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Indian Doctors 36th Gala: Magical Evening with Focus on Giving BY PRAMOD KULKARNI

HOUSTON: Magic and medi-

cine go well together. The human body’s healing process is certainly magical and doctors and nature work in tandem to perform numerous magical acts from curing us of common colds to heart transplants and cancer treatment. The India Doctors Association (IDA) 36th annual gala had for its entertainment a magical act by Kevin Viner, billed as the Magician Mentalist. For most of the evening, however, the focus was on giving through the IDC Charity Clinic and annual scholarships for high school seniors. Emcee for the evening was Dr. Manju Sachdev, a pediatrician in Victoria by profession and a model and a health TV anchor by avocation. Dr. Sachdev recognized the IDA as the largest organization within the Association of American Physicians from India (AAPI) and also the largest member of the Harris County Medical Society. In his welcome address, IDA President Manish Gandhi recognized the present IDA board members and past presidents. Dr. Gandhi listed the five IDA goals: “Foster networking through mixers, picnics; encourage academic excellence through scholarships; promote public education through health fairs; provide mentorship to young physicians; and help provide free medical care through the IDC Charity Clinic.” Dr. Gandhi also recognized BBVA Compass and Amir Doliya of New York Life as the gala sponsors. Proceeds from the gala are used to fund the IDC Clinic and the student scholarships. Keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Erlich, president of the Harris County Medical Society, was full of praise for IDC’s clinic and scholarship program. “Indian doctors bring tenacity to their medical profes-

The five recipients of the 2017 IDA scholarships (front) pose with the sponsoring IDA physicians. The scholarships were based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and need. Photos: Bijay Dixit

IDA president Manish Gandhi (left) presented the “Physician Achievement” award to Drs. Suresh and Sunita Moonat for their pioneering work to establish the IDC Charity Clinic.

sion,” Dr. Erlich said. “We need the same kind of tenacity to help bring medical care to more than one million indigent patients in Harris County.” In a special presentation, the IDA recognized Drs. Suresh and Sunita Moonat for their community service as pioneers, who started the IDC Charity Clinic. The clinic now

serves more than 1,300 patients annually. Dr. Moonat received the award with a quote from St. Augustine, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” The IDA presented its annual scholarships to four students. An additional scholarship was funded by Dr. Arvind Bhimraj. The win-

ners are: 1. Emily Jue a GPA of 5.8 and is ranked number one in her class at Clear Springs High School in a class of 607. 2. Bhavesh Sayal attends Falls High School. He has a 6.9 GPA and is ranked first in his class of 869 students. He opened a school for underprivileged children to read and write English in Naukuchiatal, lndia during his 2012 summer vacation and has continued to teach them for the last five years over the intemet using Skype on the weekends. 3. Rem Aitbouchireb from Kerr High School. Rem’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer in her freshmen year. She managed after-school rehearsals, tournaments, studying, and hospital visits. 4. Srivats Srinivasan will be graduating from Hightower High School second in his class and serves as the President of the Fort Bend ISD Medical Science Academy since 2014. Srivats says, “shadowing doctors, volunteering in clinics or memory care homes, conducting biomedical research


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and more have fastened my resolve to become a physician.” 5. Ronen Melloul, a student seventh in his class at Carnegie Vanguard High School, received his award from Dr. Bhimaraj in memory of his grandfather B.L.Narasimhulu the BLN scholarship. Ronen describes himself as a “self-aware individual, a character that is able to find an interest and transform it into a passion through grit and overwhelming motivation.” In his mentalist magic show, Kevin Viner thrilled the audience by pulling thoughts from guests’ minds, influenced their behavior onstage, and predicted the outcome of future events. He also picked watches from some of the guests and returned them before they knew they were missing. The magical evening concluded with dinner catered by Bombay Brasserie and dancing to music by DJ Dholi Deep.

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India House Gala: An Evening of Hope & Heroism

Ian Grillot (second from left) receives a check for $100,000 from India House Houston trustee Charlie Yalamanchili (left) and India House Gala Chair Jiten Agarwal (far right) in the presence of Indian Ambassador to U.S. Navtej Sarna.

Chef Vikas Khanna

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Col. Vipin Kumar, Executive Director- India House

place beaming with stars and VIPs on Saturday, March 25, as it was the chosen venue for the 14th Annual India House Gala. The grand and successful festal, graced by the presence of numerous dignitaries and prominent Houstonians overwhelmed over five hundred people. Constant endeavors by India House has led to stronger ties between the Indian and mainstream

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Dr. Virendra Mathur and Nalini Mathur being presented the Life Time Achievement award by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Dr. Durga Agrawal (right).

Nisha Biswal, Former US Assistant Secretary of State

Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India, Houston

Dr. Manish Rungta, President-India House

American community. But what made this gala extra special was the felicitation of Ian Grillot, the hero who was shot in hand and chest trying to save the life of a fellow human in the ill-fated Kansas shooting of February this year. Being consistent in approach, the opening ceremony of the show began with the traditional singing of national anthems of both countries. The American national anthem was followed by the rendition of the Indian Anthem by Pt. Suman Ghosh’s disciples and daughters Amiya and Apurva Ghosh. While Pooja Lodhia from ABC 13 played the perfect emcee with her delightful presentation skills, Dr. Manish Rungta, India House President, welcomed the guests warmly and then went on to highlight the various feats achieved by India House in 2016. Eminent guests, trustees and renowned elected officials

were lauded and notable events of 2016 were shared followed by a video message from Senator John Cornyn. The audience was delighted with what followed next. Col. Vipin Kumar, Executive Director of India House introduced the Board of Directors, Council members, staff and volunteers of India House. It was amazing to note that various legends and dignitaries such as the Former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Nikki Haley, Senator John Cornyn, Baba Ramdev, Pandit Jasraj, to name a few, had participated at numerous India House events in the past. The Consul General of India, Dr. Anupam Ray, called up Navtej Sarna, the Indian Ambassador and the guest speaker of the evening on stage. Sarna exclaimed, “This is the first time I am visiting Hous-

ton and India House has made it a memorable visit”. By praising and wishing India House for its continued success he mentioned that he was happiest to be a part of the gala that planned to honor Ian Grillot. Navtej Sarna expressed his honor in meeting with the hero and his parents. He had unlimited words of praise for the courageous young man. Magnifying his heroic deed, the Ambassador added, “No amount of honor that the Indian American Community or India bestows on him will be recompensed enough for that moment of exceptional fortitude and character”. True that! And finally, the moment to felicitate Ian Grillot had arrived. A check of $100,000 was presented

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Inaugural Houston India Conference Focuses on ‘Make in India’ Inside Story BY PRAMOD KULKARNI

HOUSTON: Every public policy has an

inside story. The inaugural Houston India Conference (HIC) at the Asia Society Texas Center on Friday, March 24, provided an economic and political backdrop behind India’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The policy insights were provided by leading Indian journalists, Indian and US government officials, and academic experts via four discussion panels covering topics ranging from recent political developments in India to India’s investment climate, its soft power and looking ahead to US-India relations in the Trump era. HIC is the brainchild of Jiten Agarwal and Jagdip Ahluwalia with active encouragement of India’s Consul General in Houston, Dr. Anupam Ray. Agarwal is the CEO of Houston-based Expedien, Inc., an IT company with offices in New Delhi. Ahluwalia is the Executive Director of the Indo-American Chamber of Greater Houston (IACCGH). Partner organizations for the HICC included Government of India, IACCGH, Asia Society, Greater Houston Partnerhip, World Affairs Council, US India Skills & Education Council and the University of Houston. It was the keynote speaker Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP from Orissa, who provided the rationale for the Make in India campaign. A resident of Houston from 1998-2001 when he worked for Enron, Deo said India’s youth-based demographics makes it necessary to create one million jobs every year.

Speakers for the inaugural Houston India Conference gather with conference organizers Jagdip Ahluwalia (left) and Jiten Agarwal (far right). The speakers are Ashok Malik (second from left), K. Nagraj Naidu, Subhash Chandra Garg, Nisha Biswal, Anupam Ray, Manjari Miller, Dhruva Jaishankar and Sadanand Dhume. Photos: Jessica Ngo, Asia Society Texas Center.

