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India’s envoy announces all year long

yoga classes from new premises


In a move depicting India’s

firm commitment to the

global spread of yoga and

the intention to firmly place the

newly inaugurated Chancery

building in Wellington as the hub

of Indian culture and diaspora,

the High Commissioner of

India Muktesh Pardeshi, has

announced the appointment of

a new dedicated yoga instructor

and year-long yoga classes at

the new premises.

Mr Pardeshi made the

announcement via his

Twitter handle immediately

before the beginning of the

commemorative event for the

8th International Day of Yoga

2022 at the New Zealand

parliament on Tuesday, June


Every year, June 21 is

celebrated as International Day

of Yoga after the United Nations

had proclaimed as International

Day of Yoga by passing a

resolution on December 11,


“On International #YogaDay

today, @IndiainNZ is pleased

to announce conduct of Yoga

classes & workshops at its new

premises in Wellington soon by

our new Cultural Associate &

Yoga Professional Ankita Sood,”

Mr Pardeshi tweeted.

Subsequently speaking with

Indian Weekender, Mr Pardeshi

said, “The High Commission

of India is going to run a cycle

of yoga and cultural activities

throughout the year with

several yoga classes to be

held many times in a week

before and after office hours

to give maximum opportunity

for participation from yoga


More outreach events

planned ahead

“She [Ms Sood] will be

reaching out to universities,

schools, Indian community

associations and offer free

cultural services in the form of

yoga workshops and classes.”

“Since the new Culture

Associate will be based in the

Chancery building in Wellington

so obviously there will be more

dedicated yoga classes available

for the Wellingtonians,” Mr

Pardeshi said

However, subsequently,

there are plans that the

Cultural Associate at the

Indian Chancery building will be

touring all over New Zealand for

different events.

“We are planning to send her

to Auckland for a week or ten

days and make connections

with the prominent Indian

diaspora groups and ensure a

smooth delivery of cultural and

Ankita Sood with Mr Muktesh Pardeshi

emotional well-being services,”

Mr Pardeshi said.

Yoga event organised at NZ

parliament precinct.

Meanwhile, earlier, the first

celebratory event of the 8th

International Day of Yoga

anywhere in the world was

organised in Wellington by the

Indian High Commission in the

precinct of NZ parliament at

7.30 am on Tuesday, June 21.

Co-hosted in the parliament

by Labour Party’s Kiwi-Indian

MP Dr Gaurav Sharma and MP

for Lower Hutt Ginny Anderson,

the event witnessed the

participation of members of

the Indian diaspora and several

yoga enthusiasts from the

wider community.

This is the second occasion

of a yoga event being held in

NZ parliament and the first to

be held inside the parliament

building, with one being held on

parliament grounds last year in


While last year the event was

held in parliament grounds on

June 6 – as a build-up of many

celebratory events planned

around the country in the lead

up to the actual International

Day of Yoga (June 21) – this

year’s event was held as the

main and the first event of the

country (and by logic anywhere

in the world).

Expressing rejoice Mr Pardeshi

said, “It is indeed a matter of

great privilege to be able to

host the first commemorative

event to mark International Day

of Yoga anywhere in the world

with 75 such events planned

from iconic global destinations

as a part of the government

of India’s push to coincide with

the 75th anniversary of India’s


Continued on page 4 >>



Friday, June 24, 2022

Yoga Day celebrations stretch

across New Zealand



Earlier on Sunday, June 19,

one of the major yoga

events was organised in

Auckland at the iconic Mahatma

Gandhi Centre of Auckland

Indian Association under the

aegis of Consulate of India

and Auckland Indian Diaspora

organisation – an umbrella

organisation that brings

together almost all prominent

regional, linguistic community

Indian community Associations

of Auckland.

Hon Consul of India Bhav

Dhillon was the Chief Guest

at the event and was joined

by many community leaders,

including Bhartiya Samaj

Charitable Trust’s Jeet Suchdev,

Auckland Indian Association’s

Dhansukh Lal, Prakash Biradar

and Harshad Patel, New Zealand

Indian Central Association’s

President Narendra Bhana,

Telangana Federation of New

Zealand’s Kalyan Rao Kasuganti

among others.

Speaking on occasion, Hon

Consul Bhav Dhillon said, “We

all know that Yoga is India’s gift

to the rest of the world, and

to know that such a holistic

practice was developed by

India’s sages and gurus in

ancient times, much before the

advent of modern technology

says a lot of the scientific

temper in ancient India.

“It is satisfying to see the

modern world is now accepting

the importance of India’s gift to

the rest of the world like never

before,” Mr Dhillon said.

Waitakere Indian Association

also organised a yoga event in

West Auckland with students of

the school and members of the

wider community.

Yoga Day celebrated in

NZ’s southernmost city


International Day of Yoga

2022 was also marked and

celebrated with enthusiasm in

New Zealand’s southernmost

city of Invercargill on Sunday,

June 19, led by the High

Commission of India and

prominent local community

organisations – Indian

Community in Southland (ICS)

and Southland Migrant Walking

Together Charitable Trust.

A yoga session was held

carried out by Rohan Russel,

a yoga teacher in Invercargill,

which witnessed enthusiastic

participation by more than 50

people who found the entire

experience very relaxing and


Anil Chandra from the Indian

Community in South Land

started the event with a brief

speech about Yoga and its

benefits and Yoga’s connection

to India.

Himani Mishra of Southland

Migrant Walking Together

Charitable Trust told the Indian

Weekender that participants

expressed resolve to come back

again for such a Yoga session,

thereby motivating them to

host a similar event next year.

Read online www.iwk.co.nz

India’s envoy


Continued from page 3 >>

The event was attended by

several MPs of the New Zealand

parliament, including Kiwi-Indian

MP Dr Gaurav Sharma and

Labour MP for Hutt South Ginny


“Yoga is great for mental

wellbeing of our communities,”

says MP for Hutt South

Speaking with Indian

Weekender Labour MP Ginny

Anderson said, “I have been

practicing yoga for the last

seventeen years and it has

really changed my life. It has

taught me how to bring balance

into my body, mind and spirit.”

“It has also taught me the

importance of breathing,” Ms

Anderson said pointing towards

the fact that yoga practice

aims to create union between

body, mind and spirit, as well as

between the individual self and

universal consciousness.

The concern of mental

health is more important than

ever, especially on the back

of Covid, and we know that

communities are really finding

in tough and yoga is a perfect

way of fining balance between

mental health and physical wellbeing,”

Ms Anderson said.

Yoga mats rolled out at Auckland’s

Sky Tower to mark Yoga Day


Yoga mats were

rolled out at several

commemorative events

across some of the most iconic

locations of New Zealand,

including the Auckland’s Sky

Tower (top) and the New

Zealand Parliament precinct, to

mark the occasion of the eighth

International Day of Yoga 2022.

Every year June 21 is

celebrated as International Day

of Yoga after the United Nations

had proclaimed as International

Day of Yoga by passing a

resolution on December 11,


The two leading events

held today were organised

by the office of the Indian

High Commission in New

Zealand, with the one in the

parliament precinct starting at

8 a.m. followed by the event in

Auckland at Sky Tower at 8.45


About forty enthusiasts,

including from the Indian

diaspora and the wider

communities passionate about

yoga, beat the cold morning

blues and the Auckland traffic

to gather together on the

observation deck (51st floor)

of the Sky Tower to perform

yoga under the able guidance

of yoga instructors.

The spirited zeal of the

participants seems to have

been equally rewarded by the

otherwise deceptive Auckland

weather, with Sun shining in

its full glory and giving the

yoga performers at the Sky

Tower observation desk an

experience of incredible 360°

views of Tāmaki Makaurau –

including ancient volcanoes,

sparkling sunlit harbours and an

expansive view of Auckland’s


This yoga in the sky event,

accompanied by a wonderful

sunrise and a mesmerising

view from Auckland’s highest

viewpoint, turned out to be

a relaxing, unwinding and a

rejuvenating experience for

many of the participating


Durga Dass, Second

Secretary (Culture), Indian High

Commission, told the Indian

Weekender that the experience

of performing Yoga with such a

mesmerising background was a

liberating experience.

“This event at Auckland’s

Sky Tower is part of a Global

Yoga Ring – where yoga will

be performed at 75 different

global iconic destinations all

around the world later today to

coincide with the celebrations

around the 75th anniversary of

India’s Independence Day,” Mr

Dass said.

Notably, the government of

India is celebrating Azadi Ka

Amrit Mahotsav to mark and

commemorate 75 years of

India’s independence and the

glorious history of its people,

culture and achievements.

As a part of this initiative,

the official journey of Azadi Ka

Amrit Mahotsav commenced

on March 12, 2021, which

started a 75-week countdown

to the 75th anniversary of

independence and will end post

a year on August 15, 2023.

It is aligned to this theme of

75 years and the celebrations

around the history of

freedom struggle, Ideas@75,

resolve@75, Actions@75 and

Achievements@75 that the

government of India is seeking

to celebrate the International

Day of Yoga from 75 iconic

global destinations.

Expressing satisfaction

and rejoice at the successful

completion of the Sky Tower

Yoga event, Mr Das said, “We

will definitely come again next

year and host a slightly bigger

event with more participants

and more yoga instructors to

create a better experience.”

It is noteworthy that Yoga

has long been recognised

as India’s gift to the global

culture of wellness; the official

UN recognition came after a

push by India’s Prime Minister

Narendra Modi in 2014.

Since then, there has been

an increased awareness and

willingness amongst different

organisations worldwide,

including NZ, which had been

practising Yoga albeit within

their respective confines, to

think bigger and involve wider

participation from different


This year Prime Minister

of India Narendra Modi has

also written a letter to NZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

highlighting the importance of

yoga for the entire mankind,

especially after the last two

years of a raging global pandemic

and also acknowledged the

wholehearted support received

in NZ to celebrate International

Day of Yoga.

