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November 09, 2018 3 COMMUNITY Community Leaders at Diwali Celebration at the Governor’s Mansion BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA


Just two weeks earlier at the packed Dusserah Mela at Constellation Park in Sugar Land, Gov. Greg Abbott had spoken of the new tradition he had started four-years ago at his official residence in the state capital and the beauty of the Diwali festival. “We have ceremonial lamps in the foyer,” he had told the audience as festival organizer Arun Verma and supporter Durga Das Aggarwal stood behind. This past Sunday, November 4, Verma and a group of about 30 other prominent community stalwartshadaprivatecelebration at the Governor’s mansion at which Indian Consul General Anupam Ray presented Abbott with a bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Verma and his wife Vinni presented Abbott and his wife Cecilia with a gold plated tray with LED diyas (lamps) to mark the festive occasion. Abbott lit a ceremonial lamp and extended Diwali greetings to the Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi and the Indian community in Texas. The Governor has held this meeting

with a select group of Indo Americans every year for the past four years and it is an event that hopes to become an annual tradition. Consul General Ray presented the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on behalf of PM Modi in commemoration of the Mahatma’s 150th Birth Anniversary and thanked the Abbotts for opening his mansion to celebrate Diwali. Among others who attended were Indian Deputy Consul General Surendra Adhana, Harish Kathrani, businessman Jiten Agarwal, Sujeeth Draksharam, Sugar Land Councilman Himesh Gandhi, Rajinder Singh, and other well-known Indo Americans from across Texas. Abbott recalled his visit to India earlier this year and his meetings with Modi and other industry leaders. He reflected on the shared Texan and Indian values and similarities between the two countries, and lauded the achievements in education, industry, medicine and business of the Indian community that has settled in the Lone Star State.

Clockwise from top left: Entertainment promoter Rajinder Singh with the Abbotts; Dr. Arun Verma and his wife Vinni presenting a tray of diyas; Indian Consul General Anupam Ray and his wife Amit meeting the Governor; Abbott lights the ceremonial lamp before the event marking Diwali at the Governor’s Mansion.



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New Venue Transforms Houston Diwali Mela into true Street Festival

PEARLAND: Record turnout as

streets had to be blocked for the overflowing crowd gathered at the Pearland Town Center to celebrate the 8th Annual HOUSTON DIWALI MELA on Saturday, October 27, presented by Masala Radio, Karya Properties and Texans Energy. Surrounded by H&M, Forever 21, Macys & Dillards, the vibe was like being in a DIWALI STREET FESTIVAL in Mumbai or Delhi. “The new venue fulfilled the vision we had since 2007 for an up and close Diwali Celebration where anyone can venture near the massive stage to catch the performances, comedy skits, and concerts,” said Event Director Sandhya Thakkar. “Weather was beautiful, and we saw people from all over Houston. Yes the 3000car parking spots got full early… we didn’t expect such a huge turnout! Swapnil Agarwal, CEO Karya Properties, Javed Meghani, CEO Texans Energy and Houston billionaire Shaukat Dhanani of Gulshan Enterprises, Omar Saeed of Northwestern Mutual, Umang Mehta representing Deep, Britannia and Taj Mahal Chai, and Arshad Ramji of Ramji Law Group helped make this year’s Houston Diwali Mela completely free for the entire community as a continuing celebration of Masala Radio’s 25th Year Anniversary.” “This was the best Diwali Melas y’all have organized. I love this new venue, the beautiful lights and decoration all around the bazaar made it so fun to walk around, shop and watch the stage from any angle” said Aarti Mehta, who has attended all previous Di-

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courtesy of airline partner Turkish Airlines & travel partner Hamid Lakhani of TravelGuzs. Sandhya Thakkar added “Brook Bond Taj Mahal Chai sponsored the grand fireworks specially designed to be large high in the sky 300 feet over the town center. This was the best fireworks show we have ever had.” Omar Saeed and CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

wali Melas. “The Pearland Town Center was beautifully transformed for the Festival of Lights. It was exciting to see the burst of activity throughout the center, one of the largest crowds to date,” said Nicole Bowen, PTC Marketing Director. Under a gigantic high ceiling covered pavilion, lit up in uplights and chiffons in yellow, pink and green, Britannia once again present a glittering bazaar of jewelry, kurtis, sarees, lenghas,

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and Diwali décor. Kids flocked to the Karya Kid Rides including giant pirates ship inflatable and a riveting Mechanical Bull Ride. In another corner guests took selfies with elegant Ganesha against a 50foot Rani Pink Rajasthani Hawa Mahal backdrop (courtesy Blink Decorators), flanked by a parade of 4 Rickshaws. “It was so fun to see the decorated Indian Bajaj rickshaws and scooters roam the streets honking as they careened past the thick crowds. Adults felt like kids for a few minutes,” said Dharmesh Mehta. Shah Rukh Khan film singer Hamsika Iyer rocked the finale with her hit songs from SRK movies, including Chamak Challo and 1234 Get on the Dance Floor, flanked by Infused Performing Arts dancers. She came for this event especially from Mumbai

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Jaz Creationz Hosts Annual Elite Halloween Fashion Fundraiser H - GATSBY GALORE OUSTON: On October 27, a crowd of over 500 donned their Gatsby best as Jasmeeta Singh, creator of Jaz Creationz, produced a multicultural event focused on bringing communities together via fashion, philanthropy, and entertainment. Special guests including Fire Chief Samuel Pena and Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards were joined by a host of men, breast cancer survivors and guests honored to be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which was this year’s beneficiary of the swank soiree. Real Men Wear Pink - American Cancer Society candidates and breast cancer survivors in attendance included Bill Baldwin RMWP supporter; Dan D’Armond (Real Men Wear Pink participant) & Lori Ginsburg (guest); Jason Cage (Real Men Wear Pink participant) & Heather Troupe (guest); Bruce Padilla (Real Men Wear Pink participant) & Shelby Kibodeaux (guest); Gloria Guevara Cabler (breast cancer survivor); Ashma Moosa (breast cancer survivor) & Dr. Abdul Moosa (guest), Balaf Rauf and Bill Suesman. In between fashion presentations from a slew of local and international designers were dance performances including aerial artists, swing dancing, belly dancing and more lending a “Gatsby-esque” twist to each performance in keeping with the evening’s theme. Guests enjoyed the lavish collections from Haute Couture Collection by Anil; Alexandria Lee by Mzgwen Davis; TuTu Cute designs by Jacqueline Smooke; PINN by Nafisha Lakhani; Leon Kincade; Jean Weber; Rena’s designs; Jewelry House by Saira Hussain; Sapna Boutique and Dhanak Couture by Bushra. Ms. Singh stated, “Every October I like to host an event that gives back. This year I reached out to the American Cancer Society for their