“The manufacturing sector offers the greatest potential for job creation.” As a member of India’s Petroleum Committee, Deo suggested to the Houston audience of investing in the energy sector, where the country is forced to import 80% of its oil and gas requirements. Consul General Anupam Ray suggested replicating the Texas “can do” spirit in India. He also remarked that investments from India in the US also growing and provided the example of Mahindra Tractors establishing its US headquarters in Tomball, Texas. IACCGH Executive Director also recalled

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Then Dr. Bruce Leslie, Chancellor of Alamo College, recounted his personal experience in setting up a pilot skills training program for solar and wind energy installations in Gujarat. “Jiten Agarwal and Consul General Ray were very helpful in carrying out this highly successful pilot,” Dr. Leslie explained. The panel on soft power elicited perhaps the most interesting discussion of the business conference. Soft power is associated with a country that is able to lead transformative change on the global scene without the use of force. Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution’s India Center in New Delhi, gave examples of soft power as emergence of Bollywood on the world’s entertainment scene, Indian characters on American TV, and corporate leaders such as Sunder Pichai of Google and Pepsi’s Inter Nooyi. Jaishankar suggested that the Indian government is making a conscious effort to amplify its soft power by laying wreaths at the memorial to Indian soldiers for their gallantry in World War I in Belgium and the UN medical mission during the Korean war. “Negatives such as squalor and sexual assaults against women still need to be surmounted,” Jaishankar emphasized. Manjari Miller, assistant professor of international relations at Boston University, had a contrarian view of India’s soft power. “India has lost some of its soft power such as strong sense of moralism and leader of the non-aligned movement. She should follow the example of China in overcoming its ideas deficit in how country would lead in international forums such as the UN Security Council.” The conference concluded with a panel on “US-India Relations: Looking Ahead” with Ashok Malik and Nisha Biswal, former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Biswal recounted her role in helping strengthen US-India relations as the “defining relationship of the 21st century”. Under Obama, Biswal said the countries established strategic relationships across the full range of security, economic and energy policies. “I hope that in the new administration, the relations remain strategic and not become transactional.” In his concluding remarks, Jiten Agarwal said the success of inaugural conference had given confidence to the organizers in making this an annual event.


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March 31, 2017 9 COMMUNITY First 60 Days of ASIE Established Several New Records


American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE), a Houston based organization for engineers, architects, designers, and engineering technicians, organized a very unique monthly event on March 23rd at a wonderful venue of Imperial Park Recreation Center in Sugar Land. With advance notice, the program started on time. With half an hour of registration and social networking, the dinner was served. The delicious dinner was served by Nirmanz Food Boutique, a coming soon restaurant in Sugar Land. The year 2017 started with lots of momentum and tremendous response from the members. In previous two months, almost hundred members attended the technical seminar. The current ASIE President Dinesh D. Shah and President of BDC and Shah Companies, in his welcome remarks stated that today he is happy to break the record of attendance, but regretted deeply that due to the legal capacity of the hall, he had to turn down more than 30 members for the event. He also gave the brief report for “First 60 days of ASIE”, busy month of February and March with many activities of Science Fair, MathCounts, National E-Week programs, and Membership drive. Shah believes and practicing the quote of Henry

Unveiling the banner for 2017 ASIE Corporate Members. From left: Chaitanya Gampa, who is Membership Chair, Board Member, and Project Manager with Huitt Zollars, Sudhakar Kalaga, President of KIT Professional Inc., Ravi Raj Yanamandala, President of Geotest Engineering, Inc., Dinesh Shah, current ASIE President and President of BDC and Shah Companies, and Chetan Vyas, current ASIE Vice President and also a Vice President of KIT Professional.

Ford, “Coming Together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” In his closing remarks, he added that “together we will continue to make ASIE an effective organization. However, it can only be accomplished when each and every member gets involved and helps with their suggestions, solutions, and support.” The current Program Committee Chair, Board of Director, and

an engineer with CP&Y, Archana Sharma informed the audience about breaking another record, that for the first time ASIE has not only booked twelve monthly technical seminars in advance for the entire year, but have exceeded with additional five programs including several field trips. She gave details about all seminar topics, which will cover all disciplines of engineering. ASIE mission is to help, “Indian

From left: The current Program Committee Chair, Board of Director, and an engineer with CP&Y, Archana Sharma, Mahesh Wadhwa, Architect and Owner of Wadhwa Associates and ASIE Life Member, Hon. Himesh Gandhi, the City of Sugar Land Councilman at Large, and also the attorney and shareholder of RMWBH law firm receiving a certificate of Appreciation, in presence of current ASIE President Dinesh Shah, President of BDC and Shah Companies.

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10 March 31, 2017 COMMUNITY Spreading Smiles Over Lunch with Chef Vikas Khanna BY VANSHIKA VIPIN VARMA


This past weekend, Saturday, March 25 was a very special day at the charming residence of the Agarwals. Jiten & Shalu Agarwal played host to award-winning Michelin starred chef Vikas Khanna and Rajeev Sharma, the General Manager of Smile Foundation. The renowned Smile Foundation is a NGO based out of New Delhi in India. Commendable work has been carried out for underprivileged children and their families by this institute since 2002 through various programs. The US chapter of this organization was being initiated at the India House Gala, later that evening by the Culinary God Chef Vikas Khanna himself, who was the Guest of Honor at the Gala. (See article on page 5) Both, Jiten Agarwal, who is the VP Finance at India House and the Gala Chair of the India House Gala 2017, as well as the famous Chef Vikas endorse the Smile Foundation. Chef Khanna is also the official Goodwill Ambassador of ‘Nutrition for Education’ initiative of the Foundation. Through this campaign, Smile Foundation aims to combat malnutrition and hunger among children. More than twenty one thousand less privileged children from over

Chef Vikas Khanna with Jiten & Shalu Agarwal and sons Rahul and Varun, at the Agarwal residence on Saturday, March 25.

twenty-one states are benefited from this noble cause. Chef Vikas Khanna is a person with many feathers in his cap. Not only he is one of the best Indian Chefs in the world, but also is a successful restaurateur, cookbook writer and a splendid humanitarian. As if his virtues were not enough, Chef is known to be the hottest Master Chef of India. People magazine listed him as one of the Sexiest Men Alive in its 2011 edition by referring to him as ‘The Hottest Chef of America’. Junoon, his signature restaurant boasts of being awarded a Michelin star for six consecutive years since 2011! Junoon is celebrated for an excep-

tional Indian dining experience. At the lunch, the delicious vegetarian food was catered by Sunil Srivastava of Great W’Kana Houston. It turned out to be a very special event for foodies and Chef Vikas fans such as my hubby and me. I cannot stop raving about the charm and pleasant looks of Chef Vikas. His humility and wellgrounded attitude floored us all. He turned out to be a package of abundant talent and great looks. His modesty was simply icing on the cake! We were in awe of how he personally spoke to everyone as he shared his abundant culinary knowledge. We all were enriched by his experiences and cooking

Chef Vikas Khanna helping Shalu Agarwal set up naans for lunch.

tips. Food being the central topic, it wasn’t difficult to be amused by his humor as well. Chef’s life story is as interesting as inspirational. Chef Vikas Khanna started his journey in our country with a pocketful of only $3 in 2000. Such dire straits forced him to survive in a shelter. But, hope wasn’t lost. Sincere endeavors, perseverance and determination encouraged him to go on a super successful path in the gastronomic world of food. A classic story of rags-to-riches, his struggle motivated him to give back to the society and thus explains his association with Smile Foundation. After speaking a little about the foundation, Chef convinced all of

us to contribute in our little way. He said: “I need all of you to come forward and share with me to ensure that we all be the reason for these kids to smile, its one life that we all have, let’s make it meaningful. I am so privileged to have Jiten’s acceptance as a President of Smile Foundation, USA”. It was indeed a memorable event that spread smiles on all our faces. There was a lot we learnt from the great Chef especially his attribute of giving back to the community that too with a smile! I was particularly amazed and inspired. For further details about the foundation, please visit its website at www.smilefoundiationindia.org


