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Australia to host ‘Festival of India’ in September

The threefold rise in Indian born Australians in the last 10 years makes Australia home of some half a million Indian migrants

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This year, in September 2016, Australia will be decked up to host a ‘Festival of India’ to improve the level of engagement with India that has emerged as the prime source of migrants.

Since the meeting of prime ministers of India and Australia in 2014, there is a remarkable boost in bilateral relations and the trade between the two nations has been going quite well in the past few years. As a result, in 2015, the famous Sydney Opera House was ornamented with lights to show gratitude and the closeness between the two nations.

There are about 53,000 students from India and last year in 2015, around 2.33 lakh visas were issued to Indian visitors to Australia. The threefold rise in Indian born Australians in the last 10 years makes Australia home of some half a million Indian migrants, said Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s new high commissioner to India.

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About fifteen companies of Australia are engaged in providing equipment, technology as well as services to mining companies. The trade basket between India and Australia is getting rich with each day. So far, the trade between the nations focused on commodities such as coal and on education as well as training services. But, now there is an increasing share of medical and healthcare technology, research collaboration in healthcare and eye care services and accountancy and other services that is adding up to the list.

People celebrating a festival in India. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
People celebrating a festival in India. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

There is more. The two countries are planning to delve deep in case of security relations by discussing Indian Ocean Rim and maritime field. Recently, Australia and India’s Navy conducted their first joint exercise recently. Not just that, even in the field of sports, nutrition and health- many Australian universities are visiting India for training purposes.

With estimates suggesting approximately 4.5 million jobs that can be created in sports in India, this is going to be one big area of cooperation, said the Australian high commissioner.

Australia has announced that by June 2016, they will introduce a long term three-year multiple entry visas for India on a trial basis.  This was done to attract the short term and frequent Indian travelers for repeat visits to Australia and this move came just at the beginning of travel and holiday season in India. Apart from countries such as Chile, Thailand and Vietnam; India is the only country where the trial is being done.

(Inputs from Economic Times)

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  • Pritam Go Green

    WOW !! This is great. Sydney Opera house decorated in Indian theme . Great !! Good job Modiji .At least foreign bilateral relations are gaining some thrust . Glad to know. First the United states and now Australia ..

  • Shubhi Mangla

    Media should try to cover such important events rather than twisting criminal and political cases

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  • Pritam Go Green

    WOW !! This is great. Sydney Opera house decorated in Indian theme . Great !! Good job Modiji .At least foreign bilateral relations are gaining some thrust . Glad to know. First the United states and now Australia ..

  • Shubhi Mangla

    Media should try to cover such important events rather than twisting criminal and political cases

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

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On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)