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INDOOROOPILLY State High he went to Calcutta to participate school will be the venue for an in the meeting of the Indian Conevening of exquisite dances by gress, Sister Nivedita asked local dance schools - EswarBharati why he had not brought his alaya Kalaikoodam and wife to the Congress and he apparNadananjali School of dance on ently answered, “We do not usually Saturday, 27th May 2017. The bring our wives to meetings; moreevent will be the Annual proover, of what use would it have gramme of the Vedanta Centre. been to bring her to the Indian This year, this programme com- • Sister Nivedita. Congress”? Nivedita explained to memorates the 150th birth anBharati the greatness of women niversary of Sister Nivedita (Margaret and the importance of recognizing that Noble), the Irish disciple of Swami women are free beings, like men, and that Vivekananda. Sister Nivedita went to India, woman should be treated as the equal of responding to the call of Swami man. At that very moment, Bharati’s vision Vivekananda, to start education among of a “New Woman” (pudumai penn) was women. A trained teacher, she immediately born in the poet’s heart. Sister Nivedita was set forth adapting ingenious methods to also instrumental in obtaining the British teach young girls - she taught them embroi- government's approval for starting the Indery, making handicrafts and other handi- dian Institute of Science in Bangalore by work in addition to instructing them in the Jamshedji Tata. Her entire thought and con3 R's (reading, writing and arithmetic). She sciousness was focused on India alone. She broke the barriers of conservative Indian so- died at Darjeeling in October 1911. ciety in those days and empowered widows This year's programme will also consist of and women from poor families to stand up dance programme by Klassical Rhythms- a on their feet and earn their living. When the troupe from Dubai. The troupe of 8 trained epidemic plague spread like wildfire in Cal- dancers will present Indian classical, folk cutta in 1898, she went out to clean the dirty and light classical dances. The troupe will streets and sometimes brought dying pa- also perform at Gold Coast on the 26th May tients to her home, cared for and nursed (in collaboration with the Gold Coast Hindu them, disregarding her own safety. Sister Association) and at Toowoomba on the 28th Nivedita was described as `a real lioness’ by May. For details please visit:Swami Vivekananda, Lokmata (the mother http://vedantabrisbane.org/event/13th-anof the people) by Rabindranath Tagore and nual-programme Agnisikha (the flame of fire) by Sri Au- The Centre is in the process of constructing robindo Ghose. In England, she was known a multipurpose building at Springfield lakes. as The Champion for India, but she was a This is will be the first phase of a long term ‘Sister’ to the people of India. She inspired project of building a retirement village, Inmany Indian freedom fighters to carry on stitute of Culture and Civilization and a their struggle for Indian independence. The Community centre. Funds raised from the great Tamil poet Subrahmanya Bharati's above mentioned events will go towards the outlook towards life completely took to a building fund. For more details please spiritual turn after he met the Sister. When email:- email@example.com.
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Budget 2017: What it means for you From page 1 news.com.au SURE, Scott Morrison has delivered his second Budget declaring there are “better days ahead”, but here is what it actually means for you. If you’re a first-home buyer ... Young people saving for a deposit on their first home will be able to use their superannuation as a sort of supercharged savings account. From July 1, savers will be able to salary sacrifice from their pre-tax income extra amounts over the compulsory superannuation contribution, up to a maximum of $30,000. You will be able to withdraw that cash, along with any earnings, from July 1, 2018. The deposit will attract the tax benefits of superannuation — contributions and earnings will be taxed at 15 per cent, and withdrawals will be taxed at 30 per cent below the marginal tax rate. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the scheme will accelerate savings by “at least 30 per cent” compared with a typical deposit savings account. If you’re a baby boomer with a big house You’re being encouraged to sell it to make way for “younger, growing families”. From July 1, 2018, people aged 65 or over will be able to make a non-concessional superannuation contribution of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of their primary residence, provided they have lived there for at least 10 years. The “downsizer” contribution, which both members of a couple will be able to take advantage of, is in addition to the current contribution rules and caps, and will be exempt from the existing age test, work test and the $1.6 million balance test for making nonconcessional contributions. If you are sick or need to see a doctor ... If you want to see your GP, you’re in luck, as the Medicare rebate freeze is to be lifted, starting with incentivising doctors to bulk bill from July this year.
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If you need more support, you will have to wait a little longer for cheap care, with the index freeze lifted on specialist consultations next year, specialist procedures the year after and advanced procedures such as radiation in 2020. You could also save some cash on medicine as doctors will be encouraged to prescribe more generic brands to save the taxpayer $1.8 billion. New listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will include a $510 million new drug for patients with chronic heart failure. If you’re a university student ... You’ll face a 7.5 per cent tuition fee hike, phased in over four years starting in 2018. The maximum increase for a four-year, government-subsidised degree will be $3600, costing up to $50,000. A subsidised six-year medical degree will cost up to $75,000. You’ll also have to start repaying your tuition fee loans as soon as you reach an income of $42,000 instead of $51,957. High earners (over $119,882) will pay 10 per cent of their income instead of eight per cent. What’s more, the repayments will be indexed to the consumer price index instead of the faster-rising average weekly wages, which will mean higher repayments over the longer term. And even if you’re paying more, your experience may not get any better, with the Government looking to cut $2.8 billion from university funding over four years, dependent on performance. If you’re a small business owner ... The $20,000 instant asset tax write-off, introduced in last year’s budget, is being extended for another year to June 30, 2018, and will be open to businesses with an annual turnover of up to $10 million, up from $2 million. The Government has also promised payments of up to $300 million over two years to states and territory governments which cut down red tape for small business. It claims the red tape burden at the federal level has already
been reduced by more than $5.8 billion. If you’re a property investor ... Negative gearing rules for property investors are being tightened. You will no longer be able to claim tax deductions for travel expenses related to owning and renting an investment property, due to widespread rorting of the system with people claiming deductions for private travel. And rules are also being tightened around depreciation deductions for plant and equipment items such as washing machines and ceiling fans. From budget night, you will only be able to claim the deductions if you actually purchased the item yourself. In the past, successive investors were able to claim depreciation on the same items, well in excess of their value. If you’re a foreign investor ... Foreign investors in Australian property will no longer be able to claim primary residence exemption for capital gains tax purposes, in a measure which is expected to bring in an extra $581 million over the next four years. And if you buy a property only to leave it empty or fail to rent it out for at least six months of the year, you’ll be slugged with a “ghost tax” equal to the foreign investment application fee you paid at the time of application, which will work out to at least $5000. Foreign investors will also be limited to a 50 per cent of purchases in new developments, to give Australian buyers the opportunity. If you operate in cash ... The crackdown on the so-called “black economy” is ramping up, with courier and cleaning contractors set to fall under the taxable payments reporting system from 1 July 2018. It is also banning technology that allows businesses to falsify sales records to avoid paying tax. Under the TPRS, which already exists in the construction sector, businesses are required to report payments they make to contractors to the ATO. The government estimates the measure will bring in $318 million revenue over the next four years.
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HSS Brisbane celebrates Varsha Pratipada / Ugadi Utsav HINDU Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Brisbane Branch celebrated Varsha Pratipada Utsav 2017, on 2 April 2017. The Utsav started with some physical activities. This included some warm up exercises, Surya Namaskars and games. To ensure the intensity of the activities is customized and suitable, all attendees were allocated into three groups. The games played brought back good old memories amongst the attendees of their younger days when they played similar games without the use of modern sports equipment yet had all the fun. The second part of the Utsav was conducted indoors. To calm and settle everyone from the physical activity outdoors, a Sangh Geet (inspirational song sung in a chorus) was recited. This was led by a young sevika of 8 years. This was followed by presentations by five young swayamsewak / sevika (volunteer) attendees on a range of topics; why, how and when we celebrate Varsha Pratipada Utsav. To conclude, a baudhik on the significance of Varsha Pratipada
Utsav (“New Year” festival) was presented. The Utsav is celebrated in many parts of India. It is called by different names, For example, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Rogali Bihu and Bikhauti. Baishakhi the spring harvest festival also falls a couple days after. The festival is celebrated in a wide variety of ways that have become local customs. The variations are primarily due to different climatic conditions, fruit and flowers available and the local geography. However, they have two things in common: * Celebrate the year just past with family and friends through food and dance. * Start the New Year on a clean slate by cleaning and decorating the house and surroundings and seek blessing from elders and God for a successful and prosperous new year ahead. The Festival signifies / reminds us of numerous puranic, historic and cultural events. For example: * Puranas - Lord Brahma started to create the universe;
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At Last builds QueenslandChinese film partnership THE Queensland Government has furthered its success in building relationships with the Chinese screen industry with At Last, the latest Australia-China co-production set to film in Queensland. Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said the filming of At Last in Queensland would provide about 200 jobs and inject $10.8 million into the local economy. “At Last has come to Queensland as a direct result of the $30 million funding injection over four years I announced for the screen industry last year,” the Premier said. “There is great economic potential in partnering with China in the screen industry. “Queensland Government investment in Chinese Australian co-productions helps to expand opportunities across the region and will deliver further engagement between Queensland and the Asia Pacific. “The film will showcase a range of Queensland locations, which has the potential to grow tourism from China into our state.” Screen Queensland Chair Linda Apelt Screen said At Last would follow the model shaped by the success of previous co-productions Guardians of the Tomb (previously known as The Nest 3D) and Bait 3D. “At Last offers an unprecedented opportunity to develop and expand co-production and film industry collaboration between our two countries,” Ms Apelt said. “Queensland producers have been working extensively to build relationships with Chinese producers and it is fantastic to see another official co-production in our state.” At Last is the story of a Chinese couple who to travel to Australia to conceive a baby but instead find themselves caught in the middle of a complex art heist scam. The feature film will be produced by Todd Fellman of Story Bridge Films (Bait 3D, Guardians of the Tomb, Jungle) in partnership with Charles Fan and Vanessa Wu of Roadman Films and Jackie Jiao of China’s 8 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
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Bhubaneswar student appointed to represent Brisbane
A STUDENT from eastern India has been appointed as an international ambassador for Brisbane, Australia. Partha Narayan Mishra (pictured right) was one of 40 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors appointed by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for the 2017 year during a ceremony at City Hall earlier this month (Wednesday 12 April). Mr Mishra, from Bhubaneswar, is studying a PhD at the University of Queensland (UQ). Cr Quirk said the ambassadors were from 34 countries with nine countries represented for the first time - including Belgium, Denmark, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Paraguay, Slovenia, Solomon Islands and the United Arab Emirates. “The Brisbane International Student Ambassador program highlights the rich diversity of our city’s student population and why Brisbane is a superb place for study with worldclass institutions and an enviable lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said. “Our ambassadors will experience the best Brisbane has to offer and use social media to
share and profile their lives as students in Brisbane with their peers, networks, families and potential students back home. “Combined, the ambassadors have an audi-
ence of more than 67,000 on social media in addition to the 160,000-plus followers on Study Brisbane’s Facebook page. “Sharing their positive experiences of Brisbane will generate increased interest in our city among those considering international study. “The ambassador program managed by Study Brisbane continues to grow and we have now passed the 250 mark for the number of ambassadors appointed since it began in 2009.” Mr Mishra said he was currently working on a PhD in geotechnical engineering at the School of Civil Engineering at UQ. “I am an ardent supporter of diversity, a perfectly average person who loves plotting graphs/charts and taking long walks - I walk from City to St. Lucia campus quite a few times - plus meeting new people,” he said. “My experiences of Brisbane have been wonderful so far; with the weather quite like what we experience in India and there is also the craze for cricket, which is also similar this place feels like a second home.
“Brisbane is so alive and has a lot to offer to international students with vibrant events around South Bank, street markets, koala and kangaroo experiences, heaps of friendly people and much more.” Cr Quirk said the Study Brisbane program had long-term benefits for the city as well as for international students. “Brisbane attracts about 75,000 enrolments from international students each year and the city welcomes every one of them,” he said. “Study Brisbane provides a connection for the thousands of young people from 160 countries who choose Brisbane as their second home during a very exciting stage of their lives. “Study Brisbane not only puts out the welcome mat, it constantly searches for ways to help students connect with our city, improve their study experience and further their goals and ambitions.” The ambassadors’ roles will see them enjoy many quintessential Brisbane experiences, volunteer at multicultural events and assist with hosting official visiting delegations.
Final Sudirman Cup 2017 Community Ambassadors event in Brisbane
ASIAN Community leaders from across South East Queensland came together to receive a final briefing on the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 to be held on the Gold Coast from May 21-28, 2017. The Sudirman Cup is the world’s premier mixed badminton championships and the historic Gold Coast event marks the first time it has been held in Australia. Over 100 leaders were in attendance at the Queensland Multicultural Centre representing a number of participating teams including China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. 10 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
Community Ambassadors were inducted and briefed on tournament history, match schedules and ticketing and the special guest on the night was Rosy Tang, a former Olympic bronze medallist for China who also won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal for Australia in mixed doubles. In an interview Tang said: “One of the happiest moments in my life was winning a Sudirman Cup gold medal.” She added: “I’m so thrilled that the Sudirman Cup has come to Queensland and that so many enthusiastic leaders are here tonight to support the event.” The Community Ambassador program is managed by Red Elephant, the Sudirman
Cup marketing and communications partner, who sourced them from a number of sectors including community organisations, sport, business and education with the aim of building awareness and engagement outcomes for the event. Patrick Skene, Executive Director of Red Elephant said: "Events are successful because people get behind them and there was great energy and passion in the room tonight.” More than 500 million people worldwide are expected to tune in to watch the BWF TOTAL Sudirman Cup 2017 when it is hosted at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure
centre in Carrara from 21-28 May 2017. For more information visit www.sudirmancup.com.au Register for the Badminton fan club: www.culturalpulse.com.au/badmintonfans Buy tickets to the Sudirman Cup 2017 tournament: • Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au (search Sudirman Cup) • Group Tickets: email@example.com (More than 25 tickets and Corporate Hospitality tickets) Call 07 3865 6533
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Grand Chithirai Kalai Vizha New Year Celebrations kick started Cultural VARNAM the TamilSociety Month (QLD) of Chithirai Inc. in a grand manner with a Grand Chithirai Kalai Vizha New Year Celebrations at St. John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake. The event started in a Traditional manner with the lighting of Deepam (Lamp) by distinguished guests including Mr. Steven Minnikin MP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs, Councillor Charles Strunk (Forest Lake Ward), Mr. Anthony Shorten, Councillor Jonathan Sri (Woolloongabba Ward), Sgt. Jim Bellos and Acting Inspector Steve Hollands representing QLD Police Commissioner Mr. Ian Stewart followed by Traditional dances from various dance schools showcasing Indian & Tamil Culture, Tamil & Bollywood variety dance & singing performances especially by lot of small kids made it look more colourful as the Varnam Cultural Society slogan states “Bringing Colour Into your lives” Even the audience got a chance to try some dancing onstage themselves and Community Service Awards were also presented to Mr. Umesh Chandra for the year 2015 for his outstanding service to the community for over 26 years, Ms. Prerna Pahwa for the year 2016 for generating cancer awareness within the community and helping raising funds towards the treatment of Leukaemia Patient Mr. Ujwal Poudel and Mr. Sathish Rajendran for the year 2017 for being selected for 2 years in a row as a “A Sports for All” Community Ambassador appointed by Cricket Australia to facilitate Multicultural Cricket here in QLD along with Queensland Cricket. Community leaders including Mr. Umesh Chandra (President - QMC & Brisbane Indian Times / Australian Indian Radio), Mr. Palanichamy Thevar (President - FICQ), Mrs. Usha Chandra (President - GOPIO QLD). Mrs. Shan Ju Lin - President, World
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Harmony Society, Mrs. Lila Pratap - President Damini Women’s Association, Mrs. Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, Vice-President FICQ, Mr. Sathish Rajendran, Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club, Ms. Reena Augustine, Social Worker were present to grace the event along with a crowd of over 500. Varnam Cultural Society (QLD) Inc., a registered Not for Profit Organisation started in April 2012 to provide opportunities to new and hidden talents within the Tamil community in Queensland also completed 5 years on this occasion and sticking to its principal motive this organisation has so far identified and provided opportunities to over 300 new talents in the last 5 years by setting up a platform via Chithirai Kalai Vizha to showcase their talents on stage. All those present at the event were extremely happy to see kids performing on stage, following the traditions and keeping the culture alive in Australia.
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• Indian Community members with Indian Delegates. Photo Brian Sullivan.
