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Festivals to spice up multicultural ethos BY NEERAJ NANDA

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elbourne: It’s come again and will keep coming. The last three months of the year are all set to dazzle with the festive season! 2013 is no exception. Big and small events cum celebrations are ready to go. Victoria’s multicultural atmosphere will no doubt, add to the festivities. Different communities will mix with each other and exchange gifts and sweets. Eid has just been over and Diwali is not far away. Some of you will be going overseas and celebrating. Those who are here the fun will not be less. And this season we will once more pledge to maintain respect for each other’s faith’s and belief’s. This is the best bet to preserve multicultural Victoria and Australia. Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepawali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most

important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. For Sikhs, Diwali is celebrated as Bandhi Chhor Diwas (The Celebration of Freedom), and celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, held captive by Mughal Emperor in the Gwalior Fort in 1619. In recent times, in India, Australia and other countries, Diwali is celebrated by people of all communities irrespective of region or religion. It reflects the multicultural dimension which unites people into humankind. Diwali melas (fairs) are held in all prominent Australian towns by Indian organisations and attended by people of all faiths and communities. It is also known as the ‘Indian X-Mas’ to many Australians. The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali", which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dipas) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali,

all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demonking Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and by bursting firecrackers. The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival, Naraka Chaturdasi, marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. Amavasya, the third day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who in his dwarf incarnation vanquished the Bali, and banished him to Patala. It is on the fourth day of Deepawali, Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali went to patala and took the reins of his new kingdom

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in there. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj), and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes. Meanwhile, in Melbourne the festival season has begun and the cultural scene is picking up. Ganesh Chaturthi and Janamashtmi have just passed and much more is in store Big Diwali fairs are taking place in October and November. The AIII Diwali Fair will be at the Sandown Racecourse on Sunday 27 October and the Celebrate India is organising one at the Federation Square on Saturday Saturday 26 October. Diwali fairs are also planned for Hoppers Crossing and Warribbee. Many other similar functions are expected in different suburbs. Christmas and New Year eve parties are not far away. Exciting and fun filled days lie ahead. The community will be active and enjoy the season in a typical multicultural atmosphere. South Asia Times (SAT) will bring you all the reports from overseas and here of the fun filled days ahead. We at SAT wish you a all the best of enjoyment and entertainment during the season.

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elbourne: In a 30-minute meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Brunei ,Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott assured Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that negotiations to the nuclear cooperation agreement would be brought to closure at an early date, reports the Indian Express. During the talks, Abbott committed to stepping up the strategic engagement with India. "The third round of discussions with Australia over uranium sales and the nuclear agreement are scheduled in December," said Ashok Kantha, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs. Australia, one of the first countries to sign an international agreement with India on the proposed Nalanda University, has also agreed on closer defence security cooperation with definite plans to undertake a joint naval exercise in 2015. "He (Abbott) has emphasised on much closer interaction with India," Kantha said briefing media persons en route to Indonesia after the two-day summit in Brunei. www.southasiatimes.com.au - (03) 9095 6220, 0421 677 082


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Emotional bye bye to Mr. Rakesh Kawara By our community reporter

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elbourne, 6 Oct: Mr. Rakesh Kawara, Consul at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne will soon not be here. He has been transferred to Egypt. He is popular and well connected to the Indian and wider community because of selfless efficient work. A large number of people gathered at the Tandoori Junction Resturant, Glen Waverley to say bye bye to him. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter. It was a farewell dinner organised by the FIAV. Leaders from various community organizations and individuals who came across Mr. Kawra for support over the years were present and people spoke highly of Mr. Kawara. Mr. Thomas Joseph, Vice President FIAV welcomed those present and during the dinner each one of the attendees took the opportunity to say few words about their experience with Mr. Kawra. Those who spoke included FIAV President Mr. Vasan Srinivasan, CEO of Yarra City Council Vijaya Vaidyanath, Neeraj Nanda, SAT Editor & SAJAA President, Preeti Jabbal , Indian Link & SAJAA Secretary , Tony Sethi, G’Day India & SAJAA, President FIWAA Mrs. Madhu Dudeja, Leigh Tran

from Crime Stoppers – Victoria Police among others. President of the Hindi Neketan Dr. Shard Gupta, President of Telgu Association Mr.Pavan Matampally, President of Gujrati Association, President of Malayali Federation and many more leaders shared their experience and applauded Mr. Kawra’s integration with Indian community of Victoria. Everyone accorded that this is the first time a consulate official who has well and truly mixed with the Victorian Indian Community. Special acknowledgement was made for Mr. Kawra’s exceptional assistance during any emergency for anybody with respect to travel visas or any other issue related to their visas. Addressing the gathering Mr. Kawra thanked everyone for their kind words and good wishes. He specifically commended the leadership of FIAV President Mr. Vasan Srinivasan and its aim to bring the Victorian Indian Community together and raising the issues at Indian and Australian government level. A humble and composed Mr. Kawara and his family posed for photographs with those present and everyone wished him all the success in his next assignment. It was also hoped he will one day be back in Australia.

Leaders from various community organizations and individuals who came across Mr. Kawra for support over the years were present and people spoke highly of Mr. Kawara.

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Melbourne Indian Business Club (MIBC), Friends of Labour raise $ 20,000 for ALP Big Indian business community support for Daniel Andrews By our community reporter

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elbourne: It was a glittering gathering of more than 250 Indian business people and community leaders who united to raise $ 20,000 for the ALP’s election fund for the 2014 Victorian elections. In the presence of about 12 State and two Federal MPs and business persons indicated the political direction the Indian/South Asian community

was taking for the upcoming elections. The Leader of Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews, who is expected to be the next Premier of Victoria, was there to see the big support from the leaders of Indian businesses. The auction of memorabilia, books and other stuff ensured a lively collection of funds. Mr. John Pandazopoulos, MP Dandenong was the MC who introduced the event and 30 businesses who were awarded for their services.

He said the Labour party stood for equal opportunity for all and multiculturalism. He criticised the Abbott government for abolishing the Multicultural Ministry. Leader of Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews thanked the Indian community for contributing to the diversity and viable business in Victoria. Touching the issue if foreign students, he said, we had problems. Issues of poor treatment of international students were not handled as they should have been. We now have to look into the future. We now want it to grow and make it stronger, he said. Daniel flayed the proposed East-West tunnel plan and said Labour will soon announce a comprehensive

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alternative to the tunnel plan. We will stand up for debate on transport, health and job creation. Addressing the event Councillor Intaj Khan, said the commitment of the Labour Party to the Indian/ South Asian community was quite strong. Others who addressed the event included Mr. Mr.Luckee Kohli, Mr.Rizwan Ahmed, and Mr.Alex Singh. There was a nice segment of Bollywood dances. The crowd also included Bollywood actress Rajlaxmi Roy, Cricketer Fawad Ahmed, former AFL player Paul Salmon. The evening ended with lots of networking and renewed support for the ALP in Victoria.


