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P3 From left: Dev Shah, Pradip Seernani, Bramacharini Shweta, Acharya Guarang Nanavaty, Joseph Emmett, Narindra Kapoor, Satya Kalra, Guruma, Dr. Virendra Mathur, and Pratik Shah. Not pictured: Dr. Stephen Phillips

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Successful Inaugural Gita Conference Held at the University of Houston BY DAVE SHAH


OUSTON: The city’s first Gita conference was held on Saturday, May 26, where people from many different communities gathered to learn, reflect, and discuss the various teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. The conference, named “Spiritual Conference: Road map for life and living”, had the goal to enlighten people of all ages, backgrounds, and religions to learn about and appreciate the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. Pradip Seernani, a long time devotee of the Geeta Ashram, initiated the conference with the traditional conch sound, and all in attendance were tranquil yet eager to engage in the conference. The Gita Conference was primarily organized by Mr. Seernani, who

invited six very knowledgeable speakers that focused on expressing the practical and philosophical messages of the Bhagavad Gita. The lineup of speakers featured Joseph Emmett, Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya,

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Satya Kalra, Narinder Kapoor, Stephen Phillips and Guru Maa Geeteshwari Ji. Each speaker had a unique and deep understanding of the daily applications of the scripture. Seernani was accompanied by Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty from Chinmaya Mission, as well as Dr. Virendra Mathur, as they were key supporters of the conference. To seek out youth attendees, the conference was located at The University of Houston (Main Campus). There were

many from different walks of life as they all joined in an experience of broadening their spiritual horizons. “We need more of this for our youth. The program was not only fun, but intellectually beneficial” said Mr. Gopal Savjani, Chairman and CEO of Ansh Labs. The conference was emceed by Dave Shah, 23, and Pratik Gandhi, 24, two young men who volunteered to bridge the gap between the speakers and attendees.


“We really enjoyed the informative speakers, but also really appreciated the MC’s who brought a ton of energy and entertainment throughout the entirety of the event,” said Jay Shah, an attendee. “As a college student, the messages by the speakers and the emcees resonated with me and attendees close to my age.”. “The best way to get the youth more involved, and inclined to learn the teachings of the Gita is simply by being an example that they can look up to,” said Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya Ji, responding to a question that many of the adults, more specifically parents had in regards to youth involvement and interaction. The conference built the foundation for more youth involvement in various aspects and hopes to create a community where this scripture can be applied to anyone who looks to have a deeper understanding of spirituality. The organizers of this event plan to conduct the conference biennially, and expect tremendous growth due to the debut’s success.





Just 18 months ago, after the 2017 Board had been sworn in, the American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects declared a goal of enlarging its membership base. It has worked consistently to do so by maintaining a high profile throughout the year with monthly technical meetings and other key events like the scholarships its metes out to deserving students and its annual Fall Holiday luncheon. In the ensuing year, the ASIE has purposefully mentored a younger generation of professionals to come on its Board to steer the organization forward. “It is our goal during my term to engage more young professionals,” said current ASIE President Sai Gowthami Asam, “and get their help in mentoring young girls in the STEM fields.” Asam was speaking at the ASIE’s flagship May luncheon at the Omni Westside Hotel on Thursday, May 31. It is an annual event at which the broadest range of its membership and mainstream supporters from the engineering community gather to hear from the City of Houston’s highest officials, which began with then mayor Annise Parker. For a fifth year the City’s Director of Public Works and Engineering Department was the featured speaker and this year, newly installed director

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The Board of the ASIE after the event with the chief guest. Front row front left: Virinder (Ben) Bansal, Avinash Patel, Ravi Arora, Chaitanya Gampa, ASIE President Sai Gowthami Asam, featured speaker Carol Haddock, Director, City of Houston Public Works Department; Archana Sharma, Tej Kour, Showri Nandagiri and Bhavana Patel. Back row, from left: Ashish Bagga, Sirish Madichetti and Apoorv Kumar

Carol Ellinger Haddock spoke about PWE’s achievements over the past two years since Mayor Sylvester Turner came to office. “I know half of the past presidents of the ASIE,” said Haddock as she approached the podium, “and that speaks volumes for the organization.” Haddock, a licensed professional engineer, was formerly with Klotz Associates and the Harris County Flood Control District’s program manager for Project Brays and has worked at the department since July 2005. She took over as acting director in July 2017 after Dr. Karun Sreerama resigned the position, and in January 2018 became the first woman to head the department. She has a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering

City of Houston Public Works Department Director Carol Haddock described the last two years of challenges and achievements for her department. Photos: Navin Mediwala

from Rice University and a masters in public administration from the University of Houston. With a series of slides, Haddock outlined the immensity of the city of Houston – about 650 square miles which would encompass the cities of Miami, Cleveland,

St. Louis, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco – with a density of 3,000 people per square mile. “We have 37 percent of the land in Harris County, but 54 percent of the population,” she explained, adding that PWE’s 3,900 people and $2.1


billion was responsible for running the city’s infrastructure. In her presentation entitled “Mission Possible”, Haddock outlined the challenges presented since January 2016 and how PWE rose to meet them. Citing Mayor Turner’s resolve to fix potholes the next day, she explained how the field crews were able to develop a system to make this happen “in 3 days and now we are 98 percent there because the employees were empowered.” Among PWE’s successes were handling the crowds for the NCAA Final Four tournament, the Super Bowl in 2017and the World Series parade. Of course, major weather events tested PWE’s responsiveness and Haddock noted that her department came out shining during the Tax Day Flood of 2016, Hurricane Harvey and the ice storms of early 2018, working around-the-clock and even braving high water in dump trucks to rescue stranded people. “What I have learned about leadership is to trust your team and give them authority, responsibility, accountability and communicate expectations,” concluded Haddock. In response to this reporter’s question of floodgates and warnings at underpasses which claimed an Indian woman’s life two years ago, she said that most of these low areas were now monitored.


June 08, 2018


Hindu Sangathan Divas (Hindu Unity Day) Organized in Houston by HSS BY CHARUDATTA MALUSARE

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ter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS) held its 13thannual Hindu Sangathan Divas conference on Saturday, June 2, at the JVB Preksha Meditation Center in Houston, Texas. This event was attended by over 170 participants from over 48 Hindu organizations from the greater Houston area. Hindu Sangathan Divas offered representatives of Houston area Hindu organizations the opportunity to network with the goal of synergizing the work of different Hindu organizations, exchange ideas, share material and resources. The event began with the meaningful Sangh Geet “ Ek Naya Itihas Rache Hum” followed by Ekatmata Mantra which set the perfect tone and aligned all minds with the agenda. The entire program was coordinated by Hindu youth leadership team which perfectly exemplified the leadership team of second generation Hindu youth taking the baton forward. After an introductory session, representatives attended one of three parallel breakout sessions, covering, “American Hindu Identity Awareness for mainstream community”, “Synergizing Seva Activities amongst Hindu Organizations”, and “Creating Second Generation Hindu Youth Leadership”. Each breakout session included a presentation by an experienced panel member of Hindu organizations actively working in the respective area followed by group discussion. The first group expressed their thoughtful views on the significance of proudly projecting our Hindu identity in the mainstream community. The discussion included the views expressed by the panellists on the values, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of the

Hindu community to find expression in a range of spheres, including economy, education, media exposure, organizational, and political, as well as the unique leadership and contributions of Hindu women and youth. Greater clarity and proactive approach are needed and can be achieved by Hindu involvement in governance, inviting politicians to our cultural events such as Diwali, Holi, Garba celebrations etc. HSS is organizing Guru Vandana and Raksha Bandhan which are gaining popularity in mainstream community such as the police, teachers and firefighting departments. The broader and inclusive meaning of “Hindu” should reflect in our behaviour than mere words. All Hindu organizations need to unite 1n protecting and projecting “American Hindu” identity and increasing awareness. The second group outlined the importance of Seva as serving society selflessly. During the Harvey disaster, relief efforts by all the organisations in united way worked


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and demonstrated how connected we are as community. The group stressed on a structured approach such as the training of volunteers, setting up a central command station, use of social media campaign for better communication during of natural calamities or crises, to serve better and faster. The seva efforts should ultimately lead to the empowerment of society by taking the role of “Sevak” than “Seva Seeker”. The third group brainstormed the topic of creating second generation youth leadership by constant engagement and open communication than enforcement. The young individuals participating expressed

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that this can be achieved by giving autonomy, nourishing their curiosity, developing common interest areas and respecting suggestions. It was recommended that resources be developed such as APPs or databases to overcome language barriers and better understand the significance of Hindu Ethos, Values, and Cultures. The creation of a Hindu Youth forum database as a platform for sharing ideas and organising Hindu Youth leadership conferences would be a step closer to achieving this goal. The distinguished legal scholar and President of HSS America zone, Padma Bhushan Prof.

