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When FICQ held their joint celebration for Indian Republic Day and Australia Day at Sunpac , three level of Government came out to support the event and to congratulate the OAM recipients . Earlier in the day at one the largest citizenship ceremony in Brisbane, master of ceremonies Cr Andrew Wines made a special mention for Umesh Chandra being conferred the OAM. GOPIO Gold Coast also recognised both recipients at their Indian Republic day celebration This year's Indian-origin recipients of the Australia Day honours describe what it means for them to be recognised for their service to Australia's multicultural community. A total of 549 inspirational Australians has been chosen to be awarded the coveted Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) this Australia Day, out of which a handful of them are of Indian origin.Despite many celebrities making the list, almost 45 per cent of all awards this year have been conferred for outstanding service in the community, reinforcing the importance of local heroes in Australia. One such local hero who has been recognised in the honours list is a resident of Sydney, Inderjit

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Fiji Freight Specialist (Sea & Air) From Left : Peter Russo MP, Senator Paul Scarr, Umesh Chandra OAM, Professor Sarva Daman Singh OAM, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. (Indy) Singh who has been awarded for his service to the international community through eye care programs.Founder of Vision Beyond Aus, Mr Singh has been recognised for organising and funding over 37,000 eye surgeries for financially disadvantaged people in third world countries.“It’s a matter of great honour and pride to be

honoured by your country and to think that we people from India can come and achieve these awards is something remarkable.“It shows that things have changed a lot. When I arrived in Australia back in 1984, people would doubt my qualifications. Now look, so many Indians have arrived and made a name for them, it is remarkable,” Mr Singh said

Umesh Chandra is another Indian-origin recipient of OAM, who has been recognised for his significant contribution to the multicultural community of Queensland. He moved to Australia in 1987. Later, he was appointed the liaison officer by the state government to protect the interests of Indian students  CONT. ON PG 4

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From the Publisher Wow what a start to 2020, being awarded the Oder of Australia (OAM) is no small feat, I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this honour, Australia’s highest civil honour. Naturally I am pleased to receive this honour along with which comes responsibility and renewed enthusiasm to do even more. I join the ranks of many before me who have and are making a difference in the community by placing value of service above self. I dedicate this medal to my parents who instilled in me the value of community service. Community service came naturally to me as it ran in our blood, for us it was part of life and we never knew otherwise. For years our family provided a hall for Tuesday prayers, and my role as kid was to receive “Prasadum” from all devotes than offer then at the alter and later distributing it to the devotees. I got my introduction to audio engineering here, fiddling with the donated Ahuja system that one else could operate. I must make a special mention of my wife Usha, who has been very much part of the journey and a driving force, why I say part of the journey, because our families were known to each other forever, and we were part of many common organisations, hence the life long bond I thank all the community organisation who have provided me the platform for community

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service, what I have achieved I could not have achieved in isolation, so these community organisations gave me the much-needed leverage. I am privileged to have been part of many community organisations, Hindu Society of Queensland where I began my community service in Australia. It was wonderful that SBS chose this aspect of my life as opposed to many other organisations that I serve on. The journalist has a very strict deadline to cover the story, after they are made aware of the awardees. So naturally some aspects of the reporting may not be current, the nominator would have nominated me few years back and things and official positions change within that time. Congratulations to other recipients of this honour, I was particularly delighted to learn that Professor Sarva Daman Singh to has been recognised for his literacy contribution. Congratulations to Hindu Society of Queensland for their 28th anniversary, hard to believe that twenty-eight years has passed that historic day, it is a day of remembrance and salutations to the founders, and cannot be complete without acknowledging the, especially late Mata Gayatri Devi Dutta ji, the inspiration behind the formation, Dutta family and specially Terburt Dutta for the leadership.

Of course, the assistance of many founding members, advisers and volunteers can never be forgotten. The formation was one major step, the upkeep and running of Gayatri Mandir by many committees is commendable, the democratic will of many aspirants to serve voluntarily in official capacity is quite visible. Now Gayatri Mandir is but one aspect of Hindu Society of Queensland under the broader scheme of things, accusation of land, new building, future planning, language studies, care for elderlies, youth development etc are all enshrined in the constitution. We are ambassadors of our community, so I commend all efforts by our community for the bush fire victims. I must thank Brisbane City Council for coming on board with our Multifaith Prayer meeting at South Bank Piazza , a very special thanks to our patron Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM for his gracious presence and all the various faith leaders for taking time out on a Sunday afternoon , being a Sunday we were mindful of church services in the morning and the Bhandaras at the temples in the evenings. Radio 4EB and all supporting organisations must be thanked for their contributions. Many similar prayers have been held and the more the better is what I say, our Muslim Community and Punjabi community have done us proud with the enormous contributions. Fiji Indian community, Arya Samaj and all others have assisted in a big way. Form food packs, Water, Hay and vanity packs every little bit count, so hats off to any one who contributed in any way shape or form. Indian republic Day began with the flag raising at consulate office and finished off by the function organised by FICQ. My sincere gratitude to FICQ for honouring both me, and Professor Sarva Daman Singh OAM at their function. It was good to see three level of government supporting and encouraging us. Special thanks to Lord Mayor and Brisbane City council for the special mention and acknowledgement at the citizenship ceremony in City Hall. To my Asian friends happy Lunar New Year – the year of the Rat, thanks for so manty invitations, the festivities have been somewhat overshadowed by the Coronavirus which had claimed 259 lives at the time of this publication. The impact of this outbreak will be huge, all levels of government have met to local Chinese community leaders to discuss the situation. Uncalled for racist attacks on Asians in Australia has emerged, this is rather sad, in times like this we should be supporting each other 2020 is a leap year with February 29th being the leap day, and 2020 will have Adhik Maas (extra month) In 2020, Adhik Ashwin will be from 18 September to 16 October 2020. Bothe of these are necessary to keep lunar and solar calendars aligned. With this alignment I must say good bye, the beginning of this year has been challenging how it get gets better hence forth, Until next month happy reading Umesh Chandra OAM

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Magical tours in the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays Meet Master Reef Guide Natalie Lobartolo at Lady Elliot Island where turtle-mating season is underway. Master Reef Guides is a gold standard visitor service that allows travellers to the reef to see it pretty much the same way that a marine biologist does. Launched in February 2019, Master Reef Guides is an initiative delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

By Rama Gaind The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s famed natural wonder. It is a World Heritage-Listed inspiration. A site of remarkable variety and beauty on the northeast coast, it is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space! The Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands, from unique and exotic to the Whitsundays and the amazing northern islands, all of which will redefine your idea of paradise. You’ll find every kind of beauty, adventure and luxury in the Whitsundays, at the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. So much has been happening in this region – particularly of late. Heart Island When it comes to picturesque reefs, it doesn't get much more quintessential than the Whitsunday's iconic Heart Reef Lagoon. Until recently, you soared above the magical reef and saw it from the air on a scenic flight. Now, you get a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the launch of ‘Heart Island’. For the first time, visitors are able to get a close-up view of the intricacies of the iconic coral formation. A mammoth effort has gone into this project after a decade of development and an investment of over $2 million. Heart Island is exclusive to guests of Hamilton Island

Meet Master Reef Guide Natalie Lobartolo at Lady Elliot Island where turtle-mating season is underway.

Heart Island is exclusive to guests of Hamilton Island and is designed to look as if it was built for James Bond himself. It is only accessible via helicopter. Developed by Hamilton Island Air, the state-of-the-art, split-level pontoon caters for only six guests at a time. and is designed to look as if it was built for James Bond himself. It is only accessible via helicopter. Developed by Hamilton Island Air, the state-of-the-art, split-level pontoon caters for only six guests at a time. This ‘island’ - 60 kilometres northeast of Queensland’s Hamilton Island - is actually a state-of-the-art pontoon, designed to be ecologically sustainable, moored in sand and powered by wind and solar. The journey to Heart Island involves a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach before approaching the Great Barrier Reef. After arriving at Heart Island, guests can expect to board a futuristic

This is a stunning, aerial view of Heart Reef Lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef. / Photo: Rama Gaind glass-bottom boat, especially designed and customised for Heart Island, before making the short journey to the Heart Reef itself. After exploring the Heart Reef by boat, guests will have the opportunity to snorkel around the coral in the neighbouring lagoons before returning to Heart Island for refreshments and a swim off the pontoon itself. Within the Whitsunday Islands at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is located off the coast of Queensland. Here visitors can experience everything that’s great about Australia

– natural landscapes, calm turquoise waters, secluded beaches, beautiful weather, fascinating coral reefs, diverse flora and fauna. If being adventurous is your passion, then this is where you must be to soak up the tropical, laid-back lifestyle. Turtle time in Queensland The Whitsundays is wowing underwater visitors with sculptures dotted around popular locations easily reached by day trippers and bare boaters. Take your snorkel and fins and spot

the Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay Hayman Island, the Manta Ray sculptures at Mantra Ray Bay, Hook Island and the turtles at Langford Spit near Hayman Island. Meet Master Reef Guide Natalie Lobartolo at Lady Elliot Island where turtlemating season is underway. Master Reef Guides is a gold standard visitor service that allows travellers to the reef to see it pretty much the same way that a marine biologist does. Launched in February 2019, Master Reef Guides is an initiative delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Every year, between November and March, Bundaberg moonlights as ‘Turtle Town’, as Mumma turtles come back to nest, rest, and pave the way for hundreds of hatchlings to emerge six weeks later. Home to the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern seaboard of Australia, Mon Repos (‘my rest’), about 12 kilometres east of Bundaberg, is the most significant nesting population of the endangered Loggerhead turtle. Ongoing successful breeding at Mon Repos is vital to the survival of the species, which is why Rangers are especially vigilant to ensure both nesting and hatching turtles are kept safe!

Professor Sarva Daman Singh and... CONT. FROM PG 1 when they were facing a spate of violent attacks in the country in 200809.The 66-year-old who was named the Citizen of the Year along with his wife, Usha Chandra, last year said the honour would inspire him to work more for the community. These awards give us encouragement to do more. There is so much more that we need to do for our community. We have so many aged people, there are women who need upliftment and care and of course also the students. “I would like to take this opportunity to send a message to the students is you have come here, you are an ambassador of your country and community so act accordingly and be mindful of doing the right thing,” said Umesh A known name within the Indian community in Australia, Promila Gupta has also featured in the prestigious list of honours for her generous service to the Indian community and to multiculturalism. A chef by profession, Ms Gupta has dedicated her life to promoting Indian culture and cuisine within the community. She is also a recipient of the New South Wales Premier's Multicultural Community Medals in 2018, Australian Citizen of the Year for South Australia in 2007 and the Pride of Australia Award in 2006. Also featuring in the list is celebrated author and academician, Professor Sarva Daman Singh who has been honoured for his service to tertiary education and to the community. Director and Professor of Indian and Southeast Asian History at the Institute of Asian Studies in Brisbane, Mr Singh is a recipient of many academic awards and has taught at several prestigious universities in India, UK and Australia.

THE WAKE, UP CALL

Pastor Suresh Dass Joseph Dear reader, it is with great joy we bring to you the word of God. We all have ideas, passion, and dreams for something to come to pass. Perhaps it was to start your own business, get that dream job, relocate to a new city, move to a new country. Or you received a promise

you believe was from God for something to change in your life. Now you have given up on your dreams. You think that promise will never come to pass. What you thought was coming your way is now lying dead, without any hope of coming to pass. I want to encourage you that they’re not dead, they’re just asleep. God is about to wake up what you thought had expired. He’s going to bring to life dreams you’ve given up on. God is bringing to pass your promise in-spite of the mistakes you have made, what people had said, even when the environment did not look right. Now do your part and start believing, get your hopes up. Your dreams are waking up right now. In the scriptures (Mark

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5v22-43), we read of this religious leader named Jairus, who came to Jesus and pleaded, “Will You please come to my house and heal my little daughter who is dying?” Jesus said, “He would but was delayed to the point that news came that the girl had died. Jesus said to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” When Jesus arrived at the house, everyone was weeping and crying out loudly. He said to them, “The child is not dead but sleeping.” The people laughed and mocked Jesus. They thought, “Who does Jesus think He is? The girl is dead, and she is never coming back.” Jesus put the people outside and went into the room where the girl was lying and said, “Little girl,

wake up.” Immediately the girl arose and walked.

up your dreams right now. Have faith and trust Him.

Here are 3 things we can learn from Jairus. 1) If you live in your fears, you can not live in your dreams. Jairus thought his daughter was gone, never to come back. Fear came upon him that he would never see his daughter again. This was his natural thinking. But God is not bound by nature. God is sovereign. God creates life. Jesus reminded him that what was dead was coming back. In the same way, God is asking you not to be afraid but believe something that looks like lost forever to come back to you. Right now, God is breathing His life into what was dead. He is waking

2) People may judge you, talk you out of your dreams and passion, but you have to remember, people do not have the final say. God does. People told Jairus that his daughter was dead and not to trouble Jesus anymore. But people do not have the final say; God does. And He is asking you not to give up on your dreams but believe for it. When Jesus said, “Little girl, wake up.” She did. 3) God is not looking for people of great faith. He is looking for common people to trust His faithfulness. Jairus was a religious leader, but when an impossible

situation arose, he knew that all his religious acts could not help him. God alone could do for him what no one else could. He put his faith in God. This was his trust in God that what was dead could come back to life. Let me ask you, is there something that you were believing for but now looks dead and too far gone. One time when Jesus called a dead man named Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, to come to him, he did. Lazarus was waiting for his ‘wake up, call’. In the same way, do your part and call your dead dreams, plans, passion, and ideas to come back to life. They are waiting for a ‘wake up, call’ from you. You will be amazed at your results! God bless you!


