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U.S.-India trade talks restart Friday with little sign of compromise

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta blocks Trump’s initiative on prescription drug costs. Page 4

Media body asks India to drop curbs

Indian media body asks government to withdraw restrictions on journalists. Page 14

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Arjun Patiala is an upcoming Indian romantic comedy film directed by Rohit Jugraj. Page 16

Kiwis stun India to reach WC Final

NEW DELHI - Indian and U.S. trade negotiators will meet on Friday, with little sign of a compromise on a series of protectionist measures taken by the two governments in recent months that have strained ties between the strategic partners. U.S. President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on India to do more to open its markets, saying this week again on Twitter its high tariffs were “unacceptable”. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, re-elected in May, has been pushing nationalist policies with higher tariffs on everything from electronic goods to tighter controls on foreign firms in the fast growing e-commerce market to help foster domestic companies and create jobs for millions of youth. A delegation led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson, will meet Indian officials to try to re-start negotiations on tit-for-tat tariffs that were put on hold because of India’s election. “Since India’s election period has now passed, USTR officials are visiting India for relationship-building with Indian government counterparts,” a USTR spokesperson said. The USTR delegation is likely to meet Commerce Minister

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

Piyush Goyal along with key trade officials on Friday. The delegation is also likely to meet top officials at the IT ministry. Trump and Modi met in Osaka on the sidelines of a G20 summit in June where they agreed to build ties and sort out thorny trade issues. At Friday’s meeting, New Delhi expects U.S. officials to push against India’s efforts to mandate foreign firms to store more

of their data locally, an Indian government official said. Washington is also expected to seek revisions to foreign investment rules for the e-commerce sector that have forced companies such as Walmart Inc’s Flipkart and Amazon.com Inc to rework their business strategies in the country. “The meeting with USTR was meant to set the tone for further talks after a positive G20 dis-

cussion. But Trump’s tweet has shown their intention is to continue with a tough stance,” another official said. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said during a briefing that India was looking to resolve trade issues, many of which were discussed in Osaka. Trade between and India and U.S. was worth $142.1 billion in 2018, with India having a surplus of $24.2 billion.

Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

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MUMBAI - Indian cricket fans were feeling pain rather than anger on Thursday as they tried to come to terms with their team’s shocking World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand. Cricket is like a religion in India, where players can enjoy godlike status when they win but see

their effigies burnt and houses pelted with stones when they lose. While Virat Kohli’s men had been favourites to go all the way at the World Cup, their exit did not spark a furious response for fans back home. Their efforts lauded on social media, the team were also con-

gratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said he was proud of the way they played during their run at the World Cup, which also saw them wrest the world No. 1 ranking from England. “A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fight-

ing spirit till the very end,” Modi tweeted after India’s 18-run loss in Manchester. “India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. “Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours.”

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In drought-hit Delhi, the haves get limitless water, the poor fight for every drop

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Residents fill their containers with drinking water from a municipal tanker in New Delhi, India on June 28, 2019.

By Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI - In this teeming capital city of more than 20 million people, a worsening drought is amplifying the vast inequality between India’s rich and poor. The politicians, civil servants and corporate lobbyists who live in substantial houses and apartments in central Delhi pay very little to get limitless supplies of piped water – whether for their bathrooms, kitchens or to wash the car, dog, or spray a manicured lawn. They can do all that

for as little as $10-$15 a month. But step into one of the slum areas in the inner city, or a giant disorganized housing estate on the outskirts and there is a daily struggle to get and pay for very limited supplies of water, which is delivered by tanker rather than pipe. And the price is soaring as supplies are fast depleting. India’s water crisis is far from even-handed - the elite in Delhi and most other parts of the country remain unaffected while the poor scramble for supplies every day. Prime Minister Narendra

Modi’s official residence and those of his cabinet are in central Delhi, as are those of most lawmakers. That may help to explain why it took until this week for Modi to call for a massive water conservation program, the first big initiative by the government despite years of warnings about dry reservoirs and depleted water tables, policy makers and water industry experts said. Telecom sales representative Amar Nath Shukla, who lives in a giant unauthorized housing sprawl on the south side of Delhi, says he is now paying 700 rupees ($10) for a small tanker to bring him, his wife and three school-age children 2,000 liters of water, their weekly quota. A year ago, Shukla would buy two of the rusty, oval-shaped tankers a week for 500 rupees each but he cut back to one as the price climbed 40 percent. “Why should a densely populated settlement get so little of water and why should the sparsely-populated central district of New Delhi receive so much of extra supply?”

asked Shukla. More than 30 other residents Reuters spoke to in his Sangam Vihar district also complained about the quality of water. “Until last year I was drinking the water sold by a few local suppliers but then I fell ill and the doctor asked me to buy water bottles made by only big, reputed companies,” said Dilip Kumar Kamath, 46, waving a prescription which listed abdominal pain and stomach infection as his ailments. WATER GANGS Delhi’s main government district and the army cantonment areas get about 375 liters of water per person per day but residents of Sangam Vihar on average receive only 40 liters for each resident per day. The water comes from boreholes and tankers under the jurisdiction of the Delhi water board, run by the city government. But residents say some of the boreholes have been taken over by private operators associated with criminal gangs and local politicians. These gangs also

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Judge strikes down rule requiring drug ads to reveal prices

Amit Mehta

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Monday blocked a major White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drugmakers to disclose their prices in TV ads. The narrow ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., struck down a requirement that was set to go into effect within hours, on Tuesday. Drugmakers had argued that requiring them to disclose list prices amounted to coercion that would violate their free speech rights under the Constitution. But in his 27-page ruling Mehta avoided debating the First Amendment, saying simply that the Trump administration had

failed to show it had legal authority under the statutes that govern federal programs such as Medicare to require price disclosure. He wrote that neither the law’s “text, structure, nor context evince an intent by Congress to empower (administrative agencies) to issue a rule that compels drug manufacturers to disclose list prices.” Mehta also said he wasn’t questioning the motives of the Health and Human Services Department, which issued the price disclosure rule. He suggested the administration could even be right on the merits. “That policy very well could be an effective tool in halting the rising cost of prescription drugs,” the judge wrote. “But no matter how vexing the problem of spiraling drug costs may be, HHS cannot do more than what Congress has authorized. The responsibility rests with Congress to act in the first instance.” HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said the administration was disappointed by the ruling and “will be working with the Department of Justice on next steps related to the litigation.” The administration could appeal the ruling, and it could also ask Congress to specifically authorize requiring drugmakers to disclose their prices. The Senate and the House are working on a package of bills that aim to reduce health care costs for insured patients, and drug prices are one of lawmakers’ biggest targets.

The lawsuit was brought by three major manufacturers, Merck, Eli Lilly and Amgen. HHS Secretary Alex Azar was once a top executive of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly. AARP vice president Nancy LeaMond also called the ruling a disappointment. “Today’s ruling is a step backward in the

battle against skyrocketing drug prices,” she said in a statement. “Americans should be trusted to evaluate drug price information and discuss any concerns with their health care providers.” Mehta was nominated to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama.

Indian father gets life sentence in 3-year-old daughter’s death DALLAS (AP) - A jury sentenced a north Texas father to life in prison in the 2017 death of his 3-year-old daughter, whom he claims choked on milk before he panicked and placed her body in a culvert. Her body was found about two weeks later. The Dallas County jury deliberated for more than three hours in the punishment phase of Wesley Mathews, 39, in the death of Sherin Mathews. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years’ imprisonment. Mathews was charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of injury to a child by omission. Prosecutors told jurors that Mathews lied about how his daughter died, gave conflicting accounts of what transpired and showed no remorse over the death of his daughter, who was adopted from an orphanage in

India. The claim that Sherin choked on milk cannot be believed because a medical examiner testified that it’s unlikely a child can die in such a way, prosecutors said. Mathews had told investigators that Sherin had developmental disabilities and was malnourished. He testified that Sherin was startled late one night in October 2017 when he raised his voice as she was drinking milk for nourishment, causing her to choke on the drink. Her body went limp and he panicked when he was unable to resuscitate her, he testified. He didn’t alert his wife, a registered nurse, or call 911 because he was afraid child welfare authorities would become involved. He placed his daughter’s body in a plastic bag and drove it to a culvert not far from their Richardson home where he left it. An autopsy determined she died from homicidal violence.

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NATIONAL NEWS

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Indian cardiologist convicted at trial of health care fraud involving more than $13 million of insurance billings PITTSBURGH, PA – After deliberating for two hours, a federal jury found Samirkumar J. Shah guilty of two counts of health care fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced last month. Shah, 56, of Fox Chapel, Pa., was tried before United States District Judge David S. Cercone in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney Brady stated, “Health care fraud threatens the safety and integrity of our entire health care system. Doctors and medical professionals like Dr. Shah who issue false diagnoses, order unnecessary testing and fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid in effect steal from the most vulnerable in our community. Today’s jury verdict sends a clear message to those who would do the same: if you commit health care fraud, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” “Health care fraud is a serious problem that impacts every American,” said FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones. “It takes critical resources from our health care system

and increases health care costs for everyone. Dr. Shah’s disregard for safe patient care goes against the medical ethics he was to uphold. The FBI, with its law enforcement partners, will continue to allocate a significant amount of expert resources to investigate these crimes and hold those defrauding the system accountable.” The evidence introduced during the eight-day trial established that between 2008 and 2013, Shah, a practicing cardiologist, submitted fraudulent claims to private insurance companies - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (Highmark), UPMC Health Plan (UPMC), and Gateway Health Plan (Gateway) - as well as government insurance programs - Medicare and Medicaid - for an outpatient treatment known as External Counter Pulsation, or ECP. ECP involves the use of a specialized bed equipped with pressure cuffs, which exert pressure upon patients’ lower extremities as a means to increase blood flow to the heart. The evidence at trial further demonstrated that insur-

ers only reimbursed for ECP treatments of patients who suffered from disabling angina - or chest pain caused by decreased blood flow to the heart - and only when a physician supervised the treatment. In total, Shah purchased 25 beds and offered ECP to patients at more than 18 locations in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Florida. The evidence also showed that, in order to acquire new patients, Shah advertised ECP as “the Fountain of Youth,” claimed that it made patients “younger and smarter,” and offered the treatment for a range of ailments other than disabling angina, including obesity, migraines, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction. After signing up new patients, including many patients who never experienced chest pain, Shah instructed his employees to indicate that every patient had disabling angina on billing sheets that were used to support false insurance claims. In certain instances, Shah never met patients for whom he billed for ECP

