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NEW ZEALAND 3
Government announces three new skilled
Minister of Immigration
Michael Wood has
announced three new
skilled residence pathways
for temporary migrants
after having completed two
years of acceptable work
in New Zealand.
The three pathways are
Straight to residence, Work to
residence, highly paid - ‘twice
the median wage’.
The Straight to residence
pathway will be ready for people
to apply for from 5 September
2022, while work to Residence
and Highly Paid pathways will
be available for people to apply
in September 2023.
This was announced just now
by the Minister of Immigration
“From 5 September, skilled
workers in specified occupations
will be able to apply for the
Straight to Residence pathway.
Skilled migrants on the ‘Work
to Residence’ and ‘Highly Paid’
resident pathways will be able
to apply from 29 September
2023, once they have obtained
24 months of acceptable
work in New Zealand,”
Minister Wood said.
All three categories are linked
residence pathways for temporary migrants
with the recently announced
Green List that fast tracks
temporary migrants’ entry
into the country and eventual
gaining of residency rights.
Straight to Residence
and Work to Residence
The main requirement for
both Green List pathways is
the need to have a job in, or
job offer for, one of the Green
List occupations and meet the
specified requirements on the
list for the said occupation.
• The employment or offer
of employment must also
be full-time (at least 30
hours per week), genuine,
and be permanent or for at
least a 12-month fixed term
• The Straight to Residence
visa provides a straight
to residence pathway.
Eligible migrants employed
in these occupations can
come to New Zealand on a
work visa from 4 July and
apply for residence from 5
September 2022. From 5
September 2022 residence
can also be applied for
directly from offshore.
• Contractors are eligible
for the Green List Straight
to Residence pathway,
provided applicants meet
some additional criteria.
• The Work to Residence
visa differs as the applicant
must also demonstrate they
have at least 24 months of
acceptable work in New
work means having
worked in an
the Green List
for the duration
of the 24 month
period. This work in New
Zealand can only be claimed
on or after 29 September
2021. Work must be on an
AEWV unless the person had
commenced work on another
visa before 4 July 2022.
Highly Paid Resident
• The Highly Paid resident
pathway was created
to provide a pathway to
residence for people who
were paid at least two times
the median wage (currently
$55.52 per hour) over
a 24-month period while
working in New Zealand.
• Similar to the Work to
Residence work experience
requirements, the principal
applicant must demonstrate
they have at least 24
months of acceptable work
in New Zealand. Acceptable
work means having earned
at or above two times the
median wage for at least 24
• This work in New Zealand
can only be claimed on or
after 29 September 2021.
This aligns with the 2021
Resident Visa and ensures
that the small number of
people who do not qualify for
this can still have some work
in New Zealand recognised.
• The two times median wage
amount will be updated
annually in February based
on the June quarter median
hourly earnings from wages
and salaries as published by
Statistics New Zealand.
• The application fee and levy
will be between $4,020
and $4,890 depending on
whether the applicant is
applying from within New
Zealand or another part of
the world. This fee is aligned
with the fee for the Skilled
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PLANTING TREES TO MARK 75
YEARS OF INDIAN NATIONHOOD
VENU MENON IN
The Wellington Indian
collaborating with the
Indian High Commission in
planting trees to commemorate
75 years of Indian Independence.
The tree planting event is
scheduled to take place in
Newlands in Wellington on
August 6, according to Dipak
Bhana, association president.
This was corroborated
by Mr Durga Dass, Second
Secretary ( Press, Information
& Culture), Indian High
The association, formed 125
years ago, had a pre-Covid paid
membership of 1200, which
currently stands at 690.
Bhana attributed the decline in
membership to the adjustments
that had to be made in the new
Covid environment, such as
capping the number of people
attending an event and strict
adherence to protocols like
wearing face masks.
“A key and often invisible
component of our function is
advocacy,” says the association
site. Bhana explains: “The
invisibleness is how we put
our heads down and get on
with doing the job we need
to do. We don’t want to draw
attention to ourselves. That’s
how we integrate with society.”
The advocacy work
includes consulting the New
Zealand Police and conveying
the apprehensions of the
community on pressing issues
such as the ram raids on the
dairies. “We provide feedback
to the authorities as to what
our members are experiencing.
We provide advice to the police,
as well as to the immigration
officials when they ask for it.”
Bhana said Indian dairy
owners have been ram-raided
in the Wellington area. “But
they tend to keep it private and
confidential. They don’t want
to publicise it, because once
you put it in the news, other
people find out, your insurer
finds out, and that draws a lot
of negative attention which
they don’t want.”
Bhana said ram raids
were happening despite
increased police presence
and community patrols. He
cited socio-economic factors,
including high inflation, as key
drivers of crime.
According to Bhana, social
media played a key role among
youngsters looking to advertise
their criminal exploits to earn
recognition among their peers.
“There’s a lot of content on
social media that helps wouldbe
criminals to do what they
need to do,” Bhana said.
The authorities were
taking a pro-active approach
and pulling down the posts
as they came up on social
media, Bhana noted.
But not all the perpetrators
of ram raids came from
“They’re just doing it for fun,”
Indian businesses sore at missing out on maximum
relief from City Council
Retail outlets operating
close to Parliament,
owned by members
of the Indian and wider
subcontinental diaspora, said
their claims for relief were
either overlooked or not
adequately met after suffering
revenue losses following the
23-day blockade of the area by
protestors early this year.
A total of 91 businesses
applied for a one-off $30,000
payment from a $1.2 million
business relief fund set up
jointly by the Wellington City
Council and the government to
aid businesses impacted by the
occupation of the Parliament
grounds by protestors, before
they were cleared by the police
on March 2.
The City Council added $1
million to the government’s
contribution of $ 200,000 to
establish the relief fund.
Businesses that experienced
a reduction in revenue of 50 per
cent or more from 6 February
2022 to 2 March 2022 were
eligible to apply.
The relief was capped at
a maximum of $ 30,000 as
a one-off payment to every
Thus far, a total of $974,600
has been disbursed from
the fund to 50 businesses
deemed eligible for relief by
the City Council.
Of these, 18 businesses
received the maximum one-off
payment of $30,000.
The rest of the
applicants received varying
amounts with the smallest
payment being $2000.
City Council appointed a
panel of senior staff, assisted
by an independent financial
consultant, to determine which
businesses qualified for relief.
Businesses had to provide
documentation to support their
claims of revenue loss for the
period of the protest, between
February and March.
City Council Economic
Wellbeing and CCOs manager
Anna Calver noted that
businesses “were either
forced to shut completely or
suffered massive downturns in
custom due to the disruption
and intimidation associated
with the protest.”
Indian Weekender revisited
businesses operating at
the arcade on Molesworth
Street, across the
road from Parliament.
While foot traffic in the
business district appeared
to have gradually picked up
since the protest ended,
business is yet to return to
The road closures and police
is how we put our
heads down and
get on with doing
the job we need to
do. We don’t want
to draw attention to
ourselves. That’s how
we integrate with
cordons around Parliament
during the protest choked the
customer flow to Sunil Gandhi’s
convenience cum Lotto and NZ
Post outlet at the arcade.
Gandhi’s customers came
from the government offices
located in the building,
including high-profile names
such as New Zealand Rugby.
With officegoers forced to work
from home during the protest,
Gandhi estimated his revenue
loss was upward of the 50 per
cent eligibility norm set by the
Council and resolved to “fill out
the forms” to apply for relief.
But Gandhi was left out of the
City Council’s list of businesses
eligible for relief, according to
Asha, a member of the family.
The story was much the same
in the case of the Molesworth
Shoe and Bag Repairs Store, a
family-owned business started
in 1936. The business failed to
qualify for relief despite suffering
revenue loss on account of the
Across the hallway, the
Everest Chullo cafeteria, which
had a “closed” sign pasted
on its glass door in the early
days of the protest, has since
opened for business.
Ram Tamang, the café’s
Nepali-origin owner, had
started the outlet in
December, just prior to the
occupation of the Parliament
grounds by protestors.
Tamang told Indian
Weekender he had applied for
the maximum relief of $30,000
but ended up getting $18,000.
This amount went some way in
meeting overheads such as rent
and staff salaries.
P&J Vallabh Partnership t/a
Freeman’s Lotto and News
Agency, one of the listed
recipients of the maximum
grant of $30,000, declined to
take questions when contacted
by the Indian Weekender.
The City Council’s precondition
of providing proof of
50 per cent revenue loss kept
In keeping with its stated
goal of promoting Hindu culture
and religion, the association
operates its own temple in
Kilbirnie, which is open to the
public. Hindu festivals such as
Navratri, Ganesh Chaturthi and
Karva Chauth are celebrated
for wider Wellington Hindus.
The association also runs
a soup kitchen on Tory
St to feed the homeless
Are there members from
ethnic Indian communities
receiving food aid?
“The Indian diaspora that
needs help are very shy about
asking for help. Sometimes
we have to reach out to our
membership to say that there
is government help available
"But they (Indians) are very
shy about asking for help. If
we know somebody is having
a hard time, we go and visit
them,” Bhana explained.
some business owners out of
the reckoning for relief.
Babu Chauhan, who owns the
Lesvos store at the Wellington
Rail Station, saw a revenue
loss of 30 per cent and was,
therefore, not eligible for
relief. However, Chauhan was
a recipient of the Council’s
Covid relief fund, which
preceded the protest-related
City Council’s Calver
acknowledged its panel
exercised “discretion regarding
the location of some businesses
that applied for payments.”