Real Men Wear Pink campaign. I wanted to combine my passion for entertainment with a meaningful cause. In honor of my mother and all others who have to deal with the agony and challenges of breast cancer, this event honors all those who provide support to their loved ones battling breast cancer. We celebrated the men who act as caregivers and as support systems to their loved ones. Thank you to all the participants of the evening, who helped raise awareness about breast cancer. Tonight is a night to applaud our fierce and fabulous survivors and those in active treatment. Next year we are planning to do the Fundraising entertainment for Alzheimers in the month of Sep ” In addition, the audience was glammed up by the appearance

of beauty queens, some of who played judge for a “Best Gatsby Interpretation” competition. Beauty Queens sparkling up the room were Miss United Nation Ms. Peta Gay Ledbetter; Miss Bollywood International Ms. Mayuri Rana; Miss Pakistan International Ms. Hajera Naeem; Miss Houston Latina 2018 Kathleen Navarro and Miss Teen Latina Houston 2018 Natalie Gonzalez. Special thanks to the evening’s premium sponsors: FS Group; Sabir F & Nish F of Green Village For Alzheimers ; Omar Saeed North Western Mutual; dedicated Farhan Siddiqi – Print & Sign; and breathtaking Beautiful decoration by Deco Art -Aslam Jivani & Abdul Khiyani and exclusive media sponsor 106.1 Hum FM, Desi TV USA, NNK TV network and Paul

Mitchel School. Thanks to our gold sponsors Mr. & Mrs Arun Verma, SDB Mr. and Mrs. Dilip and Shalini Bhargav, and Mr & Mrs. David Minceberg. Thanks to our silver sponsors FARIBA KHOSRAVI, Home Lending, Mr. & Mrs. Ann & Kenny Friedman, Parvez Jasani - Cell Pay, Aman Singh Sidhu-, Desi Window- Mohamad Ali, Devesh Pathak- CPA, Deep Foods- Umang Mehta, Mr. Mrs Raj & Poonam Sehgal, Swapan Dhariyawan, Rajiv Bhavsar, Charlie Patel from India Culture Center and Dr.KD Upadhaya from IHA. Thanks for donating auction items - Kendra Scott jewelry, Karat 22 Fashion Cuff, Memorial Athletic club, Luminess cosmetics by Nidhika and Prashant Mehta, Gallery furniture, Sehgal Diamonds pearl necklace, Salon Gallery, Starbucks, Fab India by Pooja and My Danty Cakes for Macroons. Thanks to media sponsors SMB images by Tinvale, NNk TV Network, Bells n Whistles Photography, Bishop Richard, Rick bound and Culture studio. VERY SPECIAL thanks to the Jaz Managers Sandy, Anna Parson and Divya Singh and coordinators Jasleen Kaur, Dee, Leigh, Linda Tayor, Lion club directors Minette Chiu, Rose Reyes and Niesan

Emara and John Lock from Volunteer Houston. About JAZ CREATIONZ: Jaz Creationz is an international fashion & entertainment production company and an international modeling and dancing agency and a coaching center with a public speaking and physical fitness program. The mission of Jaz Creationz is to raise funds for non-profit organizations by building bridges within the communities through fashion and culture. We promote the value of creativity in today’s diverse entertainment world. We promote the culture, fashion, talent of diverse communities to Educate, Engage and Empower the fashion & entertainment industry. Jaz Creationz has launched its new logo, designed by Print n Sign company. About Jasmeeta Singh: Jasmeeta Singh is a UT graduate and a CEO & Founder of Jaz Creationz. Jasmeeta makes a difference by serving on the boards of Interfaith Ministers, HBBCC Houston Broad Community center, ICC India Culture Center, and served at Women Helping Women, Punjabi Society of Houston and raises funds by coordinating, organizing pageants, talent competitions, pageants, and women empowerment shows.


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November 09, 2018 9 COMMUNITY IACCGH Power Dialogue with Richard Verma


OUSTON: IACCGH Power Dialogue with Richard Verma On Friday October 26, the Former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma opened the IACCGH Power Dialogue for almost an hour at Double Tree Hilton. He appreciated the work of the Chamber and stated that, he has visited various chambers all over the world. But after his Keynote address at the 2015 IACCGH Gala, he was tremendously impressed by the professionalism & deliverance of the Chamber. The subsequent connectivity with the leadership and informed updates made him quote “IACCGH—is my Chamber of choice.” Addressing a special gathering of 25 chamber members and business

leaders;Ambassador Verma gave his insight on the growing relationship between the United States and India. He shed light on the growing trade, economic and cultural relationships between the countries and how he is confident that it’s only poised to grow significantly. He also shared encounters and stories of his days as an Ambassador and how it has been a great learning experience for him. He also spoke about the transition and how smoothly the bureaucracy changed hands and work continued to strength the US-India bond. The meeting wrapped up with Q& A from the attendees and group photographs. For more information visit www. iaccgh.com

Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia (left), Brask Inc President Bal Sareen, Ambassador Richard Verma, President Swapan Dhairyawan, and Past President Ashok Garg. Photos: Paresh Shah




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Houston Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 30 Years of Home Building HOUSTON: A celebratory lun-

cheon to recognize the contributions of Chevron, KPRC, Aramco and other organizations and individuals, was held on Tuesday, October 23 at the Westin Galleria. As guests entered the banquet facility, melodious piano music played by Phillip Hall created a festive atmosphere. KPRC News Anchor Owen Conflenti welcomed the guests. Chevron received the 2018 Legacy Award. Since 1977 Chevron and its employees have contributed approximately $3 million. In addition, 3500 Chevron employee volunteers have contributed 100,000 hours of service to the Houston Habitat For Humanity (HHFH). Chevron has also sponsored over 36 homes and partially sponsored an additional 15 homes. The 2018 Carl Umbland Award was presented to Mr. Jerry Martin, Vice President and General Manager of KPRC. The Carl Umland Award was established to recognize the compassion, tenacity and dedication of Umbland the founder and President of the first board of directors. As a media partner, KPRC has featured the Habitat for Humanity in its TV advertisements giving HHFH national exposure. The Harvey Hero Award was given to Aramco. They provided funding to help build homes for Katrina evacuees in Greensbrook neighborhood and other places.

Aramco also provided resources to restore 176 Habitat homes flooded by hurricane Harvey. The keynote speaker Jim McIngvale spoke from his heart about helping the hundred displaced by Harvey. His powerful narration of life experiences of individuals impacted by the hurricane was heart wrenching. His ability to communicate his feelings and his compelling message to extend a helping hand was laced with compassion and humility. Allison Hay, Executive Director HHFH, thanked the recipients and expressed her gratitude. She updated the progress that HHFH is making with regard to the Tidwell Project/Robins Landing located in NE Houston. The master plan besides single and multiple family housing will include recreational facilities, bank, healthcare and other amenities. The cost of phase 1 of this community project is 15 million. Long-time supporter of HHFH, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee praised HHFH for all the work done during Harvey.

