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New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs, in their press release, informed the formal unveiling of the BRICS Logo by External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, in a ceremony conducted yesterday. Also launched was India’s BRICS Website by the minister on this occasion.

India assumed BRICS Chairmanship from the Russian Federation for the year 2016.

Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj, in a ceremony organized on this occasion in New Delhi today, revealed the BRICS Logo for the duration of India’s BRICS Chairmanship along with India’s BRICS Website.

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The official BRICS India logo.

A cash reward of Rs 50,000 was handed over by the Hon’ble EAM to the winner of the BRICS logo-contest that had received well over five hundred and seventy entries from across the country.

Vikas Swarup, the official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, India tweeted in this regard:

Hon’ble EAM announced that the 8th BRICS Summit would be organized in Goa, India, on 15-16 October 2016. Over fifty meetings and events, at the Ministerial, Senior Officials, Working Groups, Technical, and Track-II levels, are proposed to be organized during India’s BRICS Chairmanship through the year.

Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions is the core theme for our BRICS Chairmanship with a special focus on institution-building, implementing past commitments, and exploring innovative solutions in a spirit of continuity with consolidation.

People-to-People interactions, business, youth, and sports will be the key priority areas for our BRICS Chairmanship. The BRICS Under-17 Football Tournament, BRICS Film Festival, BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave, BRICS Wellness Forum, BRICS Trade Fair, BRICS Youth Summit, BRICS Think-Tank Forum, BRICS Academic Council etc will be hosted during India’s Chairmanship. Participation of people from across the States will be encouraged in various BRICS events during India’s Chairmanship.

BRICS events will also be organized in different States across the country.

Representatives from media, Business and Commerce Chambers, and country representatives from BRICS countries were in attendance.

(As per the press release by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India)

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Brisbane, Australia Protests Against Plans To Decriminalize Abortion

Senator Matthew Canavan was among those in attendance, along with Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker.

Polish women shout slogans while raising a hanger, the symbol of illegal abortion, during a nationwide strike and demonstration to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 3, 2016. VOA

Thousands of people marched in central Brisbane on Saturday to protest against plans to decriminalize abortion in the state of Queensland.

The demonstrators marched from Queens Gardens in Brisbane’s Central Business District to Speaker’s Corner outside Parliament House, carrying signs that read “Choose Life” and “Pro-Life Pro-Woman”, an epa-efe journalist reported.

The “March for Life” was protesting a proposed bill by the Labour state government, called the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, which would legalize abortion up to 22 weeks into pregnancy, with allowances made under certain conditions for abortions after that.

Queensland and New South Wales are the only states in Australia that continue to treat abortion as a crime.

The “March for Life” was protesting a proposed bill by the Labour state government. VOA

The bill is scheduled to be voted on October 16, and Cherish Life, the organization behind the rally, has said it “is imperative that Queenslanders urge their MPs to vote No”, according to a statement by the group.

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Senator Matthew Canavan was among those in attendance, along with Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker.

Canavan praised the “fantastic turnout” at the march. “So proud to stand with thousands of Queenslanders for the gift of life”, he tweeted. (IANS)