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From the Publisher Welcome to our September, a significant month of festivals, functions and events that is if the restriction remain the same or ease a little bit more. Many of the functions that had been postponed are being reconvened, festivals on the other hand have to be observed regardless of the restrictions, the scale of the celebration would differ dependent on the restrictions at the time of the festival. So, in September the major Hindu festivals would be Teej on September 9th, Ganesh Chaturthi on September 10th, Hindi Diwas on 14th September, Ganesh Visarjan on September 20 and Pitrupaksha will begin on September 21, these just few of the popular ones obviously there are many more. Leading into October we will have Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October.

Brisbane itself will be abuzz with activities during September with Brisbane Festival, and River fire as the many ones, Sunsuper Riverfire returns this September to ignite our skyline and wrap up three incredible weeks of Brisbane Festival for yet another year. Tribal Experiences Managing Director

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and Yuggera and Turrbal man Shannon Ruska will open this spectacular event with a powerful smoking ceremony. Brisbane Festival will run from 3ed September till 25th September, we really are fortunate to be here in Brisbane, Queensland, our hard-line boarder policy has enabled us to enjoy some of our iconic events, unfortunately EKKA had to be cancelled and Ekka day holiday shifted to Friday 29th October, this will give us a long weekend. India Day Fair which is always very close to EKKA day had to be postponed to 23rd October, the venue remains the same, Southbank Piazza. While the public celebration has been shifted, 15th of August was celebrated in a big way at Queensland Parliament house, the Gala Dinner was organised rather quickly but was a soldout success. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Music Junction segment for this month as it clashed with too many events, we will be back with another wonderful presentation in October. We have collaborated with PIO TV for daily India

Report in our Facebook live segment, PIO TV is run by Gupta family of Delhi , the Guptas have been a very well known to us, and we have done a lot of function together in Delhi and abroad, KN Gupta is a senior journalist, and Munish Gupta has always worked MIOA and MEA and has been very active with GOPIO International, NRIPIO chamber of commerce m just name a few. This month “Aap ki Sehat” featured Dr Abha Chikarsal who shed light on Women’s health, all episodes can be viewed on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Congratulations is in order for Usha Chandra for her strong leadership and community engagement, on 4th September she had two significant speaking engagements. First she was a speaker and panellist at the preserving mother language and culture forum in Acacia Ridge and the second was a keynote speech at Nriytha Bharati School of Kathak during their annual dance concert call “ Arpan”, she spoke with confidence and both the speeches and presentations were highly appreciated and applauded. Being a businesswoman, balancing family live, professional and business live and to top it all off the community work is not easy, but she does this all and has been doing it for such a long time. Often, we see many women in business forums and awards featuring many newcomers, which is good, but pioneers and trail blazers should not be forgotten, so well-done Usha. For the last two issues we have maintained fifty-two pages but we are busting on the edges as they say, so moving forward we may go to fifty six or maybe even sixty pages, sixty pages is were I would like to be, but it is all dependant on one, the advertisers and secondly the editorials, the later is not that much of a challenge, and to this end I would like to place on record my sincere appreciation to all the advertisers who have put the trust in us and all the correspondent who tirelessly forward their submission every month. Regulars editorials and submission have always been welcomed, community news rather than self-promotion is encouraged, with all due credit. Lastly, I would like to mention the vaccination, can I encourage everyone to please get vaccinated, I have had the two doses of AZ , and I cant say that I did not feel any effect, the day after I was bit light headed but, being busy I did not have time to focus on the minor inconvenience. In the community interest, please get vaccinated and observe all the health directives, we will have to learn to live with this, so everyone has to do their bit. Until next Month, take care and happy reading. —Umesh Chandra OAM

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Canberra’s only distinctive Corin snow experience

By Rama Gaind For many who don’t often see snow - a visit to a winter wonderland is pure enchantment – especially for young children. The closest place to see snow near the nation’s capital Canberra - is Corin Forest Mountain Resort, located near Tidbinbilla. Then, of course, there are the Snowy Mountains, Kosciuszko National Park, which is approximately twoand-a-half-hour’s drive from the nation’s capital. In winter, Corin Forest provides Canberra's only snow experience. Often overlooked, Corin is a 45-minute drive located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges. Surrounded by tall forests in a secluded mountain valley, it offers a fine, year-round alpine adventure. Corin Forest has the distinction of being a ski resort where it rarely snows. They rely on snow guns for most of the winter to get snow cover! There are usually about six natural snowfalls every winter with an average of five-to-10cm per fall. It’s snow time now, and not surprisingly, we often forget how close we are to Corin Forest … only 25 kilometres from the southern suburbs of Canberra. Luckily it’s a very cold place with temperatures as low as -10 and this

Corin Forest, just 45 minutes from the heart of Canberra, relies on snow guns for most of the winter to get snow cover! means, snow can be made throughout the winter. Once the temperature falls below -2 Celsius, then the snow guns are turned on. Through the wonders of modern technology snow is brought to Canberra’s backyard! The goal at Corin is to provide an affordable and fun (sometimes first) snow experience. From throwing a snowball to learning how to ski, every effort is made to make one’s snow experience a memorable one. As Aristotle said: “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold”. When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. Whatever you do, rug up and get set for beginner skiing or boarding, with lessons available from trained instructors. There is a snow play area where you can toboggan or just play in the snow, make snowmen or have snowball fights. Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate by the roaring open fire in the Corin Lodge.

Many activities Corin Forest, on Corin Dam Road, has a variety of activities to keep the family entertained all year: • Corin Forest is 50 kilometres from Canberra CBD • Small alpine resort at 1,200 metres altitude • Snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing and snow play sessions • Beginner lessons available • Night skiing/ snowboarding • Open daily during snow season • No gate/National Park entry fees • Café open daily during snow season • Camping available nearby • 1.2 kilometre-long alpine slide bobsled open during non-winter seasons Corin Forest is accessible by car via Point Hut Crossing or the Cotter. It does not have accommodation and a village like most resorts, but it attracts visitors year-round

During winter Corin Forest provides Canberra’s only snow experience.

Corin Forest is a small alpine resort at 1,200 metres altitude and only 25kms from the southern suburbs of Canberra. for a range of high country activities and experiences on Canberra’s doorstep. Happy recollections also come to mind of adventurous summertime rendezvous taking in the spectacular views of the nation's capital, with

Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve right next door. Ride on the exhilarating alpine slide that descends 1.2km through the forest. Nearby Square Rock, Gibraltar Falls and Tidbinbilla also made for a great day trips, with

barbecues and picnic tables available. John Steinbeck, the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, was right when he said: "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness".

WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW

Pastor Suresh Dass Joseph josephdass@optusnet.com.au Dear reader, it is with much joy we bring to you the word of God. In life, we all face situations wondering how they are going to work out. When we look at the facts, the figures, the reports, the odds are against us. We do our best to come up with ways, ideas, and plans to find some solution, and we think we have to come

up with an answer, or it’s not going to happen. But we have to understand that we are to be comfortable not knowing everything. There are some things that only God knows or He may reveal to somebody else. I want to encourage you that you can be at peace not knowing everything. In the scriptures (Exodus 33 v 12-16), when God told Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt into their promised land, Israel, Moses admitted that he did not know the whole plan of God and asked for the Lord to be present with him during this journey. The people may have asked Moses what land they were going to, the people who lived there, their provision,

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food, and water for the journey ahead. Moses' reply could have been, “I don’t know everything; I was just told to lead you towards the promised land.” During His earthly ministry, Jesus told His listeners not to know or worry about their food, water, and clothes. But to seek the kingdom of God, first and all their needs shall be added by God. The word kingdom means the king and his domain, his rule and authority. The king has a throne to sit on and rule over his people. In life, we will all have thrones, and what we put on the throne will determine the kind of life we will live. Here are 3 things we can learn from Moses. 1- You don’t need to know everything. You

need to know where to find it when you need it. Often, we get worried about the problems we face, how we will fund our retirement, what if our health does not improve. Will this relationship improve. What we are doing is putting all our problems on the throne. Like Moses, you have to be okay with people not knowing your side of the story. You have nothing to prove to anybody. 2- You don’t have to know everything. God may have revealed it to someone else. God told Moses to take his brother Aaron with him. Aaron could do things that Moses could not. The danger is when you put yourself on the throne and try to control everything around you and figure out and

manipulate things. All these will only lead to frustration and stress. You will worry and lose sleep. Like Moses, when you realise that it’s okay not to know everything, then you will come to the place of peace and joy that you didn’t know where it comes from. The scripture says, “Let the peace of God rule over your hearts.” 3- You don’t have to see everything. God told Moses to lead the people into their land of promise. By asking for God’s presence, Moses put God, who sees everything, back on the throne. Like Moses, when we move our problems and ourselves off from the throne and put God on the throne, then you are saying, “God, I don’t know how this is going to work

out, but I am not going to worry, I am not going to keep trying to figure it out. God, I trust you; your plans for me are good.” When we face difficulties, we are under pressure to know everything, trying to figure out the escape, so we live stressed and uptight. But when you understand that you don’t have to have the answer, that it’s not your job to figure it out, it takes the pressure off you when you are comfortable. When someone says, “I have heard about your problem, what are you going to do?” Your answer should be, “I don’t know, but I know Who does, God is on the throne, and I am at peace about it.” God bless you. Ps Joseph Suresh Dass


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Abuse and Anger - Sadhguru, Isha Foundation Q: How do people deal with abuse in their past without becoming angry? Sadhguru: For many people nowadays, whatever has happened in the past has become an excuse for what they are right now: “I am like this because somebody abused me.” I am not saying this without any concern or lack of compassion for such things, but this problem has taken on major proportions. If they do something nasty and somebody asks them, “Why did you do such a thing?” people say, “When I was a child, you know what my father did to me?” I am not trying to belittle somebody's unpleasant experiences. I know there is pain behind it, but do we want to continue to harvest pain or do we want to convert this pain into wisdom and harvest wisdom out of our experience of life? That is a choice every human being has. That is the choice society itself has. That is a choice we must exercise. Especially if you have been abused, if you have been put through unpleasant situations in your life, you should be sensible enough not to put anybody else in those situations. Isn’t that an intelligent way to be? But many people just use the unpleasant experiences

in their past as something to hide behind. Whatever you consider as misfortunes are events in your life. When life happens in a way that you do not want it to happen, that is what you consider a misfortune. It is every human being's aspiration that life should happen the way we plan it. But no

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matter how capable we are, outside situations will never happen one hundred percent the way we want them. However unpleasant the events may be, as human beings we have the intelligence to think beyond that. If something unpleasant happens to us, what should be our

first thought? “This should never again happen to me or to anyone.” This is very human. But now, because something unpleasant happened to you, if you do that to everybody and say, “I am doing this because they did it to me” – this definitely needs to be looked at. And this is not an individual position. The larger society

has taken this position. They think it is alright. It is not alright. It needs a social psycho-therapy. Especially if you have been abused and you know the pain of being abused, you should ensure it never happens to anybody. Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru

Especially if you have been abused, if you have been put through unpleasant situations in your life, you should be sensible enough not to put anybody else in those situations. Isn’t that an intelligent way to be? But many people just use the unpleasant experiences in their past as something to hide behind. is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the "Padma Vibhushan", India’s highest annual civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017, for exceptional and distinguished service.


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Indian Independence Day in Queensland Parliament House

BRISBANE, History was made on 15th August when GOPIO Queensland hosted their first ever Indian Independence Day Gala dinner in Queensland Parliament house. The event was fully sold out with in twenty-two hours being announced. The committee had to make a snap decision after the snap lock in Queensland finished and restrictions eased. As India Day Fair had been postponed, GOPIO Queensland still wanted to observe and celebrate India’s Independence in some way, it was decided to hold the gala dinner in Queensland parliament house and with the support of Joe Kelly MP , the venue was booked and the grand dinner organised. Three courses sit down table service royal banquet greeted the guests, as stand up networking drinks were not allowed, Red and White wine included with the dinner was already on the table. The event began with acknowledgment to country, followed by national Anthems which always brings out sentiments and patriotism in people, this night was no different. After the national Anthem president Rakesh Sharma welcomed everyone and delivered a powerful speech. Point to note is that as the event was being held indoors and after sunset the flag raising as per protocol; did not take place. The MC’s went through the long list of VIPS present, Prime Ministers recorded message arranged by Senator Paul Scarr was played on the big screen, Umesh Chandra OAM read out Minister Alan Tudge’s message for the occasion. Mrs Archana Singh the

honorary counsel for India in Queensland was up next and delivered a wonderful speech befitting the occasion, she made everyone feel proud to be of Indian descent. Joe Kelly MP state member for Greenslopes showed his appreciation for Indian community and mentioned his long-standing relation with us. The sacrifices of the Indian Army in gaining independence and subsequently guarding our borders should never be in vain and as such we had Retired Indian Army Captain Geeta Singh speaking on the occasion, her befitting speech was well received. Adding to Captain Geeta’s lived experience Usha Chivukula’s powerful rendition of “Aye Mere Waton Ke logon” really hit home the emotion were overflowing. Councillor Vicki Howard represented Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, following whom was Kavita Khullar with her patriotic poetry which she delivered with high energy and passion. During main course Yousuf Alikhan and Usha

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Chivukula did a medley of songs on backing tracks. GOPIO International Life member Pars Ram Punj also addressed the gathering, he touched on GOPIO’s role on an international scale, and the importance of individual chapters as ambassadors in their respective countries. Usha Chandra delivered one of the best vote of thanks ever, she is always been in charge of sponsorship and is the undisputed champion in that field. Mrs Soma Nair of Meri Hindi did justice to her speech and brought out the emotions once again. Over all very high class and highly successful event delivered in a grand style decorations by Dreamstyle decoration and the carefully chosen three course menu served by the wonderful parliament house staff made the night a memorable one , the feed back has been amazing, normally on high class function e get complaint about the food especially vegetarians who often get the raw deal , well guess what, we reversed that scenario at this function and the vegetarians were full of praise for the food, I rest my case.


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Yogeshwar Shri Krishn Chandra Ji King of Yogis Yogeshwar Shri Krishn Chandra Ji Maharaj was highly talented personality. He was super human with many fold characteristics of being a scholar of Vedas, worshiper of GOD, observing celibacy, powerful, good political qualities, experienced speaker, religious and spiritual person. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati revealed the facts about Yogeshwar Shri Krishn Js brighter and unblemished

character in his immortal text “Satyarth Prakash – Light of Truth” writes - “Look the life (history) of Shri Krishan Ji is supreme in Mahabharata. His characteristics, deeds,

nature and conduct was like AAPT – (noble, highly learned and religious seers) persons. Come, let us celebrate the birthday of the Gem of Aryas, Shri Krishn Chandra Ji Maharaj as adopting true directions/ guidelines from his supreme brighter character ओ३म ् योगेश्वर श्री कृ ष्ण चन्द्र जी श्री कृ ष्ण योगेश्वर थे, महात्मा थे, महावीर, धर्मात्मा थे। वह वेदभक्त, ईश्वरभक्त, दे शभक्त, ऋषियो व योगियों के अनुगामी थे। पूज्यों की पूजा व अपूज्यों की अवहे लना

व उपेक्षा के साथ उनको दण्डित करते थे। योगेश्वर श्री कृ ष्ण जन्म पर्व पर हमें यह जानना चाहिये कि श्री कृ ष्ण जी वेद भक्त व उसके अनुयायी थे। उनका कोई सिद्धान्त, मान्यता व कार्य वेद विरुद्ध नहीं था। वह ईश्वर के भक्त व उपासक थे और इसी कारण वह योगेश्वर कहलाये। जन्म लेने, सुख-दःु ख का भोग करने से ,वेद के अनुसार कर्म करने से व मृत्यु को प्राप्त होने के कारण वह श्रेष्ठ जीवात्मा थे, महात्मा, योगेश्वर ,महावीर, धर्मात्मा कहलाये । हमें योगेश्वर श्री कृ ष्ण जी के वैदिक स्वरुप व शिक्षाओं को ही मानना चाहिये ।ओ३म ्

Healthy Lifestyle Being healthy should be part of our overall lifestyle. A lifestyle choice is a personal and conscious decision to perform a behaviour that may increase or decrease the risk of injury or disease. Living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Feeling good about ourself and taking care of our health everyday is so important. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by doing what is right for our body as recommended by the health propessional . Physical fitness is not the

sole basis of being healthy; being healthy means being mentally and emotionally fit. Healthy lifestyle choices in our everyday lives can benefit us both physically and mentally. Choosing healthier habits will lead to a longer, happier life along plus it will lower the risk of chronic illness. But making healthier choices isn’t that easy but is extremely essential. There are many temptations and distractions that can steer us away from positive and healthy daily habits. For a well-rounded,

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healthy individual, Be conscious in our dietbalanced healthy diet, the best way to eat for health is to choose a variety of foods from each of the food groups every day, maintaining a regular exercise routine,healthy physical activity level,Yoga ,Pranayam, once you’ve integrated it into your routine activities it becomes an easy enough habit to stick to. As you may be aware, exercising Yoga ,Pranayam brings many physical and mental benefits that affect our daily lives, engage in the things you are passionate

about and good for the community, Get enough sleep The importance of getting enough quality sleep cannot be overstated. Surround yourself with encouraging friends and people that will provide you with constructive criticism every once in a while to help you improve. To ensure good health: eat lightly as recommended by the health expert, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life make it a habit to always look at the brighter side of life.