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Citizenship Ceremony 2020

The Rotary Club of Archerfield has supported a Citizenship Ceremony at Souths Sports Club at Acacia Ridge for the past 14 years. Souths Sports Club now operated by Brisbane Racing have continued their tremendous support by providing at no cost their venue for in excess of 200 people to attend the function. This year saw 80 participants take the pledge to become Australians, they were accompanied by family members and friends ensuring the day would be memorable for all attending. Zaffar Khan the Past President of Rotary Archerfield maintains his passion for this occasion, by communication with Department of Home Affairs, attending compulsory seminars to ensure our club maintains a high standard for the day. Rotary President George Deen accompanied by Senator for Queensland Paul Scarr, Hon Graham Perrett (Presiding Officer) , Federal Member for Moreton,

Councillor Steve Griffiths representing Moorooka Ward for Brisbane City Council, Aunty Dalmae Barton who has been a wonderful supporter of our event by offering a very special welcome to country, Past District Governor Jitendra Prasad who offered insight into his own experience, arriving as a young man from Fiji to study at the University of Queensland, now the owner of a successful Accountancy Practice in Browns Plains, Sgt Jim Bellas – the Police Multicultural Officer who

has also been a long term supporter of this ceremony. All of our dignitaries offered words of advice and encouragement to the attendees who had just become Australian Citizens. Our Master of Ceremonies Hon Gary Hargraves previously the Member for Moreton and Minister for Multicultural Affairs spoke with conviction and offered sound advice while giving all those attending a warm welcome. Although the day was conducted on

a formal basis – attendees were encouraged to have their photograph taken with Senator Paul Scarr and Hon Graham Perrett as a memento of the occasion. Our good friends and special guests were an IndianAustralian couple who had been jointly named the Citizen of the Year in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards 2019. Umesh and Usha Chandra have been recognised for their untiring social service, generously devoting their time to support migrants and their “significant contribution” to Queensland’s Indian community. They have both been excellent supporters of the Rotary Club of Archerfield especially by recognising our achievements via their media - Brisbane Indian Times. The Ceremony commenced at 11.30am and formally concluded at 12.45 pm – then guests were invited to join with Rotary members for tea, coffee and refreshments.

Senator assists delivery of the first 1,000,000lt of potable water to Stanthorpe Senator Paul Scarr LNP Queensland accompanied George Deen to assist with the delivery of the first 1 million (1,000,000lt) of potable water delivered by George the President of Rotary Club of Archerfield. George Deen owns and operates prime movers in Brisbane and was made aware of the desperate plight of so many residents living on acreage blocks on the outskirts of the township of Stanthorpe who had run out of water. George decide to secure a water tanker and after approaching the owner of a suitable water tanker that was for sale, was pleasantly surprised when the owner elected to lease the trailer to the Rotary Club for no fee providing the club maintained the Registration and insurance. This cost was donated by Mr Ray Deen who has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Archerfield for the past 30 years. After the first few loads of stock water was delivered to residents living on acreage on the outskirts of Stanthorpe it became obvious to George that the demand for potable water was not being met – so the decision was made to have the tanker cleaned sanitised – then Certified to carry potable water. Queensland LNP Senator Paul Scarr donated $1,000 to

Archerfield Rotary Club to offset the expense to sanitise the 24,000lt water tanker in order to deliver potable water. Although George commenced delivering the water at his personal expense, further funds to cover the cost of the water and diesel fuel has been donated by club members and many of our loyal supporters from the industrial community in the Acacia Ridge – Rocklea – Wacol area. This aid has been embraced with open arms by Stanthorpe locals who are on the dire brink of running out of water over the approaching summer. The town fears this to occur as early as December or January in what rural Queensland communities are regarding as its worst bone-

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dry drought in living memory. The parched landscape has devastated the state of Queensland. Not only has it created a downturn in the local economy but has also ravaged its ecosystem as well. Images of the water delivery has gone viral on social media, as stunned locals expressed their gratitude for the truck loads of water rolling into the town.

At a dinner event on Friday evening 6th December Rotary President George presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Senator and invited Paul to accompany him in the semi-trailer the following morning Saturday 7th December to take the load from Brisbane, representing the first 1,000,000lt of potable water delivered to Stanthorpe. Although there has been some light relief with some rain falling this week – President George has his water tanker loaded ready for the next delivery, because he realises it will be some time before life is back to normal for the residents in the Stanthorpe region. Senator Paul Scarr: I travelled out to Stanthorpe today in aid of Granite Belt Water Relief. This amazing organisation has transported over 170,000 litres of water to the South-West today alone, with the help of people like George Deen and many other volunteers and companies. They have been making regular loads which have been of great assistance to those experiencing really tough drought conditions. Here I am pictured with George Deen and volunteers, Maranoa federal member and Minister for Water Resources - David Littleproud MP, Cr Vic Pennisi, and Brad Carswell.

Prayer Assemblies and Outpouring of Support at BAPS Swaminarayan Temples, Australia

Australia is currently experiencing the most devastating bushfires ever experienced in modern history. This disaster has ravaged over 14.6 million acres of land around the country with many people dead and over 2,500 buildings destroyed, leaving thousands without homes and livelihoods. It has also been estimated that more than 480 million animals have been killed as these fires burn through an area over 16 times larger than the wildfires that ravaged Brazil in 2019. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha held prayer assemblies at its centres around Australia praying for a rapid end to the deadly bushfires and recovery of the communities impacted by this tragedy. In India, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, spiritual leader of the BAPS, has also offered his prayers and turned the rosary for all victims and their families. He continues to pray for rains in Australia to help control the fires and provide respite for those impacted by and fighting the fires. Furthermore, the BAPS community in Australia has assisted the relief efforts by distributing food for volunteer firefighters through the respective state and federal government disaster management agencies. BAPS volunteers have served more than 1,000 hot meals to frontline volunteers fighting the fire and are further mobilising support across Australia. Besides, the BAPS

Swaminarayan Sanstha will also contribute over $27,000 through its bushfire appeals to aid in the relief and support efforts for the communities and families affected. All BAPS centres around the country will continue to collect and accept donations for further support in the coming weeks and months.

the BAPS community in Australia has assisted the relief efforts by distributing food for volunteer firefighters through the respective state and federal government disaster management agencies. BAPS volunteers have served more than 1,000 hot meals to frontline volunteers fighting the fire and are further mobilising support across Australia. BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, Kingston – Brisbane donated 1000 food cans to the Logan House Fire Support Network on Sunday 22nd December 2019 to support the fireaffected families and staff. Please browse below link for the photos: https://www.baps. org/News/2019/PrayerAssemblies-andOutpouring-of-Supportat-BAPS-SwaminarayanMandir-18402.aspx


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CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE in the Pacific - THE FIJIAN SOLUTION TO A PACIFIC PROBLEM:

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Scope of the problem in Fiji and the larger Pacific Islands area: About 200 children in Fiji and 2500 children in the Pacific Islands are born with

congenital heart disease (CHD) each year. CHD is one of the leading causes of neonatal deaths in these nations. Unfortunately, there is NO ongoing pediatric cardiac services based in Fiji or other Pacific Island nations. About 50% of cases require surgery in the first year of their birth itself. Due to a lack of facilities combined with unaffordability of treatment overseas (Approximately $110k in Australia or New Zealand), most children born with congenital heart disease are unable to survive. Sai Prema Foundation Fiji: Responding to this urgent need, The Sai Prema Foundation Fiji (http:// saipremafiji.com/), an acclaimed local Fiji-based NGO and recognized as

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“an epitome of service to humanity” and renowned for its mission of selfless service in Fiji, is in the process of building South Pacific's first children's heart hospital on state land granted to the Foundation by the Fijian Government for that purpose. As an NGO, the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji is supporting the efforts of the Government and working in conjunction with Fiji’s Ministry of Health in providing quality healthcare free of cost to all Fijians. The Foundation is already operating a free Medical Centre where more than 7000 Fijians have been given free consultations, treatments and medications so far, since its official inauguration by Fiji’s Prime Minister Mr Voreqe Bainimarama in April 2018. The Foundation is also

operating the region’s first Children’s Heart Screening Centre which has screened more than 500 children since its official inauguration in April 2019 by Mr Bainimarama. As part of the Foundation’s “Gift of Life Project”, the Foundation has over the last 3 years done life-saving heart operations on 71 mainly rural poor and needy Fijian children suffering from congenital heart disease (CHD). The Foundation did this by bringing in an international team of surgeons and medical professionals to conduct surgeries on 3 occasions over the last 3 years. Health in Kind Australia: Heath in Kind (HIK), our Australian partner

in this project is assisting in purchasing hospital equipment urgently required to equip the hospital being built in Fiji by the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji. Heath in Kind (HIK) is a not for profit organisation set up in 2015, providing much needed free healthcare services to local Australian communities in need. To find out more about HIK, see:

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A relationship is an offering Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

There are many types of relationships that you hold in your life. There are neighbors, friends, wives, husbands, children, parents, siblings, lovers, there are people who hate each other – everything is a relationship. Fundamentally, all relationships in your life have come up because you have certain needs to fulfill – physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and so on. You try to establish a certain type of relationship to fulfill whatever kind of need you have. If that need is not fulfilled, that relationship cannot be. There is another way to exist experientially where one can exist without any

relationships. One is so complete within oneself that it does not matter. But right now, for most people, the quality of their relationships decides the quality of their life. So let’s see how we can have the most beautiful relationship, every moment of our lives, wherever we are. If you look at it, you are somehow trying to make yourself happy by building different types of relationships and doing different types of activities. You make friends, you get married, you have children, you start businesses – you do everything – because somewhere you believe this will bring you happiness. You built all these relationships

in pursuit of happiness. Or in other words, you are trying to squeeze some happiness out of people. Once you do this, relationships will be constant trouble. You cannot do without it, you cannot do with it. There is no sense of

joy or happiness within you, so you are trying to extract it from somebody and that person is trying to extract it from you. This is bound to become a battle. If relationships have to be really beautiful, it is very

important that a human being turns inward and looks at himself in a very deep way before he looks at someone else. If you become a source of joy by yourself and your relationships are about sharing your joy, not squeezing joy out of someone, then you would have wonderful relationships with anybody. Is there anybody in the world who would have any problem with you if you are going to share your joy with them? No. You are trying to extract joy from them, that is where the problem is. Relationships have become a problem because we are not using it to enhance our lives. We are trying to fill the gaps in our lives.

If your relationship is about extracting something out of somebody, it does not matter how much you manage, there will be constant trouble. If your relationship was an offering to the person who is next to you right now, then everything would be fantastic. Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and a New York Times bestselling author Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 2017, the highest annual civilian award, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.

Australia India Business Council support for the Australian bushfire crisis and response to the National Bushfire Recovery Agency On behalf of the Australia India Business Council Ltd (AIBC) Board of Directors, Industry Chapter Chairs and all members, in my capacity as National Chair, we wish to express our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones and to the brave volunteer firefighters who have lost their lives fighting the ongoing catastrophic national bushfires. These bushfires have been raging over the past few months across the States of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, with the most severe weather conditions causing the most devastating damage to homes and properties, livestock and to our precious environment and wildlife. So far an estimated 20 million acres of land have been devastated by the bushfires, with estimates of over 500 million animals either having lost their lives or been displaced from their natural habitat. Some ecosystems across the eastern seaboard may never recover. Australia has never before witnessed such intense bushfires in its entire history. It will take time for recovery for those who have lost loved ones and property. The environmental damage being so severe, it could take decades before the forests are revived, given the extensive ongoing unpredictable changes to weather patterns globally and in Australia.

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New aussies on the southside Nearly two hundred southsiders witnessed friends and relatives become Australia’s newest citizens on Australia Day, January, 26th. The ceremony held at the Multicultural Hub, Annerley welcomed forty new Australians from twenty-five different countries across Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East. The event sponsored by the Fiji Senior Citizens Association of Queensland also drew support from the multicultural community and religious leaders from across the south-east corner of Queensland. These included indigenous elder Aunty Peggy Tidyman, Sudanese representative and Australia Day ambassador Elijah Boul OAM, African leader Aloise Ngabunga, Chinese community leaders, Lewis Lee OAM, Jack Sun, Daniel Wong and Alan Chen, Muslim community representative Janeth Deen OAM, Sufi Community- Dr Arsalan Falarti, Punjabi CommunityParnam Heir, Dr Noel GanagarajUniversal Peace Federation, Shyam Das- Power of Us and Indian communities,

The ceremony held at the Multicultural Hub, Annerley welcomed forty new Australians from twenty-five different countries across Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East.

L/R front Zon Pan Phyu standing Dru Hog son, Louise Moeller, Cr Fiona Cunningham, Jack Sun, Surendra Prasad OAM , Saras Kewal and Aye Mon. Macgregor Lions Club and Louise Moeller representatives of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland. The presiding officer, Coorparoo Ward’s Councillor

Fiona Cunningham, supervised the candidates as they took their pledges. She reminded them of the rights and responsibilities afforded them by Australian citizenship.

Vocal support in singing the National Anthem and I am Australian was provided by a group from the Australian Myanmar Friendship Association of Qld.

Multi faith prayers for bushfire relief

Multicultural groups from South-East Queensland came together in midJanuary 2020 to pray for relief from the bushfires ravaging Australia. The multi-faith prayer service organised at short notice by the Fiji Senior Citizens Association of Queensland attracted about eighty people from Brisbane and surrounds. In his opening address the event organiser, Mr Surendra Prasad OAM recognised the devastation wrought upon individuals and communities through loss of lives, homes, properties, stock and

wildlife. He also recognised the generosity of Australians who had donated funds, goods and their services for bushfire relief. One minute’s silence was recognised for those individuals and firefighters who had lost their lives during the emergencies which swept the nation. Calamvale Ward Councillor Angela Owen delivered a message of sympathy and support on behalf of Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner. Councillor Owen also thanked the donors of emergency toiletry packs

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who under her leadership in the past week had assembled and sent more than 2,300 dignity packs for distribution to bushfire victims and fire fighters in the East Gippsland district of Victoria. A welcome to country and an initial prayer for all was delivered by aboriginal elder Aunty Peggy Tidyman. Further prayers were led by representatives of Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i and Buddhist groups. Muslim community elder Mr Habib Jamal spoke of his emergency relief trip to the small fire ravaged village

of Mogo near Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales. During the week he led the delivery of three truckloads of emergency supplies of household goods and food to the small totally devastated community. The event was chaired by Chinese community leader Mr Lewis Lee OAM and a vote of thanks was delivered by Indonesian Welfare Committee representative, Mrs Vera Pottinger. The multi faith prayer service was held at the Multicultural Hub at Annerley but attracted attendees from all over the south-east.

