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FREE Vol-2 ISSUE-5 20 May - 20 June 2015 DO NOT LITTER M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN 20 April - 20 May 2015 / www.bollywoodsun.com.au I prefer strong supporting roles over conventional leads: Jimmy Shergill At 73 what do I have to hide: Amitabh Bachchan Marriage does not have to be the ‘be-all’ and ‘end-all’ of life: Swara Bhaskar ‘Someday, I will give an expression that nobody has ever seen before!’ : R Madhvan NSW MP Daniel Mookhey creates history by swearing on The Bhagavad Gita Air India nonstop flights from Melbourne & Sydney $22 BN BUSINESS DEALS WITH CHINA Diversity Capital Gets New Indian Cultural Precinct

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 PUBLISHER / editor-in-cHIEF Yogita Bhardwaj CEO / editor Avniesh Bhardwaj JOURNALIST VINITA MALHOTRA bollywood sun JOURNALISTS Shailesh Giri | usha mishra MARKETING Kshipra Cariappa | Vidya Santosh WEB DEVELOPER / graphic designer GAURAV KAPOOR GRAPHIC PREPRESS Sarabjit Sidhu CUSTOMER SERVICE & DISTRIBUTION Munish Kumar From the Publisher’s desk Ann Frank once said, “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” And the other good news is that Air India has started to operate Nonstop flights from Melbourne and Sydney to India including three non-stop services a week between Delhi-Melbourne-Delhi and four non-stop services a week between Delhi-Sydney-Delhi. The issue also brings forth Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit where $22bn business deals have been signed between the two countries. Mr Modi has also promoted the ‘Make in India’ campaign in China. To provide support and assistance to the victims of domestic violence especially in the Indian community in Melbourne, many have come forward for the great cause. This include Jagriti Forum, InTouch, CoHealth, Ramon Helps Inc, Members of Parliament, Victoria Police, The Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, Researchers from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe and Deakin University, Indian religious and community leaders, medical practitioners, legal experts, social workers and a number of former victims of family violence who now support victims as volunteers. There are a number of other tidings for your interest and we ensure to update you with the best and the latest. Yogita Bhardwaj No material in Indian Monthly, including advertisements, may be reproduced in without the written consent of the editor. Opinions carried in Indian Monthly are solely those of the writers, and not necessarily endorsed by Indian Monthly . All correspondence should be addressed to: Avyosa Pty Ltd ABN:94 196 825 236 Level 1, 55 Walsh St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003 Ph: 03 9600 9227, 0400 988 402 FAX:03 9326 5722 Email: yabs@yabs.com.au IDEAL TRAVEL SERVICES CHEAP FARES, ANYTIME Lowest Airfares to INDIA From $830* Cheapest Airfares Guaranteed 24/7 Call Us Anytime, Any day... CALL US NOW !!! T. (03) 9748 6549 M. 0405 493 732 *Conditions Apply | Price is Subject to Availability of seats and price can change with or without notice at any time. Fly SINGAPORE AIRLINES by march 31st to get $40 gift coupon. Valid only on Singapore airlines and silk Air flights transiting through Singapore. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 India signed $22bn business deals with China estimates last year’s trade deficit with China at $45 billion, a third of its global trade gap. Mr Modi met CEOs of top Chinese companies in Shanghai and 21 Memorandum of Understandings were signed between the two countries. Mr Modi invited them to participate in his ‘Make in India’ campaign and listed the 5F formula. He iterated, “I have come to say to you Make in India. The 5F Formula- From Farm to Fibre to Fabric to Fashion to Foreign” India and China can together give something to the world.” .China rejected a 1914 border agreement signed by the British colonial authorities with Tibet establishing a de-facto boundary. Both have claims on various parts of each other’s territories including an Indian administered area known as Zangnan or South Tibet in China which is considered part of Arunachal Pradesh state in India. Mr Modi said he and Mr Li had agreed to explore a ‘fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution’ to the issue. Mr Li said that the two countries had “enough political wisdom to manage and control” differences. In a statement by China’s foreign affairs ministry reported Mr Xi as saying to Mr Modi that the two countries “must work together to enhance mutual trust, control our differences and problems to avoid them interfering with bilateral relations. Mr Modi said his three-day visit to China would deepen bilateral ties and create a milestone for the relations between developing countries in Asia and around the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promotes ‘Make in India’ campaign in China IN order to boost economic ties, India and China have signed business deals worth more than 22bn during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 3-day visit to China. A record of 24 bilateral agreements worth $10 billion have been signed. Both sides are dedicated to establish a “New direction between the two largest Asian countries.” The agreements cover a range of industries including renewable energy the financial sector, steel, media, ports, education, establishment of consulates, space exploration, mineral resources, railway systems and TV. Mr Modi said, “Let us work together in mutual interests. Now India is ready for business.” Mr