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Victoria developing India business strategy

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 21 November: The Victorian Premier Hon.Daniel Andrews today announced the state is developing it’s ‘India Strategy’ to enhance business and trade relations at the Investment Centre Victoria. Addressing a large gathering of business people, community leaders, and the media, the Victorian Premier said, “much has to be learned from both sides of the partnership.”

The Premier detailed the challenges and opportunities to secure mutual benefits for both Victoria and India. He felt proud that 200,000 Indians have made Victoria their home and expressed his happiness over the success of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne supported by the Victorian government.

On a question by SAT on the lack of a free trade agreement between Australia and India impacting business, Daniel Andrews said,” We have a clear strategy on India and we will update any development related to free trade issue in our strategy”

“The hard you work, the better you do,” he said.

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“Meaningful engagement, use of personal relationships and creating long-term connections were key to the state’s proposed India strategy”, he said. The Premier will lead a big trade mission to India in January next year.

In his speech, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, ” The consolidation of Indian culture in Victoria is critical to its relationship with India.”

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Outgoing Indian Consul General in Melbourne Manika Jain intervening during the Q-A session described her experiences here.

Sardar Patel’s 142nd birth anniversary celebrated at the Indian Consulate

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By SAT Newsdesk

MELBOURNE,31 October: India’s first Deputy PM and Home Minister and a leading figure in the freedom struggle Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s 142nd birth anniversary was celebrated at an event at the Indian Consulate here.

The event attended by community members was addressed by Consul General Manika Jain and Prof Vinod Mishra, who gave a short power point presentation about him. A short documentary on him was also shown.

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Prof. Mishra detailed the important highlights of Sardar Patel’s life from his early days, participation in the freedom struggle, his vital role in uniting the 562 princely states into independent India and later as the first deputy PM and Home Minister.

Community interaction at the Melbourne Indian Consulate

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By SAT community reporter

Melbourne, 10 March: Communicating to and informing the community and Indian international students about services at the Consulate and Indian government programs is full of challenges. This came out during an Open House information session followed by a Q-A session at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne.

Consul General of India Melbourne, Manika Jain in her presentation explained the many programs and schemes of the Indian Government and how information about them can be easily accessed through websites and Apps. This included the Helpline for travellers, Customs App, e-visa, International students’ survival guide, student’s registration, Madad portal, Consular services, Know India Program, Study in India program, Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas etc.

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International students raised issues including travel concession, lack of information about Indian Government programs for overseas Indians and the need for a guide which can inform about living issues in Australia.

The consensus was that Indian international students should network among themselves apart from coming to the Indian Consulate for assistance. Manika Jain advised them to get registered at the Consulate so that they could get Consulate information and look at the Consulate social media pages for latest developments and schemes.

International Women’s Day at Indian Consulate: Gender issues remain amidst intricate situations

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 8 March: Life is not easy for a migrant woman. It’s tough to join the mainstream. Sexism comes as you progress in jobs. Women do not support other women.

These are some views expressed by four women and a man came out with personal experiences and observations to mark the International Women’s Day 2017, at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne. Consul Manika Jain introduced the subject and gave an overview of the changing role of Indian women saying they faced hardships but were never ignored.

Marika Vicziany, Prof. at the National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash Asia Institute detailed challenges she faced as a migrant woman and how “it is about enjoying life, having fun and respecting each other.”

Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Director of Mind Blowing Films & Director of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in her ground to earth presentation said: “it’s hard when you are excluded from the mainstream.” “When I was pregnant people told me “How do you do the film festival despite being pregnant.”

She wondered, “Why women do not support women”.

Dr. Mridula Chakraborty, Deputy Director, Monash Asia Institute disclosed that in India there were only 13 women Vice Chancellors out of the 431 universities.

“Gender issues also need to be seen through class and caste,” she said.

On a question by SAT that the International Women’s Day was tokenism and real issues were ignored, most in the panel agreed real day to day issues need more solutions but the world needs to be reminded again and again through events like this that gender issues need to be addressed.

Monika Thukaral, Air India Country and Airport Manager, Melbourne told about the challenges she faced in her job with a toddler at home and how her seniors encouraged her to try for a higher position.

She felt performance was important and how now 100 per cent Air India flights from Melbourne are on time.

Prof. Suresh Bhargava, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor International, RMIT, the only man in the panel said, “The organizing of this event itself was a breakthrough”

Gender issues are thousands of years old and things are changing.

‘Constitution Day’ celebrated at Indian Consulate Melbourne

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 26 Nov: The constitution of the world’s biggest democracy- India, was today celebrated and discussed at the Indian Consulate here. Known as the ‘Constitution Day’ it is celebrated each year on 26 November. On this date after deliberations and debates in the constituent assembly for three years it was adopted in 1949 and India became a Republic on 26 January 1950.

Indian Consul Manika Jain introduced the important articles of the Constitution dealing with equality, social justice and freedoms. She explained how the Indian Constitution framed under the leadership of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar is a living constitution and the Keshva Nand Bharti Case in the Supreme Court in 1973 laid down the ‘basic structure’ of the constitution which cannot be amended. This, she said, laid the principle that the Indian Constitution is supreme and social justice is the corner stone of the Constitution.

The gathering was also addressed by Mr, John Moleny of Deakin University who outlined the basic features of the Indian Constitution. He also said the Deakin University has strong links with India and 2,000 Indian students now study in it.

Mr. Pawan Singh of the Australia India Institute detailed how the Supreme Court of India and other courts by interpreting the Indian Constitution gave equal rights to trans genders, gays, lesbians and bar dancing girls of Maharashtra.

Mr. Harjinder Mahajan also gave a summary of the social justice and secular credentials of the Indian Constitution.

A documentary ‘Tanna Bana’ was screened before the speeches and a lively Q-A session took place after the speakers presentations.