India Day in Sydney: celebration of India’s Independence Day in Parramatta on Saturday, 15th August, 2015

Celebration of India’s Independence Day in Sydney

Saturday, 15th August, 2015

Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta, NSW

Do join us

India Day 2015.jpg 24th May

Dr Yadu Singh

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Good samaritan finds Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha Sarma’s Indian passport at Sydney airport

Indian Passport

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I received the email below from a good Samaritan, Asad Asaduzzaman, who works in Bankstown City Council.

Can I ask anyone who knows Venkata to please inform him that his passport has been found?

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Dear Dr Yadu

I have found one Indian Passport at the Sydney Airport last night. His name is Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha Sarma and came to Sydney last night.

My friend, Raju Hemanth sent me your contact details and told me to send email to find this person.

If you know him, please send me his details so that I could call him to handover his passport.

Thanks

Regards

Asad

Asad Asaduzzaman – Team Leader Design

Bankstown City Council

P 02 9707 9642 | F 02 9707 9408 | E mohammed.asaduzzaman@bankstown.nsw.gov.au

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Barry O’Farrell is the perfect man for Australia-India Council

Sydney, NSW 10th June, 2015

Barry O'FarrellI am happy to know that Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, has appointed Barry O’Farrell, former Premier of NSW, as the Deputy Chairman of Australia-India Council (AIC) Board, which operates under Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

AIC details: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-india-council/Pages/australia-india-council.aspx

AIC’s tasks include:

  • raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship
  • promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the bilateral strategic partnership
  • deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India
  • seek community involvement in, and private sector support for, the Council’s diplomacy efforts including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia India relations
  • publicise the Council’s activities as a means of encouraging broad support for the Council’s role and the bilateral relationship

AIC Board is currently chaired by Ashok Jacob (Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Ellerston Capita, and Director of Crown Ltd). Other members of AIC include Prof Robyn Batterham (University of Melbourne), Mr Michael Kasprowicz (Former Test Cricketer), Neema Premji (Director of Premji Board Consultancy and Management Services), Payal Mahendroo (Australia India Youth Dialogue) and Sheba Nandkeolyar (AIBC).

Barry retired from NSW Parliament at the March 2015 election for NSW Parliament, after been an MP since 1995 and NSW Premier between 2011-2014. He led annual Trade delegations to India since 2011 and has significant connections in India and Indian community in NSW. He expertise in Australia India matters is second to none.

Let us hope that relations (Political and Trade) between Australia and India pick up speed and reach a new height, with Barry’s joining of AIC Board.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Proud & pleased to have raised $23000 for Nepal Earthquake victims

28th May, 2015

Sydney, NSW

We met Nepal’s Consul General, Deepak Khadka, in North Sydney yesterday and handed over a Bank cheque for $22789.00.

Within next few days, we will hand-over the remaining $221.00 which was received from our friend, Kashif Amjad, after the Bank cheque was already issued.

At the Nepal Consulate-General, I was accompanied by Indian Australian Association of NSW treasurer, Chidanand Puttarevanna, and Yateender Gupta, CPA, who has audited the account about the fundraised money.

Nepal suffered a massive earthquake recently, killing more than 8500 people and causing massive destruction.

Here is my previous Blog post with details of how we raised the money for Nepal and who gave the donation. https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/let-us-do-our-part-to-support-victims-of-nepal-earthquake/

I was informed that our fundraised money is the biggest amount raised from any Indian Australian community group/network.

We are proud and very pleased with what we have done for our brothers and sisters in Nepal.

We are proud of, and grateful to, everyone who has given any donation, but are especially grateful to business like Value World Travel, which contributed $4250.00. I can not express in words how appreciative and grateful I am to the generosity and kindness of this Australian business, Value World Travel.  

I am grateful to Maya Da Dhaba for $1000.00, Sharmas Kitchen for $1000.00, Basava Samithi Australia network for $1000.00, my personal staff (I and my staff) for $700, Billu’s Eatery for $685.00, Gaurav Suri for $600.00, Ravi Lochan Singh for $500, Gurdeep Singh for $500, Dr Bharathi Reddy and /Sri Ranga Reddy for $500.00, Vijay and Kusum Kejriwal for $500.00, Dr Lila and Baltej Singh for $500.00 and Jagdish Lodhia for $400.00. All of them are gems of our community.