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Living up to their mission of serving the community, India House, in collaboration with Houston Food Bank, distributed Free Food (Food produce and Groceries) to 151 needy families of the neighborhood on Tuesday, October 30. The Mobile unit from Houston Food Bank arrived at India House at 7:45 am. The truck was loaded with large pallets of cereal, vegetables such as potatoes, cabbages, pumpkins, cans of beans, and fruits such as watermelons & pineapples. India House Board /Council members, staff and volunteers joined hands to parcel out groceries to 151 needy families. India House staff set up an assembly line to bring in the food and organized assorted items into plastic bags for each family. In orderly fashion, the families drove to the side entrance of India House and were helped by volunteers to load the groceries in their cars. Several families did not have cars and either walked back to their neighborhood home or waited for Metro transportation for a ride home. Col Raj and Mrs. Kanwal Bhalla sponsored this food distribution session and they also volunteered their time to help with the food distribution. Joining them were more than 25 volunteers from diverse sections of the community. Many of the volunteers were gratified by their charity service and are

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Mousumi Banerjee Entertainment Presents DIWALI GALA NITE 2018 HOUSTON:

After the success of The SAMIR AND DIPALEE LIVE IN CONCERT, MB Entertainment Company is launching its Second Event DIWALI GALA NITE 2018 with Soumen and Chandrika the ZEE SAREGAMAPA stars, performing LIVE in Houston with their Musical Band on November 10, at the NOAH’s EVENT VENUE in Sugar Land, Texas. Soumen Nandi, a classically trained Indian/Bengali musician started his musical journey at a very tender age of six. Soumen is the winner of the regional Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Bangla in 2008 and a Finalist in Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. He is a prolific singer performer and award winning Bollywood playback singer. Soumen has performed in most cities in India and shared stages with stalwarts like Music Director Pritam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shankar Mahadevan, Abhjit Bhattacharya, Sanjay Chakraborty and several other famous singers and musicians of India. Additionally, he has performed in USA, Canada and several other countries. Apart from doing shows his com-

positions and improvisations based on Indian Classical Raga Music and chord chemistry are highly appreciated by different seniors and professors of India. Today Soumen is also a trainer and mentor for Zee TV, training Indian Music to the next generation singers. Chandrika is a terrific rising star/singer in India and abroad. The Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2017 finalist has already done solo performances in all major In-

dian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Vizag, Jabolpur, Hyderabad, Ghatshila, Jamshedpur. Chandrika has done playback in some Bengali Films as well. “Dramadol” released on Aug. 2015. She has sung three songs in this film. She is a versatile singer and has sung in several TV serials also. The Grand Sponsor for this event is Omar Saeed Khan with North Western Mutual Wealth Management, Powered by

Manyavar and Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Energy Corridor. The Media Partners are Indo-American News, Radio Dabang 99.5FM, Voice of Asia News Group, Shoba Joshi Geetanjali Radio KXYZ 1320, Desi Window, Masala Radio Houston and Sangeet Radio. Speaking about the event, Mousumi Banerjee, says, “MB Entertainment invites you all to join a mesmerizing evening of entertainment as we celebrate

Diwali with Music, Delicious Dinner from Amar’s Indo-European Cuisine and Dazzling Performances by Soumen and Chandrika. Thanks for your support. We are all excited to celebrate Diwali together in a Grand & fun way. Mousumi Banerjee Entertainment Company is an entertainment company specializing in Concert Promotion, Talent Promotion and Cultural Event Promotion. Mousumi Banerjee the CEO of the Company had worked relentlessly several years helping the non-profit organizations like India House, CRY, SEWA International and currently a Director of Indo American Charity Foundation. She has promoted both large and small scale events all over Houston. For more information about Mousumi Banerjee Entertainment visit: www.facebook. com/Mousumi-Banerjee2046130342332317/, email: mousumib@yahoo.com or call 832-841-5727.



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Gladiators Crowned as TCC Taped Ball Tournament FALL 2018 Champions, SLCC Runners Up


Gladiators and SLCC squared off in another engrossing final, which culminated with Gladiators winning by 15 runs and crowned as TCC Taped Ball Fall 2018 Champions. Gladiators came into the finals dominating all the playoff games while Sri Lanka Cricket Club (SLCC) was battle hardened winning some close games during the playoffs. SLCC won the toss and put Gladiators into bat on a wet pitch and damp outfield. Amit was caught in the very first over. Emad and Ninad then steadied the ship with some sensible play, scoring 17 in the first five overs. Run scoring was difficult due to good bowling from SLCC and the wet outfield. The next five overs yielded 37 runs as Emad hit some lusty blows while Ninad rotated the strike from the other end. At the end of 10 overs Gladiators were sitting pretty at 54 / 1 and eyeing a target in excess of 120. After the break, SLCC came back roaring with quick breakthroughs as Gladiators lost wickets trying to accelerate scoring. First Emad was caught brilliantly by Ramesh and in form batsman Aradhya fell cheaply, which set off a string of wickets reducing Gladiators to 87/8 after 18 overs. Good bowling and some suicidal run outs put Gladiators in danger of being bowled out for less than 100. Sandeep then played some cheeky shots towards the end and stitched together crucial 18 runs with Darshan in the last two overs, that pushed Gladiators above the psychologically important 100 mark. Emad was top scorer with 32 runs and was well supported by Ninad (23), Sanman (15) and Sandeep (12). SLCC effected 3 runouts and except for Ramesh, all bowlers in play took one wicket each. Defending 106 against a vaunted SLCC batting line up is no mean feat. However, SLCC was immediately put on the back foot as Gladiator opening bowlers Mathew and Hammesh started with some incisive bowling reducing SLCC to 6 / 3 after 4 overs. Ninad, Subodh and Sandeep supported by superb fielding continued to apply the pressure. SLCC was 16 / 4 at the end of 8th

over and looked in danger of falling behind. However, Ranil and Thilan then scored briskly in the next two overs to make it 38 for 4 at the 10 over mark. After the break, Gladiators continued to bowl well and gave very few deliveries to score. After the opening bowlers burst, SLCC was 10 runs behind throughout the innings and a big over that could swing the balance in their favor never came as Gladiators bowlers stuck to their task and bowled disciplined lengths. In the end SLCC managed to score 90 runs in 20 overs despite losing just 5 wickets and fell short by 15 runs. Ranil (37) and Thilan (33 N.o) were top scorers for SLCC. Mathew was the best bowler for Gladiators picking up 3 wickets. The game was followed by prize distribution ceremony arranged by TCC. TCC and teams were honored to have Mr. Dhaval Mehta as the chief guest. He is well known for his effort to improve Kids cricket in Houston. He was felicitated by TCC with a plaque for his contribution to cricket in Houston. Jagadish Biradar, the organizer for TCC Taped Ball tournament coordinated the presentation ceremony and thanked Dinesh from Gladiators for a wonderful voluntary job in scheduling. Subodh Dongare, the captain of Gladiators Cricket Club was presented with the championship trophy and Dushan, the captain of SLCC was presented with the runners up trophy. The players of the Winners and Runners up teams received individual trophies. Emad was adjudged man of the match for scoring 32 match winning runs. Tournament awards were as follows. UH Sany from BTH won the best batsman with 285 runs. Manjunath from CFCC won the best bowler with 20 wickets. Raj Singh from STYX won the Best all-rounder trophy with 197 runs and 13 wickets. Darshan Trivedi from Gladiators and Swaroop CK from Cougars won the best wicket keeper trophy for 24 catches. Special trophies were given to Adithya from STYX and Abhishek form CFCC for centuries and Abhishek from SuperKings for a hat-trick.