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TreasurerMrs. Suman Chand

कर्म करने के कारण मनषु ्य अच्छा या बरा ु कहलाता है किसी मनुष्य की कोई गारं टी नहीं है , कि कौन कब कहां बदल जाए। फिर भी संभावना के आधार पर जीवन जीया जाता है । संभावनाओं का आधार लोगों के पिछले व्यवहार का रिकॉर्ड है ।" एक प्रश्न है , कि "संसार में सबसे अच्छा प्राणी कौन?" इसका उत्तर है "मनुष्य." दस ू रा प्रश्न है "संसार में सबसे खराब प्राणी कौन?" इसका भी उत्तर है "मनुष्य". आपको आश्चर्य होगा, कि दो प्रश्न एक दस ू रे से बिल्कु ल उल्टे हैं । और फिर भी दोनों का उत्तर एक ही है । "जी हां, संसार में सबसे अच्छा प्राणी मनुष्य इसलिए कहलाता है , क्योंकि जितने अच्छे से अच्छे काम मनुष्य कर सकता है , इतने अच्छे काम और कोई प्राणी नहीं कर सकता।" "इसी प्रकार से संसार में जितने भी बुरे से बुरे काम मनुष्य कर सकता है । इतने बुरे काम और कोई प्राणी नहीं कर सकता है ।" "इसलिए सबसे अच्छे कर्म करने के कारण मनुष्य को सबसे अच्छा प्राणी कहा जाता है । और सबसे बुरे कर्म करने के कारण मनुष्य को सबसे बुरा प्राणी कहा जाता है । तो सार यह हुआ, कि कर्म के कारण मनुष्य अच्छा या बुरा कहलाता है ।" जो व्यक्ति अच्छे कर्म करता है , वह मनुष्य अच्छा है । जो व्यक्ति बुरे कर्म करता है , वह मनुष्य बुरा है । अब सिद्धांत की बात यह है , कि "व्यक्ति कर्म करने में स्वतंत्र है । वह अपनी इच्छा से और अपनी बुद्धि से सारे कर्मों को करता है । जहां-जहां वह संविधान की सीमा में रहकर कर्म करता है , संविधान का उल्लंघन नहीं करता, वहां तक 'स्वतंत्रता' कहलाती है । और जब व्यक्ति संविधान की सीमा का उल्लंघन करता है , निषिद्ध कर्मों को करता है , तो वह 'स्वच्छं दता' कहलाती है ।" कभी तो मनुष्य स्वतंत्रता से कार्य करता है और कभी-कभी स्वतंत्रता की सीमा का उल्लंघन करके स्वच्छं दता में भी चला जाता है । यह उसके ज्ञान इच्छा संस्कारों प्रशिक्षण आदि पर निर्भर करता है , कि वह स्वतंत्रता से कार्य करे गा या स्वच्छं दता से। स्वतंत्रता से कर्म करना उचित है , और स्वच्छं दता से कर्म करना अनुचित है । मनुष्य कभी स्वतंत्रता से कर्म करता है , तो कभी स्वच्छं दता से। इसलिए किसी व्यक्ति के बारे में कोई गारं टी नहीं दी जा सकती, कि कब तक वह स्वतंत्रता से अच्छे काम करे गा, और कब वह स्वच्छं दता से बुरे आचरण करने लगेगा। तो भी हमें लोगों के साथ व्यवहार तो करना ही पड़ता है । तो कैसे व्यवहार करें ? सब लोग

एक दस ू रे का परीक्षण करते रहें । पिछले अनुभव के आधार पर आगे की संभावनाएं रखें। उदाहरण के लिए - "यदि किसी ने पिछले जीवन में आपके साथ 10 में से 8 बार अच्छा व्यवहार किया, तो सामान्य रूप से आगे भी इतनी ही संभावना रखनी चाहिए। किसी ने 10 में से 4 बार अच्छा व्यवहार किया, तो आगे भी सामान्य रूप से इतनी ही संभावना रखें। फिर भी कोई गारं टी नहीं है । व्यक्ति चेतन है । वह सुधर भी सकता है , और बिगड़ भी सकता है । वह 8 बार वाला उन्नति करके भविष्य में 10 में से 10 बार अच्छा व्यवहार भी कर सकता है , और वह 8 से 6 बार पर भी आ सकता है । ऐसा सब जगह समझ लेना चाहिए। इसलिए किसी की कोई गारं टी नहीं है । कुछ मनोविज्ञान के नियम भी हैं , जो हमें संभावना करने में सहयोग दे ते हैं । उनमें से एक नियम यह है कि "जो मीठा मीठा बोलता है , उसकी धोखा दे ने की संभावना अधिक होती है ।" वह मीठी बातें करके लोगों को भ्रांति में डालने में सफल हो जाता है . सीधे सादे लोग समझते हैं , कि यह बहुत मीठा बोलता है , यह अच्छा व्यक्ति होगा। "उन्हीं मीठा बोलने वालों में से कुछ लोग अवसर आने पर विश्वासघात करते हैं । और बेचारे सीधे सादे लोग उनसे धोखा खा जाते हैं ।" परं तु यह भी ध्यान रहे कि "मीठा बोलने वाले सभी लोग धोखेबाज नहीं होते। उनमें कुछ लोग अच्छे भी होते हैं , जो धोखा नहीं दे ते।" "जो लोग स्पष्टवादी होते हैं , वे बिना घुमाए फिराए सीधी बात करते हैं , भले ही थोड़ी कड़वी लगे, परं तु सच्ची बात कहते हैं । वे प्रायः दस ू रों को भ्रांति में नहीं डालते। उनकी धोखा दे ने की संभावना बहुत कम होती है । अतः भविष्य के व्यवहारों में इस नियम का भी लाभ लेवें। सदा सब से सावधान रहें । स्वामी विवेकानंद परिव्राजक ओ३म ्


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FATHERS DAY SPECIAL - SOME FATHER-SON RELATIONS DURING TIMES OF KRISHN As Janam Astmi and Father’s Day tend to fall almost around same time in Southern hemisphere, a comparison of some father-son relations of Dwapar Yug (during times of Krishn) would be relevant, as they are very rarely told. These are only summaries which are not exhaustive-there are others. I feel this discussion will generate some interest in such relationships and how lucky or unlucky they were with their sons. off all the negative tales of "sautelapan (of adopted children). A very exemplary relationship where the son shone as a pride for both pairs of His parents.

Subhadra fell asleep while listening to Krishn's story, and so the unborn child was able to hear only part of the secret. Hence he could not break out of it alive, and hence sacrificed his life for honour of his father and clan. Any father would be proud of a son like Abhimanyu.

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Please read on... As Janam Astmi and Father’s Day tend to fall almost around same time in Southern hemisphere, a comparison of some fatherson relations of Dwapar Yug (during times of Krishn) would be relevant, as they are very rarely told. These are summaries of some father-son relations, which are not exhaustivethere are others. Hope our Parcharaks/ Pundits could add on to them and make their parvachan a bit more interesting which relate to, and be relevant to our present day, rather than in abstract (out of touch, intellectual) stories. 1) KRISHN- VASUDEV/ NAND: we always talk about two mothers of Krishn, but fail to mention His TWO FATHERS. Vasudev who faced all sorts of troubles and dangers to take his son away from life-threatening situation (in Mathura) to safety and care of Nand (in Gokul) who looked after that son who was not his, like his own. This story balances

Arjun, Krishn and Abhimanyu. Arjun can be proud of his son Abhimanyu, who went into battle into Chakravihu, knowing he would not be able to come out. But Pandav’s honour was at stake. Even his Mama, Krishn could not save him as he wanted the wheels of fate to move without his interference. 2) ARJUN -ABHIMANYU: Abhimanyu was a son who raised the profile of his warrior father by sacrificing his life, knowing that he would not be able to complete the "Chakravyuh" - he could only enter it but could not come out of it alive. This episode also substantiates the medical science that children are affected by their environment when in the mother's womb. Abhimanyu was still in his mother's womb when he first heard his uncle Krishn telling Subhadra (Krishn’s sister) about the secret of the almost impenetrable military formation known as the Chakravyuh. But then

Blind father Dhritrastr and Evil son Diryodhan – Selfish greed of a father for success of his son was the reason why the whole lineage of Kauravs was wiped out because Diryodhan was not stopped when he went overboard committing evils against Pandavs. He paid heavily for this, with whole of Kaurav lineage, kul. 3) DHRITRASTRADURYODHAN: This was the most unholy relation between a father and a son. It is a lesson to all fathers that they should not spoil their sons and submit to all their demands in selfishness for glory of their sons, and accept their unrighteous (sinful, wrong) acts silently. That resulted in complete annihilation (destruction) of Kauravs and vansh (lineage) of the blind father, who was literally as well as spiritually blind.

While this aptly applies to a father-son relation in Fiji politics, I will refrain to name them. At times the downfall of a father is the "ucchi kanchaaye" or selfish greed for success of the son, who, like Duryodhan, turns out to be an evil devil. A father who blindly overlooks the bad deeds of his son would end up like complete destruction of Kaurav lineage. Love for a son should never blind the father of the choice between the right and the wrong. Dritrastra was such a blind father, in all respects of blindness Pray you do not have a son like Duryodhan (or even a ‘blind’ father.)

Bhim, ogre wife Hidimbi and their son, Ghatotkatch, who was the reason to save Arjun’s life. This is because the deadly weapon that Karn had reserved for Arjun had to be used against Ghatotkatch, as he cause havoc on 14th day of the Mahabharat Battle. 4) BHIM-GHATOTKATCH - Very rarely mentioned in our parvachan, but a son of Bhim, born through an ogre (rachasi) woman from lineage of Hidimba. This son was the salvation of Pandavas in Mahabharat and was instrumental in victory of Pandavs. Karan was forced to

use the deadly and sure-shot weapon reserved for death of Arjun on Ghatotkach. Even born in a rachas kul or of low-maternal association, we pray that we have a son like him who stand for his father and his lineage and heritage. Ghatotkach was an exemplary son. 5) UGRASEN-KANS: The less said, the better. Ugrasen was Nana (maternal grandfather) of Krishn, and was imprisoned by his own son, Kans. But we still have present-day sons like Kans who usurps the property of their parents and disown and discard them. Pray nobody has a son like him who was also very unkind and brutal to his sister Devaki and brother – in-law (Bahnoi) Vasudev. Contrary to belief of some that Kans was equivalent to Ravan of Treta Yuga, this was not so. Equivalent of Ravan and Kumbhkaran in Dwapar Yug were Shishupal and Dantavakr, who both were killed by Krishn. Pray none of you get a son, brother or thankfully a Mama like Kans. 6) SANTANU-BHISHAM PITAMAH: Thankful are fathers who have a son like Bhisham, who sacrifices his 'Jawani" and whole life, and vows not to marry for the happiness of his father. How many sons we have now, who will agree to their father remarrying, for the happiness of his father, after death of their mother? I have seen sons who object to happiness of their widower

Key Scripture: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV) Dear Reader, Currently we live in a world that is troubled and traumatised by the pandemic. But we need know the truth about finding real peace in this world. Vaccination may be a temporary victory over our current pandemic. We need stronger anchor of hope in these turbulent times. We need the peace that gives us sure hope and comfort. Do you know where to find the such peace? Many people are grieving for the loss of our family members and friends. And we need to be comforted

by The Truth. Yes, God of all comfort alone has the power and grace to bring us into place of hope and deep comfort. You need find real answers to following questions: What is the truth? What is true peace? Whom can we trust in these troubled times? These are simple but very important questions. We hope you will find the right answer through this message of hope. Who knows this is written just for you in such a troubled time.

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7) GURU DRON ASHWATHAMA: While considered an avatar of Lord Shiv and being son of such a sage, the fact that Ashwathama sided with unrighteous (sinful) Kauravas, he lost all praises, especially when he vents on killing the Pandavs. Hence, it teaches us "sangat seh gunn aaye, sangatt se gunn jaaye (the company of a child determines his character). Even born of good and righteous parents, a child in wrong company will be like this son of Guru Dron. Hence all fathers need to be wary of this. To remain a pride to them, parents need to ensure their sons are in the right company. I hope these synopsis and thoughts on father-son relationships will generate interest to delve deeper into these subjects. Hope you all had a Happy and Fruitful Lockdown Janam Astmi. FIJI PUNDIT wishes you all a very Happy Father’s Day coming shortly in the Southern Hemisphere on first Sunday in September. [About the Author: Thakur Ranjit Singh is a journalist and a media commentator and runs his blog FIJI PUNDIT. He is originally from Fiji and is based in Auckland, New Zealand. E-mail: thakurjifj@ gmail.com.

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fathers having a companion after death of their mother. Great are those who can be as understanding and act like Bhisham for happiness of their fathers. Pray that we have sons like Bhisham Pitamah.

This world and people can also give you some kind of a shallow peace. Some people find peace in drinking alcohol and other drinks. Some find peace in hard work and money. But this kind of peace fly away very soon. You are left empty and disturbed.

What is the truth? Centuries ago a Roman ruler asked the same question to Jesus.

Peace that your Creator offers you is a binding peace. It changes the way you look at your troubles and will not be afraid of them. True Peace is a person. And created us to enjoy His peace in this planet earth.

Throughout human history many philosophers have tried to explain about truth. And they have created many forms and concepts about the truth. But, truth is not a concept or collection facts and ideas or good philosophy. Because these human ideas can never satisfy our quest real and ultimate truth. What scripture says about truth? Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (John 8:32). Therefore you can see that, “Truth” is a Person. And truth is not a collection of good moral

ideas. And that Person Jesus Christ invites you to a perfect relation-ship. Knowing the Truth leads to way to a purpose filled life. Jesus sums up his invitation by this promise of peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV) Notice that Peace is given by the Person who alone has absolute power over troubles of this world. Jesus has overcome the forces of evil and darkness of

this world. Knowing Jesus as your Creator and Saviour opens up a way to the true knowledge. This knowledge leads us to an intimate invitation. And when accept His invitation and open your heart to your Creator, you make peace with God. This peace is the results in a true and everlasting relationship. This relationship with our Living and Loving God produces true peace. It is God kind of peace. This peace is free of fear and worries. This Peace leads you to place of safety and security during this difficult times.

If you need a miracle of true peace today, why not say YES to the Miracle Maker Jesus Christ. Say this prayer with sincere hearts; “Father God, I need your help, forgive my sins, heal my troubled heart and body. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again to give me a life of peace and joy. Bless me with your Holy Spirit and unlimited grace and mercy. Help me to grow in the knowledge of your unending love. Thank you God answering this prayer in Jesus name. Amen.” Friends if you have said this prayer for the first time, write to us, so we can guide you to grow in your purpose driven life. Our email is: navig8grace@ gmail.com


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Bhishma – The Son of Ganga King Shantanu of Kuru dynasty was on a hunting expedition in the forest along the River Ganga. On the way he noticed a woman coming from the direction of the river. She was of a flawless beauty resembling an Apsara or nymph. The king was mesmerised by her charm. The lady also saw the king and was attracted to him. As she came closer, the king introduced himself and praised her celestial beauty and elegance. She was pleased with his compliments and listened to his speech eagerly. Encouraged by her receptive manners, the king asked her to become his wife. The lady thought for a moment and then spoke to him. She consented to become his queen provided the king met certain conditions during their life together. The condition stipulated that the king would not stop or scold her for her actions, whether for good or ill. She would remain with him as long as he followed these terms. If she was stopped or scolded, she would leave him immediately. Shantanu assented. The king brought her to his capital Hastinapur, the city of elephants, and there they solemnised their marriage. Shantanu fathered eight sons with his wife. As each of the first seven children was born, she cast them into the stream. The king mourned but said nothing for fear of loosing her altogether. When the eighth child was born, she seemed full of mirth and departed to drown the newborn baby. The grieving king lost patience. He followed and said to her, “Do not kill him! Who are you? Why do you harm your sons? Stay, wicked child killer; do not incur this dreadful sin!” She responded stating that she would not kill their last son, but she could not live with him any longer, in accordance with the terms of the agreement they made before their union. She further indicated that she was the celestial river Ganga in human form. Their eight sons were the Vasus, deities of wealth. Sage Vasishtha had cursed them for their transgression to be born in human form. Vasus had approached her for redemption. She had promised to give them birth as human and free them from the curse as soon as they were born, except for the eighth Vasu. Her eighth son would have a long life. Promising to return their eighth son to the king later, Ganga disappeared taking the child with her. She named her son Devavrat and took him to different realms. Devavrat was brought up and trained by eminent sages and scholars. Brihaspati the teacher of deities and Sukracharya the teacher of

demons taught him political science and other branches of knowledge. Parashuram trained him in warfare. Indra bestowed celestial weapons on him. Sages Vasishtha, Chyavan, Sanatkumar and Markandey also taught him spiritual disciplines. Years later, Shantanu was roaming on the banks of the Ganga reminiscing his past. He observed the flow of the river had become shallow. Walking upstream he noticed a youth who was blocking the water flow with a dam made up of arrows. When the king tried to speak to him, he vanished from the scene. Shantanu intuited that his surviving son would have looked like him by now. He addressed Ganga and asked for his son. Ganga appeared before him with their son Devavrat and presented him to the king. Shantanu returned home with his son and installed him as prince. Devavrat delighted the subjects with his valour and conduct and helped his father in royal responsibilities. One day Shantanu visited a forest near river Yamuna. He smelt a wonderful fragrance. He searched for its source and traced it to a lovely girl. On enquiry, she told him that she was the daughter of a fisherman and her name was Satyavati. She ferried people across the river as instructed by her father. The king was so impressed by her fragrance and beauty that he wanted to marry her. He went to her father to ask for her hand. The fisherman consented on a condition that her son should be consecrated as king after him. The king could not accept this condition. Devavrat was already appointed the prince and was on track to be the next king. The king returned home disappointed and felt disheartened. Devavrat noticed his condition and learned from a reliable elder the reason for his father’s state of mind. He went to the fisherman and asked for his daughter as wife for his father. The fisherman repeated his condition. Devavrat declared that he renounced his claim to the kingship to satisfy the condition. To allay any chance of claim to the throne from his children, he further vowed to remain celibate, and never marry throughout his life. Hearing his vows, celestial deities and sages showered flowers on him from the sky and said, “He is Bhishma” referring to his terrible vow. He became known as Bhishma. Bhishma brought Satyavati to Hastinapur and presented her to his father. When Shantanu learnt about his vow, he felt obliged and offered him a boon that would allow him to die at time of his

