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Thawing of relations was the order of the day in Auckland last week as New Zealand eased restrictions against Fijis interim regime. The occasion was the commissioning of the Harish Lodhia as Fijis first Honorary Consul in Auckland and chief guest was none other than the Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. I therefore wish to thank the New Zealand Government for approving the establishment of a Consulate in Auckland and Mr Lodhias appointment as Honorary Consul, Ratu Inoke told attendees at the commissioning at Tulja Centre on Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill. Ratu Inoke and other Fiji Government officials have previously been barred from travelling to New Zealand or Australia. Ratu Inoke also met NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Auckland and later travelled across the Tasman to meet his Australian counterpart, Bob Carr. The idea of appointing an Honorary Consul in Auckland has been mooted for some time. Auckland is where most Fijians in New Zealand live, Ratu Inoke said. Ladies and Gentlemen, the appointment of Fijis first Honorary Consul in New Zealand is an important milestone in Fijis foreign relations and is part of our commitment to expanding our diplomatic network, Ratu Inoke said. In the last 18 months, four new diplomatic missions were opened in Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil and most recently in South Korea. Another mission is being set up in Abu Dhabi and will open next month, bringing the total number of Fijian embassies abroad to 16. In addition,there are three trade commissions in Shanghai, Taipei and Los Angeles and a consulate in Sydney. A number of honorary consulates have also been established to 2014 under a new electoral system. It will be the first time in Fijis history that its citizens will vote without being racially segregated. The eligible voting age is also reduced from 21 to 18 years. Electronic Voter Registration is currently under way and attracting very good response. In the preparation for the new Constitution and the elections, our diplomatic relations have helped in resourcing the required processes. On behalf of my government, I say vinaka vakalevu to the New Zealand Government for its generous contribution to the Constitutional Commission and for providing technical help towards the election, Ratu Inoke said. I congratulate Harish Lodhia on his appointment as Fijis Honorary Consul in Auckland. His appointment is an indication of the Governments trust, faith and confidence in one of its own sons to represent its interests in Auckland and wish him every success in this role. Mr Lodhia told the gathering that he looked forward to strengthening bilateral relations between New Zealand and Fiji. This is a critical time for Fiji, both in terms of its economic and political challenges and its international obligations as a nation. As a small country in the South Pacific, Fiji and her people look forward for better neighbourly relations, closer economic and commercial ties and improved people-to-people contacts, Mr Lodhia said. This appointment will enable me to learn diplomacy, ways and means of fostering ties between the two countries, enhance the value of the historic relationship between Fiji and New Zealand. I would also have opportunities to interact with all of you, and gain from your expertise and experience.

Mrs and Mrs Harish Lodhia with Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Fijis Acting Head of Mission Mere Tora at the commissioning of the Honorary Consul in Auckland recently.

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The new policy came into effect on 30 July 2012. As we know, the new parent category policy have two tiers with separate requirements applying to each. Applicants that meet the tier one criteria will be given priority. All applicants must meet the general requirements of family relationship (with their sponsor), and being of good health and character. Tier one People applying under tier one must meet the following requirements: They must have either: l a guaranteed life-time minimum income of $27,203 per annum for a single person or $39,890 per annum for a couple, or l minimum settlement funds of $500,000 which they bring to New Zealand, or l a sponsoring adult child who has an income of at least $65,000 per annum or $90,000 per annum when combined with the sponsors partners income, and l they must not have any dependent children, and l they must meet at least two competencies of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 4.0, meet an equivalent requirement or pre-purchase English for Speakers of Other Languages tuition at a cost of $1,735. Tier two People applying under tier two must meet all of the following requirements: l They must have a sponsoring adult child who has an income of at least $33,675 per annum. l If the applicants have other adult children, the children must all live lawfully and permanently outside the country in which the parents live. l They must not have any dependent children. l They must meet at least two competencies of IELTS Level 4.0, meet an equivalent requirement or pre-purchase English for Speakers of Other Languages tuition at a cost of $1,735. EXISTING APPLICATIONS However, there were applications submitted to Immigration New Zealand before 30th July 2012. With these existing applications, If they meet Tier 1 requirements they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If the applicants have received an Invitation to Apply for Residence and they later apply under Tier 1, the old application will be lapsed and the application fee will be waived by Immigration New Zealand. If they meet Tier 2 requirements, then they need to apply under Tier 2 and the application fee will be not waived. The applicants need to fill the EOI form and send the form to Immigration. When applying under Tier 1 or Tier 2, the applicants who have submitted their medical and PCC previously may be considered valid by Immigration. All the EOIs submitted will be drawn from the pool four times in one year i.e. after every three months. So the draw will be in the months of February, May, August and November. EOIs will be drawn in the order in which they were accepted i.e. according to the date they are accepted by the Immigration.

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Celebrating 35 years of dedicated patient care

With 35 years of service to the people of South Auckland and beyond, East Tamaki Health Care has plenty to celebrate. A 70s-themed birthday party for staff recently paid homage to the strong relationships the primary care network has built over three decades and that includes with its patients. They marked the anniversary of the first clinic opening in Otara, by founders GP Kantilal Patel and wife Ranjna Patel, with a delicious meal, generously sized birthday cake, awards for long serving staff, entertainment by the Delicious Dance Crew and staff, and dancing. East Tamaki Health Care began in 1977 as a three-person surgery and has grown to become the largest primary care medical centre in New Zealand, with 16 primary care clinics in Auckland serving 140,00 patients, the biggest health provider to Maori and Pacific Islanders, and employing around 260 staff. The clinics provide training for


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Their acknowledgement is testament to the hard work everyone has put in over 35 years and the trust they put in our hands to make sure our patients have access to our services and will be well looked after, Mrs Patel says. ETHC offers an array of services across the three Auckland DHB regions within the scope of GP practice; including medical consultations, ACC, radiology, maternity, minor surgeries, immunisations. The integration of these services through the ETHC network allows simpler affordable access to quality care for all patients of the region.

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And the locally owned bank is firmly set on achieving even bigger successes by delivering even better services to the community, says Mobile Mortgage Manager Navneet Prasad. Prasad tells Indian Weekender why Kiwibank is the bank of choice for the people of New Zealand. Q: Congratulations to the team of Kiwibank on completing 10 years in operation. What would you say have been your one single big achievement, something that you are proud of? Proud of being a Kiwi bank for New Zealand. In just 10 years we have achieved a lot. Weve built a bank that changed the industry landscape. A bank specifically for Kiwis. A bank they tell us they love. Since we began over 800,000 customers have joined us (give or take a couple). And weve grown a lending book of around $11 billion. No mean feat. Q: What has been the focus of Kiwibank in all of these years? Ten years ago, our cause was simple: To provide a low-cost banking alternative to the four major banks. And we did it. As we have grown, this has continued to be our key focus with the aim to bring innovative products to the market and continue to save Kiwis money. Q: The last decade has seen recession, earthquakes and a lot of fluctuation in the market, what has made you (Kiwibank) survive this? Our versatility and innovation has enabled us to handle the fluctuations with a Kiwi can do attitude. This saw us remain the only major bank in the country to lend over 80 per cent during the peak of the Global Financial Crisis. Q4: Auckland, being a very culturally diverse market, what has been your strategy or plans to reach out to the ethnic market? As we grow and have built a strong base to allow us to continue doing so, now we can look towards how we diversify in our markets to reflect the needs of the communities we work with. We are looking forward to leveraging the opportunities the cultural diversity of Auckland brings by building a clearer picture of our growth goals and aligning those to the needs of New Zealands most multi-cultural city. We will be looking to bring a stronger presence into these ethnic markets over the coming year, so watch this space.

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ernments- business people who understand business and the advantages of an FTA between both the countries should keep the dialogue going between the negotiators of both the countries and that would be of great help in accelerating the positive outcome. Q: What would you to add in conclusion? A: In summary, NZ companies wanting to do business with India can have direct access to the likes of FICCI, CII, PHD Chamber of Commerce, ASSOCHAM and other similar organizations and through them to its members. The NZ High Commission in Delhi and Consul General Office in Mumbai are also very keen to assist NZ Companies. We have the Indian High Commission, MFAT, NZTE, and INZBC here in NZ who would be of assistance to NZ Companies too. I would say THINK INDIA! THINK LONG-TERM- which was the theme of the recent ANZ - India New Zealand Business Forum on India. India is one of the oldest countries in the World - evidences goes back to 1000 of years and it had so many empires and rulers .Today, it is a very powerful economic country of 1.3 billion people a vibrant democratic country with the Executive, Parliament, Judiciary and free media. Most sectors, industry, services and the whos who of the Global Corporates are having their presence in India. You cannot go wrong, do your due diligence. Dont be in a terrible rush stay there.

