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Walker pulled an equalising try out of nothing, the Brisbane air was already whispering that this might well be Penrith’s night. The 2021 NRL grand final has hardly been a story of certainty. Less than 24 hours ago there was no guarantee it would even be played this week let alone at Suncorp Stadium. Likewise, many would have bet against the Panthers

making it this far when they lost to this very opponent in the qualifying finals three weeks ago, before Souths enjoyed a rest and then a big win against Manly. Ivan Cleary’s team, conversely, took the hard route. But after they eked past the Eels, they dismantled the Storm. Once Melbourne had been conquered, anything was possible. CONTD. ON PG 6

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From the Publisher Welcome to our October issue, as we embark on eighteenth year of publication, yes, we were officially launched on 24th September 2003 with the first publication released in October 2003. The journey thus far has been very interesting, we have lived and learned a lot along the way. From the very outset we were focussed on bringing a quality print forward, being the first full colour publication in its category. Sustaining a complimentary publication is challenging and often not financially viable, our objective was providing a platform and medium to the communities we serve and hence despite all challenges we have soldiered on. In the eighteen years we have changed our office location five-time , we began in Boondall ( Sue Corner) then we went to Clontarf ( Own Building) from where we shifted to Grange (closer to home), end of lease show us moving back to Boondall where we operated within Globenet Realty before moving into shop 01 , where Australian Indian Radio was launched in 2015. In February 2019 we moved to our current location on the 29th floor of Meriton Towers (Own property next to home). The growing trend in livestreaming show us launch our Facebook and YouTube live segments. October begins with Gandhi Jayanti, and as usual GOPIO Queensland organised their

Gandhi Jayanti at Roma Street Parklands, the event is always supported by FICQ, AIBC, GSML and other Indian Organisations. Gandhi Salt March Limited held a hybrid event in Springfield as part of Power of peace festival. Major event would be the beginning of Navratri for Hindus a very auspicious period, challenging time for garba organisers due the restrictions on dancing and the numbers allowed on the floor at one time. Our community has been

very receptive and adaptive to the health advice by Queensland Government via our premier and Chief Health Officer and I am sure that we will do the right thing during Navratri. Diwali (Laxmi Poojan) this year falls on 4th of November, the six day celebration begins on 1st of November with Ekadasi and ending on 6th November with Bhai Dooj. As our publication date will be after Diwali, this is our Diwali issue, and we would like to wish everyone all the best for Diwali and may Maha Laxmi shower her blessings on you all as you start the new financial year. Refer inside to the dates and pooja timings India Day Fair is all set to go ahead at the postponed date of 23rd October, restrictions have added another layer of challenge for our Iconic event. First, we had to shift the venue from Roma Street Parkland to Southbank Piazza and when we all set to go the lockdown was announced and we had to change the date, a lot of planning goes into deliverance of such a event. And every time there is a change, all stakeholders must be re coordinated. God willing, we will deliver the event on 23rd October, this event provides a whacking great hit of spectacle, entertainment and patriotism – and will leave audiences feeling suitably transported. Congratulations is in order, for Professor Prasad Yarlagadda, on reaching his sixtieth milestone, his passion for education has seen him assisting numerous students attain their academic achievements, we were proud to haven part of the celebration. Congratulations to Sam and Mozeema for their grand style wedding at “Marquee” in Victoria Park complex, what a lovely couple and what and grand event, once again we were honoured to be part of the celebrations. We were also privileged to attend the opening night reception of German Week at Mercedes Benz complex in Newstead, as usual a grand event, well managed under the current restrictive conditions. Brisbane is bracing itself for an onslaught of Diwali functions , especially Gold Coast which seems to be the flavour of month, we would like to wish the organisers all the best with their events , lot of time and efforts goes into planning such big events and they need community support, as such events raise community awareness of our culture to the wider community. In Brisbane FICQ hold the main Diwali function at King George Square, while other organisations hold their functions in other smaller venues. We have been proudly supporting as many of these functions as possible. Queensland Multicultural Council is planning their annual Gala dinner at Queensland Parliament house on nineteenth of November, due a lot of demand they are seeking preregistration of event, please refer to their date claimer in this issue. With these words I really need to pen off – hoping for a more eased and relaxed October, please get vaccinated and observe chief health officers directives. Until next month Happy Reading —Umesh Chandra OAM

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Being patient as pandemic restrictions postpone travel

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Expectations and vigour still play a big part in life, even though disappointments keep piling up, at times. One planned visit to Sydney is now postponed, but hopes are high of COVID-19 travel barriers being lifted and state borders being reopened soon. Until then, always look to plan ahead as there’s no intention that by “failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Past visits have proved Sydney has a certain sparkle that cannot be denied, an effervescent energy that’s tangible and an endless number of attractions that are sure to keep us going back for more. The city’s famous landmarks include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the iconic Opera House, historic Rocks precinct, the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower. Shopping in the NSW

capital is always a treat as is visiting museums and galleries. There are certain other inducements for families to visit as well. The city is full of surprises and hidden gems. Sydney Harbour is an aquatic playground, with more than 240 kilometres of shoreline, dotted by unspoiled beaches, picturesque gardens and pockets of natural bush. Winning a lot of praise are Sydney’s beaches, but it’s the rock pools (coastal

Bondi Beach remains one of Sydney’s — and Australia’s — must-visit destinations. “It’s hardly a secret spot. Where else can you take a swim in a pool fed by ocean water, have a beer outdoors at a pub, go shopping along Campbell Parade and then have dinner at a world-class restaurant like Bondi Icebergs — all without changing out of your swimming trunks? I think the outlook from Icebergs is among the best views of any restaurant in the world and

One iconic landmark — Sydney Opera House — takes pride of place in this panoramic view of Sydney. Photo: Rama Gaind swimming pools carved out of rock) that attract additional interest. As the tide comes in and the waves break over the side, they are fun to visit especially for early morning laps or just playing around with the children. All you have to do is add a hearty lunch and a walk along the ocean for a satisfying round of activities.

literally everything on the menu is excellent. It’s the kind of place where you want to order a bottle of nice Australian wine and settle in for a beautiful afternoon.” Hidden gems We had also turned our attention to sunken gardens, laneway bars and ocean

baths. A few quirky secrets hide in Sydney. There are plenty of amazing viewpoints of Sydney Harbour, but Observatory Hill stands out as one of the best. This small hill is just a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay, and offers an amazing vista. Visitors will also love Sydney Observatory, which sits atop the hill. The historic building houses a museum with free entry and also offers guided tours for a small fee. On the night tours, there may well be a chance to look through the telescopes at the array of stars and planets in the night sky. Anchored by modern comforts during our last stay, the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour is conveniently located on the eastern fringe of the Sydney Central Business District, placing it within walking distance of many of the city’s finest dining and entertainment options. With views looking out over the city’s stunning Darling Harbour and across the western side of the CBD, the hotel is a gateway to the best city attractions. At present, it is being used as a COVID-19 quarantine hotel. The art scene is our preference, and there was not going to be any disappointment — that is, until the latest Public Health Orders kicked in. Amazing choices, all on hold now, but we are learning to be patient!

A recognisable Sydney icon is clearly visible in the distance from The Rocks. Photo: Rama Gaind

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THE PEACE JOURNEY

Pastor Suresh Dass Joseph josephdass@optusnet.com.au Dear reader, it is with much joy we bring you the word of God. I want to talk to you today about peace with yourself. Too many people go around feeling wrong on the inside. They are not happy with who they are. They focus on their flaws and weaknesses. They're constantly very demanding toward themselves. Thoughts like "you are impatient, you are unkind, you lost your temper" keep them unhappy. Often when they say the wrong things, are angry with their loved ones, can't seem to give up on an old habit, they get hard on themselves. But that's not how you are

supposed to go through life. Quit focusing on your faults and weaknesses. In the scriptures we read, (Luke 22 v 54-62), when chief priests and the captains of the temple had arrested Jesus, one of His disciples, Peter, followed at a distance. Now Jesus had already told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. So, while he was in the courtyard, people accused Peter of being one of Jesus' disciples three times. And three times, he denied that he never knew who Jesus was. About that time, the rooster crowed, and Peter realising what Jesus had already told him, went away, and wept bitterly. He lost his peace, was upset, felt like he had done it again, and was angry with himself. At that moment, he didn't like himself. He was not at peace with himself. Just like Peter, we too can fall into the trap of being against ourselves. Every opportunity, where you get angry when you are supposed to hold yourself back, being unkind to others when you should be nice to them, saying negative things

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to people when you should be encouraging them, can lead you to live upset, down on yourself and hurting. But you must realise that once you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, not everything is changed in your life immediately. Even as a believer, you still must contend with your old nature. Some of the old habits, thoughts, and behaviours take a long time to change. The bible talks about an ongoing process of transformation that takes

place in our lives. This is what God does in us through His Word and the power of His Spirit. Your challenge is to stay connected and committed to the Lord. Peter had flaws and shortcomings, but he let God change and transform him. Here are 3 things we can learn from this passage. - Quit beating yourself up. You are not a finished product. You are still a work in progress. God is still working on you. The scripture says, "God changes

us from glory to glory." It would help if you learned to enjoy the glory that you're in right now. Peter, on his part, let God change him. Later, we read that when Jesus rose from the dead, the same Peter who had earlier denied Jesus before people, boldly proclaimed the Lord Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour before a crowd. - When you are at peace with yourself, you will become the kind of person who can have peace with others. In the scriptures, we read that we are to look away from our past mistakes, failures, and weaknesses and look to Jesus. Focusing on your shortcomings will distract you from your purpose. Always thinking about how you don't measure up will distract you from God's good things in store. Peter was at peace with himself, and the peace of God flowed onto the crowd so that three thousand people were added to the church that day. - The problem with not liking yourself is that you're the only person you can never get away from. You can get away from your

neighbour, you can get away from that friend, but you can never get away from you. Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. Scriptures talk about how God is the potter, and we are like the clay in His hands. That means you are to accept yourself where you are now. You may have some weaknesses. We all do. There may be some areas where you know you need to improve but being down on yourself will not help you do better. Having that nagging feeling telling you, "You don't measure up. God is not pleased with you. You'll never get it right," it's not going to help you move forward. It would help if you accepted yourself right where you are, faults and all. God is the potter. You are the clay. He's the one making you and moulding you. And it may not be happening as fast as you would like, but you don't control the timetable. Will you trust him in the process? Will you accept yourself in the glory that you're in right now? God bless you.


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Penrith Panthers edge past South Sydney 14-12 to win NRL grand final CONTD. FROM PG 1 And thus, for the opening 40 minutes of their 14loss Souths had it coming, not quite matching their counterparts’ intensity and looking the more tired team just for trying. They fumbled the ball uncharacteristically and failed to apply enough pressure each time Clive Churchill medallist Nathan Cleary kicked on the fifth. By the time the half was out the Panthers had 65% possession, a 90% completion rate, 1070m to Souths’ 632 and a Cleary penalty for an 8-6 lead that flattered the Rabbitohs. Of course, no thing is a sure thing in rugby league when Wayne Bennett is in the opposing dressing room, sprinkling his master coach magic dust for perhaps the final time in one of the game’s great coaching careers. He emerged perspicacious and poker-faced, and watched as his Souths defended stoutly when Penrith got six again 10m out and then finally fashioned some momentum. But as the sea of bodies – largely unmasked – that was 75% capacity of Suncorp moved in unison around them, Stephen Crichton picked his moment, intercepting an errant Walker pass and galloping untouched

the 40m to the line. Without Jai Arrow, who was lost to a head knock after failing a HIA, Souths kept going. Five minutes from time Cameron Murray found Dane Gagai, and the centre anticipated the run of Alex Johnston, whose dash into the corner made him the first

player since 1954 and third of all time to score 30 tries in a season. Johnston’s was a subplot in an 80 minutes full of them. Pick just about any narrative in this setting and it will resonate. For Rabbitohs captain Adam Reynolds it was bleak. The kid from Redfern

will head to the Broncos after narrowly missing the sideline conversion which would have saved his boyhood club the title. “I can’t put into words how much he’s done for this club,” Murray said of his skipper. “I’m so proud of him, and it’s been an honour to play with

him the first few years of my career.” Once Reynolds had fruitlessly attempted a two-point field goal an expressionless Bennett departed the coach’s box, resigned to his second loss from his 10th grand finals as a coach across five decades

with four different clubs. Penrith’s third title was a breakthrough for Bennett’s Penrith counterpart Cleary in his 370th game as a coach, becoming the only man to win one for the first time after their 250th game. “I can’t sum up my emotions. This year has been totally different. It’s a twoyear thing, three-year thing really,” he said afterwards. “There was at least five who shouldn’t have been playing today. It was a calculated risk on a lot of boys. “I woke up at 2am this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Thinking three or four of them could have been gone by 10 minutes. It’s purely on courage these boys have won.” There were tears as he hugged son Nathan, and then more as To’o found his partner in the crowd and proposed. “Pretty happy that I’ve got a ring and she does as well,” he said, revealing he planned to ask the question regardless of the result. “I just told her she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me then got down on one knee. I was planning to do it during Origin but due to COVID it didn’t happen, so made the next step to push for a grand final.”

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GOPIO Queensland celebrates annual Gandhi Jayanti BRISBANE, second October marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also of Lal Bahadur Sastri Ji. Since 2014 GOPIO Queensland has been organising Gandhi Jayanti in Roma Street Parklands. Before the statue was unveiled the celebration would take place in the parkland prescient at different locations close to where the statue is now. As usual all Indian Community organisations were invited to be part of the celebration, and it was pleasing to witness the unity in action amongst Queensland Indian Community. Umesh Chandra OAM as the MC called to order and introduced Uncle Steve C Coghill to formally acknowledge the traditional owners of the land. Uncle Steve C Coghill acknowledged the traditional owners of the land and in doing so also acknowledged the elders of the other cultures. Umesh Chandra OAM said, “We meet in challenging times and I would like to show my appreciation for all of you having taken the time out of your busy schedules to be here today. As we are meeting during the challenging times one can just imagine the challenges that Mahatma Gandhi would have had to face. Putting that in perspective our challenges today are somewhat subdued”. Umesh Chandra OAM briefly outlined the proceeding for the day, he said “in interest of

time we have limited speeches and presentations. The format will be; each speaker will be asked to respectfully lay the wreath at the statue and then deliver his/her speech”. He first introduced the President of the GOPIO Qld, Rakesh Sharma. Rakesh Sharma has been a founder member of the GOPIO Qld, he has been the past president of the Hindu Mandir Association and convenor of the Hindi program on radio 4EB. Rakesh Sharma was requested to lay his wreath and deliver his speech which included the welcome address. In introducing the next speaker Umesh Chandra OAM said, “It is wonderful that we are observing Gandhi Jayanti in tune with his philosophies and in a united manner. So, we have today representatives of major Indian organizations amongst us. Next up, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Mr. Shyam Das the president of FICQ. He has been a former president of GOPIO Qld of which he has also been a founder member. He has served on various committees including being a board member of radio 4EB. I would like to now invite Mr Shyam Das Ji to lay his wreath and deliver his speech”. Shyam Das president of the FICQ laid his wreath and delivered his speech. The next speaker was Mrs Archana Singh Ji, The Honorary consul for India in Qld. Mrs Archana Singh ji is a tireless worker attending numerous

community functions. She has been serving the Indian community well before taking on the Honorary consul’s role. Specially during the student’s unrest period. She went up and beyond the call of duty in their service. And here today, she is the highest representative of Indian Government. Mrs Archana Singh ji laid her official wreath and delivered her inspiring speech. The next speaker was Jim Varghese AM – National Chair Australia India Business Council and Chairman, Gandhi Salt March Limited. He also chairs Gandhi Statue committee of which Hemant Naik is the secretary. This statue is here due to the committee’s strong advocate under the leadership and guidance of Jim Varghese. Jim also represented Springfield land corporation at the event as Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM could not make it. Jim has always worked in and believed in community unity. In furtherance of which he has held many reconciliation sessions in his own time and accord. Later on, the day he had organized a hybrid Gandhi Jayanti in Springfield. Jim Varghese laid his wreath and delivered his speech in which he emphasized upholding of the values of Mahatma Gandhi’s teaching and following the paths lead by him rather than just talking about it. The next speaker was Hemant Naik, who is the

secretary of Gandhi Statue committee. Hemant has been a long-standing community worker here in Brisbane. PM Narendra Modi Ji, even before he become the chief minister of the Gujarat had visited Brisbane and during a dinner function organized by Mr Pars Ram Punj had discussed the possibility of Gandhi Statue in Brisbane with Hemant Naik that dream became a reality and PM Narendra Modi Ji had the pleasure officially unveiling this statue here. Hemant Naik talked about journey and how a confluence of ideas eventuated into a united reality. Hemant Naik laid his wreath and delivered his speech. Following his speech,

he was joined by Kalpana Naik to sing few bhajans at that point in time everyone present were invited to lay their wreath and pay floral tributes. In conclusion Umesh Chandra OAM said, “Ladies and gentlemen , before we finish todays proceeding , I would like to Thank GOPIO Queensland committee for their excellent

facilitation , Aziz Popat for the refreshments , Rakesh Sharma for the drinks , all the community organisations for the solidarity and unity , Each and every one of you for making time to be here. In the end I seek your forgiveness for any shortcoming there may have been in my conduction of today’s proceeding”.

GOPIO GC Diwali Fair – Festival of Lights GOLDCOAST GOPIO GC is hosting the first ever Diwali Fair – Festival of Lights on the coast on 10th October 2021.The Diwali Festival will be held at Broadwater Parklands where all members of the Gold Coast and wider community can come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. The event will include a showcase of Indian culture, food trucks, Indian inspired clothing/homewares stalls, cultural performances and a firework show. A boost to local businesses, uplifting the spirits and cultural harmony among the multicultural and wider Gold Coast community. Diwali – The Festival of Lights - is a

hugely anticipated event in the Indian festival calendar celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains globally. In addition to the inspiring story of the Ramayana epic, which has guided generations, there is a fundamental concept of the day being a celebration of ‘’Truth over Evil’’, ‘’Hope over Despair’’, ‘’knowledge over ignorance" and ‘’Light over Darkness’’. For some, it’s a harvest festival and the beginning of a New Year. The event enables the community to rejoice the day, enabling a sense of community, belonging and enhancing the multicultural fabric of the city of Gold Coast.

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INDOZ FESTIVAL QUEENSLAND’S BIGGEST INDONESIAN CELEBRATION BRISBANE Celebrated the first anniversary of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (“IA-CEPA”), Brisbane Indian Time and Australian Indian Radio had attended the inaugural of IndOz Business Conference with the other businesses and government representatives from all over Australia and Indonesia. It was held in Brisbane on Thursday, 16 September 2021. IndOz Business Conference was established following the success of IndOz Festival and IndOz Business Networking Dinner, which is the most prestigious Indonesian event in Australia since 2013. IndOz Business Conference was the first Indonesia-Australia hybrid conference and was the true reflection of a more collaborative relationship between Indonesia and Australia. The Conference has provided an opportunity to learn from key players in Indonesia-Australia space, benefited from IA-CEPA, practical ways to enter into the “next door” market and most importantly to build a valuable network. Notable speakers included representatives from both Indonesian and Australian government

IndOz Business Conference was established following the success of IndOz Festival and IndOz Business Networking Dinner, which is the most prestigious Indonesian event in Australia since 2013. IndOz Business Conference was the first IndonesiaAustralia hybrid conference and was the true reflection of a more collaborative relationship between Indonesia and Australia. representatives and business leaders who have successfully established their businesses in the neighbouring market. The format of the Conference was hybrid, facilitated the participation from Indonesian Government as well as to allow Indonesian businesses to participate in the conference. Participants in Australia were encouraged to attend and network in person in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, which is also known as the Sunshine State.

Sam Weds Mozeema at Victoria Park Complex BRISBANE On Saturday 2nd October Sam wed Mozeema at The Marquee Terrace in Victoria Park complex. The outdoor wedding ceremony with Brisbane City as the backdrop was nothing short of being spectacular. The elegant setting and decorations complemented the lavish event. The wedding, in full Australian tradition took place by exchanging the vows and rings and Sam and Mozeema being announced Husband and Wife. After the wedding, drinks and canapes was served on the terrace in a magnificent Brisbane Saturday afternoon style. The reception which was held inside the marquee

The wedding, in full Australian tradition took place by exchanging the vows and rings and Sam and Mozeema being announced Husband and Wife. After the wedding, drinks and canapes was served on the terrace in a magnificent Brisbane Saturday afternoon style.

was elegantly set out. The decorations were second to none, and why would it not be? when Mozeema is the daughter of Sam & Shabnam Abdul of Dream Style Decorators. The three-course dinner was a well selected menu. The speeches were good, but the best was the speech

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by Sam’s (the groom) father who delivered a brilliant speech the content and the delivery won the hearts of everyone present. He spoke words of praise for his son while tactfully grilling him. We wish Sam & Mozeema all the very best in their wedded life.


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COLES DONATES RECORD FOOD VOLUMES TO VULNERABLE AUSTRALIANS

Food donations part of unprecedented Coles $143 million contribution to community In a year when many Australians experienced severe hardship as a result of COVID-19, Coles donated record food volumes – equivalent to more than 35 million meals – to its community partners to help feed Australians in need. The food donations were a key component of an unprecedented community contribution in FY21, as Coles worked with customers, team members and suppliers to contribute $143 million in support1 to communities across Australia. As revealed in Coles’ 2021 Sustainability Report released today, the $143 million in community support comprised more than $124.4 million from Coles in cash, in-kind support, management costs and time, and $18.6 million contributed by Coles’ customers, team members and suppliers from activities such as fundraising. Coles’ in-kind support included more than 18 million kilograms in food donations – equivalent to over 35 million meals – from its supermarkets and distribution centres to national community partners SecondBite and Foodbank, to feed Australians facing tough times. Coles has donated the equivalent of 185.2 million meals to people in need since forming partnerships with SecondBite in 2011 and Foodbank in 2003. Achievements also

outlined in the Coles 2021 Sustainability Report include: 480.6% of solid waste diverted from landfill, compared with 76.7% in the previous year; 4Committed to no more giveaways of plastic or recycled plastic collectible toys; 4More than 1.6 billion pieces of soft plastic returned to our supermarkets since 2011 through a recycling partnership with REDcycle; 42.2% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions compared to FY20; 4Announced four renewable electricity agreements, bringing the total number of agreements in place to five 4which will enable Coles to purchase more than 70% of the renewable electricity required by FY25, once the agreements commence; 4Approximately 4% of

Coles team members identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; - Awarded Gold Employer status in the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality LGBTQ+ Inclusion Awards; - 87% of Coles Own Brand and Coles Own Liquor Brand primary packaging is now recyclable; 4$4 million in grants from the Coles Nurture Fund announced in FY21 to fund innovation projects for small Australian food producers; 4Broadest range of RSPCA Approved products of any major Australian supermarket; 415.7% improvement in total recordable injury frequency rate compared to FY20; 42,000 leaders completed safety leadership training and 80,000 team members completed safety refresher training; 4Achieved our biggest year-on-year improvement in

the percentage of women in leadership, reaching 36.5% in FY21, and 4“Excellence Award” in Australian Human Resource Awards 2021 for Best Graduate Development Program. Coles Group CEO Steven Cain said Coles’ sustainability achievements in FY21 were part of its Together to Zero/ Better Together strategy to drive generational sustainability and create a better Australia in the future. “Our long-term aspiration is for zero emissions, zero waste and zero hunger and we are grateful to our customers, team members, suppliers and community partners for working with us toward these goals,” he said. “By working better together with our long-standing partnerships with SecondBite and Foodbank, we were able to provide unprecedented food donations from our stores and distribution centres, and have

them redistributed to food charities across Australia. Not only did this help feed vulnerable people facing hardship but importantly it also helped to reduce food waste.” “Better Together recognises that when we work together, we can make a real difference to our team, our suppliers, our customers and to the communities in which we live and work.” SecondBite Co-Founder Simone Carson said Coles’ food donations had been vital amid the increase in demand for food relief. “The past 12 months have been especially hard for communities across Australia impacted by COVID- 19 and still recovering from bushfires. Demand for food skyrocketed and access to fresh, nutritious food has been vital. We would not have been able to respond to those in need without the 16.7 million kilograms of

fresh produce donated by Coles,” she said. “When my husband Ian and I started SecondBite, our vision was to become a leading national food rescue organisation. Our partnership with Coles over the past 10 years has truly enabled SecondBite to grow our reach and impact across Australia. We are so proud that together we’ve rescued and distributed the equivalent of more than 151 million meals to those doing it tough in our communities. There’s still so much to do as the need from the community is growing.” Foodbank CEO Brianna Casey said Coles and Foodbank shared a vision to sustainably feed all Australians. “We believe everyone should have access to essential food, especially in times of hardship. More than 815,000 people a month were accessing food relief through the Foodbank network before the Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. That number has grown significantly at various times throughout the last year and is likely to rise further as the knock-on effects of these events will be felt for years to come,” she said. “We are proud to partner with Coles as we strive towards a shared purpose of sustainably feeding all Australians. Food relief, delivered with dignity and at scale, is crucial in achieving this outcome.”