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to Ian as the video of God Bless USA played in the background. Ian is a true hero of America who risked his own life to save another. Emotions ran across the hall as Ian was greeted with a standing ovation and endless applause. Charlie Yalamanchili, a trustee of India House matched every dollar raised by Jiten Agarwal, India House Gala Chair to present the money that will help Ian to buy a house in his hometown in Kansas. “No money can compensate for the heroism and true spirit of America that Ian has shown but we can all appreciate his extraordinary courage. Ian has given us an occasion to reaffirm a tie that binds us all as Americans, irrespective of where we come from. This also reminds us of the famous Shakespearean quote- ‘For he that sheds his blood for me today is my brother,” said Jiten Agarwal. Speaking of Ian’s heroism, at a young age of 24 he selflessly stood up to save a fellow human being in a shooting incident in Kansas. On February 22, 2017 a navy veteran was targeting Indians at a bar and went on a shooting spree. Unfortunately, Srinivas Kuchibhotla could not survive the attack but Ian’s heroic deed saved the life of his colleague Alok Madasani. Like a true hero, Ian mentioned, “I don’t know if I could’ve lived with myself if I wouldn’t have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would’ve been completely devastating. I do now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not? I am honored to be at India House that serves so many families from so many communities in the Houston area.” Amidst a roar of thunderous applauds and cheer, his emotive speech did led to a tear or two rolling down a few eyes. Jiten Agarwal then thanked and appreciated the supporters of India House on stage. He invited the next speaker, the Guest of Honor, the adorable Chef Vikas Khanna, to speak a few words. Chef Vikas is a man who dons many feathers in his cap. One of the best Indian Chefs in the world to one of the hottest chefs of America are only some of his countless achievements. A successful restaurateur and cookbook writer Chef Vikas Khanna is a philanthropist as well. His signature restaurant Junoon proudly boasts of being awarded a Michelin star for six consecutive years since 2011. Sharing his experience as an immigrant, chef recognized India House to highlight the true values of India. After extending gratitude to Ian for his brave act, chef stated, “Ian did not save a life, but he saved

hope”. He proceeded to inform about Smile Foundation that is a NGO based out of New Delhi in India and that aims to combat malnutrition and hunger among children. Over twenty one thousand under-privileged children from over twenty-one states have benefited from this organization. Chef Vikas is the Goodwill Ambassador for the organization’s ‘Nutrition for Education’ initiative. It was the perfect opportunity for him to inaugurate the US chapter of this noble institute here. (See article on page 10) India House trustee, Dr. Durga Agrawal then called over the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner to speak a few words. A huge supporter of the India House and the Indo-American community, Mayor Turner lauded Ian’s heroism and thanked the India House for bridging the gap between Indian and local Houston community. His announcement about an Indian- American, Karun Sreerama being elected to the post of Director of Public Works & Engineering Department for the first time in history of 180 years of Houston city was received with loud clapping. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Nisha Biswal, Former US Assistant Secretary of State spoke next and congratulated India House and its members for the excellent job being done by them. Dr. Virendra Mathur, a renowned successful cardiologist who contributed sixty years to his profession was the perfect choice for the evening’s lifetime achievement award. He is also the India House trustee and an active and dedicated member of India House, and has been associated with India House since its inception. Dr. Mathur and wife Nalini Mathur have been major contributors in the successful running of the organization. The honor was bestowed upon him by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Dr. Durga Agrawal. With all humility he mentioned, “I don’t have the words to thank you all, but I am very much humbled and very grateful to be part of this community, particularly those who have supported and built India House. It has been an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve”. Consul General of India, Dr. Anupam Ray read the message from Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addressed to India House. In his address Prime Minister Modi conveyed his wishes to India House and said that the community service provided by India House is

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highly commendable and the Indian diaspora in America is true ambassador of Indian culture in all its ethos and spirit. Among other attendees at the gala included; Ambassador K Nagraj Naidu, Kalikesh Singh Deo – Member of Parliament (India), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Jay Guerrero – Rep Senator John Cornyn, Tori Macfarian – Rep Congressman Pete Olson, Harish Jajoo – Council Member (Sugar Land), Dr. Renu Khator – President and Chancellor UH, Neeta Sane – HCC trustee District VII, Cesar Maldonado – HCC Chancellor, Lynden Rose – Honorary Consular of Bahamas, and several prominent Indians and Wall Street Journalists. Executive Director, Col. Vipin Kumar extended a vote of thanks to all the invitees. Pooja Lodhia, the emcee for the evening was presented a plaque as a token of appreciation. A mesmerizing dance performance by Karmagraphy from California uplifted the sentiments across the house to a cheerful note. Karmagraphy integrates culture through music, dance, art, acrobats and more. Delicious dinner and finger-licking desserts by Bombay Brasserie provided the icing on cake for such a beautiful evening. People twirled and swayed to the beats of BJ Josan (DJ Impact). Live sounds and lights coupled withprofessional high-end equipment by Darshak & Mona Thacker from Krishna Sounds Production created the perfect ambience. Bijay Dixit handled the photography. It was truly a night to remember, a night that glorified courage and saved hope, and bid farewell on mixed emotions. For more information on India House and its various programs visit www.indiahouseinc.org or contact vipin@ indiahouseinc. org or call at 713-929-1900.


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First 60 Days of ASIE

Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony of 38 corporate members with ASIE Board Members.

The current President of Houston Ekel Vidyalaya and attending the first ASIE seminar, Pankaj Desai said, “Good format and content. I liked participation from younger generation.” ASIE always promotes Indian Origin Engineers and Architects for the high level technical appointments. The current ASIE Vice President and also a Vice President of KIT Professional, Chetan Vyas made an announcements with pride that two Indian origin engineers Karun Sreerama and Shashi Kumar were appointed as Public Works Director with City of Houston and City of Missouri City respectively. During the inauguration in January, Dinesh Shah pledged to the members and challenged Chaitanya Gampa, who is Membership Chair, Board Member, and Project Manager with Huitt Zollars, to double the membership in 2017. With her tireless efforts, ASIE set another record of maximum Corporate Membership. With a solely secret and a special surprise, she announced the names of 38 Corporate Members and declared the record. The unveiling ceremony of new banner of 2017 Corporate Members was performed by two long time ASIE generous sup-

porters Ravi Raj Yanamandala, President of Geotest Engineering, Inc and Sudhakar Kalaga, President of KIT Professional Inc. For the Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony for Corporate Members, the ASIE First President and one of the founder members of ASIE, Hasmukh Doshi presented a Certificate of Appreciation and ASIE coffee mug to each Corporate Member. As a part of the monthly seminar, this time the subject was related to Legal and Ethics. The current Board Member, Corporate Member, Life Member and One of the Principal of ARKK Engineering, Mr. Madhu Kilambi introduced

the speaker Hon. Himesh Gandhi, the City of Sugar Land Councilman at Large, and also the attorney and shareholder of RMWBH law firm. Gandhi educated Engineers and Architects for their legal and professional liabilities during his one-hour presentation with case studies and Q & A. Mahesh Wadhwa, Architect and Owner of Wadhwa Associates and ASIE Life Member presented the Certificate of Appreciation and ASIE Coffee Mug to Himesh Gandhi as a token of appreciation. At the end, with a vote of thanks by IT Chair and Board Member Sirish Madichetti this record breaking program was concluded.

