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THE Congress should realize that it is facing a rival which will not relent, regardless of how dominant a position it already commands In May 2017, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress were bickering over the Narendra Modi government’s threeyear development record, BJP president Amit Shah was touring Lakshadweep to strengthen the party organization in the archipelago with just one Lok Sabha seat

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and an overwhelming Muslim demography. This is the spirit the BJP showed in the recently concluded state assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Together, these three states contribute just five seats to the Lok Sabha, but that did not reduce the BJP’s hunger in going all out for them. In Tripura, the BJP has achieved a historic mandate by ending the 25-year rule of the Communist Party of India (Marxist),

or CPM. In just five years, the BJP has managed to increase its vote share from 1.5% to 43%. In Nagaland, the jump was from 1.8% in 2013 to 15.3% in 2018. The BJP will most likely form the next government in Kohima along with the Neiphiu Rio-led National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and others. In Meghalaya too, with just two assembly seats, the BJP is set to be part of the ruling alliance led by Conrad Continued on Page 6


From the Publisher WELCOME to our March Edition, summers gone and so has Holi, Holi this year has been celebrated with great zeal and it is wonderful to see that. I must point out though that an integral part of Holi is forgiveness, it is an occasion to leave personal differences aside and come together, it is a time to clear and misunderstanding that may exist, it is a time of joy celebrating the triumph of good over evil, there are many legends associated with


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Holi, other contributors have covered that in depth, From Everyone here at Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio best wishes for Holi, the festival of colours. As president of Queensland Multicultural Council I had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural National Apology day Breakfast organised by Queensland Multicultural Council, The Hard working committee with the initiative and guidance from Aunty Betty McGrady. Cultural diversity is much talked about in today’s society, but all polices of multiculturalism would be meaningless if it did not include the first people of this nation. The least we can do is observe the day and share their viewpoints from both young and elder perspective. I am humbled and honoured to have been appointed as chairperson for GOPIO Internationals Human Rights Council, this is a meaningful appointment for me, having worked in the area for many years. The new team at GOPIO International is a progressive and forward thinking one, I sincerely hope that the team can progress with the broader agenda of GOPIO International and further

its objective. On the Local scene as Chairperson on GOPIO Qld business Council it was my proud privilege to organise the first breakfast series seminar at Brisbane Marriott. The business networking breakfast was Brisbane City focussed with the theme “Doing Business in Brisbane” Councillor Krista Adams from Brisbane city Council and Terri Cooper of Brisbane Marketing was the main presenters of the morning. GOPIO Qld Business Council plans to hold the breakfast series bi monthly. While still on the subject of GOPIO Queensland, congratulations to Veena Merz, Chairperson GOPIO Qld Womens council on organising the International Womens Day function at the Multi-Faith Centre of Griffith University, a lot of effort goes in to organising events, Veena is experienced the field and put in a lot of effort to make the function a success. Moving away from GOPIO, BAPS Brisbane demonstrated their organisational excellence with the successful planning and


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QMC Tenth Anniversary National Apology Day THE Thirteenth of February was National Apology Day, the anniversary of the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, delivering the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, especially the Stolen Generations, on the 13th of February 2008. The Apology is now considered a  defining moment in Australian history. This is a separate occasion from National Sorry Day, the anniversary of Bringing them Home: the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families being tabled in parliament on the 26th of May 1997. Queensland Multicultural Council held a commemorative breakfast on the tenth anniversary of National Apology day, at Runcorn Tavern. President Umesh Chandra and other committee members of Queensland Multicultural Council accepted the recommendation of Aunty Betty McGrady to hold the breakfast function on the very day. Aunty Betty has been the driving force behind this event. President Umesh Chandra welcomed everyone to the historic and significant event; Aunty Betty McGrady did the formal acknowledgment to the traditional owners of the land. Aunty Heather Castledine, spoke on the elders perspective and shared recollections of the dark era in our( Australian) history. Young Jade Carroll, on the other hand threw a young perspective on the subject. For a maiden public presentation, Jade did very well, he won everyone’s heart with his presentation, and one can just see that he will go far in this pursuit. It is about time that these matters be discussed openly and be included in the school curriculum, in history we learn about other countries which is fine, but we should include our history as well. Garry Page of ECCQ, thanked QMC for organising the function and pledged his support for the event next year, He said” we should perhaps get together and hold a combined event”. Councillor Kim Marx pledged her support as well. Umesh Chandra thanked them for the support and said that QMC would welcome the collaboration. Ms Janeth Deen, delivered the vote of thanks , she said she knew Jade from his childhood and was proud to see him today, she also thanked all the elders for their presence This article covers government responses to Recommendation 5a of Bringing them Home, which recommended both apologies and reparations. The National Apology was delivered in response to recommendation 5a of Bringing them Home, which reads: 5a. That all Australian Parliaments 1. officially acknowledge the responsibility of their predecessors for the laws, policies and practices of forcible removal, 2. negotiate with the Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander Commission [ATSIC] a form of words for official apologies to Indigenous individuals, families and communities and extend those apologies with wide and culturally appropriate publicity, and 3. make appropriate reparation as detailed in following recommendations. The Commonwealth Parliament was the final parliament in Australia to make an official apology. Western Australia was the first to apologise, on the 27th of May 1997, and the Northern Territory was the last state or territory to apologise, on the 24th of October 2001. All State and Territory Apologies can be found on the Australian Human Rights Commission website. The Howard Government, in office when Bringing them Home was tabled, opposed an apology on a number of grounds, including that the current generation should not accept responsibility for the actions of previous generations, that previous generations had believed their actions to be lawful and in the best interests of children, and that an apology might expose the government to legal liability. Instead the Howard government response took the form of a $63 million package emphasising ‘practical assistance’ for those separated from their families, including making records more accessible, family support programs, Link-up services for family reunion, support for language and cultural maintenance, counselling, and emotional and social wellbeing. While welcomed, this package was overshadowed in public debate by the refusal to apologise or pay reparations. After consultation with ATSIC and with the support of Gumbayynggir Senator Aden Ridgeway of the Australian Democrats, the government passed a Motion of Reconciliation on the 26th of August 1999 that did not specifically refer to responsibility or to the forcible removal of children. Labor attempted to amend this motion to a full apology but was defeated. In November 2000 the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee tabled Healing: A Legacy of Generations, an inquiry into Federal government implementation of the recommendations of Bringing them Home, which again called for an apology and a national reparations tribunal. The government response extended the assistance package by $53.9 million over four years, but rejected a reparations tribunal on the grounds that it would duplicate the court system and responsibility primarily rested with States, territories and nongovernment bodies. Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales have since established reparation or redress funds for this purpose. Western Australia and Queensland’s redress schemes (now closed) covered all children who suffered in State care, not just members of the Stolen Generations.

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for Executive Council consideration as potential Co-Chairpersons of GOPIO Human Rights Council with regional representation as much as is feasible so that GOPIO Human Rights Council can effectively contribute to serving the global Indian Diaspora. GOPIO International Executive Vice President, Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman said “We place very high value in your contributions to GOPIO and your continuous level of interest and support of the Indian community. I am very confident that your service as Chairperson of GOPIO Human Rights Council will bring much credit and transparency to GOPIO and further expand its global outreach among the NRI and PIO community. I look forward to a continuing mutually effective and beneficial relationship as we continue to make more progress in GOPIO and in the global Indian Diaspora”.

After the 2007 election the new leader of the Opposition, Brendan Nelson, reversed Coalition policy and delivered an apology in his address supporting Prime Minister Rudd’s motion of Apology. In the Senate the Australian Greens attempted to move an amendment committing to compensation but this was opposed by both Labor and the Coalition. In 2008 Senator Andrew Bartlett put forward a private members bill to establish a Stolen Generations Tribunal and compensation fund. The bill was the subject of a committee inquiry which recommended it not proceed. The Rudd government agreed with the committee as it did not propose to establish a reparations body. Instead, on the first anniversary of the Apology, the Rudd Government announced a Healing

Foundation to address trauma and aid healing in Indigenous communities, with a budget of $26.6 million over four years. High and increasing rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being placed in care continue to be of great concern to Australia’s Indigenous community and to policy makers. Michael Lavarch, the Keating Government’s Attorney General who launched the Bringing them Home inquiry in 1995, says we risk creating ‘a new stolen generation’. Inquiries into Aboriginal child removal have found that despite the efforts made since Bringing them Home and the Apology, state government child protection schemes are still not managing to effectively preserve, promote and develop cultural safety and connection for Aboriginal children in outof-home care.

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The Lakshadweep model helps BJP win North-East Continued from Page 1 Sangma’s Nationalist People’s Party (NPP). The Congress, the single largest party in Meghalaya, is set to occupy the opposition benches. It was not long ago that the BJP was thought of as a Hindi heartland party. There too, it was ridiculed as a Brahmin-Bania party. Soon, it will be in power in seven of the eight states in the North-East—a region with a very different demography from the Hindi heartland. Each NorthEastern state comes with its own set of challenges. In Tripura, the BJP had to face the onslaught of the well-entrenched Left’s political machinery, while at the same time negotiating the divide between the Bengali and tribal populations. The party allied with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) without endorsing its demand for a separate tribal state. In Nagaland, the Modi government had to maintain a delicate balance between the peace negotiations under way with the Naga


insurgents and the interests of Manipur, where it leads a coalition government. At the heart of the issue is the insurgents’ demand for a Nagalim which would include areas from other states, particularly Manipur. The BJP’s tightrope walk is indeed admirable as long as it lasts. In both Nagaland and Meghalaya, the BJP being part of the ruling alliance is a significant achievement given the predominantly Christian demography and the sway the Church holds over local politics. Defying its image of an ideologically rigid party, the BJP has been happy to let go of its insistence on a beef ban in the North-Eastern states. The party has also been surprisingly good at finding allies and running coalition governments—a trait not often associated with a national party on an upswing. All this requires political nous, but, more importantly, resources. The healthy state of the BJP’s coffers certainly helps. The fact that the party is in power at the Centre also comes in handy when dealing with allies, especially in the North-East.

But resources and power in New Delhi are not the entire story. The BJP has been in power at the Centre in the past too. And it could always have pressed more resources than, say, the CPM in Tripura. It is Shah’s Lakshadweep model of electioneering that has helped power the BJP to victory in state after state. The BJP may not win Lakshadweep in 2019—it secured merely 0.4% of the votes in 2014—but the archipelago is a metaphor for the party’s absolute refusal to offer a walkover. The Modi-Shah BJP will fight for every seat, no matter how remote its location or how unfavourable its demography for the party’s victory prospects. Sunil Deodhar—the man being credited for the Tripura victory—was sent by Shah to Tripura in 2014 when the state election was not on anyone else’s radar. The Congress, on the other hand, did not even care to put up a fight in Tripura and Nagaland. This despite the fact it had 36.5% vote share in Tripura in 2013 and could have been in the best position to exploit the anti-incumbency

against the CPM. Perhaps a resource crunch is driving the Congress to focus on major state elections and not spread itself too thinly across the country. But party president Rahul Gandhi’s energetic campaign in Gujarat still ended up being in a losing cause. In Meghalaya, the fight shown now counts for little as it was not good enough to secure a simple majority. Till such time as the Karnataka elections arrive, the narrative of the BJP’s wins in the North-East will hold sway. In this age of rapid information flow, momentum can be a great thing. The BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh helped its membership drive in Tripura. There is already speculation about what the BJP’s Tripura win will mean for West Bengal given the commonality of Bengalispeaking populations in both states. Gandhi and the Congress should realize now, if they haven’t already, that they are facing a rival in BJP which will not relent, regardless of how dominant a position it already commands. Also see story on Page 34.

