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FREE Vol-2 ISSUE-9 September 2015 DO NOT LITTER M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN September 2015 / www.bollywoodsun.com.au I want lots of children: Deepika Padukone I loved Aishwarya in Jazbaa and I am sure people will love her too: Abhishek Bachchan Ghajini’s Sanjay and Fiance Rahul Sharma Have Similarities: ASIN He is our boss and a very cool and good looking boss,” Athiya: ATHIYA SHETTY PM Modi to visit Facebook HQ in San Francisco: Mark Zuckerberg India’s big step forward in bid for UN Security Council Gets a surprise of $50,000 scholarship Anirudh wins first series of The Great Australian Spelling Bee World’s tallest statue of sitting Buddha to be built in Gujarat

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 PUBLISHER / editor-in-cHIEF Yogita Bhardwaj CEO / editor Avniesh Bhardwaj JOURNALIST VINITA MALHOTRA MARKETING Vidya Santosh WEB DEVELOPER / graphic designer GAURAV KAPOOR GRAPHIC PREPRESS Sarabjit Sidhu CUSTOMER SERVICE & DISTRIBUTION Munish Kumar From the Publisher’s desk “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” How true Hal Borland said. The clouds of darkness never stay forever, there is always hope for light. After the freezing winter, spring has finally arrived with flowers blooming and greenery all around. Let’s enjoy the season and take part in ‘Sawan’, multicultural music, dance and fashion show this Sunday. For more details, turn to page 20. There are a number of other events in the line as well which include Multicultural Children’s Festival to be held on 3rd October, Bhangra Down Under to be held on 26th September and Punjabi Virsa 2015 which takes place on 27th September. Apart from these multicultural events, it is a proud moment for the Indian community as 9 year old Anirudh of Indian origin has won the first series of The Great Australian Spelling Bee. On the other side, India has made big progress in its bid to become a permanent member of the United Nation Security Council. 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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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | SEPTEMBER 2015 World’s tallest statue of sitting Buddha to be built in Gujarat The Gujarat government is up for building a 108-meter tall Budhha statue at Dev ni Mori near Shamlaji, 150 kms north of Ahmendabad. It’ll be the second tallest Budhha statue in the world after the statue of Budhha in Spring Temple in China (153 meters) and the tallest of a PM Modi to visit Facebook HQ in San Francisco: Mark Zuckerberg Minister Modi will be visiting Facebook HQ later this month for a Townhalll Q&A. I had the chance to visit Prime Minister Modi in India last year and it’s an honor to have the chance to host him here at Facebook.” Zuckerberg further added, “Prime Minister and I will discuss how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges” Zuckerberg has invited questions from his Facebook users that they would like to be addressed in the upcoming meeting with PM Modi. He also said that he will post the live video on his profile which will also be visible on Modi’s official page on Facebook. Last time PM Modi and Mr Zuckerberg met last year in October and discussed a host of social media issues with him including ways of checking terror activities. PM Modi also tweeted about the invite from his official Twitter handle and sitting Budhha, beating a 92 meter statue in Thailand. A detailed report of the Rs 700-crore project, built around the statue, was presented at Bodh Gaya on September 5 at the International Buddhist Conference where 400 delegates from 26 nations participated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present as officials of the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board (GPYVB) laid out the plan for a 100-acre development near the historic site, complete with a stupa, parks, monasteries set up by Buddhist countries from across the world, exhibits, and a library. This was said to be one of Modi’s cherished projects while he was chief minister of Gujarat. The statue will have Buddha covered by a seven-hooded Mucalinda, the mythological serpent who provided shelter when Buddha was in meditation. Dev ni Mori was excavated by the state archaeology department in 1953. Dating back to 3rd century AD, the site had a monastery and a stupa. The most important discovery from the site however was a 1,700 year old casket which has bodily relics of Buddha. Kept at MS University at present, a replica of the casket was presented to visiting Chinese president Xi Jinping during his Ahmedabad visit last year. The expansion plan includes formation of an educational institute on the line of an ancient monastery. Japan and Sri Lanka have shown interest in partnering in the project. Anil Patel, secretary of GPYVB, said that while the budget is still to be worked out, an architect firm has been finalized and the development is likely to begin in a year’s time. The project is expected to take five years to complete. The GPYVB has signed an MoU with the International Buddhist Confederation for project development. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Facebook headquarters for a Townhall question and answer session on September 27. Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “I’m excited to announce that Prime thanked Mr Zuckerberg. Mr Modi is also expected to visit Googleplex, the campus of the tech giant Google in Mountain View and the factory floor of Tesla in Fremont, both in Silicon Valley. He is also expected to address the academic and student community at Stanford University in Palo Alto, though this is not yet finalised. Launched in 2004, Facebook has become one of the world’s most influential companies with 1.18 billion active users as of last month. The company is progressing by leaps and bounds and it has become one of the fastest companies to reach a market cap of $250 billion and the company announced a revenue of more than $12 billion in 2014, mostly from advertising. There were 1.49 billion daily users during the month of August. Total Facebook online visitors from India on a particular day in August was 63 million, of whom 58 million were mobile visitors. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 Anirudh wins first series of The Great Australian Spelling Bee - Gets a surprise of $50,000 scholarship 9 year old Anirudh from Victoria has proved his genius and made the Indian community proud. Anirudh won Ten’s The Great Australian Spelling Bee 2015. Australia’s new spelling champion didn’t believe his eyes as he said, I need to rub my eyes and see if this is a dream, Nope. Nope. Nope. Real. I can’t describe it. It’s like the best day of my life.” He had no idea that a great surprise reward is waiting for him. None of the children knew that they were competing for $50,000 education scholarship. His prizes included $10,000 cash, a Macquarie Dictionary and the inaugural trophy in addition to $10,000 worth of goods for his school. Anirudh who aspires to be a surgeon iterated that his favourite word is “euouae.” Anirudh and Grace soared in the challenge He spelled his way through a lexicon of words and beat the fan favourite Grace. Grace, 8 is from New South Wales and stumbled on ‘Ratatouille’ after which she received standing ovation from the audience. Unlike other reality shows, everyone’s a winner. All the five runners-up will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a Hewlett Packard tablet and $1,000 of education goods for their school. The five runner-ups includes Harpita, Harrison, Marko, Mica and Grace. Words as difficult as ‘Anthropomorphism’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Continuum’, and ‘Conscientiousness’ were asked in the Grand Final. Anirudh says Albert Einstein is his hero and he is happy, “I am really happy. It is good that this is inspiring a lot of people to want to learn more.” He added, “I was nervous at first but I knew that nervousness would only make me let myself down so I pushed it away.” Anirudh’s proud mother Sujatha admitted that even she would have struggled to correctly spell some of the words that had been used on the show. She said Anirudh had always been good with words and he started reading at the age of two. He is also learning French and Japanese. She iterated, “All the children on the show were very supportive of each other even though they were competing. They have become good friends.” www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 Vic Roads announces changes to overseas driver licence rules No. This change only applies to practical tests failed on or after 1 September 2015. What if I’m exempt from tests? Will this change affect me? Australia recognises driver licences from several countries differently. If you’re not required to take any practical driving tests then you won’t be affected by this change. Does this change affect interstate or New Zealand driver licence holders? If you hold an interstate driver licence, you won’t be affected by this change. If you hold a New Zealand driver licence you’re exempt from tests, so you won’t be affected by this change. What happens if I keep driving after failing a practical driving test? If you fail a practical driving test your overseas driver licence is no longer valid in Victoria. It’s an offence to drive unlicensed in Victoria, so if you continue to drive you’ll be breaking the law. If you get caught get driving without a driver licence, you may be fined. How can I legally drive in Victoria? If you’ve failed a driving test, you’ll need to get a Victorian driver licence or learner permit before you can drive on Victorian roads. To do this, you’ll need to re-sit - and pass - your practical driving test. If you need to improve your driving skills before you re-sit your test, you can apply for a learner permit. This will allow you