treatments. The evidence also showed that patients were required to undergo certain diagnostic ultrasounds as a precautionary measure prior to starting ECP - in part to rule out blood clots that could cause a stroke or heart attack during the treatment. Nevertheless, witness testimony established that Shah did not review any of the ultrasound imagery before approving new patients to begin ECP. Likewise, contrary to health insurance requirements, ECP treatments routinely occurred while neither Shah nor any other medical doctor was present at his various locations. On one such occasion, a patient experienced an adverse event during his ECP treatment and had to be transported via ambulance to the hospital. In addition to billing for ECP treatments that were not medically necessary and were not provided under direct physician supervision, Shah also double-billed insurers by using a so-called “bundled” ECP code, which accounted for and included payment for various

incidental procedures, and then separately submitted claims for the same included procedures. The evidence at trial further established that during reviews initiated by various insurers, Shah routinely submitted fabricated patient files and made false statements concerning his practice, his patient population, his record keeping, and his compliance with applicable coverage guidelines. During the period of Shah’s scheme, the evidence showed that he submitted ECP-related claims for Medicare, Medicaid, UPMC, Highmark, and Gateway beneficiaries, totaling more than $13 million and that he received reimbursement payments in excess of $3.5 million. Judge Cercone set sentencing for November 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Suspect in 4 slayings not fighting return to Ohio

Gurpreet Singh

By Dan Sewell CINCINNATI (AP) - A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the killings of four people in suburban Cincinnati agreed not to contest his return to Ohio, where family members of the victims say they are praying for murder convictions. Gurpreet Singh appeared in New Haven Superior Court, where a judge ordered him detained without bail. A message seeking comment was left for a public defender who briefly represented Singh. It wasn’t immediately clear when Singh would be brought to Ohio. Ajaib Singh identified himself

as the brother of two victims in the April slaying and said the family was thankful for the efforts of West Chester police, other law enforcement agencies and the Sikh community of the Cincinnati region. “We have full faith in Chief (Joel) Herzog’s team, and pray for murder convictions in the court,” the statement said. The statement comes after arrest in Connecticut of 37-yearold Gurpreet Singh. He was the husband of one of the victims, and son-in-law of her parents, who were also fatally shot with her aunt. Police in Branford, Connecticut, said they arrested Singh without incident in a Walmart store parking lot after acting on information from West Chester police that he was staying in a home there. The four victims were fatally shot April 28 in an apartment home. Police say the suspect called 911 to say he had found them “on the ground and bleeding.” Those killed were identified as Shalinderjit Kaur, 39; Amarjit Kaur, 58; Parmjit Kaur, 62; and Hakiakat Singh Pannag, 59. Each had at least two gunshot wounds

to the head. The suspect lived in the apartment. After the slayings, Gurpreet Singh said he and Shalinderjit had been married 17 years and had three children. Family members identified Parmjit and Hakitakat as his wife’s parents, and Amarjit as Parmjit’s sister. Herzog, the Ohio police chief, called the slayings a “heinous

crime”, but said authorities haven’t discussed a possible motive or other details. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could help determine whether the suspect would face the death penalty upon conviction. Gurpreet Singh is a truck driver who told The Cincin-

nati Enquirer he was often away from home. Their three children were staying with other relatives at the time of the slayings and police said they were safe. Such violent crime is rare in the township of some 62,000 people, roughly 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Cincinnati.

Indian man sentenced for role in human smuggling operation NEWARK, NJ - An Indian national was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in an international conspiracy to smuggle foreign nationals into the U.S. via commercial airline flights, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Bhavin Patel, 39, of India, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John M. Vazquez to a superseding information charging him with conspiracy to smuggle foreign nationals into the United States for private financial gain. Agents for the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) re-

ceived information that a smuggling operation run by Patel was attempting to find methods to bring foreign nationals from India into the U.S. The investigation revealed that the smuggling organization recruited Indian nationals and others to pay fees in exchange for passage to the U.S. Beginning in October 2013, an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a smuggler began meeting with Patel in Bangkok, Thailand. Patel told the undercover law enforcement officer that he wanted to smuggle Indian nationals into the U.S. On three different occasions, Patel or his conspirator transported the Indian nationals to an airport

in Thailand, at which point the undercover law enforcement officer would presumably use his contacts to smuggle them into the United States via commercial airline flights. Patel agreed to wire down payments for each individual to be smuggled into the U.S. and to pay a balance of tens of thousands of dollars for each individual once the foreign nationals arrived in the United States. Over the ensuing months, Patel arranged for six Indian nationals to be brought to Thailand for smuggling into the U.S. via Newark Liberty International Airport. Patel was arrested on Dec. 7, 2018, upon his arrival at Newark.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

Hate crime charges filed in car crash targeting Hindu family SAN JOSE - As they had long hinted they would, Santa Clara County prosecutors filed hatecrime charges against a man they say mowed down a group of people with his car in Sunnyvale last month, specifically targeting an Indian Hindu family he assumed was Muslim. In late April, when 34-year-old Isaiah Joel Peoples was charged

with eight counts of attempted murder in connection with the melee, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety announced they were investigating the crash as a possible hate crime. That was soon followed by the FBI opening up a parallel hate-crime investigation. At a afternoon court hear-

ing, the third since the April 23 crash, two hate-crime enhancements were added to the charges Peoples was already facing, one for Dhriti Narayan, 13, who was critically injured and remains on life support, and one for her father, Rajesh Narayan, who was not seriously injured. Their family is of Indian descent and practices Hinduism.

Indian woman faces felony charges in Amazon’s Bezos protest in Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of a protester who approached Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on stage at a conference in Las Vegas. A judge in Las Vegas says a California animal rights activist can be freed from jail without bail pending her next court date on felony charges for approaching Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on a conference stage. The judge also ordered 30-year-old Priya Sawhney to stay away from the Las Vegas Strip following her arrest at Amazon’s re:Mars event at the Aria resort. Sawhney is due again in court July 15 on false identification

and burglary charges. In Nevada, burglary relates to entering a building with intent to commit a felony. Direct Action Everywhere spokesman Matt Johnson says Sawhney is from Berkeley and faces felony charges for actions involving California poultry farms. The group claims responsibility for other protests including one in which a man grabbed a microphone from California Sen. Kamala Harris at a presidential candidate forum in San Francisco last week. Authorities in Las Vegas are filing felony charges against a 30-year-old California woman

who was arrested after approaching Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on a conference stage while yelling about chicken farms. Court filings showed that Priya Sawhney is due before a judge on false identification and burglary counts stemming from her arrest at Amazon’s re:Mars event. She is expected to be represented by a lawyer in court. In Nevada, burglary relates to entering a building with intent to commit a felony. Sawhney never got close to Bezos. He remained seated opposite a moderator while Sawhney was surrounded by security guards and ushered off stage.

Isaiah Joel Peoples appears at a court.

“What I want to say to the Indian community, and to the Muslim community, is that we stand with you,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said after the court hearing. “When you are attacked because of your race, your religion … it’s an attack on me, and my family, and on all of us.” Prosecutors declined to detail the evidence they believe backs up the hate-crime allegations, saying that will be revealed at a yet-to-be-scheduled preliminary examination. Rosen also said the

FBI and federal prosecutors are deferring to local courts to handle the case. “We are confident that a substantial motivating factor was the perceived religion of several of these individuals,” Rosen said. Peoples, who is being held at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, has not entered a plea in the case. The enhancements filed add six years each to any potential prison sentence, though Peoples already faces multiple life terms in prison if he is convicted on all charges.

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Political messages flown over stadium during India match By Amlan Chakraborty LEEDS - Geopolitics resurfaced at the Cricket World Cup last Saturday when political messages were flown over Headingley during India’s final group game against Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan innings was into its first hour when a plane moved over the stadium with a

“Justice for Kashmir” message. A second message was towed across the venue, though it could not be ascertained if it was done by the same plane. “We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement. “We do not condone any sort of political messages at the

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Throughout the tournament we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring.” “After the previous incident we were assured by West Yorkshire Police there would not be repeat of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened

Vistara to launch first international flights in August SINGAPORE - Indian fullservice airline Vistara said on Thursday it would launch its international flights in August, a year later than anticipated, with Singapore as its first destination. The carrier, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Ltd, will launch one daily flight from Delhi and one from Mumbai to the city-state, a popular destination for Indian travellers. The loss-making Vistara airline has said the launch of international flights, which will give it greater scale to grow, is part of its path to profitability. The new services could also ease pressure on international

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A plane with a banner flies over the India vs Sri Lanka cricket match.

again.” During India’s chase, a plane towing a “HELP END MOB LYNCHING IN INDIA” message circled the stadium before disappearing. Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which both claim in full but rule in part. Protests were held in several Indian cities last month following the lynching of a Muslim man last week by a Hindu

mob that suspected he was a thief. Last Saturday, a plane with “Justice for Balochistan” flew over the venue before Pakistan’s match against Afghanistan, triggering scuffles among a section of the fans. Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan and borders Afghanistan to the north. India beat Pakistan in Manchester en route to the semi-finals. Pakistan failed to reach the last four.

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India warns of aging population; says retirement age should rise

FILE PHOTO: An elderly woman places her ink-marked finger on her lips after casting her vote outside a polling booth during the state assembly election in Delhi on December 4, 2013.

By Martin Howell NEW DELHI - The government last Thursday warned in a study that its population is going to start to age and it needs to be prepared to merge schools and raise the retirement age. While India should be set to benefit from the so-called “demographic dividend” over the next decade as its working population is set to increase by about 9.7 million a year between 2021-31, that will quickly fade as the nation’s fertility rate plunges below

replacement level. The conclusions in the study, “India’s Demography at 2040: Planning Public Good Provision for the 21st Century,” will have major implications for many companies, particularly those that have been eyeing consumer demand from India’s young population. It said the number of children in the 5-14 age bracket will decline significantly, leading to the need for school mergers and less focus on building new ones. Already states such as Himach-

al Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have fewer than 50 students enrolled in more than 40 percent of their elementary schools, according to the study, which was included in the government’s annual Economic Survey. It also said that policymakers need to prepare for an increasing number of elderly people, estimating there will be 239.4 million Indians over the age of 60 in 2041 against 104.2 million in 2011.

