Fund-raising appeal: Let us support victims of Nepal earthquake

Sydney, NSW

26th April, 2015

Appeal for fund-raising to 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.

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

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 communities of South Asian background in Australia to raise much needed funds urgently.

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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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

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.

Following people have donated or pledged to donate:

1. Jagdish Lodhia, Sydney $200 Paid

2. Dr Yadu Singh, Sydney $200 Paid

3. Surinder Manku, Sydney $200 Pledge

4. Vinod Chinnappa, Sydney $50 Pledge

5. Hermoine Lynn, Sydney $50 Pledge

6. Yateen Gupta, Sydney $250 Pledge

7. Boaz Abraham, Sydney $100 Pledge

8. Ramesh Morkhandikar, Sydney $20 Pledge

9. Chidanand Puttarevanna, Sydney $200 Pledge

10. Gaurav Suri, Sydney $300 Paid

11. Pravin Gupta, Sydney $20 Pledge

12. Dr Shailja Chaturvedi, Sydney $200 Pledge

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Dr Yadu Singh

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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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Pankaj Saw died from a fall from the balcony in Macquarie Park, Sydney

Sydney, NSW 5th April, 2015

I received the sad and unfortunate news of the death of 29 years old Indian  IT professional, Pankaj Saw (working with Tech Mahindra for Optus) on 2nd April, 2015. Images of the white brick apartment block, located on the corner of Cottonwood Crescent and Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park, show a wooden railing missing from the top-floor balcony of the apartment where Mr Saw lived. Police are saying that the balcony railing gave way, leading to his fall 10 metres below on the concrete floor. A part of railing and his smashed phone were found nearby. He sustained severe head and internal injuries, leading to his death at the scene.

From reports, he was talking to someone on phone at the time of his fall. He had returned from India only a few weeks ago. He married to his wife in December 2014.

His wife, Amrita Gupta, is from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, the Parliamentary constituency of Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. She has met representatives at PM’s constituency office in Varanasi and the local Mayor, Mr Ram Gopal Mohale, and made a few requests. She has expressed her fears that her husband might have been killed by racist violence.

Local newspaper, Dainik Jagran reported the following story today. I was sent a link of the story by a Varanasi local man, Ashutosh Narayan Singh on Twitter today.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:17 AM (IST) http://m.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/varanasi-city-12234096.html

वाराणसी : काशी की एक बेटी ने अपने सासद व प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी से पति का शव आस्ट्रेलिया से मंगाने की गुहार लगाई है। इस बाबत शनिवार को पीएम मोदी के संसदीय जनसम्पर्क कार्यालय में पत्र भेजा। जानकारी दी है कि पति की आस्ट्रेलिया में मौत हो गई है। आरोप लगाया कि वहां हो रही नस्लवादी कारणों से पति की हत्या की गई। पूरे प्रकरण की जांच की मांग की। इसके बाद परिजन महापौर रामगोपाल मोहले से भी मुलाकात की। महापौर ने विदेश मंत्री सुषमा स्वराज से वार्ता कर पूरी जानकारी दी। वहां से मृतक का पासपोर्ट समेत पूरा ब्योरा मांगा गया है। बताते हैं कि पाण्डेयघाट की रहने वाली अमृता गुप्ता के हाथ की मेंहदी अभी सूखी भी नहीं थी कि दो अप्रैल को आस्ट्रेलिया के सिडनी में टेक महेन्द्रा कंपनी में बतौर ईजीनियर कार्यरत पंकज की मौत की खबर आई। उन दोनों की शादी गत वर्ष दो दिसंबर को हुई थी। अमृता ने प्रधानमंत्री को भेजे गए पत्र में आशका जताई है कि उसके पति की मौत रेलिंग से गिरने के कारण नहीं हुई है बल्कि आस्ट्रेलिया में चल रहे नस्ली आतंकवाद की वजह से हुई है। अमृता ने इसकी जाच कराने के साथ ही पति के शव को शीघ्र भारत मंगाने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री से गुहार लगाई है।

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From all information available, Pankaj’s death was an accidental death and not due to any racist violence.

