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PM Modi launches world’s largest

public healthcare program
At UN, Trump
Ranchi, Jharkhand: Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on
Sunday launched the
'Ayushman Bharat ‑Pradhan
Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana
demands changes
(AB‑PMJAY)' in Ranchi. The
scheme, touted as the
"worldʼs largest government
funded healthcare program",
targets more than 500 mil‑
in global trade
United Nations: President Donald
lion beneficiaries. Trump in his address to the United Defends tariff war
The scheme will provide a Nat ions General Assembly
8 with China, slams
Iran and OPEC
cover of up to Rs 500,000 Tuesday demanded that changes
per family per year, for sec‑
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch in Ranchi be urgently made to the "world Lauds India for
of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya 8 lifting millions
ondary and tertiary care hos‑ trading system" and defended his
Yojana that targets giving health cover out of poverty
pitalization through a net‑ trade war with China, saying that
to half a billion beneficiaries.
work of Empanelled Health the US trade deficit with the Asian
Care Providers (EHCP). Modi elaborated The number of beneficiaries of the giant is "not acceptable".
on the Ayushaman Bharat scheme in his scheme equals the population of North "Last month, we announced a
address: "It will cover the treatment of America or of EU. “No other country in the groundbreaking US‑Mexico trade
more than 1,300 illnesses including can‑ world is going to have such a big plan with agreement. Yesterday, I stood with
cer, heart disease, kidney and liver disease, the government's money", said PM Modi. (South Korean) President Moon
diabetes. Treating serious diseases will not He added that "the person standing in the (Jae‑in) to announce the success‑
only be carried out in government but in last line of the society, the poorest of the ful completion of the brand‑new
many private hospitals also. More than poor would now receive treatment at bet‑ US‑Korea trade deal," said the US
13,000 hospitals have been associated ter health facilities.” Modi also said that leader, Efe reported.
with the Ayushman Bharat scheme." 2,500 modern Continued on page 4
Continued on page 4

'I love India, give my AIA honors excellence at Benefits Gala

regards to my friend PM Great Neck, NY: The Association of
Indians in America (AIA)‑NY held

Modi,' Trump told Sushma its Bene fit Gala at Leonardʼs

Palazzo here on September 22 in
support of its 31st Annual
Deepavali Festival to be held at the
South Street Seaport on October
The Gala was attended by many
accomplished Indian Americans,
community leaders and dignitaries
as well as sponsors – all who have
been committed to continued sup‑
port for the Deepavali Festival.
Among them were Suffolk County
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met representatives of Executive Steve Bellone, Padma Honorees Dr Nilesh Mehta, Bharat Patel, Kalpana Patel,
GOPIO Sept 23 on the sidelines of her UNGA visit to New York. Dr Preeti Mehta and Dr Jagat Narula, posing with AIA President
Shri Dr Sudhir Parekh, Chintu
Gobind Munjal and Suman Munjal standing behind.
United Nations: "I love India, give they exchanged pleasantries dur‑ Pate l, Co‑Chairman of Amneal
my reg ards to my friend PM ing a high‑level event on counter‑ Pharmaceuticals, and Regional CEO of Sun Deve lopment and of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr.
(Narendra) Mo di," President narcotics on Monday. As Trump Manager Air India Vandana Management Corp, Bharat Patel; Jagat Narula; President and CEO of
Donald Trump told External left the podium at the conclusion Sharma. Cardiolog ist, Professor and Unique Comp Inc. Kalpana Patel;
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as Continued on page 4 Honorees at the Gala included Associate Dean at the Icahn School Continued on page 4

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CM Naidu hopes Andhra will become $1tn economy

Special to The South field. million are Telugus.
Asian Times During his first tenure at CM at “And hrites should not just
the turn of the century, Naidu set become jobholders, but become
New York: Chie f Minister N. up a high‑tech city in Hyderabad job creators both here in the US
Chandrababu Naidu is sanguine and helped establish close to 200 and back home,” Naidu said. “You
about Andhra Pradesh becoming a engineering colleges. should become a part of the knowl‑
trillion dollar economy by 2029, “While making an all‑out ef fort edge economy.”
and appealed to NRI Telugus to to ensure our edge in the IT, we He cited his state economyʼs
help reach that milestone. should not neglect our farm sec‑ growth rate of 10.5%, which is
Naidu addressed a meeting on tor,” emphasized Naidu, who is the higher than the national rate of
September 23 at the New Jersey son of an agriculturist. 7.3%. “We are among the top
Institute of Technology, Newark, The Andhra leader was happy to states in the Ease of Doing
organized by his party Telugu note that Telugus have assimilated Business Index, Happiness Index
Desamʼs NRI wing. “Telugus are well in America while protecting and other parameters,” he added.
known the world over for their their cultural values. A cultural Naidu urged NRI businessper‑
prowess in IT. But in other areas prog ram including Kuchipudi sons to invest in his state and
also we should progress,” he told dance preceded his address. assured all facilities to them.
the 4,000 strong audience. Naidu, who has visited Israel as Naidu, who also heads his party,
Naidu is here to give a presenta‑ CM, said that like the Jewish peo‑ solicited NRIsʼ help in elections
t ion at United Nat ions ple in the US, Telugus ‑‑ who are due in Andhra Pradesh in April‑
Environment Program on farming already in the high‑income bracket May next year. NRIs, who hold
using natural manures to ensure a ‑‑ should accumulate clout too. Indian passports, have been Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu speaking at an event
clean environment. And hra is Out of the estimated Indian pop‑ allowed to vote by proxy in Indian welcoming him to the tristate area. The poster in front says, “Again,
ahead of other Indian states in the ulation of 5 million in US, at least 1 elections. only you should be back (to power)” (Photo: Prashanth Gorantala)

Padma Lakshmi opens up Multilateralism is under fire when

about being raped at age 16 world needs it most: UN chief
New York: In an op‑ed in the
New York Times published United Nations: UN Secretary‑
Tuesday, the Top Chef host, 48, General Antonio Guterres warned
wrote that she dated a 23‑year‑ on Tuesday that multilateralism is
old college student when she was under fire at a time when the world
16 because he was “charming needs it most.
and handsome” and would “flirt” "Our world is suf fering from a
with her at her part‑time retail bad case of trust deficit disorder,"
job at a mall in Los Angeles. But Guterres told world leaders attend‑
just a few months into the rela‑ ing this year's high‑level General
tionship, Padma Lakshmi says he Debate of the UN General Assembly.
sexually assaulted her while she "And multilateralism is under fire
was sleeping. precisely when we need it most."
Model, actress, Top Chef host
The mom of one shared details Trust is at a breaking point ‑‑ trust
and now MIT visiting scholar
of the encounter, explaining that in national institutions, trust among
Padma Lakshmi
she was neither drinking nor states, trust in the rules‑based glob‑
wearing anything revealing ̶ after she told them. “The lesson al order, he said. "Within countries, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President Trump and U.S.
though “it doesnʼt matter,” she was: If you speak up, you will be people are losing faith in political Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during the "Global Call to Action
cast out,” Lakshmi said. She told establishments, polarization is on
on the World Drug Problem" on Sept. 24. (Photo courtesy AP)
asserted ̶ and that she went
home with him, fell asleep, and this story on Twitter last Friday. the rise and populism is on the Individual leaders have the duty human rights and driving economic
woke up with him on top of her. In the Times op‑ed, Lakshmi, march." to advance the well‑being of their and social progress for women and
“I asked, ʻWhat are you doing?ʼ who is a womenʼs health advo‑ Among countries, cooperation is people. But it runs deeper. Together, men everywhere."
” Lakshmi recalled. “He said, ʻIt cate and has just been appointed less certain and more difficult. And as guardians of the common good, In the face of massive, existential
will only hurt for a while.ʼ ʻPlease by MIT as a visiting scholar at its divisions in the Security Council are leaders also have a duty to promote threats to people and the planet,
donʼt do this,ʼ I screamed.” Center for Gynepathology stark. Trust in global governance is and support a reformed, reinvigo‑ there is no way forward but collec‑
Lakshmi says she felt it was her Research, drew connections also fragile, as 21st‑century chal‑ rated and strengthened multilateral tive, common‑sense action for the
fault at the time. “We had no lan‑ between her story and current lenges outpace 20th‑century insti‑ system, he said. common good, he said. "This is how
guage in the 1980s for date events, namely the allegations tutions and mindsets, said the UN "We need commitments to a rules‑ we can rebuild trust."
rape,” she wrote. against Justice Kavanaugh and chief. based order, with the United Mr. Guterres is visiting India from
The model and actress also ref‑ President Donald Trumpʼs com‑ "We have never had a true system Nations at its center and with the October 1‑4 at the invitation of
erenced an earlier experience ments questioning why Dr. Ford of global governance, and much less dif ferent institutions and treaties External Affairs Minister Sushma
with sexual abuse, this time didnʼt file a police report at the a fully democratic one," said that bring the (UN) Charter to life. Swaraj to take part in event ssuch
allegedly by her stepfatherʼs rela‑ time̶which caused the hashtag Guterres in his "state‑of‑the‑world" And we need to show the added as the launch of Mahatma Gandhi's
tive when she was only 7. She #WhyIDidntReport to trend on speech that preceded those of world value of international cooperation 150th Birth Anniversary celebra‑
said her parents sent her away Twitter. leaders at the General Debate. by delivering peace, defending tions.
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At UN, Trump demands er, humanity is better because of this formances and activities for the whole
HSBC Cares honors changes in global trade
Continued from page 1
beautiful constellation of nations." family including a live grand display
of fireworks.

IBAʼs Mahesh Shah "This is just the beginning. Many

nations in this hall will agree that the
PM Modi launches worldʼs
largest public healthcare
The highlights of the 31st Deepavali
will include Naach Inferno returning
New York: HSBC Cares, world trading system is in dire need program with college and university teams
a program by HSBC of change," he declared. Continued from page 1 from around the tristate area as they
Bank that recognizes Trump warned that the US "will no hospitals would come up in tier‑II and showcase East‑West fusion dances.
community heroes, has longer tolerate it and we will not tier‑III cities and would generate Presented by Star Bharat TV channel,
honored Mahesh Shah allow our workers to be victimized, employment opportunities. the competition will be shown global‑
with its Customer of the our companies to be cheated, and our Reiterating the slogan "Sabka saath, ly. , Young Ce lebrity Singers Jaz
Year Diversity Award at wealth to be plundered and trans‑ sabka vikas" (together for all, develop‑ Dhami and Shilpi Paul will also rock
a ceremony held at ferred." ment for all), Modi said the Ayushman the stage. AIA is the oldest nonprofit
Gotham Hall in NYC. "T he United States has just scheme is not based on any commu‑ of Asian Indians in America founded
Shah is a founding announced tarif fs on another $200 nal or caste lines. in 1967. It represents the hopes and
Mahesh Shah is on the right "The government is working in a aspirations of the community united
member of the New billion in Chinese‑made goods. The
Jersey based Indian Business and Senior Branch Manager for total so far of $250 billion," he said, holistic way to improve the country's by their common bond of Indian
Association (IBA), which hosts HSBC. Shah was one of four adding "We reject the ideology of health sector: concentrating on Heritage and American Commitment.
the annual New Jersey India honorees. The event, which globalism and accept the ideology of affordable healthcare as well as For more info,
Day Parade. A two‑term mem‑ recognized HSBC customers patriotism." stressing on preventive healthcare",
ber of the New Jersey Board of who are giving back to the He accused Iranian leaders of sow‑ he explained. The EHCP network will 'I love India, give my regards
Pharmacy, Shah also co‑chairs community, included a live per‑ ing "chaos, death, and destruction," provide cashless and paperless access to my friend PM Modi,' Trump
the IBA Healthcare Policy formance by Grammy award calling Iran's government a "brutal to services for the beneficiaries at told Sushma
team. winner Thelma Houston. A regime" that is working to "spread both public and private hospitals. The Continued from page 1
mayhem across the Middle East and services will include 1,350 proce‑ of the event hosted by him at the
HSBC Bank serves as a com‑ $10,000 contribution to a local
far beyond." He called on other dures covering pre‑ and post‑hospital‑ United Nations, US Ambassador to the
munity partner with the IBA. charity was made in IBA and
nations "to isolate Iran's regime as ization, diagnostics, medicines, etc. UN Nikki Haley warmly hugged
“HSBC Bank is proud to sup‑ Mr. Shahʼs name. “Tonightʼs
long as its aggression continues." Ayushman Bharat has two compo‑ Swaraj and introduced her to the
port these community initia‑ award was a recognition of all
nents ‑ the creation of 150,000 health President. When Swaraj told Trump
tives. As an organization we the great work being done by He also drew OPEC into his line of
and wellness centers, which will pro‑ that she has brought greetings from
are committed to the Indian IBA on behalf of the Indian fire, criticizing the oil‑producing coali‑
vide Comprehensive Primary Health Prime Minister Narendra Mo di,
American community,” said American community,” said t ion and accusing part icipat ing
Care (CPHC) and the PMJAY, which Trump responded: "I love India, give
Raja M Qasim, Vice President Shah. nations of "ripping off the rest of the
my regards to my friend PM Modi,”
world." He said the U.S. defends provides health protection cover to
Indian diplomatic sources told PTI.
"many of these nations for nothing, poor and vulnerable families for sec‑
Afghanistan pull off thrilling and then they take advantage of us by ondary and tertiary care.
Pilot launch of the scheme has
Swaraj attended the Global Call to
Action on the World Drug Problem
giving us high oil prices. Not good."
last-ball tie with India But Trump he ld up India as an
example to the world of a country
already started in around 22 states
and Union Territories and so far 30
chaired by Trump as the high‑level
week of the 73rd Session of the UN
Dubai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's tie. Needing 7 off the final over, General Assembly began.
that has successfully lifted millions states and union territories have
comeback as skipper, albiet for Ravindra Jadeja (25 of f 34; Sushma Swaraj will address the UN
out of poverty while upholding free‑ signed an MoU and started working
one game, ended in a thrilling 4X1) struck a boundary on the General Assembly on September 29
doms. on implementation of the mission.
tie against a resurgent second ball of f leg‑spinner morning. According to an IANS report,
He said India was part of a "beauti‑ shge has a “grueling” schedule that
Afghanistan in their final Super Rashid Khan before taking two AIA honors excellence at
ful constellation" of countries work‑ includes meetings with top UN and
Four match of the Asia Cup singles with last man Khaleel Benefits Gala
ing for a common future. "There is WHO of ficials, many bilaterals, and
here on Tuesday. Chasing a Ahmed in company. With 1 Continued from page 1
India, a free society (of) over a billion meet ings of SAARC, the
competitive 253, the defending needed off the final two balls, and Gastroenterologists and President
people, successfully lifting countless Commonwealth and G77 group of
champions got of f to a flier Jadeja pulled the fifth delivery ‑ & CEO of Digestive Disease Care Drs.
millions out of poverty and into mid‑ developing countries.
from the new opening pair of ‑ a shorter one towards mid‑ Nilesh and Preeti Mehta.
dle class." At her GOPIO community meeting
Lokesh Rahul (60 off 66 balls; wicket only to find Najibullah AIAʼs Deepavali Festival is one of
"Many countries are pursuing their those present included T homas
4X5, 6X1) and Ambati Rayudu running in from deep to grab it the largest in the tri‑state area attract‑
own unique visions, building their Abraham, Dr Sudhir Parikh, Ram
(57 off 49; 4X4, 6X4) before a with both hands and help ing close to 100,000 people. It is a
own hopeful futures and chasing their Gad havi, Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Lal
mini collapse, coupled with a Afghanistan bow out of the full day celebration with corporate
own dreams of destiny, of legacy and Motwani and Dr. Asha Samant, and
few run‑outs and umpiring tournament with their head booths, food & clothing vendors, per‑
of a home," he said. "The world is rich‑ TV Asiaʼs Rohit Vyas.
errors, eventually resulted in a held high.

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Kamala Harris ranked No. 2 Dem Sheriff resigns after comments

to challenge Trump in 2020 on AG Grewal and others
Trenton, NJ: Bergen County also said that he isnʼt sure of
Washington, DC: In less than two months, as the mid‑ Sherif f Michae l Saudino has Oliverʼs sexuality as she is still
term elections come to a close, the official launch of resigned after audio recordings unmarried.
the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season will were leaked last week in which he In addition, Saudino attacked
begin. Over a dozen prospective candidates will start made racial and xenophobic com‑ Murphy on the issue of marijuana
making moves or even launching campaigns to chal‑ ments towards Indian American in the state say ing, “Christ
lenge President Trump. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal almighty, in other words let the
According to a recent CNN report, Kamala Harris, the and African American Lt. blacks come in, do whatever …
Senator from California ranks 2nd among the 10 Governor Sheila Oliver. they want, smoke their marijuana,
potential aspirants to the White House among the In the recording, which was do this, do that, and donʼt worry
Democrats. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA tops the list of published by WNYC, an af filiate about it. You know, weʼll tie the
10 ranked by CNN. In June this year, The Washington of the National Public Radio, hands of cops.”
Post ranked the Indian American Senator from the Saudino can be heard talking to Saudino was first elected as a
Golden State 3rd after Sen. Warren and Sen. Bernie his colleagues and making nasty Republican before he switched
Sanders of Vermont. comments about New Jersey Gov. parties and won a re‑election in
The popular wrote recently, Phil Murphyʼs inaugural speech in 2016 as a Democrat.
“Sen. Kamala Harris has not officially said she is run‑ January, according to a In his resignation Saudino apol‑
ning in 2020, but she hasnʼt denied it either, and sheʼs Washington Post report. ogized to the “people of Bergen
showing many of the signs of someone who is prepar‑ US Senator Kamala Harris
In the recording, Saudino County for the insensitive record‑
ing for a run, including campaigning for her recently written off accepting money from corporate attacks Murphy saying that he ed remarks.”
Democratic colleagues in key races and signing a deal PACs. appointed Grewal as the first Sikh In a statement posted on
to write a book.” In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a US attorney general in the country, Twitter, Grewal said, “Sherif f
Harris recently told MSNBCʼs Kasie Hunt that sheʼs Senator for California, the second African‑American only because of his religion. Saudinoʼs resignation is an impor‑
“not ruling out” a 2020 presidential run. But her woman and first South Asian‑American senator in his‑ “He didnʼt do that to he lp tant first step in repairing the
actions may speak louder than her words. She was the tory. She serves on the Homeland Security and Bergen County, he did that relationship between the Bergen
first lawmaker to call for Homeland Security Secretary Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee because of the turban,” Saudino County Sherif fʼs Of fice and the
Kirstjen Nielsen to resign over the Trump administra‑ on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and says in the recording. Saudino diverse communities it serves.”
tionʼs family‑separation policy. She has also somewhat the Committee on the Budget.