FICQ and High Commission of India welcome Indian delegates Courtesy FICQ
A COMMUNITY meet-and-greet dinner was hosted on Wednesday 19 April for Indian dignitaries by the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. (FICQ) and High Commission of India to Australia, (Canberra), to honour the arrival of Indian government delegates in Brisbane. Among the esteemed guests was Member of Parliament, Professor K. V. Thomas from Kerala, India. He currently represents the Ernakulam Constituency of the 16th Lok Sabha, and is the present chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He was accompanied by Mr. Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha from the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradhesh who is also the current President of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. Member - Public Accounts Committee. In addition, the event welcomed Mr. A.K. Singh Additional Secretary (Lok Sabha Secretariat), and Mr. Sonal Bajaj, Counsellor of the Indian High Commission for Australia. The event, led by FICQ presi-
• AIBC Qld President Nik Senapati, FICQ President Palani Thevar, Counsellor Sonal Bajaj, FICQ Secretary Nikhil Reddy, Treasurer Anajaneya Reddy. Photo Brian Sullivan.
dent, Mr O Palanichamy Thevar was positively received, having Indian Community leaders and representatives from Queensland in attendance, including Mrs. Archana Singh,
Honorary Consul of India for Queensland. Mr Thevar noted that the Indian diaspora plays a key role in the community and business life of Queensland. He further proudly
Dahrl Court friendly home away for home
A LITTLE over 5 years ago Dahrl Court began the journey to become an Indian Community in Brisbane that created a warm and friendly home away from home for its tenants. Families with children from all over India chose to live in this private all-inclusive apartment based hotel because of the collective family style atmosphere that happened naturally when groups of people with a common thread live together. In this instance having originated from India means all tenants share an understanding of what it is like to work and live overseas. Dahrl Court Indian Community has families from many Indian states and religions all living harmoniously together. CeeJay, the manager of Dahrl Court Indian Community had this to add, “We all look out for and help each other with integration into Australian life. I myself always try my best to assist with
any questions about local Brisbane knowledge or customs.” The hallways carry the seductive scent of home style cooking mixed with sandalwood and other incenses that we all know and love. Being family oriented the hotel has children playing together, people cooking and sharing food, mothers getting together to share stories, and often the hotel has dinners hosted by families for birthdays and festivals where everyone has the opportunity to catch up, meet each other and network.
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The community has its own team of cricketers that get together for a friendly game at the local park and bachelors get together to have fun nights of music, movies and sometimes even Bollywood style dancing. “I believe we have something quite unique happening here in the centre of Brisbane”, said CeeJay, “I haven’t found anywhere else that has an Indian Community feel like Dahrl Court has.” Situated right in the centre of Brisbane City in Spring Hill Dahrl Court is within 10 minutes www.indiantimes.com.au
walking distance of many offices and businesses that employ Indian nationals. For other suburbs public transport is a very short walk away. Built in 1936 the building has a great history rooted in the formation of Brisbane city. Parts of the structure of the building came from the remainder of the Story Bridge and were placed by the construction company that worked on the bridge. The building is Heritage listed and built to last easily more than 100 years or more. Recently as of 2016 the new Owner Alex D’Allura committed to keeping the Indian community at the property alive. “I myself have children and know what it is like to travel and live overseas. Seeing how Dahrl Court Indian Community is so close it warms my heart that people have found their home away from home.” Dahrl Court Indian Community is clearly here to stay. Refer to page 6 for more information.
stated that there are Indians from all parts of India represented - from North to South and from West to East were all gathered together and highlighted that Prof Thomas is from Kerala in South of India and Mr Anurag from Himachala Pradesh in the North. The Queensland Community was indeed very fortunate to have both the major Indian parties represented, the Congress and BJP. Mr Bajaj welcomed and highlighted the recently concluded Confluence Festival of India program. He noted the many similarities of India and Australia and mentioned about the recent Australian government delegation visit to India. As well, Mr Bajaj urged all PIO card holder to convert to OCI which will be expire on 30 June 2017. Prof Thomas explained the details of their current visit and the details of PAC conference in Brisbane. PAC was called as a Mother of Parliament committee was founded in 1921. It is tradition from 1976 that the Chairmanship of PAC has the opposition leaders’ choice. “If there is difference of opinion we cannot submit the report to take to Parliament. All recommendation of this committee are to be accepted by the government at large”, he said. He was also been a Union Ministers for India in the past. In Australia, Indians are from all different cultural and language groups. Prof Thomas recalled Prime Minister Modi’s visit and also mentioned the recent Australian PM’s visit to Australia. India looks at Australia as a good partner, he said: “We have some interest in Australia for natural resources like Adani”. He was also interested in the seafood industry and for people from Cochin to come for fishing near Australian waters. Mr Anurag expressed surprise and appreciated the event. He stated that Prof Thakur is a seasoned politician and MPs like himself could learn from him. He said he loves Indian democracy where “you fight on issues and fight on ideologies. When you go out of country you represent India, not as parties”. He appreciated that people living away from India are still showing patriotism by watching and supporting India. Indians living away are contributing to make India a better place. “Policy makers and every Indian together need to make India a better place - not only a place for big investments but a better place to live in.” Finally Mr Nikhil Reddy thanked everyone.
• MP Anurag Thakur with Hemant, Kalpana Naik and Reena Augustine. Photo Brian Sullivan. Call 07 3865 6533
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Brisbane Tamil School - Inaugural function of the 4th campus in North Brisbane (Albany Creek State High School)
Courtesy BTS ON April 22nd 2017, Brisbane Tamil School Inc. inaugurated their 4th campus in Albany Creek State High School of Brisbane to encourage students residing in Northern suburbs of Brisbane to learn Tamil language and culture. Brisbane Tamil School (BTS) was established in 1985 and has been teaching Tamil Language and promoting Tamil culture to the younger generations who trace their origins to a diverse range of countries including India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. Brisbane Tamil School is also a member of the Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland (ESAQ) for the past 32 years. It has now over 100 students learning Tamil in their other three campuses – Brisbane (Holland Park), Gold coast, Toowoomba. Each year BTS conducts sports meet, cultural concert and dinner night in addition to school competitions, reading challenge and open day event to showcase their students’ talents to community. BTS students have also actively participated in National level Tamil exams and have successfully won several national level prizes. The inaugural event was conducted in tradi-
tional style with the lighting of lamps by chief guests and supporters to indicate that they as educators bring brightness to life through education. It was followed by boiling over of milk to signify that the place be overflowing with love. By sharing the boiled milk they signify that everything will be shared here including the knowledge and joys of life. These traditions were followed by the speeches by our school principal Mr. Ramanan and chief guests Mr. Sri Jeyanthirakumar and Mr. Sri who are active members in the community and parents of past students of our Tamil School. In their speeches they remarked how our Brisbane Tamil School is
growing stronger every day and becoming the cultural hub in our Tamil community. It was interesting to note that the children of past students are also attending the school now. The day ended on a festive note, with traditional and contemporary foods being enjoyed by all. The next major event of Brisbane Tamil school is the 32nd Annual Sports day to be held on 21st May 2017 from 8am to 5:30pm in Centenary State High School in Jindalee. This includes track and field events and group events for both school students, adults and seniors in the community. Weekly Tamil classes are conducted for children and teenagers every Saturday afternoon (2 – 4:30 pm) during school term with a 15 min break time. A welcome gift pack will be provided for new enrolments. If you would like to join Brisbane Tamil School to learn about Tamil culture and language please contact Mr. Ramanan, School President (0435 602 864) or Dr. Satha Iyathurai, School Coordinator(0423 545 283) or Dr. Sangeetha Kutty, Cultural Co-ordinator(0401074738) or Dr. Eswaran Velayutham, Toowoomba Coordinator(0432 980 338). For more information, please check the school website www.brisbanetamilschool.org.
Arch Lane to shape up as outdoor exercise area BRISBANE City Council is creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities in the CBD, with works commencing on a project to deliver new outdoor exercise equipment at Arch Lane. City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said the $100,000 project would liven up the laneway, and encourage more people to head outdoors and enjoy our active and vibrant lifestyle. “Council is committed to ensuring residents have access to a range of services and facilities that encourage them to make the most of our great city lifestyle,” Cr Simmonds said. “As part of Council’s Vibrant Laneways initiative, Council is delivering a flexible, robust, multi-use exercise and recreational area for residents and visitors looking to workout in our city centre. “The project will deliver a number of exercise stations at the end of Arch Lane including chin up and parallel bars, sit up bars and rails, multi-height platforms and rubber impact surfacing.” Cr Simmonds said Council continued to activate more parts of the CBD by implementing initiatives that appeal to a range of interests. “Our Vibrant Laneways initiative is transforming our city’s laneways into imaginative, fun and engaging spaces and this new addition will provide another great opportunity to enjoy exercising while making the most of our city’s outdoor, subtropical lifestyle,” he said. “Council already offers free exercise equipment at outdoor gyms across more than 90 of our city’s parks to enable residents to stay active and healthy and I’m sure this latest addition will prove a popular one in the heart of the city.” Local Councillor Vicki Howard said the equipment would breathe new life into the laneway and provide an alternative for residents to meet and exercise. “Council’s free outdoor gyms offered a wide variety of exercise equipment for users of all ages and abilities. For more information on exercise equipment in Council parks, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
The Bharathanatyam Arangetram of Rithika Preethi RITHIKA Preethi, age 16, disciple of Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta and daughter of Dr. Suraj Gopalakrishnan and Dr. Preethi Suraj, staged her Bharathanatyam Arangetram on 08th April 2017 at Iona Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane. Rithika started learning Bharathanatyam from the age of 6 and with dedication and vigor has mastered this art with grace and style. Supporting the dancer was the esteemed orchestra consisting of Sri. Ahilan Sivanandan as Vocalist, Sri. Arthavan Selvanathan on Mrithangam, Sri. Mudikondan S N Ramesh on Veena, and Sri. Ghanavenothan Retnam on flute. Present amongst the audience was her Guru’s Guru Smt. Balasundari Prathalingam and Swami Athmeshandaji of Vedanta Society – Sydney, Brisbane Chapter. Bharathanatyam is one of the popular classical dances of India, which combines bhaavam, raagam, thaalam, and naatyam in unique and dynamic movements. Rhythmic dance movements are achieved by the dancer by the stamping of the feet, pirouettes, and postures in sophistic patterns as well as harmonized movements of eyes, hands and body. An Arangetram traditionally consists of 9 dance pieces, illustrating the range of the Bharathanatyam repertoire and synchronizing ‘nritta’ (pure dance), ‘nritya’ (facial expression), and ‘nattya’ (a dramatic element combining both nritta & nritya). The dance is performed to Carnatic music involving intricate rhythmic beats and melodies that blend with the dance theme. The Arangetram, which lasted for about 3 hours and 15 minutes, started with the Welcome Speech of Dr. Suraj Gopalakrishnan, father of Rithika. Rithika took up the challenge graciously and successfully impressed the audience with her mastery of this ancient art form. Rithika started her Arangetram with the 16 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
Pushpanjali, the traditional opening item meaning ‘offering of flowers’ orchestrated in Gambheera Nattai Raagam and Aadi Thaalam. This was followed by Vinayagar Anjali, set in Sriranjini Raagam and Aadi Thaalam. This dance was in praise of Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles. Both items were choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta. In ‘Jathiswaram’, set in Kedara Gowla Raagam and Roopakam Thaalam and choreographed by the Guru’s Guru Smt. Balasundari Prathalingam, Rithika easily performed the intricate rhythmic movements demanded by the ‘nritta’ made up of Jathis and Swaras (rhythmic syllables and musical notes). Rithika continued to amaze the audience with her performance of ‘Vaakdevi Vishwajanani Mookambike’, a ‘Keerthanam’ in her mother tongue, Malayalam, describing the beauty of Goddess Saraswathi. The dance was choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta and was orchestrated in Aarabhi Raagam and Aadi Thaalam. The entertainment continued with the ‘Var-
nam’, the longest item in the Bharathanatyam repertoire. Varnam tests the performer’s mastery of all three aspects of Bharathanatyam (nritta, nritya, & natya). The song ‘Konjum Salangai’, set in Lathangi Raagam and Aadi Thaalam, praises the supreme dancer Lord Nataraja. Rithika performed the dance, choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta, with elegance. Her synchronization of facial expressions, hand gestures and intricate footwork lead the audience to be absorbed in ‘rasa’ (artistic flavor). The dance piece ‘Keerthanam’choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta followed the intermission and used the song ‘Neelavaanam Thannil’ set in Punnakavarali Raagam and Aadi Thaalam. Rithika conveyed to the audience the delicate feelings of ‘yearning for the love of Lord Krishna’. The next two dance pieces were ‘Padams’. Rithika surprised the audience with her performance of ’Yaarukkum Adangaatha Neeli‘, which required a perfect combination of dance movements and facial expressions to convey the virtues of Goddess Lakshmi. The song was set in Abhogi Raagam and Aadi Thaalam and choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta. It was followed with the patham ‘Mar-
avein Maravein’ set in Senchuruti Raagam and Aadi Thaalam and choreographed by Smt. Balasundari Prathalingam. Rithika successfully portrayed a young maiden who tells a peacock of her intense love for Lord Murugan and compels the peacock to ask Lord Murugan why he has forgotten her. This was followed with the awarding of the graduation certificate to Rithika by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta along with the felicitation of the Gurus and musicians. The vote of thanks by Rithika elicited audience applause. The final performance by Rithika was ‘Thillana’, considered to be the most brilliant and appealing amongst all Bharathanatyam items. This item, choreographed by Guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhantain praise of Goddess Meenakshi, included intricate footwork, fast rhythmic movements and posture. The Arangetram concluded with ‘Mangalam’, where Rithika depicted the spirit and beauty of the art Bharathanatyam. The Nadananjali School of Dance students, community members, friends, relatives and well-wishers enthusiastically appreciated and saluted Rithika in achieving this milestone. All present were visibly moved and amazed at her skill, grace and stamina in this spectacular and ancient art form. Call 07 3865 6533
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Permanent memorial and statue to commemorate the life of Manmeet Alisher “A memorial stone will also be in place to tell the life and journey of a very lively man who had a short yet meaningful life.” ALISHER family spokesperson, Winnerjit Singh Goldy said the above while unveiling the statue at the memorial site on 23 April 2017. “We are really thankful to the Brisbane Council for establishing this permanent memorial ‘Manmeet Paradise’ at the Luxworth Place (Road Reserve), Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka, Brisbane.” “The site is developed with artificial grass and lighting to commemorate Mr Alisher’s life,” he said. “We have brought Manmeet Alisher’s statue from India.” “On 23rd April, the statue was handed over to city council to be eventually set outside Moorooka councillor’s office.” “The memorial site is not only created in honour of the life lost, but also to deliver an import message to community…‘save humanity’. “At the ceremony, the family shared words of thanks to the local community for their care, support and kind words in their time of grieving.” He said the community has very generously come forward for family’s support. Councillor Angela
Owen addressed the gathering in Punjabi. Pinky Singh said all the family requested was justice to be delivered. Following Ardash (prayer), Langer (refreshments) was served to all who attended the ceremony. The family thanked many individuals who had assisted with them; certificates of appreciation were also given out. The family and the community are still trying to get their head around the mental health issue. Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has joined Alisher’s family in calling for the government to release the report. “The murder of Manmeet Alisher rocked our State to its core and raised questions about the State’s mental health system.” The report specifically looks at the actions of mental health services in treating the alleged suspect before Mr Manmeet’s murder, but the State Government has refused to release it because the matter is still before the courts. Winnerjit Singh Goldy, a family friend who was accompanying Manmeet’s mother, father and elder brother in Australia, said the family wants to see a quick action from the government. “We want to see this report. We want to know what is happening with the justice system. Now it is
Multicultural Minister Grace Grace has released a statement as follows:
going beyond our patience.” “We are desperately waiting for the next hearing which is scheduled on May 4, 2017. If this case report is released we’d know where this case is heading,” said Mr Goldy. Mr Alisher’s brother Amit Sharma also wants to know the government’s role and the direction of the justice process. “There are many questions that the government needs to answer. All we demand is justice.” “If the culprit had a mental health issue then why was he out on the street, and from where did he buy the chemical that was [allegedly]
used to burn Manmeet to death. The family had made a few requests to meet the Queensland Premier, who met the family on 4th of May. Manmeet’s father Mr Ram Sarup Sharma, Mother Mrs Krishna Devi, Brother Mr Amit Sharma and family friend Winnerjit Singh from India attended the meeting. The family expressed their gratitude for her and the Queensland Government for their valuable time and support in this very hard time. They discussed the Manmeet Alisher case as well as issues around safety and security in general.
The Premier was honoured to meet with the family of the late Manmeet Sharma this week (Wednesday 4 May), along with other senior Cabinet Ministers. I was also pleased to attend this meeting with Health Minister Cameron Dick and Main Roads Minister and Member for Yeerongpilly Mark Bailey. The Premier has shown great leadership in reaching out to Brisbane’s Indian community following Manmeet’s tragic death. My heart also goes out to the Sharma family, and I want to assure them the Palaszczuk Government will provide them with all the support we can. Our government values Brisbane’s Indian community, which helps to make Queensland a vibrant and successful multicultural place. I’ll continue to work closely with the local Indian community as we continue our efforts to build a more inclusive Queensland. Manmeet’s family thanked Mr Palani Thevar, the President of Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. (FICQ) for organising the meeting with the Queensland Premier Palaszczuk.
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The Hon Michael Sukkar MP launches The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to multicultural communities
Islamic Shia Council of Queensland (ISCQ) Mosque open day • From left to right: Leigh Cleave, Fundraising and Communication Director, The Salvation Army; Lieutenant Colonel Cheralynne Pethybridge, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries; Joseph Assaf AM, Chairman, Ethnic Business Awards; The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Federal Member for Deakin, Assistant Minister to Treasurer; Lieutenant Colonel Xuyen T. Pho (Samuel Pho), National Secretariat, The Salvation Army; and Sheba Nandkeolyar, CEO, MultiConnexions.