Contrary to exaggerated and mostly baseless reports of racist violence against Indians in Indian media in 2009-10, we did not, and still do not, believe we are subjected to any such thing in Australia.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/man-dies-after-falling-from-thirdfloor-balcony-in-macquarie-park-20150402-1md6vq.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-02/man-dies-after-third-floor-balcony-fall-macquarie-park/6366608

Police in NSW, as a rule, do a thorough investigation and submit a report to the Coroner. Post-mortem examination is also done in all such deaths. After post-mortem examination, the body is handed over to the relatives.

Indian Consulate in Sydney takes responsibility for the transport of the body of any Indian citizen to India.

I will try to seek further information in regards to the investigation from the Indian Consulate tomorrow, Monday, 6th April, 2015, and will update this post.

Our heart-felt condolences go to Pankaj’s wife and his family in India.

R. I. P. Pankaj.

Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney, NSW, Australia

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PS: This post has been forwarded to relevant people in Varanasi, UP, India.

    

Prostate Cancer lecture for the community on Saturday, 11th April, 2015

7th April, 2015

Sydney, NSW

A lecture on Prostate Cancer for the community has been organised on Saturday, 11th April, 2015.

Prostate Cancer is a significant problem for men.

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men (apart from common skin cancers).
  • There are about 20,000 new cases in Australia every year.
  • One in seven men in Australia are at risk of developing prostate cancer before age 75.
  • It is less common in men under 50, unless they have a family history of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells in the prostate gland grow more quickly than in a normal prostate, forming a malignant tumour.

Most prostate cancers grow slower than other types of cancer.

Early (or localised) prostate cancer means cancer cells have grown, but they have not spread beyond the prostate. Some prostate cancers may spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones and lymph nodes. This is called advanced prostate cancer.

Early prostate cancer rarely causes symptoms. This is because the cancer is not large enough to put pressure on the urethra.

If the cancer grows and spreads beyond the prostate (advanced cancer), it may cause:

Symptoms:

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • increased frequency or difficulty urinating
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

Treatment:

  • Radical prostatectomy
  • External radiotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Hormone therapy and chemotherapy
  • Treating doctors decides what is the best treatment strategy

More information from http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/prostate-cancer/?gclid=CPTJwafZ48QCFQwJvAodvZQAmQ

Prof Khadra is a renowned authority on this topic and a great speaker.

Details of this FREE event are in the Flyer.

Please join and learn. RSVP essential. Prostate Cancer FLYER Dr Yadu Singh

President, Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc (INDAUS Inc)

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An evening with Cricketing legends Brian Lara & Glenn McGrath

23rd March, 2015

Sydney, NSW

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) organised an evening on 23rd March 2015 at Novotel Hotel, Parramatta, NSW for a select group of community members, which gave them an opportunity to interact with Cricketing legends, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath.

After a meet and mingle for about 45 minutes, where drinks and finger food were served, the interaction in the form of Q+A started. At the outset, a brief description of their background was read out. Both legends were asked questions about Cricket, predictions for the winner between India and Australia on 26th March and who is the tallest and shortest cricketer. Someone also asked whether they were ever approached by Bookies and whether they were ever stopped by Cops for speeding etc. I asked Glenn about his highest score, which, to my surprised, was 61. Glenn described how and when he scored these runs, painting a picture of his own disbelief  and disbelief even among his team mates. They also gave their views about three forms of Cricket and felt that T20 variety has made the game very popular and brought many spectators.

They answered the questions with a great sense of humour and self-depreciation.

Brian Lara even wondered about the name of Lara Datta if she married him. People laughed with the name “Lara Lara”. It was all in fun.

Brian Lara felt that India have been playing very well during the ICC World Cup matches and their poor results in January will be of no consequences. He felt India would win the Semi-final against Australia on 26th March. Not surprisingly, Glenn felt that it is Australia which will win on 26th March.

It was an enjoyable evening, with plenty of selfies which people had with both legends. Legends definitely knew how to entertain people.

Thank you, Kavita Shukla (CBA Manager, Migrants’ Banking) and CBA as an institution for providing this great opportunity to meet and interact with these two Cricketing legends.

Yadu Singh/Sydney/24th March, 2015

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