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Government announces new

measures to tackle gangs


Police will have expanded

powers for dealing with

gang violence including

a new intimidation offence,

but stronger search and seize

powers will still need a warrant.

Police Minister Chris

Hipkins and Justice Minister

Kiri Allan have this morning

announced plans detailing the

government’s efforts to crack

down on gang activity.

Their proposals would see a

new criminal offence introduced

which would make it illegal to

discharge a firearm with an

intent to intimidate, which

would apply in any setting - a

strengthening of the current

law which applies only inside a


The new crime would carry

a maximum five-year prison


Police search and seize

powers would also be expanded:

Warrants could allow searches

of occupied gang properties

and vehicles over 14 days

The threshold for impounding

gang vehicles involved in

convoys will be lowered

to include aggravated

carelessness and reasonable

belief the vehicle was used for

dangerous or reckless driving

Cash over $10,000 found in

suspicious circumstances can

be seized for up to seven days

Watches, jewellery, precious

metals, stones and ships

that could be used for money

laundering will be added to

a list of goods which highvalue

dealers will be prohibited

from selling for cash over

a certain value

Violent crime has been on

the rise around the country,

including in relation to a conflict

between the Killer Beez and

Tribesmen gangs, and the

government has been under

pressure to do something

about it.

Hipkins said more than 1800

firearms, and 10,000 grams of

methamphetamine had been

seized, and 1500 arrests made

as part of operation Tauwhiro.

“But as a government we

are keen to make sure that we

can do more and that involves

making sure that the police

have the right tools to do that.”

Police are responding

to increased

incidents of


and violence on

roads, streets

and in homes,

Hipkins said.

The opposition

National Party has

been calling for a ban on

patches and gang gatherings,

although gang leaders decried

that policy as ‹dog whistle›

politics and expert Jarrod

Gilbert warned it would do little

to address the problem.

Gilbert warned more broadly

against listening to politicians

with easy answers to gang

violence, saying what was

needed was to tackle the

specific symptoms and causes

of crime, while putting pressure

on the gangs through policing.

Allan quoted Dr Gilbert, who

said solutions were needed to



have the absolute

right to feel safe

in their homes and

the police need the

adequate powers

to do their


target particular problems.

“This has been the approach

that we have taken since we

have pulled together this suite

of reforms.

"One of the current problems

New Zealanders are worried

about - and rightly so - is

the spike in gang warfare, as

evidenced just here,” Allan said.

She said going after guns,

vehicles and cash was hitting

the gangs where it


“ N e w

Zealanders have

the absolute

right to feel

safe in their

homes and the

police need the

adequate powers

to do their job.

"The ministry of

justice have worked

closely with police to design

the suite of targeted measures,

to ensure police have the tools

that they need to tackle violent

organised criminal behaviour

whilst also ensuring that the

measures are evidence-based

and uphold the rule of law.”

We all know people did

not become gang members

overnight, and the government

was “acutely aware” the

best tool was prevention,

rather than “a belated

cure”, Allan said.

Hipkins said police had asked

for stronger powers to allow

them to deal with violent

offending and other criminal


“Recent brazen gang activities

have been totally unacceptable,

and our communities deserve

better,” he said.

These are practical and

targeted measures that will

help the police do their job to

keep communities safe. We are

interested in real solutions, not

empty slogans.”

He said there was also

work being done to address

the drivers of crime

including youth crime.

Allan said the causes of

crime were complex and often

inter-generational, and the

changes being introduced

would give New Zealanders

confidence that police had the

powers they needed to tackle

gang behaviour that made

them feel unsafe.

“We will continue to ensure

we are upping the ante on

intervention and prevention

measures that are focused on

steering young people away

from a life with organised

criminal groups,” she said.

“I will be looking closely at

the youth justice system in

particular to see how we can

make changes that will improve

both the lives of at-risk young

people and public safety

over the long term,” Minister

Allan said.




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Govt rolls out new measures to

tackle Second Omicron wave and flu




The Government has

rolled out additional

measures to help tackle

the second Omicron wave and

record levels of flu to ease

pressure on the health system

and health workers.

There’s no question the

combination of a spike

in COVID-19 cases and

hospitalisations, the worst flu

season in recent memory and

corresponding staff absences

are putting health workers and

the whole health system under

extreme pressure.

Our modelling suggests we’re

at the beginning of a second

Omicron wave that could be

bigger than the first, with the

more transmissible BA.5 variant

becoming the dominant strain

in the community.

There has been a significant

increase in cases over the past

two weeks, and worryingly

the biggest jump is in cases

amongst New Zealanders

aged 65 and over. That in

turn has led to an increase in

hospital occupancy.

We are continuing to ask

New Zealanders to do three

things - get vaccinated, wear

a mask in many or most indoor

settings and isolate when sick

to suppress the spread of the

virus over the remaining winter

India’s potential for young Kiwi entrepreneurs

discussed at INZBC Christchurch’s Fire side Chat


With Covid numbers going down

and international borders

reopening, this is the best

time to start looking at the Indian

market for expansion and scaling up Kiwi

businesses, according to Mr. David Pine,

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to

India and Bangladesh, and Ambassador

designate to Nepal.

Mr. Pine was speaking at a “Fire Side

Chat”, organised by the India New

Zealand Business Council (INZBC),

Christchurch chapter, at the Ara

Institute of Canterbury’s City campus

on July 12.

Braving bad weather, several

enthusiastic invitees gathered to

hear Mr. Pine, who took charge in

August 2020 when he flew to India

on a Vande Bharat flight in the

midst of the pandemic.

INZBC hosted the event to help Kiwi

entrepreneurs understand the potential

of the expanding Indian market.

Mr. Pine shared his assessment

of the ground realities in India in

terms of politics, the economy and

post-covid opportunities.

He noted that Indian markets have

months. If we all play our part

we can take some pressure off

the health system.

To support this we are

implementing a range of

measures to help Kiwis stay

well. These extra measures

will help get us and the health

system through the winter

months. Please do your bit.


We are increasing access to

antiviral medication to those

most likely to end up in hospital,

making free masks and RATs

more widely available and doing

another push to lift uptake of

flu and COVID-19 vaccines

including the second booster.

Antiviral medications can

reduce the seriousness of

COVID-19 meaning fewer

people need to be hospitalised,

so we are making these more

widely available as pharmacyonly


Pharmac are also broadening

been resilient, making an incredible

recovery after going through the worst

phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, with

almost all parameters of the economy

crossing their pre-COVID levels.

Mr. Pine added that a popular

government at the helm

offered stability.

It was recognised that there is a need

for more engagement on the ground

with frequent visits from either side and

getting Indian business associations

like FICCI and CII involved to enable

dialogue and learning about the

market opportunities.

We are encouraging

everyone who needs

extra RATs or masks

to head to a testing

site or other location

and collect a free

pack for you and your

whānau. There is no

criteria, you don’t

need to be unwell

or have symptoms.

the eligibility criteria to enable

more people from higher risk

groups to access antiviral

medications. Pharmac will be

making further announcements

about this today.

These eligible groups will

be able to access antivirals

without the need for a doctor’s

prescription. This means access

will expand from 2 per cent to

10 per cent of cases.

From Monday 18 July

anyone over 75 years of age

who has tested positive for

COVID-19 or anyone who has

been admitted previously to

an Intensive Care Unit directly

as a result of COVID-19, will

be eligible to access antivirals

through their GP.

This will help alleviate

pressure on primary care by

removing the need for GPs

to review every COVID-19

patient that may be eligible for


To speed up access to

antivirals, GPs can now provide

back pocket prescriptions

which means at-risk patients

for acute respiratory illnesses

can be preapproved and have

their prescription ready should

they become unwell and need

the medicine immediately.

RATs and masks

To increase uptake in use

in RATs and masks packs of

medical will be provided free

along with free RAT kits for

individuals and households from

testing centres and in more

locations by the end of the

week. You do not need to have

COVID-19 symptoms. And P2/

N95 masks will be available for

clinically vulnerable and high

risk individuals.

Free RATs will be available

from all current community



marae, testing stations

and local pharmacies.

The increased visits and exchange of

information will also provide a chance to

experience the market and its potential


Some of the specific areas where

India could benefit from Kiwi innovation

and technology know-how are dairy,

agriculture and related industries

Mr. Pine said that there is a need

to build and develop relations on the

foundations of common interests

that include cricket, culture, and

shared history like Indian soldiers

serving with ANZACs.

Mr. Pine also mentioned how the

We are encouraging everyone

who needs extra RATs or masks

to head to a testing site or

other location and collect a

free pack for you and your

whānau. There is no criteria,

you don’t need to be unwell

or have symptoms.

Wearing masks can reduce

new cases of the virus by as

much as 53 per cent. We are

asking New Zealanders to

keep up good mask wearing,

especially over the remaining

winter months where the virus

is more likely to pass in indoor

settings. The tried and tested

measures: wearing a highquality

mask, strong vaccine

and booster uptake, antivirals

and testing are highly effective

and will put us in the best

position to get through what

is one of the toughest winters

we’ve faced.

We are also providing

10 million child-size masks

available for year 4-7 students

in New Zealand and up to

30,000 masks a week for all

other students and school

staff, alongside extra funding

to support better ventilation

over winter.

These are the most effective

measures we have. They are

simple but if we all do them

we can lessen illness and the

burden on our health system

and dedicated health workers,

and get through this darkest

part of winter.

recent visits of Minister Priyanka

Radhakrishnan and MP Gaurav Sharma

to India have raised the profile of the

Indian diaspora in New Zealand.

INZBC Christchurch Head Sandeep

Sharma reiterated the importance of

continued dialogue and getting more

young businesses on the table to

exchange notes, explore potential and

create an environment conducive to

more trade opportunities.

Despite having 1.3 billion people,

India has one of the youngest

populations, with an average age of

29. India is also home to a fifth of the

world’s youth population.

These young individuals foster a

culture of creativity, entrepreneurship,

and diversity. India believes this young

population is its most valuable asset.

But this also offers a huge market for

entrepreneurs and businesses across

the world.

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Bonalu festival

celebrated at iconic

Ganesh Temple


The Telangana diaspora

celebrated the festival of

Bonalu at the iconic Shri

Ganesh Temple in Papakura,

South Auckland, on July 11.

Bonalu is a Hindu festival

celebrated traditionally in the

twin cities of Hyderabad and

Secunderabad and other parts

of Telangana to commemorate

the Goddess Kali. It is usually

held in the month of Ashada in


The festival name Bonalu

is derived from the word

Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu

and means an offering to the

Goddess Mahakali. Women

bring cooked rice with milk,

sugar sometimes onions in a

brass or earthen pot, adorned

with small neem branches and

turmeric, vermilion (Kumkum),

or Kadi (white chalk) and a lamp

on the top.

