Maa Tuje Salaam: A Multimedia Tribute to India’s brave Hearts, Sydney, 2 April, 2017

Sydney, 27 February, 2017

Maa Tuje Salam – A Multimedia Performance (involving dance, song, music, film and animation), Sydney, 2 April, 2017.

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This is a tribute to India’s brave hearts who sacrifice their lives to the nation.

This is a beautiful concoction of Indian classical and Bollywood dance styles by Kala Ratna Dr.Sanjay Shantaram and his team from Shivpriya Dance School, Bangalore, India. http://www.shivapriya.in/?page_id=32

Maa Tuje Salam is our contribution in our support for National Defence Fund, which works for the welfare of the members of the Indian Armed Forces (including Para Military Forces) and their dependents including assistance to Indian defence martyrs’ families. The National Defence Fund is administered by an Executive Committee, with PM as the Chairperson, and Defence, Finance and Home Ministers as Members. Finance Minister is the Treasurer of the Fund. Accounts of the Fund are kept with the Reserve Bank of India. http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/national-defence-fund/

 

Dr Sanjay Shantaram is a talented dancer and actor in Kannada and Telugu film industry. Sanjay was born to, ‘Dr. Shantaram’ and ‘Swarna’. He started to learn classical dance at the age of seven. Sankara bharanam was the inspirational film, which made Sanjay go deep into the classical dance. He started his training at the age of 7 under the coaching of Smt. G. S. Rajalakshmi. He was the first rank holder in the dance examination, which was organized and carried out by the ‘Karnataka Secondary Education Board’. He made his debut as a child actor in 1981 in the film Bhaktha Gnana Deva.

He started to act in Telugu and Kannada films. At the same time, his love for dance did not diminish. He was also a good student in academics too. He scored 80% marks in his tenth standard board exams and in the same year, he ranked first in the senior grade dance competition by the ‘Karnataka Secondary Education Board’. In fact, Sanjay is a dentist too. In the year 1992, he won gold medal in a dance competition conducted in Hyderabad by ‘Navya Nataka Samithi’. He has also learnt Kuchipudi from Smt. Sunanda Devi.

Sanjay is acting in television serials too.

His dance school named ‘Shivapriya School of Dance’ in Bangalore teaches. Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and other folk dances to the students.

He is an internationally acclaimed dancer and his team has performed in many cities all over the world. His troupe is also in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) panel.

It is a “Must Go” and “not-To-Be-Missed” event, with a noble purpose behind it in the support of National Defence Fund. 50% of the money saved will go the National Defence Fund.

All tickets will be pre-booked through a booking system to make it easier for everyone. Details coming.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Privileged to be invited for the welcome event for PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Sydney

Sydney, 22 Feb, 2017

It was a great pleasure & privilege to be invited to the welcome event for Prime Minister of Israel, His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, at the iconic Central Synagogue, Bondi Junction, Sydney. Central Synagogue is the biggest Synagogue in the Southern Hemisphere.

This was the first official visit of an Israeli PM to Australia in 70 years.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Israel as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East and praised Israelis for their innovative attitude. He described Australia as a great friend of Israel. PM Netanyahu (Nicknamed Bibi) spoke well and outlined Jewish people’s “can do” and “must succeed” instincts. He mentioned his belief, and the fact, of the Jewish people, the Indians & the Chinese being the people belonging to the ancient civilizations, which have survived despite the odds and adversities.

The high profile nature of the event can be gauzed by the presence of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Ministers (John Howard and Tony Abbott), NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and many Ministers and MPs from both sides of politics.

There were a few representatives from Australian multicultural community, which included Indian (myself), Greek, Chinese, Armenian and South Korean. The crowd of approximately 2000 people gave standing ovation and a round of prolonged applause to Australian PM, Israeli PM, and Former Prime Ministers, Abbott and Howard.

 

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Fake & false anti-Air India campaign: Unnecessary and uninformed

Sydney, 15 February, 2016

I am concerned with this fake, unproductive, uninformed and unworthy campaign against Air India by a few groups from Sydney. Many of these groups are not known to do anything worthwhile for our community, and are doing it for their cheap publicity at the cost of Air India.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/hindu-sikh-bodies-write-to-pm-on-halal-meat-in-ai/articleshow/57134905.cms

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2017/02/15/australian-hindus-sikhs-furious-over-only-%E2%80%98halal%E2%80%99-food-air-india-flights

This campaign is motivated by baseless assumptions and is  without facts. I live in Sydney and know that these groups, listed in the newspaper, are uninformed and disconnected with our community.

Where does it say that Hindu non-Veg or general non-veg meal in Air India has Halal meat? The obvious answer is in negative.

I travelled with Air India recently and enquired about it as a matter of curiosity.. My meal was of my preferred non-Halal type. Air India does serve Halal food to those who request it (like other airlines), and there is nothing wrong in it, but does not thrust it on the throats of anybody else. Their food otherwise is of non-Halal type.