Preeminent Scientist Dr. Yashwant Karkhanis Passes Away



NJ: One the most preeminent scientist of Indian origin, Dr Yashwant Karkhanis, peacefully passed away on March 23, 2017 at his home in Fanwood, N.J. after a brief hospitalization. He was 86. He is survived by his wife of 56 yrs, Nalinee, children Nitin and Anita, nephew Sanjay and four grandchildren. He was world renowned for his ground-breaking work in the field of Immunology and Protein Chemistry. After his graduate studies in Mumbai, he came to USA in 1956 to pursue Doctorate studies in Biochemistry at ‘Florida State University’. His research and intellect not only took him to prestigious ‘Brookhaven National Laboratory’ in Long Island, N.Y. and ‘Albert Einstein Medical Center’ in Philadelphia, but also, established him as a post-Doctoral Fellow at ‘Harvard’. For major part of his career, he worked at ‘Merck Pharmaceutical’ in New Jersey, where he retired at the age of 70, as ‘Research Director’. There are several ‘Patents’ and hundreds of research papers to his credit. He was once referred in ‘Time’ magazine, too. After retirement, he devoted his life to writing scientific articles in Marathi that could be of help to people, in everyday life.

He was a founder member and trusty of ‘Marathi Vishwa’, the largest and most prestigious social-cultural organization of Marathi community in USA. Highly respected, he was the toast of Marathi community in USA with his disarming downto-earth disposition and childlike innocence. He believed that one owes to the community one lives in. Accordingly, his home was open to anyone seeking any kind of help. When the Iconic Marathi singer-composure, Sudlhir Phadke wanted to make a movie on the life of “Veer Savarkar”, he devoted almost a decade of his life raising funds for it. Being a part of the earlier retinue of Indian immigrants in U.S., he always had interesting stories to share about his life in 1950’s U.S. He was very proud of his Indian heritage and truly admired American social environment. With his passing, scientific world has lost a great ‘thinker’.


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COMMUNITY/DIASPORA YLDP Learns the Quality of Leadership


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view every situation in a positive light. Our YLDP ground was able to truly understand this after Dr. Hardeep Singh told us about the journey to his success. On March 4, Dr. Singh provided the YLDP ground with some invaluable insight. We learned about his struggles threatened to persuade him to stop his research but his determination and passion prevailed. After constant rejection from grant after grant, Dr. Singh almost gave up trying to continue his fascinating research. With just one more chance, Dr. Singh was

able to lock down a prestigious grant and train an accomplished team to achieve incredible goals. We learned that every little situation of difficulty we come across would help shape our futures in incomprehensible ways. Dr. Singh only got to his position through undesirable and unforeseen complications, which without could have changed his overall career. A quality leader needs to be able to use every obstacle to his advantage and motivate a group to continue their advancements.

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ASHINGTON DC: “We are here to stay,” Indian-Americans have vowed while holding a series of meetings to express their concern over growing hate crime incidents against ethnic and religious minorities in the US. “No matter what gunmen or the President (Donald Trump) say, this is our country, we are here to stay, and we will keep demanding our rightful and equal place in this quintessential nation of immigrants,” said Suman Raghunathan from the South Asian Americans leading Together (SAALT) at a town hall discussion here on Friday. Initiated by SAALT, South Asian groups are planning to organise a number of similar town halls across the country. Prominent community leaders who addressed the town hall were Arjun Sethi of the Georgetown University Law Center, Dr Revathi Vikram of ASHA for Women, Shabab Ahmed Mirza of KhushDC, Darakshan Raja of Washington Peace Center and Kathy Doan of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. “This is a seminal moment for our communities to be united for action, to take stock of what our communities need, for our communities to know our rights as we come into contact with law enforcement, and for our communities to build power through deep solidarity,” Raghunathan said. Indian-Americans also joined

Jewish and Muslims for a candle light vigil to express solidarity against the hate crimes that have hit them in recent weeks. “This is about having peace throughout all communities and religions and races,” Rochelle Berman was quoted as saying by local WJLA TV, an affiliate of ABC News. “There should be no discrimination based on race, or gender or skin color,” Shruti Vhatnagar told the news channel as the participants lit candles and stood in solidarity. “Immigrant, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, Hindu and South Asian American communities continue to be targets of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric. “It remains critical for elected officials to speak out early, loudly and often against hate violence and the policies that fan the flames of violence,” New York Congresswoman Grace Meng said in a statement. Appreciating the efforts of SAALT in supporting the South Asian community, she hoped that through collective efforts, they can reverse the “horrible trend” of

heightened intolerance and violence. At another round table discussion, Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held Trump responsible for the current anti-immigrant atmosphere. “It starts with the leadership. President Trump’s comments as a candidate and a President is just the opposite of what you need,” Cardin said. A recent SAALT report documents over 200 instances of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric during last year’s general election. “There is an acute relationship between policies and rhetoric that criminalise Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities and the hate violence targeting these communities,” said Lakshmi Sridaran. “While the judiciary doggedly blocks the President’s ‘Muslim Bans’, the damage continues to be done as each week uncovers a new inventory of victims of racially motivated attacks,” she added.


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Why Arabs OK with Modi’s Israel visit

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In what has become a recurring problem, racial attacks

against Africans have now taken place in Greater Noida, UP. In the first instance, four Africans were brutally assaulted after a protest march by local residents over the death of a 16-year-old boy, allegedly from a drug overdose, targeted them. This assault was followed by a Kenyan student being dragged out of her taxi and beaten up. A tense situation prevails in Greater Noida, posing the first big law and order test for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP. There’s no ignoring the fact that violent attacks against African students studying in Indian universities have been rising. Last year a series of such attacks had led to a strong protest from African diplomatic missions in India. Back then, the ministry of external affairs had assured full protection to African guests. It’s promising the same again in the wake of the Greater Noida attacks. True, the police have filed cases against nearly 600 people for rioting and booked 44 people for attempt to murder over the recent assaults. But African students continue to feel vulnerable and complain of daily racism. At a time when the Union government has initiated a major diplomatic outreach to Africa as exemplified by its hosting of the India-Africa Forum Summit in 2015, such racial attacks on Africans jeopardise government efforts. African students come to India dreaming of obtaining quality education in a diverse country. However, many end up bitterly disappointed when they face abuse and harassment. Not only is this bad for India’s international image, if India cannot control racist outbreaks at home it reduces New Delhi’s moral and diplomatic space to protest when racist attacks are perpetrated against Indians abroad. While it goes without saying that a zero-tolerance policy must be adopted towards racial attacks, there’s also a need to address derogatory perceptions prevalent among people about Africans. Widespread ignorance exists about African culture and history as exemplified by the usage of terms such as ‘Nigerian’ and ‘habshi’ for all African visitors. For such racism to exist in the 21st century is unconscionable. Hence, community-level programmes need to be initiated to bring locals and Africans together and foster greater understanding. Perhaps Prime Minister Narendra Modi ought to broach the topic of irrational mob attacks on Africans and how such attacks harm India for his next ‘Mann ki Baat’. -Times of India

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hen Narendra Modi visits Israel this year, it will be remarkable for two reasons: First, that it will be the first visit to the Israeli state by an Indian head of government; and second, that it will in all likelihood raise no eyebrows — never mind hackles — in the Arab world. The exact dates for the trip have not yet been announced, but it has been known for some weeks now that it will happen this summer. And yet, no Arab State has voiced any displeasure, not publicly, and not even through diplomatic backchannels. This is nothing short of astonishing to anyone who, like your humble servant, grew up in the India of the 1970s and 80s, when it was routine for New Delhi to join the Arab chorus of condemnation for Israel at Tel Aviv’s every turn. Whether it was because of India’s need for Arab oil, or because there were so many Arab members of the benighted NonAligned Movement, or because the Jewish State was tied to the US while New Delhi was chummy with the USSR, or simply because so many in this country genuinely sympathised with the Palestinian cause, a succession of Indian governments avoided diplomatic relations with Israel. If you’d told me then that an Indian PM would one day be making an official visit there, I’d have laughed you out of the room. But that prospect is no longer surprising: The two countries began building close ties in the 1990s, and are now locked in a tight embrace of economic, defence and security interests. What is astonishing, though, is the absence of even a murmur of protest from India’s friends in the Arab world. West Asian diplomats quizzed by my colleagues at Hindustan Times have shrugged off the idea of Modi’s visit as a matter of realpolitik. One expressed the mild hope that the PM might also visit the West Bank, to show some solidarity with the Palestinians, but acknowledged that this is unlikely. One reason for theArab pococurantism over deepening Indo-Israeli relations is a resigned acceptance that the

