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India on the right track

By Neena Badhwar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra, who has a ubiquitous presence on all Indian channels, did not have to be loud, for a change, to be heard in Australia on June 18, especially when he was among his own ilk, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP). “Oh yes, it does get […]

Australian business looking at India as ‘new China’

            By Rekha Bhattacharjee Those Australians who are worried over the slowing Chinese economy may have some reasons to smile as Canberra is already working desperately to stitch up a Free Trade Agreement with the world’s second-most populous country – India. If everything goes according to the Australians’ plan there […]

Google CEO Sundar Pichai in India

            It’s either the billion plus market of India or just plain connections with the mother country or perhaps to help make lives better of people living in remote villages, India attracts all these tech giants as they come calling. First Microsoft head Satya Nadella then Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and […]

Bitter-sweet Test farewell for Michael Clarke

                By Kersi Meher-Homji Michael Clarke started his Test career with a bang way back in 2004 in Bangalore but ended it with almost a whimper at The Oval in London this month. His retirement was bitter sweet. He failed with the bat and lost the Ashes but […]

New facilities to enhance joint Australian and Indian research venture

    The Minister for Education and Training Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP officially opened new facilities at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)-Monash Research Academy today in the Indian city of Mumbai. Mr Pyne said the new building would enhance strategic research collaboration between the Institute and Australia’s Monash University. “The Australian […]

Modi in UAE

                  By Dr Utpal Kataky from Dubai    As soon as the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s  two-day visit to UAE was announced, on-line registration by the Indian diaspora to attend a rally had started. In Abu Dhabi, on the 16th, the P.M. had a tight schedule when he, not only […]

President Mukherjee cautions against vested interests threatening social harmony

                  In his address to the nation on the eve of the 69th Independence Day, the president cautioned against vested interests chipping away at social harmony to erode many centuries of secularism and said the country’s neighbours must ensure that their territory is not used by forces inimical […]

Twitter CEO calls on PM Modi

  CEO of Twitter Dick Costolo was in India in the month of March and he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Modi spoke about avenues through which Twitter can help in initiatives such as ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ not just by providing a platform but also by initiating a prolonged […]

Indian government to spend 500 crores for revitalising 12 heritage cities

    The government has set aside Rs.500 crore for the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) that was announced in the budget last year. The first phase of the scheme, which aims at preserving and revitalizing heritage cities in India, has been approved by the ministry of urban development. The 12 cities […]

Law to bring back black money

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitely proposed to enact a comprehensive law to bring back black money stashed abroad. “We will curb benami transactions in property deals. The FEMA Act will be amended to incorporate black money provisions,” Jaitley announced. Hoarding of black money will lead to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years, the finance minister […]

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