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ATIONAL could end up with two Indian
MPs in government if the party win the
September election, according to the 2014 list
released by party leader John Key yesterday.
Manukau East MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is
ranked 32 on the
list and newcomer
Paramjit Parmar,
contesting Mt
Roskill, is ranked
48.
The National
Party list for the
2014 election
brings together
a strong mix of
both experienced
political leaders
and fresh new
talent, says National president Peter Goodfellow.
Our 2014 list shows the beneft of our ongoing
rejuvenation programme. If National was able to
match its election result from 2011, we would
bring in as many as 13 new MPs, alongside 46
returning MPs.
With the depth of talent we have to choose
from, settling on a list that balances new blood
alongside valuable experience was not an easy
task. However, we believe weve struck the right
mix that will allow for renewal and continued
stability in a third term.
A list ranking committee made up of about 30
delegates from around New Zealand gathered in
Wellington yesterday to settle on the List rankings
for the September 20 election.
Mr Goodfellow believes the list underlines
Nationals credentials as a strong economic
manager which is working hard for all New
Zealanders to deliver more jobs, better public
services, and higher wages.
Our list draws on people from all walks of
life, from the social
sector, to medicine,
business, and
agriculture. We
have a good blend
of candidates from
a variety of diverse
backgrounds.
Mr Goodfellow
says that sitting
MPs and Ministers
have been broadly
ranked in their
current order, but
also notes there are a number of electorates with
new candidates who are likely to join #TeamKey
in September.
The Party is in great heart, and I want to thank
all those MPs who are retiring at this election for
their contribution to their country. I also want to
thank their families for the sacrifces so many of
them have made to support a busy MP.
Despite positive polling the National Party
has a huge task ahead to ensure our supporters
get out and vote at this election. An unstable far
left coalition remains a very real risk to New
Zealands positive outlook.
Well be working very hard until polling
day to sell our positive cohesive plan for New
Zealand that builds strongly in what the country
has achieved over the last six years.
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EW Zealand Prime Minister John Key
wont be meeting Fijis military leader
Frank Bainimarama who is week in the country
on his frst visit in eight years.
This will be the frst time that Mr Bainimarama
has set foot in New Zealand after the 2006
takeover and the imposition of travel sanctions
against him and members of his Government
and the military. New Zealand and Australia have
lifted travel sanctions because Fiji is set to return
to democratic elections next month.
Meetings have been organised in Auckland
where he is expected to correct misinformation
spread by his opponents, Mr Bainimarama said in
Suva. He returns to Fiji on Monday.
Asked about
the visit, Mr
Key said he was
expecting Mr
Bainimarama to
come but had no
plans to see him.
I wont be
meeting him. My
understanding is
that hes here for
a couple of days
... before going to Australia, he told reporters in
Auckland.
Were comfortable with him coming.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
said Mr Bainimaramas visit wasnt an offcial
one and there would be no offcial meetings or
engagement with the New Zealand government.
Fijis military regime is following through with
long-promised elections to be held on September
17, just three days before New Zealanders head
to the polls.
It comes fve years after the country was
suspended from the Commonwealth for failing to
meet an earlier deadline to return the country to
democracy.
Mr Bainimarama will be following other
Fijian party leaders in coming to Auckland to
campaign with the Fijian population. Details of
his movements are being closely guarded but
hes believed to be planning meetings in south
Auckland.
New Zealand is supporting the election
by supplying $1.5 million in IT and Hansard
equipment as part of a United Nations
Development Programme-led project.
Mr McCully says he is encouraged by the
progress being made in Fijis return to democracy.
New Zealand will continue to provide support
for the elections process and we look forward to
engaging offcially with the government that is
elected by the people of Fiji, he said.
Mr Bainimarama also announced in Suva
that plans had been fnalised for the creation of
a National Digital Television Platform that will
greatly improve the picture and sound quality of
TV programmes and expand the coverage of all
broadcast television channels.
The new platform will initially extend the
coverage of all broadcast channels to 94 per cent
of the population, marking a drastic improvement
over the current levels of coverage, he said.
Bainimarama drives election campaign in NZ
P
olitical strife, confict between nations, and
escalating violence have prompted leaders of
different faiths to hold talks in New Zealand in
their search for world peace.
In Auckland, Social Peace and Religion is the
theme of peace conference to be held later this
month, organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community New Zealand (AMCNZ).
And in the Hamilton, the Waikato Interfaith
Council, comprising members from all major
religions, expresses its deep concern for the many
human tragedies associated with such conficts.
The heads of religious communities and
political leaders across the country will be
congregating in Auckland on August 23 to
consider what role religion could play in todays
world and whether religion continued to be a
force for good.
The purpose of the symposium is to encourage
healthy discussion between religions on a chosen
topic, AMCNZ national president Mohammed
Iqbal said.
Today we live in a world full of strife, where
warfare and confict are commonplace, where
economies have faltered under the weight of
inequality and political systems have ruptured by
the force of their corruption, where the most basic
of rights purported to be for the many are usurped
by the few, where world leaders are fnding
themselves increasingly powerless in offering
lasting solutions to global problems.
For every level of human existence be it
individual, communal, national or international,
it is acutely obvious that our modern world is
devoid of social peace and harmony, Mr Iqbal
said.
It is time that each of the major faiths ponder
over these issues, consider what is the true
purpose of religion and fnd a common answer to
todays issues.
The event is inclusive of all faiths calling
on Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and
Buddhist beliefs for enlightenment and religious
harmony and is set to be held on Saturday, August
23, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall from at
10.30 am.
The event is open to the public with
refreshments and lunch provided by the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC).
The AMC was founded in 1889 by Hadhrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab,
India, and it spans over 204 countries with
membership exceeding tens of millions.
The New Zealand branch of this community
was established in 1987 and has just over 400
members. It is a registered charitable organisation
and endeavours to be an active and integrated
community within New Zealand society.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community began
this conference in New Zealand eight years
ago to help breed mutual understanding within
communities and to encourage the message of
peace.
l Hamilton peace gathering, see page 7
Communities unite in search for world peace
Arvind Kumar
Arvind Kumar
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NEW ZEALAND
Swati Sharma: How do you feel about being
selected as NZ First Partys Candidate? Which
constituency are you competing from?
Mahesh Bindra: It is clearly a matter of
honour to be selected as a candidate for New
Zealand First but that honour comes with a huge
responsibility and high expectations, both from
the party and our people. We will be campaigning
for Party Vote for New Zealand First from Mount
Roskill Electorate which has a large population of
New Zealanders of Indian origin.
SS: How long have you been with the party?
MB: I have been a member of the party since
2006 and have been actively involved since then.
I have participated in all Annual Conventions of
the party and have been a Foot Soldier even
during the period 2008-2011 when we were not
in Parliament.
SS: Tell us something about your family and
your profession. Where are you from, who are
there in your family, what made you come into
politics?
MB: I have a son and twin daughters. My son
lives in Hong Kong. One of my daughters lives
in Paris and the other one lives in Auckland. They
have all done well in their respective professions
and given me reasons to be proud of them.
I was born and raised in Mumbai, went to
Mumbai University and got a degree in Political
Science and Psychology. While doing so I also
trained for a commission in the Indian Army, with
the National Cadet Corps.
I come from a politically active family. My
father was a senior functionary of Jana Sangh,
which later formed todays Bhartiya Janata Party
(BJP). My association with the Sangh Parivar
goes back to the days when I became a Swayam
Sevak of Rashtriya Swayam- Sevak Sangh
(RSS) at the age of 14.
In 2006 I came in contact with the Rt. Hon
Winston Peters and studied the policies and
principles of New Zealand First. In those days
there was a lot of mistrust and scepticism in the
Indian community with regards to New Zealand
First in general and Mr Peters in particular. I
questioned Mr. Peters a few times in public
meetings and always got straight- forward
answers from him. I must admit I was deeply
impressed by his passion for New Zealand and
New Zealanders, his courage to say things as they
are and his unmatched oratory skills.
SS: If won in elections, what would be your
main focus? What do you expect to do for the
Indian Community in New Zealand?
MB: When New Zealand First returns to the
Parliament in bigger numbers, we will continue to
hold the government of the day accountable.
The problems faced by the Indian community
are the same as other New Zealanders. All that an
ordinary family asks for is:
Good Jobs. Affordable Housing, Quality
Education, Quality Health Care , Public
Safety/law and Order.
New Zealand First have robust, common-
sense policies in all the above areas and more!
We believe that New Zealand is for New
Zealanders and every person who is in New
Zealand legally is a New Zealander whether they
landed yesterday or a thousand years ago. We
believe our policies are for ALL New Zealanders
regardless of their race, religion, age, gender or
socio-economic status.
Our policies are for ALL New Zealanders:
Mahesh Bindra
As general elections are approaching fast we are trying to make sure that you get to know more
about the politicians you are going to choose. Hence, in continuation to our segment Know your
Candidate, this week be bring you Mahesh Bindra of NZ First Party, in an exclusive interview with
Indian weekenders Swati Sharma.
My association with the Sangh
Parivar goes back to the days
when I became a Swayam Sevak
of Rashtriya Swayam- Sevak Sangh
(RSS) at the age of 14.
S
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Charity in the highly competitive and
respected Readers Digest Most Trusted Brands
Awards.
In a double endorsement, paramedics also
came second in the Most Trusted Professions
category of the annual awards, judged by New
Zealanders.
We are very humbled to receive such
strong recognition of the vital emergency and
community work our people perform by the
very public we serve, says Peter Bradley, St
John Chief Executive.
Not only do Kiwis place a high value on
how we care for them in the community but
they trust St John to use public contributions
wisely to help treat and beneft them - a trust we
never take for granted.
St John provides emergency ambulance
services to 90% of the country and is the largest
primary healthcare provider in New Zealand.
It helps build resilient communities and
supports people living independently for
longer with services like Caring Caller, Health
Shuttles, monitored medical alarms, frst aid
training and an extensive youth programme.
Our ambulance offcers treat and transport
more than 415,000 patients a year and are in the
unique position of going into peoples homes
and places of work to help them at times of
great need so to have earned the publics trust
and confdence in how we operate is fantastic,
says Mr Bradley.
St John, New
Zealands most
trusted charity
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NEW ZEALAND
It will be better under Labour: Cunliffe
New Zealand economy in indisputably
tidy shape : INZBC
H
on Bill Englishs message that the
government has managed to guide the
country through global nancial and major
local natural disasters in the last six years and
the economy is in tidy shape at the end of that
period needs to be applauded.
While the Family Budget
did not come as a surprise to
many, economic growth is
forecast to peak at a robust
4 percent in the year to June
2014, unemployment is
forecast to fall to 4.4 percent
by 2018 with very high rates
of labour force participation by international
standards, ination remains under control, and
government debt falls below 20 percent by the
end of the decade.
Comparing the budget with other developed
world economies, and particularly our
neighbours Australia, this budget shows the
New Zealand economy in indisputably tidy
shape. This may be one of the reasons why the
net immigration ow is very high by historic
standards where by
more Kiwis are staying
aground rather than
moving across the
ditch to not so greener
pastures now. This may
be the reason why the
government has focused
on the domestic growth.
The strong Kiwi dollar has certainly not
helped the exporters, it is also fair to say that
this is the reason for the export receipts which
are in negative in the budget forecast and a
minimal surplus has also not helped the cause.

INZBC Press Release
16 May 2014
For Immediate Release
New Zealand economy in indisputably tidy shape

Hon Bill English's message that the government has managed to guide
the country through global financial and major local natural disasters in
the last six years and the economy is in tidy shape at the end of that
period needs to be applauded.

While the Family Budget did not come as a surprise to many, economic
growth is forecast to peak at a robust 4 percent in the year to June 2014,
unemployment is forecast to fall to 4.4 percent by 2018 with very high
rates of labour force participation by international standards, inflation
remains under control, and government debt falls below 20 percent by the
end of the decade.

Comparing the budget with other developed world economies, and
particularly our neighbours Australia, this budget shows the New Zealand
economy in indisputably tidy shape. This may be one of the reasons why
the net immigration flow is very high by historic standards where by more
Kiwis are staying aground rather than moving across the ditch to not so
greener pastures now. This may be the reason why the government has
focused on the domestic growth.

The strong Kiwi dollar has certainly not helped the exporters, it is also
fair to say that this is the reason for the export receipts which are in
negative in the budget forecast and a minimal surplus has also not
helped the cause.

-ENDS-


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- David Cunliffe
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NEW ZEALAND
It will be better under Labour: Cunliffe
New Zealand economy in indisputably
tidy shape : INZBC
H
on Bill Englishs message that the
government has managed to guide the
country through global nancial and major
local natural disasters in the last six years and
the economy is in tidy shape at the end of that
period needs to be applauded.
While the Family Budget
did not come as a surprise to
many, economic growth is
forecast to peak at a robust
4 percent in the year to June
2014, unemployment is
forecast to fall to 4.4 percent
by 2018 with very high rates
of labour force participation by international
standards, ination remains under control, and
government debt falls below 20 percent by the
end of the decade.
Comparing the budget with other developed
world economies, and particularly our
neighbours Australia, this budget shows the
New Zealand economy in indisputably tidy
shape. This may be one of the reasons why the
net immigration ow is very high by historic
standards where by
more Kiwis are staying
aground rather than
moving across the
ditch to not so greener
pastures now. This may
be the reason why the
government has focused
on the domestic growth.
The strong Kiwi dollar has certainly not
helped the exporters, it is also fair to say that
this is the reason for the export receipts which
are in negative in the budget forecast and a
minimal surplus has also not helped the cause.

INZBC Press Release
16 May 2014
For Immediate Release
New Zealand economy in indisputably tidy shape

Hon Bill English's message that the government has managed to guide
the country through global financial and major local natural disasters in
the last six years and the economy is in tidy shape at the end of that
period needs to be applauded.

While the Family Budget did not come as a surprise to many, economic
growth is forecast to peak at a robust 4 percent in the year to June 2014,
unemployment is forecast to fall to 4.4 percent by 2018 with very high
rates of labour force participation by international standards, inflation
remains under control, and government debt falls below 20 percent by the
end of the decade.

Comparing the budget with other developed world economies, and
particularly our neighbours Australia, this budget shows the New Zealand
economy in indisputably tidy shape. This may be one of the reasons why
the net immigration flow is very high by historic standards where by more
Kiwis are staying aground rather than moving across the ditch to not so
greener pastures now. This may be the reason why the government has
focused on the domestic growth.

The strong Kiwi dollar has certainly not helped the exporters, it is also
fair to say that this is the reason for the export receipts which are in
negative in the budget forecast and a minimal surplus has also not
helped the cause.

-ENDS-


About INZBC:
Since 1988, the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) has promoted and encouraged trade in
goods and services, investment, scientific, technical and economic cooperation between India and New
Zealand. INZBC is a member-based independent organisation, not-for-profit incorporated society, which
exists for three purposes:
To lobby and inform government on trade-related matters
To disseminate information and know-how on doing business between the two countries
To facilitate business development on behalf of members through leveraging networks


