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He said tapping Indias considerable software talent would also help Medtech look at the US market, following opportunities thrown up by the Obama administrations plans to rebuild the countrys medical information systems. Geopolitically, the most significant development is New Zealands offer to place a defence adviser in New Delhi and to better facilitate defence linkages. This is a far cry from previous New Zealand governments shying away from such arrangements in the face of India not signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Even more significantly, Mr Key announced his countrys support for Indias membership in a reformed UN Security Council, including in any expansion of permanent membership. Mr Key said there was need for pragmatism and a 21st century perspective in dealing with such issues. While in New Delhi, Mr Key visited Rashtrapati Bhavan calling on President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil and attended a separate reception with Mrs Key there, meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mrs Singh and a number of government ministers, senior officials and armed forces personnel. Senior members of Mr Keys entourage were also present at the reception. While Mr Key also called on UPA leader Sonia Gandhi, her son and UPAs youth leader Rahul Gandhi met Mr Key at his hotel. In addition, the prime ministerial entourage met Indian Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna and Vice President Hamid Ansari besides Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma and the leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj.

Key charms India with bat and clapper


Dev NaDkarNI IN New DelhI aND MuMbaI
Prime Minister John Key batted away Kiwi cricket legend Stephen Flemings deliveries scoring two spectacular boundaries at New Delhis Firozeshah Kotla stadium, one of crickets most famous venues. In Mumbais Film City he played clapper boy to start off the shooting of a scene, saying Action to Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu on behalf of directors Abbas and Mustaan. The shot filmed was for big budget flick The Players, major parts of which were already shot in Wellington and Auckland a few months ago. The Indian media turned out in big numbers as usual. More than a hundred camerapersons clicked shots and trained their video cams on the scenes proving once again that nothing in India commands more attention than cricket and Bollywood. And it was quite apparent that Mr Key had hit the bulls eye by throwing cricket and Bollywood into the mix of negotiations in the run up to the proposed free trade agreement between the two countries. Its just the right mix of ingredients to spice up the FTA curry, which will hopefully be ready for the two countries to partake of sometime early next year. The four-day state visit may well prove a watershed in relations between the two countries both from business and geopolitical standpoints. A range of significant bilateral agreements in fields ranging from education, sport and film making to technology and defence co-operation were signed by the two prime ministers, officials and business organisations from both countries. While the film production agreement will extend tax breaks to production houses, it also paves the way for Indias film industry, which produces more than 1000 commercial films a year, to tie up with New Zealands acclaimed animation, special effects and post-production talent and technology. The two countries also signed a $1 million a year jointly funded programme to enhance bilateral co-operation in higher education, research and skills development. It will promote student and internship exchanges between business schools, industries and corporations. The two prime ministers announced the setting up of an education co-operation council to deliver on these initiatives. New Zealands education relationship with India has gone well beyond just student recruitment, Mr Key said. More than 10,000 Indian students are currently studying in New Zealand and the new initiatives are expected to boost numbers. New Zealand also announced a sports scholarship for Indian students to acquire qualifications in a range of sports subjects. The 28-member business delegation that accompanied the prime minister signed co-operation agreements with three of Indias largest business associations. Auckland headquartered India-New Zealand Business Council chairman Wenceslaus Anthony said the council had Mr Key would not say what the sticking points might be it couldnt be discussed through the media, he said but indicated that the negotiations were going well and hinted it was unlikely that there would be anything serious enough to be a showstopper. On the businessto-business front, Auckland based Prime Minister John Key with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at proprietary finance Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and banking applications development signed deals with the Federation company Finzsoft Solutions signed of Indian Chambers of Commerce a partnership agreement with HCL and Industry, the Confederation of Technologies of India. Finzsoft diIndian Industries and the Associated rector Andrew Holliday said the Chambers of Commerce, covering partnership would help develop almost the entire gamut of Indias in- vertical solutions with HCL providing systems integration, business dustry and business categories. More than 300 businesspeople process outsourcing and transformaattended the luncheon that the three tional services to the global finanorganisations jointly hosted and at cial industry. The partnership puts which Mr Key and Anand Sharma, the company in direct competition Indias trade and commerce minister with some of Indias biggest software giants like Infosys and TCS. spoke. Another Auckland based appliMr Sharma visited New Zealand in May ahead of the previous round of cations developer Medtech Global, discussions between Indian and New which developed much of the patient Zealand trade officials on the FTA. record software for New Zealands He wields considerable influence on healthcare system, signed agreehow the FTA will be shaped from ments with a leading Indian Cancer the Indian side given a number of Research Institute. Executive Chairsticking points that need to be negoti- man Vino Ramayah told NBR the ated but he said he was hopeful the company was eyeing the Indian govparleys would proceed smoothly ernments ambitious plans to comand that an FTA looked possible in puterise patient records of its billion plus population. the first quarter of next year.

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New Zealand software will soon be used at a leading Indian cancer treatment and research hospital. Healthcare information technology provider Medtech Global last week signed a memorandum of understanding with New Delhis Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre. Medtech will work with the institute to digitise its medical records and install Medtech Evolution EMR software. The software incorporates patient management systems. The agreement was announced by Prime Minister John Key, during his state visit to India. Founded in New Zealand, Medtech already has a software development centre in Chennai. The company currently employs more than 150 people in India. There is an increasing demand in India for healthcare technology solutions. Medtech is providing training in both New Zealand and India to meet this need. New Delhi New Zealand Trade Commissioner Cliff Fuller said it was significant that New Zealand owned companies such as Medtech Global were partnering with companies in India in their effort to develop innovative technology. This shows the strength of the relationship between India and New Zealand and the importance that New Zealand companies place on that relationship. The Indian government has recently introduced a policy of electronic personal health records.

The technology allows health providers to help patients in rural and remote locations, by providing access to vital patient data through video, audio and electronic means.
Medtech Global executive chairman Vino Ramayah said New Zealand was a world leader in the development and adoption of primary healthcare information technology, and that Medtech products would assist Indias health sector to meet that challenge. Medtech is in talks with the institute about its state-of-the-art telemedicine technology. The technology allows health providers to help patients in rural and remote locations, by providing access to vital patient data through video, audio and electronic means.
Medtech Globals Vino Ramayah (centre) and Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Research Institutes S Sundaresan shake hands after the signing ceremony as Prime Minister John Key looks on

We can move the data and provide the health care without moving the patient, Mr Ramayah said. When used in emergency situations the solution can help save lives. In daily medical practice it can save time and travel costs. It could allow the institutes Delhi-based specialists to assist staff at its cancer hospital in Nepal, or conduct cancer camps in remote areas. Indian charitable trust National Agro Foundation intends to use the technology when it establishes a rural health care centre

at Nellore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This is being run as a pilot for 12 months, after which the scheme is expected to be rolled out to more rural villages. The signing of Medtechs two agreements with the cancer research institute and the agriculture foundation was one of the highlights of the Prime Minister John Key-led state visit. Speaking at the media conference after the signing, Mr Key said there was much scope for New Zealand technology companies to achieve scales by leveraging Indias

considerable trained technical manpower. Trade Minister Tim Groser was also present at the event that was well covered in the Indian business media. Mr Ramayah told NBR in New Delhi that Medtech was already eyeing major markets like the US following the Obama administrations decision to revamp its health information systems. Working with Indian companies helps us tap a large pool of talent and scale up quite easily, he said. - Reproduced with permission from the National Business Review

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Savouring the magic of the Taj


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Prime Minister John Keys delegation to India successfully escaped the Chilean dust cloud over the Tasman Sea to touch down in New Delhi as scheduled but his arrival in Agra was threatened by a sky heavily overcast by monsoon clouds. After circling in the sky for the better part of an hour amid thick dark clouds and bolts of lightning the special Air India Airbus 320 flight that ferried the Prime Ministerial entourage was cleared to land at the airport that also serves as a major building as the backdrop. New Zealands first couple also managed to steal a kiss in front of the magnificent building that is renowned as the ultimate symbol of an emperors love for his beloved consort. The Prime Minister also took a few pictures of Mrs Key on his personal camera, showing them to her on its screen as they walked back from the monument in the faint drizzle that seemed to add its own magic to the visit. Mr Key told Indian Weekender that the

Mr and Mrs Key sitting before the Taj Mahal

grandeur and scale of the building had far base for the Indian Air Force. There were cheers in the plane as the exceeded his expectations. It has been a pilot announced that the plane had been fantastic experience, he said. Mrs Key finally cleared to land in Agra, because said the experience of the visit was most there already were murmurs of the pros- memorable and was much greater than pect of returning to New Delhi without what she had thought it would be. In a lighter vein he said he wouldnt seeing the Taj Mahal doing the rounds as the aircraft bounced through the cloud venture to build anything like the magnificent building that he had just visited cover. The monument was closed to visitors Finance Minister Bill English simply during the duration of Mr and Mrs Keys wouldnt give him that kind of money, he visit, as was the eight kilometre stretch of joked. The Prime Minister wrote his impresroads that led to the Taj from the airport. The entourage spent more than an hour at Indias most celebrated tourist attraction as the Indian Archaeological Surveys guide explained the many features of the building and its history to the VIP visitors. Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand Admiral (Retd) Sureesh Mehta and his counterpart, New Zealand High Commissioner to India Jan Henderson were part of the Mr Key writing in the Taj Mahals visitors book entourage as was New Zealand Member of Parliament of Indian sions in the visitors book and presented the eloquent and well-informed guide with origin Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi. Both Mr and Mrs Key had many ques- a memento from New Zealand. Indias considerable air force infrations to ask of the guide, which he replied to with interesting details. Admiral Mehta structure and dozens of gigantic Antonov also chipped in explaining the finer points transport planes and special purpose of the building and its architecture, its military aircraft that lined on both sides of the runway were of special interest to history and legend. Mr and Mrs Key posed for a number of New Zealands Air Force crew that were photographs including the customary one part of the delegation, as the special Air seated on the marble bench which was India Airbus 320 taxied in and out of Agra soaked with rainwater but quickly wiped airport. Photos : Dev Nadkarni dry by attendants with the magnificent

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Quality of FTA paramount, says PM


Prime Minister John Key spoke to the media frequently and at length throughout the four-day state visit. He touched upon the entire gamut of issues concerning the specifics of the visit, trade, the emerging FTA, New Zealands stand on international issues and much else. He also exclusively spoke with Indian Weekender Editor-in-Chief Dev Nadkarni during the last leg of visit on the RNZAF flight back to New Zealand from Mumbai. Here are excerpts from Mr Keys interaction with the media as well as the exclusive interview on a wide range of topics.
Caption: Prime Minister John Key speaking at a business luncheon in New Delhi hosted by apex industry and business bodies

On the visit:

There was a very clear signal from Indias Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who invited me to come and made this a state visit. Thats very important to New Zealand. From New Zealands perspective, because of its growth rates and huge emerging middle class, India is an important market but from Indias perspective, too, New Zealand is increasingly important for it as well.

a timetable like that. It shows keenness on the part of both countries to get on with it. Having said that, we will look at the quality of the FTA to be signed rather than be governed by any deadline or schedule. Its important to have a quality FTA that will work for both countries than rushing through to produce just a document, held hostage by a timeline.

On what is in it for New Zealand:

On possible sticking points and potential showstoppers:

Indias consistent growth rate of 8 to 9 per cent over the past several years has reduced poverty by 15 per cent in the past few years. The middle class is huge and is growing with greater disposable incomes. This brings in a range of opportunities both for New Zealand products and services and also for New Zealand to tap into Indias talented professionals in a number of fields in which New Zealand has good strengths but needs skilled persons. Also, India will spend some US$1.7 trillion on infrastructure in the next five years. Thats a staggering figure and just shows the scale of opportunity that exists when you align with its economy.

We cant discuss details of the negotiations through the media while they are in progress. But there will be issues that will need ironing out. Both countries are approaching the FTA in a positive manner and both recognise the mutual benefits of having a deal. Theres much that we have learnt from our negotiations with China that will stand us in good stead during our ongoing Indian negotiations but the scenarios are quite different.

recent years. President Obama has also recognised this and the US has given some leeway to India as regards its nuclear programme. There are a lot of things that we dont agree with countries that we do business with but that shouldnt get in the way of doing business and growing our economy. On our support to its candidature for membership on the UN Security Council, we recognise the size and significance of India and its emergence on the global stage and if there is a reform of the Security Council which might be several years away it is hard to imagine it without a country like India. There needs to be pragmatism and a twenty-first century perspective on dealing with these issues. It is important to see the big picture so New Zealand does not miss some great opportunities to boost the economy.

