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DEC 2014 / INDIAN MONTHLY 3 PUBLISHER / editor-in-cHIEF Yogita Bhardwaj CEO / editor Avniesh Bhardwaj JOURNALISTs VINITA MALHOTRA | gEORGINA tippett bollywood sun JOURNALISTS Shailesh Giri | usha mishra MARKETING Kshipra Cariappa | Vidya Santosh | MelISsA Sheikh PHOTOGRAPHER Nikunj Madaiah WEB DEVELOPER / graphic designer Chandni Khanna GRAPHIC PRE PRESS Sarabjit Sidhu CUSTOMER SERVICE & DISTRIBUTION Munish Kumar From the Publisher’s desk The whole nation is mourning after the Sydney siege where two hostages lost their lives and the Taliban attack in Pakistan where 141 died including 132 children. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, wounded and other hostages who felt the trauma of seeing death from so close. We need to eradicate terrorism from the world as what happened was really shocking. “Smallest graves are the heaviest” as they say, we support the families of the deceased after the wake of the dreaded attacks. Prayers and fond memories for the dearly departed with support messages are shared over the world to support the families of the deceased. May they be comforted with love of friends and family during the hard time. #illridewithyou and #indiawithpakistan which went viral over social media was a good initiative. This edition of Indian Monthly Newspaper has covered some of the most important International meeting, agendas and conferences including 18th SAARC Meet in Kathmandu, 20th session of the Conference of Parties at Lima, Peru and also what is happening around the city. As the year has come to a close and the festive mood is in, Indian Monthly Team wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year to all. Yogita Bhardwaj Publisher No material in Indian Monthly, including advertisements, may be reproduced in without the written consent of the editor. Opinions carried in Indian Monthly are solely those of the writers, and not necessarily endorsed by Indian Monthly . All correspondence should be addressed to: Avyosa Pty Ltd ABN:94 196 825 236 Level 1, 55 Walsh St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003 Ph: 03 9600 9227 0400 988 402 FAX:03 9326 5722 Email:


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4 INDIAN MONTHLY / DEC 2014 threatening condition. He suffered a wound from the shot in his face. At least three as reported were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries including a woman who was shot in the shoulder. The gunman killed during the siege at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place was an Iranian cleric with a violent criminal past. He came to Australia in the late 1990s , obtained political asylum in 2001. He fled Iran because he was in fear of his life from the regime at that time. He was on bail for a string of violent offences, including being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. He was also facing more than 50 sexual and indecent assault charges and had a conviction for sending abusive letters to families of deceased Australian soldiers. His former lawyer, Manny Conditsis, said that Monis was an isolated figure who had acted alone. Iran says it requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago, but Australia refused to hand him over because there was no extradition agreement between the two countries. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has warned of militant plans to strike Australian targets, said there were indications the hostage situation at the Lindt Cafe was politically motivated. “This is a very disturbing incident. I can understand the concerns and anxieties of the Australian people.” Australia, a reliable ally of the United States and its escalating action against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is on high alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East. Police had not had any direct contact with the hostage taker, said Andrew Scipione, police commissioner for the state of New South Wales. In September, Australian anti-terrorism police said they had thwarted an imminent threat to behead a random member of the public and days later, a teenager in Melbourne was shot dead after attacking two anti-terrorism officers with a knife. The incident has not yet been confirmed as a terrorist attack. Mr Abbott said the public had a right to know how someone with a long and chequered history was not on the appropriate watchlists, and said he wanted answers. “How can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?” Mr Abbott said. “These are questions that we need to look at carefully and calmly and methodically to learn the right lessons and to act upon them. “That’s what we’ll be doing in the days and weeks ahead.” The Prime Minister acknowledged Monis still might not have been stopped, even if he had been closely watched. “Even if this individual, this sick and disturbed individual, had been front and centre on our watch-lists, even if this individual had been monitored 24 hours a day, it’s quite likely, certainly possibly, that this incident could have taken place because the level of control that would be necessary to prevent people from going about their daily life would be very, very high indeed,” he said Two hostages and the armed gunman killed in Sydney siege Iran says Australia refused request extradition of gunman Man Haron Monis Iran says it requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago, but Australia refused to hand him over because there was no extradition agreement between the two countries. THE entire nation is mourning the loss of two heroes who laid their lives for others when an armed self-styled cleric Man Haron Monis, 50 held 17 hostages at Lindt Café in Martin Place in Sydney. The hostages were forced to stand with their hands up at the