Labelling Halal meal as Halal is appropriate, but you can’t expect Air India to write “This meal is a non-Halal meal” on the non-Halal meals. It’s not a practice in any business either. Go and see Woolworths or Coles shop where non-Halal products are not labelled as “Non-Halal”, which is practical and sensible.

Please read the Article carefully. Air India public relations officer GP Rao told TOI that “they had been serving ‘halal’ meat only when requested by a passenger. Otherwise, the non-vegetarian food was normally ‘non-halal’.”

In regards to the groups mentioned in the article, some of them do nothing useful for our community except clicking pictures with political leaders to promote themselves. One of them was not even prepared to speak up against firings at the the Sri Mandir temple in Auburn a few years ago. We spoke against that attack forcefully. One of them has recently given a “role model of the community” award to someone who exploits vulnerable people, many of whom approached us for help not long ago. I doubt these guys even travel with Air India, and have any direct experience or knowledge about the matter. I do wonder whether these groups have some repressed hatred for India, and are using Air India as a surrogate for that hatred.

I ask these guys to stop playing their unproductive, unnecessary & worthless politics. While I can understand some may have some concerns about Halal and Halal certification industry, but dragging Air India into this is contemptible.

SBS Punjabi has modified its article after receiving our concerns and views.  Thank you SBS Punjabi team for your work and journalism. Our respects for your work stays undiminished, but we have serious concerns about the fake and false anti-Air India campaign by these uninformed groups.

Mr IP Singh (@ipsinghTOI) from Times of India should please take note of our concerns and amend the report on this fake and false campaign against Air India.

PS: **I have spoken with the main campaigner just now. Some of the associations quoted in the article have not even agreed to have their names there. They didn’t even respond to the draft letter sent by the campaigner. Mr Jaydutt Nayak and Mr John Kennedy, leaders of the groups which are mentioned in the article, are yet to respond about the basis for their anti-Air India campaign. The president of Punjabi Council did not know full details of what he was consenting for, and some of the executive committee members of this council have never heard about this campaign or have consented for it. I have also spoken with Mr Noel Lal, Vice President, GOPIO International, who is based in Sydney, today. GOPIO has not consented for this campaign. They ignored the email from the campaigner. Their name is also mentioned in the articles. The one who consented for GOPIO name was the one who is not in GOPIO anymore.**

Fake and false anti-Air India campaign stands totally exposed.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Air India’s ‘Fly to Europe the Indian way’ is a great campaign for travellers to India and Europe

Sydney/2 December, 2016

I had an opportunity to discuss various things with AIR INDIA management in Australia recently.

It is obvious that they are proactive and have a clear vision about where they want Air India to be placed at. CEO Ashwani Lohani-led Air India management is on the roll.

I was very impressed to hear about their “Fly to Europe the Indian Way” campaign, which is great for those who are travelling to India and also to those who are travelling to Europe.

If they are travelling to India from Australia, they have an option to extend their travel to 8 destinations in Europe with quite an economical package.

If they are flying to Europe from Australia, they can easily do so via India (Indian way) and see icons like Taj Mahal, without needing too much to spend on their air journey.

European destinations included are London, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Vienna, Madrid, Birmingham and Paris. Air India destinations in India are most major cities.

Stop over in India can be either during inbound or outbound journey. It is quite flexible..

Starting fares from Sydney or Melbourne to Europe via India are from $966 to $1272 (inclusive of all taxes). Details from Air India on 02 92833370 (Sydney number) and Travel professionals of your choice.

This offer is for limited sale until all allocated seats are sold off.

This package is quite innovative and is going to be quite attractive.

I am aware that Australia-India-Australia segment of Air India business is growing and is already profitable. This new package is going to add to Air India’s profitability. It might be worth mentioning that almost all Air India planes are the latest variety and have advanced facilities for passengers’ comfort.

I am optimistic and confident that Air India will be going strength to strength, if its management continues to come out with innovative and passenger-friendly airfares and routes.

It will add to, and multiply, the success of both Air India and India Tourism, if they can interact and work together for campaigns like this.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Air India deserves Kudos

Sydney, 24 November, 2016

I wish to share two stories involving India’s national airline, Air India. These are very positive stories. Since I believe in praising good deeds, I am writing about them here.

