Indian Community in Australia offers condolences and tribute to Uri martyrs

 

Sydney, 25th September, 2016

In a sombre ceremony on 25 September, Indian community in Sydney  offered condolences for the martyrs of Uri Terror attack.

Approximately 100 prominent members of Indian Australian community met in The Dezire Function Centre in Blacktown, NSW today to offer tribute to the 18 Indian army soldiers who were slain in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir by heavily-armed terrorists  in the early morning of 18 September, 2016.

A video (prepared by Dimple Deez of Desi Australia) was shown, describing the Uri terror attack and names as well as the details of the slain martyrs. Indian national anthem was sung with patriotism and enthusiasm.

Flowers were offered and brief speeches were given, condoling the killings and expressing solidarity with India and Indian army. Terrorism which India suffers from across the borders was condemned in strongest possible words. It was made clear that our issues are with Pakistan’s support and use of terror  groups, not with Pakistani Australian community with which we have good relations.

Indian Consulate in Sydney was represented by Mr S. K. Verma, Consul, Community Welfare.

Speakers were clear in their condemnation of Jihadi (Terror) groups which are allowed to operate from Pakistan and hit targets inside India. They asked India and the world to take a serious note of the situation and work together to deal with these terror groups and their patronage in the region. Capt Sarjinder Singh Sandhu of Australian Sikh Association and Raj Singh spoke from their personnel experiences as they have significant Indian army connections. Akila Ramarathinam, Ajay Khanna, Dave Passi, Pravin Gupta (whose partner read out a poem for the slain martyrs and their families), Logessan Pillay, Dr Shailja Chandra, Ashok Kumar and Harmohan Walia were some of the speakers.

After a brief speech about the Uri terror attack, Dr Yadu Singh conducted the event ably and efficiently.

It was also noted that none of the “Intolerance” brigade which made a song and dance about so-called “intolerance” in India a few months ago has said a single word against terrorism coming from Pakistan.

There was a unanimous support  for asking Pakistani actors and singers to leave India since they too have not condemned the terror attack. People did not feel there is any purpose to have sports relations either when India keeps getting hit by terrorists from Pakistan.

The choices are clear for Pakistan. We either choose good relations or terror.

Gratitude was expressed profusely for Indian defence personnel’ services and sacrifices at the borders.

Many volunteered to offer financial contributions for the welfare of Indian defence personnel but noted with gratitude that Central and State governments have already offered generous support to the families of the slain martyrs.

Slogans of Jai Hind & Hindustan Zindabad were  raised with fervour and patriotism.

(Further info https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/join-in-paying-tribute-to-martyrs-of-uri-terrorist-attack/)

Dr Yadu Singh

President, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW

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Tea and interaction with visiting Indian journalists in Sydney

Sydney, 17 September, 2016

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW and I hosted and conducted a “tea and interaction” between Indian Australian community and visiting Indian journalists, organized by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at The Grand Marion, Harris Park on Sat, 17th Sept, 2016.

Journalists:

·Ms Devirupa Mitra (aged 38) is Deputy Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent for ‘The Wire’, an online news site for independent journalism focusing on politics, foreign policy, political economy, science and development.  Ms Mitra’s twitter handle is @devirupam.
· Ms Damini Nath (aged 25) is Principal Correspondent at ‘The Hindu’, one of India’s most respected print newspapers.  Ms Nath’s twitter handle is https://twitter.com/DaminiNath.
· Mr Anirudh Madhavan (aged 25) is Sub Editor at ‘The Week’, the largest circulated English newsmagazine in India.  Mr Madhavan mostly reports on sports, art and lifestyle.  Mr Madhavan’s twitter handle is https://twitter.com/samosashrikhand.
This visit was an opportunity to foster closer linkages of Australia with India and showcase Australia to the journalists with an authentic and positive impression of modern Australia, especially the impressions and experiences of Indian Australians.
These journalists had visited Australia as part of Confluence Festival of India in Australia.
The meeting had about 50 key and influential members of Indian Australian community including members of Indian media in Sydney. Many young people attended the meeting. Several Anglo-Indian members were there too.
It was an informal interaction, with plenty of opportunities for journalists to mingle and discuss things with the people.
There was tea/coffee and refreshments provided to those who attended.
This was followed by visits of journalists to a few businesses in Harris Park to gain insight into our community’s experiences.
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Dr Yadu Singh
President, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW
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Paying tribute to martyrs of Uri terrorist attack

Sydney, 20 September, 2016

We are organising an event to pay tribute to martyrs of Uri (Jammu & Kashmir) terrorist attack at 5.30am on 18 September, 2016.

