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FREE Vol-2 ISSUE-7 20 July - 20 August 2015 DO NOT LITTER M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN 20 July - 20 August 2015 / www.bollywoodsun.com.au A daughter has become greater than a sonSHOOJIT SIRCAR I had to work my way up to actually be trained under my dad: DEEPIKA PADUKONE I got a platform in the form of ‘Antakshari’ : ANNU KAPOOR I am not Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh or Salman khan: RAM KAPOOR Mother Teresa’s successor Sister Nirmala passed away Satnam Singh Bhamara takes a giant leap from Ludhiana to Dallas, becomes first Indian to be picked in NBA draft Need for free trade between Australia and Asian countries crucial: Steven Ciobo 15 year old Indian-origin schoolboy in UK develops New Alzheimer’s Test

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 PUBLISHER / editor-in-cHIEF Yogita Bhardwaj CEO / editor Avniesh Bhardwaj JOURNALIST VINITA MALHOTRA bollywood sun JOURNALISTS Shailesh Giri | usha mishra MARKETING Vidya Santosh WEB DEVELOPER / graphic designer GAURAV KAPOOR GRAPHIC PREPRESS Sarabjit Sidhu CUSTOMER SERVICE & DISTRIBUTION Munish Kumar From the Publisher’s desk It’s a pleasure to know how Stanam Singh Bhamara took a giant leap from Ludhiana to Dallas via NBA. Yes! Mr Bhamara has become the first Indian born Basketball player to be picked in NBA draft. Another pleasant news is that a 15-year old Indian-origin schoolboy in UK has come up with a new Alzheimer’s test which could allow the disease to be diagnosed 10 years before the first symptoms appear and even stops its progression. Back home in India ‘Hindu-Muslim bhai bhai’ has once again proved to be true. Mohd Shahnawaz Zaheer, a Delhi based commercial pilot has earned praise by bidding to raise two Hindu orphans. Amidst chaos and evils spread around the world, it is really heart-warming piece of news. One cannot but appreciate and respect the laudable effort. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP visited India and has emphasized the need for free trade between Australia and Asian countries. For more details turn to page 5. For those who are really annoyed at the last bit of ketchup or mayonnaise stuck in the bottle, you don’t need to worry anymore. Orkla, a Norwegian company is the first food manufacturer to announce a deal with US company, LiquiGlide to use its non-stick coating in product packaging. On the sadder side, Sister Nirmala who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of Missionaries of Charity founded by the Noble Laureate dies at 81. There is a lot more for your entertainment inside which includes famous quotes and interesting facts. Don’t miss the benefits of Mushroom in our health section on page 18. Yogita Bhardwaj 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: yabs@yabs.com.au IDEAL TRAVEL SERVICES CHEAP FARES, ANYTIME Lowest Airfares to INDIA From $830* Cheapest Airfares Guaranteed 24/7 Call Us Anytime, Any day... CALL US NOW !!! T. (03) 9748 6549 M. 0405 493 732 *Conditions Apply | Price is Subject to Availability of seats and price can change with or without notice at any time. Fly SINGAPORE AIRLINES by march 31st to get $40 gift coupon. Valid only on Singapore airlines and silk Air flights transiting through Singapore. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 Need for free trade between Australia and Asian countries crucial: Steven Ciobo “Australia is hungry to create and trade more. India can draw on Australia agribusiness experts, like we can call on India’s Information Technology (IT) experts,” Ciobo explained. He added, the core sectors that Australia is strong in and can help India with expertise for enhancing their trade is mining, agriculture, medical, education, minerals, infrastructure and dairy. In his speech, Mr Ciobo thanked Rana Kapoor, Founder and CEO, Yes Bank and President, ASSOCHAM for playing the role of a catalyst between the two Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott. Kapoor said India and Australia are natural partners bound by historical linkage. Kapoor said there were a lot of commonalities the two countries share. He added, “India and Australia share a mutual love for cricket and are both multi-cultural countries.” Mr Kapoor enlisted the sectors for mutual collaborations, “I believe tourism is very strong for both the countries. Besides, the Water waste systems where there is bilateral opportunity and Murray-Darling basin work which can be replicated for Clean Ganga. The one strong collaboration I see is in dairy and Agri-business, which is important for India’s food security.” While India is a growing economy and will need Australia’s support, Kapoor Australian companies are world leaders but are relatively underexposed. