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Gandhi Memorial Day

BRISBANE: Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led India to freedom from the oppressive British colonial rule, was assassinated on January 30, 1948 at the age of 78. Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic, was found guilty of murdering him and was executed the following year. Mahatma Gandhi led a nonviolent mass freedom movement in India called Satyagraha or ‘devotion to truth’, which has been exemplary for the whole

world. His words continue to inspire young and old. On Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th death anniversary, also observed as Martyrs’ Day or Shaheed Diwas, Gandhi Salt March Limited, organisers of Power of Peace festival held a memorial service at Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Roma Street Parkland. Gandhi Salt March Limited (GSML) was established in 2016 to provide the governance vehicle specifically to deliver the Power of

Peace Festival – A Celebration of the Global Mahatma Gandhi and its associated events. Registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as not for profit organisation, GSML is partnership focused, engaging with government and private sector organisations, and various community groups to deliver a relevant and engaging festival and related events with Continued on Page 4


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From the Publisher WELCOME to February issue, well with January gone the hive of New Year seems to be gone, and soon it will be Christmas as they say. How’s the New Year’s resolutions going? Still valid I hope. First of all thanks for the feedback on January issue, it is always a challenge coming back from the break and getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully things will settle down here forth, we have made further changes to the layout, fonts etc with this issue, keep your feedback coming. We would particularly like to hear from anyone who can’t get Brisbane Indian times in their area. We are streamlining the distribution, as we have discovered that some locations had far too many copies while some locations needed more copies. The distribution is outsourced and delivery times is dependent on the operator in your area, any way do let us know if you are having any difficulty getting hold of your copy. On the community front, congratulations to all new citizens who took citizenship during many Australia Day citizenship ceremonies. There is a lot of discussions happening at the moment on possibility


• Local News ...................................4-22 • Who, What, Where, When ....24 & 28 • Migration Matters .......................... 30 • Health & Well Being ..................36-37 • Real Estate ..................................39-41 • Astrology .......................................... 42 • Business Directory/Classified......... 43 • What’s On...............................44 & 46 • Bollywood & Entertainment .....48-49 • Sport................................................. 50

of the changing the date of Australia day , a lot of careful consideration needs to be given before a decision is reached, as consequences will be far reaching, it is rather sensitive issues and due respect must be given. On thirteenth February we are organising a breakfast to commemorate the tenth anniversary of National apology day, the event is being organised by Queensland Multicultural Council, and we would like to welcome you all to come along to partake , in this open dialogue breakfast meet. A great initiative by FICQ for celebrating Indian Republic Day together with Australia Day, a truly unique joint celebration of two great nations. Congratulations is also in order for Hindu Society of Queensland on their anniversary, now this is one celebration the date which we can change to the nearest weekend, it will encourage more participation, I vividly remember when we original decided on twenty Sixth January, way back, at that time our community was not as big as it is today, and the reasoning was that, the twenty Sixth would always be a public holiday , so it would be convenient for everyone to attend, and our community at that time was not that involved with Australia Day Celebrations as today , where by our community now are active participants. The power of peace committee, run by Gandhi Salt March Company Ltd organised Gandhi Memorial Day at Gandhi Statue , again a demonstration of community coming together, the efforts of Jim Varghese is commendable when it comes to community unity, I know that over the years he has been instrumental in successfully reconciling community issues. The architect of FICQ, a true statesmen, being busy as he is, he never shy’s away from community obligations,

walks the walk and talks the talk. As we progress in to 2018, our vibrant and colourful “melas” and shows have begun, you would have seen and promotions doing the rounds, we like to support these events as they promote our music and culture, at many of “melas” we often hear from the visiting artists that they feel like they are back home when they see so many of us attending these “melas” and festivals. Many a times they have commended the organisers for keeping the culture alive in distant lands. As much as we can, we should support each and every one, I know it is easier said than done, with conflicting personalities and egos as stumbling blocks. Wishing everyone the best for upcoming Holi, the Indian Festival of colours, and the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revitalising relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between people. Finally wishing everyone a very prosperous Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, or simply the Lunar New Year, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the start of the first calendar month. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are known as Dogs. According to the Asian astrology, your


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year of birth - and the animal this represents - determines a lot about your personality traits. Although each of the 12 animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first year of the earth dog since 1958. Anyone born in an earth dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace. I would like invite your feedback on the new layout of the paper, thanks all who commented on the last issue, we strive to do better as we move forward, and it can only be done with your feedback, you all know we have been there for the long run, we still maintain the largest circulation, the largest EDM database and web traffic, supported by our twenty four seven online Radio Station Australian Indian Radio. Having said that it is now time to pen off. Until Next month it is goodbye, Happy Reading, Umesh Chandra

letters to the editor Dear Editor, I SAW the article on Tahnee, just a couple of days’ ago. You have presented it so well in the newspaper! Thanks heaps for considering my request. As always, the articles in the Indian Times are so well-written and edited. It is absolutely amazing how you can coordinate and ensure such perfect layout and accuracy in this ethnic newspaper! All the articles are unique and the entire newspaper is such a pleasure to go through. All the news items are apt and well portrayed. A rather colourful newspaper!! I always look forward to reading the religious article (in my particular faith). Thanks heaps, and all the best always. Ayesha

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2018 will be the year of the Dog When is Chinese New Year in 2018, why is it the year of the dog and how is the date and animal decided? Unlike our New Year festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, the Chinese version is a movable celebration - and the next one all kicks off in mid-February T’S one of the most colourful events in the calendar when people take to the streets in China and across the world. Unlike our festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year varies each year - and in 2018 it all kicks off in mid-February.

When is the 2018 Chinese New Year?

The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16. The celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks - and if you fancy making a trip before the festivities end, read this guide for a first-timer’s trip to China. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. New Year’s Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated? The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound - involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day. Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day. Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

Which animal is 2018? 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs. According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth - and the animal this represents

- determines a lot about your personality traits. Although each of the 12 animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first year of the earth dog since 1958. Anyone born in an earth dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

What makes the Holi Festival so significant IN SPITE of being such a colourful and gay festival, there are various aspects of Holi which makes it so significant for our lives. Though they might not be so apparent but a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than meets the eyes. Ranging from socio-cultural, religious to biological there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations. So when, its time for Holi, please don’t hold yourself back and enjoy the festival to the hilt by participating with full enthusiasm in every small tradition related to the festival.

Mythological Significance Holi gets us close to our religion and our mythology as it is essentially the celebration of various legends associated with the festival. Foremost is the legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap. The legend says there once lived a devil and powerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. To his great ire, his son, Prahlad began to worship, Lord Vishnu. To get rid of his son, Hiranyakshyap asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon to enter fire unscathed. Legend has it that Prahlad

and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world. Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu and was ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their belief in the legend, children till date play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan. was saved for his extreme devotion for the lord while Holika paid a price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the ‘Holika dahan’ comes mainly from this legend. Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities. Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant, Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it. Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva

Gandhi Memorial Day

Continued from Page 1 long term benefits to the wider community, including developing a sense of belonging in the community and strengthening potential trade and business networks.” At the memorial service Jim Varghese, chairperson of Gandhi Memorial committee welcomed everyone and requested Swami Atmeshananda for the opening prayers, following which he requested Professor Sarva Daman Singh former Honorary Counsel for India in Qld for his short take on Mahatma Gandhi. Following Professor Singh’s address Mrs Archana Singh current Honorary Counsel for India in Queensland spoke on the importance of Gandhiji’s legacy. Jim then requested Vinita Khushal, president of GOPIO Qld to speak on the relevance of Gandhiji’s teaching with a global perspective. Nik Senapati, president of AIBC spoke on the business acumen, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

is an association of business organisations in India. Established in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi by GD Birla and Purushottam Das Thakurdas, it is the largest, oldest and the apex business organisation in India. It is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. FICCI draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including SMEs and MNCs. The chamber has an indirect membership of over 2,500,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce. It is involved in sector specific business polis building, and business promotion and networking. It is headquartered in the national capital New Delhi and has presence in 12 states in India and 8 countries across the world. Palani Thevar, President of FICQ spoke on his personal experience at Sarbarmati Ashram, Shyam Das delivered a vote of thanks to all for coming and to everyone who helped organise and publicise the event.


Cultural Significance Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends help the people to follow a good conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in the modern day society when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture one who is honest. Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of being truthful and honest and also to fight away the evil. Besides, holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. This gives a people a good reason to rejoice, make merry and submerge themselves in the spirit of Holi.

Social Significance Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colouful and joyous festival. Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revatalising relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between people.

Biological Significance It is interesting to note that the festival of

Holi is significant for our lives and body in many other ways than providing joy and fun. We also need to thank our forefathers who started the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically accurate time. And, also for incorporating so much fun in the festival. As Holi comes at a time of the year when people have a tendency to feel sleepy and lazy. This is natural for the body to experiences some tardiness due to the change from the cold to the heat in the atmosphere. To counteract this tardiness of the body, people sing loudly or even speak loudly. Their movements are brisk and their music is loud. All of this helps to rejuvenate the system of the human body. Besides, the colours when sprayed on the body have a great impact on it. Biologists believe the liquid dye or Abeer penetrates the body and enters into the pores. It has the effect of strengthening the ions in the body and adds health and beauty to it. There is yet another scientific reason for celebrating the Holi, this however pertains to the tradition of Holika Dahan. The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenhiet. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it. The way Holi is celebrated in south, the festival also promotes good health. For, the day after the burning of Holika people put ash (Vibhuti) on their forehead and they would mix Chandan (sandalpaste) with the young leaves and flowers of the Mango tree and consume it to promote good health. Some also believe that play with colours help to promote good health as colours are said to have great impact on our body and our health. Western-Physicians and doctors believe that for a healthy body, colours too have an important place besides the other vital elements. Deficiency of a particular colour in our body causes ailment, which can be cured only after supplementing the body with that particular colour. People also clean-up their houses on Holi which helps in clearing up the dust and mess in the house and get rid of mosquitoes and others pests. A clean house generally makes the residents feel good and generate positive energies. Call 07 3865 6533


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The Joy and Harmony Overflowing in the Sun Shining State with the Pongal Mrs Geetha Gubendran

Pongal festival symbolises the way of thanking nature god and farmers for the bountiful harvest. Generally, Pongal would be celebrated every year between 13th and 16th of January as a 4-day festival with 14th January as a main “Surya Pongal Day” which marks the day one of auspicious Tamil calendar month, Thai. This year, Thaai Tamil School with Queensland Tamil Mandram hosted a grand Pongal celebration event on ‘Thai Pongal’ day itself, i.e. 14th of January 2018, in Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central, Brisbane. The celebration went on from 8 am in the morning till 9 pm in the night. The crowd represented in the event reflected the strong interest towards Tamil culture and tradition in Australia. The day started with a hallmark activity of cooking Pongal and offering to god Sun. Nearly, 20 families gathered in the morning and cooked sweet Pongal. The literal meaning of Pongal is “Overflow”. To tag this, the ladies of the families boiled pot full of milk and cooked Pongal with freshly harvested rice and added flavours to it. To make it more exciting, this turned out to be Pongal cooking competition which attracted top 3 prizes for the 3 most flavourful Pongal dishes. The main events of the day started at 3 pm in the evening with near and dear ones, young and old started to gather. To swiftly entertain the visitors and children, the event was kicked off with sporting activities like bomb city, Kho-Kho, musical chair which again handed prizes for the top 3

participants. Where can an event be without kid’s speciality? Yes, kids were deliriously participated in drawing competition and won prizes. Ladies of Tamil descent, be it in their own country or anywhere in the world, they have never given up on their talent for any reason. Kolam Competition brought the spirits in everyone to friendly challenge amongst themselves. As a result, the floor was glittered with Kolam (Rangoli) colours depicting Pongal themes. It did not end there, the celebration continued with more gala. At 5.30 pm in the evening, our honourable chief guests, Andrew Antoniolli, Mayor of Ipswich, Charis Mullen, Member of Jordan and

Mr. & Mrs. Umesh Chandra, formally inaugurated the stage events by lighting the holy lamp, “Kuthuvilakku” in Tamil. The stage performance was initiated by dancer Kavitha. With her aesthetic moves, the dance mirrored Fiji Indian culture. Continuing this, Mrs. Priya Sivakumar vocalised our tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar’s “Chinnan siru kiliye” poem. To get the vibes of the crowd towards him, Singer Hari sang Tamil cine songs to delight everyone musically. Followed was noteworthy art, Parai. Parai is an ancient Tamil musical art. In those days, Parai was used for Communication and to alert against danger. On that day, the novice Parai learners, who learnt Parai as part of recent workshop joined the Parai Art

team and performed drums which spread the reverberating sound all around the ground and energised everyone. The event organisers not only arranged programs to drive the audience sportively, musically, artistically but also, they accommodated multi-cultural food stalls to treat everyone’s taste buds. Finally, the event was concluded with thanks giving note. At last, to finish up, the spectacular fireworks filled each one’s eyes with colourful skies. Wait! Yet another Pongal celebration is just a year away with even more lively performances and activities.

Vishnu Maya Mandir celebrates first anniversary NORTH MCLEAN: Vishnu Maya Mandir situated at 86 Scott Lane North Mclean celebrated its first anniversary of the official opening on 28th January 2018. The dream of Dharam Guru Param Pujaya Pundit Tripathi ji was realised one year back when Vishnu Maya Mandir was

official opened following major completion. Obviously the building task is far from over and will be an ongoing task. On the occasion of the official main building had been completed while cosmetic work remained to be completed. It has been the drive and passion of Pundit

ji that has seen this mega project come to fruition, the support of some families are highly commendable, these families are there day in day out. Many volunteers and donors have made the project a reality, the Mandir is one of its kind being quite unique. On the occasion of the first anniversary of the official opening, …………………………….. Asha Ji began the program with a beautiful Bhajan and Ishtuthi , followed by soulful bhajans by Sonu Dhalla , Dhiru Desai and others. Umesh Chandra as the Mc invited sponsors of the first Bhog and food sponsors to receive blessing from Dharam Guru pujaya Pundit Tripathi ji.

Dharam Guru Pujaya Pundit Tripathi ji, thanked everyone for attending and he acknowledged the dedication and contributions of many donors and supporters, donation has been in many forms , some are regular volunteers , some donate time, some donate money, others in kind donation , but each and everyone’s contribution is appreciated Umesh Chandra also invited Mr Surendra Prasad and Rakesh Sharma to say a few words on the occasion. With Aarathi and bhog, the official program came to an end and everyone left for the dining area to share a meal together.

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By Surendra Prasad OAM, President- Fiji Senior Citizens Assn of Qld Inc

THE Fiji Senior Citizens Assn of Qld Inc Celebrated the Australia Day and India Republic Day with their neighbours , members ,friends including Hon Mark Bailey MP Minister for Mains road , Cr Ian

McKenzie, Cr Krista Adams, Cr Kim Marx and other dignitaries at their building in Annerley. The celebrations started with the prayers. The President Surendra acknowledge and thank the guests and others for their presence at the celebration. Hon Minister

Mark Bailey and Cr Ian McKenzie were our chief guests they both spoke reflecting on Australia Day. Dr Naidu Bodapati spoke in relation to Indian Republic Day, the progress India has made in the last 68 years of independence. We also organised Flag raising ceremony.

The privilege and honour was given to Minister Mark Bailey and Cr Ian McKenzie they both represent the area to raise the flag. This will be a significant memories for our members that the 2018 Australia Day was celebrated with Australian Flag flown at our facility.