Shradhanjali (Tribute) for Martyrs of Uri terror attack

Venue and Time:

Venue: The Dezire Function Centre

            1/107-109 Main Street Blacktown. NSW 2148

            (Plenty of Parking at the back of the Function Centre)

Date: Sunday, 25 September, 1100am-1300pm

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Uri_attack has the details of this terrorist attack, killing 17 soldiers. One of the injured soldiers succumbed to his injuries in the army hospital on 19 September.

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Here is the full list of jawans who died in the Uri terror attack (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/uri-terror-attack-army-martyrs-families-3040153/)

(1) Subedar Karnail Singh, r/o Vill Shibu Chak, Teh- Bishnah, Dist Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.
(2) Havildar Ravi Paul, r/o Samba, Dist Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.
(3) Sepoy Rakesh Singh, r/o Vill Baddja, Dist Kaimur, Bihar.
(4) Sepoy Javra Munda, r/o Vill Meral, Dist Khuti, Jharkhand.
(5) Sepoy Naiman Kujur, r/o Vill Gumla, Chainpur, Jharkhand.
(6) Sepoy Uike Janrao, r/o Vill Nandgaon (Kh), Dist Amravati, Maharashtra.
(7) Havildar NS Rawat, r/o Vill Rajawa, Dist Rajasmand, Rajasthan.
(8) Sepoy Ganesh Shankar, r/o Vill Ghoorapalli, Dist Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
(9) Naik SK Vidarthi, r/o Vill Boknari, Dist Gaya, Bihar.
(10) Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai, r/o Vill Ganga Sagar, Dist South 24 Parganas, West Bengal.
(11) Lance Naik G Shankar, r/o Vill Jashi, Dist Satara, Maharashtra.
(12) Sep G Dalai, r/o Vill Jamuna Balia, Dist Howarah, West Bengal.
(13) Lance Naik RK Yadav, r/o Vill Balia, Uttar Pradesh.
(14) Sepoy Harinder Yadav, r/o Vill Ghazipur, Dist Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh.
(15) Sepoy TS Somnath, r/o Vill Khadangali, Dist Nashik, Maharashtra.
(16) Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh, r/o Vill Raktu Tola, Dist Bhojpur, Bihar.
(17) Sepoy Rajesh kr Singh, r/o Vill Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

(18) Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, Purad village, Yavatmal district, Maharashtra

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Updated: September 20, 2016 11:31 am

In homes across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, families mourn sons lost to terror in Uri. They express their grief and anger. They also seek retaliatory action from the government.

Sepoy Javra Munda, 35

Merla village, Khunti (Jharkhand)

For three generations, Merla village in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, 40 km from Ranchi, has seen a number of its residents joining the Army as young men, with the oldest having gone on to retire. On Monday, Merla awaited the arrival of its first martyr.

Sepoy Javra Munda, 35, was one of the 18 killed in the Uri attack. He had been posted in Kashmir for three years and been expecting a transfer. (Click here to read more)

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Sepoy Rakesh Singh, 28

Badhdha village, Kaimur (Bihar)

While on vacation in May, Rakesh Singh, 28, had taken his wife Kiran Kushwaha and their son Harshit, which means happy, to Assam and posed with them outside Kamakhya temple. Showing their photograph to visitors at their half-constructed, brick-and-asbestos home, Rakesh’s Harihar Singh, 68, tried his best to conceal his emotions. Not his wife Rajkawal Devi, who wailed unceasingly for the youngest of her four sons, the only one with a job.

Harihar was upset a chowkidar broke the news to them. “The district administration should have has the basic courtesy to send a senior official to share our sense of grief and pride,” Harihar said. (Click here to read more)

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Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh, 44

Bhojpur, Bihar

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This is not the first such tragedy to hit the Singh family — in 1986, Jagnarain’s eldest son, Kamta Singh, a 23-year-old sepoy in the Indian Army, had died in a bomb blast in Bikaner. (click here to read more)

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Naik Sunil Kumar Vidarthi, 40
Boknari, Gaya, Bihar

uri, uri attack, uri martyrs, uri army martyrs, martyrs in uri, jawans in uri, army jawans killed in uri, uri terror attack, pakistan, pakistani terrorism, indian army Vidyarthi’s wife Kiran grieves in Gaya Monday. (Express photo by Manish Bhandari)MATHURA YADAV, 68, is distraught yet proud. “My son is the only person in the family who became a soldier. He always spoke of the value of education and wanted his daughters to do well in studies,” he said.