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai in his opening remarks said this is an opportune moment for Australia to look towards India. Currently, Australian trade with India is only up to $12 billion, there is a huge potential to enhance it. “We are pursuing for free trade agreement and we have to work together. The bilateral relations and trade will improve once the Free Trade Agreement is in place. Hopefully the issues will be resolved,” said Kalantri. He added, “The new efforts of our Prime Parliamentary Secretary for Ease of doing business in India, Make in India, and port-led growth tells us that it is an opportune time to invest in India.” In the welcome address, C Sarat Chandran, Director Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce said the defining moment for Indo-Australian ties was the visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Australia last year Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP visit India Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, lead a business delegation to the rapidly growing South Indian regional hub of Hyderabad, and visited Mumbai, the financial, commercial and economic capital of India. Mr Ciobo on his first visit to the South Asian continent said that his country is committed to delivering the comprehensive economic trade treaty or Free Trade Agreement. He iterated, “The economic relationship between Australia and India has vast potential and negotiating a strong, high quality Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement by the end of 2015 to unlock this potential is our number one economic priority.” He elaborated on the need for free trade, which is crucial for the Asian countries and their ties with Australia. “I believe the deadline with India can be met. Last 14 months my country has signed high quality free trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan. Australia believes in liberalized trade and free trade agreement we will pursue strongly,” said Mr Ciobo at the Indo-Australian Business Summit organized by the IndoAustralian Chamber of Commerce at World Trade Centre Mumbai. Mr Ciobo highlighted the immense untapped potential of trade between India and Australia. He highlighted the disparity of trade that Australia has with China as compared to India. He emphasised, “The two-way trade between both our countries is worth $15 billion while with China it is $160 billion, clearly there is so much more to do and a huge amount of potential that we see.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Delhi after ‘bomb threat’ he was directed to Delhi as Delhi has the best systems in place to handle such emergencies. The plane touched down at IGI at 1:43 pm. Immediately after the Nagpur ATC received the alert, the government formed a bomb threat assessment committee comprising officials from the Bureau for Civil Aviation Security, CISF, ATC, local police and airport operators. As soon as the jet landed, it was sent to an isolation bay and was evacuated. It was then scanned for three hours after which the flyers were allowed to board again. The Delhi Police, National Security Guards, Central Industrial Security Force and Fire officials were rushed in with the bomb detection team and the dog squad. After a thorough search and rechecking every piece of baggage, the plane was declared “clean” and all the passengers were screened. Security agencies are trying to figure out who spread the scare which caused the panic. This is the fifth time Turkish Airline has received such bomb-on-board threat in recent past. A Turkish Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport after crew spotted a message on a toilet mirror written in lipstick. The Airbus A330 was flying from Bangkok to Istanbul with 134 passengers. The message was found in the economy section’s rear washroom mirror after just 10 minutes of cleaning the toilet. When the cabin crew spotted the warning at 1pm, the aircraft was in the Nagpur ATC range. The captain immediately called Nagpur airport and How to Build a Solid Foundation towards a Wealthy Retirement through Property Investments. Open Throw away your old Mattress and Upgrade MBIC is holding a FREE Informative Property Investment Forum When: Saturday 28th March 2015 Where: 40-42 High St, Glen Iris 3146 Time: 2.45pm for a 3pm Sharp Start Shivankit Kapoor Property Consultant Sonia Cannataro Director MBIC CPA Accountant/Financial Planner 7 Days 10 Additional % Ph: 1300 733 670/03 9781 5934 Mattress Factory % info@royalsleep.com.au, www.royalsleep.com.au Luxury Mattresses without the luxury price tag Shop 1,72-76 Dandenong Road West, Frankston 3199 - Can you afford to Retire? - The Advantages of Buying an Investment Property. - Melbourne’s Most Affordable Suburbs to Invest In. - How to Maximise Your Tax Benefits and Return On Investment. - How to Purchase Multiple Properties. - Purchasing Property through a Self Managed Superannuation Fund. Hasib Tahbin Property Consultant 50 Was $3135 Now Only $ Independent Head & Foot Adjustment upto FREE DELIVERY Mattress sINGLE off METRO AREA $ Luxury Indulgence 5 Zone Pocket Spring Posture Perfect 5 Zone Pocket Spring 99 OFF PENSION CARD - Becoming Financially Secure and Planning for your Retirement. - Family Budget Planning. Pillow Top Pat Singh Property Consultant 1699 Memory Foam Queen Mattress Smart Flex Adjustable Bed Was $1698 Now Only $ Latex Comfort 5 Zone Pocket Spring 899 Queen Mattress Please Reserve your Seats; (SEATING IS LIMITED) Contact Hasib Tahbin on 0434 52 21 65 — sean@mbic.com.au Shivankit Kapoor on 0411 333 773 — sam@mbic.com.au Pat Singh on 0421 035 533—pat@mbic.com.au Was $6940 Now Only $ 3690 Inbuilt Massager K/Single Size Mattress & Base Was $3199 Now Only $ 1499 Queen Mattress www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | 20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 Don’t worry about the stuck mayonnaise or ketchup in the bottle The idea is to avoid waste every time a bottle is finished as the suppliers have not been able to resolve the issue. LiquiGlide says its coating is completely harmless and meets the safety standards because it “can be made entirely from food.” Possible applications include improving the flow rate of condiment bottles to avoid food waste and