Sri Oscar Fernandes Visit to Sydney

    Sri. Oscar Fernandes, Minister of State for Statistics & Program Implementation (Independent Charge), Government of India was in Sydney recently for presenting Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis International Award (Instituted by Government of India) for outstanding statistician from developing countries at Darling Harbour on 11 April 05. A statistician from Uganda won this award. Kum. Kavitha Bhat from Udipi, Karnataka was awarded with Jan Tinbergen award (instituted by International Statistical Institute in Netherlands) for Young Statistician.

    Consul General of India in Sydney Sri. M. Ganapathy at his official residence, hosted a dinner in his honour on Tuesday 12 April 05. Prominent Indian Businessmen, Presidents of various Indian Associations, Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council were at the dinner party.

    Sri. Oscar Fernandes, a Kannadiga from Udipi was pleased to see so many from Karnataka at the party. In his brief speech he appreciated the Indian Community for their achievement in a foreign land.

Front Row L-R : Kum. Kavitha Bhat, Sri. Bhat, sri Raj Natarajan (President - India Sports Club), Smt. Blossom Fernandes, Sri. Oscar Fernandes (Minister), Sri. Sam Gopinath (President - SKS), Sri M. Ganapathy (Consul General of India), Dr. S Orekondy (President United Indian Associations), Sri. Chandrashehar Devudu (SBS Kannada Radio)