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FREE Vol-3 ISSUE-1 Dec - Jan 2016 M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN Dec - Jan 2016 / www.bollywoodsun.com.au The University of South Florida announces APJ Abdul Kalam Fellowship for Indian students Barack Obama to present National Medal of Science to Indian-American professor The largest Hindu Temple in Australia opens in Melbourne Sri Durga Temple Opening Ceremony infused with religious fervor Indian American doctor named as Ohio’s first Poet Laureate Wishing You a Very 6

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DEC - JAN 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 Guru Nanak Food Donation raised 1.5 tonnes food After the huge success of Sri Durga Hindu Temple food donation drive Let’s Feed engaged with Sikh, Hindu and Islamic communities of Melbourne late November to run a donation drive which has fetched more than 1.5 tonnes of food. The donations drive was mainly run by Sri Durga Temple, Pakistani community group - Sohni Dharti, Plumpton Sikh Gurudwara, Tarneit Sikh Gurudwara, many other organizations and donors. Let’s Feed donated half tonne to St Mary’s House of Welcome and one tonne to ASRC Foodbank. Donated food is worth a few thousand dollars and includes few hundred kilos of rice, lentils, pasta, milk, pasta sauce, canned food, biscuits, breakfast items, tea-bags, sugar, toiletries and other items. This food will serve disadvantaged families, youth and others including facing difficult circumstances such as homelessness. Many thanks to all donors, food banks and volunteers. Please like our page to stay connected with future donations drives. Facebook page:Let’s Feed Youth homeless is another social issues which is hidden and largely unknown, however, it is real and we are working to provide some solutions: Please join in our BBQ to raise funds for homeless youth. Major beneficiaries of donation drive Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Located in Footscray, Victoria ASRC-Foodbank is the major beneficiary of food donation drive. The ASRC is a place where people are made to feel welcome, safe and supported WhiteLion Runs services for disadvantaged and high risk youth including those facing homelessness. Main operations are in Wyndham region, Melbourne City and Frankston St Mary House of Welcome Located in Brunswick, Victoria, St Mary’s House of Welcome seeks to further social justice by standing with disadvantaged people offering support, solutions and hope. For more information feel free to send email including for making doantions: Email: Letsfeedproject@gmail.com www.indianmonthly.com.au

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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | DEC - JAN 2016 Sri Durga Temple Opening Ceremony infused with religious fervor The opening of the largest Hindu Temple in Australia was a truly memorable experience for the devotees who felt elated at the magnificent view of idols and sights of enthusiasm displayed. The whole ambience was infused with religious fervor and one could not but was spellbound at the marvelous creations. After 20 years of patience and wait, Sri Durga Temple new building opened its doors to devotees on 30th of November 2015. Thousands attended the seven days long celebrations. This is the Largest Hindu Temple in Australia, located in Rockbank, Melbourne. The celebrations started with Kalash Yatra on 24 November with hundreds of devotees walking on foot from nearby Murugan Temple with water in Kalash that was used in all ceremonies for next 7 days. Each day yagyas, pooja and kirtan were performed morning and evening by the priests who were specially called from India and Singapore. The Pran Pratishtha ceremony was performed on the final day, which is energizing the idols. Religious hymns were recited along with pujas and Yagyas. Ahutis were given by devotees. Hundreds of devotees were involved in decorating, langar seva, cleaning and organizing the Event. There was so much of positive energy, happiness and satisfaction .The whole temple resonated with the recitals and prayers, and the atmosphere was celestial. New temple building has Sri Durga, Sri Ram darbaar, Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Ganesh, Sri Shiv parivaar, Sri Lakshmi Narayan, Sri Hanuman, Sri Balaji and Navgrah Temples. All marble idols were carved in Rajasthan and looked alive to all devotees. Opening ceremony concluded with Shobha Yatra on 29th and Pran pratishta on 30th November. More than 4,000 people attended the opening at 5 PM followed by magnificent fireworks. Devotees danced and sang bhajans at night in temple precinct. The environment was highly truly magical and devotional. The temple Management committee also took the opportunity to felicitate and thank all the key members of the community and Volunteers who had put in their time and effort in making this event a great success The night concluded with a magnificent display of fireworks leaving everyone present in awe! The occasion was graced by dignitaries Marlene Kairouz MP, Cabinet Secretary (representing the Premier of Victoria); Cr Bob Turner, (Ex-Mayor); Cr Sofie Ramsey (Ex-Mayor); Tim Smith MP (Representing Leader of opposition Victoria), Mr. C. Bhagat, Indian Vice Consul and Various other Indian associations and religious organisations. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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DEC - JAN 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 The largest Hindu Temple in Australia opens in Melbourne www.indianmonthly.com.au

