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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Melbourne

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Melbourne Cup 2020: Indian trainer makes $500,000 win

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  2020 will go down as a memorable year for Cranbourne horse trainer Julius Sandhu, and not only because of COVID. This year, he scored his...

Aayushi Khillan: Youth Champion at the 2020 Melbourne Awards

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  Aayushi Khillan, 19, has won the Youth Champion Award in the prestigious 2020 Melbourne Awards. She was felicitated for her work in the health and...

Saving Hindi at La Trobe

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  A video message prepared by Dr Ian Woolford of La Trobe University, to save Hindi studies from being terminated due to COVID-caused financial hardships,...
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Australia India Women in Business chapter launched in Victoria

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Motivating speeches from a panel of women change-makers marked the launch of AIBC’s Australia India Women in Business Victoria chapter, recently. With a blend of...

Why pauses are important in migrant women’s lives

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Migration brings a drastic change in the social lives of women, whether it is rural-urban migration within a country, or a move across countries....

Designer Srishti Kaur creates beard-friendly COVID masks

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If many of us find wearing ordinary masks uncomfortable - tugging at the ears, fogging up our glasses, and riding up the nose -...

Melb students create inclusive masks for turbans and hijabs

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Like it or not, masks are here to stay. If you wear a turban or a hijab though, that poses a problem: how do...

Dev, every Indian mother’s delight on Junior MasterChef

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Imagine cooking a lamb Mughlai curry with saffron rice, cucumber raita, coriander chutney, and smoked chicken kebab in 3 hours. Now imagine cooking it...

Indian links in Victoria’s local council elections 2020

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Victoria's 2020 local council elections, during the state's strict coronavirus restrictions, will be conducted by postal vote and will be the largest ever undertaken...

A Melbourne educator’s experiments with Gandhi

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As a teacher of history, Margaret Hepworth would often ask her middle school students in Melbourne if they had heard of Gandhi. About a...

RMIT’s Sumeet Walia shortlisted as emerging leader at Eureka Prizes 2020

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From arriving in Melbourne as an international student at the age of 17 to now being recognised by Australia’s leading science awards, Sumeet Walia...

Jyot se Jyot: Jyoti Kamthe’s community initiative

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Life lessons learnt during childhood and an increased sense of social responsibility laid the foundation for Jyot se Jyot, Jyoti Kamthe's community initiative in...

‘Diwali will look different this year’ says Vic Multicultural Minister

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According to Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence, Diwali celebrations will not be the same this year. There will be no massive crowds...

How chef Nabil Ansari popularised Indian cuisine during the lockdown

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Not everyone’s pandemic story is all doom and gloom. Undeterred by strict lockdowns and a flailing hospitality industry, chef Nabil Ansari’s gastronomic exploits are...

Actress Ria Patel: Getting out of the box

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Growing up in Australia, actress Ria Patel watched a lot of movies with her mother, though starring in them had never struck her mind. After...

‘Slow and steady’ exit from lockdown as Victorian government sets sights on ‘COVID-normal’ Christmas

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The Victorian government today announced the eagerly anticipated roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. It features several steps that reflect a much slower relaxing of...

Subtle Curry Traits, connecting desis through humour

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To many young desis around the world, it's a good laugh to poke a little bit of fun at ourselves. After all, from parents...

RMIT Indian Club supports Melb students with free groceries

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At a time when Victoria reels from the impact of the coronavirus, students from RMIT University's Indian Club decided to make a difference in...

RMIT Indian Club celebrates virtual Independence Day

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After two years of celebrating India's Independence Day on a large scale, bringing the cheer and festivities to Indian students in Melbourne, RMIT Indian...

Reciting the Bhagavad Gita

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Reading and reciting the Bhagavad Gita, a spiritual text, is a routine activity for many devout Hindus. Some read it a chapter at a...

MHFA Victoria supports the community during Melb lockdown

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The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) Victoria ticked off all the boxes for connectedness, resilience, positivity and support through its latest initiative. They've been...

Year 4 student wins statewide competition with her poem of hope

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As people around the world seek the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, 9-year-old Mehak Soin has won hearts and a state-wide...

Vic Premier: Support package for multicultural communities

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Premier Daniel Andrews promised another $14.3 million to support multicultural communities in Victoria, recently. $6.9 million of the package will be utilised to expand health...

Melbourne lockdown and a state of disaster

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Over 130K Victorians have just finished registering for a social media initiative, started by Christian Bernstein, to send Premier Daniel Andrews a virtual hug....

4 desi links at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2020

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The Melbourne International Film Festival is back! Going fully digital this year (it's even been dubbed MIFF 68½), the festival is set to stream...

Enduring Melbourne’s second lockdown without family

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Melbourne's second lockdown is proving to be much harsher than the first. With a strict 8 pm to 5 am curfew, this time around,...

Natyadarpan’s Prism festival of monologues: The show must go on(line)!

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The world stage may be temporarily shut down but for a people-centric industry like theatre suffering under isolation, virtual venues are fast becoming the...

Ganesha’s new abode in Melbourne

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Much to the disappointment of thousands of devotees, the latest COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne has caused delays in the consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabhishegam) of...

A history of the Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar temple

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The latest COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne has caused delays in the consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabhishegam) of the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere....
Locked down again in Stage 3 restrictions

Locked down again in Stage 3 restrictions

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At the stroke of midnight, when the rest of Australia slept, Metropolitan Melbourne reverted into stage 3 restrictions, albeit kicking and screaming. The six-week clamp down...

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

Emotional Intelligence: 10 ways to improve self awareness

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  Emotional intelligence tends to fuel your performance on the personal front as well as professionally. Right from your self-assurance, empathy and positivity to your...
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US teen Gitanjali Rao is TIME’s first ever ‘Kid of the...

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  TIME magazine has put an Indian American teen scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao on its first ever 'Kid of the Year' cover. The fifteen-year-old was...
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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...