Lord Mayor acknowledges Brisbane’s outstanding citizens LORD Mayor Graham Quirk has honoured more than 20 of Brisbane’s outstanding citizens at a ceremony held at Brisbane City Hall this week. “The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards are a very important part of the city’s Australia Day celebrations as they allow us to celebrate our unique Team Brisbane spirit,” Cr Quirk said. “Our local communities are filled with quiet achievers who generously go above and beyond to improve the lives of other, time and time again. “These awards pay tribute to those remarkable individuals and ensure they are appropriately recognised for their dedication to giving back to our community. “Each and every one of the recipients honoured in these awards have displayed the Team Brisbane spirit that makes our city unique. “I would particularly like to acknowledge our Citizen of the Year Margaret Page, who has selflessly volunteered her time to help vulnerable children for more than 25

years.” Other 2018 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards recipients include: Senior Citizen of the Year Award - Una Gray (Forest Lake) In recognition of Una’s outstanding leadership within the Forest Lake community and involvement with Pillowcases for Oncology Kids. Young Citizen of the Year Award - Selena Ferguson (Eight Mile Plains) In recognition of Selena’s passion in scouting and leadership within her school and endless enthusiasm for life and for her community. Community Event of the Year Award Shell Green T20 Cricket Match In recognition of the Shell Green T20 Cricket Match - recreating a great historical event and educating the community on the significance of the Australian Army’s role at Gallipoli. The event is organised by Kenmore-Moggill Sub-Branch INC. Australia Day Sports Award - Terrence

Ericson (Karana Downs) In recognition of Terrence’s remarkable contribution to croquet as a player, coach, referee and mentor. Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Becis Chartered Accountants (Sunnybank Hills) In recognition of both Tony and Maria Becis’s continuous commitment in fundraising for charities and business support to make a difference in the Brisbane community. Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award Uncle Nurdon Serico (The Gap) In recognition of Uncle Nurdon’s community work in bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and his dedication to sharing and preserving Indigenous culture for more than 50 years. Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award – Individual - Kelvin Barfoot (Ashgrove) In recognition of Kelvin’s dedication to leading the Tennis Avenue Bushcare Group to restore and maintain a large

portion of Enoggera Creek in Ashgrove. Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award – Organisation - Brandon Road Bushcare Group (Runcorn) In recognition of the Brandon Road Bushcare Group’s effort to restore and maintain the wetlands that are part of the upper reaches of the Bulimba Creek Catchment. Australia Day Achievement Awards Belinda Adams (Wishart); Eugene Boyle (Tarragindi); - Melissa Bruijn and Debby Gould (Kenmore); Darren Clarke (Pallara); Laurence Deane (Red Hill); Dee Douglas (Corinda); Constantine Drozdovskii (Camp Hill); Ross Garnett BEM (New Farm); Michael Gilmour (Paddington); Charles Grove (Stafford); David Lloyd (Deagon); Bruce Meers (Carindale); Shirley Rea (Seven Hills); Richard Speechley (The Gap). For more information on the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards visit www.brisbane. or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Australian miners embracing automation, but skills gaps and costs remain concerns THE Australian mining sector is sustaining its positive outlook with Newport Consulting’s Mining Business Outlook Report – now in its eighth year of release – revealing the dark days of the sector’s downturn are well and truly over. However, the report, released today, shows mining leaders are now grappling with ongoing skills shortages and cost pressures. According to the 2017-18 report, which features an exclusive interview with WA’s Mines and Petroleum Minister, The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, the sentiment among the mining industry is positive. The number of miners showing cautious optimism has jumped 55 per cent since 2015, with almost three-quarters of leaders showing renewed confidence in the sector’s growth. With automation fast becoming a reality for mining operations, other key takeaways from the report include a push from mining leaders to embrace new technology. Automation and Big Data

are top of the agenda for mining leaders, with 21 per cent of respondents believing automated haulage vehicles will be the top technology influence to impact the marker over the coming year. Another key area of technology investment is drones, which are increasingly being used to map, survey and explore mines across the country. Going forward, companies remain bullish on price forecasts, with more than half of mining leaders predicting an increase in pricing over the next 12 months. However, thermal coal remains the exception, with the commodity likely to face more headwinds than metallurgical coal. Coinciding with a price growth is a noted rise in capital and investment spending. Following on from an uptick in spending in 2016, most miners will dig into deeper pockets, with 42 per cent of leaders moderately increasing spending in 20172018, up 23 per cent from 2016. Miners remain concerned about costs, particularly


in energy and labour, with companies calling to Canberra to provide support in these areas. With the Gig Economy set to redefine roles and disrupt job security for miners, Newport Consulting Managing Director, David Hand, says a spate of mining companies are concerned that Australia will face a growing skills gap, particularly in the areas of technology and automation. “We spoke to many companies of all sizes that voiced concern over a widening skills gap, giving way to a pressing need to upskill and re-train the workforce. Miners must be able to meet the new digital demands of Australia’s mining future,” he said. With a growing gap in the number of technical employees trained to manage future autonomous roles, Mr Hand said there were signs that the mining sector was getting on the front foot to ensure its workforce remains agile and flexible.

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Vishnu - The Preserver LORD Vishnu is one of the three main manifestations of God, others being Brahma and Shiva. He is believed to be the Para-Brahma or the Supreme God, and is the foremost among the triumvirate due to his unambiguous spiritual position in Hindu mythology. According to the Vaishnava tradition, Vishnu is formless self-created conscious being that incarnates in various forms to uphold Dharma, the righteousness. He is portrayed with physical forms exhibiting His divine attributes. Ten incarnations of Vishnu are very popular that include the Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Half human and half lion, Dwarf human, Parashuram, Ram, Krishna, Buddha and future Kalki incarnations. These incarnations demonstrate the activities of Vishnu that were performed for development and sustenance of life from primitive creatures to humans at specific stages of time. Some other incarnations are also mentioned in the Puranas. In the Vedas, Lord Vishnu is identified with the Sun as Surya Narayan. The three positions of the Sun at sunrise, midday and sunset covering the earth, heaven and the underworld allegorically represent the three steps of God. This theme has been expanded in Puranas’ stories relating to Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Vishnu. As a dwarf human, Vamana measured the earth and heaven in two steps and placed the third step on demon Bali’s head pushing him down to the netherworld. Vamana is also known as Upendra, the junior Indra, relating Him to mother Aditi or Infinity who is the mother of all deities. Vishnu suffuses the whole creation as the sky pervades the creation. The blue colour of the sky is the complexion of Lord Vishnu demonstrating His omnipresent authority. The whole world emanates from Him and after dissolution it assimilates into Him.

Vishnu is portrayed with four hands, holding a Shankh or Conch, a Chakra or Discus, a Gada or Mace, and a lotus flower. Discus and Mace are His weapons. Whenever there is a conflict between deities and their opponents, it is Vishnu who ultimately helps secure victory for deities. The Conch signifies the importance of primeval sound OM produced by it whereas the lotus flower represents the creative energy. Vishnu is commonly depicted resting on Sheshanaga or the multiple-hooded serpent in the cosmic ocean. A lotus flower sprouts from His navel. From the flower, Brahma the creator appears who starts the process of creation. Vishnu is also shown in standing and sitting positions. A crown adorns His head. He is dressed in yellow attire. He resides in the Vaikunth region, which is also known as Golok or the region of voice. The region of voice relates to Vishnu’s universal presence as sound waves pervade the entire world. Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is His spouse. The earth is likewise considered to be His Spouse. Shaligram stones, which are generally found in riverbeds in the Himalaya region, also symbolise Vishnu. Tulsi or Basil leaves are treated as a spouse of Vishnu in Shaligram form. Expressing reverence to stone Shaligram and Tulsi leaves reminds us to show respect to natural objects. The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas are major texts that describe various incarnations of Vishnu. The Ramayana describes the story of Ram, the son of king Dasarath of Ayodhya. Ram appeared on the earth to end the tyranny perpetrated by demoniac Ravana and his cronies. They tormented the population with their transgressions. Ram killed Ravana, his associates and others who did not conform to the Dharma of the time. Ram behaved as an ideal person in the role

of a son, a brother and a king. He performed extraordinary feats that are considered beyond human capacity. Qualities demonstrated by him are still considered celestial and hence he is bestowed with the status of the incarnation of Vishnu. In the Mahabharata, Krishna is depicted as an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna played a leading role in the war between Pandavas, the five sons of king Pandu and Kauravas, the sons of blind king Dhritrastra. Krishna was instrumental in destroying evil forces led by Kauravas by supporting Pandavas. Krishna also destroyed many other evil powers such as Kansa, Jarasandha and Shishupala. The Bhagavata Purana describes in details the activities of Krishna and his extraordinary feats of childhood. The Bhagavad Gita, a chapter in the Mahabharata, describes philosophical discourse between Krishna, the incarnate Vishnu and Arjuna, the incarnate human being. All mainstream sects of Hinduism revere the Bhagavad Gita. Thousands of names are attributed to Vishnu. These names are described in the Mahabharata and the Puranas. Among eighteen Puranas, six Puranas are dedicated

to Vishnu and His incarnations. The half human and half lion incarnation of Vishnu, which appeared from a pillar, is also very popular among Vaishnavas. It demonstrates the omnipresent nature and unlimited resolve of Vishnu to protect His devotees. Incarnations of Vishnu display His important role in protecting virtuous and preserving righteousness in the world. Ram and Krishna as human incarnation of Vishnu remain a potent source of inspiration for Hindus all over the world. Devotees dedicated to Vishnu and his incarnations spread the Vaishnava sect through Bhakti or devotional movement. They developed specific rituals and practices highlighting the importance of worshipping Vishnu. Thousands of temples dedicated to Vishnu and His incarnations are spread all over India and abroad. Hindus visit these temples and obtain peace, tranquillity and stimulus in their life. More information on Hinduism will follow in the next edition of BIT. Awadhesh Sharma

Get Up, Get Out and Get Going Pastor Joseph Dass

IN LIFE we all face things that try to push us down. We face obstacles, defeat, trouble and blockages. It can be a bad health report, failed business or a relationship that didn’t work out. It’s easy to get alarmed or lose enthusiasm or even be tempted to settle where you are. But if you are going to see God’s best for your life then you need to have a bounce back mentality. That no matter how far things can push you down, that you are willing to get up get out and get going again. Every mountain in your life is not to stop you but help you climb over it so you can move to the next season towards your destiny. And your next season is not at the

base of the mountain but on the other side of the mountain. That means when you get knocked down, don’t stay down. You get up again, you get out and you get moving again. We read in the scriptures (Acts 12) that Herod the king had James killed and arrested Peter. Peter was kept in prison bound with chains, with soldiers and guards keeping watch over him. It looked like Peter was going to be the next to be killed. While Peter was asleep, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up saying, “Arise quickly, tie your sandals, put on your garment and follow me.” The angel simply told Peter to get up, get out and get going. Peter went to sleep while it was dark

but by the morning he was a free man. Here are 3 things we can learn from Peters experience. 1: Wake up each day believing something good is going to happen for you today. Many people are missing out on too many good things, just because they didn’t believe it could happen for them. Don’t let it be you. Scripture says, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 2: Never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up again. Scripture says, “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again….” 3: If you want your dreams to come true, the first step is get up. Other steps will just follow.

Peter’s chains fell off, the soldiers and guards were clueless what was happening. Peter was a free man and went on to meet other believers. Towards the end of the chapter we read that Herod the king lost his life, Peter departed and moved to another place and the word of God grew and multiplied. Remember as a believer in Jesus, the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you. There is no contest too difficult, no obstacle too high, no sickness, no person, nothing that can keep you from your God given destiny. If you stay believing and trusting God then He will turn what was meant to bring you harm, towards your favour and victory. God bless you.

Increased support for coastal fisheries and food security Pacific SENATOR The Hon Concetta FierravantiWells is pleased to announce a renewed partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the University of Wollongong to strengthen local fisheries management in Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Since 2013, the University of Wollongong’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) has been delivering a project in conjunction with international research agency WorldFish to build the foundations for more productive and resilient coastal fisheries. “Already the program has benefited

the Pacific region and supported the development of community-based fisheries management in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and will deliver long-term sustainability by banning destructive fishing methods,” Minister FierravantiWells said. Phase 2 of this project is framed within the New Song for Coastal Fisheries – Pathways to Change: the Noumea strategy (the New Song), which was endorsed by Pacific Fisheries Ministers in 2015 and will be cofunded by DFAT ($6 million), ACIAR ($2 million) and the University of Wollongong ($2.5 million). Collaborating partners in the Pacific are contributing a further $1.5 million in-kind support. Through this renewed partnership,

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ANCORS and WorldFish will use lessons learnt from the first phase of the project to expand improvements in the management of coastal resources for the benefit of Pacific people. By the end of Phase 2, the project will have built capacity in research and management in national and sub-national agencies and in communities. Coastal fisheries and marine resources are central to the rural economies and food supply of Pacific island countries. Amongst rural populations, between 50% and 90% of animal-sourced protein consumed comes from fish. A predicted 75% of Pacific island coastal communities will not meet their food

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Rumba your way into some beachside fun on the Sunshine Coast By Rama Gaind

HOLIDAYS are meant to be memorable as travel experiences are treasured. You’ll not be disappointed if you stay at the Rumba Beach Resort when next on the Sunshine Coast. Overlooking the pristine environs of the Pumicestone Passage with the famous Glass House Mountains as a backdrop, this comfortable hotel will be the perfect choice for your next escape. Conveniently located on Caloundra’s beachfront, it’s just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway or half-anhour’s drive south from the Sunshine Coast Airport. Geographically blessed, Caloundra is surrounded by six beautiful beaches. An aquatic playground for boating, fishing and surfing enthusiasts, the region is also home to some of the most striking natural scenery in Queensland. From the Glass House Mountains to the environs of the Bribie Island Marine Park, Caloundra has long been considered the natural heart of the region. It is the gateway to the Sunshine Coast, one of Australia’s top five leisure destinations. In fact, all the elements of a relaxing and enjoyable vacation have been wrapped in a setting that speaks indulgence, style and most of all, fun at the award-winning Rumba Beach Resort!

Rumba experience With well-designed beachfront holiday apartments and suites, Rumba integrates the atmosphere of a tropical resort, but with the convenience of a beachfront position. Located in the heart of town, Rumba brings to the Sunshine Coast some of the finest boutique accommodation and offers some well-appointed guest apartments in the region. Enjoy endless strokes in a glass-bottomed heated lap pool that rises above Rumba’s restaurant plaza - mere examples of how to let a lazy afternoon pass by on your beachfront escape. Contemporary, well-appointed apartments feature balconies overlooking the two main swimming pools, outdoor cocktail bar plus jacuzzi. Fronting Caloundra’s Waterfront Boardwalk and Coastal Pathway, Rumba is also home to outstanding restaurants and cafes.

Numerous activities On Sunday mornings, markets pop-up in a tree-lined boulevard of Caloundra’s main shopping precinct on Bulcock Street. There’s also a wide offering of art and crafts, clothes, health remedies and jewellery, as well as, locally-grown fresh fruit and vegetables.

Best location: Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra, is directly opposite the white sands and tranquil waters of Bulcock Beach that offers both spectacular water views and a great shopping and dining precinct.

