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COVID19 Advisory for Indian overseas students & nationals in Australia

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COVID19 Advisory for Indian Nationals in Australia
(Received in the SAT What’s App account from the Indian Consulate, Melbourne)

1) Considering the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Australia, all Indian nationals, especially students are advised to take abundant precautions with regard to their health & hygiene and follow the advisories issued by the local authorities. Australian Department of Health updates on COVID19 can be checked at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

2) While most of the Australian educational institutions are presently open, the fast-evolving situation could also lead to stronger and urgent measures including shut down of on-campus operations. If you are staying in on-campus housing and are asked to vacate, check with your university if you can continue staying in on-campus housing. If not possible, consult with your university or your student network on how to find alternate options for accommodation. Likewise, check how to avail your health services, health insurance, and any other essential services that may be impacted.

3)Australia has announced that all arrivals in the country from midnight today must “self-isolate” for 14 days on arrival. Currently, Australia also has issued travel restrictions for a number of countries and further restrictions can be expected in the days ahead. Any overseas travel may also compromise your ability to return to Australia. It is strongly advised to avoid all non-essential domestic or international travel.

4)It should be kept in mind by those Indian nationals traveling to India that they will also be subject to medical screening upon arrival in India and maybe put in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days if required. For full details on the current restrictions in India, please check updated travel advisories on https://boi.gov.in/content/advisory-travel-and-visa-restrictions-related-covid-19-0

5)This is an unprecedented situation, but we can successfully manage it by taking decisions with a calm mind. Please take prudent health precautions and carefully review information and travel advisories.

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India Festival in Australia will be a public-private collaborative effort

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India’s High Commissioner H.E. Navdeep Suri addressing the media in Melbourne. Photo: SAT/NN.

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 23 June: The proposed Festival of India in Australia (Sept, Oct, Nov 2016) to be held across six cities will be a public-private collaborative effort, says Mr. Navdeep Suri, Indian High Commissioner in Canberra. Mr. Suri was today addressing a select group of media persons at the Indian Consulate here. Mr. Suri said funding for the festival will come from the Indian Government, Australia India Council (Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade) State governments in Australia and big corporate sponsors. He did not name any sponsors or disclose the budget of the festival.

The festival kicking off with a launch on 20 July in Sydney, will have events under the classical, contemporary and local content. Apart from Sydney the other cities holding the festival are Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. On a question by SAT, Mr. Suri said, India’s scientific and technological achievements are not part of the festival.

Then festival line-up includes performances by top dance schools, classical music recitals, exhibition on architecture, cartoon exhibition, lecture on Yoga, literary theatre, puppet theatre, Bollywood workshop, local artists and much more. The festival website will soon be up with all the details. Mr. Suri hoped the festival becomes an annual feature.

The media was also addressed by Hon. Manika Jain, Indian Counsel in Melbourne, who assured the community that local artists will also be featured in the festival.

- SAT News Service.