One reason for the Arab pococurantism over deepening Indo-Israeli relations is a resigned acceptance that the two countries have much in common. two countries have much in common, including their enemies, in the shape of Islamist terrorism. Another is a profound sense of Palestine fatigue in Arab capitals, whether on account of the interminable and intractable nature of the problem, or because other Arab peoples — Syrians, for one — are making a more pressing case for sympathy. Yet another reason for the lack of concern among Arab governments for India’s friendship with Israel is that many of them would themselves like an accommodation with the Jewish State. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have for some time now reportedly been making quiet, behind-the-scenes contact with the government of Prime Minister Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and the frequency has grown since January 2016, when the US and other major powers signed a nuclear treaty with Iran. Arab leaders have determined that Shia-ruled Iran represents an existential threat to their Sunni-dominated regimes, and recognise that, in this, they have a common cause with Israel. Netanyahu’s trenchant tirades against the theocracy in Tehran have an enthusiastic audience in Arab palaces. This is especially true in Riyadh and

Manama, where the threat of Iran is felt most keenly. The Saudis are terrified that Iran will stir up trouble in its eastern province, where there is a large Shia population — and where a great deal of the country’s oil lies below the ground. Spooked by Tehran’s encouragement of the Houthi militia that controls much of Yemen, the Saudis have led a Sunni-Arab coalition in a protracted military misadventure in the heel of the Arabian Peninsula. (The Houthis are nominally Shia.) Bahrain’s Sunni rulers, meanwhile, feel Iran’s breath on their shoulder as they continue to suppress their Shia-majority population. The Sunni states had long banked on the US to forestall the threat from Tehran, but the nuclear deal — Iran agreed to scrap its nuclear ambitions in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions — have left them scrambling for succor elsewhere. Russia, the most obvious alternative, is seen as being on Iran’s side, with Moscow offering Tehran billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware. China has said it would like the Israeli-Palestinian issue resolved, but has shown no interest in playing umpire between the Shia and the Sunnis. That leaves Israel, which is not only hostile to Iran, but has its own arsenal of nuclear weapons with which to menace the mullahs in Tehran. But Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and most other Arab states have no formal relations with Israel: Most of them don’t even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. For six decades, their propaganda machines have portrayed the Jewish State as an abomination, and have normalised anti-Semitism among their citizenry. The rulers of these states cannot now afford to be seen breaking bread with Israel, and so can only play a form of diplomatic footsie — or rely on sympathetic intermediaries to ferry little notes between them. So, if Modi does hear from Arab rulers before his visit to Israel, it may very well be in the form of requests to convey cautious felicitations. And it’s just conceivable that Netanyahu will want Modi to carry a message for Saudi King Salman, who is expected to visit New Delhi later in the year. -Indian Express


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Mumbai’s British Legacy: Old Glory, New Names BY PRAMOD KULKARNI


N THE ROAD: This is the sixth and final episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After returning to Mumbai from the Konkan coast, we still had 2-3 days for sightseeing in Mumbai before returning to Houston. During past visits, we had seen the familiar sights such as Gateway of India, Elephanta caves and Chowpati beach. To see a different facet of Mumbai, we had the help of Dr. Vijaya Gupchup, an educator and historian, who has written several books on Mumbai’s history. She is married to Dr. Vijay Gupchup, who served as principal of VJTI and pro vice chancellor of Bombay University. The Gupchups first took us to the St. Thomas Cathedral, an Anglican church at Horniman Circle. The foundation stone for the church was set in 1676, but the church was built 40 years later in 1718 during the early days of the East India Company’s raj. These days, the St. Thomas Cathedral is perhaps one of the few remaining relics of the British colonial empire, VT train station and Gateway of India being the most prominent. One of the ways the British Raj is being erased from the memories of the new generation of Indians is name changes. The city’s name itself was changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995. VT used to be Victoria Terminus, but now is renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. What used to be the Prince of Wales Museum is now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu

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Why Do We Celebrate Ramnavami?

Bhagwan Rama exemplified the

perfect person (maryada purushottam). He was the embodiment of compassion, gentleness, kindness, righteousness and integrity. Although he had all the power in the world, he still was peaceful and gentle. His reign in Ayodha is referred to as Ramarajya, the epitome of perfect governance. Ayodhya was the capital founded by the king-rishi Manu. During the reign of King Dasharath, Ayodhya reached a period of great prosperity. But Dasharath had one problem--he had no children. Therefore he decided to perform the ashvamedh sacrifice. Elaborate and difficult rituals had to be observed. Rishi Rishyashring presided over the yag-

ya. The performance of this sacrifice was a great event in Ayodhya. At the end, Rishyashring recited a Mantra and made an offering to the fire. Then the gods, gandharvas, siddhas, and rishis present around began to pray to Brahma. During that time Ravana, the king of Lanka, was terrorizing the people, and they were longing for liberation from his menace. Ravana had acquired great power because he had obtained from God Brahma the boon that he would never die at the hands of gods, or gandharvas, or yakshas (demigods) or demons. As he was not afraid of men, he did not care to include men in the list of his potential slayers. So Brahmadev declared that Ravana would die at the


hands of a man. Then the gods went to Vishnu for help and requested him that since Dasharath was a glorious king, that He take birth in the wombs of his three queens in four different incarnations of His divinity. When Dasharath’s sacrifice came to an end, a shining figure appeared over the sacrificial kund, and offered the king a divine beverage called “payasam”, which was to be given to his queens Kausalya, Kaikayi, and Sumitra. In due time, Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikayi to Bharat and Sumitra to Laxman and Shatrugna. The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama’s dynasty, which is called the Solar Dynasty (Raghukula or Raghuvamsa – Raghu means Sun

and Kula or Vamsa mean familial descendant). Rama is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra etc. That all these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of some link with Sun-worship. The hour chosen for the observance of the Lord’s birth is that when the Sun is overhead and is at its maximum brilliance. In some Hindu sects, prayers

on Ramnavami day start not with an invocation to Rama but to Surya (Sun). Again the syllable Ra is used in the word to describe the Sun and brilliance in many languages. In Sanskrit, Ravi and Ravindra both mean “Sun”. -hindupedia.com

What Does Ramnavami Teaches Us?

he story of the Ramayan is a classic, eternal, universal message of Dharma versus adharma, of deva versus demon, of good versus evil, as represented in the battle between Rama and Ravana. Ravana was a brahmin; he was a great scholar who wrote numerous works on scriptural philosophy. He was powerful, dynamic, and beautiful in appearance. As the brilliant, handsome king of Lanka, he had everything one would need to be happy and peaceful. Yet, he was arrogant,

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comfort for your father’s dignity. As a step-son Even when your step mother (or mother-in-law) is not kind to you, even when she clearly dis- criminates against you in favor of her own birth child, do not resent her, do not fight against her. Respect her and her wishes. As a brother Remain loyal to your brother. Care for him. As a husband Protect your wife. Fight for her protection and her purity. But there are times when one’s divine path must even take precedence over the path of householder. Do not keep the role of householder as the ultimate role. As a King Sacrifice everything for your people. Do not worry about your own comfort, your own convenience or your own pleasure. Be willing to put the kingdom ahead of your own needs. -hindupedia.com

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U.S. Targets 270 Indians for Deportation, Says India’s Top Diplomat