His son, Naik Kumar Vidarthi, 40, killed in Uri, leaves behind three daughters and a son, who live with their mother Kiran in Gaya town, some 25 km from their father’s home in Boknari. Vidyarthi last visited the village two-and-a-half months ago. He had told his father that he would come home this Dussehra and help him renovate the ancestral home. (Click here to read more)

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Sepoy Rajesh Kumar Singh, 33

Bhakur Village, Jaunpur (UP)

Sepoy Rajesh Kumar Singh’s brother, Umendra, had been awaiting his call from his new posting in Kashmir. Instead, what reached him was the news of Rajesh’s death. “He had gone about 20 days ago. We were not able to talk to him ever since then. And after all this wait, we got this news that he had been killed,” said Umendra, Rajesh’s brother. “I had spoken to him about one-and-a-half months ago and he asked about my family.”

Rajesh joined the Army about 12 years ago. Hailing from Jaunpur’s Bhakura village, he was the youngest of three brothers. (Click here to read more)

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Sepoy Harinder Yadav, 26

Gaeen Deupur , Ghazipur (UP)

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At 26, Sepoy Harinder Yadav supported a family that included his wife, two sons, parents, four elder and a younger brothers and their families. He was the only one with a government job.

“Our four elder brothers work as labourers in Rajasthan and other places,” said Nagendra, the youngest brother. “I stay at home. Harinder’s wife and children also live in the village. Though our family is large, he always tried to keep us together. He had given me his ATM card a few years ago.” The family owns six bighas agricultural land. (Click here to read more)

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Lance Naik Rajesh Kumar Yadav, 35

Dubardha Village, Ballia (UP)

The last ones in Ballia’s Dubardha village to get to know about Lance Naik Rajesh Kumar Yadav’s death in the Uri terror attack were his wife Parvati Devi, who is eight months pregnant, and his ailing mother Simariya Devi, who is a heart patient.

The villagers, along with other family of Rajesh, pulled out all stops to avoid breaking the news to the two women.

“We erected barricades on the road leading to our house to ensure that no mediaperson or any relative could reach our house and talk about Rajesh’s death to my mother and his wife. We stopped everyone from visiting our house. But, some journalists managed to reach our home from the other side of the road and told about the death to Rajesh’s wife, Parvati, late in the afternoon,” said Rajesh’s youngest brother, Vikesh Yadav, who is a farmer. (Click here to read more)

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Sepoy Naiman Kujur, 30

Chainpur, Gumla district, Jharkhand

uri, uri attack, uri martyrs, uri army martyrs, martyrs in uri, jawans in uri, army jawans killed in uri, uri terror attack, pakistan, pakistani terrorism, indian army Kujur’s wife Beena in Ranchi. (Source: PTI photo)On Saturday, Sepoy Naiman Kujur, 30, had told wife Beena Tigga over phone that she should take care of their child and not worry about him. A day later, he was killed in the terror attack at Uri.

“Nobody should find oneself in the situation I am in. I feel the government should take strong action against terrorists, Pakistan, whoever is responsible,” Beena said. She added she was ready to become a soldier herself. “If they (terrorists) come before me, I will kill them,” she said. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy Ganesh Shankar, 34

Ghoorapalli Village, Sant Kabir Nagar (UP)

uri, uri attack, uri martyrs, uri army martyrs, martyrs in uri, jawans in uri, army jawans killed in uri, uri terror attack, pakistan, pakistani terrorism, indian army Tribute to Ganesh Shankar and others from UP and Bihar in Varanasi. (Source: Express photo by Anand Singh)When the news of sepoy Ganesh Shankar’s death reached them Monday morning, the family was busy making plans for the wedding of his younger sister, Indrawati, 20.

