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‘Girmit’ saga goes on... “Girmitiyas” or Indentured Labourers, is the name given the Indians who left India in the middle and late 19th Century to serve as labourers in the British colonies, where the majority eventually settled. GIRMIT is a corrupt form of the English word “Agreement”. A labour emigrating under the Agreement or Girmit was a “Girmitiya”.

The British and other European colonial powers started the Indian indenture system in 1838, as a cheap source of labour to their colonies after African slavery was abolished in 1833. Under this system, some 1.2 million Indians were displaced from India to the colonies between 1838 and 1916. In North India, there was great popular resistance to emigration and it was difficult to obtain recruits, especially women. They were a fair cross-section of village castes, had been driven by economic pressure or alienation from kin, and enlisted to secure high wages, with the intention of returning to India. The areas of recruitment were determined by economic, and, secondarily, by cultural factors. Most of the 60,965 emigrants came from the Gangetic plain, but 25% were recruited in Madras, where there was less resistance to emigration. The contracts of the indentured labourers required them to work in Fiji for a certain period of time as specified in their agreements. After 5 years of Girmit, they were free to return to India at their own expense. Some 60,500 Indians were transported to Fiji between 1879 and 1916 when the transportation of indentured Indian labourers was finally stopped. The indenture system itself was abolished in 1921. After a further five years of work as an indentured labourer were given the choice of returning to India at their own expense or remain in Fiji. The great majority opted to stay because

they could not afford to return under the low pay (even in many instances they were denied paid wages) of the British government or were refused to be sent back. After the expiry of their girmits, many leased small plots of land from Fijians and developed their own sugarcane fields or cattle farms. Others went into business in the towns that were beginning to spring up. The indenture system had two positive effects on subsequent generations. Firstly the need for people of different castes to live work and eat together led to an end of caste system. Furthermore, shortage of females resulted in many marrying outside their caste. Another positive was the development of a new koiné language, known as Fiji Hindi that was formed from different languages and dialects of India. The speakers of these languages originated from different regions in India that

supplied a lot of labourers. Music too, was important, with a distinct Fiji Hindi culture that some commentators have described as a forerunner to both bangla and jazz. For the most part, these people came from in certain rural or village areas. The language was further heavily enriched by the inclusion of many Fijian and English words. The language is now the mother tongue of majority Fiji Indians and is the lingua franca of not only all the Fiji Indians but also of all Fijian communities where ethnic Indians are in a majority. Indo Fijians are concentrated in the Sugar Belt and in cities and towns on the northern and western coasts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu; their numbers are much scarcer in the south and inland areas. The majority of Fijian Indians came from northern part of India and converse in what is known as the Fiji Hindi language that has been

coined from the eastern Hindi dialects mixed with some native Fijian and small numbers of English words,(26) with some minorities speaking Gujarati, and Punjabi, and a very few speaks Tamil as their mother tongue with less fluency.(27) Almost all Indians are also fluent in English. According to the 1996 census (the latest available), 76.7% of Indians are Hindus and a further 15.9% are Muslims. Christians comprise 6.1% of the Indian population, while about 0.9% are members of the Sikh faith. The remaining 0.4% are mostly nonreligious.

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Events Rotary Club - Papatoetoe Organizing Fund raiser night Rotary Central Papatoetoe Club is part of district 9920 in New Zealand and was established in 2015. Rotary, as we all know is a well- established organization all around the world, where likeminded people come together to serve the community. Rotary members have always been contributing to community by putting their time and physical efforts and through their fund-raising endeavors. Rotary supports large number of projects both internationally and locally. To accomplish these projects the Club requires generous donations of philanthropic members of the business community. This year Rotary Papatoetoe Central Club is organizing a dinner event on 2nd June 2018 as INDIAN DIASPORA NIGHT with aim to raise a fund of up to $50,000.00 Apart from raising around $50,000 for four charities-Rotary Foundation, Cancer Society of New Zealand, St. John’s Ambulance and Starship Hospital, Club also plans to acknowledge and applaud the achievements of Indian origin Kiwis, who have excelled in various field in New Zealand. Rotary Papatoetoe meet every

Monday in Manukau and welcomes new members who are keen to serve and support community through various projects taken by club. Auckland region it also has our pacific countries clubs as its member, this make District 9920 a very diverse Culturally Rich district. Rotary Papatoetoe central club is known for being a culturally rich Club where it members Join club not only to serve selflessly community but at same time to build strong friendship, Harmony and relationship among own members and enjoy every project with lot of Fun and entertainment. In short span of 3 years PAPATOETOE club has done various projects such as raising around $3,000 for Fiji cyclone victims, planting trees with Auckland Council support, distributing food bags during Christmas and organizing Girmit Night fund raiser function. Rotary, the world’s Oldest and Biggest charity organization has supported projects such as Eradication of Polio and Eradication of Poverty that has brought Global change and has also made great impact in wellbeing of world community.

Local talents, all set to ‘Rock On’ Aucklanders Over the last decade, UA International has dished out some of the best concerts of the Indian music genre to the audiences of Auckland. This year they’ll be organizing the third edition of their brand - “ROCK ON”, on Friday 22nd June at Dorothy Winston Centre, having previously done two successful events in Rock On 2013 and 2014. The concert will feature, the extremely talented singer/performer who is also an Auckland favorite – Avish Sharma, as the main act. Avish is known all around the world for his melodious voice and an excellent stage presence, having gathered more than 3.3 million channel views on YouTube and other social media platforms for his renditions of popular Bollywood songs. He will be joined by some of the best singers in Auckland - Bhavana Suroshi Kadam, Guncha Singh, Shweta Divekar Shirsat and Hemant Shrisat along with a full band of musicians, as the group puts together some power-packed performances for the music lovers of Auckland. Songs will be performed from recent mega-hit albums which were -

Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as well as classics such as Chaiyya Chaiyya, Ab ke sawan aise barse, Dil se re and more! All performed with arrangements in the manner of shows like Coke Studio and MTV Unplugged. It is sure to be a rocking night that Auckland may have never witnessed before, so mark your dates now, you don’t want to miss out! For information on sponsorships and tickets, please contact: Umesh Sharma on 021 1111 05

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Politics New Zealand People’s Party

Looking for the Next Generation of Problem-Solvers in New Zealand. Millennials are now the largest generation in the country and the biggest cohort in the workforce. They are revitalizing cities, downtowns and reorienting entire systems and society in the process. They are also reshaping the culture, politics and work environments of the places they live.

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Labour’s Pre-budget pains Next week Finance Minister Grant Robertson will deliver his first Budget and the country’s books are looking healthy. Mr Robertson inherited from National a growing economy and Government books in surplus, so there should be plenty of cash for this government.

will assess the impact of this ArdernPeters Government’s low-growth policies. Grant Robertson has no plan to continue New Zealand’s recent economic growth and independent economists are already saying economic growth could halve in 18 months as a result.

In addition, Mr Robertson is increasing debt by $10 billion, getting increased revenue from the growing economy, and introducing a whole lot of new taxes. All up, he’s got $34 billion to spend over the next four years.

The Government’s recent announcement to cap dairy herds is political grandstanding. We have already seen them blind-side the oil and gas industry by drastically cutting exploration and now they’re doing the same to the dairy industry. There is no analysis, no consultation - they have no plan.

Budgets are about priorities. It’s hard to be sympathetic to this Government arguing it does not have enough money for universal cheaper GP visits for hard working families, when it has already spent $2.8 billion on free university for first year law and accounting students and nearly a billion dollars in foreign affairs and an embassy in Sweden for Winston Peters. When National left office last year, the economy was in great shape with high business confidence and low unemployment. Soon the Treasury

Environmental improvements are only achieved by governments working together with industry to improve how things are done. The National Government set very specific national limits on nitrates, phosphorous, E. coli, algae and ammonia through the National Policy Statements we put in place in 2014 and 2017. National’s actions put limits on diary conversions in sensitive catchments and is progressively being rolled out by regional councils. In 2017 we agreed with farmers a plan for 56,000km of fencing along waterways over 12 years to come into effect from December 2017 - which this new Government has failed to act on. Farmers play a massive part in creating and investing in solutions to improve the way they operate. Unfortunately, it’s now clear this Ardern-Peters Government is out to punish them – in fact the Minister for Agriculture himself said this government is “no friend to the farmer”. The Government fails to realise how important food production is to our economy. However, our communities, whether rural or urban

areas, understand we are all in this together. Labour’s real problem is they promised too much. Now these huge spending promises to both voters and their coalition parties are coming home to roost. This Ardern-Peters Government is very fortunate we left the books in such great shape. But with their current raid on the regions, I am not confident that by 2020 the books will be looking as strong. And that means less money for your family, as well as the health and education services we all need.