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By Awadhesh Sharma LORD Shiva is the third main manifestations of God, the others being Brahma and Vishnu. Many people incorrectly assign Him to the role of a Destroyer to bring into line with the role of Brahma as the creator and of Vishnu’s as the preserver. Hindu Scriptures do not exclusively allocate the destroyer’s role to Shiva, although He is credited with the destruction of Kamdeva, the god of love and some anti-deities. Literally, Shiva means the auspicious one. He is also known by many other names such as Mahadev or the great deity, Maheshwar or great god, etc. The Puranas mention over a thousand names of Shiva, emphasising His attributes. Shaivism, a major sect within Hinduism, considers Shiva as the Supreme God. The highest form of Shiva is formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute, and the primal soul of the universe. According to Shaivites, the followers of Shaivism, Shiva creates, protects and regenerates the universe. The origin of Shiva can be traced back to the Vedic period. The Rigveda dedicates hymns to Rudra, a Vedic deity, who is gentle and beneficent. He presides over medicinal plants and is the father of Maruts, also Vedic deities that represent various forms of wind. Agni, the fire god and Indra, the rain god have also been associated with Rudra in the Vedas. In Upanishads, Rudra is mentioned as Maheshwar and later, the term Rudra became synonymous with Shiva. The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas introduced new stories highlighting the primal divine nature and exploits of

Shiva. Shiva is portrayed as an ascetic dressed in tiger skin. The moon crescent decorates his matted hair. Snakes are used to tie a knot in His matted hair. A water fountain representing the River Ganga sprouts from His matted hair. He has a dark complexion and wears a snake in his neck as a garland. He also wears garlands of Rudraksh beads. His throat is blue. He covers His body with ashes. His symbol is the Lingam, a cylindrical shape, generally made of stone. This symbol signifies the importance of regeneration. His mount is Nandi, the bull. His weapon is Trishul, the trident. His musical instrument is Damaru, a small two-headed drum. Parvati, the daughter of the Mountain King Parvat, is His wife. Ganesh and Skand also known as Kartikeya are His sons. Hindus use a myriad of images of Shiva alone or with his family members for worship. Six Puranas dedicated to Shaivism especially glorify Shiva as the Supreme God. He is considered to be Swayambhu or self created. Shiva temples can be found all over India and in many other countries. Twelve Shiva temples are recognised to have Jyotirlinga or Radiant Symbols of Shiva. They are Somnath and Nageshwar in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, Bhimshankar and Tryambakeshwar in Maharastra, Vishwanath in Uttar Pradesh, Rameshwar in Tamil Nadu, Ghushmeshwar in Rajasthan, and Vidyanath in Jharkhand state in India. Each of these temples has a specific legend connected with

it. For example, Chandra, the moon god worshipped Shiva at Somnath to get rid of the curse inflicted upon him by Daksha. At Rameshwar, Lord Ram installed a Shiva Linga before crossing the sea to recover his wife Sita, who had been abducted by Ravana. Lord Shiva resides at the summit of the snow-clad Kailash Mountain, located in Tibet. He performs penance there for the welfare of the world. Being omnipresent, He is available everywhere at the same time. Shiva performs extraordinary feats for the welfare of others. He drank the poison, which emerged from the churning of the cosmic ocean. He digested the poison that made his throat blue. When Ganga came to earth, following the immense penance of King Bhagirath, she arrogantly believed that the earth would not hold her torrents. It was Shiva who spread His matted hair in which Ganga was lost. Later Shiva released her to flow on the earth. Shiva is called Nataraja, the supreme lord of dance. He is the primal source of dance and music. He is famous for his Tandava or Divine dance. The Tandava dance allegorically manifests eternal divine energy for creation, preservation, evolution, illusion and emancipation. During the Tandava dance, Shiva plays on His musical instrument, the Damaru. It is believed that the sound of Sanskrit alphabets originated from His Damaru when Shiva played it during a Tandava dance. An attendant of Shiva instructed Bharata, the ancient author of Natya Shastra or Drama Composition to write various aspects of dramatic art. Most of the classical arts of dance, music and song are

derived from the gestures and rituals of the Shiva tradition of dance. Each Monday and the thirteenth day of a fortnight are dedicated to Shiva. The 13th day of the dark fortnight of Phalgun (February – March), known as Shiva-ratri, is especially auspicious. It is believed that on this day Shiva married Parvati. Other legends such as drinking of the poison and appearance of the Shiva Linga are also connected to this day Shiva is easily pleased by prayer and worship, and grants blessings to devotees. Bel-patra or Bael leaves, water and a small quantity of milk are normally

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Get Up, Get Out and Get Going Pastor Joseph Dass

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

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

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the morning he was a free man. Here are 3 things we can learn from Peters experience. 1) Wake up each day believing something good is going to happen for you today. Many people are missing out on too many good things, just because they didn’t believe it could happen for them. Don’t let it be you. Scripture says, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 2) Never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up again. Scripture says, “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again….” 3) If you want your dreams to come true, the first step is get up. Other steps will just follow. Peter’s chains fell off, the soldiers and guards were clueless what was happening. Peter was a free man and went on to meet other believers. Towards the end of the chapter we read that Herod the king lost his life, Peter departed and moved to another place and the word of God grew and multiplied.

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457 Changes:

• From 1 March 2018, the subclass 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. • Visa Length: The TSS visa will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years (for occupations on the STSOL list), and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years (for occupations on the MLTSSL list). • Renewal: The Short-Term stream will have a capacity for visa renewal onshore once only. The Medium-Term stream will have a capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years. • GTE: A genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement will apply to occupations on the Shortterm stream. • English: A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component for the Short-term stream. • A requirement of a minimum of IELTS 5 (or equivalent test) in each test component for the Medium-Term stream. • Work Experience: At least two years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation will be required for both streams. • LMT: Labour market testing (LMT) will be mandatory for both streams. • Minimum Salary: Employers must pay a minimum salary of $53,900 for both streams, as well as meet the minimum market salary rate for the relevant occupation. • Training: For both streams, Employers will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund of $1200 per year for small businesses (those with annual turnover of less than $10 million) or $1800 per year.

RSMS and ENS Changes:

• Occupation Lists: From 1 March 2018, changes will be made to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). • T he Occupations on these lists are also subject to changes. However, no information has yet been released about which occupations will be changing, added or removed from either list. • T he MLTSSL will now apply to the Direct Entry stream for both the ENS and the RSMS. This means, you will not be able to apply for RSMS or ENS Direct

Entry for occupations on the STSOL. • Minimum Salary: Employers must pay a minimum salary of $53,900 for both streams, as well as meet the minimum market salary rate for the relevant occupation. • Work Experience: The eligibility period to transition to permanent residence will be extended from two to three years. This means that you must have 3 years work experience with your employer/in your occupation, to apply for the RSMS or ENS TRT Visa. • At least three years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation will also be required for the RSMS and ENS Direct entry Visa. • Age: You must be under 45 years of age to apply for the RSMS or ENS Visa. • Training: Employers for a RSMS or ENS Visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund of $3,000 for small businesses (those with annual turnover of less than $10 million) or $5,000.

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There is a One Good News for 2018 Creator today. You don’t need a thousand years for your Salvation (Mukti). You can receive your greatest miracle ‘Mukti’ today. This is the confidence you can have in Christ alone. There is only one way to make your new year a good year. You need to know the true source of Good News and embrace it into your heart. If your past years were filled with pain and failure, don’t look back. Look to the Good News, It is here and it is waiting for the humble and sincere seeker of God; Author of life has given you an unfailing invitation to a genuine relationship. For I am absolutely convinced that finding and receiving God’s love is the most significant purpose of your life. No religion or tradition can give an unconditional love, and a supreme love offered by Jesus Christ. “Maha Bali” means Supreme (Great) Sacrifice, who is that person in the history of humanity has done this sacrifice? If you may search whole universe for a story, it will ultimately bring you to the


Key Scripture: Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Dear Reader, We are excited to bring you the greatest good news on this planet. Our theme simple and clear. It is to make God simple and personal. And to make God very real person so you can know and relate to Him. God is not an object or an image or imagination of human mind. God is a living and loving person. We find this amazing revelation in the pages of Holy Bible. Keep reading with an open heart and humble spirit. You will encounter your

First QCE with Credits for Tabla

THEJAN Elankayer of Pacific Pines, Gold Coast, has become the first student to receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) with credits for Indian music exams. The Indian Music and Dance examinations held by Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV) were officially recognised by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) in 2015, and Thejan achieved Distinctions in Grades 6, 7 and 8 Tabla, receiving 4 credits on his QCE. While these points don’t contribute to an OP score, they do differentiate Thejan from other students on the same score without such extra-curricular credits. Asked about tabla and PRSSV exams, Thejan said “For the past 11 years, playing tabla has continually enhanced my life, enriching it with its soothing musical nature and acting as means of relaxation during times of stress. It was for these very reasons that I chose to continue to have tabla lessons throughout my final year of schooling, despite the heavy academic commitment

that year 12 demands; I figured that Tabla would give me an escape from the stresses of upcoming assignments and assessments, and indeed it did in many cases.” “While completing grade 8 has instilled a keen sense of accomplishment in me, I have come to realise that I still have far more to learn, and far more to accomplish in future. Some of what I wish to accomplish includes attaining the Rising Star Award and being able to perform at Sangeet Mela, visiting India and engage in the roots of Indian Classical Music, and undergoing a Tabla Arangetram.” The next round of PRSSV Tabla Examinations are planned for mid-July. As well as Tabla, the recognised courses include Bansuri, Carnatic Vocal, Dhol, Harmonium, Hindustani Vocal, Kathak Dance, and Sitar. Music and dance teachers who are interested in presenting their students for PRSSV exams are requested to contact Shen Flindell by email at shen@


Good News of Jesus. Jesus not only talked and showed love to all humanity and ultimately demonstrated His love as “Maha Bali”. Why? To pay for the sins of all humanity. For everyone on earth have sinned, and fallen short of God’s glorious standards (Romans 3:23). Not a single person on this planet ever lived or living can stand and say I am pure and holy before God. For the wages of sin is death, but free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). But the Good News is here, for you and me. Nothing can come between you and God’s love, including death and demons. All your fears and worries can be turned to simple faith and worship. No power in the whole universe has the capacity to pull you out of God’s grip. Do you want to experience such a perfect love and security? Millions of dollars or millions of good work can’t earn you God’s love. All you need is simple and humble heart which is ready pray and be healed by power of Christ’s love

To know Jesus as The Lord mean to know author of your life. And to walk in His ways mean journey through this life by faith in His Word and in His finished work on the Cross. He is the most loving person you will ever know on this planet. Therefore, we invite you to pray this with a sincere heart; “Dear Father God, today I thank you for your word that has touched my heart. I repent of my wrongs and I confess with my mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, God raised Jesus from the dead for my Mukti (Salvation). Now help me to know Jesus more and more so that I can grow in the knowledge of your grace and mercy. Teach me your ways so that I can be person who will learn to honour you and learn to love each other. Amen. Please email to us your encounter experience, so we can help you to grow in the understanding your Creator and Redeemer.

Fiji Seniors celebrate Holi

By Surendra Prasad

Fiji Senior Citizens Assn of Qld Inc celebrated the Holi on 3rd March,2018 at their Multicultural Hub, 24 Arnwood Place , Annerley with their members, families, friends, and invited diverse communities from the area which turn into multicultural Holi celebration. Over 150 people attended the event. Everyone enjoyed lunch with various type of foods was provided by the participant themselves. All adult and children were throwing colours around and enjoying with families, friends and others the place was looked colourful and was

amazing environment. Mr Surendra Prasad said the Southside Fagh Mandali headed by Vasu Maharaj performed Chautal song it was top class performance which made many young and old participant to the floor dancing and enjoying the performance. Two wonderful ladies Prakruthi and Chaitra has been great supporter of Fiji Seniors they always available to help us whenever we need their support. At the Holi celebration with their  amazing performance they made it liveable, enjoyable and successful event. Call 07 3865 6533

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GCHCA wishes all a Happy Holi “Festival of Colours on Friday, 2 March Holi is the traditional Hindu “Festival of Colours”, and has become one of the more youthful, fun celebrated festival around the world. It is best known around the world for the organic coloured rice powder that is thrown on each other, leaving festival goers coated in colour by the end of the day. Holi is a celebration of life’s colours with both Hindu and non-Hindu communities, families and friends to meet, play and laugh, forget and forgive. The powders signifies the birth of nature’s beauty and the colours red reflects love and fertility, blue the vastness of the sea and sky, yellow the colour of turmeric which cleanses and green symbolises birth and new beginnings. Asato mā sadgamaya From ignorance, lead me to truth Tamasomā jyotir gamaya From darkness, lead me to light Mrityor māamritam gamaya - From death, lead me to immortality Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ Om peace, peace, peace (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28 Bhajan Sandhya on Friday 16 March at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive from 7.15pm onwards. We have regular Bhajans (singing) on the 3rd Friday of every month where everyone enjoys the satsang (association of like minds to seek the truth) and brings a plate to share. In this Kali Yuga (age of strife and discord), rig veda (hymns of love/ devotion e.g. gayatri mantra) and sama veda (musical chants) via satsang are the easiest form of smoothing our life’s rollercoaster rides.