Indian American diplomat Parmar claims he is a

quits citing lack of diversity victim in Constellation
Healthcare case
Washington, DC: Uzra Zeya,
an Indian American, decided
to walk out from her job as a
U.S. diplomat in the Edison, NJ: Paul Parmar, the beleaguered ex‑
Department of State after CEO of bankrupt Constellation Healthcare
serving the country for the Technologies Inc, alleges he has been the
last 27 years. victim of a sophisticated investorʼs takeover
Zeya told Polit ico that scheme that has roots in profiting from a
since joining the U.S. Foreign “fraudulent” bankruptcy.
Service in 1990, she saw Parmar of Colts Neck, NJ, along with for‑
much growth in diversity mer Constellation CFO Sotirios Zaharis and
within her department, espe‑ Ravi Chivukula, a former executive director
cially during the presiden‑ of the company, was charged in May by the
cies of George W. Bush and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Barack Obama. However, with conspiracy to commit securities fraud
with the entry of President and securities fraud. Parmarʼs charges
Trump, diversity in the included the scheme to false ly inflate
department has been Constellationʼs value to induce an invest‑
Uzra Zeya served in the Department of State
decreasing. for 27 years. ment firm to buy his company.
As of June 2018, 6.8 percent Chinh Chu, a former Blackstone senior Parmjit "Paul” Parmar, the former CEO of
of Foreign Service generalists were of Asian For Zeya, it started w ith planning executive, purchased Constellation last year, Constellation Healthcare Technologies
descent, which is a little above the actual President Trumpʼs Bastille Day visit while through his investment firm CC Capital. winked by Chu into bringing these specious
percentage of the Asian‑American popula‑ she was working at the U.S. Embassy in Constellation filed for bankruptcy in March claims against Mr. Parmar.”
tion in the 2010 U.S. Census. The percent‑ Paris, France. 2018, claiming that some of the businesses Parlatore also pointed out that while
age of Hispanics in the Foreign Service was Upon returning to Washington, she was it had purchased while Parmar was in Parmar was arrested on May 16, 2018,
six while 5.4 percent were African‑ blocked from a series of senior‑level jobs, charge were fictitious. there had been no progress in the ensuing
Americans and 0.3 percent Nat ive with no explanation. Parmar alleges in court documents that four months and that the Government had
Americans. “In two separate incidents, however, col‑ Chu pushed Constellation into bankruptcy not yet obtained an indictment of Parmar.
Zeya further mentions in the Politico leagues told me that a senior State official and then rigged the subsequent auction of Although the time to file an indictment had
report that within the first five months of opposed candidates for leadership posi‑ assets to his benefit, so he could purchase been extended twice, no discussions have
Trumpʼs administration, three of the most tions̶myself and an African‑American Constellation after bankruptcy proceedings occurred, and the Government had made no
senior African‑American career officials as female officer̶on the basis that we would at a fraction of the actual value. offers to settle the case.
well as the top‑ranking Latino career officer not pass the ʻBreitbart test.ʼ One year into an The SEC has launched a parallel civil Parlatore said he is also seeking to dismiss
in the department were either removed or administration that repudiated the very action into Parmar and his associates. the federal forfeiture claim against Parmar,
resigned. notion of America I had defended abroad for Separately, feds have filed a civil complaint and that Parmarʼs bankruptcy counsel is
This trend continued through the next few 27 years, I knew I could no longer be a part seeking forfeiture of four properties that working to dismiss adversary claims against
months as Zeya noticed that many top‑per‑ of it, and I left government earlier this year,” Parmar owns or controls. him in bankruptcy court over the merger
forming minority diplomats were not invited Zeya told Politico. Parmarʼs attorney Timothy Parlatore says and the alleged fraud.
to various government activities, though the During her 27 year tenure, Zeya served at in court documents that “rather than con‑ At press time, representatives of CC
Department of State says that it is working U.S. embassies in Jamaica, Egypt, Syria, ducting a full, complete and independent Capital, and Chinh Chu did not immediately
towards fixing all of this. Oman and India. investigation, the DOJ and SEC were hood‑ respond to requests for comments.
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state‑of‑the‑art gymnasium at their big‑
ger venue in South Brunswick High
will rock the stage with famous old and
new live singing of traditional garbas,
nominated at NJ film festival
School in a highly secured environment dandiya, famous sanedo and bhangaras ilmed in NYC, Monisha Deyʼs
with a capacity of more than 2,500 with live entertainment for more than short documentary Turban Fever
guests. South Brunswick and surrounding five hours on all four days. a 7 min film highlights the wide‑
spread ignorance about Sikhism in the
USA and explores how the Sikh commu‑

Anupam Kher's new TV drama NEW nity tackles racism ‑ through love, peace
and compassion.
Turban Fever
Turban Fever has screened at two film
AMSTERDAM premieres on NBC. festivals in New York and has also had a
at Westfield

screening at Harvard earlier this year. It Film Fest
ndia's finest will be screening this weekend at the
actor, Westfield International Film Festival, NJ
author, where it has been nominated for two
motivational awards ‑ Best Short Documentary and
speaker, edu‑ Best Female Filmmaker.
Anupam Kher

Mercedes to export
after acting in
more than 500
films is now
ready to make
his mark on GLC from India
this side of the
ercedes‑Benz will begin import‑ base, has converted its Indian automak‑
world. The
ing its best‑selling vehicle, the ing capacity to an export base, but it has
prolific actor is
GLC compact crossover, into given no indication that it would export
known to the western outside audiences on NBC on September 25th at 10pm.
the U.S. from its plant in western India, to the U.S. Deliveries of the Mercedes
for his roles in Golden Globe‑nominated When asked what does he feel being
Automotive News reported. GLC, built at the automaker's plant in
Bend it like Beckham, Oscar Nominated part of the American series his response
The German luxury automaker joins Pune, will arrive in the U.S. next month,
Silver Linings Playbook and the highly was, "It is a great feeling to be part of a
Ford Motor in tapping India as a source Mercedes‑Benz USA spokesman Rob
acclaimed The Big Sick. mainstream American series.
for U.S. vehicles, underscoring the sub‑ Moran confirmed last week.
The BAFTA and the SAG nominee will I represent my country, my India and I
continent's rapid ascent as an auto Mercedes has informed NHTSA of its
now be part of our lives in America. He want every Indian to feel proud of me
export hub. Ford last year began import‑ import plans.
is acting in NBC's highly anticipated when they watch NEW AMSTERDAM. Let
ing its EcoSport subcompact crossover The GLC is the highest‑selling luxury
medical drama NEW AMSTERDAM. He my countrymen continue to love and
from Chennai. compact crossover in the U.S. and the
plays an Indian doctor, Dr Vijay Kapoor, bless me and I will try to never disap‑
General Motors, meanwhile, thwarted top‑selling model across Mercedes'
a neurologist in it. The series premiered point them."
in its efforts to develop an Indian sales brand lineup. NATIONAL COMMUNITY Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 7

Republican Party apologizes for Work permits to H4

“offensive” ad featuring Lord Ganesha visa holders may be
Houston: The ruling
Republican party in
the US has apologized
regarding the worship of animals as
gods was also disheartening to the
HAF leaders, as that is a common
revoked in 3 months
to the Hindu commu‑ misconception taught in US schools, Washington, DC: The Trump administration expects
nity, after a newspa‑ which frequently ends up becoming to revoke in three months a rule allowing spouses
per advert isement a taunt used to bully Hindu stu‑ of certain H‑1B visa holders to work in the US, most
featuring Lord dents," the HAF said. of whom are from India.
Ganesha, intended to The Fort Bend Republican party The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told
win their support in responded and said: "The ad was not a federal court on Friday that its intention to cancel
Texas ended up meant to disparage Hindu customs the rule remains in place and that it “anticipates
"offending" them. or traditions in any way. We of fer that the rule (revoking work authorization for H‑4
The advert, on the our sincerest apologies to anyone visa holders) will be submitted to OMB within three
o ccasion of the that was of fended by the ad. months.” OMB, the office of management and
'Ganesh Chaturthi' Obviously, that was not the intent." budget, oversees US federal budget and perform‑
festival, included the In a letter, chairman Jacey Jetton, ance of federal agencies.
image of Lord the first Korean‑American to lead the The DHS said it had made “solid and swift
The ad featuring Lord Ganesha created
Ganesha with the text, Fort Bend County Republican Party progress in proposing to remove from its regula‑
controversy with Hindus objecting and
tions certain H‑4 spouses of H‑1B non‑immigrants
"Would you worship a seeking an apology from the party said: "The ad was meant to be part of
donkey or an e le‑ the celebration to acknowledge the as a class of aliens eligible for employment authori‑
phant? The choice is yours." The ele‑ gize for the advert about the celebra‑ 'Ganesh Chaturthi' fest ival of zation.”
phant is the party symbol of the tion of the 'Ganesh Chaturthi' festi‑ September 13." The court filing came in a case brought by Save
Republicans. val. "While we appreciate the Fort "This ad was created with input Jobs USA, a group of people who claim to have
The Indian‑American community Bend County GOP's attempt to reach from those of Hindu faith so that we been displaced by H‑1B workers. The case was filed
has described the political advertise‑ out to Hindus on an important Hindu could properly pay respect to the before President Donald Trump took office.
ment of the Grand Old Party as festival, its ad ‑ equating Hindus' ven‑ sacred festival. This highlights the H‑4 EAD (employment authorization document)
"offensive." The party's county unit, eration of the Lord Ganesha with dif ficulty in outreach that can be allows spouses of H‑1B visa holders who have been
Fort Bend County Republican Party choosing a political party based on positive for one group but not for cleared for Green Cards but have not received them
which published the ad, apologized its animal symbol ‑ is problematic another in the same community. yet, to work, by a rule issued by the Obama admin‑
and clarified that it "was not meant and of fensive," said Rishi Bhutada, "We of fer our sincerest apologies istration in 2015.
to disparage Hindu customs or tradi‑ HAF Board Member and Fort Bend to anyone that was offended by the The main beneficiaries of the rule have been
tions in any way." County resident. ad. Obviously, that was not the spouses of H‑1B visa holders from India ̶ 93% of
An advocacy group, the Hindu‑ Using religious imagery in order to intent. The ad was not meant to dis‑ the 126,853 H‑4 applications approved till
American Foundat ion (HAF) of explicitly appeal for political support parage Hindu customs or traditions December 2017, according to a study by the
Houston, called on the Fort Bend should best be avoided by any politi‑ in any way," Jetton said. Congressional Research Service.
County Republican Party to apolo‑ cal party, he said. "The implication (PTI)

Indian American federal worker ‘stung’ for anti-Trump agenda

Washington, DC: The Government doing for DSA is stuff that I am it was looking into a separate
Accountability Office (GAO) is not supposed to be doing for Project Veritas video that depicted
investigating a video from conser‑ work," Subramanian said in the DOJ employee and DSA member
vative activist group Project video, adding that he knows a Allison Hrabar talking about
Veritas that depicts an employee number of DSA members who efforts to resist certain Trump
acknowledging he contributes to hold government or political jobs. administration policies.
the local Democratic Socialists of The Project Veritas video Wednesday's video, which also
America (DSA) chapter during appears to have been filmed sur‑ featured a former Department of
work hours. reptitiously and edited selectively. Health and Human Services
"We are aware of the video and The individual speaking with employee who spoke about how a
investigating the serious issues it Subramanian does not appear on current government employee
raises, and we have also communi‑ camera and Subramanian's had leaked a policy document,
cated with the GAO Inspector responses come from multiple also appeared to be secretly
General," the GAO said in a state‑ recordings. recorded and selectively edited.
ment. The Washington, D.C., chapter of The videos are the latest in a
The office was responding to a DSA pushed back against the series of efforts by Project Veritas
video posted Thursday that pur‑ Project Veritas video, calling the to highlight alleged bias within
Natarajan Subramanian (Image courtesy:
ports to show GAO auditor organization "wildly unethical." the federal government, the media
Natarajan Subramanian detailing Subramanian explained in the the organization for an estimated The GAO response to the video and at technology companies
his involvement in the video that he does social media 20 hours a week. comes one day after the through secretly recorded videos.
Washington, D.C., chapter of DSA. work for DSA and contributes to "Technically, everything Iʼm Department of Justice (DOJ) said (Source:
8 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 NATIONAL COMMUNITY

Indian official at UN Women sacked

over alleged sexual misconduct
United Nations: In the strongest discipli‑ Mlambo‑Ngcuka further confirmed courage to speak out against abuses should
nary measure available within staff rules in "emphatically" that the former staff mem‑ not feel judged.
the United Nations, an Indian national ber "cannot be protected by diplomatic A UN spokesperson had previously con‑
employed in the UN agency for gender immunity." She said although UN Women firmed to news agency PTI that the individ‑
equality and women empowerment has does not have the authority to prosecute, ual under investigation was Ravi Karkara.
been dismissed after an investigation deter‑ the UN is guided by its obligation to bring Reports of the allegations against Ravi
mined he engaged in sexual misconduct. credible allegations of criminal conduct to Karkara surfaced early last month. UN
UN Women had said last month that the the attention of relevant national authori‑ Women had said back in December 2017
Office of Audit and Investigation of UNDP ties. that it received allegations of sexual mis‑
had completed its investigation into the "UN Women stands ready to cooperate conduct involving one of its staff members,
sexual misconduct allegations involving the with any national authority that decides to again not naming Ravi Karkara. According
UN Women staff member. investigate this matter," she said, adding to Newsweek, Steve Lee, a 25‑year‑old poli‑
While the staf f member has not been that UN Women has made every effort to cy activist, who has addressed the United
named throughout the process of investiga‑ offer victim support throughout the investi‑ Nations and was a member of the Major
tion, sexual misconduct allegations were gation. Group for Children and Youth, is among the
Ravi Karkara
leve led ag ainst Indian nat ional Ravi "We hold ourselves accountable to ensure men accusing Ravi Karkara of misconduct.
(Image courtesy:
Karkara, who had served as Senior Advisor a victim‑centered approach in fulfillment of According to his profile, Ravi Karkara has
on Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy to measure available w ithin the Staf f our mandate to advance and protect gender worked with UN Women, UNICEF, Save the
the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Regulat ions and Rules of the United equality as a fundamental human right," Children among others. He serves as Global
Executive Director at UN Women. Nations (UN). Consequently, the staff mem‑ she said. Advisor on Youth with UN‑HABITAT and
In a statement issued at the United ber is prohibited from employment within The Executive Director had appointed had represented UN‑HABITAT as the co‑
Nations on Tuesday, Executive Director of the UN system," she said. earlier this year Purna Sen as Executive chair of the UN Interagency Network on
UN Women Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka said Ravi Karkara is not named in the state‑ Coordinator on Sexual Harassment to Youth Development. He also co‑chaired the
the investigative and disciplinary processes ment. However, he was under investigation engage with survivors so that they are sup‑ Policy Strategy Group for World We Want
into allegations involving a UN Women for sexual misconduct after at least eight ported in a range of areas. 2015 ‑ largest UN & civil society post‑2015
staff member have "concluded that sexual men had accused him of using his prestige Purna Sen had told news agency PTI ear‑ data‑curation‑visualization Big Data plat‑
misconduct occurred." and position to sexually harass them, five lier that zero tolerance to sexual exploita‑ form. It said he has written more than 80
"As a result, I have dismissed the staf f sources with knowledge of the investiga‑ tion and abuse must be strictly followed publications and has given keynote and
member; this is the strongest disciplinary tion had told Newsweek. and practiced and that those who show the panel addresses.

Nepali woman among

Florida lad Parth Madabhushi
Maryland shooting victims
performs Arangetram New York: Brindra Giri, a 41‑year‑old mother of
two who had moved to Baltimore County from
English,” is “disconsolate” and has been “crying
constantly” since receiving the news. Giriʼs two
New York: More than 600 Nepal only “three or four months ago" was one children are both school age, he said. Bhandari
people attended the 150th Parth of three people killed in a shooting at an said he took the day off to begin helping the
Madabhushi is Aberdeen Rite Aid warehouse on Thursday. family making funeral arrangements, and
Bharatanatyam Arangetram
third generation Harry Bhandari, a Democratic candidate for hopes to ask whether Rite Aid can contribute to
of Nritya Academy under the
Bharatnatyam state delegate from District 8 and a teacher the costs. At a news conference on Friday,
guidance of Guru Smt.
dancer with Baltimore City Schools, said he has known Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the
Geetha Raaj on September
16th at the India Cultural Giriʼs family for about 10 years. suspected shooter, Snochia Moseley, had a
Center. The Alagappa Arts Several of Giriʼs relatives, including at least mental illness.
Academy of Karaikudi, Tamil two brothers, and friends live in the area, said “If [the shooter] had a mental illness, how did
Nadu bestowed the title of Bhandari. Bhandari said Giriʼs husband, who she get the gun? T hatʼs a conundrum,”
Natya Kala Ratna to Guru has lived in Baltimore County for several years, Bhandari said. “As a nation, as a state, we have
Geetha in recognition of out‑ sponsored her move to the United States, and to figure that out. We have to do better
standing accomplishments in that Giriʼs family, which speaks only “limited than this.”

Tharoor launches 2 books

propagating the enriched art
form of Bharatnatyam. Parth Iyyangar has completed his certification course in
Madabhushi, a sophomore at Bharatanatyam and is currently pursu‑

at DIAC literary event

Carrollwood Day School and the Guruʼs ing his Associate Arts Degree through
grandson, is the first boy in Florida to Alagappa University. Along with Parth,
complete this classical dance debut eight other students were recognized on
under her banner. After Guru Geetha stage for completing their coursework Dallas, TX: Dallas Indian Arts Collective (DIAC), decreased six‑fold. Beyond conquest and decep‑
Raaj and her daughter Dr. Sabrina through the university. Parth also holds in partnership with Teamwork Arts presented a tion, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, mas‑
Madabhushi, Parth is the third genera‑ a third degree Black belt in the Shito‑ Fireside Chat with Indian politician, diplomat sacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institu‑
tion Bharatanatyam dancer in the family. Ryu martial arts field and will represent and author, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, on September tionalized racism, and caused millions to die
An Arangetram classical dance recital Team USA at the World Karate 18 at Center Stage, located at 111 Oak Lawn from starvation.
signifies the debut recital of a classical Championships for the fourth time in Avenue in the Design District. The conversation British imperialism justified itself as enlight‑
dancer who also learns about Indian his‑ Dublin, Ireland this year. was moderated by Sanjoy Roy, founder, and pro‑ ened despotism for the benefit of the governed,
tory, mythology, religion, customs, and Among the chief guests were Senator ducer of the world‑renowned Jaipur Literature but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this
culture. Dana Young, Commissioner Luis Vera, Festival. In a re‑examination of Hinduism, one of position, demonstrating how every supposed
Guru Geetha is a senior student of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana lead the worldʼs oldest and greatest religious tradi‑ imperial “gift”̶ from the railways to the rule of
Shri Raja Rajeshwari Bharathanatya Kala volunteer Shri V.V. Sundaram, Indian tions, Indiaʼs leading public intellectual, Shashi law̶was designed in Britainʼs interests alone in
Mandir and one of the senior disciples of Percussion Maestro Shri TS Tharoor, lays out Hinduismʼs origins and its key his book 'Inglorious Empire'. He goes on to show
Guru Shri Mahalingam Pillai, Guru Shri Nandakumar. Alagappa University chief philosophical concepts, major texts and every‑ how Britainʼs Industrial Revolution was founded
Govindaraja Pillai and Guru Smt. Dr. Ram Vairavan, New Tampa Karate day Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to on Indiaʼs deindustrialization, and the destruc‑
Karunambal. instructor Sensei Eddie Aranzazu, and pilgrimage to caste in his book 'Why I Am A tion of its textile industry. In this bold and inci‑
Parth Madabhushi is the son of Head of Carrollwood day School Dr. Hindu.' n the eighteenth century, Indiaʼs share of sive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor expos‑
Prahlad and Sabrina Madabhushi. Parth Ryan Kelly. the world economy was as large as Europeʼs. By es to devastating effect the inglorious reality of
1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had Britainʼs stained Indian legacy. DIASPORA Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 9

UK businessman Raj Aggarwal

gets top Royal Navy post
London: A prominent
Wales‑based business‑
man has become the first
Indian‑origin person to
be appointed Honorary
Lieutenant Commander
in the UK's Royal Navy.
Raj Aggarwal, who is
India's Honorary Consul
in Wales, was appointed
to his naval post by
Admiral Sir Philip Jones
follow ing the formal
approval of Britain's Raj Aggarwal, who is India's Honorary Consul in Wales, has
been given a rank equivalent to that of an army major.
Queen Elizabeth II.
Aggarwal (second from right) at an event to celebrate
The move will see the
his appointment to the Royal Navy.
pharmacist and health‑
care expert take on the rank of honorary breadth of experience and make a contribu‑
lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, tion in their own distinct way to the Royal
which is equivalent to the rank of an army Navy. The of ficial inauguration ceremony,
major, and he will be affiliated to the Royal which took place on Sunday on 'HMS
Navy ship 'HMS Dragon' in his new role. Cambria' ‑ the only Royal Navy base in
"Raj is a great friend and advocate of the Wales, was dubbed the Royal Naval Mela in
Naval service and his appointment will honor of Aggarwal's Indian roots.
deepen the relationship between the com‑ Aggarwal said, "It is my great honor to
munity and the Royal Navy," Royal Marine accept this position in the Royal Navy as one
Brigadier Graeme Fraser told the 'Wales of the 'special' honoraries. I want to use this
Online' newspaper. position to create greater diversity in the
"Our Armed Forces are inclusive employ‑ Navy, to show the community that the Navy
ers; we recognize the value of diversity and will be supportive and that there are amaz‑
proudly serve all members of our communi‑ ing careers on of fer, with first‑rate skills‑
ties at home and overseas. As the only training and opportunities to see the world."
Honorary Royal Navy officer in Wales, it is Raj Aggarwal, chairman of pharma firm RK
fitting that we celebrate his appointment. Aggarwal Ltd, migrated from Kenya to
He will wear his Naval officer's uniform at Wales in 1967 and studied pharmacy at
the ceremony with pride," Fraser said. Each Cardif f University before settling down in
honorary of ficer is expected to bring a Cardiff. (PTI)