PILOT PLAN TO RETURN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS A pilot plan that will see the phased return of fully vaccinated international students to NSW has been given the green light by the Commonwealth Government, with the first flight touching down by the end of this year. Accommodation provider Scape has been confirmed to house the returning students for a 14-day quarantine in Redfern, at a building retrofitted to accommodate up to 650 students to COVIDSafe standards approved by NSW Health and NSW Police. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade John Barilaro said the staggered return of students was stage one of a pilot that would slowly expand and evolve, as vaccination rates continue to rise in NSW and internationally. “The international education sector sustains thousands of jobs across NSW, and I’m proud that NSW is leading the way with the return of international students to our shores,” Mr Barilaro said. “The safety of the people of NSW is paramount and we are taking no risks. All participating

students will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised COVID-19 vaccine, and strict quarantine protocols will be in place. “Importantly, this plan will not come at the expense of any Australian citizen or resident wishing to return home.” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the program was vital to the State’s economic recovery, creating jobs and restoring growth. “International education plays an important role in connecting NSW to the

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world,” Mr Perrottet said. “As we implement a range of efforts to reboot our economy, rebuilding the sector - which was worth $14.6 billion to NSW in 2019 - is a key part of our efforts.” Education partners including Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, UNSW, UTS, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University, plus independent providers the International College of Management Sydney,

Kaplan, Navitas, RedHill and Study Group, have signed up to the industry-funded pilot plan. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said NSW was the top destination in Australia for international students. “More than 57,000 students are currently overseas, with many desperate to return, resume their studies, part-time jobs, connect with friends and continue their journey in our world-leading institutions,” Mr Ayres said.

The first phase of the pilot plan is anticipated to bring back 500 international students to NSW on chartered flights, paid for by the students, by the end of the year. Scape CEO Anouk Darling said the company was proud to be involved in the pilot. “Our Scape team are proud to partner with the NSW Government and our world class education sector, here in NSW, to welcome our returning international students into our most advanced and COVID-safe student accommodation facility at Scape Redfern,” Ms Darling said. The announcement was welcomed by the higher education sector with Professor Barney Glover AO, Governor of the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee thanking the NSW Government. “After over 18 months of planning, we are delighted that both the Australian and NSW Government are supportive of a pilot plan for an incremental reopening of our borders to our international students,” Mr Glover said. Council of International Students Australia President, Belle Lim, welcomed the

detailed planning and collaborative approach. “We all want international students back on campus, enjoying the unique learning, work and life experience that only studying in Australia can deliver. We support the cautious approach and look forward to growing the number of students returning to NSW over time,” Ms Lim said. CEO of Independent Higher Education Australia Simon Finn said the private higher education sector welcomes the pilot’s launch and commends the NSW Government’s unwavering focus on community safety, international student welfare and rebuilding the state economy. “By working with the Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) on this pilot from the beginning, the NSW Government has demonstrated its commitment to supporting both the private and public education sector,” Mr Finn said. Participating education providers will contact students to progress an expression of interest for the pilot plan.


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Preliminary auction clearance rate of 72.3 per cent across combined capital cities There were 1,591 homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities this week, up from 1,423 over the previous week and 816 this time last year. Of the 1,207 results collected so far, 72.3 per cent were successful. The previous week saw a preliminary auction clearance rate of 67.3 per cent, which revised up to 67.7 per cent at final figures, while this time last year, 63.0 per cent of auctions were successful. In Melbourne, 510 homes were taken to auction this week, down -7.9 per cent from the 554 originally scheduled. Over the previous week, 430 auctions were held across the city, while this week last year just 13 auctions were held. Of the 320 results collected so far, 42.5 per cent were withdrawn,

and a preliminary auction clearance rate of 54.4 per cent was recorded. Of the 174 sold results, 50.6 per cent were sold prior to the scheduled auction date. In comparison, 52.9 per cent of reported auctions were withdrawn over the previous week and a final auction clearance rate of 43.8 per cent was recorded. The 54.4 per cent preliminary auction clearance rate recorded this week is the highest preliminary clearance rate Melbourne has seen since mid-august, and can be attributed to a lower withdrawal rate. There were 668 auctions held in Sydney this week, compared to 607 over the previous week and 600 over the same week last year. Of the 593 results collected so far, 83.8 per cent

were successful, making it the 7th consecutive week where the city has recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate above 80.0 per cent. Of the 497 sold results, 52.7 per cent were sold prior to the scheduled auction date. Last week, Sydney’s preliminary auction clearance rate was slightly higher (84.0 per cent), revising down to 81.2 per cent at final figures. Across the smaller auction markets, Adelaide was the best performing this week with a preliminary auction clearance rate of 88.1 per cent, followed by Canberra (69.4 per cent), Brisbane (68.1 per cent), and Perth (63.6 per cent). There were only 2 auctions recorded in Tasmania this week and they were both sold prior to auction.

Australian housing values rising at the fastest annual pace since June 1989, but the monthly rate of growth continues to lose steam CoreLogic’s national home

value index rose another 1.5% in September, taking Australian housing values 17.6% higher over the first nine months of the year and 20.3% higher over the past 12 months. The annual growth rate is now tracking at the fastest pace since the year ending June 1989. The monthly change in housing values remains positive across every capital city and broad rest of state region, with Hobart (2.3%) and Canberra (2.0%) recording the largest growth, while Darwin (0.1%) and the recently revised Perth index (0.3%) recorded the softest growth conditions across the capitals. Across regional Australia, regional NSW (2.0%), regional Tasmania (1.7%) and Regional Queensland (1.7%) led September’s capital gains. Although growth conditions remain positive, it is becoming increasingly clear the housing market moved past its peak rate of growth in March when nationally dwelling values increased by 2.8%. Since that time, the monthly rate of growth has eased back to 1.5%. CoreLogic’s research director, Tim Lawless, believes the slowing growth conditions are the result of higher barriers to entry for non-home owners along with fewer government incentives to enter the market.

“With housing values rising substantially faster than household incomes, raising a deposit has become more challenging for most cohorts of the market, especially first home buyers. Sydney is a prime example where the median house value is now just over $1.3 million. In order to raise a 20% deposit, the typical Sydney house buyer would need around $262,300. Existing home owners looking to upgrade, downsize or move home may be less impacted as they have had the benefit of equity that has accrued as housing values surged. “The slowdown in first home buyers can be seen in the lending data, where the number of owner occupier first home buyer loans has fallen by -20.5% between January and July. Over the same period, the number of first home buyers taking out an investment housing loan has increased, albeit from a low base, by 45%, suggesting more first home buyers are choosing to ‘rent vest’ as a way of getting their foot in the door,” Mr Lawless continued. Despite worsening affordability, house values are still generally rising faster than unit values; a trend that has been evident throughout most of the COVID period to-date, especially across the capital cities. Hobart and Darwin are the only capital cities where this trend has not occurred, with unit values

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rising 5.4 percentage points and 4.8 percentage points more than house values respectively over the past 12 months. According to Mr Lawless, “The reasons for the outperformance of the Hobart and Darwin unit markets look to be quite different. In Hobart, demand is skewed towards a slightly older demographic that may be looking to downsize or for lower maintenance housing options against a backdrop of scarce unit supply. In Darwin, the unit sector has moved through a long running oversupply that has driven prices lower. While the median value of a Darwin unit is the lowest of any capital city, unit rents have surged 20.3% higher over the year, driving gross rental yields to 6.9%. “The stronger performance of house values relative to unit values is less obvious outside of the capital cities. The differential between annual house and unit growth rates in the combined capital cities was 12.3 percentage points in the 12 months to September, compared to 1.9 percentage points across regional Australia. In fact, the September quarter saw unit values rising faster than house values across regional Australia. This is probably a reflection of stronger demand for downsizing options and holiday homes in popular coastal markets,” said Mr Lawless.

The impact of macro-prudential policies on the housing market Credit standards remain prudent, but higher household debt levels or a further rise in high-debt-toincome ratio lending could be a trigger for tighter credit conditions down the track. The focus on housing credit policies is becoming more intense as property values continue to rise and mortgage debt levels increase faster than their long-term averages. It’s rare for the RBA to make a statement these days without including a phrase about the importance of maintaining lending standards for housing loans. The central bank’s latest statement following its September board meeting was no different and included the line: “Given the environment of rising housing prices and low interest rates, the Bank is monitoring trends in housing borrowing carefully and it is important that lending standards are maintained.” Any tightening of credit policies would likely have an immediate dampening effect on housing markets, the extent to which would depend on the scope and severity of the tighter credit conditions. Through previous rounds of macroprudential policies and the Banking Royal Commission, which saw housing credit harder to come by, the impact on housing activity and value growth was clear.

The first round of macro-prudential policy intervention (announced December 2014), which involved a 10% speed limit on annual investor credit growth, didn’t make an impact until mid2015 due to the consultative approach adopted by APRA. By May 2015 the rate of home value growth had started to reduce, moving into negative territory between November 2015 and April 2016. The second round of macro-prudential policy announcements came in March 2017, which involved a 30% benchmark on the flow of newly originated interest-only home loans. The impact of this policy setting was more immediate, resulting in the pace of home value appreciations slowing markedly from the date of implementation. As a consequence, national home values declined between late 2017 and early 2018. Credit policy and home loan serviceability assessments were tightened further through the Banking Royal Commission and housing values again responded negatively. Through each of these periods of credit tightening, the impact on housing trends was more evident in markets that had heightened exposure to the rules. Sydney, for example, was the epicentre of investment

activity, with investors comprising almost 56% of mortgage demand in early 2015. Housing values in Sydney fell more sharply than the national average during each of these periods of credit policy adjustment as a result. In the current environment, the risk for credit tightening is likely to be more focused on overall debt accrual across the household sector rather than investment lending or interest-only lending. The speed of net investment credit growth (ie new lending less debt paid down) has increased, but remains below average, and has in fact trended lower over the two months to July, reflecting an appetite for debt reduction across the investment sector. On the other hand, owner occupier credit growth has been trending higher since June 2020 and has remained above the decade average since November last year. The proportion of loans being issued with high debtto-income ratios is another warning sign. The latest data from APRA shows housing loans originated with a debt-to-income ratio greater than six times comprised almost 22% of lending through the June quarter; a substantial lift from a year ago when only 16.0% of new loans had a debt-to-income ratio this high.


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Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland

Patron Re’t Justice Pandit Devendra Pathik “Arya Ratn”

Trustee Mr. Sukarm Pal Singh

Trustee Mr. Mul Chand

Samaj Havan Yajna Satsang at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre

Mr.Devendra Pathik and Mrs. Sushila Pathik 62nd Wedding Anniversary Celebrations Members of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland Inc, Family and Friends celebrated 62nd auspicious Wedding Anniversary of our Patron Retired Justice Pandit Devendra Pathik Ji ‘Arya Ratn’ ‘OF’ and Mrs. Sushila Pathik Ji ‘Arya Ratn’ on Sunday 12/09/2021 at Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre with enriching Havan Satsang ,entertaining musical evening

, heart touching comforting amusing anniversary songs and captivating, fascinating cultural performances and delicious, flavoursome dinner ,refreshments/mishtaan for all present. It was such a special day for our very senior members of our organisation as they were celebrating 62 wonderful years of marriage representing harmony,

wisdom, prosperity, strength and lifelong love which is something very magical. Among the many congratulatory messages received, personal congratulations were also received from Her Majesty The Queen,The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Prime Minister of Australia ,Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of

Fiji, Councillor Angela Owen on Pathiks 62nd Wedding Anniversary representing the strength and longevity of the love of two people. .We express our deep gratitude, appreciation to everyone who contributed in any way and participated in this extraordinary celebratory and momentous Wedding Anniversary program. धन्यवाद नमस्ते जी ओ३म ्

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

Wherever we may be on this earth, the main message of Deepawali should be embraced in practice,ie to remove ignorance and spread knowledge -true knowledge so that the people can be happier and live together as members of the extended family unit. And that should start from our own soul cleansing- right thinking, right speech, and right action. May the light of lights illuminate our inner selves, enlighten our intellect, increase our understanding and may we prosper on the material as well on spiritual aspects. Many people all over the world will be celebrating Deepawali this year. The entire Arya-Hindu world with family and friends is engaged in this ancient celebration. Deepawali night is recorded on our lunar calendar as Amavasya, the dark night. The ancient Rishis were able to measure the ruin that inner darkness brings to human lives. From ancient times they observed that, because of darkness inside, we humans are unable to control the way we think, speak and act. They further saw how we

Deepawali दीपावली

constantly struggle to sort out our thoughts, feelings and inclinations, and how we consequently suffer from emotional turbulence. And so, in an effort to help us, the Rishis codified one of our holy days as Deepawali. They chose a dark night, called Amavasya, and taught us to kindle and arrange little lights in beautiful rows. The whole outer Amavasya atmosphere, usually filled with darkness, is now illumined. This is a meaningful act that points to one simple fact - that the light of wisdom, once kindled, ultimately overcomes our inner darkness of ignorance. This is the basic, fundamental message associated with Deepawali. Diwali is a festival practised by our forefathers since ancient, Vedic times. With the passage of time, however, many historical events came to be associated with the date of Deepavali. Deepavali is a festival celebrated by all members of Indian origin irrelevant of their cast, creed and religion with equal enthusiasm. While the rest of the Indians are imbued into the festive mood for the advent the Hindu New Year, the agricultural society is in jubilation for a

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different reason. Diwali is also the end of the cropping season. This is the time of the year when farmers would be getting the results of their sweat and blood. The farmers hard work they do all through the year is supposed to pay results in terms of a healthy crop. Harvesting period generally bear a lot of prosperity for the farmers. Thus, the farmers perform Havan thanking GOD ALMIGHTY for the good quality crop. Special dishes are made on the harvest festival. Along with the rural farmers, the people living in the urban areas all over the country also commemorate the harvesting season with great dedication. ओ३म ् असतो मा सद्गमय। ओ३म ् तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय। ओ३म ् मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय (Upnishad) O God lead us from untruth to truth.O God lead us from darkness of ignorance to light of knowledge.O God lead us from misery of death to immortality दीपावली मनाएं, पूरी खुशियों के साथ मनाएं । पर दीपावली की विधि कैसी हो, यह विचारने की बात है । अपने घर में उस दिन मित्रों संबंधियों के साथ बैठकर हवन करें

, ईश्वर का धन्यवाद करें । अच्छे फल और शुद्ध मिठाइयां खाएं , एक दस ू रे को बधाई दें , एक दोष को छोड़ें और एक अच्छे गुण को धारण करें । इस दीपावली पर्व पर किसी रोगी विकलांग या गरीब की मदद करें । आपको निश्चित रूप से आनन्द मिलेगा । दीपावली के दिन आर्य समाज के संस्थापक महर्षि दयानन्द सरस्वती जी का निर्वाण दिवस है , अर्थात उन्होंने अपने नश्वर शरीर का त्याग किया था । वे वेदों के प्रकांड विद्वान, उच्च स्तर के योगी, वैरागी, त्यागी, तपस्वी, आदित्य ब्रह्मचारी, परोपकारी, निष्काम कर्मी, स्त्रियों एवं शूद्रों के उद्धारक, उन्हें शिक्षा प्राप्ति का अधिकार दिलाने वाले, गौ माता आदि प्राणियों के रक्षक, कुरीतियों के विनाशक, मानव मात्र को धर्म का मार्ग दिखाने वाले, सच्चे ईश्वर का ज्ञान कराने वाले, मोक्ष मार्गी थे . उन्होंने जिन कार्यों को तन, मन, धन लगाकर किया, उन्हीं को पूरा करने की आज समाज को बहुत बड़ी आवश्यकता है I आइये, हम उनके इस निर्वाण दिवस पर संकल्प लें, कि "उनके द्वारा आरम्भ किये गए अधूरे कार्यों को हम कुछ न कुछ पूरा करें गे । मंगलमय पर्व दीपावली के दीयों की तरह, आपके , आपके परिवार, सभी प्रियजनों और मित्रों के जीवन में प्रकाश हो एवं सुख समृद्धि बढे ।इसी कामना के साथ दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं एवं बहुत बहुत बधाई । ईश्वर की कृ पा आप सभी पर सदै व बनी रहे

President Dr. Sukhvir Singh

Secretary Mr. Hari Chand

TreasurerMrs. Suman Chand

उत्तम कार्यों को करते हुए जीवन सख ु ी

किसी अच्छे कार्य को आरम्भ करना और उसको जीवन में लगातार बनाए रखना, दोनों कठिन कार्य हैं , परं तु असम्भव नहीं। विद्वानों ने कहा है , कि "जो व्यक्ति किसी शुभ कार्य को आरं भ करते हैं , और उसको लगातार अपने जीवन में करते रहते हैं । कितनी ही बाधाएं आवें, फिर भी वे उस काम को बीच में छोड़ते नहीं। सब कष्टों को सहते हुए संघर्ष करते हुए भी, वे उस उत्तम कार्य को जीवन में जारी रखते हैं , ऐसे लोग उत्तम स्तर के होते हैं ।" "कुछ लोग अच्छे कार्य को आरं भ तो कर दे ते हैं । परं तु कुछ समय तक करने के बाद जब बाधाएं आती हैं , कष्ट आते हैं , तो वे उनसे घबराकर उन कार्यों को बीच में ही अधूरा छोड़ दे ते हैं , पूरा नहीं कर पाते। ऐसे लोग मध्यम स्तर के व्यक्ति कहलाते हैं ।" "परं तु जो लोग बाधाओं के आने के भय से किसी अच्छे कार्य को आरं भ ही नहीं करते। उन्हें हर काम बड़ा कठिन लगता है । क्या होगा, कैसे होगा, कैसे करें गे, यदि यह बाधा आ गई तो क्या होगा, वह बाधा आ गई तो उसे कैसे दरू करें गे, इत्यादि प्रश्नों में ही घिरे रहते हैं , और वे उत्तम कार्यों को आरं भ ही नहीं कर पाते, वे निम्न स्तर के लोग कहलाते हैं ।" अधिकतर लोग इसी तीसरे स्तर वाले होते हैं । इसलिए यह कहावत बन गई, कि "अच्छे कार्यों को करना कठिन होता है ।" परं तु किसी भी अच्छे कार्य को आरं भ करने के लिए यदि कोई प्रेरक व्यक्ति मिल जाए, जो थोड़ा उत्साह बढ़ा दे , तो थोड़ा भी हिम्मत वाला सामान्य मनुष्य भी उस कार्य को आरं भ कर सकता है । "यदि वह अपना उत्साह बनाए रखे, और लगातार पुरुषार्थ करता रहे , तो वह कार्य उसके अभ्यास में आ जाता है अर्थात उसे उस काम को करने की आदत हो जाती है । जब किसी काम को करने की आदत हो जाती है , फिर

वह दृढ़ता से जीवन में चलता रहता है , फिर वह नहीं छूटता।" इसलिए सभी लोगों को यह सोचना चाहिए, कि "जैसे दस ू रे लोग महापुरुष आदि, उत्तम कार्यों को करते हैं , वैसे ही हम भी करें गे। महापुरुषों के जीवन से प्रेरणा लेकर हम भी उत्तम कार्यों का आचरण करें गे।" और यदि अपने आसपास कोई ऐसा जीवित व्यक्ति मिल जाए, जो उत्तम कार्यों का आचरण स्वयं करता हो, तो उसके जीवन में उन उत्तम कार्यों को प्रत्यक्ष दे खने पर, और अधिक प्रेरणा मिलेगी। उस प्रेरणा से आप भी उत्तम कार्यों का प्रारं भ कर सकते हैं । जैसे यज्ञ करना, ईश्वर की भक्ति उपासना करना, व्यायाम करना, स्वाध्याय करना, दस ू रों की सहायता करना, रोगी विकलांग अनाथ मनुष्यों को सहयोग दे ना इत्यादि; इन सब उत्तम कार्यों को आप भी आरं भ कर सकते हैं । "और यदि आप हिम्मत बनाए रखेंगे, तो धीरे -धीरे आप उसे अपनी आदत में भी ला सकते हैं । एक बार इन अच्छे कार्यों की आदत पड़ गई, तो फिर कोई चिंता नहीं रहे गी। आप पूरा जीवन इन उत्तम कार्यों को करते हुए वर्तमान जीवन में भी सुखी रहें गे, और आपका भविष्य अर्थात अगला जन्म भी बहुत उत्तम अर्थात सुखदायक होगा।

सब मिलकर दीपावली मनाएं आओ मिलकर दीप जलाएं रिश्तो की एक नई प्रीत जगाए, आओ सब मिलकर दीपावली मनाएं। आओ मिलकर दीप जलाएं कर दो ऐसे जग सारा रोशन, कहीं छूट न जाए कोई कोना अंधियारा। भूल कर सब द्वेष भावना दोस्ती का नया दीप जलाएं, आओ सब मिलकर दीपावली मनाएं। आओ सब मिलकर रूठो को मनाएं मिठाईयां बांटकर प्यार की मिठास बढ़ाएं, आओ सब मिलकर दीपावली मनाएं। आओ सब मिलकर उजियारे का दीप जलाएं अपने मन से क्रोध और इर्ष्या भगाए, आओ सब मिलकर दीपावली मनाएं।

दे खो दे खो दीपावली का पावन अवसर आया। लेकर सुख समृद्धि और खुशियों की माला, सब लोग खरीद रहे है नए वस्त्र व आभूषण, दे खो दे खो दीपावली का पावन अवसर आया। बच्चे बूढ़े सभी कर रहे हं सी ठिठोली चारों और खुशियों की लहर फैल रही है , दे खो दे खो दीपावली का पावन अवसर आया। आओ सब मिलकर घी के दीप जलाएं


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We Need to Retain Hinduism and our Culture in Community Diwali Celebrations

