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Australia News

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Arts and Culture

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Community News (Melbourne)

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Community News (Canberra)

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Machoman of Victoria ...

Bangladesh PM Sheikh ...

The Forgotten Hero ... Telugu UGADI 2018 ... The Five Stages ...

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India celebrates third ...

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Health & Well- being

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Bollywood News

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Art of Living

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Hello Everyone, Amity College and Affinity Intercultural Foundation organised , the International Festival of Language and Culture. The IFLC promoted inclusion and provided an opportunity for participating students to showcase their culture and tradition with their peers from all over the world. Do read in detail in Cover Story.

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Australia India Business Council members approve constitutional changes to enhance Council’s business profile Historic constitutional changes come ahead of India Economic Strategy release.

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uring an Australia India Business Council (AIBC) Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of members held on 5 April, 2018 in Sydney, members approved an historic transformation of the AIBC constitution to ensure a more business focussed direction. The constitutional changes come ahead of the release of India Economic Strategy and have been approved to ensure that: AIBC is a more business-based membership council, thereby increasing its business profile; business members are given more opportunity to lead through elections and nominations; individual memberships are offered to outstanding professionals in the bilateral business space; and new members are allowed time to assimilate. Commenting on the approved constitutional changes, AIBC National Chair Sheba Nandkeolyar said, “The India Economic Strategy report, led by Mr. Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and

former Australian Foreign Secretary will be presented to Prime Minister Turnbull very shortly, and AIBC is taking proactive steps to ensure Australian businesses are well equipped to take advantage of the economic transformations underway in India. The amendments to the Constitution directly relate to, and support, the business approach and objectives of AIBC.” “AIBC has built a strong reputation as the only go-to bipartisan business council which facilitates trade and investment matters between Australia and India. AIBC is the first point of business contact for all stakeholders including the Government of Australia, the Government of India and the industry and as such, AIBC is committed to its role as a bilateral business council. Our members have indicated their approval to adopt a much sharper business focussed approach from 2018 onwards and in keeping with AIBC’s vision and reason for existence,” continued Ms Nandkeolyar.

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Measured by purchasing power parity, India is the world’s third largest economy. Over the past 20 years, the share of its economy devoted to international trade has risen from 13 per cent to 40 per cent. Over a similar period, it has seen nearly a 20 per cent increase in foreign direct investment each year. AIBC National Vice Chair, Jim Varghese, AM said, “The sheer scale of the Indian economic transformation and complementary nature of the Australian and Indian economies cannot be ignored. The AIBC now has a modernised constitutional platform to add business-to-business value to these new emerging economic winds of change and opportunities.” The EGM was hosted by new AIBC National Gold Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers.

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Machoman of Victoria Mickey Pandey shares his challenges and hardship as a body builder

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ickey Pandey is a well known name in the Melbourne Body Building community. He has bagged 4 gold medals in 2017 and is now working hard towards the goal of claiming the world title in USA later in 2018. Garima Dhawan on behalf of Desi Melbourne got an opportunity to interact with Mickey Pandey and get an insight on the challenges and hardship in a life of a body builder who is aspiring to achieve great glories and make Indian community proud. Garima Dhawan: Mickey, who inspired you to choose body building as a profession? Mickey Pandey: My father is a wrestler and I grew up seeing him. He introduced me to the gym. I was a teen when for the first time I went to the gym. He never forced me to become a wrestler but wanted me to keep fit and make workout part of my daily routine. Garima Dhawan: Please share some of your achievements and road to success. Mickey Pandey: I have won 4 golds in a year. In September 2017 I won gold medal in the state level Mr Victoria title in World Fitness Federation in fitness category. I also won gold in ICN (I Compete National). Then in October I won gold in National Championship in the fitness category. Garima Dhawan: How much time you spend to prepare for the competitions? Mickey Pandey: It took about 8 months to prepare for the competitions. During off season I work one and a half hours and on season my workout is for two and a half hours daily. Garima Dhawan: What is your diet plan?

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Mickey Pandey: I have to have a very calculative diet. I weigh my food and eat. My diet is a combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Protein-chicken and fish, carbs-brown rice, sweet potato, oats, fat-almonds, red meat Apart from this I have to take supplements 2 times, before and after gym. Garima Dhawan: What are your future goals? Mickey Pandey: I have to win the state level championships again in 2018 and then my goal is to win universe championship in California in November. I also wants to open his own food and supplements shop in Melbourne. Garima Dhawan: What advice you would like to give to people who want to enter this field?

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Mickey Pandey: Our body is like a machine and we have to maintain it. Right food and right exercise is the main important thing. Always have a goal in life and keep planning to achieve your goals. without the use of drugs and steroids one can achieve one’s goals. Garima Dhawan: What are obstacles you face in this field?

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Mickey Pandey: My supplements cost me $500-$600 every month and I have to bear this expense from my pocket. Apart from that I also have bear the expense of my calculated diet. I also work at a restaurant in the city. Working at two places sometimes becomes very hard. My wife Manisha also works in order bear family expenses. Garima Dhawan: What support system you have here in Australia? Mickey Pandey: My wife Manisha and my daughter Shanaya are my biggest support system. Preparing for the

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Mickey Pandey: I did certificate course in fitness from Gold gym university, Delhi and used to work as a personal trainer in gold gym for 3 years. I then worked for Fitness first for 1 year. In 2011 I moved to Australia. On coming here, I did fitness course in Australian Institute of Fitness. I believe in chasing my goal continuously. Garima Dhawan: Any message you want to give to the readers of Desi Australia?

competitions requires me to spend most of the time in gym. But I am thankful to Manisha for being an understanding wife and allowing me to pursue my passion. My coach Mr Paul Jaylian helps me in preparing for the competition. He believes in me and motivates me to work harder. My restaurant owner

Mr Jai is also very understanding. I am also thankful to Raw 24Fitness for sponsoring my membership for the year 2018. Garima Dhawan: Can you tell me something about your earlier life in India?

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Mickey Pandey : Hit the gym.. Exercise daily..Don’t compare yourself with anybody else.. but compete with yourself instead.. make a plan and work hard to pursue your goals.. our body is a machine.. like we give our car for serivicing in the same way we have to give time to our body..exercise daily for 5min/ 10min / half an hr .. make it part of your daily routine...

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on a 3 day visit to Australia Nasim Samad

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he Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived on 27 April 2018 in Sydney on a three day visit to Australia. The PM was received by Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Mohammad Sufiur Rahman Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and a female business delegation accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit.

On the same evening the Prime Minister attended the Global Women’s Leadership Award Gala Dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney and received the Global Women’s Leadership Award. The Bangladesh PM is being honoured with a lifetime honour, for her outstanding leadership in advancing women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, Asia and the Asia Pacific region. Sheikh Hasina delivered a speech highlighting women empowerment, equal rights, inclusion of women in mainstream development, steps taken by the government and the achievements it has made so far. The honour was conferred on her by US-based NGO Global Summit of Women in Sydney at the Global Summit of Women, which was held from April 26-28 in Sydney.

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It is a business summit, focused on women’s advancement in the global economy. For over 27 years, the summit has been connecting women worldwide. She held a meeting with her Australian counterpart Malcom Turnbull at his residence and the Australian PM assured to work with Bangladesh to resolve the Royhinga refugee crisis and increase bilateral cooperation between the two friendly nations. The Vietnamese Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also met her. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited University of Western Sydney, and laid a wreath at the bust of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation and held talks with the Vice Chancellor of UWS in increasing exchange of students for Marine research. The same evening the PM attend a huge civic reception hosted by Bangladesh Awami League, Australia.