Indian‑origin man arrested

for racially abusing South
African President
Johannesburg: A former Indian‑origin city life or take a bullet, I just want to say that
councilor in South Africa has been arrest‑ the truth will hurt."
ed for making derogatory racist comments In 2005, he was sentenced to six years
against President Cyril Ramaphosa in a in prison for fraud. He said that it took 13
video posted on Facebook. years of introspection to release the video,
In the viral video, former News24 reported. "Nobody
Durban councilor Kessie Nair, wakes up one morning and
who was earlier sentenced to makes a statement and a
six years in prison for fraud in video like that on so cial
2005, called Ramaphosa a "kaf‑ media," Kessie Nair had told
fir" ‑‑ a derogatory term used News24. He was arrested on
against black people during the Wednesday in Durban and
racist apartheid era. was charged with incitement
In the video, Kessie Nair said of public violence and crimen
that he is prepared to take a injuria or injuring a person's
bullet or go to prison for the dignity.
rest of his life. Nair‚ the nephew of late
In the video, Kessie Nair
"I... do hereby call for that struggle stalwart Billy Nair‚
called Cyril Ramaphosa
kaf fir state president Cyril
a "kaffir" ‑‑ a derogatory has received widespread con‑
Ramaphosa, yes I mean the term used against black demnat ion from various
kaf fir state president Cyril people during the quarters‚ including the
Ramaphosa, to be charged for racist apartheid era. provincial ANC‚ community
frauding [sic] this nation, for and religious organizations ‚
oppressing this nation, for high treason, as well as the presidency.
for failing and he's the source of all crime His family has distanced themselves
violence poor healthcare, poverty that pre‑ from his utterances. They issued a state‑
vails in a so‑called true democracy," he ment urging South Africans to forgive him
said in the nearly five minute‑long rant. and promising to do their best to "make
"I'm ready to go to jail for the rest of my amends." (Source:
10 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 US AFFAIRS

Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to Green cards to be

speak to Senate Committee blocked for those
Washington: The woman who has
accused Supreme Court nominee
using public benefits
Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual Washington: The Trump dependent or likely to
assault, accepted a request to administration has revealed become dependent on gov‑
speak to a Senate Committee on a plan to block visas and ernment.
Thursday about the alleged inci‑ green cards for immigrants If the rule survives widely
dent, her lawyers said on Saturday. to come to or stay in the expected legal changes, it
Christine Blasey Ford "accepts country if they or their fami‑ could mark a sea change
the Committee's request to provide ly use certain public bene‑ that allows far more immi‑
her first‑hand knowledge of Brett fits. The proposed rule grants to be rejected from
Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct announced by the the US or force them to
next week", her attorneys wrote in Department of Homeland choose to forgo benefits that
a message to the committee on Security (DHS) on Saturday they or family members
Saturday. could make immigrants would otherwise be eligible
But the message did not specify a seeking to enter the US ineli‑ to receive.
date and time for Ford to speak, gible for visas or green cards “Under long‑standing fed‑
saying that "many aspects" of an if they are deemed likely to eral law, those seeking to
earlier proposal by the Committee receive certain public bene‑ immigrate to the US must
were "fundamentally inconsistent President Trump made things difficult for his Supreme court fits once they come to the show they can support
nominee Brett Kavanaugh by saying that if Dr Fordʼs allegation was so country, reports CNN. themselves financially,” DHS
with its promise of a fair, impartial
serious she should have gone to FBI when it happened.
investigation into her allegations", Immigrants could also be Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
CNN reported. she will do so 'next week' but does‑ cally and unequivocally denies this denied a change in legal sta‑ said.
Kavanaug h's allies quickly n't say when. And it says the rest of allegation and is eager to testify tus once in the US if they “This proposed rule will
pushed back on the latest response the terms are still up for negotia‑ publicly to defend his integrity and received or are likely in the implement a law passed by
from Ford, arguing that it does not tion. It 'accepts' nothing at all, but clear his good name," White House future to use public benefits, Congress intended to pro‑
actually amount to accepting the the language is very carefully cal‑ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said such as public housing and mote immigrant self‑suffi‑
committee's invitation to testify. culated to give her credit for hav‑ late Saturday. food stamps equivalent to a ciency and protect finite
"This is not an 'acceptance' of ing accepted," an informed source "Brett Kavanaugh remains ready, certain monetary threshold. resources by ensuring that
anything at all. The email doesn't told CNN. The White House also willing and eager to testify as soon The rule is a vast expan‑ they are not likely to
even say she will testify. It says she responded to the development. as possible." sion of existing interpreta‑ become burdens on
will 'provide her firsthand knowl‑ "Brett Kavanaugh has been clear Kavanaugh has denied the sexual tions of what is considered a American taxpayers,”
edge' but it doesn't say how. It says from the beginning... He categori‑ assault allegation. “public charge”, or someone Nielsen said.

Resistance within Fox News poll: Democrats

Trump admin reported hold 7 point advantage
going into midterms
CONTROVERSY Washington: There is a deluge of bad news for oppose by 12 points) and increasing tarif fs
Republicans in the latest Fox News poll. (more say they will hurt than help the econo‑
Washington: President Trump's
Most voters are unhappy with the direction my by 6 points).
Republican allies have advised him not
the country is taking. Majorities disagree with And while a record number are “enthusias‑
to fire the deputy attorney general, at
President Trump on the border wall, and extra tic” about how the government is working ‑‑
least before the Kavanaugh confirma‑
tax‑cut cash is nowhere to be seen. And, by a that record is a whopping 7 percent. Another
tion. And so far he is listening.
wide margin, Democrats are considered the 25 percent are “satisfied.” A majority of 62
He appeared to blame Attorney
party that would better handle health care ‑‑ at percent is “dissatisfied” (37 percent) or
General Jeff Sessions for the latest con‑
a time when most prioritize health care in “angry” (25 percent) with Washington.
troversy surrounding Deputy Attorney
deciding their vote for Congress. Overall, when asked who they would back if
General Rod Rosenstein Sunday, saying
With only 44 days until Election Day, maybe the Congressional election were today, 49 per‑
that Sessions had "hired" Rosenstein to
the thing that passes for good news for the cent of likely voters say the Democratic candi‑
be his second‑in‑command.
GOP is that Democrats lead by only seven date in their district and 42 percent the
"He was hired by Je f f Sessions,"
Deputy Attorney General Rod points in the generic congressional ballot Republican. Among the larger group of regis‑
Trump said in an interview with "The
Rosenstein alleged to have among likely voters. That suggests the battle tered voters, the Democrat is up by 46‑40 per‑
Geraldo Show" on WTAM radio. "I was
volunteered to wear a wire and talked for control of the House of Representatives cent.
not involved in that process because,
of dislodging Trump as President. could still go either way. “Usually we see Republicans do better when
you know, they go out and get their own
The poll, released Sunday, shows how much we go from registered voters to likely voters,”
deputies and the people that work in the nation" about what to do next. At a rally
Americans have warmed to Obamacare. Four says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who
department." in Missouri on Friday night, the presi‑
years ago, 48 percent thought the law “went conducts the poll with Republican Daron
The New York Times reported last dent said there was a "lingering stench"
too far” (September 2014). Thatʼs down to 36 Shaw. “T hat isnʼt the case rig ht now,
Friday that Rosenstein had discussed at the Justice Department that "we're
percent today. And a majority be lieves Democrats actually have a larger advantage
secretly recording the president and going to get rid of."
Obamacare is “about right” (21 percent) or when we look just at likely voters.”
enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the Rosenstein made the comment about
“didnʼt go far enough” (30 percent). The gender gap remains, as women are more
25th Amendment to remove Trump possibly recording Trump during a May
Plus, 64 percent want more people insured, inclined to back the Democratic candidate by a
from of fice. Rosenstein has denied the 2017 meeting with Andrew McCabe,
even if it costs the government more money. 17‑point marg in, while men pick the
report, and one person who was present who had temporarily been elevated to
Republican campaigning on the new tax law Republican candidate by 4 points.
at the time told Fox News the deputy FBI director following James Comey's
will have limited appeal, as 6 voters in 10 Rural whites back the Republican by 22
attorney general was being "sarcastic" firing. McCabe himself was fired in
arenʼt seeing additional money in their pay‑ points, while suburban women back the
when he made the suggestion. March of this year amid an internal
check since Trump signed the law, and only 32 Democrat by 23. Voters “angry” about how
Trump told Geraldo Rivera on Sunday Justice Department investigation that
percent think the law has helped the economy. the government is working are four times
that the report was "a very sad story" concluded he repeatedly lied about his
Voters also disagree with the president on more like ly to support the Demo crat ic
and promised "we will make a determi‑ involvement in a news media disclosure.
building a U.S.‑Mexico border wall (more candidate. US AFFAIRS Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 11

44 dead as Carolinas face more Trump blasts spending

flooding and rising rivers bill, threatens
Washington: After an agonizing
week of ravaging floods, rising
shutdown over Wall
rivers, power outages and dozens of
deaths, the Florence‑weary Washington: President Donald education, labor and health.
Carolinas are facing the possibility Trump last Thursday boosted the But other departments, includ‑
of more flooding over the weekend, chances of a US government shut‑ ing homeland security, would be
CNN reported. down when he savaged a "ridicu‑ funded on autopilot through
At least 44 people have died since lous" spending bill that lawmak‑ December 7, postponing debate
the hurricane slammed the coast ers from both parties had hoped over funding a US‑Mexico border
last week. While the rain has sub‑ would avert a standoff. "I want to wall as Republicans were eager to
sided, some rivers are still rising, know, where is the money for avoid a nasty fight over a top
and North and South Carolina offi‑ Border Security and the WALL in Trump priority until after the
cials warn the flooding danger is far Residential streets have turned into rivers, and freeways have morphed
this ridiculous Spending Bill, and election. Trump's comments, with
into waterways in the Carolinas. (Photo courtesy AP)
from over. where will it come from after the just four legislative days before
Flooding is sending unheard drown!" the state's emergency man‑ week. Midterms?" Trump tweeted. the end of the fiscal year, put a
amounts of water through the agement department tweeted. A number of South Carolina rivers The president's remarks upend‑ new wrinkle into the proceedings.
Carolinas A week after Hurricane Florence ‑‑ the Waccamaw, Lynches, Little ed what congressional leaders "Dems are obstructing Law
"The Cape Fear River will crest made landfall, the trillions of gal‑ Pee Dee and Big Pee Dee ‑‑ are fore‑ thought would be a smooth Enforcement and Border Security.
again this weekend, along with the lons of water it dumped over the cast to crest east of Interstate 95, process for approving a massive REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY
Lumber River," the North Carolina Carolinas are slowly moving toward the state's Emergency Management spending package before the cur‑ GET TOUGH!" he said. Trump's
Department of Transportation the sea, leaving a path of destruc‑ Division said Friday. rent fiscal year ends on threats may serve to rally his con‑
tweeted Friday, adding that the tion. Residential streets have turned In all, 23 of 46 counties in South September 30, and in advance of servative base, whose voters are
Neuse will rise Monday. into rivers, and freeways have mor‑ Carolina could potentially be November's midterm elections. adamant that the president be
"Additionally, new areas are flood‑ phed into waterways. impacted by flooding, authorities The bill, which easily passed the provided suf ficient funding to
ing with little warning. Due to this, In North Carolina, flooded rivers have said. Senate 97‑3 on Tuesday and build a border wall. But GOP lead‑
travel isn't recommended south of have left thousands of evacuees liv‑ Of ficials are also worried about heads to the House of ers and rank‑and‑file members in
US 64," it said. ing in shelters and hundreds of contamination and environmental Representatives, includes $674.4 Congress are concerned about
In South Carolina, emergency offi‑ roads underwater. hazards, including the potential billion in fiscal year 2019 defense highlighting the fight in the run
cials issued a stern warning on The water has receded in some ef fects of coal ash, an industrial funding, about $20 billion more up to midterm elections that are
avoiding the roads: "I know we places, but as it moves downstream, waste created by coal‑burning than 2018, and funds other gov‑ predicted to go we ll for
sound redundant, but it bears of ficials say, thousands of people power plants that can carry health ernment departments including Democrats, AFP reported.
repeating: Turn around, don't could be in danger through next risks.
12 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 INDIA NEWS

Congress throwing muck, conspiring to topple me: Modi

Bhopal: Amid a raging row over The Prime Minister said the defame me. But the more you
Rafale, Prime Minister Narendra Congress was not succeeding in threw muck on me, the lotus
Modi on Tuesday accused the getting allies and even if they get blossomed more and more. And
Congress of throwing muck and one, "I don't see them succeed‑ the people have rejected your
indulging in a campaign of slan‑ ing". claims repeatedly.
der and lies against him and of "So they are trying to forge an "T he more muck they
trying to form an "international alliance internationally. Now will (Congress) throw, more lotuses
alliance" to oust him. a foreign country decide who will will bloom, in every booth, every
He also slammed the main be the country's Prime Minister? block, every village, every city
opposition party saying it has After losing power, you have lost and every corner of the country."
become so weak that it has to your balance," he said. The Prime Minister's stinging
beg small part ies to forge Modi said that there should attack comes in the wake of
alliance in the coming elections. have been something left in the Cong ress President Rahul
"What has happened to the grand old party "but nothing is Gandhi's sharp offensive against
125‑year‑old Congress? We have left there. Now Congress has Modi, calling him a thief over the
decided to fight elections on the become a burden. And saving the Rafale fighter deal after the for‑
issue of development, but they country from the Congress is the mer French President Francois
want to fight the election by democratic duty of the people." Hollande's comment that the
breaking the society. They want He said it was time for the Indian government had pushed a
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during 'Karyakarta
to capture power through mis‑ opposition to change itself. private firm as the offset partner
Mahakumbh' in Bhopal. (Photo: IANS/BJP)
chief. They want to use a handful "I came to politics in 2001. for Dassault Aviation.
of people to spread falsehood deal on which the Congress has strong organisation," Modi said, Before that I was a working for Modi echoed his ministers and
and storm of lies to capture raised several questions. addressing the 'Karyakarta the Sangh (RSS). But since then party leaders to allege that Rahul
power," he said, without refer‑ "Best wishes for their new path. Mahakumbh' in poll‑bound you used all your power to abuse Gandhi was in conspiracy with
ring directly to the Rafale jets But we are following the path of Madhya Pradesh. me. You left no stone unturned to Pakistan to topple him.

SC wants law against Rafale deal better than one

criminals entering negotiated earlier: Air Force official
legislatures New Delhi: Air Force Deputy
Chief Air Marshal R. Nambiar on
Tuesday asserted that the deal
forms and Rafale has met all our
requirements. It has been found
the most technically capable as
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on had come for Parliament to enact for 36 Rafale aircraft by the well as commercially viable from
Tuesday declined to disqualify a law to "cleanse the polluted Modi government was "much our point of view. That is how it
candidates against whom cogni‑ stream of politics" by prohibiting better" than the one negotiated has been selected."
sance of chargesheet have been people with criminal antecedents earlier for 126 planes, contend‑ Asked about a French media
taken by courts, saying no further in the political system. "The nation ing that "people are misin‑ report that there was a push by
disqualification under the law eagerly waits for such legislation formed" about the issue. the Indian government to include
could be added but urged ... and the sooner the better, The remarks came in the back‑ crore to any one party. Dassault Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence
Parliament to enact a law to before it becomes fatal to democ‑ drop of a mount ing mult i‑ alone has of fsets to the tune of in the deal, Nambiar said: "The
address the malaise of criminals racy," the court added. pronged attack on the Bharatiya over Rs 6,500 crore. Nothing commercial negotiations were
entering legislatures. The court directed that the can‑ Janata Party (BJP) government more than that. headed by the Deputy Chief of
At the same time, the apex Court didate as well as the concerned by the Congress, with the party "We have evaluated all the air‑ Air Staff and he was responsible
directed political parties to post political party "shall issue a decla‑ on Monday moving the Central craft available to us in the past," for completing the negotiations."
on their websites and widely pub‑ ration in the widely circulated Vigilance Commissioner seeking Nambiar, who recently flew the The of ficial said the negotia‑
licise in the media, both print and newspapers in the locality about an FIR and seizure of documents Rafale in France, told the media tions continued for "almost 14
electronic, full details of the crimi‑ the antecedents of the candidate pertaining to the Rafale deal. here. months". "We believe we met all
nal charges against the candidates and also give wide publicity in the Asked about the row over the "All and all it was a very good the directions of our leadership ‑‑
they would be fielding in elec‑ e lectronic media", said Chie f of fset partners chosen by deal, much better than what was that was to get a better price, bet‑
tions. Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Misra, speaking for the Dassault Aviation, he said: "I obtained in 2008," the Deputy ter maintenance terms, better
a five‑judge Constitution Bench five‑judge Constitution Bench. believe people are misinformed. Chief Air Marshal said. delivery schedule and better per‑
headed by Chief Justice Dipak The apex court called for "sub‑ There is nothing like Rs 30,000 "We have looked at six plat‑ formance logistic package."
Misra also said that the law on stantial efforts" to prohibit people
criminals entering politics should with criminal antecedents so that
also address fake cases being they do not even "conceive of the
instituted against political oppo‑
nents. The court said that the time
idea of entering into politics" and
should be "kept at bay". INDIAN ECONOMY TO
New Delhi: Finance Minister seen always as institutions of would drive India's growth.
Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the clean and prudent lending," he He said this should help India
new insolvency law, indirect tax said at the annual review meet‑ sustain a growth rate of around
regime and demonetization will ing of the public sector banks 8 per cent, an official statement
help drive India's growth rate here. Jaitley said the Insolvency said.
and sustain it at 8 per cent. and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), "A growing economy will also
He added that there was a Goods and Services Tax (GST), help banks grow in strength," he
need to trust the banking sys‑ demonetization and digital pay‑ said.
tem for meeting the needs of ments had enabled better Jaitley underscored the need
the economy and asked banks assessment of financial capacity to have trust and confidence in
to, in turn, ensure clean lending and risks which, coupled with the banking system as a neces‑
to justify the trust reposed in inclusive growth, had unlocked sary precondition for meeting
The Supreme Court urged Parliament to enact a law to address the
them. "Banks must strive to be the purchasing power which the needs of the economy.
malaise of criminals entering legislatures. INDIA Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 13

Sushma discusses strategic cooperation, trade at UN

United Nations: External Af fairs a 26‑member forum for cooperation bilateral relationship in the areas of
Minister Sushma Swaraj met nine in promoting peace, security and trade, agriculture, pharma, IT and
leaders from across the globe in a stability in Asia. Ruchi Ghanashyam, capacity building", according to
whirlwind of bilateral interactions the Secretary (West), spoke at the Kumar.
and spoke at the Nelson Mandela Africa Adaptation Initiative High‑ Also from Latin America,
Peace Summit. Level Roundtable. The organisation Colombia's Foreign Minister, the
She began her day on Monday by aims at facilitating finance and discussions centred on cooperation
attending the high‑level event on cooperation for the continent's on trade investment, pharma, min‑
counter‑narcotics convened by US development. ing, petroleum and capacity build‑
President Donald Trump, where she After Sushma Swaraj's meeting ing, he tweeted.
was seated at the front row. with Australian Foreign Minister With Spanish Foreign Minister
India is one of 129 countries that Marise Payne, External Af fairs Josep Borre ll, Sushma Swaraj
have signed the pledge drafted by Ministry spokesman Raveesh "explored ways to intensify ties in
Trump on commitment towards Kumar tweeted: "Strategic partner‑ investment, renewable energy,
international fight against drugs. ship gaining momentum!" water treatment, tourism and their
Although it was not a formal The two countries have been contribution to our flagship initia‑
meeting, she greeted Bangladesh building up their strategic relations tives", according to Kumar.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when reinforced by the Quadrilateral Mogherini and Sushma Swaraj
she came to the UN, India's Security Dialogue that includes the "discussed issues related to trade
Permanent Representative Syed US and Japan. and investment and exchanged
Akbaruddin tweeted. Closer to home was the meeting views on the regional and global
Sushma Swaraj met the Foreign with Nepal's Foreign Minister issues," Kumar said in a tweet.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Australian Foreign
Ministers of Australia, Spain, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, which She also met with Mongolian
Minister Marise Payne at the United Nations.
Ecuador, Colombia, Mongolia, "took stock of our bilateral relation‑ Foreign Minister Damdin
Nepal, Morocco, Lichtenstein and meetings with the foreign ministers Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary ship", Kumar tweeted. Tsogtbaatar. On the sidelines, she
Federica Mogherini, the European depended on the relations with Vijay Gokhale participated in the At the meeting with Ecuador was to meet Fiji Prime Minister J.V.
Union (EU) High Representative for those countries and ranged from Special Meeting of the Conference Foreign Minister Jose Valencia Bainimarama and the Foreign
Foreign Affairs. strategic cooperation to trade and on Interaction and Confidence Amores, there were "good discus‑ Ministers of Iraq, Cyprus, Moldova
The topics discussed during the investment. Building Measures in Asia (CICA) ‑‑ sion on ways to further consolidate and Estonia.

