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New Delhi, 8 May, 2017: Punjabi is the fastest growing language in Australia while Hinduism is the fastest growing religion and Sikhism is among the top 20 religions practised in the country, owing to a large number of Punjabi people among the proficient Indian diaspora. This information was shared by Mrs Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s high commissioner to India.

Speaking at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Mrs Harinder Sidhu informed that the number of India-born Australians has tripled in the last one decade. She also confirmed Australia’s cooperation in setting up a university of sports in India.

Earlier during a maiden visit to India, Eric Abetz, leader of the opposition in the Australian Senate had also said that being the most commonly spoken foreign language in the country, Punjabi has become an indispensable part and parcel of Australia.

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Sidhu, who is a Punjabi too, provided relief to skilled migrants and students by ousting their fears over the new visa regime. She said there is no change in rules for the visa, which most Punjabi migrants opt for.

“The change is only in the shorter (term) visa for skilled workers, in which knowledge of English is now included as pre-clause. Australia wants that skilled workers should start working from the first day, instead of first learning the language for three to four months.”

She also mentioned the colliding Visa 457 rule and the US making H1B visa rules stricter which is ultimately leading to confusion by saying, “We had no idea that it would coincide with the US visa being made stricter. The US and Australia are two different countries and have different requirements. But coincidence created confusion.”

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Labelling her country as the “most successful multicultural society, where people from 120 different countries are living”, Mrs Sidhu dismissed fears of racism against Punjabis.

Calling the murder of a singer and bus driver Manmeet Sharma, a criminal act, “not of racism”, she said that swift action was taken.“There were some stray incidents, but Australia has strong laws against such incidents,” she further added.

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India Gets a Mobile App for Road Development

The mobile app will not only enhance functional efficiency but also bring transparency in overall system thereby boosting the morale of the troops.

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A mobile phone application has been launched that will benefit thousands of personnel serving in remote areas to help develop and maintain the countrys robust border road infrastructure.

The application “Gref Abhilekh” was launched by Lieutenant General Harpal Singh, Director General Border Roads.

“It would “immensely benefit the 36,000 General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel serving in remote border areas of our country”, an Indian Army spokesperson said.

The app, compatible with all Android /Window/ioS based mobile phones, will provide real time personnel and career management information to all serving GREF personnel.

The personnel can access information related to personal details, family details, service details, probation or confirmation details and honours, awards and medals they have won.

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Besides it also contains details related to promotions and seniority lists. They can also download pay slips and submit grievances through the app.

The Director General Border Roads who launched the app at GREF Centre and Records in Pune expressed his satisfaction on how the centre had drawn the IT road map for the organisation.

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“The mobile app will not only enhance functional efficiency but also bring transparency in overall system thereby boosting the morale of the troops,” the officer said.

He reaffirmed his faith that the Border Roads Organisation continued to be “the nation’s most reputed, multifaceted and modern construction organisation will prosper further by adopting newer technologies and procedures”. (IANS)