Special words of appreciation are due for Pravin Gupta for his persistence, encouragement, support and effort in this project.

We did not waste even a single Cent in this fundraising and have handed over every cent which we have collected.

We did not spend even a single Cent in food, beverages or holding of any event. That is indeed a no mean achievement.

We have completed this work following the principles of transparency and accountability. Each step was described and is out in open.

This work has re-affirmed our belief that our community has a vast number of decent, caring and good-hearted people, who will open their hearts, and pockets too, if they have the assurance and trust that their money will not be swindled or scammed.

I give everyone my personal 100% guarantee that I have never allowed, and will never allow, any public money to be swindled or scammed away, if I am part of any such project.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Let us do our part to support victims of Nepal earthquake

Sydney, NSW 26th April, 2015 Fund-raising appeal: Let us support victims of Nepal earthquake

Let us from Indian Australian community along with all others from South Asian communities in Australia come together and raise funds to support victims of Nepal Earthquake. There is a urgent need for funds for victims.

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Nepal Earthquake has caused massive destruction of infrastructure and deaths of more than 2000 people in Nepal. These numbers are going to increase as more information comes in. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32470731

Latest death toll is 3300 people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/11562782/Nepal-earthquake-live.html

Latest death toll is now 3617 as of this report. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32475030

Latest death toll is now 4300 now. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/11562782/Nepal-earthquake-live.html

Latest death toll is now 5200+. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/29/asia/nepal-earthquake/

Latest death toll is now 6200+ http://www.voanews.com/content/death-toll-rises-in-nepal/2744263.html

Latest death toll NOW 6600+ http://www.voanews.com/content/death-toll-rises-in-nepal/2744263.html

Latest death toll NOW 7000+ http://www.voanews.com/content/death-toll-rises-in-nepal/2744263.html

Latest death toll is 8413. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Nepal-earthquake-death-toll-rises-to-8413/articleshow/47187088.cms

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India has started “Operation Maitri” (Operation Friendship) to support Nepalese people in this difficult time. It is our duty as part of Indian Australian community and other Australian communities to raise much needed funds urgently

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Following guidelines will be followed.

  • Funds will be raised transparently and announced publicly.
  • We will work with Nepalese Consul General in Sydney and/or Nepalese Ambassador in Australia and hand over the money to them.
  • We will keep Indian Consul General in Sydney and Indian High Commissioner in Canberra in the loop.
  • We will work in collaboration and co-ordination with Nepalese community in Sydney, Australia.
  • Every cent and dollar will be going to the victims.
  • Collection of funds will be audited by a chartered accountant to ensure that all raised money has been given to victims.
  • Names of all donors of $10 and more will be listed in this post and Facebook.
  • While transferring money, please put your name and Earthquake in the reference. Please also send a copy of transaction details to dryadusingh@gmail.com to make sure your name is published in this Blog post.  Please make sure you include your name while sending the transaction detail.
  • Account details:
Name: INDAUS NSW Inc.
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032070
Acc: 506265
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Charitable Fund-raising Authority CFN/23760
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Following people will be co-ordinating and monitoring the fund-raising.

1. Mr Yateen Gupta-Certified Practising Accountant

2. Mr Sreenadh Brahmapuram-Active community member

3. Mr Jagtar Singh-Active community member

4. Dr Yadu Singh-Active community member and President, Indian Australian Association of NSW

Please open your hearts and help victims of Nepal earthquake.

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To pledge your donation, please go to the bottom of this page and leave your details with the amount you are pledging in the “Reply” space.