preventing clogs in gas and oil tubes. Videos of LiquiGlide being used in ketchup, mayonnaise, jelly and mustard bottles made of plastic and glass were released by the inventors. To welcome this technology, there is some degree of education required to reassure shoppers that it is made of natural product. The company has stated on its website: “LiquiGlide makes dispensing product so easy that consumers actually tend to use it faster… it pushes consumers to an earlier repurchase point.” If you are really annoyed at the last bit of ketchup or mayonnaise stuck in the bottle, you don’t need to worry anymore. The age of shaking and slapping the bottles to ooze out the last drops is over. Orkla, a Norwegian company is the first food manufacturer to announce a deal with US company, LiquiGlide to use its non-stick coating in product packaging. LiquiGlide Inc. is the commercial entity that is taking this technology to market. It is a permanently wet, liquid impregnated surface which is designed to be hyper slippery, with the product sitting directly on a layer of liquid. A liquid-impregnated surface is a multi-layer surface, consisting of a customised solid texture and a liquid. The highly textured solid surface is composed of a matrix of features spaced sufficiently close to stably contain the impregnating liquid that fills in the spaces between the features. The liquid is held in place within the texture, creating a permanently slippery, liquid surface. The product is actually sliding on our liquid layer, in a liquid-to-liquid interface. LiquiGlide is a technology platform that allows us to engineer super slippery surfaces for liquids and highly viscous materials such as gels and pastes. LiguiGlide was developed at the Varanasi Research Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Pof. Kripa Varanasi and his team of students and postdoc Dave Smith, Rajeev Dhiman, Adam Paxson, Brian Solomon and Chris Love. The project came in second place in the Business Plan Contest and won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition. A 15-year old Indian origin boy in the UK has developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s which could allow the disease to be diagnosed 10 years before the first symptoms appear and even stop its progression. Kritin Nithiyanandam of Epsom, Surrey has developed a ‘trojan horse’ antibody which can penetrate the brain and attach to neurotoxic proteins which are present in the very first stages of the disease. The antibodies, which would be injected into the bloodstream are also attached to fluorescent particles which can then be picked up on a brain scan. Kritin submitted his test to the Google Science Fair Prize and learned that he had made it through to the final last week. He will find out next month if he has won a prestigious scholarship and mentoring to take his idea further. Kritin exclaimed, “The main benefits of my test are that it could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start to show by focusing on pathophysiological changes, some of which can occur a 15 year old Indian-origin schoolboy in UK develops New Alzheimer’s Test decade before symptoms are prevalent.” Neurodegenerative disease like dementia are hard to diagnose and treat because of the bloo-brain barrier. Kritin’s antibodies can pass through the barrier. Lab tests even showed that they ‘handcuff’ the toxic proteins, stopping them from developing further which could potentially stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks. Kritin further added, “Some of my new preliminary research has suggested that my diagnostic probe could simultaneously have therapeutic potential as well as diagnostic.” Kritin moved to Britain from India as a baby and has himself suffered from hearing problems as a child and wants to study medicine after leaving school. He said, “I have personally seen what a difference it can make to people’s lives and I want to make a difference to the lives of others.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 Cracking Down On Drunk, Drugged Drivers first and drivers who are caught with alcohol and illicit drugs in their system will now face a minimum 12 month licence cancellation and court fines up to $4550* for a first offence. Ms Huthchins iterated, “We know that drivers who have both alcohol and drugs in their system are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, compared with drivers who are drug and alcohol free.” She added further, “We are fed up with people who mix alcohol and illicit drugs and the risks they pose to Victorian families on our roads.” Victoria Police will also be able to impound the vehicles of first time offenders who record a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or higher. For repeat offenders, the maximum fines will range between $13,650* and $40,959*, depending on blood alcohol level and previous offences. They will also receive a minimum two year licence cancellation. Vehicles can be impounded for up to three months or even permanently for repeat offenders. Currently there is no offence for combined drink and drug-driving. Offenders can be charged with, or convicted of, either a drink-driving or a drug-driving offence but not both. These harsher fines and penalties send a strong message about the dangers of combining alcohol with illicit drugs and driving. The new penalties will help deter and prevent repeat offenders by mandating alcohol interlock devices and driver education programs for those being relicensed. To ensure that we can keep