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oli, the festival of colours is a two-day holiday which begins with families praying, singing and dancing around a symbolic bonfire to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. In Brisbane, Holi festival saw

not only Indian community but queenslanders from different ethnic cultures coming together and celebrating it showcasing the spirit of multiculturalism and harmony. Holi was celebrated with pomp and grandeur in many places across Queensland as many events were or-


ganised. One such event was organised by Indian Cultural and Sports Club on Feb 3rd at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks as a part of BrisAsia Festival and had around 1500 people turn up for the event. Organiser Paviter Singh Noori said the event was an op-

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56th Queensland Parliament Grand Official Opening

Mr Paul de Jersey, Governor of Queensland inspecting the guards.


ueensland's 56th parliament was officially opened on 14th Feb 2018. In a 45-minute speech to formally open the 56th Queensland Parliament, Governor Paul de Jersey confirmed the Parliament would move for a sitting in the regions and it will preside over an "era of profound change". The entire Queen sland Parliament will head to the regions this term, in a first for the Palaszczuk government. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has previously taken her cabinet to the regions, calling it "governing from the regions", but this will be the first time she has taken the whole 93 members of Parliament. "In recognition of the challenges and opportunities in regional Queensland, my government will continue its initiative of governing from the regions," he said. A 19-gun salute fired from Kangaroo Point and Mr de Jersey received the Royal Salute and inspected the guard, band and mounted police, and trumpets were played. He welcomed all MPs and urged them to work for the people of Queensland. "You will be making a significant contribution to the opportunities and responsibilities of the government and the state of Queensland in an era of profound change," he said. Following the opening speech, MPs

headed to the Speaker's Green for a garden party. Between 2002 and 2011 and across various governments, four sittings of the Parliament occurred in regional Queensland cities - Townsville, Rockhampton, Cairns and Mackay. The sitting in 2002 was the first time the Queensland Parliament had sat outside of Brisbane in its 142-year history. It is traditional for the Governor, the Queen's representative, to use the government's advice in drafting the speech, and outline its agenda over the coming term. Mr de Jersey said the government would be consultative, listen to Queenslanders and continue to consult with the crossbench. "Those members sitting on the crossbenchers can be assured that my government's commitment to consult applies equally to them," he said. "They can expect regular briefings on key matters and important legislation that will be put before this Parliament. "They can expect the Parliamentary committee processes to provide scrutiny of the government's legislative program and its expenditure." Mr de Jersey also welcomed MPs back to Parliament for 2018.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team

Guards for gunfire "You gather together here bringing different life experiences and expertise from a range of occupations and endeavours," he said. "Unlike the first Parliament opened by [Governor] Sir George Bowen, this Parliament has strong, representation of women and among those is the first member of Torres Strait descent, the member for Cook Ms. Cynthia Lui, from Yam Island, some 2232 kilometres from here," he said. Other priorities on the agenda include health and education, cyberbullying, working with federal and local government and jobs. In the audience, in addition to sitting MPs, was Ms Palaszczuk's father and former minister Henry Palaszczuk, Labor state secretary Julie-Ann Campbell, Queensland Law Society deputy president Bill Potts, Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers and outgoing speaker Peter Wellington. The coming term of office will be a shorter "buffer" term of just under three years following the introduction of fixed four-year terms, with the next election already set for October 31, 2020. Usual sittings of Parliament begin on 15th Feb 2018, with the government planning to introduce 16 bills.

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Australia-India relations moving ahead

Hon. Minister J.P Nadda addressing Global Digital Health Partnership Symposium at old Parliament.

High Commissioner Dr. A.M Gondane addressing the crew of Indian Coast Guard Ship Vaibhav at Darwin


ndian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Vaibhav arrived in Darwin on 20th Feb 2018. The visit of ICGS Vaibhav to Australia is demonstration of India's "Act East" policy and aims at strengthening ongoing maritime engagements, bilateral ties and enhancing maritime security cooperation between the two countries. Commissioner Dr. A.M Gondane encouraged the young crew of the Indian Coast Guard Ship Vaibhav. Later High Commissioner Dr Gondane, Commanding Officer of ICGS Vaibhav DIG Arvind Sharma and Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra met with Lord Mayor of Darwin Hon. Kon Vatskalis and discussed on expanding relations between India and Northern Territory. High Commissioner Dr A. M. Gondane also hosted a reception onboard Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Vaibhav on 22 February 2018. The reception was attended by leaders and senior officials of Northern Territory and representatives of Indian community in Darwin.

Hon. Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P Nadda participated in Australian Digital Health Agency presentation on Primary Healthcare Network on 22nd Feb 2018 at AIS. He was accompanied by India High Commissioner Dr. A.M Gondane, Mr. Greg Hunt, Health Minister, Australia and others. Hon. Minister J. P Nadda addressed at ANU & highlighted India's achievements of National health goals. He also addressed at the Global Digital Health Partnership Symposium at Canberra with Mr. Greg Hunt, Health Minister, Australia and had a meeting with Hon. Minister Ken Wyatt MP Minister of Aged Care & Indigenous Health at Old Parliament in Canberra, Australia Hon. Minister JP Nadda during the symposium stated that Digital health has great potential towards reducing inequity in provisioning & distribution of healthcare services and that Digital tech can create an enabling & fair ecosystem to de-

liver health services to people with dignity. He believed that the next decade of digital revolution is going to be seen in healthcare and is long overdue in healthcare and that it can transform the way our physicians, nurses, field staff and hospitals work to deliver care. He emphasized that it is the need of hour to discuss and deliberate on the ideas on how to use digital technology to address pressing healthcare issues that the world faces today. He shared that he strongly feels Information & Communication Technology has great potential towards improvement of delivery of healthcare services. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has rolled out large scale IT systems in integrated health surveillance program, public health management, hospital information system, supply chain management, online services, tele-medicine, program monitoring and mHealth in India.

Hon. Minister J.P Nadda meeting Hon. Minister Ken Wyatt MP Minister Of Aged Care _ Indigenous Health at Old Parliament in Canberra, Australia

High Commissioner Dr Gondane, Commanding Officer of ICGS Vaibhav DIG Arvind Sharma and Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra met with Lord Mayor of Darwin Hon Kon Vatskalis.

Hon. Minister J. P Nadda addressing at ANU, highlighting India's achievements of National health goals.

Hon. Minister JP Nadda at the Global Digital Health Partnership Symposium at Canberra with Mr. Greg Hunt, Health Minister, Australia and others

Indian Coast Guard Ship Vaibhav Visit to Darwin High Commissioner Dr. A.M Gondane Visiting ship and encouraging the young crew

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Queensland’s Top Year 12 graduates cheer at the Achievement Awards!

Outstanding Academic Achievers 2017


ore than 80 per cent of Queensland year 12 OP students have achieved an OP 1-15 this year, according to Education Minister Grace Grace. Individual results were released overnight with more OP1s having been achieved this year compared to 2016 and more students having completed year 12. There were more year 12 students in this year's cohort, with 53,098 teenagers starting their final year of schooling compared to 51,613 last year. About 93 per cent of year 12 students have passed their studies and have earned their Queensland Certificate of Education, with these numbers on par with last year. A total of 26,859 students chose the OP pathway and 22,121 of these have achieved a result of OP1-15. This equates to more than 82 per cent of OP students having achieved a 15 or better - a one per cent increase compared to last year. A total of 753 students have reached an OP1, equating to about 3.5 per cent of the OP cohort - which is the same as last year. Education Minister Grace Grace today recognised the state’s top Year 12 graduates from the class of 2017 at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards on 17th February 2018 at State Library of Queensland. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) host-

ed the event at the State Library in South Bank where 32 students from 20 state and non-state schools received prizes in six categories. “These annual awards are a special opportunity to honour the hard work and commitment of our top students and the teachers and families who supported them,” Ms Grace said. “This year’s overall Outstanding Academic Achiever award went to Rachel Hauenschild of Kenmore State High School who received a certificate, trophy, and $5000 prize money. “She achieved exceptionally highly in all her school subjects, the Queensland Core Skills Test, tertiary entrance ranking, and in two university subjects and will pursue her passion for mathematics at The University of Queensland where she has a scholarship. “I look forward to hearing Rachel’s name associated with many more achievements in the future.” Rachel Hauenschild wanted to pursue a career in mathematics. Upon receiving Vice- Chancellor’s scholarship, she will be studying Bachelor of Mathematics at University of Queensland. She shared that when she found out that she had won an award she felt privileged to be recognised for her hard work and thanked her parents for their support and encouragement.

Rachel Hauenschild with Minister Grace

Minister Grace said the 2017 Year 12 cohort was the largest ever to graduate. “Approximately 53,000 Queensland students completed Year 12 last year, so the 32 students who’ve been recognised today can be very proud of their achievements. QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider said the awards highlighted the strength in depth of secondary schooling in Queensland. “Queensland schools support pathways to further education, training and work for all Year 12 students, while also enabling the very brightest to achieve to their full potential,” Mr Rider said. “All today’s award winners are well placed to be successful at university and make valuable contributions to the community in their careers.” Aditya Chilukuri from Brisbane State High School was the only student of Indian Origin in Distinguished Academic Achievers list. His career goal is to pursue research or entrepreneurship in computer science or engineering. He shared that his favourite subjects are Chemistry and Economics. He feels that chemistry gives a very real practical context to the world. The QCE Achievement Awards are sponsored by Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.