We are fortunate to have the DJJS troupe travelling from India to Brisbane for yajnas agree to perform a musical bhajan sandhya (lyrical evening) on 16 March at 7.15pm at Helensvale Community Centre. Come, join and enjoy. Celebrate Ram Navami with us on Friday, 23 March at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive from 7pm to 10pm. You are all invited to celebrate Lord Rama’s birthday with us on Friday, 23 March. It is also the day that some celebrate Lord Rama and Sita’s marriage day. Rama (literally meaning the blissful and one who gives joy to others) is the 7th incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu. The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama’s Solar dynasty. Lord Rama, through his noble and divine choices, teaches the world to choose to give charity (dharma) over the mere accumulation of wealth (Artha). Lord Rama teaches that: As a child – Respect, be loyal, care and love your parents and uphold your


family’s dignity. As a spouse - Protect, care and love each other and make spirituality the ultimate goal. As a citizen – Do all that you can for the community. We will have Pooja, Bhajans, Recital of stotras/ Rama katha (stories) and Aarti. Please book at our website http://culture. goldcoasthi /w p c o n t e n t / h t m l /d o n fo r m . html if you would like to participate in Rama pooja. Sri Rama Rama Rameti, Rame Raame Manorame Sahasra Nama Tat Tulyam, Rama Nama Varanane Sri Rama Nama Varanane Iti. GCHCA celebrated Maha Shivaratri on Tuesday, 13 February Namaskar to all of you who attended Maha Shivaratri function and made it a spiritually charged day. My thanks goes to Sri Krrishnamohan and his BSK students who sang the rudram, to Sanjiv and DJJS members for their beautiful bhajan songs, to Pundit Hariji for the pooja, Babuji and our members for making it happen.

Maha Shivaratri was spiritually celebrated with around 150 participants on Tuesday, 13 February. Being a working day did not deter Siva’s ardent devotees. In future we would like to have an all night event when our Gold Coast temple is constructed and appeal to your good selves to donate to our temple build by donating for bricks. We thank participants and donors for the $4,298 given at Maha Shivaratri. Please visit our facebook page to view photos of Maha Shivaratri evening. GCHCA/ Donate Bricks for GCHCA Temple/ Multi Purpose Hall Build Please support the build by giving Brick Donation (tax deductible donations) which will leave a Legacy for Your Children. Your names and those you want to keep in memory will be captured on a virtual wall and kept for generations to come. http:// brick/ Our Multi Purpose Hall will help promote culture,

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May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all Sothi Kanagasabai - 0401 207 221 (m) President, Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association (GCHCA) Web site: www. Email: gchcan@gmail. com Call 07 3865 6533

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focus on fiji Building Partnerships For A Stronger, Healthier Fiji Edited by Naisa Koro

HERE in Fiji, we’ve achieved eight straight years of economic growth and a 30-year low in unemployment as a result of Government’s sound and consistent financial management of the Fijian economy. Companies around the world are seeing what’s happening in Fiji. They see we are on a stable path of economic development. They see our networks of reliable infrastructure and services, our range of investor-friendly policies and our long-term game plan for taking Fiji forward, and they are keen to partner with us in a wide variety of areas. Government is capitalising on that interest by forging new partnerships to increase the range of medical treatments and procedures available to the Fijian people, right here in Fiji. That is why the Ministry of Economy has joined with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to pursue a new public-private partnership (PPP) with an internationally-certified hospital operator to revolutionise the healthcare services at the Lautoka and Ba hospitals. Government is no doubt proud of the progress they have already made to improve the health of the Fijian people. Government already has a number of reforms underway, and has seen significant success over the past decade in increasing life expectancy, improving health outcomes in mothers and children, reducing illness from communicable diseases and expanding access to medical services for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. They are now seeking an international partner because they need to make more medical procedures available here in Fiji, they need to increase specialisation by providing our hospital staff with more exposure to relevant expertise and training, and we need

to better position the Fijian healthcare system to attract more investment and more medical tourism from overseas. Public-private partnerships are effective because they tap the expertise, resources and innovation of the private sector for the public good. We’ve already seen great results from past PPP projects in Fiji, most notably, with the establishment of a long-term investment partnership with Aitken Spence PLC to develop and enlarge Fiji Ports Corporation Limited’s asset base. This resulted in the sale of 59 per cent of shares in Fiji Ports Corporation Limited at a value of more than FJ$100 million, with the majority of shares held between the Government and the Fiji National Provident Fund. Through that PPP, Government has improved efficiency and productivity at our ports, have made our imports cheaper and our exports more competitive. In the Fijian healthcare system as well, there is tremendous potential for private sector engagement. Under the proposed PPP for the Ba and Lautoka hospitals, about 380,000 Fijians will receive much better health services, health workers will get training in operating new and more modern medical equipment and we will open new facilities, with new services offered to the Fijian people. It will also ensure that the Lautoka and Ba hospital facilities are run and maintained at full international standards. Through the proposed arrangement, the Fiji National Provident Fund, our national superannuation fund, together with the private sector hospital operator, will be the majority investors in both hospitals. Under previous governments, Fiji wasn’t making adequate investment in human resources and training for staff, and as a result we lagged behind in developing local capacity to carry out highly specialised treatments. FijiFirst Government has made progress making up that gap in expertise, and

this PPP project will go even further to give our local staff the training and expertise they need to operate modern medical equipment so that fewer Fijians will have to go overseas to seek medical treatment. Specifically, expanding tertiary care offerings, provide higher quality maternity care and expand the treatment and procedures for non-communicable diseases, including 24/7 availability of open heart surgeries in Fiji. As part of the PPP project, the private sector hospital operator will also construct a new hospital wing with new, modern facilities at the Lautoka divisional hospital and massively upgrade the hospital’s existing health facilities. Over the long term, our partnership with an international hospital operator will dramatically reduce the cost to Government for assisting Fijians to seek overseas treatment and it will create a workplace environment that is more attractive for international doctors to work in Fiji. Our local doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, dietitians and lab technicians, along with all of our allied health workers, are also going to benefit from greater training opportunities and access

to new medical technologies. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has personally met with our staff at both hospitals, and their response to this PPP project has been extremely positive, because they appreciate the great impact that the upgrades, development, training, and new equipment will have for their work and for the health and wellbeing of their fellow Fijians The progress we make under this partnership will also help attract regional and international health conferences to Fiji, putting our health sector on the cutting edge of new developments and emerging trends in healthcare. And with this new foundation of treatments, facilities and procedures in place, we will also pave the way towards Government’s launch of a National Health Insurance Scheme in Fiji. Involving the private sector does not mean that the hospitals are being privatised. On the contrary. A public-private partnership will ensure that the Lautoka and Ba hospitals remain public hospitals. They will not be privatised and no staff will lose their jobs. In fact, through this initiative, we expect to hire and train more health workers to meet the growing health needs of the Fijian people.

Buy tickets for the game now! It’s cheaper Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

Highlanders v Chiefs Early Bird ticket sales specials now OPEN The four-month countdown to Fiji hosting the Investec Super Rugby clash between Pulse Energy Highlanders and Gallagher Chiefs in Suva has begun. With it, the official launch of Early Bird ticket specials for eager rugby fans in the country and abroad from March 1. Ticket Direct chief executive and managing director Matthew Davey has urged fans to secure their tickets to what could be a Super Rugby decider for both teams. “There’s no telling how teams will fare at the moment with the first two rounds underway but one thing is for sure, come June 30 table standings will be crucial and with the All Blacks jumper up for grabs for squad members. “Fijian fans are sure to see the best Super Rugby this year has to offer in world-class display,” said Davey. Excitement fills the air with the new Suvabased home side, the Highlanders already sending in merchandise to commemorate this pre-sales period for their game at the Fiji Sports Council’s ANZ Stadium in Suva, at 7.15pm on Saturday, June 30.

Special Deal Fiji Sports Council chief executive officer and Super Rugby 2018 Steering Committee chair, Litiana Loabuka said with Fiji hosting for the third successive year– Fijian rugby fans know all too well the importance of picking up their game tickets early.

“Launching the pre-sale of tickets four months out from the game provides a huge convenience for all patrons to secure tickets early at an attractive discounted price, and Highlanders merchandise to boot. “Everyone has ample time to plan to purchase early without being disappointed on the game week rush. “Besides, tickets are cheaper on the Early Bird specials and we encourage early purchases as it greatly assists with easy crowd control upon entry once gates open on Game Day.”

Connection The Highlanders reached the quarterfinals last year but, with an awesome first round 41-34 win over the Auckland Blues a week ago, Fijian players Waisake Naholo and outside back Tevita Nabura are set to grace our shores for the Highlanders. Fijian rugby fans will not want to miss this June clash.

Ticket Prices Early Bird Prices: (March 29-June 23): Platinum Seating - $180; Gold Seating $150; Concrete Embankment - $30; Grass Embankment - $20. Red Zone: Allocated Arenas: (Alcohol Zone Sections); Platinum Seating - N/A; Gold Seating- $160; Concrete Embankment - $30; Grass Embankment - N/A. Game Week Ticket Prices: (June 25-30): Platinum Seating - $200; Gold Seating $180; Concrete Embankment - $40; Grass Embankment - $30


From left: Aaron Smith, Patelesio Tomkinson and Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders pose for a photo when handing out Highlander flags to supporters as part of the Super Rugby promotion in Queenstown, New Zealand. Photo: Zimbio.


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focus on fiji Fiji is lucky to be a country where we are able to celebrate all the different faiths - AG By Naveel Krishant

ATTORNEY General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji is extremely lucky to be a country where we are able to celebrate all the different faiths, the different celebrations, the different anniversaries that they may have in their religious calendar and it is a

very unique situation. He made the comments at the Holi Celebrations at My Suva Park. Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji maybe one of the very few countries in the world where we have such celebrations and where we have public holidays for occasions such

as Diwali, Christmas, Easter and Prophet Mohammad's birthday. He says Holi is about colors, about celebrations and it’s not only about celebrating each other’s diversity but each other’s experiences and sharing them with fellow human beings.

No ethnicity data in Census 2017; AG THE Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has told Parliament that the Census 2017 did not collect data on the ethnic breakdown of the population. The AG was responding to an oral question from the Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa on why the Bureau of Statistics had not released the data on ethnicity that could impact Health, Education and Social Welfare. “Madam Speaker, no such data was collected, he needs to understand that. There has been no aggregation of data based on ethnicity under the 2017 census, none what so ever, so they need to move away from that. They think we’re hiding it. We are not hiding it, there has been no collation of data. Madam Speaker, there’s been no collation of data, how can we release it. You’re a bloody academic. I withdraw bloody, I withdraw bloody.” In a supplementary question, Ro Teimumu questioned the AG on how were Community Leaders expected to strategically target interventions in the absence of correct data. “Unfortunately, the opposition aren’t able to extricate themselves from that way of thinking. Community decisions are made based on the needs, for example the people living in the Maritime areas, we know people who live in the Maritime areas have certain challenges, do we need an ethnic

breakdown to understand the challenges faced by the people in the Maritime areas?” The AG also called it an obsession of the Opposition parties to ask for the breakdown in Fiji’s ethnicity.

Fijians at the Holi celebrations. [Fijian Govt]

Taxi driver assaulted after refusing to give money and cigarettes

By Apenisa Waqairadovu

A 45-YEAR-OLD taxi driver was assaulted by a man last night after he refused to give him money and cigarette. Salen Ram told Fijivillage that he had dropped off a passenger at Charles street in Toorak around 8pm when the man approached him asking for money and cigarette. In his reply, the taxi driver told the man that he does not have money or cigarette. The man punched the taxi driver and damaged his windscreen with a stone. Our reporter at the scene witnessed the incident, he saw the man assault anyone who tried to get ahold of the man including an officer from the Toorak Police Post and fled afterward. It is unclear at this stage whether the man has been arrested. The driver has lodged a complaint at the Toorak Police Post and we are still waiting for information from Police. Call 07 3865 6533


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THE Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia (VHP Australia) believes in the ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (world is one family) and has been actively serving the community to this end. VHP conducts regular activities in at least 41 countries around the world where Hindus reside. The key objectives of VHP are to: 1. Raise awareness amongst the community and inculcate a sense of belonging and identity. 2.  Based on needs serve the land that provides our daily livelihood (karma bhoomi). 3.  Initiate networking internally amongst the Hindus and the community at large. 4.  Cultivate Hindu values in the next generation. To fulfil these objectives a large array of programs are undertaken. For example: To raise awareness and profile of the Hindu community in Australia, VHP Australia has been organising national conferences for the past six years. These conferences have been successful in providing a common platform for Hindu organisations to network and present their activities on how they are serving their local community. These conferences have also provided an opportunity for various levels of Governments to become aware of the service activities being performed by the Hindu community. On the cultural front festivals are celebrated, exhibitions are showcased, for example, on Ramayan, Hindu Heritage and Swami Vivekananda. A platform is also provided for upcoming and professional artists to showcase their skills. A couple of years ago a Hindi Hasya Kavi Samelan was organised. Most recently, on Saturday, 17 February 2018, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Queensland Chapter and the Tamil Association of Qld Inc., jointly organised a Bharatnatyam recital by Dr. Narthaki Nataraj. The event was held at the Lighthouse Community and Events Centre, Forest Lake and was proudly supported Cr Charles Strunk, Councillor for Forest Lake Ward and the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund Forest Lake Ward, Brisbane