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Ved Prakash Nanda, graced this function as keynote speaker. He thanked all the attendees for their enthusiastic participation. He urged all organizations to adopt collective approach as “United we stand, divided we fall”. He remarked “Hindu Dharma” resonates where diversity is valued and multiple perspectives are promoted however, our Hindu identity as a whole should be distinct, protected and promoted proudly. This broader understanding will lead to the ultimate goal of Sangha where the entire society will be transformed, safeguarding our own Hindu dharma. The keynote speech was followed by Sangh Prarthana. The Jain prayer and meditation by Samani Kanchan Pragya Ji and Pranav Pragya Ji, created an enchanting and divine atmosphere, everyone felt empowered and blessed. This event was made successful with the lively participation of many community leaders, HSS volunteers and especially the youth. Special efforts and warm hospitality by JVB Preksha members made the event more enjoyable. HSS conducts a structured values education program through its 150 chapters nationwide to develop strong character and teamwork and leadership skills to organize a dynamic and flourishing HinduAmerican community.



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Storytellers Presents Kathak Dances from Students and World-renowned Artists

STAFFORD: Purists of Kathak understand

that classical training in this art form is difficult to find in the Houston area. With her desire for authenticity, Ekta Popat has been traveling to California every few weeks to receive training from world-renowned Guru, Shambhavi Dandekar.

Ekta feels very fortunate to have this opportunity and she realizes that not many others do. Following the true meaning of Kathak, Ekta appropriately chose the name Storytellers School of Dance (Sugar Land) and began sharing her passion with the Houston community since August 2017. Ekta has been a student of various forms of Indian classical dance since the age of 6. By day, Ekta works as a corporate affairs manager for a Houston based telehealth company, and in the evenings and weekends, she laces up her ghungroos to teach her students as young as 5. In between all of this she fulfills her role as a dedicated mother to a 13 and 11-year-old. Nritya Dhaara classical Kathak performance was held at the Old Stafford Civic

Center on Friday, June 1. It opened with a solo performance by Ekta, which depicted the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in Taal Dhamaar (14-beat cycle). Students of Storytellers then followed with performances of Hastaks and Tritaal compositions, which showed their mastery of the foundation that will guide their future training. Ekta’s goal for her students was to have them share what they have learned with friends, family and the community. In addition, it was also an opportunity for the students to witness the magic of world renowned Kathak artists, who make up the Nritya Dhaara team. The artists included Pandita Maneesha Sathe, Shambhavi Dandekar, Tejaswani Sathe, and Sarveshwari Sathe. This amazing team spans three generations and has traveled the globe together inspiring au-

diences with their flawless expression of Kathak. Their final pieces Tarana and Jugalbandi received a standing ovation from the audience. “Seeing these incredible performances only excites me and inspires me beyond belief because there’s just so much to look forward to,” said Rownak Rahman. “I was in awe the entire time watching truly an outstanding performance with complex foot work, chakkars and hand coordination,” said Sejal Shan. “We are really thankful to Storytellers School of Dance and proud to be part of it.” “I have seen so many teachers teach more fusion dance, but no one else had the courage to provide the kids with pure and fundamentally best form of dance,” said Sneha Sanghavi about the Storytellers School of Dance.



June 08, 2018


Honor Student Sahil Adhawade Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston

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Mayor Turner Attends 2018 Houston Iftar Dinner

Houston Iftar 2018 organizing Committee members with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Patron S. Javaid Anwar, President ICNA Javaid Siddiqui, President ISGH M. J. Khan, Coordinator Saeed Sheikh & others.

gun violence to protect the school and children. Event Coordinator Saeed Shiekh paid rich tribute to all sponsors and guests for their cooperation to make the Houston Iftar dinner successful every year. Earlier Patron S. Javaid Anwar paid special tribute to Mayor Turner while introducing him. Others who spoke included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Honorary Chair of the event & President Islamic Circle of North America Javed Siddiqi; ISGH President M J Khan and Afzal Janjua, Imam Tauqeer Shah and Imam Khalis. The program was beautifully moderated by Eman Arabi Katbi.

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott sent a pre-recorded message honoring the event and specially lauded the great services and support of his close friend, oil tycoon Javaid Anwar for sponsoring the Iftar dinner since last seven years. A Congressional certificate from Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green was also rewarded to Saeed Sheikh and his team. VIPs in attendance also included Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Consul Generals of several Countries, City officials and over 1,700 community members and news media. The annual Iftar dinner is intended to showcase peace, diversity and unity.

At the Houston Iftar 2018 Congressman Al Green presenting Congressional Recognition to organizing Committee Honorary Chair Javaid Siddiqui, Coordinator Saeed Sheikh, Murad Ajani, Mian Nazeer & others.


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Sharad Kavadi Celebrates 85th Birthday

Sharad Kavadi (center) blows out the candles on the 85th birthday cake with wife Sudha (left), grandsons Sameer and Raj, and son Vivek.


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celebrate our 85th birthday in good health and in the company of family and close friends. One among us who has achieved this precious goal is Sharad Kavadi, a 40-year resident of Houston. A native of Maharashtra in India, Kavadi came to the United States in the 1960s. An engineering architect, Kavadi spent his entire professional career with Bechtel, the leading engineering and construction contractor. Most of his career was spent in Houston, but he also had stints in New York, Louisville, Kentucky and San Francisco. Kavadi’s 85th birthday celebration took place in the Sugar Land home of his son, Dr. Vivek and wife Madhavi, on Sunday, June 2. Close family, who were on hand to celebrate the birthday were his wife Sudha, daughter Manisha, a lawyer residing in Washington D.C. and grandsons Raj, Sameer and Amit. About 50 close friends and wellwishers attended the poolside celebration. The evening began with a classical music recital featuring Shane Monds on the sitar and young Vikram Banga on the tabla. Friends took the stage to extol Kavadi’s pioneer role in enriching the Marathi community’s cultural experiences and his creative talents in staging the earliest Marathi three-act plays in Houston.

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tury. This grand scale of Jai Shri Krishnna, Radheshyam Sathwarey unfolds the life of Krishna, God of Compassion, Tenderness and Love, from his birth in Mathura to Meerabai, his greatest devotee born into a Rajput royal Rathore family of Merta, Rajasthan. The production features 40 artists from India, live music and melodious singing by Manisha Salva; composer Saurab Mehta and the wonderful team of Pardeep Bhatt on dhol; Pramod Chaluke on bansuri, and talented artists on tabla and other musical instruments and glamorous and entertaining dances and choreog-

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TiE Houston’s May Event

Panel Discussion on Future of the Oil & Gas Industry

From left: Vinita Gupta, Co-CEO APEX Resources, Moderator; Dr. Ram Shenoy, TiE Houston Board Member; Charles Leykum, Founder of CSL Capital Management; Kirk Coburn, Head of Ventures for Shell; Bruno Courme, VP Exploration Americas for http://us.total.com/en-us/total-epTotal E&P Americas, LLC; Dr. Arun Pasrija - TiE Houston President, and Dr. Roopa Gir - iEducate President, Moderator.

