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FREE Vol-3 ISSUE-4 April 2016 M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN APRIL 2016 / www.bollywoodsun.com india at 6th position in Top Ten Manufacturing List: UNIDO Ravishing Divas set the stage on fire at Miss/Mrs India Global 2016 Enough… End It! A Campaign to end violence and bullying by Ramon Helps Inc Mumbai’s first air-conditioned local train to be launched soon

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2 INDIAN MONTHLY | APRIL 2016 Publisher Yogita Bhardwaj 5/23, Lentini St, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria Ph. 0410869227, 0400988403 Email: avyosa@gmail.com | Website: www.avyosa.com.au Disclaimer: Any material supplied to Indian Monthly Newspaper is at the contributor’s risk. No responsibility will be taken by the Publisher. Opinions published in Indian Monthly Newspaper does not guarantee the authenticity of any advertisement or marketing feature and AVYOSA Pty Ltd. takes no responsibility of any such offence www.indianmonthly.com.au

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APRIL 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 Enough… End It! - A Campaign to end violence and bullying by Ramon Helps Inc Educating and Empowering people, Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities Enough… End It!! Yes, this is the tag line which depicts and calls to end violence and bullying. A silent flash mob was organized by Ramon Helps Inc on account of International Women’s Day to spread the powerful message of raising the voice against domestic violence and bullying. The act was held at Federation Square. As many as 20 Ramonians took an active part in the act and strongly condemned domestic violence of any kind. It was the brain child of Dr Sonia Singh, an active community member and a teacher by profession. Some of the team members include Monica Raizada, Rakesh Raizada, Tanvi Mor, Dr Sonia Singh, Satinder Chawla, Yogita Bhardwaj, Sunita Sethi, Moti Visa, Gurmeet Sran, Jeet Singh and more. Tanvi Mor who acted as the victim of domestic violence performed so well that it touched the hearts of the spectators. There is no doubt the initiative was really great and moving, it is well appreciated by the community as well. Ms Mor iterated, “On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the team decided to spread awareness in the form of a silent flash mob to attract attention so that the evil could be uprooted completely from the society.” Ramon Helps Inc is a not for profit organization, for all the needs of less fortunate in the community. Ramon has always been in the fore-front whenever it comes to assisting the supporting those in need, be it newly arrived migrants or the victims of domestic violence. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | APRIL 2016 www.indianmonthly.com.au

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APRIL 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 India at 6th position in Top Ten Manufacturing List: UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization in its report has placed India at number six among the world’s top 10 largest manufacturing countries stated that due to a rise in Index of Industrial Production and Manufacturing Value Added, India’s ranking soared up by three places. While MVA grew by 7.5 per cent compared to fiscal, IIP went by 1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015. The report also said that the global growth rate of manufacturing production has slowed to 2.8 per cent in 2015. Previously, India was at number nine and is at number six. The report also said that the global growth rate of manufacturing production has slowed to 2.8 per cent in 2015. The report also stated, “This slowdown could be due to reduced manufacturing growth rates recorded by major developing and emerging economies.” China tops the list of Top ten industrial producers followed by the US, Japan, Germany and Korea. Indonesia was at the bottom of the list. Indian has been ranked sixth among the world’s top 10 largest manufacturing countries as per a report by United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. The Yearbook published by the UNIDO Indian workers get free sim cards on arrival in Saudi Indian expatriate workers going to work in Saudi Arabia are being given free pre-paid sim cards on their arrival, B S Mubarak, India’s Consul General in Jeddah said. He said the Saudi Labor Ministry had initiated the process in a bid to ensure the welfare and rights of workers. The Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) had set up counters at the airports to hand over the SIM cards, he added. The envoy said officials were briefing workers who arrive from India and elsewhere about the laws of the country and the rights and duties of workers after which the cards are handed over. Mubarak said that the SIM cards will help workers communicate with the Indian mission as well as their families. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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8 INDIAN MONTHLY | APRIL 2016 Interview with Mrs. Preneet Kaur Wife of Captain Amarinder Singh. EX CM Punjab Renowned Ex Chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh’s wife Mrs Preneet Kaur (Maharani of Patiala) and former Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs was recently in Melbourne as a part of her political visit in reference to the upcoming elections in Punjab. The Indian community welcomed her whole heartedly and she addressed the community over the ongoing flaws and concerns going around in the state of Punjab. Mrs Kaur mentioned that one of the biggest concerns Punjab is facing today is the problem of drugs because the youth is highly influenced with ongoing drug addiction. She also stated that job conditions, corruption and education has highly affected people and these are just a few of the many concerns. Interview with the Mrs Kaur is followed below: Mrs. Preneet Kaur, as you mentioned drug is one of the biggest concerns in Punjab, so can you please tell what measures can be taken to overcome this issue We as a political party are spreading awareness with in people and we are constantly pushing the opposition party (ruling party) to take important steps towards controlling the drug issue. The ruling party up till now has been failed in dealing with the drug issue, they say we are opening more and more deaddiction centres but I feel sad that they don’t understand that de-addiction is not controlling