NZ-India: working towards mutual benefit

Anthony Wenceslaus, chair of the India-New Zealand Business Council, recently visited India on a trade mission to strengthen even closer relations between India and New Zealand. Mr Wenceslaus talks to Indian Weekender about the success of his mission: Q: On your recent personal overseas business visit including India you had taken time in your pursuit to promote Trade and Business between India and New Zealand. What would be the highlights? A: The New Zealand High Commissioner in India Ms Jan Henderson had kindly hosted a luncheon meeting in her residence where the representatives of FICCI, CII, PHD Chamber of Commerce and ASSSOCHAM were invited. Ms Henderson was away due to prior commitment but Wendy Matthews, Deputy High Commissioner, and Gareth Pidgeon, Second Secretary, were present at the meeting. GENERAL POINTS INZBC, FICCI and CII are all working towards the same vision of a closer trade and business relationship between NZ and India. I had mentioned about my meeting with Indias Lead Negotiator for the FTA and the importance of concluding the negotiations, but it was also important that businesses develop their own links too. INZBC and FICC/CII had had good interaction during the PMs visit, but needed to think about what they could do to make their engagement more regular and consistent. Everyone agreed there was much potential to grow the business relationship, but to do that more continuous dialogue and engagement would be required. There was agreement about a problem of perception. Indian business stakeholders felt NZ was too far away to do business with. More contact was needed to break this kind of perception. CII/FICCI noted the need to move beyond Delhi and Mumbai and look at business opportunities in Tier 2/3 cities. I had asked that INZBCs Indian counterparts notify INZBC if there are any businesspeople who need information on doing business in NZ. SPECIfIC POINTS There was scope for co-operation in the agricultural sector. E.g. India could learn from NZ on apples post-harvest management. CII was working on facilitating more visits in this area and was happy to assist in other sectors too. Face-to-face interaction was important. CII was also happy to facilitate meetings between industry stakeholders, and to disseminate information among its network. CII, FICCI and PHD Chamber agreed we should pursue sector-focused small delegation visits between NZ and India. It was best to start with small projects to test what is feasible, before moving onto bigger projects. PHD Chamber Secretary General noted she was looking at putting together a delegation to go to NZ in November - probably in the Diary/ Agritech fields. FICCI (Asst Sec Gen) suggested exploring initiatives and capacity building for women entrepreneurs. INZBC and its Indian counterpart organisations agreed to look for opportunities to hold a Joint Business Council meeting on the side-lines of a future ministerial visit. OTHER ISSUES There was some discussion about possibilities for co-operation in the services sector. I had noted NZ has a high quality education sector. NZs model of childcare may be of interest to India. There was already cooperation in the health sector. Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Matthews added that Indian businesses are engaged in NZ in the IT and financial sectors. In Mumbai I had met Arvind Pradhan, Director General of Indian Merchants Chamber, and he was keen to establish a link to strengthen the business ties between India and NZ. Mr Pradhan was confident his organisation could play a positive role. The meeting with Mr Gavin Young, NZ Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Mumbai, was also very helpful. Discussion centred on the possibility of forging link with Indian Merchants Chamber in Mumbai who have very good membership. There was also a fruitful meeting with Dr Tarun Mandol, Member of Parliament and Dr Amit Mitra, West Bengal Finance Minister too was positive. The Finance Minister said that in certain projects Govt of West Bengal would participate in the Equity under the Public Private Partnership. He encourages businesses from New Zealand to look at such projects. I also met Steve Jones, Consul General and Trade Commissioner of NZ in Dubai, who said that NZ businesses could explore the possibility of trade and business between NZ and Gulf countries Q: You had met Mr JK Dadoo, IAS, Chief Negotiator for India on FTA for New Zealand. What would be your assessment on the FTA? A: Mr Dadoo gave an update and said that the Eighth Round had just concluded in India. Discussions are to continue and still some more sensitive areas are to be addressed. However, he was pleased to note that major Business Organizations are forging a link to promote bi-lateral trade between both the countries. He also conveyed that Business Organizations in India with whom we have links should promote NZ to its members. He said that Indian business stakeholders felt NZ was too far away to do business with. More contact was needed to break this kind of perception I am of the opinion that while negotiations are taking place at the official level between both the Gov-

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New Zealand Australia eyes Indian market

In the next 20 years, a growing economy, urbanisation and rising incomes are set to transform India into the worlds fifth largest consumer market making it a, export destination New Zealand businesses cant ignore, says Subhas DeGamia, chief executive of ANZ India. Mr DeGamia was in New Zealand recently for the launch of ANZs India Viewpoint publication, as well as to talk with customers, government and public sector organisations. There is every reason to believe that the opportunities in India for New Zealand exporters are huge, says Mr DeGamia, but they need to be patient and observe cultural differences. With its stable banking Left to right Dr Val Lindsay, Subhas DeGamia (ANZ India CEO), Indian High Commissioner Mr. A K Pandey, Richard White sector, vibrant public sector (NZ Trade Commissioner New Delhi) and entrepreneurial business business in India or who are planning to. to commend ANZ for this initiative and its community, India is already New ZeaInsights covers a range of topics from advice to businesses about how to succeed lands seventh biggest market for exports, understanding and targeting markets in in India. rising by more than 160 per cent to NZ$900 India, the importance of building face-toANZ began banking operations in India million over the past five years. face relationships at both a business level in June 2011. It brings together an expeThe Viewpoint India publication, en- and a social level, making a long-term com- rienced local team with strong familiarity titled Thinking India? Think Long Term, mitment to the market, and the importance of Indian markets, together with access to was based on insights captured from respon- of the family business and cricket. global expertise to help businesses harness dents to the 2012 ANZ Privately-Owned Minister of Trade Tim Groser, who the growing trade and investment opportuBusiness Barometer who are already doing spoke at the Auckland event, said I want nities across Asia-Pacific.

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New Delhi, Aug 6 (IBNS) Tourism Australia, a statutory authority of the Government of Australia, said it will double its marketing spend in India. Tourism Australia has recently unveiled a new strategy aimed at tapping into the future tourism potential of India. The India 2020 strategic plan identifies the main opportunities and sets out the approach required to build Australias appeal and to win future market share. This plan predicts arrivals upto 300,000 visitors and upto AUD 2.3 bn in Spends by the year 2020. In alignment of this long term strategy, There's Nothing like Australia campaign has been designed to be longlasting and flexible, one that could evolve to stay relevant for target consumers in a highly competitive and fast-changing global tourism environment. "During 2012/13, the first year of the India 2020 strategic plan, Tourism Australia will double its marketing spend in India," said an official statement on Monday. Tourism Australia, India has launched new global promotional campaign, There's Nothing like Australia aimed at promoting Australia as a must-see destination with some of the worlds best tourism experiences. Commenting on the campaign, Maggie White, Regional General Manager, S/SE Asia & Gulf, Tourism Australia, said: "A focused strategic direction provided by the India 2020 plan combined with the launch of the new campaign will definitely be a boost to Australias competitive advantage in market. Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager India, Tourism Australia, said, The positive endorsement received through authentic Indian voices in our previous campaign provided good exposure to exciting experiences that await Indian travellers in Australia. "We are confident that this transition to the new campaign will resonate well with Tourism Australias urban elite target audience in India who have a desire to travel and a taste for superlative life experiences."

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The Auckland Carnival Events Incorporated Society (A.C.E) had its initial launch dinner at Jewel of India last Friday night. The dinner event, held in the authentic Mission Bay restaurant, was to acknowledge key supporters and committee members of the organisation. An honourable thank you was given to Helen Amituana'i of Mighty River Power by Luke Blincoe (GM of Mighty River Powers New Retail Division) and Gary Holmes of the Glen Innes Business Association, both avid supporters who helped to make the Glen Innes Carnival such a success last year. A.C.E team entertained special guests including local MPs Kanwalijit Singh Bakshi of Manakau East, Su'a Sio-Williams of Mangere, Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga of Maungakiekie-Tamaki, and Simon OConnor of Glen Innes / Mission Bay. Theyre each looking forward to the summer carnivals following this years Glen Innes Carnival; Te Atatu, and Otahuhu, which are planned to be held in the early months of 2013. The Glen Innes Carnival, to be held on the 10th of November 2012, which will kick off the 'Carnival Season'. The main aim of the Carnivals is to celebrate the cultural diversity of Auckland Citybringing communities together through art, food, culture and music. The organizations CEO, Jocelyn Sasa, was overwhelmed with the turnout, she says she is ecstatic about getting the season underway. The night concluded with a surprise drum performance from a local cook island group, with many of the guests getting up to dance and show some carPhoto left: Luke Blincoe (GM of Mercury Energy), Helen Amituana'i (Community Relations Manager - Mercury nival spirit!

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ADVICE CLINICS IN MANUKAU Auckland Regional Migrant Services help migrants find about their level of English, English classes or community resources. Date: 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug. To make an appointment to meet the English Advisor at ARMS Manukau Resource Centre, 2 Osterley Way, Manukau City (Next to Work & Income), Please phone 2635490 to make an appointment. You are welcome to bring a support person with you. MEETING WITH KOREAN INfORMATION OffICER Advice and information in Korean is available at Community Link @ 491 Pakuranga Road. Information available: Job search, Benefits, English class information and help, Settlement information including Taxation, schooling, housing and etc. Date: 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug. from 9:30 - 4:30. If youd like to come and talk with a Korean Information Officer, please contact Auckland Regional Migrant Services Manukau Office @ 2635490(main line) or 262 5982 (Korean Line) email fREE TAXATION CLINICS Are you new to New Zealand? Do you have problems with Tax issues? Do you have your own BUSINESS? This clinic will give you the opportunity to meet with specialist from IRD individually for consultation on Income Tax, GST, PAYE and Kiwi Saver. Date: 16 August. To make an appointment to see our friendly taxation specialist for help, please phone: 09 2635490. Address: ARMS Manukau Resource Centre, 2 Osterley Way (Next to Work & Income). STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS WORKSHOP Are you thinking of starting a business? Please come to this free seminar and get an overview of the business services available in Manukau; Information on how to find the target market for your industry, the size of your competition, and how your industry is performing in the NZ market; Information about business tax management covering: tax obligations, record keeping, filing returns & due dates, systems to set up, incomes and expenses, GST and provisional tax. On Friday 17th August 2012, Time: 9.30am 1:30pm, Venue: Auckland Regional Migrant Services, 2 Osterley Way, Manukau. To register please phone 09 2635490 or email:

NZTC's Marketing Manager to visit India and Sri Lanka

New Zealand Tertiary Colleges Marketing Manager, Mr. Sanil Haria, will be visiting India and Sri Lanka in August and September to meet with prospective international students and agents who are interested in learning about what the College has to offer. NZTC, please have them contact Mr. Haria to make an appointment. He will be in the following cities for the dates given below: INDIA: Mumbai - 20 Aug to 23 Aug 2012 Hyderabad - 24 Aug to 27 Aug 2012 Kochi - 28 Aug to 31 Aug 2012 Bangalore - 1 Sept to 4 Sept 2012 Chennai - 5 Sept to 8 Sept 2012 SRI LANKA: Colombo - 9 Sept to 14 Sept 2012

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dience of a thousand people (1000). The Caretakers Residence will be a 2 level, 4 bedroom house attached to the main building. All the levels will be connected by wide stairs towards the front of the building and stairs towards the back of the building with a lift for disabled access. The building will be constructed mainly from bricks, concrete and concrete tile roof. The site will provide onsite parking for a total of 41 spaces. There will be additional on-street parking on Mihini Road and Brick Street. The building project is expected to cost around $3.5m in total. Land acquisition and consents are expected to cost $1m while $2.5m will be needed for the actual construction, furnishings and all temple murals and associated items. Tenders for the project are out and construction is expected to begin within a month, and expected to be completed between 12-18 months. The costs are expected to be funded via donations and sponsorships, fundraising events, external funding and facility hire once the complex is constructed. Special incentives and discounts are offered to individuals and religious groups and charitable organisations donating $1, $500 or more. Details are on the website: Chairman Pravin Kumar was mpressed with support shown. I am delighted with overwhelming response of our community and am thrilled by pledges of support and volunteering efforts of people shown on this Bhumi Pooja occasion. The Trustees and organising Committee wish to thank everybody for their support and this auger well for the project, which will further strengthen the slogan that West is Best, he said. [Further details of the project are available on the Trusts website: www.shrirammandir.]