“Indrawati’s wedding was fixed in Gorakhpur a few days ago. On Monday morning, we were talking about preparations needed for marriage functions when locals informed about Ganesh Shankar’s death. It got confirmed when mediapersons reached our place,” said Ganesh’s elder brother, Suresh Chandra Yadav, a farmer. Ganesh, 34, is survived by his wife Gudia Yadav and children Amrita, 9, Ankit, 7, and Khushi, 4. (click here to read more)

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Subedar Karnail Singh, 46

Shibu Chak, Jammu (J&K)

uri, uri attack, uri martyrs, uri army martyrs, martyrs in uri, jawans in uri, army jawans killed in uri, uri terror attack, pakistan, pakistani terrorism, indian army Karnail Singh’s son Anmol. (Source: Express photo by Arun Sharma)A DAY after he lost his father Subedar Karnail Singh in the Uri terror attack, Anmol Saini (19) too wants to be a soldier and serve the nation.

“I am proud of my father because he sacrificed his life for the nation. After completing my studies, I too will join the Army to fulfil my father’s dream,’’ he said. The BA first-year student spoke to his father over phone for the last time three days ago. “He told me to work hard so that I can score good marks in the exams,’’ he said.

Singh’s mortal remains reached Shibu Chak village Monday afternoon. Surrounded by villagers and amid slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai, he was cremated with military honours. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui, 23

Jamuna Balai, Howrah (Bengal)

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“They struggled so much to bring him up well,’’said a neighbour. Dulai had joined the Army two years ago, still in the first year of college. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai, 22

Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas (Bengal)

“I will never let any member from my family join the Army again. No money can compensate this loss. Can money bring my brother back?” wails 20-year-old Bulti Ghorai, sister of Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai.

She is seated in their mudhouse in a remote part of Gangasagar in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district. The road to the house has no lights.

Father Rabindranath Gorai says proudly, “Martyrs never die. I have lost my son. I don’t know how we will live, but I must say that I am proud. I know he died for the nation.” (click here to read more)

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Havildar Nimb Singh Rawat, 48

Rajawa, Rajsamand (Rajasthan)

The last time Havildar Nimb Singh Rawat spoke to his family members was eight days ago. “He had spoken to his wife briefly. The mobile network here doesn’t allow for longer conversations,” says Laxman Singh, his younger brother.

The village, located about 15 km off the NH 8, is at the far end of a network of country roads, crisscrossing the undulating, rocky landscape dominated by the Aravallis. (click here to read more)

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Lance Naik Chandrakant Galande, 27

Jashi village, Satara

uri, uri attack, uri martyrs, uri army martyrs, martyrs in uri, jawans in uri, army jawans killed in uri, uri terror attack, pakistan, pakistani terrorism, indian army Lance Naik Chandrakant Galande’s wife and relatives. (Source: Express photo by Sandeep Daundkar)“When I heard of young Armymen dying in terror attacks, I often felt I should ask my three sons to come back. But then, I won’t be able to tell people that I belong to this land. Am I wrong in saying that I want my two other sons to be safe? Will the government ensure that our sons are not killed like this?” says Shankar Galande, father of Lance Naik Chandrakant Galande (27), tears in his eyes. His two other sons and Chandrakant’s elder brothers, Keshav and Manjabapu, are posted in the northern sector.

Shankar is seated at their home in Galande Vasti hamlet near Jashi village, 70 km from Satara town. Not far from the house, his son’s last rites will be performed with full military honours on Tuesday. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy T S Somnath, 25

Khadangali village, Nashik (Maharashtra)

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The blow from the market, however, was nothing compared to the shock he got on Sunday, when he was informed about the death of his son Sandip, 25. Sitting among relatives, Thok kept largely silent.

“Sandip’s memory will remain like a millstone around our necks,” said Dhyaneshwar Chavanke, Sandip’s brother-in-law. Sandip was the youngest of four siblings, including two married sisters. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy Vikas Janrao Uike, 26

Nandgaon (Khandeshwar) town, Amravati (Maharashtra)

“HE was the old man of the family,” said Babytai Uike (50) as she described her 26-year-old son, Sepoy Vikas Janrao Uike, who was killed in the Uri terror attack. Inconsolable, the mother recounted how Vikas would deposit Rs 10,000 every month without fail to help out the family.