HOUSTON: For the last 4 years,

TiE Houston has put together a dynamic panel together to talk about the future of the oil & gas industry and this year was no exception. TiE Houston members and guests gathered at the HESS Club on May 30, to listen to, learn from, and network with panelists Bruno Courme, VP Exploration Americas for Total E&P Americas, LLC, Kirk Coburn, Head of Ventures for Shell, and Charles Leykum, Founder of CSL Capital Management. Moderating the panel were TiE Houston board members, Dr. Roopa Gir, President IEducate USA, and Vinita Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, Apex Resources. Before the panelists went on stage, guests had a chance to net-

work with them. TiE Houston believes that the key to building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem is to build a strong network so networking is always a part of their events. The crowd included students from UH, seasoned executives, and brand new entrepreneurs. As everyone sat for dinner, Ana Rojas Bastidas, TiE Houston Executive Director, shared upcoming events and TiE Global Initiatives. This year, all chapters are focusing on growing their angel investor groups and seeing what ways they can promote women entrepreneurs in their community. TiE Houston president, Dr. Arun Pasrija welcomed all of the guests and shared the TiE mission. TiE was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals. There are currently 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. The newest chapter being TiE Miami! TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dr. Gir opened the panel by introducing the panelists, and setting the stage by outlining recent events in the oil and gas industry – the advent of the shale revolution; the recent downturn in commodity prices; the increasing concern expressed by governments about climate change and carbon emissions; recent macroeconomic analyses about peak hydrocarbon demand because of growing traction of renewable energy sources;


and the growing global demand for energy thanks to population growth. The first few questions posed by the moderators to the panelists were about then energy trends. Charles Leykum was asked about the energy outlook and the focus of his company on US energy services company. Kirk Coburn and Bruno Courme described the long-term strategic directions of their respective companies, and teased out some insights for entrepreneurs. A second part of the panel session concerned technology directions and advice for entrepreneurs. Charles Leykum emphasized the importance of first impressions and clear “value propositions on unit economics” explaining his company’s focus on energy services firm serving land US onshore production. Kirk Coburn talked about the importance of entrepeneurs being able to demonstrate solid execution. Bruno Courme emphasized the importance of innovation as something large corporations found difficult to do, and something that could help entrepreneurs distinguish themselves. In closing, the general remarks from the panelists pointed to a period of increased opportunity for the energy sector, where there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs to be successful in the next 2-3 years. To find out more about TiE Houston and how to get involved, visit www.houston.tie.org. Their next event, Women Mean Business, will be in partnership with the Indo American Chamber of Commerce on June 20, 2018.


June 08, 2018

Indian American Businessman Convicted for Sexual Assault, Strangulation


Tripathy, an Indian American businessman who was charged with sexual and physical assault of a woman he met on a “sugar daddy” dating website, was convicted by New York’s Manhattan Supreme Court court on May 30, PTI reported. Tripathy is facing 25 years in prison for criminal sex act, sex abuse, assault, strangulation and unlawful imprisonment for an incident that occurred on June 15, 2016 at W hotel in Times Square in New York city. The 48-year-old tech millionaire had gone out on date with the 38-year-old victim who he met through the website that pairs younger women with wealthier old men. According to what was heard in court, Tripathy asked the woman to accompany him to his room, where the date took a violent turn. The woman told the court that Tripathy “punched her in the face some 20 times” and forced her to “perform oral sex on him.” The extent of the violence inflicted on the woman was so much that Assistant District Attorney Kristen Baraiola told the court that the blood from the woman’s face “splattered the hotel room walls and bedspread.” Baraiola added that “When the woman rejected his advances, the executive (Tripathy) alleg-


Shubham Goel, 22-year-old Indian-American and Youngest Candidate for California Governor


Sanjay Tripathy is is facing 25 years in prison for an incident that occurred on June 15, 2016 at a hotel in Times Square in New York city.

edly beat her, resulting in her split lip, broken tooth, two black eyes and a bloody nose. She saw blood literally fly out of her face after being punched.” Tripathy threatened to kill the woman, saying “you are going to die. I am going to kill you,” according to Baraiola. He also choked the woman. The complainant said in her testimony that she managed to escape by saying that she had a sixyear-old daughter at home waiting for her. She crossed the street from the hotel to a parked New York Police Department van, and informed the police that Tripathy tried to kill her. Photos of the woman’s swollen, bruised face and neck; clumps of blood in her hair; and her two blackened eyes were submitted before the courtroom. Tripathy’s lawyer, however, maintained that

the encounter was a consensual rough sex and that the photos “showed a partial story, of what really happened inside of that hotel room.” Franklin Rothman, who was representing the businessman, also claimed that the woman accepted payment for the act. Tripathy, a father of two, had described himself on the website as “a catch with $10 million in the bank.” As per an earlier New York Post report, he is based in Morrisville, NC, and has a net worth of $10 million and an annual income of $1 million. Tripathy will be sentenced for his crimes on July 18. Justice Erika Edwards directed that he has to be held without bail after his conviction. -littleindia.com

hile most 22-year-olds we know are in college enjoying life and getting a degree in all kinds of subjects or just starting out with new jobs and learning to attain a work-life balance, here’s someone who might just end up becoming the next governor of California in the United States. Yes, you heard it right! Meet Shubham Goel, a 22-year-old Indian-American techie who is in the running to become the next governor of California succeeding Democrat governor Jerry Brown. The Democrat has been in office for eight years – two four-year terms – and Shubham believes he could be the next governor. Born in California to Karuna and Vipul Goel, Shubham was raised in Central California and Los Angeles. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from the UCLA in June 2017, with a major in Economics and a minor in Film and Television. While he works as a Virtual Reality Manager in San Francisco, and has even worked with Dream Out Loud, a non-profit that raises awareness about the water shortage for elephants who have escaped poachers and now live in sanctuaries in Botswana, he may soon be the governor of California.


Shubham Goel

Shubham is up against quite a few well-known names such as Democrats Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, and Delaine Eastin and Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen, but believes that he could make a difference to the state. Speaking of why he wanted to run for the post instead of focusing on his career in virtual reality, Shubham tells International Business Times India: “I have first hand seen how all people in California are struggling in the state. I work at a virtual reality company so I see how all of this new technology can implement feasible and innovative solutions to our problems. He explained that he wanted to set an example and send the message to youngsters that one doesn’t need money or fame to make a difCONTINUED ON PAGE 16

16 June 08, 2018 Shubham Goel CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 ference, and all that one needs is “conviction and grit.” So what makes Shubham stand out among others who are in the running apart from the fact that he is just 22 and youngest candidate? Well, unlike others he neither has political affiliations nor a campaign team. And has he raised any funds? “Zero,” he tells IBTimes India. “I decided since the beginning that I won’t be raising funds for my candidacy as I believe that special interests and campaign donations are a big reason for the inefficiencies and slowness of our state legislations and policies. I don’t have an active campaign team nor do I want one!” In fact, it is heartening to see him talking to passersby and campaigning on the streets over a megaphone. And what’s his agenda? Shubham tells us: It will also include the platforms they advocated for during their election cycle and will comment on their progress toward completing them. This will keep all of them accountable with their decisions, corruption and ineffectiveness and give the people of California a much better idea of who they are being represented by. This will fix disturbing issues like Janet Napolitano, the president of the UC system, hiding $175 million last April from students,

the board mishandling funds and regents being financially corrupt. Shubham also spoke about the India-American community in California and said that it was “so great and pivotal to the success of America.” He believes that it is now time that the state hears the voice of the community and knows that Indian-Americans also have an opinion and a say in when it comes to decision making in the state. “Also we must stick together and help out with fixing the issues in India as well and helping the country we come from in innovative ways that utilize technology,” the 22-year-old adds. While passersby have clearly got to know Shubham and what his message and plans are, did he learn anything from the campaign? “We can never give up on ourselves and our goals,” he says. And how did he learn this you ask? It’s quite an interesting story. And if you thought he is someone born and raised in California and has lost touch with his roots, he’ll tell you that you are mistaken. His parents are from Lucknow and Meerut and Subham, in fact, visits frequently and says that these trips keep him “strongly connected to my Indian roots and origin.” The general election is scheduled for November 6 and the primary will be held on Tuesday, June 5. -ibtimes.co.in