Thakur Ranjit Singh, FIJI PUNDIT Some years ago, I was shocked

to know that reportedly one Indian gentleman in Auckland, NZ, hailing from South Africa, mentioned in a Diwali meeting in that back home they ate meat during Diwali. In another case, some years ago Diwali in another Auckland City had sleazy and barely dressed Island dancers performing erotic dance on the Diwali celebration evening. Would any other religion accept such blasphemy sitting down? I suppose you have not forgotten that the cartoon about Mohammed offending to Muslims created international chaos in the world and threatened New Zealand’s export to Arab countries as it was also published in local papers there. Why do Hindus and Hinduism take adulteration and insult of their religion and blasphemy so silently and timidly? I am not asking anybody to start fighting, as Hinduism believes in peace and Gandhiwaad for which, some argue, we ended up paying a very high price. Despite that, all we ask is to bring reverence, respect, and religion back into religious festivals and do not let the effects of Hollywood and Bollywood corrupt religious festivals. The problem with some migrants, especially from India is that once they escape from relative poverty of their home country and see the dazzle of money in advanced countries, they assume that they can also compromise

with their religious practices and pollute our tradition and culture, as they supposedly become more affluent materialistically. However there still are people of Indian origins from other parts of the world, especially Fiji, who will stand up to such practices and raise their voice against such insensitive behaviour. The goodness of India in general and Diwali in particular is that despite being classed as a religious festival, it has been encompassed by the whole country and the Hindu festival can now be classed as an Indian festival. Throughout history, there have been many empires and kingdoms of the swords and canon, only India created empires and kingdoms of the spirit, and these spirits are evident in Hindu festivals. Examples of Holi and Diwali celebrated by all are a manifestation of Hindu belief that we all are a big family on this universe. The vision adopted by most Hindu organisations is that of a dynamic, vibrant Hindu Society inspired by the eternal values of Dharm, and the lofty ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or regarding the world as one big family. It does not treat other religions with contempt but embraces the different faiths as many streams flowing into a big ocean. It has no ethnocentric or patronizing slogans that it is the best or its Gods are the only true living Gods, and that all other infidels and nonbelievers of their God will rot in hell. Diwali is founded in Ram and Hindu scriptures in general while there may be supposedly other reasons for its origin, coinciding with harvesting and other Indian rural events. As the basic tenets of Diwali are grounded in Hinduism, it is essential that the advent of Western and commercial influences in our lives are not allowed to paint and tarnish Diwali with the same brush which has converted religious occasions as an excuse to

Non -Indians from Hare Krishna group performing Ram Lila during Waitakere Indian Association (WIA) Diwali in Auckland in past years. WIA ensures to always retain theme of religion and culture in its community Diwali Celebrations. make money for individuals and businesses. It is agreed and appreciated that Diwali has been a unifying factor in bringing people of all colour, races, culture, and creed together in a better integrating environment around the world. However, it is also essential for Hindus to ensure that the celebrations are not hijacked in the name of unity and social cohesion by business and individuals for their personal financial gains or political ambitions. Religious functions and occasions are certainly not launching pads for egoistic individuals or budding politicians, seeking prominence and personal glory. The other important aspect of Hinduism and things related with celebrations are that Hinduism is not necessarily about rituals, prayers and adhering to strict traditions. Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. It is essential to see to what extent are those claiming to be Hindus prepared to walk their talk in practicing Hinduism as a way of life. It is a culture which has its flexibilities within rigidity of respectability. How do we treat our women? While we pray to photos and idols, murti of Lady Latchmi Mata, how do we treat our living Latchmi in our houses and society? Haven’t there been cases of dowry-mistreatment of

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It is critical to understand that God is not an object or an image or imagination of human mind. God is a living and loving person. We find this amazing revelation in the pages of Holy Bible. Keep reading with an open heart and humble spirit. You will encounter your Creator today. You don’t need a thousand years for your Salvation (Mukti). You can receive your greatest miracle ‘Mukti’ today. This is the confidence you can have in Christ alone. If we believe life is a journey, we need to know the right ways to navigate safely and successfully. Not all roads lead to Rome as people said in the past. Suppose, when you need to go to meet your Father who is living in Cairns; and you live in Canberra, you need to know the way. You can’t hope and say that all roads lead to Rome.

women in a civilized New Zealand and Australian societies for brides from India? Thankfully, Fiji is spared from this evil practice. How long will be able to stand up as hypocrites as if such problems do not exist in our community, and we ignore the messages of our festivals to bring in changes? Now let’s look at how we treat our elders. How about those sons who merely get their parents overseas to be babysitters for their children? And when the children grow up, the redundant babysitters and cooks all of a sudden become a burden. Isn’t it a shame to see some of such individuals, dressed in their best in religious and social functions, boasting about their generosity on how much money they put on statues of stones in Mandirs while they forget that the living Gods - their elderly and ageing parents, the real living Gods in their lives, are treated as servants and a burden in their homes? And women treated miserably.? What a shame on such wolves posing as Hindu sheep, taking advantage of Hindu culture where the elderly parents rarely speak ill of their children. My challenge to Hindus always but particularly during Diwali is that when they chant, tamso ma jyotirgamya - or the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil, life over death, they strongly need to deliver light

When you know you only have 3 days to reach your father, and there are no flights or trains to Cairns, you will begin to look for a right way. You will not waste a single moment of your 3 days to plan your path. Friends, this life is really a very short journey, therefore don’t try all different ways to find the right way. But why not listen to a God crafted compass in your heart? This compass is your inner spirt; it will point your way to true Heavenly Father. Our amazing Creator and your God is the way maker, miracle worker and light in the darkness. We as humans have one life and one opportunity to seek and find The True way to God. Listen to a deep and gentle call of Jesus inside your heart Today. Jesus said “I am the Way.” He did not say I know a way or I am like one of the way. He gives complete assurance and confidence to a last soul. His purpose is to lead all humanity to Truth and Life. Therefore, ask

Young students are trained to learn harmonium, tabla and singing. Here children from Waitakere Hindi School, playing music and singing Arti during Waitakere Diwali in Auckland.

Thakur Ranjit Singh and wife Shashi Shankar Singh performing Arti which has become part of Waitakere Diwali Celebrations in Auckland.

Young children are encouraged and trained in culture to showcase their skills in Ram Lila which has become a part of Waitakere Diwali in Auckland. into their hearts and bring goodness into their lives as well, not only in Mandirs. It is no use chanting about Ram during Diwali wile ignoring how he treated his elderly parents, brothers, and women, and how His teachings have become a model for mankind over seven thousand years ago. I therefore challenge those who call themselves Hindus to walk their talk on religion and treat it as a way of life and not something full of rituals, performed only in temples or stages of community Diwali festivals. Let the festival of lights enlighten us and the sweets sweeten us as practicing

yourself this question; What is the Truth? Truth is not a philosophy or an idea of human imagination or traditional practices. What is Best definition of Truth? Truth is a Person. That Person is completely defined and perfectly expressed through the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Today, take time to ask yourself a simple and a humble question: “I am truly travelling on the right way?”. And find your answer in the words of John 14:6, Jesus said, I am the way. This is a powerful statement. This is a confident hope to the humanity that has lost the way to right way of living. How can you fid this perfect and right way? The answer that is, Jesus Christ is the Perfect Way and right way to live a life filled with peace, love and joy. Hear gentle voice of Jesus in your heart today;

Hindus and humans who treat their religion and culture as a way of life -and we are prepared to walk our talk on the unifying message of DIWALI. HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI TO ALL- SABHI KO DIWALI KI MANGAL KAANAAYE. (E-mail: thakurjifj@gmail. com [About the author: Thakur Ranjit Singh is a journalist, community worker and a media commentator based in Auckland. He runs his blog, FIJI PUNDIT and is an advocate of retaining the reverence of Diwali and Hinduism in this Indian festival.]

He assures by saying, “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear. I will help you.” Therefore, we invite you to enter into a life giving relationship with your Way Maker and the Creator. We invite you to pray this simple prayer with a sincere heart. “Dear Father God, today I thank you for your word that has touched my heart. I repent of my wrongs and I confess with my mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, God raised Jesus from the dead for my Mukti (Salvation). Help me to know Jesus more and more so that I can grow in the knowledge of your grace and mercy. Teach me your ways so that I can be person who will learn to honour you and learn to love each other. Amen. E: navig8grace@gmail.com


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Mahatma Gandhi Satyagrah in Champaran Mahatma Gandhi returned to India in January 1915 after a 21-year stay in South Africa. His contribution to reducing hardships of Indian residents through Satyagrah and other social works in South Africa had made him an internationally recognised organiser and theorist. On his arrival at Mumbai, political leaders, eminent citizens and acquaintances organised a grand welcome party in Gandhi’s honour. He was overwhelmed by the dazzling splendour of his reception in palatial surroundings. Gujarati community organised another welcome party. Speakers spoke in English but Gandhi spoke in Gujarati, noting it as a protest against the use of English in a Gujarati gathering. Gopal Krishna Gokhale summoned Gandhi to see him in Pune. He was a senior leader of Indian National Congress and had founded ‘Servants of India Society’, which focussed on expansion of educating the Indian population and other related social issues. He had visited South Africa in 1912 and familiarised himself with Gandhi’s works. He prompted Gandhi to return to India and devote his energy to the service of his motherland. Gandhi visited Gokhale in Pune and also met the members of the Servants of India Society. He was impressed by their work. Gokhale wished him to work on national issues. In big cities the public knew Gandhi through his contacts but the great majority of the population in India was unaware of his achievements and activities in South Africa. Gandhi needed to understand India, its people, their conditions and its environs. Gandhi wished to set up an Ashram that could serve as his base, and would accommodate his colleagues who came from the Phoenix settlement in South Africa. Gokhale instructed Gandhi to spend his first year familiarising India with his ears open and mouth shut. To free him from the financial burden, Gokhale offered to cover the expenses of his Ashram, through accounts of the Servants of India Society. Gandhi accepted the offer. Members of the Phoenix settlement were temporarily staying at Shantiniketan. Gandhi went to Shantiniketan to see his colleagues. There he met the teachers and students of Shantiniketan, and its founder poet Ravindranath Tagore. Gandhi suggested some selfhelp tips to students and staff members, to manage their accommodation and kitchen. His goal was to

make them less reliant on servants, and on creating a sense of pride in their own physical work. His ideas were accepted and implemented by the school management. Gandhi wished to stay at Shantiniketan for some time but he received the news of Gokhale’s death in February 2015. He travelled to Pune and attended Gokhale’s Shraddha ceremony. From Pune, Gandhi went to Rangoon, Burma, breaking his journey at Kolkata. Gandhi used to travel in third class. His experienced the hardship of third class travel that made him aware of difficulties the masses in India endured during their daily travels. On his return from Burma, Gandhi attended the Kumbh Mela at Hardwar, and also visited Hrishikesh. At the Kumbh Mela, he met sages, Sanyasis and pilgrims, and had discussions with them on social and religious topics. In May 1915, Gandhi established his Satyagrah Ashram in Kochrab bungalow at Ahmedabad. A code of conducts and rules was agreed upon with other members of the team. In the beginning, about twenty-five men and women lived at the Ashram. A few months after the Ashram was set up, Gandhi received a letter from a reputable person with request to accommodate a Dalit family at the Ashram. Gandhi admitted the family of three to the Ashram after discussion with other residents. Neighbours as well supporters of the Ashram resented the admission of the Dalit family. Monetary help was stopped. The situation became so dire, that there was no fund to support the Ashram. At this stage, an unknown person delivered to Gandhi Rs13000, which was enough for a whole year. The Satyagrah Ashram was later shifted to a new location on the banks of River Sabarmati in June 1917. Gandhi travelled across India and witnessed the abject poverty of masses in villages, towns and cities. He noticed unhygienic environments in residential areas and at religious sites, the mistreatment of deprived populations, and other

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malpractices. In February 1916, Gandhi attended the opening ceremony of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya had founded the University. Rajas and Maharajas of princely states, renowned businessmen, social and political leaders, teachers, students and the Viceroy of India attended the event. Gandhi delivered his first public address in India at this ceremony. He spoke in English and noted, “It is a matter of deep humiliation and shame for us, that I am compelled this evening to address my countrymen in a language that is foreign to me.” He was appalled by the opulence displayed by monarchs and high officials through their attires and jewelleries. Addressing the richly adorned noblemen he said, “There is no salvation for India unless you strip yourselves of this jewellery and hold it in trust for your countrymen.” Many princes walked out. He also spoke on unhygienic conditions in and around the cities and sacred sites and on other issues that were demeaning Indian society. Audiences were not used to listening to such introspection. After the event at Varanasi, Indians began to hear more about the opinion of a courageous person who lived like a poor man in an Ashram as a saint, and defended the poor. Gandhi started his first Satyagrah in India in Champaran, Bihar in 1917. It started thanks to the persistent effort of Rajkumar Shukla, an indigo farmer from Champaran. Farmers in the region were forced by British indigo planters to grow indigo on 15% of their land. The planters appropriated the whole crop as

rent. Farmers were dismayed by the system and their pleas to authorities had not produced any relief. During the Congress session at Lucknow in December 1916, Shukla met Gandhi and sought his support for indigo farmers. He requested Gandhi to come to Champaran and see the extent of exploitation that the farmers were subjected to. Shukla followed Gandhi to Kanpur, his Ashram in Ahmedabad and Kolkata until he agreed to visit Champaran. In early 1917, Gandhi was in Kolkata. Shukla met him there and insisted on his trip to Champaran. Gandhi agreed. They departed Kolkata and arrived at Patna by train. Shukla led Gandhi to the house of a lawyer in Patna, Rajendra Prasad, who later became the first president of Independent India. Rajendra Prasad was away. Gandhi contacted Mazharul Haq, an old acquaintance whom he had met in London. With his help, Gandhi arranged his onward journey and arrived at Muzaffarpur on 15th April midnight. JB Kripalani, a professor at the Arts College Muzaffarpur met him at the railway station. Gandhi had met Kripalani earlier at Shantiniketan. He wanted to collect information about the situation of indigo farmers from more reliable sources. The news of Gandhi’s arrival at Muzaffarpur spread quickly and farmers from Champaran and Muzaffarpur started gathering to see him. Lawyers who had been dealing with indigo cases in courts called on to him to brief. After hearing the farmers’ side of story, Gandhi wished to hear the British planters’ views. He contacted the secretary of British landlords’ association who flatly refused to provide any information. Gandhi called on the British commissioner of Tirhut Division in which Champaran district lay. The

commissioner tried to bully him and instructed him to leave Tirhut. Gandhi did not leave and instead he proceeded to Motihari, the capital of Champaran district. Several lawyers accompanied him. At Motihari railway station, he was greeted by a vast multitude of people. Next day, when Gandhi was en route to villages on an elephant to investigate the situation, a police superintendent intercepted him and issued a summons to appear in court the next day. Gandhi telegraphed Rajendra Prasad to come with influential friends and wired a full report to the Viceroy. The news of Gandhi’s court appearance spread like wildfire in the surrounding regions. The next morning, people flocked around the court. Police were unable to control the crowd without Gandhi’s cooperation. In the court, Gandhi read a statement supporting his actions of civil disobedience and pleaded guilty. The magistrate asked Gandhi to furnish bail for release. Gandhi refused, and the magistrate released him without bail. Later, the case against Gandhi was withdrawn and civil disobedience triumphed. He was allowed to proceed with his inquiry, which he and his lawyers completed. On his request, an official commission of inquiry into the indigo farmers’ situation was appointed. In the official commission, Gandhi was the sole representative of the farmers. The official commission found evidences of excess rents charged by the British planters. They were ordered to pay back the excess rent to farmers. The farmers felt empowered and became bold. Within a few years, British planters abandoned their estates, which were reverted to farmers. Indigo farming disappeared. Gandhi stayed in Champaran for seven months uninterrupted during his first visit, and later visited a number of times. He started schools, primary health care centres and other programs to help the local communities. He tried to teach the local population self-reliance. The success of his experiment in Champaran greatly enhanced Gandhi’s reputation in India. While he was still busy with many projects in Champaran, he received an urgent request from textile workers of Ahmedabad. They had a dispute with mill-owners for better pay and working conditions. Gandhi learnt the demands of workers and the mill-owners’ position on the issue, and proposed arbitration for resolution of the dispute. The millowners refused arbitration.

Gandhi asked workers to go on strike, provided they took a pledge to remain nonviolent. They agreed but soon many were on the verge of starvation. Gandhi sensed that workers might break the pledge. He declared that he would not touch food until a settlement had been reached. His fast had a moral effect on the workers as well as on mill-owners. At the end of the third day of the fasting, both parties agreed to arbitration to resolve the dispute. After the textile industry’s dispute, Gandhi was approached to interfere in the agrarian dispute in Kheda district of Gujarat. Farmers were on the verge of starvation but the Government was demanding to pay tax as usual. In March 1918, Gandhi advised farmers to resort to Satyagrah. He persuaded all the farmers, rich and poor to take a pledge not to pay any tax until those who could not pay were granted remission. This campaign continued for four months, until the Government suspended tax collection for poor farmers. During the Kheda campaign, Viceroy Chemsford had convened a war Conference to enlist support of Indian leaders for the First World War. Gandhi was invited to the conference and he agreed to support the war effort. During his campaign for recruiting soldiers in July 1918, he said, “If we want to become free from reproach of cowardliness, we should learn the use of arms. We should have the ability to defend ourselves, that is the ability to bear arms and to use them.” Gandhi’s readiness to recruit for the British war had been a matter of debate. His campaign did not find popular support and failed. During the process of recruiting, Gandhi suffered from dysentery. He fasted and refused medicine and injection. His illness became so serious that he felt sure he would die. A medical practitioner suggested an ice treatment, which helped. He advised him to take eggs, which Gandhi refused. Doctors advised him to take milk, to which he reminded them of his vow of not taking milk. He had stopped taking milk due to the cruel manner of milking cows and buffaloes. At this moment his wife Kasturba interjected, “You cannot have any objection to goat milk.” Gandhi wished to live and agreed to take goat milk. Gandhi later wrote that it was a breach of his pledge, and this act had always bothered him. Gandhi’s illness could not keep him away from action for long, as the British government reneged from their promises to India after the First World War. —Awadhesh Sharma


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Don’t be narrow- minded, be affectionate and amiable

The content of this article is taken from the satsang of H.H. Sant Shri Asaram Ji Bapu. Pujya Bapu Ji had addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in September 1993, that was 100 years after Swami Vivekananda addressed the same parliament in September 1893. Unhappy over the religious conversion happening in India, Pujya Bapu Ji tried to find out the reasons for people for the conversion. It was revealed that poor tribals are given the lure of money and they are converted. To stop the conversion of the tribals on the borders of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and areas of Orissa, Pujya Bapu Ji started “Bhjn kro bhojn kro or dehadi lo“program. Under this program the poor tribals are called into the nearby ashrams and asked to chant ‘Hari Om’ the whole day. They are given food twice during the day and at the end of the day they are given Rs 100 per day, so they feel like they are doing some work. They were issued ration cards by the ashrams and are given free grains and other necessities every month. This scheme to stop conversion is in practice from the last around 2 decades. To save the youth who are being ruined due to the lustful festivals like valentine’s day, in 2006 Pujya Bapu Ji initiated

celebrations of Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas (Parents’ worship day) on 14th February. Pujya Bapu ji felt that, due to the blind imitation of Western culture there has been a steep rise in the incidences of alcoholism, suicide, and other immoral activities, especially among the youth during the last week of December. To rescue the youth from this debauchery and denigration, Pujya Bapu Ji came up with the idea of worshipping a sacred Tulsi plant (Holy basil). So, with a view to awaken the cultural pride of the India and to save the countrymen from mental slavery, in 2013, he initiated celebration of Tulsi poojan on 25th December. Acharya Vinoba Bhave was making a journey by train. While the train was passing over a river bridge. a passenger sitting beside him took a 5 paise coin from his pocket and threw into the river with deep bhava and affection while uttering Gangey ... Hara. ... "It was seen by another person of westernised mind, proud of being educated and civilized, who was sitting beside. He was annoyed at this and said. "India is already a poor country and if the foolish devotees like you uselessly throw the wealth in a flowing river, then what else could be the fate of India except a calamitous stat?"" Vinobaji was sitting between

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them. Being a Saint he had a neutral view. He realised that this man was in need of satsang. This man is highly educated and has crammed a lot of books but he does not know the art of unlocking the treasure of the heart. Just as sage Jadabharata graciously instructed King Rahugana, in a similar way Vinobaji gracefully said to that gentleman: "Oh dear! You started lecturing when this man threw 5 paise into the river, but don't you think the expenses you incur for a necktie, suit and boot that are unnecessary in this country as a waste of money? Don't many people like you unnecessarily spend millions of rupees on powder puff (cosmetics), and luxury? You remain narrow-minded in spite of incurring all these expenses, whereas he believes the flowing river as a form of God, and beholds the light of God in the Sun god. This river is supporting the lives of millions of creatures and human beings. This is a priceless gift of God, on beholding this, he got the remembrance of the Universal Being of God. By offering obeisance to Sun, he contemplated: "The Sun (the illuminator) of the sun is the Self. May His light (Knowledge) get revealed in my heart." And then he offered 5 paise to the river to get his heart purified and sanctified so much! How sublime did his emotions become! He developed both the inclination of renunciation and that of love in his heart. The way you spend your earnings inclines your mind to hedonism and luxury. Even then, people like you insult such devotees by labelling their faith as superstition, but to call them superstitious is also a superstition. How much money you spend in biri, cigarettes and alcohol by putting your faith in them! In your

opinion water of a flowing river is a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, whereas in the opinion of this devotee, it is divine grace, flowing in the form of a river which sustains the lives of many. Such devotees appear outwardly simpleton, but do you have that much inner peace and love as they have? By offering 5 paise to the river he aroused the memory of the Universal Being in his mind, 'O Sarveshwar! The Lord of all! You are present also in the river; you are present also in the Sun god! You are omnipresent, Oh God, your Lila (divine sports) is Infinite, O my God!" With such sublime spiritual emotions, he filled his heart with love and sweetness, whereas you have narrowed your heart by labelling his faith as superstition. Tell me, who is at loss and who gained the real profit? He only gained the real profit." You will gain the real profit only if you too will keep filling your heart with the Love for the Lord of heart and sweetness at every opportunity in your life. The earned rupees of this world are of no value in reality because 'even millionaires and billionaires left this world empty handed.' If you utilise this wealth and money in service and pious acts, then that wealth will definitely give you the fruit of real profit. It will kindle love for God and bliss in your heart. Three Important facts If a person does not know these three facts, he is considered a fool even if he is a learned man, he is considered very poor even if he is a rich man, and he is considered dead even if he is alive. What are these three facts"? First fact: Death will surely come. Death may come, anywhere and at any time. One may say: "Maharaj! Everyone knows this." No, you don't know yet, you

just believe it. You know the fact that a snake bite kills a man. Now if a snake comes into this satsang pandal, you won’t stand to ask me what to do? First you will run away. You don’t know death like this, you only believe it. You believe that you will die one day, but you also think that, “ I am not going to die now! Now I have to do this and that….” Just as you know that a snake bite kills a man and you instantly run away on seeing a snake, similarly, know that death will surely come. Death may come anytime and anywhere. Remember this constantly. Just thinking this way will reduce your greediness and egoism. Second fact: Time passed never comes again. By spending time, you can build a factory, build an ashram, you can earn degrees, you can collect diamonds and jewellery, you can buy cars and bungalows. But by returning the things you earned by spending time, you cannot increase your life span by even-by-even one percent of the time spent. Returning all that you have acquired in the last 50 years, you cannot increase your life span by 50 hours, not even 5 minutes. Your time is so precious. Hence, do not waste your invaluable time. Spend your time in creative works, wiping tears of others, in selfless service and sadhana for the sake of divine love. Third fact: A man is known by the company he keeps. Even if a great person stays among people of low mentality for long, then the sycophants will embellish his ego by flattery and his mind will make an error in small-small things. So, such a great person should keep the company of those who are even greater than him in spiritual knowledge, devotion and yoga. The greatest company is the company of saints satsang. The

man who keeps company with the great men who have attained direct realization of the truth personified Supreme Self, hears, and assimilates their ambrosial words in his life, becomes himself eligible for realization of Supreme Self. Therefore, always get satsang of saints and study spiritual scriptures. The person who keeps the company with saints and great men, knowing that death will surely come and time lost will never come again, hears their satsang and tries to assimilate it in his life, he/she alone makes his/her life successful. Man should make his life divine by treading the path of selfsurrender to God. Let not pride come near you in your life. The life governed by God, parents and shastras is the best life. Satsang is the food for human life. spent. The glory of satsang is known through satsang alone. To listen 24X7 live divine Satsang of Pujya Bapu Ji, please search “Mangalmay live” on google, visit http://www.ashram. org/live or search “THE SBM STUDIO” on you tube. By the Divine Inspiration of Bapu Ji, the regular sessions of Bal Sanskar and yoga are held in Brisbane. To know more about His Divine Holiness Bapu Ji, please watch this video. https://bit.ly/2uZvJuN For more info about events like Tulsin Poojan, Matri Pitri Poojan Diwas, Bal Sanskar and yoga sessions or to get a free copy of monthly spiritual magazine RishiPrasad in your mailbox in Australia or to get free online subscription of Rishi -Prasad, please contact by email at bskamd@gmail.com or by WhatsApp/phone to Ashok Attri and Anu Attri at +61 426 834 434 & +61 405 277 802. Please read more about our Vedic culture in the next issue of Brisbane Indian Times.