THE Salvation Army has called on multicultural communities to support its annual Red Shield Doorknock to raise much needed funds to help those in need. This year’s Red Shield Doorknock aims to raise $75 million across Australia. The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Member for Deakin, Assistant Treasurer, launched this year’s event, joined by Salvation Army Communications & Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave. The Red Shield Doorknock launch to multicultural communities is one of the key events of the annual Red Shield Doorknock, culminating with the Doorknock weekend which will take place from 27-28 of May, 2017 this year. Multicultural agency, MultiConnexions is once again partnering with The Salvation Army to support this year’s event. Sheba Nandkeolyar, CEO, MultiConnexions expressed pride in the longstanding relationship built with The Salvation Army to support its work across Australia. “The Salvation Army has no geographical, social or religious boundaries and their mission is to help all – which they do. We are honoured to lend our support to this important cause, and reach out to our friends in multicultural communities across Australia for the purpose of raising awareness and wellneeded funds. Thank God for the Salvos!” said Mr. Joseph Assaf, Chairman of Ethnic Business Awards, a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s Communications and Fundraising Director, Leigh Cleave, says the public’s support is needed now more than ever. “The Salvation Army is under increasing pressure to meet the growing demand on its services- including services that help disad-
• Blessing Maduka giving a moving testimonial to The Salvation Army’s importance during the event.
vantaged Australians from ethnic communities,” Mrs Cleave said. “It goes without saying that the public’s support plays a crucial role in helping us provide a hand up for the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Australia. Through this continued support, The Salvation Army can give hope where it’s need most.” The Salvation Army provides a number of important social services for multicultural Australia that include homeless support, women’s and children’s services, financial counselling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, English classes, learn to drive programs and many more. To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Doorknock weekend, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer You can donate to the Red Shield Doorknock by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
Courtesy Navdeep Singh ISLAMIC Shia Council of Queensland (ISCQ) organized the first ever MosqueOpen Day on 30th April, 2017 at Islamic Centre Brisbane, to celebrate diversity and to bring communities together. This event was co-hosted by office of Jonathan Sri, Councilor for the Gabba. While the Islamic Centre remains open all year round, many non-Muslim Australian are unaware of this fact and do not get opportunity to meet local Muslims and find answers to their questions regarding Islam. Visitors from different ethnic backgrounds living around Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich areas attended the event to get to know Muslims, ask questions and clear any misconceptions pertaining to Islam. Notable guests were Hon Cameron Dick, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, David Forde a senior policy advisor at Queensland Government and members of the Federal and Queensland Police Department. Visitors were offered guided tours of the mosques where they were informed regarding various services provided by the Centre. This was followed by refreshments and mingling. Jonathan Sri MC for the program invited ISCQ director, Dr. Syed Issa Taqvi, for welcome speech. He highlighted the services provided by the Centre especially for the refugees and new migrants and informed the guests about the programs held throughout the year. He mentioned how Shia community is playing an active role alongside the larger
Australian community like holding blood donation camps. "Such events will help to break down misconceptions regarding Islam and would weed out Islamophobia in Australia", he added. This was followed by Minister Cameron Dick’s speech who appreciated the event and emphasized that such events will help to clear any misconceptions which is the root of all negativity. Then the floor was opened for Q&A session where the panelists including religious scholar Syed Abul Qasim Rizvi, Minister Cameron Dick, Dr. Syed Issa Taqvi, and Dr. Farah Zahir answered various questions related to Islamic beliefs in general, and Ahlul-Bayt school of thought in particular. The discussion helped the audience to understand the Muslim perspectives in a better way. The event ended by the closing remarks of ISCQ director Aun Ali Lakhani in which he thanked the organizers and participants and promised to continue such events on annual basis. This was followed by refreshments, Hijab and henna stalls where ladies got a chance to wear hijab and applied beautiful designs of henna by the volunteers. The program finished at 5:30 p.m., however, the visitors were offered to stay afterwards if they wish to join Muslims prayers and enjoy birth anniversary spiritual celebrations of Imam Hussain AS.
Through a child’s eyes: Classroom study measures vision and NAPLAN achievement QUT researchers have investigated how vision can affect a child's ongoing learning, with results showing 30 per cent of Year 3 students tested had uncorrected eye problems that could affect their NAPLAN performances. Importantly, the children referred for further optometric examination had significantly lower NAPLAN scores in Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy subtests. The study has been published in the International Journal of Education Research. Dr Sonia White, Senior Research Fellow from QUT’s Faculty of Education said 109 Year 3 students were involved in the multidiscipli-
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Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2015), we are investigating whether vision intervention one year earlier, in Year 2, can ameliorate the differences in achievement we saw in the Year 3 children,” Professor Wood said. “We hypothesise that early vision interventions could support children’s development of literacy and numeracy and subsequent classroom learning and achievement.” Dr White said vision screening and assessment was not currently mandated prior to children commencing school, which may mean that some of the children will have vision and visual processing difficulties that remain undetected by parents and teachers.
Dr White said schools that were involved in the study had anecdotally reported big improvements, with some children showing a marked increase in their reading level and greater classroom participation. As well as vision assessment, children completed a range of near vision learning tasks, such as reading and mathematics, while eye tracking was used to examine specific visual processing behaviours underlying these activities. “The aim is to level the playing field in terms of vision and provide every opportunity for learning and academic achievement for children in school and later life,” Professor Wood said. QUTnews Call 07 3865 6533
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The Vietnam National Mourning Day FORTY two years ago on 30th April Saigon fell into the hands of the Vietnamese and their communist allied forces. To commemorate the ultimate sacrifices of the Vietnamese and allied soldiers in the Vietnam war, every year the Vietnamese community in Australia- Queensland chapter hold a memorial day. The commemorative event is held at Freedom
Place on the corner of Rosemary and Abelia Street, Inala. Community leaders, representatives of RSL and politicians from the three level of government are invited to lay wreaths in honour of those who gave the ultimate sacrifices. Dr Cuong T Bui OAM, President of Vietnamese Community in Australia - Queensland chapter, welcomed everyone to the
solemn event, after the official speeches the wreaths were laid and those who so wished had an opportunity to light incense sticks. The function finished with light refreshment to all, after the officially invited dignitaries had laid their wreaths, general public was invited to lay wreaths and flowers.
Indian contingent marched in Brisbane Anzac Day parade for the first time
South East Queensland Sikh Community for hosts a very successful Nagar Kirtan in Brisbane NAGAR Kirtan is a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. While practiced at any time, it is customary in the month of Visakhi (or Vaisakhi). Traditionally, the procession is led by the saffron-robed Panj Piare (the five beloved of the Guru), who are followed by the Guru Granth Sahib, and the holy Sikh scripture—which is placed on a float. Commonly, members of the procession are unshod in deference to the displayed scripture. Likewise, many cover their heads and don the colour saffron or orange. The road before the procession is cleared by Sewadars. Bystanders bow their heads to the scripture. Food may be provided to them from floats that follow the Scripture or from stationary points near the vicinity of the procession. The procession concludes at the Gurudwara or other nominated public area with Ardas (prayer). On 29th April George Street turned into a sea of Gold celebrating Vaisakhi 2017, during Nagar Kirtan Organised by Queensland Taxi owners and Drivers Welfare association and Brisbane Sikh Community Welfare Association, the Nager Kirtan was organised on behalf of and with the support of; Eight Miles Plains Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara - Inala, Singh Sabha Brisbane Gurudwara - Taigum, Khalsa-Kaumi Shaheedan Gurudwara Sahib – Mackenzie, Gold Coast Gurudwara – Helensvale. The coming together of the five Gurdwaras in this very successful Nagar Kirtan was very pleasing, the organisers thanked all five Gurudwaras for the unity and support, as five is a very auspicious number in Sikhism. Three Gurudwars provide $5000 each for start-up funding need to organise the event. Brisbane City Council provided Roma Street Parklands for Free and Queensland Police provided the escort and associated services for free. 22 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
• Brisbane Sikh community paying respect to the Anzac and Indian soldiers, 82,000 Sikh soldiers died in the Second World War.
The procession began at parliament house and finished at the amphitheatre in Roma Street Parkland. Apart from the three Gurudwaras many community members donated funds for the Nagar Kirtan in the true community spirit; everything was donated for the successful running of the event. The event has been in the planning for over three years and the support of Indian Students and taxi drivers who were the driving force behind the very successful Nagar Kirtan. At Roma street Parklands the dignitaries included Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, police commissioner, Ian Stewart, Minister Mark Bailey, Steve Minnikin MP and Steve Dickson MP, The support of Councillor Angela Owen was acknowledged, though she could not be present due to other conflicting commitments. Due to restrictions, special condition and regulations the full Gatka could not be performed, the organisers thanked the Gatka team for being understanding. All the sewadars were thanked for their valuable contributions towards making this event a huge success. Next Nagar Kirtan is planned to be organised in April 2018, wider Australian community in invited to take part.
A CONTINGENT of ex-servicemen of the Indian Army l marched in this year's Anzac Day parade in Brisbane this year, for the very first time. Lt Col (Retd) Barjinder Singh Sandhu said, "We're aware of the participation of Indian contingents in other cities like Sydney and wanted to do the same here in Brisbane, to pay homage to all of the Indian troops who died in Gallipoli". Col Sandhu went on to add, "Our aim is to raise awareness about the Indian contribution to WWI, especially Gallipoli. Neither the people of Indian origin, nor those from Aus-
tralia are aware of the huge contribution our troops made, fighting shoulder to shoulder with Australian and New Zealand soldiers." So for the first time ever in Brisbane, a 2025 strong contingent of ex Indian service men and women will marched in the Anzac Day parade on 25 April 2017. "The contingent was led by Flight Lt Alfred Cook, VRC Ex Indian Air force. Brisbane Sikh community also took part in a separate march in Mount Gravatt , the parade that finishes at Sunnybank RSL Sub branch in Gager Street.
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Allergen labelling a life and Lanham May Fair 2017 death matter - reminder to food businesses FOOD Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today (8 May) announced a monthlong campaign aimed at reminding food businesses about the need to get allergen labelling right. FSANZ Acting Chief Executive Officer Peter May said the campaign was timed to coincide with Australia’s Food Allergy Week (May 14‒20). “Food businesses in Australia and New Zealand need to be across the mandatory allergen labelling requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code,” Mr May said. “Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses meet labelling requirements. “There are currently nine foods which must be declared whenever they are present as ingredients or as components of food additives or processing aids. Lupins are expected to be added to the list this month. “If the food is not in a package or is not required to have a label (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), this information must either be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested.”
THE annual Lanham May Fair was held on Saturday 6 May, at Lanham Park Selheim Park in Grange. The event is organised by Councillor Fiona King of Marchant Ward, and is financially supported by Lord Mayors Suburban Initiate fund, Brisbane City Council and Rotary Club of Brisbane Inner North. The program included Acrobat performance by Sault and Poets Hans and Eva, comic acrobats, Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers, the ever popular Franciscan Colleges Rock Band, the crowd pleaser Johnny the Jester and the Two Tenors. Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk did the official opening with
Mr May said FSANZ would be running a social media and media outreach campaign for one month to educate food businesses about the importance of allergen labelling. “FSANZ supports the important work of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and its New Zealand counterpart — Allergy New Zealand—in raising awareness about food allergies. Both these organisations also provide important input to allergen-related work undertaken by FSANZ.” For information on Food Allergy Week visit www.foodallergyaware.com.au
host Councillor Fiona King, Trevor Evans Federal member for Brisbane was in attendance as well as Councillor Norm Wyndham. Umesh Chandra was the MC for the entire program once again. The number of stalls has increased and the definitely the number of attendees also has had a significant growth. The festival finishes off with the movie in the park and this year the movie was “the secret lives of pets. The residents of Grange and surrounding areas really enjoy this day out, the Grange Bowls club being next door comes in handy for a drink or two, overall a very successful community festival.
Patrick Nolan to take OperaQ reins as new Artistic Director AWARD winning Australian director Patrick Nolan has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Opera Queensland and will relocate to Brisbane to commence on 1 November. Mr Nolan is a prolific director of opera, theatre, physical theatre and large-scale outdoor events, as well as the former Artistic Director of internationally acclaimed company Legs On The Wall. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has directed for many of Australia’s major performing arts companies and internationally for Seattle and New Zealand Opera. Mr Nolan has created work for every major city festival in Australia, including the Helpmann Award winning Kura TungarSongs from the River with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter and the Australian Art Orchestra for Melbourne Festival and A Flowering Tree by John Adams for Perth Festival.
The new Australian opera he created with Paul Grabowsky and Joanna Murray-Smith, Love in the Age of Therapy, for Opera Australia, Melbourne Festival and Sydney Festival was also Helpmann nominated. As Artistic Director of Legs On The Wall, Mr Nolan transformed
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the company’s artistic program and financial viability, establishing it as one of the country’s busiest cultural exports. During his five-years at Legs On The Wall, revenue increased 75 per cent and eight new productions toured far and wide, attracting audiences of more than 50,000 in Australia, Asia, UK and Latin America. In 2015 he was awarded a prestigious Australia Council Fellowship to research the creation of performance in public spaces. He serves on the Sydney Chamber Opera board, a role that fuels his passion for new opera. Dr Sally Pitkin, Chair, Opera Queensland, said Mr Nolan’s multidisciplinary creative works ranging from baroque to contemporary opera, large scale events, and physical theatre, together with his commitment to collaboration and community engagement, made him the clear choice to lead the comwww.indiantimes.com.au
pany. “As Artistic Director Patrick will be an extraordinary contributor to the Queensland arts community and the national cultural landscape. We are excited by his vision for the company, his passion for opera and his deep commitment to engaging all communities in Queensland with this vibrant artform. All of this together with his understanding of new audiences and how to engage them in spaces from the most intimate venue to the largest public arena, to new digital channels, made him the standout candidate.” Mr Nolan said opera’s combination of story, staging and song creates a multi-dimensional space in which we can feel our humanity. “As the new Artistic Director of OperaQ I want this space to be alive to the time we are living in and open to audiences of all ages and walks of life. I’m excited about working with local and international artists, in Brisbane and
throughout regional Queensland, to create work that will allow us to experience opera as an artform that responds to the energy and diversity of the contemporary world - a world that is passionate, intense, tragic, joyous, complex, humane. I can’t wait to start the conversation.” OperaQ’s current Artistic Director Lindy Hume welcomed Mr Nolan’s appointment. “Patrick Nolan is a splendid choice to be the next Artistic Director of Opera Queensland. His directorial skills and reputation as an arts leader and opera, theatre and events director of international stature are ideal credentials and skills to lead our company, and this extraordinary artform, into the future. I look forward to celebrating the company’s progress under his artistic leadership in the years to come.” Lindy Hume will finish her term as artistic leader at the end of October. Call 07 3865 6533
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Indian Australia Business & Community Awards 2017: Our Board and Ambassadors WE thank everyone who engaged with us on the IABCA platform over the years, your participation is testament to years of hard work and the vision of celebrating the Australia India relationship. Please take a moment to read about the people that make us who we are. IABCA BOARD: Kathy Klugman, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kathy Klugman heads up DFAT’s South and West Asia Division. A former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, she has worked extensively on Asia with postings in Singapore and Laos and periods in charge of DFAT’s South East Asia and Pacific divisions. She led (2011-2013) the International Division of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Sunil Lal, Executive Chairman, Barker Henley Barker Henley is a unique multidisciplinary firm providing truly seamless specialist expertise across Legal, Accounting and Business Advisory to local and international clients. Sunil’s knowledge and compassion for community issues have enabled him to make a difference in Australia and on an international level. In recognition of his expertise, he was invited to give evidence to the Federal Government Parliamentary Committee on bilateral trade between Australia and India under parliamentary privilege. He is a former Board member of the Australia-India Business Council and the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce. Barry O’Farrell, Former Premier of New South Wales, Special Envoy for the NSW-India Relationship Mr O’Farrell served in the New South Wales Parliament (1995-2015) and as the State’s 43rd Premier (2011 until 2014). As Premier he sought to promote economic, cultural and social links with India. In 2012 a NSW-Maharashtra Sister State relationship was established and in 2013 Mr O’Farrell began work with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi towards a similar agreement. Mr O’Farrell is Deputy Chair of the Australia India Council and Special Envoy for the NSW-India Relationship.
Harish Rao, Global Head, Business Development Sundaram Business Services Educated at Melbourne Grammar School & the Australian National University, Harish completed his MBA (Finance) at Monash Mt Eliza Business School. Harish established the Chennai based Sundaram Finance Group’s presence in Australia in 2004 and is currently the Global Head (Business Development) of its outsourcing arm, Sundaram Business Services. Harish is a former Victorian President & National Chairman, Australia India Business Council, current Advisory Board member, Australia India Institute, current Board member of the NGO, Australian Friends of ASHA and a Patron of the Australian World Orchestra. Peter Varghese, Chancellor, The University of Queensland Peter Varghese AO is the Chancellor of the University of Queensland. His thirty eight year public service career included Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Director General of the Office of National Assessments and senior adviser on international issues in the office of PM John Howard. Mr Varghese was High Commissioner to India (2009 to 2012) and has also served as High Commissioner to Malaysia and in diplomatic positions in Tokyo, Washington and Vienna. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Australia India Institute and was IABCA’s Ambassador of the Year in 2016. He sits on the board of AMP and AMP Capital Holdings. Born in Kenya, his parents hailed from Kerala, India and the family migrated to Australia in 1964. The annual India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) 2017 annual awards gala, hosted by Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland will take place on Friday 13th October at Queensland’s most significant heritage and cultural icon, Brisbane City Hall. Also in attendance will be His Excellency, Dr. A.M Gondane, High Commissioner of India in Australia, and Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia in India. This is the first time that any Australian awards event has hosted both of the IndiaAustralia High Commissioners at the same time. IABCA AMBASSADORS: IABCA Ambassador program continues to play an important role in connecting and engaging with generation Y business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals Reena Augustine, Finalist, IABCA 2016 Hailing from a small city in India, Reena has come a very long way, and not just geographically breaking down barriers for Indian woman the world over. She is an inspiration to be around and a joy to meet. She does everything from modelling, to managing, to acting, to radio to you name it. Maintaining humility and warmth at every turn, she places great value on relationships with family and friends and continues to give her all to the community and the events to which she attends and indeed organises. In all that she does, she promotes multiculturalism & peace and gives time freely so others may grow, this led her to win the Women in Business Community Achievement award 2016 Pritika Desai, Founder and Project Leader, ShoutOut! Pritika, 25, is raised in the Northern Territory and works in youth and community development. In 2013, she founded ShoutOut! a youth led project focused on changing community perceptions and understanding of youth mental health and advocating for more accessible and relevant support for young people. She is the 2015 NT Young Achiever of the Year, 2016 Darwin Young Citizen of the Year and 2016 India Australia Business and Community Awards Young Community Achiever of the Year.