Women place the pots on

their heads and bear them to

the temple, led by drummers

and dancers.

It was the fourth edition of

the festival being celebrated

at Shri Ganesh Temple after

previously being celebrated

in various community halls

to ensure the religious

sanctity and spirituality was

maintained and not lost upon

the forthcoming generations of

Telangana diaspora.

The festival was organised

under the aegis of Telangana

Federation of New Zealand – a

federation body that strives

to bring different Telangana

community associations of New

Zealand together under one

umbrella witnessed enthusiastic

The origin of this

festival can be traced

back to around 1813

in the erstwhile

Hyderabad State,

when plague broke

out in the twin

cities of Hyderabad

and Secunderabad

and took lives of

thousands of people.

participation from more than

two hundred community

members including wider Kiwi-

I n d i a n


Hon Consul of

India Bhav Dhillon

was the chief guest at the

festival, who thanked the

organisers and the executive

team of Sri Ganesha Temple for

putting together a ritualistic

ceremony and a real cultural

feast for the wider Kiwi-Indian


The pooja was conducted

by chief priest Subramaniam

Parameswaran, who is known as

Priest Chandru and considered

as the one of the most revered

Hindu priests in New Zealand.

About Bonalu

The origin of this festival can

be traced back to around 1813

in the erstwhile Hyderabad

State, when plague broke out

in the twin cities of Hyderabad

and Secunderabad and took

lives of thousands of people.

Soldiers and people from

a military battalion of

Hyderabad state, which was

then deployed in Ujjain – a

prominent Hindu pilgrim city

and the centre of the famous

Mahakaleshwara Temple began

worshipping Goddess Mahakali

to emancipate the sufferings

of the people of the state of


It is believed that Goddess

Mahkali bestowed her blessings

and the plague receded thus

prompting the military battalion

to install an idol of Goddess

Mahakali on their return to


Since then, it has become

a tradition to offer Bonalu to

Goddess Mahakali in the month

of Asadh by the people of

Telangana all around the world.


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Zaheda Davies is the

serving president of the

North Wellington Rotary

Club. She is also the lone

woman member of Indian origin

in the club. She also runs a

travel-related business.

Zaheda Davies spoke to

Indian Weekender of her

trials and triumphs along

the way. Excerpts :

Are you the first woman

of Indian origin to be elected

President of the North

Wellington Rotary club?

Yes. At present, I am the only

member who is of Indian origin

at our club. I do hope that I

will not be the sole member of

Indian origin for too long and

that others will follow.

Are women breaking new

ground within the Rotary

fraternity and filling leadership

positions more than in

the past?

Rotary clubs started inviting

lady members more than 10

years ago.

Since then, there are a

growing number of women

joining Rotary clubs to serve

their communities.

This year, there is the first ever

Rotary International President

who is a woman from Canada,

Jennifer E Jones.

We have a number of women

elected as presidents of their

clubs around Wellington.

The District Governor of

Rotary 9940, which covers the

Of the women, for the women and by the women


The recently held event in Auckland

by the ladies’ support group,

Sakhi from Bharatiya Mandir, was

all about celebrating womanhood. About

65 ladies attended the hi-tea event at

Balmoral Community Centre

The attendees were seen having a

great time meeting with others, enjoying

food, music and fantastic company.

For the uninitiated, this support group

was started in 2017 by a group of

volunteers to provide a platform where

ladies can regularly interact, connect

with others, and support those who

require help.

Zahida Davies ( right) with past Rotary President Stephen Spence

lower part of the North Island,

is a woman.

What are the focus areas in

terms of community engagement

of the Rotary club in the

Greater Wellington region?

The motto of Rotary is

Service above Self. Being an

international organisation, most

Rotary clubs will have a local

support initiative like schools.

Education and leadership

programmes for youth, avenues

for supporting communities

in distress within our

geographical area.

We provided aid for the Pacific

islands during the earthquake/

Tsunami in Tonga/Samoa, are

some of the activities we have


Rotarians are also involved

Jyoti Parashar, Sakhi’s program

convener, said, “Being a part of Bharatiya

Mandir has allowed me to give back to

the community.

To me, racism begins

with oneself. As a

migrant, I must be

prepared to face

obstacles, whether

they are driven by

racism or not. I chose

not to react in any

particular way that

would hamper my

progress. Basically, I

don’t let it get to me.

in global endeavours such as

eradicating Polio worldwide.

Every year, Rotary runs a

RYLA programme (Rotary Youth

Leadership Award) for youth

and we also sponsor students

for the IYM (Innovative Young

Minds) open to young women in

Year 11 and 12 at schools.

Has racism been an obstacle

that you had to overcome on

your way up within the Rotary

as well as the travel sector?

To me, racism begins with


As a migrant, I must be

prepared to face obstacles,

whether they are driven by

racism or not.

I chose not to react in

any particular way that

would hamper my progress.

Basically, I don’t let

it get to me.

I do know that

perseverance and persistence

helped me to continue in the

Travel business. Clients come

to me for the care and support

they get from me.

At our Rotary Club of

Wellington North, we welcome

people from all walks of life and

ethnicities. We invite visitors/

guests to come and find out

more about how we support our


What is your message to

other aspirants within the minority

communities in general

and women in particular?

Step out of your comfort

zone and join in with your local


By engaging with them, we

find out there is so much on

offer and so many opportunities

to avail of.

Organisations like Rotary

Clubs have so much to offer.

For instance, our club offers

scholarships for tertiary and

"It was great to see ladies having a

relaxed time at this event.” Sharing her

experience, Dyuti, who is a teacher by

profession and writer by hobby), said, “It

secondary students so they

can be helped to achieve their

study goals.

Scholarships are available for

essential life skills. But, if they

do not know where to apply or

how to apply, they would miss

out each year.

Growing up in India allowed

us to form friendships across


In the same way, if we opened

up with our Kiwi communities,

we will make friends and

also educate them about us.

Let’s not forget there are no

strangers, only friends who we

haven’t met yet.

What was your interest in

joining the Rotary?

I grew up in the Rotary

community. My father, Zain

Rangoonwala, was a member

of the Rotary Club of Bombay.

I was always aware of how

Rotarians serve and it is a

highly popular and widespread

movement in India.

Since migrating to New

Zealand, I fell back on support

from Rotarians and others.

Our Rotary club meets over

lunch twice a month and once

for an evening meal with Pizza

and Salad.

I’d love to invite likeminded

members who would like to

come meet us and connect with

our values.

“It was great to be

among an amazing

group of welcoming,

warm-hearted ladies who

together for laughter,

chatter, music, dancing,

loads of delicious food &

much more.”

was great to be among an amazing group

of welcoming, warm-hearted ladies who

together for laughter, chatter, music,

dancing, loads of delicious food & much


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Investment Fiji’s new CEO Kamal

Chetty to lead island nation’s

push into global markets


Investment Fiji – the premium Fijian

government body for investment and

trade promotion – had a change of

mandate recently to help prepare homegrown

companies to invest abroad in the

global markets.

Newly appointed CEO

Kamal Chetty is tasked with

leading this mandate.

The Indian Weekender spoke to

Kamal Chetty to know more about the

strategic vision and the plan of action

for promoting the two-way bilateral

trade between Fiji and New Zealand,

and also how the Fijian diaspora in New

Zealand can contribute in driving this

key economic partnership.


IWK: Can you please tell us more

about the change of mandate for

Investment Fiji, tasking it with the

additional responsibility of facilitating

Fiji’s investment in global markets?

Kamal Chetty: Earlier, Investment

Fiji was an investment promotion

agency and an investment monitoring

agency. So, we were monitoring

investment as well.

Now we have taken that out of our

mandate, which leaves us as a fullfledged

investment and trade promotion

agency that is going to assist investors

or facilitate investors and try to attract

the right kind of investment for Fiji.

We are now also working to

prepare Fijian companies to foray

into foreign markets.

Recently, as you would know, a

Fijian company has launched a new

product in the New Zealand market,

and there are many more with whom

we are closely working to help them

in their foreign market entry plans,

including in New Zealand.

We are focussing on Kava, timber and

some other agriculture products, which

we believe have a good chance in the

New Zealand market.

IWK: There has been a lot of dynamism

in Fiji’s economy ever since it

came out of Covid pandemic-related

lockdowns. Please tell us

more about it.

Mr Chetty: We are very optimistic

about the situation currently in Fiji. But

let me put things in a global context,

specifically in our space, there is still a

lot of uncertainty, especially in terms

of geopolitical situation, and it impacts

Fiji as well. But for Fiji, obviously, since

we opened our borders quite early in

the pandemic and were one of the first

countries to do so in the Pacific has

helped us in reviving our tourism sector.

Our economy has done really well, and

the numbers have picked up. We have

a lot of Australians and New Zealanders

coming into Fiji, and the future looks


In terms of overall economic activity

in the country, you must have seen

the latest release by Reserve Bank,

there is a bit of optimism that the

economy will grow at about 4.4%.

And that’s basically driven by a lot

from tourism.

IWK: Recently, Fiji investment

signed a memorandum of

understanding with the

‘outsourcing industry’. Not

many people here in New

Zealand would know that

Fiji is fast emerging as

a global hub of the outsourcing

industry. Can

you tell us more about

the growth of Fiji as a

global outsourcing hub?

Mr Chetty: The

outsourcing industry is not

altogether new in Fiji, and we have had

a vibrant outsourcing sector for quite

some time owing to our competitive

advantage globally in terms of neutral

English-speaking accent, the time

zone, low operating costs, high

literacy rates and other factors.

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Empowering women

of rural India through

ethical clothing:

Inspiring story

of a Kiwi fashion


Friday, July 15, 2022

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Ana’s is an incredible story of

courage and determination. One

needs to be really strong to

give up the fabulous Kiwi way of life

and migrate to India- a country with a

completely different culture, language

and way of living.

Ana, who got her fashion design

qualification from Christchurch, moved

to a small village in Odisha, India, along

with her husband Daniel Wilkinson-

Gee. The couple were driven by a

passion to empower rural women by

providing them with sewing skills and e

mployment opportunities.

Indian Weekender spoke to Ana

about her journey, her motivations and

the impact she has been able to make

through her venture.