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choosing. To dispel any danger to the kingdom in the future, Bhishma vowed to protect the kingdom and remain loyal to the throne of Hastinapur. Shantanu wedded Satyavati. The couple had two sons named Chitrangad and Vichitravirya. After Shantanu’s death Bhishma installed Chitrangad as king. Chitrangad died in a battle with a Gandharva. Bhishma then installed Vichitravirya who was still a child, and acted under Bhishma’s instructions. When Vichitravirya attained a marriageable age, Bhishma attended the Swayamvar that the king of Kashi had arranged for his three daughters, named Amba, Ambika and Ambalika. He announced his presence, as he was not invited, and abducted all the three girls for his half-brother Vichitravirya. He overcame resistance from king Salva and other potential suitors, and brought the girls home. Ambika and Ambalika wedded Vichitravirya but Amba refused stating that she loved Salva and had chosen him as her husband. She was allowed to return to her lover but Salva refused to accept her. She returned to Bhishma and asked him to marry her. Bhishma could not marry due to his vow. Amba held Bhishma responsible for her predicament, and planned her revenge. She approached Parashuram for help, who unsuccessfully advised Bhishma to accept Amba as his wife. Then they fought for many days, and finally Bhishma defeated Parashuram. Later Amba prayed to Shiva, who granted her a boon to be able to be an accomplice in Bhishma’s death. Vichitravirya died of consumption without producing an heir. On Bhishma’s suggestion, Satyavati summoned her son Vyas Dvaipayan. Sage Parasar had begotten Vyas

on Satyavati before her marriage to Shantanu. Through the system of Niyoga with Vyas, Ambika gave birth to Dhritrastra and Ambalika to Pandu. Bhishma managed the kingdom until they grew to adulthood. Pandu was installed as king since the elder brother Dhritrastra was blind from birth. Bhishma arranged their marriage. Dhritrastra married Gandhari and Pandu married Kunti and Madri. Hundred sons were born to Gandhari. They were called Kauravas. Duryodhan the eldest was their leader. Pandu had five sons, called Pandavas. Yudhisthir was the eldest who later became king. Pandu died due to a curse when his sons were still children. In his absence, Dhritrastra was invested with the throne under protection of Bhishma. Bhishma engaged Guru Dronacharya as a teacher to educate all the princes. From early childhood Duryodhan displayed animosity towards Pandavas. His attitude was dangerous for harmony in the family. Bhishma often counselled Duryodhan but he would not listen to him. King Dhritrastra was unable to take any action against his son. Bhishma also despised Karna whom he believed to be one of the main advisors of Duryodhan. Bhishma became aware of the incident of Lakshagrih, the House of Lac only after Pandavas had escaped and returned home after marrying Draupadi. Duryodhan had conspired to burn Pandavas with their mother Kunti alive in the Lakshagrih. Pandavas revered Bhishma highly. On his advice Yudhisthir designated Krishna as the chief guest of honour during his consecration as king of Indraprasth. During disrobing of Draupadi at the game of dice, Bhishma remained a silent witness. He fought

against Arjun, from the side of Kauravas during their confrontation with the army of Matsya king Virat. When Pandavas returned from exile, Bhishma tried to convince Dhritrastra to return their share of the kingdom but could not prevail over Duryodhan’s contention. During the peace mission of Krishna, Bhishma supported his proposal and witnessed his cosmic expansion in the assembly hall. In the Mahabharat war, he accepted the role of commander in chief of the Kauravas army on the condition that he would not kill any of the Pandava brothers. Also, he barred Karna from joining the fight during his leadership of the army. He set up specific rules of the war that both parties accepted. Bhishma fought for ten days. During the war he killed innumerable warriors. He even forced Krishna to break his vow of not taking a weapon to use in the war. On Yudhisthir’s request, Bhishma told him the tactics of how he could be killed. On the tenth day, Shikhandi, the reincarnated Amba as male, attacked him. Bhishma considered Shikhandi a woman due to his previous birth, and as such, declined to engage in combat with him. From behind Shikhandi, Arjun pierced his body with arrows, felling him from his chariot. He remained suspended on the arrows, which were embedded all over his body except the head. This was the end of his fighting in the war. Both Kaurava and Pandava chiefs visited him on his makeshift deathbed to offer respects. Bhishma asked for a support for his head. Duryodhan brought pillows, which he declined to accept. Arjun hit arrows below his head that made a fitting head-support for him. He further asked for water. Arjun pierced the earth

with an arrow. Fresh water sprang out from the earth and poured in his mouth. Karna also came to pay his respect and obtained blessings from him. Bhishma did not die during the war thanks to the boon from his father that enabled him to choose his own time of death. Pandavas won the war. However, Yudhisthir remained grieving over the immense loss of life and utter destruction in the war. Krishna knew that Bhishma was the storehouse of knowledge. He brought Yudhisthir to Bhishma who lay suspended on the bed of arrows. Krishna praised him for his knowledge and virtues and freed him from pain by touching his body. Bhishma informed them that he would relinquish his body in auspicious Uttarayan when the sun moved to the northern direction Krishna requested him to dispel Yudhisthir’s grief. Bhishma agreed and gave a long sermon that continued for many days. He explained the nature of Dharma, duties of kings, duties of people in their different stages and classes, and answered queries from Yudhisthir on many spiritual, political and social issues. Bhishma declared that Krishna was an incarnation of the supreme god Vishnu. He enumerated thousand names of Vishnu, known as Vishnu Sahastranam. After the sermon, Yudhisthir’s grief was dispelled and he took up the kingship. When the time of Bhishma’s departure arrived, Yudhisthir came to see him. He noticed Bhishma surrounded by celestial sages. Bhishma greeted him and confirmed that his time of death was now and took leave of all. Bhishma brought his breath under yogic control and released it through the top of his head. His life breath flew in the sky like a shining star. Pandavas cremated his body on the banks of River Ganga. Bhishma’s mother Ganga came to the site of cremation, lamenting. Krishna reminded her of the reason of her son’s birth and assured her that he had attained his position in heaven. His death anniversary is commemorated as Bhishma Ashtami, on the eighth day of bright fortnight in the month of Magh (JanuaryFebruary). Bhishma is the eldest character of the epic Mahabharat. He was a grandfather of both Kauravas and Pandavas. In the epic, Bhishma Parva describes in detail his exploits in the war, and Shanti and Anushasan Parvas contain his discourses on various disciplines. —Awadhesh Sharma


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How to save students from the depraving influence of this era and elevate them to greatness?

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. In this article, Pujya Bapu Ji talked about the harms India suffered because of Macaulay education syste which destroyed Traditional Indian Educational system. Pujya Bapu Ji says that in the ancient educational system of India, a child was admitted to Gurukul at 5 years and then up to 15 years, such strong moral values were included in him that he could develop such powers as would enable him to gain mastery over this world and the other by leading a simple and restrained life. Even Gods (Devatas) would seek help from human kings like Khatwanga in their war against the Demons (Daityas). Such Strong were the students trained in the Gurukuls. When India was under British rule, Macaulay advised the British Government that until and unless the moral values of Indian culture are destroyed and the Western education system is introduced, it is impossible to make India truly dominated nation. Therefore, the Britishers began to brainwash our Indian people in greater way. Consequently, the restraint,

simplicity and dedication present in the heart of the Indian culture deteriorated, along with the radiance and vigor of the people. Some people call this era `The age of progress`, but I call it the age of utter ruin for students. The injustice being meted out in this age is unprecedented. They used to get pure Desi Cow milk instead they get is tea and coffee. These drinks destroy the youthfulness in many ways. Their memory is impaired. The system of imparting initiation to the students that developed courage, strength and radiance is disarrayed. What they have today is…. I shout and thou shout, who shall carry the dirt out? Desires, cravings, pomp and show are on the rise, eating at the very vital of life. Tea, coffee, Biri, cigarettes, wine, bhang(cannabis), etc. diminish memory power. Desi cow-milk, fresh butter, wheat, rice, walnut, Tulsi(Basil) leaves, etc. increase Life energy and Memory power. Every morning stand before the Sun God with eyes closed, and while focusing the awareness on the point half a centimeter above the navel, contemplate:” `The indigo rays of the Sun are entering my center to develop it’, and then inhale. Sunrays destroys all diseases and give health. Cover your head and seat for 8 minutes facing the Sun and 10 minutes turning your back to the Sun. These eight divine formulas must be adopted in life to make it great. (1) Peaceful Nature: O my children! Learn to be peaceful. Chant O……m…… and be quite for an equal time afterwards. Mediate like this for 10-15 minutes and then see how you become inspired with noble virtues of being calm will increase your memory power, might and give many other benefits too. So cultivate the virtues of calm and concentration. Concentration has been considered the highest of all austerities.

(2) Devotion to Truth: Speaking the truth is very beneficial. Falsehood, fraud and dishonesty seem to work for a short time, but eventually it land one in utter sorrow. Truth in practice please God quickly and bring success in Bhakti, Yoga and Jnana. It purifies the mind quickly. “There is no penance greater than Truth. There is no sin equal to deceit. The one who has a truthful heart, in that heart God himself resides” The truthfulness of Gandhiji is emitting fragrance even now.

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.

(3) Enthusiasm: Do every single act zealously and diligently, not carelessly. Doing work zealously enhance the efficiency of the doer and gives joy. Doing work without enthusiasm turns into burden. (4) Patience: One whose heart is saturated with patience and right knowledge does not become sad in trivial matters. Even during the gravest ups and downs in his life, he does not become as overwhelmed with them as those without a Guru would become. Even if he fails, he does not get frustrated, instead he finds the cause of failure; discards it diligently engages again in the attainment of lofty goal.

(5) Evenness of mind: Equanimity is the greatest virtue. One should try his best to stay calm and unaffected even in adverse conditions. Practice keeping your mind even in the pain and pleasure. (6) Courage: Be courageous. You can do anything. Discard negative thoughts. Focus on that one aim ( attaining SelfRealization) and success will be ready to become your maid-servant. (7) Humility: A modest person gets re-levied of big predicaments and afflictions and also leaves his impression on other’s hearts. Humility makes a person great, but this does not mean one should salute evil-doers, cunning persons and thugs. One should have sagacity how and where to show modesty. (8) Tolerance: One should increase his tolerance. If mothers says something bitter, let it go, after all she is mother. If father or teacher scold, do not sulk. Do not be agitated. Be patient. Seven extremely harmful things: (1) Loquaciousness: Do not talk a great deal. Be laconic and speak succinctly. (2) Wandering aimlessly: One who wanders or jests much harms himself. (3) Oversleeping: One who oversleeps or sleeps during the day, also suffers great harm. (4) Gluttony: One, who frequently consumes a great deal of food or eats just for the pleasure of eating, impairs his digestion and becomes lazy. (5) Make-up and dressing: Those, who embellish the body overly, indulge in fashionable make up, read racy books (pornography) and associate with such people, become unrestrained, and thereby cause great half to themselves. (6) Inferiority Complex: One who curses himself with the thoughts like – “I am poor; none is there for me, I can’t do anything in life” such a person lags in making

progress. The source of infinite Power, the Supreme Self is within you as your inner self. The person who calls out to Him and makes effort becomes great. Even average frustrated students in the old days, made selfefforts and attained great success. If we write down the stories of such mediocre person who become great, countless pages would be required. (7) Egoism: One who is haughty about his wealth, intellect or abilities does not achieve great heights in life. Such a person destroys his achievements like Ravana. But Lord Rama, having attained the proximity Saga Vashistha, spoke succinctly, giving respect to others while being humble himself. Rising from sleep in the morning he would do meditation. He would bow His head to His parents and Guru. He never tried to demean anyody. He did not practice duplicity or deception. He kept egoism and pride at bay. Know Lord Rama, the mine of Infinite qualities; do not arrogant and proud. 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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Arya Samaj Queensland

AUM PRANAYAM FOR PERFECT PEACE

Jitendra Deo President ASQ

The Vedic Rishis, sages and saints had paved a perfect path of peace and prosperity for mankind. Among them Patanjali Rishi in his thought and practice of YOGA led us to Ashtanga Yoga or the eight-fold path to be walked on with ease. In the present age, Swami Satyapati Parivrajak has enlightened the common man on Yoga Darshan by his discourses and treatises .His book titled "Saral Yoga Se Ishwar Sakshatkar "(Simplified Yoga for God Realization) helps us achieve our aim of Peace : internal and external both. Pranayam , which leads to perfect peace, is a part of the Ashtanga Yoga. This eightfold path of Yoga comprises eight steps to realization of God. These are given hereunder: Yama or social ethics, Niyam or personal ethics, Asana

or correct postures, Pranayam or control of breath, Pratyahara or drawing sensory organs back from sensuous pleasures,Dharana or intense concentration, Dhyana or meditation and Samadhi or communion with the Almighty. Pranayam cleanses a man or a woman of sins and ills. It gives a tremendous power of concentration, patience, perseverance and perfect health to a practitioner. A practitioner's personality achieves an all round development. Peace prevails thereafter. One moves a step closer towards realization of God and attainment of Moksha, that is, emancipation from the bondage of birth, death and rebirth. As per the Vedic philosophy of life, Moksha is the ultimate goal of a soul or the Jeevatma. Pran is our life-giving breath and Ayam means control. In other words Pranayam is control of the speed and sequence of inhalation and exhalation. In this sequence, the air that a person breathes in is called Shvasa and that which is breathed out is Prashvasa. A practitioner of Pranayam controls the process of Shvasa or inhalation and Prashvasa or exhalation as per his or her capacity. With a gradual practice, one may suspend the process of breathing-in and breathing-out for a period of one's own choosing without causing discomfort.

There are certain pre-requisites to embarkation on a practice session. One should go by rules of personal and social ethics called Yama and Niyama. Yama comprises: Love and non-violence, Truth , ShunningUrge to Steal, Celibacy and Nonpossessiveness. Niyam comprises points of personal ethics like cleanliness, contentment (not to be mixed up with lack of initiative), austerity or absence from ostentation, continuous selfstudy and unflinching faith in the Almighty. Of course, a practitioner should learn to sit in the correct posture or Asana in a clean place and in a peaceful environment as far as possible. One should prepare one's self physically and mentally before starting a practice session of Pranayam. Let not the stomach be loaded with undigested food or drinks and let the bowels be empty. Ego, jealousy, avarice, greed, jealousy and other negative

thoughts should be kept out of a practitioner's mind. Under the guidance of a Guru, make a beginning with a chant of AUM. Please exhale gradually and stop the air from making an entry until you feel uncomfortable. When stoppage of air outside the body makes you uncomfortable, breathe- in . One may do it thrice at the beginning. In the second phase, take the breath in and stop it inside. When you feel uncomfortable, take more air in. Then exhale slowly. At the beginning , practice thrice in the morning and thrice in the evening. One may do it many more times later depending on the stamina, will power and perseverance. Of course, intake of a balanced diet which promotes health plays a vital role in successful practices of Pranayam. There may be many variations in the method of practice but the ultimate goal remains the

same as enunciated earlier. Let us pass on to the Bhramari Pranayam. Let the air go out of both the nostrils making a bee-like nasal sound rhythmically. It clears the respiratory passage and generates energy too. A practitioner may be able to keep common cold at arm's length. After a little gap of time,one may practice Kapal Bhati. You may throw out with force through both the nostrils as much air as possible. Let the air come in again effortlessly and repeat the first action. If unbearable, please stop immediately. We may pass on to Bhasrika Pranayam. You may start doing Kapal Bhati in quick time, commencing with exhaling. One may call it internal jogging. Bhasrika tones up the breathing system tremendously and a practitioner will always earn a "Lungs Clear" certificate from his physician. Last but not the least in the present sequence is Nadi-shodhan. Let us start it by exhaling air from the left nostril while keeping the right one closed with the thumb, stopping the air outside till its absence becomes unbearable, inhaling and stopping the air in the lungs until it is time to release through the right nostril. Let this go on with a rhythm till you have completed the beginners' number, viz. - three in a session. One may go on and on with other variations in process but let us now

say : period. One may ask what the mental activity will be while the process of Pranayam is going on. Well meditate on AUM or say silently the Pranayam mantra. It is this : Aum Bhuh, Aum Bhuvah, Aum Swah, Aum Janah, Aum Tapah, Aum Satyam. The meditation or the silent chant will prevent the mind from aimless wandering and distraction. Further, it will enhance a Pranayam practitioner's capacity of concentration of mind tremendously. Let us not be oblivious of the cleansing of mind and bad Sanskara that is going on simultaneously. It is indeed benefit plus. Please remember, dear practitioner, Pranayam is for bodily, mental and spiritual enjoyment of a higher plane and a practitioner should never allow it to degenerate into a burden that may not be easy to carry and difficult to shake off. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Pranayam session for experiencing a spiritual pleasure or VEDIC ANAND. Adopted from Arya Samaj America By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM 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 .

Yog and Meditation- Healing through knowledge The purpose of the Yoga Sutras

is to eliminate human misery by means of knowledge of the self and the universe. This goal of eliminating misery is shared by each of the six Indian spiritual sciences, called darsanas, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of them, and is also known as “Yoga-darsanas.” In ancient India, darsana is synonymous with science. The word derives from the root “dras”, which means to see. A darsana helps one see that which is not previously seen or recognized, much as a periscope

or telescope lets one see things that are obstructed or far away. In modern times, the six darsanas are more popularly known as “the six systems of Indian philosophy.” Six different rishis propounded these and are their founding teachers. These teachings do not compete with one another, nor are they mutually exclusive — each addresses a separate topic, but there is overlap. Misery (duhkha) is classified into three kinds:

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• Adhyatmika: Suffering caused by one’s own body and mind — for example, depression, trauma, and frustration. • Adhibhautika: Suffering caused by other beings, such as a bite from a snake or dog. • Adhidaivika: Suffering caused by natural calamities, such as earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes, The highest goal of human pursuit is to completely eliminate these three kinds of misery. This goal and the effort to achieve it is called purusartha. The objective

of all darsanas is to help us in achieving that goal. There are four purusarthas — right conduct, earning wealth, fulfilling physical and mental desires, and liberation from all misery. Liberation is one of the main topics of darsanas. The Six Darsanas Each of the darsanas addresses a different topic. • Sankhya: The distinction between consciousness and nature. The great sage Kapila is considered the founder of this

philosophy. • Yoga: The control of the mind that enables this distinction between consciousness and nature (and the overall goal of Sankhya). Patanjali codified this body of knowledge into the Yoga-darsana. • Nyaya: Methods of investigating the truth (reality), and discussion of proof. Gautama is the author of the Nyayadarsana. • Vaisesika; The discussion of various categories of substances, entities found in the universe,

and atomic theory, and also discussion of proof. This work was developed by Kanada. • Purva Mimamsa (also called Daksina Mimamsa): The discussion of virtuous conduct and the interpretation of ancient texts called Vedas (and associated rituals. Sage Jaimini was the composer of this work. • Vedanta (also called Uttara Mimamsa, or Brahmasutras): The discussion of the nature of God (Brahman). This darsana is attributed to Sage Badarayana. (Continued in next issue).


