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Go Black Caps go! Now is the time for Kiwi-Indian fans to shift loyalties

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I f you are a Kiwi-Indian and

were rooting for the Indian

cricket team against Black Caps

in the classic semi-final contest on Wednesday, then it is okay to be disappointed with India’s loss. However, now is the time for the Kiwi Indian fans to overcome their disappointment and start cheering for the Black Caps. The divided loyalties amongst one’s favourite sporting teams from different nations are an unavoidable reality in the lives of migrant communities. They are called upon, more often than others, to readjust their loyalties, notably when the two teams they can potentially support, end up playing against each other. So let’s be unapologetic about it. In the epic contest of holding nerves and responding to pressures of playing on the big stage of world cup semi-finals, on Wednesday, July 10, the better of the two, the Black Caps have won against India and moved on to the finals to be played at Lords. There is no mincing of words in acknowledging and appreciating Kane Williamson’s tactful leadership, Ross Taylor’s subtle greatness, smiling assassin in Trent Boult, and

subtle greatness, smiling assassin in Trent Boult, and the man of the match Matt Henry’s mind-blowing
subtle greatness, smiling assassin in Trent Boult, and the man of the match Matt Henry’s mind-blowing

the man of the match Matt Henry’s mind-blowing efforts, on the cricket field. Their superheroic efforts on the field were followed by equally stunning graceful embrace of their opponents with whom they had a fierce cricketing contest in the field. Well, those who know cricket and follow it religiously would know that that is the essential identity of Blackcaps – the thorough gentlemen. In fact, for a vast number of Kiwi- Indian cricket fans who have recently

migrated to this country, Black Caps are perennially remembered in their collective consciousness as the most decent, polite, humble and friendly sporting team. Although, these high compliments for the team is not in any way an indictment on the type of cricket that they play on the ground. On the contrary, Kiwis play their cricket with much passion, vigour, aggression on the field, albeit tempered by their perennial “Kiwi

relaxed smiling attitude.” That explains Trent Boult’s call for revenge against their Trans-Tasman rival and cricketing giant Australia for the drubbing that they received in the finals of 2015 world cup finals at Sydney Cricket Ground. So let’s shift our collective mental state from disappointment to being cheerful and being supportive of their passion in cricketing rivalries that matter to them most. How about wishing for them that first their desire to play against Australia at Lords gets fulfilled, and

then they get the chance to kick ass, and bring the world cup home. By the way, readjusting our temporarily disoriented state of mind, if we have secretly wished to see world cup coming home, then it has to come here in this remotely based paradise called New Zealand that we now call as home, rather than anywhere else. Feels like eureka, on this new realisation! So let’s rock and cheer for the Black Caps. Go Blackcaps go!

anywhere else. Feels like eureka, on this new realisation! So let’s rock and cheer for the
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Partnership visa declined - racial bias alleged

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Many Immigration advisers and lawyers had then argued that such a racial profiling had been happening for quite some time – a charge that INZ had then refuted.

date when the case officer had first asked for additional information from my client. “This clearly suggests that they had already made up their mind to decline the application,

A licensed Immigration Adviser is alleging “racial bias” by

Immigration New Zealand as one of her client’s partnership visa application gets declined. Rasel Hossain who was in the country since the last three- and-a-half years and was on an open work visa had filed a partnership-based visitor visa application for his newlywed wife in November last year. The application was initially submitted in INZ’s Mumbai office was recently transferred to Hamilton office where it was subsequently rejected. However, it’s not the outcome of the application, that the Immigration Adviser is worried about but the callous or even premeditated decision- making in the assessment of the application suggesting bigger malaise within INZ. Inderjit Matharu of Angel Immigration told The Indian Weekender, “The INZ case officer had sent a letter to my client on June 26 asking for additional supporting documents for his wife’s partnership-based visitor visa,” Ms Matharu said. “We had provided all documents by July 3 and were waiting eagerly for a favourable outcome. “To my client’s frustration, the visa application was declined with INZ uploading a decline-letter online on July 5. “However, it was baffling to see that the decline letter had a date written of June 26 – the

regardless of seeing any fresh information,” Ms Matharu said. Rasel, who had first arrived in NZ on a student visa to study Level-7 Business course in February 2016 had been on an open work visa. He had travelled back home to get married in August 2018, before filing for her newlywed wife’s partnership-based visitor visa on November 26, 2018. After almost six months of waiting, the case was transferred onshore to the Hamilton office when a case officer first got in touch with him on June 26, 2019, seeking additional information in support of the application. “I was really excited when the letter came from the case officer asking for more information as it ensured that my wife’s file had finally moved [in the queue] reaching to a stage when someone was actually assessing the application,” Mr Hossain said. “However, it was really frustrating to know that the case officer had already made up their mind to reject the application that day itself when they had actually asked us to provide more information,” an exasperated Mr Hossain said. “I am not sure if there was a racial bias involved or not, but it was definitely pre- decided,” Mr Hossain said. He was bewildered by INZ’s assertion that they believed that he and his newlywed wife were not living together in a genuine and stable relationship. “Your supporting partner’s travel history suggests that he visited you from August 16, 2018, to September 28, 2018, and again from March 13 to April 14, 2019, however, no evidence has been provided to demonstrate that you and your partner have lived together during the two periods of time,” the letter from the case officer to the client said, which her husband Rasel Hossain is struggling to understand.

“I work full time in New Zealand as an Assistant Manager, and we are generally eligible to get only four weeks of leave from work. “However, despite this, I had managed to visit my wife on two occasions for one month each,” Mr Hossain said. “If this is not enough, I am not sure what else INZ expects from someone who is on a legitimate work visa and working full time in NZ,” Mr Hossain asked exasperatingly. Meanwhile, Immigration Adviser Ms Matharu was less worried about many details around declining of partnership visa, but more concerned if there was any bigger malaise within INZ targeting people based on ethnicity or race. It is important to note that Immigration New Zealand had already come under a scanner earlier this year for using racial profiling as a way of ranking the risk visa applicants may pose to the country. According to a report appearing in www.rnz. co.nz, in a briefing document on student visas, nine nationalities were blanked out in a table showing the numbers of high, medium and low- risk applications. Many Immigration advisers and lawyers had then argued that such a racial profiling had been happening for quite some time – a charge that INZ had then refuted. Of major concern were the applications emanating from the Indian market, which according to many experts were being queued, as applications initially assessed as low risk were being prioritised, while the rest were to be dealt with once the others were processed. INZ has been approached for comment at the time of the story going live and they were working to prepare a response. (For more details on INZ response read the online version of the story on www.indianweekender.co.nz)

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Three Kiwi youngsters set to drive rickshaw in India for charity

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T hree Kiwi youngsters are all

set to drive an auto-rickshaw

in India for about 3000 km,

chronic autoimmune diseases that affect the digestive system, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Both cause

through the IBD. (https://givealittle.

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The trio aims to raise $15,000, of which generous Kiwi donors have already helped with $13,800 at the time of the story. Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Josh said, “We all suffer from IBD and have met earlier this year in a camp in NZ.” “It’s not a pretty disease, and despite being more common than type 1 diabetes in New

Zealand, it is rarely talked about. Perhaps worst of all, there is no cure, and the best treatments are sometimes worse than the disease itself,” he added. “We are covering our own personal costs, including airfares, food, accommodation, fuel, visas and vaccinations (and an additional $1000 that the Rickshaw Run team

all by themselves, that too without much training and preparation, to support a charity that
all by themselves, that too without
much training and preparation, to
support a charity that they all adore.
Joshua Bardell, Sean Boult and
Emily Spink, who are “a science guy,
a sales guy and a media gal from
New Zealand,” who met in January,
while volunteering at Camp Purple
Live, a camp for children and teens
with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative
Colitis, are excited about the
prospects of experiencing
debilitating pain, hospitalisations,
repeat surgeries and a severely
reduced quality of life.
New Zealand has the highest
incidence rate of IBD in the world.
A Givealittle fundraiser has been
created asking generous Kiwi donors
to support the youngsters’ genuine
desire to make a difference
in
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lives
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The trio will be starting their
Indian odyssey at Kochi on August
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The issue of forced marriage is one that
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Everyone has the right to live free from
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Ethnic Peoples Plan

Outgoing Gisborne Mayor appointed as new Race Relations Commissioner

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launched by Whau Local Board

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W hau Local

Board has

become the

   

first board in Auckland to launch an Ethnic Peoples

Plan

it

[PDF],

helping

T he Human Rights Commission

has welcomed the appointment

of a new Race Relations

to better meet the needs of a growing and increasingly diverse ethnic community. It was launched with a celebration ceremony in New Lynn, with performances, speeches and entertainment for the approximately 100 community members present. The Plan was developed with representatives of the community, and contains a number of recommendations in the short, medium and long term.

Recommendations

R ecommendations include the convening of an ethnic leaders’ workshop, an ethnic

youth identity arts project, initiation of a community-led development forum and an “inclusion and diversity through sports” tool kit. Whau Local Board Chair, Tracy Mulholland, says the plan will provide opportunities to make the Whau a better-connected place. “By working with the ethnic community to produce this plan, we are making sure that the future growth of our area is well catered for by the board.

Proud

“I am incredibly proud that the board has become the first in Auckland to have a specific plan for its ethnic population, and this will make a significant difference to the way we go about our business in the future.

to the way we go about our business in the future. “This plan will help us

“This plan will help us to be more agile, be

able to respond better to our growth, and cater for the existing ethnic community that brings so much vibrancy and life to the Whau already.”

Better connection

Whau Local Board Deputy Chair Susan Zhu says the plan will mean a better connection between decisions and programmes Whau Local Board runs. “With this plan we are making a real statement about our commitment as a board to our diverse community”, she says. “The board is developing an engagement strategy based on feedback from diverse ethnic communities about the value of face-to-face conversations. “We know that we need to do more to engage with our ethnic community in order to better understand their needs and make better decisions on matters that will impact them, as well as seeing more appropriate programmes and activities that are of interest to the community.”

“It’s an honour to have been appointed through such a thorough process.” “He honore tenei

“It’s an honour to have been appointed through such a thorough process.” “He honore tenei turanga ki au. Ko te mea nui, ka mahi tahi tatau mo te oranga o te katoa,” Mr Foon said. “I acknowledge there is a lot of hard work in front of us. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, Commission staff and the diverse communities that make up this country to get that work done. “My role as Mayor enhanced my understanding of our community and issues regarding racism and other discrimination. As a proud New Zealand Chinese, I was brought up with values of inclusiveness,” Mr Foon added. Mr Foon has a degree in Iwi Environmental Management, which he says has enhanced his understanding of the Māori world-view. “I use this mauri to encompass every aspect of my life,” he says.

Commissioner, announced by Justice Minister Andrew Little on Thursday, July 11. Outgoing Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon has been appointed the Race Relations Commissioner, and he is expected to take up his new position in August 2019. Mr Foon joins the Commission after 18 years as Mayor of Gisborne and is fluent in te Reo Māori, Seyip, Cantonese and English, and is learning Mandarin. Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says he and his fellow Commissioners look forward to working with the new Commissioner. “We are thrilled to have someone of Meng’s experience joining the Commission in this role. His background in working across cultures in business and at the community level will be a boost to improving race relations in this country. “We are all looking forward to working with Meng to help create the fairer, more harmonious society so many people have been calling for, particularly in the wake of the terrible events in Christchurch,” Mr Hunt said. Mr Foon says he is excited to be joining the Commission as Race Relations Commissioner and to building on the work of the previous Commissioners.

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Fans urged to have their

say in India-Black Caps next fixture at Eden Park in 2020

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T he enthralling cricket played by Black

Caps and India in the semi-finals of

the ongoing world cup at Old Trafford,

Manchester, has left the fans wanting for more of it, when next time two teams play each other in January 2020. The Indian team is touring New Zealand in the next summer season where Aucklanders possibly can get the opportunity to enjoy a riveting cricketing contest over the extended period of the long weekend, coinciding with Auckland Anniversary and India’s Republic Day. Eden Park is committed to hosting two T20 fixtures, along with celebrations of Indian culture, cuisine and cricket to coincide with India’s Republic Day, only if it manages to secure resource consent from Auckland Council. “Should the resource consent application be approved, we intend to create a celebration of Indian sport, culture and cuisine around the fixture. We look forward to welcoming as many fans as possible through the gates,” a Facebook post by Eden Park said. It is important to note that Eden Park is restricted by the council’s planning regulations

Park is restricted by the council’s planning regulations from hosting any sporting fixtures and other events

from hosting any sporting fixtures and other events that can potentially cause inconvenience to the residents living in the immediate neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Nick Sautner, the Chief Executive Officer of the Eden Park - the New Zealand’s national stadium, which is currently embattled in securing its long term financial future told the Indian Weekender that they were hopeful of being successful in obtaining resource consent from Auckland Council for this particular match. “What an unbelievable match,” Nick said referring to the epic world cup semi-final

contest at Old Trafford, Manchester. “It would be memorable to have such a contest in our Eden Park stadium next January when the Indian team visits New Zealand.” Urging Auckland fans of the two teams to have their say in keeping the fixture at the Eden Park by the resource consent application Nick said, “An intimate setting and fan-friendly boundaries make Eden Park one of the best cricket atmospheres in the world. “The stadium’s design guarantees an unmatched live cricket experience for fans at the ground or for those watching at home,” Nick told The Indian Weekender.

