Multicultural Media awards create healthy competition for quality and standards

Sydney, 30 August, 2017

It was great and a matter of privilege to be invited to attend NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards tonight at the Waterview, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW.

These awards honour the quality journalism from the thriving and highly competitive multicultural media in NSW. Multicultural journalists won top awards under various categories. Indian Link media, as before, was finalist in many categories. Gurcharn Singh Kahlon, a Punjabi journalist, was a finalist too. Congratulations to all finalists especially Tia Singh (Indian Link) and Vijay Badhwar (The Indian Down Under), who were the winners in their categories.

Wonderful to catch up with the Premier of NSW, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams, along with so many media people including our own community media personalities and friends.

One thing which was very clear was that these awards are very important as they create healthy competition and help improve the quality and standards in multicultural media in NSW.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Indian Community in Australia offers condolences and tribute to Uri martyrs

 

Sydney, 25th September, 2016

In a sombre ceremony on 25 September, Indian community in Sydney  offered condolences for the martyrs of Uri Terror attack.

Approximately 100 prominent members of Indian Australian community met in The Dezire Function Centre in Blacktown, NSW today to offer tribute to the 18 Indian army soldiers who were slain in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir by heavily-armed terrorists  in the early morning of 18 September, 2016.

A video (prepared by Dimple Deez of Desi Australia) was shown, describing the Uri terror attack and names as well as the details of the slain martyrs. Indian national anthem was sung with patriotism and enthusiasm.

Flowers were offered and brief speeches were given, condoling the killings and expressing solidarity with India and Indian army. Terrorism which India suffers from across the borders was condemned in strongest possible words. It was made clear that our issues are with Pakistan’s support and use of terror  groups, not with Pakistani Australian community with which we have good relations.

Indian Consulate in Sydney was represented by Mr S. K. Verma, Consul, Community Welfare.

Speakers were clear in their condemnation of Jihadi (Terror) groups which are allowed to operate from Pakistan and hit targets inside India. They asked India and the world to take a serious note of the situation and work together to deal with these terror groups and their patronage in the region. Capt Sarjinder Singh Sandhu of Australian Sikh Association and Raj Singh spoke from their personnel experiences as they have significant Indian army connections. Akila Ramarathinam, Ajay Khanna, Dave Passi, Pravin Gupta (whose partner read out a poem for the slain martyrs and their families), Logessan Pillay, Dr Shailja Chandra, Ashok Kumar and Harmohan Walia were some of the speakers.

After a brief speech about the Uri terror attack, Dr Yadu Singh conducted the event ably and efficiently.

It was also noted that none of the “Intolerance” brigade which made a song and dance about so-called “intolerance” in India a few months ago has said a single word against terrorism coming from Pakistan.

There was a unanimous support  for asking Pakistani actors and singers to leave India since they too have not condemned the terror attack. People did not feel there is any purpose to have sports relations either when India keeps getting hit by terrorists from Pakistan.

The choices are clear for Pakistan. We either choose good relations or terror.

Gratitude was expressed profusely for Indian defence personnel’ services and sacrifices at the borders.

Many volunteered to offer financial contributions for the welfare of Indian defence personnel but noted with gratitude that Central and State governments have already offered generous support to the families of the slain martyrs.

Slogans of Jai Hind & Hindustan Zindabad were  raised with fervour and patriotism.

(Further info https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/join-in-paying-tribute-to-martyrs-of-uri-terrorist-attack/)

Dr Yadu Singh

President, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW

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A Blog & a brilliant editorial on Visa Capping Bill 2010:a must read!

Yadu Singh dryadusingh

http://tinyurl.com/2b8zvkz Visa capping bill 2010 is a disgrace-says this Blog.

I am enclosing an editorial  by Pawan Luthra, Editor, Indian Link newspaper. He has written a very pertinent and a brilliant piece on this matter. Thank you, Pawan.

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“The Visa capping issue

… is becoming the international students’ worst nightmare, says PAWAN LUTHRA

Minister Chris Evans could have the power to effectively order potential migration applications to be declared null and void if the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill is passed. This means that applicants will not be given a chance to appeal this decision and will have to leave the country within 28 days. With the Coalition remaining quiet on this and a minimal fuss from the Greens, chances of this becoming law are strong. Those most affected are potential migrants, a number of whom are students who may have studied in Australia for over two years. They have contributed thousands of dollars to the Australian economy, been model guests in this country and, in the future, could do Australia proud.

But now they’re becoming victims this game of politics masterminded by the Labor government which has been caught flat footed from the events in the student community since the past year. It is a transparent tactic of the Labor government, seeking to deflect focus from its refugee policies. It is easier to lay blame for the expansion of the student and migration market on the Howard government, rather than work to capture this special resource of talent already existing in the country. Caught within this political crossfire are the hopes and aspirations of thousands who have been waiting for over two years to have their visa applications processed and who now may have jobs, partners, children and other assets. They may have to abandon all this, as the possibility of being thrown out of the country within 28 days of Minister Evans decision imminently looms.

The Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 would enable the minister to cap the number of visas issued in a given year to applicants with “specified characteristics.” This could include chefs or hairdressers or any other occupation. Once the designated annual cap is reached – which could conceivably be set at zero – all outstanding visa applications with the same characteristics will be terminated. So its wasted dollars for someone who has spent thousands in getting their health checks, skills assessed and qualifications recognised. Yes, the visa application fee will be refunded, but all other costs will be borne by the applicant. This does not include the cost of education which the applicant may have embarked upon in Australia with a dream of applying for residence based on the general intent of the laws at that time.

What the Labor government is doing isn’t wrong, but the sentiment is indeed immoral.

As depicted in the famous Australian movie, The Castle, Daryl Kerrigan fought a property development company which wanted to acquire his house to extend the airport. In the climax, the barrister representing Kerrigan said that it was not a house which the property developer was acquiring; it was a home of dreams and memories. Similarly, a migration application can be terminated abruptly and without notice, but it is at the priceless cost of destroying the dreams and ambitions of thousands of potential migrants. It is a heartrending sight and their despair is palpable.

Now is the time for community leaders to speak up and fight for the rights of these students. Public statements and petitions have been made by well intentioned individuals; but it is time that our Indian associations take this cause forward, in a test of true and vocal leadership. Visa capping in its current form is wrong and this message needs to be sent, loud and clear, to Canberra and the Rudd government.”

Editorial by Pawan Luthra

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Similarly, Anuj Kulshrestha, Editor, Hindi Gaurav, has written a great piece on this matter. He has included comments from some of the leaders from “Friends of International students” with his write-up. Thank you, Anuj.

http://www.hindigaurav.com/community-news-0-65

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Indian Sub-Continent Times [ http://www.theistimes.com/mr-evans-its-democracy-not-anarchy/ ] has written a great article on this issue too. Thank you, Ashok Kumar.

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Please click www.fairgo4internationalstudents.org/ and support the petition against this Bill.

“United we win, divided we lose”.

Regards

Yadu Singh/Sydney/28th June, 2010

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