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 on: March 17, 2012, 03:26:26 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear Friend

Thank you for your attendance and assistance for the successful Holi  Milan on 11 March.  You may view photographs at the Gallery on our website

As discussed in our Milan program, we wish to inform you (including those who missed the get together) that Shri Kushagra Jha and Shri Harendra Kumar will be co-ordinators for our BJSM Cricket team.  This cricket team will be formed, nurtured and prepared for all future friendly/tournament matches in the ACT.

First we need to name our team and a few names were floated in private conversations:

1. Magadh Team,
2. BJSM Team,
3. Bihar Mouryans,
4. Bihari Babus or
5. Team Ashok.

We would appreciate your preference for our Cricket Team. Please indicate your choice by return email.

The contact details of our Cricket Team co-ordinators are as follows:

1. Shri Kushagra Jha : 0433 395 319
2. Shri Harendra Kumar: 0413 329 449

The BJSM Cricket Team is your team and it will be strengthened by your active participation, support and encouragement.  Some players have already been identified and they are going to meet on Saturday 17 March at Amroo Oval at 5 pm.  If you or your kids are interested, please join us tomorrow.


BJSM ACT Chapter

 on: March 01, 2012, 03:12:22 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear friend

Please accept our heartiest and cordial wishes for the colourful Holi celebrations and Happy New Year.

Holi does mean to us - as a celebration of victory of good over evils as symbolised in a number of mythological stories, celebration of harvesting season, end of winter (in India), beginning of a new year, a festival to forget any kind of bitterness and misunderstanding in ones relationship and also an appropriate time to share our stupidiest moments with flavour of romanticism.  The festival also starts a series of Maha Moorkha Sammelans in India.   People hug and colour each other with a promise to start friendlier relationship. 

In this true spirit of Holi and with intention to fill other lives with colours, please join us in our much-awaited get togethers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.  As usual, we would gather to celebrate a festival of colours, enjoy our shared network, share our moments of happiness and sorrow, celebrate achievements of our members and also embrace many a new members in our fold.

Holi Milan in Sydney

When: Sunday 4 March 2012 at 11:00 am
Where: Chipping Norton Lake, Beatty  Parade, Georges Hall, NSW 2198

Contacts: Braj     : 0403 665 230
              Subodh : 0432 397 048
              Sanjay  : 0403 544 766

Holi Milan in Brisbane

When: Sunday 11 March 2012 at 11:00 am
Where: Sherwood Forest Park, Jolimont Street, Sherwood, UBD Ref: 178K19

Contacts: Sunil Sinha        :  0421 794 001
              Neeraj Narayan   : 0437 443 887

Holi Milan in Canberra

When: Sunday 11 March 2012 at 11:00 am
Where: Please check your email

Contact: Sanjay  : 0447 726 339

Holi Milan in Adelaide

When: Sunday 18 March 2012 at 12:30 pm
Where: Please contact the host

Holi Milan in Melbourne

When: Sunday 25 March 2012 at 1:00 pm
Where: Kew Library / Phyllis Hore Room, Cnr of Cotham Road and Civic Drive, Kew
             Melway Ref - 45D6

Contacts: Rajnish   :  0431 275 947
              Manoj     :  0431 275 947
              Gautam   :  0433 206 267

For more details, please visit our website at  Other chapters may be planning Holi Milan sooner that would be communicated to you.

Dear friend, we are growing stronger and coming closer to each other.  Please feel free to bring along your friends, guests and relatives to the get together - no need to skip our events for this reason. 

If you know other people from our states, please encourage them to join us on the day of our get together and also register on our website.

Hope to see you in Holi Milan.  Happy New Year......Holi Hai


BJSM Web Team

 on: November 14, 2011, 11:53:46 PM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
After the Trident Valley humiliation of seeing Indians radio-tracked by the US authorities and a Chinese ‘shut up’ to an Indian journalist on our soil, we see the news about how our most revered icon of scholarship and a hope of new India, former President Abdul Kalam, was frisked at a US airport and even after he had settled down in Air India’s aircraft, his shoes and jacket were taken away by US Transport Security Agency (TSA) agents to be checked.

Air India officials, meek as they are on a gora land, promptly asked Kalam to give his shoes and the jacket.