Master of Ceremonies Fiji Seniors Association President, Mr Surendra Prasad OAM, himself an immigrant, welcomed all the new citizens on behalf of all those present.

A message from the federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Hon. David Coleman was read by the Member for Moreton, Mr Graham Perrett MP. Each new citizen was presented with a native Australian plant to remind them of this important milestone. Prior to the citizenship ceremony a flag raising ceremony was held in the grounds and afterwards all present were invited to partake of a traditional Aussie sausage sizzle. The event, undertaken on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs was supported by a grant from Brisbane City Council and Councillor Fiona Cunningham. —Surendra Prasad OAM

Commission warns against discriminatory behaviour as coronavirus fears rise The Queensland Human Rights Commission is urging the public to be calm amidst growing fears of coronavirus and increasingly hostile attitudes towards the Chinese community in Australia as a result. “We are very disturbed to hear of discrimination and even vilification of members of Australia’s Chinese community seemingly caused by people’s fear of coronavirus,” says Queensland Human Rights Commissioner, Scott McDougall. “The circulation of fake news regarding the virus is particularly concerning, given the panic it creates and the way that panic manifests – in some cases, it appears to be creating a level of fear and mistrust of the Chinese community as a whole.” Media reports over recent days have included increasing numbers of stories of discrimination and harassment experienced by the Chinese community, including being refused entry to their rental accommodation, shops and restaurants refusing to serve Chinese patrons, and rising levels of street harassment. Social media commentary is also becoming increasingly anti-Chinese, and police have had to assist with crowd control on the Gold Coast where paramedics were attending a suspected coronavirus patient. The Commission warns that these behaviours could constitute discrimination or vilification and therefore be in breach of the AntiDiscrimination Act. “The Act does permit actions which are reasonably

necessary to protect public health, but the community does need to be careful that these decisions are made on that basis and not on the basis of race – in other words, treating people differently, and harshly, simply because they appear to be members of the Chinese community,” says Commissioner McDougall. Discrimination on the basis of race is unlawful in areas of public life in Queensland including work, education, accommodation, and the provision of goods and services. Vilification – where hatred, ridicule or contempt is incited towards a person or group because of their race – is also against the law. The Commissioner is urging people to make sure they are getting their information from reliable sources and to support the Chinese community instead of targeting them. “While coronavirus does pose a serious public health concern, it is being dealt with by health authorities as effectively as possible. The last thing we want is for this situation to create opportunities for people to be targeted solely because of their race.” If you have experienced or witnessed any of this behaviour and would like to lodge a complaint or find out if it’s possible for you to do so, you can contact the Commission on 1300 130 670 or at enquiries@qhrc.qld.gov. au. Updates on the virus and its management can and should be sought from the federal Department of Health website.


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Queensland Multicultural Community Prays for Australia In the wake of the recent bush fires, Queensland multicultural community got together in prayer. Led by Radio 4EB, Queensland Multicultural Council, GOPIO Queensland and other supporting community organisations the event took place on Sunday 12th February at Southbank Piazza. The event was made possible by the assistance of Brisbane City Council. The supporting organisations included Arya Samaj Queensland, BAPS, Vedanta Society of Brisbane, DJJS Brisbane Branch, Sikh Temple, Islamic Council of Queensland, Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastery, Jewish community, Bahai’i Centre, Council Imams Qld, ISKCON and Anglican Church. A very moving and appropriate acknowledgment to country was done by Shannon Ruska, Queensland Multicultural Council president Umesh Chandra as the MC welcomed everyone to the prayer meeting. He read the message from Aunty Betty McGrady who unfortunately would not be there. After the interfaith prayers GOPIO Queensland Patron Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM delivered a keynote speech highlighting the importance of community unity and in times of need “mates helping mates”. Radio 4EB, GOPIO Queensland, Queensland Multicultural Council, and other and other community groups collectively pledged in excess of Seventy-five thousand dollars donation to a charity of their choice. Despite other events on the same day the turn out and support was great for an event organised at a very short

notice, especially from QPS and Brisbane City Council. A wonderful demonstration of community unity for a common cause; Following are some facts and figures on the bush fire disaster; More than 1 billion animals are said to have died in Australia's bushfires so far this fire season. Chris Dickman, an ecology expert from the University of Sydney, initially suggested that as many as 480 million animals were likely to have died in the NSW fires. He updated that number to 800 million and projected "nationally" that more than 1 billion had died. "The 480 million estimates was made a couple of weeks ago, and the fires have now burnt over a large area of further country. That means over 800 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been affected by the fires. Australia wide, it's probably over a billion," Professor Dickman said. The NSW Rural Fire Service estimates that 5.22 million hectares of land had been burnt in that state since the start of the fire season through to January 16, 2020. The RFS said the calculation was based on a range of sources, including on-ground reports from individual incidents, aerial surveys and satellite views. It said the information was available internally to the RFS and issued on request but was not published on a public website. In Victoria, the State Control Centre (Emergency Management Victoria) estimates 1.487 million hectares had been burnt

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between July 2019 and January 18, the overwhelming majority of which was the result of fires that flared on and after the first 'code red' day of November 21, and the major fires of December and January. This estimate, which is not published publicly, is the sum of land area lost by fire in state and national parks plus fires that affected both public and private landholdings. The centre said the area burnt is sometimes overestimated initially; more accurate analysis is obtained through on-ground situation reports and aerial observation, including infrared scanning by helicopters and high-level line scanning by aircraft. A rough calculation of fires outlined on the Victorian Government's emergency website on the morning of January 20 included: the Orbost complex, which had burnt 601,704 hectares; the Bairnsdale complex (310,263 hectares); Walwa (216,786); Abbeyard (101,503); Beloka region (68,283); south of Hotham Heights (38,250); and Shannonvale (42,163). That does not give a complete picture of land area affected because the site registers only those fires that are still 'going', not those that have been largely extinguished. The total area burnt in eastern ranges and coastal areas in NSW and Victoria by January 20 was approximately 6.7 million hectares. Using Professor Dickman's estimate of 167.7 animals per hectare, more than 1.1 billion mammals, birds and reptiles would have died in NSW and Victoria alone.


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Australian Honours and Awards Australian Honours and Awards recognise the outstanding service and contributions of Australians. Recipients come from right across the country and from all walks of life. While some well-known people receive awards, many more are known only to those they help and serve day-inday-out. All recipients are worthy of recognition and celebration. “The Australian Honours and Awards system provides the people of Australia the opportunity to recognise and say 'thank you' to those whose efforts make our communities and our nation a better place. "Through the Order of Australia, Bravery Decorations and other awards we recognise and celebrate outstanding Australians - ordinary people who do extraordinary things for their local community and for Australia. "Perhaps the best part of the Australian system is that it is 100% nomination based. All people that receive awards have been nominated by their peers. This means that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or whether you’re known to millions or just a few. If you have constantly put others ahead of yourself, served tirelessly and made a difference you can be nominated and recognised by a grateful nation." His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Any Australian can nominate someone for an award. Nominations are assessed by the Honours and Awards Secretariat, considered by the Council of the Order of Australia before recommendations are made to the Governor-General.

recognised at the 2020 Australia Day Awards Ceremony • Women won 41.6 per cent of awards, the highest percentage for women ever • The Community category was the highest ranking section followed by medicine A record number of women have been recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Awards, with nearly half of the awards acknowledging service to the community. There were 837 people commended at Saturday

The Australian Honours and Awards system includes: • The Order of Australia • Meritorious Awards • Military Awards; and • Bravery decorations. The Order of Australia • The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. • There are four levels of award. The Order of Australia also has a Military Division (awards in this division are recommended to the Governor-General by the Minister for Defence). • Anyone can nominate a member of the community for an award in the Order of Australia. • Nominating someone is a chance to recognise a peer for their hard-work, service and dedication. It is an opportunity to celebrate those inspiring people who make our nation what it is. Record number of women are recognised while service to the community is the big winner • There were 837 people

night's ceremony in Canberra, with 348 honours (41.6 per cent) going to women, which was the highest percentage ever. Nearly 45 per cent of awards honoured outstanding service or achievement in the community (375), with Medicine (63) and The Arts (62) also highly regarded. The oldest award recipient is 97, while the youngest is 19 years old, with Order of Australia Honours including five Companions of the Order (AC), 59 Officers of the Order (AO), 224 Members of the Order (AM), and 549 Medals (OAM). COMPANION OF THE ORDER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Joan BEAZLEY AO QC, Sydney NSW 2000: For eminent service to the people of New South Wales, particularly through leadership roles in the judiciary, and as a mentor of young women lawyers.

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Professor Margaret Elaine GARDNER AO, Parkville VIC 3052: For eminent service to tertiary education through leadership and innovation in teaching and learning, research and financial sustainability. The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Ena HOLMES, QLD: For eminent service to the judiciary, notably to criminal, administrative, and mental health law, and to the community of Queensland. Professor Bruce Gregory ROBINSON AM, Kirribilli NSW 2061: For eminent service to medical research, and to national healthcare, through policy development and reform, and to tertiary education. Professor Anthony William THOMAS, North Adelaide SA 5006: For eminent service to scientific education and research, particularly in the field of nuclear and particle physics, through academic leadership roles.

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Medal to recognise bushfire emergency responders Australia’s brave fire, police, ambulance and emergency services volunteers and workers, along with Defence Force personnel and reservists

and overseas personnel, will be eligible to receive a medal in recognition of their service and sacrifice during the current bushfire season.

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The National Emergency Medal will be awarded to eligible emergency responders who have given sustained or significant

service during the 2019-20 bushfires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while his priority was to help people and communities rebuild and recover from the bushfire disaster, it was also important that recognition was given. “Today as we reflect on what makes our country the best place in the world, we also honour those Australians who have battled this devastating fire season, many of whom will be on fire grounds today protecting our communities from danger,” the Prime Minister said. “The response to the bushfire situation has been unprecedented with thousands of volunteer and paid responders working around the clock, day and night, week after week to protect property and save lives. “Their courage has been extraordinary, and it’s a spirit which we must honour and celebrate this Australia Day and one which we will now formally recognise through the National Emergency Medal. “We will continue to do whatever it takes to support fire affected communities right across Australia to help them rebuild, recover and

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Celebration of Parents’ worship day on 14th February – A turning point for the Humanity The Shiva -Purana states that who circumambulates parents, will certainly derive the fruit and merit of circumambulating the earth. Mother is the embodiment of all pilgrimages and father is the embodiment of all deities. He who reveres them becomes venerable himself. Lord Ganesha worshipped His Parents; so, he is the foremost god to be worshipped. He worshipped his parents and became revered by the world. Whoever sings the Aarti of parents, God and Guru with devotion; he becomes selfrestrained and he becomes righteous in conduct. ‘Matridevo Bhava; Pitridevo Bhava’ – Regard your mother as a god; regard your father as a god. Matru Pitru Poojan Diwas (MPPD) also called Matra Pitra Pujan Divas is a festival which was initiated by His Holiness Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Ji in 2007. On this day, children from all religions worship their parents and seek their blessings by offering them tilak, garland

and worship them like a god. This festival makes a real bond between children and parents and to imbibe good values like respect, obedience and humility in children. In several states in India like Maharashtra, Haryana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Valentine's Day has been officially renamed as Matru-Pitru Pujan Diwas and is celebrated in schools where children seek the blessings from their parents. Love is innocent. Love unites us with God. Love unites us with Allah. Love is the name of the Supreme Being. You may call Him Allah, God or Bhagwan. The name of Supreme Bliss, Supreme Consciousness is love. He only is the real being of Rama, Rahim and God. The humanity welfare lies in it only. The true feelings of love will do good to not only India but the entire Humanity. Passion and lust give a bad name to love. There is a big difference between love and lust. Lust is centred in the lower Chakras. It gives

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rise to sexual excitement; and thoughtless gratification of desires. Pure & pious love is centred in the upper Chakras of human body. It gives eternal joy and makes one thoughtful. And it helps one behold oneself in all creatures. Not only the people of the India, but may the whole humanity be saved from the attack of sexualization ( of the society). May the whole humanity go on the path of self- restraint and virtue to live a healthy, happy and honourable life; may good come to the whole world: because this ( broadmindedness) is what we have inherited. Materialistically, we are in the age of progress, but unfortunately at the same time it is the age of the ruination of the youth. Such a destructive age is unprecedented in the human history. Everything going around in the polluted environment gives evil impressions on the mind of the youth. They get impure samsakars (rites), which are inadvertently leading them

in the direction of character destruction. As soon as the youth of today enters the state of youth, the evil impression nips them in the bud and sway them away towards the bad traits. This eventually results in character degradation hence the demolition of the character of the society and the humanity. The state of humanity destruction is quite aggrieving. The need of the hour is to stop it and give it a new direction. As per an independent report, at least 1.25 million teenagers become pregnant each year in the 28 OECD nations under review. Out of those, approximately half a million will seek an abortion and approximately three quarters of a million will become teenage mothers each year in USA. Every year some 3 million American teenagers contact a sexually transmitted disease. In one act of unprotected sex with an infected partner, a teenage woman has I in 100 chance of contracting HIV. 1 in 3 chance of contacting genital herps, and 1 in 2 contacting gonorrhoea. Approximately a quarter of all new cases of HIV/AIDS are diagnosed in young people under the age of 22. Why not to celebrate the day of love by worshiping and loving your parents, the real living gods on the earth. I want to propagate Parents’ Worship Day ( Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas). All people should start respecting their parents. Children should greet, respect and worship their parents on this day and parents should love their children. This will develop a real and pious love. Since time immemorial parents and sadguru have been respected and revered by great men throughout their life. Parents have spent longer time in this world; so, they are more experienced than us. There can be no comparison of parents’ experience and sadguru’s great experience with our pretty experience. We easily get the benefit of experience of them simply by respecting them. So; whosoever wants to progress in life must obey, respect and worship his parents. Youth get entangled in premarital relationships by celebrating 14th February as ‘valentine’sDay’. Their vital fluid and