Currently, Eden Park is seeking resource consent from Auckland Council to be able to host the second fixture on Sunday, January 26, and is encouraging as many fans to register their support online directly at

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Yogathon NZ 2019 exceeds target of 108,000 Sun Salutations

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Y ogathon – Health for Humanity 2019 earlier last week announced that New Zealanders have collectively performed

circa 137,000 Sun Salutations (known as Surya Namaskar) over the two weeks of the national challenge. Yogathon 2019 was a two week event across New Zealand, encouraging New Zealanders to learn, participate and incorporate yoga into their daily lives. Participants registered online, individually or as groups and performed Surya Namaskar at their own pace and in their own time. They counted the number of times they did the cycle, a combination of 12 asanas (postures) and submitted their total count to the organising team. “This success belongs to every participant in New Zealand that decided to try a sun salutation and submitted their number to contribute to the target that was set,” a spokesperson from Yogathon NZ said. Yogathon NZ, a division of the Hindu Council of New Zealand, in its eighth year of operation and growing larger than ever has

surpassed the ambitious target on 108,000 Surya Namaskars, which also means that the organisers are positive over the future prospects of the event. “For this year we were focussing our target of 108,000 surya namsakars and it is heart-warming to see us exceed this target.” National Yogathon Coordinator, Ajay Agrahari said. The goal to complete 108,000 sun salutaions was launched on June 15 across eight locations in New Zealand, with closing ceremonies

eight locations in New Zealand, with closing ceremonies taking place on Saturday, June 29 in Auckland

taking place on Saturday, June 29 in Auckland and Wellington. Members of Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Parmjeet Parmar were also present at the closing ceremony held in Auckland. “Yoga is more than physical wellbeing, it plays a crucial role in mental wellbeing and contributes to holistic living,” said Mrs Ranjna Patel, guest speaker and Board Member of Mental Health Foundation NZ. “Meditation and mindfulness are a part of yoga. These techniques help us to cope with stress in our lives,” she added. Renowned yogini Sannyasi Pragyadhara, also a guest speaker for the closing ceremony, highlighted the benefits of yoga and how it brings a lot of order to one’s life. She emphasised how practicing yoga and doing the asanas teach us the values of Dharma, sustainability and life. She highlighted that Surya Namaskar is a package which includes mantra (sound vibrations), asana (body postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and dhyana (meditation). “Achieving the target would not have been possible without the support of all participants.

We are grateful and thankful to all the yoga studios around all these cities for opening their doors for free yoga classes during the past two weeks to support Yogathon and raise awareness of the importance of yoga to our health. The overwhelming support for this event makes us delighted that yoga is indeed mainstream in New Zealand.” Mr Agrahari said at his welcome speech. Mr Agrahari added that schools, childcare centres, community organisations, youth groups, temples, yoga schools, individuals collaborated with Yogathon by offering yoga to young and old, regardless of ethnicity and background and each of them helped immensely in ensuring accessibility to yoga was not limited due to ability. “It is with pleasure I share with you that this year we had participation from more cities than ever before, including Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North, Coromandel, Rotorua, Nelson and also the oldest gold town of New Zealand, Westport.” said Ajay Agrahari. “This year, Yogathon was organised to

coincide with the International Day of Yoga. This made it much easier for the public to participate, join in and talk about yoga in our lives.” Art of Living contributed a count of 8,700 Surya Namaskar, Hindu Swamyasevak Sangh approximately 11,000, Yogi Divine Society 12,000, while Dr Pooja’s Yoga & Integrated Mind Body Therapies contributed a whopping over 46,200 Surya Namaskars. In the individual category, Mrs Kavitha Magesan of Rotorua performed 108 Surya Namaskar every single day for the 14 days, winning in the individual category. On this year’s International Day of Yoga (June 21), Yoga Education in Prisons Trust in collaboration with Yoga in Daily Life Wellington and Yogathon performed Surya Namaskar in Wellington to fundraise for yoga and meditation classes for prisoners. “With yoga proving more and more popular as understanding of it grows, Yogathon NZ will add some exciting new elements to future programmes and campaigns, Mr Agrahari concluded.

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Construction Loan or Turnkey homes-

What’s your best option?

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A s a homeowner when it comes to building a new home, we need to keep in mind that there are different

types of construction contracts available and

its important to keep the pros and cons of each in mind to pick a right one for you. There are broadly two main options:

Construction loan: It’s the traditional way of building and can be overall rated as the cheapest method to build which in layman’s language means you find a section you like to build your dream home, purchase the section and look for a master builder who can give you

a fixed priced contract for the plan. As a first home buyer you can look for doing this with as low as 5-10% deposit if your incomes support the same. Basic document required for Construction loans are:

• Sales and Purchase of the land.

• Fixed price Master Builders contract

• Building/resource consent. Builder risk insurance confirming the

construction site details, and name of the bank

to be specified as interested party.

at times as compared to construction loans, depending on the builder, there is normally a small deposit required up front before the build starts and then no further funds are required until the build ends. So, as a buyer you will only pay small deposit and rest of the deposit and bank loan is paid after the title and consents are received for the build. As the build is completed by the builder and all the costs of the build are paid by the builder, there is no need to supply a Fixed Price Contract to the lender, no consents are required, nor the risk insurance is required. The only condition required to be fulfilled for the lender is to have a registered valuation completed to illustrate the value of the house once the build is completed. The Pros of turnkey project is small deposits are required, no mortgage payment during the building of house and less financials stress when you are paying rent. There is less paperwork and less conditions are required to be met and mortgage payments only starts when the CCC is received and you have moved into the property. On the other hand, it can be expensive option as compared to construction loan. Buyers need to make sure there they completely get the legal due diligence and sign a sunset clause that could safeguard their interest and give the client the option to walkout if the build does not meet the timelines of the contract. And there is lot more to each of the options mentioned above, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions around building your Dream home for yourself or rental investments or maybe develop your own lifestyle block.

Registered valuation showing the value ‘as is’ and ‘on completion’. Depending on the bank, you may need an updated valuation at each staged payment and again on completion, or you may just need a completion certificate. Once the construction loan starts the progress or stage by stage payments are released by the

bank as per the payment schedule stated in build contract and the final payment is only released by the lender when the Code of Compliance (CCC) from Council is issued. Main advantage of construction loan is once you choose the section you want to buy; you can engage with the builder of your

choice to design. And are proven to be little less expensive than the turnkey builds, but we need to keep in mind that there are Cons to this as well and the major ones are more assessment requirements to be fulfilled as per the lender’s requirements.

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Meet the Winners From the Telugu Community Badminton Tournament

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T here is no doubt that nowadays a lot of people craze for the badminton game, which is mounting higher than cricket.

This game is authoritatively the quickest of all

racket sports. On June 30, the Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury organized a Telugu Community Badminton Tournament in honour of former Indian Prime Minister Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao. The tournament was conducted with the

Swiss system format as a doubles event with 32 players. A Swiss-system tournament is a non- eliminating tournament format that features

a set number of rounds of competition, but

considerably fewer than that of a round-robin tournament. The Swiss system is used for competitions in which the number of entrants

is

considered too large for a full round-robin

to

be feasible, and eliminating any competitors

before the end of the tournament is undesirable A total of 92 matches were played and soon after the first round, based on their performances, the teams were divided into groups A and B. Players Pavan Krithini and Anil Kesuboyine were declared winners in Group A, followed by Preetham Pagadala and Harish Bhardwaj as winners. Group B winners were Rejeswar Peddisetti Pagadala, and Sidharth Daggubati and runners are Saibabu Inampudi and Sai Chaitanya. Managing Director of Designer Homes, Rajesh Thakur, who are the supporters and principal guest for the tournament congratulated the winners and participants and presented the awards. He also lauded the efforts of the

and presented the awards. He also lauded the efforts of the Players Pavan Krithini and Anil

Players Pavan Krithini and Anil Kesuboyine were declared winners in Group A, followed by Preetham Pagadala and Harish Bhardwaj as winners.

participants who practised rigorously for the tournament and gave fierce competition to their opponents.

Along with this, he also valued the organizers ‘ efforts to run the event smoothly and effectively. The organizer of the tournament, Mr Rajeswar Peddistri, said at the event that “this tournament was a great success and looks forward to organizing more of these kinds in the future.” Overall, now one can say that Badminton game rocks like cricket. And, this event came to an end with some refreshments and snacks for all its participants.

Community appeals to raise funds for Timaru’s first mosque

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R esidents of the Muslim

community in Timaru have

started a fundraising drive

Muslim community in Timaru have started a fundraising drive just over two hours from Christchurch and
Muslim community in Timaru have started a fundraising drive just over two hours from Christchurch and

just over two hours from Christchurch and is one of the most vibrant cities of South Island. “Due to being just near to SH1 and within the town, this place is going to be very useful for the community to use as a masjid, an Islamic Education and Community Centre, a place for our children and the wider community to get to understand Islam better,” the page read. The town has around 20 Muslim families or 65 individuals counting men, women and children. Timaru was recently selected as a refugee resettlement area and is expected to

receive 20 more refugee families by 2020. The Muslim members of the community in the town have been hiring community halls for Taraweeh prayers and iftar events until now. “We are a small group and to help us realise the completion of the building purchase, we are humbly appealing to our fellow Islamic organisations and community members for your support and financial assistance,” the page added. TMET’s funding page has raised just more than $9400 by over 300 donors (as of Thursday, July 11) and needs to reach its goal of $15,000 by 11 p.m. on July 19, 2019. The community can come forward and donate their funds by contacting Timaru Muslim Education Trust on their Facebook page, email on info.tmet@gmail.com or call Dr Ibrar Khalid on 0212156006 or Mubashir Mukhtar on 0223208861.

to buy a property and build the first mosque for the Timaru region. The Timaru Muslim Education Trust, a non-profit charitable organisation, was created to raise funds to purchase the building, which is to be settled by September 1, 2019. TMET entered into a six months contract earlier in March 2019 to purchase the building

in Parkside, Timaru with a cost of $425,000. The settlement date of the property is September 1,

2019.

“The donation raised will significantly help

to pay for the building, renovations, which is

much needed to make it suitable as a place for

prayer, to buy materials such as prayer mats, Holy Book of Quran and a few resources for community to use it as a reference in order

to teach about Islam to the community,” the

fundraising project on Launchgood.com read. The property which was earlier Sacred Heart Parish Centre, a Roman Catholic Church and community centre is a two-floored building which is constructed on 350 sqm and the total land size of the property is 1700 sqm. The property can accommodate 200 people and 30 cars on its site. Timaru is a small district located 165 km or

Man

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pistol- toting robber in ChCh

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fends off pistol- toting robber in ChCh ¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD D ay by day, New Zealand’s

D ay by day, New Zealand’s robbery cases sees an ever-mounting high. A recent incident had occurred in Christchurch

that created a sense of fear for retail store owners in the city. Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of the dairy store at Kidbrooke street, in Christchurch. The incident occurred on Monday, July 8, about 7:35 a.m. when a man described as wearing black pants and a black jacket, face covered with a camouflage balaclava walked into the dairy store brandishing a pistol. The offender demanded money from the store attendant and threatened him with his pistol. The CCTV footage supplied by the Canterbury Police showed the store attendant being pushed and forced to enter a side room while the offender moved towards the counter trying to take cash. While the offender tried to take the cash, he was apprehended by the store attendant pushing him towards the other corner of the cash counter- a hand fight ensued, and the store attendant wearing red jacket was seen shoving the offender to the ground. The store attendant then picked up a metal rod scaring the offender, who in-turn pushed the store attendant to the ground, climbed up on to the cash counter and then evaded the scene. The early morning incident unfolded within forty seconds in which the store attendant suffered blows to his face and body, but the offender had to run away, what appeared to have returned empty-handed from the incident. “He [the offender] assaulted the dairy owner, who was taken to hospital in a stable condition,” a Police media release confirmed. Police released CCTV footage on Monday evening and have appealed the public to come forward if they have any information. “Anyone who recognises the man or has any information about the incident is urged to contact Detective Craig Lattimore at Christchurch Central Police on 03 363 7400 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,” Canterbury Police appealed.

