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Desi Australia Published by: Desi Media Group (Desi Australia Pty Ltd) Editor: Arti Banga Sales and Marketing: Dimple Deez Victoria Editor: Garima Dhawan Queensland Editor: Priya Singh ACT Editor: Manish Raj Western Australia Editor: Ankita Tandon South Australia Editor: Daljeet Bakshi Address: Desi Australia Pty Ltd PO Box 102, Casula, NSW 2170 Email : info@DesiAustralia.com Mob: 0433121339 | Ph: 02 9607 3747 Art & Designing: Cosmos Media Web: www.cosmosmedia.info

Hello Everyone, Harmony Day events were held across the country to celebrate the successful integration of migrants into our community representing true Multicultural Australia. The annual International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is one such celebration that promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and the values of universal peace, love and friendship through the medium of song and dance. This event will take place on 4th May at ICC, Sydney.

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The month of April is witnessing the celebration of Vaisakhi- “The Harvest Festival of Punjab” with many events already taken place and few more to come. Team at Desi Australia is slowly and steadily spreading its wings across the major cities of Australia and bringing to you the latest happenings in the sub-continent community. Please feel free to contact us at info@DesiAustralia.com if you wish to join the ever growing & dynamic team of most popular Desi Online Media in Australia. Enjoy reading the April 2018 edition.

Disclaimer All rights reserved. Do not re-use any content and photo from Desi Australia without the prior written permission from the editor. All the material published in Desi Australia, including articles, features, fillers, advertisements, and all other contents, are published in good faith, and the editor or the Desi Australia magazine cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions. All material is published on the understanding that it is copyright free, and Desi Australia accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. We also cannot accept responsibility for and do not endorse views expressed by the contributors.

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Premier’s Harmony Dinner

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‘Celebrating State’s Cultural Diversity’

n NSW we come from more than 300 ancestries and speak more than 200 languages and The Premier’s Harmony Dinner celebrated our enormous successes as the most multicultural state in Australia. More than 1,500 guests including community leaders, corporate & business leaders, Members of Parliament and non-government organisations attended The Premier’s Harmony Dinner at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Harmony Day, 21 March 2018. The event showcased an entertaining program of colourful performances reflecting the incredible cultural diversity.

The Premier presented Multicultural Community Medals honouring achievements in sectors including human rights, arts and culture, regional communities, and economic participation. The medalists were recognised for their tireless dedication

and effort in promoting community harmony and social cohesion. In addition to the Medals, the Multicultural Honour Roll recognised the names and achievements of multicultural champions in NSW.

Headline acts The Voice Australia stars Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens set the stage on fire with their powerful duet singing. Other acts included Chinese opera sensation Sharon Zhai, a Japanese Australian drumming ensemble and a Sri Lankan dance and drumming group.

Harmony Day celebration with a touch of Bollywood and Bhangra

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hile there were many celebrations of Harmony Day across Sydney, Varun Tiwari from the Indian Community did his bit to celebrate the Multicultural Australia by performing Bhangra and Bollywood Dance to hordes of Sydney Trains customers at Lidcombe Station.

Varuns high energy performance attracted not only the commuters but also the local police to tap their feet and show some Bollywood moves. Many organisers from across Sydney Trains came together to plan the program of the day. Colourful costumes, hours of group dance practice and great deal of preparation made it a successful event.

Varun acknowledges the support of Jenny , Kamal Kaur and all his team members and says that he feels rewarded when his dancing brings smile on people’s face and stays on for hours after his performance.

Since the past 9 years Varun has performed in cultural events like Harmony Day and Diwali Festival at various train stations across Sydney Central, Parramatta, Hornsby are few to mention.

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Desi Australia | Fashion

Style-self expression “Saree is truly the most versatile garment”

Abbey Singh

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ashion is a means of selfexpression that allows people to try on many roles in life. Whether you prefer hip-hop or Chanel-chic, fashion accommodates the chameleon in all of us. It’s a way of celebrating the diversity and variety of the world in which we live. Fashion is about change which is necessary to keep life interesting. It’s also a mirror of sorts on society. It’s a way of measuring a mood that can be useful in many aspects, culturally, socially even psychologically. At the same time, fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously or you lose the fun of it. What’s trending these days is pant sarees, few of Bollywood celebs has carried it so elegantly.

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Saree is essentially a drape. A long, unstitched, decorated drape. This gives it a lot of potential to work with. Whichever way one drapes it, it works. This also gives designers a lot of freedom and creative potential to explore. The wearer also can have different looks with the same piece of

garment. Thus, though the Saree has been around for centuries, its ways and styles have changed and evolved to suit the current styles, and it continues to evolve and change, without changing the basic elegance and feminine delicacy of the drape.

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Desi Australia | Community News (Adelaide)

Vaisakhi Mela - Adelaide celebrated the rich culture of Punjab. Biggest Festival of Punjab organised by Punjab Aussie Association of SA was a vibrant display of cultural and traditional heritage of Punjab. Daljeet Bakshi

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unjab Aussie Association SA organised Vaisakhi Mela in Adelaide on 1st April 2018 at Klemzig Oval. This year, the main attraction was dance performances by Bhangra & Giddha group from India, who continuously entertained audience with their marvellous moves, traditional attire, folk bhangra instruments. The management team Rajesh Thakur, Harmeet Thakur, Neelam Devgun, Jung Bahadur Singh, Neeraj Brar , Raj Kaler, successfully presented Vaisakhi mela in real Punjabi style with excellent performers, various food stalls, general

stalls, face painting and jumping castle for kids, adequate sitting arrangements It was indeed a real Mela look with stage , various stalls, colourful decorative flags and frills . MC’s of event Sukhpreet S Aulakh and Simran Cheema, coordinated the stage segments and flow. Huge crowd attendance within Klemzig Oval venue presented festive, vibrant and colourful look with everybody swaying to beats of Punjabi music. Apart from overseas dance performers, local performers also showcased their talent. Various Multicultural dance performances were given by Mudra Dance Academy , Nepalese and Bengali dance groups while DJ Vivek Chabbra of Downunder events provided remarkable foot tapping music.

Hon’ble MLC Jing Lee, Eddie Liew, Paula Luethen and other prominent community leaders attended this Mela in traditional Indian attire, celebrating the multicultural spirit of Australia.

Governor’s Multicultural Awards presentation, Adelaide His Excellency the Hon’ble Hieu Van Le - the Governor of South Australia presented Governor’s Multicultural awards at Governor’s House , Adelaide. Mr.Bill Spurr for “Outstanding Individual Achievement”. Mr. Keyvan Abak for “Outstanding Individual Achievement”. Mr. Deepak Bhardwaj in community sector Mr. kamal Dahal in community sector Indofest in Arts and culture category, Community sector organisation, Ahmadiya Muslim Association of SA

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The Pursuit of Dreams A phenomenal story of an individual’s journey of hardship to a successful entrepreneur.