our roads safe the 2015/16 Victorian Budget invested $15 million for 10 new drug and booze buses. The larger fleet will let police test 100,000 people a year for drugs and take more alcohol and drugaffected people off our roads. (*based on the 2015/16 penalty unit value of $151.67) The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on some of Victoria’s most dangerous drivers who mix alcohol above the legal limit with illicit drugs and then get behind the wheel. Natalie Hutchins, Acting Minister for Roads and Road Safety, announced two new offences for drink-drug driving will come into force on 1 August 2015. Ms Hutchins said, “The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on idiotic drink and drug drivers to make our roads safer and to help reduce road trauma.” These new offences are an Australian SRI RAGHU RAM ASTROLOGY CENTRE PANDITH: RAGHU RAM is in Melbourne He CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 0424 975 226 0449 864 419 3 Mason Street (Near Dandenong Train Station) Dandenong VIC 3175 E-mail: somuprince1188@gmail.com % 0 0 10 7 Days A Week - 10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | 20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 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 - info@healthmax.com.au Realignment for more efficient Multicultural Funding Under the realignment, the VMC will continue to undertake community consultations, investigation and research and provide advice to government on service delivery issues and play a key role in grant approvals. OMAC will provide strong whole-of-Government policy advice; lead on CommonwealthState relations in multicultural affairs; and strengthen Cultural Diversity Planning and reporting across the Victorian Government. The Andrews Labor government has underlined its commitment to a thriving, diverse and harmonious Victoria through a $74 million investment to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion in the last budget. To maximise the return on this investment, the Labor government is realigning the functions within the Multicultural Affairs portfolio to strengthen the strategic role of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott iterated, “By responding to the concerns of the Auditor General, the government has enhanced the role of the VMC.” The realignment implements a key recommendation of the 2014 Victorian Auditor General report, access to Services for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, which found that there was overlap and ambiguity between the roles and responsibilities of the VMC and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The realignment will remove duplication and provide clearer roles and responsibilities by enabling the VMC to perform a stronger, more influential strategic role, streamlining the administration of Grant Programs and strengthening the policy and program delivery of OMAC. Mr Scott stressed, “Under this realignment, we will have a clearer, simpler and more transparent grants process to ensure money is prioritized for those communities and projects which are most in need.” Multicultural communities are also set to benefit as a result of a clearer and simpler grants process to be administered by OMAC. Funding certainly for multicultural Grant Programs has also been provided, with ongoing funding secured by the Victorian Government through the recent 2015-16 State Budget for capacity building and participation; Multicultural community infrastructure and Cultural Precincts; Promoting harmony and social cohesion; and also to multicultural festivals and events. Mr Scott said, “Multicultural community grant programs are critical to strengthen our social cohesion and community resilience; foster inclusion, participation and equality of opportunity and celebrate Victoria’s diversity.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 13 Mother Teresa’s successor Sister Nirmala passed away paid tribute to her. Mr Sunil Lucas, Communications Director for the Archdiocese of Calcutta said, “She had big shoes to fill, expectations were huge but with simplicity, unstinting love and faith she proved herself.” Mr Modi tweeted, “Her life was devoted to service and caring for the poor and underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Extremely saddened at the passing away of Sister Nirmala. She carried forward Mother Teresa’s work with quiet dedication & dignity. She will be missed by the countless lives she touched.” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee tweeted, “Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her.” Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity founded by the Nobel Laureate died at 81. She was not keeping well from past few days. On March 13, 1997, six months before Mother Teresa’s death, Nirmala Joshi was selected the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity. She expanded the organisation’s reach to 134 countries by opening centres in nations such as Afghanistan, Israel and Thailand. Sister Nirmala stepped down in 2009 due to poor health. Sister Mary Prema was elected to succeed her during a general chapter held in Calcutta in April 2009. Politicians from India’s biggest political parties and other eminent dignitaries Sister Nirmala’s real name was Nirmala Joshi. She was born on 23 July, 1934 in a Brahmin family as the eldest of the ten children at Regmi village, Syanja, Nepal. Her father was an officer of the British Indian Army until the nation’s independence in 1947. When she was one