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Golden Years of Old Age A highly motivational workshop was organized by Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in collaboration with Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (hereafter referred as “GOPIO NZ”) on 28 April 2018, at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall. The event witnessed the participation of around 200 senior members and was graced by the presence of many dignitaries.

The grand finale of the event was a lavish spread of sumptuous lunch served by Bhartiya Samaj to everyone present there. The event was yet another milestone achieved by Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in their efforts to socially engage the community.

The meeting started with the usual practice of offering prayers and seeking blessings followed by birthday wishes to share the moments of happiness. The workshop was presented by a renowned psychologist Dr. Prakash Grover aimed to educate the seniors on how best senior citizens can utilize their golden years and lead a stress free life. A very strong emphasis was laid on the importance of having peers and friends to overcome isolation. He emphasized that death is inevitable so why sit and worry, instead make life more blissful by cherishing each and every moment of your life. This inspiring workshop not only enlightened the souls but also motivated the seniors to live positively. A video was shown to reinforce the learning.

A special thanks to GOPIO NZ Auckland Central President, Ms Shefali Mehta and other team members for facilitating this workshop. Also, special thanks to Joan Lardner-Rivlin from Auckland Council Seniors Panel, Anne-Marie Coury from Puketapapa Local Board and Asian Liasion officer Ms. Jessica Phuang from NZ Police, including Dr Prakash Grover for gracing this event.

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Dance with Bollywood songs, stay fit

City-based Bollywood dance school Aaja Nachle has hosted an innovative step to combine fitness with dance steps. The very first session of its Bolly fitness class was organised at Mount Roskill Youth Zone on Sunday 6th of May. The ‘Bolly fitness’ class include dance steps which are intended to maintain body fitness through dance. Bollyfitness is a mix of dance cardio, Bollywood and Indian classical dance. It is perfect for anyone wanting to start the weekend with a few funky moves along with lots of like-minded friends.

“The class aims to give awareness about fitness that can accomplish through dance steps,” said Ishara Dhambagolla, Mount Roskill Aaja Nachle Team leader to The Indian News. We want to introduce Bollywood dance to a lot of people who are not aware of it and want to bring their involvement in this art form, she added. The ‘Bolly fitness’ session witnessed participation of 15 members from the locality. All the participants were excited to explore this innovative way of dancing. “ I love dancing, and

it is one of my favourite hobbies. But here aim trying something different, dance with fitness. I like it” Said Pallavi Ahinave, one of the participants. A few Bolly wood fans were excited to dance along with their favourite Bollywood songs. “I love Bollywood songs hence I am excited to dance with my beloved

songs,” Said Aditi Grovi, another participant. ‘Bolly fitness classes’ are open to all age groups and it doesn’t need any experience. Bolly fitness classes will be hosted by Aaja Nachle team on every Saturday in Botany and Sundays at

Mount Roskill. Aaja Nachle is a citybased Bollywood Dance School, which is specialised in Bollywood, Indian Classical Fusion and Fitness classes for kids, teens and adults. The school conducts dance performance in various events across the City.

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Community Mothers day solicitude of Kiwi Indian moms Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, is an occasion that celebrates motherhood. On this day people across the across the globe celebrate motherhood. On this beautiful day, The Indian News has spoken to a few ‘ Kiwi Indian’ mothers to check how they bring their New Zealand born Kids in their culture and tradition. 61 years old mother Lucy Joseph is a proud mother of three children and the Grandmother of Eleanor Elizabeth. Lucy, who stays at Hamilton is glad that her three children are familiar with their culture and mother tongue. “When we migrated to New Zealand, I always had an intention to bring my kids in our culture and tradition. Hence me and my husband always used our mother tongue in the house specially communication with our children. Hence my kids have good command over our mother tongue. In addition, we used to visit India every year and that helped my children to get familiarise with our family and culture “ said Lucy. Lucy suggests parents can bring their kids in their culture by showing them how our culture is . Their family used to sit together for dinner and for the evening prayer. Even though her two Sons are working in Auckland, on every weekend, they visit their parents. “ I am delighted that I bought my children in our culture and tradition. “ Presently I am bringing my granddaughter in our tradition” Said Lucy Ambily Arun Kumar, a City based techie, has a different point of view. She believes that her five years old son Aarav Dev should grow in Kiwi culture. “ I let him follow New Zealand culture and language as any Kiwi kid would do. This is important as he shouldn't feel as an outsider while growing up here.” Said Ambily . However along with Kiwi culture she also familiarise Aarav with Indian culture through food , language, festivals etc. As a mother, she suggests that either of the cultures should not be imposed on her child forcefully and she is giving him the space to

embrace multi-cultures naturally. “It is important for me to have my son being able to explore the various cultures and religions organically, not because he's born in a particular race or country. I find Auckland, being a great example of multi-cultured city, as an ideal place to bring up a kid.” She added Shruthi Shah , a young mother from North Shore is not worried about her son five year old Anand ‘s future since she has been bringing him in her culture and tradition. “We always cook Indian food in our home since I am not familiar with English Cuisine and we always try to speak with him in our language,” Said Shruthi. Shruthi is proud that her child can speak her mother tongue Gujarathi and father’s mother tongue Hindi. She has been trying to teach Anand the values and traditions of her culture. Recently my mother came to Auckland. When he saw my mother at the airport, he fell on her feet for the blessing” Says proud mother, Shruthi . Shruthi admits that she has been finding time from her busy work schedule to interact with her child and that helped him a lot to learn her culture. She says this is the right time to give the foundation to her child about his culture and tradition. Dayana Jojo a nursing professional from Kelston has different plans for her 2.5 years old son Evan. Dayana and her husband Jojo is planning to send their Kid Evan to India with their parents for a short span of time. She believes that it could help her child to learn more about Indian culture and tradition. “ I want to enrol my son in one of the prominent play schools of my hometown. It will help him to learn our mother tongue and culture. Also, he will also get familiar with his grandparents and relatives.” Said Dayana. Dayana admits that it is arduous to get separated from her kid, but she believes that it is necessary to do so to bring her kid in Indian culture. “ "Once he joins New Zealand school, soon he will pick up the language and culture “ She added.

Thulasi Iyer says that for Mother’s Day, her two boys Vishwas and Taresh woke up early and spent the morning cooking a fancy feast to surprise her. There’s no better gift than that for a mother, more precious than anything in this world. It was the best Mother’s Day for me says she says beaming with pride. Whenever I think of this sweet moment, it is sure to bring a smile to my face.



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A slice of Haven right under our nose As we reported in our previous issue, Westhaven Marina Open Day always attracts a strong turnout of Aucklanders and their families. This year also was no exception and was blissfully favoured by beautiful weather. Hundreds of curious people turned up to know about marina and wanted to find out more about boating and other facilities available. Westhaven Marina, was built in 1940 even before the Harbour Bridge existed, is one of the three owned by Panuku Development Auckland on behalf of Auckland Council, which is charged with implementing the Westhaven Plan. First published in 2013, the Westhaven Plan details 12 key projects that aim to both create and maintain a world class marina and also to open up the spaces around the Westhaven for the Aucklanders to enjoy. This include the very popular Westhaven Promenade to which everyone is welcome to visit and explore. Westhaven Marina is one of the biggest marinas in the world, actually it’s world’s fifth largest and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and it is the heart of boating in Auckland. There are nearly 2,000 vessels of all types, four yacht clubs, several sailing schools and it is the hub of Auckland’s marine industries. There are many opportunities to become involved in boating, even if you don’t have your own boat. So, you can book a ticket on a charter boat at the ‘Z’ pier charter base for a day’s fishing. Operators such as Red

Boats can offer fishing trips and cruises for less than $50 per person. You can also learn to sail with one of the sailing schools, such as the Ponsonby Sailing School if you like small boats, or with a sailing school such as Sailing Away if you prefer larger boats. Alternatively, you can join a yacht club and learn the ropes with a friendly racing crew. If you aren’t quite ready to go boating, Westhaven is fun place to visit and explore for a walk or bike ride on the Westhaven Promenade. Many New Zealand children learn about boating from a young age. There is a big focus on safety, and always wearing lifejackets around the water. Saint Marys Bay is our public pontoon which different organisations use for their programme. This slows down during winter but over the warmer months it is used nearly every afternoon and weekend. The Pontoon is also used by clubs such as Sailability, Radio Control Yacht Club, Learn to Sail Ponsonby Cruising Club and Dragon Boat Racing. Plenty of car park is available on marina site. The final marine car boot sale of the season will take place on Saturday 19 May and Marina invite you to join! You can make money from your unused and unwanted boat gear. Boating equipment including clothing even collectables that are reasonably priced sell well. Some of our sellers have made $1,000 or more, and attendance is free - plus you’ll get a free bacon buttie for breakfast!