On the big opportunities for New Zealand:

On throwing Bollywood and cricket into the mix:

On what is in it for India:

Dr Singh is a world-renowned economist who recognises the issues of ensuring Indias food supply and keeping down food inflation while it emerges as a global superpower at the same time. In the New Zealand context this inflation is about 10%, in India it is more than double that and it is necessary to keep it down. This is where a country like New Zealand can come in with help in the areas of technology for better preservation of harvested food and for boosting productivity. We have had a good relationship with India for many years. As Dr Singh told me during the reception [at Rashtrapati Bhavan], we now need to take this to another level that brings benefits to the people of both countries.

We see a huge market for our dairy industry. Though its a sensitive issue, our value added dairy products are non-competing with Indias dairy industry. The other opportunity is in post harvest preservation and transportation, considering India has to throw away a significant quantity of its produce because it needs the infrastructure. New Zealand has great strengths and experience in these areas. Know-how to boost agricultural productivity is another area. Then there is ICT, engineering, renewable energy, forestry, tourism, education and filmmaking. In all these areas there has been activity. The FTA will help grow business in these sectors.

Sport and culture can greatly strengthen ties between countries and we are seeing that happen. There is a lot in common between India and New Zealand because of past colonial ties. We share the same legal systems; we understand the language and have a common love of cricket. Its been great having Stephen Fleming around he is so popular in India. New Zealand also has had an increasing presence in Bollywood films. This has helped showcase our country as a tourist destination to Indias growing middle class that seeks new destinations to travel and study. Sport and culture can play big roles in cementing ties between countries. [During the visit, the Prime Minister announced sports scholarships for Indian students to study a range of sports subjects in New Zealand.]

On the ongoing progress on the FTA:

On New Zealands stand on international issues involving India:

Weve had four-five rounds of negotiations so far and there will be some more, probably another four. Theres always a lot of work to be done by officials behind the scenes and theres tough negotiations but both countries realise the importance of having an FTA in place. [Commerce and Industry] Minister Anand Sharma is hopeful of completing negotiations by the first quarter of next year. It is good to work with

During meetings such as these, countries keep politics aside. However, New Zealand will never do anything that compromises our values and what we stand for. But we also wont let issues get in the way of trade negotiations between the two countries just because they have been around for a while. On the nuclear issue, New Zealands position is well known and acknowledged in the world. We always make our point but we wont belabour it. We welcome Indias participation in the nuclear security summit in Washington last year and recognise the positive steps it has taken on the issue in

Indian Weekender editor in chief interviews Mr Key in the RNZAF jet on the return flight to New Zealand. Photo: Lesley Hamilton

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At home with the classes and the masses


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The sight of Prime Minister John Key working the crowds in New Delhi and Mumbai would have been the envy of many an Indian politician. He reached out to people wherever he went and the people reciprocated wholeheartedly. He was equally at ease dealing with starchy, Khadi-clad ministers and their fawning boffins in New Delhis stodgy corridors of power as he was lunching with corporate chieftains in the rarefied air of the capitals super luxury hotels. He showed a disarmingly warm and informal side when he mingled with a bunch of New Delhis street children who had come good thanks to efforts of a committed NGO that had been funded by New Zealand aid money. And he was all spontaneity when he hit the studio floor in Mumbais Film City mingling with top Bollywood stars and Mumbais tinsel town paparazzi as a thousand cameras flashed. At Delhis Firozeshah Kotla stadium he batted away with finesse even hitting a couple of fours to Stephen Flemings bowling, though Fleming later gave him an impromptu lesson in correctness of stance on the plane while flying back to New Zealand. As well as playing out there in the middle, he mingled with the group of the citys disadvantaged children who had gathered to meet him at the function prior to the game, where he announced sports scholarships and distributed prizes and mementoes. In a previous meeting, the Prime Minister had mentioned to me that Bishen Singh Bedi was one of his childhood heroes and he would often pretend to be Bedi and imitate his bowling style in the backyard of

his home in Christchurch during his school days. When Bishen Bedi turned up at the Kotla, Mr Key struck up a long conversation with him, remembering some of the great moments in his playing career as another India veteran Madan Lal looked on. Both Bedi and Madan Lal were members of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Associations as are Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and a number of other greats, both past and present. In Mumbais Film City all it took directors Abbas-Mustan to train the Prime Minister in clapper boarding was thirty seconds with a little help from Abhishek Bachchan himself. Action, Mr Key said loud and clear as the cameras rolled for the brief shot of the film Players, large parts of which had been shot in New Zealand. He connected easily with the crowds, the film technicians and the hundred-odd members of the fiercely competitive Indian entertainment sector media. He told them New Zealand welcomed Indian production houses to come and shoot in its scenic locales as the audience cheered. Unlike New Zealand or other western countries, Indian society is intensely stratified: there are layers and layers of classes all with different sensibilities, different levels of accomplishments, different social and economic status, different educational levels and so on. But to reach out to a range of people in different situations during the course of such a short visit and elicit a warm reciprocation from all of them is indeed an achievement something that seems to come naturally to Mr Key. Which is indeed a desirable attribute dealing with a country like India.

INZBC says India visit a success


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The INZBC chairman addressed a joint business forum organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Associated Chambers of Commerce (Assocham) in New Delhi. Prime Minister John Key and Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma were the main speakers along with representatives from the three business bodies. Former New Zealand Cricket Captain Stephen Fleming also spoke. The council was also represented at the banquet hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, which Mr Anthony attended. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was pleased to hear about the council and its vision. Along with FICCI a round table luncheon discussion was held with CII, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chamber of Commerce, an event that was sponsored by ANZ Bank. This is a milestone achievement as INZBC will now be able to work alongside these bodies to enhance our profile in India and thus encourage various trade delegations and missions between India and New Zealand, Mr Anthony said. Mr Anthony said Indias Minister for Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi indicated that Air India might start operating services between New Delhi and Mumbai to Melbourne in Aus-

INZBC Chairman Wenceslaus Anthony greeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi

Participation in this mission has enhanced the value proposition that INZBC offers its members in New Zealand.
tralia. I proposed to him during the meeting that Air India could extend its flights to Auckland as it would only take an additional about 3 to 4 hours thereby benefiting passengers from New Zealand. The minister

India New Zealand Business Council Chairman Wenceslaus Anthony has described the New Zealand business delegations visit to India as extremely successful for the council. Having the chairman and several

members of the council accompany the prime minister on the delegation is endorsement from the government that INZBC is the pre-eminent body to promote trade and business between India and New Zealand, he told Indian Weekender.

said subject to approval from New Zealand, Australian government and Civil Aviation authorities, his ministry could consider a proposal to introduce services to Auckland via Melbourne, Mr Anthony said. Mr Anthony said his brief conversation with Bollywood officials indicated, there is keen interest in the film industry to shoot films here as they were appreciative of the beauty of New Zealand. Speaking of the mission, Mr Anthony said, Participation in this mission has enhanced the value proposition that INZBC offers its members in New Zealand. It was heartening to note that a number of INZBC members were included in the NZ Prime Ministerial delegation on their own merit, while few others had come on their own to participate in functions. Through all the linkages and associations that have been established and the recognition by the government, our members now have the full support of MFAT, NZTE, Indian High Commission in NZ, NZ High Commission in India, NZ Consul General Office in Mumbai and the business community.

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Indian Weekender spoke to business delegates about their impressions on the business mission to India, which accompanied Prime Minister John Key. Here are four responses. More responses will follow in the next issue of Indian Weekender along with more coverage of the visit.
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Finzsoft signs deal with HCL


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Auckland based proprietary finance and banking applications development company Finzsoft Solutions signed a partnership agreement with HCL Technologies of India in New Delhi on June 27. HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services provider and has had a working relationship with Finzsoft over the past few years. The agreement promises to deliver new high value technology solutions to the regions banking and finance sector. Prime Minister John Key and Trade Minister Tim Groser witnessed the signing of the deal between the two companies as part of Mr Keys state visit to India. Both companies already have a strong banking customer base within the APAC region and the goal is to

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continue capitalising on this market share as well as expand our collective businesses in both developed and developing markets Rajiv Sodhi, Senior Corporate Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, HCL Technologies, said at a media conference. The partnership combines the best elements from HCL and Finzsoft to offer a proactive, innovative and solution based transformational offering that is proven, secure, and scalable, Andrew Holliday Director, Finzsoft Solutions said. Finzsoft will lead these core and vertical solutions with HCL providing systems integration, business process outsourcing and transformational services, Mr Holliday said. As part of this financial services partnership HCL will deliver the banking solution which includes full lifecycle, core and vertical banking and financial product solutions backed by world class systems integration and transformational services. Speaking to Indian Weekender, Mr Holliday said the strategic partnership

would throw open big opportunities for both companies. Mr Sodhi would not elaborate on details of how the company would scale up its work force to meet the potential opportunities. But both Mr Holliday and Mr Sodhi said that the partnership would bring their companies in direct competition with Indian software biggies like Infosys, TCS and a number of others as regards providing software applications for the finance and banking industries. They said the partnership would evolve the best possible technologies, platforms and security systems for their applications to suit a range of customers in the finance and banking sectors. Plans to develop applications for mobile banking would also be thrown into the mix of product development activities that the partnership will get into, Mr Holliday said. Prime Minister John Key congratulated the two partners and said this signalled the start of technological partnerships between New Zealand and India

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New Zealand: Lights, camera and a knuckle-whitening action sequence packed with Bollywoods signature dramatic thrills, unfolded at Filmcity for Abbas-Mustans Players this morning, as part of New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys visit to the sets of the film. Performed by lead star Abhishek Bachchan, the stunt was a sneak peek into the films many riveting street chases that were filmed over a month-long busy schedule in New Zealand earlier this year. Indian movie-goers have succumbed to the power of New Zealands scenic seduction several times in the past and it is no wonder that director, duo Abbas-Mustan and Viacom18 Motion Pictures chose the contrasting urban terrain of New Zealands Wellington and Auckland for the legendary car chases in the official remake of the Hollywood Classic, The Italian Job for their film Players. On his first visit to a live Bollywood film set, excitement was abuzz as Mr Key met with Vikram Kevin Bowler, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand said, Its wonderful for tourism to be associrole in attracting Indian visitors to our country. Id like to extend a big Kiwi thank you to all producers that choose to incorporate New Zealands beautiful scenery in their films and of course to Vikram Malhotra, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Abbas-Mustan for choosing New Zealand as the backdrop of Players. From the little Ive seen of Players at the time of filming in New Zealand, the movie looks fantastic, Im very excited to see it and I am sure more Indian visitors will come to New Zealand as a result. On their experience of filming in New Zealand, Abbas-Mustan shared, It has been a fantastic experience to shoot in New Zealand. The films cast and crew had a great time and the scenic beauty of the land is mesmerising. We are grateful for the support that the New Zealand government has extended to us to shoot in the country and are honoured with this visit to our sets in India. Vikram Malhotra, COO Viacom 18 Motion Pictures said, Players is Viacom18s biggest film of the year and is also one of the most-awaited films for the industry, thanks to the track record of the wonderful director duo, Abbas-Mustan and the thrilling concept. The film found the perfect location in the beautiful and hospitable country of New Zealand and I am grateful to the people and Government of New Zealand for their kind support throughout the filming schedule. We hope to showcase New Zealand to millions of Indians through Players and look forward to more such co-operation between Viacom18 and New Zealand. I am also especially honoured that Mr Key took the time out during his busy schedule in India to visit the Mumbai schedule of our film.

