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The First Nepali Magazine Published in Australia

— नेपाली टाइम्स अस्ट्रेलिया / प्रकाशित मिति : सोमवार, पुस ३, २०७४

While most Australians rest and relax this holiday season, our border protection authorities will be hard at work monitoring Australia’s borders and preventing any attempt to enter the country illegally. We asked the Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, about the measures in place to stop people smuggling boats during the holiday period.
“Australia’s borders are monitored, patrolled and protected every day of the year,” Air Vice-Marshal Osborne said.
“We are always watching and we are always ready to intercept and turn back anyone who tries to reach Australia illegally by boat.
“Unfortunately, even though it’s been years since anyone managed to reach Australia illegally by boat, there are still people who think it’s worth trying.”
Asked whether Australia’s borders were any less secure on public holidays, Air Vice-Marshal Osborne was adamant in saying “no”.
“Anyone who thinks our borders are not closely watched on public holidays is wrong. Anyone who attempts to reach Australia illegally by boat will be stopped and turned back –regardless of when they try.”
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne said communities in Australia have an important role to play in preventing people overseas from risking their lives on people smuggling boats.
“We know that people in Australia can and do influence the decisions of family and friends in other countries,” he said. “If someone here tells a relative or friend overseas that they could still come to Australia illegally by boat, they are putting their friend or relative at risk of losing their money or even their life.
“I want to encourage people in Australia to do the right thing by advising friends and family overseas that there is only one way to come to Australia – with an Australian visa.”
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne finished by reiterating that people who try to come the wrong way are risking their life and wasting their money for nothing. They will never settle in Australia.

The First Nepali Magazine Published in Australia

— Niru Tripathi / प्रकाशित मिति : शुक्रबार, मंसिर १५, २०७४

Common Action for Sustainable Development (CASD) Director and yoga teacher, Marjorie Hau, is running weekly yoga sessions to raise money for rural Nepalese schoolchildren. CASD’s ‘Water for Schools in Nepal’ project seeks to raise funds for rural schoolchildren in Nepal who don’t have access to water. CASD is a non-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the living standards of these children through implementing programs targeting health, education and women empowerment. CASD operates on the belief that change can start with a little help and support where it is needed most.
The project kicked off Sunday, 15 October and the last yoga session will be held on Sunday, 17 December. These sessions run on donations, with all money going towards programs set to bring water to rural schools in Nepal’s Lalitpur District. If you are in Melbourne, check out the ‘Water for Schools in Nepal’ Facebook event, and like the CASD-Australia Facebook page. Bring a friend, and let’s yoga for Nepal! Donations can also be made at below mentioned website.

Multicultural Children’s Festival reflects the reality of today’s society

The NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, has hailed the Multicultural Children’s Festival 2017 as a true reflection of the state’s success as a culturally diverse society.
Speaking at the annual gathering of hundreds of children from scores of cultural backgrounds on Saturday, 13th May, at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay, Sydney, Mr. Williams said:
Mr. Williams told the crowd at the festival that “what started as a very, very small event 18 years ago has now morphed into a major festival celebrating the many people that make up our society today in New South Wales, through our children.”
“We are the most culturally diverse country on this earth and yet we are the most socially cohesive and I don’t think there is any other way to express the fact that we embrace our rich diversity than through our young children.
“We want people to come and be a part of this country. We want them to be a part of Australia. We want them to be wonderful Australians. We never want them to forget where they come from, we never want them to forget their heritage and we never want them to forget their language and all that has been celebrated so wonderfully well today.”
Mr. Williams told the crowd at the festival that “what started as a very, very small event 18 years ago has now morphed into a major festival celebrating the many people that make up our society today in New South Wales, through our children.”
The Festival’s Founder, Thuat Van Nguyen, said during the opening ceremony:
“The success of the festival over the past 18 years has proved that it meets the expectation of our community in so many ways.
“We strongly believe that children are a starting point in building social cohesion and therefore the Children’s Festival is one of the best ways to create harmony in our community as well as to make us feel proud of being Australians.
“Whilst some performance groups strictly reflect the physical backgrounds of their culture, others are now happily reflecting the diversity of the society itself and this is wonderful to see, especially amongst children”
“Our success with this festival suggests that we are contributing to a more cohesive society and promoting peace in our community.
“One of the pleasing features of the Children’s Festival 2017 was the involvement of an indigenous cultural group who were proud to appear with children of many more-recently arrived communities. We also presented a choreographed modern dance performed by children of different cultural backgrounds.
“Whilst some performance groups strictly reflect the physical backgrounds of their culture, others are now happily reflecting the diversity of the society itself and this is wonderful to see, especially amongst children”, he said.
Altogether, some hundreds of children from dozens of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds participated in stage performances and in the colorful multicultural children’s parade as well as a dozen of outdoor activities.
The festival which had originally been planned for March 19 was cancelled due to continuous rain over many days prior to the date. It was presented as part of The City of Sydney’s Living in Harmony Festival 2017 and sponsored by Multicultural NSW and other project partners.
The Children’s Festival 2017 in Bankstown will be held on Sunday 17th of September.