“This will need investments in health care as well as a plan for increasing the retirement age in a phased manner,” concluded the study, which was authored by India’s Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian and his team of economists. The current retirement age for most government workers in India is 60. Meanwhile, the number of Indians aged between 0-19 has already started to decline and

the proportion of the population in that age group is projected to fall to 25 percent by 2041 from 41 percent in 2011. The demographic dividend that is talked about in India refers to the current situation where the nation’s labor force is growing quicker than the rest of the population it supports. If the newcomers to the labour market get well-paid jobs it boosts consumption and economic growth.

India’s latest Google probe sparked by junior antitrust researchers NEW DELHI - Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google’s alleged anticompetitive practices in the country, in what has become another regulatory challenge for the U.S. firm. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a fullblown investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google in April for alleged abuse of its Android platform to hurt rivals, but the complainants’ names came to light only when the order was made public last week.

The case was filed by Umar Javeed and Sukarma Thapar, who work as research associates at the CCI, and Umar’s brother Aaqib, a law school student who interned with the CCI briefly in 2018, their LinkedIn profiles showed. All three declined interview requests for this article. Though it’s unusual for CCI researchers to file cases with the watchdog, antitrust lawyers said, there is nothing wrong with it. They acted in their personal capacity, a senior government official said, adding that all are aged in their 20s.

“They deserve appreciation, they have done a commendable job,” S. L. Bunker, a former senior member of the CCI, told Reuters on Monday. “The developments will be watched eagerly as the case involves many intricacies and its implications will be world over.” The CCI didn’t respond to a request for comment. A recent antitrust case in the country against Google involved a matchmaking firm backed by top lawyers. The U.S. company was fined $20 million in that case last year, though it is under appeal.

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Modi calls for water conservation push as drought hits crops NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Sunday pushed for greater grassroots water conservation efforts amid concerns weak monsoon rains would push millions of droughthit people to the edge and hammer agricultural production in Asia’s third-biggest economy. The monsoon season is responsible for around 70% of India’s annual rainfall, and is particularly important for the farm sector since more than half of the country’s arable land is rain-fed. “Only 8% of all the rain water

in India is conserved,” Modi said in his first monthly radio broadcast after winning re-election last month. “It’s now time to solve this problem.” India received 24% less rainfall than the 50-year average in the week ended on June 26, data from the India Meteorological Department showed, with scant rains over central and western regions of the country. The specter of a crisis this year comes after drought in some parts of India in 2018 destroyed crops, ravaged livestock, exhausted reservoirs, leaving some cities and industries with little water.

“There is no one formula to deal with the water crisis across the country,” Modi said, adding that he had written to scores of village chiefs across the country about the need to conserve water earlier this month. The prime minister said there was a need to create public awareness about water conservation and explore traditional water management methods, in the much the same way the “Clean India” mission to end open defecation, started in 2014, had. However, Modi did not outline any specific measures his government would take to deal with

Pakistan PM Khan to meet Trump for talks on improving ties ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington later this month, its foreign office said last Thursday, a visit that could help to ease tensions between the two countries. Trump late last year accused Pakistan of not doing “a damn thing” for the United States despite billions of dollars in aid, angering Islamabad which has

long been at odds with Washington over the war in Afghanistan. By February, Trump said the United States had developed a “much better” relationship and may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Khan accepted an invitation to visit Washington and will meet Trump on July 22, the foreign office said in a statement. “The focus will be to refresh the bilateral relationship,”

it said. Pakistan and the United States are officially allies in fighting terrorism but they have a complicated relationship. Washington depends on Pakistan to supply its forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, where 14,000 U.S. troops are deployed, but ties are strained by allegations that Pakistan offers safe havens to the Afghan Taliban, which Islamabad denies.

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the ongoing situation, which has already affected the sowing of summer crops and forced many communities to buy water from expensive private tankers. Himanshu Thakkar, co-ordinator of the South Asia Network of Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), said Modi’s initiative would have limited impact without the government fixing problems like rampant groundwater usage. A key source of water, groundwater levels in 52% of wells

monitored nationwide were lower in 2018 compared to last decade’s average, the country’s water resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told parliament this week. “The government is doing nothing to regulate groundwater use,” said Thakkar of SANDRP, a non-governmental organization that advocates for better water management practices. “It has all the knowledge and institutions, but it is doing nothing.”

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Zaira Wasim draws fire for quitting Bollywood over Islamic faith

Actor Zaira Wasim arrives for a promotional event at Golf Club in Mumbai on December 10, 2017.

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar A Muslim actress’ decision to quit Bollywood, saying acting was taking her away from her faith, has triggered a backlash in India from fellow actors and fans. Zaira Wasim, 18, best known for her role as a wrestler in the 2016 film Dangal, announced her “disassociation” from acting last Sunday. “This field indeed brought a lot of love, support and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as

I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of ‘imaan’,” she said, referring to her faith. “While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my ‘imaan’, my relationship with my religion was threatened,” she said in simultaneous posts on her social media profiles. On Instagram alone, her post drew more than 27,000 comments. Wasim’s manager confirmed the announcement. “Her posts are genuine and

written in the state of mind she is currently in. Let’s give her time and space,” said Tuhin Mishra, managing director of Baseline Ventures. Reuters’ calls and messages to Wasim were not answered. Wasim’s last film was the 2017 drama “Secret Superstar”, in which she played a Muslim teenager who sings surreptitiously because her abusive father will not allow it. She won several awards for the film. Actress Raveena Tandon ac-

cused Wasim of being ungrateful to an industry that gave her opportunities. “Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves,” Tandon said on Twitter. Twitter user Ifra Jan said Wasim’s decision would make it harder for other Muslim women to pursue an acting career. “Please don’t leave spitting at an industry, audience that gave you SO much,” Jan said. “PS, you could have left quietly. With this letter you’ve made it

difficult for every Muslim woman to choose an unconventional career. As if our society wasn’t enough!” Public figures in Wasim’s native Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state, came to her defence. “Who are any of us to question @ZairaWasimmm’s choices?,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet. It’s her life to do with as she pleases. All I will do is wish her well & hope that what ever she does makes her happy,” he said.

India says Pakistan’s crackdown on militant group a ‘cosmetic step’ By Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI - India said last Thursday Pakistan’s announcement of a crackdown on Hafiz Saeed, leader of a group blamed for Islamist militant attacks on Mumbai in 2008, lacked sincerity and meant to mislead foreign governments. Pakistan said last Wednesday it had launched 23 cases against Saeed and 12 aides for using five trusts to collect funds and donations for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),

blamed by India and the United States for the assault in Mumbai that killed 166 people. “Let us not get fooled by these cosmetic steps,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for India’s foreign ministry, told a regular press briefing. “Pakistan’s sincerity to take action against terrorists and terror groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible action against terror and terrorist groups operating on

their soil.” He said Pakistan’s declarations regarding its crackdown were meant to “hoodwink the international community”. Pakistan has long faced pressure to crack down on militant groups in the country and has repeatedly denied accusations from India and the United States that it nurtures and supports them. It says it is itself a victim of terrorism and is doing all it can to deal with the problem.

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By Devjyot Ghoshal NEW DELHI - Rahul Gandhi, leader of opposition Congress party, said last Wednesday he had asked party bosses to find a successor after he took responsibility for losing a general election that has left the party in crisis. Gandhi, the fourth generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, released a public letter to colleagues in which he appeared determined to relinquish his family’s control over the 133year old party and called for its radical transformation. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of

2019,” Gandhi wrote. “It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he added. Congress suffered a mauling for a second general election in a row from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party. Gandhi himself lost the traditional family seat in Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi, 49, announced his decision to quit as Congress leader in May, but the party leadership refused to accept it. They pressed him to reconsider, saying the party needs a unifying figure from the family to avoid splintering. At the very least, they said he

must name a successor. Gandhi has said the party’s decision-making Congress Working Committee (CWC) should launch a search for a new party president in which he would not play a role. “Immediately after resigning, I suggested to my colleagues in the Congress Working Committee that the way forward would be to entrust a group of people with the task of beginning the search for a new President,” he said in the letter. Under Congress’ constitution, the senior-most general secretary of the party would take over as interim president, which currently would put Motilal Vora, 90, in the top job.

Heavy rains in Mumbai kill 30, cripple financial capital MUMBAI - Wall collapses in Mumbai and nearby towns, caused by the worst monsoon rains in a single day in 14 years, killed 30 people last Tuesday and disrupted rail and air traffic, prompting officials to shut schools and offices. Financial markets were open in the city of 18 million touted

as a potential rival to the Chinese city of Shanghai, but hampered by poor infrastructure like many other Indian cities. During every monsoon season, which runs from June to September, India experiences fatal incidents of building and wall collapses as rainfall weakens the foundations of

poorly-built structures. Heavy rain brought a wall crashing down on shanties built on a hill slope in Malad, a western suburb of Mumbai, a fire brigade official said, killing 21 people. Three people died when a school wall collapsed in the city of Kalyan, 42 km (26 miles) north of Mumbai.

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Rahul Gandhi calls for change as he quits as Congress leader

FILE PHOTO: Rahul Gandhi, President of India’s main opposition Congress party, pauses as he takes a question during a news conference at his party’s headquarters in New Delhi, India on February 13, 2019.

For most of nearly 70 years, Congress has been controlled by a member of the family, beginning with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Sonia Gandhi, who remains an influential figure after Rahul succeeded her as party president in 2017, has not commented. His sister, Priyanka, who formally joined the party just weeks before this year’s general election, holds a key post in Congress. She also has not commented.

Many Congress officials have not yet given up hope that Rahul Gandhi will reconsider his resignation. “We request Rahul Gandhi to lead from the front to take on the upcoming political challenges,” Sachin Pilot, Congress leader from Rajasthan state, told reporters. “Not just Rajasthan, but the people of India, have asked him to change his mind, take back his resignation and work as president again,” he added.

