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US re-indicts Khobragade, India protests

Diplomat Devyani Khobragade’s arrest and strip search in New York on December 12 has strained relations between India and the US.

The development comes two days after a court dismisses visa fraud case against the Indian diplomat IANS, WASHINGTON


ashing hopes of a closure of the Devyani Khobragade affair, Indian American prosecutor Preet Bharara has secured a fresh indictment of the Indian diplomat even as India described it as an “unnecessary step”. Two days after a New York judge dismissed the visa fraud case against Devyani Khobragade, India’s then consul general in New York whose December 12 arrest

and strip search strained ties between the two countries, a U.S . grand jury on March 14 again indicted her on the same criminal charges. “A grand jury has returned a true bill today on a two-count criminal indictment of Devyani Khobragade,” Bharara’s office said in an announcement. An arrest warrant was also issued after the indictment, according to Jerika Richardson, spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

Sikhs in US Army: India hails Congress backing IANS, WASHINGTON


ndian ambassador S. Jaishankar has welcomed United States lawmakers plea to end U.S. defense department’s presumptive ban on Sikh Americans serving in the U.S. military with their beards

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and turbans. Over 100 members of Congress from both Democratic and Republican parties made the plea in a March 10 letter to the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to promote inclusion of Sikhs in the U.S. Armed Forces by updating their appearance regulations. The major bipartisan push for

change was led by Joe Crowley, Democratic Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House, and Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In a statement on the letter’s release, Jaishankar said: “The Congressional initiative is an important step towards upholding the cultural rights of the Sikh community in the United States. “The large number of signatories to this letter testifies to the important role played by the Sikh community in the United States and its various walks of life.” “The Sikh community’s success in the United States is a source of pride for India and a pillar of the India-U.S. partnership,” he said. Speaking of the contributions of the Sikh community in India, Jaishankar noted, “India takes pride in being the cradle of Sikhism. The Sikh community is an intrinsic part of India’s multi-religious and pluralistic fabric.” “The tremendous progress and prosperity they have achieved, and their enormous contribution to their motherland, speak volumes about their indefatigable spirit of enterprise and diligence,” Jaishankar said.

Khobragade faces one count of visa fraud and one count of making false statements for allegedly lying on a visa application about how much she paid her housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard, according to the indictment filed in a Manhattan federal court on March 14. India on March 15 said the second indictment of Khobragade in the U.S. was an “unnecessary step”. “The second indictment of Devyani Khobragade is an unnecessary step. We are disappointed.

We reiterate that the case has no merit,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet. “India’s government will no longer engage on this case in the US legal system,” he said. Khobragade, who according to the U.S. had limited consular immunity, was reassigned by India to a UN job after her arrest. But the U.S. asked her to return to India on January 9 after New Delhi refused to waive her then newly-acquired full diplomatic

immunity. Her lawyer Daniel Arshack declined comment after the fresh indictment which effectively returns the case to where it was before March 12 dismissal. “The government of India will respond in due course,” he said in a statement. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that Khobragade, India’s former deputy consul-general in New York, had diplomatic immunity in her new job at the UN on January 9 and could not be prosecuted.

US ‘very hopeful’ on future ties with India WASHINGTON: Seeking to distance itself from United States prosecutor Preet Bharara securing a re-indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the U.S. state department says it’s “very hopeful about what the future holds” for India-US relationship. “Obviously, this is in the hands of the Department of Justice,” spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on March 17 via teleconference in snowbound Washington when asked about the re-indictment

of Khobragade two days after the dismissal of a visa fraud case against her by a New York judge. “In terms of the future of our relationship, as Jen Psaki you know, Assistant Secretary (of State Nisha Desai) Biswal was just in India,” she said. “She had a productive trip while she was there. She had a range of meetings while she was there.”

“Our relationship and all of the issues we work together on are far too important,” Psaki said. “So we’re looking forward, and we’re very hopeful about what the future holds.” Asked to comment on the upcoming parliamentary elections in India, Psaki said: “I think we’re conveying pretty clearly that we have an important relationship and we work together on economic, strategic, and security issues.” Biswal’s “trip was evidence of that as well”, she said.

One-fourth of Indian graduates get jobs in US IANS, WASHINGTON


bout one in four business school graduates in India find jobs in America, second only to China, which sends 38 percent of its alumni to the United States, according to a new survey. While 64 percent of Indian business graduates stay in their home country, 23 percent go the U.S. and two percent to Canada. In the case of China, 48 percent stay home, while eight percent prefer Hong Kong as their second job destination after the U.S.

Around 23 percent of Indian students shift to the US for jobs.

The Alumni Perspectives Survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which administers the worldwide Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), is based on a poll of 20,704 alumni from 129 nations, including 984 from India. After India, Mexico (18

percent) sent the most business graduates to the US followed by Japan (16 percent), Germany (15 percent), Canada (15 percent), and Australia (4 percent). As for the U.S., 97 percent of its business school graduates find jobs at home with only 3 percent going abroad.


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Centre seeks details from AAP on foreign funding The affidavit says the actual details of the contributors were missing in the response filed by AAP to the central government IANS, NEW DELHI


he central government on Mar 18 informed the Delhi High Court that it has sought detailed information from the AAP over allegations of receiving foreign funds, saying this was in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Filing an affidavit before a bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, the centre said the Aam

India to appeal Italian court order on Agusta money return NEW DELHI: India on March 18 said it will appeal against the Italian court order rejecting its attempt to recover 300 million euro in bank guarantees provided by AgustaWestland in a 560 million euro contract for 12 VVIP helicopters that was cancelled in January over alleged graft. “The government of India will be filing an appeal against the order of the Italian court in Milan in the case relating to encashment of bank guarantees in the contract for the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland International Ltd. The government will vigorously pursue all options for encashment of the bank guarantees,” said a defense ministry official on March 18.

Aadmi Party (AAP) has only given details of account numbers and not the source of the funds. The affidavit filed through advocate Sumeet Pushkarna said that while the AAP claims to have received `30 crore from Indians living abroad, the actual details of the contributors were missing in the

response filed by the party to the central government. It said the AAP also did not provide details on the transactions in the bank accounts and how it utilised that amount. A fresh notice has been sent to AAP by the central government seeking details on the transactions


here was a grave mismatch between the government and Army Headquarters in the days leading to the 1962 SinoIndian war that saw a crushing defeat of the Indian forces, a topsecret document on the conflict that has been posted online says. “On the fact of it, there appears to be a situation which is hard to reconcile. The government who politically must have been keen to recover territory, advocated a cautious policy; whilst the Army Headquarters dictated a policy that was mili-

NEW DELHI: The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a non-governmental organization, on March 18 released a “People’s Manifesto on Health” and appealed to all political parties to consider including its elements in their manifestos for the Lok Sabha elections The JSA brings together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world. It said the right to health was a fundamental and universal right of all citizens, which needs to be respected and realized within a time-frame. The JSA said people across India suffer and die unnecessarily due to poor access to affordable and effective health care and due to a range of social and economic determinants that promote ill-health and disease. “Approximately 1.83 million children under five years of age die each year in India. This is the highest number anywhere in the world. One-third of all malnourished children live in India,” a statement said.

Zakia Jafri moves HC against SIT clean chit to Modi

1962 war still haunts Congress IANS, NEW DELHI

and utilization of foreign funds received by it. On March 12, the bench had sought response from the central government on a public interest litigation that alleged the AAP received foreign funds. The AAP had earlier told the court that it was the only party whose financial records and other details were open for public view and got donations of `30 crore from Indian citizens only, out of which `8.5 crore came from NRIs. Earlier, the court had directed the central government to go through details of the money donated to the AAP since its inception on November 26, 2012 and to take action if anything was found in violation of the FCRA. The plea named former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, advocates Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan and party member Manish Sisodia. The court will hear the matter on May 7.

Parties urged to include right to health in manifestos


tarily unsound,” says the Henderson-Brooks that Australian journalist Neville Maxwell has posted online. The report analysed the causes of India’s humiliating defeat in the 1962 border war against China and allegedly put the blame on the then government of prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the military leadership for India’s defeat. The online disclosure of the report came at an odd time for the government which is battling an aggressive opposition in the run up to Lok Sabha elections. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said people had a right to know what went wrong.


akia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, on March 18 approached the Gujarat High Court challenging the Ahmedabad metropolitan court order upholding SIT’s clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in connection with the 2002 riots case. “We have challenged the metropol“The Metropolitan Judge has itan court’s order which validates simply accepted the contentions in clean chit to Chief Minister Naren- the closure report of SIT without dra Modi,” social activist Teesta considering substantive arguments Setalwad said. of the applicant (Zakia),” the petiThe petition filed before the tion reads. On December 26 last High Court demands to make year, metropolitan magistrate B J Narendra Modi and 59 others Ganatra had rejected Zakia Jafri’s accused on the charges of criminal protest petition challenging the conspiracy behind the riots. SIT clean chit to Modi.