Sanjana Suryawanshi

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umbai: the city of dreams where millions of people come every day to make a living. A youngster from Mumbai Ganesh Loke carried these positive vibes of his city all the way across the Indian ocean to another city of dreams: Sydney. Starting of his life as many young Indians do, Ganesh came to Sydney in 1999 to pursue a degree in IT. but he wasn’t satisfied with just an IT degree, a 9 to 5 job and a routine life. Nursing a dream of one day producing and starring in a movie, Ganesh went on to produce the Hindi movie ‘Sarfaroshi’ and also produce and star in a Marathi movie titled ‘Shoor Aamhi Sardaar’. Ganesh not only manages a successful movie-production company but also has a thriving IT company based in Australia and is a property investor. If running two thriving businesses is hectic, he has also managed his time allowing him to be involved on the political front, contesting a Federal election in 2013 from the Parramatta region. While his journey in Australia is indeed a dream come true, the road to a making a successful life in Australia was bumpy, filled with disappointments, struggles

and setbacks. Coming to Sydney as a student, Ganesh only had $500 and had to struggle to find part time work, live in shared accommodation and cut costs in most aspects of his life. But he didn’t let that stop him. He still remembers his first part time job in a restaurant in Sydney. Coming from a comfortable life in Mumbai to a new unfamiliar city of Sydney, it was a struggle for him to do a part time work, prepare his own meals every day and still focus on his University studies. However, the biggest lessons of his life he learnt from this time of struggle. His word of advice to any migrant is that while finding jobs within their fields is a real struggle in the beginning, never feel it beneath your dignity to accept jobs that do come by. He believes that no job is menial and it will only help make individuals resilient. What kept Ganesh going through these hard times is his father’s advice: “Nothing is impossible. Hard work, determination and never giving up on your dreams is your only way to success”. While the advice is simple, it is a formula Ganesh has stuck by his entire life and wants his readers to know, so that they too can fulfil their dreams. While hard work, passion and perseverance sound great, Ganesh knows from personal experience it is hard to cope with the cultural shock on your own. To give back to the community in a meaningful way, Ganesh has started a Facebook group for migrants which plays a pivotal role in not only helping new migrants navigate the Australian way of life but also connects members to each other so they can form their own support & friendship networks. Ganesh’s story is captured beautifully by an Australian writer Ms Dominique

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Mayfair, who was inspired by his amazing journey and penned the book ‘The Pursuit of Dreams’. The book was launched on the 9th of March 2018 and the launch was attended by Senior Federal MP and Shadow Treasurer of Australia Hon. Chris Bowen, the Mayor of Cumberland Mr. Greg Cummins, other councillors and community members. His book is available on Kindle, Amazon and Apple iBooks*. Ganesh hopes to inspire not only new migrants but also the youth within the migrant communities in Australia to pursue their dreams no matter how hard the struggle or how long the road seems. Because if there is one thing a boy from the city of dreams believes is that, all dreams can come true for those who are willing to work hard, dream big and want to contribute in building up the nation. *Link to purchase ‘The Pursuit of Dreams’ at Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple. com/au/book/the-pursuit-of-dreams/ id1361104357?mt=11

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The difference between a bank guarantee and an unconditional bank guarantee Mittu Gopalan

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Bank Guarantee is an unconditional undertaking given by the Bank on behalf of the customer to pay the recipient of the Guarantee the amount of the Guarantee on the written demand. It can also be defined to be an alternative to providing a deposit directly to the supplier or vendor. A Bank Guarantee can have an expiry date after which the Guarantee automatically ceases. Alternatively, you might also obtain a Bank Guarantee that can be openended, where the completion date is not certain or defined. An Unconditional Bank Guarantee is defined to be an unconditional and unilateral promise provided and issued by a Bank or Financial Institution to pay a specified amount of sum upon the occurrence of certain events. For example, when a tenant breaches an obligation under the lease. It is like having cash in the bank it is very common

in the construction and commercial leasing industries/transactions for a party to request for an Unconditional Bank Guarantee, and for the other party to provide an Unconditional Bank Guarantee to secure the performance of Contractual Obligations. An Unconditional Bank Guarantee does not require any proof of default and the owner or beneficiary will generally receive payment of the full amount upon the presentation of a written statement to the issuer, stating that the contractor has failed to perform. However, a Conditional Bank Guarantee may only be called on the actual proof of default or damage. The payment will only cover the proven loss sustained by the beneficiaries or the owner, and up to the amount stated in the Bank Guarantee. The distinction between Conditional and Unconditional Bank Guarantees can be muddied at times, due to ambiguous drafting or the confusion verbal discussions held between parties. Generally, the Conditional Bank Guarantees can be defined with regards to the wording which makes the payment under the Guarantee conditional upon the proof of breach of the underlying

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contract being referred to, or the existence of notice provisions being defaulted, as condition precedent to any call on the Bank Guarantee. A Conditional Bank Guarantee contains no express provision outlining the time of the release. However, a normal Bank Guarantee is usually called upon the surety satisfying damages sustained by the owner in the event of a default of the contractor or determination of or the performance of all of the contractor’s obligations under the contract. A person can only call on the Unconditional Bank Guarantee by issuing a written demand to the issuer, stating the contractor’s failure to perform. We advise that careful and prudent consideration and advice should be sought before you consent to a Bank Guarantee or Unconditional Bank Guarantee being agreed to be provided on your behalf. If you wish to discuss the same, please do not hesitate to contact Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors on 8917 8700.

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Desi Australia | Community News (Canberra)

Canberra gets colourful at Holi Rajni Ghai Malhotra

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aturday, 17 March 2018 saw Canberrans come together to celebrate HOLI–The festival of colours and Harmony Day-the celebration of cultural diversity and togetherness hosted by India Australia Association of Canberra (IAAC). An organisation which has been serving Indian communites in Canberra from 1970 The day was sunny and warm and the perfect setting for some Holi fun and masti. Canberrans enjoyed the true spirit of Holi amidst splash of colours, foot tapping music, entertaining performances by local and interstate artists, impromptu dance breakouts and mouth-watering snacks. The event was graced by the presence of eminent Canberra personalities. Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Rachael Stephen Smith–Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Leader of the Opposition–Alistair Coe, Chairman of Bendigo Bank–Neale Guthrie, Candice Burch MLA, DeepakRaj Gupta (to name a few), all expressed their happiness to be there at the event. In a special message to Desi Australia, Rachael Stephen Smith shared her thoughts on how the Holi Mela was a wonderful example of the enthusiasm of the Canberra Indian community to share its culture with the rest of Canberra and to celebrate the joy of colours, love and triumph of good over evil. It was indeed a vibrant, colourful and merry setting. Entertaining Bollywood music set the tone for a fun filled day. From children to adults everyone got into the spirit of the festival playing with colours and dancing to Bollywood numbers. The event organisers IAAC did a fantastic job of hosting the event. What a perfect day and prefect way to celebrate these two culturally significant events.

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Desi Australia | Technology

Digital Eyes and Artificial Intelligence Sarang Vengulekar

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n this issue of Desi Australia Magazine we will be talking about the importance of Security and Digital Surveillance. It is a new era of security which not only includes traditional alarm systems but also consists of home automation components along with the new trend of installing digital eyes commonly known as CCTV. CCTV systems were a norm for commercial purposesin yester yearsbut recently we have seen increasing number of residential premises using this technology to keep their families secure and have that extra peace of mind when they are out and about. It is a great technology where we can keep an eye on our homes and our loved ones from anywhere in the world. The question is “Is CCTV surveillance sufficient or do we need to move more towards smart surveillance?” In reality the CCTV system is always recording the footage on a built in hard drive on most of the Network Video Recorders (NVR’s), these were previously also known as Digital Video Recorders (DVR’s). As weare moving towards newer technology the NVR became more popular as it provides extra functionalities such as APP control and user friendly interfaces. This whole new concept has changed the way we looked at CCTV systems five to ten years ago. A

typical 8-Port NVR is displayed below: Most of the CCTV cameras are passive and act more like a deterrent. The only way to tell if there is a robbery taking place is if you are watching the monitors or viewing the APP all the time due to no smarts built in to the system. Let’s add a twist to the whole world of CCTV by adding brains to the digital eyes. This will enable the system to analyse the video whilst it is live with no human intervention. This is not a new invention but rather has been in use by the government agencies for decades. This technology was once very expensive to own but due to technological advancement the prices have come down which is now in the affordable range for general public. We have all seen Sci-Fi movies where government agencies such as CIA track individuals using various CCTV cameras monitoring the streets and tracking them down and pinpointing the exact location. Well this is all true and has been in use for a very long time as mentioned earlier, such system in operation is shown in this CCTV