Peter Doukas, Managing Director, Denison Toyer Mr Doukas is the Managing Director of a Sydney CBD law firm Denison Toyer operating mainly in commercial, administrative and property law. He has worked in corporate governance since 2006 and has provided extensive advice to associations and NGOs. He is currently a member of the NSW Government’s Justice Multicultural Advisory Committee and serves on various other non-profit boards. He was elected as the youngest ever Chair of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW in 2013 and re-elected in 2015. Indranil Halder, Sales Executive, Crown Group He has a broad multinational experience in the telecommunication, pharmaceutical & medical and real estate industry. He studied Bio-Medical Science and hold a MBA. He has been working as sales executive for over 15 years in the Australian corporate sector. He travels across the globe to understand people, culture and cuisines. He is also a member of the NSW Polo Association, a travel writer for Indian English daily and has written his international student memoir: Warrior In The Sanctuary to promote high quality Australian education to overseas markets. He also supports various charitable organisations to make this world a better place. 26 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
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Francesca McMillan, Director, Fusion Beats Dance Francesca McMillan is a South Australian Community leader with a diverse mix of Fiji Indian and Italian background but born in Australia. She holds a double degree in Commerce and Administrative Management and worked in the education system for many years. In 2014 she was crowned Mrs Universe Australia and is Creative Director of Fusion Beats Dance – Bollywood specialising in choreography, cultural arts education, MC and public speaking, managing cultural events and a social media leader in the cultural Dance Industry. Ash Nugent, Deputy CEO, CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program Ash is a Melbourne-native that now lives in Sydney. He is the Deputy CEO of CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program. CareerSeekers is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates paid, professional work placements for tertiary-qualified refugees, enabling them to restart their career in Australia. Outside of his paid employment, Ash founded Masala Football Club, a multicultural suburban AFL club. The club serves as a bridge between newly arrived communities, and the community-at-large. He is currently working on an education initiative for Bihar, India called schoolgoers.
Deepti Sachdeva, Content strategist, Be-better People Deepti is someone with a deep passion for all kinds of stories – back stories, user stories, episodic stories, breaking news stories... and how people learn from these stories, what they retain, what has an impact, what changes them and what they chose to forget. She has won multiple awards for her multi-platform productions including many at Asian Television Awards, World Media Festivals and International Business Awards.
Simran Sapra, Mrs India Australia 2016 Summy is Mrs India Australia 2016, 1st runner up. A humanitarian, model and actor. She also carries Mrs Photogenic 2016 subtitle. A mother of 2, uses the pageant platform to empower youth and teach young kids about the Indian culture and actively volunteers her time with Children’s Research Medical Institute (CRMI). Furthermore, Summy is active in the Indian community attending various events making special guest appearances, hosting events, doing short films and participating in fashion shows.
Uppma Virdi, Founder, Chai Walli Uppma is the granddaughter of an Ayurvedic doctor who used to make Ayurvedic chai blends. Uppma learnt how spices balance, their properties and the art of chai. She created Chai Walli to share her grandfather’s deep rooted knowledge and her passion of chai and spices. Chai Walli wholesales blends across Australia, retails them through its e-commerce website, collaborate with many Australian dessert houses and restaurants to create chai infused food and also run the Art of Chai workshops for consumers to learn about the Indian culture of chai Ben Scott, President, Global trade and investment strategist, India Australia Exchange Forum (QLD/NT) Mr Scott is the inaugural President of the India Australia Exchange Forum (IAEF) for Queensland and the Northern Territory, and is deeply passionate about the progression of India-Australia relations. As a risk management and investment strategist he has successfully managed investment funds and founded two boutique investment groups. He is passionate about social enterprises and in 2016 brokered agreements between African football great and humanitarian, George Weah and Indian entrepreneur Nirav Tripathi to provide otherwise unattainable opportunities to children around the globe. He is a University of Queensland graduate, and obtained a scholarship to study at the National University of Singapore.
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• Maureen Dristy Deo and Pratik Avnish Chand were married Saturday 29th April at Unidus Community Centre. Maureen is the daughter of Bramha and Reena Deo of Calamvale, Avnish is the son of Mr Arun and Mrs Anita of Doolandella. Full traditional Indian wedding ceremonies were observed, visiting toli from AWGP Shantikunj Hariwar commented on the observance of all the customs and traditions even outside of India.
• Vipan Varun Chand and Natasha Seema Sharan were married at Laxmi Narayn Temple, Burbank on Friday 28th April, Vipan is the eldest son of Subhash and Mohini Chand of Tanah Merha and Natasha is the only daughter of Ms Savita Sharan and late Mr Nathaneil Sharan. The wedding reception was held at Fitzy’s function centre in Loganholme on Saturday 29th April.
• Sandhya and Michael were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony on 14th April 2017 which proceeded over four days leading into Easter. The marriage was officiated at Tavernetta Function Centre in Carseldine by Pundit Praveen Shandil with families and friends on both sides attending from all over the world. Sandhya is daughter of Prakash and Lauretta Shandil of Rothwell, Brisbane and Michael is son of Late Raymond and Rosalene Chadwick of Doncaster, England."
• Kavita and Sundeep got married on Saturday 29th April at Light house Events Centre in full traditional manner. Ellen Grove. Kavita is the daughter of Bhupendra and Mayuri Desai and Sundeep is the son of Sachida and Veera Pathak. The wedding reception was held at Colossus Reception Centre in West End. Photo’s by Hannah K + Co - Luxury Indian Wedding Photography. 28 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
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• Dharam Guru Acharya Pt Ram Harsh Tripathi Ji doing puja during Hanumaan Jayanti at Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir. Photo courtesy Devika Maharaj.
• Devotees doing prayer during Raam Janam in Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir. Photo courtesy Devika Maharaj.
• Indian Senior Citizens INC together with Ekta Women's group celebrated international Women's on the 12th March. Some very important messages by the presenters- "Women's Rights are Human Rights".
• Dharam Guru Acharya Pt Ram Harsh Tripathi Jee blessing Mr & Mrs Vijay Sharma and Family in Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir during Raam Navmi Celebrations. Photo courtesy Devika Maharaj.
• Dharam Guru Acharya Pt Ram Harsh Tripathi Jee blessing Mr & Mrs Pt Narend Sharma and Anish Sharma in Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir during Raam Navmi Celebrations. Photo courtesy Devika Maharaj.
• Above & Below: Tamil Senior Citizens Association of Queensland(TSCAQ) Tamil New Year Celebrations on April 22, 2017 held at the Toowoong Senior Hall. Photo’s courtesy Sangeetha Kutty.
Guest speakers included Mrs K Sahai, Ms V Goverdhan, Mrs Latchan and Mr P Russso. Photo’s courtesy Roshni Sharma
• Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple Chariot Festival grandly celebrated on 14 April at South Mclean. Photo’s courtesy Kamalanathan.K.
• Sri Selva Vinayakar temple Rajagopura Consecration ceremony on 30 April. Photo’s courtesy Kamalanathan.K. 30 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
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Picnic in Toowoomba
Tamil New Year and Easter Courtesy Sangeetha Kutty
Courtesy Sangeetha Kutty
RECENTLY, Toowoomba Tamil Community celebrated its first Tamil New Year and Easter celebration on 30th April 2017 at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, Toowoomba. More than a hundred people were participating in this event. A number of cultural activities was organised by Toowoomba Tamil Community including flute performance, violin performance, dance and music. This entertaining evening concluded with dinner shared by everyone in the Community.
BRISBANE Tamil School – Toowoomba Campus along with Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses organized Picnic at Toowoomba on 2nd April 2017 at Middle Ridge Park, Toowoomba. This picnic was very well attended by over
Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Assn. News: Fund raising event - Dubai Klassical Rhythm Courtesy GCHCA WE have just past the month of April, a special and auspicious month in the Indian calendar. Although the entire world celebrates New Year as per the Christian tradition on 1st of January every year, in the Indian sub-continent New Year is celebrated according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar – Panchanga. Based on Hindu mythology and the calendar, seasons follow the sun, months follow the moon and days follow both the moon and sun. Thus, New Year is celebrated as per the position of sun and moon and it begins on the first day of Kartik Maas. The different states in Indian celebrate New Year at different times but most of them fall on April between 13th to 17th. It is celebrated across various states in India, with names such as Puthandu, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Vishu, Boishakh, Bihu, Vaisakhi, etc. When the New Year was celebrated last month, it is a tradition to reflect on the past and create goals for the future. The Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association (GCHCA) has taken steps to revitalize fundraising activities and public awareness campaigns. The Association supported a number of programs in the month of April. It supported a music concert conducted by one of our volunteers and instrumentalist, Darshil Shah (Bansuri) along with Bart Stenhouse and Surojato Roy on 8th of April in Robina, Gold Coast. It was a lovely music concert, where the rich history of Indian classical music met Jazz music. Furthermore, GCHCA volunteers joined forces with other Gold Coast Hindu families to cook food and distributed to the devotees visiting Brisbane Selva Vinayagar Temple on 8th April and 14th April. Another good news! GCHCA in collaboration with Brisbane Chapter of Vedantic Centre is proud to present an Indian Classical Dance Programme by the famous artists of Klassical Rhythms (Dubai). This is a nonprofit group with the sole motto of keeping the Indian Classical dance alive. They are originally based in Dubai but have travelled around the world, performing in front of packed crowds. Due to popular demand, they are coming down under to showcase their renowned talent, in a night filled with a beautiful blend of music and bharathanatyam; a treat for the body, mind and soul. Make sure you note the date in your diaries because it’s the first time Dubai Klassical Rhythms is coming to Australia. It’s an event you don’t want to miss! Bring your friends and family for an enjoyable night out, filled with mesmerizing dance performances. Ticket prices range from $20/single and $50/family. It will be held at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre (833, Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang, QLD, 4211) from 6:30-9pm on Friday 26th of May, 2017. All proceeds go to-
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30 families from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba. There were several fun activities including playing traditional games like Kabadi, Phenir Panthu (Stacking game), soccer, cricket organised for both kids and adults. Outdoor events like these helped to bring the community closer.
wards the building fund of GCHCA. You can purchase the tickets for the dance program from GCHCA secure website via following link: www.culture.goldcoasthindu.org/tickets/ One of GCHCA major target for the next two months is to raise funds to achieve the target of building the proposed Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Precinct. The final paperwork to get the building approval from the Gold Coast City Council is currently underway. It is anticipated that the construction process will commence sometime in July 2017. We humbly appeal for your support to help build the Hindu Cultural & Educational Precinct. Any contribution would make a difference and every cent counts towards helping our community realize its dream. We are confident that anyone who gives to this cause would be abundantly blessed. You can visualise the temple project walk through in YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v= B9rM5rsiSls&feature=youtu.be To enhance fund raising possibilities, we have now opened up many donation portals that can be easily accessed online. A new donation portal has been opened in the New Year, April 2017 and is available via Give Now website. Give Now is Australia’s free online donations solution for community organisations. Please access the following secure link for a one off donation or to set up a regular recurrent periodical donation. https://www.givenow.com.au/gchcan Regular periodical payment is an easy way to donate, for example weekly $10 or monthly $25 payments, depending on affordability. Our well-wishers have set up a regular payment of their contributions within their means. Please consider making a donation through regular payment to make our vision a reality. This will not only help you and your children, but the future generations as well on the Hindu religion, education and culture. Alternatively, you can set a regular or one off payment via your bank to the following account by either personally visiting the bank or via online bank account. All tax-deductible donations ($2 or more) can be deposited into the following: Commonwealth Bank Account: The GCHCA Building Donation Account BSB: 064-474 Account Number: 104 88 900 You can donate one off payments via our secure website: http://culture.goldcoasthindu.org/donations/ For more information about this project, please visit the GCHCA website on www.GoldCoastHindu.org. You are also more than welcome to contact the association’s President, Secretary or Treasurer if you have any further queries. Web site: www.GoldCoastHindu.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call 07 3865 6533
Memorable outdoor bike adventures at The Sarojin
• Avail yourself of one of the new bicycle adventures at The Sarojin, Khao Lak, and set out on a journey of discovery that takes in the fascinating history, culture and landscape that surrounds this deluxe resort.
By Rama Gaind THE Sarojin, Khao Lak, is a luxury Thailand boutique resort that continues to amaze. There’ll be rare opportunities to glimpse much more than the comforts of a traditional resort and experience the adventurous scope of the surrounding national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Also be prepared for some rare insights into local Thai life through a combination of unique tailormade excursions and sustainable tourism work with the local rural and coastal communities. Be astonished, this time, as a result of the unveiling of two exciting new bicycle adventures inviting guests on a journey of discovery that takes in the fascinating history, culture, community and landscape that surrounds this deluxe resort. In a contrast of experiences, one can head in the direction of the unspoilt land of the rural
• Undulating landscape makes way for memorable experiences for nature lovers and cycling enthusiasts.
island of Koh Kho Khao or venture to the historic and cultural town of Old Takuapa – or take on both cycle tours. The Sarojin’s mountain bikes, which are the most popular mode of local transport, are available to guests complimentary throughout their stay. They will be lined up and ready to carry their passengers to meet up with the wonderful people of the nearby communities and capture all the intrigue of the surrounding landscape. All will occur at a laid-back and leisurely pace with a personal guide to lead the way. Nature lovers The ‘Rural Cycle Round Koh Koh Khao’ is perfect for nature lovers and cycling enthusiasts. Kho Kho Khao is an island characterised primarily by its flat grassy sands, sprawling mangroves and winding canals. Captivating and picturesque views abound and one can feel an unmatched sense of free-
dom, whilst gaining an absorbing insight into local island life. Once you leave The Sarojin, you’ll travel to Koh Koh Khao by private car before climbing aboard a traditional long boat and cruising out to the spot where the bikes will be awaiting their passengers to hop aboard. The cycle tour will take the riders on quiet roads, alongside beautiful beaches, fields and villages, past water buffalo herds, farms and fishing boats, with nothing but peace, tranquility and an emanating warm tropical breeze shadowing the trail. Those who like a challenge can complete the 40km island loop while others may prefer to adopt the ethos of the slow pace of life and climb into a waiting luxury car to continue their journey. Cycling options The ‘Cultural Cycle around Old Takaphua’ takes in the historical capital of Phang Nga province and will visit many inspirational
landmarks amongst the skillful Chinese and Sino-Portugese architecture dotted throughout this small, quiet township. You can also add in a tailored cycle excursion visiting local fishing villages and farming communities. Resort accommodation The Sarojin is beautifully set on an 11km stretch of secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak, just a 55-minute drive north of Phuket Airport, and is surrounded by five spectacular national parks and the world famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands. Designed in a contemporary Asian style, the five-star resort nestles on four hectares (10 acres) of tropical grounds leading to the beachfront. Tranquility is assured and your memories will be unforgettable. Bask in the serenity of your surroundings … as no children under the age of 10 are permitted to stay at the resort!
