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ScoMo-Modi Virtual Summit commits to elevate Australia-India ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’

Photo: MEA, Twitter

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 4 June 2020: The Virtual Summit between the Indian PM Mr. Narendra Modi and the Australian PM Mr. Scott Morrison held today committed to elevating the India-Australia relationship to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’(CSP).

A media statement from the Australian PM’s office says, “The CSP takes our bilateral relationship to a new level of cooperation, based on mutual understanding, trust, common interests and the shared values of democracy and the rule of law.

It reflects Australia and India’s strong commitment to working together at a time of unprecedented global challenges, such as COVID-19.

Our Partnership is in line with India’s increasing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region through her Indo-Pacific vision and Australia’s Indo-Pacific approach and its Pacific Step-Up for the South Pacific.

Our Foreign and Defence Ministers will meet in a ‘2+2’ format at least every two years to discuss strategic issues and take forward our Partnership.

By further strengthening our partnership, we also contribute to a more secure, open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

CLICK HERE FOR — CSP joint statement

The following is the list of documents announced and signed during the summit says a media release of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs posted on Twitter:

- Joint Statement on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Republic of India and Australia (Announced)
- Joint Declaration on a Shared Vision for Maritime Cooperation in the Indo- Pacific. (Announced)
- Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation.(signed)
- MOU on cooperation in the field of mining and processing of Critical and Strategic minerals.(signed)
- An arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support (MLSA).(signed)
- Implementing Arrangement concerning cooperation in Defence Science and Technology to the MoU on Defence
- Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the field of Public Administration and Governance Reforms. (signed)
- Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training.(signed)
- Memorandum of Understanding on Water Resources Management. (signed)


Meanwhile, a media release from the Mr.Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology says Research collaboration between Australia and India has been given a nearly $20 million boost with funding for new projects to advance pandemic research and reduce plastics waste. The commitment came following today’s virtual summit between the Prime Ministers of Australia and India.

$15 million will go to extending the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund for another four years, while an additional $4.5 million will support collaborative work led by the CSIRO to reduce plastic wastes.

Minister for Industry, Science, and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the commitment following today’s virtual summit between the Indian and Australian Prime Ministers.

“Science and technology and the innovations that result have never been more important for our wellbeing and prosperity,” Minister Andrews said.

“India is a natural strategic partner for Australia, and strengthening that relationship through a shared commitment to science and technology will only serve to benefit both our nations.”

Minister Andrews also announced the opening of a special grants round under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund for joint projects responding to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

“These grants will bring together leading research institutions and industry in both Australia and India who are working on solutions such as vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics,” Minister Andrews said.

Applications for Round 13 of the AISRF close on 2 July 2020.

Individual grants of $300,000–$600,000 will be available for Australian research organizations to undertake collaborative research projects over 12-18 months. The Indian Government will contribute a comparable amount to support the Indian partners on a matching effort basis.

For more details visit business.gov.au/aisrf.

Yadav spins India to superb opening-day triumph over world champions Australia

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By SAT Sports News Desk/ICC Media

SYDNEY, 21 February: Poonam Yadav’s leg-spinning masterclass saw India complete an unlikely turnaround to open the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in style with a pulsating victory over Australia.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, “We believed in our team, we have very good spinners who can always turn the game for us.
“We were discussing between innings, sometimes when a team gets partnerships you can get one wicket and turn the game for you.
“Poonam did a great job for us, credit goes to our bowlers – they trusted themselves and won the game for us.
“Poonam is a very good T20 bowler, she always bowls for the team and it’s not easy to play, she is a little slower in the air. When you have to hit her, you have to show patience and very good skill.
“We used her when we needed a wicket and she did a great job.”