Clearly, that left room for
debate around the criteria
adopted by City Council while
shortlisting businesses eligible
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NEW ZEALAND 5
Parliament to hear plea on
migrants stranded overseas
“If you talk to employers in New
Zealand at the moment, anybody
that is of good character and has
the skills, they will take them as a
worker. They don’t mind where they
come from. They (employers) would be
very disappointed if the government’s
policy is to bring people from elsewhere
and not India, because we have a strong
relationship with India. We have a very
large Indian community in New Zealand
that now calls New Zealand home,” said
Todd McClay, National MP from Rotorua.
McClay was speaking to the Indian
Weekender in the Parliament precincts
shortly after receiving a petition
submitted on Wednesday on behalf of
the Migrant United Council, an umbrella
organisation representing 26 registered
migrant groups in New Zealand.
The petition, supported by around
5,000 signatures, requested Parliament
to “urge the government to automatically
reinstate the visas of migrants that
expired while our borders were closed
due to Covid-19 restrictions, and extend
those visas for a period starting from 19
March 2020 and ending at an appropriate
time after our borders reopen.”
Rajeev Bajwa, founder and chairperson
of the Migrant United Council, explained
the compulsion behind his petition:
“We never reacted when the borders
were closed because we were facing a
"When borders were reopened, Prime
Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on 3
February 2022 that all migrants under
all visa categories could re-enter the
country from 13 April 2022. Then she
brought in the condition that only those
holding current, valid visas could return.”
This left scores of migrants stranded
around the world, unable to return
because their visas had expired, Bajwa
The government is urging
people to ensure their
accurate bank details are
updated with Inland revenue
Department to start receiving
the Cost-of-Living support.
With the first of three monthly
Government Cost of Living
payments due to be made
on Monday, Revenue Minister
David Parker is urging people to
make sure Inland Revenue has
their bank account details.
From 1 August, Inland
Revenue will pay three monthly
instalments each of about
$116 into the bank accounts
of the 2.1 million eligible Kiwis
– but many thousands of bank
account details are still needed.
“Since taking office, our
Government has worked hard
to lift incomes and make life
more affordable for Kiwis and
their families. There is no easy
fix to the current global Cost of
Living pressures many people
Urge the government to
the visas of migrants that
expired while our borders
were closed due to Covid-19
restrictions, and extend
those visas for a period
starting from 19 March 2020
and ending at an appropriate
time after our borders
In India, an estimated 900 migrants
were unable to re-enter New Zealand
because their visas had expired,
according to Bajwa.
Bajwa’s petition aimed to press the
legal rights and “secure justice” for
stranded migrants worldwide, who have
been disadvantaged by the changes in
Bajwa set out a three-step approach
to secure his goal. First, have the issue
raised in Parliament. Second, get the
petition discussed in the parliamentary
petitions committee. Third, exercise the
right to approach the Ombudsman.
are facing. The Government’s
Cost of Living payments are
the latest step we are taking,”
David Parker said.
“This new Cost of Living
Payment sits alongside the
Government’s Winter Energy
Payment, and, together, these
payments will support 81 per
cent of New Zealanders aged
18 and over with their bills this
“The measures we’re putting
in place will make a difference
for people across the country.
They build on actions we’ve
taken since 2017 to ensure
Kiwi families have more in their
pocket to get ahead – policies
like the family tax credit,
free school lunches, cheaper
doctors’ visits, and the removal
of school donations. We’re also
fixing the supermarket sector
and increasing competition, to
make sure that Kiwis pay a fair
price at the till,” David Parker
There is no need for anyone
to apply for the payment and
people will receive the payment
if Inland Revenue can confirm
• earned $70,000 or less in
the period 1 April 2021 to
31 March 2022
If justice was still denied to the
stranded migrants, the Migrant United
Council intended to take the issue to
the streets by resorting to nonviolent
agitation, including relay hunger strikes.
“I have full faith in our parliamentary
process. I believe we will get justice if we
are patient,” Bajwa added.
But National’s McClay and Taupo
MP Louise Upston, who were backing
Bajwa’s petition in Parliament, denied
the Labour government’s changes to
immigration policy were discriminatory
or targeted at any particular ethnic
“If it’s shown that the government
has put this policy in place for only
one country of this world, then I think
those people would be right to feel it’s
discriminatory,” McClay said.
‘But I think this is for many countries.
They would be not only from India but
many parts of Asia and elsewhere in the
world, like South America, where people
had visas to come here, the border was
closed, their visas had run out and they
can’t come to New Zealand,” he added.
But McClay acknowledged he did not
know if there were similar cases from
The Tauranga MP was of the view that
• are not entitled to receive
Winter Energy Payment by
receiving the NZ Super or
a qualifying benefit from
Ministry of Social
• are aged 18 or older
• are both a New Zealand tax
resident and present here
• are not in prison.
• David Parker said an
estimated 2.1 million
people will be eligible for
the payment but to receive
it they need to give Inland
Revenue up to date bank
“Since the payment
was announced more
than 43,000 people have
given inland Revenue their
bank account numbers.
"But there are still more
than 164,000 people for
whom the department doesn’t
have those details.
“Inland Revenue is working
with more than 600 community
groups, sports bodies and other
organisations – particularly
the immigration system was not working
as it should.
He wondered why the stranded
migrants could not be reinstated or a
pathway for them to come back to New
Zealand couldn’t be found when those
people were able to enter the country
‘If they are not able to come now, what
has changed in that period of time?”
Upston supplemented McClay, saying
those who worked in New Zealand
before and had returned home to other
countries were being disadvantaged
by the policy of the government.
They should be allowed to come back
and “continue to contribute to our
businesses, our communities and our
country,” she added.
Kanwaljeet Bakshi, National’s ex-List
MP, spoke of the stranded migrants he
had met on his last visit to India and
described them as being “traumatized”.
“We need people who have NZ
experience. There is a shortage of
workers in every sector,” Bakshi noted.
Gaurav Sharma, Labour MP from
Hamilton West, told Indian Weekender
there would be further policy
announcements in September and that
“the new minister is definitely looking at
broader immigration policies as well.”
Paramjit Singh, a former office bearer
of the Wellington gurudwara, said New
Zealand needed “working hands to keep
the economy growing.”
With the petition being raised by
a sitting MP during Question Hour,
the petition is now embedded in the
Govt urges people to update bank details with IRD to receive Cost of Living payment
groups for Māori and Pacific
peoples - to spread awareness
about who might be eligible for
the payment and the need to
provide bank account numbers.
“There are fact sheets in
6 languages and webinars in
English and te reo Māori to
help them share information
about the payment and what’s
needed for people to receive it.
People can update bank
account details through myIR.
They can also use the selfservice
number 0800 257
777 to add or change a bank
account and other details. It is
a 24/7 number and there is no
“Inland Revenue will check
to see who is eligible for the
payment before each monthly
payment is made. It is possible
to be eligible for one, two or all
For most people the three
main payment dates are:
• 1 August 2022
• 1 September 2022
• 3 October 2022.
Genuine and credible borrowers
are still struggling to get access
to credit from banks, despite the
government’s slight dial back of the
controversial changes in the responsible
lending rules late last year.
The government first changed the
lending rules on December 1, 2021,
which placed additional responsibility
upon the banks to check the debt
servicing capabilities of potential
borrowers precipitating a dramatic
turndown of loan applications.
Following a sustained furore and
a petition being signed by 10,000
people requesting the government to
reconsider the law changes, Commerce
and Consumer Affairs Minister David
Clark announced changes to the Credit
Contracts and Consumer Finance Act in
early March - less than four months after
it was tightened.
However, four months after the dialback
by the government, potential
borrowers are still facing rejection from
banks even on their application for
a secured loan against their houses,
despite having enough equity.
Chander Aggrawal (name changed)
told the Indian Weekender that he was
frustrated after two banks declined to
provide a small loan of 20K, including a
top-up on his home mortgage.
“I have significant equity on my home,
my wife and I are full time working, plus
I drive uber on weekends to top up my
income, and my wife runs a small parttime
business which also brings cash in
“Yet banks questioned our debt
servicing capabilities in future in
declining the loan application,” Chander
This frustration is even more palpable
among many small business operators,
who are struggling for access to cash for
“Following on from the successful
group applications, the Prime
Minister’s Scholarships for Asia
and Latin America are now open to
individual applications, and this is
the only opportunity for individuals
to apply in 2022,” Grant McPherson,
Chief Executive, Education New Zealand
Manapou ki te Ao said.
These scholarships enable talented
New Zealanders who are passionate
maintaining cashflow in their businesses
owing to Covid and are relying on their
ability to top up their home loans.
Shalina Singh (name changed) an
Auckland-based restaurant owner, told
the Indian Weekender that she has
exhausted all possible avenues for a
business loan, after having borrowed
from the government’s small business
cashflow scheme and was counting on
her ability to top up her mortgage to
keep her struggling business afloat –
only to be disappointed by the bank.
“It is really frustrating to know that
nothing has changed on the ground even
after the government had announced
in March that it was rolling back the
changes initially brought late last year,”
“Now I am forced to seriously
contemplate borrowing unsecured loans
from other private players, which would
be at a significantly higher cost and
restrictive terms and conditions.”
