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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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10 Media Outlets From India Selected For YouTube Funding

Other projects look at the sustainability of news organisations, including work on new business models and programmes to support a healthy news ecosystem

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Ten media outlets from India have been selected for receiving YouTube innovation funding as part of the Google News Initiative (GNI) to help newsrooms and publishers strengthen their online video capabilities and experiment with new formats for video journalism.

These 10 news organisations – Asianet News Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa), FACTLY, Gaon Connection, India Today Group, Live Data Visualisation Pvt. Ltd., NDTV, NYOOOZ, ShepHertz and Video Volunteers — are among the 87 selected from 23 countries.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to supporting a strong future for news video,” Timothy Katz, Director of News Partnerships, YouTube, said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Hailing from 23 countries around the world, they represent a diverse array of broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators, but all share a commitment to quality journalism and a spirit of innovation,” Katz added.

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As part of the launch of Google News Initiative in March, YouTube committed $25 million funding to support the future of news.

Many of the projects selected for the innovation funding are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video — from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats.

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Other projects look at the sustainability of news organisations, including work on new business models and programmes to support a healthy news ecosystem.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing insights gained from the projects and giving newsrooms the opportunity to benefit from the learnings,” Katz added. (IANS)