City Council. Dr Narthaki’s performance was well received by the audience in Brisbane and as organisers we received glowing feedback from the audience. Dr Narthaki Nataraj is an esteemed and acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponent. She practiced Bharthanatyam for 14 years under Shri K.P. Kittappa Pillai, who was a direct descendant of the Tanjore Quartet brothers, considered fathers of Bharatanatyam. She has specialised in the Tanjore style Nayaki Bhava tradition. As a mark of her devotion to the cosmic dancer Lord Shiva, Dr Narthaki Nataraj runs an institution named Velliyambalam School of Dance. Dr Nataraj is a recipient of several awards, including, the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu Government (2007); the SNA


Puraskar Award from Shri Pranab Mukherji the former President of India; and she also received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from the Periyar Maniammai University. Dr Narthaki Nataraj is a prominent role model for the Transgender Community as her perseverance and undying passion enabled her to overcome several social hurdles. She has widely travelled to perform in leading festivals in India and around the world. Education wing of VHP Australia, Bala Samskar Kendra (BSK) - The BSK’s objective is to teach children (ages 5 to 15) about the values of the Hindu Dharma, scriptures, Sanskrit and shlokas for ever day chanting. In addition the children are also explained about the various Hindu

rituals and celebrate festivals at the BSK. We celebrate Hindu festivals in an effort to make the children who are growing up in Australia, understand and appreciate the significance of the festivals. Children are our future and they need to be groomed with culture and dharmic values. Our Dharma and culture have been nurtured over centuries and we at VHP and BSK believe that this should be passed on so that it can also protect them “if you protect Dharma, it will protect you” – Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha. The BSK has been in operation for the past eight years and is run by dedicated volunteer parents and on a not-for-profit basis. The BSK is held on Sundays (during school term) from 2.30 PM to 5.00 PM at the Sunnybank State School (entry through Turton Road), Sunnybank. During the first one hour children are taught the essential values that underpin Hindu Dharma, shlokas and value education from our scriptures. Also, we inculcate interest in our ancient Sanskrit language that forms the foundation for our Vedas and Upanishads, and therefore spoken Sanskrit is also being taught. Then for 45 minutes, children are also taught traditional Indian games, yoga and exercise for everyday practice to make them strong and develop leadership qualities. BSK believes that a healthy mind and healthy body are important for all round development of a child. In the remaining 45 minutes, children learn their own mother tongue. Contact us at for more information on activities of VHP of Australia. Call 07 3865 6533

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Ekta Womens group celebrating Holi with all members at Brahm and Renna’s residence. Everyone enjoyed singing and the very nice afternoon tea.”

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Indian Seniors Citizen Association organised a Hawan at the Sanatan centre to start the year 2018. At the election the following were elected: President -Mr Tirat Achal; Vice presidents - Mrs Prabha Mishra and Mr Ram Sumer; Secretary Mrs Shakuntla Mohan and Treasurer Mr Raj Prasad.

Above and Below: Upma Singh, a fashion icon from Brisbane also known as a Fashionista Girl won the “ FACE OF BRISBANE MRS INDIA GLOBAL 2018”. This pageant contest was held in Adelaide, with 22 contestants from across Australia. Upma Singh is a published International Model (Published in more than 18 national and international magazines. Her long term vision is to run an organisation which supports women above 30yrs who have a spark for Modelling but couldn’t pursue due to circumstances


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MANY spiritual concepts, spiritual growth is a misnomer. In reality, the spirit does not grow or shrink: it is always the way it is. What is spirit anyway? It is that which knows that it exists. Other names for spirit are life force, soul, awareness or beingness. As religious people, we are involved with a certain amount of traditional, ceremonial, and dogmatic behaviour. We do it automatically, because when we were children, we were simply told to behave and even think in a prescribed way. But, do we really experience spiritual growth – to understand this, we have to know what constitutes spiritual growth. Perhaps, all traditions are important step stones but spiritual growth occurs when the spirit grows and the ego shrinks. Any spiritual growth happens only in direct relationship to a shrinking ego: without a shrinking ego, there is no spiritual growth. Example of spiritual growth versus a growing ego: If we do a good deed selflessly without the slightest consideration of the rewards or fruits, as a result, we grow spiritually. If we do that good deed and feel proud or even simply good, we strengthen the ego. Tricky but logical, is it not? If the fruits of action do not affect the person, he is free from action. Why are we interested in spiritual matters? Why do we bother to look for God? The answer if we are honest is that we are trying to survive, to save our soul and if possible, even our skin. There are always those who insist they have all the answers and there are also those who laugh at these statements without investing as much as a second thought. Maybe the answer is closer than we think and already known by the only person we know we can trust – our self. If we ignore the non-essential and look for the essential, the real meaning, then all religious scripture and all religions do agree more than disagree. All religions have followers who seem to be more concerned with external matters but there are always a few who go deeper; they are called mystics, saints, self-realized and so on. When we study their writings they all agree in the most important points: there is God, that God can be found at the centre of our being and we can unite with God to become One.

Essentially all scriptures agree in essence, but only when we bother to look f deeper for the real meaning. Is there are spiritual comfort for the aged, terminally ill or anyone facing death ? We may draw strength from our belief systems. All religions including natural belief systems agree that life goes on and agree on existence of God. We may draw strength from science. According to science we cannot really say that we are able to destroy something or anything so completely that it fades into non- existence. We can only change the objects shape and condition. Even if we burn something and “destroy” its ashes, the object continues as energy and the awareness as awareness. The reason that awareness continues is that it did not develop out of dead matter or lifeless energy. Those materialistic scientists who laughed and promised proof that awareness is nothing but a by product of biological

processes failed to do so. Other scientists are now confirming the wisdom of ancient sages and saints. We may draw strength from personal experiences of others. There are more than a few people who have had out-of- body experiences and returned from clinically dead to tell us about it. We may draw strength from real witnesses : Sages, Rishis, self realized persons and advanced yogis. We may draw strength from our spiritual exercises and personal experience. Try to become one with your object of devotion,

concentrate fully on God, or simply love your inner self to a point that only pure awareness continues to exist and that leads to the inner bliss and beingness. Fear is the result of our identification with body and mind. Both will eventually cease to exist and are not needed for or well being. God Bless you all Adapted from APSA website article by Dr Raghwa Sharma Please contact Jitendra Deo 3273 3029 or Hari Chand 33454716 for information on activities of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland or log on: www.

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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland Inc. Vedic Yaj (Havan): March 11th Satsangh at 2pm-4pm; March 18th Satsangh; March 25th Satsangh at 2pm-4pm; at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre (QVCC) 198 Learoyd Rd, Willawong 4110. ALL WELCOME

Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre opens to Public. The centre has basic facilities of Yajshalla (Havan Hall), kitchen and Restrooms. There is plenty of parking. The Sabha performs Havan Yaj every Sunday from 2-4 pm and public is welcome to be part of it. The members of public now can perform Havan Yaj at the centre. The fee of $50 is required for use of centre facilities to cover operating costs. The Havan Kund, utensils are available for use as well. The Havan ingredients can be supplied if you are unable to get them. Mango sticks, Ghee, Samagri, Chamfor, etc. is available at the centre as well for $25.00. The seating capacity of the Yajshalla (Havan Hall) is 100. You can contact Vice President Mrs Sushila Pathik for further information and bookings on 3314 6059. Contact: Jitendra Deo 3263 1914 or Hari Chand 3345 4716 or visit for further information. 26 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, March, 2018

ARYA Pratinidhi Sabha of Qld has achieved a milestone on February 17, 2018, as the members laid the foundation for the new Sabha Bhavan (Community Hall). The foundation laying was attended by community leaders, members and wellwishers. The ceremony was conducted according to Vedic rites and special Ved Mantra was chanted while the concrete was poured into the footing. All community leaders, members and well-wishers took

turn in pouring concrete during this historic occasion. The President Jitendra Deo welcomed all, and the Sabha Patron former High Court Judge in Fiji Pt Devendra Pathik blessed the occasion and highlighted the importance of donations into such a wonderful facility, which is going to benefit the greater Indian community in Brisbane. The program concluded with Bhajans and dinner. Call 07 3865 6533

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Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Brisbane welcomed his holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj ji in Brisbane, the highlight was a cultural evening at Sleeman Complex Chandler “ Antarkhoj” a hard hitting stage show focused on the generation gap and cultural awareness..

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Brisbane City Council welcomes international students at King George Square, International student numbers have grown to eighty five thousand, up ten thousand from last year. Many service providers had their stalls lining up King George Square for the ceremony

Manganiyar , A Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio supported show played to a capacity crowd at QPAC , the amazing show received standing ovation in apppriciation 28 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, March, 2018

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Council hands artists a blank canvas for street art murals BRISBANE City Council has revealed the latest locally based artists to be handed blank canvasses across the city’s suburbs to install vibrant street art murals as part of the popular Brisbane Canvas project. City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said eight Brisbane artists had been chosen to produce innovative and imaginative large-scale commissioned street art for walls and bridges at sites across the city. “Public art is a key contributor to Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to live, work and relax and commissioning these new artworks will help bring our city’s infrastructure alive, increase interest in our creative sector and provide new opportunities for our city’s talented emerging artists,” Cr Simmonds said. “As well as inspiring pride in our public places, the new artworks will also contribute to our city’s distinctive and memorable identity, promoting an increase in cultural tourism and providing great photo opportunities for residents and visitors. “All the new artworks will reflect an ‘Optimistic’ theme of hope, energy and passion as part of Council’s commitment to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities.” Cr Simmonds said the popularity and interest in Brisbane Canvas had grown over recent years, with the number of

submissions almost tripling. “As Australia’s New World City, we are proud to support the creative endeavour and innovation of our local artists and the street art produced through Brisbane Canvas is well-received by the community,” he said. “This year we received 180 expressions of interest for the program, with exciting proposals for murals across public infrastructure, which will be painted in coming months. “Brisbane is a great hub for the creative arts and Council has a proud track record of nurturing and enabling artists through public art initiatives such as our Outdoor Gallery program, the student gallery in King George Square carpark, the City Artworks Project and the painting of traffic signal boxes through our Artforce program.” Brisbane Canvas has already delivered high quality street art murals at a number of inner city locations including Arch Lane, King George Square car park, Kelvin Grove Road, Coronation Drive and Milton Road Milton, Dock Street South Brisbane, Boundary Street near Howard Smith Wharves and Thornton Street Kangaroo Point. For more information on art in public places in Brisbane, visit brisbane.qld. or call Council on 3403 8888.

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Panguni/Phalguna Month (mid-March 2018 to mid-April 2018) Festivals Dear Sri Selva Vinayaka devotees, Hindu Ahlaya Sangam Qld Inc (HASQ) cordially invites you to Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple Brisbane (South Maclean) for Panguni/ Phalguna Month Festivals.