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Dev Dhingra second in NZ’s top 25 mortgage advisers Fresh snow ensures school holiday skiing
Dev Dhingra
second in NZ’s
top 25 mortgage
advisers
Fresh snow ensures school holiday
skiing in full swing at Mt Ruapehu
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A steady snowfall this
week coinciding
with the beginning
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T he Fund Master’s Dev Dhingra has
been awarded the second spot in NZ
Adviser magazine’s prestigious top 25
mortgage brokers in the country in 2019.
This is the third annual Top Advisers
Rankings announced by NZ Adviser, a real-time
web service that keeps time-poor mortgage &
finance professionals up to date with the latest
breaking news, cutting-edge opinion and expert
analysis affecting both their business and their
industry as a whole.
This year’s top spot was taken by
Christchurch’s Tony Mounce of Tony Mounce
Mortgages and Insurance who settled an
incredible $246,000,000 in residential loans
between April 2018 and 31 March 2019.
Fund Master’s Dev Dhingra followed for the
second spot in the prestigious annual list with
the settlement figure of under $250,000,000 in
residential loans in the same period.
In a conversation with The Indian Weekender,
an exuberant Mr Dhingra shared his excitement
and secret to his success and feat.
“The secret is pretty simple and made
up of our four P formula; People, Personal,
Persistence and Passion,” Mr Dhingra said.
“We have a great team of people of
Fundmaster who loves helping our customers,
we understand our customers personally and
give them personal attention to ensure they
are comfortable and updated throughout the
process, we are persistent in getting the best
outcome for our customers.
“We don’t give up, and I always say – we
don’t go an extra mile we start from there and
lastly you need to have passion for the business
and passion for succeeding at what you do, you
need to enjoy what you do and I am just blessed
to be able to do a business out of my passion for
dealing with people and helping them master
their financial future,” Mr Dhingra added.
As per NZ Adviser’s media release the
top advisers this year come from all over
the country, with advisers from Auckland,
Christchurch and Wellington all making a list
alongside advisers from Queenstown Lakes,
Arrowtown, Hamilton and Waikato.
“The top 25 advisers settled a combined loan
value of $2,230,975,833 across 6147 individual
loans. All loan figures were subject to
confirmation by each adviser’s aggregator(s),”
the media release mentioned.
of school holidays in Mt
Ruapehu has delighted
holidaymakers with ski
fields being full swing.
With more snow in
the forecast and another
pending week of school
holidays, parents and
children heading towards
Mt Ruapehu are bound to
have lots of fun.
While those who have yet not made any
plans during this school holidays will have
more incentive for planning a last-minute dash
to Mt Ruapehu.
“Thousands have already headed up the
mountain to ski, snowboard, toboggan and
sightsee. The holidays kicked off with a great
weekend of steady snowfall that has continued
during the week – and there’s more snow in
the forecast,” a press release from the office of
the Whakapapa and Tūroalower ski fields said.
“Whakapapa’s Happy Valley is open, and the
Rangatira Express chairlift opened yesterday.
Although there isn’t enough snow yet for the
upper mountain slopes to open for skiing and
riding, the Sky Waka gondolas operating for
sightseeing,” the press release said.
Thousands of visitors have already
experienced the brand new Sky Waka, taking
a look around at the newly refurbished Knoll
Ridge Chalet after disembarking the gondola
at the top, and enjoying panoramic views and
delicious food offerings.
The Pinnacles restaurant opened for buffet
dinner for the first time on Saturday and will be
open every evening during the school holidays,
weather dependent.
The fun continues next week at Whakapapa
with the Mini X Games, a free annual event for
children aged 5-12 on Monday and Tuesday.
Around atTūroa, the Giant chairlift opened
for the first time yesterday, with the Movenpick
and Parklane chairs also spinning.
Beginner skiers and snowboarders can
hone their skills in the Alpine Meadow with
two of the top instructors running Free Tips
and Tricks Sessions for all abilities, every
weekend.
There’s plenty of activities on the go at
Whakapapa &Tūroa throughout the holidays
including scavenger hunts, park skills, face
painting and skiing with Yeti and Koha the kiwi
and also school holiday skiing programmes.

Ekta, GOPIO partner with Financial Market Authority for Crypto-currency awareness

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T he Wellington based

community organisation Ekta

New Zealand and GOPIO

had partnered with Financial Market Authority (FMA) - New Zealand’s financial regulator - to host a seminar on Crypto-currency. The launch of Facebook’s new crypto-currency ‘Libra’ has created a resurgence in interest in crypto- currencies – with many New Zealanders hoping to make a quick profit as their coins increase in value. On Monday, July 8, over 30 people attended a seminar in Wellington by the FMA to learn more about crypto-currencies and how to protect themselves from scams. Speaking to The Indian Weekender Ekta’s project leader, Jasmindar Kaur Singh, said, ‘’The public needs to be aware of the types of financial scams and some of the pitfalls with crypto- currency and similar schemes, as it’s not always what it’s made out to be.’’ Ekta said its objective in organising the seminar is for members of the Indian diaspora and other migrant communities to hear and directly engage with the Regulator on what protection New Zealand legislation provided and to hear how people were being scammed. This is the second financial awareness seminar that Ekta has organised in recent months. The first was on “Overseas income and Tax implications in New Zealand”. We will also be organising another

in New Zealand”. We will also be organising another on “Kiwi Saver and Financial Management”. Gillian

on “Kiwi Saver and Financial Management”. Gillian Boyes, Investor Capability Manager at the FMA, told the audience “Crypto-currencies are high risk and can go up and down in value very quickly. Many crypto- currency exchanges are unregulated and operate exclusively online. This makes it hard to find out who is offering, exchanging, buying or selling it and very unlikely you’ll recover your money if things go wrong. “Sadly, there are many scammers out there using clever tactics to rip-off New Zealanders and using crypto-currencies can make you a target for other types of high-risk investment scams.”

What are crypto- currencies?

C rypto-currencies are digital tokens you can buy online and

use to buy goods or services from anyone willing to accept it. They are not legal tender and do not exist physically as notes and coins. There are over 1,300 different crypto- currencies with some of the most well-known ones being bitcoin, ethereum, ripple and litecoin.

Three things to know

They can change in value very quickly There are lots of crypto-currencies available. If one becomes popular its value may increase quickly, but its value can also suddenly drop, sometimes permanently. The risk increases if you invest in the futures market through contracts for differences (CFDs) where you make (or lose) money by predicting

how the price of crypto-currencies might change.

Your ‘coins’ may be stolen All online transactions are at risk of hacking or other types of cyber- crime. The crypto-currency in your digital wallet can be stolen just like the money in your real wallet – with very little chance of it being returned. Crypto-currency market places and exchanges can also be at risk of cyber-attack.

They aren’t widely accepted Crypto-currencies have less practical value than money which can be used to buy all goods and services. Make sure any New Zealand exchange you use:

is registered on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) is a member of a dispute resolution scheme

holds your New Zealand dollars in a trust account. Know what you’re getting into, including how the currency is stored and transferred, and how to get your money back.

Warning signs of scams

M s Boyles mentioned that crypto-currency scams are

just one of many types of investment scams used by fraudsters in New Zealand. She said that to avoid being scammed, the FMA recommends people look out for the following warning signs:

A stranger calls or emails you about an investment opportunity. Ignore them. Hang up or do not answer the email. It is illegal in New Zealand to sell financial products through cold-calling or other unsolicited communication. They promise you very high returns, with little risk. These promises are nearly always too good to be true. They tell you the offer is known only to a select few and should be kept a secret. This is often a ploy to make you feel special and to stop you speaking to an adviser or the authorities. A legitimate business will always give you an opportunity to seek professional advice from someone you choose yourself. The person/business gives you little or no information in writing. All legitimate investments must have documents explaining the investment in plain English.

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NZ's skill shortfalls revealed
C ivil Engineers, Salespeople,
Construction Managers and DevOps
professionals are four of the skills
sought by the 49 per cent of employers who
plan to increase permanent staff levels in New
Zealand over the next 12 months, according to
recruiting experts Hays.
In a survey of more than 900 employers
in New Zealand, representing over 259,000
employees, for the annual Hays Salary Guide,
53 per cent said technical skills have the highest
impact on the effectiveness of an organisation
or department. This was followed by trade-
specific (47 per cent), staff management (30 per
cent), business development (26 per cent) and
digital (25 per cent).
“Labour supply has been an ongoing issue
across New Zealand for some time, so with
employers telling us they want to continue
adding to their headcount in the next few
months, highly-skilled professionals will be
in high demand and can access strong career-
advancing opportunities,” says Adam Shapley,
Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.
According to Hays, 81 per cent of employers
- up from 78 per cent last year and much higher
than Australia’s 70 per cent - say skill shortages
are likely to impact the effective operation
of their business or department in either a
significant (37 per cent) or minor (44 per
cent) way.
The latest Hays Jobs Report, released today
and covering the July to December 2019 half,
shows that the skills in greatest demand include:
• Accountancy & Finance: Accountants
with experience working with
robotics or innovation, Commercial
Accountants, Financial Analysts and
Payroll Administrators and Managers. In
professional practice, Senior Accountants in
tax, BAS and audit.
• Insurance: Claims professionals,
Commercial Brokers, Account Brokers,
Property Underwriters and Property Loss
Adjusters.
• Architecture: Project Architects, Registered
Architects and Revit and ArchiCAD
Technicians.
• Legal: Construction Lawyers, Resource
Management Lawyers, Commercial
Property Lawyers and Corporate and
Commercial Lawyers.
More focus
needed on
business
with Asia
T his year’s Perceptions of Asia report
demonstrates the importance of
business links between New Zealand
• Construction: Experienced Quantity
Surveyors, Estimators, Project Managers,
Site Managers, Construction Managers,
Carpenters and Skilled Tradespeople.
• Marketing & Digital: Insights Analysts,
Customer Experience specialists, Content
Editors and Communications Executives.
• Contact Centres: Customer Service Officers,
Outbound Sales Professionals and Inbound
Salespeople.
• Office Support: Multi-skilled candidates
such as Receptionists who handle facilities
administration or PAs and EAs who support
projects and manage change.
• Engineering: Civil Engineers, Civil
Infrastructure Engineers, Structural
Engineers and Land Surveyors.
• Policy & Strategy: Policy Advisors,
Governance specialists and Program and
Project Managers.
• Facilities Management: Facilities Managers
with proven project management experience,
Building and Maintenance Managers and
HVAC Maintenance Technicians.
• Procurement: Category Managers,
Procurement Specialists, Procurement
Managers and Coordinators with specific
skills in property, IT and services.
• Human Resources: Learning &
Development, Employment Relations and
Industrial Relations Managers, Advisors and
Consultants.
• Property: Commercial Property Brokers
with office leasing experience, Residential
and Commercial Development Managers,
Property Managers and Client-Side Project
Managers.
• Information Technology: DevOps
professionals with CI/CD skills gained
in agile development environment, .NET
Developers, Cloud and Security Architects
and Engineers, UX/UI Designers, Data
Scientists and Engineers, and Cyber Security
experts.
• Sales: Salespeople with relevant industry
experience, an existing network and the
ability to assist with strategic planning,
commercial analysis and reporting.
• Trades & Labour: Building Tradespeople
and Civil Machine Operators.
and Asia, says BusinessNZ.
The latest survey by the Asia New Zealand
Foundation shows nearly half of all New
Zealanders have travelled to or lived in Asia and
almost one in five speaks an Asian language.
BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope
says that’s a good base for growing business
between New Zealand and many Asian
countries.
"The survey shows that around three
quarters of New Zealanders consider Asia is
important to New Zealand’s future, however
nearly half of New Zealanders consider that not
enough is being done to develop links between
businesses in New Zealand and Asia.
"The work of the Asia New Zealand
Foundation is important in helping us to
recognise and bridge this gap.
"Continued work to broaden and deepen
business relationships between New Zealand
and Asian countries and ongoing development
of trade agreements in the region are needed
to ensure that New Zealand-Asian business
prospers for the benefit of all."

Clearance for Infratil to acquire shares in Vodafone

C ommission grants clearance for Infratil to acquire shares in Vodafone The Commerce Commission has

granted clearance for Infratil Limited to acquire up to 50% of the shares in Vodafone New Zealand Limited. Infratil is an investment company whose current interests include a 51% share of Trustpower Limited. Infratil submitted that Vodafone and Trustpower would continue to operate as independent companies. While the Commission accepts this is likely, its analysis of the proposed acquisition was based on the conservative assumption that the businesses of Trustpower and Vodafone could be combined. In reaching its decision, the Commission focused on the possible impact of the proposed acquisition in the national markets for the retail supply of broadband and mobile services. Chair Anna Rawlings said the Commission was satisfied Infratil’s proposed shareholding in both Vodafone and Trustpower would not substantially lessen competition in any of the markets it assessed. “While Trustpower has in the past been an aggressive competitor in residential broadband, with a particular focus on energy and broadband bundles, several other multi-utility providers have similarly emerged including Vocus, Nova Energy and Contact Energy. 2Degrees and Stuff are also competing effectively in the residential broadband market alongside Spark and MyRepublic,” Ms Rawlings said.

market alongside Spark and MyRepublic,” Ms Rawlings said. “As it stands, Vodafone and Trustpower are not

“As it stands, Vodafone and Trustpower are not each other’s closest competitors and even in regions where they would hold high market shares, such as Bay of Plenty and Wellington, they will continue to face effective competition from several other national operators. “Consistent with the mobile market study preliminary findings, we consider competition in mobile markets is generally driven by the three network operators and is therefore unlikely to be affected by Infratil’s acquisition. For these reasons, we are satisfied that the proposed transaction should be granted clearance.” A public version of the written reasons for the decision will be available on the Commission’s case registerin the near future.