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West looks forward to first Mandir with Community Centre

Saturday, July 21, 2012 would be carved out as a historic day for West Auckland which saw the site prayers or Bhumi Pooja for Sri Ram Mandir and Community Centre, witnessed by some 500 people. Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust (SRMCT Trust) is going to build a community centre and a place of worship for people of Hindu religion in West Auckland. This is the only project of this type for Henderson area. The community centre is located at 11 Brick St (off Swanson Rd). The event also saw the revival traditional Vastu Shastra which is the science of construction and architecture. In this traditional rite carried out for temples, Bhumi (earth) Pooja or blessing is done for purification of mother earth. In addition, blessings of two other deities associated with stability of Bhumi (earth) were sought. The first one is Ananta Shesha (Serpent) or endless Shesha which is said to hold the universe on its hood. The other deity is the second incarnation of Lord Vishnu which is Kurma (turtle) incarnation which gives stability to earth according to Hindu mythology. Prayers were led by the head priest Guruji Nand Lal Shastri, with Mr and Mrs Dhani Ram as head Yajmaan or representative of people. As part of the tradition, some 350 bricks, donated with $101 each and stamped with Shri Ram, were placed and buried in the foundation of the temple. The collection on the day amounted to about $35,000. A set of Trustees who are all professionals in their own right are custodians of Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust which is headed by a well known community leader, businessman and Chartered Accountant, Pravin Kumar of Lotus Group of Companies. Other trustees are Auckland University Senior Lecturer, Pundit Rajnish Sharma, Barrister and Solicitor and former Fiji parliamentarian Giyannendra Prasad, businessman and Chartered Accountant Salendra Kumar, and a community worker, former Fiji school teacher, parliamentarian and trade unionist Master Shiu Charan. Acquiring a 2366sqm land from funds donated by one of the trustees, the Trust ventured to build a three level building containing Mandir (temple with hall) and Community Centre with hall with essential amenities. Chairman of trustees Pravin Kumar said that the objectives, among others were to provide a place of worship for all Hindus and promote and practice the ideals of Hinduism through worship. The project also extends far beyond that and encompasses the activities of a community centre as well. In this way we will also look at wider social issues while providing essential services to the community to address its Spiritual, Social, and Cultural needs. The Trust will also represent the Hindu community on all cultural and religious issues, he said. Explaining the project in greater detail, Pravin said that there would be two dwellings onsite. The main dwelling will include a temple, hall, kitchen and dining areas being

attached to a secondary dwelling which will be the caretakers residence. The main dwelling will be 3 levels: the basement, the ground floor and the first floor. The basement hall, approximately of 441sqm, will be open area with parents room, toilet facilities, plant room and will also have some car parks. The Ground Floor, approximately of 688 sq m will house the function hall, dining and kitchen facilities. In addition to a stage and audio visual facilities, two additional rooms are provided to meet various ceremonial needs. The ground floor will have a capacity for 500 people. The top floor, with approximately 662sqm, will house the Prayer Hall and Temple. The murals of gods & goddess will be located on one side of the floor and behind this area there will be a small office and a small kitchen. The major part of this area is an open prayer hall, also with the capacity of 500 people. The whole complex is able to accommodate an au-

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India Day to be celebrated in style Local Boards given

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EVENT INFORMATION: Date of the Event: Sunday 12th August 2012 Venue: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central Event Schedule: 10:30am, Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Aotea Square; 11:15am, Official Opening of Cultural Events at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre; 11:30am to 2:30pm, Cultural Performances by various community groups 3pm, Programme conclusion and vote of thanks. Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust is a not for profit organisation operating in New Zealand since 1995. It is the largest multi-faith organization functioning in Auckland with over 1000 members, established to help and support people of South Asian Origin who are settled and also those who have newly migrated to New Zealand, by means of various community development and awareness activities. It is an all-inclusive organisation and works in close tandem with many other community development organisations representing the different states of India as well as representing the neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Sri Lanka. Aucklands Local Boards will be able to access $10 million per annum for local transport projects after a decision made by the Strategy and Finance Committee last week. The boards will be able to use their share of the annual funding for any local transport capital works, provided they are technically deliverable and meet transport safety requirements. Although Auckland Transport will retain responsibility for the budget and delivery, it will be up to the Local Boards to decide how the funds would best be used, Mayor Len Brown said. The budget can be bundled and carried over into later years or by bringing future years of the budget forward. This ensures that Local Boards have the freedom to work on a number of smaller projects or bring the funds together for a larger project. This funding is flexible and that reflects both the faith we have in our Local Boards and the complexity and variety of projects across different parts of the region. Mr Brown advocated strongly for dedicated Local Board transport funding during the Long-term Plan process and welcomes the decision by the committee.

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The scope is for Local Boards to prioritise local projects they believe will benefit their community and I look forward to seeing these projects eventuate in the coming years, says the Mayor. With the exception of Waiheke and Great Barrier Local Boards, allocation of the $10 million will be divided according to population of the respective board areas.

Happy Independence day

Indias 66th Independence Day will be celebrated with much pomp and fanfare on Sunday, August 12, in Auckland. The Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust has organised a colourful celebration at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre. Bhartiya Samaj wishes to reflect upon the landmark event in the history of India, 15th August 1947, the day India gained its Independence, Trust executive Jeet Suchdev said. Indias Independence Day is an occasion to rejoice the achievement of freedom to a new dawn in the life of India. The organisation dedicates this prized moment in the honour of those brave countrymen who have sacrificed their lives to give all Indians an opportunity to breathe in this air of freedom, Mr Suchdev said. Bhartiya Samaj, through this celebratory event, wishes to showcase the cultural diversity of India and promote the motto of Unity in Diversity. The event would commence with a ceremonial hoisting of the Indian Tri-color Flag at the Aotea Square followed by cultural performances by various community groups from Auckland. The cultural performances not only include the diverse performances from India but also by community groups representing other neighbouring countries of India.

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Mission issues urgent call New boundary will give for donations. Auckland room to grow
The Auckland City Mission is urgently calling for donations as this years Winter Appeal struggles to meet target. Every year the Mission holds a major fundraising appeal during winter to raise money for its services, which come under tremendous pressure as the colder weather sets in. With three weeks to go the appeal is $100,000 short of its target and the Mission is concerned that if more funds cannot be raised its services may be compromised. We rely heavily on our two major fundraising appeals Winter and Christmas to help ensure our services can continue to run 365 days a year. When an appeal doesnt meet its target we really feel the pinch. It means we have to either take the money from somewhere else in our already stretched budget, or cut back on the services we offer. The ones who suffer most are the families, children, the homeless and the elderly who desperately need our support now and into the future. Diane Robertson says the Mission is seeing more and more people coming for help. In the last 12 months social workers gave out over 10,235 food parcels, compared to 9,382 the previous year. Now more than ever, we need the Auckland community to get behind us. We are extremely grateful to those who have already donated, and we ask more Aucklanders to reach out to their fellow Aucklanders in need by making a donation to the appeal today. Donations can be made online at www., or by calling 0900 4 AUCKLANDERS (0900 42825) to make an automatic $25 donation. The Auckland City Missions services include its Crisis Care service for those needing emergency assistance and longer-term support, Homelessness Services, an inner-city medical centre, Drug and Alcohol Addiction services and Food Distribution services.

Auckland mourns fallen in Afghanistan

Mayor Len Brown says the thoughts of Aucklanders are with the families of the two fallen soldiers and the six wounded in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Rory Malone of Auckland and Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer of Christchurch were killed when they went to the aid of Afghan police ambushed in Bamiyan province. Six other New Zealand soldiers were wounded. On behalf of this city I convey my deepest sympathies to their families may the support of a nation bring them strength through this terrible time, says the Mayor. Their sons will be remembered as heroes. The Mayor says the New Zealand Defence Force has a proud tradition keeping the peace throughout the world. The ever-growing number of attendees at ANZAC Day commemorations are proof New Zealanders recognise the selfless work and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

Goans set to party

Goans living in New Zealand will gather in Auckland later this month to mark "World Goa Day". Lets celebrate this auspicious day in togetherness with our Goan brothers and sisters to showcase our culture along with delicious Goan foood and music, on Saturday August 25, organiser Christopher Correa said. Dont hesitate to inform your friends and do come along, Christopher said. Date: Saturday, Aug 25. Time: 7pm to 11pm. Venue: Royal Oak Primary School, Chandler Ave, Royal Oak. MUSIC: Live band. Desi Sultans, plus DJ music by Casserole. For tickets contaxct: Christopher Correa, 09 6244568; Isidoro Fernandes 09 6257143; Cyril Raposo 09 6275560; John Gonsalves 09 8153343.

A new development boundary replacing the current metropolitan urban limits will be introduced to ensure Auckland has 30 years supply of green field land for residential and business growth as targeted in the Auckland Plan. The Auckland Plan Committee today endorsed a programme to investigate key greenfield areas of Auckland and consult widely with stakeholders, local boards and communities prior to defining a rural urban boundary (RUB) to be incorporated in the Unitary Plan. The RUB will define the maximum extent of urban development in 2040, enveloping all significant urban areas including the existing urban core, satellite towns, and rural and coastal towns. It will enable the potential to have up to 40

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PM condemns US gurdwara shooting

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday expressed shock and sadness at the loss of lives and injuries, in a shooting incident at a Gurudwara in Wisconsin, USA which left seven people dead including the gunman. I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the shooting incident that has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injuries to devotees attending a prayer service at a Gurudwara in Wisconsin, USA," said Singh in a statement. "That this senseless act of violence should be targeted at a place of religious worship is particularly painful. I send my deepest condolences to the families that have been bereaved in this incident. Our thoughts are with them in this moment of their grief." "India stands in solidarity with all the peace-loving Americans who have condemned this violence. We welcome the U.S. President's statement on the tragic incident. "We hope that the authorities will reach out to the grieving families and ensure conditions that such violent acts are not repeated in the future, the PM said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has begun investigation into the shooting. At least seven people, including the shooter, were killed and several injured in the incident inside a Sikh gurdwara at Milwaukee area of Oak Creek in Wisconsin state of United States on Sunday. The white gunman, Wade Michael Page, aged 40, was shot dead by police but he killed six people and wounded three, including a cop, critically first. He started shooting during the Sunday services. Initial reports said the incident is being treated as an act of domestic terrorism. sponsibility to respect and protect people of all faiths. "Religious freedom and religious tolerance are fundamental pillars of US society. The Sikh community in the United States contributes to this principle and meaningfully enhances the American social fabric," it said. A police officer was also shot at by the gunman, and he is battling for life in a hospital, reports said. "An officer arrived on scene. He engaged an active shooter. The officer was shot multiple times. He has been transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. The shooter was put down." said police spokesman Bradley Wentlandt on Sunday. The Ministry of External Affairs sources in New Delhi said they are closely monitoring the situation following the firing and hostage crisis. Ambassador of India to the USA, Nirupama Rao, tweeted: "Oak Creek shootings. US Law Enforcement authorities are handling situation. Hv to await outcome of their efforts to bring sit under control." She said they were reaching out to senior US officials. "It is an extremely tragic incident," she said. The Indian embassy in USA also had issued a statement on Sunday. "We have seen reports on the tragic incident earlier today of firing at a group of worshippers in a Gurudwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The Embassy is seized of the situation and has been in touch with the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. "Our Consulate General in Chicago too has been in close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation. An official has been deputed to visit the site to ascertain the situation on-the-spot," it said.