14-Year-Old Texan Wins National Spelling Bee


HILL, MD.: Karthik Nemmani didn’t win his regional spelling bee. He didn’t even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Throwing everything he had into his one shot at glory, 14-yearold Karthik outlasted betterknown spellers and became the champion after a dramatically abrupt end to the competition, when 12-year-old Naysa Modi misspelled the word “Bewusstseinslage” in the first championship round. Karthik had to spell two words correctly to seal the title, which he did with ease, and the lanky, soft-spoken Texan stepped back and smiled as he was showered with confetti. His winning word was “koinonia,” which means Christian fellowship or communion. Karthik is from McKinney, Texas, and Naysa lives in Frisco, Texas, both suburbs of Dallas, and Naysa topped Karthik at their county bee. “She’s a really, really good speller. She deserved the trophy as much as I did,” Karthik said. “I got lucky.” He said there were eight or nine words during the prime-time finals he didn’t know — a rare admission for a Scripps champion. In the past, losing at the county level would have made Karthik

ineligible for the national competition, but he got in through a wildcard program that was instituted this year. The third-place finisher, 11-yearold Abhijay Kodali, came in second to Naysa at the Dallas regional bee, one of just a few regions that sends multiple spellers to nationals. Dallas has long been one of the most competitive regions in the country, and the lack of opportunity for spellers as talented as Karthik is what led Scripps to create the wild-card program in the first place. Karthik’s cousin, Sri Nemmali, also competed in this year’s bee and marveled at Karthik’s discipline and study habits. “He deserves it. He would have


beaten me, definitely,” Sri said. “That’s one speller I know who’s better than I am.” Naysa, a crowd favorite and four-time Scripps participant who does taekwondo and performs stand-up comedy, will have to regroup after a bitter defeat and try again next year. She’ll be 13 and in eighth grade, which is the final school year that spellers are eligible. She first competed in the bee as a cherubic 9-year-old. After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout. “She was just as graceful as she could be,” bee program manager Corrie Loeffler said. Naysa’s close friend, Jashun Paluru of West Lafayette, Indiana, finished fourth, spelling with flair and spending most of his time in between words chatting animatedly with Naysa. Karthik, for his part, took no extra satisfaction in vanquishing a familiar foe. “I wouldn’t say it was revenge,” he said. “We weren’t against each other. We were against the dictionary.” Karthik is the 14th consecutive Indian-American champion, and 19 of the past 23 winners have had Indian heritage. In addition to the trophy, he gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. -voanews.com


June 08, 2018

Legacy of the Tropical Bengal Jute Trade is Left on Cold, Remote Dundee

A great room where machines once worked nosily and now has one working display model, has been converted to a performance hall

At Verdant Works, the history of the jute trade industry is vividly displayed



exit from the small, non-descript SottRail train station into the chill, drizzly grey day, across Riverside Drive and the A85 motorway, the hexagonal Discovery Point Museum and exhibition hall catches your eye, and the high masts of the RSS Discovery berthed besides it. A marvel of engineering and the craftsmanship of 19th century Dundee that made this once major whaling center a shipbuilding hub, the Discovery set sail on August 6, 1900 on its maiden voyage to the South Pole under the command of Lt. Robert Falcon Scott who is immortalized as the first to attempt to reach the continent’s center, later dying there in 1912. The Discovery was returned to its home in Dundee in April 1986. Just next to it, soon-to-open in September 2018, is the Victoria & Albert Museum of Design, a $120 million dazzling architectural structure inspired by Scotland’s cliffs, though some say it is reminiscent of a whaling ship. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it is the latest landmark for the city as it attempts to transform after a deep slumber of a few decades into a tourist destination. Across the motorway, the semicircular 10-story Sleeprz Dundee Hotel, still under construction, will dominate the city’s new Waterfront District, at the southern corner of the center of town. It is the beginning of a remarkable transformation for a town that locals say was dormant and sleepy just a few short years ago. The running storyline for locals is that Dundee is known for its “three J’s”: jute, journalism and jams and all three figure into the lure for tourists, although you might add the Scotch distilleries like Edradour which lies 75 minutes to the northwest outside the picturesque village of Pitlochry in the Highlands. The jams come from the fruit pastures on the lush hillsides and journalism is an outcome of the publishing business established by the D.C.

The entrance gate to the Verdant Works factory museum

Thomson company in 1905, still headquartered here in the original Courier Building at Meadowside. In a bow to literary and intellectual pursuits, Dundee also has four seats of higher learning: the University of Dundee founded in 1881 and ranked within the top 300 universities in the world and within the top 30 in the UK; Abertay University, Dundee College and the University of Dundee School of Medicine. Jute brings in an entirely different angle from a grittier epoch of this town’s history and shows how far and wide the effect of British Colonialism was. In fact, the cargo ship Banglar Urmi from Bangladesh arrived in Dundee docks in October 1998 to discharge the last 310 tons of bales of raw jute. According to a recent encounter with a woman who has deep roots in the jute industry, by the end of this summer, the remaining spinning and weaving machines will have been dismantled and shipped to Bangladesh for reassembly in that nation’s jute business. The history of jute in Dundee has its roots in the deep tradition of weaving that existed in this Scottish town back to the 16th century and was easily adapted to jute weaving. The local whaling fleets provided the whale oil needed to soften the jute and Dundee’s shipbuilding industry made the big ships to bring the jute from India. When huge worldwide markets were opening up for jute products like yarn, rope, bags, canvases and tarps that were needed for the California Gold Rush, the Slave Trade with the New World and bags for cotton in America, mining for coal in Europe and to transport grains and gunpowder for the European wars, especially during World War I. Local merchants quickly recognized the potential and opportunity and went to work to import the raw yarn from a captive source, the British colony of India and the East India Company headquartered in Calcutta,

A model of the Verdant Works factory as it still is today

Verdant Works is now a Scottish Heritage site that depicts the tale of jute and life of old Dundee

Bengal where the fiber was plentiful. The first 20 bales of jute unloaded in Dundee in 1820 and changed the destiny of the city forever. Between 1841 and 1901, the population of Dundee tripled from 45,000 to 161,000. In 1883 over 1 million bales of raw jute were unloaded and by the turn of the century, more than 50,000 people were employed in over 100 mills all clustered just to the south of Dundee Law Hill. The rush for jute products spawned many Jute Barons who built mansions and estates, while the workers worked in dangerous, noisy and particulate laden factories for meager wages. Many lost limbs and developed lung diseases, and often the children worked alongside the mothers, as a weaving job was not considered masculine enough for men who would stay home. Many of the workers were from Ireland and the Highlands who lived in slums. By 1885 the factory unions were formed and some Barons invested in parks, libraries and swimming pools for the city. By 1870, India was starting to become a competitor for jute processing and in 1900, Calcutta overtook Dundee as the world’s biggest single jute manufacturer. During World War II, the number of workers was down to 25,000 and there was severe unemployment. By the early 1900s, Dundee was down to three jute spinners and one weaving plant. Still, through modernization, Dundee had a high production well into the 1960s. But the end came with the advent of a new fiber – polypropylene and soon most of the jute mills closed, though a handful switched and adapted. Now, most of the mills have converted to warehouses, nightclubs and housing, and the Dundee Mosque is even located in the area. One of the mills has become a museum - the Verdant Works - of the time in Dundee’s history owed to the natural fiber from India.