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ew Delhi, 6 Oct : India has initiated the process to extend visa on arrival facility to tourists from 40 more countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a move which will make the country a more tourist friendly and promote foreign exchange earnings. The consensus was brought on these issues during a high level meeting convened here today by the Planning Commission. “There was a consensus about initiating the process to make India a tourist-friendly country and extending the onarrival visa facility to around 40 more countries,” Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla told PTI. The minister said: “All officials, including the National Security Advisor (Shivshankar Menon), were of the view that India should do this as it would help in garnering more foreign exchange when government is battling the problem of burgeoning current account deficit as it would help in earning foreign exchange.” Besides Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, others who attend-

In 2012, India received 6.58 million foreign tourists, up 4.3 percent over the previous year. India’s foreign exchange earnings in 2012 from tourists were USD 17.74 billion, showing an increase of 7.1 percent year on year. ed meeting include, Foreign Secretary (Sujatha Singh), Tourism Secretary (Parvez Dewan), Additional Home Secretary and representatives from the Intelligence Bureau and the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office). According to the minister, India’s visa regime has de-

flected foreign tourists from the US, Canada and Europe to Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. The other countries for which this facility can be extended include Germany, France, Italy, Swedan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Ire-

land, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Oman, Argentina and Kazakhstan. . In 2012, India received 6.58 million foreign tourists, up 4.3 percent over the previous year. India’s foreign exchange earnings in 2012 from tourists were USD 17.74 billion, show-

ing an increase of 7.1 percent year on year. Under the visa on arrival system, India has agreement with different countries, including Japan, Finland, Singapore, Indonesia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar.

All set for Diwali @ Federation Square

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elbourne: Diwali the Festival of Lights, with a beautiful meaning of victory of good over evil & light over darkness has truly become a Victorian Festival. This annual event will be launched on the Yarra in a fully decorated Diwali boat on Friday 18th October followed by a five day, free screening of Bollywood films at Fed Square, sponsored by Mind Blowing Films. During this week preceding the main event, there will be dance performances at the City Square & Flinders Street Station with the support of Metro & COM. A specially decorated horse carriage with Indian music will be seen around the city during this week. International travellers will be able to enjoy the beautiful Diwali display, live performances and Diwali greetings at the Departure Lounge of Melbourne Airport from 23rd October till 3rd November. The main event on Sat, 26th Oct will immerse Federation Square in rich, vibrant

colors of India. The whole day of cultural blast will cater for all ages. Interesting craft workshop for children, jugglers, face painting, interactive items with AFL players & Australian cricketers are just some of the exciting activities along with captivating Indian traditional and Bollywood dances, live band, bazaar and the multinational cuisine. We also welcome the Fijian and Chilean community

in our festival this year. Local Indian, Fijian, African, Chilean and Chinese artists will perform some unique collaborative fusion items, never seen before. But this is not all. As per past years, Celebrate India will host a renowned Folk Dance Troupe from India sponsored by the Govt. of India. The “Seraikella Chhau Dance Troupe” is coming to Australia for its

exclusive and only performance at Diwali@Fed Sq. The indoor program at BMW EDGE will be a launching pad for a short film called “Lights Across the Sea”, based on a joint arts project of two renowned Australian & Indian artists carried out in Varanasi along with yoga, meditation and some classical performances. Every year on Diwali, Celebrate India does its bit to

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raise awareness and funds toward a worthwhile cause. This year again, we have joined hands with White Ribbon, an organization campaigning “Stop Violence against Women”. After the success of last year, we will be conducting the Oath ceremonies and raise funds for this cause. The festivities will begin at 12 noon and culminate with a spectacular fireworks display on the Yarra at 9.30pm. The festival with colorful and exciting performances will provide incredible photo opportunity for media. This is a free, family event and is sponsored by the OMAC, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, ICCR, Government of India, Fed Square, various Corporate groups like Telstra, SBS Radio, RACV, MB Films and Air India which will be running a special competition to win 2 return tickets to India. This event is supported by Community organizations like Fiji Hindu Foundation and many Indian organizations. —Supplied


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DHOOM-3 (Hindi) – Releasing on 20 Dec., 2013

Diwali@ Fed. Square

SPORTS Multicultural Soccer Tournament

The event is on 26th October, 2013 (Saturday) at the Federation Square, Melbourne from 12 noon to 9.30 pm. It is a free program. It has films, after party, illumination of icons apart from the usual stalls and cultural program. For more info. – www. celebrateindia.org.au or facebook.com/celebrateindia.

AIII Diwali Fair @ Sandown

This event will take place on 27th October, 2013 (Sunday) at the Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princess Highway, Springvale (Mel. Ref. 80 C-9). There will be stalls, fireworks, cultural program, Henna and Tattoo stalls etc. There is ample parking and the event is alcohol free. Time – 11.30 am to 9.30 pm. For more info. – www.aiii.org.au.

Diwali @ Warribee

This event will take place at the Werribee Racecourse on 17th November, 2013 from 11 am to 9.00 pm. For more info. Contact –

Diwali @ Ballarat

This event will take place in Ballarat on 23 Nov., 2013 (Saturday) at the Ballarat Showgrounds from 12 pm to 7 pm. For all information check – www. aaice.org.au.

Starring : Aamir Khan , Katrina Kaif , Abhishk Bachchan and Uday Chopra; Director : Vijay Krishna Acharya & Produced by Aditya Chopra Synopsis: c Dhoom 3 is an upcoming action thriller Hindi film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film is third installment in the popular Dhoom series. Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra will reprise their original roles. Distributers: Mind Blowing Films

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Singh Sabha Sports Club will hold a Multicultural Soccer Tournament celebrating Diwali with Victorian communities. The two day Soccer tournament to will be held at Darebin International Sports Centre on 9th and 10th Nov 2013. There will be teams from diverse ethnic backgrounds. There will be lots of activities for everyone including clinics run by Melbourne Victory FC, Authentic multicultural food stalls, dance performances, Prizes and raffles. There will be a showcase match of Kabaddi which is famous sport in Indian Community. For more information contact Ajit Singh 0433 782 546 or ajit.singhsabha@gmail.com

Shahid (Hindi) – Releasing on 18 Oct. 2013

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NIRSA Diwali Event

It will take place on 20 Oct 2013 and start at 11.30 AM. The venue is Spirit of India, 1 Oakover Rd., Preston, (off High St.) Three Course meal subsidised by NRISA for all. For further info: Dr. Santosh Kumar 0411136612, 9816 3401, Santosh.Kumarau@gmail.com.

RAM LILA (Hindi) – Releasing on 15 Nov. 2013

SHAKTI- The Supreme Godess

Starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone etc. and Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Distributers: Eros Australia

RAMBO RAJKUMAR (Hindi)

Starring: Raj Kumar Yadav, Tigmanshu Dhulia, KK Menon, Prabal Panjabi, Prabhleen Sandhu and Bajlinder Kaur; Director Hansal Mehta; Produced By: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra Synopsis: Shahid is based on a true story of a slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was was killed in 2010 by unidentified assailants in his office. From attempting to become a terrorist, to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law, to becoming a champion of human rights (particularly of the Muslim minorities in India), Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights, while following the rise of communal violence in India. Distributers: Mind Blowing Films

Starring Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood etc. and directed by Prabhu Deva. Distributers: Eros Australia

Raaga Sudha School of Carnatic Music is organising SHAKTI- The Supreme Godess, thematic music and dance performancesin praise of Godess Devi by local, inter-sate artists and students of Raaga Sudha School. Artists include Murali Kumar – Violen, Sridhar Chari- Flute, Chandrika Srinivas – Bharatnatayam and Lalitha Narayanan – Bharatnatayam. The event will take place on Sunday, 20 October (start time 4.00 pm) at the Chandler Community Centre, 28 Issac Road, Keysborough, Vic 3173. Contact: Vandana at 0422 412 995 or at vkumar.mkumar@gmail.com.

