that has been proved to be a support you financially.
the help of your hard‑work and luck you in various problems. You will be huge headache for you and your fam‑ Career this year: Your dedication 31st August, 2018
being a social person you are well benefited from the real estate invest‑ ily. Your romance with your partner towards your work will bring you lot Traits in you: Being number 4, you
known in society and your helpful ments if you have any. will touch new heights. of name and fame later in the year. are a person who likes to take
nature makes you pretty popular in Career this year: The success in Your introvert nature may make you responsibilty and do your work with
your known circles. Your stubborn your professional life may depend on 28th August, 2018 lag behind others so you better try to full dedication and honesty. You are a
behavior may hurt people without your responsibility handling ability. Traits in you: By the influence of work on it and act proactively. You very down to earth person with reli‑
your knowledge so you better try and You may have to work on dif ferent your ruling planet Sun, you have deserve a lot than you are getting gious beliefs. This year you might
eradicate it. places, which may prove to be a chal‑ become very original, positive, confi‑ now. This year you may be rewarded plan to go for a piligrimage.
Health this year: You should not lenge for you to co‑ordinate with you dent, vivacious and optimistic. You as per your expectations. Sometimes you become bossy, jeal‑
ignore minor health issues to avoid colleagues and provide a qualitative need to control your mood swings to Romance this year: You may not ous or stubborn, which you should
bigger problems later. output. get more success. find much time to spend with your avoid to lead a happy life with smil‑
Finance this year: You may get Romance this year: Your charismat‑ Health this year: You will be enjoy‑ partner this year due to huge load of ing people around you.
involved in many profitable partner‑ ic personality will attract opposite ing a better health as compared to work or business trips. You should Health this year: Health of a person
ships, which may help you earn a lot sex. Your relationship with your part‑ last year. However, you need not neg‑ add more life to every moment you depends on one's thinking.
of money. You may be lucky enough ner would be pleasurable. lect your regular medication. spend with your partner. Remember that one's thinking has
to get your legal and government Finance this year: You will get a lot reflection on one's body. If we think
work done. 27th August, 2018 of chances to earn money and 30th August, 2018 positively we will enjoy a sound
Career this year: You will be able to Traits in you: Your ruling planet improve your standard of living. Traits in you: Being ruled by health, whereas negative thinking
enhance your communication skills Mars makes you daring and intelli‑ Career this year: You do not bother Jupiter, you are ambitious, confident, will only put adverse affects on our
and your confidence will be at its gent by birth. Your other personal about frequent job changes as you creative, dignified and optimistic. body.
best. You can create wonders in your traits are dignity, independent, enthu‑ want expertise in a particular People trust you as you are very Finance this year: The coming year,
profession as well as business. Your siasm, optimism, self‑confidence, and domain. Your honesty and helpful helpful and you win their trust with will be financially good for most of
time management skills will be key to discipline. You have exceptional lead‑ nature wins you admiration, trust your behavior. You need to work on you. With your will power and practi‑
your success this year. If you can ership qualities since birth. So you and respect from your colleagues and your nature of being jealous and cal attitude, you will be able to make
learn new technologies, it will be bet‑ can influence anyone to work accord‑ seniors. You may take immense inter‑ arrogant. the most of the opportunities which
ter for your financial growth. You ing your plans. You should not est in your profession and it would Health this year: You may suf fer come your way, giving you monetary
may get a chance to work independ‑ behave arrogant and impatient for help in your salary increment. from some minor health issues and gains.
ently and prove yourself. the betterment of your personality. Romance this year: Your relation‑ that would not bother you very much. Career this year: Realistic and with
Romance this year: You relation‑ Health this year: You will be in a ship with your partner and family Finance this year: Your quick deci‑ a very practical approach towards
ship with your partner will be expec‑ merdiocre health condition this year. members may get affected due to the sion making capability will help you life, most of you are successful in
tational. You have to take regular medication volume of work you are assigned to. gain enough money. Your social life your professional front.
to stay fit. would be very pleasant this year as T he coming year, will see you
26th August, 2018 Finance this year: You will be able 29th August, 2018 you may go on developing various achieve new heights of excellence, in
Traits in you: As you are ruled by to improve your financial condition Traits in you: The calmness of your profitable contacts to get help in your whatever new project you take in
planet Saturn, you are selfless, sin‑ as money may flow from various ruling planet makes you creative, business. You may frequently travel hand.
cere, reliable, realistic, and confident. sources. You may go for overseas friendly, disciplined, innovative, and go for parties in various social Romance this year: This year don't
Being the owner of huge intelligence journeys for business purpose. responsible, reliable, and imaginative. events. allow your personal problems creep
and talent you are pretty interested Career this year: You will be Health this year: You will be enjoy‑ Career this year: You will gain into your romantic af fair. Always
in acquiring knowledge on trending posthumously rewarded for your ing a very good health this year respect in your organization as a remember that love is a given expres‑
technology. You should try to eradi‑ efforts throughout the year. You will despite lot of stress. hardworking and efficient profession‑ sion between two partners. So just
cate pessimism and negativity from make huge leaps as far as your Finance this year: You are very al. Your colleagues would seek your enjoy each other's company. If you
your characteristics. career is concerned. Professionally, careful when money is concerned. advice in critical situations. Your are already married, then take some
Health this year: You will enjoy an you will be very successful as you You do not spend money unnecessar‑ value as an employee would increase time out from your busy schedule to
overall good health though you may will be able to create a positive ily. You will enjoy a satisfactory in your organization and you will b e be with your soulmate.
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38 August 25-31, 2018 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