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Indian media body asks govt. to withdraw restrictions on journalists produce from the ministry seen as second only to the prime minister’s office in importance because its decisions influence the whole scope of government. Journalists who met with Sitharaman on Tuesday failed to persuade her to reconsider. “Entry of media persons, including those holding a PIB (Press Information Bureau) accredited card, will be on the

basis of prior appointment,” her office said afterwards in a statement. Critics have said that freedom of the press has been under attack since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government first took office in 2014 and journalists have complained of intimidation for writing critical stories. In more than five years in power, Modi has not held one news

conference in India. The prime minister’s office is also not accessible for journalists without a scheduled appointment. India’s ranking fell by two points to 140th out of 180 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, lower than countries such as Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Philippines. It ranked 80th out of 139 countries surveyed when the index was started in 2002.

CBI raids prominent lawyers who took on BJP leaders By Devjyot Ghoshal

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at her office before leaving for parliament to present the federal budget in New Delhi, India on July 5, 2019.

By Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI - The Editors Guild of India, which represents the country’s newspapers, urged the government on Wednesday to withdraw curbs that have reduced journalists’ access to officials in the finance ministry. It criticised restrictions imposed by newly appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the entry of journalists to the finance ministry building in New Delhi. Sitharaman says she is trying

to streamline the system and has denied there is any blanket ban. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has previously been accused of undermining freedom of the press in India. “This order is a gag on media freedoms and can even result in a further fall in India’s global press freedom rankings, especially as the contagion can easily spread to other ministries as well,” the Editors Guild said in a statement. Indian journalists say that will reduce the number of sourcebased stories they are able to

NEW DELHI - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the offices and homes of two top human rights lawyers on Thursday in an investigation into foreign funding for their NGO, prompting criticism they were being targeted for political reasons. The CBI conducted searches relating to a case filed against the non-profit Lawyers Collective and its president, Anand Grover, for allegedly violating laws on foreign funds, a police official said.

In a statement issued in June, after the CBI registered a complaint against the group, Lawyers Collective said it was being targeted for taking up sensitive cases against Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some of its leaders. Founded in 1981 by Grover and prominent human rights lawyer Indira Jaising, Lawyers Collective is among the thousands of foreign-funded charities hit by increased scrutiny by the Narendra Modi government. Grover told Reuters CBI conducted raids at his offices and homes in Delhi and Mumbai.

The CBI alleges that Lawyers Collective and Grover have violated the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), aside from other wrongdoing, which the group has denied. Since Modi took office in 2014, more than 10,000 civil society groups in India have had their licences to receive overseas donations cancelled or suspended for violations of the FCRA. Leaders from opposition groups, including the regional Aam Aadmi Party and Trinamool Congress, said the raids were examples of a government “vendetta.”

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FORTHCOMING MOVIE Arjun Patiala Banner: T-Series Maddock Films Producer: Bhushan Kumar Dinesh Vijan Director: Rohit Jugraj

Actor Akshay Kumar, one of the most bankable stars in India, is the only Indian actor to be featured in Forbes’ annual Highest-Paid Celebrities list. After 2016, American singer Taylor Swift has topped the list after 2016. As per Forbes’ new list, Akshay Kumar has grabbed 33rd spot with the earnings of $65 million in the last year. He has defeated some of the biggest names including Tiger Woods, Rihanna, Jackie Chan, Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake, Adam Sandler, Travis Scott, Kevin Hart among others. As per Forbes, “Bollywood’s top-earning star, Kumar pulls in at least $5 million and up to $10 million per film. A recent deal will have him in the anticipated Mission Mangal, one of India’s first space films, and comedy-horror movie Laxmmi Bomb. He also mints millions for endorsement deals with over 20 brands, including Tata and Harpic bathroom cleaner.” Meanwhile, on the work front, Akshay Kumar has many projects in the pipeline. The actor will be next seen in Mission Mangal followed by Housefull 4 which is set for Diwali release. Soon after that, he will be starring in Good News which is set for December 2019 release. Next year, the actor has Laxmmi Bomb and Sooryavanshi. He will also star in Amazon Prime’s original series.

Starring: Diljit Dosanjh Kriti Sanon Varun Sharma Music By: Sachin-Jigar Release Date: July 26, 2019 Arjun Patiala is not the first movie to come out in the copdramedy genre. The film is acutely self-aware of this fact. So, it does not even claim to be the first cop drama with high-octane action and a muscular hero. Instead, the film introduces viewers to a silly cop, a dramatic heroine and a token hero’s best friend. Diljit Dosanjh is a “cute” Punjabi cop whose grand entries backfire when the swinging doors flap back and hit his face. He often daydreams on his desk and makes hero-esque claims. He is so nervous that when Kriti Sanon’s character walks up to him in slow-motion and demands him to say his dialogue, he forgets his lines. His friend, played by Varun Sharma, is called Onida, named after the

television company. In another self-aware moment, Onida is seen flying off a bridge. Only the support ropes are not edited out owing to the “budgetary constraints” of the film. The first song from Arjun Patiala is as quirky as its official trailer. Titled ‘Main Deewana Tera,’ the song claims to be an original number in a sea of remixes. One realises that it’s a false claim when familiar lyrics from the good ol’ Bollywood classic ‘Gore Gore Mukhre Pe’ starts playing to rejigged tunes. The music video to the song, sung by Guru Randhawa, sees Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon don their dancing shoes and match steps to the energetic number. Diljit incorporates several iconic dance steps into the choreography, including Shammi Kapoor’s shimmy and Dev Anand’s signature hand-covering-face move. Dosanjh shared the song on Twitter, saying that all love song staple words - Pyar, Dil, Deewana - has been used aplenty in the song. Directed by Rohit Jugraj, Arjun Patiala also stars Varun Sharma, Ronit Roy and Manjot Singh in pivotal roles. Diljeet, who will be back in a cop’s role after garnering immense praise from the critics and audience alike for his stunning role in Udta Punjab, is seen as an eccentric policeman Arjun. Shades dangling from his collar and a belt attached to multiple beer cans, Arjun is termed

Kartik Aaryan is quite the proverbial ‘sanksaari ladka’ of Bollywood. The actor does not drink or smoke, and is a pure vegetarian.

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“muscular nahi cute” which translates to “not muscular, but cute.” The side pocket of his blazer reveals a golden mic. Kriti plays a reporter named Ritu while Varun plays Onida, who seems to be Arjun’s assistant. Produced by Bhushan Kumar

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MOVIE REVIEW Kabir Singh Banner: Cine1 Studios T-Series Producer: Murad Khetani Ashwin Varde Bhushan Kumar Krishan Kumar Director: Sandeep Vanga Starring: Shahid Kapoor Kiara Advani Music By: Mithoon Amaal Mallik Vishal Mishra Sachet-Parampara Released Date: June 21, 2019 One of the most loved love stories of Bollywood is Devdas. It has been remade several times and ten years ago, Anurag Kashyap gave a different touch to the tale through Dev D [2009]. All the interpretations have been liked as there’s a charm in the story of a man who goes on a selfdestructive path when he fails to get the girl he loves. Two years ago, Sandeep Reddy Vanga made a Telugu film named Arjun Reddy, which had a kind of a deja vu of Devdas. Yet, it stood out due to the treatment, execution and performances. Arjun Reddy became a cult success and now its Hindi remake Kabir Singh is all set to hit theatres. So does Kabir Singh turn out to be as good as or better than Arjun Reddy? Or does it fail to stir the emotions of the viewers? Let’s analyse. Kabir Singh is the story of a heartbroken man on the path of self-destruction. Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is a top ranked medical student from a Delhi medical school. He is hot tempered and once during a football match, he gets into physical altercation with a rival college student

named Amit (Amit Sharma). The college Dean (Adil Hussain) asks him to tender an apology or else he’ll be fired. Kabir choses the second option as he’s of the opinion that he did no wrong. But in no time Kabir changes his mind after he sees the first year student Preeti (Kiara Advani). Luck favours on him as Preeti's family is family friend of Kabir's and he’s asked to take care of her. Kabir is much feared on campus and he starts to give her personal lessons. Preeti enjoys this attention and soon they begin a romantic relationship. After their course ends, they move back to their respective residences in Mumbai. Kabir's brother Karan (Arjan Bajwa) is getting married and Kabir goes to Preeti’s house to pick her up. Things turn awry here as Preeti’s father spots the lovebirds cosying up to each other. In a sudden turn of events, Preeti is compelled to get married to one Jatinder and Kabir is unable to stop this union. What happens next forms the rest of the film. Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s direction is quite impressive and he recreates the same magic that he managed to create in Arjun Reddy. For a director who’s so new, Sandeep helms this venture like a pro. One can feel the pain that Kabir goes through and despite his immoral acts and addiction, one’s heart goes to him. To manage to achieve this feat is no cakewalk. Kabir Singh has a bit of a philosophical beginning and it’s confusing. The film gets on track as the flashback commences. One of the high points of the first half is when Kabir assaults the rival college player and rationalises his behaviour in front of the Dean. The scenes where he orders Preeti to join him for private lessons seem a bit unsettling but it gets better once you find out that Preeti is willingly joining him and that she enjoys his company. Then again the film goes on a high during the intense Holi sequence. The tension continues in the en-

tire pre interval and intermission portions. Post interval the film gets a bit dragging. But it keeps one engaged as Kabir turns into an alcoholic but a fantastic surgeon and gets into a sort of fling with Jiya Sharma (Nikita Dutta). The in house court sequence is very intriguing. The climax is partly predictable but the turn of events will surely surprise one and all. The film ends on a lovely note. Shahid Kapoor owns the film. It won’t be wrong to say this is his most accomplished work. He had a tall order to accomplish since he is stepping into the shoes of Vijay Deverekonda and that too in a role that made him an overnight craze. Yet, Shahid comes out with flying colours. He has boyish looks and still, when he enters the rival college and bashes a student in front of other hundreds of in house students and they don’t object, it seems totally convincing. His alcoholic phase is quite digestible too. Kiara Advani doesn’t have much dialogues and her screen time is limited in the second half. However she fits the part and adds a lot with her fine performance. Her breakdown sequence is excep-