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Hindu Temple of the Woodlands Celebrates Diwali Mela BY BETH KULKARNI


HE WOODLANDS: As many as 5000 persons from as far away as Colorado, as well as from Clear Lake and Sugarland, came to the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands on Saturday, November 5 for the community Diwali celebration. This was a significant number of attendees, many of them local Americans who had never visited a Hindu temple or seen the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. But even more impressive than the number of visitors, was the hundreds of volunteers, some of who have been meeting weekly for several months to look after every detail of the Mela. As Diwali means the festival of lights, after dark a magnificent wall of diyas, earthenware lamps, were lit by several hundred devotees. With the wall depicting temple scenes, it was a sight to behold! One visitor from the Sugarland area stated that this “Diya Wall” was the finest that he had ever seen. Guests enjoyed food from various parts of India including, including dosas (thin crispy ricelentil pancakes with potato masala and two kinds of chutney and sambar; samosas and various other snack food including specialties as prepared in various parts of India; “Modi Chai with Ginger”; and mango milkshakes. Some experienced dosas makers did “taste tests” before determining that the

dosas were even better than they made at home! In addition, there were booths selling costume jewelry, ethnic Indian outfits, saris, Indian handicrafts and art created by two Indian-American ladies. Several

businesses and nonprofit organizations also had booths in which they shared their products with interested attendees. One somewhat unique one was a provider of solar electric panels, which have been installed in several Woodlands

Houston Diwali Mela CONTINUED FROM PAGE 05 Shanti Panicker of Northwestern Mutual were the exclusive financial sponsors of this year’s Diwali Mela. “Since Diwali is the festival to honor Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, we thought it was a perfect event for us since we are the

leading Wealth Management company. This was the most unique street festival & mela for our community with flawless execution. The lights, sound, stage felt like a large Bollywood concert.” The stage was filled with enchanting presentations of Indian semi-classical, folk, and Bol-

lywood dances by some of the best dance teams in Houston Khusboo Dance, Kathak Nritya Kala Kendra, USDG Rockstars, US Desi Gals, Dazzling Divas, Yuva Bollywood, Arya Dance Academy Louisiana & Houston, and Infused Performing Arts. The crowd erupted in laughter during KBC Comedy featuring Amitabh “Chappan” and Rahul “Kandi”. Since the date of this year’s festival fell on Karya Chauth, Masala Radio invited several couples from the audience to a dance contest on the “Chand Chupa” scene from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. All participants received a beautiful Karva Chauth pooja set courtesy of Keemat Grocers. The winning couples were actually fasting all day, and still managed to break out their best Bollywood performance! Audiences welcome sponsors on stage as they were throwing out LED light balls, which were exchanged for Gift Baskets filled with Brittania cookies, Deep Sacks, Taj Mahal Chai, and Diwali trinkets. 3 hours of nonstop stage entertainment included emcee Henna Shah singing a few main-stream hits by Drake and Ariana Grande with Dholis Toki & Tamim get-

homes, dramatically reducing electricity cost to the home-owners. The temple’s newly published cookbook was also available for its initial sale. “Traditional Indian Foods and New Favorites” is a hardcover book of over 450 pages, ting the party people dancing all around the town center. Vijay Pallod of HGH said “I want to thank Masala Radio for organizing such a beautiful festival and for doing the auspicious Maha Arti on stage with the entire crowd. This year’s event was way beyond my expectations.” Hindus of Greater Houston led a soul-stirring Maha Arti of 5000 LED lights, along with an equal number of cell phone lights which included local political candidates Sri Preston Kulkarni, KP George and Benjamin Hernandez. Record giveaways included thousands of free Ramji Happy Diwali Tshirts, free face painting and balloon animals by Northwestern Mutual, free Henna by Nisha’s Beauty Salon and Meenakshi Temple, free Britannia cookies, free Taj Mahal chai, “Dress up like a God on a Sholay SideCar Scooter” photo booth at Karya Properties. There were long lines at all food booths. For several years now, Chef Nirman has presented freshly prepared Mumbai Street Foods – like his famous Frankies and Paneer Kati Rolls from Nirmanz Food Boutique. Gayatri Bhavan captivated the crowds with their range of fresh made dosas including the widely popular Mysore Masala and Chocolate Dosas. Mirch Masala presented mouth-

with a variety of recipes from local cooks and their friends. It is completely vegetarian, with many recipes that are either vegan or easily adapted to be vegan. It will be available for sale at the temple. Those attending the Mela, or festival, appreciated different aspects of the event. Sanjay Joshi, co-chair of the event this year as well as in previous years, stated “It is beyond our expectations that in these few years we would have such a grand Diwali celebration attracting hundreds of our neighbors and friends who are enjoying celebrating with us.” Others were amazed at the musical and dance talent demonstrated on the stage. Young children through senior citizens showed their talents from 11 am through 10 pm. A middle-school girl, Lakshmi, along with many of her friends, was not willing to leave the temple at 10 pm as she was having such a good time. In fact, late evening was the most popular time for many, especially volunteers who were busy with the food stalls earlier in the day and finally available to enjoy the singing and dancing, which took place on the other side of the temple. HTW Priest Chandrashekar Sarma, when asked what part of the Mela he liked the most, stated that he was most impressed with the unity of the temple community working hard to make the event possible. He also mentioned he was impressed with how hard the volunteers worked. watering Kasta Kachoris and a full range of Mumbai chaat street foods along with Natura Café’s touch of Marathi snack foods. During the Ramji Law Group Rangoli Competition, judges were challenged to pick just one winner from all the entries featuring Ramayan scenes, from Hanuman, son of the Wind God, to peacocks, to colored rice and mixed dals kaleidoscopes; ultimately judges split the $501 Ramji Law Group prize money between 1st Place Winner Disha Vora ($401), and 2nd place Mrudangi Shah ($101). Indeed, it took a village of Masala Event Managers, Sponsors, Volunteers and Vendors to put together one of the Indo American community’s signature events. Masala Radio would like to thank its dream management team: Rinku, Bhavisha, Ruchir, Ninad, Carlos, Sonali, Mayur, Vinay, Lauhael, Neha, Kajal, Sahil, Simran, Priyanshi, Dilip, Rajoo, Ina, Amit, Anees, Krupa and over 100 volunteers. Organizers request feedback at events@masalaradio.com and look forward to new concepts for Diwali 2019. Halo Re Halo! More Photos coming soon to HoustonDiwali.com and www. facebook.com/HoustonDiwali


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November 09, 2018 Bowing to Beijing