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gun pressing the Indian government to resolve more than 270 outstanding deportation cases involving Indian nationals, Indian officials said Friday. Indian officials said they know little about the specifics of the cases and could not tell from their own data whether people had overstayed visas or were convicted of more serious criminal offenses. “This is an ongoing matter,” Gopal Baglay, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, said in a statement. U.S. authorities had conveyed to India that the cases were pending, but “no details of these cases were provided. We have asked for the same,” Baglay said. The request — which U.S. immigration officials insisted was routine — was nonetheless significant because it comes at a time when the administration of President Trump has launched raids and other wide-ranging efforts to arrest and deport many of the United States’ 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, particularly those with criminal backgrounds. Of particular concern, according to Trump’s Jan. 25 immigration order, are countries that drag their feet accepting their wayward citizens back. “Each country has an obligation under international law to accept the return of its nationals who are not eligible to remain in the United States or any other country,” said Brendan Raedy, a public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He added that U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has made clear that ICE will no longer exempt “classes or categories” of illegal immigrants from potential enforcement. A rising number of Indians are living illegally in the United States — an estimated half a million people — according to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center. Returning them to their home country, particularly if they are criminals, has not always been easy. India has been dropped from a list of 20 countries labeled “recalcitrant” in accepting their citizens who have been convicted of crimes in the United States or overstayed their visas, and have deportation orders issued by a court. According to a list released last year by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), now the U.S. attorney general, about 180,000 people have been ordered deported from the United States but are still in the country because their home countries won’t issue travel documents so they can return. Among them are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Indians. Not all have criminal convictions, but among those who do, traffic offenses, especially driving under the influence of alcohol, are the biggest category, followed by drug offenses and larceny. Countries on the “recalcitrant” list are often slow to issue travel papers because original documents have been destroyed and because their economies rely in part on money sent home to relatives. An Indian government official said that the

271 cases in question were part of a tranche of more than 300 that had been left over from previous administrations, 79 of which had been resolved. India’s minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, first raised the issue on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, saying that her country would not be providing return travel documentation for the deportees without their case information. “Until we verify the nationalities of these people, how do we believe the claims in the list?” Swaraj said. “We have asked the U.S. government for more information and told them that we will give an emergency certificate for their deportation only after establishing their Indian nationalities.” -washingtonpost.com

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earning the secrets of sleep will make you more productive and energetic. Good sleep is a pillar of strength because of the amazing benefits that it provides. Check few tips that will help you sleep better. Consistent Schedule: Maintaining a regular sleep and wake up time regulates the biological clock in our brain as well as body. Strengthen your sleeping pattern by sticking to a schedule even in the weekends when you may be tempted to sleep more. Go to bed at the same time every night only when you are tired. If you plan to change the time, help your body to adjust by making small daily adjustments . Keep Your Room Dark & Coz: Having a room that has good ambience to relax will invite a good night’s sleep. Keep the noise down by closing the windows. If you are unable to avoid

certain noise such as barking of dogs, noise of vehicular movement or loud neighbors, consider buying pair of ear plugs when you go to sleep. A dark room induces good sleep. Draw the curtains, ensure there no electrical displays in your room. You can also use low-wattage lamps and avoid bright lights just before you sleep. There are also eye masks available to cover your eyes. Light Routine : Milk pouring. Establish a light routine before you sleep every day. Listening to soft music, reading a light book, drinking a cup of warm milk , taking a warm bath/shower helps you to unwind and will lull you to sleep. Never work or watch anything just before you sleep. Avoid reading from a backlit device such as mobile phone, ipad that has bright light. This can stimulate your brain and keep you awake for hours. Sleep Comfortably: Have a comfortable bed in which you can stretch and turn comfortably. IF you get up with body ache or a sore neck, consider investing in a new mattress and a comfortable pillow. The temperature of your room should be cozy to induce sleep. A room that is either too hot or cold can affect your sleep. Avoid Napping or Power Nap: Staying awake all through the day can be tiresome for some people and they regularly nap in the afternoon. This may be one of the culprits in robbing your sleep at night. Avoid napping altogether or keep it very short for a maximum of not more than 20 minutes. Eat Early and Drink Light: You should plan to have dinner two hours before you plan to sleep. This is because food takes approximately about 2-3 hours to digest . Sleeping during this time can cause heartburn, indigestion and other stomach trouble. Coffee, alcohol can stimulate the nervous system and can keep you wake. Other drinks such as water and other fluids moderately. This will avoid frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. Avoid Exercising: Due to lack of time, people end up exercising after work or dinner and try to go to bed. This will affect the sleep schedule because a worked out body takes a long time to unwind. However, you can consider walking after dinner for about 20-30 minutes before going to bed. Get Help: Managing work, family, school and other things can cause huge stress on you. Evaluate and accept few things that are not in your control. Set aside few hours in the evening to write down that worries you and write possible solution for them. Leave your thoughts on paper before you go to sleep. If you feel that you are overwhelmed with stress, never hesitate to talk, discuss and get help from family members. See a Doctor: If you still are unable to get sleep you may have to seek professional medical help. Do schedule a visit if you experience any of the symptoms – a. Fatigue during the day b. Difficulty falling asleep c. Weird sensations in body , arms and legs. d. Inability to fall asleep after waking up e. Falling asleep at odd hours or f. Loud snoring with pause in breathing -indusladies.com


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1. Put chicken in a bowl.Add garlic paste, ½ teaspoon crushed peppercorns, chilli flakes and ½ teaspoon soy sauce and mix well. 2. Place a steel katori in the centre and put a piece of hot coal in the katori. Drizzle sesame oil over the coal piece and cover immediately to trap the smoke. Keep covered for 2-3 minutes, remove the cover and set aside. 3. Slice spring onion bulbs, reserve the greens. Cut capsicum into triangles. 4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add garlic, celery, smoked chicken, onion and sliced spring onion bulbs and sauté for 1 minute. 5. Add capsicum and broccoli and mix well. Add remaining soy sauce, mix well and sauté well. Add remaining crushed peppercorns and mix well. 6. Chop reserved spring onion greens, add some to the pan, reserving the remaining for garnishing, along with torn basil leaves. Mix well. 7.Servehotgarnishedwithreserved chopped spring onion greens. -sanjeevkapoor.com

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Anushka Sharma-Diljit Dosanjh Film is a Love Story We Don’t Get to See Everyday

First they said she was taking a big

risk by making her debut production as bloodied and edgy as NH10. Then they raised eyebrows when the trailer of Phillauri released, leaving everyone curious about why she chose to be a ghost in a film that draws parallels between love stories set in two eras. But as much as Anushka Sharma lets her work do the talking, her latest release is also speaking for itself. In fact, it is the kind of love story we have seen after a long time. Phillauri had a very creative marketing. Happily, Phillauri’s strong buzz did not fade with its release. It has set the box office on fire in north India and it is only expected to grow in days to come. And why not, after all Phillauri gives us something that the current breed of love stories lack — not just an old school romance but moments where you can stop and feel your heartbeat. Phillauri is the story of a friendly ghost Shashi who gets trapped in the world of the living due to a marriage ritual. While she hovers around the guy who apparently married her, Shashi’s return to this world after almost a century leaves her startled to realise all that has changed in 2017 – a

good comparison drawn between the times she came from and what she is seeing today. While she finds references to her own love story in every little detail she sees in this era, the audience is taken back and forth between today and the pre-Independence India where life was much more simple and honest. The love story of two Phillauris — Roop Lal and Shashi Kumari — is selfless and poetic. Interestingly, they are a breath of fresh air, despite their romance going back in time. This is because, maybe somewhere, we are just too tired of seeing fast-paced love stories, where the couples are quick to accept their love and quicker to call it off.

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The ‘bride-in-spirit’ gives life and commitment lessons to a hysterical ‘alive’ groom Suraj Sharma aka Kanan, while comparing it with her own story. It’s great to see Suraj back in form after Life of Pi. As the confused NRI, who is dumbfounded during most situations, he provides moments of laughter. Newbie Mehreen Pirzada as Anu is refreshing as a bride-to-be. And special mention to their big fat Punjabi family, which can talk about sex and champagne, all in one line. But, the one who steals the heart is Diljit Dosanjh. From flaunting his body to the kohl-eyes, he wins over every woman in the village with his singing. And he loves Shashi till “death do them apart.” He can be any

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girl’s dream man in any given age. He undergoes a transformation, and he acts that well. His chemistry with Anushka is crackling. Roop Lal and Shashi belong to the time when ‘decent women’ were not supposed to indulge in music and poetry. They are obedient and definitely never fall for a local singer. Hence, Shashi gives in to Roop Lal only when he becomes a gentleman who is true to her expectations. Cut to the present, when we see something similar happening. Anu reminds Kanan “itne saal se go-around kar rahe hain” and why it was high time Kanan became serious about life. This, and a lot many times, the comparisons and transitions are convincing.