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Following people have donated or pledged to donate:

  1. Dr Yadu Singh, Sydney $500 Paid
  2. Gurdeep Singh, Sydney $500 Paid
  3. Gaurav Suri, Sydney $600 Paid
  4. Yateen Gupta, Sydney $250 Paid
  5. Jagdish Lodhia, Sydney $400 Paid.
  6. Surinder Manku, Sydney $200 Paid
  7. Chidanand Puttarevanna, Sydney $200 Paid
  8. Dr Shailja Chaturvedi, Sydney $200 Paid
  9. Naresh Mehrok, Sydney $200 Paid
  10. Billu’s Eatery (Billu Singh), Harris Park $685 Paid
  11. Dr Jayanthi Subhas, Sydney $200 Paid
  12. Bal Ram, Liverpool $150 paid
  13. Boaz Abraham, Sydney $100 Paid
  14. Ramesh Morkhandikar, Sydney $20 Pledge
  15. Vinod Chinnappa, Sydney $50 Paid
  16. Hermoine Lynn, Sydney $50 Paid
  17. Pravin Gupta, Sydney $50 paid
  18. Poonam Sachdeva, Sydney $100 Paid
  19. Ajay Bajaj, Sydney $100 Paid
  20. G Hegde, Sydney $21 Paid
  21. Abhi Manu, Sydney $100 Paid
  22. Thilak Balachandran, Sydney $50 paid
  23. Farida Irani, Sydney $100 paid
  24. Shashank Sharma, Sydney $50 paid
  25. Rajwant Singh, Sydney $200 Paid
  26. Amit Tripathi, Melbourne $100 Paid
  27. Rose Popescu, Sydney $50 Paid
  28. Value World Travel, $3750 (Minimum guaranteed donation) Paid
  29. Dr Bharthi & Sri Ranga Reddy, Sydney $500 Paid
  30. Ravi Naik, Sydney $100 paid
  31. Vijay and Kusum Kejriwal, Sydney $500 Paid
  32. Harpreet Singh, Sydney $200 Paid
  33. Maya Da Dhaba (Ajay Raj), Sydney $1000 Paid
  34. Jagtar Singh, Sydney $100 Paid
  35. Elizabeth Welsh, Australia $200 Paid
  36. Baljinder Singh, Sydney $100 Paid
  37. Logesan Pillay, Sydney $100 Paid
  38. Sreenadh Brahmapuram, Sydney $100 Paid
  39. Narender Singh, Melbourne $51 Paid
  40. Aksheya Kumar, Sydney $125 Paid
  41. Anita Kumar, Sydney $50 Paid
  42. Surinder Bhogal, Sydney $200 Paid
  43. Dr Lila & Baltej Singh, Sydney $500 Paid
  44.  Jagdeesh Kumar, Sydney $100 Paid
  45. Mahesh Raj Go Kool, Harris Park $250 Paid
  46. Ashima Kumar & Pradeep Kumar, Sydney $50 Paid
  47. Dr Nayara Aktar, Sydney $100 Paid
  48. Kushma Ram, Sydney $101 Paid
  49. John Niven, Sydney $100 Paid
  50. Rekha Rajvansi, Sydney $100 Paid
  51. Motie Visaa, Melbourne $100 Paid
  52. Mrs & Mr Iyer, Sydney $100 Paid
  53. Sanjiv Sharma, Sydney $100 Paid
  54. Vivek Gupta, Sydney $50 Paid
  55. Rajendar Tekula, Sydney $50 Paid
  56. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Sydney $50 Paid
  57. Ximin Feng, Sydney $50 Paid
  58. Laltha Viswanathan, Sydney $20 Paid
  59. Ashwin Vyas, Sydney $50 Paid
  60. Sunil Srivatsan, Sydney $15 Paid
  61. Anonymous (NT), Sydney $250 Paid
  62. Anonymous (GT), Sydney $250 Paid
  63. Neelam Restaurant (Gyan Chand), Parramatta $200 Paid
  64. Taaza Tandoori (Bunty Bhatia), Harris Park $100 Paid
  65. Anonymous (RJ), Sydney $100 Paid
  66. Basava Samithi, Sydney $200 Paid
  67. Anonymous (RL), Sydney $200 Paid
  68. Sarika Dias, Sydney $50 Paid
  69. Siva Kumar Appu, Sydney $250 Paid
  70.  Narinder Chhabra, Sydney $101 Paid
  71. Indira Devi, Sydney $50 Paid
  72. Taj Indian Sweets (Ramesh Sharma), Sydney $250 Paid
  73. Global Reach (Ravi Lochan Singh), Sydney $500 Paid
  74. Harry Singh, Sydney, $100 Paid
  75. Sahil Sapra (Prime Real Estate), Harris Park $200 Paid
  76. Shelley Tang, Sydney $50 Paid
  77. Shyam and Dr Anita Kumar, Sydney $100 Paid
  78. Kamalesh Chaudhary, Sydney $100 Paid
  79. Dr Raghu Modur, Albury $100 paid
  80. Santhosh Seetharaman, Sydney $50 Paid
  81. Desi Touch Hair Salon (Sunny), Harris Park $100 Paid
  82. Bhim Dev (Able Conveyancing), Asquith, NSW $200 Paid
  83. Ratesh Gumber, Sydney $100 Paid
  84. Mahavir Arya, Sydney $100 Paid
  85. Manju Jehu, Brisbane $100 Paid
  86. Inderjit Virdi, Sydney $100 Paid
  87. Sahai Pty Ltd (Hema Rao), Sydney $100 Paid
  88. Dinesh Kapoor, Sydney $100 Paid
  89. Dr Manmit Madan, Sydney $200 Paid
  90. Dr Varun Nanda, Australia $201 Paid
  91. Rajeev  Shirodkar, Sydney $200 Paid
  92. Rajiv Khanna, Australia $200 Paid
  93. Anonymous (AO), Sydney $100 Paid
  94. Sriraman Annaswamy, Sydney $108 Paid
  95. Pramod Singh, Sydney $50 Paid
  96. Dr Pradeep Reddy, Sydney $100 Paid
  97. Sharad Kanitkar, Sydney $100 Paid
  98. VIRU VIRUPAKSHAIAH (Basava Samithi), Sydney $50 Paid
  99. Hemanth Raju, Sydney $50 Paid
  100. Fazal Bhai, Roshan’s Fashions, Sydney $350 Paid
  101. Ranga Kandadai, Sydney $100 Paid
  102. Somir Kumar, Sydney $120 Paid
  103. Sharmas Kitchen, Sydney $1000 Paid
  104. Ahmed Hyder, Sydney $100 Paid
  105. Ashok Manglick, Sydney $200 Paid
  106. Bhav Datt, Sydney $150 Paid
  107. Basava Samithi, Brisbane $365 Paid
  108. Mahadev Swamy, Sydney $100 Paid
  109. Kashif Amjad, SlimTel, Sydney, $221 Paid
  110. Anonymous donations into bank account have been counted and included in the total sum.