What motivated you to move to India

,leaving a relaxed life in New Zealand

and how has your journey been so


I grew up watching my parents share

their skills with people in remote places

on islands in the pacific. My Dad was a

teacher and carpenter and my Mum a


My Mum taught me how to sew and

make a pattern while we lived in a village

with no electricity, in the hot and humid

jungle of Papua New Guinea. After

returning to New Zealand, I followed my

passion for sewing and gained a Fashion

Design Diploma from the Fashion and

Interior Design College of New Zealand

in Christchurch (now called the Design &

Arts College of NZ).

I had always been curious about India,

ever since I was a young child. In 2006

I got an opportunity to travel to India

for the first time with my husband. My

spirit let out a joyful sigh as soon as my

feet landed, and I felt as though I had

reached my heart’s home.

Being a vegetarian all my life, India

met both my culinary inclinations and

my passion for textiles. I discovered that

if I shared my dressmaking skills with the

women in the remote villages, it would

give them a chance to improve their

lives and become self-sufficient.

So in 2010 we packed up life in New

Zealand and relocated our family to a

village located 12 hours train ride from

Kolkata, in the state of Odisha.

Our daughter was only 16 months old

at that time. I discovered that being a

Mum with a baby on my hip helped bridge

cultural boundaries and somehow made

me more accessible, more relatable. I

found the women to be very friendly and


I purchased a local treadle sewing

machine (like the ones I had seen sitting

in many village homes) and taught

myself how to use it and how to fix it.

I turned salwars and sari blouses inside

out and taught myself how to pattern

make these garments.

Next, I developed a curriculum that

included techniques to construct Indian

dresses and started teaching sewing

classes in my neighbourhood. We would

communicate by actions and laugh a lot.

After a few months I hired a local lady

(who could speak both English and Odia)

as my translator for sewing class.

This was very helpful as I could then

explain the ‘why’s and importance of

each stitching technique. I learnt a lot

from my translator, including how to run

a meaningful graduation ceremony in

that context and culture. Since that first

graduation ceremony, I have run every

graduation that way.

It has been a privilege to hear each

woman’s story during the graduation

ceremony, of how and why she came

to be at sewing class and to hear

of the benefit it has been to her,

both in physical/economic terms and

emotionally and mentally also.

Many ladies describe feeling a sense

of belonging, peace and safety at our

sewing house and they want to keep

coming back.

Many friendships develop and they

leave with a good support network

of other women who encourage each

other, as well as skills to earn money by

cutting and sewing at home or in a tailor

shop. They speak of the ‘fellowship’ that

they have enjoyed at the sewing house.

As I would be teaching sewing, I was

also listening, learning and picking up the

language from my students. After a few

years, one of my sewing class graduates

asked me to give her a job. I discussed

with my husband how we could afford

to pay someone a wage. He suggested

that if I could teach her to sew westernstyle

dresses and get her sewing quality

to international standard, then we could

sell the garments online to family and

friends back in New Zealand and that

would pay her wages.

That was the birth of our ethical

fashion brand and manufacturing sewing

house called Holi Boli.

As demand increased in NZ for our

dresses, we were able to employ another

graduate, and then another one. Now

we provide fair and safe employment to

21 ladies at our sewing house and have

trained over 200 women in dressmaking.

After a decade of living in India, and

raising our three kids there, we reluctantly

left the village and repatriated back to

NZ in April 2020, due to the pandemic.

We continued running the business

remotely from Waikato and worked

hard to keep all our ladies empowered

with wages, month after month through

all lockdowns. From MIQ we made and

sold Journals for $35 to help keep cash

flow going when the pandemic caused a

slowdown in sales.

Then I started sewing and selling

dresses from my garage to keep paying

the ladies while they (and our stock in

India) continued in lockdown and our

distribution channel was temporarily

closed. For the past two years I’ve joined

our team on video calls from 3:30pm till

midnight Monday-Friday, to continue


There are many dress patterns in the

almara there that I have made over the

past ten years, and they know how to

make most things now. They are highly

skilled and well trained. They know that

the most important thing for Holi Boli is


What made you choose Odisha and

Sambalpur in particular as a base for

your venture?

We chose Odisha as we loved the

greenery, rice paddy fields and quieter

village life. It’s so beautiful and feels

close to nature. We loved walking past

the free-roaming chickens and goats as

we wandered through the village lanes

and watched kids play kabaddi. We also

wanted to settle in the village as we felt

while cities offered more opportunities,

it was the village women who needed

employment near their doorstep

rather than having to migrate to big

cities in quest for work. We thought

it would be good if we could help to

keep families together, in their natural

place, by bringing small business and

empowerment to the village.

Tell us about the name Holi Boli. How

did you come about it?

The inspiration for the name ‘Holi

Boli’ was partly from Hollywood and

Bollywood. It’s a mix of Indian and

western fashion.

Holi is an Indian festival of colours and

at ‘Holi Boli’ we like to celebrate colours

and diversity. We thought the name

reflected a quirky image for an indowestern

fusion company that exists to

empower rural women with ethically

made, colourful, fun, female fashion.

How does the ‘Holi Boli’ function as a


I do all the designing, pattern-making

and sourcing of the fabric. The ladies at

our sewing house do the pre-washing of

fabric, lay, cut and sew the garments.

My husband Daniel takes care of all

the administrative side of running the

business including the legal, financial

and compliance-related documentation

to bring the product to shelves in NZ.

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Eid al-Adha celebrated

in Wellington


Eid al -Adha was celebrated in

Wellington for the first time on

July 10.

The event marks the end of the

five-day Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage is

one of the five pillars of Islam.

Auckland has hitherto hosted the Eid

festivals for the past 11 years.

More recently, Christchurch became

a venue for celebrating this important

event on the Islamic calendar.

Eid al- Adha and Eid al-Fitr (which

marks the end of the fast during

Ramdan) are attended and observed by

more than 60,000 New Zealanders.

The vision has always been to

celebrate Eid as a large scale event

in every major city and region of New

Zealand, and to bring the Muslim and

non-Muslim communities together to

share and embrace their differences.

This is an event for all, and all are

welcome, whether you are in Auckland,

Christchurch or Wellington,” said Javed


There is good news for the partners

of work visa holders, with the

Government backtracking on

rules announced in the immigration reset

which would have seen them limited to

visitor visas.

In May this year, a ‘big reset’ was

announced in immigration, to make

it easier for employers to fill skill

shortages, via an Accredited Employers

Work Visa (AEWV).

It also included an immigration Green

List of 85 hard-to-fill, high-skill jobs that

provide a priority pathway to residency.

However, this reset also set a plan

to be implemented this December that

would have meant partners of those

on AEWVs unable to get an open work

visa, unless they too could secure a job

with an Accredited employer, unless

the AEWV holder had a job on the

immigration Green List or being paid

200% above the median wage.

If they didn’t meet either of these

criteria, their partner was only eligible

for a visitor visa, which would severely

limit their earning potential, leading to

financial insecurity just as they moved

to a new country.

It would also make it much less

desirable to move to New Zealand at all

and thus less likely for employers to be

able to fill vacancies – the opposite of

what this ‘big reset’ intended to do.

The government announced as from

the 4th of July that partners are now

Dadabhai, chairperson, New Zealand Eid

Day Wellington. In Wellington, Eid al-

Adha was celebrated at the Sky Stadium

and was attended by over 3,500

members of the public.

In a statement, the Federation of

Islamic Associations of New Zealand

(FIANZ) described the event as social

cohesion in action, with people from

all ethnicities and walks of life coming

together to celebrate Eid.

Eid al-Adha allows Muslims to

“spiritually join the celebration in Mecca,”

said Amal Al-Sheemy, spokeswoman for

New Zealand Eid Day Wellington.

Al-Sheemy was quoted as saying

the turnout at the event had

defied expectations.

The morning prayer was followed

by festivities centred around food,

activities and games for children.

Organisers coordinated with NZ Police

leading up to the event.

Eid commemorates the supreme

sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim

was prepared to undertake in

obedience to Allah.

Govt backtracks on new

partnership visa rules

eligible for an open work visa, as long

as the first applicant (the AEWV holder)

is earning above the median wage of

$27.76 an hour.

Though the government is calling this

a clarification, it is, in reality, a backtrack

on what was made quite explicit in the

May 7th announcement - that, from

December this year, only partners of

those on the Green List, or being paid

200% above the median wage were

eligible for a work visa.

Now that they have seen the

potentially disastrous consequences of

this original plan, they have drafted a

completely new policy.

It’s a big sigh of relief for those wishing

to find work and move their partners and

families to New Zealand, and something

that should have been the case from the


Aaron Martin is the Principal

Immigration Lawyer at New Zealand

Immigration Law

• Continued on Page 9

However, the sector had played a key

role in not only diversifying our economy

(moving away from dependency on

tourism) but also growing and giving

employment during the Covid pandemic


I’m sure you’ve looked at recent

releases from outsourcing Council and

from us during COVID…It created 3000

new jobs in the country.

This is the reason we have signed an

MOU with the outsourcing Council.

IWK: Tell us more about the recent

business delegation visit by NZ Fiji

Business Council to Suva and the

business outcomes?

Mr Chetty: We’ve been really wanting

to do this for last two years, but we

couldn’t because of Covid and closed

borders, so it was really great to be able

to meet face to face, and I think it was a

very successful visit.

As part of that strategy,

we have also identified

New Zealand as a key

market with whom we

have a special relationship

because of the large

number of our Fijian

diaspora living in New

Zealand. There are a lot

of opportunities we can

explore between the two


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then there was a conference at the end

of the forum that led to a lot of B2B

meetings. In total, there were about 90

B2B meetings for different individual

New Zealand and Fijian companies at the

same time.

There were a few registrations in the

outsourcing space which is something

very exciting for us.

IWK: What are the key areas of capability

for Fiji companies? What are the

sectors they can excel in overseas

markets, including in New Zealand

and Australia?

Mr Chetty: We have a clear strategic

plan based on our study of Fiji’s

competitive advantage where we have

looked at different countries where we

can export and can get investment out

at the same time.

We looked at sectors as a country

where we have a competitive advantage,

and by competitive advantage, I mean

there is an ecosystem available.

As part of that strategy, we have also

identified New Zealand as a key market

with whom we have a special relationship

because of the large number of our Fijian

diaspora living in New Zealand.

There are a lot of opportunities we

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Book launch followed by library

opening at Indian High Commission



The library at the Indian

High Commission

in Wellington was

inaugurated on July 7.

The ribbon was cut by

Prof Stephen Levine of

Victoria University, in

the presence of other

dignitaries, including outgoing

Indian High Commissioner

Muktesh Pardeshi.

The library inauguration

was preceded by the launch

of Prof J.L. Shaw’s book

titled The Relevance of Indian

Philosophy to Contemporary

Western Philosophy.