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people matter most and every
Kiwi has the opportunities
they need to do their best.
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Kiwi-Indians rally to voice
concerns against crime
A
rally was organised to voice concerns about
Law and Order and safety of community
people in the country. Victims told their stories and
shared their feelings about unsafe environment. All
present demanded that the Legislature, Judiciary
and the Executive governance of NZ; understand
the ground reality and adapt accordingly.
All present reiterated that the rally was not
against Police inaction - Nor is it for or
against any political party. All people wanted
is to lobby for harsher penalties for crime and that
the offender should be scared of the consequences.
Amongst those that were present were the
executive of Manukau Indian Association,
Secretary Ram Lingam, Media Analyst Roy
Kaunds, and community leaders Prithipal Singh,
Rishan Naurhia, Balubhai Mistry, Mhanbhai
Daya, Narender Singla and about a hundred
representatives of various associations and groups.
The gathering included a strong contingent from
Hamilton.
www.iwk.co.nz
8 August 2014
6
NEW ZEALAND
S
atinder Sartaj does not require any
introduction. This young Suf singer has
earned glory through his quality singing. He
has been preserving Punjabi culture through his
singing. Well, this multitalented personality is far
more than just a singer- a poet, song-writer, music
composer, ex-lecturer and now an actor.
He is one of the singers, who are known for
their cultural, clean and quality music. His music
night last weekend flled the Vodafone events
centre, Auckland with divine waves. The full-
packed show was evidence of Sartajs popularity
and craze among not only Punjabi but other
Indian people also.
He is now moving to the big screen, with a
flm on a historical topic. This flm named The
Black Prince will be based on the story of last
king of Punjab, Maharaja Duleep Singh, son of
Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Brillstein Entertainment
Partners executive Jai Khanna will co-produce
the flm which has been written and to be directed
by Los Angeles (USA) based Indian flmmaker
Kavi Raz.
This flm will be made in English and Hindi.
90% of the flm will be shot in UK and some of
some parts in India.
We got a chance to have an exclusive
interview with Satinder Sartaj, in which he talked
about his passion about music, start of his career,
his upcoming movie, his dreams, inspiration and
lot more. We have brought out the best of it for
you here.
Swati Sharma: So can we say that Satinder
Sartaj is now all set for big screen? Would you
like to do Punjabi movies in future as well?
Satinder Sartaj: No way! I never wanted to do
flms. Its just the topic of the flm that made me do
this flm. I liked the story and concept of the flm
and I could not deny doing it. I am not interested
in doing Punjabi or Hindi or any movies.
Swati: Then why did you choose this movie?
Sartaj: I have always felt that this is the part
of the Punjab history which has remained hidden
and I believe that it should be told. People have
earlier tried to present this story through plays and
acts. But no feature flm has been made yet on this
topic. Moreover, a flm on this topic needed a big
budget, so one tried to take an initiative. Now that
Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing
this flm, I think its the time we bring it on.
Swati: How did you start your career- as a
singer, poet or composer?
Sartaj: I started my career as a singer. Initially
I used to sing in front of friends and family. They
encouraged me to do music shows. I started
doing small scale music shows and then slowly
and steadily, I got immense love of people from
around the world which made me what
I am today.
Swati: I have always seen artists
running away from education but
you have completed your M. Phil
and then Ph.D. in Suf singing. You
have also done a Diploma in Persian
language. How come you are so fond
of education?
Sartaj: I have always loved education. Even I
always wanted to be a professor not singer. I have
been senior music lecturer in Panjab University,
Chandigarh from 2003-2009. I, just by chance,
got to be a singer.
Swati: Have you ever came across an
incident during your music events that touched
your heart?
Sartaj: I was doing a stage show in Greece,
when a physically disabled man came to me.
He was a Pakistani and had come from a place
800km away from the venue of the show, just to
give me a Salwaar-Kameez (a type of Punjabi
attire). I was deeply touched by his love for me. I
can never forget that moment.
Swati: Sometimes, people compare you with
the legendry Gurdas Mann or see you just next
to him. How do you feel about that?
Sartaj: Maan Saab is truly a legend. I never
compare myself with him. We, as a singer try
to follow his steps. He has given Punjabi music
industry new dimensions. He has already built a
path for us. His contribution to the music industry
is very big and commendable. He is not only
popular in Punjabi industry but also in Bollywood
and all over the world.
Swati: Who has
been your inspiration
in singing or whom
do you follow?
Sartaj: Nusrat
Fateh Ali Khan
Saab has been my
inspiration from very
young age. I have
always tried to sing
like him and thought it
would be greatiIf I could sing even a bit like him.
Swati: Tell us something about your new
music album Rangrez. Which is your favourite
number from this one?
Sartaj: This album has different types of
songs. It has suf, cultural, social all genres songs.
People are giving immense love to this album as
well. My favourite from this one is Jalsa.
The concert was arguably one of the most
successful Punjabi events in New Zealand. The
young promoter Navjot Singhs efforts were
clearly visible as the auditorium was full to its
capacity and people could not stop their feet from
tapping the dance foor.
I got to be a singer, by chance: Satinder Sartaj
Swati Sharma
U
rdu Hindi Cultural Association of
Newzealand (UHCANZ) organized the
launching ceremony of Undroone shimal ka
tung raasta, an Urdu translation of Oku No Hoso
michi (The narrow road to deep north), The world
famous travelogue of greatest Japanese poet of
Haiku Matsu o Basho.
The ceremony was presided by Honurable
Kanwal Jeet Singh Bakhshi Member parliment
of NewZealand. Mr.Nafees Akhtar the Presedent
of UHCANZ opened the frst session with the
introduction of Prof.Mohammad Rais Alvi.
He paid tribute to his tremendous work of this
translation from Japanese to Urdu which is the
frst ever translation in any south Asian language.
Syed Mujeeb the secretary General of association
discussed the importance of the translation of
Japanese classics into Urdu language. He also
praised the hard and diffcult job of translation
done by Prof.Rais Alvi.
MS.Priyanca Radha krishanan (Listed Member
of Parliament),DR.Parmjeet Pramar, Christopher
pen spoke on the promotion of language and
culture of the immigrants. They appreciated the
massive work of translation of Prof. Rais Alvi and
expressed their support and unity with UHCANZ.
The author
of the book
Prof. M. Rais
Alvi thanked
the Urdu
Hindi Cultural
Association of
New Zealand
and the elite
presence of the
writers, politicians and intellectuals of Auckland
present on the occasion. He pointed out towards
the common elements of the literatures and
values of various languages and societies of Asia
including Urdu, Hindi, Japanese and Chinese. He
also spoke about the life and style of Matsu Basho
and popularity of haiku as the poetry of nature.
Prof. Rais Alvi disclosed that his translation of the
book is also in progress to be published in Hindi.
Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi from National
unfolded the book as a symbol of its launching and
inauguration. As a chief guest of the event, spoke
on the continuity and preservation of languages
and cultures and their identity. He applauded the
work of Urdu Hindi Cultural association and
promised to continue his support to transfer the
heritage of Indo Pak languages and culture to
the next generation. Mr. Bakshi highlighted the
importance of Udru translations of the Japanese
classic by Prof. Rais Alvi and announced to
hold its launching ceremony of Hindi version in
Auckland in future.
In the end, on behalf of the association the
vice president, Ms Roopa Sachdev thanked the
dignitaries and the audience for making this event
successful.
Undroone shimal ka tung raasta, a travelogue in Urdu, launched
www.iwk.co.nz
8 August 2014
7
NEW ZEALAND
SUPERETTE SPACIOUS AND WELL PRESENTED
WEEKLY SALES $12,000 APPROX ASKING $200,000 +
STOCK REF 43960(SOLD)
DAIRY SUPERETTE AND FREEHOLD WITH 3 BEDROOM
HOUSE IN THE CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND WEEKLY
SALES $11,500 APPROX ASKING $265,000 (DAIRY &
FREEHOLD) + STOCK REF 44173 (SOLD)
SUPERETTE IN NORTH SHORE WEEKLY SALES $8,000
APPROX ASKING $69,000 + STOCK REF 44131 (SOLD)
LICENSED RESTAURANT IN EAST AUCKLAND
ASKING $59,000 + STOCK REF 44158 (SOLD)
FRANCHISE COLUMBUS COFFEE WEEKLY SALES $10,000
APPRO $225,000 + STOCK REF 44154 (SOLD)
LUNCHBAR IN PAPPATOETOE
ASKING $35,000 + STOCK REF 44314 (SOLD)
FRUIT & VEGE IN GREY LYNN
ASKING $59,000 + STOCK REF 44261 (SOLD)

SUPERETTE WITH 3 BEDROOM ACCOMODATION
WEEKLY SALES $7000 APPROX
ASKING $70,000 + STOCK REF 43968 (SOLD)

DAIRY IN ONEHUNGA
ASKING $25,000 + STOCK REF 44275 (SOLD
LICENSED RESTAURANT IN MT ROSKILL
ASKING $49,000 + STOCK REF 44345 (SOLD)
LICENSED RESTAURANT IN MT EDEN WEEKLY SALES
$7,000 APPROX ASKING $130,000 + STOCK REF 44182
(UNDER CONTRACT)
LICENSED RESTAURANT IN CITY FRINGE WEEKLY SALES
$9000 APPROX ASKING $169,000 + STOCK REF 44410
SUPERETTE IN NORTH SHORE WEEKLY SALES $10,000
APPROX ASKING $69,000 + STOCK REF 44365
SUPERETTE IN WEST HARBOUR WEEKLY SALES
$4000 APPROX ASKING $25,000 + STOCK REF 44426
(UNDER CONTRACT)

SPICE & GROCERY STORE IN WEST AUCKLAND WEEKLY
SALES $10,000 APPROX
ASKING $50,000 + STOCK REF 44332
RETAIL AND $2 DOLLAR VARIETY STORE WEEKLY SALES
$7061 ASKING $149,000 + STOCK REF 44395

SUPERETTE WITH LOTTO AND ACCOMODATION ON A
BUSY MAIN ROAD WEEKLY SALES $16,000 APPROX
ASKING $19,9999 + STOCK REF 44081
SUPRETTE IN SOUTH WAIKATO WEEKLY SALES $22,000
ASKING $ 349,000 + STOCK REF 44327
(FREEHOLD OPTION AVAILABLE)
DAIRY IN SOUTH ISLAND WEEKLY SALES $12,000
APPROX ASKING $150,000 + STOCK REF 43900
(FREEHOLD OPTION AVAILABLE)
DAIRY WITH ACCOMODATION IN WAIKATO REGION
WEEKLY SALES $16,500 APPROX
ASKING $189,000 + STOCK REF 44210
FOUR SQUARE IN WAIKATO WITH 3 BEDROOM
ACCOMODATION WEEKLY SALES $40,000 APPROX,
ASKING $730,000 + STOCK REF 44262
FRUIT AND VEGE IN WEST AUCKLAND WEEKLY SALES
$45,000 APPROX ASKING $320,000 + STOCK
FRUIT AND VEGE SHOP IN WEST AUCKLAND
WEEKLY SALES $30,000 APPROX
ASKING $320,000 + STOCK REF 44222
HABITUAL FIX FRANCHISE
ASKING $165,000 + STOCK REF 44398
WENDYS SUPER SUNDAE
ASKING $180,000 + STOCK REF 44405
GENGYS KHAN WEEKLY SALES $12,000 APPROX
ASKING $250,000 + STOCK REF 44339
LAUNDROMAT FOR SALE
ASKING $250,000 + STOCK REF 44368
ASKING $135,000 + STOCK REF 44374
ASKING $255,000 + STOCK REF 44375
P
reparations for the second Maori
delegation to India are underway. As part
of the trip, the Maori delegation will attend the
Fifth International Conference and Gathering
of Elders to be held from 31st January to 5th
February 2015, in Mysore, Karnataka, India.
The conference is organised by the
International Centre for Cultural Studies, in
collaboration with World Congress of Ethnic
Religions, once in three years. The previous
conferences were held at Mumbai (2003),
Jaipur (2006), Nagpur (2009), and Haridwar
(2012) in India.
Like the past four events, the ffth conference
will bring together the leaders and scholars of
100+ living ancient cultures.
This is one of the internationally reputed
socio-cultural gatherings, said Prof Guna
Magesan, coordinator of the Maori delegation
to India, and also a volunteer for the conference.
The theme of the ffth conference is
Universal Wellbeing: Sustaining Nature,
Culture and Communities.
The conference will deliberate on how
to leverage the current globalization trend
for realizing universal wellbeing through
sustaining nature, culture and communities.
Technology and leadership characteristics
will be important tools for ancient cultures to
prosper within and contribute to the society
around their communities.
Throughout the conference, various
ceremonies of world culture will be performed.
Workshops will be held to strengthen skills of
the participants. Invited guests will be present
their traditions and respective key concepts
related to universal wellbeing, Prof Yashwant
Pathak, key organiser of the conference.
The conferences have served the purpose of
bringing together members of diverse traditions
and cultures across the globe with a common
thread best described by the Mitakuye Oyasin
We are all related.
Prof Pathak said that the organisers are keen
to welcome Maori Elders from New Zealand,
because the Maori community, in spite of many
adversities, is socially, culturally and politically
active; and at the world stage, Maori community
is a role model for other ancient cultures that
have struggled to maintain their identity.
In addition to the international conference,
the delegation will also attend two business
meetings in New Delhi and Bangalore to be
organised by the World Hindu Economic Forum.
The delegates will also visit places of tourist
interest in New Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
In Karnataka, they will also visit places of such
as Hampi, the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of
the greatest Hindu empires in Indias history. It
has some extremely captivating ruins. The ruins,
which date back to the 14th century, stretch
for just over 25 kilometers and comprise more
than 500 monuments. The ruins are a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
The Maori delegation is made up of people
from all walks of life academics, kaumatuas,
artists, business leaders, etc. A number of Maori
Indian community has also shown interest in
being part of the delegation.
For further information regarding
conference, please visit website of ICCS www.
iccsus.org
Second Maori delegation prepares
for trip to India
P
eople everywhere are today deeply
concerned about the escalation of violence
and war that has so much of the world in its
grip. The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO)/
Te Tiaho Uenuku, comprising members from
all major religions, expresses its deep concern
for the many human tragedies associated with
such conficts.
WIFCO is greatly concerned by the recent
escalations of violence and warfare between
Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, the internal
confict in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing
civil wars in Syria and Iraq. Likewise WIFCO
is concerned also for Afghanistan, Somalia,
Nigeria, Sudan, Central African Republic and
many others.
All such conficts create human misery
to civilians and combatants alike. In all
cases, whatever the legitimacy of underlying
grievances, it is the innocent who bear the brunt.
In all cases it is strident claims to exclusive
priority and the rejection of the rights of others
which drives the proponents of violence and
compromises the path of compassion and
peaceful forbearance. Widespread suffering is
the assured result.
In the face of unrelenting hostility and
aggression, the way of violent reaction may
appeal as strategically valid. Yet violence will
forever breed violence. It takes strong and
determined leadership to resist the way of
violence and promote the creation of just and
fair societies.
The Waikato Interfaith Council/Te Tiaho
Uenuku urges all leaders in these zones of
confict to pursue the greater cause of peace by
taking alternative non-violent options towards
resolving the underlying grievances. WIFCO
hopes that mutual harmony and goodwill
replaces mutual hatred and misery.
New Zealand can show the world a way of
peaceful communal life by encouraging each
other to fully embrace the diversity found in
our own communities. People need to reach out
to their neighbours and to engage in peaceful
dialogue with those they consider other. New
Zealand can give a lead by example as well as
through international political engagement to
help bring about peaceful resolutions to these
troubled areas.
Together with people of goodwill from
around the world, WIFCO calls for the cessation
of military actions in favour of peacefully
negotiated resolutions.
Interfaith Celebration commemorating
Hamiltons 150th Anniversary
Journey Together: History, Music, Culture
Date: Sunday 17th August
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: LDS Chapel, 5 Higgins Rd, Hamilton
All are invited to attend an interfaith event
combining history, music and culture in which
representatives from many of Hamiltons main
faith groups (Anglican Diocese of Hamilton,
Bah Community, Catholic Diocese of
Hamilton, Waikato Buddhist Compassion
Meditation Centre, Tongan Methodist Church,
Waikato Muslim Association and the Waikato
Jewish Association) will each speak about
contributions their respective communities
have made to Hamilton. Mayor Julie Hardaker
will be the special guest.
Waikato religious leaders
call for world peace
www.iwk.co.nz
8 August 2014
8
NEW ZEALAND
Francis Lai
Chartered Surveyor
Licensed REAA 2008
021 309 708
Licensed under the REAA 2008
www.jameslaw.co.nz
Reinka Ratti
Real Estate Specialist
Licensed REAA 2008
021 212 0315
P: 09 973 5971 l E: francis@jameslaw.co.nz P: 09 973 5971 l E: reinka@jameslaw.co.nz
Established restaurant and
takeaway on a busy road
with road frontage. Popular
for its charcoal chicken and
shisha. Turnover is in the
$40,000 per month mark and
this increases in the summer
months. This restaurant
can also cater for functions.
The opening hours are 12pm till 11.30pm. The
outgoings is approximately $ 5,500 per month and
the business has a long lease term.
Do not hesitate! Give Reinka Ratti a call at 021 212 0315 for further details.
(Photo is indicative only)
RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY
IN TI RAKAU
Asking $300,000
BUSINESS FOR SALE
AROUND THE CITY




Restaurant & Takeaway in Ti Rakau
Established restaurant and takeaway on a busy
road with road frontage. Popular for its
charcoal chicken and shisha. Turnover is in the
$40,000 per month mark and this increases in
the summer months. This restaurant can also
cater for functions. The opening hours are
12pm till 11.30pm. The outgoings is
approximately $ 5,500 per month and the
business has a long lease term.
Asking price $320,000


Business for sale around the city

Birkenhead, Dairy $ 250,000
City Viaduct, Printing $ 50,000
Dominion Road, Lotto $ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf $ 350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar $ 115,000
Henderson, Caf $ 75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers $ 90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy $ 225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway $ 115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar $ 50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables $ 150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway $ 38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar $ 65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant $ 70,000
Queen Street, Food Court $ 25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar $ 118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ $ 245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant $ 320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch Bar $ 90,000



Retail Shops returning $43,000 per annum

Safe and Ideal Investment with two retail shops
in one freehold strata title. Tenants have
established businesses and the leases are
favorable to the landlord.
Location is excellent in a top affluent suburb of
Auckland.

Property Investments for sale around the
city

Albert Street, City new apartments $496,000
Botany Junction, Retail Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura apartment with car parks, 61 m2
$358,000
Flat Bush, The Reserve new homes
From $ 650,000
Hobson St, Imperial Gardens with car parks,
64 m2 $429,000
Meadowbank, Retail Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City, retail investment
$350,000
West Coast Road, Retail Shop $398,000
Birkenhead, Dairy $250,000
City Viaduct, Printing
$30,000+GST
Dominion Road, Lotto
$ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf
$350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar
$115,000
Henderson, Caf $75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers
$90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy
$225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway
$115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar
$50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables
$150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway
$38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar
$65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant
$70,000
Queen Street, Food Court
$25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar
$118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ
$245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant
$320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch
Bar $90,000
Francis Lai
Chartered Surveyor
Licensed REAA 2008
021 309 708
Licensed under the REAA 2008
www.jameslaw.co.nz
Reinka Ratti
Real Estate Specialist
Licensed REAA 2008
021 212 0315
P: 09 973 5971 l E: francis@jameslaw.co.nz P: 09 973 5971 l E: reinka@jameslaw.co.nz
Safe and Ideal
Investment with
two retail shops
in one freehold
strata title. Tenants
have established
businesses and
the leases are favorable to the landlord.
Location is excellent in a top affuent suburb
of Auckland.
Do not hesitate! Give Reinka Ratti a call at 021 212 0315 for further details.
(Photo is indicative only)
RETAIL SHOPS RETURNING
$43,000 PER ANNUM
ASKING PRICE $560,000
PROPERTY INVESTMENTS
FOR SALE AROUND THE CITY
Albert Street, City
new apartments
$496,000
Botany Junction, Retail
Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura
apartment with car
parks, 61 m2 $358,000
Flat Bush, The Reserve
new homes
From $ 650,000
Hobson St, Imperial
Gardens with car parks,
64 m2 $429,000
Meadowbank, Retail
Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new
apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City,
retail investment
$350,000
West Coast Road,
Retail Shop $398,000




Restaurant & Takeaway in Ti Rakau
Established restaurant and takeaway on a busy
road with road frontage. Popular for its
charcoal chicken and shisha. Turnover is in the
$40,000 per month mark and this increases in
the summer months. This restaurant can also
cater for functions. The opening hours are
12pm till 11.30pm. The outgoings is
approximately $ 5,500 per month and the
business has a long lease term.
Asking price $320,000


Business for sale around the city

Birkenhead, Dairy $ 250,000
City Viaduct, Printing $ 50,000
Dominion Road, Lotto $ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf $ 350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar $ 115,000
Henderson, Caf $ 75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers $ 90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy $ 225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway $ 115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar $ 50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables $ 150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway $ 38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar $ 65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant $ 70,000
Queen Street, Food Court $ 25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar $ 118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ $ 245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant $ 320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch Bar $ 90,000



Retail Shops returning $43,000 per annum

Safe and Ideal Investment with two retail shops
in one freehold strata title. Tenants have
established businesses and the leases are
favorable to the landlord.
Location is excellent in a top affluent suburb of
Auckland.

Property Investments for sale around the
city

Albert Street, City new apartments $496,000
Botany Junction, Retail Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura apartment with car parks, 61 m2
$358,000
Flat Bush, The Reserve new homes
From $ 650,000
Hobson St, Imperial Gardens with car parks,
64 m2 $429,000
Meadowbank, Retail Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City, retail investment
$350,000
West Coast Road, Retail Shop $398,000
Francis Lai
Chartered Surveyor
Licensed REAA 2008
021 309 708
Licensed under the REAA 2008
www.jameslaw.co.nz
Reinka Ratti
Real Estate Specialist
Licensed REAA 2008
021 212 0315
P: 09 973 5971 l E: francis@jameslaw.co.nz P: 09 973 5971 l E: reinka@jameslaw.co.nz
Established restaurant and
takeaway on a busy road
with road frontage. Popular
for its charcoal chicken and
shisha. Turnover is in the
$40,000 per month mark and
this increases in the summer
months. This restaurant
can also cater for functions.
The opening hours are 12pm till 11.30pm. The
outgoings is approximately $ 5,500 per month and
the business has a long lease term.
Do not hesitate! Give Reinka Ratti a call at 021 212 0315 for further details.
(Photo is indicative only)
RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY
IN TI RAKAU
Asking $300,000
BUSINESS FOR SALE
AROUND THE CITY




Restaurant & Takeaway in Ti Rakau
Established restaurant and takeaway on a busy
road with road frontage. Popular for its
charcoal chicken and shisha. Turnover is in the
$40,000 per month mark and this increases in
the summer months. This restaurant can also
cater for functions. The opening hours are
12pm till 11.30pm. The outgoings is
approximately $ 5,500 per month and the
business has a long lease term.
Asking price $320,000


Business for sale around the city

Birkenhead, Dairy $ 250,000
City Viaduct, Printing $ 50,000
Dominion Road, Lotto $ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf $ 350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar $ 115,000
Henderson, Caf $ 75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers $ 90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy $ 225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway $ 115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar $ 50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables $ 150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway $ 38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar $ 65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant $ 70,000
Queen Street, Food Court $ 25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar $ 118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ $ 245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant $ 320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch Bar $ 90,000



Retail Shops returning $43,000 per annum

Safe and Ideal Investment with two retail shops
in one freehold strata title. Tenants have
established businesses and the leases are
favorable to the landlord.
Location is excellent in a top affluent suburb of
Auckland.