footage screenshot of China’s Face++ software. This technology is also becoming available to police force all around the world and is currently in use by police in China and United States of America. I am sure you must have come across a picture of a cop from China wearing smart glasses with CCTV Facial recognition built in as shown in the picture below. The facial recognition CCTV systems digitally compares a very high number of faces per second against a centralised database and based on the algorithm running on the cameras. The results are actually a combination of artificial intelligence with surveillance and the results are astounding as it will recognise all the faces of general public but also will pinpoint anyone with criminal records at an instant and alerts the authorities in real-time. Let’s concentrate back on your general home CCTV system as the smarts mentioned earlier are still entering the market but at a slower rate,although it is going to be a normin the future you may not see it in every home anytime soon. The new norm for cameras now a days has higher megapixel resolution which generally also means it has greater clarity and faces or objects are more recognisable. The home CCTV cameras and NVR’s also connect to your normal home Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet connection to the internet router. The new cameras also have the added functionality of motion detection which is in a way a part of smarts so it can start recording upon detection of any type of motion, this can be configured or setup during the initial phase of installation. If you are in the market for a new CCTV system for your existing home

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or if you are building a new home be sure to pick a CCTV system with higher megapixel resolution. The norm in the market at the moment is 4MP or 5MP which is reasonable along with a 4-Port NVR or 8-Port NVR depending on the number of cameras that you intend to install throughout the place. It is also a good idea to ensure that these are all IP based cameras with Power Over Ethernet (PoE). In this scenario you no longer have to have a PowerPoint near the mounting location of the cameras as it is powered purely by a simple CAT5 or

CAT6 RJ45 Ethernet cable. This is very helpful as it makes the installation easier and works out cheaper by not having the electrician to install the PowerPoints for additional cost. There are many thousands of brands of CCTV’s available in the market and can be confusing to pick the right one. It is important to make sure you are

As I leave you to ponder upon the next phase of CCTV systems I am sure this article will point you in the right direction and will assist in your decision making to choose the right system for your home. As always we intend to capture our readers and would be happy to know your thoughts or to get your feedback. Please send your enquiries or feedback to info@desiaustralia.com

talking to the right person with the right knowledge who can assist you with the decision making.

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Gopa Kuteeram by Global Organisation of Divinity A structured life-enrichment education program for children Priya Singh

inner transformation. They conduct various spiritual, educational and community service programs.

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lobal Organisation for Divinity (GOD) Australia has recently started on a monthly basis in Brisbane from February 2018. GOD is a registered, non-profit organisation formed by the devotees of His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji who is from Chennai, India. Classes have been running fortnightly in Sydney and Melbourne for several years and now have started the same timetable in Brisbane. The aim of the organisation is to promote Sri Swamiji’s message of universal peace and harmony through

One of these is Gopa Kuteeram, spiritual and values-based education classes for children based on Hindu scriptures. It is a life enrichment program that focuses on overall development of children including spiritual, creative and moral growth.

Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, UAE, Oman and Canada. For further details, please contact brisbane@godivinity.org.au .

The learning is done in a fun, interactive way with lots of discussions, Q & A’s. The activities in Gopa Kuteeram include story-telling, learning shlokas and bhajans, art and craft, theatre and celebration of important Hindu festivals. Gopa Kuteeram classes are held in numerous centres around the world including India, USA, Singapore,

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Desi Australia | Travel

China - Growing Like a Bullet Train Harmohan Singh Walia

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hina, governed by the Communist Party, is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the world’s most populous country, with a population of around 1.4 billion. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-

is displayed in red on the dashboard installed near the traffic lights area. In Shanghai cars with Shanghai registration number plate are only allowed during peak hours — morning and evening, and also heavy vehicles have restricted hours to regulate the traffic. Shanghai car registration number plate costs around USD 16000, sometimes equivalent to the cost of the car itself. Beijing is the political, commercial and cultural center of the most populated

domain of the Ming Dynasty, was constructed from 1406 to 1420, is the complex which consists of 980 buildings and covers 180 acres. The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The emperor used to consider 9 as the lucky number. Some doors have 9x9 = 81 nails. The Emperor had many wives and 9999 warriors. The magnificent Great Wall of China is China’s greatest engineering triumph and a must-see sight. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. And in 1987 the Great Wall was listed into the “World Heritage List” by UNESCO.

Tiananmen Square

controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing), and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. Beijing, the capital of China, has an international airport, is twice the size of the Pentagon that covers 1480 hectares and is the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International’s Terminal 3. It can handle more than 90 million passengers a year.

country in the world. Most famous of its imperial treasurers is Tiananmen Square, sitting in the center of the city. Tiananmen Square is the largest urban square in the world today, with an area of up to 440,000 square meters, which can accommodate one million people for holding a grand gathering. The Forbidden City, once the exclusive

Real estate in China is neither easy nor cheap. An average 80 square meter apartment within Shanghai›s Inner Ring Road goes for upwards US$ 886,000; while in the city›s hinterlands it sells for around US$ 200,000. In Beijing, the average cost of a home of this size is roughly US$ 310,000. The whole land of China belongs to the government. The average salary in Beijing is around A$ 1100 per month and in Shanghai is around A$ 1200 per month. Terracotta Worriers Site in Xian is considered the eighth wonder of the world and was discovered by accident in

Pollution in the air and covering one’s face to avoid the ramifications of it is a common sight in China. Otherwise China is neat and clean. Cleaners are stationed all over to remove any scrap from tossers. Beijing has high security and guards are positioned on roadsides and shopping centers. Surprisingly, access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Google anywhere in China is banned! No wonder China is safe! Inspite of good roads cities face traffic jams. Speed cameras, like all countries are installed on the roads, but China believes in on the spot fine — the speeding car’s registration number

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1974. The army of over 7000 life size soldiers and archers are in trench like, underground corridors that guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210 BC. Clay horses are aligned four abreast and behind them are wooden chariots. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to the day at this archaeological site. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian with its solemn appearance, simple style and high structure, is a good example of Chinese traditional architecture. Used to be a place to collect Buddhist sutras taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang, this ancient tower, is listed in the World Heritage with other sites along Silk Road. Shanghai, China’s largest financial and commercial center, has 25 million population and six times bigger than Hong Kong and ten times bigger than Singapore. The word ‘Bund’, comes from India, meaning an embankment or dam. This most famous tourist destination, by the Huangpu River in Shanghai, signifies the meeting of the old Shanghai (built by British) and the new Shanghai (built by Chinese). The

area along the river faces the modern skyscrapers. Popular night cruise takes you to heaven when you witness surrounding high rise buildings and towers with colorful lighting. The advent of high-speed Bullet train is the country›s network of passengerdedicated railways designed for speeds of 300–350 km/h has transformed Chinese society and economy. The Shanghai Maglev train, the world’s fastest, is a magnetic levitation train and the first commercial high-speed maglev which runs at 430 km/hour speed and is available only in China.

except airplane, anything that swims except marine. Interesting Fact! Along with Shanghai›s famous hairy crabs, there›s another local product gaining more and more popularity - Shanghai men. One of the most striking headlines about Asian men as marriage partners: “China surpasses the world in yet another category: Quality husbands….in China and may be the world.” Guys who don’t just shop, wash and cook, but famously do so without any complaint.