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Total collected: $23000

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Account transactions have been audited and money collection confirmed by Mr Yateender Gupta, CPA on 25th May, 2015.

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An 18 years old man charged for shootings at a business in Harris Park

April 23, 2015

I am pleased to know that an eighteen years old man has been arrested and charged today for the shootings at a business, owned by an Indian Australian, in Wigram Street, Harris Park on Saturday, 18th April, 2015.

http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/3031024/charges-laid-following-granville-shooting/

Multiple gun shots (about 10) were fired at the business in a brazen fashion during broad day light at 2.30 PM. A few shots were fired in the air and the remaining were fired through the window, targeting the inside of the business. No one was injured, thankfully, but there were 3 members of the staff inside at the time. There could have been fatalities inside the business. The owner of the premises was away working in a different place of Sydney at the time. Wigram Street was full of people at the time.

After gun shots, the gunman ran away from the crime scene, but his pictures were captured by CCTV. I understand, but can not say with full authority, that he had a minor collision with a car nearby, touching the car with his hands. This car too was identified by the CCTV and was later traced. I understand that finger prints were obtained.

Firing in the broad Day light at a shop in a busy suburb created significant concern and panic among people in general, and Indian Australians in particular. Eggs throwings at the businesses in Harris Park have happened before, but Gun shots have never been fired.

This matter was covered extensively by media in Australia and India.

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http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/04/19/18/57/staff-hide-as-gunman-shoots-at-sydney-office-in-brazen-daylight-attack?fb_action_ids=953412064692803&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B968276336539215%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/masked-gunman-fires-shots-in-australia-no-one-injured/articleshow/46968598.cms?from=mdr

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/gunman-on-the-run-as-shots-fired-in-harris-park-20150418-1mny11.html

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/masked-gunman-fires-shots-in-australia-no-one-injured/article1-1338544.aspx

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We are happy and relieved that the alleged perpetrator has been arrested, charged and produced in a Court, which refused the bail for him.