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The PM listened to the problem from local Awami League leaders on different issues. Sheikh Hasina spoke for 80 minutes outlining the development work and the economic progress achieved during her tenure and on the future of Bangladesh and rapid industrialization. The PM invited the Bangladeshi Australian to invest in the country’s growth and pointed to the different opportunities available for them. The PM of Bangladesh left Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Before departure she met a cross section of people and local Awami League leaders and advised them to work together and contribute to the nation building effort of her government. The visit of the PM of Bangladesh has created a positive image and impressed the Australians for the steps she took to change Bangladesh status from LDC to Developing Nation.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on a 4 day trade visit to India from 16th to 19th April

Laying a wreath in remembrance of the 2008 Mumbai attacks

Ringing the Bombay Stock Exchange bell with the MD & CEO Ashish Chauhan

Meeting Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis

Officially launched the ‘IMPACT Diabetes’ program for The George Institute for Global Health in New Delhi

Met Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai where they spoke about the upcoming 2020 World T20 being hosted by Australia

With Greater Western Sydney Giants star Jess Dal Pos to encourage budding AFL stars in India and promote women in sport.

Announcing that NSW has renewed the rights to host the annual AACTA Awards for another 2 years.

Business breakfast with Asia Society India

Touring the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh house of worship in New Delhi

Met talented Chef Manish Mehrotra to announce the first ever annual food expo in India to promote fresh produce and wine from NSW.

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Ayurveda- Science of Life and Longevity

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yurveda is an ancient Indian Medical Science of prevention and healing dated back 6000 years. Ayurveda comprises two words (Ayur- Life and Veda- Science). The science of longevity or the science who teaches us how to live life and a natural wisdom of healing. Ayurveda, is held to have been originally propounded by Brahma, the creative Intelligence behind the Universe. Ayurvedic philosophy revolves around five Universal elements (Earth-WaterFire-Space-Air) which also governs our body in the form of Doshas (Vata- PittaKapha). The Doshas are accountable for unique biological makeup/ individual constitution and play a significant role to maintain the state of health. The main objective of Ayurveda is Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha Ch.Su 30/26) to promote perfect Health, prevent and eliminate disease. Nature Care Ayurveda Yoga Detox & Rejuvenation is the only Sydney based Ayurvedic centre where you can experience a complete range of Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara, Detox, Abhyanga Body massage and consultation from experts. The team is highly professional and working under the direction of Director’s Dr Naveen Shukla (Representative Australasian association of Ayurveda for NSW) & Dr Vishal Sharma (Member International Academy of Ayurved).

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The Grass is Greener

Sometimes it takes a lifetime to learn appreciation of what I have.

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rowing up, I would look at the children next door and think that they looked happy.I wished I could be like them. They seemed so confident and in charge. I have discovered that many people, like me, have the habit of looking at others and comparing themselves to them. It didn’t make me feel good, though, comparing my life and myself to others.I guess I didn’t know how to appreciate what I had. It has taken me a lifetime to learn appreciation of what I have. It has also taken me a lifetime to learn and understand that my perception of others may not be anywhere near accurate.I have been judging others from the standpoint of the way I see the world.Now, if you look at the picture above, is there really a great difference between what I have and what my neighbours have? If I wanted the shade of their tree and the bench, I could plant a tree and obtain a bench I liked.If I wanted the perfect lawn, I would need to work as hard as they did, and do, to have that

perfect lawn and to keep it looking that way.However, I would have to give up my lifelong buddy, my dog, to have a perfect lawn.So, is it worth it?A house may look perfect on the outside but is there happiness inside?Would having what I see as the ideal house and garden make me satisfied, if I am not happy? Maybe my neighbours have been watching me through their curtains all these years, wishing they could be as happy and carefree as I look, spending time with my beloved dog, out in the yard. Maybe they wish they didn’t have to work so hard all the time at their jobs and at home, keeping up appearances.

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Maybe they have wished they could be just like me!Wouldn’t that be amazing? It’s possible, at least sometimes, that they do have that thought. Maybe I am the fortunate one as, without having to do all the hard work my neighbours do, I can gaze over my fence any time I like and have the view of a perfect garden and yet be free to live and play in my own garden as I like. So, who is fortunate or more fortunate?Doesn’t it all depend on our point of view, on the way we see things?

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The Forgotten Hero

Sultan-ul-Qaum Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Harmohan Singh Walia

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he 300th birth Anniversary of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was celebrated at Red Fort Delhi in April 2018. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee are celebrating the 300th birth anniversary of great Sikh general Jassa Singh Ahluwalia at a large scale, in April-May 2018. The former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh while delivering his speech in New Delhi, on 23 March 2018, said, “The Sikh warrior Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia had aimed at founding the Khalsa Raj. Jassa Singh, who was inspired by Mata Sundari, conquered Delhi defeating Mughals and left for Punjab after getting the historic places of the Sikh community liberated. His aim was not to establish his kingdom. In 1783, Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Jassa Singh Ramgariya and Bhagel Singh had defeated Mughal emperor Shah Alam, who had gone into hiding.” The former Prime Minister said that the Sikh community should come together leaving their personal benefits aside and adopt their lives according to the path shown by Gurus to establish a new society.

Former Chief Justice of India, Justice J.S Khehar said, “Jassa Singh had won all wars he had fought against Mughals in Delhi, Lahore, Amritsar and Kapurthala and proved a natural leader of the Sikh community.” Others who spoke on the occasion were Brig Sukhjit Singh, scion of the Kapurthala royal family, Manjit Singh GK, president of the DSGMC and Professor P.S Kapur, former ProVice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University. Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was born on 3 May 1718 in village Ahlo near Lahore. Hence, the name Ahluwalia (meaning from Ahluwal). His forefathers were landlords, who were rewarded four villages Ahlo, Hallo, Toor, Chak for their bravery in wars. The main function was held on 3 May 2018 at Manji Sahib near Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar. In 1939, Nadir Shah, the Turkic ruler of

Persia, invaded much of Northern India, including Punjab, defeating the Mughals at the Battle of Karnal, he plundered the city of Delhi (Shahjahanabad) robbing it of treasures like the Peacock throne, the Kohinoor diamond and the Darya-inoor diamond and either massacring or enslaving much of its population. Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was 21 years old at that time, he planned raids to free all slaves. He along with other Sikh bands attacked Nadir Shah forces, freed all slaves and send those slaves back to their families safely. In 1745, Nawab Kapur Singh reorganised 11 jathas (Misls) from 65 jathas (Misls) and gave the name “Dal Khalsa” (Army of the Khalsa). Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was nominated as the Supreme Commander of the Sikh Confederacy. Nawab Kapur Singh appointed him as his successor on the eve of his death in 1753. Elated at his successful helmsmanship, the Khalsa honoured Jassa Singh with the title of Sultan-ul-Qaum (King of the nation), when they captured Lahore in 1761. He has been credited for rebuilding the present day holy Harimandir Sahib, in the year 1764, which was destroyed, during the Afghan Invasions. In April 1761, Abdali was returning triumphant having destroyed Maratha power at the third battle of Panipat. His booty included 2200 Hindu women being taken to Afghanistan to be sold into slavery. When Jassa Singh Ahluwalia came to know about this, he left immediately with a volunteer force, caught up with the Afghans at the River Sutlej at Goindwal, rescued the women and had them gallantly escorted to their families. This action which required great audacity, swift and flawless execution and a complete indifference to danger, made him a household name in north India. On 5 February 1762, in the vicinity of Malerkotla, about 20,000 Sikhs were killed at the end of a single day’s action by Ahmed Shah Abdali near the village Kup. This battle is known in the Sikh history as the Wadda Ghalughara (The Great Holocaust). During the course of the Battle, Jassa Singh was reported to have had 72 wounds on his body but still survived, as did his counter paths