The Ancient Water Town with a history of over 1700 years is known as “the Venice of Shanghai,» but it is not. Venice is Venice! Filthy water where residents wash their clothes and vegetables, while bargaining shops in the narrow streets were unhygienic.

Silk and Jade are China’s most popular and sellable products. The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved site for many tourists. Shanghai’s Nanjing Road is decked with brand name goods. Here the price of branded goods is around 30% more than Australian market due to high import duty and taxes.

Chinese cuisine is highly diverse. People in some provinces eat snails, rats, dogs, donkeys, horses, frogs, snakes, etc. There›s a saying here that goes - the Chinese eat anything with four legs except a table, and anything that flies

China’s beauty lies in its decorative roadsides, shopping centers and city squares. Seasonal flower plants are displayed along the roadsides and trees illuminate at night with colorful lighting — an amazing sight!

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PEXA – Electronic Conveyancing Settlements Paul Mckenzie

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ts been seven years (since the 2011 Coalition of Australian Goverments – COAG decision) in the making and now becoming compulsory with mandate from the 1st July 2018. PEXA – Property Exchange Australia, is an electronically platform for every Australian capital city Land Titles Office, major bank, state/territory revenue office (for state stamp duty / land tax), professional conveyancers and solicitors to come together, linking their conveyancing matters up, for a electronic settlement, without the need a physical with paper and bank cheques settlement. A PEXA settlement, means the money funds and paperwork are done electronically, whereby at the end, the Purchaser ends up with a electronic title to the property, which can be printed out electronically, or with a title search. Long waited system, the PEXA on-line electronic settlements is finally getting off the ground during 2018, with the NSW Minister for Finance, The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, wanting all property conveyancing settlements

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to be electronic, via PEXA, by the 1st July 2018. Past practice of traditional paper settlements, conveyancers & solicitors (or their legal agents) meet at

NSW Minister for Finance, The Hon. Victor Dominello MP refers PEXA as “Digital Innovation”. “Digital innovation is transforming the way people do business in every city and every country around the world. The reality is the collaborative economy is here to stay”.” The Government has committed to a detailed timetable for the introduction of paperless conveyancing. By July 2019, all standard property transactions in NSW will be conducted electronically, and all Certificates of Title will be phased out in favour of e-Titles.”. PEXA (Property Exchange Australia) is Australia’s online property exchange network. It assists members – such as lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions – to lodge documents with Land Registries and complete financial settlements electronically.

settlement venues in Sydney CBD, such as SAI Global Property, with the major banks and other lenders, to pass around documentation/discharges/certificates of title, paperwork and bank cheques between Vendor parties and Purchaser parties for settlement. When all correct and in order, the property settles, with the purchasers becoming the new owners. PEXA will become the on-line electronic settlements platform, linking all the banks, the state revenue office with the conveyancers/solicitors and their clients together, by doing conveyancing settlements electronically, by pressing a number of sequent steps buttons. Advantages of PEXA will of course be time and delivery, into the 21 century electronically. Conveyancers and solicitors will still have a role when conveyancing becomes electronic in the next few years, who have the legal skills and legal knowledge to prepare Contracts with special conditions, operate the PEXA platform and advise clients during the conveyancing process, from start to finish.

PEXA CEO, Marcus Price, formally of National Australia Bank, is spearheading the property industry’s transition from paper to digital settlements, a move that has challenged practitioners and lenders to adapt. “E-conveyancing was not a technology problem; it was a people and business problem. There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering about the technology we’re using here; it’s pretty straightforward stuff,” he says. “It’s about changing behaviours and changing processes, so I think a science degree in psychology was entirely the appropriate qualification,” he says. So far CEO Marcus Price and the PEXA team have been incredibly successful in getting nearly 5,000 conveyancers and lawyers as well as 129 lenders to shelve their familiar paper processes. More than 550,000 digital transactions worth almost $70bn have been transacted through PEXA’s online platform in the last few years.

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Historic Turnout @ Harmohan Singh Walia

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he 31st Australian Sikh Games, which is the premier sporting and cultural event for the Australian Sikh community, were held for three days from 30 March 2018 at Crest Sporting Complex, Bass Hill (Sydney) during the Easter long weekend. The Australian National Sikh Sports and Cultural Council (ANSSACC) is an umbrella body of all partner organisations. The Games are held every year in capital cities and major regional areas around

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Australia. Athletes and spectators from all over the country and overseas, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, UK and India participate in a wide array of traditional Indian and Australian sports and related cultural events. Games are primarily held to bring together the Sikh community each year. The carnival atmosphere is observed and everyone enjoys in their own way.

Organising Committee Back row: Mohinder Singh Bitta (Vice President), Ambi Thind (Hockey/Asstt Treasurer), Mehnga Kakh (Vice President); Ranjit Singh Khera (Cultural & Media) Front Row : Michael Singh (Treasurer); Avtar Singh Sidhu (President); Jasbir Randhawa (Joint Secretary; Ranbir Atwal (Joint Secretary)

The Mayor of Melbourne came especially to attend the Australian Sikh Games to get a feel of how big the Sikh Games are as Melbourne is hosting the Sikh Games in 2019 during Easter long weekend.

at the sports complex and one of the biggest ever crowds seen in the history of the Sikh Games. National President, Amandeep Singh Sidhu, President, Avtar Singh Sidhu, Vice President, Mohinder Singh Bitta and Secretary, Jasbir Singh Randhawa along with their entire team had been working hard for the last two years and have raised over $500,000 for the Sikh Games. Team sports included Kabaddi, Soccer, Netball, Hockey, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football and Tugo-War. Individual sports included Athletics, Badminton, Golf, Tennis and

This year the Sikh Games were a big success with a massive crowd of over 70,000 turning up

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Wrestling. Buses were organised from Glenwood and Revesby Gurdwaras to bring spectators to the main venue of the games in Bass Hill. According to organisers, 2925 players (including overseas players) participated in the games and over 150 artists were involved in the cultural activities. The Australian Sikh Forum Sydney - 2018 was successfully held at the Conference Room, Rydges Hotel Bankstown on

Connell and an exhibition by Punjabi Satth Principal Sukhwant Singh and his Jatha performed kirtan in 31 Ragas in different Gurdwaras of almost all states of Australia. Bathla Group, a construction company of Western Sydney was the major sponsors, who spent around $150,000, provided non-stop langar to all for three days. Commendable arrangements were made in its preparation and distribution. “Harman Foundation” distributed free water bottles and “Care One Care All” distributed free cold drinks for three days carnival. There were around 300 volunteers, who were involved in different activities. The organising committee of the Australian Sikh Games deserve congratulations for the well managed arrangements all over.

