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From the Publisher Welcome to our June issue; change is in the air as we reach Winter and receive the new Australian Government. June is also pre-Tax time; let it not be a taxing time for you; get expert advice and prepare in advance. The economy is growing; the higherthan-expected inflation resulted in increased interest rates, fuel and gas prices, and house prices falling. This has been a challenging period for us, with quite a few deaths of near and dear relatives and friends. I lost a very dear friend of mine, Puran Singh; I vividly remember his wedding, which was held at our residence; ever since we met in Sector 11 Chandigarh, we formed a very close bond. I am happy we were able to reunite after some thirty years during my last visit to America. Unfortunately, he developed a health issue from which he did not fully recover; may his soul rest in eternal peace. On the brighter side, we have been welcoming many new citizens; lately, the pandemic has created a backlog, and agencies are working hard to clear

the backlog. Brisbane City Council organized two citizenship ceremonies. The first one at Brisbane City Hall had 500 people take up citizenship. The second one at Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre saw 1200 people take up citizenship. Brisbane City Council plans to hold a few more shortly to catch up with the backlog. Preparations are underway for GOPIO Queensland’s iconic India Day Fair; the fundraising dinner was a highly successful and sold-out event. One could feel that energy in the room, and you could sense that this India Day Fair will be a big, welldone team GOPIO. It was a pleasure to attend Bayanihan - Filipino festival at the revived Butter Factory prescient in Kingston; it is an excellent venue for festivals and fairs. World Environment Day organized by the Bahai Community of Brisbane, was held at Banksia Room in Enoggera Reservoir reserve. The theme this year was “celebrating only one Earth.” A very well-organized event, I must say, a scorching topic.

ISQ held their Eid Mela Carnival on 4th June at Rocklea Showgrounds; again, it turned out to be a beautiful day, the ground was a bit wet from the rain from the day before, but the venue has excellent parking and ample space for many stalls. A fun day out for the whole family. Brisbane Lord Mayor and Peter Russo MP were in attendance with other dignitaries. The police department had a prominent presence. Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio were proud to be media sponsors of the event. Those mentioned above are just a few of the events. There have been a lot of functions and events happening lately, and everyone is quite eager to be out and about after the two years of lockdown. Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio have been supporting many of these events over the years and still offer excellent coverage and promotion for the events through multiple channels and platforms; our marketing team will be more than happy to discuss and tailor a package for you. Brisbane Indian Times still maintains an extensive distribution outlet for its printed copies. With its Facebook live segment, Australian India Radio is becoming ever popular. With our Monthly Music Junction segment, the viewers are growing, with the last part getting over 74K views. RJ Savi is still away, and Suman Dua fills in for her. I was honored to host (MC) the reconciliation week program of Queensland Multicultural Council, Multicultural Australia, and Griffith University, another great event held at Queensland Parliament House; Ms. Janeth Deen OAM is to be commended for the tremendous effort, Christine Castley, Vanessa Fabre, and production team form Multicultural Australia did an excellent job of facilitation. The presenters were well chosen, and all spoke well; the venue was sponsored by Peter Russo, MP member for Toohey. Congratulations to Basava Samiti for the inauguration of the chapter; it was indeed a privilege to Join Mrs. Archana Singh Ji – the honorary counsel for India in Queensland, for the auspicious inauguration and getting the charity status for the organization. I will finish off now; I hope you all will take part in World Yoga Day, it is a momentous day, and I would urge you all to participate in the Yoga Day organized by DJJS in Association with Councillor Angela Owen to be held on 18th and 19th June. Until Next Month, Happy Reading —Umesh Chandra OAM Publisher

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Stunning backdrop at the ‘best hotel’ in Vietnam

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‘Welcome back world!’ is a catch-cry that’s resonated around the globe lately. As Australia has opened its international borders to fully vaccinated tourists, the holiday choices are plentiful. Asia is slowly reopening to tourists and Vietnam is on the list. In fact, holiday deals to the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort generate spectacular ‘proposal’ packages. The resort, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has just been named the ‘Gold’ winner as the ‘Best Hotel in Vietnam’ in the DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. The InterContinental is a haven of luxury, tranquility and romance beyond compare. Nestled in a pristine natural reserve on Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula, overlooking the endless ocean, this dreamy destination is the perfect place to indulge yourselves. This high-style seaside retreat is wrapped in pristine rainforest, built vertically up a lush cliff. Here’s your chance to recharge your imagination in a private, perfect world. Celebrate sunshine and seclusion at one of Vietnam’s most spectacular beach resorts. Retreat into a world of unspoiled nature, set on a private bay, where you’ll be enlivened by bold, creative architecture that marries local heritage with worldclass design. From top-tier destination dining to barefoot days of beachside bliss, savour every moment that’s grounded in Vietnamese hospitality. Undertake unforgettable experiences: it’s time for a staycation, explore the

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The stunning five-star resort nestled in 39 hectares of nature on Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula, is the ultimate romantic destination. Spanning four idyllic levels – heaven, sky, earth and sea. spectacular nature, dine with a view, ride the Nam Tram funicular railway, go hiking in paradise, revel in a grand dessert, enjoy exceptional wines and much more. The stunning five-star resort nestled in 39 hectares of nature on Vietnam’s Son Tra Peninsula, is the ultimate romantic destination. Spanning four idyllic levels – heaven, sky, earth and sea – and cascading down to a pristine private beach and the azure ocean, this is the picture-perfect place to celebrate life’s most memorable moments.

Open a new chapter in your love story that’s sure to appeal. The retreat has unveiled its first-ever proposal package, ‘Say Yes!’ – a blissful, bespoke experience that is sure to help you sweep your partner off their feet. Splendid settings You can get married in a choice of stunning settings at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, including the soft sands of the secluded cove, the lush greenery of the Beach Garden, the sea-facing terrace of your luxurious room, suite or the elegant alfresco deck of La Maison 1888, the multi-awardwinning restaurant by three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. For a true surprise, why not pop the question while watching your favourite film together at a private screening in the resort’s intimate cinema. Add to the moving moments by providing a designer bouquet of flowers, a bottle of Tattinger champagne and even a violinist for a soothing serenade.

Overlooking the endless ocean, the shimmering pool sets the stage for romantic moments at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam. For more personalised proposals, you can request balloons, additional music or flowers, a dramatic fireworks display, a candlelit dinner either at the restaurant or on the beach. As the resort’s general manager Seif Hamdy says: “At InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, we understand that

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A ROOM A TABLE A CHAIR AND A LAMPSTAND

Pastor Suresh Dass Joseph josephdass@optusnet.com.au

Dear reader, it is our joy to bring you the word of God. Too

often, we are waiting for new opportunities, for new doors to open. The good news is that new possibilities come to us all the time. New doors open for each one of us. And when they do, if you are not careful, you could look at it as a problem instead of seeing it as an opportunity. Instead of seeing things coming your way as a steppingstone for progress, you could see them as a stumbling block to failure. In the scriptures (2 Kings 4 v 8-17), Elisha the prophet went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she

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persuaded him to eat some food. So, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, let us make him a small upper room, and let us put a bed in there, a table and a chair and a lampstand.” This woman’s generosity towards Elisha and her preparation for him resulted in her having a child when she wasn’t able to, and her child later being raised from the dead when sickness claimed him. Here are 3 things we can learn from this Shunamite woman.

1The more you prepare yourself, the more opportunities God will give you. She put a bed in the room. And like the prophet, there are times that you must run, and there are times that you must rest. A table speaks of spiritual food that you need for your soul. If you plan to keep giving out, then you must keep taking in. The chair speaks of the study of the word of God. And finally, a lampstand is the place of illumination. Even after you have studied long and hard, you need God; you need His Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to

your heart. 2- You don’t get things in life that you want. You get something that you prepare for. She provided the prophet with what he needed. She was blessed with what she needed most, a son. The question is, are you still waiting for something that you should be preparing for? 3- Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. That means the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. She went to great lengths to prepare a room and the items in the room. Soon

her blessings followed. Her faith in action showed that she had the capacity and energy to handle the benefits. In the same way, every preparation shows that you do not see obstacles as problems but as opportunities for success. Each stumbling block is just another steppingstone toward your future and destiny. God bless you Ps Joseph Dass josephdass@optusnet.com. au 41 Braun Street DeagonSunday church service at 10 am


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Your Mortal Nature A human being does not turn spiritual because he thinks about God. If you think about God, you are usually only thinking about survival. Ninety-eight percent of the prayers in the world are “Dear God, give me this, give me that, protect me.” This is not spirituality, it is just plain survival. It is just that you are routing your survival through heaven and that is the biggest problem in the country. To take care of simple survival, people are calling upon God and India is a living proof that it has not worked. If you want to survive well, you must just learn to use your four limbs and a few brain cells. So don't think you are spiritual because you think about God. If you think about God when you feel insecure or hungry or when you feel something is going to be lost, that is survival not spirituality. You think about spirituality only when you are faced and confronted with death. When you know and realize that you are a mortal, when you become aware that tomorrow morning you may be dead, then you wonder what this is all about. You look like a whole, complete human being, but tomorrow morning you may evaporate and nobody is going to miss you. Everything will be fine

in the world without you. The flowers will bloom better because you will be manure. So what does this mean? You want to know what is the nature of “Who I am.” You want to know where you came from and where you will go. Now a spiritual process has started. So it is always in confrontation

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with death that a spiritual process starts. Everybody should visit the cremation ground once in a while just to understand that this is where you will eventually go. You may think at you are going to so many places, you may think that you are educating yourself or that you are working or doing this and

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pessimistic way of looking at things?” It is not pessimistic or optimistic, it is a reality that you have to face. Only when you realize the mortal nature of who you are, do you want to know what is beyond this. When the urge to know what is beyond this arises, the spiritual process is on. Ranked amongst the

You think about spirituality only when you are faced and confronted with death. When you know and realize that you are a mortal, when you become aware that tomorrow morning you may be dead, then you wonder what this is all about. You look like a whole, complete human being, but tomorrow morning you may evaporate and nobody is going to miss you. Everything will be fine in the world without you. The flowers will bloom better because you will be manure. fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the "Padma Vibhushan", India’s highest annual civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017, for exceptional and distinguished service.


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GOPIO Queensland’s Girmit Diwas: A memorial service in honor of the first Indians to arrive in Fiji Island Written by Dr. Jyoti Sharma BRISBANE GOPIO Queensland observed ‘Girmit Diwas’ on May 14, 2022, at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point. This time was honored to remember the arrival day of the first Indian indentured laborers in Fiji during British rule. GOPIO Queensland has been observing the Girmit Diwas since 2014 in Brisbane every year on the 14th of May itself. During the colonial period, the first Girmits, or indentured laborers from India, were brought to Fiji on board the Ship “Leonidas” on 14 May 1879. For another 37 years, till the system was abolished, more than 60,000 indentured laborers were brought from India to work in the Sugarcane plantations. Mr. Arpit Singh, Vice president of GOPIO Queensland, welcomed the guests to the memorial service, and Ms. Pravinita Pillay beautifully conducted the whole program. The keynote speaker was the Honorary Counsel for Fiji in Queensland, HE Hari Regina, who motivates the young generation that ‘don’t stop dreaming, dreams make you successful and help you reach where you are.’ He shared that Fiji's economy is improving, and now there are many schools, worship places, and health institutions. This is the time when we should support our young generation. He pleads to give them wings to fly in every part of the World. The ‘Girmitiya’ already has

their presence at different places on this Earth. Magistrate to the Southport Magistrates Court Veena Goverdhan, the first India-Fiji women Magistrate in Australia, shared her journey from Fiji to Australia with the participants. She emphasized that cultural values and education play a significant role in every life’s success. Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, KStJ, a former lawyer, judge, and ombudsman who served as the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand from 2006 to 2011, delivered his talk through video conference. Anand Satyanand was raised in Auckland in an Indo-Fijian family. His grandparents arrived in Fiji from India in 1911, and his grandfather worked as a government interpreter. His father, Mutyala Satyanand, was born in Fiji and arrived in New Zealand to attend high school and later university. He visited India several times in a personal and official capacity and was a recipient of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. He emphasized that

Indian policies are changing to recognize and include more Indian Diaspora. Utkatu Naiker also graced this occasion and revealed many unclosed chapters from his book ‘Echoes from Fiji: Global Footprints of a Girmit Grandson.’ Usha Chivukula sang a mainly composed song to show the hardship, pain, and eventually the triumph of the first arrivals of Girmits through her melodious voice. It was followed by a panel discussion with panelists HE Hari Regina, Magistrate Veena Goverdhan, Mr. Utkatu Naiker, Dr. Vijay Kapadia, and Mr. Umesh Chandra. The panelist discussed the

role and importance of documentation of ‘Girmit’ events. They focussed on how documentation is essential for the young generation when it is not a part of the academic curriculum. HC Regina said that it is not only a responsibility to keep the record. Every Girmitiya from the young generation may contribute with a piece of their generation's stories. Dr. Vijay Kapadia has a strong interest in global health and is committed to improving cardiac care in Fiji. He shared that the Gold Coast Private Hospital doctor has spent almost two decades

fundraising, volunteering, and securing equipment to build facilities in Fiji but said sustainable health care would require a local workforce. Dr. Kapadia called in favors, found second-hand equipment, and headed an army of volunteers, including some of the world's top cardiologists, to develop a lifesaving cardiac care service in Fiji. He informed that he, with other physicians from Australia and New Zealand, volunteered their time visiting Fiji to help train local medics on using the equipment provided and providing treatment to patients. Dr. Kapadia established the South Pacific’s first tertiary cardiac unit with its cardiac catheter laboratory at the CWM Hospital in Suva, where he is a visiting cardiologist. He is working towards making this a national and regional cardiac center. "We need to get to the stage where Fiji is less reliant on the kindness of volunteers, and we have the vision to see a fully operational cardiac center there with Fijian doctors and nurses trained and skilled to

be able to run it and provide the care their people need," he said. To find out how you can donate or volunteer to Fiji Heart, please contact Vijay Kapadia on 0414 541 130. Approximately 100 community members attended this event and paid respect to their elders through a floral tribute ceremony; the wreaths and flowers are laid at the cut out of the Plaque from the monument that GOPIO International was involved in erecting and inaugurating at Kiddpore Ghat in Kolkata. The Kolkata Memorial, an initiative of GOPIO at the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) docks, is the latest initiative to remember the Indian indentured laborers. It is meaningful to the millions of descendants of those who left India as indentured Indian laborers from 1834 through 1920. The event was sponsored by Cornerstone Law offices, Brisbane Indian Times, Australian Indian Radio, and past President Mr. Rakesh Sharma and his wife, Ms. Rani Sharma. The event ended with a vote of thanks and dinner.

Annual Parkinson Multicultural and Dragon Boat Festival in Forest Lake FOREST LAKE, Haka Association of Queensland, organized the annual Parkinson Multicultural and Dragon Boat Festival in Forest Lake. A popular event had the perfect weather for it this year and attracted many spectators and participants. Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport dating back to 2500 years ago. Both professional and nonprofessional dragon boat teams will be completed throughout this event. Taking part in the race for the first time were Nayda and Xavier Hernandez, proud GOPIO Qld, and Queensland Multicultural Council volunteers. Nayda said, “I had the honour of rowing with forest Lake runners, which received third place in the Haka Dragon Boat Race. Thanks to the hard work

of the captains and Simple Bliss café owners, Shirley, and Eric, with the entire team. Xavier proudly rowed with his school team (Saint John’s Anglican College), who had tirelessly trained

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for weeks. They made everyone proud by rating well on the competition list.” The forest Lake Runners came 2nd, 1st, and 3rd in their heat, allowing them to qualify for the finals. Overall, they third position despite

their attempt at rowing and competing in the Dragon boat race. The event was organized by Jackie Chiang, president of Hakka Association of Queensland, and Florance Day.


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Be Brave – Make Change A Reconciliation Community Conversation hosted by Multicultural Australia, Queensland Multicultural Council & Griffith University

BRISBANE National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history, cultures, and accomplishments and consider how we may contribute to Australia's reconciliation. Every year, the dates for NRW are the same: May 27 to June 3. The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year was "Be Brave. Make Changes," a challenge to all Australians—individuals, families, communities, organizations, and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so that we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. Multicultural Australia, Queensland Multicultural Council, and Griffith University Centre for Social Cultural Research conducted the reconciliation event. The Queensland Multicultural Council (QMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cooperation and understanding among Queensland's varied populations. Since its foundation in 2007, QMC has worked hard to promote diversity and has collaborated with various groups to increase the full involvement of Queensland's diverse populations. The Management Committee

includes Janeth Deen as President, Moktiar Singh as Vice President, Nayda Hernandez as Treasurer, and Asti Mardiasmo as the secretary. During Reconciliation week Multicultural Australia, Queensland Multicultural Council, and Griffith University Centre for Social Cultural Research hosted an event on 30th May 2022 at Parliament House, Brisbane City, for the Reconciliation Week 2022. Mr. Umesh Chandra OAM, a founder life Member of QMC, and as MC, greeted the attendees at the Reconciliation ceremony and successfully conducted the entire event. Dr. Jackie Huggins, an author, was the keynote speaker for the event. Born on, Jacqueline Gail "Jackie" Huggins is an Aboriginal Australian author, historian, academic, and advocate for Indigenous Australians' rights. She is a Queenslander who is Bidjara/ Pitjara, Birri Gubba, and Juru. The event commenced with the performance by Song women – Maroochy Barambah, an aboriginal singer born in Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve in Southeast Queensland. She is of Turrbal and Gubbi Gubbi ancestry with additional bloodline connections to Wakka Wakka, Kamilaroi,

and Birri Gubba Country. She is the Songwoman and Lawwoman of the Turrbal Tribe and the first Australian to perform at the United Nations in New York in honor of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples. She has served the traditional Welcome to Country Ceremony at the Brisbane G20 Summit with world leaders such as Barack Obama and David Cameron in attendance. Maroochy performed a beautiful song, “Welcome to Country,” for the event. Following the musical interlude, the Australian International Islamic College Nasheed Group performed as a Choir and paid their tribute to the heritage of Australia and paid respect to

the past, present and future. The event was followed by a discussion with Ms. Christine Castley, CEO of Multicultural Australia, and Dr. Jackie Huggins, in which they presented their perspectives on reconciliation from various perspectives. Ms. Christine Castley is an experienced executive with extensive experience in strategic governance, project management, policy, community involvement, operations, and service delivery. She is the CEO of Multicultural Australia now. Christine previously worked for the Queensland Government as a Deputy Director-General, most recently with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of

Housing and Public Works. Griffith University Centre for Social Cultural Research, Professor Susan Forde also shared her thoughts on her views on multicultural diversity and its co relevance to the reconciliations. Professor Susan is the Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and a Journalism professor at Griffith University, Brisbane. She is the author of 'Challenging the News: The Journalism of Alternative and Community Media' and has authored more than 50 refereed journal articles and scholarly book chapters on community media, audience research, alternative journalism, and media policy. Mr. Peter Russo, Member

of Parliament for Toohey and Chair of the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee, joined the talk and shared his thoughts on the safety and legal issues reconciliations. Peter Russo MP currently chairs the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee. He was previously the Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Acting Chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee. He has been a member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and has been admitted for over 30 years, focusing on criminal law. Aunty Betty McGrady expressed her gratitude to the event organizers and guest speakers for their contributions to the event's success. Aunty Betty McGrady is a Traditional Gungarri Custodian. She serves on the Queensland Multicultural Council and many other organizations as a member and advisor. Aunty Betty is a well-known figure in the Logan City and Brisbane areas, having a wealth of knowledge. The program ended with a book signing by Dr. Jackie Huggins and Dr. Debbie Bargallie and morning tea. The entire event instilled a desire to be brave and make a difference within you, your people, and your community.