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Bollywood movies at Kino Cinemas By our correspondent

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elbourne: Come in and experience Hindi (Bollywood) films in the luxurious and premier metropolitan "The Kino Cinemas" in Melbourne CBD. From November Hindi (Bollywood) films in Melbourne CBD will be shown at Kino Cinemas. Eros Australia Pty Ltd director, Mr Aman Raniga told SAT all their releases will be shown at Kino Cinemas starting with Krissh 3 on 1 Nov and Ram Leela on 15 Nov. The Kini Cinemas head of programming Mr Kim Petalas is excited about the whole thing. Fitted with plush, comfier seats, new carpets, 7 state-ofthe-art cinemas with wall-towall screens, stadium seating, digital sound and a stylish bar area where you can meet, enjoy a drink and a chat. The Kino Cinemas continues to offer Melbourne the best selection of local and international feature films and documentaries. Throughout the year The Kino Cinemas present film festival programs, retrospectives and special events such as premieres, forums and Q&A's. If you're a lover of Bolly-

wood, fine films or a dedicated art-house cinema goer then you'll love Kino Cinemas. It’s fully-licensed wine and Espresso bar Enjoy fresh premium Lavazza coffee prepared by The Kino Cinemas experienced baristas or choose from a great variety of food and drinks including local and international premium wine & beer, handmade Connoisseur choc tops, healthy choice popcorn cooked in olive oil and more.

Parking: Collins Place Car park (Wilson Car Park) offers Kino Cinemas guests Free* Parking – (*The first two hours are free, then further rates apply). Located at 72 Flinders Lane, entering Flinders Lane from Spring Street, the Collins Place Car park is the second car park, approximately 50 metres down on your right. Patrons must validate their parking ticket at the box-office for discount. Discount does not apply to pre-paid parking.

Public transport:Patrons can catch the 109 & 112 Trams from Collins St and Kino Cinema is less than 100 metres away from the Parliament Station on Spring St. Address: The Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne;Phone: (03) 9650 2100 Website: www.palacecinemas.com.au For Film Information, Session Times, Ticket Prices - Visit Cinemas Website.

The Kino Cinemas continues to offer Melbourne the best selection of local and international feature films and documentaries. Throughout the year The Kino Cinemas present film festival programs, retrospectives and special events such as premieres, forums and Q&A's.

Prashant Sarin: Dare to be different By our business reporter

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elbourne: Leading from the front is something Prashant Sarin strongly believes in. Being in sales all his life he knows as a leader the key to success is to know your team. Having the biggest team in the Pacific, 35 authorised representatives and Territory Representatives, Prashant knows what he is talking about. Prashant started with Combined Insurance in July 2008 and by September 2010 he had moved his way up to a Sub-Regional Representative. His passion for helping and developing other people was the motivation to move into this role. Prashant says being able to help people End direction and set goals in their life is rewarding. He also believes it is important to help others progress like he has done. In his time as a Sub-Regional Representative Prashant has promoted eight Territory Representatives and two Sub-Regional Representatives. Prashant‘s advice for anyone who wants to lead

a team and become a SubRegional Representative is that you need to be strong at three things; being able to handle a big team, tracking and having a vision. Having a big team is critical in getting results, the more people in the team means more producers who can be working towards achieving the target. You must also look after the individuals in your team to get them motivated to work. Prashant says knowing their goal is important as well as helping them set plans to reach those goals. Being well organised is important in becoming a Sub-Regional Representative, you must be able to keep track the teams results to know where you are and know what needs to be done. Every month he assists his Territory Representatives set goals but he will be planning two months ahead. He says “you should know what you're going to do". Having a vision is the last thing Prashant says is important to become a Sub-Regional Representative. You need to have a clear idea of what you

want to achieve. He puts into practise the advice he gives his own team, which is to put their goals out in front of them and go and get it. He says once you set your goal the only

thing that might change is your strategies to achieve that goal. Prashant‘s own goals are ambitious, aiming to have the biggest team in the world and also to be

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consistently achieving at least $300,000 APV a week but he approaches them with a great positive mental attitude. To grow his team Prashant will take it one by one, each new team member gets him one step closer to his goal, then provide the support and guidance his team needs to keep them motivated and producing. Prashant uses the Combined Insurance incentive and rewards program as a tool for his team to be successful. As a multiple award and incentive winner himself Prashant says if you have the chance to work with Combined Insurance take it because it is your chance to join a winning team and have the opportunity to meet motivational people like our Executive Woe President, ACE Insurance and Combined Insurance, Australia and New Zealand, Des Bosnic. Prashant says if you keep your head down and follow the Basics you will be rewarded. If looking for a job opportunity contact Prashant on 0419739838 Or Baba 0402318327. —Supplied


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Jason Motors at Hallam

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elbourne: Jason Motors at Hallam was inaugurated on 15th June , 2013 by the Australian Member of Parliament Hon. Anthony Byrne. Mr.Harjap Singh a local resident has opened a business of motor garage with all the modern machinery after working many years as mechanic in another Garage. This shows courage, energy and motivation within young Harjap Singh to grow up & set up a business entity. His approach is creating selfemployment, helping to the economy of Australia and contributing future jobs to the community. Hon.Anthony Byrne congratulated Harjap

Singh and his wife for their success. The other dignitaries who attended the event were Hon. Luke Donnellan (State MP for Narre Warren North), Hon. Lee Tarlamis (State upper house MP for south eastern), Manoj Kumar of Federal Ministerial consultative committee, Mr. David Garcha (Chairman of Khalsa Lions), Mr. Harry Singh (Vice President of Khalsa Lions), Neeraj Nanda, Editor of South Asia Times and President of SAJAA & local business owners. The event was concluded with a great appreciation to Harjap Singh and his wife to organize the event. The details of Jason Motors are: “JOSAN MOTORS, 7/87-89, Hallam South Road, Hallam -3803” for any car related issues.

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elbourne: Dushera was celebrated at the Shri. Durga Temple,Rockbank with great enthusiasm and festivity. Apart from the puja of Maa Durga, there were many activities for the kids and adults. There were also many variety of foods stall. The Durga Temple's volunteer and social worker Mr. Narendar Garg was handling one of the food stall with his team and said that he had contributed his last one week for the preparation of the event and felt proud to contribute his time. Thousands of people from all over Victoria attended the function.