As the Court proceedings progress, we will know about the motives and people behind these shootings.

NSW Police deserves “Thank you” for a fast and thorough investigation, leading to the arrest and charging of the alleged culprit. I was in Harris Park for several hours on the day and saw how meticulously the local Police did their job. Wigram Street was closed for about 6 hours, while forensic investigation was conducted.

While we are happy with this outcome in this case, we continue to remain concerned that there has not been any arrest and charging of anyone for the cold-blooded murder of Ms Prabha Arun Kumar in a Laneway in Parramatta Park, more than 6  weeks ago, on 7th March, 2015.

Our community is going through serious distress and disquiet about the current status of this crime.

It might be helpful if NSW Police and/or Indian Consulate in Sydney can devise a mechanism to keep the community in the information loop, sharing only that part of information, which does not affect the ongoing investigation.

Dr Yadu Singh, Sydney, NSW

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Western Union proves it is a great business and cares for the feedback from people and customers

4th June, 2015 Sydney, NSW

I thought I should share with you what was my very positive experience in dealing with Western Union on a matter which was important to me as a person from Indian heritage.

Their professional, prompt, thorough and courteous response was impressive.

Recently, I was contacted by a close friend with concerns about what looked like an incorrect Indian map in an Australia Post-Western Union advertisement. My friend was driving along Victoria Road in Parramatta area when he spotted the Ad on a Bus stop. He did not think the Indian map depicted in the Ad appeared right. The top part of Indian map was odd and distorted.

Several others too saw the unusual looking Indian map in the same Ad elsewhere.

After studying the official map of India from Govt of India websites, I realised that a portion from top part of India was cut off  from the Indian map in the Ad.

Official Indian map is in the Link below. http://www.surveyofindia.gov.in has details. Please click Official boundary of India.

I must admit that I did not think that depiction of Indian map in that Ad by Australia Post-Western Union was intentional. It was likely to be an innocent mistake.

But it was still important to me to do something about it and get it fixed.

I knew that Western Union folks are great people and so is the case with Australia Post. Western Union supports Indian community in Australia consistently. There are so many Indian Australians working with/for Australia Post. There was no way they would use incorrect Indian map intentionally and purposefully.

I wrote to the Consulate General of India in Sydney and High Commission of India in Canberra for their information and assistance, and for confirmation of the mistake in the Indian map in that Ad. I received a response from Consulate General of India, Sydney same evening, advising that “Dear Dr Yadu Singh, We are taking it up with Aus Post.”  After this email, I have however not heard from them. I am therefore unsure about what they did and if they did anything. 

When I made my concerns about the Indian Map in the Ad known to Western Union, asking them to look into it and use Indian map sourced only from official Govt of India sites, I received a prompt response from Western Union’s national Director, Simon Millard.

His response was as follows. “Dear Dr Singh, thank you once again for bringing to our attention the incorrect official map of India.  The image had been incorrectly sourced from a non-government resource, we will be sure to use the correct map on all future communications.  Building and maintaining strong ties to the Indian community is fundamental to our business and we apologize for what was an honest mistake.  Kind regards, Simon Millard Country Director, Australia”

Simon got the incorrect Indian Map changed and replaced with the correct Indian map which is posted below.  Western Union New India Map

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People might recall that I have taken stands against incorrect use of Indian map and Flag previously, and worked successfully to get the mistakes rectified.

India means a lot to me.

After all, my Twitter Bio is not saying फिर भी दिल है हिंदुस्तानी without any purpose and meaning.

https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/tag/diac-using-wrong-indian-map/

https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/tag/wrong-indian-map-removed-by-diac/

https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/masterchef-australia-should-not-display-indias-national-flag-disrespectfully/

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Thank you, Western Union for your prompt, professional and thorough response and action, after you came to know about our concerns about your inadvertent and unintentional mistake.

I am very impressed. I just wish that other businesses are as responsive as Western Union has been in this matter.

Dr Yadu Singh

President, Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc

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