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57a Kenmore Road, Kenmore QLD 4069 | www.brisbanedurgatemple.com

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

8.30pm

Programme 13th October

Programme 14th October

Programme 15th October

Sankalpam, Sankalpam, Durga Sankalpam, Durga Sankalpam, Durga Durga Moolavar 108 Moolavar Abishekam, Moolavar Maha Moolavar Sangabishekam, Bhajans Kalasa Abishekam, Abishekam, Bhajans Bhajans Bhajans Maha Maha Maha Deeparadhana, Maha Deeparadhana, Deeparadhana, Deeparadhana, Vasantha Mandapa Vasantha Mandapa Vasantha Vasantha Mandapa Puja, Ayudha Puja, Puja, Utsavam, Mandapa Puja, Puja, Golu Puja, Pushpanjali by Pushpanjali by Golu Puja, Pushpanjali by Devotees Devotees Pushpanjali by Devotees Devotees Prasadam Distribution

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Prasadam Distribution

Prasadam Distribution

Prasadam Distribution


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. If your suburb is not listed in group below, please join the group most closest to you. SUBURB SPONSORSHIP DAYS DAY 1 - 7th October 2021 Thursday Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane CBD Spring Hill New Farm Kelving Groove Paddington Milton DAY 2 - 8th October 2021 Friday Southern Suburbs - Group 1 Logan Central Calamvale Parkinson Stretton Algester DAY 3 - 9th October 2021 Saturday Western Suburbs - Group 1 Forest Lake Springfield Springfield Lakes Augustine Heights Redbank Plains Ipswich Wacol Richlands DAY 4 - 10th October 2021 Sunday Northern Suburbs - Group 1 North Lakes Mango Hill Redcliff Kallangur

Yeronga Highgate Hill Wooloongabba Coorparoo Annerley Moorooka

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

DURGASHTAMI

Browns Plains Springwood Park Ridge Greenbank Marsden

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

SARASWATI PUJA

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

VIJAYA DASAMI

Durack Pallara Darra Westlake Middle Park Oxley Seventeen Mile Rocks Jindalee

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

Carina Seven Hills Wakerly Tarragindi Holland Park Carindale

Runcorn Upper Mt. Gravatt Mt. Gravatt Macgregor Robertson

Nudgee Eagle Farm Stafford Chermside Everton Park Ferny Grove

Chapel Hill Kenmore Hills Brookfield Moggil Taringa Pullenvale

Devotees who wish to participate are to email or text their name, contact number and corresponding group to: 0431981998 | svdtbrisbane@outlook.com. Please contact the Temple at the above number for further enquiries. Thank you. Call: (07) 3192 5188

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The Immigrant Women’s Bollywood returns to Banyo again in 2021 Support Services (IWSS) Residents from Brisbane’s northern suburbs are again being invited to celebrate the area’s rich cultural diversity at the annual Diwali celebrations on October 30 at 2pm. Despite the cancelling of last year because of COVID, we are planning for more than 800 people converge on Banyo Memorial Park to experience the charms of Indian culture this year. Our local community is proud that this is an inclusive event. Preparations are already well underway. Organisers are determined to make this a friendly and COVID safe event. Event Organiser Devinder Bains said this was colourful multicultural event for the whole community to enjoy. “Diwali – also known as the Festival of Lights – is an ancient festival celebrated across India in autumn every year. The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. “This year’s planned free afternoon experience of Indian entertainment, music and dancing will be COVID safe providing Indian food, sweets, and with traditional Henna painting and a jumping castle for the kids.” Long-time and new Banyo residents are all invited to attend and celebrate the ancient calendar festival as well as their community’s multiculturalism. For more information contact Devinder Bains 0423 875537. Banyo and District Community Group Inc. (BDCG) is a group of residents committed to improving our local community by embracing cultural diversity and the conduct of communal social, cultural, and sporting activities. For more information visit www.banyo.qld.au or @ banyocommunity on Facebook.www.banyo.qld.au, www.nudgee.qld. au,www.nudgeebeach.qld.au.

It is a specialist sexual assault and domestic violence support service, prepared this brief article with the aim of raising awareness on the issue of consent and sexual violence as well as promoting IWSS services to community leaders, survivors, and the general multicultural community. Consent and intimacy: Sexual Violence impacts the lives of many people all around the world and in Australia. For many survivors, the negative effects of this form of abuse are wide-ranging and can be long-term. In addition to the impact on the individual, sexual violence has a collective impact on the wellbeing of our communities (Boyd, 2011). What is consent and sexual violence? Sexual violence includes a wide range of unwanted sexual behaviours that someone is pressured, forced, or tricked into doing without agreeing to it. Physical force or the threat of physical force may or may not be present. Due to coercive control, someone can find themselves in a situation of sexual activity that they do not consent to. Consent means giving your free and voluntary agreement to engage in a specific sexual act. Consent can only be given if there is no pressure, force, or fear present and with full understanding of the situation and the nature of the act. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during sex and needs to be sought continuously. It is never ok to continue with a sexual activity if the other person wants it to stop. Healthy sexual intimacy requires the consent of everyone involved (IWSS, 2003). Just because a woman is in a

relationship or married this does not mean that she must consent to sex. In contrast to common belief, most of the perpetrators of sexual violence know the person they abuse beforehand (AIHW, 2020). Sexual abuse can be committed by someone that the person knows and loves. A spouse may be charged with sexual assault based on information provided to QLD Police by the other spouse. Sexual violence is not a private or personal matter. In Australia sexual violence in any form is against the law. Sexual Violence can have many negative impacts on survivors, including but not limited to guilt, shame, embarrassment, fear, nightmares, insomnia, mood swings, memory and concentration problems, flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, emotional numbness, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, relationship problems, social isolation, unwanted pregnancy, infections, and physical injuries (IWSS, 2019; Easteal & McOrmond-Plummer, 2006). Regardless of gender, age, cultural background, or the community they belong to, no-one deserves to be abused. The person being abusive is responsible for their own behaviour. Everyone has the right to feel and be safe. Where to get support? If you need support for Sexual violence or Domestic violence, you can contact Immigrant Women’s Support Services (IWSS). IWSS provides a specialist sexual assault and domestic violence service to women and their children from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The support IWSS offers is free, confidential and includes a range of practical and emotional support.

Among other supports, IWSS provides crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, assessment, case management, counselling, information, and referrals to a range of other services. IWSS works closely with specialist service providers in the areas of family law, immigration, domestic violence law, mental health, accommodation, and income support services. IWSS specialises in working with immigrant women and the complexities they face in trying to navigate the justice and support service systems. Immigrant women may also experience a lack of family and social support. IWSS engages interpreters and encourages women to make their own decisions. The support IWSS offers is trauma informed and culturally sensitive. IWSS is respectful of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs. IWSS offers direct support in the Brisbane City Council Area, Monday to Friday 9-4pm. From Richlands IWSS also provides Sexual Assault Support – Brisbane Southwest Support Service for Sexual Assault (BSwS) in partnership with Murrigunyah, BRISCC and Zig Zag. IWSS is funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to provide sexual assault and domestic violence services. These two services are delivered from an integrated service model. Additionally, the Department of Social Services provides IWSS with funding to distribute emergency relief to people in financial distress. Immigrant Women's Support Service P: (07) 3846 3490 (Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm) intake@iwss.org.au www. iwss.org.au

The Classics and Classicals An evening of Raaga based songs

Brisbane, A musical journey through Raaga based songs was presented at Unidus Community centre on 28th August. The evening featured iconic songs of Indian cinema based on Raagas. Unidus community centre was a venue well chosen and the accomplished artists were well appointed. The show was professionally live streamed via You Tube. The organisers have reported; “The show was a huge success and it was received very positively by the audience in the auditorium as well as online. With your support we have raised more than $3000 for UNICEF's COVID-19 Relief fund for India. (Accounts yet to be reconciled and we do not have the exact amount yet).” Brisbane Indian Times and Australian were proud to have supported a worthy cause. 24 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, September, 2021


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Who, What, Where, When...

Umesh Chandra OAM Co-chair of White Ribbon Queensland State Committee and Brad Chilcott Executive Director White Ribbon Australia at Chain reaction fundraiser event

Bob Sharpless of Springfield land corporation supporting chain reaction fundraiser held at Mercedes Benz Headquarters in Brisbane

Tim Class-Auliff of White Ribbon Queensland committee presents to the gather at the fundraiser

Chain reaction Sunday Soiree a fully sold out event raised funds for Traction and White Ribbon Australia.

Coercive control networking dinner at Queensland Parliament house another sold out success

Umesh and Usha Chandra supporting the Coercive control networking dinner at Queensland Parliament house

Lord Mayors Multicultural roundtable representatives

Dr Cuong Bui or the Vietnamese community addresses Lord Mayors Multicultural roundtable 26 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, September, 2021

Setting the example – Umesh Chandra OAM gets the second dose of AZ jab – fully vaccinated now


Who, What, Where, When...

Queensland Premier Congratulates community leaders for an outstanding job in encouraging their communities to get vaccinated

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk virtually met 100 multicultural community leaders

VIP reception prior to the citizenship ceremony at Brisbane Convention Centre

Nine hundred plus people pledged their loyalty to Australia and become proud citizens

Representative family of the new citizens

Trevor Evans MP , Suman Dua , Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner , Umesh Chandra OAM, Seema Chauhan

Shree Krishna Janamastmi Celebrations at Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir By Dharam Guru Acharya Pt Ram Harsh Tripathi Jee

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Indian Independence Day and kite flying festival celebrated in Gold Coast By Pushpinder Oberoi GOLD COAST, on Sunday, 15th August the Indian community of Gold Coast held Independence Day celebration at Southport Broadwater Parkland with spectacular kite festival. The day began with the national anthems of both countries.

Indian community leaders were presented with certificates of appreciation for their services and volunteered in the community over the years. Rob Molhoek, MP JohnPaul Langbroek, Sam O'Connor, Brooke Patterson

and Cornelia Queenie Babbage together with other community leaders were present. The sky was awash with colours as families had fun flying kites together to the Bollywood music. There was plenty to keep everyone entertained and delicious food to eat. Pushpinder Oberoi is the founder and immediate past president of GOPIO Gold Coast, he is also on Wisdom Council and ICGC Team.

DIWALI 2021 LAUNCHED BY FICQ AT QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT HOUSE

BRISBANE, the launch of Diwali 2021 (Festival of Lights) on 30th August was a great success at the Parliament House. The event was attended by the dignitaries and distinguished guests from member organisations of FICQ. Hon. Leanne Linard MP Minister for Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs representing the Premier of Queensland , with great delight did the launch of Diwali 2021 in the presence of Laura Gerber MP , Assistant Shadow Minister for Development of Culture representing the Opposition Leader Mr David Crisafulli and he later dropped by to say hello to everyone,

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Cr Kim Marx representing the Lord Mayor Cr. Adrian Schrinner, Mr James Martin MP, member for Stretton, Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM, Patron of FICQ, MS Christine Castley, CEO of Multicultural Australia, Mr Jim Varghese AM, National Chair of AIBC and many others. The President of FICQ, Mr Shyam Das in his speech thanked everyone for attending the event and brought up the objectives and vision of FICQ. Diwali (Festival of Lights) is one of the iconic events in the multicultural calendar of Queensland being celebrated every year at King George Square with great zeal. The world is in turmoil

due to this pandemic and has changed the course of history and the lifestyle of everyone. The launch of Diwali 2021 is the beginning of the celebration and hopefully the iconic event Diwali 2021 will be celebrated at King George Square with great fervour and enthusiasm by the Indian diaspora along with the support of other communities. Look forward to seeing everyone on 05th November 2021 at King George Square to celebrate Diwali 2021 signifying the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and love over hatred. Celebration of Diwali is the message of peace, love and harmony.


“ARPAN” THE ACT OF GIVING PRESENTED BY NRITYA BHARATI SCHOOL OF KATHAK Brisbane, “Arpan” the act of giving was originally planned for 14th August but had to be postponed due to the snap lock down in Brisbane. The Sold-out event was held on Saturday the 4th of September at Acacia Ridge School auditorium. The Mc for the program was Vinita Khushal and as usual she did a fantastic job. Dr Krishna Majumdar in her welcoming speech thanked Namita Debroy for all that she was doing in the promotion and perseverance of our culture. The following is an introduction to Kathak. The Natya Shas_tra is the world's oldest text or a detailed manuscript written in Sanskrit Language. It is believed to have been written by a Brahman Priest theatrologist and musicologist Bharat Muni (15 Century BCE3rd Century CE). Natya is the Sanskrit word for Dramatic Arts. It is notable as an ancient in-depth work about Indian Art forms, including concept of theatre, dance, music, poetize and religious aesthetics. Thousands of verses structured in different chapters are found in the text that divides dance in two particular forms, namely 1Nrita' that is pure dance which comprise of finesse of hand movements and gesture, and 1nritya' that is

solo expressive dance that focuses on expression. The word 1Kathak' comes from a Sanskrit word called Katha which means story, and a person who tells a story is known as a storyteller or Kathakar. Kathak is a margination of 3 performing art Music, Dance and Drama. Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. Although at the beginning kathak was the story telling but gradually movement became more and more sterilized, and it was more of dance or dance style rather than just storyteller. This ancient classical dance

form that was associated with Hindu epics was well acknowledged by the courts and nobles of the Mughal period. This tradition begun from the 16th Century. Banaras, Lucknow and Jaipur­these are the three gharanas, these gharanas named after the cities where kathak dance tradition evolved. Each gharanas teacher or Guru developed their own style forming the gharanas. These three gharanas were not isolated but had this unique style and they built their own reputes which is now being passed on to generations through the Guru Shishya

Parampara. On the night the group performed North Indian Classical Dance Kathak in Lucknow Gharana under Mrs Namita Debroy’s guidance as she is the Director, Choreographer and Dress designer for “Arpan”. The show had 23 performances in total in the following order: 01 Shakti (Arpan), 02 Hey Gajvadana (Ganesh Vandana) 03 Kathak (storytelling) 04 Jaapatal (Ten betas) 05 Tarana ( Raag Jog Kauns) 06 Bhari Bhari ( Kathak semi classical) 07 Shendur Lal Chadhayo ( Aarati) 08 Tagore Dance

– Raag Meghamalhar 09 Shree Ram Chandra ( Bhajan) 10 Kathak in pure form ( Teental 16 beats) 11 Mere Dholna (Bollywood Classic) 12 Payaliya – Raag Puriya Dhaashree – Teental 13 Tarana (Raag Lalavati) 14 Ghar More Pardesiya ( Bollywood Classic) 15 Pure kathak 16 Somarohe Esho Hey (Bengali ) 17 Vakratundha Mahakayqa 18 Tehais, Tukras and Tatkar (Technical) 19 Fusion (Raag Malhar) 20 Kathak Amod’s in Teental 21 Thumri ( Garajato

Barosato) 22 Shiva Tandav 23 Bande Mataram grand finale. Before the finale Nimita Debroy moved a vote of thanks and Mrs Usha Chandra did the refection and spoke about Namita Debroy on a personal level. She thanked the family, students their parents and grandparents. She spoke well and was appreciated by all. The entire concert was well planned and presented, the sound was controlled by Mortuza Huq and caterer for the night was Authentic Indian Biryani Bus.

A GRAND GOLD COAST AFFAIR AS RAJ TURNS 50 GOLD COAST, A doting father,

a loving husband, a wonderful son and brother, a family man, a professional, a businessman, an entrepreneur, and above all a generous kind intelligent man with a zest for life, the above words roll easily of the tongue in description of the birthday boy Raj Haikerwal. Having survived cancer and early childhood loss of his father, Raj understands the true meaning of life and lives each day to his best. His warmth and generosity and his witty sense of humour makes him fun and joy to be with. Haan Health Medical centres and Rise Sleep health are medical practices that have blossomed under his leadership and are the pillars of quality care to

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the community. The Haan Health Respiratory Clinic has been the frontline of the Covid response having tested over 10,000 patients and vaccinated over 15,000 and counting. Raj celebrated his

milestone with glitz and glamour at Bumbles Café, Gold Coast on 26th August surrounded by friends and family with Black ties and tiaras. We wish Raj all the very best for his life and future endeavours.

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Chinmaya Mission Brisbane GEETA YAGNA 2021

It is only befi-ng that at this 1me when the global humanity, in unison, is working to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, that Chinmaya Mission has chosen to devote the en1re year 2021 to taking the upliCing teachings of The Holy Geeta to the length and breadth of this world. The divine conversa1ons between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, which is encapsulated in The Holy Geeta, has stood the test of 1me, and bears significant relevance to the challenges faced by humanity, not only in today’s modern world but also for posterity. Mahatma Gandhiji – “When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to the Bhagavad Geeta.” Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji devoted his life to expounding The Holy Geeta. He asserted that the message of the Geeta is the an1dote to all humanity’s problems and a blueprint for real happiness. To honour and con1nue this priceless service to society. Geeta Yagna 2021 intends to bring The Holy Geeta to every home and every individual across the globe. The Holy Geeta can be accessed through different portals •Ebooks through Apple Books, Google books – Free Download •Bhagavad Geeta Podcasts through your podcast providers •Gita 365 App from Google Play/App Store •YouTube GeetaCapsules •Go through Geeta, Grow through Geeta – Contact us for your free copy This is a global ini1a1ve and Chinmaya Mission welcomes par1cipa1on from all quarters of the Queensland community. How can you par1cipate in the Chinmaya Mission Geeta Yagna 2021? •Share informa1on about free eGeeta and invite others to join study groups •Volunteer to become a Geeta Doota (Geeta Ambassador) •Support the Yagna to bolster resources and enabling greater outreach If you are interested to par1cipate in the Chinmaya Mission Geeta Yagna 2021, please contact either Raman on 0404 160 896 or Suresh on 0434 309 817. Email – chinmayaholygeeta.qld@gmail.com https://www.theholygeeta.com

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Lalithakalalaya School of Bharatanatyam’s 7th Annual Concert

Lalithakalalaya School of Bharatanatyam’s 7th annual concert, held on the 28th of August, showcased the talents of both its students and the teacher and founder of the school, Smt. Padmalakshmi Sriram. The theme of the concert, Sukhino Bhavanthu, means wellness for everyone and is also the mangala mantra for generating spiritual energy. It was specially chosen to refresh the mood of the participants, creating consciousness to allay fear and vulnerability associated with the forces of nature which hoped to lift all our spirits in the current challenging environment through Bharatanatyam, one of India’s rich cultural heritage. This aim was certainly achieved on that

night. Smt. Padmalakshmi Sriram’s creative talent, passion and devotion in passing on this ancient dance form to the younger generation was displayed through her unique curation, choreography and colourful costumes of the performers. The first segment of the concert was Panchatantra in Natya – the art of storytelling in Bharatanatyam involving 57 young children. In this item the children learn in an enjoyable way to perform using their beautiful eye, hand and leg movements in enacting each Panchatantra story with a moral and philosophical theme. It was truly enjoyable watching the children perform fully immersed in the characters. Sukha Vaibhavam,

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rejoicing life was the second segment which featured the dance drama based on the celebration of festivals and their significance. Festivals are the traditional practice of worshipping the supreme power by way of prayer,

sharing of joy, compassion and togetherness through music and dance. This item was again a pleasure to watch the senior students perform alongside the teacher depicting all the major Hindu festivals, Eid Al Fitr and Christmas. It brought about a festive mood and generated a lot of positive energy. A highlight of the concert was the performance of a group of adults, both male and female without much previous training in Bharatanatyam. This group demonstrated that with a dedicated teacher and motivated students, age is no barrier to learn anything. They were truly impressive in the display of some of the intricate movements of this dance form.

One unique feature of Lalithakalalaya School of Bharatanatyam’s concert which everyone looks forward to is watching the guru perform. Smt. Padmalakshmi Sriram

displayed her creativity, mastery, love and divine devotion to this dance on the night. Her performance of Seetha Kalyanam with daughter Shivani was indeed a treat to the senses.