to practice your driving while accompanied by an experienced driver. Find out more about getting a learner permit. What happens if I fail a heavy vehicle driving test? If you’ve been issued with a Victorian driver licence or learner permit, your overseas driver licence is no longer valid in Victoria. This includes any heavy vehicle endorsements you might have on your overseas driver licence. If you fail a heavy vehicle driving test in Victoria you’ll need to re-sit – and pass – this test before you can drive a heavy vehicle in Victoria. Find out more about getting your heavy vehicle licence. I need to know if someone has failed a drive test, will VicRoads tell me? VicRoads isn’t able to release personal information like test results to third parties without authority from the driver. For more info visit - https://www. vicroads.vic.gov.au/ Vic Road announced that since 1 September 2015, if a person holds an overseas driver licence and fails a practical driving test, they will no longer be able to drive in Victoria using their overseas licence. Failing a practical driving test will affect you differently after 1 September 2015. From 1 September 2015, if you fail a VicRoads practical driving test you’ll no longer be able to drive in Victoria using your overseas driver licence. This change applies to all VicRoads practical driving tests including: • Car driving tests • Motorcycle learner permit skills assessments • Motorcycle licence tests • Heavy vehicle licence tests. Why is this change being introduced? Our driving are designed to keep Victorian roads safe by ensuring a minimum standard of driving ability. If you’ve failed a practical driving test, you’ve demonstrated that your driving ability isn’t up to the minimum standards. This means it’s not safe for you to drive on Victorian roads. I’ve failed driving tests in the past. Will this change affect me? www.indianmonthly.com.au

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8 INDIAN MONTHLY | SEPTEMBER 2015 20 Indians killed in Saudi strikes in Yemen At least 20 Indian nationals have been killed by Saudi-led alliance in air strikes on fuel smugglers at Yemeni port. Local residents and fishermen said planes from Saudi-led alliance struck two boats at al-Khokha- a small port near Hodeidah in Western Yemen used by Indians to smuggle badly needed fuel supplies into the country- killing at least 20 of them. Foreign troops were reported to arrive to intensify the campaign against Houthi forces. The Houthi-run state news agency Saba said 15 citizens were killed in airstrikes on Sanaa. 15 civilians were reported to be killed in similar attacks a day before as well. After a Houthi missile attack killed at least 60 Saudi, Bahraini and United Arab Emirates soldiers at a military camp east of Sanaa, the alliance which is mainly made up of Gulf Arab countries has increased air strikes on Sanna and other parts of the county. They were part of a force preparing to assault the capital, which the Iranianallied Houthis seized last September. There was an attack a week before which was the deadliest yet for Gulf soldiers in the war and may obstruct a turning point as Saudi-allied countries appear to be committing to a ground war they had so far avoided. The Ministry of External Affairs, MEA Spokesman Vikas Swarup said “We are ascertaining the facts about the reports.” The Indian Embassy in Yemen was shut down in April after evacuation of its nationals. Qatari-owned Al Jazeera TV reported that the number of forces deployed by the alliance had risen to 10,000. A Yemeni military official denied arrival of any foreign reinforcements. Another close source said he believed the number of foreign troops reported by Al Jazeera might be exaggerated. Al Jazeera on the other hand indicated that 1,000 Qatari soldiers had crossed the al-Wadia border crossing from Saudi Arabia. An Al Jazeera correspondent stated, “A second contingent of Qatari soldiers has entered the al-Wadia border crossing.” The Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to Riyadh in March as Houthi forces closed in on their last redoubt in Aden, triggerinbg the Saudi-led intervention and fighting which has killed more than 4,500 people, many of them civilians. Loyalist Yemeni forces and Gulf soldiers took back Aden and most of Yemen’s south in July but battlelines have barely moved since as the allied forces face stiff resistance in the Houthi’s northern redoubts. The Saudi-led alliance sees the campaign as fight against creeping Iranian influence but the Houthis deny being beholden to Tehran and say the exiled government in Riyadh and the coalition are US puppets. They say they deposed a corrupt government. INDIAN YOUNG WOMEN’S GROUP Connecting Indian families in Wyndham A new group for young women from the Indian community is beginning this month. Coming to this group, young woman can learn new skills, access information, develop social networks and meet other young woman and their