Kohli, Chanu conferred Khel Ratna

New Delhi: Indian cricket cap‑ Reddy, boxer Satish Kumar,
tain Virat Kohli and world woman cricketer Smriti
champion weightlifter Mandhana, golfer
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu were Shubhankar Sharma, hockey
conferred with the country's stars Manpreet Singh and
highest sporting honour ‑‑ Savita Punia, Col. Ravi
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award Rathore (Polo), shooters Rahi
‑‑ by President Ram Nath Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal,
Kovind at the annual National Shreyasi Singh, paddler G.
Sports Awards ceremony here Sathiyan, tennis player Rohan
on Tuesday. Bopanna, wrester Sumit,
This year's award ceremony Pooja Kadian (Wushu).
was postponed to September Para athlete Ankur Dhama
World champion
25 from the usual August 29 weightlifter Saikhom and para shuttler Manoj
National Sports Day event due Sarkar were also conferred Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates Pakyong Airport to the nation in Sikkim.
Mirabai Chanu. The Pakyong Airport is Sikkim's first airport, located at a height of
to the clash of dates with the with the Arjuna award, that
4,500 ft above sea level. As of now, the nearest airport for Sikkim
Asian Games in Indonesia. included statuettes, certificates and a cash
is at a distance of 150‑kilometres in West Bengal's Bagdogra.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is given prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
for a 'spectacular and most outstanding per‑ The President also gave away the
formance in the field of sports by a sportsper‑ Dronacharya awards to C.A. Kuttappa
son over a period of four years'. Both Kohli
and Chanu received a medal, a citation and a
(Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A.
Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh
30 Jet flight passengers 'bleed',
cash prize of Rs 7 lakh.
Besides the Khel Ratna, star javelin thrower
Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Hima Das, table ten‑
Pannu (Athletics).
The Dhyan Chand award, that also includes
statuettes, certificates and a cash prize of Rs 5
government orders probe
nis star Manika Batra were among the 20 lakh each were given to Satyadev Prasad Mumbai: At least 30 passengers of a Jet worse, were taken to the Nanavati Hospital
recipients of the prestigious Arjuna award. (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Airways flight suffered ear and nose bleeding and kept under observation after undergoing
The other Arjuna awardees were long dis‑ Bobby Aloysius (Athletics) and Chougale due to low cabin pressure during the aircraft's various tests. Hospital COO Rajendra Patankar
tance runner Jinson Johnson, shuttler N.Sikki Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling). ascent here last week, following which the gov‑ told mediapersons that they were suffering
ernment ordered a safety audit plan for air‑ from "mild conductive deafness", a temporary
lines, officials said. condition which would be cured within a week

BJP committed to deport Jet Airways later said it has derostered the
cockpit crew concerned, who will remain off
duties pending investigation.
or so, and they were advised to refrain from
flying till recovery.
Airport sources said the incident could be a

illegal migrants: Amit Shah Several passengers on the Mumbai‑Jaipur

flight 9W‑697 ‑‑ carrying 166 persons and five
crew on board ‑‑ complained of severe
result of the crew's alleged failure to activate
what is called a "bleed switch" before the take‑
off, leading to disturbance in the cabin pres‑
Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is He said the Congress raised a lot of noise
headache and pain in the ears after the take‑ sure and forcing use of oxygen masks.
committed to rid the country of illegal on the possible deportat ion of the
off around 6 a.m from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Taking a serious note of the incident, Civil
migrants, party President Amit Shah said migrants but "the BJP has decided that it
Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered the
on Tuesday. will force them out".
The flight was forced to return soon after, a Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to
Speaking here at the party's 'Karyakarta Shah urged the party members to create
Jet Airways spokesperson said. prepare a comprehensive safety audit plan
Mahakumbh' ahead of Assembly election, "strong winds" in favour of the BJP in
The ailing passengers were deboarded and involving safety parameters on all airlines, air‑
Shah mentioned the National Register of Madhya Pradesh which can eventually
rushed to the terminal building where they ports, flying training schools, and mainte‑
Citizens in Assam in which over 40 lakh turn into a "tsunami" in the general elec‑
were administered first aid by doctors. At least nance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility
individuals were found to be "illegal". tions next year.
five male passengers, whose condition was immediately.
14 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 OP-ED

Makeover gambits by RSS,

By Amulya Ganguli

n two intriguing exercises in U‑
turn, while Rahul Gandhi is try‑

Congress: Are they for real?

ing to rid the Congress of its
pro‑Muslim image, RSS chief
Mohan Bhagwat is claiming that a
Hindu "rashtra" will include
Muslims as well.
Although Bhagwat did not specif‑ national level stay away from the But if the RSS dons the cloak of
ically say so, it was obvious that 3‑day conclave which Bhagwat inclusiveness, where does that
the Muslims would not be treated addressed in New Delhi. leave the BJP? Already, Bhagwat's
as second‑class citizens in a nation However, the proof of the pud‑ praise of the Congress's role in the
of Hindus as was decreed by M.S. ding will be in the eating. If there freedom struggle and his observa‑
Golwalkar, the second head of the are no more lynchings of suspected tion that he does not believe in the
RSS. beef‑eaters, no more campaigns in idea of the country being made
So, are both the Congress and the favur of "ghar wapsi" or the recon‑ "mukt" (free) of any party has
RSS turning over a new leaf? version of Muslims, and no more poured cold water over the BJP's
The change in the RSS ad its instances of love jihad resulting in plan of ushering in a Congress‑free
impact on the social and political the harassment of inter‑faith cou‑ Bharat.
scene will be on the scale of ples, then it will be presumed that This is the first sign that the RSS
Gorbachev's perestroika (restruc‑ the RSS chief's counsel of restraint and the BJP do not see eye to eye
turing) and glasnost (openness) in is having a sobering effect on the on at least one matter. The place of
the Soviet Union. Will the RSS simi‑ saffron storm‑troopers. honor for Muslims in a Hindu rash‑
If the RSS dons the cloak of inclusiveness, where does that leave the BJP? How about ending cold‑blooded tra will also focus attention on the
larly break out of its earlier Hindu‑
centric mold for which it was erhood has nurtured an anti‑minor‑ country's partition in the modern killings of rationalists or scientists BJP's reluctance to choose Muslims
accused by several judicial commis‑ ity outlook for decades, regarding period to the conversion of Hindus or journalists, which have evidently (and Christians) as the party's elec‑
sions of instigating communal riots Muslims as "internal enemies No. to "alien" religions. been carried out by those indoctri‑ tion candidates.
and become secular? 1" and Christians as "internal ene‑ Another fear of the saffronities is nated by the philosophy of hate The branding by some BJP lead‑
However, the problem is that RSS mies No. 2", according to that the Muslims would outnumber directed against Left‑Liberal mem‑ ers of their opponents as anti‑
is not alone. Sangh Parivar includes Golwalkar. the Hindus by breeding exponen‑ bers of the intelligentsia. nationals also goes against
BJP, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Although the RSS and the BJP tially with their four wives ‑‑ hum It is possible that the RSS realized Bhagwat's moderate tone. If the
(VHP), the Bajrang Dal, the Akhil have now distanced themselves panch, hamare pachis, as Narendra that notwithstanding the enormous RSS chief's discourse robs the BJP
Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from this section of Golwalkar's Modi once said ‑‑ while the material and political clout it has of its divisive plank, its election
(ABVP) and others. catechism, the Ram Janmabhoomi Christian missionaries will contin‑ acquired because of the BJP's polit‑ campaign is bound to lose its sting.
Although the RSS is their mentor, agitation of the 1990s showed how ue to "harvest" gullible Hindu ical success, its social standing has‑ The "chelas" (ideological followers),
it is not known whether it will be the Hindutva brigade continues to souls. Skepticism as to what extent n't improved. The anglicized, dera‑ therefore, will have to harmonize
able to bring their thinking in line hold the two communities as Bhagwat's words of wisdom will cinated "urban Naxalites" in the their political line with the guru's
with its new, accommodative mode. responsible for all of India's woes, lead to a dramatic rethinking in the cocktail circuits continue to regard latest views.
The task is bound to be difficult starting from the destruction of Hindutva ranks apparently made the Hindu Right as usurpers in the Amulya Ganguli is a political
considering that the saffron broth‑ temples in medieval times to the the opposition parties at the corridors of power. analyst.


By Taponeel Mukherjee deserves attention. On the retail
The infrastructure sector in India would require about $778 billion by 2022 as a key growth driver mutual fund side, the credit funds

ssues around infrastructure cre‑ across the country. It will require the private sector to work together with the government. that have invested in infrastructure
ation in India bring to the fore have provided the sector with
some core themes that are worth nature, is not particularly well suit‑ ation and asset management. The problems continue to receive con‑ much‑needed capital and retail
analyzing. The structure of infra‑ ed to handle. For all the advantages truth is that both are essential. The stant attention. The issues above investors with an opportunity to
structure companies, cost over‑ of being publicly listed, it is worth way forward for India to create the are generic to the infrastructure earn attractive returns. But till a
runs, retail investor exposure to pondering whether in an Indian requisite infrastructure both in sector regardless of the ownership secondary market for credit prod‑
credit funds, and the need to recycle context quarterly pressure of respect of quantity and quality will of the asset. ucts develops in India to aid credit
assets to real‑money balance sheets results can hinder infrastructure require the private sector to work Thirdly, to boost infrastructure risk pricing, retail investors will
are once again in focus given the businesses from making the correct together with the government. creation and credit flow one needs need greater education on what
problems that IL&FS is facing cur‑ decisions keeping the long‑term There are issues that a public‑sec‑ to have a more efficient process returns and risks infrastructure
rently. goals in mind. While scrutiny of tor project or a private sector com‑ with regards to credit risk pricing. assets present. Short‑term liquidity
Firstly, one must assess whether it financial results is crucial, so is the pany face, but this does not neces‑ Credit ratings must reflect the in a fundamentally illiquid invest‑
makes economic sense for infra‑ capacity of the infrastructure busi‑ sarily mean that there is a funda‑ embedded credit risk to enable the ment may not always be easy to
structure companies to be publicly ness to focus on the aim of creating mental issue with all such projects higher flow of credit into the sector. come by.
listed. Being publicly listed has its long‑dated assets. and companies. Transparency and A jump in credit rating indenta‑ On the institutional investor side,
advantages in terms of greater A better level of corporate gover‑ effective policies will be crucial. tion over multiple notches over a the need for more "real money"
scrutiny of financial information nance is essential for infrastructure Project‑wise analysis is required to short span of time tends to imply (pension funds and insurance com‑
and the liquidity available to the businesses, given the scale of determine as to who is better that the credit risk in the system panies) investors cannot be over‑
company through share sale. investments, the lack of alternative placed to take care of the three isn't being priced at the right pace. emphasized. A greater share of
Additionally, listed companies have uses of assets once created, and the essential components of each proj‑ To further enable efficient and con‑ infrastructure assets in India must
their own stocks which are a "cur‑ urgent need to develop such assets. ect, i.e., Build, Operate and Finance. stant re‑pricing of ratings to reflect be on balance sheets that hold the
rency" of sorts to attract and retain Whether publicly listed or not, over‑ Given the complexity of infra‑ credit risk a secondary market in assets to generate returns to match
top talent. all corporate governance standards structure assets, a "one size fits all" credit products must develop. Only liabilities, and not from a pure
But public listings also mean need to improve to create a more solution will not work. While issues with a secondary market for credit financial return perspective.
implicit pressure from the markets robust ecosystem. around land acquisition and the products can credit genuinely be
for quarterly performance, some‑ Secondly, there is the constant time required for approvals have priced and assessed by the markets. Taponeel Mukherjee heads
thing an infrastructure business, debate on the public versus private seen improvement over the years, Fourthly, the investor base for the Development Tracks, an infrastruc‑
which is long‑dated by its very aspect regarding infrastructure cre‑ India needs to ensure that such financing of infrastructure assets ture advisory firm.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times. RELIGION Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 15

what you have justly earned with

India to take
the poor and needy. T his is an
important message in this era of
protectionism, of I, me, myself. I am
proud to say that if there is a gurd‑
wara in a neighborhood, people

Guru Nanakʼs
there never starve. I am reminded of
meeting some visiting Indian stu‑
dents from Toronto. They told me,
they get a fulfilling meal only once
a week on Sundays at the gurd‑

wara. Not only that, they said, “At
the gurdwara we are told, bring
your tiffin, and carry home food for
dinner too.”
By Sushma Swaraj
The Indian government The third teaching is, pray to God.

to the world
External Affairs Minister
will celebrate If we are the children of God, then

donʼt forget him. Contemplate on
t is said about the founder of Guru Nanak’s 550th
Sikh faith, “When Satguru Nanak him. Meditate.
anniversary year in 2019 So we in the Indian government
appeared, the fog of ignorance
by taking his teachings of have decided that utilizing the occa‑
gave way to light of knowledge.” teachings include nuggets such as: founders, irrespective of their caste
Indeed, we celebrate Guru Nanakʼs We are the children of one and or religion. Baba Farid is there as is peace and goodwill to the sion of the 550th anniversary year
birth anniversary as Prakashotsav. same Father. First, God created the Ravidas. world. Transcribed from a of Guru Nanak, we want to spread
We know that he appeared 550 Light; then, by His Creative Power, The Sikh gurus left their teaching speech Sushma Swaraj the teachings of Sikhism in the
years ago. I am pleased to He made all beings. Recognize all of for posterity in the form of their entire world through gurbani/kir‑
gave in Hindi on August tan, seminars, and conferences.
announce the External Af fairs mankind as a sing le caste of holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, and
12 at the Pravasi The Ministry of External Af fairs
Ministry as well as Indian Council humanity. Sikhism even had a very said, follow it as your guru. This
of Cultural Relations (ICCR) will cel‑ modern message about women: meeting today opened with singing
Bharatiya Kendra in New will do its work, as will the ICCR.
ebrate his 550th anniversary year How can you malign the one who of the verse ʻKoi bole Ram Ram, koi Delhi eulogizing the But this noble cause needs the help
(2019) all over the world. gives birth to kings. Khudayeʼ. God is remembered by founder of Sikhism of everybody like the World Punjabi
In this turbulent world, where vio‑ We want to tell the world that the different names by different people. Organisation. Join hands with us.
lence and killings are prevalent, Indian tradition and scriptures have So if God is one, and we all are his ings of Guru Nanak: ʻKirat karo, Let us reach out to all countries, big
where people are being massacred always pronounced ‑ Ekam Sat – children then where is the scope for vand chhako and naam japoʼ. The or small, even if there is no Sikh
in the name of religion, we want to Truth is One. Guru Granth Sahib is any feud? This message of Guru first means, donʼt just vegetate, diaspora somewhere. We want to
spread the message of Guru Nanak proof of that: the only religious Nanak that we humans are all work to earn a living. This is also tell the world that Sikhism is one
and other Sikh gurus. We want to scripture in the world which brothers and sisters needs to be the inspirational message of Lord religion which has a timely message
te ll the world that the core of includes the writings of saints and spread in the world. Krishna in the Gita: do your karma. of peace, goodwill and harmonious
Sikhism is Ik Onkar (God is One). Its mahatmas other than its own There are three practical teach‑ The second says, share the fruits of co‑existence.
16 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD

'Village Rockstars' is India's Want to be part of diversity

official entry to Oscars 2019 wave in Hollywood: Ali Fazal
Rockstars" New Delhi: "Furious 7" and "Victoria have seen that happen before," he
was selected & Abdul" gave Ali Fazal a thrust into said during a recent chat in
as Indias official the world of international cinema. The Melbourne during a film festival.
entry to the 91st actor, who had first starred in He believes the castings are
Academy Awards, American TV series "Bollywood Hero" opening up now. "The diversity is
following which in 2009, says he wants to be a part of happening in Hollywood and
members of the Film the diversity wave that is now taking I want to be a part of it.
Federation of India Hollywood by storm. It's a really exciting
(FFI) urged the "Furious 7" saw him in a bit role, but time for everybody, not
Indian film industry the British drama "Victoria & Abdul" just actors," added Ali,
and the government saw him play the lead one with veter‑ who is optimistic
to promote the an actor Judi Dench. What next? about the kind of con‑
Assamese film for "I can't talk about what is exactly tent the web series
the final round. next, but there are two projects that I space has brought
The chairman of am on board for. One is a biopic, a along.
the committee S.V. true story again," Ali said, adding that He will himself be
Rajendra Singh "Victoria & Abdul" has not just opened seen in Amazon
Babu, also a veteran up doors for him internationally, but Prime Video's
film producer, made in India too. original series,
the announcement. It's weird how that works, but we the gritty drama
Talking about the have always looked up to Hollywood, "Mirzapur".
selection of the film, 'Village Rockstars' is a coming‑of‑age film set so one person goes and suddenly "It's not
Anant Mahadevan, in Assamʼs Chhaygaon village. they... Anyway," the actor, stopping Amazon's answer
one of the members of the committee, ly acclaimed movies like "Love Sonia", abruptly only to add: "I am very hope‑ to (Netflix's)
"Manto", "Kadvi Hawa" and "Gali ful. I am very happy with the deci‑ 'Sacred Games'... It
said: "One of the criteria is that the film
sions I have made." has to be the
has to be rooted in India with a universal Guleiyan" were also part of the list.
"I have given up some big network answer...The people will decide," Actor Ali Fazal
message. The film has to be professionally The selection committee also comprised
TV shows very recently because even Ali said of the show, which he played a pivotal
and technically well made with hardly any directors G Neelakanta Reddy and
if it is Hollywood, it has to be the right feels will stand out due to its out‑ role in British
flaws to capture and a well‑performed Shiboprosad Mukherjee, cinematographer
stuff. As an Indian going there, you're standing cast and gripping story. drama ʻVictoria &
film. Ajayan Joseph Vincent and film editor
always scared of getting stereotyped. I Abdulʼ.
"It was absolutely a unanimous decision. Sanjay Sankla, among others.
The film 'Village Rockstars' got votes of "Village Rockstars", directed by Rima
all the jury members unanimously. We
are very proud of this film."
As many as 28 films were shortlisted for
Das, won the National Film Award for Best
Feature Film this year.
Das is simply thrilled with the news.
'Manto': A moving
India's official entry to the Oscars. Some
of the big budget Bollywood films like
"Padmaavat", "Raazi", "Hichki" and
"With tears of joy and a feeling of pride, I
humbly accept this news. 'Village
Rockstars' is India's official entry to the
biopic, astutely told
"PadMan" along with some of the critical‑ Oscars! Let that sink in," she tweeted. By Troy Ribeiro drama is in the inner turmoil within the char‑
acter. You can feel Manto's frustrations as he

irector Nandita Das' "Manto" is a feels incapacitated when in Lahore and this is

Filmmaker Kalpana poignant and hard‑hitting biopic

about the controversial, Indo‑
Pakistani, Urdu short‑story writer
enhanced by the circumstances and times he
lives in. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Manto
with ease in an author‑backed role.