The event at Sky Tower

was organised by the High

Commission of India, Wellington

in collaboration with SRMD Yoga

and the Rainbow Corner Group.

Read online www.iwk.co.nz Friday, June 24, 2022


International Yoga Day brings

together Christchurch enthusiasts


Yoga Day was celebrated

in Christchurch with

great enthusiasm

by various community

organisations, which hosted

events of all levels to spread

awareness and celebrate this

ancient Indian practice.

One of the main events was

organised by the Indian Social

and Culture Club of Christchurch

(ISCC) in association with the

Indian High Commission.

The event held on June 18

at Riccarton Community Centre

saw more than a hundred

community members enjoying

the Yoga sessions.

The event which started

at 8.30am and went on till

1.30pm featured free sessions

from experienced teachers

designed for those who have

never tried yoga before and for

intermediate Yoga practitioners.

The day began with a session

for beginners by Anne Pauline,

followed by Intermediate Yoga

session by Natalie Pohlova.

Pavithra Ravi took over next,

conducting a Beginner session

followed by an Intermediate

session. Pavithra, who, besides

being a Yoga teacher, is also an

accomplished Bharathanatyam

dancer and trainer, took the

final session of the day, which

ISCC Team at the event

focussed on Breathing exercises

and meditation. The packed

session was highly appreciated

for helping participants achieve

a transcendent experience

through a peaceful combination

of music, breathing and


Many members and

volunteers of the Indian Social

and Cultural Club present on

the day ensured the event

went smoothly, with the ISCC

Secretary, Anshu Parti, staying

until the end and personally

attending to all participants’

and teachers’ needs.

The International Yoga Day

is celebrated formally on 21

June every year and has been

since 2014. It is recognized

by the United Nations General

All pictures by Joy Kochakkan

Assembly as a way to promote

yoga around the world.

ISCC is one of the leading

community organisations,

involved in planning and hosting

various events for Indians living

in Christchurch. The Indian

Society of Christchurch Club

(ISCC) was formed in 1997 with

an aim to preserve and promote

Indian culture in Christchurch

through music, dance, art, food

and other traditions.

President of ISCC, Monty

said, “It was amazing to see the

event supported by so many

people. A lot of participants

have requested us to conduct

similar Yoga sessions on a

regular basis and we are surely

going to consider this request.

I would like to thank all the

trainers for their time and

incredible sessions.”

ISCC’s next event will be

Indian Midwinter Festival 2022

that will take place in August,

followed by Diwali Festival

2022 which is the biggest

Diwali event in South Island.














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Friday, June 24, 2022

Smiles in the time of Covid



When its new owners

took over the ailing

café in downtown

Wellington a year-and-a-half

ago, their timing could not have

been worse.

New Zealand was inching

toward a near-total, prolonged

lockdown brought on by the

Covid-19 pandemic, the border

had closed, the traffic light

system as part of the pandemic

management was in place, and

it flashed red.

The streets were deserted,”

recalls Arjun Sharma, who runs

the Arabica Café on Grey Street

along with his brother-in-law

Varun Jaggi.

“People were too scared to

step out of their homes, adds

Varun, originally from Goa in


Amazingly, the café stayed

open – without shedding staff,

cutting salaries or doing any of

the things businesses do when

they go horribly wrong.

Arjun, who hails from

Rajasthan state in India,

remembers telling himself that

he would keep his café running,

no matter what.

And he did.

Today, you’ll be lucky to find

a table on any day of the week.

It’s as if there is no other place

to have a quiet cup of coffee.

Arjun Sharma with Varun Jaggi

Quiet is probably the wrong

word. The noise of animated

conversation greets you the

minute you enter.

It’s a mixed crowd, but

mostly Pakeha office-goers

from Westpac, ANZ, Nova,

Worksafe, Nokia, Sorts Capital,

Grant Thondon, BNZ, Maritime

and more, dropping in for a

quick sandwich and a cuppa.

The menu on the wall reflects


The fare is standard

continental coffee-shop

cuisine, casual yet formal,

which reflects the look of the

customers huddled around the

Parisian-style cafe tables that

clutter the expansive interior.

What was the survival

strategy that kept the café

open through what can

justifiably be described as the

bleakest phase for businesses

in the country ?

Arjun goes to the heart of the

strategy very quickly. “Word of

mouth,” he says. “For instance,

that guy there, he comes in

three times a day, maybe


It’s a simple strategy, but it

worked. People felt grateful

that the café held out through

the worst of times, never lost

heart, that it refused to cave

in to the pandemic and stayed


Arabica was there for them,

and now the public is paying

back for true grit in the face of


The government’s Covid relief

fund also came in handy.

A look at the raw material

supply tells you the business is


The café uses up to 250 litres

of milk per day. Around 100 kg

of coffee beans are consumed

every week.

That’s a lot of goodwill.

Arabica has maintained a

consistent staff strength of

two head chefs, two sous

chefs, two kitchen hands, two

dishwashers, seven front-ofhouse

and three Barista staff.

The key to the entrepreneurial

style of Arjun and Varun is their

hands-on approach to business.

“We are involved in every

department. We work as kitchen

hands, waiters, chefs, front of

office, cash counter, nothing is

off-limits,” Varun declares.

The duo also run the Tequila

Joe’s joint on the corner of

Vivian St and Tory St, where

there is barely standing room on

any evening. Customers, mostly

youngsters, jostle shoulderto-shoulder

for a taste of the

popular Mexican fare doled out

by Arjun’s wife, Priyanka, who

manages the outlet.

If there is anybody sporting

a smile through the pandemic,

they are Arjun and Varun of

Arabica Café in Wellington.

Read online www.iwk.co.nz

Government outlines

plans for future

Covid variants

The Government has

undertaken preparatory

work to combat new and

more dangerous variants

of COVID-19,” COVID-19

Response Minister Dr Ayesha

Verrall said in a press release.

“We have undertaken a piece

of work to look at possible

scenarios for the evolution of

the pandemic. This is to ensure

there is more certainty for New

Zealanders for how we would

respond to future variants.

“I want to be clear, lockdowns

and other strict measures will

be a last resort. Our starting

position will be more target

measures aimed to protect

the most vulnerable while

also avoiding wider societal


“This part of our All-of-

Government response to

COVID-19, with agencies

assessing their preparedness to

deploy measures and undertake

ongoing activity to ensure they

can be activated rapidly in the


“Our ongoing surveillance

for new variants, especially at

the border keep us in a good

position to identify future


“Based on public health

advice Ministers will continue

to make decisions about how

to respond in the event of new

variants. This process is well

established and has served our

country well,” Dr Verrall said.

Getting Bihar and Jharkhand closer


The rich heritage, culture,

and traditions of India

are embossed in the

ethos of every Indian. As they

say, you can take an Indian out

of India, but you can’t take

India out of an Indian.

And that’s where various

Indian cultural organisations in

NZ play a vital role in keeping

the indigenous fabric of India

intact even when we are miles

away from our motherland.

In this thirteenth part of

our series on Indian cultural

associations, we focus on Bihar

Jharkhand Sabha of Australia

and New Zealand, aka BJSM.

The Auckland chapter of

BJSM was created in 2017 when

non-residents from the Indian

state of Bihar and Jharkhand

(The state was formed in 2000

from the territory that had

previously been part of Bihar)

congregated and launched it

at Sangam Indian Restaurant

Kumeu, Auckland.

Giving the background of

the organisation, BJSM’s

President Chandan Kumar,

says, “The Auckland chapter

was launched on Saturday 13

May 2017. The meeting was

convened by prominent people

from Auckland, Wellington,

Tauranga, and Christchurch to

connect their people in NZ.

The meeting was inaugurated

by one of the community’s

founding members from Bihar,

Mr Nisheet and Mrs Sushma


BJMS is a voluntary, notfor-profit

social organisation

of people in Australia and

New Zealand having cultural

roots from Bihar and

Jharkhand, collectively working

towards nurturing the cultural

heritage of India in general and

Bihar & Jharkhand in particular.

It aims to preserve, uphold,

foster and promote the lingosocio-cultural

heritage. Apart

from that, it endeavours to

facilitate better communication

and networking and facilitate

smooth settlement and

assimilation of new immigrants.

It maintains a cohesive network

across Australia, New Zealand

and other parts of the world.

BJSM maintains a cohesive

Australia and New Zealand-wide

network of expatriates from

Bihar and Jharkhand.

BJSM actively celebrates

festivals such as Chhath, Diwali,

Holi and organises community

events like different interactive

social workshops, sports and

dance programmes among

others to keep the people

of Bihar and Jharkhand in NZ

connected to their Indian roots.

“Almost all chapters

celebrate major festivals and

organise at least three gettogethers

- Holi Milan, Sharad

Milan and Diwali Milan. It helps

us showcase and promote the

socio-cultural and linguistic

heritage among youngsters and

second-generation expatriates.

It is imperative to connect

community and stay connected

with the roots of Indian culture.

Bring people together and share

and celebrate culture to keep it

vital for the future generation.

It also brings harmony across

the community, and that’s what

we at BJSM strive for,” explains

, BJSM’s General Secretary

Bhrigu Bhaskar, who is based in


Lastly, discussing BJSM’S

plans, Bhaskar reveals, “We

want to take it to newer heights

and do as much as we can for

our community. We want to

focus on organising plantation

drives, community beach

cleaning and dance classes

among others.”

Read online www.iwk.co.nz Friday, June 24, 2022


Marathi diasporas unite to

spread language and culture



Marathi speakers

settled in different

countries are uniting

to spread their language and

culture around the world.

An international panel of

overseas Indians has been

set up for the conservation

and promotion of the Marathi

language and its culture.

The International Marathi

Forum, an initiative launched by

the Indian state of Maharashtra,

has a central coordinator and

multiple deputy coordinators

drawn from 17 countries,

including New Zealand.