windows and a black and white flag could be seen on the window. Martin Place was shut down with trains stopped and roads blocked, some of the nearby buildings including the Opera House, the State Library, Channel Seven, the NSW Parliamentary executive offices, the NSW Supreme Court’s criminal courts, the Downing Centre and several city legal chambers soon were evacuated. Police negotiated with him for 16 hours before officers stormed the building and two hostages as well as Monis were killed during the confrontation. Monis opened fire after an argument with police forcing police to respond. The police stormed the building, firing live rounds and throwing stun grenades. The two hostages died in the scuffle who are identified as Barrister Katrina Dawson, 38 who died of a heart attack on the way to hospital was a mother of three. Dawson was a well-respected lawyer who worked for a firm on Phillip Street and had halted at the café to grab a coffee before reaching office. The other victim, the Café manager Tori Johnson, 34 who attempted to wrestle the shotgun away from the gunman died of a gunshot wound. Johnson had worked at the Lindt Café for more than two years and had also worked in the service industry in the US and Australia. Five other have been injured including a police officer who is in non-life


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DEC 2014 / INDIAN MONTHLY Labor’s funding the annual Holi festival Labor promises $120,000 for the Festival of Colours - Holi AN Andrews Labor Government will provide $30,000 each year during its first term towards the iconic annual Holi Festival celebrations over four years. The Australian Indian Innovations Inc.,AIII Holi Festival at Sandown Racecourse is one of the most prominent multicultural events in Victoria. Outstanding performances, abundant activities and an array of food stalls made the Holi Festival at Sandown Racecourse festival attractive for all Victorians with a gathering of over 15,000 people in 2014. Labor’s announcement reaffirms its commitment to the Indian community in Victoria. Millions around the world come together in harmony to celebrate the Festival of Colors and multicultural Victoria does the same. Jude Perera, Labor Member for Cranbourne announced funding to AIII Holi Festival along with Judith Graley, Labor Member for Narre Warren South. support will make violence against Preventing women and children THE Victorian Coalition Government has invested $550,000 in the development of plans to assist specific Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities to prevent violence against women and children and the work to be done by Our WATCh. The initiative will be delivered by Whittlesea Community Connections in partnership with Women’s Health in the North who will work with the newly-arrived Iranian community to empower women and engage men as advocates to prevent violence. Cohealth in partnership with Jagriti Forum is all set to work with a cross section of the Indian community in Brimbank and Wyndham. Through this project, community sector partnerships, tools, guides and resources will be developed. A community implementation plan will be supported by Our Watch. The project will also provide a great opportunity to build the capacity of CALD leaders to develop a plan, undertake prevention activities and address violence against women in their communities. Jagriti Forum was formed in early 2013 after a series of suicides and murders took place in 2011 in the 5 bigger and better Vernon Da Gama, President of AIII; Hari Yellina Vice-President; Sunil Kumar, Secretary and Harjinder Soni from AIII were also present including many local residents of Indian origin. Mr Perera said, “Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest and Labor will support Holi celebrations to honour the contribution of the Indian community to our great state.” Andrews Labor Government will also create an Indian Cultural Precinct to recognise and celebrate the contribution the communities of the subcontinent play in Victoria. The precinct will add another page to Melbourne’s reputation as the multicultural capital of Australia. The location of the precinct will be determined after a full consultation and master planning process will be undertaken in the first term of Government. Indian community potentially linked to family violence. Jagriti was formed by Marsha Thomson and Jasvinder Sidhu after various consultations over many months. Jagriti is being kept on a low key as was agreed by all participants that Jagriti is neither a Talk Fest nor a photo opportunity feeding the social media. Our WATCh is an independent, not for profit organisation established to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children. Our WATCh is supported by the Commonwealth, Northern Territory, South Australian and Victorian Governments to drive cultural and attitudinal change to prevent violence against women and their children from the ground up through community engagement and advocacy. Travel the Ideal world... Lowest Airfares on Sale Now !!! Flight from India to Australia Stopover Holidays Domestic flights in India Holiday Packages Cheap Travel Insurance IDEAL TRAVEL SERVICES CHEAP FARES, ANYTIME FLY SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT STARTING FROM ONLY WITH 30KG BAGGAGE $950 AND GET FREE $40 GIFT CARD TO SPEND AT CHANGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Fast and Friendly Services ALL DAY EVERY DAY... Cheapest Airfares Guaranteed to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. CALL US NOW !!! T. (03) 9748 6549 M. 0405 493 732 *Conditions Apply | Subject to Availability of seats and price can change with or without notice. $40 coupon is valid only on Singapore airlines and silk Air flights transiting through Singapore.