"We're treating this as a domestic terroristtype incident," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. FBI Milwaukee Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson in a statement said: "The FBI is working closely with the Oak Creek Police Department and other local and federal agencies to investigate todays shooting incident." "This remains an active investigation in its early stages. While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time," Carlson. "We know our community has been deeply impacted by this incident, and our thoughts are with those affected and particularly with the officer who was wounded in the line of duty to protect others. The gunman barged into the kitchen of the gurdwara in Milwaukee area and started firing. Women were also inside the kitchen then.

According to NBC News quoting officials, "the suspected gunman had no obvious connection to domestic terror or white supremacist groups and apparently was not on any list of suspected terrorists." He had an arrest record for minor offenses, it said quoting a federal official. Meanwhile, the US Mission in India also joined President Obama in expression of sympathy and condolences to the Sikh communities in the United States and India. "We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of lives and injuries caused by the August 5 shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims and their families," a statement issued by the mission said. "An investigation into the incident has begun. Any incident like this one is tragic, especially when it happens in a place of worship. The United States takes very seriously the re-

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was fasting all along, said people would name the political party. Anna ended his six-day fast which he started after joining key members of the anticorruption group including Arvind Kejriwal. Large number of crowd were seen at the fast venue, waving the tri-colour as Team Anna members broke the fast on Friday and highlighted their political ambitions. "The fight will continue," Anna said, and said the people in power are living in AC rooms and are not bothered about the common man or their problem. "I will not fight election. I am supporting this political movement as people want it," he said while addressing at the Jantar Mantar before ending the fast. Team Anna on Friday clarified their aim of opening a political party in an attempt to give a political alternative to the country. Key member of Team Anna Arvind Kejriwal spoke about the political party that the group is planning to float and its targets. Kejriwal said Team Anna would continue the movement both inside and outside the Parliament in the upcoming days. "Today the protest moved from one phase to another phase...the protests will now take place both on the roads as well as in the Parliament," Kejriwal said. He said the political party will not have a high command and people of the country will select the candidates. "There will be no high command in our party, people will select their own candidates," Kejriwal said. He said the 'election manifesto' will be decided by the public. "We will ask people to give Team Anna suggestions for choosing candidates for their political party," the social activist said. He said: "We do not want to win election." "We want to challenge the existing parties," he said. Kejriwal said he is confident that India will change in the upcoming three years. Former Army chief V K Singh was seen sharing the stage with the Team Anna members on Friday. He voiced his support to Team Anna's movement against corruption and said: "It is now the time for a bigger agitation. This is the time for a political agitation." "Anna's movement will bring change in politics," Singh said. He said people of the country will need to end the problem of corruption. Meanwhile, Union Minster for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal on Friday slammed Team Anna members and called them 'hardcore politicians'. "These people are hardcore politicians," Sibal was quoted as saying to media. "They know very well what politics is. They have positioned themselves well," he said. Sibal welcomed the decision of Team Anna and said: "We must welcome their decision. Any team can come and face the people and contest elections." "Well, we all already knew that this is what they were interested in. They wanted to create this situation," he said. Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni earlier said: "We were saying this from the first day that Team Anna is inspired by politics. It's good that their intentions are out in the open." Anna and his supporters had launched yet another indefinite hunger strike in the national capital, to mount pressure on the embattled Congress-led coalition government to introduce a strong Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi: Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare stood divided in reaction to the veteran corruption crusader's move to start a political party, reports said Saturday. While some supporters hailed the decision as a logical given the government purportedly stonewalling their demands to crackdown decisively against corruption, others saw it as the end of a revolution. Some dejected Anna Hazare supporters at Navsari in Surat reportedly burnt posters of Anna and India Against Corruption (IAC), the group that Hazare leads. In Delhi, some unhappy IAC members showed their disapproval through their absence from the venue of Hazares hunger strike campaign that ended Friday, while some other volunteers returned their identity cards. Former Chief Justice Santosh Hegde, a key supporter of Hazares campaign, on Friday said he does not support Anna and his team floating a political party, but would campaign for candidates who identify themselves with his movement against corruption. "I don't support Anna Hazare and his team starting a political party. But I have heard Anna speaking on TV that he is neither forming a party nor contesting elections, but may support people wanting to contest elections whom he knows will help the cause of fight against corruption and bring about political change in the country," he said. Hazare and his Team Anna members on Friday ended their ongoing fast at new Delhi's Jantar Mantar by taking a sip of water, ending their 10-day long agitation against corruption and finally spelling out their decision to form a political party to fight their "crusade" against graft. Anna said he would not run for office while his key colleague Arvind Kejriwal, who

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Baby steps in the right direction

The mood swing in relations between New Zealand and its Pacific neighbour Fiji is noticeable. Once an outcast of the Pacific Forum family following the military takeover by Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama six years ago, Fiji is now being welcomed back with open arms as genuine signals of the desire to return to democratic rule is the island nation are now stronger than ever. Travel restrictions on officials associated with Bainimaramas military regime have been eased by New Zealand and moves are underway to mutually re-establish formal diplomatic ties in Suva and Wellington. Last Friday also saw commissioning of the Fijis Honorary Consul in Auckland a function attended by none other than the Fijian Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who, after meeting his New Zealand counterpart in Auckland last week, travelled across the Tasman to meet up with his Australian counterpart. Australia, the Oceania regions greatest power, and New Zealand have now decided that Bainimarama, after slipping on his election pledges several times in the past few years, is now genuinely moving to hold democratic elections in 2014. Important steps in the right direction for all parties. Bainimarama is now well on the road to delivering what he had promised after his 2006 military coup against the democratically elected Government of Laisenia Qarase, who, last week, was jailed for a year after being found guilty on nine corruption charges. Voter registration is in full swing in Fiji and the five-member Constitution Review Commission has been sworn in to begin work on the new document for the new Government. A draft Constitution is expected to be ready for discussion by January 2013, with the final document scheduled to be in the hands of the President by 2013. Considering all is on schedule, it will be the first time in the countrys history that all its citizens will be voting as Fijians a commendable achievement where in the past the Fijian term has been used for the indigenous population only. For the minority Indian populace, this could mean a greater sense of belonging. A niggling thought remains, though: Will the new Constitution put end to recurring military coups and lasting peace since the first military takeover by Sitiveni Rabuka in 1987? To truly get the ball rolling, Bainimarama would do well to remove whatever vestiges of media censorship and control that remain with his regime. - Arvind Kumar

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. - Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), Independent India's first Prime Minister

Paid Parental Leave Childish Comment?

PoojA SuNdAr When I was going to start off this article by going slightly off topic and saying what a gorgeous weekend it was, perfect for an Olympics filled morning, but as I am not a qualified meteorologist, nor an athlete, I really cannot comment on the weather or its suitability for the Olympics. According to National MP Maggie Barrys logic, on Wednesday 25th August during a debate on parental leave, that makes perfect sense. It did not matter that she as has commented on clauses of the Treaty of Waitangi, graffiti, laws of the sea and building regulations while not being qualified in any way whatsoever; Barry found it perfectly acceptable to state that as Labour MP Jacinda Ardern had no children, she did not have the qualifications to comment on paid parental leave. Talk about double standards. The only thing that Barry would be qualified to comment on is when to water your plants and how to de-weed a garden given her long history in gardening shows on both radio and television. How many kids do you have? asked Barry of Ardern, returning to later add, dont be precious petal. The comments led to a torrent of responses on Twitter questioning Barrys logic and likening it other situations. The National MP has neither retracted her comments nor apologised for them. If I was careless and illogical enough to have made those comments the first thing I would have done is issued a statement apologising for them and stating that it was a careless comment; assuring the public, and especially those who voted for me, that this is not an incident that will occur again. This lack of response from her is really not helping her public profile and is only exaggerating her lack of practical political experience, focussing on her gardening television career. The comments made by Barry have overshadowed the real story, the first reading and passing, by one vote, of the Paid Parental Leave Bill. The Bill would increase paid parental leave by 12 weeks by four weeks a year over the next three years. The current leave is at 14 weeks and would extend to 26 under the Bill. It has the support of all the parties in Parliament other than National and Act to allow it to pass. Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English of the National Party, stated in April that the Bill would be vetoed by the Government as it would call for $500 million more in borrowing over the next governmental term. In line with her party, this is what Maggie Barry was arguing for in the Wednesday debate before she slipped up. Labour MP Sue Moroney, the proposer of the Bill, believes that National has intentionally overvalued the expenses involved in the extension of paid parental leave. She estimates that the plan would cost approximately $286 million more over the three year extension period and then by the third year, 26 weeks of paid parental leave would cost the government approximately $316 million a year. This would be a $145 million increase from the current 14 week system. Peter Dunne, leader of United Future, has expressed support for the Bill and said that in his belief Englishs verdict to veto was premature. English has also stated that the Government also plans to veto any other extensions in paid parental leave as well. Extending paid parental leave would put New Zealand in the higher side of the following list putting us between Norway and Estonia with 26 weeks. Our current system places at the bottom of the list on par with Germany, Japan and Malta. 52 weeks Croatia, Denmark, and Serbia 36 weeks Norway 20 weeks Estonia, Poland, and Russia 18 weeks Australia, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine 16 weeks Austria, France, Luxembourg and Spain 14 weeks Germany, and Malta This list is surprisingly adverse to New Zealands generally well established high Human Development Index placing us 5th just below the United States and Netherlands. Perhaps National and Act should take a leaf out of Peter Dunnes book. * Pooja Sundar is a law and politics student at the University of Auckland