Controversy over the final match of Kabaddi

31 March 2018. The Sikh Forum was organised by the Punjabi Sahitik Forum Sydney. The organiser, Manjinder Singh welcomed the attendees and explained the objective of the Sikh Forum. The program started with a Shabad from Gurbani sung by young children. There were nine speakers who gave their presentation on different topics of the Sikh history and current issues. Cultural Night was held in the auditorium of The Kings High School, North Parramatta on 31 March 2018, where apart from Gatka (Sikh Martial Arts), different teams of Gidha and Bhangra presented their skilful art in colourful costumes. Other additions, to the Sikh Games, were an exhibition of Sikh portraiture by the South Australian artist Daniel

Bitterness was observed on the last day, when after a long wait under scorching heat, the spectators started

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throwing water bottles in the field out of frustration. The final kabaddi match was supposed to be held between Singh Sabha Sports Club, Melbourne and Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Sports Club, Woolgoolga, but some kabaddi players refused to undergo doping test. These players have brought disrepute to their sports clubs by refusing to undergo doping test. According to organisers, over two dozen players for doping test were selected randomly from the very beginning of the games. This is not correct that only kabaddi players were targeted. Doping test was conducted on players of hockey, soccer and kabaddi and only kabaddi players objected to the testing. The organisers further confirmed that drug testing was implemented from day one of the tournament and was not left to the last game. Since after the semi-final matches some players refused to give drug samples, the organisers were left with no other choice, but to take tough decision to abandon the final match. Majority of the people have supported the tough decision of ANSSACC to abandon the final match of kabaddi. The national

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president, Amandeep Singh Sidhu stated in one of the interviews to SBS Punjabi that they are in process of making games clean by imposing more testing and disciplinary measures. The fact is that doping is now tainting the rich history of the Australian Sikh Games, he said. Kabaddi is a game of power that blends elements of tag, wrestling and rugby. Kabaddi game has transformed from rural, Indian children’s game to a sport played for the large cash prizes in the countries of the South Asian diaspora. There is also an effort to promote kabaddi as a potential Olympic sport, but unfortunately such incidents create obstacles in its promotion. ANSSACC Drug Policy states, “The Organising Committee of the Australian Sikh Games condemns the use of illicit and banned substances for the purposes of performance

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enhancement. These substances are not only dangerous to the well-being of the concerned person, the act of consuming such substances is also unfair on other competitors and is contrary to the ethics of sport and incompatible with the Sikh

philosophy. Any individual who is caught taking or handling such substances risks a LIFE time ban from participating in the Australian Sikh Games. Such individuals and any such events will be reported to the ANSSACC Executive Committee for further disciplinary action against the athlete and their club, as well as to the relevant police and sports anti-doping authorities. The terms of entry to the Australian Sikh Games requires all clubs and their players to agree to the rules of the Australian Sikh Games including the ANSSACC Drug Policy. Disciplinary action such as bans or fines may apply to any club officials or players who do not cooperate with the policy. Participating clubs and players must be aware of the protocols regarding the ANSSACC Drug Policy.” The protocols of the drug policy are

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listed on ANSSACC website under the sub-headings of Overview, Prohibited drugs, Testing Procedures, Sports Selection Procedure, Random Selection Procedure, Penalties & Fines and Disclosure of Drug Testing Results to Public and Media.

“ANSSACC or it’s Regional ANSSACC bodies will not pay for media coverage. Media is also considered community members and coverage will be counted as their contribution or sponsorship to the Australian Sikh Games”.

ANSSACC also has Sports Gambling Policy and Disciplinary Policy. In one of the dot points in their Media Policy states,

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Bollywood Superstar Arjun Kapoor says events like Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have given rise to sport in India

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ollywood superstar Arjun Kapoor attended Longines Record Club at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast 2018) yesterday, showing his support for the Indian team. Kapoor said the power of sporting events such as Gold Coast 2018 and the rise in sports other than cricket in India has created a greater sense of community. “It’s creating that feeling of rivalry, it brings the best out of people, it’s a nice energy to have and it brings people and the cities together,” “Sports are very important for me personally in feeling connected with others, it’s such a great conversation starter for somebody as socially bereft as me.” With increasing participation in a more diverse range of sports, Kapoor believes there are more opportunities for younger aspiring athletes to play with teams and coaches who will help achieve their goals of competing on a national or international scale. “I’m hoping that in all the sports you see at the Commonwealth Games in the coming years, you will have a lot more Indians representing our country,” “I think children now actually have the opportunity to dream bigger, which maybe didn’t exist when I was a kid.” This new attitude has also been adopted in towns throughout India where lower profile sports were traditionally not available as options. “Sport doesn’t see what region or what religion you’re from, it only sees your quality and that’s the best part about sport” “But, India still lacks a sporting community beyond cricket.” Kapoor said. Programs like the National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) seek to identify

(Right) Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing (Left) Mr Arjun Kapoor, Bollywood Superstar

and nurture talent in the age group of 8-12 years. The scheme is operated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) under the Ministry for Sports and Youth Affairs. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his support for the Indian contingent, before the 220 athletes went into the Opening Ceremony at Carrara Stadium, led by flag bearer and badminton hero PV Sindhu.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Official Partner of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Longines is also the Presenting Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

Mr Modi said the Commonwealth Games are a great opportunity to showcase the diverse talent of Indian sportspeople. Kapoor was invited to Australia as a Special Guest of Longines who has an impressive list of Global Brand Ambassadors, including Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai.

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AusIndia Fair 2018 Rajni Ghai Malhotra

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he AusIndia Fair 2018 was Federation of Indian Associations of ACT Inc’s (FINACT’s) mega event gathering over 4500 people at Stage 88 Commonwealth Park, Canberra on the warm sunny Saturday of 24th March 2018. The first of its kind, the event aimed at bringing together the Indian diaspora and the broader Australian society together on one platform to embrace diversity and inclusiveness of migrants in Australia.

The concept of this fair was initiated by the Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association. The FINACT and its member organisations coordinated to demonstrate the Indian Diaspora are inclusive Australians. It was great to see many Australians visited and participated in the event. The AusIndia Fair provided the visitors an opportunity to witness Indian arts and crafts, food, tea, ayurveda, yoga, sports and networking businesses on a single common platform, in an interactive and fun-filled manner. It also included a chance to win a free return ticket to India from any capital city in Australia! The program was packed with multiple stage shows ranging from free yoga session, Indian classical and folk dances, bhangra, Aboriginal dance and didgeridoo, Chilean folk dance, fashion show, fusion of African and Kerala drummers, leg dancing, bollywood, Sri Lankan aboriginal dance, live band and many more.

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There was entertainment to suit every taste and all ages. While somevisitors found themselves enjoying various kinds of organic Darjeeling tea and delicious Indian food while watching the outstanding performances on stage, others engaged in activities such as getting henna tattoos and turban tying which was a highly popular attraction of the event. The free photo booth by Incredible Indian gave people ample opportunity to get photos taken in world famous tourist spots like Taj Mahal, and especially with the turban tied. There was plenty to keep the kids entertained too. The organisers had planned sporting events and multiple free activities such as face painting and jumping castle. One of many highlights was the tug of war competition between the Kerala and Punjab teams. Kerala team won game and inaugural trophy. The fair was inaugurated by the Indian

High Commissioner, Hon. Dr. Ajay Gondane who also gave a welcome speech. Other eminent guests at the event were MLA and FINACT Patron Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Mr Alistair Coe, Leader of Opposition; Mr Shane Rattenburry, Minister for Environment; Mr Michael Pettersson MLA; Ms Elizabeth Kikkert, MLA; Ms Nicole Lawder MLA ; Ms Candice Burch MLA; Ms Elizabeth Lee; Mr Winnerjit Singh Social Worker and many other celebrities. The Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull stated, in a letter of acknowledgement, that the AusIndia Fair is a wonderful opportunity to inspire new interest in the AustralianIndian relationship. The fair ended with entertaining music by a DJ and dancing for all - a perfect way to mark the close of a super successful event. The chief coordinator of the cultural show was charming hostess for the event Dr. Sunita Dhindsa supported by Mr Phil Thomson. The master of ceremony were young Canberrans Ms Tara Khasyap and Mr Sunjinder Dhindsa. The AusIndia Fair organisers, the FINACT executives led by Dr. Krishna Nadimpalli, FINACT member organisations, and big team of volunteers are to be congratulated on the success of the first AusIndia Fair. The AusIndia Fair achieved what it had set out to and more. It provided the national capital Canberra an opportunity to participate in and have a feel of proactive, productive, vibrant and dynamic presence of businesses, networking, meet and greet with

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dignitaries and people in an inclusive, harmonious, and progressive environment.

No wonder Canberrans are already looking forward to AusIndia Fair 2019.