Prof Shaw is a former Victoria

University academician and

acclaimed author of over 14

books on philosophy.

In his opening remarks at the

book launch, Mr. Pardeshi said

Prof Shaw’s book bridged the

gap between East and West.

He said the book aims to

promote an international

culture of philosophical debate

that respected human dignity

and diversity.

“Philosophy is an inspiring

discipline as well as an everyday

practice that can stimulate

intercultural dialogue,” Mr.

Pardeshi observed.

Towards this end, the High

Commission planned to host

a series of talks as part of an

academic cycle to promote

international dialogue.

The significance of the book

launch was explained by the

author himself.

“It is a unique event not only

in Wellington or New Zealand,

but also in the world,” Prof Shaw

told the assembled invitees.

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“A book launch on Indian and

Comparative Philosophy has

never been held in the past.”

Prof Shaw took the audience

on a guided tour of the history of

Indian and Western philosophy

and introduced the towering

figures who dominated their

era with their contributions to

philosophical thought.

The hour-long talk was

peppered by references to

Western thinkers such as the

overarching father figure Plato,

Bertrand Russell, Karl Marx,

Hegel, Wittgenstein, as well

as Eastern thinkers from the

3000-year-old Nyaya tradition

of Indian philosophy and

stalwarts such as Panini,




But more importantly, Prof

Shaw’s book demonstrates

how the two distinct systems

of thought are not mutually

antagonistic or irreconcilable.

The path-breaking feature

of the book is its compelling

premise that the techniques

of Indian philosophers can

be utilised to resolve the

conundrums and dead-ends

encountered by contemporary

Western philosophers.

Prof Shaw began his hourlong

discourse at the book

launch by debunking British

author Rudyard Kipling’s

famous contention that “East

is East and West is West, and

never the twain shall meet.”

The aim is to have a dialogue

between the diverse traditions

of Europe, Asia, North and

South, East and West, so that

each tradition derives some

inspiration from the other,”

Prof Shaw said.

“It is an extremely rewarding

forum and falsifies the claim of

Rudyard Kipling.”

The aim of the book is

to demonstrate how Indian

philosophy could contribute

to the discussion of “shared

problems” with Western

philosophy, and “especially how

Indian philosophy and Western

philosophy can derive insights

from each other.”

But to achieve that elusive

synergy between the two

apparently incompatible

systems of thought, Prof Shaw

realised he needed to address a

fundamental question.

“Now, the Western

philosopher might ask why

should we study Indian

philosophy if it is not useful

for solving the problems of

Western philosophy?”

To answer this question, Prof

Shaw understood he needed

first to demonstrate the

relevance of Indian philosophy

with respect to certain “shared

problems or questions” of

epistemology, philosophy of

language, logic and values.

Prof Shaw laid out a twostep

approach to bridge

Indian and Cotemporary

Western philosophies.

First, identify the ageold,

unsolved problems that

dog contemporary Western


Second, find new or better

solutions to those problems by

using the techniques of Indian


Prof Shaw cites Russell’s

famous claim that the

syllogism in Shakespeare’s

Othello is an unresolvable

philosophical question.

“Othello believes Desdemona

loves Cassio. That is true.

But Desdemona does not

love Cassio. That is false,”

Prof Shaw explained.

He continued: “Russell says

nobody has solved this, not

even Plato who is the forerunner

of Western philosophy.”

But Prof Shaw relies on

the Nyaya tradition of Indian

philosophy, which goes back

2,500 years and was postulated

by Mangeswar Upadhyay, to

counter Russell.

The mental state of Othello

is attached to some love and

that love plays a role here. So,

it is not unreal love. It is real

love, but projected there,” Prof

Shaw said, adding, “This solves

the unsolved philosophical

problem of contemporary

Western philosophy.”

Prof Shaw acknowledged that

Russell’s great contribution to

the philosophy of language,

or to logic, was his Theory of

Definite Description.

But the Theory of Definite

Description was in vogue

centuries before Russell in the

Indian philosophical tradition of

Nyaya, Prof Shaw pointed out.

Similarly, contemporary

Western philosophers weaned

on Plato defined knowledge as

a “justified true belief.”

This theory has left

contemporary Western

philosophers polarised.

However, while the Nyaya

tradition of Indian philosophy

also agrees that knowledge

is justified true belief, it puts

“belief first, then truth and

then the guarantee for its

truth,” Prof Shaw explained.

This illustrates the typical

way of how a traditional

problem stemming from

Plato and forming part of

the current discourse by

contemporary Western

philosophers can be resolved by

|cross-disciplinary exchange.

Prof Shaw hailed the Indian

philosopher Panini, who lived

3000 years ago, as “the

greatest intellectual of human

civilisation,” whose contribution

to the structure of language is

endorsed by the contemporary

philosopher Chomsky and the

MIT School of Philosophy.

Prof Shaw ended his

discourse with Vivekananda’s

view that religion must be

universal and rational, and “not

be in contradiction to reason.”

The aim of religion must be

to “alleviate suffering for all.”

Prof Shaw said this matched

his own one-world concept

and the interpretation of the


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Hall of Fame is back – Nominations now open!


The Indian Weekender Honours, aka

Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame, is where

the rarest of rare, especially

those who have contributed immensely

to the community are honoured, at

a platform which is considered the

biggest formal-event of the Indian

diaspora in New Zealand.

The rest of the community takes

pride and inspiration from the Honours

while showering their generous

appreciation on those who eventually

take home the Honours.

The Honours, which initially started

with the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame,

has over the years incorporated the

Young Achievers and Community

Excellence Award, to reflect the

community’s growing expectations and

ambitions – the two cherished goals

that The Indian Weekender has been

pursuing relentlessly.

The list of former Hall of Fame

inductees is illustrious and includes

the likes of MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

(2013), Judge Dr Ajit Swaran Singh

(2014), Dr Kantilal Naranji Patel (2015)

and Dr C.S. Benjamin (2016) and Sukhi

Turner (2017), Dr Sharad Paul (2018),

Sir Anand Satyanand (2019), Roshan

Nauhria (2021),

The Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the

Year award recognises a young Kiwi-

Indian (aged between 16 and 35) who

has done exceptionally well in his/her

field of work.

The award was launched in 2015

and was bestowed upon DJ Charlie aka

Prerna Singh in 2015, neuroscientist

Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains in 2016, and

budding politician Shail Kaushal in 2017,

Muskan Devta (2018), Sarpreet Singh

(2019), and Dr Gaurav Sharma, MP


The Community Excellence Award came

into existence in 2017 realising a longfelt

expectation within the community

of recognising and facilitating some of

the most dedicated personalities who

have worked incessantly in the area of

community service.

The inaugural edition of this award

went to Thakor Parbhu Singh, while in

subsequent years went to well known faces

of the community Jeet Suchdev, Harshad

Patel and Anjum Rahman.

The brief description of awards as

mentioned above will inform everyone

that the basic DNA of The Indian

Weekender Honours is recognition by

the community and of the community.

Undeniably, the Honours are not

mere recognition of a selected

few by the community.

In fact, the Honours are also

recognition of the Indian community

in New Zealand when the crème de la

crème of the country gets a first-hand

experience of energy and vibrancy that

our community brings to Kiwi life.

An exclusive red-carpet reception is

rolled out to every guest at the event

with flashing cameras, so as to make

them feel like a celebrity.

The glamour and entertainment

quotient of this annual event has always

been the talk of the town, months after

the awards night.

In 2017, Bollywood heartthrob singers

Armaan and Amaal Malik and seasoned

stand-up comedian from India, Amit

Tandon, had been able to create a truly

memorable night for those who attended

the event. This overseas star-attraction

was separate from the usual pool of

talented local artists who delivered highoctane

performances to keep guests

glued to their seats.

The event also has an envious tradition

of having the country’s Prime Minister as

the chief guest of the event, along with

the presence of many key politicians

including the Leader of Opposition,

Mayor of Auckland, Ministers of the

Crown and Members of Parliament.

Not to forget, major community

organisations like New Zealand Indian

Central Association (NZICA), Auckland

Indian Association, Indian Association

of NZ, Shanti Niwas, Gandhi Niwas,

Telangana Association, Auckland

Tamil Association, Auckland Marathi

Association, Bhartiya Samaj, Auckland

Sikh Society, Hindu Council, and

Punjabi Cultural Association have been

graciously gracing the occasion.

In 2017, The Indian Weekender Honours

reached new heights when Indian Union

Minister of State for External Affairs,

Gen. V. K. Singh, visited the country

exclusively for this event, thus raising

the profile of this premium diaspora

event high up in the Indian government’s

calendar of global diaspora events

around the world.

Indeed, this was a great benchmark

to just match, leaving aside the task

of raising the benchmark in 2018 and


In the ensuing years, while on one

hand the Indian Weekender stepped

up the ante on the benchmark for the

achievements of the new inductees in

the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame, there was

a never seen before push for achieving

high production standards of the actual

event night with world class audio-visual

background and entertainment packages

to deliver a world class event.

For many in the community, the Kiwi-

Indian Hall of Fame may be an epitome of

celebrating excellence in the community,

yet the publisher and the team at The

Indian Weekender are committed to

put in their best efforts for the show

and promise to bring another night to

remember and cherish about.

The call for nominations is out now

for the three categories—Kiwi Indian

Hall of Fame, Kiwi Indian Young Achiever

of the Year, and Kiwi Indian Community

Excellence Award for the year 2022.

While our team works in the background

to present another memorable award

night, the community is on call for

keeping an eye around to identify who

they think would be worthy of the

awards and nominate their names.

The nomination form can be found at

www.halloffame.co.nz. Just fill it in

and submit (as per directions on the


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We sell it from our new flagship store

in Hamilton and also via our website

www.holiboli.com Since Covid, we also

do some production here in NZ. I am also

involved in arranging all the photoshoots,

marketing and managing production.

How are you currently dividing your

time between India & NZ?

We lived in India for a full decade and

loved it. After returning to NZ due to the

global pandemic, our kids have settled in

school here now, so Hamilton will remain

our base going forward.

But Daniel and I will continue to travel

and stay for four or five months each

year in India with our team

How did you handle

challenges like heat, pollution, crowd


Yes, India can be a culture shock for

many. I don’t think we could have enjoyed

living in an Indian city so much. But the

village life in Sambalpur and Odisha worked

great for us. The heat is scorching in

May and June. The hottest we

experienced was 53 degrees C

for three days and nights, we also

experienced a three-day (and night)

power cut.

We improvised by collecting water

from the well in buckets and carrying it

to our house as the water pump had no

electricity to pump water to the tank.