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Who, What, Where, When...

Habib Jamal president of Islamic Council of Queensland receives a certificate of appreciation and a Australian Flag which was actually flown in Australian Parliament by Paul Scarr senator for Queensland

With the consular corps – Sri Lanka , Mauritius and Malta at the reception on the opening night of German week

Cocktail reception and concert at the Mercedes Benz complex for German Week

Joining the celebrations on opening night of German week at Mercedes Benz Brisbane

Amit, Rajani, and Avni Chaudhary congeratule Kavita Chandwani her milestone 75th birthday

Mithun and Bondita Chakraborty family who provided the beautiful music for the night, join in congratulating Kavita Ji

Great family Ashook and Kavita Chanwani with family

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Arun and Sadhana Raniga join Umesh and Usha Chandra in congratulating Kavita ji.

The grandies always love cake cutting – a wonder celebration to mark Kavita Jis’ 75th

Harcourts personnel and associates at the fundraiser lunch


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Professor Prasad Yarlagadda cuts his 60th birthday cake at Sunpac

Birthday wishes by daughter Tejasri Yarlagadda – she did the MC role as well

Flanked by family and friends the joyous occasion was attended by many dignitaries including Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM

Under the COVID restrictions the venue held 140 people being 75% of capacity

Special guest Councillor Vicki Howard and Umesh Chandra OAM at Wests Lunch

Definitely a boys party at Wests Junior Rugby League long lunch

The panel that could not be better – Kevin Walters, Darren Lockyer, John Ribot, and MC - moderator Steve Haddan

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From the land of Gandhi to land down under; unified Australian Indians to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti From the land of Gandhi to the land down under, unified Australian Indians gather to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti – the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Leading Australian Indian Diaspora organisations had come together to commemorate Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary on 2nd October, as India celebrates its 75 years of Independence – the freedom movement led by Gandhi. The devastating aftermath of COVID 19’s second wave in India has brought great loss and sadness, with many still waiting to perform last rites and honour loved ones. The occasion enabled diaspora organisations to revive the art of communal harmony by sharing the bread and dialogue reflecting on democracy in changing times as well as connecting thousands of Australians in lockdown. The Commemoration event held at the University of Southern Queensland’s Auditorium at Springfield Central. Springfield City Group Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby AM and High Commissioner of India in Canberra – HE Manpreet Vohra were the Guests of Honour and Queensland violinists Constantine & his

brother had played healing Gandhian hymns to the diaspora that had been through significant strain recently. An invigorating dialogue with the communities had moderated by Jim Varghese AM – National Chair Australia India Business Council and Chairman, Gandhi Salt March Limited. Jim Varghese AM said, “Mahatma Gandhi preached the messages of unity, nonviolence and tolerance in a dark era of the British Empire. Gandhi is remembered for his non-violent protests against the British colonial rulers and his criticism of the further division by

caste system. The recent harrowing brawl in our community, needs the pages to be turned on the partisan communities. Our goal is one unified community; for the betterment of the next generation and generations to come.” Springfield City Group Chairman Maha Sinnathamby AM said, “Today I stand proud of all the people of Indian heritage, a thriving multicultural diaspora, contributing to our one Australia. So many have made significant contributions during the pandemic, all over Australia & the world. Our Springfield City community is also growing and this year, Dr Amrita & Sudip Dhital opened the Wellness Medical & Skin Cancer Clinic, committed to delivering comprehensive health services to our residents.” “We want to continue the tradition of Gandhi Jayanti and remain the force in action for the Gandhian values of inclusion, non-violence – for stronger eco-system building – it is the need of the hour”, he continued. Gandhi Jayanti was a celebration of love and tolerance uniting 20,000 people from different parts of the world and joining global

communities in a spirit of joy and togetherness. The annual celebration provided a unique opportunity for people around the world to connect with each other. In 2019, Gandhi Salt March Limited hosted the historic 390 kilometre Bapu Peace Drive which was open to people of all beliefs as a

peace initiative. This year the event was enjoyed representation from the Australian Federal Parliament, Queensland Parliament, notable business leaders and spiritual leaders united by the message of peace, harmony and inclusion. This event is supported

Events at Gayatri Mandir Krishna Janmashtami 2021 As Covid 19 restrictions eased around Queensland, Gayatri Mandir in Boondall celebrated Krishna Janmashtami – the birth of blue hued god! Eightday celebration was celebrated with intense devotion, fervour and blissful Krishna bhajans. Large number of devotees attended the eight-day celebration and imbibed in the profound teaching of Krishna. Pujanye Pundit Suresh Shandil expounded scriptures and teachings of Krishna in particular the four essential paths of

yoga, Karma, bhakti, kriya and Gyan, one pointed love of Krishna and Krishna’s exploits in his childhood. Bal Krishna jhoola was adorned with vastra, flowers, tilak and gifts. Ladies performed garba raas standing in one spot, strictly observing the social distancing requirement. Hindu Society of Queensland would like to acknowledge all the devotees for making the 8-day celebration a success and with God’s grace we can a make a difference in our lives. A big thank you to all our donors, sponsors, volunteers and helpers for their kind efforts.

Hindu Society of Queensland AGM 2021 Congratulations! Welcome the newly formed committee of HSQ. Under the leadership of our new president Dr Jai Ram, we look forward to bringing you more religious programs and events.

Upcoming Events Navratri Celebrations: Daily from 7 October to 14 October: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Mahaprasad will be provided every evening. Diwali Family Fest 2021: Saturday, 30 October at Gayatri Mandir - 3pm to 8 pm Sundar kand and Triodashi is held every month at the mandir, for details and sponsorship please kindly visit our Facebook page. Stay Connected with Hindu Society of Queensland Facebook: Hindu Society of Qld

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Exclusive interviews on Australian Indian Radio daily Facebook live show with Mr. Umesh Chandra OAM Exclusive talk with Aman Chaudhari about upcoming event " ONCE UPON A TIME IN BOMBAY" on Australian Indian Radio Facebook page on 28th September 2021.

Jim Varghese AM Chairman GSML speaks with Umesh Chandra OAM, CEO Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio all about Gandhi Jayanti and Gandhi Salt March.

Celebrated and broadcasted the 50th Episode of Travel Updates with Tanvi Goel from AusIndia Travel on Australian Indian Radio. Kudos to the Tanvi Goel and Mr Umesh Chandra for achieving this milestone.

Aap Ki Sehat – Your health October episode features Dr Feroz Ameerjan BRISBANE, the October episode we had the pleasure of talking to Dr Feroz Ameerjan MBBS, MAVMed (Otago)FRACGP, FACASM on the series "Aap Ki Sehat”, meaning Your HEALTH Program, initiated by IMA, QLD, Australia. Dr Feroz has worked in India, UAE and Qatar before settling in Australia. In his previous role he has worked in Airforce and an International Airline with special interest in Aviation medicine. He is interested in all aspects of General Practice. He is Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Member of The Australasian College of Aerospace medicine, Member for The Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, Designated Aviation Medical Examiner for Civil Aviation Safety Authority Dr Firoz said, primary prevention is one of the best strategies to maintain long term health, which he realized early on to keep Aviators in his game for a long time. This is the basis of good general practice care to improve the wellbeing of a person to live healthy especially as we are living much longer than the Call: (07) 3192 5188

Dr Feroz Ameerjan

previous generations .A balance lifestyle , good diet , regular exercise and stress free life does a lot of good to the body . His special interest in aviation medicine has ingrained the importance of prevention is better than

cure. Aap Ki Sehat features on the face book live channel of Australian Indian Radio on the first Saturday of every month and on audio only version on Australian Indian Radio on the first Sunday of every month at 10:00AM.

Music Junction: "Ek Rangeen Sham Aapke Naam" exclusive show on AIR "MUSIC JUNCTION" Parminder Singh Harman

Parminder Singh Harman featured in September episode of Music Junction – “Ek Rangeen Shaam – Aap Ke Naam”

BRISBANE, Australian Indian Radio hosts a popular music junction “Ek Rangeen Shaam – Aap Ke Naam” Facebook live show once a month. This month the show presented by lovely RJ Savi featured Brisbane Parminder Singh Harman. Parminder is popular and a talented singer who has performed in various functions and events. In this episode of “Ek Rangeen Shaam – Aap Ke Naam” Parminder was accompanied on table by Ravi Singh and on keyboard Sidharth Gurnal. This was the first music junction featuring live musicians in the studio as previous artists had performed on backing

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tracks. Parminder as per his mum was always interested in singing from a very young age, he used to get sticks and used plastic containers as drums to sing. Later, he learned the skills of playing chimta in the gurudwara. He pursued his love for music and today is accomplished singer and as any humble singer would say that they are still learning and continuing with “riyaz”. Parminder sang some of his own compositions and other popular gazals including Ranjish hi Sahi, Hungama hain kayu barpa, and sanu ek pal chain na aaye amongst other popular numbers.

The show received very favourable reviews and was appreciated by over 18k viewers at the time of publication. All episodes can be viewed on either Australian Indian Radio’s facebook page or Youtube channel. Australian Indian Radio invites all budding and established artists to be on the show, either with backing tracks with live musicians, it is a wonderful platform to showcase your talent to the entire world wide audience, if you are interested please contact us to take it further, Music junction is presented on the last Sunday of the month from 6:00 PM Brisbane Australia time.

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Arya Samaj Queensland

What is Spiritual Growth? simply good, we strengthen the ego. Tricky but logical, is it not? If the fruits of action do not affect the person, he is free from action.

Jitendra Deo President ASQ

Many spiritual concepts, spiritual growth is a misnomer. In reality, the spirit does not grow or shrink : it is always the way it is. What is spirit anyway? It is that which knows that it exists. Other names for spirit are life force, soul, awareness or beingness. As religious people, we are involved with a certain amount of traditional, ceremonial, and dogmatic behaviour. We do it automatically, because when we were children, we were simply told to behave and even think in a prescribed way. But, do we really experience spiritual growth – to understand this, we have to know what constitutes spiritual growth. Perhaps, all traditions are important step stones but spiritual growth occurs when the spirit grows and the ego shrinks. Any spiritual growth happens only in direct relationship to a shrinking ego : without a shrinking ego, there is no spiritual growth. Example of spiritual growth versus a growing ego: If we do a good deed selflessly without the slightest consideration of the rewards or fruits, as a result, we grow spiritually. If we do that good deed and feel proud or even

Why are we interested in spiritual matters? Why do we bother to look for God? The answer if we are honest is that we are trying to survive , to save our soul and if possible, even our skin. There are always those who insist they have all the answers and there are also those who laugh at these statements without investing as much as a second thought. Maybe the answer closer is closer than we think and already known by the only person we know we can trust – our self. If we ignore the non essential and look for the essential, the real meaning, then all religious scripture and all religions do agree more than disagree. All religions have followers who seem to be more concerned with external matters but there are always a few who go deeper; they are called mystics, saints, self-realized and so on. When we study their writings they all agree in the most important points : there is God, that God can be found at the centre of our being and we can unite with God to become One. Essentially all scriptures agree in essence , but only when we bother to look f deeper for the real meaning. Is there are spiritual comfort for the aged, terminally ill or anyone facing death ? We may draw strength from our belief systems. All religions including natural belief systems agree that life goes on and agree on existence of God. We may draw strength from science. According to science we cannot really say that we

are able to destroy something or anything so completely that it fades into non- existence. We can only change the objects shape and condition. Even if we burn something and “destroy” its ashes, the object continues as energy and the awareness as awareness. The reason that awareness continues is that it did not develop out of dead matter or lifeless energy. Those materialistic scientists who laughed and promised proof that awareness is nothing but a by product of biological processes failed to do so. Other scientists are now confirming the wisdom of ancient sages and saints. We may draw strength from personal experiences of others. There are more than a few people who have had out-ofbody experiences and returned from clinically dead to tell us about it. We may draw strength from real witnesses : Sages, Rishis, self realized persons and advanced yogis. We may draw strength from our spiritual exercises and personal experience. Try to become one with your object of devotion, concentrate fully on God, or simply love your inner self to a point that only pure awareness continues to exist and that leads to the inner bliss and beingness. Fear is the result of our identification with body and mind. Both will eventually cease to exist and are not needed for or well being. God Bless you all Adapted from APSA website article by Dr Raghwa Sharma Please contact President: Jitendra Deo 3273 3029 or Secretary: Sunil Dutt 5613 3410 for information on activities of Arya Samaj Queensland or log on: www.aryasamajqueensland. org/Facebook Arya Samaj Qld

Diwali Greetings to all Arya Samaj Queensland wishes you all a very Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year. Diwali also known as Deepawali is the Festival of Lights is celebrated by Hindus across the globe primarily with rows of lights that illuminate the world on what is considered to be the darkest night of the year. During Diwali which marks new beginnings, lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. However, while the festival is celebrated for a variety of reasons, the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness. Lighting of Diya’s in those days because there was no electricity. So people lighted a lot of Diya’s. It is also believed that Diwali was originally a harvest festival. People would celebrate for one’s blessings and prosperity at the end of a good harvest. To this end, celebrants would clean their homes in preparation of the day, dress in their finery on the day and take their produce for offerings to god as thanks for another successful harvest usually by Havan ceremony. In addition to celebrating Diwali as a harvest festival, the day is observed as a memorial day for the movement’s founder, Dayanand Saraswati. On Diwali day, the founder of Arya Samaj, Swami Dayanand breathed his last breath. . And as with tradition, the passing of a great soul like him is not mourned but celebrated. We normally light Diya’s but our reasons for doing so is really to celebrate Rishi Nirvaan for that’s the day that Swami Dayanand died.

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We wish you all a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ. Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ. Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi. Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

The festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the festival is celebrated when Lord Rama and his wife Sita returned to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravan. Thus the lighting of Diya’s and large firework displays by devotees are reminiscent of the celebrations which as the legend tells it, took place upon Rama’s return as villagers lit earthen lights to guide his path and set off their own version of fireworks. Arya Samaj Queensland continued with Zoom Havan Satsangh every fortnight. Once the Havan Yaj is completed then Satsangh includes discussion on various Vedic principles and Vedas. The Bhajans form part of the Satsangh and one member also prepares a speech on chosen topic to articulate amongst members. Arya Samaj Queensland Inc has a website and all the details of performing Havan is provided. The Havan mantra’s in Hindi and English , utensils and ingredients required has

been uploaded on the Arya Samaj Queensland website www.aryasamajqueensland. org. The files are downloadable and has full procedure for Dainik Yaj( Daily Havan Yaj). Our Facebook page Arya Samaj Queensland has the video where the Havan is explained and performed to make it easier for people. Please visit website and Facebook page for further details or you can contact me on 0411 798 012. We urge people to perform Yaj for their well-being. We urge people to perform Havan if you can, do Yoga and meditation and look after yourselves. You can visit www.yogguru.com.au for information of Yoga and meditation. Please contact President: Jitendra Deo via phone:0411 798 012 or email: asq.president@gmail. com and if you wish to join ZOOM Havan and Satsangh the session is for 60 minutes. You can send email or PM in the messenger (Arya Samaj Queensland) or we have WhatsApp group as well and I will send you the link.

21ਵੀ ਸਦੀ ਦੀ ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਦੀ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਡੀ ਸਮੱ ਸਿਆ:

“ਪਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ” ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦੇ ਪਵਿੱ ਤਰ ਸਲੋ ਕ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਦਰਜ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਨ ਨੂੰ ਸੰ ਭਾਲਣ ਦੀ ਹਦਾਇਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ ਪਰ ਨਾ ਅਸੀਂ ਪੰ ਜਾਬੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਪੂਰੇ ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਤੇ ਅਮਲ ਕੀਤਾ। ਹਾਲਤ ਅੱ ਜ ਇਹ ਬਣ ਗਈ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਪੀਣ ਲਈ ਸ਼ੁੱ ਧ ਪਾਣੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਮਿਲ ਰਿਹਾ, ਸਾਹ ਲੈ ਣ ਲਈ ਸ਼ੁੱ ਧ ਹਵਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਮਿਲ ਰਹੀ ਅਤੇ ਖਾਣ ਲਈ ਸ਼ੁੱ ਧ ਖੁਰਾਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਮਿਲ ਰਹੀ। ਇਹਨਾਂ ਕਾਰਨਾਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਔਸਤ ਉਮਰ ਘਟ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ । IPCC (Inter Governmental Penal for Climate Changes) ਦੀ ਰਿਪੋਰਟ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ, ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਔਸਤ ਉਮਰ 9 ਸਾਲ ਘਟ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਸੂਝਵਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਇਕੱ ਠ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਮੈਂ ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਡੀ ਸਮੱ ਸਿਆ ਬਾਰੇ ਪੁੱ ਛਿਆ। ਜਵਾਬ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਗਰੀਬੀ, ਅਨਪੜ੍ਹਤਾ, ਬੇਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰੀ, ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਅਤੇ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ ਵਰਗੇ ਵਿਸ਼ੇ ਘੁੰ ਮਦੇ ਰਹੇ ਪਰ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਸਾਡੇ ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਜੇ ਤੱ ਕ ਵੱ ਡੀ ਸਮੱ ਸਿਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਜਾਪਦੀ। ਇਸ ਲੇ ਖ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਮੈਂ ਪਾਠਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਸੁਚੇਤ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ ਕਰਾਂਗਾ। ਮਹਾਨ ਵਿਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਟੀਫਨ ਹਾਕਨਜ਼ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ, ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਇਕ ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਸਾਲ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਧ ਨਹੀ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ। IPCC ਦੀ ਰਿਪੋਰਟ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਆਉਂਦੇ ਵੀਹ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੱ ਕ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਣ ਦਾ ਤਾਪਮਾਨ ਵਧ ਜਾਣ ਤੇ, ਗਲੋ ਬਲ ਵਾਰਮਿੰ ਗ ਕਾਰਨ ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਦੇ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਵਧੇਰੇ ਬਰਫ ਨਿਗਲਣ ਕਰਕੇ, ਪਾਣੀ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਡੁੱ ਬ ਜਾਣਗੇ। ਹਵਾ ਏਨੀ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਤ ਹੋ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਕੇ ਅਸੀ ਖੁੱ ਲ੍ਹੇ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਸਾਹ ਨਹੀਂ ਲੈ ਸਕਾਂਗੇ। ਸਾਹ ਲਈ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਕੋਈ ਬਣਾਉਟੀ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕਰਨਾ ਪਵੇਗਾ। ਧਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਤਾਪਮਾਨ 50*c ਤੱ ਕ ਪਹੁੰ ਚਣਾ ਆਮ ਗੱ ਲ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਏਨਾ ਤਾਪਮਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਧਰਤੀ ਮਨੁੱਖ

ਵਾਤਾਵਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ

ਅਤੇ ਜੀਵ ਜੰ ਤੂਆਂ ਲਈ ਰਹਿਣ ਯੋਗ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਵਾਤਾਵਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਏਨੀ ਵੱ ਡੀ ਸਮੱ ਸਿਆ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਬਾਵਜੂਦ ਇਹ ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕੋਈ ਸਮੱ ਸਿਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਜਾਪਦੀ ਅਤੇ ਵੱ ਡੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਆਬਾਦੀ ਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਬੇਖਬਰ ਹੈ। ਸਾਡੀ ਸੋਚ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਰਫ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ, ਫੈਸ਼ਨ ਪ੍ਰਸਤੀ, ਫਿਲਮ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਮਨ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਵੇ ਦੇ ਸਾਧਨਾਂ ਤੱ ਕ ਸੀਮਤ ਰੱ ਖਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ। ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਇਸ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਫਰਜ ਇਹ ਬਣਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੱ ਚੇ ਦਿਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਸੁਚੇਤ ਕਰੇ। ਹਰੇਕ ਪ੍ਰੋਗਰਾਮ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਆਗੂਆਂ ਵੱ ਲੋ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਣੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ। ਇਕੱ ਲੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਯਤਨ ਕਦੀ ਵੀ ਵੱ ਡੇ ਸਿਟੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੱ ਢ ਸਕਦੇ। ਜਿੰ ਨੀ ਲੋ ੜ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਦੀ ਹੈ ਓਨੀ ਹੀ ਵੱ ਡੇ ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਦੇ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਦੀ ਲੋ ੜ ਹੈ। “ਅਰਬਦ ਨਰਬਦ ਧੁੰ ਦੂਕਾਰਾ” ਪਵਿਤਰ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਦੀ ਬਿਗ ਬੈਂਗ, ਬਲੈ ਕ ਹੋਲ ਥੀਊਰੀ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਧਮਾਕੇ ਤੋ ਬਾਅਦ, ਕਰੋੜਾਂ ਸਾਲ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਸੂਰਜ ਮੰ ਡਲ ਅਤੇ ਧਰਤੀ ਹੋਂਦ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਆਈ। ਲੱਖਾਂ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਧਰਤੀ ਤੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੇ ਲੱਛਣ ਨਜਰ ਆਏ। ਹੋਰ ਲੱਖਾਂ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੀ ਸਾਰੀ ਬਨਸਪਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਜੀਵ ਜੰ ਤੂ ਬਣੇ। ਧਰਤੀ ‘ਤੇ ਬਨਸਪਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਜੀਵ ਜੰ ਤੂਆਂ ਦਾ ਸੁੰ ਦਰ ਸੰ ਗਠਨ ਲੱਖਾਂ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਚੱ ਲ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਕੁਦਰਤ ਨੇ ਹਰ ਜੀਵ ਜੰ ਤੂ ਅਤੇ ਬਨਸਪਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ‘ਤੇ ਨਿਰਭਰ ਅਤੇ ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਦਾ ਪੂਰਕ ਬਣਾਇਆ ਹੈ। ਕੁਦਰਤ ਦੇ ਅਸੂਲ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਕੁਦਰਤੀ ਸੰ ਤੁਲਨ ਵਿਗਾੜਨ ਦੀ ਆਗਿਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ। ਪਰ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਜਿਆਦਾ ਸੂਝ ਬੂਝ ਰੱ ਖਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਇਨਸਾਨ ਨੇ ਕੁਦਰਤ ਦੇ ਨਿਯਮਾਂ ਦੀ ਪਰਵਾਹ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤੀ ਅਤੇ