“I am not sure if the government is
actually achieving its initial intention
about supporting local and global
communities to add an international
dimension to their learning and develop
their global citizenship competencies
“We welcome diverse applicants from
all stages and walks of life - you don’t
need to be a current student, and you
don’t need top grades. We are looking
for applicants who can display qualities
like cultural awareness, initiative,
and confidence. Previous scholarship
recipients have come from a wide range
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of safeguarding the interests of the
borrowers. Not in my case, at least,” a
frustrated Singh asserted.
New Zealand bankers Association
– a consortium of leading banks in
New Zealand which is a non-profit
unincorporated organisation funded by
member banks through subscriptions
– is also of the view that the changes
brought by the government in early
March might not be enough to make a
difference for the genuine and credible
New Zealand Bankers’ Association
chief executive Roger Beaumont told
the Indian Weekender that nothing
would have changed on the ground for
“The government made changes to
the Credit Contracts and Consumer
Finance Act that came into force last
December. These new lending rules had
had a big impact on banks’ ability to
of backgrounds and have studied in a
range of fields, including environmental
science, languages, law, the arts, and
More than 2,400 Kiwis have benefited
from the programme since 2013,
contributing to New Zealand’s ability to
engage with key partners in Asia and
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship
is open to New Zealand citizens or
permanent residents who are at least
18 years old at the time of application
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How effective has been govt’s tweak
to ‘responsible lending rules’ for
genuine and credible borrowers?
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David
It is really frustrating to
know that nothing has
changed on the ground
even after the government
had announced in March
that it was rolling back the
changes initially brought late
lend to customers who could afford to
borrow before the changes came in.
“The new rules are designed to help
vulnerable customers avoid unaffordable
debt. The issue is that they apply a
one-size-fits-all approach to credit
applications which has affected many
mainstream consumers and has resulted
in more applications being declined.
Banks no longer have the flexibility and
discretion they used to have to help
people get a loan. The new rules mean
that some people who could afford loans
before the December change are now
“The government recently made
some tweaks to the new rules, which
haven’t really made much difference
for most borrowers. That’s because most
of the existing requirements remain in
place, meaning customers still have to
provide detailed information about their
spending, resulting in a more painstaking
process and more loan applications
being declined than before the
December rule change.
“The new rules apply to any new
consumer lending, big or small,
from a new home loan or top up to
increasing your credit card limit, or
getting a car loan, so they’re having a
“Some small businesses may be
affected by the new lending rules,
especially if they’re securing a loan with
their residential property. Other business
lending applications will be assessed on
a case-by-case basis taking into account
the particular bank’s lending policies and
risk appetite,” Mr Beaumont said.
Individual applications for PM’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America now open
and have been a resident in New
Zealand for at least 12 of the previous
24 months. Scholarship funding can
be used to cover, for example, tuition
fees to undertake a course in Asia or
Latin America, flights to and from
Asia and Latin America, living and
accommodation costs, travel and
medical insurance and visa fees.
More information is available on the
Education New Zealand Manapou
ki te Ao scholarship website www.
Applications close on August 31, 2022.
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NEW ZEALAND 7
NZ Gujarati Sports and Cultural Association
awards continue to grow bigger
Glitter, glamour, and euphoria
described the electrifying
environment at the NZ Gujarati
Sports and Cultural Association award
night last weekend.
Held at Mahatma Gandhi centre on
Saturday, July 23, the second edition
of the mega celebrations of the
awards witnessed a colourful range of
performances interspersed between
several award facilitation and speeches
from key dignitaries attending the event.
The event witnessed participation
from more than 600 guests, including
invited community leaders from other
community associations and Hon Consul
of India, Bhav Dhillon, as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Dhillon
acknowledged the role played by the
Gujarati diaspora within the wider Kiwi-
Indian diaspora and said, “Our Gujarati
communities are well-known for their
enterprising spirit and their strong desire
of remaining connected with their roots
and preserving cultural identity.”
Sharing the excitement of the
successful organisation of the awards
Vice President of NZGSCA, Ritesh Raniga,
who was also the event director for the
night, said, “It was the culmination of
a lot of hard work and toil from Grand
Awards Night Sub Committee and the
“It gives us immense pleasure that
our guests were able to sit back and
enjoy the wonderful event and celebrate
achievements within our sports,” Mr
Ten different awards recognising
individual and team excellence and
winners in Cricket, Soccer, Squash, Table
Tennis, Golf, Snooker and Netball were
Notably, NZGSCA has been organising
the sports tournaments and the award
ceremony for many years, but in the
last two years, the executive committee
have raised the scale and grandeur of
NZ Gujarati Sports and Cultural
Association was incorporated in 1995,
five years after being run and operated
informally as a society.
NZGSCA works towards bringing
together the Gujarati Indian diaspora
that moved to New Zealand from
“Our Gujarati communities
are well-known for their
enterprising spirit and their
strong desire of remaining
connected with their roots
and preserving cultural
India, Fiji, and other nations by hosting
different sports and cultural events to
keep them connected to their roots.
The 2022 office bearers of the
NZGSCA Executive Committee are
Paresh Parshotam (President), Ritesh
Raniga (Vice President), Rohit Patel (Vice
President), Sunil Bhikha (Secretary),
Ketan Patel (Assistant Secretary), Anish
Patel (Treasurer) and Ashok Kapadia
Inclusion of netball and women key
highlights over the last two years.
Paresh Parshotam, President of
NZGSCA told the Indian Weekender
that the inclusion of women’s sports
(netball) over the last two years at the
awards ceremony was the key highlight
as it has expanded the scope of games
and participation to another level.
“There was an absolute unanimity
amongst our executive committee team
about bringing our women into the
fold of competitive sports, and we are
pleased to be able to do so”
“The enthusiasm from our women in
the community has been overwhelming
and we are confident that next year
we can look forward to even greater
participation,” Mr Parshotam said.
There was an auction organised for the
formal part of the evening for supporting
St John ambulance, and 31,150 was
raised by generous donations from
members of the community.
This was better than last year’s
collection of $21,150. A cheque will
subsequently be handed over to St John
ambulance at a separate event.
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Lord Ganesha finds permanent
abode in Christchurch
MAHESH KUMAR IN
The first Ganesha temple in
the greater Christchurch
region is set to move to its
permanent location. The Sri Ganesha
temple, established in February 2018,
and managed by the Christchurchbased
Sri Ganesha Trust , will move
to its new location at 3 Bishopdale
Court, Bishopdale, Christchurch by
the end of August.
The Sri Ganesha-Trust is managed by
five trustees and a temple committee.
The temple conducted the first pooja
at Waimari Community Centre on 10
The Trust was established with a clear
vision to propagate and promote the
religious, spiritual, and cultural welfare
of the Hindu community.
Over the past four years, the Trust
has been instrumental in bringing the
community together to celebrate the
festival and other cultural activities and
foster a spirit of belonging.
Sathiya Muralidaran, one of the
trustees, told the Indian Weekender:
“There was a need to have a place to
not just worship but also to teach
ourselves and our children about our
religion, languages, cultural heritage and
come together to celebrate our festivals
as a big family.”
The temples permanent location is
expected to draw devotees beyond
Christchurch region . Worshippers are
expected to pour in from Dunedin,
Ashburton, Oamaru, Timaru, Blenheim,
and other parts of South Island.
Currently, the temple has a core
following of more than 300 people.
In the past, poojas were conducted
in community centers with members
having to carry the paraphernalia for
That will not be the case anymore.
The temple premise will have all the idols
permanently installed, making it easier
for devotees just to come and join the
Having a permanent temple premise
will also help the Trust conduct and
facilitate Hindu marriages, fulfill vows
and host cultural festivals according to
There was a need to
have a place to not just
worship but also to
teach ourselves and our
children about our religion,
languages, cultural heritage
and come together to
celebrate our festivals as a
the Hindu scriptures and rites.
The Trust conducts regular Poojas
and has been organising various events
to benefit the community, including a
Covid19 Vaccination drive in 2021 in
collaboration with Christchurch District
Health Board (CDHB).
When the pandemic first hit the world,
the Trust was the first to announce
free Zoom Yoga classes, Thevaram and
Bhajan sessions for the devotees in April
2020 amidst the nationwide lockdown.
Around the same time, the Trust
also donated food vouchers and
offered legal advice to those who lost
their jobs due to Covid19, families
facing hardships and people with
underlying health conditions.
The community appreciated the
free classes offered to the children
aged 5-13 years, to inculcate Indian
values based on a cultural history
dating back 5000 years through
stories and activities.
They also conduct free meditation
sessions for adults. These classes are
to be re-scheduled at the permanent
premises at Bishopdale.
The Trust is currently raising funds for
the renovation of the new premise .
If devotees want to contribute to the
funds, donations can be made either
through the website www.sgtc.org.nz
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Under ACT everybody will save
money,' says Damien Smith
“Everybody under ACT will save
money,” says Damien Smith,
Associate Finance Spokesperson
The ACT Party released its Cost-of-
Living document last week that proposes
to scrap tariffs on many imported items,
including wines, clothes etc to ease the
cost of living for New Zealanders along
with tax cuts.
To discuss more on this, the
Indian Weekender interviewed
ACT Party MP Damien Smith,
Spokesperson, Associate Finance.
Here are the excerpts.
IWK: Please tell us about this cost-ofliving
document released last week
and what does it mainly proposes to
bring soaring inflation under control?
Damien Smith: Our cost-of-living
document runs alongside ACT Party’s
fully costed alternative budget, which
means that we’re trying to address as
a part of the cost-of-living crisis that
people are facing. And you mentioned
inflation. We’ll touch on that in a
second. …everywhere you look, costs
are rising, we’ve got to help people
to, to get through that. And to get to
the other side.