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Bihar – The Land of Monasteries By Awadhesh Sharma
MY wife Sudha and I recently visited some of the sacred and historical sites of Bihar, India. Bihar is an Indian state that borders on Nepal in the north, West Bengal in the east, Uttar Pradesh in the west and Jharkhand in the south. Its capital Patna is situated on the right bank of river Ganga that flows from west to east dividing the state in two parts, the northern part being larger than the southern in area. Phonetically Bihar is a relaxed pronunciation of the term “Vihar”. It means “Buddhist monastery” in Indian languages. The region of current Bihar was once filled with Buddhist monasteries and hence the area became popular as the “land of monasteries” or “Bihar”. The region has played a significant role in the history of South Asia. The ancient kingdoms of Magadha, Mithila, Anga, Viaishali and Bhojpur that are a part of modern Bihar are mentioned in spiritual Hindu texts and were known for their achievements and contribution to religion, culture, politics and social development. Our tour started from Muzaffarpur, the largest town and commercial centre in North Bihar. This region is famous for the production of litchi, a delicious fruit. Muzaffarpur is well connected to Nepal by road, and has a major railway junction in North Bihar. Airfield at Patahi is being developed as an airport for Muzaffarpur. One hundred years ago, in April 1917, Mahatma Gandhi arrived in Muzaffarpur with Raj Kumar Shukla. Mr Shukla had invited Gandhi ji to help address the grievances of Indigo producers in Champaran, Bihar. In April this year in Bihar, celebrations marked the centenary of the Champaran movement, which helped bring Gandhi ji to the forefront of the Indian Independence movement. Baba Garibnath temple is a famous Shiva temple in Muzaffarpur that attracts devotees from far and wide. Janakpur, the capital of King Janak and Sitamarhi, the place where Janak found Sita, the wife of Lord Rama during ploughing the land are easily accessible from Muzaffarpur. Vaishali, the capital of ancient Lichchavi Republic, is not far from Muzaffarpur. Jain Tirthankar Mahavir was born in the Vaishali region. Buddha visited Vaishali many times
and stayed and preached there. Major attractions in Vaishali include the Ashoka pillar, Shanti Stupa (world peace pagoda), a museum displaying items obtained from excavation of nearby historical sites and a lake. Hajipur is the last town in North Bihar on the way from Muzaffarpur to Patna. Sonepur, a town close to Hajipur, is the venue of the largest animal fair during Kartik Purnima, around September - October. The Pauranic story of the fight between the elephant and crocodile occurred at Sonepur, where Lord Vishnu saved the elephant from its attacker, the crocodile. The area is also known as Harihar Kshetra or the area of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Gandhi Setu Bridge connects North Bihar to Patna at Hajipur. At the time of construction, this 5.75 km bridge was the largest river bridge in the world. Our next destination was Patna, the capital of Bihar. It has been known by many names including Kusumpur, Patliputra and Ajimabad. King Ajatshatru established this city as the capital of his kingdom of Magadha over 2,500 years ago. The current name Patna was given to the city by Shershah Suri in the sixteen century, when Patna was his capital. The Mouryan Empire united the whole of India and had its capital in Patna. Many dynasties including the Gupta, Sunga and Pala ruled their kingdoms from Patna. Patna is full of historical, religious, cultural and ad-
ministrative buildings, parks, museums and monuments. Mahavir Mandir in front of the Patna Junction is an impressive temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Acharya Kishore Kunal, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is the secretary of the Mahavir Temple Trust. He played an active role in building the present temple and was instrumental in appointing a Dalit priest there. He also led the renovations of many old temples in the state.
Acharya Kunal has been awarded with many medals for his philanthropic works. He has established the Cancer Institute and Research Centres in Patna, and hospitals and health care centres. We shared the same residence for some time in Varanasi, and I was fortunate to meet him by chance at the Mahavir Mandir after a very long time. Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara is a famous Sikh temple in Patna. Pilgrims from all over the world visit this shrine. Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, was born in Patna. Maharaja Ranjit Singh built this temple in his honour. Golghar, a well-known landmark in Patna, is located near Gandhi Maidan. It was built in 1786 as a grain store to protect the British army from famine. The building is built in Stupa structure style with a wall thickness of 3.6 m at the base. One can reach the top of the Golghar by climbing 145 steps. From the top, a panoramic view of Patna and the river Ganga can be observed. The Patna Planetarium, Buddha Smriti Park, Gandhi Maidan, Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan Zoo, Khuda Baksh Library are some of the other renowned sights, among many other tourist attractions in Patna. The river Sone and river Punpun on the right side and river Gandak on the left side meet river Ganga near Patna. We next visited Dev, located around 160 km southwest from Patna, travelling via Paliganj and Aurangabad. Dev is a small town famous for the Sun Temple. Every year during Chhath Puja in the month of Chaitra (March - April) and Kartik (October-November), devotees from many parts of Bihar come to this temple to offer their prayers. Chhath Puja is a thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the Sun god, who is considered to be the cause of a good harvest. Many other legends are also attributed to this celebration. About 80 km northeast from Dev is the city of Gaya, a popular tourist destination and religious centre for Hindus and Buddhists. Prince Siddhartha Gautam obtained enlightenment under the Peepal (sacred fig) tree near Gaya, at the bank of the river Niranjana, also known as river Falgu, and became the Buddha. Now the place is called Bodh Gaya and is a major pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over the world. Continued next issue
Hindu Cultural Hub at Clayfield: An introduction to Thiru Valluvar and the Kural is structured into 133 chapters called as Adhikarams (அதிகாரம்). These 3 chapters are grouped into 3 sections such as Aram, Porul & Inbam. Each kural or couplet contains exactly seven words, known as cirs, with four cirs on the first line and three on the second. A cir is a single or a combination of more than one Tamizh word. For example, Thirukkural is a cir formed by combining the two words thiru and kuṛaḷ. The section on virtue (aram) contains 380 verses, wealth (porul) has 700 and love (inbam) has 250. Thirukkural is also translated to 82 world languages. As this book explains about the ways to lead life it is highly recommended for every individual irrespective of caste, creed or religion to read this book at least once in their lifetime to understand the true meaning of life.
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VALLUVAR / Thiruvalluvar is an ancient tamizh poet who was believed to have lived in the period sometime between 2nd and 8th century B.C. He was born in a place called Mylapore which was a suburb in Chennai city located in the state of Tamilnadu, India. Thiruvalluvar’s parents where Bhagavan and Aadhi. He was also referred to as Deivapulavar, Poiyamozhi Pulavar, Sennapodhaar, Perunaavalavar etc by the people of his time for his extraordinary literature of Thirukkural. Valluvar was married to Vasuki and were well known for their extraordinary marriage life of their times. It is also said that Vasuki was very much devoted to her husband Valluvar and would implicitly carry out any request from his husband without any haste. Thiruvalluvar showed people that a person could lead the life of a Grihastha or householder, and at the same time, lead a divine life or a life of purity and sanctity. He showed people that there was no necessity to leave the family and become a Sannyasin to lead a divine life of purity and sanctity. For example, he used to have a needle and bowl with water while having food and used to pick the spilled over food from the floor with the help of needle, wash it in the bowl of water and eat it. This symbolises the importance of food in everyday life. All his wise sayings and teachings are now in book form and known as “Thirukkural”. Thirukkural is an important literature from 34 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
the sangam period and comes under the category of Pathinenkeezhkanakku. This literature was also referred to as Utharavedham, Eeradinool, Utharavedham etc by other poets in ancient literatures at many instances. The Thirukkural (Tamil Name: திருக்குறள், literally Sacred Verses), or shortly the Kural, consists of 1330 couplets or kurals, which deals with the everyday virtues of an individual. It is considered one of the greatest works ever written on ethics and morality, chiefly secular ethics. It is known for its universality and non-denominational nature. Thirukkural
The Hindu Cultural Hub: The Hindu Cultural Hub at Clayfield is a centre to congregate and promote spiritual, cultural and educational needs of local community and wider Hindu society in Brisbane. Devotees and friends assemble at the Bar-Jai Community Hall (178, Alexandra Road, Clayfield) last Friday of each month between 6.30pm to 9.00pm. For the April monthly congregation Mrs Vasudevan explained the devotees this month key religious events. She explained how so many such festivals in a month in our religion help us to promote our mental / physical health and wellbeing in ancient times to have a balanced happy life. Further, she high-
lighted some of these religious festivals are now commercialised but why these festivals should be practiced in the modern society – to keep us in peace, to create positive energy and higher productivity. As an introduction to ThiruValluvar, I explained the first 10 Kural during this session. I used the explanations quoted by Dr. M. Varatharajan as the basis which was well received by the devotees. The congregation concluded with religious and relevant social justice updates from the Hub Committee Member followed by dinner and networking.
Our next cultural congregation falls on 26th of May 2017. As a standard practice, we have the following program at the Bar-Jai Hall: * Pooja by Hindu Priest * Bajan and Kirtan by devotees * Monthly religious updates / guest speakers on spiritual (or) on yoga techniques * Prasatham with vegetarian dinner served * Session conclude with relevant social justice updates and public notices. We are currently interested in building our networks and relations with different communities around local and Brisbane area. If you are interested to get involved, please contact us on 0469016416 or 0427999129 or alternatively contact Sathiya: email@example.com. More details can be found at our web site: www.hinduculturalhub.org/ Call 07 3865 6533
Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj: The deathless Saint of the Himalayas From Dhaval Vyas Ahmedabad, India MORE than 90,000 years ago, the Himalayan Caves were impregnated with Yoga – the wisdom of Light through the Himalayan Sages who were known as the forefathers of humanity. There are many mountains on the planet, although not all are suitable for meditating. Only a living mountain can be used for meditation. The Himalayas are such mountains, growing an inch every year. It is said that they only attract those who are born with a destiny to be Light, to be portals of wisdom. Others cannot step into their sacred space. The Himalayan Mountains are some of the few surviving mountains that are still living. Every year they grow an inch. The ancient yogic texts state that whenever the hunger for truth is sparked within an individual, they will take the path that leads to the Himalayas. There are exactly 72,000 shrines in the Himalayan Mountains, each corresponding to the 72,000 nadis (energy pathways) in the human body. These mountains are a manifestation of a mega human body to make contact with a larger cosmic body – the Universe. The glory of the great Himalayan Mountains is sung repeatedly in the ancient texts. These mountains are the pathway into the unknown. Every cave, every peak and every mountain of the Himalayas has a story of a yogi or a seeker who meditated there and attained the ultimate realisation: Nirvana. Only if one has meditated in the Himalayas in any one life time, does it make one eligible for Nir-
vana. Even after thousands of years, this wisdom still reverberates here, with the presence of these beings still felt. You will find yoga everywhere you look: the trees are standing in a tree pose, the mountains are in a mountain pose, the clouds are in Simran – constant remembrance. Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj Who was this person called in the West Babaji after his story was first told in Autobiography of a Yogi. Actually the name Babaji is somewhat generic and has been applied to many sages over the
years. The word Baba means father and the suffix “ji” is one of respect. But the Babaji written about here is called by many names such as Mahavatar Babaji, Hariakhan Babaji, Babaji Maharaj (great king), Shiva Baba (denoting his close connection to God Shiva), also Bhagavan Sadashiva, Sri Sadashiva, Mahamunindra, and Sri Sri Baba. Hariakhan Baba Maharaj is a Great One, said to have been alive for thousands of years, dwelling in various caves in the Himalayas, appearing sometimes among men to accomplish some particular goal but always watching over the welfare of mankind from the sidelines. Though many people saw him in both the 19th and the 20th century, his appearance was always that of a young man in early manhood. He was tall and slender with a noble and dignified appearance and in nature was humble, kind and childlike. His complexion was light and his hair sometimes worn long and sometimes short. Details of his appearance varied even when he was observed by several people at the same time. He spoke little and seldom ate unless given food by devotees. He never slept, and when on the move, he walked very fast. His appearances and disappearances were always sudden and unexpected. He had great strength of body and was often seen lifting huge rocks. Sometimes he was seen with several Tibetan Lamas and in fact Babaji was often seen wearing a shirt and Tibetan cap over his head. He spoke a mixture of many languages including Nepali, Hindi, and Kurmachal languages. Whenever he talked to anyone from a particular region of
India, he spoke to them fluently in their own native language. Nobody knows when he was born or where. He had all the known siddhas (Yogic powers) and occasionally performed miracles in a natural way according to the circumstances at hand. But mostly people were drawn to him because of the bliss they experienced in his presence. He appeared in many places in Northern India near the Himalayas between 1861 and 1924. At that time he was known by different names in the different regions and people didn’t realize these were different names for the same person until a man named Mahendra Brahmachari had a vision of him in 1949. He subsequently became a devotee of Babaji Maharaj and spent thirty-five years traveling all over India, collecting the stories told about encounters with the great Babaji. He published these in India under the title Punya Smriti using the pen name Guru Charnasrit. There was also a book about him titled Hariakhan Baba, Known, Unknown by Baba Hari Dass published in America in 1975 by the Sri Rama Foundation. Initial appearance at Hariakhan Jungle Around the year 1890, Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj first appeared publicly in a miraculous way and after that he was seen off and on until around 1924. Before and after that period there are accounts of him showing up in one place or another but usually to an individual or a small group. But within that time period, he was seen by thousands of people and the miraculous events that happened spontaneously around him daily
were witnessed and recorded widely by people of that time. Many people think he permanently stays in the high mountains of the Himalayas around Nepal and that he appears occasionally to further some specific cause which only he knows. At the foot of the Himalayas in Northern India, there are many small cities and villages that spring up along the many rivers that descend from the Himalayas to the plains of India below. Back then the area was very wild and there were small clearings with villages of just a few hundred people intermixed between large expanses of jungle and forested areas. One such densely wooded area was called the Hariakhan jungle. On the outskirts of the Hariakhan jungle, to the south there was a cluster of houses which was called Hariakhan village. One night the people of the village were astonished when they looked up above the neighboring mountain and saw a single brilliant light shining from the mountain top. The mysterious light reappeared each night for several evenings. Then the same light disappeared from the mountain top and instead appeared near the village itself. The people gathered around to worship the mysterious light and as they came near, they saw a radiant body of divine luster before them. He appeared to be a young man with a pleasant benign face and a reserved dignified nobility about him. The villagers bowed to him and welcomed him with great respect. Because he was first seen by them in the Hariakhan jungle area, he was given the name Hariakhan Baba. Continued next issue...
