T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 3, 2017
TESY OF SARIT
Handwoven saris have
stood the test of time.
Here’s a look at the
different weaves from
various parts of India
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14 & 15
ON HIS CHILDREN
FARHAN & ZOYA
President launches polio
PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee ad-
ministered polio drops to children
at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi
on Jan 28 as he launched the Pulse
Polio Programme (right).
Seventeen crore children below
five years of age will be immunised
under the drive, which is part of
the government’s efforts to sustain
polio eradication in the country.
The World Health Organisation
on March 27, 2014 declared India
polio free but the risk of the disease
coming into India from Pakistan
and Afghanistan persists.
Bihar woman offers Rs25,000
reward for missing parrot
A WOMAN in Bihar looking for her
lost parrot has offered Rs25,000
to anyone who finds it. Ms Babita
Devi, who has had the pet for eight
years, lost it in early January.
The resident of Warsaliganj
Chowk in Nawada district has put
up posters asking for people to help
find the bird.
Her family friend, Mr Bachchan
Pandey, said she “was very close to
the parrot and it was like a family
member to her”.
Maharashtra top cop Maria
retires and will pen memoirs
al of police (home guards) Rakesh
Maria has retired after 36 years of
service. Now, he plans to pen his
Mr Maria, 60, was known for
handling investigations into cases
like the March 1993 Mumbai serial
blasts and the 26/11 terror strikes
in 2008 by Pakistani extremists
and more recently, the sensational
Sheena Bora murder case.
He said he is in the process of
writing a book to shed light on in-
vestigations into some of the major
cases solved by the Mumbai Police.
Upcoming fest to celebrate the
OVER 100 distinguished writers,
poets, artists, singers and acclaimed
personalities from the Urdu frater-
nity, including lyricist Gulzar and
sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali
Khan, will participate in an Urdu
festival to celebrate the timeless
glory of the ancient language.
Jashn-e-Rekhta, which is a free
public event, will be held from Feb
17 to 19 at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi
International Centre for the Arts.
Among many sessions, lyricist
Prasoon Joshi will discuss the pres-
ence of Urdu in Bollywood lyrics
and how the language helped him
expand his literary expression.
Unique scheme to inculcate
habit of using toilets
USE the toilet regularly? Get
Rs2,500 per month.
This unique scheme has been
launched by Barmer district col-
lector Sudhir Sharma to encour-
age people to use toilets and not
defecate in the open.
The scheme has been launched in
two villages — Baytu and Gida.
Mr Sharma said the scheme will
help villagers develop the habit of
using the toilet regularly. He added
that it will benefit 15,000 families
of Baytu and Gida and if it is suc-
cessful, the scheme will be expand-
ed to other areas.
E-postal ballots to be used in
four UP constituencies
AN ELECTRONICALLY transmit-
ted postal ballot system will now
let those serving in the armed and
paramilitary forces in Uttar Pradesh
(UP) submit their votes online.
This is being done in a bid to in-
crease electoral participation in the
upcoming assembly election.
The electronic system has been
introduced in four constituencies —
Agra North, Orai (Jalaun), Rudauli
(Faizabad) and Mahasi (Bahraich).
In another initiative to increase
vote percentages, a directory of
6.89 lakh handicapped voters has
been created and mapped in the
state and special arrangements will
be made for them at polling sta-
Karnataka government in favour
of reviving buffalo race
THE Karnataka government wants
to revive the traditional wetland
buffaloes race “kambala” following
a popular demand for it.
But this will require the govern-
ment to amend the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Act as the
Supreme Court had banned the
buffalo race in May 2014.
People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (Peta) India had sought
a ban on kambala, as the buffaloes
are whipped to race faster so that
their owners can win cash prizes,
which range from Rs10,000 to
Rs5 lakh. However, state law and
parliamentary affairs minister T.B.
Jayachandra said the amended
law would have strict guidelines to
ensure there was no cruelty to the
buffaloes, as the kambala would be
declared a traditional sport.
Former Jharkhand medallists to
set up shops at stadium
JHARKHAND’S sports department
will identify former sportsman and
sportswomen who have won na-
tional and international medals for
the state, but are having difficulties
making ends meet.
It will help them set up shops at
Birsa Munda Football Stadium in
The state’s district sports officer
Uma Shankar Jaiswal said it would
allocate 43 shops to them at the
stadium, facilitate bank loans for
initial capital investment and equip
them with skills to set up a busi-
ness. The shops will be related to
sports and sports goods.