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tional. Nikita Dutta is sweet in the supporting role. Arjan Bajwa and Suresh Oberoi (Kabir’s father) are decent. Soham Majumdar (Shiva) has a very crucial part and is very entertaining. Audiences would surely love him. Adil Hussain is passable. Vanita Kharat (Kabir’s maid) raises laughs in both her scenes. Amit Sharma is a bit over the top but that suits his character. The actors playing Shruti, Jatinder, Keerti are fine. Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s story is top-notch and very entertaining. The entire premise and most of the script is the same as Arjun Reddy. Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s screenplay does justice to the premise. The biggest plus is that it’s quite fresh. Despite the Devdas hangover, it stands out and looks like a story of present day. The film showcases a vast journey of the protagonist and it’s stitched together very well. SiddharthGarima’s dialogues are quite impactful and suit the temper of the protagonist. The funny and medical-inspired one liners are quite witty. Rating:

Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer JudgeMentall Hai Kya is in headlines not for the film but for the recent verbal spat that happened between the actress and a journalist. At the recent song launch of the film, the actress got involved in a verbal spat with the journalist stating that he criticized her film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi and accused him for running a smear campaign against her. The media fraternity decided to hold a meeting with Balaji Motion Pictures’ chief Ekta Kapoor to talk about the incident. Now, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures have released an official statement. They have issued a public apology as well. The statement read, “To whomsoever, it may concern: A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya’s actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film’s song launch event on July 7th, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn. While the people involved in it fairly held their own perspectives but because it happened at the event of our film, we, as the producers, would like to apologize and express regret for this untoward incident. We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya releases on July 26th and we urge the media to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film.”

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Judge rejects opposition blackmail claims over Nawaz Sharif’s conviction By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE - A senior Pakistani judge on Sunday denied being blackmailed into convicting exPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif for graft last year after the main opposition party showed secretly taped video that appeared to show him saying he was threatened over the case. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party presented the video at a specially called news conference last Saturday, saying it proved that Sharif, currently serving a seven-year sentence for corruption, had been wrongfully convicted and should be released. In the secretly shot video, judge Arshad Malik, a senior judge on the accountability court, is seen telling a man described by PML-N officials as a party sympathiser that unidentified individuals had confronted him with compromising video footage to pressure him into convicting. He appears to tell the man that “they called me to a place and put on a film on a TV and left the room. After three or four minutes later, they entered the room and said take it easy. After

watching the movie, I thought of committing suicide.” Reuters has not been able to verify the authenticity of the video presented by the PML-N. In a statement issued through the accountability court, Malik said that his comments in the video were pieced together and presented out of context and he had never faced intimidation to rule against Sharif. “I want to make it clear that I was neither directly or indirectly intimidated, nor was I influenced by greed,” he said, adding that he had faced pressure from the former prime minister’s allies not to convict. “During the hearing of the cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family, I was repeatedly offered bribes by their representatives and also given threats of serious consequences if I did not cooperate.” A PML-N spokeswoman said Malik did not deny the conversation recorded on tape had taken place and asked why, if he had faced pressure from Sharif’s camp, he had not reported it previously. “Why did he not report to the Supreme Court supervisory judge about threats, bribes

and blackmail?” she said in messaged comments. The incident highlighted the increasingly feverish political atmosphere in Pakistan, where the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan swept to power last year vowing to root out and punish corruption by past governments. Since then, it has run into growing economic and political headwinds and was forced to turn to the International Monetary Fund for Pakistan’s 13th bailout since the 1980s. As the problems have mounted, opposition parties have stepped up attacks, accusing the government and its allies in the powerful military establishment of crushing dissent and orchestrating Sharif’s removal from power and conviction. Maryam Nawaz, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and vice president of the PML-N, said the video showed the judge had been intimidated into passing the conviction against her father. “This evidence is enough to prove Nawaz Sharif is innocent and he should be released immediately,” she said during Saturday’s press conference. Nawaz Sharif is currently

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was temporarily released from prison, arrives to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, in Lahore, Pakistan.

serving a seven year sentence for being unable to prove the source of income that had led to his ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia. Under Pakistani law, this is taken to prove corruption. Pakistan information minister Fidous Ashiq Awan called the video an attack on the entire judiciary by the PML-N and said a forensic audit of the video would be conducted. “The judge’s conversation and the contents’ credibility will be evaluated. Are they real or tampered?” she said.

Sharif, once a favourite of Pakistan’s powerful generals before falling out with them, was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017. He was convicted in absentia a year later and arrested on returning from London. He denied the charges which he said were politically motivated and accused the military and courts of working together to end his political career. The military has denied interfering in civil or judicial matters.

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BUSINESS HEALTH & SCIENCE

Biz Briefs Walmart told U.S. government India e-commerce

London’s transport regulator has permitted Indian ride-hailing company Ola to launch its service in the city, the company said last Thursday. The move comes days after Estonia’s Bolt, backed by German automaker Daimler, re-entered the London taxi market dominated by Uber and the city’s ubiquitous “black cab” taxis. Bengaluru-based Ola, which like Uber counts Japan’s SoftBank Corp as one of its backers, said the company got a private hire vehicle license to operate in UK’s capital city. “We are looking forward to building world-class mobility offerings for London, by collaborating with drivers, riders, the government and local authorities,” an Ola spokesperson said in a statement. Financial Times first reported (here) the development earlier in the day and said the company plans to launch the service by September.

India hikes gold import duty India raised the import duties on gold and other precious metals last Friday in a surprise move that industry officials say could dampen retail demand and boost smuggling in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer. Lower demand from India could weigh on global prices that are trading near their highest level in six years. Jewellery trade associations have asked India’s government to reduce gold import duties, which have caused a surge in smuggling.

rules regressive, warned of trade impact

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI - Walmart told the U.S. government privately in January that India’s new investment rules for e-commerce were regressive and had the potential to hurt trade ties, a company document seen by Reuters showed. The lobbying effort yielded no result at the time - India implemented the new rules from Feb.

1 - but the document underlines the level of concern at Walmart about the rules. Differences over e-commerce regulations have become one of the biggest issues in frayed trade ties between New Delhi and Washington. “It came as a total surprise ... this is a major change and a regressive policy shift,” Walmart’s Senior Director for Global Government Affairs Sarah Thorn told the Office of the United

IndiGo co-founder turns to SEBI over alleged corporate governance violation NEW DELHI - One of the cofounders of India’s largest airline IndiGo has alleged violation of corporate governance rules at parent company Interglobe Aviation Ltd and asked the securities regulator to intervene. The move appears to indicate that a boardroom dispute is escalating after a report in May that the co-founders and two largest shareholders of India’s largest airline were at odds over its expansion. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), co-founder Rakesh Gangwal alleged the company’s board decisions were in defiance of governance protocols and laws. SEBI, in its role as a stock market regulator, is empowered to protect the rights of investors in listed companies. Co-founders Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, along with their respective families, each control stakes of slightly less than 40 percent in the airline’s holding company, giving them both a major say in its strategy and plans. “I have vigorously attempted for almost a year to persuade the company to shore up its governance standards, and all my at-

tempts have been thwarted by the IGE Group,” Gangwal said in his letter to SEBI, published on the Bombay Stock Exchange website here SEBI has sought a reply from Interglobe Aviation by July 19. Gangwal, an American and an aviation industry veteran who spent years in senior roles at United Airlines and US Airways, has been a big factor in driving IndiGo’s emergence as one of the fastest growing carriers in the world. Bhatia, in turn, has been running things on the ground in India. India’s aviation sector has been shaken by the collapse of Jet Airways, which has sent travel prices soaring. Jet, once India’s largest private carrier, was crippled by mounting losses. IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir have been rushing to fill the vacuum left by Jet and gain control of its valuable slots. IndiGo’s fleet consists of more than 200 Airbus SE A320 and A321 narrowbody aircraft, along with just over a dozen ATR turboprops. Bhatia’s office did not respond to an e-mail and phone call from Reuters.

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India’s Ola gets green light for London launch

FILE PHOTO: Walmart signs are displayed inside a Walmart store in Mexico City, Mexico on March 28, 2019.

States Trade Representative in an an e-mail on Jan. 7. Just months earlier, Walmart had invested $16 billion in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, its biggest ever acquisition globally. In a statement to Reuters on Thursday, Walmart said it regularly offers input to the U.S. and Indian governments on policy issues and this was a “past issue and Walmart and Flipkart are looking ahead”. The USTR did not respond to a request for comment. In the January letter to the USTR, Walmart said it wanted a six-month delay in the implementation of the rules, but that did not happen. Washington did raise concerns about the policy with New Delhi, but India gave a non-committal response, an Indian trade ministry official told Reuters at the time. Walmart’s problems in India highlight the regulatory complications it faces as it restructures its international business to boost growth and online sales. Mexico’s competition regulator recently blocked its acquisition of delivery app Cornershop, while in Britain it was stopped from merging its British arm

Asda with rival Sainsbury’s. These issues, however, have failed to unnerve Walmart investors. Walmart shares have risen 21 percent, compared with a 19 percent increase for the S&P 500 since the start of the year. NEW INDIA RULES E-commerce is likely to again be on the agenda on Friday when a USTR delegation meets Indian trade officials in New Delhi. In its January representation, Walmart told the USTR that India’s new policy wasn’t good for global businesses, highlighting that its foreign direct investment would help Flipkart grow and result in “significant” tax revenues for New Delhi. “Changing rules to hinder international business following major investments ... will have important implications for India FDI goals and add unnecessary pressure to trade discussions,” Walmart said in its note. The new rules barred companies from selling products via firms in which they have an equity interest and also from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms.