Winners of the 2022 Queensland Reconciliation Awards have been named Celebrating 20 years, the Queensland Reconciliation Awards honours the many inspiring initiatives and projects advancing reconciliation across the state. These businesses, community organisations and groups, educational institutions and government agencies go beyond their core business to champion reconciliation. The 2022 Queensland Reconciliation Awards category winners include: • Business – Baidam Solutions Pty Ltd for creating accreditation and employment pathways for

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Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples • Community – Hinchinbrook Shire Council for Hinchinbrook Indigenous Literacy Project • Education – Blackwater State High School for Blackwater State High School Reconciliation Action • Health and wellbeing – The Pass the Fire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for The Boss Boxing initiative • Partnership and Premier’s Reconciliation Award – Queensland Police Service, Wugu Nyambil and

Yarrabah Shire Council for the Yarrie Yarns Project The 2022 Awards recipients will receive a share of $30,000 in prize money. The Queensland Reconciliation Awards is an initiative of the Queensland Government through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. To learn more about the Awards email at reconciliation. awards@premiers.qld.gov.au or telephone (07) 3003 9200.


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CoreLogic Home Value Index records first national fall since September 2020, as declines accelerate across Sydney and Melbourne in May

Housing markets lost more steam in May as a combination of higher interest rates, rising inventory levels and lower sentiment dampened conditions. CoreLogic’s Home Value Index (HVI) showed Sydney (-1.0%) and Melbourne (-0.7%) dwelling values continued to record the most significant monthon-month falls, while Canberra (-0.1%) recorded its first monthly decline since July 2019. Although housing values continued to rise across the remaining capitals, the growth was not enough to offset the depreciation in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, which pushed the combined capitals index -0.3% lower over the month. Sydney has been recording progressively larger monthly value declines since February, while Melbourne has fallen across four of the past six months. Since peaking in January, Sydney housing values are down -1.5%, but remain 22.7% above pre-COVID levels. Comparatively, Melbourne, which experienced a softer growth phase, has recorded a smaller peak-to-date decline of -0.8%, with housing values now 9.8% higher compared to the pre-COVID level. Canberra, Australia’s second most expensive property market behind Sydney, has experienced nearly three years of consistent positive growth and although dwelling values increased 2.2% in the three months to May, softer house values and affordability constraints are likely to have had an impact. Accounting for the marginal decline evident in May, Canberra housing values remain 37.9% higher vs. pre-pandemic levels. Outside of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, growth trends remained positive in May, albeit with less momentum in most markets. Perth and Adelaide were the exceptions, where the quarterly growth trend lifted in May, although both regions remain below the peak quarterly rate of growth. CoreLogic’s Research Director Tim Lawless said despite the 0.5% rise in housing values across Australia’s combined regional

areas, it was not enough to keep the national index in positive monthly territory, with the national HVI down -0.1% in May, the first monthly decline in the national index since September 2020. “There’s been significant speculation around the impact of rising interest rates on the property market and last month’s increase to the cash rate is only one factor causing growth in housing prices to slow or reverse,” he said. “It is important to remember housing market conditions have been weakening over the past year, at least at a macro level.” Mr Lawless noted the quarterly rate of growth in national dwelling values peaked in May 2021, shortly after a peak in consumer sentiment and a trend towards higher fixed mortgage rates. “Since then, housing has been getting more unaffordable, households have become increasingly sensitive to higher interest rates as debt levels increased, savings have reduced and lending conditions have tightened,” he said. “Now we are also seeing high inflation and a higher cost of debt flowing through to less housing demand.” With the trend rate of growth easing across most regions over the past year, the annual rate of change has eased sharply over recent months, dropping to 11.7% across the combined capital cities, down from a recent peak of 21.3% over the 12 months ending January 2022. Whilst continuing to demonstrate stronger growth

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conditions, regional Australia has also come off peak growth rates Mr Lawless said, with the annual growth trend easing to 22.1%, down from its January peak of 26.1% and likely to trend lower through the rest of the year. “Considering we are already seeing the pace of growth easing across most regional markets, it is likely we will see growth conditions softening in line with higher interest rates and worsening affordability pressures,” he said. “Arguably some regional markets will be somewhat insulated from a material downturn in housing values due to an ongoing imbalance between supply and demand as we continue to see advertised stock levels remain extraordinarily low across regional Australia.” The trend in advertised stock levels helps to explain the weaker conditions across Sydney and Melbourne. Nationally, advertised stock levels remain -10.3% below levels seen this time last year and -28.4% below the previous five year average. However, inventory in Sydney and Melbourne are now higher than 12 months ago and against the five-year average. Sydney’s advertised listings are 5.1% higher than a year ago and 1.5% above the five-year average. Similarly, Melbourne’s advertised stock levels are up 1.3% on last year and 8.1% above average based on the previous five years. “With stock levels now higher than normal across Australia’s two largest cities, buyers are back in the driver’s

NEW HOUSING LOAN COMMITMENTS CONTINUE TO FALL AS HOME AFFORDABILITY ISSUES INTENSIFY The latest ABS figures show new housing loan commitments fell 6.4% in April to $31 billion with the value of new housing loans falling to 7.3% for owneroccupier lending and 4.8% for investor lending Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) President, Mr Hayden Groves said the figures are the largest falls in the past two years and reflect the rising costs of living and interest rate rises.

"Despite this, the value of new owner-occupier loan commitments is still 44% higher than it was two years ago and 113% higher for investor loans," he said. Mr Groves said the falls are typically higher in New South Wales and Victoria down, 12.6% and 9.7% respectively: He said that since the RBA moved on interest rates last month, market sentiment has become more cautious amongst buyers

Mr Groves added that the upcoming REIA Housing Affordability Report will offer further insights into affordability issues facing Australians. "We expect the number of first home buyers has continued to decline despite the implementation of government. grants and incentives." REIA will release its latest Housing Affordability Report on Wednesday 8th June.

seat,” Mr Lawless said. “Higher listings add to tougher selling conditions more broadly. Vendors in Sydney and Melbourne have faced lower auction clearance rates since mid-April and those selling via private treaty are taking longer to sell with higher rates of discounting.” Outside of Sydney and Melbourne, stock levels remain below average, especially in the cities where housing values are rising the fastest: Adelaide (-39.5%), Brisbane (-38.2%) and Perth (-34.7%) all have advertised

stock well below the five-year average. While advertised stock levels provide some insight about the supply side of the market, home sale volumes provide guidance on housing demand. Sydney recorded the largest drop in estimated home sales, down -33.4% in the three months to May compared to the same period in 2021. Canberra (-21.6%) and Melbourne (-21.3%) also recorded significant reductions in activity. “Our estimate of homes

sales nationally over the three months to May is -19.2% below the same period a year ago, but still 12.1% above the five-year average,” Mr Lawless noted. “A combination of higher interest rates, lower rates of household saving and a potentially more cautious lending environment is likely to reduce housing demand further just as total advertised stock levels are likely to continue rising, further empowering buyers by creating increased competition amongst vendors.”


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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland Samaj Havan Yajna Satsang at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre

Acharya Bramdeo Mokoonlall Hindu Center of Atlanta

For further information on on Havan Satsang program at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre 198 Learoyd Road Willawong QLD 4110 please contact Vice President Mrs.Sushila Pathik 33146059. ओ३म ्

International Day of Yoga International Day of Yoga will be observed on 21st June 2022 to spread awareness about the importance and effects of Yog (Yoga) on the health of the people.Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity everywhere. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi Ji during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September 2014. Prime Minister stated Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. A total of 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature. International days are occasions to

educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Maharishi Patanjali Ji is often considered the father of yoga and his Yoga still strongly influence most styles of modern yoga. A few centuries after Maharishi Patanjali, yoga masters created a system of practices designed to rejuvenate the body. Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living.

करो योग रहो निरोग महर्षि पतंजलि योग के आठ अङ्ग होते हैं । 1) यम 2) नियम 3) आसन 4) प्राणायाम 5) प्रत्याहार 6) धारणा 7) ध्यान 8)समाधि आसन-ईश्वर के ध्यान के जिस स्थिति मे सुखपूरक ्व ,स्थिर होकर बैठा जाये उस स्थिति का नाम 'आसन' है | *आसन का फल=आसन का अच्छा अभ्यास हो जाने पर योगाभ्यासी को उपासना काल मे तथा व्यवाहार काल में सर्दी-गर्मी,भूख-प्यास कम सताते है ,तथा योगाभ्यास की आगे की क्रियाओ को करने मे सरलता होती है | आज के समय में सभी के जीवन में योग का बहुत अधिक महत्व है । उच्च प्रकार की शक्ति प्राप्त होने तक नित्यप्रति शारीरिक और मानसिक आसन postures करने पड़ते हैं .योगियों ने इस प्रकार के आसन का वर्णन किया है जिनके करने से शरीर एवं मन पर संयम आता है । आसन की सिध्दि से नाड़ियों की शुद्धि, आरोग्य की वृद्धि एवं स्फूर्ति प्राप्त होती है .आसन दो प्रकार के हैं - (1)ध्यान आदि के लिए जैसेपद्मासन, सिद्धासन,आदि.(2)आरोग्यार्थ जैसेशीर्षासन,भुजंगासन, चक्रासन आदि इनसे शारीरिक बल, यौवन, कार्य क्षमता बढती है ,और शरीर का सर्वांगीण विकास होता है . पूरे विश्व भर के आम लोगों के बीच योग ,प्राणायाम के फायदों के बारे में जागरुकता बढ़ाने के लिये योगा प्रशिक्षण कैंपस, योगा प्रतियोगिता जैसे क्रिया-कलाप और बहुत सारी गतिविधियों के आयोजन के द्वारा अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर इसे मनाया जाता है । लोगों को ये बताने के लिये इसे मनाया जाता है कि नियमित योग अभ्यास बेहतर मानसिक, शारीरिक और बौद्धिक स्वास्थ्य की ओर ले जाता है । तनाव भरी जीवन शैली में अगर आप कुछ समय निकालकर योग (Yoga Aasans, pranayam करते हैं , तो शरीर में दिन भर उर्जा (Energy) बरकरार रख सकते हैं । आपका स्टैमिना बढ़ता है , शरीर लचीला और मजबूत बनता है । स्फूर्ति बनी रहती है , और आप स्वस्थ रहते हो । ये सकारात्मक रुप से लोगों की जीवनशैली को बदलता है और सेहत के स्तर को बढ़ाता है ।

मन में इच्छाएं और आशाएं सुखी जीवन जीने के लिए, अपने मन में इच्छाएं और आशाएं रखना आवश्यक है । यह बात जितनी सत्य है , उतनी ही यह बात भी सत्य है , कि न तो किसी व्यक्ति की 'सारी' इच्छाएं और आशाएं आज तक पूरी हुई, और न ही भविष्य में हो पाएंगी। जितना जितना इच्छाओं और आशाओं को आप पूरा करते जाते हैं , उतना उतना ही ये बढ़ती जाती हैं । जो इच्छाएं और आशाएं पूरी नहीं हो पाती, वे क्या करती हैं ? वे दख ु दे ती हैं , और क्रोध उत्पन्न करती हैं । यदि आप दख ु ों से और क्रोध से बचना चाहते हों, तो इसका सीधा सरल उपाय है , कि अपनी इच्छाओं और आशाओं पर नियंत्रण रखें। उन्हें यथाशक्ति यथासंभव कम करें ।

अपने मन में निष्पक्ष भाव से विचार करें , कि मुझ में कितनी योग्यता और क्षमता है ? मेरे साथ कितने लोग हैं ? मेरे पास कितनी संपत्ति है ? इन सब की सहायता से मेरी कितनी तथा कौन-कौन सी इच्छाएं और आशाएं पूरी हो सकती हैं ? जो इच्छाएं और आशाएं पूरी नहीं हो सकती, उन्हें अपने मन बुद्धि से निकाल दीजिए, अन्यथा वे आपको दख ु दे ती रहें गी। ये अपूर्ण इच्छाएं और आशाएं जितना दख ु दे ती हैं , शायद इतना दख ु , किसी अन्य कारण से नहीं मिलता। इसका सीधा सा अर्थ यह हुआ कि अपने दख ु ों का सबसे बड़ा कारण आप स्वयं हैं । आपकी अपनी इच्छाएं और आशाएं हैं । दस ू रे लोग

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और परिस्थितियां भी आपको दख ु दे ती हैं , परं तु वे आपकी इच्छाओं और आशाओं की अपेक्षा बहुत कम हैं । इसलिए जो इच्छाएं और आशाएं पूरी नहीं हो सकती हैं , उन्हें छोड़ दें । और जो पूरी हो सकती हों, उनके

विषय में अपने मन में ऐसा विचार रखें, कि यदि मेरी यह इच्छा और आशा पूरी हो गई, तो ठीक है । और यदि बार बार प्रयत्न करने पर भी पूरी नहीं हो पाई, तो कोई बात नहीं। इसके बिना ही मैं जी लूंगा। संसार में ऐसे करोड़ों लोग हैं , जिन्हें इतनी भी सुविधाएं उपलब्ध नहीं हैं , जितनी मुझे। जब भी आप की इच्छा या आशा पूरी न हो पाए, तो अपने और व्यक्तियों को दे खें, कि वे आपसे भी बहुत खराब परिस्थितियों में जी रहे हैं । उनकी तुलना में आपकी परिस्थिति तो बहुत ऊंची और अच्छी है । और आपकी बहुत सी इच्छाएं और आशाएं पूरी हो चुकी हैं । इतनी तैयारी रखने वाला व्यक्ति सदा अपनी परिस्थिति से संतष्ट ु रहे गा, और जीवन में कभी कहीं दख ु ी नहीं होगा। स्वामी विवेकानंद परिव्राजक जी


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GIRMIT LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT RAJ IS A PICTURE OF THE GIRMIT LEGACY

Fiji Girmit Foundation salutes Sulendra Raju for a big heart, and even bigger pockets

Thakur Ranjit Singh, FIJI PUNDIT

Fiji Girmit Foundation New Zealand decided to introduce Girmit Legacy Awards because there has been no such recognition for Fiji Indians overseas who tended to get statistically diluted and lost in “Indian” and “Asian “categories. Therefore, only a Girmit (indenture) organisation, vested with taking care of Fiji Indians could really appreciate, value and recognize their gems. Therefore, Girmit Legacy Awards are there to recognize the achievements of the descendants of Girmitiyas for bringing pride, joy, sense of belonging and social cohesion to what Girmitiyas have bequeathed us: A distinct Fiji Indian race, with a distinct language, culture and attachment to Fiji, and while rooted in India and Indian ancestry, still being part of a distinct Pacifica people - FIJI INDIANS. And the only Girmit Legacy award in 2022 on Girmit Remembrance Day at Malaeola Hall on 14 May 2022 was deservedly given to an individual who mirrored the image of our Girmitiyas in more than one way. The greatest Fiji Girmit historian, Professor Brij Lal spoke about descendants of Girmitiyas, who inherited the legacy of perseverance from them - we never give up and we never compromise, even in tough times. And that came from people who travelled thousands of miles in difficult circumstances, but never gave up. This is the legacy of Girmit that I think we

The award-plaque have been celebrating with Girmit Remembrance Day in the Fiji Indian Diaspora around the world. And the Foundation of Girmit Day in Auckland celebrated the legacy of ordinary person who did extraordinary things in extraordinary times. And this very fittingly applied to the only Girmit Legacy Award Recipient this year, Sulendra Raju, known as Raj. Raj is the Director of All-inOne Builders Company Ltd, a successful construction company based in South Auckland. The company builds close to 200 residential houses every year and employs more than 75 people. In addition, he also proudly owns a number of other businesses such as All in One Kitchens, including Cakes and Fast foods, All About Paintings Ltd, Priyanka Property Developments and Investments Ltd. Displaying diversity from his Pacific Islands heritage from Fiji, Raj is proudly married to Mami Raj, who hails from Cook Islands. They are blessed with 8 beautiful Pacifica children. Raj truly reflects the legacy of our Girmitiyas. Born in a small dusty village of Savusavu in Nadi to poor Market vendor parents, he helped them in selling vegetable and peanuts in Nadi market. He supplemented family income by driving carrier vans. The legacy of Girmit culture is

Sulendra Raju receiving Girmit Legacy Award for Excellence in Community Service from Priyanka Radhakrishnan, Minister for Ethnic Affairs at Fiji Girmit Remembrance Day in Auckland on 14 may, 2022 to have vision and think big - he wanted to go in medical fields but could not afford it. In 1995, he came to Wellington with only $5 in coins. Like our Girmitiyas, he went through great struggles and difficulties in life in a new strange country. But like our Girmitiyas, he never gave up. He later moved to Auckland and worked in a gas station where he met Mami, his wife, and continued struggles in life together. He went to Hastings, picked fruits, did other small jobs and ultimately moved to Auckland, started in a small way in painting, renovations and in 2009 he made the big decision to venture into building and construction industry. As was the trait with our Girmitiyas, he had vision, never gave up. While working, he also studied in a technical college (MIT) to get his qualification in carpentry. Hence, Raj is now a licensed building practitioner and registered with Master Builders Association. One thing Raj never forgot was his humble roots. He always had heart for the vulnerable and the less fortunate in the community.

Sulendra Raju (Raj) addressing the audience after receiving the award He came in the news because of tragedies and misfortune in our community. When a very devastating and damaging Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, Raj took over $80,000 worth of building supplies and rebuilt homes in affected areas. Tragically, but fortunately, he is best known as the hero of Tornado Relief in Papatoetoe, Auckland last year. Raj assisted in putting tarpaulins and temporary shelter for the community at a combined cost of over $20,000 to his business. He was the messiah of poor

Do you really know yourself…? Jesus said “Arise and Shine…”

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By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made; and all the host of them by His breath (Psalm. 33:6). Dear Reader, Most of us have asked our parents many curious questions such as: • How many stars are in the sky mum…? • Who made these stars mum…? These are typical questions of a baby. As soon I started talking around age of two, I was curious to find answers. This pursuit has lead me to an encounter with the Star Maker. Now, I have come to believe that finding true answers these questions will change your life also. And your true identity and potential

will be discovered. I grew up sleeping under the stars. The clear night sky with twinkling stars bestowed me with such blissful sleeps. My family escaped the heat of the summer nights in India, by sleeping on our house roof tops. Since I was 4 months old baby to 14 years of teenager, I had spent over 2000 nights mar-velling at stars of our milky way galaxy. Remember the favourite nursury song; “Twinkle, twinkle little star… how I wonder what you are…?”

