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COVID-19 lockdown to be reimposed in Melbourne for 6 weeks

COVID-19 lockdown to be reimposed in Melbourne for 6 weeks

Rediff.com7 Jul 2020

Residents have been advised against leaving their homes apart for four activities -- purchasing essential items, medical care or caregiving, exercise and study/work.

6mn hectares gutted, Australia blaze may intensify further

6mn hectares gutted, Australia blaze may intensify further

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

Since September 2019, Australia's raging bushfire crisis has killed 24 people, reduced to ashes hundreds of homes and pushed many species towards extinction. The bushfires continued to pose serious threat in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Woman killed in knife attack in Sydney

Woman killed in knife attack in Sydney

Rediff.com13 Aug 2019

Australian TV channels showed the man, in his 20s or 30s, running through the King Street with a large kitchen knife yelling "Allahu Akbar" .

Adani's coal mine project in Australia gets final okay

Adani's coal mine project in Australia gets final okay

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

The final and last approval for the Adani group's long-delayed billion dollar mega coal mine project came weeks after a surprise election win of Australia's pro-coal ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

New controversies hit Adani's Carmichael coal mine project

New controversies hit Adani's Carmichael coal mine project

Rediff.com3 May 2019

Adani, which already has mining and environmental licences from the state government, requires the state approvals on management plans on the endangered finch bird and groundwater in order to commence the mine construction.

PIO woman dentist killed in Australia, body found in suitcase

PIO woman dentist killed in Australia, body found in suitcase

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

The man suspected of murdering the Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in her car parked in an eastern Sydney street, New South Wales, is another Indian-origin dentist and her ex-boyfriend Harsh Narde, police said.

Pak can no longer allow extremists to operate from its soil: Australia

Pak can no longer allow extremists to operate from its soil: Australia

Rediff.com26 Feb 2019

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne also urged India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" and engage in dialogue to ensure issues are resolved peacefully.

Suspicious packages found at Indian consulate, other missions in Melbourne

Suspicious packages found at Indian consulate, other missions in Melbourne

Rediff.com9 Jan 2019

A major operation is underway after packages were delivered to at least 10 international consulates across Melbourne.

Melbourne: 1 killed, 2 injured in IS-claimed knife attack

Melbourne: 1 killed, 2 injured in IS-claimed knife attack

Rediff.com10 Nov 2018

The man was shot after confronting police officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a critical condition. He succumbed to the gunshot wounds in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Scott Morrison replaces Australian PM Turnbull after party vote

Scott Morrison replaces Australian PM Turnbull after party vote

Rediff.com24 Aug 2018

Morrison, the current treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Australia drops work visa used mainly by Indians

Australia drops work visa used mainly by Indians

Rediff.com23 Mar 2018

The 457 visa programme, used by over 95,000 foreign workers, a majority of them Indians, was replaced on March 18 by a new Temporary Skills Shortage visa programme.

India, US, Australia and Japan in talks to establish OBOR alternative: Report

India, US, Australia and Japan in talks to establish OBOR alternative: Report

Rediff.com20 Feb 2018

A senior US official said that the plan of establishing OBOR alternative was still 'nascent'.

Adani cancels $2.6 bn deal with Australian mining giant

Adani cancels $2.6 bn deal with Australian mining giant

Rediff.com18 Dec 2017

The $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project when completed would be one of the world's largest.

Setback for Adani; Queensland vetoes $900 mn loan proposal

Setback for Adani; Queensland vetoes $900 mn loan proposal

Rediff.com12 Dec 2017

The Adani group had applied for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan for building the 388-km rail line to connect the Carmichael coal mine to the sea port.

Celebrations as Australians vote 'Yes' to same-sex marriage

Celebrations as Australians vote 'Yes' to same-sex marriage

Rediff.com15 Nov 2017

Emotional embraces, tears of joy and an overwhelming message of equality washed over Australia after a majority of 61.6 per cent voted in favour of legalising gay marriage. Thousands of 'Yes' advocates erupted at the designated areas throughout the country.

Adani's Aus plans get a court boost

Adani's Aus plans get a court boost

Rediff.com22 Aug 2017

Adani group's 16.5 billion dollar controversy-hit coal mine project in Australia has cleared another hurdle with Brisbane supreme court dismissing an appeal filed by indigenous group against the project.

Adani's coal project in Australia moves ahead with final okay

Adani's coal project in Australia moves ahead with final okay

Rediff.com6 Jun 2017

"I am proud to announce the project has Final Investment Decision (FID) approval which marks the official start of one of the largest single Infrastructure -- and job creating -- developments in Australia's recent history," Gautam Adani said.

Now Australia abolishes visa programme used largely by Indians

Now Australia abolishes visa programme used largely by Indians

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

Australia is abolishing the 457 visa, which, brings temporary foreign workers into the country

Adani's Oz mine to supply low grade coal to India, says media report

Adani's Oz mine to supply low grade coal to India, says media report

Rediff.com3 Apr 2017

However, Adani Australia has clarified on its Facebook page on Monday that in terms of quality of the coal it is almost 50 per cent better than that used domestically.