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The month of Safar and the misconception of calamities By M. Aslam All praises to Allawh (Sub haa nahoo wa Ta’aalaa) and choicest blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammud Sallal law hu ‘alay hi wa salaam and his noble companions and his family. First of all we make dua that Allah Kareem keep us safe from all types of badness,all types of virus,calamaties etc.and also we make dua for all those who are suffering with covid 19 in different parts of the world and we appreciate the tireless efforts of our government in regard to overcoming this virus. First month Muharram is finishing and second month safar is going to start.lot of misconception does exist regarding this month.let me clear these misconception and bad omen,suppersition etc. Sa-far with a “Sawd” either means ” To turn yellow’ or ‘To be empty/ vacant’ . It was in Autumn when the leaves turn yellow or the homes of the Arabs were empty of their menfolk, that this month was named Safar. This month is also known as, Sa-farul Mu-zaf-far or Safa-rul Khayr, which means, prosperous , successful, good fortune etc. This is to eradicate the corrupt beliefs of some people who say, the month of Sa-far is bad-luck, evil, ill-omened, unfortunate etc., so marriages, major transactions etc. must not be conducted in this month . Our beloved prophet Rasoolullawh Sallallahu

'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) eradicated all superstitious beliefs. Time, day, week, month, year is an estimation and effected by the will of Allawh. If anyone does good at anytime, he will be rewarded accordingly and the effects of evil and sins will be decided by Allah . There are many periods of the lunar calendar and many places in the world where the rewards of good deeds are multiplied and has an adverse result with sins. Our intellect and understanding is limited, therefore we seek divine guidance from the Glorious Quraan and Ahaadees of Rasoolullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) . Senior scholars have explained many things to us, in accordance to the Sha-ree’ah, which we must accept and adhere to, if we desire success in both worlds. There is a host of corrupt beliefs regarding this month. True and sincere Muslims should refrain from them and engage in beneficial deeds. In reality, no time or individual is evil originally. All the customs and beliefs of Sa-far are baseless. Many people have erroneous beliefs regarding this month i.e. it is a month of misfortune and calamities. The teachings of Allah Ta’ala and His Most Beloved Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) gives us clear guidelines on such incorrect beliefs. Allah

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Ta’ala) says in the Qur’an alKareem: ‫ما أصاب من مصيبة إال بإذن هللا‬ “No misfortune befalls except by Allah’s command...” [Surah Tagabun, Verse 11] These erroneous beliefs have also been condemned in the context of the following Ahadith: ‫ط�ة وال هامة والصفر‬ ‫ال عدوى وال ي‬ There is no superstitious owl, bird, no star-promising rain, no bad omen in the month of Safar.[Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 5707] ‫ال عدوى وال صفر وال غول‬ There is no bad omen in the month of Safar and no Ghouls (evil spirits). [Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2222] The above Ahadith clearly refutes all incorrect beliefs and superstitions regarding the month of Safar. These incorrect beliefs flow from the pre-Islamic period of Jahiliyyah . The Month of Safar during the Days of Ignorance The Muhaddithin have recorded many of the superstitions harboured by the Arabs during the Days of Ignorance. A few are mentioned below: 1. The pre-Islamic Arabs believed Safar to be a snake which lives in the stomach of a human being and when hungry, bites the person. This is the discomfort one experiences when gripped by the pangs of hunger. 2. Some said Safar are worms which originate in the liver and ribs due to which the colour of the person becomes yellow, a

condition we know today as jaundice. 3. According to some, the month of Safar flanked by Muharram and Rabi al Awwal is full of calamities and misfortune. Incorrect Beliefs: Today too, there are some Muslims who hold incorrect beliefs regarding the month of Safar. 1. A nikah marriage performed in this month would not be successful. 2. This month is full of misfortune and calamities. 3. To commence any important venture, business etc. during this month will bring bad luck. 4. The first to the thirteenth of Safar is illfortune and evil. 5. The person who distributes food or money on the 13th of Safar will be saved from its ill-fortune. 6. To celebrate the last Wednesday of Safar and regard it as a holiday. What to do: 1. To shun all types of erroneous beliefs regarding the blessed month of Safar. 2. To understand that the most unfortunate person is he who disobeys Allah Ta’ala’s commandments e.g. does not perform the five daily salaah etc. It is narrated in a hadith that Rasoolullah (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Pray, 0 Allah! Cause not anyone of us to be a wretched destitute.” He then asked: “Do you know who is a wretched destitute?” Upon the request of the Sahabah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhum)

he replied, “A wretched destitute is he who neglects his salaat.” 3. We should understand that all conditions which befalls us, good or bad, favourable, or unfavourable are from Allah Ta’ala, (as a result of our actions). Allah Ta’ala says: ” Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is due to the things your hands have wrought, and He forgives many a sin.” (Surah 42 – Verse 30). This can also be confirmed by the following Hadith: Sayyadina Jabir (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) has said that, “I have heard Sayyadina Rasoolullah (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) saying, the descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue.” To believe that the Month of Safar is inauspicious, and particularly to believe that its first thirteen days are ‘bad luck’ or that it is harmful to marry or propose to marry or undertake a journey, etc., during these days are beliefs which are against the teachings of Islam. In pre-Islamic days people considered the Month of Safar to be evil and ominous. Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam strongly rejected such beliefs and ideas. The truth is that no time, day, month or date is in itself evil, but the deeds of people are either good or bad. The time spent in the performance of good deeds will be auspicious and the time spent in sin and the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala will be evil and ominous.

The Month of Safar is not ominous. Evil deeds are ominous and should be given up and repented for. It is incorrect to postpone or delay marriage or its proposal or a journey, etc. because of such beliefs. Rejecting the false beliefs of the days of ignorance Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam said, ‘Belief in ill-omen is Shirk / (he said this thrice) and the owl’s ominousness is nothing.’ The pagan Arabs used to believe that a house near which an owl screeches will be ruined, hence, Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam refuted this belief as false. Thereafter, he said, ‘There is nothing ominous about the Month of Safar’. (Bukhari vol.1 pg.857) The pagan Arabs believed the Month of Safar up to the 13th day to be inauspicious, hence, Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam rejected this superstition. It is therefore wrong for Muslims, who are the followers of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam, and we have follow his sunnat and his way. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to accept and practice upon all the beautiful teachings of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam, Aameen. Ya Rub grant us that is good in this world and grant us good that is good in hereafter. And let us live in harmony and peace . Ya Allah alleviate all the problems, conflict, uprise from the world.Ameen Ya Rubbul Aalameen.

Sydney COVID cases seen topping 2,000 a day; Australia ramps up vaccinations CONTD. FROM PG 1 A total of 1,071 COVID-19 cases are currently in New South Wales hospitals, with 177 people in intensive care (ICU), 67 of whom require ventilation. Officials have said they had quadrupled ICU beds to about 2,000 in the state early last year to handle the pandemic. The state reported 1,281 new cases on Monday, most of them in Sydney, down from 1,485 a day earlier. Five new deaths were recorded. Victoria state, which includes Melbourne, reported 246 new cases on Monday, its biggest daily rise of the year. Despite the recent outbreaks, Australia's coronavirus numbers have remained relatively low at around 63,000 cases and 1,044 deaths helped by hard lockdowns and border restrictions. But businesses have had to bear the brunt, with Australia on the brink of a second recession in as many years. Melbourne's giant

observation wheel, part of the city's skyline for more than 15 years, will close permanently due to COVID-related "travel restrictions and sustained shutdowns", its operator said on Monday. Australian Industry Group, meanwhile, has warned the country could face power blackouts in summer if

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quarantine-weary workers refuse to cross state borders for repairs and maintenance.

VACCINE RUSH Authorities have pledged more freedom of movement, including opening of state borders, once 70% to 80% of the population aged over 16 is vaccinated, although some

virus-free states may delay their reopening plans due to the Delta outbreak in Sydney. Just over 38% of Australia's adult population has been fully vaccinated, with the country expected to reach 70% by early November based on current rates. The federal government has doubled the available Pfizer

doses for September after last week entering into vaccine swap deals with Britain and Singapore for a total of around 4.5 million doses, with nearly half a million arriving overnight. "There will be another set of flights in a couple of days, but we'll pretty much be getting a million of the four

million every week over the next four weeks," Lieutenant General John Frewen, head of the vaccination taskforce, told broadcaster ABC. Frewen said one million doses of Moderna will also reach Australia in "a week or so", becoming the third vaccine to join the rollout along with Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots.


Cultural Diversity forum highlights importance of Preserving Mother Language Forum

RIDGE, 4th September, a cultural diversity forum highlighted the importance of preserving mother language. The forum was hosted by Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP for Algester and Hon Shayne Neumann MP for Blair. The event was coordinated by Nayda Hernandez and moderated by Gail Kerr OAM, CEO of ACCESS Community Services. The Panellist included Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP. Member for Algester, Hon Shayne Neumann MP Federal member for Blair, Lance McCallum MP -state member for Bundamba, Mrs Usha Chandra – GOPIO Queensland Inc, Jagdeep Singh Bhinder – India Cultural & Sports Club Inc, Farzana Jahan Kokon – Bangladesh Association in Brisbane and Councillor Charles Strunck- councillor

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for Forest Lake Ward. The forum discussed and deliberated on what cultural awareness meant to each one of them and further explored how culture could be promoted via education. The second part focussed on the promotion of inclusion through better legislation, and finally the importance of preserving culture now and in the future. Usha Chandra as the first cab of the rank nailed it with her comprehensive report and confident delivery, all speaker spoke well, with their perspective and brough diverse views to the forum. The key message that came through was that; through communication, we can develop better understanding about preserving diverse cultures. It was resolved to create an inclusive space whereby people can speak

about how they feel and what they want to see in the future. The forum was about preserving the importance of preserving cultural through language “Preserving mother language”. The entertainment was provided pro bono by Serena Denis (Thailand) a classical musical interlude played on “Khim” and Anu Sharma rocked the stage with her delightful Bollywood numbers as she encouraged audience participation The forum was attended by many politicians and diverse community leaders

who participated well in the Q and A, guests were served afternoon tea as they

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Is the housing market faring better through lockdowns in 2021? By Eliza Owen, Head of Research Australia at CoreLogic The past 16 months have seen remarkable levels of adaption in the real estate sector, government stimulus and economic decline and recovery. Amid renewed and extended lockdowns, some indicators suggest the housing market has been even more resilient to lockdowns in 2021 than through 2020. But there is some suggestion not all pockets of the housing market remain robust. This article unpacks a few ways housing market performance has evolved through lockdown in 2021 compared with 2020.

Consumer confidence has been more resilient Consumer sentiment is an economic indicator that is generally positively correlated with home sales. This makes sense, given consumers would presumably be optimistic about their own financial situation when deciding to make a large financial commitment like a home purchase. The consumer sentiment response has changed with each new set of extended lockdowns through COVID-19, with the decline in sentiment in 2021 becoming shallower, but lasting longer. Figure 1 compares the ANZ Roy Morgan weekly consumer sentiment index through various lockdowns since March 2020, represented by the shaded areas in the chart.

Through early 2020, which saw the first COVID-19 induced lockdowns in Australia, consumer sentiment had a peak-to-trough decline of -40.1% that lasted six weeks. The second decline, which coincided with rising case numbers and renewed lockdowns across Melbourne, was a peak-to-trough fall of -11.3% that lasted seven weeks. The current lockdown has so far seen a peak-to-trough fall in consumer sentiment that has lasted seven weeks, with a fall of -12.3%. It is likely the hit of lockdowns to consumer sentiment has become ‘shallower’ given consumers now have more information about the economic impact of lockdowns, and importantly, the strong recovery trend that followed stage 2 restrictions last year. Interestingly, the ANZ Roy Morgan index seems to have stabilised above 100, which indicates more people are providing favourable answers to questions around economic and financial conditions. As discussed in the next section, this may also reflect the various monetary and fiscal support provided from 2020 through to early 2021, which has indirectly supported sales and listings of residential real estate.

Transaction activity has declined, but not as heavily as last year Initial stage 2 restrictions in 2020 coincided with a drop in sales volumes nationally through April of -33.9%. This

included a fall in Sydney sales of -36.7%, and -40.3% across Melbourne. The fall in sales was associated with transactions being harder to carry out amid restrictions, low levels of consumer confidence, and the level of employment falling by about 600,000 jobs through the same month, which may have disrupted intentions to purchase property. While social distancing restrictions have been reinstated across much of the country, other factors are much more conducive to property sales still taking place. Through 2020, lockdown periods saw the accumulation of household savings (which skyrocketed to 21.6% through the June 2020 quarter, and remains elevated). The cash rate was set to a record low 0.1% in November, and the average cost of debt has continued to decline. Sydney lockdowns have also seen a much milder decline in employment levels, with the number of people employed falling -0.9% across NSW over July 2021, as opposed to -5.9% through April 2020. Amid these factors, sales volumes have seen a far milder decline through lockdowns. In the month of July, CoreLogic estimates sales volumes have fallen -3.7% in Sydney. However, the longer lockdowns are extended, the further sales volumes are likely to fall. The fall in newly advertised stock has also been milder through 2021. For the week ending August 29, there were around 1,350 new properties added to the market across

Sydney. This is about -23% lower than the five year average prior to COVID-19, but the number has been climbing. Assuming new listing volumes continue to climb, this marks a peak-to-trough decline of -37.5% of new listings added to market since the onset of the Sydney lockdowns, compared to a peak to trough decline of -52.4% through restrictions in

early 2020. This can be seen in Figure 2A, which shows new listings added to the market, with periods of lockdown shaded. Listings have not declined as sharply through current lockdown conditions across Sydney when compared to 2020. Figure 2B shows that Melbourne has seen a steeper decline in new listings amid

the start of the lockdown since August. However, the city has also seen more volatility because lockdowns have been more frequent. On average, weekly new listings across Melbourne (1,765) have actually been higher than in Sydney (1,577), and are higher than the average weekly listings added across Melbourne through the whole of 2020 (1,345).

Australian housing boom continues to lose steam as national home values rise another 1.5% in August Australian housing values continued to record a broadbased rise despite the disruption from lockdowns. According to CoreLogic’s national home value index, dwelling values rose 1.5% in August; a rate of growth that is still well above average, but the lowest monthly rise since January. The lift in housing values continues to be broad-based, with every capital city, apart from Darwin (-0.1%) recording a rise in values throughout the month, although it is important to note CoreLogic has withheld the Perth and Regional WA index results pending the resolution of a divergence from other housing market measurements in WA. The August home value index provides further confirmation that the rate of price growth is moderating after moving through a peak in March of this year. At that time, national home values had risen 2.8% in a month, led by Sydney where dwelling values were up 3.7%. According

to CoreLogic's research director, Tim Lawless, the slowing rate of growth probably has more to do with worsening affordability constraints than ongoing lockdowns. “Housing prices have risen almost 11 times faster than wages growth over the past year, creating a more significant barrier to entry for those who don’t yet own a home. Lockdowns are having a clear impact on consumer sentiment, however to date the restrictions have resulted in falling advertised listings and, to a lesser extent, fewer home sales, with less impact on price growth momentum. It’s likely the ongoing shortage of properties available for purchase is central to the upwards pressure on housing values.” The August update takes Australian housing values 15.8%higher over the first eight months of the year and 18.4%above levels a year ago. In dollar terms, the

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annual increase in national dwelling values equates to approximately$103,400, or $1,990 per week. In comparison, Australian wages are rising at the average annual rate of 1.7%. According to Tim Lawless, this is the fastest annual pace of growth in housing values since the year ending July 1989. “Through the late 1980’s, the annual pace of national home value appreciation was as high as 31%, so the market isn’t quite in unprecedented territory. The annual growth rate at the moment is trending higher, in fact, it is 3.6 times higher than the thirty-year average rate of annual growth.” Capital city houses are continuing to record a stronger growth rate relative to units, however the performance gap does appear to be narrowing. Throughout the first quarter of the year, capital city house values were rising approximately 1.1 percentage points faster than units each month. By August the average

performance gap reduced to 0.7 percentage points. Mr Lawless believes the convergence of growth in house values and unit values could be another demonstration of affordability becoming more challenging. “The narrowing gap between house and unit value growth is most noticeable in Australia’s most expensive city, Sydney, where the monthly growth rate for houses was 2 percentage points higher than units in March. That ‘gap’ has now reduced to 0.6 percentage points in August. Based on median values, Sydney units cost almost $470,000 less than a house. At the same time, the growth gap between houses and units in Melbourne and Brisbane has widened.” Both advertised supply and housing demand have been negatively impacted over recent months. In early May, newly advertised properties were tracking 19.7%above the fiveyear average, however due to

both lockdowns and seasonal factors, the number of new listings through August dropped to -5.8% below the five-year average and total active listings were -29.4% below average. The estimated number of home sales has also been impacted, dropping by -9.0% nationally over the three months ending August when compared to the previous three-month period. Despite the fall in sales, housing market activity remains well above average levels. “Although there has recently been a trend towards fewer buyers, the past three months has seen the number of home sales remain 30% above the five-year average at a time when active listings are -29% below average,” Mr Lawless said. “We are still seeing a disconnect between advertised supply and housing demand, even in the cities where lockdown restrictions are active which is keeping upwards pressure on housing prices despite challenges faced by both

buyers and sellers.” Strong selling conditions can also be seen in auction clearance rates and private treaty measures. “Auction clearance rates have trended lower, especially in Melbourne where a large proportion of auctions have been withdrawn from the market. However, where properties have proceeded to market, the large majority are recording a successful result, albeit with a large proportion selling prior to the auction rather than under the hammer,” Mr Lawless said. Similarly, the median number of days it takes to sell a property is showing a mild upwards trend, however most cities, including those navigating extended lockdowns, are continuing to see homes sell in 30-35 days or less. At the same time, vendor discounting rates remain at record lows implying most vendors aren’t budging much on their initial pricing expectations.


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India, US keeping close watch on Pakistan’s actions in Afghanistan: Harsh Shringla India is closely engaged with the US on developments in Afghanistan, and both sides have adopted a wait and watch policy towards the Taliban and are calibrating their actions in response to the evolving situation. India and the US are carefully watching Pakistan’s actions in Afghanistan in light of Islamabad’s role in backing the Taliban, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said as he wound up a three-day visit to Washington during which the situation in the war-torn country was a key part of discussions. Shringla also told reporters in Washington on Friday that India has had a “limited” engagement with the Taliban, during which the group indicated it would be “reasonable in the way they handle things”. His remarks came against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is set to form government after sweeping to power in Kabul on August 15. Shringla spoke hours before Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt Gen

Faiz Hameed, became the first senior Pakistani leader to fly into Kabul for talks with the Taliban. Shringla noted Pakistan has extended backing to the Taliban, and said India and the US will assess Pakistan’s actions in Afghanistan with a “fine-tooth comb”. “They (US) will obviously see how different players get engaged in the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan is a neighbour of Afghanistan. They have supported and nurtured the Taliban. There are various elements there that Pakistan supported, so its role has to be seen in that context,” he said. India is closely engaged with the US on developments in Afghanistan, and both sides have adopted a wait and watch policy towards the Taliban and are calibrating their actions in response to the evolving situation, he added. Shringla contended that India’s concerns related to Afghanistan, especially the use of Afghan soil for terrorism, had been addressed in a UN resolution adopted last month. This resolution, he said,

mentioned UN-designated terror groups such as Jaishe-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “So we do have concerns about the free ingress that these two terrorist groups have had in Afghanistan, their role and we will watch that carefully,” he said. Shringla acknowledged that India currently has no immediate substantial engagement with Afghanistan, and described New Delhi’s contacts with the Taliban as limited. “Our engagement with them (Taliban) has been limited. It’s not that we have

Thousands of farmers reach Muzaffarnagar for mega rally MUZAFFARNAGAR: Farmers on all kinds of vehicles — from several UP districts as well as from other states — began to reach Muzaffarnagar earlier this week for the Kisan Mahapanchayat to be held on Sunday. On Saturday, more than 10,000 farmers from Agra region managed to dodge the local police and travelled through different routes — particularly the smaller village roads — to reach Muzaffarnagar by evening. Police and local intelligence officers had been putting pressure on them not to leave for the event, they alleged. Samyukt Kisan Morcha

has, meanwhile, arranged over 200 buses to ferry farm association workers from Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

to Muzaffarnagar. Senior members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) claimed 50,000 farmers left for the city venue from Rajasthan and Haryana on Saturday afternoon.