32 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, October, 2021

ਇਸ ਦੇ ਸੰ ਤੁਲਨ ਨੂੰ ਵਿਗਾੜਨ ਦਾ ਹਰ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਵਿਕਾਸ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਤੇ, ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਨੂੰ ਆਰਾਮਦਾਇਕ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਧਰਤੀ, ਸਮੁੰ ਦਰ ਅਤੇ ਵਾਯੂਮੰਡਲ ਨੂੰ ਹਰ ਢੰ ਗ ਨਾਲ ਪਲੀਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਵਿਕਾਸ ਅਤੇ ਦੂਜਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਅੱ ਗੇ ਨਿਕਲਣ ਦੀ ਦੌੜ ਵਿਚ ਕਾਰਪੋਰੇਟ ਨੇ ਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਅਤੇ ਤਕਨੀਕ ਨੂੰ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਭਲਾਈ ਲਈ ਵਰਤਣ ਦੇ ਉਲਟ, ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਬਰਬਾਦੀ ਲਈ ਵਰਤਿਆ ਹੈ। ਆਮ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਇਕ ਲੱਖ ਸਾਲ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਧਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਤਾਪਮਾਨ 1*C ਵਧਦਾ ਹੈ। ਮਨੁੱਖ ਨੇ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਉਪਰ ਕਾਰਖਾਨਿਆਂ ਰਾਹੀਂ, ਆਧੁਨਿਕ ਖੇਤੀ ਦੇ ਸੰ ਕਲਪ, ਸਾਡੇ ਫੈਸ਼ਨ ਬਰੈਂਡਾਂ ਰਾਹੀਂ, ਯੁਧ ਸਮੱ ਗਰੀ ਦੀ ਤਿਆਰੀ, ਨਿਉਕਲੀ ਵਿਸਫੋਟਾਂ ਦੁਆਰਾ, ਆਵਾਜਾਈ ਦੇ ਆਧੁਨਿਕ ਸਾਧਨਾਂ ਨਾਲ, ਪਲਾਸਟਿਕ, ਸੀਮਿੰ ਟ, ਦਵਾਈਆਂ, ਬਿਲਡਿੰ ਗ ਇੰ ਡਸਟਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਢੰ ਗਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਣ ਨੂੰ ਬਰਬਾਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਇਹਨਾਂ ਸਾਰਿਆਂ ਕਾਰਨਾਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਵਾਧਾ ਹੋ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਧਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਤਾਪਮਾਨ ਵਧ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਨੂੰ ਘਟਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਪੱ ਧਰ ਤੇ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਸੰ ਮੇਲਨ ਹੋ ਚੁੱ ਕੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਹੁੰ ਦੇ ਰਹਿਣਗੇ। ਹਰ ਸੰ ਮੇਲਨ ਵਿਚ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਘਟਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਮਿਆਦ ਫਿਕਸ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਦੇਸ਼ ਇਸ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਪੂਰਾ ਉਤਰਦਾ ਨਜਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦਾ। ਹਰ ਸੰ ਮੇਲਨ ਵਿਚ ਫਿਕਸ ਕੀਤੀ ਮਿਆਦ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਅੱ ਗੇ ਵਧਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਧ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਵਾਲੇ 20 ਦੇਸ਼, ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਭਾਰਤ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੈ, ਵੱ ਲੋਂ ਹਰ ਵਾਰ ਮਿਆਦ ਵਧਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਗੱ ਲ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਸਮੁੰ ਦਰੀ ਪਾਣੀ ਨੂੰ ਅਸੀਂ ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਢੰ ਗਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਪਲੀਤ ਕਰ ਦਿੱ ਤਾ ਹੈ।

ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਸਮੁੰ ਦਰੀ ਜੀਵਨ ਖਤਰੇ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਹੈ। ਮਾਈਨਿੰਗ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਧਰਤੀ ਦੀ ਅੰ ਦਰਲੀ ਤਹਿ ਨੂੰ ਖੁਰਚ ਲਿਆ ਹੈ, ਧਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਤਲ ਨੂੰ ਅਸੀਂ ਧਰਤੀ ਹੇਠਲੇ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਬੇਥਾਹ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਰਸਾਇਣਕ ਖਾਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਨਾਲ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਸੋਖਣ ਸਮਰਥਾ ਨੂੰ ਬਰਬਾਦ ਕਰ ਦਿੱ ਤਾ ਹੈ। ਧਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਉਪਰਲੇ ਵਾਯੂਮੰਡਲ ਨੂੰ ਅਸੀਂ ਨਿਉਕਲੀ ਧਮਾਕਿਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਕਈ ਵੱ ਡੇ ਮੁਘੋਰਿਆਂ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਬਦਲ ਦਿੱ ਤਾ ਹੈ । ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ, ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਸਾਫ ਸੁਥਰੀ ਹਵਾ ਨੂੰ ਸਲੈ ਡਰਾਂ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਭਰ ਕੇ, ਬਾਹਰਲੇ ਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਵੇਚਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਸੀ, ਹੁਣ ਏਥੇ ਵੀ ਵਾਯੂਮੰਡਲ ਦੇ ਮੁਘੋਰਿਆਂ ਕਾਰਨ, ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਵਿਚ ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਭਰ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਧ ਚਮੜੀ ਦੇ ਕੈਂਸਰ ਦੇ ਮਰੀਜ ਹਨ। ਧਰਤੀ, ਸਮੁੰ ਦਰ ਅਤੇ ਜੰ ਗਲ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਧ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਨੂੰ ਸੋਖਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸਾਧਨ ਹਨ। ਧਰਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਮੁੰ ਦਰ ਦੀ ਸੋਖਣ ਸਮਰਥਾ ਅਸੀਂ ਖਤਮ ਕਰ ਦਿੱ ਤੀ ਹੈ। ਜੰ ਗਲ ਕੱ ਟ ਕੇ ਅਸੀ ਤੀਸਰੇ ਕੁਦਰਤੀ ਸਾਧਨ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਬਰਬਾਦ ਕਰ ਦਿੱ ਤਾ। ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਘਟਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਸਾਰੇ ਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਨੂੰ UN ਵੱ ਲੋਂ ਪਾਬੰ ਦ ਕਰਨਾ ਬਣਦਾ ਹੈ। ਮਨੁੱਖੀ ਭਲਾਈ ਵਾਲੇ ਕੰ ਮਾਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਵੀਟੋ ਪਾਵਰ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਨੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ। ਵੱ ਧ ਤੋਂ ਵੱ ਧ ਦਰੱ ਖਤ ਲਗਾ ਕੇ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਕਣਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੌਖਿਆ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਆਪਣੇ ਘਰ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਦਸ ਦਰਖਤ ਲਗਾ ਕੇ ਅਸੀ ਆਪਣੀ ਔਸਤ ਉਮਰ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਸੱ ਤ ਸਾਲ ਦਾ ਵਾਧਾ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਇਕ ਦਰਖਤ ਸਲਾਨਾ 20kg ਧੂੜ ਦੇ ਕਣ, 70kg ਕਾਰਬਨ ਕਣ 85kg ਮਰਕਰੀ, ਲੀਥੀਅਮ, ਨਿਕਲ, ਕੈਡਮੀਅਮ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਲੀਕਾਨ ਵਰਗੇ ਜ਼ਹਿਰੀਲੇ ਕਣ ਸੋਖਣ ਦੀ ਸਮਰਥਾ ਰੱ ਖਦਾ ਹੈ। ਬੂਟੇ ਸਾਡੇ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਛੱ ਡੀ ਗਈ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਡਾਇਆਕਸਾਈਡ ਨੂੰ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਸਾਰੇ ਜੀਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜੀਵਨ ਦਾ ਆਧਾਰ ਆਕਸੀਜਨ ਦਿੰ ਦੇ ਹਨ।

ਵਾਤਾਵਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਫਿਰ ਆਈਸ ਯੁੱ ਗ ਵੱ ਲ ਲੈ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਸਲਫਰ ਅਤੇ ਨਾਈਟ੍ਰੋਜਨ ਦੇ ਕਣ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੇ ਕਣਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਮਿਲ ਕੇ ਤੇਜ਼ਾਬੀ ਵਰਖਾ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਬਨਸਪਤੀ ਦੀ ਤਬਾਹੀ ਹੈ। ਕੁਝ ਸਾਲ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹਵਾ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਕਣਾਂ ਦਾ ਪੱ ਧਰ 311ppm ਸੀ ਜੋ ਹੁਣ 388ppm ਹੈ ਜੋ ਹੋਰ 20 ਸਾਲਾਂ ਬਾਅਦ 470ppm ਹੋ ਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਸੰ ਭਾਵਨਾ ਹੈ। ਯੂਰਪੀ ਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਨੇ ਕਾਰਬਨ ਇਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਘਟਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਬਿਜਲਈ ਕਾਰਾਂ ਚਲਾਉਣ ਦਾ ਫੈਸਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਬਿਜਲੀ ਪੈਦਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਅਸੀਂ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਨਖਿਧ ਸਾਧਨ ਕੋਲੇ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ। ਇਸ ਕੰ ਮ ਲਈ ਵਾਯੂ ਅਤੇ ਸੂਰਜਈ ਊਰਜਾ ਨੂੰ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਲਿਆਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਸੰ ਸਾਰ ਯੁੱ ਧਾਂ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਬਰਬਾਦ ਹੋਇਆ ਜਰਮਨੀ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਣ ਪ੍ਰਦੂਸ਼ਣ ਲਈ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵਧੀਆ ਕੰ ਮ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਦੇਸ਼ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਕੰ ਮ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 57 ਬਿਲੀਅਨ ਡਾਲਰ ਖਰਚ ਕੀਤੇ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਕੰ ਮ ਲਈ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਨੇ ਸਿਰਫ 2 ਬਿਲੀਅਨ ਡਾਲਰ ਖਰਚੇ ਹਨ। ਜਰਮਨੀ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਕੰ ਮ ਵਿੱ ਚ ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਲੈ ਣ ਲਈ ਕਾਉਂਸਲ ਪੱ ਧਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਮੇਟੀਆਂ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਵਿਚ ਭਾਰਤ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਯਤਨ ਵੀ ਸਲਾਹੁਣਯੋਗ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ। ਸਕੂਲਾਂ ਦੇ ਬੱ ਚਿਆਂ ਵੱ ਲੋਂ ਸਰਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਗਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ। ਇਹ ਸਭ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਬਾਵਜੂਦ ਸਰਕਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਾਰਜਕਾਰੀ ਨਿਰਾਸ਼ਾਜਨਕ ਹੈ। ਲੋ ਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੁਚੇਤਨਾ ਅਤੇ ਲੋ ਕ ਸੰ ਘਰਸ਼ ਹੀ ਸਰਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਯੋਗ ਫੈਸਲੇ ਲੈ ਣ ਲਈ ਮਜਬੂਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ। ਹਰਬੰ ਸ ਸਿੰ ਘ ਸੰ ਧੂ ਮੈਲਬਰਨ, ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ, +61 452640039.


ब्रिज़्बन में भारतीय काँसल ु ावास में हिं दी दिवस समारोह भारतीय काउनसलेट श्रीमती अर्चना सिंह जी के संग बहुत उत्साह से मनाया गया। भारत के विभिन्न प्रान्तों की नारियों ने हिं दी के महत्व को अपनी मीठी वाणी में बतलाया व बच्चों ने भी भाग लिया। आदरणीय अर्चना जी के शब्दों में “भाषा हमारी संस्कृति और इतिहास का दर्पण है । यदि हमें अपनी भाषा पर गर्व नहीं तो हम अपने आप को हीन दृष्टि से दे खेगें। माता, पिता, गुरुजनों का आदर करना, अतिथि दे वों भव। ये जो संस्कार, संस्कृति हमें विरासत में मिली है तो हमारा कर्तव्य है कि हम अपनी युवा पीढी को अवश्य अवगत करवाएँ। हिं दी भाषा, संस्कृति व हिं दी साहित्य को प्रोत्साहन दे ना चाहिये”। कवयित्री शिपरा शर्मा ने स्नेह भरी पंक्तियों में माँ का शुक्रिया किया जिन्होंने विरासत में हिं दी भाषा का ख़ज़ाना दिया। आठवीं कक्षा के कृशिव शर्मा के उत्तम विचार कविता रूप में सुनने को मिले “वह भारत का इतिहास व वेद ग्रंथ समझने के लिये हिं दी सीखना चाहते हैं ”। हिमाचल प्रदे श दे व भूमि से आई रजनी चौधरी ने विलक्षण रूप से प्रवासी भारतीयों में हिं दी भाषा के प्रयोग को बतलाया। सभी प्रांतों में हिं दी भाषा के बोलने के उच्चारण की विविधता बतलायी। प्रवासी भारतीयों में हिं दी भाषा बहुत प्रसिद्द है । रजनी चौधरी व मधु खन्ना “ऑस्ट्रे लीयन इं डिंयन रे डीओ” के प्रसारण द्वारा हिं दी का बहुत भव्यता से प्रचार करती हैं व अपनी सभ्यता व संस्कृति के बारे

हिंदी दिवस २०२१

में बतलाती हैं । कवयित्री एकता शर्मा की स्वर्ण पंक्ति “आओ हिं दी बोलें, हिं दी सीखें और हिं दी सिखलायें” संग ही उत्तम रूप से हिं दी का इतिहास बतलाया। १० जनवरी को

विश्व हिं दी दिवस व १४ सितंबर को हिं दी दिवस मनाने की शुरुआत १९४९ से हुई थी। नीतू सिंह मलिक सुहाग के कथित शब्दों में “यह भारतीयों के लिये गर्व का क्षण था जब भारत

की संविधान सभा ने हिं दी को आधिकारिक राजभाषा के रूप में अपनाया था” दे शभक्ति से परिपूर्ण डॉक्टर मानसी किनारीवाला ने अपने मधुर स्वर में “वन्देमातरम” सुना

कर हिं दी दिवस को शोभायमान किया। कवयित्री व अधिगम अक्षमता की शिक्षक मधु खन्ना ने एक सूत्रधार का कार्य किया व प्रख्यात कवि मैथिलीशरण गुप्त की पंक्ति

से सभी का हृदय आनंदित किया। “मेरी भाषा में तोते भी राम राम जब कहते हैं मेरे रोम रोम में मानो सुधा स्त्रोत से बहते हैं ” मधु खन्ना

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Vedanta Centre Hosts their 17th Annual Function in Brisbane

BRISBANE Vedanta Centre of Sydney Brisbane Chapter hosted their 17th annual function on Saturday, October 3rd, 2021 at Coorparoo Secondary School. The function began with the traditional Karela drums by Chenda Melam, followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp by invited dignitaries. The formal acknowledgement to country was conducted by Uncle Steve C Coghill, an indigenous elder who compared the customs and traditions of Indian community to that his own indigenous community. Dr Ashim Majumdar vice president delivered his formal welcome speech and highlighted the activities of Vedanta Centre of Sydney Brisbane Chapter. He appreciated the support of the community and volunteers in the day to day activities of the centre. Hon. Leanne Linard MP, Minister Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs could not be present but sent a message of congratulations and appreciations to the centre. The highlight of the event was a keynote address by Swami Sridharananda by

a video link. He mentioned how he missed being here in person due to COVID restrictions. His message was on the oneness of society, oneness of religion, and the true meaning of multicultural society. A very powerful message delivered with divine conviction. Senator Paul Scarr, senator for Queensland spoke highly of the centre and showed his appreciation for the work done by all volunteers and devotees under the guidance of Swami Atmeshananda. He mentioned that being based in Springfield he has got to know the centre very well and appreciates the work done specially in the field of community unity. Mrs Archana Singh, Honorary Consul for India in Queensland thanked Uncle Steve C Coghill for his wonderful welcome to country and for his comparison on the synergies of Indian and Indigenous communities. She showed her appreciations for all the stage items and made a special mention for the play done by Bala Sangha and Yuva Sangha as it was reflective of current conditions and also in tune with the philosophies of Vedanta.

The stage items included Bharatanatyam dance y students of Nadananjali School of Dance, a powerful skit by Bala Sangha and Yuva Sangha based on the problems with COVID19. Taking everyone to another level with his high pitch singing and audience interactions was Tenzin Choegyal a Tibetan singer and song writer. The Thai culture and language school

performed a delightful and melodies traditional Thai dance. From the latin culture Danza Flamenca duo performed foot tapping numbers. The cultural performance finished off with Thiruvathira Kali. Dr Unnikrishnan Nair moved vote of thanks for the known and unknown behind the scene workers. Overall, a very well planned and presented program.

Onam-Varna Vismayam by Kairali Brisbane

Kairali Brisbane Inc is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious community and cultural organization, established by Malayalees in Queensland. It is a voluntary organization established to enable its members both individually and corporately to preserve, promote the culture and traditions of Kerala and the Malayalam language. The Association values the unique heritage of the members ancestral links, cultural and traditional ties with Kerala, India Kairali Brisbane celebrated Onam festival 11th September 2021is a symbol of King Mahabali's annual homecoming. In Kerala, it is believed that King Mahabali's reign was the most prosperous time for the state. The event held at Unidus community centre was a testament to the hard work of the committee in the deliverance of such a high standard function. From the outset one could feel the vibrancy and the welcoming nature of the event organizers. From registration to seating everything was managed professionally. As per the COVID19 restrictions limited numbers of patrons could be served lunch at a time and that was managed by color-

coding the tickets. The traditional meal (Onam Sadhya) was served in its true manner and the service by the committee members was second to none and the food was in plentiful. Overall, a highly successful event very professionally organized and managed. Kairali Brisbane extends their sincere thanks to Satheesh, Kairali Brisbane’s Maveli 2021-22. They also thanked Roby J Thomas for the beautiful make up of our Maveli.

was taken by both oath and affirmation. On behalf of new citizens, Zahra Abdul Qayum delivered a speech thanking Australian government and the organizers of the citizenship ceremony. The new citizens were asked to open the certificates signifying the handing of the certificates to them. As due to COVID19 all individual’s recipient could not be called upon the stage. After the

ceremony the voluntary Australian Citizenship Affirmation was conducted. The affirmation reads, “As an Australian citizen I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey”. The event concluded with the refreshment being served to new citizens and invited dignitaries.

Third Citizenship ceremony by Islamic council of Queensland KARAWATHA on Saturday September 18th, the Islamic Council of Queensland organized their 3rd citizenship ceremony at the Islamic college of Brisbane in Karawatha. The function began with the welcome address by Habib Jamal President of the Islamic Council of Queensland. Aunty Betty McGrady from Logan elders and Queensland Multicultural Council did the formal acknowledgement to country and paid respect to elders past, present, and emerging. Jim Chalmers MP Federal Member of Rankin was the presiding officer and he congratulated the new citizens and thanked Islamic Council of Queensland for facilitating the citizenship ceremony. A message from Hon. Alex Hawke MP Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrants Services and Multicultural Affairs was read. This citizenship pledge 34 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, October, 2021


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Celebrating Mawlid of our Master Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) BY : ML. M NAWAAZ ASHRAFI The subject of celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) birthday, or Mawlid has in recent times been misconceived. This article is insufficient to go into the detail concerning the legality of celebrating Mawlid however even for a brief examination it is vital to consult the ultimate sources – the Qur’an and the Hadith, to provide clarification. When examined through a simple methodology, a majority opinion should suffice, then there is only one thing to consider; the effect of it on the heart of a believer because, ‘There are thousands of proofs open to interpretation and provide scope for disagreement. But there is only one heart and its argument is one, an argument that clamours for serenity, for Dhikr...’ (A.H Murad). The Mawlid is important in this respect in that every Muslim harbours in his or her heart profound love and respect for the Messenger (SAW). It is this love that naturally demands expression, which incidentally takes the form of poetry, song and narration of the Sirah. Even if everything in our modern environment challenges our Iman (faith), it is essential that we attach ourselves to the Messenger (SAW) for that is where spiritual nourishment is found. The concept of celebrating the arrival of the Messenger (SAW) should never call for contention, but sadly it is so. The question is why? Why must this arrival cause arguments when we find that the birth of a baby in any household brings much joy– it is a natural feeling and one that Allah has put in our hearts as a way of thanking Him for his blessings. As for its permissibility in Shari’ah, the basic principle of jurisprudence, concerning mu’amalat (dealings), applies in that everything is halal (permissible) unless it is declared to be haram (forbidden) by the

Qur’an or Sunnah. Thus the burden of proof is on the person arguing that something is haram. So the question explored is, ‘Where in the light of the Quran and the Hadith is celebrating Mawlid declared to be unlawful or haram?’ Legality of Mawlid according to the Holy Qur’an Allah states: ‘Say: Because of the (fadl) Blessings of Allah and His (rahma) Mercy you should celebrate (with happiness and pleasure). That is better than what (wealth) they amass.’ (Q.10:58). In this particular verse Allah commands that we rejoice and celebrate His blessing and mercy. But what exactly should we be rejoicing and what does Allah’s fadl and rahma refer to? According to other verses in the Qur’an and the explanations given by scholars through their tafsir works of this ayah, the fadl and rahma is a direct reference to the Prophet (SAW). In numerous verses of the Qur’an Allah declares that the Prophet (SAW) is Allah’s mercy and a blessing. Allah states: ‘Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when he sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad)’ (Q.3:164) In this verse Allah uses the words fadl and rahma in the same sequence as in the verse of Surah Yunus thus denoting Allah’s fadl and rahma is the Prophet (SAW). It is also stated ‘It is He who has sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad (saw)) from among themselves.’ (Q.62:2). The first ayah addresses the people who lived in the time of the Prophet (SAW). However Allah does not confine this blessing and mercy to only them but states in the next ayah ‘And (He has sent him, Muhammad also to) others among them who have not yet joined them (but they will come).’ (Q.62:3) This verse refers to those

generations of believers who did not see the Prophet (SAW) physically but are not excluded from this blessing and thus there is no limit on the time period of when to rejoice. After explaining the extent and nature of the Prophet’s (SAW) mercy Allah says ‘That is the Grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is the owner of Mighty Grace.’(Q.62:4) An important point to note here is from the sentence ‘Allah is the owner of Mighty Grace’. Allah is the Lord of fadl but He Himself is not the fadl which some commentators incorrectly translate as. He is the Lord of the highest blessing, its owner and possessor. For instance if you are an author of a book you are not the book itself. The Qur’an also singles out the birthday as an important event and worthy of mention. As one example, Allah commands us to send salaam on the day Prophet Yahya (as) was born i.e. his birthday. ‘And send salaam on him the day he was born, and the day he dies and the day he will be raised up to life (again).’ (Q.19:15) If the celebration of birthdays is an innovation and is prohibited then why would Allah single out the birthday of Prophet Yahya (as)? If Allah is ordering mankind to convey greetings to Prophet Yahya (as) then how can one say it is prohibited to do the same for the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on his birthday, who is the last and greatest of all Prophets? Legality of Mawlid according to the Hadith In a Hadith narrated by Abu Qatada Ansari (rad), Allah's Messenger (SAW) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: ‘It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me.’ (Muslim, Book 6, No. 2606). It is clear from this Hadith that the Prophet (SAW) fasted on the day of his birth out of gratitude.