Overseas Indians can vote

ccording to the provisions of India’s Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, a person who is a Indian citizen and has not acquired the citizenship of any other country and is otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter and who is absenting from his place of ordinary residence in India owing to his employment, education or otherwise is eligible to be registered as a voter in the constituency in which his place of residence in India as mentioned in his passport. The person has to file the application for the purpose in Form 6A before the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of the constituency within which the place of ordinary residence of

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According to the provisions of India’s Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, a person who is a Indian citizen and has not acquired the citizenship of any other country and is eligible to be registered as a voter. other information is available on the website of the ECI. The last but important point is that after enrolment, an overseas voter will be able to cast his vote in an election in the constituency, in person, at the polling station provided for the part where he is registered as an overseas elector. Source: ECI


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5 easy homemade DiwalI sweets

Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals is right around the corner, and it’s time to get cooking some delicious sweets and snacks. If you are in India, you'd be relishing tonnes of decadent sweets that would be decking the Mithaiwallahs or Halwai ki Dukan (sweetmeat shops). But being in Australia, it’s hard to find some of those authentic delicacies. Yet, that's no reason to sit back and brood. Here are some really easy yet delicious Diwali Special Sweets that you can make right at your home; make the most of your time, so you can enjoy the other celebrations too with equal gusto!

Rava-Besan Laddoos Ingredients

4 1 cup Besan (Gram Flour) 4 1 tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter) 4 2 cup Rava (Semolina) 4 1 cup Sugar 4 1-2 cup Water 4 Sliced Almonds and cashews to garnish

Method:

Take the ghee in a nonstick pan. Once the ghee is melted add rava to it and half roast it till it becomes faint light pinkish and starts giving out roasted smell. Don't overcook it. Then add the besan to it

and roast again for about 5 mins till the mixture becomes golden brown in color. Along with this, keep another pan to make the sugar syrup with all the sugar and water. Keep stirring the sugar syrup and check the consistency till it comes to single-wired texture (take a little sugar syrup between your fingers and check to see that the syrup forms a single strand as you pull your fingers apart). Take the rava-besan mixture in a plate and allow it to cool. Once the sugar syrup is done, don't let it cool much, and add it to the rava till it

becomes like a thick paste. Keep adding the syrup a little at a time, just enough so you can make a loose ball when you take some mixture in your hand. Mix everything well and let it rest for 7-8 hours or even for overnight, to be on the safer side. You can see that the mixture when cooled enough, it becomes a bit thicker than before; Make laddus out of it and garnish them with sliced almonds and cashews. These can be stored in an air-tight container for about 10-12 days at room temperature, and more if refrigerated.

Microwave Peda (Milk Pedas)

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Ingredients:

(Coconut Burfi)

4 1 tin (nestle) Condensed Milk 4 1 cup (whole) Milk Powder 4 1 tbsp Kewra Essence or Rose Essence 4 1/4 cup finely chopped Pistachio 4 2 tbsp melted (unsalted) Butter

Method:

Ingredients:

4 1 can condensed milk 4 2 cups dessicated coconut 4 2 tsp cardamom powder 4 2 tbsp sugar 4 1/4 cup nuts chopped (pistachios, almonds, cashews) 4 A few strands of saffron - to decorate

Method:

Keep a little coconut and a few pistachios aside for garnishing. Mix the condensed milk and the remaining coconut in a bowl. Add the sugar and elaichi powder and stir on a low flame for about 4-5 mins. The

milk is already thick, so don't over-heat else it may get burnt. Remove from flame, then add the chopped nuts and set aside till the mixture has cooled down enough to handle with your hands. Shape into small laddoos(round balls). Roll each laddoo in a little dessicated coconut. Garnish each with a slit of pistachio and saffron. Alternately, you can spread the mixture after removing from flame into a slightly greased plate or thali which has edges. Then use a knife to cut into squares or diamonds if you want to make Coconut Burfi instead of laddoos.

Mix together the condensed milk, milk powder, melted butter and the essence in a microwave dish (preferably) a corning ware

dish. Microwave it for first four minutes. Remove and stir it thoroughly. Again microwave it for another 2 minutes. Remove and let it cool for sometime. Divide them equally into small lemon sized balls. Take an empty thread spool and one by one press the balls with the spool on a wax paper. Now you get a beautiful design. Sprinkle the finely chopped pistachio on the pedas. The pedas are ready. Serve it on a decorated dish.

Phirni or Kheer (Rice Pudding) Ingredients:

4 1 cup - rice 4 1 litre - milk 4 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) 4 1/2 cup condensed milk (unsweetened) 4 1 cup - sugar ** you can reduce the sugar to half or skip it if using sweetened condensed milk cashew nuts fried in ghee for garnish

Method:

Wash the rice once. Keep it aside.

Fry some sugar in ghee for a min. Add the rice to the sugar and fry for a min. Add 2 cups of water to it and allow it to cook in a pressure cooker upto 3 whistles. After that remove the lid and add milk to cooked rice. Let it boil for 5 mins, then add sugar. Boil again for 5 mins. After that add condensed milk to it to make it nice and thick. Finally add cashew nuts, garnish with some saffron strands, and serve, either hot or cold.

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Global warming increased in three decades R By Fabiola Ortiz

IO DE JANEIRO, Sep 28 2013 (IPS) - Amidst rumours that global warming has slowed over the past 15 years, the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that each of the last three decades has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850. The warming of the climate is “unequivocal,” says the IPCC. “The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.” The IPCC Working Group 1 Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) Summary for Policy Makers – Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis was released Friday Sept. 27 in Stockholm. The full in-depth report will be published Monday Sept. 30, as the first of the four volumes of the AR5. Brazilian climatologist Carlos Nobre, one of the lead authors of the Fourth Assessment Report, published in 2007, said the new report “gives no reason for optimism.” “Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850. In the Northern Hemisphere, 1983–2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1,400 years,” the new summary says. “The globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature data, as calculated by a linear trend, show a warming of 0.85°C over the period 1880–2012”, it adds. With respect to the supposed “pause” in the rise in temperatures, the IPCC says: “the rate of warming over the past 15 years (1998–2012; 0.05°C per decade), which begins with a strong El Niño [a cyclical climate phenomenon that affects weather patterns around the world], is smaller than the rate calculated since 1951 (1951–2012; 0.12°C) per decade.” But, it argues, “Due to natural variability, trends based on short records are very sensitive to the beginning and end dates and do not in general reflect long-

term climate trends.” And it sums up: “It is virtually certain that globally the troposphere has warmed since the mid-20th century.” Nobre told IPS that “the report observes what is changing, in greater detail, and reduces uncertainties by means of updated scientific knowledge.” It also confirms that climate change is principally due to human activity, added Nobre, secretary for R&D policy in Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Humanity must decide to cut way down on the use of fossil fuels – which emit greenhouse gases that heat up the atmosphere – and turn to renewable energy sources instead, he said. That is technically possible, he added, stressing that what is needed is for countries to make “a conscious choice.” “That transition has a cost, but the cost has steadily gone down from what was projected 15 years ago. The problem is not the technology; it is a political decision,” Nobre said. Carlos Rittl, head of the climate change and energy programme of WWF-Brazil, said “although global warming has experienced an apparent stabilisation with regard to the mean temperature, the warmest years on record occurred in the last decade. That does not leave us in a comfortable situation.” The IPCC report, which assesses the latest published and peer-reviewed studies on climate change and compiles a comprehensive summary of the findings, was based on the work of 259 authors from 39 countries, and checked by 1,089 reviewers who made 54,677 comments and critiques. Its release was preceded by a new wave of climate scepticism in the media and rumours about a slowdown in global warming. The summary presented Friday says that based on different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios, by the end of the century global temperatures are projected to rise by at least 1.5ºC, relative to 1850-1900, in all but the lowest scenario considered The highest IPCC sce-