Dayanand Deshpande,

president of the Wellington

Maharashtra Association

Inc (WMAI), is the nominee

representing New Zealand on

the Forum.

The Forum works in tandem

with the Rajya Marathi Vikas

Sanstha, a Marathi language

research institute affiliated

to the Maharashtra State

government, dedicated to

generating interest in Marathi

language and culture among

non-Marathi social groups

within India.

A cultural programme

According to the 8 June

2022 notification issued by the

Forum, its role is to oversee

the activities organised by the

Marathi speaking communities

based outside India.

Marathi Bhasha Divas or

Marathi Language Day is

celebrated annually on February

27 in the Indian states of

Maharashtra and Goa to mark

the birth anniversary of the

doyen of Marathi letters, Vishnu

Vaman Shirwadkar, popularly

known as Kusumagraj .

Shirwadkar was a towering

literary figure whose oeuvre

included 16 volumes of poetry,

three novels, eight volumes of

short stories, seven volumes of

essays, 18 full-length plays and

six one-act plays.

He was also credited with

being a social reformer and

humanist who exposed the

social evils of his day.

Following Shirwadkar’s demise

in 1999, the Maharashtra

government has regularly

observed Marathi Rajbhasha

Gaurav Din and instituted two

special awards for initiatives to

promote Marathi literature.

Shirwadkar’s literary legacy

is especially remembered for

his 1942 anthology of poems,

titled Vishakha, that inspired a

generation of Indian freedom


Shirwadkar was the recipient

of the Sahitya Academy Award

in 1974, the Jnanpith Award in

1987 and the Padma Bhushan

in 1991.

WMAI President Deshpande(third from right) with guests from the Indian High Commission

The Wellington Maharashtrian

Association celebrated Marathi

Day this year, amidst Covid

restrictions, by holding the

Marathi Akshar Challenge

(online reading competition) for


“We are in the process of

setting up a Marathi language

school in Wellington as part of

the Maharashtra government’s

initiative to promote Marathi

language and culture,”

Deshpande said.

The Wellington Maharashtrian

Association, which was formed

in 2017, has 110 paid members

drawn from around 300 families

across the greater Wellington


Its primary activities include

screening Marathi films for its

members, celebrating Indian

festivals such as Diwali, Ganapati

and Gudhi Padawa, inviting

performing artistes from India

and honouring achievers from

the Marathi community in New


Deshpande said the

association supported the

victims of the Christchurch

mosque shooting of 2019

and also donated to the Prime

Minister’s Covid relief fund.

The International Marathi

Forum is set to hold its first

in-person session in December

2022 at the Marathi Language

Bhavan in Mumbai, India.



Friday, June 24, 2022

Not the time to move to the

Green setting, say experts

Read online www.iwk.co.nz


It was on the night of April

13, 2022 that New Zealand

moved to the orange setting

of the Covid-19 Protection

Framework after having been

in red since late January due to

the Omicron outbreak.

Since it has been more than

two months of being in the

orange light and many Covid-19

restrictions have been eased out

since then, including scrapping

the pre-departure test for

NZ. In addition, passengers

transiting through NZ now no

longer need to be vaccinated

nor be required to complete an

NZ Traveller Declaration.

So, now the big question

that many people are asking is

when will Aotearoa move to the

Green setting of the Covid-19

Protection Framework?

While during the orange

setting, there are no capacity

limits on gatherings, either

indoors or outdoors. Previous

requirements to display QR

codes and use vaccine passes

are also no longer in place. Face

masks must continue to be

worn in some indoor locations,

like on public transport and in

retail, but not in hospitality. But

Michael Baker

there are no such restrictions

when the green setting is in


When Indian Weekender got

in touch with the Department of

the Prime Minister and Cabinet

(DPMC), a spokesperson said a

shift is unlikely before the end

of winter.

The changes to traffic light

settings are always subject

to public health advice, but

people should not expect a

shift to Green to happen before

the end of winter,” said the

spokesperson, adding, “We

Michael Plank

know that there will be further

outbreaks of Omicron and, with

our borders open, we are likely

to see an increase in seasonal

flu and other viruses that

we have not experienced so

severely for the last two years.

The next review of the traffic

light settings will be in late


Even experts feel that New

Zealanders will have to wait a

while before the green settings

can be implemented.

Epidemiologist Michael Baker

"The changes to traffic light settings are

always subject to public health advice, but

people should not expect a shift to Green

to happen before the end of winter."

maintains that there is no basis

for relaxing Covid-19 controls

in NZ at present as Covid-19

case numbers, hospitalisations,

and deaths are high.

There is huge pressure on

our health care system, and

even schools are struggling

to stay open in the current

situation. Consequently, now is

not the time to even consider

moving to the green level

in the Covid-19 protection

framework,” says Baker.

Professor Michael Plank of

Covid-19 Modelling Aotearoa

agrees with Baker and says,

“Covid-19 is placing a significant

load on our healthcare system,

which is under extreme strain

with the combination of Covid

and other winter bugs at the

moment. A second wave will

likely occur in the next 1-2

months due to new variants

that are now spreading rapidly

in NZ.”

Both Baker and Plank

believe that moving to green

light, which means removing

protections such as masks at

this point, would risk making

the wave bigger and further

increasing the demand on the

healthcare system.

Baker says, “If anything, some

controls should probably be

increased. For example, schools

should require mask-wearing

to reduce the transmission of

Covid-19, influenza, and other

respiratory infections. One can

think of moving to green once

we have gotten through the

difficult winter period and the

threat of a second wave.”


Māori and Hindu beliefs and

practices have much in

common, a Hindu community

organisation has noted.

The Hindu Council of New Zealand,

which has branches in Auckland,

Wellington and in the South Island, and

is dedicated to ushering in a “dynamic,

vibrant Hindu society in Aotearoa,”

kickstarted a two-week “Yogathon” at

Te Kakona O Te Aroha Marae in Lower

Hutt , Wellington, on June 18 to mark

International Yoga Day.

The marae in Lower Hutt gave us

the space for our opening ceremony,”

said Vijeshni Rattan, president of the

council’s Wellington branch.

“In the past, we have also held a

conference at the marae where we

talked about the similarities between

the two cultures.”

Rattan said living in NZ involved

understanding Māori culture in order to

“align with them.”

The reason we wanted to stay on

the marae was because we wanted to

learn their Tikanga practice,” Rattan

explained. “We have to be careful of

showing disrespect or causing offence.

For example, if you are in NZ and you

accidentally go and sit on top of a table

and a Māori sees that, it is really offensive

to them. While sleeping, your legs should

not be pointing toward anybody’s head.

This is against the Tikanga practice.”

Rattan likened Tikanga to Hindu

practices, such as removing footwear

before entering a temple.

The marae is similar to a Hindu temple,

with “carved idols” representing different

Hindu council head reaches out to Maori

The Hindu Council team

deities or gods , Rattan observed.

She said many Māori families took

part in the yogathon, in which each

practitioner was challenged to perform

108 Surya namaskars ( sun salutation).

The Māori worship the sun god just

like Hindus do,” Rattan claimed.

The Hindu council is mindful of the

need to show respect in matters of faith

and is sometimes compelled to take on

the role of a pressure group.

Rattan recalled an incident in 2019

when an organisation was “selling meat

while celebrating Diwali” at Chuton Park

in Wellington.

The organisation was bombarded

with emails before finally agreeing to

celebrate Diwali with no meat,” Ratan

noted with satisfaction.

Celebrating Hindu festivals is a priority

on the council’s calendar of events.

Holika Dahan was celebrated on March

18 with Indian High Commissioner

Muktesh Pardeshi lighting a bonfire on

Esplanade beach in Petone. The event

was hosted by the council in partnership

with the High Commission.

Kites soared in the sky as Makar

Sankranti and Pongal were celebrated

by the council in partnership with the

Wellington Mutamizh Sangam on January

22 at Avalon Park, Lower Hutt , with

local dignitaries in attendance.

Rattan delivered a prayer in Sanskrit

at the St. Peter’s Church during a food

distribution event held in October last


Every year, Hindu council members

tie rakhis on Raksha Bandhan Day on

the wrists of police and firefighters to

honour those who keep the community


Rattan sees the Hindu heritage

bequeathed by her Fijian forefathers as

something that must be passed on to

the next generation, to keep it alive in

Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Partying Bollywood style


The launch of BollySphere

night in Auckland

was indeed a night to

remember. The event that took

place on Saturday, June 18, at

Vogue Lounge, Quay Street,

was an eclectic mix of great

music, an awesome vibe and

detectable food.

After doing successful

Bollywood-themed events

in South Island, especially

Christchurch and Queenstown,

since 2017, the trio Dasham

Bedi, Himanshu Batra and

Harshvardhan Jamba decided

to venture into the Auckland


Talking about bringing

BollySphere night to Auckland,

Bedi said, “There has been a

huge demand from people in

Auckland for us to launch here

as they want to experience

Bollywood nights under our

brand. We already had this in the

back of our minds, and then we

thought it was the right time to

begin our journey in Auckland.

We are testing waters, and let’s

see how it goes on from here.”

According to Bedi, they strive

to bring the right Bollywood

atmosphere for fusion music

lovers that is safe for everyone.

Guests, too, were seen having

a great time over foot-tapping

music by DJ Kaz, a known DJ

in Auckland and Hamilton-based

DJ Rakshanda, a huge name

back in India.

Sharing her experience, an

invitee, Pallavi B, said, “I had a

great time without having to

think twice about my safety.

The music was awesome,

and the vibe was great. The

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South Island’s first Gurudwara

celebrates 4th anniversary


Gu r u d w a r a

Singh Sabha,


celebrated the fourth

anniversary of its new

premises on June 19,

2022. The celebrations

were attended by a large

number of local Sikh

and other community

members, coming

together to show their

support and thank the


The Gurudwara, which

operates under the New Zealand

Sikh Society (South Island) Inc

(NZSS) is located at 537 Ferry

Road, Christchurch.