So we’ve just got a very clear policy
document on how we do that. We
launched it last week, it was very well
received in the press, and each of our
MPs who’ve got portfolio responsibilities,
along with David and Brooke, inputted
to this document. I was involved with
was the Reserve Bank piece. You know,
we’ve got an issue now where it’s going
to be very painful in terms of them
having to lift the OCR to fight inflation
because inflation needs to be tamed
to… The ultimate villain in this is the
government printing too much money,
too much money into the economy. And
it’s chasing too few goats. And that’s
the classic definition of inflation.
IWK: How do you think reducing tariffs
will address taming of inflation?
Smith: We want to abolish all tariffs.
And, you know, it affects everything
from school uniforms, an extra $20 a
week through to railway locomotives
that we want to bring into the country to
increase transport. So it also means that
our producers become more competitive
here, they can’t rely on that.
And it increases productivity. So you
know, the secondary to help people
is we want to reduce taxes to be the
leaders in the South Pacific region. We’re
going to bring in two tax rates; one is 17
and a half per cent for people that earn
up to $70,000, which will save money
and then everything will be under a flat
28 per cent.
We will repeal the envy tax of 39 per
cent brought by the Labour government
and replace that with 28 per cent.
We believe bringing more money into
people’s back pockets is the way to help
IWK: Don’t you think that tax cut may
not be a right solution in current economic
Smith: Everybody under the Act will be
better off. Even for people on lower to
middle incomes, there’ll be a tax offset
for them. And every household under
our carbon tax refund will receive …
an extra $100 a week to help you buy
petrol. So, everybody is going to be
better off under this Act policy than the
IWK: The government is already
extending fuel subsidy till January
to support New Zealanders with fuel
prices and paying the cost of living
payment from next week, so why ACT
is criticising it?
Smith: The cost-of-living payment is
too little too late. It’s a political reaction.
That’s why we prefer tax cuts
because it’s instead of hundreds of
dollars, it’s thousands of dollars. And
you know, this has been a reaction
where it’s really expensive for the IRD to
administer this payment.
It helps people earning under $70,000.
But you know, a lot of people aren’t
going to take it up because they can’t
be tracked in the system, and even if
they do it’s already been eaten up with
IWK: If Act reduces tax brackets, then
isn’t there less money in coffers under
an ACT government which means that
they will have less money or at the
disposal for public spending on public
infrastructure. And other criticism is
that this policy is designed to make
rich people richer. What do you have
Smith: ACT’s policy is to bring
in a smaller government. So every
frontline service, whether it be the
healthcare system, policing, or teaching,
is in our budget, so there’d be no
cuts in those areas.
What we’re doing is attacking the
excessive spending on the government
programs that they’re implementing. …
In terms of the overall budget, there’s
a huge amount of effort needed to get
back to surplus in our first 100 days. We
really got to make some hard decisions
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that this can’t go on. …Why shouldn’t
the government tighten its belt, just
like everybody else has to in their high
IWK: ACT’s cost of living document is
also talking about the supply of the
labour issue, basically allowing more
temporary migrant workers from
overseas. Can you tell us more about
Smith: Dr. James McDonald, our
immigration expert, is writing a piece at
the moment on another policy document
which we will launch, but in essence,
there’s just the migration settings by the
government and the administration of
immigration has been appalling over the
last two and a half years, and it’s really
affected communities like yourselves.
We want to focus on bringing back …
parental visas, partner visas etc. Under
an ACT government, skilled workers like
nurses won’t have to sit around and
worry about how they’re going to get
residency when they come here.
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The IndianNZ Association
of Christchurch hosted
Multicultural Festival -
Celebration of Cultures at the
La Vida Convention Centre on
A 1,500-strong crowd
from different ethnicities
turned up to witness the 24
performances put together by
The event was supported by
Ministry for Ethnic Communities
and Christchurch City Council.
Indian cuisine was available
for visitors to savour at La
Vida Convention Centre, which
was decorated in traditional
First hosted last year at
the request of Christchurch’s
the Christchurch Multicultural
Festival - Celebration Of
Cultures has become incredibly
popular and is now a keenly
awaited annual event .
The highlight of the evening
was a scintillating show put
up by performers from around
20 different countries that
showcased their culture through
dance and music. The countries
included India, Fiji, Nepal,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China,
Korea, Japan, Iran, Argentina,
Mexico, Chile, Philippines, Spain,
and Poland, among others.
The evening started with a
followed by traditional Chinese
and Korean dances.
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group had some foot-thumping
beats while the Polish folk
dance group charmed the
audience with their gracious
moves. A traditional Chilean
dance performance also offered
the audience a rare opportunity
to enjoy their distinct culture.
The three-hour show ended
with an energetic performance
by the Punjabi group that had
the audience on its feet.
The performers were aged
from 10 to 60 years and wore
traditional costumes that
created a vibrant environment.
Each of the performing groups
also received a certificate from
Duncan Webb, Labour MP
for Christchurch Central,
was the chief guest for the
evening. “It was a great night
at Christchurch’s Multicultural
Festival 2022. A fantastic
night of performances,
meeting old friends and great
food, he said ”
Formed in 2017, IndianNZ
Association of Christchurch
organises free events for
the wider communities in the
Parminder Kaur, who is
the chair of the association,
said: “We want to provide
the Kiwi-born children with
an opportunity to experience
and showcase the cultural
diversity of our community and
give them a platform to stay
connected with their roots.”
Every year, the Association
hosts three annual events-
Christchurch Lohri Mela,
Festival - Celebration Of
Cultures and Mela Punjabana Da
- Ladies Cultural Night.
The association regularly
provides help to the needy
or International students and
has helped many families
during the Covid19 pandemic
with their basic needs. The
association also organised
Learning Communities HUB
with the MInistry of Education
for awareness of New Zealand
Curriculum system to the new
The Association is now
planning and preparing to host
its next event Mela Punjabana
Da - Ladies Cultural Night, to be
held on October 8.
Thanking the sponsors,
Gurvinder Aulakh, president of
the association, said, “I want to
thank our presenting partner,
Loan Market Paramount
and Nathan Miglani, Arise
Financial Services, Harmandeep
Raywhite, Bombay Bazaar,
Glass Delivery Specialist
and LS Jewels & Outfit for
their support. Without their
motivation and cooperation, it
would not have been possible
to undertake the festival of this
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NEW ZEALAND 11
Kiwi flautist with
The cross -flute is referred to in
Wikipedia as “the outstanding
wind instrument of ancient India.”
Hindus revere the Bansuri, an Indian
bamboo cross-flute that served as Lord
Krishna’s musical instrument.
The flute has gained popularity
throughout the years, becoming the
instrument of choice for international
artists, such as l Sir James Galway,
Ian Anderson, and the Rock
band Jethro Tull.
But when it comes to bamboo
flute, Indian influence has been very
prominent, with the ‘Bansuri Guru’ Pandit
Hariprasad Chaurasia being the most
For the Kiwi-born flautist Nelson
Myer-Daly, Pandit Chaurasia has been a
major influence and inspiration. Myers-
Daly is one of the most popular names
in the Christchurch music circuit who
specializes on the cross -flute.
In an interview with the Indian
Weekender, Myers-Daly said he always
felt drawn to Indian culture and music.
As a Sri Chinmoy disciple, taking up the
flute was a natural progression and way
to express his spirituality.
How and when did you become interested
in playing the flute?
Music has been a large part of my life
for most of my life. I have played guitar,
percussion, drums and even Irish whistle
when I was a kid.
Having a musician
listens to a
of music, I
African, Middle Eastern, and Indian.
In my later teens, I really started
to take an interest in learning Indian
classical music as I was drawn to it on an
Do you remember when you started
learning to play the flute?
Eight years ago, when I had the chance
to see Rakesh Chaurasia perform at
Auckland Girls Grammar, I was so moved
by his music that I decided I wanted to
learn how to play the bamboo flute.
Soon I ordered the E bass classical
flute. I was learning how to hold it and
get a sound within a couple of weeks.
As opposed to Irish or western flutes,
the technique of this instrument is quite
different. Covering the holes requires a
As opposed to Irish or
western flutes, the technique
of this instrument is quite
different. Covering the
holes requires a lot of finger
stretching and takes time to
become comfortable with.
lot of finger stretching and takes time to
become comfortable with.
Who has been the inspiration in your
My family has followed Sri Chinmoy as
a spiritual teacher since I was three years
old, and he has been a major influence
and motivation to live a spiritual life,
practise meditation, and create music.
How did you learn to play the flute?
Did you have a teacher?
I’ve learned a lot about playing the
flute through listening to recordings
and viewing videos of masters. I have
also been lucky to have classes with
Debopriya Chatterjee, a disciple of
Hariprasad Chaurasia Senior.
Where have you performed so far?
I have performed and been part of
many projects and concerts over the
years which is always such a blessing
and learning experience.
Lots of my performances
have been with my
dad in Monk Party
but I have also
been involved with
musicians such as
Tabla player Basant
Madhur, Father and
Daughter music duo
Yadvinder Singh & Amrita
Kaur. I have also performed
with overseas musicians such
as Sarangi player Kamal Sabri,
Kirtan singer Krishna Das, Bengali
Singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, and
Irish whistle player Brian Finnegan.
Have you visited India?
