Temporary halt of India flights was inevitable

Phil Goff Auckland, April 13, 2021 The Covid-19 epidemic continues to have dramatically bad impacts around the world. After the United States, the UK and Europe were swept with the first wave of the virus, further variants and new waves of the epidemic have infected people worldwide, causing almost three million deaths and hundreds of millions infected and debilitated by…

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Thousands celebrate Buddha Day, pledging peaceful coexistence

Venkat Raman Auckland, April 12, 2021 The teaching of Gautama Buddha and the need for peaceful co-existence were emphasised at a special prayer meeting held at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in East Auckland yesterday (Sunday, April 11, 2021) as thousands gathered to mark His Birthday. Although the actual Birthday of Lord Buddha is on May 19 this year…

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World leaders pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh

BBC and Staff Reporter London & Auckland, April 10, 2021 Political leaders, members of the public and well-wishers around the world have paid tribute to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, after his death at the age of 99. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday…

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Community leaders say suspension of flights from India not racist

National Party agrees: Extraordinary circumstances justify extraordinary measures Venkat Raman Wellington, April 9, 2021 A large number of community leaders have expressed their support to the government’s decision to place a temporary ban on flights from India. And contrary to some reports, National Party, the main Opposition, has not ‘slammed’ the decision of the government to ban incoming flights from…

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Book Club to promote Tamil literature, language and culture

Venkat Raman Auckland, April 8, 2021 An organisation called, the ‘New Zealand Tamil Book Club’ has been launched to promote Tamil literature, language and culture among the Tamil-speaking population in New Zealand. Free Service An initiative of Christchurch based Jeyamohan and his friends, the New Zealand Tamil Book Club will serve those interested throughout the country. “The New Zealand Tamil…

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New Zealand orders temporary suspension of flights from India

Rising number of cases prompts action until April 28, 2021 Venkat Raman April 8, 2021 The New Zealand government took an unusual step of suspending – albeit temporarily – all flights to and from India following increasing number of arriving passengers tested Covid-19 positive over the past week. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the suspension will come into effect…

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Professional advice is great but decision rests with government

And it is time to open the Pacific Bubble  Dr Ashley Bloomfield: Professional Advice and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Ultimate Responsibility (Newshub Photo) At last! After ten months working on the issue, New Zealand’s Director-General of Health has graciously decided that Australia is now a sufficiently low-risk Covid-19 country that “quarantine free travel is safe to commence” between the two…

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