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Learn Brahmavidya - Your key to health & success

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Health and Success! What more a person can ask in life? Brahmavidya seems to be a formula for complete life! Yes, that sounds fantastic; isnt it? Here I will briefly explain the principles of Brahmavidya. I do hope that it will inspire you to join the Brahmavidya class and verify the efficacy of these methods by your own personal experience. But, Health and Success are so different from one another! Health is of the Body, whereas Success is related to so many different things. How can Brahmavidya help to achieve both? It is quite true that Health and Success appear to be very different from each other. Yet both these are dependent upon following the Order of Life. All truth is hidden and if we limit our observation only to the appearance we can never comprehend the truth. One may say that every scientific discovery is a proof of this. Appearances are deceptive. For example, the earth looks quite flat, but actually it is round; it appears that the sun rises every morning in the East, but actually there is no sunrise. As the modern science tells us about the laws of the material universe, Brahmavidya tells us about deeper truths of your life, my life human life! When we follow these laws in our life, it makes our life orderly. And what we call as Health or Success is nothing but ORDER. How is it useful to a common man in his daily life? Brahmavidya teaches that every human being is potentially divine. Hence he has within him all the of happy life? What methods are taught in Brahmavidya? Yes, Brahmavidya is a Science of Life teaching human beings the Spiritual laws of life. These Spiritual laws operate in human life through Breath and Thought. We cannot think of life without Breath b) Meditation techniques, which improve thinking. The Breathing Exercises purify the body c) Meditation purifies the mind. 5. What ailments are cured with Brahmavidya? Brahmavidya is not like a mediand mental health a person can do his daily work more efficiently. This can make him more successful at his job, his business or his profession. How much time one has to devote for these Breathing Exercises and Meditation? Depending upon the level of interest and availability of time one can devote more time, but minimum requirement is 20 minutes for breathing exercises in the morning and 20 minutes for Meditation at Night. The methods are simple yet very effective. Any person above the age of 18 years can learn and practice without any difficulty. What is the Origin of this teaching? This is a very ancient system of Spiritual Practice or Sadhana. The System of Practice originated in India, then migrated to Tibet and has now come back to us from Tibet. How can you learn Brahmavidya You can do a correspondence course or attend a training session conducted by a trained Brahmavidya teacher. For more information please visit or register your interest by emailing

Brahmavidya teachings emphasize on Breath and Thought, which are the basic elements of life. Though we are using Breath and Thought right from our birth no one has ever taught us correct way of Breathing or thinking. You will be surprised to know that average person uses only 10% of his lung capacity.
or Thought. Hence Brahmavidya teachings emphasize on Breath and Thought, which are the basic elements of life. Though we are using Breath and Thought right from our birth no one has ever taught us correct way of Breathing or thinking. You will be surprised to know that average person uses only 10% of his lung capacity. Brahmavidya teaches a) Spiritual Breathing Exercises, which improve breathing and cine, which is meant for a particular ailment. It is a system, which helps to remove root cause of illness and promote health. Breathing exercises and Meditation has been found useful to get rid of asthma and other breathing troubles, diabetes, high blood pressure, spondilitis, backache, heart trouble, chronic cold and cough and many other ailments. The practice also improves mental outlook of the person and makes him more positive, cheerful, optimistic and confident. Due to better physical

power required to overcome his difficulties and problems. Brahmavidya gives definite methods by which a person can overcome his physical and mental problems and lead a healthier, more successful and happier life. Can we say Brahmavidya is science

Better public achievement information to help lift student achievement

Four out of five kids are getting the qualifications they need from school. But our plan is for five out of five. National is focused on raising educational achievement for all students. We want all our kids to leave school with the skills they need to reach their potential. That means lifting up those who are being left behind, and encouraging those who are doing well to do even better. Having robust, quality information that helps us all to understand and support a students learning is one of the ways we are working to achieve this. And National Standards data is a part of that. National Standards help keep parents and families up to date on how children are doing, help ensure we catch those falling behind, and help all learners to succeed. The data to be reported for the first time in late September will be part of Public Achievement Information, which will also include Education Review Office (ERO) reports, schools annual reports and NCEA information. Over time, relevant national and international reports will also be added. This will provide a rich, comprehensive

The five-year plan includes clear annual outcomes, a consistent reporting format, and revised timelines that better reflect the planning, reporting, and key delivery dates for schools.
body of information that can be easily found online in one place, the Ministry of Educations Education Counts website. Public Achievement Information lets parents see how their childs school is performing, and will allow the Government to see how well the system is doing as a whole. Given this is the first year National Standards data has been

submitted without consistent formatting the data is variable. So the Government is working with schools to implement a five-year plan to improve the quality and use of this information. The five-year plan includes clear annual outcomes, a consistent reporting format, and revised timelines that better reflect the planning, reporting, and key delivery dates for schools. It also includes targets that work towards our Better Public Services target of 85 per cent of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or better in 2017, and support tools and services to help schools. National wants to help parents track their childs progress, and be able to make informed judgements about schools through transparent information. Its our priority to deliver better results from our public services, and raise achievement in education to ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed and make the most of their lives. * Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is a National Party MP

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Home Minister Shinde visits Pune blast sites

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Pune: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday visited the blast sites in Pune and met police officials, days after the city was hit by four low-intensity explosions on Aug 1. Shinde, who took over as Home Minister on the same day after P Chidambaram was made Finance Minister, reportedly discussed on the security situations of the city with the police officials on Saturday. Four low-intensity bomb blasts in quick succession shook Pune on Wednesday night, leaving one person wounded, while a fifth device was defused. The blasts on Wednesday had come on the same day as a scheduled visit -- cancelled at the last minute -by Shinde. While the first three explosions took place within a one kilometre of the busy Junglee Maharaj Road, the fourth blast was reported from the Garware Chowk. A fifth bomb was defused near a McDonalds outlet in the city. While initially it was suspected to be an act of mischief, a splinter group of the Indian Mujahiddeen (IM) has now emerged as the prime suspect, but investigators are also probing other angles. The police has also prepared sketches of two suspects however they havent been released to the public just yet, media reports said. The investigating agencies have also reportedly approached mobile operators to help trace any suspicious calls made before or after the blasts in Pune on Aug 1. Meanwhile, the person injured in the blast, 34-year-old tailor Dayanand Patil who was initially considered a suspect after being wounded by the explosives that he was carrying, has been let go. In February 2010, a bomb explosion outside the popular German Bakery near Pune's famous Osho ashram left 17 people dead as arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani American, confessed his role in the terror strike.

Pakistani banks to open branches in India

Islamabad: In an attempt to normalise economic and trade relationship, Pakistan has allowed two banks to open branches in India, media reports said on Saturday. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Yasin Anwar told media that two Pakistani banks National Bank of Pakistan and United Bank Ltd were allowed to open branches and start operations in India. He said that the Reserve bank of India (RBI) has been informed on the matter. Pakistan's decision to allow its banks to operate in India was given after India earlier this week allowed the neighbouring nation to invest in all the sectors except defence, space and atomic energy. India and Pakistan have decided to increase the trade between the two nations to US$6 billion by 2014. The trade between the two neighbouring nations is currently worth more than US$2 billion.

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30 feared dead in North India flash floods

Deharadun: More than 30 people were feared dead in flash floods that struck the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Ten people have died in Uttarakhand alone, officials said, and 38 others are missing after torrential rains triggered landslides and floods in the state. According to reports, three jawans of the fire brigade department died at Gangori area of Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district. At least 38 people were missing in Uttarkashi, said officials, while unconfirmed reports put the figure at 53. Nineteen labourers of the UJVN Ltds Assi Ganga hydel project were missing after cloud burst occurred in Uttarkashi district, said local police. Several other people went missing in different areas of the district including Uttarkashi town, Gangori, Barkot and Dunda. Heavy rain triggered flash floods, landslides and cloudbursts disrupting normal life in the state. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has asked authorities to launch relief and rescue operation in various affected areas in the north Indian state. Rajesh Kumar District Magistrate in Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts. Flash floods and landslides have destroyed several houses besides stranding several pilgrims in the state. The Chardham Yatra to Gangotri and Yamunotri was suspended for the second day on Saturday. People were evacuated to safer areas as the Bhagirathi river is flowing above the danger level in Gangori area. In Himachal Pradesh, flash floods hit Palchan as two bridges and a road which that connected Manali to Rohtang were washed away on Saturday night. A government school, an under construction hydro power project and a number of electricity pylons were also washed away in the floods. Police evacuated around 120 people from the area. In Jammu and Kashmir, the Kathua district was affected as water levels in the Ujh river rose. The met department predicted more rains in the next 24 hours in the region, forcing authorities to sound a flood alert. Over 20 people have had to be rescued so far while 90 families living near the Chenab have been evacuated.

Uttarkashi said a manhunt has been launched to find the missing people. Cloudbursts reportedly occurred

Mere 21% of MBAs employable: Study

New Delhi: A nationwide study of marks secured by 2264 MBAs who sat for tests by recruiting companies found only that only 21% of them could make the grade. The previous study of 2007 by MeritTrac placed employability index at 25%.The students representing over 100 B-Schools beyond the Top25, were tested by MeritTrac on standardised tests in Verbal ability, Quantitative ability and Reasoning on behalf of recruiting companies. Examination of AICTE Approval Process Hand Book: 2012-13 reveals that the number of MBA seats in India has grown almost four fold--from 94704 in 2006-07 to 352571 in 2011-12resulting in a 5-year compounded annual growth rate of 30%. To benchmark the current state of employability of management graduates, and MeritTrac teamed up to conduct the research and release top line findings ahead of the organized Indian Management Conclave 2012, on August 9-10 in New Delhi. For purposes of this study, pre recruitment test scores of 2,264 candidates were analysed by MeritTrac to assess how they fared on the three tests in terms of the average percentage scores and passthrough rates. The pass-through rates were calculated based on the pre decided cut-off for each test. These cut-offs are at par with the average cut-off scores decided by companies in their recruitment exercises. The threshold cut-off scores used in Verbal ability, Quantitative ability and Reasoning were 45%, 35% and 40% respectively. Overall average percentage score obtained by MBAs in Verbal ability, Quantitative ability and Reasoning was 52.58%, 41.17% and 37.51% respectively. The total pass-through rate, which is an index of employability, at 21% mark leaves scope for improvement considering that organisations hire from this talent pool for strategic roles and this is the managerial pool that companies bank on. The results of 2012 employability report covering 2264 B-schools students from 29 cities are quite startling. This report clearly brings out the employability gaps across various competencies and highlights the need for scientific examinations and tests to align the candidate skills to employability metrics, said S Murlidhar, CEO and Director, MeritTrac Services. The MeritTrac MBAUniverse Employability Index study of MBAs will now be conducted once every two years. Questions are asked about the talent coming out of MBA colleges, and whether they create a workforce responsive to the needs of the economy like understanding of business and onthe-feet thinking. So, decision-making skills are being valued more than ever, said Amit Agnihotri, Chairman of, India's most respected voice of the MBA community.