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Now this song has a deeper personal revelation to me. And I hope that every child will discover the true source of the glittering diamonds in our sky and beyond our milky way galaxy. Sleeping on the flat roof tops was the only way to cool off ourselves for almost 6 months in every year. I had an unlimited view of the dazzling stars in the cool night sky. Gazing in awe upon the glittering stars for hours, I would ask

my mother many questions: Who made these stars mum? How are they made? How many stars are in our sky? Little did I knew back then; Almost 30 years later the answers to my burning questions would come from an unlikely source - The Holy Bible. I had a supernatural encounter while I was listening to an audio message. The Holy Spirit revealed to me the majesty of creation through the Scriptures. By grace of God, in my spirit saw a vivid snapshot of the glorious Creation. And this experience is powerfully stated through the opening verse of the Holy Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen.1:1)”. The real truth that my parents, teachers and education could not explain about the origins of life; was made clear in one simple sentence: By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made; and all the host of them by His breath (Psalm. 33:6).

people affected by lockdown in Covid and spent over $100,000 in providing thousands of food parcels. Raj is somebody who never forgot his poor beginning, he is a person with a big heart- but with even bigger pockets, (and some may say, family as well) and bestowed with compassion and love for fellow beings. He helped Tonga during its Tsunami, helped vulnerable children in Fiji, assisted in vaccination drives, and assisted numerous other charities and sporting clubs.

I grew up in a family who were complete strangers to The Holy Bible. Growing up in a loving in Indian culture, I never had an opportunity to know about the creation story. About 27 years ago, in the darkest moment of my life; I made an inner vow: “If this God the Bible speaks of, is able to rescue my wife and unborn child, I will seek to know Him personally”. Few years later, through my sincere research and study of the Bible; I experienced a life changing encounter. This experience lead me to form these firm conclusions: • God is real Person and invites me to a personal relationship through Jesus Christ. • The Scriptures in the Holy Bible hold the unfailing hope for all humanity. • Life is not a random chance but an opportunity to experience the heaven on earth. • I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of the Creator As this booklet tells the story of my pursuit of the Star Maker, Miracle Worker and a Wonderful Saviour. Through reading the Bible,

Because of his very philanthropic activities and being an exemplary citizen, he was very fittingly awarded 2022 Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year Medallist. FIJI GIRMIT FOUNDATION NZ was indeed honoured to give an award to a person who fitted the description and character of our Girmitiyas - people who took risks, never gave up, had vision -and greatest of all, had the human character of caring and sharing with fellow beings. Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ was proud to honour an individual with Girmit Legacy Award for community services to a Girmitiya descendant from Nadi Fiji. While Raj makes us proud, it also reminds us to respect and reflect on the heritage left by Girmitiyas - ordinary people who did extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstance. And that individual and very deserving recipient is SULENDRA RAJU RAJ. Congratulations and may others be inspired by this legacy of Girmit gifted to us by those remarkable Girmitiyas. Shat Shat Naman -Salutations to them. Om Satgati-salvation.

I came to understand the power and purpose of my life. I began to discover my true identity and potential. My story is the true story of victory over darkness; life over death. Now I can say with complete confidence that your Creator knows you completely. And invites you to experience His goodness and grace. When you considered this message of God’s love and hope; I hope you will ask child like questions to an awesome God. Ask God to reveal Himself to you in everyday situations and challenges that you may be facing. Let your pursuit in life lead you to your true purpose. I encourage you to invite your Creator into your heart today through this prayer. Prayer: Dear God, I open my heart to you today. Help me discover my true value and identity. I confess with my mouth and believe in heart that Jesus died for my sins. I ask you to lead me a pur-pose filled life that you have planned for me. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen. Please Email us so we can help you grow in your true purpose in life: navig8grace@gmail.com.


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Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya Madan Mohan Malaviya was a national leader of the Indian independence movement and a visionary of Indian renaissance. His superb intellect and excellent negotiating skills enabled him to become the president of Indian National Congress four times. His greatest achievement remains the establishment of Kashi Hindu Visva Vidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, on the banks of River Ganga at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is the result of his foresight for propagation of education in India and his dedication to revitalise the ancient Indian glory through contemporary disciplines of knowledge. He commanded huge respect among his contemporaries, who themselves were great personalities. Mahatma Gandhi called him Pratah Smaraniya, one who should be remembered every morning. Ravindranath Tagore gave him the title of Mahamana, one with a brilliant mind and benevolent heart. Recognising his scholarship of traditional spiritual texts, he was addressed with the title of Pandit. Early Life - Madan Mohan was born on 25 December 1861 in Prayagraj, earlier known as Allahabad, in an orthodox Hindu family. His father’s name was Pandit Brajnath Vyas and mother was Moona Devi. He was the fifth child among six sons and two daughters of his parents. The family was deeply religious and followed Vaishnav tradition of Hinduism. His forefathers along with some other families had migrated from Malva, a region in central India in 1449, and settled in Prayagraj, Mirzapur and nearby places, in northern India. Local communities identified them through their place of origin as Mallai. Madan Mohan invented the word Malaviya to replace Mallai and adopted it as his surname. His entire community who had migrated from Malva accepted it as their surname. Madan Mohan spent his early years in his ancestral home, which was shared by his father and four uncles. He acknowledged the contribution of the family in nurturing him with good care. His uncle Gadadhar Chaturvedi, who was his father’s immediate senior in age, was a senior teacher of Sanskrit at Government High School, Mirzapur. He motivated Madan Mohan to devote himself to the study of Sanskrit. Under his guidance Madan Mohan delivered an eloquent speech in Sanskrit at an event, and won high applause from the learned persons’ gathering. At the age of five, Madan Mohan started his formal education. He was sent to Pandit Hardev’s Dharma Gyanopadesh Pathshala where importance was laid on discipline and religion. He also studied at Vidya Dharma Prabodhini Sabha for some time. He joined the third standard at the Allahabad Zila School in 1869. In addition to normal disciplines, he committed to memory many Sanskrit shloks and devotional songs, which he used to recite in public. His teachers encouraged him to talk on religious topics to the Magh Mela crowds at Triveni Sangam. He privately studied Bhagavat, Bhagawad Gita and other scriptures, and wished to be a Kathavachak, religious storyteller, like his father and grandfather. Madan Mohan was married to Kundan Devi at the age of sixteen.

Kundan Devi was seven years younger. They had twelve children out of them four sons and three daughters attained maturity. Child marriage and high infant mortality was common during that period. After completing Matriculation in the English medium high school, Madan Mohan joined Muir Central College, now known as the University of Allahabad, in 1879. He was one of the two candidates sent by the college for the Bachelor of Arts examination at Kolkata University in December 1883, and only one to pass that year in second division. Madan Mohan used to participate in physical activities, elocution contests, debating society events and cultural activities. He wrote dramatic pieces and performed roles in dramas. He assisted teachers in writing editorials for college magazines and wrote articles on public issues in the Hindi language paper ‘Pradeep’. He was an insatiable reader with sharp memory and intellect. He wanted to study for a Master of Arts degree but due to his family’s financial situation, he had to take up a job. He joined his old high School as a teacher. Madan Mohan Malaviya demonstrated unique characteristics of taking bold initiatives and quick decisions, and then executing them effectively and with tact. His teacher Pandit Aditya Ram Bhattacharya adored his budding potential and mentored him during his formative years. He took Malaviya along to attend the second Congress Session held in Kolkata in 1886. In the session, Malaviya delivered an impromptu speech, which was enthusiastically received by congress leaders. Raja Rampal Singh of Kalakankar was so impressed by his speech that he immediately decided to appoint him as the editor of his newspaper Hindustan. Others encouraged him to participate in public life. Journalist and Lawyer Malaviya joined the Hindi daily Hindustan as an editor. Apart from journalism, he took a keen interest in public affairs. Later, he started his own paper, the Hindi weekly Abhyuday in 1907. In 1909 he started the Leader, an English daily. In 1910, Malaviya started the Hindi paper 'Maryada'. In 1924, he along with other national leaders acquired ‘The Hindustan Times’. He was the chairman of ‘The Hindustan Times’ from 1924 to

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1946. In 1933, he started Sanatan Dharma, a weekly, dedicated to religious and spiritual topics. Malaviya attended the third congress session in 1887 and delivered a speech on reform of the party. Impressed by his contribution, the Congress founder AO Hume suggested him to organise the fourth session in Allahabad. He accepted the challenge and successfully organised the session in 1888. Congress leaders persuaded him to study law, which was considered more relevant to political activities. Malaviya began his legal studies in 1889 and cleared the LLB examination in 1891. He started his legal practice in the district court in the same year. From 1893, he practiced in the Allahabad High Court. His fame spread quickly and he had a lucrative legal practice. The legal profession further sharpened his qualities. He continued his practice as well as his work in public and political affairs. Social work and Politics - Malaviya established Mac Donnel Hindu Boarding House at Allahabad, in 1903. The House was intended to offer accommodation to students from remote regions to help pursue their education in Allahabad. He initiated the establishment of Minto Park in 1910, which now bears his name. His keen interest in public and social works in Allahabad led him to become chairman of the Allahabad Municipality. He became a member of the Provincial Legislative Council in 1902 and of the Imperial Legislative Council in 1909. He worked for the acceptance of Hindi as a court language. This allowed citizens without knowledge of Urdu or Persian to be eligible for service in the government or court. In 1910, he was chosen the first president of the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, an organisation that promoted Hindi in the country. He became an active member of the Indian National Congress and was selected to the position of the Congress president in 1909. He was considered the best person to unite moderate and extremist groups in the party, who had confronted openly in the previous session. He started All India Hindu Mahasabha in 1915 with an objective of unifying Hindus. The Mahasabha’s goal was to assist Congress in drawing the

government’s attention to the social issues facing Hindu communities. Malaviya moved a resolution for abolishing the Indentured labour system, in the Imperial legislative council in 1916. Indian labourers were subjected to inhumane treatments in foreign lands under this system. His persuasion contributed to the abolition of the system in April 1917. Malaviya was elected the president of the Congress for 1918 Delhi session. During this session he introduced the slogan ‘Satyamev Jayate’, truth alone wins, a part of the Mantra from Mundak Upanishad. This slogan was adopted as the nation’s motto when India became a republic. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Congress started the Civil Disobedience Movement. During this national movement in 1922, an angry mob set fire to a police station in Chauri Chaura in Uttar Pradesh, resulting a number of casualties. The government put the offenders on trial. 170 persons were sentenced to death. Malaviya argued the case for the convicted people. His arguments led the judge to free 151 accused from death row. At his insistence, Gandhi agreed to attend the Round Table Conference in London in 1931. Malaviya was also a delegate to the Conference. He was again selected the presidents for Delhi and Kolkata sessions of Congress in 1932 and 1933 respectively. He could not attend these sessions due to his arrest by the government. Malaviya believed that only a free country could deliver people from the curses of oppression, exploitation, slavery, treachery and injustice. It could only be achieved in a united and modern India. He worked for the social development of depressed classes in Hindu society. He supported their entry to temples. He promoted the removal of Untouchability. He stressed on communal harmony among people of different religions. Banaras Hindu University - The greatest enduring achievement of Malaviya is the establishment of Banaras Hindu University. Hundreds of thousands of its alumni spread all over the world are shining examples of the realisation of his vision. Malaviya felt that the root cause of many ills was the lack of education. He first proposed the idea of a Hindu University in

1904 at a meeting presided over by the Maharaja of Banaras. The idea was enthusiastically received and he prepared a prospectus and circulated it among select members of the Hindu community. The Indian National Congress approved the concrete proposal of a Hindu University at its session in Banaras in 1905. Malaviya remained heavily occupied with events and upheavals relating to the Bengal partition between 1905 and 1910. A revised prospectus was submitted to the Government of India in 1911. The Government enumerated certain conditions that the University proponents were required to meet. Hindu University Society was formed under Malaviya’s leadership to arrange funds required for the project. The Maharaja of Banaras made available an area of 1360 acres land for development of a residential Banaras Hindu University. He also promised additional 1200 acres for agricultural development. Mrs Annie Besant who had started the Central Hindu College consented to its merger with the university to meet the government’s conditions. Malaviya issued an appeal for donations of one crore, ten million, rupees, which was a minimum amount required for establishing and maintaining a good residential and teaching university at Banaras. Rajas, Maharajas, businessmen, professionals and ordinary people donated for the cause of the university. The Banaras Hindu University Bill was introduced in the Imperial Legislative Council in March 1915. Malaviya made two speeches on the bill. The bill was passed and received the governor general’s assent on 18 October 1915. The Viceroy, Lord Hardinge laid the foundation stone of Banaras Hindu University in the ceremony held on 4th February 1916. The weeklong ceremony concluded on the auspicious Vasant Panchami day. Many dignitaries, including Mahatma Gandhi, delivered lectures during the event. Slowly the University started taking shape. The campus was planned artistically to resemble a swan with its feathers outspread. The Swan is the mount of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. The University’s main teaching and residential buildings are located at one site in an enclosed perimeter wall. Spread over 16.5 km2 and with a student population of about 30000, BHU is the largest residential university in Asia. A marble Shiv temple is also built on the campus site. The entire Bhagavad Gita is inscribed on temple walls. Malaviya remained the Vice Chancellor of the BHU from 1919 to 1938. Sarvapalli Radhakrishanan, who later became president of India, succeeded him. Eminent scholars were hired to teach at the university. It was considered a great honour to be given an opportunity to work there. After retirement, he lived in the Malaviya Bhavan located in the BHU campus. He died on 12 November 1946 and his body was cremated at Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of River Ganga at Varanasi. Madan Mohan Malaviya was honored with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 2014. —Awadhesh Sharma web: hinduguru.com.au


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God is not distant from you

The content of this article is taken from the satsang of H.H. Sant Shri Asharam ji Bapu. Pujya Bapu ji had addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in September 1993, that was 100 years after Swami Vivekananda addressed the same parliament in September 1893. To save the youth who are being ruined due to the lustful festivals like valentine’s day, in 2007 Pujya Bapu ji-initiated celebrations of Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas (Parents worship day) on 14th February. Pujya Bapu ji felt that, due to the blind imitation of Western culture there has been a steep rise in the incidences of alcoholism, suicide, and other immoral activities, especially among the youth during the last week of December. To rescue the youth from this debauchery and denigration, Pujya Bapu ji came up with the idea of worshipping a sacred Tulsi plant (holy basil). So in 2014, he initiated celebration of Tulsi poojan on 25th December. Explaining about God as a sole resting place Pujya Bapu ji tells a story of a Mahatma who was wandering along the banks of the Ganges. One day he resolved, 'I will not ask for alms from anyone. Since I have become a Sannyasin who belongs to God, then why to ask anyone for anything? I will not accept food from anybody until God Himself comes to give food to me.' Having made this resolve, he sat down on the bank of Ganges after having a bath. The morning passed ... It was noon ... then a couple of hours passed ... He was hungry but kept sitting on the strength of faith. A pious householder saw him sitting in the same place since morning. He asked, "Babaji! Would you like to eat something?" "No. "Would you like to come with me?" "No. The householder went to his home but could not eat a meal. He told his wife, "There is a Mahatma sitting outside hungry. How can I eat in such a situation?"" After listening to this, his wife also didn't eat. Their little daughter came home from school by this time. Soon their son also arrived home. Both of them were hungry and after knowing the situation they also didn't eat. All of them together went to the sannyasin, and said, "Come with us, Mahatma! Have a meal. The Mahatma thought:

'One after another person will come to disturbs me.' So he said, "I shall eat in the house of whoever gives me dakshina (a gift given to ascetics with the right hand) of the merit of performing a hundred Ashwamedha Yajnas after the meal. After arriving back home, the little daughter started praying to God in their Pooja-room (Room for worshipping God) Prayer from a pure heart with the feeling of distress is definitely heard by God. So she also received a divine inspiration from God in her heart. She came out of the Pooja-room. She gave a pot filled with water to her brother and took the plate containing the meal, covered with another plate in her hands. Her brother was sprinkling water on the path ahead and she was following him, walking on the sanctified path to the place of the Mahatma. She put the plate at the feet of the sannyasin and prayed to eat: "Maharaj! Please have the meal. You want to receive the merit of performing a hundred Ashwamedha Yajnas as the dakshina, right? I shall give it to you. Sannyasin: "You, your father and even your grandfather didn't perform a single

Ashwamedha Yajna, so how can you give the merit of one hundred Ashwamedha Yajnas?" The girl: "Maharaj! Please have the meal. I offer you the merit of a

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hundred Ashwamedha Yajnas. The scriptures mention, 'the person who goes to the dwelling place of a true devotee of God, earns the merit of performing an Ashwamedha Yajna on every step.' Maharaj! You are sitting at a place which is 200-300 steps from our house. So, I have earned the merit of performing so many Ashwamedha Yajnas. I offer you the merit of one hundred Ashwamedha Yajnas at your feet and the remaining will remain with me." After hearing the girl's intuitive statement consistent with scriptures, he blessed her and accepted the meal. How is the Antaryamin, Supreme Lord, who inspires all beings! He made the right arrangement, lest the devotee starve due to his resolve. If one treads the path to God with firm determination, God Himself arranges for securing what one lacks and preserving what one has. The person, who worships God with exclusive devotion, does not like anything but God. His heart is not satisfied

with anything else. Even if he/she becomes extrovert, being allured by material things and carnal pleasures, still he/she will become introverted again, realising their insipidity. A ship is sailing on the vast water of an Ocean. Nothing but water can be seen all around for miles. There is no sign of land. A bird is sitting on top of the mast of the ship. That is the only thing the bird can rest on. It flies around for some time but has to come back to the same ship in the end. That ship is the exclusive place of rest for that bird. Similarly, God is the only resting place to get pure bliss and repose for devotees of God who do not think of anything else. He/she has realised the futility of hankering after worldly pleasures as if he/ she has found an oasis in a scorching desert. The devotee treading the path of Bhakti Marga (path of devotion to God) gets drawn more and more towards God. He/she starts severing relationships with other things and persons. He/she keeps himself/ herself absorbed in the

constant remembrance of God and divine intoxication, which in turn also brings God nearer to His beloved devotee. God undertakes total responsibility for such a devotee. God Himself arranges for securing what they lack and preserving what they have. I generally need something to eat after 30 minutes of having performed aasanas. It could be any nutritious food-item, be it an apple, an orange, some milk or even a few (2-3) Okra pods. Once, I went into a dense forest where I didn't have any of my acquaintances. was performing my aasanas there and at the same time, was telling myself with sarcasm- "Now have food. You will enjoy it.' While living at home, it was either my mother, brother or other family members who would take care of my food, etc. That is fine. But the care taken by that Paramatma the Supreme Self is amazing! While living at home, I would go to home after 30 minutes of having performed my aasanas (in another place) and would ask my kindred at home 'Get the breakfast ready for me ... get me my breakfast ... ', and then I would get it. However, in this case, while I was performing my aasanas, two men came to me and said, 'Please, have your breakfast.' I was truly taken

aback at this. They seemed to be villagers with long moustaches, good looking faces, red & chubby cheeks, each wearing a turban. I looked here & there, but there was no house to be seen around. I asked, "Whom have you got this for, and where have you come from?"" They said, "Our village is located nearby." "But the sun is still rising so how come you made it so early ... ?" They said, "It's warm right now, you please have it first, and then we can talk. I said, "No, I am yet to finish my aasanas for the day." I was performing Mayurasana at that time. They said, "Baapji! I had a dream at 3.00 a.m. last night in which I saw this place and this very scene. What great care that Paramatma takes of us! Yet, if your heart doesn't melt with devotion to that Supreme Self on listening to such instances, then it's not even worth calling it a human-heart. It must be an animal-heart instead. After that my love for the Gita and Lord Krishna increased even more. I had numerous presiding deities in childhood. Earlier, I used to worship Kali, and when she'd appear before me, I would become afraid. So, I quit worshipping Kali, and took to Lord Rama, followed by Lord Shiva, and then Kanhaiya (Lord Krishna) as well. I realised that His knowledge is such that thousands are making their living by promoting it, and hundreds of thousands are getting spiritually evolved, thus leading a better life. At last, after wandering from place to place, I reached the place of SatGuru Shri Lilashahji Maharaj; and Gurudev, by means of satsang discourse and His compassionate grace, helped me get rid of all my imaginations & concepts, and made me truly understand the meaning of the Mahavakya - 'Tat Tyam Asi' ('Thou art that'). He made me realise, 'God is not distant from you. You are God.' Aasoj Sud Do Divas, Samvat Bees Ikkis, Madhyahna Dhai Baje, Mila Ish se Ish. "It was 2:30 pm on the 2" day of the bright fortnight of the month Asauja, Vikram Samvat 2021, that I attained SelfRealization.' I don't mean to say that you shouldn't go to temples. All I wish to say is - even after having worshipped various gods & goddesses, there is someone who remains yet to be worshipped. However, after having truly worshipped SatGuru in real sense, there's no worship that needs to be performed. This is my own personal experience too. Please read more about our Vedic culture in the next issue of The Brisbane Indian Times.