Come dusk, locals congregate on the boardwalk at Bulcock Beach to thrown in a line, while families unpack eskies laden with salads and snags on the picnic tables nearby. The opposite side of the road is lined with restaurants. It’s a more relaxed style of dining. For those not keen to fish, there are hire bikes to peddle along the boardwalk and over the headland to Kings Beach. There are numerous beaches (Golden, Bulcock, Dicky, Moffat), but you should also take the time to visit the Queensland Air Museum, Aussie World, Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra Lighthouses and Ben Bennett Botanic Park. Be adventurous and go kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, waterskiing, jetskiing, kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing, skydiving or hop on boat tours. For the return trip home, locals recommend taking the winding road that unfurls west from the Sunshine Coast through the mountainous hinterland. A Sunday drive through these lush surrounds is soothing. The sweet smell of eucalyptus from the forests on the Blackall Range is equally calming. The lesser known route will take you through the picturesque mountain top town of Montville, where a tea stop at the

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Electricity spot market prices sky-rocket ELECTRICITY spot market prices skyrocketed yesterday, from around $100 per megawatt hour to over $12,000. The average price was $905 over the day, representing the highest level for January since 2010,

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November 2017, which forced Victoria to import large amounts of energy and rely on expensive gas-fired power. This factor has contributed to recent spikes in the electricity spot market. The recent closure of the 1600MW capacity Hazelwood plant in Victoria has amplified supply difficulties, with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forced to assess the short-term balance of supply and demand for Victoria and South Australia. To prevent blackouts this summer, the AEMO has developed alternative power generation assets to relieve demand pressure, such as installing emergency diesel generators in the Latrobe Valley. The AEMO has also reactivated three gas-fired power generators in South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania that were previously closed. Call 07 3865 6533

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Hindu Cultural Hub at Clayfield - About Thai Pongal Courtesy: Harikrishnan Magarabooshanam

THAI Pongal festival is celebrated by the farmers to thank Sun God. This festival is equivalent to ‘Thank giving Day’ in Western culture. This festival also symbolizes the importance of rain towards farming. Generally, women offer prayers and fasting to god during the Tamizh month of Margazhi and conclude their fasting on the first day of Thai (Tamizh month). The festival is celebrated generally by around 75 million people around the globe who speak Tamizh as their native language. In other parts of India apart from the state of Tamil Nadu this festival is celebrated in the name of Makara Sankranthi. This day also marks the start of the sun’s journey northwards (the Uttaraayanam) for six

months as per Indian zodiac system. This festival is also referred to as Uzhavar Thirunaal, Utharayana, Maghi etc in different parts of India. Thai Pongal is celebrated for 4-days. The celebrations start with Bhogi on the first day, followed by Thai Pongal on the second day and Maatu Pongal on the third day and ending with Khanu/ Kaanum Pongal on the fourth day. The 1st day Bhogi is celebrated to remove all the bad/evil thoughts from our mind and to signify this, old unused item are cleaned from household and burnt in fire. By this people believe that all the bad/evil deeds go away bringing in prosperity to the family. The 2nd day Pongal is celebrated by farmers in a grand manner. Special rituals are performed on the farm land and harvesting of crops

takes place. A dish called Pongal made with jaggery and rice is prepared and consumed. There are many varieties of the dish Pongal but to signify the sweet start of the Thai month jaggery is preferred. The 3rd day is more concentrated on sports activities. Jallikattu/ Bull embracing a very famous sport is played in almost all villages in Tamil Nadu. This sport is not just a part of the ritual but a very beautiful breeding science. The bulls are made to run in a track in a sequential manner. Young men try to embrace the bulling getting a firm hold on its hump. By this the man tries to prove his courage and valor which was used as a key aspect for the bride’s family to get their daughter married to a healthy groom. This practice also ensures that the bull stays healthy and helps in better reproduction in cows

which ultimately leads to healthy dairy products. The 4th day is when the family members get together and share a healthy time. Rather than seeing this festival as a customary ritual the science behind this festival should be passed on to our next generation so that we can achieve a better standard of living.

Stay Connected: The Hindu Cultural Hub at Clayfield is a centre to congregate and promote spiritual, cultural and educational needs of local community and wider Hindu society in Brisbane. Devotees and friends assemble at the Bar-Jai Community Hall (178, Alexandra Road, Clayfield) last Friday of each month between 6.30pm to 9.00pm. As a standard practice, we have the following program

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Demand the Senate committee hold public hearings on the APRA ‘bail-in’ bill CONTINUING Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison’s efforts to minimise publicity for their APRA bail-in legislation, the Senate committee which is inquiring into the bill has decided not to hold public hearings. This decision is unacceptable, especially as the committee was inundated with 800-odd submissions from the public, when ordinarily such an inquiry would receive around a dozen submissions— reflecting the level of concern about this bill in the community. To ensure that the government is not able to sneak through legislation that could allow the bank regulator to confiscate savings to prop up failing banks, call the six senators on the Senate Economics Legislation Committee to demand they change their decision and hold public hearings. Based on the sheer scale of the public’s response to this inquiry, the Senate committee should have realised that this bill requires a much closer examination than originally planned. Instead, they are going through the motions of an inquiry, to rubber-stamp the bill by the reporting date of 9 February. This continues the underhanded way this bill has been treated from the very beginning, when Treasurer Scott Morrison announced it in a Friday afternoon press release in August, to minimise publicity. Having the bill referred in November to the Senate committee was an important accomplishment, but now it appears the government is determined to stop the explosive issues raised in many of the hundreds of submissions from being aired and examined.

The issues which demand a public hearing include: The intention of this bill to empower APRA to bail in the hybrid securities of hundreds

of thousands of self-funded retirees and self-managed superannuation funds. These are innocent investors who were lured into investing in these complex securities without understanding the risks—with APRA’s approval. The potential of the bill to empower APRA to bail in ordinary bank deposits. The government’s reassurance that it will not apply to deposits is not backed up by the wording of the bill, which states that conversion or write-off provisions apply to the category of investments that include hybrid securities, “or any other instrument”. Former APRA principal researcher Dr Wilson Sy’s revelation that the government’s deposit guarantee is no guarantee at all, and therefore will not protect deposits from being bailed in. The insights of multiple former APRA personnel that APRA protects rather than polices the banks, including through extreme secrecy restrictions that block proper examinations of banking practices and its own actions. These insider insights must give MPs pause before handing this failure of a regulator such sweeping new powers. The related charge levelled by former ANZ bank director John Dahlsen that “APRA is the monster that protects the banks”, and the complaint of Mr Dahlsen and small business advocates that APRA has incentivised the banks to starve small business of credit in order to inflate a speculative bubble in the housing market. APRA’s complicity in the reckless practices of the banks means that it will be the cause of the coming financial crisis, and therefore it should not be entrusted with such sweeping “crisis resolution” powers.

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Amateur versus Professional Sadhguru, Isha Foundation. Courtesy Amod Datar

QUESTION: As a professional, if I am too saintly, work will not happen. Is anger the path for me? SADHGURU: We always use the word “professional” in the context of saying that someone did something without any emotion – someone did just what is needed. When someone is just doing what he is trained to do, where is the room for anger or anything else? It is good to function as an amateur rather than as a professional. Generally, you use the term “amateur” to describe someone who does not know what to do. But I am not talking about a novice. I am talking about an amateur. An amateur is somebody who does things because he is passionate about it; he sees meaning to what he is doing. A professional does not see much meaning to it. Something is being done because something else will happen out of it. A life like that is very barren. Unless there is involvement in what you do, unless it means a lot to you, the work that you do is just a waste of time and life, both for yourself and for everyone. Involvement does not come because you do certain things. If there is involvement, certain things will naturally happen out of you – that is beautiful. If you do the same

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Senator to visit Denmark and Finland SENATOR The Hon Concetta FierravantiWells will be visiting Denmark and Finland from 28 January to 1 February 2018. In Denmark, I will meet experts on investment for sustainable development and Australian academics and alumni based in Denmark. I will visit UN City where I will meet HRH Crown Princess Mary and United Nations agency representatives to discuss issues around women’s political and economic empowerment and key issues of action for gender equality such as ending violence against women. I will also visit the UNICEF Supply Division, the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse, to discuss product innovation, emergency response capabilities and issues of particular concern to children. I will meet my Danish counterpart, Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs; heads of Denmark’s State of Green; and the Confederation of Danish Industries to discuss development activities and cooperation. In Finland, a highlight of my visit will be co-chairing the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network meeting in Helsinki on 31 January 2018. GLAD is a dynamic initiative that brings together donors and private sector

organisations from around the world with the objective of increasing the involvement of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action. Around one billion people around the world live with a disability. In developing countries and humanitarian emergencies, they are often first to be left behind. Addressing this is central to Australia’s approach to development assistance and humanitarian action, so I am honoured again this year to co-chair the meeting of the GLAD Network, which is at the cutting edge of disabilityinclusive international development and humanitarian activity. In Finland, I will also meet senior officials and experts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Viasala, a leading producer of environmental and industrial measurement systems, to discuss their project developing critical weather forecasting and warning services in Pacific island states. I will meet representatives of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), and I will meet Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Mykkännen and other Finnish experts to discuss development priorities and approaches.

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EK RANGEEN SHAM indeed! People with a hearty link to the friendly-North, Labasa Fiji, travelled from near and far to unite on Jan 20th 2018, and acknowledge the powerful connection they shared - proving that no measure of distance or duration of silence could prevent the outbreak of smiles, laughter and warm embraces. The evening kicked off with the well known Nagara Naach entry and the evening in every way, showcased Labasa’s heritage, culture, food and people. The program hosted

dance items, sangeet of the homeland, sentimental documentary slideshow, birha, bidesiya, guest speakers and food that left you nostalgic. The evening gave more than it promised with the funds remaining being donated to the Aged Care facility in Labasa. The very first “Ek Rangeen Shaam Labasa ke Naam” was conceptualised and hosted in Melbourne in 2017, by Ms Usha Subrail. Brisbane’s event was spearheaded by Mrs Nirla Pandey and the committee members who truly outdid themselves and on the evening passed

the baton onto Sydney, for a function in Labasas honour on February 23, 2019 in XX Hall, Blacktown. Cesare Pavese said, “We do not remember days; we remember moments”. Jan 20th proved to be a memorable evening where smiles happened in a flash, and memories were both visited and created. So whether your connection to Labasa was from birth, by marriage, for work or any other reason, Labasans proved they all have a deep and powerful connection. Call 07 3865 6533




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focus on fiji Fiji crowned champions of the Hamilton 7s By Naveel Krishant

THE Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team scored 19 points in the second half as they overcame a 17-5 half time deficit to beat South Africa 24-17 in style in the final of the Hamilton 7s last night. It was a great performance from the national side as they overturned the disappointment in the Sydney 7s to win the inaugural Hamilton 7s. Alosio Naduva scored three tries and was also given the Hamilton 7s Player of the Final award. Josua Vakurunabili was yellow carded early on after deliberately knocking the ball on. Kwagga Smith scored the first try for South Africa as they took the lead by 5-0. Fiji hit straight back from the restart after Paula Dranisinukula made a brilliant break and his pass found Alosio Naduva who scored to level the scores at 5-all. South Africa scored their second try through Kyle Brown as they regained the lead by 10-5. Branco du Preez extended the lead for South Africa with their third try as they led 17-5 at half-time. Fiji started the started second half with a try from Alosio Naduva after he ran onto a great pass from Kalione Nasoko as Fiji reduced the points to 17-12. Kalione Nasoko produced another brilliant

Fiji 7s team celebrate the Hamilton 7s victory

pass for Naduva to score his third try with Vatemo Ravouvou converting Fiji led 19-17. Eroni Sau sealed the win for Fiji with a trademark run to score Fiji’s last try. While speaking to World Rugby after the

win captain Jerry Tuwai says this win will lift the morale of the players. Coach Gareth Baber says he was proud of the way the team played. He says this was a new side compared to

last year. Meanwhile, Australia won the Bronze final after beating New Zealand 8-7, Samoa finished fifth while USA won the Challenge Trophy.

A women’s group in Ovalau receive 7 men who allegedly obstructed five sewing machines to help Police Officers in Tavua to enhance their income generation appear in court this afternoon By Jessica Savike A WOMEN’S group in Lovoni, Ovalau has received five sewing machines and a laptop to help enhance their income generation. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa stated that the key target was to provide opportunities to increase women’s active participation and to enhance their income. The Ministry also handed over some reading materials to the school and School stationeries to students in the area, which were provided by donors from Australia. Vuniwaqa says the positive support of the men in their lives and the Vanua was critical if women were to realize their full potential. The President of the Lovoni Womens Group Kuini Veremaibau acknowledged the contribution of the Fijian Government towards the group and she highlighted that last year, nine women from the group participated in the National Womens Expo. Vuniwaqa encouraged the women’s groups

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A women’s group received five sewing machines and a laptop to help enhance their income generation. to identify areas of need for economic empowerment and to reach out to their offices around the country and ask for assistance.

2018 general elections: FEO to train presiding officers Solomone Rabulu THE Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be training 4500 applicants as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers for this year's election. Acting director strategic development and communications Edwin Nand said training for those election officers would soon begin. "Following the successful completion of the 2018 general elections' election officials recruitment drive last month, we received 17,016 applications," Mr Nand said. "While recruitment was ongoing, we had begun half-day trainings and from those training, we've identified individuals who qualified for training as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers. "Applicants were selected on merit after sitting

for a test at the end of the half-day training." Mr Nand said the presiding officers would have a one-day training program from February 8 to March 3. He said they were targeting 25 participants for each training session and based on the number of polling stations, they would be training the 4500 officials by March 3. For this week - Week 1, training will be from Thursday to Saturday from 7.30am to 5pm at the following venues: FEO Conference Room (Saturday only); Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP); Kshatriya Hall Lower Hall; Kshatriya Hall - Upper Hall; Studio Six Conference Room; Nausori Village Hall; Sila Central High School - 3 venues (Saturday only); Lautoka Civic Centre; Nadi Civic Centre (Saturday only); Kshatriya Hall - Labasa

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THE seven men who allegedly obstructed Police Officers in Tavua on Saturday night will be produced in the Ba Magistrates Court this afternoon. All seven men are charged with serious assault. Divisional Police Commander West ASSP Abdul Khan says the alleged incident occurred after a 20 year old man assaulted a 20 year old contractor. Khan says the victim who had bought a few bottles of beer was confronted by the suspect who demanded money and when he refused, the suspect is alleged to have assaulted him before trying to take off with the victim's beer. Officers from Tavua attended to the incident and in the process of arresting the suspect, six men who were nearby allegedly

obstructed the officers from trying to arrest the suspect. Khan says another team of officers were deployed to assist the officers on the ground, where all seven men were arrested and are currently in custody at the Tavua Police Station. The seven men are aged between 20 to 40 years old.

Heavy rain warning remains in force for parts of Fiji

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A HEAVY rain warning remains in force for Northern Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau Group. There is still a heavy rain alert for in force for the rest of Fiji.

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Library amnesty delivers food haul for charity

BRISBANE residents have donated a whopping 23-tonnes of food for charity as part of Council’s annual Library Amnesty last month. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk thanked residents for their generosity and said the cans of food were donated to Foodbank Queensland to help make the festive season a little brighter for those in need. “Each year Council hosts a library amnesty throughout the month of December which offers to waive outstanding fees in exchange for a donation of canned food for Foodbank Queensland,” Cr Quirk said. “Last December was the eighth consecutive year Council has offered an amnesty to help residents in need. “I sincerely thank the community for their support in donating more than 42,000 cans of food.” Cr Quirk said the success of the 2017 Library Amnesty would continue to benefit residents for years to come, with thousands of books returned to shelves as part of the initiative. “Thanks to the goodwill of Brisbane residents, the 2017 Library Amnesty has been our most successful event in five years,” he said. “Not only have we been able to make a difference to locals doing it tough, but more than 3,400 books were also returned to our library shelves, saving customers more than $193,000 in fines.” By comparison, the 2016 Library Amnesty prompted the return of 3,185 books with Council waiving more than $167,000 in fines. “Brisbane’s 33 libraries are no longer just places to borrow books; they offer a range of services aimed at supporting local residents while bringing communities closer together,” Cr Quirk said. “Our city’s libraries are vibrant community hubs, and our libraries will now offer thousands more books for our residents to enjoy for many more years. “I encourage everyone to check out their local library and take advantage of the range of resources, services, activities and events on offer throughout the year.” For more information on Council libraries, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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The Character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) By Ml. M.Nawaaz Ashrafi IF there is any personality that has lived on the face of this earth who was complete in every regard and the life of whom can serve as a beacon of guidance for people of every walk of life, that personality would undeniably be the personality of Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims follow Him because of Him being the Prophet as their religion and those who do not follow Islam also hold Him at a higher pedestal when it comes to human character. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Saudi Arabia in the city of Makkah about 1400 years ago. Since then the world has not seen the likes of Him in every regard and the study of human history shows that there have been none better than Him before Him as well. The key factor that brings reverence and respect to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in both the Islamic and the non-Islamic circles is His character. He was the best in character and He also said about in one of His hadiths in the following way: “God has sent me to perfect good manners and to do good deeds.” (Bukhari) The lines below discuss some major character traits of Prophet (PBUH) that every Muslim should spread as much as possible.