18 June 08, 2018

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Follow the Millionaires

Try Bankruptcy for Air India’s Sale

Now that no

buyers have turned up for Air India, the next course of action should be for the state to make it clear that it would not invest any more money in the airline. If it can continue to service its debt, it can stay afloat. If it defaults on debt, the creditors can initiate bankruptcy proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. If the resolution professional who takes charge of the airline can find a buyer for the airline as a going concern, that would be most welcome. But if it is unable to, it should then be liquidated and its individual assets sold to the highest bidder. Apart from a fleet of planes, Air India has real estate, bilateral rights to fly to and from foreign countries, coveted landing slots at airports around the world and in India, a skilled engineering wing and its Maharajah mascot that commands high recall. It is possible that the government’s condition of keeping a 24% stake in the company has deterred potential investors. Who would want a government nominee on the board, who would be under political compulsion to vote against measures that the unions would label anti-labour? The government could make another attempt at divestment, dropping this condition. Or it could simply turn the tap off on fresh infusion of funds, forcing either a turnaround on the part of its airline or its bankruptcy, leading to sale as a going concern or liquidation. Sale under bankruptcy would carry no condition such as a mandatory residual stake for the government, and that could make Air India an object of desire. In either case, it would be a burden off the government’s back and send a clear message to other ailing public enterprises: shape up or prepare for the tender mercies of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The people of India need competently run airlines to meet their aviation needs, not necessarily a state-owned carrier. Using Budget subventions to prop up an inefficient airline is iniquitous in a country where state funding of healthcare is just about 1% of GDP and fiscal discipline is a concern in a volatile global economy. Aviation is a great commercial opportunity in India, not a sink for subsidy. Private enterprise can lead the way in the sky. -The Economic Times



hen a country begins to fall into economic and political difficulty, wealthy people are often the first to ship their money to safer havens abroad. The rich don’t always emigrate along with their money, but when they do it is an even more telling sign of trouble ahead. Since 2013, New World Wealth, a research outfit based in South Africa, has been tracking millionaire migrations by culling property records, visa programmes, and intel from services that cater to the wealthy. In a global population of 15 million millionaires, nearly 1,00,000 changed their country of domicile last year. In most countries it is fair to assume any millionaire exodus is comprised mainly of locals, since the wealthy class is generally dominated by citizens or longtime residents. In 2017, the largest exoduses came out of Turkey, where a stunning 12% of the millionaire population emigrated, and Venezuela. As if on cue, the Turkish lira is now in a free fall. There were also significant migrations out of India under the tightening grip of its tax authorities, and Britain under the cloud of Brexit. On the flip side, slowing outflows can be a welcome sign, and in 2017 the biggest shift for the better came in that cauldron of anti-rich hostility, France. Equally surprising was the lack of change in the United States, where the arrival of a billionaire president seemed to neither attract nor repel millionaires. A net total of 9,000 millionaires migrated to the US last year, but they represent a drop in the ocean of 5 million American millionaires. Like so many people, millionaires seemed unsure of America’s direction under a president who offers tax cuts for the rich but presents himself as a populist champion of the working class. Meanwhile, Britain and France appeared to be trading places as magnets for wealth. For decades the rich had been drawn to Britain by loose regulations and the comforts of London. Until 2016 Britain saw a sizable influx of millionaires every year but the flow suddenly reversed last year,

when 3,000 left Britain amid fears that its exit from the European Union will undermine London as a financial capital. Long seen as the anti-Britain, a place where prying bureaucrats and high taxes scared off the wealthy, France had seen a growing exodus of millionaires. However, it peaked in 2016 with a net outflow of 12,000, and slowed to just 4,000 last year. The most likely reason; the May election of President Emmanuel Macron, who promised a lighter-touch bureaucracy, and lowered wealth and capital gains taxes. Displaced millionaires will not attract much sympathy, but no country gains by losing its wealthiest residents. Stunningly, despite optimism about its growth prospects, India in 2017 suffered a net loss of 7,000, or 2%, of its millionaire population. That matched the flight from the sanction-battered economy of Russia, and may be driven by the elite’s growing concerns about an official anti-corruption drive and “tax terrorism.” In the worst cases, bouts of capital flight can gain momentum until the value of the currency collapses, plunging the nation into crisis. Balance of payments records show that 10 of the last 12 major currency crises, dating back to the Mexican peso meltdown of 1994, began when residents started sending money abroad, which was typically two years before the currency collapsed. Often politicians blamed these crises on “evil” foreign speculators, but it was the locals who saw trouble coming first. Right now, this accounting offers clear evidence of looming financial difficulty in only one major coun-


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try: Turkey. Early last year, affluent Turks began effectively moving large sums of money out of the country by exchanging their lira bank deposits for dollars and euros. Meanwhile foreigners were still buying Turkish assets. The 12% decline in Turkey’s millionaire population was second only to the 16% decline in the small basket case of Venezuela. Wealthy Turks appear to be fleeing deteriorating financial conditions, high inflation, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on critics. Millionaire migrations can be a positive sign too. Losses for Turkey, India and Russia were gains for safe havens like Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. The glittering emirate of Dubai gained 5,000 millionaires in 2017, boosting its affluent population by 6%, the largest increase in the world. Locals are also the first to return when conditions begin to improve. Following seven of the last 12 major currency crises, residents started bringing money back earlier than foreigners. More broadly, politicians might reconsider the tendency to blame capital flight on “immoral” foreigners. The assumption that global money managers are more savvy and quick than provincial locals is not borne out by the historical record. Nor is the assumption that locals are more loyal to the home market than foreigners. Millionaires move money mainly out of self-interest, to find more rewarding or safer havens, not patriotism. Leaders who create the right conditions to keep millionaires home will find that everyone, not just the wealthy, ends up richer for it.. --Times of India


June 08, 2018


No matter how seasoned a traveller 15 Things You Should Do the Day you are, you need to plan well before Before You Leave for a Vacation heading to a destination. More often than not, an unplanned vacation can go haywire and is likely to disappoint. Besides, you might have things pending or prior commitments that need to be taken care of. To ensure a good, hassle-free vacation, it is always better to plan it in advance. Here are 15 things that you should do before leaving for a vacation: 1. Reconfirm your reservations Before heading out, one should always double-check all reservations, from flight to the hotel you have booked. Make sure you keep your reservation documents handy to avoid any sort of confusion or panic at the last moment. 2. Check the weather Even before booking your itinerary, check the weather conditions of the destination you are travelling to, so that you don’t end up regretting your choice of place. Checking the weather will also help you choose the appropriate clothes for the vacation. 3. Leave the itinerary with a friend or a family member Before leaving for your vacation, give a copy of your travel details to a friend or family member for emergency purposes. 4. Make a checklist It is always advisable to prepare a checklist of all essential items like money, prescriptions, emergency contact number, passport, tickets, phone and laptop chargers, among others. 5. Make advance payments on bills Make sure you pay all your monthly bills that have their due dates during your trip. Being fined for late payment is the last thing you would want to worry about during your trip.

6. Update your calendar Planning your vacation in advance is important so that you can make sure there are no prior meetings or commitments. Even if there is, you can always cancel or reschedule them. 7. Create an automated email response Being bombarded with official mails isn’t something you would want to engage yourself in during your trip. An automated email response can help in such cases. 8. Alert your credit card company You can never risk a faulty credit card while on your vacation. To ensure it is working properly, alert your credit company about your travel plans. 9. Contact your cell phone company If you are travelling abroad, call your service provider to set up the cheapest call and data plan. 10. Throw out perishable food, clean the sink Make sure you don’t leave behind perishable food items in the fridge or your house could start stinking. Clean dirty dishes and the sink too before leaving.