Fasting is a form of worship, so one can fast or hold gatherings or provide food to the poor, all being acts of worship. The Prophet (SAW) himself celebrated his birth. In a Hadith narrated by Anas (rad), in the Sunan of Imam Bayhaqi, (v.9 p.300 no. 43), states that the Prophet (SAW) sacrificed some animals and performed an aqiqa for himself after the announcement of his Prophethood. Imam Suyuti states that this was not an aqiqa done in the traditional sense since his grandfather had already performed it. It is not possible to repeat an act of Shari’ah once it is already done. Imam Suyuti states that the reason for the sacrifice of the animals was an act of thankfulness and a celebration done by the Prophet (SAW) for his birth. Imam Suyuti concludes that it is mustahab (advisable) for us to celebrate the mawlid in ijtima (collectively) since the Prophet (SAW) sacrificed animals and distributed the food and thus we too should have a gathering and distribute food and rejoice in a good manner (‘Husn Maqsid fî `Amal-il mawlid by Imâm Jalâl adDîn Suyûtî, pp. 64-6). Some critics may argue that since the Prophet’s original aqiqa was done in the period of jahliyyah he wanted to repeat it to ensure its proper performance. However this is not a valid argument because why were other acts not repeated by the Prophet (SAW)? For example why did he not repeat his nikah to Hadrat Khadija (rad) which was originally done prior to Prophethood? In another hadith it is reported by Abdullah ibn Abbas that the Prophet (SAW) found that the Jews were fasting on the 10th of Muharram. He asked them why this was so. They replied that this was a blessed day since on this day God gave Bani-Israel liberty and independence from Pharaoh.

The Prophet (SAW) then said ‘if you are fasting on a day when Musa received success then I am closer to Musa than you. I have a better right over Musa than you. So I will fast on the same day.’ So the Prophet (SAW) ordered his Companions to begin to fast on the day of Ashura. (Muslim, Book 6, Ch. 19 Hadith no. 2518 & 2520). This Hadith shows that it is permissible to celebrate a blessing of Allah even if it is celebrating an event that took place on a particular day. When the Prophet (SAW) heard the answer of the Jews, he did not say it was impermissible to celebrate such a day. Instead he encouraged Muslims to fast on this day too. From this Hadith one can construe that the day of Ashura was blessed due to Prophet Musa (a.s) then surely the day that the Best of Creation was made rahmatalil alimeen should also be celebrated by us. Imam Al Suyuti, from Alhawi lil fatawi, wrote a chapter entitled ‘The Good Intention in Commemorating the Mawlid’ in which he said, ‘To commemorate the Mawlid, which is basically gathering people together, reciting parts of the Qu'ran, narrating stories about the Prophet's birth and the signs that accompanied it, then serving food, and afterwards, departing, is one of the good innovations; and the one who practices it gets rewarded, because it involves venerating the status of the Prophet and expressing joy for his honourable birth.’ Further to this Allama Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah, a renowned student of Imam Ibn Taymiyya, writes, in Madarij as-Salikin. ‘Listening to a good voice celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (SAW) or celebrating any of the holy days in our history gives peace to the heart, and gives the listener light from the Prophet (SAW) to his heart, and he will drink

more from the Muhammadan spring’ Ibn Kathir showing his appreciation of celebrating the Mawlid, mentions in Al Bidayah wan Nihayah the Islamic ruler Malik al-Muzzafar. He writes, ‘During Rabi ul Awwal he used to celebrate Mawlid with great celebration, Moreover, he was benevolent, brave, wise, a scholar, and a just person. Shaykh Abul Khattab wrote a book on Mawlid an Nabi for him and named it AtTanwir fi Mawlid al Bashir al Nazeer, for which he gave him 1000 dinars. His rule stayed till the Rule of Salahiya and he captured Aka and he remained a man worthy of respect. Al-Sabt mentions that a person attending the gathering of Mawlid held by Muzzafar said: He used to fill the table with 5000 well cooked goats, 10,000 chickens, 100-thousand bowls (of milk) and 30,000 trays of sweets.’ This clearly indicates that the practise of Mawlid was commemorated by those who were authorities in Islam. From the Muslim point of view, the Prophet (SAW) is the symbol of perfection of both the individual and society. During the Mawlid, when one thinks of the Prophet (SAW) who is to be emulated, it is the image of one who is merciful to those who surround him (SAW) and severe with the false and the unjust. He (SAW) is endowed with virtues of strength and solemnity on the one hand and charity and generosity and ultimately a mercy for the entire creation. The love of the Prophet (SAW) and celebration of the Mawlid is incumbent upon all Muslims especially upon those who aspire towards his (SAW) way of life. This love is not personal love but rather, the Prophet (SAW) is loved because he symbolises all that is beautiful in God’s creation. His virtues are universal and as such the celebration of his birth is indeed a celebration of humanity.

PROPHET MUHAMMAD(S) ALLAH’S MERCY FOR ALL MANKIND Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, is the man beloved by more than 1.2 billion Muslims. He is the man who taught us patience in the face of adversity, and taught us to live in this world but seek eternal life in the hereafter. It was to Prophet Muhammad that God revealed the Quran. Along with this Book of guidance God sent Prophet Muhammad, whose behavior and high moral standards are an example to us all. Prophet Muhammad’s life was the Quran. He understood it, he loved it and he lived his life based on its standards. He taught us to recite the Quran, to live by its principles and to love it. When Muslims declare their faith in One God, they also declare their belief that Muhammad is the slave and final messenger of God. When a Muslim hears Muhammad’s name mentioned they ask God to send blessings upon him. Prophet Muhammad was a man, a human being just like any other man, but it is his love

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for humanity that sets him apart. Muslims love Prophet Muhammad, but it is his love for us, that makes him a man like no other. He longed for Paradise not only for himself but also for all of us. He wept tears not for himself but for his Ummah[1], and for humanity. He was often heard to cry "O God, my Ummah, my Ummah". Muslims also believe in the same Prophets mentioned in Jewish and Christian traditions, including Noah, Moses, Abraham and Jesus, and they believe that all prophets came with the same message – to worship God alone, without partners, sons or daughters. There is a difference, however, between all other prophets and Prophet Muhammad. Before Muhammad, prophets were sent to particular people in particular places and periods. Muhammad however, is the final Prophet and his message is for all of humankind. God tells us in the Quran that He did not send Prophet Muhammad except as a mercy for humankind. "And we have sent you O Muhammad, not but

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as a mercy for humankind and all that exists." (Quran 21:107) God did not say Muhammad was sent to the people of Arabia, or to men, or to the people of the 7th century. He made it clear that Prophet Muhammad was a prophet like no other, one whose message would spread far and wide and be applicable in all places for all times. Muslims love him, respect him and follow him. They hold him in such regard that for many it is emotionally painful to see or hear their beloved mentor ridiculed or disrespected. Throughout history and around the world non-Muslims have shown great respect and honour to Prophet Muhammad and he is considered influential in both religious and secular matters. Mahatma Ghandi described him as scrupulous about pledges, intense in his devotion to his friends and followers, intrepid, fearless, and with absolute trust in God and in his own mission. Prophet Muhammad taught Islam as a way of life, founded an empire, laid down a moral code and

instituted a code of law focusing on respect, tolerance and justice. What is it about Prophet Muhammad that inspires such devotion? Is it his gentle and loving nature, his kindness and generosity or is it his ability to empathise with all of humanity? Muhammad was a selfless man who devoted the last 23 years of his life to teaching his companions and followers how to worship God and how to respect humanity. Prophet Muhammad was acutely aware of just how much responsibility had been thrust upon him by God. He was careful to teach the message just as God had prescribed and warned his followers not to adulate him the way Jesus, son of Mary was praised.[2] Muslims do not worship Prophet Muhammad; they understand that he is only a man. However, he is a man worthy of our utmost respect and love. Prophet Muhammad loved humanity so much that he would weep out of fear for them. He loved his Ummah with

such deep and profound devotion that God remarked on the depth of his love for us in Quran. "Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to God, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers he is full of pity, kind, and merciful." (Quran 9:128) Prophet Muhammad taught us to love God and to obey Him. He taught us to be kind to each other, to respect our elders, and care for our children. He taught us that it was better to give than to receive and that each human life is worthy of respect and dignity. He taught us to love for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves. Prophet Muhammad taught us that families and communities are essential, and he pointed out

that individual rights although important are not more important than a stable, moral society. Prophet Muhammad taught us that men and women are equal in the sight of God and that no one person is better than another except in respect to his or her piety and devotion to God. Who is Prophet Muhammad? Quite simply he is the man who will stand before God on the day of Requital and beg God to have mercy on us. He will intercede for us. Muslims love him because he is the slave and messenger of God, he is a mercy to humankind and his gentleness, and devotion to humanity is unprecedented. ON BEHALF OF THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF ALGESTER, WE WISH ALL OUR MUSLIM READERS A JOYOUS EID MAWLID-UN-NABI SALLALLAAHU ALAIHI WAS SALLAM. THE MAWLID CELEBRATIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE ALGESTER MASJID ON SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2021 FROM 2:30 PM TILL MAGHRIB.


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Aussie Indian who has won the QLD Regional Training Award THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND UQ Skills has cleaned up at the Darling Downs South West regional Queensland Training Awards, which recognises successes in vocational education and training (VET). The prestigious awards celebrate top achievers in training and learning, with UQ’s Dr Shweta Singh announced as regional winner for the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award, with her student Jasmin Maroni announced as regional winner for the Vocational Student of the Year award, and Grace Langridge announced as a finalist. Dr Singh who is the Lecturer in Agribusiness is no stranger to the awards, having previously won the same award category in 2019, and having been listed as a finalist in 2020. “I was deeply touched and humbled with this win – it’s a real honour to win this award again,” Dr Singh said. “It motivates me

Shweta Singh and Deputy Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council

Shweta’s family (son and mother) along with Councillor of Toowoomba

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Medal with students

to keep working smartly and uphold the high standards

of teaching – I’m very proud to help make a difference at

UQ Skills. “The agribusiness lecturer’s success came

largely from her ability to adapt to the challenges on

online teaching, imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These times are of course unprecedented, but they have really helped me to think out-of-the-box and help my students learn in any given situation,” Dr Singh said. “I modified my delivery model to suit COVID, embedding contingency planning and developing high quality online learning material. “This included the transformation of a field assessment into an interactive real-industry case study, as well as an experimental teaching class where students ate a delicious curry and then tracked it from farm to fork. ”Ms. Maroni said “My experience with UQ Skills has been incredible, with Dr Shweta Singh and my family playing a significant part in my successes,” she said.“Shweta was by myside, encouraging me and telling me that ‘you’ve got this Jazzy’.

Mums United Sewa Project St. George Indian Orthodox

Church, Brisbane celebrates 10th OVBS Event

Homelessness in Australia has increased 13.7% in last 5 years. In Queensland 21,671 people are homeless, 14% worse since 2011. Nearly 50% are women and an increase of 28% in people aged 55 plus are experiencing homelessness. Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue. It occurs across all ages, and all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affects women and children. One in 6 Australian women and 1 in 16 men have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner. United Mums Sewa Project is a volunteer groups

of mums who are passionate about humanity. We extend our hands in friendship to bring smiles to the needy, vulnerable on the streets and anyone facing Domestic Violence. We provide nonperishables food items, blankets, socks and hot

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meal with lots of love and compassion. United Mums Sewa Project is prepared to deliver home cooked meals to DV victims and families. We are willing to extend our hands towards domestic duties, child minding, yoga therapy, emotional, phycological and meeting for fun activities in parks. United Mums Sewa Project is self-funded through kind donations from our local community. Any donation is most welcome. Our Mantra is any size of generosity makes a huge difference to our friends on the street and in difficult situations. “UNITY IN HUMANITY” IS OUR VISION. Sharing friendship creates belonging and cared for.

BRISBANE St. George Indian Orthodox Church, Brisbane conducted their 10th annual Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS) event from September 23rd to September 26th 2021. More than 100 children attended the 4-day event which included children from other congregations as well. The event was inaugurated by lighting of the lamp by

Fr. Jacks Jacob, Vicar of St. George Indian Orthodox Church, Brisbane, Mr. Jithin Thomas, Headmaster of SGIOCB Sunday School and OVBS convenors Ribi Blessan and Veena Boby. Fr. Jacks Jacob delivered the inaugural address to the children, parents, teachers and volunteers. Rev. Fr. Mobin Varghese facilitated an online class relating to the topic of Holy confession

for students of Year 8, 9 10 and MGOCSM students. The children participated in Bible classes, song sessions, crafts, games and interactive sessions. Motivational talks were presented by key speakers Dr. M Mathews and Mrs. Sunitha Asish. Valedictory function day was held on Sunday 26th September 2021 after Holy Services.


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57a Kenmore Road, Kenmore QLD 4069 | www.brisbanedurgatemple.com Please note the Temple will be the only contact for all suburb groups. Bhaktas who wish to participate with their corresponding suburb group are welcome to attend for Sankalpam at 6.00pm or for the Vasantha Mandapa Puja at 7.30pm.

SUBURB SPONSORSHIP DAYS DAY 1 - 7th October 2021 Thursday Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane CBD Spring Hill New Farm Kelving Groove Paddington Milton

MAHA NAVARATHRI UTSAVAM 7th to 15th October 2021 Shree Venkatesa Durga Temple warmly welcomes all to Plava Varusha Navarathri Utsavam. Navarathri celebrates the nine nights of autumn, and is observed in honor of Devi as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. This year, all Bhaktas are welcome to participate under the allocated suburb sponsorship each day as sponsors (Ubhaya Karas).

Programme 7th to 12th October 6.00 pm 7.30pm

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DAY 2 - 8th October 2021 Friday Southern Suburbs - Group 1 Logan Central Calamvale Parkinson Stretton Algester

Yeronga Highgate Hill Wooloongabba Coorparoo Annerley Moorooka

DAY 6 - 12th October 2021 Tuesday Eastern Suburbs - Group 2 Chandler Wynnum Tingalpa Manly Murrarie Cannon Hill

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DAY 7 - 13th October 2021 Wednesday Southern Suburbs - Group 2 Sunnybank Sunnybank Hills Rochedale Eight Mile Plains Acacia Ridge DAY 8 - 14th October 2021 Thursday Northern Suburbs - Group 2 Strathpine Bald Hills Carseldine Sandgate Bridgeman Downs Albany Creek Aspley

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DAY 9 - 15th October 2021 Friday Western Suburbs - Group 2 Indooroopilly Toowong St Lucia Graceville Sherwood Kenmore

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DAY 3 - 9th October 2021 Saturday Western Suburbs - Group 1 Forest Lake Springfield Springfield Lakes Augustine Heights Redbank Plains Ipswich Wacol Richlands

Durack Pallara Darra Westlake Middle Park Oxley Seventeen Mile Rocks Jindalee

DAY 4 - 10th October 2021 Sunday Northern Suburbs - Group 1 North Lakes Mango Hill Redcliff Kallangur

Murrumba Downs Narangba Burpengary Caboolture

DAY 5 - 11th October 2021 - Monday Eastern Suburbs - Group 1 Cleveland Redland Bay Alexandra Hills Mt. Cotton Capalaba Wellington Point Burbank Birkdale

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RCBI’s Blockbuster BULAWOOD Event!

BRISBANE Rotary Club of Brisbane International (RCBI) presented another blockbuster full house of enjoyable, thrilling and exciting evening on Saturday 4th September at the Unidus Community Centre. Dubbed as Bulawood, typically a fusion of Pacific Island culture and vibes, had over 320 guests making the most of the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland. Being the flagship fundraiser of the club for the year, the community is guaranteed to support our planned International project ‘Project Tatana’ as the major beneficiary of the profits. Project Tatana is the

brainchild and ‘My Why’ project of club member Sabi Koregai. A fully equipped library with two computers will see students of Tatana village in PNG build on their educational resources leading to better educational outcomes. An event of this magnitude also supports various other local projects that continuously require injection of funds from the club to continue to make a difference in the lives of people. The evening indulged in a fusion of traditional PNG performance, Fijian Meke – a dance and Lovo or ‘Hungi’- food, fused with energetic and exhilarating

Bollywood performance and sumptuous Indian cuisine. Of course, like in previous years, the performance by members was superbly choreographed by member

Neelam Naidu. Well done event of Rotary Club of Brisbane International! We are forever thankful to the wider community for embracing our club events

Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan’s 22nd Death Anniversary

“One of the greatest Pakistanis was Akhter Hameed Khan…he proved to people that the moment you empower the people, the people can lift the standard of living, they can look after themselves.” - Pakistani politician (now Prime Minster) Imran Khan

Nasim Yousaf World-famous social scientist Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan was born in Agra (United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh, India) on July 15, 1914 and died on October 09, 1999. He was the founder of the Pakistan (later Bangladesh) Academy for Rural Development (BARD) and the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP, Pakistan). Pakistan and Bangladesh owe a great deal to him for his contribu-tions to rural development and introduction of microfinance and other poverty alleviation meth-ods. While at BARD, in addition to his groundbreaking work on rural development and microfinance, Dr. Khan launched an ambitious movement to support female emancipation and empowerment. Many orthodox Muslims (including clerics) resisted him, but Dr. Khan was relentless and the movement eventually took off. Today, Bangladesh benefits from the efforts of Dr. Khan, as fe-male participation in society is now much more common. In fact, two women became the Prime Ministers of the country, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina (Current Prime Minister). With the Orangi Pilot Project, Dr. Khan introduced many innovative ideas

related to sanitation, water, health, empowering men and women, and rural development. For example, the National Rural Support Programme in Pakistan follows the principles established by Dr. Khan. Similarly, the Agha Khan Rural Support Program is built on the conceptual framework developed by Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan. With his various programs, Dr. Khan proved to the world that empowering the poor can truly im-prove their lives. His ideas have gone viral and

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have inspired other efforts in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Internationally, the launch of microcredit by Grameen Bank and support of micro-savings by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are a few examples. He also left behind several disciples such as Nobel Prize winner Professor Mohammad Yunus, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Shoaib Sultan Khan, and Parveen Rehman. His services have been appreciated by many in the East and the West. Dr. Khan was nominated

for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Philippines), the Jinnah Award (posthumously), and the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (posthumously) for his various contribu-tions. The former President of Pakistan Mohammad Ayub Khan decorated him with the Sitarae-Pakistan. Ex-President Pervez Musharraf and former Finance Minister (later Prime Minister) Shaukat Aziz also appreciated Dr. Khan at two separate seminars held to pay tribute to him. Former Bangladeshi President Hussain Muhammad Ershad also honored Dr. Khan in a ceremony by presenting him with a plaque. Dr. Khan continues to be celebrated to this day. The Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD) and Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center are named after him. BARD has placed a mural at the premises of the Academy and the library is named after him. In Comilla, there is also road called Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Road. Dr. Khan passed away in 1999 and was buried at the OPP office. May God rest his soul in peace. Nasim Yousaf is a researcher based in the USA and a nephew of Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan.

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Australia red-flags draft e-commerce rules: will raise trade barriers The draft rules published on June 28 seek to tighten the regulation on online marketplaces. The Consumer Affairs Department had given time till July 21 for various stakeholders to submit their comments. BESIDES triggering a strong pushback internally, the draft e-commerce rules of the government’s Department of Consumer Affairs have drawn flak from at least one sovereign government — Australia — and multiple foreign trade bodies for being intrusive and detrimental to trade. The draft rules published on June 28 seek to tighten the regulation on online marketplaces. The Consumer Affairs Department had given time till July 21 for various stakeholders to submit their comments. The Australian government, which is negotiating a trade pact with India — including a dedicated chapter in the agreement on e-commerce — has formally written to the Department of Consumer Affairs pointing out that the new rules would “impose extensive extraterritorial obligations on foreign e-commerce entities operating in India”. “We consider the proposed amendments would be overly prescriptive and would

increase trade barriers, particularly for SMEs,” it wrote in an undated submission titled “Consultation on proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 of the Government of India” made to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. A copy of this submission, and inputs submitted by other stakeholders for the draft e-commerce rules, were obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act. Specifically, among the seven concerns it raised, are aspects such as definition of mis-selling, mandatory registration of e-commerce companies with the Indian government and time stipulation to redress complaints. Further, on the lines of concerns flagged by Indian government departments and industry players, Australia has also sought clarification on ban of flash sales. “We support efforts to implement rules that prohibit fraudulent business practices online. We note however that the organisation of flash sales by e-commerce entities is commonplace and a widely accepted international practice. In that regard, we would

welcome clarification on how fraudulent interception could be determined in practice, and what “technological means” might encompass,” it noted. The Indian Express had reported Friday that the draft rules had received scathing feedback from several government departments including the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, the Niti Aayog, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. These departments flagged several anomalies, questioned certain provisions, and suggested remedial tweaks with the proposed rules. “In summary, the E-Commerce Rules, as written, are likely to have a

significant adverse impact on Australian e-commerce entities which operate in India. The Rules would impose unreasonable compliance costs and be particularly onerous for SMEs, which would likely have implications on competition and consumer choice in India,” the Australian government wrote. E-mail queries sent Friday to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi did not elicit a response. Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment Dan Tehan, who is on a visit to India, told a press conference on Friday he had discussed e-commerce with his Indian counterpart and that both sides had agreed there would be an e-commerce chapter

Kapil Sibal: If you have all institutions in your pockets, how do you run a democracy? Responding to a question from the audience on reservation in institutions for higher studies, Sibal batted for greater push for uplifting marginalised groups in the early stage of their lives so as to level the playing field for them. Rajya Sabha MP from Congress and former union minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday emphasised that a multifarious country such as India can be run only “through conversations, reaching out, understanding other point of views before you decide what to do.” Speaking at the second edition of Girish Patel memorial lecture and on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Ahmedabad, on the topic, ‘India in the age of Modi’, Sibal added that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to invoke MK Gandhi’s ideals, his actions have been on the contrary. Stating that he was not saying this as a Congressman, Sibal said that the wealth of nations resided in universities, and not in industries and “If you control your education system, which we have done and we have been trying to do, you destroy the spirit of innovation and a nation can never be wealthy…That’s what

Modi has done to India. That is what we (UPA governments) also did to some extent but it has gone to another level now. You have an RSS guy who is a vice-chancellor now. You control your governors.” Responding to a question from the audience on reservation in institutions for higher studies, Sibal batted for greater push for uplifting marginalised groups in the early stage of their lives so as to level the playing field for them. “When it comes to the marginalised, do away with the 50 percent (reservation), 100 percent of schools should be opened only for them (the marginalised) so that they can come to a stage where they can compete (in professional exams). Sibal, who visited the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram earlier in the day, said, “I realised the simplicity of

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the Ashram..The charkha represented aspiration, unity, self reliance…He (Gandhi) was spinning the charkha, and in the age of Modi, Modi spins the yarns, that’s the difference.” He said that India is shaping up to be a country with the “economy of China, politics of Putin, and religious philosophy of Israel,” and to realise a “paradigm shift in politics” Sibal urged that a “fresh movement” needs to start where although “the rules of the (democratic) game have changed”, but one need not play by the changed rules. “Data is manipulated in this country…parameters of deciding on GDP and inflation are changed because they want to suggest to the country that ‘Look, GDP is doing well,’…You manipulate the Parliament, you manipulate the system, you have your own umpire,” he said. “The Constitution represents the rule of the game and just as in cricket, you play by the rules of the game…there is a third umpire Election Commission of India, who never plays by the rules of the game…and if you have the umpire in the pocket, how do you play cricket?… And if you have all the institutions in your pockets, then how do you run

a democracy?” the Congress leader said. “You have the Parliament, the media, the ECI, courts, governors, investigating agencies, and other institutions are there to ensure that there’s a balance in a functional democracy. The change between 2014 and now is that that balance has been destroyed. The rules of the games have changed… Then people ask us that ‘the Congress party is not a good Opposition (party)’. How can we be the Opposition if they don’t play by the rules?,” asked Sibal. Criticising the silencing tactic of the present government by use of sedition, UAPA in collusion with investigating agencies, Sibal stressed that “in a country like India where laws are misused in this fashion, the only safe harbor can’t be silence. If it is silence, then you are complicit…” Comparing India in the age of PM Modi, vis-a-vis India during the age of Gandhi, the former being “far removed” from the latter, Sibal said, “Gandhiji said that if you want to run a country, it can’t be run by 20 people at the centre. Modiji embraces Gandhi and yet two people at the centre run the country…”

in the final agreement. The two countries have already agreed to have an interim or early harvest trade agreement by Christmas and a final free trade agreement or Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by the end of 2022. India and Australia plan to exchange of offers regarding the proposed CECA agreement by October. Australia has said it wants access to Indian e-commerce channels for its premium food, beverage, and consumer product companies. In addition to the Australian government, trade bodies and groups representing American businesses such as the USIndia Business Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum too have flagged several concerns on the proposed e-commerce rules in separate letters written on July 21. These pertain to clauses such as country of origin, mis-selling, registration of e-commerce entities, fall-back liability, and appointment of personnel already mandated under the new IT rules. “These appointments not only unduly add to the compliance burden on e-commerce entities, there is no distinction between the roles and responsibilities

of the various appointees… further, the obligation of RGO (Resident Grievance Officer) by an e-commerce entity overlaps with the similar obligation applicable to an intermediary under the Information Technology Act, 2000,” the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum noted in its inputs. American companies Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart command a majority share in India’s e-commerce pie. Large domestic retail players such as Reliance Industries and the Tata Group too have plans to enter the segment. Notably, in December 2020, the US Congressional Research Service, a bipartisan public policy research institute, had flagged concerns about “investment barriers” in India despite the aim to attract foreign investment. “US concerns about investment barriers persist nevertheless, heightened by new Indian restrictions on how e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart conduct business. From the US view, India’s weak regulatory transparency and other issues, such as IPR and localisation policies, add to concerns about FDI barriers,” it had noted.