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Bayanihan festival and organiser Dixie Moreno of FABS

Many traditional food and information stalls at Bayanihan Festival at Kingston Butter factory prescient

Councillor Steven Toomey addresses the gathering on World environment day.

Former Qld senator Clare Moore spoke eloquently at world Environment Day.

Umesh Chandra in front of “Bahay Kubo,” a traditional Filipino Hut

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Elder Uncle Barry cuts the cake at world environment day, organized by the Bahai Community of Brisbane.

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Arya Samaj Queensland

Teachings of Vedas

Jitendra Deo President ASQ

Some important points to consider when we talk about progress. Here is some them. • A patient, inquisitive individual who leads a life of truthfulness is the one who can progress further on the path of Yog.

• For spiritual progress, one has to minutely scan one’s beliefs and opinions and has to dissect and filter them with the help of logic and evidence. Only then will the wrong beliefs be attenuated and the right ones be strengthened. • An individual becomes worthy once the mind has progressed from the concrete to the abstract or from the extensive to the intensive; when the person has upgraded from indifferent behaviour – the “who cares” attitude – to supreme conduct and when one has made appropriate progress in knowledge, action and prayer. • Those who always focus on their end – death, the last moment of this valuable life – are able to think faster, work

faster. Consequently, they are able to progress faster towards their destined goal. • Keeping oneself engaged in tasks of excellence, concentrating on a predecided goal and making constant effort to achieve it are some measures to keep

the mind free of immoral or inappropriate thoughts of passion etc. • We keep rising and falling all day long. False knowledge, wrong actions, incorrect forms of devotion and prayer – these are the things that lead to downfall;

true knowledge, right types of efforts and devotion in the right direction are factors that raise a person to great heights. A spiritual traveler always remembers this fact, remains cautious and keeps improving himself. On continuing this practice for a long time, it gets firmer and stronger. • To be successful in life, one needs to observe extreme caution. Questions like – What should I see, What shouldn’t I see, What should I hear, What shouldn’t I hear, What should I know, What I shouldn’t know, What should I do, What shouldn’t I do – are of paramount importance. • Strange incidents keep occurring from time to time but the practitioner of Yog

always keeps an eye on what effect those incidents are exerting on him and whether they are snubbing his target of salvation or augmenting it. In case a bad effect does manage to creep in, he successfully and quickly wards it off. Until the point of attaining the highest spiritual level, it is vital to remain under the supervision of elders and to abide by the instructions of teachers. Only then is progress possible, otherwise downfall is certain. Please contact President: Jitendra Deo 3273 3029 or Secretary: Sunil Dutt 5613 3410 for information on activities of Arya Samaj Queensland or log on: www. aryasamajqueensland.org/ Facebook Arya Samaj Qld

Crisis Management Pramukh Swami Maharaj

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s fifth spiritual successor studied only up to standard 6 in a village school. So, he had very little formal education. Yet, from 1950, for over 75 years as the administrative president and 45 years (1971-2016) as the spiritual head of BAPS, his leadership skills were outstanding. He faced many make-or-break and crisis situations, and his responses were inspiring. The following incidents illustrate his exemplary approach to critical situations.

EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE The tragic events of 26 January 2001 will live long in the memory of the people of Gujarat, India. The devastating 7.7 earthquake with its epicenter in Kutch caused enormous and widespread damage and loss of life throughout Gujarat. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was in the village of Bochasan and was having breakfast when the tremors were felt at 8.46 a.m. and he received the news about the scale and spread of the disaster. He immediately began contacting the senior sadhus at BAPS centres throughout Gujarat and especially in Bhuj, instructing them to initiate emergency relief efforts. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, as a socially responsible leader took the initiative to direct all his available resources in the service of the needy. His continued attention to detail amid the larger picture revealed an extraordinary degree of not just empathy, but compassion. He swiftly and for a prolonged period provided emotional, material and spiritual support to people of all

ages and backgrounds. His leadership in the aftermath of this natural disaster was decisive and proactive.

THE AKSHARDHAM RESPONSE Gandhinagar, India, 24 September 2002. At 4.45 p.m., on a pleasant autumn afternoon, the un- imaginable happened: out of the blue, a totally unprovoked attack on the sacred Swaminarayan Akshardham complex by two terrorists. They raided the holy site armed with automatic rifles and deadly grenades, killing 34 innocent pilgrims and wounding many others. A team of highly trained National Security Guards, an elite counter-terrorism unit under India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, led by Brigadier Raj Seethapathy were rushed to Gandhinagar from New Delhi. After an all-night siege, and the sad loss of two heroic commandos, the terrorists were neutralized by the NSG. Pramukh Swami Maharaj

was 170 km away in the village of Sarangpur when news of the attack broke. He was busy in a series of crucial meetings with senior sadhus. His initial response was a natural reaction to any difficulty he faced — sincere prayer. After some moments of deep contemplation, he calmly took command of the situation and marshaled his resources, while responding serenely to the flurry of phone calls from all facets of society. Everyone was in uproar and demanded a powerful retaliation to this unprovoked attack. Yet, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was a leader of different dimensions. Never ruffled, never rushed, but always resilient and reposed. He had his own way of doing things, and this crisis revealed just how much of an out-of-the-box leader he was. He personally issued a nationwide appeal for everyone to remain calm and maintain peace, and banish all thoughts of retaliation, thus preventing

further social unrest. Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s exemplary response was later lauded by all and became a case study as an effective and responsible handling of such a crisis. It became known as ‘The Akshardham Response.’ Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India from 20022007, writes in his book, Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji, “Pramukh Swamiji showed magnanimity by not indulging in any blame game or imputing motives... Swamiji encouraged his followers to pray, not punish.” Pramukh Swami Maharaj had shown that forgiveness and non-violence is indeed the path to achieve world harmony.

EXEMPLARY LEADER Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s innate ability to handle adversity naturally inspired confidence, loyalty and dedication in others. Over the decades, he faced countless

emergencies, and tricky and sensitive situations, which he expertly navigated with an unprecedented presence of mind, compassion and in the best interests of all concerned reflecting his innate and profound spirituality. This year marks Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centennial birth celebration year; therefore, we aim to pay

a tribute to his centennial birth celebration year, through this article series. Just like Pramukh Swami Maharaj, today, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the present spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan continues that legacy. Through his association people have been transformed to experience inner peace.

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Sacrifice and its significance in Islam By Ml. M. Nawaaz Ashrafi

All praise is due to Allah Ta’alla the cherisher and sustainer of the world and peace and blessings be upon our holy Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu alayhi wa’salam. As the month of Hajj and sacrifice have begun, the Hujaj are preparing to go to hajj pilgrimage. I would like to mention and highlight important information in regards to Hajj and its preparations. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. All Muslims who fulfill certain conditions must perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime. What are these conditions? Are there any prerequisites of Hajj? The answers to these and many other similar questions can help you in making decisions, and in planning for Hajj in a better and more efficient fashion. Who Must Perform Hajj: Every Muslim who fulfills the following conditions must perform Hajj at least once in his lifetime. He must be of sound mind, and in full control of his mental faculties. He must be old enough, and mature enough to understand the full import, and significance of what he is setting out to do. He must be financially sound enough to be able not only to bear all his expenses for Hajj but also to provide adequately for his dependents during his absence and until his return. Prerequisites Of Hajj Since Hajj is an act of worship, it must be performed in peace, and with single minded devotion. There are several simple, yet important, things you can do to get in the right frame of mind for this unique experience. All of these are self-evident and are based on common sense. They are reiterated below for completeness of the discussion and a reminder. Your intention must be to perform Hajj solely for the sake of Allah. Considerations of pleasing or impressing others with your show of piety should never be a factor. All Hajj expenses must be paid out of money obtained through legitimate (Halal) means. Money obtained through illegitimate or doubtful means is not acceptable. All your debts and financial obligations must be fully discharged before you start your journey and, where necessary, a written acknowledgement of the transaction obtained for future use. You must make an honest effort to resolve your outstanding

differences with others and seek forgiveness from those you may have hurt in any way in the past. This is based on specific instructions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and must be followed for the Hajj to be meaningful. Qurbani (Sacrifice) Qurbani, or Uḍḥiya as it is known in Arabic, is the practice of sacrificing an animal for Allah (swt). Every year, on the days of Eid-ul-Adha from the 10th to 13th of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal to mark the completion of Hajj. This practice commemorates the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (as) thousands of years ago, who was prepared to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah’s sake. Qurbani is not simply the slaughtering of an animal and the distribution of its meat, and it is more than a commemorative ritual. The word ‘Qurbani’ is derived from the Arabic, ‘qurban’, which has its root in the Arabic word ‘qurb’ – meaning ‘nearness’. The purpose of offering Qurbani is to draw near to Allah. Through Qurbani, we reaffirm what we sometimes forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life – that we completely submit to Allah, and we are willing to sacrifice whatever is asked of us to be close to Him and gain His pleasure, just as Prophet Ibrahim (as) did so many years ago. Thus, an important part of Qurbani is remembering to hold onto our sincere intentions and striving to be closer to Allah through this symbolic sacrifice.

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Allah tells us in the Qur’an the story of two sons of Prophet Adam (as), Habil and Qabil. To resolve a difference between them, Adam (as) asked them both to make a sacrifice; whoever’s sacrifice was accepted would be the clear winner. Since Habil was a shepherd, he offered a ram to be sacrificed. Qabil tilled the land, so he offered some produce grown from the land. It is understood that Habil took care to select the best animal, one which was healthy and well-fed, whereas Qabil wasn’t willing to offer the best of his produce. Allah accepted Habil’s sacrifice, ascending it to heaven, and He rejected Qabil’s sacrifice. Habil explained to his brother that Allah only accepts from those who have taqwa. Qabil had clearly not made his sacrifice with sincerity, and Allah was aware of that. However, Qabil was jealous of the way Habil had been favoured over him and he killed his brother. The story of Habil and Qabil illustrates that sincerity and purity of intention are the most important part of the Qurbani. Part of this is selecting a worthy sacrifice as Habil did and to ensure it is welltreated and sacrificed in an Islamic way. It is also about understanding that, like Zakat, Qurbani is not an annual task or tax that we should tick off a to-do list; it is a deeply spiritual activity and a chance to draw closer to Allah. The Sacrifice of Ibrahim (as) When Ibrahim’s (as) firstborn son, Isma’il (as) was old enough to walk

around with his father and work with him, it was revealed in a dream to Ibrahim (as) that he must sacrifice his son. Isma’il (as) did not question this command, just as his mother Hajarah (as) had not questioned it and that when Allah commanded Ibrahim (as) to leave her and her baby son in the desert all those years ago. ‘He (Isma’il) said, “O my father! Do as you are commanded. If Allah wills, you shall find me of the patient”’. (Qur’an, 37:102). Both father and son were prepared to sacrifice Isma’il’s life, but Shaytan wanted to dissuade them. It seems impossible to us that someone could be prepared to sacrifice their beloved child, the person most dear to them in the world, especially when obstacles have been placed in their way on three separate occasions. However, the family of Ibrahim (as) were so forceful in their rejection of disobeying Allah that they threw stones at Shaytan. It is this stoning that we remember at Hajj. As Ibrahim (as) prepared a knife to sacrifice his son and a shroud to bury him in, he couldn’t face Isma’il (as), so he turned his son’s face away. According to Ibn Kathir’s tafseer, they both remembered Allah and testified their faith in Him – Ibrahim because he was about to make a sacrifice, and Isma’il because he was about to die. Then Ibrahim prepared to sacrifice his son – and when the knife was at Isma’il’s neck, he heard a voice calling to him to stop. Ibrahim (as) sacrificed a white, horned ram instead of his son and,

like the stoning of the pillars, we remember this sacrifice every year at Hajj. It represents the devotion of Ibrahim (as), who was ready to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah’s sake, and the reward and blessing they received from Allah. Remembering this journey every time we do Qurbani should bring us closer to Allah; again, it is not the animal that matters, but our willingness to submit wholeheartedly to Allah. The Ram of Paradise As you can see above, Allah refers to the ram He sent down to Ibrahim (as) as “a great sacrifice”. Allah even used the word ’adheem to describe the sacrifice, while one of Allah’s names is Al-’Adheem. So what was so special about this ram. Ibn Abbas (ra) said it was, ‘A ram which had grazed in Paradise for forty years’. (Tabari). The horns of this ram were passed down through Isma’il’s (as) descendants and were kept hanging in the Ka’bah by the Quraysh as an important relic. After the Prophet (saw) conquered Makkah, the ram’s horns were kept in the Ka’bah, though they were covered up. The ram horns remained there until the Ka’bah was damaged by fire in the Siege of Makkah in 683; the horns were burnt and lost in this battle. The Prophetic Qurbani Finally, we come to the last part of the history of Qurbani – the Qurbani of our Prophet Muhammad (saw). This is the Qurbani we still practice today every Eid-ul-Adha and it is important for us

to not only make our intentions sincere, but also to keep in mind the rich history behind Qurbani. Our heritage should be valuable to us, as shown by the Prophet (saw) keeping the horns of the ram Ibrahim (as) hanging in the Ka’bah. The family of Ibrahim (as) are a particularly important part of our history, as we learn every year at Hajj when we commemorate their actions.The Messenger of Allah (saw) even said, ‘I am the son of two sacrificed people’ (Hakim), referring to the fact that both his father Abdullah and his ancestor Isma’il (as) were almost sacrificed for Allah’s sake, emphasising his connection with Isma’il (as). He (saw) also used to look for rams similar to the one Habil and Ibrahim (as) sacrificed – white, horned rams – to offer as Qurbani on Eid-ul-Adha. (Ahmad) ‘The Prophet (saw) sacrificed for the one who could not sacrifice from his ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and [his] Prophethood’. (Tabarani and Ahmad). This was a Sunnah and his Sahabah also used to follow, as Anas bin Malik said, ‘The Prophet (saw) used to sacrifice two rams, and I also sacrifice two rams’. (Bukhari) This Dhul Hijjah, why not revive this beautiful Sunnah and give an extra Qurbani. There is wisdom in everything the Prophet (saw) did and immense reward in reviving his Sunnah. Furthermore, giving an extra Qurbani means even more families in need will benefit. In povertystricken communities, meat is an unaffordable luxury and so it is a joyous occasion when they can enjoy the generosity of a Prophetic Qurbani. So not only will you be doubling your reward by giving a Prophetic Qurbani, you will also be doubling your impact. Together, let us spread the word about the untold story of Qurbani and revive a neglected Sunnah this year. Takbeerat forَ eid َ ُ َّ ‫ َو َا‬. ُ َّ َّ َ َ َ ُ َ ْ ُ َّ ُ َ ْ ُ َّ ‫لل‬ ‫الل أ ك ب� الل أ ك ب� ل إله إل الل‬ ُ ْ َ ْ َّ َ ُ َ ْ َ ُ َّ ُ َ ْ َ ‫ل الحمد‬ ِ ِ ‫أ ك ب� الل أ ك ب� و‬. Transliteration: Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, La ilaha illallah, Wallahu akbar, Allahu akbar wa lillahil hamd The translation of the takbir for Eid is: “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, there is no god but Allah. And Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.” Eid ul Adha Mubarak


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Basava Samiti of Asia Pacific Ltd, Brisbane Chapter, officially inaugurated CORINDA Saturday, the 4th of June, at Corinda State High School, Brisbane, Basava Samiti of Asia Pacific Ltd, Brisbane Chapter was officially inaugurated as part of the Basava Jayanthi Celebrations 2022 (BSAPAC). Brisbane is home to this prestigious international charity, an Australian-owned, a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit, international charity organization that promotes the advancement in education in diversified, multi-linguistic, multicultural societies by incorporating Guru Basava’s philosophy and teachings. Guru Basava lived in Karnataka, a southern state of India, during the 12th century. He was a statesman, philosopher, poet, and social reformer who rejected gender or social discrimination, superstitions, idol worship, and rituals. He founded the first parliament and promoted women’s equality at that time. Since its establishment (2020), it has onboarded chapters in New Zealand, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Cairns. Each chapter was publicly inaugurated as part of the Basava Jayanthi and occurred consecutively over the last four weeks. The Basava Samiti of Australasia Inc, Brisbane Branch officially onboarded the Basava Samiti of Asia Pacific Ltd on 13 June 2021. Since then, several activities and initiatives have promoted their charitable services. Since onboarding, the charity has focussed on integrating communities from various backgrounds to advance the establishment of a valuebased society, BSAPAC Brisbane Chapter was publicly inaugurated on the 4 June 2022 by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council, Mr. Adrian Schrinner, Honourable Leanne Linard MP, Minister Children, and

paradhanavanollenemba, chalabēku śaraṇaṅge parasatiyanollenemba, chalabēku śaraṇaṅge paradaivavanollenemba, chalabēku śaraṇaṅge liṅgajaṅgamavanondemba, chalabēku śaraṇaṅge prasāda diṭavemba, chalavilladavara meccha kūḍalasaṅgamadēva.

Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Cr Sarah Hutton, Jamboree Ward, Brisbane City Council, Honorary Consul of India, Brisbane. Mrs. Archana Singh and Swamijis Dr. Shri Basava Marulasidda Swamiji, Basava Kendra, Shimoga Basava Tattwa Peetha, Chikamagalur, His Holiness Dr. Sri

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Shivamuruthy Murugha Sharanaru, Sri Jagadguru Murgharajendra Matha Chitradurga. BSAPAC’s International Relations Lead, Ms. Himani Khatter, welcomed the delegates and the Honourable Deputy Chair, Mrs. Girija Karekal, from the BSAPAC Board to commence the

inauguration ceremony. The Deputy Chair was also joined by President Mrs. Shashikala Movnachar, Secretary Mrs. Nivedita H E, Treasurer Mr.Vasu Iyer, Mr.Nitin Marigoudar, and Mr.Vinay Thippeswamy, Mrs.Girija Ram, Mrs.Poornima Nandi who graced the occasion. Over 20 Community

Super Stars and dignitaries joined the fantastic inaugural ceremony. Community is at the heart of BSAPAC. Therefore, several community leaders, sponsors, and public members have shown their excitement and have come forward to unite, integrate, and rejoice collectively.

Chalabēku

śaraṇaṅge

(Vachana Mahasamputa, #677) This is Guru Basava’s vachana written in the Kannada language and can be briefly summarised as; an individual must be courageous to reject someone else’s treasure, wife, and fate. The individual lacking courage is not respected. This is the foundation on which BSAPAC is built. BSAPAC also introduced the first cake cutting ceremony during Basava Jayanthi programs to tribute to Guru Basava’s birthday. BSAPAC would like to thank all its sponsors, community dignitaries, community leaders, distinguished guests, and those who have traveled as far as 250KM. The event was attended by a highly diverse community comprising heritages spanning India, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Australia, Bangladesh, Greece, Denmark, Taiwan, Scotland, Kenya, Fiji, etc. Shakha, Sri Umesh Chandra OAM, and Brisbane Indian Times have several community leaders. GOPIO, Shirdi Sai Samsthan Brisbane, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha, and corporate leaders also joined the occasion. Mrs.Louise Arcus and Ms. Sahana Chandra anchored the event. The event concluded with serving Maha Daasoha (Dinner) to all the delegates. For more information about this charity and its activities, please email: Contactus@ basavasamitiapac.org


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HOTA Queensland Forum 2022 On Saturday, 28 May 2022, the Hindu Organizations, Temples and Associations (HOTA) forum of Queensland was jointly organized by Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia, Qld Chapter and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Kingston, QLD, 4114. The forum was graced by Special Guests: • Honorable Mr. Peter Russo, MP, State Member for Toohey and Chair, Legal Affairs and Safety Committee; • Smt. Archana Singh, Honorary Consul for India; • Shri Anoop Nannuru, President Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland; and • Representatives from various Hindu organisations, temples and associations HOTA is a platform for Hindu organisations, temples and Associations to discuss issues and topics of common interests

to enhance community service and preserve Hindu culture. This is achieved through cordial working relationships among HOTA members in tackling various challenges faced by the Hindu community. The success of HOTA in other countries like USA and New Zealand prompted VHP Australia to initiate this movement, which has already gained considerable momentum in Sydney. The first HOTA Forum in Queensland was organized in 2014. The HOTA Qld Forum 2022 in Brisbane was a grand success. Representatives from more than 18 Hindu temples, organizations and associations attended and actively participated in the forum. The divine prayer by the students of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and the lighting of the lamp marked the auspicious

beginning of the forum. Treasurer, VHP Australia, Qld Chapter welcomed the participants and all the members. After that President, VHP Australia QLD Chapter provided a brief introduction about the activities of VHP Australia and its Queensland chapter. HOTA Coordinator of Qld, then addressed the

gathering and explained the importance of the HOTA forum in Australian society. He also spoke about the ideology behind the creation of HOTA in several countries and its benefits to Hindu community and the community at large. In USA and New Zealand HOTA forum has already paved the way for significant

collaboration between various Hindu organisations and temples which has benefited the cause of enhancing Hindu Dharma, culture and community service (SEWA). The HOTA baton (The Ekata Shankh), symbolizing Organisation is Strength was presented to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir as

the host organization for the next twelve months. As the host organization, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir presented a talk and a mesmerising video about their past and present activities which took everyone on the divine journey for the entire duration. The event also included a workshop session, in the form of group discussion. The participants were divided into eight groups. During the discussion the participants discused issues faced by the organisations and temples. With the full support of the BAPS Volunteers the whole event ran smoothly without any issues. The event concluded with a group photo and dinner kindly prepared and served by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir volunteers. We look forward to future events of the HOTA forum.

Australian Indian Theatre premieres Shakuntala BRISBANE The Australian Indian Theatre's premiere of Shakuntala, the most significant play by Kālidāsa (c. 5th century AD), the greatest of Sanskrit authors, is the reason was a mustsee. Australian Indian Theatre has given it a simple but beautiful production, integrating music, gesture, and dance in such a way as to take the audience back in the day. While hunting, King Dushyanta (Siddharth Nagpurkar) meets Shakuntala (Anu Sharma), a young girl living at a country ashram, daughter of Menka (Panchali K Gohain) and Sage Vishwamitra (Naish Nand), the two instantly fall in love. They marry without her foster father’s consent, and the King returns to the palace, saying he will send for her soon. Unfortunately, the ill-tempered sage Durvasas (Zain Chams), unhappy with his welcome at the ashram, curses Shakuntala by causing the King to lose all memory of her. Both Dushyanta and Shakuntala undergo many physical and psychological trials before they are finally reunited. Kudos to the writer, director, and Producer, Anu Sharma, for bringing one of the most professional and well-put-together shows. It was intense yet entertaining, all the characters befitted the roles. The props and

scenic decoration took us to the era where it all happened. A beautiful ensemble of friendship between Shakuntala, Priyamvada (Cherin Elyas), and Anusuya (Sajita More), light-hearted moments with Indra (Gautam Ahuja), a showcase of motherly love shown by

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Guruma (Neelima Chand), the show was full of great song selections and dances like one represented by Bhavna and Monali. Last but not least, the chemistry between Shakuntala and Dushyant was a heartthrob and a treat to watch. This must be one of the

finest shows locally here in Brisbane. Fantastic talent, fabulous costumes, and entertainment. We do need more homegrown shows like this one. Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio were proud to support such a unique show. Well done!!


LABOR COMMITS $3.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR INDIA HOUSE BRISBANE

SPRINGFIELD, On Monday 16th May, at Brookwater Golf Club, Labour politicians Shayne Neumann MP and Milton Dick MP announced the labor Government commitment of $3.5 Millon towards the India House project, matching the election commitment made by LNP before this announcement. Shayne Neumann MP said, “It is an honor to join the Indian community and business leaders today to announce an Albanese Labor Government will

provide $3.5 million towards building the India House cultural center in Greater Springfield, together with Milton Dick MP. Thanks to Australia India House AIHCF President Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda OAM, Australia India Business Council Ltd. National Chair Dr. Jim Varghese AM, AIBC Qld Chapter President Nik Senapati, Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) | Australia Advisor Dr. Ram Mohan, Umesh Chandra

OAM (GOPIO), and other distinguished guests. I also commend Springfield City Group Chairman Dr. Maha Sinnathamby for generously donating the land for this

building and acknowledge all the donors for their invaluable contributions. This initiative is part of Labor's plan to deliver a better future for our multicultural communities

and bring economic, cultural, and community benefits to Queensland and the Ipswich and Springfield region”. Dr. Maha Sinnathamby AM also addressed the gathering and emphasized

the importance of coming together for the project. He was pleased that the project had received Bipartisan support. Morning tea and refreshments were served by Brookwater Golf Club.

Nabobarsher Boithok O Noishobhoj - 2022 BRISBANE Pohela Boishakh, also known as Bengali New Year or Nobo Borso, marks the first day of the initial month of Baishakh of the Bengali solar calendar. It is one of the most important festivals for the Bengali community and is celebrated with much pomp in West Bengal and Bangladesh but all over the world. The Brissy Bengalese celebrated: Nabobarsher Boithok O naoishobhoj (New Year’s Celebration and Dinner) on 30th April, at Granze Community Hall organized by “The Bengal.” The program was scheduled with lots of fun-filled activities and authentic Bengali food from Entrée to the main course. The program started with an Inaugural song presented by the Brissy Bengali kids, followed by Dance, recitation, and other Cultural programs offered by the Bengali community singers. Bengali-style Tea has

been served during the program with Jhalmuri and Singara. The next item was the “Cooking Competition,” and the dish to cook was “Enchorer Dalna” (Green Jackfruit curry in Bengali style) which all the brilliant Bengali chefs well presented. Over a tough fight, the ‘Sera Ginni” (Best Chef) 2022 award was captured by Sulagna Paul Chowdhury. The Dress up competition was another attraction for both the kids and adult section, where they all dressed up in traditional Bengali dresses and walked on the ramp. The winners were “Aariv Goswami and Zara Sharma in the Kids section. In the adult section, “Sera Babumasai and Bouma (best dress up Bengali Male – Female) goes to Dr. Mantu Sarkar and Pamela Sarkar. Raffles with lots of attractive prizes were the last activity, followed by an authentic Bengali Dinner

with Garam Bhat (Rice), Ghee, Dal, Tarkari, Mach (Fish), Mangsho (Goat curry), Misti (Sweets), and more. Around 150 people attended the program, and Call: (07) 3192 5188

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guests left the event center with a memory to cherish until the next celebration. The event partners were Tea Junction – Brisbane, Swadesh Foods, Indian Spice Shops – Aspley, All

India Foods – Gabba, and the Media Partners were Australian Indian Radio and Brisbane Indian Times. Ashley Bachor abar has….. (Will happen next year again).

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Annual India Day Fair (IDF) Fundraiser & Business Networking Gala Dinner Written by Dr. Jyoti Sharma, PRO, GOPIO Queensland BRISBANE This year's Annual India Day Fair (IDF) Fundraiser & Business Networking Gala Dinner was organized at SunPAC, Sunnybank, on June 3, 2022. This Fundraiser dinner was significant to meet the cost of an iconic event, IDF, to celebrate the Indian Diaspora in Australia. Mr. Arpit Singh beautifully conducted the whole program. The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin Queensland (GOPIO Qld.) was established in 2008 by likeminded people to strengthen business and bilateral relationships between Australia, particularly Queensland, with other GOPIO chapters worldwide. India Day Fair is one of the flagship and iconic events organized by GOPIO Qld, which connects all multicultural communities in Queensland and pays tribute to freedom fighters to make India Independent and the largest democratic country in the world. This year, GOPIO Queensland aimed to invite people from the booming Indian Business community and made it a night of networking and building new relationships. Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) were most cordially invited to take part and grow their network within the community while having a sumptuous 3-course dinner with performances, raffle prizes, auction round, and the best of all - great company! The function was started with the acknowledgment to the Traditional Custodians of the land by Aunty Betty McGrady. Hon. Shayne Neumann, Federal MP, Peter Russo, MP for Queensland, James Martin MP for

Queensland, Cr. Steven Huang, representing Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner, Cr. Charles Strunk, Mr. Anoop Nannuru, FICQ President Mr. Surendra Prasad, Past President FICQ Advisory council, Ms. Seema Chauhan, President, GOPIO Gold coast, Mr. Umesh Chandra, President, Queensland Multicultural Council, and past presidents of GOPIO Qld and FICQ graced this occasion with their esteemed presence. MP Shayne Neumann, MP Peter Russo, and Cr. Steven Huang shared their thoughts with the Indian community. Ms. Suman Dua from Nationwide Migration and Education,

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who was the keynote speaker shared her career journey with the audience. GOPIO Qld. President Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda OAM, on behalf of the Indian community, extended a sincere thanks to Shayne Neumann, ALP federal MP, for pledging his support of $3.5M to Australia India House Charitable Foundation to build Australia India House in Blair. He also shared his experience from the first inaugural conference of the GOPIO Queensland, hosted by Mr. Umesh Chandra OAM, who was the founding president of GOPIO Qld. The event further proceeded, and Mr. Chandra

OAM announced the Poster Launch for IDF 2022. Mr. Chandra shared the history of IDF and screened the earlier IDF Posters from the last several years. He told the showstopper living legend, Harbhajan Mann, in the IDF 2022. IDF is a platform to feature and promote multicultural activities of our Queensland communities by interfacing with international multicultural talent. IDF 2022 will be very significant as India’s 75th Year of Independence Day. An event like India Day Fair will not happen without the most vital support of sponsors; GOPIO Qld. expressed sincere gratitude

to all IDF sponsors who are supporting this event over the past decade. Several sponsors like the director of the Golden Key Realty, Mr. Ron Baker, his fiancé Ms. Ninew Roth, Councillor Charles Strunck, and Vanessa Fabre from Multicultural Australia attended this fund-raising dinner. They expressed their humble support to the GOPIO Qld. This event was a mix of business networking and experiencing the Indian culture. Students of the Taal Dance Academy won everyone’s heart by performing Bollywood items. There was a lot of excitement for the auction items and

raffle prizes. MP Leanne Enoch, MP James Martin, and Cr. Jodie Shipway's offices provided beautiful gift hampers for raffle prize winners. Other raffle prizes were kindly donated by Australian Indian Radio, Bendigo Bank, Brisbane Indian Times, Finance Point, Globenet realty, Graham Perret, Wealth Creators group, Jyoti Sharma, Prasad Yarlagadda, Rakesh, and Rani Sharma. GOPIO Queensland auctioned a few items to generate a fund for the upcoming IDF. A beautiful gold-plated heart necklace from Proud - Cr Charles Strunk proudly donated to the Jewellers; two nights voucher at the Q1 Resort & Spa with ocean view by Mr. Rakesh Sharma & his beautiful wife Mrs. Rani Sharma; one Business Class - Return Flight ticket to India by Mr. Ash Sonthalia, Director of Gaura Travels; an exclusive Brisbane edition Monopoly game signed by Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner by Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner; and last but not the least an aboriginal art that signifies aboriginal culture and their way of life by the GOPIO President Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda. This painting captures five significant aspects of human existence - Water, Air, Fire, Sky, and Earth. Sam and Shabnam of Dreamstyle decorators beautifully decorated the SunPAC hall. The event ended up with a vote of thanks by Ms. Rani Sharma, Assistant Secretary, GOPIO Qld., and I hope to see the Indian community at the upcoming India Day Fair. Please note that the IDF is a free event hosted at the Roma Street, Parkland, Brisbane City QLD 4000 on August 13, 2022, from 10 am to 9 pm.


13TH MPA APSA ACADEMY FILM FUND Asia Pacific Screen Academy and Motion Picture Association join to announce 2022 Fund Jury as submissions open Cannes, France – The 13th annual MPA APSA Academy Film Fund was opened for submissions today at a Cocktail Reception event hosted by the Motion Picture Association and Studio Babelsberg in Cannes. The Jury that will determine the winners was also announced. A joint initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) since 2010, the Fund supports both organisations’ goal to increase cultural diversity on screen in the world’s fastest growing region of film production. The Fund is open exclusively to APSA members. Dedicated to supporting the region’s screen storytelling, and unwavering through the pandemic, the fund has now supported 48 films from 22 countries at the script development stage. “The Motion Picture Association has enjoyed a remarkable partnership with the Asia Pacific Screen Academy of distinguished filmmakers through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. In that time, the Fund has opened a window on a range of diverse, engaging storytelling from every

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L-R: RIDHAM JANVE, MARIAM KHATCHVANI, JACLYN MCLENDON, CHARLIE RIVKIN, CATHERINE FITZGERALD, KIKI FUNG. © 2022 GETTY IMAGES. corner of the region. We look forward to welcoming four new filmmakers and stories with this new round of the Fund,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the MPA. APSA Chair Tracey Vieira said, “We are proud to support the creativity of the region through our continued partnership with the MPA. As we work to recover from the global pandemic and face the ongoing uncertainty in our region, we proudly recognise the value of art and culture in screen stories.

We look forward to the Juries selections for the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund in 2022.” The Fund also celebrated the success of four recently completed films that received Fund support and debuted with high-profile world premieres in 2021: • No Land’s Man, from Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh), co-produced by and starring Indian star Nawazuddin Siddiqui (APSA 2016 Best Actor for Psycho Raman), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival;

• Kamila Andini’s Yuni (Indonesia, Singapore, France) debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival; • Uruphong Raksasad’s Worship (Thailand) premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival; • And Our Memory Belongs to Us (Signe Byrge Sorensen and Rami Farah – Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Denmark, France) premiered CPH DOX 2021. Andrew Pike OAM, the film distributor, historian, and documentary filmmaker, will

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chair the jury determining the 2022 Fund winners. Pike will be joined on the jury by former recipients of the Fund, Thai producer Mai Meksawan (Worship) and Emmy winning director/ producer Maryam Ebrahimi (No Burqas Behind Bars). The news was announced by Jaclyn McLendon, Executive Director of the APSA, and Ridham Janve, recipient of the 2020 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, at an event celebrating the MPA’s 100th anniversary. Numerous APSA Academy

“The Motion Picture Association has enjoyed a remarkable partnership with the Asia Pacific Screen Academy of distinguished filmmakers through the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. In that time, the Fund has opened a window on a range of diverse, engaging storytelling from every corner of the region. We look forward to welcoming four new filmmakers and stories with this new round of the Fund,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the MPA. members premiered films in competition and in Un Certain Regard at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The winners of the four US$25,000 grants for 2022 will be announced at the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony in November. For more information and to request submission details, please send your project and APSA Academy member details to info@ asiapacificscreenacademy. com. Submissions close 21 October 2022.