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Harmony day comes alive in Glenwood

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ederal Member for Greenway, Hon. Michelle Rowland MP, held a morning tea at the Glenwood Hub on Thursday, 22 March to celebrate

Australian Wagon Wheel biscuits. The Harmony Day celebration included contributions from The Hindu Council,

Sri Om Care, the Blacktown Bahá’í Community and PECOSA Australia. The audience was treated to traditional music, dance, a Hindu welcoming prayer and even a yoga demonstration! School leaders from local schools also attended the event, including representatives from Glenwood High School, Blacktown Girls High School, John Palmer Public School and Parklea Public School. The students spoke eloquently about what Harmony Day means to them and how diversity makes the community strong. “Harmony Day is a wonderful celebration of modern multicultural Australia”, Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland said. “Although we may come from different

Harmony Day 2018. More than 100 guests came together to enjoy the event. This is the third annual Harmony Day event that Michelle Rowland has held to celebrate the diverse cultures and communities that call Blacktown city home. Local residents from across the community cooked traditional dishes to bring along and share. These ranged from Indian dhokla to New Zealand Afghan biscuits, along with some iconic

backgrounds, we strive to live and work together in harmony. “Thank you to all the local residents who joined my Harmony Day Morning Tea this year and brought traditional dishes, made with love from their own kitchens to share amongst the community,” Ms Rowland said.

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How Do Styling Services Work? “Translate your dream of beautiful looks of your home into real-world looks.”

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he Interior Designer is a lifestyle boutique offering a unique collection of designer furniture, lighting and homewares at excellent value. Shop by room or style and choose the furniture package you like and they will arrange delivery direct to your door throughout Australia. If you have a vision for your home, but you’re not quite sure how to take this vision and turn it into a reality, what you’re looking for is our styling services. Interior home decoration styling services place you with an interior design professional, and takes your vision from an idea into concrete beauty you can see and feel each time you walk into your home. While it’s easy to dream up beautiful looks for your home, it’s often far more difficult to interpret how these ideas translate into real-world looks, and this is exactly where your styling services professionals come in.

The Early Stages – Consultation and Design Styling services begin with an initial consultation, and in this step our styling professionals will get to know you and what you want out of your space. You are the driving force behind their inspiration, and your input, needs, likes, and dislikes create the framework for our professionals to begin the interior design process. After getting a handle on what you’re looking for out of your space, we’ll begin creating collages and mood boards combining interior design professional experience with your needs, your vision, and your space. With this step, you’ll rest assured that the planning process is taking the path that best serves your overall vision. While styling services enlist the help of professional interior stylists, it’s important to remember that the style is yours. Sourcing and Presentation After getting a good handle on what you’re looking for, your stylist will then start to source designer pieces to make

your idea a reality. Looking through our curated collection on our online boutique offering a wide array of products, you’ll be able to choose pieces with your stylist to what will be the style of your home. From homeware accessories like clocks and cushions with AfterPay, to larger furniture pieces like sofas and dining tables, you work alongside your stylist to make sure every piece sourced for your home is representative of your personality. Once the sourcing is complete, it’s time to begin building your space. After your space has been designed using the concepts laid out by you and your stylist, you’ll be ready to present the space you’ve always dreamed of. Styling services provide a simple option that combines your vision with the insider knowledge and experience of an interior stylist. With our styling services, your home can have a high end lavish look that is not only perfectly on trend, but true to you at the same time. For latest news and offers visit : www.theinteriordesigner.com.au

The Interior Designer is a lifestyle boutique offering a unique collection of designer furniture, lighting and homewares at excellent value. Shop by room or style and choose the furniture package you like and they will arrange delivery direct to your door throughout Australia.

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Grief & Loss

“Grief isn’t something you get over; it’s something you go through” - Alan Pedenen.

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eflecting on my past and present, I too have experienced the many emotions associated with grief and loss. I will never forget, but with time I am healing and cherish the positive and beautiful memories of my pet that died, when I was a teen, my close friend who passed away after fighting a long battle to cancer, and more recently the passing away of a little girl known to my family. The pain her parents are going through is unimaginable and it is heart breaking. Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, something important to you, for example: miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of employment, separation from family and friends, children grieving in divorce, grief when a stranger/ celebrity or public figure dies, terminal illness, a tragic accident with loss of lives or a way of life. Even subtle losses in life can trigger a sense of grief. For example, you might grieve after moving away from home, graduating from college, or changing jobs. Whatever your loss, it’s personal to you, so don’t feel ashamed about how you feel, or believe that it’s somehow only appropriate to grieve for certain things. If the person, animal, relationship, valuable, or situation was significant to you, it’s normal to grieve the loss you’re experiencing.Grieving is a highly individual experience; so long as there is no risk or harm to you or anyone else there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Grief is expressed in many ways and it can affect every part of your life. Some common reactions to grief include, but are not limited to: Feeling sad, frequent crying, shock, denial, confusion, exhaustion, anger, feeling guilty, blame, loneliness, withdrawal, physical health problems, concentration difficulties, not enjoying usual activities, relationship problems, increased alcohol/drug use and feelings of hopelessness. Everyone experiences grief differently. The intensity, duration and reaction will vary for every person. Some people will express their emotions outwardly whilst

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others will experience their grief more internally.Some people may grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for years. Through the process of grief however one begins to create new experiences and habits that work around your loss. Adapted from Swiss Psychiatrist, Kuebler Ross in 1969, her modelidentifies the five stages of grieving. The five stages of grief do not necessarily occur in any specific order. One often moves back and forth, the stages, or skips a stage throughout ones grieving and before achieving a more peaceful acceptance of death. Many of us are not afforded the luxury of time required to achieve the final stage of grief (Reference Julie Axelrod) Most people find that with the support of their family and friends and their own resources, they gradually find ways to learn to live with their loss, and they do not need to seek professional help. Often, it is the simple offer of love and support that is the most important. Each day can be different for someone who is grieving; take the time to listen and understand what they are going through. Ask them how they are feeling and how you can help. Helping with daily tasks such as a cooking a meal, doing the shopping, going for a walk, or an activity with them can all help someone through their grief.

For some people, however, circumstances of the death may have been particularly distressing, such as a traumatic or sudden death, or there may be circumstances in their life which make their grief particularly acute or complicated. Look of for signs that they are not coping, that include signs of suicidal thoughts, self-harm, being stuck in their grief, giving up on life and encourage them to get professional help if their grief does not seem to be easing over time (GP, Psychologist and Counsellor). It is important to get support or seek professional help. How to help yourself: Don’t be afraid to ask for help; Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling; Manage stress, lighten your load by asking friends, family members or work colleagues to help you with some chores or commitments. Take care of your physical health. (Eat a healthy diet, exercise and sleep) Relaxation, meditation exercise can be helpful.

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Talk to your GP Consider joining a support group Visit websites such as www.grief.org.au,

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A friendly reminder, that if symptoms experienced are intense and persistent, it is important to consider seeking professional help. A GP is a good place to start. Your GP can provide you a referral, for you to see a psychologist or counsellor to help you. If you need to talk to someone right now, give Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 1114) a call they are available around the clock 24/7. Reference: Axelrod, J. (2006). The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 2, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/ the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief/000617 Image credit: http://caregiversconnect. sg/content/ďŹ ve-stages-grief

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‘Bura Na Mano Holi Hai’ Indian Literary & Art Society of Australia Celebrates Holi Fourteen poets of Sydney along with other artists gathered at Epping Leisure and Learning Centre and celebrated Holi. The poems had humour, satire, love, separation, reality and migrant experiences.