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Aditya Chilukuri with family

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Prime Minister Modi Interacts with Students, Talks About Exam Stress during Pariksha Pe Charcha

PM Modi interacting with students

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ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with students at Delhi's Talkatora Stadium. The session - "Pariksha Par Charcha", saw over 1,400 students listening to PM Modi. He took questions related to exam stress from students from across the country. The Prime Minister's Office had received thousands of questions from students across the country, ranging from stress and parental pressure to yoga and how to deal with the competition. During Narendra Modi's 'Pariksha pe Charcha' interaction with students of Class 10 and 12 on exam-related stress, one student in the audience asked the prime minister if he himself was prepared for his 'exam' next year, the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "How are you preparing since you'll also be facing an exam in the form of Lok Sabha elections next year?" Girish Singh, a Class 11 student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mungeshpur, New Delhi asked.

In response, Modi smiled and said that had he been the student's teacher, he'd advise him to become a journalist because only a journalist could've thrown him such a tricky question. Modi also pointed out that elections come and go but it is the time that he invested in the service of 125 crore Indians as that matters more. Emphasising on the need to disengage from the end goal to focus on the task at hand, he said that politics is not in his nature and that he wants to keep doing something constructive. “I always believe that you keep studying, trying to learn, and keep all focus on learning. Make the student inside you as energetic as possible. Make this your lifestyle... Exam, result and marks should be a by-product. You have done your work; the result will come. If you go by marks, you may not achieve what we really want... I work on the same principle in politics.”

“All my time, energy and strength and mental capability, all should be spent on the 1.25 crore Indians. Elections will come and go, they are all by-products,” he said. Modi added: “Our situation is such that you have exams once in a year, we have exams 24 hours in a day.” He recalled how the Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lost all the seats in a Gujarat election. “They had 103 candidates. Whoever wanted to fight was given a ticket. Out of 103, the security deposit of 99 was forfeited. Four candidates survived. With their deposit money, they had a party and distributed sweets.” He recalled how the workers celebrated with that money and said that it is this jovial humility that takes people forward in life. Given that a high-octane election campaign is in its final phase in Tripura. It seemed like Modi's message

wasn't only meant for students but also for his party workers. Modi said that he takes an exam every day, and his credentials are put under the spotlight even when a small election takes place. He spoke about how ambition takes a toll on happiness and how dreams should be grounded in the joys of every day instead of setting a long-term goal. “You become what you become, every single day,” he said. Modi also spoke about the need to develop EQ or emotional quotient. “Today, I am a student and you are my examiner. You can give me marks out of 10 later. Don't think of me as the prime minister but as a friend,” Modi said, responding to questions from the students gathered at the stadium as well as those who wrote in their queries and doubts. Answering a question on how to handle the stress some students undergo even after preparation, Modi

PM Modi waves at the students

said, “We all prepare honestly but if we don’t have confidence, we tend to forget things at the last minute. Self-confidence comes by challenging ourselves and working hard. We should always think of bettering ourselves.” “People think concentration is a major thing that has to be learnt. But that is not true. Everyone throughout the day does something which requires complete concentration,” he said. Modi has displayed a keen interest in the increasing stress levels of school and college students across the country. Recently, he penned a book Exam Warriors addressing the issue. In his monthly radio program 'Mann Ki Baat', the prime minister had urged students to celebrate examinations like festivals to reduce stress.

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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children by Govt of India More Grants for U Multicultural Organisations nder the SPDC, Government of India provides scholarships to the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and NonResident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/ Institutes. Key features of the scheme are: • 150 scholarships are available for the year 2018-19. • Applicable to children of NRIs and PIOs in the age group of 17-21 years. • Applicable for Under Graduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses (except Medical and related courses)

Assistance is aimed at meeting cost of tuition fees, admission fee and post admission services. • Financial assistance, in most cases, covers 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost subject to a maximum of US$ 4000 per annum. • Total monthly income of the parents of the candidate should be less than US$ 4000. • Institutions covered under the scheme: i) NITs, IITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture; ii) ‘A’ Grade Institutions accredited by NAAC and recognized by UGC; iii) Central Universities of India; and iv) Other institutions covered under DASA scheme. Detailed terms and conditions of the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children can be seen at


ommunity groups and other organizations across Queensland can now apply for a share of up to $300,000 in multicultural project grants. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe is encouraging eligible not-for-profit organizations, community groups and local councils to apply for a multicultural project grant under the second round of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program. “I’m pleased to announce applications are now open for this new round of multicultural project grants, with total funding worth up to $300,000 available,” he said.

“I want to encourage community groups to submit project proposals that build inclusive communities and work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds to ensure access and opportunities for all. “Queensland’s multiculturalism is one of our greatest strengths and we want to see this diversity reflected in all parts of community including our service clubs, community associations and sporting groups. “This funding round will provide support for projects that help engage communities to work together locally to build inclusion, participation and cohesion.

“I’m really proud to be part of a government that is committed to promoting Queensland’s multiculturalism and ensuring this is a safe, caring, harmonious, and inclusive society for everyone.” One-off funding of up to $25,000 is available for approved projects to be delivered from 1 July 2018. Mr. Hinchliffe said applications can be submitted in hard copy or online via multicultural. The latest funding round is part of the $1 million Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants budget in 2017–18 to support events and projects that celebrate Queensland’s multiculturalism.

Queenslanders can Save Energy & Dollars


ueenslanders can now jump online and apply for rebates of up to $300 on energy efficient appliances to save on their electricity bills. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said first rebates should be flowing back into the first applicants’ bank accounts by the end of February. “People who have already bought new energy-efficient fridges, air-cons and washing machines since 1 January, and have registered for the rebate,

have 30 days from tomorrow to get those applications in,” he said. “Of course, you have to meet the criteria to receive the rebate. “If you haven’t bought one already, I’d encourage householders to consider buying appliances with at least a fourstar energy rating. “It’s is one of the best ways to save on your electricity bill, and that’s why this rebate is part of our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan – to help make Queenslanders’ power bills more affordable.”

Energy Efficiency Council chief executive officer Luke Menzel said that big appliances humming away in the background were often massive energy hogs, and that new models with a high star rating could be much cheaper to run. “Upgrading to a new, more efficient fridge or air conditioner can be one of the easiest ways of cutting your energy bill,” he said. “It’s great news that the Palaszczuk Government is helping Queenslanders upgrade their appliances, so families

can lock in those savings as quickly as possible.” Member for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh said families in her local area could save up to $700 per year simply by replacing a 30-year-old fridge. “My message to my constituents is to look hard at this offer – especially after the week we’ve had with the aircons blazing,” she said. The rebates apply to new, eligible fourstar or higher appliances purchased from 1 January 2018: $200 for washing machines; $250 for fridges and

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$300 for air conditioners. Rebates are limited to one per household. The rebates are part of the government’s $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan to help Queenslanders save on their power bills. The plan includes: • $50 a year off every household bill over the next two years. • an annual discount for regional Ergon customers who take up Ergon’s direct debit Easy Pay Rewards payment options -- $75 for households and $120 for small businesses. • ensuring electricity prices for typical households and small business remain below inflation on average over the next two years. The rebates apply to new, eligible four-star or higher appliances purchased from 1 January 2018: $200 for washing machines; $250 for fridges and $300 for air conditioners. Complete the application form online at or call 13 43 87 to apply. Applying requires: - a scan or photo of the tax invoice or receipt for the appliance purchased - your National Metering Identifier number from your electricity account - the appliance makes and model number - your bank account details Customers who have already signed up to be notified will receive an email or text advising them that applications have opened.

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PM Modi at Magnetic Maharashtra' Global Investment Summit


rime Minister Narendra Modi on Feb 18th, 2018 said the Centre's budget reforms have created a new work culture and are transforming the socioeconomic landscape. Addressing the inaugural session of at Magnetic Maharashtra' Global Investors Summit here, the prime minister said that the nation is heading towards an efficient and transparent ecosystem at a fast pace. "Our budget is not limited to an outlay, the focus of our budget is not limited to output but is the outcome. Our reforms in budget making and presentation have created a new work culture and are transforming the socio-economic landscape," the prime minister said. The prime minister further stressed on the importance of improvement in 'ease of living' and said it empowers people.

He also said that potential policy, planning, and performance will help the nation to progress. "We are heading in a direction where a state is policy-driven, governance is performance-driven, the government is accountable, and democracy is participative," he said. Prime Minister Modi also credited the Maharashtra government for their contribution in improving India's rank in

PM Modi at the Summit

Nirav Modi & the Banking Case


n 14th Feb morning, Punjab National Bank informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has detected some "fraudulent and unauthorized transactions" in one of its branches in Mumbai to the tune of $1771.69 million (approx.). Following the announcement, the share price of the State-owned bank plunged 10%. Nirav Modi and his three firmsDiamond R Us, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds-were allegedly procuring the LoUs from the PNB's Brady Road branch for the past seven years. Punjab National Bank (PNB), the country's second-largest public-sector lender, is now in the middle of almost $2billion transaction fraud case. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) received two complaints from PNB against billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and a jeweler company alleging fraudulent transactions worth about ₹11,400 crores, the Press Trust of India reported. This is in addition to the ₹280-crore fraud case that he

connection with ease of doing business. He expressed confidence that soon Maharashtra will be India's first trillion-dollar state. "In the past three years, the Maharashtra government has taken unprecedented steps to strengthen the environment for investment. Today, the infrastructure projects in Maharashtra are attracting the attention of the whole world," he said.