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United Nations Association Australia Queensland Branch Peacekeeper march and memorial service

BRISBANE Since the United Nations' inception in 1945, Australia has participated in peacekeeping operations. Nations take responsibility for "collective security" as part of the United Nations Charter. The earliest contribution was four military observers in Indonesia in 1947. By 2000, Australians had participated in 34 official United Nations peace-keeping missions worldwide, ranging from fighting in Korea to two military observers in Yemen. The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed every year on May 29th. The United Nations commemorated this significant anniversary under

"People Peace Progress: The Power of Partnerships." With their Annual Peacekeepers March and Service, the United Nations Association Australia Queensland Division honored 75 years of service and sacrifice by Australian peacekeepers. The event began in Brisbane's King Georges’ Square. Participants marched from King George Square to Anzac Square, where the event started at 10 a.m. Her Excellency the Honourable Dr. Jeannette Young, PSM Governor of Queensland, government officials and representatives, defense service and veterans' representatives,

consular representatives, and community and ethnic groups participating in the ceremony were the formal guests (from countries in which Australian peacekeepers have served). The Keynote Speaker for the ceremony was Lieutenant Kristy Miles; Lt Kristy Miles was deployed to Sinai, Egypt, in 2020 to support Operation MAZURKA, Australia's commitment to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). The MFO was founded in 1981 as a non-governmental organization to oversee longstanding peace agreements between Egypt and Israel. The Australian force contributes to the peace

process by keeping an eye on the border, preparing daily operational briefings, and supporting the MFO Headquarters. Kristy considers this experience to be the pinnacle of her 17-year military career since it has pushed her professionally and personally and has had a significant impact on her future goals. The following programs took part in the UNAAQ peacekeeper ceremony. The Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Associations were warmly greeted. The UNAAQ Peace and Security Program began with Rwandan Community Group Performances

With their Annual Peacekeepers March and Service, the United Nations Association Australia Queensland Division honored 75 years of service and sacrifice by Australian peacekeepers. The event began in Brisbane's King Georges’ Square. Participants marched from King George Square to Anzac Square, where the event started at 10 a.m.

following Keynote Speaker Lt. Kristy Miles sharing her thoughts. Her Excellency, the Honourable Doctor Jeannette Young, gave her speeches along with UN Secretary Generals. Reverend John Silver led prayers, and the official visitors laid the wreath, which other guests followed. Squadron Leader Steve Finch played the last post of the RAAF Amberley Pipes and Drums, followed by One Minute Silence and The Rouse. The UN Peacekeepers Program, attended by many multicultural community leaders, gave a profound message of learning and engagement while spreading much-needed peace.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee picnic in the park

BRISBANE. June 5th, a historic milestone was celebrated — the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. Her Majesty is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth. Many

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events were hosted in England and throughout the world to cherish this significant moment. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Morning tea was one of the free events hosted by the Queensland government on the 05th of June 2022 at Soundshell Hill, City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane. A Fun picnic was arranged to

enjoy the morning tea with live music, entertainment, and activities that suit all ages. Guests also got a free scone with jam and cream! Children participated in various games and activities such as giant connect 4, chess, and ring toss and won many gifts and prizes. The Queensland government organized a few other events during this time: Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration Cake, Jubilee lighting, and Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee. Overall, a fun event with a great cause that encouraged Australians to make a Jubilee Donation to Australian Red Cross. Many Queenslanders are still battling the aftermath of the flooding that took place last month. The event helped us help Australians, just as Her Majesty wanted.


Dr. Anu Kaur MBBS FRANZCOG was featured in the June Episode of Aap Ki Sehat on Australian Indian Radio

BRISBANE Dr. Anu Kaur was featured in the June episode of Aap ki Sehat, meaning Your HEALTH Program, initiated by IMA, QLD, Australia. This is the Public Health message Program from IMA Queensland streamed by Australian Indian Radio. Dr. Anu Kaur is a female Obstetrician and gynecologist and fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Kaur has years of health care experience; she is passionate about providing patientfocused care. This experience allows her to provide you with individualized care, including all pregnancies. She is interested in managing high-risk pregnancies such as IVF, Twins, and pregnancies complicated by medical conditions. She offers prenatal counseling

and management of early pregnancy complications. She can address gynecological complaints, including abnormal pap smears, heavy periods, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, polycystic ovaries, pelvic pain and ovarian cysts, adolescent Gynecology issues, and Contraception advice IUDs. She offers laparoscopic surgery, and Total Laparoscopic hysterectomy is minimally invasive. Dr. Anu Kaur began working in Obstetrics and Gynecology in regional Victoria and moved to Mercy Hospital in Melbourne, where she completed her DRANZOG. She continued working in women’s health at The Monash Hospital and decided to pursue her career in the field that she felt most passionate about. Dr. Kaur completed her specialist

training (FRANZCOG) in NSW before moving to sunny Queensland. As a female, Australian trained, Specialist with extensive experience in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anu has welcomed 1000’s new little Australians into the world. Dr. Kaur has a particular interest in the management of: 4High-risk pregnancies 4Minimally invasive surgeries – including Laparoscopic Hysterectomy 4Management & treatment of Endometriosis 4Office gynecology and colposcopy Dr. Kaur is accredited with Monash IVF, MyIVF, and as a supervisor for the Fellow Trainees of RANZCOG. Anu is committed to evidenced based practice. Anu is passionate about

mentoring junior doctors and medical students to ensure women receive the best healthcare possible now and in the future. Dr. Kaur has admitting rights to: 4Mater Hospital South Brisbane 4Wesley Hospital 4St Andrews War Memorial Hospital 4Some minor procedures are performed in her rooms “I feel fortunate to be able to do the work I do. In Obstetrics, I am passionate

about providing womancentered care and involving the woman and her family in decision-making. Gynecology allows me the privilege of improving a woman’s health from adolescence to menopause and beyond while preserving her dignity. I am a staff specialist in a public hospital; I keep up to date with the latest developments in the field of Women’s health and ongoing research and practice of Evidence-based Medicine. I enjoy reading, bush walking, gardening, going to

the gym and spending time with my two children and husband in my spare time. Having a young family of my own allows me to understand each new parent’s challenges. This helps me provide a professional yet personalized service to each client”. AAP Ki Sehat features on the Facebook live channel of Australian Indian Radio on the first Saturday of every month and an audio-only version on Australian Indian Radio on the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 AM.

Sitaroon Ki Mehfil episode two in Music Junction on Australian Indian Radio BRISBANE, Music Junction is a live music program hosted by Australian Indian Radio and features mainly local and some overseas artists. The show is produced live in the studios of Australian Indian Radio using both live musicians and backing tracks. Usually, one artist or a couple is featured in the popular monthly show. In April, we featured many artists, and by popular demand, the Sitaroon ki Mehfil – Episode two was presented in May. Episode two had the same artists as Episode one but different songs. The April episode had over 74k views. The show is streamed live on Facebook and the YouTube channel of Australian Indian Radio.

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RJ Savi usually hosts the popular show, but now she is away, and Suman Dua has presented the shows instead. All previous episodes can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube channel of Australian Indian Radio; here are the links: https://www.facebook. com/Australian-IndianRadio-1506195456308231/ videos/?ref=page_internal and YouTube https://www. youtube.com/channel/UC04 JQzPYwe9djt04w1mizIg Music Junction is a platform open to all established and budding singers. If you would like to be featured, please get in touch with us via a medium of your choice; we would love to hear from you; in the meantime, check out our previous episodes.

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‘BJP can’t handle Kashmir, they only know how to do dirty politics’, says Arvind Kejriwal Delhi News Live Updates Today 5 June 2022: Addressing the 'Jan Aakrosh Rally', Arvind kejriwal asked the Centre to "cancel bonds signed with Kashmiri Pandits that say they cannot work outside Kashmir." Delhi News Live Updates Today: The Aam Aadmi Party organised a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday against the recent spurt in targeted killings in Kashmir and slammed the BJP-led Union government for the situation. Several AAP workers and leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Environment Minister Gopal Rai, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and other MLAs attended the ‘Jan Aakrosh

Rally’ and raised anti-BJP slogans. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal addressed the rally and said that Kashmiri Pandits are being forced to leave their homes in a repeat of what happened in 1990s. Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal Saturday said that his government has formed volunteers-based committees to look after all the 500 highmast tricolours that are being installed across the city under its ‘Deshbhakti Budget’. He

added that each Tiranga Samman Samiti will have five members and they must mobilise an army of 1,000 young volunteers in their areas and commit to social welfare works. Meanwhile, at least 12 people died and more than 13 people were injured in a chemical factory fire at Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur on Saturday afternoon, with preliminary information suggesting that a boiler had exploded at the site.

Karti moves Delhi HC over rejection of anticipatory bail Justice Poonam A Bamba of the high court will hear the matter on Monday. A special CBI court, on Friday, rejected the Congress MP's anticipatory bail plea. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram moved the Delhi high court on Saturday, challenging the trial court’s June 3 order denying him pre-arrest bail in a case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged Chinese Visas scam. The matter is listed for hearing on Monday before Justice Poonam A Bamba of the high court. The federal agency had recently registered a moneylaundering case against Karti and at least two others in the alleged scam of Rs.50 lakh on the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union home minister. The case was registered based on a first information report (FIR) registered

by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 17. The agency alleged that Karti, abusing the official position of his father, granted project visas to the Chinese in exchange for Rs.50 lakh. The CBI also alleged that approval for re-use of more than 250 project visas had been granted by the then Union home secretary and the then Union home minister Chidambaram, and the same had been granted “in utter and gross violation because the prescribed guidelines did not have any provision for such re-use of the project visas”. On Friday, while rejecting the anticipatory bail, Special judge MK Nagpal said that despite there being no specific provision contained in the guidelines for permitting the reuse of project visas, approval was granted “blanketly”, compromising the security of the country. “….approval for re-use of more than 250 Project Visas to Chinese Nationals was

granted “blanketly” against payment or acceptance of a bribe amount of Rs.50 Lacs and not only a threat was posed to the said power project being established by M/s TSPL, but even the security of the country was compromised by the above illegal acts of the accused, which have been committed in furtherance of a larger conspiracy,” the judge said in a 30-page order, which was released on Saturday. The court, while denying relief to Karti, his CA S Bhaskar Raman and coaccused Vikas Makharia, said

that sufficient documentary evidence in the form of an exchange of e-mails between the three accused was collected by the probe agencies. Noting the previous criminal antecedents of the accused, the court said that even though Makharia does not have any criminal background, the two other accused, Karti and Bhaskar Raman, have four cases registered against them by the CBI and the ED in connection with the INX Media and Aircel Maxis cases.

“…they both were even arrested in one of the cases and were subsequently granted regular bail, though anticipatory bail was granted to them in the other cases,” the court said. The agencies have alleged that all the cases, including the previous ones, have a similar modus-operandi where approvals were granted for some financial transactions against the existing guidelines and policies for illegal considerations or bribes and Bhaskar Raman was involved even in transactions of those cases for payment of a bribe to Karti for influencing his father, who was holding another portfolio of Union minister at that time, for granting those approvals. The judge also accepted the submission of the ED counsel that the actual magnitude or volume of the processed or laundered amount of money in the present case is yet to be established during the investigation.

Heatwave conditions likely in Northwest, Central India in next 2-3 days: IMD The national capital is likely to witness clear skies in the day and heatwave conditions are expected at a few places, the weather office said. Parts of Northwest, Central and East India will be experiencing heatwave conditions in the next 2-3 days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Saturday. “Heatwave conditions are likely in isolated places over Rajasthan, Jammu Division, Himachal, Uttarakhand, south Punjab and south Haryana-Delhi on June 4 and 5. Similar conditions will also prevail over Vidarbha, Jharkhand, interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh from June

4-6 and over southern Uttar Pradesh and north Madhya Pradesh from June 4-8. National capital Delhi witnessed thunderstorm along with rainfall over the past few days that provided relief amid a scorching May which

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saw temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. Delhi is likely to witness clear skies in the day and heatwave conditions are expected at a few places, the weather office informed. However, the IMD has issued

a yellow alert, warning of a heatwave, at isolated places in the capital. The mercury may rise to 44 degree Celsius at the Safdarjung observatory, it added. The IMD uses four colour codes for weather warnings

— green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action). A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.

Corbevax gets approval as first mix-and-match booster vaccine

Vaccine manufacturer Biological E’s protein subunit Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax has become the first to be approved by the country’s drug regulator as a heterologous booster in adults, meaning those who have received Covishield or Covaxin as their first or second dose can take it as a third booster shot. So far, mixing-andmatching of Covid-19 vaccines was not allowed in India and the third dose had to be the same vaccine used for the first and second dose. With the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) now approving the heterologous booster, the government will have to take a call on whether it should be included in the country’s free vaccination drive. India has so far administered 193.9 crore doses of vaccine in total, of which 101 crore are first doses, 89 crore second doses, and 3.5 crore precaution doses, according to data from the government’s CoWIN portal. In a statement Saturday, the Hyderabad-based company said, “BE’s clinical trial data showed that CORBEVAX® booster dose provided significant enhancement in immune response and excellent safety profile required for an effective booster.” The approval came after a trial involving 416 people who were administered Corbevax or placebo (an agent with no therapeutic value) six months after having received two doses of either Covaxin or Covishield. The company, in its statement, said the levels of neutralising antibodies – antibodies that specifically attack or block the SarsCoV-2 virus – increased significantly as compared to the placebo. Currently, the vaccine is in use for immunisation of children between the ages of 12 and 14 years under the government programme. It is also available on payment for children between 12 and 17 years at private vaccination centres. The company said that so far 51.7 million doses of the vaccine had been administered to children across the country, with 100 million doses having been supplied to the government.


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FOCUS ON FIJI 18 year old climate activist AnnMary Raduva organizes clean up at Nadi’s Wailoaloa beach 18 year old climate activist AnnMary Raduva organised a clean up at Nadi’s Wailoaloa beach yesterday as part of World Environment Day. Raduva who is a Year 13 student at Swami Vivekananda College, together with her classmates and extended family collected more than 24 garbage bags of trash. Raduva says the beach clean up was a significant one as the world marks 50 years since June 5 was designated

as World Environment Day. She further says we need to keep talking about littering

because people are still very comfortable littering and it is sad to come to a public

Giants awaken – Nadi reclaims Farebrother Trophy

place like Wailoaloa and find household litter thrown into the bushes and on the beach. Raduva adds the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is Only One Earth and it means so much for her and her generation because they need to highlight the need to live sustainably with nature by choosing a greener, litter free and sustainable lifestyle. She also thanked her extended family and classmates for helping her in the clean-up.

World Bank approves $106m for Fiji: Bainimarama

2 men charged for burglary incident in Lautoka

Two men are in police custody for their alleged involvement in a burglary incident in Lautoka on Friday. Both were arrested within half an hour of a report received through Crime Stoppers Fiji. Chief Operations Officer, ACP Abdul Khan says the two allegedly broke into a business premises along Vitogo Parade after 1am and stole a till, cash and other items which have all been recovered.

Both men who are in their 20s were arrested outside the premises. They have been charged with one count of aggravated burglary and theft each and will be produced in the Lautoka Magistrates Court tomorrow. ACP Khan has also commended the support of the public who continue to share information about criminal activities either through the 917 Police Emergency line or the 919 Crime Stoppers line.

Increase in animals on and near the road due to the cold season – LTA

Naitasiri’s rugby brickwall defence that had withstood past Farebrother Trophy challenges, crumbled in the last three minutes of its doubleheader challenge against Nadi at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. It left to ruins the hillmen’s stronghold in the 82-year-old Fijian coveted silverware after the jetsetters escaped with a 1412 victory. But the toast of the feat belonged to 28-year-old farmer and fullback Tevita Mociu, who successfully kicked the last penalty in the 77th minute to take the trophy down West. Referee Tevita Rokovereni awarded Nadi the penalty 18 metres from the uprights after a Naitasiri player was penalised for infringement. Mociu, who missed a penalty from almost the same spot in the 25th minute, quickly said a silent prayer before sending the ball through the uprights to send the Nadi crowd into a frenzy before the referee blew game over. “As I placed the ball, I said a small prayer asking God for His guidance,” he said after the match. “I said to myself, ‘It’s now or never Mociu.’ I looked at the posts, closed my eyes, focused on the ball and walked towards it. It was my longest walk in the match because if I miss, we will lose. I knew I was confident,

but I let God do the rest. I am happy that I helped our team win.” Nadi and Naitasiri fired all munitions at each other. The bulky westerners used their forwards to creep towards Naitasiri, but the Dr Ilaitia Tuisese Jrcoached hillmen, small in size but barbaric in defence, endlessly punched through the visitors’ line in the duel. Nadi missed two early penalties in the first quarter, but was successful in the 30th for 3-nil lead after fly half Viliame Bibote nailed a penalty after Naitasiri’s Inoke Ravuiwasa was penalised for dangerous play. Winger Solomome Tavai capped off a three-phase Nadi attack towards the Nausori airport end of the park to further the lead 8-0 at halftime. Naitasiri hit back with two tries within the first five minutes of the second spell to lead 12-8 . But mistakes cost them the lead after Bibote landed a penalty in the 63rd minute. Nadi 11-12 Naitasiri. Nadi threw everything at Naitasiri, but the champion stood firm in their defence even with the opposition camping five metres from the try line for about 10 minutes. In desperate defence, a Naitasiri player was sighted for infringement with Rokovereni awarding a penalty. It was the mistake that Nadi wanted and Mociu

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broke the hearts of the hosts to end their winning streak. His skipper Ron Katonivere said it was a hard fought battle. “We were lucky because Naitasiri is Naitasiri and they were the better team. It was a tough match.” Naitasiri coach Dr Tuisese Jr said mistakes were their enemy. “It was not our day. We played well but we faltered in the last minute. Congratulations to Nadi, we’ll have another chance and we’ll work hard again.”

Teams Nadi: 1-23: Katonivere, Maikeli Sivo, Josua Kotobalavu, Sitiveni Yabaki, Sivaniolo Lumelume, Jolame Luvevou, Ilisoni Galala, Veniona Vuki, Marika Tivitivi, Viliame Bibote, Tavai, Vilive Aria, Eseroma Nabalawa, Jiutasa Nave, Tevita Mociu, Viliame Tui, Kenneth Delai, Joseva Nadolo, Aporosa Saukuru, Jaoji Koroi, Navitalai Drau, Orisi Erenavula, Semesa Muadonu. Naitasiri: Asiveli Rokoua, Jone Naqiri, Ravuiwasa, Esika Macu, Sitiveni Kaila, Jone Navori, Maciu Vakacabeqoli, Sireli Kaloucava (Cpt), Anasa Naqiri, Kini Douglas, Vili Kanatabua, Peni Tubuna, Filimoni Waqa, Kaliova Mocetara, Etonia Roko, Jone Vatukela, Waisea Daveta, Joeli Veitayaki, Inoke Tuisese, Tomasi Naiduki, Simi Drotini, Vatili Vosawale, Uraia Torau.