Property Investments for sale around the
city

Albert Street, City new apartments $496,000
Botany Junction, Retail Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura apartment with car parks, 61 m2
$358,000
Flat Bush, The Reserve new homes
From $ 650,000
Hobson St, Imperial Gardens with car parks,
64 m2 $429,000
Meadowbank, Retail Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City, retail investment
$350,000
West Coast Road, Retail Shop $398,000
Birkenhead, Dairy $250,000
City Viaduct, Printing
$30,000+GST
Dominion Road, Lotto
$ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf
$350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar
$115,000
Henderson, Caf $75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers
$90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy
$225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway
$115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar
$50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables
$150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway
$38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar
$65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant
$70,000
Queen Street, Food Court
$25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar
$118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ
$245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant
$320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch
Bar $90,000
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ASKING PRICE $560,000
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Albert Street, City
new apartments
$496,000
Botany Junction, Retail
Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura
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Flat Bush, The Reserve
new homes
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Gardens with car parks,
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Meadowbank, Retail
Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new
apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City,
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$350,000
West Coast Road,
Retail Shop $398,000




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Asking price $320,000


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Birkenhead, Dairy $ 250,000
City Viaduct, Printing $ 50,000
Dominion Road, Lotto $ 260,000
Ellerslie, establish caf $ 350,000
Harris Rd, Lunch Bar $ 115,000
Henderson, Caf $ 75,000
Hillsborough, Flowers $ 90,000
Khyber Pass, Dairy $ 225,000
Mt Roskill, Takeaway $ 115,000
Newmarket, Nails Bar $ 50,000
Newmarket, Pool Tables $ 150,000
Pakuranga, Takeaway $ 38,000
Papatoetoe, Lunch Bar $ 65,000
Ponsonby, Restaurant $ 70,000
Queen Street, Food Court $ 25,000
Queen Street, Lunch Bar $ 118,000
Takapuna, Korean BBQ $ 245,000
Ti Rakau, Restaurant $ 320,000
West Coast Road, Lunch Bar $ 90,000



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Albert Street, City new apartments $496,000
Botany Junction, Retail Shops totaling 556m2
$1,800,000
Cook St, Aura apartment with car parks, 61 m2
$358,000
Flat Bush, The Reserve new homes
From $ 650,000
Hobson St, Imperial Gardens with car parks,
64 m2 $429,000
Meadowbank, Retail Shops, 110m2 showing
good returns $560,000
Queen Street, City, new apartments $578,000
Symond Street, City, retail investment
$350,000
West Coast Road, Retail Shop $398,000
D
onned in a beautiful costume with blades
gleaming on the feet, Preeya Laud, a 17
year old skater is all set to enthrall the crowd at
the Junior Grand Prix in Crouchevel, France.
Having started skating at a very young age this
young skater has mastered the art and is geared
up to share the stage with her fellow competitors.
Preeyas journey of skating started when she
was as young as 2yrs 10months. She began her
training at the Tiny Tots skate school. Speaking
to Preeyas mother, Bronwyn Laud, about her
choice of skating over other sports, Bronwyn said
Preeyas decision to learn skating came about
when her brother, Vijay Laud and his friend,
decided to take up Ice hockey being fascinated by
the sign Learn and Play Ice Hockey. Wanting to
follow something similar to what her brother did,
Preeya decided on skating.
Preeya took her talent to the next level when
she started competing at various competitions in
2007, ever since then she has won many titles
in skating. Preeya has also won and has been
placed many a times at the New Zealand National
championship.
Junior Grand Prix in Crouchevel France is the
icing on the cake in Preeyas skating expedition.
Being focused towards the same Preeya has been
preparing since January which also included a
months training and competing at various levels
of competition in Australia.
Preeya, who is the only competitor from New
Zealand, is very thrilled to be a part of this grand
competition. Expressing her excitement she adds,
Im very proud to represent New Zealand at this
event. It is a great privilege to share the stage and
compete against skaters who have achieved at the
world stage.
I have been with Preeya throughout her
skating journey. I have seen her struggle to learn
to do the jumps and spins required to achieve at
this level. Even though I am very proud when
she wins a competition, I am most proud of her
when she gets up after falling many times while
learning knew elements to her routines. She
works very hard to ensure that she will do NZ
proud at the Junior Grand Prix in Crouchevel,
adds Bonwyn Laud, telling us about Preeya and
her achievements.
Preeya who has a very loving and helpful
nature coaches skating at the Paradice Ice Arena
at Avondale and attends the New Zealand
Correspondence school. Being very focused
about this competition, Preeya is all set to make
NZ proud.
Preeya Laud to Represent the Junior Grand Prix
Im very proud to
represent New Zealand
at this event. It is a
great privilege to share
the stage and compete
against skaters who have
achieved at the world
stage.
Thashika Thangamma
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S
hweta Divekars Auckland home is swarming
with kids and adults. Each weekend for the
past few weeks, a team of 26, plus their families
gather at her place to practise for their routine
representing Maharashtras rich performing
arts heritage at Aotea Center. She patiently
goes through the instructions in a clear voice,
demonstrating the dance steps. The routine has
to be simple yet engaging enough for dancers
ranging from 3 12 to 35 year olds.
Maharashtra has a very rich performing arts
tradition and I enjoy representing it and presenting
it before diverse audiences, says Ms. Divekar,
who has a degree in performing arts. Performing
arts is my passion, says the Aucklander.
First performed at the upcoming India
Independence Day celebration in Auckland,
this dance routine, set to various Ganesha songs
is to be adapted and performed at the Auckland
Marathi Associations Ganesh Festival. A public
Ganesh Utsav is a highlight for the vibrant
Maharashtrian community in New Zealand
where everyone, regardless of their affliation is
warmly welcomed.
For now, the focus is on August 10, for the
India Independence Day celebrations at Aotea
Square in Auckland.
The kids seem a bit relaxed and distracted
now, but on the day, youll see that they are
extremely focussed and well-coordinated, says
Prasad Rajapurkar, a committee member of
Auckland Marathi Association. His son, 14-year-
old Chaitanya is one of the participants. Weve
been putting this up for many years now and Im
confdent that all the kids will do very well, he
adds.
The challenge of managing such a range of
age groups and keeping them focused is obvious.
Some are trying on their costumes, silk dhotis
or sohala in Marathi. There is an order to chaos
that parents and teachers would be familiar with,
but to a regular passer by seems like a massive
weekend play date. Kids are bond over chips and
speak switching between Marathi and English
with ease. The older ones teach dance steps to the
younger ones while singing lyrics of the song.
The one of the youngest performer in the
group is the 4 12-year-old Preesha.
She enjoys attending the practice sessions
and does each step very attentively, follows the
other kids, says Rushikesh Ahinave, her proud
father and also Auckland Marathi Associations
current President. Each year the Association puts
together a really well-practiced performance, he
says.
In praise of Lord Ganesha
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I
ndians are the top mortgage brokers in the
country, according to The New Zealand
Mortgage Mag. Top three positons in the recent
top broker list released by the well-known
mortgage magazine are occupied by the Indian
brokers. According to the magazine Squirrel
mortgage, Global Finance Services Ltd. (GFS)
and Professional Finance Services Ltd. (PFS)
are the top three mortgage brokers in the country
respectively.
The ranking has been decided on the basis
of the number of loans settled and the amount
loaned to the customers during the year fnancial
year 2013 by any mortgage adviser. Where
Squirrels team has generated settlement of
$300m from 700 deals, GFS has given a tough
competition with $290m settlement amount
from 702 deals.
It is noticeable that where Squirrel has topped
in multiple brokers list, GFS has been standing
high with its top position in single brokers list.
Difference between multiple and single broker is
that a single broker originates all loans alone by
itself, whereas in case of multiple broker, a team
of brokers originates a total amount of loans.
Indians are doing great jobs in various
sectors in New Zealand and this list has also
reveal how Indians are growing in business and
fnance sector. This is more commendable for
the brokers who have single-handedly achieved
this status, i.e. Ajay Kumar from GFS and Ravi
Mehta from PFS.
Considering single broker category
Professional Finance Services limited (PFS) has
grabbed second position in the list originating
276 loans and settlement amount of $112m. Ravi
Mehta, the winner broker, of PFS says, This
year has seen a 25% increase in volume.
It is believed based on feedback from the
banks that Mortgage Advisers are contributing
about a third of the whole New Zealand
mortgage business. It shows high confdence of
the customers in mortgage advisers.
Indians top New Zealand mortgage market
SPECIAL
O
n being ranked #1 in the top mortgage
brokers list, John Bolton of Squirrel
mortgages feels happy about the ranking. I
dont think theres any surprise
about this. But its always good
when they recognise your
work, he says. He says that
there is no secret about their
successful business.
Squirrels Indian team with
Venugopal Chawdrapu and
Nimish Parikh is expanded in
Indian market and deal with the
Indians in the country to make
sure people get the best help they
need while buying homes.
When youre buying your frst home there are
lots of things that can go wrong. And when things
go wrong that means lots of stress and lots of cash.
Thats where a good mortgage broker (like us)
comes in handy. Weve built our entire business
around making sure the house buying process
runs as smoothly as possible for our clients, says
John.
John considers experience,
knowledge, strong relationships
and understanding both sides
of the situation as must have
qualities to make a successful
mortgage broker. He also
worries about increasing
interest rates that create more
challenges for the brokers
as well as the clients as it is
becoming more diffcult for
people to buy a home.
The hardest part of the process is when you
really cant help them but its important to be
honest with them. And we at Squirrel Mortgages
are pretty open and honest people, he says.
Squirrel Mortgages: Honesty pays
R
avi Mehta of PFS feels humbled on being
recognised as second top mortgage broker in
the entire country. We are thankful to our clients.
It became possible due to our clients support that
we have achieved this appreciation, he says.
The level of customer satisfaction provided by
PFS can be seen from the fact that 70 percent of
the PFSs business has come from word-of-mouth
referrals from existing customers. Whereas estate
agents referrals have generated 15 percent of the
total business.
On being asked about the qualities that makes a
successful broker Ravi says that honesty, integrity
and hard-work are the must have qualities for any
broker to succeed in this industry.
Ravi Mehta feels that the mortgage industry
is still facing some diffcult issues due to some
unethical people in the industry. Expressing his
concern about the issue he says, Some people
do unethical
work due to
which whole
i n d u s t r y
suffers. They
make false
p r o mi s e s
which cant
be fulflled, which harms the image of mortgage
brokers in general. Ravi also seeks government
support in implementing a same code of ethics for
all registered fnancial advisor.
In 2003, from small beginnings, Professional
Financial Solutions has gone from strength to
strength, thanks to their clients trust, goodwill
and referrals. Ravi believes that a great deal
of the companys success is due to the current
and ex-team members and is grateful for their
contribution.
PFS: Success from
customer satisfaction
Swati Sharma
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n this occasion when Ajay Kumar was asked the
reason of acquiring top position in the country, he
gives the entire credit to its customers utmost support,
team dedication and the latest technology which has
been used to manage the business.
In terms of the number of loans settled, Ajay was the
undisputed leader with 702 loans. The magazine further
reported that Global Financial Services has written
more than $2.5 billion
in mortgages so far
compared to about
$1 billion worth of
mortgages written by
another company which
is also ranked as a top
broker. The next ranking
broker had settled 60%
less loans than Ajay
Kumar both in terms of
value as well as number
of loans.
The magazine also
reported that, (Ajay) has
proprietary software that,
he uses to great effect!
Under Ajays leadership, Global Financial Services had
developed in-house a CRM system to provide an excellent
service to its customers on ongoing basis.
Do whatever is best for the customer, not for yourself.
Try to go outside the square to add extra value or savings if
you can but within rules. Never give any assurance that
is not possible to fulfl. Always take less time to say No
(if something is not possible) than, Yes (if you are able to
fulfl needs of the customer)... Update and upgrade your
industry knowledge regularly, says Ajay Kumar.
Global Financial Services Ltd is one of the fnancial
advisers who are successfully serving the Indian community
continuously for the last 15 years. Over a period of time, it
has not only been successful in arranging $2.5 billion of
loans but also life and personal risk insurance of over $2.5
billion.
GFS focuses on helping its customers fnish their
mortgage quickly rather
than just arranging the
mortgage. Its insurance
services help customers
protect their life and
mortgages in unforeseen
circumstances. GFS
helps its customers at the
time of insurance claim
and as a result, its claim
settlement ratio in respect
of life insurance is 100%.
In the 15 years
that they have been in
establishment, no one
has come near the kind
of business they have
been able to provide, especially to the Indian community.
Businessman, doctors, restaurant operators, lawyers,
professionals from all walks of life have beneftted from
GFS work in the mortgage and insurance sector, with
most banks, and thousands of clients Ajay Kumar and
GFS enjoys a numero uno position in terms of customer
satisfaction. When a bank sees papers forwarded from
GFS they are happy to take the case, as they are assured
it is a good clear case, he adds, a case of high quality.
GFS: A case of high quality

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Press Release Dt. 29 July, 2014, Monday
Global Financial Services ranked top mortgage adviser in New
Zealand after completing $2.5 billion in mortgages

July 29, 2014 Well known mortgage magazine The New Zealand Mortgage Mag ranked
Global Financial Services Ltd (GFS) the top broker in the entire country. The ranking has been
decided on the basis of the number of loans settled and the amount loaned to the customers
during the year financial year 2013 by any single mortgage adviser. On this occasion when he
was asked the reason of acquiring top position in the country, he gives the entire credit to its
customers utmost support, team dedication and the latest technology which has been used to
manage the business.