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India’s PNB slides after reporting suspected fraud at Bhushan MUMBAI - Shares in Punjab National Bank slid after the lender said it had reported a suspected 38 billion rupee ($554.63 million) fraud in Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd’s account, potentially delaying a sale of the firm’s assets and consequent repayments to creditors. PNB is among nearly 34 financial creditors who have claimed a collective 473.03 billion rupees from Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd, which the Reserve Bank of India referred to a

bankruptcy court in 2017. Shares in state-run PNB - which last year were hit by an alleged fraud of more than $2 billion in the accounts of two jewelry groups - fell as much as 11.5% to a four-month low of 72.40 rupees on Monday. The state-run banking index .NIFTYPSU closed down 5.9% as other banking shares dropped, partly due to concerns over Bhushan, with the broader market .NSEI falling more than 2%. Indian conglomerate JSW Steel had emerged as the highest bidder for Bhushan but the case is still being heard in the

bankruptcy court and the deal is yet to be concluded. “There could be a perception that the recovery process could be delayed now that the investigative agencies are involved, as that could also make the buyers jittery,” said Siddharth Purohit, research analyst at SMC Institutional Equities. JSW Steel declined to comment on the matter. PNB said last Saturday it had reported the suspected Bhushan Power & Steel fraud to the RBI on the basis of the findings of a forensic audit and the federal police filing the first stage of a

Trainee technician dies as SpiceJet plane’s landing gear doors close NEW DELHI - A trainee aircraft technician died after becoming pincered between a plane’s landing doors in Kolkata on Wednesday, the airline said. Rohit Pandey was working on a SpiceJet Bombardier-developed Q400 turboprop plane when the hydraulic landing gear doors closed, the airline said in a statement. “The hydraulic doors were

broken to rescue Mr. Pandey but he was declared dead,” the statement said. Kaushik Bhattacharjee, director of Kolkata airport, said a team from the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had visited the site of the accident, which happened just after midnight. “DGCA has already started an inquiry,” Bhattacharjee told Reuters, adding that Pan-

dey was a 23-year-old trainee technician. In 2017, SpiceJet, a lowcost carrier, agreed to buy up to 50 Q400 aircraft in a deal, estimated to be worth up to $1.7 billion, from Canada’s Bombardier. The Q400 aircraft programme is now owned by Canadian plane manufacturer Viking Air. SpiceJet did not provide more details of the accident.

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FILE PHOTO: A man reads a newspaper outside a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in Ahmedabad, India on March 20, 2018.

formal investigation in India. The bank’s share price has been hit especially hard, as analysts said that even if money is recovered from Bhushan, other lenders would question whether PNB should take a full share given the allegation of fraud. “There are also going to be concerns on how much PNB stands to gain now even if the resolution process goes through,” said a banking analyst at a domestic brokerage,

requesting anonymity. Neither PNB nor Bhushan Power and Steel’s insolvency professional immediately responded to requests for comment. After first registering a complaint in April, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked PNB last month to report the fraud, said an official at the bank who declined to be named since he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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India unveils budget aimed at boosting infrastructure and foreign investment

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives to present the 2019 budget in Parliament, New Delhi, India on July 5, 2019.

By Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI - India last Friday unveiled a budget aimed at boosting infrastructure and foreign investment, the first since the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned for a second term in power. Here are the highlights of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year that began April 1: DEFICIT - Fiscal deficit for 2019/2020

seen at 3.3% of GDP BORROWING - Govt to borrow a gross 7.1 trn rupees via bonds in 2019/20 - Govt to borrow a net 4.73 trn rupees via bonds in 2019/20 - Short term borrowing seen at 250 bln rupees in 2019/20 - Govt to buy back 500 bln rupees of bonds in 2019/20 REVENUES/RECEIPTS - Dividends from state-owned firms seen at 574.87 bln rupees in 2019/20 - Gross tax revenue seen at

24.6 trn rupees in 2019/20 - Net tax revenues seen at 16.49 trn rupees in 2019/20

- Government will raise part of its gross borrowing in external markets in foreign currencies

TAXATION - Will levy tax deduction at source of 2% for cash withdrawals exceeding 10 mln rupees per year - Proposes relief in securities transaction tax - All companies with annual turnover of 4 bln rupees will now be under the 25% tax bracket - Customs duty on steel raised to 7.5% from 5% - To increase customs duty on gold and precious metals to 12.5%

INVESTMENT - India will ease foreign direct investment restrictions in singlebrand retail - Proposes further opening up of FDI in aviation, insurance, media and animation sectors - Important to get retail investors to invest in treasury bills - Will allow foreign investors to buy debt of listed real estate investment trusts - Government aiming for $14.5 bln target for disinvestment proceeds in FY20

EXPENDITURE - Total government spending seen at 27.86 trn rupees in 2019/20 - Govt to spend 1.74 trn rupees on pensions in 2019/20 - Govt to spend 6.6 trn rupees on interest payments in 2019/20

BANKING - State-owned banks proposed

ECONOMY - India will become a $3trn economy in the current fiscal year, and a $5trn economy in the next few years - India to invest heavily in infrastructure and job creation

to be provided 700 bln rupees of additional capital - Will strengthen central bank’s authority over shadow banks - There is a need to give tax parity to non-banking finance companies INFRASTRUCTURE - The government will upgrade 125,000 kilometres of roads over the next five years at a cost of $11.6 bln - Railway infrastructure will need an investment of $72bln between 2018 and 2030 - Govt to encourage global companies to set up large manufacturing plants - India will enter into aircraft financing and leasing activities

Trump again says Indian tariffs on U.S. goods unacceptable WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump repeated his complaints on Tuesday that India’s tariffs on U.S. products were unacceptable but he did not indicate whether he would take any further action in the trade row between the two nations. “India has long had a field

day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” Trump tweeted. In May, Trump scrapped India’s trade privileges under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), under which New Delhi could make duty-free exports worth up to $5.6 billion.

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By Amlan Chakraborty MANCHESTER - New Zealand survived Ravindra Jadeja’s late onslaught to stun India by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday and reach the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in a row. Twice champions India were reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a lop-sided semi-final. Jadeja (77) partnered Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a century-plus stand but India were bowled out for 221 in the final over and New Zealand will play hosts England

or defending champions Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. “Great semi-final over two days and very pleased to be on the right side of it,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said. “We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India. We just wanted some early wickets and it was great start for the bowlers.” “The way Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding.” Opting to bat first in the rainhit contest played over two days, New Zealand’s 239 for eight looked far from imposing against

India’s formidable batting lineup. But Matt Henry (3-37) and Trent Boult (2-42) ripped the heart out of India’s top order and spinner Mitchell Santner struck two crucial blows in the middle overs. Henry dismissed Rohit Sharma, the World Cup’s leading scorer, and Boult trapped Virat Kohli lbw in the next over. India’s captain reviewed the decision but could not get it overturned. The horror continued for India as KL Rahul became the third Indian top order batsman to depart for one, Henry’s second caught-behind victim.

Rahul Dravid appointed head of cricket at NCA

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, the country’s board (BCCI) said. Dravid was a prolific batsman having represented India in 164 tests and 344 ODIs. He has been coach of India’s under-19 and ‘A’ teams since 2015 and coached the under-19

men’s side to victory at the 2018 World Cup. “Mr. Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” the BCCI said in a statement. It added that he would work closely with the national men’s

women’s teams head coaches, as well as coaches of developmental teams, to identify training and development objectives. “He will also be responsible for monitoring progress against these objectives for the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches,” the BCCI said.

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New Zealand stun India to reach Cricket World Cup final

India’s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his half century during match.

Jimmy Neesham took a magnificent left-handed catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik as India slumped to 24-4 in 10 overs. Rishabh Pant added 47 runs with Hardik Pandya to arrest the slide and Pant made 32 before his wild heave off Santner found Colin de Grandhomme near the mid-wicket boundary. Pandya, struggling with a hip injury, also made 32 before throwing away his wicket. Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his brave counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last

10 overs with four wickets in hand. He and Dhoni (50) kept India afloat in the chase which was eventually derailed when both fell in successive overs. “We thought we had restricted them to a total that is chaseable on any surface,” Kohli said. “But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game. “We had a good day yesterday and I’m very proud of that effort. Then it was a professional effort with the ball this morning and we had the momentum.

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Drinking less might be tied to higher quality of life the study; 64% of men and 88% of women were nondrinkers. Researchers followed half of the participants for at least 2.3 years. During the study, about 40% of the male drinkers and 62% of the female drinkers quit drinking. Women who stopped drinking during the study had bigger gains in wellbeing than women who were nondrinkers at the start. Men who had the biggest gains in wellbeing were former drinkers when they joined the study. “Our study provides more evidence suggesting caution in recModerate drinkers who quit may be able to achieve bigger improvements in well-being than the rest of us, a new study suggests.

By Lisa Rapaport Moderate drinkers who quit may be able to achieve bigger improvements in well-being than the rest of us, a new study suggests. In moderation, alcohol consumption has been linked to improved quality of life and a lower risk of health problems like heart disease and certain cancers in some previous research, leading doctors to advise some patients to imbibe occasionally as

part of a healthy diet, researchers note in CMAJ. But results have been mixed, and research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of whether moderate drinking - up to 17 drinks a week for men and 7 for women - is more harmful or helpful when it comes to physical and mental health. For the current study, researchers examined data on 10,386 adults in Hong Kong who were nondrinkers or moderate drinkers. Participants were 49 years old on average when they joined

ommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet,” said lead study author Xiaoxin Yao of the University of Hong Kong. “It is possible that alcohol cessation may reduce stressful life events, such as conflict within family, difficulties in employment and legal troubles, resulting in improved mental wellbeing,” Yao said by email. “It is also possible that improved mental well-being may result from the psychological benefits of `giving up’ than an effect of alcohol cessation per se.” To verify the link between cessation and wellbeing, research-

ers also looked at data from a nationally representative survey of 31,079 American adults. For women who were moderate drinkers, quitting was associated with favorable changes in wellbeing in both Hong Kong and the U.S. The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how stopping drinking might directly improve health. Another drawback is the potential for people to stop drinking or be lifelong abstainers because of health issues that make them sicker or less content than people who do drink.

Most older adults with ‘prediabetes’ don’t develop diabetes By Lisa Rapaport Older adults with slightly elevated blood sugar, sometimes called “prediabetes,” usually don’t develop full-blown diabetes, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers followed 2,575 men and women aged 60 and older without diabetes for up to 12 years. At the start of the study, 918 people, or 36% of the group, did have higher-than-nor-

mal blood sugar levels that were still below the threshold for diabetes. Only 119 people, 13% of those who started out with elevated blood sugar, went on to develop diabetes. Another 204, or 22%, had blood sugar levels drop enough to no longer be considered prediabetic. “Progressing to diabetes is not the only destination,” said lead study author Ying Shang

of the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “In fact, the chance to stay prediabetic or even revert back to (normal blood sugar) is actually pretty high (64%), without taking medication,” Shang said by email. “Lifestyle changes such as weight management or blood pressure control may help stop prediabetes from progressing.”

