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Canberra/New Delhi:  A senior career diplomat of Indian origin, Harinder Sindhu, was on Thursday named Australia’s new high commissioner to India.

She will replace Patrick Suckling in New Delhi and will have non-resident accreditation to Bhutan as well.

She is the third Indian-origin envoy in India, after the US and Canadian envoys and the second Indian-origin Australian high commissioner in India.

“India is one of Australia’s closest and most significant partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop stated while making the announcement.

“It is our 10th largest trading partner and our two-way investment is worth over $20 billion,” she stated.
Bishop said that Australia would continue to push for the conclusion of a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with India, designed to take the economic relationship between the two countries to a new level.
“Australia also has strong strategic and defence ties with India, conducting our first bilateral maritime exercises in 2015. There are also over 450,000 people of Indian descent currently residing in Australia driving our strong education, cultural and tourism links,” Bishop said.

Sidhu is a senior career officer with the Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, most recently serving as first assistant secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division.

She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus. Sidhu’s previous roles included first assistant secretary in the Department of Climate Change, assistant director-general in the Office of National Assessments and senior advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She holds a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of economics degree from the University of Sydney.

In a separate statement, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi said that it would welcome Sidhu to India as the Australian high commissioner-designate next week .

It quoted Sidhu as saying that she was looking forward to her new role in a dynamic country.

“India is one of the most exciting places for a diplomat to be at the moment. India’s economic prospects are bright and it is becoming a more influential and active international player,” she was quoted as saying.

“The Australia-India relationship has grown substantially over the past few years and I will dedicate myself to building that relationship further,” she said.

“At a personal level, I have always been fascinated by the country of my heritage and am keen to learn more about India – its language, culture and history – while I am there.”

Both of Sidhu’s parents are from Punjab and her father was born in India.

Sidhu was born in Singapore and settled in Australia with her family as a child.

She speaks a little Punjabi and Hindi but is looking forward to the opportunity to become more fluent, according to the high commission statement.

One of Sidhu’s first tasks in the job is likely to be hosting the Australian men’s and women’s cricket teams in India for the T20 cricket World Cup next month, it added.(IANS)

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Australian Open 2020 Staff Wears Recycled Polyester T-Shirts From India

Tirupur Connection has been making apparel from the recycled fiber blended with waster cotton for a while and was kind enough to share these resources with the Australian Open

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It seems like the Australian Open is one of the first championships to take this movement seriously enough to bring about actual changes. In AO 2020 all the staff is wearing recycled polyester coming from India. Pixabay

The Australian Open 2020 will last until February 2, but this championship has already turned out to be extremely interesting and rich in top news and unique interesting facts specific to this year. While the players and the outcome of the matches are the most important part of every single tournament, it is equally important that the championships and people who make them happen are working on improving themselves every year.

The sustainability movement has been growing this past year and the talk about promoting more ethical and climate-friendly practices has become more frequent. People now expect that the companies they work for or support will have the necessary regulations and will follow sustainable practices. The companies hosting and organizing important sporting events are no exception. In fact, the pressure us on powerful firms and enterprises to take action and become leaders in this direction. This attitude will likely become even more common among big companies and championships and we will see that as a normal thing soon enough but before that can become a reality Australian Open 2020 decided to take the first step.

Promoting ethical practices

It seems like the Australian Open is one of the first championships to take this movement seriously enough to bring about actual changes. In AO 2020 all the staff is wearing recycled polyester coming from India. Tirupur connection is the company behind these t-shirts and it is a Tirupur based company that has contributed 25,000 100% recycled polyester garments to Australia. The t-shirts are made specifically from Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles, something that the company specializes in. Tirupur Connection has been making apparel from the recycled fiber blended with waster cotton for a while and was kind enough to share these resources with the Australian Open. AO is setting an example of how to promote ethical practices not only by talking about the necessity of change but also through their actions.

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The t-shirts for Australian Open are made specifically from Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles, something that the company specializes in. Pixabay

Not only will this move promote the Australian Open as a tournament that cares about the environment, it will also send a message that the championship cares enough about its fans to listen to their concerns. 

Responsibility of big companies

Tournaments like these have the power to send important messages to all the people watching. AO decided to actually do what other companies and tournaments are preaching and to promote sustainability through that actually work. It is very important that these big companies and entities take the first step towards making a change since they are most likely the ones in power to actually be able to afford such major changes. The fact that fully recycle clothing is easily accessible is an important factor to promote.

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And while there are sustainable brands in Australia as well the country and the championship decided to support India on this one. This is also a very gracious move on the tournaments part and will likely earn it even more sympathy.