Pasadena, California: NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-tonne rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack. "Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars -or if the planet can sustain life in the future," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "This is an amazing achievement, made possible by a team of scientists and engineers from around the world and led by the extraordinary men and women of NASA and our Jet Propulsion Laboratory. President Obama has laid out a bold vision for sending humans to Mars in the mid2030's, and today's landing marks a significant step toward achieving this goal."

NASA lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. PDT Aug. 5, (1:32 a.m. EDT Aug. 6) near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life. "The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph," said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. "My immense joy in the success of this mission is matched only by overwhelming pride I feel for the women and men of the mission's team." Curiosity returned its first view of Mars, a wide-angle scene of rocky ground near the front of the rover. More images are anticipated in the next several days as the mission blends observations of the landing site with activities to configure the rover for work and check the performance of its instruments and mechanisms. "Our Curiosity is talking to us from the surface of Mars," said MSL Project Manager Peter Theisinger of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. "The landing takes us past the most hazardous moments for this project, and begins a new and exciting mission to pursue its scientific objectives."

Confirmation of Curiosity's successful landing came in communications relayed by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and received by the Canberra, Australia, antenna station of NASA's Deep Space Network. Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, such as a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance. The rover will use a drill and scoop at the end of its robotic arm to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieve and parcel out these samples into analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover. To handle this science toolkit, Curiosity is twice as long and five times as heavy as Spirit or Opportunity. The Gale Crater landing site places the rover within driving distance of layers of the crater's interior mountain. Observations from orbit have identified clay and sulfate minerals in the lower layers, indicating a wet history. The mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL.

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Bolt still the fastest man

London: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt successfully defended his London Olympics men's 100 metres gold here on Sunday. Bolt clinched the gold medal by crossing the finishing line in Olympic-record 9.63 seconds. It is the second fastest time in history. Jamaica's Yohan Blake grabbed the silver medal by clocking 9.75 while USA's Justin Gatlin won bronze by timing 9.79. Blake equaled his personal best of 9.75 to finish second. Bolt had qualified for Sunday's semi-finals by clocking 10.09 seconds in the heats on Saturday.

PM congratulates Vijay Kumar

BFI announces Rs 25 lakh award for Saina

London: The Badminton Association of India announced a Rs 25 lakh award for Saina Nehwal soon after the Hyderabad girl won the London Olympics bronze medal at the Wembley Arena on Saturday. BAIs Akhilesh Dasgupta was among top Indian sports officials at the Wembley to watch Sainas match with Chinas Wang Xin. Its a very happy moment for Indian badminton and the future looks good, he said. Men's singles quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap also paid tribute to Saina on her victory, saying: "Saina has been encouraging so many girls to start to play badminton. But other Indian team players also see Saina fighting so hard. It's not impossible to beat the Chinese players and you can see this with Saina and what she has achieved." Riding Sainas success, Indian Olympic Associations stand-in chief and secretary general, V.K. Malhotra and Randhir Singh, respectively, too enjoyed a huge slice of media spotlight. News channels hounded them for live quotes. Malhotra said: "We all prayed, even from her first match. We were all crossing our fingers."

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday congratulated shooter Vijay Kumar on his winning the Olympic silver medal. I join the nation in congratulating shooter Vijay Kumar for winning the Olympic silver medal in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol event," he said in a message. Vijay Kumar rose to the occasion

to win a silver medal for India taking the second spot in the final round of the 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol for men at the Royal Artillery Barrack shooting range in London on Friday. This was India's second medal in the Olympics as Gagan Narang earlier won a bronze in 10 M Air Rifle for men.

Hockey: India continue dismal show

London: A demoralised India continued with their dismal show and went down 1-4 against South Korea in their fourth group B league match of the ongoing London Olympics here on Sunday. India, in their last league match, will meet Belgium on Tuesday. After losing their inaugural match against Netherlands 2-3, India conceded 1-3 against New Zealand and then were routed by Germany 5-2 in their last outing. In spite of dominating the proceedings for quite some time India failed to live up to the expectation for failing to utilise the scoring chances while their defence failed to withstand the pressure towards the end of the game and conceding three goals within ten minutes. Belying the expectation that India would be able to put up a better show against the Koreans, India conceded an early goal when Lee Nam Yong put Korea in the lead converting a penalty corner in the 6th minute( 0-1). Stung by the reverse India went all out and drew level four minutes later through Dharamvir Singh who found the target in the 10th minute (1-1). Inspired with the leveller, India went into attack and forced some chances all of which proved abortive. Indian defence which after conceding the early goal, managed to keep the rival attackers at bay till 59th minute finally caved in ab surrendered the lead as Nam Hyun Woo converted the penalty corner eleven minutes before the hooter (1-2). Indians looked a demoralised and tired outfit after the goal and conceded two more during the rest of the period. While Seo Jongho made it 3-1 , Hyun Woo converted another penalty corner to complete the tally ( 4-1). Indian captain Bharat Chhetri after the match admitted that Indians made silly mistakes. "We were not passing the ball and also failed to cash in on the chances we had a number of times. Let's hope we earn some point s again last league match against Belgium." Another Indian player Guruwinder Sinh Chandi said, "We were attacking all the time today but missed our chances.Towards the end Koreans took advantage of our poor man marking to score three more goal."

Speaking about the kind of reception will Saina receive, he said, She will receive millions and millions of rupees, there will be many

functions in her honour and she will be very popular when she comes home."

Bronze medalist Saina returns to India

Hyderabad: Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal received a heroic welcome as she reached India from London on Tuesday after winning the bronze medal in the women's singles event of the London Olympics. She promised to win more medals for the country in future. "I really hope to win many more medals for India," Saina said while addressing a press conference in Hyderabad. Saina said standing on the Olympics podium after winning the medal was a 'huge' feeling. "Nothing bigger than standing on the Olympic podium," Saina said. "When I was standing on podium, I started crying, I thought of all the hard work I have put in all these years," she said. Thanking her coach Pullela Gopichand and parents, she said: "I want to thank dad, mom and Gopi sir for their support." An emotional Gopichand said: "Thank you Saina, without this medal, my life would have been incomplete." Saina first reached New Delhi on Tuesday where large number of

fans were present to welcome the bronze medalist. Saina later reached Hyderabad, where she received a rousing welcome from her fans and wellwishers achievement. She gave India the maiden Olympic medal from badminton as she got the women's singles bronze medal in Olympic badminton after her opponent Xin Wang of China retired hurt here at the Wembley Arena on Saturday. Wang was leading 21-18 and 1-0 after she retired following a knee injury.


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A 5000 year old Q&A with the Lord of Death

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The Indian spiritual traditions are replete with dialogues, Q&As and rhetoric on truth. Even in the great epic Mahabharata we find many accounts of reasoning and inquiry where application of dharma is discussed. The Yaksha Prashna in the Mahabharata is one such section where we find a famous Q&A (question and answer) session between Yama the Lord of death and the wise King Yudhistir. In this Q&A we find 123 pointed questions by Lord Yama in a rapid fire style to which the righteous Yudhistir answers in a crisp and insightful way covering many aspects of applied DHARMA. The story is set up at the end of twelve years of exile of the five brothers Pandavas in the forest in the great Mahabharata. The episode is in the book of the forest (Aranyaka parva) where Yama the Lord of Death and Justice comes in disguise as a Yaksha (a nature spirit) to test the mettle of the dharmic King-inexile Yudhistir. The test is quite rigorous and the situation is deadly. The episode brings out the core teachings of dharma which in the dharmic traditions is the Summum Bonum of all existence. This dialogue called the Yaksha Prashna (questions by a Yaksha) is quite popular and oft quoted to validate righteous actions. Why is Yaksha Prashna popular? The Q&A covers a wide range of aphorisms on rightful conduct, relationships, piety, duties, religiosity etc. The account is more like a Chief Justice of Supreme Court interviewing a brilliant practicing lawyer who has a reputation for righteous conduct and cause for justice. The Chief Justice here is Yama who presides as the God of Death who rules according to the principles of dharma. The dharma practitioner is King Yudhistir who has established himself as an embodiment of dharma with an unsullied reputation of being righteous to the core. This episode gives us insight into what dharma means and how it can be applied today. While the context story for this dialogue is quite interesting, the wisdom that comes out of the Q&A is the real reason for the story. To make the long story short When the five brothers (Pandavas) were living in the forest, a stag took away the fire making sticks from the sages home in the forest in its antlers. The saint requested the Pandavas to recover it. The Pandavas followed the hoof marks of the deer throughout the day and reached deep in the forest. Yudhistir the eldest of the Pandavas becomes tired and thirsty and wants some water. Sahadev the youngest brother volunteers spots a lake nearby. The lake was bare of any living beings except a crane. When Sahadev is about to drink water from the lake, the crane speaks, Oh Sahadev, the water of this lake is poisonous, if you drink it without answering my questions. Sahadev ignores, drinks the water and dies instantly. The three other brothers of Yudhistir do the same and die. Seeing his four brothers missing, Yudhistir comes in search and seeing his brothers dead by the lake he too tries to fetch the water for their last rites. The crane warns Yudhistir and so he agrees to answer the questions of the crane. Before asking the questions, the crane reveals itself as a Yaksha. All the questions asked by the Yaksha get satisfactorily answered by Yudhistir and the brothers get revived. Then the Yaksha reveals his true being as Yama the Lord of death. A sample of the rapid fire Q&As In the Yaksha Prashna, Yama asks Yudhishtir 120 odd questions and here is a selection of these Q&As. Some of the answers are not that straightforward and needs a Guru to explain the import of it all. Who makes the sun to rise and ascend in the skies? Who moves around the Sun? Who makes the sun set in the horizons? What is the true nature of the Sun and where is the sun established? Yudhishtir answers: Brahma makes the sun rise and ascend. The Gods perambulate about the Sun. The dharma sets the Sun. Truth is the actual Sun and the Sun is established in truth only. What instils divinity in Brahmanas? What is the quality of virtuosity in a Brahmana? What is the humanlike quality of a Brahmana? What is the conduct akin to a nonvirtuous person in a Brahmana? Yudhishtir replied: The self-study of the Vedas is divinity in a Brahmana. Penance is the quality like a virtuous person in a Brahmana. Death is human-like quality in a Brahmana. Criticising others is conduct in a Brahmana like a non-virtuous person. What is heavier than earth, higher than heavens, faster than the wind and more numerous than straws? Yudhishtir: Ones mother is heavier than the earth; ones father is higher than the mountains. The mind is faster than wind and our worries are more numerous than straws. Who is the friend of a traveller? Who is the friend of the householder? Who is the friend of one who is ill and one who is dying? Yudhishtir: The friend of a traveller is his companion. The friend of the householder is the wife. The physician is the friend of one who is sick and a dying mans friend is charity. What is that which, when renounced, makes one lovable? What is that which is renounced makes happy and wealthy? Yudhishtir: Pride, if renounced makes one lovable; by renouncing desire one becomes wealthy; and to renounce avarice is to obtain happiness. What enemy is invincible? What constitutes an incurable disease? What sort of man is noble and what sort is ignoble? Yudhishtir: Anger is the invincible enemy. Covetousness constitutes a disease that is incurable. He is noble who desires the well-being of all creatures, and he is ignoble who is without mercy. Who is truly happy? What is the greatest wonder? Yudhishtir: He who has no debts is truly happy. Day after day countless people die. Yet the livings wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder? For a full narrative on the story, the Sanskrit to English verse translation, the full list of the Yakshas questions and Yudhishtirs answer here is a link. Ram Lingam blogs his insights on India and Indian culture at

