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August Updates and events - Federation of Indian Associations of ACT (FINACT) Inc

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August Updates and events

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Federation of indian associations of act (finact) Inc

Coordination :: Cooperation :: Collaboration


Dear Visitor ji, 



I am grateful to the members of FINACT to place trust in me to provide leadership for the organisation and the Indian diaspora in the ACT. On July 21st 2019, at its Annual General Meeting, FINACT’s new board for the next year was elected. More details of the team are outlined below and will be provided on the website.


Firstly, I would like to pay my respects to the previous FINACT leaders who positioned the organisation strategically for collective representation. The new FINACT team feels honoured and will continue to make positive contributions to the Indian diaspora and the broader Australian society.


FINACT had busy 12 months. Highlights of the year were the biggest community cricket tournament, raised funds as part of ‘Walk For Farmers’, contributed to ‘mother language’ movement, organised 2nd AusIndia Fair and Harmony Day. We also celebrated achievements of members of Indian diaspora and partnered with member organisations for several functions and events.


I would like to congratulate Dr Krishna Nadimpalli, the past president on receiving the honour of “Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)” for promoting multiculturalism; Professor Dharmendra Sharma on receiving the honour of “Member of the Order (OM)” for significant service to higher education and to computer science; and Mr Deepak Raj Gupta on being elected as MLA for ACT assembly. I also welcome FINACT’S new member organisation ‘Canberra Telugu League’.


In addition to supporting the events for cultural identity and enabling the first generation to participate in Australian culture, the new team will focus on establishing the facilities for broader and long-term goals:

  1. Progress India Centre
  2. Lobby for large capacity community hall with commercial kitchen and adequate parking
  3. Large crematorium respectful for ethnic cultures
  4. Ethnic aged-care facility policy and its establishment. 

Winter has almost finished and flowers will soon be out in full bloom. Keep yourself warm and get ready to get into your gardens. FINACT will be welcoming the spring with a T-20 Cricket Tournament starting on 24th August and enable the youth to build their networks.

FINACT team is your team and feel free to contact any one of us. 

When something goes wrong, be thankful for many things that are going right.  

Sunita S Dhindsa

President FINACT

Keep Your Dreams Alive  




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GEOCON is FINACT’s Proud Sponsor





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New Executive Committee for 2019-20


It was good to see a large number of FINACT member organisations attended the AGM on 21 July 2019 and the new EC for 2019-20 was elected unanimously. 


After the first meeting of the elected EC, a full team was established which is given below. The FINACT 2019-20 team appreciates the opportunity given to them to serve the communities, and to work with FINACT members and stakeholders.


President: Dr Sunita S Dhindsa (Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Organisation)

Vice President: Dr Shanti Swarup Reddy (ACT Telangana Association)

Secretary: Mr Roshan Menon (Canberra Malayalee Association)

Treasurer: Mr Venkata Rama Vemuri (Indian Australian Association of Health and Well Being)

Public Officer: Mr Ravi Krish (Australian Tamil Cultural Society of ACT)


Coordinator of Community Services: Mr Raj Reddy (Canberra Hindu Mandir)

Women’s Representative: Mrs Deepali Jain (Canberra Jain Mandal)

Coordinator of Entertainment and Cultural Programs: Mrs Shahira Shaji (Mehak Punjab Di)

Student/Youth Representative: Mr Rahul Ravi (Indian Students Association)


Ex Officio: Dr Krishna Nadimpalli

AusIndia Fair Coordinator: Mr Rattesh Gumber (Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia & New Zealand)



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Please Note and Update - Community Events Calendar



In the spirit of coordination and cooperation among community associations, an early draft of FINACT events calendar has been prepared which can be viewed online at -  


This calendar will also be available on the FINACT website. It is tentative and events can be added or updated. Calendar will help us all to avoid having multiple events on the same day.


We encourage you to add your organisation's events on the calendar. Please email Secretary Mr Roshan Menon ( and he can add events to the calendar. 



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Upcoming Events 


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Independence Day of India at India House - Thurs 15 Aug 

 India's Independence Day




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FINACT T-20 Cricket Tournament



T-20 Cricket Tournament is one of the most popular events organised by FINACT with the full support and participation from the member organisations of FINACT.

We are pleased to announce 2019 T20 Cricket Tournament will be kicked off this Saturday the 17 August at Lyneham Oval from 9 am.   
The event will be launched by the dignitaries from the ACT government and the Indian High Commission at 9 am on 17 August, followed by two T20 matches to be played on the day.
There are 14 teams competing this year for the championship. We wish them all the best for fun-filled matches - play safe and stay fit!
For further information, please cotact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



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IAAC Independence Day Celebration - Sat 17 Aug


India Australia Association Of Canberra invites you all to celebrate 15th August, the day of Indian Independence day. This year we will celebrate our 73rd independence Day. This event is scheduled for 17 thAugust 2019 and we hope you will reserve this day for us in your calendar. 



IAAC Event




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Sangam Canberra Hindi Utsava -  Sun 8 Sep

Sangam Utsava

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Our Proud Sponsors






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Applications for the National Multicultural Festival 2020



NMF 2020



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Onam Celebrations & Swamy Ayappan Event - Sun 1 Sep


Canberra Ayyappa Samajam’s( CAS)  Onam 2019 celebrations, will be a Fund Raising event for the consecration of “Swamy Ayyappan Deity” at the new Gunghalin Temple.  