Shashi’s incomplete love story takes us back in time. The yesteryear visuals have a sepia tone and the detailing has been done well. From costumes to art direction, the makers have not disappointed. The use of ‘payal’ and ‘jhumkas’ only add to the melody. Yes, the film has some heartwarming music too. From “Dum Dum” to “Sahiba,” the songs will echo in our ears for a long time. Not to forget, the lyrics and the poetry only add to the beautiful canvas of the bygone era. Phillauri strongly takes references from the folklore where ghosts and spirits are a part of stories for every generation. The first half of the film is gripping and you won’t even realise when it is half time. A lot happens in the last few minutes until climax when the twists make it such a shocker that you take time to breathe. Also, the way its ending has been connected to relevant events is a work well done. You need time before certain feelings sink in, and if it gives a closure to a love story that has kept us absorbed for two-and-a-half hours, it is time well spent. -indianexpress.com

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4th Test: India Sweep Season with 4th Series Win P



HARAMASALA: (ESPN Cricinfo): India 106 for 2 (Rahul 51*) and 332 (Jadeja 63, Rahul 60, Pujara 57, Lyon 5-92) beat Australia 300 (Smith 111, Wade 57, Warner 56, Kuldeep 4-68) and 137 (Maxwell 45, Jadeja 3-24, Ashwin 3-29, Umesh 3-29) by eight wickets Ajinkya Rahane sent a 146 kph bouncer from Pat Cummins flying into the crowd at midwicket and, next ball, slapped another short one over the cover fence while backing away. These were the blows that finally snuffed out the last of Australia’s fight, and sealed once and for all India’s victory in this most bewitching of Border-Gavaskar series. Australia entered the fourth morning with only the scantest of hopes, defending a mere 87 runs and needing 10 wickets. This did not mean that contest was over, as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins fired the ball down with pace and venom after a night’s refreshment. The loss of M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara - the latter run out by a brilliant throw from Glenn Maxwell - kept Australia hoping. But KL Rahul and Rahane responded with bold blows to settle the matter. The win in Dharamsala ended India’s marathon home Test season with four series victories out of four, and also means that the team presently holds series honours over every other nation in the five-day game. Rahane’s stand-in captaincy, in the absence of the injured Virat Kohli, had been vital to this achievement, so too the runs of Rahul, the pace of Umesh Yadav and the all-round contribution of Ravindra Jadeja. There will be great satisfaction derived also from the fact that Dharamsala offered conditions more familiar to the tourists. For that reason, among others, Steven Smith’s team were left to ponder a string of missed opportunities after their vast opening win in Pune. There have been times in all three Tests since that the Australians have looked very much in control of proceedings, but they have been unable to stay on the mountaintop under pressure from an Indian side roused into action by the shock of that first-up hiding.

KL Rahul is over the moon after hitting the winning runs, India v Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala, 4th day, March 28, 2017

As the ball continued to bounce and swerve when India resumed their pursuit of a modest target today, Australia’s fielders must have wondered what might have been with another 100 or so runs to defend. Josh Hazlewood went up for a pair of vociferous lbw appeals against Vijay in the opening over, but on both occasions the opener got the merest of bat to ball before it struck the pad. At the other end Cummins sent a bouncer down the leg side that may have touched Vijay’s gloves before being taken on the juggle by Matthew Wade. Certainly Ultra Edge indicated as much, but only Wade raised the most half-hearted of appeals. More straightforward was another edge in Cummins’ next over, near enough to an action replay of Vijay’s firstinnings dismissal, which offered a glimmer of light for Australia. Genuine excitement followed when Pujara and Rahul hesitated fatally in taking a quick single to the right arm of Maxwell, who threw down middle stump to send Pujara on his way with 60 still needed. In those moments the Australians wondered briefly what might be possible, and the Indian viewing area tensed up like with so many teams chasing a pesky small

target in the past. But Rahane and Rahul barely put a foot out of place in the overs that followed, accumulating steadily until Cummins elected to go around the wicket for the tourists’final effort. Rahane’s riposte, the first impressively orthodox, the second more redolent of the forthcoming IPL, said much about India’s admirable resilience in the face of a most unexpected challenge. Before the start of the Dharamsala Test, India had a big call to make. They knew their captain, Virat Kohli, was out with a shoulder injury - they now needed to decide whether to replace him with another batsman in a like-for-like swap or to play an extra bowler instead. With Kohli out of the side, India were losing a batsman with 57 Tests and 4497 runs behind him. Playing a batsman in his place may have seemed the safer move, but India went with the fifth bowler, handing Kuldeep Yadav a Test debut. Kuldeep, in the end, was one of the game-changers in India’s seriesclinching eight-wicket win. On day one, Australia slumped from 144 for 1 to 300 all out, losing four wickets to Kuldeep’s left-arm wristspin. In his post-match press conference,

Kohli revealed that Ajinkya Rahane, India’s stand-in captain, and Anil Kumble, their coach, had made the decision to play Kuldeep. “I spoke to Jinks [Rahane] before the game and he asked me what I feel,” Kohli said. “I said, this is your game, you have to be comfortable with playing four or five bowlers. He instantly said five bowlers, because he understands the workloads of the guys throughout the whole season and to keep pushing two guys to take wickets for you regularly is unfair when the body is tired and it has taken a toll. “So that fifth bowler, that was Anil bhai and Jinks and myself, we all had a discussion. Kuldeep was the Xfactor, they hadn’t played him, they hadn’t seen him much, and he turned out to be the difference in the game. I think from 130 for 1 to 300 all out in the same day can really demoralize the opposition. “But yes it was difficult watching from the outside when you have been in the thick of things all the time for the past so many years and seasons. But the most pleasing thing is when you see guys taking the responsibility in your absence. Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

Pakistan Seek to Extend Winning Streak vs. WI

ORT OF SPAIN: The first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan didn’t tell us much, confirming, instead, what was already widely known: West Indies appear a long way away from their World Cup-winning best at the moment, while Pakistan, though nowhere near perfect, have slightly too much quality for the hosts. If any team in world cricket can turn it around within three hours or so, it is Carlos Brathwaite’s men. With this being only the second T20I series that stretches beyond three games between two Test teams, West Indies still have time to make amends. They can start by avoiding falling into the trap Pakistan set for them in the first game: the visitors built up pressure with the spinners in the Powerplay, inducing false shots from the batsmen thereafter. The hosts might look to attack the spinners in the first six overs to force Sarfraz Ahmed to rethink his strategies. It also remains to be seen how wonder kid Shadab Khan, handles the pressure. Pakistan, on the other hand, will look to replicate much of what they did in the first game. While their bowling performance - with the exception of Wahab Riaz - was as close to flawless as head coach Mickey Arthur could have hoped for, concerns still remain in the batting department. It is early days yet, but there are barely any signs of Ahmed Shehzad or Kamran Akmal having managed to rid themselves of the inconsistency that has plagued their international careers so far. Still, Pakistan have won their last four T20I games against West Indies with relative ease.

Debutant Shadab Khan stunned West Indies in the first T20I in Barbados with returns of 3 for 7.