Malhotra, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures; Abbas-Mustan, directors and the star cast including Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu.

ated with a medium that has such a far reaching impact. Showcasing New Zealands tourism appeal on the big screen has played a strategic

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CEMIX honoured in Parliament SPCA calls for some puppy love


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nesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealands environment. The award recognises businesses employing less than 100 people who demonstrate an on-going commitment to environmental best practices. The Ministry stated, CEMIX Ltd is an innovative New Zealand construction products manufacturer that has developed a concrete product called Envirocrete using 50% recycled materials from construction and demolition waste. The development of Envirocrete has resulted in the diversion of C&D waste from landfill, and has reduced the need for quarrying of virgin aggregates for concrete mixes. CEMIX Ltd is a prime example of a New Zealand business leading the way internationally to drive sustainable practices in their industry. The CEO of CEMIX Ltd, said, Innovation is the cornerstone of our growth strategy and being a finalist is a testament to our teamwork of catapulting brand CEMIX onto the centre stage in NZ. All this could not have been possible without the unflinching support and collaborative effort the CEMIX team have been putting in behind the company, its vision and values. The state of the art ISO 9001 manufacturing facility in Onehunga is amongst the best in the world in its category and thus enables Cemix to be at the forefront of technology and innovation. A recent full page article in the New Zealand Herald aptly titled Guts to turn gloom to gold detailed the entrepreneurial spirit behind Cemix which is continuously bucking the trend and posting growth in an otherwise recessionary environment. CEMIX is a market leading brand and has been successfully operating in the NZ market for the past 30 years, manufacturing a wide range of products including bagged concrete & mortar, tile adhesives, construction chemicals, sealers & coatings, repair mortars & grouts and a range of engineered solutions for the professional contractor. Cemix products are available nationwide through leading hardware retailers like Bunnings, Carters, ITMs, Placemakers and other leading retailers nationwide.

Cemix Ltd one of New Zealands leading construction products manufacturer was proud to be selected as a finalist in the 2011 Green Ribbon Awards. The Awards ceremony was held recently in the banquet hall of Parliament by the Ministry of the Environment. The Ministry for the Environment runs the Green Ribbon Awards each year. These awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, busi-

Long ones, short ones, soft ones, chubby ones, sad ones, happy ones, brown ones, black ones. SPCAs all over the country are bursting at the seams with puppies. Its Raining Puppies we need help!
SPCAs throughout New Zealand are facing an unprecedented deluge of puppies. Centres are struggling to cope with litters of puppies dropped off to them, despite their best efforts to de sex as many dogs as they can afford to in their communities. The SPCA is calling for councils to take a more proactive role in controlling dog populations in their areas. Last weekend Kaitaia SPCA was presented with 30 sevennine week old puppies, Nelson is full with 29 pups, Taupo received 17 juveniles on Thursday and Auckland has an unseasonal overload. It is uncertain what has caused this population explosion but many SPCA centres are underwhelmed by the incentives offered by their local councils to encourage owners to de sex their dogs. While stray and unwanted dogs over 3 months of age are the responsibility of the local authorities, SPCAs in most areas take on the juvenile animals and attempt to home them. They will be adopted already microchipped and de sexed, to ensure they do not perpetrate the dog population problems evident in most areas. The SPCA is asking local authorities to take a more proactive role in this part of the dog control equation. There are some excellent examples of proactive dog control says Robyn Kippenberger, National CEO of the Royal New Zealand SPCA, Dunedin City Council provides an annual fund that dog owners who hold community services cards can access to pay for de sexing their animals. They then offer a discount on registration for the rest of that dogs life. Eleven years down the track Dunedin just doesnt have a puppy problem. That translates to fewer issues with mature dogs less roaming and less aggressive behaviour. Its the difference between short and long term gains. We will be approaching councils to advocate this sort of approach, along with greater differentials between registration rates for entire and de sexed dogs, lifetime registration for de sexed dogs, required permits for households to have more than one dog and payment for impounded dogs to first go towards a de sexing operation. We will also be asking vets to offer discounted rates for de sexing, she says. SPCA National Office runs a mobile de sexing clinic that moves throughout New Zealand offering free de sexing for cats and dogs owned by low income families. This is truly a community problem says Ms Kippenberger SPCA centres provide a vital community service they should not be a dumping ground for unwanted animals whose existence could have been easily prevented by a relatively inexpensive operation. Our message is clear. We ask those who are pet owners to please act responsibly and desex your animals to give them a better life and prevent future population problems. While SPCA centres are incredibly fortunate to have Hills Pet Nutrition providing high quality food to the SPCA animals and supporting their annual Second Chance for Love Adoptathon, the community can help the SPCA now by calling into their local centre to adopt or foster puppies or donate money to assist with their care. For further information, please contact: Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive, Royal New Zealand SPCA 09 827 6094 ceo@rnzspca.org.nz

Bollywood Dance Competition here again!


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Excitement is building in several high schools in Auckland as they gear up for the biggest dance competition of the year. The Bollywood High School Dance Competition now in its 13th year is here again and organisers are looking at delivering an even greater action-packed dhamaka than previous years. The August 27 show, to be held at the Logan Campbell Centre in Greenlane, is shaping to be bigger and better in every way, says Binesh Sumer, the man behind the extravaganza. The winner this year gets to take home a bigger cash prize ($3000), and a surprise item is being cooked up, and even parents will be asked to dance for a prize.

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And theres also a promise of a bit of blood and gore in the evenings premier feature. And that excitement will be pro-

vided by Andre Vegas & Companys Vegas Horror Show. Andre Vegas has enthralled audiences of all ages from around the world and nationally with his incredible ability to entertain in the many aspects of magic and grand illusions. From disappearing and dissecting his assistant to making a car appear, Andre does it all from closeup magic, family entertainment through to his very popular horror themed shows. Teamed up with his partner and principal assistant Joanna Maree, Andre presents The Vegas Horror Show which consists of a variety of Illusions, audience participation, comedy, and a little blood. Expect the unexpected, Binesh said of the horror show, which will be delivered in snip-

pets throughout the dance competition. Show proper is set to feature 23 high schools from around Auckland, along with last years winner Otahuhu College. The theme of the night is Bollywood Dance Fiesta 2011. Binesh told the Indian Weekender that scores of students from the schools had already started their preparations. The standard of the show has gone up every year and this year is no different. Schools have been given $300 from the organisers to help them in their preparations. The first prize is $3000 plus trophy; second prize is $1500, and third $750, along with cash prizes for individual dancers and costumes with other major prizes. This year is going to be the biggest and the most competitive event yet as students have started on their projects from last year, Binesh said. The evening will be MCd by Pardesi Ajay Vashist, and Neha of Radio Tarana.

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Local chiropractor Kamal Merai is one of three finalists in the AUT University Young Business Person of the Year. This was revealed at a cocktail function to announce the finalists of the Westpac Auckland South Business Awards. More than 150 people including a number of prominent business leaders and local body dignitaries attended the function held at Villa Maria Estate in Mangere last week. Dr Merai works at the multi

award winning Chiropractic & Sport clinic in Takanini known as CNS. CNS has a long history of being the best of the best, winning awards in 2003, 2006 and the most recent being in 2009 winning the Franklin/ Papakura Customer Choice award. He was unable to be at the announcement of the finalists due to his teaching commitments at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where he teaches in the outpatient clinic working with the next generation of chiropractors. Being no stranger to winning awards, having been awarded the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Philosophy Award in his final year of study, Dr Merai was suitably humbled by being nominated and selected as a finalist my days are busy working in the clinic and in the community, so its a welcome surprise and an honour to be acknowledged in this way!.

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Having worked at CNS Takanini since his graduation five years ago Kamal has quickly become known to patients for his specialized knowledge of the spine, joints and neural system and how chiropractic care can be pivotal in the recovery but also in their improved sense of wellbeing. Specialising in headaches, migraines, neck conditions and extremity injuries, Kamal his built his business by word mouth with a simple philosophy of getting results for his patients and providing solutions to problems chiropractic care should be no different than brushing your teeth everyday it should be part of peoples lifestyle to receive specialized help when they need it and strategies to stay healthy for longer. The finals will be held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre on August 12.

Malayali Samajam elects new body


The Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Malayali Samajam was held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Fickling Convention Centre at which the following were appointed unanimously as the office bearers for the year 2011-2012: President: K.P.Shibu; Vice President: Siju Jaicob; Secretary: Cijimon Kesavan; Joint Secretary : Gracy Paul; Treasurer: Cherian Mathew The Committee Members are Akarsh Revindran; Shibu Joseph; Jils George and Shaji Varghese are: 1. Film song (4min) can sing as karaoke using a BGM dvd/cd 2. Light music (4min) 3. Mohini attam 4. Bharata Natyam 5. Cinematic dance (maximum 7 persons/group) 6. Single dance 7. Folk dance (maximum 7 persons/group) 8. Thiruvathira 9. Oppana 10. Margam Kali 11. Mimicry 12. Mono act 13. Recitation Malayalam 14. Fancy dress 15. Instrument music 16. Speech in Malayalam (subject: Onam) 17. Drawing (participants should bring necessary items) 18. Painting (participants should bring necessary items) 19. Story writing (participants should bring necessary items) Onam is nostalgia for every Malayali, especially when they are away from their homeland so it is an unavoidable occasion in their calendar always. Other than the extravaganza the Samajam publishes a magazine called Darpanam-The Mirror 2011 together with the Onam Festival on August 19, 2011. Darpanam will be A4 size in full colour and the 80 page publication will have 2000 copies Every year the Samajam organises cultural programmes and Harvest festivals of Kerala for its members and the public. This year it is celebrating its most famous and colourful Onam festival (ONA KAZCHA) at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New North Rd on August 19 between 6-10pm. The Samajam is also planning to organise star nights and various sports activities at least one in each month.

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MUMBAI: UTV World Movies will be showcasing the three winning entries of the 2011 Indian Film Festival: Bollywood & Beyond- short film competition on 25 June at 9 pm. The channel was the exclusive TV partner for the IFF Short Film Competition initiated to find budding talent from across the globe. The three winning films that will be aired on the channel include Indian director Collin Dcunhas mini documentary Mumbaikar Ganesh. The film is based on the quintessential dream that every person has - to come to Mumbai, the city of dreams. The other film to be telecast is Khatabah directed by Ridwan Hassan from Australia. Khatabah is an intriguing film that revolves around the wave of democracy that is sweeping the Islamic World. The winning film from New Zealand is Rajneel Singhs Blank Spaces, which is an interesting story of a young man who fulfils his dream of leaving his mark on a particular blank space on the map will also be telecasted on the channel. The 2011 Indian Film Festival: Bollywood & Beyond is a celebration of Indian Cinema wherein the best of Indian films are showcased for audiences in Australia and New Zealand. UTV World Movies marketing head Kunal Mukherjee said, We always look forward to encourage budding talents from across the world and the IFF Short Film Competition.

The Samajam has announced these forthcoming programmes and events: The new committee of Auckland Malayali Samajam has begun conducting Malayalam Classes for children of age 5 and above. The classes are held at Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga on second Saturdays of every month between 2 and 4pm. The Samajams main youth cultural event Samajam Youvajanolsavam 2011 will be held July 16 at Mt. Roskill War Memorial Hall. Between 2pm 8pm. The competition items for the Samajams Youvajanolsavam 2011