The Gurudwara building

was acquired after the old

building (originally a church

converted to a Gurudwara) was

badly damaged in the 2011

earthquake in Christchurch.

The community members

came together and raised

significant amount of money to

buy and refurbish the current

building, which now serves

as a place of worship and a

community centre for not just

the Sikh community but also for

the wider communities.

To mark the 4th anniversary,

Diwan was decorated at the

Gurdwara Sahib and langar

was served for the whole


The celebration was attended

by around 250 people from

the surrounding community,

who came together to thank

the Gurus and seek blessings

despite the bad weather.

The Gurudwara is run by

volunteers, who spend endless

hours preparing for weekly

prayers, cooking food, cleaning

and so on.

The Gurudwara had also

recently hosted a Turban Camp

where the youth were given

a message to wear turban as

much as possible.

Bhavini Doshi joins board of

UN Women Aotearoa NZ




i w i - I n d i a n

businesswoman has

been selected for the

Board of United Nations Women

Aotearoa NZ – a leading nonprofit

voluntary organisation

committed to the cause of

women empowerment.

Bhavini Doshi, co-owner and

CEO of the Rainbow Group

of childcare centres and the

CEO of the Porse – homebased

childcare and education

and training business, has

recently been selected as a

Board member of UN Women

Aotearoa NZ.

Speaking with the Indian

Weekender, Bhavini said, “I am

excited with this opportunity to

contribute towards the cause

of women empowerment across

our diverse communities.”

UN Women is the United

Nations entity for gender

equality and the empowerment

of women with a mission

to ensure that globally, all

women and girls have equal

opportunities. ​

Sharing further the sense of

responsibility with this inclusion

in the leadership role with a

global affiliated body Bhavini

said, “Women’s empowerment

is all about giving choices to

women and inculcating them

with the courage, strength

and training to exercise those

choices in their respective day

to day endeavours of life.

“I am already working

towards this goal at my work

in our group of companies

[Rainbow group and Porse]

where we collaborate with

many wonderful souls and

tremendously skilled women.

“Now, I will be taking that

experience beyond the confines

of my daily work, in collaboration

with the wonderful team of the

board of UN Women Aotearoa

NZ, and strive to make a

difference in the lives of many

women in our communities,”

Bhavini said.

UN Women is headquartered

in New York and is active in over

100 countries, and operates

worldwide out of 15 regional

and two country programme


UN Women Aotearoa New

Zealand is one of thirteen

National Committees spread

out globally, contributing to

the mission of UN Women

by mobilising women’s

empowerment efforts through

raising awareness about

women’s issues and fundraising

for UN Women’s programmes

and policies, not only in NZ

but also neighbouring Pacific


UN Women Aotearoa New

Zealand is a membership-based

organisation with charitable


Gurudwara Spokesperson

Jitender Sahi said, “The

Gurudwara is a place where

everyone is welcome,

regardless of their caste, creed,

background or beliefs. As we

recall the Gurudwara Sahib’s

beginnings with just a few

members, we are really excited

to see the way the community

has evolved over the years.”

Harjit Singh Gulati who played

an instrumental role in raising

funds for Gurudwara Sahib, and

leading it to its current state,

told us that the Gurudwara has

many forthcoming projects,

including expanding the existing


A tribute to the

musical legends


The fifth edition of

the Rafi-Mukesh-

Kishore Night was an

unforgettable night for the

music lovers of Auckland. The

event, which took place at the

Victory Convention Centre last

weekend, was high on music,

energy and nostalgia.

Organised by the Creations

Group NZ, the show had the

presence of many dignitaries,

including Hon Consul of India in

Auckland Bhav Dhillon, Former

MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and

Sunny Kaushal of the Crime

prevention Group/Dairy and

Business Owners’ Group.

The three-and-a-half-hour

event saw all the attendees

drenched in the soulful songs

sung by the legendary Mod

Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore

Kumar. Moreover, this year

the concert paid tribute to

three more musical icons: Lata

Mangeshkar, Nusrat Fateh Ali

Khan, and Jagjeet Singh.

The show paid tribute to

music stars KK and Bappi Lahiri,

who passed away this year.

Arif Zia, Director of Creation

Group and a known singer who

has been involved in similar

shows for more than ten years,

told Indian Weekender, «It

was a super successful event.

Seeing more than 900 people

coming together and enjoying

Incidentally, it was the first

Gurudwara in South Island

and has played a huge role

in connecting and ensuring

the community’s wellbeing

during testing times like Covid

vaccination and assisting the

community during lockdown.

Besides more work on the

Gurudwara building, there are

various projects in pipeline to

create awareness on social

issues and cultural integration.

our music was terrific. We also

gave tribute to music stars KK

and Bappi Lahiri, who left us

for the heavenly abode. It was

heartwarming to see the love of

so many people.”

While Zia sang Rafi songs,

he was joined by Viraj, who

sang for Mukesh, and Joseph,

who performed Kishore Kumar

songs. Other singers on the

show included Vidya Teke

Arpita, Ankita Ghatani, Nisar

Mirza and Ravi Shetty.

Sharing her experience, Swati

Verma, one of the attendees,

said, “ I thoroughly enjoyed

the night. The outstanding

performers transported me

back to the golden era of

Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore. I will

certainly wait for the next one.”

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‘Why it is important to hear from ethnic migrant

small businesses in Auckland’- Simon Bridges


Hearing from ethnic



businesses, including

Auckland Indian businesses, will

be an immediate and pressing

priority for Simon Bridges –

the newly appointed CEO of

Auckland Business Chamber.

Bridges was speaking with the

Indian Weekender in our brandnew

video show Lunch with

Business Leaders, which aims

to capture the stories of some

of the most influential, rising

and inspiring leaders from the

business and corporate world.

Bridges – a seasoned

politician and former Minister

of the Crown – was a guest at

the show as he takes up the

new leadership role in advocacy

for Auckland businesses,

which according to his own

confession, he is determined

to excel, despite the current

environment of uncertainty

prevailing due to the two

yearlong Covid-pandemic.

The former National Party

Leader recently stepped down

from active politics and had

taken up new roles, including

leading the Auckland Chamber

of Commerce and a few media

Simon Bridges

gigs – both writing assignments

and audio-podcasts.

Bridges opened his heart and

spoke candidly about the fresh

perspectives that he was keen

to bring to the table, and the

idea of constituting an ethnic

businesses advisory board

within the Auckland Chamber of

Commerce definitely has merit

and deserves attention.

“One of the first things that

comes to your mind when

you get such a big role of

being a champion of Auckland

businesses and get a great

team [to work with] what does

our business community wants.

There is a big migrant

community (Indian, Chinese,

Filipino and others) in

Auckland. They deserve good

representation [in business

advocacy],” Bridges said.

“I am generalising, but I

am sure you will agree …

disproportionately, Indian

Aucklanders are investors.

They have got a restaurant,

they have got a retail business,

maybe in taxis, ICTs … Given

that it is important that we hear

from ethnic Aucklanders what it

is that they need in business.

Their issues will be the

same, but there will be some

specific pointers that an ethnic

advisory board will tell me what

Bridges opened his heart and

spoke candidly about the fresh

perspectives that he was keen

to bring to the table, and the

idea of constituting an ethnic

businesses advisory board

within the Auckland Chamber of

Commerce definitely has merit

and deserves attention.

I should be championing, doing

and assisting with….

“It’s not just a good thing …

it will be a vital thing,” Bridges


Bridges also opened up about

his decision to let go of politics,

something with which he has

lived and breathed for 14 years

and thoroughly enjoyed and

how he was enjoying the postpolitics

retirement life.

Revealing more about his

personal life and his culinary

skills, Bridges said, “I can fry, I

can boil.”

Bridges said with a smile,

pointing toward the plate of

Indian curries laid out on the

table, “Look, I am a foodie, but

I will not be very comfortable

in cooking these specialised

dishes …. But eating it, I can

surely manage it.”

On being asked what his

main worries were for the

current business environment,

Bridges aptly responded “the

shortage of skilled workforce”

to grow New Zealand. On

the one hand, there is the

restriction to bringing new

skilled workforce from overseas

due to “immigration resetting”

and Covid restrictions.

Simultaneously, there was the

problem of the beginning of

Kiwi-brain-drain resulting in the

flight of skilled workforce to

overseas destinations, Bridges

pointed out.

And about what excited him

the most in near or immediate

terms, Bridges emphatically

said, “Auckland.”

Please see the full interview

here https://fb.watch/


Principal Manchiraju (left) with ex-teacher Lavanya and students


India’s new chancery in

Wellington set to give impetus

to cultural diplomacy

The newly inaugurated chancery building of the Indian High Commission in

Wellington has already begun unleashing the power of cultural diplomacy,

which undeniably augurs well for the prospects of advancing India-New

Zealand bilateral relations.

When the High Commissioner of India Muktesh Pardeshi inaugurated the new

Chancery building last week, it was not just a culmination of the realisation of a longheld

collective aspiration of the communities; it also marked the beginning of a new

era of Indian diplomacy in New Zealand.

With the rise of India in recent decades, the face of India’s diplomacy, the selfbelief

of India’s diplomatic corps, and the assets employed in pursuance of India’s

diplomatic goals overseas have considerably evolved.

Cultural diplomacy has emerged as an additional tool to build new and strengthen

existing connections overseas.

Experts concur that cultural diplomacy creates an additional space which softens

the sharp edges of foreign policy, which many believe is primarily interest-driven.

Cultural diplomacy, on the other hand, is driven by the desire to showcase the

country’s culture and values through various events and activities, concerts, and

exhibitions – and forms an important constituent of the country’s “soft power.”

Ever since Joseph Nye’s concept of soft power had gained precedence in the world

of international relations after the end of the cold war, nation-states aspiring for a

bigger role in world affairs have consciously invested in enhancing their soft power.