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Kejriwal ready to lock horns with Modi Underlining that it was ‘important to defeat Modi’, the former Delhi chief minister said he was ready to accept the ‘big challenge’; dares Modi to fight from one seat IANS, BANGALORE


day after the BJP fielded Narendra Modi as its candidate from Varanasi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on March 16 declared that he was ready to contest against the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha polls. However, Kejriwal told a huge election rally here that though AAP leaders had asked him to take on Modi, he would do so only after knowing the response of the people of the Hindu holy city in Uttar Pradesh March 23. “My party has said you should take on Modi in this election,” Kejriwal told his audience, triggering a roar of approval. Underlining that it was “important to defeat Modi”, the former Delhi chief minister said: “It is a very big challenge. It is not a small challenge... I am ready to accept this

BRIEFS Black flags, eggs greet Kirron Kher CHANDIGARH: Actress Kirron Kher was greeted with black flags and eggs by a small group of BJP activists as she arrived in Chandigarh on March 18 to contest the Lok Sabha election. The activists, who feel she is an “outsider”, showed her black flags as she flew in from Mumbai where she lives. They tried to disrupt her arrival at the Bharatiya Janata Party office here.

Jagadambika Pal, Raju Srivastava join BJP NEW DELHI: Congress leader Jagadambika Pal and stand up comedian Raju Srivastava on March 19 joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Pal, formerly a Congress MP and the Uttar Pradesh Congress chief, had earlier resigned from the Lok Sabha as well as the party. Pal, 63, has been a three-time legislator and minister in Uttar Pradesh. Srivastava was earlier offered a ticket by the Samajwadi Party to contest the Kanpur Lok Sabha seat but he opted to join the BJP. BJP president Rajnath Singh welcomed both to the party.

challenge.” Kejriwal quickly added that he will visit Varanasi March 23 and take a final decision after finding out if people there wanted him to contest from there. “I appeal to people from all over the country to reach Varanasi March 23,” Kejriwal said in an appeal that clearly indicated that the AAP was

keen to challenge the Gujarat chief minister. Varanasi, about 290 km from state capital Lucknow, will vote May 12 in the ninth and last phase of parliamentary polls. Stating that the political establishment has become a symbol of corruption, communalism and rising food prices, Kejriwal said it was important to defeat the top leaders

of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. “We have to defeat Narendra Modi too.” But he insisted that Modi must fight from only one parliamentary seat, not two as it is being rumored. “We hear he is looking for a safe seat. Why does he want a safe seat? We need a bold prime minister, not one who looks for a safe seat.”

Kejriwal’s campaign theme was that people across the country were sick and tired of established political parties and desired change. He particularly targeted the Congress and the BJP as well as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s star leader Modi. “People are, of course, angry with the Congress. Some say they will get only 100 (Lok Sabha) seats this time, some say only 50, some say only 25.” In the same breath, Kejriwal said the electorate also felt betrayed by parties such as the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Indian National Lok Dal, Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party. Terming the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin when it comes to corruption and looting the country, Kejriwal said his party has decided to contest against important leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, M. Veerappa Moily and Sharad Pawar, who have “cheated the people”.

Kalmadi denied ticket, Jogi, Pilot, Azhar on list IANS, NEW DELHI


he Congress on March 18 declared its third list of party candidates, fielding former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi from Mahasamund and Vishwajeet Kadam from Pune in place of sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi, who is facing a corruption case related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The party has fielded cricketerturned-politician Mohammed Azharuddin from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Azharuddin is a sitting MP from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The list of 58 names declared on March 18 included Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot (Ajmer), Haryana chief Ashok Tanwar (Sirsa) and Punjab chief Partap

Singh Bajwa (Gurdaspur). There was speculation that both Pilot and Tanwar were seeking a change of constituency but both will be contesting from the seats they won in

2009. Other prominent names in the list from Rajasthan include union minister Chandresh Kumari (Jodhpur), C.P. Joshi (Jaipur Rural) and Jyoti Mirdha (Nagaur). Joshi is sitting MP from Bhilwara in Rajasthan. The party has fielded Rao Dharampal from Gurgaon, Rajinder Singh from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh and Srikant Jena from Balasore in Odisha. The list includes names of several sitting MPs, including five from Delhi. Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi, while union ministers Kapil Sibal and Krishna Tirath will be the candidates from Chandni Chowk and North West Delhi respectively. Former Delhi unit president Jai Prakash Agarwal will fight from North East Delhi, while

Sandeep Dikshit, son of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, will again contest from East Delhi. The party, however, kept up the suspense as to whom it would field against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi. There was intense speculation that Kalmadi, who had won the Lok Sabha elections thrice, would be given a Congress ticket from Pune. Kalmadi, chief of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee, is an accused in a corruption case related to the sporting event. He was arrested for his alleged role in awarding a contract for installing a timing-scoring-result system at an exorbitant cost, allegedly causing a loss of over `95 crore to the public exchequer.

Modi is ‘distrustful’ trending on Twitter ‘Trinamool an anarchy that works’ NEW DELHI: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was trending on Twitter on March 18 — thanks to certain uncomplimentary observations by a US consulate official describing him as an “insular and distrustful person” and which have been published on Wikileaks. While some of the twitterati gleefully played up certain uncomplimentary observations about Modi, a few others felt the Gujarat strongman needed nobody’s certificate and that all knew how good he was. While one of the tweets read:

“@friendscongress US ambassador: Modi ‘insular, distrustful person.. reigns by fear and intimidation.. hoards power..”, another felt that Wikileaks was using Modi’s name for publicity. “In his post , U.S. Consul General Michael S. Owen makes a number of observations on the Gujarat CM’s style of functioning, how the voters in his state perceive him and his ambitions of running for the post of PM. The official gives some insight when he says that while Modi “can be likeable in public , he is a distrustful person who rules with a small group of advisors”.



he Trinamool Congress “is an anarchy with an autocrat” at the helm but it’s an “anarchy which works”, says rebel MP Kabir Suman, describing a party wobbling in its efforts to create ripples at the national level. “She (Mamata Banerjee) is an absolute autocrat with no democratic values. In Trinamool, everything belongs to Big Mama,” the Lok Sabha member from Jadavpur in West Bengal told IANS, quoting Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s satirical commentary “Big Mama’s Funer-

al”. “But then, much like (then US envoy to India) John Kenneth Galbraith had described India as a functioning anarchy, the Trinamool too is an anarchy that works,” says Suman, an acclaimed singer-composer.




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Appreciate Kejriwal’s anti-corruption plank Will Narendra Modi’s progress be checked by an anti-corruption campaign? The results would show how much of Modi’s sheen was lost SAEED NAQVI, NEW DELHI


t is true that every anti corruption movement in recent history has decisively shifted the centre of gravity of Indian politics yards to the right, as writers have asserted recently. Such campaigns have always had considerable media support. Internal tussles have had their external stimuli quite consistently until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990-91. Thereafter, free from external ideological pressures, then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao set Manmohan Singh, his finance minister, on a new path. This became Manmohan Singh’s chosen route even during his own two terms as prime minister. He hitched his wagon to a hyperpower seeking full spectrum global dominance, and sometimes by that association looked energetic during UPA-I.

The hyperpower started running out of steam by 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed, signaling structural flaws in the engine of capitalism. That is the development after which Manmohan Singh has looked limp and directionless throughout UPA-II. The current hype around Narendra Modi is designed to provide the contrast. The alternative to Modi is no longer the Congress but a coalition of muscular, regional parties with help from either of the mainstream parties. Brooding over this politics, like Banquo’s ghost, is the AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal. His contribution to the outcome of these elections will be

only known May 16, when the results are declared. One achievement must be credited to him straightaway. He has removed the screen behind which Congress and the BJP romance. Kejriwal has taken full advantage of the media attention — at the India Today Conclave, for instance — to tear into the Congress-BJP collusion. Will this considerable expose not have a bearing on the election? That the two parties are indistinguishable on economic and social issues cannot be lost on the electorate, particularly minorities. Look at the list of their candidates: they are both equally thick skinned on corruption. The situation poses an interesting

That the two parties are indistinguishable on economic and social issues cannot be lost on the electorate, particularly minorities

question. As mentioned at the outset, all anti corruption campaigns have provided occasion for politics to be shifted further to the right. In which direction will Kejriwal’s double-fisted assault on both, the BJP and the Congress, shift Indian politics? “Crony capitalism” is clearly in his target. This cannot be honeyed music to “crony capitalists” who have controlling interests in both the national parties. When one considers the ideological infighting within the Congress upto and after Independence, Jawaharlal Nehru comes across as something of a Samson, holding on his shoulders the temple of a secular, socialist republic. On all social and foreign policy issues his colleagues, Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad, Rajaji — were all suspicious of nonalignment. They would have taken India into the Western camp from day one of Independence. Don’t for-

get, it was only “transfer of powers” that took place in 1947. It were the ideological heirs of Nehru’s opponents who in 1969 sought to wrench the party away from Indira Gandhi’s socialist platform. There was considerable external support to Indira’s instinctive moves. After all, Indo-Soviet relations peaked during the 1971 Bangladesh war. It is not surprising therefore that this year, Narendra Modi was being audaciously built up as the mascot for good governance and Hindu nationalism. This is when Kejriwal may have spoilt Modi’s party. For the last four months AAP has been pegging away at his crony capitalist links. The media is playing down the negatives. Will Modi’s progress be checked by an anti corruption campaign? This will be the first time that such a campaign has not boosted the Right.