I have not had the chance yet to go
to India physically but I do feel very
connected to India in many ways. I do
plan on going and studying at Pandit
Hariprasad Chaurasia Gurukul. It will be a
dream come true to meet and learn from
him and some of his senior
disciples such as Debopriya
Which Indian flute player(s)
do you admire and follow?
I really admire and
keenly observe the work
of Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia,
Rakesh Chaurasia, Debopriya
Chatterjee, Rupak Kulkarni.
Then there is the other
Gharana of flute players such
as Pt Rajendra Prasanna and
his son Rishab Prasanna which
Apart from the flute, which
other instruments do you
The flute is my main instrument. But I
also play the percussion and I sing too.
Tell us something about Monk Party.
My father and I collaborate as Monk
Party and we play the devotional
compositions of Guru Sri Chinmoy
blending our musical interests from
around the world to offer a meditative
experience to our audience.
Till now, we have recorded
For the Kiwi-born flautist Nelson Myer-Daly,
five albums and have toured
NZ, Australia, parts of the US
NZ border reopening will
spark range of emotions
When New Zealand borders finally re-open fully with the rest of the world on
July 31, a range of emotions is going to be stirred.
For many, it would bring a sense of jubilation about the final removal of
restrictions on entry into New Zealand or possibly of euphoria for seeing the end of
one of the most severe and unprecedented travel restrictions experienced by the
current generation of New Zealanders.
However, for many people, the day will bring back the sombre and harrowing
experience of March 19, 2020, when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came out at a
media conference and announced the dramatic closure of borders from midnight.
Many then thought that it was probably the state’s biggest intrusion into individual
rights as ever experienced by New Zealanders. It was only a few days later that New
Zealanders found out that the state was gearing up even further to encroach upon
individual freedoms by restricting the basic right of free movement - in the form of
a complete lockdown.
The entire country chose to rally behind the government, fully understanding the
grave danger that faced the world in the form of the novel Coronavirus, barring a
minuscule minority, whose initial opposition to those lockdowns was more delusional
than based on any reasonable or scientific grounds. This changed, though, with
The border closure left an indelible mark on the lives of a large number of people,
separating families like never seen before, barring the periods of the first and second
Although the government, wearing the mask of “kindness”, made small concessions
in the early stages of the pandemic, allowing some New Zealanders to bring their
overseas-based partners and families, most, particularly ethnic migrant minorities,
remained outside the ambit of its “kindness” and experienced forced separation for
significant periods due to closed borders.
The subsequently closed border regime witnessed a massive retrenchment of
immigration bureaucracy for want of viable work, thus making them even more
emaciated and depleted with credible human resources who can see through
the pain and desperation in the applications for entry into the country on
It is here that temporary migrant workers experienced the maximum impact of the
closed border regime, with not only losing the ability to bring their overseas-based
families but also losing the ability to travel overseas for family reunions or attending
important life events like birth and deaths in the family and return to the country.
The last and probably the most unfortunate segment amongst temporary migrant
workers were the ones who were caught almost unaware on the wrong side of the
borders and were locked out of the country and slowly witnessed their valid legitimate
visas not being honoured by NZ government’s new border closure directive.
Their plight and the loss of tens of thousands of dollars invested in New Zealand
higher studies, work and paying taxes and years of efforts in building a New Zealand
life have moved many hearts and continue to raise many emotions of fellow Kiwi-
Indians and ethnic migrant communities.
Many key stakeholders in the community, including this publication, continue
to raise their voice with those in power and demand a genuine, compassionate
intervention and allow them back into the country and resurrect the Kiwi image of a
fair country with a sense of fair-go at life.
A petition has been presented to the New Zealand parliament as late as
Wednesday this week, led by a migrant advocacy group, Migrant United Council,
which complements the work of many other migrant advocacy groups within the
community, requesting a compassionate reconsideration and allowing temporary
migrants back into the country.
Probably, the opening of borders after July 31 will move the lawmakers and the
government to let bygones be bygones and let those temporary migrant workers
back into the country and have a fresh go at the dream of a Kiwi life.
Indeed, July 31 will trigger many emotions.
Although, it is less likely to have many emotional scenes of family reunion at
the airports on July 31 as previously seen when NZ first opened borders for the
vaccinated Australian travellers earlier this year after keeping borders closed for
four long months of Delta lockdown.
Since April 12 this year, the New Zealand borders have already been opened on
a staggered basis allowing a different set of travellers from different parts of the
world, particularly from visa waiver countries and those on work visas.
For the rest of the world, particularly the parents and new students who are keen
to travel to New Zealand, July 31 only means the opening of visa processing. It will
still take a couple of months, depending upon Immigration New Zealand’s ability and
intent to process different types of visas, before New Zealand can expect a new set
of travellers into the country.
It will, though, for sure go some way in contesting, if not completely erasing, the
strong world-view that New Zealand has been closed to the rest of the world right
from the onset of the global pandemic.
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IN FOCUS : Picture of the week
Haridwar:Kanwariyas gather at Har Ki Pauri ghat to collect
Holy water from the Ganga river for their pilgrimage during
the month of Shravan in Haridwar.
This week in New Zealand’s history
31 July 1843
Foundation stone laid for NZ's first purpose-built theatre
Laying the foundation stone for the Royal Victoria Theatre on Manners St,
Wellington, Alderman William Lyon welcomed the new amenity – ‘a theatre [was]
a necessary concomitant of an advanced state of civilization.’ It was a moraleboosting
event six weeks after the Wairau Affray (see 17 June) had shocked local
4 August 1923
Rail tunnel pierces the Southern Alps
The opening of the 8.5-km Ōtira tunnel completed the long-planned transalpine
railway between Christchurch and Greymouth.
4 August 1965
Cook Islands achieves self-government
First included within the boundaries of New Zealand in 1901, the islands were
governed by a Resident Commissioner until 1946. When they achieved selfgovernment,
Cook Islanders remained New Zealand citizens.
5 August 1914
New Zealand enters the First World War
Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-
Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-
Herzegovina, on 28 June 1914, Germany gave its ally Austria-Hungary a ‘blank
cheque’ to take whatever action it deemed appropriate.
5 August 1988
Cartwright Report condemns cancer treatment
The report was triggered by the publication in Metro magazine of ‘An Unfortunate
Experiment’, an article by Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle which alleged that
cervical cancer patients at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital were receiving
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Fiji depends on Aust and NZ
for human capital: Narayan
Fiji has depended heavily
on Australia and New
Zealand for human capital
to form proper educational
infrastructure that could ensure
students were equipped for the
Monash University academic
and Fiji Higher Education
Professor Paresh Narayan
said this was the reality
over the past 10 years for
Fiji and Pacific countries.
“Now 10 to 15 years ago,
we as a country, as Fijians
and as Pacific Islanders did not
quite have the human capital
to build this bridge between
a knowledge economy and
tertiary institutions,” he said.
“We depended on Australia
and New Zealand.
“That dependency has to
go because now we have
got sufficient human capital,
located in different places of
course, but we need to depend
more on Pacific islanders to
shape and build this bridge.”
He said the two countries also
had an important role to play in
equipping countries such as Fiji
to retain their people who move
away to work in Australia and
Professor Paresh Narayan attends the Inaugural Higher Education Forum 2022 at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau Nadi.
Picture: REINAL CHAND
“This is an equally important
role for Australia and New
Zealand because they take
away our five per cent of the
cream. They obviously have
a responsibility to help us
shape and replace that five
per cent in some ways through
infrastructure and curriculum
Professor Narayan added that
a group of local organisations
were taking steps to reduce
Fiji’s loss of a skilled workforce.
“There is a very small sample
Now 10 to 15 years
ago, we as a country,
as Fijians and as
did not quite have
the human capital
to build this bridge
between a knowledge
economy and tertiary
of leaders in Fiji who want to
do research including the Fiji
Higher Education Commission.
“When you look at the
leadership in these institutions
in FCCC, Reserve Bank of Fiji,
the scholarship commission and
Investment Fiji, you actually
have young people who have
educated themselves and
who want to do research and
want to make greater use
of the data to make more
informed policy decisions
which is a very positive sign.
It is going to take us to this
We have the BA.5 strain
of Omicron in the
Permanent Secretary for
Health, Doctor James Fong
says although BA.5 has the
ability to evade immune
protection against infection
induced by prior infection or
vaccination, there remains
significant protection against
severe disease. He says there
is no evidence that BA.4
and BA.5 cause more severe
disease than previous variants.
The Permanent Secretary says
this is demonstrated in our
persistently low hospitalization
data for severe diseases despite
the community-wide escalation
Dr. Fong is urging everyone
to stay up to date with their
Covid-19 vaccination, in
particular adults over the age of
50 and anyone with underlying
medical conditions should get
vaccinated and get their first
and second booster doses
when due. He says the elderly
and people with underlying
medical conditions are at
higher risk of severe Covid-19
disease so people in this group
with Covid-19 symptoms must
come forward to be tested,
put onto a monitored care
pathway by a medical provider,
and immediately brought
to the hospital if severe
symptoms are present.
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oath as 15th
Droupadi Murmu was
sworn in as India’s
15th President at an
impressive ceremony in the
packed and historic Central Hall
Droupadi Murmu took oath of
office as the 15th President of
India on Monday and created
history by being the first tribal
head of State and the second
woman to occupy the country’s
highest constitutional post.