The dramatic expansion of Beijing’s power — including economic, military and political — over the last few decades has significantly altered equations between China and other major powers including the US. The power imbalance is even more pronounced between China and its neighbours. It is reflected in how China deals with India and Pakistan. India has struggled to come to terms with this growing imbalance in recent years. Pakistan’s problems with China are bigger, given its economic weakness, and could not be masked during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China over the weekend. While there were no big apparent gains for Khan during the trip, he had to make a bow to Chinese concerns. Consider for example, Khan’s urgent priority on securing China’s fiscal support to tide over the massive balance of payments crisis that he has inherited. In his first trip abroad to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, Khan had secured funding worth $6 billion from Riyadh. If he was looking for a similar announcement from Beijing, there was none forthcoming in the public. On the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Khan had to retreat from his earlier criticism of CPEC projects and the promise to “review” them. The joint statement issued in Beijing expressed “satisfaction” at the progress so far and declared “complete consensus on the future trajectory of CPEC”. Whatever concerns Pakistan might have on China’s reported ill-treatment of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, or East Turkestan as it often called, there was no question of Khan raising it in Beijing, in private or in public. He had to offer, instead, a ringing endorsement of China’s efforts on “safeguarding its sovereignty and security, and combating separatism, terrorism and extremism including East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)”. In return, China seemed to offer words of comfort to Pakistan on Kashmir by emphasising the importance of resolving “long-standing issues” in the Subcontinent. In a reference to the Masood Azhar case, Beijing joined Khan in criticising India for trying to politicise the UN process of designating terrorists. It praised Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorism, and called on the international community to ease the potential threat of sanctions under the guidelines of the Financial Action Task Force. It also promised to support Pakistan’s entry into the Nuclear Supplier Group. If India had any expectations that China would become a little more neutral on issues between Delhi and Islamabad after the Wuhan summit, there was little to cheer from the joint statement. Islamabad too is beginning to figure out that for all the talk of an “all weather partnership”, China will set the terms of the relationship and Pakistan has no choice but to go along. If India and Pakistan can’t stop their mutual bickering, their respective leverages with a rising China will continue to diminish. -- Indian Express

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Wrong Doctor, Wrong Medicine BY R. SRINIVASAN Just how bad the pollution problem is in Delhi was brought home to me in a dramatic and personal fashion when I flew from Chennai to Delhi on Friday. When I departed from Chennai, monsoon rains were gently washing the city, and Chennai’s air quality index showed a suspended particulate matter (SPM) level in the twenties. When I landed in Delhi, the place was enveloped in an acrid, choking smog, the SPM level was in the 400s, and my sinuses immediately clogged shut. With Diwali round the corner, people with respiratory problems are literally cowering indoors, anticipating the worst. If more smoke is blown in from the burning fields of stubble in Punjab and Haryana, and if the great Indian public decides to ignore both legal bans and social appeals (as it has done in the past) and celebrate with the usual noisy, smoky firecrackers, some of those with acute problems might literally be facing a death sentence. Something clearly had to be done. Somebody had to act. And someone did. As usual, with both the elected and administrative arms of government failing to come up with tangible solutions, it was left to the judiciary to do something. The Supreme Court did do something: it has prohibited the plying of diesel vehicles that are over 10 years old and petrol vehicles that are over 15 years old in the National Capital Region. Actually, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed such a ban as far back as in April 7, 2015, but clearly nobody was implementing this very seriously. After being pulled up by the Supreme Court, though, the Delhi government told the court that it had struck off nearly 40 lakh such vehicles off the registry, which means that these vehicles will no longer be able to legally ply on the roads. At one stroke, this will make a dramatic and immediate difference to the traffic problem as well as pollution levels in the NCR. That order was just the latest in a long series of orders and directives by the Supreme Court to try to check the rampant rise in pollution levels in Delhi caused by a toxic mix of vehicular emissions, emissions from

thermal power plants, construction dust and open burning of refuse along with seasonal additions like fine dust blowing in from the Thar desert during some summer months and smoke from burning field stubble in neighbouring States, especially in October and November. The courts have intervened dozens of times over the past couple of decades to somehow curb this relentless rise in pollution, which has left Delhi with the distinction of being the world’s most polluted city. Starting from 1998, when it first imposed a ban on all public transport vehicles using diesel as a fuel and ordered them to convert to CNG, it has taken all kinds of steps. It has imposed a restriction on the plying of commercial goods vehicles in the day time, ordered the phasing out/ banning of commercial vehicles over 20, 17 and 15 years old within different time frames, ordered stopping the sale of unleaded oil and loose 2T engine oil, directed an increase in the number of CNG outlets in the capital and even ordered the construction of bypass roads and a new inter-State bus terminus for the city. Now, the court has also said that no Bharat Stage-IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020. These are all measures that the government should have taken. That all these measures have failed to have any kind of significant or long-term impact on Delhi’s pollution levels shows that trying to solve society-level problems through court

orders, that too without an administrative set-up that is capable and willing to implement such orders, is simply going to fail. Two years ago, the NGT had directed commercial vehicles entering Delhi to pay an environment compensation charge to the government. To this the administration simply responded later that it was unable to collect this charge. And despite deregistering 40 lakh vehicles at one stroke now, reports indicate that the number of cars that have been impounded are far too few. There is another problem when courts intervene in such technical areas — sometimes, one tends to miss the wood for the trees. For instance, diesel as a fuel has been demonised, although there are specific diesel engines which pollute less than petrol engines. Likewise, a 10-year-old diesel engine car might be far less polluting than a poorly maintained one-year-old diesel taxi. Likewise, banning registration of non-BS-VI vehicles is akin to your income tax being deducted at source — it simply reflects the tax department’s bid to cover up its inability to collect by shifting the responsibility somewhere else. There is no point running an oddeven vehicle scheme when the root cause of stubble burning remains unaddressed. Pollution is a societal problem which calls for cohesive administrative action and behavioural change on the part of the public. It cannot be fixed through court orders. - The Hindu


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November 09, 2018


Yaadon Ki Baraat – Down Memory lane Experience the Magic of Naach Houston


Moksh Community Arts presents its 5th production, this fall on Nov 17th 2018, at the Berry Center, Barker Cypress at 8pm sharp. Dil Se Naach 2018, Yaadon Ki Baraat, is Directed by Mahesh Mahbubani. Moksh Community Arts was formed in 2016 to present performance platforms nurturing local talent in the field of Dance and Theatre. Yaadon Ki Baraat takes you on a Magical journey down memory

lane, celebrating yesterday, today and creating a magnificent tomorrow. Another brand new and spectacular production from Naach Houston, showcasing over 100 performers of all age groups ranging from 6 years to 77 years, under the Artistic Direction of Mahesh Mahbubani. Our diverse range of Naach Choreographers Anita Vyas, Brinda Patel, Karishma Mehta, Simran Kotak, Twinkle Khanna,

Aishwarya Ravat & Mahesh Mahbubani have created a vibrant canvas of mind blowing choreography, with a colorful and exotic collection of exuberant Costumes. The Production is lit by Ace Lighting Director Arif Memon with breathtaking Visuals created by Mahesh Mahbubani. The production includes 4 mesmerizing acts performed by the Professional Dance Teams interspersed with our Student teams from Naach Houston, including our super young Senior Dance Team. Act One – NAACH DUNIYA (Naach Universe) The opening Act is a window into the magical world of Naach, where multiple cultures with diverse dance styles and sounds blend, creating a magnificent dance universe. Act Two: NAYA DAUR – The New Generation Act Three – LAMHE (Moments) An Emotional Dancescape, through moments of Love, celebrating Romance in Indian contemporary dance style. Act Four – YAADON KI BARAAT The Finale Act – Taking you down Memory Lane with foot tapping, melodies from yesteryear and current Bollywood Hits. We are very Grateful to our sponsors, The Rungta Foundation, Indo-American News, Shelina and Alnoor Malick , DMMS events and The Bombay Pizza Express. Buy your tickets Online to witness the Magic of our Community in Action Tickets are available at ttps:// www.tututix.com/client/moksharts/