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MIGHT-I Theatres premier Gujarati production Mara Varno Varghodo (My Husbands marriage procession) will be staged on 16th and 17th July at the Avondale Theatre in Auckland. A hilarious comedy about a suspecting wife and a doting husband will keep you rolling in your seats in the first ever Gujarati production in Auckland. Brought to you with the support of Yogijis Foodmart and Panworld Travels (Mangere) this Gujarati play revolves around the saying, True love endures all tests of time. Each one of you will be able to connect with the play as the story is familiar in most household and maybe you will fancy yourself do as Dimple or Ashish. a Varno Vargho Mar Bollywood Dimple and Ashish are happily married, though with touch of alkar Dimple suspects Ashish of having an affair with Comedy play : Prashant Belw Directed by his secretary Roma. Dimples life is turned upside turday @ 7 pm down when her old admirer Dr Jigesh turns up. th July 2011, Sa 16 nday @ 6 pm Dimple is caught between her past and future July 2011 , SuVictor St, Avondale, Auckland 17th and wants to secure the future of her husband Theatre, ing le College and child. She, therefore, decides to get Ashish , $10 Free Seat Venue: Avonda : $15 Reserved ducers: ) Ticket married to Roma. How will Ashish react to /027 440 4440 Executive Pro alkar (534 8000 t Belw 9868) Prashan 222 3278) Dimples idea? Will Roma be ready to accept this 6 5666/021 180 tal Trivedi (027 Bateriwala ( 62 ) Jyotsna Kkun 57 Jayesh lanki (215 4966 mart : 624 57 proposal? Will Ashish and Roma marry? This Chirag Sinh So YOGIJIs Food producers or Gujarati play is with a touch of Bollywood spice L !! ntact Executive For Tickets co ife creates LO Gujju w and hilarious consequences. A total family en& Sacrifices of ions tertainer that promises to keep you thoroughly Where Confus entertained.
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It is alarming to note that in the Auckland community, South Asians (people of Indian origin) have the highest rate of diseases like diabetes, blood pressure and cardiovascular ailments compared to all other ethnic groups. The key message here is to reduce the risk by quitting smoking, eating more heart healthy food/drinks and doing regular exercise. It is time to take responsibility of your own health and make time to exercise. The Auckland Indian Association has organised Pilates, Bollyrobix and a Walking group. Soon we will be running workshops on health issues ie diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, exercises, nutrition etc. on a regular basis. PIlATEs: Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back (core). The original six principles were: concentration, control, center, flow, precision and breathing. The Pilates method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks and inner thighs. At our centre Pilates classes have just been started by an experienced instructor and are gaining popularity. The classes are run every Monday 6.30pm to 7.15pm and the charges are $2.00 for AIAI members and $5.00 for non-members. BOllYROBIx: Come and enjoy Bollyrobix (exercise to Bollywood music) every Saturday, 7.30am to 8.30am, with a qualified instructor Charge: free for AIAI members and $2.00 for nonmembers. You dont have to be fit or young. It suits people of all ages (men and women). You can exercise according to your own ability and fitness. It is an early start but the session will leave you refreshed and invigorated. WAlKInG GROuP: Walk with your friends or relatives, slow or fast, easy or hard, short or long depends on your fitness and stamina. Presently we have organised 1 to 2 hours (will improve the AIAI I would like to sincerely thank ProCare staff specially Purvi Chhichhia who is conducting workshops and Ella Kumar who runs our exercise classes for helping our Indian community. I would like to invite the wider Indian community to take advantage of the services provided to help yourself gain confidence and good health. For more information please contact: with time) walks on Thursdays and Sundays 8.00am start. Place to meet will depend upon the location of the track. WORKshOP: Please note a presentation/workshop on Osteoporosis has been organised by Purvi Chhichhia, (ProCare) at Mahatma Gandhi Centre on Sunday 17th July at 11am to 12.30pm. Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Symptoms: There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include: Bone pain or tenderness. ProCare Health Ltd is actively working and supporting South Asian people including us. On behalf of Ella Kumar Health and Fitness Professional Ph: (H) 09 629 0660 Mobile: 021 047 7642 Email: ellakumar@xtra.co.nz Dhiru M Patel - Chairperson - Health & Fitness Committee Ph: (H) 09 6266 134 Mobile: 0274 99 1947 Email: dhirubp@hotmail.com

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in single gender or mixed teams coming from business houses, workmates or groups of friends with unlimited substitutes. In a SUB Football team, there must be a goalkeeper and 6 outfield players with no less than 5 players on the day. In a mixed team, the goalkeeper may be male or female but not more than 3 male outfield players are permitted. There is also a strict dress code of uniform shirts, short or long pants and footwear. Boots with metal or rigid plastic sprigs, studs or cleats are not permitted. Games of 40 minutes duration are played after work during the week from 6 pm, 6.40 pm and 7.20 pm with nights varying venue to venue. This season SUB Football competitions will be staged at Auckland Domain; Seymour Park, Royal Oak; Walker Park, Pt Chevalier; Riversdale Reserve, Avondale, and Hamiltons Gower Park. Bill Davies hopes to announce other sites prior to the season kick off. For more information about the game, referee training and enrolment, visit www.subfootball.com ABOUT BILL DAVIES Born in Liverpool, England, Bill played Association Football for the team that won Liverpool Primary Schools Knockout and scored the winning goal in the Semi Final. He arrived in NZ in 1963 and played for the Howick Football Club, and later Air New Zealand in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa and USA. He coached at Fencibles United AFC, became President of Fencibles United AFC and ran Summer 7 A-Side Competitions at Riverhills Park, Pakuranga for 3 years. In 1981-82 he ran the Bula-Ball Soccer Festival in Fiji which attracted some 600 players and supporters from New Zealand.

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A Kiwi conceived summer football game for mixed, mens and womens teams is about to kick off its 14th season in Auckland and launch in Hamilton before going nationwide. SUB Football creator Bill Davies is calling for teams and referee candidates from businesses, workmates and friends for the upcoming season which runs from late October until early March. The game is easy to play for anyone who can kick a ball and he says it is a great opportunity for those interested in becoming referees. Davies is a former soccer player and coach who began playing at primary school level in Liverpool. He developed SUB Football to encourage more people to kick a soccer ball instead of carrying or throwing a rugby ball. It was first played in the Auckland Domain and spread across the region. Last year some 300 teams played 2100 games on 50 pitches and over 400 teams are expected to compete this year. Bill Davies has taken the game overseas to Ireland, Australia and the Pacific Islands. In Dublin a newspaper sports editor put him in touch with the famous Home Farm Football Club and he ran competitions there for two summers. There will be 32 teams competing in Melbourne this summer. This season the game will also be played for the first time in Hamilton and Davies is setting up competitions to go nationwide next year. The main difference between SUB Football and Association Football (soccer) is that the Laws of the Game do not permit players to use force when taking or attempting to take, or keep, the ball from an opponent. Players who indulge in referee abuse, violence, serious foul play, spitting at another player or official, or racism, are banned from participation. The game attracts both men and women

Rhythm & Rhapsody II - A Fund Raiser for Shirdi Sai Temple / Community Hall in Auckland
Rhythm and Rhapsody is a programme by the Indian youth to the larger community in Auckland. It attempts to harness the young latent talent in Auckland, both in music and dance. An enthralling fulfilled programme performed exclusively by the youth of the Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan. R&R II ,to be held on 9th July 2011, is in fact a sequel to an earlier very successful programme held on 9th September 2009. The event drew in over 650 people mainly university / school students and the youth performed to a jam packed Avondale College Auditorium. It was a magical night and the audience lapped it all up and was left asking for more. The programme aims at providing a high quality of performance at a very reasonable price. This year the theme of R&RII is Bollywood.Bollywood music and dance has become almost a part of every house hold world over. Most people love the rhythm and beat and incorporate the same with western culture. No wonder the Diwali festival has several Kiwis actually wanting to be part of and participate in the dance itself. Bollywood is synonymous with bright costumes and jewellery and gaiety - resplendent with colour and entertainment; the intricacy of the steps, and the sheer enjoyment of the fulfilled programmes! The organizers have lined up some of the very best songs and dances from Bollywood for the programme. The entire proceeds of the evening will be utilized for funding the temple construction of Saibaba 12-18, Princes Street, Onehunga. The built up area of the temple premises is roughly around 3,000 sq mts, and houses in addition to the shrine of Saibaba, other Deities as well as a Community Hall for the benefit of the greater community of Auckland. The Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan has a membership base of over 1100 members and is fast growing in the social and community based arena. The Children have put in their best efforts and attempt to present an entertainer-rather a show stealer this time!! We would love your presence at the Rhythm and Rhapsody II to be held at Avondale College Auditorium between 6.30 and 9.30 pm on 9th July 2011(Saturday) Entry $ 10 per person a show not be missed! For tickets please contact, Suvidha on 6305817 or Shalini 8202534.

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Stock Exchange :- In the organized scenario, the purchase and sale of equity shares take place through a Stock Exchange. In Indian Stock Market, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) are the major stock exchanges working nationwide where most of the companies are listed. However there are other stock exchanges also working as regional stock exkeeps the cost of transacting considerably lower as compared to transacting in physical certificates. A Depository facilitates holding of equity share in electronic form and enables the transactions of equities to be processed by book entry through their agents - Depository Participants (DP). There are two depositories at present in India, National Securities shares. The introduction of dematerialisaton of shares has been a landmark in the history of the operation of share trading in India. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) was established in 1998 by Government of India as the regulator of capital market in India to protect the interests of investors in securities by overlooking trading policies through appropriate rules and regu-

Most companies are usually started privately by their promoter(s). However, the promoters of BSE & NSE borrowings from banks and capital and the financial institutions may not be sufficient for investmentsrunning the business over for setting up or with a long term. So companies invite the public to participate as co-owners (but without being a part of the management) towards the equity and issue shares to investors. This in Services parlance is called a Public Issue. common Equity markets provide a channel for allocation of Indian those who have a producestments in savings to markets tive need for them. The equity market has two al Funds interdependent and inseparable segments: (I) primary market and (ii) secondary market. However, to invest in Indian equity markets ne Investment are the mandatory requirements: following in Stock Markets 1. Permanent Account Number (popularly known as PAN card) issued by Income Tax utual Funds Department, India 2. Demat account with a ntracts, portfolio reports etc. electronic mode) Depository (to hold shares in 3. Trading account with Broker (to facilitate d buying and selling of shares) 4. NRE or NRO y Bhatia Banking 021 586 352 account (to facilitate payments to and from broker) sanjay.bhatia@ventura1.com Primary Market : In the first phase the promoter would have to make an offering to the general public in the form of an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The IPO is a first sale of equity shares to public by a company which is not listed on the Stock Exchange. In India, the investors of primary market are differentiated in 3 basic categories Retail; Non-Retail and Institutions. All Individual investors (Residents/ NRIs) applying for shares in any IPO up to INR. 200,000 are categorized as Retail. If the application amount of is more than INR 200,000 it is treated as Non-Retail. There is a reservation for retail to the extent of 35% of the total issue size. IPO price may be at face value (at par) or premium. The issuer company in consultation with Merchant Banker decides the price of an issue. The Issue price may be a fixed or a price band leaving market forces deciding the final price. All investors have to apply at a price within the price band, whereas Retail investors can bid their offer at cut-off price. In addition to IPOs, sometimes listed companies once again come to the markets for issue of shares and this is called as a Follow on Public Offer (FPO). Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can apply for the IPOs as well as FPOs without any prior permission. The issuing company is required to take specific or general permission from RBI or Government of India. Applications of shares can be under Repatriation basis or Non Repatriation basis. The payments for repatriation basis should be made through NRE bank account only, whereas payments of the applications with non repatriable basis can be done through either NRE or NRO account. All the equity shares under IPOs and FPOs are issued in electronic form only. Hence it is mandatory to have a demat account before applying for the IPO / FPO. The entire allotment/ listing process are mandatorily required to be completed within a period of 12 working days from closure of the issue. All refunds for unsuccessful bids are given a direct credit to their bank accounts. Many broking firms/ banks also provide an online IPO application for their investors. Secondary Market refers to a market where equity shares are traded after being offered to the public in the primary market. The objective is to allow existing investors to exit and new investors to buy a particular share. The shares can be purchased and sold through only through the members of the recognized stock exchange (Broker). For NRIs to purchase shares in secondary market, RBI permission under Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) is mandatory. With the advent of technology, it is now possible to conduct the transactions for purchase and sale of shares online through a Broker registered with NSE/BSE.