Background

When considering a proposed merger, the Commission must determine whether any competition that would be lost with the merger would be substantial. Further information explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on our website.

State sector overhaul a huge opportunity

T he Government’s proposal to unify

the entire state sector could deliver

enormous economic and social

benefits – if done properly. Accenture New Zealand managing director Justin Gray says the overhaul, which would see agencies move away from working as single departments, will be a big task but well worth the effort. “There’s scope for the delivery of enormous cost efficiencies and, even more importantly, the delivery of ‘joined-up’ services that better meet the needs of New Zealand citizens which are agile enough to quickly meet shifting priorities. “It’s a very bold plan which, if implemented well, would put New Zealand at the forefront of global efforts to streamline state services. There is a global trend towards integrated and citizen-centric digital government models and New Zealand’s plan to take this collaborative approach even further is really exciting.” The proposal would see the State Sector Act repealed and replaced with a new Public Service Act. While ministries would still undertake routine activities, a series of boards made up of agency heads would be set up. These would be accountable to a single minister and receive direct budget allocations for specific efforts, such as reducing child poverty, improving mental health services and undertaking initiatives to support New Zealand’s climate change efforts. “Breaking down the silos inherent in our current system is vital if we’re to develop and deliver public services that are designed to meet the needs of a modern New Zealand,” says Gray.

¡ THE PROPOSAL WOULD SEE THE STATE SECTOR ACT REPEALED AND REPLACED WITH A NEW PUBLIC SERVICE ACT. WHILE MINISTRIES WOULD STILL UNDERTAKE ROUTINE ACTIVITIES, A SERIES OF BOARDS MADE UP OF AGENCY HEADS WOULD BE SET UP.

“Our various public sector organisations have challenging responsibilities but the current structure doesn’t easily allow for greater collaboration and efficiency between them. In some instances it’s impossible. Any new structure must easily allow agencies working on inter-connected initiatives to collaborate to get better results faster.” Establishing enhanced governance at the highest level is an important component of the proposal but Gray says the real test will be incorporating frontline agency staff. “That’s where the implementation of the initiative will ultimately succeed or fail. While the plan is to deploy public servants as required across the system, it will be the ability of frontline staff to actually deliver services to citizens that it will be judged on. “As well as making sure the right infrastructure is in place, addressing agency culture and ways of working will be the foundation for success. There’s also a major requirement to have robust data security and transparency processes in place. Ease of storing, accessing and sharing citizens’ personal data is what will make this plan possible, so people will need to have absolute confidence in the system.”

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Invest in Fiji and use it as

route to Australia, NZ: Envoy

F iji's High Commissioner to India Yogesh Punja said bilateral trade between India

and his Pacific Ocean island country has massive growth potential as it can be used as a "bouncing board" to the markets of Australia and New Zealand. Noting that the current annual trade between India and Pacific Island Countries (PICs) currently hovers at around $300 million, he said the trade is low in volume due to their small population, market sizes and long distance from India. "Invest in Fiji and use that as a bouncing board into Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Parts of Southeast Asia have the fastest- growing population. "Countries like Indonesia will have shortage of food in due course. So the food needs to come from people who can supply food chain. Australia is investing around $600 billion to service Asia as it is very close to that region," Punja said at an event promoting India-Fiji partnership organised by the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here. "Renewable energy, agriculture, business process outsourcing (BPO), hospitality, gold jewellery, pharmaceuticals, art and infrastructure-- these are sectors where people in Fiji are interested to find partners from India. The cost of labour is significantly less in Fiji as compared to countries like Australia. So we are looking to

compared to countries like Australia. So we are looking to " Invest in Fiji and use

" Invest in Fiji

and use that as a bouncing board into Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Parts of Southeast Asia have the fastest-growing population

Parts of Southeast Asia have the fastest-growing population set up a logistical hub in Fiji," he

set up a logistical hub in Fiji," he said. Fiji is referred to as the 'gateway to the Pacific' as it acts as a platform to make way into 14 Pacific island countries, with a combined population of about 2.3 million people, a release

issued at the event said. The envoy said the annual tourist traffic from across the globe in Fiji is around nine lakh, which is almost equal to the present population of the island but pointed out that the country is ready to take another 10 per cent tourists immediately. "We can take another at least 10 per cent immediately. The number of total Indian tourists is only around 5,000. So it is very low. People do not need visas to enter Fiji. So we certainly hope to increase the tourist traffic from India," he said. Referring to the deep cultural and historical linkages between the two nations, he said at least 37 per cent

of Fiji's current population comprises

Indo-Fijians who take pride in their connection with India and serve as

a valuable conduit to enhance the bilateral ties.

Minister for Employment visits Fijians working under the Recognized Seasonal Employers scheme in New Zealand

M inister for Employment Parveen Bala is currently visiting Fijians working

numbers. This is also an opportunity to discuss with employers the possibility of increasing the number of Fijian workers by recruiting new workers apart from the returned workers. The objective of the visit is to strengthen relations between employers and Fijian workers on the ground, acknowledge employers confidence in the recruitment of Fijian seasonal workers and hear first hand of the challenges.

under the Recognized Seasonal Employers scheme in New Zealand. Bala says even though employers have spoken very highly of the performance of Fijian workers and it is very pleasing to hear of their good performance, there is still room for improvement that is required by everyone to maintain the confidence of employers and also build up our

Pacific Skills Summit to address critical issues

T he high unemployment and job gap in the region is one of the key issues that will

“Collaboration to design the education and training systems the region needs to secure a strong, prosperous and sustainable future.” Ms Middleby said this Summit will bring together 37 thinkers, futurists, leaders and practitioners from private sector, civil society, regional organisations, national governments, development partners and futurists from 12 countries. She said APTC is thrilled to support this historic Summit, because of its potential to:

• Focus attention on the critical issues of training, skills and jobs, and • Encourage greater investment in skills training; USP Pacific Technical and Further Education chief executive officer, Hasmukh Lal said much of the change has been driven by the impact of technology and ICT on the demand for, and the supply of skills.

be highlighted at this year’s Pacific Skills Summit. In the spirit of the Blue Pacific, the inaugural Summit is a regional platform to focus on the collaborative efforts and investments needed to secure skills for a sustainable and inclusive future. The summit will take place 25 to 26 June 2019 at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, in Suva. This was highlighted during a press conference at USP yesterday. Greenhouse Studio is the organiser of this event on behalf of Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC). APTC chief executive officer, Soli Middleby said this is the first time the summit will be held in Fiji. “For APTC, the Summit is about

collaboration for skills development and investment,” she said.

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Thought of the week

 

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."

 

Pope John XXIII

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Post Rahul, Congress may splinter but something new needed On-and-off Partly Parlty Clouds and A touch
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month, a thought crossed my mind. In over two decades as Congress President could

not Sonia Gandhi have sent a handful of young people to both the Houses who would

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have been noticed: politically savvy, feet on the ground, conversant with issues, articulate? She protected the pen and her progeny from running the risk of being upstaged. There were

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talented youngsters around in the party, but the Gandhi family tied one Jyotiraditya Scindia in

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four-legged race in Madhya Pradesh and then took him off Madhya Pradesh altogether. They

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played him as Priyanka Gandhi’s sidekick in Uttar Pradesh. When the “all-fall-down” happened post elections, Priyanka Gandhi turned up in Amethi to scold the workers for her brother’s

debacle - “a bad workman blames his tools”. Poor Sachin Pilot, a political talent by all counts was deliberately dwarfed so that Ashok Gehlot could look tall. Rahul Gandhi’s resignation was overdue. Yes, the party may splinter but something new is needed. Everyone who has known him talks of his innate decency. He probably knew he was out of his depth, but without him many would not know which way to look. Some have grown so accustomed to a life of sycophancy at number 10 Janpath or wherever else the family is dispersed that they cannot contemplate another existence. Supposing, by some miracle, the Congress under Rahul Gandhi had come up trumps, then all the senior retainers ran the risk of being shown the door. How enthusiastic would they have been in the campaign trapped in a dilemma: victory might lead to unemployment? I cannot forget Rahul Gandhi’s press conference at the Radisson Blue hotel, Ahmedabad, in the course of the 2017 Assembly election. He was flanked by Ashok Gehlot and spokesman Randeep Surjewala. One noticed an unmistakable gap: the Congress powerhouse from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, was missing. Word had been sent that his presence would enable the BJP to revive the canard that Congress was a party of Muslims. A few days later Ghulam Nabi Azad was publicly wailing that he was not being invited by party men to address election meetings, presumably for the same reason: the BJP will polarize. In any war it is important to know what your enemy is up to. The Congress under Rahul’s leadership had no clue what plots were being hatched. The party President fell back on the tepid, ineffective chant “Chowkidar chor hai”. It was a hopelessly ill-advised incantation. Every shop, business, housing colony, industry has a watchman. This watchman you end up mocking without even realizing the slight. Also, we are a traditional and a feudal people. The Prime Minister may not be the world’s favourite man, but no Indian would like that station to be demeaned as a watchman who is also being called a thief. Your opponent, Dear Rahul, was not fighting an election; he was marketing himself - a whole team spread across the seas was handing him a daily script. He was not to touch on issues; that was taboo. He had to just peg away at a nagging length on a theme loaded with emotional resonance.

New Zealand's first general election begins

F or such a symbolic moment, the events of 14 July offered little drama – the first member of New Zealand’s inaugural Parliament, Hugh Carleton, was elected unopposed at Russell in

the Bay of Islands.

 

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First Gallipoli wounded arrive home

 

T he first large group of Gallipoli wounded to return to New Zealand arrived in Wellington on the Willochra as part of a draft of around 300 men. The ship arrived at about midnight

on the 14th and anchored in the harbour. In the morning, various dignitaries and journalists went aboard.

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New Zealand artillery opens fire in Vietnam

 

N ew Zealand gunners from 161 Field Battery fired New Zealand’s first shots of the Vietnam War from their Bien Hoa base near Saigon. Between 1963 and 1975 more than 3000 New

Zealand military personnel and civilian volunteers served in Vietnam.

 

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T hese adhesive, non-perforated stamps for prepaid postage were the famous ‘Chalon Head’ design, showing Queen Victoria in her coronation robes.

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Privy Council rules on Samoan citizenship

 

T he Privy Council granted New Zealand citizenship to Western Samoans born since 1924, but the government did not accept this decision. In response, it rushed through an act

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must resonate in an echo chamber keyed to a mood - loathe Pakistan, hate the terrorists keeping

granting New Zealand citizenship only to Western Samoans who were living in New Zealand

Kashmir in their thrall, and portray love jihadis and beef eaters as highly lynchable. The saffron mood will be stepped up at intervals - Pulwama, Balakot and so on. What was your response? Chowkidar chor hai? Remember Modi had to be on every channel 24X7. This will deify him. “Jidhar dekhta hoon, udhar tu hi tu hai” (wherever I look, I see you). On every page of newspapers there was either a news photograph or an advertisement. Even a kirtan palls. So by way of relief Modi’s choreographers focused on Rahul as a counter point in a musical score. Focusing on Rahul provides relief, of course, but it also keeps up the illusion favoured by captains of industry that India is willy nilly moving towards a two party system. Among the cleverer things Mamata Banerjee said was exactly this: Rahul is a Modi USP. Rahul, according to Mamata, provides the contrast against which Modi shines. Rahul, of course, would have been inclined to consider the notice being given to him in self serving terms: he is being noticed because he was the most important opposition leader. From this profound misreading issued a desire to erect an architecture to make a bid for power by the Congress on its own. The cocky assertion by Priyanka the moment she landed in Uttar Pradesh was that she was not in the game for 2019; she would first revive the Congress to win the 2022 state elections. She probably had no clue that in May 2018 her mother, Rahul and every possible opposition party had stood on one platform in Bengaluru to fight Modi. The Congress probably thought that it would lose its stature as more equal than others in the vast galaxy assembled by a dynamic though lesser known politician, Danish Ali who, incidentally won the 2019 election from Amroha in UP. In this self delusion, Rahul played the worst possible game. Instead of holding hands of all those on the stage in Bengaluru, he opened all cylinders on Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi and Mamata in West Bengal. In the last melee, the great party of ideological purity, the CPI-M, allowed its cadres to fight Mamata shoulder to shoulder with the

RSS.s witnesses to this spectacle, who can blame the Modi-Shah duet laughing their heads off. “With such enemies, who needs friends?”

on 14 September 1982 or subsequently obtained permanent residence.