1. All For The Sake Of Allah: Prophet (PBUH) as selfless as a person could be in life. All his undertakings and motives were just to fulfill the order of Allah and He did not undertake any action out of His personal desire and will. He lived everyday of His life for the sake of Allah and everything which He did was for the Almighty. The extent of His selflessness can be seen from the example of His preaching in the valley of Taif, where people lead naughty children to throw stones at Him while He was preaching. He had to run for His life and He was all covered in blood. But still He did not complain to Allah about Him, rather one of His companions narrates: “The Prophet (PBUH) resembled a Prophet who was harmed by His people. He wiped the blood from His face and said: ‘O God! Forgive my people, for they know not!” (Bukhari) Such is the selflessness in His character and every moment of His life was for the sake of Allah and spreading His message.

2. Mannerism: Prophet (PBUH) was the epitome of good manners. Every action that He undertook in life represented the highest morals and manners that a person could exhibit. He was an Ideal being in terms of manners and ethics, the likes of which the world has not seen. As one of His companions notes about His manners: “The Prophet (PBUH) did not swear at anyone, nor was He rude, nor did He curse anyone. If He desired to reprimand someone, He would say: ‘What is wrong with him, may dust be cast in his face!” (Bukhari) Thus if a Muslim is to give an example of the manners of someone, there would be none more suitable than Muhammad (PBUH).

3. Humor: People think that being a religious leader of Islam, Prophet (PBUH) had nothing to do with humor, rather He was all strictness and stringency. This perception is wrong, as Prophet (PBUH) was the one with the finest sense of humor, the likes of which again cannot be seen in anyone. His sense of humor was not vulgar in any sense or anything that would debase or make fun of someone, rather it was fine. Anas (RA) reports such an example by saying: “Once a man asked Muhammad (PBUH) for an animal to ride. He replied that He would give him the baby of a she-camel to ride on. The man asked ‘What would he do with a shecamel baby?’ Muhammad (PBUH) replied, ‘Is there any camel which is not born of a she-camel?’”

4. Peace Lover: The general notion regarding Islam and Prophet (PBUH) is that they both encouraged violence in people and were and are not in favor of peace. It is totally baseless, because the religion Islam itself is peace and Prophet (PBUH) was a lover of peace. He wanted people to live in harmony and always encouraged people resolve their differences by opting for peace, instead of going for violence. In one of His

hadith Prophet (PBUH) said: “Let us go to resolve the situation and make peace between them.” (Bukhari) Thus, Muslims should spread His message of peace by giving examples out of the actions He undertook to ensure peace.

5. Kind To The Kids: Prophet (PBUH) always treated kids with kindness and mercy. He always enjoyed their company and played with them to make them happy. One such example can be seen from His life when He used to say to kids: “I’ll give such and such (i.e. gift or so) to the one who comes to me first.” So they used to race and fall on His back and chest. (Ahmad) This shows His treatment towards kids and there are countless other examples in His lifetime where He commanded parents to be loving and caring towards their children.

6. Generosity: Generosity is another hallmark of the personality of Muhammad (PBUH). He was the most generous person there could ever be. He preferred others over Himself and always fulfilled the needs of anyone who came to Him to ask for something. One of His companions notes: “The Prophet (PBUH) did not refuse to give anything which He had to someone if he asked for it.” (Bukhari) His generosity is something that Muslims should aspire to and spread the examples of His generosity to other people as well so that the world could become a better place.

7. Caring Of Women: Another allegation against Islam is that it is a religion that oppresses women, therefore, being the bringer of the religion, Muhammad (PBUH) is also attributed with women oppressing attributes. This perception is also wrong, because Prophet (PBUH) was very caring of the rights of the women and commended His followers to give special treatment to women by giving them respect and equal rights that they ought to have. In one of His hadiths He said: “Whoever (brings up) two girls till they come of age, will be in the next world along with me, like my two fingers joining each other.” (Abu Dawud) If He were an oppressor of women, He could have simply mentioned male orphan children, however, He gave preference to raising up of female children. This shows the care He had for women and their rights.

8. Pleasantness: Another misconception is that Prophet (PBUH) would be someone who would always be harsh and strict on the people He interacted with. It is also a wrong perception because Prophet (PBUH) was the most pleasant person. He would greet everyone with a smile and always spoke to people with gentleness. His companion said about Him: “I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of Allah.” (Tirmidhi) This shows that the personality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was pleasant and gentle. A person who would smile most of the times ought to leave a good impression on people, and wherever He would go He ought to have spread love and pleasantness.

9. Concerned About Orphans: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not just love who were around Him, nor did He only loved those who were related to Him, rather He considered the entire society. In society, He was especially considerate of orphans and would commend His followers to take special care of the orphans as they did not have parents to look after them. In one of His hadiths, He said: “The best house among the Muslims is one where an orphan is well treated, and the worst house among the Muslims is one where an orphan is badly treated.” (Ibn Majah) Muslims must take a leaf out of His treatment of orphans and treat the orphans fairly and wherever one sees the orphans being oppressed, a Muslim should raise voice for it and stop it from happening.

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10. Cooperation:

15. General Appearance:

Prophet (PBUH) is the best and the highest among people, however, whilst all the greatness and grandeur, He was cooperative towards people and helped others in doing the chores in any way He could help them. He never treated Himself as someone special, rather He would mix with common people and cooperate with them in any way He could. As one of His companion narrates regarding the battle of Trench: “I saw the Messenger of Allah on the Day of the Trench carrying dirt (that was dug from the trench) until His chest was covered with dirt.” (Bukhari) Thus, a Muslim must also not value status or rank, rather be helping towards people and give his or her fair share in the efforts that all of the people are putting.

In His general appearance , Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as beautiful, pure, simple, gentle and yet so common as any other person could be. His general appearance is detailed by one of His companions in the following way: “The Prophet (PBUH) was a person of average height. His shoulder were wide. His hair reached his earlobes. Once I saw Him adorned in a red garment; I never saw anything more beautiful than Him.” (Bukhari) In a nutshell, no matter whichever walk of life it is, whatever situation of life it is, a Muslim is to turn towards the personality of Muhammad (PBUH) and find that particular piece of guidance from it. Muslims must spread the life of Prophet (PBUH) because it is not only good for Muslims, rather the goodwill that comes from it has a universal appeal and will help make the world a better place. THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND HIS STATUS AS A ROLE MODEL The life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is full of countless examples that show his status as a role model for Muslim societies and individuals. His life is one that was dominated by a superior morality, good habits, noble and gentle feelings and superior skills, all of which are characteristics that help prevent people from getting entangled in a web of sin. The rich and the prosperous, the poor and the needy, the ruler and the ruled, the weak and the lonely, the conqueror and the victorious commander, the teacher and the student, the preacher and the mentor, the merchant and the craftsman, the employer and the employee - in other words, every sort of person can find truths in Prophet Muhammad’s life that constitute an example for them to follow. Prophet Muhammad’s status as a role model is an issue based on the Holy Quran and the sunnah. Islamic scholars, as with many other issues, have examined the status of the Prophet as a role model and leader not in a sectional framework, but from a unified perspective, and they have reached the conclusion that the best method is to examine the verses of the Holy Quran that determine and demonstrate the status of the Prophet as a whole. For this reason, when discussing the status of the Prophet as a role model, issues such as believing in the Prophet, obedience to the Prophet, following the Prophet, and disagreeing with the Prophet also come to the fore. THE HOLY QURAN AND THE ROLE MODEL STATUS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD In the Holy Quran the only verse that refers literally to the status of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a role model is as follows: “Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” “Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” The Arabic word uswa (example) in the original verse means example or model that should be obeyed and followed. A person who follows another person›s lead imitates that person; they follow their attitude and style. That is to say, they identify themselves with that person. In terms of Islamic faith, usva, that is to say being an example or a role model, is an attribute that is found in those who possess goodness, beauty and righteousness. This verse shows the importance of Prophet Muhammad’s sunnah in the lives of Muslims. As a matter of fact, the Quran clearly states that Prophet Muhammad has a superior character and demonstrates an exemplary life style.            If one accepts that Islam is the final and perfect religion, then it would be inconsistent to not consider the life of Prophet Muhammad as an example for the Muslim community or to not accept his life as something that shapes and guides the daily lives of Muslims. For that reason, the life style and personality of Prophet Muhammad, demonstrated during his prophethood of 23 years, includes very significant provisions and principles for the religious, political, social and moral life of Muslim communities as a whole. The following hadith summarizes the statements found in the Quran:

11. Animal Rights Activist: Perhaps Muhammad (PBUH) was the first animal rights activist on the face of this earth who raised voice for the fair treatment of animal. He told people that animals were also creation of Allah and they deserved to be treated fairly, instead of being harsh, strict and ignorant towards them. Hazrat Aisha (RA) narrated: “I once found difficulty in riding a horse, so I kept reining it in repeatedly. The Prophet (PBUH) then said, ‘You must have gentleness.’” (Muslim) Ergo, Muslims should learn from His treatment of animals and should try being as gentle and as considerate towards animals as possible and treat them fairly.

12. Disassociation From Worldly Possessions: A person who is so selfless that He would give anything that He had to anyone who asked for it and would do everything for the sake of Allah, it is quite natural that person has little or no concern with the worldly possessions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not want anything of this world, rather whatever He had He spent it on other people and helped them solve their material problems and issues. Regarding this attribute of His personality, one of His companions notes: “The Messenger of Allah did not leave any gold or silver currency, or a slave, male or female, after his death. He only left behind his white mule, his weapons and a piece of land which He declared as charity.” (Bukhari) Prophet (PBUH) was the Prophet of Allah, the leader of Islam however, when He passed away all He left was nothing as mentioned in the above hadith. Therefore, one can realize the disconcert He had for the worldly possessions and material things.

13. Modesty: Another striking personality attribute of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is His modesty. He was the modest of all and never encouraged any kind of vulgarity, rather He was bashful and strongly encouraged modesty in His followers. In one of His hadiths, He said: “Modesty is a part of teachings of the previous Prophets and anyone who lacks it is most likely to do whatever he likes.” (Reported by Abdullah ibn Maslamah) Thus, modesty is imperative to Islam and Prophet (PBUH) being a living and breathing Islam ascertains that He was modest in every respect.

14. Considerate: Whether it be animals, women, children, orphans, enemies, fellow Muslims, followers, elders, or it be anyone in the society, for everyone of them Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was considerate. He would love children and orphans, He would treat animals fairly, He would give women their rights, He would respect the elders, He would provide what people asked of Him, thus He was considerate to everyone without any discrimination. Prophet (PBUH) said in a hadith: “I stand up for prayer intending to prolong it. In the meantime I hear the wailing of a baby and I have to shorten my prayer, being apprehensive lest my recitation of a long verse may tell upon the baby’s mother.” (Bukhari)

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A state first for multicultural breast health

CALD Resource launch – Main photo Shora Gurung, Anna Voloschenko and Sailu Pradhan

Dr Margaret Steinberg AM (far right) had the special privilege of launching the new resource ‘Your Guide to Breast Health’ for women whose first language is not English.

Guests were treated to a delightful display of Indonesian dance from Uum Keith.

Shora Gurung and Sailu Pradhan performed a graceful Nepalese dance for guests at the BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service resource launch

WOMEN from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds will be able to make more informed decisions about their breast health thanks to a unique, new resource being launched. Your guide to Breast Health is an illustrated resource which has been developed for women by women of CALD backgrounds whose first language is not English, and for most who have fled their home country due to civil unrest or fear of persecution. Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board Member Dr Margaret Steinberg AM welcomed the new resource which was

and why it is important to be breast aware. “Your guide to Breast Health will be available to all eleven BreastScreen Queensland Services in Queensland and also distributed to Metro North GPs.” The new resource kit contains a culturally appropriate illustrated book, as well as brochures translated into 11 different languages as requested by the health providers and CALD community. Director of Breastscreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service Dr Jane Brazier said breast cancer was the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women,

coordinated by the BreastScreen Queensland Brisbane Northside Service in partnership with the local CALD community. “Around 10 per cent of people in the Metro North catchment area are born overseas and whose first language is not English,” Dr Steinberg said. “Research indicates that breast cancer screening from women in the CALD community in Australia is significantly lower than in the general population. “We hope that by using this resource, these women will have a better understanding of what’s involved in having a breast screen

with around one in eight developing breast cancer in their lifetime. “A breastscreen is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages,” Dr Brazier said. BreastScreen Queensland provides free, high-quality breast cancer screening for women aged 40 years and over. Women aged 50 to 74 years are strongly recommended to attend for a breastscreen every two years. Make the time for yourself - phone 13 20 50 for your free breast screen today or book online at

The Character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Continued from Page 22

“The best of speech is unquestionably the speech of Allah. That is the Book of Allah (the Quran). The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. Of all matters, the most evil of things are those which are newly-invented (in religion), and every innovation is a deviation, and every deviation leads people to Hell” THE SUNNAH AND PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S STATUS AS ROLE MODEL Islamic scholars state that the terms sabil (road), sirat al-mustaqim (straight path) and uswa al-hasana (best of examples), which are mentioned in the Holy Quran, in the hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and in the words of his Companions, are words and terms that represent the concept of the sunnah. All these terms indicate the path to be followed and the model to be taken as an example. The name of this road is the sunnah, and it is collectively followed by the Companions of Prophet Muhammad and the believers.

Johann Fück, who mentions the great cultural unity that was accomplished by Islam, believes that the reason for this is the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, who serves as a role model (al-uswatu’l-hasana) for every Muslim; he concludes: “Sunnah forms the face of Islam and gives it the characteristic features that we see all around the Islamic world.” At this point, how the Quran introduces and describes Prophet Muhammad and the status of the Prophet according to the Quran is of great importance to us. As a matter of fact, all the characteristics of a person who is an example and a role model must be known and thus their life can be examined in detail. The information on this subject must be accurately passed on to the following generations. The life of the Prophet is unique when looked at from this perspective.

The Quran repeats many times that Prophet Muhammad is neither superhuman nor a deity, but that he is a human being. Prophet Muhammad verifies this truth over and over

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again. The conclusion of scholars on this subject, which is also of great importance for the role model status of Prophet Muhammad, is that every action of the Prophet is not necessarily related to necessity or good deed, and often only represents a routine action. This is because the Prophet practiced routine, good, or obligatory actions, but he never practiced sinful actions that are prohibited. If by mistake he performed an action that was a minor sin, this mistake was criticized by Allah, thus making all other actions valid as examples to be followed. All actions performed by Prophet Muhammad have been examined, and if the indications show that this was an action performed to become close to Allah, that action is followed, otherwise it is not necessary to follow it. If the action was a routine action, people may perform it or not. This status as a role model is not only present

in issues that are considered compulsory, but also in fields that represent routine actions. The exemplary and role model status of the Prophet have a quality that covers all types of sunnah. Each type of sunnah is right and there is no place for superstition in them. The role model status of the Prophet is not limited to merely worshipping or actions that are a compulsory part of the religion, a requirement, or examples of good morals. The sunnah descriptions given by the hadith researchers are in line with the verses found in the Quran about his role model status and the orders and advice he gives in the sunnah context; it is according to all these factors that general opinion is formed. “The sunnah, whether it constitutes a base for a provision or not, are all the words, actions, teachings, characteristics, examples of the morality and personality of Prophet Muhammad.” Call 07 3865 6533

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New Queensland members of Parliament at one William Street before their first formal sitting for 2018, Multicultural community leaders were there in full force to welcome them.