The Month Of Shaban: How to prepare for Ramadhan Prepared by: Imam Aslam ALL praise is due to Allah Ta’ala the Lord of all the universes and peace and blessing be upon the beloved Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alayhi wasalam. This month of Shaban was a time when Sayiddina Nabi-ekarim saw was extremely focused in preparing for the month of Ramadan. You can imagine that a student who has his final exams; two three weeks before the exams he starts getting prepared for it and thinking about it more and more and two three days before the final exam, he enters complete preparation mode sort of a zone in which the only thing he can think of is the final exam or if a person has a court case or any type of difficulty just two or three days before its decision or before the court announces its sentence, that’s the only thing a person can think of. Just like that one gets a feel from the sunnah [again this is something that I’ve spoken about before that the sunnah is not just pieces of information but it’s trying to impart to us a complete mizaaj or understanding or outlook or temperament of Sayyidina Rasoolallah [saw] that here in the month of Shaban, specially as he preceded through this month, he [saw] would start to become almost only and exclusively thinking about the month of Ramadan. To get the best of Ramadan, in sha’ Allah, one needs to prepare well and put the plan before the precious month knocks the door without being ready to receive it. Be a Winner in Ramadan To get the best of Ramadan one needs to prepare well and put the plan before Ramadan knock the door without being ready to receive it. It is the month of the year, and the actual loser is the one who witnesses Ramadan without being forgiven in it as narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him). The tips below discuss how to make actual and useful preparation for the precious month without dumping into details. 1. Supplicate Allah to prolong your life to attend Ramadan, bless it for you, accept your good deeds in it and forgive your shortcomings. 2. Make a sincere repentance from all sins and evil deeds, regret them, and ask Allah to help you not to turn again to them. 3. Keep away from the misdeeds that displease Allah and incur his Wrath upon you. Call 07 3865 6533
4. Always renew your repentance to Allah and your commitment with Him. 5. Strive to observe the obligatory prayers at their due times in congregation so that it will be easy for you to continue on this in and after Ramadan. 6. If you are not in the habit of offering the supererogatory prayers, try to do some of them and move on to do all of them. 7. Rectify your intention, make all your actions sincerely to Allah, the Almighty, Alone. 8. As the utmost goal of fasting is attaining Taqwa (righteousness and fear of God), facilitate its realization by the different means of Taqwa, such as remembering Allah, reading about the stories of the earlier generations, contemplation on the Qu’ran, thinking about death and the Hereafter, and so on. 9. Abandon TV series and movies that include prohibited scenes. 10. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. use up most of our free time. From now on, give Qur’an, dhikr, Salah, etc. the greater time to prepare for the month of the Qur’an and Salah; Ramadan. 11. Recitation of the Qur’an in Ramadan is the month’s worship, so make the Qur’an your companion by starting recitation from now and learning the rules of Tajweed. 12. If you have a missed fast from the former Ramadan, make up for them in Sha`ban, as Lady `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to do. 13. Accustom yourself to long du`aa’ (supplication), memorize some of the reported supplications of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and remember that the supplication of the fasting person is accepted. 14. Accustom yourself to long stay in the mosque after each Prayer, in preparation for i`tikaf in the month. 15. Find righteous companions who would assist you in getting closer to Allah. 16. Follow the Prophet’s example in fasting in Sha`ban, as he used to fast most of the month of Sha`ban. Do not forget that this makes fasting in Ramadan easy for you. 17. Save some money to give in Sadaqah (charity) in Ramadan and start from now. 18. Start offering 2 rak`ahs (unit of Prayer) daily and increase the number from time to time during the night in preparation www.indiantimes.com.au
for tarawih (supererogatory night prayer). 19. Prepare yourself to make `Umrah in Ramadan, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “`Umrah in Ramadan equals Hajj with me (in reward).” (Al-Bukhari) 20. Among the best acts in this precious month is feeding the fasting persons, prepare yourself for it. 21. Map out your time and put a schedule to commit to it during the month in order to help you achieve the acts of worship you aim at. 22. Find righteous companions who would assist you in getting closer to Allah. 23. If you are a smoker, you should bear in mind that Ramadan is a good chance for you to quit. Start from now and minimize the number of cigarettes until you rid yourself of this bad habit that devour your money and health and incurs the displeasure of God. 24. The month of Ramadan is the month where the Qur’an is revealed. Thus, it is the best time to memorize the Qur’an. Let’s start from Sha`ban. 25. We all know that people use in Ramadan a lot of the types of food and drinks, we do not mind this on a condition of avoiding wastefulness. I suggest that you buy these things in Sha`ban to be free for worship only in Ramadan. 26. Maintain the ties of kinship before the coming of the blessed month and remember that Allah does not accept the deeds of those who disrupt these ties. 27. Some people simulate poorness despite that they are not so. Thus, find the actual poor people to be the right place for your Sadaqah. 28. Some people pay their Zakat in Ramadan to take the reward multiplied. 29. Accustom yourself to good manners, because the fasting person is not expected to react violently or indecently. 30. Bring your youngsters and tell them about the merits of Ramadan and the virtues of fasting in it so that they prepare themselves for fasting as much as they can. 31. Congratulate each other with the coming of the Holy Month. These are tips about the preparation for the blessed month of Ramadan that every one of us can do while receiving this month. May Allah Ta’ala give us the tawfiq to welcome this great month. THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017 — 35
Your next move…. Pastor Joseph Dass DEAR Brisbane Indian Times reader, it is our joy to bring to you the word of God. Life is full of things that try to push us down. We all face disappointments and setbacks. Some of us have made poor choices when we could have made some good ones. Then there are others who have had to make a choice among a multiple of bad choices. You had to decide whether to keep following someone or leave and go on your own. Or stay in a relationship and see someone suffer or pack up and leave. Or you had to quit a job due to abuse and bul-
lying and find yourself without work. It is easy to get discouraged and loose enthusiasm or even be tempted to settle where you are. But if you are going to see God’s best then you have to have a “get going” mentality. You have to make a move. Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is inside of you. There is no sickness too big, no obstacle too great, no person, and no disappointment that can keep you from your God given destiny. If you stay in faith then God will turn your past disappointments into your future victory. In the scriptures we read of 4 lepers (2 Kings 7) who were sitting at the entrance gate to the city of Samaria, which was besieged by the Syrians. They said “If we enter the city, the famine is in the city and we will die there. And if we stay here we die also. Now therefore come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live,
and if they kill us we shall only die.” As the lepers moved towards the Syrian camp, God caused the Syrian army to hear the noise of chariots and horses and the noise of a great army and they left their camps and fled for their lives, thinking that the King of Israel with his huge army was coming after them. On their part, because the lepers had a “get going” attitude and moved forward in faith, they found the empty camps filled with food water silver gold and clothes. In the same night they had moved from famine to abundance. They had multiple bad choices but instead of sitting down they decided to get back up again. Here are things you can do to have a “get going” mentality. - Life is like a race. So do not go about looking for a race to run. Run the race you already are in. God has a wonderful plan for your life. And it is not how you run but how you are going to finish the race. The lepers decided not to just be in a race but finish well. - Whatever you are focusing on you will give power to it. If you are focusing on your handicaps, weaknesses and mistakes then
you are giving power to these. But if your focus is on the blessings, future victories and breakthroughs then you will give power to these. The lepers received victory in the place where they were focusing on. - Do not walk to start moving. Have a made up mindset where you are moving to then start walking. That’s called making a decision in faith and trust in the midst of multiple bad choices. The lepers knew their moves. Either they were going to die or kept alive. - People may give you names but God gives you your identity. They were called lepers by the people. But in Gods books they were 4 men who defeated a whole army without weapons. How you see yourself will either stop you or push you. - Feed yourself first before you can feed others. Do not spend all your time and effort caring for others. Take time to get filled up. The lepers ate first before they went and told the King. - When you are happy you can make others happy. The good news from the lepers spread throughout the kingdom of Israel. God bless you. Ps Joseph Dass firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerusalem… The Capitol of the World (Part 2)
100 years of Blessings from Our Lady of Fatima By Celine Goh SATURDAY 13 May 2017 is a significant day for Catholics worldwide as it marks the beginning of apparitions by Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto in the Cova da Iria fields near Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to them on the 13th day of each month at approximately noon, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Lucia dos Santos aged 9 and her cousins, Francisco Marto, 8 and his sister Jacinta aged 6, are referred to as "The Three Seers". According to the memoirs of Lucia, who later became a Carmelite nun, they saw a strange sight while praying the rosary in the field. The children saw a "lady all dressed in white" standing on a small tree. Lucia described seeing the lady as “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.” This was the first of six apparitions of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave a particular message or revelation each time. Lucia wrote that Our Lady confided to the children three secrets, known as the 'Three Secrets of Fatima'. Happening at a time when the world was engulfed by war and violent political revolutions, Our Lady promised that Heaven would grant peace to mankind if her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying vision of hell “where the souls of poor sinners go”. It had an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls. The second part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and the prediction of the immense damage that Russia would do to humanity by abandoning the Christian faith and embracing Communist totalitarianism. It contained her solemn 36 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. She requested for an ardent devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, predicting the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia’s consecration and its conversion. The third secret was written down in 1944 in a letter by Lucia Dos Santos, the last living Fatima seer. It was placed in the care of The Holy See, with instructions that no one should read it until 1960. The third “secret” was not revealed until the year 2000, and referred to the persecutions that humanity would undergo in the last century: “The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated”. The suffering of the Popes of the 20th century has been interpreted to include the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981, which took place on May 13, the 64th anniversary of the apparitions. The Holy Father attributed his escape from certain death to the intervention of Our Lady: “... it was a mother's hand that guided the bullet's path and in his throes the Pope halted at the threshold of death.” In the last apparition, she revealed her name. “I am the Lady of the Rosary”, she replied to Lucia. Pope Francis has announced that the two shepherd children Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be canonized during his visit to Fatima on 12-13 May 2017. Pilgrims the world over will flock to Fatima on Saturday 13 May 2017 to commemorate the Miracle of Fatima and to rejoice with Pope Francis, the Sainthood of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta. References: - http://www.fatima.org/essentials/facts/story1.asp - http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint.php?n=485 - http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/ fatima-at-100-story-of-apparitions-continues-to-attract-attention.cfm -www.en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/03/23/pope_recognizes_miracle_of_fatima_children_ahead_of_visit/1300667
• Ravi & Merlyn Vastradat the Sea of Galilee; Jesus Rebuked the Storm, He said, “Silence! Be still” suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
Key Scripture: I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Pray for the peace in Jerusalem, May all who love this city prosper. O Je-rusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your places. - Psalm 122:1-2 & 6-7 DEAR Reader, How do you experience true rejoicing of your mind, body and spirit? When you connect with your Creator and with His purpose for your lives, you will experience a supernatural joy. You will rejoice in your mind, body and spirit. Last month we shared another good news from the Holy Bible; we shared that Jerusalem means, City of Peace. Therefore it is important to know that there is only one city that has been called “holy” by God - Jerusalem. (Isaiah 52:1; and 66:20). And no other city has been named “the city of our God” (Psalm 48:1). Here is an astounding prophetic word written about Jerusalem and Israel by Prophet Isaiah around 700BC. (Isaiah 66:7-8) Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born.
In 1948, in a single day this prophetic word was fulfilled just as God spoke through His prophets. Since then a barren desert has become a paradise and food basket of blessings. Israel is the Fig tree that blooming according to Matthew 24:32-34. We were truly rejoicing when our friends invited us to join them for a trip to Jerusalem. Our feet were blessed to walk in the city which will bring world peace. There is no other city in the that matches the unique purpose and plan of the Almighty God. In 1967, after a six day miracle war, Jerusalem was recaptured by Israel. This act in history was not an accident but an accurate fulfilling of the biblical prophecy; almost 2500 years after King David had established this city has the capital of Israel; The star of David flag flew high above this city signalling a modern miracle for this city of peace. When we confess that Jesus paid the ransom for our sins by becoming the sacrificial lamb of God; and He defeated the death and the devil. Dear friends, when you believe this truth in your heart and confess this truth with your mouth sincerely, you make peace with God and you are reconciled to your Creator. Your heart will bear a true witness. Then, something like new and fresh life has begin to take shape inside you. It is as a simple as it sounds. Because God is not complicated. We make God complicated by blindly following our customs and traditions. Because God loves us, He has made way for to come to Him through Jesus Christ. Our response is to test the validity of the Holy Bible by reading it for your self. I have tested this truth over 20 years and has found along with millions around the world that The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and totally trust worthy. Email to help you connect with Christ: email@example.com Call 07 3865 6533
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Are you Doing all the Right Things? Check your Lifestyle You may be surprised to learn that your diet, lifestyle and environment all have a profound bearing on your individual reproductive health. There are a number of things you can do to maximise your chances of conception and encourage a healthy pregnancy. Preparing for Pregnancy A healthy lifestyle is recommended before and during pregnancy. You may be surprised to learn that your diet, lifestyle and environment all have a profound bearing on your individual reproductive health and on the health of a baby. Put simply, preconception care involves making sure there is an adequate supply of all factors essential to the quality of sperm, eggs and fertilisation, and a trouble-free pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby. Given the formation of mature sperm takes about two months and maturation of eggs about 100 days before ovulation, your reproductive health today is actually the product of your health, diet, lifestyle and environment two to three months earlier. Maximise Your Chances of Conception and Give Your Baby the Best Start in Life A number of factors beyond your control can influence your fertility, but you can do several things to maximise your chances of conception. Some of these factors will affect both the male and female partners, in this article we will cover factors affecting females. Smoking: Apart from the long-term health risks, smoking is one of the biggest lifestyle factors that can negatively affect fertility. Women who smoke have increased miscarriage risks, reduced live-birth rates and babies with lower birth weights.
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Hepatitis B Stigma and discrimination
By Fungisai Siggins
Autumn Detox: Detoxify your liver at home Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre, Gold Coast
EVERY day, knowingly or unknowingly we are putting loads of toxins into our body. Transmitted through water, air and food, toxins accumulate in the liver whose job it is to process them. When the toxic load is greater than our liver’s capacity to process the toxins, the liver becomes stressed and exhausted. The end of summer is an ideal time to give our livers a rest by clearing out the toxins. How can you detoxify the liver? Prevention is better than cure! Keep away from toxins like poor quality food, junk food, excess eating, poor food combinations, and alcohol. Drink plenty of water and includes lots of vegetables and moderate amounts of fruit in your diet. Sensible eating habits are the best way to keep your liver healthy. Ayurveda also recommends to do Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detox) in between the seasons. Autumn is the ideal time to detoxify your liver. How can you do liver detox at home? Ayurveda calls turmeric queen of the kitchen, recognising its numerous medicinal properties. Here is a simple recipe that will help detoxify your liver at home. Ingredients * 1 cup quality milk (preferably organic, unhomogenised, unpasteurised milk, or plant milk if you are allergic to milk products) * 1/8 tsp turmeric powder *A pinch of pepper
* Honey (optional) Instruction * Heat the milk, and add the turmeric powder and pepper. * Bring it to the boil and allow it to cool. * When it has cooled down add 1 teaspoon of honey. Do not add the honey before the milk has cooled. Heating honey creates ama (toxins) in the body. * Drink in the evening at least one hour after dinner and at least ½ hour before bed. Other home remedies for liver detox Include plenty of green, leafy vegetables as well as broccoli and cauliflower in your diet. Add garlic in your regular recipes. Garlic is anti-inflammatory and can reduce inflammation of liver cells. Morning drink: Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 10 ml of aloe vera juice in a glass of water. Drink in the morning before food. Liver detox with juice Fasting with juices, or including juice as a part of your regular diet, is a good method for detoxifying your liver. Carrot juice, papaya juice, aloe vera juice, Amla juice, and sugar balancing juices are very effective in helping to cleanse the liver cells. How much juice to have is a personal matter. Consult your practitioner to help you plan your juice detox. Precaution These recipes are safe, however if you have any chronic illness or diagnosed liver condition, it is best to consult your doctor before taking remedies or supplements. To view upcoming courses please visit http://vibrantayurveda.com.au/events/
STIGMA is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart from others. Stigma has its roots in fear and misunderstanding. Unfortunately, hepatitis B is stigmatised, largely due to not fully understanding the disease and its transmission. One reason for the stigma is that hep B is potentially infectious through social contact. Although hepatitis B in our community is mostly passed on from mother to baby and through blood, people are not at risk through social contact. Hepatitis B is not passed by: * Sharing food, drinks * Sharing eating utensils such as plates, cups, forks, spoons * Shaking hands * Touching * Kissing * Hugging * Coughing or sneezing * Breastfeeding * Mosquitoes Nevertheless, people may be fearful that they can “catch” hepatitis B from someone who is infected. In many communities, people with hepatitis B do not disclose their status because they are afraid of being rejected. Fear and misconception of hepatitis B may have cost people’s jobs, friendships and relationships. Discrimination When a person is labelled by their illness they are no longer seen as an individual but as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes and beliefs toward this group create prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination. How does stigma and discrimination affect people living with hepatitis B and their families? Stigma brings experiences and feelings of: shame, blame, hopelessness, distress, secrecy, loneliness, isolation and social exclusion, stereotyping and derogatory labels or misrepresentation in the media. This results in people living with hepatitis B being treated differently than the rest of society. Stigma worsens a person’s illness by not or being reluctant to seek treatment and/or accept necessary help. Families are also affected by stigma, leading to a lack of disclosure and support. Effects of stigma and discrimination on
the community. Prevents people from; * getting tested * accessing treatment * staying on treatment * having regular check ups * getting support and information Examples of hepatitis B stigma and discrimination * It is not safe to share food with people with hepatitis B .This is incorrect information about how hepatitis B is transmitted * People with hepatitis B should not work in restaurants, childcare centre, or any other jobs * People don’t want to invite friends with hepatitis B to their home * People don’t want their children to play with other children with hepatitis B * Families separate bowels, plates, forks, chopsticks, forks or even towels from a family member who has hepatitis B * Obtaining hepatitis B information means you must have hepatitis B i.e. attending hepatitis B workshops means you have hepatitis B Copying mechanisms when experiencing stigma and discrimination: For some people, the stigma they experience hurt more than hepatitis B itself. However, although it may be hard to avoid stigma, there are ways to cope with it. Here are some suggestions for people facing stigma and discrimination: * Educate yourself and others. * Challenge stereotypes. * May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and especially good time to become involved.28 July is World Hepatitis Day. * Confront stigma—even if you think that one person can’t make a difference. * Get support. Complain process If you experiencing stigma and discrimination, can’t cope and need help to get through the complaint process, please contact ECCQ For more information and referral contact: Phone: (07) 3255 1540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.eccq.com.au/health *We advocate on behalf of people experiencing stigma and discrimination. Privacy and Confidentiality Remember** * A person living with BBV has the right to privacy and confidentiality * People living with BBV do not need to disclose their diagnosis.