Farmers to hold mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar today Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, said thousands of people from across the country were set to take part in the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ Security has been stepped up in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar ahead of Sunday’s ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in the district, with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40

farmer unions, saying that thousands of people from across the country were set to take part in the meeting. The SKM, which is at the forefront of the protest against the three contentious farm laws, said that gathering will prove that their agitation has the support of “all castes, religions, states, classes, small traders and all sections of the society”.

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“The mahapanchayat of September 5 will make the Yogi-Modi governments realize the power of farmers, farm labourers, and supporters of the farm movement. The Muzaffarnagar mahapanchayat will be the biggest ever in the last nine months,” the SKM said in a statement. Muzzafarnagar is the home district of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait,

a robust conversation. But from whatever conversations we’ve had so far, the Taliban seem to indicate they will be reasonable in the way they handle things,” he said. “I don’t see members of the international community being passive over the situation in Afghanistan. We are not there on the ground, [we] have no assets there. It’s not like we are not doing anything, we are in touch with every country that has an interest in Afghanistan,” he added. After months of informal contacts with the group, India’s ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, held talks with

senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai on Tuesday, the first officially acknowledged contact between the two sides. During the meeting held at the Taliban’s request, the India side raised its concerns about Afghan soil being used for anti-India activities and terror. Shringla met US secretary of state Antony Blinken and other senior American officials during his visit, and the situation in Afghanistan figured prominently in discussions. The ISI chief arrived in Kabul with a high-level delegation for talks with the top Taliban leadership on security and other issues. Unnamed Pakistani military officials told the media in Islamabad on Thursday that the ISI chief would work with the Taliban to help reorganise the Afghan Army. Unlike a low-key visit to Kabul by the CIA chief, Lt Gen Hameed was spotted in the lobby of a hotel along with the Pakistani ambassador and even spoke to Pakistani journalists. The ISI chief’s visit coincided

with reports of divisions within the Taliban over government formation and the allocation of powers. The reports said there were differences between the camp of senior leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and the Haqqani Network, which has long-standing and close ties with Pakistan’s military establishment. There were also reports of differences between the leaders from the political office in Doha, such as Baradar, and the commanders on the ground, including Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, over the allocation of powers in the new set-up. People familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity that the ISI is working to ensure security-related departments, such as intelligence, defence and interior, are retained by the Haqqani Network. The ISI chief’s visit to Kabul is being seen in the context of these differences and efforts to protect the interests of the Haqqani Network, the people said.

Fissures emerge in Maharashtra as Raju Shetti hits out at NCP over MLC names In response, NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed surprise and rejected the speculation that the MVA has requested governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to drop Shetti’s name from the list of 12 people recommended to be appointed as MLC. The ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) ties with the Swabhimani Paksha, led by Raju Shetti, appear to be souring, with Shetti saying on Saturday that it was up to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to fulfill the promise of giving one seat in the state legislative council to his party “or stab him in the back”. In response, NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed surprise and rejected the speculation that the MVA has requested governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to drop Shetti’s name from the list of 12 people recommended to be appointed as MLC. The

who is scheduled to share the stage with SKM leaders Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, Balbeer Singh Rajowal and Yogendra Yadav. Hundreds of farmers have been camping at Delhi’s borders since November last year, seeking a repeal of the new farm laws, which they say will erode their bargaining power, weaken a system of assured

NCP is one of the allies in the MVA government along with the Shiv Sena and Congress. “The decision has to be taken by the NCP over fulfilling the promise or stab (me) in the back. I don’t care. I didn’t go to them begging for the position. I am in no position for the last over two years but respect for me among the people has not reduced. I will do a correct program at an appropriate time,” Shetti said on Saturday. The term “correct program” was used by BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis at a rally for dislodging the

prices, and leave them vulnerable to exploitation by agri businesses. The government has maintained that the laws aim to ease restrictions on farm trade by setting up free markets, allow traders to stockpile large stocks of food for future sales and lay down a framework for contract farming. Six companies of the provincial armed

Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government in the state. Shetti is considered a strong farmer leader with good grassroots support. He is currently holding a five-day long march against the MVA government, demanding more relief to the people affected by flooding. “Based on his contribution in the field of agriculture and cooperation, Raju Shetti’s name was part of the list submitted to the governor by CM and deputy CM. The decision (to appoint him as a MLC) was taken by us but the final decision has to be made by the governor. I am surprised how come he can make such a statement. We have honestly done our work. I have fulfilled the promise made (to him) and am waiting for the governor’s decision,” Pawar said, responding to remarks by the Swabhimani Paksha leader.

constabulary (PAC) and two companies of rapid action force (RAF) will be deployed at the farmers’ gathering to maintain law and order, officials familiar with the matter said. DIG of Saharanpur range Preetinder Singh said that the event will be videographed and five SSPs, seven ASPs and 40 police inspectors will be posted on security duty.


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FOCUS ON FIJI 200 new cases of COVID-19 with no COVID death reported yesterday Secretary for Health Dr James Fong confirms Fiji has 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am yesterday with 131 cases from the Western Division, 67 from the Central Division, 2 cases in Kadavu, 7 cases on Malolo Island and 29 cases in Naviti, Yasawa Islands. Dr Fong also confirmed there were no COVID-19 deaths to report yesterday. There have been 2 deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, these deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19. There have been 13 new recoveries which means that there are now 16,537

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active cases. 5,077 active cases are in the Central Division, 11,154 active cases in the Western Division, 4 active cases in the Northern Division and 302 active cases in Kadavu. Dr Fong says as of midday yesterday 50.9% of the target population are now fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Dr Fong adds because of

this, the curfew will now start from 8pm – 4am as per the Prime Minister’s statement on the achievement of 50% full vaccination on the 22nd of August. He also says they are announcing that funeral gathering restrictions have been increased to 20 persons. Dr Fong highlighted that the change of the curfew hours and the increase of

funeral gatherings to 20 persons must not make us complacent with COVID safe measures. He says while we have more time for shopping and carrying out other essential activities, they advise the public that other health protection measures remain. Dr Fong further says they are reviewing some of our restrictions however please restrict movement out of your homes. Dr Fong adds when leaving home, please continue to practice COVID-19 safe measures of wearing a mask, regularly washing your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitiser, practise safe physical distancing of two meters and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing; these are still critical for protection against COVID-19.

MEET THE YOUNG PACIFIC CHANGE MAKERS!!! Nominee #4 Mereula Ravioa Mereula Ravioa is 19 years old and is the assistant youth president for St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Youth in Lami. She works closely with the youths in her local community in helping nurture their young people spiritually and emotionally. Mereula says that she has always had a passion for working with young people and is very excited to be considered a Young Pacific Change Maker.

Nominee #5 Neha Chand Our fifth Young Pacific Change Maker is Neha Nitika Chand. Neha is a Bachelor

Curfew to start from 8 tonight

Health Ministry has confirmed that the curfew on Viti Levu will start from 8pm tonight and the finish time remains at 4am. This is based on 50.9 percent of eligible adults receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had earlier announced that once we fully vaccinate 50% of our target population, the curfew start time will be 8pm. The Health Ministry says while the change of the curfew hours means more time for

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shopping and carrying out other essential activities, they advise the public that other health protection measures remain. They say restrictions on social gatherings, leaving your house for essential travel and continuing to practice COVID-19 safe measures of wearing a mask, regularly washing your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitiser, practicing safe physical distancing of two meters and covering your cough and sneeze is still critical for protection against COVID-19.

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of Agriculture Science student at the Fiji National University. What’s extraordinary is that she is also an agricultural entrepreneur in the central part of Fiji.

With limited space, Neha has managed to establish her own organic backyard garden to provide fresh food, readily, for her household and for her community in Nausori. She says that she started from scratch using the 3Rs principle to become a sustainable agricultural entrepreneur. She also says that she would like to urge Fiji's young people and unemployed to step out of their comfort zones and start making a change.

CWM Hospital is working on getting its services normalized to cater for COVID and non-COVID patients – Dr Fong

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Health Dr James Fong says they are remodelling their health service provisions to adapt to a more COVID Safe environment. Dr Fong says with the increase in the proportion of non-COVID admissions, the CWM Hospital is working on getting its services normalized to cater for COVID and non-COVID patients. Dr Fong further says this would include resuming the outpatients and nonemergency inpatient services in a more COVID safe manner. He adds the Heads of Departments, together with Clinical Governance and Infection Control Teams are working on protocols to be used for patients to access Specialist Services. Dr Fong highlighted that this would include risk assessing patients and aligning their Infection Prevention and Control measures to protect staff and

patients. He says the special outpatient clinic has already started a digital platform to provide tele-health and virtual consultation. Dr Fong adds using this platform patients are called, a telephone consultation is done and prescribed medications are provided and blood test forms have also been sent via Viber to patients. Dr Fong says some services such as blood donation services, bloodletting services and processing of SOPD prescriptions for refilling are being carried out in more open spaces. He further says the objective is to open services throughout September with particular attention to their Ophthalmology and Dental Services. Dr Fong says many of the CWM doctors and nurses had been deployed to FEMAT and their transition is being coordinated with the return of the deployed staff.

Nurse who hasn’t seen her father for 7 months encourages everyone to get Winning the Hong Kong 7s vaccinated so that frontliners in 2017 probably saved my like her can go home job – Baber

Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team Coach Gareth Baber says winning the Hong Kong 7s in the 2016/2017 season, probably saved his job in many respects. While speaking on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan, Baber says he was under pressure at that point. Baber says he saw that season as a transition year and the year was about developing the understanding of what the team culture would look like

and then exposing the players to it. Baber further says people still believed that because Fiji won the Olympics in 2016, that everything should run the same way. He adds it was obvious to him that numerous players were at different points in their careers. Baber says his thoughts was always about the Olympics and he was looking at developing a core group of players.

It will be the first time that

Lautoka Hospital Staff Nurse, Shaniya Sharma will not be able to travel to Savusavu and spend Father’s Day with her father and family. Sharma says these past seven months have been the most challenging for her, as this has been the longest time she has been away from her family. She is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated so that she can go home to see her family.

She says it has been really difficult for her to leave her family behind during this pandemic because they and especially her father have been her pillar of strength. She adds she really misses her father’s jokes, his smile, his stories and his strength. She says if she were in Savusavu, she would have tried to make the most of the day with her siblings and would have made her father feel special for being the best dad ever.


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BLACKPINK’s Lisa to perform her first solo single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 10 After dropping the third visual teaser for 'LALISA' on September 2, K-pop female group BLACKPINK’s member Lisa is all set to perform her first solo single on American late-night television. On September 3, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” announced that Lisa will appear on the show to perform her first solo single, “Lalisa,” on September 10 which will make Lisa the second K-pop idol to do so after fellow BLACKPINK member Rose, who also performed her solo ‘On the Ground’ on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon during her mini-album release. After multiple posters, a couple of teasers of the upcoming single album were released by Lisa’s agency, YG Entertainment, promising something edgy. From her outfits in the teaser to the promo stills, everything portrayed Lisa as a lone wolf, a strong and bold woman. The tweet by The Tonight

Show Starring Jimmy Fallon garnered much attention within a matter of hours. It hit 52 thousand retweets and 100k likes as fans worldwide promised that they would not miss Lisa’s performance.

BLACKPINK has appeared on The Tonight Show as a group as well. One hour before the release of her first single album 'LALISA' on September 10 at 1 pm KST (9:30 am IST), Lisa will go live to count

down to the exciting moment together with her fans on Naver’s V Live at 12 pm KST (8:30 am IST). The album will be released on various music sites on September 10 at 1 pm KST (9:30 am IST).

Katrina Kaif and Sugar Free make a sweet deal, come together to reveal ‘Fitness Ka Pehla Kadam’ India’s No.1 low-calorie sweetener brand owned by Zydus Wellness Limited, Sugar-Free, marks the launch of its campaign ‘Fitness ka Pehla Kadam’ featuring leading Bollywood actress- Katrina Kaif. With the intent to inspire its audience to consider healthier alternatives to sugar as a lifestyle change, the TVC drives larger focus and awareness on the brand’s Stevia range named Sugar Free Green. Conceptualised by Wunderman Thompson, the campaign features Katrina Kaif who in a playful interaction nudges the consumers to start their fitness journey by switching to Sugarfree from sugar - ‘Fitness Ka Pehla Kadam’. Talking about the campaign, Mr.Tarun Arora, Chief Operating Officer & Director - Zydus Wellness said, ‘"Over the last year we've seen an uptick in our low-calorie sweetener portfolio as more consumers graduate towards holistic lifestyle changes, opting for healthier alternatives in their daily diets. Through consistent innovations that seamlessly integrate taste and health across what our consumers eat or drink, Sugar Free has been well poised to bridge the gap between the desire for fitness and the inability to stay consistent to a regime thereof. With Sugar Free

Police intensifies investigation in FIR against local political leader Mallikarjun Pujari and a female model for extortion based on evidence provided by T-Series Mumbai Police filed FIR against politician and female model for extortion in early July, based on strong evidence submitted by T-Series. Malikarjun Pujari the purported extortionist clamming to be a leader of National Congress Party (NCP) from Thane district had made calls to MD and Directors of T-Series in the last week of June 2021 demanding extortion monies with a threat that if the money is not paid to him, then one girl will file false complaint against him for sexual harassment. Thereafter T-Series approached the Mumbai police and filed a written complaint against Mallikarjun Pujari in Amboli police station on 1st July 2021. As the threats continued, T-Series then approached the Senior leadership of NCP in Thane district with a request to intervene in the matter as the said extortionist Mr. Mallikaarjun Pujari was clamming himself to be a leader of NCP in Thane district. As it was reported earlier Mr. Krishan Kumar of T-Series met with Mallikarjun Pujari in the hotel “The Regenza by Tunga” around 1st week of July 2021 wherein Mallikarjun Pujari again threatened him that one girl will file police case against Mr. Bhushan Kumar and showed some

whatsapp messages which were neither from the number of Mr. Bhushan Kumar nor from any other member of T-Series team and demanded huge sum of monies. Subsequently based on the evidence in the form of audio recordings of Mallikarjun Pujari for extortion and threat to life to MD & Directors of T-Series provided to the Police by T-Series, the Amboli Police Station registered a FIR no. 574 against both Mallikarjun Pujari and the girl under section 386, 500, 506 and 506(2) who has conspired to file false rape charges against Mr. Bhushan Kumar and tried to extort monies. A Statement issued by T-Series in mid July 2021 reiterated that the unsubstantiated allegations are made with malicious intent to malign the reputation of T-Series and its Managing Director. A spokesperson of T-Series when contacted said “It is a clear case of misuse of law to extort money from reputed and respectable businessmen. We are cooperating with the Mumbai Police in this entire investigation and we strongly belief that truth will prevail and nefarious designs of anti-social elements trying to harass and extort monies shall be revealed.

Sharmaji Namkeen: First look of Rishi Kapoor’s final film unveiled on his birth anniversary

Green we have only taken this proposition further by providing our consumers with an added advantage of Stevia- a natural sweetener. Bringing Katrina Kaif on board as SugarFree's new brand ambassador is a step toward accelerating this growth and strengthening our position as the market leader. Katrina's passion towards health and fitness resonates strongly with our brand values. We want to build on her immense popularity and following to reach newer audiences looking to take the first step toward fitness." Katrina Kaif shared her thoughts on the association, “As a fitness enthusiast I know how important discipline is; especially when it comes to what you

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eat. I'm happy to announce my association with Sugar Free, a brand that has been at the forefront of making it easier for all of us to be able to start a fitness regime by cutting out the empty calories from sugar. There is a natural synergy in the way we see fitness and getting healthier as an organic lifestyle movement allowing you to make the choices that are right for each individual. I hope we can together motivate people to take their first baby steps to getting fitter with Sugar Free Green which uses sweetness from natural stevia leaves” As a part of this association, Katrina Kaif will be the face of the parent brand Sugar-Free and its extensions - Sugar

Free D’lite chocolates Samarth Shrivastava, Sr. VP & Exec Business Director Wunderman Thompson added, "Our primary operating insight was that consumers tend to think more about fitness & do less in reality. The present behavior of the consumer is such that they plan a lot of small initiatives but find it difficult to execute all plans. This is where SugarFree steps in, it’s the first easy step towards fitness it’s an ally for the consumer towards their fitness goals. And that’s what is brought out beautifully through the film. The TVC will go live in 7 Indian languages and the campaign will see manifestations in print and on digital and social media platforms."

On the occasion of late actor Rishi Kapoor's birth anniversary, Excel Entertainment unveiled the first look of Kapoor's final film. Titled Sharmaji Namkeen, the film marks Rishi Kapoor's last project. However, since he passed away before completing the film, Paresh Rawal stepped in to portray his role and complete the film. The film also stars Juhi Chawla. Sharing the poster of both Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal from the film, Excel Entertainment wrote, "We are proud to present, the poster of a very special film- Sharmaji Namkeen, starring one of the most celebrated actors in the Hindi film industry whose inimitable work and sparkling career we will cherish forever, Mr. Rishi Kapoor. As

a mark of love, respect and remembrance of him and as a gift to his millions of fans, here is the first look of his final film. A big thank you to Mr. Paresh Rawal, who completed the film by agreeing to take the sensitive step of portraying the same character played by Rishi-ji. Produced by Excel Entertainment and Macguffin Pictures, directed by debutant Hitesh Bhatia, this film is a light-hearted coming-of-age story of a lovable 60-year-oldman. Presented by Excel Entertainment, a Macguffin Pictures Production, directed by debut director Hitesh Bhatia. The film is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Honey Trehan, Abhishek Chaubey and co-produced by Kassim Jagmagia.


