Tag: The World/Australia

No DRS gives India the edge on Day 1

From Shobhit Nanda

Melbourne: Australian debutante Ed Cowan was one of the twin victim of India’s day 1 bowling attack which would have been overturned had Decision Review System (DRS) was being used in the current India vs Australia test series. The struggling Michael Hussey copped a golden duck with replays suggesting the balls clipped his shirt rather than the edge.

India none the less had a good day at the office taking 6 Aussie wickets although resistance later in the day by Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle helped Australia achieve a respectable day 1 score. Play ended with Australia at 6/277 with India’s fast bowling sensation Umesh Yadav taking 3 wickets.

Umesh Yadav facing the media after the days play said he was happy with his performance but would have preferred to have bowled more economical. His three wickets included the scalps of Warner, March and Ponting which kept Australia in check. Ishant Sharma was the unlucky having been the pick of the Indian bowler but not taking any wickets. Zaheer Khan also made a steady comeback taking the wickets of Hussey and Clarke, which Ashwin took the wicket to dismiss Cowan caught behind.

Ed Cowan, who made an impressive century in the preceding tour game against India in Canberra, was unlucky to have been given out caught behind with hotspot replays not showing any contact with the willow. Cowan commented that he wanted consistency in the use of DRS by the ICC and no doubt feels he has missed out on a century on debut. India was also at the receiving end of their decision to not use DRS when a close LBW shout late on the day against Brad Haddin was turned down by the umpire.

WikiLeaks.: Australian diplomats saw attacks on students as racially driven -The Hindu

Story by A. Srivathsan in The Hindu, 30-03-2011

CHENNAI: Even as Australian Ministers, politicians and officials were taking the position in public that there was no racial motivation behind the spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia, chiefly in and around Melbourne in the State of Victoria, Australian diplomats were quietly acknowledging to their U.S. counterparts that it was indeed a likely factor. Also, the Australian government’s efforts, in their opinion, had only a limited impact on cooling tempers ( 230335: confidential, October 20, 2009).

The cables were accessed by The Hindu through WikiLeaks

READ FULL STORY IN THE HINDU – http://www.hindu.com/2011/03/30/stories/2011033056181500.htm

No room for Hindi & other Indian languages in the National Australian Curriculum

By Dr. Dinesh Srivastava

Melbourne: It took me nearly ten years struggle to get Hindi recognised at the VCE level in 1993. This
recognition currently enables students to study Hindi after school hours, usually on Saturday mornings and in one case on a Tuesday evening after school has finished. This puts a lot of responsibility on parents and many students miss out as they have other engagements (e.g.compulsory sports in private schools or optional sports, music, swimming etc. on Saturdays).

So many students miss out on learning Hindi. Therefore, when Kevin Rudd as the Prime- Minister (and now the Foreign Minister) announced that a new emphasis will be placed on Asian languages, I hoped that Hindi as the national language of India, a country, which is emerging as the second most powerful economy in Asia will certainly be considered for inclusion in the Australian National Curriculum, enabling it to be taught in the mainstream schools in Australia.
However, I was disappointed to see a document published by the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA) titled “Draft
Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages”, January, 2011. This document can be accessed on the following website: http://www.acara.edu.au/languages.html

Section 73 of this document on page 29 is titled “Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia”
and emphasises the need for learning Asian Languages. However, the document completely ignores the need for studying Hindi or any other Indian Language.

In section 79 (page 35), the document lists three stages of the development of curriculum in languages in Australia and mentions the following languages in various stages:

Stage 1: (i) Australian Languages, (ii) Chinese, Italian

Stage 2: French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish

Stage 3: Arabic, Modern Greek, Vietnamese.

Arabic and Spanish are categorised as languages of global importance and Indonesian, Japanese and Korean are categorised as languages of ‘national priority’. Hindi or any other Indian language does not rate a mention. Why?

Is it because all Indians speak English language or is it because India is not a part of or insignificant part of Asia? The criteria used in the selection are far from clear or convincing.

It may be noted here that once Hindi was granted recognition at the VCE level, it became much easier for other Indian languages to obtain the same recognition. Therefore, may I suggest that the whole Indian community raise their voice against the non-inclusion of Hindi and other Indian languages in the Australian National Curriculum and write letters of protest to ACARA with copies to their local members of the parliament?

ACARA’s postal address is: Level 10, 255 Pitt Street, Sydney, N.S.W.-2000. Their e-mail addresses are: consultation@acara.edu.au and info@acara.edu.au for general inquiries.

Individuals can also give their feedback on line at the website mentioned above. Organisations can also offer their support to a joint submission being prepared in Sydney by sending their message of support to Sanjeev Bhakri at sanbhakri@gmail.com.

- dsrivastava@optusnet.com.au
Source: SAT, March 2011

India wants a strong & democratic Pakistan: S. M. Krishna

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne: India’s Foreign Minister has said the country was engaging China and its foreign policy was not Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue. Mr. Krishna was replying to a question by South Asia Times (SAT), leading South Asian paper in Australia.
Mr. Krishna also told SAT he had raised issues related to Indian overseas students in Australia and was assured by Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd of full cooperation in the matter.

Meanwhile, Australia said it will “continue to discuss” with India its “differences” on whether to export Australian uranium for India’s civil nuclear purposes. The decision will take place “within the framework” of the “strategic partnership” that Australia established with India in 2009, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told a media conference after talks with the External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in Melbourne on Thursday.

The two leaders reviewed bilateral ties and discussed international issues under a bilateral “framework dialogue.”

Mr. Krishna was assisted by Secretary (East) Latha Reddy, High Commissioner Sujatha Singh and Adviser Raghavendra Shastry.

The Australian Foreign Minister also raised the issue of the non-payment of bills to its companies by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC).

“It has been brought to my notice and I will go back to India and take it up with the sports ministry,” Krishna said and the Australian minister expressed satisfaction over the assurance.

“We are comfortable about the Indian government’s response… These matters are well in hand,” Rudd said.

Later during a media conference with the South Asian/Indian media Mr. S. M. Krishna on a question by South Asia Times (SAT) said India was engaging China and its foreign policy was not just Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue.

Mr. Krishna also met a large number of members of the Indian diaspora in Melbourne.

Earlier, Mr. S. M. Krishna has arrived here on a three- day visit today. Mr Krishna is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. His talks with Mr. Kevin Rudd will be the seventh round of the framework dialogue between the two countries.

- With inputs from other media also.

Dr. Haneef may come back to Australia

Falsely charged by the Howard government and later cleared terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef will return to Australia and may stay for good.Dr Haneef is due to arrive in December for a two-day mediation session as one of the final steps in his bid to secure a compensation payout over the bungling of his case.But he has expressed a desire to return to Australia permanently, reports AAP.

“I’m very grateful for the support the Australian people gave me,” Dr Haneef told The Australian on phone from Dubai.

“I was really amazed when I saw people coming up and speaking on behalf of me.”

He said next month’s visit will also gauge if his notoriety will affect his ability to live and work in Australia.

“This would be time to see how the community accepts us (his family) there,” Dr Haneef said.

“After all the things that happened, anybody would have this kind of nervousness and anxiety when they come back, where you have been incarcerated for so long.”

Dr Haneef was held in custody for 12 days in July 2007 before being charged with recklessly giving support to a terrorist organisation when his mobile phone SIM card was linked to a terrorist attack in Britain the same year.