Atal Behari Vajpayee – A Leader par excellence

A personal tribute to a Great Man in adverse circumstances Venkat Raman My first meeting with Atal Behari Vajpayee occurred in 1968 when he called on Chakravarti Rajagopalachari in Kalki Gardens in Kilpauk, Madras. He had just become President of Jana Sangh, a Hindu, Right-Wing Political Party that succeeded Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an organisation that propagated the concept of ‘Hindu…

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Charitable Trust calls for volunteers

Supplied Content Auckland based Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust has called for volunteers to work under its ‘Dosti’ Programme. The following Statement was issued by Programme Coordinator Verona Sequeira. ‘Dosti’ is a culturally appropriate and confidential volunteer visiting service for senior citizens of Indian and South Asian origin who are house bound or socially isolated either due to ill-health, age, mobility…

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Plastic bag ban raises debate

Greg Roughan When the government announced on Friday (August 10) that it was banning single-use plastic bags, it was its use of the ‘c-word’ that shocked the most. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and children from Petone College picking up rubbish after the announcement of the single-use plastic bag ban. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Government with guts ‘Compulsory’. When was the last time you…

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