Natasha Chaku

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Data leak shows massive infiltration by China's Communist Party

Data leak shows massive infiltration by China's Communist Party

Rediff.com14 Dec 2020

The data leak obtained by 'The Australian' newspaper has revealed how the alleged CPC members are employed with some of the world's biggest corporations in the areas of defence, banks and pharmaceutical giants manufacturing coronavirus vaccines.

Australian Special Forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians: Report

Australian Special Forces "unlawfully killed" 39 Afghan civilians: Report

Rediff.com19 Nov 2020

According to the Australian media, the latest report has been based on over 400 interviews with soldiers and officers from the SAS, a special forces unit, and Commandos, Afghan villagers, special forces interpreters and support staff.

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

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