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Raksha Bandhan celebrated by HOTA Forum Victoria

The Victorian Hindu community celebrated the 4th HOTA Forum Raksha Bandhan event on Saturday 14th September 2019 at the HSV Cultural Centre in Carrum Downs, Melbourne. This year the event was hosted by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) Melbourne, along with HOTA Forum custodians – Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia Inc (VHPAU) – Victorian Chapter. […]

Speech by Scott Morrison at the State Dinner at the White House

PRIME MINISTER: Well he got me, Dame Mary, my great, great aunt would be very, very proud. Mr. President, First Lady Mrs. Trump, thank you so much Mrs. Trump for the amazing night you’ve created for us here. Ladies and gentlemen, friends, Jenny and I are truly grateful for this wonderful honour and the hospitality that […]

Scholar HC Dr. Gondane concludes his Oz sojourn

By Vijay Badhwar Na manjil ko, na rahguzar ko dekhte hain, Ajab safar hai ke hum humsafar ko dekhte hain This is Indian High Commissioner Dr A M Gondane summing up his three-year term (that he calls ‘journey’) in Australia. “All of us are travelers in this world. Our journeys are what we make of […]

Santram Bajaj honoured with Sahitya Sewa Sammaan Award on Hindi Divas

By Neena Badhwar Santram ek aisa shakhs hai jo aapke saath baat tau kar raha hota hai par andar uske dimaagh mein kuchh aur hi khurafaat chal rahi hoti hai. His outlook on life is unusual, most husbands would say ‘Biwi se ladayi hui aaj’ but Santram has his own take on day-to-day skirmishes with […]

Fijian PM is Frank in his message to Morrison

By Karam C Ramrakha Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, in his first official visit to Australia, signed Vuvalu (family) Partnership agreement in Canberra on September 16, covering economic, security and enhancement of people to people links between Fiji and Australia. The Fijian PM’s visit comes on the heel of last month’s meeting of Pacific Island […]

A visit to Turramurra Gurdwara by Sri Om Care seniors

By Neena Badhwar Sri Om Care seniors Pennant Hills group took a trip to Turramurra Gurdwara today on Monday, September 16, 2019. Gurdwara welcomed them with open arms and served morning tea, and snacks to start the day as congregation gathered by the team of Sri Om Care. Harbir Pal Singh Bhatia from Turramurra Gurdwara […]

CCTV to capture crooks on candid camera

Criminals will soon be under the scrutiny of up to a thousand electronic eyes as the NSW Government rolls out high-definition CCTV to help protect local businesses in western Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Police Minister David Elliott today announced the first round of successful applicants from the Government’s $5 million […]

Ganesha Visarjana rides the devotional waves

By Vijay Badhwar Ganesha Visarjana at the Sri Venkatesawara Temple in Helensburgh, started nearly three decades ago in Sydney, remains the premier religious event in the local Hindu calendar, nearly 10 thousand devotees attending the annual event. The festival has grown in popularity by each passing year. The pujas commence early in the morning and […]

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ – a musical send up littered with wry humour

By Manju Mittal I am here to write about my first experience watching musical theatre play ‘Drowsy Chaperone’, that was staged at Zenith theatre Chatswood, Sydney, indeed left an impression, a sweet impression. It was absolutely delightful to watch the play on Wednesday September 11, 2019. ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ gave one of the most physically […]

More than 80 per cent of Asian-Australians experience discrimination: New study

(Melbourne, 10 September 2019) Eighty-two per cent of surveyed Asian-Australians report that they have experienced discrimination in Australia, according to a new study conducted ahead of the first Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS), an initiative of Asialink, PwC and the Australian National University.        The results are a part of a wide-ranging study conducted by the Australian […]

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