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6 INDIAN MONTHLY / DEC 2014 delivering on each of the communities we made.” The Greens have also made history in the Victorian Parliament with Melbourne candidate Ellen Sandell beating Labor MP Jennifer Kanis to secure the minor party’s first lower house seat. the new Premier of Victoria AUSTRALIAN Labor Party gained victory with a workable majority and Daniel Andrews is Victoria’s new Premier sweeping the Napthine Government after the first term in office, first time ever in 60 years. A tight victory was predicted and Labor managed to hit at least 46 seats in the 88-seat lower house. Outgoing Premier Denis Napthine at Sofitel announced that he would be stepping down as leader. Mr Napthine said, “I know there are many pre-polls still to be counted, I know there are many postal votes still to be counted but the figures clearly indicate that there has been a swing to the Labor Party and they will have a majority in the Legislative assembly. Therefore it is appropriate for myself as leader of the government, as leader of the Liberal Party to do the right thing to the people of Victoria, to contact Mr Andrews and inform him that I have conceded that he has won this election and we congratulate Mr Andrews on the victory.” Mr Napthine iterated, “This is the greatest state in the best country in the world. And I am particularly proud that today in 2014, Victoria is a better, stronger, more financially secure state than when we came to government four years ago.” “It is time for renewal, it is time for change. We will be back at the next election offering the people of Victoria a real alternative.” Hailing the victory as the greatest of the gifts, Mr Andrews iterated, “The people of Victoria have today given to us the greatest of gifts, entrusted to us the greatest responsibilities and bestowed upon us the greatest of honours and, ladies and gentlemen, we will not let them down.” Mr Andrews felt extremely proud “to have the honour and privilege to be the premier of this great state of Victoria.” Mr Andrews said his first tasks would be to end the “spiteful dispute” between the former government and the state’s paramedics; introduce Labor’s “Back to Work Act” to create new jobs; and set about removing 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous level crossings.” “Work will begin tomorrow because I will not waste even a single day Daniel Andrews: Matthew Guy: new Leader of Opposition FORMER Liberal Planning Minister Matthew Guy has been elected as the leader of opposition. Mr Guy emerged victorious after defeating his mate and former treasurer Michael O’Brien in a caucus meeting at Parliament House. Mr Guy said he was honoured to lead the party he had been a member since he was 16 years old. “I’m humbled and overwhelmed and deeply appreciative of the trust the parliamentary Liberal Party has given me today,” he said. The 40-year-old Opposition leader is the party’s youngest leader since Jeff Kennett in 1982. The Deputy leader is David Hodgett, the former major projects minister whereas Mary Woolridge is the leader of opposition in the upper house with Gordon Rich-Phillips as deputy. Former Premier Denis Napthine said the Liberal Party was fortunate to have a depth of talent to take the party forward and “I think Matthew Guy will be an outstanding leader of the Liberal party,” he said, adding further, “He’s young, dynamic and he really knows how to relate to people. I’m pleased the new generation has taken over.” Mr Guy said his promotion to the top job marked a new chapter for the party. “It’s a new era for leadership and, importantly, we’ll have a review to see what worked and what didn’t and what we need to have a greater look at going forward,” he said. One of the key election promises of the Napthine government was the East West Link tollway and Mr Guy is committed to take it forward, “We will stand by the East West Link,” he said. “Melbourne is growing at 80,000 people per annum, we need infrastructure for this state. I’ve never seen how Daniel Andrews is able to explain how a legally binding contract can be torn up.”