 

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The Indian Weekender Friday, July 12, 2019 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17 M.S. Dhoni: Not just a name,
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Friday, July 12, 2019
OPINION/EDITORIAL
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M.S. Dhoni:
Not just a name,
but an emotion
AKASH KUMAR
R emember in 2005, then Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf had
become a fan of Mahendra Singh
Dhoni for his hairstyle.
In fact, Musharraf was so much in awe
of Dhoni’s hairstyle during the Pakistan
tour of 2006, that he advised him to not
get a haircut.
However, he did change his
hairstyle, probably disappointing
the former Pakistan President.
But, what he has not changed
over the years is his dedication
and commitment towards the
game of cricket.
Dhoni, who made his debut
in 2004 against Bangladesh,
has been a remarkable
servant of the Indian
cricket.
Counted among India’s
most successful captains,
the 38-year-old has been a
vital cog for Indian cricket
in the last 15 years.
Be it his brilliant glove
work or his skillful batting,
the Ranchi lad has contributed
in every way possible for
taking the Men in Blue to the
pinnacle of the sport.
It should be remembered that
Dhoni did not have the best of
starts to his international career. He
was run-out off his first ball against
Bangladesh on December 23, 2004.
However, this footballer-turned
cricketer didn’t get disappointed.
He rather worked hard on his game
and made sure he becomes
of Tendulkar, who had all the batting records to his name in
international cricket expect his hands at the World Cup trophy.
The ‘Master Blaster’ had once said that Dhoni is probably the
best captain he had played with.
And this sentence from Tendulkar speaks volume of how
much Dhoni has contributed not just to Indian cricket but the
sport as a whole.
By no means can Dhoni be ever said as a conventional
cricketer, especially batsman, who possesses the right technique
which is a requisite at the international stage.
He doesn’t caress the off drives or the leg glances but what he
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does is something which all batsmen dream about.
Despite of not looking pretty while batting, Dhoni -- over the
years -- has made sure he scores runs for the team and wins India
matches, which ultimately is the goal of any cricketer.
In the recent years, he has faced a lot of criticism for his
batting.
Questions have been raised on his approach to batting with
some even suggesting that Dhoni is now an old warhorse.
However, like many great cricketers, Dhoni has never let his
lips do the talking and has always answered his critics fittingly
with the bat by scoring runs in bulk.
There have been moments on the cricket field where the
‘Captain Cool’ has lost his cool and swearing some cuss words
-- one can fondly remember him abusing his batting partner
Manish Pandey during an ODI game.
However, all this only proves that like every other person,
he is a human being who has his weak moments. In this year’s
edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Dhoni stormed from
his dugout to confront the umpires after a no-ball call for a high
full toss was reversed against Rajasthan Royals.
The CSK skipper had to face sanction for his actions. But
unlike many, these weak moments have been very few for Dhoni
which is why he is counted among the “legends” of the game and
“Captain Cool” to his teammates.
It is true that Dhoni has never followed textbook cricket but
he has performed on the big stage by establishing his own brand
of cricket, which has been highly effective not just for him but
for Team India.
Dhoni’s importance in the Indian cricket set-up has been
time and again highlighted by many, including the likes of
an integral part of
the Indian cricket
team in a time
span of just two
"With
that six, Dhoni
had fulfilled the
current skipper Virat Kohli, who thinks that no one has
contributed more to Indian cricket than Dhoni.
Speculations have been rife that Dhoni will
long-cherished dreams of
Tendulkar, who had all the
to three years.
batting records to his name in
T h
e
international cricket expect
retire after the ongoing World Cup in England
and Wales.
He himself is not sure whether he will do that.
But one thing is sure -- whenever he hangs his
wicketkeeper
his hands at the World
batsman holds all
the records which one
can ask for as a captain of
Cup trophy."
boots, it will be a day when entire India will have
tears in its eyes, just like when Tendulkar drew
curtains on his 24-year-old long career in Mumbai.
an international team. He is the
only international captain to
have won an ICC 50-over
World Cup, T20 World Cup
and Champions Trophy.
He led Team India to the
numero uno spot in ICC
Rankings, both in Tests and
in ODIs.
After Sachin Tendulkar, if
there has been one man who has
stopped the heartbeats of billions
o f
Indians, it is Dhoni.
“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the
crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!” this commentary
by Ravi Shastri of Dhoni after the latter led India to a win in the
final of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
with a humongous six off Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara
still reverberates in the ears of millions of Indians.
With that six, Dhoni had fulfilled the long-cherished dreams
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PM Modi calls India’s World Cup loss

‘disappointing’, but lauds team’s fighting spirit

A s India crashed out of the Cricket World Cup following a gripping contest against New Zealand in the semifinals,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the result as “disappointing” but hailed the Virat Kohli-led team’s fighting spirit in the nail- biting thriller. “A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes

to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ,” Modi tweeted. A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ. The heroics of Ravindra Jadeja went in vain as India lost by 18 runs against Kiwis to get knocked out of the World Cup in the semifinals for the second consecutive time.

Chasing a target of 240, India were restricted to 221. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi also commended

India for their performance and

hailed the team for putting “up a great fight”. Though they’re

a billion broken hearts tonight,

Team India, you put up a great

fight and are deserving of our love

& respect.

Congratulations to New Zealand on their well earned win, that gives them a

place in the World Cup final. #INDvNZ

"The heroics of Ravindra Jadeja went in vain as India lost by 18 runs against
"The
heroics of
Ravindra Jadeja went
in vain as India lost by
18 runs against Kiwis to get
knocked out of the World
Cup in the semifinals for
the second consecutive
time."

#CWC19

Reflecting on the loss, a

dejected Kohli blamed it on 45 minutes of bad cricket. “It always feels disappointing when you have played such good cricket and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts

you out of the tournament,” said Kohli in the post-match press conference.

PM MODI ASKS BJP MPS TO HOLD FOOT MARCH TO MARK MAHATMA’S 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
PM MODI ASKS
BJP MPS TO HOLD
FOOT MARCH TO
MARK MAHATMA’S
150TH BIRTH
ANNIVERSARY

T he prime Minister also suggested that these padyatras can be conducted

between October 2 and January 30, the death anniversary of Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told Bharatiya Janata Party MPs to undertake a 150-km padyatra (foot march) in their constituencies to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “Modi told MPs that everyone should carry out a 150-km-long

padayatra in their constituencies during the period starting from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, to October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,” Joshi told reporters after the meeting. The prime Minister also suggested that these padyatras can be conducted between October 2 and January 30, the death anniversary of Gandhi. “It is for the party to decide on the timing,” the minister said.

Modi said the programme should be apolitical and asked parliamentarians to ensure maximum participation of the local people. “The prime minister suggested that 150 groups could be formed in each constituency to undertake the padyatra,” union minister Arjun Meghwal said. Modi also asked party’s Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation is weak.

‘No longer acceptable’:

Donald Trump reignites tariff issue with India

W eeks after holding discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

US President Donald Trump Tuesday raked up the issue of tariff imposed by India on American products, saying it is “no longer acceptable.” “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!,” Trump tweeted. Ahead of meeting Modi on the eve of the G20 Summit held in Osaka, Trump had targeted India for “very high tariffs”. He said New Delhi’s recent imposition of retaliatory import duties was “unacceptable” and should be withdrawn. “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn,” Trump had tweeted. However, according to those privy to the discussions at the bilateral meeting, the US President — who

at the bilateral meeting, the US President — who had tweeted against India’s “very high tariffs”

had tweeted against India’s “very high tariffs” barely 24 hours before the meeting — displayed “no bitterness”. The United States is already engulfed in a major trade war with China with continuous slapping of tariffs on products from both the countries. However, Trump had halted any further imposition of tariffs after meeting Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit. “We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China,” Trump said after the talks. “I would say excellent.” “We are right back on track,” he added, without providing any details of any agreement. In the long run, the trade war could have a silver lining for some countries including India.

After wage code, labour safety on Cabinet table

I f cleared by the Cabinet, this will be the

second major labour reform approved by the

government.

The Union Cabinet could consider clearing the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code, when it meets on Wednesday, Hindustan Times learns. It’s a clear indication that the Narendra Modi government, in its second term, is ready to push ahead with labour reforms.

If cleared by the Cabinet, this will be the second major labour reform approved by the government. It cleared the Wage Code last week that contained “provisions of minimum wages and payment of wages to cover employees in both the organised and unorganised sectors”, unlike the current Minimum Wages Act and the Payment of Wages Act that apply only to employees engaged in certain kinds of jobs. Government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration is very keen that both bills be introduced and passed in the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament. The OSH code will cover 400 million workers in the organised and the unorganised sectors and encompass provisions from around 13 labour laws, including the Factories Act, the Mines Act, the Dock Workers Act, the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees Act, and the Cine Workers and Cinema Theatre Workers

Act. India’s labour laws are complex and

Amid crisis in Congress, Amarinder Singh calls for ‘young leader’ A s the Congress grapples
Amid crisis in Congress,
Amarinder Singh calls for
‘young leader’
A s the Congress grapples with
its worst-ever leadership
crisis in two decades,
cumbersome and the government’s plan is to
simplify them into four codes: wages; OSH;
industrial relations; and social security. For
instance, according to government officials, the
OSH Code will ensure that provisions pertaining
to 622 sections in 13 laws will now be simplified
and covered by just 134 sections.
A draft of the OSH Code that was circulated
by the government last year said that it will now
be mandatory for employers not just to provide a
safe working environment, but also to have annual
medical examinations for all employees.
The code also says that women
mine workers. The code empowers every employee
to demand information.
“This government increased the maternity
leave for women. This code will help increase the
number of women in the workforce,’’ said a person
directly involved in the framing of the code who
asked not to be identified.
“The biggest difficulty with our labour laws
is that the multiplicity of labour laws has been
a nightmare for employers and employees. As
working in mines should be
provided creches for children
under the age of six.
The code also suggests
showers or bathing places
our economy evolved and the labour force grew,
the government kept adding new laws without
considering that contradictions might arise with
older laws.
So 2014-19 saw a repeal of over 10 laws seen
as redundant. The remaining 35 or so have been
rationalised into four codes. What this attempts
to do is fantastic but the devil lies in the details,’’
and locker rooms with
separate ones for women
said Santosh Mehrotra, a professor of economics at
Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder
Singh suggested that a “young
leader” should be appointed as party
president.
His remarks stunned the party’s
old guard, but were welcomed by the
younger generation of leaders.
The party has been groping in
the dark ever since Rahul Gandhi
made his resignation public earlier
this week. Senior leaders have
held several rounds of informal
discussions but are yet to arrive at a
consensus on a leader who can helm
the party at such a critical juncture,
keep it united, and breathe life into it
to take on an ascendant BJP.
Amid this confusion, Singh
tweeted: “After unfortunate decision
of Rahul Gandhi to quit, hope to
see another dynamic youth leader
as Congress president to galvanise
party. Urge CWC to take note of
young India’s need for a young
leader, aligned to aspirations of its
large youth population and with
grassroots connect.”
His tweet revived the old versus
young debate in the party.
The biggest difficulty with our labour laws is that the multiplicity of labour laws has
The
biggest
difficulty with our
labour laws is that the
multiplicity of labour
laws has been a nightmare
for employers and
employees.

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Over 5K pilgrims start

Amarnath Yatra from Jammu

A nother batch of 5,273 pilgrims left Jammu to perform the ongoing

Amarnath Yatra. Since the Yatra started this year on July 1, over 1.2 lakh pilgrims had Darshan inside the holy Cave shrine situated 3,888 metres above the sea- level in Kashmir Himalayas. The Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. “Of these, 1,777 are going to Baltal base camp while 3,496 are going to Pahalgam base camp”. One Amarnath pilgrim was injured in Digdol stretch of Jammu-Srinagar highway when a vehicle carrying Yatris was hit by a shooting stone. Due to shooting stones and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Ramban-Ramsoo area of the highway, movement of convoys carrying Yatris to the Valley remained suspended for nearly three hours. Meanwhile, Swami Dipendra Giri, custodian of ‘Chhari Mubarak’ (Lord Shiva’s mace) has announced that the Chhari Mubarak will be carried to the holy cave in a procession of

Sadhus on August 5. Permanent abode of the ‘Chhari Mubarak’ is the Amareshwar Temple,

abode of the ‘Chhari Mubarak’ is the Amareshwar Temple, Since July 1, a total of 50,483

Since July 1, a total of 50,483 pilgrims have had darshan inside the Himalayan shrine situated at 3,888 metres.

"After performing Chhari- Pujan at Dashnami Akhara on the occasion of Nag- Panchami on August 5, the holy mace will be carried to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine for Darshan on Shravan Purnima on August 15

on August 5, the holy mace will be carried to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine for Darshan

Dashnami Akhara in Srinagar city. Giri said: “After performing Chhari-Pujan at Dashnami Akhara on the occasion of Nag-Panchami on August 5, the holy mace will be carried to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine for Darshan on Shravan Purnima on August 15. “Before reaching the Cave Shrine, the holy mace will have night halts at Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtarni”.