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from the other Sikh misls; Charat Singh Sukerchakia for example rode five horses one after the other to exhaustion and Jassa Singh Ahluwalia sustained injuries to his body. Upon verbally challenging Ahmed Shah Abdali himself, Jassa Singh is known to have almost killed Ahmed Shah Abdali, narrowly missing him and killing his horse instead. Despite the Ghalughara disaster, by the month of May, the Sikhs were up in arms again. Under Jassa Singh, they defeated the Afghan faujdar of Sirhind, Zain Khan at Harnaulgarh in revenge for aiding Ahmed Shah Abdali in the holocaust. Abdali made a mild effort to win over them and sent an envoy with proposals for a treaty of peace. The Sikhs were in no mood for peace and insulted the emissary. The second battle of Amritsar was fought on 17 October 1762 and Jassa Singh captured a large portion of Ahmed Shah Abdali’s troops.

daughters), he was succeeded by Sardar Bhag Singh Ahluwalia, whose son, Fateh Singh became a close collaborator of

Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Like the other Misldars, Jassa Singh also established a Katra or colony for his misl in Amritsar,

which was later named Katra Ahluwalia in his honour. In the year 1783, the Sikhs marched to Delhi, capturing the Shahi Lal Qila, the royal palaces of the Mughals, and hoisting the Nishan Sahib, and throwing away the Mughal flag down. Jassa Singh Ahluwalia died on 20 October 1783 when he was coming to Amritsar from Fatehbad for Diwali celebrations. He stopped at village Bandala for a while and passed away on his way to Amritsar. According to his will he was cremated close to Sardar Kapoor Singh’s Smadh in Amritsar near Burj Baba Atal Rai. Jassa Singh’s tomb still exists at parikarama of Baba Atal Rai. A Gurdwara was constructed by Jagirdar Ahluwalia’s family at Bandala village where he made his last halt on his way to Amritsar.

In November 1766 Abdali came to the Punjab for the eighth time with a vowed object of “crushing the Sikhs”. The Sikhs had recourse to their old game of Dhai-phut (‘hit, run and turn back to hit again’) tactics. Inflicting a humiliating defeat and forcing him to retreat, with five thousand Afghan soldiers killed. Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with an army of about twenty thousand Sikhs roamed in the neighbourhood of the Afghan camp, plundering it. Jassa Singh continued with his campaigns. After Abdali’s ninth and last invasion in 1769, Jassa Singh wrested Kapurthala in 1774 from Rao Ibrahim Bhatti and made it his headquarters. Being without a son (but having two

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Telugu UGADI 2018 celebrations in Canberra the Professional excellence in Australia award to Dr.Nalini Pati, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of medical services outreach and service. Professor Kameswara Rao Ayyalaraju was awarded the Community excellence in Australia award by the Hon. Opposition leader in ACT Government Mr. Alistair COE

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ATA Australia organised Villambi namasamvatsara Ugadi vedukalu in Australian capital Canberra on 8th April 2018. Hon.MLA Ms.Suzanne Orr lighted the lamp along with Mrs.Subbalakshmi Manchella, Mrs,Sahithi Paturi, Mrs, Sirisha Pativada, Ms, Brinda Kuppilli opening the Telugu Ugadi 2018 in Canberra festival Ganesh Stotram song by Mrs.Chidrupi Sistla , Panchangasravanam, kids dances, musical songs, Kuchipudi Anandatandavam by International famous dancers Mrs.Vanaja Dasika and

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Ms.Divyusha Polepalli, Chinese sword dance and umbrella dances by Ms, Jian Lee and her team members were performed followed by NATA UGADI 2018 Awards for the Community excellence and the Professional excellence in Australia.

NATA President Dr.Prasad Tipirneni informed the audience about the community work done in the last one year commencing the year with Business workshop, Karthikamasa Vanabhojanalu, and Sankranthi sambaralu

Kanna nidurinchava dance performed by Dr,Sirisha Yalamanchili and number of cultural dances by various groups were performed to promote our culture in the integration to Australian community

The event was attended by the Indian High Commission Mr.Sonal Bajaj and Hon. MLA Ms.Suzanne Orr and many community leaders- Mrs.Nishi Puri , Dr,Shantiswaroop Reddy and senior citizens Dr.Krishnamurthy Boyapati, Murthy Manchella, Adiraju Narasimha Rao, Swayam prakash Chintamani to name a few.

Hon. Minister for Justice in ACT Government Mr. Shane Rattenbury addressed the gathering and presented

.Prime Minister of Australia Hon. Malcolm Turnbull sent the greetings to the event organisers.

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The Hon Alan Tudge MP launches The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to multicultural communities Multicultural audiences are proud of their country of birth and proud that Australia has provided them with a new beginning. They look forward to opportunities where they can contribute back.

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ederal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today launched The Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal 2018 to Australia’s multicultural communities to help raise $73 million across Australia for those in need. The Red Shield Appeal launch to multicultural communities is one of the key events of The Salvation Army’s annual appeal, culminating with the nationwide door knock weekend on 2627 May this year. Commenting on the launch, the Hon Alan Tudge MP said, “The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal offers muchneeded help, including to people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Support like this is important to ensure Australia remains an open, inclusive and cohesive multicultural society.” “We are proud that Australia is the most successful multicultural country in the world and the work of The Salvation Army and other groups in forging closer integration by new residents is a key part of this success,” continued Mr Tudge. The Salvation Army’s National Chief Secretary, Colonel Mark Campbell, says the organisation’s services are open to every person who calls Australia home. “Wherever there is human need, we will be there to serve without discrimination,” Colonel Campbell says.

The Salvation Army, affectionately known as The Salvos, provide a number of important social services for multicultural Australia, which can only be achieved through the continued support of the Australian community. “These services include homelessness support, women’s and children’s services, financial counselling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, English classes and many more,” Colonel Campbell says. “We are urging the Australian community to dig deep to support this year’s Red Shield Appeal. It is only through the public’s support that The Salvation Army is able to provide a hand up to the most disadvantaged people in our community and give hope where it’s needed most.”

their country of birth, they are also proud that Australia has provided them with a new beginning and look forward to opportunities where they can contribute back. Mr. Joseph Assaf, Chairman of Ethnic Business Awards and staunch supporter of The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for over twenty years said, “The support The Salvation Army gives disadvantaged Australians, including those from multicultural communities, is very valuable and important. I encourage everyone to volunteer for this year’s doorknock and donate.” To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock weekend, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au.

Australia’s leading independent multicultural marketing agency Multi Connexions is once again partnering with The Salvation Army as the sponsor of this year’s launch. Multi Connexions CEO, Sheba Nandkeolyar, is proud of the long-standing relationship the company has built with The Salvation Army to support its work across Australia. Sheba believes that just as multicultural audiences are proud of

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The Five Stages of Purchasing a Property Mittu Gopalan

Finance Before searching local property listings, you should meet with your mortgage broker and have your finance approved. This will make it much easier during the settlement process and avoid any delays in settlement because of delays in finance approval. Using a Buyer’s Agent Real Estate Agents work for Vendors to help them sell their property. However, if you are engaging a Buyer’s Agent to help you locate a property or to bid on a property for you at auction, be sure to have their agreement reviewed. Know what fees, terms and conditions you are signing up for. Reviewing the Contract Before bidding on a property at auction or signing the contract, we recommend you have the contract reviewed by a Licensed Conveyancer or Solicitor. This is to ensure that the contract does not have any clauses that may be detrimental to you and so that you are aware of any conditions that you will be subject to when purchasing the property. Some properties purchased by private treaty will have a cooling-off period of anywhere between 3 and 10 business days (this is something that your conveyancer or solicitor can negotiate for you). During this time, your solicitor will be able to negotiate with the Vendor’s solicitors and you will be able to arrange an Inspection of the property. A cooling-off period is a set number of days after entering into the contract in which you can decide to proceed with the purchase of the property or terminate the contract. In New South Wales, this period is usually five business days long and if you decide to terminate the contract you will be liable for a termination fee to the seller (0.25% of the purchase price). Properties purchased at auction do not have a cooling-off period. You should conduct all enquiries and investigations well before the date of auction, so you

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have enough time to negotiate and make a decision. You should also look into arranging a Building and Pest Inspection and/or a Strata Report prior to the auction. Once the cooling-off period ends, you will officially enter the “post-exchange” period. Post-Exchange During the post-exchange period, your solicitor/conveyancer will be making arrangements with the Vendor’s solicitors, your bank, the real estate agents and any other interested parties to make sure that settlement takes place on time. Your representative will ask for the following details which you should provide straight away to avoid delays in the settlement process:

your solicitor/conveyancer if you are a Permanent Resident and have recently travelled out of Australia. From this stage, there is very little contact that will need to take place between you and your conveyancer until the days leading up to settlement.