One man’s mission to uplift tribal children JATINDRA DASH, BHUBANESWAR


e is hailed as a “god” by children of poor tribals of Odisha, a man who sought to overcome the deprivation of his childhood to build an impressive institution that is now a beacon hope for thousands of tribal families. Achyut Samanta, who lived his childhood in dire poverty after he lost his father at the age of four, has been bringing out tribal children from their homes and educating them to ensure they stand on their own two feet. About 23 percent of Odisha’s 42 million population are tribals and they are considered among the poorest of the poor with high illiteracy rate. Samanta started Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) as a small industrial training institute in 1993 with `5000 — the sum total of his savings — in a

Dr. Achyuta Samanta with students at the NGO called ‘KISS’.

rented shed. A year later, he launched the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), its social arm. Today, KIIT University has 28 schools offering more than 100 programs and is one of the finest multi-disciplinary universities in Odisha. KISS, spread over 80 acres with all modern facilities, is providing

residential kindergarten to postgraduate level educational and vocational training for free to over 20,000 tribal children from 62 tribes, 13 of them primitive, under one roof. KISS’ monthly recurring expenditure works out to be over `60 million ($985,000) and since its inception it has been running on

voluntary financial contributions from staff, students, managements and well-wishers. “All donate freely,” Samanta told IANS in an interview. Samanta later set up a 1,500-bed hospital and developed a cluster of villages in his native place into a model one with all the amenities of a city, among many other humanitarian activities. The more than 25 sq km complex which houses most of the institutions founded by Samanta here has been transformed into a modern township, just on the edge of Bhubaneswar, providing livelihood to millions. He believes in the “Art of Giving” and does not own any land or building in his name or posses a bank account. He said the success of KIIT, fuelled by the general boom in private education, helped him to support his humanitarian activities.

Born on April 19, 1965, in a small village of Cuttack district, Samanta worked to support himself while attending school and eventually earned a post-graduate degree in chemistry before joining a local college as a teacher. This, however, did not satisfy him. “This is when I decided to start KIIT and KISS,” he said. Tribal children often suffer from extreme discrimination. Left-wing extremists also lure them to swell their cadres. “If we don’t provide them education many of them will end up as Maoists,” Samanta said. A strict vegetarian, clad in a skyblue jeans and a white shirt and wearing rubber slippers, people often find him working at a desk under a tree. “It is an example for all of us that gives hope and a pattern to emulate in the country,” social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy said.



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Crimea joins Russia, world livid Putin’s decree comes hours after Western countries announced sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian leaders IANS, MOSCOW


ussian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to merge Crimea with Russia. Crimea, a Ukrainian autonomous republic, held a referendum on March 16, with some 96.6 percent of the voters for joining Russia. Also on March 17, the Crimean Parliament adopted a resolution on the independence of the territory and asked Russia to admit it as its new constituent member. Putin’s decree came hours after West countries announced sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian politicians. The European Union decided to impose sanctions, including visa bans and freezing assets, against 21 officials from the two countries. The U.S. also put such highprofile officials as Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a treaty with Crimean leaders in Moscow.

Putin calls up Manmohan to explain Crimea claim NEW DELHI: Hours after a defiant Russia claimed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as part of its territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin called up Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain Moscow’s position with regard to the developments in Ukraine and the referendum in breakaway Crimea. The phone call took place around 7.30 p.m. on March 18 after Putin signed a draft treaty with Crimean leaders to make the strategic peninsula a part of Russia.

and Federal Council, Upper House of Parliament, chairperson Valentina Matvienko on the sanction list, which Matvienko slammed as “political blackmail”. Britain has suspended all military cooperation with Russia and halted all extant licences for direct military export to Russia, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on March 18. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Russia remains a member of the G8 in response to reports saying it was booted out of the group after signing a treaty accepting Crimea as a part of the Russian territory, a German government statement said.

Missing plane’s mystery deepens KUALA LUMPUR: Multinational search operations for the Malaysian airliner that went missing March 8 remained futile even as the carrier said that initial investigation revealed that it was the co-pilot who spoke the last words before the plane disappeared. Australian Defense Minister David Johnston said his country would do what it could to assist Malaysia to locate flight MH370 in whatever state it was in, Xinhua reported. “We are now changing our focus to the central eastern Indian Ocean to try to solve this mystery,” he said. Australia has provided two RAAF P-3C Orion aircraft to assist the Malaysian government in its search since March 9. Malaysia Airlines MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board vanished mysteriously about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8. The Boeing 777-200ER was initially presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast in the South China Sea. The plane was due to land in Beijing at 6.30 a.m. the same day. Contact with the plane was lost along

with its radar signal at 1.40 a.m. March 8 when it was flying over the air traffic control area of Ho Chi Minh City. India has supported search operations in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal but this was suspended on March 16 at the request of Kuala Lumpur. The Indian defense ministry

People light candles to pray for passengers of the missing plane in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

said the search would remain suspended until notice by Malaysia on which areas to search. Meanwhile, Maldives police have launched an investigation into reports that residents of the remote island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll saw a “low flying jumbo jet “ on March 8 morning after a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing.

SOuTH ASiA Afghanistan gets new vice president KABUL: The Afghanistan government on March 18 appointed Mohammad Younus Qanooni as vice president of the country. Qanooni replaces Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who died earlier this month after prolonged illness, Xinhua reported citing a state-

UNSC extends mandate of its assistance mission in Afghanistan UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on March 17 renewed the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year to provide support to the country’s upcoming presidential and provincial elections. In a resolution unanimously adopted the 15- member council “decides to extend until 17 March 2015 the mandate of UNAMA”, Xinhua reported. The security council also decided that UNAMA will continue to “ support, at the request of the Afghan authorities, the organization of future Afghan elections, including the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections and the 2015

parliamentary elections, as well as to strengthen, in support of the government of Afghanistan’s efforts, the sustainability, integrity and inclusiveness of the electoral process,” said the resolution. UNAMA was established by the council in 2002 in order to help Afghanistan achieve peace and development. In the resolution, the council also reiterated “its concern about the security situation in Afghanistan, in particular the ongoing violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other violent and extremist groups”. The country’s third presidential and provincial council election is slated for April 5.

Pak to form of anti-terror forces ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on March 18 approved the establishment of anti-terror rapidresponse forces at the federal and provincial levels with quality and trained manpower, a leading Pakistani daily reported. Sharif also issued directions to immediately establish a National Intelligence Directorate under National Counter-Terrorism Authority in a bid to

strengthen coordination between military and civilian agencies, The Dawn said in a report. The prime minister gave these directives after reviewing the newly legislated legal framework dealing with counterterrorism. “The prime minister said the provincial governments and institutions had to work hard to contribute and establish a secure environment by eliminating terrorism as economic prosperity was linked with security and peace in the country,” said a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Myanmar draws up election strategy

ment issued by the Afghan Presidential Palace. A consultative meeting chaired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai unanimously appointed Qanooni as the vice president. Qanooni, who is presently a member of the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament, had also served as speaker of the house, and interior and education minister. He will face a vote of confidence in Parliament soon.

YANGON: Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has drawn a strategic plan for holding the 2015 general elections in a free and fair manner, the state media reported on March 19. UEC Chairman U Tin Aye asked the commission to prepare well for the elections, slated for late 2015, Xinhua reported, citing the state media. Seeking suggestions from political parties, U Tin Aye said the commission was striving to lay down rules for the election campaign. He

disclosed that the commission, in collaboration with the International Foundation for Election System (IFES), would conduct a pilot project on ballot collection in urban and rural areas and “unsafe” places in May. The commission has drafted a “12chapter strategy” for holding the 2015 elections, including a chapter calling for cooperation with civil society organizations which are to work as election observers. Myanmar’s last general election were held November 7, 2010.