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Kids / Teens

Abhishek Ravi Multi-talented Bharatham, Veena, Drums, Guitar, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-hop Born in New Zealand, 14-yearold Abhishek began his journey in Dance at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Smt.Anuradha Ramkumar, Auckland. He has had the privilege to undergo training and attend workshops of Smt: Sheela Unnikrishnan, Chennai and Sri. Shankar Kandasamy, Malaysia ever year during school holidays Abhishek also learns Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-hop at ‘The Dance Studio’. He is one of the key choreographers and has been actively involved in the Bollywood dance groups at his schools. He has been giving solo and group performances in Bharatanatyam, Hip-hop, Jazz and Bollywood since 2011. Abhishek plays Veena, Drums and Guitar and been in school band. He plays hockey for his school and been a gymnast and Trampolinist. He has played lead roles in his school’s productions. Abhishek was in CATS program designed for Creative and Talented Students while in Mt. Roskill Primary School. He was in the accelerated academic group at Mt. Roskill Intermediate School and is now at the highest academic level at Mt. Roskill Grammar School. Has been voted ‘Junior House captain’ at Mt. Roskill Grammar School consecutively both in 2017 and 2018

Awards & Achievements • Second Place in Keerthanam Category and Third Place in Invocatory Category at Cleveland Aradhana Bharatanatyam Competition, USA – 2018 • Solo performance at International Yoga Festival – 2018 • Been selected and currently getting trained as Pre-Professional Jazz dancer with Momentum Productions, Auckland – 2017 • Privileged to perform in front of Adi Yogi at Isha Ashram - 2017 • Completed Dance Graduation (Arangetram) in ‘Bharatanatyam’ – 2017

Modern dance) to dance in Wellington – 2016 • Top prizes for ‘Jazz Elementary’ and ‘Hip Hop Teen’ at the Dance School’s Annual Performance – 2016 • Overall Top student for ‘Performing Arts Award’ – 2016 • ‘Isherwood Trophy’ at Mt Roskill School for contribution to the Arts – 2016 • Solo Bharatanatyam Recital at Sri. Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (vani mahal), Chennai for 28th Bharatham Festival – 2016

• Topped Jazz exams by receiving ‘Honours with Distinction’ – 2016 and 2017

• Drama Cup for his role as a gangster in the school play ‘Tale of a Superman’ – 2015

• Won the Trophy for ‘Best School’ at Desi Bollywood Competition - 2016

• Inaugural dance item at Sri. Kapaleeshwara Temple, Mylapore, Chennai for

• ‘Best Male Dancer’ at Desi Bollywood Competition – 2016

Satyam Shivam Sundaram Dance festival of SriDevi Nrityalaya – 2014

• Selected for NZAMD Scholarship Nominations (New Zealand Association of

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Ramadan Month of Gratitude and Giving We are a few days away from the beginning of Ramadan, a holy month for all Muslims (including myself) where there are restrictions imposed from sunrise to sunset, as a way of physical, mental and spiritual cleansing. For the physical, food and water is forbidden. For the mental, it is a test of willpower of abstaining from many things we take for granted; and for the spiritual, it is a time

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When one experiences weakness due to lack of sleep, food or water then it is a reality check in knowing how fragile our body is.

In business, we need to appreciate the people who we work with, as their contributions and support help us do our job well. From the customer who gives us business and willing to purchase our goods/services to the suppliers who strive to deliver things on time, and everyone in between.

Learning to accept change and then willing to adapt to that is a journey in the humility of thought and action. Knowing that everything is not in our control, and we need to focus on what’s manageable is a great learning in life and business. It is also a trait that is found in great leaders and pioneers where they don’t see themselves better than others, but there to serve others.

Being grateful/thankful: Giving before receiving: When you give with an open heart and mind, then it feels good as not everything has to be about return on investment. Successful networkers practice this philosophy as it helps them connect with people outside their circle which they would normally not have access to, through common purpose in supporting charitable projects and groups. Many of the richest people in the world (Bill Gates, Warren Buffet) have chosen to give their billions away to support noble causes. Leading economists say that if the top 1% of the world gave away 10% of their profits every year, then more than half of the world’s poverty would end within a decade.

The rewards of fasting are many but mainly that most of us are truly blessed to have fresh water and food available when we need it, in a peaceful environment with no restrictions on practicing the faith. It is a good time to think of those who are less fortunate or being tested through war, economic or natural disasters and not having access to water, food or basics in life. It is also a month where one develops a stronger control and willpower, essential for dropping bad habits and being disciplined. Thinking of others and serving humanity is the best way to move forward spiritually, and learning to be tolerant of everyone, as they are of ours. In business, if we practice a thankful attitude to our customers, staff, and

of reflection on the purpose of life and how to serve humanity for the better. Taking the religious aspect out of this, what lessons can be learned from Ramadan that can apply to life and business? Here are a few that I can think of, and would appreciate your comments and feedback to add more.

suppliers, then it will create a stronger circle of trust. It will foster partnerships that are beneficial to everyone with a mindset of working together. Office politics and red tape will be eliminated and that will mean massive cost savings of time and resources.

Love happens: No one loves an egoistic prick and keeping desires and ego in check is the biggest test of Ramadan. It is an environment where you put yourself second to everyone and everything around you. It is not a surprise for many to find their senses of smell, touch and hearing are heightened through this month. When one gets to experience their body from the inside out, people learn to love themselves, nature and others more. It is also a time when husbands and wives come closer, parents and children bond, and strangers become good friends. It is a great opportunity for inter-faith dialogue and collaboration where a Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist and even an Atheist can exchange views to find what’s common rather than dispute the differences. Many people suffering from depression, sickness or suicidal feelings seem to find the hope and will to fight for survival rather than give in to despair. Knowing the state of affairs around the world, and the fear-mongering

that is prevalent along with the evil that is growing under the name of religion; Ramadan is a blessed month where everyday Muslims can reflect on what’s important and extend an open invitation to share a meal with them. So please, if you’re reading this, extend an invitation to a non-Muslim to come join you for iftaar; or if you’re a nonMuslim then please visit a local mosque or Islamic center near you, and ask to be invited to join the evening meal with the community. It will change your perspective on Islam and perception of Muslims for the rest of your life.

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Business Positive Changes For First Time Buyers April has seen initiatives from the government take shape for first home buyers, as well as a steady stable market. Here’s what’s been happening in Auckland Property: The Foundations of Kiwi Build Begin to Take Shape The first 18 Kiwi Build houses have begun construction in South Auckland, the three to four-bedroom houses are part of an initiative by the government to build quality, affordable homes for first-time buyers. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford talked about the project and how the process works, stating that “These first 18 homes will be ready for families in August. A ballot, open to first home buyers, to purchase these homes will be launched closer to that time”. The houses are being built on land formerly owned by the Defence Force between Takanini and Papakura, and Twyford hopes that by the end of the year 30 houses will have been built under the Kiwi Build initiative. Sales Slightly Up, Prices Slightly Down The total number of house sales has increased in April to 26,269, up 1.1 per cent from April 2017, but property experts believe that some uncertainty around changes to the law, especially

around foreign buyers are keeping some people at the side lines. Data from Barfoot & Thompson showed that Auckland’s median sale price dropped by $30,000 in the last month but suggest that Auckland’s housing market “may well have bottomed out” and are hopeful more prospective buyers will reenter the market once some of the new laws come into effect/become more clear. The bottoming out of the market and potential lowering of house prices could be good news for first-time buyers looking to enter the market. CoreLogic reported that first home buyers have increased their market share and that over $700M was withdrawn from Kiwi Saver for First Home Buyers “at an average of over $18K per account”. CoreLogic has also reported that banks have tightened their lending and are testing potential borrowers at a higher 7% interest rate when actual interest rates are balanced around 5%. With more first home buyers entering the market, it’s vital that you shop around and understand what assets you have, and what interest rates will best work for you.