2. A copy of the signed contract for sale.

Rest assured, radio silence does not mean that your matter is not being worked on. During this time, your solicitor/conveyancer is planning for settlement to take place, negotiating with the Vendor’s solicitors and your bank to ensure that all takes place smoothly.

You will need to meet with your solicitor or conveyancer or arrange an appointment with a certified Verification of Identity Agent (Australia Post or ZipID if your solicitor/conveyancer is registered). You will need to have the following documents available to be certified:

You will not need to meet with the solicitor/conveyancer thereafter, as the only further contact made by your representatives will be the long-awaited phone-call that you now own the property. You will then need to contact the real estate agent to collect the keys to the property.

1. Your mortgage broker’s details, including the details for your incoming mortgagee;

Proof of Citizenship of Australia (Birth Certificate, Passport, Citizenship Certificate);

If you are a Permanent Resident or are in Australia on a Visa, you will need to provide your Foreign Passport and copies of any documents form the Department of Immigration detailing your Visa conditions;

Your Drivers’ License/Government Issued Photo Identification Card;

Your Medicare Card;

A utility bill.

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You should engage a conveyancer/ solicitor who has expertise in this area so that you do not run into any situations where your questions remain unanswered. Settlement Settlement is a transaction that takes place at a venue nominated between parties. You will not need to attend. Once the property has settled, the Certificate of Title is handed to your mortgagee. If there is no mortgage on the property, the Certificate of Title will be handed to your solicitor/conveyancer on settlement. If your solicitor has safe-custody facilities, you may want to think about storing the Certificate of Title with your solicitor. If not, make sure you store the Certificate of Title somewhere safe.

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India celebrates third best Commonwealth Games performance ever

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ndian athletes and fans continue to celebrate their third most successful Commonwealth Games outing, more than a week after the closing ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Team India achieved a total of 66 medals across 9 of the 16 sports disciplines the nation competed in, with more gold than silver or bronze medals and finishing at third place overall in the final medal tally. Athletes and coaches were happy with the nation’s overall performance, with a number of Indian sportspeople showcasing their skills against some of the world’s top performers. India’s M.C. Mary Kom made her

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Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast this year and finished her boxing event with a gold medal. In track and field, former junior world champion Neeraj Chopra defeated all odds and made history by becoming India’s first ever javelin thrower to win gold. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie said of the event: “it’s been an overwhelming success..It has put the Gold Coast on a world stage in a way that’s never happened before.” Mr Beattie said more than 1.2 million tickets had been sold and social media coverage had been ‘extraordinary’.

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building awareness and encouraging community members to attend events. Ram Mohan, President of the Federation of Indian Communities Queensland said: “It was a great honour to be a Community Ambassador. It really was an experience of a lifetime for all those who had a chance to be involved and one that will be remembered. It was great to see the Indian community coming out to support the Commonwealth Games. The Indian Athletes achieved success that Indians all over the world can be proud of.

Community Ambassador Program and the Games.”

Reg Raghavan, Founder and Director of Red Elephant Group who managed the largest Multicultural Engagement Program, said “The Community Ambassador Program was the largest Multicultural program of its kind in Australian sports. We are certainly proud of the success of the program, which involved 40 nations (71 competing nations) across 23 sports. Thank you to all the community leaders, media and everyone involved for their unprecedented support of the

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Akshay Kumar & Co-Stars Win Big at The Dada Saheb Phalke Awards

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kshay Kumar has received a wealth of praise from critics and cinemagoers alike for his role in this year’s Pad Man – and now he can add the Dada Saheb Phalke Award to his list of accolades. Akshay Kumarwon both the Best Actor in a leading role Award for Pad Man and the Best Actor Award for Toilet@ Ek Prem Katha at

on the issues of open defecation and sanitation. His co-star Bhumi Pednekar also received the Best Actress Award for her role. Audiences will remember Akshay Kumar’s spirited championing of the film and the issues it tackled, including building toilets.

The Dada Saheb Phalke Award ceremony won’t be the last place we’ll see the two award-winning stars together however: Akshay Kumar is set to reunite with Bhumi for a new Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign. Although few details have been revealed at this stage, it has been revealed that it isn’t the only reunion Akshay Kumar will have; with Pad Man director R.Balki set to direct the campaign. With sanitation still a key issue for India, the public will eagerly be awaiting the support of one of their favourite awardwinning stars in this new campaign. the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards, taking place in Mumbai. The prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards, named after one of Indian Cinema’s most influential figures, rewards today’s most talented actors. The best actor in a leading role award was decided by the Jury, and presented to Akshay Kumar for his role in the revolutionary family entertainer Pad Man. The film famously tackles the issue of menstrual hygiene and taboo in India, and Akshay Kumar’s commitment to the cause has garnered praise from all over the world. His co-star Sonam Kapoor won the Best Leading Actress Award for Pad Man. But the Best Actor in a Leading Role wouldn’t be the only award Akshay Kumar would win that night; he also won the Best Actor award for Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, the world’s first film

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The musical night by

Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal

The duo amazed every single person sitting in the audience with its timeless songs, great charisma and the beautiful romance that can only be found in Bollywood. Sanjana Suryawanshi

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Known as the most successful singers of the 1990s Kumar Sanu and Arnuradha Paudwal gave actors like Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Akshay Kumar and Govinda their iconic hits and made them household names overnight. Their voices not only mesmerised audiences but made many a Bollywood film timeless across the world through their memorable songs. The energy they brought to their songs was reflected in the audiences who came from across Sydney to see their favourite singers. Crowds were lining up already humming songs and moving to the rhythm as they waited to get inside the concert hall an hour before it started, excited to hear the voices that still continue to mesmerise today. A big percentage of the crowd was made up of teenagers and young adults like myself who grew up being taught how to romance, how to dance and how to live life from the beautiful

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ydney finally got to see, or rather hear, for the first time ever, the romantic duo from the 90s era Kumar Shanu and Anuradha Paudwal. Held at Withlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool, in Sydney South west, the show was organised by Crestwood Indus Care- Bhaskar Ratnam songs sung by the duo. The concert lived up to its excitement by starting with a lively dance to some of the hits like Dindong Ding, Husna hai Suhana, building up the excitement as the audience made themselves comfortable. The already excited audience were then treated to beautiful songs of the era gone by, by local talents. The crowd were uncontainable when Kumar Sanu finally made an entry on stage following a brief slideshow chronicling his journey in the Indian film industry. He did not keep his audience waiting for long but dived straight into singing some of his hits like ‘Ashiqi ke Liye’ and ‘Ek Ladki ko Dekha’. He didn’t just sing but entertained the audience with his stories of interactions with directors like RD Burman and his own personal journey. He kept the audience rapt and focused by taking them along on his journey through Bollywood. Taking a little break, he exited the stage to introduce his co singer the great Auradha Paudwal. Anuradha herself described the 90s as a “mesmerising time” with songs that had romance, dance and a whole lot of excitement in them that made people fall in love, made them get up and dance and made them memorable hits. And that excitement could be seen at the concert hall where the crowds were uncontrollable with their cheering, humming and clapping. While Kumar Sanu entertained the crowd with upbeat, popular songs, Anuradha Paudwal brought another