US Senate confirms Kumar to key trade job Arun Madhavan Kumar is the third Indian-American to hold a top post at the US State Department ARUN KUMAR, WASHINGTON


he United States Senate has confirmed yet another Indian-American nominee of President Barack Obama to lead the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Commerce Department charged with helping U.S. companies succeed in markets around the world. Kerala University physics graduate Arun Madhavan Kumar was confirmed to be assistant secretary of commerce and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service by a voice vote on March 12 along with Puneet Talwar, a longtime White House national security staffer. As the State Department’s new assistant secretary for political-military affairs, Talwar would be serving as a bridge between the State and Defense departments. He becomes the third IndianAmerican in a top position at the State Department after Nisha Desai Biswal, point person for South and Central Asia and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, highest ranking Indian-American in Obama administration. At over two dozen, Obama administration boasts of having the highest number of Indian Americans in key jobs than any previous administrations in U.S. During his confirmation hearing, Kumar told the Senate Commerce Committee that he would “like to strengthen the focus on the markets offering the biggest opportunities for American products and services, and on orchestrating efforts to increase our market share in those markets”. Kumar, who succeeds another

Obamacare, gun lobby may halt Murthy’s run WASHINGTON: Vivek Murthy, the physician who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Surgeon General of the United States, might see his rise through Washington come to a halt. A staunch defender of Obamacare, Murthy is behind Doctors for America, an organization that was instrumental in grabbing early support for the Affordable Care Act. Now, the implementation of that law has Democrats reeling, with many of them keeping themselves distanced from the legislation out of fear that any affiliation with it could cost them re-election. But perhaps more damning to Murthy’s chances of confirmation is the intense opposition he faces from the NRA. The organization sent an email to supporters last week, urging them to oppose Obama’s nominee. Although, some reports indicate that Democrats are not yet supporting

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Murthy openly, but are simply changing their strategy in terms of campaigning for him. He needs confirmation from the Senate in order to get the Surgeon General position, the highest medical office in the country. If he is confirmed, he will be both the youngest Surgeon General in the U.S. history and the first Indian American to hold the post.

NY film fest to focus on Chadha Arts, festival screenings, centrepiece, retrospective and special he 14th Annual New York events will take place throughout Indian Film Festival will the week at the Village East Cineput the spotlight on British mas. The closing night selection to filmmaker Gurinder Chadha be followed by the annual to celebrate the 20 year awards ceremony and anniversary of her after-party would be acclaimed film Bhaji held at Skirball CenOn The Beach. ter for Performing The six-day fesArts. tivities at the oldest Final film selecand most prestitions will be announced by early gious film festival for Indian cinema in April with tickets going on sale April 15. North America from Gurinder Chadha May 5-10 will also Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame will be in include a retrospective of the filmmaker’s documentaries, attendance. Her acclaimed film On according to the Indo-American The Beach is about a group of Arts Council (IAAC). women of Indian descent taking a After a star-studded opening trip together from their home in night red carpet premiere at the Birmingham, England to the beach Skirball Centre for Performing resort of Blackpool. IANS, NEW YORK

T Arun Madhavan Kumar

Kumar succeeds another Indian American, Secunderabad- born Suresh Kumar Indian American, Secunderabadborn Suresh Kumar, was earlier a partner and member of the Board of

Directors at KPMG LLP. From 2005 until his retirement in September 2013, Kumar led the firm’s West Coast Finance Management Consulting practice. He also led the firm’s US-India practice from 2007 to 2013. Kumar joined KPMG in 1995 as a finance management leader. From 1993 to 1995, Kumar was the founder and CEO of Planning & Logic, Inc., a software company.

Punches, kicks, jibes... Sikh students in US endure a lot The report was prepared by the Sikh Coalition, an umbrella organiikh children in American zation of the Sikh community. schools have been punched, “I was in California like seven, six kicked, have had their turbans years ago. It was me and my brothripped off by fellow students and er, we had jooras (uncut hair tied in called “Bin Laden” or worse. Some a topknot)... Just us two were have even had to face abuses like Sikh... For two years, we got bul“Go Home Terrorist”. lied, came home crying every day,” Their only fault is that they are said L. Singh, one of the bullied Sikh students who live in accor- children cited in the report. dance with the tenets of their faith, “Mom got tired of it. She went to says a new report on bullying school. They didn’t do anything against Sikh American school chil- about it. Teachers were racist out dren. there... I was in 5th grade, and my IANS, WASHINGTON


More than half of Sikh children in U.S. schools endure bullying.

dad took us to a barber shop, and he was like, ‘It’s today’. My mom was crying, my dad was crying. It was the day we just (took our patka)

off, and we cut our hair.” “We went back to school and we still got bullied. And we had to move out to Indiana, just because of

the bullies (in California),” he said. “Bullied in California. Bullied in Indiana. Bullied when he maintained his religiously mandated uncut hair. Bullied after he cut it. Left to his own devices to end it. That’s the story of L. Singh which captures the experience of young Sikhs across America,” according to the report. The bullying of Sikh children is often associated with post-9/11 bias, the report found with epithets such as “terrorist” or “Bin Laden” frequently accompanying verbal and physical abuse. Statistically speaking, more than half of Sikh children in U.S. schools endure bullying with over twothirds of turbaned Sikh children among its worst victims, according to a new national report.



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World T20: India fails to warm up Malinga grabs four wickets for Sri Lanka as Dhoni’s men lose their first World Twenty20 warm-up match by 5 runs IANS, MIRPUR


ndia went down to Sri Lanka by five runs in their first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on March 17. Chasing a target of 154, India came close to kissing distance of a win, thanks to a cameo of Ravichandran Ashwin’s 12-ball 19 but were bowled out for 148 runs in 20 overs. Curiously skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t come out to bat due to an injury. Lasith Malinga was again the destroyer-in-chief with his four for 30 and did the trick for Sri Lanka in the last over when India needed 12 runs. Ashwin flicked the second ball for a four to raise hopes but Stuart Binny (14) was run out in the next ball to dash all hopes. Malinga clinically wiped out the tail in the last two balls to wrap up a good win for Sri Lanka. India also made a poor start losing

Sri Lankan players celebrate the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan during the warm-up match against India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on March 17. (Photo: IANS)

the openers Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Rohit Sharma (4) inside five overs for just 19 runs on board. Suresh Raina (41 off 31 balls) and comeback man Yuvraj Singh (33 off 28 balls) brought back the innings on track with their 35-run stand. Just when it looked that India had recovered some ground, Raina, who struck five fours and a six, departed as he mistimed a shot and Rangana Herath took a good catch at long-off off spinner Ajantha Mendis. Ajnikya Rahane didn’t trouble the scorers and soon from 54 for two, India were soon struggling at 56 for four. Virat Kohli (17) and Ravindra Jadeja (12) got good starts but failed to convert them into match-winning scores. Earlier, Sri Lanka overcame an unimpressive start to make a competitive 153 for six in 20 overs. Mahela Jayawardene was the top scorer with 30 while skipper Dinesh Chandimal made 21. Nuwan Kulasekara made a quick-fire

unbeaten 14-ball 21 while Thisara Perera remained not out on 18 from 11 balls. Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three for 22 from his four overs while Varun Aaron also picked up one for 18 from his three overs. Put in, Sri Lanka lost three quick wickets as they reached 77 for three in 11 overs. Kumar Sangakkara (4) also fell in the 12th over that left Sri Lanka at a precarious 77/4. But a captain’s knock from Chandimal rescued the Sri Lankans. It was a patient but a responsible knock of 25 balls that had one four and a six, and it help both Kulasekara and Perera to go after the Indian bowlers in the death overs. The Sri Lankans spanked 50 runs off the last five overs including 17 runs off the last over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kulasekara hit the Indian pacer for a four and a six in consecutive deliveries while Perera rounded off the innings with a four, a clever scoop past the short-fine leg.