Lajmi dead at 64 Sadat Hassan Manto. The film

opens in Mumbai where a young
and raring‑to‑go Manto is slowly but surely
REVIEW The character of Manto ‑ a fragile
man with a strong voice which he
expresses through his writings ‑ is palpable.

ilmmaker and screenwriter making his presence felt in the Indian film Manto is every inch the person who spoke
Kalpana Lajmi, noted for Industry. With the Partition breaking out, cir‑ his mind through his writings, without fear.
films like "Rudaali", cumstances compel Manto to move to The humane side of the writer comes across
"Darmiyaan" and "Daman", died in Pakistan and his life changes. strongly too, as he is loaded with shortcom‑
Mumbai following a multiple organ The film portrays how circumstances can ings. Rasika Duggal as Safia, his wife, is
failure, said her spokesperson. She break a straightforward and talented man earnest and real. She essays her character
was 64. "Extremely sorry to inform who depicted the society through his effortlessly with restraint and conviction.
you that Kalpana Lajmi passed unapologetic writing. The director succeeds Unfortunately, her performance is restricted
away this morning at 4.30 a.m.," in allowing the audience to be privy to the by the sketchy script that limits her
the filmmaker's spokesperson life of this author who lives in Lahore but has character.
Parul Chawla said. his heart belonging
Lajmi breathed her last at a hos‑ to Mumbai. The nar‑
pital, where she was admitted in rative flows smooth‑
the intensive care unit due to kid‑ ly and the origina‑
ney‑related issues, the spokesper‑ tion of some of his
son added. short stories like
The cremation will take place at "Toba Tek Singh",
12.30 p.m. at the Oshiwara crema‑ "Khol Do" and
torium. "Thanda Gosht" are
She debuted as a feature film successfully depict‑
director with "Ek Pal". Her last ed.
directorial was "Chingaari", based Like every charac‑
on the novel "The Prostitute and ter‑driven film, this
the Postman" by the late Bhupen film too moves at a
Lajmi debuted as a feature film director with ʻEk Palʼ.
Hazarika, her long‑time companion. slow pace, but man‑
Her memoir "Bhupen Hazarika: As I month. The filmmaker is survived by her ages to keep you
Knew Him" was launched earlier this brother and mother, painter Lalita Lajmi. engrossed. The Actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Duggal in a still from the movie. ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 17

Nationality: Indian, Religion: Richa Chadha faces

Music, God: Lata Mangeshkar racism in Tbilisi, Georgia
By Subhash K. Jha

ndian actress Richa Chadha

ver since I turned 5 or took to Twitter to share her
maybe 6, I have believed experience of meeting a
God lives in THAT voice. "racist officer" at passport con‑
Many, many years later, it hasn't trol while exiting Tbilisi, capital
changed. To hear Lata of Georgia.
Mangeshkar sing is to have "Met a racist AF officer at the
known God. To have known her passport control, while exiting
personally is to have found mok‑ Georgia. Slammed my passport
sha, far beyond what any on the desk, twice...muttered
acknowledged religion can teach under her breath in Georgian,
you. yelled and asked me to hurry.
I got to know her very late. For Sad that people like her are the
decades I hero‑worshipped her last ones we perhaps see on
from very far away, like one does exiting the country," Richa
the Gods. If asked why I didn't wrote.
Mangeshkarʼs birthday She also mentioned meeting
meet her personally, I'd reason Legendary singer Lata nth.
ridiculously: "You worship God, falls on 28th this mo
of "the gentlest cabbie" here.
you don't shake hands with Her." "He was so sweet, he changed
Lata Didi turned out to be as beautiful in She was unwell. She sent a message for me my experience of the city,
person as she was in voice... Okay, maybe to meet her the next day at the same refused a tip, smiled throughout.
that's an exaggeration. No personality can venue. The next day I trooped down to Shiv We communicated only through
ever match that voice. Not even Lata Sena Bhawan with a friend. How do I gestures but I could feel his
Mangeshkar herself. describe the moment when I first met her? heart," she tweeted.
It was my friend Sanjeev Kohli, the son of I won't. Because there are no words to Richa visited Georgia to shoot
the illustrious composer Madan Mohan, replicate the way my heart waltzed in my for the second instalment of
who arranged my first meeting with her, an chest. Excel Entertainments "Inside
encounter that turned into a kinship that The magic has remained for 28 years. I Edge". She will reprise her role
has lasted for 28 years now. consider myself hugely privileged to have as Mumbai Maverick team
owner Zarina Malik. Actor Richa Chadha visited Georgia for a film shoot.
I vividly remember my first meeting with known her.
her at the Shiv Sena Bhavan in Mumbai. Thank you, Didi, for taking me where
She was supposed to reach in the evening very few have the honor of going. Thank
at an appointed hour to rehearse for a con‑
cert that was being hosted by Anupam
Kher. I met Anupam. But I didn't meet her.
you for those hundreds of songs which
have lit up the darkest of my days ‑‑ and of
innumerable others across the world.
A large part of my struggle was
because I was a girl: Hard Kaur
'Sacred Games' gets the green
apper Hard Kaur says that ever
since she was a child, she faced a

light for second season lot of negativity and a large part of

her struggle was because she was a girl, Rapper Hard

especially an Indian. Kaurʼs first
ctor Saif Ali Khan will be back as underbelly. Kaur is one of the seven influences who album
police officer Sartaj Singh in the The second season picks up from Sartaj is part of the fourth edition of Levi's ʻSupawoman
second season of crime drama pursuing his relentless battle of saving the #IshapeMyWorld movement that cele‑ ʼ was
series "Sacred Games", streaming platform city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin brates unstoppable women who have released in
Netflix announced. Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain shaped their lives on their own terms. 2007.
The announcement that "Sacred Games his position as the legendary kingpin of In the video, the rapper can be seen
2" is in the pipeline was made with a teaser Mumbai. expressing how she had to face struggle
video, read a statement. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will continue while making her way in the rap scene,
"The worst is yet to come. 'Sacred Games' directing Gaitonde's track, while Neeraj more so because of her gender.
will be back for Season 2," read a post from Ghaywan will take over Sartaj's plot. Asked about it, Kaur said over an e‑mail:
the official Netflix India Twitter account. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover "A large part of my struggle was because I
Based on author Vikram Chandra's best‑ will continue their roles of being the was a girl, an Indian girl to be more pre‑
selling novel, the first season of the series ‑ showrunner and the lead writer cise. People couldn't believe I could be a
‑ produced by the Anil Ambani‑led Reliance respectively. rapper and I was asked to prove myself
Entertainment's time and again just because it was a
Phantom Films male dominated industry."
joint venture ‑‑ "Ever since I was a child I faced a
received viewer lot of negativity. From being bullied,
appreciation to having no friends, to growing up
and critical in a world full of stereotypes, I've
acclaim world‑ faced it all. But I'm honest and I've
wide for its grit‑ always felt itʼs either my way or no way
ty plot and at all and I'd rather do it the Hard Kaur
power‑packed way. Glassy" that topped the UK charts in
performances. "I have always been working on breaking 2007. Since then she has sung in movies
Season 2 will away from all the stereotypes, I worked like "Ugly Aur Pagli" ("Talli"), "Singh Is
be back with a hard, honed my skills, and used them to Kinng", "Kismat Konnection", "Bachna Ae
new trail of prove people wrong. I want to give power Haseeno", "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag",
betrayal, crime, to other people to turn negatives into posi‑ "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" and
passion, and a tives," she added. "Prince". Her first solo album
thrilling chase ʻSacred Games 2ʼ will be back with a new trail of Some of her works include song "Ek "Supawoman" was released in 2007.
through Mumbai's betrayal, crime and passion. Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 FEATURES Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 19

The real ʻfakeʼ news and what to do about it

The Interfaith Institute of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury held
a seminar on ‘What’s at Stake If News Is Fake’ recently. A report.
By Robert Keeler

Westbury, NY: The reality of “fake

news” is that we live in a news‑
drenched world. Even as newspa‑
pers are struggling with a loss of
key sources of revenue to the
Internet, we cannot escape an
overwhe lming daily stream of
news and pseudo‑news, pouring
through our smartphones and
computers and inundating our
brains with all the intensity of a
fire hose on full force. It comes to
us from newspapers, magazines, The false story of Pope Francis endorsing presidential candidate
Daisy Khan, of Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality, Donald Trump in 2016 garnered close to a million Facebook
television, radio, online publica‑
Werner Reich, a Holocaust survivor, and Howard Schneider, shares. But the denial from the Vatican got only 33,000 Facebook
tions of varying levels of credibili‑ who has pioneered at Stony Brook the Center for News
ty, Twitter, Facebook, and many shares. This epitomizes the difficulty of getting truth to
Literacy. (Photo: Parveen Chopra) catch up to fictitious rumor.
other sources including tricksters
in Russia. curriculum with 22 universities information and think critically. He Muslims going to great trouble to focused on the impact of state‑run
The challenge for all of us is to and taught academics in 10 coun‑ reinforced his point with a quote denounce terror, only to discover media under both Nazism in
examine the sources of our news tries. from Richard Hornik of The Center that their efforts got no coverage Germany and communism in post‑
analytically and intelligently. So In an energetic lecture enhanced for News Literacy: “Just as it is said or minimal coverage in the main‑ war Yugoslavia. He also discussed
the Interfaith Institute invited by a graphic presentation of what that in a democracy citizens get stream media. To dispel that myth the wicked fake news of Holocaust
community leaders to a gathering fake news can look like, Schneider the government they deserve, in and others, she edited a research‑ denial. Over the years, many thou‑
on September 16 at the Islamic pointed to a false story claiming the 21st century newly empow‑ and evidence‑based 375‑page sands of people have heard him
Center of Long Island in Westbury. that Pope Francis had endorsed ered consumers will get the infor‑ book called Wise Up: Knowledge speak of his experiences in the
T he theme of the event was: presidential candidate Donald mation they demand.” At the end Ends Extremism, available through concentration camps of Auschwitz,
“Whatʼs at Stake If News Is Fake.” Trump. That original false story of his lecture, Schneider proposed the WISE we bsite, Birkenau, T heresienstadt, and
T he keynote speaker was g arnered more than 868,000 a series of action items, including a https://www.wisemuslimwomen.or Mauthausen.
Howard Schneider, the founding Facebook shares. The denial from request that those in the audience g. She also talked about the effort Theyʼve listened to his descrip‑
Dean of the Stony Brook University the Vat ican, pro claiming the contact their local school districts by her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul tion of the death march through
School of Journalism. Long before endorsement to be untrue, got only and suggest a news literacy pro‑ Rauf, to establish a Muslim com‑ the snow and his exposure to the
the phrase “fake news” became 33,000 Facebook shares. Those gram for their students, like the munity center in lower Manhattan, infamous Nazi do ctor, Jose f
part of our daily discourse, numbers summarized powerfully one at a middle school in the in the aftermath of the 9/11 Mengele. Those thousands who
Schneider was concerned that the dif ficulty of getting truth to Coney Island section of Brooklyn, attacks. In the New York City have heard him will serve as wit‑
young people should learn to be catch up to fictitious rumor. New York. tabloid press, it became known as nesses ag ainst the Holo caust
intelligent consumers of news. So Schneider of fered some advice The event also focused on fake “the 9/11 mosque,” a false and deniers. And his account of the
he pioneered at Stony Brook the on how to assess news and make news stories that have plagued the hurtful narrative that provided evils of state‑run news media will
Center for News Literacy. (You can considered judgments on it. To be Jewish and Muslim communities. new focus for Islamophobia. Khan serve us well today.
read more about it at responsible consumers and shar‑ Daisy Khan, the founder and is also the author of a new memoir, The Interfaith Institute is chaired
http://www.centerfornewslitera‑ ers of news, he said, we have to executive director of the Women's Born with Wings: The Spiritual by Faroque Ahmed Khan. The news literacy curricu‑ interrog ate informat ion as it Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Journey of a Mo dern Muslim
lum has educated thousands of comes to us. We have to avoid Equality (WISE), spoke about a Woman. Robert Keeler is a Pulitzer award
Stony Brook students, helping sharing it until we verify its relia‑ persistent and pervasive piece of Werner Reich, a Holocaust sur‑ winner who worked at Newsday
them to discern whatʼs real in the bility and accuracy. And to do fake news: that Muslims do not vivor who talks to more than for over 40 years. He moderated
news and whatʼs not. The center those things, we have to slow condemn terrorism. She cited sev‑ 10,000 students a year about his the session on ʻWhatʼs at Stake
has also shared the news literacy down in this fast‑moving world of eral frustrat ing examples of experience during the Holocaust, when News is Fakeʼ.

Last 20 years has seen very positive curve in

India‑US ties: Ambassador Sarna at JLF
New York: The relationship between India Since then, the last 20 years you see a very hosting a series of events, including art exhi‑
and the US has grown over the past two positive curve in India‑US relations,” he said. bitions, highlighting the countryʼs “multidi‑
decades and there is a "very positive curve" Ambassador Sarna has published a pas‑ mensional aspects” through the lens of cul‑
in bilateral ties, Indiaʼs Ambassador to the US sionate biography, The Exile: A Novel Based ture, business and policy.
Navtej Sarna has said. on Life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, about the The ʻSeason of Indiaʼ is a series of pro‑
Sarna, addressing the Jaipur Literature younger son of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh of grams and special events on Indiaʼs arts and
Festival hosted at Asia Society here last Punjab, who signed away the Kohinoor to culture that is being held in conjunction with
Thursday, emphasized that in defense, poli‑ Queen Victoria when he was only 11. the exhibition The Progressive Revolution:
tics, counter‑terrorism, Indiaʼs economic Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, and Modern Art for a New India, on view at Asia
story and the diaspora play a crucial role in Sanjoy K. Roy also addressed the JLF New Society Museum from September 14 through
bilateral ties. "What we miss sometimes is York. In addition, Long Island based famous January 20, 2019.
the one unchanging factor that is the com‑ cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, author of the As part of the ʻSeason of Indiaʼ, the Jaipur
monalities of culture, of open system and of new Heart: A History, was in conversation Literature Festival returned to New York, Ambassador Sarna, author of The Exile:
debate" in the two nations. with Sharad Paul, also a medical doctor and presenting a series of conversations by some A Novel Based on Life of Maharaja
“Twenty years ago, we were just coming author. In a celebration of India, the promi‑ of the worldʼs leading authors, thinkers, and Duleep Singh, at the Jaipur
out of (an) estranged democracies stage. nent arts organization Asia Society has been performers. PTI Literature Festival ‑ New York.
20 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 SUBCONTINENT

Sushma‑Qureshi meet Solih wins Maldivian

cancelled, Pak disappointed presidential election
Islamabad: Pakistan expressed
Male: The Election Commission Abdulla Yameen in the contro‑
deep disappointment at India's
of Maldives declared opposition versial election that took place
decision to cance l a meet ing
candidate Ibrahim Mohamed on September 23.
between Indian External Af fairs
Solih of the Maldivian He called on Yameen to
Minister Sushma Swaraj and
Democratic Party as the winner "accept the will of the people",
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah
of the presidential election in the BBC reported.
Mehmood Qureshi that was sched‑
the country that has "T he message is loud and
uled to be held on the sidelines of
been g ripped by polit ical clear. The people of Maldives
the UN General Assembly (UNGA)
upheaval. want change, peace and justice,"
session next week.
The Commission spokesman Solih, told the media here
"The government of Pakistan is
Ahmed Akram said that Solih be fore the Elect ion
deeply disappointed at the
obtained 134,616 or 58.3 per Commission's announcement.
announcement made by the Indian
cent of the votes polled, as per Yameen, who had been widely
Ministry of External Affairs in New
the provisional data of the elec‑ expected to win another term in
Delhi about the cancellation of the
tion commission, reports Efe of fice, has not yet commented
meeting of the Foreign Ministers Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and news. publicly.
of India and Pakistan, which was to his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Solih's supporters took to the His government stands
be held on the sidelines of UNGA
Indian security forces, India called In its statement, the Pakistan streets of capital Male in cele‑ accused of crushing dissent and
in New York," the Pakistan Foreign
off talks between the two foreign Foreign Office did not allude to the brations after he claimed victo‑ observers had believed the elec‑
Office said in a statement.
ministers in New York. killing of the police of ficers in ry over incumbent President tion was rigged in his favor.
"The reasons cited by the Indian
side for the decision to cancel the The Indian government said in a Jammu and Kashmir but said that
Foreign Ministers' meeting, within strongly‑worded statement that the "alleged" killing of the BSF sol‑
24 hours of its public confirma‑ since the announcement of the dier took place two days prior to
tion, are entirely unconvincing," it talks, two "deeply disturbing" the Indian announcement of its
said. developments had taken place that agreement to hold the bilateral
"The so‑called 'disturbing devel‑ led to Islamabad's "evil agenda" meeting.
opments' alluded to in the Indian being exposed. As for the Burhan Wani postage
statement predated the Indian "The latest brutal killings of our stamp mentioned, the statement
agreement to hold the bilateral security personnel by Pakistan‑ said that it was issued before the
meeting in New York." based ent it ies and the recent July 25 general e lect ions in
Blaming Pakistan for the killing release of a series of 20 postage Pakistan "as a result of which the
of security personnel in Jammu stamps by Pakistan glorifying a government of Prime Minister
and Kashmir and accusing it of terrorist and terrorism confirmed Imran Khan assumed office".
glorifying terrorism, in terms of that Pakistan will not mend its T he Pakistan Foreign Of fice
releasing a postage stamp featur‑ ways," Indian External Af fairs statement termed as "most unfor‑
ing Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Ministry spokesperson Raveesh tunate" India's reference about
Kumar said. Imran Khan. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party.
Burhan Wani who was killed by

Why Pakistan wonʼt cooperate with US

By Husain Haqqani bypass Pakistan and directly negotiate
with the Afghan Taliban. Pompeo has

n case there were any doubt, Pakistan already announced that legendary
seems to have indicated that it wonʼt Afg han‑American diplomat Zalmay
fulfill US expectations for the reset in Khalilzad w ill now be “the State
US‑Pakistan relations offered by Secretary Departmentʼs lead person” for reconcilia‑
of State Mike Pompeo during his recent tion efforts in Afghanistan.
stopover in Islamabad. Prime Minister Within a wee k of Pompeoʼs short
Imran Khan set the tone ahead of stopover in Islamabad, Pakistanʼs
Pompeoʼs visit, pledging not to give in to Supreme Court overruled restrictions
any “one‑sided demands.” Other promi‑ imposed by the previous government on
nent politicians are delivering the same Jamaat‑ud‑Dawa (JuD), a front for the ter‑
message, explicitly rejecting Pompeoʼs rorist Lashkar‑e‑Taiba (LeT), and its chari‑
urge to “do more” to rein in terror groups. ty arm, Falahi Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).
And Pakistani leadersʼ view of their coun‑ The restrictions on JuD and FIF reflected
tryʼs interests in Afghanistan, which differ the US designation of both organizations
vastly from those of the United States, lim‑ as terrorist fronts.
its the prospects of cooperation in ending The time may have come when the cycle
the Afghan war. of Americans warnings and Pakistani
Part of the problem is definitional: denials gives way to recognition on both
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Pak PM Imran Khan.
Pakistanʼs leadership defines terrorism sides that their interests simply do not
dif ferently than the US government and Pakistan refused to align its Afghan poli‑ United States, is viewed in Islamabad as converge. The United States might have to
thus is unlikely to act against all terrorist cy with Americaʼs even after US of ficials the countryʼs principal benefactor. increasingly assume that its admonish‑
groups, as Pompeo demanded. US diplo‑ publicly started criticizing its relationship The Pakistani military has operated ments will not change Pakistani behavior,
mats have spent almost three decades try‑ with the Taliban, accompanied with peri‑ under the assumption that it can wait the while Pakistan will have to learn to live
ing to lure Pakistanʼs decision‑makers into odic threats of cutting off aid. Americans out in Afghanistan. Why would without expecting American support.
seeing things their way. This has led to It is unlikely that Pakistan or the Afghan it give in and make compromises at a time
what President Trump recently described Taliban will change their calculus at a when it feels its dream of American with‑ Husain Haqqani, director for South and
as Pakistanʼs “lies and deceit” regarding time when they believe that the US mili‑ drawal is about to materialize? Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in
the $33 billion in economic and security tary is eager to leave Afghanistan. The Instead of continuing efforts to change Washington D.C., was Pakistanʼs ambassa‑
assistance it has accepted from the US United States has now become closer to Pakistanʼs calculus, the Trump dor to the US from 2008‑11. Excerpted
government since 9/11. India than to Pakistan, and China, not the Administrat ion now seems ready to article, courtesy: The American Interest INTERNATIONAL Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 21

US sanctions Chinese military N. Korea wants

for buying Russian weapons summit with US: Moon
Seoul: North Korean
Washington/Beijing/Moscow: The leader Kim Jong‑un is
US has imposed sanctions against Russia: US ready to accelerate denu‑
China's military for its purchases clearization in exchange
of Russian military equipment in a playing with fire for security guarantees
move US officials said is meant to from Washington and
punish Moscow for its "malign Moscow: The US' latest batch
wants to hold a second
activities", prompting stern warn‑ of sanctions targeting Russian
summit with US
ings from Beijing and Moscow. businesses and China under‑
President Donald Trump
"Today's actions are not intend‑ mine global stability and are
at an early date, South
ed to undermine the military capa‑ akin to playing with fire, offi‑
Korean President Moon
bilities or combat readiness of any cials here said. Deputy
The Su‑35 combat Jae‑in said.
country... but rather to impose Foreign Minister Sergei
aircraft from Russia. "Chairman Kim
costs on Russia in response to its Ryabkov said the sanctions
expressed his wish to fin‑
interference in the US election to lift the sanctions on the Chinese were aimed at Russian South Korean President Moon Jae‑in
ish complete denu‑
process, its unacceptable behavior military or "bear the conse‑ defense organizations, politi‑ has recently visited North Korea.
clearization at an early
in eastern Ukraine, and other quences". cians and businessmen. "It
date and focus on economic Moon said he also had an
malign activities," the US State "China expressed strong indigna‑ would be good for them to
development," Moon said of his additional message from Kim
Department said. tion towards the unreasonable recall the notion of global sta‑
meeting with Kim in Pyongyang. for Trump. "Among what we dis‑
T he penalt ies were applied move by the US and has made bility, which they recklessly
Moon, who returned to South cussed, there are items that we
under a law that requires the US to solemn representation," Chinese upset by whipping up ten‑
Korea after a three‑day bilateral did not include in the joint dec‑
sanction anyone undertaking sig‑ Foreign Ministry spokesperson sions in Russian‑US relations,"
summit with Kim, said laration," he said, referring to
nificant transactions with certain Geng Shuang said. Ryabkov said in a statement
Pyongyang also wanted US his joint declaration with Kim
people af filiated with Russian He added that Washington had cited by TASS news agency.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued on Wednesday in
intelligence and military services, violated the basic norms of inter‑ "It's foolish to play with fire,
to visit again, Yonhap news Pyongyang.
including arms manufacturers, national relations and disturbed because things could get
agency reported. The South Korean leader's trip
reported CNN. ties with China. "We strongly call dangerous."
Moon said his government to Pyongyang was aimed at
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo on the US to remedy the mistake seeks to declare a formal end to breaking a deadlock in denu‑
also expanded that blacklist, and cance l the sanct ions. Development Department and its the Korean War before the year clearization talks between the
adding the names of 33 of Russia's Otherwise, it has to bear the conse‑ Director Li Shangfu for buying Su‑ ends and that he will bring up US and North Korea that came
most high‑profile citizens, bringing quences." 35 combat aircraft and S‑400 sur‑ the issue when he meets Trump after Trump called off a North
the total roster to 72 people. The US slapped the sanctions on face‑to‑air missile system from in New York next week. Korea trip by Pompeo.
In response, Beijing asked the US the Chinese military's Equipment Russia.