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aspect into the concert, with her songs chosen for their deep lyrical meaning and sense of innocent romance in the days gone by. She brought tears to the eyes of many a person by singing one of her personal favourites and probably one of most philosophical songs ever of Bollywood ‘Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai’. Taking the audience back to an era of songs that made one think about life, love, loss and grief, she summed up her song by reminding people that music has the power to change and influence the thoughts and that it is probably the only universal language that will appeal to even the hardest of hearts. Adjourning for a brief dinner break where the audience had a chance to indulge in hot foot provided shop for some jewellery, the concert resumed for the most awaited part- the duets. Starting off in typical Bollywood style, the duo started with the all time favourite ‘Tujhe Dheka Toh ye Jana Sanam’ from DDLJ, making the crowd go berserk. The duet followed by many other famous ones ‘Yeh Dil hai ke Manta hi Nahi’ and ‘Nazar ke Samne, Gigar ke pas’. The concert lived up to its promise of a spectacular night and we can confidently say that it amazed every single person sitting in the audience from the 16 year old to the 86 year old with its timeless songs, great charisma and the beautiful romance that can only be found in Bollywood.

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Breaking barriers through song & dance:

the 2018 International Festival of Language & Culture brings peace and unity to a sold-out audience

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n Saturday 5 May, Amity College and Affinity Intercultural Foundation brought the 16th International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) back to Sydney for one spectacular night of song, dance and diversity. A diverse audience of more than 2,000 guests including politicians, academics, members of the diplomatic corps, community leaders, artists, human rights activists, legal professionals gathered at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney for a breathtaking multicultural journey across 19 countries, with the help of MCs Janice Petersen of SBS and legendary SBS veteran George Donikian. The three-hour event opened with a special Aboriginal smoking ceremony and dance performance featuring students from Redfern Dance Academy. An Acknowledgement of Country was given by Serena Williams from Barker College. Standout performances included a special drum performance from Japan, an impressive martial arts showcase from China and a heart-thumping Haka performance from New Zealand.

The evening also featured a quasimusical narrated by veteran voice actor Phillip Hinton, recreating the stories of Nelson Mandela, the Prophet Joseph as well as Cain and Abel. Students from Amity College performed the song, ‘Let them be free’, dedicated to children in custody around the world. Representing the Premier Gladys Berejiklian; NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams

commended IFLC for its contribution to multiculturalism in his speech. “We are so lucky in this country, and I’m thinking about this theme tonight, ‘Colours of the World’ as we celebrate the richness of our diversity.” he said. Senator Kristina Keneally commented on the sense of hope and unity that the young performers had instilled in everyone, remarking on their ability to bring people together. ‘If students from 19 countries can sing and dance together, we can create peace together. Hope for peace in our world relies on young people because they have peace and respect for one another burning in their heart.” she said. “Tonight, we are celebrating the idea that no matter who are parents are or where they were born, what the colour of our skin, whether we are male or female, we are fellow human beings.” Former NSW Premier Barrie Unsworth delivered the closing speech, acknowledging Australia’s rich Indigenous history and their significance in modern Australian society. “Tonight, we’ve been right around the

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world with these young people who have come from many parts of the world to entertain us. I think it’s significant to acknowledge that we are in Darling Harbour, a very special part of Sydney, he said. “For 40,000 years, the Gadigal people of the

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Eora nation lived and prospered and it was only 230 years ago that European settlers came here to commence a new life and we, of course, are the result of that. Before the night concluded, one lucky attendee won a brand new Honda Civic, generously provided by major event sponsor, Suttons Homebush Honda. At the end of the night, VIP guests joined the student performers on stage for a special performance of the theme song, ‘Universal Peace’.

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Community News (Canberra)

Canberra Baisakhi Mela 2018 Rajni Ghai Malhotra

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bit of spice, lots of colour, fun, masti, music and dancing. These made the elements of a truly entertaining and enjoyable evening at the 5th annual Canberra Baisakhi Mela 2018. Organised and hosted by Punjabi Touch entertainment, it boasted of all the factors that keep the audience and visitors enthralled.

Among the prominent Canberra personalities who came to the event were Mr. Sonal Bajaj, Counsellor, High Commission of India, The Honourable Elizabeth Kikkert MLA and The Honourable Gai Brodtmann MP. In a short speech to the audience Gai acknowledged that “Punjabis were known for their love for music and dancing� and that was evident from the non-stop performances on stage. From Bhangra Gidha, choreographies

to various singing and dancing performances, the visitors got a taste of a varied range of cultural performances. On behalf of Punjabi Touch Entertainment, Gurjant Singh, the organiser gave vote of thanks to the visitors and announced Canberra Diwali Mela 2018 at the same place in October. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying the spirit of the festival.

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The Canberra Theatre forecourt looked colourful and inviting with the vibrant decorations on stage. Their layout was comfortable with ample seating capacity for the visitors. Mouth-watering food was available at multiple food stalls.

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Sikhs across Melbourne gather at Federation Square to celebrate Vaisakhi Federation Square became a beacon of Sikh culture as it celebrated Vaisakhi with thousands of colourful turbans this Saturday on 28th April 2018. attendance with a very warming speech. A choir of schoolchildren from Bhai Gurdas Punjabi School Craigieburn, Baba Fateh Singh Academy Keysborough and SWEC Lynbrook performed during the celebrations. There were also performances by the Gurmat Sangeet Academy Blackburn, Bhai Dya Singh Music Group, Gatka performance by Damdami Taksal Ranjit Akhara, Theatrical play “Satgur mera bakhshanhar” by AMTA, Kavishri by Dal Baba Bidhi Chand Khalsa Shaouni Plumpton. Various interfaith groups also attended the event and shared their Vaisakhi blessings with Sikh Community. The traditional Sikh practice of langar - serving of free vegetarian food was being carried out at the event. An exhibition to display the contribution of Sikh ANZACs was also held at the event.

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he event, coordinated by Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council & Khalsa Education Society in association with more than 35 Sikh & Australian organisations represented a showcase of Sikh culture and heritage.

event to educate community about fire safety and smoke-alarms. VSGC President S. Harshminder Singh welcomed the guests and audience in

Project Coordinator Gurinder Kaur thanked the Federation Square management, Victorian Multicultural Commission and all supporting organisations and media for their contribution and hoped for the event to continue and bigger every year.

The event was opened with Ardas (Sikh prayer) by the Sri Dasmesh Bagpipe Band followed by several marching tunes.

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The Premier of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews was the guest of honnor at the event in Melbourne’s central hub, which boasted stalls highlighting Sikh culture. Other guests who graced the event included Inga Peulich, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Crisp, Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police, Elizabeth Robertson from Dept of Home Affairs and Commander Guy McCrorie from Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). Country Fire Authority (CFA) and MFB also held an information stall at the May, 2018

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Community News (Adelaide)

India Trade and Tourism Event @ Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

Consul General of India, Sydney organised the event in central business hub of Adelaide. Daljeet Bakshi

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ndia Trade and Tourism Event was organised by Consul General of India, Sydney at Rundle Mall Adelaide on 28 April 2018. This event was in series to promote Indian Trade and Tourism in Australian market. Hon. Consul General B.Vanlalvawna and Mr. Chandru Appar Consul (Trade & Commerce) were present representing Consulate . Hon. Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese and Councillor Natasha Malani attended the event . Speaking on this occasion Hon. Consul General of India , B.Vanlalvawna shared the vision of Indian trade & tourism and business potential it has for Australian market . Mr. Chandru Appar, sharing his views emphasised the importance and opportunities in Indian trade and tourism sector . Hon. Lord Mayor Martin Haese

appreciated the event being organised in business and central hub of Adelaide . Leading public sector banks representatives and other Indian trade organisations were present with their information stalls . Beautiful location of Rundle Mall witnessed the event with trade opportunities and people enjoyed cultural bollywood performances given by Mudra Dance Academy . Girls enjoyed having Free Henna tattoos at the event .