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8 INDIAN MONTHLY / DEC 2014 of people whose temporary visas had expired or had been cancelled and were living illegally in Australia is 62,700. For these missing people, cash in hand jobs mostly in hospitality and agriculture sector have contributed a lot. “This is a huge issue but the Department of Immigration did not have the resources to find these people. They do checks in area of high concern such as farming and hospitality, where employers are happy to pay cash in hand.” Lately, around 20,000 workers on skilled 457 visa went missing. The audit assessed 1807 skilled workers on 457 visas out of which 338 were no longer employed by their respective sponsors. His brother, 17-year-old Jackson Kelly said his brother had heard the sound of a woman moaning and heard the little boy crying but believed the couple were having sex so went back to sleep. He did not know the woman had been killed until police ran past his window the next morning. Mr Kelly believed the couple were divorced but the wife visited the house frequently and shared custody of their son.  “They had just come back from India. I thought they were trying to work it out,” he said.  Mr Kelly said he had never seen any fights or violence between the couple. “He seemed like a nice, normal guy. I don’t know why he turned like this. I can’t believe it,” he said. largest group of international students in Australia as per recent statistics. At present, 40,000 Indian students are studying in Australia. Mr Suckling iterated, “The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships facilitate knowledge sharing, strengthen mutual understanding between Indian and Australian scholars and build international networks. This serves to reinforce our strong and enduring bilateral relations with India.” The application process for the 2016 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship is expected to commence from April, 2015 onwards. THE number of Indian migrants seeking to work in Australia has been on a rise. A 46.6 percent increase in the number of people gaining Australian citizenship has been shown by the statistics of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD. During 2012-13, 40,100 Indian citizens applied to migrate to Australia whereas it was 27,300 from China and 21,700 from United States. Indian citizens flocking to gain Australian citizenship Indian citizens comprises 23.3 per cent of the skilled visas, United Kingdom of 18.3 per cent, the People’s Republic of China of 6.5 per cent, the Republic of Ireland of 7.2 per cent and American Citizens comprises of 6.2 per cent. Migration Law expert Sharon Harris said there is a growing trend of Indian and Chinese citizens seeking citizenship in Australia for greater global movement. “India and China is without any doubt the most prolific source countries for pursuing visas and ultimately citizenship,” she said “With an Australia passport, this opens up greater travel access globally.” Having 20 year experience in migration law, Ms Harris said the change in governments was particularly popular with Chinese citizens, who were attracted to the Abbott government. “With the change of government they have more confidence in a stable political environment.” A report showed that the number Indian origin woman found dead in suspected murder-suicide A woman found dead in her Deer Park house is suspected to be a case of murder-suicide. An intervention order against her husband has expired just four days before the death. The husband, Sunil Beniwal is believed to have killed his estranged wife Shikha after which he drove his car into a truck coming on Hopkins road and died in the accident. The truck driver has got injuries. The couple’s three-year old son who was present in the house at the time of the suspected murder has been taken by police into the Department of Human Services. Homicide Detectice Sergeant Paul Tremain said there was a history of domestic violence since 2012, “There was an intervention order taken out in 2012 which expired four days ago,” he said The death was being treated as suspicious and no other suspects were involved. The relatives of Sunil are distressed to get to know about his death. Police is yet to notify the woman’s next of kin. Neighbours who lived in the street said it was a quiet neighbourhood and most residents did not know their neighbours.  Neighbour Sandra Moran, who lives across the street, said the man killed in the accident had split from his wife, and lived in the house with two tenants, a young couple who had recently moved in. Along with the son, the housemate who shared the house was also home at the time of the murder.  mutual understanding between the two countries and will also boost knowledge sharing. It is believed to be a step taken in the direction of developing international networks. This will go a long way improving the ties between the two countries. The Scholarships for the academic year 2015 have been awarded to 528 international students and 154 Australians who can take up study and research abroad. Out of these students three would be travelling to India next year. Among the students of India who want to pursue higher education overseas, Australia has become the top most priority. Indian students make up the second THE Australian Government has awarded 60 Indian students with prestigious Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2015. Australian High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling welcomed the announcement and said it was a testament to the talent of the Indian students. Mr Suckling said, “I congratulate the successful recipients-Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are highly competitive awards. The Top Australian scholarships for 60 Indian students fact that 60 Indians were selected for this award is a testament to the talents in this country. It is also pleasing to see that the number of Indians have increased from 40 recipients in 2014.” The recipients will undertake study or research at vocational, post graduate and postdoctoral level or undertake professional development at some of Australia’s most prestigious universities across a broad range of academic fields. The program will enhance the