is already under investigation for, again filed by PNB. Recently the revenue department has issued tax notices to the banks that loaned money to companies run by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi - the jewellers in the eye of the storm. Who is Nirav Modi? Nirav Modi, the billionaire in the middle of this controversy, is a luxury diamond jewelry designer who was ranked #57 in the Forbes list of India's billionaires in 2017. He is the founder and creative director of the Nirav Modi chain of diamond jewelry retail stores, and is the Chairman of Firestar International, the parent of the Nirav Modi chain, which has stores in key markets across the globe. His designs have been worn to the Oscars by 'Hidden Figures' star Taraji P. Henson and to the Golden Globes by Dakota Johnson, among others. Actor Priyanka Chopra is the brand ambassador. How the fraud was detected According to the complaint filed by PNB with the CBI on January 28,

the fraudulent issuance of Letters of Undertakings (LOU) was detected at the Mid Corporate Branch, Brady House in Mumbai. A set of partnership firms -- Diamond R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds -- approached the bank on January 16 with a set of import documents and requested for Buyer's Credit to make payments to overseas suppliers. The firms have Nirav Modi, his brother Nishal Modi, Mr. Nirav's wife Ami Nirav Modi, and Mehul Chinubhai Chokshi as partners. Buyers Credit is, typically, a shortterm loan facility extended to an importer by a bank to finance goods and services. It is a common mode of transaction in international trade where a bank extends credit to the importer and a finance agency based in the exporter's country guarantees the loan. As there was no sanctioned limit in the name of the firms, the branch officials requested the firms to furnish 100% cash margin for issuing the LOU for raising the Buyer's

SBI launches Global NRI centre at Kochi


he State Bank of India (SBI) launched its Global NRI (GNC) center, a one-stop customer service solution for all NRI banking related services, in Kochi. Leveraging its strong NRI customer base of over 33 lakhs as on January 31, the bank, through its GNC aims to centralize operations which are currently spread across 16 circles, 92 NRI branches in 66 different locations and several NRI intensive branches. The GNC will be a single point of contact for SBI branches, customers, relationship managers, representative offices and foreign offices. NRI customers can now avail SBI’s banking services from any part of the world, through a wide range of online facilities like account opening, inprinciple sanctions of loans and instant remittances, state-of-art technology, professional and specialized dedicated teams, a 24X7 contact center to offer customer support and issue resolution. To further enhance the service experience for NRIs, the bank also launched other related services such as Wealth

management, SBI Intelligent Assist, Free Post box service, SBI Mingle for NRI’s, and Remittance facility for US based customers. “We have witnessed consistent growth of our NRI banking portfolio. Our endeavor is to offer all our products and services on digital platform so that our NRI customers experience the ease of banking with us from wherever they are in the world and that’s why we have centralized all our services and offering under the Global NRI center besides offering them specialized services,” said chairman SBI, Rajnish Kumar. “Technological advancements are creating opportunities to modernise and de-risk the way vital remittances are transferred across borders. Formal remittances are also seen as a key stepping stone to improving financial inclusion by encouraging more people to have bank accounts,” Kumar added. SBI embarked on its international journey with the opening of its first international branch in Colombo in 1864. Today, it boasts of 207 offices in 37 countries.

Credit. At this, the firms contested that they have been availing this facility in the past; but the branch records do not corroborate this. On digging further, the bank officials discovered that two of its employees had fraudulently issued LOUs in the past without following prescribed procedures and approvals. The employees had then transmitted SWIFT instructions to the overseas branches of Indian banks for raising Buyer's Credit without making entries in banking system to avoid detection. The complaint also said that the funds so raised for the payment of the Import Bills have not been utilized for such purposes in many cases. As per the FIR, five of the SWIFT messages (SWIFT is a messaging network used by financial institutions to securely transmit instruction) were issued to Allahabad Bank in Hong Kong and three to Axis Bank in Hong Kong. What will happen now? One of the worrying aspects of the scam is that in its statement, PNB

says that based on the fraudulent transactions, other banks appear to have advanced money to the customers abroad. It goes on to add that these transactions are contingent in nature and any liability arising out of these on the bank will have to be decided based on the law and genuineness of underlying transactions. Meanwhile, Joint Secretary in Department of Financial Services Lok Rajan said “I don’t think this is out of control or too big a worry at this point. That is my broad sense.” However, the ₹11,400-crore scam comes at a time when the Central government is attempting to provide a breather to ailing PSBs, having announced a ₹2.11 lakh crore capital infusion to the sector in October 2017. As of now, the only good that could come out of the affair would be some fresh consideration to implementing better practices in public sector banking.

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In Memoriam: Sridevi, the First Major Female Superstar of Indian Cinema


ollywood actress Sridevi who charmed audiences with her larger-than-life performances died on February 24, 2018 in Dubai. The 54-year-old actress drowned in the bathtub in her hotel room in Dubai, and after a short investigation local police ruled out foul play, allowing her remains to be returned to India. She is survived by her husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Sridevi is considered as the Bollywood’s first female superstar who gave several box-office hits with no man beside her in a leading role. Born in Sivakasi, a small town in Tamil Nadu famous for its firecracker factories, she was the daughter of K Ayyappan, a lawyer, and his wife, Rajeshwari. The family ran a small plastic manufacturing unit. Sridevi’s mother and her sister Srilata often accompanied her on film shoots. Adept in several South Indian languages, in her early career, Sridevi was involved in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam cinema industries. But she also managed what was for her time a rare crossover from the southern film industry, thereby gaining nationwide recognition and appeal. In fact, many of the early roles that set her on the path to becoming Bollywood’s first female superstar were remakes in Hindi of regional-language hits, including the films Himmatwala and Sadma (both 1983). Sridevi retained her striking good looks, and in her most popular roles

portrayed strong, funny women: the investigative journalist in Mr India (1987) who is not above going under cover as a cabaret dancer; the street-smart dancer in ChaalBaaz (1989), whose stunt scenes are also comic ones; and the Afghan warrior in Khuda Gawah (1992) who rides a horse into battle. Her mercurially comic facial expressions, her overthe-top outfits and the dance moves were all a piece with the gusto and spontaneity of her acting. Sridevi was in her heyday a massive box office draw, in addition to which she won five Filmfare Awards, the Hindi movie industry's answer to the Oscars. After marrying Boney Kapoor in 1996, Sridevi got another Filmfare nod for her performance in 1997's Judaai before withdrawing from the movies. A 15-year big screen hiatus followed, during which she and Boney brought up two daughters - Jhanvi, 20, and Khushi, 17. The time eventually came when Sridevi itched to return to films, and she launched her comeback with the 2012 hit English Vinglish, which India submitted unsuccessfully to the Oscars. Her incredible film career saw her work in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, and in 2013 she was honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest of the civilian honors granted by the Government of India. Her last film release was the 2017 thriller Mom, which was reported to be her 300th motion picture.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, right, and Jaya Bachchan leave the members club, as other VIPs arrived.

Husband Boney Kapoor, center, stands beside the body of Indian actress Sridevi as the same is carried in a truck during her funeral in Mumbai, India.

Before cremation, Sridevi's mortal remains were kept in Celebration Sports Club for three hours as she wore a red kaanjeevaram and gold jewelry, wrapped in national tricolor and placed in a glass casket decked with flowers. Outside Celebration Sports Club, fans of Sridevi from across the country gathered with flowers and posters to bid a fond farewell. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Rekha, Vidya Balan, Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira Rajput, Hema Malini and her daughter Esha Deol, Sushmita Sen and Farah Khan apart from the Kapoor family gathered at the condolence meet as well. During her funeral procession towards Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium, thousands took to the streets in the western city of Mumbai along with Sridevi’s daughters Khushi and Janhvi, her widower Boney Kapoor, Bollywood royalty including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The death of Sridevi has also led to a wave of speculation over the pressures on the industry's leading women and the murkiness behind their success. A last post was shared on Sridevi's Twitter on 28th Feb 2018, hours after she was cremated with state honors in Mumbai. Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor posted an emotional note from her account, putting into words the void his wife's death has left and asking that the family be allowed to grieve in private.

Sridevi Kapoor was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, for services to the movie industry.

Sridevi's body is seen draped in red, gold and the Indian flag in the open casket up on public display

Sridevi Kapoor, pictured with her husband Boney and their daughters Jhanvi and Khushi, was found dead in a bath in her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel in.

Sridevi's flower-covered cortege was driven to a crematorium where her family said their final goodbyes.

Sridevi with South super stars Rajnikanth, Kama Hassan in 1970.

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Australia-India Day Celebration at the Australians of Indian Heritage War Memorial By Dr. Naidu Bodapati, Public Relations Officer and Secretary, AIHWM Committee

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Dr Naidu Bodapati with Surendra Prasad, Cr Kim Marx, Giani Jasbir Singh, Shyam Das and others t is very rare that two countries Mr. Surendra Prasad OAM, Chairhave their national days falling on person of AIHWM welcomed the the same date. The 26th January gathering and spoke of the imporis such date, when Australia tance of the 26th January for Auscelebrates Australia Day and India tralia and India. National Anthems celebrates their Republic Day. This is of both Australia and India were of special significance to the Indian played. Mr Hugh Polson, President community living in Australia. of RSL Sub-branch Sunnybank On this special day, the Australians said the monument is magnificent of Indian Heritage War Memorial and is fitting to the sacrifices of the (AIHWM) gathered to pay respects soldiers. Giani Jasbir Singh, the to those Australian-Indians who Priest from Brisbane Sikh Temple sacrificed their lives in World Wars conducted a brief prayer. I and II, by placing Wreaths at the Dr Naidu Bodapati in his brief Memorial on 26th January 2018 speech articulated the events that between 8.00 and 8.30 am at RSL took place in Australia and India on Sub-branch, Sunnybank. the 26th January. On 26th January The Monument (pictured) was un- 1788 the First Fleet of British ships veiled in the Memorial Garden of arrived at Port Jackson, New South Sunnybank RSL Sub-branch on 18 Wales and the Flag of Great Britain was hoisted at Sydney Cove by GovNovember 2017. ernor Arthur Phillip. On 26 JanuIndian soldiers were part of a part ary 1950 India became republic and of Britain and the coalition of forces its constitution came into effect by committed to democracy. Indian replacing the Government of India soldiers were the largest single conAct (1935). tingent of all Britain’s colonies and dominions. About 1.3 million In- Cr Kim Marx said the monument is dian soldiers fought and 74,000 lost more than magnificent. Mr Surentheir lives In the WWI. At Gallipoli dra Prasad concluded the function 15,000 Indians fought and 1,500 and thanked the committee memlost their lives. In the WWII 2.5 bers who gathered to pay the remillion Indians fought and 87,000 spects by placing Wreaths. lost their lives.