Along with poetry, the bollywood dances and Holi Songs were a treat to Sydney’s poetry, art and music lovers. Rekha Rajvanshi of ILASA announced that the money raised through this program would be used for publishing Australian Hindi poets’ next anthology.

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ndian Literary and Art Society of Australia (ILASA) Inc celebrated Holi in their artistic style following the tradition of having a Hasya Kavi Sammelan around Holi.

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Vaisakhi Celebrations at NSW Parliament by Punjabi Council of Australia

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His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj captivated audience at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Adelaide

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evotees and well-wishers gathered to welcome His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Green Fields, SA on Wednesday 07 March. With deep joy and excitement, devotees officially welcomed His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj on his first trip to Australia as Guru and President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, continuing the life work and mission of his guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj following his earthly departure. His Holiness was also welcomed by an aboriginal dance performed by the local dance troupe. Following his arrival, a welcome assembly was held by BAPS community members. The welcome assembly marked a special occasion for devotees who had worked together for several months planning for Mahant Swami Maharaj’s arrival. In preparation for his arrival, devotees prepared traditional Hindu gifts of honour such as garlands and shawls. Children and youth practiced their talents for the many scheduled programs during his visit and cultivated their knowledge of spiritual texts and devotional songs to memory as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude. Various other events throughout His Holiness’ visit included special programs for children and youth (Bal-Balika Din,

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Kishore-Kishori Din, Yuvak-Yuvati Din), a women’s cultural program (Mahila Din), an evening Kirtan Bhakti (devotional song) and ‘Sanskrutik Ek Khoj’ – In Search of Indian Culture, a cultural program based on the essence of Indian culture and traditions..

as a community place of worship.

His Holiness inaugurated the Charnarvind (footprints) of Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan in a water feature in the Mandir premises to the public.

Mahant Swami Maharaj emphasizes the importance of unity amongst families, organisations and communities. His life communicates the core values of BAPS rooted in mutual understanding, tolerance, respect, and consideration for individuals. He aims to inspire devotees to live a healthy, balanced life, filled with spirituality, morals, family values and respect for others.

The celebrations concluded with blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj who encouraged all to uphold unity, maintain faith and further develop one’s spirituality in strengthening the mandir

Six days in the presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj left devotees of all ages with countless experiences and memories that will foster their spiritual growth for years to come.

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The Flipside How to use the Law of Karma to my advantage?

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used to ask myself these questions: Why is this always happening to me?

Why do I keep meeting people like them? How do I get out of this bind I’m in? When is my life going to change? And so on and so on and . . . Perhaps you too have asked yourself questions like this. I have studied the Law of Karma. I know I am receiving ‘my due’. OK, I can accept that. But how can I change what I am getting back? How can I improve things for myself ? I know the Law of Karma operates so that we can learn our lessons and change,

I could turn the logic of this around, just like you play with a riddle or a Rubik’s Cube to extract ‘the magic solution’. Here is my reasoning, my quick fix, my shortcut…

where there is love for others in spite of what are judged to be their faults. Love the whole package and accept them as they are!

If what I give is what I get, then, if I give what I want, I will get what I want.

False love is when we “love” others but we want them to change, to be what we want.

What do you think of that reasoning?

So, that’s not really love, is it?

Does that sound logical to you? It did to me.

So, I knew that, if I really wanted to receive unconditional love, I would have to give

I thought I would try it out.

unconditional love.

There surely has to be a better way. There must be an easy way - a short cut.

What did I want most? I wanted love.

I wanted to find that shortcut

So, if I give love, I should get love.

I knew that I needed unconditional love because I realised that I was not perfect.

Basically the Law of Karma says: What I give out, I get back.

That’s what the Law of Karma says.

and that this will eventually lead to a better life. Yet I really wanted a shortcut. I was tired of just suffering the returns. I wanted a way out. So, I sat down to think about this.

So I reasoned this out…

So it would be the only type of love that would work for me, as I had faults!

I decided to have love for myself and for the individuals in my life, no matter what their faults might seem to be. There are two types of love: false love and true love. True love unconditional

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is love,

So I tried this out. I experimented. I felt love for myself and for others unconditionally. And I did receive love back from so many quarters. However, I did not receive love back from those closest to me - not in the short term. Over time and to varying degrees I

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did receive love from them. And I was happy with that. So, I feel this first experiment worked quite well. I thought then that I would expand my experimenting to my other needs and desires -

And they will. And they do. So the anger stops and I am not receiving anger anymore. So this worked too. Let’s generalise argument’s sake.

just

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the need for respect, peace and quiet, patience and whatever else I wanted in my life.

If I want people to be patient with me, then I must first be patient with them.

If we look at anger, for example, I didn’t like people being angry with me.

That also works. I have tried that out.

That was unpleasant. So, let’s look at anger, if I don’t want people to be angry with me,

If I want people to respect me, I should truly respect them.

I must not give out anger. Then I won’t receive anger back. How will this work? If others are angry with me, I will give them peace and good feelings. I will be patient and remain calm. I will give them the time to settle down, to cool down.

Are there times when this general rule does not work? Yes! When I am not genuine, it won’t work. But, when I truly have love or respect or patience for others, I do receive what I want. Believe me! This new Law of Karma, or this new way of looking at it, is well worth trying out.

I am happy with the results. Would you like to experiment as well? It is logical. And it surely does feel good to receive love, peace, patience, respect and anything else I want from others. It’s your time to experiment. Are you ready? ——————————————— Brahma Kumaris in Australia www.brahmakumaris.org.au

NSW Police Force launch new aircraft; PolAir 2, PolAir 6 and PolAir 8

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hree new state-of-the-art aircraft have been unveiled in the latest additions to the NSW Police Force Aviation Support Branch, making it the largest police aviation fleet in Australia. NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller, opened the hangar door revealing PolAir 2, PolAir 6 and PolAir 8 in a commissioning ceremony at Bankstown Airport on 10th April 2018..

the Force’s ability to respond to, target, disrupt and prevent crime.

“The addition of these aircraft ensures the NSW Police Force remains at the forefront of aerial law enforcement, while continuing to provide support to police and communities right across the

The Commissioner was joined by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d) Governor of NSW, and Minister for Police Troy Grant to commission the aircraft into operation. Commissioner Fuller said adding to the Aviation Support Branch fleet with state-of-the-art aircraft strengthened

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state,” Commissioner Fuller said.

The PolAir fleet has conducted 592 search and rescue operations, 316 missing persons searches and 44 specialist transport operations since July 2016. The Aviation Support Branch’s primary responsibility is reducing crime and providing support during searches for missing people, vessels or aircraft, and offenders; operations targeting drug and property seizures, specialised rescue missions, reconnaissance tasks and counter terrorism operations. Following this Commissioning, the NSW Police Aviation Fleet consists of five helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft, which is the largest fleet of police aircraft in Australia.

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Darwin SALE

$150,000 Needed for $1.2 million Building Cost

FIRST GURDWARA IN THE NT

 Land Release to Sikh Community  Cyclone Shelter Approved  NT Government Contribution of $600K  $450K Raised by Darwin Sikhs  Builder Selected  Design Approved  Construction Commenced

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Sikh Association Northen Territory Incorporated

Commonwealth Bank A/C: Sikh Association NT Inc BSB: 065-903 No: 1074 6943

The building, including the shelter, will be divided into three portions: 1) Sukhasan Greh (Place for Guruji to rest at night); 2) Darbar Hall (Main stage for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji); and 3) Langar Hall (Common Kitchen) & Punjabi school.

Your Support is highly valued ! Darwin Sangat thank you with warm regards and may Waheguru ji bless you and your love ones. With Sincere thanks and Kindest Regards Harwinder Singh & Committee members President – Sikh Association NT Inc.