Saina seeded eighth Sania-Black loses BNP Paribas final at India Open IANS, INDIAN WELLS (CALIFORNIA)

NEW DELHI: World No.8 shuttler Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have been seeded at the $250,000 India Open Super Series to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on April 1-6. Saina has been seeded eighth in the draw that was made on March 18. She faces an easy opener against Austrian Simone Prutsch in the first round of India’s premier badminton tournament. World No.1 and reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China is the top seed while defending champion and world No.4 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand has been seeded fourth. Saina’s compatriot world No.9 P.V. Sindhu will take on second seed and World No.2 Shixian

Wang of China in the opener. But the 18-year-old Hyderabadi can take confidence from the fact that she has a 3-0 win-record over the Chinese and defeated her last week too at the Swiss Open quarterfinals. The other Indians in the women’s singles main

draw are Tanvi Lad, former national champion Trupti Murgunde, P.C. Thulasi, Saili Rane and Arundhati Pantawane. In men’s singles draw, defending champion and World No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will be the main attraction as the top seed. The Indians in the main men’s draw are Parupalli Kashyap, Sourabh Varma, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, B. Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, Anand Pawar and H.S. Prannoy. There have been two direct qualifications for the men’s doubles main draw and three in women’s doubles. Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar and Manu Attri/B. Sumeeth Reddy will participate in men’s competition while Prajakta Sawant/Arathi Sara Sunil, Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa and Pradnya Gadre/N. Siki Reddy are in women’s doubles. Abhijeet

Naimpally/Trupti Murgunde, Gaurav Venkat/Juhi Dewangan, Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Maneesha K., Tarun Kona/Ashwini Ponnappa, Akshay Dewalkar/Pradnya Gadre, Abhishek Ahlawat/Kristi Das and Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan are the Indians pairings for the mixed doubles Saina Nehwal competitions.


ndia’s Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black went down to top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China in the women’s doubles final of the BNP Paribas Open tennis here. Hseih and Peng maintained their perfect record in the finals, improving to an 11-0 mark with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Sania and Cara on March 14. “I think we are not coming here for 11 record, whatever,” said Hsieh. “We just try for every match, try to win. So we didn’t think about the (record) or anything like that. When

we get into the final, we don’t think. We just try every point. This is the main key we win.” Hsieh and Peng edged a tight first set after nearly an hour’s play and rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the second. They relinquished a break, but regrouped to win the final two

games. “First set we were down when we started,” said Peng. “It’s really windy, and (they’re also a) really good doubles team. Black has a lot of experience for the doubles and gave us like a lot pressure. Really happy to win again.”

‘Anand won’t be able to get back old glory’ IANS, KOLKATA


enowned English Grand Master Nigel Short on March 17 prophesied that India’s Viswanathan Anand, who lost the world championship title last year, would not be able to recapture the honors as top class chess was a “young man’s game”. Anand, a five time world champion, had gone down to Norway’s Magnus Carlsen in the title duel last November. Describing Anand as one of the greatest chess players, Short said: “I don’t’ think it is possible for him to win the world chess title again.”

Replying to a query as whether the Anand era in chess world has come to an end, Nigel Short said:

“His defeat to Carlsen was very severe and damaging for his career”.



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doctor, a pharmacist, and a marketer have been convicted in a federal court in Detroit for health care fraud and controlled substance distribution. A jury returned guilty verdicts against Dr. Carl Fowler, M.D., of West Bloomfield, Michigan, pharmacist Mukesh Khunt, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Michael Thoran of Detroit. Fowler and Thoran were convicted on all three of the counts with which they were charged: conspiracies to commit health care fraud, to distribute controlled substances, and to pay or receive health care kickbacks. Khunt was convicted of six of the seven counts with which he was charged: health care fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, two counts health care fraud, and two counts of controlled substances distribution. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the seventh count charging a conspiracy to pay or receive health care kickbacks. U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade stated, “Law enforcement investigators in metro-Detroit are aggressively investigating health care fraud and detecting abuses by doctors and pharmacists. We hope that prosecutions like this one will deter

Mukesh Khunt medical professionals from stealing taxpayer funds intended for health care.” Prosecutors said that the evidence presented during the three-week trial demonstrated that, from approximately January 2006 through August 2011, Canton Pharmacist Babubhai Patel owned and controlled 26 pharmacies (termed “the Patel Pharmacies” at trial), which operated in and around Detroit. According to the government, Patel’s model for turning a profit at his pharmacies was based upon large-scale health care fraud and the diversion of controlled substances.

Patel paid cash kickbacks and other things of value to physicians in exchange for those physicians writing prescriptions for expensive medications, without regard to medical necessity, that could be billed to Medicare, Medicaid, or a private insurer through one of the Patel Pharmacies, the government asserted. Physicians affiliated with Patel also would write prescriptions for controlled substances for their patients, again regardless of medical necessity, which then would be filled at one of the Patel Pharmacies. These controlled substances were distributed to patients and patient recruiters as a kickback in exchange for the patients patronizing Patel Pharmacy, the government contended. Pharmacists at the Patel Pharmacies would increase the pharmacies’ profits by billing insurers for medications never actually distributed to patients, according to the evidence at trial. The evidence presented at trial showed that Fowler was one of the physicians to whom Patel paid bribes and kickbacks in exchange for referrals of prescriptions. In exchange, Dr. Fowler wrote numerous prescriptions for expensive medications, without regard to medical necessity, that could be filled at one of the Patel Pharmacies. He also wrote

Poll monitoring benefits Cook County voters BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO -- On March 18, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Chicago), in partnership with Common Cause Illinois and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, ran a poll monitoring operation covering over 85 precincts across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Advancing Justice--Chicago focused on monitoring 56 precincts federally designated for language assistance in both Chinese and South Asian languages, to ensure that the election law was properly implemented. Polling sites ranged from Schaumburg to Chinatown. Early polling reports indicate that overall, Cook County sites performed well. There were two instances of absent bilingual election judges, some technology issues at sites leading to slightly longer voting times, and two incidents of inappropriate comments from election judges. Advancing Justice--Chicago legal director

Andy Kang described the poll monitoring goal as, “designed to ensure that any voter who is able to get assistance isn’t turned away.” He a d d e d : “ W h i l e w e’v e s e e n improvement in terms of materials and responsiveness from election judges, there’s still some work to be done in making polling sites more accessible, and election judges as sensitive as possible to the language assistance needs of limited-English speaking voters, who are entitled to certain voting rights under federal law.” This Election Day effort comes on the heels of the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition’s successful early voting campaign, which brought 512 voters to the polls on March 8 and March 15. One of the biggest campaigns was led by the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center. Executive Director Sik Son noted, “our successful get-out-the-vote efforts are a marker of how savvy our community is in connecting their issues and needs to the ballot.

We’re looking forward to an even more robust campaign for the November election cycle.” On March 20, nearly 100 organizers and leaders in the Asian American community will go to Springfield to advocate for issues on the Asian American State Agenda. Agenda items include a Same Day registration initiative and a domestic workers’ rights bill. Kathleen Jung Hee Fernicola, Director of Policy and Programs at Advancing Justice-Chicago, notes, “We believe in expanding the opportunities to register and vote, as well as increasing the accuracy and integrity of our election system. Same Day Registration is a key to unlocking the power of our growing community.” These combined efforts speak to the growing political will and power of one of the fastest-growing communities in Illinois. At nearly 700,000, the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Illinois is a diverse population, and with a 53% increase in voter registration in the last decade, increasingly one with the power to shape elections.

Comcast’s gesture for low-income families BY A STAFF WRITER


A S H I N G TO N , D . C . Comcast Corporation’s Internet Essentials, its acclaimed national broadband adoption program for low-income families, will continue indefinitely, beyond its initial three-year commitment. Comcast’s executive vice-president David Cohen also announced more than $1 million in grants to dozens of non-profit organizations across the country to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones. The grants are part of a multi-faceted Gold Medal Recognition Program for communities that have done the most to help close the digital divide. In addition to the grants, Internet Essentials-eligible families in the Gold Medal-recognized communities who are not currently customers can receive six months of complimentary Internet service if they apply

for the program by March 18. In just two and a half years, the groundbreaking initiative has connected more than 1.2 million low-income Americans, or 300,000 families, to broadband Internet at home. Cohen said that the company had joined President Obama’s call to action for helping to realize his ConnectED educational goals by announcing an extension and enhancement of its multi-year commitment to close the digital divide. The grants made through the Gold Medal Recognition Program will be used to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones.

These networks of non-profit partners will work together to enhance public Internet access and increase family-focused digital literacy training. They will be established in communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Miami, and Seattle, among others. Since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $165 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital literacy initiatives nationally. The 15 Gold Medal recognized communities that will create Internet Essentials Learning Zones include: Adams County, Colo.; Atlanta, Ga.; Aurora, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Cicero-Berwyn, Ill.; Collier, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Elk Grove, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Pasadena, Texas; Seattle, Wash.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Tacoma, Wash. Comcast is also recognizing five “most improved” communities that are eligible to participate in the two-week, complimentary service opportunity. These include: Baltimore, Md.; Lee, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco; and Stockton, Calif.

unlawful prescriptions for narcotic drugs in Schedules II-V, including oxycontin and oxycondone, which were resold on the street market. Evidence also demonstrated that Khunt, a pharmacist in Patel’s organization, billed Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers for expensive medications he never dispensed to patients. He also knowingly filled prescriptions for scheduled controlled substances such as vicodin that were never intended for the patients, but which were resold by marketers on the street market. The evidence showed that Thoran was a marketer who recruited patients who were seen by cooperating doctors or clinics. After unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances were written and filled at the pharmacies, Thoran would take possession of the controlled drugs in order to sell them on the street market, the government asserted. These defendants are three of the 39 individuals who have been charged with offenses relating to their involvement with Patel’s pharmacy network. All but three of the defendants have now been convicted of felonies arising out of their involvement with Patel; 24 of those defendants entered guilty pleas, and 12 have been convicted after trial.

