ANKITA PANDEY VALLIKAPPEN &
NDIA is a country of festivals. With its many
faiths and gods, there is a festival almost every
day of the year, celebrated with much gusto by
its people. The Indian community around the world
and in Singapore celebrate these festivals with as
much enthusiasm and have given them their own
The last quarter of the year is the most festive of
them all – with big festivals like Navratri, Durga Pu-
ja, Deepavali, Bakrid and Christmas.
The festivities start from September onwards
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The season of festivals is on us
and here’s how everyone in
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It’s light-up time again... the lights and decorations are already up in Little India – all ready for next month’s
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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
MCI (P) 031/11/2013
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
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100 dishes prepared for
visiting Chinese president
INDIAN prime minister Narendra
Modi hosted a dinner for visiting
Chinese president Xi Jinping on
Sept 17 in Ahmedabad for which
over 100 dishes were prepared.
The dinner was held at specially
created tents by the Sabarmati
River bank. The cuisine was mostly
Gujarati, with some Chinese dishes.
Dishes like the dokhla, handvo,
patra, thepla, bhakri, rotli,
khaman, kadhi bhaat, bhavnagari
ganthia, surati undhiyu, shrikhand
and patras were served along with
pickles, chutneys and desserts.
Kerala: Elderly numbers up
KERALA has added one million
elderly every year since the census
of 1981, a recent study said. Kerala
ranks first, in terms of the
proportion of elderly in the
population, with Punjab and
Himachal Pradesh second, followed
by Tamil Nadu. More than 12 per
cent of Kerala’s 32 million
population comprises elderly aged
80 years and over.
North-east state capitals to
connect to rail network
INDIAN railway minister D.V.
Sadananda Gowda has promised to
connect all north-east state capitals
to the rail network in the next five
years. He made the announcement
in Guwahati on Sept 16 after
reviewing the progress of 34
ongoing railway projects. Currently
only the capitals of Assam,
Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura are
connected to the rail network.
4 more UP cities to get metro
AFTER Lucknow, four more cities in
Uttar Pradesh are going to get the
metro rail. These cities include
Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad and
Meerut. Officials are also likely to
push for the metro network in
cities like Ghaziabad, Noida and
Greater Noida, which all adjoin
Terminator in Chennai
HOLLYWOOD Star Arnold
Schwarzenegger was in Chennai
(above) on Sept 15 to attend the
audio launch of Vikram-starrer
Tamil romantic-thriller I.
Schwarzenegger was at the launch,
along with Tamil superstar
Rajinikanth. He also met Tamil
Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Army conducts dope tests
at recruitment rallies
WITH the rising number of drug
cases in Punjab, the Indian Army
has now begun conducting dope
tests during its recruitment rallies
in the state. At these rallies, a
team of doctors from the Army
Medical Corps randomly collect
urine samples from applicants.
Punjab is said to be facing a huge
drug problem with over 70 per
cent of youths under its influence.
The state government has made
dope tests mandatory for all
aspiring to a state government job.
Golden Temple extends help to Kashmir flood victims
VOLUNTEERS at the community kitchen in Golden Temple, Amritsar,
(above) are preparing food for the flood-affected residents in
Jammu and Kashmir every day. The meals, for some 100,000 people,
are flown from Amritsar to Srinagar daily. Fresh rain in Kashmir –
where more than 200 have died so far – has disrupted rescue
operations. The Indian army has rescued about 226,000 to date.
September 19, 2014
September 19, 2014
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