Ravishing Fashionistas

Fashion Fashionistas has yet again broken fashion industry stereo types with another hugely successful runway event held on August 21st, 2021 at the Royal International Conventional Centre. After having to post-pone their event on July 3rd due to the Brisbane lockdown, Ravishing Fashionistas fearless leader Upma Kite has triumphantly overcome all hurdles, producing the most fabulous fashion event of the year. Continuing to empower women and spread the RF message of confidently embracing women’s beauty and body irrespective of their age, body type, background, skin colour or culture. It is undeniably evident that Upma Kite and her RF team have exceeded all expectations and successfully reminded us that every woman has a story and a unique personality that deserves to be shared. For the first time in Ravishing Fashionista history, the Fashion Show opened with their very own RF Label designed by the utterly talented Amina Hunt, showcasing 10 spectacular designs all fitting seamlessly into the events theme Gold & Glitter. Not only did the event celebrate women across the globe, Ravishing Fashionistas also was raising funds for both the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council, donating a percentage of all proceeds from ticket sales, raffle prizes and the silent auction. With local politicians, celebrities and influencers including VVIP guests Brisbane City Council’s Lady Mayoress, Nina Schrinner

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and Damien Anthony Rossi all gathering under one roof for a one night only spectacle, Ravishing Fashionistas is more than overwhelmed by the response received. Leaving all guests endlessly raving about the show claiming that they felt like they were attending Milan Fashion Week. Working day and night, Upma Kite has proved again that with passion and determination anything is achievable, as commented by Lady Mayoress in heartfelt speech highlighted during the second half of the evening. Her mission of creating a space that encourages women of all shapes, sizes, ages & backgrounds to embrace themselves has again been perfectly portrayed through the 12 designers and 35 models involved in this year’s unforgettable show. Although Upma Kite is the woman who made this event happen, she couldn’t have done it without her incredible RF team consisting of people from all walks of life including an ex-army photographer, an indigenous designer as well as models and volunteers of all ages, sizes and ethnicities. As another RF Fashion Show closes, Upma Kite is again left speechless

and inspired to continue promoting and enforcing her message of empowering women to embrace their beauty and body irrespective of their age, body type, background, skin colour or culture. With the volume of support and compassion she continues to receive,

Upma hopes to come back to again provide a space for every woman regardless of their background to celebrate confidence and empowerment.

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Hepatitis B should not stop love If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis B you can have a girlfriend, boyfriend, get married and have children, just like anyone else.

How is hepatitis B transmitted? The main ways hepatitis B is transmitted are: • At birth, if the mother has hepatitis B (the most common way to be infected particularly in people born overseas due to poor prevention) • Blood to blood transmission – including through medical, dental and cosmetic practices using unsterile equipment (particularly those performed overseas), tattoos, piercings, sharing personal hygiene equipment including razors and toothbrushes, sharing injecting drug equipment, and traditional practices that involve skin penetration • Sexual transmission How is hepatitis B NOT transmitted? • Hugging and kissing • Preparing or sharing food, drinks or eating utensils • Sharing bathrooms, showers, toilets or towels • Sneezing or coughing • Insects bites • Any other social contacts If you do have hepatitis B what should you do? Hepatitis should not stop you from having relationships and getting

married. Telling a potential partner that you have hepatitis B can sometimes be scary – especially if you really like/love the person. You should know that you deserve and can have a happy and fulfilling relationship with an accepting person. Hepatitis B can be easily prevented from passing on to your partner and children. You may want to have information to help you and your loved ones. You can access information at www. eccq.com.au/bbv including the B Healthy booklet and the Hepatitis B factsheet in different languages. You can also talk to us and we can help you to talk to your partner if need. If you have hepatitis B you may want to:

• Disclose or not disclose to your partner but you will need to ask your partner to get tested and vaccinated if needed. Your partner may have already had immunity (protection) to hepatitis B due to a past hepatitis B infection or the hepatitis B vaccination. Many people had a hepatitis B in the past and cured naturally without even knowing they had it. • Always using a condom if your partner is not immune to hepatitis B or before completing hepatitis B vaccinations. Condoms can also prevent other STIs and pregnancy. You will also need to: • have regular life-long check-ups with your doctor including liver function tests, viral load, Fibroscan,

and ultrasound for certain groups and take treatment if required. The chance of developing serious liver diseases like liver cancer will be very low, and you can live a normal life like others. • keep a healthy life style and avoid alcohol. Remember most adults (95%) will not develop chronic hepatitis B after being infected, they will clear the virus within 6 months without treatment and also will not get it again. All people who are going to start a new sexual relationship should have a sexual health check to make sure they don’t have any infections that can be passed sexually, this includes hepatitis B (even if they have never had sex) and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) e.g. chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea. This can be done either at your GP or a sexual health clinic: (https://www.health.qld.gov. au/public-health/topics/ sexual-health/find-a-sexualhealth-service). What about having children? Hepatitis B is not a genetic disease. Most mothers with hepatitis B can have a hepatitis B free baby in Australia. If the mother has hepatitis B they should: • See their doctor as

soon as they know they are pregnant. • Have their viral load (DNA) checked during pregnancy so treatment can be provided if it is high to help reduce the risk of passing on the infection during the birth. • Any baby born to mother with hepatitis B is given the usual hepatitis B vaccination at birth as well as hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) to protect the baby. • Babies born to mothers who have hepatitis B can breastfeed their babies because breastmilk doesn’t contain the virus. Breastfeeding should only be avoided if their nipples are cracked and bleeding – they should then wait until they have healed. • Mothers can give birth to their baby naturally and will only need caesarean sections if it is deemed medically necessary. If a father has hepatitis B: • He cannot pass the infection to the baby when the baby is conceived

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Home Remedies for Back Acne Nimisha Modi

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a few minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Do this at least twice in a week. Alternatively, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, juice of half lemon, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five tablespoons of honey, and spread it on the acne-prone area.

as horrible as facial acne. People who suffer from facial acne are most likely to suffer from back acne as well. However, back acne is pretty difficult to treat as it is not readily visible and is hard to reach as well. The main cause of acne is hormonal imbalance. They start during the puberty period due to the over secretion of hormones and goes away once an individual reaches their twenties. Stress, sleep deprivation, bad eating habits and hectic schedules are some other reasons that can cause acne. Here are some homes remedies that will help you know how to get rid of back acne.

2. Lemon Juice Lemons contain citric acid, which is ideal for the treatment of acne. It helps open up the pores and clean them as well. Squeeze a lemon in a bowl and dab it with a cotton bowl on the acne-prone area. Let it stay for a few hours and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Alternately, fill your bathtub with water and add rose water and lemon juice in equal portions. Soak in for 30 minutes. Later, wash off with clean water.

Home Remedies for Back Acne 1. Baking Soda Baking soda is a natural exfoliator that unclogs the skin pores and balances the skin pH levels. Besides, it gives antiseptic and antiinflammatory effects. To get rid of back acne, dilute the baking soda with water in 3:1 ratio. Apply the paste on your back and leave it on for

4. Oatmeal Take a cup of cooked oatmeal. Add half lemon’s juice and a teaspoon of honey. Mix them well and rub the mixture on the affected area using your fingertips. Keep it for half an hour and then wash it off with warm water. Do this at least twice a week. It makes the acne dry and reduces swelling.

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Alternatively, make a thick paste of cucumbers and apply it on your back. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with normal water. Follow this remedy every day for better results.

5. Tomato Pulp Tomatoes are acidic in nature and comprise of natural bleaching properties. Cut the tomato into half and take out its pulp. Rub it on the acne scars. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. 6. Turmeric Powder Turmeric is a strong spice that not only adds flavour to cuisine but alleviates several skin issues. It has antiseptic and exfoliating properties that effectively cure the problem of acne. Add two tablespoons of turmeric powder to a tablespoon of milk cream. Mix both the ingredients properly. Apply on the back acne scars and leave it on till it dries. Do this at least twice a week for effective results. Turmeric can leave stains on clothes. Therefore, it is suggested to wear an

old t-shirt, while using this remedy. 9. Orange Peels Orange Peels contain retinol that revitalizes the skin and wipes out the dead cells. The vitamin C content in orange helps lighten the skin tone. Dry some orange peels in sunlight. Later, grind those dry peels in a mixer to make a fine powder. Add some water or glycerine to make a paste. Now, apply it on the back and let it dry completely. Wash it off with normal water. You can do this daily. 10. Cucumber Cucumber moisturizes the skin and restores its natural layer. Moreover, lighten the acne scars as well. Extract the juice of two cucumbers and wash your back with this juice two times a day.

• He can only pass the virus to the baby through blood contacts as mentioned before. Make sure the baby receives all the hepatitis B vaccinations required like other babies. Remember: the best protection against hepatitis B is successful vaccination for sexual partners and babies. Get tested 3 months after completing vaccination to make sure the vaccine works. 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

11. Honey The anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties in honey helps get rid of back acne scars. Apply raw honey on the acne-prone area and let it dry. Clean it with water. Do this twice a day to fasten the healing process. 12. Potatoes The vitamin C in potatoes controls the production of collagen. Besides, it contains niacin and vitamin B that regenerate the skin cells. Take a large potato and peel it. Now grate the potato and massage your back with a potato mash. Leave it on for a few minutes. Allow it to dry and then wash with warm water. 14. Pineapple Pineapples contain bromelain, a compound that works as an antiinflammatory agent. Besides, the ascorbic acid present in pineapples reduces the scars. Simply, extract the juice from a pineapple slice. Apply the

juice on the back using a cotton ball. Let it stay for 25-30 minutes and then wash it off. Do this every day to get rid of acne scars. 15. Nutmeg Nutmeg is used for several skin treatments, as it has anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and is also an astringent. It helps lighten the acne scars and treats the acne as well. Take a tsp each of nutmeg powder, honey and cinnamon and mix all together. Apply it on the scars and clean after 30 minutes. Nutmeg can be harsh on the sensitive skin, and it is, therefore, advisable to do a patch test, before you apply it on the back. As always suggest please do patch test because everything is not for everybody and that is the reason why we discuss these many different things. We’ll discuss this topic further next month. Hope you will enjoy using these natural remedies. Keep smiling and You can also find helpful information on my website, hetvihairandbeauty.com, check us out on Facebook and call me if you want to book an appointment. Nimisha Modi: 04 1235 0013.


Complete your Census today – it’s not too late Officers are visiting communities across the country to encourage people who haven’t completed the Census to do so today. They’re dropping off reminders or a paper form, in line with local COVID-19 restrictions. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates it has received more than 9.1 million completed forms in the 2021 Census, which includes those completed online and by paper. Andrew Henderson, Census Executive Director and National Spokesperson said, “while the response to date is positive, there are people who still need to complete their Census. “It doesn’t matter where you live – in an apartment block, student accommodation or a house. You need to complete your Census as soon as possible. “People can complete online at www.census.abs.gov.au or by calling us on 1800 512 441 to request a paper form. “If you have completed a paper form, remember to mail it back to the ABS using the replypaid envelope. “Every response matters. It’s important to remember that Census data helps plan and deliver crucial services to individuals, families, and communities so we urge people to complete their Census today.” The ABS is also reminding people with a second residence—investment property or holiday rental—to let us know if the house was vacant on Census night, Tuesday 10 August. “It’s a simple process to ‘report address was vacant or unoccupied’ through the Census website if your holiday home or

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investment property was empty on Census night,” Mr Henderson said. “It’s important that we get an accurate picture of the number of unoccupied or vacant properties because the Census counts all households across Australia in addition to counting people.” For people who need assistance completing their Census, there are a range of supports including in-language fill the form sessions available at www.census.abs.gov.au/ language You can also call 1800 512 441, or for help in your language you can call the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 who can provide information about the Census questions and what to consider when answering them. The Census is compulsory under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and fines can apply if someone refuses to complete their Census. What is the Census? The Census was held on Tuesday 10 August 2021. It is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing. It is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken by the ABS. Census data is used to inform important decisions about transport, schools, health care, infrastructure, and business. It also helps plan local services for individuals, families, and communities. How can people complete their Census? People can complete the

Census online, on their mobile device or by paper. A number of options are available for people who need assistance to complete their Census form including help from Census staff, and phone and online help. For in-language support, people can call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450. Conducting the Census in a COVID environment We expect most people will complete their Census online with no in-person contact from us. More information on conducting the Census in a COVID-19 environment can be found at keeping the community safe during COVID-19. How do people know if the Census instructions and Field Officers in their area are legitimate? Census instructions will feature the official Australian Bureau of Statistics logo and the 2021 Census branding. See further information about how to identify a Census Field Officer on the website. Is the Census compulsory? The Census is compulsory* under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and fines can apply if someone refuses to complete their Census. Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, the Australian Statistician can issue you a Notice of Direction, which directs you in writing to complete the Census. The notice explains that if you don’t complete the Census, you can be prosecuted and fined up to $222 a day. *See the 2021 Census Privacy Statement for more information.

Aap Ki Sehat – Your heath September episode features Dr Abha Chikarsal BRISBANE, the September

episode we had the pleasure of talking to Dr Abha Chikarsal, a wellexperienced, General Practitioner on the series "Ap Ki Sehat, meaning Your HEALTH Program, initiated by IMA, QLD, Australia. Dr Abha said, she is a primary care physician and a general practitioner, who had migrated to Australia fifteen years back , She further said that women’s health came naturally to her but she felt she would need to upskill in the field of general practice. She has now upskilled in women’s health by completing national certificate course in reproductive and sexual health under the family planning alliance Australia has completed training and is able to provide all these services in general practice to women. Another area that she specialises in is skin cancer as she is working in a skin cancer clinic too. For women she can provide all conception related advice and treatments, she realises the sensitivity around this subject and provides mental health advice to her patients. The full episode can be Call: (07) 3192 5188

Dr Abha Chikarsal viewed on the face Book and You Tube channel of Australian Indian Radio, all past episodes of the series can also be viewed there. The series have been made possible with the assistance of IMA, QLD and is facilitated by Dr Cyril Fernandez. Dr Abha’s advice is that prevention is better than cure and that two pillars of healthy lifestyle were

exercise and good nutrition while maintaining normal BMI. This was the part one of the series and she will be back with part two. 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. www.indiantimes.com.au

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SEPTEMBER-2021

Aries ( 21st March to 20th April )

Taurus ( 21st April to 21st May )

Gemini ( 22nd May to 21st June )

The month promises positive developments in Aries life. To begin with relationships, the period is likely to get favourable in terms of personal interactions. Singles may enjoy pleasant times with their desired partners. Those of marriageable age may get suitable proposals from family and friends. There is a possibility of some Aries natives, getting a sudden proposal from their ex-partner. Married couples are likely to spend quality time with their spouses. On the career front the month may be a bit busy for working professionals. You may be allocated new projects and assignments. Interaction with different people is likely to yield good results especially for those natives in the sales field. Besides, sudden work pressure or client expectations are likely to bring some stressful moments. It is therefore, advisable to avoid shouldering new responsibilities from clients during the phase. In financial matters there may be gains along with some expenses on family and friends around the month. You may benefit from communication related businesses. A long distance trip may give rise to some expenses. Your spouse may look upon you for financial aid during the month. The period is likely to bring challenges in the academic field as students may struggle for better grades. They may need to keep a positive mindset to deal with issues related to their curriculum. A sudden change in syllabus or a surprise test is likely to put students under stress. Hard work and dedication may help natives appearing for competitive examinations to pass out with flying colours. In health and fitness stress and indigestion issues are likely to take a toll. It may be advisable to stick to a healthy diet. Joining wellness classes to plan diet courses or an elder’s advise may help to boost immunity levels and maintain healthy parameters.

The month may bring some challenges for Taurus natives who may face issues in career and health. The period indicates a sudden change in the work environment. Relationships may face trials and tribulations. It may be advisable for you to avoid aggression and get humble especially while being in conversation with people around you. Matters related to loan work may move towards completion. Stay cautious while interacting with your partner as miscommunication may lead to stressful situations. Too much work involvement may make your partner feel ignored that may adversely affect your relationship. In case of money and finance, the period may not bring you favourable results. There may be expenditure on loan related matters. Health issues may put an adverse impact on your savings. You may get drawn towards learning new courses related to your hobbies like singing, painting or cooking. Education and learning may bloom during the month. Students interested in sports are likely to do well in their upcoming competitions. However, they may need to follow the advice of their mentors. Some short distance trips may bring a sharp rise in expenses. Those in language and research-related courses may get expected results. Self-study and analysis may help students in projects and target achievement assignments. Besides all this, take due care of your health and avoid unwanted aggression. However, the period indicates some health challenges due to disturbed sleep patterns. Stress and poor immunity levels may nag you this month.

Gemini natives may stand to gain from their peculiarities that they may have been ridiculed for! You may bask the spotlight in various parties or public gatherings. Your vibrant, enthusiastic and extraordinary zealous nature may get people attracted towards you. Postpone the commencement of your dream project as the period may not be favourable. Make sure you don't fall prey to depression as the phase may soon fade away with time. All the same you are likely to prove yourself fortunate without much delay. Take time to enjoy with your family by planning a short vacation with them. Earning money may be your moral responsibility but do take due care to balance your family life. Those planning to change their home and office interiors may find the period suitable for the same. You may take expert suggestions to make desired changes in a better way. However, too much reliance on others may turn burdensome for you as are the final authority to decide ways for your personal growth. All the same you may be geared up to take any sort of work as your physical and mental stamina will be at its peak. Make sure you invest your vitality and channelize your energy in good and purposeful things. Refreshment is what your body may need at this point of time. However, hectic work schedules may keep you away from seclusion you may seek the most.

Cancer ( 22nd June to 22nd July )

Leo ( 23rd July to 22nd August )

Virgo ( 23rd August to 22nd September )

The month may begin with a positive note but as the month progresses, there would be an increase in competition and stiff resistance. You may acquire growth in your career during this month though obstacles would cause delays and difficulties. The difficult picture may not last long and you are likely to see some positive rays gradually. This month may help you to take decisive steps in achieving your targets. The month looks extremely important for your career advancement. This can be termed as a good month for your finance. It may not only help you find some excellent earning opportunities but also will help you to recover lost ground and accelerate the pace of progress. This is the period when you need to pay special attention to your long-pending projects. Your financial position may stay satisfying and there may be an enhancement in wealth during this phase. Do not take ambitious steps as your hasty or rash decisions may cause unnecessary problems. You may be beaming with confidence and probably will be highly spirited. Also, you may get the chance to make things work well with the help of your experience and your perspectives. So, this period is likely to boost harmony in your personal life and relationship. Some hidden resentments may resurface hence a calm and composed approach will require to sail through some sensitive phases during this month. Some positive developments in your education can enliven your spirits. However, your involvement in some unnecessary matters might cause some problems in your studies. Planets may force you to bring more discipline in your life to raise the standard of your fitness. There may be some minor health issues but, you may be able to maintain your energy level during this month.