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News Pakistan Army ‘upset’ with Sharif been accepted by the international community despite sacrifices”. Sharif ’s statement has, according to sources, left the Pakistan Army extremely worried that “this will give more weight to India’s narrative that Pakistan is not doing enough” to rein in terrorist modules operating from its soil, and particularly from areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).


he Pakistan Army is said to be ‘extremely upset’ with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s alleged admission that Pakistan had a significant role to play in the terrorist attacks that took place across Mumbai between November 26 and 29, 2008, which claimed the lives of 166 persons and injured more than 300.

added that such terror strikes could have been prevented.

It may be recalled that on Saturday evening, in an interview given to the Dawn newspaper, Sharif suggested terrorists from Pakistan had “crossed the border” to attack Mumbai and

Sharif also lamented that Pakistan had isolated itself. He seemed to suggest that Islamabad should look into why its narrative that “it had been fighting terrorism had not

In the interview, Sharif said, “Militant organisations (in Pakistan) are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”.

According to sources, the top brass of the army is particularly concerned about “Sharif ’s statement tilting the balance sufficiently enough to put Pakistan in the blacklist of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Parisbased inter-governmental organisation founded in 1989 on the initiative of the Group of Seven (G-7) nations to develop policies to combat money laundering. Pakistan is already on the grey list for the last three months. According to sources, Sharif is reportedly under pressure from his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and the army to retract his statement immediately or issue a clarification. However, there is no indication by the latter that he will do so. Various media reports are saying that the Pakistan Army is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Monday to

discuss what it described as a “recent misleading media statement” about the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. “The NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” said Major General Ghafoor in his tweet on Sunday. New Delhi has long held and accused the Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks in Mumbai in 2008 with the help of ten well-armed terrorists. These attackers arrived on boat from Karachi and according to the Indian government, carried out the violent strikes across Mumbai iin coordination with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. India maintains that Pakistan has not kept its end of the bargain and sent the case to court without really investigating the conspiracy that led to the attacks. Islamabad, however, squarely blames New Delhi for not providing it with “solid evidence” against prime accused Hafiz Saeed and others. “Sharif ’s apparently conciliatory remark on the state’s role in terrorism may not result in a concrete shift in Pakistan’s position.

Botanic Garden will be developed with modern-day landscape

- Harsh Vardhan Union minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that the Botanic Garden of Indian Republic (BGIR), also known as Botanical Garden, will be developed as one of the most distinct botanic gardens with the modern-day landscape. Speaking at the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the development and up-gradation of the Botanic Garden in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday, the environment minister said, “The garden is being developed and upgraded with the objectives of

collection of plant species, research, training, environmental education, public awareness, aesthetics and entertainment through the protection of plant biodiversity.” He added that this is also being done with a view to make the Botanic Garden a centre of excellence in the preservation of Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) and local plant species. He said another objective is the creation of public awareness through education

on plant biodiversity and its need. Speaking at the same event, Ministry of State (MoS) for Culture Mahesh Sharma Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “This is the largest Botanic Garden project in DelhiNCR, which will become a fountainhead of knowledge for a large number of youth and students.” Sharma added that the creation of a virtual museum on the garden’s premises will also provide the youth of the nation information on botany and

the endangered plant species will also get protected. He pointed out that it is estimated that the ambitious project will cost around Rs. 400 crores. “The cost of the first phase will be completed by 2018. This garden will be developed as an important tourist spot in the Delhi-NCR region, “Sharma said.

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News 70 flights diverted at Delhi Airport due to dust storm New Delhi , May 13; As many as 70 flights have been diverted from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport due to the heavy dust storm and rain in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday. Strong winds, accompanied by dust, followed by rain, lashed the city on Sunday afternoon bringing a sudden decline in the weather. Nine Delhi-bound flights were also forced to make an emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow, after Air Traffic Control (ATC) didn’t permit them to land at IGI due to bad weather conditions. Vistara’s Srinagar flight to Delhi was also diverted to Amritsar.

Not just flights, the thunderstorm also affected the Delhi Metro services. The services between the Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations of blue line were disrupted after a tree fell on the track between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram Marg metro stations. The thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours, said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). As per IMD, several parts of Delhi including other cities like Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Sohna, Palwal, Jhajjar, Manesar, Gurugram, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Aurangabad, Aligarh, Sonipat, Bagpat, Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, Ghaziabad will witness the same change in weather today.

India’s growth will accelerate to 7.3%: Fitch Credit rating agency Fitch said that India’s economic growth will accelerate to 7.3 percent in the current financial year and 7.5 percent in the next fiscal year.

The agency said that India’s ratings balance a strong medium-term growth outlook and favourable external balances against a weak fiscal position and difficult business environment.

In its second-quarter Sovereign Credit Overview for Asia Pacific region, Fitch said the growth rate will accelerate as money supply has recovered to its predemonetisation level and disruptions related to the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) have diminished.

But the country’s business environment is likely to improve gradually with the implementation and continued broadening of the government’s structural-reform agenda, Fitch said.

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Recipe / Food Onion Bhaji

Place sliced onions, carom and cumin seeds, turmeric, salt and chilli powder in a bowl and stir together.

If you like onion rings then you are sure to love our Onion Bhajis. This is a great snack to have any time of the day. In India, Onion Bhajis are usually served first with a cup of chai when guest arrive.

Add oil to a large pan over a high heat so it is ready for frying when the batter is. Working quickly, combine chickpea flour and water in a separate bowl to make the batter. Whisk until batter is a smooth but custard-like consistency. As chickpea flour consistency can differ you may need to add a little more water or flour to get the consistency right. Feel batter with your fingers and remove any small clumps of chickpea flour. Immediately add batter to onion and spices and stir together with your hands. Do not leave the batter to sit as it will go watery and the onion bhajis will not come together correctly in the hot oil.

Serves 6 • 2 onions, thinly sliced • ½ tsp carom seeds • ½ tsp cumin seeds • ¾ tsp turmeric • 1 ¼ tsp salt • Pinch of red chili powder • Canola oil for deep frying • 2 cups chickpea flour • ½ cup water • Chaat masala to garnish (optional)

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Make the batter and onion mix into a palm-size fritter and carefully place into the hot oil (the oil is ready when the batter dropped in the oil rises to the surface). Repeat this with the remaining mixture. The bhajis can be a bit fiddly so it is best to fry one at a time. Fry the onion bhajis until they are golden brown. Garnish with chaat masala, if wished.

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Vedic Sun Signs Note: There is Astronomical difference between Vedic (Sidereal) and Western (Tropical) Sun signs. In Vedic Astrology the Zodiac is aligned with 27 constellations (Nakshatras), hence. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, aligns with the

15 May 2018 – 28 May 2018

first constellation Aswini. In Western Astrology, whenever Sun crosses the Earth’s equator, which is taken as the beginning point of the Zodiac, i.e., Aries. The difference in the point of orientation of both the Sun signs is called Ayanamsa.

Horoscope Aries (Mesha Rashi): 14 Apr - 15 May

Name Syllable: Chu, ChAE, chO, lA, lee, Lu, lAE, lO, Aa

Past life karmic payment might create some mental chaos but as the time flows, mind may regain some hope due to help granted by the spiritual oriented friend. Just think the Nature is giving you the unique opportunity to look back into your past, learn lessons and sow the positive seeds of life for better bright future. Mind could still be dwelling on making some changes at professional front. Beware, emotional imbalance could prompt to manipulate things around 20-21 May. Understandable, you wish to do the things but past karma tends to undo your hard work. Try to see the things with positive perspective and the light at end of the tunnel would be seen. Avoid aggression and stock market investments.

Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi): 16 May - 15 Jun Name Syllable: ee, uu, Ai, O, vaa, vee, vu, ve, vO

Everything could be happening very quickly. Relationships and Profession could be the focus of the fortnight. Just remember impulsiveness could get you in trouble. Avoid reacting so quickly, give yourself time, think it over and then respond with cool mind. Spiritual alliances would renew your energy and vitality as you need to regain self confidence. Don’t become victim of dissatisfaction and frustration. This is your own karma playing up. Meditation is the formula for regaining self-confidence for harnessing the enormous power of the mind to create our own destiny. From 15 May 2018, stock market could fluctuate, don’t invest any further money in this for a time being.

Gemini (Mithun Rashi): 16 Jun - 15 Jul

Name Syllable: kA, ki, kU, gHa, ṅA, cha, kAE, Ko, hA

You may be yearning to establish some loving relationship but it won’t happen without challenges. The possible reason is your immaturity at inner level may have caused some humiliation to others. The good thing is that your spiritual association can be helpful provided you learn the art of consulting your higher consciousness impartially. At least make a start. Initially you may find it boring but remember a cow keeps gazing the same grass every day and yet never get bored. This life is a bridge to cross the ocean of illusion and you are trying to build house on it. No bridge is meant to be made into a house. The time is now to make an attempt to cross this illusion by offering compassionate and loving hand to one and all. Emotional lowest point is 21 May. Avoid investing money in new ventures.