Many GODs or ONE GOD?

Is spirituality only for retired people?
by Brahmachari Adarsh Chaitanya
BrAmhAChAri Road, Mangere, Auckland. 63 McKenzie AdArSh ChAiTANyA

Br.Adarshji is the resident teacher of Chinmaya Mission New Zealand based @

In Sanatana Dharmaspirituality in ourwe find there are many different idols, many different forms The need for (Hindu dharma), life's is unclear, hence how and when to Puranas (ancient unclear. The battlefield believed which of Gods. If the practice it is also divine stories) are to be setting inthen we find there are 33 crore the Holy Geeta - one of our greatest spiritual texts was given out, (1 crore = 10 million) Gods in Sanatana Dharma (Hindu dharma).is most we have so many Gods? clearly shows us as to when the spiritual knowledge Why do
known and unknown to man, there can that this then a very personal or recommend with differeffective how find we God is assume provided so that people such are so many devatas. This is the un- internal presence. This is when re- ent temperaments can identify with spirituality to be best pursued philosophy, knowl- a particular form and a name of the derstanding we get from the Puranas. ligion becomes after retirement? However, just as cabinet ministers edge becomes WISDOM. The many Lord that suits their temperament. who are in-charge of the differ- forms of the Lord are nothing but the The next step is to form any type of This the governing an of its very purpose. ent portfolios in clearly is of a incorrect understanding relationship with that Lord of either country,Spirituality, the Prime have a leader in as shown in the Geeta, is to be heard, understood Minister, in the same way the enand applied in our livener of all these Devatas, from most difficult circumstances, so that we do not whom they get the power to govern get lost in our journey in life. and execute is that Supreme Lord, Ishwara in Sanskrit. So devatas are many, but Ishwara is One. When we thus get absorbed in knowing - Why all this? Whats the point? - All other thoughts drop off and there is silence! There is peace that is beyond understanding. That Higher state of awareness is beyond all thoughts but holding all thoughts together. This is the One God behind the many. When this God is realized to be none other than an impartial enlivener of all our thoughts (Pratibodh Viditam Matam as the Kena Upanishad says) the substratum on which every moment we think, breathe, eat, sleep, etc. and play in this world achieving success and suffering failures, through the path of devotion or through mediation we then gain the complete fulfillment of our spiritual journey as experienced by all the great masters and saints of the past. Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya serves as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Auckland and conducts weekly spiritual classes for children, youth and adults. For more information about the Chinmaya Mission and Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya please follow this link: or contact him at 2756954


Rig Veda says "Ekam Sat, Viprah bahudha vadanti" Let's look at some basics...Firstly, the Sanskrit term for God is Devata, meaning "The Truth is One which actually means illumined Yet, most of us wait forone may our retirement to learn the secrets of this Divine text. Alas! By that wise speak ones. Illuminating what Alone, but the time, we A simple example to understand ask? Well, illuminating the dead are burdened with too many regrets GOD in the many... of our past actions, or our ego is so stubborn that it is unwilling to of it in many different world of matter, bringing sentiency the one uplift itselfin due insentient (lifeless). H.H. Swami Chinmayananda even if we do understand and appreciate the (life) the to the earlier habits formed. But a ways" The of that scriptures, we feel there Vedanta Teacher principleslaws the illumine or enliven world renownedso much to change, we would have to start in our next life...
the phenomenal forces like the sun, used to give us the example of elec-


How convenient, this is -etc. are reincarnation? all electrical moon, wind, waters, rains, this tricity which enlivens

called the devatas such as Surya, equipment be it a fan, a bulb, a TV, many doorways to the halls of this a devotee, or a father, mother, son or Chandra, Vayu, Varuna, Indra, etc. a computer, a radio, a fridge or a greater spiritual awakening. Just daughter, teacher or student or even The main element, molecule, atom and idea All the expressions and func- as in the dream, the dreamer for securing a safe futureyou Every reason for such an heater. is that we see Spirituality as a means sees as a friend any relationship as we then every phenomena for ourselves or of the equipment are different, many other forms, many faces, rec- please. after death either in this universe is tionsforof the bulb, is notones who have left the earthly plane.allIn that relationshipagitate or our thoughts that the light our loved the sound ognizes the friend from the foe, but offer governed by a law, a principle which science only comes to discover in of the radio which is different from on waking realizes that all the par- excite us. actually time. But these laws are in place the coolness of the fridge, etc. Inseems like the dream If this is so, then becoming spiritual afterexpression, electricity ticipantsbutthe alone,werethe same do.toButtimes those of scheme retirement its nothing in him rightinthing to try When to are unbearable, we understand the entire us since the beginning of time. These functions and who are not not createdto governed by whodifferentat the so to speak, way, all what isGods roll away behind this understanding the laws are afraid or ask why, takes look avataars world and ask, the many the reason of this world by all? What of our creation and that science. Thus, the governor and il- but essentially, the power behind all in the understanding of that Higher purpose and expression. is its purpose? What is my purpose?isSpirituality takes a Supreme Power alone. of our of them one! That electricity is the whole new dynamic meaning surroundings. When we go luminator of these laws which make beyond our day to day happenings the world of matter interact with same. Our religion is not supposed to be just a ticket to is Why are many forms of GOD pro- and ask the deeper questions in life According to religion, God each other and express as life, is without an answer, we finally grow mainly projected as an us external what are called the it's a heaven, instead Devatas. faithful map guiding depth we vided? But initially, the many forms are impatient within to get the answer. phenomenon, but in its 22Since there are so many laws indian Weekender | August

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Rajesh Khannas love feeling intimidated

Mumbai: Anita Advani, who reportedly had a long-standing live-in relationship with the late megastar Rajesh Khanna at his Bandra bungalow Aashirwad, is feeling intimidated. Surrounded by various controversies, Advani has been constantly under media glare since the megastars demise. Apart from not being allowed to board a vehicle during the mourning procession of Rajesh Khanna, the lady is alleged to have demanded a share in Aashirwad. There have also been reports of an altercation with Rajesh Khannas estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and son-in-law Akshay Kumar. Ms Advani has been feeling hounded by the media with lots of television channels having camped outside her current residence for more than a week. She has also been receiving hundreds of calls and messages from the press on her cell phone, asking her to clarify various unfounded allegations, her official spokesman Dale Bhagwagar said. She has been gheraoed while entering and leaving her residence. Some TV channel crews even scaled her building and have continuously been ringing her doorbell, waiting on the staircase and trying to grab some footage and bytes, he added. Being a media person myself, I thoroughly understand that they (the channels) are just doing their job, but Ms Advani is neither used to all this, nor is she in a state of mind to answer awkward queries. "She has just lost the person she loved like crazy for years at end and is feeling intimidated by all this, explained Bhagwagar while leaving out answering, whether Anita Advani has claimed her stake to Aashirwad.

Mika Singh to act in film

Kolkata: It seems that acting bug has bitten singer Mika Singh, as he joins the league of those singers including Sonu Nigam, Babul Supriyo and Himesh Reshamiya, who have tried their luck before camera earlier with moderate successes. Popular singer Mika Singh, who was here in Kolkata, on Saturday, for the launch of the online service of SKP Stock Broking Private Limited, said that he will soon make his acting debut with singer turned actor Shaan. I am working on a project named Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gayee, where I will be sharing the screen space with singer turned actor Shaan. The film will release next year. The launch of the online service was followed by a concert organized by the same company and a well known club of the city. Speaking about the concert, the powerhouse entertainer said: After Paglu (hit Bengali film, where Mika has sung the title track), I have done many shows in Kolkata. Within the span of one year I have done almost twelve to thirteen shows. In todays concert I will pay tribute to late actor Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand, added Mika. When Mika was asked about performing any of Kishore Kumars song in the concert, as it was the birth anniversary of the legendary singer, Mika said: I will perform few of Kumars song. How can I forget the voice behind these legendary actors? Talking about the success he shares with

Kajol and Genelia share birthday

his elder brother, pop-Punjabi singer Daler Mahndi, he said: We are enough lucky to be so much successful in life. It is our parents' blessings that both of us are here. There are hardly any brothers like us, who have been so successful in life. The singer also added that hard work is needed to succeed in life.

