The Times of India has reported a 50% rise in the number of visas issued to Indian students in the US in 2012. Statistics from the US consulate services said 5,600 student visas have been issued in India between October 2012-February 2013; a 50% increase since last year. The number of Indian students studying in the US has been in decline for two years.
Prominent Indian environmentalist and TIME Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet” Professor Veer Bhadra Mishra sadly passed away this week. Mr Mishra was the mahanth, or High Priest, of the famous Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi, established by the poet-saint Goswami Tulsidas. Mr Mishra dedicated much of his life to attempting to clean up the Ganges River. Mr Mishra was recognised on the United Nations Environment Programme's 'Global 500 Roll of Honour' in 1992 and was one of the expert members of the National Ganga (Ganges) River Basin Authority.
Director of the Australia India Institute, Professor Amitabh Mattoo has accompanied The Honourable Louise Asher MLA of the Victorian Government Department of Business and Innovation on the Victorian Government Super Trade Mission to India from 11-15 March 2013. This fourth trade mission to India and second Super Trade Mission in 24 months demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to strengthening Victoria’s relationship with one of the world’s most dynamic economies.
Australia and India will begin negotiations for the sale of Australian uranium to the subcontinent this month. Officials from both sides will start the process of hammering out a nuclear safeguards agreement in Delhi on March 19, but it is likely to be two years before a deal is signed and sales begin. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said there was no time frame for talks to be completed. India will be the first customer for Australian uranium not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. It has between 80 and 100 nuclear weapons but has refused to sign the treaty, arguing it discriminates against emerging nations.
International Women’s Day, or the United Nations' Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace is annually held on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe. Women’s rights and violence against women have never been more prominent in the social consciousness of India than they are today, following the rape and subsequent death of Delhi student Jyoti Singh Pandey. Protests, vigils, and government lobbies have ensued since the December 16 attack, and the high incidence of sexual assault in India has been recognised and abhorred on a global scale.
Some two months before the gang rape and subsequent death of a young student in Delhi sparked outrage all over the world, voters on OurSay's The World's Largest Democracy forum chose to have prominent Indian leaders and thinkers answer questions about women's rights and violence against women; pre-empting the world's reaction that something needs to be done about the treatment of women in India. With over 50 proposed questions and over a thousand votes, the two most popular questions related to women, the third questioning the safety of Australia selling uranium to India.
Thanks to a trade agreement between the two countries, India will for the first time import Australian lamb, to be sold as a premium product. Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig made the announcement yesterday, stating there is very heavy demand for Australian lamb in India. ''The trade is in its infancy but importers are scrambling to get their hands on consignments.'' Mr Emmerson said Australian lamb would appeal to India's growing middle-class, estimated at around 170 million.
Internationally renowned social activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi has visited Melbourne to engage with women victims of domestic violence and visit other institutions aligned with her and her grandfather's belief of non-violence. The eminent South Africa-based thinker and advocate of Gandhian non-violent solutions participated in a program of events framed around the theme “Global Problems, Local Solutions” which included a visit to Collingwood Children's Farm, the Hanover Welfare Services shelter for homeless people, and the University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre.
Internationally renowned social activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, ELA GANDHI will engage with women victims of domestic violence during her two-day visit to Melbourne on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 February. The eminent South Africa-based thinker and advocate of Gandhian non-violent solutions will participate in a program of events framed around the theme “Global Problems, Local Solutions”. Highlights of her Melbourne program include:
The Australia India Institute is pleased to announce iconic Australian author, nomad, and scholar Robyn Davidson will be joining the Australia India Institute as Resident Artist. Robyn Davidson's first book, Tracks, an account of her journey with camels across Australia, won many awards, is published in twenty languages, and has never been out of print since its publication in 1980.