We would usually visit NZ in the months

of May and June and put our team on

two months fully-paid holiday.

What kind of impact have you been

It has been very fulfilling to

see my sisters in the village

feel appreciated because

they are all wonderful

women who deserve the

best in the world. It has

been our privilege to create

opportunities and platforms

for them to grow and


able to make and what gives you most


I have seen the positive impact of the

business for our staff and sewing students

in so many ways. Receiving more than a

living wage, allowed them to save after

buying necessities and also to improve

their living standards.

One of my staff Lakshmi was

able to afford to build a bathroom

in her house. So now she and her

sisters don’t have to go out in the

open to go toilet.

This has also improved their emotional

well-being. Lakshmi essentially built

dignity for her and her family. Nini

was able to lay concrete in her mudbrick

home. By doing this, her babies

will have a more hygienic environment

to grow in, thereby reducing sickness

and school absences.

I have been totally amazed as many

students have shared the impact

that the sewing classes have had

on their self-esteem. Receiving the

first certificate in their lives is a huge

confidence booster and they feel worthy,

valued and validated.

It has been very fulfilling to see my

sisters in the village feel appreciated

because they are all wonderful women

who deserve the best in the world.

It has been our privilege to create

opportunities and platforms for them to

grow and flourish.

We also intentionally chose to go into

slow fashion which means that every

woman learns to sew the whole garment,

not just a part of it.

The idea is in case she gets married

and has to move, she will have the whole

set of skills and will be equipped for a

brighter future.

How is the business doing and what

are you future plans?

Over the past two years,

we have seen growth

in our business. Our seamstresses have

really stepped up and have been running

the operations without me there. Their

talent and hard work has made me

extremely proud.

My husband and I are planning to go

in October to visit our team and branch

out at the other locations.

In the future, we would like to empower

even more women in other rural areas

in India. At the end of the day, it’s the

women who buy the Holi Boli clothing

that actually make it all happen - they

are funding the empowerment of our

sisters in rural India. I am doing my part,

but I can’t do it alone.

We’ve had generous people donate

so we can buy air conditioners and

machinery for the sewing house.

We’ve now got a ‘pay a tip’ on our

website so people can buy a Journal and

then increase their payment if they want

to give to help me help more women.

I always had a deep conviction that we

are here to help make the world a better

place. I also had a deep love for India. I

really feel that the women in my team

are my long-lost sisters and we were

always meant to be reunited. I just have

so much love and admiration for them,

mixed with a sense of responsibility.

I am really glad that I got a chance to

do my bit through my platform of ethical



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Govt’s action on gangs

and rising crime:

Public debate should

also reflect victim’s


Unfortunately, it seems to have become unfashionable in New Zealand to reflect

upon and respect the victim’s perspectives in the public debate around rising

crime and gang violence and the accompanying government (in)action.

Instead, the debate largely remains rooted in the “left” versus “right” view or the

“politics” versus “experts’ views” of law and order.

The recent most instance is the public debate after the government’s latest

crackdown on gangs and crime in the form of a new intimidation offence and slightly

stronger search and seize powers.

The ensuing public debate has been once again, and almost boringly, on the

expected lines.

The opposition - National and the ACT Party – were quick to dismiss the new

announcement as too little and too late, while the experts were equally quick to

register their view that the government was forced to respond “politically” with a

set of measures that will have little impact on the emboldened gangs and the rising

spate of crime.

The Green Party viewed it as a possible encroachment of rights and protections

under the ‘Bill of Rights,”, especially of Maori and Pacifica communities.

Sadly, there was no representation and advocacy for the view of the victims of

rising retail crime, which largely comprises ethnic migrant minority communities, who

by default finds themselves at the forefront of increasing retail crime.

While the news about gang-related violence attracts maximum attention from the

mainstream media, political leadership and crime experts, the day-to-day pain and

fear of small dairy store operators largely go unnoticed or at least do not attract

similar political attention.

It is conveniently assumed that the victims’ views on the deteriorating law and

order situation - calling for strong-handed response largely juxtapose with the views

of political “right” – and hence socially regressive and not worthy of representation

at the higher echelons of power.

It is important to clear, though, that those at the forefront of experiencing an

unprecedented spike in ram raids at their workplaces do not necessarily call for

“strong police and law enforcement action.”

Their actual and more inherent desire is for an immediate sense of security and

annihilation of fear that automatically spikes up after every instance of an audacious

act of crime, ram raid and armed assault on them or in their neighbourhood.

If this could be delivered immediately, in real-time, through social intervention

measures aiming to fix the inter-generational anomalies and inequalities, that would

be great and welcome with open hearts.

While the government continues to self-pat their backs for not being the

government of “rhetoric” as their political opposition and instead a government that

listens and follows the advice of “experts,” they seem to accentuate the contempt

of victims who first-hand experience the rising crime graph.

Maybe it is time for law-and-order experts to commission some studies on how to

ameliorate the pervading sense of fear within the dairy-store owners, retail operators

and their staff and families, which fails to receive any credible political ownership,

particularly from those who pride themselves as socially progressive.

It is also prudent to ask this government which always makes it a point that it is

not a government of rhetoric but a government committed to targeting the long

pending inter-generational issues that precipitate gang-related violence - about what

steps it has taken so far and how significant has been the impact in the last two

terms in the government.

So far, the rising crime graph, as evident in the form of audacious ram raids by

unbridled young offenders, clearly demonstrates that there has been little impact

of the so-called social intervention measures – something hard to digest for the


It is in the absence of a reduction in the crime graph and an increasing level of fear

and uncertainty around safety in dairy stores and retail shops and any accompanying

confidence and reassuring measures by the police that the call for some strong

actions automatically spikes up.

And to always underplay those genuine real, word voices under the guise of being

socially regressive and just for chest-thumping and the politics of law and order is

not progressive at all.

More needs to be done, and always.

IN FOCUS : Picture of the week

This week in New Zealand’s history

15 July 1915

First Gallipoli wounded arrive home

Indian Weekender : Volume 14 Issue17

PM Narendra Modi unveiled

the 6.5m long bronze

National Emblem cast on the

roof of the New Parliament

Building. He also interacted

with the workers involved

in the work of the new

Parliament. The 6.5-meter

installation, weighing 16,000

kg, including the supporting

structure (9,500 kg –

national emblem, and 6500

kg – supporting structure),

entirely handcrafted by Indian

artisans, is made of highpurity


The first large group of Gallipoli wounded to return to New Zealand arrived in

Wellington on the troopship Willochra as part of a draft of around 300 men.

16 July 1965

New Zealand artillery opens fire in Vietnam

Gunners of 161 Field Battery fired New Zealand’s first shots of the Vietnam War

from their base at Bien Hoa, near Saigon.

18 July 1855

New Zealand's first postage stamps go on sale

These adhesive, non-perforated stamps for prepaid postage were the famous

‘Chalon Head’ design, showing Queen Victoria in her coronation robes. New

Zealand issued its first postage stamps 15 years after they were introduced in

Britain. The three stamps in the ‘Full-face Queen’ set – one penny (1d), twopence

(2d) and one shilling (1s) – were printed in Britain. Other values were added later.

19 July 1982

Privy Council rules on Samoan citizenship

When the Privy Council granted New Zealand citizenship to Western Samoans

born since 1924, the government did not accept this decision. It rushed

through an act granting New Zealand citizenship only to Western Samoans who were

living in New Zealand on 14 September 1982 or subsequently obtained permanent


20 July 1892

Steam locomotive sets world speed record


he Wellington and Manawatu Railway (WMR) Company’s locomotive No. 10

established a world speed record for the narrow 3 foot 6 inch (1067 mm) gauge,

averaging 68 km per hour on a two-hour run and hitting a top speed of 103 kph.

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NZ announces $10m funding

New Zealand has

today announced a

contribution of $10

million to the conservation of

Pacific crop seeds impacted by

climate change.

This is the first investment

from the recently boosted

$1.3 billion climate aid fund,

NZ commits $12.6m to address gender inequality

Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern has announced

New Zealand will provide

a $12.6 million towards the the

Fiji Gender Action Programme

— Marama Ni Viti for the next

five years.

This funding will support the

implementation of the Fiji Gender

Action Programme to advance

women’s empowerment and

social protection.

She says the recent Fiji

Gender Assessment showed

big gaps in pay between men

and women amongst a range of

other disparities – this funding

will go towards programmes

that help address the issues

and inequalities the report


This funding will be directed

to the Ministry for Women,

Children and Poverty Alleviation

as well as Fiji Women’s Rights

Movement, Women’s Fund Fiji,

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and

UN Women.

This is an opportunity to also

a contribution of $10 million

to the conservation of Pacific

crop seeds impacted by climate


$10 million will be allocated

to the Fiji-based Centre

for Pacific Crops and Trees

(CePaCT), which since 1998

has been conserving the

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Arden is adamant

that the programme

will help reduce the

prevalence of violence

against women and

children and create

a greater societal

awareness of women’s

rights and gender


region’s collections of 17 crops

including yam, coconut and

70 percent of the world’s taro


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

says climate change is a major

threat to Pacific agriculture,

putting our regions food

security at risk.

deliver increased support to

a wide range of services such

as those that responded to

and prevent violence against

women to programmes

that support exchange and

mentoring between female

New Zealand and Fijian

Members of Parliament.

The funding will also expand

work undertaken by the Fiji

Ministry for Women, Children

She adds this investment will

increase the Pacific’s resilience

by ensuring our regions

seeds and plant materials are

preserved and protected for

future generations.

The NZ PM adding that climate

change and extreme weather

are impacting crop yields

and Poverty Alleviation to

ensure Fiji’s public service

agencies have policies

that are responsive to and

empower women.

This funding is not limited

to biological females but

will be integral in providing

core services to women in

all their diversity, particularly

in reaching people with

disabilities, LGBTIQA+/

SOGIESC communities and

women in rural, remote and

maritime areas.

The NZ Prime Minister adds

that The ultimate goal of the

programme is to support Fijian

women and girls, in all their

diversity and to increase the

voice of women in leadership

and decision-making.

Arden is adamant that the

programme will help reduce the

prevalence of violence against

women and children and create

a greater societal awareness

of women’s rights and gender


and reducing supply which

exacerbates food insecurity

and increases food prices.

Minister of Climate Change,

James Shaw said the investment

will help communities protect

important crops for generations

to come.

Australia is a

trusted global climate

action partner

Australian Prime Minister,

Anthony Albanese

says his country will

once again be a trusted global

partner on climate action.