Mumbai: Two gorgeous Bollywood actresses, Kajol and Genelia D'Souza, who are mostly known for their cheerful and lively characters turned a year older on Sunday. Kajol, who was born on Aug 5, 1974, turned 38, while Genelia, who was born in the year 1987, turned 25. Born into a family of actors and filmmakers, Kajol, who is the elder daughter of actress Tanuja and late director Shomu Mukherjee, made her debut in the film named Bekhudi in 1992. The actress who starred in hit films like Karan Arjun, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Dushman, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Fanaa, My Name Is Khan, holds the record of having most number of Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Actress, with her aunt Nutan. In 2011, she added one more feather to her crown as she was conferred Padma Shri award by the Government of India for her contribution in Indian Cinema.

Kajol has been actively involved in several philanthropic activities related to women and children. The actress married actor Ajay Devgan in 1999, and now are proud parents of a daughter, Nysa and a son, Yug. Genelia D'Souza, who gained wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, made her debut in Bollywood with the film Tujhe Meri Kasam, with her husband Ritesh Deshmukh in 2003. Genelia starred in many Hindi and Telegu films including Bommarillu, Satya In Love, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Life Partner, Chance Pe Dance and other films. Her success story in Bollywood started with her film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, where she portrayed the role of young college girl Aditi. Genelia endorses brands like Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India. The actress married his co-star Ritesh Deshmukh on Feb 3, 2012.

Sonali Bendres first priority is motherhood

Kolkata: Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre, who was in Kolkata at the weekend for the launch of water pump of city based URO Group, revealed that currently her priority is her son and family. The actress, who will make her comeback in the much talked about film Once Upon A Time Again said: My first priority is definitely motherhood. After taking care of my family if I get any time then I work in few television shows. I am working in a film right now. I will be playing a character in the sequel of hit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Talking about the city, Sonali said: I always love to come to this city as it is a culturally rich city. I have come here for few talent hunt shows and surprisingly we have got many talents from this city. Bollywood actress Gracy Singh, who did few films like Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India and Munnabhai M.B.B.S., graced the occasion with her dance performance. Talking about the future projects of the company the managing director said that URO Group is planning to start a real estate project and are investing in other business. The winners of popular dance reality show Nach Baliye 3, television actor Aamir Ali along with his actress wife Sanjeeda Sheikh performed at the event.


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Madame Tussauds' Bollywood World Tour

Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney has introduced The Bollywood World Tour, which will let fans meet their favourite Bollywood stars wax statues. "Visit Madame Tussauds Sydney and meet your favourite Bollywood stars at this interactive experience from 5th August to 28th October 2012 only," read an official release on Saturday. Taking centre stage will be the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. A highly celebrated Bollywood actor, producer and television host, Khan has starred in more than 50 films throughout his career, been named one of Newsweeks 50 Most Powerful People in the World and has a global fan following numbering in the billions. With numerous box office smashes to his name over the past twenty years Khan has also earned much critical acclaim he has won no less than seven Filmfare Best Actor Awards. A specially themed Bollywood zone will be created within Madame Tussauds Sydney just for this unique exhibition, and will include other Bollywood legends like Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan. Madame Tussauds Sydney is located on Sydneys renowned Darling Harbour and is the place to get on stage with the stars, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians and challenge your favourite sports heroes. The Bollywood World Tour will join the unique line-up of celebrities already featured at Madame Tussauds Sydney including Captain Cook, Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Michael Jackson, Jackie Chan, Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga. Madame Tussauds Sydney is open from 9am 8pm daily and admission prices include access to the whole Madame Tussauds Sydney attraction and Bollywood experience.

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place until the woman he loves rescues him from his inevitable doom. He is blessed with the ultimate realisation that happiness and fulfilment are all around us, we just have to learn to find it together! The play is directed by Ujjal Ghosh, who has been with Rangmanch since its inception- a committed theatre enthusiast, with an authentic vision and years of theatre experience who believes that every story has a message. Ujjal has been regular performer in all Rangmanch productions so far. Jayanta Bhaduri a theatre veteran with awesome knowledge and experience of stage and theatre production is the Secretary and one of the founder members of the group. He had been the director and the creative leader in all of Rangmanchs plays till date, is now playing the role of a mentor to the younger talent that Rangmanch supports and bring-

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Rangmanch, founder of Hindi theatre in New Zealand, was formed to bring together like-minded people in Auckland who are dedicated to producing Hindi plays for the local audience. After three highly acclaimed and memorable Hindi theatre productions Zimmerdari (2008), Ballabpur ki Kahani (2010) and Dildar (2011), Rangmanch is back again with yet another soulful romantic play. SUNEHRE SAPNE In the timeless conflict between our dreams and our realities love is the only resolution... Sunhere Sapne is a romantic story revolving around the dreams and aspirations of a hardworking young man, set in a typical Mumbai chawl. Working as a motor mechanic, he is frustrated by his lower middle class surroundings and aspires to travel overseas and live a life away from social and financial drudgery. A traumatic childhood and disjointed youth filled with struggle, haunt him as he has seen his fair share of sorrows, early on in life. He wishes to break free from the shackles of an undignified profession, and escape to a paradise of social equality and freedom. Desperately chasing this utopian ideology, he looses touch with reality, most importantly with love. His life becomes a shattered, lonely

ing out the best in each performer through his guidance and love for theatre. The cast and team, our very own local talent, include noted theatre/ stage performers in AucklandVijesh and Monica Nangia, Malavika Kamath, Chirag and Roopal Solanki, Vishal Patil. Aman Sharma, Pieu Nalin, Shaibal Chakraborty , Madhumita Nagi and a few other new aspirants who would be making their debut on stage. Background music will be by Krittibas Dasgupta and stage craft will be by Santanu Ghosh This is a group of voluntary members who have a passion for theatre and have shown tremendous commitment of

time and effort. Please join us as we bring to life this wonderful message of the joys of sharing what we have with the people we love most dont miss Sunhere Sapne, Rangmanchs stage production in Hindi. Showing September 1st and 2nd at The Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, Auckland. For Booking and other details please contact: Chirag 0276784966, Pavitra 021445166, Ujjal 0212506823, Malavika 0210514035 You can also visit us on www. and follow us on Facebook.

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camera as an actor in concerned, I am continuing with that in Dhoom 3. But my focus has now shifted slightly and I am concentrating on my production company (YRF Entertainment -YRFs Hollywood wing, based in Los Angeles). Tell us about your Hollywood projects. We have finished our first film (The Longest Week) and going for the production of our second film (Grace To Monaco) in September. So my time is spent mostly abroad and handling that. You have just started shooting for Dhoom 3? How it is going? I am totally excited. Its like a boy thing what we grown up wanting to do, that is, play with guns, do stunts on bikes and romance hot women. And thats exactly what Dhoom 3 is ... all Dhoom is. So for me, its superb going back and working again with Abhishek (Bachchan) and working first time with Aamir (Khan). I am sure its going to be an amazing experience and fun. Will you use your comic label to promote Dhoom 3? Dhoom 3 will come and we can do a separate book on that movie and that story itself. But thats not going to be the thought behind the comics. They will have new stories with new villains, new characters and new locations. Whatever it is, you will have something that you have not got in the films. I am not using Dhoom as a promotional tour for the movie. In fact, its exactly the reverse. I want to use the films as promotional tours for the comic books.

Dhoom 3 is a boy thing

Uday Chopra has launched his new label of comic books Yomics Not Just for Kids with the wish to revive the Indian comic industry. Sreya Basu catches up with the actor-director in Mumbai as he speaks about his new venture and Dhoom 3
How excited were you about comics as a kid? As a kid I had my passion for the comic book space. It used to be great fun and there used to be a lot of joy in it. This was my passion since childhood. Me and my friends like Abhishek Bachchan used to sit in my fathers (filmmaker Yash Chopra) garden and enact all his films and have our own characters. So that passion made you come up with Yomics? I was thinking about launching a comic title for four-five years. I first thought of creating a character out of Ali (his screen name in Dhoom and Dhoom: 2) and calling it Adventures of Ali. You see I had a lot to time those days and I sat down to write a script for it. Then I sat with a storyboard artist who used to work at YRF (Yash Raj Films, production house) and said, Lets create an impromptu comic book with the speech that bubbles at the moment. So we had a little bit of comic book going between us at that moment, after which I thought of finding artists and see if I can produce this comic. But at that time the costs (of production) were very prohibitive for whoever doing it. It was charging so much that Indians did not see it as a good business venture. So I just parked my thoughts, put the file (script) in drawers and forgot about it. What happened then? Then one day, this guy Gautam Thakker of Division 91 Studios Pvt. Ltd came into my office with a poster of an Ali designed in a comic book way. I asked him what is this. He said his company is trying to make comic books. Then I took out my old file and said, Here it is. Just take and do it. He said he loved it but wanted to start with Dhoom as he said, everybody loves the film. I agreed and thats how the idea literally got bornto start out a comic book, later make it a label and to come up with more titles. Do you think we have an audience for comics? Till 60s, 80s, 90s, there was a good industry for comic but now its not there any more. So I thought of using our properties, films, which people have already accepted and loved, to revive it. Like we have Dhoom and also Ek Tha Tiger, which is already showing a lot of interest, and hence thought of using them to create an audience or readers who are not here at the moment. My endeavour is to lure and entice the first batch of readers by this connection to films. So, isnt it risky? Yes it is. But we are trying to bring out something that does not have an industry or a readership at the moment but we hope that with our passion and excitement, we can create a space for comics. We will be using our movies to fuel that. Do you think people will want to read films in comic books? We are of course going to use the characters (from films) that people already know and love. But there will be absolutely new stories they have nothing to do with the film at all. Will there be superheroes in the comics? Fantastical superheroes? Why not? But has to be something homegrown. What are your expectations from Yomics? I am super excited about Yomics. I am putting out there in the world hoping it will find its audience, its attractions so that I can create more characters and more universes that people will like, something vastly different, experimental that they will find out-of-the-box. What are the titles you are releasing at the moment? We have with four major comic series including Dhoom, Hum Tum, Ek Tha Tiger and a brand new character Daya Prochu, which incidentally is an anagram of Uday Chopra, my name. I have written the scripts of two of the comic series including Dhoom and Daya Pronchu. The comics have been launched in English and Hindi and will be translated into regional languages as well. Tell us more about Daya Prochu. I created this character on Twitter just for fun and used to tweet in his name sometimes philosophical, sometimes funny, at time irreverent. But when people started liking it, I thought why not introduce this character, who is my alter ego, in the comic books. He is a child but does things which I could not do in school. Like? Like if someone tries to bully him, he can scold that person, something which I could do when I was in school. There is a Daya Prochu in all of us who wants to come out. Why dont we see in you films these days? As far as me being in front of the




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