Panguni Maasa Pirappu (Phalguna month starts) on Thursday 15 March 2018 Sri AyyapaSwamy Meena Rasi Masa Abishekam on Saturday 17 March 2018 Lalitha Sahastranama Stotram Chanting on Sunday 18 March 2018 Monthly Chathurthi Viratham on Wednesday 21 March 2018 Sri Rama Navami on Sunday 25 March 2018 Pirathosha Viratham on Thursday 29 March & Friday 13 April 2018 Panguni Utharam on Friday 30 March 2018 Powrnami & SathyaNarayanar Poojai on Saturday 31 March 2018 Vishnu Shastranamam & Paaraayanam on Sunday 1 April 2018 Sankatakara Chathurthi on Wednesday 04 April 2018 Sri Selva Vinayakar Mahotsawam starts with Kodi Eatrum on 6 Friday April 2018 Sri Selva Vinayakar Chariot Festival /Hindu New Year Vilambi Varusham Starts on Saturday 14 April 2018 Visit Brisbane Sri Selva Vinayakar (Ganesha) Temple and get the Blessing of Lord Ganesha. For further information please contact our Temple on 07 5547 7302 or the president Mr: M.Surendra on Mobile-0407-753991

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Three shades of a BJP surge By Pradip Phanjoubam THE party has grown roots in Tripura, brought a tectonic political shift. Its success in Meghalaya and Nagaland is more dependent on others. In Tripura, ideological penetration resulted in victory for the BJP; therefore the party may have built itself a stable base in the state.(Illustration: C R Sasikumar) Much has been written and talked about after the assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the results for which were declared on March 3. In much of these analyses, the picture portrayed has been that of a grand sweep of the region by the BJP. It is said that this is an augury of things to come in the Lok Sabha elections next year. The real picture is somewhat different. Though the BJP undoubtedly put up a great performance, it would be wrong to see the election results in all the three states as driven by the same political dynamic. Indeed, it may only be in Tripura where the BJP has grown roots. In Meghalaya and Nagaland, although the BJP’s gains are substantial, the party could do little more than piggyback to success on stronger regional contenders. Very briefly, in Tripura, ideological penetration resulted in victory for the BJP; therefore the party may have built itself a stable base in the state. In Nagaland and Meghalaya, both overwhelmingly Christian, this is hardly so. In these states, the electoral strategy of alliance formation — made easy by the BJP’s clout as the party in power at the Centre — influenced the election outcomes. Nowhere was this strategy pursued with more ingenuity than in Nagaland. In the last assembly, the BJP with four MLAs — three of whom were in the party because the Nationalist Congress Party merged with it — was an ally of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF). But towards the end of the assembly’s term — when the NPF was thrown into an existential crisis by revolts within, and one of its leaders, former

chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, decided to leave and form a new party, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) — the BJP made a very calculated move. Without disowning the NPF, led now by former chief minister, T R Zeliang and stalwart Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the party formed a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP. The power balance being what it was — and with the prospects of a hung assembly — the NPF could not afford to protest. The results are known now. It is a precariously hung verdict, with the NPF emerging as the single largest party with 27 seats in a house of 60. The NDPP returned 16 plus Rio’s seat, which he won uncontested. The BJP has a creditable 12 seats. The remaining four seats were shared by the National People’s Party (two), JDU (one) and an independent. The BJP is in a very happy position. It can go along with its pre-poll ally, the NDPP. Together, the two account for 29 MLAs and the alliance can rope in two more members from the smaller parties. Or, the BJP can return to its longtime partner, the NPF, and be a partner in a coalition of 39 legislators. In Meghalaya too, the verdict is hung, but a much more fractured one. In the 60-member house, the ruling Congress is the single largest party with 21 seats and close on its heels is the National People’s Party (NPP) with 19. The latter is in a loose partnership with the BJP as both are part of the Northeast Democratic Alliance, the brainchild of the BJP’s mastermind in the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma. But the BJP has won only two seats, a marginal improvement from having one MLA in the last assembly. So even if its alliance with the NPP holds, the combined strength of the two would be 10 short of the majority. Under the circumstance, the 11 seats shared by the smaller parties and independents will be crucial. Plenty of bargaining seems to be in store in the next few days. With its clout as the ruling party in Delhi, the BJP is being seen as the one with more tricks up its sleeves. As in Arunachal Pradesh and

Bharatiya Janata Party ahead in Tripura Elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead of the ruling CPI(M) in the assembly elections in Left bastion Tripura on Saturday. By 6pm, the BJP alliance had won 31 seats and was leading in four others, looking set to take control of the 60-member assembly. BJP leader Ram Madhav said in a press conference in Agartala that the results could be “historic”, though he cautioned against jumping to a conclusion before the final verdict was out. Madhav also said his party, along with ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), was in a good position in Nagaland, where the alliance has won 14

seats and is leading in 13. The ruling NPF has bagged 17 seats and is ahead in 8, while its partner NPP is leading in three. In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress party established an early lead. By 5 pm, the Congress had won 20, the NPP bagged 17 and others won 16 seats.The BJP managed to bag two seats. While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, the Naga People’s Front has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, except for a three-month period of President’s rule in 2008. Tripura went to polls on February 18 and elections were held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27.


Manipur earlier, the role of the governor would be crucial. In Tripura, the shift in voters’ loyalty is probably more fundamental. The CPMled Left Front was undone by both antiincumbency as well as its inability to turn around a stagnant economy. The old Communist order believed that living within modest means was enough, but the younger generation — literate, but stuck in a job-scarce state — aspires for much more. This dilemma was so painfully visible in the case of Dipa Karmakar, the young gymnast who charmed the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics with her Produnova Vault performances. She returned a BMW presented to her by Sachin Tendulkar, saying she liked the car but preferred cash as there was no road in Tripura to drive the automobile. But deeper than this picture of economic stagnation, there are other reasons to qualify the changes as tectonic. These changes are informed by the state’s peculiar geography, history and demography. Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh. Yet, the pulls and pushes of economic migration, unlike in Assam and other Northeastern states, have brought little or no influx of Muslim peasantry into the state. The state’s experience of the Partition trauma meant that there was always an innate resistance to Muslims settlers amongst the earlier Hindus migrants, though linguistically both are Bengalis. This subterranean passion was what the Left Front managed to harness all along. And this was what the BJP, with its own brand of nationalistic identity, also

tapped into. There are more complications. Bengali migrants have now marginalised the indigenous people of the state to about 28 per cent of the population. Friction between the two has always formed a constant backdrop of the state’s political profile. The CPM tried to harness this contradiction. It tried to win over the tribal population to the party’s prescription of Marxist moderation. Tribal Marxist leaders like former chief minister Dasarath Deb were part of this endeavour. Proponents of ultra-tribal nationalism, including the violent insurgents, therefore always opposed the Communists who, they felt, were eating into their base. The days of insurgency are now over, at least for now. But the feeling of alienation amongst the indigenous communities persists. The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which represents this sentiment and champions the formation of a separate Twipraland state, won eight seats. The party is a partner of the BJP. The two won 16 of the 20 reserved seats for tribals, once a virtual monopoly of the CPM. It remains to be seen how the BJP manages reconciliation, for no Tripura Bengali, regardless of party affiliation, will agree to a bifurcation of the state. However, what will work in the BJP’s favour is that the party is in a commanding position in Tripura with 35 seats; its ally, the IPFT, has eight seats. The writer is editor, ‘Imphal Free Press’ and author of ‘The Northeast Question: Conflicts and Frontiers’.

BJP's big win in Northeast likely to boost confidence on D-Street NEW DELHI: The outcome of assembly elections in three north-eastern states -the BJP (with ally IPFT) won a majority in Tripura, wrested power in Nagaland (with the NDPP) and consolidated base in Meghalaya -- will send out a positive signal to the market, which is bracing for a spike in volatility with a host of crucial state polls lining up. Market watchers said the BJP's show in the north-eastern states -- the party is already in power in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur - was unexpected despite the antiincumbency against the ruling parties there. The development would come as a booster for the BJP, analysts say. Recently, the saffron party witnessed a tough contest on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf Gujarat. The BJP had no presence in the three north-eastern states in 2013. "Since the three states do not have much say as far as Parliament seats go, the development may not have any material impact on the market. But they would boost the party’s position for the 2019 general elections," said A K Prabhakar, HoR at IDBI Capital. The three states represent five seats in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha each. The BJP, along with allies, now looks set to rule 21 out of the total 29 states. "With two more north-eastern states in its kitty, the BJP seems to be transforming into a truly national party. The results have come against the backdrop of some competition in the recent state elections and thus, the outcome should boost BJP's chances in the 2019's general elections," said D K Aggarwal, CMD at SMC Investments and Advisors. The grand win for the BJP in Tripura was a clear surprise, said Sanjeev Jain of Ashika Stock Broking. Jain felt that the win may brighten BJP's prospects in upcoming state elections, including Karnataka, which is governed by the Indian National Congress (INC).

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your skin and the humidity, preventing foundation from seeping into your pores or dribbling down your chin

and perspiration don’t mix. Instead, rub a bright pink or coral cream or gel blush on the apples of your cheeks, and blend.

will cause problems in the heat, but use a light hand to be sure.

Lighten Up:

Tint Your Lips:

Instead of repowdering throughout the day—extra layers can cause cakey product build-up in warm weather—keep plasticky oil-blotting sheets at your desk and in your purse. Dabbed over your face, they soak up excess oil without messing up your makeup. Keep handy Oil Absorbing Sheets.

Think of foundation this way: The less you put on, the less there is to slide off. A dampened makeup sponge is the ideal tool for applying it so that it goes on light and sheer. Put a few drops on a damp foamlatex sponge, and swipe it from the middle of your face outward in short strokes. Give it a minute or so to set before you apply other makeup.

HEY GIRLS! Today I thought it would be super fun to share Formal Or Semi- Formal long lasting makeup tips.

Take Time to Prime:

The key to long-lasting foundation and color is the most commonly skipped step: primer. Seriously—the stuff works. All you need is a pea-size dot of a lightweight, oilfree formula; apply it to moisturized skin before your concealer and foundation. We like Color Correcting Primers (they have three oil-free formulas for different skin types).

Choose Creamy Shadow:

When sweat and powder mix, the result isn’t pretty. Sheer cream shadows tend to cake less in hot weather (plus, they glisten in the sun). Crème Eye Colour contains silicone that locks the color in place, and Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners stand the test of time without smudging.

Be Dense:

Blemishes and blotchy skin don’t vanish in the hot weather, but the wrong concealer definitely can. What you want is a densely pigmented (but not liquidy) cream formula. Circle Block. Use your ring finger to dab the concealer on dark circles; apply to red spots with a small brush, and then pat with your finger to blend the cover-up into the skin

Look to Liquid:

Liquid liner may take patience and practice, but once on, a good formula won’t budge or smudge in the heat.

Sweat proof your Lashes:

Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer in the summer. It can withstand the office, the gym, the pool, and the bar without smudging. But some can fade to gray in a few hours. A-Lash Waterproof and Inimitable Waterproof Mascara.

Switch to Silicone:

Wear a full face of foundation and you’re asking for trouble. Still, we get it— sometimes you want the coverage. The solution is a lightweight silicone-based formula. The silicone acts as a film between

Flush With Greatness:

As with powder shadow, powder blush

Lip gloss just looks right come summer: it’s fun. It’s easy… But it can also get runny and sticky in the sun. A tinted lip balm with a high wax content won’t turn to mush in your bag or on your mouth.

Tinted Moisturizer:

The summer heat really dries out your skin, and heavy foundations can dry your skin as well, so what better than a tinted moisturizer! It keeps your skin soft and moisturized and adds a bit of color to even out your skin tone without all of that heavy foundation clogging up your pores. It’s light and perfect for summer! (Quick tip - Don’t have tinted moisturizer -or- don’t want to spend the extra money to buy one? You don’t have to! Instead, take some of your daily facial moisturizer and pour a little bit [enough to cover your face and neck] onto the back of your hand or a paper plate. Now, mix 1-2 little blobs of your foundation into the moisturizer, and ta-da! Instant tinted moisturizer! [You can add more or less foundation depending on how much coverage you want])

Stop Shine:

To reduce shine and set your makeup, take a large fluffy brush and dust a translucent loose powder across your T-zone. Because it’s colourless, there’s less of a chance it

Blot It Out:

Water + Sleep:

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but that’s because it is so true. Drinking lots of water [shoot for 8 glasses a day] and getting at least 8 hours of sleep every day is a must for a healthy, pretty you. Keeping up with these two things cover all of the bases - your skin will be smoother, look healthier, and be less prone to breakouts, your hair will be healthier and have more life to it, your eyes will be brighter and more awake, you’ll be in a better mood which means you’ll be smiling more...the benefits are endless!

SPF 15 Or Higher:

Even if it’s cloudy outside or you’re not out in the sun all the time, you really want to make sure that your makeup, lip balm, and moisturizer all have SPF 15 or higher because the sun can still damage your skin [even with cloud cover]. Less Is More - Seriously, it’s true. A glowing, natural look never goes out of style and beauty in everyone.

Consumers look to escapism when sentiment goes south MOVIE demand provides a handy barometer for the economy, and a pointer to the types of business that do well in a downturn, according to new research examining the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood. When times are tough, people seek out escapist entertainment and are more likely to flock to cinemas for action movies and romcoms, the researchers found. Dr Ping Xiao from UTS Business School and Assistant Professor Anirban Mukherjee from Singapore Management University looked at three years of movie attendance in India, and compared this with economic indicators such as consumer sentiment, stock prices and the gold price. “While you might think that movie demand

would go down during bad economic times because people are tightening their belts, we found the opposite happens. When people are feeling stressed or miserable, the desire to escape and immerse themselves in a movie increases,” says Dr Xiao. “Our research shows movie demand increases when the economy is not doing well, and that particular types of movies – those that have escapist features such as action movies, comedies and romantic movies – are those most in demand.” The study included 348 movies across 382 multiplexes, and covered the period before and after the election of Narendra Modi, which revealed that during times of political uncertainty there was an increase in movie demand and a decrease in consumer

sentiment. “Why we think it is escapism and not some other motive driving movie attendance is that demand did not go up for all movies, but only movies that have escapist features such as action movies, comedies and romantic movies,” says Dr Xiao. The analysis supports the findings of previous research from the US showing boxoffice receipts rose in six of the last seven recessions. The link between movie demand and the economy has implications not only for the movie business but also for other industries that offer an escape from reality through immersive “experiential consumption”, says Dr Xiao.