New awareness video launched by Hepatitis SA

Liver Health video launched in Adelaide to spread awareness among communities.

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epatitis SA launched new video which aims to raise awareness about hepatitis B and C in South Asian communities in SA The SA Liver Health Project aims to increase awareness about hepatitis B and C in South Asian communities in South Australia. Various community groups Adelaide Tamil Association , BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple,   Sarbat Khalsa Sahib,  Durban International College  Guru Nanak Darbar Adelaide and individuals have been part of this project . Hepatisis SA representatives Jenny, Nicole , Gaurav and Dr.Afjal were instrumental in organising this video launch event which was well attended by members from Ahmadiya Muslim

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about Liver health programme within South Asian community and resources availability for Hepatisis B and C vaccinations . Cultural performances were given by volunteers from University and live music performance by Sunny Thind and his group.

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Bengali New Year celebrations by Councillor Suman Saha, Cumberland Council.

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Sydney Nagar Kirtan 2018 organised by Australian Sikh Association

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Sydney Chithirai Festival by Tamil Arts and Culture Inc.

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Technology

A Guide to Smart Homes Sarang Vengurlekar

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elcome to another informative edition of Desi Australia eMagazine. We have briefly touched upon the subject of Smart Homes in our previous Desi Australia eMagazine in the month of September 2017, there are many questions that are still un-answered related to Smart Homes a.k.a Home Automation; Recently there has been a big surge upwards about the confusion that consumers are facing trying to get their head around different types of home automation systems as we are flooded with thousands of brands and products in the market.I have received many calls and email enquiries from general public to clear up the confusion of what type of system to pick and to further explain home automation. Smart homes are houses and buildings that have several smart devices which are interconnected with each other to form a wireless infrastructure. This type of network infrastructure allows us to control the temperature in the house, schedule a washing machine to start washing clothes at a specific time or turn on the hot water kettle just before waking up. Although this technology has been around for a long time nowadays smart homes are becoming more complex than ever before as there are more and more devices available. Smart homes are changing our way of living and we will rely on this technology as we move forward in to the future. The consumer demand for smart-home technology has constantly been surging, with reports predicting the industry will

reach well over $100 billion in-between 2020 and 2025. Although the idea of automating a home has increased in popularity, many people are unsure about what constitutes a smart home, how this technology works, and how it will contribute to the value of their home if and when it comes to selling their property. I believe a lot of misunderstanding is between the termsused by general public versus the terms used by the industry professionals. It can get very technically at times trying to deal with various abbreviations and trying to make sense of it but we hope to set you on the right path by trying to provide you with various examples and scenarios. As an example difference between the termshome automation and scheduled timer; simply setting your lights on a timer does not constitute it as a smart home. It is in fact much more than that. I will endeavour to elaborate more on it as we move forward in understanding and differentiating the terms used from a general public perspective. A smart home system typically consists of a centralised hub which acts more like a brain and a command centre as the commands are sent to automation devices to perform a certain function. A smart home simply is a home that can replicateand automate our everyday actions without the need for human intervention. It is purely because of the configuration on the central hub that was mentioned earlier. It is a combination of commands set on the central hub that will eliminate the need of any manual intervention by us. Since there is a massive outburst of unbranded home automation systems

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in the market it is very important for a buyer to ensure that they are buying the right technology. It is always a good idea to buy something where you are able to recognise the brand name specially if you are familiar with the name through a friend or a family member. A massive confusion is that many consumers think wireless home automation systems all run on a normal Wi-Fi signal therefore as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection, all smart-home devices will automatically work in tandem. This is absolutely incorrect, although Wi-Fi connectivity is a crucial part of smart-home technology, different devices have different means of exchanging information between them, and this is known as communication protocols. Many wireless transmitters use infrared technology such as television remotes, split air-conditioning, while others use Bluetooth such as Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox, similarly for automation there are many protocols such asWi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, Insteon, Thread, Push, C-Bus, ZigBee, Z-Wave and X10. There are few more protocols in use which are more proprietary therefore not mentioned in this article. It is imperative that all of your devices are on the same wireless protocol; otherwise, they will not connect together due to communication issues hence won’t be compatible with your central home automation hub. Although my comments above are correct but at the same time contradictory as traditionally all the central hubs consisted of one protocol but this is changing as in recent months many new hubs have been introducedto have support for two or more protocols which provides the flexibility of choosing a wider range of products that are not a part of the same protocol but yet

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to close all the curtains and roller blinds to main privacy from outside. This type of workflow is totally possible based on various trigger points as demonstrated in the example above and therefore the end result is a whole automated process. There are many other factors that can be included in the above example scenario by incorporating IF THIS THEN THAT (IFTTT) conditions such as not to turn the lights on if it is day time or to send notification once the garage door is open etc. I am sure you get the idea behind how flexible home automation can be to program and to do unlimited scenarios. Your imagination is the key. The home automation systems come as DIY or can be professionally installed. Simple ones are easy to DIY but if you are planning a whole home to be automated then my advice would be to engage a professional as they know all the in’s and out’s and what devices to use in various scenarios. work in harmony as the communication translations between these protocols are taken care of within the central hub and behind the scenes.The end result will be the device will work and you will not notice a thing in regards to conversion / communication translations.

trigger would be to switch on the air conditioning to a desired temperature once the car enters the garage. The fourth scene to trigger would be to close the garage door.The fifth scene to trigger would be to open the front door lock and the final sixth scene would be

I hope this article has provided some useful information and has assisted you in understanding a bit more about the home automation technologies. If you are looking for further information then please get in contact with us on info@desiaustralia.com

A central hub will always make it easy for users to automate, schedule, and control scenes and tasks on all of their smart devices, typically via a smartphone or tablet app. Most of the smart home systems also incorporate GPS positioning therefore it is possible to trigger a number of scenes automatically based on distance remaining to your premises. In most cases a possible scenario is to automate lights to come on at night while you are 100 meters away from approaching your home. The second scene to trigger would be to open the garage door once you pull up in your driveway. The third scene to

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Elegance met Style at Sakhi Divas

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akhi Divas was started last year by Gayatri Kohli, when after a few years of doing her regular job Gayatri wanted to do something different. Wanting to do something to express herself, her personality, something she was passionate about and which would become her identity. Realizing that Events industry was in line with her passion, experience and her love for creativity, Gaytri took a leap of faith and “Sakhi Divas” was formed.

This year Gaytri was joined by Ritika Bhalla to take the event to a new level with novel ideas, even more creativity and a burning passion shared by two people. Themed as the “Vivacious Diva”, the event saw the beautiful ladies of Sydney dressed to express their own unique style statements. With a 4 course meal, sizzling performances, prizes, surprises, games,

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free airbrush tattoos and lots of entertainment all under the one roof, the ladies enjoyed a fun packed night. “Kookie’s Coo-My Creative Nest” decorated the venue and provided the props for the night. The event was attended by over 300 attendees, and some of the lucky ladies took home some great titles. Ms Veena sharma won the much coveted title of the night ‘Vivacious Diva’. Ms Kaur Sona won the title of ‘Enchanting Diva’, Ms Elicia took home the title ‘Scintillating

Diva’, while Vinti Anand was awarded the title Best Dressed and Ms Safal Tuli won the ‘Brand Ambassador’ title. Despite the titles being awarded, every woman in attendance was made to feel like a Diva in her own right with a token of appreciation which was generously sponsored by Tuli Jewellers.