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Holi Celebrations in Brisbane shows the spirit of multicultural Queensland!

Cr Angela Owen with Punjabi Welfare Association Head Pinky Singh and others at the event

Cr Angela Owen starts the event with Color Cannon


r Noori said initial interest in the event was not too high, but through the momentum of social media and word of mouth, thousands of people came through on the day.While a portion of attendees were of Indian heritage,

the majority was made up of diverse groups from wider Brisbane. There were also stage performances by dance groups to raise the festive and fun spirit. The below photos of all the queensland holi events proves the success of its celebrations!

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe, Charis Mullen MP - State Member for Jordan, Jess Pugh MP for Mount Ommaney, Milton Dick MP and Hon. Consul of India Mrs. Archana Singh at the event

People enjoying the event

Team D4Dance rocked the stage with their energetic performance at the event

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Devotees blessed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj during his visit to Brisbane


His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj

ochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, also known as BAPS, is a global non-governmental socio-spiritual organisation in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organisation, with representative centers in all the major Australian cities and is dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. BAPS presented a unique stage show with cultural programs and modern audio visuals to revitalize Indian culture, values and their benefits on 24th Feb 2018 at The Chandler Theatre in Queensland. This is Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, the President and spiritual Guru of BAPS’ s first visit to

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj with performers

Attendees at the Event.

Brisbane, QLD. The event was fully packed with devotees from across Queensland. The saints, dignitaries and men were in the foremost rows and the last rows were occupied by women, as per BAPS principle. The event mainly focused on Hinduism, importance of ideal parenting, family unity and benefits of ethical thoughts and behaviors. All age groups were entertained by the state of the art technology and live performances This event was also graced by His Holiness Pragat Brahmswarup Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj and Sant Mandal. Dignitaries from local and federal governments, prominent personalities within the communities, local business leaders and families and friends of BAPS Parivar were also part of the show.

For the first time since 2002, the Pragat Satpurush will be gracing Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong (China) and Bangkok (Thailand) to further nurture, guide, inspire and bless Satsang in these countries. Pramukh Swami Maharaj usually celebrates Fuldol every year in Sarangpur, Gujarat, where tens of thousands of devotees gather to be sprayed by the pichkari in Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s hands. Fuldol, also known as Pushpadolotsav, is celebrated on Fagun Vad 1, the day after Holi. The sentiment behind the festival is to ask God to color one’s life with bhakti and to symbolically bring God closer to one’s heart by continuously striving to offer bhakti. For the first time ever, the Pragat Satpurush celebrated Pushpadolotsav outside of India on 2 March 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart with His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj

Children performing

His Holiness conducting aarti

Play on moral principles by devotees

His Holiness felicitated with garland

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Mesmerising performances by Dr. Janaki and Guru Pandit Rajendra at Soorya Festival!


oorya Festival was organised by Malayalee Association of QLD on 3rd Mar 2018 at Coorparo in QLD. The Soorya Festival is one of the world's largest art festivals and features artists from across India. It is conceived and directed by Shri Soorya Krishnamoorthy. Soorya has its Chapters in 36 countries in the world and is also a full member of the National Film Archive of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Federation of Film Societies of India. The chief guest for the event was Cr Angela Owen and guest of honour was Dr V P Unnikrishnan. Cr Angela Owen is the Chairman of Council & Councillor for Calam-

vale. Dr V P Unnikrishnan is one of the most senior members of Malayalee Association of QLD and was recently awarded the Order of Australia for his services to the community.The event was attended by many classical dance enthusiasts and Indian arts’ lovers. The highlight of the event was Bharatanatyam performance by Dr. Janaki Rangarajan and Kathak Performance by Guru Pandit Rajendra Gangani. Dr. Janaki is the recipient of various awards like Nadanamamani - Shriram Award of Excellence, Yagnaraman Award of Excellence and asanthalakshmi-Narasimhachari Award. Pandit Rajendra Gangani is a Kathak dancer known for his

innovative style and technical wizardry. For his contribution to the field of Kathak, Gangani received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the highest award given for performing arts in India. The audience were captivated by the breathtaking performance showcased by the dancers. Post performance the dancers were felicitated by the chief guest and guest of honor in the traditional Indian manner by wrapping the recipient with a shawl. The show ended with organisers thanking the sponsors, the audience and the volunteers who made the show a great success.

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Dancer with a difference- Dr. Narthaki Nataraj performs with grace in Brisbane!

Dr. Narthaki with fans r Narthaki Nataraj is an esteemed and acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponent from Chennai, India, who Bharatanatyam for 14 years under Shri K.P. Kittappa Pillai, who was a direct descendant of the Tanjore Quartet brothers, considered father of Bharatanatyam. She is a recipient of several awards the SNA Puraskar Award from Shri Pranab Mukherji, the former President of India. Dr Narthaki Nataraj is a prominent role model for the Transgender Community as her perseverance and undying passion enabled her to overcome several social hurdles. The Bharatanatyam recital program on 17th Feb at Lighthouse Community and Events Centre, Forest Lake

was attended by many classical dance enthusiasts. Dr. Narthaki performed a rare composition of Varnam on Lord Shiva and her portrayal of characters was a sheer reflection of her passion for the art. Her usage of karanas were very crystal clear and pure. The precise deliverance of natya and nritta by her in the items performed was very well appreciated by audience as during the end of the performance the theatre reverberated with a clap of thunder loud enough to seem like a response from the gods themselves. Narthaki’s dance was a revelation just like her life has been a revolution. After the performance, Dr. Narthaki was felicitated by the organizers Vishwa Hindu Parishad of Australia in the traditional Indian way.

“Nadananjali School of Dance” “Nadananjali School of Dance” will be showcasing the talent of its senior students at an “Evening of Exquisite Dances” on Saturday the 31st of March at 6PM at the St John’s Performing Arts Centre, College Ave, Forest Lake. Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta, the director of Nadananjali School of Dance, started her training in Bharathanatyam at the tender age o f five under the well-known Guru Smt. Vijayalakshmi Shanmukham Pillai in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 1957, she became the student of Smt. Balasundari Prathalingam. Over the past 43

years, Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta has helped to promote the Kalakshetra style of Bharathanatyam in Australia, as well as in Papua New Guinea, by producing several acclaimed dancers and programmes. Bharathanatyam is a portrayal of grace and agility through intricate body movements and facial expressions. “An Evening of Exquisite Dances” is a show that will encompass various dances, such as Pushpanjali, Thillana, Dance Drama and various Padams/Keerthanams (story-telling items). Each of these dances will showcase these different aspects of Bharathanatyam.


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UN World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated by HWPL’s WARP Brisbane Office

HWPL team at the event


o mark the celebration of the world interfaith Harmony week initiated by United Nations (UN), Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) with support of International Women Peace Group (IWPG) and International Peace Youth Group(IPYG) hosted an interfaith dialogue event to share the message 'STOP DISCRIMINATION AND FOSTER FREEDOM OF RELIGION' and eradication of act of religious discrimination on 24th of Feb 2018. The Inter-faith dialogue emphasized that the states should activate and participate in systems to enforce and protect fundamental human rights, eliminating discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and should refrain from and prohibit the usage of religion by governments, groups or individuals in order to justify or to incite acts of violence against others. These systems should include, inter alia, judicial mechanisms. Equality and harmony can be achieved by those who truly believe

in a world of peaceful co-existence, the assurance of religious freedom for all is a noble and righteous goal to aspire to. The reality however, that religious discrimination and suppression is taking place in many parts of the world. Religious leader who believe in world peace and religious freedom should stand together to stop discrimination of religion and foster a culture of unity. The event had religious leaders representing various religions and faith Ms Soma Nair from Hinduism, Dr. Jason Sean from Christianity, Mr. Yousuf Rashid from Islam, Mr. Gurjeet Singh Bains rom Sikhism, Mr. Jay Lawrence from Scientology and Ven. Lozang Lhagsam from Buddhism, who discussed the cause of the discrimination, means to resolve the differences and ideas to achieve religious freedom. In the same event, Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, who has been nominated as The Peace Ambassador of Australia for IWPG spoke about 10 million signing up signature campaign of IWPG which has been initiated

to promote and agree on ‘No Nuke’ ‘Cessation of War’ and ‘Only Peace’ across the world. This campaign co-organized by IWPG and the ‘Korean Peninsula Peace Unification Women’s Committee’ and sponsored by ‘Unity Women’s News’ and ‘Freedom Literature’ remarked on the statement that the outcome of the 10 million signing will be delivered to the United Nations, China, North Korea and the government of Republic of Korea, which are the interested parties, to abrogate the Korean War Armistice Agreement and to make a fundamental base for ‘Peace Agreement’ settling the peace on the Korean Peninsula and urged all the people of the Republic of Korea and the world to join this peace project to establish the peace agreement for the cessation of the war on the Korean Peninsula. The Earth is the only planet in the endless universe that has life and beautiful nature. We must protect the earth from war as the only inheritance of humanity.

Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, The Peace Ambassador of Australia for IWPG

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Women’s Day Special Dr. Tanya Unni - Empowering Society Through Art You were award winning child artist in films. Yet you choose dance over films. Why? The kind of excitement and thrill you get, when you perform a piece of art you love, is what inspires one to keep performing. I get that kind of adrenaline rush when I perform classical dances on stage. I worked in films at a very young age. But the thrill I experience in performing dance made me follow my heart. Though I have offers from films even now, I prefer chasing my own dreams in my own time. I am very passionate about dance, Indian art forms and culture. Though I have learned and performed Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam on stage shows. Out of all the dances I am absolutely mesmerised by Mohiniattam which made me delve further into it, research and perform. I want to bridge the cultural gaps and build harmony through integration of cultural forms. I believe art can bridge the gap in multicultural community thus “Bond beyond Border” is what I aim through my dances. Hence I chose the theme for my theatrical as “Empowering society through art”.


nternational Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements and is about admiring, appreciating and making every woman feel special for their respective role in all our lives. The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches. India is a country where women are worshipped in many forms. From Sarojini Naidu to Kalpana Chawla, Indian women have been looked high stupendously for their unmatched contribution in every field though sometimes we fail to identify them in our real day-to-day lives. Let us look at the amazing women around us who expertly juggle between personal, professional lives and also contributes to the community. One such remarkable woman is Dr. Tanya Unni. Hailing from one of the most prominent literary families in Kerala-India, she is a very talented doctor who has founded one of the largest chain of non-corporate medical centers in Gold Coast, Australia and is also an established dancer who promotes all art forms through her organization Australian School of Indian Arts (ASIA). Tanya is a doctor in dermatology by profession. She started learning dance at the age of 3 and has won several awards in classical dances in India. She was notable child artiste in Film industry and even won the Kerala State Film Award for ‘Best Child Artist’ at the age of 7. She is the great granddaughter of Late O.

Chandu Menon, who authored the first major Malayalam novel Indulekha in 1892.

Why did you choose doctor as profession? My grandfather, late Dr KG Menon was a doctor. I grew up seeing him

serve people and I knew then I that I want to be a doctor. It was never an option. Serving people, helping community these were instilled in me at a very young age because of him. Who all are there in your family? I live in Gold Coast with my two sons and my soulmate, business partner and best friend all rolled into one: Ameer. He is extremely supportive and the reason I can follow my dreams. My eldest son just started school and my younger one is still a toddler. Who are the inspiring women in your life? Parents are always looked upon for inspiration by children. My parents have always supported and inspired me. But one woman I really look up to is Mother Teresa. Apart from my grandfather the reason I wanted to become a doctor and serve people was because of her. Her selfless service touched my heart and it gave me the strongest desire to serve the community in whichever way I can. The dancers I grew up watching- be it Sridevi, Madhuri in Bollywood or professional performers, they inspired me in learning those small moves in dance and build up my passion.

Tell us about your recent musical performance “Indulekha”. I grew up hearing the name of ‘Indulekha’ always in my home. I read the book during my teenage years and it captivated me. The character influenced me so much that I developed a kind of affinity towards her, bordering on hero worship. I even wished my parents had named me after her. I often tried to put myself into the skin of Indulekha, the beautiful, accomplished and independent woman. For me Indulekha wasn't just a heroine created by my great-great-grandfather, O. Chandu Menon in his novel, she was the living embodiment of modern woman. So, I always wanted to do something on my own with this work, but I was not sure of how to go about it. During a casual visit by Soorya Krishnamoorthy to my place, he stoked my curiosity on ‘Indulekha’ and convinced me to interpret it through dance. The idea stuck in my mind and finally I got to portray the character in a “theatre musical” presenting a new dance style in Trivandrum, Kerala. Instead of a page by page adaptation of the novel, Soorya sir helped me script it by connecting the social situation of that time to the present, with situations that are similar to my own personal life. Hence the theatrical Indulekha is based on ”Journey through the author's mind.” FInally I was able to present it with artist Vineet Kumar in January this year.

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What is the message you would like to give on women’s day? How do you manage being doctor, dance and family? (Laughs) I don't manage, I just cope with it!! I strongly believe in the philosophy “ You are what you THINK you are”. And this is one strong message I want to give to all women. Whatever be the circumstances and responsibilities we have, we need to THINK positive, be constructive, speak assertive first. If we think Positive we will develop the energy to move forward and everything will fall into place. I strongly believe Universe does help you to achieve your dreams if you take the first step. If you really want something, train the mind, start working with positive thoughts, juggle with possibilities. Changes in simple things will pave way to bigger things in life. And give the strength to move forward and chase your dreams. Dr. Tanya Unni is truly an inspiration and a role model for all women who wish to balance their profession, passion and family. She has proved with her own life that things can be worked out if you have the determination and Will to make it work. Team INQ would like to thank Dr. Tanya Unni for her contributions. You can see more of her work on

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Less than a month for Australia’s biggest sporting event Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018!


adminton is one of the fastest racket sports in the world and at GC2018, the sport is set to entertain the crowds at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. The Commonwealth’s best athletes will come head to head in a test of speed, agility and precision. With the Badminton mixed teams draw announced today, here’s everything you need to know about the speedy sport, before the Games begins. How it works At GC2018, six medal events will be on display including the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, the mixed doubles and the mixed team event. The first player to reach 21 by two clear points wins the game and the best of three games wins the match. At deuce (20-all) the team or player that scores two points in a row wins the game. The Commonwealth Games is one of the few competitions to feature the mixed teams event. The exciting format brings men and women and singles and doubles athletes together and the strongest team across all disciplines prevails. It starts with the group stage, which sees nations face off against their opponents across all five matches men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, women’s singles and mixed doubles. Teams play all other three nations in their group before the top two teams play for medals in the knockout rounds.

The team that wins the most matches will finish at the top of their group. For example, if one team wins all of the five matches contested in a round they will have a score of five for that round, and their opponent will have a score of zero. The top two teams progress to the knockout rounds. The mixed team event is held for the first five days of Badminton competition, with medals decided on Monday, 9 April, and can provide an exciting preview of the singles and doubles action to come. The following six days of competition will feature the singles and doubles events, including the mixed doubles. The training Badminton players cover a distance of approximately 5km per match, according to three-time Oceania champion and Olympian, Wendy Chen. “It requires a lot of body reflexes and great eye and hand coordination. We’re constantly jumping and landing, we’re constantly turning, all the time, you have to come back to the centre position after each shot.” Training for badminton is intense, ensuring athletes are prepared for the long rallies, and impact on their bodies. For Chen, a training week can include three weight training and court sessions and four gym and running sessions. “It’s really high intensity, we have to be really, really fit,” she said.

BADMINTON DRAW The GC2018 Badminton team draw The Gold Coast is set for some of Nations were seeded based on their the best and fastest Badminton world rankings. As the top nation, competition in the world, with the India were allocated the top spot groups for the GC2018 mixed team in Group a, and Malaysia were alcompetition unveiled on Tuesday. located top spot in Group D as Conducted at The Star Gold Coast, the number two seed. Remaining 16 competing nations were drawn nations were then drawn based on into four groups, confirming the their world rankings. schedule for the group playoff stage of the mixed team event. Malaysia will head into competition as the nation to beat, having won the past three consecutive gold medals in the team event, but they’ll have strong competition in India, who will take to the courts at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre as the top seed. The knockout stage of the competition will see each nation play all other teams in their group, with the top two progressing to the knockout stage to play for medals. The group competition will run from 5-6 April with the knockout stage taking place from 7-9 April.

GC2018 Multicultural Community Ambassador, Wai Kiong Chan hosted the draw announcement event and shared the Malaysian community’s excitement about the Games. “It’s great that the Commonwealth Games brings everyone together as there are so many other countries from various regions of the Commonwealth taking part.” GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters was also looking forward to the competition and expected the Badminton competition to draw widespread interest across the world.

Commonwealth contenders The competition is shaping to be fast and fierce at GC2018. Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is one of the sport’s highest profile athletes and he took out the singles title in 2006 and 2010 before missing Glasgow due to injury. He set the fastest smash in history in 2015, clocking 408 km/h, an unbelievable feat when you consider the fastest recorded tennis serve is 263.4km/h, set by Australia’s Sam Groth. “Lee Chong Wei has been dominating the sport for more than 10 years, he’s even written a book about it,” Chen said. In the women’s competition, India is expected to be tough competition with former world number one and Delhi 2010 gold medallist Saina Nehwal and Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Pursala Venkata Sindhu hopeful to take to the court at the Games. Malaysia has taken out the mixed team competition at the past three Games, overcoming England in Glasgow to take out the gold. English husband and wife duo, reigning Commonwealth Games champions Chris and Gabrielle Adcock could be a team to watch in the mixed doubles. The team won bronze at the 2017 BWF World Championships and look to be in great form in the lead up to GC2018. Badminton at the Commonwealth Games Up until the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, England had dominated Commonwealth

Reena Augustine with daniel chew malaysian multicultural ambassador Games Badminton ever since it was included on the program in 1966. At Kuala Lumpur the tables turned, with Malaysia taking top

position on the medal tally. They’ve remained on top for the past five Games and in Glasgow, they won three gold medals.