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November 09, 2018

ManzoorEKhudaisaSalutetoBeing Free: Vijay Krishna Acharya

Aamir, Katrina and Fatima salute the spirit of freedom in Thugs of Hindostan’s new song

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ing to light up the internet. tion adventure Thugs of Titled Manzoor E Khuda, Hindostan has wowed au- this patriotic dance number diences worldwide with its salutes the spirit of freelarger than life, extravagant dom and has Aamir Khan, trailer and its lavish catchy Katrina Kaif and Fatima songs, making it the big- Sana Shaikh dancing on it. gest ever Hindi film release. Director Viktor (Vijay KrishThis visual spectacle about na Acharya) says, “Manzoan epic war and adventure or E Khuda comes at a very on the high seas, is releas- crucial turning point in the ing this Diwali. YRF is now film and it had to be a movreleasing the teaser of its ing, powerful song. I think third song that is surely go- it’s lyrics, composition and vocals have created an overwhelming effect, making this salute to being free an incredibly special song. We love the song and we are certain that the audiences will love the spirit of freedom in it.” As we all know, the Thugs take on the mighty British empire in the film. Thus, the significance of this song is immense. Chinni and Rekha Prakash, who are known for their unique choreography which always becomes a huge talking point, has directed it. Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal – three of the most brilliant singers of our generation have sung this powerful song.

Composed by the talented duo Ajay-Atul, Manzoor E Khuda literally means ‘By the will of God’. This track talks about undaunting grit and determination of the Thugs. Standing up for freedom, of living as per one’s free will, is the message that’s embedded at the heart of this inspiring song. Visually grand, the powerful lyrics have been written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Thugs of Hindostan brings two of the biggest icons of Hindi cinema Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan for the first time on big screen, making it a must watch movie for Hindi film lovers worldwide. The film is set to treat audiences with the biggest jaw-dropping action sequences seen on screen to date. With its edge-of-theseat thrills and a visually immersive experience, YRF’s out and out Diwali entertainer, Thugs of Hindostan, is set to release on November 8, a national holiday, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Watch https://youtu.be/ rxdX-rxdXLCHtRjs


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes

It is that time of year when Fall colors and festivals – Diwali, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas - fill up all our days. There are parties big and small everywhere and lots of little things to snack on and this dish is a perfect fit and so easy to make. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Coconut de Pede recipe, which is a perfect little finger dessert for Diwali. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions.

Coconut de Pede


There is no shortage of sweet confections in India as they are made of various types of base ingredients. Very few are actually made of flour dough and many use milk, either condensed, coagulated, reduced or separated for its whey and cheese. Most of these “sweetmeats” (as Indian are fond of calling them) are very rich in sugar calories and deep frying and adding nuts make them even more fattening. All the same, they are extremely delicious and hard to pass up. Some sweets – like laddus (balls made of various ingredients), burfi (reduced milk squares), boondi (sweet fried gram flour drops) and pede (dough disks), apart from being eaten as a dessert, are often used as offerings to the deities in temples and then distributed to others as prasad (blessed food). But not all sweets are used in temples as offerings. They are often sold at the stalls and shops that line the way to the temple. Pede is a sweet that is made with khoya (reduced milk), sugar and traditional flavorings like illachi (cardamom), piste (pistachio) and kesar (saffron) and can come in creamy white to a caramel color. Pede originated in the holy city of Mathura (associated with Lord Krishna) and these – along with petha (caramelized white pumpkin or winter melon) – is what the city is also famous for all over the country. The traditional way halwais (confectioners) make pede is to first boil whole milk on a stove till it has evaporated down to a thick paste. They then make small disks of them. It’s a time consuming process that requires patience, a lot of supervision to stir the milk so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn, and the ability to stand over a hot stove for long hours. But there is a much simpler way too. This recipe allows the average home cook to cut back the work and still make tasty pede that can match the store made ones. It is quick and easy to make - in about 30 minutes – and those who eat it will never know the difference Ingredients: • 1 cup non-fat milk powder • 1 cup bariq narrial powder (fine coconut powder) • 7 oz (200 gm) condensed milk

• Condiments to taste: crushed piste (pistachioes); illachi (cardamom) powder Directions: 1. Pour all the non-fat milk powder and coconut powder in a bowl and mix together. 2. Pour in the condensed milk and mix thoroughly. 3. Coat your hands with some vegetable oil so that the ball will not stick. Now knead the mixture till it forms into a ball. 4. Coat a clean dinner plate with a thin film of vegetable oil so that the pedde will not stick. 5. Take a small amount of dough and roll between your palms of till it forms into a small ball. 6. Place the ball on a serving plate and then press down with your palm to form a half-inch thick disk, about 1.25 inches in diameter. 7. Continue to make more disks with

the remaining mixture. 8. To the top of each disk, place some crushed piste. Then sprinkle the entire plate lightly with the illachi powder. 9. Cover with some wrapping paper and place the plate in the fridge for an hour. Shakuntla Malhotra is a skilled cook of Punjabi dishes made in the old-fashioned style that she learnt as a young woman in her ancestral home in Lyallpur, India (since renamed Faisalabad) before it became part of Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. People have often admired her cooking for its simplicity and taste that comes with each mouthful. Even in her early-nineties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share her delectable Punjabi recipes for future generations.




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November 09, 2018


Chris Hemsworth Shooting in Ahmedabad for Netflix Film Dhaka


Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth

is all geared up for his maiden Netflix project, titled Dhaka. Earlier, it was revealed that the actor will be shooting for the crime drama in India. Now,

we have come across photos of the Avengers actor in Ahmedabad. The photos come after Chris’ social media update from the film’s set. The Netflix film Dhaka will see Chris Hemsworth rescuing a kidnapped Indian boy. The actor will play a man who has trouble coping with his emotional turmoil. The film, which has been written by Joe Russo, marks another collaboration of the actor and filmmaker post Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The film will be helmed by debutant director Sam Hargrave. Apparently, Chris Hemsworth received an edible Mjolnir (hammerhead made up of chocolate), which was Thor’s weapon of choice before it was pulverised by his sister Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. The actor had shared the video on his Instagram handle.