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DEC - JAN 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 Munish Bansal Budhlada wins the award of best IGA Retail Manager of Victoria A peep into Bansal’s journey from Budhlada to Melbourne Manager of Victoria. Mr Bansal came to Australia around ten years ago with a dream to do something bigger and a few dollars to his credit. He was not even well versed in speaking English but was optimistic enough to survive and follow his dreams. He hails from Budhlada, a small village in Punjab and was brought up in Mohali where he had a government job in Health Department. On the very first day of his arrival, he lost the only contact he had and had to wait at the airport wondering what his next step would be when a Sikh man acted as his savior and took him to his place. Next day, Munish found the contact of his friend and reached there. By this time, he had realized that in order to survive and rise higher, the first step is to learn English and so he enrolled himself in AMES Flagstaff where he finished a three-month course and got a job at Coles, Richmond as a casual team member. At Coles, he completed more than 100 online learning certificates in the first six months of work and was soon promoted to the position of Assistant Manager and later to the position of Manager. He has also won many other prizes at Coles. Munish says, “The road to success is not easy but with hard-work and determination, you can reach any heights.” Mr Bansal believes the best reward he ever got was the email from National Manager at Coles, Alex for his best audit report nationally. In October 2012, he later started working with IGA and is currently working with IGA Champions Whittlesea, Victoria. He has successfully completed all RETA (Retail Excellence and Training Academy for IGA) Certificates. Now he knows that small town’s people’s names, choices and preferences. Last X-MAS he received many cards and flowers from customers. He has also won prizes from different companies such as a trip to Queensland from Lion Group for best merchandise manager for Victoria State, best sales driven manager from Casella Group, Accolade Group and Brown Forman Australia. Finally this year he received best Retail manager for Victoria State for year 2015. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard-work,” this is what believes Munish Bansal, the recipient of the 5-Star Retail Manager Award of the year at the IGA International conference in Gold Coast and Best IGA Retail www.indianmonthly.com.au

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8 INDIAN MONTHLY | DEC - JAN 2016 Indian-origin man starts own political party in the UK An Indian-origin corporate banking worker has set up his own political party and called for Britain to throw open its borders, a media report said. An Indian-origin former MP candidate who stood the far-right UK Independence Party in May General Election has started his own single issue political party. Harjinder Singh, a former UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for Birmingham’s Perry Barr constituency, has set up the Open Borders Party as he disagrees vehemently with his former Eurosceptic party’s immigration policy, the Birmingham Mail has reported. Singh iterated, “I wanted to leave the EU, but I’m a libertarian and I believe in independence and freedom.” He added that he wants an open border, as long as new arrivals do not have a criminal record or contagious disease, pay an entry fee, are denied state benefits and pay higher tax rates for several years. According to him, the policy would bring huge economic benefits, boosting the economy with new labour and saving the taxpayer a fortune spent trying to keep migrants out. He said UKIP did not entirely share his views. “I was a little bit naive with regard to some of their other policies, as they’ve bolted some on, and those don’t represent me.” “That for me is where I draw the line, but with regard to the main core party view, which is to leave the EU, UKIP were the only party saying that, which is why I joined.” Singh plans to contest next elections and hopes to attract some like-minded people to join his party and support him. The 38-year-old made headlines during the British general elections campaign by waving at thousands of cars a day passing through the busy Scott Arms junction in Great Barr. He finished third behind Labour Party MP Khalid Mahmood and Conservative candidate Charlotte Hodivala. His unusual campaigning style secured 5,032 votes, which was an improvement on UKIP’s previous performance in the Perry Barr constituency Indian American doctor named as Ohio’s first Poet Laureate Governor John R Kasich said. During his two year term beginning January 1 next year, he intends to bring an interdisciplinary approach to promote poetry by establishing a link with the existing thriving Ohio arts community. Majmudar who serves as a daignostic and nuclear radiologist, is also a medical doctor in Columbus. The legislation creating the position of the State’s official poet was passed in 2014. The Ohio Poet Laureate Selection Committee recommended him for the position, following an extensive statewide nomination and review process. Majmudar has nurtured his writing as a poet, novelist and essayist throughout his medical career and has published two novels namely Partitions in 2009 and The Abundance in 2011. His literary criticisms and essays have been published in number of publications as well as including the Kenyon Review, New York Times and Poetry Daily. Alfred A Knopf will publish his next collection of poems Dothead in March next year Amit Majmudar, 36, an Indian American doctor has been named the first Poet Laureate by the US state of Ohio for showcasing a variety of styles in his poetry. Amit, a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist by profession, was named to the two year honorary position by governor John Kasich who created the honour. “Our first poet laureate will bring a unique perspective to this new role and is a powerful example to our young people that regardless of what career path they choose to pursue, they always can tap into their other passions,” Ohio www.indianmonthly.com.au

