PM explains reason for cutback in funding for Divali Nagar

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley jus­ti­fied cut­backs in fund­ing for Di­vali Na­gar cel­e­bra­tions at the event's clos­ing cer­e­mo­ny in Ch­agua­nas last night.

How­ev­er, the PM point­ed out that the Di­vali Na­gar is a bea­con of hope and a bea­con of the ex­pres­sion of the best in T&T.

In de­liv­er­ing the fea­ture ad­dress, Row­ley said cuts were made in all ar­eas of na­tion­al spend­ing, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tions at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty.

PM: Divali, much more than lighting deyas

"Di­vali en­cour­ages pu­ri­ty, not just in the clean­ing of our homes, but in the pu­rifi­ca­tion of our hearts and our minds," ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In a mes­sage to Hin­dus who will cel­e­brate the Fes­ti­val of Lights to­mor­row, the Prime Min­is­ter, in a state­ment said: "Such pu­ri­ty ex­tends to the way in which we in­ter­act with our nat­ur­al and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, the strate­gies we em­ploy to con­serve our most vi­tal re­sources and the life changes we em­brace to­wards achiev­ing per­son­al goals."

Dutch beauty cops Divali Queen title

Dutch beau­ty Pree­tan­ji Rai is Miss Di­vali Na­gar 2018.

She took home brag­ging rights and a $20,000 first prize on Sun­day.

Rai, of Rot­ter­dam, in the King­dom of the Nether­lands, beat a field of sev­en con­tes­tants, — in­clud­ing five for­eign­ers and three lo­cal con­tes­tants.

Rai said she has fall­en in love with dou­bles, the tasty street food, dur­ing her vis­it to T&T.

“I tast­ed it this morn­ing and this is the best thing ever,” she said.