Hemsworth had told Esquire about Avengers 4 recently. He had said, “If you were shocked by [Infinity War], I think the second one is even more shocking, for other reasons entirely, that’s what kind of blew me away the first time I read both scripts, is how they managed to orchestrate so many different characters but give them each their own separate shot and moments, and have it be elevated and feel fresh and unique—not just like a messy, throwntogether assembly of these guys.” ~IndianExpress.com

Amitabh Bachchan to Inaugurate Kolkata International Film Festival

Ashutosh Rana Nov 10, 1967

Rati Agnihotri Nov 10, 1960

Juhi Chawla Nov 13, 1967

Australia would be the focus

country of the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival, slated to be inaugurated by Bollywood’s living legend Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of a galaxy of superstars of Indian cinema including Shah Rukh Khan here on November 10, the organisers announced on Saturday. A carousal of 171 feature films, 150 shorts and documentaries from 70 countries would be on show at 16 auditoria in the city and Howrah with the 1967 Bengali classic ‘Antony Firingee’ being the inaugural movie of the eight-day festival. Besides Bachchan, venerable Iranian director Majid Majidi, and Australian directors Simon Baker, Jill Bilcock and Philip Noyce would grace the opening ceremony, to be presided over by West Ben-

gal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Sanjay Dutt, Jaya Bachchan, Wahida Rehman, Nandita Das would also be present at the opening ceremony, said state youth and sports minister and KIFF chief advisor Aroop Biswas. The best film would be given

an award of Rs 51 lakh, and the best director Rs 21 lakh, with both receiving a golden trophy christened Royal Bengal Tiger. He said Antony Firingee, with Uttam Kumar and Tanuja in the lead, was chosen as the inaugural film to mark the 100 years of Bengali cinema. Twenty six films from Australia would be on show, with Philip Noyce being honoured with a retrospective. Four popular works of Iranian film maker Majidi will also be screened. Bengali film directory giving details of the major celluloid ventures in the language would be published during the jamboree. ~IndianExpress.com




November 09, 2018

Karthik, Krunal Usher India Home in Low-score Scrap BY DEIVARAYAN MUTHU KOLKOTA (ESPN Crickinfo): India 110 for 5 (Karthik 31*, Krunal 21*, Brathwaite 2-11, Thomas 2-21) beat West Indies 109 for 8 (Allen 27, Kuldeep 3-13) by five wickets West Indies’ next-gen T20I stars, plucked out of the Caribbean Premier League 2018, were tipped to challenge India more than their ODI and Test sides had done. Their batsmen cobbled only 109 for 8, but their bowlers, led by debutant quick Oshane Thomas, ambushed India’s top order and ran them close, before Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya, also on debut, ushered the hosts home. Krunal, whose first touch with the ball was a fumble to the boundary in the game’s first over, hit the winning runs with an eye-catching chip over extra-cover. He had also played a part with the ball, claiming the wicket of his IPL team-mate Kieron Pollard, while conceding only 15. It was anybody’s game when 21year-old Thomas and his captain Carlos Brathwaite pinned India down to 45 for 4 inside eight overs. Thomas set the speedgun on fire - like he had done at the CPL and in the ODI series - ripping out both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan with 147kph inswingers. It was the third time in three innings on this tour that he had nailed Dhawan’s stumps. Brathwaite then dug the ball into the pitch and had Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul holing out for 1 and 16 respectively. Thomas continued to hit speeds north of 145 kph, leaving Karthik and Manish Pandey ducking and weaving. At one point, Brathwaite even deployed Pollard at forward short leg. Karthik and Pandey saw him and Brathwaite off, putting on 38 for the fifth wicket off 45 balls. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, who like Krunal bowled constricting lines, gave India further jitters, when he beat Pandey with dip and turn, drawing a return catch. At that point, India needed 27 off 30 balls. While Karthik simply defended tightly or knocked the ball into the gaps, Krunal was more adventurous; even venturing a reverse-paddle off his third ball. They ultimately sealed the game with five wickets and 13 balls to spare in India’s first-ever T20I at home without MS Dhoni.

Krunal Pandya blows a kiss to Kieron Pollard after getting his wicket, India v West Indies, 1st T20I, Kolkata, November 4, 2018.

West Indies’ T20I line-up was dripping with flair and depth - they had hitters until No. 10 - but their troubles at the top set them up for failure. In the absence of their gun openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, West Indies

used a make-shift opening pair in Shai Hope and Dinesh Ramdin, who had laboured to 24 off 30 balls in his most recent game as an opener, in the CPL final earlier this year. Before that, Ramdin had opened only twice in

competitive cricket - both in 2007. He was uncertain against the swing of left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed, but it was Umesh Yadav, playing only because of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s illness, who found Ramdin’s outside edge. In the next over, Hope was involved in a farcical mix-up that might break Youtube hit counters. After he clipped the ball away to the right of short midwicket, Rahul hunted it down but lobbed the ball over wicketkeeper Karthik’s head. Both Hope and Shimron Hetmyer were dashing towards the non-striker’s end by the time Pandey swooped in from backward point and effected a run-out, despite colliding with Karthik. Hetmyer then flickered briefly before Jasprit Bumrah bounced him out with a 141kph short ball that was aimed at the armpit. Pollard, West Indies’ most experienced batsman, was all at sea against both swing and spin, as he tiptoed to 14 off 26 balls, before Krunal sent him off with a kiss. It turned into a full-blown collapse when Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell and Brathwaite all fell to Kuldeep Yadav. At 63 for 7 in 14.5 overs, West Indies were in danger of being dismissed for a sub-100 total, but Fabien Allen (27 off 20 balls) and Keemo Paul (15* off 13 balls) helped their side avoid that ignominy. Thomas’ blistering pace then made their total of 109 look bigger, but not big enough.

Kiwis Lose 8 for 23 as Pak Completes 3-0 Sweep DUBAI: Pakistan 166 for 3 (Babar 79, Hafeez 53*) beat New Zealand 119 (Williamson 60, Shadab 3-30, Maqsood 2-21, Imad 2-28) by 47 runs. For all of ten glorious overs - and it was glorious, no matter who one supported - it seemed like Kane Williamson would single-handedly snap Pakistan’s T20I winning streak. With Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme dismissed early in a chase of 167, and the Powerplay almost over, this looked like a stroll for Pakistan. It ended up being every bit the stroll it appeared at that point, with Pakistan winning by 47 runs, but Williamson gave them an almighty scare in the middle. He smashed - caressed, really - 60 runs off 38 balls in a manner so classical you’d feel blessed to see it

in a Test match. It wrested the advantage back in New Zealand’s favour, but once he holed out to long-on off Shadab Khan, the tourists went back to being the side they had looked before their captain had sprinkled his class over the contest. They lost their last eight wickets for 23 runs, and Pakistan had yet another welldeserved clean sweep to their name. This was not to be the close contest the first two games had been, even though New Zealand made an excellent start. Seth Rance found the sort of prodigious swing no bowler had managed all season, and Fakhar Zaman was particularly discomfited. Pakistan manged just 33 runs in the first six, with Zaman dismissed following an ugly hoick to the offside, ensuring the left-hander’s poor run in

Asia continued. It was Babar Azam, inevitably, who got his side back on course. Needing 48 runs to overtake Virat Kohli to become the fastest to 1000 T20I runs, he began to take control of the overs immediately following the Powerplay, picking up the run rate alongside the in-form Mohammad Hafeez. Just as this pair had done for much of the T20I series against Australia, the pair was responsible for the bulk of the runs scored in the Pakistan innings, the partnership adding 96 off 64 deliveries. For the first time in six games, Pakistan knocked themselves out of the magnetic field that seems to hold them within the 145-160 range, a late flourish ensuring they set the tourists 167 to chase.