babies. This group will be based on the idea of an inclusive model, which can include their children, as well as Indian elderly seniors, who can support young women, especially women that do not have grandparents in Victoria. It has been established to give young mums a place to gather in a relaxed, safe and fun environment, as well as keeping strong ties with women from similar cultural backgrounds. It is an opportunity to meet, share experiences and build friendships. At the Indian Young Women’s Group we will talk about healthy diets, healthy lifestyles, communication skills, child care and self-care among others. It will also include important aspects of Indian culture such as Bollywood dancing, singing and henna body art. The Indian Young Women’s Group will provide opportunities to promote community participation encourage social and family support and provide information on how to access community resources in Wyndham. This program is free of charge and will be facilitated by a trained Provisional Psychologist. Beginning on 11 September, the Indian Young Women’s Group will be delivered by Wyndham Community and Education Centre (Wyndham CEC) every Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the Wyndham Park Primary School Community Hub Room. Come and join in some fun activities and meet other young women in your local area! www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 9 Councillor Oscar Lobo is always ready to go an extra mile to serve the community Cr Lobo is one of a kind who works tirelessly and has inspired many Born and raised in Goa, India, and having worked in different countries like Kuwait, New Zealand and Australia, Cr Oscar Lobo has had an interesting journey after completing his High School in Goa. Cr Lobo says he moved to Bombay (Now Mumbai) to complete his higher education and later migrated to Kuwait in 1979. He holds a degree in Business Administration from U.S and embarked on a banking career working for 3 big banks in the Middle East. Cr Lobo lived in Kuwait for 16 years and has a family of 4 children. He worked in the positions of Manager of Correspondent Banking, Head of Internal Controls (managing 48 branches) and looked after the Retail Foreign Exchange business while in Kuwait. In 1988, Cr Lobo moved to New Zealand and worked for ASB Bank (a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and after a span of a decade he moved to Australia in 2000. In Australia, he worked for ANZ Bank, Melbourne for 8 years and thereafter he spent a few years in Events Management. Cr Lobo has been involved in community services as soon as he arrived in Melbourne. He is on the board of Management for Godfrey Street Community House serving in the position of a Vice President. Due to his heavy involvement in the community, Cr Lobo was appointed as a Justice of Peace and won a Multicultural Award for service to the community. Cr Lobo is in his second term as a Councillor in Glen Eira and he was elected as a Deputy Mayor in 2012. Glen Eira has a population of 145,000 and has 105 ethnic groups and 6,000 businesses. When asked about the Goan culture, he said: “We should be proud of our culture which is to be shown and not to be hidden.” He has also been the driving force in keeping the Goan culture alive in Melbourne, one such example being World Goa Day which is being celebrated every year with much fervour and enthusiasm. “Goa”, he says “is a tourist place and it’s our duty to promote Goa to the mainstream Australians and the multicultural community of Melbourne” He has indirectly been promoting tourism to Goa, India as well. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | SEPTEMBER 2015 India’s big step forward in bid for UN Security Council UN adopts negotiations on UNSC reforms India’s bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has made a big progress. The UN General Assembly has adopted a negotiating text by consensus for the long-pending Security Council reforms. This has set the stage for talks on the issue at its 70th session, boosting India’s bid for permanent seat in the revamped world body, and China forced to fall in line for now. The nearly 200 member countries of the United Nations have agreed that over the next year, they will negotiate the wording of a document that will call for reforming the Security Council. The UNSC is the top decision making body and has 15 members, out of which China, Russia and the US are permanent. India termed as “historic” and “path breaking” the adoption of the document says the decision puts the InterGovernmental process formally on an “irreversible text-based negotiations path” and charges the “dynamics” of the negotiations on achieving UNSC reforms. For the first time, different countries have submitted written suggestions for what the resolution should state. In what was seen as an attempt to thwart India’s bid, the US, China and Russia did not participate in that exercise. Un General Assembly