Albanese, who will arrive

into the country later today

to attend the 51st Pacific

Islands Forum in Suva says he

is ambitious about what he

and the regional leaders can

achieve together. He says he

looks forward to discussing a

proposal to co-host a United

Nations climate summit with his

Pacific partners, to elevate and

prioritize issues which impact

the region the most.

With Albanese at the helm for

over a month, the Australian

Government has moved quickly

to step up its climate action.

Australia’s carbon emissions

2030 reduction target, under

the Paris Agreement, was

increased from 26 to 28




Friday, July 15, 2022

India is fastest growing

economy in the world with 8.2%

growth rate in 2022: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister and

China and 8 per cent of Brazil.

Cooperation Minister

Criticising Congress leader

Amit Shah on Tuesday

Rahul Gandhi's comment on

announced that India is the

fastest-growing economy in the

world with a growth rate of 8.2

per cent in 2022.

Goods and Services Tax (GST),

Shah said our GST collection

has crossed Rs 1.62 lakh crore.

The Home Minister further

"Today India is the fastestgrowing

said there is a smooth

economy in the world.

With a growth rate of 8.2 per

cent, we are the world's fastestgrowing

atmosphere for those doing

business in current regime of

the Central government led by

economy in 2022,"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shah said while addressing the the Government in garnering Shah also said India has

6th National Conclave on Mines valuable feedback for the achieved a record 421 billion

and Minerals.

sustained growth of the mineral dollar merchandise export, an

The National Conclave on sector. The Minister also all-time high in India's export

Mines and Minerals is reckoned compared India's growth rate history, mentioning "the

as an overwhelming success in with various countries of the achievement is the result of

providing an effective platform same period and said it was 3.7 hard work of Indian youth".

to showcase key policy per cent in the US, 2.1 per cent The Minister also emphasised

initiatives undertaken and help in Germany, 4.4 per cent of how India recorded the "highest

India is set to

surpass China as the world's

most populous country

in 2023, with each counting

more than 1.4 billion residents

this year, a United Nations

report said , warning that

high fertility would challenge

economic growth.

The world's population,

estimated to reach 8 billion by

November 15 this year, could

grow to 8.5bn in 2030, and

10.4bn in 2100, as the pace of

mortality slows, said the report

released on World Population

Day. India's population was

1.21bn in 2011, according to

the domestic census, which

is conducted once a decade.

The government had deferred

the 2021 census due to the

Covid-19 pandemic.

The world's population

was growing at its slowest

pace since 1950, having

fallen below 1% in 2020, UN

estimates showed. In 2021,

The Indian government

has defended the look

of the national emblem

on top of the new parliament

building amid criticism over its


The new statue, adapted from

an ancient Indian sculpture,

was unveiled by Prime Minister

Narendra Modi on Monday.

The 6.5m (21ft 3in)-tall

cast shows four Asiatic lions

mounted back-to-back on a

circular disc.

Critics say the new lions look

"ferocious" and stray from their

original depiction.

Opposition leaders have also

criticised the government,

saying that the new avatar of

the emblem - adapted from

the Lion Capital of Ashoka, a

the average fertility of the

world's population stood at

2.3 births per woman over a

lifetime, having fallen from

about 5 births in 1950. Global

fertility is projected to decline

further to 2.1 births per woman

by 2050.

"This is an occasion to

celebrate our diversity,

recognize our common

humanity, and marvel at

advancements in health that

have extended lifespans and

dramatically reduced maternal

and child mortality rates," UN

Secretary-General António

Guterres said in a statement.

Still, a growing

sculpture that was atop one of

the several pillars erected by

Emperor Ashoka during his reign

in 250BC - was a "brazen insult

to India's national symbol".

But a federal government

minister on Tuesday dismissed

the criticism, saying the statue

was a "perfect replica" of the

original "except for the size".

"Sense of proportion and

perspective. Beauty is famously

regarded as lying in the eyes

of the beholder. So is the

case with calm and anger.

The original Sarnath Emblem

ever" annual foreign direct

investment of 83.57 billion

dollar in 2021-22. Speaking

on inflation in the event, Shah

said "we have controlled"

it in comparison with other

countries in the world.

"There is inflation across

the world. We've controlled

inflation compared to the world.

We're seeing the situation in

Sri Lanka, Pakistan and our

neighbouring countries even in

the US," Shah said.

The Home Minister lauded

the policies of BJP-led Central

government under supervision

of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

for the effort despite facing

Covid-19 pandemic, world's

worst ever health crisis.

India to surpass China as most populous country in 2023,

UN report says

is 1.6-metre high whereas the

emblem on the top of the New

Parliament building is huge at

6.5 metres," Hardeep Singh

Puri wrote on Twitter, posting

photos comparing the original

emblem and the new statue.

The minister added that the if

an exact replica of the original

were to be placed on the new

building, "it would barely be

visible beyond the peripheral


Sunil Deora, one of the two

sculptors behind the statue, said

that the perceived difference

in the lion's demeanour was

because of the "scale and

dimension" of the new emblem.

"If you look at the Sarnath

Lion Capital from below, it will

look the same as the parliament

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National emblem: India rejects criticism over ‘snarling’ lion statue

The bronze cast of the

national emblem was

unveiled by Prime Minister

Narendra Modi on Monday

population was a reminder of

a shared responsibility of care

for the planet and to "reflect

on where we still fall short

of our commitments to one

another," he said.

Referring to an earlier World

Health Organization report --

estimating about 14.9 million

deaths relating to the Covid-19

pandemic between January

2020 and December 2021,

the UN report said global life

expectancy at birth fell to 71

years in 2021 from 72.8 years

in 2019, mostly due to the


The United Nations said

more than half of the

"This is an occasion to

celebrate our diversity,

recognize our common

humanity, and marvel

at advancements

in health that have

extended lifespans

and dramatically

reduced maternal and

child mortality rates

projected increase in the global

population up to 2050 will be

concentrated in eight countries

-- Democratic Republic of

Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia,

India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the

Philippines and Tanzania.

Countries of sub-Saharan Africa

are expected to contribute

more than half of the increase

anticipated through 2050.

However, the population

of 61 countries is projected

to decrease by 1% or more

between 2022 and 2050,

driven by a fall in fertility.

China says India

risks scaring

away investors

with raids on its


India risks damaging

its reputation among

foreign investors with its

"frequent investigations" into

Chinese companies, Beijing

said this week.

China's embassy in

India said in a statement

Thursday that probes by

Indian authorities into Chinese

companies were disrupting

"normal business activities"

and chilling "the confidence and

willingness of market entities

from other countries, including

Chinese enterprises to invest

and operate in India."

The criticism comes after

India's Enforcement Directorate

— the country's main financial

investigation agency — raided

major Chinese smartphone

company Vivo over allegations

of money-laundering earlier

this week. In a press release on

Thursday, the Indian agency

said it had carried out searches

at 48 Vivo locations in the

country, and seized 4.65 billion

rupees ($60 million) from 119

bank accounts, including fixed

deposits, cash and gold bars.

In the statement, the

Enforcement Directorate has

accused Vivo of tax fraud and

said the firm remitted 624.8

billion rupees ($7.9 billion),

mostly to China.

Xiaomi also targeted

The raids on Vivo offices

come two months after India

seized more than $700 million

from another big Chinese

smartphone maker — Xiaomi.

It was also accused of moving

money out of the country


Xiaomi India said at the time

that "all our operations are

firmly compliant with local laws

and regulations." Chinese phone

makers dominate the Indian

market, with Xiaomi being the

top-selling brand, according to

data compiled by Counterpoint.

Vivo is also among the top five

brands, the firm said.

emblem does," the 49-yearold

sculptor told The Indian


Prime Minister Modi had

shared a video of the unveiling

on Monday morning which

showed the cast - weighing

9,500kg (20,943 pounds) - on

top of the central foyer of the

new parliament building.

A senior government official

called the installation of

the emblem an "important

milestone in the decolonisation"

of the capital city.

But many social media users

pointed out that the demeanour

of the lions in the new cast

differed significantly from the

original depiction and that

instead of looking "benevolent

and regal", they now "snarled".

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Protesters storm Sri

Lanka's prime minister's

office, as president flees

country without resigning

Sri Lanka's political and

economic crisis escalated

as protesters stormed

the prime minister's office on

Wednesday, demanding the

country's leaders step down

after President Gotabaya

Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives

without resigning.

Rajapaksa had been expected

to formally resign Wednesday

but instead left the crisis-hit

nation and appointed Prime

Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

as its acting leader, citing a

section of the constitution

that allows a prime minister to

"discharge the powers, duties

and functions of the office of

president" when the president

is ill or "absent" from Sri Lanka.

Wickremesinghe was also due

to formally resign "to make way

for an all-party government."

The move further enraged

protesters, who want both

leaders to vacate their roles as

the country's 22 million people

struggle to buy basic goods,

fuel and medicine.

Hundreds of demonstrators

breached the compound of the

prime minister's office in Sri

Lanka's largest city Colombo

on Wednesday and entered the

premises, according to footage

from the scene and local


The grounds have now been

taken over by protesters who

are gathering in celebration,

following standoffs with armed

police at the gates of the

Police use teargas on Wednesday as protesters storm the prime minister's office.

property. At least 30 people

have sustained injuries and

been admitted to the hospital,

according to the Colombo

National Hospital.

A nurse at the hospital told

CNN that many people were

brought in due to tear gas

inhalation, while others had cuts

and bruises likely received when

trying to jump over fences.

The nurse did not confirm any

gunshot injuries. Demonstrators

outside demanded that neither

the President nor the Prime

Minister "be spared."

This follows months

of escalating anger over

the economic crisis, with

Rajapaksa accused of high-level

corruption and mismanagement

that ultimately bankrupted the

country. As demonstrators took

to the streets, acting President

Wickremesinghe appointed a

committee of senior armed

forces commanders headed

by the Chief of Defense Staff

Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva to

Half a world

away from

the political

drama in London,

many Indians are

closely following the

twists and turns of

who replaces Boris

Johnson as British prime

minister, curious to see

how two candidates with

Indian ancestry fare.

Rishi Sunak, the

bookmakers' favourite to

prevail, and Suella Braverman are

campaigning for the Conservative

party leadership and have made

reference to the opportunities

Britain gave members of

minorities like them.

If either were to win the race for

the premiership, they would be

the first prime minister of Indian

origin in the United Kingdom.

In both cases, their Indian

families migrated to Britain in

the 1960s in search of better

lives. Britain ruled India for

about 200 years before the

South Asian country gained

independence in 1947 after a

"restore law and order" in the

nation, a high-ranking military

official told CNN Wednesday.

Wickremesinghe declared

a state of emergency across

Sri Lanka and a curfew on

Wednesday only to later cancel

both orders, according to the

prime minister's office.