“That I attained the post of
President is not my personal
achievement, it is the
achievement of every poor
person in India. My election is a
proof of the fact that the poor
in India can have dreams and
fulfil them too."said Madam
President after being sworn in
by Chief Justice of India (CJI)
N V Ramana at Parliament’s
Ms Murmu, who succeeds
Ram Nath Kovind, is India’s
youngest President at 64
and the first to be born after
She took her oath of office in
Hindi and in the name of God to
"preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution and the law".
“It is a tribute to the power of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday
expressed concern over what he called an
“increasing tendency of political parties” to
put their ideology or interest above the country.
Addressing an event via videoconference in
Kanpur to mark the 10th death anniversary of
former Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member
Harmohan Singh Yadav, the PM said political
parties need to be mindful that opposing a party
or an individual should not go against the country.
“Ideologies have their own place, so do political
ambitions, but the fact remains the country is
first, society is first; Rashtra Pratham,” he said.
A tendency of putting ideology and interest
before the country was gaining currency, he said.
“Many a time, the Opposition parties place
obstructions before the government because
they could not implement decisions when they
were in power. Now, when they are implemented,
they oppose. It is the duty of all political parties
that opposing a party or a person is not going
against the country,” he said.
Most political parties, particularly the non-
Congress ones, have fulfilled this thought of
keeping the country first, he added.
“During the 1971 war, the Opposition parties
India’s 15th President Droupadi Murmu signs a register after taking oath in the Central
Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, July 25, 2022.
“That I attained the post of President is not my
personal achievement, it is the achievement
of every poor person in India. My election is a
proof of the fact that the poor in India can have
dreams and fulfil them too."
our democracy that a daughter
born in a poor house in a
remote tribal area can reach
the highest constitutional
position in India. That I attained
the post of President is not
my personal achievement, it is
the achievement of every poor
person in India,” she said in her
address, marking her journey
from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj – one
of the most underdeveloped
districts in India-- to the
Former President Ram Nath
Kovind, Rajya Sabha Chairman
M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha
Speaker Om Birla and CJI
Ramana were on the dais while
other dignitaries including
‘Ideologies have their place, but the
country must come first,’ says PM
supported the government of the day and
strongly sided with the government after the
(first) Pokhran nuclear test in 1974. Then, they
came together to save democracy and the
country when the Emergency was imposed,” he
said. Paying tribute to Harmohan Singh Yadav,
the PM said the SP leader started as a gram
pradhan and reached a point where he used to
guide UP’s politics from his village. He was a
champion of farmers’ rights and fought against
the emergency, the PM added.
Friday, July 29, 2022
former President of India
Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Congress
president Sonia Gandhi and
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik seated in the front row
seat of the historic Central Hall.
Prime Minister Modi said
that Ms Murmu assuming
the Presidency is a
“watershed moment” for
the “poor,marginalised and
"In her address after taking
oath, President Droupadi Murmu
Ji gave a message of hope and
compassion. She emphasised
on India's accomplishments and
presented a futuristic vision of
the path ahead at a time when
India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit
Mahotsav,"Mr Modi said.
The day began with outgoing
President Kovind and Ms Murmu
arriving in a majestic procession
from the Rashtrapati Bhavan
to the Parliament Building,
escorted by the horse-mounted
India’s new president was
given a 21-gun salute after
which she signed the oath
register amid thunderous
applause and thumping of
Premier higher educational
institutions in the
country should look to
expand their campuses abroad,
committee has recommended
and pitched for the Indian
Institutes of Technology (IITs)
to take the lead on this front,
officials familiar with the
development said. Tasked to
prepare a framework for Indian
universities to set up campuses
abroad, the 16-member
committee — headed by the
chairman of standing committee
of IIT council, K Radhakrishnan
— was constituted by the
Union education ministry after
IIT-Delhi submitted a proposal
last year for opening centres in
Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
According to ministry
officials, the committee has
recently submitted its draft
report on “structure for
opening campuses abroad by
higher education institutions”.
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India on alert
India's fourth case of
monkeypox has been
reported in a man in national
capital Delhi who has no history
of foreign travel. The federal
health ministry has asked the
Delhi government to trace the
34-year-old's contacts, local
media has reported.
States have been asked to
carry out "close surveillance"
for the virus.
The government has also
issued preventive guidelines on
Delhi chief minister Arvind
Kejriwal said the patient in the
city is stable and recovering
from the infection.
"There is no need to panic,"
The man had travelled to
Himachal Pradesh state before
he fell ill - surveillance teams are
checking whether he could have
contracted the infection there,
or from a friend, The Indian
Express newspaper reported.
The first three cases in
India were reported from the
southern state of Kerala - all of
them had travelled to the state
recently from countries in the
Last week, the World Health
Organization (WHO) declared
the monkeypox outbreak a
global health emergency.
More than 16,000 cases have
now been reported from 75
countries, said WHO director
general Dr Tedros Adhanom
"The WHO's assessment is
that the risk of monkeypox
is moderate globally and in all
regions, except in the European
region, where we assess the
risk as high," he said.
There had been five deaths so
far as a result of the outbreak,
Premier higher educational institutes
should expand campuses abroad: Panel
The committee has strongly
supported the idea that
country’s top institutes
campuses” abroad and the
ministry of external affairs and
the Indian envoys facilitate the
process, said a senior ministry
official, requesting anonymity.
“Discussions are underway
on the draft recommendations
submitted by the committee. It
is recommended either to allow
individual institutes to set up
their campuses abroad or to do
that in collaboration with other
institutes or universities in India
or in the host country,” the
“There is discussion that the
top IITs may take the lead and
start the expansion process.”
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USAID chief says human rights, diversity part of India-US talks
USAID chief Samantha Power said
that issues such as human rights
and diversity form part of the
US administration’s dialogue with the
Indian government, especially at a time
of “headwinds in the face of freedoms”
in many parts of the world.
Power, who was on a three-day visit to
India to advance the bilateral strategic
partnership and to discuss the global
food crisis, was responding to a question
at a news conference on the US not
raising such issues with India in view of
New Delhi’s importance in countering
Europe and the Americas have
been affected the most by
the monkeypox outbreak,
Director General of the World Health
Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus told journalists.
These two regions have
reported 95 per cent
of the diagnosed
cases, he said,
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to the WHO from
More than 70 per
cent of these came
from the European region
and 25 per cent from the
Americas, he said.
He said that 98 per cent of the
reported cases have been among men
who have sex with men, stressing that
stigma and discrimination can be "as
dangerous as any virus and can fuel the
"As we have seen with COVID-19
misinformation," it can spread rapidly
online, he said, "so we call on social
media platforms, tech companies
and news organizations to work with
us to prevent and counter harmful
Last Saturday, the WHO officially
declared monkeypox a public health
emergency of international concern
(PHEIC). A PHEIC is the highest level
of alert that the United Nations (UN)
regional challenges such as China. There
are “headwinds in the face of freedoms
in many, many parts of the world”, and
India’s civil society, its free press, free
speech and free association are worthy
of emulation by other countries, she
said. “So, it is incredibly important in this
country and in the US for human rights
to be respected, for diversity to be
celebrated, and of course, that is part
of the dialogue that we have with the
Indian government. It is also something
we are struggling with back in the US,”
she said. Power described India as an
Europe, US worst
for 95% of the
cases, says WHO
health body can give.
The WHO has been
urging countries to
take the monkeypox
by taking the steps
needed to stop
groups. "The best
way to do that is
to reduce the risk of
exposure and make safe
choices," he said.
"For men who have sex
with men, this includes, for the
moment, reducing your number of
sexual partners, reconsidering sex with
new partners, and exchanging contact
details with any new partners to enable
follow-up if needed."
Meanwhile, Canada, the European
Union and the US have already approved
the vaccine called MVA-BN (Modified
Vaccinia Ankara - Bavarian Nordic)
for use against monkeypox, and two
other vaccines are also being assessed.
However, due to the lack of data on
the effectiveness and dosage of the
vaccines, the WHO currently does not
recommend mass vaccination against
It also urges all countries that
are administering such vaccines to
collect and share critical data on their
“absolutely critical actor” in the Indo-
Pacific and all over the world, and said
“India’s leadership beyond its borders”
draws on the lessons and dynamism that
it shows at home.
“There’s no question that a major
source of India’s strength has been the
potency and vibrancy of its civil society,
the pluralism, the debates that have
occurred here over so many decades...
the rollicking media debates,” she added.
In a speech on the theme “The world
is one family”, which was delivered
before the news conference, Power said
India has been positioned as a future
development leader because of its
values, and not just its assets.
“It has been India’s multiethnic,
multiparty democracy that has allowed
it to withstand the challenges it has
faced and come out ahead stronger and
more resilient,” she said in her speech.
“It has been its support for free
expression over decades that has
allowed injustices to come to light. It
has been its tolerance for diversity and
dissent that has allowed reforms to take
hold, and institutions to progress.
Aust inflation hits 21-year high
Australia has recorded its highest
rate of inflation in more than 20
years, with consumers paying
more for everything.
According to data released by the
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
on Wednesday, the Consumer Price
Index rose by 1.8 per cent in the June
quarter and 6.1 per cent over the last
12 months. It is the highest figure since
2001 and the second-highest quarterly
increase since the Goods and Services
Tax (GST) was introduced in 2000.