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10 INDIAN MONTHLY / DEC 2014 Labor’s $2.8 million plan to help families 24/7 Super Pharmacies AN Andrews Labor Government is committed to fund pharmacies across Victoria to stay open 24 hours a day and provide night nurses for on-the-spot medical advice. 20 pharmacies will become 24/7 Super Pharmacies that will remain open 24 hours a day. These pharmacies will be inclined to appoint nurses to provide medical advice between 6pm to 10pm when most of the pharmacies and GP clinics are closed. 15 27/7 Super Pharmacies will operate across Melbourne with five more across regional Victoria. The idea will give families an alternative to going to hospital, reducing pressure on doctors and nurses in clogged emergency departments. Consultation will also occur in appropriately private facilities within the community pharmacy, and people will be seen on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Premier Mr Andrews said, “Right now, families only have two choices: race to a hospital or stay home and ride it out. Labor’s 24/7 Super Pharmacies give families a sensible new option.” Over half of people who attend hospital emergency departments in Victoria are Category 4 and 5 patients. Many of them could receive care without having to go to hospital. Under the plan, nurses will provide face to face advice on symptoms in the same way as the Nurse-On-Call services does over the phone. They may also offer services such as wound care, blood pressure checks, immunisation and advice on referrals. Mr Andrews added, “This will take pressure off our overcrowded emergency departments, so doctors can treat the sickest patients more quickly.” Franchise Available Full Training Provided Exclusive Territory Work from 6 PM - 12am YABS Call avniesh today BUSINESS CONSULTANTS 0400988402 #illridewithyou going viral: Support for Muslim community The #illridewithyou hashtag is going viral all over the world. The trend is continuing to spread on Twitter as a sign of respect and support for Muslims after the siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney.  The hashtag appears to have come from a Facebook post from Rachael Jacobs who was riding on a train, and noticed a Muslim woman quietly taking off her head covering.In her post she said: “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u.”Another woman took to Twitter and wrote: “If you reg take the bus b/w Coogee/Martin PL, wear religious attire, &don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride withyou. @me for schedule.” India and China should cut carbon emissions: Julie Bishop THE 20th session of the conference of Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol was held from 1st Dec to 12th Dec, 2014. COP 20/ CMP 10 was being hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru The conference was attended by around 190 countries. US President Barack Obama emphasized the need to cut global emissions of carbon dioxide. The hopes for momentum following a climate change deal between China and the United States didn’t go smooth. The issues included greenhouse gas cuts and funds to help poor nations to cope with a warming world. Emerging nations like India and China stresses the view that the rich will cut greenhouse gas emissions most and pay for rising climate damage in vulnerable countries. The United States and the European Union want to ensure that poorer nations will also reign in rising emissions. After Lima, governments are expected to outline national plans for cutting emissions beyond 2020 by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015, to form the building blocks of a global climate deal to be agreed in Paris in December 2015. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia wanted and agreement “that sets basic multilateral rules to underpin transparent action and ensure that countries live up to their commitments.” Bishop said some countries were refusing to agree to the same. Australia’s key demand is that nations with big emissions like US, China and India commit to meaningful cuts as Australia is responsible only for 1.5 per cent of global carbon emissions. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said that between 1990 and 2010, China’s emissions had risen form 3.4 billion tonnes to 9.8 billion tonnes and were forecast to rise strongly until 2030. Indian front have been clear that Indian Prime Minister considers poverty alleviation to be its major responsibility at present and that the developed world responsible for having exhausted the world’s carbon budget. India still need access to technology and international funds to tackle climate change.