It's not just a question of a law abiding Kalam, who, perhaps this time too, will issue a statement that nothing insulting has happened and its OK to be following the law of the aliens when on an alien land.

No sir, this should not be accepted as a polite response to a rowdy behaviuor of a state. And the ‘regrets’ of the US transport police too mean nothing.

US knew who Mr Kalam was.

They track everyone who enters their territory and leaves.

And Kalam is not a an ordinary human being. He is greatness personified and a source of inspiration to many millions and besides he represents the state power and the authority bestowed on him by the billion-plus people's democratic government as a former President.

He is a former president of a democracy, which is greater and bigger than the bullying US.

It's not just a lame excuse but an unpardonable lapse, it at all this comes under that category, that the US showed a carelessness to behave properly and give due respect to our former President.

It's like Bill Clinton visiting us and our CISF jawans frisking him, of course, ‘privately’ and then after he has settled down in his Washington bound aircraft, a sub-inspector of the force climbing up the aircraft and asking him to remove his shoes and the jacket, as the CISF jawan at the private frisking cabin forgot to have these valuables checked as per the required procedure.

Try doing this, at least once.

Because we don’t do it, they don’t understand what it means when they cross the limits of decency and a required protocol to those whom they declare as ‘friends and allies’.

The protests by our government, though it must go to their credit that this time they were prompt and got the US apologies too, but sorry, this is not just enough.

Last time too, when the Trident Valley’s Indian students were radio-tracked, our minister issued this statement: "The Union Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna condemns the act of the US government by issuing students with radio trackers as an unacceptable act and it should be removed. The Indian authorities also conveyed to the US authorities that the students among most of which are victims must be treated fairly and reasonably, and the use of the radio trackers should be removed."

But nothing significant change it brought in the US attitude.

We can understand and appreciate its security concerns and often in Indian media and Parliament, the strictness US authorities show to prevent any other repeat of 9/11 is much praised. But that alacrity and alertness is required to be shown to the strangers and common people.

Will they search Nelson Mandela, another former president, like they searched Kalam, if the US wants us to ‘understand’ their security obligations?

No sir, the issue is not of a Kalam or a Mandela. Have power, get honours, is the mantra for a life with your head held high. Have lollypop governance, get your heroes insulted and frisked, is the harsh reality.

From The Times of India Blog by Tarun Vijay

 on: August 12, 2011, 02:37:42 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear friend

We thank you again for joining us or encouraging the hosts for a better program on 31 July at our Sharad Milan. Photographs are uploaded on our website and some are also posted on our Facebook page.

Our next event, Diwali Milan may be held on 30 October, the last Sunday of October. However, the date, time and venue will be finalised and communicated to you by our the most experienced hosts - Kavita & Awadhesh Prasadji in association with Padmaja and Manoj Jhaji.  You may expect some unexpected activities this time. It has always been interesting to enjoy their experiments.

Diwali Milan is still a couple of months away. But we may see each other on Monday the 15th of August. Please find below an invitation to attend India's Independence Day program at the High Commission of India, Yarralumla.


On the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of India’s Independence a Flag Hosting Ceremony will be held at the High Commission of India, 3-5 Moonah Place Yarralumla on Monday the 15th August, 2011 at 9:00am. All members of the Indian community are cordially invited to attend and are requested to be at the site by 8:45 am.

We shall be grateful if you could kindly circulate this information among the members of your Association.

Anil K. Sharma

Head Of the Chancery

High Commission of India

Phnoe:026273 1308

Hope to see you there.

Yours sincerely

BJSM Web Team

 on: July 20, 2011, 03:26:51 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear friend

Our hearts go out to the victims and their relatives of another Mumbai serial blast. The senseless and inhumane terrorist act again exposed the political insensitivities to the loss of lives, menaces of fatal soft policies towards the perpetrator of terrorism and fractured views on the actions/investigation approaches to tackling of this grave problem.  Our apologies - we are not going to discuss here the dynamics and direction of Indian polity or corrupt practices overwhelming the current leadership and the progress of our motherland – we just pray for the people of India who are still waiting for a strong statesmanship and good governance.  The parties in power and its leaders must understand that people are sick of blank customary promises, delays in meting out punishment to proven criminals and may lose confidence in a democratic system that is controlled by spineless leaders indulged in petty short-term political gains and who have limited their accountabili! ties and loyalty to a few individuals.