year old, her father brought the family to India. Although the family was Hindu, she was educated by Christian missionaries in Mount Carmel. Hazaribag. That was the time, she learned about Mother Teresa’s work and wanted to share in the service. She was soon converted to Catholicism and joined the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa. She completed a Master’s degree in Political Science and then went on to the first Sisters of the Institute to head a foreign mission when she went to Panama. In 1976, Joshi started the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity and remained at its head until 1997, when she was elected to succeed Mother Teresa as Superior General of the Institute. Sister Nirmala was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan Award on Republic day (2009) by the government of India for her services to the nation. Her term as Superior General ended on 25 March 2009 and she was succeed by German born Sister Mary Prema Pierick. Grants to help multicultural seniors stay active (CALD) Seniors Grants Program. Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott said, “With Victoria as the multicultural state of our nation, it’s important that seniors from our diverse communities are supported as well as possible.” Mr Foley iterated, “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting seniors from all cultures to participate fully in community by breaking down the barriers they face.” The program has funded more than 200 community projects across Victoria that help vulnerable seniors from CALD backgrounds at risk of social isolation connect to new or existing social networks and activities. The grants help organisations run events, activities and social outings, as well as organising help with transport, such as volunteer drivers and car-pooling for seniors isolated at home. Mr Foley commented, “We recognise that it comes down to supporting activities as simple as helping an isolated senior with transport to and from social and cultural activities.” Among the activities are day trips and excursions, walking groups, technology and English classes, exercise and fitness programs, health and wellbeing information sessions, storytelling projects and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music. Mr Scott stated, “There are challenges that are unique to seniors in our diverse communities and this program helps to ensure they remain engaged and active.” Many groups are organising information sessions on using public transport, giving seniors the confidence and independence they need to attend cultural and social activities. Others are organising cooking classes and establishing gardens where seniors can produce and share recipes from their cultural background, building a greater awareness and appreciation of diversity in the local community. The program is delivered in partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV). An ECCV report on the grants program found that more than 150 ethnicities were represented among 208 projects funded over the past four years, engaging over 3,000 isolated seniors in community activities. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, has announced the recipients of 46 grants to help culturally diverse seniors get involved and participate in the community. Ethnic and multicultural community groups and organisations, as well as local councils, will share in $225,500 from the fourth round of the Participation for Cultural and Linguistically Diverse www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 Once again, “Hindu Muslim bhai-bhai” has proved to be true Mohd Shahnawaz Zaheer, a Delhi based commercial pilot has earned praise by bidding to raise two Hindu orphans. Amidst chaos and evils spread around the world, it is heart-warming piece of news. One cannot but appreciate and respect the laudable effort. Mr Zaheer and his family have been awarded the guardianship of twins Ayush and Prarthana under the Hindu Minority & Guardianship Act, following the demise of their pilot father; their mother having passed away previously. The twins lost their Airhostess mother and pilot father within a year’s time in 2012 and were at the mercy of the family driver who took care of their basic needs. Though their father Praveen Dayal extracted a promise from Zaheer that he will take care of the twins, the latter remained unsure as cousins and distant relatives of Dayal allegedly laid claim to bank accounts and family property. Zaheer had been quite busy due to a hectic flying schedule till he got a call from weeping kids complaining of maltreatment. Zaheer then filed a suit under the Guardianship Act, urging the court to give legal approval to his role as a guardian. In his plea, Zaheer informed HC that during the critical phase of his illness, Praven Dayal requested him to take care of his children. He also placed on record a statement by Dayal’s brother saying he has full faith in Zaheer for discharging the duty of guardianship of the children. With their maternal uncle and grandmother also settled abroad and expressing helplessness, the twins had nowhere to turn to. Mr Zaheer was good friends with the children’s father and has pledged to preserve their Hindu upbringing and the trust fund which will be used solely for their benefit. In this landmark order allowing crossreligion guardianship, Justice Najmi Waziri also aprooved a Trust set up in the name of the siblings, where the Indian Commercial Pilots association and other well-wishers have