Cancer (Karakata Rashi): 16 Jul - 17 Aug

Name Syllable: hee, hU, hAE, hO, ḍA, ḍee, ḍU, ḍAE, ḍO

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You are one of the most compassionate, loving, caring and nurturing person on earth. But your spouse possibly has different opinion. You touch the extreme when it comes to friendship, love and any commitment. But no appreciation comes your way. Your sensitive nature is killing you from inside and no solution seems to be in sight. Your purity of heart is the testimony of your good self. You are standing in midway. Neither you can fall to the animal nature, nor can you climb to your innate divine nature. Trust the God within; communicate with Him on daily basis, and rest assured the nature will give you helping hand soon. Frustrating point is 21 May and amazing improvements starts from 28 May.

Leo (Simha Rashi): 17 Aug - 16 Sep

Name Syllable: mA, mee, mU, mAE, mO, ṭA, ṭee, ṭU, ṭAE

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Your spouse seems to be reviewing the entire situation with a positive note Take your home as a miniature universe and make that your focal point. Love alone has the capacity to completely transform you; even death does not have the power to transform you. There are always conflicts with relationships in the world. A couple though traditionally married and living together with all the amenities of life, claim to love each other, yet remain frustrated. Why, because there is no understanding between them. Why blame the stars? In the push and pull of daily life make an attempt to understand each other and then adjustment would come automatically. From 15 May exciting contact with the near and dear one cannot be ruled out. Avoid impulsive nature on 21 May. Love life may seem to standstill for a while, maintain calmness.

Virgo (Kanya Rashi): 17 Sep - 16 Oct

Name Syllable: ṭO, paa, pi, pU, ṣA, ṇa, ṭhA, pAE, pO

You like to give acute attention to details. Your observation is so strong that you tend to notice the little details. In the process you overlook the larger picture. The time has come now when you need to grow up and transform your this habit. May be learning the art of observing your own thoughts impartially would help thousand fold. Friends and children may frustrate you further this fortnight. Determination is the power that sees us through all frustrations and obstacles. It helps in building the

The below given analysis is based on Vedic Sun signs. So please make sure you read the correct Sun sign. To my experience, the interpretations are often more precise and accurate in Vedic Astrology than Western Astrology.

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willpower that is the very basis of success within and without. On 16 May observe silence as much as possible. Finance could slow down for a while, avoid wastage. Do not invest in share market.

Libra (Tula Rashi): 17 Oct -16 Nov

Name Syllable: rA, ri, rU, rAE, rO, ta, tee, tU, tAE

Your time is just consumed in making business plans to make further money. But no plan is in fact taking shape as desired. From 15 May, time for making money may slow down; and around 21 May the mental condition may bubble up with frustration and impulsiveness. Don’t spoil your charming personality rather build it up further by taking up Yoga in daily schedule. Time for inner journey has started. The first real step of development in life is to know you, not to talk about knowing others. This journey would help to function well in your life, understand your habit patterns, and learn to live happily in the world. To learn that, you need to study your own self of three levels: action, speech, and mind.

Scoprio (Vrischik Rashi): 17 Nov - 16 Dec Name Syllable: tO, nA, nee, nU, nAE, nO, ya, yEE, yU

You are not the one who could be pushed for something. Your nature seems to be full of mysteries. At present sense of making significant changes in life are on rise. From 15 May, your partner may offer you a better plan but delay in executing it cannot be ruled out. From 16 May, the sense of security at professional front grows. The point of emotional a dilemma hits on 21 May. The entire cosmic play of planets may result in demand for self control. Inner conflict is the mother of all problems, don’t stumble. From 28 May, your mind comes back on track. You have to light your own lamp; Learn to work with yourself.

Sagittarius (Dhanu Rashi): 17 Dec - 14 Jan

Name Syllable: yAE, yO, bhA, bhee, bhU, dhA, phA, ḍha, bhAE

Lately your life has been full of adventure. You may have the strong link to humanitarian causes. Though you may struggle in finance for some time but your awareness in charity and protecting the environment would give name and fame, provide you do something for the society. Strictly avoid investing in stock market. 21 May could be lowest day emotionally but keeping cool and calm would indeed help. Slowly you should prepare yourself for the advanced level of controlling self. You would regain confidence by 28 May. Keep an eye on your children, if any. Some unexpected action from them could disturb you.

Capricorn (Makara Rashi): 15 Jan - 13 Feb

Name Syllable: bhO, jA, jee, khee, khU, khAE, khO, gA, gee

Your sense of humour can make people roll on the floor laughing. And your serious nature which is full of hard work and ambition can motivate many. From 15 May, some positive changes in professional front are possible but some not without some unknown delay. For you the end result is more important and God willing, all will flow well in time to come. Just avoid extra hard work and do not spoil your health. If possible do not run after the status symbol, just keep your mind calm; meditation would help. From 28 May give direction to your mind towards new ventured and openings

Aquarius (Kumbha Rashi): 14 Feb - 13 Mar Name Syllable: GU, gAE, gO, SA, see, su, sAE, sO, DA

Your concern to uplift the society is commendable. But your expectation from outside resources may frustrate you. Domestic front takes sudden positive turn from 16 May. Though you are very good in putting the pieces of a puzzle together, but be aware, do not take risk with overseas investments and stock market for the time being. From 18 May, relationship area takes a step further, now the onus is on you to decide what you wish to do. Whatever you do, it would be better to get endorsement first from the inner voice, which can be heard in the silence of mind.

Pisces (Meena Rashi): 14 Mar - 14 Apr

Name Syllable: di, du, thA, jhA, trA, dAE, dO, chA, chee

You are a peace loving person; your accommodating & adjusting nature is par excellence. On 18 May you will feel elevated in love, would start planning a bright future, but all at sudden on 21 May you may feel directionless. This is because you are living your life with feeling only and the world sometime does not respect the feeling of other person. Some arrogant nature from close friends cannot be ruled out. Don’t let your feeling for them doom, as it’s the passing clouds only. Control your mind; means knowing the way in which to direct your mind. Control does not mean preventing the mind from functioning, but being aware of the mind and having a choice about the way it is directed.

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Editorial Has Trump’s decision put the world in a Nuclear Crisis

The decision of US President Donald Trump to pull out of the US-Iran nuclear deal has echoed around the world. Trump’s unilateral decision to pull out of the deal has been taken despite the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) giving a clean chit to Iran on meeting all the compliance standards which were welcomed by various parties including the US.

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Now, Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action(JCPOA) involving seven parties which was signed in 2015, is going to place everyone in a uncharted territory. Despite that, some things are already clear. The new terms of the deal, the United States had issued waivers to long-standing sanctions imposed even before Trump came to office which was sought to punish Iran for its nuclear programme. Iran, in turn, restricted its nuclear programme and allowed more joint international inspections. The US President now has to decide whether he wants to renew the waivers to ease the sanctions such as one on the Iran central bank, which target to hit the oil exports and will eventually force global companies to reduce import of oil from Iran. Mr. Trump has never been shy about showing his dislike for the US-Iran nuclear deal, to which he calls the “worst ever deal”. Though, at the same time, Trump is willing to improve and modify the deal to make it more US friendly. Political observers believe that Trump’s decision is mainly taken because of the pressure of his own party’s hardliners who were never in favour of this deal. One of the closest allies of US and the only country in the Middle East, which is believed to be a nuclear power, Israel, strongly considers Iran as the most significant threat, has been instrumental behind the pull off. There has been a lot of concern though, as where this will now lead to. Obviously, Trump blissfully seem to be unaware of the consequences of his action, has left his political opponents fuming. “What will be immediately obvious after May 12th is that President Trump is throwing the United States and Iran deal into a new nuclear crisis, essentially to cater to his political base, and neither the President nor his administration appears to have any strategy or plan for what comes next,” says Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to Barak Obama and a senior advisor during the negotiations of the scrapped deal. Old allies like Britain has expectedly supported the move saying we have been tougher on Iran and if there are any flaws in the deal that need to be fixed. In stark contrast to the traditional ally’s support, European Union has firmly stood with the deal and say it will remain with the deal despite the US pulling out of it. It may not even matter much given that the global financial system is not exactly interconnected or tied to the US. It’s only that it will be almost impossible for any country and company anywhere in the world to continue their business with Iran without risk of violating US sanctions. In the longer term, withdrawal offers more freedom to United States, Israel or other countries to act militarily against Iran’s nuclear facilities, if need be. If Trump restores to the core sanctions, under US law he has to wait at least 180 days before imposing the most draconian consequences: that is targeting banks of the countries which don’t comply to reducing the Iranian oil purchase significantly. - Yugal Parashar

