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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sydney

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SCG marriage proposal: How Dipen Mandaliya planned it all

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  As if getting down on one knee to propose to your girlfriend isn’t daunting enough, Melbourne’s Dipen Mandaliya decided to up the ante by...
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Even in COVID year, Blacktown Diwali Lights Competition 2020 shines on

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  Despite a ‘distanced Diwali’, the irresistible festive spirit continued this year in NSW with Blacktown City Council’s annual Diwali Lights Competition. Blacktown, the third largest...

NSW restrictions eased in time for Christmas

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  More people will be allowed to gather both at home and in outdoor public spaces, and smaller hospitality venues can increase their capacity under...

A floral Diwali at Cherrybrook

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  The year 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. With the COVID pandemic hitting us in different ways, it’s been a reminder to...
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Vishwarang Australia Festival 2020

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  Literature. Poetry. Art. Music. Drama. Film. Sport. The recently concluded virtual festival Vishwarang 2020 had elements of all of these, as it catered to...
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Sydney Opera House lights up for a (virtual) treat this Diwali

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  In the year of a ‘distanced Diwali’ (a marked change for many Indians used to the patakas and dhamaka from home) it was a...
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A Diwali fireworks spectacular – of a different kind

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  It’s the day before Diwali. Those childhood days are coming back when your folks brought that much-awaited bag of firecrackers home from the shops. Of...

Sydney Indian mum’s Facebook post leads to lawsuit

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We’ve all been there, or at least thought about it – sharing a bad experience with a company on social media for family, friends,...

Indian iPhone film ‘Unfateful’ hopes to win big at Oz film fest

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When we think about film shoots, we imagine large sets, expensive camera equipment, vanity vans, and so much more. But Bangalore’s Seby Varghese chose...

Syd Archbishop: Indian MP must retract false statements about Graham Staines

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The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has demanded an apology and a retraction of statements made by an MP during a debate in...

Saffron Day, a celebration of sacrifice

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Saffron Day, celebrated annually on 22 October, aims to cultivate a collective understanding of the importance of organ and tissue donation and compelling people...

Harris Park brawl accused yet to enter plea in courts

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The three men arrested in connection to the Harris Park brawl in August were scheduled to appear in court on 7 October after being...

Falling into Ramesh Nithiyendran’s ‘outstretched arms’ at the Archibald

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  The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) announced Ramesh Nithiyendran's self-portrait called "Self-portrait with outstretched arms" as a finalist for this year's Archibald...

Wipro and AWS inaugurate Launch Pad in Parramatta

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Leading global information technology company Wipro Limited and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have jointly launched a new state-of-the-art co-innovation centre in Parramatta. The Wipro-AWS Launch...

L-FRESH The LION at the Archibald

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The arresting quality of artist Claus Stangl’s portrait of L-FRESH The LION at this year’s Archibald Prize cannot be doubted. It exudes a sense...

Indian, Australian navies to carry out maritime exercise in Indian Ocean

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The Indian Navy is scheduled to undertake a two-day Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy in the East Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from...

100 days of #JusticeforSSR: Two billboards emerge in Sydney

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Three months since the shocking demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and over a month into a CBI investigation on the circumstances of his...

#MyWork: Live model

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PRAKRITI* is a live model. She tells us about her work inspiring artists and being the subject of many artworks. My job title Live model I've been...

3rd Vimla Luthra Memorial Hindi Poetry Contest

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The third Vimla Luthra Memorial Hindi Poetry contest was held as part of Hindi Diwas celebrations in Sydney in mid-September. The contest was hosted by...

5-minute home kidney health test wins three uni awards

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Imagine summarising a 100,000 word thesis in just three minutes, compiling years of research for an audience with no scientific background. For Sumedha Prabhu...

Reminiscing on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, twenty years later

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Today is 15 September 2020. I am leisurely wandering around the deserted ANZ Stadium at the Sydney Olympic Park, reminiscing memories of my partaking...

New Consulate rules could cost local community hundreds of dollars in documentation

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There is widespread concern in the community with new rules introduced by the Consulate General of India in Sydney under which certain documents will...

Chopping off locks for charity: International Day of Charity 2020

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Coming from an Indian background, your crowning glory is your pride and exudes a different kind of confidence. But what used to be a...

Why I chose Hindi for my HSC and why you should too

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You might not know this, but the NSW Government’s Department of Education offers Hindi as a subject in High School. Hindi? You’re thinking. I wouldn’t...

#MyWork: Genetic Counsellor

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RISHA ZIA tells us about her work helping people adapt and prepare for inherited risks. My job title Consulting Genetic Counsellor (clinical) I have been in this...

UPDATES: Indian community condemns Harris Park brawl

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UPDATE Sep 3: The Indian community in Australia has largely indicated satisfaction at the police’s quick action in apprehending the miscreants of a recent...

Vande Bharat: 13 flights scheduled for September

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For the month of September, thirteen special Air India flights from Sydney to Delhi will operate between 4 September & 1 Oct 2020 as per...

Onam greetings of a different kind in Sydney

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“I came here to Sydney in the beginning of 2020 to start uni as part of the Feb intake,” said Adarsh Mohan, a Masters’...

Beyond Revelry: The solemnity of the festival of Paryushan

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It was the last day of fasting.Michhami Dukkadam, we said to each other, joining our hands and bowing down - I ask for forgiveness for...

Whitewash on the box: how a lack of diversity on Australian television damages us...

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Australia prides itself on being a successful multicultural society. Yet Australian television does not reflect the make-up of the wider community. This in turn...

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

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Guru Nanak Chair set up at Canada’s Concordia University

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To mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, the Concordia University in Montreal has set up a...

Cross Your Heart, Take My Name by Novoneel Chakraborty: A review

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  Cross Your Heart, Take My Name is a rare Indian book to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and...
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Indian farmers continue protest for seventh day as diaspora joins in

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  As protests against three controversial agriculture laws gain momentum in India, many questions have been raised about the impact of these reforms. There’s growing...