9 charged with state benefits fraud BY A STAFF WRITER


HICAGO-Nine area residents are charged with fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits -- including one man who received the payments while he was serving time in prison. Most of the “defendants received unemployment benefits while they were simultaneously collecting a paycheck. Said Attorney General Madigan: “Prosecuting these cases deters fraud and maintains the resources of the unemployment insurance program to help those people it is intended assist—the unemployed.” The fraudulent claims spanned from 2009-12, and in each case, the defendant falsely verified being unemployed through the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s telephone or online systems. Prosecutors allege they were actually employed or incarcerated, and should not have received any benefits or the level of benefits they claimed. Prosecutors charged eight defendants in Cook, Kane, McHenry and Winnebago counties, alleging: Leon Allen, 56, of Chicago, collected more than $33,000 in fraudulent benefits, David Bailey, 47, of Chicago, collected more than $30,000, Stephanie Burrage, 46, of Chicago, collected more than $24,000, Sonya Franklin, 30, of Chicago, collected more than $22,000, Lawrence Howard, 34, who was incarcerated at Pontiac Correctional Center at the time he, collected more than $17,000 in fraudulent benefits; his accomplice in the matter, Georgina Jackson, 30, of Chicago, has also been chargedM Marvin Ross, 29, of Chicago, collected more than $22,000, Edward Sitko, 43, of Wonder Lake, collected more than $20,000,Margaret Smith, 49, of Rockford, collected more than $18,000; and Moira Wolf, 50, of South Elgin, collected more than $20,000. Each faces charges of felony theft, state benefits fraud and wire fraud..



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huge Indian community of Lake County participated in the colorful Holi at the Hindu Mandir of Lake County despite freezing air on the top and snowy ground at the bottom on March 16. About 1200 people from all age groups and different Indian communities along with some enthusiastic American students played colors. First-time visitors were thrilled to witness a multi-colored haze in the sky, loud conversations, bursts of laughter, triumphant screams and reflective cries. Children in color-smeared clothing and painted faces gathered in small laughing groups, and then chased each other running around in the open area. Others were dancing to the tunes of DJ and Panjabi Dhol played by Atwal and Ajay Ghai. The crowd was shouting “Holi Hai Bhai Holi Hai; Boorana mano Holi Hai” in a chorus. Holi means a joyous celebration, seeing bright colors, getting mixed and becoming one. It’s a

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Connecticut man of Indian origin pleaded guilty to defrauding financial institutions through an elaborate mortgage fraud scheme involving dozens of properties in Fairfield County. Mohammed N. Islam, also known as “Tanveer,” 38, of Trumbull, Conn., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on March 12, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio in Bridgeport, Conn. According to a release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, through his scheme, lenders suffered losses of more than $7 million. Many of the properties involved in this mortgage fraud scheme ended up

in foreclosure, or in short sale transactions. Islam pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on June 4, 2014, and faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. Court papers revealed that between 2006 and 2013, Islam fraudulently purchased numerous single and multi-family properties, primarily in Bridgeport and Stamford using straw buyers and providing false information to mortgage lenders, including false verifications of mortgage applicants’ income, false verifications of down payments for real estate transactions and false Housing and Urban Development forms.

Krishna, Ram Parivar and Balaji along with all other deities with chanting of different Mantras and Slokas followed by Nevedyam, Archana and Maha Mangalarati. By 1.30 pm, jubilant dance program was performed by the students of Academy of Kathak Dance run by Kiran Chauhan. The theme of the dance program was Shri Radha-Krishna Holi Ras that entertained people for more than two hours. The whole event was managed by Neera Dhoom. Later, Holika Dahan was performed by the Joshi Ji with traditional rituals and blessed all the devotees for their colorful and joyful future and let them play colors and enjoy the day. Indian traditional Holi delicacies with mouthwatering sweets and mango lassi were offered as a Holi special lunch by the temple Kitchen Committee head Kama Gupta and his dedicated volunteers. President Dr. Harsh Kumar gave vote of thanks to all participant and devotees for their fervor and passion for the Holi festival.

2 teens held for theft BY A STAFF WRITER


ADISON (WI) -- Two teens were arrested on March 17 afternoon after snatching headphones from a 17-year old and then beating him up during a scuffle. The police said the theft took place at the East Transfer Point on 102 W. Corporate Drive. One suspect ripped the headphones from the victim’s ears, and then both teens tried to run away, but the victim caught up to them and asked for his headphones back. The duo refused to return the headphones and attacked the victim, punching him in the head and body multiple times. The 17-year old victim was treated at a hospital for head injuries, and possible bruised or broken ribs. The police later found the suspects walking with other teens on Schenk Street and were caught. The 13- and 14-year old suspects were both arrested for “theft from a person, battery, and disorderly conduct”

Female store manager attacked by women BY A STAFF WRITER


ADISON (WI) -- The Madison police are searching for two retail suspects accused of biting and punching a clothing store manager. A 28-year-old female manager at Burlington Coat Factory on Odana Road tried to stop two women from leaving the store without paying for the items they had bought on March 15 night. The suspects pushed the victim as she stood inside the entry doors of the store. One of the suspects bit the victim’s arm and then punched her in the face. The women got in a car and sped away. The police have tentatively identified on eof the suspects as a 22-year-old Madison woman.



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‘HONESTY IS NOT appreciated here’ A lot of what she says is often lost in translation, feels Sonam Kapoor who vows to be careful with her words SUBHASH K. JHA, MUMBAI


arefree actor Sonam Kapoor has come to learn that she needs to be “careful” with her words in an industry where statements can be “twisted and distorted”. Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor had recently said that Sonam’s bikini shot would get Bewakoofiyan a good opening. Refuting this, the actress said: “My father never said that. All that I said at a press meet was that my father feels the film would get a good opening. That statement found itself bonding with the bikini in the newspaper headlines. “I’ve realized I have to be very careful in what I say. I speak my heart out. Such honesty is not appreciated in the film industry. Instead, it is twisted and distorted. A lot of what I say is lost in translation.” Actresses often credit the decision of wearing a bikini on screen to the “demand of the script” or the director, but Sonam Kapoor says it was her own decision to flaunt the two-piece garment in her forthcoming film Bewakoofiyaan. And she wasn’t tense about it. “It wasn’t the producer Aditya Chopra or the director Nupur Asthana’s idea that I wear a bikini. In fact, the director suggested a

Kareena’s literary dreams MUMBAI: Kareena Kapoor, who is reading a lot nowadays, may follow in her elder sister and actress Karishma's footsteps and write a book. She was speaking at the launch function of nutritionist and diet expert Rujuta Diwekar’s third book — Don’t lose out, work out. When asked if she would like to write a film story or a book someday, Kareena said: “I don’t know about a film story, but maybe a book at some point. I haven’t even thought about it but books feel good.” “I have started reading a lot and books open up your imagination more than a film. So, someday I might write a book but I don't know about what. I have written one foreword for Rujuta, so I have a flair for writing but a book, I don't know.”

Second season of ‘24’ priority for Anil Kapoor IANS, MUMBAI


nil Kapoor has several film offers coming his way but is tempted to set the ball rolling for the second season of his gamechanging TV series 24. Confirming his full-throttle plans for the show’s season two, Anil said: “My entire team is into preproduction. Only my own dates need to be worked out. I am in a bit of a fix.” Last year, Anil is said to have refused all movie offers to focus on 24. This year, the movie offers have piled up, but Anil is in the mood for the TV show. “There are quite a number of tempting film offers. But I haven’t said yes to them as yet. I need to work out my dates for season two of 24,” the actor said.

Aamir Khan turns 49

one-piece bathing costume. But I thought a bikini was fine,” said the saucy actress. It’s no big deal, she feels. “If you see the trailer, there are two young people going for swim. It’s perfectly natural for the girl to be in a bikini. It’s not Halle Berry

in a James Bond film or Bipasha Basu in Dhoom making a splash. “The bikini blends naturally into the scene. And I am very happy to be wearing one. Having a female director around helped. But I wasn’t really tense about wearing a bikini,” she said.