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DEC 2014 / INDIAN MONTHLY 13 WORLD'S BEST COOKWARE 316 TI TITANIUM CONSTRUCTION LIFE TIME WARRANTY LOW TEMPERATURE FRY WITHOUT OIL COOKING CLASSES Waterless cooking retains the nutrition in your food For more info: Call - 03 8555 3949 / Email - A ‘dislike’ button for Facebook Australian Multicultural Council members announced FACEBOOK’S most popular like button is the quickest way for people to share and like content/information with friends. But there has been a question mark since long on what if you don’t like a post. Every day, 4.5 billion ‘likes’ are generated according to the Facebook’s own figures and “one of the things we’ve thought about for quite a while is what’s the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder. Zuckerberg said the company is thinking of adding a ‘dislike’ button for the posts people don’t like. He commented in a Q&A session in California that it is one of the most requested features the social network has received from the users. He also iterated that the site would need to find a way to make sure it did not become a way to demean people’s posts. Instead of being a negative feature, the cause behind such a button is “so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions, said Zuckerberg. Adding further he said, “A lot of times, people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives. Often, people tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing ‘like’ because that isn’t the appropriate sentiment. THE new members of the Australian Multicultural Council were announced by Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. The new Council members are Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Chair; Dr Bulent Hass Dellal OAM; Ms Helena Kyriazopoulos; Ms Faiza Rehman, Mr Vasan Srinivasan and Ms Charlotte Vidor. They will serve three year term on the Council and will advise the Government on multicultural affairs. Mr Andrews said the government’s support for the Council confirmed its commitment to a multicultural Australia and to build a stronger Australian community. “The Council will advise the Government on ways to sustain and support socially cohesive communities, to ensure all Australian have the opportunity to participate, engage and contribute to Australian life,” he said. “It will examine ways to further harness the economic and social benefits of our Nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity and advice on how we can promote social cohesion by fostering the successful integration of migrants into the broad Australian community.” “I look forward to receiving the Council’s expert advice to guide policy and programme innovation, enhance civic engagement and help drive an agenda of migrant participation and broader community cohesion.” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said Australia has been a great multicultural success story and advisory bodies such as the Australian Multicultural Council play a valuable rle. “Leaders from Australian business and civic society, all with an interest in multicultural policy, comprise the new Council,” she said.


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14 INDIAN MONTHLY / DEC 2014 Three Khans together under one roof ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ completes 21 successful years INDIA’S longest running television show ‘Aap ki Adalat’ celebrated the completion of 21 successful years at Pragati Maidan in Delhi on 2nd December 2014. The eventful journey began in 1993 and is still going on. The historic completion of 21 years is celebrated like never before where our Political leaders, Bureaucrats, Bollywood celebs, singers, sports stars, industrialists and other prominent figures of the country gathered under one roof. The event turned to be a star studded affair with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, three Khans- Shah-Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Ajay Devgn, Rani Mukherjee, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher, Anil Kapoor, Gautam Gambhir, Shilpa Shetty, Ghulam Ali, Himesh Reshammiya, Udit Narayan, Anu Malik, Prasoon Joshi, Rajkumar Dhoot, Subhash Chandra, Gautam Adani, Hema Malini, Daler Mehndi, Arun Jaitley only to mention a few among others who witnessed the show. All these guests have at least once appeared in ‘Aap ki Adalat’. It was such a glorious moment to see the three Khans together on stage under one roof when they danced to Salman’s famous towel dance with Mr Sharma. Shah-Rukh and Salman even asked an array of questions to which he responded that he is scared of the three Khans on stage. The ambience was further embellished with Sonu Nigam’s soulful performance who acted as the host. Mr Sharma iterated, “I am humbled with the affection showered upon me by the President, the Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in Chief of India TV was felicitated with Best Anchor award many times and also with the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, he was acclaimed INBA entrepreneur of the year 2009 at the National Convention organised by Exchange4media. Mr Sharma has grilled over 1,000 personalities in ‘Aap ki Adalat’, the longest running television show in the history of Indian Television. India TV, the Hindi news channel is based in Noida and was launched in May 2004 prior to which ‘Aap ki Adalat’ was aired on Zee TV. Prime Minster, the country’s top leaders and our super-stars. It is their love and support that has made it possible to pull off such a huge event.” Praising ‘Aap ki Adalat’, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “This show has manifested the strength of Indian democracy. Rajat told us on this show that he had no degree to become a prosecutor, but the crore people of India have made him the people’s prosecutor.