This article has been selected &reprinted from Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s book, Spiritual Pearls
for Enlightened Living, an inspirational collection of stories from the world’s great wisdom traditions.

Learn to let go and be free


go of the money and his hand was find fifty people e‑mailing us daily
freed to come out of the jar. But How can we end our and they expect an instantaneous
he was intent upon having the bondage? We need to response. If we do not respond
money, so he tried again and let go and be free. When right away they accuse us of
again. Each time he enclosed the we can let go of our being nonresponsive and indiffer‑
coins in his fist, his hand was too desires for impermanent ent. Soon, we are spending hours
wide to be removed from the jar. gains, we can be free. on the computer. We have
Suddenly, he heard the owner become slaves to our possessions.
coming home. He knew that if he How can we end our bondage?
did not get his hand out of the jar, We need to let go and be free.
By Sant Rajinder Singh he would be caught. But he was so When we can let go of our desires
Ji Maharaj intent upon trying to get the for impermanent gains, we can be
money out that he would not give free. Then, our soul can experi‑

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nce upon a time, there up. The result was that the man ence the love and beauty that God
was a man who lived came in, caught him, and had him has to of fer. True happiness
alone. He kept his money arrested. comes when we connect with the
in a special jar so that no one We too are like the thief in the source of joy within us̶our soul
could steal it. One day, while the story. Desires cause us to be have in the world can lead us to Similarly, we may want to buy a and God. To do so, we must turn
man was out farming his land, a caught with our hand in the jar. more bondage if we are attached computer to keep up with the lat‑ our attention from the worldly
thie f broke into his house. Desires keep us bound to this to them. For example, if we want a est technology. We then find our‑ enticements and listen to our soul.
Looking for something to steal, he world. It is only by letting go of big house, we have to work longer selves working harder to buy all Beautiful melodies of God are
came across a heavy stone jar. He the things of this world that we hours to pay for its mortgage. the right software and equipment playing within us all the time.
could barely jiggle it to hear the can be free. We need to stop Then we need to fill it up with to make it work. Soon we realize Light and love are shining within
coins inside. He could not lift the clutching for whatever binds us as more and more furniture. That that we are not happy with a sim‑ us. By turning our attention from
jar. So the man stuck his hand in prisoners of our desires so we can will take more time to work to pay ple computer. We want to the world, we are releasing our
the jar to take out the money. His enjoy true freedom. We need to for it, shop to buy it, and then to upgrade to a faster and more hold on the coins that keep our
hand fit perfectly into the jar. stop clutching and let go. Then we clean and repair every thing. elaborate computer. Next, we find hand stuck in the jar. By letting
T he man g rabbed as much will find the joy of freedom. Before we know it, the house that the computer that was supposed go, we are gaining eternal free‑
money as he could, holding it in What kind of joy did the thief was supposed to bring us pleas‑ to save us time is taking up all our dom.
his fist. But when he tried to pull have in his pursuit of the money? ure has made us a slave to it. We time. We end up spending hours By sitting in meditation, free
out his hand, it would not come Instead he ended up a prisoner in no longer have time for our fami‑ learning to use the computer. We from all worldly desires and
out. He tried his hardest to pull the jail. We too are like prisoners ly, our children, or pursuits that spend hours exploring the attachments, we can let go and
out his hand, but the fist made his in the jail of this physical world. will give us more fulfillment. We Internet. The e‑mail system that find ourselves free to soar back to
hand wider. While holding the We spend all our time going after spend all our time going after was supposed to make communi‑ God.
money, he could not get it things that will not give us happi‑ things that may not give us true cations faster is taking more and
through the neck of the jar. He let and lasting happiness. more of our time. Suddenly, we (For more visit www.sos.org)
ness. Whatever material gains we