Students in Karnataka to decide
teachers’ dress code
STUDENTS in Karnataka can
submit their opinions on what they
would like their teachers to wear in
In a circular issued, the joint
director of the Department of
Collegiate Education said introduc-
ing a dress code would “bring in
discipline” in colleges.
But the move has been criticised
by faculty members, while secre-
tary of the Karnataka Government
College Teachers’ Association H.C.
Ramanna said: “They should ask
teachers and hold meetings with
the association bearers rather than
ask students for their opinions.”
Shiva advocates road safety in Mumbai
THE Mumbai Traffic Police has partnered with Nickelodeon’s
animated character Shiva to advocate road safety and regulations
among families (above). The week-long road safety drive kicked off
on Jan 28.
Shiva, who rides a bicycle in the animated TV series, also titled
Shiva, visited schools to spread the importance of adhering to safe
road practices. The mascot is a common behavioural change agent
among children and parents in awareness drives in the areas of
health and sanitation as well as education.
February 3, 2017
HE turned 61 on India’s Repub-
lic Day. Many in her shoes would
be thinking of retirement but not
former Indian women’s cricket cap-
tain Diana Edulji.
She was asked about her interest
in taking up an administrative role in
India’s cricketing setup and she said
yes. But when things dragged on, she
began to have doubts.
The announcement, however, came
on Jan 30.
“I am surprised I am the only crick-
eter on the panel. I thought there
would be some male cricketers as
well. I am delighted the Supreme
Court chose me for the job and it’s
an honour to take up this role,” Edulji
told the Hindustan Times after the Su-
preme Court announced her name to
run the Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI), along with three oth-
She will be part of the four-member
panel which will be headed by for-
mer Comptroller and Auditor General
The others are historian Ramach-
andra Guha and banking executive
Edulji played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs
between 1976 and 1993. She finished
her cricket career with 63 Test wickets
and holds the record for most wickets
taken by an Indian woman bowler in
Tests. She has been honoured with the
Arjuna award and the Padma Shri, in
1983 and 2002, respectively.
After her retirement from the game,
the Mumbai cricketer took up a job
prove the lot of women cricketers in
India. She has served on the BCCI’s
women’s committee and was also the
manager of the Indian women’s team
In an interview with Cricinfo in
2013 she said: “When we started
playing, we had nothing. We were
paying from our pocket. When I went
to the World Cup in 1982, each girl
had to pay Rs 10,000 to go to New
Zealand. We put it in the papers, and
Mr Antulay, the Maharashtra chief
minister, came to the rescue of the
four Maharashtrian players: myself,
Vrinda Bhagat, Anjali (Pendharkar)
and Shubhangi (Kulkarni). He signed
a cheque and told us, ‘You all will go’.
“There was a tin shed here (at the
Western Railways ground in Ma-
halaxmi, Mumbai) where there is now
a hostel. The Indian teams have slept
there on tables. They have travelled
unreserved in a train from Mumbai to
Delhi. Compared to that, what these
girls (Western Railway players practis-
ing nearby) have got at the moment is
absolutely five-star treatment.”
Edulji has promised to put the BCCI
house in order.
“The first step we have to take is to
get the house in order,” she told the
Times of India.
“Let’s hope we can bring justice and
bring BCCI back to its glorious days,”
she added, saying it was time for Indi-
an cricket to “look ahead” after years
CATALYST?: PAGE 23
The Parsi woman who
will run Indian cricket
New team... Former Indian
government auditor, Vinod
Rai (left), Diana Edulji
(centre) and banker Vikram
Limaye meeting the media
after the Supreme Court
Diana Edulji is the only former cricketer in
the four-member panel of administrators
with Western Railway as a sports of-
ficer, making a name for herself by
improving the lot of sportsmen in the
“I was administrating 40 games and
40 teams there. Right from recruit-
ment to promotions, to the practice
sessions and departmental tourna-
ments, everything was looked after. It
was a huge job but a very satisfying
job,” she told the media after the Su-
preme Court announcement.
She admits that the new role is go-
ing to be a tough one but she was con-
fident her experience as a sports of-
ficer in Western Railways would serve
Edulji told Cricinfo that she is wait-
ing for the panel to meet to know
“I don’t know what my role would
be. Will it be just to look after the
implementation part of the Justice
Lodha report or just to ensure the
elections are held? We will get clar-
ity in a few days or when we meet. I
haven’t spoken to anyone as of now in
the panel. I do not have their numbers
either. I am hoping to do justice to the
role I am given,” she said.
Edulji was one of the women crick-
eters the Justice Lodha panel inter-
viewed while preparing its report.
The Parsi has done quite a bit to im-
February 3, 2017
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