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FIA Diwali Lights Competition 2019 prize distribution at the Parliament House

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FIA Diwali Lights Competition 2019 prize distribution at the Parliament House

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 15 November: This is for the third consecutive year the FIA Diwali Lights Competition lighted up many homes in Victoria. Spread out into all suburbs, the competition, held each year during the festive season and Diwali, saw many entries with participants sending in the pictures of their houses. The winners, naturally, are happy with being facilitated at the Parliament Houses’ Federation Room today.

According to FIA Patron Karthik Arasu, “The competition involved Melbourne residents from all backgrounds to light up their front home facades in the lead up to Diwali from 20th October and this year being Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550 Birthday it was conducted till 10th November.”

Those who addressed the select gathering were Hon. Kaushaliya Vaghela MP, Hon. Bruce Atkinson and the Indian Consul General here, Hon. Raj Kumar. In his address, Bruce wished a time will come soon when the Victorian Parliament will be illuminated for Diwali. Kaushaliya talked about the various support schemes including grants the Victorian Government was doing for various community organizations. Mr. Raj Kumar wished everyone a happy Diwali and detailed some of the issues being addressed by the Indian Consulate here.

Those who got the prizes were:

- Guru Nanak Ji Special Prize $500 to Dilsher Singh Gill from Tarneit
- Judges special prize $500 to Anuj Gupta from Point Cook
- South East Metropolitan $500 to Shobhit Asthana from Oakleigh South
- Western Metropolitan $500 to Shalveen Vijay Lal from Point Cook
- Northern Metropolitan $500 to Sunny Dutt from Wollert

Appreciation certificates were also awarded to the sponsors and others supporting the event.