President Sam Kutesa convened a plenary meeting to take action on the draft decision on the “Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters.” Mr Kutesa also circulated letters containing the positioning of key countries, including Russia, the US and China. China has been strongly opposing the expansion of the Security Council; it wanted to force a vote on whether the UN should proceed with one-year discussion on how the reform should be framed, but failed to muster enough support. If a vote had been called, India would have been forced to get other countries on board to support the extended negotiations. While the US and Russia have verbally backed India’s membership, neither has put that down in writing. The draft resolution calls for next year’s UN agenda to discuss the “Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council.” Once the draft is agreed on, it will be put to vote at the General Assembly, where a two-thirds vote is needed to clear it. Ahead of the UN’s 70th anniversary in October, the PM has, on foreign trips and in bi-laterals with the heads of other countries, strongly lobbied for support for a permanent seat on the Security Council for India. India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said the “most important aspect” of the decision is the text circulated by Kutesa in July which “we have agreed will be the guiding basis for our deliberations in the 70th General Assembly session.” Mr Mukerji told the Assembly, “What you have delivered today… to all 193 Member States of the United Nations, is truly historic and pathbreaking on several counts.” “It becomes especially memorable taking into account the stiff challenges and pressures that were brought upon you and your office to step back from the issue, which has been on the agenda of the UNGA for nearly 23 years,” he added. Mr Mukerji also iterated that the adoption of such a “substantive decision” on UNSC Reforms “changes the dynamics of the Inter-governmental negotiations” completely. He added, “The twin objective of saving our work done in the 69th UNGA and carrying it meaningfully forward have therefore both been achieved.” “We now know that with the adoption of this truly historic decision, we can meet in the 70th Session of the UNGA under the leadership of our Chair, the Permanent Representative of Jamaica, Ambassador Courtenary Rattray and build upon the significant work undertaken by him in the 69th Session. “It is our hope that with the adoption of this Decision, we will now move purposefully towards concluding our negotiations during the 70th Session, so that we fulfil the unanimous mandate given by our leaders in the World Summit of 2005 for ‘early reform’ of the Security Council to make it… ‘more broadly representative, efficient and transparent and thus to further enhance its effectiveness and the legitimacy and implementation of its decisions.’ Kutesa had informed member states about the draft in a letter dated 10 September to all Permanent Representatives. India has maintained that the purpose to expand the powerful UN body “cannot be seen to be an exercise ad infinitum” and a results-based timeline is crucial to achieve a concrete outcome www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 NEW MANUAL PROVIDES SUPPORT TO INDIAN COMMUNITY LEADERS ASSISTING WITH FAMILY VIOLENCE Photo Credit: Guruswamy Perumal knowledge gap for the Indian community and hopefully increase domestic violence victims’ access to services. The manual arose from a partnership between Jagriti and the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee (WIFVC). Funding for the manual came from grants received from the R E Ross Trust and Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Melton, and Brimbank Councils. Secretary of Jagriti, Jasvinder Sidhu, said the Jagriti Forum was established by members of Melbourne’s Indian community who were concerned about the levels of family violence experienced by Indian families living in Melbourne. Members are drawn from academics, police, lawyers, women’s groups, councilors, family violence professionals, and Indian community leaders to assist the Indian Community in tackling issues of family violence. “The manual will provide Indian community leaders and organisations with up-to-date information on where to go for assistance, what kind of assistance is provided and whether it is provided to residents with non-permanency or residents and Australian citizens only. This manual will be a great resource for victims of family violence to know where and how to get help,” Mr Sidhu said. Photo Credit: Guruswamy Perumal Chair of Jagriti and Member of Parliament for Footscray, the Hon. Marsha Thomson, has announced the launch of a new manual for Indian community leaders entitled Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES. Ms Thomson said the manual was created in response to a lack of understanding of the existing support available to victims of family violence particularly amongst the Indian community. “Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES is specifically designed for the Indian community to assist those offering assistance to victims of family violence,” Ms Thomson said. Western Family Violence Regional Integration Coordinator (WIFVC), Maureen Smith, said the manual is specifically targeted at the Indian community and is being trialed in Melbourne’s western suburbs. “Feedback from the trial will be fed into the final template of the manual which we hope will be made available across Victoria,” Ms Smith said. Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES was launched on Sunday, 30 August by Ms Thomson MP and the Consul General of India the Hon. Manika Jain. Ms Jain said the guide will fill a www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | SEPTEMBER 2015 ‘Nothing is impossible and whatever is worth having doesn’t comes easy,’ This is what says our Chennai girl, Mandy Bose who is most popularly known for Mandy Dance Academy, MDA. For the love of Dance... Mandy Bose puts her heart and soul into it MDA was established by Mandy in 2013 to promote South Indian Dance, particularly Tamil Culture in Australia and is extended to promote commercial Bollywood and Contemporary Dance too. Born and brought up in Chennai, this accomplished Choreographer started dancing at the age of 4. Mandy is fluent in English, Tamil and Hindi and can manage Telugu and Malayalam on a conversing level which paves way to grow closer to a large community And the best part is that Mandy is proficient not only in Tamil semiclassical and folk dance but also she is a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam, Hip-Hip, Contemporary, Salsa and our own Bollywood too. In her 20 years of dancing profession, she has performed in many shows overseas and in India. She was given the opportunity to share her journey in dancing in Australia with the viewers in one of the famous TV regional channels “Star Vijay” in India After completing her MBA in HR from Pondicherry University, she started her career as an HR Professional working for the Tier 1 companies like HCL Technologies, Cognizant and Polaris Software in Chennai. Though she was busy full time her passion made her to run few shows in Chennai through various event management companies. In 2009, Mandy moved to Australia and started working as an HR Professional helping hundreds of IT professionals to get the right jobs. In 2012, Mandy started performing at various events with group of friends and won many hearts. After a year, she became very popular especially among the Indian community showcasing different dancing styles which made many students join from diverse cultures and nationalities to learn. Mandy has trained people who have never shaken a leg in their whole life, she trains them from the scratch and ‘makes them dancers’ and not ‘train the dancers’. She has a studio in Box Hill where she trains every weekend. Despite being a successful HR, her passion for dancing is one thing that will never die, she says. Working full time as a HR Professional and then taking out time for the passion is something great which only a few can do. Mandy is now focussing on her upcoming projects, SAWAN, A Multicultural Music and Dance Event to be held on 20th September 2015 and also supporting the charity event “Multicultural Children’s Festival” and proceed all the collections for the Children’s Hospital and Women Empowerment Program Mandy believes that everything is not business, “There is a part of life which is away from all business and commercialization, so don’t expect too much, whatever you give to society comes back to you in another form and never leave your passion for any reason” And here, Mandy has got love and accolades from the community at large. For information on dance classes, email your queries to mandydancemda@gmail.com www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 13 WORLD'S BEST COOKWARE 316 TI TITANIUM CONSTRUCTION LIFE TIME WARRANTY LOW TEMPERATURE FRY WITHOUT OIL COOKING CLASSES Waterless cooking retains the nutrition in your food For more info: Call - 03 8555 3949 / Email - info@healthmax.com.au Elderly Sikh-American brutally assaulted in hate crime Called ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Bin Laden’ An elderly Sikh-American man was brutally injured in a hate crime case in Chicago. He was allegedly called “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” just before the anniversary of September 11 attacks. Inderjit Singh Mukker was assaulted when the assailant pulled up to his car yelling racial slurs like, “Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden!” Mr Mukker is a US citizen and a father of two. He was on his way to a grocery store and was repeatedly cut off by another car. He pulled over to the side of the road to let him pass but the driver/other car instead pulled in front of his car and aggressively