“Immersive festivals such as Coachella and Burning Man, fitness events such as The Colour Run or Tough Mudder, along with cruise ship holidays and, in Australia, attendance at football and other sporting events, are likely to experience increased demand when economic times are tough,” she says. Indian film director Manmohan Desai has famously said: “I want people to forget their misery. I want to take them into a dream world where there is no poverty, where there are no beggars, where fate is kind and god is busy looking after his flock.” Tapping into this desire might just be the key to success for businesses looking to profit from the next economic downturn or negative consumer sentiment survey.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER HOLI 2018 I extend to the Indian community, in Australia and around the world, my warmest wishes to all those who are celebrating the festival of Holi. A colourful celebration of life, love and thanksgiving, Holi is a brilliant occasion to celebrate with family and to renew our bonds of friendship and goodwill with one another. While the Gulal is thrown, we can acknowledge the celebration of Holi as a demonstration of Australia being the most successful multicultural society in the world. I also wish to extend my greetings to those celebrating Holi in India. Our two great democracies are strengthened by countless people-to-people links and a shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law and mutual respect. I wish everyone celebrating a Happy Holi.

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REIQ Names Best of the Prosession for 2018 A RECORD-BREAKING fourth title win for REIQ Auctioneer of the Year Justin Nickerson has led this year’s REIQ Awards for Excellence as more than 700 real estate professionals gathered to recognise the elite in their field at the Brisbane Royal International Convention Centre (RNA) last night (3.03.18). The win is the third consecutive win for Mr Nickerson and the fourth overall (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) and cements his position as Australasia’s leading auctioneer. Accepting his Award Mr Nickerson said it was an honour to reach this milestone. “It’s really humbling and I’m incredibly proud to reach this pinnacle in my career. “I’d also like to congratulate the REIQ on hosting these awards, which clearly mean so much to our members. It’s a real feather in the cap to win an REIQ Award,” Mr Nickerson said. “We are all striving to be part of a professional industry that delivers outstanding customer service and the work the REIQ does is an important part how we are seen by the public.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Awards for Excellence showcased those real estate professionals who had achieved outstanding results to rise to a level above their peers. “To achieve at this level requires enormous commitment, tireless work and incredible motivation and the finalists and winners here tonight have successfully demonstrated their ability to do that,” she said. The Awards also celebrated the REIQ’s centennial birthday, marking 100 years of shaping the Queensland real estate profession. “We were founded with the twin goals of giving a voice to the real estate profession so they could negotiate with

government and also to raise the bar and deliver greater levels of professionalism within the ranks of all practicing real estate professionals,” Ms Mercorella said. “Our successes speak for themselves. We have shaped legislation with the Property Occupations Act replacing the ineffectual PAMDA Act, and the Labor Government has recently committed to introducing mandatory continuing professional development across the entire real estate sector, thus lifting the level of compulsory education every real

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Commercial Agency of the Year

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Reserve Bank leaves rates on hold at record low 1.5 per cent THE Reserve Bank of Australia has left the cash rate at a record-low 1.5 per cent, as sluggish wage growth and inflation put the board in a holding pattern for the 17th meeting in a row. Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe used the word "gradual" to describe Australia's economic recovery three times in his short statement on monetary policy on Tuesday, indicating the bank is in no rush to raise interest rates from their historic lows. Providing some relief to heavily indebted homeowners, the market has in effect ruled out a change before November. Up to 80 per cent of forecasters surveyed by Bloomberg now believe the next rate rise will not be until February next year. Wage growth inched up only slightly to 2.1 per cent in the three months to December, although the RBA now appears more confident that it has begun to climb out of the doldrums. "[Wage growth] appears to have troughed and there are reports that some employers are finding it more difficult to hire workers with the necessary skills," said Dr Lowe,

indicating that a shortage of skilled workers should eventually lead to pay rises as employers bid up salaries. "The low level of interest rates is continuing to support the Australian economy. "Further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target is expected, although this progress is likely to be gradual." Notably the RBA retreated from its February statement that gross domestic product growth would pick up from 2.5 per cent to "above 3 per cent over the next couple of years", a day before the latest GDP figures are due to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Instead, it said the economy would only “grow faster in 2018 than it did in 2017", as figures released on Tuesday showed a modest gain of 0.1 per cent in retail spending and 1.9 per cent in government spending in the three months to December. The RBA's rhetoric on housing also shifted slightly, noting the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets "had slowed", rather than "are slowing", after Sydney house prices fell

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in most Western economies have started the road to normalisation of interest rate policy overseas, but high house prices and increasing levels of household debt combined with torpid wage growth have prevented RBA board members from charting a similar course here.

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Astrology Aries (21st March to 20th April): Love comes calling as the week begins. The married ones, though, may have to rely on their inventiveness to re-ignite the spark in their relationship. And, why not – when you are open to reconsidering growth strategies, taking risks and going all out to ensure career/ business success – why leave behind your personal realm! Don’t venture anywhere too soon, too fast, says Ganesha. 4th and 5th are full of pleasant distractions, and it only helps that you are full of verve and energy. A relaxed and stable scenario, however, must not make you complacent. Keep putting in your best efforts. With Saturn and Jupiter in slightly challenging positions for most part of the year, you cannot afford to rest on your laurels. There is nothing to fear, though, as struggle and hard work will eventually bring gains. Observe strict discipline to achieve success. 12th and 13th bring some worries. Why are you so restless? Cam down and focus on the present. Creative activities and new ideas are supported by stars now. Don’t leave a chance to make a mark, when the opportunity arrives. 15th brings a gain, which makes you happy. Social stars also brighten up, bringing you pleasure. Seems the cosmos is conspiring to keep you in a happy mood – every which way. For students, it means distractions, though. What will you do to ensure your focus stays where it should be? Starting 19th, begins a hectic period. Maybe, you are back from a small vacation, and work things are scampering for your attention – right, left and centre. Cheer up, as Mars will imbue you with all the energy and force you need to battle it out in the professional arena. This is a great time to start a new fitness regime. Overall a good time for business/ job, love and health, assures Ganesha. But, here is a condition – just don’t be too brash in your attitude – not even with your subordinates. Relay instructions, but finish it all with a smile. 25th sees Mercury turning retrograde. Your eloquence takes a beating, so don’t schedule talks/ presentations now. Health and money roadblocks may be around the corner. Be on your toes and just fight it all out! Taurus (21st April to 21st May): Life’s a mixed bag of fortunes for you, this month. When your Sign ruler Venus buoys you, hard task-master brings you down to real life. It’s like an always churning wheel of ups and downs – but thankfully, you get your due highs. Delays and struggle make you what you are – a strong, indomitable force, reminds Ganesha. On 2nd or 3rd, you meet someone influential or special. Ones already in love relationships get the cosmic nod to further their bond – at this time. After 5th, Venus moves to your 12th House, Aries. You will be full of enthusiasm and optimism, albeit a bit naïve or extravagant. With so much fantasy in air, it would be easy to forget the realities of life. Don’t! Love, partying and social stars remain bright till 9th, after which Jupiter turns retrograde – and this is after when, you have to be extra careful. This may have a major impact on your marital life and business partnerships. So, be extra careful, and watch your words and actions. Increase your reserves of patience to tide, over this phase. Don’t worry, though, because all the effects of retrogression will not manifest at once. 19th sees you in an excellent mood! By 21st, your 12th House is again abuzz with planetary activity. Indulgent and given to pleasurable activities, you may spend a lot. Travelling to a far flung destination is also likely. Social and party circuit will entice you, and you may continue to flaunt. Around 25th, Mercury turns retrograde. Life takes on a slower pace. 26th is an equally languid, mellow day, when you prefer staying away from bustling life. The month draws to an end on a slightly confused, muddled note – what with communication glitches, you feeling torn between fantasy and reality and work – slower than you prefer. Hang on! And, do not, at any cost, ignore your health. Gemini (22nd May to 21st June): Spotlight is on family and finances related matters, as the month begins. Try finding solutions to your problems, without hurting the feelings of your loved ones. Career growth also occupies a prominent space in your mind, but don’t ignore your near ones. Parents will be happy on their kids’ success. Meanwhile, on 2nd or 3rd, something unethical may catch your attention. Steer clear! 5th is a day full of romance and creativity. Don’t let any negative influences dampen your happy mood. Enjoy the relaxed, positive time, while it lasts, before again on 8th, finances and material matters may call for your attention. You are still, optimistic and full of energy, though, and that also reflects in your marital zone. However, just don’t let arrogance overpower you, warns Ganesha. 12th and 13th are not great days – or so it seems. Why are you so fidgety and restless? Ask yourself! Whatever it is – cannot be more important than your health and your family. So, know your priorities – and also give due attention to this background issue. Love and romance look set to being happiness around 15th and 16th. Marriage may not be an equally positive domain, at the moment, though. Patience and positive words are great balms, reminds Ganesha. Family expenses will increase. Don’t forget to lead a balanced lifestyle. 19th and 20th bring some gains – and also a pleasant time with family. What more do you need! However, this is also a time when you must take very good care of yourself. Injuries and accidents are likely. 22nd and 23rd bring fresh positivity. Gains may come from friends, family or old bosses. But, you will also gain from meditating – as this will rejuvenate you. Don’t schedule anything important – legal, professional, stage-related – post 25th, as Mercury turns retrograde, laying hurdles onto your path. There may be communication troubles or gadget break-downs. Talk to your mom and maternal relations, - with prudence. The month ends on a slow note – but that’s not a bad thing. Use this time to review your strategies and actions – and maybe even plan some for future. Reserve their implementation for later, though!

Cancer (22nd June to 22nd July): Filled with a desire to prove yourself, you begin the month on a high note. So, even if this demands late working hours and extra efforts, you are in it. Great, but just don’t ignore your well-being, as 3rd and 4th looks set to be slightly off or weak days. On 5th, your mind may not be where you wish it to be. Are there any financial worries? Chill, things are bad only in your mind, most likely. Around 7th, Venus and Mercury enter Aries, buoying you almost immediately. Work perks up, and so do people around you. What are you waiting for? Meanwhile, don’t take any financial risks. Things may not be stable there. 12th and 13th are a lot about organizational stuff at work – which is good. Do the same for your personal accounts – if you find some time. Any which way, don’t let the hurdles and disturbances in day to day life affect your balance. As for love – there may be too much work and worldly matters to leave any space at all! Chances are you are still not at your best, by 17th. Drive carefully, and realign your mind and senses – actually ‘be’ where you are! Busy work days call back for your attention in the third week. But there may be constant pulls and pushes on the work as well as marital front – blame it on the meeting of Mars and Saturn your 7th House. There is disharmony – but nothing so big that you cannot manage with some careful restraint and loving, soothing words. 22nd is your day under the sun – and coming few days are equally shiny, provided you are willing to take advantage. 25th and 26th again bring some health and money worries, what with Mercury turning retrograde. Marching back to your shell is not the answer, reminds Ganesha! Watch your words, though, as misunderstandings are possible. Communication glitches are a prominent feature, during Mercury retrograde – so you can’t be careful enough explaining your stance – especially to a disgruntled partner. Watch your step, along the way! Leo (23rd July to 22nd August): You ring in the month on a happy note, connecting and hobnobbing on the social front. Aren’t you such a social butterfly? Go slow, though, as unforeseen expenses may blow up your plans. Moreover, keep your safety and well-being a top priority. Avoid late nights and over-work or over indulgence in drinks or anything. Health needs a lot of care on 3rd and 4th. Around 5th or 6th Venus and Mercury move to your 9th House – the fortune zone, making you happy. Prosperous times and new opportunities wait for you. There may be a major change on the horizon too – but a lot depends on your birth chart. If you are student, progress may be slow. 12th brings back the worries of a looming deadline. You may have hardly worked on it in the last few days, and now you can’t stop stressing. Pace of life take a slower route – making you groan inwardly, every time there is a delay. Ignore and keep moving ahead. Jupiter starts its retrogression now, which is the reason. Don’t expect immediate results. Do spend time with your loved ones – and yourself, though. 19th is a day full of hope and vibrance. But, don’t be hasty. 21st and 22nd are confident days, but it doesn’t mean – again – that you can be rash or careless, reminds Ganesha. Encouraging monetary gains may come your way. A new relationship for singles may be round the corner. What’s more – Committed or married ones too will have stars in their favor. Now, this is rare! Enjoy. Stay practical and healthconscious even more, though, as Mercury turns retrograde in month’s last week. Unexpected expenses may derail your budget. Defer starting something new for the time being, as things may appear more attractive than they actually are. Work remains hectic, but be careful while communicating anything – in any scenario – work, home, legal, general – the works. There will be chores and assignments taking your extra time, but stay devoted towards your health and fitness regimes. Virgo (23rd August to 22nd September): Keep a positive attitude, as the month begins. Even when things are stressful, try looking at things from a different perspective, keeping the bigger picture in mind. 3rd or 4th are irksome days, which may leave you restless. Be careful, as you also run the risk of getting injured.5th brings family and finances to fore. Your mood may be a little low. Jupiter will keep safeguarding you and your interests, assures Ganesha. 7th brings some temporary relief – or you may simply be detached. Mars influences the 10th House (of profession), which helps you perform well. Students also have the stars in their favour. On 9th, Jupiter turns retrograde. Pace of life slows down further. Don’t fret at the stagnant pace; stay motivated. On 12th, your mind is more cautious than usual. What is stopping you? It is a good time to strategize. On work front, stay focused - on the tasks at hand. Research and study projects need extra efforts now. 19th sees you in a good mood, probably ready to shop to the heart’s content – or maybe out on a trip with friends. You feel full of energy, but then, Saturn comes in the picture – reminding you of life’s practicalities. Unexpected expenditure on family requirements is possible. Happily, though, you will come across an opportunity to make money – out of the way – provided you are quick enough. 21st and 22nd are your days – in every sense – make full use, says Ganesha. Aren’t you such a pretty picture – this way? Why can’t you be more light hearted, free of biases – more often? Think! Praise and recognition come your way. Alas, good times don’t last long – not with equal intensity, at least. On 25th Mercury turns retrograde. What you started recently may hit a roadblock! There may be work glitches, and suddenly you may seem unsure of yourself. If you are a student or are trying to seize a deadline – stars may not help you much. Watch your back, especially when legal or written documentation is involved. You are an eloquent speaker, but for now, just keep mum, when you really don’t have the best thing to say. Libra (23rd September to 22nd October): As three important planets are influencing your 10th House – of Karma - you will be a busy bee, when the month begins. There will be opportunities too, and stay focused to make