In India, the investors of primary market are differentiated in 3 basic categories Retail; Non-Retail and Institutions. All Individual investors (Residents/ NRIs) applying for shares in any IPO up to INR. 200,000 are categorized as Retail. If the application amount of is more than INR 200,000 it is treated as Non-Retail. There is a reservation for retail to the extent of 35% of the total issue size.

changes. BSE is known to be the oldest stock Depository Limited (NSDL) promoted by lations. Like RBI controlling the banking exchange in the Asia. BSE is the first stock NSE, IDBI Bank Ltd., Unit Trust of India sector, SEBI controls all the Stock Exchangexchange, recognized under Securities Con- and Central Depository Services (India) es, Mutual Funds, Depository Participants, tracts (Regulation) Act. In 1995, BSE came Limited (CDSL) promoted by BSE in asso- Brokers, Merchant Bankers etc. In short all with the online trading mechanism called as ciation with Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, participants of the equity markets are conBOLT. State Bank of India and HDFC Bank. NSDL trolled by SEBI. SEBI works like a watchdog Before 1992, BSE was the only stock ex- and CDSL have complete control on services for the primary markets as well as the secchange with the major participation in Indian related to demat accounts like opening of ondary markets to ensure that trading system equity markets. Later on with the motivation demat account, transfer of shares from one and the security market is not misutilised of increasing the reach of the equity markets demat account to other etc. They also work by unscrupulous elements for their personal NSE was formed with participation of Indus- as the intermediary, assisting the stock ex- gain by causing loss to the genuine investors. trial Development Bank of India, Industrial changes to control the pay in and pay out of (sanjay.bhatia@ventura1.com) Credit and Investment Corporation of India, Industrial Finance Corporation of India, all Insurance Corporations, selected commercial banks and others. 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What does your BINDI say about you?


raM lINgaM When an Indian woman decorates her forehead with sindoor or bindi, she is just following a tradition that goes back at least 5000 years. Wear a bindi or a decorative mark on your forehead and you will never go unnoticed as it is very eyecatching. It is no wonder that bindi has found its way to the international fashion world. In fact the Bindi is one of Indias best recognised symbols in the world. If you wear a bindi what does it say about you? Is it merely a decoration or is there more to it?
An Indian proverb says A womans beauty is multiplied 1,000 times when she wears a bindi. For many Indian women, getting dressed for a special occasion is incomplete without the bindi. As traditions have it, when a traditional Indian woman grooms herself in a lavish Indian way, she gives special importance to decorating her forehead with the bindi. But with modern day bindi stickers, this has been made easy and only for decoration. For generations, bindi has been the most visually attractive of all forms of body decoration. In fact, in the 16 decorations for personal grooming (solah-shrungr), bindi is the first shrungaar and has a strong religious implication. But first - what does the word bindi mean? Like the various aspects of authentic Indian culture, the bindi carries with it a wealth of meaning. Bindi is derived from the sanskrut word bindu, which means dot. Bindi is also known as sindoor, tilaka, tilakam tika or pottu. But kumkum and sindoor are not synonymous as unmarried women use kumkum but not sindoor. The ancient name for bindi is tilaka and teeka or tikka is its distorted form. In ancient times, small decorative leaves were used (which were made by cutting them into different shapes) and then pasted upon the forehead. The decorative leaves (patra) were also known by various names Patralekh, Patramanjari, Patrachhedya or Patrabhanga. Authentic kumkum is of special significance and an essential item in all religious rituals, hence auspicious. The turmeric is dried and powdered with a lime/lemon to give the rich red colored kumkum. Every deity and every altar in Santhana dharma has red kumkum. It is red in colour as red is a known colour of power. Is the practice of bindi really ancient? A cursory look at the ancient paintings, murals from the antiquated Ajant or Ellora caves, Rjasthani paintings or even sculptures from the ancient temples of India, shows that the forehead of the Indian women is always found decorated with ornaments and also bindi. Cave 16 at the Ajanta caves has a mural where a princess and her lady-attendant are with a tray both wearing the bindi. Female figurines excavated at Baluchistan seem to imply application of sindoor to the partition of womens hair in Harapp culture. Personal decoration practices also go back to the times of Rmyana, the Mhbhrata and the Vedic period and till today they havent changed because they still looks cool. In the Mhbhrata, the Pndava queen Draupadi wiped her kumkum off the forehead in anguish at Hastinpur. The practice of using kumkum on foreheads is also mentioned in Vedic religious texts, many ancient texts (Purnas), the Lalitha Sahasranma and di Shankaras Soundarya Lahiri. In the famous eight verses (astakam) on the symbol of Lord Shiva called the Lingashtakam the composer says Kumkuma chandana lepitha lingam.. meaning I bow before that symbol (lingam), which represents the eternal Lord Shiva, adorned by sandal paste and kumkum. Tilaka has been mentioned in Sanskrit plays of Mahkavi Klidasa and other works like Panchatantra. Sant Tulsids mentions it in his Rmcharitmnas at the time of the marriage between Lord Ram and Sit. Kumkum is also showered as an offering (kumkuma archana) during the abhisheka of a deity. In the marriage ceremony, the bridegroom till today makes a tilaka mark on the brides forehead as a sign of wedlock. It is called the Sindoor Dana ceremony and married women adorn the sindoor thereafter. Along with the Indian traditions and rituals, the personal attire and personal grooming (alankaar, shrungaar) also finds a permanent place in Indian lifestyle. Is there a mystic element to bindi? The area where the bindi is positioned is said to be the location of the gnya Chakra (the subtle spiritual eye) in the language of yoga which is said to be the major nerve center in the human body. To the spiritual seeker, the tilaka made of sandalwood paste serve as a reminder of a seekers ultimate goal i.e. enlightenment. The tilak is applied with the prayer - May I remember the Lord. May this pious feeling pervade all my activities. May I be righteous in my deeds. Bindi is certainly a part of the detailed Indian shrungr. It is a common misconception that only married Hindu women wear red bindis as a symbol of wedlock. In modern times, bindis are worn by many in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and is not restricted to Dharma based religions. These days even women from other cultures adorn a bindi. So what does your Bindi say about you? Does it mean your culture, your religion, your ethnic identity, your marital status or is it just for decoration? It could be any of the above, some of the above or even all of the above. Can none of the above is an option?

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Bank of India registers with NZ Reserve Bank
Looking at the mess with Greece and the health of the euro-american banking industry (where 50% of NZs GDP is tied into)... bla bla bla investing with Indian Banks looks like a wise and safe thing to do. Chris

Pepper negotiations with soft power


To western eyes since times immemorial, India is nothing if it is not a surfeit of emotions, a bundle of contradictions, a sensory overload, a functioning anarchy as someone rather pithily put it. Some are turned off by it at the very outset, others are curious enough to return and give it another go, while still others attain nirvana both of the spiritual kind and more lately the delightfully delicious commercial kind. Making sense of India can be a lifelong pursuit. Winning Indian hearts is comparatively easier. As Prime Minister John Key found out last week during his state visit. Throwing in Bollywood and cricket Indias two greatest obsessions that have both turned out to be billion dollar money spinners for thousands of people Mr Key and New Zealand were instant news in the country. This was a great demonstration of leveraging New Zealands soft power. The concept of soft power is somewhat fuzzy and trying to put ones finger on what exactly is New Zealands soft power would doubtless elicit a range of possibilities. But everyone agrees that New Zealand has a great positive brand that is instantly recognized anywhere in the world. Friendly, clean and green, nice guys to have around, innovative, inventive, a nation that punches far above its weight in many areas of human endeavour all hugely positive attributes. The Prime Minister reinforced that long held image of the average New Zealander during his engagements with a wide section of people in New Delhi and Mumbai. It is now a question of blending that niceness with the harder realities of negotiating the remaining rounds of the proposed Free Trade Agreement. Having gained experience of going through all the hoops of the FTA with China, New Zealand is better positioned to negotiate such deals. But dealing with India will undoubtedly be easier because of a number of reasons at least procedurally we speak the same language, have the same legal systems born out of the British system, share a common colonial legacy and have a wider range of common business interests. None of that, however, guarantees a smooth run up to the FTA, which everyone likes to believe will be done, dusted and signed by the end of the first quarter of next year. Though the Prime Ministers cricket and Bollywood diplomacy would help oil the wheels of the deal to an extent and help put smiles around the negotiating tables, it will need hard nosed pragmatism on the part of both parties to yield to the other as much as practicable without compromising core interests before the deal is a goer. There will be sensitive issues to be skirted or ironed out some of these will be perceptional, as in the case of agriculture and dairy. It will be important for New Zealand to emphasise that these will ultimately work to the benefit of Indian farmers and dairymen, since what is being proposed is largely of a non-competing nature. Logic almost always goes for a toss when politics enters. This is where emotions kick in and thats when it all gets irrational. Agriculture and dairy are highly emotional issues in India and must be handled carefully. Thats where perhaps New Zealand can bring its soft power into play and demonstrate how its innovativeness and productivity expertise can help Indian dairy farmers and agriculturists. That would be a good way for New Zealand to worm its way into the agricultural sector rather than stick to more conventional approaches centred on tariff negotiations. Going by last weeks visit, there is little doubt that New Zealand has changed its approach toward India and has learned the art of mixing a bit of soft power with emotion and passion while keeping a firm hold on hard nosed business imperatives. It is a strategy that is all to the good. - Dev Nadkarni

India protests Pakistan naval violations

Is Pakistan navy (with possible blessings with their all weather friend who are known to have extensive African interests and network) building strategic depth and terror deals with Somali pirates? Would not be surprised since this rescue seems to be too easy with not even a single bullet fired, and money changing hands on intervention by Pakistani human rights champions. K. Pillai

Bharvi is such a great person that i asked her to marry me.I am a Detective in Auckland and i can honestly say that she is the best police officer that i know.If constable Bhatt is on your case you can be sure that it will be investigated to the best that she can.She is an awesome police officer, but also a wonderful partner and a great Mum. We love her. Gregory Burgess There are numerous Indian women who have been actively supported by their families (especially among Punjabis, Guajaratis, Andhraites, Keralites and Bengalis) to use whatever means to be able to get a foreign passport. Then they usually get their parents, siblings et al to NZ or wherever. Bharvi did well not to follow them into call centres or checkout clerk hood of NZ dream. - K. Pillai

Steely nerves behind the friendly smile: Bharvi Bhatt

A language that died a long time ago

Indus Script as Old Brahmi: Note that nothing in the Vedic texts shows any discontinuity, and that Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekanand, Yoganand, Dayanand Saraswati etc. all stated there was no Aryan Invasions. The Indus script has also been deciphered by NS Rajaram and N. Jha who have written a book on it, as being Old Brahmi, the prototype to Devanagari. The Dwaraka Script around 1500BCE is also a version of Brahmi and is the intermediate between the two scripts. It is a Vedic Sanskrit tongue, not Dravidian. Durgadas

The cosmology of Hinduism

I believe that there must some logic behind our Purana. Because when I heard about Milky Way galaxy I can relate it with Kshirsagar of Vishnu. There is very much scope to study and make logic of our Puranas. Jigna Dholakia I believe the Puranas to be history. There are those who say it is foolish to believe in the devas, etc but some ancient civilisation actually did exist and their stories have come down to us. The fault is in the interpretation of these stories - how one generation feel it is foolish and choose to amend to fit to their way of thinking. This has happened again and again until we have the present day interpretation that our own people find unacceptable. Please also read this http://ow.ly/5wCTf Nalinesh

BollyworX- A Pathway to Health Success

It is great to see that Asians are accepting Bollywood more and more, and now understand that true health for South Asian can come only through accepting Indian standards of Bollywood exercise. South Asia has always been an area of Indian influence, and even now there are temples all over Bandladesh, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, PNG and Koreas. By accepting Bollywood these South Asian countries are only reaffirming the great influence India always had on them. Stephen Allguri

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Time to outgrow the frog-in-the-well Kiwi mindset