approached Mr Mukker’s vehicle and repeatedly punched Mr Mukker in the face, causing him to lose consciousness, bleed profusely and suffer a fractured cheekbone and a laceration to his cheek. He was He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received six stitches, treatment for lacerations, bruising and swelling. The suspect is in custody. “No American should be afraid to practise their faith in our country,” Mukker said. “I’m thankful for the authorities’ swift response to apprehend the individual but without this being fully investigated as a hate crime, we risk ignoring the horrific pattern of intolerance, abuse and violence that Sikhs and other minority communities in this country continue to face.” The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Director Harsimran Kaur said the group believes that Mukker was “targeted and assaulted because of his Sikh religious appearance, race or national origin.” “We request an immediate investigation and call on local and federal agencies to investigate this attack as a hate crime,” Kaur said. Sikh Coalition said the attack, on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, is just the latest in a line of violent attacks on Sikhs in America. Last August, Sandeep Singh, a Sikh father in New York City, was run over and dragged 30 feet after being called a “terrorist.” In 2012, a gunman walked into a Sikh house of worship and shot and killed six innocent Sikh victims in Oak Creek, Wisconsin www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | SEPTEMBER 2015 SUBCONTINENT FRIENDS OF LABOR ELECTS WOMEN-MAJORITY BOARD faced by international students. Tanvi is also advocate for women rights and participates in projects to assist international students holding key positions in organisations standing up for the good cause. 10 Gull Rana Executive Member Housewife and founder of Islamic and Pakistani women groups to empower women. Gull also runs many programs for educating women and proving them multiple skills to become self-sufficient. Gull has mentored more than 70 such women who are now doing various home based or other jobs. 11 Preeti Daga Executive Member Professional commercial runaway model, actor and social worker. Preeti heads Marketing and PR with NFP that provides affordable housing to the disadvantaged and is associated with various other NFPs on volunteer basis holding key positions and adding value to all the roles she takes on passionately Apart from Executive Committee SFOL also elected four independent chairs. Dilpreet Marwaha, a key figure in subcontinent communities and Parsu Sharma-Luital JP were appointed as independent Chairs of Community Engagement Committee. Young lawyer and founder of young professionals network, Saksham Katyal was appointed as the independent Chair of Youth Affairs Committee. The emerging model, actress and social worker, Preeti Daga was appointed as independent Chair Policy Forums Committee. While Ashita and Simranjeet (Jeet) were appointed as members. Tanvi Mor, a women rights activist was appointed as independent Chair of Women Affairs Committee. Apart from the Executive Committee and Chairs, special advisers were also appointed. They include Dr. Sandeep Bhagat, a well-known figure in the subcontinent communities who heads various boards and committees at different hospitals. Dr. Bhagat is a senior medical practitioner and palliative care specialist. Rakesh Raizada was appointed as special adviser. Rakesh was formerly the Indian/South Asian Banking Head at Commonwealth Bank, co-founded Ramon Helps Inc. and has significant experience in finance and banking industries. Rakesh now runs Ramon Helps and working as volunteer in many projects. Eminent film Director, Gurmeet Sran was also appointed as special adviser. Gurmeet has directed movies exposing many social issues and now lives in Melbourne working on his passion to create social awareness. The Subcontinent Friends of Labor are pleased to announce that on August 22, 2015, 7 women from various walks of life and significant life experiences were elected to its 11-member Executive Committee. This is in keeping with the theme of Victoria’s Andrews Labor Government which committed to nominate a minimum of 50% women on all government boards and court positions. The subcontinent countries of Sri Lanka and India were world leaders in electing women to be Prime Minister. Other subcontinent countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh have also elected women heads of State. With this rich history and Labor polices we have elected a women majority committee with an eminent social workers and change agent championing the family violence cause, Monica Raizada, elected at the most senior position. The profile of key committee members is attached below. The committee consists of people from diverse backgrounds including education, medicine, acting, social work, and finance, legal and also house wives. The committee reflects the