The defending champions looked to be cruising in their chase of 133 but four wickets for six runs from Yadav saw the game flip on its head at the Sydney Showground.
Alyssa Healy had returned to form with a timely 51 but her teammates struggled around her, Ashleigh Gardner (34) the only other batter into double figures.
Shafali Verma’s opening burst had set India on their way with the bat while Deepti Sharma’s career-best 49 not out steered them to 132 for four, a total that eventually proved defendable.
Healy failed to reach double figures in her previous six innings but started positively at the Showground, a plethora of boundaries lighting up her innings.
The openers put 32 on for the first wicket but Beth Mooney fell for six at the end of the Powerplay, caught at backward point off Shikha Pandey (three for 14), while captain Meg Lanning was caught behind off Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
A full toss thumped over deep midwicket took Healy to 50 but the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 top-scorer fell next ball when offering a return catch for Yadav’s first wicket.
The spinner has the most wickets for India in women’s T20Is and showed exactly why in her next over, deceiving Rachael Haynes with a googly to be stumped by Tanya Bhatia.
Ellyse Perry was bowled without scoring – nine years since her previous first-ball dismissal – and Yadav was inches from a hat-trick when Bhatia dropped an edge from Jess Jonassen.
But she wasn’t to be denied her fourth scalp with Jonassen getting a fine edge when attempting to sweep, Bhatia atoning for her error with the catch.
Gardner struck a superb six down the ground off Gayakwad to keep Australia fighting but partner Annabel Sutherland was the seventh wicket to fall when Pandey had her stumped, brilliant work from Bhatia completing the job.
Delissa Kimmince was then run out while Gardner and Megan Schutt fell in the last over, Australia all out for 115 to lose by 17 runs.
Sharma’s unbeaten 49 earlier helped India battle their way to 132 after their star batters fell within the first seven overs.
Verma started in outstanding fashion with 29 from just 15 balls, with four boundaries in one Schutt over the highlight of a stunning opening to the tournament.

Photo: ICC

A magnificent loft over mid-on for six saw Molly Strano – drafted into the XV at the expense of injured Tayla Vlaeminck – under pressure as India raced to 40 without loss in four overs.
Smriti Mandhana’s supporting role ended when trapped lbw by Jonassen (two for 24) and from there Australia forced their way back into the match.
Verma miscued a pull to mid-on off Perry while Harmanpreet Kaur was out in the next over, stumped off Jonassen after the ball ricocheted off ealy’s knee.
India needed to rebuild thereon with Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) tasked with taking the innings deep, though Australia ensured the boundaries dried up.
Indeed there were just three in the last 16 overs of the innings though Sharma and Rodrigues kept the scoreboard ticking the singles, while the former swept herself into the 40s with boundaries off Jonassen.
Rodrigues eventually fell lbw to Kimmince while Schutt finished wicketless for the first time in 24 T20I innings, a record dating back to October 2018.
It seemed at halfway that the lack of boundaries would prove key but India had other ideas, reducing the hosts from 67 for two to 115 all out to complete a remarkable start to the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Australia batter Alyssa Healy said, “We didn’t chase as smart as we have in the past. Full credit to Poonam, she bowled quite cleverly tonight.
“We prepare really well, she bowled that first over as a regulation leg-spinner and then slowed it up, so we probably didn’t adapt to that well enough.
“We just didn’t play her very well and lost our way in the middle. You’re not going to chase down a total too many times if only two batters get out of double figures.
“We couldn’t build a partnership, and that’s probably where we fell away.
“Most of the wickets that fell were batters playing across the line, so we’ll have a look at that and adapt to conditions a bit better.”

Scores in brief

India beat Australia by 17 runs, Sydney Showground
India 132-4, 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49 not out, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2-24)
Australia 115 all out, 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4-19, Shikha Pandey 3-14)

Source: ICC Media Zone

Best Wishes from Federal Labor Member for Batman David Feeney on Indian Independence Day.

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As India celebrates its 70th year of independence, it is my great pleasure to extend my best wishes to those celebrating this auspicious occasion in my local community and wider Victoria.

The Indian community is one of the largest ethnic communities in our local area with around 5000 local residents born in India in 2016, a number that continues to grow. Many others enjoy ties to the people and culture of India.