MUMBAI: Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan, who turned 49 on March 14, is happy with the way his Bollywood career shaped up last year courtesy Dhoom 3. He has planned to dedicate all his time in 2014 to his social issue-based TV show Satyamev Jayate. Besides one Hindi movie, Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay, which is slated for release on Christmas, Aamir has no other film lined up. Talking to reporters at his residence, where he celebrates his

birthday with media persons every year, Aamir said: “Last year was great. I was happy with the success of Dhoom 3, and I was glad that all our hard work paid off.” “This year, I am dedicating all my time to Satyamev Jayate. Only Raju’s Peekay will release towards the end, but there’s no other film. So, my whole year is for the show.” Satyamev Jayate is a platform where Aamir brings socially relevant issues to the fore and discusses startling facts about them.

‘Bewakoofiyaan’: Frothy fun but thought-provoking Film: Bewakoofiyaan; Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor; Directed: Nupur Asthana; Rating:*** 1/2 (three and a half stars)


ometimes, love just ain’t enough. So there we have two people in love. The pampered but not spoilt bureaucrat’s daughter Mayera and her lover beau Mohit whose upward mobility is frozen by an employment meltdown in his airline organization (spicy allusion to the Kingfisher crisis, yes?) It’s Delhi’s noveau riche Gurgaon world bathed in cosmetic conceit. Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana blend into this gleaming kingdom’s excesses effortlessly. The two of them are so good as a couple, imagining them apart for even a portion of the bitterness that bites into the narrative during the second-half becomes unbearable.

Debutant director Nupur Asthana’s film is a bright scrambled world of wealth, luxury and the yuppy club’s unstated desperation to move up the corporate

ladder. It is also, by its very definition, a ridiculously self-important delusional world. Miraculously this film with its gleaming polished surfaces nei-

ther gasps nor laughs at the ignobility of upward mobility. Habib Faisal’s writing is smart and amiable, crowded with quaint colloquialisms culled from the capital youngster’s language. The writing also surprises itself by becoming inwardly-drawn and introspective at the most unexpected moments. Ayushmann looks like the guy next-door who wouldn’t mind pulling a few strings to float higher than the level allotted to him by fate. Of course it helps Ayushmann that he has Rishi Kapoor to play his girlfriend’s hawk-like father. Rishi’s character of the IAS officer on the verge of retirement is brilliantly written. — Subhash K.Jha



Nargis wears own bikini for ‘Main Tera Hero’ MUMBAI: Actress Nargis Fakhri has chosen a purple bikini from her own collection to wear for a song sequence in the forthcoming film Main Tera Hero. When the Rockstar actress learnt that she had to wear a bikini for a song, she was so excited about it that she insisted on wearing her personal recently bought set. She sports a very Bohemian look for the song as she has teamed a pair of funky shades, junk jewellery and a fluorescent yellow sarong to go with the bikini. The slim and trim talent features alongside Varun Dhawan in the movie, which is directed by the latter’s father David Dhawan. Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and also starring Ileana D’cruz, the movie releases on April 4.


Neil to make Tamil debut as a villain CHENNAI: Filmmaker A.R. Murugadoss on March 15 confirmed that Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh will make his Tamil debut with upcoming yet-untitled film featuring superstar Vijay. “Yes, Neil is playing villain in our new film,” posted Murugadoss on his Twitter page. Vijay and Murugadoss have teamed up for the second time after the success of Thuppakki, which has already been remade in Hindi. Samantha Ruth Prabhu has been paired with Vijay in the film, which is currently on floors and will hit the cinemas this Diwali.

Priyanka unhappy over remuneration MUMBAI: Actress Priyanka Chopra on said an actress’s fee may not be on par with her male counterpart, but she is hopeful that soon their remuneration will get better. When asked why there is disparity when it comes to sharing profits with actresses despite their having a sizeable contribution in a film’s success, Priyanka said: “I don’t think the contribution is as much. I think you have to give credit to the boys also. “The films make about `200 or `300 crore and it has a lot to do with boys. We (actresses) haven’t made that dent into the box office as females as boys have”. “Yes, there is a huge disparity in terms of remuneration, but there is also a big disparity in the kind of money that has been brought back by female actors so far. I am hoping we will soon be able to break that and may be remunerations will get better.”

Deepika recalls childhood Holi NEW DELHI: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone says that Holi is one of her favorite festivals and she remembers the time when she was a kid and played colors with friends. “Holi has been one of my favorite festivals since childhood. Playing Holi with my friends from my building after coming back from school is one of my favorite childhood Holi memories. Preparations for the festival would start at least a week before,” Deepika told IANS. The actress, who delivered four backto-back hits Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai , Goliyon Ki Raasleela RamLeela and Race 2 in 2013, is currently shooting for Happy New Year. She is looking forward to celebrate the festival with the cast of the film this year. “This year I will be shooting for my film ‘Happy New Year’. It’s a fun bunch and I’m sure celebrating Holi on the set will be a lot of fun,” she said.

Mahie in love with ‘Ghosts’ MUMBAI: Actress Mahie Gill says after watching her forthcoming film Gang of Ghosts, the audience will fall in love with spirits. Gang of Ghosts, directed by Satish Kaushik, is a remake of Bengali blockbuster Bhooter Bhabishyat. It is slated to release March 21. “...I am sure after watching the film, the audience will surely fall in love with the ghosts,” she told reporters in an interview. The actress admits that she is scared of ghosts but has learned to overcome her fear. “I’m very scared of ghosts. I keep all the lights on, wherever I stay, be it at my home or in a hotel,” she said.

Poonam Pandey is mama’s girl MUMBAI: Model-actress Poonam Pandey, who had a quiet 23rd birthday with her parents, was reportedly flooded with text messages and calls. The Nasha actress says sometimes she just wants to spend quality time with her mother and father. She apparently received close to 2,000 text messages and nearly 500 calls wishing her all the best. “I didn’t expect anyone to even remember it was my birthday. I kept it very quiet. I am a little tired of all the attention. I am also exhausted by all the partying with friends,” said Poonam.

Dia Mirza enjoys walking the ramp MUMBAI: Actress Dia Mirza, who walked the ramp for designer Anita Dongre at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) summerresort 2014, says it was fun walking in clothes that were easy and light to wear. Dia wore a light golden colored choli and a lehenga with very subtle detailing for the Dongre show on March 14. She said that the garment was so light and breezy that it made her automatically tap her feet. “I was having fun, “ said the 32-year-old. “I think whatever a garment makes you feel is how you express yourself on the ramp and luckily I had no rules laid down, like don’t smile and walk straight,” she added.







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Where the hell Malaysian airliner has vanished? Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappears after taking off from Kuala Lumpur; search is on IANS, KUALA LUMPUR


he mystery behind the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dodge the multinational search operation for the fifth day on March 12 as Malaysia’s air force chief denied reports that radar had detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca. “I wish to state that I did not make any such statements,” Xinhua cited Gen. Rodzali Daud as saying in a statement. But he said the air force has not ruled out the possibility that the Beijing-bound aircraft had turned back before it vanished from the radar. The belief resulted in the search area being widened to the vicinity of the waters off the west

Relatives of the missing Malaysia Airlines passengers trying to get the latest information in Beijing on March 10. (Photo: IANS)

coast of Malaysia, he said. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board vanished without a trace about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday. The Boeing 777-200ER was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast into the South China Sea. The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 a.m. on March 8

and was due to land in Beijing at 6.30 a.m. the same day. The 227 passengers on the flight included five Indians, 154 Chinese and 38 Malaysians. Contact with the plane was lost along with its radar signal at 1.40 a.m. Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam. An international terrorism

probe triggered by two Iranians boarding the missing plane with stolen passports has not finished, with John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying on March 11 the possibility of a terror link could not be ruled out. Asked if the agency could rule out a terror link in the case, the CIA head said: “No, we’re not ruling it out. Not at all.” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said that it appeared increasingly certain the two Iranians, Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar and Pouria Nourmohammadi, were probably not terrorists, but illegal migrants seeking a new life in Europe. Echoing Noble’s statement, Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s national police chief, also said authorities believed that Nourmohammadi is not likely to be a member of any terrorist group, and that he was trying to migrate to Germany. Even as over 10 countries are scouring the waters around Flight MH370’s last known location, more countries like India, Japan and France have joined the massive search and rescue.

A Vietnam aircraft searches for the missing flight off the country’s southern coastline. (Photo: IANS)

Search for plane on at Andaman sea KUALA LUMPUR: Search and rescue teams have been moved to the Andaman Sea to the south of Thailand to continue the search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on March 8, an official said here on March 12. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had widened the area of its operations in the hope of finding clues that may lead to the discovery of the missing plane. Earlier on March 12, Malaysia’s air force chief denied reports that radar had detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca.