achievements of members and their communities who have championed social causes. The Subcontinent Friends of Labor (SFOL) in Victoria was formed on August 16, 2014 with a big launch on October 17, 2014, attended by over 20 State and Federal MPs, including the Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Hon. Bill Shorten. SFOL aims to engage and connect the Australian Labor Party with members of the sub-continent communities. SFOL would also act as an advocacy group on policies and issues impacting members of the Australian sub-continent communities. SFOL Committee Member Profiles 1 Monica Raizada, President Eminent social worker, educator, social change agent (featured by Melton Weekly for her work to prevent family violence) founding member of Jagriti – A Social Awakening, co-founded Ramon Helps Inc. – helping less fortunate and needy in the society particularly domestic violence victims. Founder of Women of Wyndham (WOW) group to empower women and members of various credible organisations 2 Urfa Masood, Vice-President Mother of young children, barrister and has worked on women issues including legal for many years. 3 Dr. Imran Syed, Vice-President Federal Labor Candidate for Murray. Founder of Sadaat Foundation, CEO of Humanitarian Hearts and has done significant work connecting Islamic communities from multicultural and subcontinent backgrounds to the mainstream. 4 Dr. Sonia Singh Executive member and Assistant Secretary Actor of repute, Teacher (Head of Well Being), Vice President and Chair Person of Education and Training at Ramon Helps Inc. as well as holding senior positions in many other community based organisations and associations. Runs free tutorial classes for disadvantaged children and assists men and women facing family violence. Sonia is a change agent with two of her movies exposing social issues. 5 Jasvinder Sidhu Executive Secretary Founder of breakfast clubs program at 20 schools and food for homeless children projects, seniors projects over last 7 years and co-founder Jagriti Association (covered by ABC 7:30 report), university lecturer with 10 years of experience, writer, visiting Professor in Singapore, international researcher and scholar. 6 Parsu Sharma-Luital JP Treasurer Foundation New Australian of the Year Award winner. A champion of refugee rights. Current President of Rotary Club of Coburg. Winner of multiple awards. Chair, Statelessness Working Group, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN). Chair, New & Emerging Communities Advisory Committee, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA). Convenor, New & Emerging Communities Policy Committee, & Board of Directors, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV). 7 Prakash Patel Astt. Treasurer Prakash is a businessman and a social worker. Prakash has self-funded many social projects including upcoming movie which creates awareness about many social issues. The movie casts all local artists living in Melbourne. Prakash works with ‘Meals on Wheels’ that provides food to the needy. 8 Sunita Sethi Executive Member A prolific actor, classical dancer, singer of repute, amazing cook and social worker always standing for the rights for women and an affectionate mother 9 Tanvi Mor Executive Member Avid writer and poet bringing the ills of domestic violence to surface. Tanvi works with Telstra and passionate about issues www.indianmonthly.com.au

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 Subcontinent Friends of Labor, SFOL elects 7 women out 11 members Executive Committee The Subcontinent Friends of Labor Inc. are pleased to announce that on August 22, 2015, 7 women from various walks of life and significant life experiences were elected to its 11-member Executive Committee. This is in keeping with the theme of Victoria’s Andrews Labor Government which committed to nominate a minimum of 50% women on all government boards and court positions. The subcontinent countries of Sri Lanka and India were world leaders in electing women to be Prime Minister. Other subcontinent countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh have also elected women heads of State. With this rich history and Labor polices we have elected a women majority committee with an eminent social workers and change agent championing the family violence cause, Monica Raizada, elected at the most senior position. The committee consists of people from diverse backgrounds including education, medicine, acting, social work, and finance, legal and also house wives. The committee reflects the achievements of members and their communities who have championed social causes. The Subcontinent Friends of Labor (SFOL) in Victoria was formed on August 16, 2014 with a big launch on October 17, 2014, attended by over 20 State and Federal MPs, including the Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Hon. Bill Shorten www.indianmonthly.com.au

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