In terms of the number of loans settled, Ajay was the undisputed leader with 702 loans. The
magazine further reported that Global Financial Services has written more than $2.5 billion in
mortgages so far compared to about $1 billion worth of mortgages written by another company
which is also ranked as a top broker. The next ranking broker had settled 60% less loans than
Ajay Kumar both in terms of value as well as number of loans.
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I
f there is one thing that Parsis do well is to
make others laugh aloud. Jha Jov Ta Baira is
a typical Parsi Natak flled with hilarious twists,
turns and characters on the edge of total disaster.
For the love of theatre a group of people
decided to get together and put up a typical Parsi
farcical play with a lot of innuendos and double
meanings. Rehearsals have been going on for
months as some actors are total novices, some
work evening shifts and late nights, some due to
work commitments had to be out of Auckland
for short intervals and most unfortunately due to
absolutely unavoidable and sad circumstances,
long absences from rehearsals slowed down the
pace for a while. The group however still soldiered
on determined to make this play a success. It
is incredible that with sheer determination and
sacrifces from the cast we are now ready to
entertain you with a comedy Parsi Natak Jha
Jov Ta Baira
The play revolves around Polly Dalal a very
successful Sales Executive in Auckland who is
staying on the ffth foor of a Service Apartment.
Polly learns that his boss Sohrabji is paying him
a surprise visit and is keen on meeting him along
with his wife and family. Polly due to his lies and
deceits fnds himself getting into a very diffcult
and embarrassing situation. The more he tries
to extricate himself from this problem the more
embroiled he gets.
Will Polly be able to get away with his lies?
The plot gets more chaotic and complicated and
ends with boisterous hilarity.
Come and watch this entertained Theatrical
Play JHA JOV TA BAIRA (which literally
means Chicks everywhere).
We would like to thank our major sponsors for
their support.
Godrej Engineer and Cyrus Mehta
Directors
Jha Jov Ta Baira- All set to
entertain the Parsi crowd
K
ilburn Cars, a well recognized automotive
company has established its identity over the
period of time. The company was started 20years
ago by Brett Kilburn who was then a full time fre
fghter.
Brett spent 11years working as a full time
fre fghter and there learnt some core values
which applied in all facets of life and business.
Values like trust, teamwork integrity and
commitment are values that the company
strives to apply to their everyday business.
The proprietors believe in quality and have
worked their way up to give out the best to their
customers. We believe our cars are the best of
quality one can fnd anywhere, says the brand
owner.
Brett who learnt the art of buying top quality
cars credits to this that he was never a great
salesman. But over a period of time, the company
has worked to build its own identity. Bretts son,
Paul Kilburn, works side by side with his father
and knows the tricks of the trade since birth and
assists in the company business.
Budget cars, another brand of Kilburn cars
focuses on the same values and motto of Kilburn.
The company that was established in 2006 has
a strong focus of delivering quality cars to
customers and have not failed to deliver their
promise. The brand is run by a friendly team who
assists in buying cars, help you in getting a market
value as well assist in the fnance required for the
vehicle. Mr. Raj Paul, an Indian Punjabi has been
with the brand since 2010. Raj who is passionate
about automobiles always lends a helping hand to
those who seek his assistance in choosing cars.
The brand that works at Great South road in
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U
niversity of Auckland Indian Society
established in Feb 2013 came up with
a musical show East Meets West Love in
Bollywood Style. UoAIS since the past one and
half year have organized many events in the
University. Last year their main highlight was
the Diwali event where they performed in the
University in front of a huge crowd. Seeing the
positive response from everyone UoAIS members
thought of taking their performance on a whole
new level.
Their show had a storyline about a young NRI
guy Sameer coming to India to learn more about
Bollywood movies. The way he adjusts to his
college life and gets in touch with his hidden desi
side while falling for a typical Bollywood loving
Indian girl will be depicted in the show by doing
drama and dance.
This show was organized and performed by
students itself. Through this show members of
UoAISwant to celebrate the rich and colorful
culture of India; to encourage creativity and
foster relations between fellow Indian students
that will promote the Indian Society and the
Indian community at large. We would also take
this opportunity to thank our sponsors- HumFM,
Indian Weekender, Vision Asia and Eco Travels.
Photo credits to Katharsis entertainment.
Some feedback:
KalyaniGhorpade East meets West has been
the most sensational, wonderful and entertaining
university production I have ever seen. Its a
great team effort where we as an audience were
gripped throughout the show! Your show covered
all the genres in the most amusing way where
the characters were unique and fresh I am sure
the audiences will agree with me that they had
a great time during the Dostana scene where
our cheeks hurt with all the laughing and we felt
sympathetic towards Vicki during his emotional
solo performance.
On the whole, it was an emotional roller
coaster and you guys did a great job connecting
with the audience! 10/10 for well-choreographed
dances and most entertaining skits. Thank you
very much for putting on a great show and I hope
to see many more in the future!!
PS, I am thinking of joining your team next
year.
Simran Lakhani Play was awesome! Great
work and awesome acting!!
Chris Chung That was a great show, so glad
I came to watch. Guys you were awesome!
John B. Congratulations to the entire team
for the entertaining performance. Cheers guys!
Amit Kamble That was an awesome show,
well done guys
Sonia Dee What a brilliant production, the
hard work really paid off guys! It was superb and
the effort you put in really showed! I thoroughly
enjoyed it and wish I could watch it over again!
Great work to all of you
MohanrajSubramaniam- Complements to
you and your team. Have a wonderful day
YogeshSengar The show was really
awesome. Enjoyed a lot. You guys are amazing
Bhargavi Let me congratulate you and your
team for successful completion of your event. I
truly enjoyed the full show and had a great time to
be with my Indian group. Hope you will organize
many more events like this is in future.
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uckland Mayor Len Brown has announced a
signifcant reduction in the cost of the City
Rail Link (CRL) from $2.86 billion to less than
$2.4 billion lowering the price of Aucklands
number one transport infrastructure priority by
about 20 per cent.
A signifcant part of that cost reduction is an
Auckland Transport (AT) decision to redevelop
the existing Mt Eden Station and connect it to the
CRL rather than build a new underground station
at Newton.
That design change will save more than $150
million, improve the reliability and journey time
of train services, minimise construction disruption
and reduce property purchase requirements.
Len Brown says the ongoing review of the
design and costs for the project shows we can get
the CRL operational using the existing feet. It is
expected new units will be required for the CRLs
future developments, as the network expands.
This is an exciting development and makes
a 2016 start date for the construction of the CRL
even more realistic, especially at a time when
more and more people are choosing to get out of
their cars and travel by rail*, says Mayor Brown.
Aucklanders are behind this, the business and
investment community are behind this, we just
need to get on and get it done.
Mayor Brown said he expects more good news
on the cost of the project to come as optimisation,
value engineering and advances in tunnelling
technology are taken into account.
20 percent cut
in City Rail
Links cost
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8 August 2014
14
T
he 50th Parliament wrapped up last week.
Its been a busy term with more than 330
pieces of legislation passed 51 of them in the
past year and thousands of questions answered
by our Prime Minister and Ministers.
Ive enjoyed my time in the debating chamber
and especially on select committees where MPs
engage with New Zealanders on issues that matter
to us all. This public engagement in making
policy is a real strength of our democratic system.
New Zealanders dont just come to MPs. We
go to them and Im looking forward to the election
campaign when Ill be out door-knocking, dodging
dogs, and talking to New Zealanders about what
concerns and motivates them. Most importantly,
Ill be talking about Nationals policies, our
record of stable and purposeful leadership, and
my view that returning a National government on
September 20 is the best way to ensure that New
Zealand keeps growing.
In politics there are a lot of sideshows. Those
are inevitable. Ultimately, voters judge what
matters and what doesnt, and whos competent
and who isnt. Most importantly, the public
decides who they trust, and who they dont.
Whatevers been in the headlines over this
Parliamentary term, National has focused on what
matters.
John Keys strong political leadership,
Nationals sensible, forward-focussed policies
and the hard-work and entrepreneurship of New
Zealanders have come together, and were seeing
the results. All sorts of things we might once have
thought diffcult, are now happening.
Jobs and wages are growing and we have
one of the highest growth rates among the
worlds developed economies. Our better public
services are supporting the most vulnerable New
Zealanders and every week about 1500 people
are coming off welfare to take up paid work.
Exports are high, infation is low, were on track
to surplus, more houses are being built and fewer
New Zealanders think the futures brighter in
Australia.
Theres a positive mood in our country,
and Nationals leadership has had a big hand in
creating that.
So were heading into the election on 20
September focused on building on the gains that
New Zealanders are enjoying. If we keep going,
New Zealand will keep growing.
Authorised by Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP,
1/131 Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland at
the end before printing/publishing the column.
Working for New Zealand
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
Foreign buyers continue to snap up NZ land and houses
U
nder National over one million hectares
of New Zealand land has been sold to
foreign interests in just fve and a half years
this is about selling off New Zealand.
As a result Kiwis face more competition to
own land, farms and houses.
With every purchase by a foreigner of land
or a house prices are rising
The Overseas Investment Commission that
is supposed to keep watch on applications for
land does little except record the sales. They
just get ticked off.
We cant compete against foreign money,
particularly when many overseas buyers have
access to interest rates of 2 per cent - some are
lower.
This week a United States report says a huge
wave of Chinese buyers is about to leave China
and buy up property in the US.
In 2013 Chinese buyers snapped up $11
billion of real estate in the US. The report this
was just the start.
New Zealand will not be left out. We have
always been a favoured destination, hence the
housing bubble in Auckland. We can expect
this property buying tsunami to hit here too. It
is time to act.
National is not worried about land or the
housing sales. They are always dismissive of
any concern and are content with the sell-off
of farms that have been developed by hard-
working Kiwis over generations. National
claims foreigners have only bought 1 per cent
of New Zealand. Nonsense.
As the government does not keep records
on foreign purchases no precise fgure can be
given for past sales but estimates show such
sales rising. One economist says a conservative
estimate is about 10 per cent of farmland and
forestry land have gone to offshore ownership.
New Zealand First has a bill written that will
mean comprehensive sales fgures are kept on a
register in future.
New Zealand First will ban sales of land
and houses to non-residents. This will go a
long way to stabilising prices and give Kiwis
a better chance to get into a home and on to
the land. Foreign investment will be allowed
only if signifcant beneft to New Zealand can
be shown. It is not just banking but forestry
land and vineyards have also been targeted
by foreigners in their buy up of New Zealand.
Remember, overseas buyers export their profts
back home. A big loss to our economy.
In the last fve years the countries who
bought up most land include the US, Canada,
Israel, the UK, Switzerland, Netherlands,
Luxembourg, Monaco, China, Italy and
Malaysia.
Our assets are popular. We must keep a
watch over our land and housing. There is an
urgent need to keep the country for ourselves
and our beneft.
Winston Peters
I
ts a meaningful month for the Indian
community both in New Zealand and around
the world as we celebrate the 68th anniversary of
Indias independence.
It was one of the most iconic moments in
recent history when in 1947 the frst Prime
Minister of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, raised
the national fag high above the Lahore Gate of
the Red Fort in Delhi.
To this day, the saffron, white and green
represent courage, sacrifce, peace, truth, faith and
chivalry: universal values that have stood the test
of time.
Its also a time to remember and admire the
non-violent Indian freedom movement, under the
stewardship of Mahatma Gandhi, who dreamed
of an independent and prosperous India. His work
continues to inspire movements for freedom and
civil rights across the world.
Much has been achieved in India since those
days, and Im looking forward to joining with
you to celebrate the success of the worlds largest
democracy.
In fact India showed the world a remarkable
modern election this year: 550 million votes cast
via 1.8 million electronic voting machines. When
Narendra Modi was in campaign mode, he sent
his hologram to speak to his supporters in 1400
locations.
It certainly puts New Zealands upcoming
election into perspective! The worlds largest
democracy has set an impressively high bar.
In New Zealand Indian Independence Day
is a great time to refect on the Indian New
Zealand community and your contributions to our
economic, social and cultural life. Its great to be
able to celebrate with you.
The India-New Zealand relationship began
in the late 18th century and continues to deepen.
Indian New Zealanders -- nearly 160,000 strong
-- are the fastest-growing Kiwi ethnic group.
Our relationship as trading partners continues
to grow as we negotiate towards a Free Trade
Agreement that will deliver benefts to both
countries. And recently the New Zealand India
Research Institute was established at Victoria
University, involving nearly 40 academics from
fve New Zealand universities, researching India
and New Zealand-India relations.
This is a celebration of nationhood for Indians,
and Indian New Zealanders alike. I take great
pleasure in wishing you all happy Independence
Day.
David Shearer
Its time to remember non-violent Indian Freedom movement
A
s we today mark 100 years since the
beginning of World War One, we
remember a time of grief and loss which defned
New Zealand as a nation, Labour Leader David
Cunliffe says.
The Great War broke and refashioned so
many ideas of who we are. It hurled humanity
into the modern era and gave birth to a new
international age.
It was a time of great loss and a century
later the sheer weight of that loss remains with
us. Of more than 100,000 New Zealanders sent
to war, nearly one-sixth were killed and more
than 40,000 wounded. That was a heavy toll
from a country of just over a million people.
The effects of World War One rippled
through the country; farms were left empty,
families were forever damaged by the loss of
fathers, husbands and brother.
Out of that loss grew a new way of thinking
about ourselves as a nation. We learnt to value
our sense of independence, our uniqueness and
our drive for self-determination. We became an
independent nation.
From the beaches of Anzac Cove to the
barbed wire fence-strewn felds of the Western
Front, we remember and celebrate our troops
and those who supported them.
It was called the war to end wars but sadly
the horrors of war are still as apparent as ever.
Today we not only remember those who
paid the ultimate sacrifce in World War One
but those who are currently dying and suffering
in Gaza, Israel, Syria, the Ukraine and Central
Africa, David Cunliffe says.
Sacrifces of World War One never forgotten
T
he next Labour Government will keep rural
and residential land in Kiwi hands, Labours
Finance spokesperson David Parker says.
New Zealanders are sick of seeing their farms
and homes sold to overseas buyers with the profts
and opportunities going offshore. No overseas
person has the right to buy our land.
In all but the rarest of cases, sales of rural land
to overseas buyers will be banned. Non-resident
investors will also be banned from buying existing
Kiwi homes.
Changing who owns what already exists does
nothing to increase New Zealands output. It just
sells off New Zealands proft stream and kills off
the Kiwi dream of owning our farms and homes.
Labour will reverse the current approach so
that overseas buyers of rural land will have to
prove they will create more jobs and exports than
any New Zealand investor. Given New Zealanders
are among the best farmers in the world it is an
extremely hard hurdle to get over.
This will ensure our farms are not priced out
of the reach of New Zealanders.
We will also limit the discretion of the
minister to ignore recommendations from the
Overseas Investment Offce.
Labour will also restrict sales of residential
homes to any non-residents unless they intend
to move here, helping to keep the Kiwi home
ownership dream alive, especially for young New
Zealanders currently locked out of the housing
market.
The National Government is ignoring the
legitimate concerns of New Zealanders about
New Zealand land and houses being sold to
overseas interests.
Instead of accusing New Zealanders of being
xenophobic, John Key and Steven Joyce should
respect New Zealanders desire to keep New
Zealand land in New Zealand hands, David
Parker says.
Labour will keep Kiwi land in Kiwi hands
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NEW ZEALAND
From the desk of I am Woman
Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualitiesa certain quickness of mind,
unbounded curiositybut they also share one other defning attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
W
hen I read an article in the last issue about
making choices that lead to roads of
happiness, I thought Id take time out to write
about my hobbies. As they make me happy
whenever I need a dose of pick-me-up. So it
set me thinking about what I would submit.
Should I write something about ornithology?
For I really feel a sense of pride every time I
can recognise a bird, of local or exotic variety,
by its call or type of fight-laboured or smooth.
A hobby I picked up soon after marriage, when
my husband quit watching the un-feathered
variety. Together wed try to decipher names
of birds around our home frst and gradually
started making trips to nearby and far off
sanctuaries to spot newer varieties.
Then I thought that I could also write about my
interest in iconography because I still remember
the rush I felt when I could identify a headless
sculpture in an ancient temple as Lord Vishnu by
the presence of Padma(a lotus )in one of its four
arms which were still intact.
However, I settled instead, for my interest in
writing.
For me the romance with writing begins even
before the actual creation commences. Its the
very thought of using my fountain pen (yes
thats how hopelessly in love I really am!) the
ritual of checking the pen for ink, dipping it into
the ink bottle(needless to say, I always buy Quink
meant exclusively for Parker pens) Should it
have to be reflledthe process of replenishment
itself-the drawing of the ink-mostly black for me.
Making some small check marks and fgures of
eight(8) to check the fow, every step of the way
exciting me further as I get closer to the actual act
of penning down the words.
Then now as my age requires me to wear
glasses, Ive discovered yet another pleasure.
That of watching closely how ink spreads and
dries out on paper. Then of course the magic of
words itself! How absolutely enthralling they are
to me the whole act of writing brings to me a
sense of meditation, attention to detail, staying in
the moment.
Its very thrilling for me to observe how every
word changes the nuances and meaning of what I
mean to express. How I respond to my emotions
and how words express them like those birds
in fight-laboured or smooth. How words can
be positive or negative. How some long words
wait patiently to be used. Like: onomatopoeia,
cacophonous, existentialism, comprehensibility.
Yet, some of the smallest words are most
loaded with meaning.
Consider but - how powerful it is as it follows
a thought. How it becomes the via media to get
into conditions. But negates all the words and
thoughts which were stated before it.
What about, if?
It presupposes what you may or may not be.
How about the phrase would/could /should
have?
They draw attention to what never happened.
And dont?
Whats your reaction to dont?
Words have great power.
Dont drop the ball! and, Catch the ball!
probably mean the same ,as they are denoting
the same objectives, they both imply retaining
the ball. Yet the former command is negative in
connotation.
Hobbies can lead one towards their higher
purpose or calling. And while engaging with that
higher purpose, one of the things facing you is
how to develop new ways of being, that translate
into feeling aligned with your true self. A hobby
is therefore, sometimes the real you- indicating
the direction you should be moving toward. A call
from the Higher power that you ought to respond
to.
I think none of us should ever neglect or
ignore our hobbies. In fact, saddest must be those
people who havent even cultivated any yet. So
my unsolicited advice to all my readers is to delve
deeper into your inner selves and fnd something
that makes you happy. Find it and turn it into your
hobby for keepsake.
Your hobby is what will stay with you when
your children have fown the nest to their own
destinations in life. When your superannuation
strikes. Theyll keep company when no one else
will have time for you. Cherish and nourish your
hobby today. Its a capital investment which will
feed and nourish and enrich you in many years
to come.
Please share your happiness mantra with us at
iamwoman@xtra.co.nz and fnd us on facebook
at www.facebook.com/womanunlimited
And words are all I have
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8 August 2014
16
SPORTS
NEW ZEALAND POLITICS
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
Editorial
Let there be peace
T
WO separate articles in this edition of the Indian Weekender bring to light
the outright mess the world is in today.
They are not articles condemning another race, religion, culture or another
nation, but they are heartfelt pleas from ordinary peace-loving members of the
community seeking an end to escalating strife and violence tearing the fabric of
society apart in many parts of the world.
Iraq remains crippled by its internal war, Syria no better under dictator Bashar
Assad, and Israels invasion of Gaza, just to mention a few. And if that wasnt
causing enough misery and heartache to thousands, along comes Assad ally
Vladimir Putin fexing his muscles by invading Ukraine, annexing Crimea, and
thumbing his nose the West in an abrasive display.
Throw into the mix the shooting down from the skies of Malaysian Airlines
fight MH17, believed to be the work of terrorists in Ukraine backed by Putin,
killing all 298 people on board, and you have the makings of long-term hostilities
between Russia and the west.
Western world sanctions against Russia following the Ukraine invasion
didnt do much to slow Putins march in a bid to spread his infuence, and not
much appears to have changed after the MH17 disaster.
Rumblings of Cold War II can already be heard in the distance as Putin
continues his dangerous game of creating divisions in Europe to conquer.
In a trip to Wellington last week, my taxi driver, from Iraq, and I got talking
in our bid to solve the worlds problems.
You know, he went on, in this day and age there should be no fghting in
the world.
Maybe 100 years ago people needed to fght to survive because they were
not educated, and could not think properly, and resorted to violence.
But today, they should be talking more, hugging each other, disarming, and
there should be peace all round.
All is possible if only the leaders of every country show maturity.
In Auckland later this month, the Ahmadiya Muslim Community New
Zealand is holding a peace conference with political and community leaders
to seek out ways religion can play a role in making the world a more peaceful
place.
In Hamilton, the Waikato Inter-Faith Council, out of concern for the state of
the world, will be doing its bit in a similar display of communal togetherness,
also later this month.
Fine gestures indeed by fne Kiwis living in peaceful and trouble-free New
Zealand.
As American author Robert Fulghum once said: Peace is not something you
wish for; Its something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And
something you give away.
Some world leaders would do well to heed this.
-Arvind Kumar
I
ndias demand for concessions on food subsidy
as a quid quo pro to a pact to simplify procedures
on global commerce may have blocked the frst
major step forward in the 19-year history of the
World Trade Organisation (WTO). But that does
not mean the global trade talks have collapsed.