The World Bank has approved $106 million to assist in the effective and efficient implementation of Fiji’s National Development Plan. Speaking on Radio Fiji One’s, Na Noda Paraiminisita program, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says these funds will be used to generate employment opportunities, diversify Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, and engage people in various sustainable development projects. He says these initiatives are a continuation of the government’s COVID-19 recovery support targeting people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, particularly women and youth. “This is an initiative to assist individuals to bounce back on track after the implications posed by the pandemic and climate change. The government has so far spent $430 million in COVID-19 recovery. One way in which the World Bank has assisted Fiji is to rebuild the lives of Fijians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and this is also part of the social protection system.” Bainimarama says of the total amount given by the World Bank, the government will use around $18 million to protect our natural resources, known as the Job for Nature initiative. He stresses that this is an avenue that will assist most Fijians in the rural and maritime areas. The Prime Minister adds that this initiative will run for a span of four years and Fiji must be thankful for the World Bank’s trust in us and continue the good relationship that has existed for over fifty years.

Drivers are being urged to remain cautious at all times as there has been an increase in the number of animals on and near the road. The Land Transport Authority says as the cold season approaches, drivers will notice more animals moving to roads and highways for warmth which pose a major hazard. Acting LTA CEO Irimaia Rokosawa says drivers are already reporting an increase in the number of horses and cattle on roadsides, especially along the Coral Coast and

Sigatoka areas. Rokosawa says there are also more reports of near-misses coming in and he is urging drivers and passengers to be vigilant at all times. He says when a driver swerves or stops to avoid hitting an animal, this could trigger a host of other situations such as a collision with an oncoming vehicle. Rokosawa is also urging owners to secure their animals as this could mean the difference between life and death for a family.

Women of Nabudrau, Tailevu receive timely assistance

It was a joyous occasion for 40 active members of the Nabudrau Women’s Group in Tailevu after receiving a grant to help kick start income generating projects. While officiating at the handover of the grant, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar says the $6,000 grant is being funded under the Office of the Prime Minister’s small grant scheme.

Akbar says it is encouraging that more women are today becoming vocal and bold enough to ask for what they need. She told the women present that they are potential entrepreneurs who are equipped to make their own money from this project and must receive this assistance as a new opportunity and a chance to progress into a proper micro-business.


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Ranbir Kapoor claims K Vijayendra Prasad considerably added to Brahmastra; latter says, “I have not done anything much”

South Indian cinema owes a big debt to writer K Vijayendra Prasad for authoring some of their biggest blockbusters including son S S Rajamouli’s mega-hits Baahubali an RRR. Vijayendra who is also the writer of the Salman Khan hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has now rescued Karan Johar’s long-in-the-making grossly over-budgeted Brahmastra. Set to be released on September 9 the film directed by Ayan Mukerjee features the director’s buddy Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. Brahmastra is being whispered about as a huge loss maker even before release. Recently Ranbir Kapoor revealed that Vijayendra Prasad was called in as consultant to make changes in the film and that those changes have added a considerably to the film’s intrinsic value.

As always, Vijayendra Prasad downplays his contribution. “Ranbir Kapoor is being too kind. I have not done anything much. It is like a meal when cooked and someone is asked to taste it. The taster may suggest that the food needs some extra salt. I was shown Brahmastra and asked to give my opinion. I added some salt to the dish, that’s all.” However the buzz in Karan Johar’s circle is that the climax of Brahmastra has been altered on Vijayendra Prasad’s suggestion. But, Vijayendra denies making any radical changes to the film. “I’ve just tightened some nuts and bolts, that’s all. Please don’t give me excessive credit for some suggestions that I made to fine-tune the product. Ayan Mukerjee has made a wonderful film. Kids will love it.”

Jasmin Bhasin to make her Bollywood debut in a Mahesh Bhatt film; will start shoot in July

Jasmin Bhasin started her journey in the entertainment industry with TV shows like Tashan-E-Ishq, Dil Se Dil Tak among others and is known for her bubbly onscreen roles. While she also tried her hands at reality shows such as Bigg Boss and later with music videos, now Jasmin Bhasin is looking at taking the next step in her career with films. Fans of the actress would be aware that she will be making her debut in movies with the film Honeymoon alongside Gippy Grewal. Now reports have it that the actress has signed her Bollywood film and it is with none other than the famous Mahesh Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt. Jasmin Bhasin will be making her Bollywood debut. She has signed a film which will be penned by Mahesh Bhatt and presented by

Vikram Bhatt and K Sera Sera. Produced by Loneranger and Zee, the untitled film is directed by Manish Chavan, who will be making his directorial debut with this venture. Details of the genre and the rest of the cast are yet to be revealed. Reports have it that the actress will kick off the shoot of the film at the end of July this year. A source close to the actress confirmed the news adding, “While details of her character etc. are unknown at this juncture, Jasmin will play an interesting role that promises to take her fans by surprise. She is extremely excited to start work on the film and has already started prepping for it.” As for her film with Gippy Grewal, Honeymoon is slated to be a Diwali release. The film is expected to hit the big screens on October 25, 2022.

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Karan Johar’s birthday bash leaves 55 guests Covid-infected? Just last month on May 25, filmmaker Karan Johar hosted a lavish birthday bash to ring in his 50th birthday. With a theme of ‘Black & Bling,’ the night turned out to be a shimmery affair with the who’s who from the industry in attendance. In fact, the party hosted inside Yash Raj Studios in Andheri saw Bollywood celebrities from the young gen of Ananya Panday and Janhvi Kapoor to Vicky Kaushal and his bestie Malaika Arora to industry veterans like Tabu, Twinkle Khanna, Sonali Bendre, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Juhi Chawla and a host of others in attendance. If that wasn’t enough, also making appearances

were the four Khans of the industry Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Saif Ali Khan along with Kareena Kapoor Khan. Now just a week after the lavish

glitzy bash we hear that something untoward has befallen many an attendee. Although the numbers are not conclusive, it has come to light that at least 50 to 55

of Karan Johar’s guests have been infected by the Covid virus after attending his birthday bash on May 25. While the list of those who contracted the virus is unknown, it is learnt that it does include several top Bollywood actors. A source in the know says, “Several of Karan’s close friends from the Bollywood film industry are Covid-infected after the party, although they not revealing that they’ve tested positive. In fact, Kartik Aaryan who was not at Karan Johar’s party tested positive for Covid, he got the virus from one of his heroines who were there at the party and with whom Kartik was promoting his film.”

Kangana Ranaut starrer Tejas being reshot and readied for direct OTT release after Dhaakad’s failure? Makers clarify Now, we hear that Kangana Ranaut is gearing up for her next release Tejas. In fact, the grapevine claims that post the Dhaakad debacle the makers of the film RSVP are reshooting certain portions as well as planning to release the film directly on OTT. Revealing details about the same a wellplaced industry insider tells Bollywood Hungama, “Post Dhaakad the makers of Tejas have decided on reshooting certain portions of the film to avoid making a similar mistake. Besides this, given the recent box office turmoil, or rather the past record of Kangana, RSVP feels that Tejas will fare better if it features a

direct to OTT release.” Ask for details about the release and he continues, “Ronnie Screwvala and the RSVP team working on Tejas are still brainstorming about a direct to OTT release, they are yet to lock a platform and date. But currently the

general consensus is that an OTT release will be beneficial to all parties, producer, actor and director. They do not want to be caught surprised with a similar box office fate as Dhaakad and would want to secure their commercials.” However, to gain a little

more clarity on the subject, Bollywood Hungama reached out to RSVP, who denied the developments completely. In fact, as per RSVP, the film is still slated for a theatrical release in October. Dispelling the rumours as hearsay the production house asserts that while certain portions of the film are yet to be shot, the same will be completed in time for an October 2022 release. As for the date itself, the makers of Tejas reiterate that the film will release in theatres on October 5. Tejas, which is set in 2016, revolves around a daring female fighter pilot, and the decision by the India Air Force to induct women into combat roles.

Video of singer K K being rushed to the hospital is false, claims Event Management Company

Rs. 500 crores riding on Shah Rukh Khan as he returns with three films in 2023 after a four-year hiatus

Singer K K passed away due to cardiac arrest on May 31. The musician was in Kolkata during the incident and he had visited the Bengal capital to perform at Nazrul Mancha. Followed by his untimely demise, there were videos that were doing the rounds about the singer complaining of a chest pain during the performance. From suspecting a foul play to bashing the event organizers for a bad venue and infrastructure, the sad demise of the 53-yearold singer has raised many questions. Responding to them were the event organizers BlackEyed Event House. It’s very obvious that the auditorium having AC installed for specific capacity of people cannot work properly when the crowd is exceeding the capacity.” Furthermore speaking about the choice of the venue, “The venue was chosen by the college authorities and we had nothing to do with the choice

The last time we saw Shah Rukh Khan on the big screen was in 2018 in the Aanand L Rai film Zero. Since then, though the actor has been missing from the silver screen he has been prepping to make a return with a bang. In fact, just yesterday Shah Rukh Khan finally announced the title of his film with Atlee, Jawan. Interestingly with the announcement, Shah Rukh Khan fans are in for a treat in 2023 with not just one or two but three release viz. Dunki, Pathaan, and Jawan. Speaking about Shah Rukh Khan featuring in three release in a single year a well-placed industry source says, “With three film in a single year there is a lot riding on SRK right now. Not to mention that all three film are big-ticket Bollywood entertainers mounted on an even bigger budget. Given this there seems to be anywhere upwards of Rs. 300 cr riding on Shah Rukh Khan

of venue or the management of the venue infrastructure,” added the company. They also responded to the netizens questions on overcrowding. “There was forced entry into the auditorium. Starting from the outside gate to auditorium gate there were bouncers and police force along with the college students union who did their best to actively manage the crowd. But the crowd was beyond their expectations and the crowd pelted stones at the volunteers to get entry. The police tried their best to manage the crowd wisely,” they said.

alone.” While we can’t wait to watch all three films, 2023 is certainly going to be a bonanza for Shah Rukh Khan with releases scheduled evenly through the year, the actor might just end 2023 as the highest grossing actor of the year.


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Hepatitis B DNA Testing What is a Hepatitis B DNA blood test? • It is a blood test to check how much hepatitis B virus is in the blood.

system is controlling the virus, and how healthy your liver is. • The test will also help the doctor to decide if you need medication to help your body control the virus, and help prevent the virus causing damage to your liver, such as scarring, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Check with your doctor if you have had a test in the last 12 months.

Who needs a hepatitis B DNA test? • If you have tested positive to hepatitis B. What if you are a ‘carrier’? • Yes you need the test. • ‘Healthy carrier’ or ‘carrier’ are terms no longer used for hepatitis B. You either have the virus or you don’t. How often should the test be done? • At least once a year. Even if your last test showed a ‘not detected’ result. This is free if you have a Medicare Card.

• Some people may require testing more often. Your GP or Specialist will let you know what is

appropriate for you. Why is it important to have a hepatitis B DNA blood test?

• This test along with other tests including liver function tests will show how well your immune

For more information, please contact ECCQ: Website: www.eccq.com. au/bbv Phone: 07-3844 9166 If you live in Cairns, you can also contact: Rhondda Lewis Viral Hepatitis Health Coordinator Phone: 07-4226 4761 Email: Rhondda.Lewis@ health.qld.gov.au

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Pros and Cons

of Tweezing, Threading, Waxing, or Shaving Facial Hair Nimisha Modi

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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 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 and Cons of Facial Waxing 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.

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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 days, can be painful.

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. Con: 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 time-consuming 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

Shaving 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.


What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how can you recover? Dr Ros Lethbridge, Senior Clinical Specialist, Phoenix Australia – Center for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne. This article discusses how people can develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its signs and symptoms, and effective treatments. What is trauma? Any event that involves exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or violence has the potential to be traumatic. Traumatic events are common, and most people will go through at least one traumatic event in their lives. Such events can include natural disaster, war, a serious accident, physical or sexual assault. In Australia, the most common traumatic events are: • having someone close to you die unexpectedly • seeing someone badly injured or killed, or unexpectedly seeing a dead body

• being in a lifethreatening car accident In the first days and weeks after a traumatic event, people often experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger, or grief. Generally, these feelings will resolve on their own, and with the support of family and friends, the person recovers. However, if the distress continues, it may mean that the person has developed PTSD or another mental health condition. What is PTSD? Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a set of reactions that can develop

after someone has been through a traumatic event. A person with PTSD has four main types of difficulties: • Re-living the traumatic event – through unwanted memories, vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or intense reactions such as heart palpitations or panic when reminded of the event. • Feeling wound up – having trouble sleeping or concentrating, feeling angry or irritable, taking risks, becoming easily startled, or constantly being on the lookout for danger. • Avoiding reminders of

the event – activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings that bring back memories of the trauma. • Negative thoughts and feelings – feeling afraid, angry, guilty, flat, or numb a lot of the time, losing interest in day-to-day activities, feeling cut off from friends and family. Between 5 and 10 percent of Australians will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. It is not unusual for people with PTSD to experience other mental health problems like depression or anxiety. Some people may develop a habit of using alcohol or drugs as a

way of coping. What treatments are available? If you are still experiencing problems two weeks after a traumatic event, it is worth talking to your GP or a mental health professional to assess how you are going and to see if treatment would be helpful. Effective treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are available, and include counselling, medication, or a combination of both. These treatments can work even if your traumatic experience was a long time ago. The Australian Guidelines

In the first days and weeks after a traumatic event, people often experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger, or grief. Generally, these feelings will resolve on their own, and with the support of family and friends, the person recovers. for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD and Complex PTSD provide evidencebased recommendations that promote recovery following trauma, as well as effective treatment options for people who develop PTSD and other posttraumatic mental health conditions.

National Mental Health Month 2022 The countdown begins!

Vasan Srinivasan Chief Executive Officer Mental Health Foundation Australia The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is very excited to launch our capstone event, National Mental Health Month 2022. National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. It is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all. Throughout this month, many events have been organised in each state of Australia aiming to attract and unite Australians of all ages and backgrounds to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all. The National Mental Health Month 2022 Awareness Campaign theme is: ‘Building Resilience: Communities and Connections' The aim

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of this theme is to continue conversations sparked about mental health during COVID-19 within communities, as well as place a focus on the need for resilience building after a challenging few years, using this as a point of connection with all Australians. This year, we have many exciting events planned such as multicultural events, our national walks, nationwide launches, symposiums and forums on various lifestyle topics, gala dinners, breakfast events and so much more! Our staff are gearing up and working hard to put up these fabulous events all throughout October, however, no event is successful without the support of audiences. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contribution to National Mental Health Month over the years, as no contribution was too small. We look forward to having you all involved in October this year, for National Mental Health Month 2022. Stay tuned on our social media channels for more information to come about all of the different events planned, as well as how to register. This October, let us take steps towards better mental health for all Australians. #NMHM2022 #BuildingR esilienceCommunitiesandCo nnections

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jUNE - 2022

Aries ( 21st March to 20th April )

Taurus ( 21st April to 21st May )

Gemini ( 22nd May to 21st June )

The transit of Rahu and Venus indicates that you can regulate your voice and keep your promise. Try not to get into a fight with a family member. The transit of Jupiter and Mars will provide you with an opportunity in a foreign country. There could be an unexpected trip or travel to a foreign country. Jupiter and Mars' transit also indicate that you may drawn to religious and charitable work. Sleeping can be disrupted due to excessive usage of electronic devices, so use them whenever needed. To achieve the desired outcome, students must adopt a positive attitude when under the influence of Saturn and remain focused on their work. With the transit of Mars and Jupiter, marriage relationships will be strengthened and rejuvenated. Try to avoid negative thoughts and avoid getting involved in some debate. Helping your partner in both personal and professional matters will point you in the right direction in your marriage. Don't pressure your partner to do things your way; this can cause stress in your marriage and trigger a schism. Singles may get a sudden marriage proposal. This month may bring you a plethora of financial gains as well as money from family and friends. Make a spending plan ahead of time; this would save you from a financial crisis. Many who wished to study in a foreign country for a more extended period would be able to do so this month. Even the spiritual classes would have international connectivity.

A tumultuous month is on the horizon. However, the month is favourable for marriage or romantic liaisons. However, there may be some sluggishness in other areas of life. Particularly in the fields of business and finance. The results may not be as desired, but you would not be disappointed. You'd also like to ensure that you profit from the good fortune that must come your way in the coming days. However, you may not get the unwavering support of your family and your spouse. Many who are married must recognise and even complement each other's needs. Even singles would be content with each other's business. In your personal life, you should bring about the desired happiness. This month would also contribute to the long-running family property dispute. It is typically culminating in shared agreement and complementing each other's decisions. This would be a win-win scenario for both parties, as it would save time and even money on both ends. You would be happy and should rejoice at the joint resolution at both ends. Similarly, students majoring in law or business administration shall do well this month. Your test shall be rewarding, and you would get a decent reward. Also, if you have been planning to take some competitive tests, this shall be a good month for most of you. Your training would be worthwhile, and you would benefit from the positivity in your life. Your efforts and successful involvement have resulted in all academic achievements this month.

This month would be filled with wise decisions. You would be well-known and well-liked at work. Family life would be successful as well, with plenty of quality time. This month would also be prosperous financially. New business investments may yield a good return, but the movement of Mars indicates that you should also seek professional financial advice to ensure a safe profit. Rahu and Venus can trigger unplanned expenditure on luxury products, event parties, and jewellery. Beauty and makeup, as well as grooming costs, can be incurred. This month would be filled with wise decisions. You would be well-known and well-liked at work. Family life would be successful as well, with plenty of quality time. This month would also be prosperous financially. New business investments may yield a good return, but the movement of Mars indicates that you should also seek professional financial advice to ensure a safe profit. Rahu and Venus can trigger unplanned expenditure on luxury products, event parties, and jewellery. Beauty and makeup, as well as grooming costs, can be incurred. If you work in the beauty or arts industry, this month can present you with an unexpected opportunity in a foreign country or increase your touch. The student can experience stress as a result of receiving all of the information at once. This month, you should focus on one move at a time. You can face workload and examination stress. You should follow a balanced diet daily and avoid eating out and drinking cold beverages. There may be issues with your eyes, you should wear glasses while using electronic devices such as laptops or cell phones or when driving.

Cancer ( 22nd June to 22nd July )

Leo ( 23rd July to 22nd August )

Virgo ( 23rd August to 22nd September )

According to the monthly Horoscope, the native likely to concentrate on their strengths and energies on their siblings in the family. People with symptoms would need to be more proactive about their parents' wellbeing this month, as their health could be a source of concern. According to the monthly Horoscope, a native of this zodiac sign would have the opportunity to associate with someone in a foreign country. However, according to the signs, the month could be problematic in both personal and financial matters. This month, natives of this zodiac will tie the knot with their love partner. Married couples can go through a difficult time in their marriage. The first half of the month would be favourable for love and marriage. To make decent progress, you would need to stay calm at all times and concentrate on your relationship. However, the last few days would be a little tricky due to your partner's health. Students born under this zodiac sign would have a fruitful month. You may stay focused on your studies and make substantial academic progress. The monthly horoscope indicates a high likelihood of unexpected expenditure. You would need to keep track of your expenses and cut back on excessive spending. Avoiding speculative investments in favour of long-term assets would be beneficial. A career change implies a loss, which would be difficult to cope with. This month, be cautious in your decision-making.