One more news item made headlines in past few weeks. The surfacing of Lord Padmanabha’s wealth provided some respite for corruption-hit government with much needed diversion of attention to its inactions by a tele-tsunami, flooding living rooms all over the world with news ripples. 

However, in this issue we are going to uncover some hidden glittering gems among our own people living in Australia and New Zealand.

Historically, people from USA, UK and other European countries drew significant attention and given appropriate recognition for their achievements.  The trend is still continuing, and for media and government agencies NRI means people from USA and UK only.  People and their achievements from Australia and New Zealand have always been ignored and seldom mentioned in their reports.  We strive to change this attitude and seek your support and assistance in spreading the stories of our successes.

As you know, people from our land are full of potential and possess great skills and knowledge.  Some people may still be struggling to get recognition for what they deserve but some have glowing achievements in their respective fields - education, bureaucracy, management, social and cultural activities, and various spheres of business activities - that make all of us proud.  Hats off to these quiet achievers!!!

First of all we would like to congratulate a young and bright careerist from NSW Chapter.  Ambupad Thakur, who was General Manager of Changhae Engineering in Sydney, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Changhae Tapioka (PNG) Ltd.  Mr Thakur with a very rich cultural background is not new to our members.  Many of us (in Sydney and Canberra) still remember his contributions to the Bhajan Sandhya programs for the benefit of 2009 Bihar flood victims.

Some among us are teaching in universities – as far as we know in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin Canberra and Melbourne - and have made enormous contributions in their fields of expertise.  In this issue, we are presenting a brief introduction of two leading teachers from Adelaide and Canberra.

Jagan Mazumdar: Dr Mazumdar is a senior member of our Bihar Jharkhand Sabha SA Chapter in Adelaide.  He has been awarded on many occasions by different prestigious organizations.  He has been a recipient (three times) of prestigious Ken Clarke Prize for the best papers published in the journal ACPSEM in 1989, 1991, 1994, Supervisor of the year (Hony. Mention) Award 1995, EMG National Award of Engineering Mathematics 1998, Institution of Engineers, Australia Engineering Mathematics Award 2000, Man of the Year 2000 Award from the American Biographical Institute 2000 Millennium Medal of ABI and best of all 2002 Noble Prize by the United Cultural Convention, USA.
Professor J. Mazumdar, Ph.D., FACPSEM, FAustMS, FIEAust, CPEng
Adjunct Professor & Emeritus Director, Centre for Biomedical Engineering, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and School of Mathematical Sciences, The
University of Adelaide
Ex-Adjunct Professor, School of Electrical & Information Engineering, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, Adelaide, Australia

For more information on his achievements, you may wish to visit :   and  

Professor Raghbendra Jha is a senior member of Bihar Jharkhand Sabha ACT Chapter in Canberra.  He is among the top lead economists who have authority on the pulse of Indian Economy.  Professor Jha is currently Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre at the ANU, Canberra.  Prior to that, Prof. Jha was a Professor of Economics at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; IIM Bangalore; Delhi School of Economics, and Columbia University, USA.  He has written more than 20 books and hundreds of articles in Journals of different fields of Economics. 

For more information, you may visit
Raghbendra Jha, Ph.D. (Columbia), F.W.I.F.
Rajiv Gandhi Professor of Economics and Executive Director,
Australia South Asia Research Centre,
Fellow Research School of Asia and the Pacific,
Arndt-Corden Department of Economics,
Crawford School of Economics and Government,
College of Asia and the Pacific,
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.

You can view his current Working papers on RePEc at

We intend to present a brief profile of each member in our coming emails as they become available.  We strongly feel that successes of our members make our community proud and such presentation will encourage and inspire our struggling members.  It will also provide our members with enough information on the resources and assistance available in our community group. 

Please send your stories of struggle, achievements and the current activities (with due respect to your organisations’ policy and guidelines for sharing information) for publication on our website.  You may also wish to visit and LIKE our facebook page that can be accessed on   You may also leave your comments and feedback on our website at the Your Comments page.

As mentioned in our last email, Bihar Foundation is organising Global Meet of Pravasi Biharis (NRBs) from all walks of life and from all corner of the world, to be held at Patna on 18-19 February 2012.  We do hope some of our members with significant achievements will also be recognised and invited to attend this meet.

