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2 Indian-Origin Men among 891 Australians in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List

Queensland-based Professor Rajiv Khanna and social activist Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla received their invitations as a result of their services towards the community

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  • Two persons of Indian origin were among 891 Australians recognised by Queen Elizabeth IIin her birthday honours list for 2017
  • Queensland-based Professor Rajiv Khanna received the Officer of the Order of Australia Medal for his work in medicine
  • Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla from Queensland was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) for service to the Malayali community in the state

Canberra, June 15, 2017: Two persons of Indian origin were among 891 Australians recognised by Queen Elizabeth IIin her birthday honours list for 2017 for their contribution to the community.

Queensland-based Professor Rajiv Khanna received the Officer of the Order of Australia Medal for his work in medicine — specifically his contribution to the development of cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers, infectious complications and chronic disease.

Khanna said he and his team were honoured to be recognised by those outside the scientific community.

Khanna had been working on a new cancer treatment alternative — a treatment he said was safer.

He said his hard work shows how the Indian community values education.

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“We tend to value education very highly in India. You go to any Indian parent, they all want their kids to become a doctor or an engineer or something,” he was quoted as saying by SBS Television network.

“But in a terms of what it brings to the Australian community is that the highly educated Indian community… whether they’re in a medical area or an engineering area, they contribute hugely.

“And I’m part of that and I’m very proud of that heritage, to be from the Indian community,” he said.

Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla from Queensland was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) for service to the Malayali community in the state.

Other notable mentions who received the award included Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and the departing mining industry heavyweight Jacques Nasser.

The list was announced by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Monday and the honours were awarded for service to the country to mark the Queen’s official birthday in June each year. (IANS)

 

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

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Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)