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What a World - Hanging Coffins Harmohan Singh Walia

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e humans have come up with some very creative ways of burying or burning dead bodies of our elders in the past and have built tombs, but the most fascinating way was in China, Bo people, an ethnic minority, who used to live on the borders of China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, created hanging burials. They flourished until 400 years ago, when they mysteriously vanished from the area. Nobody is exactly sure what caused their disappearance, but during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) they were persecuted and massacred by the Imperial Army. Nobody even knew these burials were there until 1978, as the cliff face was too smooth to be climbed and they could not be seen from the ground. It wasn’t until archaeologists started to explore the cliffs and excavate in the caves that these unique coffins came to light. These burials are coffins that literally seem to be hanging in the air off the side of a cliff, often in a gorge with a river running through it for several thousand years. So who put them there and how did they do it? There are indeed many more such mysteries still to be solved on this earth, which is great, as it would be very boring if we knew them all. We should not consider our ancestors less intelligent than we are today. So far around 300 hanging coffins have been discovered. The hanging coffins have been found in lots of different shapes and sizes, but most of them are notable for having been crafted from a single piece of wood, many originally with bronze covers, and they were

not painted. They either lie on beams that have been driven into the side of the cliff, were placed on projecting outcrops of rock or were hidden in high up, seemingly inaccessible, caves. The lowest coffins hang about 10 metres in the air while the highest are up around 130 metres. Recently over 40 ancient coffins have been renovated and restored to their places; first cleaning them, then measuring and classifying them before finally recording their contents. A number of interesting grave goods were discovered in the burials, including two blue and white porcelain bowls, an iron knife and a couple of iron spear tips. There was also great excitement when some rock paintings were found, as experts hope that these will help to shed more light on the culture and beliefs of this ancient civilisation. Many interesting artefacts were also found in and around the burials, such as pottery, musical instruments and ornaments carved from jade. The question arises, what was the significance of having coffins suspended so high in the air and how did they hang the coffins? Being buried at a great height might also have symbolised being nearer to the gods, placing the occupant of the coffin closer to the heavens, a spiritual and practical nature for hanging coffins from cliffs. This unique burial custom was carried out to prevent the dead bodies from being eaten by wild animals and was also believed to be a way for the soul of the deceased to gain an eternal blessing. Also the Bo People lived through some troubled times, enduring years of wars, unrest, crop failures and natural disasters. So may be they craved peace and

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tranquillity in the after-life, and looked forward to spending eternity surrounded by the beauty of nature. While the Guyue people had slightly different beliefs, as to them the mountains were sacred and they had a deep reverence for high places. A more practical reason that has been put forward is that the higher the coffins could be suspended, then the less likely they were to be broken apart and scavenged by wild animals. Another mystery which has not been solved satisfactorily is how they managed to suspend the coffins from the mountain side. The method they used has been hotly debated by scholars as some think that the coffins were lowered on ropes, built earth ramps to carry the coffins up or drove wooden stakes into the cliff to climb up. The only method where there is evidence for is lowering the coffins over the side, as some of the coffins have marks that show where the ropes rubbed as they were being hung.  Since then, many of the hanging coffins that are more accessible have been robbed. The grave goods are gone and the sites disrupted. But many of them are still intact, hidden in caves and crevices and rumoured to contain great amounts of wealth. Luckily, for those who lie in coffins that prove too difficult or dangerous to reach, they rest in peace. Perhaps they are pleased that their families gave them the most auspicious and unreachable sites.  The world is still full of wonders to resolve. We do live in a very interesting and wonderful world. So don’t fancy your coffin being hung over the side of the cliff - a nice cliff with good view is better than urn stuffed in the back of a cupboard.

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A Night in Bollywood by Ekal Youth Australia 250 attendees contributed to the goal of eradicating illiteracy

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kal Youth Australia’s event, ‘EYA’s Ball: A Night in Bollywood’ was a huge success!

It was the first ever ball, and Ekal Youth Australia took a huge step in changing it from their previous event – The Rhythm of Bollywood. The night was full of dance, mastic and magic!

and similar other countries through welldesigned, effectual education supporting Literacy, Healthcare, Economic Development and Empowerment.

– specifically university students and has helped to sponsor over 60 schools and continue to work hard to eradicate illiteracy.

Through their events, Ekal Youth Australia targets the youth in Sydney

Desi Australia is the proud supporter of Ekal Youth Australia for many years.

The Dance floor was filled with over 250 attendees, and every one of them contributed to the goal of eradicating illiteracy. Ekal Youth Australia works under the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation to build one teacher schools in rural India. The Mission is to bring education and holistic development to poor children in the remote villages and tribal areas of India

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Fashion

What’s trending this winter “Trench Coat” Dramatic yet classy

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es winters are here and there are plenty of different styles that are in fashion this winter, though it is to be noted that anything oversized in the coat context shall keep you in the trendy zone. The oversized coats can be tricky to style as there’s a lot of fabric and volume to deal with. The easiest way to work your way around it is to balance the coat with defined pants and shoes. If you match your pants with the shoes

(like, black or grey), you’ll add some height which will help you pull off the coat in a fashionable way. You can go for a sleeveless long coat and pair it up with gloves and snuggle up with a nice scarf.

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A floor-length coat is said to be very dramatic and classy. Keep the rest of your outfit very simple so it does not look overboard. You can play with different colours. It is a winter season so you can choose dark and vibrant colours

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and that way you can stay warm and cozy. Must have in your closet is navy, camel and black to pair with any nice body on plain dress or long midi.

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The Hidden Talent All rounder Satinder Singh Chawla

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“The Hidden Truth” highlights the social problems of domestic violence which is still very much prevalent within the Indian community in Australia. The movie encourages the victims to speak about their problems and reach out for help.

Acting in films has been Mr. Chawla’s great passion . He said, his lifelong learning attitude took  him  to the field of acting and he got a chance to act in a short Film STRINGS. The experience of working with meaningful cinema encouraged him to play a character role in “The Hidden Truth”. This movie was selected for IFFM 2016.

He proudly said that he worked in the Punjabi feature film “Big Daddy” that was released worldwide. The shoot was mainly completed in Sydney. He won the best actor award for the short film “Haloona” at the Punjabi Film Festival (Virasat) in Melbourne and other awards for 3 films namely, Karma, Nischay Kaur Apni Jeet Karo and Sikhi Meri Jaan, at the Sikh International Festival, where the theme was on drugs. The current short films in hand are Roop,

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atinder Singh Chawla migrated to Melbourne (Australia) in 2013. He is a social worker, who actively organises events for various social causes and Blood Donation Camps in Australia and overseas. Being a sportsperson, he has represented All India Banking Badminton tournaments for over 15 years. He is working as a Sales Consultant and Customer Service Volunteer at Melbourne Airport. The Melbourne Airport Authority has honoured his services.

Foreign Flame and Aka Manah’s Web. Mr. Chawla is also a Badminton coach as he got accreditation as a badminton coach through Badminton Victoria in 2017. He has adopted 4 youngsters to train. He runs the Landmark Community Sports Club, Melbourne, which was started with 7 members and now has grown to 50. While talking, he invited players of all ages to come, play and train. Mr. Chawla participated in the 31st Australian Sikh Games 2018, held at Bass Hill, Sydney from 30 March to 1st April 2018 and bagged three awards. He won Veteran Single’s and Veteran Double’s Badminton Championship and Dastaar (Turban) Competition too. Apart from his job at Melbourne Airport, Mr. Chawla is actively involved in many organisations, such as Link Group, Landmark Community Sports Club (LCSC), Ramon Helps Inc, GOPIO, One World Family, No Hunger and Independent member of Victorian Sikh Gurdwara Council. Along with this, he loves to spend time with Senior Citizens sharing their memories, heart felt emotions and happy moments.