the most of them in business and profession. Stars also favour research and educational endeavours. Hobbies and creative activities too will be refreshing now. 5th and 6th are all about material and practical realm. Family and personal needs seem to be on a rise – and so is your ambition to make more money. Persist and work hard – and Jupiter’s positive influences will help you achieve and succeed, assures Ganesha. 7th and 8th witness a change in priorities, as you focus shifts to love and partnerships (these could be business ones too). 9th sees Jupiter turning retrograde, so it would be better that you organize the most important stuff, before this time. On 12th, you are being reticent or cautious. Is some family matter making you restless? Relax – things surely are better than they may seem at the moment, soothes Ganesha. Be careful, though, for a new person may not be the same as seems on surface. Ketu is moving from your 5th House – and you have to be on guard. In love, committed ones may be planning to set a date for their nuptial vows. Dates and romantic dinner are all nice, but avoid late night binges. 19th and 20th are full of enthusiasm and hope. Arrogance is a no-no, though. Move ahead with due diligence. You may experience strong cosmic pulls, owing to Saturn and Mars in the same zone – now. Find balance and listen to your gut, says Ganesha. There’s a lot happening in your 7th House – which is bound to leave you confused and a little out of sorts. This is a really rush-rush time, but in your mind and heart – just slow down. Even Mercury tells you to do so –w hen it turns retrograde on 25th. In the ensuing days, there may be confusions, misunderstandings or network break-downs. Have you not been able to contact someone important? Blame it on the cosmic scenery – and plod through. Career matters may keep you occupied, taking you mind, thankfully, away from a restless personal sphere, as the month ends. Scorpio (23rd October to 22nd November): The month’s beginning propels you to the throes of activity and buzz of life – much against your wishes. Venus’ favourable placement further indicates a buzzing time on love and social front. 2nd and 3rd are excellent days for creative activities, hanging out with friends and even proposing to a sweetheart. On 5th, you may be making good profits. By 8th, you may be neck deep in work. Venus and Mercury’s positive influence on your 6th House will help you stay out of trouble and controversy, assures Ganesha. Are you attracted to someone at work? Expressive and eloquent, you will be quite charming now. However, even when on surface all seems well, something may keep nagging you. Love, thankfully, acts as a soothing balm. But, a new fling may be just that – a short term fling. Plan most important activities, before 9th, as after that Jupiter turns retrograde. 12th and 13th too are not easy days – not in your mind, at least. Jupiter is now retrograde in your 2nd House – of finances and family. Keep a tab on your expenses. Committed ones may plan to take the nuptial route. Later around 19th or 20th, Mars meets Saturn in your 3rd House. Expect a cosmic tussle, pulling you in two disparate directions. Which side would you choose? Well, decide for yourself, especially, as this concerns your social life, siblings, friends or dealings with people at work/ business. From 23rd through the month end, you have to take extra care to safeguard your health and wellbeing – and also that of your father, father-figures. Watch your relations with these male authority figures and with your bosses and seniors at work, adds Ganesha. At work and in business - quality matters to you more than quantity now! 25th is when Mercury turns retrograde, adding to your troubles. Beginning 26th, career matters – especially concerning day to day activities, routine affairs and dealings with higher-ups - take up your time. Double check your work, before submitting. Network and gadget break-downs are possible. Avoid signing any legal documents, as the month ends. Sagittarius (23rd November to 21st December): You may not be feeling your best, when the month opens. Your mind is surrounded by so many planetary influences, and this is bound to weigh you down. Find time for yoga, fitness or meditation – as this will be hugely relaxing. Your physical stamina and energy are high, so direct this restless force towards something creative. Overall, you remain motivated to perform well, and the monetary gains around 3rd and 4th are sure to buoy you. Distractions galore, though. You are quite into enjoyment and pleasure-seeking activities, on 5th and 6th. This family fun time will be hugely relaxing. A religious or spiritual ceremony or an act of kindness may also make you spend money, bringing you peace. What’s more - Mars moving through your Sign blesses you with required vigor and energy. But don’t be hasty or ruthless. Around 8th, Venus and Mercury move to Aries, your 5th House. Creativity overflows, and the universe favors your ventures. Are you getting ready to welcome a new member in your family? Spend time painting, dancing, singing or playing with kids. On 9th, Jupiter turns retrograde, adding some fresh hurdles. But, this will be a gradual process, effects of which will not be manifest immediately, assure Ganesha. Just keep a tighter than usual grip on your money reserves. Business people may get an opportunity to strike a profitable deal. Work and career also remain stable. Around 17th or 18th, partying may give you chance to meet someone special – but the fling will be shortlived, most likely. Steer clear if already married or committed, warns Ganesha. Now, Mars is with Saturn in your 2nd House. Your find is a flurry of buzzing ideas – what to do, what not to do. Take good care of you and your loved ones’ well-being and safety. 23rd and 24th see you shining and possibly bringing laurels – or feeling extra charming. On 25th, though, pace slows down yet again, as Mercury turns retrograde. 26th and 27th are avoidable, if some important work is on agenda. Reschedule! An old issue re-surfaces. Approach it carefully, as things may change again, when Mercury turns direct - in a few weeks’ time. Capricorn (22nd December to 20th January): Your home and partner remain at the centre of your universe, as the month begins. All your efforts seem to be directed to ensure everything is just perfect there. Remember – you can only do so much! Do all you can, but don’t

forget yourself in the process. On 3rd or 4th, spend some me-time, doing what you love the best – reading, cooking, watching sitcoms – whatever! Your mind is all about work on 5th and 6th. Short term travels for business yield great results now. Your social stars are bright, so meeting someone interesting or influential is likely. Around 7th or 8th, Venus and Mercury enter Aries, your 4th House. Things get even better, especially on the home front. Schedule your most important stuff, before 9th, as Jupiter turns retrograde after this. Why are you stuck up and cautious on 12th and 13th? Loosen up a bit – though, throwing all caution to the wind is not your style. Find time to laugh and live a little more in the days that follow – even if work is not as you wish it to be. In personal realm – cosmos favours the love birds, willing to-be parents couples and new parents. As for the married ones – is it ever completely glitch-free? You will manage, Ganesha is sure! And, it is your health. 18th or 19th are days when you have to be extra careful. After 19th, Mars fills you with energy, verve and confidence. But, Mars comes close to Saturn now – so expect pushes and pulls – because these two unfriendly giants have contradictory views – on how you should live your life. Whom would you listen to? Yourself! Mars and Saturn also influence your 7th House; keep a close eye on your marital, personal and business partnerships zone. Happily, this boosts your libido. See there is a silver lining everywhere! 25th is when Mercury turns retrograde – adding fuel to the fire of your troubles. Slow down! Home may not be a peaceful sanctuary for a while. Be there to tend to your responsibilities, though. Don’t let insecurities bog you down – for there will be some raising their head. Month-end is not as rosy as the beginning was – but for you, it’s only a matter of few days. Aquarius (21st January to 18th February): The happy beginnings of the month may soon turn to some blues, as you may feel that things are not moving your way. See within – as sometimes, we are imagining the adversities. Yes, the planets are to be blamed in some way – but look at their blessings too. Jupiter, traveling in your 10th House of profession, will help you to a great extent. But, a lot also depends on your personal motivation and ability to stay disciplined, reminds Ganesha. Money doesn’t seem to be your problem, for now, with Jupiter also casting its influence on your 2nd House of family and finances. There may be a function or ceremony at home. Around 7th or 8th, you may experience surreal connections. Is someone from your past making a reappearance? A relationship revival is likely. Ones planning to fix their marriage date – should do it before 10th, advises Ganesha. From 11th, Jupiter turns retrograde, and that is a sure sign that you have to get out of your comfort zone now. You must take care, especially while handling financial matters. Refrain from promising, borrowing or lending money. Around 14th or so, you may be filled with an urge to buy that coveted luxury bag or gadget or whatever catches your fancy. Spend only as your means allow! Back home, there is some issue calling for your attention – please be there and contribute constructively. 17th and 18th bring love vibes. Reveal your inner feelings to someone, whom you have admired for long. 19th and 20th are all about caution and vigilance. Good change! In-love couples planning to get married may face some resistance. Around 22nd, planets cluster up in your 3rd House. Expect your social life to hit a crescendo. Short term travels are possible. You may also be meeting your mom or maternal relations. Work gets demanding at the same time – oh, the life’s ironies! 25th brings a Mercury retrogression. Time to put on your blinkers! Focus solely on yourself – and on your safety and well-being, till early next month. An injury cannot be ruled out. Pisces (19th February to 20th March): You begin the month on a slightly confused note – thinking in divergent directions, many of which may be against your basic nature/ thought process. Not a wrong thing always, says Ganesha. This mental chaos, however, may affect your focus – so be careful. Making extra money is on your mind, on the 3rd and 4th. 5th is a day full of creative inspiration. You may also use this time to pursue your spiritual or religious interests. Your dreams have got wings now; just don’t forget to keep your feet planted firmly on ground. 7th or 8th may bring personal hurt. Keep and open mind, and forgive – or, at least, move on pretty soon. Now, Mercury and Venus move to Aries, your 2nd House. Finances and family take the central plot. Avoid scheduling anything significantly crucial after 9th, though, as Jupiter turns retrograde. Then soon after 11th, your mind wanders to gains, monetary benefits and your associations. A personal relationship may leave you confused, though. Be tactful and patient, if you value this bond. But, there is no time to rest. Re-align and bring your energies back to your work and material plane. Watch where you step, though, as you may be injury prone now. Soon Mars moves to join Saturn in your 11th House. Brace up! On 19th and 20th, despite being quite stable, finances and family remain stable, but take up your attention. Why are acting so headstrong, or rather arrogant on 22nd? Tone down that attitude of yours mister (or miss)! Things will get worse in your relationships domain – if you keep this behavior. Don’t alienate your friends; but stay careful in face of new alliances. 24th and 25th may be heavy on your pockets. Watch out! Mercury turns retrograde around the same time, adding some troubles. Be extremely careful in all matters related to money and family. Share-market traders will need to be doubly careful. Omissions and mistakes are likely. Love relationships may also bear the planetary brunt – so ensure keep everything transparent between you and your beloved. Dual yet conflicting influence of Mars and Saturn in your 11th House may make you question some of your friendly and social equations, as the month ends.

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Women's Council GOPIO invites you to join us for International Women's Day 2018 Seminar. 10am-1pm Building N35, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111. (Press for Progress – “Leave no woman behind. Together we can empower women across the globe) h t t p s : // w w w. e v e n t b r i t e . c o m . a u / e / international-womens-day-seminar-2018press-for-progress-tickets-43158208363 Shirdi Saibaba Aarati & Bhajans Hosted by Shirdi Sai Sansthan Brisbane Ltd. Saturday, March 31 at 5:20 PM - 8:20 PM. Runcorn Heights State School 200 Nemies Road Runcorn QLD 4113 Australia. GOPIO Youth Achievers Awards Night (GYAAN) 2018 Public · Hosted by GOPIO Sydney Sunday, March 11 at 6 PM - 10 PM UTC+11. GOPIO Sydney PO Box 6742, Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia 2153 Mela Melian Da Brisbane Public: Hosted by DESI ROCKS Production Sunday at 6:30 PM, Aspley State High School Class of ‘87. 651 Zillmere Rd, Aspley, Queensland, Australia 4034

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17th March 2018...