Modi met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and both agreed to seek a ‘fair resolution’ to dispute on their common border. Mr Modi said India wanted more investment from China, greater access to its market and a shared commitment to ensure that their disagreements remain in check. He said, “We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries. This is one of our most important strategic partnerships.” Mr Keqiang said the two countries had “enough political wisdom to manage and control differences,” adding further that the countries’ common interests were far bigger than the differences. Mr Modi later commented, “Today, we have signed over 20 agreements, covering diverse areas of cooperation. This shows the depth and maturity of our relationship and the positive direction of our partnership.” India and China are disappointed in the current trade volume compared to their market and national strength. India www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 Stronger Healthier Indian Families Together and their children, such as those that support gender inequality and sexism. Violence against women and their children occurs across the whole of Australian society and is not restricted to any one community. All women and children, regardless of cultural identity, ethnicity, religion or language, have the right to live without the fear or reality of violence. The Indian community was selected to be involved in this project from a number of established culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities that face isolation and limited service support. Cohealth Project Lead Alice Henderson said, the community has decided to stand up, take action and respond to violence against women and children. “The Indian community has demonstrated a strong readiness to develop and participate in prevention efforts and Cohealth is working to support these communityled activities get started”, Ms Henderson said. Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, who is also the Jagriti and SHIFT Working Group Chair, said whilst there’s a lot being done in intervention in matters of family violence, SHIFT is targeting prevention. “We can only truly prevent family violence if we focus on stopping violence before it starts”, Ms Thomson said. Miss Henderson said it is important to develop violence prevention strategies that work for a particular community, because each community has different needs and circumstances. “The community is central to this project and we are working with them at all stages of the project.” This project is a first step toward primary prevention of family violence and will provide a model for other established CALD groups and inform other state and national efforts to prevent family violence. For more information contact Alice Henderson, Cohealth, (03) 8398 4148, Alice.Henderson@cohealth.org.au. For more information on primary prevention please go to www.ourwatch.org.au. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. SHIFT Working members Group ‘Stronger Healthier Indian Families Together (SHIFT)’ is a new project to support Melbourne’s Indian communities in Brimbank and Wyndham to reduce family violence. Funded by Our Watch and implemented by Cohealth, in partnership with the Jagriti Forum, the project will trial new ways to stop family violence from starting in the first place. SHIFT is a 12-month project which aims to build the skills of Indian community leaders and community members so that they can plan, conduct and carry out family violence primary prevention activities in Indian communities. Primary prevention is about focusing on the main causes of violence. These are attitudes, beliefs and values that give rise to men’s violence against women How to Build a Solid Foundation towards a Wealthy Retirement through Property Investments. Open Throw away your old Mattress and Upgrade MBIC is holding a FREE Informative Property Investment Forum When: Saturday 28th March 2015 Where: 40-42 High St, Glen Iris 3146 Time: 2.45pm for a 3pm Sharp Start Shivankit Kapoor Property Consultant Sonia Cannataro Director MBIC CPA Accountant/Financial Planner 7 Days 10 Additional % Ph: 1300 733 670/03 9781 5934 Mattress Factory % info@royalsleep.com.au, www.royalsleep.com.au Luxury Mattresses without the luxury price tag Shop 1,72-76 Dandenong Road West, Frankston 3199 - Can you afford to Retire? - The Advantages of Buying an Investment Property. - Melbourne’s Most Affordable Suburbs to Invest In. - How to Maximise Your Tax Benefits and Return On Investment. - How to Purchase Multiple Properties. - Purchasing Property through a Self Managed Superannuation Fund. Hasib Tahbin Property Consultant 50 Was $3135 Now Only $ Independent Head & Foot Adjustment upto FREE DELIVERY Mattress sINGLE off METRO AREA $ Luxury Indulgence 5 Zone Pocket Spring Posture Perfect 5 Zone Pocket Spring 99 OFF PENSION CARD - Becoming Financially Secure and Planning for your Retirement. - Family Budget Planning. Pillow Top Pat Singh Property Consultant 1699 Memory Foam Queen Mattress Smart Flex Adjustable Bed Was $1698 Now Only $ Latex Comfort 5 Zone Pocket Spring 899 Queen Mattress Please Reserve your Seats; (SEATING IS LIMITED) Contact Hasib Tahbin on 0434 52 21 65 — sean@mbic.com.au Shivankit Kapoor on 0411 333 773 — sam@mbic.com.au Pat Singh on 0421 035 533—pat@mbic.com.au Was $6940 Now Only $ 3690 Inbuilt Massager K/Single Size Mattress & Base Was $3199 Now Only $ 1499 Queen Mattress www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | 20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 Air India to operate Non Stop Flights from Sydney and Melbourne in place of triangular flights AIR India has restructured the operation of the Australia-India-Australia flights effective May 16, 2015 from India and May 17, 2015 from Australia. The highlights are: 1. Four non-stop services a week between Delhi-Sydney-Delhi and three non-stop services a week between DelhiMelbourne-Delhi. 