Yo u r Tr u s t e d G a s S u p p l i e r
Men who cook
More and more men are now donning the
apron. The New Age man is slowly but surely
taking over what was once the exclusive
domain of his mother and wife, and
showing off his prowess behind the stove.
speaks to four such men who share
their favourite recipes with our readers
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Cyclone Vardah storms
RESIDENTS in Chennai woke up
to uprooted trees and big branches
blocking the roads, fallen name
boards and hoardings, damaged
walls, power cuts and lack of milk
supplies on Dec 13. This was a
day after Cyclone Vardah ripped
through the city and killed 16.
The cyclone also damaged over
7,000 huts and power infrastruc-
ture, with the Tamil Nadu govern-
ment asking for Rs1,000 crores for
relief and reconstruction.
While the cyclone-hit residents
have now become accustomed to
closed ATMs, it was a rude shock
to many when hoteliers and shop-
keepers declined to accept card
Stranded... People stuck at Chennai railway station after Cyclone Vardah.
payments citing non-working point
of sale terminals owing to network
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.
Panneerselvam said the cyclone
killed 16 and announced a com-
pensation of Rs400,000 each to
their families. The cyclone also left
train operations in the city and its
neighbouring suburbs in a chaos as
31 long-distance trains were can-
celled. In the picture above, people
are seen stranded at Chennai rail-
World’s largest Hindu temple
to be built in Bihar
WORK will start soon to build
what could well be the world’s larg-
est Hindu temple. The proposed
temple in Bihar will be built over
67ha at Janki Nagar near Kesaria
in West Champaran district, about
150km from Patna.
It will cost over Rs200 crores in
the first phase — when the Rama-
yan temple and a Shiv and Maha-
vir temple each will be built.
The complex will comprise 18
temples and its main attraction will
be its 123m-high pyramidal struc-
ture. It will be taller than Cambo-
dia’s Angkor Wat temple, which is
Himachal’s fair price shops
to sell cosmetics
SHOPS under the public distribu-
tion system in Himachal Pradesh
will now sell beauty and other
consumer products at a price lower
than the market rate, apart from
The state Minister for Food and
Civil Supplies G.S. Bali said cement
and iron bars will first be sold at
select fair-price shops, before they
are made available at other stores.
The state Civil Supplies Corpora-
tion has signed an agreement with
the Steel Authority of India to sell
steel and iron bars at Paonta Sahib,
Solan, Ghumarwin, Chamba, Nur-
pur, Nagrota Bagwan and Una.
Bathinda gets new airport
BATHINDA town in Punjab has a
new airport with a new flight con-
necting it to and from Delhi.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok
Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the
newly built civil air terminal at
Bathinda airport and the flight for
The first flight, operated by Air
India Regional, landed at the air-
port on Dec 11, and it was wel-
comed with fire engines spraying
water on it.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister
Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was
present at the inauguration, said
that the opening of the airport has
“brought Bathinda on the world
map with fanfare”.
Six arrested for not standing
during national anthem
SIX youngsters are in police cus-
tody for refusing to stand up while
the national anthem was being
played at the Kanakakunnu Nisha-
gandhi open-air theatre in Thiruva-
nanthapuram during the Interna-
tional Film Festival of Kerala.
Even though the policemen re-
quested them to stand, they did
not budge, the police said.
Meanwhile, director general of
police Loknath Behra has asked
police to keep close tabs on those
who show disrespect to the nation-
al anthem during the film festival.
He also directed the officials to
arrest those who insult the national
Changes to Mumbai airport,
rail terminus names
GIVING in to demands from vari-
ous quarters, the Maharashtra gov-
ernment has decided to amend the
names of two of its iconic locations.
The names of Chhatrapati
Shivaji International Airport and
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are
now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj International Airport and
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ter-
minus, befitting the stature of the
legendary Maratha warrior king.
The decision was made by the state
Cabinet, presided by Chief Minis-
ter Devendra Fadnavis.
Rann Utsav white desert
THE 12th edition of Rann Utsav
began in Gujarat on Dec 13. The
utsav, which celebrates the rich
culture and natural beauty in Gu-
jarat, will continue till February
It will host cultural events such
as folk and traditional dance per-
formances depicting the culture of
Gujarat. The state Chief Minister
Vijay Rupani, who inaugurated the
festival, said: “The festival is a step
to make tourists identify the rich
culture of Kutch district.”
The three-month-long festival
is held at Dhordo, in the Rann of
Kutch which, because of its salt
marsh, is commonly known as the
World’s largest cricket
stadium to come up
THE Gujarat Cricket Association
is making the Sardar Patel Cricket
Stadium in Ahmedabad the big-
gest cricket stadium in the world in
terms of its seating capacity.
The stadium, which will house
110,000 people compared to the
earlier limit of 54,000, will be
built by Larsen & Toubro. It is es-
timated to take two years to build
and will have improved infrastruc-
ture for the spectators with more
air-conditioners and better parking
December 16, 2016
host next PBD
Theme of Jan
the Indian diaspora
VERY year on Jan 9, India celebrates the
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).
Jan 9 was chosen since it was on this
day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to
India from South Africa to lead India’s freedom
The day marks the contribution of the over-
seas Indian community in the development of
India. The Indian High Commission here will
also celebrate PBD on Jan 9.
PBD conventions or Global Indian Diaspora
conferences have been held every year since
These conventions provide a platform to the
overseas Indian community to engage with the
Indian government and people from the land
of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activi-
These conventions are also very useful in net-
working among the overseas Indian community
residing in various parts of the world and en-
able them to share their experiences in various
Thirteen PBD conventions have been held.
Last year, the Indian government decided to
hold the convention once in two years, instead
of annually, in a city outside Delhi.
In the intervening year, outcome-based PBD
conferences are to be organised in New Delhi
on issues of concern to the Indian diaspora.
The 14th PBD convention will be held in
Bengaluru from Jan 7 to 9.
During the event, individuals of exceptional
merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi
Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their
role in India’s growth.
The event also provides a forum for discuss-
ing key issues concerning the Indian diaspora.
Former president of Singapore the late SR
Nathan was conferred with the Pravasi Bharati-
ya Samman in 2012. India’s then Minister of
Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, came to
Singapore specially to hand over the award to
The January PBD will focus on the theme
— redefining engagement with the Indian dias-
pora and will:
Provide a platform for connecting with
Address issues of concern to the In
dian diaspora and seek their insights and sug-
Deepen engagement with the young
diaspora and reconnect them with their roots.
Every delegate participating in PBD 2017
will have to register for the Convention at
https://pbdindia.gov.in/. After registration and
payment is made, the delegate will get an au-
tomated receipt, which will enable him/her to
obtain the delegate badge and special rates for
PBD 2017 delegates in Bengaluru hotels.
There are special incentives for youth del-
egates and group registrations.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa
will be the chief guest at the event.
He will attend the inaugural session of the
PBD convention and address the delegates. The
vice-president of Suriname Michael Ashwin
Satyandre Adhin will be a special guest at the
Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The 36-year-od will address the young over-
seas Indian delegates at the inaugural session of
the Youth PBD.
December 16, 2016
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