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India-born British billionaire launches renewable plan in Australia

Canberra: India-born British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1 billion, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead the country’s industry transition to more competitive power. In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, will include a 120MW lithium-ion battery bigger than


Turnbull accused of ‘humiliating’ indigenous leaders

Canberra: Australia’s indigenous leaders have accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government of “humiliating” them by refusing to establish an indigenous advisory body to parliament. Turnbull on Sunday ruled out supporting a referendum on enshrining the body in the constitution, Xinhua news agency reported. The advisory body proposal was first agreed to by delegates from 250 indigenous

China to join naval drills in Australia despite tensions

Sydney: China will participate in multilateral naval exercises due to begin in August in Australia, despite tensions between the two countries, officials said here on Wednesday. “China is expected to participate in a range of activities including passage exercises, inter-ship communications and replenishment activities and sea-training manoeuvres,” the Australian Ministry of Defence was cited as saying

10-year-old Indian boy denied Australian visa

Canberra: A 10-year-old Indian boy has been refused an Australian visitor visa for a third time as the Department of Home Affairs feels he does not have “employment or financial incentives” to return back home. A visitor visa for Harmanpreet Singh was applied so that the boy can meet his father and stepmother in Melbourne during

Australian nun to appeal deportation order in Philippines

Manila: Australian nun Patricia Fox announced on Friday that she would appeal against a deportation order issued against her by the Philippines government a day earlier over allegations of involvement in political activities against the country’s President. Fox’s lawyer Sol Taule said that the appeal would be filed on Monday and added that the order issued

Briton ‘lucky’ to survive jump from Australia waterfall

Canberra: A British man has been deemed “lucky” to be alive after jumping from a waterfall in an iconic Australian national park. Josh Jones, 25, broke his left leg in two places and dislocated his knee in addition to sustaining several facial injuries, when he jumped 30 metres from a ledge at Jim Jim Falls in


Australia passes foreign interference laws

Canberra:Australia’s parliament on Thursday passed a package of new laws aimed at preventing foreign interference in the country. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the crackdown last December, reports the BBC. Although he denied it was aimed specifically at China, the move has added to diplomatic tensions with Beijing in recent months. The government has described

Australian oyster industry under threat

Canberra: A shortage of baby oysters is putting South Australia’s oyster industry worth A$32 million ($23 million) under threat, an official said on Monday. A devastating outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in 2016 ended supply from Tasmania to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, west of Adelaide, reports Xinhua news agency. South Australia Oyster Growers Association

Australian tourist falls to death from Assam hotel

Guwahati: An Australian tourist fell to his death from a hotel in Guwahati, capital of India’s north eastern state Assam, police said on Sunday. William Marinus fell from the third floor of the hotel around 11.20 p.m. on Saturday. “Four Australians and an Indian, including William, were staying in our hotel. They checked in around 3

Ousted MPs

Citizenship row: Five MPs ousted

Canberra: Five Australian parliamentarians were ousted on Wednesday for holding dual citizenship when they were elected. It comes as a fresh blow to Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s majority in the House. In what was widely viewed as a fresh test case, a high court ruled Senator Katy Gallagher ineligible, the media reported. Four other politicians, who