Borneo Hindus celebrate Tamil New Year

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MIRI: More than 200 Hindu devotees and their family members gathered at Kamini Durga Eswari Amman Temple in Taman Tunku here to celebrate the Tamil New Year yesterday. The colourful event organised by Miri Hindu Society (MHS) was attended by Miri Mayor Adam Yii. “Tamil New Year is one of the world’s most vibrant and colourful events celebrated with revelry across the globe.

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HBF team consoles a deceased Indian’s family

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By: Ashwani Sharma

A Hindu hailing from India and living in the suburb of Wentworthville, Sydney, NSW had a sudden heart attack and passed away leaving his wife and a three month old baby. Hindu Benovolent Fund (HBF) team was alerted through our network of well wishers. Ashwani Sharma, one of the field workers of HBF went and met community leaders and concerned neighbors. They assured him that the family is being looked after and Indian Consulate Office is making arrangements for transferring the deceased body to India to conduct his last rites over there.

HBF team will remain in touch with the family for any help they may need.

HBF Fund Raising Bollywood Musical Journey

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Hindu Council of Australia along with Bandeesh group is arranging a Bollywood Musical Journey. Par tof the profits from the event will go to Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF). HBF has been established bu Hindu Council of Australia to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs.  

Date: Saturday the 19th May 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm followed by light dinner.
Venue: Pacific hills Performing Arts Centre – Dural, NSW
Name of the Event: LOVE YOU ZINDAGI
Type of Event: Bollywood musical show with Live Orchestra
Ticket Price: $ 30 including light Dinner OR $ 25 without Dinner
Venue Capacity: 472 seats

HCA youth join Youth Parliament of World’s Religions Cabinet

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Hindu Council of Australia has joined seven other religious groups under the auspicious of Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim relations to conduct Youth Parliament of World’s Religions (PoWR). This will be the fourth year for Youth PoWR. The event is funded by the Columban Centre and may also be assisted by Multicultural NSW.

Youth PoWR is by youth, for youth, with youth. It is planned by a team of young people from various state and national peak religious bodies (the “Cabinet”) who met every month to arrange venue, speakers, process, catering and promotion; they do all the preparatory work and run the event. The speakers and the performers are all youth. The audience participants (the “Members of Parliament”) are all youth.

The youth meet in August/September which is called Youth Parliament and pass resolutions about religious harmony. Accordingly, seven young people from seven different religions addressed the Message to Civic and Religious Leaders

Here is some of what they had to say:

  • The leaders of our faith must foster cooperation and commitment on an ongoing basis, and lead us towards the common good in a world where the good is not always common. (Daniel Ang)
  • I call on the civic leaders present to inspire us with their dialogue and unify us with just policies. Policies which support the weakest and most vulnerable of society. Which embrace freedom of speech but protect an individual’s right to adhere to his or her faith. I call on civic leaders to resist a climate of fear-mongering and uncertainty. To remind us of the successes we are capable of achieving collectively. (Fay Muhieddine)
  • Leaders play a key role to educate the hearts of the youth to be open to all, embrace differences and respect one another, to learn how to live and breathe in harmony. You are the key to building a diverse and harmonious society of which we are all a part. (Su Sian Teh)

With ringing endorsements from the speakers, the message was then voted on and approved unanimously.

Ms Vincy Jain, our youth leader will be a part of the “Cabinet” which will make the event happen. During the planning of the event more youth will be involved. A large gathering of Hindu youth will be mobilized for the main event.

 

Hindu Council Gargi Woman Award

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On the International day of women 2018, Hindu Council of Australia has decided to institute an award for outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award will consist of a commendation letter and will be awarded in multiple categories like Sports, Journalism, Performers, Defense, Community Carers, Home Carers, Seniors Carers, Educationist etc.

The award is named after an ancient Indian philosopher considered to be the first woman philosopher Gargi Vachaknavi (c. 7th century BCE). She is honored as a renowned expounder of the eternal knowledge in Vedic Literature.  She participated in a philosophic debate and challenged the established male sage Yajnavalkya, the only lady to do so.  She is also said to have written many hymns in the Rigveda. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

In 2018 the award will be presented by the President of Hindu Council of Australia at International Women Day ceremony on 11th March 2018 in Parramatta Parramasala.

Chaplaincy Information session

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An information session for prospective Chaplains was organized by Hindu Council and Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D) at the later’s temple today. It was attended by about 20 people. A couple of speakers from G.O.D introduced the idea of a Hindu chaplain and explained what a chaplain does and what a Chaplain does not do. Jayanthi Ramanan, Chaplaincy Coordinator of Hindu Council, and a Chaplain herself explained her journey to become a Chaplain and to start a Hindu Chaplaincy movement in Sydney. She explained that Hindu Council is a nominating authority to nominate Hindu Chaplains to Hospitals, Schools etc. To be nominated, the person has to be a practicing Hindu, should have completed an Introductory Course and should be approved by the Hindu Council. She explained a brief outline of the Introductory course. [Read more…]

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a campaign in India that aims to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, smaller towns, and rural areas.
 
To demonstrate the support to this worthy cause, the volunteers from Hindu Council of Australia helped raise and  donate a sum of  $2100. The transferred amount receipt was presented to Mr Chandru Appar ( Consul & Acting Consulate General of India) on 26th January’2018 during the Republic day function at Sydney Consulate.

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Dr Agar honoured on Australia Day

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His dedication to the Hindu society has earned Professor Nihal Agar the membership of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List.

This resident of viagrausa-online.com – info Lane Cove is not your ordinary Australian. He came to Australia way back in 1967 to the University of New England on a post-doctoral Fellowship. In 2009, he retired as the Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology from there.

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He is also the founding member of one of the largest organisations dedicated to the Hindus of the world. Dr Agar also founded the Ekal Foundation Australia in 2007 and joined the Hindu Council of Australia in 2010.

Such is his dedication towards the Hindu community that he earned himself the membership of the Order of Australia. Twenty territory citizens were honoured on January 26 marking the Australia Day Order.

Nihal Singh Agar received this award for this service to the Hindu community in Australia. He has been behind promoting cross-cultural cooperation.

Today, he is an honorary associate in the school of molecular bioscience at the University of Sydney.

He was among the 824 Australians honoured with 613 General Division appointments in the Order of Australia and 211 Australians recognised through meritorious and military awards.

Dr Nihal Singh Agar
  • Chairman, Hindu Council of Australia, since 2009
  • Representative, Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations, current
  • Representative, Deepavali Advisory Committee, Community Relations Commission, 2012
  • Founding President, Hindu Education and Culture Centre, since 2012.
  • Founding President, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, 2004-2010; Executive Committee Member,
  • Founding President, Vishva Hindu Parishad, 1990-2005.
  • Founding Member, Sri Venkateswara Temple Association, since mid-1980s.
  • Volunteer, Australia Uttarakhand Relief Fund, 2013.
  • Member, Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee, Australian Government, 2012.
  • Member, Indian Ministerial Consultative Committee, New South Wales Government, since
  • 2011; Chairman, Education Sub-Committee, 2012.
  • Honorary Associate, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney, since 2001.
  • Former Professor and Head of Department, Department of Physiology, University of New
  • England; Faculty Member, 1967-2000.

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