India, per se, was not opposed to the pact
on what is called trade facilitation when the
diplomats from the 160 member countries of the
WTO met in Geneva last month and set July 31
as an informal deadline to sign on the dotted line.
It was then to be ratifed at the 10th Ministerial
conference next year.
But India wanted to take no chances and
assumed the role of a tough negotiator, having
been short-changed in the past. In the decade
before the WTO was formed on Jan 1, 1995, New
Delhis views, along with those of the developing
world, were simply ignored.
At the core of Indias demand is food security
for its 1.2 billion people, the bulk of whom live
on the doles given by the government in the
form of subsidised grain. This is guarantee under
Indian statute, having enacted the National Food
Security Act, 2013.
Offcially, this programme is set to cost
the exchequer Rs.1,31,086 crore ($21 billion)
annually and there was no way Indian interlocutors
in Geneva could have conceded to a pact that
could potentially go against a domestic law, as
also the larger issue of food security.
Related to it were two more aspects - the
subsidy to farmers to buy plant nutrients and the
periodic announcement of a minimum support
price by the government, based on which the state
agencies pay farmers higher-than-market price
under its public procurement and distribution
programmes.
The draft multilateral pact proposed a freeze
on the extent to which governments can buy farm
produce at a non-market driven rate. The 9th
Ministerial Meeting at Bali in December 2013
called for a permanent solution on this issue by
11th such conference, due in 2017.
It was also agreed that till 2017, no country
can move the dispute settlement body of the WTO
against another member if its government was
found to be breaching the level of subsidy freeze
that was permitted - this was offcially termed as
the peace clause.
True, the above issues were not part of the
trade facilitation pact. Also true that for the
agreement on stockpiling of food, the previous
WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali had set a
December 2017 deadline. So one can argue that
India had time till then.
But Indias concern has been: What if no
permanent solution is found by 2017? In such an
event, the peace clause will expire and member
countries would be free to drag India to the WTO
- and the outcome would not have been in New
Delhis favour.
India has also maintained all along that the
Doha round of trade negotiations had called for
a single undertaking - that is conclude all issues
together. But in Bali, diplomats felt people at
large must see some movement forward and low-
hanging fruits should be tapped.
These were to form a part of the early harvest
programme.
Accordingly, it was agreed that the trade
facilitation pact, on which there is agreement
among member countries, should be ratifed
separately. Apart from ease of commerce, it is
potentially seen as adding $1 trillion to global
trade and create 21 million jobs.
But New Delhi was wary given the way trade
pacts were fnalised in the past.
US pressure on India, accordingly, also did not
work. Two emissaries were sent to New Delhi:
Commerce Secretary Commerce Penny Pritzker
with this specifc mandate and Secretary of State
John Kerry for supplementing her efforts.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi, echoing
what his Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had already said
before, made it clear India will not compromise its
peoples food security and livelihood.
At the same time, it is also not as though all is
lost and if the July 31 deadline has been missed,
it is curtains for the trade facilitation pact. Even
before the diplomats left WTO headquarters
disappointed, moves were afoot to meet again in
September.
I invite you all to use this time to think
carefully about what the next steps might be...
refect long and hard on the ramifcations of this
setback... We should take the time to refect, come
back in September, WTO Director General
Roberto Azevdo said.
During last months talks, there was also
this threat of isolating India. But this was mere
posturing, going by what diplomats said privately.
Going forward, August will be crucial for behind-
the-scenes parleys. But Indias basic stand is
unlikely to alter.
Indias veto doesnt mean collapse of
global trade talks
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COMMENT
J
ohn Kerry visits India Wednesday as a raft
of crises consume American diplomacy. By
contrast, US-India relations are at a moment of
opportunity, but the US Secretary of State faces
challenges in New Delhi that are signifcant in
their own way.
For one thing, after a decade of disengagement
with Narendra Modi, Washington is eager to make
a fresh start. The US is sending three cabinet
secretaries to India in quick succession - Kerry
(State), Penny Pritzker (Commerce), and Chuck
Hagel (Defence) - and Washington is preparing
to host Modi himself in September. From the
US perspective, Modis government offers a
welcome respite from years of perceived strategic
and economic drift under UPA-2.
But Kerrys visit is also very well timed:
First, the NDA government has been in offce
for nearly two months. Modi has met Xi Jinping
and Vladimir Putin, among others, so it is high
time for cabinet-level US engagement.
Second, as Kerry himself argued in a speech
this week, relations with strategically important
countries cannot be shunted to the sidelines by
crises. For over a decade, India has been among
the small group of countries vital to American
strategy. And the US has a strong stake in
continued Indian reform and success-especially as
they contribute to global growth, promote market-
based economic policies, help secure the global
commons, and maintain a mutually favourable
balance of power in Asia.
Third, Kerry and others, including Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve Chair
Janet Yellen, just attended the US-China strategic
and economic dialogue in Beijing. Continued
absence from New Delhi at the cabinet level
would invite unfattering comparisons between
US approaches to China and India.
The two sides frst challenge is to fnd new
ways of working effectively. Modi, unlike
UPA-2, has designed an administration with a
strengthened executive and an activist Offce of
the Prime Minister. In such a set-up, there are
inherent limits to reliance on ritualized Strategic
Dialogue between foreign ministries.
The two sides should relook existing structures,
reinvigorating trade, defence, and CEO forums.
But they also need new lines of coordination that
refect the emerging institutional and political set-
up in New Delhi.
Kerry is attending a Strategic Dialogue
(capitalized S and D) that has been a calendar-
driven exercise. What the two countries need is a
real strategic dialogue (lower case s and d),
built upon a less ritualized but more powerful set
of frst principles: strengthened coordination, no
surprises on core security equities, sensitivity to
each others domestic constraints, and frequent
not ritualized contact at the highest levels.
The most immediate need is to strengthen trust
after a rough patch. From Indias perspective, the
causes of these frictions include US trade cases,
the Khobragade debacle, and inadequate US
attention to Indias security concerns, especially
in Indias neighborhood.
From the US perspective such concerns
have centered on the scope and pace of Indian
economic reforms. These have badly tainted
market sentiment and soured US frms on India.
Retroactive taxes and the nuclear liability bill
have compounded these negative sentiments.
Viewed through this prism, the current US-
India standoff at the WTO is badly timed.
The US side will listen closely to Indias
economic priorities. Hopefully, it will bring a few
ideas-for example, technology releases, defence
licenses, and co-production. Washington needs to
avoid hectoring about Indias investment climate.
Instead, it should inject something tangible into
the mix, especially since Beijing and Tokyo,
among others, offer India project fnance vehicles
the US lacks.
But the biggest challenges are structural, and
long-term in nature.
First, economic constraints have hindered
strategic coordination, especially in East Asia.
The US and India share a powerful interest
in assuring a favourable balance of power. Much
binds them, not least shared regional maritime
and energy interests. But lofty strategic ambitions
require strengthened economic, not just security,
content in relations with regional states, and with
one another in the East Asian context.
So it is hardly ideal that Washington and New
Delhi are pursuing separate, and competitive,
regional trade agreements: Trans-Pacifc
Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Meanwhile, US economic weight in Asia is
increasing absolutely but declining in relative
terms. From 2000 to 2009, Chinas share of
ASEAN trade increased threefold, surpassing the
US share, which declined by a third in the same
period. The US wants to leverage TPP to restore
its leadership but there is zero prospect of a TPP
this year and the Administration has no stomach
to pursue needed Trade Promotion Authority with
Congress.
Indias challenge is greater. Trade plays a
growing role in its economy but scale remains
a handicap. In 2012, 11.7 percent of ASEAN
trade was with China, just 2.9 percent with India.
And that is no coincidence: the backbone of East
Asian economies remains integrated supply and
production chains from which India is largely
absent. With rising labour costs in China, the
geography of Asian manufacturing will shift,
so India has an opportunity to align its national
manufacturing policies with strategic imperatives
to the east.
At the same time, the US and India need new
bilateral economic vehicles. Vice President Biden
has called for an increase in trade from $100 to
$500 billion-a number analogous to US-China
trade. But that is hard to fathom: India lacks
Chinas manufacturing base, its integration into
regional and global supply chains, its comparative
openness to foreign investment at a comparable
stage of development, and its hard infrastructure.
Instead of pithy slogans, the two sides need
better aligned agendas, especially on opportunities
for cross-border investment, manufacturing,
infrastructure, and gasifcation and energy
opportunities.
For Americans, the most pressing need is for
growth-conducive reforms and investor friendly
tax and sectoral policies in India. The Arun Jaitley
budget offered hope but less than many in the US
had wished for.
One step would be a bilateral investment
treaty. Indian frms would beneft from investor
protections in the US. US frms would welcome
relevant legal changes and safeguards in India.
Both countries would beneft from the treatys
independent arbitration process.
In fact, investment is, at this point, more
important than trade. It is a vote of confdence
in the other countrys economy, and meshes well
with current needs on each side.
Above all, the two sides need to continue
their diffcult quest for strategic consensus.
Enhanced intelligence and counterterrorism
cooperation offer one opportunity. So do defence
co-production and weapons sales because they
increase the potential for interoperability.
But a positive security agenda is needed,
especially in Asia, through new initiatives across a
series of baskets: energy, seaborne trade, fnance,
the global commons, and regional architecture.
The two sides will need to manage differences
of tone and substance on strategic issues of concern,
including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China.
Take China: The fact is, India views Beijings
role in South Asia with far greater alarm than
does Washington, and this is unlikely to change
soon. The US will lean toward India, but seek to
avoid becoming caught between New Delhi and
Beijing.
Many in India continue to fear a US-China
condominium on issues of importance to New
Delhi. This fear has receded as US-China
relations have deteriorated since 2010, yet India
remains sensitive about perceived inattention
to its equities. And this concern is even more
pronounced in Afghanistan and Pakistan, amid
US withdrawal and policy turbulence.
The US and India can do (much) better.
Kerrys visit is a start. Modis September visit
will be pivotal.
(Evan A. Feigenbaum is vice chairman of the
Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago
and Nonresident Senior Associate for Asia at the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He served twice as deputy assistant secretary
of state in the George W. Bush Administration,
including for South Asia, where he was
responsible for US-India relations. The views
expressed are personal. He can be contacted at
evanfeigenbaum@aol.com)
Kerry visit a start, Modi visit to US pivotal
W
hat is the relevance of the Commonwealth
Games (CWG) in the 21st century? This
question pops up every four years, more so in
the last two decades.
The Games are invariably held in British
Isles, Australia, Canada or New Zealand. The
only exceptions were Kingston, Jamaica, in
1966, Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and 2010 New
Delhi. Thats the imperialistic stranglehold.
Now South Africa is another major player
joining the big league.
The idea of the Games was valid, say, some
80 years ago for the British empire to bring
together its colonies to understand each other
and also have fun. But today it is asked what
purpose the Games serve when the worlds top
athletes do not take them seriously.
Most countries hoping to host the
Games shudder to think of the fall-out. The
infrastructure facilities and the spin-offs from
the Games are not commensurate with the bills
the country has to pay for ages. After the New
Delhi Games unfortunately the word corruption
has been added to the CWG lexicon.
For most member-countries, ruled by
corrupt despots, these Games are a way to
oblige their cronies even though some of these
countries produce the worlds leading athletes.
In recent years the Commonwealth
Games Federation (CGF) met the members
unsuccessfully to prune the Games to a
manageable limit so that some of the smaller
countries can also host, thus making the bidding
process more transparent and reasonable.
The spiralling costs of the Games
are discouraging potential bidders as the
International Olympic Committee has realised
while calling for bids for the 2022 Winter
Games. Three bidders pulled out, leaving three
in the fray.
Similarly, the 2019 Asian Games have
become a drag on the economy of countries
wanting to host and Vietnam found out after
successfully bidding for the Games that it did
not have the wherewithal to organise it.
Delhi made some noise before the
prohibitive costs and the public scrutiny
during the CWG forced its hands. One Indian
Olympic Association (IOA) offcial was clearly
unnerved at the prospect of a media trial even
before Delhi is allotted the Games. The Games
have to be affordable and enjoyable.
The CWG are frightening the potential
bidders. After the next Games in the beautiful
Gold Coast in Brisbane, Australia, in 2018,
Canadian city Edmonton and South Africas
Durban are the only bidders for the 2022 games.
Gold Coast beat the only rival Hambantota in
Sri Lanka.
Who knows by the time the decision to allot
the Games is taken next year, neither bidder
may be interested, not because they cant host
but because of the devaluation of the Games.
The Edmonton offcial, though, spoke
eloquently about the relevance of the Games,
citing how well the city had organised it once in
1978. He has said over 30 years ago Edmonton
had to house 1,400 athletes, but what he has
not said is that in Glasgow there are over 7,000
competitors!
What hurts the hosts is the lack of interest
shown by world class athletes. Delhi missed
Usain Bolt because he had expended all his
energies making pots of gold, running in
Golden League. This time he is making a token
presence in the relays for Jamaica. There will
also be no Asafa Powell or Yohan Blake.
Glasgows biggest disappointment will be
that Britains Mo Farah has also decided to
skip the Glasgow Games at the eleventh hour.
The Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold
medallist in a carefully constructed explanation
says his body tells him that it is not ready to
race yet. He is recuperating after an abdominal
issue.
The fip side of it is that budding athletes can
have an opportunity to showcase their talent in
the absence of the big guns. As for India, they
have done well in the frst two days. It may be
a far cry to expect them to get anywhere near
their 2010 home performance of 101 medals,
but if they can do better than their 69 medals
with 30 gold in 2002 in Manchester or the 49
with 22 gold in Melbourne in 2006 they should
be happy.
(Veturi Srivatsa is the Sports Editor of
IANS and views expressed are personal. He
can be reached at v.srivatsa@ians.in)
CWG is beyond the reach of smaller nations
- Veturi Srivatsa
- Evan A. Feigenbaum
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of New Zealand Inc.
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As a part of
11th-17th August 2014
By
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Onehunga, Auckland, NZ
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11th to 16th August
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
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6.30 pm to 8.30 pm: Katha
8.30 pm to 10.00 pm:
Garba, Dandiya and dance
programme by Anuradha
school of dance
10 pm to 12.00 am: Katha
12.00 am: Krishna Janma
Celebrations and Aarati
followed by Prasad
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R
angmanch, a prominent Indian theatre
group in Auckland staged a rib tickling
Gujrati play, Ye jo hai Zindagi , which carried
a message that revolved around the essence of
leading content life with unity and positivity.
The play was originally scripted by
Saumya Joshi, which was directed by Shailesh
Prajapati to appeal to the Gujarati crowd of
Auckland. This much awaited play lived up
to the expectations of the audience with its
subtle comedy and its connection to a daily life
scenario seen in many households.
Yeh jo hai Zindagi, had a story line that
brought out the vibrancy of each relationship
portraying the ego clashes between a father and
the son that leads to failure in communication
between them, despite their deep love and
respect for each other.
The casts of the play seemed to be
handpicked perfectly to ft into their respective
roles. The director himself who played the
role of Arun, the father with Rupal Solanki
as Bhanu, the mother and Chirag Solanki as
Vivek, the son , made the play more realistic
connecting it to the audience with the dialect
and the fawless acting by the cast.
As promised by the director, Shailesh
Prajapati, the play was a complete package of
family drama which every audience present was
able to understand and connect without much
complexity. The play that depicts the conficts
of generation gap between a father and a son
and their unselfsh motive of wanting a secure
future for the family, was a roller coaster ride of
emotions leaving the audience laugh, cry and
embrace the play linking it to their daily life.
What an impressive work! A great show put
up by all the 3 artists. It was an immaculately
fawless work. Language was not a barrier
to watch the play as the emotions directly
conveyed a lot about the screen presence.
But I could see all who understand Gujarati
going gaga over the dialogues and cracking
with laughter. Amazing direction! said Ridhi
Khanna, who was enthralled by the wonderful
play.
The play was simply amazing, great
story, hard to mix comedy and a community
message. The 3 actors made me laugh, cry,
emotional, took me back to Mumbai. Acting
and dialogue delivery was superb. Direction,
stage design, hall etc was awesome. Hats off
to everyone. said Nilesh Karmokar expressing
his experience with the play.
The simplicity with which the play was
staged is yet another attempt by Rangmanch
to prove the brilliancy of theatre art. As the
dialogue in the play states that roughly translates
to say, One cannot enjoy the pleasures of ears
through eyes it goes without saying one has to
watch this play to understand the nuances the
play has brought out.
Yeh jo hai Zindagi : A rollercoaster ride of emotions
NEW ZEALAND
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I
ndia has long been considered a goldmine of
potential, banking on its ability to integrate
despite the diversity posing threats to its
foundation for growth and development. India
is a singularity of plurality in terms of its people,
culture, language, demographics and even its
identity and its 28 states stand to prove that as
a nation, it remains a sundry source of potential
that can transform India into a glistening image
of its past glory. However, India remains a long
way from the dream that its potential can convert
it to as its regional competitiveness is either
ignored or developed without a comprehensive
understanding of its capabilities and resources.
Indias growth and performance story are not
restricted to its rate of growth as sustainability
targets are not matched and the society has become
an amalgamation of unequal opportunities and
indicators. Competency of a nation is a function
of the performance of its regions and states and
the development of the nation as a whole needs to
be accepted as an amalgamation of its divergent
competencies.
The perception of India outside the country is
refected by the excitement and the buzz about the
Indian growth story. India is expected to be one
of the largest economies in the near future and
the recent election result has put much faith in the
growth and development dreams harboured by
India and the expectations of the world. However,
a closer inspection of the Indian reality reveals
huge levels of disparities in India that could put
a stopper to these dreams from realising. India
suffers from unequal growth and the different
regions of the country cannot boast of the same
levels of basic development required for the
potential economic superpower to grow.
While a few regions have come into the
spotlight of the international fraternity with their
high standards of work and competitiveness
though the challenges remain immense in certain
others. Interstingly, the unequal development
of regions is a manifestation of the inequitable
income distribution in India at the individual and
the regional level and it poses a grave danger to
the foundation that is required for the country
to grow as a whole. The competitiveness gap
between these states would only increase as only
a few would be able to develop, in the short term,
the industry and the infrastructure to support
growth and development. A major part of the
nation would remain in the backdrop, leaving a
gaping hole in the dreams of Indian growth and
development. Indias development has to be an
encompassing process lest it forestalls all progress
of regions.
The Indian federal structure enables the
governments to summate the policy measures
from the lowest levels to result in higher
effciency and effectiveness of the policies at the
state and eventually the central levels. The state
governments need to understand their potential
and undertake decisions that would create an
avenue for the state as an entity rather than a part
of a country. There are a select few places which
attract the FDI that has been creating a buzz for
the growth of India as a whole. A major part of
the investments are routed to these select few
locations that have become the representatives of
the Indian growth story while a signifcant part of
the country remains in the shadows of its past.
India is an amalgamation of resources and
competencies and the investments from the
government and businesses need to be sieved
through the lens of the regional capabilities. Each
state in India is a separate avenue for an industry
and an element in the race for competitiveness
and the onus of recognising this opening remains
with the administration closest to each region.
India has to recognise the power of summation: its
29 platforms to build a nation unifed in its pursuit
of development and welfare.
The groundwork exists but the implementation
is lacking. Every state needs to understand its
potential and undertake policy measures at
their level. Each state requires an in depth study
of its growth opportunities and the sources
from where a competitive advantage can be
derived. Nevertheless, India is the buzz word
in international arena and certain hard policy
measures can enable India to realize these
expectations.
Taking India ahead
- Amit Kapoor
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Prime Minister John Key: 68
th
Independence Day of India
Independence Day marks a very important event in Indias history. Independence Day
celebrations are an opportunity for Indian people around New Zealand, and the world, to
reflect on the past and look toward the future.
India has emerged in recent decades as a real success story. Through trade, innovation,
and growth India has developed into a major regional economic hub. I strongly value New
Zealands relationship with India.
Our relationship with India does not end at the border. New Zealand is home to many vibrant
and diverse communities, including a thriving community of Indian New Zealanders.
New Zealands Indian community makes a valuable contribution to our econmy, our culture,
and our country as a whole, and we are all the richer for it.
The 68
th
Indepdence Day of India is also an opportunity to celebrate the valuable
contribution that Indian New Zealanders make to our country.
National is committed to creating an environment and economy that supports members of all
our communities to fully participate in all aspects of New Zealand life.
All the best for this years Independence celebrations, I hope you enjoy them.
Best wishes,
Rt Hon John Key
PRIME MINISTER
Namaste, Satsriakal, Assalamu alaikum, Greetings

I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to the New Zealand Indian community as it
celebrates the 68th anniversary of Indian Independence.

It is pleasing to see that a large number of other major Indian organisations and associations from
around Auckland have joined forces to celebrate this wonderful day.

India is important to New Zealand. There are more than 155,000 Indians living in the country and is
the fastest growing Kiwi ethnic group.

India is our main supplier of skilled migrants and the number of international students from India
has also increased steadily for the last few years.

India has undergone many changes since gaining independence in 1947. Let us hope that it will
continue to progress and fnd solutions to all its problems and continue on a path for prosperity for
all its citizens, irrespective of their religion, caste, region or language.It is a day to remember and
pay tribute to all the great Indian leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and the massive independence
movement noted for largely nonviolence resistance and civil disobedience.

On this Independence Day, Indias new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hoisting the Indian
fag and addressing the nation from the ramparts of the famous Red Fort in Delhi.

India is becoming a major global player and we welcome it as a constructive partner on the
international stage.

The Indian community is a fne and valued part of New Zealand society, and one which is much
valued by the Labour Party.