Your tendency to leave a relationship after the thrills of a romance have worn off would only cause you mental anguish this time. So stop harming others and, as a result, hurting yourself. You would be witty, generous, endearing, and charming, making you a never dull, constantly busy, and intensely alive personality to deal with. Your patience, tenacity, determination, and goal-oriented attitude would make it easier for you to deal with your own and other people's problems. You need someone's support to raise your confidence and excitement if you're feeling nervous. Women would have a good week both at work and at home. Others are likely to notice that you are more appreciated and cared for. This week, complications from misunderstandings in your love life can put you in a perplexing situation. Better moments would come from a pleasant discussion between you two. Others may perceive you as a strong personality who makes bold decisions. Others can criticise you because you are firm despite being a woman. Spending time analysing your current physical state would only make you more energetic and friendly. In specific ways, this can allow you to look for a solution to your current boredom, which is irritating and depressing. These days, you need a lot of improvements and challenges to keep your physical stamina up. Monotony and a constant lack of excitement must be avoided. You may sign a new contract that would provide you with a stable and safe career.

The beginning of the month means a problematic period at work, and you must keep your cool. However, as the month progresses, you can anticipate significant advancements in your profession. Things are not looking good around the middle of this month, so be cautious before taking any action. Things could change for the better in the second half. There is a risk that your financial preparation would be interrupted or your decision may be incorrect at the start of this month. It would be best if you also stopped lending or borrowing money. As the month progresses, it would be a time of good fortune and auspicious events in which your wishes are likely to be fulfilled. This month may include many opportunities to spend quality time with your loved one. Any family-related problems could also be resolved by the middle of this month. However, you can feel as though you cannot break the cycle of your life at times. During the last few days of this month, you may feel happier on most days. You may be pleased with the academic performance of this month due to your hard work and patience. You may get many chances to showcase your abilities as the month comes to a close. Make good use of whatever you get during this period. Seasonal changes can trigger some health problems at the start of this month. You are likely to have good energy levels in the middle of this month and avoid health problems. This month's second half would be much healthier for your health and fitness.

Libra ( 23rd September to 22nd October )

Scorpio ( 23rd October to 22nd November )

Sagittarius ( 23rd November to 21st December )

Take care of yourself while travelling and driving, as Rahu is sending a signal. Your writing career are likely to flourish with Venus's blessings, and it would be an excellent month to launch your books. Things may work in your favour, and the Sun's transit may provide some relief from the government. Native may expect good profits from the family business, as well as family support. Mother's blessings would be with you this month. Your efforts would be rewarded handsomely. This month is a great time to invest in real estate. Savings would be made under your standards. With the transit of Mars and Jupiter, your career shall produce the desired results. Relationships with siblings include attention and care when conversing or conveying messages. There could be unpredictability in travel plans. Expenditure on electronic devices is possible. Some electronic devices may not work correctly, so this month would be ideal to repair or change them. Your school education would be excellent, and you are going to gain a lot of love from your parents and mentor. If you take a positive attitude, prepare ahead of time, and avoid violence, this month would go as planned. The marriage partnership would be exemplary, but there might be ego conflicts that must be addressed. The transit of Saturn and Mars indicates that your money would be trapped with family or in a foreign country. Participating in some health-related courses would have a good and healthy month in May. Yoga classes can be beneficial to one's fitness. The workload can disrupt sleeping comfort, which can lead to health problems.

This month appears to deliver positive outcomes in your life. This is a perfect moment to make crucial career and business decisions. Furthermore, the Sun's transit may give you a sense of purpose in life. This goal would assist you in making the best decisions. On the professional front, you're likely to succeed. Furthermore, there is a considerable probability that you may obtain extensive help from the government and higher authorities. Domestic concerns would be settled this month, and you may be interested in learning more about esoteric science. Politicians may achieve political triumph this month. During this period, you would be able to complete any outstanding tasks. Furthermore, any ongoing issues or concerns are likely to be resolved. You may also have the opportunity to improve your abilities or learn a foreign language. This planetary alignment would be highly beneficial to you. You can achieve fame and money in your life as well. During this time, you would be able to fulfil your heart's wishes. However, you may need to rein in your spending habits and refrain from overspending. Your career would also take a turn for the better towards the middle of the month. Furthermore, money flow would be following expectations. This would be your accomplishment, and it would entirely satisfy you. Those of you considering a partnership is likely to find that your partner is also in your favour. They would be grateful for each other's support. A partnership agreement would also be advantageous.

Your professional and financial lives are likely to improve this month, and you are expected to succeed at work. This would be an auspicious time for you. Separately, the planetary placements indicate potential challenges toward the month's end. This condition would endure until early next month, but it was not alarming. Nonetheless, now is an excellent time to rekindle your enthusiasm. It looks that now is a perfect moment to spice up your sex life. You would also receive the required assistance from coworkers and elders. However, you may need to maintain control over your speech to avoid verbal disputes with your spouse. You are likely to have an excellent time with your siblings. However, tyour mother or siblings may have some health issues this month. The effort you have put in over the years are expected to pay off in spades. Take caution not to get carried away and become drowsy. Aside from that, enjoy the rewards because you earned them. You are pressed to go back in time at work or with your lover. A severe crisis may unfold around you, and while it is grating on your nerves, you may be the only one who appears to be calm and unbiased. A balancing act between growing yourself and your love relationship and your responsibilities to your group associates or initiatives is likely to test your boundaries. As a result, your time and effort must be put to good use. When you look back at your schedule, you would notice that you haven't been spending meaningful time with your children. They require their father's presence, and you should make time for them. Your love signs are shining brightly over you, and you can expect to have the most beautiful experiences this week.

Capricorn ( 22nd December to 20th January )

Aquarius ( 21st January to 18th February )

Pisces ( 19th February to 20th March )

You are experiencing both mental and physical lows at this time. Though you are prone to pushing yourself, this is a time to give your body what it needs. It is preferable to be safe than sorry! A depressive feeling may overpower you as you recall previous desires that you have purposefully pushed to the back of your mind for a long time. It may take some time for you to be free of those disturbing memories. However, these changes would make you more self-sufficient and confident in the face of life's challenges. There are chances that you may meet an intellectually fascinating partner with whom you can share your interests. You need someone's support to enhance your energy and enthusiasm if you're feeling insecure. You would benefit from the permission of your friends and others who are assisting you. Patience on your part is also required to accept the advice of others. You would have more time to spend with your children as you recognise the importance of paternal care in their lives. Your talent, originality, and charisma would soon be recognised for your efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for you to lay a solid foundation for your future life. When you commit to someone, you would only be delighted to remain loyal to them. This allows you to stay connected to those who genuinely love and care about you.

This week, it appears that harmony is the theme for you. Everyone you meet this week, whether at work, at home, with friends, or with your hairdresser, is likely to appear gorgeous to you. Just make sure you don't miss out because of your lack of knowledge. This week, you may be feeling both angry and hurt. You are extremely sensitive and moderately irritable, and even minor irritations grate on your nerves. Spend some time with your diary and write down everything that comes to mind. You will be filled with excitement and cheerfulness. You may be able to rise above the tension and strain of ordinary existence by engaging in introspection and exercising your thoughts on topics that are not banal. So, have fun. Your feminine character, concealed underneath your manly shell, may attract new acquaintances since your caring and thoughtful touch will give them the impression that you are highly supportive. It'll be beneficial to you! Your intimate understanding and cooperation have been the driving forces behind your great marital life. Consider yourself fortunate, and do all in your power to keep the love between the two of you alive. Your loud and boisterous personality may give the impression to people around you that, despite being a woman, you are attempting to be a guy. This should not deter you because it is their insecurity and problem, not yours. Your wish to become a mother may be granted this week. There's always the possibility of a doctor's visit, bringing delight and a beautiful new spirit to life.

Take care of yourself while travelling and driving, as Rahu is sending a signal. Your writing profession may flourish with Venus's blessings, and it would be an excellent month to publish your novels. This month is majorly in your favour, and the Sun's transit would provide some reprieve from the government. There may be substantial profits from the family company, as well as family support. Mother's blessings would be with you this month. Your efforts would be rewarded handsomely. This month is a great time to invest in real estate. Savings would be made under your expectations. With the transit of Mars and Jupiter, your career is likely to produce the expected results. Relationships with siblings require attention and care while conversing or conveying messages. There may be unpredictability in travel plans. Expenditure on electronic devices is possible. Some technological devices may not function properly, hence, this month would be ideal for buying the new one. Your school education would be excellent, and you are going to have the support of your parents and mentor. If you take a positive approach, organise ahead of time, and avoid hostility, this month will proceed as planned. The marriage partnership would be good, but there may be ego issues that must be addressed. The transit of Saturn and Mars indicates that your money would be stuck with family or in a foreign place. Participating in any health-related courses shall provide a happy and healthy month in June. Yoga classes can be beneficial to one's health. The workload can disrupt sleeping comfort, which can lead to health problems.

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Nikhat Zareen becomes fifth Indian woman to win world boxing gold The 25-year-old boxer from the southern Telangana state beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas at Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul. A 25-year-old boxer from the southern Indian state of Telangana has become the fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal in a world championship. Nikhat Zareen on Thursday beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas in the 52kg flyweight category at the Women’s World Boxing Championships held at Istanbul, Turkey. As the new world flyweight champion’s name was called out, Zareen punched her hand in the air, hugged her opponent and broke into tears. “It’s finally here. The culmination of years of hard

work and perseverance,” she tweeted on Friday. “India, this one’s for you. We did it, together.” The former junior world champion is the fifth Indian woman boxer after MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC to win a gold at the world championships. In 2019, when Zareen asked for a fair trial against India’s legendary boxer Mary Kom after being denied a chance to compete in the trials for the Tokyo Olympics, the latter had famously asked: “Who is Nikhat Zareen?” Three years later, Zareen is a world champion – winning India’s first gold since Mary Kom won it in 2018. After her win on Thursday, Zareen told a news conference that she would dedicate the medal to all the countrymen who supported

her throughout her career. Zareen also said it was her dream to trend on Twitter. “Am I trending on Twitter? It was always my dream to be a trend on Twitter and to achieve something for my country at the world level is the biggest motivation,” she said. The Muslim boxer, who hails from a middleclass family in Telangana’s

Nizamabad town, said she had to overcome various odds to carve out a niche for herself in boxing. “I had to work hard and overcome hurdles including talk that boxing is not for women. I had to tell people that nothing will happen to my face and my beauty will be intact,” she said last year during the launch of a campaign by sportswear

Former Australian under-19 cricketer Jamie Mitchell sues Cricket Australia over sexual abuse allegations Former elite junior cricketer Jamie Mitchell is suing Cricket Australia for the trauma and distress he has allegedly suffered as a result of the 1985 Australian under-19 tour of India and Sri Lanka. On Wednesday, Mitchell’s lawyers issued Cricket Australia with a writ and statement of claim, seeking damages over the consequences of an alleged sexual assault on the tour. "That tour damaged Jamie and he has lived with the consequences for almost 40 years," Mitchell’s lawyer Michael Magazanik of Rightside Legal said. "He is making his legal claim to hold those responsible to account. This is a moment of truth for Cricket Australia. It can follow the Catholic Church's lead and engage in legal warfare with survivors, or it can address its past and take a constructive approach to the issue of historical sexual abuse in junior cricket." In January, an ABC Sport investigation revealed

Mitchell returned from the trip and told confidantes that he had been sexually assaulted on the final night of the tour in Colombo and feared that he had contracted AIDS. On the evening of the alleged abuse, Mitchell fell ill and was placed under heavy sedation by the Australian team doctor, Malcolm McKenzie. Dr McKenzie informed Mitchell's teammates that

Mitchell was "quarantined" and nobody was to enter his hotel room, leaving a 10-hour window in which Mitchell was allegedly attacked. Soon after Mitchell's return from the tour, the late John Miles, a respected figure in Melbourne club cricket and a member of Victorian Parliament, approached Mitchell's parents to discuss the trip and said: "I think you have a right to know that Jamie was raped."

Mitchell's parents recalled that in their shocked state, they also heard the words "Jamie told me", "someone in authority" and "doctor", the latter a reference to Dr McKenzie. In recent months, ABC Sport has interviewed a number of men who say they were sexually abused by Dr McKenzie as teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Each man said Dr McKenzie was their trusted family GP in Malvern, south of Melbourne, and that the offences occurred under the guise of legitimate medical treatment. Upon his death in 1998, Dr McKenzie was lauded by colleagues from the Australian Medical Association, the peak medical body of whom he was once elected Victorian president. But one survivor of Dr McKenzie's abuse told ABC Sport that at the time of his death, Dr McKenzie was facing imminent legal action from a group of abuse victims.

giant Adidas. “These very words challenged me and I wanted to go out there and prove that boxing doesn’t care whether you are a man or a woman. It’s the desire and aspiration that should matter. Boxing for me is more to do with the attitude and my sense of pride.” Zareen joined boxing at the age of 13 in 2010. Within six months, she won a gold in the state championship. Only a year later, she won the gold in the 2011 World Junior and Youth Championships for girls in Antalya, Turkey. Zareen’s family is elated with her historic win on Thursday, again in Turkey. “To win a gold in the world championships is something which will act as an inspiration to Muslim girls as well each girl in the country

to aim to achieve bigger in life. A kid, whether he is a boy or girl, has to make their own way and Nikhat has paved her own way,” Zareen’s father Jameel Ahmed was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praise on Zareen. “Our boxers have made us proud! Congratulations to Nikhat Zareen for a fantastic gold medal win at the Women’s World Boxing Championship,” Modi wrote on Twitter. “I also congratulate Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda for their Bronze medals in the same competition,” added the Indian leader. “One for the history books,” tweeted the Indian Boxing Federation. “Nikhat Zareen continues her golden streak … Well done, world champion.”

French Open 2022 Women’s Final, Iga Swiatek vs Coco Gauff Highlights: Swiatek defeats Gauff 6-1, 6-3

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women’s singles title on Saturday. It was the second Grand Slam title for the 21-year-old Swiatek, who also triumphed at Roland Garros in 2020. The victory on Court Philippe Chatrier against the 18-year-old Gauff, who was playing her first Grand Slam final, extended Swiatek’s winning run to 35 matches. Follow highlights of Iga Swiatek vs Coco Gauff below.

Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith cops two-match suspension after headbutting Zach Tuohy Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith has been handed a two-match ban after he was charged with headbutting Geelong utility Zach Tuohy at Marvel Stadium on Friday. The 21-year-old was reported late in the third quarter of the Round 12 contest after he appeared to intentionally thrust his head

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hug with Smith after the Cats claimed a 12.11 (83) to 10.10 (70) victory, their third consecutive win. Speaking to reporters in the post-match press conference, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge claimed he had not seen the incident. “We’re just shaking our heads … we can’t believe

what we’re seeing,” former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon told Fox Footy. “It’s so out of character for a young man who is almost the highest profile footy player in the competition.” Brisbane Lions legend Jonathan Brown called it an “absolute brain snap”. “The old Liverpool kiss,

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Albanese's diverse new ministry is worth celebrating, but huge challenges loom understandable. Inflation and interest rates are rising, real wages are falling, and gas prices in particular are hitting levels variously described by manufacturers as "catastrophic" and "apocalyptic". Jim Chalmers blames the former government for the energy price crisis but admits there are no simple solutions. Labor's plans to drive more renewables into the grid won't help in the immediate future. One option right now would be to pull the socalled domestic gas CONTD. FROM PG 1 Shifting Tanya Plibersek from her beloved Education portfolio to Environment and Water was the biggest head-scratcher for many. The inner-city MP, seen at times as a leadership rival for Anthony Albanese, will now be tasked with the diabolically difficult task of finding peace among warring states and communities over the fragile Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Plibersek also loses Women from her portfolio responsibilities. But she remains in Cabinet, and we're assured this most certainly is not a demotion. An economic 'mess' to clean up Clare O'Neil, meanwhile, has been given the biggest promotion, leap-frogging many of the Rudd-Gillard old guard to take the Home Affairs portfolio and a seat on the National Security Committee of Cabinet. In opposition the role was held by Kristina Keneally, of the NSW Right. With Keneally unsuccessful at the election, Albanese has given it to O'Neil, of the Victorian Right. Despite her obvious talent, the 41-year-old was kept out of Albanese's top order in opposition. Now she's been given one of the most senior, and toughest, gigs for a new Labor government — overseeing Australia's domestic security architecture. It's the platform from which Peter Dutton as Minister built his tough-guy image on tackling foreign interference and espionage and hardened Australia's resolve on China. He knows the patch and as Opposition Leader will now be looking to exploit any sign of uncertainty or inexperience from the new Minister. O'Neil's responsibilities won't be quite as wide as her predecessors. Late yesterday, the Prime Minister announced he was shifting the Australian Federal Police out of the Home Affairs portfolio and placing it under the AttorneyGeneral Mark Dreyfus. Call: (07) 3192 5188

reservation "trigger", to require more Australian gas be kept onshore. Such a move would infuriate the gas industry and potentially threaten investment. For now, Chalmers is remaining tight-lipped on what the government might do, saying he doesn't want to "pre-empt conversations". In opposition, Labor gave the Coalition little leeway for conversations. It called for the "trigger" to be pulled and for gas to be reserved to save local manufacturers. And that was when the gas price was well below

today's astronomical levels. It turns out governing is not as easy as issuing demands from opposition. Still, this ministry has only just been sworn in. The full Cabinet only met for the first time yesterday. It deserves a chance to consult and carefully consider before making big decisions. With no shadow ministers yet in place, there's also some political breathing room. There's little to no pressure from the other side right now. The honeymoon, however, won't last forever.

The greatest immediate challenge for the new government, however, is that faced by Labor's unchanged economic team. Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher know the economic outlook is deteriorating and have been working overtime since election day to convince voters the new government is not to blame. Home Affairs will still cover ASIO, Border Force and AUSTRAC along with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. Separating out the AFP unwinds some of the "super" portfolio but O'Neil will still be in charge of one of the most sensitive and powerful arms of government. The greatest immediate challenge for the new government, however, is that faced by Labor's unchanged economic team. Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher know the economic outlook is deteriorating and have been working overtime since election day to convince voters the new government is not to blame. Pulling the gas reservation 'trigger'? Yesterday's economic growth figures for the first three months of the year came in a little better than expected and considerably better than most comparable countries, but not as strong as the preelection budget had forecast. The Treasurer went for the glass-half-empty interpretation. The figures, showing growth of 0.8 per cent for the March quarter and 3.3 per cent annually were, Chalmers said, "a glimpse of the mess the former government left behind for us to clean up". The Treasurer's pessimism is www.indiantimes.com.au

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