P AKISTANIS IN A USTRALIA PAWA NEWS

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26TH NOVEMBER 2012

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NEWSLETTER OF THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY AND BY THE COMMUNITY

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 24

Dr. Zarrin S Siddiqui, 46 Kanangra Crs. Greenwood, WA 6024, Australia Ph. 0434841705, Email: pakistanis.in.australia@gmail.com

A HUMBLE BEGINNING WITH A TWEET It’s my pleasure to inform you that the group is now registered as an incorporated organisation and there could have never been a better date than First of Muharram which marks the beginning of new Hijri calendar. We also have now a twitter account @PIAInc so pls. follow us for any urgent updates. The constitution is uploaded at http://www.scribd.com/doc/114420760. With seven initial members it is a small beginning but with high hopes and aspirations.

PAKISTANI OLYMPIANS IN PERTH
The very first assignment after incorporation was to welcome the National hockey team of Pakistan for International Super Series in Perth. The team had a remarkable win against India on Sunday to get bronze medal. Thanks to all supporters who come forward for a dinner with hockey team at a very short notice at Hilliarys. All members who have purchased tickets from us were invited. Not only the dinner, was the nine car entourage quite impressive from South to North Perth and back. Thanks to Dr. Farhat, Asim, Ateeq, Khusrau and Badar and their families for making the team feel welcomed. The boys were all smiles and legend Olympian Akhtar Rasul specially commended the community to take care of them and to the Pakistani family who took care of their meals during five days stay. I personally spoke to few boys who all said that they did not miss home cooked food at all and could feel the love that was the main ingredient of meals prepared for them.

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The coach Mohammad Haneef, Ahmed Alam and Lodhi all have asked me to forward my thanks to you all and to Rida as officially their liaison person. This morning we also received call form Hockey WA telling that she was the best liaison person ever. All the photographs will be uploaded by tomorrow evening. Team is now off to Melbourne for participation in Champions’ trophy (Dec 1 – 9) with our best wishes. CONGRATULATIONS also to Hockey WA for organising such a great event and all their volunteers. JOINING BEYOND GAMBLING PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH AUSTRALIAN ASIAN ASSOCIATION Our first partnership starts with collaboration from Australian Asian Association to arrange an evening for Pakistani community on 23rd February, 5 – 9 pm. More details in next issue but please save the date.

LAUNCH OF REPORT ON CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC DIVERSITY Last week an invitation was received from the Minister Castrilli’ s Office to attend the launch of a report commissioned by the Office of Multi-cultural Interests (OMI). The report acknowledges the cultural and economic diversity in Western Australia. Hon. G M Castrilli MLA (Minister for local Government: Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests) formally released the report at the Government House on the occasion of Consular Corps Fair. The fair was attended by a huge number of visitors. The Hon. Consul of Pakistan did not participate in the event.

MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT
The High Commission for Pakistan is pleased to announce that Machine Readable Passports (MRP) service has started in Canberra w.e.f 22 November 2012. Accordingly the issuance of normal manual passports by the High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra will cease w.e.f. 30 November 2012. However, for limited time, the High Commission will continue to issue urgent manual passports to applicants, in emergency cases only.

Machine Readable Passport System has replaced the existing manual passport system. As per the current Government policy, every Citizen of Pakistan shall have Machine Readable Passport (MRP) for traveling abroad. The issuance of MRP passport is also complementing the Government's efforts to increase the national database and thus improve overall governance of the country.

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Process

For issuance of MRP the applicant will have to go through the following stages:

Validity of Machine Readable Passport (MRP)

The Machine Readable Passport (MRP) is issued for a period of Ten (10) years.

Machine Readable Passport (MRP) Office Timings at the High Commission

Application/Processing from Monday to Thursday Application/Processing on Friday

0930 to 1500 hours 0930 to 1130 hours

PROCESS FLOW CHART

For complete information and requirements please visit www.paksitan.org.au
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH (15 – 26 YEARS) TO GET INVOLVED There are opportunities for young ones to represent on different advisory committees for youth in WA. With the group now incorporated, we will be very happy to nominate. All that is required is your area of interest like sports, mental health etc. and the nominee needs to be PR or citizen of Australia. The EOI are due on 30th Nov so will appreciate to receive them by Friday at our email address.

HALAL MEAT AT DOORSTEP
Now you can find Halal Fresh Meat at your door step, slaughtered / “Zabeeha” with the Hands of / by a Muslim Brother. High Quality, Fresh and healthy“Lamb Curry Pieces, Lamb BBQ Pieces, and Minced Meat. Chopped Meat (forequarter/ legs)& Curry pieces: @ $8.00 per Kilo Minced meat with hand driven machine: $14.0 per kilo Diced pieces (boneless): $12 per kilo French Cutlets (Ribs.): $10 per kilo Whole lamb (below 20 kilo) (Chopped into thin BBQ/ Curry pieces only): $110 Delivered on every Saturday and Sunday (at your preferred time); Please book your order by Friday. We are based in Mandurah and supply in vicinity areas - Perth to Bunbury. Feel free to Contact (Text) Zahid (0468389941) or email dmzahid@hotmail.com

DANCEABILITEA: Celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities
When: Monday 3rd December 2.30pm-4.30pm, Where: Outside Subiaco Museum, 239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA (limited accessible parking) Afternoon tea is provided and we will be welcoming the Cambodian dance group EpicArt - a group of dancers who are deaf. This event is organised and funded by the City of Subiaco and supported by EDAC, PWDWA and WomenWithDisabilities WA.

PSYCHIC FAIR

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