Automotive fuel prices rose by 32.1
per cent in the 12 months to June and
the price of new houses by 20.3 per
cent. "Shortages of building supplies and
labour, high freight costs and ongoing
high levels of construction activity
continued to contribute to price rises
for newly built dwellings," said Michelle
Marquardt, head of Prices Statistics
at the ABS. "The CPI's automotive
fuel series reached a record level for
the fourth consecutive quarter. Fuel
prices rose strongly over May and June,
following a fall in April due to the fuel
The cost of vegetables rose by 7.3
per cent in the June quarter alone and
that of fruit by 3.7 per cent as a result
of catastrophic flooding across much of
the east coast earlier this year.
The ABS said the supply chain
disruptions due to flooding events,
labour shortages, and rising freight
costs contributed to higher prices.
Responding to the data, Treasurer Jim
Chalmers warned it would "get tougher"
for Australians "before it gets easier"
towards the end of 2022.
Chalmers will on Thursday deliver a
ministerial statement on the economy
to Parliament, which he said would be
"It is not news to millions of Australians
who feel its inflation challenge, every
time they go to the supermarket and
every time the bills arrive," he said.
"This inflation outcome today mirrors
the lived experience of Australians who
are doing it tough right now."
Friday, July 29, 2022
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Boys are young, but played maturely: Shikhar
Dhawan after series win over West Indies
Following his side's 119-
Pooran was next up on crease. Pooran for 42 off 32 balls after
run win over West Indies
The 12th over was bowled by being caught by Dhawan at
in the third and final ODI,
pacer Prasidh Krishna and it mid-on.
Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan
said that the young players
turned out to be expensive,
with Pooran-King smashing four
boundaries in it collectively.
Thakur gave another jolt to
the hosts, sending back Akael
Hosein for just one run after
Top bowling spells from
It was spinner Axar Patel who skipper Dhawan took another
spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and
pacers Mohammed Siraj and
gave India their fourth wicket,
removing King, who was looking
great catch. There was not
much batting left with the
Shardul Thakur helped India
threatening. He had scored Windies except for Holder, who
crush West Indies by 119 runs
in the rain-hit third and final ODI
of the series here at Queen's
42 off 37 balls before he was
trapped leg before wicket by
needed to pull off something
really great to guide his team
to a consolation win.
Park Oval on Thursday.
Keacy Carty was next up Things continued to go
"I feel the boys are young, but
on the crease. Pooran's game downhill for Windies, with Paul
they played maturely. The way
became more attacking, dismissed for a duck by Chahal
India win ODI series against West Indies
they handled themselves on the
smashing Deepak Hooda for a after he was caught by Thakur
field, really proud of them. Very match presentation.
delivered timely blows to their four and a six and Axar for a at point while attempting to
good signs for us. I am quite India has completed a clean opponent.
four as well. The duo took the reverse sweep. Holder was
pleased with my form, I have sweep of 3-0 over the hosts. Chasing 257, West Indies hosts to the 100-run mark at running out of partners at this
been playing this format since India can walk away with a lot got off a nightmarish start, end of 18 overs, with Pooran point, now joined by Hayden
a long time. I was happy with of positives after this match losing opener Kyle Mayers and being the aggressor.
Walsh. Walsh was the ninth
the way I played that knock, in as their batting was great, Shamarh Brooks in the second Shardul Thakur broke the 29- wicket down at a score of 137
the first ODI. And even today, lead from the front by openers over to pacer Mohammed Siraj. run stand between the duo, after being caught by Dhawan
happy with my peformance. Shikhar Dhawan (58) and Following this, opener Shai bowling out Carty for just five at slips.
The way he scored those 98 Shubman Gill (98*). Setting Hope and Brandon King resumed runs off 17 balls. At this point, Jayden Seales was the last
runs, it was amazing to watch. a target of 257 in 35 overs the chase for the hosts. They half of Windies line up was back player dismissed, sent back
The way all the boys responded, after the match was hit by rain, both maintained solid running in the hut at 103.
to pavilion by Chahal. Windies
it was pretty amazing. We feel Windies batters never looked between the wickets. King Jason Holder was the next were bundled out for 137. They
lucky to come here, we are as if they were in the game was the aggressor during the batter to arrive on the crease. had lost the match by 119 runs
thankful to the crowd. They as Indian bowlers feasted on partnership. Hope-King added The all-rounder was making and India had completed a 3-0
make us more popular. I am them. The hosts fell prey to a 47 runs to their stand before his return to white-ball cricket clean sweep in the series.
proud of our bowling unit, they world-class bowling attack with the former was stumped by after a while and had a task Chahal finished as the leading
gave hundred percent. The way their careless shot selection. wicketkeeper-batter Sanju in hand to build a solid stand bowler for India with 4/17.
Siraj took those two wickets, Chahal (4/17), Siraj (2/14) and Samson for 22 off 33 balls on with his skipper. Prasidh finally Siraj and Thakur also took two
and the way Shardul and others Thakur (2/17) were extremely a delivery by spinner Yuzvendra got his first wicket of the day, wickets. Krishna and Axar got
bowled," said Dhawan at post-
economic with the ball and Chahal. Captain Nicholas dismissing the danger man one scalp each.
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Healthy cooking every day
& Easy Tips
A collection of recipes from Gujarati cuisine that are not just easy but also delicious to cook and
eat. If you are a lover of Gujarati food but don't know how to cook the cuisine, try out recipes
from this amazing list. Gujarati recipes are known for its hearty and flavourful breakfast recipes.
Saragva nu lot valu shaak
(Drumsticks cooked in curd curry)
• 2 Drumstick, cut into pieces and
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 3 Curry leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds/ Til
• 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds / jeera
• 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds / rai
• 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
• 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
• 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
• 1/2 cup Curd
• 1/2 cup besan / gram flour
• Salt to taste
• Make yogurt paste by combining
yogurt with gram flour, turmeric,
asafoetida, red chili powder and salt.
Add 1.5 cup water and beat until
thick lumpfree batter is prepared.
• Heat little oil and roast yogurt
mixture. Stir till mixture thickens.
• Add steamed drumsticks to mixture.
Cover and cook for few minutes.
Adjust taste with salt.
• Stir. Add seasoning / tadka made
of hot oil and fried mustard seeds,
cumin seeds, sesame seeds and curry
• Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve
Saragva (Shing) Nu Lotvalu Shaak
along with Phulka.
Dhokla is one of the specialities of Gujarati cuisine and is enjoyed as a snack.
This is an easy-to-make snack recipe that can be prepared anytime and is best
enjoyed with tempered or pan-fried green chillies.
• 1 cup gram flour
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon refined oil
• 1 teaspoon mustard
• 11/2 cup water
• 1 3/4 teaspoon lemon
• 3/4 teaspoon baking
• 15 curry leaves
• 1 teaspoon coconut
• For Garnishing
• 4 sliced green chilli
• 1 handful coriander
• To prepare this
Dhokla recipe, take
a glass bowl and add
gram flour, salt, water,
lemon juice and baking
soda in it.
• Mix well all these
• Allow the batter to
ferment for 1-2 hours.
• In the meantime,
pour boiled water
in a steamer and
grease the utensil
• Pour the dhokla batter
in the utensil and cook
on low flame for 15-20
• Check with knife after
15 minutes by inserting
it inside the dhokla.
• If the knife comes out
clean, remove it from
• Allow the dish to cool
and then cut into
• For the tempering,
heat another pan with
oil in it over moderate
flame. Once the oil is
sufficiently hot, add
mustard seeds, curry
leaves and vertically
sliced green chilli. Add
1/2 cup of water in the
pan and allow it to boil.
• On 2-3 boils, squeeze
1/2 lemon, add sugar
and green coriander
leaves. If you are
someone who likes
it spicy you can add
some finely chopped
green chilies to the top
• You can also make
Dhokla sandwich by
layer Dhokla and adding
your favourite sauce to
it. Turn off the heat
and pour the tempering
on the dhokla.
• Transfer the dish to a
serving bowl and serve
it with green coriander
• Khaman Dhokla is best
enjoyed when paired
with Faafda and Jalebi.
• Try this delicious snack
recipe at home with your
family and friends.
Methi Ka Thepla
How Flour kneaded with methi, ginger,
chilies, herbs and yogurt and made
into crisp paranthas.
• 2 Cups Atta
• 2 Tbsp Oil
• 1 Tbsp Dried Methi
• 2 tsp Salt
• 2 tsp Ginger and Green Chillies (make paste)
• 1 tsp Garlic
• 2 tsp Coriander Powder
• 1 cup chana dal
• 1 cup toor daal
• salt as required
• refined oil as required
• 1 cup finely chopped tomato
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste
• 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
• 1 1/2 dry red chili
• 1 cup moong dal
• 3 cup water
• 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste
• 12 pinch asafoetida
• 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
• To make this recipe, take a bowl and add
chana dal, moong dal, toor dal. Wash them
well and soak for one hour. Once done,
drain the water and transfer the lentils in a
• Add turmeric powder and required amount
• Pressure cook the dal for 5-7 whistles or
until they becomes tender. Then, mash the
Rice flour khichu
Craving for a lip-smacking recipe?
Try out Rice Flour Khichu, made with
boiled rice flour, green chilies, cumin
seeds and sesame seeds to give you
a brilliant combination of amazing
• 2 tablespoon peanut oil
• 2 1/4 cup rice flour
• 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
• 2 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies
• 1 ounce finely chopped spring onions
• salt as required
• 1/7 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 3 1/3 cup water
How to make Rice Flour Khichu
• To prepare this recipe, take a pan and place
it on medium flame. Add enough water
along with sesame seeds, cumin seeds,
• 1 tsp Sugar
• To knead Yogurt
• As needed Water
• Take all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
• Knead the ingredients well with yogurt and
• Make thin paranthas out of the dough.