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DEC - JAN 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 9 An array of flavors brought to Wyndham Food Truck Festival by TJ Patel and Girish Patel and Brazilian Dancers added more glory to the event. Children’s rides and other entertainment stuff like games were enjoyed by the kids. And thanks to the organizers Tejas Patel most popularly known as TJ Patel and his partner Girish Patel without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible. TJ himself is a food lover and wanted to do something unique. So the idea of Food Truck Festival hit his mind as it hasn’t happened in Australia before. He iterated, “Everyone loves food. There’s a real trend with people wanting to eat food from food trucks.” TJ belongs to Patel family (farmer family) from Gujarat who migrated to Australia at the age of eighteen to pursue his bachelors in IT. He shares, “It’s been a roller coaster journey being on a student visa and working hard to meet both ends meet. I wanted to make sure I pay my university fee myself to keep pressure off from parents. I have done all kinds of jobs including cleaning, retail and more.” Currently, TJ works as a Business Manager for a Migration and Education Consultancy. He has been actively involved in marketing from last three years and has witnessed over 80 events. This experience is what drove him to bring out something different and creative like the Food Truck Festival. No doubt it’s not easy to just start off with the idea you have in your head but if you are dedicated and work hard, nothing is impossible. The foremost thing you need is funds and sponsors. TJ remarked, “In the beginning, it was hard for us to convince food trucks to come sround from other side of the city. We had issue with real estate agency as well. But it was such a good experience to learn.” TJ felt elated to see people enjoying the event in its vibrant colors and scrumptious flavors, “It was a great experience for me and my team to learn a lot. I am happy to see that the community actively supported on social media with both positive and negative but constructive comments.” TJ thanked all those involved in the event, “Keep supporting guys. It’s your love and support which made the event hit.” As quoted by GB Shaw, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” This proved true at the Wyndham Food Truck Festival which brought exquisite varieties of food to everyone’s delight. The array of flavors included the most delicious burgers, nachos, tacos, curries, kebabs, fish & chips, sausages, dosas, Combodian BBQ and more to hit the taste buds of Melburnians. There were more than 20 trucks and traders including Dilli 6, Graham Street Balls, Sliders on Tyres, Gumbos Kitchen and Jo’s Kebab. Live performances by DJs, Magicians www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | DEC - JAN 2016 Barack Obama to present National Medal of Science to Indian-American professor “The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.” Awarded annually, the National Medal of Science created in 1959 recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. Jain is regarded as a pioneer in the area of tumour micro-environment and widely recognized for his seminal discoveries in tumor biology, drug delivery, in vivo imaging, bioengineering, and bench-tobedside translation. These include uncovering the barriers to the delivery and efficacy of molecular and nano-medicines in tumors; developing new strategies to overcome these barriers; and then translating these strategies from bench to bedside. A mentor to more than 200 master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students from over a dozen different disciplines, he has received more than 75 awards from engineering and medical professional societies/institutions. Jain is a member of all three branches of the US National Academies - the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he was chosen as one of 50 Oncology Luminaries on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In 2015, he received honorary doctorates from Duke University, KU Leuven, Belgium and IIT-Kanpur, India. Jain received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees in 1974 and 1976 from the University of Delaware, all in chemical engineering President Barack Obama will present the National Medal of Science to Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, an Indian-American professor at Harvard Medical School and director of tumor biology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jain, a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of TechnologyKanpur, will receive the honour along with 16 other winners of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony early next year. A White House announcement described the medals as “our nation’s highest honours for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.” “Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our nation’s biggest challenges,” Obama said. The University of South Florida announces APJ Abdul Kalam Fellowship for Indian students university is also looking to have a larger enrolment of Indian students, making US their preferred country for higher education. (USF currently has 800 Indian students.)The fellowship will be effective from the next academic year 2016-17. According to Provost Wilcox, «Dr. Kalam was an honoured visitor to the University of South Florida, and he spoke at great lengths about the importance of green energy and sustainability. We want to honour the great man and his extraordinary life through this award and offer a platform to support highly talented young Indians and the next generation of global innovators and entrepreneurs.» During his visit to India, Provost Wilcox and Dean Moez Limayem of USF›s Muma College of Business also visited Infosys in Bangalore, Manipal University; Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai for partnership discussions. The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global, research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities An American university has started doctoral grants for Indian students to honor late former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam who visited the institution in 2012 The University of South Florida has announced a postgraduate fellowship in the name of former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to support accomplished and talented Indian students looking to study abroad. Launching the fellowship at the Global Higher Education summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), USF provost Ralph Wilcox said «Dr. Kalam left an indelible mark on the academic community, one that will now continue over time through this most prestigious Kalam Fellowship». The fellowship is open to Indian students who wish to pursue PhD in specified fields in science and engineering at USF. Fellowship holders will receive a tuition waiver amounting to $84,500 in four years, plus a stipend of $18,000 per year. With this fellowship in place, the www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | DEC - JAN 2016 Seniors @ Wyndham Dance and Health Group danced their way to good health As dancing is a great way to stay fit and healthy for all age groups, Wyndham Dance and Health Group took the initiative to teach Bollywood dance to seniors at Feather Brook Community Centre, Point Cook. What a great way to have year-end celebrations where different types of dances like Bollywood, Bhangra and Dandiya were practiced. The seniors felt elated to have an amazing time together with other community members learning and trying new dance moves. The food and snacks were provided by Wyndham Council and everyone seemed excited to be a part of the event. Wyndham Dance and Health Group conducts free Bollywood dance classes which is a good way to improve fitness with a combination of physical exercise, social interaction and mental concentration with music. The classes are free of charge and are held every Tuesday at Point Cook Town Centre. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | DEC - JAN 2016 AMAZING FACTS YOU NEVER NEW ABOUT 1. 3. 5. 7. If all the water of earth was spread evenly over its surface, it would have a depth of 3,700 metres Just as the bald eagle is a symbol of the U.S., the Garuda (a creature from the Hindu religion) is a national and royal symbol of Thailand. 97% of water on the earth is salted, only 3% is fresh A female crab lays millions of eggs at one time. She carries them underneath her body until the eggs hatch 2. 4. 6. 8. There are more than 1,600 temples in Kyoto. Frogs don’t drink water with their mouths, they drink by absorbing water through their skin India’s first train which was started in 1863, started in Mumbai Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of lenses, 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch and a stomach Famous Quotes “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better” - Jim Rohn “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela “The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.” - Robert Hand “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot www.indianmonthly.com.au