2. The triangular routing between Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney stands withdrawn. On Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday the flight will leave Sydney at 9:45 and arrive in Delhi at 17:50. In the return direction, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the flight will leave Delhi at 13:15 and arrive in Sydney the next day at 6:10. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday the flight will leave Melbourne at 9:45 and arrive in Delhi at 17:30. In the return direction, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday the flight will leave Delhi at 13:15 and arrive in Melbourne the next day at 6:00. Onward connections at free/ nominal cost: Air India offers free onward connections at no extra cost between Delhi and any one of eleven Indian cities: Bangalore, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Trivandrum and Vishakhapatnam. Onward Connections at Nominal Cost: Economy Class at $25 per one way between Delhi and any one of the twenty eight Indian cities : Agra, Bhubaneshwar, Vadodara, Bhopal, Guwahati, Gaya, Goa, Khajuraho, Indore, Imphal, Mangalore, Lilabari, Jammu, Leh, Ranchi, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Srinagar, Tirupati, Udaipur, Vijayawada and Varanasi. Economy Class at $50 per one way between Delhi and any one of two Indian cities: Ahmedabad and Amritsar. Economy Class at $ 80 per one way between Delhi and any one of the ten Indian cities: Agatti, Dehra Dun, Dharamsala, Allahabad, Pathankot, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Kulu, Ludhiana and Surat. For further information, bookings/ reservations, passengers can contact Air India city booking offices. Bookings can also be done round the clock through AI helpline 1800 247 463 and AI website www.airindia.in A Welcoming and Harmonious Victoria The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $21 million over four years to promote social cohesion and community harmony. The dedicated organisations that sustain our diversity and cohesion must be commended and supported. Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott said, “Families of all backgrounds deserve to feel at home in our state. People of all cultures deserve the opportunity to thrive.” “Diversity is our asset and we’re working with multicultural communities to make our society and our economy stronger.” The Budget includes funding for the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, a Vietnamese Dual Identity Leadership program and the Australian Greek Welfare Society to assist migrant families across our state. $13.2 million is provided to enhance community capacity and participation for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with specific initiatives to support newly arrived migrants and refugees as well as seniors, women and young people. The Budget also includes $2 million for the Multicultural Access Program which assists people from a culturally diverse background to access services like Home and Community Care. Community centres and cultural precincts are the bustling social and economic hubs of our diversity. The Budget provides $11 million over four years to maintain or build community infrastructure and to enhance cultural precincts including establishing Victoria’s first Indian precinct. Addressing family violence has been a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government. A commitment of $2 million over two years has been made to support women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who are victims or vulnerable to family violence. The Labor Government will provide an additional $25 million to reinforce Victoria’s social cohesion and community resilience and to prevent radicalisation and extremism. This is an important step in keeping Victorian families safe and, in particular, supporting vulnerable members in our community from getting in harm’s way. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $74 million to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion as well as ensuring Victorians of all backgrounds feel at home. VICTORIA leads Australia in multicultural affairs and social cohesion. We embrace, respect and celebrate our diversity, because it makes our society and economy stronger. Our openness and diversity attracts people to live, work, visit and study here. Social cohesion depends on a strong sense of belonging and acceptance. The Labor Government will fund community initiatives that foster inclusion, participation and equality of opportunity. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 NSW MP Daniel Mookhey creates history by swearing on The Bhagavad Gita and was the 2013 federal campaign director for the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He replaces Labor MP Steve Whan in the Upper House. NSW Parliament holds copies of the Bible, the Koran and the Torah, however Mr Mookhey brought his own copy of the sacred Hindu text known as the Gita/ Bhagavad Gita. Mr Mookhey stated, “Its incredibly humbling to be the first Australian parliamentarian to swear his oath of allegiance on the Bhagavad Gita.” “It was a very important backdrop to my childhood and I›m swearing my oath today to tip my hat to that heritage, “he said, adding he wanted to honour “my parents and the sacrifices they made to come to this country”. Mr Mookhey said he was married in a Hindu ceremony and observes major festivals, but “Im not a person who is at temple every day”. He wants to use his position in Parliament to “make sure Sydney modernises so its an easier city for people to live, travel and work”. Daniel Mookhey has become the second Indian origin MP of any State Parliament in Australia and also created history as he sworn into office on the Hindu sacred book, The Bhagvat Gita. Mr Mookhey is a Punjabi-Australian, born in Blacktown and raised in Merrylands. His family migrated from the North Indian state of Punjab in early 70s. The 32-year old from Labor’s right wing has worked as a management consultant SRI RAGHU RAM ASTROLOGY CENTRE PANDITH: RAGHU RAM is in Melbourne He CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 0424 975 226 0449 864 419 3 Mason Street (Near Dandenong Train Station) Dandenong VIC 3175 E-mail: somuprince1188@gmail.com % 0 0 10 7 Days A Week - 10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | 20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 not comfortable sharing houses with multiple families as is the model in the west, this often means that women will return to the abusive situation rather than seek help. There needs to be culturally sensitive support for victims prior to seeking an intervention order, and once the intervention order is given, the woman needs to be supported to feel safe. Domestic violence in this community is severely under reported because of the public knowledge of violence and death that women have suffered for separating or reporting violence in the community. More shared and coordination of support for these women. Apart from initial contact, the victim should not need to worry about who to go to for the support they need, but rather the services should be coordinated and brought to the victim to meet their individual needs. We need to be able to identify champions within the community and provide them with appropriate and intensive training. Domestic violence requires a community response, it is not just about throwing money at it, and everyone needs to take responsibility for prevention, recognition and action. There needs to be culturally appropriate education for both men and women within the Indian community as to what constitutes family violence; what is the law pertaining to family violence, and the impact on children within domestic violence situations. We need to be able to use the community networks including media, nationally and within the subcontinent, and online services to both raise awareness and bring the issue out in the open. We need to also reach out to religious leaders and this requires government support. Perpetrators There are two types of diversion programs required. One for those who know they have a problem and wish to change, and another for those who don’t believe they’ve done anything wrong the second particularly needs to be supported by corrections case management, intensive counselling orders, drug and alcohol support services and rehabilitation where required. There needs to be an assessment undertaken into the impact of drugs, alcohol, isolation, and long-term unemployment that may be contributing factors in family violence within the community. Fundamentally, domestic violence is about gender. For the Indian community it can be more complicated where young couples are living with parents or inlaws. These are all issues that impact on the support available across all areas from primary prevention through to culturally sensitive services to respond not just during the crisis but on the road An introduction to Jagriti Forum The Jagriti Forum was established by leaders from Melbourne’s Indian community who were concerned about the levels of family violence experienced by Indian families living in Melbourne. Jagriti membership includes Members of Parliament, Victoria Police, the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, researchers from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe and Deakin, agencies such as InTouch and CoHealth, Indian religious and community leaders, medical practitioners, legal experts, social workers and a number of former victims of family violence who now support current victims as volunteers. The objectives of Jagriti are to work with existing organisations and agencies to provide support and assistance to victims of family violence in the Indian community; To collate evidence and research to develop prevention and intervention strategies to reduce family violence in the Indian community; To act as a coordination body with agencies and the community to increase awareness of the issue of family violence in the Indian community and to inform agencies and act as a resource in understanding the cultural complexities within the Indian community Family Violence in our community The incidents of family violence in Melbourne’s Indian community is higher than average and of greater severity according to anecdotal reports with a larger than average number of withdrawal of Intervention Order Applications in the western suburbs courts in recent years. The large Indian community in the Melbourne’s western suburbs, most of whom are recent arrivals, suggests a greater need for family violence interventions to exist. Evidence shows that the isolation experienced by recent migrants, coupled with the stress factors of settlement, can lead to strain on relationships and individual