contributed over Rs 1 crore. By virtue, the entire estate and remaining wealth of the dead parents will automatically go to the Trust and not to the guardian. The bonding of the twins with the family is well. Zaheer iterated, INDIAN MONTHLY | 20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai Muslim Pilot takes Hindu kids under wing “The HC order streamlined everything to allow the twins to integrate with us. I have a three-storey house and my inlaws and parents live with me. Ayush and Prarthana are the cynosure of their eyes. Since the court appointed me as guardian, now they will get a passport and can travel abroad with us.” Zaheer further added that the court has also entrusted one Arun Saini, a willing neighbour, to make sure the children receive Hindu religious instructions and can visit temple for prayers. “I don’t want them to ever convert. They will be raised as Hindus,” he said. “Poets and writers of different literatures have elegantly articulated and eulogized the principle of foster care and guardianship amongst the foremost and finest human duties. The essence of human endeavour is caring for innocent lives,” Justice Waziri observed, quoting poets Nida Fazli and Javed Akhtar to stress that “taking care of orphaned children who are in urgent need of foster care and the protection of their interests is amongst the noblest of human endeavours.” The court also took note that all the monies to which the children are entitled is to be kept in the “Ayush Prarthana Benevolent Trsut” till they attain the age of 25 years. “It is, therefore, directed that all banks, financial institutions and insurance companies shall make payments, maturity or redemption amounts, etc apropos the estate of late Praveen Dayal and late Kavita Dayal in the name of Aayush Prarthana Benevolent Trust.” Advocate Yogesh Jagiya, who fought the case free of cost, viewed it as an unprecedented order. “It was a crossreligion matter. There have been cases of adoption but not of guardianship where you only raise the children but have no rights in their property. We worked hard to convince the court.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 JULY - 20 AUGUST 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 Satnam Singh Bhamara takes a giant leap from Ludhiana to Dallas, becomes first Indian to be picked in NBA draft I have to improve my game and then get into the first team. May be after another two years when I establish myself, I will again play for India. The main goal is to at least play 10 years in NBA league.” Bhamara iterated that he did not feel any pressure nor was he nervous, “The only thing I was telling myself was I have come here as first Indian but it was the time for reality check. My assessments is that in terms of power, I am as good as the Americans. Where I am lacking is balance. The coaches are working on that aspect. I have a weak knee. I am doing strengthening exercises.” Bhamara revealed that his idol is Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets centre) as “I want to play like him.” Adding further, Bhamara said that his first team coach from Mavericks Rick Carlisle advised him “to always be in a lookout to move the ball forward. Pass and move is the main advice. If there is no one around to pass, then try to shoot.” PLEASE FIX The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. It has franchised member clubs (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB) which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues. NBA players are the world’s best paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player. National coach S. Baskar said Bhamara’s selection could be a game-changer for basketball in India. He added, “We are happy for Satnam and it’s a big day for the Indian basketball fraternity. It’s always good to play for a foreign club. They are more professional and the leagues are conducted in a more organized way.” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “I am very happy for him. I would like to wish him all the best for the coming season and his career. I am sure the entire nation will support him.” Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter, “First Indian player to be in the NBA… congratulations!! India goes to NBA… now time for NBA to come to India!!” Satnam Singh Bhamara has become the first Indian born Basketball player to be picked in NBA draft. Born and brought up in a remote tiny village of India’s Northern state of Punjab, Bhamara has been selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 52nd pick in the draft. The 7-foot-2inch 19 year old is not expected to make the team right away, but rather will put in time at the Development League Level. Bhamara has been training in the US for five years after being chosen to attend an IMG basketball academy in Florida. India has qualified for the FIBA Asian Championships to be played in Wuhan (China( from September 3 but Bhamara stated that he won’t be available for national duty for at least next two years as his primary focus is to improve his game and make it to the first team of the NBA side Dallas Mavericks. He said, “I won’t be playing for India for the next two years. My focus is solely on NBA. “I wish to become the greatest player in the world. I want to uphold the honor of India, the USA and of my coach and make Basketball a prominent sport in India” Hailing from a country where Cricket is the most admired and followed sport, www.indianmonthly.com.au

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