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GST Bills Passed in Lok Sabha for Uniform Taxation across India N D : India is on the verge of GST bill, the integrated GST bill, the recommendations to the council but EW


creating history. With the Lok Sabha signing off on the last batch of bills on the goods and services tax (GST), India is just a step away from rolling out an indirect tax regime that will for the first time economically unify the country. Not only is this a game-changing tax reform initiative, it also puts in place a template for cooperative federalism because the states, thanks to the creation of the GST Council, are as much a stakeholder as the Centre. The rollout has been made possible after the states and the centre agreed to merge their existing taxation powers to evolve a uniform tax structure. On Wednesday, clearing the last legislative hurdle, the Lok Sabha gave its nod to the last batch of bills crucial for the implementation of this seminal tax reform. The lower house passed the four bills---central

union territory GST bill, and the GST (compensation to states) bill. Since these bills were tabled as money bills, the Rajya Sabha can only make recommendations on the proposed laws and that too within 14 days of the bills being sent to the upper house. This means the government will be able to push through these bills in Parliament before the end of the ongoing budget session on 12 April. To be sure, the state legislatures will also have to give their nod to the state GST bill to facilitate a pan-India rollout of the tax from 1 July. This seminal piece of tax reform will be ready for implementation after the GST Council approves the classification of commodities under various slabs. Highlighting the uniqueness of this reform, which has been in the works

Jaitley said it is for the first time that the centre and the states have come together. Photo: HT

for more than 10 years, finance minister Arun Jaitley said it is for the first time that the centre and the states have come together and pooled their sovereignty into the GST council to make it a reality. “GST is the first of its kind federal contract with constitutional sanction. We (Parliament) are free to make our

at the same we will have to honour this federal contract where states and the centre have pooled their sovereignty and arrived at the various provisions of these bills,” he said in the Lok Sabha. GST subsumes a host of indirect taxes levied by the centre and the states including excise duty, service tax, value added tax, entertainment tax , luxury tax and entry tax. This means that both the centre and the states are giving up their autonomy when it comes to collecting these indirect taxes---a major part of their revenue steam. Bringing all states on board this tax reform forced the centre to yield on many issues, some of which could force up input costs to industry, impact the ease of doing business and increase inflationary pressures. -Live Mint

Qatar Airways Hastens India Push after Etihad, Plans 100 New Jets L

ONDON: Qatar Airways may order 100 new jetliners before the end of this year to power its push into India and also plans to announce two new routes to the UK even as the country prepares to exit the European Union, chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said. The Persian Gulf carrier is confident that a new aviation policy mapped out by “futuristic” Prime Minister Narendra Modi will permit 100% foreign ownership of a domestic airline, Al Baker said Monday in London. Qatar Airways is briefing lawyers in India and will seek formally to establish the new airline soon, with a tender for aircraft to follow. “It could be this year,” the CEO told journalists after addressing the Qatar-U.K. Business and Investment Forum. “It depends how fast we can arrange our application.” Al Baker revealed last month that

he planned to set up an Indian carrier with a fleet of 100 narrow-body jets, breaking into a fast-growing market where local rules previously prevented full ownership by foreign airlines. He said at the time that the Qatar Investment Authority could fund the venture, leaving Qatar Air to run it, though it’s not clear whether such an arrangement would avoid the curb. Qatar Air is targeting an Indian foothold after Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi took a 24% stake in Jet Airways India Ltd. Leading Asian carriers Singapore Airlines Ltd. and AirAsia Bhd. also have 49% holdings in affiliates in the subcontinent, though no foreign operator has been able to acquire full control. Al Baker sought to use QIA to secure a position in discount specialist Indigo during its initial public offering, but the fund failed to gain the required approvals in time.

Qatar Air CEO Akbar Al Baker is targeting an Indian foothold after Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi took a 24% stake in Jet Airways India.

Qatar Air’s expansion plans elsewhere include the addition of two new routes to Britain, the CEO said at the investment event. The carrier already offers 72-weekly services to the UK,

where it serves London’s Heathrow hub as well as Manchester and Birmingham in England and Edinburgh in Scotland. -Live Mint


India to Become Net Exporter of Power with Demand Slack


EW DELHI: India became net exporter of electricity in the current financial year, reinforcing the turnaround story in the country’s power sector but also underlining the demand slack in the changing narrative. Using power trade as a tool for diplomacy, India spread goodwill in its neighborhood extending upto Myanmar by exporting 5,798 MU (million units) during the April 2016-February 2017 period. This is roughly 4% more than 5,585 MU it imported from Bhutan, data from Central Electricity Authority (CEA) shows. India started cross-border trade in electricity since the mid 80’s, essentially with importing power from hydel projects build in Bhutan and supplying small quantities to Nepal as part of government-to-government deals. Since then, the country has established a mesh of cross-border interlinks for supplying to Nepal and Bangladesh. On an average, India has been importing 5,000-5,500 MUs from Bhutan, while exporting 190 MW to Nepal over 12 cross-border lines from Bihar and UP and 600 MW to Bangladesh through two interconnects from Bengal and Tripura. As a result of rising cross-border wheeling capacity, export to Nepal and Bangladesh have showed an increase of 2.5 and 2.8 times, respectively, in the last three years. The development also coincides with efforts to export coal to Bangladesh — an indication of the situation changing from shortage to surplus. India’s power plants were facing acute fuel shortage till three years back. -Times of India


28 March 31, 2017 Yogi Adityanath Asks BJP Functionaries to Shun Contracts


Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi on Sunday asked all BJP office bearers and public representatives not to undertake any contractual work and instead monitor them for effective execution. He said BJP’s unprecedented win in the recent Assembly elections had only increased the responsibilities of the party and its workers. “No office bearer of the party or any public representative should undertake any contractual work (thekedaari). They should rather monitor them. And, if they find any discrepancy, they can inform me, so that

action could be taken immediately against the guilty,” he said. Addressing people at the BJP’s regional office on the second day of his Gorakhpur visit, he said, “After victory, a number of important works have to be accomplished. The people of the state have reposed their faith in us, and the onus is on us to meet their expectations, while ensuring accountability of our actions.” Aditya Nath also laid stress on sense of responsibility and accountibility among his ministerial colleagues. “I am the CM. (Surya Pratap) Shahi ji is Cabinet minister. But the post of

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women start to feel insecure. I was to break this mindset,” he said, and added that he wants to make UP a place, where women feel safe and secure. Aditya Nath said, “I would like to assure that in the next two months, people would come to know how a state government should work. I have got an opportunity to clean the mess (kachdaa saaf karne kaa maukaa milaa hai), and I will do it.” He also advised his ministers that they should be accessible to the public. “The doors of your house and office must remain open to the public. This would ensure that the government is able to reach to the last person of the society. No one would go to bed empty stomach and money would not be a constraint in marriage of any girl,” he said. Referring to the acid attack on a woman from Rae Bareli, Aditya Nath, said, “The officials are working on ‘puraanaa dharraa’ (old style).

I went to KGMU to inquire about the well being of the woman and gave them ultimatum that everything must be done in the next couple of hours.” He also referred to the Agra loot, which was worked out. “There is no place for those who give patronage to the gooda elements, mafia, criminal and other rogue elements. They have the option of leaving UP or else they would land in places designated for them (jails),” he said, while hinting at massive revamping of law and order. He also talked about people committing electricity theft facing the music. “The situation has already improved in Gorakhpur and it would soon improve in the state as well,” he said. “If you find any discrepancy or anomaly, just message me the relevant details. I will ensure action,” he said. -indianexpress.com

Trump Effect? India to Seal Border with Pakistan and Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: Indian Home Min-

ister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India plans to seal international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh soon. “India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India’s major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees,” Singh said while addressing the passing out parade of

the Border Security Force Assistant Commandants at the BSF Academy in Madhya Pradesh’s Tekanpur area. The home minister assured that the border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018. The decision has been taken in the wake of an increase in infiltration attempts, he said. “The project will be periodically monitored by the Home Secretary at the central level, the BSF from the security forces’ perspective and the

chief secretaries at the state-level,” Singh said, adding that the government would apply technological solutions for sealing the border in difficult terrains. Lauding the BSF personnel, the home minister stated that the force has changed the rules of engagement at international borders which have made it a known entity in the neighbouring countries. “The BSF has changed rules of engagement at international borders. Now, the BSF is a known entity even in neighbouring countries,” Singh said. He also spoke about the planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces which will be implemented soon. “We are planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces. The forces are coming forward with such mechanism,” Singh said. -dawn.com


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