Pro Kabaddi League: Gujarat Beats Delhi by 45-38 NOIDA: Gujarat Fortunegiants continued their impressive run with a 4538 win over Dabang Delhi KC in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI in Greater Noida on Sunday. Meanwhile, hosts UP Yoddha settled for a 30-30 draw against Bengal Warriors. Chandran Ranjit and Naveen Kumar tried their best to make an impact on the match by getting 11 and 8 raid points. They were led down by the experienced corner pair of Ravinder Pahal and captain Joginder Narwal who collected 3 tackle points in total between them. Dong Geon Lee was brought in for the match and caused problems for Delhi to get a Super 10. Sunil Kumar had a below par performance but his absence was covered up by Parvesh Bhainswal who got 6 tackle points. Gujarat Fortunegiants started with a toe touch by Rohit Gulia on Vishal in the first raid of the match. They continued to dominate Delhi with Gulia getting a Super Raid with a bonus point and touch points on Vishal and Yogesh Hooda to make it 1-5 in favour of Gujarat by the third minute. They then inflicted an All Out on Delhi by the sixth minute to take an 8 point lead with 3-11. Earlier, U Mumba finally won the Maharashtra derby against Puner Paltan with a 31-22 scoreline in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League. Puneri Paltan had drawn and lost the last two contests against U Mumba. Fazel Atrachali had a near flawless match as he got 4 tackle points from his 5 tackle attempts. More GB of Puneri Paltan and Vinod Kumar shocked the opponents as they got 4 and 3 tackle points even though they are raiders for their respective teams. Girish Ernak had a mediocre performance as he only got 1 tackle point from 3 tackle attempts. Fazel Atrachali was given the Orange Sleeve for hoarding the highest number of tackle points this season after Saturday’s incredible performance.

Gujarat continued its impressive run with a 45-38 win over Delhi.

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Why Do You Fire So Many Americans? TCS Faces US Jury SAN FRANCISCO: India’s IT outsourcing giant Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. needs to offer a good explanation for why engineers hired at its American outposts are 13 times as likely to be fired if they’re not South Asian. The company is set to go on trial Monday in California over racial discrimination claims by American workers who lost their jobs at TCS offices in the US because they hadn’t been assigned to any of its clients. The trial will cast a spotlight on work-visa programs companies use to bring overseas workers to the US, a practice President Donald Trump has criticized in his protectionist push. TCS, Asia’s largest outsourcer, and rival Indian information technology staffing firms Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. have all been squeezed by the Trump administration to hire more Americans on US soil. Mumbai-based TCS denies any unlawful bias in its US operations and says in court filings that the Caucasian

The trial will cast a spotlight on work-visa programs companies use to bring overseas workers to the US.

American leading the lawsuit was removed from one of its projects and ultimately terminated over “performance concerns.” TCS said it can’t comment specifically on the pending litigation, but believes it has a strong case and will prevail at trial. “Our success is based on our ability to provide the best talent available, both in the US and globally, based purely on the individual’s specialized

experience, skills and fit for each client’s specific needs,” a company spokesman said. “TCS also strictly adheres to all federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.” The jury is expected to be shown statistical evidence that the odds of race and national origin not being a factor in TCS’s termination decisions are less than one in a billion. That’s

because, since 2011, the company fired 12.6 percent of its non-South Asian workers in the US, compared with less than 1 percent of its South Asian employees, according to the complaint. TCS employs more than 400,000 people worldwide, is valued at about $100 billion. Still, these are challenging times for the company that pioneered the India tech services model five decades ago. The outsourcing industry barreled along at 20 percent-plus growth with little trouble until recently, but easy deals are now gone. TCS Chief Executive Officer Rajesh Gopinathan said in a May interview that the industry needs to adapt to seize bigger opportunities than ever. While TCS has won awards as a top employer in North America, the lawsuit paints a different picture. The case was brought as a class action on behalf of about 1,000 non-South Asians. -- Indian Express

Moodys: Indian Economy to Grow at 7.5% during 2018 NEW YORK: Moody’s Investors Service Tuesday said larger emerging markets like India are expected to continue to tighten their monetary policies next year. “India, and Indonesia are likely to grow near trend despite external and domestic challenges… We expect larger emerging markets, like India, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey and Argentina, to continue monetary tightening in 2019,” Moody’s said in a report. In its Global Macro Outlook for 2018-19 released in August, the US-based agency had said that it expects Indian economy to grow by around 7.5 per cent in 2018 and 2019 as it is largely resilient to external pressures like those from higher oil prices. Indian economy grew by 7.7 per cent in the January-March quarter, and touched a two-year high of 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter.

Moody’s said India could also face political risks, as also uncertainty around economic and fiscal reforms, on account of upcoming general elections next year.

Moody’s said India could also face political risks, as also uncertainty around economic and fiscal reforms, on account of upcoming general elections next year. The report further noted that the outlook for global sovereign creditworthiness in 2019 is “stable”, balancing the slowing growth momentum against rising uncertainty over longer-term economic and financial

stability. The agency expects G-20 growth to peak in 2018 at 3.3 per cent before slowing to 2.9 per cent in 2019. For advanced economies in the G-20, Moody’s believes growth will fall to 1.9 per cent in 2019 from 2.3 per cent in 2018, a pattern that is mirrored in key economies, including the US and Germany. Emerging markets in G-20 would

see a slower growth at around 4.6 per cent in 2019 than 5 per cent in 2018. “Our stable outlook for sovereign ratings in 2019 balances the benefits of continued global growth against emerging domestic and geopolitical risks,” Moody’s Managing Director — Global Sovereign Risk Alastair Wilson, said. Despite the stable outlook overall, we are mindful of unforeseen shocks to disrupt economic and financial stability over the next 1218 months, Wilson added. Slowing growth means that the window for global sovereigns to address longstanding credit challenges – including high levels of public and private debt, as well as longer-term trends related to ageing and inequality – is closing. High debt, falling growth and rising rates expose sovereigns to the risk of shocks vs. debt affordability and sustainability. -- Indian Express


ONGC to Focus on Big Fields, Small to Others NEW DELHI: The Petroleum Ministry plans to offer up to 149 of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s discovered “small and marginal fields” to private companies and induct exploration technology giants in a few of the national explorer’s bigger fields. At a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 12, the Ministry made a presentation showing that while 95 per cent of ONGC’s production was from 60 large fields, 149 smaller fields contributed to a mere five per cent. It suggested that these smaller fields could be handed over to private firms letting the state-run explorer concentrate on the big ones where it could rope in technology partners. After the meeting, a six-member committee under Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was set up and given time until November 10 to come up with a firm plan. Others who attended this meeting were Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan; ONGC chairman and managing director Shashi Shanker; Oil India Ltd (OIL) CMD Utpal Bora and Petroleum Secretary M M Kutty. The Ministry has, subsequently, circulated a working paper for these members suggesting an outright sale of small fields discovered by ONGC in exploration areas that were given on nomination to it; ONGC entering into agreements for larger fields and ONGC creating a subsidiary of its technical services wing. Last October, the then DGH Atanu Chakraborty had identified 15 producing fields – with collective reserve of 791.2 million tonnes of crude oil and 333.46 billion cubic metres of gas – of national oil companies for handing over to private firms in the hope they would improve upon the baseline estimate and its extraction.



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