The recent exploits of the Afghan cricket team have been some of the few pieces of good news to emerge out of the country in years. Now it appears that the world’s most powerful cricketing nation has stepped forward to help the Afghans along in their journey. The Afghanistan …Read More »
Rich countries should not force the developing world to abandon fossil fuels completely, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday at the UN climate summit in Paris. “We still need conventional energy — we need to make it clean, not impose an end to its use,” said Modi, who has …Read More »
One of India’s leading Catholic figures has called on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to focus as much attention on human beings as it does cows, days after a 71-year-old nun was gang-raped at a convent in West Bengal. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the head of the country’s Catholic …Read More »
Police in India have launched an investigation after a mounting stream of complaints against All India Bakchod’s (AIB) roast of actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The YouTube video of the roast was pulled by AIB after viewers took to Social Media to complain of their “disgust” and the “offensive” …Read More »
Senior officials from India’s opposition Congress party this weekend questioned the authenticity of the thousands of expats who have flocked to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia.
However, the newly-elected premier has built a reputation for being unperturbed about questions surrounding his popularity, particularly among Non-Resident Indians.
Mr Modi was greeted by yet another mammoth crowd at a sports stadium in Sydney on Monday, with many of the supporters traveling hundreds of miles on a train named the ‘Modi Express’, frantically cheering the Indian leader.
"I know that behind this affection lie expectations," Modi told the excited crowd. "We want to create the India you are dreaming of."
Modi's appearance at the 21,000-seat Allphones Arena, which hosted the Rolling Stones last week, underscored the rock star status he enjoys among some Indians abroad.
He promised lifetime visas to people of Indian origin, repeating an offer he made to expatriates in the United States that would seek to strengthen cultural and business ties between overseas Indians and their home country.
One audience member told Reuters that many found Mr Modi “very inspiring” and “made a lot of sense”.
About 300,000 Indians live in Australia, but trade between the two countries stands at around $15 billion a year, or just a tenth of that between Australia and China.
Modi urged overseas Indians to boost investment at home, reprising an appeal made elsewhere, including the United States, where he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in September.
He took office in May vowing to create jobs and ignite the Indian economy after years of sluggish growth, launching signature initiatives such as 'Make in India' and 'Clean India'.
Modi often reminds voters of his humble roots as the son of a railway-station tea vendor, in contrast to the privileged circumstances of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence from Britain in 1947.
Australia is emerging as a key source of thermal coal for India's growing number of electricity users, as they give up older fuels such as wood and kerosene.
Indian trade and infrastructure conglomerate Adani Enterprises has signed a pact for a loan of up to $1 billion from the State Bank of India for a $6 billion Australian coal mine, rail and port project.
Another Indian conglomerate, GVK, and Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, have won an environmental permit for a second coal mine in Australia, costing $10 billion.
But Modi still has some way to go in winning over potential investors.
"He is expecting people to contribute," said Santosh Kashid, who migrated to Sydney 10 years ago.
"However, unless you make India a place to live and work it won't be possible to attract people back home."Read More »
Prime Minister David Cameron met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Australia on Monday, and invited Mr Modi to visit Britain to unveil the proposed memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the sidelines of the G20 meeting …Read More »
The Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls has spent her 16th birthday on Friday addressing a UN convention in New York. Malala Yousafzai was accompanied by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy on Global Education, and UN Secretary General Ban …Read More »
The unknown British-Indian actor tasked with playing Osama bin Laden in a film about the greatest manhunt in history has spoken about playing the former Al Qaeda leader. Ricky Sekhon, 29, was plucked from relative obscurity to play the antagonist in Katherine Bigelow’s hotly anticipated ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, the account …Read More »