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Indian Republic Day Flag Raising TARINGA: At precisely nine am, on twenty Sixth January, India’s National flag was unfurled at Indian Consulate office, 175 A Swan Road, Taringa by Mrs Archana Singh, honorary counsel for India in Queensland, assisted by Professor Sarva Daman Singh. This annual event is attended by many with a sense of patriotism. After the flag raising ceremony, honorary counsel for India in Queensland Mrs Archana Singh, addresses everyone present, much awaited speech by professor Sarva Daman Singh follows. The ceremony concludes with light refreshments India became independent of the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947. India did not have a permanent constitution at this time. The drafting committee presented the constitution’s first draft to the national assembly on November 4, 1947. The national assembly signed the final English and Hindi language versions of

the constitution on January 24, 1950. India’s constitution came into effect on Republic Day, January 26, 1950. This date was chosen as it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day, which was held on January 26, 1930.The constitution gave India›s citizens the power to govern themselves by choosing their own government. Dr Rajendra Prasad took oath as India›s first president at the Durbar Hall in the Government House, followed by a residential drive along a route to the Irwin Stadium, where he

unfurled India›s national flag. Ever since the historic day, January 26 is celebrated

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Australia-India Day Celebration at the Australians of Indian Heritage War Memorial (AIHWM) IT IS very rare that two countries have their national days falling on the same date. The 26th January is such date, when Australia celebrates Australia Day and India celebrates their Republic Day. This is of special significance to the Indian community living in Australia. On this special day, the Australians of Indian Heritage War Memorial (AIHWM) gathered to pay respects to those AustralianIndians who sacrificed their lives in World Wars I and II, by placing Wreaths at the Memorial on 26th January 2018 between 8.00 and 8.30 am at RSL Sub-branch, Sunnybank. The Monument (pictured) was unveiled in the Memorial Garden of Sunnybank RSL Sub-branch on 18 November 2017. Indian soldiers were part of a part of Britain and the coalition of forces committed to democracy. Indian soldiers were the largest single contingent of

all Britain’s colonies and dominions. About 1.3 million Indian soldiers fought and 74,000 lost their lives In the WWI. At Gallipoli 15,000 Indians fought and 1,500 lost their lives. In the WWII 2.5 million Indians fought and 87,000 lost their lives. Mr. Surendra Prasad OAM, Chairperson of AIHWM welcomed the gathering and spoke of the importance of the 26th January for Australia and India. National Anthems of both Australia

and India were played. Mr Hugh Polson, President of RSL Sub-branch Sunnybank said the monument is magnificent and is fitting to the sacrifices of the soldiers. Giani Jasbir Singh, the Priest from Brisbane Sikh Temple conducted a brief prayer. Dr Naidu Bodapati in his brief speech articulated the events that took place in Australia and India on the 26th January. On 26th January 1788 the First Fleet of British ships arrived at

Port Jackson, New South Wales and the Flag of Great Britain was hoisted at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. On 26 January 1950 India became republic and its constitution came into effect by replacing the Government of India Act (1935). Cr Kim Marx said the monument is more than magnificent. Mr Surendra Prasad concluded the function and thanked the committee members who

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and values,” Mr Dutton said. “Australia Day is a time for us to unite and welcome our newest citizens to this great country.” Mr Dutton will presided over a morning ceremony at his local Rotary Club in Samford Valley welcoming 28 new citizens, followed by another ceremony in Moreton Bay where he welcomed 144 new citizens. The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs the Hon Alan Tudge MP said thousands of people took part in a variety

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Newsletter 133-85 Maasi / Māgha Month (mid-February 2018 to mid-March 2018) Festivals

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Pros and Cons of Tweezing, Threading, Waxing, or Shaving Facial Hair By Nimisha Modi HEY Girls, There are multiple ways to remove hair without having to pay a fortune. The most common are tweezing, threading, and waxing. I am going to explain the pros and cons for each one. These are three common methods for facial hair removal (which no woman ever wants to admit, but it’s the reality ladies, so don’t be ashamed!). Out of the three, I believe threading is the best investment because it removes the hair from its root and allows for more precision in shape. You need to decide for yourself which method will work best. Read on for detailed reviews of each method.


Waxing is a quick and cost efficient method of removing unwanted hair, especially on the face. Currently there are two widely used types of wax: hard and soft. Hard wax is used on more sensitive areas, like the lips of your vagina when getting Brazilian. Soft wax is used on legs, faces, and underarms—areas that can handle more tug and pull. One of the most common ingredients in all waxes is pine rosin, which helps the wax harden and bond not only your skin, but to the hair follicles and paper as well. About waxing: You can get waxing done on any part of your body. When you go in to get waxed, whether facial

or body, you always leave with red areas and sometimes bleeding. This redness normally subsides about an hour or two after the waxing. The reason for this is that the wax not only pulls out the hair from the folicles, but also takes off the top layer of the skin. Pros: Quick, Inexpensive, grow back finer hair. Cons: Painful and tender the whole day, Hair has to be 1 cm before it can be rewaxed. Causes redness and sometimes bleeding, some are allergic to wax ingredients.

Threading Threading hair removal is rapidly becoming one of the world’s best and fastest hair removal techniques. This technique, developed in the Middle East, India and Nepal is an ancient method. About threading: Threading gets rids of the finest and smallest hair with ease and doesn’t leave the area extremely swollen or red. Here’s how it works: A cotton thread is pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion to trap hair in a mini lasso and lifts hair right out of the follicle. Sound painful? Well, to tell you the truth, if it is your first time, it can be painful. It’s not that bad. I honestly think waxing hurts more. Threading allows for the sharpest eyebrow form and definition, more so than with

tweezing and waxing alone. When you draw lines from the arch to each end, in accordance with your eye, they are perfectly aligned. Pros: No redness or Swelling, Quicker, Inexpensive, Last longer, it take smallest hair as well, hair grow back finer than before. Cons: Painful

Tweezing We have all done this, and honestly it gets rather annoying. The cost is the lowest (the price of a pair of tweezers), but it is extremely timeconsuming and can be rather painful, especially if you have never done it before. About tweezing: If you have never tweezed before, it can be quite an eye-opener. Tweezing takes patience, attention to detail, and some drawing skills. Usually, before you start, you have to first draw the shape you want for your eyebrows with a makeup pencil. From there, you pluck all the unwanted hairs around the drawn line. Now, if you’re not symmetrical in your drawing, you will end up with quite odd-looking eyebrows because they won’t be even. There will be times, even for some of the best professional tweezers, when they miss the hair and catch the skin instead. This can be rather painful and you may even break the skin. Pros: Cheapest option

Cons: Time Consuming, Difficult to achieve shape, Hair grows back within few day, Can be painful.


We have all done it, whether our legs or facial hair. Shaving is probably the worst of these solutions, but is quick. About shaving: If you are not careful, shaving can cause razor burn, a red rash along the shaved area. It’s also easy to nick or seriously cut yourself. Shaving only cuts the hair above the skin, causing the hair to grow back faster and heavier. The cost of shaving the actual razor to the replacement blades. This can run upwards of $15 excluding shaving cream. Blades last 3 - 4 weeks before they should be replaced. A dull blade is more likely to cut and cause razor burn than a sharp one. Pros: Quick and simple. Cons: Hair grows back quickly, coarser, and darker than before. Expensive to replace blades regularly, Only removes hair above the skin. Increases in-grown hairs. Can lead to cuts and razor burn. Every option has its benefits as well as its downfalls. I hope whatever choice you make is well informed. So ladies, pick your poison, the warm Queensland sun won’t go easy on you and your hairy self.

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Health conscious index: an insight into the health of Australians WHILE Australians are expected to consume less alcohol, spend less on tobacco, and consume more fruit and vegetables over the next five years, obesity levels are set to rise as people participate less in sporting activities. To quantify the Australian public’s receptiveness to a healthy diet and lifestyle, IBISWorld has compiled an index of health indicators, known as the health consciousness index. The health indicators used in this index include alcohol consumption, smoking rates, fruit and vegetable consumption, obesity levels, and participation in sports and physical recreation activities. Health consciousness is presented as an index with a base year of 201213, with an increase in the index representing a rise in health consciousness. Health consciousness has risen over the past five years and this trend is expected to continue over the next five years.

Smoking rate The smoking rate tracks the changing attitudes of Australians towards smoking. IBISWorld expects the share of total household expenditure spent on tobacco to decrease by 0.09 percentage points in 2017-18, to total 1.2%. ‘The first increase in the tobacco excise in September 2017 is expected to continue encouraging smokers to quit due to the high cost of tobacco. An increase in the tobacco excise is also expected to negatively affect sales for the tobacconists and specialised grocery retailing industry,’ explained IBISWorld industry analyst Bao Vuong. The popularity of smoking is anticipated to continue declining over the next five years. As

expenditure falls, the rate of decline is expected to slow as remaining smokers are likely to be those that have difficulty quitting or are unaffected by rising cigarette prices. When the indexation excise increases end in 2020, the Federal Government will likely implement additional excise increases if the current planned increases effectively reduce smoking rates.

Per capita alcohol consumption IBISWorld expects that alcohol consumption will decrease by 0.1% during 2017-18, to total 9.72 litres per capita. Government-led programs aiming to reduce alcohol consumption will also likely influence alcohol consumption in the current year. However, alcohol consumption is changing. While consumption of beer, wine, spirits and RTDs has declined over the past five years, consumption of cider has surged. Cider sales have strongly grown as successful marketing campaigns have expanded the demographics of cider’s consumer base and new flavours have spurred renewed interest in cider products. ‘Consumer tastes are projected to continue shifting towards locally produced premium products from craft cider breweries over the next five years, contributing to solid growth in the cider production industry,’ said Bao Vuong.

Obesity levels IBISWorld expects Australian obesity levels for those aged 18 and over to rise by 0.9 percent over 2017-18, to reach to 65.2%. However, rising awareness of the individual and social costs of obesity has constrained growth in the obesity rate.

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The ageing population is anticipated to continue driving growth in the obesity rate over the next five years. The social problems caused by obesity have led to several initiatives that have constrained rising obesity levels. Over the next five years, factors that could potentially constrain rising obesity levels include regulating advertisements that promote unhealthy foods during children’s TV programming, and potentially introducing a tax on fat or sugar, which would lead to unhealthy foods becoming more expensive. ‘As obesity levels in Australia increase, more consumers will become more likely to consider weight loss options. This is anticipated to benefit operators in the weight loss services industry,’ explained Bao Vuong.

Fruit and vegetable consumption Apparent fruit and vegetable consumption is expected to fall by 1.4% in 2017-18, to total 98.8 kilograms per capita. Greater awareness of health diets generally leads to healthier eating among consumers, which involves increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. However, the availability of vegetables is expected to weaken in the current year, following two years of favourable weather conditions. Less favourable weather is anticipated to cause vegetable prices to rise, and fruit and vegetable consumption to fall.Australia’s ageing population will likely boost fruit and vegetable consumption over the next five years. Older individuals typically consume a higher volume of fruit and vegetables compared with young and middle-aged individuals. As the proportion of Australia’s population aged over 50 increases over the next

five years, average per capita fruit and vegetable consumption is also likely to rise. ‘Anticipated increases in per capita fruit and vegetable consumption are projected to drive demand for the fruit and vegetable retailing industry,’ stated Bao Vuong.

Participation in sport Sport participation figures indicate the share of Australians aged 15 and over that participate in sports and physical recreation activities. Levels of participation in sport are expected to increase by 0.2 percent in 2017-18, to reach 59.5%. Government initiatives, such as VicHealth’s program to increase female participation in sport, have helped bolster sport participation in the current year. Participation in sport and physical recreation is expected to decline slightly each year over the next five years. As people of all age groups continue to spend their time on alternate activities, participation in organised sport and other forms of physical activity is anticipated to fall. Declines in sport participation are projected to reduce the pool of potential consumers for the sport and equipment retailing industry, hindering revenue growth,’ explained Bao Vuong. ‘However, government campaigns and other similar initiatives to boost sport and recreation activities participation are projected to become more prevalent over the next five years. This trend is expected to partially offset weaker participation over the period,’ added Bao Vuong. For more information on sectors referenced in this release, visit Call 07 3865 6533


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If you have had investigations ordered by your GP, it is important to make it known to your specialist before the first  consultation so that these can be accessed. Most of these do not need to be repeated. Some tests are ordered to ensure you are ready for pregnancy, while others assess the specific cause of your fertility problem. These tests may include: • Female Fertility Tests and • Male Fertility Tests. Common blood tests include follicular phase (early cycle) sex hormones (estrogen, luteinising hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and thyroid stimulating hormone). Tests to predict ovarian reserve, such as antiMullerian hormone (AMH), which is a blood test, and/or an antral follicle count (AFC), which is done via an ultrasound scan. The AMH is a hormone produced by ovarian follicles that contain eggs. The amount of AMH gives an indication of the number of eggs being produced (or ovarian reserve). A pelvic ultrasound scan is performed to check the pelvic anatomy and exclude ovarian cysts. A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray dye study that will check the uterine cavity and

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At City Fertility Centre, we recommend you seek medical advice from your GP or a specialist if you have not conceived after 12 months of trying, or after six months of trying if you are over 35 years old. There are also other instances where you might want to seek earlier fertility advice. These include: early menopause; polycystic ovaries; irregular or non-existent menstruation; history of endometriosis; when either you are or your partner is a current or past cancer patient; or when the male partner has had a vasectomy. You and your partner will require a referral from your GP to see one of City Fertility Centre’s specialists. Our friendly, caring staff share the same goal – to maximise your chance of conceiving a baby.

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Real Estate News

More homes up for grabs in Brisbane as listings rise

More people are putting their homes on the market in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new research shows.Source:Leader

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.Source:Supplied

MORE people are listing their homes for sale and taking profits in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new data shows. MORE people are choosing to put their homes on the market and take profits in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new data shows. Only Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra recorded a rise in property listings over the past 12 months, according to the latest figures from SQM Research. National residential listings dropped 4.8 per cent to 303,901 in January, as homeowners took a break and enjoyed the summer holidays.

Asking prices for houses in Brisbane rose slightly over the past year. Picture: Patria Jannides. Source:News Corp Australia

Brisbane stock levels are 1.3 per cent higher than they were a year ago, though listings fell 3.9 per cent in the traditionally quiet month of January. Sydney recorded the strongest annual rise in property listings, with 20 per cent more properties available for sale than this time a year ago. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said the overall fall in listings nationally was not surprising for January. “Looking forward, with interest rates still at low levels and a possible expansion in lending by the banks, we expect a year of modest prices gains in Sydney and most other capital cities,” Mr Christopher said.

“The auction clearance rate results and the asking prices over the remainder of February will give us some good insight in terms of how the market has opened. “While we did record a strong lift in asking prices in January, it has been based on a lower count of listings, so I will not read too much into the rise at this stage.” Capital city asking prices rose 2.2 per cent for houses and 3 per cent for units during the month. In Brisbane, the average asking price for a house is 1.4 per cent higher than it was a year ago at $613,200, while the asking price for a unit has dropped half a per cent to $380,800.

First home buyers benefitting from stable market By Real Estate Institute of Australia

HOUSING finance figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that first home buyers continue to steadily increase their presence in the housing market, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). “The proportion of first home buyers, as part of the total owner-occupied housing finance commitments, increased to 18.0 per cent in November 2017, the highest proportion since October 2012”, REIA President Malcolm Gunning said. “The number of loans to first home buyers at 11,091 is the highest since December

2009 when the first home buyers boost, as part of the Government’s response to the GFC, ceased. “By contrast, the value of investment housing commitments decreased by 0.3 per cent in November in trend terms following falls in the previous ten months and is well down from its 2015 peak. “Overall the figures for November 2017 show, in trend terms that the number of owner-occupied finance commitments increased by 0.1 per cent. If refinancing is excluded, in trend terms, the number of owner-occupied finance commitments was flat following thirteen consecutive months

of increases. “In trend terms increases were recorded in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia and Queensland with the largest increase of 1.2 per cent in the ACT. Western Australia had the largest decrease of 1.4 per cent. “In trend terms, the number of established dwellings purchase commitments increased by 0.2 percent while new dwelling construction decreased by 0.7 per cent and the purchase of new dwellings increased by 0.5 per cent. “It is pleasing to see the increased presence of first home buyers. The figures show that

owner occupiers and first home buyers are responding to more stable conditions and, in the case of first home buyers, state government incentives,” concluded Mr Gunning. The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) is the national professional association for real estate agents in Australia. For further information or to speak with REIA President Malcolm Gunning please contact Helen Hull via au or 0419 642 961. A copy of the Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing Affordability Report is available on request.