The Queen's Baton Relay is (QBR) is (QBR) is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games. The baton carries a message from Her Majesty the Queen on the journey through the entire Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games' Opening Ceremony on 4th April 2018. The QBR has been a tradition since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Reena Augustine from Brisbane has been chosen as a Baton Bearer for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She will be carrying the Baton on day 096 of the Relay in Australia. • • • •

Relay Participation date: 31/03/2018 Segment start time: 15:16 Approximate start location: 999 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia Approximate end location: Pole #690563, New Farm Park Ring Road, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

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Pakistan Sri Lanka

Zambia Jamaica

South Africa Uganda

Seychelles Ghana

“Badminton is a sport that has true global reach and we will see some of the world’s best in action at these Games,” he said. “Along with those packing the stands at Carrara, Badminton is sure to draw huge television audiences in Asia, which is one of the sport’s strongholds. “I look forward to seeing nations such as Malaysia, India, England and Singapore going head-to-head along with host nation Australia and other emerging Badminton countries.” Tickets are still available, starting from $10 for children and $20 for adults.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) representative Venugopal Mahalingam

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Festival 2018 is a celebration of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is 12 action-packed days of free culture running from 4 - 15 April 2018 where one can experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe. Lifschitz, Festival 2018 Creative Director Kate Fell and Bleach* Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina form the creative brain power behind the 12-day program of arts and cultural events at GC2018. Fell has worked in the arts and culture industry for over 15 years and has seen Queensland’s arts and cultural landscape evolve, particularly in the last five years. A major sporting event like the Commonwealth Games provides a platform for sport and art to come together, a natural connection, Creative Director Kate Fell rationalised, but the sport’s influence on the performances on stage might not be what you expect. The festival has been programmed in the form of three acts: Encounters, Change and Aspire. The three themes are threaded through the program, which includes more than 1,000 performances from music to theatre, circus, dance, visual art and film.

Important morning for the Northern Peninsula region, celebrating the recognition of their place in the CW to host QBR

Renowned Injinoo artist, Teho Ropeyarn flew home from Cairns to be able to carry the Queen’s Baton surrounded by his family.

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GCHCA celebrated Maha Shivaratri on Tuesday, 13 February Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association (GCHCA) Upcoming Programs GCHCA wishes all a Happy Holi “Festival of Colours” on Saturday, 3 March Holi is the traditional Hindu “Festival of Colours” and has become one of the more youthful, fun celebrated festival around the world. It is best known around the world for the organic coloured rice powder that is thrown on each other, leaving festival goers coated in colour by the end of the day. Bhajan (Satsang) on Friday 16 March at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive from 7.15pm to 9pm Our usual bhajan day is on the 3rd Friday of every month where everyone enjoys the satsang (association of like minds to seek the truth) and brings a plate to share. In this Kali Yuga (age of strife and discord), rig veda (hymns of love/ devotion e.g. gayatri mantra) and sama veda (musical chants) via satsang are the easiest form of smoothing life’s rollercoaster rides.


amaskar to all of you who attended Maha Shivaratri function and made it a spiritually charged day. My thanks go to Sri Krrishnamohan and his BSK students who sang the rudram, to Sanjiv and DJJS members for their beautiful bhajan songs, to Pundit Hariji for the pooja, Babuji and our members for making it happen. Maha Shivaratri was spiritually celebrated with around 150 participants on Tuesday, 13 Februray. Being a working day did not deter Siva’s ardent devotees. In future we would like to have an all-night event in our Gold Coast temple and appeal to your good selves to donate to our temple build. We thank participants and donors for the $4,298 Maha Shivaratri collections. Donate Bricks for GCHCA Temple/ Multi-Purpose Hall Build Please support the build by giving Brick Donation (tax deductible donations) which will leave a Legacy for Your Children. Your names and

those you want to keep in memory will be captured on a virtual wall and kept for generations to come. brick/ Our Multi-Purpose Hall will help promote culture, education and spirituality in Queensland for the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of our community. Donate to: GCHCA Building Donation Account – BSB: 064 - 474 A/C 1048 8900 (donations of more than $2 are tax deductible and will reduce your tax liability – please consult your tax advisor). http:// Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all. Sothi Kanagasabai: 0401 207 221 President, Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association (GCHCA) Website: Email:

Celebrate Ram Navami with us on Friday, 23 March at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive from 7pm to 10pm. You are all invited to celebrate Lord Rama’s birthday with us on Friday, 23 March. It is also the day that some celebrate Lord Rama and Sita’s marriage day. Rama (literally meaning blissful and one who gives joy o others) is the 7th incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu. The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama's Solar dynasty. Lord Rama, through his noble and divine choices, teaches the world to choose to give charity (dharma) over the mere accumulation of wealth (Artha). We will have pooja, bhajans, recital of stotras and Rama katha (stories). Please book at our website http:// if you want to participate in Rama pooja.

Isha Foundation's MahaShivratri extravaganza


ike every year, Isha Yoga Centre celebrated Shivratri with great grandeur and splendor. A cultural event comprising music, dance and meditation is organized by Sadhguru, the center’s founder. The event draws lakhs of people each year. Those not being able to attend the event can watch it live the whole night on television or through their web stream. The center is located at the base of the sacred Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The celebration at Isha Yoga Centre is one of the largest celebrations throughout

the country. This year Mahashivaratri celebration at the Isha Yoga Center began with spirited song and dance around 6 pm Feb 13th, 2018 and ended only after the following dawn. Thousands of devotees gathered in front of the 112-foot tall Adiyogi to mark Mahashivratri at the Isha Yoga Centre on the outskirts of the city. The surrounding was saturated with spiritual exuberance amid chants and meditation during the late-night hours of Tuesday. Discourses and powerful meditation were interspersed along with

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musical performances by renowned singer Sonu Nigam, fusion band Sean Roldan and Friends, the scintillating vocalist Mohit Chauhan and popular musician Daler Mehndi. At the stroke of midnight, Sadhguru initiated a powerful meditation, which was the most looked forward to event of the night. Even as the night was celebrated at over 150 centres across the world, the press release said that the centre has also hosted a live telecast and webcast of the celebrations to millions of people.

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Healing Little Hearts:

A unique “totally free-of-cost” model for cardiac care for children – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India.

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Center for Child Heart Care, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, inaugurated November 2012


he world, today, is facing an unsurmountable problem of rising health care costs. The price of diagnostic tests, treatment facilities, medicines, health insurance, associated travel and accessibility – is beyond the reach of even those who are capable of paying for the same, let alone the underprivileged and most vulnerable sections of society. Around the world, governments are unable to find the solution to this grave problem. Imagine the plight of a family where a new born child is diagnosed of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) that needs corrective surgery as treatment and key to survival, but which costs few thousand dollars, even at the most reasonably priced hospital. This dismal picture, however, has a new ray of hope in the form of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Centres for Child Heart Care offering best quality treatment to children with Congenital Heart Disease, totally free-of-cost. This article describes the selfless service offered by these centres, dedicated to humanity. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is one of the most life-threatening conditions affecting young children, accounting for nearly one-third of all major congenital defects. CHD refers to a defect in the structure or function of the heart, commonly known as “hole in the heart”. However, this privilege of early diagnosis and timely management is restricted to children in developed countries only. Unfortunately, majority of children born in developing countries and afflicted with CHD do not get the necessary care, leading to high morbidity and mortality.

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care Naya Raipur - Chhattisgarh, Palwal – Haryana, Navi Mumbai – Maharashtra Set up under the tenet “LOVE ALL – SERVE ALL”, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centers for Child Heart Care aim to address in part the burden of congenital heart disease, by providing the best quality Child Heart Care to All in need, irrespective of color, caste, religion, status or nation, Totally Free of Cost. Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals are expressions of gratitude to Revered Sri Sathya Sai Baba who tirelessly worked to alleviate the suffering of millions, the world over and brought them joy, peace and purpose. Contribution to local community and beyond With a vision towards creating a holistic and sustainable impact on society, the hospital through its Department of Public Health & Research, undertakes various community outreach activities. The school health screening program launched in 2013, conducts health check-up for rural children focussing on early detection, referral and treatment of childhood diseases, congenital defects, deficiencies and developmental delays and around 9000 children from 0 to 18years have been screened till date. The first Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital was set up in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh in November 2012, after completing all activities from concept to reality in a record 9 month. Having managed over 18000 cardiac outpa-

tient consultations and conducted over 3500 pediatric cardiac surgeries till date. Through the recently launched “Divine Mother & Child Health Program”, the Institute envisions to expand its services to maternal and child health through various participating medical centres across the world. 15 program teams across 9 countries including a team in Murwillambah, NSW, Australia participate in this unique initiative with a common goal, to reach out to the most vulnerable sections of the society i.e. children and pregnant women. Aspire, Learn, Transform Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Institute of Nursing and Allied Healthcare Sciences, Naya Raipur commenced its 1st batch of M.Sc (Nursing) course with a Specialization in Medical Surgical Nursing (Cardiothoracic Care) in November 2017. The course aims to provide quality & free nursing education and nurture Compassionate & Skilled Cardiac Nurses. With love and compassion for all fellow beings, the Institutes have set on a remarkable journey to contribute to mankind in a meaningful way. Contact details: Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Center for Child Heart Care, Sector 2, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh Contact: +91 771 2970325 Email: Website:

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care & Research, Palwal, Haryana, inaugurated in November 2016

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Incredible hidden places in India to visit


he world is home to many incredible destinations that have yet to be overrun by tourists. India has got many interesting and unexplored places. India is like a deep tunnel, where you could dig in to explore deeper and still you find something new, every moment. Here are the best less known travel destinations in India.



This virgin remote village is a homeland of the Lepcha community. The beauty of this place lies in the rawness of the nature. You can explore about lepchas community, which is an authentic yet beautiful community in a sense that takes pride in showcasing their cultural programs and their eating habits.

UDAYAGIRI AND KHANDAGIRI CAVES (ODISHA) In the Indian state of Odisha, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are the earliest group of Jain rock-cut shelters. A feed for the eyes, these caves are of high importance preserving history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The wall carvings and rock-cut painting in these caves tell us much about the origin and development of Jainism.

DHANUSHKODI (TAMIL NADU) Built by Nature after one of the worst storms that Tamil Nadu has ever seen, Dhanushkodi can aptly be called a gift from beyond. Azure sea, white sand beaches and a lazy, idyllic vibe, makes Dhanushkodi one of the most beautiful yet sparsely known beaches in India. October- February are the best months to visit Dhanushkodi. Summers are mild, but the monsoons see showers as well as storms, so you might want to steer clear of Dhanushkodi at that time.