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The decision of building an Indian Temple in Auckland was sparked off by a need within the community generally to pass on the essence of their own culture to an up and coming generation. The site in Balmoral Road was chosen for its central position, close proximity to the majority of users and the ease of access off a main arterial route. Two residential sites were amalgamated to provide space around the centrally positioned Temple and reduce the impact on neighbouring properties. Advantage was taken of the natural depression to the south and rear of the site to lower the profile of the main hall or Mandapa, provide basement service facilities and screen the extensive car parking from Balmoral Road. Essentially the form of the Temple is traditional, being the type found in the northern Indian regions of Gujrat and Rajasthan. The majority of Auckland’s Indian community is from this area. The most distinguishing feature of this Temple type is its lofty domes or Shikhara over the precinct or garbhgraha. This powerful vertical element is contrasted by the strong horizontal lines of the main hall or Mandapa. The exterior of the Temple stands as a sculptural entity and is as important as the interior. Every element of the design is symbolic of some aspect of the Vedic teaching. The Temple is a physical manifestation of the cosmos. The entrance foyer and courtyards represent the physical world, the main

hall is the mental realm or Deva Loka, the central precinct is the spiritual realm-the transition between each of these spaces is by the way of a raised threshold or “Udumbara” carved in marble and richly symbolic of the transition that is taking place. The plan form a square. This square is repeated in the entrance foyer and “Garbhgraha” and is fundamental to all Vedic and Indian architecture being the symbol of unity displayed by the proportion of 1/1. There are secondary domes over the entrance foyer and main hall. Each of the three domes is capped with an “Amalaka” stone; a circular ribbed collar representing radiant light that appears as the “Deva”(gods) enter and leave the Temple through the vertical axis. Above the Amalaka stone is a copper (often gilded) “Kalasha” or vase in which the three primal deities of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma are mixed together as the one supreme being. Above the Kalasha a small finial or “Stupike” terminates at a point symbolic of the final release or “Moksha” from this manifest world. The Temple is a growing living entity and will continue to be embellished and decorated as funds donations become available. To be continued….

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Withdrawing From Activity


o seek the Divine, should you withdraw from worldly affairs? How can you withdraw from worldly affairs anyway? It all depends on what it is that you call worldly affairs. Is cooking your food a worldly affair? Yes. Is washing your clothes a worldly affair? Yes. You have to do these worldly affairs. Otherwise how will you live here?

What kind of worldly affairs you want to do is your individual choice. Everybody need not join politics. Even in social situations, somebody is in politics, somebody is a clerk in an office, somebody is running a whole industry and somebody is sweeping floors. All of them are doing worldly affairs. So you cannot really withdraw from worldly affairs. Every person has a right to choose what type of worldly affair he does and how much of it. It is only those people who do not know what they are doing with themselves

and who are just doing what everybody else is doing, who complain in this manner. They neither have the intelligence nor the awareness to do their own thing. Such people are always complaining about spiritual people, “These people are not being responsible. They are not doing worldly affairs, they are doing their own affairs.” The man who is in his own house or in his office is also there just to do his own affairs. He is not interested in the wellbeing of the world. He does not know what his real affair is and has gotten himself into such a mess that he does not even know how to get out of it. Because he is unable to get out of it, he thinks that somebody who is able to manage his own affairs the way he wants it in his life is on the wrong bus. It happened like this. One day, a drunk somehow pulled himself onto the bus, stumbled around over the passengers, dislodged suitcases and briefcases, landed on a seat next to a prim and proper old lady and fell on her. The old lady pushed him off and said, “I hate to say this young man, but you are going

straight to hell!” The drunk suddenly sprang up and blurted out, “Oh no! I’m on the wrong bus!” So drunken people do not know who is on the wrong bus.

who are causing tremendous damage to this planet. They are the people who are taking the whole of humanity towards global suicide.

If somebody manages their lives the way they want, to the extent they want, these people who have made their lives unmanageable, enslaved and entangled to the situations around them, become very jealous. They will always complain. They will say these people are running away from the world. Right now, the way the world is going, if a lot of people continue doing too many things on this planet, this planet will not even last another ten years. Fortunately, fifty percent of the people are lazy. The other fifty percent, who are too industrious, are busy destroying the world.

So right now, the most responsible thing you can do in the world is to withdraw from activity. Withdrawing from activity is not so simple. It takes tremendous maturity to simply sit quietly. It does not happen because you are lazy or irresponsible, it happens because you are aware and conscious.

People who are withdrawing from excessive activity are not causing any damage either to themselves, to society, the environment or the planet. It is only the people doing activity in absolute unawareness, who are truly destroying this world. Not knowing what they are doing, simply imitating somebody, they are doing more activity, more briskly than anybody else. They are the people

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Technology Microsoft patents for a tablet with triple screens Foldable devices are set to be a reality soon. Adding to the brands looking at introducing foldable devices is Microsoft which has recently filed a patent for a tablet-like device which will come with not two but three displays.

NASA will send autonomous helicopter on Mars 2020 rover

However, with ZTE already selling its foldable Axon M smartphone, it won’t be too long before we see more manufacturers hopping on the foldable device brigade

As per the patent application, the purported tablet-like device can fold inwardly or outwardly. It will feature two main displays that will show when the device is opened up. However, there will be a tiny third display on the hinge as well, Cnet reported. Given that it is a concept still at the patent stage, Microsoft may or may not choose to turn it into an actual product.

Xiaomi smart devices now support Google Assistant Xiaomi offers a range of smart devices other than just smartphones in its home country. Now, in a bid to penetrate the US market, Xiaomi is adding support for the popular Google Assistant on its smart home devices. Xiaomi’s smart devices include a range of products including smart LED bulb, smart plug, and so on.

With the support for Google Assistant, users will be able to interact with Xiaomi smart products using voice commands, Engadget reported. Xiaomi, which boasts home country China and India are one of its top markets is ambitious about the US market where giants Google and Apple are the dominating force.

When NASA launched its next rover to Mars, it will have a small helicopter onboard to give a bird’s eye view of the planet’s atmosphere.

its two cameras. This will further pave way for sending similar vehicles to Mars in the future to look at regions on the planet which are hard to access.

The space agency announced that it will be sending a small autonomous flying chopper - called Mars Helicopter - with the Mars 2020 rover.

The Mars Helicopter has been crafted to sustain the Mars atmosphere. It weighs just 1.8 kilograms on Earth and is about the size of a softball. It is equipped with twin blades which rotate 10 times faster than helicopters on Earth. It will try to do five autonomous flights over a 30day period. These trips could last up to 90 seconds.

It will attempt to fly through the Martian air to see if it is possible for vehicles to levitate on Mars where the atmosphere is known to be 100 times thinner than that of the Earth, The Verge reported. If the helicopter is able to successfully take its flight on the planet, it will provide a rare view of the planet with

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is slated to launch in July 2020 with a projected landing on Mars in February 2021.

India’s youngsters using technology to empower less privileged Contributing to the empowerment of those less privileged than themselves, seems to be a powerful motivator for our new generation of Indians. Many children in metropolitan cities are spending their free time developing applications and content to benefit the wider community, especially those less privileged than themselves. One such story that has come across relates to Kartikeya Thiyam Sundaram, Head Boy at the G D Goenka World School in Sohna, Haryana. Kartikeya, a world No.1 in information technology in the Cambridge International Examinations in 2016, is today a Grade XII student. Despite having a very demanding academic schedule, he exemplifies the modern generation of Indian who are socially connected and want to empower their less privileged peers. In 2016, during his internship with the UTSAV Foundation in Gurgaon, he wrote a book “Digital Learning”. This book is being widely used by multiple NGOs across India to teach the use of computers to the underprivileged - both

children & adults. Multiple batches of students have benefited from the program outlined in the 60-page manual When asked what motivated him, Kartikeya said, “The government’s Digital India campaign got me thinking on what each of us could do to contribute more effectively in our individual capacity, to supporting our communities and enabling social empowerment.” A official of the Union Ministry of Skill Development commented, on condition of anonymity, “Such initiatives send a powerful signal to our coming generations that a lot of social change can be driven by independent local initiatives that impact the community and develop society. Individual citizens and their efforts can significantly increment government initiatives.” Kartikeya has also been successful in creating a crowd funding campaign on social media to generate online donations for Anjana, a 38-year lady who lives in Rishikesh. Anjana is born without both arms and has just one functional leg. However, despite her physical limitations, she

independently supports a family of six by making sketches with her toes while sitting on a footpath leading towards the Ram Jhoola in Rishikesh. Her positivity and never say die spirit inspired Kartikeya and a friend to create a crowd funding campaign called “Saving Anjana” that has till now secured almost Rs. 400,000 for her future. Kartikeya is now trying to reach out to corporations to contribute under their respective CSR entities to secure Anjana’s future. A recent incident where private photographs of a female student where leaked by a peer on WhatsApp angered Kartikeya deeply. That incident triggered in Kartikeya a plan to initiate the development of a mobile app “Safe Schools” that makes school environments more secure and inculcates a sense of responsibility among students. The app is currently under construction by Kartikeya, will allow students to report instances of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment, drug abuse and other malpractices in their school environment to the school

administration, anonymously or directly. Kartikeya believes this app would allow students to work in collaboration with their school management and become more responsible citizens. Drawing their inspiration for being sensitive to their environment. Many modern Indians like Kartikeya are moulding our country and it is the coming generation that aims to be socially responsible and create a better India.”