This year’s 45-day-long Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.Multi –tier security arrangements have been put in place for smooth and successful conduct of pilgrimage from Lakhanpur, the gate way of J&K, to holy cave this year. Officials said that thousands of pilgrims including Sadhus from different parts of country reach Jammu daily to proceed for darshan of Ice Lingam in the holy cave. There is a heavy rush at the registration counters at Jammu and yatris are waiting in long queues to get themselves registered. As many as 2.85 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at holy cave last year, while the numbers were 3.52 lakh in 2015, 3.20 lakh in 2016 and 2.60 lakh in 2017.

India is now the only country in the world to integrate long-range missiles onto fighter
India is now the only country in the
world to integrate long-range missiles
onto fighter jets after the BrahMos
missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi
30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

Vertical steep dive version of Brahmos missile successfully test fired

CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra said it is possible to increase the range of this missile because India is now a part of the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

I ndia has successfully test-fired a vertical deep dive

version of the indigenous BrahMos supersonic

missile.

The upgraded version of the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile with an enhanced range of up to 500 km is also ready, CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra said. Speaking to state-run broadcaster Doordarshan News Sunday, Mishra said it was possible to increase the range of this missile since India was now a part of the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). He said India was now the only country in the world to integrate long-range missiles onto fighter jets after the BrahMos missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Brahmos missile, which cruises at almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on the Su-30 fighters. “We can take on any ship at sea up to 300 to 400 km

(far) and after some time, may be longer; we can take on land targets up to hundreds of km and with the test that we have conducted some time back (from Sukhoi 30), ranges up to thousands of km,” he said, according to a release by the state-run broadcaster. Mishra said for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, Brahmos has become a weapon of choice and the steep 90-degree version has become an ultimate aircraft carrier killer. He said the technologies that BrahMos Aerospace has developed did not exist either in India or Russia earlier. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture company owned by the governments of India and Russia and its missiles are produced in India. Former Deputy Chief of the Army, Lt General Subrata Saha, who also spoke on the programme, said the steep dive version of the missile is a game changer for mountain warfare (of the kind that was witnessed during the Kargil war).

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Rahul thanks his 10mn Twitter followers

R ahul Gandhi, who has stepped down as Congress President, has amassed 10

who has stepped down as Congress President, has amassed 10 million followers on Twitter and the

million followers on Twitter and the Congress leader is gearing up to celebrate the "milestone" on Wednesday in Amethi, the Lok Sabha seat he lost to BJP leader Smriti Irani by 55,000 votes. "10 Million Twitter followers - thank you to each and every one of you! I will celebrate the milestone in Amethi, where I will be meeting our Congress workers and supporters today," Gandhi tweeted. Gandhi joined Twitter in April 2015. Compared to his 10 million followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined Twitter in January 2009, has 48.5 million followers on the social media platform. During his visit to Gauriganj, the district headquarter, Gandhi will attend

a closed door meeting of party workers at Nirmala Institute of Women's Education, party leaders said. Gandhi was expected to discuss the reasons for his loss in the election.

Nepal wants India's uninterrupted cooperation for development

N epal on Monday pitched for India's uninterrupted cooperation and complete trust to build a road map for a "New Nepal" just the way the

"New India" is being visualised through sound institutional arrangements in place. Nepalese Ambassador Nilambar Acharya pointed out that the era of insurgency and instability at government level in his country was over. With a stable government in place, Nepal looks forward to India building

a fresh new country which ensures inclusive growth for each of its citizen, he

said. Acharya spoke about the ambition of building a "New Nepal" the way "New India" is expected to develop under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said his country looks up to India for realisation of this ambition. "The era of insurgency and instable governments in Nepal is a thing of past and with new government in place with its fresh Constitution, the country is committed to ensuring its social and economic transformation with close cooperation from India and other neighbouring countries," the Ambassador said.

92-hour English recording of full Guru Granth Sahib released

92-hour English recording of full Guru Granth Sahib released D evotees can access online the first-ever

D evotees can access online the first-ever

English audio recording of the entire Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism. The 92-hour long recording has been launched by US-based religious non-profit Sikh Dharma International (SDI). As per SDI, the English translation comes from the work of Sant Singh Khalsa, widely recognised as the most understandable and contemporary translation. The recording enables the non-Punjabi speaking listener to access the spiritual wisdom of the holy scripture, that is considered the 11th and everlasting guru of Sikhs worldwide. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak and had nine gurus after him. People can access it on their desktop or mobile device by downloading the free SikhNet Gurbani Media Center app. The recording is also available on the SikhNet Radio Channel, which streams constantly, at no charge, SDI said. "The free-of-cost version available on Sikhnet.com is chapter-wise. Cost for the full version is $17.99 on Amazon, $14.95 on Google Play and $16.99 on Apple iTunes," the organisation said.

Modi pips Ramdev to become top fitness influencer

P rime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the top-most health influencer in the country -- second time in a row – followed by

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and yoga guru Baba Ramdev, India's leading preventive healthcare ecosystem GOQii announced on Tuesday. The new entrants in this year's coveted list of India's "Top 30 Health influencers for 2019" include MS Dhoni, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Tiger Shroff and Priyanka Chopra who made it to the top 10. Others in the top 10 list are Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actor Deepika Padukone. "This report is an effort to identify the most influential healthcare personalities in our country who have the power to make India healthy; a goal for us at GOQii as well as the government of India," Vishal Gondal, CEO and founder GOQii, said in a statement. "Modi was instrumental in instituting the International Day of Yoga 2015, which is now observed globally. "He is not only keen on improving India but keen on improving the health and fitness of Indians as well. Despite all the tasks at hand, the 68-year-old still manages to stay fit," said the report.

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Budget extends tax on NRIs for receiving gifts from resident Indians

T he expensive gift that you kept for your overseas cousin or friend may attract tax from

this year with the Budget 2019-20 proposing to impose withholding tax all such transfers, plugging an earlier loophole that allowed its tax- free treatment. The Finance Bill 2019 has imposed tax on any sum of money paid or any property situated in India, transferred by a person resident in India to a person outside India, as it would be deemed to accrue or arise in India. The changes will be applied for all such transfers made on or after July 5, 2019. Currently gifts given by Indian residents to non-resident Indians – apart from the specified list of relatives – would be claimed as non-taxable. This is because the earlier tax put the onus on the recipient of the gift to make the disclosure and pay tax. As

a gift to NRIs means that income is

and pay tax. As a gift to NRIs means that income is accrued abroad, it remained

accrued abroad, it remained outside the tax net. But now, all gifts to NRIs will be income accruing in India and would be taxed as per the normal slab rates applicable to resident Indians. This means that the origin of the gift becomes important for tax purpose, instead of the destination of the gift abroad. The onus will be on the recipient (the NRI in this case) of the gift to

disclose such gifts received if they originate in India and then pay a tax

on it. So, if the value of the gift is above Rs 10 lakh, the recipient will have to pay 30 per cent tax. The tax rate would get higher if the value of the gift, be it payment for studies or a house abroad, is more than Rs 2 crore or Rs 5 crore.

In such cases, the highest tax rate for

super rich, i.e. 35.7 and 42.7 per cent respectively would apply.

For the purpose, gift will constitute shares, property, vouchers, cash etc exceeding Rs 50,000 made to anyone, apart from the specified relatives or blood relations. While making gifts to NRIs taxable, the Budget has proposed that in a treaty situation, the relevant article of applicable DTAA (double taxation avoidance treaty) shall continue to apply for such gifts as well. This amendment will take effect from April 1, 2020 and will, apply in relation to the assessment year 2020- 21 and subsequent assessment years. The specified relatives list in terms of Section 56 of the Income Tax Act is fairly wide. It includes brothers and sisters, and their spouses. Gifts to this category will not attract any tax. But acquaintances, friends, and other close family relations would come under the purview of the tax.

Indian-origin crowned Miss

Universe Australia

I ndian-origin Priya Serrao is

celebrating with family and

friends on Friday after she was

crowned Miss Universe Australia, a title she intends to use to raise awareness about diversity and multi- culturalism. The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria edged out over a dozen other finalists in Melbourne on Thursday night, reports Xinhua news agency. Serrao will represent Australia at the Miss Universe competition next year in South Korea. She was born in Belmannu, Karnataka, but spent most of her early childhood in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Serrao moved to Australia when she was 11. Having graduated from law she said her proudest moment is completing an internship with the UN Development Programme in Timor- Leste.

from law she said her proudest moment is completing an internship with the UN Development Programme

Sharjah issues 1st golden card

visa to Indian expat businessman

S harjahs first Golden Card visa was issued to an Indian expat businessman, as part of the

permanent residency system tailored for investors. The visa was issued to Lalu Samuel, Chairman and Managing Director of Kingston Holdings and Chairman of Sharjah Industry Business Group, which functions under the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Monday, reports WAM news agency. The Golden Card is a 10-year long-term visa eligible for investors and entrepreneurs and aims to attract capital, investments, and owners of leading companies with international experts as well as professionals in all vital sectors of the national economy, researchers in scientific fields and outstanding students, so as to engage them in the renaissance and development of the UAE. The card-holders are entitled to

a host of privileges and facilities

are entitled to a host of privileges and facilities including a residency visa without a sponsor

including a residency visa without a sponsor to them and their families (spouse and children). They can also sponsor up to three workers and obtain a residency visa for one of his/her senior employees. Samuel thanked Sharjah's Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs for its initiative, stressing its importance in supporting the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) investment sector, ensure family stability, and highlight the importance of cultural diversity, tolerance and acceptance of others within the UAE

community.

Indian-origin doctor named head of cardiology at top America hospital

doctor named head of cardiology at top America hospital A n Indian-origin doctor has been appointed

A n Indian-origin doctor has been appointed as head of the department of cardiovascular

medicine at Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s best heart hospital and number one cardiology hospital in the US since 1995. Dr Samir Kapadia, who joined Cleveland Clinic in 2003 as an interventional cardiologist, had studied medicine at Smt Nathiba Hargovandas Lakhmichand Municipal Medical College in Ahmadabad, Gujarat. “I am thrilled and honoured to lead our world-renowned team of cardiologists at Cleveland Clinic. I hope to lead with example, fostering innovation, accountability and respect,” said Dr Kapadia, who succeeds Dr Steven Nissen, who served as chair since 2006. Dr Kapadia is known for his work on numerous clinical trials, including the recent trials that show the effectiveness of TAVR in low- risk patients with severe narrowing aortic valve and transcatheter mitral- valve repair in heart failure patients with backward flow of blood from the mitral valve. “It is a great moment for Indians to see someone from the country heading the top cardiology programme in the US. He is a global pioneer when it comes to structural cardiology and played a major role in establishing and standardising the TAVR procedure. The great thing about him is that he is also very committed to patient care, if a patient needs his attention it doesn’t matter whether it is lunch or he is busy, he would be there,” said Dr KK Talwar.

Kamala Harris' campaign raises $12m in 2nd quarter

U S Senator Kamala Harris, riding a wave of support after her performance in the

first presidential debate, raised nearly $12 million in the second quarter of the year which ended on June 30, her campaign has announced.

Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, still lags behind in fundraising totals when compared alongside other 2020 Democratic contenders. Her fundraising total for the second quarter was announced by her campaign on Friday, the US media reported. Harris is at fourth position among Democrats who released their fundraising totals. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million, former Vice President Joe Biden raised $21.5 million and US

former Vice President Joe Biden raised $21.5 million and US Senator Bernie Sanders raised $18 million

Senator Bernie Sanders raised $18 million during the same period. According to Harris' campaign, nearly 150,000 donors were new contributors and the average donation was $39. The average online donation was $24. Overall, Harris raised more than $23 million since launching her

 

Social sector to be our priority:

PM in Japan

E yeing the target of $5 trillion

economy for India in next

five years, Prime Minister

Narendra Modi said that social sector would be a priority for his government along with development of infrastructure and digital sectors. He said Japan, which has been India's partner in progress over the last seven decades, will have a major

been India's partner in progress over the last seven decades, will have a major received by

received by the BJP in the recent Lok

campaign in January. Harris emerged as a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after last week's presidential debate. Her campaign

said it raised $2 million in the first 24 hours after she went head-to- head with nine other candidates on June 27. Harris sparred with Biden

the debate for his record on race

and on his previous comments about segregationists. Her campaign raked in 63,000 donations the next day - her best online fundraising day to date. Her campaign says that nearly half

million dollars this quarter came

at

a

from its online store, which sold at least 1,400 "That Little Girl Was Me" T-shirts that feature a photo of Harris as a young school girl.

Sabha elections and the plans of his government for the next five years. "In the next five years, we have

the target of making India a 5 trillion dollar economy," the Prime Minister said, adding the government has to work to meet the rising

role to play in building of a "new India".