‘My son is very happy… we talk about things that we can do now’: Priti Vishrant Mane, 32 Police Naik, Pune City Police personnel are entitled to one weekly off in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Police has reduced from 12 to 8 the daily duty hours of women police personnel below the rank of ASI, “to help them balance professional and personal lives”. Police personnel are entitled to one weekly off in the state. How has the reduction of duty hours helped you? The biggest change is it has given a sense of stability. The stress has significantly reduced. What are the things you can do now with more time on hand? In the hectic schedule around job, children, home and attending to elderly, finding time for oneself is very difficult. Now, when the system is making efforts to make more time available for you… I plan to use it for fitness and my hobbies. I want to take up calligraphy and learn a new language. I have always loved sketching, and want to explore if this can be useful in my police work. Were you told the reason behind the decision? Working long hours, often

24 hours at a stretch, can strain one’s mind and body. Some can find work and life balance, many can’t. It adversely affects work too. I believe the decision was taken to ensure this balance, which will help us perform our duties efficiently. How have your male colleagues responded? I believe the decision was taken considering all the necessary aspects. Our male colleagues have welcomed the decision and have been supportive, like always. How has your family responded to the change? Everyone at home is really happy obviously, especially my son. We have started talking about what we can do together now… The orders to implement the change in Pune City came into effect just a few days ago, on September 27.


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FOCUS ON FIJI Student charged for the alleged murder of Nausori taxi driver

An 18-year-old student has been charged with the alleged murder of a 60-year taxi driver last month. The victim who resided in Korociriciri, Nausori had been reported missing late last month after he failed to return home after work. Police say a day later the victim's vehicle was found abandoned along Qiolevu

Road and his body was discovered a few metres away. Investigators have also recovered items allegedly stolen from the victim. The student has also been charged with one count of robbery and three counts of theft. He will appear in a special court sitting in the Nausori Magistrates Court today.

38 new cases of COVID-19

Fiji has 38 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am yesterday. There are now 12,875 active cases. The Health Ministry says

there have been 51,098 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. Fiji has recorded a total of 51,168 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

1 new COVID-19 death

The Health Ministry says they have one COVID-19 death to report. The one COVID-19 death was reported from the Central Division. It is an 82-year-old man from Suva. He presented to the CWM Hospital in respiratory distress. Sadly, he died 3 days after admission on Friday. He was not vaccinated.

There has been one death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, this death has been classified as non-COVID death by their doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by a serious preexisting medical condition and not COVID-19. There have now been 632 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji.

FNU to reopen campuses in a controlled manner from Monday Fiji National University says they will be reopening campuses in a controlled and step by step manner. Vice-Chancellor Professor Toby Wilkinson says in Phase 1, starting on Monday 4th October, they will be reopening campuses for fully vaccinated students who need to complete practical assignments that cannot be done online.

FRU’s main priority is the medical and physical screening of all the national teams The medical and physical screening of all the national rugby teams in HighPerformance Unit Centres in Nadi, Sigatoka and Suva will be the main priority of the Fiji Rugby Union when non-contact sports and training is allowed from Monday 4th October. The FRU is one of the seventeen national sporting organisations that have met all requirements put in place by the National Sports Commission. CEO John O’Connor says this will include the screening for the Fijian

teachers all around Fiji to communicate with each other and with the Ministry. This platform will empower teachers to comment on the work of the Ministry for example when we roll out the curriculum they will be able to give their feedback.” Kumar says this is the first

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Drua, Men’s 7s and Fijiana 7s team, Fijiana XV, Fiji U20, Fijian Warriors and all their HPU Academy players. He says they have received their approval certificates from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. The 17 sporting organisations include Tennis, Taekwondo, Cricket, Touch Rugby, Netball, Rugby Union, Outrigger (VAA), Suva Marathon, Billiard & Snooker, Lawn Bowls, Golf Fiji, Squash, Karate, Badminton, Archery, Shooting and Football.

We want to ensure there is Pacific ACP states to lobby no disruption to education more demand at COP26 if there is a 3rd wave of COVID-19 – Kumar Minister for Education Premila Kumar says if we do have a third wave of COVID-19 or if there are any natural disasters, they want to ensure there is no disruption to education and students can continue learning through other modes. Kumar says many teachers had to switch to remote teaching very quickly during the pandemic. She says most of them are not well versed with various digital tools but overnight they learned. Kumar adds it is a clear indication that in a critical situation, like the pandemic, teachers do become innovative and they have embarked into self-learning. The Minister says teachers rolled out various teaching programmes where some

Teachers urged to maintain professionalism Education Minister, Premila Kumar has reminded teachers that this forum is for internal use only. Kumar says guidelines have been prepared to help teachers communicate effectively and expects a high level of professionalism. This platform will connect

He says students will be contacted by FNU if they are in this category. Wilkinson adds all other students will continue with online learning and teaching for the time being. He stresses that if students fail to show their FNU identification card and vaccination card, they will be refused entry.

time that teachers will get an opportunity to come together to discuss new innovations in education, classroom practices, and share new ideas. She adds this makes educational practices more effective, interesting, and enjoyable for the students.

were using Google Drive, Google Classroom, Zoom, emails, Viber messages and private groups. Kumar further says their assessment on how the curriculum was rolled out and how teaching and learning took place during COVID-19 shows 52% of secondary school students were learning through online mode and over 70% of secondary school students have some sort of mobile device and most of them are connected to the internet. The Minister adds they want to create a platform next year where students and parents can connect with the Ministry and share their views on the delivery of the curriculum in classrooms or they can even make some suggestions.

The Asian Caribbean and Pacific states are now in the frontline of the climate crisis with minimal support from developed countries to safeguard the region’s sustainable future. Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama says climate is a real threat in the region and we must reaffirm the approaches taken and demand this at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland next month. Bainimarama is urging leaders in these different states to be more responsible and is anticipating more dialogue. “We have seen a range

of regional discussions and events that have triggered a very necessary opportunity for our collective selfreflection on the value, benefits, and areas for strengthened improvement our pacific islands forum.” Developing countries are battling economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, intensifying climate change issues, and the ongoing geopolitical tassel on the rim of the Pacific region. Bainimarama is optimistic the ACP states will forge their development plans to combat these challenges.


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Dia Mirza honoured with the ‘Champion of Change’ award

An eminent jury, headed by Hon’ble Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, former Judge Supreme Court of India decided to honour actor and producer Dia Mirza in the Maharashtra edition of the initiative, “Champions of Change.” The award ceremony aimed at honouring those who have been working towards raising awareness in the fields of social welfare, health care, education, culture, and sports in congruence with the democratic ideals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals, Global Ambassador IFAW, Dia was honoured for the exemplary

work she has done in the field of social welfare in the state. The award was organized by the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy (IFIE), which is a recognized, not-for-profit organisation and has in the past invited personalities like the Vice-President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, and former President of India, late Shri Pranab Mukherjee to preside over their events. Past winners include, among others, Shri M. K. Stalin (CM of Tamil Nadu), Shri Hemant Soren (CM of Jharkhand), and Shri Manish Sisodia (Deputy CM of Delhi). The award was given to Dia in the presence of H.E Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari (Governor of Maharashtra) at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai on 30th September.

One of the first controversies of the year erupted when it was decided that S S Rajamouli’s grand period film, RRR, would clash with Maidaan on October 15. The producer of Maidaan, Boney Kapoor, publicly lashed at the makers of RRR for clashing their film with his since both the flicks starred Ajay Devgn. The matter ended after the second wave of Covid-19 led to lockdowns in many parts of India. As a result, almost all the films, scheduled to release this year, got pushed. Last Saturday, the Maharashtra government announced that the cinema halls can open from October 22. Immediately, the release dates of many films were announced and the process is going on. Maidaan got a new release date – June 3, 2022. All eyes were then on RRR as it’s one of the biggest films to come out of India

from India, Deepika has successfully earned a name for herself with her hard work. In 2018, TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most Influential People across the globe. She became the only Indian actor to acquire a spot on the list. A year later, Deepika was honoured by the 26th Annual Crystal award for rising mental health awareness being the only Indian actor to feature in Davos 2020 winners list. Deepika Padukone was also the only Indian actress to be featured in VARIETY's second time in a row 'International Women's Impact Report' which celebrates the achievements of women in entertainment around the world. Over the years, Deepika has made her voice heard, which has created a global impact, be it with her movie choices or her foundation ‘Live Love Laugh’.

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and also because it’s the next flick of Baahubali director. Today, the release date of RRR was announced and it led to shockwaves. The period saga is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on January 7, 2022. In short, it’ll clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, which releases on January

6. The reason it astonished everyone is that both films have two common actors – Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt! Gangubai Kathiawadi will see Alia Bhatt in a lead role and Ajay Devgn reportedly has a dynamic supporting part. In RRR, Ram Charan and Jr NTR play the main leads and both Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt

have supporting parts. A trade expert, still in shock, said, “Just 2 days back, Gangubai Kathiawadi’s release date was announced. And not just Alia and Ajay, both films are also backed by Jayantilal Gada’s PEN Movies. It is expected that Gangubai Kathiawadi would now move but imagine if it doesn’t!”

Shah Rukh Khan to shoot in SoBo hospital for his upcoming yet-untitled Atlee film After finishing the finished the domestic schedule of his upcoming film Pathan, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has now begun the shooting of another project with Atlee. According to a tabloid, the action packed film is being very anticipated by the fans. After kicking off the yet-untitled actioner in Pune in early September, the superstar and the Tamil filmmaker has now headed to Mumbai. For over 10 days, they shot a pivotal action sequence at Film City in Goregaon.

Deepika Padukone becomes the only Indian actor to bag the Global Achiever’s Award for Best Actress Proving yet again to be a force of global dominance, Deepika Padukone has bagged the Global Achiever’s award 2021 for her achievements in the film fraternity for ‘Best actress in Bollywood by an international platform. The list has other popular names from across the world like Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Christiano Ronaldo, among others. The global award 2021, received more than 3000 nominations this year. It was strenuous for the jury to shortlist the winners as all the nominations had a successful track record in their respective fields. Deepika managed to win the award being the only Indian actor in the industry. She is a global icon who leaves her fans enthralled with not just her fashion statements but majorly for her movies and performing skills. Touted to be one of the best actresses

Gangubai Kathiawadi vs RRR: Will two films of Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn release in the SAME week?

And now their stop is the BD Petit Parsee General Hospital in Cumballa Hill. As per report, the cast and crew will begin filming at

the south Mumbai hospital from October 2. Atlee has lined up a 10-day shoot, post which it will be a wrap on the first schedule

Shah Rukh Khan will get little rest as after the completion of his schedule here, the actor will have to go to Spain for another three-weeks for the schedule of Pathan with co-stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Until Shah Rukh Khan returns, as reported, back home Atlee will use the time to do the groundwork for the next stint. Besides Shah Rukh, the stylized actioner reportedly also stars Nayanthara, Sanya Malhotra and Sunil Grover.

Raghav Juyal to play a dark character in Hasal alongside Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey On shares about Hasal, Raghav revealed, "I feel the concept of Hasal is very unique and different till date. According to me, it's dark musical, and intriguing. It’s about darkness prevailing in every human’s life some have the courage to thrive with it, some have the courage to find the obscure parts of themselves, some hustle to stand out and shine like the moon, some have the fire of revenge. It is a hustle story of four lives and their struggle to live." Revealing about his role he continues, "This is something I have never played before, you have seen me in different roles but this time it will be surprising as I'm playing a dark character. I think the film will keep you at the edge of your seat with

full of roller coaster ride, suspense, and thrill." On reuniting with Sanjay Mishra after Bahut Hua Samman he shares,"Though I have worked before, I feel I started my real acting journey with Sanjay Mishra in Bahut Hua Samman. Reuniting with him feels like a homecoming. I have always enjoyed his company and surely it will be fun." On working with debutante director, Raghav enthusiastically tells, "My passion gets doubled when I work with newcomer directors like Ravi who are full of enthusiasm and has a lot to bring on platter. I feel great working with new people on new ideas as it reminds me of my journey and passion I was a newcomer."


APSA REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN FORUM WELCOMES NETFLIX AS MAJOR SPONSOR Gold Coast, Queensland: The Asia Pacific Screen Academy today opened worldwide registration for the 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum (Nov 11-16) with first look events featuring Palme d’Or and APSA Best Film winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, together with APSA FIAPF Award winning producer at the forefront of the Thai independent cinema movement, Soros Sukhum, a Conversation with Jeremy Chua, plus a stacked global line-up for the popular Meet the Programmers session, and global personalised networking. APSA today also welcomed Netflix as a Major Sponsor of the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Nov 11) and 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum. The global powerhouse streamer joins major sponsors Gold Coast City Council, Screen Queensland, Griffith Film School and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) alongside founding partners UNESCO and FIAPF in supporting APSA to deliver the Forum and a full competition for the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2021. Chair of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy Tracey Vieira said APSA Forum would provide unprecedented access to some of Asia Pacific’s most innovative filmmakers. “We are thrilled to present a Conversation with Singaporean producer Jeremy

Chua, who has an incredibly agile approach to financing,” she said. Chua most recently produced Abdullaah Mohammad Saad’s Rehana Maryam Noor, the first Bangladeshi film to be selected for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and is developing projects across the region. The film will have a special screening on the Gold Coast for local audiences, where global audiences can view earlier work from Chua, including K. Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird (2016), now available on Netflix. “It is also exciting to be able to hear from acclaimed filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and producer Soros Sukhum discussing their first collaboration – the 2021 Cannes Jury Prize winner Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton,” Ms Vieira said. While this was Weerasethakul’s first film shot outside Thailand, and in English, Sukhum is well known for his international and highly creative approach to financing and producing. Sukhum was honoured by FIAPF at APSA in 2020 for his contribution to Asia Pacific cinema - particularly for his discovery and fostering of new voices and creating pathways to facilitate the realisation of their creative visions. “APSA has embraced the

opportunity to deliver the Forum and Awards using accessible technology, and continue our unwavering commitment to support and showcase the region’s remarkable storytellers and screenmakers, particularly through these most challenging times. We are so pleased to welcome Netflix as a Major Sponsor,” Ms Vieira said. Debra Richards, Netflix Director, APAC Studio & Production Affairs, said: “APAC is such an exciting part of the world for Netflix, and we are incredibly proud of the growing slate of local language films and series we are making with amazing creators across Asia Pacific. As a region, it is also the fastest growing in the world for Netflix memberships. So, it's the ideal time for us to partner with ASPA to celebrate and inspire storytellers across APAC.”

The first program events to be announced for the 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum: Any Film Is A Sacrifice and A Devotion with Jeremy Chua Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean film producer and screenwriter. In 2010, he started his career as a programming assistant at independent art center, The Substation Singapore, then trained as a producer at

Lowave Paris and Akanga Film Asia. Since 2014, he founded Potocol, a film company focused on development and co-production of independent Asian films. He wrote and coproduced his first film, A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal, which premiered at 55th Cannes Critics’ Week and is currently available on Netflix. He has also coproducedBrotherhood by Pepe Diokno (Karlovy Vary IFF 2016), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2016), A Family Tour by Ying Liang (Opening Film, International Competition Locarno IFF 2018),Motel Acacia by Bradley Liew (Tokyo IFF 2019), A Love Unknown by John Clang (IFF Rotterdam 2020) andDeath of Nintendo by Raya Martin (Berlinale Generation K Plus) and Rehana Maryam Noor by Abdullah Mohammad Saad (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2021). He is an alumnus of EAVE Ties That Bind 2013, Produire au sud 2016, Berlinale Talents 2017, SEAFIC 2017 and Torino Film Lab 2018. He works under Marco Mueller's programme team at Pingyao International Film Festival and has been a programme consultant for Sheffield Documentary Festival UK. In Memoria with Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Soros Sukhum Visionary and multi

award-winning Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s incredible body of work includes Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and APSA Best Film Cemetery of Splendour, and in 2021 he was awarded the Cannes Jury Prize for Memoria, produced by Soros Sukhum (Pop Aye, Diamond Island). Pioneer of the Thai independent film movement, Soros Sukhum is credited with launching the careers of a generation of artistic and experimental filmmakers, including Aditya Assarat, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Anocha Suwichakornpong, and Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit.

Meet the Programmers Panel Now a popular fixture of the Forum, Meet the Programmers offers international and local industry unprecedented access to hear from some of the world’s most significant programmers, and delivers on APSA’s mission to broaden the market appeal of Asia Pacific content. The line-up to date includes Head of Berlinale’s Generation Maryanne Redpath, Busan International Film Festival Senior Programmer Dosin Pak, Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nyon Artistic Director Emilie Bujès and Mumbai Film Festival Programming Head Kalpana Nair. Hosted by Kiki

Fung, Programme Consultant at Hong Kong International Film Festival and former Head Programmer for Brisbane International Film Festival.

Random Connections A virtual replication of the all-important networking and connections achieved by attending festivals, awards and screen events, where chance meetings can result in creative collaboration, knowledge transfer and support. Opt-in to be connected with other filmmakers each fortnight – the earlier you register, the more connections you make! The 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum and 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be presented as both physical, and globally streamed events at/from HOTA (Home of the Arts, Gold Coast). When launched in 2007 on the Gold Coast, APSA was and continues to be a groundbreaking initiative to create an Academy and Awards that would connect and celebrate the cinematic excellence and rich cultural diversity encompassed by the world’s fastest growing film region: more than 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, and responsible for half of the world’s film output. Registration is now open at https://www. asiapacificscreenawards.com/ asia-pacific-screen-forum

THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO CINEMAS IN 2021

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in Australia makes a grand return to the cinema for its 25th year from 28 October to 5 December, with a national tour in Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Screening at the new venue of Palace Cinemas in each city, the 2021 Festival program will feature an expertly curated selection of films, from the hottest newly-released feature titles alongside action, anime, drama, documentaries and much more. JFF 2021 will also screen a FREE Tribute Series of films by Shuji Terayama, one of Japan’s most influential avant-garde

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film directors, in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as a part of the Festival program. Plus, for seven days in November (15-21), a free online program of five films will be available for movie lovers and japanophiles from across Australia to enjoy from the comfort of home. Full program to be announced on 16 September, sign up to the newsletter to stay up to date at: www. japanesefilmfestival.net.

2021 Japanese Film Festival screening dates: CANBERRA: 28 October - 2 November

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Treatment for hepatitis B and hepatitis C If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis B or hepatitis C these are some of the things you should know. For Hepatitis B: • Unfortunately, at this time there is no Cure for Hepatitis B but there is effective treatment • Not everyone with the hepatitis B infection needs treatment but everyone needs regular check-ups by a doctor. • Treatment is prescribed either by a Liver or Infectious Disease Specialist or a GP who has undertaken specialised training to prescribe the medications. For a list of accredited GPs go to https://www.ashm.org.au/ PrescriberListing/. • If you are prescribed medications for hepatitis B you will need to take it for the rest of your life. • Medication for hepatitis B reduces the amount of virus in your blood which helps reduce the risk of developing liver damage and liver cancer.

• The two main treatments currently available in Australia are Entecavir and Tenofovir. Your doctor will discuss with you which is most appropriate for you based on your full health assessment. • Any person who usually takes the Brand name medication called “Baraclude (entecavir)”

should know that this Brand is no longer available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. • You will be given generic brand medications with the same effectiveness. For Hepatitis C: • There is a cure for hepatitis C for any person diagnosed with hepatitis C in

Australia. • The medications are highly subsidised by the Australian Government for Medicare Card holders. • For non-Medicare Card holders treatment can be accessed online with a prescription from www. fixhepc.com.au. • All GPs can prescribe hepatitis C medication. • The two main medications currently available are Epclusa (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) and Maviret (Glecaprevir/ Pibrentasvir). • These medications are highly effective and treatment is for either 12 or 8 weeks. The medication prescribed will depend on your individual health assessment by your doctor. • Some people may need to be referred to a Liver or Infectious Diseases Specialist – your GP will let you know if this is required. • You will need a blood test 3 months after completing the treatment so you can find

out if you are cured. If you have any questions or concerns about the medications that you are taking you should talk to your doctor. If you have never been or don’t know if you have ever been tested for hepatitis B or hepatitis C you should ask your doctor for a specific hepatitis B or hepatitis C blood test to check. There are many people living in Australia who are undiagnosed and could be at risk of liver damage, liver cancer and even death that could be prevented with appropriate management

and treatment. ECCQ’s Hepatitis, HIV/ AIDS and Sexual Health Program provides free Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and STIs information, resources and support in different languages. Please contact us at: Website: eccq.com.au/bbv Phone: 07 3844 9166 Email: health@eccq.com.au If you live in Cairns, you can also contact: HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexual Health Coordinator Cairns Sexual Health Service 381 Sheridan St, Cairns North, QLD, 4870 Ph: 4226 4760

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Too Cool for Sunburns? vinegar has been known to ease the pain of a sunburn when applied to the skin. Apply to the skin as a compress, using a small towel soaked in a mixture of water and vinegar. I would NOT recommend using apple cider vinegar, instead of white vinegar.

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Hey Girls, we only worry about sunburns when it is warm and sunny; however, it is possible to get badly burned on overcast days that are cool. In fact, it's more likely, because you won't tend to feel your skin burning as quickly as you do when it's hot and sunny. Sunburn is a serious matter. Research has shown that even one serious sunburn can increase the risk of skin cancer. Sunburn often leads to dehydration. Healthy skin has a high water content and this is depleted rapidly with sunburn. Prevention is, of course, the best remedy, but sometimes despite all of our preparations – sunburns happen. When they do, it is very important to treat them right away by giving your body what it needs to heal and repair the damage. Prompt and thorough treatment can reduce the risks of long-term damage. What follows are the most effective home remedies to treat the burn, heal the skin, and reverse severe skin damage. 1. Aloe Vera Gel or Cream. One of the best and quickest remedies for mild sunburn, this

9. Eat More Sunflower Seeds. Studies show that increased intake of Vitamin E food scan help decrease the discomfort of a sunburn. Sunflower seeds, as well as many other seeds, are full of Vitamin E. Other foods that are high in Vitamin E include wheat germ, soybean oil and most raw nuts. You can also rub vitamin E on the burn to cool the area.