brightness get wasted in the sexual indulgence caused by stimulation of lower chakras during daytime. ‘Parents’ Worship’ on 14th February will lift them from the evil of profligacy and mire of depravity to a life of bright future, purity of character and good conduct. No Hindu, Christian, Muslim, or Jew parent wants his/her child to be spineless due to premarital relationship. No parent wants his/her child to disobey him/ her and violate social norms and succumb to a profligate lifestyle; become mean by leading a selfish life, and moan and groan in the old age. If the children respect their respect their parents and sadguru; they will receive auspicious blessings from their hearts; which will save these future leaders of the world from the evils of the ‘Valentine’s Day’. It will be helpful to them in developing sense-control and self-restraint to develop spiritual powers like lord Ganesha. Respect of parents and Gurus is the asset of our culture. Parents don’t insist their children to respect and worship them. But wise and courteous children always take benefit from the blessings and good wishes of the parents by respecting and worshipping them. The study and survey of the children and youth of 14 developed and developing countries conducted by MTVN International has revealed that Indian children and youth are the happiest and the most affectionate among all. The report published in London and New York says that the main reason behind this is the family affection and devotion to family in Indians. The Indian youth said that their parents have played a vital role in making their lives happy and solving their problems. Parents nourish their children by all means in India; and the parents are nourished by saints. ‘Parents’ Worship Day’ Inspired by His Holiness Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Ji; which nourishes parents, children and all; support this conclusion. The children should make a pious resolve on this day that they will respect their parents and preceptors. They should pledge to pay obeisance to them every day. They should

think it as a moral duty to obey their parents’ command that lead them to the path of greatness. All want to be great in life; and the ways to become great are also easy. You need just to walk on this path. You take the right step making the life of great men as your ideal. Many have high hopes from you. I wish you a bright future. The material in this article has been translated from the message/Satsang of H.H Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Ji about the necessity to initiate ‘Parents’ Worship Day’. To listen Vedic/ knowldge stories or to listen 24X7 live divine Satsang, 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 weekly sessions of Bal Sanskar and yoga are held in Brisbane. These sessions are aimed for the character, mental, intellectual and spiritual development of the kids. The kids are trained to learn yogic mudras, techniques, yogasnas and pranayamas. These yogic techniques along with jap and meditation help kids in attaining virtues like righteousness and selfrestraint. The kids learn precious keys to develop intelligence and take advantage of chanting and meditation while playing and laughing. Please read more about our Vedic culture in the next issue of Brisbane Indian times. To know more about His Divine Holiness Bapu Ji, please watch these videos. [1] https://bit.ly/2L484xr [2] https://bit.ly/2QTYe58 [3] https://bit.ly/2Xxuz63 [4] https://bit.ly/31SWZXj [5] https://bit.ly/2xfu8P3 [6] https://bit.ly/31R1emx [7] https://bit. ly/2NdHFBA In Brisbane, MatriPitri Pujan Diwas will be celebrated on 15th February at 30 Senney street Zillmere Qld 4014 from 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM and on 16th February in Luxmi Narayan Mandir at 40 daymar street Burbank Qld 4156 from 4 PM to 6.30 PM. All are requested to join in this festival at the nearest location. To watch how important this festival is for our children, please visit this you-tube link https://bit. ly/38nBPDj For more info about Matri-Pitri Pujan Diwas, Bal Sanskar and yoga sessions or to get your monthly spiritual magazine RishiPrasad free in your mail box in Australia, 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


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Dhruv - The Firm Child Ascetic In the Hindu marriage ceremony, the bride and the bridegroom look at or towards the direction of the Dhruv-tara, the polar star. It is a part of the ritual that signifies constancy and sanctity of the union between the couple. It also reminds the pair of the firmness and devotion of the legendary prince Dhruv. He attained the region of Dhruvtara with his dedication and austere penance, performed to achieve his objectives in the primeval era. The legend of Dhurv is described in detail in the Bhagavat Puran and in the Vishnu Puran. It happened during the early period of Creation of the world. During the prolonged process of creation, Brahma cleft himself into two, a male and a female human. The male was called Svayambhu Manu, self manifested human, and the female was called Shatarupa, with hundred beautiful forms. Their progeny became the human race on the earth. Through their union, Manu and Shatarupa produced five children, three daughters and two sons. The three daughters were named Aakuti, Devahuti and Prasuti. They were wedded to sages Ruchi, Kardam and Daksh respectively who were produced earlier by Brahma through his mental command. Sons were named Priyavrat and Uttanapad. Manu was the original sovereign king of the created world. He ruled his kingdon for a long period and after his retirement, the second son Uttanapad ascended the throne. The first born son Priyavrat was more interested in performing penance and meditation than in ruling a kingdom. He went to forest to pursue his objectives. Uttanapad had two wives named Suniti and Suruchi. He had a son named Dhruv from his elder wife Suniti and another son called Uttam from the younger wife Suruchi. The king was very fond of his younger wife and spent most of his free time with her and their son Uttam, at her palace. Suniti and Dhruv felt neglected, despite being the first wife and elder son. Once at the age of five years, Dhruv went to Suruchi’s palace, where he saw Uttam sitting on his father’s lap. Uttanapad was lovingly playing with him. Dhruv also desired to be loved by his father and rushed to him with open arms to embrace him and affectionately sat on his lap. Suruchi saw Dhruv sitting on the king’s lap. Out of jealously, she went to him and dragged Dhruv away from his father’s lap. She scolded him, telling the boy that he was not fortunate enough to sit on the king’s lap, as he was not born to her, the favourite wife of the king. If he wanted to be loved by the king, then he should pray God to be born as her son at least in the next life. Shocked by the treatment of his step-

mother, Dhruv looked at his father hoping his father would say something in his favour. Unfortunately, the king remained silent and did not utter a word, or even glanced at Dhruv. Distressed by the treatment of his father and step-mother, Dhruv ran back sobbing to his mother Suniti. On enquiry, Dhruv told Suniti what had happened to him in Suruchi’s pal-ace. The mother consoled Dhruv and lamented, for seeing her son insulted by Suruchi and neglected by the king. Dhruv expected that his mother would convince his father to love him, however Suniti expressed her helplessness, as the king was under the sway of his second wife. Dhruv asked his mother if there was anything he could do to secure his fa-ther’s affection. Suniti responded by suggesting that there was only one who could help him. It was Lord Vishnu, the supreme personality of godhead. It was the same god about whom Suruchi had earlier told Dhruv to pray so he may be born as her son at least in the next life. By praying and meditating on

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Vishnu, Dhruv could achieve anything he wished. Dhruv decided to pray and meditate on Vishnu, to achieve his objectives. Dhruv, the five year old boy, left the palace and the city of his father, to go to forest and pray and meditate on Vishnu to please him. Realising the difficult path chosen by Dhruv, Narad the travelling sage appeared before him. Placing his hand on Dhruv’s head as a mark of blessing, Narad sympathised with him, and praised him for his endevour to overcome the sorrow caused by step-mother’s insult and father’s neglect. Narad cautioned him about the difficulties associated with praying and meditating in a forest environment. These activities were difficult for even matured and resourceful people, let alone for a five year old boy. He advised Dhruv to return home to his mother, and to pray and meditate when he was old enough to endure troubles arising from performing these activities. Dhruv had already made up his mind and was determined to proceed to the

forest. Sensing the strength of character on Dhruv’s face, Narad wished to help him. He described the attributes of Vishnu, his physical forms as mentioned in scriptures and taught him the Mul Mantra, “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay” to chant, with concentration of mind on the lotus-like feet of Vishnu. Dhruv prostrated himself before Narad, who blessed Dhruv and assured him that by chanting this Mantra, he would achieve his wishes. Dhruv travelled to the sacred forest called Madhuvan and started his penance there. He gradually reduced his food intake from solid fruits to water and eventually only breathing air once every twelve days. Dhruv’s penance alarmed the deities in Heaven. Indra, the king of deities, felt threatened and afraid of potential loss of his position. He sent wild animals such as tigers and snakes, and evil sprits to frighten Dhruv, but he was so absorbed in chanting of the Mul Mantra, with focus on Vishnu’s feet that he did not notice any

wild animal or ghoul. He had withdrawn his senses from their objects, and concentrated his mind on his soul as an abode of Vishnu. Standing on one leg, Dhruv continued his meditation on Vishnu. The earth tilted with the pressure of his one foot. It started shaking to maintain its balance. When Dhruv stopped breathing, all the deities could not breathe. They went flying to Vishnu and asked him to coerce Dhruv to stop his penance. Vishnu explained to them that Dhruv was his great devotee and he had assimilated his mind with him. He promised the group that he would ap-proach Dhruv and bless him with fulfilment of his objectives. As promised to the deities, Vishnu came to Dhruv, who felt as if Vishnu has gone out of his heart. He opened his eyes and saw Vishnu standing before him in person, in a physical form as described by Narad. He prostrated himself before Vishnu like a stick, and stood up smiling with rapturous love. Vishnu noticed his lips moving but no sound came

from them. Vishnu touched his mouth with his conch Panchjanya which is an embodiment of the Vedas. Dhruv started his prayer which is now known as the Dhruv prayer. Vishnu was delighted with his prayer. He spoke affectionately to Dhruv and suggested him to ask for anything that he wished. Dhruv told him that by sighting him, he had received everything and did not wish anything else. However, Vishnu knew the reason why Dhruv had started his penance in the first place. Vishnu said, “you wanted to be loved by your father, be a king and inherit your father’s kingdom. All those wishes will be fulfilled and you will rule for thirty six thousand years on the Earth. Finally, when you will leave your body, you will come straight to me, and be free. Also, I will give you an eternal place in the sky, higher than the place of the Saptarishi, seven sage stars. The sun and moon will revolve around you; the galaxy will orbit you. Even during Pralay, the cosmic dissolution, you will remain firm in your position. Now you go home. Your father is waiting for you.” In the meantime, a few days after Dhruv departed for the forest, Narad went to Uttanapad and found him distraught and repenting for his son Dhruv, who had left him due to his mistreatment in the palace. Narad consoled him and promised that one day your son will return home. Later, when Narad learnt about the success of Dhruv’s endeavour, he again came to Uttanapad and informed him to make preparations to welcome Dhruv, who was on his way back to him. Finally Dhruv returned to his father’s kingdom. The king along with his entourage and public welcomed him with a grand celebration. The step-mother was very ashamed of her action, but Dhruv especially thanked her for her action. He praised her for her admonition, which had led him to penance and finally meeting with Lord Vishnu. When Dhruv grew to manhood, Uttanapad crowned him king and after sometime under-took Sanyas, the detachment from wordly affairs. Dhruv ruled his kingdom for the designated period and thereafter, attained the region of polar star now known as Dhruvtara. The actions of five year old Dhruv is an example of dedication to achieve one’s objective. Firm determination, intense labour and a focussed approach can resolve difficult issues in life. Sighting Dhruv-tara during the wedding ceremony reminds the couple to remain fixed with their promised commitment for successfully attaining their life objectives. Awadhesh Sharma


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INDIAN News Delhi Elections Highlights: AAP Demands Campaign Ban On Yogi Adityanath

Delhi polls: Amarinder Singh to campaign in capital from February 3 to 5

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal held roadshows at Kirari, Mundka, Vishwas Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and Rithala.

New Delhi: Top BJP leaders including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath and Smriti Irani addressed rallies in Delhi today, ahead of the Assembly

elections scheduled for February 8. BJP national president JP Nadda will also held rallies in the city, while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed two

public gatherings. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal also held roadshows at Kirari, Mundka, Vishwas Nagar, Laxmi Nagar

and Rithala. Voting in all 70 Assembly constituencies of Delhi is scheduled to take place on February 8. Counting of votes will take place on February 11.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will participate in public rallies in various parts of the national capital from February 3 to 5 in support of Congress candidates ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections. Punjab Chief Minister Captain and senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh will address a series of public meetings and participate in roadshows in various parts of the national capital from February 3 to 5 in support of Congress candidates ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections 2020. A spokesperson of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) said

that the chief minister will address a public meeting in favour of Congress candidate Surender Setia in Hari Nagar on February 3 at 4:45 pm, followed by a roadshow to canvas for party candidate Shivani Chopra in Kalkaji at 9 pm. On February 4, Amarinder Singh will participate in a roadshow at Kasturba Nagar at 5 pm, in favour of party candidate Abhishek Dutt, followed by a public meeting at Bata Chowk Bhogal in Jangpura at 8 pm. The chief minister's programme for electioneering on February 5 is yet to be finalised, the spokesperson said.

A summary of the Union Budget speech 2020: What all has the government promised Budget 2020 Summary: Presenting the first Union Budget of the third decade of the 21st century, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled a series of farreaching reforms, aimed at energizing the Indian economy through a combination of short-term, medium-term, and long term measures. Budget 2020 Summary Presenting her second union budget on the trot, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman literally spared no effort in presenting

the annual document, making history of sorts by delivering a speech that lasted a whopping 160 minutes. The focus of the budget, as far as the government is concerned, was at revising the economy, boosting domestic consumption, provide incentives to local manufacturing as well as creating professional and other opportunities for India's bulging youth population. While the opposition and the markets were quick to latch on Sitharaman's admission of the government

not being able to meet its fiscal deficit targets, the budget, by all means, has sent out the right signals to

the taxpayers. The Union Budget 2020 has been structured on the overall theme of

“Ease of Living,” This has been achieved by farmerfriendly initiatives such as Agriculture credit target of Rs 15 lakh crore for 2020-21; schemes of “Kisan Rail” and “Krishi Udaan” for a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables; and expansion of PM-KUSUM to provide 20 lakh farmers for setting up stand-alone solar pumps. In the health sector, the Budget proposes more than 20,000 empanelled hospitals under PM Jan Arogya Yojana for poor people; and expansion of Jan Aushadhi

Personal Income Tax Slab revised. But wait, there's a twist Income tax slab revised Latest News: Ushering in a new income tax regime, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced cuts on Saturday as she presented Union Budget 2020. Sitharaman introduced new slabs and reduced the tax rate for different slabs for an individual income of up to Rs 15 lakh per annum. But there's a twist.

Read on. USHERING IN A NEW TAX REGIME: WHAT CHANGES There will be no income tax for incomes up to Rs 5 lakh per year. For incomes between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh per year, the income tax to be paid will be 10 per cent. For incomes between Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh per

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year, the income tax to be paid will be 15 per cent. For incomes between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12.5 lakh per year, the income tax to be paid will be 20 per cent. For incomes between Rs 12.5 lakh and Rs 15 lakh per year, the income tax to be paid will be 25 per cent. For incomes above Rs 15 lakh per year, the income tax to be paid will be 30 per cent.

