New Zealand General Election shifted to October 17

New Zealand General Election shifted to October 17

Effect of Covid spread; Parliament to reconvene tomorrow Venkat Raman Auckland, August 17, 2020 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has postponed the General Election to Saturday, October 17, 2020 to allow for campaigning by political parties disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown Alert 3 restrictions in the greater Auckland region. Stakeholders consulted Announcing this at a media conference held about an hour…

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi NZ elects new President

Telangana Rashtra Samithi NZ elects new President

The Team features business, professional and community leaders Venkat Raman Auckland, August 16, 2020 The New Zealand Chapter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), elected Aucklander Jagan Mohan Reddy Vodnala as its President at a meeting held last week. The Party was established by Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) 2001 to make Telangana a separate State. It took 13…

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Community leaders stand for solidarity, shun hate speech

Community leaders stand for solidarity, shun hate speech

“This is the time to stand united, in solidarity with the government and officials” Venkat Raman Auckland, August 16, 2020 Cultural diversity has made New Zealand a colourful and vibrant society, which must be preserved and promoted, two community leaders have said. New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) President Paul Patel and Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ)…

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PM must make judgement call on General Election 2020

PM must make judgement call on General Election 2020

Gurbrinder Aulakh Auckland, August 16, 2020 Extraordinary times always require extraordinary measures. The uncertainty created by the second wave of Covid-19 in New Zealand has raised some important electoral and constitutional issues. Whereas the opposition parties have been urging postponement of general election 2020, the government may seem reluctant to heed to such a call. It may not wish to…

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Wage subsidy good but does not address long-term issues

Wage subsidy good but does not address long-term issues

Wellington, August 16, 2020   The hospitality and retail sectors are calling for more targeted aid to help them survive a second lockdown. Hospitality NZ and Retail NZ both welcomed the announcement of the third extension of the wage subsidy scheme across New Zealand amid the decision to prolong the Covid-19 alert level changes. Right decision Hospitality New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Julie…

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Conspiracy theories are irresponsible and reprehensible

Conspiracy theories are irresponsible and reprehensible

Hayden Donnell Wellington, August 16, 2020 The announcement (on Tuesday night of August 11, 2020) that Auckland was going into lockdown for a second time was met with a deluge of conspiracy theories and misinformation, including from several prominent political figures.  That infodemic is forcing journalists to confront the question of how they should report on the rapid rise of social media-fuelled conspiracy…

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Christchurch Indians mark Independence Day with gusto

Christchurch Indians mark Independence Day with gusto

Shirish Paranjape Christchurch, August 16, 2020 The Indian community was joined by many others in marking the 74th Independence Day of India, yesterday (Saturday, August 15, 2020) braving the sub-zero temperature in Christchurch. About 60 persons, including women and children were present at the flag-hoisting ceremony, exchanging greetings, singing the National Anthem of India and other patriotic songs. The event…

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