Category: Columns

Air India being used as a surrogate punching bag for anti-India campaign

By Ashok Kumar Sydney, 01 March, 2017 Air India appears to be dragged into an unnecessary controversy over serving Halal meal to its passengers. A community organisation claiming support of various other bodies has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi  Raju, and also Indian High Commissioner to Australia Dr. A.M. […]

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Light Rail office opens in Parramatta CBD

Parramatta, 11 January 2017: “The opening of the Parramatta Light Rail office right here in Parramatta’s CBD is an important milestone in the project” said Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee. “The project team is now right in the centre of all the growth happening in and around Parramatta, says a media release from the office […]

January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Bankrupt OFBJP leader Kushagra Bhatnagar promoted or demoted?

By Ashok Kumar December 10, 2016 The IS Times has received some communications from Victoria about Mr Kushagra Bhatnagar being appointed as a member of “Political Advisor Group” of OFBJP Australia by Balesh Singh Dhankar ( in November 2016.  Bhatnagar was appointed as Victoria head of OFBJP in May, 2016.  Prior to that he was OFBJP Head of […]

December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Religion and feminism: India’s fight for religious desegregation

By Nishtha Sharma Feminism and religion are often perceived to be at odds with each other. But in India, where spirituality plays a major role in the lives of many Indians, feminism and religion are being used as tools for women empowerment and growing calls for religious equality.  What initially began as a movement demanding […]

November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More

AASHA stresses the need for proactive awareness about dementia

The IST Newsdesk Ageing is a way of life but comes with a bundle of associated problems. Families need to understand and not shy away from this process. AASHA at its event ‘Eight to Eighties—Uniting Generations organized at Pennat Hills Community Centre on 5 Nov, 2016, stressed upon the need to create proactive awareness about […]

November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Grand farewell to High Commissioner Navdeep Suri and Mani Suri

By Ashok Kumar In short tenure, he covered a long journey and made his stay in Australia a memorable one. His Excellency, High Commissioner of India to Australia, Mr. Navdeep Suri  admitted in his farewell speech before a select gathering, including businessmen and community leaders at the EY building in Sydney CBD on 18 November that […]

November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Why High Commission of India and Consulates in Australia should refain from being selective when inviting operatives linked with Indian political parties

Editorial:   Sydney, NSW, 16 November, 2016 The IS Times has been contacted by many Indians living in Australia with their concerns in regards to high profile invitations which High Commission of India (HCI) and Consulates seem to be extending to operatives linked with some political parties of India.  It also appears that this favour is limited to […]

November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Sardar Patel’s 141st birth anniversary celebrated at Indian Consulate in Sydney

By Ashok Kumar Sydney, November 1: The  141st Birth anniversary of India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was celebrated at the Indian Cultural Centre, also celebrated as National Unity Day. Patel was born on October 31, 1875 and died on 15 December 1950. Consulate General of India, Sydney yesterday evening with Consul General of India, […]

November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Think Smart: Making CALD communities understand Fair Trading Laws

  ( IST News Desk): Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello on 25 October launched Fair Trading’s Think Smart Multicultural Education Strategy2016-19 at the Think Smart Multicultural Media Conference in Parramatta, says a Fair Trading Media release.   The Strategy explores effective consumer education strategies to help improve service delivery to NSW’s culturally and […]

October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Confluence: Musician Raghu Dixit steals the show

By Ashok Kumar Sydney, 19 Sept: Confluence, meaning the meeting point, had in true sense became the meeting point of two cultures of Australia and India. Two nations, seven cities and one festival came alive at Sydney’s Opera House on 18 September, 2016. Though the festivities started in August and will go through till November […]

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More