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It was refreshing to see Prime Minister John Key determined not to let ideology get in the way of pragmatism in the best interests of New Zealand during his state visit to India last week. It is easy to miss the wood for the trees when one looks at the fast changing world through the rose tinted glasses of twentieth century ideology, like some Kiwis including those in the media do. While no one discounts the importance of standing ones ground as regards ones beliefs and values, it is rather nave to jeopardise hard to come by economic opportunities under the false notion that doing business with nations that xo not share our world view compromises our values. Mr Key regularly fielded questions from New Zealand media about doing business with India while it continued to refuse to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). New Zealands stand on matters nuclear is well known in the world and has won it some respect, while also icing its relationship with countries like the United States over the years, which is only now beginning to thaw. This change of heart is happening purely in the interest of geopolitical strategy again, an instance of pragmatism taking precedence over ideology. In daily media briefings during the India visit, the Prime Minister explained that New Zealand would continue to reiterate its anti-nuclear stance at all international platforms including his diplomatic meetings in India and during bilaterals but added that it was important not to let that get in the way of doing business with the second fastest growing economy in the world. The stand that some in the New Zealand media took during a visit to India with former Prime Minister Helen Clark is a classic case of missing the wood for the trees. Rather than focus on the opportunities available to New Zealand technology companies to team up with Indian engineering talent, they chose to criticise Ms Clark for visiting a company that was involved in designing some components for Indias nuclear power set up as a peripheral ancillary supplier. So very 1970s. We can see where Mr Key is coming from when he says a twenty first century perspective is needed to deal with these issues. Just as in human relationships, there has to be a sense of give and take in relationships between nations, if they are to work together for mutual benefit. Even the best of friends differ in their points of view and beliefs but they rarely let those differences come in the way of the relationship they share. The Prime Minister was also disappointed at criticism in the New Zealand media for having travelled with his entourage and delegation of 28 businesspeople from New Zealand in a Royal New Zealand Air Force jet. The Prime Ministerial entourage was travelling at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Indian government also accorded the trip the status of a state visit, signaling the importance it places on its developing a closer relationship with New Zealand. It was only in the fitness of things than New Zealand did. It assigned an Air India Airbus 320 to ferry a part of the entourage to Agra and Mumbai from New Delhi. It closed down roads in both cities to ensure smooth and safe passage to the prime ministerial motorcade. Mind you, the loss in productivity because of stalled traffic in a fast growing economic environment like India is by no means small. In Agra, the Indian government closed the Taj Mahal to visitors to accommodate the New Zealand state the Indian authorities. The reason is partly cultural as well. Treat a guest like God, goes an ancient Sanskrit saying, which has found its way into almost all Indian languages. But more than that, India understands the imperatives of doing business internationally and increasingly engaging with the worlds countries no matter how big or small better than to let ideology and petty mindedness to get in the way. The key to doing business with India successfully and hitching the New Zealand economy to the Indian juggernaut is to accept that India is different, it has a range of problems many of them unpalatable, even abhorrent and you simply cant wish them away. But if you learn to accept them and work around them, there are overwhelming positives about this extraordinary subcontinent that can bring the most handsome of rewards. Sir Ken Stevens of one of New Zealands most successful global companies, Glidepath, admits that he at first believed he could never do business in India. Today, it is one of his biggest markets for airport baggage handling systems as India emerges as the worlds largest aviation market. We need to look outside our cosy little well at the bottom of the world. The fast growing Indian economy may well be the apocryphal princess waiting with pursed lips poised for the kiss thatll leapfrog us into princes of wealth. With last weeks state visit, I suspect weve caught the princess eye.

We need to look outside our cosy little well at the bottom of the world. The fast growing Indian economy may well be the apocryphal princess waiting with pursed lips poised for the kiss thatll leapfrog us into princes of wealth.
visit at considerable inconvenience not just to locals but also international tourists who would have to wait several hours, undoubtedly earning opprobrium for the local tourism authorities. Why did India have to do it for a small country like New Zealand, with which, even when it signs an FTA, the gains cant be a patch on what it stands to gain from similar deals with resource rich, fast emerging economies in Eastern Europe and South America? None in Indias vibrant and live wire media asked this question of

that the entourage flew in a state plane rather than a commercial service. If costs were an issue, it must be mentioned that the visit was by no means a freebie to accompanying New Zealand media and the business delegation. Though the flights were discounted considerably, the media and business paid for their stay and local transport in India. On the other hand, the Indian government spent far more in terms of money and resources on this state visit

Democracy and its subversion in Jammu & Kashmir


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Over 79 percent of the electorate exercised their right to vote, between April 13 to June 27, 2011, in the village Panchayat elections in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The elections which were due in 2006 then could not be held because of the security reasons. Moreover, as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah noted, on April 13, 2011, This is the first real Panchayat election in the State in 33 years, the last one in 2001 was only on paper half the seats remained empty. The Panchayat elections of 2001 were partial in nature, as they could not be conducted across Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora Districts, due to terrorist threats and violence. The last elections for all Panchayat constituencies in the State were held in 1977-78. The sheer scale of the electoral exercise, implemented in a situation of significant residual terrorist threat, is remarkable. The process stretched over 17 phases, with 5.07 million voters electing a total of 4,130 sarpanchs (village heads) and 29,719 panchs (village representatives). The elections were, by and large, peaceful, marred by just a few incidents of violence. In one such incident, Hasina Begum (40), a panch candidate from Karpora in the Pakherpora area of Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam District was killed by unidentified militants on April 15, 2011, six days before elections were to be held in her constituency. Hasina was affiliated with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Significantly, not a single vote was cast at Karpora village when the elections were held on May 21. On May 24, a newly elected sarpanch was killed by unidentified terrorists at village Chak Salarian near Ramgarh in Samba District. His son was also injured in the attack. On May 10, a terrorist shot at and injured a sarpanch candidate, identified as Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Chopan, at Machipora-Zainageer in the Sopore area of Baramulla District. Crucially, the Panchayat elections once again demonstrated that more than two decades of terrorism in the State had failed to change the basic nature of Kashmiri society. In Wusan village, Aasha Jee, became the first Kashmiri Pandit woman to win the Panchayat polls in a predominantly Muslim village in the Kunzer block of one of the Districts worst afflicted by the Pakistanbacked Islamist terrorist movement Baramulla. Another Kashmiri Pandit, Makhan Lal Zutshi, won an uncontested panch seat in the Muslim dominated Tahab village in Pulwama District. Moreover, 25 Sikhs also won elections from Muslim dominated constituencies The successful accomplishment of these elections will lead to constitution of Panchayats, long envisaged as the way to empower people at the grass root level, raising the expectations and aspirations of 12.5 million people in the State. The Panchayats execute range of developmental works, including agricultural support, minor irrigation, street paving, building of culverts and repairing schools. The State Government is expected to receive Central Assistance of about INR 20 billion under various schemes for rural development during the 13th Finance Commission period. The Centre has made it clear to the Abdullah Government that it must immediately act on transferring power to the newly elected Panchayats and fulfill its promise of devolution of power. The Centre is particularly concerned that if the newly elected village representatives are not given the benefit of devolution, a strong anti-Government backlash may emerge. Unfortunately, there are already indications that the empowerment of the Panchayats would be resisted within the entrenched political establishment in the State. A concerned Chief Minister Abdullah thus commented, The easy job of elections is behind us, now the tough bit... He, however, disclosed that a Committee of high ranking officers headed by the Chief Secretary is working out a transfer of functions, funds and functionaries to Panchayats, and that the report of the Committee was in the last stage of formulation. J&K is also looking to refurbish its Panchayat Raj Act, 1989. The State Government is also contemplating elections for municipal corporations and committees in urban areas. In the 3-tier Panchayat system, the Vice Chairmen of District Development Boards will be elected representatives of Panchayats. This will enable the Panchayats to be an important part in decision making at the District level, said Abdullah. Notably, the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian Constitution, which guarantee a set of far-reaching powers to Panchayats across the country, are not applicable in the State due to its special constitutional status. Thus, the local Member of Legislative Assembly in J&K remains a very powerful arbiter of finances at the District and village level, which is not the case elsewhere in the country. These are elements that new legislation in the State would seek to address. Despite the tremendous achievements of the Panchayat Election 2011, and the many declarations of intent thereafter, there is a multiplicity of reasons for no more than qualified optimism. These were the first largely peaceful and elections with high voter participation. In fact, the State Assembly and Parliamentary polls of 2008 and 2009 were largely peaceful as well as, and saw relatively high turnouts of 61.49 and 39 per cent, respectively (volumes comparable to participation in a number of other States unaffected by insurgent or terrorist violence). Ajit Kumar Singh is Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

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AFL Commits to upgrade Fiji aviation


The Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) is looking forward to further developments at airports around the country over the next few years. AFL has a capital works program of more than $120million for the next few years. This was revealed by the AFL chairman Mr Adrian Sofield while handing a dividend cheque of $1m to the Attorney General and Minister for Public Enterprises, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva last week. We had a very successful year and we look forward to further development of airports around Fiji. We will continue to invest in safety, ensuring that all our compliance requirements are adhered to, Mr Sofield said. Compared to 2009, AFL did remarkably well in 2010 where its net profit after tax increased from $5.7m to about $8.75m. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was the highest ever net profit since AFLs establishment in 1998. However, you would also have noticed that the dividend that was paid out last year of approximately $3m was higher in 2009 as opposed to the $1m we are receiving for 2010; not withstanding the fact that we made a profit. The reason for that is because AFL needs to undertake significant capital works in the coming years, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

AFL has a capital works program of more than $120million for the next few years.

He highlighted that some of the upgrading works had already started. This includes the upgrade of Nausori Airport, including lights for landing at night. This makes Nausori Airport a lot more attractive as a destination and of course opens up this part of Fiji. It also means that airlines such as Air Pacific, which is

the national carrier, can have a lot more flexibility in its service times, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. Also, there will be upgrade works done at the Lakeba airstrip. The tender has already been awarded and in two weeks time, the strip will be upgraded in Lakeba. There are other upgrades in Savusavu and Nadi Airport.

The minister said AFL was also working on upgrades to adhere to international requirements. There are various International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements where the apron needs to be extended, works to be done on the runway and various recessors, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. For example, when planes get

off the runway, there needs to be a certain level of firmness and softness so that the planes do not get damaged any further. These are the sort of capital projects and works that AFL will be engaging in and approximately $120m worth of capital works will be invested into over the next three years or so. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a need to ensure a proper, modern and efficient management team base to position not just AFL but Fiji as a whole as far as civil aviation was concerned. AFL has been carrying out what is generally referred to as social obligations, that is, the running of airports that do not make a profit at all, the minister added. In fact, none of the airports make a profit in Fiji except Nadi. Nadi Airport subsidises all the other airports and it would appear that there has been no long term goal plan in terms of changing that permutation pertaining to profitability and profitable sights. I am glad to note that the current board is working on that particular area and looking at a long term strategy. Mr Sayed Khaiyum said all these would ensure that AFL remained a profitable and a viable proposition. AFL is operating two international airports as well as 13 domestic airports around the country.

Media must Help Fiji Heal Christchurch appeal funds presented says USP Economist to Red Cross
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Dr Prasad, who is also dean of the University of the South Pacifics Faculty of Business and Economics, said dialogue with different groups and political parties in Fiji and its international partners could do much in encouraging stability. The sugar industry is on the verge of collapse, the construction industry is down and other export sectors are not doing well, he said. Actual earnings uncertain While tourism numbers are picking up, the actual earnings have not been commensurate with numbers. Since the first two coups in 1987, more than 100,000 Fiji citizens have left with their experience, skills and savings and recent trends show that this is continuing. Dr Prasad added the economy would take years to recover. We as a nation need to understand that economies are built on some fundamental principles, he said. He added that confidence about security, laws, economic policies, certainty and expectation of the future would determine how people behaved in an economy. Good governance was a must and all stakeholders needed to be involved in achieving any of its sustainable outcomes and reforms, he said. SUVA, June 30 - Mai TV, in partnership with ANZ Bank and The Fiji Times, have raised more than $5000 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. The companies presented a cheque for $5,196.18 to the Fiji Red Cross at its headquarters in Suva today, to pass on to its New Zealand counterpart. The money will help with the rehabilitation work following the Christchurch earthquake in February which left hundreds dead and devasted the city. Mai TVs Manoa Rasigatale, Stefan Fulton, ANZs head of transformation and The Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley presented the cheque to Fiji Red Cross acting director Christopher Ho. The appeal had run on Mai TV, in The Fiji Times and at ANZ branches across Fiji from March to

Suva: The news media has an important role to play in uniting a fractured nation such as Fiji, says economist and academic Dr Biman Prasad. Media needs to become a force for unity not disunity as we have sometimes seen in the past, he said, speaking at a recent Lions Club dinner. Dr Prasad stressed that a real start to a stronger nation could only be achieved once media censorship and the public emergency regulations were lifted. This, however, came with responsibility, he said. While it is important that we have a free media, it is equally important for the media to get a proper grasp of its role and responsibility in a developing, multiethnic nation such as Fiji.

The Fiji Times Editor Fred Wesley (left), Mai TV presenter Manoa Rasigatale and ANZs Head of Transformation Stefan Fulton (right) present the cheque to Fiji Red Cross acting Director Christopher Ho (centre) at the Fiji Red Cross office in Gorrie Street, Suva. (Thursday June 30).

May 31. The Fiji Red Cross Society will hand the money to The New Zealand High Commission and the New Zealand Red Cross to be distributed to the victims of the

earthquake. Stephan Fulton, ANZs head of transformation said: I am deeply touched as a New Zealander. Its great to see that so many Fijians have contributed to the appeal.