Bored of travelling clichéd hill stations like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital, Shimla and Almora? Take a trip to exotic destination Chakrata which is only 93kms from Dehradun. This lesser- known destination is magical and blessed with beautiful hills, which is covered by grass and meadows and another side is forest laden. The USP of this place is its calmness and relaxing atmosphere.

LEPCHAJAGAT (WEST BENGAL) This peace-filled destination provides you a much-needed break from your monotonous life. It’s a perfect place to explore a diversion from the queens of hills, Darjeeling. The place has accumulated popularity with the beautiful views of the mountain Kanchenjunga.

MAHESHWAR (MADHYA PRADESH) If Varanasi is a bit crowded for you, then head to Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. Known as the Varanasi of Central India, this small holy town is located on the banks of the Narmada river and is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva. A highly spiritual place, Maheshwar draws in pilgrims and holy men to its many ancient temples and ghats. You can take a sunset boat ride down the river banks and explore the city’s famous textile markets.

NIGHOJ POTHOLES (MAHARASHTRA) The potholes are the result of the Kukadi River which forms a deep canyon like structures carved in the rock beds. The best time to venture a trip to see these astonishing potholes are summers as the water level goes down in the river. This geological miracle will surely excite you to visit this place, many times. PATAN (GUJARAT) This is a little visited town, but its narrow streets are bordered by the elaborate wooden houses with more than 100 Jain temples, with their intricate carvings. There are ethereal and elegant hand-woven sarees, which makes this place even more than a worth visit with your husband and family. MAJULI (ASSAM) Majuli, one of the most surreal places in India is also the World’s largest river island. Connected via boats with the city of Jorhat, Majuli is a beautiful exotic location, yet unknown to most of the tourists in India. Majuli has also been nominated for one of the places in UNESCO World’s Heritage List. The culture, mostly very locally defined due to high tribal population is quite unique and it has been referred as the cultural capital of Assam. The ideal time to visit Majuli is between October to March, however the monsoons are also quite beautiful in Majuli.

HAMPI (KARNATAKA) Set in a spell-binding landscape of giant red rock boulders, palm grove forests and green rice paddies, the ancient and majestic temples leave you wondering how such a place could have existed so long ago. As a World Heritage Site, Hampi does attract a tourist crowd, but if you stay on the other side of the river from the bazaar (accessible only by paddle boat!) you’ll be able to relax in the paddy fields and watch sunset over the red rock plains.

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The Important Things in Life


philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So, the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar. He then asked once more if the jar was

full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.” “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.” “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to

the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.” “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.” “Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”


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Horoscope March 2018 Aries

Mar 20 – Apr 20 Right now, at the first of this month you’re feeling as though you’re overworked and overburdened. In fact, it’s difficult to hold back the tears sometimes. You feel as though you’ve done all you can do, and you’ve waited and waited for the load to be lifted but to no avail. Those troublesome money matters may take legal action to get settled. However, they will be settled in your favor. And, there’s more good news as the month progresses. You will soon hear some welcome news on two fronts. One being your monetary situation, apart from the legal issues and the other around your own spirituality. You will KNOW that you have grown spiritually and that some important life-lessons have been learned because your life will feel like it’s working now! Good for you.


Apr 20 – May 21 It looks like it’s time for you to take a vacation! You’ve been on a pretty rough journey the last few weeks and even though you’ve kept your cool most of the time, enough is enough. Haven’t you noticed yourself getting angry with the wrong person for the wrong reasons? That short-tempered activity has to do with some anger turned inward that occasionally spurts out at other people. It’s time to get away from it all and get a fresh perspective! You’ll find that you will begin to be creative again and pro-active rather than reactive. And, of course, your mood will improve dramatically. So, get away even if it’s just for a weekend!


May 21 – Jun 21 Even though your heart has been broken in the past, it’s time to risk again! You’ll be attending a wedding this month or planning one of your own. (maybe just to yourself but that’s the way to make it manifest in reality) It’s also a good month to take advantage of certain opportunities that look like they *might* be financially rewarding. The good news is that they’re more rewarding than you ever thought possible, so go for them! This is not a good time to take that long journey you have been contemplating. Wait until April. Also, this is an excellent month to bring into your awareness some issues that need to be resolved in your consciousness rather than hoping your subconscious will take care of them. It may take some digging, but you know the issues you’ve put on a back burner. Get them off that burner and deal with them!








Jun 21 – Jul 23 There’s movement in the Universe for you right now to start making plans around your family. You’ve got one major decision that will be difficult but after that’s taken care of, you can get on with your life. The Universe will support your decision in this situation and everyone will be satisfied too. (Even though they may give you some dissention beforehand) Someone in your support system could use a hand in February. They’ve been there for you in the past and you certainly have the strength right now to support them. The cards recommend that you spend some time in meditation to draw to you that new job you’ve been wanting! You CAN make it happen, you know.

Jul 23 – Aug 23 This is a month of incredible change for you! Yes, you’ve had “wins” in the past but this month will eclipse all those. And, having said that, you know that sometimes for change to occur, the old ways must be torn down. That part can be painful but as the phoenix arises from the ashes so will your life in this month and to heights you didn’t realize possible. These wins are not necessarily in finances. They are mostly interpersonal like family and friends and lovers. Dreams will come true and you will be celebrating with loved ones who will finally start to see justice happening. And, if that isn’t enough your own creativity and productivity will be at an all-time high!

Sep 23 – Oct 23 You’ve gotten all those nagging doubts out of your head and now you can go ahead and let yourself relax into that wonderful relationship! In fact, you have two relationships that are excellent this month because you’ve let go of the doubts. One is your relationship with your job and the other with that special someone. You were afraid you’d have to walk away from one or both because the “old tapes” kicked in but you’ve conquered them and now you can embrace your Good! You’ve looked long enough and hard enough. Enjoy what you have. In addition, that new money that is coming in ought to be put into investments rather than spent! You’re going to need it later.

Oct 23 – Nov 22 If you don’t let your perfectionism get in the way, this can be a wonderful month for you. You can be happy with that “new” car even if it’s not perfect. You can be happy with your relationship even if it’s not exactly what you had in mind. I strongly suggest you look at why you have a need for everything to be so perfect and then let it go. It’s not that you’re a bad person, it’s that that is what you were taught was RIGHT from childhood. Other people see YOUR imperfections and like you anyway. Do the same for them. I invite you to change that thinking and feeling because there’s so much waiting for you right now! Don’t let yourself be paralyzed by this perfectionism because there is potential here for everything you could want to start to materialize this year starting in March.

Nov 22 – Dec 22 It looks like you’re going to be one busy person this month. I perceive you rushing around achieving all kinds of things! And the clear majority of them will turn out well! Your judgement abilities will be at an alltime high. There is one caution here for this month. I perceive someone who does NOT wish you all the best and you need to outsmart this person, or s/he could do some damage to all your plans. You know who this is. Don’t let the charm fool you. Use that good judgement! You’ll be especially strong in the financial department if you don’t let that person influence you or those around you. All in all, it could be a very productive month for you!

Dec 23 – Jan 20 There is no limit to what you can do this month IF you’re prepared to let the transformation happen and if you can accept it when it does. The way to handle this is to know with every part of you that there is limitless bounty for you in the Universe and you can draw on that any time you like or want! Use your prosperity consciousness to reassure you. Use positive affirmations to calm you. And, be aware that on the earthly plane all enemies have already been vanquished. You may not see that at this moment, but it has already happened in the Universe. Your basic Spirituality is extremely high this month so don’t be surprised at ANYTHING that happens and keep your childlike sense of wonderment!


Jan 20 – Feb 18 You may feel as though you’re under siege at times this month and be tempted to relax in ways that could be dangerous for you. Be very careful of overindulging in anything! Particularly any mind-altering substance. It could be disastrous. You have a great deal of ability to draw from the Universe whatever strength you might need. You can also use that ability to attract to you all the things you’ve been wanting or needing. Your metaphysical talents are particularly heightened in March, so use them not only for your benefit but for those around you. At the end of the month, you will be starting a new project, job or relationship and it may include a major move; perhaps even to another State. For some of you, there will be news of an inheritance, depending on other influences.


Feb 18 – Mar 20 There’s a lot of joy in store for you this month! I see a family celebration with a truly happy group. I believe the celebration is for you. You’ve worked hard, and you deserve this. You’ve made sacrifices for your goal and nothing is more fulfilling than having hard work rewarded. However, on another front, there is a feeling of a road you have to walk which is difficult and you’re not sure if there is happiness waiting at the end of the journey. In fact, there’s some despair that everything isn’t going to turn out the way you’d hoped. You haven’t decided to walk away from this situation but you’re very sad about the whole thing. No real decision has been made yet, so just feel the sadness and focus on the joy in the other situation. More will be revealed later.


Aug 23 – Sep 23 Your watchword for this month is “new.” New relationships, new money, and new spirituality. You hold the world in your hands and it’s at your feet if you choose to embrace all this “newness.” You just have one more hurdle to jump. Some old ideas will have to go, and a change of consciousness will have to take place to make all this to manifest in reality but you can do it! You’ve done your groundwork well and it’s time to reap what you sowed. Your spirituality will be in the forefront of your consciousness all month as well as that hard-worker that you are enchanted by. S/he will be an outgrowth of your heightened spirituality as will your success on the job.