• Cook the paranthas from both sides, over
high flame till greenish brown.
• Serve hot.
lentil. Now, take a pan over medium flame
and heat oil in it.
• Once heated, add cumin seeds, when it
starts crackling add dry red chilli, asafoetida
powder, ginger and garlic paste. Saute them
for few seconds.
• Next, add chopped tomatoes and stir the
• Add red chili powder and saute again for
another 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes
becomes soft. Once done, transfer the
cooked lentils in the mixture along with
water and salt. Mix them well and simmered
for 7 minutes.
• Add lime juice and chopped coriander
leaves. Stir for another few minutes and turn
off the flame.
• Your Trevti Dal is ready.
• Serve hot with pulao or chapati.
chopped green chilies, baking soda and salt
according to your taste and boil the mixture
for the next 10-12 minutes.
• Now, add the rice flour and stir, as to prevent
any lumps. Cover the mixture with a lid
and let cook for another two minutes. Add
peanut oil and keep stirring occasionally.
• Transfer Rice Flour Khichu in a serving dish
and enjoy. Normally, Khichu is prepared
with these simple ingredient mentioned
above but you can even add vegetables and
cashews as per your choice.
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Movie Review: Shamshera
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U. PRASHANTH NAYAK
1 Star out of 5 (Poor)
Director: Karan Malhotra
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani
Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt
Hindi (English subtitles
available), Release 22/7/22
K.G.F PART 3
Welcome to Kapoor
Gold Fields! Only this
feels like you’ve seen
two movies like this before, with
Part 3 adding to the torture.
Do you remember the time
when you watched a movie
in a fog of sheer boredom,
with tantalizing visions of
when you could walk out into
the sun or driving rain when
the show is over?
This is the umpteenth
such flick in the third year
of the pandemic, and you
thought mankind’s suffering
was almost over.
There were a dozen people
in the entire theater for a
weekend afternoon show, and
it is a tribute to the everlasting
resilience of Aucklanders that
those brave dozen remained
till the end (somebody
It’s his third nod as the
Best Actor at the National
Film Awards after Zakhm
(1998) and The Legend of
Bhagat Singh (2002).
And at this stage in his
career, Ajay Devgn isn’t
consciously working for
awards, they happen to be a
This time, it’s for his period
drama Tanhaji - The Unsung
Warrior(2020), which costarred
his wife Kajol, Saif Ali
Khan, and Sharad Kelkar.
In an exclusive conversation
after the awards were
announced, he starts off by
thanking and congratulating
others, “I thank all of you for
your best wishes.
I have the highest regard for
the National Awards. And, I’m
humbled and happy to receive
my third mention as Best
Kashmera Shah has talked about
nepotism in her new interview.
She has said that she doesn't like
people talking about nepotism and that
‘it doesn't matter’ if someone is talented.
She also said that if her sons, Rayaan and
Krishaang will make their film debut then
that will be because it is in their blood
and not because of nepotism.
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co-star Kashmera Shah thanks him on 25
years at movies
Kashmera made her acting debut with
1996 film Yes Boss. The film starred Shah
Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla. She later
appeared in several films such as Koi
Kisi Se Kam Nahin, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha,
Hindustan Ki Kasam, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho
should make a movie on
their impossible adventure).
Budgeted at Rs.150 crore,
news reports indicate roughly
the same attendance pattern
as above in 4000 theatres the
movie has released in, indicating
a box office bomb so big that
the great Shamshera himself
could not have detonated such
‘Shamshera’s plot and set
design has a lot of similarities
to ‘K.G.F’, which unfortunately
consequences for the audience.
Ranbir Kapoor portrays the
legendary ‘Shamshera’ – a born
again super-champion in Britishmisruled
Actor. My congratulations to
Sooriya (who shared the Best
Actor award with Devgn) and
all the other winners of the
various categories,” he says.
Do such big honours make
him feel an added sense
of responsibility , both as
an actor and filmmaker (he
There are no towns or cities
here, just open hinterland
and dungeon-like citadels.
Shamshera is the leader of
the ‘Khameran’ tribe who are
unwittingly thrown into a jaillike
fortress by the conniving
colonial invaders, and further
brutalized by a devious officer
Shuddh Singh who is keen on
being consistently Satanic
towards people of his own land.
You can’t kill Shamshera – he
will rise from the dead and fly
through the alley-ways and hills
A lot of gold has been agreed
upon as ransom to free his
people, and that is enough
for the hero to embark on
& box office
pressure or a
greater sense of
responsibility at this
stage of my career.
I’ve completed 30 years
in Indian cinema. Surely that
must stand for something.
After a point, responsibility
is there through & through.
Cinema is my lifeline,” quips
His first reaction, upon
Jaaye, Aur Pappu Pass Ho Gaya and many
Kashmera said, “If someone talks
against Bollywood or talks about
nepotism, I take that personally because
I am a living proof of the fact that
nepotism never matters. I was good and
hence I got work, thereby helping me
shine in this industry. Hence, I don’t like
people talking against it.”
Kashmera, who directed and produced
2019 film Marne Bhi Do Yaaron, also
spilled beans on her next directorial
project Shriman Aishwarya Rai.
Talking about it, she said, “It’s also
about friendship and the film industry.
I got tired of people talking against the
industry. I wanted to advocate that in
awesome adventures, where
he scrawls his name in red in
the Devanagari script wherever
he’s laid siege, while his people
await their saviour.
The first one hour is the
worst – as though a ten-yearold
scribbled an action fantasy.
The story strokes are so
broad you could fit India, Britain,
Pakistan and Bangladesh within
those lines (not that the
film’s ersatz geography will
give you any idea where you
are). Looking for the action
sequences to have originality
Dream on. Except for a smart
hiding place in a marriage scene,
most other scenes are such
routine attack and escapade,
that ‘Tom & Jerry’ seems far
superior. Ranbir’s romance with
Vaani Kapoor is cookie-cutter
drivel, with the only person
enjoying here being the hero
himself who gets to hug a nearly
nude heroine in a pool. You
love over-melodramatic crying
and rending and fake emotions
where the actual script leaves
Ajay Devgn on his third National Award for Best
Actor: I have the highest regard for these awards
& box office
pressure or a greater
sense of responsibility
at this stage
of my career."
hearing the news, was this:
“I smiled, said a thank you to
someone up there and folded
my hands in a namaste.
"Then, I silently thanked
In a business as unpredictable
as films, Tanhaji was one of
the rare examples of a film
which ran in theatres for
weeks, got a terrific word-ofmouth
and that translated into
box office collections.
Devgn has a reason for it,
“Tanhaji upheld the balance of
good writing, clear storytelling,
sincere performances, grand
VFX, good costumes, great
music and vision.
That’s perhaps why the
film struck the right balance
and cut across barriers. I
congratulate my director Om
Raut, my creative team &
each of my co-actors.”
Kashmera Shah calls herself 'living proof that nepotism never
matters': ‘I was good and got a chance’
this industry friendship is very important
and people do care for each other.
People get work for being good artists,
and not for being somebody’s sons or
daughters. The latter also happens. But
that doesn't matter. If my sons become
an actor tomorrow then will you guys
call it nepotism? Acting and dancing is in
their blood so they might do that.
you stone-cold ? You’ve come
to the right place.
Ranbir Kapoor continues
his superstar knack (Bombay
Velvet, Sanju) of periodically
selecting big budget pictures
that mock taste and shock
expectations. Sanjay Dutt pulls
role No.100 as another scruffy,
rasping, nefarious creep.
The songs are forgettable
while the cinematography, as is
director Karan Malhotra’s yen,
is good with two sequences
standing out – a shot zooming
up a giant tree, and another in
a train attack sequence.
What Malhotra is yet to
show is the ability to find a
good script, to display more
directorial focus and a higher
level of directorial vision rather
than the same hare-brained
How can he when one of
India’s biggest production
houses Yash Raj Films merrily
agrees to bankroll a sleepwalker
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Ratna Pathak Shah
says India's turning
conservative: ‘Do you
want to be Saudi?’
Actor Ratna Pathak Shah has
spoken about India moving
towards becoming an
'extremely conservative society'
and asked if we want to become
like Saudi Arabia. In a new interview,
Ratna said that firstly a conservative
society clamps down on its women.
She also said that India could become
like Saudi Arabia as it's 'very very
Ratna spoke about how women in
the 21st century are still observing
age-old traditions like Karwa Chauth.
It is a Hindu ritual in which a woman
fasts and prays for her husband's long
life. She also said that she was asked
for the first time last year if she will
fast for her husband. Ratna has been
married to actor Naseeruddin Shah
for 40 years. They have two sons
Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah.
Ratna said, "Nothing has changed
for women, or very little has changed
in very crucial areas...Our society is
becoming extremely conservative.
We're becoming superstitious, we're
being forced into accepting and
making religion a very important part
of one's life.
She also said, "We are moving
towards an extremely conservative
society. The first thing a
conservative society does is clamp
down on its women.
Look at all the conservative
societies in this world. Women are
the ones who are most affected.
What's the scope of women in Saudi
Arabia? Do we want to become like
And we will become because
it's very very convenient. Women
provide a lot of unpaid labour within
the home. If you have to pay for that
labour, who will do it? Women are
forced into that situation."
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