Wishing you an enjoyable participation in upcoming BJSM Milan in your city.


BJSM Web Team

 on: July 20, 2011, 03:23:18 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear friend

Hope you all will be waiting for our Sharad Milan in July and hosts are busy making arrangements for the meet. Many new members are anxiously waiting for this event.

The hosts in Canberra have already booked a hall for Sharad Milan and intend to contact members in next few days. We are still waiting for confirmation of dates for other cities. Melbourne team has decided to hold their next get together in July-August as VIC BJSM family is still recovering from a few tragedies in last few months. Please keep an eye on our website for details.

We wish to share a good news on this occasion. For last few years, as you are aware, AUD is doing well and right now it is neck to neck with USD in terms of exchange rate. However, the passport and consular fees for Australians were almost double the fees in USD. Some people as well as BJSM raised this issue on many occasions on several forums with the High Commission. You may have noticed on our website that the Indian Government has finally reduced the passport and consular fees for Australian residents.  For more details, please visit our website.

You may have been following developments in India – with curiosity, apprehension, contempt and with intense feelings. This an era of information technology and the Indian Government must understand that the ‘hud’ (limit) for anarchy in the name of democracy, naked loot of public money, avoidance or sheer disrespect for accountability, people’s tolerance cannot be stretched anymore. Let us hope for better. 

However, our Bihar is presenting an example of good governance and steady progress in every field. So far India has witnessed Green Revolution (agriculture), White Revolution (dairy), Blue Revolution (fishery) and Yellow Revolution (edible oil). Recently, Dr Kalam announced that the second Green Revolution will happen in Bihar. Organic farming is also gaining popularity in Bihar.

Now, Nitish Kumar has announced with confidence that Bihar will witness a Rainbow Revolution.  For more details, please read this article. We wish all the best for a bright future for Bihar and Jharkhand that are attracting health investments from well-known industrialists.

There are few more news items I wish to draw you attention to

• The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, is also on his trip to India and pushing a free Trade agreement with India. Read more..
• Bihar Government has planned a Global Meet f of Pravasi Biharis next year.  Read more..
• We have also been approached by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the next census. The next census in Australia is scheduled on Tuesday 9 August 2011. Please make sure you respond to their queries carefully (especially in terms of your language – Hindi), as the information provided by you will determine the government assistance, policy and strategic direction, and funding arrangements for our community. Read more..

Please visit our website for more details on the news above and regular updates. feel free to suggest news items for the attention of other members of this growing family.

Next time, we will be back with more news and reports on our Sharad Milan in cities of Australia and New Zealand.


The Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand Team.

 on: May 20, 2011, 03:31:21 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Dear Bihari Brethren,

We are glad to inform you that Bihar Foundation is preparing to organize Global Meet of Pravasi Biharis (NRBs) from all walks of life and from all corner of the world, to be held at Patna on 18th-19th February in the forthcoming year 2012. With your cordial cooperation, emotional involvement and active participation, this meet will certainly emerge as a historic one. In this regard, Bihar Foundation really needs your valuable and encouraging suggestions to make this meet more and more enchanting.

Kindly enlighten us with your inspiring suggestions.


Dr. K. P. Ramaiah IAS
Chief Executive Officer

 on: February 27, 2011, 09:36:27 PM 
Started by Pushpa - Last post by Pushpa
This is Pushpa Mishra Awasthi. I am a PR visa holder from Australia, currently staying in Dubai. I am planning to visit Sydney this year in July for a short time (2 months) before I make up my mind about settling there. I will be obliged If someone could guide and help me find a decent and economical accommodation for a family of three, preferably with some indian familes, because I might have to stay all on my own for sometime before my husband joins me. I am really looking for replies as we will be the first in the family to migrate.

 on: February 19, 2011, 12:50:27 PM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey
Patna: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Friday that the Bihar Foundation will organize a two-day meet of the NRIs of Bihar origin and achiever-Biharis living in other states here next year, beginning February 18.

The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Foundation Executive Committee whose president Modi is. The other participants from the committee were development commissioner K C Saha, principal secretary, industries, C K Mishra, planning and development department principal secretary Vijay Prakash and Foundation CEO K P Ramaiah.