Gunmen open fire Amnesty urges China to end

on Iranian military 'brainwashing' Muslims in Xinjiang
parade; 24 dead
Beijing: Amnesty
International (AI) in a
report urged the
Chinese government to
Tehran: At least 24 end the "brainwashing"
people, including civil‑ of nearly one million
ians were killed and Muslims held in "re‑edu‑
over 50 injured when cat ion" camps in the
gunmen disguised as Xinjiang Uighur region.
soldiers opened fire on In the past year, the
an elite military government has intensi‑
parade in the Iranian fied its campaign of
city of Ahvaz. mass internment, intru‑
The dead and sive surveillance, politi‑
wounded were both cal indoctrination and
military personnel and forced cultural assimila‑
An injured soldier being carried after a
civilians, including a tion against the region's
terror attack in Ahvaz. It is estimated that in China there are some 23 million Muslims.
journalist watching Uighurs, Kazakhs and
the parade, IRNA news agency The separatist group the Patriotic other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups, ple act of messaging your family abroad can
reported. The attackers opened fire Arab Democratic Movement in according to the report. get you detained highlights how ludicrous,
on the parade at 9 am from a nearby Ahwaz claimed responsibility for The campaign prohibits any display of reli‑ unjustified and completely arbitrary the
park in an assault that lasted around this attack. Three of the attackers gious and cultural affiliation, including grow‑ Chinese authorities' actions are," said Nicholas
10 minutes. The parade was part of were gunned down during clashes ing an "abnormal" beard, wearing a veil or Bequelin, Amnesty International's East Asia
nationwide celebrations in Iran to with the security forces and one head scarf, regular prayer, fasting or avoidance Director.
mark the 30th anniversary since the other arrested, news agencies of alcohol, or possessing books or articles AI called on the government of President Xi
end of the eight‑year war with Iraq reported. Iranian Foreign Minister about Islam or Uighur culture as Chinese Jinping to put an end to this campaign of "sys‑
that started in September 1980 and Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed "a authorities consider them "extremist" behavior, tematic repression" against Muslims, a call
ended in August 1988. foreign regime" backed by the US for reports Efe news. raised on numerous occasions by many inter‑
"The terrorists disguised as Islamic the attack. "Terrorists recruited, It is estimated that currently nearly one mil‑ national organisations.
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and trained, armed and paid by a foreign lion Muslims are being held by the authorities It is estimated that in China there are some
Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire regime have attacked Ahvaz," he said in re‑education camps, without the right to 23 million Muslims or approximately 1.7 per
to the authority and people from in a tweet, adding: "Iran holds trial, access to lawyers or contact with family cent of the population, among which are ethnic
behind the stand during the parade," regional terror sponsors and their members, the report said. minorities such as Hui or others whose origins
said Governor of Khuzestan Gholam‑ US masters accountable for "The mass detention camps are places of are linked to Uighur, Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz or
Reza Shariati, according to IRNA. such attacks." brainwashing, torture and punishment. A sim‑ Tajik people in Central Asia.
22 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 BUSINESS

US-China trade war escalates with biggest sets of tariffs

Washington: The ongoing trade "attempting to impose its own ture, toys and cars to swell, trig‑
war between the US and China interests on China throug h gering layof fs across industries
further escalated on Monday as extreme pressure". in both countries.
the two economic powerhouses "The new administration of the Earlier this month, Trump had
slapped each other w ith the US government has trumpeted warned that retaliation from
largest rounds of tarif fs yet, 'America First' since taking office Beijing would spark another set
unleashing punitive duties now in 2017, and has abandoned the of tarif fs on $267 billion in
on roughly half of their traded fundamental norms of mutual Chinese goods, erecting financial
goods. respect and equal consultation barriers on virtually everything
President Donald Trump's new that guide international rela‑ the US buys from the nation. In
10 per cent tariff on $200 billion tions," Xinhua news agency quot‑ 2017, that order reached $505
of Chinese goods went into effect ed the report as saying. billion. The Asian giant imported
on Monday, spanning thousands "Rather, it has brazenly $130 billion in US goods last
of products, including food sea‑ preached unilateralism, protec‑ year but officials have said China
sonings, baseball gloves, network tionism and economic hegemony, will keep fighting back with
routers and industrial machinery The Ministry of Commerce in Beijing. (Xinhua/Li He/IANS) making false accusations against "qualitative" measures.
parts. It immediately prompted many countries and regions, par‑ The US tarif fs are meant to
Beijing to respond with tariffs on affect more than 5,200 kinds of no further trade talks scheduled ticularly China." punish China for what the Trump
$60 billion in American goods, American imports, including to resolve the dispute. Thousands of goods now face administration says are unfair
approaching the point of running chemicals, industrial wares and As the new tarif fs hit, the border taxes of up to 10 per cent, trade practices, such as intellec‑
out of American products to tar‑ medical instruments. Chinese government released a including grocery store staples, tual property theft.
get, The Washington Post report‑ Neither of the world's two report accusing the Trump household objects and industrial Beijing has rejected the US
ed. largest economies showed signs administration of a foreign policy equipment. Economists expect assertions, accusing Washington
The latest levies from Beijing of backing down and there are based on "trade bullying" and the cost of food, clothing, furni‑ of protectionism and bullying.

Congress‑BJP dogfight over RBI relaxes ECB norms

Rafale purchase intensifies to prop up rupee
New DelhiL The political dogfight is no 'partnership', as suggested by
over the Rafale deal peaked with the former President. Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of period of three years to one
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seek‑ "His (Hollande) second statement India (RBI) has liberalized some year was part of the five meas‑
ing to discredit former France in Montreal, Canada, to AFP makes aspects of the external com‑ ures announced by the govern‑
President Francois Hollande's reve‑ the veracity of his first statement mercial borrowings (ECBs) poli‑ ment last week after Prime
lation about choice of the of fset even more questionable," said cy including those Minister
partner and even found a link to his Jaitley maintaining that it was related to rupee‑ Narendra Modi
claim to Congress President Rahul "erroneous for anybody to suggest denominated held an economic
Gandhi. Hitting back, the Congress that there is a partnership in the bonds to help review meeting.
The deal to purchase 36 Rafale check rupee depre‑ Presently,
accused Prime Minister Narendra supply of the 36 Rafale aircraft".
fighter jets from France was
Modi of violating the oath of secre‑ Jaitley also pointed to a link ciation. Indian banks can
announced by Prime Minister
cy by revealing details of the pact to between Hollande's claim and a "It has been act as arranger
Narendra Modi in 2015 and
his industrialist crony and reiterat‑ signed in 2016. tweet by Gandhi on April 30 saying decided to allow and underwriter
ed its demand for a Joint "It's (Rafale) also going to drop eligible ECB bor‑ for rupee denomi‑
Parliamentary Committee ( JPC) versions," wrote Jaitley in his blog‑ some big bunker buster bombs in rowers who are nated bonds
probe into the intergovernmental post citing Hollande's initial claim the next couple of weeks." into manufactur‑ (RDBs), also called
deal with France to purchase 36 to a French website that "Reliance "The former French President's ing sector to raise ECB up to masala bonds, issued overseas,
Rafale jets. Defence partnership with Dassault first statement rhymes with Rahul $50 million or its equivalent and their holding cannot be
A day after Gandhi and the Aviation was entered at the sugges‑ Gandhi's prediction," wrote Jaitley with minimum average maturi‑ more than five per cent of the
Congress came out all guns blazing tion of the Indian Government" and asserting Gandhi's tweet was "no ty period of 1 year," the RBI issue size after six months of
against Modi, Jaitley cited conflict‑ his subsequent statement to news coincidence". said in a notification. issue as an underwriter.
ing media reports on Hollande's agency AFP that "he is not aware if The Congress which has been Till date, ECB up to $50 mil‑ "It has now been decided to
claims and questioned the veracity government ever lobbied for gunning for the Modi regime, lost lion or its equivalent could be permit Indian banks to partici‑
of the former French President's Reliance Defence". no time in dismissing Jaitley's asser‑ raised by eligible borrowers pate as arrangers/underwrit‑
remarks that the Modi government "The accuracy of the statements tions as "lies" and demanded the with minimum average maturi‑ ers/market makers/traders in
had asked them to chose a private made by the individuals may be Prime Minister to answer its ques‑ ty period of three years. RDBs issued overseas subject to
firm as the of fset partner in the questioned but circumstances never tions rather than hiding behind his The decision to revise the applicable prudential norms,"
Rafale deal. "Truth cannot have two lie," said Jaitley, adding that "there ministers' defences. minimum average maturity the central bank said.

Infosys hiring 1,000 American techies in Arizona

Bengaluru: Indian software major the IT major's May 2, 2017 com‑ marketplace," the statement Lauding Infosys for choosing region.
Infosys announced hiring 1,000 mitment to hire 10,000 added. Arizona as one of its tech‑cum‑ Arizona Commerce Authority
Americans in the Arizona state as Americans and open 4‑5 technol‑ The Arizona hub will focus on innovation hubs across the US, Chief Executive Sandra Watson
part of its commitment to employ ogy‑cum‑innovation hubs across autonomous technolog ies, state Governor Doug Ducey said said on the occasion that selec‑
10,000 Americans to bridge the the US by 2023. Internet of Things (IoT), full‑stack the IT behemoth would enhance tion of Arizona by the IT firm
IT skill gap in the US by 2023. "We have hired 5,874 American engineering, data science and the state's efforts to prepare the would enhance the southwest
"We are hiring 1,000 American workers till date as part of the cyber security. workforce through training and state's reputation as a tech indus‑
workers and opening our next commitment," said the statement. "We will hire graduates from education in technology. try leader.
technology‑cum‑innovation hub "Investment in Arizona is part the state's colleges, universities Infosys President Ravi Kumar The $10.9‑billion firm's other
in the state of Arizona," said the of our commitment to accelerate and local techies for the Arizona said the investment would hubs are at Indianapolis in
city‑based IT firm in a statement innovation for American enter‑ hub and train them through our strengthen the company's ability Indiana, Raleig h in North
here. prise by tapping local talent and curriculum for upskilling," said to deliver IT services to its clients Carolina, Hartford in Connecticut
The announcement reinforces shrinking the IT skills gap in the the statement. in Arizona and the southwest and Providence in Rhode island. SPORTS Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 23

Asia Cup: Rohit, Dhawan brush aside Pak

Dubai: Continuing their winning run, India who looked good in the middle, was the
handed out an another humiliating nine‑ next to go. He was adjudged leg before
wicket defeat to arch‑rivals Pakistan in the wicket off Kuldeep Yadav in the 15th over.
ongoing Asia Cup tournament here. Soon, Babar Azam was run out while trying
Chasing an average 238‑run target, to steal a single off Ravindra Jadeja.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar With three wickets down at just 58 runs,
Dhawan single‑handedly dominated the experienced duo Malik and Sarfraz joined
Pakistani bowling attack to add another hands and took Pakistan out of troubled
defeat to the Sarfraz Ahmed‑led side in the waters.
tournament. The duo stitched a brilliant partnership,
Pakistan, looking for wickets, got a hitting some glorious boundaries and sixes.
respite too late, as a run out by Hasan Ali Just when things were going smooth for
packed back Dhawan when India was 28 Pakistan, Kuldeep broke the partnership,
runs away from a comfortable win. taking Sarfraz's wicket in the 40th over.
It was a cake walk for incoming batsman Unperturbed, Malik kept on playing his
Ambati Rayudu (12 off 18) to lead his side shots and maintained a good run rate. But
to an another convincing victory in the while trying to increase the run rate, Malik
tournament. gifted a simple catch to Mahendra Singh
Earlier, Shoaib Malik's disciplined innings Dhoni off Jasprit Bumrah. He slammed four
along with useful contribution from Sarfraz Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu after winning the match against Pakistan at Dubai boundaries and two sixes.
helped Pakistan post 237/7 against India. International Cricket Stadium. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS) Towards the end, Asif Ali (30) also con‑
Malik scored 78 runs in 90 balls and tributed handsomely along with Shadab
Sarfraz made 44 runs in 66 balls to forge a Electing to bat, Pakistan began on a Haq (10) was dismissed by Yuzvendra Khan (10) Mohammad Nawaz (15) to com‑
crucial 107‑run fourth wicket partnership decent note, forging a 24 run partnership Chahal in the eighth over via Decision plete the innings at 237/7 in their allotted
to guide their team to a respectable total. for the first wicket before opener Imam‑ul‑ Review System (DRS). Fakhar Zaman (31), 50 overs.

Vaishali India's first National Sports Awards needlessly

blind chess player getting controversial
at World Olympiad By Veturi Srivatsa

he monsoon months are
considered a silly season
when nothing happens in
Indian sport. Its no longer. Ever
since the birth anniversary of hock‑
ey wizard Dhyan Chand is com‑
memorated as the National Sports
Day there is a lot of excitement as
August 29 is also the day to receive
national sports awards.
Also, a rare clash between India
and Pakistan in the Asia Cup in the
Gulf has added fizz to the sporting
calendar this year. As the two Virat Kohli obtained 'zero' points while reigning world champion
Vaishali Narendra Salavkar. countries have no bilateral sport‑ weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu earned 44 points to be
ing ties and they only meet in the named for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
By Venkatachari She is am eight‑time national International Cricket Council tour‑ championships next month. The should have known that Aibara
Jagannathan champion," AICFB Treasurer naments or in the regional compe‑ selection of sportspersons for the established the cricket faculty at
Swapnil Shah told IANS. titions and so it's the match to fol‑ award can be subjective, but that the Netaji National Institute of
Chennai: Blind chess player Vaishali has an Elo rating of low in the subcontinent. The two should not take away or diminish Sports, Patiala. Ironically, his
Vaishali Narendra Salavkar will 1,357 points. Shah said two have already met once and India the glory of others. trainees at Patiala got the award!
become the first Indian female to Spanish women chess players won it easily as they did against The present selection policy is Somebody blindly followed the
be part of the International Braille were not able to play in the Bangladesh. The tournament has far better than the one followed rulebook without considering the
Chess Association (IBCA) team at Olympiad and hence the chance been formatted in such a way that years ago, involving the federa‑ great man's credentials.
the world chess Olympiad, start‑ came to Vaishali. the two giants can meet not once, tions to nominate. There had been That's precisely what had hap‑
ing September 23 at Batumi in As per the Olympiad official not twice but thrice! instances of an influent ial pened this year, too, the points sys‑
Georgia, a top IBCA official said. website, the other Indian female The National Sports Awards are sportsperson going over them to tem became a bone of contention
The IBCA, affiliated to FIDE, chess player who will be playing to be celebrated. Yet, for quite get recommended by a powerful as Virat Kohli could not have been
sends its teams ‑ open and women in the Olympiad is Malika Handa some years now, they have been Chief Minister or a Union Minister. judged by the criteria laid down for
‑ to compete at the chess (ELO rating 1,334) as part of the leaving a bad taste in mouth with When the Dronacharya award for the Khel Ratna as cricket is not a
Olympiad. "Vaishali will be the International Chess Committee of someone or the other going to coaches was instituted, the man discipline at the Olympics, Asian
first Indian blind chess player to Deaf (ICCD) team. With these two court challenging the selection. who should have got the award in Games or Commonwealth Games.
participate in the World Chess players, the total number of They are needlessly getting contro‑ the inaugural year did not get it They could now think of awarding
Olympiad," IBCA President Jadhav Indian women chess players versial. because of the thoughtless criteria points for the ICC tournaments and
Charudatta told IANS on phone including the normal women's This year, wrestler Bajrang Punia fixed by the rule makers. Eddie Asia Cup.
from London. Charudatta is also team at the Batumi Olympiad will threatened to go to court for not Aibara, a technically perfect bats‑ Ask any sportsperson, she will
the President of All India Chess be seven. The Indian women's getting the Rajiv Khel Ratna but he man who played for Hyderabad grudge a cricketer being clubbed
Federation for the Blind (AICFB). chess Olympiad team consists of is being talked out of it by his men‑ and coached some great cricketers, with others, though they might
"Forty‑five year old Vaishali Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, tor Yogeshwar Dutt who apparent‑ was overlooked because his record publicly say that they have no com‑
from Maharashtra has been play‑ Tania Sachdev, Karavade Esha and ly is keen that his ward uses his did not show anything in the pre‑ plaint against a cricket player get‑
ing chess for the past 20‑25 years. Padmini Rout. energies to prepare for the world ceding three years. Somebody ting the award.
24 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 BOOKS

Beyond romance and roses: Writing

and living the modern marriage
By Saket Suman Mukherjee, who passed away in
2017. She had been diagnosed

here is a temple in with idiopathic interstitial pul‑
Thiruvidanthai in Tamil monary fibrosis (IIPF), a scarring
Nadu where Hindu deity of the lung tissue that causes an
Vishnu is reg arded as ever worsening shortness of
"Nithyakalyana Perumal", or the breath and a progressive decline
eternal bridegroom. The temple in lung function.
is the "ult imate failsafe" for "But for some strange reason
Hindu Tamils seeking matrimony as we drove home in that
as people of all genders and ages silence...I wasn't thinking of what
participate in the ritual that is lay ahead for me...Instead my
said to expedite the same. mind went into rewind mode, try‑
Like her parents would have it, ing to capture and hold close all
columnist and short story writer Saran, who has previously more and more marriages fail‑ the good times we'd had together
Sharanya Manivannan bought Knot for Keeps: authored bestselling biographies ing? Is it to do with changing over three decades," she wrote
two garlands and passed them on on Guru Dutt, S.D. Burman and social norms or individual expec‑ describing marriage as "A Life
to the priest at the sanctum sanc‑
Writing The Jagjit Singh, among other books, tations? Sentence," also the title of her
torum. Modern Marriage; chronicles stories ‑‑ of success There are tough choices to be essay in the book.
One garland was offered to the and utter chaos ‑‑ that revolve made if one wishes to tie the Altogether, the book features
Lord while the other one adored Edited by around the lives two people knot, and more often than not, 17 essays, or personal experi‑
her neck. She was asked to circle Sathya Saran; chose to live together ‑‑ in mar‑ couples in relationship tend to ences, covering the good, bad
the temple nine times. The gar‑ riage. find marriage as their ultimate and the ugly that arises in mar‑
land on her neck was supposed Publisher: In well‑assembled essays, it recourse. But marriage is only riages and may make for a handy
to be "stored safely" at her home, HarperCollins attempts to answer some perti‑ the beginning of a lifelong series reading for those scared by the
and she would bring it back to nent questions: What holds two of knowing one's partner and idea of marriage, or those look‑
the temple with her partner once lessly, you also fall in step with people together for life, some‑ then "adjusting" to him/her, the ing for advice on how to put a
their marriage would be solem‑ that trajectory, the idea that mar‑ times across continents? What family and the societal norms, as troubled marriage back on track.
nized. riage follows love as hour follows drives them apart even as they Modhurima Sinha, points out in The personal experiences of the
T he problem? It never hap‑ hour," Manivannan notes in her share their lives under the same "The Thin Red Line". respective writers keep the book
pened. But she wanted to marry, essay titled "Apportionments of roof? What makes marriage the But sorting out the problems, moving sing le‑handedly,
"...despite caut ionary tales, Love", published in a recent only socially acceptable goal of a getting on with life and calming although the offering could have
despite intelligence, despite defi‑ anthology of the modern mar‑ relationship? Are women, and oneself to think of the other's done w ith a more insig htful
ance... You fall in love and don't riage "Knot for Keeps". men, preferring other options to point of view is the trick, or so Introduction, than the one‑and‑a‑
realize how unthinkably, how art‑ T he book edited by Sathya marriage these days? Why are had been the experience of Rita half page text by the editor.