Indian man racially abused, assaulted in Australia

Indian man racially abused, assaulted in Australia

Rediff.com26 Mar 2017

He alleged that the five accused were arguing with a worker inside the store but soon turned their attention to him the moment they noticed him.

Chappells tell Adanis coal mine could affect cricketing ties

Chappells tell Adanis coal mine could affect cricketing ties

Rediff.com16 Mar 2017

90 prominent Australians warn Indian energy giant Adani that its controversial coal mine project in Queensland could damage bilateral ties and even affect sporting links.

Woman's face burned after headphones explode mid-flight

Woman's face burned after headphones explode mid-flight

Rediff.com15 Mar 2017

Smoke and the smell of melted plastic, burnt hair and electronics filled the cabin for the rest of the journey to Melbourne.

After USA, Indian racially abused in New Zealand

After USA, Indian racially abused in New Zealand

Rediff.com6 Mar 2017

"I don't know what to do, it really hurts my heart," said Narindervir Singh after he was told to go back to his own country.

Indian bus driver burnt to death by passenger in Brisbane

Indian bus driver burnt to death by passenger in Brisbane

Rediff.com28 Oct 2016

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Manmeet Alisher, well-known in Brisbane's Indian community.

Adani's Australian project gets 'critical infrastructure' tag, and boost

Adani's Australian project gets 'critical infrastructure' tag, and boost

Rediff.com10 Oct 2016

Queensland's Development Minister Anthony Lynham issued a statement on Sunday, saying the combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared "critical infrastructure" and the project's special "prescribed project" status has been renewed and expanded to include its water infrastructure.

Australian PM Turnbull claims victory in tight election

Australian PM Turnbull claims victory in tight election

Rediff.com10 Jul 2016

The most important people to thank are the Australian people because we have resolved this election," Turnbull said.

Adani's Australia coal mine project faces another legal hurdle

Adani's Australia coal mine project faces another legal hurdle

Rediff.com24 Jun 2016

An Adani spokesperson said that it was yet another attempt by activists to delay the project.

No public funding in Adani's coal mine: Turnbull

No public funding in Adani's coal mine: Turnbull

Rediff.com3 Jun 2016

Gautam Adani's plan to build one of the world's biggest coal mines in Australia has been hampered time and again.

With 1.83 crores trapped, India tops Global Slavery Index

With 1.83 crores trapped, India tops Global Slavery Index

Rediff.com1 Jun 2016

Of the nearly 4.6 crore people living as slaves globally, two-thirds, or 3.04 crore, are in the Asia-Pacific region, with the highest number in India.

Adani's mine project in Australia faces another legal hurdle

Adani's mine project in Australia faces another legal hurdle

Rediff.com27 Apr 2016

Conservation group Coast and Country said that it has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Queensland for a judicial review.

Adani's project in Australia faces fresh legal hurdle

Adani's project in Australia faces fresh legal hurdle

Rediff.com13 Apr 2016

Adani's plan to build one of the world's biggest coal mines in Australia has been hampered time and again

Oz mine project: Adani to restart talks with stakeholders

Oz mine project: Adani to restart talks with stakeholders

Rediff.com7 Apr 2016

Adani's plan to build one of the world's biggest coal mines has been hampered time and again.

India assures investors of predictable policies

India assures investors of predictable policies

Rediff.com1 Apr 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jailtey heard the concerns raised by the Australian side in terms of taxation and some provisions.

Adani coal project not on agenda of Australia visit: Jaitley

Adani coal project not on agenda of Australia visit: Jaitley

Rediff.com30 Mar 2016

Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakraj said the Adani issue was not on the agenda of Jaitley's visit.

Adani seals final compensation deal for Oz project

Adani seals final compensation deal for Oz project

Rediff.com16 Mar 2016

The company described the move as an 'important milestone'.

Sikh boy mocked, attacked for wearing turban in Australia

Sikh boy mocked, attacked for wearing turban in Australia

Rediff.com3 Mar 2016

Harjeet was also allegedly threatened with being stabbed and had his turban pulled in the attack aboard a suburban bus.

Adani clears another hurdle to get Oz mining lease

Adani clears another hurdle to get Oz mining lease

Rediff.com24 Feb 2016

The agreement was signed on Tuesday at state's Isaac Regional Council meeting.

'India could step up to fill the gap as China's economy slows'

'India could step up to fill the gap as China's economy slows'

Rediff.com20 Jan 2016

The minister further cited that the IMF's global growth forecasts of 3.4% in 2016 and 3.6% in 2017 were still very strong.

Prabha's Walk: Memorial of Indian woman murdered in Australia unveiled

Prabha's Walk: Memorial of Indian woman murdered in Australia unveiled

Rediff.com23 Nov 2015

Prabha, who hailed from Mangalore, was stabbed to death in March in Sydney.

'Indo-Aus FTA on track to be sealed by year end'

'Indo-Aus FTA on track to be sealed by year end'

Rediff.com16 Nov 2015

The minister said Australia would benefit greatly from this pact.

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