African plant can soothe and calm burns. Aloe Vera also helps to heal wounds and preventing scarring. Rub the natural form of the gel (available in many health food stores, or even better, buy an aloe plant for your home) into the location of the burn and leave on the skin. Reapply as necessary. On a side note, Aloe Vera juice also has many health benefits when taken internally. 2. Coconut Oil A cooling oil that soothes burns, rub coconut oil onto the affected location. 3. Milk. Many people are unaware of the cooling properties of milk. If Aloe Vera gel is

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works great for this. 6. Increase Water Intake. Sunburn’s dehydrates the insides of the body, as our natural healing mechanisms attempt to bring more moisture to the burned area. Stay hydrated to avoid the headaches and fatigue that may accompany sunburn.

unavailable, dip a gauze pad into milk and apply it directly to the sunburn.

further strips the already damaged oils from the skin.

4. Hydrotherapy. Taking a short, lukewarm bath, or using cool towel compresses aids in keeping the burn moist and cool. Do NOT use hot water, as this

5. Ozontated Olive Oil. Gently rub the ozonated olive oil paste on the sunburned area and let sit. This will help the area heal without blistering and/or peeling. O2-Zap

7. Sandalwood and Turmeric Paste. An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, these herbs have a cooling affect on the skin. Mix equal amounts of these two herbs with a little cool water. Apply to sunburned area and leave for 15-20 minutes. 8.

Vinegar.

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10. Use Cooling Essential Oils. You can quickly relieve a burn by soaking a wet towel in water containing several drops of cooling essential oils. Oils that reduce burns include lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, rose hips, and buck thorn essential oils. They can also be directly added to a warm bath. 11. Fresh Air. Bask in the moonlight! Burns heal quicker in the fresh air, than wrapped in bandages, which can cause the burn to hold more heat in. So, put on some shades, put on a hat and stay out of the sun. We'll see you next time with some more wisdom.


2021 Diwali complete calendar for six days celebrations

Diwali which is also known as Deepawali is the most famous festival of the year. Diwali is the five days festivity period which begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj. However, in Maharashtra Diwali festivities begin one day earlier on Govatsa Dwadashi while in Gujarat Diwali festivities begin two days earlier on Agyaras and culminates on Labh Panchami.

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During five days festivity various rituals are followed and with Goddess Lakshmi several other Gods and Goddesses are worshipped. However Goddess Lakshmi is the most significant deity during Diwali Puja. The new moon day, which is known as Amavasya, is the most significant day of five days Diwali festivities and known as Lakshmi Puja, Lakshmi-Ganesh Puja and Diwali Puja.

Diwali Puja is done not only in families but also in offices. Diwali Puja is the significant day for the most traditional Hindu businessmen. On this day, ink bottle, pens and new account books are worshipped. Ink bottle and pen, which are called Davat (दावात) and Lekhani (लेखनी) respectively, are sanctified by worshipping Goddess Maha Kali on them. New account books, which

are called Bahi-Khate (बही-खाते), are sanctified by worshipping Goddess Saraswati on them. The most auspicious time to do Diwali Puja

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is after sunset. The time period after sunset is known as Pradosh. The day of Diwali Puja is decided when Amavasya Tithi prevails during Pradosh.

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OCTOBER-2021

Aries ( 21st March to 20th April )

Taurus ( 21st April to 21st May )

Gemini ( 22nd May to 21st June )

Hard work and strong may deem beneficial for Aries careers. However, you may need to be careful with your job and office responsibilities. Those working as sales or marketing associates may need to hold on tight as a great deal is likely to approach towards the month. Business individuals may need to maintain a cool demeanour as disagreements with trading partners may lead to losses. Financial matters may face contradictory results this month. Expenses on fashion, styling, and travelling may suddenly hike. However, things may get balanced as there may be incoming finances from friends and siblings. Income and expenditure may easily get managed as you are likely to keep cash aside for routine expenses. Relationships are likely to face the heat especially for married couples who may experience their partner getting aggressive and irritable in petty matters. Spending quality time with your spouse or loved one may enhance the glow and add to the charm in your relationship Make sure you give your partner enough space and freedom that may develop better understanding between the two of you. Singles it may be the time to mingle! With good marriage proposals coming up your way you may expect an engagement materializing. In academics students may need to keep a tab on their regular study schedules and adhere to it for better performances. They may need to work on pending assignments and vigorously start revision of subjects they find difficult to cope up with. Students aspiring to secure admission in overseas colleges or universities for further studies or courses are likely to get success. Health issues may remain at bay as you are likely to be in the pink of health. However, you may need to refrain from consumption of cold beverages or junk food as immunity levels may suddenly fall causing some health issues. Include leafy vegetables, fruits and juices to boost your immunity levels.

With favourable planetary influences Taurus may go on a trip this month. However, you may need to avoid indulgence in any unhealthy discussion that may lead to aggression and consequently hamper your relationship. Make sure you are extra cautious in your conjugal ties. On the professional front you may have to make some changes in your office and business plans. Try to clear pending tasks at the workplace and in business to remain stress free in commencing new projects at hand. Learn to maintain cordial relations with office colleagues as you are likely to get into an unwanted argument. The transit of planets also points towards some confrontation with immediate bosses or superiors. Therefore, it may be advisable to remain clam and composed during meetings and office discussions. Avoid aggression at the workplace as it may bring stress and challenges. Overall, the month may fair well in terms of money and finance. Short trips may turn beneficial. Your siblings may provide you financial support. The period is indicative of some expenditure on communication devices. There may be expenses on education and learning courses. In education, students may need to exercise caution and refrain from aggression, company of negative people and thoughts to avoid distractions in studies. However, you may face challenges in your learning path. In health matters you may need to get regular with your routine checkups. However, increased workload may disturb your sleep patterns.

Gemini, your experimental nature is likely to be beneficial for you. This skill may help you to gain enjoy the spotlight and take centre stage. Besides, you may feel attracted towards a recently introduced person, that may cause some anxiety. However, you may be advised to utilize every chance to understand the person before you make commitments. Things may imbalance that may arouse questions in your mind about situations. All of a sudden you may develop a feeling of lack of peace in life. In such situations,it is advisable to take a deep breath and relax! Make sure you contemplate on all circumstances that may be the cause of chaos, to develop a new outlook. At the workplace, things may move in order as you may understand your working style and organize tasks well. You may start communicating about all sorts of health tips, and develop extra organizational skills in health methodologies. With abundant energy you may enhance chances of earning bonuses. In relationships, your romantic, striking and bold nature would make you feel loved to be swayed away into a whirlpool of emotions by a charming and alluring person. Some emotive circumstances may exhibit your caring nature that may make your loved ones feel secured. This may bring you immense joy and contentment. An incredible time may be foreseen ahead especially for males planning to do something for a long time. It may get possible for them to step out and execute their plans in an amazing manner.

Cancer ( 22nd June to 22nd July )

Leo ( 23rd July to 22nd August )

Virgo ( 23rd August to 22nd September )

Cancer natives, you may witness planetary movements favouring this month. However, this may bring come along with few challenges and limitations. You may entirely focus on your designation, that may deem beneficial in building solid professional grounds at the workplace. There may be some lucrative chances to aid growth and income. The mid-month may be influential for your career but all the same complications in work may bother you. Don't lose heart as obstacles may gradually minimize turning situations favourable for you. This may accelerate the speed of your professional developments. Saturn is a slow paced planet that gives abundantly but only after hard toiling. Therefore, you may expect a great deal of dedicated efforts and attempts to gain successful results. Things may start transiting towards betterment during the month. Financially, you may be favoured by lady luck. Although, with the impact of Mars you may need to remain cool and patient as much as possible. This may help you to easily sail through situations that may arise time and again to uplift your financial ranking. Relationships may breath freely with comfort from the positive placement of planets. Venus may fuel your romantic life and make things enjoyable this month. However, Mercury’s position may tend to make you commit silly mistakes. Hence,it may be advisable to ponder carefully before drawing major conclusions in your relationship. The period may immensely satisfy students. You may come across some exciting chances to broaden your know-how. This may enable things to gradually sync with your plans. Therefore, it may be recommended to use available resources and polish yourself in the direction of academic progress. Health may shine, although there may arise a need to adhere to fitness plans.

Saturn and Jupiter are likely to have good effects on you. Leo, this may bring positive events around you this month. You may get the feeling of stars shinning brightly upon you. You may undergo a feeling of calmness and optimism in your life. Fortunate moments during this time may also make you feel gratified. At the workplace, luck may favour you, as you may be design new advancements into things that may be close to your heart. There may be beneficial options that may assist in making progress at office. Businesses are likely to thrive this month, lest you take measured risks. This may enrich your financial condition. However, some dissatisfactory results may disappoint you in the early part of the month. Things may get better around mid-month as chances of taking the delights of worldly pleasures and luxuries may surface . This may seem to be an auspicious phase of events and fortunes in your life. With help from Venus you may slowly move towards betterment in your personal life. By the end of the month some rejuvenating experiences may brighten your spirits. You may get a feeling of regaining lost magic and energy in your life. Academically, a sincere approach and a responsible attitude towards studies may contribute in achieving excellent grades for students. Health parameters may function normally with no major ailments for the month.

With the combined influence of Jupiter and Saturn there may be noteworthy changes in the lives of Virgos this month. Positive planetary effects may bring a sense of enthusiasm, as your career may seem to be soar great heights. Businessmen may get good chances to crack some high profile deals. If you have been working hard on a project, you may need to roll up your sleeves as difficulties may arise as the month progresses. However, with help from Mercury you may surpass all barriers and enrich your position by the end of the month. With support from Venus, you may come across lucrative opportunities to improve your financial status. Planning sharply and making rational moves may grant beneficial monetary gains as the month advances. However, you may need to get vigilant in money matters especially in the second half of the month. With malefic effect of Mars, it may be advisable to refrain from lending or borrowing cash. You may breathe a sigh of relief as the last phase of the month may bring good opportunities to improve your savings. In matters of the heart, Mars and Venus are likely to revive the spark in your love relationship. However, lack of flexibility may pose threat to the bonding. All the same things may gradually fall in place as time slips away. Make sure you remain cautious about not escalating petty issues. Neverthemore, you may experience beautiful romantic moments around the same period. Students may succeed in academics with the help of favourable planetary placements. You may rely on assistance from your mentor. Besides, the period may bring good news of an overseas admission you may have been banking on. Health may go through imbalances within the period. Ensure you remain careful as past ailments especially a lifestyle lingering disease may crop up as the month advances.

Libra ( 23rd September to 22nd October )

Scorpio ( 23rd October to 22nd November )

Sagittarius ( 23rd November to 21st December )

Libra, your supporting and guiding nature may bring an air of goodness to your near and dear ones. Your offered help may be not only shine as a powerful light on others but also benefit you to a great extent. In relationships, your attempts to keep a balance between growing your romantic relationship and yourself, against your commitment towards your group partners or tasks may get you off limits. Hence, it may get advisable for you to invest your energy prudently. A feeling of hopelessness and negative thinking may obstruct you from living a happy and cheerful life. All the same your loving and caring nature may surface in certain circumstances. This may envelope your near and dear ones with a feeling of warmth and security. With support from beloved ones you may feel happy and contended. It may be a favourable time to take tasks off the back-seat. Get ready to welcome a new life with open arms. In case, of doubts about making a fresh start, learn to interpret your goals first. In professional matters you may feel like undergoing an examination. Despite making a mark through your work attainments, you may face situations wherein reminding your peers about your strength that may be unavoidable and crucial. Compulsive buying and spending instinctively may lead you to do something unjustifiable. Therefore, you may need to be alert from falling prey into things that may bring unwanted issues for you. Make sure you sit and examine your current physical state, as it may help you to energize and stay cheerful.

The month may be beneficial for most Scorpio natives. Be it love, romance, career or finance, the period may deem to be upgrading and supportive in all aspects. In health matters, you may happily consider taking up a proper diet plan in order to keep up with good fitness levels. A short trip to a desired exotic location may bring a sense of fulfilment and uplift your confidence. Although, you may need to give impetus to health as the period may demand adequate rest and relaxation as overexertion may bring jerks in your overall wellbeing. Relationships may need improvisation especially when they may going through tough times. In education, students may need assistance from mentors to raise their grades. This may be slow process that may take time for most of the students. Moreover, some of you may also need to start hard work from grass root level for better knowledge and understanding. Your mentor is likely to help you in improvising your skills. Money matters may face good times as most of you may invest in the real estate sector to earn huge profit margins. This may eventually boost your ability to learn and place yourself in a better financial condition. The domestic scenario may be overwhelming with a probability of some of you taking care good care of your parents. This may grab eyeballs and make you more generous in your interactions. Make sure you give your parents the best needed treatment along with medication and extra care.

The month may be a beneficial one for most of Sagittarius natives especially the latter part that is likely to bring admiration for some of you at the professional level. You may dare to take on challenging tasks that may come served in a platter. However, there may be no reason for worry as its successful completion may bring appreciation at the work front. You are likely to triumph and earn fame in all your professional endeavours that may be applauded by your seniors. Your work proficiency and ease to overcome hurdles may give you a golden opportunity to exhibit your potential and impress your bosses to assign future job responsibilities and projects to you. This may also give you a chance to add your name in their good books. The month is likely to bring good omen for those planning to initiate employment by themselves. This may be a brilliant phase to make yourself visible in all those eyes. You may get connected to people of higher status. Make sure you make the best out of these contacts. Moreover, there may be excellent opportunities to have pleasurable travels that may bring you immense satisfaction and joy. It may be the best time to enhance this state of mind and also revive your inner being. In financial matters, lending may generate chances of gaining monetary benefits. The month may come out to be a profitable one to earn additional bucks. Although, you may need to exercise caution in your lending activities.

Capricorn ( 22nd December to 20th January )

Aquarius ( 21st January to 18th February )

Pisces ( 19th February to 20th March )

The month may commence on an exciting note. The emphasis may purely be on independence and selfinterest. It may be a wonderful phase for professionals. The period is likely to be suitable for working employees as lucrative jobs offers may pour in during the month. A few natives may get opportunities to get selected for government jobs. The month may prove beneficial for people striving for research interests. Although, you may need to constantly put efforts. The phase may not be conducive for exchange of activities or staring a new venture , due to retrogression or reverse motion of planet Venus. The period is likely to motivate you to curb your emotions, especially for those committed in serious relationships. In the meanwhile, you may need to keep a watchful eye on your discourse and behaviour, lest it may entangle you into unwanted conflicts with your near and dear ones. On the financial front conditions may turn propitious for land and property moves with positive planetary influences. Some of you are likely to purchase a vehicle during the month. The phase may provide you with a comfortable life enriched with luxuries and lavishness. As for academics the month may commence with challenges for few natives. Ensure you submit your projects and assignments that may aid in scoring excellent grades. Health may be another criterion where you may need to get cautious. Ignorance may invite ailments especially in the latter part of the month. Take preventive measures to avoid further complications.

The month may help Aquarians to control aggression. However, you may need to subdue your temper as arguments with superiors may muddle issues. With the transit of the Sun you may need to keep a close watch on confrontations with immediate bosses. All the same, stars may provide an opportunity to interact with new people at your workplace. Your seniors may come to your aid. New assignments or business proposals at hand may earn you recognition at office. Your speech may play a vital role in your dealings, hence you may need to adhere to your commitments. In monetary affairs you may get perplexed with several options for investment. With malefic placement of Rahu past investments may suffer losses. Refrain from speculations, if necessary, don't hesitate from taking professional help. Party and celebrations are likely to bring unplanned expenses. You may receive financial aid from your spouse and elder sibling during the month. However, improper planning may lead to financial imbalance. Religious work may hike your expenditure. Although, you are likely to gain from past investments as well as receive financial support from your in-laws. Learning may gain new insights as those into research fields or connected with occult science studies are likely to get success. The phase may incline you towards attaining spiritual and religious learning and enhance your knowledge by visiting a pilgrim place. Some indications of a small gathering with in-laws and family members may also be predicted.

Pisces you may get relief from excessive work and financial matters this month. Luck may favour you at the workplace. You may benefit from guidance and support form seniors. Try maintaining healthy interactions with your peers and seniors as it may help you in your work. An unexpected opportunity to travel to a foreign land may occur related to your work or away from your workplace. Avoid decisions that may not only bring up challenges but also discourage you in job or business partnerships. Adopt an optimistic approach at the workplace. Wholesale or back-end businesses may grab satisfactory deals this month. Refrain from hasty decision making in tax and financial investment related matters for business project. There may be chances of fruitful results in higher studies and research related work. Students may succeed in examinations and project related matters. Health concerns may bring stress with rise in issues related to hair and the nervous system problems. Although, the period may help to get relief from past ailments. Deitory control and regular exercises may aid to maintain good fitness levels. The transit of planets predict you may get prone to ill thoughts and fall into bad company. Watch out as there may be confrontations in marital relationships. Distance or miscommunication may play spoilsport between romantic couples. Refrain from an over demanding nature that may make your partner feel strangulated in the relationship . A celebration or party with in-laws and elders may help family ties to flourish and bloom. This may also aid in improving marital ties with support from elders.

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Aussie great calls on Australia, India to show more ‘bravery’ to end Test debate

Lisa Sthalekar has bemoaned India’s unwillingness to take their historic Test against Australia, with the visitors batting well into the third day of their four-day match on the Gold Coast. After being sent in, India batted and batted and batted over the course of three days where the best of an entire day was lost due to heavy rain on Thursday and Friday night. It took until the second session of the penultimate day for the tourists to eventually declare their innings, where they decided that at 8-377 they had scored enough and taken enough time out of the game. India scored their runs at 2.60 an over across 145 overs. But on the back of Smriti Mandhana’s impressive 127 off 216 (strike rate 58.8), India refused to move the Test on with any urgency or intent on pushing for a result

with no one else in the top seven scoring at more than 50 runs per 100 balls. First-drop Punam Raut managed just 36 off 165, striking at 21.82. Scoring rates across the three days also saw the run rate drop, with India scoring at 2.99 over 44.1 overs on day one, 2.50 over 57.4 overs and 1.87 over the opening 37 overs of day three. Midway through the opening session on day three, wicket-keeper batter Allysa Healy remarked: “It looks like a beautiful batting wicket. I can’t wait for them to let us have a go.” Asked on field when wearing the gloves whether she was surprised by India’s lack of intent, the experienced World Cup-winning opener showed some frustration. “It doesn’t look like it at

any point,” Healy said. “We’ve actually bowled quite well to be fair, but they don’t look like they’ve got any intent. “Deepti (Sharma) has played two sweep shots and that’s about all we’ve seen today. Interesting times.” Sthalekar - a former Australian captain and one of the most respected voices in the game - called on both teams to show some bravery to try and produce a result. “The easy thing for both teams to do is say, ‘you know what, we’ve lost a day, let’s just draw it, two points and we’ll go into the T20s,’” Sthalekar said on Fox Cricket. “But if these sides are brave, and if they actually want to see more Test cricket, there is an ownership on both teams, both captains, both coaching staffs, to try and see if they can move the game forward. “It would be a brave

decision from both captains, but boy all of us sitting and watching want it.” While the short forms of cricket - T20 and ODIs - are played somewhat regularly in the women’s game, Tests are very rare. Meg Lanning - one of the modern greats - is playing just her fifth Test of her near decade career at the top. It has led to some showing leniency to the slow scoring rates, with very little longform domestic cricket played too. The multi-format series, which sees the ultimate winner determined from results across the ODIs, Test and T20s, has also led to some believing the Test doesn’t incentivise a team to push for an outright victory, particularly India who are the underdogs and

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Chasing target of

an imposing 190, opener

Yashasvi Jaiswal (50) and Shivam Dube (64* off 42

balls) hit half-centuries as RR reached 190 for 3 in 17.3 overs to win the match. Captain Sanju Samson and Evin Lewis contributed 28 and 27 respectively in a show of batting prowess. Earlier, Gaikwad took his bat through the innings with his 60-ball unbeaten knock of 101 which had nine fours and five sixes after CSK were asked to bat first. Ravindra Jadeja contributed 32 off just 15 balls while Faf du Plessis made 25.

'How did this guy play for India? He hasn't got any shots': Former England allrounder recalls early impression of Dravid When the great Rahul Dravid burst onto the scene in the year 1996, despite a handsome 95 on debut, it took him time to become an irreplaceable part of the Indian team. He began with an impressive string of scores, but since Dravid was never the quickest of scorers, he had his fair share of doubters early on. One such was former England all-rounder Dermott Reave. When Dravid played County cricket in England during maiden stint with Kent, Reave, then the coach of Somerset, came on as a substitute fielder and chirped away at Dravid. Reave revealed that he was able to successfully sledge Dravid, which The Wall himself admitting it had gotten inside his skin. "He was the Wall of India. He told me, 'You are the only

might fancy their chances of holding out for a draw and winning the T20 matches. Yet, Sthalekar said it was important for both teams to play a positive brand of cricket if they hoped to encourage broadcasters and the general public to get behind the Test version of the game. “You’re thinking when is India going to declare,” Sthalekar said. “They don’t have to, to be honest, they actually don’t, they can eke-out a draw and if they actually draw the series in Australia, I’m sure this group would go, you know what, that is actually a win against a really quality Australian attack. “I know there will be some people out there that are going, why are you guys pushing for results, it’s because we actually want to see some entertaining cricket, we want to see these

person who has knocked that wall down. You gave me so much stick, I ended up going after one and getting caught. You're the only person who's ever got under my skin'," Reave told The Daily Mail. Reave revealed he wasn't the most likeable player, but he did not care. His early impression of Dravid weren't great either. By the year 2000, Dravid had pretty much established himself in India's

women start playing Test cricket a bit more. “But before the dinner break, the Australian pair of Allysa Healy and Beth Mooney would not be expecting to bat unless they pick up the wickets of course.” Veteran commentator Andrew Maher added: “I would hate to think that there

middle order, coming off a successful World Cup in 1999, but it did not matter to Reave. "How did this guy ever play for India? He must have had family on the selection committee. He hasn't got any shots. He just blocks it. I went on and on. And he got out. Things like that made me very disliked. But I wasn't out there to make friends. We were there to win matches," the former England all-

rounder recalled. Dravid wasn't the only great Reeve did not have the greatest of opinions about. He and former West Indies captain Brian Lara played together for Warwickshire in the year 1994, and Reeve recalled how one season in particular with Lara was not a pleasant one. "Despite winning three trophies, it was possibly the most unenjoyable season I ever had. The energy between myself and Lara wasn't right for the whole season. I believe his agent told him I didn't want him, so he arrived with a chip on his shoulder," Reave said. "I believed on the field he was undermining me. Brian and I are OK now when we bump into each other. It's just funny that the most successful season was not really enjoyable."

were supporters of the Indian cricket team thinking we are being harsh on them by the way they’re going about this. “The reason, I speak for myself, having seen the tour so far, they are capable, they are more than capable of taking this game to the Australians. “Now they might be

backing themselves to go into the T20 series two points down, three games to come, they might be backing themselves to win those three to win the series, they might back themselves to win two and have a victory, go home, series tied, big tick, huge ticket and let’s be honest it would be. “But if they can win this Test match, what does that do for women’s cricket in India and, more to the point, what does that do for international women’s cricket.” “Well, that’s it,” Sthalekar said. Australia’s hopes of applying pressure and ending the Indian innings weren’t helped by their poor catching. The home side dropped at least six catches, with Lanning dropping a couple of tough ones in the slips while Ash Gardner spilt a simple caught-and-bowled.


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