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Motherhood: All love begins & ends there Here are few mums sharing their experience of being a mother. Neha Being a mother is the most important

years. Always be patient, listen to your kids, understand, empathy, express your love and your kids will do the same with you in return. Shruti Bajaj A mother is a person who can take place

-Robert Browning

Motherhood experience is full rock n roll and roller coaster ride for me. It takes up all energy and yet you cannot get tired. Now I can understand my Mom a lot better and can related every single thing. So in short I will salute to all mums who are raising their kids and I must say it’s not at all easy job. Shweta Nagpal Before I became a mum, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullaby. I

emotion in the world. It is something that has to be felt. No matter how hard you describe you can never describe in words. The bond between the mother and the child is the most beautiful and strongest. Monika Sharma Mum of 2 lovely kids I have been enjoying my motherhood from last 13

of all others, but whose place no one can take...love does not except anything in return. Jania Gupta never thought about immunisations. Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on, chewed on or Pooped on, I had complete control on my mind and my thoughts, I slept all nights.Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so that doctor can do tests or give shots. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. Before I was Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put him down,I never knew something small could ever affect my life so much, I never knew I would love being a MOM before I was MOM I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. Motherhood is however one of the most sacred journey you will travel in life.

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Mental Health & Well-Being

Refill your cup

Having support and looking after yourself is important.

Sumeet Chawla

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t was Maternal Mental Health Matters week (30th April to 6th May) but also a gentle reminder, to you, that Maternal Mental Health matters 365 days of the year. You can’t pour from an empty, cup Mama. What do you do, to refill your cup, to recharge your batteries and restore your energy as a mum/ parent? Let us remind ourselves, how important it is to do this regularly. We are trying to care for and spend a lot of time and energy looking after our families. Don’t forget that you are a member of that family too and for it to function as well as possible you also need to be cared for and nurtured.

How do you refill your cup? I am inviting you to email me this week using the subject line: refill your cup to show the little and the big things you do to keep your cup topped up. I will be selecting some of your stories/sug gestions to be published in Desi Australia online magazine next month, to support others that may need help and some encouragement. In the meantime, if you are worried about your partner, family member or friend, encourage them to talk to you, their GP, Obstetrician, Child health nurse or your GP can provide a referral, for you to see a psychologist or counsellor to help you.

You can also contact PANDA Helpline (Ph: 1300 726 306) and Beyondblue 24 hrs/ 7 days a week support (Ph: 1300 224 636) Email: chawla_sumeet@yahoo.com

Desi Australia Congratulates the newly elected team of GOPIO Sydney North West Chapter. AGM of GOPIO Sydney North West chapter was held on Sunday, 15 April 2018 and the following new team of executive committee has been selected unanimously. 1. President - Harmohan Singh Walia 2. Vice President - Aman Singh 3. Secretary - Neeru Singh 4. Assistant Secretary - Rosie Multani 5. Treasurer - Balkar Singh Kang

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he AIBC ACT chapter organised a meet and greet for the two new deputy High Commissioners of India and Australia, P S Karthigeyan and Rod Hilton, respectively, on Tuesday, 1 May. Mr Karthigeyan arrived in Canberra last weekend, while Mr Hilton leaves for New Delhi on Monday, 7 May, to take up his post. Previously, Mr Karthigeyan served

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Meet and greet for new deputy High Commissioners

as counsellor at the Indian High Commission in the Maldives and also as Regional Passport Officer in Bengaluru. He is an Indian Foreign Service cadre of the 2004 batch. Mr Hilton was Minister-Counsellor in the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea before being appointed to his new role. He is an alumnus of the Australian National University.

The guests included Marita Ford from DFAT, AIBC life member DeepakRaj Gupta, Indian High Commission officials Sonal Bajaj and Rupjyoti Karjee, and AIBC ACT members and well-wishers. The function was held at the premises of Radhika Reddy, proprietor of Legal on London.

Governor’s Multicultural Awards presentation, Adelaide

Deepak Bhardwaj’s community work paved way for him receiving Governor’s Award.

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is Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le - the Governor of South Australia presented Governor’s Multicultural awards at Governor’s House Adelaide. Among winners from different award categories, Deepak Bhardwaj is one of the youngest ever to win in the community sector. Various Ethnic community groups and associations members in Adelaide congratulated him on this achievement. Deepak is a volunteer with a vision and mission. Heading several charitable organisations and spearheading causes from gender equality in sports to advocating for new migrants and people who are engaged in transport business, this 38-year-old is determined to make a difference.

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For Deepak, his study, work and volunteering were always on the same page, which is why, after being the voice of the new migrants and taxi industry for several years, he left his profession and decided to make his passion his profession. “I knew the problems that new migrants were having. So he stepped forward, used his team leading, public interaction, and social skills, to represent the group and bring their concerns to light. Deepak is currently working as a community liaison officer for South Asian communities with Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA), he is also a fulltime student with the Flinders University pursuing his Masters in Social Work. www.DesiAustralia.com

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Deepak is active on the sports front; he is the founding member of the new Multicultural Sporting Hub program. He is currently working with peak sports bodies in developing sporting hubs for multicultural youth in SA.

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Vaisakhi Celebrations by Punjabi Sangeet Centre

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DESI AUSTRALIA | Well-Being

YouGo with Rajni Let’s Be Mindful Series Welcome to my Mindfulness Series – Let’s Be Mindful. Through this series I will share mindfulness tips and exercises on-the-go that will help you to de-stress and relax. You will learn tips on how to tune out of past and future worries and apprehensions by simply stepping into the present moment. Bring your attention to every thought, belief, emotion and sensation. Rajni Ghai Malhotra

Part 1 – What is Mindfulness - Mindful Breathing We live busy lives in busy times. So many things to get done, so many places to be, so many ideas and conflicting thoughts to juggle. •

Does it ever happen that you’ve beenout walking and found that you’ve walked a few rounds without even realising it?

Or driven a few minutes without actually noticing the route or the traffic around you?

Or sat through a conversation and discovered that your mind had wandered and you had missed what was being said?

Bring your attention to where you are, what you see, what you hear, what you feel and what you experience. To be in a state of awareness of all these and to watch in a non-judgemental manner, not to change anything, but watch just as an observer. Watch and simply let be. Mindful Breathing The easiest and quickest way to becoming more mindful and relaxed is to practice breathing, mindfully.

you may be sitting cross legged in a quiet room, or sitting in your car stuck in traffic, minutes before an interview or presentation, or simply when you are out for a walk.Follow the steps mentioned below. Mindful Breathing Steps: 1. Make yourself comfortable whether you are seated or standing

You, dear friend, are not present in the moment and this is where Mindfulness comes in.

2. Breathe in (Inhale slowly to 6 counts)

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is about being RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.

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4. Breathe out (Exhale slowly to 8 counts) As you inhale and exhale, focus on your breath and bring your attention to your surroundings.

Simply put, it means to bring your attention to everything within you and around you in the present moment. Your breath is the one thing that goes with you wherever you go. Your breath is with you. The question is, ARE YOU WITH YOUR BREATH? That is the key to mindful breathing. It allows you to connect with yourself through your breath. Mindful breathing can be practiced onthe-go, by focusing on your breath and allowing your mind to reset itself by bringing it into the present moment. You can practice this breathing exercise anywhere and at any time. For instance,

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Hold your breath (for 2 counts)

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Repeat 3-5 times

Even as your mind starts to wander, bring it back to the present moment by taking the next breath and paying attention to it – unhurriedly, just as it is. Voila, you have reset your mind and are ready to go on with your day, mindfully. Yours Mindfully, Rajni Founder, YouGo Yoga and Mindfulness

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