The month looks set as a good one for Leos. You may be able to resolve pending matters. The Mercury transition may help you in building and honing your personality and communication skills. The period is indicative of short term travels related to work or business. Although, with some malefic effects from Mars you may face problems around mid-month. The phase may put your patience and abilities to test. Self-motivation is the only tool that may successfully help you to pass the test. Things may get better at the workplace as your abilities may enable seniors to assign you with an important task in the latter part of the month. Money and finances may shine and you may move ahead with investment planning for the current financial year. Make sure you emphasize long term prospects while doing so. However, it may get advisable for you to remain cautious in the initial part of the months as there may be glitches in financial matters. Nevertheless, conditions may start improving gradually as financial dealings done in the middle part of the month are likely to yield favourable results. Love relationships may take a positive turn with blessings from the planet, Venus. However, petty issues may disrupt the harmony in the association as the month progresses. Make sure you do not stretch or complicate matters beyond a point. The period is likely to bring mixed results on the academic front. Students may proceed with studies with great interest this month. However, they may face some distractions due to emotional matters. Staying focused and vigilant may be the only option for them. Health issues may surround you in the initial part of the month. Make sure you do not take your fitness for granted. All the same things may get better as you may regain your vitality in the latter part of the month.

The month is likely to bring some good opportune moments for progress amid stiff competition and resistance for Virgos. Despite challenges from planet Mars, you may see positivity cropping in. In addition, you may gain a better understanding of the prevailing situation and strengthen your position by the end of the month. All the same with optimism from Venus you are likely to come across excellent earning opportunities. This positivity may continue further with the progression of the month as planetary support may help to accelerate progress growth. Although, it may get necessary to review your financial plans to enhance your financial strength and accomplish desired results. You may resolve pending financial tasks with support from planets. There may delays but eventually things may fall in place. Romance may seem all set as Venus may boost your love prospects. With positive planetary influences in the early part of the month you are likely to enjoy peace and harmony in your love life and relationships. Especially during the mid-month there may be exciting encounters with a loved one. Those in committed relationships may get an opportunity to take their alliance to another level. On the academic front students may find exciting opportunities to learn and enhance their knowledge. The combined impact of Venus and Mercury indicates your creativity may be on a high level, but your wayward approach is likely to bring hurdles in education. However, your performance may remain outstanding in the latter part of the month. Health may indeed be wealth for you as you are likely to maintain good energy levels. Positive placement of planets may favour you in conserving normal health parameters. Despite it, low resistance and poor immunity may make you prone to seasonal ailments in the latter part of the month.

Libra ( 23rd September to 22nd October )

Scorpio ( 23rd October to 22nd November )

Sagittarius ( 23rd November to 21st December )

You may benefit from your unique qualities that may appear weird or funny to others. You are likely to enjoy the spotlight at parties and public gatherings. Be gentle with yourself and your loved ones. However, significant pressure may make you uncomfortable in managing relationships. Your bond with a loved one may hit the rocks that may make you feel defensive and fearful. On the professional front you may prove to be independent, ambitious,and highly goal-oriented. Your intelligence and wit may help you to easily achieve your set goals. It may be the most favourable time for you. You may strongly believe in the proverb- To err is human, to forgive is divine, as a loved one may pardon you for a mistake committed accidently. The period may make you feel low due to the vacuum of your children separated for higher jobs or studies. However, this feeling may evaporate in the forthcoming days. With enhanced physical and mental stamina you may gear up to do any sort of work. Make sure you channelize your energies in the right direction and for purposeful means. Don't take to heart if you are not appreciated for your good deeds as situations may turn in your favour at the right time. You may get interesting proposals for pleasure trips to exotic places that you are likely to enjoy with your beloved and family members.

A sweet surprise awaits you Scorpio! Your patience may finally bear the fruits of your labour as you are likely to be happy with the way life may take twists and turns in your favour. Continue with hard work to improve your fortunes. Take special care of elders in the family and give them desired attention. This may make them feel loved and cared and you contended! The month is likely to bring you moments where you may share quality time with your family. More so for couples who have had a love marriage! Devoting time to each other is likely to improve your fortune. In business related matters you may plan to invest in the real estate sector. It may be a good month for reconsideration, however, skip projects that may be under development as they are likely to cause troubles. Try your fortune and get focused on work, as it may bring you satisfaction in life as you may exhibit interest in your actions. Relationships are likely to blossom this season as singles may encounter someone special who may bring positivity in their lives. It may be quite worthwhile for you. In careers, there is a likelihood of some of you taking up alternative options such as teaching special skills. This may be a perfect choice of vocation that may give you a name as well as leave a positive mark in your career.

Sagittarius be assured the month promises you every possible support from fate! An inclination towards religion and spiritualism is likely to bring positivity in your life. There may be chances of travel to divine destinations that may open doors to improve fortunes in your life. You may come across new associates while travelling and establish relations with high profile people that may enhance your social status in society. This may be a satisfactory period in terms of personal goals and achievements. The month also suggests positivity for careers and gains. Those in businesses are likely to earn excellent profit margins. You may gain from relations that may help in acquiring loans. Make sure you formalize the transaction. Nevertheless, your business may enjoy good sources of income. New ventures are likely to improve and enhance. You may experience various benevolent deals in business. Success may knock your door at work. On the domestic front life may go through a rough patch. Singles may get pressured for marriage that may bring distractions in their plans for further studies. Although, the problem may not be grave, and you may need to rearrange your with new perspectives. Married couples are likely to get into arguments that may prove disadvantageous for their personal life. However, matters may get resolved with the help and support from friends that may prove to be a silver lining in improving the relationship.

Capricorn ( 22nd December to 20th January )

Aquarius ( 21st January to 18th February )

Pisces ( 19th February to 20th March )

The month may bring up challenges in your life. There may be consecutive activities coming up. This may not be the right time to begin something new as well as make huge investments as losses may occur. As aptly saidWITHOUT THE RAIN THERE WOULD NEVER BE RAINBOWS! Similarly, you may have to face struggles before you taste success and growth. At the same time, your dynamic capacities may be upgraded and you may be allowed to analyze your mistakes and plan the next move. On the career front, you may have to postpone your travel plans in light of some confusions due to mixed views in your professional life. If you have been planning to put your cash into a business, it may be possible as every cash dealing may remain safe for business activities. Relationships may undergo turmoil especially for newly weds, as there may be chances of disagreements. Marriage charm may seem to fade as differences may drift the couple apart if issues are not sorted out immediately. Make sure you build the comprehension, for the advancement of your relationship. In education, students who have been toiling hard are likely to gain. Hard work may draw positive results and ingest the right kind of knowledge needed for progress. You may lend money to a family member as finances may improve in the second half of the month with support from planetary alignments.

The transit of the Sun may incline you towards religion and spirituality. In relationships, you may face challenges with seniors and your father. Avoid relying on luck for better results. Learn to live a punctual and disciplined life, to gain name and fame at the workplace. With Jupiter going retrograde you may need to exercise caution in terms of family relationships as there may be occasions of disagreements or miscommunication. Avoid getting into confrontations with in-laws during the retrograde phase of Saturn and Jupiter. The period also indicates some differences with elder siblings. Those in marriage are likely to face some ups and downs in their personal life. Refrain from an over demanding nature as the transit of Sun and Venus is likely to bring disparity in your relationship. All the same, keep away from lending money to friends as there may be no chances of recovery. With the influence of Rahu you may bear losses in investments and gains while Ketu’s influence may bring a financial crunch during the month. The period may not be auspicious for gains as there may be confusion with various investment options at hand. If necessary, take the help of an expert. Sudden travelling may bring up your expenses for the month. Retrograde planets may cause unplanned expenditure on vehicles in this phase. Maintain a budget to balance your income and expenses. Moreover, some health issues are likely to crop up at this time.However, your mother’s health may be the focal point of consideration. Refrain from major investment dealings related to business. Despite luck not favouring you for the month , you may financially gain during the span.

This is likely to be a positive month for Pisces. You may witness developments in your life. Students opting for studies related to scriptures or occult sciences may get success. Moreover, the period may incline you towards gaining secret knowledge. Those in the research field are also likely to get success this month. You may get an opportunity to travel overseas for higher studies or research related work. Relationships may blossom during the phase. Singles are likely to get suitable marriage proposals from a friend or family. Married natives may need to spend quality time with their spouses to keep the flame burning. Moreover, you may need to be cautious from getting into unwanted confrontations with your spouse as it may lead to stress. Addiction or wrong company may lure you this month. Therefore, be careful and try and avoid toxic people and harbour positive thoughts. In financial matters, the month is likely to bring a lot of ups and downs. There may be soaring expenses due to health and education. Refrain from major investments in legal matters that may bring financial losses. However, the period may be favourable to clear pending issues related to legal and tax matters. Focus on completion of unresolved issues before shouldering new responsibilities. Think prudently while making decisions related to life. The period may bring subsequent changes in your personal and professional life. Make sure you don’t plunge into hasty decision making due to aggression or an emotional setback. Health issues are likely to pose threat in the upcoming days. Keep away from junk food and cold beverages and adhere to a healthy diet. There may be complications related to your teeth, throat or stomach. Safeguard your health for good fitness levels.

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Tokyo Paralympics medal tally: Every Australian athlete who won a medal at the Games has finished competition at the Tokyo Paralympics, with a total of 80 medals, almost identical to the 81 medals won by the team in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. d Gold: 21 d Silver: 29 d Bronze: 30 d Total: 80

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Gold d Paige Greco — Women's C1-3 3,000m individual cycling d Emily Petricola — Women's C4 3,000m individual cycling d Rowan Crothers — Men's 50m freestyle S10 d Ben Popham — Men's 100m freestyle S8 d William Martin — Men's 400m freestyle S9 d Lakeisha Patterson — Women's 400m freestyle S9 d Amanda Reid — Women's C1-3 500m Time Trial d Madison de Rozario — Women's 800m T53 d Rowan Crothers, Will Martin, Matt Levy, Ben Popham — Men's 4x100m freestyle relay 34 pts d Qian Yang — Women's Class 10 table tennis d Li Na Lei — Women's Class 9 table tennis d Darren Hicks — Men's C2 time trial d James Turner — Men's 400m T36 d Vanessa Low — Women's long jump T63 d Curtis McGrath — Men's kayak single 200m KL2 d Benjamin Hance — Men's 100m backstroke S4 d William Martin — Men's 100m butterfly S9 d Rachael Watson — Women's 50m freestyle S4 d Dylan Alcott — Men's Quad Singles, wheelchair tennis d Curtis McGrath —

Men's Va'a Single 200m VL3 d Madison de Rozario Women's marathon T54

Silver d Paige Leonhardt — Women's 100m butterfly S14 d Darren Hicks — Men's C2 3,000m individual pursuit d Isis Holt — Women's 100m T35 d Isis Holt — Women's 200m T35 d Alistair Donohoe — Men's C5 4,000m individual pursuit d Jaryd Clifford — Men's 5,000m T13 d Ahmed Kelly — Men's 150m individual medley SM3 d Rowan Crothers — Men's 100m freestyle S10 d Lin Ma — Men's class 9 table tennis d Ellie Cole, Isabella Vincent, Emily Beecroft, Ashleigh McConnell — Women's 4x100m freestyle relay 34 pts d Ricky Betar, Ben Hance, Ruby Storm, Madeleine McTernan — Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14 d Qian Yang, Li Na Lei, Melissa Tapper — Women's team table tennis classes 9-10 d Lin Ma, Joel Coughlan - Men's team table tennis classes 9-10 d Lauren Parker — Women's PTWC triathlon d Erik Horrie — PR1 men's single sculls

d Jake Michel — Men's 100m breaststroke SB14 d Samuel von Einem — Men's class 11 table tennis d Rheed McCracken — Men's 100m T34 d Michal Burian — Men's F64 javelin d Emily Petricola — Women's C4 time trial d Carol Cooke - Women's T1-2 time trial d Grant Patterson - Men's 50m breaststroke SB2 d Jasmine Greenwood Women's 100m butterfly S10 d Timothy Hodge — Men's 200m individual medley SM9 d Grant Paterson — Men's 50m breaststroke SB2 d Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson — quad tennis doubles d Susan Seipel — Women's Va'a single 200m VL2 d James Turner — Men's 100m T36 d Jaryd Clifford — Men's Marathon T12

Bronze d Benjamin James Hance — Men's 100m butterfly S14 d Alexander Tuckfield — Men's 400m freestyle S9 d Ruby Storm — Women's 100m butterfly S14 d David Nicholas — Men's C3 3,000m individual pursuit d Katja Dedekind — Women's 100m backstroke

S13 d Keira Stephens — Women's 100m breaststroke SB9 d Katja Dedekind — Women's 400m freestyle S13 d Matt Levy — Men's 100m breaststroke SB6 d Grant Patterson — Men's 150m individual medley SM3 d Evan O'Hanlon — Men's 100m T38 d Robyn Lambird — Women's 100m T34 d Sarah Edmiston — Women's discus F64 d Timothy Hodge — Men's 100m backstroke S9 d Jaryd Clifford — Men's 1,500m T13 d Paige Greco — Women's C1-3 time trial d Paige Greco — Women's C1-3 road race d Meg Lemon — Women's C4 time trial d Alistair Donohoe Men's C5 time trial d Madison De Rozario Women's 1,500m T54 d Col Pearse - Men's 100m butterfly d Daniel Michel — Individual boccia BC3 d Blake Cochrane — Men's 100m breaststroke SB7 d Thomas Gallagher — Men's 400m freestyle S10 d Tiffany Thomas Kane — Women's 100m breaststroke SB7 d Tiffany Thomas Kane — Women's 200m individual medley SM7 d Ellie Cole, Keira Stephens, Emily Beecroft, Isabella Vincent — Women's 4x100m medley relay 34 points d Maria Strong — Women's shot put F33 d Deon Kenzie — Men's 1,500m T38 d Nicholas Hum — Men's long jump T20 d Janine Watson — Women's K44 +58kg class Taekwondo

AFL 2021: Final four contenders revealed after thriller at Gabba A thriller at the Gabba has

ended one side’s season and handed the other a preliminary final date with the Port Adelaide Power. A scrappy Laitham Vandermeer behind in the dying seconds handed the Western Bulldogs a stunning one-point victory over Brisbane in a thrilling and pulsating sudden-death semi-final at the Gabba on Saturday night. The Lions have now gone out of the finals in straight sets for the second time in three years as tempers boiled over with police restraining one supporter who was abusing the match

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While the umpires had far too much say in the contest with howlers against both teams, when

the match was in the balance, a brilliant left-foot goal to Bulldogs star Bailey Smith from 40 metres out broke the deadlock with two minutes left in the match. A running Zac Bailey goal levelled the scores with 78 seconds remaining before Vandermeer rushed a behind with a toe poke to put the visitors in front to break the hearts of Brisbane. Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli left the field late with a knee issue and the club will sweat on his availability ahead of the preliminary final date with Port Adelaide in Adelaide.

Rohit Sharma scores first overseas century in 'sensational' fashion against England

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the ground, Rohit Sharma's first overseas century swung the momentum of an oscillating fourth test India's way despite a late double intervention by England paceman Ollie Robinson on the third day at the Oval. Bad light brought an early end to play on Saturday — to groans from the crowd, given the state of the match — with India closing on 2703 and with a lead of 171 runs. The tourists hauled themselves back in front on the back of 127 by Sharma, the classy right-handed opener whose shot-making all around the ground lit up a sometimes-gloomy day in south London. The way he brought up three figures — with a cleanly struck, straight six off spinner Moeen Ali — was classic Sharma, ending his eight-year wait for a hundred outside India. "He's gone big! That's going to be six runs. What a way to get to a hundred," a commentator remarked. "Here he has his first overseas hundred, and what a place to get it - England. "He's just been sensational." By that stage, India had turned the game on its head after starting the day on 430, trailing by 56 runs after England eked out a 99-run lead after the first innings. However, just as it looked like England was being batted out of the game, Robinson was handed the new ball and he took two wickets in the first over with it. Ending a second-wicket partnership of 153 runs, Sharma was early on a loosener from Robinson and top-edged a pull straight to Chris Woakes at long leg. That was from the first delivery with the new ball. Off the sixth, Cheteshwar Pujara (61) got an inside edge off a delivery that nipped back in, and it careered off his thigh pad and was caught by Ali at gully. Given not out on the field, a review confirmed the inside edge and the atmosphere immediately changed inside the Oval. That left India on 237-3 and with two new batsmen in the middle. The game was back on.

Virat Kohli (22) and Ravindra Jadeja (9), who was again sent in up the order, held firm and put on 33 for the fourth wicket until bad light forced England to bowl only spin, or go off. After an over each of Joe Root and Ali, Root had enough and put the ball in the hands of Woakes, a seamer. That automatically resulted in the players walking off the field with about an hour left to play, just as things were building to a crescendo. They didn't return. India has the edge but a couple of early wickets on the fourth day will change that. "Anything around 250 will be a good target for us to aim at," said Pujara, who batted for much of his innings with a sore left ankle after rolling it while turning at the nonstriker's end. The series is locked at 1-1 with one more test to come, at Old Trafford starting next week. It couldn't be closer. Much of that is down to Sharma, who shared an 83run stand with KL Rahul and then easily the biggest partnership of the match with Pujara. A couple of highlights of Sharma's eighth test century was a textbook straight drive for four in the morning, and a paddle-sweep to the boundary after lunch. "He has been batting well throughout the series and it was time he converted the fifties into a big one," Pujara said. "It was a pleasure to watch from the non-striker's end." Sharma was, though, dropped early on day three by Rory Burns, who got a hand to an edge off Woakes when diving to his right at second slip but couldn't hold it. Burns had also squandered a chance off Sharma in the cordon late Friday, not even getting a hand to the ball on that occasion because the sun was in his eyes. The only wicket to fall before lunch was Rahul, who tickled an edge behind off Jimmy Anderson for 46. The umpire didn't give him out despite England's appeals, but Root reviewed and UltraEdge showed a small spike. Rahul shook his head as he walked off the field, not believing he got a touch.


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Film review by Rama Gaind Film Toofaan Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Amazon Prime

By Rama Gaind

Bollywood version of Muhammad Ali, Toofan (means storm, tempest, hurricane) is totally believable. This mainstream Hindi-language film (with English sub-titles) has the punches and jabs placed in the right spots — just so. The elements of the boxing ring are familiar, done to perfection! Aziz Ali (Farhan Akhtar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dil Chahta Hai), aka Ajju Bhai, is a small-time gangster known for his strong punches in street fights, but then he’s inspired to take up boxing after seeing Ali’s picture. Now that his mind is made up, nothing is going to get in his way as he practises with commitment and convinces a much-favoured coach,

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