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Remittances from Indians abroad rising

New Delhi: Remittances from Indians employed abroad have been steadily increasing since 2009-10, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Wednesday. The amount rose from $53.6 billion in fiscal 2009-10 to $55.6 billion in 2010-11 and to $66.1 billion in 2011-12, the minister said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. The amount stood at

Assange to bid for Australian senate

Sydney: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he intends to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in the next elections. Plans to set up an Australian WikiLeaks party are “significantly advanced”, the whistleblowing organisation’s founder was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Assange said that “a number of very worthy

Australian business confidence slumps

Sydney: Australian business confidence slumped to its lowest level in more than three years in November, a business survey released Tuesday by National Australia Bank (NAB) showed. The NAB monthly survey found business confidence fell further to an index level of minus nine in November from minus one in October, indicating pessimists far outweighed optimists

We’re heartbroken: Oz RJs over Indian nurse’s death

Sydney: Two Australian radio hosts have said they are shattered and heartbroken following the death of an Indian nurse in Britain who fell prey to their hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy. 2Day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian have spoken of being “shattered, gutted, heartbroken” by Jacintha Saldanha’s death after

Australian deputy PM to visit India

Canberra: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan will visit India to discuss business opportunities between the two countries, his office said Monday. Swan was expected to depart for India Monday night. He will meet with India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, senior government officials and business leaders. “India is an emerging economic powerhouse and one of

What impedes Australia, India ties?

While there has been a flurry of visits to India by high-powered Australian trade delegations and politicians, observers are baffled by the slow pace at which the bilateral ties are growing. Australian analysts blame India’s political culture for not only the stunted Australian-Indian ties but also for the slowing economic growth of the South Asian

No shark fin soup please!

Shark fin soup, that exotic but pricey delicacy said to boost sexual potency and prevent heart disease, is going off menus in some Singapore hotels and restaurants in an effort to save sharks which face extinction from overfishing. The fins of an adult shark can only feed five people and many small sharks are killed

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