resilience. This may result in family members choosing to use violence. The isolation of many Indian women in Australia, coupled with pressure from family, has resulted in some remaining silent about family violence. Helpseeking is very rare and many women are not willing to accept police and court assistance out of fear of the consequences leading further to a reluctance in Indian community for women to leave or report domestic violence. This is more pronounced in this community than the general community because of fear of creating disharmony in the family and being shunned by community. There is also a lack of awareness of what constitutes family violence other than physical abuse with many not understanding that controlling and isolating the victim is against the law. Women who do not have permanent residency (PR) including those on spouse visas are a particularly vulnerable group due to both the cultural expectations, isolation from family and a lack of understanding of the laws that may assist in protecting them. Within this group there is a major fear they will be sent home if they disclose family violence and there is potential for serious repercussions if they are sent home including the possibility of death. Responses Residents for Non-Permanent women who want to seek help. They rely on information from the internet or pamphlets, which is widely dispersed and sometimes inaccurate. Jagriti has partnered with the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee to produce a community education resource Happy Families Happy Communities that will help Indian community leaders in the western suburbs to direct families towards specialist help for family violence.This guide will fill a knowledge gap for the Indian community and hopefully increase women’s access to services. The manual together will provide Indian community leaders and organisations with up-to-date information in a loose leaf format and an online format to allow for revision of information on where to go for assistance, what kind of assistance is provided, and whether it is provided to residents with no PR or only residents and Australian citizens. The manual will be published later this year. General Needs There is a general need for all service providers to be culturally sensitive to the community and their needs. Where children are involved and/or the victims work commitments are an issue, emergency housing and ongoing housing, need to be available close to either the children’s school and/or the victim’s work so as not to further isolate them and impede recovery. There is insufficient housing and help available to women in emergency situations, particularly in the Western Suburbs historically most refuge accommodation is in the eastern suburbs as that is where the majority of Melbourne’s population was but with the increase in growth areas in the western suburbs there is an immediate need for accessible affordable housing to assist women. More refuges are needed along with a reassessment of how refuges are used and provide support. CALD communities in particular are Many organisations provide some support to families experiencing family violence with or without PR but what we know from the community is that they are not necessarily aware of who to go to or how to access the support and if the victim takes a step to break the cycle of violence one negative response may stop them from trying to access services again. Research shows that working with community leaders in CALD communities is critical to addressing family violence. Indian community leaders do not currently have a comprehensive resource to assist www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 13 Jayalalitha’s political return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms Jayalalitha was convicted and sentenced for four years by a trial court last September. She was found guilty of amassing unaccounted for wealth of more than $10m and had to quit as the Chief Minister. The former actress had appeared in more than 100 films and alternates in power with her great rival, 90-year old DMK party leader M Karunanidhi. She is known for her extravagant lifestyle and police once discovered more than 10,000 saris and 750 pairs of shoes in a raid in her home. JAYARAM Jayalalitha has returned as the Chief Minister of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after seven months of administrative uncertainty. She was acquitted off her charges of amassing illegal wealth disproportionate to her source income by the court. O Paneerselvan submitted his resignation to Governor paving way for his party’s General Secretary to take over the reins. The Governor accepted the resignation and invited Ms Jayalalitha to form a government ‘at the earliest.’ He will continue to hold his previous portfolios of finance and public works department. She sworn in as the Chief Minister at a sparkling ceremony in the centenary auditorium of University of Madras with 28 ministers taking oath together. Many eminent dignitaries including industry heads and film stars graced the ocassion. The historic auditorium was jam packed with more than 3,500 special invitees. Actor Rajnikanth, Thespian Sivaji Ganesan›s sons Prabhu and Ramkumar were among the special invities. The 67-year old former film actress is the 29th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and is appointed for the fifth time. She enjoys enormous popularity as is known by the name ‘Amma’ by her fans. Fans waited eagerly outside the auditorium for a glimpse of the leader. Women offered ‘aarti’ and showered flower petals on her vehicle. Party functionaries bowed, some even prostrated on the road in reverence. Diversity Capital Gets New Indian Cultural Precinct The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $500,000 to establish an Indian Cultural Precinct THE contribution of Indian community to Victoria will be recognised by the Indian Cultural Precinct. It will further strengthen Victoria’s reputation as the multicultural capital of Australia and will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support business, a drawcard for tourism and a meeting place for the entire community. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott has established an Indian Cultural Precinct Advisory Panel to assist with finding a suitable location for the precinct. The panel will consult with representatives of Victoria’s Indian community, and other relevant experts. An independent feasibility study of possible locations will be conducted to inform the Panel’s advice to the Minister. The Panel is expected to conclude its work by the end of August this year. Mr Scott iterated, “Victoria’s Indian community is longestablished and well-respected and this new cultural precinct will be a welcome meeting place for the community to call its own.” He added further, “The precinct will tell the story of Indian migration to Victoria and will be home to a number of significant events for the Indian community.” “We’re funding community infrastructure and cultural precincts because multiculturalism makes us all stronger.” Victoria is proudly home to Australia’s largest Indian community, with more than 110,000 Victorians born in India, representing 40 per cent of Australia’s Indian population www.indianmonthly.com.au

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20 MAY - 20 JUNE 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 RAMON HELPS PARTICIPATES IN ‘WOMEN AT PARK’ EVENT TO CELEBRATE MULTICULTURALISM In another event members of Ramon Helps participated in a family wellbeing event ‘Women at Park’ in Wyndham as part of the Council’s leadership program. This event aimed at celebrating the multiculturalism aspect of our community and featured various cultural dances and performances by diverse ethnic groups. Monica Raizada was the MC at this event which was attended by Wyndham councillor Gautam Gupta and senior staff of the council Sharon Brown and Helen Rodd from Victoria University, local community members, and volunteers of Ramon Helps. The event included fun activities such as jewellery making workshop, DJ, food stalls and sausage sizzle. Members of Ramon Helps also conducted a Bollywood dance workshop with the guests which was a beautiful presentation of multiculturalism. Few of the Iranian guests also shared their local music and dance with the group. Upcoming events by Ramon Helps Inc Family Wellbeing Day in July –Date is TBC For more information on RaMon Helps Inc please visit our website www. ramonhelps.org ________________________________ About Ramon Helps Inc Ramon Helps Inc is not for profit organisation headed by Rakesh Raizada and Monica Raizada supported by likeminded volunteers, with a vision of Educating and Empowering PeopleChanging Lives -Strengthening Communities aiming to assist the migrants, domestic violence victims, less fortunate and needy in the society with all their personal, emotional, psychological, legal, financial needs to improve their life and general wellbeing as well as working towards prevention of Domestic Violence. For all media and membership enquiries on Ramon Helps Inc please contact any of the following Preeti Daga Chairperson Memberships Promotions and 2 members made plasma donations as part of this initiative. This initiative was coordinated by Dr Sonia Singh and generously supported by all the members of the Ramon Helps Inc group. “We are committed to serving those disadvantaged and making a positive contribution in our community. This is just one of the many ways members of Ramon Helps Inc are doing their bit in saving lives through blood donations. We hope to continue it each year”, says Rakesh Raizada, President and Chairperson of Ramon Helps Inc. RAMON HELPS VOLUNTEERS DONATE BLOOD AS PART OF RED25 INITIAITVE Volunteers and members of Ramon Helps Inc, a not for profit organisation committed to help prevent and helping victims of domestic violence, is participating in Australian Red Cross’s unique initiative Red25 program which unites groups and organisations around Australia to save lives through blood donation and aims to achieve 25% of all blood donations needed in this country. 12 members have put their hands up to donating their blood as part of the Red 25 initiative which was scheduled for May 24th at the LaTrobe Medical Centre in Bundoora. Out of which 7 members were able to donate blood and Ramon Helps Inc also provided certificates of appreciation to all the members who participated in this wonderful initiative. The Red 25 initiative will also provide information on how many lives will be saved as a result of this campaign by Ramon Helps Inc alone. Further updates on this will be provided as and when this information will come to hand. Mobile: 0430 555 241 Email: preeti.daga@gmail.com Toll Free: 1800 RaMonhelps (1800 726 664) Rakesh Raizada, President and Chairperson Mobile: 0434 470 095 Phone: 03 9734 0707 E-mail: rakesh.raizada@ramonhelps. com.au or info@ramonhelps.com.au Monica Raizada Chairperson Family Well Being Team Mobile: 0433 773 413 E: monica.raizada@ramonhelps.com.au www.indianmonthly.com.au

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