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Weightlifting better at reducing heart fat than aerobic exercise By Linda Carroll Obese people who engaged in resistance training were more likely to see reductions in a type of heart fat that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, a new study finds. In the small study, researchers determined that a certain type of heart fat, pericardial adipose tissue, was reduced in patients who did weight lifting, but not in those who worked on increasing their endurance with aerobic exercise, according to a report published in JAMA Cardiology. Both forms of exercise resulted in the reduction of a second type of heart fat, epicardial adipose tissue, which has also been linked with heart disease. “We were surprised by this find-

ing,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Regitse Hojgaard Christensen, a researcher at the Center of Inflammation and Metabolism and the Center for Physical Activity Research at the Copenhagen University Hospital. While the study doesn’t explain why weight training would have a different effect from endurance training, “we know from other studies that resistance training is a stronger stimulus for increased muscle mass and increased basal metabolism compared to endurance training and we therefore speculate that participants doing resistance training burn more calories during the day - also in inactive periods-compared to those engaged in endurance training,” Christensen said in an email.

To explore the impact of different types of exercise on heart fat, Christensen and her colleagues recruited 32 adults who were obese and sedentary but did not yet have heart disease, diabetes, or atrial fibrillation. The participants were randomly assigned to a three-month program of aerobic exercise, weight training or no change in activity (the control group). Each person had an MRI scan of the heart done at the beginning of the study and at the end. Both types of exercise training reduced epicardial adipose tissue mass compared to no exercise: endurance training, by 32% and weight training, by 24%. However, only weight training had an impact on pericardial adipose

Seniors may need new shoes to avoid pain, prevent falls Because our feet change shape as we age, shoes that fit when we were young may become uncomfortable and unsafe in our senior years, a research review suggests. Safe footwear for older adults should have a proper anatomical fit, a well-fitted toe box, a low heel height, a broad enough heel, a snug fit, and be easy to get on and off, researchers note in Maturitas.

While ill-fitting shoes can cause problems at any age, the risks increase for seniors, said Dr. Selene Parekh of the North Carolina Orthopedic Clinic and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who wasn’t involved in the review. Shoes that don’t fit older adults “can mean painful toes, mid arch or foot pain, or even heel pain,”

Parekh said in an email. “This can have implications for stability and risk of falls, and it can also lead to sprains, fractures, and even psychological issues with chronic pain,” Parekh said. “A proper fitting shoe can help alleviate any issues ranging from plantar fasciitis and heel pain, to arthritis, to bunions and hammertoes.”

Obese people who engaged in resistance training were more likely to see reductions in a type of heart fat that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, a new study finds.

tissue, which was reduced by 31% compared to no exercise. “The resistance exercise training in this study was designed as a 45-minute interval type, medium load, high-repetition, time-based training,” Christensen said. “Participants performed three to five sets of 10 exercises and the sessions were supervised. This specific exercise intervention alone was effective in reducing both fat depots of the heart.” While there are plenty of studies looking at the impact of reducing abdominal obesity, the new study is interesting because it looks specifically at the relation between ex-

ercise and fat (around the heart),” said Dr. Chadi Alraeis, a staff interventional cardiologist and director of Interventional Cardiology at Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. Alraeis suspects, based on the new study, that the best way to combat heart fat is to do both endurance and weight training. “Along with the time you spend on the treadmill, you might want to add some work with dumbbells, or some lunges, sit-ups or pushups,” Alraeis said. “It might even be enough to bring some weights to the office so you can use them there. “

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Men who eat yogurt may have lower colon cancer risk Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center in Saint Louis who wasn’t involved in the study. “However, because this study took into account calcium intake, among other dietary factors, these results suggest that yogurt may be lowering risk though an avenue other than calcium,”

Colditz said by email. The probiotics in yogurt may be helping. “Though it’s not clear that probiotics help lower colon cancer risk, there are a number of possible ways they could,” Colditz said. “Probiotics may help reduce inflammation - a cancer risk fac-

tor - as well as bind and neutralize certain carcinogens in the colon.” People who want to add yogurt to their diet should focus on fatfree or low-fat options, said Vandana Sheth, owner of a Los Angeles based nutrition consulting practice. And they should also pay attention to their overall diet.

Weight loss support helps people with fatty liver disease By Lisa Rapaport

Men who eat at least two servings a week of yogurt may be lowering their risk for colorectal cancer, a recent study suggests.

By Lisa Rapaport Men who eat at least two servings a week of yogurt may be lowering their risk for colorectal cancer, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 32,606 male and 55,743 female health professionals who had a colonoscopy between 1986 and 2012. Study participants provided detailed information about their health, lifestyle, eating and exercise habits every four years. Over that time, there were 5,811 cases of colorectal adenomas, or abnormal tissue that can sometimes become cancerous, in men and 8,116 adenomas in women. Compared to men who didn’t eat any yogurt, those who had at least two servings weekly were 19 percent less likely to develop so-called conventional adenomas, the most common kind of polyps found in the colon and rectum during colonoscopies. The yogurt eaters were also 26 percent less likely to develop adenomas with the highest potential to turn into cancer. “Our data provide novel evidence for the role of yogurt in the early stage of colorectal cancer development,” said study coauthor Dr. Yin Cao of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “The findings, if confirmed by future studies, suggest that yogurt might serve as a widely acceptable modifiable factor, which could complement colorectal

cancer screening and reduce risk of adenoma among the unscreened,” Cao said by email. Yogurt consumption has been linked to a lower risk of colon and rectal cancer in previous studies, and some scientists think this may be because yogurt promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. But less is known about how yogurt might impact the potential for people to develop adenomas. To minimize the risk of colorectal cancer, adults should start getting screened for these tumors at age 45, according to the American Cancer Society. Screening can catch tumors sooner, when they’re smaller and easier to treat, increasing survival odds. Abnormal polyps can take 10 to 15 years to develop into colon cancer, and some adenomas found with screening may never become cancerous or prove fatal. In the study, yogurt consumption didn’t appear to impact the risk of pre-cancerous polyps in women. The study wasn’t designed to prove whether or how yogurt consumption might impact cancer risk. It also didn’t examine how many people with polyps went on to develop cancer. “Much of the benefit from dairy products is thought to come from the calcium they provide, which we know can help prevent colon cancer,” said Dr. Graham Colditz, associate director for prevention and control at the

People who have fatty liver disease related to being overweight may get the disease under better control when they get lots of support to lose weight, a research review suggests. Most people have a little bit of fat in their liver, but fatty liver disease can be diagnosed when more than 5% of the liver is made up of fat. If the condition isn’t linked to liver damage from heavy drinking, it’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and is most often associated with obesity and certain eating habits. For the current analysis, researchers examined data on 2,588 patients who were participating in 22 clinical trials of various interventions to help them lose weight. Fifteen studies tested behavioral weight loss programs; six tested medications; one tested

weight loss surgery. The trials also looked at whether those interventions would improve biomarkers for NAFLD that can help predict the likelihood of serious complications. Compared with little or no weight loss support, the interventions that offered the most support were associated with greater weight loss and bigger reductions in biomarkers for NAFLD like elevated liver enzymes in the blood, elevated blood sugar, and reduced sensitivity to the hormone insulin, or insulin resistance. “It shows clearly that weight loss improves the health of the liver,” said Dimitrios Koutoukidis, a researcher at the University of Oxford in the U.K. and lead author of the study. “We found some evidence that weight loss improved NAFLD through improvements in the control of blood glucose levels

and reductions in insulin resistance, but we need more research to understand the exact mechanisms,” Koutoukidis said by email. Different approaches to weight loss didn’t appear to impact whether fibrosis, or scarring, in the liver got better or worse. Worldwide, about one in four adults have NAFLD, as do at least half of people with obesity, researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine. There’s no drug treatment for NAFLD. Doctors typically advise patients to lose weight by cutting calories and getting more exercise, or sometimes by taking weight-loss medications or considering weight-loss surgery. The new findings, according to the researchers, “appear to support the need to change the clinical guidelines and to recommend formal weight loss programs for people with NAFLD.”

High blood pressure during pregnancy tied to heart problems decades later Women who develop high blood pressure during pregnancy may be more likely than those who don’t to have heart attacks or strokes decades later, a Norwegian study suggests. Compared to women with normal blood pressure during every pregnancy, women who developed hypertensive disorders, or high blood pressure, during one or more pregnancies were 57% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke at some point between ages 40 and 70. “We knew that women who experienced hypertensive disorders in pregnancy have a 2-fold

increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to women without these complications,” said lead study author Eirin Beate Haug of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. “From our current study, we learned that most of the excess cardiovascular risk in women who had hypertensive disorders in pregnancy can be explained by higher levels of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, especially blood pressure and BMI,” Haug said by email. High blood pressure and a high BMI (body mass index, a mea-

sure of weight relative to height) explained 77% of the excess risk of events like heart attacks and strokes among women who had hypertensive disorders during pregnancy, researchers report in JAMA Cardiology. Still, the findings suggest that women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy can minimize their risk of future heart issues by keeping their weight and blood pressure within healthy ranges as they age, said Laura Benschop, a researcher at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, who wasn’t involved in the study.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

Parents talking to kids may blunt negative impact of adversity on schoolwork By Lisa Rapaport Children who suffer adverse experiences tend to do worse in school than kids who don’t, but a U.S. study suggests parents may still help improve academic outcomes by simply talking to their kids. Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, or suffering from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. ACEs have been linked to what’s known

as toxic stress, or wear and tear on the body that leads to physical and mental health problems that often continue from one generation to the next. For the study, researchers examined survey data on almost 66,000 students ages 6 to 17 gathered during the 20112012 school year. Overall, 44% hadn’t experienced any ACEs at all. Another 25% had exposure to one type of ACE, while 11% experienced two ACEs, 7% experienced three ACEs, and 13% were exposed to four or more ACEs. “As the total number of ACEs

a child encounters increases, school performance and engagement decreases,” said lead study author Dr. Angelica Robles, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Novant Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Compared to kids who didn’t experience any ACEs, children exposed to four or more ACEs were more than twice as likely to repeat one or more grades at school, four times more likely to routinely skip homework, and three times more likely report not caring much about school, researchers report in Pediatrics. Even for kids who endure a

Early pregnancy stress tied to sons’ infertility By Lisa Rapaport Men may be more likely to experience fertility problems if their mothers endured stressful life events early in pregnancy, a recent study suggests. Compared to men with mothers who had stress-free early pregnancies, men whose mothers experienced one or more stressful life experiences were more likely to have lower testosterone, lower total sperm count, and sperm less able to move through the female reproductive tract to reach an egg. For the study, researchers looked data on reproductive hormones and sperm quality and quantity for 643 men at age 20. Overall, 407 men, or 63%, had mothers who lived through at least one stressful life event early in pregnancy, like the death of a close relative or friend, separation or divorce, marital problems, job loss, money problems, pregnancy complications, or a residential move. Mothers of 87 men had endured at least three stressful life experiences early in pregnancy. Mothers who reported no stressful life experiences early in pregnancy were more likely to be affluent and a healthy weight.

Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks, and babies born after 37 weeks of gestation are considered full-term. Researchers asked women about any stressful life experiences they had gone through in the previous four weeks at two points in pregnancy: 18 and 34 weeks gestation. Stressful life experiences later in pregnancy weren’t clearly associated with sons’ fertility in adulthood. “The health of the couple at the time of conception, and for the woman her health during pregnancy, has a significant impact on the health of the offspring after birth, through childhood and into adulthood,” said Dr. Roger Hart, senior author of the study and a fertility researcher at the University of Western Australia. “For a couple planning a family ... the best time to try to attempt to conceive is when both the female and the male partner are as healthy as possible, both with respect to their physical and mental health,” Hart said by email. The biological connection between early pregnancy exposure to stressful life experiences and male infertility isn’t well understood, Hart and colleagues note in

Human Reproduction. But weeks 8 to 14 of pregnancy are a critical period for male reproductive development, the study team notes, and it’s possible stress exposure during this time might interrupt the normal development process. The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how any stress mothers experienced during pregnancy might directly impact their sons’ reproductive health decades later. And the researchers didn’t track the men to see who went on to father children. Another limitation of the study is that not all people respond the same way to the same stressors, and researchers lacked data on how women felt about certain experiences that the study team classified as stressful life experiences. Factors like socioeconomic status, maternal education, and lack of insurance could all impact how women cope with stressful experiences. Still, the results add to the evidence suggesting that it’s important to manage stress during pregnancy, said Dr. Muhammad Imran Omar, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen in the U.K. who wasn’t involved in the study.

Children who suffer adverse experiences tend to do worse in school than kids who don’t, but a U.S. study suggests parents may still help improve academic outcomes by simply talking to their kids.

lot of adversity, however, certain protective factors may still help minimize the effect of these stressors on their school performance. Negative school outcomes were less likely with protective factors like safe neighborhoods, supportive neighbors, nonsmoking households, regular family dinners, and parents who take time to have conversations with their kids. Compared to kids with no more than three such protective factors, children with six or more were less likely to repeat a grade, to routinely skip homework or to report not caring about school. This was true even for children who faced adversity. “The strongest protective factor this study determined was having a parent that can talk to their child about things that matter and share ideas,” Robles said by email. “By having open communication and positive daily conversation, they build a stronger relationship with their child, which has the most protective effect.” “The relationship parents have with their child can make a big difference,” Robles added. The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how certain protective factors might directly im-

pact the potential for ACEs to cause worse school outcomes. One limitation is that researchers relied on data from parents to determine whether kids were exposed to ACEs, and it’s possible that this might underestimate how many children were exposed to ACEs like abuse or neglect by their parents. Even so, the results still offer insight into strategies that may help kids succeed in school and thrive despite exposure to ACEs, which most kids experience at some point, said Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, coauthor of an accompanying editorial and an associate professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “School outcomes are especially important because they are associated with lifelong health and wellbeing,” Dudovitz said by email. “Kids who do better in elementary school are more likely to do well in high school, college, and beyond,” Dudovitz added. “More years of education are associated with living longer, healthier lives and even with having healthier children, so we think that the health benefits of a good education can even be passed down to the next generation.”

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WEEKLY HOROSCOPE (July 21 - 27, 2019)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Sikh Religious Society organizes its Second Annual “Sarbat Da Bhala” (Well-being for All) Run Photos: Amrit Gill, Adam Witt and Siddiq Ashraf

Aries (March 21 to April 20) The coming week may be a time where you are excited about how work is progressing. There may be some concrete signs of profitability or an indication of about just how big the scale of things could be. Taurus (April 21 to May 21) You are likely to be in quite an ambitious mood. Whether it requires more knowledge, newer knowledge or new initiatives to prove your potential professionally, you are willing to explore all ways of doing so! There is a possibility that sharing too much information with someone you do not trust may backfire. Gemini (May 22 to June 21) Some tough decisions will have to be taken in this phase. There are definite concerns about money matters and you may be forced to reign in any impulsive spending or trim unnecessary expenses to handle the current situation effectively. Cancer (June 22 to July 22) The coming week offers opportunities to bring forth your creative abilities. Some of you may move into a new home or add new comforts in that space. There is a desire to move ahead spiritually as well and this could have you planning on spending time at a nature retreat. Leo (July 23 to August 22) A week of mixed results is on the cards. There will be quite a lot of work to handle but you also make a commitment to create a well-deserved leisure/self-care time at different intervals. There may be one or two occasions where mismatched expectations with your spouse could lead to disharmony.

PALATINE, IL - Sikh Religious Society organized its second annual 3.2 km Run/Walk on June 30, 2019 in Palatine, Illinois. The theme of the run was “Sarbat Da Bhala” (Well-being for All). More than 200 participants of all ages including the neighborhood residents and their families took part. State of Illinois Senator Ann Gillespie, who represents the people of this neighborhood in 27th Senate District, was the honored guest and kicked off the run. The Run/Walk was for wellbeing, health, peace, love and tolerance. The event was organized by the Sikh youth volunteers and

neighbors of the Palatine Gurdwara in collaboration with the Sikh Religious Society board of directors. “The purpose of this run/ walk is to engage the neighborhood, encourage each other to get healthy and support youth involvement in community activities,” said Jasvir Kaur of the youth organizing committee. This year’s “Well-being for All” Run/Walk was dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji the founder of Sikh faith, to honor his spiritual journey walks, where he traveled over 40,000 km, over a period of 24 years, visited nine countries, mostly on foot, having

interfaith dialogues with people he met along the way, reminding the importance of truth, social justice, love, respect for each other’s faiths and compassion. The Gurmat Sunday School students, Sehaj Kaur, Ajeet Singh and Asees Kaur, spoke about what inspires them about Guru Nanak. The youth took a keen interest and played a strong role in organizing the event. State of Illinois Senator Ann Gillespie encouraged the youth to participate in such healthy activities and handed out award certificates to the top 3 winners of the Run, 1st place Mukal Kumar, 2nd place Amandeep Singh and 3rd place Shaan Singh Sohi.

Virgo (August 23 to September 23) The coming week is a good period for most of you. Some moments in life are faith reaffirming when sincerity, effort as well as knowledge is rewarded and recognised. The Virgos get to shine as there are possibilities of public appreciation as well. Libra (September 24 to October 23) Work dominates the week. There may be little time available for anything else. Some of you may even feel that there is undue pressure to play every role to perfection! This could cause an angry outburst. Scorpio (October 24 to November 22) You may need to exercise a fair amount of caution when it comes to safety and wellness. Lack of sleep can lead to an error of judgement. Do not trust people blindly with either money or sensitive information. Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21) There may be a slightly strange situation at work where you may be given a promotion or a raise but you are saddled with a very tricky responsibility or a tough assignment. You may need to use your words carefully, especially while dealing with people in a culturally different environment, lest you be misunderstood. Capricorn (December 22 to January 20) The coming week brings a fair amount of pressure for most of you. There is a sudden increase in the work-load, however, there is as much possibility of growth. Rewards will be directly proportionate to the amount of effort you put in. Aquarius (January 21 to February 19) You are likely to have a good week ahead. Some of you may begin work at a new organisation. While the initial period may seem slightly challenging with very different people, you are quite adaptive and will adjust easily. Pisces (February 20 to March 20) The coming week is a period where you are preoccupied by matters related to children. Some of you may be blessed with the birth of a child in the family. You may initiate a new business or freelance venture/project.

Mohammad Tariq, Hanmi Bank ADVERTORIAL Executive expands his marketing efforts Mohammad Tariq, Executive Vice President & Regional Chief Banking Officer at Hanmi Bank has been appointed to actively grow the South Asian market in Hanmi’s geographical footprints across the U.S. Tariq joined the bank in 2014 to manage Texas market’s overall operations, loan production and deposit generation. He recently led the effort to open a new branch in Houston Chinatown area, an important initiative for the Hanmi’s growth strategy. Tariq’s ability to generate a profitable growth has opened a door of opportunity for him to expand his management and leadership capabilities beyond Texas. “Tariq has extensive lending background serving the South Asian, Middle Eastern, Korean, Chinese and the mainstream communities. He is well qualified to strengthen our

Mohammad Tariq Executive Vice President & Regional Chief Banking Officer, Hanmi Bank

relationship with the South Asian communities while growing our markets”, said Bonnie Lee, President & CEO of Hanmi Bank. “My team and I will focus our initial efforts on meeting the needs of our customers in markets such as Illinois, New Jersey and Virginia where we already have established presence. We will be exploring opportunities to further strengthen our reach into multiethnic communities”, said Tariq.

Prior to joining Hanmi Bank, Tariq served as the Chief Lending Officer at MetroBank, N.A., and Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer at Golden Bank, N.A. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Stonier School of Banking and holds a Leadership certification from the Wharton School of Business. Hanmi Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: HAFC, or “Hanmi”), the parent company of Hanmi Bank (the “Bank”), serves multiethnic communities through its network of 35 full-service branches and 9 loan production offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Washington and Georgia. Hanmi Bank specializes in real estate, commercial, SBA and trade finance lending to small and middle market businesses.

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