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Enjoy an Evening of Indian Classical Music with Kaushiki Chakraborty


ishwa Events presents “Kaushiki Chakraborty” an Indian classical vocalist in Brisbane on 15th April 2018. Kaushiki is also performing in Sydney and Melbourne during this tour. Mr Ajay Jogalekar will accompany her on harmonium and Mr Ojas Adhiya on tabla. Her singing repertoire covers Khyals and Thumris, the latter being 'semi-classical style. Kaushiki Chakraborty received the Jadu Bhatta award in 1995. She received Outstanding Young Person in 2000 and the BBC Award (2005) for outstanding achievement in music when she was 25 years old. On receiving this award, she was praised, "As one of the brightest emerging artists in Indian vocal music". She has also received Sangeet Natak Academy's “Ustad Bismillah Khan Puraskar”2012 for Hindustani Vocal Music and GIMA. Also, in 2012 she has received Mirchi Music Award for “Best female vocalist” and “Album of the year” both for the album “Yatra”. In 2013 she awarded by Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar. Kaushiki belongs to the Patiala gharana, daughter of Chandana Chakraborty and the renowned Indian classical singer Ajoy Chakraborty. She accompanied her father in his world tours of music performances since the late 1980s and had sung her first song, a tarana, at age 7, at the Calcutta Rowing Club. At age ten, she started learning Indian classical music at the academy of Jnan Prakash Ghosh who was also her father's guru, later

joined The ITC Sangeet Research Academy from where she graduated in 2004. She also trained under her father at Shrutinandan School of music in Kolkata. She has not only specialized in rendering of Khayals and Thumri, but she has also learned South Indian Classical music from Balamurali Krishna. In 2002, she graduated from the Jogamaya Devi College, an affiliated undergraduate women's college of the University of Calcutta, in Kolkata with a first-class degree in philosophy. She did her master’s in philosophy from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, with top honors. She has held performances with her husband Parthasarathi Desikan in the United States. Kaushiki chakraborty has formed an exclusive women's musical group called the "Sakhi" (meaning friend). The first programme of the group was planned on 20 January 2015 at Kalamandir, Mumbai. Kaushiki was the vocalist and the other members of this group were Shaoni Talwalkar on the tabla, Mahima Upadhyay on the pakhwaj, Debopriya Chatterjee on flute, Nandini Shankar on the violin while the Kathak dance performance was to be performed by Bhakti Deshpande. “Vishwa Events” gives you once in a lifetime opportunity to witness “THE QUEEN of Indian Music Kaushiki Chakraborty”. Ketaki Apte, Director- Vishwa events with the team invites you to be a part of this mesmerizing and exquisite evening at Schnell theatre, University of Queensland, ST. Lucia.

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Indian New Year festivals in March fills the month with celebrations!


ew Year is celebrated across the world on January 1. This, however, is in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It's the harvesting season which is mostly synonymous with the new year celebrations in India. Being a diverse nation, new year in India is celebrated in various regions at various times of the year depending on solar or lunar calendars. As per the lunar calendar, new year is celebrated in various parts of India during March/April. The southern Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh celebrate Ugaadhi according to their lunarbased calendar. The day is celebrated with sweets, fireworks, and new clothes. Most notable snack is the

Ugaadhi pachadi, a mango sweet and sour chutney consumed either as a side dish or on its own. Gudi Padwa (in Maharashtra) and Cheti Chand (in Sindhi-speaking Indian communities) New Year’s festivities also fall on this day. Cheiraoba or Sajibu Nongmapanba in Manipur, Navreh in Kashmir is celebrated as new year. Attukal Pongala in Trivandrum, Kerala is one of the spectacular religious festivals in March celebrated in Attukal Bhagavathi temple in Trivandrum. Here devotees offer Pongala, i.e. rice porridge, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins to goddess Attukalamma. Thousands of ladies, irrespective of religion and cast, gather

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at the temple to make the Pongala offering. This festival has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest gathering of women for an event. To mark the festivities, people enjoy the day with family, friends and the community. They wear traditional attire, make regional festive meals, visit holy shrines, organize get-togethers or street processions, dance programs, decorate their homes and welcome the new year together, following the local customs. In a unique and diverse nation like India, festivals joys are shared with everyone and is one of the strong factors that binds people together.

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Panguni/Phalguna Month (mid-March 2018 to mid-April 2018) Festivals Dear Sri Selva Vinayaka devotees, Hindu Ahlaya Sangam Qld Inc (HASQ) cordially invites you to Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple Brisbane (South Maclean) for Panguni/ Phalguna Month Festivals.

Panguni Maasa Pirappu (Phalguna month starts) on Thursday 15 March 2018 Sri AyyapaSwamy Meena Rasi Masa Abishekam on Saturday 17 March 2018 Lalitha Sahastranama Stotram Chanting on Sunday 18 March 2018 Monthly Chathurthi Viratham on Wednesday 21 March 2018 Sri Rama Navami on Sunday 25 March 2018 Pirathosha Viratham on Thursday 29 March & Friday 13 April 2018 Panguni Utharam on Friday 30 March 2018 Powrnami & SathyaNarayanar Poojai on Saturday 31 March 2018 Vishnu Shastranamam & Paaraayanam on Sunday 1 April 2018 Sankatakara Chathurthi on Wednesday 04 April 2018 Sri Selva Vinayakar Mahotsawam starts with Kodi Eatrum on 6 Friday April 2018 Sri Selva Vinayakar Chariot Festival /Hindu New Year Vilambi Varusham Starts on Saturday 14 April 2018 Visit Brisbane Sri Selva Vinayakar (Ganesha) Temple and get the Blessing of Lord Ganesha. For further information please contact our Temple on 07 5547 7302 or the president Mr: M.Surendra on Mobile-0407-753991

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Indian actors-turned-politicians: A Rising Trend


amil film icon Kamal Haasan recently joined politics and formally announced the name of his political party as ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’ (MNM), which translates to ‘People’s Justice Centre’. Superstar Rajinikanth also joined politics with a new party during the start of the year. Given that Indian film actors are no strangers to the political arena, here are others who have turned to the same over the years. Shatrughan Sinha: Sinha has been a member of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, besides serving as Union minister of health and family welfare and shipping for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Jayalalithaa: Considered an icon in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa served six terms as chief minister of the state between 1991 and 2016. A member of the AIADMK, she was known for her proximity to MGR. Kiron Kher: She joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009 and campaigned for the party from across the country during the elections, including in Chandigarh for the 2011 municipal corporation elections. BJP declared her as the Lok Sabha candidate from Chandigarh for General Elections, 2014. In May 2014, she won the seat with 1,91,362 votes, defeating sitting MP, Congress leader Pawan Bansal.

M.G. Ramachandran: The Tamil film star was a member of the Congress till 1953 and then joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). He later floated the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for 10 years between 1977 and 1987.

Govinda: The actor joined the Congress party in 2004 and was elected to Lok Sabha from Mumbai. By 2008, he decided to quit and focus on his film career. Smriti Irani: Long after she made television history with Ekta Kapoor’s soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Irani was elected as member of Parliament from the state of Gujarat. She is currently the Union minister of information and broadcasting and textiles.

Amitabh Bachchan: In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Allahabad which he won. However, following allegations in the Bofors scandal, he resigned and vowed to never enter politics again. However, his wife Jaya Bachchan is still in politics and supports Samajwadi Party.

Vinod Khanna: The actor was a member of Parliament from the Gurdaspur constituency from 1998-2009 and 20142017. In July 2002, Khanna became the minister for culture and tourism in the BJP government. Six months later, he was appointed the minister of state for external affairs.

Sunil Dutt: Sunil Dutt joined the Congress party in 1984 and was elected as member of Parliament from Mumbai. He served as minister of youth affairs and sports from 2004-2005.

Hema Malini: Malini has been part of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as a representative of the BJP. She is currently a member of Parliament from the Mathura constituency.

Rajesh Khanna: The 1970s superstar was a member of Parliament from the Congress party from the New Delhi constituency. He won elections in 1992 and retained his seat till 1996, after which he quit politics.

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Movies Coming Soon Pari RELEASE DATE: 02/03/2018 Pari is an upcoming Indian supernatural horror film starring Anushka Sharma Kohli, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritabhari Chakraborty and Rajat Kapoor. The story starts where a man rescues a woman and invites her into his home only to find out that he may have unwittingly invited something far more sinister. Is the woman an evil entity or a vessel for the supernatural?

Laung Laachi RELEASE DATE: 08/03/2018

Laung Laachi is a Punjabi film which revolves around a strange decision made by a husband and wife which involves them to become strangers to each other. The Movie is written by Amberdeep Singh and stars himself and Neeru bajwa.

Hichki RELEASE DATE: 23/02/2018

Hichki is an Indian Hindi film starring Rani Mukherjee where she plays the role of Naina Mathur an aspiring teacher with a Neuro disorder. It’s her journey towards rediscovering herself and celebrates self-belief, resilience of human spirit and hope. The film is about turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges and ultimately winning over them.

Hate Story 4 RELEASE DATE: 09/03/2018

Hate Story 4 is an upcoming 2018 Indian bollywood erotic thriller film written by Sammeer Arora and directed by Vishal Pandya. It features Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhatena in the lead roles. This is the fourth installment in the Hate Story series.

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RELEASE DATE: 09/03/2018

RELEASE DATE: 3 Storeys is an upcoming Hindi thriller drama directed by Arjun 09/03/2018 Mukerjee starring Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Sharman Joshi and produced by Priya Sreedharan, Ritesh Sidhwani, and Farhan Akhtar. The movie takes us on a journey across three floors of a lively chawl in Maya Nagar, presenting a microcosm of human existence amidst Mumbai’s bustling urban landscape. A playful and moving study of intricately intertwined lives, the film depicts loves lost, avenged and forbidden. Over the course of three acts, dark secrets and past regrets are revealed, and it becomes clear that life in this small community is not quite what it seems.

Karu is an upcoming bilingual horror thriller drama film directed by A. L. Vijay and produced by Lyca Productions. The film stars Sai Pallavi and Veronika Arora in the lead role, while Naga Shourya portray of male lead.

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