Fiji, Botswana join hands


The Republic of Botswana and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York last week. Fijis Permanent Representative to the United Nations Peter Thomson and his counterpart from Botswana, Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, signed a joint communiqu establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations on June 28, 2011. The signing ceremony was attended by Counsellor Luke Daunivalu of the Fiji Mission and Counsellor Faith Daniel of the Botswana Mission. In formalising diplomatic relations, Fiji and Botswana have affirmed their desire to be guided by the principles and purposes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and international law, particularly those pertaining to the respect and promotion of international peace and security, states sovereignty, the mutual respect for independence, equality among states, international treaties, territorial integrity and non-interference in the domestic affairs of other nations.

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Ek Bura Aadmi in Udaipur


Mumbai: Yeh Saali Zindagi famed Raghubir Yadav is busy these days shooting their latest film Ek Bura Aadmi in multiple locations of India. Produced by Zaina Mastoora the shooting of the film has been done in multiple locations like Udaipur, Rajasthan and Fatehgarh Fort. The films director Ishraq Khan said, There is a romantic song based on the lead pair, Arunoday and Angira, parts of which was shot in the Fatehgarh Fort. The song takes place when Arunoday and Angira, who are playing husband and wife in the film, meet after a long time. Tochi Raina has sung several songs in the film. Director Ishraq Khan, who originates from Suratgarh in Rajasthan when asked the reason for naming the film Ek Bura Aadmi said, The films story goes that way. It is about the fact that every-one has a bad person in them. Actor Arunoday Singh said, I am playing the character of Munna Siddiqui and in the scene, I am sitting on the terrace of my house, cleaning my rifle, when Kittu Gidwani, who is playing the role of a politician, comes to meet me wearing a black burqa and I greet her with my rifle still in my hand. I am playing a very pivotal role of a politician and I am enjoying it, said Kittu Gidwani when asked about her role. The star cast includes names like Raghuvir Yadav, Kittu Gidwani, Yashpal Sharma and Angira.

I Hate Luv Storys celebrates one year


Mumbai: One of Dharma Productions runaway hit films of last year, I Hate Luv Storys was lapped up by audiences in India and abroad, by young and old alike. A romantic-comedy starring two of Bollywoods hottest young stars, Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor, the movie takes a pot-shot at everything from designer sets to dancing in the rain in chiffon saris. Providing a uniquely fun and saucy take of todays gen-next, I Hate Luv Storys was successful at pulling in the crowds to the theaters. I Hate Luv Storys completes one year on the 2nd of July and for those of you who still cant get enough of adorable, filmy Simran or sarcastic, witty Jay and their romantic love story, take a break from your hectic schedules and relive the magic of their refreshing romance on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Punit Malhotra, Dharma Productions latest talented and enthusiastic young director has jokingly revealed that his debut movie I Hate Luv Storys is according to him the greatest movie ever

made. At 28, many may think that hes too young to handle the intricacies of filmmaking, but Punit is a veteran when it comes to working behind the camera. Having assisted director-producer Karan Johar on blockbusters like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Amol Palekar on Paheli and Tarun Mansukhani on Dostana as creative director, Punits tonguein-cheek answer to a question about how he considered his direc-

Mr. Bhatti on Chutti to release July 29


Mumbai: Anupam Khers new film Mr. Bhatti on Chutti is all set to release across India on July 29. Director Karan Razdans first comedy film Mr Bhatti on Chutti stars Anupam Kher, Bhairavi Goswami, Ashwani Chopra, Abid Ali, Shakti Kapoor, Emma Kearney, Pawan Shankar, Neha Phendse and Amitabh Bachchan in a special appearance. The film has completed its final shoot schedule and shot a promo-

tional song with Anupam Kher and UKs pop Band Taz-Stereo Nation at Filmcity recently. Mr Bhatti on Chutti is a comedy film but there is much more to it in the larger sense. It talks about the common man Mr. Bhattis dream of a workable peace plan in a world ravaged by war and hunger. Amitabh Bachchan plays Mr Bhattis conscience and also his inspiration.

tion to be was that the director was truly talented and completely true to his craft. He also humbly mentioned that Dharma Productions is very proud of the film and of course, being one of Dharmas biggest hits last year, I Hate Luv Storys is truly another feather in their cap.

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Katrina tops FHMs list of sexy woman

Big B clashes with Imran Khan


Mumbai: It will be a clash of the youth and the senior youth of the big screen on Friday as Imraan Khans Delhi Belly and Amitabh Bachchans Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap are all set to hit the giant screen. The highly pumped up peppy number Bhag Bhag DK Bose from the film Delhi Belly has already grabbed the attention of the listeners since the time it went o air. On the other hand, the dancing Big B is seen delivering stronger dialogues stating : Budhha hoga tera bap (Its your father who is old). Directed by Poori Jagannath, the film features actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Minissha Lamba and Raveena Tandon. Interestingly,both the films have a common point with Aamir and Amitabh performing retro item dance numbers for their movies. Speaking on the film he commented: The film deals with average boys who are stuck in a crazy situation. The attraction of the movie surely lies in the item number by Aamir Mr. Perfectionist Khan himself by gracing himself up in a retro look. The item song that was done by Aamir was indeed to be a last minute surprise for the audience, Imran commented. After all the hard works are done by the actors of both the movies it is now time for the audience to decide on the fate of the films as they hit the silver screen on July 1. I am excited, mad and thrilled to see Aamir and Imran. The songs are really rocking, college student Anamika Chatterjee said. I will see both the films within Saturday. Both of them

Mumbai: B-town beauty Katrina Kaif maintained her top position as far as beauty is concerned in the global sphere as she was ranked number one in the lifestyle magazine FHMs list of 100 Sexiest Women for the third year at a stretch, media reports said. The gorgeous lady of Bollywood unveiled a special cover of FHM that featured her photograph in the cover page of the special issue recently in Mumbai. Katrina and Hrithik starrer, Zoya Akhtars Zindagi Na

Milegi Dobara is all set to hit the screen in the coming days. The songs of the film have already gained popularity and now it will be interesting to see how the most desirable pair of B-town performs on screen. Katrinas fans will also be happy to know that the gorgeous actor is all set to become the latest Dhoom girl as she will be seen pumping up some action sequences with Amir Khan in Dhoom 3. She will also perform special training to look more sexier for the role, media reports said.

Earlier in Dhoom and Dhoom 3 Indian audience have already seen Bollywood sizzlers like Aishwarya Rai, Bipasha Basu and Esha Deol raising the mercury with their bikini clad avatars. She was selected over Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone for this character in the third sequel of the highly adrenaline rushing B-town thriller, media reports said. Produced by Yash Raj films the third edition of the film will feature perfectionist Aamir Khan in a key role.

Shah Rukh pairs up with Katrina


Mumbai: Yash Chopras next directorial venture stars the king of romance, Shahrukh Khan. As Yashji put it earlier, Everyone knows that when I make a movie, Shahrukh will be involved with it. He is like family to YRF and I have always regarded him as one of my own. However, after days of media conjecturing, we are happy to confirm that the two ladies, who will also be a part of this project, are Katrina Kaif, who will be playing a role opposite Shahrukh for the very first time, and Anushka Sharma, who was launched in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, alongside Shahrukh. Orchestrated by Yash Chopra, this untitled movie will mark the coming together yet again of the award winning duo of the music maestro A. R. Rahman and the poet & lyricist, Gulzar. When we spoke with him, he shared some of his thoughts with us. Its been 7 years since I directed Veer-Zaara and as I begin work on my new film I hear my inner voice asking me a lot of questions. Are you sure you want to direct again, you are nearly 80 years old and the audience is getting younger day by day. Can I really speak from my heart and still expect todays youth to listen before? Will I be able to inspire Rahman and Gulzar Bhai enough to create their best work yet? said Chopra. The honest answer I DONT KNOW! All I know is that Im making a film that I believe in, a film that is about love and nothing else. A film which has an old soul but a young heart. A film which is classic in its look but contemporary in its language. A film which Im making on one simple faith... the love that my audiences have given to me over the years. They have tolerated my i n d u lge n c e s for the past 50 years, Im sure they will indulge me one more time, he said. The film is scheduled for a Diwali 2012 release, the festive time when Yash Chopra movies over the years have lit up homes worldwide. Yashji, its nice to have you back in the Directors Chair!

It will be a clash of the youth and the senior youth of the big screen on Friday as Imraan Khans Delhi Belly and Amitabh Bachchans Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap
Produced by Aamir Khan, Delhi Belly features Imran Khan, Shenaz Treasuryvala, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Vijay Raaz. Imran Khan said in an interview to a national news channel: I am generally very nervous before my films releases. seems to promise us lot of entertainment, a young professional Tanmoy Ghosh said. I belong to the generation of Big B. So no matter what happens i will try to see his film first, a Kolkata based businessman Arnab Mukherjee said.

Subhash Ghais 70 mm plans


Mumbai: The Show Man on Hindi Cinema Subhash Ghai plans to transform Entertainment into a much Bigger Experience with his decision to venture into the exhibition business. After Production & Distribution, the Filmmaker decides to make a chain of multiplexes operational under the banner of Mukta Cinemas Brand. Industry sources reveal that, the company plans to invest Rs 50 crores in the next 3 years & most probably plans to tie up with mall owners in Baroda, Ahmedabad and Bhopal, on a revenue-sharing model. Also plans to rent space, instead of buying properties outright. The company plans to roll out 14 screens this financial year, with an investment of Rs 20 crore. Ravi Gupta, CEO of Mukta Arts,

to me? Will I be able to live up to the blind faith that Shahrukh Khan has in me and give him yet another memorable romantic film? Will I be able to present the beautiful Katrina Kaif and the very talented Anushka Sharma in a way they have never been seen

confirmed the development, saying: After production and distribution, exhibition was the next logical step for us. The distribution arm of Mukta already controls the programming of 160 single-screen cinema halls and multiplexes, including Big Cinemas, Inox, Fame and several other chains and standalone properties. The Company also has interests in television and equipment hiring & also operates the Whistling Woods Institute, which imparts training in various skills related to films, television, and the media industry. Its believed that once the Company ventures into this territory, it will embark all the major streams of the film business. So after introducing Mega-Movies, MegaTalents, now its time for some Mega-Experience!

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Mumbai: Popular entertainment channel Imagine TV promises to bring more entertainment in the evening time with the launch of two new serials in the prime time slots. Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna and Saware Sabke Sapne : Preeto are the two new shows that will be aired on the channel at 8 pm and 8:30 pm in the evening. Announcing the launch of the two new shows, Saurabh Tewari Head of Programming Fiction, Imagine TV said, The launch of these two new shows is in sync with our strategy of providing quality content for our audience which is engaging and entertaining at the same time. He said: The backdrop and setting of Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna and Saware Sabke Sapne : Preeto are conceptually distinct from each other and unique in their own way following powerful and gripping storylines. We are confident that with a strong star cast and exceptional performances, these shows will strike a chord with our viewers across the country. Produced by Sagar Pictures, Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna will highlight the various phases of Lord Krishnas life. Moti Sagar, owner, Sagar Pictures said, Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shri Krishna will tell the untold stories of Lord Krishna for the first time on Indian television. We have recreated Krishnas Dwarka and to maintain the feel and look of the show, calendar art has been followed closely. Costumes and jewelry has been recreated with semi precious stones and pearls with elaborate embroidery to lend authen-

Imagine TV launches two new serials

ticity to the costumes worn by the Gods. It will be one of the grandest shows in terms of sets, costumes, look, casting and VFX, he commented. Actor Vishal Karwal will be playing the lead character of Krishna in this show. Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto is a story of the Sodi family, Set against the backdrop of Punjab, Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto is a family entertainer that deals with the story of the Sodi family. Ankita Sharma will be seen the character of Preeto in the serial while the other list of actors include names like Susheel Parashar, Nitika Anand, Divya Bhatnagar, Ira Soni, Devoleena Bhattacharjee and Mahima Makwana. Dheeraj Kumar from Creative Eye Limited said, Preeto is someone every girl of her age can relate to, as it is a reflection of their own lives. It is an honor to work with Imagine TV and join hands with them on this interesting show that is sure to captivate the hearts of the audiences and young girls across the country. Both the serials will premiere on July 4 and the viewers can see them from Monday to Friday at the prime time.