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DEC - JAN 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 An evening full of laughter, mirth and a spice of satire with the King of Comedy Bhagwant Mann Security, Spicy Affair Catering, Intelli Energy, Chandigarh Motors and RS Chase Lawyers. Others who supported the event include Delhi Rocks, India Town, The Host Indian Restaurant, Punjabi Curry Café, Royal productions, BYSQ, SLSE India, Singh IELTS, Swinburne Punjabi Club, Thornbury Theatre, Real TV and Live HD TV. Media Partners involved were Indian Monthly Newspaper, Hanji Radio, Kaumi Awaaz, Harman Radio, The Times of Punjab, South Asian Times, Indo Times, Indus Age, Ajit, Jag Bani, Punjabi Jagran, Saanjhi Awaaz Radio, India at Melbourne, Bharat Times, Santa Banta, Indian Times, SBS Punjabi and Rozana Spokesman. The official photographer was Kulbir Cam without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible. Creative Events is one of the most popular events company of Melbourne which mainly focusses on family shows, live concerts, stage performances, community events and much more. All the events organized by Creative Events have a history of gathering big crowds and being successful. Melburnians enjoyed a great laughter ride when the King of Comedy, Bhagwant Mann performed live at Sandown Park in Melbourne. Mann is also a Member of Parliament from Sangrur constituency, Punjab. The event was organized by Creative Events that went on an incredible scale with a crowd of over 3,000 from all walks of life. The Chief Guest for the event were Hon Gavin Jennings, MLC South Eastern Metropolitan, Gabrielle William, MLA Dandenong. People decked in colorful traditional attires looked stunning as they kept laughing for hours. In addition to making people laugh, Mr Mann used satire and brought to the limelight many issues prevalent in the Indian society. He cherished his college days and shared with all how he got into comedy and later into politics. He shared how he used to take part in Inter-college competitions during Youth Festivals. Thereafter he became popular all over Indian when he participated in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Apart from this, Mr Mann has played roles in various TV Shows and Punjabi Films as well. The event was successful just because of the hard toil and effort of the whole team working behind which includes Balwinder Lalli, Shinkoo Nabha, Kulbir Cam, Shammi Bajwa, Deepak Sharma, Mandeep Dhillon, Gurinder Rai, Sabi, Kulwinder and more. The emcees for the event were Kuldip Kaur and Raju Joshan who managed the stage most efficiently. Major sponsors for the event included Bajwa Immigration Consultants, Kings Taxi Club, Mann Travel, CS Automotive Services, SPL Security Group, Morinda Motors, Bhrawan Da Dhaba, Yupp TV, City Taxi Care, Swagat Indian Restaurant, Indoz Indian Restaurant, Melbourne Print and Design, CECA Education/IELTS/Migration, Aucam www.indianmonthly.com.au

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