"It is said that the 'sky is the limit'. It was appropriate in a certain era. But now, the sky is not the limit," Modi said while addressing

the Indian diaspora on the

first day of his Japan visit, mainly to attend the G20 Summit. He spoke about the massive mandate

"It is said that the 'sky is the limit'. It was appropriate in a certain
"It is
said that the
'sky is the limit'.
It was appropriate
in a certain era. But
now, the sky is not
the limit"

aspirations of the Indians. "Social sector is our priority. We also have to cater to infrastructure development," he added.

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Apollo 11 mission to be projected onto Washington Monument
Apollo 11 mission to be
projected onto Washington Monument

T o mark 50 years of the first lunar landing, a 363-feet Saturn V rocket that took

man to the moon, will be projected on the east face of the Washington Monument from July 16-20. Towards the end, the massive projection will be accompanied by a special 17-minute show, 'Apollo 50:

Go for the Moon', that recreates the launch of Apollo 11. The show combines full-motion

projection mapping artwork and archival footage to tell the story of the first Moon landing. It will unfold on the face of the Washington Monument and supporting screens, including a 40-feet wide recreation of the famous Kennedy Space Centre countdown clock. The Apollo 11, which launched on July 16, 1969, with three astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin

UK ambassador to US resigns following Trump row

UK ambassador to US resigns following Trump row this year, I believe in the current circumstances

this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible

course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador. "I am grateful to all those in the UK and the US, who have offered

their support during these difficult few days. " Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under-secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said he accepted Darroch's

T he British Ambassador to

the US, Sir Kim Darroch,

has resigned following

a diplomatic spat over a leaked

email in which he criticised Donald Trump, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

Trump took aim at Darroch in

a series of Twitter tirades over

the last few days, calling him a

"stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" after UK media published

a confidential memo in which

the British diplomat described the president's administration as

"uniquely dysfunctional", the Efe news reported. In a letter, Darroch wrote:

"I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it
"I
want to put
an end to that
speculation. The
current situation is
making it impossible for
me to carry out my
role as I would
like"

"Since the leak of official documents from this embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining

term as ambassador. "I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry

out my role as I would like."

He added: "Although my posting

is not due to end until the end of

resignation with "deep personal regret". He said the outgoing ambassador had behaved with dignity and professionalism

over the last few days. Speaking to MPs, the UK's outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, also expressed her regret. "Sir Kim has given a lifetime of

service to the United Kingdom and we owe him an enormous debt of

gratitude," she said.

and Michael Collins – touched down on the moon's surface on July 20. Exactly 50 years on, it is being marked as a historic day worldwide. This free-to-attend presentation is by the National Air and Space Museum, the US Department of the Interior and 59 Productions. It is directed by Richard Slaney, with music by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal.

SpaceX wins NASA contract for mission to study black hole

N ASA has selected Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide launch services for the

agencys Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will help astronomers better understand cosmic phenomena such as black holes and neutron stars. The total cost for NASA to launch IXPE is approximately $50.3 million, which includes the launch service and other mission-related costs, the US space agency said on Tuesday. IXPE measures polarized X-rays from objects, such as black holes and neutron stars to better understand these types of cosmic phenomena and extreme environments. The mission currently is targeted to launch in April 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, NASA said. IXPE will fly three space telescopes with sensitive detectors capable of measuring the polarisation of cosmic X-rays, allowing scientists to answer fundamental questions about these turbulent environments where gravitational, electric and magnetic fields are at their limits.

US gallery to display rare lunar images from 1850s

L ong before the Apollo 11 put a man on lunar soil, the Moon had been photographed via

unmanned missions and telescopes. An upcoming exhibition here traces how the lunar surface was captured starting as early as the 1850s. The photo-show "By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs" opens at the National Gallery of Art here on July 14. It presents 50 works from the 19th century to the 'space-age' 1960s. On view would be a select survey of lunar photographs, including a late 1850s glass stereograph of the full Moon, a few 1865 albumen prints capturing the Moon's different

few 1865 albumen prints capturing the Moon's different phases, and plates of different lunar areas from

phases, and plates of different lunar areas from the late 1800s. It is notable that photography was introduced in 1839, and Moon, since the advent, had been a major field of exploration. This exhibition is curated by Diane Waggoner, curator of 19th-century photographs at the American gallery.

"As NASA planned where to land Apollo 11, the unmanned American Ranger, Surveyor, and Lunar Orbiter spacecraft journeyed to the Moon and transmitted images, creating otherworldly photographs not only of the lunar areas visible from the Earth, but also of the Moon's far side," the gallery said in a statement. From more recent times, displayed will be a selection of photographs from these missions. From Apollo 11, glass stereographs taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin show close-up views of three-inch-square areas of the lunar surface. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969.

NEWS in BRIEF Trump to meet with Pakistani PM in late July U President Donald
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Trump to meet with Pakistani PM in late July

U President Donald Trump will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister

S

Imran Khan on July 22 at the White House, discussing counterterrorism

and other issues, according to a statement released by the White House. Trump and Khan will discuss a range of issues, including counterterrorism, defence, energy and trade, the Xinhua news agency reported. It will be Khan's first visit to the US since he assumed office in August last year. Washington and Islamabad have been at odds over the US war in Afghanistan. Last month, Pakistan rejected a report issued by the US State Department on International Religious Freedom, saying the segment on Pakistan is "a compendium of unsubstantiated and biased assertions."

World not doing enough about climate change: UN

T he world's governments are showing a lack of ambition in pursuing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in terms of

reducing inequality and countering climate change, the United Nations said in a report published Tuesday. The findings were presented at the opening of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which brings together some 2,000 participants from around the world to evaluate progress toward meeting the

17 SDGs that the world body's 193 member-states set in 2015, the Efe news

reported. Time is running short to take effective action on climate change, the head of UN Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, said. "The challenges highlighted in this report are global problems that require global solutions. Just as problems are interrelated, the solutions to poverty, inequality, climate change and other global challenges are also interlinked," he said.

Boeing 737 delivery registers drastic fall in Q2 2019

U top aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company said

S

U top aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company said S Tuesday it delivered 24 737 commercial airplanes in

Tuesday it delivered 24 737 commercial airplanes in the second quarter of 2019, a drastic fall of about 73 per cent from the previous quarter. The significant decline of 737 jets in the second quarter indicated Boeing is reeling from the impact of two deadly air crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in October 2018 and March

2019, respectively. Boeing delivered 89 737 airplanes in the first quarter, the Xinhua news agency reported. The 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded globally since March this year after two 737 jets fell down in Indonesia last October and Ethiopia in March 2019, and the two incidents killed a total of 346 people aboard. Boeing has since been working desperately to rebuild reputation and trust from aviation regulators and the general public, who have expressed concerns about the safety of the aircraft. The US top aircraft maker cut monthly production of 737 MAX aircraft to

42 from a previously scheduled rate of 52 in April this year.

Boeing reported no new orders for 737 MAX for the month of March.

Australia promises referendum on recognition of indigenous rights

T he Australian government promised on Wednesday to hold a referendum on whether to amend the constitution to recognize the

rights of indigenous people. The vote will be held within three years, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt said in a National Press Club address. "I will develop and bring forward a consensus option for constitutional recognition to be put to a referendum during the current parliamentary term," said Wyatt, the first indigenous person to hold the ministerial position, reported Efe news. The Australian constitution, which came into force in 1901, makes no reference to the indigenous Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander population, which has prompted various complaints by this historically marginalized and discriminated minority.

Chinese President meets Bangladeshi PM

C hinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh

Xi Jinping on Friday met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in

Hasina at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Calling China and Bangladesh traditionally friendly neighbours, Xi said that "consolidating and developing the strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Bangladesh is not only in line with

common interests of the two countries, but also conducive to the prosperity

and stability in Asia

",

Xinhua news agency reported.

The Bangladeshi leader paid tribute to the Chinese revolution heroes in Beijing. She placed a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes at

Tiananmen Square. Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen, Prime Minister's Adviser for Private Industry and Investment Salman F. Rahman and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, among others, were in attendance. Hasina travelled to China on Monday on a five-day tour to attend the summer conference of the World Economic Forum at Dalian.

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45 minutes of bad cricket cost us a place in final: Kohli

I ndia skipper Virat Kohli rued the manner in which India lost the World Cup semifinal against New

Zealand at the Old Trafford, saying the team played so well throughout the tournament only to bow out in the last-four stage due to a poor stretch

of "45 minutes".

"Forty-five minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. Difficult to take it – but New Zealand

deserve it. Our shot selection could have been better, but we played good cricket throughout. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony, referring to the period

in which India lost four top-order batsmen, including Rohit Sharma and Kohli, inside 10 overs. India lost to New Zealand by 18

We got what we needed in the field. We knew we had a good day, we felt like we had the moment, but credit has to go to NZ bowlers for the swing and help they got from the surface

runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two

days. Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry's brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough, especially after Dhoni was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill. "We got what we needed in the field. We knew we had

a good day, we felt like we had the moment, but credit has to go to NZ bowlers for the swing and help they got from the surface," Kohli said. The skipper also showered praise on Jadeja, saying: "Jaddu had an outstanding couple of games. He went with so much clarity MS had a good partnership with him. It was a game of margins and MS was run-out."

Dhoni's run out was a

big moment: Williamson

Tough questions await Shastri & selectors after semifinal loss

T ill the time results are going

in your favour, you can even

ill the time results are going in your favour, you can even A fter a narrow

A fter a narrow 18-run win over India in the semifinal of the World Cup at the Old Trafford on

Wednesday, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson felt that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's run out in the penultimate over of the match was the turning point of the game as his presence would have made the difference. In the rain-hit semifinal played over two days, New Zealand scored 239/8

in 50 overs after opting to bat. In reply,

India lost four top order batsmen for just 24 runs inside 10 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and M.S. Dhoni (50) shared

a 116-run seventh wicket stand to raise

hopes of an unlikely victory. However, it wasn't enough in the end, especially after the Indian stumper was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill in the 49th

get away with murder. But the time has finally arrived when India coach Ravi Shastri
get away with murder. But the
time has finally arrived when India
coach Ravi Shastri and the coaching
staff will have some answering to do.
Always ready with a counter, Shastri
has time and again shut the critics
–even honest ones at times – with
his words.
But it will be interesting to
see how the India coach explains
Wednesday's semifinal defeat against
New Zealand and the failure to find
were to go back and this would be
the perfect stage to ask them on their
a middle-order that would have been
good enough to stand up and get
out. Contributions can come in so
many different ways, and I think he's
right up there on the fielding charts.
For him to do that and pull off what
was a significant turning point in the
match was special."
India went into the game
as hot favourites after
finishing the group stage
on top of the points
table,
while
the
Kiwis
entered
counted on a day when skipper Virat
Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma
failed in unison at the Old Trafford.
Coming into the World Cup, the
Indian team management had kept
the media at an arm's length and was
even reluctant to send players for
the mixed zone sessions during the
warm-up matches, which is a rule at
ICC events.
In fact, ahead of their first
World Cup game against
South Africa, the Indian
team had decided to
send in the net
bowlers who were
training with the
team in the run
up to the showpiece event.
The reason given was that the likes
of Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan
experience of bowling to the Indian
batsmen.
The media for once stood ground
and decided to boycott the session.
On paper there is no proof as to who
was behind the idea of taking the
Indian media contingent for a ride,
but the efforts of the Indian cricket
team to treat media personnel with
disdain is no secret.
Any question asked has been
met with a twisted answer. But the
question on everyone's mind now
is whether the team management
was waiting for calamity to strike
rather than being prepared for the
challenges that were visible to
everyone.
Apart from the trio of Virat Kohli,
Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul, none
of the other batsmen looked good
enough even as the team management
kept avoiding the obvious.
the the last-
f
o
u
r
on the back of three
Jadeja is understated but priceless for us: Kohli
straight losses. But
Williamson said
he never stopped
believing
in
his
A lot has been spoken about Ravindra Jadeja and pundit Sanjay
Manjrekars comment that he is a ‘bits and pieces cricketer.
But skipper Virat Kohli stood up and took the all-rounder's side
team.
"There's
so
much
more to
winning and losing.
It's really important
that as a side you identi-
fy parts of matches where you
may have not done things well
and parts which perhaps were
out of your control and went
the opposition's way," he said.
India's loss on Wednes-
day broke a billion hearts as
the cricket-crazy country had
expected the Men in Blue to
bring home the coveted trophy.
Speaking about Indian fans who
turned up in large numbers at the
Old Trafford on Wednesday, Wil-
liamson said: "I hope they're not
too angry. Obviously, the passion
for the game in India is unrivalled
and we are all fortunate to play this
sport and have a country like India
right behind it.
and said that Jadeja was one of the most understated cricketers and that he
once again showed what he was capable off when he brought the team back
from the jaws of defeat to an almost improbable victory in the semifinal
against New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.
"I don't think any of us had to say anything to Jadeja after what
happened over the last one week.
He was quite ready to just get on to the park, to be honest.
And you saw the passion with which he played and
w
e
times,
have seen it in Test cricket a few
he's played
knocks
u n d e r
tremen -
dous
pressure
and
he's got three triple hundreds
in first class
cricket if I'm not
wrong. So obviously the talent has
always been there.
"Watching and playing with Jadeja for 10 years, this is
probably his best knock according to me because of the
kind of pressure we were in, almost out of the game, and
then he produces that knock.
He was very motivated," Kohli said after the match.

over. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Williamson said: "We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But that run out was significant. We've seen Dhoni finish games from similar positions on a number of occasions." "It was a tough surface, but to dismiss Dhoni in whatever fashion is extremely important. The direct hit run out was a big moment in the game," he added. Dhoni has been underfire in recent times for his slow batting, but the Kiwi skipper backed the superstar from Ranchi, terming him as a world-

class player. "Yes, experience at this level and in these occasions is very important. His (Dhoni's) contribution throughout this campaign was extremely important. His partnership with Jadeja,

"We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But
"We
all know the
game is a fine line in
a number of ways. But
that run out was significant.
We've seen Dhoni finish
games from similar
positions on a number
of occasions"

who came in and hit the ball better than anybody in both the teams, was very, very valuable. He's a world-class cricketer," Williamson said. New Zealand will play in their second straight World Cup final against the winner of the second semifinal between England and Australia

to

Black Caps have lost to both the teams in the group stages. "Every game throughout the round-robin was worth a

be played on Thursday. Incidentally, the

couple of points, so they were all important. Obviously,

a

you know, we'll go into the final and try and implement similar things that are important to our side, that gives us the best chance of success. "There were so many strong teams in the tournament.

semifinal is worth a few more than two points. But,

Another semifinal tomorrow can go either way with two very good sides playing. But we will turn up on the day like the other matches, and anybody can beat anybody. It's important to have your feet on the ground," he added. It was also a special moment for Guptill, who, despite failing with the bat yet again, earned a lot of praise for catching Dhoni short of crease with a brilliant direct throw. Lauding Guptill, Williamson said: "He's probably the only man on the pitch who could have effected that run

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carefully place them on the top.
• Brush butter on the sliders and bake for 10-
15 minutes.
• Serve
• Spread butter on the other half of the
sliders, evenly spread the chicken and
then spoon the green chutney on top of the
chicken.
• Place cheese slices on the chicken.
MOZZARELLA CHICKEN SLIDERS
• Spread butter on the other half of the sliders
and place them carefully on the top.
• Brush melted butter over the top of the
sliders.
INGREDIENTS: • 1 - pack of sliders • 2cups - chicken, shredded • 1tsp -

INGREDIENTS:

1 - pack of sliders

2cups - chicken, shredded

1tsp

- salt

1/2tsp - red chilli flakes

6-8

- mozzarella cheese slices

1cup - basal leaves

Mayonnaise

Aioli

2tbsp - butter, melted

METHOD:

preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

• Slice the sliders in half lengthwise (Without breaking the sliders apart). Place

the bottom half of the sliders in a greased baking pan or dish approximately 23cm to 33cm (big enough for the whole of bottom half of sliders) Set top half aside.

Spread mayonnaise on the bottom half of the sliders.

chicken with salt and red chilli flakes

Mix

then

layer evenly on the mayonnaise.

• Place mozzarella cheese slices on the chicken then spread basal leaves on top.

• Spread aioli on the other half of the sliders

and place them carefully on the top.

• Brush melted butter over the top of the sliders.

Bake them for 10-15 min mutes in the oven.

• Serve warm.

GREEN CHUTNEY SLIDERS

INGREDIENTS:

1 - pack of sliders

• 2cups - chicken shredded (Rotisserie chicken)

6 - yellow cheddar cheese slices

• Butter to spread FOR GREEN CHUTNEY

4 - green chillies

• 3 - garlic cloves

1/2cup - mint leaves

1/2cup - coriander leaves

1 - lemon

1/2tsp - salt

8tbsp - mayonnaise

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

• Slice the sliders in half lengthwise, horizontally (Without breaking the sliders

apart). Place the bottom half of the sliders in a greased baking pan or dish approximately 23cm to 33cm (big enough for the whole of bottom half of sliders) Set top half aside.

• In a grinder add washed green chillies, peeled and washed garlic, washed mint and coriander leaves and squeeze lemon. Grind it all together into a paste and remove it into a bowl.

D uring the holidays when kids are at home, mums end up spending most of their

time in the kitchen, so thought of sliders, they are one of the easiest options; they

are both healthy and filling. Sliders are so easy, so fast and a quick meal which

can be prepared at any time, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

BREAKFAST SLIDERS

any time, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. BREAKFAST SLIDERS INGREDIENTS: • 1 - pack of sliders

INGREDIENTS:

1 - pack of sliders (There are 8 in one pack )

8 - eggs

• 2tbsp cream

• A pinch of salt and pepper

1tbsp - butter

• 6 - bacon strips

60gm - baby spinach leaves

1cup - cheddar cheese, grated ( White )

1/2tsp - black pepper

1tsp - salt

• 2tbsp - butter, melted

• Butter to spread on sliders

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

• In a large bowl beat the eggs with cream, salt and pepper, keep aside.

In a frying pan heat 1 tablespoon of butter on the medium flame and cook eggs to the desired consistency, remove into a bowl and keep aside.

• Cook the bacon, cut them into pieces and keep aside

• Slice the sliders in half lengthwise, horizontally (Without breaking the sliders apart). Place the bottom half of the sliders in a greased baking pan or dish approximately 23cm to 33cm (big enough for the whole of bottom half of sliders) Set top half aside.

• Spread butter on the bottom half of the sliders then evenly spread the scrambled eggs.

Sprinkle the bacon on the eggs fallowed by the spinach leaves.

• Sprinkle grated cheese, then sprinkle black pepper and salt on top and then butter the inside of the top sliders and carefully place them on the top.

• Melt butter and brush it on the top of the sliders and bake them for 10- 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

• Cut them and serve. TIP: Sliders can be prepared a day ahead and popped in the oven before serving.

FISH SLIDERS

INGREDIENTS:

1 - pack of sliders (There are 8 in one pack)

2 - salmon, big fillets

1/2tsp - red chilli powder

1tsp salt

1 - lemon

• 2tbsp - gherkin relish

1/2cup - mayonnaise

• Tartar sauce for dressing

• 3tbsp - butter

Lettuce and shredded salad (Any that you like)

METHOD:

• Wash salmon and cut into pieces.

• Sprinkle red chilli powder, salt and squeeze half of lemon on the salmon and keep aside.

Slice sliders buns in half, horizontally.

Heat the frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter and let it melt on the high flame then place the bottom sliders cut side down in a frying pan and cook for 1-2 minute or until toasted, remove and in the same pan add another 1 tablespoon of butter and toast the other half of the sliders. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the same frying pan again to a medium flame.

Place both the fillets in the pan and cook the salmon for a minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove the salmon into a plate.

Take mayonnaise in a bowl, add gherkin relish and mix well.

• Take the bottom half of the sliders in a serving plate.

• Spread tartar sauce on the sliders then place the salmon and squeeze the other half of the lemon on it.

Spoon mayonnaise on the salmon followed by lettuce and then top it up with other half of the sliders.

• Serve.

CHICKEN SLIDERS

with other half of the sliders. • Serve. CHICKEN SLIDERS INGREDIENTS: • 1 - pack of

INGREDIENTS:

1 - pack of sliders

• 2cups - chicken, shredded (Rotisserie chicken)

• 2 - red onions

6 - yellow cheddar cheese slices

• Butter to spread

TO MAKE A SAUCE:

• 2tbsp - sriracha sauce

4tbsp - mayonnaise (Japanese mayonnaise)

11/2 tbsp - tomato ketchup

11/2tbsp - mustard sauce

11/2tbsp - Gherkin relish

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

• Slice the sliders in half lengthwise (Without breaking the slider apart). Place the bottom half of the sliders in a greased baking pan or dish approximately 23cm to 33cm (big enough for the whole of bottom half of sliders) Set top half aside.

• Spread some butter on the bottom half of the slider and then spread shredded chicken on it.

• Peel, wash and slice the onions and sprinkle them on the chicken.

• Mix all the ingredients of the sauce in a bowl and evenly spoon them on top of the onions.

• Place cheese slices on each slider and then

mayonnaise to the green chutney and

Add

butter the inner side of the top slider and

mix

well, season it according to your taste.

Bake them for 10-15 minutes in the oven.

• Serve warm. TIP; left over tandoori chicken can also be used.

LAMB SLIDERS

INGREDIENTS:

400gm - lamb mince

1 - onion, medium

• 3 - garlic cloves

1 - green chilli

1/2tsp - cumin powder

1/2tsp - garam masala powder

1/2tsp - salt

• 2tbsp - oil

• Garlic aioli

FOR THE SAUCE

1cup - Greek yoghurt

• 2tsp - garlic powder

1tsp - cumin powder

1tbsp - dried parsley

1tbsp - lemon juice

• Salt and black pepper according to taste

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.

• Slice the sliders in half lengthwise, horizontally (Without breaking the sliders

apart). Place the bottom half of the sliders in

a greased baking pan or dish approximately

23cm to 33cm (big enough for the whole of bottom half of sliders) Set top half aside.

• In a medium bowl add all the ingredients of the sauce, mix well and keep aside for dressing.

• Peel and wash the onion and garlic, wash the green chilli; corse grind everything then remove it into a bowl.

• Add lamb mince to the onion mixture, mix well and then add cumin powder, garam masala powders and salt, mix well again.

Form the lamb mixture into 8 meatballs and then flatten the lamb meat balls slightly

to to create 1 inch thick patties. Let sit for 30 minutes for the flavours to combine.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan to

a medium flame and cook the patties for

3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

• Set the cooked patties on the kitchen absorbent paper, wipe the pan and add another 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the other half of the patties. TO ASSEMBLE THE SLIDERS, spread

garlic aioli on the bottom half of the sliders.

Place patties on it followed by cheese slices.

Bake it in the oven (Uncovered with the other half) for the cheese to melt, remove from the oven then add a dollop of Greek yoghurt sauce on each patty then place the top half of the sliders carefully.

• Serve.

oven then add a dollop of Greek yoghurt sauce on each patty then place the top
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CROSSWORD NO: 26 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS SUDOKU NO: 26
CROSSWORD NO: 26
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS
SUDOKU NO: 26
QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 26 HITORI NO: 26 Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple
QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 26
HITORI NO: 26
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers
by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching
horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any
other (i.e. they are connected).
1.
What does ‘AC’ stand for when used on a button on a
calculator? All Clear
2.
How many yards are there in a mile? 1760
3.
In which Shakespearean play does the character of
Malvolio appear? Twelfth Night
4.
What name is given to a Champagne bottle four times
the size of a standard 750ml bottle? Jeroboam
5.
David Lloyd George was a Prime Minister who
represented which political party? Liberal
6.
Which team won Super Bowl LII, the final of which
was played on February 4th, 2018? Philadelphia
Eagles
7.
Who performed the theme music to the 2015 James
Bond film ‘Spectre’? Sam Smith (Writing’s on the
Wall)
8.
Which American actress provides the voice of Bart
Simpson? Nancy Cartwright
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 26
9.
Who is the lead singer of Irish rock band ‘The Script’?
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.
Danny O’Donoghue
10.A 1990 ad for jeans helped put which early 70s Steve
Miller Band song to the top of the charts? The Joker
11.A car with the international registration letter E comes
from where? Spain
12.A caravan is a group of which animals? Camels
13.A centaur was a mythical creature half way between a
man and what? Horse
14.A cob is a male of which creature? Swan
15.A cony is what sort of animal? Rabbit
16.A David Lean film was about a passage to which
country? India
17.A lady would wear a mantilla in which country? Spain
18.A plant produced by crossing different species is
known as what? A hybrid
19.A poult is the young of which creature? Turkey
20.A temple to whom was sited at Ephesus? Diana
21.About how far does the Sun's gravitational influence
extend? 1.5 light years
22.About which soap did Jasper Carrott say that when
the cast went on strike they were threatened with
rehearsal? Crossroads
23.About whom did Otto Preminger say, 'Directing her
was like directing Lassie. You need 14 takes to get one
of them right'? Marilyn Monroe
24.According to a Nick Berry song title every loser does
what? Wins
25.According to Lord Birkenhead, who devoted the best
years of his life to preparing impromptu speeches?
Winston Churchill
26.According to Napoleon, what does an army march on?
Its stomach
27.According to Paul Simon, how many ways are there to
leave your lover? Fifty
28.According to proverb, a little what is a dangerous
thing? Knowledge
29.According to proverb, how do still waters run? Deep
30.According to proverb, one man's meat is another man's
what? Poison
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