reached the wilderness she tied we have had in our lives, how

Finding a true friend the king to one tree and her


father to another tree. Both were
then bound, hand and foot. The
many of them led us closer to
God, and how many of them have
taken us away from God? What
interesting story from the Hindu tures to the king. By the sixth day king was wondering what all this kind of friend should we look for
By Sant Rajinder scriptures. There was a learned he was nearing the end of the meant when the girl asked, then? To be truly awakened spiri‑
Singh Ji Maharaj pundit who was the personal scriptures, and the king was not “Father, can you kindly unbind tually, we should seek the friend‑
minister of King Prikshat. Each satisfied. Fearing that on the sev‑ the king over there?” ship of the Lord.

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rue friends are those who day the minister would read out enth day he would be put to The minister replied, “I am We have only a set number of
stand by you always. They the scriptures to the king. The death, the minister sat down in already bound! How can I free breaths to reunite our soul with
will sacrifice themselves particular scripture said that his home and started to cry. him?” God. Let us do everything possi‑
for you, and are people on whom whoever hears the scriptures will “Why are you so sad?” asked The girl asked, “Your Majesty, ble to attain that goal. The best
you can always rely. True friends receive spiritual liberation and his daughter when she saw him. will you kindly unbind my way to reach the Lord is through
listen to your problems and share enlightenment. Month after The ministered explained the father?” meditation, sweet remembrance,
your burdens. Truly, if we have month, the king listened to the situation to her, “The scriptures The king replied, “Foolish girl, and selfless service. These activi‑
even one real friend in life, we are scriptures read by the minister. say that whoever reads them will donʼt you see that I am bound? ties safeguard us from being
lucky. However, he did not attain libera‑ be liberated. However, I know How can a bound man unbind pulled away by distractions of the
If we think about our childhood tion. that the king is not liberated, nor another?” world. If we do these things, then
friends, how many are still with One day, the king sat down and am I liberated. Therefore, tomor‑ That is all she wanted to hear we will be ready at the time of
us now? Have we parted ways thought, “Here I am̶listening to row, I will be put to death.” and said, “Then how can you our death. Having mastered the
already? Perhaps they have these scriptures every day, and I The daughter was wise and had expect my father, who is not free art of rising above body‑con‑
moved away, or we have lost con‑ am not yet spiritually liberated. an idea. “Do not worry,” she said. himself, to liberate you spiritual‑ sciousness (by meditating daily
tact with them. Let us consider The scriptures say that whoever “Tomorrow I will speak to the ly?” The king himself had on the inner Light and Sound of
our close friends today. Can we listens to these holy writings will king.” On the following day, the answered the dilemma in which God) , we will know what awaits
imagine that they, too, will one receive salvation once and for all, ministerʼs daughter asked for an he had placed the minister. With us in the Beyond.
day be parted from us just as but I have not.” audience with the king. that understanding, the king Befriending God makes our
those friends from our childhood Therefore, the king called the “Why have you come?” he ques‑ spared the life of the minister. spirit soar. Waves of divine love
are gone? minister and said, “Look here. I tioned her. At the time of death, we all make our soul rise to the eye‑
Even if we have one close have heard these scriptures so She told him, “I have come to depart by ourselves. No friends of focus where we see tremendous
friend, or even a few, they can many times and have not attained reply to the question that you this world can help us. They can Light. Is there any love or friend‑
only be with us up to our last liberation. I will give you one have asked of my father. But to sit by our bedside and hold our ship of the world that can bring
breath, or their last breath. They more chance to read these scrip‑ do this, you and I must go togeth‑ hand, but they can neither pro‑ us to the eye‑focus and make us
can only remain with us in this tures to me from end to end. If I er to the wilderness.” The king tect us from death nor accompa‑ rise above physical body‑con‑
life and cannot help us in the am not liberated after that, you was perplexed, but agreed to go ny us. Knowing this, we still put sciousness? Only the love of the
moment of our greatest need̶ will be put to death.” Trembling along with her plan. The girl then our reliance on people of this Lord can make us wide awake̶
the time of death. in his shoes, the minister began sent for her father. She brought world. not only in this world, but wide
In this connection, there is an the task of re‑reading the scrip‑ along two ropes and when they Looking back at the friendships awake into the Beyond.
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