My best wishes go to the new Prime Minister and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Jai Hind.
David Cunliffe ,
Leader of the Opposition
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8 August 2014
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I
ndependence Day is a day when we pay homage
to our great national leaders and heroic freedom
fghters - who made many sacrifces, including
giving up their lives to liberate India from foreign
control. We remember that our freedom struggle
was fought and won, not by force or bloodshed
but through the noble principles of truth and non-
violence. It was a unique movement in the history
of freedom struggles that won us the admiration
of the whole world.
ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE
The struggle for Indias Independence began
in 1857 with the Sepoy Mutiny in the town of
Meerut. Later, in the 20th century, a countrywide
movement for Independence was launched
by the Indian National Congress and other
political organizations, under the leadership of
Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji strongly advocated
non violent civil disobedience in opposition to
violent struggles as observed in most resistance
movements of the time. Some of the methods of
resistance advocated by him were protest marches,
prayer meetings, boycott of foreign products and
promotion of Indian goods.
The simplicity of these methods of dissent
found favour with the Indian public and local
campaigns soon became national movements.
Some of the main events in the Indian Freedom
Struggle were the Non Cooperation Movement,
Dandi March, Civil Disobedience Movement and
the Quit India Movement. It soon became clear
that India could no longer be controlled by colonial
powers and the British gave in to the demands of
Indian leaders. It was decided to transfer power to
India on the 15th of August, 1947.
At 11.00 pm on the 14th of August, 1947, the
Constituent Assembly, to whom power was to be
transferred, began a meeting to celebrate Indias
Independence. As the clock struck midnight, India
gained her liberty and became a free country. It
was then that the frst Prime Minister of Free
India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave his famous
Tryst With Destiny
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when
the world sleeps, India will awake to life and
freedom. A moment comes, which comes but
rarely in history, when we step out from the old to
the new.....are we brave enough and wise enough
to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge
of the future?
This was followed by the unfurling of the
tricolour and the singing of the National Anthem
from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
CELEBRATIONS ALL AROUND
The period leading up to Independence Day is
a time of celebration. It is a time when major
government buildings are illuminated with
strings of lights and the tricolor futters proudly
from homes and other buildings. Independence
Day - the15th of August is marked as a National
Holiday, to enable each citizen to commemorate
the sacrifces made by our brave freedom fghters
decades ago and celebrate our freedom.
In the week around Independence Day,
the media enthusiastically promotes a spirit of
patriotism with special contests and programmes
being telecast by radio stations and television
channels. Movies about the heroic deeds
of martyrs are screened on television while
publications bring out stories and reports with a
nationalistic theme.
The President delivers the Address to the
Nation on the eve of Independence Day. This is
followed by the unfurling of the tricolour from the
Red Fort in Delhi on the next day. At the State
level, we witness special Independence Day
functions that include fag hoisting ceremonies,
march pasts and cultural programmes. These
events are held in State Capitals and are usually
presided over by the Chief Minister of that
particular State. Celebrations on a smaller scale
are held by educational institutions, residential
associations, cultural centres and political
constituencies.
Another symbol of Independence Day is the
sport of kite fying. The azure skies are dotted with
countless kites being fown from rooftops and
felds to symbolize the free spirit of India. Kites
of various styles, sizes and shades, including the
tricolour are available in the marketplaces. Kite
fying enthusiasts simply revel in this opportunity
to display their kite fghting skills.
Spread the pride and glory of being an Indian
and rejoice in the spirit of being free with the
National Portal of India.India has a rich cultural
heritage and is the worlds largest democracy. The
citizens, when committed, have the potential to
take the country to even greater heights than the
founders of this Nation ever imagined. As the tri-
colour futters in the sky, let each citizen promise
to work hard to bring glory to the country and
reach the goal of making India a great nation that
stands for human values.
Indian Independence day: A day to Rejoice and Remember
New Zealand First recognizes the importance of Independence Day which is
widely celebrated throughout India.
It is a time of national pride, a time for Indias fag to fy high, a time for festivities
and a time to pay tribute to all those who were part of the struggle to gain
independence, which was proclaimed in 1947.
Indians around the world will be celebrating, including Indian New Zealanders
who mark the occasion, with friends and family, at cultural events.
We wish you well for a great Indian Independence Day- with a Kiwi favour
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Leader
New Zealand First



THE RT HON WINSTON PETERS MP
NEW ZEALAND FIRST LEADER
Parliament Buildings, Wellington
Telephone: (04) 817 8354 Facsimile: (04) 827 6491
Email: winston.peters@parliament.govt.nz



17 April 2014




Mr Giri Gupta QSM
Managing Editor
Indian Weekender



Dear Mr Gupta


Congratulations to the Indian Weekender from New Zealand First on the occasion of your 5
th

anniversary.

The Indian Weekender connects and informs Indian communities around New Zealand.

It is obvious that you and your staff are committed to producing an entertaining and
informative paper and website and you certainly succeed.

We wish you well for the future.


