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Sajeev Koshy, Kerala dentist honored with Order of Australia

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Canberra: A dentist hailing from Kerala was awarded the highest Civilian honour in Australia. Sajeev Koshy settled in Melbourne was given the Order of Australia on the occasion of Australia Day.

Sajeev Koshy was given the award for his service to dentistry in Victoria, Australia.

Koshy, who has served as the president of the Kerala Dental Council, president of the Indian Dental Association, was honoured on the Australia Day Awards 2016, by the Governor-General of Australia.

Koshy is currently the head of the endodontics at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital, which is the teaching hospital for the University of Melbourne.

Dr Koshy has received many awards for his services to the community, However, the highest civilians honour of Australia is the biggest award he could get.

He has several roles like Senior Specialist Endodontist, The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Director of Dental Services, Plenty Valley Community Health and Director of Dental Service, Boort District Health Services.

Dr Koshy also has served as the Federal Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists Inc.

Coincidently India celebrates its Republic Day on the same date on which Australia celebrated Australia Day. India has a large diaspora in Australia and a lot more going for education and other opportunities. (IANS)

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Ola offers free rides in Melbourne

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the Indian ride-hailing market

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Indian ride-sharing major Ola on Thursday announced that it has begun offering free rides in Australia’s Melbourne city as a soft launch of its services with local driver-partners.

“Customers in Melbourne city can download Ola application, register for an account and book their rides,” the city-based online cab aggregator said in a statement here. The company, however, did not specify how many free rides the passengers can avail, and up to what distance, in Melbourne.

Ola is giving free rides in Melbourne. VOA

On January 30, Ola announced its foray into the international market to rival US-based Uber. It began its operations in Australia in February starting with Perth and later in Sydney.

“Over the coming months, the rollout of operations in Australia will continue with cities like Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart,” the statement said.

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Over 15,000 registrations from local driver-partners across Australia have been received so far, it added. “With a low 7.5 per cent introductory commission rate, driver-partners can earn more money and access it easily.”

Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the Indian ride-hailing market. Ola claims to have 125 million users in 110 cities across the country. IANS

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