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented, “Rajat ji knows the art of extracting a reply through his sweet questioning. In the 21 Years of this show, nobody has been forced to reply, and this itself is a glowing example.” Adding further, Mr Modi said, “One big quality of Rajat ji is that he uses his tongue sparingly in his show, but he uses his heart to the fullest. A clever mind works behind this.” 141 have been killed including 132 children and 122 injured as Taliban Suicide Bombers attacked at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. At least six gunmen entered the military run school where around 500 students and teachers were believed to be present. The gunmen went from class to class shooting the students and staff. Heavy gunfire and helicopters were heard outside the school as troops surrounded the building. The school on Peshawar’s Warsak road is part of Army Public Schools and Colleges System. It runs 146 schools nationwide for the children of military personnel and civilians. Education is imparted mostly by army person’s wives. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the responsibility for the attack saying the militants had been ordered to shoot older students as a revenge for a major military offensive, a Taliban spokesman said. “They include target killers and suicide attackers,” TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani told AFP. “This attack is a response to Zarb-eAzab and the killing of Taliban fighters Bloodiest insurgent attack on Pakistan School and harassing ther families.” The offensive has killed more than 1,600 militants, according to an AFP tally. The military has hailed the operation as a major success in disrupting Taliban militancy. The semi-autonomous tribal areas that border Afghanistan have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants of all stripes - including Al Qaeda and the home-grown TTP as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs. The United States pressed Islamabad for years to wipe out the sanctuaries in North Waziristan, which militants have used to launch attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan. Bomb Explosions outside girls’ college The very next day when 141 were killed in an attack at Pakistan School, two bomb explosions were reported outside a girls’ college in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber in Pakistan. No casualties have been reported as of now and neither has any terror group taken the responsibility. But it is believed to be Taliban once again behind the scene. PM Nawaz Sharif vows to end terrorism Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan stands united to ensure the deaths of the children were not wasted, after meeting party leaders in Peshawar on Wednesday. In any action against the militants, he said, there would be no distinction between “good and bad” Taliban. “We...have resolved to continue the war against terrorism till the last terrorist is eliminated,” he added. The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, “the time has come” for his country to work with Pakistan to fight “extremism.” He further added that the two countries should “jointly take effective actions” following a surprise meeting with Pakistan’s army chief in Kabul to discuss security co-ordination. PM Modi appealed for 2 minutes silence in Schools for Pakistan Victims Schools all over the country observed a two-minute silence and special prayers to remember the young victims of the Taliban attack on Pakistan School. PM Modi tweeted. “India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror. Told PM Sharif we are ready to provide all assistance during this hour of grief. Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium In the aftermath of the most gruesome attack in the history, Pakistan has lifted the ban on execution in terror cases. The Prime Minister’s office announced, “The Prime Minister has approved abolishment of the moratorium on the execution of the death penalty in terrorism related cases.” In November 2012, Pakistan barred the execution of a soldier when President Asif Ali Zardari introduced the unofficial moratorium. Pakistan has not executed a criminal since 2008. Courts however continued to sentence convicts to death since then and consequently Pakistan has one of the largest death row populations in the world with more than 8,256 people awaiting execution.


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