Arthritis Queensland proudly presents Move it in May THIS May Arthritis Queensland are encouraging everyone and anyone to set themselves a movement challenge and raise funds to help end the pain of arthritis. Move it in May is for everyone – no matter what fitness level you are, or what type of movement you prefer. Participants have the freedom to choose a physical activity that challenges them best. Whether you choose to walk, run, ride, or any other movement you can think of, we want you to help end the pain of arthritis. This unique fundraiser is an initiative from the team at Arthritis Queensland to gather much needed funds to help the one in five Queenslanders who are suffering from this debilitating and often misunderstood and underestimated disease. To join Move It In May you simply choose your own movement challenge then register at www.moveitinmay.org.au. Once you have registered, spread the word about your challenge and ask everyone you know to sponsor you along the way as you complete your challenge and raise funds to help end the pain of arthritis. Moving more is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing. It’s also the best non-drug treatment to help manage the pain of arthritis, which is why Arthritis Queensland wants everyone to get involved regardless of fitness level or age. Arthritis Queensland CEO Emma Thompson is hoping the funds will go a long way to help those who suffer from this disease and who live with it everyday. “We want Move it in May to make a real difference to those 608,000 Arthritis sufferers in Queensland who really need all the support they can get” she said. “Everybody should move more and there is no better rea38 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
son to support a great cause than getting healthier while helping to raise funds to end the pain of arthritis”. By choosing to take on a personal challenge, and raising funds in the process, you will help Arthritis Queensland provide information, education, support and research to improve the lives of Queenslanders affected by arthritis. For over forty years Arthritis Queensland has been providing education, information and support services for Queensland children and adults living with arthritis or osteoporosis. As an added bonus, anyone who signs up to Move it in May and gets their first donation on their page before April 28th will go in the draw for their chance to win a $200 Red Balloon gift card. When is Move it in May? Move it in May will run from 1-28th of May. How can you participate in Move it in May? Simply choose your challenge then register at www.moveitinmay.org.au. Once you have signed up, start sharing your challenge and your fundraising page with others so that they can support you. Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word about Move it in May. If you would like to join us in handing out flyers to commuters at Central Station on 27h of April from 6:30am – 8:30am then we would love to hear from you. Contact Us: Please get in touch with us at: Arthritis Queensland - 07 3857 4200 Or email Ellen – Ellen@arthritis.org.au Call 07 3865 6533
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Feeling a bit hopeless about life lately? Your poor sleep is to blame A NEWstudy has found that those participants who have anxiety or are suffering from depression, are also not sleeping well. Poor sleep may hamper the ability to see things in positive light, especially in people suffering from depression and anxiety, researchers including one of Indian origin have found. Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the US, used functional MRI to measure the activity in different regions of the brain as subjects were challenged with an emotion-regulation task. They studied about 78 patients, 18 to 65 years of age, who had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a major depressive disorder, or both. The participants were given a questionnaire to assess their sleep over the previous month. They were shown disturbing images of violence - from war or accidents and were asked to simply look at the images and not to try to control their reaction or to “reappraise” what they saw in a more positive light. An example of reappraisal would be to see an image of a woman with a badly bruised face and imagine her as an actress in makeup for a role, rather than as a survivor of violence, said researchers. A motion-sensing device called an actigraph measured their awake time in bed, or “sleep efficiency,” over a six-day period. Researchers, including Anand Kumar from University of Illinois at Chicago, found that participants who reported poorer sleep on the questionnaire were seen to have less brain
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activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex during the reappraisal (DACC) task, while those with lower sleep efficiency based on the actigraph data had higher activity in the DACC. The questionnaire results indicated that three out of four participants met criteria for significant sleep disturbance, and the actigraph results suggested the majority had insomnia, researchers said. “Since the questionnaire and actigraph measure different aspects of the sleep experience, it is not surprising that brain activity also differed between these measures,” said Heide Klumpp, assistant professor of psychiatry at UIC. “The questionnaire asks about sleep over the previous month and answers can be impacted by current mood,” Klumpp said. “Plus, respondents may not be able to accurately remember how they slept a month ago. The actigraph objectively measures current sleep, so the results from both measurements may not match,” she said. “Higher DACC activity in participants with lower levels of sleep efficiency could mean the DACC is working harder to carry out the demanding work of reappraisal,” Klumpp said. “Our research indicates sleep might play an important role in the ability to regulate negative emotions in people who suffer from anxiety or depression,” she said. The study was published in the journal Depression and Anxiety. HT
HEY Girls, looking for a treatment that works without the side-effects of chemicals or medications? You should try these home remedies. According to hair experts, losing 50-100 strands of hair every day is fairly normal. It is only a cause of concern when you lose more than that. But you can stop hair fall in its tracks with these simple home remedies. Coconut This ingredient has several benefits for your hair. Not only does it promote hair growth, but also conditions it. It has essential fats, minerals and proteins which reduce hair breakage and is also rich in potassium and iron. You can use coconut oil or milk to prevent hair fall. Warm a bit of coconut oil and massage it from your hair root to tip. Wash after one hour. Or, grate a coconut and squeeze out its milk by mixing in a little water. Apply it on the area where you notice thinning or balding. Let it stay overnight and wash off the next morning. Henna It is mostly used as a natural hair colour or conditioner but henna has properties that can strengthen your hair from the root. If you combine it with other ingredients, it makes for a better hair pack. Take 250 ml of mustard oil in a tin can and add 60g of washed and dried henna leaves. Now boil the mixture the leaves should burn and then filter the oil. Massage your scalp with it on a regular basis and store the rest in an airtight bottle. You can make another henna pack by mixing dry henna powder with curd. Apply it on scalp and hair and wash off after one hour. Hibiscus Also called shoe flower, hibiscus nourishes hair, prevents premature greying, treats dandruff and also controls hair fall. Crush a few flowers and mix sesame or coconut oil to make a thin paste. Apply on the scalp and hair and leave it on for a few hours. Rinse off with cold water using a mild shampoo. Amla or Indian gooseberry For people suffering from hair fall, amla or the Indian gooseberry is a blessing. It is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that can reverse hair loss if it is in its initial stage. Use either amla juice or powder and mix it
with lemon juice. Apply it and leave it on for at least 2 hours. Rinse your hair gently using lukewarm water. 5. Use Fenugreek- the age old remedy for hair growth Fenugreek has been used to treat hair fall since ages in many parts of the world. Even you can use this spice for growing hair. Fenugreek seeds Soak the 2-3 tablespoons fenugreek seeds in the water for 24 hours. Strain and use the water to rinse hair. Do not immediately was hair with normal water. Let this water be there for at least 3 hours. Then, wash your hair with lukewarm water (never use hot water on your hair) Repeat this daily for at a month to see your hair gaining strength and volume. Fenugreek can also be used to make a hair mask for growing hair faster. Rinse Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar has many benefits for your hair. It stimulates the hair follicles and help them grow faster. It also cleanses scalp apart from maintaining the pH balance of hair which accelerates their growth. You just have to use this vinegar as an after-wash rinse. Add apple cider vinegar with water and use it as a final rinse for your hair each time you shampoo your hair. Although it has a mild smell that doesn’t bother anyone too much yet if you want your hair smell good even when they grow with apple cider vinegar, just add a couple of drops of some essential oil (such as lavender oil) to your mixture of water and vinegar. These are easy and effective methods to help avoid hair loss. Treat your hair well now and you hopefully won’t be bald before you reach fifty. Pick a treatment that works for your hair. Have a great day. Nimisha www.hetvihairandbeauty.wixsite.com/ hetvibeauty
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Therapy for life-threatening eating disorders works, so why can’t people access it? Richard Newton Associate Professor, University of Melbourne theconersation.com EATING disorders are complex mental illnesses that have one of the highest death rates of any psychiatric disorder. Among people with anorexia nervosa – who commonly deprive themselves of food due to an obsessive fear of gaining weight – this rate is more than five times greater than in the general population. All eating disorders are associated with significant, wide-ranging physical health complications such as starvation, cardiac arrest (sudden loss of heart function), kidney problems, food intolerance and fits. These are among the leading causes of hospitalisation for mental-health-related issues in Australia. Because serious medical complications so frequently accompany eating disorders, they defy classification solely as mental illnesses. They should be viewed as complex health-care issues requiring urgent and multidisciplinary care. Yet many health-care providers have not been provided with enough basic education and training to be able to recognise and respond appropriately to someone presenting with an eating disorder. So despite their severity, eating disorders often go unrecognised. This leads to substantial economic costs for the Australian health system and devastating effects for sufferers, loved ones and the communities that surround them. What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders have been around through recorded history. Even an ancient Egyptian tomb painting depicts a noble self-inducing vomiting. There are several types of eating disorders. These include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Collectively, these are characterised by abnormal eating behaviours, poor body image, overemphasis on weight and shape, and extreme weightcontrol behaviours. In the case of anorexia, such behaviours lead to severe weight loss and often life-threatening complications. Vomiting, laxative abuse and excessive exercise can be features of both anorexia and bulimia, as can binging and purging. Unlike the severe weight loss associated with anorexia, bulimia is characterised by the presence of binging and usually purging at a relatively normal weight. Binge eating disorder features frequent binging, in the absence of purging or other compensatory behaviours, which often leads to significant weight gain. Eating disorders are also commonly accompanied by low self-esteem, guilt and disgust, along with depression, severe anxiety and suicide risk. Who gets eating disorders? There are psychological, environmental and biological (including genetic) risk factors for developing eating disorders. A genetic predisposition in combination with poor body image is one of the strongest predictors of disordered eating. Poor body image has been reported in nearly half of Australian women and over one-third of Australian men. Dis-
Astrology Aries - March 21 - April 20
This month you are going to be bitten by a burning desire to become rich quick. So, to make lots of money, you will need to work smart and hard. One of the major factors that play an important role here is your luck. The other is your perseverance. It is time to put into action all your conceived plans for change in strategy and working methods. You will need little reminders to boost your spirits and refocus your day. Dear Venus and Mercury posited in your Sign will inspire you intelligently to shore up your finances. While you get busy trying to build your bank balance, try not to neglect close relationships. There could be some issues or differences in confirmed relationships, warns Ganesha. By mid-month with Moon in earthly cardinal Sign Capricorn, it seems like a good time to organize things to make necessary changes to enhance your prospects. With ruler of the 10th House retrograde, there may be certain slackness on professional front. You should consider reviving old contacts and acquaintances. Important Dates 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 24, 26, 31
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turbingly, the rate of body-image concerns is even greater in children and adolescents. A study of Australian children found up to 61% of girls and boys between the ages of eight and 11 are trying to control their weight. Around 10% of the Australian population will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime, and the rate is increasing. For example, one study observed a two-fold increase in disordered eating between 1995 and 2005 in South Australia. And a more recent study in the same state observed a more than twofold increase in extreme dieting and binge eating between 1998 and 2008. While the reasons for this increase have not yet been fully explored, they may be related to increasing concerns about weight in the general Australian population. Contrary to the long-held belief eating disorders are the domain of wealthy young females, the greatest increase has been observed in older people, males and those in lower socio-demographic groups. This may be due, at least in part, to inadequate access to treatment, differences in people seeking treatment, or detection in under-represented groups, and stigma surrounding the development of a disorder commonly associated with a specific (different) group in the community. How are they treated? A number of evidence-based treatments are available for eating disorders. It is important to note that no single approach will be effective for all individuals. People who are unable to access effec-
discrepancy. Medicare provides Australians with funding for ten sessions with an allied mental-health professional (such as a psychologist or social worker). This is below the minimum treatment recommendation of 20 sessions for all eating disorders. We should not accept a system that prevents people with a severe lifethreatening mental illness from accessing a treatment that is available, effective and will save costs in the long term. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recently requested the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce investigate increasing Medicare coverage to treat people with an eating disorder. We urgently need early identification of eating disorders and the delivery of quality, targeted treatments at evidencesupported durations. This article was co-authored by Tina Peckmezian, Principal Research Officer at The Butterfly Foundation. If this article has raised concerns for you or anyone you know, call Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800. People with eating disorders or their families can get help at the Butterfly Foundation, 1800 33 4673, or The National Eating Disorders Collaboration. Disclosure statement: Richard Newton is a board member of the Butterfly Foundation. In the last 5 years he has participated in advisory boards or is on the speakers bureau for the following pharmaceutical companies; Shire, Lundbeck, Servier, Astra Zeneca and Janssen.
www.ganeshaspeaks.com plans. Sharpen your focus, advises Ganesha. Focus provides the clarity necessary to make decisions that support your most important goals. Good encouraging monetary gain seems to be in the offing. Important Dates 13, 17, 18, 22, 23, 26, 27
Cancer - June 22 - July 22
Setting priorities about earnings and expenditure could engage you this month. At the beginning, the combined influence of Saturn and Mars over the Twelfth House could impel you to spend money indiscriminately. You will regret this act soon and focus on saving money for future needs. If you have plans to go abroad, planetary position seems supportive at the moment. With Mercury becoming direct in movement here, you can put long conceived plans for achieving higher growth into action. However, be prepared for delays and holdups caused by retrogression of two major planets, Saturn and Jupiter. You need to take corrective measures and ensure you get back on track. With mighty Sun posited in House related to gains, you can expect handsome monetary gains. But personal relationships could dampen your spirits. There may be stress and anxiety and you may not be able to control the situation, warns Ganesha. Important Dates 12, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 29
Things will largely be about rupees and relationships, this month. Some days things will be good, some days may not be. So muster up enough courage, fortitude and will power to face the vicissitudes of life. Malefic Rahu shifts into Leo and Ketu moves into Aquarius. They are now posited on axis of 4/10 houses. This could make those employed uncomfortable for one reason or another. It could be either not being able to see eye-to-eye with your boss, or work overload, or relationship with co-workers. However, influence of Jupiter could help soothe your nerves to some extent. Good news here is about your winged messenger Mercury becoming direct in movement around midweek. However, refrain from making any major financial deals for now, as Mercury is still in the 12th House from your Sign. Anyway first half of the month is not supportive for fresh investments. Single ones facing resistance at home about their choice of partner, could plan to elope with sweetheart, recommends Ganesha. Important Dates 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 30
Encouragement and benevolence may be your two pillars of support this month. Businesspersons dealing with government controlled organizations, institutes or otherwise, are likely to strike long profitable deals at the beginning. Sun in the 10th House from your Sign and Venus in the 9th House will support your cause. Mercury also becomes direct in motion, ushering in good tidings. However, avoid being temperamental. When differences crop up with someone in a close and meaningful relationship, take initiatives to mend the situation and maintain amicability. Planetary positions here seem supportive for reviving old connections; enjoy partying and socializing as well. You are likely to come across some influential person one of these days who could be of help in bettering your prospects. Important Dates 13, 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Brace yourself for some challenging times this month. Planetary positions here indicate that you are likely to be dissatisfied with your present position. Your goals and dreams seem distant and your pursuit of money seems to be getting insecure. Saturn posited in opposition to your Sign and Mars stationed therein may put hurdles in one form or other in day to day working and may affect progress adversely. Now, Rahu moves to Leo and Ketu shifts to Aquarius. This is on 3/9 axis. Be ready for some hectic activity in the coming week as Mercury becomes direct in motion. Businessmen can now confidently think of executing their
Issues related to personal and professional life will keep you on your toes this month. It may not be a good beginning. If you are not careful, you could fail to strike a balance between personal and professional obligations. Get organized, structure your schedules, and prioritize, says Ganesha. Mercury becomes direct in motion, early in the month. This will help calm your nerves. The cohesive influence of Jupiter will also work in your favour. Opposition of Mars and Saturn on 4/10 house axis is likely to keep you alert and agile. Talks about gain through inheritance could raise your hopes. However, this might take a long time to materialize. You may need to
Gemini - May 23 - Jun 21
tive treatment early experience greater duration and severity of illness. They then need more complex, prolonged treatment. Structured, psychological therapies are considered the cornerstone of treatment for eating disorders. For adolescents with anorexia, this takes the form of family-based therapy. This involves helping the whole family support the person with the disorder. In adults with eating disorders, evidence shows a minimum of 20 sessions of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) – which challenges learnt ways of thinking – is necessary. In severe cases of anorexia, at least 40 CBT sessions that include a strong emphasis on restoring healthy eating attitudes and behaviours are required. A multidisciplinary team is best equipped to address the complex nutritional, medical and psychological needs of someone with anorexia. Increasing funding to improve outcomes The total social and economic costs of eating disorders in Australia exceed A$69 billion per year. These costs can be reduced with early detection. Most people with eating disorders go a long time before receiving adequate care. One study of over 10,000 adolescents found that, while nearly 90% of those with an eating disorder contacted a service provider for help, in only a minority (3-28%) of cases were the services specifically for their eating disorder. Factors such as denial, shame, stigma and a lack of recognition of eating disorder symptoms by health-care professionals are likely contributors to this
Leo - July 23 - August 22
Virgo - August 23 - October 22
complete some legal formalities before things fall in your lap. Meanwhile, remain well focused on your present assignment. Important Dates 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26
Libra - September 23 - October 22 You
will be hungry for success this month. You will be self-motivated and push yourselves harder towards your goals. Reaffirm your strategy and stay grounded in what you are trying to achieve. There is good news at the beginning. With Mercury becoming direct in motion by 4th, business persons can now start implementing long held plans for development. It is also an auspicious time to launch new products and ventures. Surround yourself with positive mental attitude that will that will help you tap these opportunities successfully, exhorts Ganesha. Mercury and Venus getting closer will herald better times now. Important Dates 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 29
Scorpio - October 23 - Nov 21
You will zealously wish to get smart with your money this month. You will look for opportunities to bolster your finances. You will be checking out options to see what works best for you. Scorpio natives are always passionate about their needs and requirements. Fortunately, planetary positions are encouraging at the moment. You will be in a strong position financially. By 4th, Mercury becomes direct in motion. This is likely to bring relief for business persons as well as professionals. Those in trade and business can now look forward to implementing their plans successfully. You can expect heartening results during this period, forecasts Ganesha. However, as days progress and stars realign themselves, you might need to get cautious. With retrograde Saturn occupying the Second House in direct opposition to aggressive Mars, you will need to be guarded about your expenses. Important Dates 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 29
Sagittarius - November 22 - Dec 22
You may face stubborn challenges that may slow down your progress this month. They may hold you back from fulfilling your vision. How are you going to overcome these disappointments? According to Ganesha, work with dedication and discipline and wait for opportune moments to make your kill. At the beginning retrograde Saturn does not seem encouraging either for financial growth or personal relationships. Looks like you may have to lie low now. It is when Mercury becomes direct in motion that situation begins to get favourable. The strong influence of Mars will keep you busy and energized for long hours, though Saturn might prove to be a bit of a dampener. Take courage! A noticeable change in planetary position happens when Mercury shifts to Taurus. You can expect a smooth run for some time now. Important Dates 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26
Capricorn - December 23 - Jan 30
You will devise new plans and strategies to nurture your skills this month. Your motto will be to be confident, work hard and perform optimally. The beginning of the month looks good. Mercury becomes direct by 4th, opening up plethora of opportunities for you. But check before taking the plunge as some may not have long-term viability. Both businessmen and professionals are likely to gain here. With day to day tasks running smoothly, you can now focus on some development oriented activities. For maximum results, be methodical in your work. Benefits will support your cause. If you are looking for buying an apartment or shifting residences, go ahead! You have the required blessings, forecasts Ganesha. Mid month, with Moon in your Sign, you will be prompted to take stock of your achievements and plan for more monetary gains. Important Dates 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Aquarius - January 21 - Feb 19
Plenty of hard work is on the anvil, and this will be on various fronts of your life. That’s what’s in store for you this month. At the beginning of the month, crafty Mercury becomes direct in motion, ushering in encouraging times. Progress is expected to be good at work with positive developments and promotional occurrences taking you close to your targets. Planetary positions also indicate gain in monetary assets. You could shop here for some lucrative investment opportunities to boost earnings. Aquarians are always keen to experiment with new ideas to better their prospects. Go ahead, the way seems clear! However, you need to remain level headed and not race ahead recklessly, Ganesha alerts. Important Dates 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27
Pisces - February 20 - March 20
Get ready for a demanding situation and an uphill climb this month. With two planets of starkly contradictory nature, Mars and Saturn, being in opposition to each other on 4/10 axis, there does not seem any escape from hard work and challenging times to achieve growth. Planet related to communication crafty Mercury becomes direct in motion by 4th. Now result oriented action is likely to commence. Good time for businessperson to pour money into ventures to accelerate pace of development. Though, you will continue to encounter stretches of fear and disappointments, alerts Ganesha. Those employed may find themselves overloaded with work. An intelligent move may serve you well in building up your wealth. But keep fiancés with long term perspective and emergencies in mind. Important Dates 15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26
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13 May 2017...