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Par Excellence

Ella Kumar Ella Kumar – The first woman to be a local board member in conversation with Erum Ali

She is a teacher, local board member, JP, marriage celebrant, dancer, fitness instructor, marathon runner, a science graduate from AUT and currently volunteers for a wide array of community-related programs. Ella is a first-generation NZ born Indian Kiwi and has been living in Mount Roskill for the last 30 years. She shares the credit with her family, a very supportive husband and three beautiful children who have been like rocks standing beside her as she has been successfully defining and charting out her role in the community for the past few decades. As a child, she remembers her parents who tried hard to keep the culture in New Zealand alive, just how it used to be in India. The boys in the family studied while the girls were never encouraged to pursue their education. With a very traditional setting, the focus was to marry, get a job and look after the family.

‘A woman wears many hats in one lifetime – why shouldn’t one of them be a crown?” – by Annie Jones

There were no deterrents for this woman, even though she never had the choices that children grow up with nowadays. At that time, not many Indians were around, and people didn’t embrace other cultures. ‘We were called the curry munchers”. But she never allowed these racial differences to bog her down and ventured on her own till the time she stumbled on a fitness class. It was here that she found her passion that it fired her soul. She has not slowed down ever since. One of the first hats she wore is that of a Fitness instructor, teaching aerobics, starting at The University of Auckland in 1989. Her classes range from Circuits, Spin Bikes and Step Pilates to Aerobics, High and low, Polyrobics and Bollypump with Indian music. Ella also volunteer’s fitness classes at Mahatma Gandhi center. She is a Registered Exercise Prescriber for teaching group fitness and dance classes. Her other portfolios are events, sports & recreation. She has students

from all age groups starting from 17 years to 70 plus age group. Ella’s classes are a place where people enjoy learning irrespective of their age group. Ella also completed her Post Graduate degree in Health Science at the AUT University while she had her third child. She went for local board member elections and was the first woman to win and join the board. She is an elected local board member for Puketapapa (Mt Roskill). Ella also wears another hat – she is also a Justice of the Peace. She is highly collaborative and creative, humble and a tireless worker always ensuring that all voices across the cross sections of society are heard. She has a finger on the pulse of the community, ready to help anyone from any culture be it Chinese, Philippines, Fiji, Maori, Indians and beyond. The other hat she wears is that of a Marriage Celebrant. For this role, she

even has to take time off from work and pay someone else who can then substitute for her. This is an expense she incurs just to offer her service free of cost to the community. What else is left to say? Probably plenty of things when it comes to this extremely active figure who is a bundle of energy with an endless passion for serving others… She thinks Community Education gives everyone an opportunity to learn, socialise, find new friends, gain confidence and a lot more. A tremendous amount of her time and energy is invested in juggling her various roles, but she does it all with complete poise and perfection. Ella is a multi-faceted extremely talented figure and an all-encompassing personality who inspires people by being the kind of person – who eschew the limelight to get the true work accomplished. A woman wearing so many hats surely deserves a replacement with a Crown.

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Weddings & Functions

Ideal Function Venue Worth a trip across the waters

What happens when you combine a hotelier husband and an event planner wife, with a few decades of experience, and watch them open their dream restaurant. That is how owners Yash and Sunita’s tryst with Pepper Jacks began. Situated at the beautiful Pine Harbour Marina in Beachlands, it looks out across the Marina and Hauraki Gulf, allowing diners to watch the boats and ferries drift by from the comfort of the choice of the indoor restaurant. Unsure if we can call it a Lanai, Patio or a Veranda but the air is fresh with seating options from their all-weather outdoor dining patio too.

Discover Pine Harbour and Pepper Jacks by ferry from Auckland CBD. Ferries run approximately every half hour and arrive virtually at their doorstep. It must take a strong heart to not make a stop and be able to resist the temptation of a chilled drink at this oasis. Alternativelya, one can take a leisurely drive to Pepper Jacks. The scenery is picturesque, and they are close to many lovely beaches.

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This restaurant prides itself at its cuisine synonymous with Cajun food and a fusion of European dishes. Guests can choose from a wide range of menu items to suit most requirements from a nibble to a substantial meal. There is ample indulgence for the vegetarians along with options of gluten free. There is award winning fried fare on the cards, according to owner Yash, - “don’t miss the Onion Mumm, an onion in the shape of a chrysanthemum flower - sold 84656 of them so far!!! It’s a Sunday special only!!!” For the Sunday mornings brekkie go for the crab cakes with poached eggs on top and pay special attention to the eggs Benedict or Eggs Benny as they call them with sautéed spinach and Kumara roasti instead of breads. Lunch provides ample indulgence with the choice of open Caesar salad, Steak sandwiches, Mango avocado salad basically all summer menu is available now and will be changing to the winter menu shortly. An impressive dinner menu with favourites like beef eye fillet wrapped in bacon, cooked on a pan and then grilled in the oven, brilliant lamb shanks slow

cooked over 5 hours, all by Chef Steve with over 25 years’ experience. Sunita adds “The Restaurant & Bar has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, reflecting its coastal community ambience and it makes a perfect venue from Sunset Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate events to any other celebrations. A delicious haven of beauty and warmth to wine and dine in style. We can plan, design and arrange events for 150 plus guests at this venue.” A perfect family deal to spend the day out with children including ample play area for them to run around. And you can bring your dog along too. Well what more can you ask for.

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Gandhi Memorabilia

Teaser launched, takes social media by storm The much-awaited teaser of film ‘Gandhi Memorabilia’ highlighting the relevance and the impact of the Father of the Nation in present society was launched on Wednesday amid huge fanfare.

man. This film is aimed at showing the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and also highlights how relevant his teachings are even today and how they impact the society till date.”

The teaser was launched across several social media platforms Facebook, Youtube and Instagram by the producers and it started trending within hours of its release. The teaser was liked by many and has received more than 1,00,000 views on Youtube so far. And In Instagram It Hits 6,176,270 View https:// h9EkiFQUs/

Actress Daria Kosheleva is in the main lead in the film. She is essaying the role of a lady who becomes a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi after some major life-changing incidents in her life. She willingly accepts the ideas and principles of the great man and spends rest of her life in India considering it as her home.

Speaking at the launch of the teaser, producers of the film ‘Gandhi Memorabilia’ Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh and Aaditya Pratap Singh said, “Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings hold relevance in the modern society and prove his importance even today.”

Mahatma Gandhi was himself always opposed to cinemas, but he has always been the favourite subject of the filmmakers not just in India, but even in the West. Several movies based on Gandhi’s life or his preaching’s have been produced and widely appreciated by the audiences with open hands.

Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, who is the writer and director of the film said, “Gandhi Memorabilia isn’t just a documentary, it is a biopic of the great

Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh also holding many national and international records.

Bombshell of sorts’:

B-Town blesses newly-married Neha, Angad Popular Bollywood celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Karan Johar have blessed the newly-married couple Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi over social media and congratulated them for the new inning in their lives. Neha and Angad got married in an Anand Karaj ceremony attended by close family and friends in a Gurudwara in south Delhi. They made the announcement via social media. For the special occasion, Neha opted for designer Anita Dongre’s collection. She looked gorgeous in her soft pink lehenga.