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Art of Living’s centre destroyed in Pakistan

Ravi Shankar had visited Islamabad in 2012 and inaugurated the centre. IANS, ISLAMABAD


he Art of Living (AoL) centre near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has been vandalized by unidentified gunmen, the city-based humanitarian and educational non-government organization said on March 9. “Around 15 gunmen entered the centre at Bani Gala on the outskirts of Islamabad on March 8 and vandalized it after tying up the security guards to trees in the complex,” the NGO said in a statement here. “Two cars with around eight men came inside and tied two guards. They hit the guards on the head and legs. They burned four rooms com-

pletely and there is petrol in other rooms”. She said that when people of nearby areas came and made noise, the miscreants fled. Ravi Shankar had visited Pakistan in 2012 and inaugurated the centre for his Art of Living movement. He had also offered to hold talks with the Taliban to bring in peace in the region, saying it would help foster understanding among people with divergent views. “I am ready to go and talk to the Taliban. I want to talk to them, understand them and give them my opinion. So we can definitely make a difference. We should try it again and again even if we have to try it 100 times,” Shankar had said.

Pak PM orders aid for drought-hit area ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on March 10 announced a Pakistani `1 billion aid package for the droughtaffected people of Tharparkar district in Sindh province. Sharif made the announcement during a briefing by the district administration to the prime minister on the situation in Tharparkar, Dawn online reported. Sharif said steps should be taken to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future and wondered if the situation in Tharparkar and Cholistan desert was similar then how come there was no famine in Cholistan. The briefing was also attended by patron-in-chief of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Zardari, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, former provincial chief minister belonging to the district A.G.Rahim, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and several others.

Maldives Parliament protests removal MALE: The sentencing and deposing of Maldives Elections Commissioner Fuad Thaufeeq is unlawful and without any proper procedures, Parliament Speaker Abdullah Shahid and Deputy Speaker Ahmed Nazim said in a joint statement, media reported. The statement was issued on March 10, after the speaker and deputy speaker wrote a letter to President Abdulla Yameen, Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Attorney General Mohamed Anil that the

Supreme Court’s verdict against the elections commissioner was issued unlawfully, Haveeru news online reported. According to the Parliament secretariat, the two had come to the conclusion after reviewing the court’s verdict from a legal perspective. The Supreme Court issued a suspended sixmonth prison sentence to Thaufeeg, and sacked him and his deputy. The prison sentence has been suspended for three years, according to Xinhua.

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he elections in Andhra Pradesh will witness an interesting clash between two popular brothers of Telugu cinema. K. Chiranjeevi, who is leading the poll campaign of the Congress party in Seemandhra or residuary Andhra Pradesh, will come face to face with his younger brother Pawan Kalyan, who floated a new political party on March 14 with a call to bury the Congress in both Seemandhra and Telangana. If Chiranjeevi had formed Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) eight months before 2009 elections, his brother has floated Jana Sena less than two months before simultaneous polls to the assembly and the Lok Sabha. Andhra Pradesh will be formally split into two states in June but the Congress and other parties have already formed separate committees. Though Pawan was not clear whether he and his party will con-

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Kumar Reddy, who quit as chief minister and also resigned from Congress party to protest the state’s bifurcation, last week formed ‘Jai Samaikyandhra’. Though famous as ‘power star’, Pawan is no match to superstar Chiranjeevi in terms of popularity, the question in everybody’s mind is will he succeed where his eldest brother failed.

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Meditation helps cancer patients Quality of sleep is important. A good night’s sleep prevents heart attacks, diabetes as well as road accidents, say doctors SREEPARNA CHAKRABARTY, NEW DELHI


ow you sleep is a major determinant of how well your heart functions. A new study carried out on cardiac patients at the Sir Gangaram Hospital here revealed that around 96 percent of patients who have cardiovascular problems have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, which is clinically called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), is a type of disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. “Lack of sleep is directly related to cardiac diseases,” Sanjay Manchanda, head of Sir Gangaram Hospital’s Department of Sleep Medicine, told IANS. “Quality of sleep is very important. A good night’s sleep prevents heart attacks, diabetes as well as road accidents.” The study, carried out by the hospital in collaboration

with Philips Healthcare, also proves the correlation between lack of sleep and heart ailments. It said that 58 percent of patients of cardiovascular disorders had severe sleep apnea and an estimated 85 percent of them were not aware that sleep apnea and cardiovascular diseases were correlated. Removing some of the myths associated with sleep apnea, the

study further said that there is no correlation between weight and extent of sleep apnea. Even thin patients can develop the disorder. The severity of sleep apnea in cardiac patients was found to increase with age, the study said. Sleep apnea involves cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more during the night due to partial or full collapse of the airway.

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emain alert before telling your neighbor that their kids have grown overweight. They may genuinely feel offended and ask you to shut up as 50 percent of parents can not recognize the problem of overweight in their children, a research shows. “One out of two parents of a child with overweight in Central and Northern Europe perceived

their child’s weight as normal. In Southern Europe, the same figure was 75 percent,” the results showed. Four out of 10 parents of

TORONTO: Daily meditation can help sions and the remaining five adolescents improve mood and sleep in teenagers in the control group were put on a waitsuffering or recuperating from cancer, a list. After the last meditation session, promising research shows. patients from both groups filled out the Mindfulness-based meditation could same questionnaires a second time. lessen some symptoms associated with “We found that teenagers that particicancer in teenagers, according to the pated in the mindfulness group had lower results of a clinical trial intervention led by scores in depression after our eight sesresearchers at University of Montresions. Girls from the mindfulness group reported sleeping betal and its affiliated CHU ter. We also noticed that Sainte-Justine children’s they developed mindfulhospital. The process The ness skills to a focuses on the premindfulnessgreater extent than sent moment and boys during the the connection based sessions,” between the mind interventions for explained Catherand body. teenagers with ine Malboeuf-HurAdolescents living with cancer face tubise from Univercancer appear as not only the physical sity of Montreal. a promising symptoms of their The mindfulnessoption condition but also the based interventions for anxiety and uncertainty teenagers with cancer related to the progression of appear as a promising option the disease and the anticipation of to lighten psychological inconvephysical and emotional pain related to ill- niences of living with cancer, she added. ness and treatment. The researchers asked 13 adolescents with cancer to complete questionnaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep and quality of life. The group was divided in two. The first group of eight adolescents were offered eight mindfulness-based meditation ses-

children with overweight or obesity are even worried that their child will get too thin. “Many parents simply do not see the increase in growth, and are dependent on objective information from, for instance, child welfare centres and school health care to act,” explained Susann Regber from University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The European study comprised a total of 16,220 children in the ages 2-9.

Your week ahead... Aries The secret you have been keeping, or the invisible role you have been playing, was never truly complete. You will be given new information this week. From Friday, however, it is clear you have an epic decision to make.

Taurus Your progress with the group has been fits and starts since February and you have certainly had your patience tested. Despite this you are still ready for the next big wave of change, which makes this week so crucial.

Gemini April will be an exciting and challenging month as your social media, group project or old friendship takes you in a revolutionary new direction. The key is to respect other people’s need for space.

Cancer You also seem desperately tempted by a bold new move which would change your career, university life or nonprofit role. It’s an obvious answer to an awful lot of questions in your life, but you also need to canvass opinion.

Leo What was apparently final with your business, possessions on February will now change as one e-mail or phone call will alter the original story. You will make two of the year’s most important decisions near March 29th.

Virgo You would like to do something with (or about) your former, current or potential partner which can only be described as outrageous. At least, that is the way more conservative people would see it.

(March 17-23) Libra The state of play with your former or potential partner will be obvious after the Sun changes signs on Thursday 20th March and by Sunday 30th March you seem ready for a new beginning.

Scorpio You needed all this time ‘faffing about’ as the British put it so eloquently, to find out who and what matters most. Your children, godchildren or young relatives may be at the heart of this – or perhaps a relationship which brings them closer.

Sagittarius You need to find out what exactly you can get away with in terms of the house, flat, family, household or home town. That has not been possible for weeks, despite the obvious developments.

Capricorn You are the right person, in the right place, at the right time to make a lasting difference to the way things are with the family or your home town. Perhaps there are practical questions about what a house should achieve for you too.

Aquarius You have been speculating pretty publicly about what you plan to do in terms of your money, house, business, possessions or charity. So far others have been nodding, but what you hear or read this week will change the story.

Pisces You are ready to start a business, sell or make another revolutionary move which would permanently affect what you own. Please keep tracking your horoscope, as April requires special tactics. —Jessica Adams




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