nario points to an average warming this century of 3.7ºC – which many experts say would be catastrophic. After the last intergovernmental climate change conference, in Copenhagen in December 2009, when the countries failed to reach agreement on a new global climate accord, criticism of the IPCC grew, in particular due to the erroneous projection that the Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035. “That information was used in an irresponsible fashion by those who try to deny global warming,” Rittl said. Six years later, there is more and better scientific evidence to estimate, for example, how much the melting of ice will contribute to the rise in sea level. By 2100, the sea level will rise between 24 cm and 63 cm, according to the most optimistic and pessimistic scenarios, respectively. Rainfall “will increase in the wettest regions and will decline in those areas where rain is already scarce,” said Rittl, who has a doctorate in ecology. In Brazil, the driest region is the arid Northeast, and the wettest areas are the south and southeast. Precipitation will increase between one and three per-

cent in the south, depending on the speed of global warming, while drought patterns will become more severe in arid areas. All of the trends confirmed by the report are “alarming,” Rittl said. “Humans are responsible for these changes, which will make things worse, when there are already hundreds of millions of people in the world suffering from scarcity of water, food and the basic conditions needed for survival,” he said. The first volume of AR5 comes out two months ahead of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Warsaw. In the Nov. 11-22 climate change summit, countries will have to agree to make a global effort to guarantee the transition to a low-carbon economy, Nobre said. “This report is a reality shock,” he added. In his view, Brazil is one of the “few good examples” because it managed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 38.4 percent between 2005 and 2010, due to the decline in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. “Brazil adopted voluntary commitments, but

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Humanity must decide to cut way down on the use of fossil fuels – which emit greenhouse gases that heat up the atmosphere – and turn to renewable energy sources instead. there is no ambitious accord at a global level,” Nobre said. “The longer the delay in taking concrete action, the more difficult and unlikely it will be to reach a sustainable trajectory of climate change adaptation,” he said. Rittl said governments must see climate change as a national challenge to development, social inclusion and poverty reduction. “The risks and the opportunities must be addressed in a very responsible manner,” he said.


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Lucky Ali performing in the city

NWS T-20 Tournament Grand Final Day on 22 Sept. 2013 and sponsored by the Swastik Migration

Game on at the VPF Invitation Football Cup. Twelve teams participated which included under 17, under 15 and under 13 teams

Posing for a picture after the NWS T-20 Tournament

Helping out the VPF Invitation Football Club

Mata Ki Chowki at Glen Waverley Community Centre organised by the Sankat Mochan Samiti

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Cultural Centre: Back to square one M

elbourne: The new committee that has recently taken over the reins of the Hindu Society of Victoria (HSV) has in a swift move taken over the running of the much controversial Cultural Centre adjacent to the Sri Shiva Vishnu temple. The cultural centre was earlier being run by the Trust led by Mr. Vasan Srinivasan, who the earlier committee thought would bring the messy financial situation in the HSV under control by making it viable. The massive financial burden on the HSV as a consequence of the cultural centres massive expenditure (much more than projected) has been the talk of the town. A forensic audit to check any alleged financial bungling is now a lost cause. It has also been alleged by reliable insiders that the decision on Cultural Centre has been taken

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to ward off ‘undue Indian influence in a ‘Sri Lankan Hindu temple’. Mr. Vasan Srinivasan has, meanwhile, handed over the keys of the Cultural Centre to the Committee. The Trustees have now been left with only to run the museum on the first floor of the Cultural Centre. The $ 1.5 million worth of paintings/photographs on display in the museum were donated by collector Dr. Dinesh Parekh. In fact, the Trustees have almost become defunct. Their crime, many say, was to support the community demand for a forensic audit. Meanwhile, the HSV’s biggest headache is how to clear the estimated $ 800,000 or so bills it has to pay. The mortgage of the Cultural Centre loan is also a monthly pain. Devotees are praying to the Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi to show mercy but the situation remains fragile.

Tax payer Dollars for King Khan

t happened in Sydney. Many from Melbourne went to see King Khan’s event buying hefty tickets laced with expensive flights. A few thousand waited outside the event place as the show was delayed for about an hour. But the show went off well for about three hours or so with the three ladies, followed by Honey Singh and later joined by SRK and ending with the Om Shanti Om song. A friend

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called it ‘life time experience’. Good enough! Little did people realise that the event was subsidised by the New South Wales government. How much tax payer Dollars were paid remains a mystery? Estimates range from 500,000 to one million. A reliable source says the attendance was 11,500 and tickets ranged from $ 99 to $ 649. The show also had big sponsors leading the organisers to make a big killing.

Getting In

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ore than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed. Find out why...This permanent exhibition documents the immigration policies that have shaped Victoria and Australia since the 1800s and how these policies have been a significant factor in forming a national identity. This confronting exhibition utilises images, historical objects, a computer interactive and personal stories to

explore the impact of these policies and the resulting cultural diversity in Victoria. Getting In was developed in response to market research conducted at the Immigration Museum that found visitors wanted to know more about the process of getting in to Australia, what people went through, who was accepted and who wasn't, and the effect this had on society. The exhibition does this by exploring the history of immigration policy and how it has changed dramatically

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over the past two hundred years. Four timeframes outline the main threads in immigration policy: the gold rush days of the 1840s to 1900, Federation to the end of the Second World War (1901 to 1945), then post-war to the early seventies (1946 to 1972) and finally 1973 to the present day. Daily, Now Showing 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne, Vic., 3000. More info: museumvictoria. com.au/immigrationmuseum.


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No love for ‘love’ in India

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EW DELHI: You are more likely to be killed over a relationship than in a robbery in India, according to India’s latest crime statistics. Across the country, loverelated disputes were the third most common motive for murder in 2012, after personal vendettas, which accounted for 3,877 killings, and property disputes, which led to 3,169 deaths. Affairs of the heart resulted in 2,549 killings last year, up by 184 since 2010. In some states, “love affairs/sexual causes” accounted for the highest number of murders, ac-

cording to the 2012 data released by the National Crime Records Bureau last week. The southern state of Andhra Pradesh topped the list with 445 such murders, followed by the northern state of Uttar Pradesh with 325, and Tamil Nadu, also in the south, with 291. The crime statistics bureau does not differentiate between murders because of relationships gone wrong and “honour” killings, despite repeated calls from activists for a separate record of crimes committed against couples who may break caste or religious barriers to marry.