In Colombo, a handful of

protesters also entered the

premises of state broadcaster

Sri Lanka Rupavahini on

Wednesday, negotiating a

"deal" with broadcast staff to

not give airtime to politicians

such as Wickremesinghe. The

broadcaster instead played

history and culture programs.

Rajapaksa was forced to

announce his resignation after

after more than 100,000

people massed outside his

residence over the weekend.

His planned resignation would

leave him without presidential

immunity -- potentially exposing

him to a raft of legal charges

and reduced security.

prolonged freedom struggle.

"It will be a great feeling to see

an Indian as the PM of a country

which very ruthlessly ruled India for

a very long time!" said a Twitter user

named Emon Mukherjee.

There are around 1.4m Indians

in Britain, making them its single

largest ethnic minority, and the two

countries enjoy friendly relations.

Bilateral trade stood at 21.5bn

pounds ($25.55 bn) in 2020-21.

Leading Indian industrialist Anand

Mahindra joined a steady stream

of social media reaction to the

possibility of a British prime minister

with Indian heritage.

He shared a digitally altered

photograph of 10 Downing Street,

the prime minister's official

residence, with its famous black door

adorned with marigolds and mango

leaves, symbols of an auspicious

beginning in the Hindu religion.

Sunak, 42, is the son-in-law of

Indian billionaire N. R. Narayana

Murthy, founder of Indian outsourcing

giant Infosys Ltd .


That connection threatened

to dent his popularity in Britain

after it was revealed that his wife,

NASA draws back curtain

on Webb space telescope’s

first full-colour images

NASA drew back the

curtain on billions

of years of cosmic

evolution with the inaugural

batch of photos from the

largest, most powerful

observatory ever launched to

space, saying the luminous

imagery showed the telescope

exceeds expectations.

The first full-color, highresolution

pictures from the

James Webb Space Telescope,

designed to peer farther than

before with greater clarity

to the dawn of the universe,

were hailed by NASA as

milestone marking a new era of

astronomical exploration.

Nearly two decades in the

making and built under contract

for NASA by aerospace giant

Northrop Grumman Corp, the

$9 billion infrared telescope was

launched on Dec. 25, 2021. It

reached its destination in solar

orbit nearly 1 million miles from

Earth a month later.

With Webb finely tuned after

months spent remotely aligning

its mirrors and calibrating its

instruments, scientists will

embark on a competitively

selected agenda exploring

the evolution of galaxies, life

cycle of stars, atmospheres of

distant exoplanets, and moons

of our outer solar system.

“All of us are just blown

away,” Amber Straughn,

Webb deputy project scientist

at NASA’s Goddard Space

Flight Center in Maryland, said

among a panel of experts who

briefed reporters following

the big reveal.

Whoops and hollers from

a sprightly “cheer team”

welcomed some 300 scientists,

telescope engineers, politicians

Ancestral ties: India avidly watching British leadership race

Murthy's daughter, had not been

paying British tax on her foreign

income through her "non-domiciled"

status, which is available to foreign

nationals who do not regard Britain

as their permanent home.

Akshata Murthy later said she

would start to pay British tax on her

global income.

"It was Britain that gave

them hope, security and

opportunity and this

country has afforded me

incredible opportunities

in education and my

career, and I owe a debt of

gratitude to this country."

Murthy is an Indian citizen and

owns a 0.9% stake in Infosys. She

and Sunak entered The Sunday

Times UK Rich List at number 222

with a reported net worth of 730

million pounds, the Sunday Times

newspaper reported in May.

Murthy's family, based in the

southern Indian city of Bengaluru,

has largely avoided discussing

Sunak's political journey, and did not

and senior officials from NASA

and its international partners

into a packed and auditorium

at Goddard for the official


“I didn’t know I was

coming to a pep rally,” NASA

Administrator James Nelson

said from the stage, enthusing

that Webb’s “every image is a


The event was simulcast to

watch parties of astronomy

enthusiasts worldwide, from

Bhopal, India, to Vancouver,

British Columbia.

The first photos, which took

weeks to render from raw

telescope data, were selected

by NASA to show off Webb’s

capabilities and foreshadow

science missions ahead.

The crowning debut image,

previewed on Monday by

U.S. President Biden but

displayed with greater fanfare

on Tuesday, was a “deep

field” photo of a distant

galaxy cluster, SMACS 0723,

revealing the most detailed

glimpse of the early universe

recorded to date.

At least one faint galaxy

measured among the thousands

in the image is nearly 95%

as old as the Big Bang, the

theoretical flashpoint that set

the expansion of the known

universe in motion some 13.8

billion years ago, NASA said.

respond to a request for comment.

Sunak's colleague Braverman,

currently Britain's attorney general

and also in the race to succeed

Johnson, was born into a Christian

family of Indian origin. Her parents

migrated to Britain in the 1960s

from Kenya and Mauritius.

She has previously spoken about

her parents, saying they came to

Britain with nothing.

In 2017, Braverman posted on

Facebook that her mother was

awarded the British Empire Medal for

45 years of service in the National

Health Service as a nurse and for

voluntary work abroad.

"It was Britain that gave them

hope, security and opportunity

and this country has afforded

me incredible opportunities in

education and my career, and I owe

a debt of gratitude to this country,"

Braverman said.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

is another recent example of a

politician of Indian origin who made

it big abroad. Residents of her

ancestral village in southern India

celebrated her inauguration with

firecrackers and gifts of food.



Friday, July 15, 2022

The best coat trends

for 2022—winter coat

trends to wear now

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• Always looks glamorous

• Great for layering

The cape has become one of those

trends that reemerge every few years, so if you're looking at how

to build a capsule wardrobe, a cape is a great choice as its reentry

to the spotlight is inevitable. This trend is great for those who love

to layer but can be a tricky one to execute. For easy (and warm!)

daytime style, wear your cape over a leather jacket, or try a pair of

long leather gloves for instant evening glamour.




• Smart style for work

and play

• Really versatile pattern

• Timeless

If you're looking for a

real investment piece,

then you can't go wrong

with monochromatic

herringbone. While this

trend is seeing a particular

resurgence right now, it is

a style that is ever-present

across the high street and

beyond. Usually tailored,

a herringbone coat will

instantly smarten up your

look, and largely made in

wool fabrications, they

often guarantee a good

level of warmth.



• Warmth and


• Super stylish for cold


• Works with trousers or


A shearling coat or

jacket is a standout

favorite amongst

the fashion pack.

Drawing inspiration

from vintage flight

jackets and later

from seventies

fashion, this is

a really cozy

and stylish look

to see you through the

winter months.While actual

shearling is from sheep,

most brands use synthetic

shearling style alternatives

that expertly mimic the

fabrication and feel.

This fabric development

has also made this trend

more accessible and




• Cozy textured fabric that's great for winter

• Lots of colours available to suit different tastes

• Great for smart and casual dressing

The teddy or teddy bear coat is the coziest of coat trends. Warm,

fuzzy, and immediately comforting, wearing one of these textured

pieces of outerwear will make you feel safe and protected against

the elements. In a range of hues and sizes, there is something for

everyone in this huggable style. As this look can be quite dramatic,

you can easily wear this look for smarter or more casual occasions.

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• 200gm - button mushrooms

• 1/2cup - yoghurt

• 1tsp ginger and garlic paste

• 2tbsp - plain flour

• 1tbsp - rice flour

• 1tbsp - corn flour

• 1/2tsp - kashmiri red chilli


• 1/2tsp - coriander powder

• 1/2tsp - garam masala


• 1/2tsp salt or according to


• 1tsp lemon juice

• Pinch of orange food colour

(optional )

• Oil for frying


• 1/2tsp - cumin seeds

• 1tsp - garlic, chopped

• 8 - curry leaves

• 2 - green chilies, sliced

• 3/4tsp - red chilli powder

• 1/2tsp - sugar

• 1/4tsp - salt or according

to taste

• 1tsp - vinegar with 2 tbsp

of water

• 1/2tsp - black pepper


• 2tbsp - oil


• Wash mushrooms and pat

dry them with the kitchen

paper towel.

• Cut the mushrooms into

quarters and set aside.

• In a medium size bowl add


• Add ginger-garlic paste to

the yoghurt and mix well.

• Add flour, rice flour, corn

flour, red chilli powder,

coriander powder, garam

masala powder and salt.

Give a good mix until

everything is well combined.

Then add lemon juice and

food colour to the yoghurt

and mix well again.

• Add water in tablespoons

and make a batter

of medium to thick


• Add the mushroom pieces

and slowly mix them until

they are well coated with

the batter. If necessary,

sprinkle some more water.

• Cover and leave it aside for

5 to 8 minutes to marinate.

• Heat oil in a deep

heavy base sauce pan over

medium flame.

• When the oil is hot

enough, add the mushroom

pieces in batches and fry

them till they are fried and

crisp (do not overcrowd

the mushrooms in the pan

while frying and when they

become crispy from one

side then quickly give them

a turn, otherwise, they will

start leaving their coating

from the other side).

• Drain them on the

paper towel.


• Heat oil over medium flame

in a fry pan.

• Add cumin seeds, chopped

garlic, curry leaves and

green chilies. Fry till the

leaves turn crisp.

Then add red chilli powder,

sugar and salt, add vinegar

mixed with water.

• Stir


When the mixture

bubbles, add fried

mushrooms and toss well.

Fry on medium heat till it

absorbs all the moisture

and mushrooms are well


• Serve immediately.

• TIP:

The temperature of the oil

must be checked before the

start of the frying process.

Otherwise the mushrooms

will absorb extra oil. So to

try; fry one piece first.

• Serves - 2



• 200gm - button mushrooms

• 8 - whole dry red chillies

• 8 - garlic cloves

• 1/4tsp - sugar

• 1tsp - salt or according to taste

• 2 - onions, medium

• 2tbsp - oil


• Fill a large bowl with water, and dunk the

mushrooms into it.

• Swirl the water around with your hands, and

rub the mushrooms softly with your fingers

to remove any dirt then drain them.

• Lay the mushrooms on a double layer of

cotton dish towels and pat them dry.

• Cut the mushrooms into halve if they are big

or keep them as it is if the size is small. Keep

them aside for later use.

• Soak whole red chillies in warm water for 6-8

hours or leave it overnight.

• In a blender add soaked red chillies with out

its water ( if you want spicy mushrooms then

you can add chilli water in which they were

soaked ) along with peeled garlic cloves,

sugar and salt.

• Blend everything together into a paste while

adding water in tablespoons and keep aside.