Kind regards


Yours sincerely



Rt Hon Winston Peters
Leader
New Zealand First



INDEPENDENCE DAY
My best wishes go to the entire Indian Community in New Zealand as we
celebrate Indias 68th anniversary of Independence.
To this day, Indias saffron, white and green fag represents courage,
sacrifce, peace, truth, faith and chivalry - universal values that have stood
the test of time.
The India-NZ relationship continues to go from strength.
I take great pleasure in wishing the people of India - Happy Independence
Day!
David Shearer
www.iwk.co.nz
8 August 2014
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U
PSC aspirants continuing their protest,
demanding scrapping of Civil Services
Aptitude Test (CSAT) from the entrance
examination. The government advised the
aspirants to maintain calm.
Bowing to pressure from protesting civil
service aspirants, the government has said that the
marks in English language comprehension skills
of the UPSC aptitude test will not be included in
the merit list. But students said their demands still
remain unfulflled.
Minister of State in Prime Ministers Offce
Jitendra Singh said in parliament: Government is
of the opinion that in the civil services preliminary
examination, paper II, the marks of the question
section on English language comprehension
skills should not be included in gradation or
merit.
The minister also announced that candidates
who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011
may be allowed one more attempt in 2015.
However, protesting civil service aspirants
were not satisfed with the governments
statement. They said they wanted the Civil
Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to be done away
with altogether.
The agitating students slammed the
government.
Students have been protesting for the past two
weeks, asking the government to scrap the CSAT
and calling it discriminatory against those with
a Hindi and humanities background.
We were assured that the CSAT will be done
away with, but the ministers statement talks
nothing about that. Instead, they have cheated
us by deciding to not consider marks for English
comprehension, Subhankar Vats, a civil service
aspirant, told media.
Vats explained that the comprehension, which
is a part of paper II of preliminary examination,
consists of four passages, out of which two are
easy with no translation, while the other two are
diffcult.
He said the students feel cheated by the
government for not heeding to their demand.
The agitating students said they will resume
their protest and will further intensify it till their
demands are met. They also demanded the
postponement of the preliminary exam scheduled
for Aug 24.
The comprehensions the government has
decided to not consider are the easy ones in which
most of us score, added Vats.
The preliminary examination is divided into
two sections - General Studies (Paper I) and CSAT
(Paper II) and both papers are of 200 marks each.
Supportive of the governments decision,
Janata Dal-United spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said:
We support the decision of the government...
This is the result of the struggle of protesting
students all over. The government had to bow to
their demand.
Educationist Kamal Kumar Chenoy said the
government, in pursuit of giving importance to
Hindi, cannot ignore other regional languages.
Since these are IAS examinations...English
becomes an indispensable subject. But, it is a
matter of concern that the number of students with
a humanities background qualifying for the exams
has reduced, he said.
Agitated students argued that their fght was
never about languages, but about the technical
errors in the exam.
The CSAT-II paper carries questions on
comprehension, interpersonal skills including
communication skills, logical reasoning and
analytical ability, decision-making and problem-
solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy
and English language comprehension skills (of
Class 10 level).
UPSC to leave out English marks,
students continue protests
H
ours before a deadline for the World
Trade Organisation (WTO) members to
ratify a global trade facilitation pact, the US
mounted pressure on India to soften its stand
and end the impasse on reaching an agreement.
This was conveyed
by US Secretary of State
John Kerry and US
Secretary of Commerce
Penny Pritzker when
both met Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley in
New Delhi.
We are urging our
friends in India on the
way for compromise
that is achievable,
and we hope that it is
achievable, Kerry said.
India has so far
said that its position on
the issue continues to
remain the same.
Our stand remains
the same, Commerce Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman told reporters after meeting the US
Commerce Secretary.
At the on-going WTO talks in Geneva,
India last week called for a halt to the trade
facilitation timetable until the end of the year
and said a permanent WTO deal on food
stockpiling must be in place at the same time.
India has strongly opposed the process
of implementing the WTOs Bali agreements
which include TFA, permanent solution on
Indias public stock holding of foodgrains for
its food security programme and issues related
to least developed countries (LDCs).
Hundreds of activists last week staged a
protest here over pressure by Western nations
on India to strengthen intellectual property
rights, which has the potential to limit the
production of life-saving generic medication.
Gathered under the banner of AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the activists
demanded at a rally that India should not sign
the agreement on the WTOs Trade Related
Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights-plus
(TRIPS-plus), which can cut off the potential
supply of cheaper generic medicines that
can save lives, especially when the original
branded products are priced so high that very
few can afford them.
US pressure on WTO deal,
India maintains stand
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INDIA
T
he US reached out to the new Indian
government of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi promising to partner it in its vision of
Sabka saath sabka vikasa or development for
all, even as India raised the issue of Americas
cyber snooping and termed it unacceptable
between friends.
Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry
said that Prime Minister Narendra Modis
vision of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is similar
to that expressed by US President Barack
Obama and that the US private sector is eager
to be a catalyst to the India growth story.
The meeting between Kerry, who arrived
as the head of a high level delegation and
Sushma Swaraj, also laid the groundwork for
the summit meeting between Obama and Modi
in Washington in September.
Addressing a joint press briefng after their
over three-hour long talks, Sushma Swaraj
said that she had raised the issue of the US
cyber snooping and conveyed to Kerry that
the people of India were very agitated over
the US surveillance activities. I also said if
we consider each other friends then a friendly
country spying on another is unacceptable.
Kerry, in reply, said that the US fully
respects and understands the feelings
expressed by the minister and that the US
would continue to work with India wherever
they saw a threat to their shared interests.
On Indias opposition on the process of
implementing the WTOs Bali agreement,
which it feels will impact the countrys food
security programme, Kerry hoped that New
Delhi would soften its stand and end the
impasse on reaching an agreement.
We are urging our friends in India on the
way for compromise that is achievable, and
we hope that it is achievable, he said.
India has so far said that its position
on the issue continues to remain the same.
India has strongly opposed the
process of implementing the
WTOs Bali agreements which
include a trade facilitation
agreement, a permanent solution
on Indias public stock holding of
foodgrains for its food security
programme and issues related
to least developed countries
(LDCs).
Hundreds of activists
Thursday staged a protest here
over pressure by Western nations
on India to strengthen intellectual property
rights, which has the potential to limit the
production of life-saving generic medication.
Sushma Swaraj also raised the issue of the
US immigration law, which she said will affect
the Indian IT industry and give a negative
signal at a time when India is opening up to
foreign players.
Kerry tried to assuage Indian concerns
saying that the bill is in need of amending so
that more people are able to travel to the US
but it would have to wait for a few months due
to elections in the US.
Elaborating on the strategic partnership,
he said the US supports Indian hopes to be
a permanent member of the UN Security
Council and we would not support if we
did not believe in Indias breadth of values,
cooperation on many issues, and India has
been a signifcant steward of nuclear power,
there are a great deal of interests that tie us
together.. I acknowledge that there have been
ups and downs but there have been much more
ups in the last 10-15 years.
He said the US is impressed with the
breadth of the thoughts of Prime Minister
Modi and his government of providing jobs,
reforms, the effciency in decisions and about
the economic changes that are possible.. and
we want to see those implemented, and the
proof is in the pudding.
Kerrys is the frst high level contact of the
US government with the Modi government.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives
early next month for the India-US defence
dialogue.
Sushma Swaraj said the visit of Hagel
would be a good opportunity to give new
strategic content to their ties and that the
summit meeting between Obama and Modi
would raise the partnership to a new level.
US reaches out to Modi government, India says cyber snooping unacceptable
After winning hearts, Modi ends historic Nepal visit
Kerry meets Modi, says Obama keen on productive Washington summit
I
ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended
a historic two-day Nepal visit on a positive
note this week, urging political leaders to work
together for a new constitution and stressing
the need for greater economic and strategic
cooperation between the two neighbouring
nations that have strong civilizational ties.
The frst Indian premier to make a bilateral
visit to Nepal in 17 years, Modi won millions
of hearts with his speech in Nepals parliament
that was evident as thousands poured out of
their homes spontaneously to bid farewell to
the visiting leader as he drove to the airport.
Mission accomplished, PM India heads
home, tweeted external affairs ministry
spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Looks like
the whole of Kathmandu (is) out to bid (him)
farewell.
President Ram Baran Yadav and political
leaders of all hues hailed Modi for speaking
his heart out while outlining his vision of
India-Nepal relations.
You have won our hearts with your speech
in parliament, the president told Modi during
a 15-minute meeting, echoing an opinion
widely refected in the Nepalese media too.
India and Nepal agreed to review, adjust
and update their 1950 Treaty of Peace and
Friendship and other bilateral agreements,
and not to let unscrupulous
elements misuse their open
border.
The four-page statement
said talks between Modi and
Koirala and their delegations
were held in an atmosphere
of utmost warmth and
cordiality and were marked
by deep friendship and
understanding.
The two prime ministers
expressed satisfaction
over the excellent state of
Nepal-India relations (and)
underlined the need to further
explore ways to enhance sub-
regional cooperation.
On the political front, Modi asked political
parties to work together for a new inclusive
constitution that satisfes all sections of Nepal.
He also emphasized the need for greater
economic cooperation between the two
countries that share a common culture, history
and civilization.
The PM (told) leaders to work for the
betterment of the nation, not for their parties,
Akbaruddin said shortly before Modi departed
in his Indian Air Force plane at the head of a
75-strong delegation.
At the macro level, the visit focused on
four Cs: cooperation, connectivity, culture and
constitution.
Modi announced a $1 billion soft loan to
Nepal for infrastructure and vowed to expedite
the fnalization of two energy cooperation
related pacts -- a Power Trade Agreement and
a Project Development Agreement -- within
45 days.
It was decided to construct bridges over
Mahakali river to better link farwest Nepal
with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress and
Communist Party of Nepal-Unifed Marxist
Leninist as well as the opposition United
Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist besides
Madhesis all expressed satisfaction after
meeting Modi.
My meeting with Modi was historic,
said Maoist supremo Puspa Kamal Dahal
aka Prachanda, once known for his anti-India
views. A new chapter has begun in Nepal-
India ties.
Modi promised Indian help for
infrastructure development and energy
projects. India offered assistance to develop
Janakpur, Baraha Chhetra and Lumbini,
including linking Lumbini -- the birthplace
of Lord Buddha -- with the Buddhist circuit
of India. Modi also announced more slots for
for Nepalese students and experts to study in
Indian institutions. Both countries also agreed
to fnalize the texts of an extradition treaty and
a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) at
an early date.
Nepal expressed its desire to resolve all
outstanding boundary issues. India has decided
to take up building a petroleum pipeline from
Raxaul in Bihar to Kathmandu.
U
S Secretary of State John Kerry called on
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New
Delhi last week and conveyed that President
Barack Obama attaches great priority to relations
with India and looks forward to a productive and
fruitful summit in September in Washington.
Kerry, along with Commerce Secretary Penny
Pritzker, held an hour-long meeting with Modi
at the prime ministers offcial residence. The
meeting was held a day after he met External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the 5th India-
US Strategic Dialogue
The two visiting secretaries briefed Prime
Minister Modi on the India-US Strategic
Dialogue; conveyed that President Obama
attached great priority to relations with India, both
for bilateral cooperation and global partnership,
and looks forward to a productive and fruitful
Summit in September in Washington to set an
ambitious new agenda to chart a new course in
the relationship, said an offcial statement.
Modi said that there was broad convergence of
views and interests between the two countries.
He outlined his vision for
India and for the partnership
between the worlds two largest
democracies in addressing
global challenges, promoting
peace and stability in the world
and supporting India`s own
economic transformation.
Modi also highlighted the
opportunities for partnership in
trade, investment, clean energy,
innovation, education, skill
development, agro-processing,
youth empowerment, among
others, the statement said.
The prime minister also
emphasized the need for
developed countries to understand
the challenges of poverty in developing countries
and their governments responsibilities in
addressing them, when discussions take place
in international fora. He discussed the regional
situation, including Indias engagement in the Asia
Pacifc region; the commitment to bring South
Asia together in a united effort to promote regional
economic development; India`s commitment to
continue its support to Afghanistan; and, the need
to confront terrorism on the principles of zero
tolerance for terrorism and eschewing a selective
approach to terrorism, said the statement.
Modi thanked Kerry and Pritzker for visiting
India, although it was the US turn to host the
Strategic Dialogue; conveyed his appreciation
for President Obamas thoughtful and detailed
letter; and, asked both sides to prepare for
concrete outcomes during the Summit to take the
relationship to an entirely new level, on the basis
of vision, strategy and action plan, the statement
said.
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES
W
ith 65 medals- 15 gold, 30 silver
and 19 bronze, India fnished at the
ffth position in the games. Even though the
numbers will pale in comparison to the 101
medals that the country won in 2010, the
2014 tally is still encouraging because it was
notched up even
though some
disciplines like
archery and Greco-
Roman wrestling
India won 10
medals in these two
disciplines last time
were dropped
this time. India had
fnished second as
organisers of the
previous edition of
the Games in Delhi.
In Glasgow,
the grapplers
put up a brilliant
performance; so
have the shooters
and boxers. Then
there was the sterling
performance of
Dipa Karmakar,
who became the
frst Indian woman
to win a medal in
artistic gymnastics,
and Arpinder Singh,
who won a bronze in
triple jump. On the
last day, P Kashyap
got the countrys frst
badminton gold in 32
years.
In artistic
gymnastics, Dipa
Karmakar became
the frst Indian
woman and the
second person from
the country to clinch
a Commonwealth
Games medal when
she won the womens vault bronze at the SSE
Hydro.Agartala-born Dipa got the bronze with
an average score of 14.366.
The utmost surprise has been given by
discus thrower Vikas Gowda who broke a
56-year jinx, to toast with gold alongside
wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari
as India snaked up to the ffth spot in the medal
race at the Commonwealth Games.
In the wrestling arena, Olympic bronze
medallist Yogeshwar Dutt beat Jevon Balfour
of Canada in the mens freestyle 65kg category
fnal. The Indian was declared the winner on
grounds of technical superiority after he took
a 10-0 lead within 1.53 minutes of the frst
period.
Babita Kumari
began the countrys
gold conquest on
the mat by putting
on a stunning show
to prevail over
Canadas Brittanee
Laverdure in the
womens 55kg
freestyle category
summit clash at the
SECC Hall.
P a r u p a l l i
Kashyap also broke
a 32-year jinx to
claim the mens
singles badminton
gold, while the
womens doubles
pair of Jwala Gutta and
Ashwini Ponnappa as
also the mens hockey
team clinched silvers to
cap an creditable Indian
showing at the 20th
Commonwealth Games
Earlier ace shooter
Abhinav Bindra fred to
glory to sign off from his
fnal Commonwealth
Games with a gold
while teenager Malaika
Goel shot a silver and
lifter Santoshi Matsa
snatched a bronze.
Indias grappler
Geetika Jakhar had
to settle for the silver
medal after she lost
the womens freestyle
63 kg fnal to Canadas
Danielle Lappage.The
28-year-old Geetika proved no match for the
23-year-old Danielle, who won 7-0.
Wrestler Pawan Kumar earlier came from
behind to win against Pakistans Muhammad
Inam to clinch the bronze medal in the mens
freestlye 86kg category. The two wrestlers
were tied at 6-6 but Pawan was adjudged the
winner since he scored the last point.
India at Commonwealth 2014:
Its time to celebrate
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INDIA
S
hri S. S. Mundra took over as the Deputy
Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) today. The Government of India vide its
notifcation dated July 30, 2014 has appointed
him as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve
Bank of India, for a period of three years from
the date of his taking over, i.e., July 31, 2014 or
until further orders, whichever is earlier. Prior
to joining the Reserve Bank, Shri Mundra was
Chairman and Managing Director, Bank of
Baroda, the second largest bank in the country.
As Deputy Governor, Shri Mundra will
look after banking supervision, currency
management, fnancial stability, rural credit,
customer service, as also, the Reserve Banks
human resources and security.
Born on July 18, 1954, Shri Mundra began
his career as a Probationary Offcer in Bank
of Baroda in March 1977. During a banking
career spanning 37 years, he has held several
challenging positions including heading Bank
of Barodas European operations (UK) before
being elevated as Executive Director of Union
Bank of India in September 2010 and further as
Chairman of Bank of Baroda in January 2013.
Shri Mundra has served on Boards of
several multi-dimensional companies, such as,
the Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL),
Central Depository Services (India) Ltd.
(CDSL), BOB Asset Management Company,
India Infrastructure Finance Corporation
(UK) Ltd. (IIFCL), Star Union Dai-Ichi Life
Insurance Company Ltd., National Payments
Corporation of India Ltd. The experience gained
in guiding these entities has bestowed him with
wide leadership skills and keen insights in best
practices in Corporate Governance.
He has served as the Chairman of Committee
on Financial Inclusion set up by the Indian
Banks Association (IBA) and also served as a
member of several other important committees
relating to the banking and fnancial sector
constituted by the IBA and RBI, including the
Nachiket Mor Committee on Comprehensive
Financial Services (CCFS) for Small Businesses
and Low-Income Households.
He holds a Masters Degree in Commerce
and CAIIB.
Shri S S Mundra takes over as RBI Deputy Governor
T
he government Tuesday said it is confdent
that India will be able to persuade members of
the World Trade Organization (WTO) appreciate
its stand regarding the welfare of farmers.
India is committed to protecting the interests
of our farmers against all odds, Commerce
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Lok
Sabha. She said the government stood frm on its
demands despite immense pressure in the recent
WTO General Council meeting to wrap up trade
facilitation agreement.
Sitharaman was making a statement on Indias
position at the WTO trade talks in Geneva.
India, she said, wanted to ensure that WTO
worked impartially and fairly in the interest of all
its members and not just a select few.
Negotiators at the WTO failed to agree on
the implementation of the Trade Facilitation
Agreement (TFA) as the deadline of July 31
passed. The TFA, a global reform of customs
procedures, is aimed at improving effciency
of trade across borders that were agreed at
the WTOs 9th ministerial conference in Bali,
Indonesia, in December last year.
Indias unyielding stance that the TFA and the
agreement of food stockpiling are part of the same
package which got the talks collapsed.
Sitharaman said: India stood frm on its
demands despite immense pressure. Despite
Indias efforts, our concerns were not satisfactorily
addressed.
We offered practical suggestions for a
way forward, she said, adding that the issue of
permanent solution on public stockholding was
a simple one. India must have freedom to use
food reserves to feed the poor without threat of
violating any international obligations, she
said, adding that issues of development and food
security are critical and cannot be sacrifced to
mercantilist considerations.
India will protect farmers interests: Sitharaman
R
ussia is seeking to promote its education and
culture in India and strengthen people-to-
people ties ahead of President Vladimir Putins
expected visit here later this year.
India and Russia will sign an agreement on the
mutual recognition of higher education diplomas,
which would help increase the fow of Indian
students to Russia, Fyodor Rozovsky, director
of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture
(RCSC) here, told IANS. Russias largest cultural
representation abroad is in India, with fve RCSCs
in New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and
Trivandrum.
This agreement will make it possible to
increase the number of Indian students studying
in Russia, either on government stipends or at
their own expense, Rozovsky said.
There have been other changes effected in
Russian law this year to beneft foreign students
in Russia.
In the past, foreign students in Russia couldnt
work while they were students, but since January
2014, in accordance with changes to the law on
Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in Russia, they
can both study and work, said Rozovsky, who
heads the India offce of Russias Agency for CIS
(Commonwealth of Independent States) Affairs,
Russian Compatriots Abroad and International
Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)
which has offces in 68 countries.
On the other side, there is growing interest
in India in learning Russian, said Rozovsky,
who studied Urdu and Persian in Moscow State
University and has spent 23 years in India in
various capacities in the Rossotrudnichestvo
system.
Russia seeks more Indian students, to promote
its culture in India
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INDIA ABROAD
A
novel written by a British Indian author has
made it to the frst long list of the coveted
Man Booker Prize for fction for this year.
London-based Neel Mukherjee was among
2014 longlist or Man Bookers Dozen for his
novel The Lives of Others which was published
in May this year, a Man Booker statement
Wednesday said
As many as 154 books were entered for this
years prize by British publishers, of which 44
titles were by authors who are now eligible under
the new rule changes.
The 2014 long list of 13 novels includes
American writer Joshua Ferris To Rise Again
at a Decent Hour, Australian writer Richard
Flanagans The Narrow Road to the Deep
North and Irish writer Niall Williams History
of the Rain.
Mukherjees frst novel, Past Continuous
came in 2009 and was chosen as a joint winner
of the Vodafone-Crossword Award, a noted
literary award for writing in English, for best
novel of 2008 (along with Amitav Ghoshs Sea of
Poppies).
The shortlist of six books will be announced
September 9, while the winner would be decided
October 14 in London.
The Chair of the judges, AC Grayling, said:
The judges were impressed by the high quality
of writing and the range of issues tackled - from
1066 to the future, from a PoW camp in Thailand,
to a dentists chair in Manhattan; from the funny to
the deeply serious, sometimes in the same book.
The literary award, established in 1969, has
for the frst time been opened up to the writers of
any nationality, writing originally in English and
published in Britain.
The 50,000 pounds literary prize is awarded
each year for the best original novel, written in the
English language.
Previously, the prize was open to authors
from Britain & Commonwealth, Ireland and
Zimbabwe.
The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man
Group, a leading investment management frm.
Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker
Prize for her novel The Luminaries last year.
The previous noted winners of the award
include many of the literary trailblazers of the
twentieth and twenty-frst centuries like Salman
Rushdie, Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch and Peter
Carey.
British-Indian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize
W
ith violence gripping Libya, the Indian
government said Tuesday that it was
making arrangements to facilitate the return of
around 4,500 Indian nationals, including 750
nurses.
A day after issuing an advisory to Indians
to avoid confict zones in Libya and to exit
Libya, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
reviewed the security situation impacting on
Indian nationals in Libya, said an external affairs
ministry spokesperson.
After the minister gave directions to strengthen
the Indian mission in Tripoli, additional staff has
been deployed for the smooth facilitation of the
return of Indian nationals from Libya.
More staff is also being sent to the Indian
mission in Tunisia to assist Indians who travel by
land to Tunisia from Libya en route to India.
The Indian mission in Tripoli is in touch
with some 4,500 Indian nationals through 62
coordinators to facilitate their return, the offcial
said. These include around 750 nurses.
Several Indians are using the land route to
reach Tunisia.
The mission is working with Libyan
authorities to obtain necessary exit permission for
Indians who want to leave.
The Indian Community Welfare Fund will
be used to fund those too poor to buy their own
tickets out of Libya.
The rescue mission comes close on the heels
of the evacuation of a large number of Indians
stranded in Iraq following fghting between the
Iraqi military and Sunni insurgents.
Libya has been engulfed in intense fghting
between rival militias since the ouster of
Muammar Gaddaf. The fghting has escalated in
the absence of a strong federal government and a
united military.
On Monday, Libya appealed for international
help after an oil depot was set on fre during
fghting in Tripoli.
India to help its nationals leave
Libya
T
he Uttar Pradesh government Friday
announced a new department has been set
up for NRIs, tasked with not only solving their
problems but also attracting investment in the
state.
Infrastructure and Industrial Development
principal secretary Sanjeev Saran has been
handed over the charge of the new department, a
state government spokesman said.
The new department would not only work
to address the problems faced by the NRI
community in the state but would also encourage
the hard-working and technically advanced NRIs
to invest here.
The spokesman added that recognising
the large number of NRIs from the state, the
department would also increase communications
with the community and make them partners in
the efforts to usher in growth in the state.
A cell was earlier constituted in the Udyog
Bandhu to address the problems faced by
NRIs and inform them of investment and job
opportunities in the state.
The offcial said that families of most of these
NRIs from Uttar Pradesh still live here and that
the government was working toward a policy to
harness their abilities for the welfare and growth
of the state.
Uttar Pradesh sets up NRI
department
I
ndia has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-
hit Iraq in an extremely diffcult operation,
days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in
the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.
Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson
Syed Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were brought
out through the land route in batches over the last
three weeks. The rescue operation was undertaken
in extremely diffcult circumstances.. through
friends in Iraq, the spokesperson said.
On the 39 Indian workers still held captive
in Mosul, the spokesperson said the government
is working at all levels to ensure their release.
He said the Indian government is working at
the diplomatic level and at the ground level, but
declined to reveal details.
Earlier this month, the 46 nurses, all from
Kerala, were brought back from Iraq. The nurses
had been stranded for weeks at a hospital in Tikrit,
that was overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq
and Levant militants. The nurses were taken to
Mosul by the ISIS militants, who later took them
to Erbil and released them. The release followed
prolonged negotiations by the Indian government
through their interlocutors, including from friends
in the region.
India rescues 58 more nurses from
troubled Iraq
I
n a bid to prevent human rights violations
among Indian migrant workers in the Gulf
region, Amnesty International India and UAE
Exchange India have launched a Go to Gulf with
rights campaign.
The awareness campaign will provide
information about migrant workers rights under
Indian and international law, legally authorised
channels for migration, pre-departure training
programmes, and the risks of irregular migration,
an Amnesty International statement said Friday.
Migrant workers and their families will also be
able to access information about support systems
in destination countries, and details of Indian
embassies and NGOs that can provide assistance.
Migrant workers who travel to the Gulf can
face exploitation even before leaving home. They
are known to be charged excessive recruitment
fees and deceived about their contracts, leaving
them more vulnerable to human rights abuses
in the Gulf, including human traffcking and
forced labour, G. Ananthapadmanabhan, chief
executive of Amnesty International India, said in
the statement.
The workers will be equipped with a safe
migration booklet, pamphlet and a toll free
telephone number 1800-200-1303.
V. George Antony, managing director and
country head of UAE Exchange India, a fnancial
services frm, said that this pioneering campaign
will be featured in UAE Exchange offces for
the next six months, and will help prospective
migrants learn about their rights and how to
migrate safely.
According to the International Labour
Organisation (ILO), nearly 600,000 workers in
the Gulf region and the Middle East are victims
of forced labour, trapped in jobs into which they
have been coerced and deceived, and which they
cannot leave.
Many of these workers are Indian citizens
employed in low-skilled and semi-skilled jobs
in construction, manufacturing and the domestic
sector.
There are over six million expatriate Indians
in the six Gulf nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Go to Gulf with rights campaign
to help expats
I
ndian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has made
a bid to buy a mountain in Britain sparking
protests from the locals, media reported.
The London-based NRI businessman has
bid over 1.75 million pounds ($2.94 million) to
purchase Blencathra mountain, also known
as Saddleback, lying in Northern fells mountain
range in Britains Lake district, the dailymail
reported Saturday.
The Earl of Lonsdale, the local division, has
reportedly accepted the offer and said he has been
forced to sell the land to settle a 9 million pounds
tax bill.
However, the locals have criticised the
mountain sale move and have lodged their protest
to prevent the historic 2,850 feet peak from falling
into the hands of a foreign landowner.
Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of worlds largest steel-
maker ArcelorMittal and one of the richest Indians,
also owns two of the most expensive houses in
London and has a large stake in a premier football
club.
A protest group named as Friends of
Blencathra has lodged a counter bid using
a substantial sum donated by British outdoor
clothing label Berghaus.
The land sale would take six months to be
fnalised because the local authority, Eden District
Council, is obliged to allow the group time to raise
enough funds.
The Friends of Blencathra have offered
300,000 pounds less than what the Earl wants to
earn from Blencathra, the report said.
Debbie Cosgrove, who chairs the group, said:
If someone buys the mountain it is unlikely they
have charitable aims.
However, Martin Knowles, a local resident,
said the buyer (Mittal) wants to preserve the
mountain and has the money to pay farmers to
repair the footpaths and wells.
Whereas if the Friends scrape together
enough cash, they will have no money to preserve
it, Knowles added.
Indian steel barons bid to buy mountain in Britain
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FIJI
A
FORMER Fiji citizen has been nominated
for the Pride of Australia medal award for
saving the life of a neurologist who was involved
in a brutal hospital stabbing in Australia on
February 18 this year.
Apart from being a nominee for the national
award and the bravery award by Victoria Police,
Labasa-born Vinay Dass, 43, was given a
recognition award by his employer, the Western
Health Hospital at Footscray, Melbourne.
The award, and two nominations, strives to
recognise the hospitals equipment technician,
who with the assistance of four others, helped save
neurologist Michael Wongs life that morning.
In an interview via electronic mail last night,
Mr Dass said he was at work at 7.30am and was
in his offce when he heard some commotion, and
at the same time seeing people running along the
corridor.
He said he also ran out and when he arrived at
the hospital reception, he saw the neurosurgeon
on the foor bleeding after being stabbed 14 times
by the assailant.
He said he picked up an A-frame and yelled at
the assailant to draw his attention.
He said while he engaged the assailants
attention, four other people at the reception
dragged Dr Wong to the emergency area.
I engaged him so that he would not try to
harm other people at the reception area, Mr Dass
said.
The former Australian Air Force technician
said he kept the assailant engaged until the
hospital security arrived and further assisted them
to calm the man before police arrived and arrested
him.
In an interview with news agency Herald Sun,
Dr Wong, who was the head of the neurosurgery
at Western Hospital at that time, said he would
have bled to death without those who rescued
him.
They were very, very brave people,
its bravery akin to a war situation. Im not
permanently disabled, Im back to work. What
they did was lifesaving, he told the news agency.
Dr Wong received stab wounds to the back,
arms, hands, legs, chest, abdomen and head, and
suffering a punctured lung.
Proud sister Sarina Dass told The Fiji Times
that his brother, who was born in Labasa and grew
up in Jittu Estate, was always proud of his Fijian
background and his actions spoke volume of this
pride that inspired him to help people and even
strangers in trouble.
Mr Dass is among fve of his colleagues who
are being nominated for the Pride of Australia
medal.
In an interview with news agency Herald Sun,
Dr Wong, who was the head of the neurosurgery
at Western Health Hospital at that time, said he
would have bled to death without those who
rescued him.
They were very, very brave people,
its bravery akin to a war situation. Im not
permanently disabled, Im back to work. What
they did was lifesaving, he told the news agency.
Dr Wong received stab wounds to the back,
arms, hands, legs, chest, abdomen and head, and
suffering a punctured lung.
Proud sister Sarina Dass told The Fiji Times
his brother, who was born in Labasa and grew
up in Jittu Estate, was always proud of his Fijian
background and his actions spoke volumes of this
pride that inspired him to help people and even
strangers in trouble.
Mr Dass is among fve of his colleagues who
are being nominated for the Pride of Australia
medal.
Fiji Times
Pride of Australia hero
D
RASA in Lautoka recorded the countrys
lowest temperature of 10 degrees last
week, the Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi
confrmed.
The weather offce said this reading was
taken between 3-4am on Saturday August 2.
Monasavu Dam recorded the second
minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees, while
Nadi International Airport recorded 13.4
degrees and Suva 19.7 degrees.
Laisa Meo, 17, a student of Suva Muslim
School, said the cold weather could not be
helped and people should take all necessary
steps to stay warm. It has been pretty cold
lately but theres nothing we can do about it
but enjoy it and stay warm, the Suva Muslim
School student said.
The weather offce stated that a high pressure
system to the far southwest of Fiji directed
a cool south to southeast wind fow over the
group.
Ms Meo said these next few weeks were
important ones for students as they prepared for
their end-of-term examinations.
I cant wake up early in the morning to
study because its too cold, but I make sure I
stay up late at night to revise.
Coolest temperature recorded
T
he knowledge acquired by many secondary
school students on issues that link Fiji and
New Zealand is quite astounding and it has
amazed New Zealands High Commissioner to
Fiji, Mark Ramsden.
In a moving ceremony at Mr Ramsdens
residence in Suva last week, 25 secondary school
students from 78 secondary schools in Fiji that
participated in the Fiji Secondary Schools Essay
Competition 2014 were awarded their prizes.
The event which enters its sixth year this year
has always been organised by the New Zealand
High Commission and the 320 essays received
this year surprised the organisers.
I was struck by the optimism and confdence
that writers had when addressing the topic of Fiji
10 years from Now.
I was also impressed with the innovative and
creative approach shown by many of the essay
writers, Mr Ramsden said.
Students who wrote on contemporary cultural
linkages between Fiji and New Zealand mined the
breadth and depth of our relationship.
Participants were provided with two topics to
choose from which included writing on the topic
Fiji 10 years from now or Contemporary Links
in culture between Fiji and New Zealand.
New Zealand and Fiji have a long history
of friendship and co-operation, our ties are long-
standing and extensive, Mr Ramsden said.
Education linkages are a strong and vital part
of this relationship.
The winners of the competition who won
themselves $1000 and a plaque to be presented to
their schools are Ratika Sologar of Natabua High
School in Lautoka and Shawnal Kumar of Jai
Narayan College in Suva.
- Fiji Times
Students impress NZ envoy
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FEATURE
I
nstead of crossing oceans, hungry gourmets
can now hop over to Pine Harbour Marina for a
taste of American Cajun-Creole cuisine.
Waterfront restaurant - Pepperjacks - has been
revived with the spirit of the Big Easy thanks to
restaurateur and hospitality veteran, Yash Narula
who took over earlier this year.
Locals will recognise the former owner and
founder of Giggles Restaurant in Howick who
launched the Onion Mumm phenomenon.
Now, the savvy operator has brought back
this signature dish and other Louisiana hits
whilst improving the overall dining experience at
Pepperjacks.
For starters, the former party area has been
converted into an ice cream parlour with a
childrens lounge screening the latest animations
or old cartoon favourites.
Suitable for birthday parties, it is also a great
hangout for little ones whilst parents enjoy
a leisurely meal or cup of coffee. Happiness
abounds with 20 different favours of Killinchy
Gold ice cream, thick shakes and milkshakes
galore.
The dining area has had a facelift. Weve
added an outdoor freplace to create a warmer
atmosphere as well as improving the fow, says
Yash.
As always, the stunning view of the marina
and promenade remains and we have already been
receiving very positive feedback from the locals.
But the real star is the food. Weve kept the
best of Pepperjacks for the regulars and
spiced things up with a Cajun-Creole
infuence.
Relying on Yashs collection of tried
and tested recipes, head chef Steve
(formerly of Barracuda in Bucklands
Beach) recreates favourites such as Cajun
Popcorn, Blackened Fish, Seafood/
Chicken and Sausage Gumbos as well as
vibrant Jambalaya.
Importantly, there is only one Onion
Mumm to rule them all. You may fnd
a few replicas, but mine is the original,
declares Yash. And rightly so gloriously
large and golden, this moreish onion
sensation is the stuff of dreams for many.
In true New Orleans tradition, theres
Creole Bread Pudding and Banana Foster
to butter up the dessert palate.
No culinary journey is complete
without craft beers and rare wines. To this
end, a new and expansive beverage list boasts
sophisticated brews from Black Dog in Wellington
as well as wines sourced domestically and from
Spain, South Africa, and Australia.
Whats more, breakfast and brunch on
weekends are a packed affair, says Yash.
Bookings are strongly recommended our
Mexican breakfast of baked beans, mince and
fried eggs on a tortilla has been really popular.
Dont forget the $17 deal for all mains on
Wednesday nights.
So pop into Pepperjacks 190 Jack Lachlan
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M
ore Indians are logging into Facebook and
Twitter accounts, as evident from a record
growth of 37 percent in social networking during
2013, according to a study by eMarketer.
Indians are increasingly logging into
Facebook and Twitter accounts, with the country
recording the highest social networking growth
of 37.4 percent in 2013, the US-
based independent market research
frm, which provides insights and
trends in digital marketing, media
and commerce, said in the study.
Though the growth rate of
social network users may be
slowing globally, there is no
stopping in India, as the number of
social media users in urban India is
projected to cross a whopping 80
million this year from 63 million years ago.
With the second largest Facbook user base
outside the US, India is expected to have the
largest Facebook population in the world by
2016, according to a data released Friday at an
international conference here on Social Media
Marketing in Emerging Markets.
The conference was organised by L.N.
Welingkar Institute of Management Development
& Research in association with Academy of India
Marketing and IDG Media.
A survey by the Internet and Mobile
Association of India found that 78 million
netizens across the country were active users of
Facebook in early 2013, registering a 50 percent
growth over the same period in 2012, followed by
33 million users on Twitter and 20 million users
on LinkedIn.
Asserting that social media was the next big
frontier, institute group director Uday Salunkhe
said whether people like it or not,
they could not ignore the powerful
medium in the virtual world.
The boom has established
social media as an imperative
part of a holistic marketing
strategy as it proved to be hugely
benefcial for businesses to
reduce costs, improve customer
services and create an online
personality, Salunkhe told about
200 participants from management and marketing
felds.
Executives from corporate world and research
experts from B-schools across the country spoke
on the best practices they adopted to use social
media for promoting and marketing products and
services in the virtual world.
Among the noted speakers at the conference
included LinkedIn India head Nishanth Rao, US-
based Emory University marketing and strategy
professor Jagdish N. Sheth, Portea Medical
founder K. Ganesh and Social Wavelength
founder Sanjay Mehta.
India records highest social
networking growth: Study
I
n a frst, British researchers have devised a
simple blood test that can be used to diagnose
whether people have cancer or not.
Early results have shown the new test gives
a high degree of accuracy in diagnosing cancer
and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of
patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung
cancer.
The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer
in patients presenting with certain symptoms,
saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary
invasive procedures, researchers said.
We found that people with cancer have DNA
which is more easily damaged by ultraviolet light
than other people, so the test shows the sensitivity
to damage of all the DNA -- the genome -- in a
cell, explained professor Diana Anderson from
the University of Bradfords School of Life
Sciences.
White blood cells are part of the bodys natural
defence system. They go under stress when they
are fghting cancer or other diseases.
The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS)
test looks at white blood cells and measures the
damage caused to their DNA when subjected to
different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA),
which is known to damage DNA.
The results of the empirical study show a
clear distinction between the damage to the white
blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-
cancerous conditions and from healthy patients,
Anderson noted.
The study looked at blood samples taken
from 208 individuals. The samples were coded,
anonymised, randomised and then exposed to
UVA light through fve different depths of agar.
The UVA damage was observed in the form
of pieces of DNA being pulled in an electric feld
towards the positive end of the feld, causing a
comet-like tail.
In the new blood test, the longer the tail the
more DNA damage, and the measurements
correlated to those patients who were ultimately
diagnosed with cancer (58), those with pre-
cancerous conditions (56) and those who were
healthy (94).
If the LGS proves to be a useful cancer
diagnostic test, it would be a highly valuable
addition to the more traditional investigative
procedures for detecting cancer, Anderson
believed.
The research has been published online in
FASEB Journal.
Simple blood test can now
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T
his month marks a signifcant milestone for
New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), with
the celebration of NZTC India a vision that
came to life fve years ago as part of a bold, global
initiative.
NZTC India was born out of an incredible
journey that started with a visit to Mumbai by
Glennie Oborn, founder of NZTC and Managing
Director of Kindercare Learning Centres, and
Selena Fox, Chief Executive at NZTC.
The trip in itself marks a signifcant point
in NZTCs history, as it signalled the need for
specialist early childhood qualifcations that
would make a difference in the lives of young
children, families and communities in India.
Driven by an unwavering commitment to
the empowerment of effective early childhood
education, NZTC focused on developing a
comprehensive understanding of the needs of
the Indian early childhood sector, families and
children during subsequent visits.
In August 2009, NZTC India was established
and the Mumbai offce offcially opened its
doors. Today, students across India and beyond
are gaining internationally recognised early
childhood qualifcations via our online learning
environment, NZTC Online, and also have the
opportunity to further their early childhood
careers in New Zealand if they wish.
Selena Fox, Chief Executive at NZTC
commented, NZTC India is a story of success
that continues to grow and we are extremely proud
and appreciative of the dedication of all those that
helped to turn our vision into a reality. Throughout
the years spent visiting India and engaging with
early childhood colleagues, teachers, students and
the wider community, we were able to develop
and strengthen our knowledge in order to provide
specialist qualifcations with the relevant theory
and content to support the early childhood sector
in India.
Special acknowledgment goes to the team in
India who work with students closely to ensure
they are guided and supported in their professional
journey, and we look forward to the future and the
many more student success stories to come.
NZTC India offers early childhood
qualifcations ranging from an introductory level
to a Masters degree and the fexibility of NZTC
Online allows students to balance their study with
work and family commitments.
During the past fve years, NZTC India
has consistently gained high-levels of student
satisfaction through the delivery of quality
learning experiences that have given students the
knowledge, beliefs, skills and attitudes to achieve
their potential as effective early childhood
educators.
I frmly believe that a formal training or
education is a must to make sure that one can
borrow on best practices from ECE environments
worldwide.this program has done exactly that.
says Aditya Khurana, a student who has
graduated with a Bachelor degree of Education
(Early Childhood Education)
Further talking about the convenience of the
course Ilham Bharmal, Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education) said I adapted to
the online mode of study very quickly and found
it enormously convenientnot only did it enable
me to stay at home and raise my young son, I
could study wherever and whenever I wanted.
If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding
career in early childhood education here in
Auckland or have friends or family interested
in studying with us in India, please contact
us on (09) 520 4000 or email international@
nztertiarycollege.ac.nz
For more information about NZTC India
please visit www.nztertiarycollege.in
New Zealand Tertiary College celebrates fve years of success in India
EDUCATION
NZTC India 2013 graduates at the Graduation Ceremony held in Mumbai, with Selena Fox, Chief
Executive at NZTC
New Zealand Tertiary College celebrates five years of success in India
This month marks a significant milestone for New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), with the
celebration of NZTC India a vision that came to life five years ago as part of a bold, global initiative.
NZTC India was born out of an
incredible journey that started
with a visit to Mumbai by
Glennie Oborn, founder of NZTC
and Managing Director of
Kindercare Learning Centres,
and Selena Fox, Chief Executive
at NZTC.