The spaceship-shaped home that is really out of this world By Barclay White

A SPACECRAFT shaped building south of the Gold Coast has created attention with its out-of-this-world shape and design. The home, which is actually a specially designed luxury house, has turned plenty of heads and slowed down traffic since construction started at the Tweed Heads construction site. GCB Constructions director Trent Clark has worked on the unusual home for the last two years after someone came to him with a unique idea and the money to make it a reality. “This client came to me with a concept that

they saw in Mexico,” Mr Clark said. The pod shaped design will utilise concrete and steel on the ‘shell’ of the two pods. He worked with an architect to perfect the design before construction work began 12 months ago. As the two pods that will make up the home slowly takes shape at 3 Tweed Terrace, it has caught the attention of nearby drivers and regularly slows traffic. The concrete home will have three bedrooms over its 390sqm and Mr Clark said the unusal shape would be good for airflow.

He anticipated construction to wrap up in a few months’ time, and said that one of the final additions will be LED strip lights across the pod. “It will look like it floats at night,” he said. Although no formal objections were made about the building when plans were submitted to the local council, he said it was not going to be loved by everyone. “You are always going to have someone whinge about it but that’s human nature,” he said. “We are proud to be part of it.”

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Astrology Aries (21st March to 20th April): Now, Mars moves through your 9th House – Sagittarius – which makes you optimistic, but also a tad too restless. In the tussle among the relationships of mind, heart or pleasure – ones pertaining to pleasure take the centre-stage, early in February, while the ones of the mind come a close second. Heart may have to wait till late in the month, when Venus finally gets its strength back. This year, in long term planetary movements, both Jupiter and Saturn add to your struggles. Saturn moves from 10th House – of Karma – bringing challenges and delays on professional and trade front. Jupiter, otherwise a positive planet, moves from your 8th House. A lot, thus, lies on your personal strength, will and motivation, says Ganesha. These are not necessarily bad cosmic alignments – but they will just make you work harder. The time demands dedication and discipline. On 12th, you are driven to make some important changes on the work front. With Sun and Mercury transiting through your 11th House, you will get your due – even is there are delays. Something is playing on your mind on 14th and 15th – which may also make you spend recklessly – as an escape route. Relax! Marital domain may not be a bed of roses, midmonth, but you certainly can plod through with some patience and smile. 19th is a day out of fairy-tales – or well, it can be, if you use the star power that comes your way. By 21st, things get even better as Venus emerges from combustion. It moves through your 12th House – driving you towards luxuries and hedonistic pleasures. Don’t overdo anything, warns Ganesha. Distractions abound, so students need to work hard. Beauty and attraction play a major role in your decisions, in last week. On 26th, however, you may be brought back to reality by a domestic matter, calling for your attention. 27th and 28th are happy days, but over-optimism can be as blinding as pessimism is self-defeating. Hope you get the message! You meet someone interesting. What’s brewing? Could be a romantic, aromatic soup – devour it, only if you are single and available. Taurus (21st April to 21st May): February is likely to be a month of mixed fortunes for you. As long term changes seem to be taking time to materialize, take short term, the ‘then and now’, on priority. Family life remains good, though same cannot be said for marriage or matters of heart. On the whole, expect things to improve by the the second half of the month. Health must not be ignored for the whole month. Should you, actually ever do that? Ask yourself! The 5th sees you in a truly motivated and driven form. There will be delays, though, but neither should you get impatient nor should you execute your plans in haste, says Ganesha. Saturn is in its own Sign – Capricorn - your 9th House (zone of luck) – for the whole year. This may not let you have the fruits of luck easily, so hang on. Are you feeling too low on the 11th or 12th? Draw strength from your inner Bull. 17th and 18th bring fresh hope and an impetus of cosmic power your way. Your health, especially, if you already suffer from chronic pains or ailment – may not let you breathe easy. Blame it all on the combust Venus – your Sign ruler – but also be practical by handling your illness proactively. Good times are round the corner, as on 21st Venus starts its emergence from combustion. Stars will now support your efforts. Life becomes busier, as new opportunities arise. Cosmic flavor, though, will help you handle new challenges successfully. Sun and Mercury – now traversing together - shall bail you out on the financial front. While professionals get extra duties, business persons too can expect trade activities to gain pace. Love and romance flower as well. Time to put your plans to action! However, Saturn will keep giving you reasons and lessons to stay grounded. This also makes you what you are – a strong, indomitable force. 25th through 28th shall be a propitious time – bringing happy encounters - at all fronts. You look pretty, your image gets a boost and you get the starry nod to go ahead in a special relationship. What else can you ask for! Gemini (22nd May to 21st June): Planet of aggression and force - Mars is now placed in opposition to your Sign, pushing you from all sides to toil harder. It’s a busy time, but there would also be hurdles. Avoid ruthless, impulsive behaviour. Sportspersons, fitness enthusiasts and ones into heavy labour jobs benefit from this extra dose of energy. Use this constructively! On 2nd or 3rd, start a new exercise regime, especially if you don’t have any; go slow. Travel is also likely, at this time. Be on your toes and grab every good opportunity that knocks at your door. Jupiter’s influence brings you gains and useful encounters. 11th and 12th seem to be extra gainful. An inheritance related matter may come to the fore. Business will flourish; mid-month is favourable for grocery and consumer goods traders and ones associated with services and hospitality industry. Jupiter will also bless the ones trying for conception. If you are planning to tie the knot, though, wait for a while, advises Ganesha. 17th and 18th see you busy with work, maybe, getting ready to handle a new responsibility or profile. Don’t forget to manage your finances. Thankfully, with Sun and Mercury joining the exalted Venus in your 10th House, progress and prosperity are assured – on the karmic front. So, whatever is your Karma – give your best. There would be delays and setbacks – what with Saturn passing through your 8th House for the whole year. There may be discontent, detachment and restlessness – most likely from sources unknown or intangible. Take great care of your health. Ones dealing with depression, insomnia or related issues must take extra caution, and so the ones suffering from lifestyle ailments. After 21st, Venus gets its sheen and strength back, which is sure to fire up your life positively. On 25th or 26th, a family or marital issue takes up your time and attention. Handle tactfully and keep a conciliatory approach. As the month ends, Moon meeting Rahu may prompt you to make a quick buck – but steer

clear of wrong, untrusted ways. Watch your transactions with someone new with a hawk’s eye. Cancer (22nd June to 22nd July): Mars travels from your 6th House now. This makes some areas extra challenging as well as busy. Watch your health, especially if you are already suffering from some issue – as it may get aggravated under this cosmic vibe. Be tactful and diplomatic, while at your work-place and in day to day routine. Incorporate a fitness regime in your daily life – and try finding a proper rhythm. But, guard against injuries – at the same time, warns Ganesha. Around 3rd or 4th, a mini vacation with your loved ones shall rejuvenate you, thankfully. This is also a good time for school students. Don’t be frazzled by hurdles in your daily life, though. Around 6th or 7th, you may be blessed with some unexpected gains. Expenses may match the steps of the extra moolah, though. There is a noticeable improvement in your health and fitness after 9th and you tend to enjoy happy moments at home too. Every evening, when you come back home, the cockles of your heart will be warmed to see the tender love and care, you receive. Be grateful, and thank the Lord. Money continues to pour in, so the extra expenditure won’t pinch you. However, Ketu in your 8th House may play spoilsport, by delaying the gains; don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm. A journey to a far flung place, or even a pilgrimage – is likely in this period. Romance fills your being, when you are refreshed and rejuvenated. However, the married or committed ones may be disappointed by the unresponsive attitude of their partner. Be creative and find novel ways to bring back the spark in your relationship, hints Ganesha. Incidentally, at this time, stars give you the cosmic nod needed for conception – so if you have been waiting for it – don’t wait now. Post 19th, planets support you hugely, so stay poised to take maximum advantage. Are you still vacationing? Enjoy then! But, if you are back to work – here too you shall be quite ecstatic. You are too driven to prove your abilities – but don’t go overboard. A minor injury may act as a dampener – so be extra vigilant. Leo (23rd July to 22nd August): Saturn has its ways of teaching us the life lessons. As it moves through your 6th House, and influences the 12th, you may feel all its heat. Watch your coffers, daily routine and also the work-place dynamics. Health must also remain your top priority. At home, be a good listener, as the month begins. If a job change has been on agenda, 3rd may bring some useful news. On 5th or 6th, if you are feeling down – take time to connect with your old friends. Jupiter and Mars exchanging Signs now herald a progressive period. Opportunity will knock, not once or twice, but quite a few times. A relocation or change of job is quite a possibility now. Go ahead! 12th and 13th may not be your best days. Are you feeling under the weather? Take a break from routine and work, suggests Ganesha. Heal yourself! By 15th, you shall be raring to go – but don’t go overboard, as yet. If you are a student, you may be lured by worldly attractions and temptation to earn – but that’s not good. Unless you really need the financial support, stick to your studies full-time, for if this time is lost, it won’t ever come back. There is a small planetary cluster in your 8th House – after 19th. This is not a very positive sign, and resultantly, you may be confused or restless – maybe, unwell. Meditate and draw from your inner strength. You are a Lion – and accepting defeat is not your style, reminds Ganesha. Moreover, you will be immensely helped by Venus, even more so, as it comes out of combustion after 21st. You will be unstoppable now! Progress and success cannot be far. By the last week of February, you are raring to go – ready to make up for the lost time. But, go a little slow, and if you have been unwell, take time to recuperate completely. Unforeseen expenses are foreseen for 26th and 27th. Work gathers steam too, but don’t let the stress – from career, finances or love life – affect you adversely. Virgo (23rd August to 22nd September): With Rahu passing through your 12th House, you have to be on guard against losses and expenses, for almost the whole year. Month’s beginning too may see a surge in your expenditure. Watch out! Thankfully, with Mars passes through your 4th House, you may come across quite a few chances to make extra money. But, don’t take anything or anyone new on the face value. Take your time to judge a person or opportunity, says Ganesha. Around 3rd and 4th, you invest more time at home, dealing with repairs, grocery shopping and, of course, spending sweet moments with the loved ones. Health shines, and all your efforts should be directed to keep it glistening. This year, Jupiter traverses your 3rd House – and from there it directly aspects your 9th House i.e. linked with luck and fortune. So, whatever challenges surface on 5th through 9th, you will be saved from any long-term damage. Smooth day to day routine will enable you to spend some fun times with your cousins, siblings or relatives. Work remains fine, but if you are studying, you will have to work hard to ward off distractions. In business, you may be averse to risks. The results may be delayed here. Mid-month, there may not be much happening, much to your dismay, but sometimes, a slow pace is a blessing. Look at the brighter side. Parties, flirting and social mingling will bring you pleasure. On 19th or 20th, you may be too lazy, which may lead to your missing out on some opportunity. After 21st, the cosmic weather gets shinier, what with the Goddess Venus regaining its lost strength. Now, you can expect progressive forces to work effectively. Love fills the air – slowly but steadily. You will also be in a mood to spruce up your appearance. Health improves and keeps you in a good frame of mind. Don’t lose your focus from worldly and professional matters, though. And, there still may not be much comfort for the married folks. Towards the month end, a discount or sale may push you to spend indiscriminately. Also, be vigilant and guard yourself from injuries.

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Libra (23rd September to 22nd October): You have been steadily climbing the ladder of success - but, it seems that now you wish to do it at double the speed. Plan well first. Work is hectic, demanding a lot from you, when the month begins. Somewhat disharmonious personal front, especially if you are married or committed, though, may not let you breathe easy and concentrate completely. Indulge in sports and fitness pursuits to clear your mind. Yoga and trekking are great ideas too! 5th and 6th may bring some career worries. Don’t overdo the stressing bit – it won’t solve anything, reminds Ganesha. Are you confused and clueless? Well, it may sound easier said than done – it really helps to let things be – if there is no immediate constructive solution in sight. Go with the flow! And, amidst all the chaos, do not neglect your health. If you can, join a skill or personality enhancement class. 12th through 15th is a time when again career, business or karmic matters take the limelight. Save some bit for inner peace and growth, though. Rest and relaxation are in-substitutable, meanwhile. 16th re-aligns the focus on family matters. Oh, what a month! Well, well – if you are exhausted already, cosmos bring some good news for you. Astral vibes also support education and study endeavors now. After 19th, you will be relieved greatly, feeling as if a weight has been lifted. Have you successfully met a deadline? Are you traveling for pleasure? Whatever it is – you are handling it all like a rock-star. Now, you shall have enough to splurge and save as well. If you have been contemplating a wedding, this is the time to jot down the plans. If you are single, you may bump into an interesting person. What’s more – health gets better too! 26th and 27th bring a busy time. You may succeed in settling a profitable deal. Despite the hectic routine, you might sense an urge to pursue your hobby; go for it, encourages Ganesha. Scorpio (23rd October to 22nd November): Early in the month, Mars – your Sign Lord – exchanges Signs with Jupiter – and transits through your 2nd House. Although this planetary alignment heralds a good time for your money matters, Ganesha advises you to refrain from important finance related decisions. Meanwhile, focusing on work is fine, but doing so at the expense of your health is incorrect. Health and fitness must remain your top priority. Some old ailments may re-surface, or you may remain stressed. Your personal well-being is also threatened, as Sun and Rahu are pitted against each other. Martian aggressiveness is good – but it must be reined in to a certain level – for your own good. Courage is nice, but recklessness is not! Borrowing or lending money should be avoided. 12th thorough 16th may be a rather uneventful time – but utilize this period to recharge and revitalize yourself. Don’t mope around, if there is no visible progress. Spend time with your loved ones, and find inner peace. Uncertainty and instability may scare you a bit, around 17th. That is why - it is a must to work on your resilience. 18th and 19th bring better vibes. Studies and research are benefitted by Jupiter. Exalted Venus in the 5th House rings happy bells for marriage and love, though you may still be somewhat mellow. Post 21st, though, when Venus comes out of combustion, you will feel attractive and more confident. Work continues to be busy, though your creative bent will help you achieve more in less time. You will feel refreshed, if you take up a new course or hobby at this time. Or, start a funfilled exercise regimen, like dance or yoga. 26th and 27th are the days ruled by emotions. Although, this is not new for you passionate beings, it would be best to maintain some balance. Get out of this mood, and enjoy the planetary bounties. Love birds can take this time to further their relationship, while others can simply enjoy the social scene. It’s a great time for learning and growth – so don’t lose any stone unturned, if you are a student. Sagittarius (23rd November to 21st December): With Mars now in your Sign, you will be full of steam, thanks to a positive planetary exchange. Progress is on your mind. A promotion or salary hike is likely. Also, be prepared for an assignment - for which you may have to shift base, at least temporarily. If all else is stable, focus on self-growth. Also, spend some time with the love of your life – but go slow when it comes to commitment in a new relationship or finalizing the wedding date. For these things – wait till the month’s latter part – says Ganesha. Meanwhile, Mars may make you aggressive or hasty. Don’t let these trifles cast a shadow on the happy times. 5th and 6th bring you some out-of-the-blue fortunate encounters. Happy? So, don’t hesitate in translating this in your work performance and drive, when stars demand a little extra on 7th and 8th. Ones studying may find themselves at a crossroads, confused between the paths of scholarly studies or the professional roads. Give it time, and the answer shall manifest itself, says Ganesha. Short term travels for work or business are likely, though you may not be happy with the immediate results. On 10th and 11th, temptations lure you. Do you want to give in – well, you are the best judge! 12th through 15th is all about family and home. It’s your time to show how responsible you are – or can be. Gains and income are routine, but your mind may be full of hundred ideas. Wait for a good time to put them on paper – and then into practice. Listen to your heart – and home affairs – on 19th and 20th. 21st is the day Venus comes out of combustion. Work is activated, and so is romance and pleasure. Ones planning to fix their marriage or propose to a sweetheart shall have the cosmic nod. Sensual and hedonistic pleasures too may be on your mind. But, watch your health and diet. 26th is a day when you don’t wish to go outside – your inner realm calls out to you, and you give in. But, don’t go too deep, especially if you suffer from depression or negative thoughts. Towards the month end, you are back in your elements – ready to sweat it out. Travel will be fruitful and relieving. Distractions galore, though.