GOPIO Youth Council presents Youth Sports Day – 11am-4pm at Cannon Hill community Sports Club, 18 Lang Street, Cannon Hill. Activities include Kho-Kho, tug of War, Relay Race, Short version of Soccer, Add Mad & Trivia. Bake Sale – 50% will be donated to local charity. For more details contact Ananya 0402196393 / Mandeep 0432 592 451 / Jess 0422 414 668 Sherwood State School Fete – 464 Oxley Road, Sherwood. Stalls, fun activities for kids, entertainment. Follow on facebook Sherwood State School Fete for updates
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GOPIO Queensland, Girmit Diwas – 6pm for 6:30pm start at The Multipurpose Room 2, Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point. Program: Key Note speech, laying of wreaths and flowers, video presentation, finger food will be served. Please RSVP for catering purposes to email@example.com For further information contact GOPIO Qld President Usha Chandra on 0419 775 416 or Remembrance Day coordinator Umesh Chandra on 0421 388 465
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Brisbane Bhakti Yog Centre in co-operation with Brisbane Hindu Mandir is organising Sri Madbhagavat Saptah by Sripad BV Siddhanti Maharaj – Sri Maharaji has been living in Vrindavana since 1995 getting trained in Bhakti philosophies. He is very knowledgeable in Vedic scriptures and travels all over India and the world, including China and Russia reciting Bhagavat Katha under the guidance of Sripad BV Narayan Goswami Maharja. Monday 15th – Friday 19th: 6:30pm8:30pm, Bhajans, Hari katha followed by arati and mahaprasadam. Saturday and Sunday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm – Bhajans, hari katha followed by arti and Mahaprasadam. For more information please contact: Prakash Raniga 0412 689 264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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GOPIO Queensland Inc – Fundraising Dinner for India Day Fair 2017 – 6:30pm at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains. Join GOPIO Qld for an evening filled with great food, entertainment and raffle prizes!! Cost: $600 per table of ten. RSVP 5 may to Usha Chandra 0419 775 416 email@example.com or Secretary Pravinita SinghPillay 0449 067 865 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sitar Maestro Pt Sugato Nag (Kolkata) – 7pm at Qld Multicultural Centre, 124 Main Street, Kangaroo Point. Tabla Sri Shen Flindell. Including Sangeet Mela 2017 Programme launch featuring Smt Padmalakshmi Sriram (Bharatanatyam Dance). Bookings www.trybooking.com/PMOM or call Shen 0415 106 428
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QLD Fiji Football presents QCUP 2017 – Acacia Ridge FC – Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge. Open Mens, Over 35’s, Juniors, FREE entry, FREE parking, Licenced bar. For more information follow Queensland Fiji Football QFFA on facebook or visit www.qffa.com.au
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GCHCA in collaboration with Brisbane Chapter of Vedanta Centre presents the Indian Classical Dance Programme by the famous artists of Dubai Klassical Rhythms Group – 6:30pm -9pm at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 SouthportNerang Road, Nerang. Ticket prices range from $20 single and $50 family. Dinner will also be provided on purchase. All proceeds go towards the building fund of GCHCA. You can purchase the tickets for the dance program via www.culture.goldcoasthindu.org/tickets Continued page 48
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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Qld Inc – Gayatri Maha Yajna – 10:30am – 12:30pm at QVCC Yajshalla, 198 Learoyd Road, Willawong. Havan Yajna ceremony is one of the most important rites laid down in the Vedic scriptures for householders and is part of the eternal Sanatan Vedic Dharm/culture. Yajna is the cornerstone of the Vedic way of life. For your donation towards Yajna sponsorship of $250 please kindly contact Mr Jitendra Deo 3273 3079 / 0411 798 012. For more information visit www.aryamajqueensland.com
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IABCA – India Australia Business & Community Awards – Black Tie Gala event at Brisbane City Hall. Limited tickets on sale visit www.iabca.com.au
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Lalithakalalaya presents Sarvam Sivamayam – 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Clairvaux Mackillop College, Klumpp Road, Upper Mount Gravatt. Chief Guest Mrs Archana Singh, Honorary consul of India Queensland. Tickets: Single $10 (Children between 5 and 12) $5. For tickets please contact Sriram (Brisbane) 0406860078. Dinner will be sold at minimal price after the programme. To keep up to date follow Lalithakalalaya on
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Brahma Kumaris Australia – Meditation & Positive Thinking Sessions – Mondays 10.30am to 11.30am: Regular meditation should improve your ability to focus and think clearly. By practising mediations which cultivate our ability to sense and care for our natural energy we are able to live life with greater awareness and confidence. Each class includes guided meditations, discussions, short talks and the introduction and practice of techniques. Each session is a different topic. Meditation sessions Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30 pm and Sundays 5.30pm to 6.30pm. During these sessions there will be meditation commentaries, music and periods of silence. You can come and go at any time during these sessions. Venue: 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters. Please phone to register – 5575 2126. Email email@example.com or visit www.brahmakumaris.org/au/whatson for more information Continued page 50
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Brisbane Good Samaritan Prayer Fellowship (Malayam Service) – Congregation on every Sunday from 10am to 12pm at Stafford Scouts, 38 Appleby Road, Stafford, Qld 4053. For further information contact 0468 358 646 or 0411 269 322. Come and hear the message of your eternal life, GOD BLESS
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Zi Za Dong Zen Association – Energy Healing to improve health and well beings – ZZDZ Assn. Inc is a not for profit charity foundation based in Brisbane. Focusing on energy healing named Qi Gong through meditation, it provides free energy healing sessions and guidance. Practicing Qi Gong will encourage you to achieve a positive outlook on life, by helping to reduce stress and calm your mind. It also increases vitality, enhances your immune system and helps to eliminate negative attitudes and behaviours. Session Times & Locations: Mondays-Thursday & Saturday 9am – 12pm at 10 Cognac Court, Calamvale. Thursday afternoon (except 1st week) 3.30pm – 6pm at Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown Library. 67 Level 2, Cnr Calam & Compton Road. Friday afternoon 2pm-5pm at Logan West Library – 69 Grand Plaza Drive, Brown Plains. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.zzdz.org.au
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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Qld Inc – Vedic Yaj (Havan) –The Sabha performs Havan Yaj every Sunday from 2-4pm at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre, 198 Learoyd Rd, Willawong and the public is welcome to be part of it. The members of public now can perform Havan Yaj at the centre. The fee of $50 is required for use of centre facilities to cover operating costs. The Havan Kund, utensils are available for use as well The Havan ingredients can be supplied if you are unable to get them. Mango sticks, Ghee, Samagri, Chamfor etc is available at the centre as well for $25. The seating capacity of the Yajshalla (Havan Hall) is 100. Contact Vice President Mrs Sushila Pathik for further information and bookings on 3314 6059. Contact Jitendra Deo 3263 1914 or Hari Chand 3345 4716 or visit www.aryasamajqueensland.com for further information. Australian Pentecostal Assembly Brisbane – Sunday Worship every Sunday 9am11.30am at 84 The Community Place, 84 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin Qld with Pastor Prakash Jacob. Cottage Meeting every Tuesday 7.30pm-9pm / Kids Bible Study every Friday 7pm-7.45pm / Intercessory Prayer every Friday 7.45-9pm. Worship in Hindi, English, Malayalam and other Indian Languages. For more information Phone 07 3315 5597 / 0413 347 562 or email email@example.com /
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Star Christian Church – Clontarf Beach State School Hall. Every Sunday – Morning Service at 9.30am. Evening Service at 5pm. Come fired up and expectant! Star Church is a great, young church located on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula. A Pentecostal community connected with the Australian Christian Churches. We passionately want God’s presence in our lives, desire to be trained and knowledgeable in His Word, hungry for the supernatural, excelling in our service and hospitable at life. For more information visit www.starchurch.org.au
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.hinduculturalhub.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 pre-
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.shirdisaibrisbane.org 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.org.au; facebook: Amma Brisbane Satsang. Contact: email@example.com; ph: 07 3715 8278
Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil (Ganesha Temple) Brisbane (South Maclean) – For full list of upcoming events please visit www.sriselvavinayakar.org
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: yidlbris.org, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bollywood & Entertainment
Shab premiered at New York Indian Film Festival, director Onir thrilled with response
Aditi Rao Hydari: Something wrong with people who are not feminist FILMMAKER Onir’s (pictured above) film Shab, starring Raveena Tandon in the lead, was premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival, and he says that he couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from the audience. “I am thrilled with the response the film has received. NYIFF is special as this is the fourth time my film has got screened at the festival,” shares Onir, whose film is set against the backdrop of a cosmopolitan city and shows how lives of different people are intermingled. Back home in India, the first look of the film was released on Tuesday 9 May, and the director says that he’s is quite happy with the reactions he’s seen on social media. “I hope the film gets as much love when it releases in India. Everyone has put in a lot of efforts to bring out the emotions of the characters on the big screen.” The film which will release on June 30, also stars Ashish Bisht, Arpita Chatterjee and French actor Simon Frenay. This is not the first time that the filmmaker’s work has won hearts on an international platform. His documentary Raising The Bar won the Award of Recognition at the Australian Film Festival in December. HT
ACTOR Aditi Rao Hydari thinks it should be considered normal to be a feminist when women make up 50% of the world’s population. Aditi Rao Hydari says she does not understand why the idea of feminism is taken negatively as she believes every normal human being should be a feminist. The 30-year-old was honoured with the youth icon of the decade award by the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi on Monday. “Every normal person today should be a feminist. Being a feminist should be considered normal. “The fact that women make half the world should be respected. Every human is a feminist and if they are not, something is
Aditi will next be seen in Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi. The movie also marks Sanjay Dutt’s comeback. HT
Akshay Kumar tweets photo with PM Modi, reveals what made NaMo smile
AKSHAY Kumar’s upcoming film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, is based on PM Modi’s clean India drive, popularly known as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Actor Akshay Kumar is on cloud nine these days and he has all the right reasons. On May 3, President Pranab Mukherjee presented the actor with the National Award for his performance in Rustom and Airlift. And, today (9 May), the actor met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Capital to tell him about his upcoming film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Akshay shared a photo with NaMo on his Twitter page and it didn’t take long for it to become a hot topic on social media. The film, which also stars actor Bhumi Pednekar, is a satirical comedy based on Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan— a governmental initiative to improve the sanitation conditions in India. Helmed by Shree Narayan Singh, it will highlight the importance of the pay-anduse toilet scheme and bring to light the issue of open defecation, mostly in rural areas of India. The film releases on August 11, and will clash with Imtiaz Ali’s Shah Rukh KhanAnushka Sharma starrer. 52 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
wrong with them. It should be in the upbringing and not looked upon as something unusual,” Aditi told PTI. The actor believes it is important for women to be financially independent as it is one of the prime steps towards self-empowerment. “Financial independence is very important. It gives you a confidence to believe that you don’t have to depend on anybody practically. When you start working and earning your money, it gives you a thrill. The fact that I am not answerable to anybody empowers me,” she says.
On March 30, Akshay Kumar had shared the first poster of his film. HT Call 07 3865 6533
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This May, Mind Blowing Films brings to you some drama, fun, laughter & romance THIS May, Mind Blowing Films follows up with more such films which have stunning visuals, beautiful melodies and intriguing story lines. Meri Pyaari Bindu and Lahoriye are both up for release on 12th May 2017. MERI PYAARI BINDU
Release Date: 12th May 2017 Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana Language: Hindi (With English Subtitles) Production House: Yash Raj Productions Director: Akshay Roy
Fahadh Faasil lent his voice to Che Guevara in Comrade in America FOR those who have seen Dulquer Salmaan's Comrade in America, the character of Che Guevara would have been surprising. And now we have got know that it was none other Fahadh Faasil who lent his voice to the iconic Argentine Marxist revolutionary. The characters of Che, Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx appear as heroes of Dulquer's character Aji Mathew and help him make a decision when he faced with a problem in
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his love life. The film's director Amal Neerad confirmed to us that it was indeed Fahadh who had voiced Che's character in the film. Amal and Fahadh had previously worked together in Iyobinte Pusthakam, in which the actor incidentally had played a communist too. Meanwhile, Fahadh is now busy shooting for his Tamil movies directed by Mohan Raja of Thani Oruvan fame and by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. TOI
Synopsis: Fed up with the lack of critical appreciation despite being a successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) returns to his roots in Kolkata to write more meaningful literature and decides on an oldfashioned love story – which was now, 3 years in the making. This writers block is called Bindu (Parineeti Chopra). How do you contain this unpredictable, crazy, restless, larger than life, live wire in the pages of a book? As Abhi says” You know when a song comes on and you just have to dance? Bindu was that song. That silly infectious joyful tune you couldn’t
get out of your head...even if you wanted to.” So where should he begin? Where should he end? Find out in cinemas! LAHORIYE
Release Date: 12th May 2017 Starring: Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta Language: Punjabi (With English Subtitles) Production House: Rhythm Boyz Entertainment, Amberdeep Productions Director: Amberdeep Gill
Synopsis: Lahoriye is an upcoming Punjabi film starring Amrinder Gill and Sargun Mehta. The duo was earlier seen in the much appreciated ‘Angrej’. The film has been written by Amberdeep Singh who’s also the producer of the film. The film captures lives of families who were earlier staying in Lahore and were forced to move to the other side of the border. The story takes a new turn when a few unrelated families start residing under one roof to seek shelter during the upheaval. Amidst this chaos, there’s a bubbling love story that emerges on the surface but the question is that would this love be lauded or lead to another mayhem in this political drama.
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MotoGP: Pedrosa wins as Spanish reign at Jerez JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Honda's Dani Pedrosa led from pole to flag to claim a dominant victory at the Spanish MotoGP on Sunday 7 May ahead of Marc Marquez as Spanish riders cleaned up at Jerez. Pedrosa clocked 45min 26.827sec for his first win on Spanish soil since he won on the same track in 2013. It was the 31-year-old's 30th MotoGP win. "It was an extremely hard race to be calm. I wanted to go faster but maybe the track condition was not there," said Pedrosa. "I wasn't really riding very comfortably so I had to be very concentrated. In the end I was able to control my pace and manage my lap times." Fellow Honda rider Marquez pushed hard throughout the 27 laps around the sun-kissed circuit, but had to settle with second, at 6.1sec. Jorge Lorenzo, on a Ducati, rounded
out the podium to make it an all-Spanish top three. "Honestly I was pushing and trying to stay with him," said Marquez, whose younger brother Alex won the Moto2 earlier in the day. "Second place was a really good position here." Lorenzo dubbed his third place "like a victory". "I'm very proud, very happy... It's such a difficult bike." Championship leader Valentino Rossi, seeking a 10th world title, could only manage 10th position, more than 38sec off Pedrosa's winning pace. But the Italian, with 62 points, kept his place atop the standings, two ahead of Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, with Marquez (52) in third and Pedrosa fourth (50). TOI
Rated Indian boxing highly, so decided to form SBL: Amir Khan
MUMBAI: British Olympic medal-winning boxer Amir Khan on Tuesday (9 May) said that he was impressed with the Indian boxing talent and decided to form the Super Boxing League (SBL), a franchise-based league to be held in July-August. "I rate Indian boxing very highly and that's the reason I and (English businessman) Bill (Dosanjh) decided to come to India and form this SBL. There are very good fighters here," Khan told PTI in an interview. Dosanjh and Khan are joint promoters of SBL which will have eight city-based teams and is scheduled from July 7 to August 12. The star British boxer, who clinched a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, heaped praise on Indian boxers Vijender Singh and Mary Kom - both Olympic medal winners. "I have seen a couple of (Indian) fighters in Olympics, Commonwealth Games. Vijender (Singh) is one - I am very impressed with what I see. (MC) Mary Kom is another fighter I am impressed with - the style. "Every fighter in India is different and that's what I like. What India has done in Olympics and Commonwealth Games, winning medals in major tournaments is brilliant. It shows that India needed something like SBL," the 30-year-old boxer said. 54 â€” THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, May, 2017
Interestingly, SBL does not have approval from national boxing body Boxing Federation of India. Undeterred by BFI's opposition Khan said that SBL will provide something "new" for the Indian fans and stressed that the upcoming league will help Indian boxing. "It (SBL) will help Indian boxing quite a bit. I don't think India has had anything like this. This is not only good for the Indian boxers to get involved, it is also going to be good for fans. SBL is going to give them (Indian boxers) a chance to make good money and a name for themselves," he said. The pugilist said he was inspired by heavyweight boxing legend, the late Muhammad Ali, because of his contribution - both inside and outside the ring. "He (Ali) did a lot of charity work. He changed boxing. He spoke highly of himself and he hyped the fight. He was a hero of mine," said Khan. Khan's most memorable bout remains the Athens Olympics final, where he clinched the silver medal that got him recognition as a 17-year-old. Call 07 3865 6533
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