Kendra Scheme to all districts offering 2000 medicines and 300 surgicals by 2024. Infrastructure receives a boost, with 100 more airports by 2024 to support Udaan scheme; and operation of 150 passenger trains to be done through PPP mode. Starting apprenticeship embedded courses through 150 higher educational institutions by March 2021 and a proposal to establish the Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation are some of the other major highlights.


HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! Prime Minister Scott Morrison: As Australians, we belong to an ancient land with a story that spans 60,000 years. From the oldest continuing culture in the world, to our most modern chapter; all drawn on the sweat, struggle and courage of millions of ordinary citizens. We are a people who prevail. Not through luck or chance or fortune, but by our efforts and our willingness to stand by each other. That’s why I’m so hopeful. From the ancient to present day – we have attracted people from around the world to our shores to create our distinct and diverse culture. Australia has had a difficult summer. The horrific and unprecedented bushfires have claimed 33 lives – including nine brave firefighters – and destroyed over 2900 homes, with more than 10.4 million hectares burnt out. It is an unprecedented environmental disaster, devastating ecosystems and wildlife, already suffering from prolonged drought, and exacerbated by our changing climate. Such heartbreak defies words, and our love and thoughts are with every Australian impacted, especially those who have lost family and friends. Yet in the worst of times, we can see the best in our country: the Australian volunteer spirit has shone this summer. We’ve witnessed heroism, grace and generosity from Australians everywhere. A groundswell that this Australia Day calls us to reflect on our beautiful continent – and the unique way we look after each other when threats and challenges arise. Our volunteering spirit recognises that being an Australian is about what you bring to the country. We know that being Australian is about making a contribution, rather than taking one. It’s about knowing that the rights and rewards of being an Australian are exceeded only by our individual responsibilities to our nation to make it even stronger. So much of our nation’s character resides in the strength and vitality of thousands of local communities working together. A sum greater than its parts. In turn, these communities are dependent on the strength of the families and individuals who live alongside each other and support one another. This unrelenting fire season, our volunteer fire services and emergency services volunteers have led the way. Their courage has been extraordinary, even as they grieved the loss of mates and colleagues. On top of this, many have kept up the effort despite losing their own home or suffering property damage. It’s a spirit which we must honour and celebrate this Australia Day. Behind every volunteer there is a story of service and

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dedication. One NSW volunteer firey Alex Newcombe was in the thick of it just 12 weeks after a kidney transplant. His donor was none other than his wife Kate – a fellow firefighter in the same brigade. Our volunteers have been joined by the Australian Defence Force, with almost 6500 men and women assisting our fire efforts. For the first time in our history, the Government has enacted a compulsory call-out of the ADF Reserve Brigades with about 3,000 Reservists. One of those calledout was Lieutenant Kynan Lang from the 10th/27th Battalion. On the day the call came through to be part of Operation Bushfire Assist, Kynan was at home, shattered because he had just been told he’d lost his uncle and cousin in the Kangaroo Island fires. Lieutenant Lang didn’t blink when he got the call. He packed his kit and joined the deployment to Kangaroo Island. It’s what Australians all over have done all summer long, rallying behind each other with courage, sacrifice, generosity and resilience. Like the more than 150 truckies who formed a convoy to bring supplies and smiles to Buchan and Omeo in East Gippsland. Among them were cattle farmers, diesel mechanics, tree loppers and beekeepers. They were dubbed an “army of angels”. Also on the road was a group of Muslim men from Auburn, who loaded their ute with 30kg of sausages and drove six hours to cook a barbecue for the devastated community of Willawarrin in northern NSW. And the Sydney to Casino XPT train made a special unscheduled stop one day in Rappville to deliver fivegallon drums of lollies for children. Communities have also welcomed those in need with open arms. Cricket ovals, showgrounds and community halls across Australia have become evacuation centres. Churches and RSL clubs are offering shelter and meals. The CWA, Lions, Rotary, and Apex Clubs are all lending a hand. At the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, scores of people from the Snowy Mountains and the south coast are being supported. Donations have rolled in: prams and phone chargers, toys, DVDs and home-cooked meals. Teenagers have turned up with hot pies after their Saturday holiday jobs and the local pound offered shelter for pet dogs. Australians, wherever they are, are putting up their hand and donating generously: millions of dollars have been raised for charities including the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul to provide food, fuel and cash. Small businesses are pitching in too – using general stores as collection points, opening early to give victims clothes to wear, offering water or meals to fireys, and baristas donating their tips. We’ve seen many big businesses

playing their part – Telstra, for example, paying the mobile phone bills of firefighters, and Qantas has been flying firefighters and equipment to fires for free. All the big businesses are contributing. The children of this country are simply fantastic: running cake stalls, sending love and encouragement and shaking down their parents as well. One nine-year-old sent me her $10 holiday pocket money and asked if I could get it to the families who lost homes. On a quiet street in Port Douglas, Queensland, two young boys set up a lemonade stand to raise money. The local police intervened, but only insofar as to move them to a more “strategic” location – right next to a roadside breath-testing site. After clearing their tests 50 drivers were served lemonade before the supply ran dry, with $380 raised. Our country’s

kids are incredible, and it gives me such confidence about the future. In Gippsland, the owners of an Indian restaurant have been cooking thousands of free meals of curry and rice for bushfire victims. In Bega in NSW, a Sudanese refugee offered his own home to a family that was sheltering overnight in an underground car park to escape falling embers. While back on Kangaroo Island, a pair of teenage cousins gathered frightened and injured koalas into their car, echoing efforts by wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity WIRES and others who have come to the aid of fauna across the country. Meanwhile, our business leaders, sportspeople and entertainers are doing what they do best: Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Celeste Barber, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Chris Hemsworth, Kylie, Ash

Barty, Nick Kyrgios and The Wiggles among those who are fundraising or digging deep. And as a Government we will do whatever it takes to support those communities and businesses hit by these fires. Right now we are providing immediate financial assistance to those that need it, while our $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund will help communities to recover and rebuild. We will continue to support all Australians in their time of need, and whatever it takes means just that. Everybody has been touched by what has happened – and we have witnessed 25 million acts of bravery, generosity and kindness. That’s what we celebrate today: the goodhearted people that make us Australia. Our willingness to generously support each

other is a reflection of the gritty practicality that has always been part of our national character. And that is what our national volunteer spirit serves: our communities, and the families and individuals they comprise. No country is perfect and none have a perfect history. But we have goodwill and generosity, and strive to help each other out. This is the greatness of Australia, and the strength of Australia – the way we treat and take care of each other. It is why, when tragedy strikes, we can look to the horizon and emerge a stronger nation. In the midst of our country’s struggles this is the character that we celebrate and honour today. Happy Australia Day! —Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

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Bolaca double guides Fiji to Sydney Sevens win Fiji claimed their first World Sevens Series title in Sydney after an enthralling 12-10 win over South Africa on Sunday. The Pacific Islanders had won five times on Australian soil -- in Adelaide, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast -- but never in Sydney. But two first half tries from the dynamic Napolioni Bolaca was enough to see them home against the South Africans. Fiji had signalled their intent this weekend when they comfortably accounted for New Zealand in the pool stages on Saturday. They then held off England 17-14 in the semi-finals to set up the decider against South Africa, who saw off the USA 19-12 in their semi. In a final played in pouring rain, the Fijians opened the scoring in the second minute when Bolaca took advantage of an overlap to score his 11th try of the tournament. The Blitz Boks struck back two minutes later with an unconverted try out wide to JC Pretorius. But right on halftime Bolaca glided through the South African defence to give his side a crucial seven point lead at the break.

The weather conditions made a free flowing game difficult but the South Africans got back in the game with a try in the corner to Zain Davids with three minutes remaining. However, the conversion attempt missed to the left and Fiji held on to win in front of thousands of local Fijian fans. "Before we went on the field the message I told my team was just to come out here and enjoy it and just do the job," Fiji captain Meri

Derenalagi said. "We delivered on that so I just want to thank the soldiers behind me for the great effort they showed today." Earlier, New Zealand's women made it four tournament wins this season when they downed Canada 33-7. Player of the match Tyla Nathan-Wong put the Kiwis ahead in the fifth minute, but two minutes later Canadian speedster Charity Williams scored under the posts to

level the match. However, New Zealand's Gayle Broughton scored right on half-time and the series leaders asserted their dominance with secondhalf tries to Niall Williams, Therena Fitzpatrick and Alena Saili. "They're a quality team, New Zealand captain Sarah Hirini said of her Canadian opponents. "It's pretty tough to tackle those girls so I'm just so proud of our efforts."

Fiji's borders closed to all Fiji beats South Africa 12-10 foreign nationals who have in Sydney 7s final been in China within 14 days of their travel to Fiji

As part of the Fijian Government’s ongoing work to contain the global spread of the Coronavirus, Fiji’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji. The Immigration Department says that no passenger arrivals or transits will be permitted for those falling under these controls, effective immediately and until further notice. There are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Fiji at the moment. Given the global spread of the virus, the government has decided on this measure of extreme precaution

to mitigate the risk of an outbreak in Fiji. They say that the Fijian Government is closely working with all international carriers to ensure that any travelers who fall under these restrictions are not permitted to board flights to Fiji. They also say that measures to maintain a hygienic environment and screening ill passengers will continue to be taken in-flight to further minimize any risk. The Immigration Department says that Fiji is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is prepared to pursue more stringent courses of action if necessary.

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team have won the HSBC Sydney 7s for the first time after beating South Africa 12-10 in the final. Napolioni Bolaca who was also named as the player of the final scored twice in the first half as Fiji led 12-5 at the break. Josua Vakurunabili was shown a yellow card in the

first half for a shoulder charge. Zain Davids scored the first try of the second half to bring South Africa back into the match but Fiji hung on to win This was also Fiji’s first tournament win in the HSBC 7s Series this season. Fiji co-captain Meli Derenalagi says the win was all about a great team effort.

Police visit villages in Kadavu as part of a holistic approach in tackling crimes and the war on drugs

A community policing team headed by the Fiji Police Force Chaplain, Superintendent Reverend Waisale Tikowale is currently touring Kadavu, visiting villages as part of a holistic approach in tackling crimes and the war on drugs. The team started their tour in the Tikina of Nakasaleka and Yale and will be in Kadavu for the next two weeks. SP Reverend Tikowale is accompanied by the Officer in Charge of the Drugs Unit, Assistant

Superintendent of Police Anare Masitabua, Divisional Manager Community Policing Southern, ASP Tevita Ranacika, Officer in Charge WATERPOL Division ASP Viliame Soko and the Head of the Sexual Offences Unit Inspector Mereani Moimoi. The team has conducted community outreach programs in Levuka, Naoiti, Rakiraki and Rakiraki Primary School, Kavala Village and Kavala Primary School.

Fiji Red Cross distributes 750 relief items to people affected by TC Tino in Lau Group

The Fiji Red Cross society has distributed 750 relief items to the people affected by Tropical Cyclone Tino in the Lau Group last month. Operations Manager, Patiliai Leqa says over a thousand people have been assisted in areas Oneata, Moce, Fulaga, Ogea, Komo, Kabara, Namuka-I-Lau and Ono - I – Lau. Leqa says their teams

have distributed 350 mosquito nets, 100 water containers, 100 dignity kits which is designed for the health of women and girls, 100 hygiene kits and 100 solar lambs altogether. He says there were other governments and nongovernmental organizations that assisted them in distributing relief items to the people of Lau Group.


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Is SOUL part of the Almighty GOD. What do VEDAS say? According to the Vedas the world consists of three basic entities, God soul and matter. Everything in this world is recognised by their gun (qualities), karma (actions) and swabhau (personality). For two things to become one they must have same gun, karma and swabhau. For example sugar will mix with sugar and become one because they have the same gun, karma and swabhau. But salt and sugar will never mix and be one because their gun, karma and swabhau are different. Similarly Gundh, karma and swabhau of God is different from the soul. Soul can never be ansh of God. Say for example if one takes one grain (ansh) of sugar from the whole bag , the gundh, karm swabhau of that grain as same as in the whole bag of sugar. For the soul to be ansh of God it must have the

same gundh, karma swabhau as God. Now lets see the difference between gundh, karma and swabhau of God and soul. God has no limit, souls have a limit. God is source of all knowledge and joy. The souls depend on God for their knowledge and joy. God creates this universe for sake of the souls and the souls use the necessary things for their life. God does not take physical bodies. He does not need the aid of the physical organs, like eyes, hands etc. for seeing and doing. The souls function with the aid of these organs through the cycle of birth and death. The life after death is for the souls and not for God. God sees over the actions of the souls during their life cycles. Whatever good or bad actions the souls do, they are themselves responsible for

it. Their present is decided by their entire past and their future would depend on their present actions. God gives the fruits of the good or the bad deeds while the souls suffer or enjoy them. God is just and merciful and therefore, Generous. He decides what would be most useful for the souls and while doing so He is never influenced by anyone. God is never liberated while the souls seek their liberation through their efforts. God is above sins and mistakes. It is the soul that has wickedness and goodness. In order to raise the goodness to the maximum and bring down the wickedness, the souls are awarded favourably for their good deeds and punished for their bad deeds. Another one if after death the souls unite with God then the question is who is going to get the results of all the

actions that one has done in his or her life time. There has to be many lives to get the results of all the actions. So these are few differences between God and the souls. So since they have different gundh, karma and swabhau, the soul cannot be the ansh of God.( Satyarth Prakash chapter nine.) There are three things that are eternal in the universe. These have never been created nor will they ever be destroyed. (GOD, soul, matter) GOD- There is only one GOD. He is the Creator, Sustainer and destroyer of the universe. He exists, is conscious and is blissful. GOD has no shape or size and is present everywhere and watches and advises us in our souls at all times. He punishes us for our bad deeds and rewards us for our good deeds.