*Caption for Image: NZTC India
2013 graduates at the
Graduation Ceremony held in Mumbai, with Selena Fox, Chief Executive at NZTC
The trip in itself marks a significant point in NZTCs history, as it signalled the need for specialist early
childhood qualifications that would make a difference in the lives of young children, families and
communities in India.
Driven by an unwavering commitment to the empowerment of effective early childhood education,
NZTC focused on developing a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the Indian early
childhood sector, families and children during subsequent visits.
In August 2009, NZTC India was established and the Mumbai office officially opened its doors. Today,
students across India and beyond are gaining internationally recognised early childhood qualifications
via our online learning environment, NZTC Online, and also have the opportunity to further their early
childhood careers in New Zealand if they wish.
Selena Fox, Chief Executive at NZTC commented, NZTC India is a story of success that continues to
grow and we are extremely proud and appreciative of the dedication of all those that helped to turn
our vision into a reality. Throughout the years spent visiting India and engaging with early childhood
colleagues, teachers, students and the wider community, we were able to develop and strengthen
our knowledge in order to provide specialist qualifications with the relevant theory and content to
support the early childhood sector in India.
Special acknowledgment goes to the team in India who work with students closely to ensure they
are guided and supported in their professional journey, and we look forward to the future and the
many more student success stories to come.
NZTC India offers early childhood qualifications ranging from an introductory level to a Masters
degree and the flexibility of NZTC Online allows students to balance their study with work and family
commitments.
During the past five years, NZTC India has consistently gained high-levels of student satisfaction
through the delivery of quality learning experiences that have given students the knowledge,
beliefs, skills and attitudes to achieve their potential as effective early childhood educators.
S
outhern Institute of Technology Diploma in
Veterinary Nursing Tutor Sheila Ramsay has
been selected as a judge for the world renowned
annual Connemara Pony Show taking place in
Clifden, County Galway, Ireland on the 21st
August this year. Ramsay who is the frst New
Zealander to be selected for this honour has
been given the responsibility of judging one
ring of the in-hand classes. Ramsay explains
that the in-hand classesare where ponies are
shown in-hand on a lead as opposed to being
ridden. They are judged on breed type and
conformation. Consequently there are many
classes covering foals still at foot shown with
their mothers (dams), through to senior (over 19
years of age) classes for mares and stallions.To
allow for this large number of classes and over
600 individual ponies multiple rings are judged
simultaneously. The event is organised by the
Connemara Pony Breeders Society based in
Clifden and is the largest Connemara Pony
Show in the world which attracts visitors from
around the world.
Ramsay recognises the honour and
responsibility of being invited as a guest
judge saying It is an honour to be invited and
as the frst person from New Zealand to be
asked to judge at the competition I am aware
of the responsibility I carry on behalf of the
Connemara Pony Society of New Zealand and
the wider equine community in New Zealand.
Ramsay will also travel to Austria and
Germany prior to the competition as part of
her research into the Hoof Wall Separation
Disease(HWSD) using the Connemara
model. Ramsay explains that the Connemara
model is the genetic mapping which has
determined the mutation which causes Hoof
Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) in the
Connemara Pony. HWSD is possibly also
implicated in similar hoof problems reported
in the Lipizzaner, Lusitano, Hafinger and
Highland breeds. What we will be looking at
is whether the same or similar mutation shows
up on the genomes of these breeds. Pedigree
mapping will also be involved as a predictor,
alongside the genetic work. Ramsay will be
meeting with appropriate state and private
studs in an effort to enrol their populations in
the research. Researchers from the prestigious
Bannasch Laboratory will also be skyped into
these meetings.
SIT Trades Programme Operations Manager
Therese Doyle says Sheilas enthusiasm
for conducting evidence based research has
broadened her network of colleagues to a
global scale. This can only beneft SIT, the Vet
Nursing department and tutors and students
that she works with. We are looking forward
to hearing about the latest research fndings
and experiences when Sheila returns from the
Conference in Ireland. Shes demonstrated to
students that you can be the driver of your own
career and that the world is your oyster.
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M
usic is a language that express emotions and
moods connecting people from different
walks of life .Ustad Fazal Quereshi , a world
renown table maestro and Ustad Dilshad Khan,
a soulful Sarangi artist, have joined in a unique
fusion of classical and jazz music to connect
with the artists and people of New Zealand. The
duo will be sharing stage with Jazz artists, Jim
Langabeer on fute and sax, Ben Fernandes on
key board , Jo Shum, Guitar and Mark Pinto de
Menezes on drums.
Talking to Fazal Quereshi about this unique
amalgamation with these artists from different
genres of music he said, Its interesting, reason
being we havent played with the musicians
prior to this. And with the rehearsal we have
had with them it seems quite nice considering
we are tackling the great Jazz composers like
Chick Corea, whose piece we are going to play
and also Kenny Garrett. Doing compositions like
this makes it easier to connect with the audience
and makes it more interesting for them to see how
a tabla and a Sarangi would ft into such Jazz
compositions. Besides these, Dilshand and I are
doing our own compositions. This amalgamation
with different genres and moods of music and also
considering the amazing artists we will be playing
with, makes the fusion very interesting
Dilshad Khan who is visiting New Zealand and
playing with the artists for the frst time said It is
an honor to me to play with Ustadji (quoting Fazal
Qureshi) and this is the frst time Im playing with
him. Apart from that it is a great pleasure to play
with the other Musicians of New Zealand. It is not
diffcult or hard when it comes to playing such a
concert. But one has to always think about ways
to connect with the artist who is playing by our
side. With the strong music foundation we have it
becomes very easy.
Being from a very strong music lineage the
artists, Fazal Quereshi and Dilshad Khan have
carried the demands and expectations of their
respective families all through their musical
journey. One cannot escape the expectations that
are tagged along when you have such a strong
music background. And with the kind of family
name Im attached to Im in fact carrying the
burden of expectations for a very long time. It has
a dual edge to it, when I started as a performer
in my earlier days if the performance went fne
people would say good things tagging me to
my family and if the concert did not go well as
expected then again I was tagged to my family
saying being the son of Allah Rakka and brother
of Zakhir Hussain, he shouldnt be playing
this way. But on the other hand it has helped
me improve because I took it as an incentive to
improve further. Thankfully that comparison
doesnt happen these days as I have established
my own style, said Fazal when asked about the
demands and expectations.
Dilshad Khan who brings in the essence of
Rajasthani music to the concert expresses that
Rajathani folk music, like any other music,
conveys the emotions of the people of Rajasthan.
It speaks about the walks and talks of the life in
Rajasthan. Panihari, Kesaria Balam, Bayariya
and Ghumar (dance), all these express different
feelings and emotions from romance, happiness,
and the day to day life of people from Rajasthan.
Since Im born listening to these songs, it is easier
for me to sing or play these songs.
Combining music of different genres requires
a very strong foundation and practice. The artists
agreed that understanding the genre artists makes
it easier to blend well and connect with the other
artists. Likewise, they also advised that it is very
important to practice to achieve perfection
This concert is another brilliant experiment
to show how music can bring people from
different parts of the world together. With artists
of such high caliber and experience this concert is
certainly going to be a treat to music lovers.
Fusion: A musical experience of a life time
Thashika Thangamma
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eacting to rumours that his estranged
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alimony of a whopping Rs.400 crore, actor
Hrithik Roshan has said it is fabricated news,
which is testing my patience.
Fabricated news articles. Demeaning my
loved ones. Testing my patience, Hrithik
posted on micro-blogging site Twitter
Wednesday night.
The duo announced their split in December
2013. Hrithik then said that Sussanne decided
to annul their marriage and end their 17-year
relationship.
They had tied the knot Dec 20, 2000,
following a whirlwind romance. They have two
sons - Hrehaan and Hridhaan.
In December itself, there was news that
their divorce was a Rs.100 crore settlement.
However, Sussanne denied the reports, saying
there is no element of truth in the news and it
is entirely speculative.
Wedding bells for Soha
A
ctress Soha Ali Khan is over the moon
after actor Kunal Kemmu, with whom she
has been in a committed relationship for long,
proposed to her.
Soha took to Twitter to share with her fans
that Kunal proposed to her and she accepted.
It gives me great happiness to share with
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the most perfect ring in the world and I said
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Neha Dhupia - her friend from the flm
industry - also congratulated her soon after
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back sooon u both ... Yes @kunalkemmu ur one
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Sharmila Tagores wish of seeing her daughter
as a married woman is soon going to materialise.
Soha is known for her roles in Rang De
Basanti, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
and Mumbai Meri Jaan.
Bollywood Diary
Vivek returns to YRF after
12 years for Bank Chor
A
ctor Vivek Oberoi will join the cast of
Yash Raj Films Bank Chor, marking
his comeback to the banner after 12 years.
His last flm for the banner was the 2002 hit
Saathiya.
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Vivek and Riteish had teamed up for the hit
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Bank Chor will soon go on the foors and
is planned for an early 2015 release.
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centric film produced
by Ajay
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Ajay says the reason hes not a part of the
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Salmans Kick pumps up over Rs.100 crore
S
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Talent.
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here Friday.
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telecast on the channel in December.
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international TV personality Simon Cowell,
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New Year, which happens to be tinsel towns
big ticket Diwali release this year.
SRK returns to TV, joins hands with Colors
Bollywood Redefining - Generational Change Driving Music
F
rom AR Rahman to Shankar Ehsaan Loy,
from Vishal-Shekhar to Pritam, the need
to appeal to a wider music listening audience,
young and old is pushing music directors to
produce compositions catering to a wider
Bollywood audience worldwide.
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containing a combination of traditional
(acoustic) instruments and technology. Going
further, within a single song, this combined use
creates a music journey from past to present, all
within 3 minutes.
Now technology in music is new. I
have commented previously about the long
popularity of remixes of songs from the
60s, and 70s. However, these remain one
dimensional - songs originally performed with
traditional instruments, later converted through
technology.
Rather, songs of today increasingly display
a simultaneous use of traditional (acoustic)
instruments and technology. This extends into
live concerts performed, whether Sunidhi
Chauhan, Sonu Nigaam, and others. A stage
consisting of tabla, drum and guitar, coupled
with laptop and synthesizer technology.
The result - an ability to remain relevant to
a wider music audience, young and old, at the
same time.
Showcasing this theme and providing an
example of this combination, listen to this
recent Bollywood Redefned capturing the
merging of Piano and DJ, and with it, a merging
of generations.
Music redefned !
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Sam Bedi highlights the talent and depth Bollywood music directors must possess to remain relevant with changing times
He will reportedly host
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Got Talent.
One way this is done is soundtracks containing a combination
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Bhartiya Samaj, The South Trust, Auckland
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Date: Sunday 10 August 4pm to
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Sanskrit Yoga and Jyotish trusts invites you to
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Mysore Brothers-
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23 August - Saturday - 5.30 pm
Raye Freedman Arts Center, Silver
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Amazingly gifted violin maestros Dr. Mysore
Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj are one of
the brilliant violinists in the annals of Indian
classical music today. Mysore brothers
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Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam. Rasikas
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Midnight
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