Soft power in international relations is the ability to obtain preferred outcomes

through attraction rather than coercion, and this is achieved by exporting values and

traits acceptable to others voluntarily.

In this regard, India’s traditions of non-violence and pluralism, diversity and

tolerance, its yoga and Ayurveda, diverse Indian food and curries, its Bollywood,

Bhangra and classical dances of South India are well-known cultural exports that are

widely acknowledged and accepted all around the world.

It’s another matter, though that how far these cultural exports helped India realise

its goals remains a subject for investigation.

In recent years though, there has been a newfound interest within India’s political

establishment to employ, display, and export India’s cultural attributes to the rest of

the world with the goal of building bridges with the rest of the world.

In pursuance to this long-held and the newly reinvigorated zeal, many of India’s

diplomatic missions overseas, such as in North America, Europe and Gulf states, have

established and running dedicated cultural centres with the ambition of creating

spaces and avenues of new engagement based on mutual like-mindedness.

The Oceania region within India’s outward worldview has largely been left out in

this endeavour, and cultural diplomacy has not been incited purposely as a tool of

relationship building.

It is not to say that cultural engagement has been completely absent in India’s

engagement with countries and bilateral relations in the region. Rather it is just to

say that there was the absence of an easily identifiable push from the Indian state in

employing cultural tools to advance bilateral relations.

The inauguration of the new Chancery in Wellington – a purpose-built facility

which houses a dedicated Indian cultural hub – will eventually give a hitherto unseen

impetus to India’s cultural diplomacy in New Zealand and the hopefully wider region.

The latest announcement of the appointment of a new dedicated Cultural

Associate from the government of India at the Chancery with a mandate to spread

the awareness of Yoga in New Zealand is a case in point.

In recent years, there have been such appointments by the government of India

to its many overseas Test diplomatic Your Smarts missions, with these particularly Sudoku in North puzzles America and Europe

– which captivates maximum attention of the Indian foreign policy elites and rightly

so - for the pressing economic, defence, security relations and the size of diaspora

communities driving those relationships.

India’s missions in New Zealand, Australia and other countries of the Oceania

region have largely remained amiss in receiving such push and support from the

government of India – particularly in advancing cultural diplomacy.

The inauguration of the new Chancery building with an unmatched grandeur that

includes an auditorium, kitchens and catering facilities, a library and accommodation

for its staff and a square-shaped central courtyard is set to mark a new beginning.

The days ahead are set to see more active cultural diplomacy, which undeniably

augurs well for the NZ-India bilateral relationship as more people-to-people

connections will be fostered and promoted, which eventually can see unlocking some

of the biggest stumbling block holding us back from achieving the full potential of

this key relationship.


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crisis or grow the economy. The result is that Kiwis are

more anxious about their economic prospects than at any

time since 1988.”

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IN FOCUS : Picture of the week

A Sand Art by International Sand Artist Manas Kumar

Sahoo created on Puri Beach to celebrate

the International Yoga Day

This week in New Zealand’s history

26 June 1987

A.J. Hackett bungy

jumps from Eiffel Tower

The speed skier and bungy

pioneer planned the 110-m leap

meticulously. His dozen-strong

team hid on the tower overnight

and Hackett jumped at dawn. He

described it as ‘one small step for

a man, a bloody great leap for the

adventure tourism industry.’

28 June 1881

First registered female pharmacist

Elizabeth Robinson of Christchurch was the first woman to register as a pharmacist

under a registration system established by the Pharmacy Act 1880.

28 June 1919

New Zealand Prime Minister signs Treaty of Versailles

Bill Massey’s was the 17th signature on the treaty, the implementation of which

formally ended the war between the Allies and Germany.

29 June 1990

First female Anglican diocesan bishop appointed

Dr Penny Jamieson’s rise through church ranks was rapid. The first women were

ordained to the Anglican priesthood in New Zealand in 1977. Jamieson was

ordained and appointed to a Wellington parish in 1985.

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Australian Defence Minister arrives

in India to boost security ties

Australian Defence Minister Richard

Marles arrived in India on Monday

to hold a bilateral meeting with

his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh

to strengthen defence and security

cooperation between both the countries.

"Arrived in India - a top-tier partner +

close friend to Australia. I look forward

to advancing our ongoing defence

engagement as Comprehensive Strategic

Partners and reiterate our commitment

for closer cooperation in the #IndoPacific,"

Marles tweeted. His visit marks the first

high-level visit from Australia after newlyelected

prime minister Anthony Albanese

took office on May 23.

During his visit from June 20-23, the

Australian Defence Minister will hold his

first bilateral meeting with his Indian

counterpart Rajnath Singh.

"Australia and India are Comprehensive

Strategic Partners. I am committed to

strengthening Australia's defence and

security cooperation with India," said

Marles. "I am looking forward to meeting

with my counterpart, Defence Minister

Rajnath Singh, and holding our first bilateral

Defence Ministers' Meeting," he added.

Marles stated that Rajnath Singh has

been instrumental in advancing India-

Australia defence ties and he looks forward

to working with him to enhance the defence

pillar of the Comprehensive Strategic

Partnership between the two countries.

The minister also noted that India is one

of Australia's closest security partners and

the Government is focused on revitalising

Australia's historically deep engagement

with our partners across the Indo-Pacific.

"The rules-based international order that

has brought peace and prosperity to the

Indo-Pacific for decades is experiencing

pressure, as we face shifts in the

geostrategic order," he said said. "Australia

stands ready to work closely with India in

support of an open, inclusive and resilient


During the visit, Deputy Prime Minister

Marles will also meet External Affairs

Minister Dr S Jaishankar and engage

national security and defence policymakers

and personnel.

Earlier, the Australian PM Albanese had

said that the relationship with India is

very important and ties between the two

countries have never been closer.

PM Modi congratulated Prime Minister

Albanese on his election victory. Both

leaders reviewed the multi-faceted

cooperation under the Comprehensive

Strategic Partnership, including trade

and investment, defence manufacturing,

renewable energy, green hydrogen,

education, science and technology,

agricultural research, sports, and peopleto-people


Both Prime Ministers affirmed their desire

to continue the positive momentum in the

bilateral relationship. Bilateral discussions

with PM Modi focused on Australia and

India's full strategic and economic agenda,

including clean energy technology.

Tirumurti hosts Yoga

event at UN building in

New York

On the occasion of 8th



Day, India's Permanent

Representative to the United

Nations, Ambassador TS Tirumurti

on Tuesday hosted the event

at the North lawns under the UN


Taking to Twitter, the Indian

Ambassador said that this is the

first-in-person event after two


".@IndiaUNNewYork was

delighted to host 8th #YogaDay

#YogaForHumanity on North lawns under

iconic UN Building First in-person event

after two years! Vibrant evening of #yoga

dance, yogasanas, pranayama, meditation

& speeches by PGA @abdulla_shahid &

Amb of Bhutan @DomaTshering," TS

Tirumurti said.

Meanwhile, in India, Prime Minister

Narendra Modi performed yoga at the

main event of the eighth edition of the

International Day of Yoga in the heritage

city of Mysuru in Karnataka.

More than 15,000 people participated in

the Yoga celebrations along with the Prime

Minister at the Mysore Palace grounds.

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand

Gehlot, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj

Bommai, Union Minister for Ayush

Sarbananda Sonowal, officials of the

Ministry of Ayush and the Government of

Karnataka, and other dignitaries performed

yoga at the event.

This year the theme for the celebration

is "Yoga for humanity". The theme has

been selected after much deliberation/

consultation and it appropriately portrays,

how during the peak of the COVID-19

pandemic, yoga served the humanity

in alleviating the suffering, and in the

emerging post-COVID geo-political

scenario too, it will bring people together

through compassion, kindness, foster a

sense of unity and build resilience among

people world over.

Prime Minister's Yoga program at Mysuru

is also part of the novel program 'Guardian

Yoga Ring' which is a collaborative exercise

between 79 countries and United Nations

organizations along with Indian Missions

abroad to illustrate Yoga's unifying power

that surpasses National boundaries.

President Ram Nath Kovind, External

Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal also took

part in the Yoga event.

India calls for strengthening of

'Global Health Architecture' at

G20 Health Ministers virtual

meeting in Indonesia

India on Monday highlighted the

fault lines in the global health

governance and called for the

strengthening of "Global Health


Union Health Minister, Dr Mansukh

Mandaviya virtually addressed the

inaugural session at the G20 Health

Ministers meeting at Yogyakarta,

Indonesia and stressed on the need

for systemic changes in health

governance amid status of the

pandemic. Mandaviya said that "The

ongoing pandemic has posed multiple

challenges on the health systems

across the globe, developed and

developing countries alike. The present

pandemic has highlighted the fault

lines in the global health governance

and has brought to the fore the

importance of strengthening Global

Health Architecture. It has reinforced

the need to assess health ecosystems,

health financing and their linkages in

light of the experience in managing

the current pandemic."

Indonesia has hosted two Health

Working Group Meetings in Yogyakarta

and Lombok wherein priority issues of

'Harmonizing Global Health Protocol

Standards' and 'Building Global Health

System Resilience' were discussed and

deliberated upon, read the Ministry

of Health and Family Welfare press


Mandaviya also thanked the

Indonesian Presidency for prioritizing

the issue of TB and One Health in the

meeting and conducting events for

the same. India has pledged to End

TB by 2025, five years ahead of the

global SDG target of 2030.

He was hopeful that the ongoing

reduced trajectory of COVID-19

is an encouraging sign that the

pandemic's end is near. He said that

India agrees to mutual recognition of

vaccine credentials including its wider

application for interoperability of

health data.

"A boost to digital health data

systems to enable seamless

interoperability of data and creation of

longitudinal electronic health records

within a country and at the global level

is crucial," he further added.

The Health Minister also suggested

G20 members for an institutional

framework to enable rapid sharing of

genome sequencing data along with

a neutral & aggregate data-sharing

model amongst countries.