Capricorn (22nd December to 20th January): Is work ever away from being the centre of your universe? Well, you are deep into work and karmic matters, when the month begins, but may also be mightily annoyed by the disturbances and hurdles. Be careful, and let some aspects take their course, instead of trying to steer everything yourself. Delegate some bit, if you can. Even when the deadlines loom, leaving you exhausted and stressed - health must remain your top priority, says Ganesha. On 3rd and 4th, despite gorgeous spring-time, you may be too immersed in growth pursuits that short term romances may fail to lure you. Are you in love with someone? Wait for some time – as the matter may reveal itself by the month end. The practical vibes of 5th through 7th bring you back to the worldly matters. Jupiter will keep bestowing you with friendly encounters and good gains. Your social image shines too. On 12th, you are too tied up – by your own hundred reservations. Blame it on your Sign ruler Saturn that meets Moon now. Try to clear your mind, and don’t be so gloomy. There’s not much happening, anyway, till 17th, so you may take some time off work – and go on a pleasure trip, suggests Ganesha. 19th through 22nd are busy days – bringing lots of hobnobbing and greeting. And, are you happy? Thanks to Venus – that comes out of combustion – you are ecstatic, feeling lighter and relieved. Be like this always! Success comes easy too now – and your communication skills are sparkling. At the personal front, if you have been waiting to take a relationship further, stars give a green signal. For married ones too – there is good news, as the astral vibe promises a promising time for conception. On 26th, your mind is full of all things home and personal. You want your loved ones to be pleased – and do all you can to ensure that. In business, you try your best to strike a worthwhile deal. The month draws to a close on a happy note – seeing you indulged in your favourite hobby. Aquarius (21st January to 18th February): A seasonal bug may get the better of you on the 1st or 2nd. Be on guard. Put in place healthy lifestyle practices to enhance your immunity, says Ganesha. Professionals may continue to remain busy, what with a deadline looming at the horizon. There may be pressure and stress at work – but don’t bring it to home or your personal sanctuary. Love and flirting will be pleasant and relaxing. Business persons may also face stiff competition from their rivals. Overall, monitor your expenses with a hawk’s eye. 5th and 6th are busy days again, so politely turn down the invitation, when a friend calls you for an impromptu drink. You can only fit so much in a day – and overdoing is not an option now! Paradoxes abound, and cosmos warns you – given Saturn’s ongoing, year-long transit from your 12th House – to be on your guard. 8th brings a minor setback at work. Did you not receive due appreciation for your hard work? Have a heart! Unexpected expenses may cause a dent in your savings midmonth. Thankfully, your family remains on your side, and helps you stay centered at all times. Professionals may still need to work hard for extended hours; your prospects remain strong, though. It’s also a good time for research and education, confirms Ganesha. 20th and 21st bring happy tidings; you feel alive and kicking. With Venus out of combustion, time is ripe for result oriented action. Your marriage-related plans meet success and the starry nod. Ironically, though, the married ones may remain somewhat disgruntled. 26th sees you in a low mood! Take care, and take rest, says Ganesha. Also, watch out against injuries and minor accidents. The month draws to a close on a busy note – leaving you little time for romance and life’s small pleasures. Take a break – when you can! Pisces (19th February to 20th March): The forceful warrior Mars now crusades through your 10th House, aspecting your own Sign. This will bear a significant effect on your work and professional arenas. You will be blessed with vitality and stamina – but also your aggression and restlessness. Career sphere is buzzing and alive, but don’t’ be brash or rude. In spite of no immediate gains, you will sail through nicely and comfortably in them monetary realm. But, don’t let this adrenaline rush give you high blood pressure or insomnia, wars Ganesha. Calm down those nerves! 5th brings a tiff or squabble that hurts you hard. Move on as soon as you can. Mars keeps your career and professional sphere buoyed – and hectic. Love takes a backseat, naturally. Keep a healthy lifestyle, so you are able to manage so much rush and frenzy. Around 12th, Venus moves to your Sign. Good tidings follow, and it all shows in your ebullient disposition now. It’s also a time to give yourself an attractive make-over, or work on your creative aspirations. Why not do both? Formulate strategies for future monetary success. Some new social relationships may also start getting formed. If you are married, steer clear of temptations, at this time. With your marital sphere already under cosmic shadows, you can’t afford to make a mistake now. Be appreciative of your spouse as well as close relatives, and keep an open mind and heart. 19th and 20th bring a fresh dose of enthusiasm and positivity, which gets even better when Venus comes out of combustion after 21st. You are raring to go now! Ones eager to fix their wedding date or start a new family, by conceiving a child, shall have the stars in their favour. You will also be able to focus well in study and research. You are extra cautious, on 26th, and a tad too unsure on 27th. But soon, you will be out of this state – for good, and will enjoy a new assignment that comes you way. 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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Qld Inc – Vedic Yaj (Havan) – The Sabha performs Havan Yaj every Sunday from 2-4pm at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre, 198 Learoyd Rd, Willawong and the public is welcome to be part of it. The members of public now can perform Havan Yaj at the centre. The fee of $50 is required for use of centre facilities to cover operating costs. The Havan Kund, utensils are available for use as well The Havan ingredients can be supplied if you are unable to get them. Mango sticks, Ghee, Samagri, Chamfor etc is available at the centre as well for $25. The seating capacity of the Yajshalla (Havan Hall) is 100. Contact Vice President Mrs Sushila Pathik for further information and bookings on 3314 6059. Contact Jitendra Deo 3263 1914 or Hari Chand 3345 4716 or visit www. for further information. Australian Pentecostal Assembly Brisbane – Sunday Worship every Sunday 9am-11.30am at 84 The Community Place, 84 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin Qld with Pastor Prakash Jacob. Cottage Meeting every Tuesday 7.30pm-9pm / Kids Bible Study every Friday 7pm-7.45pm / Intercessory Prayer every Friday 7.45-9pm. Worship in Hindi, English, Malayalam and other Indian Languages. For more information Phone 07 3315 5597 / 0413 347 562 or email info@ / www.apabrisbane. Bala Samskar Kendra – Hindu Scripture Classes for Children – The aim of Bala Samskar Kendra (BSK) is to provide an opportunity to the children to learn about

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The Manganiyar Seduction heading to Brisbane in March ONE of the most original and mesmerising live performances on earth is headed for Brisbane. The Manganiyar Seduction is a visually and musically stunning masterpiece, where 40 musicians from three generations of Manganiyars perform in a 36-windowed ‘jewel box’, with the songs slowly building to giddying heights. Celebrating the music of the Manganiyars, a caste of desert musicians from the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, The Manganiyar Seduction will be performed twice at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on March 1 and 2. Described as “rapturous... jaw-dropping... buoyant... compelling...tranquil...” by The New York Times, the show has received long-held standing ovations all over the world, from Salzburg and Vienna, to New York, Singapore, Washington, Paris and Hong Kong, is presented in Brisbane by Arts Projects Australia in association with QPAC and presented as part of BrisAsia Festival. The Manganiyar Seduction was first created to open the Delhi Film Festival in 2006. It’s rousing success, incredible originality and intense musicality

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Last Sunday of Every Month has seen it tour the globe ever since. The project allowed Director Roysten Abel to collaborate with the Manganiyar musicians for the first time, with the concept a dazzling union between the Manganiyar’s music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red-light district. The set is a combination of the Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur and the red light district, and is often compared to a jewel box. Forty musicians are seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows one on top of the other; and the concert begins when a single cubicle lights up and the first singer begins his song. Soon another cubicle lights up and then another thus creating a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and

voice as these extraordinary Manganiyar musicians transport audiences to another world. As the ensemble grows in number and the sound gathers momentum, the skin-pricking climax is heralded by a sumptuous light show as all the pods glow and pulsate along with the musical rhythms in an extraordinary original concept, brilliantly executed. The production last toured to Australia for Melbourne Festival 2011, Perth Festival 2011 and Sydney Festival 2010. Its 2018 season will take in WOMADelaide, Arts Centre Melbourne and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane. TICKETS ON SALE NOW, at or call 136 246

VENUE Our Lady Of Lourdes School School Hall Shearwin St, Sunnybank 5:30 – 8:00pm Harinam Sankirtan Followed by Mahaprasad Further Information:Prakash Raniga

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Continued from Page 44 rich Hindu culture through value based education from various Hindu scriptures and let them gain self-confidence and grow up in to individuals who are proud of their tradition. Every Sunday 2:30pm-5pm at Sunnybank State High School, Sunnybank (use Turton Street entrance). Contact / Hari 0411 137 396 / Krrishna 0411 776 509 / Ram 0416 813 747 Brisbane Multinational Church Service – Every Sunday 9.30am at 757 Gympie Road Lawnton. Come and join us for a great time of Praise and Worship plus inspired preaching of God’s word. We thrive for the presence of God and are passionate to see people be trained up and grow in the knowledge of the word of God. Special service time to pray for healing, deliverance and other spiritual needs. Enquiries 0424 1802 40. Star Christian Church – Clontarf Beach State School Hall. Every Sunday – Morning Service at 9.30am. Evening Service at 5pm. Come fired up and expectant! Star Church is a great, young church located on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula. A Pentecostal community connected with the Australian

Christian Churches. We passionately want God’s presence in our lives, desire to be trained and knowledgeable in His Word, hungry for the supernatural, excelling in our service and hospitable at life. For more information visit

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Hindu Cultural Hub (HCB) at Clayfield – Monthly Cultural congregation – Bar-Jai Community Hall, 178 Alexandra Road, Clayfield Qld 4011. Pooja by Hindu Priest, Bajan and Kirtan by devotees, monthly religious updates / guest speakers on spiritual (or) yoga techniques. Prasatham with vegetarian dinner served. For more details contact 0469 016 416 or visit www. The John Oxley District Orchid Society – Meeting – We pride ourselves on being a friendly Society and new members and guests are always welcome at our meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm. Venue is Oxley Bowls Club, 24-30 Englefield Road, Oxley. Please contact Sonia Addison 3277 5825 or for more information The Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association –

Gold Coast Bhajan – monthly Bhajans held every third Friday of the month starting at 7.15am at the Helensvale Community Centre - 31 Discovery Rd, Helensvale. Activities include Bhajan recitals, short educational presentations and free vegetarian dinner. All are cordially invited to attend. For further information please contact Director/ Religious Activities, Mr S Barataraj on 0417 588 839 or or visit Organization of Hindu Malayalees Queensland (OHM Queensland) – Monthly Bhajans held every first Saturday of Malayalam calendar. Activities include Bhajans, Malayalam Class, Library service, religious short educational presentations, vegetarian dinner etc. For further information please contact President Krishnan AK on 0418 727 570 or Shirdi Sai Sansthan Brisbane Ltd – Shirdi Saibaba Bhajans and Aaratis – last Saturday every month. 5.30pm at Runcorn Heights State School, 200 Nemies Road, Runcorn Qld 4113. Dhoop Aarati, Bhajans, Ashtotaram, Shej Aarati and Mahaprasad at 7.40pm. For more details contact 0416 813 747 or 0479 143 724 – visit www. or follow on facebook Shirdi sai baba Brisbane Mata Amritananadamayi Centre – Brisbane: Regular Satsangs are held at 32 Burnside Crescent, Westlake on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 4 pm. Spiritual chanting, singing, reading and Arati are followed by a prasad meal. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamavali chanting takes place at the Sri Selva Vinayakar Kovil at South Maclean on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:30 am. Register your interest for IAM Meditation courses. www.ammaaustralia.; facebook: Amma Brisbane Satsang. Contact:; ph: 07 3715 8278 Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil (Ganesha Temple) Brisbane (South Maclean) – For full list of upcoming events please visit www. Yoga in Daily Life – Satsang and Full Moon Meditation – Satsang every last Saturday of the Month from 5-7pm with Rajastani Bhajans, meditation & Prasad. Purnima Full Moon Meditation from 7:45pm - 8:30pm (see our website for dates). Regular daily Yoga & Meditation Classes. Shiv Mandir is open daily for Darsan. Website:, Email:

Abhijit Banerjee to perform in Brisbane CONSIDERED among the top class of players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. The show will also feature renowned local artists, Saikat Bhattacharya (sitar) and Joseph Nand (harmonium). Abhijit Banerjee is known for his sensitivity, skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer. Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma,

Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad. Abhijit has toured extensively in USA, Canada, U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and Mexico as well as performing in all of the major classical music festivals in India. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris,BBC whole night music series. Souht Bank, London. Abhijit also had had the honor of representing India in the Granada Festival of Music, Puerto Rico world percussion Festival, Bratislava World Percussion Festival. In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu, Jon Santos, Keny Endo and many other. He has also collaborated with Balinese Gamelan Artiste Dewa Barata of CUDAMANI group and produced Rabindranath Tagore’s AMI CHITRANGADA which was first staged with Balinese and Indian Dancers and

later was released as music Album. Abhijit founded his own ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions. Saikat Bhattacharya has been playing the Sitar for over twenty four years. Playing the sitar has been his passion and devotion. His motivation to learn came from his parents more particularly his mother. Saikat’s first teaching began in early nineties under the supervision of his first Guru Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta, in India. Pandit Manilal Nag comes from the Vishnupur Gharana, which is the one and only school of music that originated in Bengal with its roots, embedded in the “Seni Gharana” of Delhi. Currently Saikat is currently a disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan for the last one year and regularly takes lesson from Ustadji. Saikat has made numerous public performances in India and Australia. In Australia, he has regularly performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Multicultural Music Festival, Queensland Conservatorium, and several other public and private programs. Saikat regularly visits his Guru in India to take more guidance and lessons on the sitar. Joseph Abhay Nand is a stalwart participant

in the Brisbane Indian classical community. Originally from Fiji, he learnt harmonium from Ustad Mohammed Hussein from Pakistan and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri from India. He is also accomplished in both tabla and vocal. He learnt tabla from his elder brother Sri Viveka Nand, Ustad Mubarak Khan, Pt Surendra Bhatt and Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan, and learnt vocal from Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan. Joseph is a member of the Sangeet Mela organising committee, Rising Star Awards judging committee (Hindustani), and has been a regular accompanist for vocal, tabla solo and Kathak dance performances at Sangeet Mela each year since its inception in 2014. An experienced educator, Abhijit Banerjee will also be presenting tabla workshops for all levels from beginners to advanced on Sunday March 18. Contact Shen Flindell on 0415106428 or shen@ethnosuperlounge. com


What: Abhijit Banerjee When: Friday, March 17 Time: Doors 6.30pm | Performance from 7pm Cost: $20 Concession / $25 Full Price from Eventbrite

Riotous Comedy from Karou Charou – Live In Australia MUSIC, Song, Dance….. and a splash of comedy. It’s like a Bollywood movie, except not quite as long…and without subtitles. South Africa’s most commercially successful indian comedian, the enigmatic and charismatic Karou Charou is heading down under for a fourshow, four-city tour of Australia. Sporting outrageous colourful outfits , dark sunglasses (even at nite) and fingers fitted with “Liberace style” flashy rings, Karou , if nothing else, is a sight to behold. Thankfully he’s also extremely funny. His energetic, vibrant and very interactive style, which sees him often leave the comfort of the stage to engage in unscripted yet hilarious banter with the audience, has seen him amass a very large fan base which extends from kids as young as four years old to senior citizens. His popularity was noticed by Mcdonalds South Africa who handpicked him to be

the face of their spicy burger ad campaign. If you are originally from South Africa and looking for some real “hometown” humour from “da