Vishwa shanti Gyan mahayagya Public: Hosted by Vishwa Shanti Gyan Mahayagya March 17 – March 18 Mar 17 at 8 AM to Mar 18 at 8 AM. 25-27 Darnley St , Rocklea QLD-4106

18th March 2018...

Shri Vishnu Maya Mandir celebrating Ram Navmi. Date: 18th March – 25th March 2018. Time: Monday – Friday 06:30 PM onwards. Havan on Sunday 25th March 10:30 AM. w w reevish Contact: Devika Maharaj 04248 91159.

25th March 2018...

Annual Meetup featuring Health Awareness Workshop Date: 25th March 2018 Event: 9.00 am– 2.30pm. free Entry & Lunch Venue: Wynnum Community Centre 145 Florence St , Wynnum QLD 4178

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Sangeet Premi - Sur Sangeet Public: Hosted by Sangeet Premi Club Saturday, April 7 at 6:15 PM - 10 PM 58 Arnold St, Holland Park QLD 4121, Australia.

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Vishwa Events Presents Chakraborty) Live in Brisbane.


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An Evening of Indian Classical Dance (Bharat Natyam Concerts)

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Nadanjali School of Dance Presents an Evening of Exquisite Dances by Students of Smt Chitra yogi Shrikanta. In Aid of Brisbane Chapter Vedanta Centre Building fund. Venue: St Johns Performing Arts Centre, college Ave, Forest lake QLD. Start Time: 06:30 PM. Please visit: www. Contact: Dev 0432 214 278

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In memory of our dearly loved brother Harendra Pratap who sadly passed away on Thursday, 25 January, 2018 at 0140 am. He took his last breath as I held his hand and said The Lord’s Prayer repeating the same three times. May he find peace at Lord’s feet. Although we lived often away from each other in different places in Fiji , even in different countries for education and life opportunities, we were never far in our hearts from each other and our mother Bhagwandei Narayan who brought us up single-handed after our dad passed away on January 1st, 1952.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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International Women's Day Seminar 2018 Our Speakers for the Day

Nasra, A Somali speaking Police Liaison Officer, will be presenting on her role as fostering positive working relations between Somali Australian Community and the Queensland Police Service. Sara Michell, Career Development Practitioner working as part of the Making Career Choices Project. In her presentation, she will explore how well delivered career education and making well-informed career decisions might be able to assist in closing these gaps. Ms Jatinder Kaur is Manager of The Oasis Centre, director of JK Diversity Consultants. She will discuss the challenges faced by Migrant and refugee women in Australia and her involvement within Social work profession in advocacy, policy, research, raising awareness and building capacity to meet the needs of culturally diverse women who become victims of domestic or family violence and the child protection system. Claudia Diaze, Sector Development officer for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland will be presenting on building the capacity of NGO’s and Social Enterprises in Queensland and New South Wales.


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Building N35, Griffith University 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111 Press for Progress – “Leave no woman behind. Together we can empower women across the globe.” Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. In this very engaging & interactive seminar, hear & learn from the experts speaking on various issues including: • • • • •

Women’s Health, Domestic and family violence – counselling, support and assistance, Capacity Building programs, Business Development & Training opportunities, & Identifying, bridging educational and career gaps Contact: Veena Merz 0449 804 866

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Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Jayatah!!

Sri Rama Katha by

Sripad Radhe Shyam Prabhu from Sri Haridwar at the residence of Krishna and Shulakshna Narayan


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Date: Sun 18th March – Mon 26th March 2018

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Sripad Radhe Shyam Prabhu is well versed in the Vedic scriptures. His joyful, enlivening talks and valuable instructions inspire all in their spiritual journey to awaken pure love for the Lord in their heart and find eternal happiness.

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Sunday 18th March, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August

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6:15 pm - Hari katha followed by arati 8:00 pm - Mahaprasadam Monday 19th March to Friday 23rd March

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Meera - A unique 16th Century love story

“Don’t forget love; it will bring all the madness you need to unfurl yourself across the universe.” - MEERA

…and this is exactly what Wild Dreamer Productions is going to portray in their debut stage production, “MEERA”. “MEERA” is inspired by a unique love story set in 16th century India. Many years in making ‘Meera’ is the creative, bold and beautiful interpretation of Aarti’s view of the character Meera who epitomises unbridled faith that transforms into the greatest love of all. Meera is an interlude between a theatrical and musical, linked with the best of narration, opera singing and storytelling.

Meera will be a mesmerizing treat to all senses, melodious original music composed by renowned maestros from India, and many other European countries to lavish glamorous costumes that befit Indian-royalty, the backdrop of the story, and everything from ballet, Indian contemporary, African contemporary, tap, aerial, pole, classical dancing performed by amateurs from all background and ages! Think bold, beautiful, mesmerizing, inspirational unique and breathtaking. Think Meera!

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To be showcased on the 4th November 2018, Sunday 5pm to 7:30pm


Making its debut and world premiere right in the heart of Gold Coast at the HOTA (Previously called as The Arts Centre, Gold Coast).

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Husband of Bollywood actress reveals what happened on the night she died WHEN Boney Kapoor discovered his famous actress wife dead in her hotel bathtub he did not call police immediately — but now reveals what happened. THE sudden death of Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor, who starred in more than 300 movies and was known simply by her first name, Sridevi — or even Sri — has left India in a state of shock. She died unexpectedly in a luxury hotel room bathtub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 24. The death occurred while her husband, Boney Kapoor, sat in the next room, watching television. Although it was announced that the cause of death was a heart attack, the forensic report released by Dubai Police stated that Sridevi died of accidental drowning in a bathtub. Traces of alcohol were found in her body and water was found in her lungs. According to the Times of India, Sridevi’s sudden death has fuelled conspiracy theories and speculation about the circumstances of her death, prompting her husband and film producer Boney Kapoor to reveal what actually happened the night she died. According to the Daily Mail, when Mr Kapoor found his wife’s body he panicked but did not call police until almost an hour later, instead calling his friend, Komal Nahta, a film critic, who later wrote an account of their conversation on his blog. In the blog, Mr Kapoor says he decided to surprise his wife in Dubai where she was on a shopping trip, on the evening of what turned out to be her death. He said that in 24 years together they had only been apart

while abroad twice, otherwise they always travelled together. “The Dubai stay was the first time Sridevi was alone for two days in a foreign land,” he said. Mr Kapoor booked himself on the afternoon flight to Dubai with the plan to surprise her in her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel. He reached the Dubai hotel at around 6.20pm, Dubai time, and surprised her in the room where he says they “hugged like teenage lovers and chatted for almost half an hour.” Mr Kapoor freshened up and suggested they “go for a romantic dinner” rather than go shopping. Sridevi, who had been relaxing all day, decided to go for a bath and get ready for the romantic dinner. “I went to the living room

while Sridevi went to the master bathroom to bathe and get ready,” says Mr Kapoor. In the living room, Mr Kapoor watched the cricket — then began to get restless around 8pm when he realised that — because it was a Saturday — there would be a rush in the restaurants. He shouted out to Sridevi from the living room and after calling out to her twice, he lowered the volume of the TV set then walked to the bedroom and knocked at the bathroom door and called out to her. He panicked and opened the door and saw “the tub was full of water and Sridevi was immersed completely, from head to toe, inside the tub.” “Whether she first drowned and then became unconscious, or she first fell asleep or unconscious and then drowned,

Indian Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor in 2017. She died last month of accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel bathtub. Picture: AFP

nobody will, perhaps, ever know,” the blog speculates. “But she probably never got a chance to even struggle for a minute because had she moved her arms and legs in panic while drowning, there would be some water spilling out of the tub. But there wasn’t a drop of water on the floor outside the tub area. The mystery will remain unsolved.”

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)


“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King “Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

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Sports News Do you want to know more about Badminton? Badminton explained

the sport for more than 10 years, he’s even written a book about it,” Chen said. In the women’s competition, India is expected to be tough competition with former world number one and Delhi 2010 gold medallist Saina Nehwal and Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Pursala Venkata Sindhu hopeful to take to the court at the Games. Malaysia has taken out the mixed team competition at the past three Games, overcoming England in Glasgow to take out the gold. English husband and wife duo, reigning Commonwealth Games champions Chris and Gabrielle Adcock could be a team to watch in the mixed doubles. The team won bronze at the 2017 BWF World Championships and look to be in great form in the lead up to GC2018.

BADMINTON is one of the fastest racket sports in the world and at GC2018, the sport is set to entertain the crowds at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. The Commonwealth’s best athletes will come head to head in a test of speed, agility and precision. With the Badminton mixed teams draw announced today, here’s everything you need to know about the speedy sport, before the Games begins.

How it works At GC2018, six medal events will be on display including the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, the mixed doubles and the mixed team event. The first player to reach 21 by two clear points wins the game and the best of three games wins the match. At deuce (20-all) the team or player that scores two points in a row wins the game. The Commonwealth Games is one of the few competitions to feature the mixed teams event. The exciting format brings men and women and singles and doubles athletes together and the strongest team across all disciplines prevails. It starts with the group stage, which sees nations face off against their opponents across all five matches - men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, women’s singles and mixed doubles. Teams play all other three nations in their group before the top two teams play for medals in the knockout rounds. The team that wins the most matches will finish at the top of their group. For example, if one team wins all of the five matches contested in a round they will have a score of five for that round, and their opponent will have a score of zero. The top two teams progress to the knockout rounds.

The mixed team event is held for the first five days of Badminton competition, with medals decided on Monday, 9 April, and can provide an exciting preview of the singles and doubles action to come. The following six days of competition will feature the singles and doubles events, including the mixed doubles.

The training Badminton players cover a distance of approximately 5km per match, according to three-time Oceania champion and Olympian, Wendy Chen. “We actually run more than tennis players,” Chen told “We have to run all the time. As soon as you land you need to be able to take off. “It requires a lot of body reflexes and great eye and hand coordination. We’re constantly jumping and landing, we’re constantly turning, all the time, you have to come back to the centre position after each shot.”

Training for badminton is intense, ensuring athletes are prepared for the long rallies, and impact on their bodies. For Chen, a training week can include three weight training and court sessions and four gym and running sessions. “It’s really high intensity, we have to be really, really fit,” she said.

Commonwealth contenders The competition is shaping to be fast and fierce at GC2018. Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is one of the sport’s highest profile athletes and he took out the singles title in 2006 and 2010 before missing Glasgow due to injury. He set the fastest smash in history in 2015, clocking 408 km/h, an unbelievable feat when you consider the fastest recorded tennis serve is 263.4km/h, set by Australia’s Sam Groth. “Lee Chong Wei has been dominating

Badminton at the Commonwealth Games Up until the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, England had dominated Commonwealth Games Badminton ever since it was included on the program in 1966. At Kuala Lumpur the tables turned, with Malaysia taking top position on the medal tally. They’ve remained on top for the past five Games and in Glasgow, they won three gold medals.

View the Badminton mixed team draw. Tickets are still available to see Commonwealth Games Badminton live at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Get your tickets now. https://tickets. gc2018.c om /shows /show G C2018.a s p x? s h = B A D M I N T 18 & e g = 4 47 3 0 & e p = r e & u t m _ s ou r c e =Ne w sle t t e r& u t m _ m e d i u m = E D M & u t m _ campaign=Badminton_Draw_RE_0602

BRISBANE OPEN – 2018 Due to numerous requests from the community, we are pleased to announce Brisbane Open – 2018 (Singles and Doubles), tennis tournament and would like to invite all enthusiastic tennis players (all genders, ages and abilities are welcome to play) from the Telugu community to participate and make this event a grand success. Please note that there are no separate tournaments (due to time and availability of courts) for men, women and juniors, all players will play same tournament for both categories (Singles and Doubles). We will try to organise matches for similar age groups, kids in group matches depending on availability.


(each player / team is guaranteed to play a minimum of 3 - 4 matches before elimination round) This is a non-profit event, and all registration fee collected covers costs associated with court hire, supply of tennis balls and trophies. Tennis Racquets are not supplied, please bring your own to play and make sure you wear comfortable (and appropriate) clothing and shoes.

Please register your interest by filling this form and send an email (along with the payment transaction receipt) to and

Account Name: Bhaskara Dheram CITI Bank, BSB – 242200 A/C No – 471594176 (Please don’t forget to include your Surname in the reference)


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