A riveting tale of an extraordinary Indian

By M.R. Narayan life wasn't easy. oneness of humankind ‑‑ began to religious bigotry, ethnic stereotyp‑
Swamy With his ochre robes and long attract 5,000‑6,000 people. The ing, sexual allegations and brazen
hair, his mere appearance could LA Times would one day call him racism.

ith his passion for invite ridicule, torment and even "the 20th century's first superstar Life became difficult during the
meticulous research, abuse. He endured sneers, glares, guru". World War years as it af fected
Philip Goldberg has name‑calling and even stone‑ How did Yogananda succeed? revenue from class fees, books
authored a brilliant account of throwing, but maintained his dig‑ Besides the Indian tradition he and magazine sales. Donations
Paramahansa Yogananda, delving nity. Worse, there were times was steeped in, the combination plunged. Worse, people he
in particular into his life in the US when Yogananda and his close of scient ific rat ionality and thought were his soulmates sud‑
that have large ly remained group didn't have enough to buy respect for the Judeo‑Christian denly ditched him and took him to
shrouded in mystery. The result is food, so they would simply fast tradition would become hallmarks court, causing him immense pain.
this profound biography. for a few days, says Goldberg. of Yogananda's teaching. He even On one occasion, he begged the
Goldberg makes it clear that he Building the network he eventual‑ produced a massive volume of Divine Mother: "Free me. Let me
is not a disciple of Yogananda, ly did in the US was no joke written and spoken commentary go back to India to serve you
which makes the book all the because it was a time of coin‑ on Jesus and his teachings. This there." It was not to happen.
more enriching. Yogananda (born operated phone booths, long‑dis‑ triggered problems too. He was In 1949, Yogananda became a
Mukund Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur) tance operators, telegrams and accused of selling out to attract naturalized US citizen. It was the
achieved global fame with his letter writing. Christian followers and also of year he met Jawaharlal Nehru in
1946 masterpiece Only a handful of people came "Chritistianizing" Hinduism. His San Francisco. And when he died,
"Autobiography of a Yogi". A pro‑ The Life and Times of Yogananda to his earlier "satsangs". The num‑ introduction of kirtan to America Yogananda was speaking about
by Philip Goldberg bers grew slowly, through word of has been largely under‑appreciat‑ India.
fessional writer for more than 40
(Hay House India) is about the
years, Goldberg decided to essay mouth, as Yogananda began wan‑ ed, the author says. Yogananda's crowning achieve‑
yogiʼs years in America.
Yogananda's life because although dering across the length and Yogananda was even welcomed ment was, of course, the
the yoga guru spent almost all his human being, a spiritual prodigy, breadth of America: Miami, to the White House by President "Autobiography of a Yogi". It has
adult years in America, less than psychically gifted with exception‑ Seattle, Oregon, Los Angeles, New Calvin Coolidge. Indeed, he had sold millions of copies and contin‑
10 per cent of the al inner powers and w ithout York, Cleveland, Colorado, Boston, genuine love for America. He said ues to be a best‑seller. But in
"Autobiography..." is about that doubt a self‑realized yogic master. Utah. the US was the most spiritual 1946, many publishers rejected it
period. From a young age, he stalked God Yogananda's very name played a country, next only to his own before Philosophical Library went
Goldberg's research led him to the way "Sherlock Holmes stalked role in popularizing yoga, then an India. for it.
conclude that Yogananda, his criminals". unknown subject in the West. His But a t ime came when Goldberg says, no single person
quirks and idiosyncrasies notwith‑ But for one who moved to the gatherings ‑‑ where he spoke Yogananda had to face the worst has contributed more to East‑
standing, was an extraordinary US in 1920 unsure of his English, about God, yoga, meditation, the of America: Media sensationalism, West current than Yogananda. HEALTH Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 25

Insurance coverage TEEN VAPING EPIDEMIC:

to further boost FDA considers fast‑tracking
Ayurveda, says expert review of e‑cigarettes
Hyderabad: Thursday.

The insurance He told s teen vaping rates continue to climb to epi‑
coverage for reporters demic levels, the U.S. Food and Drug
Ayurveda here Administration (FDA) continues to demand
treatment is Ayurveda has action from e‑cigarette companies, such as Juul,
expected to emerged into that sell flavored tobacco pods for e‑cigs. Earlier
give a further a strong this week, the FDA unveiled a new phase of its edu‑
boost to the means of cational campaign, “The Real Cost,” devoting $60
ancient Indian form of medicine, healthcare globally and is playing million to in‑school and online vaping prevention
says a leading Ayurvedic special‑ a key role in improving the ads. That news came after reports that the FDA
ist. healthcare indices worldwide. would take “historic action” against e‑cigarette
Saji D'Souza believes that the Ministry of AYUSH was instru‑ companies, giving the e‑cig makers 60 days to
insurance coverage coupled with mental in signing the agreement come up with a plan to curb vaping among teens
the other initiatives of the Central with WHO in 2016 to promote and kids.
and state governments would research and bring recognition to The agency has announced it would consider tak‑
help encourage Ayurveda. Ayurveda besides making efforts ing an additional step toward preventing products
The Ministry of AYUSH has to sign the pacts with countries from hitting the market that tempts minors. FDA
published the guidelines for like Singapore and Mauritius. commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency is con‑ (Image courtesy:
insurance coverage for Ayurvedic AYUSH organized the first‑ever sidering fast‑tracking the review process on e‑ciga‑
treatment and settlement of international conference and rette products that would include features to make As youth access to e‑cigs and vape pens has multi‑
claims on the basis of benchmark exhibition in Dubai in 2017 to them less likely to be used by children and teenagers. plied, it has created another problem in addition to
rates for various interventions. globalize Ayurvedic research, For example, electronic cigarettes could have a heightened tobacco use. One in 11 teens has vaped
Following this, the Insurance education and practice to unravel Bluetooth feature installed that would shut off the marijuana using e‑cigarettes, according to a recent
Regulatory Development the horizons of integrated medi‑ devices near schools. study. (Source:
Authority (IRDA) issued clarifica‑ cine.

TB remains worldʼs deadliest

tions to general and health insur‑ "Both union and state govern‑
ance companies and Third Party ment agencies are encouraging
Administrators (TPAs) to provide government employees to avail

infectious disease: WHO

coverage to Ayurveda and other Ayurvedic treatments at govern‑
systems of medicines under ment empanelled Ayurvedic hos‑
AYUSH. Since then, insurance pitals and such medical expenses
companies like ICICI, are reimbursed like any other Geneva: Tuberculosis (TB) remains
Cholamandalam, Apollo Munich, modern scientific systems of the worldʼs deadliest infectious dis‑
HDFC, Star Health, and all public‑ medical treatments through ESHS ease although global efforts have
owned service providers have and CGHS schemes," he said. averted an estimated 54 million
started embracing the change Given the stringent standards and tuberculosis (TB) deaths since
while extending coverage for investment barriers, there are not 2000, the World Health
Ayurveda and other alternative more than 50 Ayurvedic hospi‑ Organization (WHO) warned on
systems through both reimburse‑ tals accredited by National Tuesday.
ment claims and cashless claims, Accreditation Board for Hospitals WHO, in its latest 2018 Global
said D'Souza, hairman&Managing and Healthcare Providers (NABH) TB Report, says countries are still
Director, KSAC Hospital on in the country. (IANS) not doing enough to end TB by
(Image courtesy:
2030 and calls for an unprece‑
dented mobilization of national ing among 300,000 HIV‑positive of the estimated one million chil‑

Need to ban the sale of energy and international commitments. It

urges for decisive action from
people, in 2017. The number of
new cases is falling by two percent
dren with TB were reported in
2017, making it a much higher

drinks to kids: Expert nearly 50 heads of state and gov‑

ernment who are expected to gath‑
per year.
However, underreporting and
gap in detection than that in
adults. The WHO strongly recom‑
London: There here is a need to ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks er next week for the first‑ever UN under‑diagnosis of TB cases mends preventive treatment for
to children and young people to tackle obesity and mental health problems, High‑level Meeting on TB, Xinhua remains a major challenge. Of the people living with HIV, and chil‑
says an expert. news agency reported. 10 million people who fell ill with dren under five years living in
Caffeine is probably the most The report finds that overall, TB TB in 2017, only 6.4 million were households with TB and has issued
commonly used psychoactive deaths have decreased over the officially recorded by national related new guidance this year to
drug across the world as it past year, with an estimated 10 reporting systems, leaving 3.6 mil‑ facilitate greater access to preven‑
increases activity and heightens million people having developed lion people undiagnosed, or detect‑ tive services for those who need it.
attention and awareness. TB and 1.6 million deaths, includ‑ ed but not reported. Less than half (IANS)
But caffeine also increases
anxiety, reduces sleep and is
linked with behavioral prob‑
lems in children, said Russell Viner, Professor from the UK's Royal College
of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
Recent studies have also shown that it may have concerning effects on
the developing brain.
This is alarming because psychological distress can lead to risky behav‑
iors like drug use and poorer academic attainment, Viner said.
Children and young people in high‑income countries consume more
sugar and calories than required and are therefore unlikely to need addi‑
tional energy.
This combined with regular caffeine consumption is causing concern as
there is little evidence of the effect caffeine could potentially have on the
developing body, Viner said.
Instead of binging on energy drinks, humans can get energy naturally
from a "good diet, refreshing sleep, exercise and, most importantly, interac‑
tion with other people." (IANS)
26 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 IMMIGRATION

By Shaker Nelanuthala

n the 1980s and all the way
through mid‑1990s, anyone
that had an education in USA,
Becoming an American turning
was able to get the coveted work
visa H‑1B, if the person had a job
offer. There were no quotas and if
one was qualified, he or she
into a distant dream
would get the approval within 30
days. Once on H‑1B visa, one Misery of Indian H‐1B/H4 Visa holders
could apply for a Green card and
employees are brought into USA maintain payroll records for a
the quota was generally available
at the lowest of prevailing wages). DHS audit, they would pay these
for most countries including India
The general feeling is that these employees a check and take the
and the process would take
employees have a low morale, money back in cash for the bench
between 1 to 2 years. Those were
always morose with no real time, an unconscionable and non‑
the golden days and many people
future in USA. chalant act. These employees live
like me were able to achieve the
“The Ugly” is bad. These are in penury and have the lowest
dream of becoming an American
hundreds of Indian companies morale and desire of living in USA
5 years later. Now this is a distant
that are called body‑shops or and more recently several of
sweat‑shops and are nefarious. As these are returning to homeland.
Statistics H‑1B visas are limited to 85,000 a
year and they are over‑subscribed Continued in the next issue: H4
Since the late 1990s to present
every year (average number of dependents curse, and solutions
time the number of H‑1B visas
applications 250,000+), these
issued have grown exponentially.
companies apply an untold num‑
The current law issues 85,000
Current Indian H‑1B & H4 visa holders with approved ber of petitions. These companies
visas a year (20,000 of those for
Green card petitions – 433,000. Current visa allocation for generally do not have any direct
students with advanced degrees
from schools in USA). A signifi‑
H‑1B (EB2 & EB3 category combined) (2017) 5,700. customers where they would uti‑
lize their visas allocated to them.
cant number of these visas are 75 years (Cato study says 151 They hire excellent talent and pay On an average they would put up
issued to Indian Systems years) for a petitioner from India top salaries. It is a good life for 60 H‑1B petitions and they get at
Integrators (SI) and these are the to get a Green card. This is more employees. But these employees least 20 of them approved. Once
big 5 Indian IT behemoths. than a lifetime and probably very also wait forever for a permanent these petitions are approved, they
Here are mind numbing num‑ few would survive to see the residency. would bring in approved people
bers on these Visas (Source: Cato dream of getting residency and In the case of “The Bad”, these from India (could also be Indian
institute) becoming Americans. are mostly systems integrators students in USA) and trade these
Current Indian H‑1B visa hold‑ like the big 5 IT companies from
H‑1B visa process, the hardships, employees through multiple lay‑ Shaker Nelanuthala,
ers in USA – 630,000 India and a handful from USA
the exploitation and more: The ers to an end customer. Most first generation Indian‑
Current Indian H‑1B & H4 visa (You can always Google and get a
Good, The Bad and The Ugly! employees working for these
holders with approved Green card list). Historically they got away American, is an IT consult‑
body shops are gullible and are
petitions – 433,000 In the case of “The Good”, these paying minimum wages to ant. A proud member of the
exploited to the core. They typi‑
Current visa allocation for H‑1B are large US conglomerates that employees based on location of a Indian community on Long
cally would get paid only if there
(EB2 & EB3 category combined) always have a shortage of skilled job in USA (DHS might state a Island, he was a candidate
is a contract in existence and they
(2017) 5,700 workers. This would include the wage level of $65,000 for Kansas do not get paid for the so‑called for Councilman ‑ Town of
If the current rate of visa likes of companies like Microsoft, state and $80,000 for NY state bench time (in between con‑ Oyster Bay in 2013.
issuance holds good, it will take Google, Facebook and others. for a position and typically these tracts). In several instances to

Extension & expansion on suspension

of Premium Processing for H‑1B
By Dev Banad Viswanath, are filed entirely at the California Part 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the cessing requests over the last few
& Michael Phulwani, Esq. VISA Service Center because the
employer is cap exempt or
because the beneficiary will be
current Form I‑129).
The purpose of the temporary
suspension is to help decrease
months. USCIS will also be more
responsive to petitions that have
time sensitive start dates and

.S. Citizenship and employed at a qualifying cap the processing times of H‑1B adjudicate H‑1B extension cases
Immigration Services exempt institution, entity, or petitions. that are approaching their 240‑
(USCIS) had previously organization; or Without premium processing day mark.
suspended premium processing California Service Centers. If a 4 Those petitions filed entire‑ USCIS will be able to process The temporary suspension of
for certain H‑1B petitions to petitioner filed the Form I‑907 ly at the Nebraska Service Center petitions that have been awaiting premium processing will not
reduce delay in processing time by an employer requesting a adjudication for a long time and affect any other nonimmigrant
for an H‑1B petition before
was supposed to last until “Continuation of previously have not been processed because class using Form I‑129 to file for
September 11, 2018 and USCIS
September 10, 2018. But not approved employment without of the increase of premium pro‑ a nonimmigrant visa.
did not take any adjudicative
only will the suspension not end, action on the case within a 15 change with the same employer”
starting September 11, 2018 the calendar processing time, USCIS (Box b. on Part 2, Question 2, Dev Banad Viswanath is the Principal Attorney of
suspension will also be temporal‑ Page 2 of the current Form I‑ The Banad Law Offices PC in the United States, and
will refund the petitionerʼs pre‑
ly expanded to include certain 129) with a concurrent request Banad Immigration in India for which Attorney
mium processing fee.
additional H‑1B petitions. The to: Michael Phulwani is also affiliated as Of Counsel.
temporary suspension of premi‑ Who will not be 4 Notify the office in Part 4 so With Offices in Manhattan, Queens, Bangalore, and
Mumbai, the firm is able to assist clients with all
um processing may last all the each beneficiary can obtain a
way until February 19, 2019. effected by the visa or be admitted. (Box on Part
facets of the immigration process, including
Employment Visas, Consular Visa Assistance,
The expansion of the tempo‑ suspension? 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the cur‑
Student Visas, Removal & Deportation, US
rary suspension on premium pro‑ rent Form I‑129); or Citizenship and Green Card Applications based on
cessing for certain H‑1B petitions The suspension will not apply 4 Extend the stay of each ben‑ Family or Employment. Dev B. Viswanath can be
will apply to all H‑1B petitions to the following petitions: eficiary because the beneficiary reached at and 718‑361‑5999.
filed at the Vermont and 4 Cap‑exempt petitions that now holds this status. (Box c. on CORPORATE LAW Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 27

By Stephen P. Katz

hile not necessarily the
first item on the agenda
of an executive teamʼs
A Little Corporate Housekeeping
Can Help Avoid a Big Mess
hectic schedule, the failure to per‑
form simple corporate housekeep‑
ing and follow certain corporate
formalities can have a serious nega‑
tive impact on the ability of a cor‑ sents approving those decisions Resolutions to that effect should be courts consider when making a of excessive dividends, functioning
poration to shield its shareholders should also be kept with the min‑ prepared and filed in the corporate determination to pierce he corpo‑ as a facade or an alter ego of the
from liabilities. Creditors can use utes. minute book. rate veil. shareholders and improper use of
the failure to follow corporate for‑ corporate assets); however, these
Organize Company Review Capitalization Review Banking and
malities as grounds to “pierce the tips offer an overview of the basic
corporate veil” and look to the
Records The corporation should be capi‑ Accounting Records
steps you can take to help maintain
assets of the shareholders of the The minute books of the corpora‑ talized in a sufficient manner to It is very important that a corpo‑ protection from the liability that
corporation to satisfy the debts of tion should be updated frequently keep it running. Courts will consid‑ rationʼs funds are not commingled corporate entities provide to their
the corporation. and contain minutes of all director er whether a corporation is under‑ with funds of shareholders or affili‑ shareholders.
To avoid this negative outcome and shareholder meetings. capitalized when making a determi‑ ated entities. A review of banking
and to better maintain the limited Review the Bylaws nation to pierce the corporate veil. and accounting records should be
liability of the shareholders of cor‑
The directors should review the
Make Sure Agreements performed to ensure there is no
porations, here are some corporate are ʻArmʼs Lengthʼ and commingling of this sort.
bylaws of the corporation to ensure
housekeeping tips that can help Documented Furthermore, where funds are
that it is operating in compliance. A
avoid having your corporate veil transferred between affiliates and
review of the bylaws will also be If the corporation has any agree‑
pierced: shareholders, a legitimate business
helpful to determine if changes to ments, especially with affiliates,
Director and reason for such a transfer should
the bylaws are necessary in light of those agreements should be at be documented.
Shareholder Meetings new facts and circumstances. armʼs length and reduced to writ‑ The corporate housekeeping tips
The Corporation should have Elect New Officers and ing. For example, if a shareholder is provided above are not intended to
annual director and shareholder Directors and Remove providing services or assets to the be an exhaustive list of actions you
meetings, and keep minutes of Inactive Ones corporation, the services or assets should take to avoid piercing the Please feel free to contact
those meetings in an official should be provided for armʼs length corporate veil. Courts will consider Stephen Katz, Chairman of
Directors and officers who do not consideration and pursuant to a Peckar & Abramsonʼs Corporate
minute book. Moreover, decisions many other factors in making a
contribute nor are involved in the written agreement. The absence of Law Services Group if you
made outside of the ordinary determination to pierce a corporate
corporation should be removed and such documentation may point would like to discuss how they
course of business, should be veil (including, for example, the
replaced with individuals who will toward a commingling of assets can help you with your
approved by the Board (and in cer‑ presence or absence of fraud, insol‑
be actively participating in the and/or an alter ego status of the corporate housekeeping.
tain cases, the shareholders), and vency at the time a debt is incurred,
affairs of the corporation. corporation, both of which the Visit
records of meetings or written con‑ lack of corporate assets, payment

28 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 HUMOR

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

The safest places in the world

ive years ago I lived in a housing Irvine, California, which had 0.8 of a mur‑
estate that was so safe that I didn't der in the most recent year counted. How
even own a front door key. Our can you have 0.8 of a murder? Did the
only line of defense against evil was a guy's hair survive or something?
deeply confused dog which barked at fam‑ Now here's the thing: You can create
ily members and gave strangers a friendly individual safe spots. Over the years, this
licking. column has received dozens of news
(My wife tells me to be kind since dogs reports about armed robbers who failed
have brains the size of walnuts, but I because their would‑be crimes didn't fit
argue that a walnut would be cheaper and the ambiance.
more effective since you can throw it at Example: In 2012, a masked man
people and it never needs its poop picked entered a bar in the Netherlands and lev‑
up. But whatever.) eled a gun at people inside. Lost in the
Safe places to live were on my mind This columnist wrote about it a few police, but they could have taken inspira‑ usual fog of drink and chatter you find in
after a reader sent in a news report about years ago when a bank was built there. tion from Sark, an island near England European bars, they ignored him. The
what is being called "the safest place in Townsfolk ordered executives at UCO which maintained a tiny security pres‑ whole thing is on YouTube, including the
the world". Eibenthal is a village with a lit‑ Bank to follow tradition and have no locks ence. deflated robber's sad exit.
tle church in the mountains of Romania. on its doors. The bankers thought this 970s it was invaded by France. The At a bank in Kowloon, Hong Kong, staff
Inhabitants hang money in bags on lamp‑ was a bit unusual for a bank but were invasion fleet consisted of one told a raider than they were far too busy
posts. The baker passes by takes the willing to cooperate. You could imagine Frenchman. The defending army consist‑ to be robbed. He nodded and left the
money and leaves food behind. the discussion: ed of a part‑time policeman, who arrested counter. The whole thing was marvelous‑
But there are super‑safe places every‑ Townsfolk: "You must follow our tradi‑ the Frenchman without harming him. As ly civil. Now I am not saying that our gen‑
where if you know where to look. India tion and not lock the doors of your bank." wars go, it was rather sweet. (You can't eration is creating a crime‑free world.
has Shani Shingnapur, a famously low‑ Bankers: "Well, okay. It's your money." say that about a lot of wars.) Given the propensity of snacks to disap‑
crime town of 3,000 people in Townsfolk: "Wait. Maybe we need to Even the United States, which the media pear in this columnist's house, I can't even
Maharashtra where most houses don't talk about this a bit more." paints as a land of guns, has super‑safe create a crime‑free apartment. Who took
even have doors, let alone locks. T he only grumble came from local places. Wikipedia says the top of the list is my walnut?