Harsh Malhotra, who set up the voluntary organisation Love Commandos in 2010 to help protect young couples from their disapproving families, said the national statistics reflected what they witnessed on the ground. “These numbers do not surprise me,” he said. “Whether it is killing in the name of unrequited love or objecting to a love affair, this is sad.” Mr Malhotra said his organisation receives 600 to 700 phone calls every day from couples who face opposition from their families for marrying outside their caste or religion, with the

most coming from Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. Haryana reported 50 relationship-related murders last year, while neighbouring Punjab had 83. “We see a lot of couples who are facing death in the name of honour. Maybe it is not the parents who are outraged but neighbours, relatives. They are the ones who vow to kill in the name of love,” Mr Malhotra said. Even after getting married, some couples “have to run like they have committed a crime”, he said. At least 1,000 young people are killed in the name of

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We have been saying for a while now that there must be a category for killings and crimes in the name of honour,” said Sudha Sundararaman, general secretary of the association. honour every year, according to figures compiled by the All India Democratic Women’s Association. “We have been saying for a while now that there must be a category for killings and crimes in the name of honour,” said Sudha Sundararaman, general secretary of the association. “You cannot put numbers under love or illicit affairs and try to hide from a crime that is spreading across the country.” The crime records bureau does keep “dowry deaths” — in which women are killed or driven to suicide for bringing an insufficient dowry to her husband’s home. The dowry can range from cash and jewellery to household appliances, automobiles and land. There was a slight decline in dowry deaths last year, from 8,618 in 2011 to 8,233. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of such incidents for the second year running with 2,244 cases, followed by Bihar with 1,275. Even with the overall decrease, Ms Sundararaman said it still meant a bride died every 90 minutes, or that dowry issues caused 1.4 deaths per 100,000 women. “Either way, it continues to be a sad state of affairs,” she said. A more positive statistic from the 2012 crime report was that murders of suspected witchcraft practioners dropped by half from the previous year, from 240 to 119. Women accused of witchcraft are often humiliated before they are lynched by parading them naked in public. Source: SB, The National, Sept. 16, 2013


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hubaneswar: The second phase trial of the assassination case of an Australian missionary started recently in Bhubaneswar, capital of India’s Odisha state. The second phase hearing in the district and sessions court was necessitated following the arrest of Ghanashyam Mahanta and Ramjan Mahanta who were among 18 people accused of torching to death Reverend Graham Stuart Staines and his minor sons Timothy and Philip. The murder took place at Manoharpur village in Baripada district during night on January 22, 1999. After a prolonged run for 14 years, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

nabbed the duo from their native villages in Keonjhar district on May 17, reported orissadiary.com. During the hearing only four of the ten prosecution witnesses turned up to record their statement. The last accused in this case Budhia Naik, is still at large. The four witnesses who turned up for the trial included Staines driver Nimai Hansda and Thakurdas Murmu, former village chief of Manoharpur. Hansda told the court that he is still employed as a driver for Gladys. However, other three witnesses expressed their inability to give any direct evidence against Ghanashyam and Ramjan. K C Mishra, CBI senior

public prosecutor, said Hansda informed the court that on the fateful night he was sleeping inside the church in Manoharpur village while Staines and his

children slept inside the wagon outside. Later in the middle of the night, a mob set fire to the vehicle. Staines and children were charred to death.

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Staines’ wife and Gladys, who was also summoned was supposed to depose, but she was absent in the court. The CBI had charge sheeted against 18 persons, including prime accused Dara Singh alias Rabindra Kumar Pal. Earlier the district and sessions court, Khurda in Bhubaneswar had awarded death penalty for Dara and lifer for 12 other accused including Mahendra Hembram, close aide of Dara. But the Odisha High later reduced the death sentence of Dara to life imprisonment and uphed the lifer for Mahendram on May 19, 2005. The high court acquitted the other 11 convicted. —MattersIndia

Christians, Muslims and Hindus protest Peshawar church bombing

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arachi: Hundreds of Christians, Muslims and Hindus joined hands in Karachi recently to form a human chain in a rare show of unity in the wake of the September 22 terror attack on a church in Peshawar. At least 85 people were killed and more than 140 wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at All Saints Church in Peshawar immediately after Sunday Mass in what has been described as one of the most deadly attacks on the beleaguered religious minority in Pakistan. Muslim Shia and Sunni clerics as well as Christian clergy were among those who gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi for a “day of prayer and resistance against terrorism.” Politicians, actors, human rights activists, schoolchildren and people from other walks of life joined the symbolic gathering. The event was organized by a group of friends under the banner “Pakistan for All” and was supported by the National Commission for Peace and Justice. “A Pakistan I have dreamt of: a Shia cleric, a Christian pastor and a

Sunni mufti were sitting together in the first aisle of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi,” Mohammad Jibran Nasir, one of the main organizers, told ucanews.com on Sunday. “The objective of this initiative was to demonstrate interfaith harmony among Pakistanis and express solidarity with the relatives of

Peshawar victims,” he said. Hindus also took part in the demonstration, he said. “We all are children of Adam and Eve. The attack on the Peshawar church was not only against Christians, it was against the entire country,” said Fr Sal Deigo, a priest at the cathedral. Participants formed a

ring around the cathedral and held hands to form a human chain. “We are here to show that we respect all religions. We all are Pakistanis and we all are one,” said Sharmila Farooqui, a Sindh lawmaker. “We are all together. We are one. We are not divided on the basis of our faiths,”

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prominent Pakistani model and actress Sanam Saeed said. Shia cleric Agha Iftikhar Abid Naqvi and Sunni Mufti Faisal Japan Wala also spoke at the gathering and highlighted the need to promote interfaith harmony in the country. —UCA News, 30 Sept., 2013


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Audiences in for a treat in Krissh 3: Hrithik Roshan B By Murali Kumar*

cial effects for a film to other countries, but my father and I believe that we have the talent in India and that we just need to give them the support and time they need to make a polished and believable finished product.

ollywood film star Hrithik Roshan, answers questions Emailed to him in anticipation of his new film ‘Krissh 3’. One of the most highly awaited films of the year, ‘Krrish 3’ releases on 1st November 2013.

Q: We hear that Krrish 3 has several market firsts. Please elaborate. A: Yes! We have initiated key brand extensions for Krrish 3 which is going to help create a greater connect with audiences. From animation, merchandise, digital and comics, we have a full breadth of products to deliver to audiences. We launched Kid Krrish recently, a series of 4 animated features being aired on Cartoon Network. On the merchandise front, we have Krrish live Action which will have unique merchandise ranging from Krrish Masks, wrist bands to first of its kind Consumer Electronics like Walkie Talkies, Music accessories and RC toys (Flying Krrish). Q: We hear that Krrish 3’s filming schedule was pretty testing. Could you elaborate please? A: Krrish 3, is one the most difficult films of my career. I play various characters. If I wanted victory again, I’ll have to go through the battle again. The finest steel must go through the hottest fire was my modular during the shoot. It was difficult playing many roles in Krrish 3. The script has been such that it challenged each and every character and department from the production to the creative.

Excerpts from the interview: Q: You are undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in Bollywood obviously doesn’t come easy, where does your determination and passion stem from? A: My family has been my biggest inspiration – they are my true role models and they continue to be. My parents through to my grandparents have seen and experienced all shades of life, the good, the bad, and always faced any situation God presented to them fearlessly together. We share a unified bond which I also instil in my little family with my wife and children. Q: 2013 sees the third instalment of Krrish, franchises that you are renowned for, what can the audience expect? A: I think the audiences are going to be in for a treat with Krrish – if you loved the first two films, you will adore this edition. Krrish is our home production and it was like coming home. I did miss Krrish’s character.