This could be done across multiple

pathogens with equitable benefit

sharing under the framework of the

Nagoya protocol, read the press


Union Health Minister advocated

for an inclusive, agile and responsive

framework for health emergency

management, supported by a global

mechanism of surveillance, sustainable

financing and equitable distribution of

medical countermeasures.

He said that "G20 countries account

for 80 per cent of the world's GDP

and share 80 per cent of global

cross-border trade and hence G20's

engagement and leadership will be

vital to strengthen the global health

architecture and management of any

future health emergencies."

Reiterating the centrality and

significance of WHO as a member

state-driven process in global health

reforms, Dr Mandaviya proposed for

factoring in proposals discussed during

the 75th World Health Assembly

regarding strengthening global health

architecture too in discussions at the

G20 level.

This would help in avoiding any

duplicity and create a robust

architecture. He also reemphasized the

urgent need for bringing transparency

and accountability in WHO functioning

so as to make WHO 'fit for purpose'

beside the need to work towards the

financial sustainability of WHO, said

the release.

He finally stressed upon the need for

global cooperation and urged members

that "global health resilience must be

created by working towards mutual

recognition of vaccine credentials

to aid seamless cross-border travel,

and the need for expanding research

network, m-RNA manufacturing

hubs and distributed manufacturing

of medical countermeasures with

particular focus on the global south."

Emphasising further for supporting

the global south and removing

inequities, Dr Mandaviya said that

mechanisms must be created to

support low-and lower-middleincome

countries. This can be done

through strengthening research

and manufacturing capacities, and

equitable deployment of medical

countermeasures, added the release.

"G20 countries must prioritize

establishing an ecosystem for VTD

research, technology transfers

and regional manufacturing hubs,

especially in Global South. India will

also support this endeavour and will

collaborate proactively to develop an

mRNA vaccine hub in the global south

by extending its manufacturing and

research capacity," said Dr Mandaviya.



Manpreet Singh to lead

Indian men's hockey team for

Commonwealth Games 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

Read online www.iwk.co.nz

Indian football

moving in right

direction with

longer calendar:

Phil Brown

Hockey India on Monday named the

18-member Indian Men's Hockey Team

for the prestigious Commonwealth Games

scheduled to begin on 29 July in Birmingham. India

grouped in Pool B along with England, Canada,

Wales and Ghana will begin their campaign on 31

July against Ghana.

The team will be captained by Manpreet Singh,

who led the Indian team to a historic Bronze

medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year.

Dragflick specialist Harmanpreet Singh, the

highest goal scorer of the FIH Hockey Pro League,

has been named as the Vice-Captain of the team.

The squad includes the experienced goalkeeper

PR Sreejesh and Krishan B Pathak, who returns

to the team after a brief injury break. Defenders

Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet

Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jugraj Singh and Jarmanpreet

Singh have been named to the team. The midfield

includes the experience of Manpreet Singh, Hardik

Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh,

Akashdeep Singh and Nilakanta Sharma. While

experienced strikers Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar

Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh and Abhishek will lead

the charge in attack.

In their previous outing at the Commonwealth

Games in Gold Coast, India suffered disappointment

Indian women's hockey team

looks to end their debut

FIH Hockey Pro League

campaign on high

The Indian women's hockey team will be

looking to end their debut FIH Hockey Pro

League campaign on a high note when

they take on the USA in their last double-header

matches on June 21 and 22 in Rotterdam.

The Indian team led by Savita registered a 2-2

(2-1 SO) shootout win and a narrow 2-3 loss in

their previous Pro League matches against the

current Champions Argentina on weekend. They

are currently placed at the third position in the

league table with 24 points in 12 matches.

Speaking ahead of the two-legged tie against

the USA, Savita said, "For us, the most important

thing is that we could execute our plans and put

up an improved performance on weekend against

Argentina. However, we could have done better,

but I feel these matches are confidence boosters

for us ahead of the World Cup."

"There is still room for improvement for us

and we look forward to plugging the loopholes

in the matches against the USA. We've gained

good momentum and hopefully, we will finish our

debut Pro League campaign with good results,"

she added.

Vice-Captain Depp Grace Ekka stated, "The

matches were really tough against Argentina,

but we are glad that we stuck to the plans and

finishing fourth. However, after an impressive

outing in the FIH Pro League this year, the Indian

team is poised to achieve success in Birmingham.

Speaking about the team selection, Chief Coach

Graham Reid said, "We have gone with a triedand-tested

team for the Commonwealth Games.

These players have the experience of playing

top teams in high-pressure games in the FIH Pro

League which was good exposure for us ahead of

the prestigious quadrennial event."

"After a brief break when we return home from

the Netherlands, we will resume camp in SAI,

Bengaluru where we will analyze our performance

against Belgium and Netherlands. While there

are many takeaways from this outing in FIH Pro

League, there surely are a few areas that we

can improve upon ahead of the Commonwealth

Games," asserted Reid.

Indian Men's Team for CWG: Manpreet Singh

(Captain), Harmanpreet Singh (Vice-Captain),

Sreejesh PR (GK), Krishan Bahadur Pathak (GK),

Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas,

Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh,

Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep

Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Gurjant

Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Abhishek.

did really well against a strong team. We are

looking forward to the last set of matches of

our memorable Pro League campaign. We are

confident of getting positive results against the


With the FIH Hockey Women's World Cup 2022

just around the corner, Savita said that the team

is shaping up really well for the marquee event.

"We are glad that we have got a good

opportunity of playing in Europe just a few days

ahead of the World Cup, so the build-up towards

the big event has been really great. The team

is shaping up really well for the World Cup," the

Indian captain said.

Former Premier League

manager Phil Brown

believes the 2022-23

season will be a gamechanger

in Indian football with the

re-introduction of the cup

competitions along with

the league, which will aid in

developing the sport in the


The increase in the number

of matches will also provide

youngsters with a pathway into

the national team in time for

the AFC Asian Cup, the former

Hyderabad FC head coach feels.

"For me, as far as coaches in

India are concerned, it is manna

from heaven. It is a fantastic

move forward for Indian

football. As a foreign coach

coming to India, all we want to

do is train with the players. We

call it contact time. The more

contact time you have with the

players, the better chance the

player has of improving. It is

the most important part in my

opinion for the improvement of

individuals," said Brown.

"The elongation of the

season, taking it into nine

months takes contact time

to another level. It helps the

game to expand and improve

but it also helps the coaches

in knowing the players better

from a psychological point of

view. The whole package is now

nothing but a positive for an

Indian player," he added.

The domestic football season

is set to being in August with

the Durand Cup. The ISL and

I-League begin in October while

the season ends with the Super

Cup in May 2023, completing

close to nine months of football.

Brown thinks the increased

number of matches will open

the doors for many youngsters

wanting to press their case for

the Indian national team. India

qualified for the AFC Asian Cup

for a second straight time.

The continental competition is

scheduled for June next year.

"The first XI of the national

team takes care of itself but the

next XI or the one after that,

you are talking about U23, U21

players in the national team.

Through this calendar, these

younger players now have a

pathway to the national team.

Ishan Pandita scored for the

national team. In his first season

at FC Goa, he was only used as a

substitute, second season (with

Jamshedpur FC), he came in

and got a few games and goals,

and look now, he is pushing his

case for a spot in the India first

XI. The results are there in front

of you. Another example is

Suresh (Singh Wangjam). Two

years ago he was blossoming

as another talent in ISL, now he

started these games for India.

These are the pathways that

younger players can now look

up to," said Brown.

"With the number of matches

and the number of Indians in the

squads going up, accounting for

injury and rotation, every Indian

player in the squad is going

to be used. That in itself can

only aid development. Some

players who will not feature

at the start of the season will

get their chance in the middle

and suddenly you get a run of

3-4 games. That exposure for

players, for me, is moving Indian

football in the right direction

where it should be going," the

63-year-old added.

The ISL is set to move to a

weekend-centric schedule this

season with matches being

played between Thursdays and

Sundays. "Playing weekend to

weekend gives players adequate

rest, coaches the time to

prepare better on the training

fields and with the fans coming

in, it provides for a better

quality of product, which will

then open the turnstiles. Fans

will want to come in because

the product becomes more

established. Indian football is

moving in the right direction

with that decision," the former

Hull City manager concluded.

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On-road hydrogen vehicles to

cross 1 mn globally by 2027

The number

of hydrogen

vehicles in

service globally is

likely to exceed

1 million in 2027,

from just over

60,000 in 2022 — a

substantial growth of

over 1,500 per cent,

a new report showed

on Monday.

Hydrogen vehicles

use hydrogen

propulsion systems

as their onboard

fuel. The chemical

energy of hydrogen

and oxygen reacts with the fuel

cell and converts the energy to


Juniper Research forecasts

that the consumer market will

lead the hydrogen vehicles

space, with consumer vehicles

accounting for over 60 per cent

of hydrogen vehicles in service

globally in 2027.

“Manufacturers will need to

make hydrogen vehicles more

affordable to become viable

for fleets, but increased range

and suitability for heavy goods

transport will ultimately drive

growth and economies of

scale,” said research co-author

Olivia Williams.

The report identified the

nascent development stage of

many commercial vehicle types

and the high average cost of

hydrogen powered commercial

vehicles, at over $70,000

globally in 2022, as key factors

limiting adoption.

The research identified

hydrogen vehicles as an

increasingly viable alternative

to BEVs (battery electric


Car manufacturers, including

Hyundai, Toyota and BMW, have

made significant investments in

hydrogen vehicles.

Additionally, the report

identified the low availability of

fuelling infrastructure as a key

challenge for wider adoption,

but highlighted heavy industry

investment as key to reducing

this concern over the next five


Hydrogen vehicles

use hydrogen

propulsion systems

as their onboard

fuel. The chemical

energy of hydrogen

and oxygen reacts

with the fuel cell and

converts the energy

to electricity.