“He helped from his earnings to marry his sister, Priti. Recently, his younger brother was engaged. Vikas, who visited us just a month back, had promised that he and his brother would get married in the same pandal and that he would select a bride for himself soon. But that is not going to happen now,” said Babytai. (click here to read more)

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Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan

Purad Nehad, Yavatmal (Maharashtra)

Purad Nerad in Wani tehsil of Yavatmal district is mourning the death of Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe,who died in hospital Monday of injuries sustained in Sunday’s terror attack in Uri. Vikas, who joined the Army in 2008 and was transferred to the camp at Uri six months ago. He had got married two years ago. (click here to read more)

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(Reporting by Santosh Singh, Prashant Pandey, Arun Sharma, Ramendra Singh, Manish Sahu, Esha Roy, Sweety Kumari, Mahim Pratap Singh, Sushant Kulkarni, Zeeshan Shaikh and Vivek Deshpande)

Sepoy HN Bala Diag and L/NK Ram Krishna remained critically injured

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We are also discussing about the possibility of a fund-raiser for the families of these army men with India loving friends in Australia.

We are together in the hour of grief for India and its bravehearts’ families. The martyrs were in Uri to defend India and Indians. We salute these bravehearts. Our hearts go out to their families.

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invitation for Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at UNSW on Sunday, October 02, 2016, 10.00-10.45am

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Gandhi Jayanti at UNSW Australia

Mr B. Vanlalvawna, Consul-General of India in Sydney and Mr Neville Roach AO, Patron of the Australia India Institute at UNSW Australia, take great pleasure in inviting you to the Annual Gandhi Memorial to be held on campus on Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

The memorial celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and is an opportunity to reflect on his life, his values and their meaning for all of us today.

The memorial will be held on the UNSW library lawn, in front of the bust of Gandhi that has been gifted to the university by the Government of India in recognition of its work to advance Australia-India relations and provide a welcoming environment for Indian students.

Event Details

Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016
> Time: 10:00am – 10:45am
> Venue: UNSW Library Lawn
> Dress code: Casual/ Business
> RSVP: Friday 23rd September 2016  to indianc@indianconsulatesydney.org

I encourage you to join me in celebrating the birthday of the great soul, who is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi.

Do let me know if you need any help. Let us attend it in big numbers.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Incredible India Outdoor Branding Launched in Sydney.

 

Sydney, 18 September, 2016

Indian Culture and Tourism Minister, The Hon Dr Mahesh Sharma, launched the “Outdoor branding Campaign” in at Luna Park, Sydney on Sunday, 18 September, 2016.

Mr B. Vanlalvawna, Indian media in Sydney, a select members of Indian Australian community, Ms Kanchan Kukreja, Incharge of India Tourism Office in Sydney and members of Indian Tourism office were present.

After cutting the ribbon, the Minister and people present boarded the Sydney Bus, which had Incredible India art work on the side, for a short ride.

Minister gave a brief speech and took a few questions.

Incredible India artwork will be seen on buses and Trains throughout major cities of Australia.

I raised the issue of difficulties which NRIs/OCIs/PIOS encounter while making a reservation in Indian Rails. Minister promised to work with Indian Rail minister and get a satisfactory outcome.

Dr Sharma, a prominent member of medical profession in India, and a key minister, is an affable person with down to earth nature. Everyone present there was very impressed with his nature and work ethics.

 

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INDIA DAY 2016 was a huge success

31st Aug, 2016

Sydney, NSW

INDIA DAY Fair, organised by Federation of INDIAN Associations of NSW Inc (FIAN) at the Parade Ground, Old King’s School, Parramatta on Sunday, 14 August, 2016 was a huge success. FIAN is a umbrella organisation of multiple Indian Community Associations in Sydney.

Approximately 10,000 people attended the Fair throughout the day from 12 midday to 7pm.

Over 60 stalls involving food, businesses, sports and community groups including an NSW  Government department, in addition to kids’ rides and a spectacular firework at the end of the event were part of the Fair.

Entertainment programme was truly top class, and multicultural. Shiamak Davar Group delivered a spectacular segment of entertainment, but other segments including Pacific Islanders’ group, Belly dances and Flamenco dances were no  less mesmerising.

No wonder that the INDIA DAY was covered by SBS TV news, Chanel 7 News and SBS Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil Radio programmes. Indian community media were present there with full strength.