Q: What else would you do if you weren’t a Bollywood actor? A: I cannot imagine doing anything else than being a profession that allows me to develop and expand my creativity. I know it sounds clichéd but I love what I do and I do what I love! It really is in my DNA and whatever my parents, grandparents, uncles achieved in this industry is an intrinsic part of my make-up. I have had the opportunity to live multiple lives in one lifetime and through the power of cinema did my small bit to touch a chord with the world and form an indescribable bond.

Q: What are your thoughts on Superhero movies created in Bollywood? A: The Indian cinema industry is among the best in the world and has created movies of par excellence for years. Being our home production, Krrish 3 will master the superhero genre in Indian cinema. That is the vision with Krrish 3, to present a superhero entity that will appeal to audiences globally, in the same zest and fervour they appreciate other superhero films like Superman and Batman. I am sure that regardless of the language Krrish 3 is shot in, the performance, narrative and overall content will help extend the film’s appreciation to audiences beyond the Indian and diaspora market. Q: People like Hrithik as a dancer, the dance seems to be missing in his movies these days, is it intentional? A: Not at all! However clichéd this sounds, I guess the scripts I’ve currently been working on just haven’t demanded any breakthrough dance sequences. But never say never though! Krrish 3 does feature some notable iconic moves which will become synonymous of Krrish 3. Q: Filmmakers from Bollywood have tried to make superhero movies before and they haven’t been as successful, what are you doing that is so different? A: I feel the Krrish franchise has worked as we have listened to the

audience, not just in India but globally. We always aim to deliver a film to them that we hope will appeal to their tastes and aspirations. I never like to operate with an insular mind-set. To produce a superhero film, one key factor to remember is that the focus should be on creating connectivity between the narrative, the characters and the audience. Q: Krrish 3 will be the third time that you have played the superhero, do you feel that you have many similarities to Krrish in real life?

A: A superhero is about values, not about the costume or the powers. A superhero is someone who never gives up and is in service to others. I think I have the right attitude to be a superhero, to try and come through for those that depend on me. Q: Some of the special effects that we saw in the trailer are truly breath-taking, how much time was devoted to making these sequences? A: My father wanted to do all of the special effects in India, it is common in Indian cinema to outsource the spe-

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elbourne: She was born in lawyer’s family with her father being prominent lawyers in India. In order to continue her father’s legacy, she enrolled to study the Bachelor of Law degree in India. At the age of 24 years, she represented clients in complicated civil and criminal matters in the High Court of Gujarat, India and soon after she became a well known solicitor She is gifted with excellent oratory, sound researching skills and pleasant personality. In order to fulfil her post graduate studies in Law, she came to Australia in 1998 to study

Master of Laws degree at Monash University and completed her Masters of Laws degree in 1999. Prior to completion of her Master’s Degree she was offered the role of tutor at Monash. After coming to Australia she realized her weakness in Information Technology skills and thought of becoming techno- savvy. She took admission in Monash University to study Master of Information Technology in the year 2000. While she was studying her second semester of Master of Technology degree she was offered a role of tutor at Monash University. She enjoyed her studies and worked part time as Tutor for the period of one year.

She decided to live and raise family in Australia. While preparing her migration application, she developed the passion for immigration law and decided to become a registered migration agent. In 2004 she was enrolled in Certificate III course in Immigration Law at Victoria University and became registered Migration agent in 2004. She opened her own migration law firm in the name of Vera Migration Service and represented clients in family, skilled, business, employer Nomination and other migration matters. In order to fulfil her dream of becoming an Australian Solicitor, she decided to enrol as a law student at the Deakin University

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and started her studies in 2004. She completed her 12 undergraduate law units at Deakin University in 2006 along with her work. She was admitted into practice as a Solicitor in 2009. She took on a position as a Solicitor in a boutique CBD law firm at Jonathan Wong Lawyers in 2011. She gained extensive experience in providing legal advice to individuals and multinational corporations. In this role, she consistently demonstrated her ability to manage high volume

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and high quality legal work for heavyweight corporations. She came to know about Chinese culture and Chinese migrant during her tenure at Jonathan Wong Lawyers. Due to her extensive experience of nine years in Immigration law, she started her own law firm Vera Lawyers in May 2013 and manages a broad range of legal matters. She is handson and results-focused in her work style. She consistently and enthusiastically takes ownership of her work in order to produce high-quality results. She is determined person with passion for law, her extensive experience of 9 years and strong skill-set makes her an excellent Solicitor in our firm. During her free time she has great interest in reading books, knowing about different cultures and cooking. Her family is first priority in her life.

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elbourne, 10 October: Twenty two companies in Victoria have been honoured with the State’s prestigious ‘Victoria Export Award’. The companies include those engaged in manufacturing, small business, environment solutions, business services, infrastructure among others. In a statement, the Victorian Government has congratulated the 22 winners that have been honoured with the awards. Minister for Employment and Trade Louise Asher said at a special ceremony at the Government House that the companies had been rewarded for their remarkable export performance despite challenging global economic conditions and a strong Australian dollar. “I congratulate GP Graders (Victoria) in Mount Waverley for being named Exporter of the Year and Optalert in Richmond for receiving the Export Award for Innovation Excellence,” Ms Asher said. “I also applaud the

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other industry category winners and commendees, which were recognised as Victoria’s top export leaders. “These companies are managed by inventive businesspeople, who are taking their products and services to new and expanding markets. They reflect the strong, outward looking business culture that flourishes in Victoria. “The awards they receive recognise the contribution made by all Victorian exporters, which last year exported goods and services worth $34 billion dollars to more than 200 countries around the world. “Through Victoria’s $62.6 million International Engagement Strategy we are supporting exist-

ing and emerging exporters to take advantage of the growing China, India, South East Asia and Middle East markets. “The Coalition Government has led an unprecedented series of trade missions to our key target markets, establishing networks and laying pathways for other businesses to follow. “The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is now in its 34th year and the winners qualify for the Australian Export Awards which will be held this year in Melbourne in November,” Ms Asher said. The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria is the patron of the awards. —Report based on media release

elbourne: India’s first ISO certified real estate developer Godrej Properties is all set to launch its PAN India projects in Melbourne on 16 and 17 November 2013 at the Hotel Ibis , Glen Waverly. They have appointed Ramon Consulting and Financial Services as its Channel partner in Victoria to market its PAN India project s. Mr Rakesh Raizada, CEO Ramon Consulting says, “it’s a very exciting opportunity to team up with one of the largest and most reputed Indian conglomerates to bring real estate investment opportunities to the Indian NRI’s in Melbourne”. Godrej Properties is part of the 116 year old, $ 3.8 billion Godrej Group and brings with it a solid reputation for quality and delivery commitment. Currently developing over 80 million square ft across 12 cities in India it has residential investment opportunities to suit all kinds of budget starting from AUD $30,000. Easy payment plans spread over 3 years is another big attraction to investors. All Godrej projects are pre-approved by major Indian banks like SBI, ICICI, HDFC, Axis, etc. for NRI loans. All projects, once finished are maintained to the highest