Infrastructure vendors should

provide ‘green’ hydrogen,

produced using renewable

energy sources, to best take

advantage of concerns around

the environment driving the

adoption of alternative fuels,

the report noted.

Russian editor's Nobel Prize medal

sold for USD 103.5 million, proceeds

to benefit Ukraine children

The Nobel Peace Prize

medal, owned by Dmitry

Muratov, editor-inchief

of Russian news outlet

Novaya Gazeta, was sold at an

auction in the United States

for USD 103.5 million, Heritage

Auctions said.

All the money raised will be

given to UNICEF to support

all countries hosting Ukrainian

refugees, including Poland,

Russia, Germany, Moldova,

Slovenia, the Czech Republic

and Hungary, Muratov said

before the start of the auction.

Muratov won the medal in


"Russian Nobel Prize winner

sells medal #HERITAGELIVE

#DmitryMuratov, EIC of Russian

news outlet #NovayaGazeta,

with HA, auctioned his 2021

#NobelPeacePrize to benefit

UNICEF's child refugee fund.

It sold for $103,500,000

https://fal.cn/3pBMz. HA

worked to ensure the winning

bid is already in #UNICEF's

possession," Heritage Auctions


Dmitry Muratov and Maria

Ressa were the 2021 joint

recipients of the Nobel Peace

Prize, recognized for "their

efforts to safeguard freedom

of expression, which is a

precondition for democracy and

lasting peace."

Despite the forced closure of

his news outlet, Novaya Gazeta,

he works tirelessly to make

an impact, most recently with

charities delivering life-saving

medications to children.

Now, he is asking everyone

to join him in a campaign to

help the children of Ukraine

displaced by war.

The full scope of the Ukrainian

refugee crisis is difficult to

quantify and far exceeds any

other refugee crisis in Europe

since World War II. As of May

24th, the United Nations

estimates 6.6 million refugees

have left Ukraine.

More than 3.5 million fled to

Poland, nearly 1 million more

to Romania, and yet another

1 million to Russia. Hungary,

Moldova, and Slovakia struggle

to accommodate around half a

million more each.

The UN states there are

more than 10,000 refugees

in at least two dozen more

countries. Millions more have

been displaced within Ukraine,

all needing food, shelter, and

other basic necessities. In all, it

is estimated 14 million people

are believed to have sought

refuge by fleeing their homes.

5 Must Visit Restaurants In Dubai

Ribs & Brews

You must explore the traditional

cuisine representing the culture

and ingredients that are native to

the region. Here’s a list of restaurants

that you must try:

Level Seven

COYA Dubai brings the lively Latin

American culture across its ambience

and food. Showcasing the traditional

tribal art on the walls to the age-old

COYA Music, immerse yourself in the

experiential journey right since you step


Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin American,

Seafood, Grill

Location: Jumeirah Road, Dubai

Price: AED 550 for two people



A preferred hotspot for culinary

aficionados for its cuisines straight from

the rustic markets of the Mediterranean

— Spain, Italy, and Greece, the social

outpost dons a picturesque ambiance

decorated with wood, steel, and vintage

art. The restaurant is celebrated for its

tasteful tapas presentations, freshly

prepared servings from the Crudo bar,

rice and grain dishes, and luscious meat

bites prepared freshly in the rotisserie.

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, W Dubai,


Price: AED 430 for two people

If you are craving a hip American

bar vibe, visit this eatery that serves

a selection of the finest, slow-cooked

barbeque ribs. With the food revolving

around the handcrafted beverages, the

cocktails here are stirred and served

with small plates of the select food,

bringing the guests together to engage

and share the moments.

Cuisine: American

Location: Al Habtoor City, Dubai

Price: AED 400 for two people


Located on an elevation that overlooks

panoramic views of Dubai, the sky-high

Ce La Vi is an Instagram-able venue.

Housed in one of Dubai’s celebrated

hotels, Sky View the restaurant offers

an enthralling view of the downtown

Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa. It is on

the bridge joining the two towers of the


Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary

Location: Sky View Hotel, Dubai

Price: AED 350 for two people

Deemed to be the highest located

restaurant in the world At.Mosphere

serves breathtaking experiences at

an elevation of 442m above ground

in the Burj Khalifa. From here one can

witness Downtown Dubai’s iconic sights.

The diner and lounge make the ideal

venue for sundowners with scrumptious

refreshments. The restaurant also

presents a panoramic view of the skyline

and the Arabian Gulf beyond.

Cuisine: International

Location: Burj Khalifa, 122nd Floor,

Downtown, Dubai

Price: AED 900 for two people



Friday, June 24, 2022

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Paneer Tikka Recipe (made in oven or stovetop)


• 200 to 250 grams Paneer or Indian

cottage cheese

• ½ cup diced onions or 1 medium sized


• ½ diced capsicum or 1 small to

medium bell pepper – green, yellow

or red

For Paneer Tikka Marination

• 200 grams Hung Curd or greek yogurt

• 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste or 1

tablespoon crushed ginger-garlic

• 2 teaspoons kashmiri red chili powder

or 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

• ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground


• 1 teaspoon cumin powder (ground


• 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (ground


• ½ teaspoon Garam Masala

• 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)

• 1 teaspoon dry mango powder

(amchur powder)

• 1 teaspoon chaat masala

• ½ teaspoon black pepper powder –

optional (ground black pepper)

• 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon mustard oil or any

neutral tasting oil

• ½ teaspoon black salt – ptional

• salt as required

• some mustard oil for rushing


• take a bowl and add rice, toordal and

moong dal in it.

• add water and soak for 5-7 mins.

• heat oil in pressure cooker.

• add mustard and cumins.

• add garlic.

• when the garlic turns golden brown

add green chili.

• add onion and saute.

• add tomatoes.

• add salt, turmeric powder and red chili

powder. mix it well. cook until mushy.

• add soaked lentils.

• add water. add kasoori methi as well.

• pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.

• add butter at time of serving.

• enjoy hot dal khichadi.


• Chop the paneer in square shaped


• Dice the onions and capsicum in 1 or

1.5 inches square pieces.

• Making Marination

• In a large bowl, take the hung curd

(greek yogurt) and whisk it lightly till

it becomes smooth

• Add ginger-garlic paste, all the spice

powders, carom seeds, black salt,

regular salt, lemon juice and mustard


• Mix very well. Check the taste and add

more seasonings if required.

• Add the veggies and paneer to the

marinade. Slowly and gently mix them

with the marinade.

• Cover the bowl and marinate for

at least 2 hours or more in the


• After 2 hours thread the paneer

and veggies alternately on bamboo

skewers. Soak or rinse the bamboo

skewers before threading.

• Grilling Paneer Tikka

• Preheat the oven for 15 to 20 minutes

at 230 or 240 degree celsius or 464

degrees Fahrenheit. Use only the top

heating element.

• Line a baking tray with aluminium

foil or parchment paper. Arrange the

paneer skewers on the tray. Brush

some oil on the veggies and paneer

cubes all over.

• Place the tray on the top rack. Grill

the paneer tikka first for 7 to 10

minutes at 230 or 240 degree celsius

or or 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Then

remove and turn the skewers.

• Place back on the top rack in the oven

and continue to grill for 3 to 5 minutes

more till the edges of the paneer are

golden or slightly charred. Do not grill

for a long time as then paneer cubes

becomes hard.

• Since temperatures vary from oven to

oven do keep a check. You can reduce

or increase the time as required. Total

grilling time will be 15 to 20 minutes.

• Remove from the oven and then

place the paneer cubes on a serving

plate. Sprinkle some chaat masala and

lemon juice.

• Serve paneer tikka with mint chutney

and onion rings with lemon wedges

7 principles of interior design you

should know before renovating

If you know the principles and

incorporate them into the interior

design scheme, you can play a more

active role in creating your dream home.

Besides, having a well-designed interior

enhances the aesthetic and economic

value of your property, making it better

off in every sense.

1. Balance

Balance means creating visual harmony

in the space by ensuring that the

elements in there are evenly distributed.

This gives a sense of equilibrium in

your design. It can be achieved with

many forms, for example, using shapes,

colours, patterns and even textures.

There are 3 common ways to strike

a balance in interior design. Firstly,

there is the traditional symmetrical

balance, which essentially places objects

symmetrically on either side of an

imaginary central axis. Asymmetrical

balance, on the other hand, keeps the

focal point on the imaginary axis while

allowing dissimilar and oddly numbered

objects. To maintain an evenly

distributed visual weight, the objects

should be of similar dimensions. Usually,

asymmetrical balance results in a more

energetic and natural feel. Lastly, radial

balance involves arranging objects

around a central focal point, which is

almost always a circle, such as a round

dining table or a chandelier.

2. Unity

The unity principle emphasises a

sense of uniformity or harmony among

the elements used in design. These

include having similar colours, patterns

or textures, equal spacing of objects or

repetition of elements to create a visual


To put it simply, when elements are

carefully curated, you feel that they

come together nicely. For example,

if you have a variety of shapes and

textures in a space, you can still create

unity by using just one colour scheme.

3. Rhythm

The human brain is drawn to repetition

and recognises similar objects quickly.

Thus, rhythm, which is about creating

repetition and contrast in an

interior, helps carry visual interest

around the room.

There are many ways to create

rhythm, such as using the same

colour or pattern at different

intervals. For example, you can

paint a wall green, and then use

the same colour again on the

dining chair cushions. This is called

repetition rhythm. You can also

use alternation to create rhythm

by rotating two elements in an

ABABAB or ABBABB pattern,

such as alternating 2 types of

pendant lights. If you are feeling

more adventurous, you can

try progression rhythm, which

arranges elements in ascending

or descending order based

on their size, colour or other


4. Emphasis

This principle stresses that

every room needs one central element

as a focal point, and the other items

should complement the emphasis such

that focus is always on it. The emphasis

can be a large piece of furniture like a

grand piano, an art piece like a painting,

or a design feature such as an accent

wall. It can also be in the form of colour,

pattern or texture.