Modi said the date of the meet has been announced in advance to provide ample time to the NRI and other participants to fix their schedules and prepare their itineraries. He also said that Global Meet for Resurgent Bihar was organized in 2006.

It was also decided that various chapters of the Foundation would also celebrate the Bihar Diwas on March 22 as the functions would be held all through the year with all fanfare. The Foundation chapters were active both within the country and abroad, as the Biharis are settled in significant numbers in all parts of the world. Head of the Qatar chapter of the Foundation Shakeel Ahmed said that a delegation of 15 students from Qatar would participate in the Bihar Diwas function.

Read more: Bihar Foundation to hold NRI meet in Feb next year - The Times of India

 on: February 17, 2011, 03:38:53 AM 
Started by Sanjay Pandey - Last post by Sanjay Pandey

Dear friends

Time flies faster. Holidays are over and schools are also running now. Hope everyone has overcome the fatigue and jetlag from their overseas journey or tiresome stay at home during the break and settled in their daily chores.

Around this time every year, I (and hope you too) look forward to a much-celebrated festival - Holi.  I remember the days during my schooling, when boys used to sprinkle ink on each other’s uniform or left the school before the last period of the day before Holi vacation – to avoid getting ink marks on white shirt. Colourful water filled balloons, scaring passerby on the road by sudden noise from innovative home-made devices or colouring them by abir and gulal were other enthusiastic, funny and naughty activities. I also remember anxious wait for Hasya or Maha Murkha Sammelan where people shared their stupid experiences or sparkled healthy jokes.

This is also an occasion, we try to contact each and every relative, friend and acquaintance – to greet, to meet, to colour and to promise a better relationship leaving behind any kind of confusion, doubt or misplaced bitterness.

BJSM Milan provides a perfect platform to meet and greet and make our lives livelier. At least for a couple of hours, we forget all kinds of tension and feel apparently members of a bigger family. And for new migrants and newcomers, it makes their stay even more enjoyable in their adopted city. Please keep it up.

If you are following our website, you may be aware that Holi Milan in Canberra (ACT) is scheduled on Sunday 27 March. Adelaide (SA) Chapter is organising Holi Milan on Saturday 12 March. Brisbane (QLD) is also going to announce their date shortly. Sydney (NSW) Chapter is used to celebrate any event on a bigger scale. Last year they had Holi Milan surprising even the old timers who were forced to comment – never participated in a Holi festival being celebrated in such a fantastic way in last 20 years of stay in Australia. Hope this time again they will surprise many new members in Sydney. Other chapters are also busy finalising their programs.

All announce program will be published on the website. Please visit the website for these announcements and enjoy other interesting and though-provoking articles sourced from a range of news agencies.

You may have noticed the number of members registered with us has been increasing steadily. You can view members’ names and Chapter (location) on the Forum page. Members are also migrating to other locations. Please find a list of members changed their location in last 6 months:

Misha & Harendra KumarCanberraMelbourne
Katyani & Rajiv PandeyDarwinCanberra
Siddhartha RohatgiBrisbaneCanberra
Nirmal & Sanjeev RanjanAdelaideBrisbane
Alka & Kislay JhaMelbourneCanberra
Praveen SinghHazaribagChristchurch

There are also many new members in our association. You may view their locations on the Forum page. However, we do not allow any visitors to view their details unless they are logged in. Registration for any guest has been disabled on the Forum and any new interested visitors are encouraged to send their details on a form available on the Register page. It does not provide them automatic registration until we talk to them over phone – to make sure that the details are correct and we are convinced that they respect privacy of our registered members.

As such, we try our best to safeguard your details and keep you safe and secure from unsolicited emails. Recently, we have adopted another layer of security that filters compromised computers accessing our website. In fact, compromised computers are seemingly innocent computer but remotely controlled by hackers.

Millions of computers have been infected by malicious scripts without any knowledge of its owners. We are blocking any such computer identified by our system. However, if your system is inadvertently or mistakenly identified as a compromised computer and blocked by our filter system, please do not hesitate to contact us. All the precautions are undertaken in the best interest of our members’ security and hassle-free browsing.

Dear friends, the message is clear – we do care and we try to use all the resources we can afford and within our means. We do not mean to scare you but appreciate your better understanding of the problem and expect your active support in this matter. 

Rest in the next newsletter.  Thank you for your patience and your precious time spent on this email.


The Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand Team.

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