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standards by reputed companies like Knight & Frank etc. “Indian property development sector is already amongst the fastest growing in the world and in the coming decades is likely to emerge as one of the largest in the world “Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group. “Godrej group’s vision of ethical and professional business practices has the advantage of immense customer trust that the Godrej Brand name inspires “ Phirojeshah Godrej, MD, Godrej properties Godrej Properties projects span across major cities in India namely Mumbai , Pune , Gurgaon , Chennai , Bengaluru , Nagpur , Chandigarh , Kolkata , Mangalore . Upcoming locations include Hyderabad, Kochi, Panvel , NCR- Delhi. ‘Working with reputed and outstanding construction partners like L & T, Gammon India, SOM (USA) adds immense value and quality to the investment’ Gurudutt Shenoy , International Advisor , Godrej Properties , Sydney Having achieved incredible success worldwide in Canada, UK, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Africa, UAE, Sydney, Godrej Properties is all poised to bring to Melbourne a very exciting investment opportunity. —Supplied


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umbai/Melbourne : Bollywood diva Vidya Balan is all set to sizzle here during the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 (IFFM-2014). She is returning as the brand ambassador of the festival for the third year in a row. Balan’s name was announced recently during the Victorian government’s trade mission to India. “I am delighted to announce that Indian film star Vidya Balan will return as the Festival’s Ambassador,” Louise Asher, Victoria’s Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Tourism, Major Events, Employment and Trade said. Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher also announced that the Mind Blowing Films would be engaged to continue delivery of the festival until 2015. “I am pleased to announce, on the Victorian Government’s fifth large scale trade mission to India, that the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will again offer Victorian audiences the diversity and breadth of culture of Indian

cinema in 2014 and 2015,” Ms Asher said. “It is always very gratifying to get recognition and appreciation for our work and to have that from a foreign audience in a foreign country makes it all the more special,” Vidya Balan added. Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, expressing her happiness over Balan’s re-appointment, said, “We are delighted to welcome the transcendent Vidya Balan back as our Festival Ambassador for IFFM 2014”. “Such projects play a big part

in both cultural and business connections, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to growing our screen industry and growing the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne,” Louise Asher said. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is an initiative of the Victorian Government .The festival is not only a celebration of Indian cinema, it is also a celebration of the rich culture of India. Festival events are held in several locations throughout Melbourne, including Federation

Square, ACMI, La Trobe University and Hoyts Melbourne Central. The festival entices many stars of Indian cinema to Australian shores and in previous years, festival guests have included former Ms World and Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra , Shahid Kapoor , Raju Hirani , Simi Garewal , Farah Khan, Prabhudeva

and Malaika Arora Khan In 2014, the festival is seeking fresh films from a variety of Indian voices. The program will consist of the best of Bollywood, feature films, independent cinema and retrospectives. IFFM will also contain a section for its neighbouring countries, inviting filmmakers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. This year the festival will introduce three awards: Jury Award for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Performance, and a People’s Choice Award. —SAT News Service

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Indian Classical Music – bridging the North-South divide

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elbourne: The sound of music, known as Naada in Sanskrit, is defined as “continuous pleasing sensation”. Naada is the primordial sound which is the subtlest of all elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The association of Indian music with Hindu philosophy and religious thinking is well documented. Music is cited as a means to the end of ultimate salvation according to Hindu philosophy. The association of Gods with music follows the intertwining of music and religion; for instance, Lord Shiva is associated with the drum, Lord Krishna with the flute, Goddess Saraswati with the Veena etc. The common name by which Indian music is referred to is Sangeeta – indeed the ancient texts define Sangeeta as a composite of vocal music, instrumental music and dance. For several centuries, throughout the Indian entity these concepts of Naada and Sangeeta, painted on the canvas of Hinduism, have been a potent unifying force of a diverse populace in the subcontinent. In this context, it is important to appreciate that similar concepts have been at the

foundation and development of both major styles of Indian classical music, i.e., the north Indian Hindustani style, and the south Indian Carnatic style. In both styles, the Raaga (representing the melodic framework) and Taala (representing the rhythmic framework) are the two main elements of music. The nomenclature of the structure of the saptaswara system (i.e. seven notes in the musical scale – Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni) is common to both styles. A raaga is essentially a structural element which defines the intonation of swaras, as well as their order and duration. The ‘what’ and ‘how’ characteristics of a raaga such as the swaras used and the ascent-descent are defined by the aarohana (the ascending scale) and avarohana (the descending scale). The permutations and combinations of swaras being countless, the possibilities of raagas are endless. Even today new raagas are created in both styles of music by contemporary musicians and composers. Given the likeness in the underlying concepts it is no wonder that there are several raagas that are similar of even identical between the two styles of music – a couple of popular examples being Hamsadhwani, Keervani. The concept of the tanpura (drone)

providing the basic tone note is a very important aspect of both styles. Music in both styles has been traditionally transmitted and learnt orally rather than textual references. Here again the influence of Hindu philosophy and culture can be seen. Hindu religious works such as Vedas, Puranas etc. have been taught and transmitted orally down the generations. This concept and tradition of learning gave rise to the Gurukula system where the student pretty much stayed with the master for years, imbibing knowledge and skills. In Hindustani music this system is referred to as Gharaanaa, and in Carnatic music it is referred to as Gurukula-vaasam. A Gharaanaa basically represents a lineage of musicians, their generations of disciples and the styles they represent. Each Gharaanaa has its own unique artistic discipline besides the common features of Hindustani music shared by all Gharaanaas. The Gharaanaas are generally named after the names of places they originated from – for example, Gwalior, Agra, Patiala, Kiraanaa, Delhi – or in some cases the name of the founder – for example, Alladiya Khan. In Carnatic music the tradition of Gurukula-vaasam was in vogue

several decades ago, but is now less prevalent compared to the Gharaanaas in Hindustani music. In the present day, students of Carnatic music learn from their guru(s) for a number of years and then incorporate their own creativity as a result of self-exploration. That said, stalwarts of Carnatic music have created unique styles of their own in terms of various performance aspects which are immortally associated with them – examples are the “GNB style” of vocal maestro GN Balasubramiam, or the “Parur style” of violin maestro MS Gopalakrishnan. Beyond a point, differences emerge between the two styles of music which provide for uniqueness – for instance Hindustani music places special emphasis on the time theory of raagas. That is, there are rules that govern the performance of raagas based on the time of day – this has given rise to raagas categorised as ‘morning raagas’, ‘afternoon raagas’ etc. This time theory does not apply to Carnatic music, and all raagas can be sung at any time of day. However, despite these understandable differences, collaboration between the two styles through concepts like the jugal-bandi (featur-

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ing one Hindustani music artiste and one Carnatic music artiste) has flourished due to the common foundation that these styles share, which has further strengthened music as the predominant unifying force of India. One can go on and on… in summary, though both the classical music forms of India have developed from a single foundation, and continue to benefit from each other, they have grown to become two independent systems of music on the basis of a variety of musical and performance considerations. These highly sophisticated forms of music that have withstood the travails of the Indian civilization and polity for many centuries are indeed a source of great pride to the people of Indian origin. * Indian classical musician, Artistic Director - RaagaSudha School of Carnatic Music, and President – Federation of Indian Music & Dance Victoria); www.raagasudha.com.au


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