5. Contrast

Contrast in interior design is created

when one combines two or more very

different forms. Again, this can be done

either by colour, form (shape) or space.

The easiest way to achieve contrast

is through colours, for example, painting

opposite colours like black and white.

You can also put two different shapes

close together, such as balancing a

round mirror with a rectangular dining

table. The use of positive space (space

occupied with objects) and negative

spaces (empty space in between

objects) is also an excellent way of

creating contrast without crowding the


6. Scale and Proportion

This principle is all about the ratio.

The size and dimension of the objects

in a room should relate to one another

proportionally so that they don’t look

out of place. For instance, one should

not hang a huge chandelier in a shoebox

apartment, while a space with high

ceiling should have larger furniture than

bean bags.

7. Details

Finally, we have the principle of the

details, which states that the little things

must not be overlooked. And when it

comes to details, nothing is too small

or too unimportant to pay attention

to. From embroideries on the cushions,

handles on the cabinets to framed prints

on the wall, every little thing adds a little

something to the overall interior design.

Tweaking the smallest details is what

distinguishes a good interior design from

a great one.walk. To make it easy, all you

need to do is to place the broken shell

on the stove for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to

cool, then tap on the shell and coconut

will come off smoothly.

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Genius cleaning hacks for

a tidier home in no time

Use Your Dishwasher to Clean

Light Fixtures

Did you know some light

fixture pieces are dishwashersafe?

For this cleaning hack,

we suggest running removable

glass pieces, such as domes,

through the dishwasher. To

reduce spots on your light

fixtures, run a drying cycle, too.

Use a Pillowcase to Clean a

Ceiling Fan

Here is a neat hack for

dusting a ceiling fan quickly

and efficiently. Slip a pillowcase

over ceiling fan blades, one at a

time, then wipe. This way, dust

falls into the pillowcase, not on

your furniture and floors.

Use Socks to Clean Blinds

You can also use socks as a

duster. Put an old sock on one

hand and spritz it with water.

Grip each panel of the blind and

slide your sock-covered hand

from one end to the other,

removing dust from both sides

of the slat at once.

Spot-Clean Fabrics with Baby


Baby wipes are surprisingly

effective because they contain

very little moisture, have

gentle cleaning agents, and dry

quickly. That's why we suggest

using them for spots and stains

on fabrics.

Use Tennis Balls to Launder


Washing a bulky comforter

can be tricky business. Most

comforters can be machinewashed

in front-loaders, as long

as the comforter fills only half

the washer. Add tennis balls to

the dryer to keep the stuffing

from collecting in one corner.

Clean Window Treatments


Keep window treatments on

the rod to save time as you

clean. Instead of taking them

down, just shake them out

to remove loose dust. Then

vacuum drapes or curtains

from top to bottom using the

upholstery attachment.

Have Your Kids Clean Your


Jumping on the bed can

help freshen up your mattress.

Have your kids bounce around

on the bed to bring up dust

from inside. Then vacuum the

mattress top.

Use Lemon Oil and Vinegar

for Shine

Woodwork and wood

furnishings can gather dust

and dirt buildup over time. To

keep it looking shiny, regular

wipe-downs are necessary. For

extra sheen, use a mixture of 1

part lemon oil to 1 part white


Clean Your Dishwasher with

Baking Soda and Vinegar

To get rid of dirt and odors

from your dishwasher, add 1

cup baking soda to the bottom

of your empty dishwasher and

let it sit overnight. Then run

the hottest possible cycle using

vinegar instead of detergent

to clean and deodorize your

dishwasher. Remember to

remove debris from the filter.

Clean Faster with These


A microfiber mop with an

extension pole dusts ceilings

and walls quickly and easily.

When you're done, just remove

the cover and toss it in the


A double-sided squeegee

is the best tool for cleaning

windows. Dip it in your cleaning

solution of choice and work in

a tight S-pattern from top to



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Daughter remembers KK:

Shares heartfelt note,

throwback pics

Late singer KK’s daughter

Tamara has penned

an emotional note and

posted some really cute

throwback pictures of KK being

a good father.

Taamara took to Instagram,

where she shared the note and

photos from her childhood,

which also included her brother

Nakul and mother Jyothy.

She wrote: “I would take the

pain of losing you a 100 times,

if it meant having you as my

dad even for one second. Life is

dark without you dad. You were

the cutest most loving dad,

who’d come home after a gig

and wait to come lie down and

Director Lokesh Kanakaraj's action

entertainer 'Vikram', featuring actors

Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh

Faasil, has now smashed all existing boxoffice

records in Tamil Nadu, grossing Rs

155 crore in just 17 days in the state.

Veteran entertainment industry tracker

Sreedhar Pillai on Monday tweeted, "It can

be confirmed that 'Vikram' has broken all

existing box-office records in Tamil Nadu

as it grosses Rs 155 Cr (share Rs 80Cr


in 17 days

and crosses

the five-year

old record of

'Baahubali 2'

(Rs 152Cr)!"

The film,

which has

been having a

dream run at

the box office,

was expected to overtake 'Baahubali 2'

to emerge as the top grosser in the state

during the weekend.

As expected, the film has now smashed

'Baahubali 2''s record in Tamil Nadu.

Last week, the unit of the film had

organised a huge success meet in which,

Udhayanidhi Stalin, whose Red Giant Movies

holds the film's distribution rights for Tamil

Nadu had disclosed, "We knew the film

would become a hit but we did not know

give us cuddles.

“I miss you, I miss eating

with you, I miss our laughing

sessions, I miss our secret

snacking rituals in the kitchen,

I miss our farting competitions,

I miss showing you my music

and little voice note ideas, I

miss your reaction dad. I miss

holding your hand.”

Tamara added that the late

singer made them feel “so safe

and happy and loved and lucky.”

“You were the realness this

world needed, and now that

you’re gone, none of it feels

real. But your unconditional love

has unknowingly prepared us

to handle, even something like

'Vikram' grosses

Rs 155 cr in TN,

breaks 'Baahubali 2'

record of 152 cr

this. Your love is our strength.”

“Me, Nakul and mumma

are gonna work every day to

make you proud and spread

your energy, and we’re gonna

be strong and take care of

each other like you did. Happy

Father’s Day to the bestestest

dad in the whole universe (red

heart and trophy emojis). Love

you forever miss you every day,

umma, I know you’re here with


Earlier in June, KK fell ill

while performing at an event in

Kolkata and was taken to the

hospital, where he was declared


it would become such a big hit. We have

entered the third week and just the share

itself is Rs 75 crores. So far, no Tamil film

has earned so much. The film is still going

strong. As far as I know, the pressure for

tickets to this film is going to be there for

another five to six weeks. "

Sanjay Wadhwa, the managing director of

AP International, which is the international

distribution partner of the film, had also

Friday, June 24, 2022

Sachin Tendulkar

showers praise

on 'Shabaash

Mithu' trailer

Legendary Indian cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar has

shared his reaction

following the trailer release

of Bollywood actor Taapsee

Pannu's upcoming sports drama

'Shabaash Mithu'.

The movie is a rousing story

of recently retired icon, Mithali

Raj who is known for her recordbreaking

23-year-long career in

international cricket and made

10,000 runs in ODI. After the

trailer of 'Shabaash Mithu' was

unveiled today, several people

including cricketers, rushed to

congratulate the film's team.

Tendulkar took to his Twitter

handle and wrote, "The

#ShabaashMithuTrailer is heartwarming.

Mithali has inspired

millions to dream and follow

their passion & I am looking

forward to watch this movie.

My best wishes to the entire


Mithali also took to social

media and shared her feelings

about the trailer. She wrote,

"One game, One nation, One

ambition... My Dream! Grateful

to the team and excited to share

my story with you all! Check

out the ShabaashMithuTrailer


Directed by Srijit Mukherjee,

the trailer of 'Shabaash Mithu'

is inspiring and motivating. In it,

Taapsee plays Mithu, a smalltown

girl with many big dreams

in her eyes, to create her own

space in the male-dominated

world and to change the

gentleman's game.

The film is all set to hit the

theatres on July 15, 2022.

said, "I will be glad to inform you that

overseas collections of 'Vikram' will touch

Rs 100 crore by Monday."

The overall box-office collections of the

film was expected to cross Rs 350 crore

during the weekend. With the film already

having smashed passed the 152 crore mark

in Tamil Nadu, the overall collections are

now expected to go up to Rs 375 crores.

Read online www.iwk.co.nz


Pannu, Anurag


'Dobaaraa' to

be premiered

at London Film


Taapsee Pannu-starrer

'Dobaaraa' is all set to

premiere at London Film

Festival on June 23.

Taapsee will present the film

along with director Anurag

Kashyap at the opening night

gala of the prestigious festival.

Produced by Shobha Kapoor and

Ekta Kapoor's Cult Movies (a

new wing under Balaji Telefilm)

and Sunir Kheterpal and Gaurav

Bose of Athena, 'Dobaaraa' is

touted as a new age thriller.

It is the official Hindi adaption

of Oriol Paulo's 2018 Spanishlanguage

film Mirage

The film also stars Pavail Gulati

who earlier shared screen space

with Taapsee in 'Thappad'.

Apart from 'Dobaaraa',

Taapsee will also be seen in

'Shabaash Mithu', which is based

on the life of cricketing legend

Mithali Raj, who redefined the

gentleman's game not only in

India but globally too.

Paying tribute to Mithali,

Taapsee said, "There are

cricketers who have records

under their name. There

are cricketers who have

tremendous fan following.

There are cricketers who inspire

you and make you believe that

if they can so can you! And then

there's Mithali who did all of

this in her classic graceful style

and also changed the game of

cricket where the presence of

women in concerned."

'Shabaash Mithu' will be out

in theatres on July 15 and

'Dobaaraa' is scheduled to hit

the theatres on August 19.

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