Please call Harwinder Singh (President) 0450 362 100 or Harpreet Singh (V.President) 0433 654 065 www.santi.org.au

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Satpinder Singh Committee President - On Behalf of the Darwin Sangat

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West meets East for celebrating Vaisakhi “The Harvest Festival of Punjab”

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ational Sikh Council of Australia organised Vaisakhi celebration at Ryde Civil Hall on Sunday, 8 April, 2018. More than 300 key members of Sydney’s Indian community from all faiths-Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jainstook part in it and celebrated Vaisakhi and Sikh New Year. Sydney’s Gurdwaras’ key leaders were amply represented. The Vaisakhi organising committee included Mr Ajmer Singh Gill, Mr

Bawa Singh Jagdev, Dr Yadu Singh, Mr Gurcharn Singh Kahlon and Mr. Baljinder Singh Nanda.

Prominent political leaders participated in this celebration. They included Hon. Michelle Rowland (Federal MP for Greenway and Federal Shadow Minister for Communications), Hon. Victor Dominello (MP for Ryde and NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property), Hon. Julie Owens (Federal MP Parramatta), Dr Geoff Lee (State MP for Parramatta and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Western Sydney and Multiculturalism), Hon. Jodi Mckay (MP for Strathfield and NSW Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads, Maritime and Freight), Hon. Julia Finn (MP for Granville), Damien Tu Hon. dehope (MP for Epping), Councillor Patricia Prociv (City of Parramatta Council), Councillor Nella Hall (Deputy Mayor of Strathfield Council) and Councillor Suman Saha (Cumberland Council). Mr Bawa Singh Jagdev spoke and

explained what Vaisakhi was about and why it is celebrated. This was the day Khalsa Panth was initiated and this was the day when Jallianwala Massacre took place in Amritsar, India. This is also the occasion when farmers celebrate the harvesting season in Punjab. The speeches from the political leaders were glowing in terms of the contribution of Sikh community. Several political leaders were dressed in traditional Indian attire and were hugely popular in the gathering. Masters of Ceremonies was Mr Ajmer Singh Gill, who conducted the event efficiently. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Yadu Singh, who himself was dressed in Sikh attire including a colourful Turban and a typical pair of Punjabi “Jutis” (shoes). Dr Singh acknowledged Mr HS Johal, whose great grand Uncle, Private Sarn Singh Johal fought alongside Australian troops in WW1 hundred years ago and was killed in the war theatre in Europe. The audience applauded in appreciation when Dr Singh reminded them that he along with Australian Indian Historical

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Society had organised a Wreath Laying Ceremony for Private Sarn Singh Johal at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in June, 2017.

Cultural performances included Bhangra, Gidda and Ghoomar dance, but the most spectacular item was a combo involving a Bhangra and a Bharatnatyam dancer, who competed in performing each other’s dances, which the whole gathering enjoyed and clapped on.

The celebration was an Alcohol-free event and only vegetarian food was served. Vaisakhi celebration by National Sikh Council of Australia was a fabulous event, which the team organised with spectacular professionalism. This is now going to be a regular event, which will be better and bigger next year and years afterwards. Photo credit : Surinder Bhogal

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INDIA at it’s BEST #GC2018 Gold

The Indian mixed team badminton claimed gold for the first time in the Games’ history

Mirabai Chanu in the women’s weightlifting 48 kg category

Sanjita Chanu in the women’s weightlifting 53kg category

Venkat Rahul Ragala in the men’s weightlifting 85 kg category

Punam Yadav in the women’s weightlifting 69 kg category

Manu Bhaker in the 10m women’s air pistol

Jitu Rai In the 10m men’s air pistol event & this is his second Commonwealth gold

Satish Kumar Sivalingam in the men’s weightlifting 77kg category

Heena Sidhu in the Women’s 25m pistol

Rahul Aware in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg wrestling

Sushil Kumar double Olympic-medallist In the Men’s freestyle 74kg wrestling

Anish Bhanwala 15-year-old in the Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol

Photos source: THE HINDU

Indian men’s table tennis team wins gold beating Nigeria

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XXI Commonwealth Games Gold

In the women’s table tennis event the Indian team won its first ever Commonwealth gold medal

Tejaswini Sawant in the Women’s 50m rifle position”

Bajrang Punia in the Men’s freestyle 65kg wrestling

M.C. Mary Kom 45-48 kg category boxing & claiming gold in her debut CWG

Sanjeev Rajput in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Position shooting

Sumit Malik in the Men’s freestyle 125 kg

Gaurav Solanki In the Men’s 52kg Boxing

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the CWG

Vinesh Phogat in the women’s wrestling freestyle 50 kg

Manika Batra in the women’s table Tennis singles & becoming the first Indian woman to do so

Vikas Krishan in the Mens 75kg Boxing category”

Saina Nehwal in the women’s Single Badminton

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Shreyasi Singh in the double trap women shooting

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Silver

Tejaswini Sawant in the 50m prone finals in shooting

P. Gururaja in the Men’s Weightlifting 56kg category

Shreyasi Singh in the double trap women shooting

Heena Sidhu in the 10m women’s air pistol

Pradeep Singh in the 105 category weightlifting for Men

Mehuli Ghosh in the 10m Women’s air rifle event

Seema Punia in the Women’s discus throw

Mausam Khatri in the Men’s Wrestling freestyle 97 kg

Pooja Dhanda in the Women’s 57kg Wrestling

Anjum Moudgil in the Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event

Manika Batra & Mouma Das in the Women’s doubles & a first ever for India in the CWG

Amit Panghal in the Men’s Boxing 46-49kg category

Manish Kaushik in the Men’s Boxing 60 kg category

Dipika Pallikal & Saurav Ghosal in the mixed doubles squash

Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Joshna Chinappa in the Women’s doubles Squash

Kidambi Srikanth in the Men’s Single badminton

P.V. Sindhu in the Women’s singles Badminton

Venkata PUSARLA in the Women’s Singles Badminton

Srikanth KIDAMBI in the Men’s Singles Badminton

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Babita Kumari in the Women’s wrestling 53kg event

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Bronze

Deepak Lather the youngest Indian Weightlifter to claim a CWG medal

Ravi Kumar in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event

Vikas Thakur in the Men’s Weightlifting 94kg category

Apurvi Chandela in the 10m women’s Air Rifle event

Om Mitharval in the 10m men’s air pistol event

Om Mitharval in the 50m men’s pistol event

Ankur Mittal in the Men’s double trap shooting

Kiran Bishnoi in the women’s freestyle 76kg Wrestling

Navjeet Dhillon in the Women’s Discus Throw

Divya Kakran in the Women’s freestyle 68 kg

Hussamuddin Mohammed in the Boxing Men’s 56 kg

Manoj Kumar in the Boxing Men’s 69 kg

Naman Tanwar in the Boxing Men’s 91 kg

Sakshi Malik in the Women’s Freestyle 62 kg Wrestling

Somveer Kadian in the Men’s Freestyle 86 kg

Ashwini Ponnappa & Sikki Reddy in the women’s doubles Badminton

Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty in the Men’s doubles Table Tennis

Manika Batra & Gnanasekaran Sathiyan in the mixed doubles Table Tennis

Sharath Achanta In Men’s Singles Table Tennis

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Sachin in the Men’s heavyweight category in Para Powerlifting

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INDIA DAY Fair Time : 12pm - 8pm Saturday, 11 August 2018

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MOVIE DAY Time : 12pm - 8pm Sunday, 12 August 2018

A day filled with • Celebration • Dances & Music • Kids Rides • Multicultural Food • Business Stalls • Merchandise Stalls • Cultural Performance • Prizes • Fire Works

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