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hood” then you just got to see this show Karou says that he is glad that he was born a South African indian, as he believes that the South African

Karou Charou commences his rioutous live show in Australia from February 9th - 16th.

indian community is one of, if not THE most colourful community on the planet. Theres humour in everything we do. From the way talk and express ourselves, our lavish weddings , the cars we drive, and not forgetting our “entertaining” funerals amongst many other things. In this show the audience will be able to witness first hand , Karous new found hypnosis skills and a major part of all Karou’s shows is this one is no different, as unsuspecting audience members find themselves on stage doing what can only be described as a cowboy “hoedown.” Karou Charou Live promises to be a 90 minute non-stop roller coaster of laughs for the whole family. It’s often described as an on-stage comedy riot. For tour dates see the ad on Page 26. For bookings, contact: 0415 601 055 or email: Call 07 3865 6533

Celebrating Australia Day with full fervour

By Navin Kumar, Festival Co-ordinator

THE combined celebration of 69th Indian Republic Day and Australia Day was celebrated with full festive fervour on the 26 Jan 2018 at the “Lighthouse Events Centre”, Forest Lake. The event was organised by the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) which has been in the forefront of conducting the event from 2012 with full support from the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council (BCC) and other Local Governments Councils, Australian Federal Government, Indian High Commission for Australia and all Indian and Indian origin communities and associations. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Ms Prathana Thevar –Brink who was exceptional in managing the event

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all through the evening. The celebration began with the singing of the Australian and Indian National Anthems and welcome to the country ceremony by Indigenous Australian elder – Uncle Albert Holt and the Wirri-Wakka Dancers, Indigenous Australian Dancers. Distinguished dignitaries, community and business leaders from Australia and India were present to celebrate the function. This included the new Multicultural Affairs Minister, Hon Stirling Hinchliffe representing the Premier of Qld, newly elected Member of Parliament for Mt Ommaney Ms Jess Pugh, Cr Angela Owen, Cr Charles Strunk, Sen Claire Moore, Sen Murray Watt, Cr Kim Marx, Federal Member for Oxley – Mr Milton Dick, Qld Police Commissioner Mr Ian

Stewart and Mr Steven Biddle, Regional Director, Department of Home Affairs. The celebration was also graced by the presence from Indian High Commission Canberra represented by the Counsellor Mr Sonal Bajaj and Hon Consul of India in Qld Mrs Archana Singh. The messages from all of the distinguished guests from Australia and India was in summary to celebrate the Unity in diversity and multicultural Australia for the betterment and community prosperity and harmony The celebration involved spectacular cultural programme performances from the Sitar Maestro – Mr Saikat Bhattacharya, Nadananjali School of Dance and Bhavana’s Dance Academy. The celebration this year was well

supported by Forest Lake Ward Cr Charles Strunk and BCC Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. The event was a grant success with FICQ and its executive team working together with the greater Indian and Multicultural communities in bringing one-ness, unity, peace and harmony. Delicious and scrumptious Indian dinner was organised to all the present. FICQ as a whole, led by the current president Mr Palani Thevar takes immense pride and thanks everyone in continuing to celebrate this event with uniting all the Indian and Australian Communities year after year. Visit updates and details www. Photo and Videography for the event was done by Mr. Redson for FICQ

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Hema Malini and author Ram Kamal graces Mithun Chakraborty’s Dance India Dance ON Sunday 28th January, Zee TV will telecast a special episode on “Beyond The Dreamgirl” featuring legendary actress Hema Malini and celebrated author Ram Kamal Mukherjee in their most popular reality show Dance India Dance. Hema and Ram Kamal will be talking about their experience on penning an authorized biography on the life of ‘dreamgirl’ and beyond. This will be the first ever book to get featured in any danced based reality show in Indian television. This certainly makes Ram Kamal, India’s first biographer to appear as a guest in any reality show. The 90 minute show will feature Hema Malini getting introduced on her signature song Kisi shayer ki ghazal (Dream Girl) by the young and talented participants from Dance India Dance. “It’s an honour and privilege to share stage with Hemaji, who is an epitome of grace and talent,” said grand master Mithun Chakraborty while welcoming Hema on the show. In presence of judges and noted choreographers Marzi Pestonji, Mudassar Khan and Mini Pradhan, the book was officially presented by Ram

Kamal and Hema Malini. “I need an autographed copy of the book,” said Mithun and quickly managed a marker pen for Hema to get it inked. While the judges marked it as a historical moment in Dance India Dance, stating that Hema Malini is a stalwart, and she is known for her dancing prowess. “A biography on Hemaji is like a grammar book for any dancer or choreographer. I think everyone should read this book to know what it takes to become a star like Hemaji,” said Mudassar Khan. While Marzi jokingly asked Mithun if he could write a book on him too? “Pehele theek se Hindi toh seekh le, fir sochenge!” was Mithun’s prompt and witty reply hinting at his ‘Parsee bawa’

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accent. Hema Malini will be seen enacting the iconic Sholay sequence after almost 40 years. Mithun added, “When the producer mentioned that Hemaji will be coming for the show, we thought of recreating her scene with dhanno from Sholay, which happens to be my favourite scene too.” But there was a small hurdle; Hema was not too sure about the scene because she is recovering from a knee injury and didn’t want to take a chance. It took finally Ram Kamal to convince Hema to ride the ‘tonga’ once again after four decades. “Hemaji is very particular about everything. I know what she would like

and what she won’t. I guess that much once should, after writing two books on her,” said Ram Kamal jokingly. But eventually, she enjoyed the entire segment with dhanno and got a standing ovation from the audience for her ‘Basanti’ act. Hema Malini wittily added, “I am extremely fond of two Bangalees, one is Mithun and another is Ram Kamal. How can I say no to them?” Speaking about Ram Kamal, grand master Mithun said, “I know Ram Kamal since last two decades. He is a terrific writer, and I have already read Beyond The Dreamgirl. I think his fluidity and simplicity are the two aspects that make for an interesting read.” Published by HarperCollins India, Beyond The Dreamgirl has already bagged two prestigious awards in Mumbai and Jaipur. Executive editor Shantanu Ray Choudhuri said, “Such platforms are very important for a book like this. Hemaji is India’s first female superstar, and people still admire her. She is loved by the mass, and Dance India Dance is the most popular massy reality show since past six years. We are thankful to Zee TV and Mithundafor this gesture.” The show will be simultaneously aired at 183 countries across the globe. While Hema and Ram Kamal shared many anecdotes from the book, participants paid musical tribute to Hema

from her chartbuster Mere Naseeb Mein from Naseeb. Choreographer Mini Pradhan requested Hema to join in a small jig on her song, and she did a jig with the participant. “I don’t know about others, but my dream is definitely fulfilled today, as I got an opportunity to dance with Hemaji,” added Mini. Author Ram Kamal Mukherjee said, “My relationship with Zee TV started as a producer when I did co-produced a finite series Bin Kuch Kahe for them. I am thankful to Dr Subhash Chandra and entire Essel Vision Production for making this possible for my book. I respect Mithunda, and I have been watching this show for last six seasons. I think this is the right platform to talk about someone like Hemaji, because even today people from various parts of our country idolize her as a dancing star, and I am sure they would like to know about her journey and

achievements.” A specially baked fruit cake was organized by Essel Vision Productions to mark 50 glorious years of Hema Malini in Bollywood. In the show Hema revealed untold stories about Dharmendra, Esha and Ahana, also on why Rekha calls her every year on her (Hema) mother’s birthday, why Esha used to remove nail paints from her toe nails as a kid, why Rajesh Khanna had more female fans than any other actors, what makes Deepika Padukone special from other heroines and why Jaya Bachchan is very close to Esha and why Shah Rukh will always remain special amongst all the Khans. If you are looking for an unfiltered entertaining weekend, then you can’t miss this episode of Beyond The Dreamgirl with Hema Malini and Ram Kamal.

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Padman showcases at The Oxford Union ahead of worldwide release

Pad Man becomes the first Indian film to be showcased at The Oxford Union BESTSELLING female Indian author, film producer and woman empowerment champion Twinkle Khanna, joined a canon of esteemed cultural, political and high profile figures as she addressed students at The Oxford Union, the world's most prestigious debating society. The event came ahead of the 25th January, 2018, worldwide release of her highly anticipated debut as producer, Pad Man. The day also saw a meeting between Twinkle and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Oxford University student Malala Yousafzai to discuss the education of girls. Popularly known to her readers as Mrs Funnybones, which also doubles up as the title of her first book and columns, Twinkle Khanna’s debut book Mrs Funnybones sold over 100,000 copies. This feat made her the highestselling female author in India with her second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, landing at number two on Amazon India’s bestseller list. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad featured a number of short stories, one of which was the story of a man who invented a machine to make low-cost sanitary pads. Recognising a vital need to have this story shared to a wider audience, Twinkle had turned producer to develop it for the big screen. The result is her latest endeavour, Pad Man, the world’s first feature film on menstrual hygiene, based on the life of social entrepreneur and activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionised sanitary hygiene in rural India 20 years ago. Pad Man traces Arunachalam Muruganantham’s international journey from an outcast exiled from society for his endeavours to delve into such a taboo subject, to becoming a super-hero of India’s modern history, as he followed his dream to bring a revolution to menstrual hygiene in India. Eager students flocked to The Oxford Union to see Twinkle Khanna’s highly anticipated speech and Q&A session, in what marked the first time for an Indian film to be showcased at the institution. Before Twinkle took to the spotlight, the audience were presented with the official trailer of Pad Man, which generated a rapturous response of laughter when lead actor Akshay Kumar remarks that if a man bled for the amount of time a women did as a result of menstruation – he would die. Twinkle’s speech had the audience chuckling throughout as she candidly recalls what drew her to the story of the real life Pad Man Muruganantham, “Arunachalam Muruganatham’s story fascinated me. He is the first man to wear a sanitary pad - imagine that!” She went on to note the significance of his achievements, “To me he is an example that intelligence is truly not constrained within the boundaries of a particular language or a formal mechanism like education.” Twinkle engaged the audience by explaining why the world needs to know about Pad Man’s story and the importance of spotlighting issues relating to menstrual hygiene. “My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned.” She also pointed out the global nature of the problems including in the UK, saying that: “In the beginning, I thought that period poverty was only a problem in my country and countries like Africa, Bangladesh, but groups like Plan

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International UK have found that one in ten school girls in the UK itself are missing school because they are unable to afford hygiene products and end up using substitutes like rolled up socks.” Twinkle’s speech also dealt with the controversial taxes on sanitary products, the impact of menstrual hygiene on girls’ education and even surprised the audience with a few questions of her own for the women in the audience. Recalling Muruganantham’s own idiosyncratic maxim and its relevance to the world, Twinkle said, “He said to me: ‘all countries want to be strong but if mother strong, sister strong, woman strong then only is a country strong’ and that is something we need to look at globally.” Speaking about her hopes for the film, she told the audience, “Pad Man, I am hoping is more than a movie, that it’s part of a movement where women are no longer hampered, embarrassed or held back because of their biology; where ads no longer show blue liquid instead of red; where President Trump can’t shame a reporter by saying ‘she is bleeding between her whatever’ and a world where, although we can’t promise every schoolgirl iPads, we can ensure that they get all the sanitary pads they need.” In the Q&A session that followed her speech, Twinkle asked an audience filled with Oxford University students to raise their hands if they were currently on their periods. When almost three quarters of the room raised their arms aloft, Twinkle said “Now imagine sitting here with a rag cloth or a rolled up sock or even wadded up newspaper between your legs. Would it even be possible for you to study under those circumstances? “Yet pads are still seen as a luxury item. Its odd that pads are taxed at 12 percent in India but brooms are tax free, because it is more important that you keep your house clean rather than your body, and that America has taxes on tampons but Viagra is in fact tax-free, perhaps because policies are made by 65 year old men." Answering questions from The Oxford Union Vice President Sabriyah Saeed, Twinkle said: “One of the things I really wanted from this movie, which I think we are already on the way to achieving, is to make it a conversation starter. We want all members of the family to discuss this topic, including the men, even if it is merely to decide whether they should go and see Pad Man or not!” Speaking at the meeting, prior to Twinkle’s speech, Malala mentioned to Twinkle: “I’m really excited to see the film Pad Man, and am looking forward to seeing the trailer shortly because the message behind the film is truly inspiring.” Approaching its 200th anniversary, The Oxford Union has an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford, with the aim of promoting debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe. Former participants include US Presidents Reagan, Nixon, and Carter, Sir Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa, Sir Elton John, the Dalai Lama, Michael Jackson, Malala Yousafzai, Morgan Freeman, Shashi Tharoor, and Buzz Aldrin, to name but a few. Twinkle Khanna's participation continues The Oxford Union's fine tradition of hosting world leaders in every field. Join the conversation #PadManinOxford

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Sports News

Wrestler seeking redemption at Commonwealth Games

Rupinder Kaur

SHE made the biggest mistake of her life heading into the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and now wrestler Rupinder Kaur is ready to get redemption at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Wrestling has been Kaur’s whole life since she picked up the sport as a 12-year-old living in Tarn Taran, a small village in India. It’s why the events of Glasgow, missing her designated weight category by 200 grams and having to fight up a weight division, were so devastating. It’s the reason this time, she’s determined to do everything she can to fulfil a destiny, years in the making. “This mat is my home; it is my life actually,” Kaur said. “I can die without wrestling. Whenever I sleep I dream about wrestling. Even when I was pregnant, I was dreaming about wrestling. “From 12 years old, my whole life has been wrestling. Until my body is not fit and strong, my life is wrestling. I’m not going to leave.” Kaur claimed the gold medal at the National Wrestling Championship in the 48kg class in May, and then won the National selection trial in November, putting her one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 Games. It was a massive step on the comeback trail after becoming a mother. Kaur started training just six months after giving birth, but admits it took 12 months for her body to completely heal from the C-section. Kaur’s friendly and bubbly demeanor masks a fierce driven warrior hidden beneath the surface. She’s won matches with a dislocated elbow, won essentially with an arm tied behind her back too. Nothing distracts her from the task at hand. Her focus is laser sharp. When she was young she wrote in a diary that she wanted to become an international champion, but not even Kaur could have forseen what was to come. Representing India in 2004, Kaur won a gold medal, pinning every single opponent in under 60 seconds. It was a watershed moment, Rupinder Kaur had arrived.

It also changed a lot of perceptions about her and about women wrestlers in India. Culturally, it was a massive deal. “It wasn’t common to be a wrestler and female when I started. Now it is okay, but when I started families really didn’t allow girls to wrestle,” she said. “My mum said no way, this is not a girls’ sport. She said wrestlers have broken ears, you won’t find a boy, you won’t get married, you won’t be able to wear earrings. “I had four or five times my arm was dislocated. My mum was like, no more, stop doing this. Maybe one day you won’t be able to eat with your hands, you won’t be able to walk, and I was like, I’ll be fine. “My training gym was 32km away and I was catching the bus to get there, so sometimes I would get home really late. It is hard, living in a small village and once I get back home, people would wonder why a woman was getting home so late all the time. “What’s wrong with them, why are they allowing her to do that. “But once I got that medal, mum was telling everyone in my hometown, my daughter got gold medal. “Everything changed, even in my hometown, look at that girl, she is winning medals in wrestling, she is doing really well. Why don’t we put our girls in wrestling too.” Kaur’s journey has brought her to Australia, where she became an Australian citizen in 2012. While she’s proud of her Indian heritage, there is no question that she now calls Australia home. Wearing the green and gold is something she does with absolute pride. “Once I came to Australia, I couldn’t go back. Australia is the best country in the world,” she said. “When I moved here I was thinking I would stay here for two years, finish my study and move back, but I couldn’t.” “I want to represent Australia and I want to be a good wrestler. “I feel really proud. Some people ask me you are Indian and you are wearing Australian gear, shouldn’t you wear Indian, and I say no, I’m Australian.”

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