Laughter is the Best Medicine

New York Head Quarter
422‑S Broadway
By Mahendra Shah
NY 11801

516‑827‑1010 Mahendra Shah is an architect by education, entrepreneur by

profession, artist and humorist, cartoonist and writer by
hobby. He has been recording the plight of the immigrant
Indians for the past many years in his cartoons. Hailing from
Gujarat, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ASTROLOGY Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 29

Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874

By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899;


ARIES: The business meeting will be pro‑ CANCER: It is likely to be a busy but LIBRA: Paying an ear to gossips at work CAPRICORN: Your honesty will be
ductive and could set the ground for productive time and career enhancing and jumping to conclusions will only appreciated professionally. Work dili‑
new ventures in the long run. Hold your responsibilities are on the anvil for complicate matters, so look before you gently to march ahead with your plans.
ground and donʼt let anyone take you for some. You might feel irritated and need to leap. Be open to suggestions from colleagues at Feel free to turn to close friends for an advice if
granted, be it office or home. The way you guard against losing your temper over trivial work but do not feel bound to take their advice you are caught in the midst of a hectic activity.
think and speak may have a direct bearing on issues. Relationships with people of repute are unless it really serves your purpose. Donʼt be Their timely help allows you to take calculated
your performance. There is more to what set to improve. Your proactive attitude will emotionally swayed when making decisions risks that could bring the desired results. You
someone is trying to convey, so pay attention! result in greater financial security thereby eas‑ about your finances. A new relationship provides may feel the need for space and independence;
Do not trust the female friends with any ing some of your worries. Businessmen espe‑ comfort and security. Some of you may want to go ahead and ask for it. Love life could go
secrets. Avoid lending money this week as the cially will enjoy an easy cash flow. Travel move home and will start working towards mak‑ through some twists and turns; handle the situa‑
chances are bleak that it will ever come back. plans are highlighted. Health enhancing meas‑ ing it happen. A short trip is on the cards. tions tactfully. Donʼt get complacent about your
TAURUS: This week brings several chal‑ ures will be beneficial in the long run. SCORPIO: Work and personal commit‑ health, proactive measures will show results.
lenges on your way. So roll up your LEO: You may unnecessarily be wor‑ ments will leave you with little free time. AQUARIUS: A pleasant surprise from a
sleeves and invest extra time and ener‑ ried about an issue this week. The Do not allow yourself to be distracted. close friend will brighten your week‑
gy to prove your mettle. Clarity of thought and rebellious nature of a family member Make sure you have a proper analysis of the rel‑ end. Do not share any personal details
focus on your goals are your best assets this could alarm you; the situation should be han‑ evant facts before presenting them with confi‑ with people you donʼt trust completely. You
week. Work pressure will not be successful in dled with some more patience. Discussing dence as there is a possibility that you may miss may be in a contemplative mood about going in
deterring you from following your agenda. things with family members will help you real‑ out on some detail. The week will be full of sur‑ for a career change. Make it a point to give
Romantic relationships would require some ize that the situation is not as bad as you are prises, but to keep up the momentum you need healthy inputs in the important discussions at
concern. making it out to be. Do not shun away for ask‑ to learn to strike the right balance between work as seniors may be gauging your abilities
Keep important documents handy while trav‑ ing help from colleagues to meet the project your personal and professional life. Patience is before adding more responsibilities to your
elling. Joining aerobics or a dance class would deadlines. Love sector of your chart promises all that you require while dealing with such situ‑ shoulders. Problems of children need to be han‑
be a good idea to stay fit. good results for those still single. ations. Donʼt get lax with your diet regime. dled diplomatically.
GEMINI: Take a break from your busy VIRGO: Insights from spiritual people SAGITTARIUS: Unanticipated delays PISCES: Impulsive remarks could create
schedule to spend some quality time will help you make headway on per‑ may catch you of f guard and create tensions at home while an objective
with your beloved. Though financially sonal issues that have been on your some stressful moments. Issues regard‑ approach will help resolve differences.
wise, your innate aggression can still invite mind recently. T here are chances of an ing ancestral property should be given a lot of You need to learn to balance your idealism with
some tensions in speculation. Your positive increase in the workload due to hectic activi‑ attention. You should probably take more time practicality. Health may need attention, make it
outlook can help you pursue your creative ties and pressing deadlines. Be discreet with to think about things before acting on the same. a priority to rest and de‑stress. Businessmen
dreams. Look for ways to eliminate unimpor‑ your views till you can get an overview of situ‑ Networking and creating win‑win situations will will be able to clinch profitable deals. Your posi‑
tant and unrealistic issues from your life. ations at work. Stars support your intentions ensure the support of subordinates when you tive mood can help you eliminate unimportant
Efforts at work place will be appreciated and for renovating your house. Dedication will need it the most. Your love life could go through and unproductive issues from your life. Loved
will help you get the attention from the senior help you sail through such situations. Avoid some twists and turns but objectively analyzing ones will extend their support in your invest‑
members on board. A short leisure trip is on lending money to anyone as it might get issues and letting go of your impractical expec‑ ment plans. Buying your dream property is
the cards. blocked. tations will prove to be beneficial. favoured by the stars now.

29th September, 2018 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK ments, invest after a careful thinking.
Career this year: The coming year will
Traits in you: You possess all the char‑
acteristics of a perfect personality as you Career this year: You need to be a bit channelise your efforts to develop friend‑ ical happiness is attained by self‑ bring changes, which will be beneficial to
are highly energetic, dependable, disci‑ proactive if you want to improve as a ly relations to bring love in your life. restraint, eating simple but balanced & you. A change in job is likely for some.
plined, inventive, honest and warm‑heart‑ professional. Your quick decision making 2nd October, 2018 nourishing food and daily exercise. You This year your hard work will bring you
ed. You believe in helping others and you capability will help you receive apprecia‑ Traits in you: Being number 2, you are will start participating in any sports or success and recognition. Partnership in
do not show reluctance in spending your tions from your seniors and colleagues a person who is highly ambitious and outdoor activities to keep yourself in business will be fruitful.
time and money for others. Being highly this year. You will have a positive and always look upwards towards progress good health. Romance this year: This whole year you
social, you love making new friends and practical approach towards every work and prosperity. You need to control your Finance this year: As far as finances will be enjoying your personal life, as you
new relationships. to take on. You should embrace every dominating nature, to keep those around are concerned, you need to invest your and your partner will share some most
Health this year: Your parents may suf‑ new idea coming across you as that you happy. You are a born leader, and hard‑earned money wisely. Look at all cherishing moments of your life. To enjoy
fer few health related issues. That may would help you perform better in your expect your colleagues and friends to fol‑ the aspects of business before putting your romance, understand each other's
increase your medical expenses and ten‑ profession. low whatever you order them to. This your money, then only it would enable requirement and try to fulfill them. You
sions. Romance this year: You will be deeply sometimes, leads to misunderstandings. you to fetch good returns. can plan to go on a vacation too.
Finance this year: You may find it very involved with your romantic interest this Health this year: Nature and natural Career this year: Your ability to 5th October, 2018
rewarding to invest your money in real year and may think to convert your rela‑ surroundings will draw your attention in express your views and ideas, will take Traits in you: Being number 5, you are
estate business. You should research on tionship to marriage the coming year. You will be able to you to the top of hierarchy, in the year very strong headed person with friendly
the market vividly before investing on 1st October, 2018 enjoy the seas, flowers and on the whole, ahead of you. Your superiors will notice nature and practical thoughts. You
anything. The legal disputes that have Traits in you: Being number 1, you are nature, which will give you a sense of sat‑ your sincerity and loyalty. They will inspire others to do their work with full
been disturbing you for a long time may a person who loves originality in whatev‑ isfaction. Being closer to nature gives entrust a lot of responsibility on your dedication and perfection. You have an
get solved this year and you will find it er work you do. By nature you are an both mental and physical peace. shoulders. You will be able to fulfill all ability to make many friends and the best
satisfactory enough. authoritative person and so you always Finance this year: Investment related these duties to the utmost, making every‑ is that you are known as a very loyal
Career this year: You will get your take charge of things which also makes to your house can be profitable as you one happy. friend to all your friends. This year keep
expected rewards and awards in your you responsible person. If you take some will decide to purchase a new plot. It will Romance this year: This year, you control over your moody nature, which
professional career this year for your task in hand, you are determined to fin‑ improve your financial position by bring‑ might meet the sweetest dream of your can put you in trouble.
efficiency and achievements. Promotion ish it. You are very soft spoken and kind ing long term gains for you. life, means a person of your dream, Health this year: There is this phrase‑
may be round the corner. hearted person. Career this year: In the coming year, whose thoughts have kept your memory 'Donate blood to reap happiness'. Its true
Romance this year: You will share a Health this year: Happiness is a mantra your superiors will notice your sincerity radiant. It is now upto you to take initia‑ that when we donate our blood, it brings
very good relationship with your spouse for healthy body too. Living a great social and loyalty, and they will entrust a lot of tives to develop friendly relations with unlimited happpiness to you. This year
this year. life and enjoying all pleasures of life in responsibility on your shoulders. You will him/her. make this a habit to donate blood every
30th September, 2018 the coming year will keep you strong be able to fulfill these duties to the 4th October, 2018 two‑three months. Overall your health
Traits in you: Your ruling planet both physically and mentally. utmost. Traits in you: Being number 4, you are will be fine.
Jupiter makes you creative, humble, dar‑ Finance this year: This year you will be Romance this year: If you are in love, a person who likes to take responsibilty Finance this year: Travel will bring you
ing, honorable and unique. Your powerful able to save money for the future, which then your affair will have to face some and do your work with full dedication both prosperity and pleasure. You will
characteristics make you very helpful, will give you a sense of security and sat‑ testing times as it might get disclosed and honesty. For the coming year, we travel to distant lands in the coming year.
energetic and enthusiastic. You are a isfaction. You might also purchase some this year. However, it will be in your would advice that try to take all precau‑ This will allow you to make the most of
vivid follower of love, peace and harmo‑ artefacts for your home, which will bring interest to face it courageously, so that tions while signing any legal documents. newer opportunities and will also be a
ny. However, you should not behave beauty and a sense of well being around you can enjoy your life with the person Health this year: You can enjoy a source of good income, relaxation and
according to your mood swings. You you. you love. sound health only by keeping yourself enjoyment.
should learn to control your attitude Career this year: In career, success and 3rd October, 2018 stress‑free. This is a year for you to Career this year: Your planning and
towards others. prosperity will be yours, in the year Traits in you: Being number 3, you are realise that even short intense periods of methodical approach to work, will catch
Health this year: You would not suffer ahead of you. You will handle challenging confident, ambitious and independent stress may have long term consequences the attention of your seniors. You will be
from any major health issues. However, projects, with determination and sinceri‑ person who loves to work with optimistic on the functioning of the brain. handsomely rewarded for you efficient
some of your family members may fall ty. This will bring you fame and recogni‑ attitude. You are a born leader, and you Therefore better to make it a habit to and honest approach to your profession‑
sick for a long time. tion. Your ideas will draw the attention of are always appreciated for your work, remain tension‑free to enjoy the life to al career.
Finance this year: If you have past your seniors. Your work will be appreci‑ whether it is at home or work place. Your the fullest. Romance this year: Though it will be
investments at place, you will be finan‑ ated by your colleagues and seniors. efforts are always sincere and thatʼs why Finance this year: This year your finan‑ short‑lived but this year you will have a
cially benefited from those. However, you Romance this year: You are a person you balance your personal and profes‑ cial position will improve, as you might happy romance. The relationship would
should not try to invest on uncertain with strong personality, so itʼs for you to sional life very smoothly. get some unexpected monetary gains give you sweet memories, which you can
investment plans. You may carry out con‑ attract the attention of opposite sex. Health this year: This year you will either from foreign transaction or major cherish for the whole of your life. Keep in
struction or renovation work in your However it would be in your interest if make efforts to enjoy the true happi‑ government contract. At the same time if mind that we should enjoy the life as it
property towards the end of the year. you don't make false promises. Better to ness. You need to keep in mind that phys‑ you are planning to go for some invest‑ comes to us.
30 Sept 28-Oct 5, 2018 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS


Recent medical studies are
drawing a correlation between
By Sant Rajinder Singh
patients who pray and meditate
Ji Maharaj before and after surgery and

octors and scientists have those who do not. Early studies
been studying the body‑
mind connection and its
find that patients heal and recov‐
relationship to physical health.
Medical researchers have linked
er more quickly from surgery
certain illnesses to our state of when they pray or meditate
mind and to our emotional condi‑
tion. They have found that when before surgery or after surgery..
we undergo mental stress or emo‑
tional pain or depression, our phys‑
to seem to snap̶they become irri‑ ef fect. We can maintain more pain. Early studies find that patients heal
ical resistance to disease drops. We
table, of f‑balance, and “stressed‑ peace of mind as we continue our Although at times we may get and recover more quickly from sur‑
become more susceptible to con‑
out.” They begin to act in ways that activities throughout the day. As sick because we break natural laws, gery when they pray or meditate
tracting a disease because our abili‑
are not “themselves.” Sometimes we perfect our meditations, we can meditation can help us rise above before surgery or after surgery.
ty to keep our immune system in
they take out their frustrations on maintain that calm state of mind the discomfort and find solace and Spending regular, accurate time
top working order decreases.
their loved ones and hurt those even in the midst of turmoil and peace above the consciousness of in meditation has been shown to
Science has pinpointed certain
they should love the most. strife. We would be more in control bodily pain. We have only to look reduce stress. Many medical cen‑
diseases such as digestive prob‑
Meditation is a way to eliminate of our reactions and would main‑ at near‑death experiences to see ters and hospitals offer classes in
lems, breathing problems, heart
the lack of balance caused by the tain an even keel in the face of how people who undergo excruciat‑ meditation as a way to reduce
disease, and migraine headaches, to
mental stresses of life. By spending other people's conflicts. Reducing ingly painful accidents were lifted stress and eliminate certain illness‑
name a few, that are sometimes
time in meditation, we create a our stress throughout the day can above their pain when they tem‑ es. Many people have requested to
calm haven in which we restore reduce the risk of becoming victim porarily left their body. They could learn our introductory meditation,
Meditation can help us in several
equilibrium and peace to our men‑ to stress‑related ailments. see their body with injuries and called Jyoti meditation, taught at
ways. First, it can lessen our stress,
tal functioning. Researchers have Second, meditation can lift our trauma lying below them, but they our Science of Spirituality centers
and in turn, reduce our chances of
recorded that the brain activity in attention to a higher level of con‑ no longer experienced any physical throughout the world as a way to
developing a stress‑related illness.
people who meditate reflects a sciousness so that we do not feel pain until they returned to the reduce stress.
In this hectic world, our mind is
state of deep relaxation. Their mind the pinching effects of any illness body. This is one analogous situa‑ As you continue to meditate, you
often agitated by stress and pres‑
becomes calmer. Meditation also we do develop. Through medita‑ tion to give us an idea of the power will experience the inner peace and
sures. Life has become so compli‑
calms the body. If we could spend tion, we come in contact with a of protection from pain afforded to bliss. As you do this, you will expe‑
cated that people seem to have too
some time each day in meditation, stream of bliss and joy within that us when we perfect our medita‑ rience a reduction in stress.
much to do and not enough time to
we would find our stress levels takes our attention away from the tions. Meditation is an effective means to
do it. Some people hold jobs that
would be reduced and our health pains of the world. Through mas‑ Recent medical studies are draw‑ help us reduce stress and increase
require long hours and too much
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much pressure often causes people

Finding a True Friend

all this meant when the girl asked,
By Sant Rajinder Singh “Father, can you kindly unbind the
Ji Maharaj king over there?”

The minister replied, “I am
rue friends are those who us in the moment of our greatest Therefore, the king called the king is not liberated, nor am I liber‑ already bound! How can I free
stand by you always. They need̶the time of death. minister and said, “Look here. I ated. Therefore, tomorrow, I will be him?”The girl asked, “Your Majesty,
will sacrifice themselves for In this connection, there is an have heard these scriptures so put to death.” The daughter was will you kindly unbind my father?”
you, and are people on whom you interesting story from the Hindu many times and have not attained wise and had an idea. “Do not The king replied, “Foolish girl,
can always rely. True friends listen scriptures. There was a learned liberation. I will give you one more worry,” she said. “Tomorrow I will donʼt you see that I am bound?
to your problems and share your pundit who was the personal minis‑ chance to read these scriptures to speak to the king.” On the following How can a bound man unbind
burdens. Truly, if we have even one ter of King Prikshat. Each day the me from end to end. If I am not lib‑ day, the ministerʼs daughter asked another?”
real friend in life, we are lucky. minister would read out the scrip‑ erated after that, you will be put to for an audience with the king. That is all she wanted to hear and
If we think about our childhood tures to the king. The particular death.” Trembling in his shoes, the “Why have you come?” he ques‑ said, “Then how can you expect my
friends, how many are still with us scripture said that whoever hears minister began the task of re‑read‑ tioned her. father, who is not free himself, to
now? Have we parted ways the scriptures will receive spiritual ing the scriptures to the king. By She told him, “I have come to liberate you spiritually?” The king
already? Perhaps they have moved liberation and enlightenment. the sixth day he was nearing the reply to the question that you have himself had answered the dilemma
away, or we have lost contact with Month after month, the king lis‑ end of the scriptures, and the king asked of my father. But to do this, in which he had placed the minis‑
them. Let us consider our close tened to the scriptures read by the was not satisfied. Fearing that on you and I must go together to the ter. With that understanding, the
friends today. Can we imagine that minister. However, he did not attain the seventh day he would be put to wilderness.” The king was per‑ king spared the life of the minister.
they, too, will one day be parted liberation. One day, the king sat death, the minister sat down in his plexed, but agreed to go along with At the time of death, we all depart
from us just as those friends from down and thought, “Here I am̶lis‑ home and started to cry. her plan. The girl then sent for her by ourselves. No friends of this
our childhood are gone? tening to these scriptures every “Why are you so sad?” asked his father. She brought along two world can help us. They can sit by
Even if we have one close friend, day, and I am not yet spiritually lib‑ daughter when she saw him. ropes and when they reached the our bedside and hold our hand, but
or even a few, they can only be with erated. The scriptures say that The ministered explained the sit‑ wilderness she tied the king to one they can neither protect us from
us up to our last breath, or their whoever listens to these holy writ‑ uation to her, “The scriptures say tree and her father to another tree. death nor accompany us. Knowing
last breath. They can only remain ings will receive salvation once and that whoever reads them will be lib‑ Both were then bound, hand and this, we still put our reliance on
with us in this life and cannot help for all, but I have not.” erated. However, I know that the foot. The king was wondering what people of this world. Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2018


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