I cannot think of a better day to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution that Australians of Indian Heritage have made to our political, economic and cultural life.

Should you require any assistance on Federal Government issues such as Medicare, Centrelink, and immigration, please contact my office at (03) 0416 8690 or email me at david.feeney.mp@aph.com.au. My staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Again, my warmest greetings for a joyful celebration of Indian Independence Day.

Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary honoured


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 27 December, 2016: Speaker of the Bihar Assembly Mr. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary was warmly welcomed here by Mr. Bruce Atkinson, President of the Victorian Legislative Council with morning tea in the morning at the Langham Hotel. Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Chaudhary discussed mutual issues and exchanged their experiences as Speakers.


Later in the evening Mr. Chaudhary attended a meet and greet evening in Nunawading where a large number of community members, South Asian Public Affairs Council(SAPAC) and Subcontinent Friends of Labour (SCFOL) members were present.

Addressing the gathering both the Speakers emphasised in importance of friendship between India and Australia and the need to further strengthen it. Mr. Chaudhary said he was impressed the way the Indian and Bihar communities were contributing to the social, economic and political life here.


Mr. Atkinson presented a memento to Mr. Chaudhary and hoped bonds between the two countries will further strengthen. Mr. Chaudhury invited those present to visit Bihar and enjoy his hospitality. Mr. Manoj Kumar later addressed the gathering detailing the political career of Mr. Chaudhary and his achievements.

Among others present were Mr. Alok Kumar, Mr. Aakash Kumar, Mr. Dinesh Chauhan, Mr. Kaushal Srivastava, Mr. Sepal Patel, Mr. Neeraj Nanda, Mr. Namdhari and hosts Mr. Rajneesh and family members.

The event wrapped up with dinner and networking. The visitor posed for photographs with those present.

- SAT News Service.

Social unrest will not affect Gujarat business atmosphere: Top bureaucrat

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Vibrant Gujarat delegation with local participants at the road show at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne. Photo : SAT/NN.

By Neeraj Nanda in Melbourne

Melbourne, 1 August: “Social unrest’ is not likely to affect business atmosphere in Gujarat, says top bureaucrat Mr. Pankaj Kumar, IAS (1986 batch of Gujarat cadre) and leader of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ delegation visiting Australia now. This was said one day before the current Chief Minister Anandiben, offered to quit and said she wanted a new leader to be at the Vibrant Gujarat – 2017 summit.

Mr. Pankaj is leading a delegation of prominent officials of top companies in Gujarat and holding road shows in different Australian cities promoting Vibrant Gujarat 2017 to be held in Gandhinagar from 10-13 January next year.

The road show held at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne, saw many impressive power point presentations including ones by Ms Rohini Kapadath, Chair Multicultural Ministerial Advisory Council and Mr. Pankaj himself. A video on Gujarat’s business friendliness was also shown.

During the Q-A session, I asked the lone question about ‘social unrest’ in Gujarat and its effect on the business atmosphere in the state. Mr. Pankaj said, “The Guajarati’s have business in their blood and these things do not effect business.”

The obvious reference was to the recent Patidar (Patel) and Dalit agitations in the state which, many media reports indicate, question the credibility of the current CM to handle them, in the light of coming state elections in Punjab and Utter Pradesh. Though, some suspect, infighting within the ruling party also playing a big role in CM Anandiben’s decision to quit.

Talking to SAT, delegation member Mrs. Manjula Pooja, Kalorex Group said, “your question was relevant, but things are not as bad as it is sought to be projected.”

Earlier, in her address, AIBC National Chair, Sheba Nandkeolyar said, “hope the delegation will form meaningful business alliances in Australia.”

The event was also addressed by Mr. Stephen Manallack, President AIBC Victoria Chapter, H E Ms Manika Jain, Consul General of India in Melbourne, Ms. Amanda Pickrell, Victoria Government and Mr. Deepak Goyal,Analyst KPMG.

- SAT News Service.