Arya Samaj Queensland performed Havan Yaj for fire victims and also did prayer for rain. The program was held at Carina at the residence of Mr & Mrs Viresh Pradhan. The program was held on January 5 and the attendance was commendable. The Havan ceremony was led by Pundit Laleen Jeet and Pradhan Family was Yajmaan. The Yaj or Agnihotra according to Vedas helps in relief and also rainfall. Recent fires have caused a major damage to homes and killing number of people. The bushland was damaged and billions of animals perished. Five special mantras were recited for

SOUL- soul is a living agent within us and is separate entity from GOD. There are many souls and souls are not part of GOD they are not ansh of GOD. Souls exist and are conscious. Souls enjoy the fruits of their good deeds and suffer as a result of their bad deeds. MATTER- matter is the material out of which GOD evolves this universe. Matter exists and is never destroyed.

rainfall. The members of the community who had gathered also offered Ahuti during the ceremony. It was pleasing to see rainfall after prayers by all faiths and the rain was relief to many parts of Australia. The pledges for bottled water was also taken and cash of $540 was collected for water supply farmers in Stanthorpe. The bottled water project was a great initiative of Brisbane community and project chairperson was Arvin Datt and supported by Jitendra Prasad and Jitendra Deo. Arya Samaj Queensland is thankful to all the members and community for attending and praying for Australia.

It has no life in it. Being devoid of life and thus intelligence, matter can neither make nor unmake itself, but is always made or unmade by a conscious intelligent being. 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 YOGA- The word yoga comes from the root "YUJ," meaning "a deep state of meditation." Yoga is a state in which a person's inner core, the consciousness, remains in its own true form without being influenced by the impressions, thoughts, and dispositions of the mind. This is attained by restraining the operations of the mind in such a state, a person is free from all misery. The word Yoga also refers to a system of practices used to reach that state. There are eight "limbs" of yoga, as described by Maharishi Patanjali.

YOGA SUTRA- is a highlycondensed, concise principle and short enough to be easily memorized and passed on to others, as though it were a seed of knowledge. The word sutra literally means "thread," referring in this sense to a collection of maxims that are strung together like beads on a thread. The word sutra can refer to an individual maxim, or to the collection of maxims. Because sutras are so concise, they can be hard to understand without additional clarification. Many commentaries have been

written to help understand Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The word Yoga can also be said to be "spiritual practice."

The word yoga is used: 1 Raja-Yoga (raja = royal) sometimes refers to any type of meditation, because control

of the mind is essential to any yogic practice. Often, rajayoga is used as a synonym for yogic practice as described by Patanjali. 2. Hatha-Yoga (hatha = force) involves physical practices intended to aid in spiritual practice. Hathayoga also includes meditation practices. In popular language to-day, the word yoga often refers to the exercises associated with hathayoga postures (asanas) and various breathing practices (pranayama). 3. Jyana-Yoga (Jyan =

knowledge) emphasizes study and intellectual insight to achieve self-realization. 4. Bhakti-Yoga (bhakti= devotion) emphasizes devotion to God as the primary means to attain selfrealization. 5. Karma- Yoga (karma= action) is the art of “right action”, performing actions because it is right thing to do, without being attached to the results. 6. Kriya-Yoga (Kriya= activity) is self-study and selfexamination and devotion to God. (Continued in next issue)

Brisbane Community Bottled Water Project Bottled Water Project was undertaken recently for farmers and residents of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe affected by extreme drought and fire. The Community Project was through extensive involvement of individuals and organisations. Some of the organisations involved were: Shree Sanatan Dharam of Queensland; Arya Samaj Queensland ; Rotary Club of Brisbane International; Cultural Community Association of Qld (CCAQ); Ipswich Ramayan Mandali ; Banyo Ramayan Mandala; South Side Chautal Group; Drivers of RACQ (Colleagues of Pravinesh Prasad) ; Sunnybank Ramayan Mandali ; Desi Boys ; Events Hire and Exhibitions; SGS Group; Rotary Club of Stanthorpe ; Forestdale community and friends; Stanthorpe Anglican Church; Friends & families of Madhuri & Abdul Azam

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organising Dignity Packs; Big W Staff and Daisy; Brisbane Private Hospital; Team Naita soccer group; Dawat Catering; Radio Brisvaani; Radio Brisvaani Foundation; Access Community Services. The project was executed by many volunteers who travelled to Stanthorpe including children and seniors to distribute the water and food. The project was achieved by support of greater Brisbane community and over 800 crates of bottled water was collected and supplied which is about 11,520 litres of water. Desi boys and Dawat catering team travelled a day prior to prepare the meal. Approximately 300 freshly cooked meals were served. Items such as Dignity Packs, snacks and milk were also delivered. We, Arvin Datt (Project Chairperson), Jitendra Prasad and Jitendra Deo wholeheartedly thank all for their support in these trying times. May God Bless Australia.

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Kashmiri Pundits Havan at Shree Laxminarayan Mandir, Burbank

Left and right Brisbane city council citizenship ceremony

FICQ’s Australia Day and Indian Republic Day Celebrations

Flag Hoisting at Indian Consulate Office, Brisbane

Multicultural community visit to Mater hospital convent

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Dharam Guru Acharya Pt Ram Harsh Tripathi Ji offering prayers at Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir during temples Third Anniversary celebrations

Indian High Commissioner His Excellency Gitesh Sarma meets Gold Coast personalities at Guru Maneyo Granth Gurudwara.

Invited dignitaries at Queensland Tamil Mandrum and Thaii Tamil School’s Pongal, Robelle Domain

Gold Coast GOPIO president Pushpinder Oberoi with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Lady Mayoress.

Kuldip Singh Sidhu family proudly became Australian Citizens at Rotary Club Archerfield’s citizenship ceremony.

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28th Anniversary of Hindu society of Queensland Hindu Society of Queensland which operates Gayatri Mandir in Boondall was formed twenty eight years back, 26th January was chosen as the inauguration date, the rationale behind choosing that date was that it would always be a public holiday, little did we know that our community would become so involved within the wider community. One of the founding members, Umesh Chandra was awarded order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his community service which began from Hindu Society of Queensland, SBS covered Umesh Chandra’s involvement with Hindu society of Queensland as the lead story for Australia Day Honours. The anniversary celebration was held on 26th January the Gayatri Mandir, President Mrs Anita Ram said: “On the 28th anniversary of our Gayatri Mandir in Boondall, we remember and thank

the late Gayatri Dutta whose vision it was to have a Mandir in Brisbane, a place of worship and prayer for our community. With the hard work, dedication

and time of each of the Mandir’s Pioneers and with the community’s help and generous donations toward the Mandir, we established not only the first Mandir in

Brisbane but the first Mandir in Queensland. We thank all of those who attended and participated in the 28th Anniversary celebrations. Not only did we

celebrate with a Prayer and Hawan Yag conducted by Pujanye Pt. Praveen Shandil, we also celebrated with prayers in praise of Goddess Ma Saraswati. Students who

wished to participate where given a school pack as a blessing from Ma Saraswati. Pujanye Pt. Brijesh Maharaj conducted the prayers seeking the blessings of Ma Saraswati for Students as they start the new School year. Our aim for the future is to support our growing Indian community by building a larger Mandir with more facilities (including additional parking) at our new land on 373 Bracken Ridge road, Bracken Ridge. In order to achieve this goal, we need the ongoing support and generous donations of the community. We look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events and for your continued support for our new Mandir project.” For information on upcoming events, please visit the Hindu Society of QLD’s Gayatri Mandir Facebook page or our website www. hindusocietyqld.org.au.

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Thanking all those who have so bravely and selflessly served through the ongoing bushfire crisis The first sitting day of the Parliament this year will be dedicated to honouring and thanking all those who have so bravely and selflessly served through the ongoing bushfire crisis, in particular those who have lost their lives. Sadly we have lost too many Australians to this disaster and the Parliament will rightly acknowledge all those who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered injuries or lost their homes or suffered in any way as a result of the recent bushfires. When Parliament meets for the first day of sitting on February 4, I will move a motion of condolence on behalf of all Members of Parliament. This motion will also

acknowledge the service of all those who have served to protect our communities and those who

have provided incredible generosity to those who have been touched by the fires.

These fires have been devastating but through these terrible times we have also witnessed the

Australian spirit on display with an outpouring of love, support, courage and generosity. As a mark of respect, the motion of condolence will be the only formal business considered by the Parliament on our first day, with all members given the opportunity to speak. The Leader of the Opposition and I have agreed on these bi-partisan arrangements and we will consult on further specifics as needed. We will also hold a special event at Parliament for those families who have lost love ones fighting to protect communities, alongside representatives from the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victorian Country Fire Authority.

Sadly we have lost too many Australians to this disaster and the Parliament will rightly acknowledge all those who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered injuries or lost their homes or suffered in any way as a result of the recent bushfires. It is fitting that the Parliament reflects the deep gratitude felt by all Australians.

SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM has decided to retire from her position as the Secretary of the Department of Health, with effect from 28 February 2020. Ms Beauchamp has served the Australian people with distinction over her 21 year career in the Australian Public Service, including nine years at Secretary level, as well as 13 years with the ACT public service. Ms Beauchamp received the Public Service Medal in 2010 for outstanding public service in coordinating the Australian Government’s response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires. On behalf of all Australians, I thank Ms Beauchamp for her service. I am pleased to announce that I will be recommending to the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), that he

appoint Professor Brendan Murphy as Secretary of the Department of Health, with effect from 29 February 2020. Professor Murphy is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and has a long and distinguished career in leadership positions in the health industry and academia. He will continue to play an active role in the management of Australia’s response to the coronavirus and the rollout of health initiatives related to the bushfires. Prior to joining the Department of Health in 2016, Professor Murphy was the Chief Executive Officer at Austin Health in Victoria. The current Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly will be acting Chief Medical Officer ahead of a formal appointment process.

Marvel Universe LIVE! For the first time ever, Marvel Universe LIVE! tour is coming to Australia, starting in March 2020 and is a show not to miss! To celebrate, they’d love to offer tickets and merch to giveaway. I’d love to discuss your minimum prize values and if this is an opportunity you’re interested in. The confirmed show cities, dates and venues are as follows: • ADELAIDE, Adelaide Entertainment Centre: Thursday 26th March – Sunday 29th March • MELBOURNE, Rod Laver Arena: Thursday 2nd April – Monday 6th April • BRISBANE, Brisbane Entertainment Centre: Saturday 11th April – Monday 13th April • SYDNEY, Qudos Bank Arena: 36 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, February, 2020

Thursday 16th April – Sunday 19th April • PERTH, RAC Arena: Saturday 25th April – Monday 27th April The show has performed successful sold-out tours across the United States, Latin America and Europe, so Australian audiences can expect to experience the same non-stop high-octane actionpacked stunts, immersive video projection and special effects on our own shores!


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World Interfaith Harmony Week observed in Brisbane at Brisbane Bahai Centre of Learning

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World

Interfaith Harmony Week to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches,

mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions. Brisbane Bahai Centre of learning once again hosted this event on 1st of February ant their centre in Milton. This year’s theme is “Social cohesion: Trustworthiness”, the event began with the opening remarks and welcome by Dr

Tina Janamian of Spiritual Assembly of Bahai of City of Brisbane Inc. The opening prayer was offered by Mrs Diep Nguyen representing Vietnamese community, this was followed by the extraordinary musical presentation by Golbarani family. Prayers and reflections were shared by many faith communities. The keynote presentation on this year’s theme was delivered by Mr Anton Jones, National Spiritual Assembly

of the Bhai’is of Australia. The excellent presentation highlighted the importance of connecting with our youth, elderly and politicians will not make the difference that these youngsters can. The event finished off with refreshments, as usual the event is just Devine, it is always very well organised and run with a strict discipline and dignity. The AV is always well managed, overall a very pleasing and enriching experience.

Brisbane Bahai Centre of learning once again hosted this event on 1st of February ant their centre in Milton. This year’s theme is “Social cohesion: Trustworthiness”, the event began with the opening remarks and welcome by Dr Tina Janamian of Spiritual Assembly of Bahai of City of Brisbane Inc.

Councillor Vicki Howard’s GOPIO Gold Coast celebrates Indian Republic Day campaign launch

Long standing and popular councillor for central ward, Councillor Vicki Howard launched her election campaign 2020 on 2nd February at Merthyr Bowls Club, a lovely venue on Brisbane River. The launch was attended by Federal member for Brisbane, Trevor Evans MP, Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner and the who’s who of local liberal supporters. Trevor Evans MP spoke about Cr Vicki Howard and her commitment to the

local community, Councillor Vicki Howard welcomed everyone to the launch and sought everyone’s support for the upcoming March Council elections. Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner echoed the comments of Trevor Evans MP and added that we should never take things for granted, opinion polls have been wrong, we should not be complacent and everyone’s support is needed. Local government elections are coming

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up on 28th March, local government elections are held every four years, and on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. One of the recent major local government reforms is the requirement for all candidates in the upcoming 2020 local government elections (including existing councillors and mayors) to undertake mandatory training before the ECQ can accept a candidate’s nomination for the 2020 local government election.

GOPIO Gold Coast is a very progressive chapter of GOPIO International, the chapter with renewed energy has been very active being the voice of Gold Coast Indians. On 2nd February GOPIO Gold Coast organised Indian Republic Day Celebration at Albert Waterways Community Centre, Broadbeach Waters. Gold coast Mayor Tom Tate, Indian High Commissioner HE Mr. A.

Gitesh Sarma , GOPIO Qld president Rakesh Sharma , John Paul Langbroek , new Australia Day Honours awardees – Professor Sarva Daman Singh OAM and Umesh Chandra OAM were in attendance with other invited guests . The event began with acknowledgment to the traditional Owners, followed by National Anthem, cultural items and speeches. The involvement of youth

at the vent was commendable, the young MCs, and the young keynote speaker brought a fresh perspective to the event. Professor Sarva Daman Singh OAM and Umesh Chandra OAM were recognised on stage with token of appreciation. Sponsors, performers and volunteers received certificate of appreciation on stage. The event finished off with a traditional Indian Lunch.