Traditional Kerala Art forms with Kerala Food (Sadhya) with 18+curries and Deserts will be served on Banana leaves. 


Seats are limited!. We kindly request the whole hearted support from all like minded friends, to make this event a Grand success. 


Please contact Prasanth Divakar - 0435 154 957 , Roshan Menon - 0400 101 825 for further information or booking or reserve your seats online through 

Onam 2019 


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Register, Trial and Play Junior Cricket in North Canberra


It’s a right time to register your boys/girls into a local cricket club.  If you are around Gungahlin and Inner North Side of Canberra, North Canberra Gungahlin Junior Cricket Club (NCGCC) would be ideal for your child/children. NGGJCC is the biggest junior cricket club under CricketACT. Please follow the link below and register your kids (ages from 5 to 18) appropriately as per the age requirements.


If a player wants to play any Division 1 teams (U11-Colts), please attend one of the trials as attached herewith. 

 Junior Cricket in Gungahlin



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Women's Health Information Event - Sat 31 Aug  


In conjunction with Women’s Health Week 2019, to bring awareness of women's health within our local communities around the country, the Sathya Sai International Organisation Ladies Program and Sai Medical Unit are hosting women's health information events in all Regions.


The ACT’s event is a fun, informative and interactive session on various women’s health issues, and included practical tips and techniques to make positive changes that can last a lifetime - see attached flyer for more details.


This event is suitable for all ladies aged 16 years and above!!!


Registration is essential for us to plan the activities. 


Please RSVP by Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at Registration Form (preferred method).

Or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many thanks, and please call me if you need any further information.
Warm Regards,
Jayanthy Vikneson
Ladies Program Coordinator,
South Canberra Sai Centre
Sathya Sai International Organisation, ACT
Mob: 0431 413 232​



Women's Health



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Canberra India Got Talent 2019 by NATA - Sat 19 Oct


Please share the Canberra India Got Talent competition in your community to participate and encourage young kids.


NATA Got Talent



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Know India Program 2019 



KIP Information



KIP 2019



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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 



Scholarship Programme



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The Magical Strings of Josh - Sat 24 August 2019 


In keeping with the ethos and thinking of promoting an awareness of Indian culture locally and globally, Joshua Feinberg (, a classically trained Sitar player, who resides in Portland, Oregon, US will be touring Australia in August. Josh has trained with such stalwarts as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of the Maihar Senia Gharana, amongst others. Josh has also learned to play the Tabla from Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. In addition, Josh is an accomplished bass player.


Josh will be accompanied by Jay Dabgar from Melbourne on the Tabla.


Josh is committed to the ideal of music as a universal language, as music holds universal appeal and is not necessarily bound by materialistic divisions! 


Sitar Program 


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Your input/event for FINACT newsletter is appreciated and welcome


Newsletter for communities


finact-logo-newYou will appreciate that newsletters are critical instrument and platform to meet our functional, operational and strategic communication needs. We have been using this infrastructure for long to effectively interact with you.


Funding under the digital grants from the ACT Government has further boosted our capabilities and confidence in meeting our objectives. We thank the ACT Government for their generosity that enables us to extend our tools to our member associations. Please see below for more information on how you can use this feature.


As you know FINACT newsletter is generally published once a month. If our member associations like to publish their organisation's event in the FINACT newsletter, please provide the following information:

  • Event name, date, time and venue followed by text
  • Text in word format (not PDF)
  • Text within 150 words
  • One image/picture if needed.

If you have a flyer ready for the event then FINACT can also publish the flyer in the newsletter.


You can submit this information at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by the last week of month - marked as For FINACT Newsletter.


What else FINACT can do for you?

We acknowlege that not all associations can afford to have mailing lists or tools to regularly interact/communicate with their members. FINACT has tools and capacity to be of your assistance. You may subscribe your members on our subscription page.



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Do you have a story…an event…an achievement


that Canberrans would be interested in? ABC Radio Canberra would love to hear from you.


Please contact producers Laura Dawes or Kim Lester on 6275 4625 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Sponsorship Appreciated for FINACT Events


finact-logo-newWe understand that one of the main reasons to sponsor a tournament and any event could be to promote one’s business and generate goodwill in the community.  Sponsoring the FINACT events will give you brand recognition among the fastest-growing community group of Indians in the ACT and increase sales or traffic to sponsor’s website through their banner on our website ( ).


Indians are the fastest growing population in Australia. This has resulted in increased air traffic between India and Australia; increased telecommunication; and enhanced trade and cultural ties. For sporting events - players and their supporters make playing cricket a fiercely competitive and memorable event. They will promote the game and use your services to show their appreciation.


In addition to providing an excellent opportunity to connect with the Indian sub-continent communities, the FINACT events' sponsorship will:

  • enable sponsors to reach out to wider community groups in ACT and surrounds
  • fulfil sponsors business objectives and attract sizeable potential customers
  • provide a lasting impression of their business
  • promote sports and physical activities in the community
  • motivate and assist young players participating in the tournament and community activities
  • attract favourable feedback from organisers and media partners
  • generate great feel-good stories in Indian community and back to India and neighbouring countries and
  • fulfil sponsor’s corporate and social responsibilities

If you are willing to or interested in sponsoring our events, please contact us soon.



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