11. Clean your bag and wallet Before packing your bag, remove any unnecessary item that might be lying inside from your previous vacation. The cleaning process applies to your wallet too. 12. Unplug and switch off Always ensure that you have turned off every switch and unplugged gadgets for safety reasons. 13. Pick up some reading material, update your playlist These will be required especially when you are travelling on a flight or a train. Reading a book, listening to music or even watching a movie can save you from getting bored. 14. Pick up some snacks for your journey Blowing your budget by buying overpriced food items at the airport is not exactly advisable. Instead, you can pick up some snacks beforehand. Also Read: 6 tricks to book cheap flight tickets even when there’s no airline sale 15. Fully charge your gadgets Charge your phone and laptop fully so that they don’t run out of batteries till you reach your hotel. -indiatoday.in

These 10 Companies Secretly Control The World The consumer world is much small-

er than we think. These 10 companies pretty much control everything we see , eat, wear and buy. Number 10: Nestle Nestle own over 8,500 different brands in 80 countries. Number 9 : Lockheed Martin With global military expenditure standing at over $1.7 trillion every year, it’s no surprise that companies producing and supplying weapons exert a huge amount of power over world events. Number 8 : Quanta Computer Inc. Macs, Dells, Hps, Sonys, Toshibas – all these laptops come from the same manufacturer : Quanta Computer Inc. Number 7 : Inbev There is actually only one company who has a huge monopoly over the beer industry : Inbev Number 6 : Pfizer Pfizer is an american based global pharmaceutical corporation, making $40 billion in profit every year. Number 5 : Pearson Pearson has a huge monopoly over


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y popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Boondi da Raita recipe, which is a tasty recipe for the summer months to eat with rice biryani, sabzi or simply with paranthas. It is reprinted with some additional information and directions. Raita can loosely be translated as thinned yogurt dip - though it is not to be eaten as a dip - or a sauce, which it is used as often. The taste depends on the way the yogurt is thinned down, the ingredients and the dishes it complements. Many people use water to thin the yogurt down but all too often it is thinned down so much that is loses its consistency and becomes a gravy, like the type that is poured over kebabs, in Gyros or in pita bread wraps. Raita is known and eaten all over India and it is important to understand that it is not a condiment but a complement to most Indian foods. It helps to soften the taste - and sometimes the spiciness - of the dish. When it is thicker, it can be served with bhalle (fried lentil balls) and eaten as a separate dish with its own condiments. When it is thinned down a lot with cold water and milk and mixed with spices, it can be drunk like lassi (buttermilk). So it is important that true raita must have the right consistency and that can be eaten with roti, paranthas or chawal (rice) without running all over the plate but stick to the breads and rice. Raita is usually made with an ingredient that adds flavor to the otherwise bland taste of plain dahi (yogurt). Depending on the taste desired and the other main dishes on the table, there are different ingredients that can be added. There are many types of raita but two – boondi (chickpea flour drops) and aaloo (potato) - are the most popular. Boondi raita is very popular in the Punjab and the chief ingredient is

water for 10 minutes. This allows the oil to wash out and also the boondi fluffs up. 2. Run through a strainer and let the boondi sit to drain well and cool down for a 5 minutes. 3. Place the dahi in a bowl and stir it thoroughly adding the milk to it. Add the salt and pepper to taste and mix in the mint leaves. 4. Throw in the boondi and mix well but gently so as not to break the boondi. 5. Chill for 10 minutes to let the boondi soak up the yogurt and fluff the boondi which nowadays can be up and serve. bought in a packet. In the old days, we would make the boondi by pourShakuntla ing the besan (chickpea flour) masala Malhotra is a through a chanani (perforated flat skilled cook of ladle) into a karai (wok) of hot vegPunjabi dishes etable oil. It would take only a few made in the oldminutes for the drops to fry and turn fashioned style yellowish-brown. that she learnt as Ingredients: a young woman in her ancestral • 500gm saddi dahi (plain yogurt) home in Lyallpur, India (since • 1-25gm pkt of boondi (chickpea renamed Faisalabad) before it flour drops) became part of Pakistan after the • ½ cup doodh (milk) Partition in 1947. People have • 10 leaves of pudina (mint) (cut often admired her cooking for its in halves) simplicity and taste that comes • Spices to taste: namak (salt), with each mouthful. Even in her mirch (red pepper) late-eighties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share her deDirections: lectable Punjabi recipes for future generations. 1. Place the boondi in lukewarm




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Veere Di Wedding: The Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Starrer is a Fun Ride ‘Veer’, pyaar se, ‘veere’, is used plays a filthy rich creature with ones saying it are women, seen forthe male of the Punjabi species. That a film about female bonding flips it around and calls its female leads by the same name tells you something you need to know about Veere Di Wedding. That it is the quintessentially Dilli film, is clear from the opening frame. That it is about girls-growinginto-women is equally plain. That we are going to be buried under mounds of designer stuff, and unending jibes on the super cool S Delhi aesthetic vzs the cheesy W Dalhi ‘chamak dhamak’, is right there too. And when you have Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja leading from the front, can the brands, all falling over each other in their eagerness, be far behind? So far, so obvious. What I was looking for, in this tale of these four young women, all very up to the minute in terms of apparel and shoes and bags, and other accouterments which swish, rich young ladies are equipped with these days, is whether this film goes beyond the froth and the attendant silliness and the stereotypes and broad brush-strokes to actually say something, to mean something. On that score, I have to say that it’s not just the name that has been flipped around. A few notions have been turned on their heads, and a few things have been subverted, and for a

mainstream Hindi movie carrying heavy-weight names on and off screen, this is good enough. Could it have been better? Of course, it could. But, and this is what keeps us watching, the four ‘veeres’, Kalindi (Kapoor), Avni (Kapoor Ahuja), Sakshi (Bhaskar) and Meera (Talsania)—are a solid bunch despite their riches and girlish squeals and their entitled troubles. Kalindi and Rishabh (Vyas) are about to do the ‘mandap’ and the ‘mangalsutra’ thing; Sakshi is wondering how to get rid of hers, Avni is deeply desirous of one of her own, and Meera has gone a step ahead and produced an offspring (she’s the only one who’s gone and managed the marriage thing) while still being able to drink vast quantities of the good stuff. What’s crucial is that their friendship and their closeness feel like a real thing, and in that sense, it goes beyond gender: if you are

the kind who will reach out to that friend-like-family when in serious trouble, that’s your ‘veere’ right there, and this is a believable quartet, fluent-Hindi-gaalis-giving, lotsof-sex-please-we-are-modern-Indian-women playing to the gallery schticks aside. Their situations are not unique. Far from. You can see bits and pieces of well-known Holly-Bolly rom coms (hamaari ‘runaway bride’ waapas aa gayi, asks the father of the girl), the too-understanding parents (from our own Dil Chahta Hai) and one scene, which mimics a cult scene from a cult movie, featuring a sex toy and a woman in the throes of a blow-your-socksoff big one. Speaking of which, the film is loud, no doubt about it. It has no songs that are memorable: the sangeet song-and-dance is terrible. Kapoor Khan gets the biggest part, expectedly. Then comes Kapoor Ahuja, whose ditsiness is rescued by likeableness. Bhaskar

the pottiest of mouths, and it takes a little getting used to her (as, I suspect, she took a little getting used to wrap herself around such an against-type role), and there are some awkward edges there, but Bhaskar grows into her role as she goes along, and has the best scene in the movie. Talsania is lovely, and even though her full shape leads to the obvious nasty jokes, she overcomes it. Bollywood, please give her more. Part of the film’s appeal is the affection with which its characters are written, even the loud, garish West Delhi family about to gather Kalindi into their heaving bosoms. They are loud, but they are loving, and Manoj Pahwa aces his role as the ‘papaji’ who doesn’t mind cheques worth a few crores bouncing as long his puttar can get a massive engagement party. ‘Ek hi toh beta hai mera, hainji? Haanji’. The ‘beta’, played by Vyas, is very good too. What’s also nice, even if it really doesn’t get enough room for detailing – is the presence of a gay couple – a middle-aged gay couple – who feel more married than the muchmarrieds in the movie – without any nudge winks. For a film which coasts on ‘shaadis’ and ‘samadhis’, and tradition to include a decidedly non-hetero-normative relationship is a win. Love is all we need, oh yes. Especially when the