• In a heavy base fry pan add oil over medium


• Add red chilli paste and sauté for 3-4 minutes

while stirring continuously.

• Peel, wash and thinly slice the onions. Add

them to the paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes

or until the onions are brown and soft.

• Add mushrooms and stir until extra water





• 400gm - button mushrooms

• 2cups - matar (peas)

• 3 - onions, large

• 1tsp - cumin seeds

• 2- green chillies

• 1tsp - ginger paste

• 1tsp - garlic paste

• 1/2tsp - turmeric powder

• 1tsp - kashmiri red chilli


• 1/4tsp - red chilli powder

• 2tsp - coriander powder

• 1tsp - meat masala powder

• 1/2cup - yoghurt

• 2 - tomatoes, large

• 1tsp - garam masala


• 1tsp - dry kasoori methi

(fenugreek leaves)

• Salt according to taste

• 3tbsp - oil


• Fill a large bowl with water,

and dunk the mushrooms

into it. Swirl the water

around with your hands,

and rub the mushrooms

softly with your fingers to

remove any dirt then drain


• Lay the mushrooms on a

double layer of cotton dish

towels and pat them dry.

• Cut the

mushrooms into halve if

they are big or keep them

as it is if the size is small.

• In a bowl add frozen peas,

add warm water ( enough

water to cover the peas

) and keep aside for later


• Heat the oil in a heavy

bottom non stick sauce

pan over a medium flame.

• Add washed and chopped

onions. Fry onions for a few

minutes or until they turn

brown in colour.

• Add the cumin seeds, stir,

add washed and chopped

green chillies and stir for a

few seconds.

• Add ginger paste, stir, add

garlic paste and fry the

paste for 3-4 minutes.

• Stir continuously, making

sure it doesn’t stick to the

bottom of the pan.

• Now lower the flame

and add turmeric powder,

kashmiri red chilli

powder, red chilli

powder, coriander

powder and meat

masala powder,

sauté for few


• Add 2 tablespoons of water, mix well, cover

and let simmer until the mushrooms are soft

and well coated with the masala ( masala

should not be very dry, medium consistency

is best ).

• Serve with rice.

• TIP; to clean mushrooms add them into a

bowl along with 2 tablespoons of flour.

• Rub the mushrooms and flour with your

fingers then rinse them under the running


• Serves - 2

• Whisk yoghurt well with

the fork and then add to

the masala while stirring

constantly so that it does

not get cuddled. It takes

about 2 minutes.

• Add chopped tomatoes and

sauté until oil comes on


• Add peas along with 1 cup

of water, stir, cover and let

cook for 4-5 minutes.

• Add mushrooms and mix it


• Add garam masala powder

and kasoori methi to the

mushrooms, mix well.

• Fry everything together

for 3-4 minutes until

extra water of mushrooms

evaporates and they are

well coated with the peas

and masala.

• Add half cup of water (

more water can be added

according to the gravy

preferences ) and salt, mix,

cover and cook for another

2-3 minutes or until the

mushrooms are soft and

well combined.

• Serve with paratha or naan

• Serves - 4



Friday, July 15, 2022

‘What Deepika did in Gehraaiyaan,

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I did 15 years ago’: Mallika

Mallika Sherawat has said

that a section of the

industry always talked about

her body and glamour, never her

acting, She also compared her 2004

film, Murder with Deepika Padukone's

recent outing, Gehraaiyaan.

Deepika featured in Shakun

Batra's Gehraiyaan alongside Siddhanth

Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and

Naseeruddin Shah. The film explored the

grey areas of modern relationships.

Asked about the changes that the

new age brought in the film industry,

Mallika told Prabhat Khabar, “Earlier,

the heroines were either too good, satisavitri

types who were too innocent

to know anything, or they were the

characterless vamps. These were the

only two types of roles written for

heroines. The change that we see now,

shows women as humans. She can be

Ranbir on being a versatile

artist: An actor should not

get stuck in a typecast

happy or sad. She can make mistakes,

she can falter, and you love them despite

all of that.”

She added, “The heroines are more

confident about their bodies as well.

Such hue and cry was created when

I did Murder. People said all kinds

of things about the kiss and the

bikini. What Deepika Padukone did in

Gehraaiyaan, I did that 15 years ago, but

people were too narrow-minded back

then. I should tell you that a section of

the industry and media was mentally

torturing me. These people only talked

about my body and glamour, not my

acting. I worked in Dashavataram, Pyaar

Ke Side Effects and Welcome but none

talked about my acting.”

Directed by Anurag Basu, Murder

starred Mallika opposite Emraan Hashmi

and was widely talked about for the

steamy scenes that Emraan and Mallika

Ranbir Kapoor is one of the biggest movie stars

to have graced Bollywood. He had been in the

entertainment industry for almost a decade and a half

and has been a part of some of the most iconic films like Yeh

Jawani Hai Deewani, Barfi, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Rajneeti and most

recently, Sanju.

He is going to be back on the silver screens after more than

4 years with Shamshera and has been actively working on other

feature projects too, which will see a release next year.

Ranbir, in a recent interaction with Tamil host Dhivyadharshini

Neelakandan, on her YouTube channel 'House Of DD', talked

about his admiration for actors like Vijay Sethupathi and Dhanush,

about his movie choices and his approach towards his craft.

DD asked Ranbir about why he didn't play the massy or the happygo-lucky

characters and preferred to play flawed or closer to reality

characters for a better part of his career, and whether it was a

conscious decision.

To this, Ranbir said, "It is a mix of things, starting with the

opportunities you get. When I was younger, the kind of roles I

was relating to were like Wake Up Sid, Barfi and Rockstar.

As a matter of fact, Shamshera is a larger than life character

and a first for me. As an actor, it is your job to keep reinventing

yourself. and not get stuck in a typecast. Shamshera is a film

that probably my audience has not expected from me and I am

really looking forward to release and the audience's response.

But I will keep changing it. Probably, I will go back to what I

did. It is the duty of an actor to keep the audiences engaged

and surprised." From what Ranbir has said, his fans are in for an

absolute treat. Ranbir Kapoor will next be seen in Yash Raj Film’s

historical epic, Shamshera, which co-stars Sanjay Dutt and Vani

Kapoor. The film is directed by Karan Malhotra. He will then be seen

in Dharma Productions’ mythological fantasy drama, Brahmastra,

directed by Ayan Mukerji and co-starring his wife Alia Bhatt,

Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna Akkineni.

He will be seen in the romantic drama with Shraddha Kapoor,

directed by Luv Ranjan on Holi next year and then, he will end his

year with Animal, by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, which is among the

most awaited films of next year.

The film will also feature Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Rashmika

Mandanna and is scheduled to release on Independence day 2023.

Rajkummar Rao has

shared a list of ridiculous

things said about

his appearance during his

struggling period.

The actor has a National Film

Award in his resume and has

proved his mettle over his morethan-a-decade-long-journey


Bollywood. The actor will now

be seen along with actor Sanya

Malhotra in HIT: The First Case.

Rajkummar was noticed

as Adarsh in Dibakar

Banerjee's 2010 film Love Sex

Aur Dhokha. He said is thankful

to Dibakar and casting director

Atul Mongia for choosing him

for his acting talent regardless

of his looks. On being asked to

share some ridiculous reasons he

was given, while being rejected

for films, Rajkummar told

Bollywood Bubble in a recent

shared in the film.

Mallika is now gearing up for the release

of her next, RK/RKay. Written and

directed by Rajat Kapoor, the film also

stars Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, Manu

Rishi Chadha, Chandrachoor

Rai, Abhijeet Deshpande,

Abhishek Sharrma, Grace

Girdhar, and Vaishali

Malhara in key roles.

The film has already

been screened at

several international

festivals including

Shanghai international

interview, “I was told so many

things. You are not tall enough,

your built is not right, your

eyebrows are not in a certain

shape and very weird things.

And I was like what, what about

acting? wo kisko chahiye (does

anyone want that)." He added,

"I am glad Dibakar wanted that

and Atul Mongia saw that, the

casting director of my first

film (Love Sex Aur Dhokha).

film festival, River to River

festival in Florence, Bucheon

International Fantastic Film Festival,

Austin Film Festival and Pune

International Film Festival. It

is now set for a theatrical

release on July 22.


heroines are

more confident

about their bodies as

well. Such hue and cry

was created when I did

Murder. People said all

kinds of things about

the kiss and the


Puneet Issar: Thanks to OTT,

good work is happening

Puneet Issar is a household

name. Having played

the role of Duryodhan

in BR Chopra’s television show

Mahabharat, he went on to do

various shows and films. But,

the actor admits it wasn’t easy

to get good offers, as he got

stuck in the same rut of roles.

“My first film was Coolie

(1983) where the unfortunate

incident happened (he

accidentally inflicted a serious

injury on actor Amitabh

Bachchan) and thereafter, I

was labelled as an action guy

because of my personality,

though I preferred emotionally

intense characters. Then

fortunately, I got to play

the character of Duryodhan

and was able to prove that

I’m an actor of repute and

substance,” he says.

Issar admits that it wasn’t

easy to get good offers as

he got stuck in the same rut

again, despite a hit under his

belt. He says, “The role became

so popular and whenever

people thought of a negative

character, they would think of

me. I got offered only negative

roles which I did.”

However, Issar, last seen

in the film Jayeshbhai

Jordaar, believes OTT has

been a game-changer.

“People have become

more accepting towards new

thoughts. Earlier, people

used to watch [and create]

conventional things with the

That’s the thing which will take

you forward and nothing else.

Eventually, the talent stays and

nothing else remains.”

Rajkummar was last seen as a

gay police officer in Badhaai Do.

Among his lineup of films are Mr

And Mrs Mahi that will unite him

with his Roohi co-star Janhvi

Kapoor. The actor also has

Bheed and Monica O My Darling

in pipeline.

fear that the project might flop.

With OTT coming in, good work

is happening,” says the actor,

who also wants to explore the

web space.

“It’s not about chasing after

OTT. Agar OTT mein substantial

role milega, where I can show my

versatility, kyun nahin karenge?

With the entry of new writers

and directors, entertainment

is getting better each day,”

he adds. Not wanting to stick

to one type of roles, Issar says

he likes to keep reinventing

himself and doing roles and

surprise his audience.

He is excited that OTT is

giving many actors a variety of

roles and opportunities.

“It is not a question about

chasing after OTT. An actor

is an actor. Agar OTT mein

substantial role milega, where

I can show my versatility then

kyun nahin kaarenge. With

the entry of new writers and

directors, entertainment is

getting better and better with

each day as they are doing

some amazing work.”

Rajkummar Rao reveals he was rejected over ridiculous reasons like height, built

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