The groom wore a cream sherwani with a ‘saafa’ matching Neha’s ensemble, and he carried magenta accents for a dash of colour. Angad’s father and retired cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi called their marriage a “bombshell of sorts”. “It was a bombshell of sorts..albeit a pleasant one..@Imangadbedi & @ NehaDhupia tie the knot and seek privacy of close family/friends! As parents we appeal likewise.. May god bless the couple now and always,” Bishan Singh Bedi tweeted.

Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh and Daria Kosheleva

Lata Mangeshkar

Honoured with Swara Mouli award Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was honoured with Swara Mouli title at her residence in ‘Prabhu Kunj’ on Saturday. Her sister Asha Bhosle was also present during the ceremony. The ‘Paani Paani Re’ hit-maker received the honour dressed in her signature white sari. Having a career of more than six decades, the ‘Queen of Melody’ is the recipient of the ‘Bharat Ratna,’

‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award,’ among several other awards.

Our family is our strength: Sonam Kapoor

Sonam shared a few photographs from the wedding on Instagram on Friday. “Our family is our strength,” Sonam wrote. She went on to thank her mother Sunita Kapoor for being “the best mom in the whole wide world for making this happen in such a spectacular fashion”, father Anil Kapoor for being “such an amazing host and loving Anand and I so unconditionally”, her younger sister Rhea for being her “best friend” and “partner”; and her actor brother Harvarshdhan for being the “knight in shining armour”.

Actress Sonam Kapoor, who now goes by the name “Sonam K Ahuja” over social media, has thanked her family, friends and well-wishers for making her wedding with Delhi-based businessman Anand Ahuja a “spectacular” event.

She added: “Also to all our friends and family who made it from far and wide at such short notice Anand and I love each and every one of you for loving us enough to want to make it for our big day! Love you all.”

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Met Gala 2018 Dresses

Here's all you need to know about the Oscars of the fashion world: the Met Gala 2018. This is one event where you cannot buy your invitations. The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – organises the biggest Fund raiser event to encourage donations from New York’s high society. What is the Met Gala 2018 theme? Always delivering the most showstopping red-carpet fashion, this year's Met Gala turned out to be a religious event—quite literally—as the theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's next Costume Institute exhibit was, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Cited as the Met’s most controversial theme yet, the "Heavenly Bodies" exhibition has, however, received the official stamp of approval from the Vatican. In fact, along with over

150 designer pieces, the Costume Institute's next big exhibit will also include 50 garments and accessories loaned from the Vatican. Other brands featured include Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, both of which have a history of using religious undertones in their designs, and more unexpected inclusions like Chanel and Valentino. Though it was a bit unclear exactly how the A-list attendees would navigate this year's tricky theme on the red carpet, it did have plenty of symbolic religious undertones and perhaps, even a few bold statements on religion. The incredibly gorgeous Indian actor Priyanka Chopra along with Deepika Padukone rubbed shoulders with Katy Perry, Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace who also co-hosted this year's Met Gala event.

Abby, Kal, Anita, Leena, Monica, Jasmeet, Gauri, Ashla & Naina

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Vicky, Ashla & Mukta


Sheela, Anitha, Tanwu, Sneha, Shubha & Sashi

Nitika, Naleen, Renay & Jaspinder

Priyanka, Louise & Abby

Roz & Ireen

Jamaine & Falguni

Anita & Jasmeet

Gauri Aakanksha

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Meena & Monica

Seema & Manisha

Hetal & Shivani

Vicky, Gauri & Kal Kular

Leena, Raina, Naina & Vicky

Sonam, Preeti, Amreeta & Meena

Niki, Gauri & Reema


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Sports 4-nation football tourney: BCCI to organise IPLIndia U-16 hold Serbia to goalless draw

style women’s T20 match ahead of playoffs

Serbian defence line and in the 20th minute, Vikram’s shot was saved by the opposition custodian. The match consisted of two halves of forty minutes each and Vikram was once again held into the fray when is shot from close range went inches wide of the goal in the 52nd minute.

The Indian U-16 national football team held hosts Serbia to a stalemate draw in the second game of the Four-Nation Tournament here last evening. The Indian colts had started the match on a positive note and as early as in the third minute, the Indian threat seemed apparent when Rohit Danu pressurized the opposition custodian to committing a mistake which eventually saw Gibson’s shot going wide of the goal.

Meanwhile, the Indian defence line and superb goalkeeping by the Indian custodian, who was called into the action often, kept the score line tied at 0-0. In the dying embers of the match, India survived a scare when the Indian custodian spilled a regular save in front of the Serbian attack line but last minute defending by the Indian defence averted the danger in front of goal. The full-time score line read 0-0. The India U-16s will play against Tajikistan in their next clash in the Four-Nation Tournament on May 13 in Serbia.

Coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Jordan, the Indian U-16 team piled pressure on the

Heena bags gold in 10m air pistol in Hannover India’s Heena Sidhu bagged a gold medal in the 10m air pistol category of the international shooting competition of Hannover last evening, in what marked as a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich. Heena was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. She won the tie shot to clinch the gold ahead of Mathilde.

Heena qualified for the final in the fourth place scoring 572, while Shri Nivetha topped the qualification with a total of 582. “I am feeling good with how my training is shaping up. Of course, it’s not perfect but we are moving in the right direction so it’s just a matter of time,” said Heena after her gold medal win. “I am really looking forward to the competition in Munich.” The Munich World Cup, which will be held from May 22 to May 29, will be Heena’s second

happens in future, then this experience will work for them,” she said. In total, 30 players will be part of the two teams, with 20 of them being Indian while 10 will be overseas players.

Confirming the news, the Supreme Courtappointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji told ANI that the board wants to give an opportunity to women cricketers to experience IPL-style T20 match.

There will be four foreign players in each team and it is expected to be a dry run for a potential women’s IPL in the future.

“It is a really good initiative. We wanted to give our women players opportunity to experience this. It’s just that we want to encourage performance of the Indian team and recognise their performance and help them exhibit their game. In case women’s IPL

On a related note, the opening play-off of the ongoing 11th edition of the tournament is slated to be held on May 22.

The match will be broadcasted live and will kick start at 2.30 pm.


Shri Nivetha, also from India, settled for a bronze medal with a score of 219.2. After beginning with a series of scores in the 9s, Heena switched gears and notched up 10 and above consistently to break away from the field. Her second series produced consistent 10s and she even hit a perfect 10.9 in the elimination round to put herself in contention for gold. After initially fighting for the 3rd-4th position, Heena scored a 10.9 on her 13th shot in the final to take the lead and then held her nerve till the end.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to organise an Indian Premier League(IPL) style women’s T20 exhibition match prior to the opening play-off game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

India beat Japan in Women’s Asian C’ship Trophy

major competition after her twin medal success at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the World Cup in Korea. Heena had won gold in the 25 metre sports category in Gold Coast and a silver in her pet event, the 10 metre air pistol. The gold in Hannover will further push her claim for the World Cup as she aims to better her scores and finish on a high in Munich. “Technically I am sound, just need some tweaking in the mental management for 60 shots,” Heena said. The field included 2012 London Olympic Games silver medallist and France’s Celine Goberville who was placed seventh in the finals. Germany’s Carina Wimmer was fourth followed by Sandrine Goberville of France ( fifth) and Michelle Skeries of Germany (sixth).

Indian women’s hockey forward Navneet Kaur’s hat-trick of goals helped defending champions India got off to a flying start as they beat Japan 4-1 in their opening match at the 5th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy at the Sunrise Stadium on Sunday. Besides Navneet (7’, 25’ and 55’), centre forward Anupa Barla (53’) was the other goalscorer for India. India was in the dominating position right from the start as they displayed well-strategised attack to break the strong Japanese defence. An early chance came by when forward Vandana Katariya and Lilima Minz worked in tandem to create space in the striking circle. Navneet Kaur was quick to pick up an assist from Vandana to send the ball past Korean goalkeeper fetching India 1-0. Good defence led by Indian skipper Sunita Lakra ensured Japan didn’t find too many chances in the circle. It didn’t take long time

for Navneet to score her second goal after she was assisted by Vandana in the 25th minute. Aki Yamada (58’) was the only goal scorer for Japan. “It was an important match to win because a good start always gives confidence to play better in the next matches to come. This is my first man-of-the-match award in an international arena, and I am very happy about it,” said Navneet Kaur after the match. “In the absence of our key striker Rani, there was more responsibility on us to create chances and I am happy that our team did really well. Our target is to win this tournament so that we can carry the winning spirit into the Women’s World Cup,” she added. India will next take on China on May 16 in their second pool stage match at the 5th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy

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