  1. When we heard the sad, tragic and heart-breaking news of the brutal murder of Late Manmeet Sharma “Alisher” in Brisbane recently, everyone in the community was devastated. Manmeet was doing his job and there was no justification for what was done to him. His brother, Amit, and their family friend, Winnerjit Singh, travelled to Brisbane in the most difficult circumstances. They came to Australia to take the mortal remains of Late Manmeet. The sad news of this murder was in all newspapers not only of India, but also of the whole world. Air India chief, Ashwani Lohani, too read about this while travelling from Singapore to India. He felt moved. From Singapore itself, he contacted and asked Air India manager based in Sydney, Madhu Mathen, to offer free transportation of the mortal remains. This offer was conveyed to Indian High Commissioner in Australia, Navdeep Suri, who conveyed it to the family. I have direct information from people involved in this matter. Air India flew the mortal remains to India. I have no doubt that it is a real big gesture from Air India.
  2. When Value World Travel went out of business in November 2015, quite a lot of people lost their air tickets with various airlines. Many were those who had booked tickets with Air India too. Often, such bookings were made many months in advance when airfares were very cheap. After Value World fiasco, people did not have any booking and were required to book again. The airfares had gone up by 2 to 2.5 times by then. While no other airline did anything to alleviate the difficulties these passengers were facing, Air India did something which was unexpected. It was definitely a kind gesture. It offered re-booked tickets at the SAME price at which the original tickets were booked months earlier. I am aware that this gesture from Air India was hugely appreciated by the victims. When I met Air India manager in Sydney on an unrelated occasion, and enquired about it, I was pleased to hear his response. He said, “Air India is India’s national airline and its HEART is Indian. We share the pain and distress of Indians whenever and wherever it happens and try to do what we can do to help them.”

I travel with Air India, which is my favourite airline. I have always found their services to be great. I have many positive experiences, which I will write about one day.

Thank you Air India! We are proud of you!!

Thank you, Mr Madhu Mathen and thank you, Mr Ashwani Lohani.

You have our best wishes for taking Air India to new heights!

Jay Hind!!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Western Union Cash Payout in India for travellers to India

I received this email (below) yesterday from Western Union Australia, which might be helpful to some people who are travelling to India. Please contact Western Union for further clarifications, if necessary.

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Dear Dr Yadu Singh,

It will be great if you can share this with all your followers on twitter and FB as we are trying to help our customers in best possible way during this time.

  1. We have activated a large number of agents who should be able to payout in cash to customers. In fact a lot of post offices in India are well equipped to payout cash and have no shortage of funds. The customers can always be advised to try out any of the head post offices in the city if they are unable to get cash at other locations.
  2. Customers have an option to receive the entire amount in his bank account, the agent in India can either issue an account payee cheque to the customer or transfer the funds electronically in receivers bank account. With ATM network significantly improving, customer once has the money is his bank account can withdraw it from an ATM.
  3. Effective 19th Nov, we have also introduced a part payment feature by which the customer can receive some part of the payment in cash and balance through cheque. This will ensure that customers get some cash immediately for his urgent needs and balance amount can come to his bank account.

Please note that Western Union is the only remittance company that has a tie up with India Post.

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Sandeep Bassin   western-union-logo

Manager, Business Development

Western Union

Level 12, 1 Margaret Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Telephone:  +61 2 9226 9145


 

Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/24 November, 2016

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Pre-Chanukah celebration in NSW Parliament

Sydney, 18 November, 2016

It was a pleasure to partake in pre-Chanukah celebration, a key event of Jewish community, hosted by NSW Government in NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Chanukah is the eight-day long Jewish festival of Lights, celebrating the universal triumph of light over darkness, freedom over oppression and good over evil.

The program started with a formal welcome of guests by Gabrielle Upton MP, Attorney General of NSW which was followed by an invocation prayer by Rabbi Eli Cohen.

Rabbi Eli Cohen on the occasion greeted all the guests and said, “We are gathered today, to celebrate the upcoming festival of Chanukah, commemorating the victory of a small group of devoutly religious Jews against their Greek-Syrian oppressors 21 centuries ago”.

“Chanukah is a time when Jewish people around the world light the Menorah candelabra in the windows of our homes and in public spaces as a public display of our commitment to our faith and tradition.”

John Ajaka, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism welcomed all the guests and extended his best wishes to the Australian Jewish community for Chanukah.

Mike Baird, Premier of NSW also spoke on the occasion and extended his wishes to the community.

Leader of Opposition, Luke Foley was also present on the occasion and spoke about his experience of visiting Israel.

Lighting of the Menorah, is an important part of the celebration. Rabbi Eli Feldman, Rabbi Yossi Friedman, Rabbi Mendal Kastel, Rabbi Chaim Koncepolski, Rabbi Paul Lewin, Rabbi Cantor Yehosua Niasoff, Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin and Rabbi Yoram Ulman graced the ceremony of lighting the Menorah.

As a part of the celebration, Chanukah song was performed by Levi Niasoff.
Jeremy Spinach, President NSW Jewish Board of Deputies presented the closing remarks.

Traditional light refreshment was served to all the guests.

(Write up and most pics have been taken from http://publictelegraph.com/pre-chanukah-celebrations-held-at-nsw-parliament/ with gratitude and thank you)

Dr Yadu Singh

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