the problem, it is rather a dealing with the illness of the people who are already addicted towards drugs. Mrs. Kaur mentioned, people are still going towards drugs and there are no measures taken by the ruling party to stop youth getting into this problem. Also she claimed, that the government is not doing anything to those dealers who all are distributing the drugs in the market and also manufacturing companies from where these kinds of things are coming in. Education is one of the major issue that the Punjab is facing, as you mentioned that government schools don’t even have teachers and also some teachers are hiring other people at a much lower price to teach students, so what steps do you recommend to the current government During our government (2002-2007) we came up the idea of hiring teachers from the local area where panchaiti raj was empowered where they recruit teachers. The idea behind this step was that teachers can easily come and teach students because teachers from the local village will not leave their house and go away, they stay at their villages most likely for ever. This idea helped us a lot in having teachers in the school and not giving their jobs to anyone else and exploit the system. Corruption, another evil in the State, what do you think about this? Yes, I agree it is one if the biggest evil in the state and it’s from top to the bottom. I think with this current government it is at the 4th stage of cancer, deep rooted and it can’t be ended overnight. I suggest elimination of corruption should start from the top coming down to the bottom. During the tenure of Captain Sahib, corruption was controlled as he never let anyone to let go with it, even people had to go behind bars over corruption charges. I remember the incident when I was in New Zealand and a young boy during a conference asked me madam, few years back my dad went to an AIS officer over my brother’s job with a bag full of money and the officer replied that these kind of things won’t work here as we have strict orders from CM Amarinder Singh that jobs will be given only on merit bases. So to conclude this is what we need today as well to stop or end corruption. What are the expectations from the NRI’s for Punjab, what do you think NRI’s can do for the state? NRI’s are already doing a lot for the state like Villages are being adopted, they organise games, they send money, but still we need support from NRI as they can tell their relatives, friends and family to support congress in the upcoming elections, to elect Captain Amarinder Singh as he is the man of vision, man of good governance and at this point of time we can’t afford to take the risk as its about Punjab’s existence. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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APRIL 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 9 Event Description An event initiated and organised by Honourable Acting Mayor of Wyndham Council, Cr. Gautam Gupta. He represented the Government of Australian and welcomed The Maharani of Patiala, Mrs Preneet Kaur to Melbourne to discuss the opportunity of improving the ethos of the people of Punjab. Mr. Gautam Gupta put forth numerous valuable suggestions that are currently implemented in Australia, one fine example is the upgrade of a domestic airport to an international airport (egAvalon airport) where it can benefit the local and the regional people of the areas of the state. Australian government has always been actively encouraged the Indian community to do better. Mr. Gupta has always offered a hand in support any idea which can benefit the community of Wyndham and has always insured to deliver the best. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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APRIL 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 Mumbai’s first air-conditioned local train to be launched soon The next thing authorities are worried about is how to ensure proper division of coaches for women commuters. The officials stated that since it a vestibule kind of coach, people would enter indiscriminately. As per its formation, the partition will separate the first six from the last six coaches, with vestibules between every coach. The authorities said they would have to think of creating a shutter in the middle of the rake where at least two out of six coaches could be kept for women. Sources added that the straps - as seen inside the Metro operating on VersovaAndheri-Ghatkopar corridor - wouldn’t work as the number of commuters in the AC train will be very high. As of now the authorities claim that there wouldn’t be any first and general class compartments. Also, with the exterior colour combinations being different than the regular purple-white trains that have been manufactured by the same Integral Coach factory in Chennai, the authorities said they haven’t yet decided if external markings should be done to indicate ladies’ coach. Once the electrical and software work is taken care of, the CR officials will carry out oscillation trials. The train will be tested at up to 120 kmph but they would seek permission for 110 kmph. Currently, the CR officials are contemplating if the train should run on the Harbour, Trans-harbour or Main line. First ac local train to first undergo electrical, software tests No general or first class, two of the six coaches could be for women The 55-crore train will be tested for a month before being operational What’s a better present than an airconditioned local train in this scorching summer. Yes, that’s true, dreams of Mumbaikars has come true with the city’s first air-conditioned local train which has already left from Chennai to reach Mumbai. It will not be launched straightway as the Central Railway authorities have a list of month-long tasks they have planned for the 12-car train and will be parked in the Kurla car shed when it arrives. It was the 2012 Railway Budget that had first mooted such a service for Mumbai. The silver-blue coloured local AC Train is worth Rs 55 crore. The train will first undergo a test by BHEL and its associates. A CR Official remarked, “These officials will first complete and inspect all the pending electric and software tasks. This will go on for atleast a month and it would be stabilized inside the car shed.” The new rake has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and its air-conditioning is powered by two 15-tonne roof-mounted packaging units in each coach and the entire rake would have 24 such units. The functioning of the doors, software updates from the motorman cab, quality of seats and other technical details will be inspected while the train stands still in Kurla. To control and prevent rats from meddling with the train, pest control activities have been arranged. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | APRIL 2016 500 Indians in Panama papers list The biggest leak of millions of tax documents has exposed offshore financial dealings of over 500 Indians linked to offshore firms. The rich and famous across the world include Xi Jinping, Nawaz Sharif, Lionel Messi, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan KP Singh, Vinod Adani and many more. A global investigation by a coalition of media outlets has revealed hidden dealings in the assets of around 140 political figures besides industrialists, film and sports celebrities. Millions of documents from the secret files of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca were investigated by over 300 journalists. Mossack Fonseca is a key player in a sprawling secretive industry used for hiding assets and bypassing rules with the help of front companies. The records reveal a list of individuals who have paid the firm and bought the benefits of the secretive, lax regulatory system in which it operates to set up offshore entities in tax havens around the world. Mossack Fonseca’s eagerness to meet their demands each one for a fee that helps mask real ownership but still show compliance. As per RBI norms, Indians were not allowed to float overseas entities before 2003. In 2004, for the first time individuals were allowed to send funds abroad up to a limit of $25,000 a year under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme and this limit stands at $250,000 a year now. But while RBI let individuals buy shares under LRS, it never allowed them to set up companies abroad, having clarified it through an FAQ mid-way in September 2010. In most of the Panama cases, companies are from long before the rules were changed in 2013, when individuals were allowed to set up subsidiaries or invest in joint ventures abroad. Records investigated reveal detailed correspondence between Indian tax authorities and those in British Virgin Islands, Seychelles, Panama or other tax havens seeking shareholder, bank account and asset details of offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca for Indians. The Indian Express signed an agreement with ICIJ in July 2015 to partner The Panama Papers Project after which a team of 25 reporters led by the newspaper’s investigative team joined 375 journalists in 76 countries. The Indian Express reporters did field visits across the country to check on address mentioned in these records after sourcing electronic databases of documents registered in tax havens, joining digital dots, cross referencing company data with the lists of names. The Indian Express asked each one named if they had informed RBI or the Income Tax Department about these companies. The Mossack Fonseca data contains details of entities set up almost four decades ago from 1977 up to those registered till December 2015. Those believed to involved include film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and corporates like DLD owner KP Singh and his nine other family members; the promoters of Apollo Tyres and Indiabulls, Gautam Adani’s elder brother Vinod Adani; politicians like Shishir Bajoria and Anurag Kejriwal and many more. The papers reveal that Xi Jinping and his family have links to offshore accounts. Xi has led a high profile anti-corruption drive in China, targeting illegal wealth accumulated by Communist Party Cadres. The papers alleges that close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin have secretly shuffeled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. Lionel Messi and his father are believed to having owned a shell company not discovered in a Spanish investigation into the football star’s tax affairs. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | APRIL 2016 Amitabh Mattoo, Honorary Director of the Australia India Institute at Delhi receives Indo-Australian Award for Meritorious Service “What we have now is a situation where our values and interests converge.” Dr. Mattoo opened his speech by talking about the many connections that exist between Chennai and Australia; he said the award celebrated “this wonderful city.” He went on to say that India and Australia are at a moment never before seen in their histories: “What we have now is a situation where our values and interests converge.” He identified 1990 as a critical year, when values began to converge but few interests bound both countries. The end of Cold War helped precipitate this move, but it also helped that Australia change its outlook. “Australia began to see itself as an Asian power,” said Dr. Mattoo, adding, however, that the decade would come to be seen as one of lost opportunities. It did not help that Australia had the strongest reaction to India’s 1998 nuclear test, “putting relations in cold storage.” “Australia has begun to see itself as an Asian power” He said that 2014 would probably be remembered as the most important year in bilateral relations. It was marked by a September visit by the then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and a reciprocal visit by Narendra Modi. Dr. Mattoo said that apart from personal camaraderie of both leaders, on display was a never-before, “recognition of the potential of the relationship. On the occasion of Harmony Day, Amitabh Mattoo, Honorary Director of the Australia India Institute at Delhi, has been felicitated with the Indo-Australian Award for Meritorious Service by the Indo-Australian Association. Dr. Mattoo was the 17th recipient of the award. The Chennai-based IAA was established in 1984. The award was handed over by Sean Kelly, the Australian Consul-General to South India. In his speech, Mr. Kelly pointed out the significance of the day, celebrated as Harmony Day in Australia. “We seek to celebrate Australia as a multicultural society on this day,” he said. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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APRIL 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 Shobha Sriram won The Miss International Fashion Pageant in Open Ladies Category @ Werribee Race Day Clad in a beautiful saree, Ms Sriram looked stunning as she walked the ramp among 25 other divas www.indianmonthly.com.au

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