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero: The Harshvardhan Kapoor Film Suffers from Having too Much to Say


hree pals sit around shooting the breeze, getting all worked up about society and corruption and the common man and justice. That’s how the

film begins, and instantly alerts us that it is about youth, power and a fight against Things That Trouble Us The People. It is what loads of the young do, because it is what the young are meant to: rail against the system, in college canteens and classrooms, via processions and placards, their rage fading away as they enter the age of adulating and job forces and workplaces and targets and EMIs. But our trio in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero – Sikku aka Sikandar (Kapoor), Bhavesh Joshi (Painyuli) and Rajat (Varma)– seems different. They seem to pick up the political zeitgeist (we see visuals referring to the Anti-Corruption move-

ment which swept the country in 2011). They act, not just talk, leaping about in make-shift brown paper masks, setting things right. It is a nice comic-book touch, signalling that not all heroes are from out of space; they can be fashioned from amongst us. If we abandon selfishness and cowardice and self-absorption, and engage, really engage, with the issues that plague us, we can be the real superheroes. Good idea, even if not madly original. And one of the three friends, played with well-judged earnestness by Painyuli, gets us to momentarily discard our cynical shells, and be willing to accompany him on his

quest. But right about then, the film abandons lightness and goes over to the other side, and begins clomping. The confusion is tonal: is the movie being ironic and sending up the superhero genre, or is it being deadly serious? The villain here is a greedy hood (Kamat, who does creepy well) and his henchmen who control the water supply in Mumbai. You can see glimpses of dystopia and the future: the next world war will not be over nuclear weapons, but over water. Again, smart plot point, but buried in trying to cement the superhero and vigilante strands. And the moth-balled triad of cops-‘netas’-complicit officials. -indianexpress.com


laughing full-throatedly, enjoying themselves, being themselves. Net net, Veere Di Wedding is a fun ride, which squeezes past its creaky tropes and partial squelchiness by some smart casting choices, and perky performances. And lines which connect. ‘Shaadi toh foundation hai jhagde ki’, says a character, and I found myself chuckling. As did many people around me. Hai na ji? -indianexpress.com


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22 June 08, 2018 Sarfraz Ahmed: We Lacked Discipline in Both Innings OSMAN SAMIUDDIN


After the discipline of Lord’s, the collective brain-fade at Headingley. If Pakistan were undone by good bowling in the first innings on the first day in Leeds, they were undone by their own urges on the third. At least five of their top eight fell to poor strokeplay, one caught at midon, another at mid-off, a third down the leg side, a fourth slogging, yet another playing across the line. It was the result, according to the captain, of a combination of factors. “We lacked discipline in batting in both the innings,” Sarfraz Ahmed said. “I think they also bowled well on the first day, but we had to play well in this innings and unfortunately we didn’t bat well as a unit. “A lead of 180-plus put pressure on us and we committed mistakes. And our batting unit is young so they will learn from the mistakes.” Thus in a rush of poor strokes ended a tour of considerable promise and with some gains for Pakistan. It wasn’t thought implausible before Pakistan arrived here that they might leave without a win. And Sarfraz had insisted all along that this would be a tour where they had everything to learn and nothing to lose. In that sense, the progress made by the likes of Babar Azam, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf will have been especially pleasing. “If you see when we came here people thought that we will not win one game but the way we played at Lord’s everything was perfect, our fast bowling was perfect, our batting and fielding were perfect,” Sarfraz said. “It’s disappointing that we had a chance to win the series but unfortunately we didn’t play well here. I am proud of my young team, the way [Mohammad] Abbas is bowling. Shadab is doing well, Faheem did well so really disappointed that we didn’t win but 1-1 is a good result for us.” The problem, as it has been for several years now is that Pakistan’s Test players - such as Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Abbas - will be out of action until October, when they next play the longest format. There are plenty of white-ball com-

Dom Bess removed Haris Sohail with a one-handed take, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Headingley, June 3, 2018.

mitments until then but developing a Test side that remains in seventh place in that kind of calendar becomes a challenge. “We played our last Test in October so it’s difficult when you play a Test after five or six months,” he said.

“Test cricket is a different format, you have to adjust to five-day cricket. “So it’s tough for the Test players, like Abbas who played his last Test in October. It’s tough but as a professional you have to adjust. We didn’t play well in this Test but in the last two

Tests we played well. The more you play Test cricket, you get to mature as Test player. Now we have five Tests in UAE [two against Australia and three against NZ], and then we have three in South Africa and that will help us mature.”

Fahima the Star as Bangla Women Stun Pakistan K UALA LAMPUR: a-ball 38 stand with Sana Mir Bangladesh women 96 for 3 (Shamina 31, Nigar 31*, Fahima 23*) beat Pakistan women 95 for 5 (Mir 21*, Javeria 18, Nahida 2-23) by seven wickets.After being routed by Sri Lanka for 63 less than 24 hours ago, Bangladesh stormed back to beat two-time runners-up Pakistan by seven wickets to get off the mark in the 2018 Asia Cup T20 at Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. This was also their first win over Paki in T20Is. They first restricted Pakistan to 95 for 5 after electing to bowl and then rode on composed knocks from Nigar Sultana (31 not out) and Fahima Khatun (23 not out) to cruise home with 13 balls to spare. Shamima Sultana too contributed 31 at the top, to help offset the early damage that left them preciously placed at

Fahima Khatun scored 23 not out in Bangladesh’s surprise win against Pakistan Women.

25 for 2 after seven overs. Left-arm spinner Anam Amin kept things tight upfront and finished with figures of 4-0-9-1, but Bangladesh took a liking to Dar, who conceded 28 off her 3.5 overs. Earlier in the day, she made 17 not out in an unbroken run-

to shore up Pakistan’s total. Mir, who walked out at No. 7, was the only batsman to cross 20, while three others wasted starts. Nahida Akter, the left-arm spinner, impressed for Bangladesh by removing Pakistan’s openers in the space of three deliveries in the fifth over to trigger a wobble. Salma Khatun, the captain, Fahima and Rumana Ahmed picked up one wicket each. Fahima’s strike of Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof in the 11th over resulted in a slowdown they couldn’t recover from despite some late enterprise. Both sides now have one win from two matches. Pakistan next take on Sri Lanka on June 6 while Bangladesh will clash against table-toppers India, who are perched at the top with two wins in as many matches.



PR Sreejesh to Lead India at Champions

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Thursday announced the 18-member Indian Men’s Team which will take part in the final edition of the prestigious Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 in the Netherlands starting June 23. The team will be led by ace goalkeeper PR Sreejesh under whose captaincy the Indian team created history in the previous edition by clinching silver after a tense final encounter with World No.1 Australia. It was India’s first podium finish at the Champions Trophy in 34 years. “I think that was the closest we came to winning the gold and most importantly beating Australia. Though we had to settle for a second place, it was a memorable tournament. This time too, we want to make it a memorable one as it’s the last edition of the prestigious event,” stated skipper Sreejesh. Sreejesh will be joined by youngster Krishan Pathak as goalkeeper while India’s defence will see the experienced Birendra Lakra make a comeback into the squad. He will be joined by drag-flickers Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas along with Surender Kumar and debut player Jarmanpreet Singh who earned a place in the core group after a stupendous domestic season. India’s midfield will be formed by stalwart Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and the talented Vivek Sagar Prasad. The forward line will feature SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Sumit Kumar (Jr). “The team is a good mix of youth and experienced players. Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 is an important tournament for the players to showcase their firepower as the team for the forthcoming Asian Games in Jakarta will be picked basis performance at the XXI Commonwealth Games,” stated chief coach Harendra Singh.