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Nine-yard Seduction:
Be it the 1950s or 2011, saree still tops the list for Bollywood heroines, especially when it comes to playing around a mans fantasy. Sreya Basu reports
Remember Kurbaan days? When women activists of Shiv Sena draped a saree on the bare-backed poster of Kareena Kapoor? Well, that was loud. But fact remains, the audience, as well as actors still prefer sarees over skin-showers. A bikini-clad heroine may hit the spot for teenagers, but the more enduring allure lies with the modernday likes of a saree clad Nargis, Madhubala, Hema Malini, Rekha or Sridevi. sarees pallu in a way that leave their entire bosom exposed. Its ugly, says Kher. Kher gets a supporter in designer Ashley Rebello, who dressed actor Sonakshi Sinha in Dabangg. The half pallu is trashy. Its not how you wear a saree, says Rebello. Going back a little, it was actorcum-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who for the first time used saree to evoke a mans fantasy. He and costume designer Bhanu Athaiya brained together and presented Zeenat Aman in a wet, white saree in Satyam Shivan Sundaram (1978), which later became a fantasy costume for Bollywood. Zeenats white saree created a nation-wide rage, more so, as it was probably for the first time Indian men saw how a saree gloriously failing to hide its leading ladys assets. Raj Kapoor repeated the same formula in his film Ram Tei Ganga Maili (1985), where Mandakini was seen in a soaking white saree as a symbolic gesture to the inner modesty and simplicity of her character.

the saree in Bollywood

Its a damp and dewy Nargis singing Pyaar Huya Ikrar Huya; or a rain-soaked Madhubala giving her signature looks to Kishore Kumar as he croons Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si; or a silk-draped Madhubala trying to seduce her hero with Na Jaon Saiyaan that the audience finds more alluring. After all, leaving something to imagination surely does the trick for HiFI heroines...and they too know it well. Agrees actor Kirron Kher, who has a huge collection of sarees, Indian heroines look best in sarees. It is the most romantic piece of clothing. A saree makes a slim heroine look gorgeous and helps a slightly plump one conceal her flab. However, she finds it trashy the way todays heroines drape the nineyard. There are top actresses (I dont want to name them) who wear the

You feel like respecting a woman when you see her in a saree. I love to see my heroine in a saree, says actor Akshay Kumar. It was Mumtaz and Asha Parekh, who experimented with the way one dons a saree. Again a Bhanu Athaiya creation, Mumtaz wore a flaming orange saree below her belly button tightly hugging her hips in a double cinch in 1968 film Brahmachari. With her hip-swivelling to Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche, she proved saris can be fun. Over the years, sarees have not only been used as a fantasy element, but also to convey the simplicity, maturity, fun or traditionalism in a character. I love to wear sarees...on and off screen. I believe no designer wear can match the magic a saree can create...its elegant, yet sexy, says actor Rani Mukherjee.

Jaya Bhaduris simple saree in Abhimaan (1973) portrayed her vulnerability. In Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Hema Malini differentiated between her meek and mischievous avatar with a saree. Saira Banu had to transform from a West-influenced, cigarette smoking girl to a saree-clad desi girl to win over Manoj Kumar in 1970 film Purab Aur Paschim. Even Sharmila Tagore, who dared to don swimsuits on-screen, draped an orange saree in Grecian style to draw Rajesh Khanna towards her, while Roop Tera Mastana played in the background (Aradhana, 1969). Rekhas flowing hair, glass bangles and shadowed silk and chiffon sarees brought out the eternal lover Chandni in Yash Chopras Silsila (1981). A blue-saree clad Sridevi romancing an invisible Ani Kapoor in Kaate nehin kat te (Mr India, 1987) and Madhuri Dixit going Dhak Dhak in Beta (1992) renewed the fantasy that a saree was all about. The best saree-seduction song till date has to be Dimple Kapadias in Saagar (1985). That scarlet saree, open-backed choli crisscrossed with strings, rolling amidst

the waves and singing Jaane do na... No one has ever looked hotter in a saree, says Rebello. In 1998, filmmaker Karan Johar used saree as a transformation tool from a girl to a woman in Kajol (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai). I am most comfortable in a saree. I tried western wear for sometime on and off screen. But thats not for me. Saree brings out my real self, says Vidya Balan. Name a heroine, who has not donned a saree to play around with a mans fantasy and you will not find any even on Google. To name a few-theres Vidya Balan dangling her sarees pallu provocatively in Parineeta (2005), Priyanka Chopra going Desi Girl in Dostana (2008), a dripping sareeclad Katrina Kaif trying to seduce Akshay Kumar in De Dhana Dhan (2009), Kareena Kapoor dancing in the rains with Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots ( 2009) and a red saree-clad Anushka Sharma kissing Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). The latest addition is of course, Sonakshi Sinha, who sports a mirror-worked white saree in a dream sequence with Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010).

Chiranjeevi quits acting for politics


Hyderabad: Telegu film star Chiranjeevi will no more be seen on the silver screen as he announced his decision to quit acting on Tuesday last week. The South Indian actor turned politician said that the people of Andhra Pradesh want to see him sitting on the Chief Ministers seat in real life so their is no need for him to perform on screen any more and concentrate more in his political life, Why CM in cinema? People want to see me as chief minister , Chiranjeevi said when he was asked that whether he will be seen performing the character of a Chief Minister in the reel life. He said that he will not act in films in the coming days and it will be his son Ram Charan Tej will who will continue the legacy ahead on the big screen. His announcement dropped the curtains on the hope of seeing the South Indian superstar performing in his 150th film venture. Earlier in December he had announced that he would step into the acting shoes again for his 150th

First Look of Cover Story unveiled


Mumbai: Glorious Entertainment unveiled the First Look of its dramatic thriller, Cover Story-The Ultimate Interview, here on Wednesday. The film written and directed by Laurens C Postma is all set to release worldwide on 19 August. The first look poster is like cover page of one of the leading magazine with top film heroine on its cover matching the basic premise of the movie. The film stars Sheena S Nayyer and Jackie Shroff. Cover Story is based on the story of a successful film actress played by Sheena. Its about a special assignment for a magazine, a one night account of an interview with the filmstar and the scoop that the correspondent gets for the publication. It is the remake of the acclaimed Dutch film Interview, of Theo Van Gogh.

film that was supposed to be produced by his actor-son Ram Charan Tej. Chiranjeevi who had dominated the Telegu film industry for nearly thirty years had decided to quit acting in 2008 to establish his Praja Rajyam Party. Among his significant political moves was the merging of his party with the Indian National Congress.

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Winter Weight gain!!!! Is it a reality?


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Weight gain during winter months is not just a myth. It has been observed that people gain a couple of kilos during winter months. Of the few biggest challenges in keeping our weight down during winter, one is lack of physical activity followed by comfort eating.
Shorter days, unfriendly weather and the lack of motivation makes it difficult to indulge in regular outdoor activities, since one is not actively involved in outdoor activities, this poses a gap in our life which one tends to fill with either indulging in extra food and / or leading a more sedentary lifestyle like watching television or surfing the net. Depression is quite common during winter period, as the days are shorter and darkness creeps in earlier, most of us indulge in overeating while some suffer from sleep disorders too. This leads to making bad food choices which are high in fat and sugar which although gives an instant energy boost but leads to weight gain that has a lasting impact. The best way to beat this is to keep an eye on your own lifestyle. Being active is a good way of keeping the weight from creeping on. Joining the local gym is a good idea; look out for deals and packages that suit your budget and lifestyle. Most indoor pools are heated; swimming is a good way to exercise. Badminton, netball or squash are some other options too. Indoor activities are fun and can have a positive impact on your efforts. When the weather is suitable, going for a walk or a run is another good option, wear appropriate clothes to keep yourself warm and dry. The bottom line is being active. Another key area to watch out for is our food intake. Vegetables are low in energy, high in water content and fibre, which fill us up quickly and provide us the essential vitamins and minerals too. Eat veggies like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, capsicum, cherry tomatoes etc fresh, frozen, canned doesnt matter. Use low fat dips to make them more palatable. Add nuts and seeds to your snacks, these will provide the good fats and protein to your diet. Most of us tend to turn to alcohol to keep warm, control your alcohol intake. A warm cup of coffee or hot tea helps keep away the chill, be mindful of the calories in them and choose trim milk as an option. Drink plenty of water. Modern day inventions have made it simpler for us to handle the cold weather better than our predecessors, so we have no reason to add those unwanted kilos during the colder months and then struggle to get them off during summer. Beat the winter blues by following the three Es Eat right, Exercise well..... Enjoy the chill, till next time...take care and good luck. This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately. Varsha Asrani is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. For personal consultation or any question, suggestion or views please email her on info@varshaasrani.com.

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Organs are without labels, says expert


Organs dont Have Religious, Ethnic or Cultural Labels, Organ Transplantation expert Dr Francis Delmonico says
It is a widely known fact that there tainly on the right track here. Im and corporate places. Do whatever is an acute shortage of organs for deeply interested in the programs it takes until the message of organ transplantation in India. But Dr. progress and will be returning to donation sinks into the population Francis Delmonico, President-elect Chennai soon. Meanwhile, Ill take and begins to show positive results of World Transplantation Society this success story to other places in in terms of increase in the number of deceased organ donations. and renowned transplant surgeon the world. was in Chennai for a special reason. Though Indias record of organ do- Q. Deep rooted religious beliefs Q. We just saw a presentation on nation is dismally low, the organ mostly hamper organ donation certain problems hampering sucdonor rate in the southern state in India. I work with NGOs that cessful donations and transplanof TamilNadu KITE: The Pride of Your Belonging to New Zealand with its capital at struggle to dispel these myths tations in this part of the world, Chennai is 1.2 per million popula- and facilitate organ donation. such as reluctance to donate for tion-15 times the national average! Tell us Our offer to students is: how we can take this various reasons, identification In an interview during his brief forward? of brain dead patients, mainteA Dr. Delvisit to Chennai lastweek, pathway towards do agree it is plus new friendshipsbrain the confidence-building to A. I career goals difficult to nance of and dead patients, lab monico shares his appreciation for the journey. highlight change a mindset, but we have to results, brain death certification, Chennais deceased As well as NZQA-Certificated in the world our entreaty includes: organ donation keep trying. No religion education, police inquest, authorization for programme, his distress at organ prevents a person from being a re- organ removal, post mortem, sales continuing in many parts the cipient. Tell them, there is a worldfellow learners. The In your obserof Entertainment sessions driven by transportation etc. quiz and partying routines can be outside thats larger than oneself. vation, what do you think are our world and his expert tips to improve either educative or for pure leisure. Either way, your participation is vital. organ donation and transplantation Or heressociability with faculty on site, as well as guest speakers prominent within Interactive another tactic. Help people strengths? in India. A. I have observed many NZ understandhouses. business that organs dont know religion, ethnicity or culture. Just as strengths. The sincerity, the level Q. You are in Chennai Affirmativeness heart will work well ofyoungwork and the charge of their lives and for a a Palestinians counsel, both to help hard adults take team work equally Israelis with Kiwi a Chris- that reason. Tell us your observation in anto align body so will work culture. goes into the deceased organ of how the deceased organ dona- students choice of study, students are invitedis amazing. You just career Supporting tians kidney in a Buddhists body or program here into interludes of have to take it to the next level and a Hindus liver in a Muslims body. tions are progressing here? development and New Zealands cant have extend it all over the country. ChenBut remember, you diverse heritage. A. The promising figures in organ donation and transplantation these arguments with grieving fami- nais ability to care, leaves me in no in Chennai drew me here in aloft in an elegant airyCare Unitsoverlooking the Auckland cityscape. This is an institute KITE sits the first lies in Intensive setting, (ICU). doubt that this deceased organ dona- in India. With projections indicatplace. Im impressed with the kind Organ donation programmes dont International will be a trendsetter ing byrise in diabetes mellitus and bonded to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of tion program Students, administered ablood pressure that point to an the New high sincerity and hard work that is going begin and end in hospitals. We have for the rest of India. Zealandprogram by of to sensitise people at a larger levelMinistry Education. increase in the number of patients Dr. Francis Delmonicos visit into the organ donation Street, KITE is a fillip leadership through NGOs like Mohan Like its high vantage over heartland Queen has certainly given about to the de- in India with organ failure needing foundation and tap into media resources, spread Tanker Foundation and education, plusword social grace to help guideceased organ donation programme kidney, heart and liver transplants, youre cer- the the in educational institutions students there.

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