Portable accessible toilet available for emergency deployment Unprecedented bushfires burning across Australia this summer have caused many communities to be evacuated and thousands of people to be displaced. IDEAS, Australia’s leading independent disability information provider has unveiled a new practical asset, Ezy-Dun, that can be deployed wherever people from fire-effected areas are evacuated or temporarily housed. Ezy-Dun, a portable accessible toilet with ramped access, accessible toilet, hoist and change table that is suitable for adults and older children as well as young ones. It features two basins, safe sharps disposal and plenty of space for parents or carers to assist their families attend a bathroom with privacy and dignity. IDEAS Executive Officer Diana Palmer said that the consequence of emergency evacuation is particularly severe for people with a disability because accessibility is not often the priority at a time of crisis. “We understand the pressure our emergency services and evacuation

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Aries ( 21st March to 20th April )

Taurus ( 21st April to 21st May )

Gemini ( 22nd May to 21st June )

This month, you may travel extensively. Whether it may be deserved vacation with a loved one, or an overseas business trip, there may be a journey on your cards. All your exploits may be fruitful, provided you take good care of your health and watch what you eat. Try keeping away from diversions and arguments, notably after the first couple of days. When it comes to fortune this month, your luck may be mixed. You might face both ups and downs. While those are a routine part of life, ensure you do not neglect your health and well-being. Take special care to get enough down-time, so you don’t get physically drained. On the work front, there may be good news. Your interviews may go well, your bosses might be happy and you might even get that dream role. Strive to achieve success on the work front, but don’t neglect your health and family. The planets may align in your favour, causing happiness at home and general good health, this month. Soak up the vibrant energy the universe provides. Don’t let small issues, like a boss’s angry remarks, or a late night at work, plague your mind.

This month may have some challenges for you to face. A colleague's poor behaviour may cause stress. On the other hand, your bosses may be happy with your sincerity and contributions. This may be a great period for education, higher learning and entrance tests, as the stars are aligned favourably. All you need to do may be to give your best! A holistic look at the month's stars reveals that there may be nothing really wrong in your life, provided you keep your balance and stay stress-free. Relationships and love abound in your life, bringing you joy and making you buoyant and charming. This may be also felt in your health and well-being. As the month progresses, things may only get better. This month may see you travel more, and enjoy the journey immensely. You may meet new people, and form new bonds and relationships. At work too, things seem to be stable. Your expenses and income both rise. If you are looking for a role in the government or related sectors, you could get lucky! This month sees both highs and lows in life. While your career graph remains average, your health gets better as the month progresses, as long as you don't overeat or binge on junk food. You may experience a burst in energy, which you can channel into playing sports or going on a hike or a trek.

This month may be quite favourable, for married couples, singles, students and professionals. Couples should avoid futile ego clashes, singles should propose to their significant other and relationships with elders need to be monitored. As the month's weekend approaches, your financial situation may become better. Be careful of what you eat, especially junk food, to avoid stomach ailments. Remember to stay hydrated. Try postponing business tours. Couples who are in love, may experience a spike in romance and intimacy. This may be a good period for businesses based upon incentives, commissions or brokerage structures. Students shouldn't appear for competitive exams during this period. Be careful of what you eat. Couples may experience an increase in romance, while singles who are proposing to someone might be successful! Don't ignore small tasks today, as they can become major failures tomorrow. Don't get angry, it doesn't resolve anything. Stick to your present job, even if you are offered a better one. Additional incomes, perks and bonuses may be in the pipeline. People who owe you money may pay up. Bachelors and bachelorettes might receive marriage proposals.

Cancer ( 22nd June to 22nd July )

Leo ( 23rd July to 22nd August )

Virgo ( 23rd August to 22nd September )

For Cancerians, this may be a great period. White collar workers may get better jobs. There may be a possibility of a rise in salary or a promotion. Students shall be interested in learning subjects like technology and commerce. Those pursuing graduation and post-graduation may be able to perform well in their upcoming exams. Workers on a payroll may experience a hike in salary, and may even be offered lucrative jobs. This month may favour those who switch to better jobs. Students looking to go abroad to study may experience success. Just don't let anxiety creep in and affect your academics. Success can be achieved by teamwork. Be a dedicated team mentor. People working in teams achieve more than those working individually. This period may be great for students looking to learn new subjects, specifically in the technical and commercial realms. Finally, long-term investments that you might have made in the past, may bear fruit now. Salaried workers may experience a promotion or a salary increment. They should always concentrate on the task at hand, and please their superiors. Students must retain their focus during this period. During this time, students might gravitate towards studying subjects like technology and commerce. Those pursuing graduate studies, may be able to prepare better for the upcoming exams.

For Leos, this may be a good month for your hard work and efforts to be noticed by seniors at work. Those working in the stock market, might see a substantial rise in profit. There also might be some unexpected expenses. Ensure you seek financial advice before planning investments. Students would do well to stay focussed on their academic pursuits. Adhere to your responsibilities, because turning a blind eye towards them impedes your progress. Be careful while working with superiors at the office. Do not dread the increased workload. Students would benefit from group studies and discussions. Students appearing for various competitive exams might succeed. Maintain consistency in all your efforts. Team work may help you achieve success even in the toughest of times. Do not argue with colleagues and superiors. The planets are aligned positively, especially for students, who might find themselves rewarded with scholarships and other academic achievements. Working professionals might receive lucrative job offers or business proposals. Do not accept them in a hurry. Concentrate on your work and don't procrastinate. Be good to your seniors. Students may benefit from the planetary alignment this month. Study in a tightly knit group. Those students looking to go overseas to study might succeed.

For Virgos, this may be a trying period. Court matters and legal fees may increase the financial burden, while salaried employees may receive perks. You may deeply bond with your love interest. A close friendship with someone of the opposite gender, might blossom into love. You might have certain minor issues and arguments with your spouse. Try and curb unnecessary expenses. Do not lend any money to any friends or relatives. You might incur a substantial amount of expenses this week. You could express your true feelings to that special someone in a really artistic way. Those considering proposing this month should go ahead. On the health front, a mild headache or migraine might bother you. On the business front, firms that are in education, IT, media, acting and pharmacy might outperform other industries. For salaried employees, this period may be moderate. Working professionals could adopt a different approach towards business, and see magic happen. Students would do well to try and quench their thirst for knowledge. Salaried employees may be given a promotion. Those in corporate roles may go on a foreign business trip during the month. People involved in the stock market would be benefitted. Students who planned to go abroad for higher studies or study for government exams, may succeed. All in all, Leos would do well to keep their temper tantrums under control.

Libra ( 23rd September to 22nd October )

Scorpio ( 23rd October to 22nd November )

Sagittarius ( 23rd November to 21st December )

For Librans, this may be a mixed month. While on the one hand, it might not be very favourable for considering expansion of new projects, on the other hand, investments made in the past might start bearing fruits of return. Try to curtail unnecessary expenses. Yoga, exercise and meditation could be 3 important factors during this stage. Watch your health and allergy issues. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. For businessmen as well as salaried individuals, there may be travel on the cards. For those considering business expansion, now may be the time. Salaried individuals might be burdened with a heavy workload. Students enrolled in technical subjects or courses, need to work extra hard this week. Students pursuing performing arts may perform excellently. This may not be the ideal period for starting a joint venture with a partner. Salaried workers may be transferred to an area of their liking. The planets are positively aligned, indicating that students have a good chance of availing a scholarship during this month. Take part in group studies. This might help you gain more knowledge. Incomes may substantially increase during this period. Salaried employees may face stress due to the office workload and responsibilities. Stay away from important meetings, if you haven't done proper research and homework. This month may see you give extra focus and diligence to your finances. Do not make any investments during this time. Students should try and absorb knowledge with razor sharp focus and undivided attention.

For Scorpios, this month offer a mixed bag of luck. If you are a salaried employee, you shouldn't get into arguments with seniors at work. If you are a student, the initial 4 days of the month may be slightly tough, due to diminished focus. Students should not be lethargic. For businessmen, profit margins may remain good, and other avenues of income might open up. Bullion businesses may flourish and prosper. Ensure you are patient with yourself and others. Over-expectations always lead to misery, so keep your calm and stay away from futile arguments. Students who want to study abroad may achieve success. For businesses, profit margins may remain average. Old debts may be recovered. Salaried employees should complete assigned tasks within the time limits. For students, progress and results may be affected adversely due to a lack of focus and concentration. Any major upcoming examinations would require thorough preparations. Salaried employees shouldn't get into heated arguments at work, as this might lead to dire consequences. Businessmen need to focus more on quality rather than quantity. Students may encounter successes and happiness. Feeling mentally relaxed, students can expand their knowledge by exploring subjects they love.

If you are a Sagittarius, you must keep your blood pressure in check this month. Also keep your anger in check. If you are a student pursuing a technical field, you could have difficulties. Students learning advanced forms of dance and poetry may prosper. The first few days of the month might have financial opportunities. If you are a salaried employee, get ready to be praised by your superiors. You may get the green signal from the government, for your dream project. However, be prepared to incur a major financial expense for your loved ones. Your income may increase, as may your financial stability and business stature. A great time to start investing and saving for the future. Do not try and prove a point by arguing with your superior, and don't compromise on the quality of your work. Do not take any hurried decisions, when it comes to your finances or your vocation. Always keep funds aside for rainy days. Salaried employees may not get the results they desire, despite honest efforts. Whereas, businessmen may be immersed in concluding a deal. In both cases, perseverance may be vital. This may be a great month to reconnect with old friends, and spend quality time with your loved ones. Be wary of financial issues during this period.

Capricorn ( 22nd December to 20th January )

Aquarius ( 21st January to 18th February )

Pisces ( 19th February to 20th March )

For the average Capricorn, the first four days of the month are amazing for financial matters. Be wary of investing in the stock market, as your investments may be lost. Students may reflect on their choice of subjects, and literature students may want to study further abroad. For salaried employees, new heights may be reached. There may be a distinct possibility of an overseas tour. If you wish to jump jobs, this may be a good time. Students pursuing engineering, finance and IT, may be bubbling with enthusiasm. Their families too may support them wholeheartedly. Businessmen may be immersed doing research and analysis, for a new product or service launch. Salaried employees may gain incentives. Students shouldn't divert their attention from academics. Students may be wholeheartedly supported by their mentors and parents, provided they exhibit perseverance and diligence. Get rid of all unnecessary diversions prior to attending important meetings. People with ongoing government projects may taste success. This month may prove very favourable for student. Those who want to pursue higher education abroad may be gratified. Students, irrespective of who they are and where they come from, must meditate. When it comes to investments, this month isn't favourable. People with interests in the stock and share market should be aware.

This month may be quite favourable for Aquarius, with both good and bad elements combined. Married couples should not fight with each other, and singles who have been meaning to propose to someone so do so during this phase. Pay more attention to your significant other. Students who are in pursuit of technical fields, may require more focus. The planetary alignment indicates that the results may not be as satisfactory, as otherwise expected. Infectious diseases or viral attacks may cross your path this month. Salaried employees may be praised by their seniors at work. Difficult tasks may become easier, thanks to good teamwork. Try and get involved in a team of dedicated members. Be extra careful about your health, courtesy changing seasons. Try keeping yourself engaged in interesting outdoor activities. Go and do a light workout in the gym if you can. This may be a good month for considering expansion of your business. Salaried employees may be presented with several offers of better and more lucrative jobs. Do not unnecessarily argue with your siblings. Doing so may damage relationships. Any misunderstandings with your partner may be cleared this month. In terms of finance, this may be a mediocre week, and the flow of your income may keep fluctuating. The planets are aligned favourably this month. Team up with like-minded people to achieve your tasks. This month may not be very favourable for commission agents, but may be a great time for considering new investments. However, solicit professional advice before you invest anything. Last but not the least, don't lend money to anyone.

This may be an important month for the Pisces sign. The first weekend of the month may be vital. Don't let your concentration diminish. If you don't plan your expenses properly, you could be in trouble. Your priority should be to generate new avenues of income. Keep detailed accounts of your financial transactions. Unmarried couples may experience a great phase. Married people may need to look into their marital life. Businessmen may consider expansion, or plan new projects during this period. Salaried employees must avoid getting into pointless arguments with their seniors. Students may gravitate towards technology and law. Students pursuing graduate, graduate and doctorate programs may perform outstandingly well. Salaried employees may need to be extra careful around their office. Businessmen may be presented with several lucrative opportunities. They need to analyse all pros and cons, before implementing anything new. Students must realise that shortcuts in life don't work. Daily revisions of subjects may be a must. Students may also increase their self-confidence. You need to be very focused and dedicated to whatever you choose to pursue. You may be able to successfully find a better paying and more lucrative job this week. Students may be able to avail admission into the school, college or university of their choice. Those who want to pursue higher education abroad, may succeed during this week. If someone from the family has borrowed money from you, don't feel shy in asking for it to be returned.

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Virat Kohli has earned the respect of his team as an inspiring leader: Ian Chappel Ian Chappell lauded Virat Kohli for instilling winning belief in Team India and also feels that he has earned the respect of the team as an inspiring leader. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell heaped praise on Team India captain Virat Kohli, saying that Kohli has ensured that his emotions work for him and not against the team. Ian Chappel said that Kohli deserves a lot of credit for creating winning mentality in the team. Virat Kohli is the most successful Test captain in Indian cricket history with overall 33 wins, record 13 overseas test wins and highest ever win percentage recorded with greater than 2 matches as captain. "When he first became captain, especially of the Test

team, I thought his highly emotional temperament might be detrimental to his leadership. Instead, he has

ensured his emotions work for him and not against the team. This is in line with his clear-thinking approach to

the game. To hear Kohli talk about batting, and particularly his rationale for eschewing the innovative short-form

shots (he doesn't want them to corrupt his Test-match style), is to listen to a master who comprehends his craft," Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo. Ian Chappell also feels that Kohli has earned the respect of the team as an inspiring leader and they expect good things to happen with him in charge. "As their captain in all three international formats, the versatile Virat Kohli deserves a lot of credit for creating this winning mentality. When a captain leads a side successfully on a regular basis, especially by occasionally plucking victory from the jaws of defeat, the team begin to believe he is a miracle worker. Kohli has earned the respect of the team as an inspiring leader and they expect good things to happen with him in charge."

Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic to defend Melbourne Park fortress against Dominic Thiem Tri-Nation Women's T20I Series: Ellyse Perry shines as Australia beat India by 4 wickets A disappointing batting performance from India ultimately proved to be their undoing against Australia women even though the bowlers did provide the visitors with an outside chance of a surprise victory. Indian women suffered a four-wicket loss against mighty Australia after a disappointing batting performance in their second match of the T20 tri-series here on Sunday. India struggled to 103 for nine in 20 overs after being asked to bat. The visiting team's bowlers did well to stretch the game till the penultimate over but there were not enough runs on the board. Ellyse Perry was the undisputed star of the game, picking up three wickets in one before making 49 off 47 balls in Australia's chase. India had beaten England in the tournament opener while Australia had lost to England in a Super Over finish on Saturday, leaving all three

teams with a win each. "Our lower order definitely needs to bat a lot better, especially when the top-order doesn't get runs. However, really appreciate the performance of the bowlers," said India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur at the post-match presentation. India next play against England at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on February 7. Barring opener Smriti Mandhana (35) and Harmanpreet (28), Indian batters showed a complete lack of application on a pitch offering extra bounce. India lost their last six wickets for 21 runs with pacer Perry (4/13 in 4 overs) picking three of them in 14th over, removing Harmanpreet, Taniya Bhatia and Deepti Sharma. Sixteen-year-old Shafali Verma touted as the next big thing in women's cricket, lasted only three balls while Jemimah Rodrigues crawled to 1 off 11 balls, leaving their team at 16 for two in three overs.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is up against fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who is playing his first major final on a hard court. n Australian Open that has seen the men's establishment shaken by young talent comes to a fitting close on Sunday when defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem in an intergenerational decider. The raging pre-tournament favourite, Djokovic will bid for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park, having surprised no-one with his business-like march through the draw. What has raised eyebrows

is the profile of his opponent, a quite different proposition from the men Djokovic has faced before in the title match. In seven unbeaten finals, the Serb has met only three men, defeating Rafael Nadal (2012, 2019) twice, Andrew Murray four times (2011, 2013, 2015-16) and a lone victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008, his maiden Grand Slam title. In fifth seed Thiem, Djokovic meets an opponent he has never faced at Melbourne Park and suffered recent defeats to - on hardcourt at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals and on clay during the French Open semi-finals.

Compared to Nadal and Murray, who have racked up years of beatdowns by Djokovic at the hardcourt Grand Slams, Thiem comes into the match relatively free of scar tissue. The 26-year-old Austrian is also playing the tennis of his life. Once dismissed as merely a threat on clay, he torpedoed any remaining doubts about his hardcourt bona fides with a quite brilliant four-set defeat of Nadal in the quarter-finals. It was a match that not only showcased his extraordinary power and endurance but also his composure under pressure and courage to convert his chances when they came.

Went to a lot of people to ask for money: Pullela Gopichand on how he set up his academy Pullela Gopichand revealed all the hardships that he had to face to set up his academy in Hyderabad on the latest episode of India Today Inspiration. Nothing came easily in life for Pullela Gopichand despite the numerous medals and laurels he won for the country in badminton. The national team coach, despite being a former All England Champion, had to run around for funds to set up the Gopichand Academy in 2008. Gopichand shared the journey he undertook to build his academy and what all he had to sacrifice in the latest episode of India Today Inspiration on Saturday. "All England in 2001, I thought things would

change. Good I got a piece of land which the government helped out. After that, I went searching for people who would give me funds. There were the initial funds given by Prasad. After that, literally went to a lot of people to ask for money. "As a celebrity, as an All England champion, you are used to signing autographs, you are used to being received

by people. And then there was this me who was now being asked to wait, asked to come again and then people refusing to take my calls and meet me. So whatever little ego I had was crushed towards the end," Gopichand revealed on Inspiration. "It came to a point where in 2007-08, we went back home. I was lucky that my wife and my family supported me. "We had this house in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. I said I can't do these running anymore. I said the building is half done but we need the courts. We need to do something. Luckily, we mortgaged our house and got a Rs 3 crore loan for it. That's how we completed the academy," Gopichand added.

KL Rahul sets new record for most runs in a bilateral T20I series

KL Rahul, who averaged 56 in this series, recorded scores of 45, 39, 27, 57 not out and 56 in the five games against New Zealand. India opener KL Rahul on Sunday broke the world record for the most runs in a bilateral T20I series with 224 in the five matches in New Zealand. Rahul was dismissed for 45 in the ongoing final match against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui which helped him surpass the previous record of 223 which was jointly held by Mozambique's Damiao Couana (vs Malawi in 201920) and New Zealand opener Colin Munro (vs West Indies in 2017-18). Rahul, who averaged 56 in this series, recorded scores of 45, 39, 27, 57 not out and 56 in the five games against New Zealand. The next-best batsman on the list is Munro, who has managed 163 runs in 4 innings at 40.75. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who missed the final two games due to injury, is third with 160 runs at 53.33 with two half-centuries. India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is leading the team in the absence of Virat Kohli in the final T20I, also reached a major landmark when he came out to bat after the fall of Sanju Samson's wicket in the second over. Rohit, who is playing his 108th T20I match, came out to bat for the 100th time in the shortest format in international cricket. He is only the second batsman to play 100 innings in T20I cricket after Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik, who leads the list with 105 innings. India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah too became the 7th Indian to play 50 T20Is on Sunday. New Zealand veteran Ross Taylor also reached a major milestone in the game as he became the first male Kiwi cricketer to play 100 T20Is.


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Takht: Karan Johar’s multistarrer period drama to release on Christmas 2021

Confirmed! Sonakshi Sinha to make her digital debut with a crime thriller directed by Reema Kagti

In the past few weeks, Karan Johar was touring across the country and few locations abroad doing a recee for one of his most ambitious project- Takht. The filmmaker had announced the film in 2018. Now, Karan Johar took to his Twitter handle to announce the release date of the film. He wrote, Presenting #TAKHT Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar & Apoorva Mehta. Screenplay by Sumit Roy. Starring Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor

Sonakshi Sinha had quite an eventful 2019, where she not only acted in four films but also judged a digital reality show. After the success of Dabangg 3, there was a lot of speculation around the actresses’ next project, and the audience were eagerly waiting for her to make an announcement. Earlier today, Sonakshi Sinha announced that she will be making her acting debut in the digital space with a series which will stream on Amazon Prime. A crime thriller by Reema Kagti, the show also stars Gulshan

AND Anil Kapoor. Releasing Christmas, 24.12.2021” Takht was reportedly slated to go on floors by September last year, but the expensive pre-production took some time. The film will now go on floors in March. The film revolves around the battle between Shah Jahan's

eldest son Dara Shikoh and third son Aurangzeb, to be played by Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal respectively. The film boasts of an envious ensemble cast, including Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor.

Devaiah, Sohum Shah and Vijay Verma. The show will be produced by Excel movies and Tiger Baby films.

Sonakshi is also working on Bhuj: The Pride of India, which is scheduled to release on Independence Day, 2020.

Chunky Panday reacts to Ananya Panday’s nepotism remark and consequent trolling Ananya Panday made her acting debut with Karan Johar's film Student of The Year 2. She followed this with the film Pati Patni Aur Woh which had a fairly good run at the box office. The actress, however, is often the victim of social media trolls. Recently, her take on nepotism and the struggle faced by father Chunky Panday led to massive trolling on social media. The young actress was trolled for saying that her father had it tough and never been featured on Karan Johar's famous celebrity chat show. In an interview with a daily, Chunky Panday said that Ananya did not say anything derogatory. He clarified that she meant to sai that if her father were to recommend someone it would be himself first. Chunky further said that it would be wrong to say that Ananya is an actor because her father is one. He said that she would not have achieved anything exceptional if this was the case. Adding to the nepotism debate, Chunky Panday said that one cannot recommend

their child to someone as one will not spend crores just to make a film with a celebrity's child. Talking about Ananya getting trolled for her Koffee With Karan reference, Chunky said that such chat shows always feature the best of the best in the industry. However, he said that one should not consider it as a barometer to one's success. This is not the first time Ananya is being trolled for using her father's name. Earlier, the actress had shared a picture of her father in which he resembled Tony Stark. Chunky said that the two of them are fans of Tony Stark. The actor also made

fun of the picture and sent her a message saying not to use his name as it always lands her in trouble. Talking about the impact of trolls on Ananya, Chunky feels that it won't affect her. He said that his daughter is very young and might have made a few mistakes and will have the time to correct herself. The senior actor advices his daughter to take these trolls as compliments and to be happy that she is important enough to be discussed. Meanwhile, on the work front Ananya Panday is currently shooting for Khaali Peeli along with Ishaan Khatter.

Shabana Azmi returns home from the hospital, expresses gratitude on Twitter Actor Shabana Azmi, who was undergoing treatment at Mumbai's Kokilaben hospital after facing a road accident, has been discharged and is back home healthy. She took to Twitter to thank everyone for their prayers, and also thanked the hospital stuff for their utmost care and assistance. "Thank you all for your prayers and wishes for my recovery.Im back home now Thank you #Tina Ambani and Kokilaben Ambani hospital for the sterling care provided by the doctors team and the nursing staff. Im indebted and grateful," her note read.

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About ten days back, a day after her husband Javed Akhtar celebrated his 75th birthday, the couple was traveling to Pune by road when their SUV rammed a truck on the MumbaiPuna Expressway, leaving both Shabana and her driver injured. They were immediately rushed to MGM Hospital in Panvel, and were later shifted to Kokilaben Hospital. Javed Akhtar, however, remained unhurt after the accident. Several Bollywood stars, including Tabu and Anil Kapoor, earlier visited Shabana at the hospital.


Priyanka Chopra reveals how she held her Grammys outfit together avoiding a wardrobe malfunction Global icon Priyanka Chopra grabbed eyeballs at the recently concluded Grammys, where she made a bold statement with her outfit. The actress went for a Ralph and Russo plunging white gown for the event and was accompanied by husband Nick Jonas who performed at the ceremony along with his brothers. While several lauded the actress for her attire, there was some criticism as well. However, what several people wondered on social media was as to how the actress kept the dress together and avoided a possible wardrobe malfunction. Days after the function in an interview with the US Weekly, the 37-year-old actress revealed how designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo made sure that there was no scope for a wardrobe malfunction at the awards. The actress revealed that it

was a piece of tulle made of Priyanka's skin tone that held her dress together and wasn't even visible to the camera. She said that it worked as a netting

which was not easily seen as it was of the colour of her skin. Priyanka Chopra said that the designers always keep wardrobe malfunctions in

Fast & Furious 9 CONFIRMED for Eid 2020; THREE-WAY clash with Radhe and Laxmmi Bomb is ON! Bollywood Hungama in December had put up an article, informing about the mother of all clashes happening at the box office during Eid 2020. As it happens every year on this festival, a Salman Khanstarrer is already scheduled to release. Titled Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai, it co-stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff and is directed by Prabhudheva. While Salman usually comes solo on Eid, this time he’ll be joined by Akshay Kumar as he brings his horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb on May 22, 2020 as well. It also features Kiara Advani and this Raghava Lawrence directorial is the remake of popular Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana. If you that was enough, then you are mistaken. In February last year, it was revealed that

Fast & Furious 9 will also arrive on this day! A few hours ago, the much-awaited trailer of Fast & Furious 9 was released and has met with an excellent response. The official social media handles of Universal Pictures India too uploaded the trailer and many expected that the release date of India might be changed to avoid clash. However, they have

made it clear that the action packed flick will release on May 22 worldwide, including in India! The initial parts of Fast & Furious weren’t that big in the country, box office-wise. But things began to gradually from the fifth part, which came in 2011. Fast & Furious 7 had taken the biggest opening for a Hollywood film in 2015 then and was the

first Hollywood film to cross the coveted Rs. 100 crore mark. The series is extremely popular and its lead actor Vin Diesel is recognized and loved even by non-English speaking audiences. Fast & Furious 8, which released in 2017, couldn’t cross the Rs. 100 crore mark but still did huge business of Rs. 86.23 crore. Hence, the expectations are immense from the ninth part as well. That it releases on a festival can give it an added boost. However, with two other films clashing on the same day, trade is worried as not just audiences, but even business will get divided. A small section of trade is hopeful that at least one out of these three films will bow down and opt out of the Eid race. But as of now, the threeway-clash on Eid 2020 is very much on!

mind while making an outfit for her. The actress said that she does not take fashion risks unless she is super secure about her look.

Sanjay Kapoor and Divya Dutta’s short film to discuss domestic violence and marital rape A month ago it was reported that actors Sanjay Kapoor and Divya Dutta will be coming together for a short film. Now, as per reports, the film helmed by Guneet Monga is tentatively titled Sleeping Partner, will explore the topic of domestic violence and marital rape. Talking to a tabloid, Sanjay Kapoor said that he has never played a role like this ever before. He said that it will be shocking for the audience to realise how normal, middleclass guys could behave inside the four walls of their homes. The actor further said that the movie is a subject that has not been strongly established yet. Kapoor hopes that after the film, women who are facing violence and living in close-

knit families will have the confidence to speak out. He said that their job will be done if women manage to stand up to abusive husbands. Meanwhile, Divya Dutta said that even though she would have fun on the set while shooting, she would often return home feeling disturbed. She would often end up crying as such stories are powerful and real and can affect one's psyche.

Himesh Reshammiya to start shooting for Namastey Rome; collaborates with Javed Akhtar after 13 years After the release of Happy Hardy and Heer on Friday, Himesh Reshammiya is now set to start shooting for his next film titled Namastey Rome. The film will be directed by Rajesh Sethi and will see Himesh and Javed Akhtar working together after 13 years. While Himesh plays the male lead in the film, the rest of the cast is yet to

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be announced. Talking to a daily, Himesh said that Namastey Rome is a classic love story based on real incidents. He said that Javed Akhtar and himself were impressed by the story and said that the music of the film is also very impressive. The musician says that the album of the film is much better than Namaste London which was the last film that

Javed Akhtar and Himesh Reshammiya worked on together. Praising Javed Akhtar, Himesh Reshammiya said that every word penned by the lyricist is sheer magic and said that all seven tracks have been composed straight from the heart. The shoot of the film will start in summer in UK. The actor is currently prepping for his role. This is the first time

that Himesh Reshammiya is working on a film that is based on a real-life incident and finds the subject very relatable. Reshammiya will soon start shooting for the sequel to The Xpose (2014).

Himesh Reshammiya is now set to start shooting for his next film titled Namastey Rome.

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