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Boeing-Airbus Rivalry Moves from US to India via Vistara

MUMBAI: Boeing Co.’s efforts

to undermine sales of Airbus SE’s newest widebody aircraft—the A330neo—have moved beyond US borders and into India, a market seen by the European planemaker as crucial to extending sales for the plane into Asia. In the latest setback to the Toulouse, France-based manufacturer, Air Vistara—a joint venture of Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd—and opted for the 787, people familiar with the matter said, passing over the Airbus model, which along with the bigger A350 was designed to take on the Dreamliner. It follows similar lost campaigns at American Airlines Group Inc. and Hawaiian Holdings Inc., both of which scrapped their orders for Airbus jets and picked the 787 instead. Vistara, the Indian airline, is poised to place an order for six 787s, with an option to buy four more, the people said over the weekend, asking not to

Vistara is poised to place an order for six Boeing 787 planes, with an option to buy four more.

be identified as the information isn’t public. The most expensive model of the Dreamliner has a list price of $325.8 million, making the order from the Indian carrier worth as much as $3.3 billion, including options. Airbus is making better headway with Vistara in terms of narrow-body aircraft. The planemaker is favored to pull in an order for as many as 60 newengine, single-aisle airliners to gain a

stronger foothold in India. Vistara is leaning toward buying the A320neo jets after a contest with Boeing’s 737 Max model, according to people who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public. The carrier will make an announcement soon, one of the officials said. TheA320neo has an average list price of about $110 million, valuing the deal at $6.6 billion before discounts that are common in large aircraft

purchases. The American planemaker’s crusade, backed by aggressive pricing and President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, is already showing results Airbus in April said it’ll scale back production of the A330 family as it transitions to the newer model in part due to lower than expected sales, with plans to hand over only 50 of the jets annually from next year, compared with 67 in 2017. The jet, which has new engines from Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, is an upgraded version of the existing A330 widebody. Hawaiian Air said in March that it would cancel its contract for the smallest variant of the Airbus model, which now has no orders, and pick Boeing planes. American Airlines switched camp this April and ordered 47 Dreamliners in a $12.3 billion deal at listed prices. -Live Mint

In a First, Chariot from Pre-Iron Age Found in UP’s Sanauli BAGHPAT, UP: For the first time

in the Indian subcontinent, burial pits have been found with chariots that date back to the Pre-Iron Age(Bronze). This new finding is set to create space for further investigation on dating of the Mahabharata period and further inquiry into the origins of the horse in the Harappa age, as per the experts involved in the three-month trial dig Uttar Pradesh’s Sanauli. The burial pits have been found in the past excavations at Rakhigarhi, Kalibangan, and at Lothal, but the chariot has figured for the first time. The excavation started in March 2018 at Sanauli and was conducted by a 10-member team with SK Manjul, of Institute of Archaeology, established in 1985, heading it. The co-director was Arvin Manjul. Speaking on the development,

Director SK Manjul from ASI showing the chariot from the excavation site at Sanauli in Uttar Pradesh.

Manjul said, “We have the place in the ancient global history. To name a few of our contemporary cultures, chariot appears in Mesopotamia, Georgia, Greek civilisations, and with this finding we can say that

among our contemporary cultures in the Pre-IronAge we too had chariots.” He added, “This is giving our history and our past a new dimension – we have to rethink our past and approach it with a fresh perspective – with the

elements found in the burial pits it shows we were a warrior clan in the Pre Iron Age.” The chariot is with solid wheels and a pole; in one of the pits the excavators have also found crown or helmet worn by the rider of the chariot. The challenges were many – we had to dig in a way that the structure standing tall does not get damaged in further deeper digging. This is the first time we used the X-Ray, CT scan to find the nails embedded in the wooden coffins,” added Manjul. This throws light on the lifestyle and cultures of the people who lived in the Pre Iron Age – there are mirrors with copper, the elaborate burials, all this shows the society was technologically advanced, aesthetic and had the sense of art and craft. They were warrior clans, and had a sophisticated lifestyle,” added Manjul. -News18.com



Kia to Tie Up with Hyundai for India

NEW DELHI: Kia Motors, a sub-

sidiary of South Korean car maker Hyundai Motor Company, is gearing up to enter the Indian market, but as a competitor to Hyundai Motor India Ltd. At the parent level, Kia’s management in South Korea is collaborating with Hyundai’s India team to set up its local operations—from establishing a plant and other infrastructure to selecting vendors and dealers. In its quest to break even as early as possible, Kia Motors India will also start exporting engines and other components to different geographies, three people directly aware of the development said. The parent is also looking to exploit the synergies between Kia Motors India and Hyundai’s subsidiaries, Mobis and Globis, operating in India. Kia Motors India is expected to start production at its Andhra Pradesh plant by mid-2019. It will first start production of a compact utility vehicle that was showcased at the Auto Expo. Though the firms will compete with each other, there will be some collaboration, especially during the initial years, according to one of the three people mentioned above. “The management in South Korea, tasked with the responsibility of setting up Kia’s operations in India, is actively consulting its counterparts in Hyundai in India,” said the first of the three people mentioned above. “This is in the domain of selecting vendors and dealers for the Indian market since some in the Hyundai management know the Indian market.

Kia Motors India is expected to start production at its Andhra Pradesh plant by mid-2019.

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Madhya Pradesh: Congress Accuses BJP of Duplicating Voter Entries, EC Orders Probe Hours after a Congress delegation, tered. Ye prashasanik laparvaahi nahi the state behind the irregularities in led by Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, lodged a complaint with the Election Commission regarding discrepancies in the voters’ list of Madhya Pradesh, the poll watchdog ordered an investigation into the matter. Nath questioned how the number of voters increased by 40 per cent at a time when the population in the state rose by only 24 per cent in the last 10 years. The EC has formed two teams to probe the allegations and they will visit Narela, Bhojpur, Seoni-Malwa and Hoshangabad assembly seats to ascertain how the discrepancies occurred. The teams have been asked to furnish their report by June 7. “We’ve provided evidence to the Election Commission that there are approximately 60 Lakh fake voters registered in the voting list. These names have been deliberately regis-

prashasanik durupyog hai (this is not an administrative carelessness, but an administrative misuse).” Kamal Nath said. In a memoradum to the Election Commission, the Congress alleged that the voter list contains repeated, illegal, duplicate entries, where in one instance a name has been repeated at least five times. It demanded strict action against the returning officer who published the list in January this year and called for a fresh list to be released ahead of the upcoming state assembly election. Interestingly, the highest number of alleged duplication of voters was recorded in Mandsaur, the epicentre of farmers’ protest last year in which several were killed in police firing. Speaking at a press conference, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia blamed the BJP-led government in

voter list. “We found these irregularities during the Mungaoli and Kolaras bypolls in the state, where names of voters were being repeated. We reviewed 101 constituencies in the state where we found 24,65,000 fake voters. Meanwhile, in 91 other constituencies, we found 27 lakh such voters who had names, address and pictures on multiple polling booths,” Scindia added. The party alleged that around 60 lakh such fake voters are estimated to be part of the voter list in the state which has a total of five crore electorates. Scindia said that the fake names in the list make up for five per cent of total voters in the state. In the last election result, the difference in vote share between the BJP and Congress was nine per cent (35 lakhs), he added. “This shows the strategy of BJP for winning the election,”

Madhya Pradesh PCC president Kamal Nath and others after meeting the Chief Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday.

Scindia said. The Congress demanded the Election Commission to prepare a new list by removing the duplicate entries and get an affidavit signed by the return-

ing officer attesting to its validity. The Commission has said that the new list will be released by July end. -indianexpress.com

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contact with those who were tested positive of Nipah virus. The meeting also decided to provide all essential commodities to the people who are under surveillance in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. Necessary instructions for this have been given to the district collectors by the chief minister. The meeting also observed there should not be any restriction on travel to the Nipah affected districts as it has

not spread to more areas here. The chance of spreading of the disease is only to those who have come close to the positive patients. The chief minister has also decided to convene an all party meeting to review the situation on Monday in Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting is convened to take the opinions of the political party leaders on how to strengthen the preventive activities. -timesofindia.com

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