Political leaders  saw it fit and worthwhile to show their presence in the event. They included;

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Federal Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

John Alexander, Federal MP For Bennelong

Mr Craig Kelly, Federal MP for Hughes

The Hon John Ajaka, NSW Minister for for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and minister for Multiculturalism

The Hon David Clarke, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Justice

The Hon. Geoff Lee MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury

Julie Owen, Federal MP for Parramatta, Representing The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Federal Leader of Opposition

The Hon Michelle Rowland, MP, Shadow Minister for Communications

The Hon. Jody Mckay MP, NSW Shadow Minister for Justice & Police and representing NSW Leader of Opposition

The Hon. Sophie COTSIS, MLC  NSW Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Shadow Minister for Disability Services

Mr Hugh Mcdermott, MP, State Member for Prospect

DR Harry Harinath, Chairman, Multicultural NSW

Mr B Vanlalvawna, Consul General of INDIA, Sydney

Clr Dr Michelle Byrne, The Hills Shire Mayor

Mr Raj Datta, Coulcillor Strathfield Council

Clr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Mayor Hornsby Shire Council

Ms Amanda Chadwick, Administrator,  City of Parramatta

Prof Frank Zumbo, Chief of Staff with Craig Kelly MP for Hughes and a friend of our community

Dr Eman Sharobeem Dr. Eman Sharobeem, National Community Engagement Manager

FIAN was pleased and grateful for the generous support from so many sponsors. It is a big credit to the team that they were able to organise this type of huge sponsorship support.

  • Parramatta Council for being the major sponsor
  • Indian Australian Association of NSW (INDAUS) a member of FIAN and a major sponsor
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Castle Group
  • Western Union
  • Bathla Group
  • Square Yards
  • Fly4Less Travel, Harris Park
  • Indian Link Media Group
  • Air India Australia
  • Incredible India, India Tourism Australia
  • Central Equity
  • State Bank of India
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Sharmas Kitchen
  • Union Bank of India
  • Atlas Consultants Melbourne
  • Patel Brothers Group
  • ABC Print Shop
  • Maya Da Dhaba
  • MultiConnexions
  • Cricket Australia
  • Macquari Bank
  • Shiv Saini of Milan Bazar, Seven Hills
  • Mahesh Raj of Go Cool, Harris Park

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In addition to Parramatta and Blacktown newspapers, INDIA DAY had the support of following media houses;

  • SBS Radio programmes
  • Arti Banga Desi Media for ever so willing and continuous support
  • Pawan and Rajni Luthra, Indian Link for many things including being a sponsor, promotion
  • Jugandeep Jawaharwala, Pardesh Express
  • Harpreet Singh, Punjab Times
  • Rajwant Singh, Punjab Express
  • Prakash and Sneh Chandra, Navtarang Media
  • Ram Khatry, SouthAsia.com.au
  • Santosh Naga, Editor Indiansite
  • Ashok Kumar, The Indian Subcontinent Times
  • Mr MP Singh SBS Punjabi
  • Mr Sham Kumar, Punjabi Radio
  • Mr Vikram and Jagat Sharma, Voice of India
  • Inder Magar, The Indian Telegraph
  • Indian Down Under
  • Fiji Times
  • Divya Gujarat

INDIA DAY Fair has now become a key event of multicultural community in Western Sydney. The team has a track record of delivering top class event of this nature. The team clearly has the clout and goodwill in the community and is able to generate sponsorship and support from all relevant groups and businesses.

Here are a few pics.

 

Events like INDIA DAY require a lot of work and can not be done without a fantastic team. Everyone in the team deserves a “thank you”, but special “thank you” is reserved for Satish Bhadranna, secretary, Kumar Madappa, vice president and John Niven, Fair director.

Dr Yadu SIngh

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Indian Film Festival, Fox studio, Sydney, 17th to 21st Aug, 2016

Sydney, 17th Aug, 2016

I attended the launch of Indian Film Festival,  Hoyts Cinema Paris, Fox Studio, More Park, Sydney (organized by Mitu Bhowmik) and had the opportunity of meeting the talented & renowned Indian actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee, who was one of the actors in an excellent movie, Angry Indian Goddesses. This is a must watch movie.

With Tannishtha Chatterjee.jpg

Indian Film Festival runs from 17th to 21st Aug, with great movies. Strongly recommended.

Go, watch them.

The schedule of movies and their show times is in the link below.

IFF Sydney Schedule

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